Local, Independant and Effective

News from Murphy Street, March 14

Posted March 14, 2014


A priority for Cathy this week was catching up with three councils in Indi: Indigo, Alpine and Benalla Rural.

Having close and productive links with local government is important, because councils are often the ones implementing and overseeing projects that have been funded at the Federal level.

Councils also have a good ear to the ground and are generally the first port of call when major issues arise.

The information provided by councils has given Cathy an even clearer picture of the needs of the Indi electorate.

But to start off the week, Cathy headed to Wahgunyah on Tuesday where she presented a flag to the local primary school and met with Glenview Community Care Nursing Home, where she also presented a flag to the staff after having a tour of the facility.

The Anzac Centenary Grants committee met in the Wangaratta office to discuss the applications for the $125,000 to be divided among Anzac projects in Indi to mark the centenary next year. 

On Thursday, it was an all day trip to the Ovens Valley, first Bright, Myrtleford and Happy Valley.

Cathy had a breakfast catch-up with locals in Bright and after meeting with council, caught up with the Alpine Women’s Group.

There was plenty of media interest in Cathy’s tour of Lake Buffalo with a trio of locals keen to see the dam expanded or the land surrounding the pristine lake developed for private use.

While Cathy thinks the expansion of Lake Buffalo is unlikely, she agrees that there should be a decision made and the land put to good use for tourism or private purposes.

From her visit with council and meeting community members in Ovens, priority issues include:

  • NBN
  • train service
  • mobile phone reception
  • infrastructure funding
  • asylum seekers
  • cattle in the high country
  • the future of Mt Buffalo
  • and opportunities to volunteer

Tonight Cathy is a guest speaker at the International Women’s Day event in Benalla, and tomorrow with the second of two visits to a Men’s Shed this week, when she officially opens the Corryong Men’s Shed after visiting the Wangaratta facility on Wednesday.

Next week it’s back up the Hume to Canberra for another two-week sitting of Parliament, so keep an eye on next week News from Murphy Street, it will be packed.

After a meeting with Jack and Jenny Murray this week, Cathy will call on the Government to introduce greater safety measures for trucks.

The Murrays lost their daughter, grandchildren and son-in-law as a result of a truck accident in late 2009, and the couple want to see better braking systems introduced, more truck inspections to detect unroadworthy vehicles and also greater penalties for trucking bosses running. 

April 28 was settled on as the date for the first volunteer information session and will be held in the Wangaratta office.

For information on the Cathy McGowan Volunteer Program, contact program co-ordinator Simon Crase on 03 5721 7077.  

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