News Blog, May 2: Veronica Nelson Inquiry; Goulburn Valley Sporting Record

Step in: Cartlon AFLW player Grace Egan joined Class A side Shepparton Swans on Saturday. Photo by James Kleeman

The Shepparton News Blog is the region’s headline home.

Hello and Happy Monday,

Georgia Rossiter is behind the keyboard this Monday morning, bringing you the weekend’s news, as well as today’s headlines.

Expect a partly cloudy day today in Shepparton, with highs of 21 degrees.

UPDATE, 9am: What you missed over the weekend

A coroner’s inquest into the death of Veronica Nelson, a First Nations woman, has begun.

The 37-year-old died in a cell at Dame Phyllis Frost Center early on January 2, 2020, from an undiagnosed medical condition after screaming in pain and calling for help nine times.

Darren Linton has the latest.

Victorian Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan says additional high-speed services on the Shepparton line will remain a distant dream unless the Victorian budget on Tuesday May 3 invests in the rolling stock needed to deliver them.

“Incredibly, the Labor Party promised additional services on regional lines without even ordering the rolling stock required,” Ms Ryan said.

“The 2022-23 state budget must ensure that this order is fulfilled as soon as possible so that these trains can come online without further frustrating delays.”

Many sports activities also take place in the area during the weekend. AFLW Carlton star Grace Egan bolstered the Shepparton Swans netball team on Saturday, Chris Nield led the show in Mooroopna’s win over Seymour, and much more, which you can find in the section Sports from our website.

A note from our editor

The daily news blog has been a way for our team to keep you up to date hour by hour in the midst of a global pandemic.

While the ongoing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak across the world should not be downplayed, the conversation has shifted from what we do “now” to what we do “next”.

The need for analysis, in-depth coverage and exclusive content outweighs the “breaking” nature of the news cycle, and with that comes the commitment of more resources to the daily blog.

This means that from Wednesday May 4, this content will resume its place behind our paywall. For full digital access, subscribe to our “welcome” package; it’s only $2 a week for 12 weeks Join | Shepparton News (

We loved having you with us as we explored a new way to deliver content directly to you – and we hope you’ll stay with us for the next leg of the journey.

Tyler Maher, Shepparton News Editor

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