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.Read more
INDI IN THE NEWS
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.
- Video: Plea in parliament for speedy action for dairy farmers
- Media release: Indi dairy farmers’ long wait for assistance to be heard by Minister’s office
- Video: Government agrees to Cathy’s request for a round-table meeting in Indi to discuss dairy assistance delays
- Media release:
INDI IN THE NEWS
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.Read more
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.
INDI IN THE NEWS
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.
- View the full list of mobile blackspot locations to receive base stations
- Read about Cathy’s submission to Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program
- Learn more about Cathy’s work to improve telecommunications in Indi here
INDI IN THE NEWS
Answers sought on water releases
Landholders affected by water releases from Lake Hume weir had their case heard in parliament this week. Cathy called on Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce to answer questions about the way the water releases were managed. Three days later she was able to meet personally with representatives from the Murray Darling Basin Authority to discuss a visit to Indi. Watch this space.
- Video of Cathy's speech on the MDBA
- Media release: Cathy McGowan calls on Minister to visit Indi after water releases from Lake Hume weir
2.30pm Sunday 5 June 2016
CATHY MCGOWAN AO MP Campaign Launch speech
What a fantastic gathering
Thanks for turning up and to those online, welcome!
On Sunday the 4th of August 2013, I stood here and asked for your support to bring change to Indi.
You heeded the call and together we mounted an extraordinary grassroots campaign that turned Indi independent.
We are here today to do it again. A campaign that is even more inclusive and as a result stronger, bigger and better. A campaign that will see me re- elected by an increased majority and a campaign that will energise our whole community to take their rightful place in our democracy.Read more
The 44th Parliament has closed and the Indi Weekly Scoop will go into hiatus. Thanks to everyone for their support and subscribing to get an understanding of Cathy’s role being the effective Independent Member for Indi. Don’t miss out on any news, stay informed through Facebook – CathyMcGowanForIndi, Twitter @Indigocathy and visit www.cathymcgowan.com.au throughout the election campaign.Read more
On track for improved rail service
Better train service is on the way for North East rail passengers. The Victorian Government will revamp carriages to make four sets of trains with a significant $15 million allocation in the 2016-17 Budget. This will improve reliability and comfort on the trains. Cathy welcomed the news and a commitment from Minister for Transport Jacinta Allan to spend $2 million on a business case for new rollingstock. Effective lobbying has delivered an improved service and Cathy will keep working with the State Government to get the train service up to a standard passengers in Indi deserve.Read more