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Indi Weekly Scoop, April 14

Posted April 14, 2016



Innovation key to future of ag

The final Ag Innovation Inquiry public hearings finish in Sydney today. Cathy joined colleagues on the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry to listen to the final presentations. The two-day public hearing included a number of presentations from industry stakeholders: staff and research projects from the universities of New England and Sydney, as well as industry organisations, NSW Farmers Association, Mick Keogh from the Australian Farm Institute and Ag Institute. Presentations included innovations in robotics, water use, IT, big data and the need for quality telecommunications throughout regional Australia to support innovation.  The draft report is expected to be released in May. Information can be found online.

Kiewa Valley Visit - Dairy thriving in Indi
Cathy toured the Danone Murray Goulburn joint venture in Tangambalanga on Tuesday. The food manufacturing partnership at the Kiewa Dairy is delivering significant benefits for the Indigo Shire. Almost 70 people are employed at the plant, helping to produce Danone products sold nationwide. The popular Activia yoghurt is made at the plant using milk produced locally. Both companies involved in the partnership are excited about the potential for growth.
As part of the visit to Tangambalanga, Cathy hosted a meeting with 16 locals at the General Store reporting on her work in Parliament, delivering for Indi and opportunities for the future.
With an election looming the media spotlight is intensifying on Indi. An AAP journalist and photographer accompanied Cathy on her Tangambalanga visit, and also her visit to the Tallangatta Hospital and then met with Wodonga Secondary College students to learn about their views on politics and youth engagement.  
Backing small trucking operators
Parliament resumes next week. The Government will introduce the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Bill. This is in response to the controversial Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Order made by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. Local owner-driver truckies are against the introduction of a minimum pay rate for drivers. In February, Cathy wrote to the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, and the Minister for Transport, Darren Chester, urging the Government to take action.
Get involved!
Online boost for exporters
Cathy is encouraging Indi exporters to visit the newly launched Federal Government’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) online Portal. Information includes tariff structures and an assessment tool for finding out whether a product meets the needs of the FTA. This will be useful for businesses interested in expanding their market. Visit the Portal here.
Have your say!
Local beef producers and stakeholders are encouraged to have input to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) beef and cattle market study. The aim of the study is to provide the ACCC with a clear understanding of how the beef industry operates and what is needed to improve the market for producers and stakeholders. Information here.
RED Carpet awaits youth making a difference
Nominations are open for the Wodonga Council’s eighth RED Carpet Awards. Nine categories are open for people aged 14-24 who work live, study or volunteer in Wodonga. Nominations close 27 May. Information here.
  • Community Heritage Grants - up to $15,000 to community organisations, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. Applications close 9 May 2016. Information here.
  • Rural City of Wangaratta 2016 Community Grants Program Major Category – grants for local not-for-profit community groups for programs, projects or activities for social, cultural and environmental benefits. Open now, close 29 April. Information here.
  • AMP Tomorrow Fund – grants between $10,000 to $100,000 to cover a range of activities, including training, travel and equipment costs, living expenses, rent and research. This includes artists, athletes, inventors, social innovators, scientists, writers, dancers and disability advocates.  Open now, close 18 May. Information here.

Cathy’s diary

Saturday, 16 April – Murmungee Giant Pumpkin Festival – 10am

Saturday, 16 April – Romanian Rotarians visit Rutherglen – 1pm

Monday, Tuesday, 18-19 April – Parliament sitting

Tuesday, April 19 – Wangaratta High School visiting Parliament

Thursday, April 21 – Baranduda Primary School visit

                                 – Northeast Health Wangaratta Awards – 6pm

Friday, April 22 - Business Leaders Forum, Albury – 9am

                           - Wodonga Chamber of Commerce lunch with Treasurer Scott Morrison – 12pm

                           - Beyond City Limits forum, Regional Journalism: The Aftershock, La Trobe Uni – 1.30pm

                           - Carevan visit, Wodonga – 6pm

IMAGE: Cathy was a guest of the Hume Post Polio Support Group meeting and was greeted by treasurer Joan Tie, president Sandy Edgar and secretary Robyn Aulmann at the Wangaratta Club. The group was wanting to learn about the impact of the National Disability Scheme on the over 65 group and the polio survivors with a disability. 


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