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The Indi Weekly Scoop 16 June 2017

Posted June 16, 2017


New BBQ celebrated at Dederang Primary School


Image: Dederang PS

Cathy opened the Dederang PS BBQ today. The school community has worked hard to build a community BBQ space which is used for weekly lunchtime BBQs and for special events, such as Christmas Concert and end-of-term days. The BBQ was funded by a trivia night raising $3500, a $4000 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), and a $2000 donation from Aussie Farmers.


Cross-bench push for sensible power policy

Cathy has led a charge in Parliament by cross-benchers to push the government on sensible, community-focused energy policy.

Call for relief for manufacturers on energy costs

In a question to the Prime Minister, Cathy pressed for immediate measures to assist manufacturers facing escalating energy costs.


Childcare guidelines under scrutiny

New funding guidelines for mobile child care services were the focus of Cathy’s questions to the Government this week.

Celebrating local ties with Timor Leste


Image: Timor Leste

Indi has strong friendship ties with Timor Leste, and Cathy welcomed delegates from the Convergence on the Timor Sea to Parliament House on Tuesday. Seated l-r Liz Walpole (Whorouly) Michelle Harmer (Mansfield), Joy Ramsey (Wangaratta) and Lindy Yeates (Melbourne) . Standing: Cathy with Indi volunteers Loretta Atkin and Clare Grogan.


Saluting their service

Congratulations to the Wangaratta RSL who have received $2,528 funding under the Commonwealth Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorations Program to restore and frame an Italian flag captured during the Second World War Battle of El Alamein.

World Elder Abuse Day


Image: Maria Berry with Jenny Blakey, Manager Senior Rights Victoria

Thursday was World Elder Abuse Day, highlighting the abuse many elderly people suffer, often from close family members. Maria Berry from Wodonga attended the World Elder Abuse Awareness Forum at the Melbourne Town Hall.


Young people, have your stories heard on ABC

Trailblazers is an exciting new opportunity for young, regional change makers to have their stories on the ABC. 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs

The Productivity Commission is seeking feedback on its position paper on NDIS costs.

Share your ag business story and win $500 prize

The Goulburn Broken CMA is partnering with Deakin University on a project to better understand farm management practices in the Goulburn Broken Catchment and the capacity to adapt to changing climates. Complete the survey for a chance to win one of three $500 prizes 


  • Monday 19 June: Parliament resumes
  • Tuesday 20 June: Refugee Week function, Mural Hall
  • Wednesday 21 June:  Indi Mayors and CEOs meeting; Leadership Ballarat and Western Region delegation
  • Thursday 22 June: Independent Scholars association meeting
  • Saturday 24 June: Cathy part of a monitoring and observation delegation to the PNG Electoral Commission

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