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Changing the lives of young people

The Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project is a collective impact initiative to support the wellbeing and outcomes for young people from conception to career in the City of Greater Shepparton.  It is being driven by business, community and sector leaders committed to a 20-year plan to improve the education and other outcomes for the region’s young people.

Situated in northern Victoria, Greater Shepparton is a services, agriculture and food processing centre with a population 62,352 including a significant Aboriginal population. The municipality also has a large refugee population which in recent years has come mainly from Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.

The Lighthouse Project is an evidence-based project that will engage parents, young people, residents, community leaders, government, funders, thought leaders and academics.

We will track, monitor and improve the trajectory for all children so that more are ready for school; transition successfully to secondary school; are healthy and happy in their teens; complete year 12 and transition to work and post-secondary study.

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project is not a single program or initiative. It involves mapping existing services and promoting integrated service delivery; identifying success stories, deficits and opportunities; and growing the community’s aspiration to bring about lasting change. It will involve collaboration and partnerships to grow existing initiatives, introduce and fund new initiatives, and track and share data.


Disengaged Youth

 The project was initiated when business leaders began identifying the disconnect between the high numbers of disengaged youths and the inability to find work ready young people to fill employment roles.

The per centage of disengaged school leavers not currently involved in work or study at all in Shepparton is 24.6 per cent compared to the State average of 15.4 per cent.

Percentage of disengaged school leavers not currently involved in work or study
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Our Steering Committee

Director, J Furphy and Sons

Adam Furphy


Community Services Consultant

Sally Wright

CEO, The Workgroup

Craig Marshall

Executive Chair, McPherson Media Group

Ross McPherson

Deputy director, Hume Region, Berry Street

Trish Quibell

Accountant, MB+M Business Solutions

Anna Agati

Our Champions

Geoff Dobson

Retired Greater Shepparton Mayor and real estate agent.

Professor Julian Wright

Chair, Rural Health Academic Centre
Director of Medical Student Education and Professor of Medicine, Rural Health Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne.

Sue Nalder

Campus Director, LaTrobe University Shepparton

Lesley Hart

Director, Dawes and Vary Lawyers

Steve Rogers

Principal, Mooroopna Primary School
Chair Regional Principals’ Forum

David Tennant

CEO, Family Care

Robert Stephens

Deputy Director, NE Region, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Jennifer and Michael Small

Senior Advisors, DEECD

Adrian Appo

Consultant, formerly CEO Ganbina

Andrew Fairley

Chair, Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation

Gavin Cator

CEO, Greater Shepparton City Council

Our Patrons

Sidney Myer AO

Yulgilbar Foundation

David Gonski

Chancellor of the University of New South Wales
Chairman Investec Bank Australia, ASX Limited and Coca Cola Amatil Limited
Author of The Gonski Review of education

Jeanne Pratt AC

Pratt Foundation

Terry Campbell AO

Chairman Goldman Sachs Australia

Professor John Dewar

Vice Chancellor, La Trobe University

Professor Glyn Davis AC

Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne

Our Patrons


Find Us

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa McKenzie


98 Drummond Road

Shepparton Victoria


PO Box 6881


Victoria Australia 3632


Phone 03 58 32 8218

Mobile 0427 212 651