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Indi Weekly Scoop - October 1, 2015

Posted October 01, 2015



  • Indi Summit countdown: 24 days to go
  • NBN satellite launches
  • Help local business go gold
  • Australian Government Service Centre on wheels

 Indi Summit nears

Cathy is calling on everyone to be part of the vision for Indi. The Indi Summit is being held on Saturday October 24 at the Lakeside Community Centre in Benalla. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to have their say about the future of Indi. More than 1600 people have already given input to two Budget Impact Tours, the Kitchen Conversations and Get in Cathy’s Ear Postcard campaign. People have identified the key issues affecting our region. These will be covered in four topics:

  • Economic Prosperity
  • Quality Access to Essential Community Services
  • Sustainable Environments
  • Confident and Vibrant Communities

The event is free – please register to attend here. Spread the word among family, friends and colleagues – in particular young people – and gather up a carload for the Summit!

 NBN bringing internet access to rural areas

Today’s launch of Sky Muster, NBN’s first national broadband satellite was welcomed by Cathy: “This will bring much better internet capability to rural and remote parts of Indi.” A second satellite will be launched in the first half of next year to provide further coverage. Cathy stressed that households should take up NBN’s long-term satellite offer during the roll-out phase.

 Benalla Gold Cup tomorrow

Cathy will be enjoying the exciting atmosphere of the Benalla Gold Cup tomorrow and urges people to “get out and about” and help Indi businesses kick goals this Friday. “It’s going to be a sunny and summery weekend so make the most of the public holiday. There’s a holiday in NSW on Monday after the NRL Grand Final so it’s important to take the opportunity to shop and support local.”

 Lots of feedback from the North East

The friendly orange Cathyvan made a welcome visit to Kiewa, Cudgewa and Corryong on Tuesday. Cathy heard from numerous citizens about issues ranging across telecommunications, roads and transport and thanked the large number of people who came to meet her. These included Grace and Genevieve Middleton and cousins Chloe and Ben Sampson (pictured) visiting from Albury with their mum for the school holidays.

Desert Pea visits Indi

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Desert Pea is visiting Indi to offer easy access to government payments and services. The Mobile Service Centre will visit Highett Street, Mansfield on Thursday October 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The mobile office will be staffed by experienced, specialist officers and a social worker. Details here.

 Attention: Young People!

My First Speech – competition entries now open

High school students are invited to imagine their election as a federal MP and what they would say in their maiden speech to the House of Representatives. The three minute speeches will be judged by a panel of MPs and the first, second and third place winners will be flown to Canberra with a parent or guardian to present their speeches live to Parliament. The competition is open until October 23. Details here.

 Young Endeavour 2016 Youth Development Voyages

The 2016 Young Endeavour Ballot is now open. If you’re 16 - 23 years old you can join an eleven or twelve day voyage aboard STS Young Endeavour between January and June 2016 and sail the West Australian coast, the Great Australian Bight or the Tasman Sea. No prior experience is required. Apply here.

 Attention: Agricultural Research!

Rural R&D grants now available

Round 2 grants to the value of $50 million are now available to all 15 Australian Rural Research and Development Corporations. These are geared towards projects that address one or more of the priorities. Further information here. Closes December 1.

 Interpreter Scholarships available

The Victorian Government is offering interpreter scholarships for a number of Asian and European languages. These are for part-time courses held in 2016. More information here.

 Get involved!

  • Parliamentary entitlements – submissions until October 21

 Press Releases this week

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