International Volunteers Day – 5 December
Joan Warnock (right) was recognised for 60 years of volunteering with Australian Red Cross on Monday 14 November. Congratulations to Joan, Helen Haynes (left) and all Red Cross volunteers who give generously during times of difficulty and disaster.
It is International Volunteers Day on 5 December, honouring the contribution volunteers make to their local communities. The federal government is offering $10 million in volunteer grants between $1,000 and $5,000 each. The grants are for organisations to buy equipment or supplies, train volunteers, for undertake background security checks.
INDI IN THE NEWS
Dairy farmers meeting
Dairy farmers affected by long delays in getting financial assistance who wish to attend a roundtable meeting in Indi on the issue can contact Cathy’s office (date to be confirmed). The Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce delegated Senator Bridget McKenzie to come to North East Victoria for a meeting after Cathy raised the issue in parliament. There have been delays of up to 20 weeks for dairy farming families to receive assistance.
ARTC track work welcome
Cathy has welcomed the news that work will be done on the railway line between Benalla and Wodonga by the Australian Rail Track Corporation during November. The maintenance work to address ‘mud holes’ under the track is long overdue and welcome.
- Media release: Much needed track maintenance for North East rail line welcome
- Lobbying and action for trains in Indi
New cancer centre for Albury / Wodonga
Congratulations to the Albury Wodonga community on the opening of the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre on Wednesday 16 November. Local people worked together on an extensive and effective campaign to deliver the facility which will benefit thousands across the region.
ABC comes “Back to Yack”
The Board and CEO of the Australian Broadcasting Commission will be in Yackandandah on Friday 25 November for the ABC’s "Back to Yack" event. The street party is a celebration of the return of the Back Roads program to television. It is also an opportunity to let the ABC know how important a strong and properly funded national broadcaster is to regional and rural Australians.
Mansfield Steiner School receives $1m grant
Mansfield Steiner School will be building new classrooms with a $1 million grant from the federal government’s Capital Grants Program.
Your health, your say
The Australian Digital Health Agency is conducting a survey that will be used to develop a national digital health strategy.
Independent Intelligence Review
The federal government is undertaking a review of the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC). The Review will examine the environment in which the intelligence community operates, and consider how effectively it serves Australia’s national interests.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Voices for Indi AGM – When representative democracy turns participatory
Sunday, 20 November 2016 at The Centre, Wangaratta.
Marngrook Footy comes to Bright
Say hello at the Bright Marngrook Footy Family Day Sat 19th Nov 2016, P12 College Oval Bright, Victoria. Activities start at 11am, with the game kicking off at 1pm. Marngrook Footy embraces and shares indigenous culture through a celebration of, and a spiritual reconnection to language, music, sport and art in the Dhudhuroa language.
Talking trade with ASEAN
Cathy will be talking international trade at with a delegation from ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) in Canberra during next week’s sitting period.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues to be raised
Co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Jackie Huggins and Rod Little will meet with Cathy next week to discuss the government’s future plans for improving the lives of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people; collaborative opportunities for effective policy on priority matters and Constitution Recognition.