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The Indi Weekly Scoop 13 January 2017


Welcome to 2017! Koala Cherries in Yarck (pictured) are one of Indi’s innovative agribusinesses adding value to their outstanding products. It’s a privilege to be an independent voice in parliament advocating for the needs of local businesses like these and the broader community.  The big focus this year will be pushing for a national plan for rural and regional Australia. A plan is needed to help keep businesses like Koala Cherries sustainable into the future. Watch this space!  - Cathy

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 23 December 2016



Joanna Garoni is one of 13 recipients of Commonwealth funded Local Sporting Champions grants. See story below.

Community lobbying drives great result for Rutherglen detour

Effective lobbying from the Rutherglen community has resulted in a win for safety. The Victorian Government has pledged $2 million to match federal funding announced earlier this year for the Rutherglen heavy vehicle detour.

Minister asked re superannuation

Cathy has written to the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer to act on superannuation underpayments. The Minister has been urged to take whatever steps are necessary to enable the ATO to do its job in a timely way.

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Indi Weekly Scoop 19 December 2016



Devil River mobile phone tower launched

Representatives from the CFA, SES, Victoria Police and Parks Victoria gathered with Cathy and the Telstra team on Thursday to celebrate the launch of the Devil River mobile phone base station. Mobile phone coverage and high speed data will be a boon for safety and tourism for the area.

Dairy farmers share stories of delays and heartbreak

Dairy farmers in Indi shared their stories about delays in accessing Farm Household Allowance in Tangambalanga on Monday. Local farmers have convened an action group and Cathy will be contacting the Minister for Agriculture to follow up on the roundtable meeting. In the meantime the Department of Human Services has provided a fact sheet and a checklist for farmers seeking to access the FHA.  

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Indi Weekly Scoop 9 December 2016


Volunteer grants applications close soon
Kinglake Op Shop volunteers Monika, Joanne and Liz enjoy giving back to their community. $10 million in volunteer grants between $1000 - $5000 are available. Applications close 20 December. 


Dairy farmers prepare to ask questions at roundtable meeting

Dairy farmers across Indi are gearing up for the dairy farmer assistance roundtable to be held at the Tangambalanga Community Hall on Monday 12 December 10.30am-12pm. Contact 02 6024 6284 or email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au for more information.

Wine tax rebate win for Indi

Indi vignerons have played a key role in the announcement by the Turnbull Government to change the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate to assist winemakers and associated tourism. 

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Indi Weekly Scoop 2 December 2016


Students from Kiewa Valley Primary School visited Parliament House on Wednesday. Story below.


Indi wins again under Mobile Blackspot Programme

Effective lobbying for telecommunications has led to another great result for mobile phone black spots in Indi. The electorate has been allocated eight more mobile base stations from Round 2 of the Mobile Blackspot Programme, funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments and Telstra.

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Indi Weekly Scoop 24 November 2016



  • Murray was one of the students from Wodonga’s Belvoir Special School who visited Parliament House this week. See the report and a link to the photo gallery below.
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Indi Weekly Scoop 18 November 2016

International Volunteers Day – 5 December
Joan Warnock (right) was recognised for 60 years of volunteering with Australian Red Cross on Monday 14 November. Congratulations to Joan, Helen Haynes (left) and all Red Cross volunteers who give generously during times of difficulty and disaster.

It is International Volunteers Day on 5 December, honouring the contribution volunteers make to their local communities. The federal government is offering $10 million in volunteer grants between $1,000 and $5,000 each. The grants are for organisations to buy equipment or supplies, train volunteers, for undertake background security checks.

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Indi Weekly Scoop 10 November 2016


Delays for dairy farmer assistance on the table for meeting


Dairy farmers in Indi have received a commitment from the government to a round-table meeting in Indi to discuss the long delays they face in accessing financial assistance through Centrelink. The commitment came in response to a question in parliament from Cathy to the Minister for Agriculture about waits of up to 20 weeks for assistance.

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Indi Weekly Scoop 3 November 2016


Innovation in Wodonga’s education models on show for Minister


Image: Principal Darta Hovey (left) with VCAL students and staff and the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham (centre) with Cathy McGowan (2nd from right)  at the Wodonga Catholic College on Tuesday.

The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham toured some of Wodonga’s finest examples of education innovation this week. These models could break down barriers to higher education faced by rural, regional and remote students, and potentially deliver benefits across Australia.

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Indi Weekly Scoop 28 October 2016


Jeanie Hall, former Manager Economic Development and Tourism Benalla Rural City Council, Rob Carolane, Indi resident and consultant, and Steve Tinker, Regional General Manager Telstra at the Tatong Recreational Reserve.


Tatong mobile tower online – first of 30
Last Friday was a great day for Tatong, telecommunications and the power of an independent voice in Indi. Local people turned up in force to celebrate with Cathy the activation of the Tatong mobile phone base station, the first of 30 to be rolled out in Indi under the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Telstra CEO Andy Penn came along with Area General Manager Steve Tinker and other Telstra staff. Cathy explained to those gathered how she worked with people right across Indi through the Indi Telecommunications Action Group to identify the priority areas for mobile blackspot funding and develop a comprehensive plan for the whole electorate.

“I was told ‘you’re only an independent’ and we’d probably only get three towers,” Cathy said, but the result was that Indi received the third highest allocation in Australia.

The next location to have a mobile phone base station switched on will be Devil’s River near Taylor Bay on Lake Eildon.

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