Indi Weekly Scoop 23 February 2018
Posted February 23, 2018
Meeting with the Towong Council -- mobile blackspots, NBN, funding and pumped hydro energy were all discussed.
INDI IN THE NEWS
NBN roll out continues
The NBN continues to rollout across Indi. Works in Towong Shire are underway to connect 700 homes and businesses in Corryong. These should be complete by the middle of the year. NBN works are also underway in Alexandra. More than 1000 homes in and around Alexandra should be connected by the middle of the year.
Urgent action needed on train
Now more than ever we need the Federal and State governments to work together to fix the North East rail link. Both governments must urgently figure out how to meet funding requirements. It starts with releasing of the scope of works for the $100million federal investment in the line. Read Cathy’s release here.
Meeting with Towong Council
Local governments across Indi continue to raise concerns about the sustainability of their funding. The Government’s previous freeze on Financial Assistance Grants cut $200m from local roads and community services in Victoria. Cathy continues to push for fairer funding model for rural and regional councils calling for a review of the funding methodology. See the notice of motion.
Bushfire grants now open
The Marysville community is looking for good ideas to support bushfire recovery? The Bushfire Recovery Fund and the Triangle Community Development 2018 grants are now open. Find out more here.
Community grants now available
Border Trust is now inviting applications from organisations seeking to deliver projects that will benefit the border community. Applications close 2 March. Find out more about the grants here.
University survival guide for new students
Starting university can be especially challenging for regional students. The Country Education Foundation of Australia has put out its 2018 survival guide for students to make it easier. The Guide covers things study tips, student discounts, budgeting and finance, as well as recipes and living out of home advice.
Electoral funding submission deadline extended
The submission deadline for the inquiry into Section 44 of the Constitution and on electoral funding and disclosure has been extended. Submissions are now open until March 9. Find out more here.
Submissions for Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission
Submissions for the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission are now being accepted. Submissions are open until April 30 and the Commission may invite people who have made submissions to give evidence at hearings. For more information about the Terms of Reference and how to make a submission, visit the website.
Parliament is sitting next week.
Parliament House: Meeting with Star of the Sea Year 12 Students, 28 February 11am.
Parliament House: Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, 28 February 6:30pm.
Parliament House: Meeting with delegates from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship and representatives from Minister/Shadow Minister’s offices, 28 February/1 March.
Rutherglen: Tour of Rutherglen and Lake Moodemere, 2 March.