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News from 117 Murphy Street - August 8, 2014

Posted August 08, 2014



The sustainable future of manufacturing in Indi continues to be a major focus for Cathy.

Yesterday Cathy was given a tour of Australian Textile Mills and Wilson Fabrics and Homewares factories in Wangaratta. The Independent Member for Indi was impressed with the technology being employed to produce innovative Cool Blind fabric. This fabric is being made at Australian Textile Mills and has huge potential, attracting much attention from overseas hotel chains looking to cut down energy costs. The skilled workforce has allowed this to occur in quick time and the workers Cathy met during the visit are critical to this being a successful venture.

There are many world-class manufacturing businesses exporting quality goods and products around the globe. This has been achieved by businesses investing in innovation and skills training for workers. It’s imperative that rural and regional Australia has long-term plan to grow manufacturing.

Next week, Cathy is hosting a meeting of Indi Food Manufacturers.  About 20 food manufacturers from Indi will meet in Wangaratta to discuss relevant issues and work towards outcomes and solutions to take to Government to bring about positive change. This forum is the first of a number planned for different sectors. These will be aimed at growing the food manufacturing in Indi and creating a sustainable future for business opportunities and employment. (Pictured is ITO EN production manager Peter Anderson who is attending the forum.)

This morning Cathy attended the Wangaratta Women in Leadership Breakfast at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre in front of 100 attendees. There was great interest in Cathy’s role as Independent Member for Indi. Cathy spoke about her role as a local representative fighting for Indi, and how she was bringing people, groups and organisations from various sectors together to start tackling issues and creating solutions to benefit the electorate.

Landcare organisations in the North East have been fantastic environmental advocates and exemplary models of community engagement for more than two decades. Cathy is calling on the 75 groups in Indi to consider a submission during the community consultation phase of the Federal Government’s review of the design and delivery of the National Landcare Programme. A National Landcare Programme community consultation session is being held in Albury next Friday, August 15, from 9:30am - 11:30am at the Commercial Club. Ms McGowan is encouraging Landcare representatives to attend and get information to help create a submission. Online submissions can be made at https://environment.au.citizenspace.com/biodiversity-conservation/national-landcare-programme-survey/consult_view until August 29.

Cathy is encouraging people to attend Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples sitting in Shepparton next Wednesday, August 13. This is an opportunity for representatives from Indi's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to be involved in this process publicly. Non-Indigenous are also welcome to participate. The public hearing is at the Shepparton Park Lake Hotel, from 8.45am until 3pm, with a community program from 1.30pm.

Cathy met with Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt AM MP (pictured), the Chair of Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Canberra earlier this year and is delighted he is visiting regional Victoria. Anyone who wants information can contact the Committee’s Canberra office on (02) 6277 3544 or 1800 728 963 or email jscatsi@aph.gov. There is also the opportunity to make a written submission to the Committee through visiting the website www.aph.gov.au/jscatsi.

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