Cathy McGowan: Member for Indi

Indi Weekly Scoop 10 November 2016

INDI IN THE NEWS

Delays for dairy farmer assistance on the table for meeting

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Dairy farmers in Indi have received a commitment from the government to a round-table meeting in Indi to discuss the long delays they face in accessing financial assistance through Centrelink. The commitment came in response to a question in parliament from Cathy to the Minister for Agriculture about waits of up to 20 weeks for assistance.

INDI IN CANBERRA

Rural women from across Australia muster in Canberra

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Sixteen vibrant and intelligent young women from across Australia visited Canberra this week as part of the annual Canberra Women’s Muster organised by the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC). The NRWC aims to bring together rural, regional and remote women to provide the opportunity to influence the Australian Government on policies that affect them and their communities about leadership and strategies on how to be effective. increase

Yea High School visited Parliament House this week
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Students from Yea High School’s AYCE program visited Parliament House this week. The AYCE program aims to engage students who are not otherwise linked in to higher education.

Proposed asylum seeker legislation
Cathy spoke out against the government's proposed asylum seeker legislation in parliament this week, calling it poor legislation that failed the test of equality.

Landholders and MDBA praised in parliament
The meeting between the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the Bureau of Meteorology, NSW water and landholders affected by recent water releases from Lake Hume weir brought the right people together at the right time, parliament heard this week.

Short Black Opera long on talent
Short Black Opera directed by indigenous soprano Deborah Cheetham performed in Benalla recently with local indigenous children. Cathy praised the production in parliament.

Tallangatta Light Waves event
Year 9 students in Tallangatta shone a light on their concerns at the Light Waves event in October. They made videos about cyberbullying, homelessness, asylum seekers and equality in sport and projected them across six different locations. 

Moyhu Action Group concerns heard in Parliament
Parliament heard this week about the local issues the Moyhu Action Group care about: cycle tourism, changes to pensions, access to the NBN, the plight of dairy farmers, the condition of the roads after recent floods, and Galen College student Lily Day's efforts to get global politics on the school curriculum.

Yackandandah shows the power of art and theatre
The stories told in the play From Here to There at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yackandandah last week were an example of the power of art, theatre and music.

Women now 40% of councillors across Indi
Women make up 40 per cent of councillors in Indi following last month's local government elections. The leadership shown by the Victorian Local Government Association in promoting women's participation was praised in parliament.

Progress of legislation before the parliament:

  • The Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 was rejected by the Senate

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Television and Radio Licence Fees) 2016
  • Customs Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) 2016
  • Customs Tariff Amendment (2017 Harmonized System Changes) 2016
  • Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) 2016
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) 2016
  • Narcotic Drugs (Licence Charges) 2016 and Narcotic Drugs Legislation Amendment 2016
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Petroleum Pools and Other Measures) 2016
  • Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Amendment (Water) 2016
  • Water Legislation Amendment (Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) 2016

Follow all the Bills and business of parliament at aph.gov.au

INDI FUNDING

Benambra Corryong road repairs funded (Victorian Government)
Cathy has welcomed the announcement by Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan of $40 million to address the damage to road networks across North and North East Victoria following recent flooding. The funding includes repairs and maintenance to the Benambra-Corryong Road.

News item: Road repairs are go

Pest and weed control technology grant opportunity
Applications are now open for the 2016-17 round of the Control tools and technologies for established pest animals and weeds competitive grants programme. Approximately $10 million is to support the development of innovative and forward-thinking control tools and technologies from 2016–17 to 2018–19. Guidelines and application forms are available at www.agriculture.gov.au

INDI INVOLVED

Industry Reference Committees (IRC) review
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is reviewing the structure and membership of Industry Reference Committees (IRC) and wants input from employers, employees and their representatives. Review information is here

Victorian Young Achiever Awards 
The Victorian Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of 31 December 2016. Winners receive a $1,000 Bartercard Account plus $1,000 into an account in their name from Bank of Melbourne. Information and nomination forms are here

ABOUT GEORGINA CURTIS

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Georgina Curtis is Cathy’s Major Project & Policy Adviser. She was most recently the Manager of Alpine Community Plantation in Bright. She has spent the last 10 years working across Australia on a range of community engagement projects with the Australian Government and community sector. Happily settled in North East Victoria Georgina is looking forward to being able to bring a regional and grassroots perspective to the national agenda.


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