above: V/Line chief executive officer James Pinder (left) and regional manager Michael Brady met with Cathy in Wodonga today to discuss the North East rail line (see story below)Read more
above: Cathy joined Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim as a speaker at the Rural Australians for Refugees national conference in Wodonga last weekend. More than 200 people from throughout Australia took part in the conference. (see story below)Read more
above: Bill Traill, John Dunstan and Linley Horrocks of the Border Rail Action Group (BRAG) held a meeting with Cathy on Friday, 6 April. Thank you to BRAG for their ongoing enthusiasm, dedication and determination aimed at fixing passenger rail services on the North East line.Read more
Above: Members of the Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program visited Parliament House for a study tour this week. See story belowRead more
Minister Frydenberg met with stakeholders and community groups at roundtables hosted by Yackandandah and Winton. Pictured: Yackandandah meeting.Read more
Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan has welcomed a Senate inquiry into access to mental health services in regional and remote Australia.
“I encourage residents, organisations, and mental health professionals in Indi with experience in this field in Indi to have their say and make a submission,” Ms McGowan said.
The inquiry will ask why rural and remote Australians are accessing mental health services at a much lower rate. It will also investigate the challenges of delivering mental health services in regional areas and how technology may assist.
“It is absolutely vital that people in rural and regional Australia have access to high quality mental health services. It is important to understand some of the reasons regional and rural Australians have been missing out on these services,” Ms McGowan said.
Submissions close 11 May 2018.
The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are:
The accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia, with specific reference to:
(a) the nature and underlying causes of rural and remote Australians accessing mental health services at a much lower rate;
(b) the higher rate of suicide in rural and remote Australia;
(c) the nature of the mental health workforce;
(d) the challenges of delivering mental health services in the regions;
(e) attitudes towards mental health services;
(f) opportunities that technology presents for improved service delivery; and
(g) any other related matters.
To have your say, visit the Committee page and click the link to upload a submission: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/MentalHealthServices
Approximately 40 people, including Towong Mayor Cr Aaron Scales and Cr David Wortmann joined Cathy and Telstra representatives at Bethanga to celebrate the town’s new mobile phone tower.Read more
The Women in Policing Local Committee – encompassing the Wodonga and Wangaratta Service Area— hosted an event to celebrate International Women's Day. Cathy was a guest speaker.Read more
The CEO of National Landcare, Jim Adams and the executive officer Miranda Gardner were in Canberra this week.Read more
Meeting with the Towong Council -- mobile blackspots, NBN, funding and pumped hydro energy were all discussed.Read more