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"The Indi way is alive and well in my electorate — the idea of engaging in politics, of putting a call out and having it answered, of people taking responsibility for speaking up and for having a say, of democracy in action."
Cathy has congratulated and acknowledged in Parliament the many submissions from Indi to the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation.Read more
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated Wodonga and Albury City Councils on a collaboration that could open significant opportunities for the region.
“This historic decision will place Albury Wodonga in an ideal position to work with the government on decentralisation,” Ms McGowan.
“Wodonga with its rapid growth and development can come to the agreement as an equal partner.”
Ms McGowan welcomed the opportunity to work closely with Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.
“Albury Wodonga already works locally as one community. The cross border cooperation will benefit around 95,000 people by opening up opportunities for working with State and Federal governments.”
“It’s great to have this best-practice approach to regional development on display ahead of the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation hearing in Wodonga on 12 October.”
Independent Member for Cathy McGowan has congratulated St Catherine’s Hostel, Wangaratta, for demonstrating successful local models of aged care to the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health.
Ms McGowan welcomed Minister Wyatt to Wangaratta to visit St Catherine’s on Monday 25 September. Nurse practitioner Steven Voogt demonstrated his work alongside GPs, with patients linked up with specialists via telehealth appointments.
“Today St Catherine’s demonstrated best practice in how regional communities use expertise and local knowledge to deliver successful programs.”
Ms McGowan acknowledged the “exceptional support” nurse practitioners provide to a heavily burdened rural GP workforce.
“My invitation to the Minister was an opportunity for the practitioners to put the case for access to adequate Medicare rebates and training resource to meet future demand,” Ms McGowan said.
Describing aged care as a growth sector in the region’s economy, Ms McGowan said there were good opportunities ahead for service providers.
“The local investment plan for the region’s $20 million share of the Regional Jobs and Investment Package has identified aged care as a priority area for funding,” Ms McGowan said.
My question following the first public hearing of the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation: What has government done well to develop the labour force for the regions, particularly Indi? To communicate the strengths of the regions? What could it do better? Join the conversation on Facebook.Read more
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is encouraging entrepreneurs, business and communities to apply for funding in North East Victoria’s $20 million share of the governments’ Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Package.
An information session will be held at 2.30pm on 31 August at Mansfield MACE.
“Indi has so much to offer in manufacturing, tourism and agriculture, and the community is bursting with ideas. This is a unique opportunity to access a big funding boost to deliver economic growth and sustainable employment,” Ms McGowan said.
Applications will need to align with the local investment plan developed by the local planning committee which covers the Hume and Goulburn Valley regions.
“The committee has used its considerable local knowledge and connections to look at whole of region growth industries including agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and aged health care,” Ms McGowan said.
“The plan sets out a strategy to make sure the program goes beyond individual grants to provide sustainable economic development opportunities.”
Applications close on 19 October 2017. Ms McGowan said she was looking forward to seeing innovative proposals to enable Indi to reach its full potential.
The plan is available on the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) website
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan is encouraging young people in Indi to submit their ideas about regional development to the NESAY (North East Support and Action for Youth) #YouthForIndi project.
Five submissions from people aged 16-25 will be short-listed for submission to the national Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation.
“Young people have had a consistently strong voice in Indi. They have great ideas about what can be done to strengthen regional Australia,” said Ms McGowan, who is on the inquiry committee.
“During my 2017 budget consultation, young people made clear their keen interest in education, transport, welfare and employment. To them I say: make sure your voice on these matters is heard in the inquiry.”
Ms McGowan commended NESAY on their creative approach, which invites submissions in many forms including story, multi-media and song.
“I am confident this ‘Indi way’ will shine through submissions being developed in the electorate – local people bringing their expertise and connections together to deliver effective results,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan acknowledged the interest already shown by local government, community organisations and individuals.
“This is a chance to influence an inquiry that could pave the way for regional Australia. I encourage everyone, and especially young people, to have their say.”
Submissions to the #YouthForIndi project close on 11 September 2017.
• Information about the NESAY #YouthForIndi project can be found here
Submissions to the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation close on 15 September.
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (18:34): I rise tonight in this grievance debate to call on the government to put an end to the silo approach and to work across portfolio boundaries to lift the burden from the shoulders of regional students. I was inspired and moved by the 75 young people who came to my budget feedback sessions and the 65 other young people who wrote to me. They work hard to finish their education, despite the challenges they face. But the systemic drag puts them behind their metropolitan counterparts and stops them from reaching their full potential. As their independent representative I am determined their voice be heard in this parliament. Higher education for regional communities is not a single issue. There are multiple challenges across portfolios and a multipronged approach is the only way to find a solution.Read more
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (09:32): I would like to add my comments to the minister's and welcome the government's motion here and acknowledge the work of the Prime Minister, the member for Mayo, the Leader of the House and many members of parliament we have worked with on this particular motion over a period of time. I would particularly like to acknowledge the people of Indi, who have asked that this motion be brought to the House. Also, I would like to thank my staff, particularly the work of Jeremy Mickle, for the huge amount of work they have done.Read more
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (17:17): As I rise today to speak about the 2017-18 budget—Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018—the fourth since my election as a member of the Australian parliament, I want to highlight to the residents of Indi my focus on the electorate I proudly call home. My vision for Indi is for a community that works with its leaders and representatives to develop opportunities for growth and solutions to challenges as they arise. It is a vision for a prosperous and caring community which values inclusiveness, diversity, honesty and the hard work of all those who seek to realise the goal of making life in our part of regional and rural Australia the best it can be and admired by all.Read more
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (10:04): I move:
That this bill be now read a second time.
Colleagues, there are three points I would like to make as I stand here to speak to the Public Service Amendment (Supporting a Regional Workforce) Bill 2017. I would like to explain the gap that this amendment seeks to address, why this amendment is needed, and the benefit of this amendment not only to my community of Indi but also to communities across regional Australia.Read more