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Indi Weekly Scoop, May 8, 2015

Posted May 08, 2015



  • Out and about in Indi – King Valley
  • Telecommunications review important for Indi
  • Public Safety study – have your say
  • Budget beckons
  • Wodonga community plants positive seeds
  • Solar panels bear fruit
  • Volunteer Week 11-17 May 
  • Manufacturing and Farming – the future for Indi
  • Happy Mother’s Day! 

Trains and telecommunications continue to be the main issues for people in the King Valley. Cathy visited Oxley, Moyhu and Whitfield and heard how poor mobile reception and internet are hampering business in the area. Train users told her the service still needs improving. When she returns to Parliament, Cathy will renew her fight with the relevant Federal ministers to get these services improved. During the visit, North East Water representatives met with Cathy to discuss the Moyhu Waste water project and plans to help community members with the cost involved per household. The King Valley CWA Women’s Dinner was a wonderful way to finish the visit. Cathy thanked everyone for the warm welcome and the lasagne!

Telecommunications review important for Indi

Cathy welcomed the formation of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC). As mobile phone coverage and internet access remain the biggest issues facing businesses and communities in Indi, the RTIRC will look at the adequacy of telecommunications services in regional Australia. This includes whether people in regional areas have fair access to telecommunications services in comparison to services available in urban areas. Community consultation is a critical part of the committee’s responsibility and Cathy has invite the RTIRC committee to Indi to hold a public hearing. Information is available at the RTIRC website.

Public Safety study – have your say

Submissions are being accepted for the Productivity Commission’s Public Safety Mobile Broadband. Cathy is encouraging people in Indi to tell the commission why Indi needs improved telecommunications. Visit the website for details on how to input to the study.

Budget beckons

With the 2015-16 Federal Budget being handed down next week, Cathy has been focusing on what is needed for Indi. More funding for mobile phone coverage, health and aged care and infrastructure is needed for services and to create jobs. The priority for local councils is for the freezing of indexation on Local Assistance Grants to be lifted. This would ease the financial burden ratepayers will face in coming years.    

Wodonga community plants positive seeds

Our Native Garden at the Wodonga Transfer Station was officially opened last Saturday. Cathy congratulated organisers on a fantastic initiative. Many volunteers have learnt a range of skills and ‘dug in’ to ensure this not-for-profit nursery will be a success. Next month the nursery is branching out and the public will be able to purchase native plants that have been propagated on site. The plants have been chosen to suit the North East climate and will help the environment.

Solar panels bear fruit

Wangaratta’s Nu Fruit is having a win from a Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Comm Bank initiative. The $220,000 Energy Efficient Loan has funded the installation of 100kw of solar panels. Cathy toured the factory and learnt how this loan has led to big savings on electricity costs to run refrigerated warehouses and cool-rooms. Cathy encourages businesses to consider an EEL to decrease their electricity costs and carbon footprint. Contact Commonwealth bank Regional and Agribusiness relationship executive Nick Kaiser 03 5821 2125 for information.

Volunteers – making our communities stronger

Volunteers play a valuable role making our communities better places to live. Volunteer Week (May 11-17) is a chance to show our appreciation for the volunteers who help in our communities. Cathy encourages everyone to thank volunteers in their community for the contribution they make.

Manufacturing and Farming – the future of Indi

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

Happy Mother’s Day

Cathy wishes all the mums the best for this Sunday, May 10. May you have a relaxing day getting pampered in recognition for what you do.

Indi Funding

  • Nu Fruit, Wangaratta - $220,000 for solar panels Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • CSU- GO Tafe  opening of Wangaratta campus - $7.2 million  

Cathy’s diary

  • Corryong Community Meeting – Corryong Neighbourhood Centre – Saturday, May 9- 10am 

Next week:

  • 2015-16 Budget sitting week
  • Budget Impact Tour starts – Saturday, May 16 – Benalla, outside Mitchell Health 


IMAGE: Cathy visits students at Mount Carmel Christian School for a certificate presentation this week.



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