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The Indi Weekly Scoop 13 October 2017

Posted October 13, 2017


Congratulations to Albury and Wodonga councils - their historic partnership agreement puts them in an ideal position to work with the federal government on investment and decentralisation.


Indi’s best-practice on show at Wodonga hearing for regional development
People presenting at Thursday’s hearing in Wodonga for regional development covered the spectrum - from grass roots democracy, local leadership, all tiers of government, health-care and business. They all have a role to play in developing thriving regions.

Higher education action gets nod from leading universities

Australia’s leading research intensive universities have supported Cathy’s call for a national regional education strategy.

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Action for higher ed and community energy on Parliament agenda
Parliament resumes on 16 October. Cathy’s action for Indi will include:

  • A Private Members Bill to support community energy. Yackandandah is a great example of what can be achieved
  • Work with the Senate on amendments to establish a national regional education strategy, and a meeting with Professor John Halsey who is leading the independent review into regional, rural and remote education.
  • A continued push for improvements to the NBN roll-out. 

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Congratulations from north to south of Indi!

  • Wodonga City Council has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Early Years awards for improving access and participation in early learning.
  • St Catherine’s Hostel Wangaratta is a finalist in the 2017 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards as an employer of excellence in aged care. Winners will be announced Friday 13 October.
  • Nearly all invasive honeysuckle has been controlled on the Yea River between Yea and the wetlands thanks to Upper Goulburn Landcare Network and the Green Army. Well done!


Victorian Landcare Grants now open in the Goulburn Broken

The Goulburn Broken Catchment has $190,000 available for Victorian Landcare Grants for projects up to a maximum of $20,000 from the community NRM groups of the Catchment. Applications close Sunday 22 October 2017. Guidelines and application here

What do rural women want? Have a say

The National Rural Women’s Coalition is conducting a survey to better understand the issues and challenges facing women throughout Australia. 


  • Monday 16 October: Parliament resumes; School leaders from FCJ College Benalla and Sacred Heart School Yarrawonga visit to Parliament House
  • Tuesday 17 October: Indi expats/ANU breakfast Parliament House; meeting with the Australian Rural Leadership Program; meeting with Professor John Halsey about the review into regional, rural and remote education
  • Wednesday 18 October: Fairley Leadership Group comes to Parliament
  • Thursday 19 October: Torres Strait Women's Leadership Program and Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program visit to Parliament House; “Trust, Populism and Politics” panel discussion
  • Friday 20 October: Cathy guest speaker for Independent Scholars Association of Australia; Rutherglen Primary School visit to Parliament House

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