Local, Independant and Effective

The Indi Weekly Scoop, Friday 18 January 2019

Posted January 18, 2019


Cathy in Mansfield on Wednesday

It’s business as usual for Cathy as she heads to Mansfield on Wednesday, 23 January. She is looking forward to introducing the new orange independent candidate for Indi, Dr Helen Haines, to Mansfield. Come and chat to them at The Coffee Merchant in Mansfield, 23 Highett Street, between 7.30am and 9am.

Photo: Kinglake residents talk to Cathy this week about roads, climate change, electricity prices and the need for a 24-hour ambulance service.

Bushfires and taking care of each other

On her trip south to Kinglake, Strath Creek, Flowerdale and Violet Town this week Cathy met author Melanie Harris-Brady about her book, Ten Years On, a personal account of the Black Saturday bushfires and the decade that followed. With the 10th anniversary of that day approaching, a number of organisations are arranging events and activities to help build community resilience. Read more here

Cathy hands the Indi baton to the new orange independent candidate

Photo: Cathy introduces Dr Helen Haines as the new orange independent candidate for Indi at a press conference on Monday.

Cathy announced earlier this week that she will not contest the 2019 election and has endorsed the new orange independent candidate Dr Helen Haines. To find out more and sign up, go to Dr Helen Haines.

Cathy outlines her reasons for the baton change in a short video on her website here and you can also read the media release here.

The baton change received national media coverage and both Cathy and Helen were interviewed about the rise of Independents on ABC TV’s 7.30 program on Wednesday night. Watch the episode on iView.

Community recognition: After the announcement, there was a great deal of positive feedback and complimentary media coverage about her six years as the Member for Indi. Cathy insists that these compliments belong to the community.  In her words: “I was pretty green in the beginning and the community made me what I am. Thanks go to them.” Read more at Age editorial

Record on refugees speaks for itself

There has been some media coverage this week about the Urgent Medical Transfers Bill coming to Parliament in February.  Cathy has been and continues to be firmly committed to getting asylum seekers out of detention.  Her position is unchanged and her speeches and voting record in Parliament provide evidence of this.   Her response to the current debate is available here.  Please continue to send in your comments via Cathy.McGowan.MP@aph.gov.au

Productive meeting with the Prime Minister

Concerns about disaster assistance funding for the flood-affected areas of Tarrawingee, Eldorado and Everton were raised at meeting between Cathy and Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday. Mr Morrison agreed to consider the request for additional assistance and a proposal for a review of the criteria for isolated incidents such as this one.

  • Advocating for a regional policy

At the meeting Cathy called again on the Prime Minister to provide a response to the recommendations in the Regions at the Ready report. He committed to having a response ready by the end of January. She also continued to promote the need for a Albury-Wodonga deal. Read the Regions at the Ready report at www.cathymcgowan.com.au/reports

Celebrating Australia Day 2019

Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate what is great about living in Australia, and particularly in Indi. There is a strong tradition of volunteering and being involved throughout Indi, which is reflected in those who will receive Australia Day awards in recognition of their generous efforts. The Australian Honours Program is another way to acknowledge those who work year round to make our country a wonderful place to live. Learn more about the Honours Program and nominate a potential future recipient here. Details about Honour A Woman, a program to increase gender equality in the Australian Honours Program are available here

Goodbye and good luck to Leah

Leah Coles finishes up as Media and Communications Adviser in Cathy’s office today. It has been wonderful to have Leah on board and we wish her well in her new venture at Wangaratta High School as their first Media and Events Manager. Roberta Baker started in the role this week and will begin fulltime from January 29. Welcome Roberta!


Monday 21 January: ABC GM interview, 8.40am

Tuesday 22 January: Meeting with Mansfield Shire Council, 11.30am

Wednesday 23 January: Cathy and Helen at the Coffee Merchant, Mansfield, 7.30am – 9am

Friday 25 January: First Nations meeting, Wodonga

Saturday 26 January: Australia Day celebrations, Les Stone Park, Wodonga, 8am-10am





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