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Indi Weekly Scoop 4 May 2018

Posted May 04, 2018



The Indi Renewable Energy Working Group met in the Wangaratta office on Monday, discussing plans for community renewable energy across the electorate including the recent case study, Towards a Totally Renewable Indi. Access a copy here


Indi action group tackles blackspots

The Indi Telecommunications Action Group met on Monday, a regular opportunity to discuss issues including tackling mobile phone black spots and the NBN rollout. Half of the 38 mobile phone blackspots that received funding in round 1 and 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme have had new phone towers open. The Federal Budget should include round 4 of the programme to provide funding for remaining mobile black spots across the electorate.

Local Government Roundtable

Last week Cathy met with CEOs and Mayors from Indi’s nine local government areas. Discussions included the possible content of the 2018 Federal Budget, as well as the mobile black spot programme and progress on the North East rail line. These meetings provide an opportunity for Cathy to advocate on their behalf on the issues affecting local government, and for councils to catch up on links to what is happening in the Federal Parliament.

Last chance to comment on Indi redistribution

There is a final chance to comment on proposed changes to Indi under the Victorian electoral redistribution by 6pm today. Those changes include the removal from the electorate of the eastern section of Moira Shire. 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. Read the report. Make a submission online here



Tallangatta embraces renewable energy

More than 40 people turned out on Wednesday night in Tallangatta (above) to learn about sustainability opportunities for the town. A decision was made to create Totally Renewable Tallangatta. The town now joins Beechworth and Yackandandah, who have also pledged to go 100% renewable.

Young people budget breakfasts

Cathy’s post Budget breakfasts for young people are back! 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 Budget. Confirm your invitation by contacting the office: cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au


Get in Cathy’s ear on the Budget

Thousands of postcards will go out next week to households in the Murrindindi, Alpine and Towong shires encouraging people to have their say on the 2018 Budget, as well as other issues that concern constituents. Community input is vital in shaping Cathy’s Budget-in-Reply speech and work to support issues in Parliament. Everyone can also have their say after the 2018 Budget Survey at www.cathymcgowan.com.au on Wednesday, 9 May. It will close on Tuesday 29 May.


A quiet revolution in housing

Yackandandah will host an Innovative Housing Forum on Thursday, 17 May at the Yackandandah Public Hall between 7pm and 9.30pm. The forum is the chance to hear about energy efficient, low maintenance and lower cost housing for older people wanting to downsize, young people wanting to enter the housing market, single parents and those seeking to “age in place”. RSVP to Cheryl Graham at cheryl@farminganswers.com

Child sexual abuse redress scheme opens

The Commonwealth Redress Scheme will begin accepting applications for redress from survivors of child sexual abuse from 1 July. Information is available on the Department of Social Services website or contact the National Redress Information Line on 1800 146 713.

Last chance to have your say on mental health services

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.

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. 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


Answers to previous week: Cryptic town, Beechworth. INDI knowledge, D – The Mitta starts its life up near Bogong as the Big River.

Cryptic - what Indi town is this?

Bloom valley.

Who am I? The fewer clues you use to determine the answer, the more points you get! Challenge yourself and cover up the later clues.

10 points             My father was born in Tipperary, Ireland and sentenced to 7 years transportation for                                                                    stealing two pigs.

8 points                I was born in Beveridge and later moved to Eleven Mile Creek.

6 points                I was arrested for assaulting a Chinaman.

4 points                My mother was tried and convicted in Beechworth.

3 points                I was arrested for being an accomplice to Harry Power.

2 point                 I shot a policeman at Stringybark Creek near Tolmie.

1 point                 I am Ned...


  • 7 May – Return to Federal Parliament
  • 8 May – 2018 Federal Budget handed down
  • 9 May – 3 minute constituency statement
  • 10 May – Cathy has a question in Question Time
  • 10 May – Towong Shire at Parliament House
  • 11 May – Post Parliamentary week press conference at The Cube, Wodonga

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