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Indi Weekly Scoop - October 9, 2015

Posted October 09, 2015



  • Young People: leadership development
  • Indi Summit: 15 days and counting
  • Invitation to new Communications Minister
  • Australia Post listens

 Leadership Opportunities for Young People

 My First Speech – competition entries now open

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

Sail the High Seas

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.

Indi Summit nears

With barely two weeks to go, the Indi Summit was launched this morning in Wodonga with good coverage by Prime and WIN TV. Image above shows Cathy explaining the process to Jacqui Hawkins, Aziah-a King and Kadejah Stevenson. The Indi Summit is the most important event of Cathy’s term in office because it gives locals an opportunity to participate directly in the democratic process. Planning for the Benalla event is at a frenzied pace. 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!

Call to meet on phones

Cathy has invited the new Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, to come to Indi to discuss issues around Indi’s telecommunications. A copy of the invitation is on the website and Cathy is looking forward to a positive response to her invitation to visit.

Wodonga Listening Post: Australia Post

Australia Post will be holding a Listening Post outside Wodonga’s High Street post office on 29 October between 10:30 and 11:30. This is an informal opportunity to discuss issues, give your ideas and learn more about where Australia Post’s business is headed. Find out more here.

 Public Transport moves forward

Thanks to all who participated in the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) workshops held recently in Indi. The survey results, discussion and follow-up are available on the PTV website. On Monday, Cathy met with Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone. Discussions centred around the needs to improve the rail service on the northern and central lines, an update on the draft Regional Network Development Plan, and support for small rural communities’ transport needs.

Centrelink’s Desert Pea visits Mansfield

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.

Parliament’s Spring Session continues

Week 5 of the spring session begins next week. Cathy is looking forward to the Australian Century Farm and Station Awards being held at Parliament House where Yackandandah farmers Mr and Mrs George Glass have been nominated for an award. There is also a meeting with CSIRO agricultural scientists and Cathy will co-host a meeting of the leaders of Catholic Religious Congregations of Australia.

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.

Victorian Young Achiever nominations open

Nominations being accepted now across many categories, including community service, leadership, research impact, volunteering and health. More info here. To December 11.

Get involved!

  • Parliamentary entitlements – submissions until October 21

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