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Indi Weekly Scoop, August 21, 2015

Posted August 21, 2015

 

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  • Indi ag news – farmers, tell Government your innovation ideas
  • ADF plays significant role in Indi
  • Indi students come to Canberra
  • Support for Marriage Equality
  • Indi Funding News
  • Constraints Management Strategy – have your say
  • Indi funding opportunities
  • Get Involved

Indi Ag News

Tell Government your innovation ideas

Cathy issued a strong call to action this week to farmers and the agricultural sector in Indi. A member of the Standing Committee for Agriculture and Industry since being elected to Parliament, Cathy is encouraging feedback to the latest inquiry, themed Agricultural Innovation. In a speech to Parliament, Cathy urged farmers to make a submission to the inquiry about IT and technology infrastructure needs to help the sector reach its potential in Indi. Farmers, agribusinesses, stock and station agents should input into this inquiry. Submissions are being accepted until 25 September. Information is available here.

ADF plays significant role in Indi

Government changes to superannuation for Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be beneficial for ADF members. Cathy spoke to the ADF Superannuation Bill 2015. She praised the decision to deliver more choice and flexibility to retirement schemes for ADF members, discussed the importance of defence in Indi, and acknowledged the contribution of ADF personnel. Cathy highlighted the work done by the Hume Veterans’ Information Centre to support local veterans and war widows, and the significant decision to hold the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience in Wodonga. To mark Vietnam Veterans’ Day, Cathy thanked the Vietnam veterans in Indi for their contribution, and families and groups for their support. Wing Commander Robyn Johnstone has been a welcome volunteer in the Parliament office under the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP). Wing Cdr Johnstone experienced Question Time, a Parliamentary Committee, and Cathy making speeches. The knowledge and experience will assist her in future roles with the ADF.

Indi students come to Canberra

Cathy welcomed Bright P12 College student leaders, teachers and parents to Canberra on Monday, having accepted an invitation to visit. In a speech, Cathy told Parliament about the wide-ranging education students are receiving and the leadership skills being taught.    

Albury Wodonga Community College students (pictured) were also in Canberra this week to meet Cathy and tour the ‘People’s House’. Scot’s College, a P -12 school located in Albury, educates many students from Indi, and today they travelled to Parliament and Cathy was pleased to answer her questions about her role as an MP.

Support for marriage equality

The Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 has been scheduled for a 10 minute debate when parliament resumes on September 7. Cathy was proud to support the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, who presented the Bill to Parliament this week. You can view Mr Entsch’s speech here.

Indi Funding News

The latest round of Local Sporting Champion Grants has been announced. These grants help families pay the cost of getting to state and national events to represent Indi and Victoria. See if you know a young sports person who is excelling in their sport and say well done! 

Stephanie Gorman – Under16 Australian National Championships

Jorja Brown – School Sport Victoria State Swimming Finals

Angus Burnett – Under 18 Mens Australian Hockey Championships

Henry Clark – 16 and under Nationals

Zoe Deacon – 2015 Georgia Foundation Australian Age swimming Championships

Imogen Albon – School Sport Australia Championships

Leah Wolter – GJ Gardner Junior State Championships

Lucy Conn – National Championships

Jolie Wheeler – Junior State Championships

Hamish Smyth – Victorian Schools Cycling Championships – MTB

Joanna Garoni – Pacific School Games

Rory Smyth – Victorian Schools Mountain Bike Championships

Round 2 for 2015 is open until October 31. Application information is available here.

Constraints Management Strategy – have your say

Indi landholders in the Goulburn Broken Catchment are encouraged to provide feedback on the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s (MDBA) Constraints Management Strategy, which addresses constraints on environmental flows in the basin. Goulburn Broken Catchment Authority (GBCMA) are holding drop-in sessions in Alexandra and Yea. Cathy has met with Government and representatives from the MDBA and GBCMA to understand the potential impacts of the strategy. While Cathy will act if there are negative impacts, she 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: 

  • Murrindindi Shire Council Chambers, Perkins Street, Alexandra, Friday, 21 August 2015, 12-4pm
  • Yea RSL Hall, Snodgrass Street, Saturday 22 August 2015, 11am-3pm

Indi funding opportunities

Strengthening communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 28 are now open. Grants up to $5000 are available for projects that benefit small communities. For application information, visit the website. Applications close on Monday 5 October 2015.

Environmental projects

Round 4 Green Army funding is now open. Cathy made a speech about the positive impact the Green Army initiative is having in Indi. She outlined the Felltimber Creek project at Wodonga and thanked Green Army participants for their input. Information can be found here, applications close Wednesday 16 September.

Get involved

Voices heard on public transport

There is still time to have input into Public Transport Victoria’s plan to improve transport in regional Victoria. 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.Feedback will be accepted until September 11.

Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

Cathy welcomes Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Indi for the first time to open the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience (SACE) on September 4 in Wodonga. SACE runs from Friday, September 4 until September 10 at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. Please visit the website to register your interest or call the Cube Box Office on 02 6022 9311.

Friday Night Conversation – 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

RSVP:            Events page

Cathy’s diary 

  • Sunday, August 23 - Wodonga Diamonds soccer game - La Trobe Wodonga University Drive -  11am
  • Sunday, August 23-28 - Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program – Alice Springs