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Indi Weekly Scoop - Easter Edition, April 2

Posted April 02, 2015

 

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  • Wodonga, Mt Beauty and Tawonga surrounds in next NBN round, 2016
  • Let’s make Easter fatality free
  • Australia Post – give them the mail on proposed changes
  • Beef producers, head to Benalla
  • Indi Funding News – sports people and ‘Scaredy Cats’
  • Easter read – Journey to become Independent Member for Indi

It was great news for Wodonga, Mt Beauty and Tawonga residents this week with more than 15,000 premises included in the latest NBN rollout update.

Cathy was pleased Wodonga will be part of the fixed line rollout. Construction is due to start from September 2016 onwards with connection switched on expected 12 months later. Business and households can now plan for the future. NBN Co is releasing quarterly updates and Cathy will continue to press NBN to release information for areas in Indi not yet included in the NBN plan. Wangandary youngster, Edward Dwyer (pictured) dropped by with a letter for Cathy this week. Edward can’t wait for the NBN to come to his place and he summed up the frustrations of many people in Indi struggling with slow internet. He wants better internet to do homework and research, for entertainment, and playing games, and he will also be able to use handheld device like an iPad. It’s good news for Edward -   fixed wireless construction has begun in the Wangandary area and is expected to be switched on within 12 months.  

Let’s make Easter fatality free

Indi roads are busy at Easter and Cathy joined Wangaratta senior police in asking motorists to “be their best selves” over the break. Cathy’s message to motorists: take your time, don’t rush, take breaks, be courteous, we want to see visitors return to the North East in 2016! Cathy was a guest of Acting Inspector, Senior Sergeant Garry Barton, at the Wangaratta Police Station. Acting Insp Barton spoke about Operation Crossroads which starts today and ends Tuesday. The aim is a zero collision and fatality free Easter. Cathy also shared the personal story of losing a sister, AnneMarie, in a car accident in the mid-1970s and how the tragedy has stayed with the family. Cathy was given a tour of the Wangaratta Police Station complex and received a warm welcome from staff.   

Australia Post – give them the mail on proposed changes

Our national mail carrier is introducing many changes to its services and Australia Post wants to hear from the public about the proposed changes. Australia Post has mailed households with an outline of their potential new services, including charges for postal and delivery speeds. These may impact regional residents and Cathy is encouraging people and organisations in Indi to consider the changes and provide feedback. Visit the Australia Post Conversation website for information, FAQs and to give feedback.

Beef producers, head to Benalla

Cathy is encouraging beef producers in Indi to attend the Victorian Farmers’ Federation workshop in Benalla next Wednesday, April 8. The Livestock Workshop will assist with the the VFF submission and helping people to develop their own submissions. The workshop runs from 3-5pm at the Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Learning Centre, Fawckner Street.

Indi Funding News

Thirteen local sports teens from Indi have received $500 Local Sporting Champions grants. This funding helps families with the costs involved in attending championship titles. For information on any of the recipients, please contact the office.

Yackandandah Young Players Professional Development has received a Quick Response Grant of $760. The funding is provided through the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Yackandandah Young Players are performing at the 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival next week.

Easter read – Journey to become Independent Member for Indi

Cathy was featured in the Australasian Parliamentary Review Women in Parliament Spring 2014 edition. You can read this extensive interview and insight into Cathy’s journey to become the Independent Member for Indi online.

Cathy’s diary

Tuesday, April 7

  • Hume Veteran's Information Centre visit – 11am
  • Kitchen Table Conversation briefing – Albury Wodonga Community College – 5.30pm 

Thursday, April 9

  • Yack Young Players – Scaredy cat performance – Melbourne – 11am