Cathy says goodbye and passes the baton to Helen
Cathy went to Corryong and Tallangatta this week to say goodbye and introduce orange Independent candidate for Indi Dr Helen Haines. First stop was Corryong Men’s Shed. They also visited Corryong Health and Tallangatta Health so Helen could hear firsthand some of the issues there.
Caption: A warm welcome for Cathy and Helen at Corryong Men’s Shed.
The Government has advised of 32 new residential aged care places for Westmont in Baranduda near Wodonga under the Aged Care Approvals Round for 2018-19. This is valued at $2.1 million.Read more
Bellbridge Early Years Childcare Centre
Late last year this centre, and others in the electorate, were in difficulty and due to close. After lobbying by the communities involved and meetings with key Government Minister, interim funding and support was made available.
This beautiful photo and note came this week from the parents and committee members of the Bellbridge Early Years Childcare Centre. (All parents have given their signed permission for the attached photograph to be used and circulated).
As grateful parents, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you and for pulling out all the stops, just before Christmas to save the Bellbridge Early Years Childcare Centre.
To see the difference you’ve made, we thought this picture would illustrate the point better than words.
Last weekend we held a successful working bee at the centre to revamp the outdoor area. It was lovely to see so many of the parents and facilitators working together to improve the landscaping and make it a much more enjoyable space.
One of the great positives we can take from this experience is that we now know each other in our small community a lot better. We have also seen a dramatic increase in the numbers on the parents committee highlighting that we all want to see a success made of the centre and for it to continue to grow.
Thank you once again for your passion, support and commitment to rural education and communities.
Caption: CEO of Australian Council of Social Services, Dr Cassandra Goldie; independent candidate for Indi, Dr Helen Haines; financial counsellor Sandra Blake and Cathy at the Social Justice Forum in Wodonga.
Social Justice Forum
“Raise the Rate” – the campaign to increase the Newstart allowance was the key message from Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of Australian Council of Social Services, who was in Wodonga today.
Well done and thank you to the St Stephen’s Uniting Church Social Justice Group which organised the forum. St Stephen’s has helped with representations on payday lending and social services. UnitingCare at St Stephen’s does wonderful work to provide emergency relief to community members. They can be contacted on (02) 6024 2108.Read more
The Singapore High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng came to say goodbye to Cathy in her office in Parliament House and met some of our wonderful volunteers.Read more
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