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The Indi Weekly Scoop 19 October 2018

Posted October 19, 2018


photo: (back row) Julie , Rob Richardson, Cathy, Norm Madden, (front row) Danny O’Donoghue, Ashlee Fitzpatrick, Lucie Wallis and Alana Johnson.

Indi Community comes to Canberra

Seven wonderful volunteers joined Cathy’s Canberra office this week. From attending events to sitting in on question time, the group said they left Parliament House with a greater understanding of how the government works and an appreciation for the role of independent MPs.

photo: Wangaratta councillors Dave Fuller, Ashlee Fitzpatrick, council’s Director of Community Wellbeing Jaime Chubb, Albury Wodonga Health’s Renee Murtagh, North East Health Wangaratta’s David Kidd met with Health Minister Greg Hunt and Cathy McGowan this week to discuss mental health services and suicide prevention in Wangaratta.

Minister hears about Wangaratta mental health prevention project

Representatives from Wangaratta council, North East Health Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga Health met with Health Minster Greg Hunt on Wednesday to discuss potential funding for mental health and suicide prevention. Council is aiming to create a five-year grit and resilience approach program to co-ordinate mental health services in Wangaratta and surrounds. Read more about the plan here.



Telling parliament about Indi

Cathy spoke in the House this week about the NDIS rollout still needing work, the efforts of NELLEN and education around the electorate, and Indi’s Aged Care Services. She also asked the Prime Minister what it would take to get kids and their families off Nauru. Watch Cathy’s speeches here.

School groups visit Parliament House


FCJ College Benalla, Sacred Heart College Yarrawonga and Wangaratta West Primary School students visited Cathy in Canberra this week. As well as learning more about Parliament, they spoke about their leadership programs and highlights of the school. Click on the school names to learn more.

Murrindindi talks local matters at Parliament

Murrindindi Shire Mayor Charlie Bisset and CEO Craig Lloyd had a series of productive meetings with government and opposition ministers and advisers about rebuilding Kinglake, the 10th anniversary of Black Saturday and funding for rural sports. Cathy provided support and her volunteers helped the visitors navigate Parliament House.

Monash Bill to be introduced next week

Cathy will be introducing a private members bill on Monday to posthumously promote General John Monash from the rank of General to Field Marshal. Read more here.

Legislation that passed the House this week

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018

Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Customs Amendment (Collecting Tobacco Duties at the Border) Bill 2018

Customs Amendment (Product Specific Rule Modernisation) Bill 2018

Excise Tariff Amendment (Collecting Tobacco Duties at Manufacture) Bill 2018

Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 5) Bill 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 2) Bill 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Gift Cards) Bill 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Lower Taxes for Small and Medium Businesses) Bill 2018

Veterans Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2018



Head along to an information session next week with the Australian Rail Track Corporation to find out more about the Inland Rail Programme and North East Rail Line. Sessions will be held at:

  • Benalla Station – Thursday 25 October, 1.30pm-3.30pm and Friday 26 October, 7.30am-10.00am at Benalla Railway Station
  • Wangaratta Station – Thursday 25 October, 12.30pm-4.00pm at Wangaratta Railway Station
  • Junction Square – Friday 26 October, 9.00am-11.00am at Junction Square, 34 Elgin Boulevard, Wodonga
  • Wodonga Station – Friday 26 October, 12.00pm-2.00pm at Wodonga Railway Station
  • Euroa Show – Saturday 27 October, 8.00am-5.00pm at the Euroa Showgrounds, Euroa

Questacon coming to Indi

Explore some of Questacon’s interactive science displays when the organisation hosts Pop Up events in Wangaratta and Wodonga next month.

New website for Aged Care Royal Commission

Subscribe to the new Aged Care Royal Commission website to stay up to date with the work of the Royal Commission, how submissions can be made, and when and where hearings will be held.

Learn more about ageing well

Cathy will join Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing as a panellist at Yackandandah Health’s Ageing Well forum on 9 November. The forum will explore the challenges and joys of ageing well. Tickets and more details here.

Make a submission to the Financial Services Royal Commission

Submissions can be made until 5pm on 26 October to the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry’s interim report. The commission is also accepting submissions until 12 noon on 25 October about policy issues relating to the insurance industry. Find out more here.

Funding available for local projects

Applications to the $200 million round three of the Building Better Regions Fund are open until 15 November. Up to $45 million of this funding is earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects. Funding from the Federal Government is matched to the value of in-kind work from regional groups or organisations. Find out more here.

Looking for funding for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs?

Applications for the Fostering Integration Grants program to support CALD organisations are open until 9 November. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation legally registered in Australia. Full details can be found here.


Coming up:

Monday 22 October: Parliament resumes

Monday 22 October: National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, 11am, to be broadcast nationally

Wednesday 24 October: Eildon Primary School to visit Parliament House

Wednesday 24 October: Cathedral College Wangaratta to visit Parliament House

Wednesday 24 October: Dinner with the Singapore High Commissioner

Saturday 27 October: Beechworth Bakery Yackandandah 1st Birthday Celebration from 11am


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