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Blog reboot Antwerp and beyond. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rebooting this blog on a trip to Europe after doing an art blog for the past year.

Antwerp is home to the Antwerp Six, Belgiums most influential avant grade fashion designers. Its also a city that has everything that a larger city has but without the hassle, with  a population of around half a million inhabitants. It has street cars and is flat and is easy to walk around. When walking around at night you can come across these random video projections about refugees!



What's your favorite thing to do in Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wife and I are spending our honeymoon making circles around Australia this weekend (her dream trip!).

We'll be in Cairns for 4 days, and would love to see the reef and the rainforest, if possible?

But we also wanted to find some non-insanely-touristy-but-still-super-cool stuff to do, or ideally, find a bunch of locals to just chill and hang out with.

What's your favorite thing to do in Cairns?

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Will you be able to afford your electricity bill this summer? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Daily Examiner, 22 November 2017, p.5:

Power price hikes have tripled wage growth in the past decade and experts fear more NSW families could have their electricity disconnected this summer.

New data shows the average electricity bill has jumped a whopping 116 per cent from $1282 in 2007 to $2770 in 2017, while the median wage has grown just 35 per cent from $59,723 to $80,382.

The figures, compiled exclusively for The Daily Telegraph by price comparison firm Finder, reveal the average bill jumped 10.5 per cent in the past year alone, while wages grew just 2.2 per cent.

Analysis shows the portion of their wages workers are spending on their bills has grown more than 60 per cent in those 10 years.

Experts are now worried that residents forced to spend a bigger chunk of their wages on electricity could risk disconnections this summer as airconditioner use pushes bills even higher.

While state and federal politicians remain divided on how to tackle soaring power prices, figures from the Australian Energy Regulator show that from 2014 to 2017 the number of customers on hardship programs has risen from 18,293 to 24,921. The number of customers with bill debt has also jumped almost 20,000 in the past year, with 85,801 customers now in debt compared with 68,487 last year.

In the most recent financial quarter there were 7775 electricity disconnections in NSW and 1908 households with their gas cut off.



Draining the Australian swamp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Both Queensland Liberal senator George Brandis QC, Attorney General and recently appointed WA senator Peter Georgiou reportedly, have dual citizenship but are not included in this list.


These Members of Parliament soon will have to declare their dual citizenship under Section 44 (ii) of the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia, which will prevent them from sitting in Parliament. The political party controlled High Court created this mess in 1999 when it declared Britain as a foreign power. (Sue-v-Hill)


Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo get Chinese government funds for Indias Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

22 November 2017: Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy,  is furious former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took part in selling Adani to China after news the Adani Group is close to securing finance for its coal mine and railway track in coming weeks with Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies backing the venture.

Media reports a director of Adani Mining said just days ago they would no longer need funding from Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and a formal announcement of a financial close was imminent. It was reported in The Australian on Nov 14th Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo wrote to top Chinese officials to vouch for Indian giant Adani. The report said they sent a letter to the chairman of Chinas powerful National Development and Reform Commission saying they welcomed foreign lending to support the development of major projects in Australia.

Katter calls Liberals Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo traitors for brokering Chinese Government funds to help Adani open Australias largest coal mine creating thousands of Chinese jobs in Central Queensland

If you sell your country out, then youre a traitor, Mr Katter said.



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AC/DC guitarist dead at 64 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.

Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom.

Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DCs history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.

AC/DC producer George Young dies at 70

AC/DC: Malcolm Young suffering from dementia

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams announces retirement

Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many, the statement read.

From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.

AC/DCImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionAC/DC are one of the biggest heavy rock bands in the world

Fans and friends of Young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media.

Tom Morello, of the US band Rage Against the Machine, tweeted his thanks to the #1 greatest rhythm guitarist.


Priest in court over assaults on teen boys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Daily Telegraph

Priest in court over assaults on teen boys

A former Catholic priest has been extradited from New Zealand to Sydney and charged with historic child sex offences.

Detectives travelled to New Zealand on Wednesday to bring the 58-year-old man back to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with sexual and indecent assaults in the late 1980s against seven teenage boys aged between 14 and 20.

The ex-priest was due to face Sydneys Central Local Court on Wednesday.

He was originally arrested at his Hamilton home in New Zealand in late July after Sydney detectives received a referral in 2014 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Its alleged the assaults were linked to an educational facility in Dundas in western Sydney.


MACKAY Man to face court on property offences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man to face court on property offences

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MACKAY Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh

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He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on November 22 to have the matters heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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Bulimba's wildlife surviving in suburbia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Small-leaved lilly pilly, INSET: Australasian figbird (male), Bulimba.

A sunny afternoon spent in Bulimba last Thursday afternoon offered up some great encounters with a variety of reptiles, birds and insects.

Parking near the main shopping and dining precinct along Oxford Street, I explored the shady edges of the adjacent Memorial Park first, finding a gravid dark bar-sided skink (Concinnia martini) outside her hideaway in a fig tree hollow.

Little friarbird (Philemon citreogularis), Bulimba.
Elsewhere in the park, a straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) performed free sportsfield maintenance for the community, using its long bill to reach at grubs eating the grass roots.

I then walked down Godwin Street en route to another park, noting a beautiful small-leaved lilly pilly (Syzigium luehmannii) fruiting beside the footpath.


Great! Egret similarities breed contretemps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eastern Great Egret stands amid mixed mob of 100 or so egrets, ibises and spoonbills clustered in fast diminishing reedy shallows today showing off breeding plumage and accompanying dark bill.

