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News from 117 Murphy Street - August 1, 2014

Posted August 01, 2014



News from Murphy Street is shared between three offices this week, with two new ones up and running.

On Tuesday, Cathy visited the King Valley with mobile office in tow. The #Cathyvan made a cosy meeting venue in Cheshunt when constituents piled in to talk about issues. Mobile phone coverage and internet service were the hot topics of the day. Small business owners told Cathy they were frustrated with the lack of coverage and slow internet speeds that were harming their capability to work. 

Cathy informed them the process of improving mobile phone coverage was beginning and she will continue the fight to get funding for more towers for Indi.

Moyhu and Myrrhee primary schools are great examples of small rural schools – two of the many in Indi. Students at both schools gave Cathy interesting Q&A sessions. To finish the day, Cathy went from the #Cathyvan to the Carevan in Wangaratta. It was a busy night at the West End location with almost 60 kids and adults coming along to enjoy each other’s company. Cathy enjoyed the social interaction and community connectivity and commended the Carevan Wangaratta and West End Community Group for the successful initiative which started more than three years ago.        

The office in Wodonga was officially opened on Wednesday. Constituents can now have a face-to-face meeting with Cathy or staff in the new office, without having to travel to Wangaratta.  Guests and friends had a slice of welcome cake and a cuppa. Volunteers will help staff the office and anyone wanting to assist can contact Simon Crase on 03 5721 7077.  

During the official opening speech, Cathy spoke about her 10 months in office and explained how the job was beyond the typical political role. It was about rural and regional Australia demanding Government to be included in the plan for the future of the country. Cathy is making sure Indi’s voice is injected into Government thinking around health, education, telecommunications, manufacturing, transport, agriculture, policies for young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Yesterday Cathy ventured to the Talgarno district to meet with people in Bellbridge, Bethanga and Bonegilla. A range of topics were discussed, from local government issues to land and planning use, mobile phone coverage and NBN, and the need for a national plan to fix rural roads and bridges. Cathy also visited the Bonegilla Migrant Museum and was delighted to meet manager Christine Thorpe who outlined plans for the group and volunteer Gary.

Cathy is looking forward to the 2014 RED Carpet Awards in Wodonga tonight and wishes the nominees the best of luck. Tomorrow Cathy is taking the #Cathyvan to Stanley, Wooragee, and Beechworth to meet with constituents, giving a speech at the 70th birthday of Girl Guides in Wodonga and attending the Conversation with acclaimed political journalist Michelle Grattan.

Next week, Cathy is visiting Rural Children’s Services venues in Talgarno Talgarno, Kiewa, Yackandandah, and Chiltern; meeting with V/Line reference Group member Bill Traill and touring Australian Textile Mills.

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