Indi Weekly Scoop - January 16, 2015
Posted January 16, 2015
- High fuel prices: ACCC to investigate
- Indi funding news: $80,000 for four environment groups
- Youth PoliTicks Forum and Indi Summer Camp
- headspace in Wodonga has immediate impact
- Excitement builds for Governor General visit
The New Year has arrived, Christmas is a distant memory and the focus turns to a busy 2015. Train services, telecommunications, and tertiary education reform are at the forefront of Cathy’s agenda. Agriculture, manufacturing, health and mental health also remain priorities. ‘Kitchen Tables’ will be set across Indi for more conversations about the issues affecting communities and allow Cathy to continue her strong representation of Indi in Canberra.
High fuel prices continue to annoy motorists in regional Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Competition (ACCC) want to know what is driving the pricing behaviour. Last month Cathy wrote to Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, on behalf of many constituents. Cathy is pleased the Federal Government has listened to these concerns about the disparity of fuel prices between country and city outlets. ACCC chairman Rod Sims has publicly agreed that prices appear to have remained too high for too long and is seeking answers. Like all motorists in Indi, Cathy wants to see the ACCC put a focus on the North East when it conducts investigations. The ACCC has also introduced greater monitoring and reporting of fuel pricing behaviour.
Cathy has a strong commitment to youth engagement in politics and encourages young people to participate in the political process. The Youth PoliTicks Forum has organised the inaugural Indi Summer Camp, with the support of local councils. Registrations are now open at http://www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au/What_We_Do/Youth_services/Youth_PoliTicks_Forum. The camp is running at Lake Nilahcootie on January 30-February 1.
At Cathy’s invitation, Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and his wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove, will visit Indi on February 16-17. Cathy has been liaising with various councils and organisations involved in the visit, and the excitement level is building! More details will be available next week.
On Thursday, Cathy dropped into the newly opened headspace in Wodonga. She met the friendly staff (pictured, with Janice) and was given a tour of the centre. Community consultation played a big role in designing the fitout of the headspace building and the number of people making appointments is growing each day. The centre will provide service providers the opportunity to capture the issues facing youth on the Border and look at solutions to the problems.
In Indi funding news, almost $80,000 will be shared among four Landcare groups in Indi (see information below). Funding for projects will be provided through the National Landcare Programme 25th anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15. Environmental projects include pest and weed management, land practice solutions, natural resource protection, and species rescue. These projects will help further enhance the pristine environment in the North East.
Cathy starts next week with a visit to UnitingCare Wodonga to gain an understanding of the work being done to assist the community and join volunteers.
Cathy’s diary next week includes:
- UnitingCare Wodonga tour
- Guest speaker, Lions Club of Wangaratta
- Springhurst Australia Day event
National Landcare Programme – 25th anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15
Greta Valley Landcare Group – $20,000 - Pest/ and Weed Management education and control
Whorouly Landcare Group – $19,800 – Better Land Better practice solutions for sustainability
North East Blackberry Action Group – $19,990 – Protection of productive and natural resources
Regent Honeyeater Project – $20,000 – Lurg Hills Biodiversity and threatened species rescue
Please contact Simon Crase if you would contact numbers for project co-ordinators.