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Indi Weekly Scoop March 11, 2016

Posted March 11, 2016



The Australian Rail Track Corporation released the Ballast Rehabilitation Program final report this week. When the program started, temporary speed restrictions applied to 18 per cent of the track between Melbourne and Sydney. This has now been reduced to one per cent. Cathy welcomed this improvement and will continue monitoring performance. Mudholes have been a major issue and isolated parts of the track will require ongoing targeted maintenance above the regular maintenance program. Cathy will receive regular V/Line reports on any track issues that impact their service and will also report directly to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester. V/Line feedback is encouraged:

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Campaign for a train

Cathy is encouraging people to get behind the Border Mail’s ‘Jump on Board’ campaign to put pressure on Government to fund a new train set for the North East line. North East MPs have called for a slice of funding from Port of Melbourne sell-off to buy new rollingstock. Add your voice to the call for a new train here.

Kiewa Valley a caring community

Cathy attended a number of International Women’s Day (IWD) events across Indi to take part in acknowledging the achievements of women in the area. As a guest panellist at the IWD lunch in Tawonga, Cathy was proud to hear Mount Beauty Secondary College Year 12 student Jessica Powell’s speech about how safe she felt in the local community. It was wonderful to hear Jessica (pictured) explain how she felt cared for in the local community. The IWD lunch theme ‘intergenerational inclusiveness’ was chosen as a direct result of a Kitchen Table Conversation in 2015. Mount Beauty Secondary College Global Politics students identified a lack of interaction between generations in the area. It was great to see granddaughters with grandmothers enjoying a day out!

Indi Funding News!

Corryong Swimming Pool and the Wodonga Community Wood-fired Pizza Oven project received $36,000 funding this week. This makes two more Stronger Communities Programme projects under Round One of the Federal Government initiative. A shade structure, chairs and tables will make a splash at the Corryong Pool, and the pizza oven in Wodonga will attract people for a slice and a chat at Belvoir Park. Cathy congratulated the councils involved, and the Wodonga Apex club and Wodonga Men’s Shed.

Macca makes an afternoon call

BlazeAid were quick to assist in the wake of the Indigo Valley fires in December 2015. This week ABC’s ‘Macca’ and his wife Lyn dropped in to say thanks to volunteers. The BlazeAid effort is a great example of how people come together to help others get back on their feet.  

Student transport gets national coverage

Cathy’s call for a national student transport concession card got major coverage in the Australian this week. A national transport card will make life easier for students travelling interstate for study. Cathy has called for Governments to come up with a solution. It’s worth a weekend read, check out the story online.

Get involved!

Enhance your leadership skills

People aged 18 to 24 and who live, work or study in Wodonga are encouraged to apply for Wodonga Council's youth leadership program. The free six-month program develops leaders through skills sessions, guest speakers, training, mentoring, community projects, and more. Applications close Friday, April 1, 2016. Information here.

Exciting business opportunity

Is your start-up looking to grow? The first Federal Government funded Landing Pad has been launched in San Francisco, to help Australian entrepreneurs improve their business. Successful applicants gain access for 90 days in the Landing Pad to receive mentoring, meet investors and potential customers and be part of networking events in a state-of-the-art workspace facility. Information here.


  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

°         Small Grants for Rural Communities – Closes 24 March. Grants up to $5000 are available. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or under. Information here

°         Community Group Futures – Round 2 Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund funded projects for not–for-profit organisations working with 2009 bushfire affected communities. Closes 15 April. Information here

  • Tomorrow: Today Foundation – Benalla Community Grants. Funding priorities include families with young children, youth development and community connectedness. Closes 31 March. Information here
  • Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation - Bushfire Recovery Fund and Triangle Community Development Fund grants open now. Funds support recovery and community projects in the Marysville and Triangle area. Open now, close November 2016. Information here
  • Commonwealth Bank Community Grants – Grants of up to $10,000 are available for youth-focused projects to help improve the health and wellbeing of young people. Applications close 28 March 2016. Information here
  • Community Heritage Grants - up to $15,000 to community organisations, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible. Applications close 9 May 2016. Information here

Cathy’s diary

Saturday, March 12 - Tiff Rayner photographic exhibition official opening, Myrtleford – 9.30am

Tuesday-Thursday, 15 March-17 March – Parliament

Friday, March 18 - Wodonga Chamber of Commerce March Luncheon – 12pm

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