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Indi Weekly Scoop - No 2 - October 3 2014

Posted October 03, 2014




Indi Weekly Scoop No.2

 This week's topics include:

  • Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG)
  • Bruck Textile Technologies workers petition
  • North East rail line
  • Security laws
  • Funding news
  • Community venues in Mansfield to rebound after fire setback
  • ‘Barny’ does itself proud!

The intense media attention this week has not deflected Cathy and the office from representing the people of Indi in Parliament.


Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, told Parliament in Question Time yesterday ballast improvement work between Seymour and Benalla had re-started on September 22. This work is due to be completed later this month when drainage works are scheduled to begin. The ballast rehabilitation program is two-thirds completed and Mr Briggs conceded there was much work to be done in next 18 months to finish the five-year program. This information was in response to Cathy seeking a timeline commitment for the Australian Rail Track Corporation to complete works along the NE line. The Government is listening to Cathy’s concerns and she encourages people who’ve experienced rail service issues to contact her office.


The National Security Legislation Bill came before Parliament and as an Independent representing her community, Cathy called on the Government to allow more community debate on the new security laws. This is in line with her belief legislation deserves to be duly considered before voting occurs. Commonsense has prevailed in another issue that caused plenty of commentary this week, the potential ban of the burka being worn in Parliament now dismissed by the Government.  


On behalf of former Bruck Textile Technologies workers Cathy tabled a Petition in Parliament yesterday. The workers are calling on Government to strengthen safeguard measures for other workers who might be made redundant in the manufacturing sector and also pay outstanding entitlements. Bruck workers agreed to these arrangements but they fall outside the FEG. Cathy will continue to work with the Government on this matter.


The inaugural Head in the Hole fun community event was held in Cathy’s local town, Barnawartha last weekend. Organisers, the Barnawartha Development Association, did a fantastic job attracting more than a thousand people to town. Cathy was pleased to tell Parliament it was a huge success and everyone involved did Barny proud!


In Indi funding news, four memorial projects in Indi have received more than $20,000 in Federal Government funding. Projects for the Corryong and Kiewa RSL Sub-branchs will receive more than $14,500 through the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. Wahgunyah Progress Association and Benalla RSL Sub-branch will share more than $5000 through Saluting Their Service funding. These projects are worthy initiatives and deserving of Government support.

Café Connect and Radio Mansfield play an important role in the Mansfield community and Cathy was disappointed to hear their venue had been destroyed by fire. Young people from Café Connect suggested Operation Phoenix to Mansfield Shire Council to resurrect the venue and this has started. The Mansfield community are already committing to help get the café and community radio station up and running again. 


Today Cathy was a guest at the opening of the Logic Service Centre in Barnawartha and met with representatives from Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority in Wangaratta (pictured, Cathy meeting with Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority CEO Chris Norman and chairman Murray Chapman.)


Next week Cathy is out and about in Indi and has a busy week planned, including:

  • meeting with falls Creek Resort Management Board members
  • planning the next Indi Newsletter
  • visiting Wodonga Senior Secondary College Student Leadership Council
  • attending the Mudgegonga & District Landcare Group monthly meeting
  • attending launch of Albury Wodonga Health major fundraiser City2City
  • attending the World Mental Health Day Luncheon in Bright
  • speaking at Beechworth Chamber of Commerce AGM
  • attending afternoon tea in Bright to commemorate departure of General Sir John Monash
  • heading to the 150th Wangaratta Agricultural Society Show

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