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News from Murphy Street, April 11

Posted April 11, 2014


News from Murphy Street, April 11

News out of Murphy Street has been delivered far and wide this week, with the first Indi newsletter being mailed to households and post boxes throughout the electorate.

We’ve already received plenty of feedback about the newsletter which details Cathy’s first seven months in office. 

We would appreciate feedback on the publication which will be used to help plan for the second Indi newsletter scheduled for later this year. If you haven’t received a newsletter by mid-week, please contact the office on 03 5721 7077.

The newsletter has also prompted a flurry of offers to volunteer with Cathy, and signing up to attend the first Cathy McGowan Volunteer Program information session on April 28.

Constituent officers have been busy this week fielding calls on numerous matters, including the Renewable Energy Target mid-year review and the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill 2014. The most calls, however, came from people nominating blackspots in Indi through the office, and this can still be done by phoning 03 5721 7077 or emailing cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au.  

Preparations are being finalised for the Economic and Industry Forum being held at the Wangaratta office on April 29. The forum is an opportunity to hear from government and related providers of funding and assistance programs aimed at innovative businesses, and those particularly seeking cost savings from gaining energy use efficiencies through innovation. Representatives from AusIndustry, Pacific Hydro, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and CBA will be speaking at the forum.

Cathy staff met with the City of Wangaratta, Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy MP, and a range of representatives of the equine industry on Tuesday. Discussion centred on enhancing the future of equine industry training and related equine industry activities at the National Centre for Equine Education at Wangaratta.

Renovation work is continuing at 117 Murphy Street with new carpet being laid, plastering and wiring being carried out. When completed, the office will include open plan work spaces, which will accommodate staff, and volunteers who will be doing tasks around the office as the volunteer program gets underway. Disability access is being installed as part of the renovation, to make it easier for people with a disability using wheelchairs to come into the office.

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