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Indi Weekly Scoop 14 July 2017

Posted July 14, 2017



Image: The Northern Victoria Refugee Support Network brings together members of Indi groups and organisations who support refugees and those seeking asylum. Network members met with Cathy at Felltimber Community Centre in Wodonga this week. (See story below)


Stitched Up Textile Festival

The opening of the 14th biennial Stitched Up Festival saw more than 200 people flock to the Wangaratta Art Gallery to celebrate and share everything in textile arts and crafts. Highlights this year included a Strictly Quilts exhibition at St Bernard’s Primary School hall, the Seasonal Stories exhibition at the Wangaratta Library, Textile Tales of Life, Love and Loss at the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre, and free displays at the Post Office Arcade and the Co-Store. Congratulations to the festival organisers Kerryn Taylor and Kathy Beilby for their inspiring work that showcases Indi’s rich arts culture. There was plenty of inspiration to keep hands busy during the remaining winter.


Image: Simone Nolan, Kerryn Taylor, Brenda McGhan and Cathy McGowan at the opening of the Stitched Up Textile Festival at the Wangaratta Art Gallery


Taking Cittaslow from Yea to the rest of Indi

Local government leaders joined Cathy for an informal lunch at the Yea home of Adele and John Anderson to share the concept of Cittaslow, which extends the idea of locality and making the most of where you live. Yea has been a member of Cittaslow since 2011, part of an international network of communities and towns that focus on sustainability and self-reliance in areas including food and wine, heritage, the arts and urban planning. This meeting was a chance to encourage other Indi towns to see how they might participate in this growing movement.

Cittaslow provides a framework for planning for the future whilst preserving and promoting the unique qualities and characteristics of its member towns.  To see how your town might become involved, check out the Cittaslow criteria here

Networking support for refugees and asylum seekers

Since last year, Freida Andrews of Benalla has brought together 11 “on the ground” community groups and organisations from throughout Indi under the umbrella of the Northern Victoria Refugee Support Network. The aim is to facilitate communication and information sharing between community groups who are active in supporting refugees and those seeking asylum. Rural Australians for Refugees Albury-Wodonga hosted a meeting of the network in Wodonga this week to discuss with Cathy plans for a network delegation to visit Parliament House in Canberra in November. There are also plans to invite Member for Gellibrand, Tim Watts, to Indi to discuss his Private Members Motion calling on governments, businesses and community organisations to explore ways to use private sponsorship to expand the resettlement of refugees in Australia. Further information about the network and its member organisations is available from Freida Andrews at andrewslloyd@iinet.net.au or telephone 0417 058 897.


The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership register of comments closes Monday 17 July

For your chance to have your comments considered at the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership Regional Assembly, you must register them online by Monday 17 July, 2017. The Ovens Murray Regional Partnership delivers key recommendations for the region directly to the Victorian government. The web address is here.

NDIS Community Information Sessions

Do you have a question about the NDIS? Eight community NDIS information sessions will be held throughout the Ovens Murray region during the next fortnight.  The free sessions are open to people with disability, their families, carers, and providers. The first session kicks off on Monday at Wangaratta at 10.30am at the Performing Arts Centre in Ford St. To find a location closest to you and to reserve a place, call 03 9746 4017 or visit the website here.

The Victorian Energy & Water Ombudsman (EWOV) is visiting Wangaratta

If you need to talk to an Ombudsman representative about your energy or water issues, they will be in Wangaratta on 20 and 21 July.  To make an individual appointment for either of those days, you must contact the venues directly at Anglicare on 03 5723 7900 or Womens Health Goulburn North East on 03 5722 3009.

Activate your Business Workshops

Business Wangaratta and Rural City of Wangaratta are hosting a day of seminars to activate your business on Wednesday, 19 July from 11am.  For details go here.

Young Rural Women in Leadership

Country to Canberra has launched its 4th annual Leadership competition aimed at young rural women, from year 10 to 12.  Can you see yourself winning an all-expenses paid “Power Trip” to Canberra to undertake leadership training and meet incredible female leaders?  To enter, create a short 2 minute video or a 400 word written piece answering this question:  “From primary school to Prime Minister how can we create strong pathways to power for women?”  Entries open 25 July 2017. See here for details.

2018 Ship for World Youth (SWY)

The Japanese Cabinet Office, supported by the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, is inviting 11 young Australians (18-30) and a national leader (30+) to represent Australia for an all expenses paid six week global leadership and cross-cultural programme from J17 anuary to 4 March 2018.  If selected, you will be part of the delegation representing Australia.  For more details or to apply here.


  • Monday 17 July: Stronger Communities Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday 18 July: Dirrawarra Indigenous Network Meeting, 11am-1pm at MIND Australia boardroom Wangaratta
  • Thursday 20 July: Local Constitutional Convention, 10am, Wodonga Senior Secondary School
  • Thursday 20 July: Indi Philanthropic Groups Meeting
  • Friday 21 July: Opening Australian Property Institute Professional Development Seminar, 9am The Cube Wodonga



NESAY stands for North East Support & Action for Youth Inc.

NESAY’s  head office is at 86-90 Rowan Street Wangaratta and  there is also an office in Benalla.  NESAY aims to support young people up to the age of 25, especially those at risk of homelessness.  We have approximately 180 homeless young people across our region and resources are stretched. 

The 2016 Review can be picked up at their offices or visit the website here.

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