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Indi Weekly Scoop July 24

Posted July 24, 2015




  • Regional Higher Education Forum
  • Indi Funding News
  • Telecommunications action
  • Kitchen Table Conversations Report Launch
  • Friday Night Conversations
  • Regional Network Development Plan - Transport
  • Funding opportunities
  • Cathy’s diary

Regional Higher Education Forum

Cathy welcomed Senator Bridget McKenzie to Indi to host the forum. There was strong discussion around the inequities faced by rural students, including youth allowance and gap year arrangements. About 30 people attended the forum, including representatives from unis, TAFES and families, and departments of education, and social services. Feedback before September 3 can be sent via email to cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au. A report will be compiled for Government based on the community consultation.

Telecommunications action

Cathy convened another meeting of the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG) at the Wangaratta Electorate Office. Representatives from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Telstra, the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) and the South Western Wireless Communications Company (SWWCC) attended the meeting. Cathy also attended the ACCAN community session at Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre on Wednesday.

Sensational Seniors

Dederang's Geoff Seymour and Esther Trustum from Kancoona were the July recipients of the Sensational Seniors Awards in the Alpine Shire. Cathy presented the awards as part of the Alpine Shire Council Positive Ageing A Team meeting in Dederang.

School visit

Yarrunga Primary School student leaders and members of the school council gave Cathy a tour around the school. A highlight was seeing the kitchen garden and hearing students talk about how much they enjoyed being part of the school community. Cathy will visit Springhurst Primary School next week.

Indi Funding News

  • $1.7m - Thomas Mitchell Drive, Wodonga

Cathy welcomed Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs to the electorate, where he announced $1.7m to upgrade a section of Thomas Mitchell Drive. The section of road between the Chapple Street roundabout and Jack in the Box Creek will be upgraded with the funds provided through the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

  • $18,900 - Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School

A Master Plan will be developed at the Mansfield Rudolf Steiner School, with $18,900 allocated towards the project this week. The funding has been provided under the Capital Grants Programme, which helps non-government primary and secondary schools.

  • $58,779 - Hume Veterans Information Centre

Cathy welcomed the announcement of $58,779 in funding for the Hume Veterans’ Information Centre provided through the Federal Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program. The Centre provides ongoing support to veterans and war widows. The funding will help the Centre to meet increased demand for its services. 

Get involved

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

Over the past three months, hundreds of people across Indi have been having kitchen table conversations talking about the future of our communities. The formal report will be launched on Sunday, August 2 at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. Registrations start at 1.30pm, with the KTC Report launched at 2pm. Cathy and four inspiring guests will outline their Visions for Indi. Register online.  

Friday Night Conversation – effective Government lobbying

Andrew White, managing director of AR Fuels Ltd is Cathy’s guest conversationalist at the next Friday Night Conversation on July 31 at the Wodonga Community College 5.30-7.00pm. Please RSVP for the event via the website.

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”. 


Transport - Regional Network Development Plan

Local workshops to help guide Public Transport Victoria’s Regional Network Development Plan will be held next month. The community is encouraged to attend these workshops and provide solutions-focused feedback to give PTV a clear picture of what is needed. Plan, survey, workshop and feedback information can be found at the PTV website. Feedback closes on September 11, 2015.

ABC’s Heywire Competition

Young people in rural and regional areas aged between 16 and 22 are encouraged to submit stories about their neck of the woods. Over 30 winners will have their stories featured on ABC Radio and online and will take part in the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra in February 2016. More information at abc.net.au/heywire

Mobile Black Spot Programme Round 2

Nominations are open for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP). Indi was the big winner from the first round of the MBSP with 30 base stations to be built, covering 199 black spots. Plenty of work still needs to be done to address black spots not covered in the first round. Community members are encouraged to nominate black spots by emailing mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au.

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.

Funding opportunities

North East Incentives and Victorian Landcare Grants

Waterways, Woodlands and Wetlands Incentives Expressions of Interest are open and Victorian Landcare Grants are also available by visiting the NECMA website

Green Army in Indi

Six Green Army projects have been funded in Indi. Round four funding will open in August 2015. Local groups and councils are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the Green Army website.

Government seeking views

Cathy’s diary

  • Mitta Valley Cathyvan visit Talgarno Hall, Saturday, July 25, 9am, Mitta Valley Landcare AGM – Eskdale Hall, 11.30am, Mitta vs Thurgoona at Mitta Oval, 1.30pm
  • Visit to Wilson Transformers and VISY, Wodonga, Monday, July 27
  • Springhurst Primary School visit, Thursday, July 30
  • Albury Wodonga Artists Society Charity Auction, Paint Box Studio, Gateway Island Wodonga, Thursday, July 30, 6.30pm
  • Friday night conversation, Wodonga Community College, Friday, July 31, 5.30pm
  • Kitchen Table Conversation Launch, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Sunday August 2, 2pm

Save the date

  • Indi Summit, Saturday, October 24, Benalla Performing Arts Centre  

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