Indi Weekly Scoop - Yuletide Edition, December 19, 2014
Posted December 19, 2014
- So long for 2014!
- Cathy calls on ACCC to investigate high fuel prices
- Indi NBN news – another 1500 homes to have access
- Mansfield GPs voice co-payment concerns
- Stay safe, stay informed
- Congratulations to all Indi students on exam results
This is the final Indi Weekly Scoop for 2014. We hope you’ve enjoyed receiving this update every Friday to get the ‘scoop’ on what Cathy has been doing in the electorate and Parliament to represent Indi. Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy New Year.
ACCC called on to investigate petrol pricing
Motorists in Indi deserve an explanation about the recent high petrol prices at the pump. In response to constituent concerns the price has not fallen as expected, Cathy has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate the petrol pricing behaviour in Indi. The ACCC is reportedly conducting four ‘deep dive’ investigations in regional Australia and Cathy has requested Indi be included. She also welcomed news the Government had directed the ACCC to conduct quarterly fuel price monitoring.
Indi NBN news
More positive news about NBN rollout keeps coming for Indi. Residents in Buxton, Thornton South, Taggerty, Tolmie, Moyhu and parts of Wangaratta will have connection to the NBN in 2015. Cathy was thrilled to learn six new fixed wireless NBN towers are now under construction. This is great news for householders who want better internet speeds, and small business owners needing improved capability to be able to promote and grow their enterprises. People wanting to connect to NBN need to contact their local internet provider for plan advice.
Local doctors remain unhappy with co-payment
Mansfield GPs have shared their concerns with Cathy about the latest doctor co-payment model. They believe the Medicare freeze will see costs flow to currently bulk billed patients pensioners. With Medicare rebates already going backwards against CPI, patients will be paying both the Medicare Levy on their taxes and also gap payments.
Stay safe, stay informed
From what we've seen this week, the summer looks like it will be a dangerous one for bushfires. Our thoughts are with those affected and it’s wonderful to see the communities rallying with support. Well done to the emergency services men and women for the job they have done already, your tireless and selfless efforts are very much appreciated. Please ensure you have a Bushfire Survival Plan in place and ready to enact if a CFA warning is issued. Keep an eye on http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ for all updates and @CFA_Updates on Twitter. Stay connected through ABC Local radio and the website http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/state/vic/.
Congratulations to all Indi students on exam results
ATAR scores were released this week. Cathy congratulates every student in Indi on their result. It’s an exciting time for these young people as they embark on a career, further study or employment, or take the time to travel.
Keeping in the festive spirit, Cathy travels to Tallangatta tonight for Christmas Carols as part of the Tallangatta business traders Christmas Pied Piper.
Summer is a time for art and craft and family, pictured is Kerryn Taylor showing Cathy her work for the Stitched Up! Festival in July next year.
We'll be back...
You can expect the first ‘Scoop’ for 2015 on January 16.