Young people are our future and should be encouraged to take part in our democracy and political process. Cathy welcomed the decision to strike out charges placed against two voters enrolled in Indi for the 2013 election. There was no case to answer. The AEC guidelines for enrolling are very clear. Cathy urges everyone to enrol for the 2016 election to make their vote count. As a community leader, Cathy will continue to stand up for young people and is proud to be their representative in Parliament. Read Cathy’s full statement online.
NDIS rollout coming
People with a disability make a significant contribution to our communities. We need to support people with a disability to fulfil their potential. Cathy visited disability services in Wodonga, meeting with Aware Industries, Personnel Group, CVGT and Disability Advocacy and Information Service. There is terrific work being done in this sector, and people are working together to enable the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in October 2017. Cathy will report to the Assistant Minister for Disabilities, Jane Prentice MP, about the local issues and solutions to increase support and participation of people with disabilities.
Truckies win pay rate reprieve
Local owner-operator truckies welcomed a Federal Court decision that has halted the introduction of the minimum pay rate for truckies. The Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) Order was due to come into effect on Monday. This Order would force owner and sub-contracted truck drivers to charge minimum pay rates. In February this year, Cathy wrote to the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, and the Minister for Transport, Darren Chester MP, urging the Government to act urgently on behalf of local truckies impacted by the Order. Read Cathy’s press release online
. [PLEASE NOTE: The Federal Court lifted the delay on the introduction of the Order on the afternoon of April 7, after the Scoop had been circulated.]
The temporary Strath Creek Post Office has been erected. The Post Office burnt down in November last year and Cathy received calls from community members asking for help to get the mail service back up and running. Australia Post responded and mail can now be collected in town. Cathy is meeting with locals today to discuss the service and she will continue to monitor the situation.
Farmers have say on future
The Government’s agricultural innovation inquiry continues public hearings next week. Cathy will attend the two-day hearings as the inquiry closes its hearings phase. Innovation will play a major role enabling agriculture to reach its full potential increasing productivity and growing the sector to create sustainable jobs. The feedback from primary producers has been extensive, with Indi farmers making 15 submissions out of 100 from across Australia.
Better outcome for young refugees
Cathy welcomed news from the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton MP, that no children are currently living in detention. This a fairer and more humane way to treat children to have them close to their families without living in detention centres.
NBN to help Go & Grow Online
Australia Post is calling on small businesses to get online to grow their business. Cathy joined about 20 small business owners at the Go & Grow Online forum in Wangaratta on Tuesday. Online business will play a big role in growing regional Australia and the NBN will deliver greater opportunities for business. (Image: Cathy with Wangaratta Australia Post staff at the Go & Grow Online forum.)
INDI FUNDING NEWS!
Sport is huge in Indi and ten families have successfully applied for Local Sporting Champion grants from the Federal Government helping with costs for representing Victoria. Round 1 2016/17 closes 30 June 2016
. Applications here
Indi - Local Sporting Champions
Will Smithwick National Championships (Shooting)
Amy Whitehead State School Victoria Girls Cricket Yr 8 State Finals (Cricket)
Declan Herring Victorian State Age Championships (Swimming)
Kye Halloway National Futsal Championships
Paige Cooper Australian Rowing Championships
Ashley Farmer Little Athletics State Track and Field Championships
Mackensey House Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships
Campbell Chesser National Track and Field Championships
Emma Ronnfeldt U15 Girls National State Hockey
Daniel Walker National Mogul Championships
Online boost for exporters
Cathy is encouraging Indi exporters to visit the newly launched Federal Government’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) online Portal. The website provides information for exporters in the agricultural, manufacturing and food production sectors. 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. This study is in response to producer concern, the alleged buyer conduct the Northern Victoria Livestock exchange at Barnawartha and the Senate inquiry into the red meat industry. Issues include supply chain, competition factors, and transparency. 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
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.