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)
INDI IN THE NEWS
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
INDI IN CANBERRA
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.
THE WEEK IN PARLIAMENT
Legislation passed in the House of Representatives and off to the Senate 14–17 August:
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