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Indi Weekly Scoop, June 26, 2015

Posted June 26, 2015



  • Indi big winners in Mobile Black Spot Programme
  • Manufacturing messages from Indi business direct to Parliament
  • Improving rail on agenda with Deputy PM  
  • Emergency Relief Services delivery in spotlight
  • Wangaratta council lobbies Government on aquatic project
  • Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience – register now
  • Action in Parliament
  • Indi Ag news
  • Friday Night Conversation – asylum seeker policy
  • Kitchen Table Conversations – get in quick
  • Government seeking your views

Effective lobbying and a strategic approach have resulted in Indi being big winners in the Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBPS). Thirty new base stations will cover 199 of the 293 blackspots the Department Of Communications identified. Cathy praised the hard work of councils, the Indi Telecommunications Action Group and the many submissions made by community members to identify black spots. The MBSP will fund $6.64 million of the project. Cathy attended the  announcement in Parliament and was pleased to hear the Government is funding a second round of MBSP. There are still priority sites that need fixing in Indi. Cathy will continue to work with councils and the Government to get these addressed. The announcement followed Cathy asking Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, in Question Time on Wednesday for an update on the MBSP. A full list of the sites and locations can be found here.



Manufacturing messages from Indi business direct to Parliament

Cathy started the week in Parliament delivering a message to Government from the Indi business community. These included concerns about the impact of trade deals, food labelling, foreign investment, unintended consequences of government decision making, as well as the adverse impact that occurs to their businesses when the ‘goal posts continue to change’. The motion attracted support from Member for Corangamite, Ms Sarah Henderson who seconded the motion; Member for Calare, Mr John Cobb; Member for Grayndler, Mr Anthony Albanese; Member for Bennelong, Mr John Alexander; and Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

Improving rail on agenda with Deputy PM

A meeting between Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone, and Cathy (pictured) with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, focused on solutions for the rail service in northern Victoria. Dr Stone and Cathy asked whether funding from the now shelved East-West Link could be diverted to upgrading the line. Better rail services will be stimulus for regional development.

Emergency Relief Services delivery in spotlight

Cathy represented the concerns of emergency services relief providers and individuals in Question Time. She called on Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, to outline what was happening to funding changes to programs were introduced. There is still confusion about the changes and people need certainty programs will continue to be delivered. Cathy was informed the Salvation Army was working on how services can be delivered in the Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford communities. The government will also work to resolve any potential service gaps, according to the Minister.

Wangaratta council lobbies Government for aquatic project

Cathy welcomed Rural City of Wangaratta representatives to Canberra this week. The representatives were lobbying Government with an eye to apply to the National Stronger Regions Fund. Council will apply for funding for the major aquatic centre. Round Two is currently open and accepting applications until July 31. Councils will also benefit from the opening of Round One in the 2015–16 Bridges Renewal programme.

Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience – register now

In a huge 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 10at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. Please visit the SACE website to register your interest. SACE tells the story of Australia’s World War I involvement using an engaging blend of visuals and 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial. This is an excellent opportunity for school students in Indi to learn about the history of our armed forces in 100 years of conflict and peacekeeping.

Action in parliament

Cathy delivered a number of speeches this week.

Indi Ag News

Cathy will be the keynote speaker at the Agrifoods Opportunities Forum next Monday, June 29. CSU is hosting the forum 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 Jana’s speech is 'Asylum Seeker Policy - Opportunity for Change'. Former Christmas Island worker, Brendan Flanagan, will also talk about his experiences as aa teacher. Please RSVP for tonight’s event via the website and ‘Share’ on Facebook.

Kitchen Table Conversations – get in quick

KTC reports are due back in next Tuesday, June 30. Visit the website to record your information from the KTCS. Feedback from your community is valuable and your support is appreciated.

Government seeking your views

  • 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

  •  Indi arts groups, have your say

  • 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.

  •  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. 

Cathy’s diary


  • Friday Night Conversation - Jana Favero, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Advocacy and Education Manager; Brendan Flanagan, former education provider on Christmas Island – 5.30pm   
  • Wodonga Council Youth Leadership program alumni night - Spike Bar at the Clubhouse Bar and Bistro (Wodonga Golf Club) 10 Clubhouse Place, Wodonga – 7pm

 Monday, June 29 

Tuesday, June 30 

  • Green Army Project - Felltimber Creek Catchment, cnr Parkers Rd and Drages Rd, West Wodonga – 3pm 

Wednesday, July 1 

  • Opening of Redevelopment, St Johns Village, Wangaratta – 11am

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