News from 117 Murphy Street 6/12/13
The week started fantastically with over 270 Indi residents, and supporters making their way to Canberra to watch Cathy’s maiden speech. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made the effort to come to be there.
The public galleries were filled with people in orange shirts as Cathy shared her story and the Indi story with the rest of the country. It was an exceptionally moving experience for everyone present.
Pizza was ordered and we hired a courtyard for supporters to mingle in after the speech. Former independent candidate for New England, Tony Windsor came along and the former Treasurer Wayne Swan as well as the Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, visited the courtyard to congratulate the orange army on their achievement.
After her maiden speech, communications were on Cathy’s agenda this week.
She met with the Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP along with a senior advisor to the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss mobile black-spots in Indi. From this meeting we learned of a communications discussion paper would be released and Cathy invited him to visit the electorate in the new year. See separate press release about this at: http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/communications
They also discussed the NBN rollout across Indi, giving Cathy a good understanding of the process over the coming year.
Today Cathy met with representatives of community radio stations to discuss opportunities to work together to build partnerships with them. Cathy understands that community radio has a pivotal role in facilitating debate, building community and sharing information all across Indi.
On Saturday Cathy is going to be in Yackandandah to announce the result of the town’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest length of bunting. The current record is 4.71kms, but Yackandandah think they may have it with over 5kms of bunting adorning the town.
This coming week is the final sitting week before Christmas and it is another important week because Cathy will be allocated her first question in Question Time.
She also has meetings lined up with AMSANT (Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory) to discuss primary healthcare services as well as innovative health practises such as e-health and how they could work in Indi.
Cathy is also meeting with representatives from the National Centre for Farmer Health on the Thursday as well as attending the first meeting of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture before heading back to Indi that afternoon.