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Indi Weekly Scoop 27 April 2018

Posted April 27, 2018



Cathy with Graham Godber of Mansfield, Tom Ingpen of Ancona and Bill Roman of Bonnie Doon RSL during Anzac Day commemorations at Mansfield. 


Big turnout marks Anzac Day

Across North East Victoria, thousands of people commemorated Anzac Day at marches and services on Wednesday. It is a great privilege to represent and pay tribute to those who have served their country and those who continue to serve. Read Cathy’s message


Killingworth celebrates improved mobile reception at tower launch

Cathy and Federal Regional Telecommunications Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie joined the Killingworth community to celebrate improved reception when the new mobile phone tower was officially launched on Tuesday, 24 April 2018.

Service changes on North East rail line this weekend

North East V/Line passengers this weekend are being asked to plan ahead with coaches set to replace some trains on the Melbourne to Albury line. Details are available at vline.com.au or by calling 1800 800 007. The 7.05am and 12.05pm Southern Cross to Albury services, and the 12.45pm and 5.20pm Albury to Southern Cross services, on both Saturday and Sunday will be replaced by coaches. The 6.35am Albury to Southern Cross and the 6.02pm Southern Cross to Albury services will operate as trains.

Budget breakfasts for young people make a return

Cathy’s post Budget breakfasts for young people are back next month. From Monday 14 May, Cathy will host four breakfasts in Mansfield (14 May), Benalla (15 May), Wangaratta (16 May) and Wodonga (18 May) to kick off the annual Indi Budget on-line survey and get feedback from young people about their response to the Government’s announcements. To confirm your invitation, contact the office at cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au

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. Make a submission online 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.

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

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 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, Tungamah. What am I? Hume M31.

Cryptic - What Indi town is this?

Value of trees

Test your INDI knowledge

Which big river flows east and south out of Indi and swings north back into Indi?

A             The Indi River

B             The Big River

C             The Mitta River

D            The Mitta starts its life up near Bogong as the Big River (both B and C). 


  • 30 April – Wangaratta – Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG) meeting
  • 30 April – Wangaratta - Indi Renewable Energy Group meeting
  • 30 April – Wangaratta – meeting with Wangaratta councillors
  • 1 May – Mansfield – meeting with Mansfield councillors
  • 2 May – Tallangatta – Totally Sustainable Tallangatta dinner
  • 4 May – Wodonga and Wangaratta offices closed for staff development day
  • 7 May – return to Parliament
  • 8 May – 2018-19 Federal Budget


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