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Indi Weekly Scoop - No 4 - October 17 2014

Posted October 17, 2014

 

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  • Education in Indi
  • Indi funding news
  • International Rural Women’s Day brekky
  • Regional Development on menu
  • Canberra beckons

Education is a key commitment for Cathy. She was out and about early in the week listening to how different education providers in Indi give kids the best environments to thrive.

Monday started with a tour of the Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Wangaratta.  Childcare plays a significant role in our communities, providing the quality of care and education critical or each child's development. The Government has released the Productivity Review Report and Cathy is seeking feedback on the recommendations and how they will impact childcare services in Indi.

The ‘Centre Care and Education for Youth Program’ is helping VCAL students in Wangaratta prepare for their future. Cathy’s visit to the program on Monday included a certificate presentation to student Mya Meadows for winning the 2014 Anne Pennington Award. Congratulations and well done, Mya! During the visit, Cathy listened to the concerns the students have about the lack of employment opportunities and infrastructure catering for their needs. Cathy will follow this up with Rural City of Wangaratta to see what has been done to provide this infrastructure. The students also need support to get jobs - the challenge is to create the right conditions for youth employment to increase.

Independent schools give parents choice in their children’s education. Cathy met with Independent school principals about the key issue of long-term consistent funding. This remains a major issue and principals have called on Government to provide the Independent sector with equal funding to public schools.

Cathy set the Twittersphere abuzz during her speech at the Australian Regional Development Conference on Thursday. The speech focused on the direction of education in regional Australia and the importance of making tertiary education available to local students. Legislation is currently before the Senate and Cathy called on participants to develop a set of key operating principles to ensure regional education services are not disadvantaged by the proposed changes.  

Congratulations to the Women's Wellness Network for bringing together almost 100 people at Delizie Cafe in Myrtleford to celebrate International Rural Women's Day. Cathy listened intently to guest speaker Sister Brigid Arthur’s inspiring talk on her experiences of working with asylum seekers, particularly among young people and children who are in detention in Melbourne. Sr Brigid suggested rural communities could provide relief for refugees and a public meeting will be held soon in Myrtleford to discuss what can be done.

In Indi funding news, two more ANZAC projects have received funding from the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Program: Chiltern Athenaeum and Eskdale Primary School (see below for details). Seventeen ANZAC Centenary Grants have now been approved in Indi.

Men’s Shed members in Indi are always busy with projects and two members from the Wangaratta Men’s Shed found time this week to come into Cathy’s office and hang some artwork. The Oxley Knitters donated Symphony of Threads to be displayed in the foyer and Wes Furs and Bernie Morrow (pictured) did a professional job hanging the box-framed piece of art. Thanks gentlemen!

Parliament resumes next week and Cathy has a busy week:

  •  Question Time on Monday
  • Update on Indi/Farrer Light Rail Project
  • Introducing Sister Brigid Arthur to crossbench senators to discuss amendments to legislation
  • Meet with Senators to discuss improvements to the Higher Education Bill 
  • Speak on the Rural Research and Development Amendment Bill and Albury Wodonga Development Corporation Abolition Bill
  • Welcome three volunteers

 

 Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program approved projects

  • Chiltern Athenaeum - $505 – replace Middle Indigo Shire State School honour roll
  • Eskdale Primary School - $750 – plant a Lone Pine and install plaque at school