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Indi Weekly Scoop, April 28

Posted April 29, 2016

 

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On track for improved rail service

Better train service is on the way for North East rail passengers. The Victorian Government will revamp carriages to make four sets of trains with a significant $15 million allocation in the 2016-17 Budget. This will improve reliability and comfort on the trains. Cathy welcomed the news and a commitment from Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan to spend $2 million on a business case for new rollingstock. Effective lobbying has delivered an improved service and Cathy will keep working with the State Government to get the train service up to a standard passengers in Indi deserve.

Roundtable on jobs

Youth unemployment was a focus of the Business Leaders' Forum in Albury last Friday. Major employers gathered to discuss ways of getting more young people into jobs on the Border. Cathy and Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, supported a five-point plan to create youth jobs and improve engagement with families and schools. Transport is also an issue that needs to be addressed. For more details, contact Albury councillor Kevin Mack on 0419 711 147.

Job security for Benalla

Thales Australia in Benalla has won a 10-year contract to make small explosive devices that help detonate larger charges. The contract will sustain 100 jobs in Benalla and the Mulwala facility. Five million explosive boosters will be produced each year on a new multi-million dollar production line. The new contract with Thales will replace imported products. This is great news for manufacturing in regional Australia.

Girls pull on boots

Aussie Rules is the fastest growing sport for girls in Australia. Indi is continuing a strong tradition of nurturing young female footballers and the Murray Felines are ready to pounce in 2016. Cathy watched the team get put through its paces and have a kick at the Wahgunyah Rec Reserve on Wednesday evening. Good luck to the Murray Felines, a combined team from the Rutherglen and Wahgunyah Football Netball clubs. First match this weekend, second match is at Rutherglen against Wodonga Raiders on May 8. Go Girls!

Get involved

Have your say!

Horticulture and viticulture are vital industries in Indi. Farmers and grape-growers can meet with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) at a workshop in Shepparton on 6 June. The workshops will help the ACCC learn about supply chain, and competition and fair-trading issues. Information and registration here.

Regional achievements recognition

Know an outstanding person or group in your community? The Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards are now open. The awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions made by people, community groups and businesses in regional and rural Victoria. Nominations can be made online. Information here.

Election Budget looms

The Federal Budget is being handed down next Tuesday, May 3. Cathy will scrutinise the Budget for the funding needed to ensure Indi and regional Australia continues for growth, jobs and confidence for the future.

Priorities include: 

  • Increased funding for health, including capital works at Northeast Health Wangaratta, Bright and Mansfield
  • Removal of indexation freeze to Financial Assistance Grants for councils
  • National Stronger Regions Program, ongoing funding or equivalent beyond 2019
  • Mobile Black Spot Programme – funding for a Round 3 and Round 4 allocation of towers

Cathy remains committed to winning better outcomes in mobile phone coverage and NBN, transport, education, agriculture, youth and social security, and health and mental health.

Next week - Cathy’s diary

Friday, April 29 - 3rd Wangaratta's/Monak Girl Guides 60th birthday party – 7.30pm

Saturday, April 30 – Broken Creek Primary School 150th anniversary – 12pm

                               – Opening of Yarck Community Hall Refurbishment project

Monday, May 2-Thursday, May 5 - Parliament, Federal Budget sitting

IMAGE: Cathy with business leaders, Border councillors and Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, at the Business Leaders Forum to discuss Youth Employment.