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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 and 2016.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Agriculture and Industry from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16; Infrastructure, Transport and Cities from 15.9.16.

Joint Statutory: Human Rights from 14.5.15 to 9.5.16.

Joint Standing: National Broadband Network from 10.10.16.

House of Representatives Select: Regional Development and Decentralisation from 13.6.17 to 28.6.18.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 26.3.18.


Born 29.11.1953, Albury, NSW.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Monash), DipEd (Melb.), MAppSc (UWS).

Teacher 1977-80.

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 2003.

Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, January 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: 28 567 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 103 734 (at 2.7.16).

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