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The Indi Weekly Scoop 19 May 2017

Posted May 19, 2017


 Young people in Indi - Wodonga

A broad cross section of young people from Wodonga joined Cathy to have a say


Have a say – make Indi’s voice count in budget feedback

Cathy wants to hear what the people of Indi think about the Federal Budget. This week around 75 impressive young people got up early to attend breakfasts in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla to share their priorities. Hundreds more have responded online. The time to have your say is now. Fill out the short survey before 26 May. Responses will be used to inform Cathy’s "speech in reply" to the budget, and a formal report will be presented to the Prime Minister.

A snapshot of what young people in Indi care about:

  • Education – higher education fees, relocation costs for regional students, lack of options close to home
  • Employment – lack of jobs, reduced shifts, access to transport for work
  • Housing – homelessness and housing affordability
  • Welfare – access, stigma and personal responsibility and independence
  • Renewable energy – keeping incentives for solar panels


Young people in Wangaratta shared their concerns about education and employment with Cathy


Multicultural Myrtleford to celebrate rich Italian heritage with Italian Ambassador

Cathy is delighted that Italy’s Ambassador to Australia His Excellency Pier Francesco Zazo and Mrs Svetlana Zazo have accepted her invitation to celebrate Myrtleford’s long and rich Italian heritage during the La Fiera Festival on 19 and 20 May. Tonight Cathy will attend a Civic Reception with His Excellency and Mrs Zazo, and Alpine Shire Mayor Cr Ron Janas and Mrs Glenda Janas at Michellini Wineryon Friday 19 May, and the La Fiera Mass and Procession on Saturday 20 May.

Alpine Shire briefed on good news for local government in Federal Budget


L-R Cr John Forsyth, Director Corporate Nathalie Cooke, Acting CEO Charlie Bird, Cr Kitty Knappstein, Cr Sarah Nicholas, Cathy, and Cr Ron Janas, Mayor

The Alpine Shire Council welcomed Cathy this week for a briefing on the Federal Budget, particularly around the unfreezing of indexation for Financial Assistance Grants, Roads to Recovery Funding, Building Better Regions Fund and the Stronger Communities Program.  Cathy congratulated the council for hosting the Singaporean High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng in early May. The visit was part of a regular series of visits Cathy makes to councils around North East Victoria to keep in touch with the issues affecting local government and their communities.


  • Saturday 20 May: La Fiera Mass and Procession, Myrtleford, 9am; Official Reception after Freedom of the City Parades, Bandiana
  • Monday 22 May: Parliament resumes. Cathy tabling a Private Members Bill on teleworking for the Australian Public Service.
  • Tuesday 23 May: Bringing them Home Commemoration, 7am Mural Hall, Parliament House
  • Wednesday 24 May: Welcoming Benalla P-12 College 2017 Captains and Vice Captains to Parliament House;  Cooperative Research Centre Excellence in Innovation Awards 6.30pm
  • Thursday 25 May: Breakfast for Public Education Day 7.30am Parliament House
  • Friday 26 May: Bright P-12 Sorry Day Assembly, 11am;  Federal Budget Survey closes 

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