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Indi Weekly Scoop - No 6 - October 31 2014

Posted October 31, 2014

 

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  • Vision for regional Australia?
  • Dartmouth community gets communication win
  • Locals lobby for Fair Entitlements Guarantee
  • Benalla RET petition tabled
  • Indi funding news
  • Out and about in Indi this weekend

Regional development was the theme for this week in Parliament. Cathy made three speeches on the topic and gained media interest in calling for a vision for rural and regional Australia.

High Speed Rail is exciting and has huge opportunities for regional Australian towns on its corridor. Government needs the vision and commitment to make it happen. The project estimates a travel time from Wodonga to Melbourne is 69 minutes. This will attract more people to regional living – people living in Albury-Wodonga can work in Melbourne or Sydney, and be home for dinner.  Construction will also boost manufacturing and engineering. Cathy is calling for people to get behind the vision and make it happen.

The Dartmouth community enjoyed success this week. Residents contacted Cathy’s office in response to landlines and internet failing in the town. The community called a public meeting on Wednesday and Telstra made a commitment to upgrade the exchange. Cathy spoke in Parliament on the same day calling on Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull and Telstra to resolve the issues in Dartmouth and provide timelines for the NBN rollout across regional Australia.

Former Bruck workers Kerrie Seymour and Alex Tatulaschwili visited the Canberra office on Tuesday. They were lobbying Senators about the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Bill. Textile, Clothing, Footwear Union of Australia, Michele O’Neil, led the group and Cathy was pleased to hear the meetings with Senators went well.     

Cathy spoke to the Rural and Research Development Legislation Amendment Bill on Monday. She focused on three topics - recommendations made by the National Farmers Federation, the importance of consultation, and the recently released green paper into agricultural competitiveness. Cathy supports the reform however she reinforced the message that funding and resources are needed for tertiary education in regional Australia, especially in agriculture. Cathy also called on the Government to include industry views when considering major changes to legislation.

On Wednesday Cathy tabled a petition in Parliament on behalf of the Benalla Sustainable Future Group. The petition calls for the Government to introduce measures to reduce carbon emissions. These include a market-based mechanism for pricing carbon, a higher mandatory Renewable Energy Target, and reduced support for the fossil fuel industry.

In Indi funding news, the Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Learning Centre officially opened last Saturday. The centre received a $1.15million Federal grant for the major upgrade. Cathy joined with Senator Bridget McKenzie, local member Bill Sykes and Benalla Rural City mayor Barbara Alexander in recognising the importance of the new facility for the Benalla community.

The ‘cultural economy’ is alive and well in Indi with activities and events galore. Cathy looks forward to seeing everyone when she is out and about.  (Image: Cathy chatting to Alpine Radio secretary Nick Brown this morning at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre about the Festival of Jazz and the wonderful effort volunteers put to make the event a success.)

Tonight

  • Wangaratta Jazz Festival 

Tomorrow

  • Victorian Dinghy Championships – Bonegilla
  • 2014 Fresh & Unframed Art Exhibition, Yackandandah

Sunday, November 2

  • Art Glass Exposition – Mansfield
  • Spring Arts Walk - Mansfield
  • Maindample Country Fair
  • Bonnie Doon Country Market and Car Boot Sale
  • Bonnie Doon Photographic Exhibition
  • Alexandra Spring Fair

Monday, November 3

  • LaTrobe Uni - meet and greet with students and staff