Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O'Keeffe formally thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for supporting the new SAM with their funding of $15m towards the build.
Mr McCormack reiterated the importance of large scale projects such as the new SAM for regional Victoria and said it would be drawcard to the region.
“SAM is one of the most exciting projects in all of regional Australia. It’s going to enhance Shepparton’s community capacity, it’s going to attract visitors to the town, and when they come to the town, they’ll come again, they’ll tell others to come, and that’s what it’s all about – putting Shepparton even more the map," said Mr McCormack.
Mr McCormack also formally announced the $208 million for the Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Bypass stage 1 project and said the bypass will see the removal of freight and heavy traffic from Shepparton’s town centre and help to move product to market more quickly.