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The Indi Weekly Scoop 4 August 2017

Posted August 04, 2017




Image. Wodonga students Aaron Sonter, Max George and Lachlan Andriske cooked and served a delicious dinner for those who slept out overnight at the Carevan Corporate Sleepout at Wodonga Racecourse, raising awareness of the plight of the homeless. (See story below)


Raising the issue of homelessness

Ahead of this coming week’s National Homelessness Week, about 100 community leaders slept out overnight at Wodonga Racecourse, for the 2017 Carevan Corporate Sleep Out. Congratulations to Stacey Franklin and all the team at Carevan, as well as other service providers who spoke about the programs operating in the North East to assist those who find themselves without a home. Congratulations also to Wodonga Middle Years students who cooked a wonderful meal that was enjoyed by all of those ahead of their night out in swags and sleeping bags.


Image: Some of the students of Our Lady’s Primary School in Wangaratta and one of their school goats (see story below)

Wangaratta students speak up

Cathy was invited to Our Lady’s Primary School in Wangaratta on Tuesday to meet with the year 5 & 6 classes.  The students have been studying children’s rights and asked penetrating questions.  They proudly showed Cathy the school pets, including some lively goats.

Indi receives $2.5 million in infrastructure funding

Wangaratta Turf Club has received $2.4 million from the Building Better Regions Fund. The grant will allow an immediate start on the turf club’s $6.2 million redevelopment to improve accommodation and facilities for equine students, new stables and a new grandstand. Parklands Albury Wodonga has received $125,000 for development of Huon Reserve at Lake Hume. Congratulations to the recipients.

MDBA meeting addresses flood management improvements

Persistence is the key to making progress on commitments made at the November 2016 roundtable that followed Murray River flooding, downstream of Lake Hume in October 2016. A meeting this week with MDBA representatives and the federal member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, discussed a public campaign underway soon to provide timely advice of all changes in releases from Hume Dam. There is still some way to go for Richard Sargood and Marie Dunn from the Murray River Action Group who want to share landholders’ ideas about changes to the Lake Hume airspace management rules. Cathy and Ms Ley will approach members of the Basin Officials Committee to seek further action.


“Cathy in the Cafes” for Wodonga

Are you in Wodonga and do you have an issue or idea you would like to share with Cathy? Come along for a cuppa and a chat on Saturday, 12 August, 10am to 11am at The Secret Cup Café in High Street, Wodonga.

Have your say about regional policy and higher education

Two important parliamentary inquiries are now underway and have invited submissions between now and September. The Federal Government’s Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation will investigate and report on best practice approaches to regional development, examine Commonwealth decentralisation and look at strategies to attract business to the regions. Submissions close on 15 September and you can find details at the website or here 

Country students are the focus of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The review is seeking experiences and feedback about education in regional, rural and remote areas. Submissions can be made until 29 August via the online submission form here 


ABC Heywire is now open for entries

If you’re aged 16-22, and live outside the big cities, you can enter your story in the Heywire competition for young regional Australians and be part of something big. Entries close 16 September 2017.  Click here for more details.

Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) Grants

The FRRR website lists a number of programs open for applications.  Click on the links for more info:

ANZ Seeds of Renewal: closes 7 August

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) – closes 11 August

Domino’s Give for Food – closes 25 August

Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) – closes 18 September

Community Group Futures (CGF) – closes 18 September

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) – closes 27 September


  • Monday 7 August to Thursday 10 August: Parliament returns for spring session
  • Tuesday 8 August: Crawford Fund annual conference – The Digital Revolution in Agriculture
  • Tuesday 8 August: Parliamentary Friends of Young People meeting
  • Friday 11 August: Mars Petcare Event, Wodonga
  • Friday 11 August: Media conference, The Cube Wodonga
  • Saturday 12 August: Cathy in the Cafes, Wodonga


Constituents who are moving to the NBN and who carry medical or personal alarms need to inform their alarm provider if they have poor connection problems and ask what options are available. They should also contact their provider to discuss what happens if their power is cut.



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