INDI IN THE NEWS
It’s been a BIG week for trains!
Meeting with the Victorian Minister for Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allan at Bendigo.
Rail discussions focus on service inequity
Bendigo was the location for discussions this week with the Victorian Minister for Transport and Major Projects, Jacinta Allan, to highlight the inequity of passenger rail services for North East Victoria. The action needed is clear; the Federal Government must fix the Melbourne to Albury rail track, while the Victorian Government needs to commit to funding new trains once that work is complete. The people of Indi will be looking forward to that commitment of significant funds from both governments in their upcoming budgets. The meeting followed a visit to the North East on Monday by Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester, who rode the train from Melbourne to Wodonga.
Colonel Andy Maclean, commandant at the Army Logistic Training Centre at Bandiana meets with Cathy this week.
Army chief provides Bandiana update
Issues discussed at the meeting included the proposed redevelopment of the Latchford Barracks and Bandiana facilities over the next decade, and the impact of the chemicals per- and poly-fluoralkyl, known as PFOS and PFOA. The training centre, which marked its 21st anniversary in 2016, is an important employer in Indi, with 650 staff comprising predominantly Army personnel as well as some from the Air Force and Navy. The centre delivers 350 residential courses ranging from one week to three years, covering 28 trades over four schools.
Cathy meets with Juliette and Jess, who attended the Youth Politics Camp at Beechworth.
Young people meet at Beechworth
Politics was on the agenda when young people from throughout Indi and adjacent local government areas met in Beechworth this week. Among the speakers at the Youth Politics Camp were Cathy and the Nationals member for Euroa, Steph Ryan. It was a powerful gathering of young people keen to play their part in determining the future of their region. More information here at https://www.facebook.com/youthpolitics2017/?hc_ref=SEARCH
NBN inquiry coming to Indi
The NBN Joint Standing Committee will visit Indi on Thursday 20 April and Friday 21 April, highlighting the impact of the introduction of the NBN, particularly on smaller regional communities. There have been many submissions to the inquiry from Indi.
Indi newsletter – out for April
Read about how local people have achieved local results for Indi on dairy, rail and mobile phones. Learn about how initiatives in Indi are leading the way on renewable energy, training pathways for young people and better public transport. To get your copy, call toll free on 1300 131 791 or drop into the Wangaratta or Wodonga offices to pick one up.
New controls on parliamentary expenditure
On 3 April 2017, the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) began operations, introducing changed arrangements for Parliamentarians. The introduction follows Cathy’s call for the Government to act on the recommendations of the inquiry into an “Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System”.
THE WEEK AHEAD
- Tuesday 11 April: Meetings with the Mansfield and Murrindindi councils.
- Thursday 13 April: Wodonga – Morning tea to celebrate the Green Army graduation.
- Friday 14 April – Monday 17 April: Easter break – stay safe and have a wonderful time with family and friends. If you are travelling, take care on the roads.