Local, Independant and Effective

Creating a buzz in Benalla

Posted August 17, 2013


The days are flying by until September 7 and Cathy has been making every one of them count by continuing to canvass the electorate for support! Earlier this week, Cathy left home while it was still dark and traveled though the pouring rain down the Hume to beautiful Benalla.

The day began with a welcome meet-and-greet breakfast at the Rambling Rose in the main street. Over thirty people popped in to have a chat – all keen to see how they could support the campaign.


Onto the University of the Third Age (U3A) at the Benalla P-12 School, Cathy spoke to an engaged and curious audience. A keen and spirited discussion ensued on issues ranging from world trade negotiations to Cathy’s stand on refugees and what she might do if there was a hung parliament. 

Then it was time for lunch in the main street at a popular bakery, which provided an opportunity to engage with passersby, and sign up more volunteers. Sister Catherine; a highly regarded local catholic nun; came to meet Cathy and provide support. She said she is praying for the campaign and that she felt ‘God has provided’ in terms of delivering Cathy as an option for voters. Alleluia, Cathy, you are on the right track!

After meeting with a few local shop owners and several business owners, it was time to head off to Cooinda, the local aged nursing home. A delicious afternoon tea followed a 20 minute presentation from Cathy and many of the elderly residents had informed and probing questions of our candidate. For the residents of Cooinda, climate change was the major concern in Indi for over two thirds of the audience.


The last event for the day was the opening of the brand spanking new campaign office in Nunn Street in Benalla (it really was a good day for Cathy and nuns!). The buzz around Cathy showed that many of the supporters who showed up to the opening have just been waiting for a chance to get involved and the vibe in the room was electric; especially when Cathy urged people to go forward with courage and ‘out’ themselves as political in order to achieve a change in Indi that will make us all proud. 

The Cathy4Indi cupcakes on the night were delicious! For those whose taste buds missed out, never fear because you can at least enjoy the visual feast of those cupcakes below… 

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