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The Indi Weekly Scoop, Friday 15 February 2019

Posted February 15, 2019



Above: Volunteers learn so much about networking and how Parliament works when they come to Cathy's office in Canberra. Cath Smith (Mt Beauty), Marian Joseph (Mudgegonga), Anne-Marie Humphries (Wodonga) and Simone Kealy (Wangaratta) go through the daily schedule with Cathy. 




Above: Strathbogie comes to Canberra
A delegation from Strathbogie Shire came to Cathy’s Canberra office this week before meeting key government representatives on issues impacting their shire. From left: John Beresford, Tim Goodacre, Cathy, Sarah Treloar, Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren, CEO Steve Crawcour and Katherine Crosbie.

Planned regional development is vital

A Private member’s Bill to create an office of Regional Australia will be presented in Parliament on Monday to set up an agency to support regional development policy and put it front and centre at the work of Government.

The Government’s response to the Regions at the Ready report, tabled in Parliament this week, was a missed opportunity for a planned approach to regional development. See the Opinion piece in Saturday’s Border Mail.


Congratulations to the childcare petitioners

A petition with more than 300 signatures was presented to Parliament this week calling for additional funding for childcare services in regional areas because of the impacts the loss of these services has on small communities. More information about petitions is at https://bit.ly/2S2k1oD

The media release is at


 Medical evacuation of refugees

This is a controversial issue and people have different opinions. Please continue to stay in touch with the office.


 Funding available

  1. Funding is available as part of the Waterway Incentives Program from the North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) to help landholders impacted by the flash flood in December. The closing date is 4 March.


  1. VicHealth Active Club Grant: Grants are open for sporting clubs up to $3000 or $10,000 to increase participation in community sport. Applications close on 8 March.


 Inland Rail community feedback panel

Provide your thoughts and ideas via the Community Feedback Panel, established in late 2018. This portal operates a bit like a closed Facebook Group. You can find out more information and register to join the panel on the Inland Rail Tottenham to Albury web page inlandrail.com.au/T2A.

 Churchill Fellowship information session

An Information Session on applying for a Churchill Fellowship is being held in Wodonga on Thursday, February 28, at The Cube, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. It’s part of  concerted effort by the Churchill Trust to encourage more people from rural and regional communities to apply. Applications close April 30, 2019. More information is available at www.churchillfellowships.com.au.

 This week in Parliament

Legislation passed in the House this week:

For more details visit https://www.aph.gov.au/

 Coming up

  • Flying Fruit Fly Circus fundraiser event tonight in Hovell Street, Albury.
  • The first Rainbow Ball will be held at the Cube in Wodonga on Saturday night. It’s free.
  • The City to City walk from Albury to Wodonga begins at 8am on Sunday. Watch out for the orange at the start!
  • Yackandandah Folk Festival choir rehearsal Sunday afternoon.
  • The second sitting week of Parliament gets underway on Monday when a Private Member’s Bill for the creation of an Office for Regional Australia will be presented.

The Scoop puzzles

Volunteers provide fantastic help in Cathy’s offices in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Canberra. Thanks to Tony Perrott, the Scoop puzzle segment is back. There are two puzzles each week with the answers given in next week's Scoop. The first puzzle is the name of a town in Indi with a cryptic clue.

Good luck!

Cryptic: What Indi town is this (in Strathbogie Shire)?

Sheep paddler, say.

PUZZLE 1:             Use the clues to fill in the grid (across and down)

















  1. Federal electorate
  2. Tidy
  3. Stupor
  4. One thing on list


Answers to week 23. Cryptic town: Violet Town.

INDI Knowledge: E, they were all born in Wangaratta except for Sir John Bowser who died there.

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