Local, Independant and Effective

Pub visits

Posted July 24, 2013

 

From Cathy’s desktop…

A strong indication that campaigning is gaining momentum is when you are invited, twice in one week, to meet the locals at a country pub.  On Thursday it was The Happy Valley Pub at Ovens, just south of Myrtleford in the Ovens Valley and Friday it was Dederang in the Kiewa Valley.

It was a cold, rainy, windy and generally miserable winter weather outside, and inside the Dederang Pub - warm, friendly, inviting & very busy. The Dederang pub clearly is one of the focus points in this wonderful farming community - family groups, children galore, delicious pizzas, and a general interest in what 'this independent for Indi’ has to say for herself.

Access to services and the important role of transport getting to and from Wodonga was one important issue for older people living on farms; suitable supported accommodation for people with mental illness was another. People asked questions about the implications of an ETS on farm and other businesses and there were diverse opinions about Mr Rudd's change in policy on asylum seekers.  Issues with school bus stops, the high cost for a community maintainING public land and the often mentioned access to broadband and mobile phone black spots made for wide ranging discussion.

 

As always, it was great to meet with locals and learning about the issues that are important to them. This week’s pub conversations will continue to shape my understanding of the key concerns for Indi as a whole. If you have anything you would like to share or discuss with me, please get in touchI’d love to hear from you!