Community Information Session – TONIGHT – 27 August

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Goulburn Valley Health, in partnership with the Victorian Government and the Greater Shepparton City Council, invites you to an online community information session this evening, Friday August 27 between 6-7pm. 

The intention of this forum is to keep you informed relating to:

  • The current situation in the Greater Shepparton region
  • Emergency relief available to you and your family

Speakers from Emergency Management Victoria, the local Public Health Unit and local community organisations will be present to provide this information, answer questions and respond to key issues faced by the local community.

Please join us on our Goulburn Valley Health Facebook page from 6pm.

Auslan interpreters will be present.

Thank you for your efforts to help keep Victoria COVIDSafe.

 

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Explainer: what is shariah law and what version of it is the Taliban likely to implement?

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Tree sapling ceremony

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Tenzin Gyatso - XIV Dalai Llama

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