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The Indi Weekly Scoop 23 June 2017

Lutheran.jpgSchool captains from Victory Lutheran College Wodonga visited Parliament House this week.


Education reform will provide transparency and good governance for regional students

After extensive consultation and debate in a fiercely argued subject, Cathy opted for transparency and good governance for regional schools in supporting the passage of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. Cathy welcomes the Senate amendment to revise the SES and will continue to lobby hard for adequate funding for all schools in Indi – State, Independent and Catholic.

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Penalty rates information

There has been a lot of interest in my position on penalty rates, and some confusion and misinformation. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 16 June 2017

New BBQ celebrated at Dederang Primary School


Image: Dederang PS

Cathy opened the Dederang PS BBQ today. The school community has worked hard to build a community BBQ space which is used for weekly lunchtime BBQs and for special events, such as Christmas Concert and end-of-term days. The BBQ was funded by a trivia night raising $3500, a $4000 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), and a $2000 donation from Aussie Farmers.


Cross-bench push for sensible power policy

Cathy has led a charge in Parliament by cross-benchers to push the government on sensible, community-focused energy policy.

Call for relief for manufacturers on energy costs

In a question to the Prime Minister, Cathy pressed for immediate measures to assist manufacturers facing escalating energy costs.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 9 June 2017


Congratulations Indigo Shire and people of Yackandandah on the new pedestrian footbridge. Story below.

Honour a Woman - Queen’s Birthday Honours an opportunity to consider women’s achievements

“Congratulations to those who will receive awards on the Queen’s Birthday! While many women will be duly honoured, women are still underrepresented in our national awards system. In 2016, women made up 31 per cent of recipients. As an Ambassador for the Honour a Woman campaign, I am asking people to consider nominating a woman for next year’s Order of Australia awards. That’s the best way to make sure women are represented at 50/50 by 2020. ” - Cathy

• Visit Facebook.com/HonourAWoman for more information.

Nation’s future lies with the regions

The Australian has published an opinion piece by Cathy on the need to put young people at the centre of the national inquiry into regional development and decentralisation. 

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 2 June 2017


School captains from Wangaratta’s Galen college learned about leadership at the nation’s highest levels during a visit to Parliament House on Tuesday. Standing left to right Lauren Sykes, Laurie Burt, Cathy McGowan MP, Francesca Ridoli. Seated Josh Bevacqua, Emma Gamble, India Del Zotto, Jack Larkin


Action for Indi - national inquiry announced into regional development and decentralisation

The power of an independent representative to deliver was proven this week with the government agreeing to Cathy’s call for national inquiry into regional development and decentralisation. Cathy said she is looking forward to working with the Liberal Party, Nationals, ALP, Greens and cross bench to develop best practice to ensure regional Australia reaches its full potential.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 26 May 2017


Image: The leadership of Benalla P-12 school captains was acknowledged in Parliament on Wednesday. L-R Emily Neilson, Richard Hubbard, Freyr Hubbard, Zach Cook, Maisy Lister, Cathy McGowan, Edith Peters (volunteer) Story below.


Teleworking can unlock potential for regions to influence government

Cathy has introduced a bill supporting teleworking which would allow regional workers to participate in the Australian Public Service regardless of geography.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 19 May 2017

 Young people in Indi - Wodonga

A broad cross section of young people from Wodonga joined Cathy to have a say


Have a say – make Indi’s voice count in budget feedback

Cathy wants to hear what the people of Indi think about the Federal Budget. This week around 75 impressive young people got up early to attend breakfasts in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla to share their priorities. Hundreds more have responded online. The time to have your say is now. Fill out the short survey before 26 May. Responses will be used to inform Cathy’s "speech in reply" to the budget, and a formal report will be presented to the Prime Minister.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 11 May 2017


Image: The Border Mail's Shana Morgan covered the Budget from Canberra and was welcomed to Cathy's office to get the Indi perspective.


$100 million rail win for Indi!

The announcement of $100 million in the Budget for the North East rail line upgrade is a stunning win for Indi. 

Have a say – it’s the Indi way

What do you think about the Federal Budget? Have a say in a short online survey before 25 May. The feedback will be used to inform Cathy’s speech in reply to the Budget and a report to be produced in mid-June.

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Budget 2017 - Have a say!


What do you think about the Federal Budget 2017? Have a say - it's the Indi way!

Take the short survey here

Responses will be used to inform Cathy's speech in reply to the Budget.

A printed report will be available in mid-June. Subscribe to weekly news updates to be notified when it is available.

The Indi Weekly Scoop 5 May 2017


Image: The Wodonga Federation of Government Schools will use a $50,000 digital literacy grant to prepare students for an exciting future. Story below.


Young local women in STEM share their stories with Minister

Thanks to local action, young women working and studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields were able to share their stories directly with Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon Karen Andrews on Tuesday 2 May. 

Federal Budget – watch this space!

The Federal Budget will be handed down on Tuesday 9 May. What will it hold for Indi on rail, mobile phones and regional planning? Subscribe to regular email updates and follow Cathy on Facebook and Twitter for news. Cathy’s revamped website will be launched in time for the Budget for people to give their feedback.

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