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Indi Weekly Scoop - first edition for 2016

Posted January 15, 2016



The Indi Community Summit Report – Delivering Our Vision will be launched on Wednesday, January 27 in Wodonga at the Huon Hill Hotel. The report is the culmination of an extensive community consultation phase. During 2015, well over 2000 people were actively engaged in our democracy through the Budget Impact Tour, Get in Cathy’s Ear Postcard and Kitchen Table Conversations, as well as community meetings across Indi. On 24 October 2015 in Benalla, more than 220 participants, under the guidance of facilitators, worked in 16 groups at the inaugural Indi Summit to help make Indi a prosperous, caring community which is alive with opportunities for everyone. The report provides a summary of practical outcomes, across a range of areas including small business, transport, telecommunications, education, agriculture, arts, social services, heritage preservation, community building and environment. The public are welcome to attend the Report Launch, RSVP at the website.

Government inquiry comes to Indi

Local farmers and industry-linked innovators will present at the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry’s public hearing for the Agricultural Innovation Inquiry on Thursday, January 28 in Wodonga. Cathy has been a member on the HOR Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry, at the invitation of the Government, since her election in September 2013. Up to nine groups, including the Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project, Charles Sturt University, Rutherglen Premium Lamb and North East Catchment Management Authority, will appear at the hearing. Cathy welcomes their participation and congratulated them on making submissions to this important inquiry. This is a great opportunity for the agricultural sector to explain what is needed for agriculture and food production and manufacturing to thrive in the North East using the latest technology. Public hearing program information can be found online.

Delivering better mobile phone coverage

Cathy remains committed to improving mobile phone coverage in Indi. Round two nominations for registering black spots in the Mobile Black Spot Programme close today. As the Federal Member for Indi, Cathy has been invited by the Government to submit priority locations to the Round Two process. Cathy has worked closely with the Indi Telecommunications Action Group to prepare a whole-of-Indi plan. This strategic approach led to Indi receiving more than $6.6 million in funding for 30 new base stations, the third highest number for any electorate in Australia, in Round One.

National Stronger Region Fund – Round Three opens today

Community groups, depending on eligibility, are now able to apply for the National Stronger Regions Fund. Indi has received about $17 million in the opening rounds of the Federal Government programme, including $10 million for Wodonga and $2.6 million for Towong Shire. A Stronger Regions Fund information session will be held in Wodonga next Monday, January 18. Information can be found online.

IMAGE: Cathy meets with Wangaratta youth workers, Michelle Lilley and Cameron Buchanon, to learn about the Wangaratta Baptist Church Students With A Target program, helping at-risk youth in the area.

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