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The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 1 February 2019

Posted February 01, 2019


Celebrating Australia Day 2019


Photo: Casey Murray, 10, joined in the celebrations in Australia Day with Cathy at Les Stone Park in Wodonga. Casey goes to Wodonga Primary School and was looking forward to going into Grade 5 this week.


It’s an honour

On Australia Day many residents of Indi were recognised for their contributions to community. Cathy acknowledges the 48 recipients of awards from Local Government Councils and the 11 recipients of awards under the Australian Honours Program. These people have been recognised for a range of achievements, most importantly the work they have done and continue to do for their communities. 

A great working partnership

Local Government Councils in Indi met with Cathy for their regular roundtable meeting. As this was Cathy’s final meeting with them, she acknowledged and thanked the sound working relationships between the councils and her office. She said the regular meetings had broadened communication channels in Canberra. Cathy urged the Councils’ Mayors and CEOs to continue the regular roundtable discussions with the new Member for Indi after the election.

Commemoration events - 2009 bushfires

There are a number of events being held this week to mark 10 years since the devastating bushfires of 9 February 2009. Cathy will be attending the Victorian commemoration service at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on Monday. Other events in Indi will be held in the Alpine and Murrindindi shires. For details visit www.vic.gov.au/2009-bushfires

Grant for new festival

Congratulations to the organisers of the new Beechworth Festival of Change, coming up in early April. The group has received a grant of $3,000 from Regional Arts Victoria under the Quick Response Grants funding category.

Have your say

The Victorian Government is conducting community consultation on a draft Water Resource Plan for northern Victoria as part of its implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. There are two public information sessions in Indi:

  1. Monday 4 February, Yea: - Water Discovery Centre, 2 Hood Street, Yea, 12 – 1pm.
  2. Thursday 12 February, Wangaratta: Performing Arts Centre, Ovens Street, 12 – 1pm

Submissions close on 4 March. More information  is at www.engage.vic.gov.au/water-resource-plan-northern-victoria   or call 03 9637 9976 or email WRPTeam@delwp.vic.gov.au

 Youngcare At Home Care Grants – applications open

Grants for Victoria and Tasmania are now open. Youngcare's At Home Care Grants provide funding of $2,000-$10,000 for essential equipment, home modifications or services enabling young people with high care needs to remain at home and avoid entering inappropriate housing.

You can access the online application form HERE or learn more

Austudy claims

Students are encouraged to lodge their Austudy claims now for the 2019 study period. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/austudy/claiming

Thank you for your responses

Thank you to those who sent submissions to the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy. Submissions closed today, but information can still be viewed at docs.education.gov.au/node/52061.

Messages of congratulations

To arrange a congratulatory message for occasions including a 50th wedding anniversary or a 90th birthday, contact the electorate offices at Wangaratta on (03) 5721 7077 or Wodonga on (02) 6024 6284.


Inquiry into the removal of franking credits

Submissions can still be made into the Parliamentary inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits. The committee is examining how the removal of the franking credits would affect investors, particularly older Australians who have planned for their retirement under the existing rules and whose financial security could be compromised. Details of the inquiry and previous submissions are available at www.aph.gov.au/economics. Submissions can be made by emailing economics.reps@aph.gov.au.

Community Leadership Program – apply now

The Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program 2019, which includes Murrindindi and Mansfield shires,  is now open for applications. There are some scholarships available for those working or volunteering in the agriculture, dairy and agribusiness, or environment sectors. For information on how to apply go to http://www.rrclp.org.au/apply/. Contact executive officer Lisa Linton on 0409 287 577 to discuss participation in the program.

Coming up:

Monday 4 February: State Commemoration of 10-year anniversary of 2009 Victorian bushfires, Melbourne

Tuesday 12 February: Parliament resumes at Parliament House in Canberra

The Scoop puzzles

Volunteers provide fantastic help in Cathy’s offices in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Canberra. Thanks to Tony Perrott, we welcomed back the Scoop puzzle segment last week. 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)?

Implements used by violinist and gardener.

Test your INDI knowledge

Which town is the furthest north?

A             Wahgunyah

B             Wodonga

C             Walwa

Answers to week 21.

Cryptic town: Gooram.  INDI Knowledge: A, The Murray River is in NSW (Victoria only has the southern bank), all the others are in Indi.

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