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Indi Weekly Scoop - January 30, 2015


  • Higher Education Forum to identify tertiary education needs
  • Youth gather to talk PoliTicks
  •  Strong communities on display on Australia Day
  • Indi Funding News – another 2015 ANZAC receives funding 
  • Local radio visit

Accessible higher education for all students in regional Australia will be a key economic driver in the next decade. The Forum on Regional and Rural Higher Education is on next Monday and will be an open discussion on what’s needed to ensure students can access tertiary education in regional Australia. Our universities deliver high-quality education and can provide the necessary skills for students to meet changing business demand. Cathy will take the outcomes of the Forum to Canberra when Parliament resumes on February 9.

Youth gather for PoliTicks

The Indi Summer Camp kicked off this afternoon at Lake Nilahcootie. The Youth PoliTicks Forum is holding the event to give young people the chance to learn about the political process and Australian democracy. The camp is a chance for like-minded young people to meet each other, learn how the political system works and how they can make the world a better place. Cathy knows young people from the country are enthusiastic and innovative. They need encouragement to have the confidence to stand up, talk and act. Cathy thanks the Youth PoliTicks Forum Committee and local councils, including Indigo Shire Council, for their support and sponsorship. Representatives from political parties are attending, including Victorian Nationals deputy leader Stephanie Ryan and Member for Eildon, Cindy McLeish.

Welcome to 'Cathy's Crew'

Almost 30 people turned out to volunteer information sessions this week to join ‘Cathy’s Crew’. Volunteers continue to come on board and are playing an increasing role in the Wodonga,  Wangaratta and Canberra offices.

Tuning in to local radio   

On Thursday, Cathy visited Edge FM in Wangaratta to meet staff (pictured) and talk about local issues, including mobile phone communications and youth mental health. Edge FM would like to see licensing arrangements changed for streaming provisions to better serve the local community. Cathy looks forward to seeing Edge FM general manager Dave Robertson in Canberra on February 11 for a Commercial Radio event at APH.

Community spirit shines on Australia Day 2015  

Cathy spent the Australia Day weekend attending community events in Springhurst, Greta, Barnawartha, Yea, and Tarrawingee. Cathy felt privileged to be invited, and the strong community spirit and sense of belonging is alive and well. Congratulations to Australia Day award recipients and welcomed the new Australians who gained citizenship.

2015 ANZAC projects receive funding boost

In Indi Funding News, the Benalla RSL Sub-Branch has received $8,980 through the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. The project is for a memorial to the WWI Australia Flying Corps squadrons at the Benalla. This is the 21st approved project in the $125,000 allocation for Indi.     

ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program

Benalla RSL sub-branch - $8980 - WWI Australia Flying Corps Squadrons memorial

Cathy's diary

This weekend:

  • Indi Summer Camp #IndiSummerCamp #YouthPoliTicksForum

Next week:

  • Forum on Regional and Rural Higher Education - Monday
  • Manufacturing forum meeting (May 29, Wodonga) - Tuesday
  • Melbourne visit – Thursday
  • MDBA forum Yea, with Senator for Victoria, John Madigan – Saturday, February 7
  • Preparation for first sitting of 2015 Parliament on February 9


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