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The Indi Weekly Scoop 18 August 2017


Image: Chair of the Board of Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation Sally Gamble and deputy chair Liz Chapman met with Cathy at Parliament House this week. (see story below)


North East rail a focus for Government

An assessment of priorities and timelines for the upgrade to the North East rail line is expected to be completed by the end of August. Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said North East rail passengers could expect to start seeing improvements to the line later this year. He was responding to a question from Cathy in Parliament this week.

Cathy’s question and Mr Chester’s response are here

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 11 August 2017


Image: Louise and Laurie Jacob of Merrijig joined Cathy for a cup of tea during their visit to Parliament House this week (see story below).


Come and say hi at Cathy in the Cafes

Do you have an issue or idea you would like to share with Cathy? Do you want to learn more about the Government inquiry into regional development? As a valued supporter of Indi, come along for a cuppa and a chat this Saturday 12 August from 10am at The Secret Cup Café, 86 High St Wodonga (near South St).

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 4 August 2017



Image. Wodonga students Aaron Sonter, Max George and Lachlan Andriske cooked and served a delicious dinner for those who slept out overnight at the Carevan Corporate Sleepout at Wodonga Racecourse, raising awareness of the plight of the homeless. (See story below)


Raising the issue of homelessness

Ahead of this coming week’s National Homelessness Week, about 100 community leaders slept out overnight at Wodonga Racecourse, for the 2017 Carevan Corporate Sleep Out. Congratulations to Stacey Franklin and all the team at Carevan, as well as other service providers who spoke about the programs operating in the North East to assist those who find themselves without a home. Congratulations also to Wodonga Middle Years students who cooked a wonderful meal that was enjoyed by all of those ahead of their night out in swags and sleeping bags.

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 28 July 2017



Image: Tony Gair, site leader, Vitasoy Baranduda; Cathy; Chris Gillard, general manager Vitasoy Australia Products and Rachel Kelly, engineering leader, Vitasoy Baranduda. (see story below)



Have your say on regional development and decentralisation

Share your thoughts and ideas with the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation! The closing date is 15 September 2017. This important inquiry will investigate and report on best practice approaches to regional development, examine Commonwealth decentralisation, and look at strategies to attract business to the regions. Everyone can have their say. For the terms of reference and details, click here 

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The Indi Weekly Scoop 21 July 2017



Image: Joining Cathy at this week’s Constitutional Convention at Wodonga Senior Secondary College were Christine Reid, executive director of National Curriculum Services; Darran Stonehouse, lecturer in social work, La Trobe University; Lachlan Pinder, teacher legal studies, English and humanities; Vern Hilditch, principal Wodonga Senior Secondary College; and Bec Stratling, La Trobe University lecturer in politics. (see story below).


Democracy alive and well at constitutional convention

How do you encourage young people to engage in their democracy? Wodonga Senior Secondary College this week hosted a Constitutional Convention, aimed at giving Years 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to learn more about how the Constitution and our laws work. Cathy encouraged the students to become more informed about their rights and the rights of others and come together as a group to have the power to effect change.

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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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