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Indi Weekly Scoop - July 10

Posted July 10, 2015



  • Kitchen Table Conversations Report Launch
  • Ag white paper welcomed
  • Indi Funding News
  • Make your voice heard on telecommunications
  • Get on board Team Cathy
  • Friday Night Conversation
  • Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience
  • Draft arts funding criteria
  • 2016 Australian of the Yea
  • Government seeking views

Kitchen Table Conversations – Report Launch locked in for August 2!

Keep August 2 free in your diary. The KTC report launch is on at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. Registrations start at 1.30pm, with the KTC Report launched at 2pm. Cathy and young guests will speak about the KTC Vision for Indi. Register online. (Pictured: Mount Beauty Secondary College students conduct a Kitchen Table Conversation.)

Ag white paper welcomed

Cathy welcomed the release of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. The paper has been eagerly awaited and includes positive initiatives to help boost productivity. Cathy wants to hear from farmers and food producers in Indi with their view on the Paper. More funding is needed to meet vital infrastructure needs and Cathy has called for investment in freight rail and telecommunications infrastructure. To view the white paper, click here.

Indi Funding News

Indi service providers will share in $959,930 of Home and Community Care (HACC) funding from the Federal Government. HACC programs across the electorate provide support to older residents and younger people with disability to stay in their own homes.

Make your voice heard on telecommunications

Submissions to the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) Issues Paper close next Wednesday, 15 July. The RTIRC has invited submissions from the public on key telecommunications issues affecting people in regional and rural Australia. The Issues Paper is available online at www.rtirc.gov.au. Cathy encourages Indi residents to tell their telecommunications experiences and views in a submission to the Paper. For more information, email secretariat@rtirc.gov.au or phone 1800 064 851.

Get on board Team Cathy!

The campaign website is up and running, you can show your support and sign up to volunteer for Team Cathy here. In a short video, Cathy talks to supporters about her decision to stand for re-election. The next election will be policy before personality and Cathy is calling on everyone to “be their best selves”.

Friday Night Conversation – effective Government lobbying

Want to learn how a Barnawartha company was able to alter Government policy to get a positive outcome? Andrew White, managing director of AR Fuels Ltd is Cathy’s guest conversationalist at the next Friday Night Conversation on July 31. Please RSVP for the event via the website.

Register Now - Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

In a major coup for the North East, Wodonga has been chosen as the opening venue of the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience (SACE). Registrations of interest are vital, as places are limited. SACE will open on Friday, September 4 and run until September 10 at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. Please visit the SACE website to register your interest.

Arts funding criteria open for comment

Draft guidelines have been released for the Federal Government’s new National Program for Excellence in the Arts. The new program will distribute funds that were previously handled by the Australia Council. Cathy encourages event organisers in Indi to look at the new guidelines and provide feedback. The draft guidelines will be open for comment until July 31. 

2016 Australian of the Year – nominate now

Know an outstanding resident in Indi? Cathy encourages you to consider nominating someone worthy from your community for the 2016 Australian of the Year. Nominations are now open and close on August 3, 2015.

Government seeking views

  • Electoral education feedback sought - The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is holding an inquiry into the delivery of electoral education. Cathy is encouraging Indi schools to offer feedback. Deadline for lodging submissions is 17 July 2015. Submissions lodged online are preferred or can be sent to em@aph.gov.au.

  • Feedback sought on Seasonal Worker Programme - The deadline has been extended for submissions to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquiry into the Seasonal Worker Programme. Visit www.aph.gov.au/mig or contact the committee secretariat on (02) 6277 4560 or email jscm@aph.gov.au.


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