Local, Independant and Effective
May 13, 2014
Contact: Simon Crase

Community feedback crucial in understanding Budget impact in Indi

Federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, will seek feedback from people in Indi in the biggest community consultation initiative since she was elected in September 2013.

This information-gathering exercise is focusing on the three major issues people have with the 2014-15 Budget. Once this has been completed, Ms McGowan will prepare a report, send it to her constituents and return to Parliament with the knowledge she needs to represent the electorate.

“This is a big and potentially defining Budget, there are positives and negatives in it, and it will have a big impact in Indi,” Ms McGowan said.

“The reason I want to consult is to understand the real impact of these Budget measures on people and communities. There were many unexpected initiatives in the Budget and my constituents should have the opportunity to talk about them. This will happen over the next three weeks through engaging and listening to people right across the electorate.”

The community consultation starts this Saturday morning at Coles on High Street, where the first Budget Listening Post will take place from 8.30am onwards. Ms McGowan has set a big task to canvass the electorate for feedback on the 2014-15 Budget, but she is confident the many diverse voices in the electorate can be captured.

“My staff and volunteers will help me prepare for the consultation process. We’ll be out and about, visiting towns, attending events and dinners, at footy matches, and in supermarkets,” she said.

“I expect the local media to be very interested in the results and what the people have to say now the Budget speculation is behind us. I welcome their involvement in helping facilitate this.

“I have an extensive background in working with communities. I understand the risks involved but I’ve built a process that I am confident will work and report the results back to the people of Indi.”

Ms McGowan said she had been elected as an independent to consult on the big issues of Government and will be acting on them in Parliament. “I will give speeches, lobby colleagues and work closely with all Senators, particularly the cross benchers over the next three years to raise concerns from this consultation period,” Ms McGowan said.

As part of the process, a survey will be placed on the website and leaflets which can be filled out at any event Cathy attends from this weekend onwards.

For more information and a copy of the survey, contact the office of Cathy McGowan on 03 5721 7077, email Cathy at cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au or visit the website.

Cathy McGowan Listening Posts – check the website events calendar for events beyond next week

Saturday, 17 May 2014, 8:30-10am   Coles, Wodonga

Saturday 17 May 2014, 2-4pm           Barnawartha Football Reserve, Barny v Kiewa Sandy Ck

Monday, 19 May, 4:30-6pm               Kiosk, corner Murphy and Reid streets

Tuesday 20 May, 2-3pm                     Outside the Cube, Wodonga

22 May, All day                                  Valley Visit (Swanpool, Mansfield, Bonnie Doon)


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