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The Indi Weekly Scoop 25 May 2018

Posted May 25, 2018



above: Cathy spoke to CEO Corienne Krich when she visited Junction Services last week ahead of applauding their service in a speech to parliament on Monday. (see story below)


Junction Services doing wonderful work

Homelessness is on the rise in Indi and Cathy this week spoke about the important work of Junction Support Services with those disadvantaged by poverty, family breakdown, social isolation, mental ill-health and drug and alcohol addiction.

Tax cuts make deep impression

While Cathy supports tax cuts for low and middle income earners, this week she voted in Parliament against tax cuts for high income earners. See more here.

Greater NDIS access for those who need it

Cathy asked a question in parliament on Tuesday of Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan imploring the government to allow those with autism to qualify for the NDIS. In response, Mr Tehan confirmed there would be no change but said there were ongoing talks about providing wider access to the scheme in the future.

Budget in Reply speech

Parliament will resume on Tuesday and Cathy is due to make her Budget in Reply speech. Almost 1000 responses have been received through Cathy’s online Budget survey, which closes today, 25 May. Responses will be collated and will inform Cathy’s representation of Indi as well as the speech.

Live exports

Cathy will work with the Government to ensure proposed changes to the live export trade consider animal health as the primary focus. The Private Member’s Bill introduced by Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley this week seeks a phasing out of the trade over five years. Ms McGowan has commended Ms Ley and the member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson for their work in standing up for agriculture as regional Liberal members. The release is here

Coordinated regional plans deliver success

Cathy has described how governments and communities are working together in Indi to develop significant infrastructure projects that will create jobs, encourage new business and build economic and social viability. The speech is here

School visits to parliament


above: Students from Osbornes Flat Primary School enjoyed their visit to Parliament House


above: Cathy also met with Victory Lutheran College’s leadership team while at parliament this week


above: A large group of Benalla P-12 College students were among those to visit Canberra

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week


Cathy in the Café

Cathy spent last Saturday morning at Arnold’s Fruit Market speaking to constituents about the Budget among other topics. The responses will help to shape her Budget reply speech in parliament next week as well as inform her representation of Indi going forward.

AVCLP graduation

Cathy McGowan staffer Kerryn Lee was among the graduates who completed the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Annual Program. The program aims to inspire leadership and helps to provide pathways for leadership roles across the North East Border region. Mansfield’s Bendigo Bank branch is looking for a participant to support through the next round of the program. Contact the branch on (03) 5775 3273 or visit AVCLP for more details.

TRY takes out state award

Totally Renewable Yackandandah was last week recognised with a Rural Council’s Victoria award for its efforts in renewable energy. The volunteer-run group formed in 2014 and group, formed in 2014 and aims to entirely power Yackandandah with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2022.

Yooralla turns 100

Used by more than 150 people across Ovens Murray, Yooralla celebrated its 100 birthday this week. The organisation has community hubs in Benalla, Wang and Mansfield, supported independent living flats in Benalla and Wodonga, therapeutic services, recreation, assisted daily living, support coordination (e.g. to NDIS), respite, employment.

Funding for local projects

10 projects in Benalla have been supported though the Tomorrow Today’s $27,000 grants funding. The funding will benefit students and various community groups. See a full list of recipients here.

A new secondary school building at Mansfield’s Steiner School was opened by Cindy McLeish and Senator Jane Hume last week. The building will be utilised by the school’s 28 students currently enrolled in years 7, 8 and 9.

Citizen of the Year to be honoured

Wangaratta’s Fran Doig will have her hand carved into the Marmungun Rock this Sunday as part of her Rural City of Wangaratta Australia Day Citizen of the Year honour. She is the second person to have their hand carved into the stone after it was unveiled before Australia Day 2017.


above: Cathy will launch Dr Amanda Walsh’s book next week


Globalisation book focuses on regional Australia

Cathy will launch Dr Amanda Walsh’s book Globalisation, the State and Regional Australia, at the Australian Catholic University on Thursday. The book delves into what globalisation means in our regions and takes examples from lived experience in regional Australia. More about the book on the publisher's website and the author's website.

Nominate an Indi achiever

Nominations to the Victorian State Government’s Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards for 2018 are now open. If you know someone who is excelling in agriculture, aged care service, diversity and inclusion, business achievement, leadership and innovation, environmental sustainability, senior achievement, regional achievement, customer service or within their community group, click here to nominate them.

Grants for emergency equipment

The Volunteer State Emergency Service Equipment Program grants are open with State funding of up to $150,000 for operational equipment and minor facility upgrades. Find out more here


Saturday, 26 May – National Sorry Day

Tuesday, 29 May – Parliament resumes

Wednesday, 30 May - Clean Energy Council Reception, Canberra

Thursday, 31 May – Book Launch at ACU, Canberra

Friday, 1 June – “That Girl” video launch, Gateway Health, Wodonga

Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3 – Voices for Indi Getting Elected Forum, Wodonga



Answers to previous week: Cryptic town, Bright. What am I? Australian Alps walking trail.  

Cryptic  - what Indi town is this?

Where an ugly duckling swims

Test your INDI knowledge

Which valley is a colour of the rainbow?

A             Greenvale

B             Orange county

C             Blue hills

D            Indigo

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