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Indi Weekly Scoop - November 14, 2014

Posted November 14, 2014



  • Indi Newsletter gets positive feedback
  • Benalla community marks Remembrance Day 
  • Strong school communities a highlight in Upper Murray region visit
  • Nationally televised democracy forum 
  • Busy schedule ahead!

There has been a steady stream of feedback into the office this week in response to the Indi Newsletter. The general reaction is the newsletter is informative, shows the action Cathy has been taking in the last 12 months and explains them how she can help them. The Indi Newsletter No 2 is now online and Cathy has recorded a video on the three major aspects of her role as Independent Member for Indi.

Local communities nurturing youth

Education was the focus in Cathy’s visit to Corryong, Tangambalanga, and Tallangatta yesterday. Cathy visited three schools—Kiewa Valley Primary School, Tallangatta Valley Primary School, Corryong College—to chat with students, meet staff and present flags and certificates. Cathy engaged with the students and answered their questions on politics, Parliament and life in general. She finished the day at the Walwa Bush Nursing Hospital AGM to learn more about the importance of health in small communities.

Lest We Forget 

On Tuesday, Cathy attended the Benalla RSL Sub-branch Remembrance Day Service. She joined about 200 residents, including school students, at the Cenotaph. Benalla RSL president Jeff Lewis captured the occasion well in his speech. Benalla CFA wailing the siren at 11am to prompt the one minute’s silence was a nice touch. Staff from Cathy’s office also laid wreaths at Rutherglen, Wodonga and Wangaratta.

Democracy: rural Australia want political change 

It was a positive reaction to Cathy’s appearance on Lateline on Tuesday. The panel forum included Matthew Gordon from OurSay and St James Ethics Centre director Dr Simon Longstaff. Dr Longstaff spoke at IndiTalks recently about how Australians view democracy and politics. (IMAGE: Cameraman Scott, Cathy, and Lateline producer Cath Sullivan at the Wangaratta Racecourse.)

Community engagement

Cathy was a guest at the Myrtleford Neighbourhood Centre AGM on Monday. About 30 locals went along to learn how the centre had fared in the last year and Cathy’s views on how a community can take action to get projects planned and completed. On Tuesday evening, Cathy spoke at Wangaratta Toastmasters about her public speaking journey and inspired members and guests to encourage young people to join the group. Earlier today, Cathy joined local health sector representatives to meet with Assistant Shadow Health Minister Stephen Jones in Wodonga.

Full card coming up

Tonight Cathy has been invited to open the 2014 Work, Rest and Play Exhibition in Beechworth and has a busy week planned.

  • Tomorrow - Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange (NVLX) Community Open Day, Brown Brothers 125th Birthday
  • Monday - Meeting with Australian Munitions workers in Benalla; GO Tafe Wangaratta
  • Tuesday - Special Joint Sitting of Parliament, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit
  • Wednesday - Rotary Club of Alexandra guest speaker
  • Thursday – Tungamah, Glenrowan, Devenish, Thoona visit
  • Friday - Meeting with LaTrobe and CSU
  • Saturday – Yea Centenary Show

Then Cathy is back in Canberra for the final two-week sitting of the year.

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