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Indi Weekly Scoop, June 12, 2015

Posted June 12, 2015



  • Cathy commits to Indi
  • Make your voice heard on Indi telecommunications
  • Friday Night Conversation – asylum seeker policy
  • Indi Ag News
  • Indi Funding news
  • Register road black spots
  • Indi achievers honoured
  • Government seeking feedback
  • Kitchen Table Conversations – still time to join

Cathy made the formal announcement to stand for re-election after her narrow win in the Celebrity Grape Tread at the Rutherglen Country Fair at the long weekend. Being a Federal representative is a huge commitment and bigger than a one-term job. There is more to be done to get improved mobile phone coverage, faster internet, fairer higher education, better transport and trains running on time. Cathy remains focused on representing Indi and fighting for the electorate. She will focus on the policies needed to reach her ‘Vision for Indi’: a prosperous, caring community alive with opportunities for all. The Cathy for Indi campaign site is now live. Check it out!

Make your voice heard on telecommunications

Access to mobile phone coverage and reliable internet access are two big issues facing businesses and communities in Indi.  The 2015 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) has released an Issues Paper. The RTIRC is inviting submissions from the public on key telecommunications issues affecting people in regional and rural Australia. The Issues Paper is available online at the website. This is an important piece of community consultation and Cathy encourages Indi residents to tell their telecommunications experiences and views in a submission to the Paper. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 15 July 2015. For more information visit www.rtirc.gov.au, email secretariat@rtirc.gov.au or phone 1800 064 851.The RTIRC will report to Government on their findings by 23 August 2015.

Friday Night Conversation – asylum seeker policy

Jana Favero, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Advocacy and Education Manager, is Cathy’s guest conversationalist later this month at the fifth Friday Night . The title of Ms Favero's speech is 'Asylum Seeker Policy - Opportunity for Change'. Please RSVP for the June 26 event via the website and ‘Share’ on Facebook.

Indi Ag news

As well as a strong food production system in Indi, a strong agricultural education system is also needed. On June 29, Cathy will be the keynote speaker at the Agrifoods Opportunities Forum hosted by CSU at the GOTAFE campus in Wangaratta. Cathy will highlight the essential role education providers play in ensuring the future of food production. The forum will be an opportunity to identify links between industry and education providers. Details of the CSU Agrifoods Opportunities Forum, being held in partnership with AgriFood Skills Australia, can be found here.

Indi Funding News

Moyhu Action Group - $4000 - and Thoona Memorial Hall - $500 – have received Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants. A World War I memorial will be installed in Moyhu Lions Park, and restoration of memorial plaque at the Thoona Memorial Hall. Applications for up to $4000 grants from the Saluting Their Service Grants Commemorative Programme can be made here.

Indi achievers honoured

Four Indi residents received Queen’s Birthday OAM medals: Lynne Emblin and Wendy McDougall from Chiltern and Swanpoool’s Elisabeth and William Sadler. This is due recognition for their efforts and commitment to making their communities better places to live. Congratulations!

Government seeking your views

Register road black spots - visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website to tell the Government your road needs improving.

Food labelling - visit the Industry website before July 3 to have your input on Country of Origin labelling reforms.

Home insulation businesses can claim - for all information, visit the Department of Industry and Science website, applications close on 13 July, 2015.

Australian Citizenship Your Right Your Responsibility Discussion Paper – Visit Cathy’s Facebook page for a link to the Discussion Paper

Kitchen Table Conversations – get involved

Countdown has started, only 18 days until the Kitchen Table Conversations need to be completed.  To find out how you can become involved in this Indi-wide conversation go to the KTC information page online. Set aside report will be launched on August 2. (Pictured, Cathy discusses progress on the KTC with KTC co-ordinator Karen Nankervis.)  

Cathy’s diary

  • Parliament – June 15-18 
  • Budget Impact Tour Report – June 18, Wodonga, press gathering, outside The Cube cafe

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