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News from 117 Murphy Street, July 25, 2014

Posted July 25, 2014



Communications has been the feature of Cathy’s week: NBN, mobile phone coverage and mobile office coverage in Indi.

Cathy announced good news this morning in Wodonga, delivering on her election commitment to work with the Government to fix the telecommunications problems in Indi. The Independent Member for Indi was asked to provide three priority sites for submission to the Federal Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme. This is just the start of the process and Cathy expects more good news in coming months, with more announcements.

The three initial priority sites nominated:

  • Mansfield Shire, Bunstons Road Tolmie;
  • Alpine Shire, Kancoona; and
  • Murrindindi Shire, Skyline Road, Lake Eildon.

These are only suggested sites and the Government will make the final decision on where towers would be constructed in Indi.  

During a recent meeting with NBN Co and staff from Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull’s office, Cathy learnt a number of fixed wireless NBN towers are planned for construction across Indi.

Four wireless NBN towers have already been completed—Baddaginnie, Benalla North, Benalla South and Tungamah —and six are under construction at Dederang, Kiewa, Kiewa South, Corryong, Ebden and Wandiligong. Cathy is pleased progress is being made in the NBN roll out across Indi and will continue to represent people’s needs to Government as this infrastructure program continues.

The launch of the mobile office—a bright orange, recently renovated caravan—took place earlier today in front of a big crowd outside Café Grove. Cathy took her inspiration from former member for Indi, Mr Ewen Cameron (pictured), who used the caravan concept to connect with constituents.

It was fitting Mr Cameron, attended the launch with wife Alison and daughter Jean, making it a special event for Cathy having her former boss make a short speech. Mr Cameron spoke about the benefits of connecting with people in the electorate via the caravan.

Cathy said the addition of the mobile office was an important community engagement tool and great way to visit people in the electorate. She thanked the volunteer team that helped make the caravan project a success, led by Amanda Aldous and Indi Makers group, including Helen Lemke, Denise Schultze, Heather Mullen, Liz Wood, Robin Webster, Jenny Davies and Jan Avery.

In the wake of another manufacturing company going into liquidation, Cathy’s and the people of Indi’s thoughts are with the workers and families of the 12 employees given separation notices from Riband Steel Wangaratta on Wednesday. Cathy knows the community will put their full support behind the ex-workers and families in this time of need.

The Independent Member for Indi is also pleased the liquidator acted straight away to start the full social services support process available through Centrelink, and begun the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme paperwork. Cathy also advised businesses struggling to seek advice and not wait until the last moment before seeking assistance.     

Cathy is making three visits around Indi to meet with constituents—King Valley, Upper Murray, and Indigo Shire. Please see times below. 

King Valley visit, Tuesday, July 29

Moyhu Primary School – assembly, Australian flag presentation, morning tea, 9.15-10.15am

Cheshunt Hall – public constituent meeting, 11am-midday

Myrrhee Primary School – meet staff & students, Q&A, 2.15-3.15pm 

King Valley Men’s Shed – meet and greet, 3.45-4.15pm

Milawa Cheese Factory – public meeting, open to constituents, 4.45-5.45pm

Upper Murray Valley visit, Thursday, July 31

Bonegilla Hall – 12.30 - 2pm

Bellbridge Community Centre – 2.30 - 3.30pm

Bethanga Community Hall – 4 - 5pm

Indigo Shire visit - Stanley, Beechworth, Wooragee, Saturday, August 2

Location: Stanley, outside Post Office, Pioneer Road Time: 9am

Location: Beechworth, outside Town Hall, 101 Ford Street Time: 10.30am

Location: Wooragee, outside Wooragee Primary School Time: Midday

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