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Indi Weekly Scoop - No 3 - October 10 2014

Posted October 10, 2014



  • Mental Health Week gathering
  • Informative visit to the Alps
  • Inspiring college visit
  • Indi funding news
  • Federal funding up for grabs
  • Indi food producers shine again

Mental Health is a major issue for regional communities and the focus on mental health across the country this week has been fantastic. Bright resident Phil Staff organised a World Mental Health Day luncheon today and Cathy joined about 30 people, including mental health advocates, at the event (pictured, ‘Fluffy’, Cathy, Helen Braidwood, Revered Pam Riessen and Neville Jones) at the World Mental Health Day luncheon in Bright today. Cathy will continue to work with the sector and lobby Government and called on people at the luncheon to think about potential solutions for better coordinating mental health services available in Indi. 

The week began with a trip through the Kiewa Valley to meet with the Falls Creek Resort Management Board (RMB). It was a bumper snow season at Falls with the best visitation numbers in years and businesses doing excellent trade. This also had significant economic benefits for the region. RMB will take action from the meeting, including participating in the Indi Telecommunications Action Group and following up on the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (see below for details) for potential funding opportunities. The RMB will also continue lobbying for improved transport links into the region including the train service to the North East.

Students gave Cathy a warm welcome to Wodonga Secondary College when she visited on Tuesday to meet with the leadership team. The students showed plenty of interest in Cathy’s role as the Independent Member for Indi and are keen to visit Canberra to see how Parliament runs.

In Indi funding news, two community groups have been granted more than $12,000 for projects to help provide services in their areas, courtesy of Australia Post (see below for full details). Cathy congratulated the Walwa & District Community Support Group and Flowerdale Men’s Shed on receiving Australia Post 2014 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants funding. These groups play a valuable role in their communities and are able to survive and add new services due to funding opportunities like Our Neighbourhood Community Grants.

Councils, groups and organisations in Indi with plans for community-building projects should apply to the National Stronger Regions Fund. This initiative is funding infrastructure projects in local communities across Australia and Ms McGowan is encouraging Indi groups and councils to get a slice of the $1 billion fund. Cathy thanked the Federal Government for providing this welcome important funding fulfilling an election commitment. Anyone wanting to apply can contact the Hume Regional Development Australia (RDA) office on phone 03 5722 7101 or email rda.hume@rdv.vic.gov.au for assistance with identifying projects and preparing applications. For more information visit the website

Congratulations to olive growers in Indi for being recognised at the 15th Australian Golden Olive Awards last weekend in Wangaratta. EV Olives and Mt Buffalo Olives received gold medals for their extra virgin olive oil and gold medals also went the way of Tiandi Grove and Gooramadda Olives for olive products. Many other producers scored silver and bronze for their products.

Tomorrow Cathy is a guest at the 150th Wangaratta Agricultural Show and welcomes the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, to Indi. Then it’s off to Bright to attend the centenary event to mark Sir John Monash’s departure from the Alpine region to join the WWI effort. Tim Fischer has recently written a book on Sir John and will speak about the war hero’s connection with the Alpine region. The community is welcome to attend this free event.

Next week Voices for Indi’s Indi Talks Democracy is happening over two days in Swanpool and Yackandandah. Former Member for New England Independent Tony Windsor and Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre, are the keynote speakers. Come along and bring your family and friends for some great discussion about the ethics of politics and the practicalities of how it really works. For more information please go to the Voices for Indi website.

Cathy's schedule next week includes:

  • Visiting early learning and education centres in Wangaratta
  • Meeting with Independent Schools in Indi in Wangaratta
  • Attending Wodonga Uniting Care Healthy Cookbook launch
  • Speaking at Australian Regional Development Conference in Albury
  • Attending the AVCLP Alumni Leadership Breakfast
  • Indi Talks Democracy
  • Back to Canberra on October for two-week sitting

Successful Our Neighbourhood Community Grant applicants

  •  Walwa & District Community Support Group - $3450 - digital media education program
  •  Flowerdale Men’s Shed - $9430 – Mobile Men’s Shed  

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