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Indi Weekly Scoop_August 14

Posted August 14, 2015



  • Indi agriculture news
  • Towong targeting National Stronger Regions Fund
  • NESAY call for funding certainty
  • Standing up for regional news
  • Voices heard on public transport
  • Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience
  • Friday night conversation
  • Cathy’s diary

 Indi agriculture news

  •  Call to action – agricultural innovation inquiry

 Cathy is calling on farmers, inventors, agribusinesses, stock agents and everyone with a stake in agriculture to have input into an important new inquiry. Cathy pushed hard for the inquiry and is on the Committee carrying it out. She is calling on Indi residents to get involved. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry will accept submissions until 25 September 2015. More information is available here.

  • Constraints Management Strategy

Indi landholders in the Goulburn Broken Catchment are encouraged to provide feedback on the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) Constraints Management Strategy. Goulburn Broken Catchment Authority (GBCMA) will hold drop-in sessions in Molesworth, Alexandra and Yea next week. Cathy has already met with Government and representatives from the MDBA and GBCMA to understand the potential impacts of the strategy. Cathy has urged Indi landholders to have a say.

Details: Goulburn Broken CMA on (03) 5822 7700 or visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au for more information on the Goulburn Constraints Management Strategy.

Drop in sessions will be held at the following locations:

  • Molesworth Hall – Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 12-4pm and 5-7pm;
  • Murrindindi Shire Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Alexandra, Friday, 21 August 2015, 12-4pm; and
  • Yea RSL Hall, Snodgrass Street, Saturday 22 August 2015, 11am-3pm

Indi comes to Canberra

  • NESAY calls for funding certainty

North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) chairperson David Ryan and Chief Executive Officer Tony Blackwell were welcomed to Canberra by Cathy this week. NESAY play an important role in assisting local youth at risk of homelessness. Mr Blackwell and Mr Ryan called for a long-term funding model to provide youth services in the North East.

  • Towong Shire Council targeting National Stronger Regions Fund

Towong mayor David Wortmann and Chief Executive Officer Juliana Phelps spent a day lobbying key Government ministers and officials for National Stronger Regions Funding (NSRF). Towong Shire hopes to receive $2.66 million from the NSRF for its $5.33 million Destination Tallangatta initiative, aimed at reinvigorating Tallangatta through major infrastructure in the town and Lake Hume.

  • Wahgunyah Primary School visit

Students and teachers from Wahgunyah Primary School experienced the inner workings of Parliament House this week. Cathy welcomed the school visit and made a speech about the virtues of Wahgunyah PS.

  • Standing up for local news content

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was asked a question by Cathy in Question Time on the current impasse on media reform. Cathy told the Prime Minister the 120,000 people in Indi rely on regional TV services for their news and information. Mr Abbott said that the Government was reluctant to make changes until it was confident the changes were right and that it was pursuing a consensus in the sector. See the question and Mr Abbott’s response here. Let Cathy know your thoughts email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au

Get involved

Voices heard on public transport

Indi residents turned out in large numbers to three Regional Network Development Plan Workshops held in Indi over the past week. Benalla, Wodonga and Wangaratta hosted the forums, where the reliability of the V/Line train service was the main topic of discussion. There is still time to have input into Public Transport Victoria’s plan for public transport in regional Victoria. Feedback will be accepted until September 11. An online survey can be filled out and comments made on a discussion forum. You can also call the PTV call centre on 1800 800 007.

Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience is inching closer and tickets are still available for this special event, to be held in Wodonga next month.  Prime Minister Tony Abbott will open the experience, which will run from Friday, September 4 until September 10 at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. This event is free but tickets are limited. Please visit the website or call 1300 252 879 to register your interest.

ANZAC of the year

Nominations are open for the Returned and Services League of Australia’s ANZAC of the Year awards. The awards recognise individuals or groups for compassionate, dedicated and selfless service to their community. Information is available by calling RSL Victoria on 9655 5555 or by visiting the website.

Online Census

The 2016 Australian Census will be conducted online for the majority of residents. In the lead up to August 9 next year residents will receive a letter with details of how they can complete the Census online. Those with no access to the internet will be able to request paper forms. More information is available by calling the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 1300 135 070 or visiting the website.

Get your Indi nominations in!

Cathy encourages nominations for the 2015 Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award or the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Friday Night Conversation in Wodonga – talking small business

Peter Strong, CEO, Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) is Cathy’s next guest conversationalist. Peter will talk on issues and policy relevant to small business and will be open to a good conversation with attendees! You can read more about Peter at the COSBOA website.


Date:               Friday, August 28

Time:               5.30-7pm

Venue:            Auditorium, 1st Floor, Albury Wodonga Community College, 63 High Street


Cathy’s diary

  • St Augustine's Art Show, Osburn Street, Wodonga, Friday, August 14, 7pm
  • Return to Canberra, Sunday, August 16
  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Monday, August 17
  • Albury Wodonga Community College Parliament House visit, Tuesday, August 18
  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry, Thursday, August 20
  • Parliament week local press conference, Friday, August 21, The Cube Wodonga, 8.30am
  • Wodonga Diamonds soccer, La Trobe University, Sunday, August 23, 11am



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