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News from 117 Murphy Street - July 4, 2014

Posted July 04, 2014



Walking the streets of Mt Beauty, Rutherglen, Barnawartha and Chiltern and chatting with people was a pleasant, scenic change for Cathy this week from the corridors of Parliament House the fortnight before. A key learning: Indi has ‘good stories to tell.’

On Tuesday, Cathy made a ‘Murray Valley Visit’ as part of her election commitment to tour every inch of Indi, taking in Rutherglen, Barnawartha and Chiltern. This gave her the chance to catch up with people in an integral part of the Indigo Shire. She was made to feel very welcome and was grateful for residents attending the public meetings. During the visit Cathy learnt the towns are faring well for health services but people did share their concerns about the 'ice' problem in the area, and how this scourge is impacting the tight-knit community. Residents also spoke about the limited public transport options; however, residents said the V/Line coach service from Rutherglen to Shepparton was a reliable and friendly one.

During the visit, kids at the Indigo Health North Rutherglen Vacation Care Program dropped in of the blue to say hello to Cathy. They were all smiles, as kids are without schoolwork to interrupt their day, and Cathy had a great chat with them and took questions about what she does representing .

Yesterday Cathy visited the Kiewa Valley, the reason of which was to visit the AGL hydro-electricity facility at Bogong, which is the leading supplier of alternative energy in Australia. She also stopped to chat with many people in the Mt Beauty ‘CBD’, popping her head into Mt Beauty businesses to say hello. Cathy heard how business was going now Falls Creek is blanketed in the best snow for the start of the season in a long time.

Cathy, along with V/Line passengers using the Wodonga-Melbourne train service, was pleased to learn they could be enjoying wi-fi and improved mobile phone coverage if a trial on selected services in the southern part of the electorate is successful. This was welcome news to the Independent Member for Indi, who raised this issue in Parliament recently. She questioned why the North East had missed out on these services being rolled out in the southern part of the electorate and will now wait to see how the trial unfolds. 

Seven RSLs and community groups can now forge ahead with 2015 ANZAC projects, after the Department of Veterans Affairs approved the Indi Anzac Centenary Committee grant submissions. The remaining 14 submissions for Indi will soon be determined and having $125,000 come into the electorate will benefit our communities for historical, cultural and tourism reasons.    

The Wodonga office will be officially opened on July 30 at 3pm, so please make a diary note. Last night, about 15 volunteers who are keen to help with a number of office and administration duties attended an information session about the volunteer program. Once this group has been inducted, the volunteers will play a pivotal role in ensuring constituents receive a high level of service in their dealings with the office.

This afternoon Cathy is meeting with youth in Benalla to talk about issues, including mental health, and then is off to the opening of Indi’s infamous, hilarious and often outrageous arts exhibition, Bald Archies in Swanpool for 2014.

Next week Cathy’s schedule is full and varied once again, including,  


  • Cultural Economy Forum, Wangaratta
  • Japanese PM visit to Canberra
  • Burgoigee Creek Landcare Group AGM
  • Cathy’s Caravan hits the road
  • GLIN mural presentation to Mansfield Shire Council
  • Dirrawarra Indigenous Network's NAIDOC Week event

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