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News from Murphy Street, April 24

Posted April 24, 2014



News from Murphy Street, April 24, 2014

With Easter come and gone, the focus this week at Murphy Street turned to visiting several parts of Indi to meet with businesses and constituents, and planning for ANZAC Day.

On Wednesday, Cathy went on a manufacturing fact-finding tour of the Ryan and McNulty Sawmill and Benalla Munitions Factory. Cathy had been invited to visit by both manufacturing businesses, which play a huge role in supporting jobs and the economy in Benalla and surrounding regions. 

A fourth-generation family business, Ryan and McNulty is a great example of the strong and innovative family businesses that are common throughout Indi. Cathy was particularly impressed with the work the McNulty’s have done in prioritising the training of their 45-strong workforce. The work in this area has been acknowledged with a swag of awards from the Victorian Association of Forest Industries. Cathy is proud to know that such beautiful timber products are being produced locally for the rest of the country to enjoy.

The Federal Government-funded Benalla Munitions factory faces a number of challenges. As one of the largest Commonwealth government employers in Indi, a priority for Cathy is ensuring the workforce of 230 people is maintained into the future. Providing products for the domestic and international market, as well as the defence force, the factory is in the top five per cent of modernised munitions factories in the world and employs and attracts highly skilled workers to the region.

On Wednesday morning, Cathy got up-close-and-personal with a paper mache depiction of her at the Wangaratta Library. Local artist David Godkin (pictured) was inspired to create a likeness of Cathy for the Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance latest multi-discipline exhibition, Change, the theme of which came about after Cathy was elected. 

David painted the necklace the colours of the Aboriginal flag and added a unique touch to the glasses: Indi written on one wing, V4I on the other! The photo of Cathy with the artist and her likeness gave rise to some interesting comments on Cathy’s Facebook page.

This morning, Cathy ventured south and toured the Toolangi Forest. Afterwards she caught up with locals who are passionate about their environment, along with tourism operators. After lunch, it was on to Kinglake Primary School where the Federal Member for Indi was given a big welcome from students and staff. This evening, Cathy is meeting up with members of Kinglake community groups at Ellimatta House before finishing off the day at the Kinglake Football Netball Club.   

ANZAC Day tomorrow sees Cathy rising for the Dawn Service in Kinglake before heading to Mansfield for the 10am service. To round out the public holiday, Cathy has an entertaining evening planned at the ever-popular Mount Beauty Music Festival and is looking forward to catching up with locals in the Kiewa Valley.

Cathy is continually impressed with the strong communities she visits in Indi. People often ask Cathy how they can get things done to bring improvements to their areas, especially when it comes to mobile phone blackspots, and providing solutions for business.

Speaking of business, next week, Cathy is looking forward to hosting the Economic and Industry Development Forum on Tuesday, April 29, at the Wangaratta Council. The forum will focus on innovation and cost-saving measures, and information will also be provided about government programs provided by AusIndustry. Other guest speakers include representatives from Pacific Hydro, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Commonwealth Bank who will talk about potential opportunities for economic development.

This follows the volunteer information session being held on Monday evening, 5.30-7pm, at the Wangaratta office. There are at least 20 volunteers keen to get cracking on jobs that Cathy has outlined as priorities for her in the role as the Federal Member for Indi. If you are interested in volunteering for Cathy, please contact simon.crase@aph.gov.au or call the office on 03 5721 7077 to attend the volunteer information evening.

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