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Indi Weekly Scoop - March 13, 2015

Posted March 13, 2015



  • Ovens Valley – beautiful in autumn
  • ‘Victory’ for new skills/trade centre
  • Telecommunications focus
  • Support for Senate inquiry
  • Indi Funding News
  • Out and about in Wangaratta
  • Community grant opportunities

A visit to the Ovens Valley — Porepunkah, Bright, Wandiligong, Harrietville—was the perfect start to Cathy’s week. Getting out and about in Indi communities is always a highlight for Cathy and more than 30 people visited the ‘Cathyvan’ on the day. Issues raised included:

  • access to mobile phone coverage and internet
  • youth unemployment
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • fuel security
  • support for migrants
  • local government concerns

Cathy will contact the Alpine Shire Council to speak about those that fall within the local government authority. The Bright P12 College junior and senior leadership team gave Cathy a warm welcome and hosted her on an insightful tour of the school. Volunteers Bobbi Drew and Penny Bassett-Scarfe accompanied Cathy throughout the day and provided valuable support.

‘Victory’ for new skills/trade centre

Cathy was privileged to attend the opening of the $1.75 million trades skill centre at Victory Lutheran College on Wednesday. She was delighted to welcome Senator for Victoria, Scott Ryan to Indi. The facility will create career pathways and give students vital skills to enter the workforce. Cathy congratulated the Federal Government on funding the centre and looks forward to seeing students benefiting from the investment in education and training. 

Telecommunications focus

Next week Cathy returns to Parliament and mobile phone coverage and internet services will be her focus. The Indi Telecommunications Action Group held a productive meeting with Cathy on Thursday. The group discussed the collaborative approach needed when the successful sites in the $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme are announced in June. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned consumers and businesses to watch out for scams relating to the NBN asking people for financial details, or to purchase unnecessary equipment. Cathy warns people to be aware of this scam as the NBN rollout progresses. Visit the ACCC website for more details.

Support for Senate inquiry

Cathy congratulated the National Party on its public support, led by Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, for a Senate inquiry into the current red meat processing and supply chain system.  Many local farmers have contacted Cathy worried how the buyers’ behaviour is impacting on their businesses. Cathy welcomes a Senate inquiry and offers her full support to the process.

Indi Funding News

In Indi Funding News, two projects have received Federal Government funding.

  • Rural City of Wangaratta - $40,000 - Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), project to commemorate World War 1 veterans in lead-up to Remembrance Day
  • Burke Museum in Beechworth  - $7600 – DVA ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture fund for a project honouring nurses from the area who served in World War I

Out and about in Wangaratta

Cathy attended the Zonta Women’s Breakfast in Wangaratta on Thursday morning and visited Wangaratta High School to recognise Mental Health Awareness Day. Cathy was given a tour of the school by members of the Prefect team and she spoke to students about the importance of support for mental health in regional areas.

Community grant opportunities

Community Heritage Grant applications are now open and close on 1 May 2015. These grants are available of 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. Visit http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg for details.

Cathy’s diary


  • North East Food and Wine Festival – Old Railway Station, Wodonga

 Next week:

  • Back to Canberra for the two-week sitting for the autumn session of Parliament







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