Local, Independant and Effective

Indi Weekly Scoop 19 December 2016



Devil River mobile phone tower launched

Representatives from the CFA, SES, Victoria Police and Parks Victoria gathered with Cathy and the Telstra team on Thursday to celebrate the launch of the Devil River mobile phone base station. Mobile phone coverage and high speed data will be a boon for safety and tourism for the area.

Dairy farmers share stories of delays and heartbreak

Dairy farmers in Indi shared their stories about delays in accessing Farm Household Allowance in Tangambalanga on Monday. Local farmers have convened an action group and Cathy will be contacting the Minister for Agriculture to follow up on the roundtable meeting. In the meantime the Department of Human Services has provided a fact sheet and a checklist for farmers seeking to access the FHA.  


Congratulations to our Local Sporting Champions

Thirteen young people in Indi were awarded $500 each in the Local Sporting Champions grants announced this week. Congratulations to Zoe Deacon (Browns Plains), Katelyn Russel (Wodonga), Stephen Martin (West Wodonga), Ethan and Declan Patrala (Leneva), Sarah Whitehouse (Wodonga), Jarrah Forrer (Mount Beauty), Carter Ramsay (Wodonga), Tasman Kearney (Beechworth), Joanne Garoni (Wodonga), Jack Boulton (Wangaratta), and Bridget Cole (Wangaratta).


Volunteer grants close 20 December

Submissions for Volunteer Grants of between $1000-$5000 close on 20 December.

NBN Impact on Budget

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has released a report National Broadband Network—Impact on the Budget, which discusses the budget impact of the Commonwealth’s equity and debt financing of the National Broadband Network and the associated fiscal risks.

The Week Ahead

  • Monday: A visit to the Carevan, Wangaratta
  • Wednesday: Dairy action group meets
  • Thursday: A visit to the Carevan, Wodonga

The Wangaratta and Wodonga offices will close from 5pm, 23 December until 9am, 9 January 2017.

Cathy’s team


Juliette Howard from Galen College spent the week with Team Orange on work experience learning about how Parliament works and what is involved in representing the people of Indi. Juliette particularly enjoyed meeting with aboriginal elders and the Christmas volunteer and supporter celebration. “I’m surprised just how big Indi is!” Juliette says. We enjoyed having you around, Juliette, and hope to see more of you in the future!

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