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The Indi Weekly Scoop 18 May 2018


Young people in Benalla spoke to Cathy and had their say on the Federal Budget at a breakfast this week (story below)


Have your say – it’s the Indi Way

More than 600 responses to the 2018-19 Federal Budget have been received through Cathy’s online survey. The survey is open until 25 May and aims to get strong representation from across the electorate. Cathy hosted Budget breakfasts for young people this week, hearing from students from Bright, Mansfield, Benalla, Mount Beauty, Tallangatta, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 11 May 2018


above: Have your Say – It’s the Indi Way – the 2018 Budget Survey is open now until 29 May. (see below)

Have your say – it’s the Indi Way

What do you think about the Federal Budget 2018? It’s time to spend just a few minutes to complete the online survey about the Budget and share your views on a few specific issues. Go to the survey here. The aim is to get strong representation from across the electorate. So complete it yourself and ask your friends, family and particularly young people to do the same. The survey is open until 29 May.

Thousands of postcards have also been sent out to households in the Murrindindi, Alpine and Towong shires encouraging people to have their say on the 2018 Budget, as well as other issues that concern them. Community input is vital in shaping Cathy’s Budget-in-Reply speech.

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Indi Weekly Scoop 4 May 2018


The Indi Renewable Energy Working Group met in the Wangaratta office on Monday, discussing plans for community renewable energy across the electorate including the recent case study, Towards a Totally Renewable Indi. Access a copy here

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Indi Weekly Scoop 27 April 2018


Cathy with Graham Godber of Mansfield, Tom Ingpen of Ancona and Bill Roman of Bonnie Doon RSL during Anzac Day commemorations at Mansfield. 


Big turnout marks Anzac Day

Across North East Victoria, thousands of people commemorated Anzac Day at marches and services on Wednesday. It is a great privilege to represent and pay tribute to those who have served their country and those who continue to serve. Read Cathy’s message

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Indi Weekly Scoop 20 April 2018


above: V/Line chief executive officer James Pinder (left) and regional manager Michael Brady met with Cathy in Wodonga today to discuss the North East rail line (see story below)

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Indi Weekly Scoop 13 April 2018


above: Cathy joined Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim as a speaker at the Rural Australians for Refugees national conference in Wodonga last weekend. More than 200 people from throughout Australia took part in the conference. (see story below)

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Indi Weekly Scoop 6 April 2018


above: Bill Traill, John Dunstan and Linley Horrocks of the Border Rail Action Group (BRAG) held a meeting with Cathy on Friday, 6 April. Thank you to BRAG for their ongoing enthusiasm, dedication and determination aimed at fixing passenger rail services on the North East line.

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Indi Weekly Scoop Thursday 29 March


Above: Members of the Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program visited Parliament House for a study tour this week. See story below

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Indi Weekly Scoop 23 March 2018


Minister Frydenberg met with stakeholders and community groups at roundtables hosted by Yackandandah and Winton. Pictured: Yackandandah meeting.

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Inquiry looks into mental health services in the bush

Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan has welcomed a Senate inquiry into access to mental health services in regional and remote Australia.


“I encourage residents, organisations, and mental health professionals in Indi with experience in this field in Indi to have their say and make a submission,” Ms McGowan said.


The inquiry will ask why rural and remote Australians are accessing mental health services at a much lower rate. It will also investigate the challenges of delivering mental health services in regional areas and how technology may assist.


“It is absolutely vital that people in rural and regional Australia have access to high quality mental health services. It is important to understand some of the reasons regional and rural Australians have been missing out on these services,” Ms McGowan said.


Submissions close 11 May 2018.


The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are:


The accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia, with specific reference to:

(a) the nature and underlying causes of rural and remote Australians accessing mental health services at a much lower rate;

(b) the higher rate of suicide in rural and remote Australia;

(c) the nature of the mental health workforce;

(d) the challenges of delivering mental health services in the regions;

(e) attitudes towards mental health services;

(f) opportunities that technology presents for improved service delivery; and

(g) any other related matters.


To have your say, visit the Committee page and click the link to upload a submission: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/MentalHealthServices

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