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The Indi Weekly Scoop 26 October 2018

Posted October 26, 2018


photo: Cathy met with members of the Saluting Monash Council after presenting the Honour John Monash Private Members’ Bill. More details here.


Funding flows for Indi projects

Projects to enhancing the Benalla Lake Precinct and install water bubblers around Indigo Shire will soon be underway. Each project received $18,125 this week under the Stronger Communities Program.


Sharing Indi with Parliament

Sharing good news about Indi is one of the perks of Cathy’s role as an MP. This week she spoke about Eildon Primary School and its town, St Bernard’s Primary School’s work honouring Indigenous Anzacs, and Indi’s next case study about the community using Parliamentary Tools to achieve results. Cathy asked Minister Dan Tehan about regional higher education policy. Watch all of Cathy’s speeches here.

Crossbench comes together with Dr Kerryn Phelps

Crossbench MPs welcomed Wentworth candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps to Parliament on Thursday Watch what they had to say here.

Momentum gathers for Pay Day lending changes

Changing the legislation around pay day lending was among the matters discussed in Parliament this week. Sandra Blake from St Stephens in Wodonga has been instrumental in helping to bring this issue to the national agenda. Watch Cathy’s speech about the Bill here.

Volunteers join Indi’s Canberra office

Attending Senate Estimates, USA mid-term election briefings and sitting in on question time were among the activities volunteers Judy Ryan, Phoebe Parsons, Anna Parsons, Lubosh Hanuska and Jack Nelson attended at Parliament House this week. While volunteers places are full for the last two sitting weeks of this year, expressions of interest for 2019 can be sent to cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au.

School groups visit Parliament House


Students from Cathedral College Wangaratta and Eildon Primary School visited Canberra this week. As well as learning more about Parliament, they spoke about their leadership programs and highlights of the school. Click on the school names to learn more.

Legislation that passed the House this week


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Amendment (Indigenous Land Corporation) 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund (Consequential Amendments) 2018

Aviation Transport Security Amendment 2018

Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) 2018

Corporations Amendment (Strengthening Protections for Employee Entitlements) 2018

Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) 2018

National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Amendment 2018

Shipping Registration Amendment 2018

Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) 2018



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Leadership opportunities for young people

Want to enhance your leadership skills? Register for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Youth Leadership Conference and Camp to be held between November 18 and 25. Thinking of becoming a youth councillor? Nominations are now being sought for new youth councillors at the Rural City of Wangaratta. Apply here.

Questacon coming to Indi

Explore some of Questacon’s interactive science displays when the organisation hosts Pop Up events in Wangaratta and Wodonga next month.

Learn more about ageing well

Cathy will join Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing as a panellist at Yackandandah Health’s Ageing Well forum on 9 November. The forum will explore the challenges and joys of ageing well. Tickets and more details here.

Coming up:

Saturday 27 October: Beechworth Bakery Yackandandah 1st Birthday Celebration from 11am

Monday 29 October: Roundtable meeting with Indi local governments

Tuesday 30 October: ANZAC centenary group meeting about Armistice Day projects

Wednesday 31 October: Agriculture Dinner at Wangaratta

Thursday 1 November: Kanumbra and Highlands mobile phone tower celebrations

Friday 2 November: Guest speaker Planning Institute of Australia Regional Conference



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