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Indi Weekly Scoop 24 November 2016

Posted November 24, 2016




  • Murray was one of the students from Wodonga’s Belvoir Special School who visited Parliament House this week. See the report and a link to the photo gallery below.


Indi farmers get action on dairy assistance delays

The Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has responded to Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan’s call for action to assist Indi dairy farmers. A roundtable meeting will be held in Tangambalanga in the Kiewa Valley on 12 December at 10.30am. It will address the long delays dairy farmers are facing to access emergency financial assistance. People wanting to attend can contact the Wodonga office on 02 6024 6284.

ABC Board comes “Back to Yack”

The ABC Board is coming "Back to Yack" tomorrow. They are celebrating with the people of Yackandandah the return of Back Roads, a program which in its first series told the story of this vibrant, innovative community. Show the ABC we are grateful for their investment in rural and regional programming and want it to continue. Share a few lines with a local story in a comment here or just share this Facebook post tagged with #BackToYack and #indiacts.


Congress of Australia’s First Peoples


The co-chairs of the Congress of Australia’s First Peoples visited Parliament House to discuss constitutional recognition and matters affecting aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Rod Little (far left) is from the Amangu and Wajuk peoples of Geraldton and Perth areas of WADr Jackie Huggins is a Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (North Queensland) woman from Queensland. Also pictured are (l-r) Cathy and Indi residents Rob Carolane, Twin Prism Consulting and Rob Hescock, General Manager of HVP Plantations Northern Region.

Bright Marngrook Family Footy Day

As well as great footy, the Bright Marngrook Family Footy Day on Saturday 19 November provided and opportunity for a celebration of indigenous culture and language.

School visits

  • Belvoir Special School Wodonga
    Belvoir School's VCAL students visited Parliament House this week. The visit was a happy reunion following Cathy’s recent visit to the school to meet the students and learn about their program. The students were already familiar with many of the political faces they came across during their visit and asked many questions about how parliament works. The photo album of the visit is here.

  • Lutheran Victory College Wodonga
    Grade 6 students from Victory Lutheran College Wodonga visited Parliament House on 21 November. They asked questions about what to do to improve their community.

Congratulations Postman Pat

Congratulations to “Postman Pat” Halit, who is retiring after a staggering 60 years’ service to Australia Post and the community. Well done to Pat and to Australia Post which plays such an important role linking rural and regional Australians.

Government called to listen to local community on development fund process

The Coalition has been called to “walk the talk” of listening to people in rural and regional Australia as it sets up a $220 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package.


St Bernard’s PS received $800,000 grant

A grant of $800,000 from the federal government will help fund a $2.2 million development at St Bernard’s Primary School Wangaratta.

National Shed Development Programme funds awarded

Congratulations to the recipients of grants from the National Shed Development Programme:

  • Wangaratta District Men’s Shed - $3167
  • Beechworth Men’s Shed - $6080
  • King Valley Learning Exchange - $$2650
  • Wodonga Men’s Shed - $4518


New Building Better Regions Fund announced

The federal government has introduced the Building Better Regions Fund to replace the former National Stronger Regions Fund. The grants cover both infrastructure and community investment projects. Information about the BBRF is here.

Volunteer grants available

$10 million is available for volunteer grants between $1000 - $5000 to assist community and volunteer groups in carrying out their important work.

Murray Darling Basin Plan amendments consultation

The Murray Darling Basin Authority is proposing changes to the Basin plan. Consultation is happening until February, with submissions invited.


The week ahead 28 November - 2 December

  • Monday: Cathy will reintroduce a Private Member's Bill – the Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2016
  • Tuesday: Meeting with North East Catchment Management Authority, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg
  • Wednesday: Cathy will meet the winners of the “My First Speech” competition run out of Parliament House. Cathy was one of the judges.
  • Thursday: Kiewa Valley Primary School are visiting Parliament House on Thursday 1 December

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week

• Customs Tariff Amendment (Expanded Information Technology Agreement Implementation and Other Measures) 2016
• Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Assistance Alignment and Other Measures) 2016
• Social Services Legislation Amendment (Transition Mobility Allowance to the National Disability Insurance Scheme) 2016
• Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) 2016
• Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition 2016
• Superannuation (Objective) 2016
• Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) 2016
• Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (No. 1) 2016
• Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Amendment (New Governance Arrangements) 2016
• Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) 2016
• Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) 2016

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