Above: Volunteers learn so much about networking and how Parliament works when they come to Cathy's office in Canberra. Cath Smith (Mt Beauty), Marian Joseph (Mudgegonga), Anne-Marie Humphries (Wodonga) and Simone Kealy (Wangaratta) go through the daily schedule with Cathy.Read more
Caption: On Monday evening Cathy met Murrindindi locals and former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce at the State Commemoration of the Victorian bushfires in 2009.
Remembering the 2009 bushfires
On Monday Cathy attended the Victorian State Commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of 2009 Victorian bushfires at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. It was a sensitive and respectful event held to acknowledge the impact of the 2009 fires that claimed the lives of 173 people and destroyed properties, townships and livelihoods. Cathy will also be attending a bushfire commemorative event and photo display at Mudgegonga on Saturday night.Read more
Celebrating Australia Day 2019
Photo: Casey Murray, 10, joined in the celebrations in Australia Day with Cathy at Les Stone Park in Wodonga. Casey goes to Wodonga Primary School and was looking forward to going into Grade 5 this week.
First Nations’ meeting
Today Cathy and Independent Orange candidate for Indi, Dr Helen Haines met with the First Nations Seniors’ Consultative Group in Wodonga at the group’s first meeting for 2019. The meeting provided Cathy with information for her Closing the Gap speech that she will deliver in February.
Photo: Today’s meeting of the First Nations Seniors’ Consultative Group.Read more
Cathy in Mansfield on Wednesday
It’s business as usual for Cathy as she heads to Mansfield on Wednesday, 23 January. She is looking forward to introducing the new orange independent candidate for Indi, Dr Helen Haines, to Mansfield. Come and chat to them at The Coffee Merchant in Mansfield, 23 Highett Street, between 7.30am and 9am.
Photo: Kinglake residents talk to Cathy this week about roads, climate change, electricity prices and the need for a 24-hour ambulance service.
Bushfires and taking care of each other
On her trip south to Kinglake, Strath Creek, Flowerdale and Violet Town this week Cathy met author Melanie Harris-Brady about her book, Ten Years On, a personal account of the Black Saturday bushfires and the decade that followed. With the 10th anniversary of that day approaching, a number of organisations are arranging events and activities to help build community resilience. Read more hereRead more
Around 60 people attended a community forum at Tarrawingee on Wednesday night about flood and storm damageRead more
Welcome news on National Integrity Commission
It was a proud moment to hear the Government this week agree to introduce a National Integrity Commission. It comes after Cathy, supported by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and fellow crossbench MPs, introduced the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018.The next step is to make sure the Commission is strong, transparent and effective. Make a public submission to the Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission here.Read more