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The Indi Weekly Scoop 11 August 2017

Posted August 11, 2017



Image: Louise and Laurie Jacob of Merrijig joined Cathy for a cup of tea during their visit to Parliament House this week (see story below).


Come and say hi at Cathy in the Cafes

Do you have an issue or idea you would like to share with Cathy? Do you want to learn more about the Government inquiry into regional development? As a valued supporter of Indi, come along for a cuppa and a chat this Saturday 12 August from 10am at The Secret Cup Café, 86 High St Wodonga (near South St).

Independent inquiry into regional, rural and remote education

The submissions process is now open.  If you are a student, a parent, an education provider or a community member, and you have an idea to improve education delivery and outcomes in regional Australia, make a submission.  There’s little more than 2 weeks left.  For the inquiry Terms of Reference, click here.


Single serve trays upgrade at Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare this year celebrates 50 years of manufacturing in Wodonga and today the company has opened its new $52.5 million single serve trays facility upgrade. The upgrade will allow Mars to increase its single serve capacity by 80 per cent and has been undertaken in response to demand from domestic and international customers. Cathy joined MLC for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes and general manager Barry O’Sullivan.

Hume Veterans’ Information Centre receives $70,161

Advocacy services delivered by the Hume Veterans’ Information Centre are accessed by Indi and those outside the electorate. The centre has received $70,161.82 from the Federal Government’s Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program. 


Marriage equality postal survey – enrol now

Cathy is urging the community to come together and have respectful conversations ahead of the postal survey on marriage equality. “It’s no longer about whether or not we should have a plebiscite but about demonstrating how we can have a difficult discussion and share opposing views in a respectful way,” she said. The survey will begin on 12 September and it’s important everyone has their say. (See below in “Did you know?”)

Welcoming constituents to Parliament House

It’s always wonderful to meet with Indi constituents when they are visiting Canberra. This week, Louise and Laurie Jacob of Merrijig dropped into Cathy’s office for a cup of tea and a chat after attending Question Time.


Roundtable kicks off Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation

This week experts gathered in Canberra to provide input to the committee. The discussion highlighted the importance communities being involved, of govern listening to communities and proactive involvement of young people. Go to the webpage here for more information.

NESAY #Youth for Indi

Attention all young people! NESAY will next week launch #YouthForIndi. Young people will be asked to creatively express their opinions and ideas about living in the North East. Look out for the launch online. For more information, phone NESAY on (03) 5720 2201 or email info@nesay.com.au


National Science Week 12-20 August 2017

National Science Week is upon us and it’s time to get involved.  The National Science Week website lists all the events happening and its being updated daily.  Click here to check the interactive Map to see what’s happening in Indi.

Victorian Rural Womens Network

The Victorian Rural Women's Network e-newsletter has something of interest for all rural women.  Click here to subscribe.  The Network is also looking for content for the newsletter; to share an interesting story to tell, event happening or opportunity, send an email to VRWNetwork@gmail.com

North East Small Business Festival

The NE Small Business Festival is on and continues to 1 September 2017.  Click here for events and locations in Indi.

Alexandra SES looking for recruits

The Alexandra State Emergency Service is looking for more volunteers to assist the community during emergency events and disasters. Email the Alexandra SES at Alexandra@vicses.vic.gov.au

Did You Know?

To enrol in the Australian Marriage Law postal survey click here. The survey will begin on 12 September. You must be correctly enrolled by 24 August 2017.

Legislation passed in the House of Representatives and off to the Senate – 8-10 August:


See how Cathy votes here


  • Saturday, 12 August: Cathy in the Cafes, The Secret Cup, 86 High St, Wodonga
  • Saturday, 12 August: NECLP 17 graduation, TafeSpace Wodonga
  • Monday, 14 August: Community Energy motion debated  in House of Representatives
  • Tuesday, 15 August and Wednesday, 16 August: Tomorrow Today Foundation delegation to APH
  • Tuesday, 15 August: Loddon Murray and Northern Mallee Victorian Regional Community Leadership group at APH
  • Wednesday, 16 August: 2017 Australian Farmer of the Year Award
  • Thursday, 17 August: Wahgunyah Primary School visit APH

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