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Indi Weekly Scoop - February 4, 2016

Posted February 04, 2016



Cuppa with the Prime Minister

Cathy and partner David Wolfenden are looking forward to joining Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Ms Lucy Turnbull AO on Sunday for afternoon tea at The Lodge and to inspect the renovations.  

Childcare support vital for rural families

Families relying on mobile childcare in the North East need Government support. In Question Time, Cathy called on the Government to guarantee new funding arrangements will give hundreds of families adequate financial help to access this important service. Mobile childcare services are effective, deliver positive outcomes and must be supported. Cathy has written to the Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham, and will continue to press the Government to ensure families have adequate support for this effective childcare service. View the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Luke Hartsuyker’s response to the question here.

Money staying in consumer pockets

Cathy supported the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 passed in the House of reps today. The Bill will ban merchants from engaging in excessive surcharging of customers who use a particular payment method. This new law protects customers and gives the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission new powers to enforce the surcharge ban. This is a good outcome for consumers and the overall efficiency of markets and fairer reflection of the costs of payment systems. The surcharge has been a major concern for the growing number of people preferring credit cards to cash. 

House of Reps Legislation passed – February 2-4

  • Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures)
  • Migration Legislation Amendment (Cessation of Visa Labels)
  • Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Radio)
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015
  • Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013
  • Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013
  • Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 measures No. 6)   

Indigo Valley community spirit

Cathy spoke about the whole-of-community response to the Indigo valley fires in December 2015. She gave heartfelt thanks to everyone for their efforts and generosity. She acknowledged the way people, volunteers, businesses, firies and emergency services, agencies and governments came together in a co-ordinated way to help those impacted.


Summit speakers

Speeches at the Indi Community Summit Report Launch are worth reading! Hothouse’s Tahni Froudist and Mount Beauty Secondary College Marvin Smith and Tallon Smith gave outstanding talks about their positive experience at the Summit on October 24. You can read the full speeches online and a full summary of the Indi Summit here.

Get involved

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through XPotential are delivering an export readiness workshop on Friday, 12 February, in Albury. Food manufacturers, new to exporting, or who want to grow their existing market, are encouraged to attend. Register via email el@industry.gov.au.

Location: Ai Group Office 560 David Street, Albury

Date: 12 February 2016

Time: 8.30am for 9am

National competition to honour Vietnam Vets

Students in Year 10 and 11 are encouraged to enter the Federal Government’s Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans. On 18 August this year, the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan will be recognised. The competition encourages students to reflect on the service of Australians in the Vietnam War. Submissions online.

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 open 28 February online.

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.

Have your say

Competition reform - Feedback on the Competition Policy Review recommendations is being sought. Submissions on the discussion paper close 12 February and can be made online.


°         National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3 closes 15 March 2016. Information here.

°         Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Small Grants for Rural Communities - Open until 24 March. Grants up to $5000 are available. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or under.

Cathy’s diary

Sunday, February 7 – Afternoon tea with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Monday, February 8-11 – Parliament

Wednesday, February 10 – Closing the Gap Breakfast, Parliament House


IMAGE: Cathy meeting with National Congress of Australia's First Peoples co-chair Dr Jackie Huggins in the APH office this week.

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