Shepparton is approximately 181 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. The industries that have traditionally supported the area are agriculture and manufacturing. It is the epicentre of infrastructure and civic services for the region. Shepparton is known for its cohesive culturally and ethnically diverse community, rich sporting culture, food, wine and warm weather. Shepparton provides numerous opportunities for participation in organised sport for all ages and abilities and houses a large modern sports precinct. There is an extensive network of bush tracks for those who enjoy walking and cycling. For those interested in the Arts there is the annual 'Shepparton Festival', the local theatre group (STAG) and the modern Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) which holds an enviable permanent collection of ceramics as well as a diverse range of travelling exhibitions. The local performing arts centres (Eastbank and Westside) host a variety of touring musical and theatre productions. Shepparton is home to the bi-annual National Piano award. Shepparton has numerous primary schools, a special needs school that supports students from age 3 - 18 years, four government secondary colleges, a Catholic secondary college, private grammar school and a Christian College.
GV Health is the main referral health service for the Hume region. Services include a 24-hour Emergency Department, Surgery, Medical Services, Women’s and Children’s Services, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Mental Health, Outpatients, services at Tatura and Rushworth, and community-based health programs.