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Indi Weekly Scoop - February 20, 2015

Posted February 20, 2015



  • Indi shines for Governor General visit
  • Student leadership in Rutherglen
  • Official opening of Gateway Health, Wangaratta
  • Higher education information forums
  • Community funding in Murrindindi
  • Cathy to hitch Cathyvan for Ovens Valley
  • Parliament resumes

Indi communities embraced the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove during their two-day visit this week. The reception at each event was fantastic and made the trip a memorable one for Their Excellencies. The benefits were extensive and will have a lasting impact.

  • Recognising, honouring and giving thanks to the volunteers and the extraordinary work they do in our communities.
  • Being a model and encouraging leadership especially to young people
  • Listening to more than 500 people share ideas, suggestions and solutions with the Head of State and other community leaders to many of the issues we face
  • Promoting Indi in national media: people, volunteers, communities, environment, organisations
  • Stimulating pride in people about local programs, projects and initiatives
  • Acknowledging the value of regional communities playing role in Australia’s identity and future  

But the biggest benefit was showing young people who live in rural and isolated areas they are important enough for the Governor General to call in on them, visit their school, meet their friends and learn about their lives. Cathy was very proud to see the level of engagement youth had with the Governor General and the confidence they displayed to share their stories. (IMAGE: Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove chats with Shane Terrill and Cathy at the Murray Valley Centre during the two day visit.)

Leaders young and old in Rutherglen

On Wednesday Cathy visited Rutherglen High School to meet with the student leadership team. This was a chance to reinforce the ‘Bloom where you’re planted’ message and encourage the students to take on leadership roles and challenge themselves. In the evening, Cathy was guest speaker at the Rutherglen Rotary Club. She talked about the job of being an Independent MP and representing the electorate and fighting for improvements to mobile phone coverage, transport, higher education, health and mental health, agriculture and food manufacturing.

Indi official openings

On Thursday, Cathy opened the Personnel Group’s new premises in Benalla and today attended the official opening of Gateway Health in Wangaratta. Cathy welcomed Minister for Health, Sussan ley, to the electorate.  

Higher education forums – Wodonga and Myrtleford

Making higher education accessible for regional students is a major commitment of Cathy’s. Hume has the lowest university uptake and needs to be increased. This won’t be helped if parents and carers find it hard to navigate the pathway options for their children into uni. UniOptions is holding two free presentations to answer questions from students and parents on the many ways uni can be accessed. Cathy encourages people wanting information to attend the forums.

  • Wodonga Performing Arts Centre, 7.30pm, Tuesday 24 February
  • Myrtleford Performing Arts Centre, 7pm, Thursday, 26 February

For more information visit http://www.unioptions.com. Parents are also encouraged to fill out the the online survey at http://www.unioptions.com/content/hume-higher-education-information-navigation-project.

Funding to build Murrindindi community resilience

Murrindindi organisations are encouraged to access round three of the the Kinglake Ranges Foundation VBAF Community Grants Program.  Expressions of Interest close at 5pm on March 25. All Expression of Interest Forms and grant funding guidelines can be found at www.krfoundation.org.au. Cathy encourages groups developing community projects to apply for funding.

Cathyvan hits the Great Alpine Road

Cathy’s first Valley Visit for 2015 has been confirmed for the Ovens Valley communities of Porepunkah, Bright Harrietville and Wandiligong. There will be an opportunity in each town on Tuesday, March 10 for residents to meet Cathy and talk about the issues affecting their community.

  • Porepunkah - 9.30am – Nicholson Street
  • Bright - 11.30am – Ireland Street
  • Wandiligong - 1pm – opposite Post Office
  • Harrietville - 2.15pm – Great Alpine Road (keep an eye out for the Cathyvan!)   

Next week:

  • Cathy returns to Parliament
  • Senator for Victoria, John Madigan, will join Cathy at the press gathering at Café Grove next Friday. Sen Madigan will be speaking about the manufacturing forum on May 29 in Wodonga.
  • First in a series of Friday Night Conversations is next week on February 27. Cathy will be the guest speaker telling the personal story of her role as Independent Member for Indi.


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