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The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 25 January 2019

Posted January 25, 2019


First Nations’ meeting

Today Cathy and Independent Orange candidate for Indi, Dr Helen Haines met with the First Nations Seniors’ Consultative Group in Wodonga at the group’s first meeting for 2019.  The meeting provided Cathy with information for her Closing the Gap speech that she will deliver in February.


Photo: Today’s meeting of the First Nations Seniors’ Consultative Group.

Celebrating Australia Day 2019

Tomorrow Cathy will be in Wodonga’s Les Stone Park to participate in Australia Day celebrations. This will be an opportunity to acknowledge the Wodonga 2019 Citizen of the Year, Rupinder Kaur, who has been a volunteer in Cathy’s Parliament House program in Canberra. Cathy’s Australia Day message is here.  Learn more about the Australian 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

Cathy in Mansfield this week

It was a delight for Cathy to catch up with Miss Lois Farrall from Mansfield and present in person a congratulations message to mark her 105th birthday on 19 January! Dr Helen Haines joined Cathy to visit Miss Farrall at the Buckland House Nursing Home. 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.


Photo: Dr Helen Haines with Miss Lois Farrall and Cathy this week at Buckland House Nursing Home.

Nurses’ seat at Mansfield

Among the grants received in Indi in 2018 under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program was $3475 for the Mansfield Historical Society to create a memorial garden with plaques and a timber chair to recognise five local nurses who served in World War I. On Wednesday, Cathy and Dr Helen Haines took the opportunity to visit the garden and meet with members of the society involved in the project. Indi has received $170,000 for Anzac and Armistice centenary grants. Cathy worked with RSL sub-branches and the Mansfield Historical Society to receive $45,666 for seven projects in Indi under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program and $124,777 under the Anzac Centenary Grants program.


Photo: Dr Helen Haines with members of the Mansfield Historical Society Sue Gardner and Ann Ware on the nurses’ seat that recognises five local nurses in World War I.


Photo: One of plaques that recognises Sister Agnes King, a former matron of Mansfield Hospital.

Community meeting focuses on NDIS

Issues raised at the breakfast meeting in Mansfield this week included the NDIS, housing, population policy and the role of local government. A briefing on the NDIS is planned for Benalla in March. Further details will be available soon. The seamless baton change continues with Cathy and Dr Haines receiving a briefing from Mansfield Shire Council ahead of next Thursday’s Indi local government roundtable in Wangaratta. The roundtable will be attended by Mayors and CEOs from throughout the electorate.



Photos: Cathy and Dr Helen Haines met with members of the community for breakfast in Mansfield this week.


Photo: Dr Helen Haines with Dawn Friday in Mansfield.


Time’s running out to have a say on regional, rural and remote education

Submissions close on 1 February to have a say and inform the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy. Details here at docs.education.gov.au/node/52061. Cathy’s call for submissions is at http://www.cathymcgowan.com.au/have_a_say_about_regional_rural_and_remote_education

Submissions to Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) model close soon

On December 13, 2018, the Federal Government announced the establishment of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) to address public sector integrity. Further information on the CIC model can be found in the consultation paper here. The Government is inviting submissions on the establishment of the CIC. They close at 5pm on 1 February 2019 at anticorruption@ag.gov.au

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.

Record on refugees speaks for itself

Constituents are continuing to send in their comments 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 response to the current debate is available here.  For those who are still to send in their comments, please do so via  Cathy.McGowan.MP@aph.gov.au

Apply now for Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program

The Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program 2019 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:

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

Thursday 31 January: Indi Local Government roundtable, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

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

The Scoop puzzles

Volunteers provide wonderful assistance in Cathy’s offices in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Canberra. Thanks to Tony Perrott, we welcome back the Scoop puzzle segment. 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)?

Sticky stuff on a sheep.

Test your INDI knowledge

Which one is the odd one out?

A             Murray River

B             Mitta Mitta River

C             Kiewa River

D             Ovens River

E              King River

F              Broken River

G             Goulburn River

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