A-Z Challenge: S for Shepparton
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
S is for Shepparton, my hometown. Shepparton with a population of 29,500 is in northern Victoria, on the Goulburn River, in the Goulburn Valley. Shepparton seems to be quickly growing. My entire life was lived in Shepparton and I moved away in 2006. Each time I go back to visit, the town seems to be increasing in size and density of housing.
Shepparton began, in the 19th century as a large sheep station and a river crossing. The agricultural farming areas surrounding Shepparton are very fertile and perfect for all types of farming, but mostly sheep and and dairy farming. Farming, in the Goulburn Valley is mostly done using irrigation, and is now one of the largest irrigation areas in Australia.
There are many orchards of stone fruits surrounding the city, and tomato and vegetable growing in general, are huge industries in the area. Due to the intensive growing of food, Shepparton is known as the “food bowl of Victoria”. SPC and Ardmona Fruit have been huge preserving companies in Shepparton for many years.
The city of Shepparton today is a large modern, multi-cultural city, which services a population of almost 70,00 in the Greater Shepparton area. The dense population on the farms and outlying areas have necessitated Shepparton being a larger shopping area than would normally be expected for it’s population.
The city council has developed a great system of walking and cycling trails in recent years, centred around both the Goulburn and Broken rivers. The State Forest between Shepparton and it’s neighboring town, Mooroopna has also been upgraded into very good walking and cycling trails. The lake which is almost in the centre of town, and it’s surrounding walking tracks has been rejuvenated in recent years, a little controversially, due to the many trees that were removed. But the end result is great, user friendly parkland.
Visitors to Shepparton will notice the many lifesize 3D, brighly painted, fibreglass cows scattered around the parks and in the streets. These cows are all part of the Mooooving Art Herd. These cows have appeared for many years now, and bring visitors to the area. You can read more about them here. The cows definitely are a talking point both to visitors and residents.
source: Wikipedia, DiscoverShepparton, TripAdviser