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The Indi Weekly Scoop 28 April 2017


Image: Landcare leadership:the importance of leadership was on the agenda for the meeting of the AVCLP Landcare Leadership program. Story below.


Vocational innovation in Indi on display for Minister’s visit 1-2 May

Local training networks NELLEN and COMPACT Albury will present the challenges and opportunities in employment and training to Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills the Hon Karen Andrews. Minister Andrews will visit Wodonga on 1 and 2 May. NELLEN CEO Bev Hoffmann invited the Minister to visit during a stint as a volunteer in Cathy’s Canberra office.

Regions deserve a proper process for decentralisation

Regions will only benefit from decentralisation of the public service if a proper process is followed. Cathy will call for a national inquiry into any proposed decentralisation when parliament resumes.

Federal Budget – watch this space!

The Federal Budget will be handed down on Tuesday 9 May. What will it hold for Indi on rail, mobile phones and regional planning? Subscribe to the Scoop, and follow Cathy on Facebook and Twitter for news. Cathy’s revamped website will be launched in time for the Budget for people to give their feedback.

Singapore High Commissioner visit to North East Victoria a chance to share renewable energy solutions

Image: L-R His Excellency Mr Kwok, Mr Graeme Blanch, Mrs Pearl Kwok, Cr Ron Janas, MP Cathy McGowan, Mr Graeme Rose, Ms Kerryn Lee

The visit by the High Commissioner of Singapore His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng to North East Victoria was an extraordinary opportunity for building relationships between Indi and Singapore.


Landcare Leadership group

Congratulations to the participants and organisers of the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program for the Landcare Leadership meeting in Rutherglen this week. Cathy, who was the guest speaker, stressed the importance of community leadership.

Leadbeater’s possum recovery plan documents released

The Department of Energy and Environment has issued documents regarding a recovery plan for Leadbeaters Possum (36Mb on Dropbox, click to view) 


Social Change 101 – grants available for Murrindindi

FRRR is partnering with the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) to deliver the Social Change 101 program in three regions that were impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. More information

FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation

These grants offers funds for community groups to bring to life the great ideas of young rural and regional Australians - closes 15 May. More information


  • 1-2 May: Federal Minister for Vocational Education and Skills visiting Wodonga
  • 3 May: Business Wangaratta : Business After Hours, 6pm Rural City of Wangaratta
  • 4 May: Wodonga Aboriginal Network Gathering, Gateway Health Wodonga
  • 5 May: Opening Central Medical Group - Wodonga Training Extension; Cathy is guest speaker for Legal Studies students at Wodonga Senior Secondary College
  • 6 May: Oxley High Tea, 2pm, email oxleyhall@gmail for more information
  • 9 May: Federal Budget handed down, Winter session of Parliament begins

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