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The Indi Weekly Scoop 26 May 2017

Posted May 26, 2017



Image: The leadership of Benalla P-12 school captains was acknowledged in Parliament on Wednesday. L-R Emily Neilson, Richard Hubbard, Freyr Hubbard, Zach Cook, Maisy Lister, Cathy McGowan, Edith Peters (volunteer) Story below.


Teleworking can unlock potential for regions to influence government

Cathy has introduced a bill supporting teleworking which would allow regional workers to participate in the Australian Public Service regardless of geography.

National Reconciliation Week


Image: Cathy attended the Bright P-12 Sorry Day assembly on Friday 26 May.

Cathy has praised the work of Indi’s aboriginal communities ahead of National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May – 3 June.


Indi’s young leaders praised in Parliament as Benalla P-12 school captains welcomed to Canberra

School captains from Benalla P-12 College were present in the chamber when Cathy told Parliament of their commitment to leadership. “Young people are often described as leaders of tomorrow, but I say that the young people of my community are not waiting for tomorrow - they are leading their community today,” Cathy said.

Government called to grasp profound opportunity for regional Australia
The national spotlight is firmly on Australia’s regions and Cathy has urged the government to follow Indi’s example of consultation and connection to unlock their potential.

Budget impact survey - a huge thank you!

More than 1000 people have responded to Cathy’s survey to find out what people think about the government’s priorities. The feedback will be included Cathy’s speech in reply to the Budget on Monday 29 May. A report of the survey will be available in mid-June and provided to the government.

  • Watch Cathy’s speech in reply to the budget on Monday here. It will be posted on Cathy’s Facebook page.

Chiltern Placemakers

Cathy told Parliament on Wednesday the Chiltern 'Heritage Town, Bold Future' project will bring a $12 million boost to the local economy and up to 42 jobs, including 28 ongoing jobs for Chiltern and the region. The work of the Indigo Shire Council and community was acknowledged in Cathy’s speech.

Legislation which passed the house this week

  • Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017
  • Follow the passage of legislation here 


First regional gender service in Australia opens in Wodonga


Image: CEO of Gateway Health Mr Leonard Peady. Gender and Sexual Commissioner of Victoria Ro Allen, LGBTI advocate Riley Briese, of Wodonga, and the Gender Service community reference group

Congratulations to the first regional gender service in Australia, Gateway Health Gender Service, which was officially opened on Thursday 25 May in Wodonga. The free service supports transgender and gender diverse children, young people, and their families. A large crowd gathered for the opening of the service which has taken four years to get off the ground. Transgender advocate, Riley Briese, of Wodonga spoke of the importance of raising the community’s awareness of the new service. The launch was held during the LGBTI Equality Workshop as part of the Commissioner’s Diversity Roadshow.


Business Benefits of Climate Change – Wangaratta Sustainability Network event
1 June 6.30pm, 2 June 4pm - A forum showcasing local businesses in North East Victoria who are proactively addressing climate change and leading by example.

Australian Women in Agriculture – Board nominations sought

Australian Women in Agriculture are seeking nominations for the positions of General Member, SA representative and NSW / ACT representative, all for 3 year terms. Nominations close Monday 31 July at 5pm. Contact AWiA President Sarah Parker at president@awia.org.au for further information.

ELITE 2017 applications – grants for emerging leaders in export tourism

The ELITE program provides emerging leaders a platform to extend their industry knowledge, develop leadership skills and create networking relationships. More information

Community information session in Wangaratta to help tackle family violence

Hume Riverina Legal Service is providing a free session on Wednesday 31 May, 8-9am, Gateway Health, 45-47 Mackay Street Wangaratta, including a light breakfast. For more information contact Susie Reid at Women’s Health Goulburn North East on (03) 5722 3009.


  • Friday 26 May: Sorry Day Assembly, Bright P-12 College
  • Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June: National Reconciliation Week
  • Monday 29 May: Cathy’s speech in reply to the Federal Budget http://www.aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Listen; Galen College visit to Parliament House
  • Tuesday 30 May: Beechworth Montessori School visit to Parliament House; Clean Energy Council 2017 Parliamentary Reception 5.30pm
  • Saturday 3 June: Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society (Mmuds) Finale of the Lyfe of Bryan 7.30pm http://www.mmuds.org.au/


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