Local, Independant and Effective

The Indi Weekly Scoop 13 April 2017

Murrindindi is just one council working with Cathy to get results for their local government area. Story below.

Enjoy the Easter break!

From Cathy:  “Wishing everyone in beautiful North East Victoria a happy Easter, and an opportunity to reflect and refresh. For those staying at home, take the time to enjoy being in the local community. To all those travelling, please be safe on the roads. I’m looking forward to exciting work in the lead up to the Federal Budget and beyond. See you after the break!”

Show support for local history over Easter
Marie Elliot discusses the importance of local history with Cathy

Marie Elliot, Vice President of the Wodonga Historical Society and Wodonga Citizen of the Year 2016, is passionate about local history and the need for a museum in Wodonga to preserve it. She shared her vision for a museum with Cathy today. Others who have a common interest in preserving the historical story of Wodonga are welcome to attend an information session at the Wodonga Football Club Rooms at Martin Park, Friday 21 April at 2pm. Indi has a rich history, carefully preserved and displayed by many dedicated historical societies. Take the opportunity over Easter to visit your local museum and say “thanks” to the volunteers who care so well for our history.


NBN hearing a big win for Indi

The Joint Standing Committee for the National Broadband Network is holding two public hearings in Victoria – one in Melbourne, the other in Wodonga from 9.30am-4.30pm Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Cube, Hovell Street. Thank you to the 46 people who indicated they had made submissions to the committee’s inquiry into the NBN rollout. The hearings are public, although submissions have closed.



The value of Cathy’s close working relationship with local government was underlined this week in meetings with Wangaratta, Murrindindi and Mansfield (above) councils. Cathy meets regularly with councils to discuss ways to work together for increased funding, improvements to mobile coverage and broadband internet, and renewable energy solutions. Councillors have been invited to Canberra to seek meetings with relevant Ministers and departmental officials.

Green Army's Wodonga work inspected


The Green Army showed off their handiwork enhancing Castle Creek and House Creek waterways in Wodonga this morning. Cathy will lobby for further funding for more local projects that improve the environment while giving young people valuable training and skills. More about the Green Army here

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority launched

Cathy has welcomed the establishment of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority which came into operation on 3 April. Cathy was part of a push by independents in Parliament to strengthen controls around parliamentary expenses earlier this year.


Heywire youth innovation grants

Following the Heywire Youth Summit, the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) is offering $100,000 in grants for communities who are interested in issues including youth justice, substance abuse, careers in farming and multiculturalism. More information here.

Grants to prevent family violence in culturally diverse communities

Applications are open to deliver services under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. More information here


  • Tuesday 18 April: Lone Pine planting – 10.30am Memorial Park Rutherglen; 6pm Civic Reception Wangaratta – celebrating 20 years since the first elected Council 
  • Wednesday 19 April: Meetings in Melbourne to address public transport.
  • Thursday 20 April: 9.30am-4.30pm Public hearing by the Joint Stand Committee for the National Broadband Network, The Cube, Hovell Street, Wodonga - all welcome; Upper King Valley Community Forum, 7:30pm at the Auditorium@informationcentre, Mount Beauty.
  • Saturday 22 April: 10am Albury Wodonga Ethnic Council meeting 
  • 27-28 April: Visit from His Excellency the High Commissioner of Singapore Fook Seng
  • 2 May: Assistant Minister for Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews to visit Indi.

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