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Action for Indi

We all share a passion to ensure that Indi has a strong voice in Government.  I have never shied away when there's a tough job to tackle and with over a decade of experience in Government, I know how to get things done.  Time out of the political bubble has provided me with a renewed perspective and reaffirmed the strength of my commitment to our local community.  There's a lot to do and I'm up for the challenge.

Our campaign will be strong on policy, on integrity and accountability. We need good roads and solid infrastructure, action on industry, support for farmers and to maximise our tourism potential. We want our region to thrive, which is why we need to turn talk into action.  We need your help to ensure representation that will bring real results for Indi.

Taking Dairy concerns back to Government

This week I met with local dairy farmers in the King Valley to hear their concerns about the current dairy crisis.  I sat down with local farmers and asked them what their concerns are so I can report back to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition government.  Obviously dairy farmers in different districts have different views. I want to make sure the government takes into account all views when it is making decisions.

 

Concerns were raised about costs to production including the dairy industry levy, carbon tax and interest paid on loans.  Farmers I have spoken with are concerned with the levy they are paying to Dairy Australia - for some farms that’s a cost of $14,000 a year that they cannot afford to bare at this time and can’t see direct benefits to their businesses.

We cannot allow for the carbon tax to be reintroduced by a Labor, Greens, Independent coalition. It will decimate our local economy and communities.   Cathy McGowan voted to keep a carbon tax – the same tax that increased the cost of production on the average dairy farm by up to $7,000.

As part of my plan for Indi, I won’t vote for a carbon tax. I will fight for tax concessions for regional business as well as ensuring farmers don’t pay through the nose for their water.

It was fantastic to see the local community rally behind local farmers and encouraged people to continue to support each other. It’s really important that farmers, especially those who are relatively new to the dairy industry, reach out to the community at this time.


Volunteers Grants for Indi


70 organisations across Indi have received funding from the Coalition Government’s Volunteer Grants Program.  The Coalition Government’s $20 million Volunteer Grants Program has provided between $1,000 and $5,000 to community organisation for groups to the work of local volunteers.  

I wrote to a range of volunteer groups across our region to encourage them to look at the grants available that might help their operations and I’m delighted that so many volunteer groups will benefit from this funding.  

$253, 929 has been provided across 70 organisations in the electorate to support critical purchases for things like electronic equipment, first aid and helping with transport, storage and training costs.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities and underpin local sports, emergency services and a range of community support programs across our region.

I'm pictured here with Val from Mansfield Radio.  Mansfield Radio received funding to help with the purchase of furniture and applicances.

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2016 Budget

Measures announced in the 2016 Federal Budget support the growth of small business and local agriculture as vital to jobs and economic growth in the region.  From 1 July the small business tax rate will be lowered to 27.5 per cent and the turnover threshold for small businesses able to access it will be increased from $2 million to $10 million. Businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million will also be able to access immediate tax deductability for asset purchases costing less than $20,000 until 30 June 2017.

This budget acknowledges the vital role that small business plays in regional economies and gives them the opportunity to grow and employ people.  15,048 businesses in Indi will gaining access to lower taxes and/or greater concessions as a result of the Budget 2016-17.

The Youth Jobs PaTH program will help prepare young people for the workplace, provide incentives for internships and a Youth Bonus wage subsidy up to $10,000 for businesses who take on an eligible job seeker.

Water security is essential to our region and will help our local industries realise export growth opportunities and meet growing demand in the future.I will fight for a share of the $2 billion funding provided under the National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility to build Big Buffalo Dam if re-elected.  We should not be relying on our aquifer to secure our water supply and building Big Buffalo is a realistic solution, it just needs the political will to achieve it.

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