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The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 15 March 2019

Posted March 15, 2019


Great news

The Government has advised of 32 new residential aged care places for Westmont in Baranduda near Wodonga under the Aged Care Approvals Round for 2018-19. This is valued at $2.1 million.

More great news

Congratulations to four Men’s Sheds with the announcement this week of Government grants. Bright United will receive $6,000; Myrtleford $6,300; Benalla Aviation Museum $4,000 and Mt Beauty $2,252.

Budget week

Just over two weeks to go before we head back to Canberra for the Budget sitting week. We are hopeful of good news for Indi in the Budget. Staff will be in the Budget lockup ahead of the Treasurer’s speech to ensure we get the word out as early as possible.

NDIS forum Benalla

By June, more than 2,700 people in the Ovens Murray Region are expected to be supported under the NDIS. Come to the NDIS forum in Benalla.

To register via https://bit.ly/2Hv6SD3

Date                Thursday 28 March 2019

Time                9am-11am

Location         Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla Showgrounds, Bridge Road West, Benalla.


National Close the Gap Day

Close the Gap Day, next Thursday 21 March, brings attention to the problem of decreased life expectancy among indigenous groups in Australia. Watch out for events and activities in your area that you can support.

Base station

Telstra will be conducting community consultation for a base station at Wattle Creek Road, Lurg, near Benalla from Monday until 1 April. The station is part of the Victorian mobile phone black spot program. Submissions can be made in writing to Emily Wardlaw, consultation@acquirecomm.com.au, 0422 685 472, PO Box 7157, Brighton, Vic 3186.

Indi expats breakfast

Cathy is looking forward to joining Indi folk who have moved from the electorate to Canberra at a breakfast gathering in Parliament House on the morning of 2 April. This is an important mechanism to stay connected. If you know a young person in Canberra who would like to join the breakfast send an email RSVP to indiexpatscanberra@gmail.com

Cathy’s Valedictory Speech

On Thursday, 4th April 2019, Cathy will give her final speech in the House of Representatives. Supporters and friends are being invited to be there, as they were for Cathy’s maiden speech in 2013. Buses have been organised from Benalla, Wangaratta, Beechworth and Wodonga, plus many people will travel independently.

Following Cathy's speech, Ruth McGowan will launch her book Get Elected, in Parliament House and then the group will enjoy lunch together.

It is essential you book a seat through this link, regardless of how you are getting to Canberra. https://www.trybooking.com/BBKXD

Community Heritage Grants: Up to $15,000 for cultural heritage collections of national significance. Not-for-profit organisations, historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups throughout Australia, are encouraged to apply. http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg Closes on 6 May 2019.

Indigenous Protected Areas: Applications to establish new Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia close on 30 April 2019. For more information - Grant opportunities for the new IPA program on the indigenous.gov.au website.

 Coming up in Cathy’s diary

  • Sunday and Monday, 17 and 18 March: guest speaker, Western Sydney University, Parramatta – Reinventing Democracy; Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury campus, agriculture students
  • Tuesday, 19 March at 4.30pm: Mobile Black Spot phone tower celebration, Edi Upper Community Celebration, Edi Upper Hall
  • Wednesday, 20 March at 2pm: Mobile Black Spot tower double celebration, Tallangatta Valley & Tallandoon, Tallangatta Valley Hall, Wyeebo Recreation Reserve
  • Friday, 22 March at 10am-11am: Wodonga Men’s Shed, Jamieson Court Wodonga
  • Parliament resumes on Tuesday 2 April for the Budget Session.

The Scoop puzzles

Week 28

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

Chime span.

Where am I?   The less clues you use, the more points you get! So cover them up!

10 points         My name is from the indigenous for “joyful”.

8 points           Highway C366 runs through here.

6 points           Local memorabilia can be found at the Farmers Arms Museum.

4 points           I host the National Show & Shine festival in October.

3 points           Ned Kelly held up the National Bank here in 1878.

2 point             The Hume highway and Seven Creeks cross here.

1 point             I am the town of ...


Answers to week 27. Cryptic town: Buxton. Puzzle 2: 1 Tied, 2 Indi, 3 Eden, 4 Dine


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