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The Indi Weekly Scoop 12 January 2018

Posted January 12, 2018



Wahgunyah and District Men’s Shed executive members, David Clark (Treasurer), Les Carlson (President) and Tony McMahon (grants coordinator) joined Cathy to welcome the announcement of a Veteran and Community Grant for $19,229. (See story below)


Victorian mobile phone tower commitment will address regional black spots

The Victorian Government will invest $11 million in building new mobile phone towers across regional Victoria. The Government will partner with the telecommunications industry to build the towers. The Indi Telecommunications Group (ITAG) will share its work with the Victorian Government and Regional Development Victoria to prioritise the remaining black spot sites in Indi. Cathy is also urging the Federal Government to fund round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme. Full story is here.

$54,640.58 for Indi in Veteran and Community Grants Programme

Projects in Wodonga, Wahgunyah and Corryong have been funded under Round 2 of the Veteran and Community Grants Programme. The Corryong RSL Sub-branch will receive $33,726.05 to refurbish the clubrooms’ roof. The Wahgunyah and District Men’s Shed will receive $19,229.53 to purchase equipment for members. The Wodonga Services Club will receive $1,685 to purchase a defibrillator. Funding is made on an ongoing basis and information about the programme can be found here


Cathy met with members of North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY); Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre, and Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service to discuss its Invisible Hurdles programme.

Partnership supports young people to address legal problems

Invisible Hurdles is a partnership between NESAY, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Wodonga Flexible Learning Centre and Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service. It helps young people access legal advice and solve legal problems. The program was established in 2016 and is funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner. Contact the Hume Riverina Community Legal Service on 1800 918 377 for more information or go to this site


Members of the Border Rail Action Group (BRAG) met with Cathy to discuss the progress of plans to upgrade the North East rail line.

North East rail service cancellations test community patience

The cancellation of multiple V/Line train services on the North East line during the holiday break has led Cathy to call upon State and Federal Governments to immediately address the situation. Cathy has written to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Barnaby Joyce, inviting him to Indi to receive an urgent briefing on the status of the $100 million upgrade to the North East line. There were no cancellations to XPT services over the same period, even though the XPT runs on the same tracks as V/Line services. Full story is here


ATTENTION residents of Leneva/Wooragee, Eldorado, Tolmie, Archerton and Ancona!

It’s an exciting time in Indi during the next two weeks when new mobile phone towers are launched at Leneva, Eldorado, Tolmie, Archerton and Ancona. Everyone is invited to the celebrations that mark the delivery of five of the 38 mobile phone towers funded for blackspots in Indi under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The details are:

  • Beechworth-Wodonga Rd – 19 January 2018 at 6.30pm at the Leneva CFA Station
  • Eldorado – 20 January 2018 at 11am at Gunhouse Park, Eldorado
  • Tolmie and Archerton – 23 January 2018 at 10am at Tolmie Hall
  • Ancona – 23 January 2018 at 12.30pm at Ancona Hall

Further information can be found at www.cathymcgowan.com.au


Scholarships open for students in agriculture

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of AgriFutures Australia, provides a $5,000 bursary and professional development opportunities for eligible university students. Applications close 5pm on Friday, 23 February 2018. The online application form and terms and conditions can be found here

New projects explores Chinese on Victorian goldfields

In the 1850s tens of thousands of Chinese people flocked to Victoria, joining those from around the world who were chasing the lure of gold. At the peak migration point of the late 1850s the Chinese made up one in five of the male population in gold mining towns including Beechworth, Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Ararat. A new project called Many Roads tells the stories of the Chinese on the Victorian goldfields and showcases their influence. The link to the project is here

Supporting Wangaratta youth on their working journey

The Transition to Work program is a specialised youth employment program available in Wangaratta for young people aged 15-21 years, who have left school and are looking for work or to further their training. The Personnel Group delivers the program and is appealing to parents and carers of young people to be aware of specialised support in Wangaratta that is about building skills and confidence to take the next step to securing employment or further study. For information go to www.transitiontowork.net.au

New round of Local Drug Action Team Program opens this week

Applications for Round 3 of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program open on Thursday 18 January and close on 19 February 2018. The program supports communities to work together to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug (AOD) harm. Successful applicants receive $10,000 and are supported to develop a LDAT Community Action Plan. To learn more about joining the program go here


  • Leneva: Mobile phone tower launch, 19 January 2018 at 6.30pm at the Leneva CFA Station, Beechworth-Wodonga Rd, Leneva
  • Eldorado: Mobile phone tower launch, 20 January 2018 at 10am at Gunhouse Park, Cnr Main and MacKay Sts, Eldorado
  • Beechworth: Opera in the Alps, Beechworth Golf Course
  • Tolmie: Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone tower launch, 23 January 2018 at 10am at Tolmie Hall, Tolmie-Mahaikah Rd, Tolmie
  • Ancona: Mobile phone tower launch, 23 January 2018 at 12.30pm at Ancona Hall, Ancona Rd, Ancona
  • Mitta Mitta: Australia Day celebrations, 26 January 2018 at Barrier Pool, Mitta Mitta

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