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The Indi Weekly Scoop 11 May 2018

Posted May 11, 2018



above: Have your Say – It’s the Indi Way – the 2018 Budget Survey is open now until 29 May. (see below)

Have your say – it’s the Indi Way

What do you think about the Federal Budget 2018? It’s time to spend just a few minutes to complete the online survey about the Budget and share your views on a few specific issues. Go to the survey here. The aim is to get strong representation from across the electorate. So complete it yourself and ask your friends, family and particularly young people to do the same. The survey is open until 29 May.

Thousands of postcards have also been sent out to households in the Murrindindi, Alpine and Towong shires encouraging people to have their say on the 2018 Budget, as well as other issues that concern them. Community input is vital in shaping Cathy’s Budget-in-Reply speech.


Budget delivers mixed bag for Indi residents

The Federal Budget will deliver funds for aged care, regional university education, and regional infrastructure. There are disappointments with no new funding for mobile phone black spots and no money for allied health in the new rural health strategy. Read the Budget overview and details on mobile phone blackspots, aged care, local government infrastructure, and wins for beer, spirits and wine.

Have a say on Indi redistribution objections

Objections to proposed changes to the Indi boundary under the Victorian electoral redistribution are now on the AEC website. Comments can be lodged until 6pm on Friday, 18 May.


Budget breakfasts for young people next week

Cathy’s post Budget breakfasts for young people are back! From Monday 14 May, Cathy will host four breakfasts in Mansfield (14 May), Benalla (15 May), Wangaratta (16 May) and Wodonga (18 May) to kick off the annual Indi Budget online survey and get feedback from young people about their response to the Budget. Confirm your invitation by contacting the office: cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au


Ethnic communities in Indi work to keep families safe

Cathy has acknowledged all those involved in the “That Girl” program. The series of workshops on domestic violence has strengthened ethnic communities in Indi. Watch the speech here

Plan needed for agriculture research and development

Cathy has told the Parliament it is time to develop a plan for future research and development in the agricultural sector. Watch the speech here

What is the long-term plan for mobile phone coverage?

Cathy this week asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to outline his Government’s plan to deliver mobile phone coverage to regional Australia. Watch the question and answer.

Breaching the gap between the promise and the reality of the NBN

As a member of the Joint Select Committee inquiring into the rollout of the NBN, Cathy has told the Parliament about the enormous frustrations experienced in regional Australia related to the poor delivery of internet services.Watch the speech here

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week


A quiet revolution in housing

Yackandandah will host an Innovative Housing Forum on Thursday, 17 May at the Yackandandah Public Hall between 7pm and 9.30pm. The forum is the chance to hear about energy efficient, low maintenance and lower cost housing for older people wanting to downsize, young people wanting to enter the housing market, single parents and those seeking to “age in place”. RSVP to Cheryl Graham at cheryl@farminganswers.com

Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Joint Standing Committee Considering Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR) has commenced hearings. The committee will present an interim report to Parliament by 30 July. Written submissions close on Monday, 11 June. Find out more here

Benalla chosen for mental health trial

Benalla is one of 12 trial locations in Victoria, and the only location in the North East, for a community approach to mental health issues. Go to the Murray PHN site for details.

Mental health inquiry still open for submissions CUT

Submissions can still be made to the Senate’s Mental Health Inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. The Inquiry is due to release a report on October 17, 2018. Details are here 

Grants for emergency equipment

The Volunteer State Emergency Service Equipment Program grants are open with State funding of up to $150,000 for operational equipment and minor facility upgrades. Find out more here


Monday, 14 May – Mansfield - Budget breakfast for young people;

Wangaratta – Guest speaker, Learn, Support, Lead Graduation for Sport North East

Tuesday, 15 May – Benalla - Budget breakfast;

Benalla – Present Colin Handcock with Saluting their Service certificate for his late wife – Cooinda Retirement Village, with Benalla RSL;

Bright – Meeting with Alpine Shire councillors

Wednesday, 16 May – Wangaratta – Budget breakfast;

Wangaratta – Visit to Galen VEX students following their trip to US

Thursday, 17 May – Gough’s Bay – Celebration to open 100th mobile phone tower

Friday, 18 May – Wodonga – Budget breakfast;

Wodonga – Visit to Junction Support Services

Saturday, 19 May – Wodonga – Have a say on the 2018 Budget, Arnolds Fruit & Veg Market from 10am to 11.30am

Monday, 21 May – Canberra - Parliament returns


Answers to previous week: Flowerdale, Ned Kelly

Cryptic - what Indi town is this?

Cooked pig altitudes.

Test your INDI knowledge

What is the highest mountain in Victoria?

A             Mt Kosciuszko

B             Mt Everest

C             Mt Cook

D            Mt Bogong (1986 m)

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