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The Indi Weekly Scoop 8 December 2017

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Young women leading in regional communities – Country to Canberra participants met with Cathy in Parliament House this week at the Powerful Women’s Breakfast.

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Marriage equality

“The Parliament has reflected Australians being our best selves. Marriage equality has passed and a hurdle of discrimination has been removed for the LGBTIQ community and their families.” - Cathy

A National Integrity Commission – what will it take?

What would it take for this parliament to establish a National Integrity Commission? Cathy asked the Prime Minister in Question Time

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 1 December 2017

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Yackandandah was the site of much pride and community engagement at the opening of Australia's first commercial mini grid on Friday 1 December. Read more about the project here. The launch was part of Yackandandah's Festival of Dangerous Ideas, a day of events with more than 130 participants and guest speakers Dr John Hewson (past Leader of the Federal Liberal Party), Dr Kate Auty (past Victorian Government Environment Commissioner, and current Commissioner in the ACT, Dan Cass (The Australia Institute Energy Expert) and CathyTruly an 'empowered' community - well done Yack!

“It’s an exciting time to be an independent representative! Marriage equality and parliamentarians’ citizenship will be dealt with when Parliament resumes on Monday 4 December. I am looking forward to marriage equality being resolved quickly, and decisive action to address the citizenship issue. My commitment as an independent, effective representative is to put Indi first in all my decisions and consider each issue on its merits.

“Take care during the coming storms across North East Victoria over the next few days. Visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond for more information and advice about how to prepare and respond.”

- Cathy

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Inquiry a chance to have a say on handling of parliamentarians’ dual citizenship

Make a submission to the inquiry examining how to ensure elected representatives are eligible to serve. The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry will examine how laws could be improved to minimise the risk of candidates being found ineligible under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution. Information on the inquiry and how to make a submission is here

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 November 2017

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Another mobile tower opened – Rosewhite’s turn to celebrate

Members of the Rosewhite community joined Cathy, the Mayor and CEO of Alpine Shire, and Telstra’s Loretta Willaton to celebrate the new mobile phone tower on Wednesday 22 November. Congratulations to the council and residents. Alpine Shire has three spots funded – Rosewhite, Wandiligong and Buffalo River.

Parliament sitting dates

The change to Parliament’s sitting dates has sparked a lot of discussion about the role of politicians and the operation of Parliament. Read Cathy’s statement here.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 17 November 2017

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Fantastic support from far and wide for the opening of the Jamieson Community Hall upgrade – well done to the local community for making it happen, with help from the Commonwealth’s Stronger Communities Programme. Story below.

Don’t miss these important grants opportunities to benefit communities!

  • Community grants under Building Better Regions Fund 
    Community groups and local councils can apply for grants starting at $5000 under the community stream of the Building Better Regions Fund. Projects under $20,000 don’t require matching funding. More info on the BBRF and how to apply here 

  • Armistice Centenary Grants
    Local communities can recommend projects to their RSL for a share of $50,000 from the Commonwealth’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program. More details here
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The Indi Weekly Scoop 10 November 2017

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Cathy celebrated the opening of the Stanley rotunda remembering the names of local people who served in World War I – image courtesy of North East Media

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Saturday 11 November is Remembrance Day, a time to call to mind the values of service, duty and community. Read Cathy’s Remembrance Day message here

Details to be released on $100m NE rail upgrade

There’s good news for North East travellers and communities with the government’s announcement that it will release details of the $100 million upgrade of the North East rail line by the end of 2017. Media release

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 3 November 2017

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A greatcrowd, a beautiful day and excellent stalls at last week's Myrtleford Show - celebrating 70 years. Special thanks to the CWA. What a spread!

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The impact of the High Court decision on the operation of the Parliament has certainly caused a great deal of discussion in the electorate. Cathy’s opinion piece in today’s Border Mail outlines her position. 

Next week is Remembrance Day – Cathy will attend the service in Marysville at 10.45am on Saturday 11 November to commemorate the sacrifice of service men and women.

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Opportunity to influence will be taken responsibly

If ever there was a time when being local, effective and independent mattered, surely it's now.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 27 October 2017

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It was wonderful to welcome the students and teachers from schools in the Ovens Learning Community to Parliament House on Tuesday 25 October.

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High Court decision

The High Court decision has provided clarity on the elected status of several MPs. Read Cathy's statement here.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 20 October 2017

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Action on community energy as a vital piece of national power jigsaw

As the government releases detail of its power policy, Cathy has called for recognition of the potential of community energy projects. She will meet with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) next week to discuss how ARENA can better encourage community energy projects.

Manus motion to be debated

Cathy’s motion calling for a humane resolution to the fate of asylum seekers on Manus Island will be debated in Parliament on Monday 23 October.

Marriage equality – replacement form deadline today

6pm today is the last time possible to request a replacement marriage equality survey form. Survey forms should be posted back by 27 October. More information here.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 13 October 2017

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Congratulations to Albury and Wodonga councils - their historic partnership agreement puts them in an ideal position to work with the federal government on investment and decentralisation.

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Indi’s best-practice on show at Wodonga hearing for regional development
People presenting at Thursday’s hearing in Wodonga for regional development covered the spectrum - from grass roots democracy, local leadership, all tiers of government, health-care and business. They all have a role to play in developing thriving regions.

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