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Indi Weekly Scoop 16 February 2018

Posted February 16, 2018



Members of the National Rural Women’s Muster passed through Canberra this week.


Update on train works

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Barnaby Joyce announced on Thursday that North East rail works will begin mid-2018. $100m has already been committed to the line. Consultations for the scope of work will begin in March. Watch Cathy’s question to the Minister

More women on Ag boards

Cathy called on the Government to support increasing the representation by women on agricultural boards. Federal policy in 2016 announced a target of 50 per cent for all Government boards. The 15 rural research and development corporations are currently at about 30 per cent. Watch the speech here.

Money for public pools

Swimmers in the Indigo shire will be in for a real treat with all five pools set for an upgrade. A Commonwealth grant of $18,125 will include new safety signage and improve the water management of the Yackandandah Pool.

Australian farmers get first offer

The Government has made changes giving local buyers first offer on agricultural land. New rules will require farmers to advertise their property to locals for at least 30 days before it is sold to foreign investors. Read more.


A local voice on Closing the Gap

Volunteer Catherine, who has lived her life in the Wodonga Aboriginal community, helped craft Cathy’s response to the Prime Minister's Closing the Gap speech. Her speech emphasised the importance of giving ATSI Australians a voice and self-determination. Here is the speech.

Ethnic Communities Council comes to Canberra

The Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council visited Parliament House this week. They learned more about how Parliament works and made great connections that will assist their work back home.

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency)
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio)
  • Family Assistance and Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children)
  • Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures)
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Authority Governance and Other Matters)
  • Investigation and Prosecution Measures
  • Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund)
  • Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges
  • Proceeds of Crime Amendment (Proceeds and Other Matters)
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive)


New NBN roadshow dates released

The NBN roadshow timetable is:

  • 21 February – Kinglake – 9am to 12pm – Main Road, Kinglake (near Foodworks)
  • 21 February – Marysville – 3pm to 6pm – Murchison, Marysville (near VIC, 11 Murchison St)
  • 22 February – Eildon – 10am to 1.30pm – Main St, Eildon
  • 23 February – Benalla – 10am to 2pm – 70 Nunn St, Benalla (outside Stolz, near Town Hall)
  • 3 March – Mansfield – 9.30am to 2pm – High St, Mansfield (opposite Mark’s IGA)

Staff will speak about the rollout of the network and provide information about what to consider before signing up to a plan with a phone or internet provider. The roadshow includes a Sky Muster truck carrying a portable satellite antenna. Details can be found here.


Benalla Community funds now open

The Benalla Council provides funding for incorporated, community-based not for profit groups and organisations. Grants of up to $2500 are available to assist in hosting events, activities and community-based initiatives. Find out more.

Public hearings on political donations

Public hearings on political donations and Section 44 of the Constitution will take place in Adelaide Monday 19th and Perth Tuesday 20th February. Submissions for the inquiry are closed but a live broadcast will be available here.

Rural Minds stops off in North East

Next month the Rural Minds Road Trip makes five stops in the North East.  Roaming ambassador Luke Smith is taking his bus – and his family of nine – to talk to rural people about mental health and wellbeing. The four-hour workshops are free and registrations can be made by emailing lukesmith@rrmh.com.au or phone 0429878766. The timetable is:

  • Mansfield – 6 March
  • Benalla – 7 March
  • Wangaratta – 8 March
  • Beechworth – 13 March
  • Wodonga – 14 March


  • 18 February – City 2 City event from Albury to Wodonga
  • 20 February – Meeting with Towong Shire Council, Tallangatta
  • 20 February – Guest speaker, Churchill Fellows Info session, Albury
  • 23 February – AFL North East Border Business lunch, Albury
  • 26 February – Parliament resumes in Canberra

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