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The Indi Weekly Scoop, Friday 8 February 2019

Posted February 08, 2019




Caption: On Monday evening Cathy met Murrindindi locals and former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce at the State Commemoration of the Victorian bushfires in 2009.

Remembering the 2009 bushfires

On Monday Cathy attended the Victorian State Commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of 2009 Victorian bushfires at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. It was a sensitive and respectful event held to acknowledge the impact of the 2009 fires that claimed the lives of 173 people and destroyed properties, townships and livelihoods. Cathy will also be attending a bushfire commemorative event and photo display at Mudgegonga on Saturday night.



Caption: Cathy this week met with BRAG members Bill Traill and John Dunstan to discuss progress of the North East Rail Line.

Democracy in action – Urgent Medical Transfers Amendment

A vigil was held in Wodonga this morning in relation to the Urgent Medical Transfer amendment coming to Federal Parliament next week. About 50 people attended asking Cathy to vote in favour of the amendment. Cathy welcomes all community discussion on this important matter. Later in the day she met with representatives of refugee advocacy groups, Freida Andrews (Convenor Northern Victoria Refugee Support Network) and Marie Sellstrom (National President of Rural Australians for Refugees) to discuss the issue.

There has been a lot of action on this issue with 433 emails, letters and contacts from Indi constituents to Cathy’s office, and two vigils, the one in Wodonga and one last week in Wangaratta.  

The amendment will be debated in Parliament next week. Please keep up to date via Cathy’s facebook page.

Welcome Senator Bridget McKenzie

National Party Senator Bridget McKenzie has opened her office in High Street, Wodonga. Cathy welcomes her to Wodonga and the electorate of Indi. If you want to contact Senator McKenzie’s office the number is 02 6024 2560.

Southern Aurora Commemoration

Congratulations to the community of Violet Town who have created a memorial to the nine people who died and over 120 others who were impacted by the Southern Aurora rail accident 50 years ago in their town. On Sunday a special commemorative event will be held beginning with the opening of a memorial garden in Cowslip Street, Violet Town.

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.


Human Rights Commission consultations – inquiry into sexual harassment

Commissioner Kate Jenkins is coming to Albury Wodonga next week for consultations for the national Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. Come and learn about the work of the Commission and share your experiences.

Thursday 14 February, The Cube, Hovell Street, Wodonga:

  • Employer consultation (Albury-Wodonga): Thursday 14 February 2019, 9:30am-11am. Register now via this link.
  • Policy consultation (Albury-Wodonga): Thursday 14 February 2019, 11:30am-1pm. Register now via this link.

Social Justice forum

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Social Services, Dr Cassandra Goldie, is the key note speaker at a forum entitled  Poverty in Australia – Why? at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Beechworth Road, Wodonga. It starts at 10.30am on Friday 1 March.  RSVP by Friday 22nd February 2019 to Judith.butler@wodongastst.victas.uca.org.au, or phone 02 6024 2108.

Coming up

Cathy heads to Canberra next week with staff and volunteers for the first sitting week of the year. It will be a busy week with key legislation to be dealt with involving medical transfer of refugees, reducing power prices, setting an emission target, the government’s response to the Regions at the Ready report, the National Integrity Commission and the future drought fund. Keep updated via Cathy’s facebook page.

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.

Good luck!

What Indi town is this (in Strathbogie Shire)?

End of rainbow for this population?

Test your INDI knowledge

Who is the odd one out?

A             Dean Woods, OAM, Olympic cyclist

B             Barry Cassidy, political journalist, ABC Insiders

C             Belinda Hocking, gold medallist Commonwealth Games Backstroke, 2014

D            Nick Morris, OAM Wheelchair paralympics 1996

E             Sir John Bowser, 26th Premier of Victoria.


Answers to week 22. Cryptic town: Boho. INDI Knowledge, C



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