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City of Greater Shepparton

About the area

Name origin

The City of Greater Shepparton is named after Sherbourne Sheppard, an early land holder.

Location and boundaries

The City of Greater Shepparton is located in north-central Victoria, about 180 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Greater Shepparton is bounded by Moira Shire in the north, Benalla Rural City in the east, Strathbogie Shire in the south, and the Shire of Campaspe in the west.

Included areas

The City of Greater Shepparton includes the localities of Arcadia, Ardmona, Boxwood (part), Bunbartha, Byrneside, Caniambo, Congupna, Cooma, Coomboona, Cosgrove, Cosgrove South, Dhurringile, Dookie, Dookie College, Gillieston, Girgarre East, Gowangardie, Grahamvale, Harston, Karramomus, Katandra, Katandra West, Kialla, Kialla East, Kialla West, Kyabram (the rural part not the town), Kyabram South, Lancaster (part), Lemnos, Major Plains (part), Marionvale, Marungi (part), Merrigum, Moorilim (part), Mooroopna, Mooroopna North, Mooroopna North West, Mount Major, Murchison, Murchison East, Murchison North, Nalinga (part), Orrvale, Pine Lodge, Shepparton, Shepparton East, Shepparton North, St Germains, Stanhope South, Stewarton (part), Tallygaroopna, Tamleugh North, Tatura, Tatura East, Toolamba, Toolamba West, Undera, Violet Town (part), Waranga, Wyuna (part) and Zeerust.

Economic region
City of Greater Shepparton

Land use

The City of Greater Shepparton includes the major urban centre of Shepparton, the smaller urban centres of Mooroopna and Tatura, and significant rural hinterland. Smaller urban areas and townships include Congupna, Dookie, Katandra, Merrigum, Murchison, Tallygaroopna, Toolamba and Undera. The City encompasses a total land area of 2,421 square kilometres. Rural land is used mainly for dairy farming and agriculture, including wineries and orchards, with the region being a major fruit and vegetable processing centre.

Transport

The City of Greater Shepparton is served by the Goulburn Valley Highway, the Midland Highway, the Melbourne-Shepparton railway line and Shepparton Aerodrome.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1836, with land used mainly for pastoral purposes. Growth was minimal until the 1870s and 1880s. The townships of Shepparton and Mooroopna grew as stopovers for the Echuca paddle-steamer service. Some growth took place in the early 1900s, aided by irrigation. Growth continued in the interwar period, with many dairy farms and orchards established. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, with consistent growth since the 1950s.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the City of Greater Shepparton were the Yorta-Yorta Aboriginal people.

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