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The Indi Weekly Scoop 25 January 2018

Posted January 25, 2018



Picture: Mansfield councillor Harry Westendorp, Barb Taylor, Reg Brond, Cr Marg Attley, Cathy McGowan, Kirsten Lingard, Mansfield Shire CEO Alex Green and Mayor Cr Paul Volkering welcomed news the Tolmie Recreation Reserve will receive $9000 to provide for maintenance. Full story below.


Celebrating Australia Day 2018

Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate what is great about living in Australia, and particularly in Indi. There is a strong tradition of volunteering and being involved throughout Indi. That is reflected in those who will receive Australia Day awards in recognition of their generous efforts. The Australian Honours Program is another way to acknowledge those who work year round to make our country a wonderful place to live. Learn more about the Honours Program and nominate a potential recipient here. Details about Honour A Woman, a program to increase gender equality in the Australian Honours Program are available here

Maintenance at Tolmie Recreation Reserve receives a $9000 boost

Much-needed maintenance will ensure the Tolmie Recreation Reserve remains a hub for the local community for years to come. The maintenance project, worth $22,000, will be delivered through hard work by the community and the Mansfield Shire Council. The project will receive $9000 from round three of the Commonwealth Stronger Communities Program. Most famously, the Reserve is the location of the annual Tolmie Sports Day, which will be held on Saturday, 10 February for the 132nd year.


Get on board with the NBN roadshow

The NBN roadshow will be Wodonga, Yackandandah, Rutherglen, Beechworth and Chiltern from next Thursday, 1 February. Staff will speak with residents about the rollout of the network and provide information about what they should consider ahead of signing up to a plan with their phone or internet provider. The roadshow includes a Sky Muster truck carrying a portable satellite antenna. The timetable so far is:

  • 1 February – Wodonga – 10am to 4pm – Junction Square (cnr Elgin Blvd and High St)
  • 2 February – Yackandandah – 10am to 12pm – High St (near Gum Tree Pies)
  • 2 February – Rutherglen – 2pm to 4pm – Main St (near Australia Post)
  • 3 February – Beechworth Farmers Market – 8am to 12pm – Christ Church, Ford St
  • 4 February – Chiltern Farmers Market – 10am to 2pm – Lakeview House, Chiltern

The roadshow will also visit Wangaratta, Kinglake, Marysville, Eildon, Benalla and Mansfield. Details can be found here


Celebrating the launch of the Tolmie and Archerton mobile phone towers at Tolmie.

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Mobile phone tower celebrations have been held this past week at Leneva (above left) and Eldorado (above right).

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Celebrating the new Ancona mobile tower were: Mansfield councillor Harry Westendorp, Cathy McGowan, John Rogers, Cr Paul Sladdin, Loretta Willaton (Area General Manager Telstra Country Wide, Dawn Kipping (Ancona Hall Committee President), Vicki Higgins (Ancona Hall Committee).

Mobile coverage up and running at Leneva/Wooragee, Eldorado, Tolmie, Archerton and Ancona

Four community celebrations this week marked the delivery of five mobile phone towers funded under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme. The new towers were launched at Leneva, Eldorado, Tolmie, Archerton and Ancona.

Stay tuned for more news about new mobile phone towers and link here to an interactive map that allows you to check construction progress and anticipated live dates of the remaining mobile towers in Indi.

Mt Beauty, Bright, Beechworth, Mansfield and Yea on mobile service centre route

Residents of Mt Beauty, Bright, Beechworth, Mansfield and Yea will be visited by the Australian Government’s Mobile Service Centre next week. Staff from the Department of Human Services travel with the centres and can help people with Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support and Australian Hearing payments and services. The centre has disabled access and Wi-Fi is available for those wanting to create or access their myGov account.

The details are:

Mt Beauty – Neighbourhood Centre car park, Tennis Court Avenue, 30 January – 10am to 4pm

Bright – Senior Citizens Centre car park, Cobden Street, 31 January – 9.30am to 4pm

Beechworth – in front of the Library, Ford Street, 1 February – 9.30am to 4pm

Mansfield – near the Courthouse, Highett Street, 2 February – 9.30am to 3.30pm

Yea – near the Swimming Pool, High St, 6 February – 9.30am to 4pm

More information about the Mobile Service Centre is available here


Have a say about our forests

There is only a short time left to have a say about the management of Victoria’s forests. Public submissions are open until Monday, 29 January at 5pm for the third five-yearly review of the five Victorian Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). To make a submission go to the website here

Conference sponsorship for women in agriculture

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is providing sponsorship for women working in agriculture to attend the Thriving Women 2018 conference in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia on February 19 and 20, or the Women on Farms Gathering 2018 in Rosebud, Victoria between March 16 and 18. More information and the EOI form are available here. Applications close on Thursday, 1 February.

More about the Financial Services Royal Commission

Public submissions have now opened for the Financial Services Royal Commission, announced last year by the Federal Government. An initial public hearing will be held in Melbourne at 10am on Monday, 12 February. There is an online form for submissions, as well as details of the Terms of Reference on the Royal Commission website here.

Consultation on protecting superannuation entitlements

The Government has released draft legislation to protect workers’ superannuation entitlements and modernise the enforcement of the superannuation guarantee. The draft laws will extend Single Touch Payroll to all employers from 1 July 2019. From 1 July 2018, superannuation funds will begin “event-based’ reporting to the ATO of payments they receive for employees from their employer. The draft legislation and supporting materials are available on the Treasury website here and submissions from stakeholders are invited by 16 February 2018.

Share your “out of pocket” pain

Health service consumers are being asked to share their story about high “out of pocket” medical bills as part of an investigation by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. The Forum reports  patients undergoing medical treatment often receive large bills that are not covered by either Medicare and/or private health insurance, if they are insured. The survey results will assist the Forum to illustrate the extent of the problem and outline solutions to the Federal Government. Complete the survey here


  • Mitta Mitta: Australia Day event, 26 January at 9am at the Barrier Pool, Mitta Mitta
  • Chiltern: Chiltern Early Years Children’s Hub opening, 29 January at 11.30am at 55-57 Main St, Chiltern
  • Wodonga: Meeting - Wodonga Aboriginal Network Possum Skin Project, 30 January
  • Melbourne: AusNet Services Board meeting, 31 January
  • Wangaratta: Indi Telecommunications Action Group meeting, 1 February
  • Wangaratta: Indi Energy Working Group meeting, 1 February

Parliament resumes in Canberra on Monday, 5 February

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