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The Indi Weekly Scoop 7 July 2017

Posted July 07, 2017




Cathy visited Smiths Tallangatta Meat Processors this week, meeting with Bec Carney, Will Smith, Judy Clarke and Reuben Smith. (See story below)

The Scoop – 7 July 2017


Community celebrates new mobile phone tower in Mansfield Shire

Community members and representatives from Telstra and Mansfield Shire celebrated the launch of new mobile phone tower at Howqua. This tower is particularly special because it is the first to have NBN services co-located with mobile phone services. It is also the first of eight new towers in the Mansfield Shire and the fourth to come online of 38 towers allocated to Indi under the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program. Towers at Tolmie, Goughs Bay, Sawmill Settlement, Ancona and Woods Point will follow. It’s disappointing though there was no money for round 4 of the program in May’s Federal Budget.


Picture: Artist Charles Sluga unveiled his portrait of Cathy that will be entered in the Archibald Prize

Arts strength confirmed at Archibald portrait unveiling

More than 150 people, including many of those involved in Indi arts, gathered at artist Charles Sluga’s gallery in Yackandandah to witness the unveiling of his portrait of Cathy. The watercolour portrait will be an entry in this year’s Archibald Prize. Mr Sluga outlined the difficulties of painting watercolour on a polypropylene plastic surface but says he was pleased to capture Cathy’s determination in her eyes and hands. The painting is now headed to Sydney where it will undergo the scrutiny of the Archibald judges alongside hundreds of other entries. Watch this space for further news about the portrait’s progress.


Picture: Cathy met with Leanda and Scott Kneebone who opened their father Eddie’s retrospective exhibition this week in Wodonga

Eddie Kneebone retrospective opens in NAIDOC week

Eddie Kneebone’s daughter Leanda and son Scott opened the Eddie Kneebone Retrospective; Bones of Contention exhibition at Arts Space Wodonga. A highlight is a video revealing Eddie Kneebone’s explanation of the stories shared through the series of paintings in the exhibition and a re-creation of the studio where he worked as an artist in residence at Wodonga TAFE. Those keen to see these works have until 29 July. There are lots of art exhibitions throughout Indi; winter is a good time to have a look.


Big step towards community energy independence

A small estate in Yackandandah will be the site of an Australia-first trial of a commercial renewable “mini grid” consisting of solar panels, batteries and energy monitoring. Well done to Indigo Shire Council on receiving $99,079 from the Victorian government to employ a project officer to work with the project initiated by Totally Renewable Yackandandah and AusNet Services. This project has the potential to grow renewable energy across the electorate and there’s plenty to learn. Benalla has applied for similar funds.

Tallangatta Meat Processors are growing, at home and overseas

Reuben and Will Smith, third generation operators of Smiths Tallangatta Meat Processors have achieved export accreditation to the Middle East for their chilled lamb product. Since 2013, they’ve increased production numbers from 5000 to 8500 units per week. Gross sales are up by $21 million and 15 new jobs have been created. Agriculture is on the move in Indi – jobs, exports, good prices! Contact the office at cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au to share other agriculture success stories.


Indi Makers deliver

It’s just like Christmas! The Indi Makers are an amazing group of supporters. This crafty bunch has delivered a basket-load of gifts for Cathy to share with those she meets and visitors to the electorate. Winter is a time for those who get their hands busy. Come and say hi on Saturday at the opening of the Stitched Up Textile Festival at Wangaratta.

Join the Assembly

Do you have an interest in growing our region? The 2017 Ovens Murray Regional Assembly will be held on 27 July in Wodonga. Join in to identify opportunities that will build on the region’s strengths. Visit the website here to find out about the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership, join the on-line conversation and register your interest in attending the Regional Assembly.


  • 8 July – Cittaslow Roundtable Lunch at Yea. Cittaslow towns take the time to slow down, enjoy and appreciate a quality lifestyle - here
  • 11 July – Australian Ballet performs Giselle at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
  • 18 July – Dirrawarra Indigenous Network meets at Wangaratta
  • 20 July – Local Constitutional Convention – Wodonga Senior Secondary College

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