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Indi Weekly Scoop 23 March 2018

Posted March 23, 2018



Minister Frydenberg met with stakeholders and community groups at roundtables hosted by Yackandandah and Winton. Pictured: Yackandandah meeting.


Indi leads on renewables

The Federal Energy and Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg visited Indi to discuss community energy on Monday. He attended roundtables at Yackandandah and Winton, where he met with community groups and stakeholders. His visit coincided with the announcement of $12.5m new energy funding initiative. The initiative will support integration of distributed energy resources in homes and businesses to contribute to grid reliability. Read the press release here. And watch the news clip from the visit here.

Case study highlights renewable Indi

The case study is evidence of how Indi communities, industry, and government together are creating renewable energy that is affordable, reliable and secure. Minister Frydenberg was given a copy of the case study when he visited the region. Check it out here.

More money for rail line

The Federal Government has committed an extra $135m to the North East rail line making a total of $235 million. This is an acknowledgement of the hard work undertaken by the Indi community over a long period. While the commitment is welcome, it is vital the scope of works for the North East Rail upgrade is released and the community is consulted immediately. Read the press release.


Submissions for rural mental health inquiry

Submissions are now open into a Parliamentary Inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. The inquiry is looking into regional attitudes toward mental health as well as access to services. Visit the website for more information.

Regional Growth fund applications open

The National Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment. Find out more here.

$15 million Regional Study Hubs Program open for applications

The Government has committed $15 million over four years to assist in the establishment and maintenance of up to eight community-owned, regional study hubs across regional Australia. A Regional Study Hub (RSH) is a community facility providing support for regional students to locally study courses delivered by distance from an Australian university. Applications for Regional Study Hubs funding are now open and will close on 13 April. Applications will be assessed in late April and early May, with an announcement of successful applications in June. For details including assessment criteria go here

Mobile tower celebration

Tallangatta South: it’s time to celebrate your new mobile phone tower! Cathy and Telstra representative, Loretta Willaton will visit on Saturday for a community celebration. The event will be held at 10am at Fernvale Hall, 1057 Omeo Highway, Tallangatta South. RSVP: cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au or 03 5721 7077.

Have your say on Quad Bikes

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a consultation paper to improve the safety of quad bike operation. Quad bikes are the leading cause of death on Australian farms. Make a submission by May 4.


Tungamah steps up


The Tungamah Kickstart Committee recently launched the Tungamah Community Plan. Created on the basis that local people are always the best source of knowledge, the Plan outlines a shared vision for the future of the community. Cathy visited with the Committee this week.

Off the grid living festival

Off-Grid Living Festival will introduce attendees to a huge array of topics and lifestyles. There will be interactive activities and workshops throughout the day. Saturday 28 April. More information here.

Wodonga Primary School visit


Cathy met with Grade 6 students at Wodonga Primary School on Wednesday. The students led Cathy around the school, highlighting aspects including the music program and the “big tree”.

Deer shooting underway in Alps

Deer shooters will be operating in parts of the Bogong High Plains this weekend. Deer are considered an invasive species and a threat to the alpine environment. There has been a significant expansion of the deer population on the Bogong High Plains over the past decade. Operations will occur mainly between the late afternoon and midnight. The areas of operation will be well signed and shooters will be readily identifiable. 

Community grants open for Border region

Submissions are now open for community grants of up to $2,500 in the Border region. The grants, provided by Border Trust and 2AY, are for not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community-based projects within the Border region.  Find out more and apply here.


  • 24 March – Tallangatta South – mobile phone tower opening
  • 26 March – Canberra – Parliament resumes – until 28 March
  • 26 March – Canberra – meeting with St Augustine's Primary School students at Parliament House
  • 27 March – Canberra – Indi Young People’s Breakfast at Parliament House
  • 26-27 March – Canberra – Alpine Valleys Community Leadership participants visiting Parliament House
  • 28 March – Wodonga – Opening of High Street works

Note: The Wangaratta and Wodonga offices will be closed for Easter from Friday 30 March and will reopen on Tuesday 3 April. For urgent matters contact Cathy on her mobile on 0418 326 960.

The Scoop will be published next week on Thursday 28 March.

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