The Indi Weekly Scoop 12 October 2018
Posted October 12, 2018
Cathy handed a gift hamper to Wangaratta Station volunteer coordinator David Maroney ahead of the group’s 20 year celebration today.
More good news about the trains
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) yesterday released the scope of works for upgrades to the North East Rail Line. Works are to be completed by mid-2021, giving passengers access to reliable, safe and comfortable train travel. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack was in Albury yesterday to reconfirm the government’s commitment to $235 million in funding for the works.
Councillors to talk mental health with Minister
Wangaratta councillors and staff will meet with Health Minster Greg Hunt next Wednesday to discuss potential funding for mental health and suicide prevention. Council is aiming to create a five-year grit and resilience approach program to co-ordinate to rural city’s mental health services. Read more about council’s plan here.
Aged Care Royal Commission Terms of Reference and commissioners announced
Terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety have been released. An interim report is due on 31 October 2019, and a final report in April 2020. In the meantime, Complaints can continue to be made to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, call 1800 550 552 or visit www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au
Seniors Festival comes to Indi
Cathy has had a busy week across the electorate, speaking to a Seniors Festival session at Wangaratta Library, members of the Appin Park Probus Club and members of Myrtleford U3A at events that coincided with the Victorian Seniors Festival. The Aged Care Royal Commission was among the items for discussion. Check out more events here.
Learn more about ageing well
Cathy will join Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing as a panellist at Yackandandah Health’s Ageing Well forum on 9 November. The forum will explore the challenges and joys of ageing well. Tickets and more details here.
Make a submission to the Financial Services Royal Commission
Submissions can be made until 5pm on 26 October to the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry’s interim report. The commission is also accepting submissions until 12 noon on 25 October about policy issues relating to the insurance industry. Find out more here.
Have you got your copy of the latest newsletter?
Indi’s October Newsletter is available now and has been mailed out around electorate. Do you have your copy? Drop into the office or read it online.
Funding available for local projects
Applications to the $200 million round three of the Building Better Regions Fund are open until 15 November. Up to $45 million of this funding is earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects. Funding from the Federal Government is matched to the value of in-kind work from regional groups or organisations. Find out more here.
Have a say about higher education equity
A Student Equity 2030 Roundtable Discussions will be held at La Trobe University’s Wodonga campus on 15 October. Submissions can be made here until 12 October. The discussions will form the plan for better access to quality education across Australia.
Opportunity to speak at Parliament House
Ever wondered what your first speech as a parliamentarian would include? Enter the My First Speech competition by 19 October for your chance to deliver a speech live at Parliament House. Submissions are open to year 10 to 12 students.
Looking for funding for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs?
Applications for the Fostering Integration Grants program to support CALD organisations are open until 9 November. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation legally registered in Australia. Full details can be found here.
Health and Wellbeing Expo to gather ideas
Join the Murrindindi Firefoxes and have your say about local health services at the free Murrindindi Women’s Health and Wellbeing Expo from 10am to 3pm tomorrow. Women are encouraged to contribute to the Firefoxes’ ‘graphic harvest’ and workshops on a variety of topics. Details here.
Saturday 13 October: Opening of the new picnic shelter at Pioneer Park, Tawonga
Saturday 13 October: Mountains of Memory Exhibition Opening, Falls Creek
Monday 15 October: Parliament resumes
Monday 15 October: 2018 Agrifutures Rural Women's Award
Monday 15 October: FCJ College Benalla and Sacred Heart Yarrawonga visit parliament
Monday 15 October: Parliamentary Friends of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies afternoon tea
Wednesday 17 October: Wangaratta West Primary School visit to parliament
Friday 19 October: Regional Universities Conference