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Indi Weekly Scoop - January 23, 2015 - Australia Day weekend edition

Posted January 23, 2015




  • Volunteering alive and well in Indi
  • Youth gathering to talk PoliTicks
  • Tertiary education forum focus
  • High speed rail – Cathy and Government on same track
  • Environment winner in Indi funding news  

The generous nature of regional Australia never ceases to impress. This week the volunteer streak has been on full display in programs to help community members get back on their feet, and helping people stay on their feet.

Volunteering alive and well in Indi

Blaze Aid volunteers have been busy rebuilding fences in the wake of the recent fires in parts of Indi. Thoona basecamp has been set up and people have been coming from across the country to help farmers with this crucial task. Anyone wanting to volunteer in this effort can contact organisers on 0488 018 625, or email blaze.thoona@gmail.com. Thanks to the Lions Club for feeding them all! Anglicare has also been putting together care packs for the affected community. If you are interested in assisting in this project, contact Anglicare Wangaratta manager Jill Allen on 03 5723 7900. 

On Monday, Cathy visited UnitingCare Wodonga at St Stephens Church. She met with board members to discuss the agency’s work and the positive effects it has on the local community. Cathy also helped volunteers pack community care packages for families in the Wodonga area. This was a wonderful experience and demonstrated the selfless way volunteers in Indi are prepared to dedicate their time for community service. You can visit the UnitingCare Wodonga website for information.

Tertiary education forum focus

Interested in how regional education should be shaped? Cathy is encouraging people to attend an important education forum on February 2 in Wodonga. Tertiary education remains a priority for Cathy. In line with this commitment, she consulted widely with education providers in 2014 to get a clear picture of what is needed for sustainable and beneficial tertiary education in regional Australia. As a result of Cathy’s conversations with La Trobe University and Charles Sturt heads of campus, Dr Guinever Threlkeld and Professor Julia Coyle, have taken the lead role in hosting a forum. Cathy will then use the outcomes of the forum to negotiate with the Government and cross-bench Senators. The public is welcome to attend the forum and registrations can be made here.

Youth gathering to talk PoliTicks

Final preparations are being made for the Indi Summer Camp being hosted by the Youth PoliTicks Forum on January 30-February 1 at Lake Nilahcootie, just east of Benalla on the Broken River. The forum will focus on understanding the political process and democracy, how to become engaged and a chance to meet like-minded people. On the final day, politicians from across the spectrum, including Victorian Nationals deputy leader Stephanie Ryan, Liberals for Indi representative Karen Rourke, Jenny O’Connor from the Greens and local Labor candidate Jennifer Podesta will be attending. Information and registration details can be found here.

Students in Indi received their first round university offers earlier in the week. This is an exciting time as young people welcome the next phase in their education and focus on forging a career. Cathy congratulates students and families and encourages them to stand tall and be proud of their school and community.

High speed rail – Cathy and Government on same track

Member for Bennelong, John Alexander OAM, visited Wangaratta this week and shared his vision for high speed rail. Cathy agrees with ‘JA’ that this nation-building project would spur growth in regional Australia, create jobs and help connect the country in a new and exciting way. Having high speed rail would encourage people to look at regional living/metropolitan working lifestyle, and alleviate the overcrowding in capital cities. Cathy looks forward to working with the Government to promote this project to fruition – it’s a proposal many people in Indi enthusiastically support.

Environment winner in Indi funding news  

In Indi funding news, good news for the environment with more than $200,000 being allocated to projects to plant trees and revegetate or improve recycling and create waste management infrastructure.

20 Million Trees Programme

  • Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited - $100,000 – project to plant 26,400 trees in three years in the Wodonga area
  • ‘Ouraway’ Steep hill revegetation project Strath Creek - $100,000 - Project to plant 15,000 trees over 3 years in the King Parrot valley of the upper Goulburn Murray river catchment, near Strath Creek township

Keep Australia Beautiful - Beverage container recycling Grants program

  • Greta Sporting Complex Inc. - $3000
  • Rural City of Wangaratta - $7560

Cathy is attending Australia Day events in Indi across the long weekend and is looking forward to joining communities to mark this important day.


  • Springhurst Australia Day event, Springhurst Community Hall – 5pm
  • Jenn Grant concert, Beechworth Town Hall – 8pm


  • Yea Carnivale
  • Rodwells Yea Cup – 11am

Monday, January 26

  • Tarrawingee Australia Day event, Tarrawingee Hall – 7.30am
  • Official opening of ‘Gathering Place’, Greta Recreation Reserve – 10am
  • Barnawartha Community Supper, Soldiers Memorial Hall – 7.30pm

Next week volunteer information sessions will be held in Wodonga and Wangaratta for people interested in assisting Cathy in her role as Independent Member for Indi. Please visit the events page for details.

IMAGE: Office manager Jill Smith (left) and Cathy watch on as young ‘volunteer’ Brodie Harris helps out with the shredding this week.


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