Ms MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (09:15):
It was just over a year ago when I spoke in this house about the incredible community response to a COVID-19 outbreak in Shepparton.
This community faced another significant challenge in recent weeks with an outbreak that put approximately one third of the town into isolation. The disruption to essential goods and services was severe, and the health service, supermarkets and other suppliers battled with staffing shortages.
I pay tribute to the team at Goulburn Valley Health, led by chief executive officer Matt Sharp. I know in previous discussions with Mr Sharp and other leaders that our regional health services have worked closely together in planning and giving operational support to each other. I thank and acknowledge Greater Shepparton City Council and the myriad local groups and businesses that pulled together to help the community response: the local Red Cross, GV Cares—Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project, Shepparton Food Share, Rumbalara, Food Link and Shepparton Family and Financial Services.
Finally, to other members of the community, from local businesses, friends, neighbours and strangers who pitched in where they could to check in and help, I say thank you. This was another gold standard response from one of our regional communities, and I could not be prouder.