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Indi Weekly Scoop - No 5 - October 24 2014

Posted October 24, 2014



  • Cross-border health
  • Indi telco news
  • Indi funding news
  • Canberra nutty for Indi produce
  • Call to soften asylum seeker policy
  • Vision for regional development: where is it?

Albury-Wodonga communities want cross-border anomalies reduced, not increased, and the latest Government restructure of the regional health system will erase the current arrangements. 

Cathy’s first business in Parliament this week was calling on the Government to consider realigning the proposed boundary in the Murray Primary Health Network replacing Hume Medicare Local. Health services in Albury-Wodonga have been a success built on years of hard work and the boundary change would have a negative impact. She presented Mr Dutton with a request to meet with Hume Medicare Local representatives in Canberra next week to discuss the issue. Cathy is committed to working with all parties to cut down the anomalies and make business easier on the border.

On Thursday, Cathy spoke to the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation Abolition Bill. She told Parliament about the bold vision behind the successful venture that transformed the Albury-Wodonga community in the 1970s. Looking back at the impressive achievements sparked Cathy to again call on the Government to produce a plan for the important infrastructure—rail, education, health, telecommunications, roads—needed to enhance regional living.

Cathy supported Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project representatives Sister Brigid Arthur and Pamela Curr’s visit to Canberra. They held very successful discussions about asylum seeker policy with MPs and Senators. This followed Sr Brigid speaking at an event in Myrtleford about her experiences with refugees in Melbourne. Cathy believes the Government can learn from how Malcolm Fraser’s government dealt with the huge influx of Vietnamese refugees that were re-settled in the 1970s.     

Yea High School students have led the way in producing a book to help youth with mental health issues. Cathy spoke in Parliament on Wednesday about this successful community collaboration.Word spread to the US and Cathy’s office received a request via the website on Thursday for contact details of the project manager. In other speeches, Cathy praised organisers of the 150th Wangaratta Show for another successful event and thanked everyone involved in the World Mental Health Day lunch in Bright.

Indi produce is always a hit in Canberra and Cathy was delighted to see Cheznuts from Eurobin at the Australian Nut Industry event on Wednesday night. Cheznuts owner Jane Casey prepared a wonderful display of products for the promotional exercise, and a homemade cake that had mouths watering. Nut growers are an important part of the agricultural sector in the North East.  

In Indi telecommunications news, Cathy joined with Oxley residents in welcoming the announcement a fixed wireless tower would be operational in the next 12 months. This will bring NBN to more than 300 premises in the Oxley area. The NBN rollout continues in Indi and Cathy will keep pressure on the Government to ensure improved communications across the North East.   

In Indi funding news, the Bonegilla Hall Management Committee received $4432 through the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. This will fund a book on a Bonegilla man who enlisted in WWI.

Today, Cathy attended the Pangerang Art Exhibition opening in Wangaratta. Congratulations to all the artists, you should be very proud of the diverse work on display at the library. For those who used the Federal Member for Indi as a subject, you captured her in many shades, from Monday to Friday! (Cathy pictured with Pangerang Art student Carmel Fitzpatrick from Yarrawonga.)

Parliament resumes next Monday and Cathy will speak on the Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment and meet with crossbench Senators to discuss the Budget measures and Bills entering Parliament.

Opportunities for Input

Food manufacturers and food producers in Indi are encouraged to make a submission to a Government inquiry investigating the current anti-dumping regime. Cathy is a member of The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry about to conduct an inquiry into whether Australia’s anti-dumping measures have loopholes being exploited. Visit the website for full details on how to make a submission 



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