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Indi Weekly Scoop 20 April 2018

Posted April 20, 2018



above: V/Line chief executive officer James Pinder (left) and regional manager Michael Brady met with Cathy in Wodonga today to discuss the North East rail line (see story below)


Making $235 million count for the North East rail line

Cathy met today with V/Line chief executive officer James Pinder and regional manager Michael Brady for the first time since an additional $135 million in Commonwealth funding was announced for the North East rail line. At the meeting Cathy called for V/Line and the Victorian Government to develop a plan to work with communities in Indi. Read the full story

Centenary of Anzac an important commemoration

Ahead of Wednesday’s Anzac Day, Cathy is encouraging everyone to honour the sacrifice and service of our original ANZACs and all service personnel throughout the past century. Cathy will attend services at Merrijig and Mansfield on Anzac Day. Read Cathy’s message

Killingworth celebrates improved mobile reception at tower launch

The Killingworth community will celebrate improved reception when the new mobile phone tower is officially launched on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Details of the celebration are here


Cathy with Coral Hall, Varelle Carlson and Desiree Harker, managing director and chair of the board of St John’s Village Wangaratta during Cathy’s visit on Thursday. Cathy spoke to residents of The Terraces at St John’s Village and met with staff.

Comment on electoral redistribution before 4 May deadline

There’s only a short time left to comment on proposed changes to Indi under a Victorian electoral redistribution. Those changes include the removal from the electorate of the eastern section of Moira Shire, including Tungamah. A section of Strathbogie Shire, including Euroa and Violet Town would be included in the new Indi electorate. Written objections must be lodged by 6pm on Friday 4 May. Comments on objections can be lodged until 6pm on Friday, 18 May. All objections and comments will appear at www.aec.gov.au. A final determination will be published on Friday, 13 July 2018. Read the report here. Make a submission here

National strategy recommended for regional, rural and remote education

The Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education reported back to the Federal Government last week. The review’s recommendations included the creation of a national strategy to drive access to high quality education and training in regional, rural and remote Australia. The review held hearings through Australia, including Wodonga on 11 October 2017. Cathy will now lobby Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham to ensure the recommendations are enacted. Read the report or go to the website


Case study shows how Indi communities are working towards 100pc renewable energy

The first in a series of case studies in community action details the renewable energy evolution now underway across Indi. A hard copy of the case study can be picked up at either the Wodonga or Wangaratta offices. It is also available on-line and includes links to key Federal, Victorian and local stakeholders, as well as community energy projects and funding opportunities.

The April 2018 newsletter is out!

The April 2018 Indi Newsletter has been arriving this week in letterboxes throughout the electorate. It includes Minister Josh Frydenberg’s visit to Yackandandah and Winton; full details of funding for the electorate between October 2017 and March 2018; news about new mobile phone towers and the latest on the upcoming Budget Impact Survey in May. If you haven’t seen a copy, you can pick one up at the Wangaratta or Wodonga offices or email us at cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au

Electoral Funding and Reform Inquiry Report

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has released its report on the Electoral Funding and Reform Bill, referred to the committee in December 2017. The committee has unanimously agreed foreign donations for the purpose of election campaigning should be banned. It has made 15 recommendations. Among them is the introduction of a transparency register, giving voters the ability to identify who is seeking to influence their vote. Read the report.

Have your say on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Cathy is a member of a committee that will explore recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. The committee held its first hearings this week. It will consider the recommendations from the Uluru Statement and the recommendations from the Referendum Council. Co-chaired by Senator Patrick Dodson and Mr Julian Leeser MP, the committee will present an interim report to Parliament by 30 July. Written submissions close on Monday, 11 June. Find out more here

Have your say on mental health services before 11 May

A Senate inquiry is asking why rural Australians access mental health services at a low rate. The inquiry will make recommendations to improve the delivery of mental health services in regional areas. Cathy encourages all individuals, organisations and mental health professionals to make submissions before Friday, 11 May.


Youth Innovation Grants close soon

Each year, the winners of ABC’s Heywire Competition attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop ideas to improve regional Australia for young people. Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to make these ideas a reality. Applications close Monday 14 May 2018 and here are the details. Applications will open in June for Trailblazers, an opportunity for young, regional change makers to have their stories on the ABC. Get further details here

Pick Your Project …. And win funding!

Pick My Project is a new community grants program that gives Victorians the chance to suggest project ideas and then decide which ones will most improve their communities by voting. Apply for funding for ideas costing between $20,000 and $200,000, focusing on sport and recreation activities, improving health and wellbeing, innovation and technology, arts and culture, or anything that improves community and brings people together. Pick My Project starts in May. Register for updates

Renewable energy focus at Beechworth

Totally Renewable Beechworth (TRB) and Indigo Shire council will host an educational energy marketplace and battery storage workshop tomorrow, 21 April, at the Beechworth Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, between 1pm and 4pm. Presenters include the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (ACT) Kate Auty; Damien Moyse from the Alternative Technology Association; and Matt Charles Jones from Totally Renewable Yackandandah. Event and ticket information is here.

… while it’s all eyes on sustainability at Tallangatta

A new community group, Totally Sustainable Tallangatta (TST) has begun to rally support for a sustainable and thriving town. TST will hold its first event – a community day at the Tallangatta Triangle on Sunday, 22 April. It will share information about existing cultural, social and sporting groups. TST will be officially launched at a Share Dinner and Conversation on May 2. Bookings can be made at trybooking.com/VDWT

Sustainability awards open

The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards are open for the 16th year. Awards are made in 10 categories and entries are open to schools, businesses and community groups. Entries close on Thursday, 7 June and details are available here


Answers to last week: Cryptic town, Myrtleford. INDI knowledge, D – Bonnie Doon

Cryptic - What Indi town is this?

Mother tongue?

What am I?         The fewer clues you use to determine the answer, the more points you get! Challenge yourself and cover up the later clues.

10 points              I am 840 km long

8 points                Approx 100 km of me is in Indi.

6 points                I follow the route of early explorers

4 points                I join the M80 to the A22

3 points                Tourists take exits for wine and food trails

2 points                Skiers take the Snow Road exit

1 point                 I am the _____ Highway/ Freeway/ Motorway     


  • 23 April – Wangaratta – Indi LGA roundtable
  • 24 April – Yea – Visit to Yea Primary School Grade 5 & 6 students
  • 24 April – Yea – Killingworth mobile phone tower celebration
  • 24 April – Ancona – community meeting
  • 25 April – Merrijig – Anzac Day service
  • 25 April – Mansfield – Anzac Day service

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