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The Indi Weekly Scoop 17 March 2017


Image: Cathy joined in a celebration at Wodonga’s Sumsion Gardens on Thursday 16 March to acknowledge the work of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other health services in Closing The Gap.


More action from Cathy on rail in Parliament

Cathy will introduce a Private Member’s Bill to Parliament next week requiring rail projects to maximise passenger benefits for communities along the rail line.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 10 March 2017 - WANT BETTER NBN?


Cathy Celebrating International Women’s Day with the bold young women from Marian College in Myrtleford. Story below


Want better NBN? Have your say in inquiry now

Make a submission about the NBN rollout to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network by March 31. Submissions will also be used to inform Cathy’s action to improve NBN in Indi.
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Cathy’s actions on NBN and telecommunications

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 3 March 2017


Image: Cathy met with Candace Valshing, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy and Climate Change at White House Domestic Policy Council under the Obama Administration, and Bridget McIntosh, Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures.


Cathy calls rural MPs to account over childcare policy

Cathy has called on all rural and regional Members of Parliament to stand up for farming families’ after the government failed to support her amendments to childcare reforms.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 February 2017


Image: Dartmouth mobile phone tower launched Wednesday 22 February.


  • Dartmouth mobile phone tower launched Wednesday 22 February

Persistence from the community, Towong Council and emergency services saw the opening of the Dartmouth Tower on Thursday with Cathy and the Telstra Team. This is the third of 38 towers to be funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 17 February 2017


Image: Voices for Indi hosted the Australian Rural Leadership Program in Oxley on Sunday 12 February.


  • Action on trains in Parliament

Cathy tabled a motion calling passenger services to be considered core business for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

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Indi Weekly Scoop 10 February 2017


Grade 5-6 students from Beechworth Primary School visited Parliament House and learned about how government works – story below.


Question to Minister delivers results for local dairy farmers

Cathy called the Minister for Agriculture and Water Barnaby Joyce in Parliament on Tuesday to deliver the report on November’s dairy roundtables. On Wednesday morning a report was released recommending a review of the Farm Household Allowance scheme. The report will be discussed at a community meeting for dairy farmers on 22 February at 10am at the Tangambalanga Community Centre.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 3 February 2017


Image: Christine Thorpe (representing Cathy McGowan), Paul Kavanagh (Wodonga Apex Club), Darren Moffitt (Wodonga Aboriginal Network), Cr Anna Speedie (Wodonga Mayor) open the new outdoor pizza oven. Story below.


Childcare reforms must consider rural families

Proposed childcare reforms may mean mobile services such as that offered by Albury Wodonga Community Early Years Childcare may no longer be viable. Cathy will continue to work with the Minister’s office to seek a solution before the legislation is put before the Parliament.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 27 January 2017


Image: Nicholas Megarrity, Young Citizen of the Year from Tungamah (Moira Shire), was one of many worthy recipients of local Australia Day Awards for 2017. 


Australia Day message – congratulations to award recipients

Congratulations to all who received awards, both national and local, on Australia Day. Medals in the Order of Australia were awarded to Indi residents Stewart Coutts, Athol Graham, John Heaney, Gerard O’Loughlin and Alan Stafford of Benalla, James Marsland of Tawonga South, and the late Don Chambers of Rutherglen. Paul King, Wodonga, was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal.

Rural and regional plan message in the Border Mail – opinion piece

The Border Mail published a blunt message in an opinion piece from Cathy about the needs of rural and regional Australians.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 20 January 2017


CSU working on regional policy: The team from the Institute for Land, Water, and Society at Charles Sturt University visited the Wodonga office to discuss vital research being done at the Wodonga and Wangaratta campuses. Congratulations to our young people who have received university offers this week.

Call for debate Bill to detail rural and regional Budget impacts

Cathy introduced a Private Members Bill into the parliament in October to ensure rural and regional impacts are detailed in budgets and budget updates. 

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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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