Cathy McGowan: Member for Indi

The Indi Weekly Scoop 21 April 2017



Caption: Cathy helps plan a Lone Pine tree in Rutherglen with Mr Neville Bainbridge, President of the Rutherglen RSL Sub Branch Inc., and Indigo Shire Council Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor. The ANZAC spirit lives on in Indi. Story below. 

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 13 April 2017

Murrindindi is just one council working with Cathy to get results for their local government area. Story below.

Enjoy the Easter break!

From Cathy:  “Wishing everyone in beautiful North East Victoria a happy Easter, and an opportunity to reflect and refresh. For those staying at home, take the time to enjoy being in the local community. To all those travelling, please be safe on the roads. I’m looking forward to exciting work in the lead up to the Federal Budget and beyond. See you after the break!”

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 7 April 2017


It’s been a BIG week for trains!


 Meeting with the Victorian Minister for Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allan at Bendigo.

Rail discussions focus on service inequity

Bendigo was the location for discussions this week with the Victorian Minister for Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allan, to highlight the inequity of passenger rail services for North East Victoria. The action needed is clear; the Federal Government must fix the Melbourne to Albury rail track, while the Victorian Government needs to commit to funding new trains once that work is complete. The people of Indi will be looking forward to that commitment of significant funds from both governments in their upcoming budgets. The meeting followed a visit to the North East on Monday by Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester, who rode the train from Melbourne to Wodonga.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 31 March 2017


Young Indi Expats joined Cathy in Parliament House to discuss the importance of young people engaging in leadership and decision-making.


Call for a Minister for Youth

A Minister for Youth would allow Australia to benefit from the energy and innovation of young people. Cathy joined with Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie this week calling for the government to create the position.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 March 2017



Community leaders from Indi met with the Prime Minister and other government ministers and officials this week. Story below.

Action for youth

Cathy will second a motion on Monday 27 March by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie proposing the appointment of a Minister for Youth.

Student payment changes make higher ed more affordable and accessible for regional students

Cathy supported changes to student payments which include automatic access to a Health Care Card, reduced eligibility periods for the independent rate, and removing the family farm from the assets test.


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Indi called to speak up on NBN rollout

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is calling on people to have their say on the NBN rollout in North East Victoria.

Information about how to make a submission is available here

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 17 March 2017


Image: Cathy joined in a celebration at Wodonga’s Sumsion Gardens on Thursday 16 March to acknowledge the work of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other health services in Closing The Gap.


More action from Cathy on rail in Parliament

Cathy will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to Parliament next week requiring rail projects to maximise passenger benefits for communities along the rail line.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 10 March 2017 - WANT BETTER NBN?


Cathy Celebrating International Women’s Day with the bold young women from Marian College in Myrtleford. Story below


Want better NBN? Have your say in inquiry now

Make a submission about the NBN rollout to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network by March 31. Submissions will also be used to inform Cathy’s action to improve NBN in Indi.
Make a submission
Cathy’s actions on NBN and telecommunications

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 3 March 2017


Image: Cathy met with Candace Valshing, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy and Climate Change at White House Domestic Policy Council under the Obama Administration, and Bridget McIntosh, Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures.


Cathy calls rural MPs to account over childcare policy

Cathy has called on all rural and regional Members of Parliament to stand up for farming families’ after the government failed to support her amendments to childcare reforms.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 February 2017


Image: Dartmouth mobile phone tower launched Wednesday 22 February.


  • Dartmouth mobile phone tower launched Wednesday 22 February

Persistence from the community, Towong Council and emergency services saw the opening of the Dartmouth Tower on Thursday with Cathy and the Telstra Team. This is the third of 38 towers to be funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program.

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