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The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 1 March 2019

Posted March 01, 2019



Caption: CEO of Australian Council of Social Services, Dr Cassandra Goldie; independent candidate for Indi, Dr Helen Haines; financial counsellor Sandra Blake and Cathy at the Social Justice Forum in Wodonga.

Social Justice Forum

“Raise the Rate” – the campaign to increase the Newstart allowance was the key message from Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of Australian Council of Social Services, who was in Wodonga today.

Well done and thank you to the St Stephen’s Uniting Church Social Justice Group which organised the forum. St Stephen’s has helped with representations on payday lending and social services. UnitingCare at St Stephen’s does wonderful work to provide emergency relief to community members. They can be contacted on (02) 6024 2108.


Caption: Cudgewa locals gather for the announcement of the $200,000 grant for the netball club.

Congratulations to Indi - $440k in one day 

  • Cudgewa Football and Netball Club for a grant of $200,000 for upgraded netball courts
  • Wodonga Football and Sports Club: $205,360 for new lighting at Martin Park
  • Wangaratta Clay Target Club: $35,980 for ground amenities 

NDIS sessions

NDIS team members will answer questions from community members at a forum in Alexandra on Wednesday 13 March, 9.30am-11.30am, Alexandra Shire Hall, 1 Perkins St, Alexandra. https://bit.ly/2VsTlzw

Don’t forget to register for the NDIS forum at Benalla on Thursday, 28 March. Contact my office at cathy.mcgowan.mp@aph.gov.au to receive further details.

Bushfire Recovery Fund

Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation’s Bushfire Recovery Fund is open, supporting projects in the Marysville, Buxton, Granton, Narbethong and Taggerty areas. Applications close on 14 November, forms are here http://marysvilletrianglefoundation.org.au/community-grants/

Border Trust community grant round opens

Get in quick for the next community grant round for Border Trust. The Trust provides small grants for big ideas. Expressions of interest close on 15 March 2019 with successful applicants announced on Thursday 30 May. For details, (02) 6081 7201 or mail@bordertrust.org.au. Application forms are available at http://bordertrust.org.au/grants/general-information/

Talking about trains

The ARTC will be in Wangaratta on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 and 6 March, for more conversations about the North East Line Upgrade and Inland Rail projects.

  • 5 March, 5pm-7pm, WPAC
  • 6 March,7am-10am, Wangaratta Railway Station
  • 6 March, 11am-1pm, WPAC


Indigenous Protected Areas

Applications to establish new Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia are now open. Applications 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

  • Indi Telecommunications Action Group meeting, Tuesday, 5 March, 12-1.30pm, Wangaratta Electorate office
  • Wodonga Koorie Youth Network, the Cube, Wodonga, Thursday, 7 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm, launch of their Community Action Plan and video
  • Mobile Black Spot Program tower, Edi Upper Community Celebration, Edi Upper Hall, recreation reserve, Tuesday, 19 March, 4.30pm
  • Mobile Black Spot Program tower, Tallangatta Valley & Tallandoon Community Celebrations, Wednesday, 20 March, 2pm-3pm, Bullioh Football Ground
  • Parliament resumes on Tuesday 2 April for the Budget Session.

The Scoop puzzles

The first puzzle is the name of a town in Indi with a cryptic clue.

Good luck!

Cryptic:  what Indi town is this (in Alpine Shire)?

Two firearms shot backwards!

Test your INDI knowledge

439 is a special number because:

  1. On the Gregorian Calendar, it is the Year of the Consulship of Theodosius and Festus
  2. It is the Class of Steam Engine (think Thomas) on the Caledonian Railway in 1900.
  3. It is a prime number.
  4. It is the number of votes that Cathy won by in the 2013 federal election.

Answers to week 25. Cryptic town: Carbour. INDI Knowledge: The Staircase is a route up to Mt Bogong. The others can be used to climb Mt Feathertop.

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