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Indi Weekly Scoop, May 29, 2015

Posted May 29, 2015



  • AMFP – Position Perfect
  • Extra engine boost for NE rail users
  • Decentralisation must be priority for Government
  • Indi representation at CRC outcomes
  • Volunteers value add to Canberra
  • Indi ag news

Thanks to the 150 people who made today's Australian Manufacturing and Farming Program Position Perfect Albury Wodonga a success. A special thankyou goes to Senator John Madigan for bringing this #‎AMFP2015 forum to the Border. Cathy will take the findings from the forum to Parliament next week. Wodonga TAFE was the ideal venue and the showcase of local produce was fantastic. The willingness of diverse businesses to meet and discuss issues shows local producers are committed to building manufacturing and industry in Indi.

Extra engine boost for NE rail users

Rail users in the North East wanting a more reliable V/Line service will be pleased with the State Government committing to an extra engine for the Wodonga-Melbourne line. Cathy thanked the State Government for acting on the concerns of Indi residents. The extra engine is likely to be operating by the end of July. This is expected to reduce the need for buses to replace trains when faults occur. The State Government will start consulting communities next month to inform the development of the important Regional Network Development Plan.

Decentralisation must be priority for Government

The benefits of decentralisation will be felt in regional Australia. Cathy was pleased to hear Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, acknowledge in Question Time the importance of relocation of selected government services. This will boost jobs and growth in regional Australia.   

Indi representation at CRC outcomes

Indi was represented when the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) released its work in Parliament this week. Mudgegonga resident Judy Brewer is chair of Autism CRC and attended the showcase with Autism CRC Ambassador Jeanette Purkis from Kergunyah. The Government’s commitment to two new CRCs demonstrates the model is the most efficient partnership for end users, industry and research. More information can be found at: Autism CRCInvasive AnimalsCRC for Mental HealthDairy Futures CRC and Young and Well CRC.

Volunteers value add in Canberra

Volunteers Mark Waters, Pam Montgomery and Emma Jones have provided Cathy with an extended Indi presence in Parliament. The trio attended various events, including the launch of the Australian Gynaecological Foundation (Emma and Pam pictured). Emma provided background for the speech on the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, which also made the Daily Mail UK online. Pam and Mark worked on mental health research.  

Indi ag news

Congratulations to Benalla’s Ellen Versteegen for winning the Ag Institute of Australia 2015 National Student Award! Ellen won the award for her topic, 'Markers of fertility and milk yield in the colostrum of the dairy cow'. It’s fantastic to see a young ag student from Indi making a mark at the national level. Good luck for the future, Ellen.

The VFF is seeking feedback about the cost and quality of mobile and broadband service in rural areas. The survey can be filled in here.

Cathy’s diary

  • Tonight - Friday Night Conversation guest conversationalist Mt Beauty Secondary College student Sarah Hodge talking about her visit to Gallipoli to mark the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing
  •  Saturday, May 30 – #indiBIT15 Listening Post – Wodonga, Places Victoria Junction Place – 11am
  •  Monday, June 1 – Parliament resumes

IMAGE: CRC Autism CEO Andrew Davis, Autism Ambassadors Tori Haar and Jeanette Purkis from Kergunyah with Cathy at the CRC release of work at Parliament House this week.

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