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News from 117 Murphy Street, May 23

Posted May 23, 2014



Consulting with the community, connecting with youth, working on election commitments and rubbing shoulders with a man travelling through Indi on a lawnmower made it a very satisfying week at 117 Murphy Street.

The Budget Impact Tour took Cathy to Wodonga, Wangaratta, Mansfield Bonnie Doon and Swanpool this week. Listening Posts attracted many people to tell Cathy her thoughts on the 2014-15 Budget. People can continue to have their say until next Friday, May 30, and then the information will be put into a report for Parliament and the people of Indi.

To cap off a busy week listening to constituents, Cathy appeared on the Mornings program on ABC to talk about the Budget Impact Tour with presenter Joseph Thomsen. She also took talkback calls from listeners on their thoughts on the Budget. People asked a range of questions and offered up solutions to raise revenue rather than implement some of the Budget measures.

For Cathy, the most pleasing aspects of the Budget Impact Tour have been the willingness of the Indi community and the many different sectors in it, to engage, to share opinions, to listen, to turn up and be part of the democratic process. This left her feeling proud to be the Independent Federal representative for Indi!

Earlier this week, Cathy visited the Koori First Steps Pre-School to see how the centre, run by Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation, operates and is a real benefit to the community. Cathy was very impressed with the facility and enjoyed meeting the people running the centre, and the families and children who are gaining from the programs on offer. Koorie First steps is a great example of a Closing the Gap initiative to support and promote literacy, learning and school engagement in young kids.

Cathy was delighted to meet 17-year-old Kaisee Neutert from Bandiana who has been selected to represent Indi at the National Indigenous in Parliament (NIYP) in Canberra next week. Kaisee, a Wodonga Secondary College student, is passionate about finding solutions to issues, including the wellbeing of gay and transgendered youth and raising mental health awareness. She wants to sharpen her public speaking skills and learn how to express her ideas while at NIYP, and Cathy is looking forward to catching up with her in Parliament House next week.

There were plenty of elephants in the room at Wodonga Library, with Cathy reading to a packed house on Wednesday for National Simultaneous Storytime. The story, Too Many Elephants In This House, went down a treat to all the kids in attendance for this very worthy initiative. Cathy also stopped to chat with older youth playing in the Cube ‘square’.

One of Cathy’s policy commitments was working on cross-border anomalies if she won the seat of Indi. This topic was broached at the Master Builders’ Association annual dinner at Commercial Club, Albury, with people acknowledging work needs to be done to get rid of issues that prohibit business growth in the North East  

And earlier today Cathy met Craig Alford (pictured) who is riding a lawnmower across Australia to raise money for Rotary’s Ride to the Other Side, for Australian Rotary Health's Mental Illness Research Program , Rotary Foundation's End Polio Now Program and the EJ Whitten Foundation.

Next week Cathy is back in Parliament lobbying Ministers and cross benchers and has a number of speeches to deliver. 

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