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Indi Weekly Scoop, May 1, 2015

Posted May 01, 2015



  • Local manufacturer an export winner
  • Neighbourhood houses wonderful community assets
  • Community gathers to remember
  • Time for death penalty discussion
  • Food forum today
  • Train users note schedule changes
  • Support for Nepal

Local manufacturer an export winner

Wilson Fabrics announced an expansion into US, European and Middle Eastern markets today. Cathy toured the Australian Textile Mills (ATM) factory in Wangaratta. She saw how the company has been looking at various ways to increase production. The company’s Cool Blind product has been met with enthusiasm in the overseas market and large orders are coming in. Cathy welcomed the news and congratulated ATM on the innovative steps it had taken to ensure the Wangaratta manufacturer continues to be a major employer in the area. (Pictured, Wilson Fabrics GM Chris Sencek, Prime 7 journalist Alexandra Ristway and WIN TV journalist Brianna Piazza and Cathy.)             

The strength of the manufacturing sector in Indi will be on show at the Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program forum (AMFP) on May 29 in Wodonga. Cathy is co-sponsoring the forum with Senator for Victoria, John Madigan, who is hopeful the sixth AMFP forum will be the biggest yet.   


Community gathers to remember

It was an emotional time on Tuesday at the Union Memorial Day Service in Wodonga. Family, friends and workers gathered to pay tribute to Peter Watson who died at Bradken Foundry last year. The memorial included the unveiling of a plaque at Sumsion Gardens and was held as part of International Workers’ Memorial Day. Cathy thanked the union for the crucial support it had given to Peter’s wife and family since the tragedy.

Time for death penalty discussion

When Parliament resumes on May 12, Cathy will second Clive Palmer’s introduction of his Private Members’ Bill – Foreign Death Penalty Offences (Preventing Information Disclosure) Bill 2015. Cathy has deep sympathy for the families and friends of executed Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Cathy believes Parliament needs to discuss the scope and limitations of cooperation between Australia and countries that impose the death penalty. You can find a copy of Cathy’s statement online.

Neighbourhood houses wonderful community assets

Cathy started the week with visits to Birralee and Trudewind neighbourhood houses. The centres have strong community connections and provide great social support. Cathy received a warm welcome from the people who frequent the neighbourhood houses. She will continue to support neighbourhood houses and encourages community involvement.

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.  

Local food forum today

Cathy officially opened the Building a Local Food Future forum today. North East Regional Landcare Facilitators and Healthy Together Wodonga co-hosted the forum at the Cube in Wodonga. Cathy spoke about the role of Indi in regional food security, and also explained the work she has done with women food producers in Papua New Guinea. 

V/Line schedule changes

Two trains will be out of service on the Wodonga-Melbourne line between Saturday, May 2 and Monday May 4. The service will be replaced with coaches. Information on service changes can be found at V/Line’s website. V/Line will be carrying out maintenance on carriages in the next six weeks. Train users are advised to regularly check the schedule to ensure they have up to date information. 

Support for Nepal

Donations to support the people of Nepal can be made to the Red Cross. Locally, PreVue Café in Wangaratta is joining with other local businesses to hold a fundraiser next Friday, May 8, at Woolworths between 10am-2pm. PreVue chefs are from Nepal and still have family in the disaster stricken country.

Cathy’s diary

Saturday, May 2 - Opening of Our Native Garden, Wodonga Transfer Station, 29 Kane Road, Wodonga – 2pm

Monday, May 4 - Rotary Club of Wangaratta dinner, Murdoch Road – 6pm

Wednesday, May 6 - Valley Visit

  • Oxley – Oxley Shire Hall – 2.15pm
  • Moyhu – Carl Schulz Reserve, Byrne Street – 3.30pm
  • Whitfield – Meet & Greet, Whitty’s Café – 4.30pm

Thursday, May 7 - Benalla Community Meeting – 5.30pm

Saturday, May 9 - Corryong Community Meeting - 10am


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