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Indi Weekly Scoop - September 25, 2015

Posted September 25, 2015



  • Cathy visits the Upper Murray
  • Summit plans moving ahead
  • Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange visit
  • Mt Buffalo Chalet: rocky outlook
  • Consultations: Employment Advisory Group

 Valley Visits continue

Cathy will next week visit Kiewa, Cudgewa and Corryong for her seventh ‘Valley Visit’ of 2015. Continuing her signature community engagement, Cathy is keen to speak to as many people as possible on Tuesday 29 October to discuss key issues and hear from local constituents. Look out for the orange Cathyvan in Kiewa from 11:15 to noon, Cudgewa from 1:55 to 2:30 and Jardine Street, Corryong from 3:15 to 4:00.

Indi Summit organisation continues

Citizens from across the region have their chance to speak up on matters that concern them and contribute to their future. The inaugural Indi Summit is to be held in Benalla on Saturday October 24.The Summit is the culmination of a year-long community engagement process. “I am excited about the Summit but also very proud of how the people of Indi have embraced the community engagement process and spoken up about what matters to them,” Cathy said. “People have identified the key issues which affect our region and at the Indi Summit we can address them together and create a plan for the future.’ The event is free – please register to attend here.

Barnawartha Saleyards visit

Cathy visited the Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange this week and attended the special store sale. She was pleased to see the new facilities and have a briefing by management. Cathy continues to be kept informed by the producers who use these facilities about current issues.

 Mt Buffalo Chalet brief

Cathy this week met with a new group Community Action for the Chalet, (including chairman David Jacobson seen above) which is exploring a lasting solution for this iconic building. Seeking both State and Federal funding to kick start the project, the group firmly believes that a viable future needs to be found before time and weather deal the building a final blow. Cathy offered her full support to the project. Find out more about CAC’s work here.

Time to tackle unemployment

An advisory group to explore the many issues of unemployment in rural Australia met at Cathy’s office in Wodonga this week. Representatives from private employment agencies, disability advocates, the labour council, Wodonga’s Chamber of Commerce and a representative of local council youth workers met to discuss successful models and explore how these could be implemented more widely. The group will meet again before the end of the year.

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 is available here.

Get involved!

  • Parliamentary entitlements – submissions until October 21

Cathy’s diary highlights

  • Valley visit – Kiewa, Cudgewa, Corryong – Tuesday 29 September
  • Benalla Gold Cup – Friday 2 October

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