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The Indi Weekly Scoop 2 February 2018

Posted February 02, 2018



Picture: Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy, and Small Business, Philip Dalidakis with Indigo Mayor, Cr Jenny O’Connor, Cathy McGowan, Wodonga Mayor, Cr Anna Speedie; Towong Mayor, Cr Aaron Scales and Alpine Deputy Mayor, Cr Sarah Nicholas during a visit to Wodonga today. Full story below.


Local governments guide Victorian mobile phone tower commitment

The Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy, and Small Business, Philip Dalidakis visited Indi this week. Local governments presented him with work coordinated by the Indi Telecommunications Action Group (ITAG) to prioritise mobile phone blackspots in the North East. Minister Dalidakis outlined details of the Victorian Government’s plan to build new mobile phone towers across regional Victoria. Full details here


Minister Philip Dalidakis with Adam Watson, BAE Systems Australia, Cathy McGowan, Phil Lycett, Parker Hannifin Australia, and Rajesh Khanna, Parker Hannifin Australia

Military vehicle project offers jobs growth for manufacturers

Minister Dalidakis and Cathy also visited Wodonga manufacturer Parker Hannifin to outline its role as a supply chain company to deliver the LAND 400 Phase 2 project ­-- a land military vehicle project for the Australian Defence Force. The project leader, BAE Systems Australia is partnering with the Victorian Government to secure the contract, which would create defence supply chain jobs for regional Victoria. Full story here


Northern Victoria MLC Jaclyn Symes opened the Chiltern Early Years Hub on Monday.


Chiltern Early Years Hub offers day care five days a week

Chiltern parents will have greater flexibility with the provision of long day care five days a week at the new Early Years Hub which opened this week. The centre will be open between 7.30am and 6pm five days a week. The project has refurbished and extended the community building to include two children rooms, a sleeping room and amenities, increasing capacity by 33 places.

Don’t forget about the NBN roadshow

The NBN roadshow continues its North East visit this weekend to Beechworth and Chiltern. Staff will speak with residents about the rollout of the network and provide information about what they should consider ahead of signing up to a plan with their phone or internet provider. The timetable is:

  • 3 February – Beechworth Farmers Market – 8am to 12pm – Christ Church, Ford St
  • 4 February – Chiltern Farmers Market – 10am to 2pm – Lakeview House, Chiltern

The roadshow will also visit Wangaratta, Kinglake, Marysville, Eildon, Benalla and Mansfield in the near future. Details can be found here when they are released.

Yea on mobile service centre route next week

Residents of Yea will be visited by the Australian Government’s Mobile Service Centre on Tuesday. Staff from the Department of Human Services travel with the centres and can help people with Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support and Australian Hearing payments and services. The centre has disabled access and Wi-Fi is available for those wanting to create or access their myGov account. The centre will be located near the Swimming Pool in High St, Yea on Tuesday, 6 February between 9.30am and 4pm. More information about the Mobile Service Centre is available here


Consultation on protecting superannuation entitlements

The Government has released draft legislation to protect workers’ superannuation entitlements and modernise the enforcement of the superannuation guarantee. The draft laws will extend Single Touch Payroll to all employers from 1 July 2019. From 1 July 2018, superannuation funds will begin “event-based’ reporting to the ATO of payments they receive for employees from their employer. The draft legislation and supporting materials are available on the Treasury website here and submissions from stakeholders are invited by 16 February 2018.

Make a submission to the Financial Services Royal Commission

A reminder that public submissions have now opened for the Financial Services Royal Commission, announced last year by the Federal Government. An initial public hearing will be held in Melbourne at 10am on Monday, 12 February. There is an online form for submissions, as well as details of the Terms of Reference on the Royal Commission website here.

Managing the risks of technology

The Zonta Club of Wangaratta is hosting an eSafety Information Night, aimed at protecting children from the risk of abuse through technology on Tuesday, 6 March at the Wangaratta PAC from 7pm. The free event has information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people and will provide guidance to manage the risks linked with cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate content and grooming. Contact Alison or Jen at zontawangaratta@gmail.com

Wangaratta Community Grants Program now open

The Rural City of Wangaratta’s Community Grants Program is now open for applications, with grants up to $15,000. Applications will close on Friday 23 February 2018. Application forms and guidelines are available at www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au. The council will host a community grants roadshow this month, inviting all applicants to discuss project ideas and applications. The roadshow will visit:

  • Monday, 5 February, Everton Hall, Everton, 10am to 11am
  • Monday, 5 February, Wangaratta Government Centre – Foyer, 2pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday, 6 February, Whitty Café, Whitfield, 10am to 11am
  • Thursday, 8 February, Wangaratta Government Centre – Foyer, 3pm to 4pm
  • Friday, 9 February, The Vintage Hall Café, Glenrowan, 10am to 11am
  • Monday, 12 February, Wangaratta Government Centre – Foyer, 11am to 12pm

Churchill Fellowships – the opportunity of a lifetime

In 2018, the Churchill Trust is seeking more applications from rural and regional Australia for those who will travel between February 2019 and January 2020. The Albury event will be held on Tuesday, 20 February at the Albury Entertainment Centre between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. To register for this free event go here

Share your “out of pocket” pain

Health service consumers are being asked to share their story about high “out of pocket” medical bills as part of an investigation by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. The Forum reports patients undergoing medical treatment often receive large bills that are not covered by either Medicare and/or private health insurance, if they are insured. The survey results will assist the Forum to illustrate the extent of the problem and outline solutions to the Federal Government. Complete the survey here


  • Parliament resumes in Canberra on Monday, 5 February

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