Shepparton News

Have say on infrastruc­ture

- By Georgia Rossiter

The Australian National University has invited Shepparton residents to voice their opinions on Australia’s $272 billion infrastruc­ture rollout.

The interviews will be part of a major research investigat­ion looking at the impact of major road, pipeline and other projects across the country.

ANU research director Professor Sara Bice said they were looking for feedback about constructi­on works such as the Goulburn Valley Hwy Shepparton Bypass, the Shepparton rail line upgrade, and the Shepparton sewer upgrade.

Locally, researcher­s are also interested to hear what locals think about upgrades to Maude St Mall, Watt Rd bridge and the Deakin Reserve netball courts.

One of the aims of the study is to improve the rollout of infrastruc­ture in the future.

“We’ve never seen a more intensive period of activity from local councils, state government­s and the Federal Government in communitie­s across Australia,” Prof Bice said.

“We’re really interested to know about the experience­s of the local community members who are shoulderin­g the burden of this nation-shaping infrastruc­ture program.”

The Shepparton community is one of six across the country that has been invited to complete the survey, along with Geelong, Newcastle and other areas that have seen an infrastruc­ture boom.

Prof Bice said the research would reveal what local communitie­s thought about the role of infrastruc­ture in the post-pandemic recovery.

“We believe social and health infrastruc­ture will be important, but we want to know what the local voices think,” she said.

Community-project relationsh­ips will also be assessed as part of the research.

Prof Bice expects the findings to be published at the end of 2022.

“We would love people to give us 10 minutes of their time to tell us what they think,” she said.

● Community members can take part in the survey at https://voconiqloc­alvoices.com/infrastruc­ture/

 ?? ?? Share thoughts: One of the aims of an ANU study is to improve the rollout of infrastruc­ture in the future.
Share thoughts: One of the aims of an ANU study is to improve the rollout of infrastruc­ture in the future.

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