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Indi Weekly Scoop, December 11, 2015

Posted December 11, 2015

 

IMAGE: Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee members meet with Cathy to discuss the process for Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Programme. Cathy, Kate Biglin from Indigo Shire Council, Francine Stacey from Alpine Shire Council, Cheryl Impink from Rural City of Wangaratta, Jo Shannon from Towong Shore Council, Sheree Brown from Benalla Rural City Council, and Kirsten Lingard from Mansfield Shire Council.

Indi Matters!

Five community projects, the highest number for any Victorian electorate, received almost $5 million under the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). Tallangatta was the big winner, with $2.6 million allocated for the ‘Destination Tallangatta’ project. Cathy congratulated councils and communities for their successful applications. These projects take a whole-of-community approach and will continue to build communities. Indi is becoming a stronger region and has received about $17 million under NSRF funding this year. Indi matters and funding continues to flow. Having an Independent member gets results.

Successful Indi Round 2 NSRF applications:

Council

Project

Federal funding

Full project cost

Shire of Towong

Destination Tallangatta

$2,659,038

$5,328,076

Murrindindi Shire

Upgrade Regional Sale Yards at Yea - Stage 2

$363,000

$726,000

Benalla Rural City

Benalla Airport Redevelopment Project

$715,253

$1,644,803

Indigo Shire

Rutherglen Economic Revitalisation Project

$900,000

$1,834,000

Mansfield Shire

Mansfield Youth Hub and Skate Park

$200,000

$405,000

PRESS RELEASE – Indi Matters: $5 million to build stronger regions

Indi communities matter!

Four community projects received almost $60,000 in Federal funding. The first announcements of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) approved funding for a reserve upgrade near Myrtleford, revamped toilet block in Yea, furniture for the Tungamah Lions Park, and Martin Park upgrade in Chiltern. Cathy congratulated communities and councils on their successful applications. Council representatives on the Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee assisted Cathy in deciding the projects for submission. SCP Round Two applications will open on 15 February 2016. Local groups are encouraged to apply for funding to build community-based projects. 

Council

Project

Federal funding

Project cost

Alpine Shire

Nimmo Bridge Reserve Upgrade

$18,125

$36,250

Murrindindi Shire

ToilART refurbishment

$18,125

$53,125

Indigo Shire

Martin Park enhancement

$17,000

$40, 125

Moira Shire

Tungamah Lions Park

$5,000

$10,000

PRESS RELEASESIndi community projects win Federal funding

Sporting families win Federal support

Fifteen sporting families in Indi have been successful in Round 2 2015-16 Local Sporting Champions Grants. These $500 grants help support the cost of sending children off to represent Indi and compete at national events. Round 3 is open until 29 February 2016, apply here.

Ryan Norman – State Sports Victoria

Josh Jose – AFL National Disability

James Elkan – AFL National Disability Football Carnival

Adam Jordan – Boys National Youth Championships

Jordan Hore – National Championships

Sophie Fox – Pony Club Nationals

Georgina Barrey – Australian Equestrian Interschool Championships

Isaac Hovar – 2015 NSW Boys State Team – Nationals

Carter Ramsay – National Youth Championships

Charlie Young – Southern Cross Challenge

Tiana Larkins - Special Olympics Victorian State Games

Brandyn Larkins – Special Olympics Victorian State Games

Liam Grandsen – 2015 Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championships

Nominate mobile phone black spots now!

Round 2 nominations to the Mobile Black Spot Programme close on December 31, 2015. Cathy encourages people to work with their local council to identify black spots. The Government has invited Cathy to make three priority nominations to Round 2. Priority local will be chosen for Indi based on information provided by the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG), people’s safety in emergencies and community support. Kancoona will be carried over from Round 1 and included as a priority. Contact your local council ITAG representative for details.   

PRESS RELEASEGovernment invites Cathy to nominate priority black spots

The National Innovation and Science Agenda roadshow comes to Wodonga next week. Agriculture, industry and business representative groups, higher education organisations, entrepreneurs and council representatives will benefit from attending the information roadshow. The roadshow is being held from 11am-12.30pm on Wednesday, December 16. Registrations can be made at the Innovation website. Venue information will be provided on registration. Regional Australia is well poised to capitalise on this program. This will help Indi become a prosperous, caring community alive with opportunities for everyone.

SAVE THE DATE – Indi Summit Report launch

The Indi Community Summit report will be launched on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Wodonga. The report is being compiled and more information on the Indi Summit can be found online, including discussion notes from each facilitated session.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Cathy encourages community feedback on Government inquiries relevant to regional Australia.

Arts - The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts is holding an inquiry into the importance of public and commercial broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia, including the arts, news and other services. Submissions are being taken until 5 February, 2016. Terms of reference and submission information can be found here.

Transport and economic growth - The Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities has launched an inquiry into increased transport connectivity and economic activity, with a focus on value-capture as a funding mechanism for infrastructure development. Terms of reference and submission information can be found online. Submissions close on 12 February, 2016.

Innovation - Australia’s Future in Research and Innovation Trade and Investment Growth Committee will investigate how the research and innovation sector can better assist in overcoming Australia’s geographic, economic, and labour challenges. There is also a focus on commercialisation including, how technology imports and exports could be further facilitated. Submissions close 11 February 2016 and can be made here.

ABC (SENATE) - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015. The inquiry will look at how the Australian Broadcasting Corporation delivers services in regional Australia. Submissions 26 February 2016 and can be submitted here.

Grants/Nominations/Inquiries                                        

°         Federal Government’s Business Consultation website connects business with Australian Government departments and agencies in one place. Learn more here.

°         Sustainability Victoria is offering grants funding for eligible businesses to review their activities and to identify and implement energy and materials efficiency improvements. More information here.

°         Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund will fund $12 million in projects each year to arts organisations. Projects that increase participation of regional Australians in the arts will be prioritised. To see guidelines and eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry for the Arts website.

°         National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3 opens on 15 January 2016 and closes 15 March 2016. Communities are encouraged to liaise with their local council about submissions for community-based projects. Information here.

°         Stronger Communities Programme – Round 2 opens on 15 February 2016. Community groups are encouraged to make applications through their local council. Information here.

Cathy’s Diary

  • Carols by Candlelight – Merriwa Park, Wangaratta – Sunday, December 13 – 6pm
  • TUNING IN - Back Roads featuring Yackandandah – ABC 1 – Monday, December 14
  • School Christmas Lunch – Wangaratta/District Specialist School – Tuesday, December 15
  • Cooinda Village meeting – Benalla, aged care reforms – Tuesday, December 15
  • Carols by Candlelight – Mt Beauty – Tuesday, December 15
  • Tallangatta Secondary College Annual Presentation Day – Wednesday, December 16
  • Innovation Roadshow – Wodonga – Wednesday, December 16
  • Benalla P-12 College Year 12 Graduation – Wednesday, December 16
  • Bright P-12 College Secondary Awards Ceremony – Thursday, December 17

 

IMAGE: Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee members meet with Cathy to discuss the process for Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Programme. Cathy, Kate Biglin from Indigo Shire Council, Francine Stacey from Alpine Shire Council, Cheryl Impink from Rural City of Wangaratta, Jo Shannon from Towong Shore Council, Sheree Brown from Benalla Rural City Council, and Kirsten Lingard from Mansfield Shire Council.


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