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Indi Weekly Scoop 16 March 2018

Posted March 16, 2018



Approximately 40 people, including Towong Mayor Cr Aaron Scales and Cr David Wortmann joined Cathy and Telstra representatives at Bethanga to celebrate the town’s new mobile phone tower.


Tangambalanga and Bethanga celebrate improved mobile reception

Today has seen the launch of two new mobile phone towers at Tangambalanga and Bethanga. Both communities came together for the 13th and 14th events which are among 38 new phone towers for Indi under the Commonwealth Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The next community celebration for a new tower will be at Tallangatta South on Saturday, 24 March at 10am. RSVP: cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au or 03 5721 7077.

Additional $135 million to North East rail upgrade takes Commonwealth total to $235 million

Today’s announcement of a further $135 million in Commonwealth money for the North East rail upgrade is a win for the Indi community. Cathy has congratulated all those who have fought for a long time seeking recognition that the North East line could not deliver the rail services that passengers expect. Read the statement.


Energy and Environment Minister visits Indi

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg will visit Indi on Monday to talk community energy. He will attend two round-table meetings at Yackandandah and Winton where he will meet with representatives from community groups across Indi. The visit will give Minister Frydenberg the opportunity to inspect and discuss the depth of activity across Indi in the renewable and community energy space. Further details here


Cathy, Victorian Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish and Mayor of Murrindindi Shire, Cr Charlie Bisset were guest speakers at last week’s Flowerdale community forum.

Plenty to learn at community meetings

Meeting with the community always yields plenty of comments, ideas and advice for Cathy. Last week there was the Flowerdale Community Forum, where all three tiers of government came together to discuss important issues for the fiercely proud Flowerdale community. Facilitated by Claude Baxter, Cathy was joined by the Victorian Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish and Murrindindi Shire Mayor, Cr Charlie Bisset. The visit to Indi’s south also included an inspection of the new Yea saleyards.

This week Cathy has met with the Upper Kiewa Valley Community Association for its regular forum at Mt Beauty. Thank you to host Mrs Mary Pike, secretary of the association and chairperson Jodee Betheras, who brought together Alpine Shire Mayor, Cr Ron Janas and directors of the council, as well as representatives of Alpine Health and community members for a worthwhile discussion.

New multipurpose hall a boon for Beechworth students

Cathy this week joined the staff of Beechworth Montessori School, the Committee of Management, students and parents to open a new multipurpose hall for the school. The school received a Commonwealth grant of $650,000 for the project which included construction of an extension and refurbishment of an existing building to provide a kitchenette and other amenities. Full details here


$15 million Regional Study Hubs Program open for applications

The Government has committed $15 million over four years to assist in the establishment and maintenance of up to eight community-owned, regional study hubs across regional Australia. A Regional Study Hub (RSH) is a community facility providing support for regional students to locally study courses delivered by distance from an Australian university. Applications for Regional Study Hubs funding are now open and will close on 13 April. Applications will be assessed in late April and early May, with an announcement of successful applications in June. For details including assessment criteria go here

A new pathway for women in ag leadership

Applications are open for the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. The Federal Government has teamed up with leading agribusinesses and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) to provide this one-on-one mentoring opportunity. Aspiring women leaders have until 12 April to apply. Further details are here

Harmony Day and Cultural Diversity Week

North East Victoria gets together this week to celebrate all that is great about cultural diversity. From cultural dancing to a taste of Ireland, getting to know your neighbours through to sharing a delicious variety of food, there is something for everyone. The German-Austrian-Australian Club in Wodonga will host A Taste of Harmony forum and dinner on Wednesday 21 March from 5.30pm. To register go to www.harmonydaywodonga2018.eventbrite.com.au


  • 19 March – Yackandandah/Winton – Roundtable events with Minister Frydenberg and community energy groups
  • 20 March – Rutherglen – Cool Heads forum at Rutherglen Memorial Hall at 10am
  • 20 March – Tungamah – Meet with Moira Shire re Tungamah Community Plan
  • 21 March – Wodonga – Wodonga Primary School
  • 21 March – Meeting with Murrindindi Shire councillors
  • 22 March – Wangaratta – Agriculture dinner with Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford
  • 23-25 March – Yackandandah Folk Festival

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