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Indi Weekly Scoop 3 November 2016


Innovation in Wodonga’s education models on show for Minister


Image: Principal Darta Hovey (left) with VCAL students and staff and the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham (centre) with Cathy McGowan (2nd from right)  at the Wodonga Catholic College on Tuesday.

The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham toured some of Wodonga’s finest examples of education innovation this week. These models could break down barriers to higher education faced by rural, regional and remote students, and potentially deliver benefits across Australia.

MDBA and landholders meeting delivers results

Landholders downstream of Lake Hume weir received a commitment this week from the Murray Darling Basin Authority for action to improve the communication around water releases. The commitment came during a meeting organised by Cathy that brought together all the key players in managing water releases and warnings: the MDBA, the Bureau of Meteorology, and NSW Water.


Parliament resumes next week. Stay informed about what’s happening at www.aph.gov.au.

Farm Household Allowance problems for dairy industry will be followed up

Cathy has secured a briefing from the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce next week on the Farm Household Allowance. Many people have reported problems in taking up the assistance and it’s a serious problem that needs attention.

  • Keep up to date with Indi news out of parliament with The Scoop on Friday.

Asylum seekers legislation

The government’s proposed lifetime ban for asylum seekers who have been processed through Nauru or Manus Island to ever visit Australia has generated a strong response from people in Indi. Everyone’s correspondence is being gathered and Cathy will give it to the Prime Minister.

Yea High School coming to Canberra

Students from Yea High School will be visiting Parliament House this week. School visits to Parliament House are a highlight of the week for Cathy. Put a visit on next year's school calendar now.


Wodonga office now open an extra day

Wodonga electorate office is now open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. The office is at 79 High Street.




Jeremy Mickle is Cathy’s Policy and Parliamentary Adviser. He is based in Parliament House and worked for more than a decade in Canberra, with six of those years in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Jeremy was born and raised in North East Victoria (Benalla and Wodonga) and now he’s relishing the opportunity to work in parliament to deliver for Indi.

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