The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 22 February 2019
Posted February 22, 2019
The Singapore High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Kwok Fook Seng came to say goodbye to Cathy in her office in Parliament House and met some of our wonderful volunteers.
Cathy welcomed long-time volunteers in the Wangaratta Electorate Office David Godkin and Glenis Rice to her Parliament House office this week.
Cathy said goodbye to local media at her final Friday media conference today.
Office for Regional Development needed
A Private Member’s Bill to create an Office for Regional Australia was presented in Parliament on Monday. A planned approach to regional development is vital for the sustainability of regional development.
Drought Fund bill will benefit farming communities
The Future Drought Fund bill has been strengthened to provide greater transparency and oversight. Importantly it gives rural experts a voice in implementation.
Talking about trains
The ARTC will be in Euroa 27-28 February and Wangaratta 5-6 March to have more conversations about the North East Line Upgrade and Inland Rail projects. For times and locations, visit
Cathy will be attending the announcement by Senator Bridget McKenzie of funding for the Wodonga Football Club at Martin Park, Wodonga, at 11am on Monday, and the announcement of funding for the Cudgewa Netball Football Club in Cudgewa at 2.30pm on the same day.
Wangaratta-based Women’s Health Goulburn North East will receive $50,000 under the Fostering Integration grants scheme to help migrants, particularly young people, in regional areas in employment and community participation.
- 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.
- 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.
This week in Parliament
Legislation passed in the House this week:
- Defence Legislation Amendment 2018
- Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) 2018
- Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) 2018 > amendments from Senate
- Income Tax (Managed Investment Trust Withholding Tax) Amendment 2018
- Income Tax Rates Amendment (Sovereign Entities) 2018
- Parliamentary Service Amendment (Post-election Report) 2018
- Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Supporting Retirement Incomes) 2018
- Telecommunications Legislation Amendment 2018
- Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Foreign Investors Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) 2018
- Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Infrastructure Financing) 2019
- Future Drought Fund 2019
- Governor-General Amendment (Salary) 2019
- Treatment Benefits (Special Access) 2019B
- Treatment Benefits (Special Access) (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) 2019
For more details visit https://www.aph.gov.au/
Parliament resumes on Tuesday 2 April for the Budget Session.
- Meeting with Tallangatta Health, 9am, Tuesday
- Social Justice Forum, 10.30am, Friday, at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Wodonga
- Yackandandah Folk Festival choir rehearsal, Sunday
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.
What Indi town is this (in Wangaratta Shire)?
Someone who goes on and on and on about their wheels.
Test your INDI knowledge
Which is the odd one out?
A Staircase spur
B Bon Accord spur
C The Razorback
D Bungalow spur
E Diamantina spur
Answers to week 24. Cryptic town: Euroa. Puzzle 1: 1 Indi, 2 Neat, 3 Daze, 4 Item