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News from 117 Murphy Street, September 19, 2014

Posted September 19, 2014



Public transport remains a major issue for many residents in Indi and people continue to raise it with the Independent Member for Indi when she is out and about in the electorate. Cathy spoke about the potential for trams and light rail to be part of the solution mix in her Mann Lecture last week and this provoked plenty of discussion — for and against. Cathy welcomed the debate on one of her policy commitments and is encouraging more of it from the community.

Former Bruck workers, family and friends have signed a petition to be tabled in Parliament in coming weeks. The petition garnered 79 signatures and calls on the Government to amend the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) to retrospectively provide full entitlements for the redundant Bruck Textile Technologies workers. These entitlements include sick leave, banked time and full accrued time. The petition further calls on the House to introduce legislation to stop companies from relying on FEG to pay owed entitlements. Cathy will table the petition when Parliament resumes on Monday.

The Independent Member for Indi has written to Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, asking that steps be taken to re-start the stalled Bruck Textile Technologies liquidation process. Liquidators say they cannot continue because there are no assets left in the former company to pay for the liquidation and the Australian and Securities Investment Commission investigation is unable to begin until the liquidation has occurred.

Earlier this week Cathy flew to Townsville to receive an honorary life membership and speak at the Queensland Remote Rural Regional Women's Conference being held in Charters Towers. The architecture in the historic town reminded Cathy of the buildings found in Victoria. It wasn’t only the surrounds Cathy found striking – the community spirit and desire to implement a different way of doing things was very similar to that in Indi. There was also plenty of networking, and interest from people to visit North East Victoria and discover the wonderful aspects of Indi.    

In a busy schedule yesterday, Cathy attended the ABARES Regional Outlook conference in Wodonga and the Yackandandah Health AGM.

Rural and regional education is a major focus for Cathy and she will continue working in Parliament to get the changes the community and education providers want. Today she met with representatives from the Agrifoods Industry Skills Council at Charles Sturt University Wangaratta campus. Discussions took place about potential models for engagement in education and training in rural and regional areas based on agricultural education.

Tonight Cathy is officially opening the second Indigenous art show at the Bright Art Gallery and Cultural Centre. The 12-month anniversary of Cathy’s election on September 18, 2013, is being marked with a get-together at Sumsion Gardens in Wodonga tomorrow from 11am-2pm. You’re welcome to drop by to say hi and bring a bite to eat and a picnic blanket.

Next week Cathy returns to Parliament for the first of a two-week sitting and Cathy will be discussing what happens at the media gathering next Friday at Café Grove in Wodonga. 

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