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Indi Weekly Scoop 2 December 2016

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Students from Kiewa Valley Primary School visited Parliament House on Wednesday. Story below.

INDI IN THE NEWS

Indi wins again under Mobile Blackspot Programme

Effective lobbying for telecommunications has led to another great result for mobile phone black spots in Indi. The electorate has been allocated eight more mobile base stations from Round 2 of the Mobile Blackspot Programme, funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments and Telstra.

Government challenged: commit to rural and regional budget statements

The government has been called to put rural and regional Australia at the forefront of the Government’s Budget and economic considerations. In introducing a Private Members’ Bill to the Parliament, Cathy said the government must explain the impact of budget decisions on rural and regional Australians.

Act now to improve nbn™ for Indi

In a Notice of Motion before the Parliament Cathy urged the government to review the nbn Fair Use Policy and implement recommendations of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review.

Compromise reached on backpacker tax

Cathy has welcomed the compromise of a 15 per cent backpacker tax. The lengthy process involved in passing the backpacker tax legislation was a perfect example of what happens when policy is developed without fully investigating the impact on rural and regional Australians.

Media reform has two years to prove value to rural and regional Australia

The government has been put on notice that the impact of media reform on Indi and all rural and regional Australians will be watched closely before a review in two years. Now it needs to do the work to make sure the reform is effective and does not further disadvantage rural and regional Australia.

Dairy farmer assistance round-table meeting - save the date

The date has been set for the North East Victoria roundtable meeting to discuss the delays dairy farmers are facing in accessing financial assistance: Monday 12 December, 10.30am-12.30pm, Tangambalanga Community Hall. This will be an important meeting. Senator Bridget McKenzie will attend on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce. Representatives from the Department of Human Services will also be present to assist with individual claims. In the meantime, farmers can call the Agriculture Victoria hotline 132 316 to find out the status of their claims. Please contact the Wodonga office on 02 6024 6284 for more information. 

INDI IN CANBERRA

Wodonga a place of opportunities

Wodonga is Victoria's fastest growing regional centre. Cathy paid tribute to the town in parliament and affirmed a commitment to working with the Wodonga community to help it reach its full potential.

Financial planners in rural and regional Australia face higher costs and red tape

Certified financial planners provide great services, particularly in times of crisis. In rural and regional Australia they also face higher costs and red tape, and challenges assisting farmers planning for succession, aged care and Centrelink.

Kiewa Primary School visits Parliament House

Thirty-nine Year 5 and 6 students from Kiewa Valley Public School visited Parliament House in Canberra on the final sitting day for 2017. The students were on a visit to Canberra as part of their civics and citizenship studies. In response to their questions, Cathy told them her favourite part of being a parliamentarian was to meet with school groups such as theirs and speaking in Parliament about her electorate.

INDI OPPORTUNITIES

Have your say on passenger rail services

One of the biggest studies on passenger rail services between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne is about to get under way. Albury City, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla Councils have joined forces to fund the research project which will look at both existing and potential demand for rail services, current perceptions of train travel and the social and economic impact of rail on local communities. The four councils are working closely with the Border Rail Action Group.

Building Better Regions Fund Information Sessions

The BBRF provides funding for infrastructure and community investment projects which create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities. An information session on the Building Better Regions Fund  will be held at 10.30am, 31 January at the City of Wodonga Council Chambers, 104 Hovell Street. A webinar will also be made available in mid-January 2017.

INDI BUSINESS

The week ahead 5-9 December:

• Monday: International Day of Volunteers. Volunteer groups received $250,000 last year in volunteer grant funding. Apply for the 2016 round here.
• Wednesday: Albury launch of Jumping Ship by Michael Traill at Albury Library Museum

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week:

  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin)
  • Corporations Amendment (Life Insurance Remuneration Arrangements)
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform)
  • Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) 2016 (No. 2)
  • Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (No. 2) 2016
  • Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders)

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