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The Indi Weekly Scoop 18 May 2018

Posted May 18, 2018



Young people in Benalla spoke to Cathy and had their say on the Federal Budget at a breakfast this week (story below)


Have your say – it’s the Indi Way

More than 600 responses to the 2018-19 Federal Budget have been received through Cathy’s online survey. The survey is open until 25 May and aims to get strong representation from across the electorate. Cathy hosted Budget breakfasts for young people this week, hearing from students from Bright, Mansfield, Benalla, Mount Beauty, Tallangatta, Wangaratta and Wodonga.


Cathy heard from young people in Wangaratta on Wednesday about the Federal Budget


Cathy and the Goughs Bay community celebrated the 100th mobile phone tower for Victoria (story below)


100th mobile phone tower celebrated

Cathy and Telstra hosted a community celebration on Monday at Gough’s Bay as the 100th phone tower was erected in Victoria as part of the Mobile Black Spot Programme. Representatives from Mansfield Shire Council, Gough’s Bay Progress Association and Goughs Bay Boating and Recreation Club attended. Funding has been provided for 38 towers in Indi in rounds one and two of the programme.


Cathy signed a placard as part of the ACTU’s Change the Rules campaign calling for improving jobs security and pay rates for workers (story below)

Unions outline “Change the Rules” campaign

Representatives of several unions met with Cathy today to provide details of the “Change the Rules” campaign, aimed at improving job security and pay rates across a range of industries including factory work, defence, nurses, teachers and care workers. The meeting follows a union protest convened in Wodonga by the National Union of Workers on 10 May, and honours a commitment Cathy made to meet before Parliament returns on Monday.


Cathy joined members of the community in Benalla on Thursday to mark IDAHOBIT Day 2018, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia


Cathy was guest speaker at the Lead Support Learn graduation on Monday night in Wangaratta alongside Olympian Nova Peris (story below)

Lead Support Learn

Cathy was the guest speaker at the Sport North East Lead Support Learn celebration on Monday night. The pilot program encouraged women to be active in sporting groups and endeavours in our local region and gave them opportunities to develop leadership and other skills. The celebration was an opportunity to promote the Commonwealth’s Local Sporting Champions grants. The program provides $500 to young people who need to travel more than 125km to officiate or compete in state, national or international championships. The grants can be used for travel, accommodation, equipment or uniforms. For details go to http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/funding_grant_opportunities


Cathy with Jeff Lewis, Benalla RSL president and 97-year-old Colin Handcock (story below)

War service recognised

A special morning tea was held at Cooinda Retirement Village on Tuesday to present a posthumous service certificate under the Saluting Their Service program. The certificate was presented to retirement village resident Colin Handcock in recognition of his late wife Shirley Handcock, who worked at the Fishermen’s Bend Munitions Factory in Melbourne during WWII. If you know someone who deserves to have their service recognised, contact Ms McGowan’s office on (03) 5721 7077 or email cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au to determine eligibility.


Nominate an Indi achiever

Nominations to the Victorian State Government’s Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards for 2018 are not open. If you know someone who is excelling in agriculture, aged care service, diversity and inclusion, business achievement, leadership and innovation, environmental sustainability, senior achievement, regional achievement, customer service or within their community group, click here to nominate them.

Supporting local leadership

Mansfield’s Bendigo Bank branch is looking for a participant to support through the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. Contact the branch on (03) 5775 3273 or visit AVCLP for more details.

Mental health inquiry still open for submissions

Submissions can still be made to the Senate’s Mental Health Inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. The Inquiry is due to release a report on October 17, 2018. Details are here

Grants for emergency equipment

The Volunteer State Emergency Service Equipment Program grants are open with State funding of up to $150,000 for operational equipment and minor facility upgrades. Find out more here

Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Joint Standing Committee Considering Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR) has commenced hearings. The committee will present an interim report to Parliament by 30 July. Written submissions close on Monday, 11 June. Find out more here


Saturday, 19 May – Wodonga – Have a say on the 2018 Budget, Arnolds Fruit & Veg Market from 10am to 11.30am

Monday, 21 May – Canberra - Parliament returns

Tuesday, 22 May – Lunch with Victory Lutheran School students at Parliament House

Wednesday, 23 May – Osbornes Flat Primary School and Benalla P-12 school visits to Canberra

Wednesday, 23 May – Dinner with the Slovenian ambassador

Thursday, 24 May – AVCLP graduation at Gateway Hotel, Wangaratta

Friday, 25 May – Cathy’s online survey about the 2018-19 Federal Budget closes today.

Saturday, 26 May – National Sorry Day



Answers to previous week: Hotham Heights; D,   Mt Bogong (1986 m)

Cryptic - what Indi town is this?

Shiny and new.

What am I?         Challenge yourself. The fewer clues you use, the more points you get! So cover them up!

10 points              I am 650 km long

8 points                Approx 250 km of me is in Indi.

6 points                I have a Razor and Crosscut Saw

4 points                My users are on foot and enjoy spectacular scenery.

3 points                I end in Canberra (Tharwa)

2 points                I start in Walhalla

1 point                 I am the _________ Walking Trail.            

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