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McGOWAN, Catherine (Cathy), AOBiography for McGOWAN, Catherine (Cathy), AO

Member for Indi (Vic)


Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Indi, Victoria, 2013. Re-elected 2016.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 14.5.2015 to 9.5.2016.

Joint Standing: National Broadband Network from 10.10.2016.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 26.3.2018.

House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture and Industry from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Infrastructure, Transport and Cities from 15.9.2016.

House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 13.6.2017 to 28.6.2018.


Born 29.11.1953, Albury, Australia.

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Monash)

Dip.Ed (Melb.)

M.App.Sc (UWS)


Legislative and research assistant to the Member for Indi, EC Cameron, MP 1980-83

Rural community consultant 1984-87

Rural Affairs Adviser, Dept of Agriculture (Vic.) 1987-90

Managing Director, Catherine McGowan Consulting (leadership, agriculture, community development) 1990-2013

Lecturer, University of Western Sydney 1992-2003


Awarded Centenary Medal, 01.01.2001

Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, 14.06.2004


Description: Rural

Location: north-eastern Victoria; the main towns include main towns include Alexandra, Beechworth, Benalla, Bright, Corryong, Eildon, Kinglake, Mansfield, Marysville, Mount Beauty, Myrtleford, Rutherglen, Tallangatta, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yea.

Area: 28567 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 103734 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: tourism, forestry, wood chipping, viticulture, agriculture, timber processing and manufacturing.