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The Indi Weekly Scoop 21 July 2017

Posted July 21, 2017




Image: Joining Cathy at this week’s Constitutional Convention at Wodonga Senior Secondary College were Christine Reid, executive director of National Curriculum Services; Darran Stonehouse, lecturer in social work, La Trobe University; Lachlan Pinder, teacher legal studies, English and humanities; Vern Hilditch, principal Wodonga Senior Secondary College; and Bec Stratling, La Trobe University lecturer in politics. (see story below).


Democracy alive and well at constitutional convention

How do you encourage young people to engage in their democracy? Wodonga Senior Secondary College this week hosted a Constitutional Convention, aimed at giving Years 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to learn more about how the Constitution and our laws work. Cathy encouraged the students to become more informed about their rights and the rights of others and come together as a group to have the power to effect change.

Indi arts are strong and innovative

Cathy’s wonderful watercolour portrait by Yackandandah artist Charles Sluga may not have made it into the finals for the Archibald Prize, but Indi arts continue to show innovation and talent across a variety of forms. Cathy said she was proud to be a patron of the arts in Indi and acknowledged Mr Sluga’s incredible skill and creativity in pioneering a method of painting in watercolour on plastic. Whether in the gallery or on stage, Indi artists offer plenty for their audiences to enjoy.


Philanthropy groups come together

This week’s philanthropy roundtable at Wangaratta was coordinated by the Into Our Hands Foundation, covering Alpine, Indigo and part of Wangaratta local government areas. It brought together local foundations and trusts from throughout Indi to share ideas and explore where a collective approach will have the greatest impact. The roundtable was a prelude to Cathy presenting at the “Philanthropy meets Parliament” summit at Parliament House in September. To become involved in philanthropy in your local area click here

Dirrawarra Indigenous Network meeting a productive gathering

This month’s Dirrawarra Indigenous Network Meeting was held at MIND in Wangaratta and Cathy went along as a guest.  Representatives from government, health and education sectors were also present and much was discussed from the full agenda. The aim of these meetings is to bring together vibrant, enthusiastic members of local indigenous communities to plan and share ideas for their community based projects.  If you’re interested in attending one of these meetings, contact Darren Moffitt at darren.moffitt@dpc.vic.gov.au

Property professionals focus on regional workforce

The Australian Property Institute’s Albury Wodonga branch hosted the announcement of a new regional valuation degree course that will be run by TAFE NSW in Albury. More than 160 delegates attended a conference in Wodonga, opened by Cathy. The seminar highlighted the API’s work in supporting its regional members to value add within their own communities. Cathy urged delegates and the institute to make a submission to the upcoming Regional Development Inquiry.


Cathy with Kelvin Noske, Aspect Property Consultants; Merv Hooper, Taylor Byrne Valuers and Tyrone Hodge, National President of the Australian Property Institute at Friday’s Regional Property Seminar in Wodonga.


Review into regional, rural and remote education now open

Do you have ideas about how education outcomes for students living in regional, rural or remote areas of Australia might be improved? Submissions to the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education are now open. The review also wants to hear about the experiences of those students, parents and education providers living and working in regional Australia. Leading the inquiry is Emeritus Professor John Halsey. Submissions can be made via the online submission form until 5pm AEST Tuesday 29 August 2017.


  • Monday 24 July: Giving a talk to the SRC at Beechworth Secondary College, Beechworth
  • Tuesday 18 July:  Cooinda Open Day Celebration, Benalla
  • Tuesday 18 July: Rural Australians for Refugees Meeting, Mansfield
  • Tuesday 18 July: Gadhaba Local Indigenous Network Meeting, Mansfield
  • Wednesday 19 July: Benalla Centre of Excellence Inaugural Meeting, Benalla
  • Thursday 20 July: Marysville Primary School visit, Marysville
  • Thursday 20 July: Alexandra Secondary School visit, Alexandra
  • Friday 21 July: Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Conference, Wodonga
  • Friday 21 July: Vitasoy site visit, Baranduda


Cathy's office provides congratulatory messages for all the special occasions, and also arranges congratulatory messages from either the Prime Minister, Governor-General or The Queen for anyone who is celebrating significant milestones such as a 90th birthday or a 50th wedding anniversary.  Click here for more information.

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