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The Indi Weekly Scoop 27 September 2018

Posted September 27, 2018


JSCCR committee chairs Senator Patrick Dodson and Julian Leeser MP and committee member Warren Snowdon MP at the park in Yackandandah named after Indi’s first Member of Parliament, Sir Isaac Isaacs.


Hearing on constitutional recognition held in Wodonga

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR) was in Wodonga for a public hearing on Monday. The committee visited Wonga Wetlands and Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service to learn more about the local area. The committee then travelled to Shepparton and Melbourne for public hearing and heads to Queensland and NSW next week. The JSCCR final report is due to be released on November 15. Watch Cathy’s speech to the interim report here.



Cross border commissioner announced

Action on cross border issues begins in coming months after Victoria’s first Cross Border Commissioner, Luke Wilson, was announced this week. A commitment was made at the cross border roundtable in Wodonga in June to focus on creating solutions for anomalies in the taxi, hospitality and transport industries across the Victorian and NSW border. Mr Wilson will be based in Wodonga.



Funding available for local projects

Applications to the $200 million round three of the Building Better Regions Fund are now open. Up to $45 million of the funding is earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects. Funding from the Federal Government is matched to the value of in-kind work from regional groups or organisations. Find out more here.

Have a say about higher education equity

A Student Equity 2030 Roundtable Discussions will be held at La Trobe University’s Wodonga campus on 15 October. Submissions can be made here until 12 October. The discussions will form the plan for better access to quality education across Australia.

Opportunity to speak at Parliament House

Ever wondered what you would say in your first speech as a parliamentarian? Enter the My First Speech competition by 19 October for your chance to deliver a speech live at Parliament House. Submissions are open to students in years 10 to 12.

Aged Care Royal Commission announced

Sign up here to stay up to date about developments with the Royal Commission into Aged Care. While the details are finalised, complaints can continue to be made to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, call 1800 550 552 or visit www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au

Looking for funding for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) programs?

Applications for the Fostering Integration Grants program to support CALD organisations are open until 9 November. To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation legally registered in Australia. Full details can be found here.  

Have your say about petitions

Want to have a say about petitioning the House of Representatives? Make a submission to the House Standing Committee on Petitions Inquiry before 12 October 2018. Find out more here or email petitions.committee.reps@aph.gov.au

Need help from Centrelink?

Centrelink’s mobile services centres will be heading to three rural Indi locations in October. Staff will be on hand to help out.

  • Attree Park, Jardine Street, Corryong from 10.30am to 4pm on 9 October
  • Opposite Memorial Hall, Tallangatta from 9.30am to 4pm on 10 October
  • Opposite Yackandandah Hotel, William Street, 9.30am to 2pm on 11 October



Tuesday 2 October: JSCCR hearing Thursday Island, QLD

Wednesday 3 October: JSCCR hearing Townsville, QLD

Wednesday 3 October: JSCCR hearing Palm Island, QLD

Thursday 4 October: JSCCR hearing Brisbane, QLD

Friday 5 October: JSCCR hearing Sydney, NSW


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