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The Indi Weekly Scoop 18 August 2017

Posted August 18, 2017



Image: Chair of the Board of Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation Sally Gamble and deputy chair Liz Chapman met with Cathy at Parliament House this week. (see story below)


North East rail a focus for Government

An assessment of priorities and timelines for the upgrade to the North East rail line is expected to be completed by the end of August. Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said North East rail passengers could expect to start seeing improvements to the line later this year. He was responding to a question from Cathy in Parliament this week.

Cathy’s question and Mr Chester’s response are here


Calling all young people

North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) has launched #YouthForIndi. Young people, here’s your chance to  creatively express your opinions and ideas about living in the North East. For details go to the website here


Benalla stars at Parliament House this week

The value of philanthropic organisations was highlighted by Cathy in Parliament, at the same time the chair and deputy chair of Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation made a visit to Canberra seeking Government recognition of their program. Later in the week, Chris Thorne and Jenny Ashby from the Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, based in Benalla, were at Parliament House to meet with the Minister for Aboriginal Health, Ken Wyatt ahead of his visit to Indi in September.

Cathy’s speech about local philanthropy is here

Time to support community energy

Cathy acknowledged the work of Indi councils and community organisations, while triggering real debate on the issue in Parliament this week by speaking to a motion on community energy. The speech is here

A call from the heart on Manus Island

The planned closure of the regional processing centre on Manus Island is distressing asylum seekers and the wider Australian public. Cathy encouraged Parliament to hear her constituents’ call of the heart. The speech is here

WET rebate amendments support Indi wine industry

Indi continues to play an important role in shaping legislation. Wine industry leaders have worked with the Government to ensure the sector grow its cellar door and tourism opportunities. The speech is here

A positive step on citizenship crisis

This week Cathy proposed adding a requirement for members to include their citizenship details on the Register of Members’ Interests. This would increase transparency and compel all members to reveal their citizenship details.

INDI INVOLVED – It’s Science Week 

  • Seeking young people with ideas

Grant applications are now open for the Science and Innovation Awards for young people in agriculture, fisheries and forestry.  If you have a research project that will benefit Australia’s primary industries, you can apply for funding.  Applications close 5pm Friday, 13 October 2017.  Click here for details. 

  • 2017 ICM Agrifood Award Nominations open

The ICM Agrifood Award is an early career award for two outstanding agriculture or food scientists or technologists.  To check the guidelines and nomination form click here.   Nominations close here on 4 September 2017.  

  • Technology focus for 2018 Clunies Ross Awards

Nominations are now open and close Friday, 27 October 2017.  The Clunies Ross Awards recognise contributions by dedicated individuals to the application of technology for the benefit of Australia.  Submit your nomination via the online nomination portal here

  • Batterham Medal for Engineers

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer recognition for their work.  The award carries a cash prize of $5000.  For criteria and guidelines, click here

‘Scam Savvy’ workshop

Consumer Affairs is holding a workshop at Wangaratta Library on Monday, 21 August at 11am for those wanting to learn tips and tricks to avoid getting caught up out by a scammer.  For more information call the library on 5721 2366.


Legislation passed in the House of Representatives and off to the Senate 14–17 August:

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) 2017

Education and Training Legislation Repeal 2017

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment 2017

Migration Amendment (Validation of Decisions) 2017

Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting 2017

Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) 2017

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment (No. 1) 2017

Regional Investment Corporation 2017

Statute Update (Winter 2017) 2017

Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) 2017


See how Cathy votes here



  • Marriage equality postal survey – enrol now

There is less than a week before enrolments close for the Australian Marriage Law postal survey. The survey is scheduled to begin on 12 September. Click here to enrol. 

  • Independent inquiry into regional, rural and remote education

If you are a student, a parent, an education provider or a community member, and you have an idea to improve education delivery and outcomes in regional Australia, you have until 29 August to make a submission here 

  • Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation

Community leaders and individuals should be working on their submissions to the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation, offering strategies to attract business to the regions. Submissions close on 15 September and you can find details here


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