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Indi Weekly Scoop 13 April 2018

Posted April 13, 2018



above: Cathy joined Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim as a speaker at the Rural Australians for Refugees national conference in Wodonga last weekend. More than 200 people from throughout Australia took part in the conference. (see story below)


Rural Australians for Refugees conference showcases Indi

Rural Australians for Refugees held a three-day national conference in Wodonga last week, with about 240 people gathering at Catholic College Wodonga for the event. Cathy attended the opening dinner of the conference to welcome visitors to the region. Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim joined Cathy on Sunday to discuss positive engagement with politicians. Cathy read a message to the conference from the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Review recommends national strategy for regional, rural and remote education

Creating a national strategy to drive access to high quality education and training in regional, rural and remote Australia is one of the recommendations in a report released today by the Federal Government. The Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education was led by Emeritus Professor Dr John Halsey. It held hearings through Australia, including Wodonga on 11 October 2017. Read the report or go to the website

Comment on electoral redistribution before 4 May deadline

There is keen interest in the Australian Electoral Commission report detailing a draft redistribution of federal electoral divisions. Proposed changes to Indi include the removal from the electorate of the eastern section of Moira Shire, including Tungamah. A section of Strathbogie Shire, including Euroa and Violet Town would be included in the new Indi electorate. Written objections must be lodged by 6pm on Friday 4 May. Comments on objections can be lodged until 6pm on Friday, 18 May. All objections and comments will appear at www.aec.gov.au. A final determination will be published on Friday, 13 July 2018. Read the report here. Make a submission online here


above: Members of the Indi Makers group were busy this week putting together some beautiful hampers of local goodies that Cathy will offer to selected groups for use as raffle prizes and gifts. They look beautiful. Thank you Indi Makers for all that you do for Cathy’s office.


The April 2018 newsletter is out!

The April 2018 Indi Newsletter will soon be in letterboxes throughout the electorate. It contains plenty of reading including Minister Josh Frydenberg’s visit to Yackandandah and Winton; full details of funding for the electorate between October 2017 and March 2018; news about new mobile phone towers and the latest on the upcoming Budget Impact Survey in May. If you haven’t seen a copy, you can pick one up at the Wangaratta or Wodonga offices.

Electoral Funding and Reform Inquiry Report

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has released its report on the Electoral Funding and Reform Bill, referred to the committee in December 2017. The committee has unanimously agreed foreign donations for the purpose of election campaigning should be banned. It has made 15 recommendations. Among them is the introduction of a transparency register, giving voters the ability to identify who is seeking to influence their vote. Read the report.

Make a submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Cathy is a member of this Committee that will explore recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. It will consider the recommendations from the Uluru Statement and the recommendations from the Referendum Council. Co-chaired by Senator Patrick Dodson and Mr Julian Leeser MP, the committee will present an interim report to Parliament by 30 July. Written submissions close on Monday, 11 June. Find out more here

Have your say on mental health services before 11 May

A Senate inquiry is asking why rural Australians access mental health services at a low rate. The inquiry will make recommendations to improve the delivery of mental health services in regional areas. Cathy encourages all individuals, organisations and mental health professionals to make submissions before Friday, 11 May.

Input to forestry agreements

Over the next two years the Victorian Government will be undertaking a review of its Regional Forestry Agreements (RFAs). RFAs establish the framework for the management of forests. The Government will use the outcomes of the engagement processes to inform the modernisation of Victoria’s RFAs. Find out more here.


2018 Kerferd Oration goes “brave and bold”

The 2018 Kerferd Oration will be delivered in July by Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy. Senator McCarthy is a Yanyuwa woman from the Gulf country in the Northern Territory. Senator McCarthy is encouraging Australians to be bold and brave to develop a united vision for Australia. The annual Oration is a free community event. It starts at 11am on Sunday 29 July. Doors open at 10.15am. For details go to the website.

Renewable energy focus at Beechworth

Totally Renewable Beechworth (TRB) and Indigo Shire council will host an educational energy marketplace and battery storage workshop on 21 April at the Beechworth Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, between 1pm and 4pm. Presenters include the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (ACT) Kate Auty; Damien Moyse from the Alternative Technology Association; and Matt Charles Jones from Totally Renewable Yackandandah. Event and ticket information is here.

Sustainability awards open

The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards are open for the 16th year. Awards are made in 10 categories and entries are open to schools, businesses and community groups. Entries close on Thursday, 7 June and details are available here


Answers to last week: Cryptic town, Kinglake. Who am I? Weary Dunlop.

Cryptic - What Indi town is this?

Tree crossing the river

Test your INDI knowledge

What town features in the movie “The Castle”?

A             Castlemaine

B             Newcastle

C             Castley Rock

D            Bonnie Doon (we're going to Bonnie Doon, ah, the serenity!)


  • 17 and 18 April – Melbourne - First meetings of the Joint Select Committee for Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • 19 April – Wangaratta – Visit to St John’s Village to speak to residents
  • 20 April – Yackandandah – Guest speaker at Yackandandah Health

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