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The Indi Weekly Scoop 10 August 2018

Posted August 10, 2018




Wangaratta resident David Maroney celebrated good news with Cathy this week after the Victorian Government committed funding to design bogies for VLocity trains on the North East Line. It comes after the Federal Government upped its commitment to $235 million for track improvements. We hope the bogies, new rolling stock and track upgrades will give passengers access to reliable, comfortable train travel.


Celebrating new mobile phone towers

Local Towong residents joined Cathy to celebrate the new mobile phone tower and improved coverage at Granya today. The tower is among 38 funded under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. More celebrations are to come later this year – keep checking back in the Scoop! PHOTO: Courtesy ABC GM


Cathy returns to Parliament 

Parliament resumes on Monday after the winter break. In the Spring Session, Cathy will be focusing on improving social welfare access for people in Indi and around Australia. Follow all the action here.


Tallangatta Secondary College visit

Tallangatta Secondary College is encouraging more students to pursue STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Cathy joined students for National Science Week today during a visit to the school.


Getting to know Strathbogie

A warm welcome from Strathbogie council and community members and a wonderful afternoon tea from the Red Cross greeted Cathy at Euroa on Thursday. Council invited Cathy to meet with them following confirmation from the Australian Electoral Commission in July that Euroa, Violet Town and surrounding areas will be included in Indi from the next federal election.


Grants for Wangaratta and Mansfield

Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch President Lt Gen (Ret’d) Ash Power showed Cathy plans for how a $12,118 grant will create a memorial space at the sub-branches future premises. Mansfield Historical Society also received a grant of $3475 and will honour nurses who volunteered for WWI.



Cash available for sporting groups

Applications to The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program can be made until 14 September 2018. Grants can be used by sporting organisations, local government entities, educational institutions and not-for-profit orgnisations to fund small to medium capital projects, particularly improvements to existing sport infrastructure.

Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Cathy is encouraging feedback to the interim report released by the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR). The interim report considers the implementation of The First Nations Voice, as well as proposals for constitutional change, truth-telling and agreement making. Feedback can be made here until 17 September 2018.

Into Our Hands grants

Two funding streams have been announced by the Into our Hands Community Foundation for this financial year. Grants support projects that assist those directly affected by the 2009 Beechworth-Mudgegonga Fire Complex. Click here for more information.

Calling young female leaders

Applications to the Country to Canberra competition for an all-expenses-paid mentoring program in Canberra can be made until 1 September 2018. Winners will meet with politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events and tour Parliament House.

Cash prizes for Elyne Mitchell Writing award

Do you have a story about the Australasian rural experience? Entries to the Elyne Mitchell Writing award can be made until 5pm on 23 August 2018.

Requests for Queen’s portrait

Yes, the news is true! You can request a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from Cathy’s office. If you would like one, please call the Wangaratta office on (03) 5721 7077, Wodonga on (02) 6024 6284 or email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au

Applying for a passport?

Travelling overseas?  Remember to submit your Passport Application early.  A number of Indi residents have contacted Cathy’s office in recent weeks after delays with applications. Premium Service applications for passports required within three weeks can be made for an additional fee. Click here for more information.



Monday 13 August: Parliament resumes

Wednesday 15 August: Indi Expat Breakfast, Canberra

Wednesday 15 August: Galen Catholic College visit to APH

Thursday 16 August: Beechworth Secondary College visit to APH

Saturday 18 August: Australian Women in Agriculture conference at Shepparton



Cryptic  what Indi town is this?

Forests tip.

Match the town and the festival

1              Man from Snowy River                                                A             Myrtleford

2              Fifties Festival                                                            B             Yackandandah

3              Jazz Festival                                                              C             Yea

4              Folk Festival                                                              D             Falls Creek

5              Mitta Muster                                                              E              Beechworth

6              Winery Walkabout                                                      F              Benalla

7              Autumn Festival                                                         G             Alexandra

8              La Fiera                                                                     H             Corryong

9              Golden Horseshoe                                                      I               Kinglake

10           Picnic Races                                                                J              Tallangatta

11           Street art – wall to wall                                                K             Mitta Mitta

12           Truck, Ute and Rod Show                                             L              Bright

13           Alpine Classic (cycle challenge)                                    M            Wangaratta

14           Foggy Mountain Bluegrass                                           N             Rutherglen

15           Kangaroo Hoppet                                                        O             Dederang

Answers to previous week: Cryptic town, Yea. INDI knowledge, A, B, C, D

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