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Indi Weekly Scoop, May 15, 2015

Posted May 15, 2015



  • Budget Impact Tour underway
  • Regional Australia wins in Budget
  • APH visit inspires
  • Indi ag news
  • Manufacturing and Farming –Indi ‘Position Perfect’
  • Kitchen Table Conversations – get involved
  • Mobile Service comes to Indi

With the 2015-16 Budget handed down, the 2015 Budget Impact Tour #indiBIT15 has started. Everyone in Indi is invited to participate. All the information you need – BIT survey, how to volunteer, Listening Posts – is online. See Listening Post schedule below. Community consultation remains an important commitment for Cathy. People now have the confidence to speak up about issues with the knowledge their voice will be heard in Government. The BIT report will be launched on Friday, June 12, and presented to Parliament and key ministers and senators.

Regional Australia wins in Budget

Cathy’s determined work in Parliament is paying dividends for her electorate of Indi and regional Australia. The Government responded to Cathy’s call to be more inclusive with the Partnership for Regional Growth document. On top of the Budget, Indi received more than $12 million in round one of the Stronger Regions Fund announced on Budget day. Cathy congratulated local councils for putting in the hard work during the submission process. In Question Time, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss outlined the projects and the benefits they will bring to Indi. An extended view on the Budget can be found here. Cathy will renew the fight to get more funding for mobile phone black spots, and returning the indexation to the Financial Assistance Grants to help councils provide services. (Pictured, Cathy with Wodonga City Council mayor Rod Wangman in APH on Budget night.)

APH visit inspires Indi students

Parliament can be an inspiring place. Catholic College Wodonga Year 12 students showed they have a sharp interest in politics in an insightful Q&A with Cathy during their tour. Cathy explained how Parliament works and her approach to using Question Time to fight for Indi. She encouraged the students to get involved in politics and democracy, and is looking forward to seeing these students go on to make a difference in the future.

Indi ag news

Feedback is being sought from VFF members about the cost and quality of mobile and broadband service in rural areas. The VFF has developed this survey which can be filled in at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GW6SQB8. The survey will be tabled at the VFF Annual Conference on June 26 and will present findings to members, stakeholders and both State and Federal government. Slow internet speeds and mobile blackspots remain the biggest issues facing regional Victorians.

Manufacturing and Farming –Indi ‘Position Perfect’

Indi is perfectly placed to expand on manufacturing and food production. Anyone with an interest in manufacturing and food production must attend the ‘Position Perfect’ Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program Forum on May 29 at Wodonga TAFE. This is a unique opportunity for farmers, horticulturalists, manufacturers and food processors to provide feedback to government. Registration information can be found at www.amfp.org.au/about/albury-wodonga-position-perfect/ or http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/amfp_2015.

Kitchen Table Conversations – get involved

Have you heard about the Kitchen Table Conversations?  To find out how you can become involved in this Indi-wide conversation go to the KTC information page online. The KTC deadline is June 30 and the report will be launched in August.

Mobile Service comes to Indi

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre ‘Golden Wattle’ is coming to Indi to offer easy access to government payment and services.

Cooryong - Monday 18 May 10:30am-3pm Near Attree Park  Corner Murray Valley Highway and Jardine Street

Dartmouth – Tuesday 19 May 10am-3:30pm, Dartmouth Hotel car park Murtagh Place

Mount Beauty - Wednesday 20 May 10 am-4pm, Opposite Mt Beauty Avenue Kiewa Crescent

Bright - Thursday 21 May 9 am-3pm, Opposite the Tourist Centre Gavan Street

Myrtleford - Tuesday 26 May 10am-4pm, Opposite Foodworks Great Alpine Road

Beechworth - Wednesday 27 May 9am-4pm, Near the Town Hall Gardens Williams Street

Everton - Thursday 28 May 11:30am-4pm, In front of the Everton Hotel Great Alpine Road

Goorambat - Friday 29 May 9:30am-3:30pm, Goorambat Football Grounds Goorambat-Dookie College Road 

Cathy’s diary

BIT Listening Posts

BENALLA - Saturday 16 May, 3:30pm, Outside Mitchel Health, Bridge Street East 

WANGARATTA - Monday 18 May, 3:30pm, Outside Woolworths, Baker Street

WODONGA - Tuesday 19 May, 3:30pm, Outside Coles on High Street

ELDORADO - Friday 22 May, 5pm, Eldorado Memorial Hall, Main Street

WANGARATTA - Saturday 23 May, 10am, Barr Reserve

WODONGA - Saturday 30 May, 10am, Kelly Park, Lawrence Street

Parliament resumes on Monday, May 25.


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