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Indi Weekly Scoop - December 12, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014



  • Education outings in Indi
  • Plans for Summer camp progress
  • Mansfield High Country Rail Trail on right path
  • Indi ANZAC committee starts plans for April 25, 2015
  • Latest GP co-payment model ‘crook’ for regional Australia
  • Rural medical scholarships on offer

Education dominated Cathy’s diary this week. On Monday, Cathy visited the Benalla GOTafe campus to discuss the future of education in Indi and the higher education forum being held at LaTrobe University on February 2, 2015. Cathy also learnt about the work being done at the campus to support the education needs of locals.

In other education outings this week, Cathy enjoyed attending the:

  • Barnawartha Primary School Transition Day
  • Scots Senior School Speech Day
  • Wodonga TAFE New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Participants Graduation Ceremony
  • Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Mansfield Mayor, Cr. Marg Attley (pictured), gave Cathy an update on work happening at the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail. Informative signage has been installed near the Visitor Information Centre and the river for rail users. Cathy attended the Mansfield Hospital AGM on Tuesday evening and heard about the great work being done at the hospital.

The final meeting for 2014 of the Indi ANZAC Grants committee was held earlier this week. The committee noted the ANZAC Local Centenary Grants Program has allocated $112, 530 to local projects, with several applications still to be considered. The committee continues to advise Cathy about commemorations across Indi for ANZAC Day 2015.

Today, young people gathered for the second time to plan a summer camp for 2015. The two-day camp is running from January 31-February 1. It is being held to encourage people’s engagement in politics and will include workshops on how to be part of the political and democratic process. More details will be in the last edition of the Indi Weekly Scoop for 2015 next Friday.

‘Take two’ of the Government’s doctor co-payment scheme has been met with an overwhelming response in the negative. Cathy believes the $5 co-payment particularly impacts rural and regional Australia. Feedback to the office suggests people agree they will be worse off than those in metropolitan areas. Most patients already face an out-of-pocket expense to visit a GP and this will increase. The freezing of the Medicare rebate for five years will also impact regional patients greater than patients in metropolitan centres. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners does not support any cut to Medicare rebates for GP consultations. In a positive step, concession card holders have been made exempt; however, the revised co-payment model will not support a viable and sustainable general practice profession. Cathy will continue the fight against the latest doctor co-payment model when Parliament resumes in 2015. She will work with Victorian Senators and cross-benchers to make the model fairer for regional Australia.

For those rural and regional students interested in studying medicine, the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme for 2015 is now open. The RAMUS Scheme is funded by the Federal Government and helps students with a rural background to study medicine at university. RAMUS scholarship holders are selected on the basis of financial need and a commitment to working in rural Australia in the future. Applications close on Monday 12 January, 2015, click here for more information.

An exciting job opportunity has opened in Cathy’s office. The assistant policy adviser and constituent manager role is full-time and the successful person needs to be passionate about Indi and have an understanding of how communities work. If you know anyone interested in applying for the position, point them to the website http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/employment.

Tonight Cathy is touring the Beehive Project in Beechworth and getting into the Festive spirit at the Indigo Valley CFA Christmas Party.

Next week, Cathy will be out and about in Indi:

  • North East Teacher Leaders meeting at Galen College
  • Yea High School Presentation Ceremony
  • Rotary Club of Wodonga Central – guest speaker
  • Tallangatta Secondary College presentation day
  • Benalla P-12 College Year 12 Graduation

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