Stronger Communities Program
Indi’s $150,000 Stronger Communities Program is now open.
My office is taking expressions of interest for grants for Indi-based projects from Tuesday January 19 until Friday February 26 2021.
Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations, local government and trustees responsible for community assets are eligible for these grants, targeted at community projects that support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of between $2500 to $20,000 are available for up to 20 eligible projects.
I will work with a committee of local government and community group representatives to assess the expressions of interest. Those who are successful will then be invited to submit a full application. The final funding decision will be made by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit:
Australian Federal Integrity Commission
On October 26, 2020, I introduced a bill to parliament to establish the Australian Federal Integrity Commission (AFIC).
Too often, this government shuts down debate on bills it doesn’t like. In fact, almost half the votes in parliament are when the government tries to silence elected representatives.
But this issue is too important for politics – this is about the integrity of our democracy.
So I’m calling on the government to #BringOnDebate, let our parliament do what it was created to do. And let us pass this important legislation that Australians want, that the government promised, and which we must now deliver.
Local Power Plan
The Local Power Plan is a blueprint for everyday Australians to benefit from renewable energy.
The Plan will deliver lower power bills, stronger energy security, new jobs and more opportunities for the people and communities of rural and regional Australia.
To everyone who believes the future of our regions will be based on the clean industries of the 21st century, the Local Power Plan offers a practical way to make that happen.
To everyone who is willing to work hard and work smart to make our country the clean energy superpower of the world, the Local Power Plan is a way to achieve that vision.
Now, more than ever, that’s exactly what we need.
Indi 2021 Budget priorities
I’ve worked with Indi’s nine local councils to identify economic recovery priorities and shovel-ready projects ahead of the 2021 federal budget. Together we finalised our submission to the government in a roundtable discussion on January 28.
I’ll be speaking with the Prime Minister, Treasurer and other ministers to champion these priorities.
The submission includes recommendations across tourism recovery, bushfire resilience, digital business and connectivity, rural health, education and renewable energy.