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The Indi Weekly Scoop 28 July 2017

Posted July 28, 2017




Image: Tony Gair, site leader, Vitasoy Baranduda; Cathy; Chris Gillard, general manager Vitasoy Australia Products and Rachel Kelly, engineering leader, Vitasoy Baranduda. (see story below)



Have your say on regional development and decentralisation

Share your thoughts and ideas with the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation! The closing date is 15 September 2017. This important inquiry will investigate and report on best practice approaches to regional development, examine Commonwealth decentralisation, and look at strategies to attract business to the regions. Everyone can have their say. For the terms of reference and details, click here 

Out and about to Mansfield, Alexandra, Marysville and Benalla

A visit to the south of electorate during this week provided the perfect opportunity to promote the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation. “Thank you” to the communities of Mansfield, Alexandra, Marysville and Benalla for your hospitality and the chance to discuss important issues with you all.

Welcome to Premier Daniel Andrews

It was good to welcome Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews to Wodonga on Thursday as part of his visit to attend the Ovens Murray Regional Assembly. We acknowledge his government’s contribution to Indi and took the opportunity to discuss the North East Rail line and trains, the Murray Darling Basin Authority, and cross Border issues including minimum licence age for young Victorian drivers.

Vitasoy surges ahead at Baranduda

Did you know that the Vitasoy factory at Baranduda produces 1 million litres a week of plant milks including soy, almond, coconut, oats and rice? And it’s growing with a $6.5 million project to build a new PET bottling facility. Cathy visited the plant this week to meet with general manager Chris Gillard, site leader Tony Gair, engineering leader Rachel Kelly and technical and product development leader Joanne Howard. There are 78 people employed at the Baranduda plant and Vitasoy has 33 per cent of the plant milk market in Australia.



Seeking fresh ideas for rural, regional and remote education

Country students will be the focus of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The submission process is open to all members of the public. Emeritus Professor John Halsey has prepared a discussion paper on key educational challenges and issues that impact on the learning outcomes of students in regional, rural and remote communities. Submissions can be made until 5pm Tuesday 29 August. For details click here

Volunteering Australia Survey

The first of its kind in Australia, Volunteering Australia has partnered with the Institute of Project Management to conduct the 2017 Survey for the Value of Volunteering Support Services. It aims to provide a nationwide snapshot into the value of Volunteering Support Services (VSSs) in Australia.  The survey closes Friday 11 August 2017.  To find out more please contact Volunteering Australia on 02 6251 4060.

Inspiring Australian Student Science Engagement and International Competitions Grants

Applications for various science grants are now open ahead of Science Week, 12/20 August.  These grants are provided to organisations to sponsor eligible students to participate in conferences, competitions and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related events.  For more info or to apply, click here


  • Monday 31 July: Meeting with Murray Darling Basin Authority & Sussan Ley, Wodonga
  • Monday 31 July: Law and Order Forum, Wangaratta
  • Tuesday 1 August:  Citizenship Ceremony, Wodonga
  • Tuesday 1 August: School visit – Our Lady’s Primary School, Wangaratta
  • Tuesday 1 August: Ag Dinner, Wangaratta
  • Wednesday 2 August: Annual Corporate Sleepout, Wodonga
  • Tuesday, 8 August: Back to Parliament House in Canberra


Indigenous businesses are eligible to register on the Indigenous Business Register. Supply Nation is   a not-for-profit organisation supporting the Indigenous community. To find out how the Indigenous Procurement Policy works, click here

To find out more about this free register of Indigenous businesses, click here 

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