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The Indi Weekly Scoop 1 September 2017

Posted September 01, 2017




Image: Local Sporting Champions L-R Tiana Larkins (West Wodonga), Oscar Hide (Benalla), Emma Ronnfeldt (Rutherglen, left)Grace Ronnfeldt (Rutherglen front), and Imogen Herring (Huon), Story below

Cathy in the Café – come and say hi in Wodonga Saturday 2 September

Come and have a cuppa and a chat. Share your ideas and learn about the regional development inquiry. Please note the new venue: BBB, White Box Shopping Centre, Victoria Cross Parade, Wodonga, from 10-11am. No RSVP necessary, just come along!


Do you have an opinion about what would make life better in rural and regional Australia? This is a unique opportunity to share ideas and experiences directly with the government. Submissions close 15 September. Read the committee's issues paper, and submissions including Wodonga TAFE and Alpine Health’s.

Calling all young people: entries close 11 September to have a say

Young people, don’t miss this opportunity to influence the future of employment, education, transport and other issues affecting regional Australia. Entries to NESAY’s #YouthForIndi project close on 11 September. Five will be shortlisted for the government’s national inquiry into regional development and decentralisation.

Congratulations to Indi’s young Local Sporting Champions

Ten rising sports stars in Indi have received a $500 boost to their sporting dreams with a Commonwealth funded Local Sporting Champions Grant. Cathy is encouraging all young sports people who are competing in a state, national or international championship to check their eligibility.

$20 million for jobs and economic development a unique opportunity for Indi

Cathy is encouraging entrepreneurs, business and communities to apply for funding in North East Victoria’s $20 million share of the governments’ Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Package. The package will focus on agricultural innovation, tourism products, manufacturing and workforce development, and aged care.


$50million wine package

Indi’s entrepreneurial vignerons are well placed to make the most of government’s Export and Regional Wine Support Package. Find out how this package could boost tourism and economic development.

Local action gets results for MDBA early warning system

Congratulations to the Murray River Action Group and other community members who worked with Cathy, the Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, the MDBA and NSW Water to deliver improvements to the early warning system for water releases from Hume Dam. There is still some way to go to get changes to the Hume Dam airspace management rules. Cathy and Ms Ley have written to members of the Basin Officials Committee to seek further action.
Register for the early warning system (it's an opt in system)


Local grants open

Albury Wodonga Connected Communities first grants round. Download applications and submit by 30 September to grants@awconnectedcommunities.com.au.

Rural City of Wangaratta Community Grants Program Minor Category. Grants up to $5,000, applications close Friday 22 September 2017. Download application forms, guidelines and details of information sessions.


  • Saturday 2 September: Cathy in the Cafés 10-11am, BBB, White Box Rise Shopping Centre, Victoria Cross Parade Wodonga
  • Monday 4 September: Parliament resumes. Stay up to date with what’s happening by signing up for weekly news updates or following Cathy on social media: Facebook and Twitter 
  • Tuesday 5 September: Wodonga office closed for training – please call Wangaratta office on 03 5721 7077.
  • 5-11 September: National Landcare Week 

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