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Indi Weekly Scoop - February 18, 2016

Posted February 18, 2016


Report calls for national RSA accreditation
Cathy welcomed a recommendation in the long-awaited Australian Grape and Wine Industry report. A national Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) accreditation program would solve a cross-border issue. This recommendation is a direct result of the strong lobbying of Winemakers of Rutherglen and Cathy calling on the Government to act. Under current arrangements, each state requires its own RSA certificate. A national RSA certificate will save wineries money and paperwork and people who serve at winery stands will no longer need multiple certificates. Link to the full report and recommendations can be found online.

#backpackertax backflip?

Farmers relying on backpackers for temporary work will welcome news the Government is considering modifying proposed changes to the backpacker tax. In Parliament last week, Cathy called for the Government to do a backflip and asked Treasurer Scott Morrison what the Government was doing to stop the #backpackertax increase. Listen to his response here. Constituents are concerned the proposed increase to 32.5 per cent will have a negative impact on their businesses. Media coverage this week show Government is prepared to listen to industry concerns and re-consider its original proposal. Cathy welcomes this approach and congratulates the National Farmers Federation and Victorian Farmers Federation on keeping pressure on the Government.

Community radio critical for local coverage

Community radio stations in Indi are vital for providing local news coverage. Representatives from four out of the seven community radio stations met with Cathy to discuss media reforms and Government advertising schedules. Community radio informs people about local issues and plays a critical role during emergencies.

Communities stronger through Federal funding

Councils, community groups and organisations in Indi are encouraged to apply for National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) funding. Indi has been successful in applying for funding, with $17 million allocated for eight projects in rounds one and two. Round three of NSRF closes on 15 March. Cathy urges community groups to contact their council.

Have your say

ABC – Inquiry to investigate how the ABC delivers services in regional Australia. Submissions close 26 February 2016 and can be submitted here.

Get involved

Grow your own Food

Round two funding for Grow Your Idea is now open. This is a small grants scheme for projects under $3000 being offered by Gateway Health in Wangaratta. This funding comes from the Australian Government Department of Social Services. It aims to improve healthy eating for local low income families with children. Email Gateway Health at grow@gatewayhealth.org.au.

Build your leadership skills

North East Catchment Management Authority is holding a seven-day leadership Landcare and Agriculture Leadership Program starting in March. Applications online.

Think local, study global

Expand your horizons! A Churchill Fellowship is a fantastic way to study overseas and carry out research in a specific area to help grow your industry or community. Applications for 2016 open 28 February online and close 15 May.

Take your town to Art!

Small towns in Indi have a shot at funding for a major arts community project to help transform your town. Cathy is encouraging all the participants in the #Indiarts group at the Summit to #RAVsmalltowns grants are open until midday on 29 February. Details online.

Health scholarships on offer

First year nursing and allied health students can apply for 2016 Give Them Wings scholarships, valued at $2500. Applications close 31 March. Apply online.

  • National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3 closes 15 March. Information here
  • New Energy Fund – Victorian Government, community energy projects up to $100,000 for business case, up to $1 million for project. Closes 16 March. Information here
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

° Small Grants for Rural Communities – Closes 24 March. Grants up to $5000 are available. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or under. Information here

° Gardiner Community Foundation – $5000 grants for Victorian dairy community projects. Closes 14 March

° REAPing Rewards – targets enhanced education outcomes in rural and remote communities. Closes 24 March. 

° Small Grants – small communities grants of up to $5000. Closes 24 March

° Grants for Resilience & Wellbeing – projects for communities affected by the 2009 bushfires. Closes 15 April

° Community Group Futures – Round 2 Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund funded projects for not–for-profit organisations working with 2009 bushfire affected communities. Closes 15 April. All grant information here

Cathy’s diary

Friday, February 19 – Alpine Valleys Community leadership Program guest speaker

Saturday, February 20 - Listening Posts – Yarrunga & Wangaratta – information online

Saturday, February 20 – NAB match, North Melbourne v St Kilda – Wangaratta

Sunday, February 21 - City 2 City 7.5km short course event

Monday, February 22-25 - Parliament

Image: Hume District Girl Guides manager Jan Vonarx made a small presentation to Cathy, making her a Hume District Girl Guides Ambassador. It was a privilege for Cathy to accept the position and she will help the important role Girl Guides does shaping girls into the leaders of the future. Cathy looks forward to promoting Girl Guides and the benefits of joining, including the outdoor adventure and camaraderie. The ambassadorship was finalised in Girl Guides style, with a shake of the left hand!


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