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Indi Weekly Scoop, June 19, 2015

Posted June 19, 2015



  • BIT report out today!
  • LGBTI – valued members of our communities
  • Indi farmers lobby Canberra pollies
  • Indi councils get ear with Government
  • Indi Arts groups, grasp opportunity to spruik regional 
  • Question Time – seeking answers for Indi aged care providers
  • Leading environmental project a sweet success
  • Indi Ag News
  • Friday Night Conversation – asylum seeker policy
  • Government seeking your views
  • Kitchen Table Conversations – get involved
  • Nominate Indi Aboriginal hero for Honour Roll

The 2015 Budget Impact Tour Report was launched in Wodonga today. This is the first of three major community consultation projects and leads into the Kitchen Table Conversation launch on August 2 and results of Get in Cathy’s Ear! postcard campaign. Cathy was thrilled with more than 350 residents providing feedback on the 2015-16 Budget. This provided the basis for the 2015 Budget Speech – Vision for Indi Cathy delivered in Parliament. Feedback focused on priority areas including:

  • Taxation
  • Small business measures
  • Social services and pension
  • Health
  • Employment – regional development

LGBTI – valued members of our communities

Cathy received a huge amount of positive feedback for supporting the LGBTI community. Cathy made a public stand for the LGBTI community and supporting organisations and called on Government to remove obstacles to make the lives easier for people going through transgender body modification. Cathy welcomed Isabelle Langley and her family from Taggerty to Parliament for the speeches, and acknowledged the courage the 12-year-old has displayed in her journey. Cathy will continue to fight against discrimination in Australian society.

Indi farmers lobby Canberra pollies

Ovens Valley farmers Loretta Carroll, Jane Carney and Julian Caroll accepted Cathy’s invitation to spend a full day in Canberra lobbying key MPs and senators. The delegation met with senior adviser to Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce; Member for Calare and former NFF president Mr John Cobb; Senator Bill Heffernan; and Member for Hunter, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Joel Fitzgibbon, yesterday. During the meetings, the Indi delegation was encouraging support among pollies for recommendations from a Senate Inquiry into industry structures on grass-fed cattle levies.

Indi councils get ear with Government

Four council delegations representing Wodonga, Towong, Indigo and Benalla met with Cathy this week. Councillors and executive members were in Canberra for the annual National General Assembly of Local Government. Councillors also took the opportunity to have productive discussions with Government on their plans for growth in their shires. Round two of the Stronger Regions Fund closes on July 31. Cathy welcomed the councils’ pro-active approach to build relationships with key decision makers.

Indi arts groups, grasp opportunity to spruik regional

The ‘cultural economy’ in Indi plays an important role in various ways. Cathy encourages Indi arts groups to go into bat for an increase to regional arts funding with a submission into the Senate Inquiry into arts funding.

Question Time – seeking answers for Indi aged care providers

In Question Time on Monday, Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, told Cathy the concerns she had raised for the Indi electorate would be listened to when the Aged Care Financing Authority undertake its review. Mr Morrison gave a positive answer and recognised the need for a funding review. Cathy has invited Upper Murray Health and Community Services (UMHCS) and Alpine Health to Parliament to lobby for changes to the funding model for multi-purpose services (MPS).

Leading environmental project a sweet success

The Regent Honeyeater Project has established itself as one of the most active volunteer conservation projects in the country. Cathy explained in Parliament how the project has engaged a whole farming community to bring change to the landscape and environment.

Indi Ag News

A strong agricultural education system is needed in Indi. On Monday, 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. Details of the CSU Agrifoods Opportunities Forum, being held in partnership with AgriFood Skills Australia, can be found here.

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 Conversation. 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.

Kitchen Table Conversations – get involved

Only 12 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 the date of August 2 for the KTC report launch at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.

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

Nominate Indi Aboriginal hero for Honour Roll

The Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll roadshow was launched in Wangaratta in April. Nominations to add aboriginal Victorians to the honour roll are open now and close on Tuesday, June 30. Cathy encourages the Aboriginal communities in Indi to consider making a nomination of a local hero. The honour can also be awarded posthumously. For all information on the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll visit the website.

Cathy’s diary

Saturday, June 20

  • Cathy in the Café - Platinum Brew - Beechworth-Wodonga Rd, Wodonga - 10.30am
  • Wodonga Raiders v Wangaratta Magpies – Biralee Park – 2pm
  • Emmanuel Church Garage sale - Emerald Ave. west Wodonga – 11.45am
  • Yackandandah Football Netball Club President's Dinner – 7pm

Sunday, June 21

  • Mudgegonga Community Quilt & Book Launch – Mudgegonga Hall – 3pm
  • Albury Wodonga Winter Solstice 2015 – 5pm


IMAGE: Isabelle Langley, and her family, Naomi and Andrew and sister Hattie with Cathy and volunteer Ivy in front of Parliament House. The Langley family from Taggerty was in Parliament for the two speeches Cathy made supporting the LGBTI community and calling on the Government to help remove obstacles for transgender people.

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