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
Around 60 people attended a community forum at Tarrawingee on Wednesday night about flood and storm damageRead more
Welcome news on National Integrity Commission
It was a proud moment to hear the Government this week agree to introduce a National Integrity Commission. It comes after Cathy, supported by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and fellow crossbench MPs, introduced the National Integrity Commission Bill 2018.The next step is to make sure the Commission is strong, transparent and effective. Make a public submission to the Government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission here.Read more
Photo: Gennifer Hamam from Bellbridge hands over a petition from the parents of the Bellbridge Community Early Years Centre seeking additional funding for rural childcare facilities.
Question about childcare closures
Following news of five childcare closures in Indi, Cathy urged Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan to convene an urgent roundtable to outline options for maintaining much-needed childcare services in rural communities. The roundtable will be held in Wodonga on Monday 17 December.
National Integrity Commission Bill 2018
Supported by the crossbench, Cathy this week introduced to Parliament a Private Member’s Bill calling for a National Integrity Commission to be established in Australia. The commission would provide for a nationally coordinated integrity framework, with an emphasis on prevention, supported by strong powers of investigation to enable criminal charges or other actions in response to cases of corruption. Find out more here.
Corryong Walwa visit
Thanks to all people who came to say hello and had a chat at Corryong and Walwa on Tuesday! Health funding, the cost of living, fuel prices and opportunities for young people, roads and invasive wild animals and plants are the main issues for locals. I met with Walwa Bush Nursing Centre and Corryong Health to discuss funding and will continue to look for solutions to other local issues.Read more