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The Indi Weekly Scoop Friday 8 March 2019

Posted March 08, 2019



Bellbridge Early Years Childcare Centre

Late last year this centre, and others in the electorate, were in difficulty and due to close. After lobbying by the communities involved and meetings with key Government Minister, interim funding and support was made available.

This beautiful photo and note came this week from the parents and committee members of the Bellbridge Early Years Childcare Centre. (All parents have given their signed permission for the attached photograph to be used and circulated).

As grateful parents, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to you and for pulling out all the stops, just before Christmas to save the Bellbridge Early Years Childcare Centre.

To see the difference you’ve made, we thought this picture would illustrate the point better than words.

Last weekend we held a successful working bee at the centre to revamp the outdoor area. It was lovely to see so many of the parents and facilitators working together to improve the landscaping and make it a much more enjoyable space.

One of the great positives we can take from this experience is that we now know each other in our small community a lot better. We have also seen a dramatic increase in the numbers on the parents committee highlighting that we all want to see a success made of the centre and for it to continue to grow.

Thank you once again for your passion, support and commitment to rural education and communities.


International Women’s Day

Today is the day. To women everywhere, this is a day to reflect on our many achievements and the work that is still to be done to create a more equitable world for our daughters, nieces, sisters, friends and to make the world a better place for all.

Congratulations Indi people

$3.45 million announced this week by the Federal Government for 14 different projects across the Indi electorate in the Building Better Regions Fund. Congratulations to the communities and organisations who worked so hard to get their applications in. Well done! NOTE: Community members have raised with me some issues in relation to the announcement of these grants and I have asked the Auditor-General to investigate the process and transparency of how the announcement was made.


Caption: Graham Jenkin, president of Business Wodonga, is congratulated by Cathy on their successful BBRF grant of $20,000. The grant will be used to develop a strategic plan to improve employment opportunities in the Albury Wodonga region, with an initial focus on partners of defence personal.


A petition from residents and business operators in Oxley mobile phone reception to fix a black spot in their area has been sent to Canberra for consideration. This is a safety issue for the community.

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

Benalla session: Don’t forget to register for the NDIS forum at Benalla on Thursday, 28 March.

9am-11am, NDIS Community Information Session, Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla

Irrigation Plan

North East Catchment Management Authority wants feedback to guide the renewal of the North East Sustainable Irrigation Plan, to set the direction for sustainable irrigation in the North East catchment area. https://www.necma.vic.gov.au/sustainable-irrigation

Comments close on the Friday 29 March. For more, contact Brooke Hermans, Project Manager, on 0428 966 838 or email brooke.hermans@necma.vic.gov.au

Indi expats breakfast

Cathy is looking forward to joining Indi folk who have moved from the electorate to Canberra at a breakfast gathering in Parliament House on the morning of 2 April. This is an important mechanism to stay connected. If you know a young person in Canberra who would like to join the breakfast send an email RSVP to indiexpatscanberra@gmail.com

North East Youth Politics Camp

The North East Youth Politics Camp is for young people aged 14-20 who want to learn how to influence change in their community. Bookings close on 11 March and are strictly limited. For details and bookings, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2019-youth-politics-camp-tickets-55323744810


Funding available – extension: 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 NOW 12 March. https://www.necma.vic.gov.au/Solutions/Grants-Incentives

Community Heritage Grants: Up to $15,000 for cultural heritage collections of national significance. Not-for-profit organisations, historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups throughout Australia, are encouraged to apply. http://www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg Closes on 6 May 2019.

Border Trust: The Trust provides small grants for big ideas. Expressions of interest close on 15 March 2019, announced on Thursday 30 May. For details, (02) 6081 7201 or mail@bordertrust.org.au. Application forms at http://bordertrust.org.au/grants/general-information/

Indigenous Protected Areas: Applications to establish new Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia close on 30 April 2019. For more information - Grant opportunities for the new IPA program on the indigenous.gov.au website.

Youngcare At Home Care Grants: $2,000-$10,000 for equipment, home modifications or services enabling young people with high care needs to remain at home. Applications close 4pm, Wednesday 13 March.  1800 844 727ahcg@youngcare.com.au

My Aged Care

The Australian Government’s My Aged Care phone line and website can give you information and help you access aged care services. www.myagedcare.gov.au or call 1800 200 422 Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Coming up in Cathy’s diary

  • Thursday, 14 March from 3.30pm: Wodonga and Baranduda, Stronger Communities Program projects unveiling
  • Friday, 15 March at 9.15am: guest speaker, leadership event at Cathedral College, Wangaratta
  • Friday, 15 March at 2pm: guest speaker, U3A event, Myrtleford
  • Sunday, 17 March at 7pm: guest speaker, Western Sydney University, Parramatta – Reinventing Democracy
  • Monday, 18 March at 10am: guest speaker, Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury campus, agriculture students
  • Tuesday, 19 March at 4.30pm: Mobile Black Spot phone tower celebration, Edi Upper Community Celebration, Edi Upper Hall
  • Wednesday, 20 March at 2pm: Mobile Black Spot tower double celebration, Tallangatta Valley & Tallandoon, Tallangatta Valley Hall, Wyeeboo Recreation Reserve
  • Parliament resumes on Tuesday 2 April for the Budget Session.

The Scoop puzzles

Week 27

Cryptic: What Indi town is this (in Murrindindi Shire)?

Stag's hundred.

PUZZLE 2              Use the clues to fill in the grid (across and down)



















  1. Drawn (game)
  2. Federal electorate
  3. Paradise
  4. Eat (cat food perhaps)


Answers to week 26. Cryptic town: Nug Nug

INDI Knowledge. D

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