Men of vision forged the early beginnings of our wonderful city and made it what it is today. We only have traces of our heritage left, which is a shame, as so many buildings and places have been discarded over the years.
One that remains, even though it has been redeveloped, is our Lake Victoria. A wonderful icon that is well used by the community.
It would not have been here if not for men of vision and resolve to make it a reality. Here are a couple of excerpts from WS James fine book, History of Shepparton 1838- 1938.
"Cr. Pick has always taken a keen interest in the lake project and played a very important part (long before the Borough came into being) in the development of same."
"Practically nothing was done in continuing the work of the pioneers in town beautification until 15 years ago, when Mr. C. Palling was elected to the Shire Council. He made it a platform matter during the election fight to develop a swamp at the south-west of the town into a lake. His opponents belittled it. Unfortunately, Cr. Palling received no support from the council for his scheme, and it was dropped until six years ago when a Progress Association advanced the matter. The Borough Council then took it in hand."
We need men and women of vision these days to prepare Shepparton for the future by preserving and recording our important heritage and creating buildings and places that reflect where we have come from and to meet the needs of a new age.