Bountiful Mt Beauty
Posted August 28, 2013
Welcome to the #indispring! Daffodils are in flower, the wattle and cherry trees are blossoming, the verdant grass is totally lush, the sun is shining in beautiful North East fashion, and more people are showing support for Team Cathy everyday! The excitement is TRULY infectious! Conditions ripe for a bountiful Mt Beauty jaunt.
Today Cathy and the IndiVan™ travelled down the mighty Kiewa Valley to meet the local community for a coffee and a chat at the wonderful Seasons Cafe in the main street of Mt Beauty. Cam of Mt Beauty Drapery & Hardware Store fame dropped down to show his support, and to share his ideas for local business.
We even ran into old mate Rod Quantock in the hardware store, who was off to share his knowledge of the history of mathematics with the Mt Beauty High School kids.
We chatted to some local mothers who voiced their support and suggested regrouping with a ‘mother’s policy platform’ once Cathy is elected (check out the Mt Beauty Mama’s blog here - mountbeautymama.blogspot.com - for more!)
Issues such as local business, tourism, the environment, climate change, trade and transport were clearly of importance for Mt Beauty residents, who were also interested to hear how Cathy could represent their interests as a local, and as an independent.
Next off we headed down to the local Aged Care facility, Kiewa House, where some very impressive staff gave us a tour of a the facility, introduced us to the residents, and shared some issues that they would like addressed by their representative. Of particular concern is that the hospital receives an influx of up to 3000 patients during the ski season and throughout the year who are not publicly funded to receive care. Patients thus often choose to be ‘patched up’ and then move on to Wodonga where they can receive free hospital care. The right of elderly people to vote, patient transport, and understaffing were also hot topics.
After a sandwich at the local bakery and few more chats with local business people, Cathy headed off to the Bogong Horseback Adventures to meet Kath Baird and her sons Lin and Clay, who together run trips on horseback around the beautiful Victorian High Plains. Lin and Clay both moved back home after studying in Melbourne and travelling the world, to contribute their new skills and reinvigorate the family business. With the help of a Commonwealth government grant, the Bairds are employing local craftsmen to build ecological, five star accommodation, complete with mountain vistas, horseshoe chandeliers and limestone walls that feature real life fossils and graffiti remnants from the days the bricks enjoyed life as a trendy inner-city-Richmond wall.
Kath and her boys plied us with scones and tea and spoke with Cathy and the Border Mail about the importance of Commonwealth funding for vital tourism projects such as theirs, the need for fast and effective broadband solutions, and the absence of direct and efficient public transport options from major hubs such as Albury and Wodonga.
What a wonderful day on the campaign trail! See you on the road!