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The Indi Weekly Scoop 1 December 2017

Posted December 01, 2017



Yackandandah was the site of much pride and community engagement at the opening of Australia's first commercial mini grid on Friday 1 December. Read more about the project here. The launch was part of Yackandandah's Festival of Dangerous Ideas, a day of events with more than 130 participants and guest speakers Dr John Hewson (past Leader of the Federal Liberal Party), Dr Kate Auty (past Victorian Government Environment Commissioner, and current Commissioner in the ACT, Dan Cass (The Australia Institute Energy Expert) and CathyTruly an 'empowered' community - well done Yack!

“It’s an exciting time to be an independent representative! Marriage equality and parliamentarians’ citizenship will be dealt with when Parliament resumes on Monday 4 December. I am looking forward to marriage equality being resolved quickly, and decisive action to address the citizenship issue. My commitment as an independent, effective representative is to put Indi first in all my decisions and consider each issue on its merits.

“Take care during the coming storms across North East Victoria over the next few days. Visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond for more information and advice about how to prepare and respond.”

- Cathy


Inquiry a chance to have a say on handling of parliamentarians’ dual citizenship

Make a submission to the inquiry examining how to ensure elected representatives are eligible to serve. The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters inquiry will examine how laws could be improved to minimise the risk of candidates being found ineligible under Section 44 of the Australian Constitution. Information on the inquiry and how to make a submission is here

Armistice Centenary Grants deadline for expressions of interest 8 December

Don’t miss the opportunity to bid for a share of $50,000 grants through local RSLs for projects to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice Day. The deadline for expressions of interest is 8 December. 


Tawonga’s community gatherings improved with new shelter for Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park, Tawonga’s only open space reserve, will have a new picnic shelter thanks to community action and a Commonwealth Stronger Communities Programme grant of $18,125.

Boweya secures funding for a community centre upgrade

Congratulations to the residents of Boweya who have received a Commonwealth Stronger Communities Programme grant of $18,125 to upgrade the Boweya Community Centre for events and activities. 

Beechworth acts on asylum seekers

Congratulations to approximately 70 people who gathered at Beechworth Rotary Hall with Rural Australians for Refugees to hear about the benefits migrants bring to rural communities. Read about Nhill’s experience here in a submission to the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation. 


Have a say on paper billing fees

Treasury has launched a national consultation into paper billing fees. Submissions close on Friday 22 December 2017. Cathy seconded a Bill from independent Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie calling for a ban on paper billing fees in June.

Multinational tax avoidance in joint committee’s sights

The federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has backed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s approach to tackling multinational tax avoidance. The OECD’s Multilateral Tax Treaty targets common loopholes used by multinationals. Read the committee’s report here


  • Canberra: Parliament resumes Monday 4 December 
  • Canberra: Country to Canberra’s Powerful Women’s Breakfast Tuesday 5 December 
  • Barnawartha: Northern Victoria Livestock Exchange Thursday 14 December
  • Wodonga: CSU Graduation Ceremony Friday 15 December

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