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Indi Weekly Scoop, September 4, 2015

Posted September 04, 2015




  • Wodonga hosts national exhibition opening
  • Great week in Benalla
  • Indi Ag News
  • Get involved!
  • Funding opportunity

Cathy proudly welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Indi for the opening of the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience today. She encourages everyone to take a tour to learn about Australia’s military history. Cathy acknowledged the role former Nationals leader Tim Fischer played in lobbying for Wodonga to host the official opening of SACE. Cathy thanked Australian War Memorial director Dr Brendan Nelson for selecting Indi as the location to begin this touring military exhibition, and also Wodonga City Council.

Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience (SACE) is running until September 10. SACE is being hosted at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. Visit the SACE website to register your interest or call the Cube Box Office on 02 6022 9311.

Great week in Benalla

Cathy felt privileged to be hosted by various groups during her two visits to Benalla this week to experience a diversity of groups and activities, all doing fantastic work.

  • Benalla Gliding Club
  • Benalla Migrant Camp
  • Benalla P12 (pictured with Cohen and Bella and the school rooster)
  • Odyssey House and Benalla Hospital
  • First Lions and Rotary joint dinner

Indi Ag News

In welcoming the Senate Committee Public Hearing to the North East, Cathy stressed that the effectiveness of the process to introduce real change in the red meat sector will be in the Senate Inquiry report and recommendations. Cathy congratulated local farmers for taking a strong leadership role in bringing the many issues confronting the industry to the Government. Following the release of the Senate Inquiry report, Cathy will work closely with farmers, local branches of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation and the National Farmers’ Federation to lobby the Government to take action.

Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Discussion Paper feedback

The Government is considering changes to the WET rebate scheme. The wine industry in Indi is strongly encouraged to make submissions to the Wine Equalisation Tax Rebate Discussion Paper. Submissions can be made until September 11. The Discussion Paper can be read and submissions made at the Treasury website.

Agricultural Innovation Inquiry

Farmers, agribusinesses, stock and station agents are encouraged to make comment to the latest Standing Committee for Agriculture and Industry inquiry themed “Agricultural Innovation”. As a member of the Standing Committee, Cathy invited local producers to discuss themes around this subject and encouraged them to make a submission. These are being accepted until September 25.

Float your water concerns with Government

Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) is taking submissions on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the MDBP. Cathy is encouraging anyone with an interest in the MDBP to provide feedback by September 25. Information is available online at the Submissions page. A Public Hearing will be held in Echuca on November 5.

Get involved!

Voices heard on public transport

There is still time to have input into Public Transport Victoria’s plan to improve transport in regional Victoria. An online survey can be filled out and comments made on a discussion forum. You can also call the PTV call centre on 1800 800 007. Feedback will be accepted until September 11.

Parliamentary entitlements – have your say

Public feedback for a review into entitlements for Federal politicians is crucial to improving the system. Cathy is urging Indi residents to have a say into how the entitlements system for Federal MPs is structured. The Review Committee is seeking submissions from the public until October 21. Terms of Reference and submission information are available online.

Funding opportunity

Men’s shed initiatives

Round 11 of Australian Government National Shed funding is open. Men’s Sheds can apply for up to $8,000 for tools and equipment, projects and training, building maintenance and health activities. Applications close on September 18. Information can be found at the Australian Men’s Shed website.

Nominate your outstanding volunteers

Know an outstanding resident helping in your community? Cathy encourages you to nominate them for the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards 2015. Applications close on September 15. Visit the Premiers Volunteer Champions Awards website.

Cathy’s diary 

  • Bricks n Mortar Nepal fundraiser – Saturday, September 5, Albury Club, Kiewa St – 7pm
  • O&M Elimination Final – Norm Minns Oval – Sunday, September 6
  • Next week Parliament resumes, September 7-10, 14-17

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