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Indi Weekly Scoop 6 April 2018

Posted April 06, 2018



above: Bill Traill, John Dunstan and Linley Horrocks of the Border Rail Action Group (BRAG) held a meeting with Cathy on Friday, 6 April. Thank you to BRAG for their ongoing enthusiasm, dedication and determination aimed at fixing passenger rail services on the North East line.


Proposed redistribution of Victorian electoral divisions released

The Australian Electoral Commission has released its report detailing a draft redistribution of federal electoral divisions. The report outlines proposed changes to Indi including 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. (See the map below) Individuals and organisations can make written objections that 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 be published on the website at www.aec.gov.au. A final determination of the boundaries and names of the electoral divisions will be published on Friday, 13 July 2018. Read the report here. Make a submission online here


A map of the proposed changes to the electorate of Indi under the Federal redistribution; the green is the section of the Moira Local Government Area that would be removed; while the blue is the section of the Strathbogie Local Government Area (including Euroa and Violet Town) that would be included.


Cathy gets to know the baby echidna, one of the new residents of High Street in Wodonga ahead of the Wodonga Council re-opening the street to traffic on 9 April.


Submissions open for Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Cathy is a member of this 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

Senate inquiry into mental health in the bush

A Senate inquiry seeks to understand why rural Australians access mental health services at such a low rate. The inquiry will make recommendations to improve the delivery of mental health services in regional areas. Indi has a proud legacy of grassroots mental health reform and Cathy encourages all individuals, organisations and mental health professionals to make submissions before the closing date of Friday, 11 May.

Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission visits Albury

A hearing of the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission will be held in Albury on Wednesday, 11 April at the Albury Entertainment Centre between 11am and 12.30pm. The hearing is one of 10 that will be held across the Basin. The Royal Commission is keen to hear from local residents, irrigators, and business owners about matters arising from the Commission’s Terms of Reference and its Issues Paper. To attend or speak at the session, register online at mdbrc.sa.gov.au or email mdbroyalcommission@mdbrc.sa.gov.au. You can also telephone (08) 8207 1483 or 1800 842 817.

Inquiry into Commonwealth environmental water

An inquiry looking into the management and use of Commonwealth environmental water is looking at innovative uses for environmental water and how to improve community engagement. Written submissions will be accepted until Thursday, 12 April 2018. Make a submission.

Input to forestry agreements

Over the next two years the Victorian Government will be undertaking a review of its Regional Forestry Agreements (RFAs). RFAs establish the framework for the management of forests. The Government will use the outcomes of the engagement processes to inform the modernisation of Victoria’s RFAs. Find out more here.


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

Wang Lit Fest offers $1800 in prizes

Young people aged between 10 and 19 are being invited to write on any topic and submit their work in prose, poetry and song lyrics, and digital format. There are three age categories with prizes for first, second and third in each of the three sections. Entries close on Friday, 13 April at 5pm and can be made online here and inquiries can be made to youngwriters@wanglitfest.com.au


Answers to last week: Cryptic town, Mansfield. INDI knowledge, What is a Golden Yak? D – An award given to someone aspiring to 100% renewable energy.

Cryptic - What Indi town is this?

Royal puddle

Who am I ?         Test this out with the family, but make sure you keep the clues covered. Start from the top with the hardest                                 clue that will yield the most points for the person who gets it right.

10 points             I went to Benalla High School and graduated from Melbourne Uni with First Class Honours in Pharmacy and                                    Medicine.

8 points               I was the first Victorian to play for the Wallabies and have been inducted into the Australian Rugby Union Hall                                 of Fame.

6 points               I am on 45 cent stamp and also the 50 cent coin of 1995

4 points               I was born 1907 at Major Plains near Benalla

3 points               In WWII, I was surgeon in the Australian army in Tobruk

2 point                 I was a Japanese Prisoner of War on the Burma Thai railway.

1 point                 I am Colonel Sir Edward Ernest (Weary)....AC, CMG, OBE

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