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The Indi Weekly Scoop - 13 October 2016


cathy mcgowan in parliament

Answers sought on water releases
Landholders affected by water releases from Lake Hume weir had their case heard in parliament this week. Cathy called on Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce to answer questions about the way the water releases were managed. Three days later she was able to meet personally with representatives from the Murray Darling Basin Authority to discuss a visit to Indi. Watch this space.

Mobile childcare services could be lost under changes
Wodonga’s Community Early Years Childcare service is under threat from funding changes in the Jobs and Families Childcare package. Cathy asked the Prime Minister this week about the possible impact of the Jobs and Families Childcare Package this week in Question Time.

Young people need support to participate in civic life
A Minister for Youth might be part of the answer to help young people participate in democratic processes and community life. This was one point in Cathy’s speech to the parliament this week when she addressed the fact that around 350,000 eligible young people are not enrolled to vote.


Students impress in Canberra
Student leaders from FCJ College Benalla and Sacred Heart College visited Canberra this week as part of the Indi Leadership Acknowledgement Program supports young people's leadership in schools in North East Victoria.

Wangaratta West Primary School also visited Parliament House and asked Cathy some probing questions, including her stance on marriage equality and who she barracks for in Australian Rules Football. Schools wanting to visit Canberra have access to funding under the PACER program.

Myrtleford and Porepunkah congratulated for funding effort
The hard work of community group PUNCA in Porepunkah and the Alpine Shire Council in securing $990,000 from the National Stronger Regions fund was recognised in parliament. The funding is for the Alpine Better Places Project which will encourage visitors to stop and spend more time and money in these beautiful towns.


Volunteers prove an asset in Canberra
Thank you to volunteers Francine and Polly who joined us in our Canberra office this week. Volunteers are an important part of our team and their activities this week included greeting visitors, representing Cathy at events, researching for speeches, supporting the new staff and helping to run the office. If you are interested in being a volunteer with Cathy's team, you can find out more information here.


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