Indi Weekly Scoop - November 21, 2014
Posted November 21, 2014
- NBN rollout continues
- FTA deal potential to benefit Indi
- ABC vital for regional Australia
- Out and about in Indi
- Indi funding news
NBN towers on the rise
It was welcome news for residents and businesses in parts of Indi early this week. The rollout of fixed wireless towers continues with 11 towers under construction across the North East. The towers should be operational next year and service more than 2200 homes. Householders will need to contact their internet provider to get an NBN plan – the connection will not happen automatically.
Regional Australia needs ABC
Cathy fully supports the ABC. Any cuts to the national broadcaster would be detrimental to the service many Australians rely on. It is vital for listeners and viewers in Indi and rural parts of the country particularly during disasters. During times of fire and flood, it’s the ABC that people turn to for the most accurate information from TV, radio and online.
Winners in Indi from FTA
Cathy congratulated the Federal Government and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb AO, on signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. Dairy, beef and wine producers will potentially be the biggest winners in Indi, hopefully leading to increased production and job creation. This comes only weeks after Chinese company, Rayah Estate Holdings, signed a multi-million deal to expand Tuileries Winery at Rutherglen. Brown Bros has also welcomed the FTA, and predicts exports to China to increase by millions.
The Government also has aims to sign an FTA with Indi. The agricultural research, education and technologies sector will be in high demand from India if a deal is done in 2015. Cathy told the ABC country hour that the Co-operative Research Centres have produced fantastic work and India would benefit from tapping into this resource.
Federal funding for community projects
In Indi Funding news, two Indi RSLs and the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club will share in $30,000 in funding (see details below). The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will help fund three community projects via two programs, including the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants initiative.
E-voting a step closer
The second interim report on electronic voting was released yesterday. Cathy is encouraged that the Parliamentary Committee’s report recommends ‘careful steps’ be taken along the way to full electronic. High costs and security risks are the major factors to e-voting not being introduced. However Cathy believes these will be lowered over time and efficiencies gained, especially in rural areas.
Visiting Indi communities
Cathy was warmly welcomed, and highly visible in the Cathyvan, in Glenrowan, Thoona, Devenish and Tungamah yesterday. Mobile phone coverage and NBN were priority issues discussed during the visit.
Politics in the sun
This afternoon Cathy met with a group young people (pictured) to discuss the plan for a summer camp in late January 2015. The camp will encourage people to become engaged in politics and include workshops on how to engage in the political process.
How Indi was won
Independent filmmaker David Estcourt’s Indi: The Road to Canberra is being screened in Albury tonight. Tickets are still available and if you get in quick, you’ll be able to make the 6.30pm curtain call.
Out and about
This weekend, Cathy is attending the Yea Centenary Show tomorrow and the Kirbys Flat Pottery 37th Annual Exhibition on Sunday.
Next week, Parliament resumes for the final sitting weeks of 2014. Cathy is scheduled for a Question Time appearance on Tuesday.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs funding
Veteran and Community Grants
- Wodonga RSL Sub-branch - $15, 041 – purchase outdoor furniture to enhance activities for veteran community
- Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club - $11,411 – purchase first-aid equipment and defibrillator, Barbecue and power generator to support activities for veteran community
ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program
- Bright RSL Sub-branch - $3615 – My Great War Hero community initiative project