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Indi Weekly Scoop, August 27, 2015

Posted August 27, 2015



  • Army life at Titjikala – what an experience
  • Indi Ag News – submissions and public hearings
  • Get involved – feedback to Government
  • Spirit of Anzac Experience – don’t miss out!
  • Friday Night Conversation – Small Business theme

Cathy swapped her MP hat for construction helmet and hi-vis jacket this week. As part of the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program, Cathy has been participating in the Army Aboriginal Assistance Program near Alice Springs. The program has shown Cathy how the Australian Defence Force trains for practical deployments of the army to desert environments. The skills gained by army personnel are vital in disaster or relief situations to support humanitarian efforts. Cathy has also learnt about the issues facing the local indigenous community, including health, education, transport, telecommunications and the need for employment. Indi has many reservists volunteering their time, and this experience has taught Cathy how they operate within the ADF structure. Cathy will be reporting back to Parliament on her ‘deployment’. Other parliamentarians visiting indigenous communities this week include Prime Minister Tony Abbott.


Public Hearing – Red Meat Processing Sector

Primary producers in Indi need to have their say at next week’s Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Public Hearing in Albury. Cathy is urging the local industry to speak directly with Government. Cathy welcomes the Committee to the region to hear from farmers in Indi about this important issue. For more information visit the Committee website.

Location: Albury Entertainment Centre

When: Wednesday, September 2

Time: 9am-4.30pm

Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Discussion Paper feedback

The Government is considering changes to the WET rebate scheme. The wine industry in Indi is strongly encouraged to make submissions to the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate Discussion Paper. Submissions can be made until September 11. The Discussion Paper can be read and submissions made at the Treasury website.

Agricultural Innovation Inquiry

Farmers, agribusinesses, stock and station agents are encouraged to input to the latest Standing Committee for Agriculture and Industry inquiry themed Agricultural Innovation. A member of the Standing Committee since being elected to Parliament, Cathy farmers to make a submission to the inquiry about IT and technology infrastructure needs to help the sector reach its potential in Indi. Submissions are being accepted until 25 September. Information is available here.


Willing to Work Inquiry

Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan AO, is hosting consultation in Albury Wodonga as part of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability. The inquiry is focusing on understanding the barriers older Australians and people with disability face in employment. Submissions can be made with improvements and solutions. The consultation is being held to hear from locals about specific challenges. People, advocates, organisations, employers or employment services are invited to attend. For information about the inquiry, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website. To RSVP click on the link to the consultation session you would like to attend.  

Older Australians  (9.30am–11am)

People with disability (11.30am–1pm)

Employers (2.30 pm–4pm)

Date:   Thursday, September 3

Location:  Dept of Family and Community Services, Conference Rooms A&B Level 4, 470 Wodonga Place, Albury

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.

Parliamentary entitlements – have your say

Public feedback for a review into entitlements for Federal politicians is crucial to improving the system. Cathy is urging Indi residents to have a say into how the entitlements system for Federal MPs is structured. The Review Committee is seeking submissions from the public until October 21. Terms of Reference and submission information are available here.

Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

Cathy welcomes Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Indi for the first time as PM to open the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience (SACE) next Friday, September 4 in Wodonga. SACE runs from Friday, September 4 until September 10 at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. Cathy is encouraging everyone, particularly schools, to visit the exhibition. 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 of Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) is Cathy’s guest conversationalist. Peter will talk on issues and policy relevant to small business and will be open to a good conversation with attendees!

Date:                Friday, August 28

Time:               5.30-7pm

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

Cathy’s diary 

  • Monday, August 31 - Benalla visit – Benalla Gliding Club, Benalla P12, Odyssey House, Benalla Health
  • Tuesday, September 1 - 3rd Wodonga/1st Baranduda Venturer Scout Group visit – 7pm
  • Wednesday, September 2 – Public Hearing, Senate Committee, Red Meat Processing Sector
  • Thursday, September 2 - Restored honour roll, Middle Indigo Primary School – 9am
  • Thursday, September 2 – Lions Club of Benalla/Rotary – 6.30pm

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