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Indi Weekly Scoop, May 22, 2015

Posted May 22, 2015



  • Indi needs say on regional transport plan
  • Rail service crucial for Indi
  • Manufacturing and Farming –Indi ‘Position Perfect’
  • Indi Funding News
  • Ag news for Indi
  • Kitchen Table Conversations – get involved

The Victorian Government’s commitment to community consultation during the formulation of a major regional transport plan is a welcome step. The draft Regional Network Development Plan will outline regional public transport infrastructure needs. The Plan will consider rollingstock, and infrastructure upgrades. Cathy called on the Government to put adequate resources into the Plan. The Wodonga-Melbourne service has been sub-standard for many years and needs to be given a high priority. Following a meeting in February with Premier Daniel Andrews and key transport management, Cathy wrote to Minister for Transport, Jacinta Allan, requesting that regional communities be consulted in the planning process.

Rail service crucial for Indi

Cathy gave the opening address at the Victorian Community Transport Association 2015 Conference in Melbourne. The focus of her speech was the importance of the Wodonga-Melbourne train service to Indi.  

Indi sports brief

Cathy also dropped into the North Melbourne Football Club to see its community program. ‘The Huddle’ holds classes every afternoon to teach local youth. In keeping with the sporting theme, Cathy met with Netball Victoria representatives in Wangaratta to learn about their plans to further grow participation rates in Indi. (Pictured, former Indi Kangaroos Jarrad Waite,  Kayne Turner, Jack Ziebel, Sam Wright (Katamatite), and Shaun Atley welcome Cathy to the North Melbourne Football Club.)

Manufacturing and Farming – Indi ‘Position Perfect’ – a week to go

Independent Senator, Nick Xenophon, and Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, are headlining the ‘Pollie Panel’ at the ‘Position Perfect’ Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program Forum next Friday. The senators will join Cathy, Sen. Madigan and Member for Benambra, Bill Tilley on the panel at Wodonga TAFE at 10.30am. Wodonga City Council councillor, Anna Speedie, will MC the panel. The AMFP forum is a great opportunity for farmers, horticulturalists, manufacturers and food processors to provide feedback to government. About 30 exhibitors will be on display. Registration information can be found at www.amfp.org.au/about/albury-wodonga-position-perfect/ or http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/amfp_2015. Cathy encourages people interested in a career in manufacturing or agriculture to attend. 

Indi Funding News

Men’s Sheds in the North East have received round 9 National Men’s Shed Development Programme funding of almost $16,000 for a range of equipment upgrades, and Bonegilla Migrant camp received $18,150 in Community Heritage and Icon grants funding.

Yackandandah men’s Shed -            $2000

Corryong Men’s Shed -                    $4000

Mt Beauty & District Men’s Shed - $1500

Beechworth Men’s Shed -                $4000

Benalla Men’s Shed -                       $2800

Wangaratta District Men’s Shed -    $1400

Bonegilla Migrant Camp - $18,150 – upgrade interpretive panels, produce online/booklet publication

National Stronger Regions Fund round two applications are now open and close on 31 July, 2015.

Ag news for Indi

Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation 2016 scholarship applications are now open for young people. Benalla’s Whitney James recently received a 2015 scholarship. The MSRF scholarships provide access to tertiary study to rural youth by reducing financial barriers and support the transition from rural school to city-based university. Applications close 18 July, 2015. Cathy welcomed the State Government’s Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council and Young Farmer Scholarship program. The Advisory Council will comprise up to 11 members and formal expressions of interest for the Advisory Council will open later in June. 

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. Call Karen Nankervis on 0487 522 650 for enquries.

Cathy’s diary

  • Saturday, May 23 – #indiBIT15 Listening Post – Barr Reserve, Wangaratta – 10am
  •  Monday, May 25 – Parliament resumes
  •  Friday Night Conversation – May 29 – guest conversationalist Mt Beauty Secondary College student Sarah Hodge talking about her visit to Gallipoli to mark the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing


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