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The Indi Weekly Scoop 9 February 2018

Posted February 08, 2018



Building community resilience to natural disasters – George Karagiannakis from IAG outlines new initiatives stemming from the 2009 bushfires. See story below


Trains and mobile black spots key issues for first week

Cathy told the Parliament that Indi had two priorities for her to address upon returning to Parliament this week – the North East rail line and mobile phone black spots. The call is upon the Victorian Government to put in the order for trains and the Federal Government to fund round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme. Cathy met with staff from the office of Federal Transport Minister Barnaby Joyce. The speech is here

Defence jobs in Indi

Defence manufacturing is a vital industry in Indi. Indi as key part of Victoria’s bid to build the new LAND 400 vehicles.  Cathy called on the Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne to give outline the Government’s plan for Indi and give workers certainty for their futures in Question Time

Building community resilience

Murrindindi Shire is home to a new project seeking to build community resilience to natural disasters. Research following the 2009 bushfires showed the importance of local leaders and networks in supporting the recovery of communities. New community measures to protect property and better early warning systems are key to the program. More information here


Indi communities praised for leading on plastic bag alternatives

Boomerang Bags are driving grassroots community action in Indi, creating a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. People are coming together and creating alternatives for plastic bags. And it's working superbly—from Yarck to Yea, Bonnie Doon and Wodonga there have been 6,140 bags created. Here is the speech.

Giving the community a voice on refugees

Current legislation in Parliament seeks to ban refugees in Australia’s care from accessing mobile phones and other items. Cathy spoke out against the Bill, giving voice to community groups and individuals in Indi who had contacted the office with their concerns. Here is the speech.

Museum acquires Indi objects

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra has approved the acquisition of a collection of items related to Cathy’s election campaigning. The items include a doorknocking kit, beanie, T-shirt and headband. The museum now takes responsibility for their ongoing care, storage and display. Further information on the museum and its collections is here

Legislation that passed the House of Representatives this week

- Criminal Code Amendment (Impersonating a Commonwealth Body)

- Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures)

- Imported Food Control Amendment

- Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities)

- National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits – Budget and Other Measures)

- Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card)

- Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Executive Accountability and Related Measures)

- Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Measures No. 1)

- Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan Base Rate Entities)

- Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2)


New NBN roadshow dates released

The NBN roadshow timetable is:

  • 21 February – Kinglake – 9am to 12pm – Main Road, Kinglake (near Foodworks)
  • 21 February – Marysville – 3pm to 6pm – Murchison, Marysville (near VIC, 11 Murchison St)
  • 22 February – Eildon – 10am to 1.30pm – Main St, Eildon
  • 23 February – Benalla – 10am to 2pm – 70 Nunn St, Benalla (outside Stolz, near Town Hall)
  • 3 March – Mansfield – 9.30am to 2pm – High St, Mansfield (opposite Mark’s IGA)

Staff will speak about the rollout of the network and provide information about what to consider before signing up to a plan with a phone or internet provider. The roadshow includes a Sky Muster truck carrying a portable satellite antenna. Details can be found here.


Submissions into pesticides inquiry close 28 Feb

Have a say on the recent inquiry into regulatory reforms undertaken by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Submissions are due on 28 February 2018. 

Scholarships to National Volunteering Conference close 15 March

Scholarships are available for rural and regional Australians to attend the National Volunteering Conference 2018 held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from 20-22 June 2018. Hosted by Volunteering Australia, the Conference is the premier national volunteering event in Australia. Apply here.

Rural Minds stops off in North East

Next month the Rural Minds Road Trip makes five stops in the North East.  Roaming ambassador Luke Smith is taking his bus – and his family of nine – to talk to rural people about mental health and wellbeing. The four-hour workshops are free and registrations can be made by emailing lukesmith@rrmh.com.au or phone 0429878766. The timetable is:

  • Mansfield – 6 March
  • Benalla – 7 March
  • Wangaratta – 8 March
  • Beechworth – 13 March
  • Wodonga – 14 March.


  • Wodonga – 9 February – post Parliamentary week press conference
  • Canberra –12-15 February – Parliament sitting
  • Canberra – 12-13 February – Hume RDA contingent visiting APH
  • Canberra - 12 February – Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council meeting
  • Canberra – 13 February – 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations
  • Canberra – 13 February – Lunch with National Rural Women’s Coalition
  • Canberra – 14 February – 2018 annual Close the Gap Parliamentary event
  • Albury- Wodonga – 18 February – City 2 City event from Albury to Wodonga

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