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Indi Weekly Scoop 14 July 2017


Image: The Northern Victoria Refugee Support Network brings together members of Indi groups and organisations who support refugees and those seeking asylum. Network members met with Cathy at Felltimber Community Centre in Wodonga this week. (See story below)


Stitched Up Textile Festival

The opening of the 14th biennial Stitched Up Festival saw more than 200 people flock to the Wangaratta Art Gallery to celebrate and share everything in textile arts and crafts. Highlights this year included a Strictly Quilts exhibition at St Bernard’s Primary School hall, the Seasonal Stories exhibition at the Wangaratta Library, Textile Tales of Life, Love and Loss at the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre, and free displays at the Post Office Arcade and the Co-Store. Congratulations to the festival organisers Kerryn Taylor and Kathy Beilby for their inspiring work that showcases Indi’s rich arts culture. There was plenty of inspiration to keep hands busy during the remaining winter.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 7 July 2017



Cathy visited Smiths Tallangatta Meat Processors this week, meeting with Bec Carney, Will Smith, Judy Clarke and Reuben Smith. (See story below)

The Scoop – 7 July 2017


Community celebrates new mobile phone tower in Mansfield Shire

Community members and representatives from Telstra and Mansfield Shire celebrated the launch of new mobile phone tower at Howqua. This tower is particularly special because it is the first to have NBN services co-located with mobile phone services. It is also the first of eight new towers in the Mansfield Shire and the fourth to come online of 38 towers allocated to Indi under the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program. Towers at Tolmie, Goughs Bay, Sawmill Settlement, Ancona and Woods Point will follow. It’s disappointing though there was no money for round 4 of the program in May’s Federal Budget.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 30 June 2017


Image: Cathy has visited villages in East New Britain in Papua New Guinea this week as part of a government delegation of observers during PNG’s general election. See story below.


Extra $40 million rail funding an encouraging move forward

There is encouraging news this week with the Commonwealth confirming it will provide $40 million towards track works to fix the North East rail line, in addition to the $100 million secured in the Federal Budget. Cathy welcomed the funding, as well as the news the Federal Government has agreed to her request for a cross-government working party to ensure the money is spent in a way that gets the job done properly.

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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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