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Indi Weekly Scoop - January 29, 2016

Posted January 29, 2016



Historic Indi Community Summit Report now available

The community vision for Indi was unveiled this week at the launch of the Indi Community Summit Report – Delivering Our Vision. In a first for Indi, people from the electorate came together on 24 October 2015 to talk about what communities need to reach their potential. The report is an historic document, outlining actions to make Indi a caring, prosperous electorate alive with opportunities for all. About 90 people gathered to hear guest speakers share their experiences from the Summit. Hothouse’s Tahni Froudist explained how the arts group formed at the Summit was acting on issues canvassed at the event to create a more collaborative approach to grow the sector. Mount Beauty Secondary College students Marvin Smith and Tallon Smith told the audience their participation had given them a voice in a constructive and inclusive environment. The Indi Community Report can be downloaded from the website. Full Indi Summit reports also online.

Dairy shines in Ag Innovation Inquiry visit

Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project site inspection was a standout for the Ag Innovation Public Hearing being held in the North East. The Crosthwaite family welcomed the House of Reps Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry to their Kiewa Valley property to get an in-depth analysis of what’s working well in this dairy initiative. Jenny Anderson from Rutherglen Premium Lamb and Mansfield Shire beef producer Don Lawson made presentations to the committee on the importance of education. Out of 100 submissions made to the Inquiry, 15 were from Indi. This high representation showed the agriculture sector in Indi is hitting above its weight and this was also demonstrated by the outstanding presentations to the committee. Submissions can be read online.

People’s House beckons

Cathy returns to Parliament next week for the first sitting of 2016 to continue  advocating on behalf of Indi communities. Health and mental health, education, agriculture, cross-border issues, and telecommunications will be the focus of Cathy’s representation in the spring session.           

Get involved

National competition to honour Vietnam Vets 

Students who were in Year 9 and 10 in 2015 (Year 10 and 11 in 2016) 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. Submission information online.

Build your leadership skills

North East Catchment Management Authority is holding a seven-day leadership Landcare and Agriculture Leadership Program starting in March. This program includes a two-day field trip looking at community leadership. The program is open to applicants in the Goulburn Broken and North East CMA regions. Applications and information online.

Have your say

Competition reform - The Government wants to find more innovative ways to deliver services and improve economic performance and living standards. Feedback is sought on a discussion paper before responding to the Competition Policy Review recommendations. The discussion paper includes options to strengthen the misuse of market power provision. Submissions on the discussion paper close 12 February 2016 and can be made online.

New Government Information - Exporters

Updated fact sheets have been released by the Overseas Trade and Investment department’s business support arm, Austrade, for industries, large and small, seeking to develop export markets. Visit the Australian Trade Commission website for information.


°         National Stronger Regions Fund - Round 3 closes 15 March 2016. Communities are encouraged to liaise with their local council about submissions for community-based projects. Information here.

°         Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

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

°         Helping local students - Border Trust is working in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal on the Back to School Program. In 2015, the program provided 790 young people with a $50 voucher. This year there is a shortfall and this will have an impact on many local families and students. Donations of $50 will help one more student.  Donate online.

Cathy’s diary

Tuesday, February 2 – 2016 Parliament begins

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