Opinion

Developing sense of pride

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September 08, 2017

Cobram's Peter Mansell views a steam engine made by John Spanks from Wallen at last weekend's Emerald Bank Heritage Rally. The event attracted 3000 people.

The end of winter brings the beginning of more community events across Greater Shepparton and the wider Goulburn Valley.

The Shepparton Swap Meet is expected to attract thousands, as people travel from across Victoria and interstate to be part of one of the state’s largest swap meets this Sunday.

It is events such as this that really show what Greater Shepparton is made of.

Starting in 1971 at Congupna, the Shepparton Swap Meet has continued to grow and offers people the chance to not only swap different vehicle parts, but also learn more and meet different people.

The Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club should feel proud the swap meet has not only grown to the point where it takes a prime spot at the Shepparton Showgrounds, but that its passionate members are keen to pull it together each year.

Greater Shepparton can lay claim to many wonderful events such as the Shepparton Festival, St Georges Rd Food Festival and Emerald Bank Heritage Rally.

These events are great at attracting people to the region but also encouraging locals to work together and develop a sense of pride in their town.

Last weekend’s Emerald Bank Heritage Rally attracted about 3000 people, which helps boost local tourism and encourages people to explore their town.

Although some would argue that we need to get more tourists to the region, we also need to do our best to keep people in the area.

If Greater Shepparton continues to provide high-quality events for people to enjoy with their family and friends, then they are more likely to support local businesses.

These same people are also more likely to put their hands up for different things and get involved.

The News plays a key role in informing people about community events and looks forward to covering them as the warmer weather fills up Greater Shepparton’s social calendar.

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