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The Indi Weekly Scoop 30 June 2017

Posted June 30, 2017



Image: Cathy has visited villages in East New Britain in Papua New Guinea this week as part of a government delegation of observers during PNG’s general election. See story below.


Extra $40 million rail funding an encouraging move forward

There is encouraging news this week with the Commonwealth confirming it will provide $40 million towards track works to fix the North East rail line, in addition to the $100 million secured in the Federal Budget. Cathy welcomed the funding, as well as the news the Federal Government has agreed to her request for a cross-government working party to ensure the money is spent in a way that gets the job done properly.


Action on SkyMuster data a win for rural broadband internet

NBN Co this week announced it would increase data speed and capacity for those on the SkyMuster satellite. Cathy said it was good to see action that would improve access to broadband internet for those living in rural and remote areas. Many people in Indi have expressed concern about affordability and value as they pay twice what their metropolitan counterparts are paying for a limited satellite service.

Delegation oversees general election in PNG

Cathy has been part of a government delegation of observers in Papua New Guinea this week during the country’s general election. After arriving in Port Moresby, Cathy joined a team from the Australian High Commission to travel to East New Britain, an island off the mainland. There they visited polling booths and met with locals in villages as they queued patiently to vote.  The delegation returned to Port Moresby today to continue checking polling stations before a debriefing with the Australian High Commissioner.


The Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards will close in 2 weeks

Here’s a chance to nominate an individual, group or organisation that deserves to be recognised for the hard work they do. You can even nominate yourself or your organisation.

Winners will either win $2,000 from Bank of Melbourne or a PRIME7 Television Package.

Nominations close on Wednesday July 12, 2017. To nominate online go here


  • Monday 3 July: Howqua Inlet mobile phone tower launch 10am
  • Monday 3 July: The official unveiling of a portrait of Cathy by artist Charles Sluga will be held at his gallery in Yackandandah at 7pm. It will be an entry in this year’s Archibald Prize. See the gallery website here for details
  • Tuesday 4 July: NAIDOC Celebration Day at Apex Park Wangaratta, from 12 noon

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