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Delivering for Indi

As a strong, Independent voice, I have delivered for our region:

Phone and Internet

Since I was elected in 2019, Indi has won 40 per cent of all new mobile phone towers in Victoria under the federal Mobile Black Spot Program.

I have helped secure funding for 12 new towers across Indi, including at Harrietville, Taggerty, Creighton’s Creek, Cudgewa, Mt Bruno, Burrowye, Koetong, Frenchman’s Gap, Tawonga, Tarrawingee, Boho South and Goorambat.

I helped secure $2.6 million to rebuild the 42-kilometre fibre optic cable through the Upper Ovens to bring high speed internet.

Renewable energy

I have helped secure over $7 million for local renewable energy projects including:

  • $1.9 million for a micro-grid in Wodonga to lower bills for businesses
  • $3.6 million for community batteries in the Upper Murray to store power for emergencies
  • $520,000 for 27 dairy farmers across Indi to install energy efficiency equipment
  • $540,000 to develop community batteries in Beechworth, Bright, and Mt Beauty
  • $615,000 to develop a community battery in Corryong
  • $14,000 to install a solar and battery system on the Rutherglen Senior Citizens’ Clubroom
  • $100,000 for the Jamieson Community Energy Node
  • $11,000 for a solar and battery system at the Y Water Discovery Centre in Yea
  • $9000 for a battery and energy efficient lights for the Merrijig Public Hall.

Economic projects

I have helped secure over $80 million in economic development projects for Indi including:

  • $5.1 million for the Rutherglen Wine, Walk, Cycle Trail
  • $4.5 million for Mansfield Autism Statewide Services
  • $3.5 million for the Mansfield basketball stadium
  • $9.4 million for new civil and tourism infrastructure for the Alpine Resorts
  • $1.9 million for the Wodonga Exhibition Centre Redevelopment Project
  • $32.1 million for the Hydrogen Park Murray Valley project through ARENA’s Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding program
  • $15 million for a six-year contract for Wangaratta-based defence supplier Pentarch Industrial to guarantee 13 local jobs until 2026.

Bushfire recovery

More than $120 million in bushfire recovery funding has flowed to Indi including:

  • $16.7 million for 261 primary producers impacted by the fires
  • $5.3 million in direct payments to individuals
  • $10.4 million for local timber processing mills, including D&R Henderson and Ryan and McNulty timber mills in Benalla
  • $10,000 recovery grants for more than 1300 local small businesses
  • $7.5 million for upgraded tourist infrastructure in Dinner Plain, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham
  • Upgrades to 21 mobile phone towers.

Mental Health

I secured $800,000 in mental health funding for the Upper Murray as part of the Black Summer bushfire recovery.

Corryong Health will receive $100,000 every year for the next three years for mental health care, after I secured the commitment from the Federal Government.

The ongoing funding is on top of the $500,000 delivered to the Upper Murray in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires.

Local Roads and Bridges 

Indi has secured $83 million for local roads and bridges while I have been the MP, including:

  • $5.5 million for Alpine Shire
    • Including $1.3 million to upgrade the Bay Creek Bridge and Nimmo Bridge
  • $5.8 million for Benalla Shire
    • Including $3.2 million for safety works on the Midland Highway
  • $4.2 million for Wodonga
  • $7.5 million for Indigo
  • $4.1 million for Mansfield
  • $10.1 million for Murrindindi
    • Including $2.4 million for bridgeworks in Glenburn, Yea, and Eildon
  • $12.3 million for Wangaratta
    • Including upgrades to the Springhurst Developmental Road and
  • $11.3 million for Strathbogie
  • $21.7 million for Towong
    • Including for the Dargo High Plains Road, and safety upgrades along Lake Road near Bethanga and Old Tallangatta.

Drought

While I have been the MP, Indi has secured:

  • $1 million for drought-resilience projects through the Drought Communities Program in Benalla.
  • $2 million for drought resilience projects in Strathbogie Shire through the Drought Communities Program.