Indi Weekly Scoop - November 20, 2015
Posted November 20, 2015
Indi priorities in action
° Mental Health – as part of her continuing familiarisation with the mental health sector Cathy chaired the Beyond Blue forum in Wangaratta last Friday night and toured the Kerferd Clinic on Thursday. The Mental Health Expert Reference Group is yet to hand down its findings. More here.
° Climate change – in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Summit, local citizens of the Wangaratta Sustainability Network today presented a climate change petition signed by over 500 locals calling on the Government to take action. Picture above (L to R): Deb Goodson, Marg Brickhill, Helen van Riet and Cathy Oddie.
° Transport and Education –Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, met with Cathy at Wodonga TAFE Tuesday. Discussion centred on education and transport needs for Indi. She also welcomed the increased support for TAFE and the Premier’s newly-announced Victorian rural strategy focussing attention to more targeted regions. Cathy used the opportunity to press the Premier for more action on transport and trains. More here.
° Small business – Cathy is speaking tonight to the Albury Wodonga branch of the Certified Practicing Accountants’ organisation and discussing the needs of small business.
Visitors to Canberra next week
° Victory Lutheran College, Wodonga – Monday
° Falls Creek Primary School – Tuesday
° Benalla RSL – Wednesday
° Communities wait for mental health review outcomes
° Pressing for education and transport needs for Indi
° Mental health reforms required for direction
White Ribbon Marches – voices against violence: Wednesday 25 November. Cathy will be attending a breakfast at Parliament House and encourages the community to get involved and make the statement that family violence will not be tolerated. Find out more here.
Grants / Nominations / Inquiries
° The House of Representatives Agriculture and Industry Committee’s Inquiry into Agricultural Innovation is now taking submissions. A public hearing will be conducted in Wodonga on January 28.
° Project Kick Start: Tourism North East is running an Expression of Interest process to support fast tracking of tourism projects. More info here.
° The Federal Government’s Business Consultation website connects business with Australian Government departments and agencies in one place. To learn more go here.
° Applications are now open for the National Landcare Programme Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16 (Small Grants Round). Find our more here.
° Sustainability Victoria is offering grants funding for eligible businesses to review their activities and to identify and implement energy and materials efficiency improvements. More information here.
Cathy’s Diary 21 – 27 November
° Albury Wodonga CPA dinner and guest speaker
° Listening Post Wodonga, Mad 4 Hair, Wodonga Mall, Stanley Street – Saturday 21 November
° Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights – Monday 23 November
° Sustainable Food Forum panel speaker – ANU – Tuesday 24 November
° Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy guest speaker – Tuesday 24 November
° Religious and political leaders taskforce meeting – Wednesday 25 November
° House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agricultural Innovation – Thursday 26 November
° Wodonga Gold Cup – Friday 27 November