And the usual aggression against others of its species: ditto Little Egrets and Intermediate Egrets. Spoonbills and ibises - more sociable flock feeders - ignored the skirmishes around and above them.

Elsewhere, Leaden Flycatchers seen busily beginning nest early in the week (and completed yesterday) lost the lot overnight. Selfish thought: they'll build again, but probably without being spotted and offering photo opportunities.

Also unlikely, more sightings of Burtons Snake Lizard, seen above in the middle of Town Common road during a spotlighting drive. Lack of working legs didn't stop it hot-footing it into roadside grasses. (It may have been more than coincidence seeing slimmer but t...


As Citizenship Crisis Widens, Ninth Australian Lawmaker Quits "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore announces her resignation at a NEWs conference at her office in Adelaide, November 22, 2017. AAP/David Mariuz/via Reuters

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore announces her resignation at a NEWs conference at her office in Adelaide, November 22, 2017. AAP/David Mariuz/via Reuters

Sydney: A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its majority.

The resignation of Skye Kakoschke-Moore, one of three senators in the centre-right Nick Xenophon Team, over the surprise revelation that she wa...


Renewables, coal and culture war "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the final week of the Queensland election campaign, Ive been busy trying to do what I can to influence the result. Ive put out a couple of opinion pieces about the choice between coal and renewable energy. This one, in The Guardian, focuses on the central role of the culture war in motivating rightwing opposition to renewable energy. In The Conversation, I look at the economics and business aspects and debunk the idea that ultrasupercritical technology makes coal-fired power a high efficiency, low emissions technology

Also, in New Matilda, Im collaborating with Morgan Brigg and Kristen Lyons of the Global Change Institute to produce a five-part series on Adani and the resistance to the project by the Wangan and Jagalingou people.


Australia Defends Alternative Accommodation for Asylum Seekers Against UN Criticism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via Reuters

An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via Reuters

Sydney/Geneva: Australias foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) can relocate to...


Household debt is part of a broader problem be informed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The head of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), which was created in 1998 as part of the sham to separate regulation from policy and pretend the Reserve Bank of Australia was independent, gave a speech in Sydney yesterday (November 21, 2017) Housing The importance of solid foundations. The reason the speech is important is because it demonstrates the disconnect in policy making and the failure of key policy makers and regulators to connect macroeconomic dots. Australia like the rest of the world needs politicians and officials who understand how the macroeconomic aggregates are connected. One cannot have a conversation about household debt without recognising that it is, in part, directly related to the fiscal position of the government and the nations external position. While the APRA boss is correct to highlight the precarious nature of household balance sheets given the record and increasing debt levels being borne by households who are experiencing a wages squeeze and a government intent on austerity cuts, he should be educating the public on the broader context. Then there would be more acceptance of expanding discretionary fiscal deficits and a wages policy designed to bring real wages growth back into line with productivity growth. If that was the case, much of the idiotic conversations some masquerading as research results would disappear.

The Speech was delivered to the so-called Australian Securitisation Forum 2017, which in itself is a problem. Banks should be prevented from securitising its housing loans and taking them off their balance sheets.

A progressive reform process would certainly see banks being required by the regulators to hold all their assets and liabilities on their balance sheets so that the owners bore full responsibility for the decisions made by the organisation.

A more progressive reform would just nationalise banking and be done with it.

The message in the Speech was that the housing sector in Australia is now in a risky position due to the record levels of debt being carried by Australian households.

He talked about heightened risk arising from an erosion in lending quality just at a time when standards should be going in the other direction.

Just last week we learned that one of the big 4 banks in Australia:

has sacked 20 bankers and disciplined another 32 over the selling of mortgages without accurate customer information and documentation about 2,300 home loans sold since 2013 that were likely to contain inaccurate information.

For more details on that, see the ABC News story (November 16, 2017) ....


Meet the November 2017 Melbourne Changemakers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We have 8 excited changemakers - a diverse range of social organisations with real business problems. Come along to our Melbourne Hackathon Nov 25-26 (this weekend!):

Carers Couch

After her personal journey caring for a friend with cancer, Martina Clark created Carers Couch providing information, education, advice and assistance that increases carers capacity and resilience. Many carers just don't get a break; emotional burnout, depression, anxiety and chronic illness are common and impact the overall mortality of carers. Self-care is crucial in preventing this but due to high workload and lack of support. In a role that no one applies for, carers currently lack resources and support that are centralised. Building on her personal experiences as a carer as well as running the current Carers Couch site,  Martina hopes that the hack weekend will help her deliver this information and support all in one place.

Care to Compare?

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When Roberto Pietrobon isnt working in corporate partnerships for the Stroke Foundation hes working on his project Care to Compare. The project aims to provide online health insurance comparisons that capture the profits of health insurance referrals to provide funding to health charities. Having already hacked with RHoK in June, as well as work ongoing work since, Roberto is excited for both UXers and backend developers who might be interested in helping to realise the Care to Compare concept.

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Angus Young. For whom Hells Bells toll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nice piece in The New Yorker about the quiter, smarter half of the siblings at the heart of ACDC.

Up front and hard to miss is Angus Young, the diminutive dynamo of a lead guitarist, wearing the sweat-soaked remains of a velvet schoolboy uniform, duck-walking and thrashing his head like the lightning-strike victim on the cover of Powerage. Nearby, prancing bare-chested, is the lewd and mischievous lead singer, Bon Scott. (He"ll be dead by the end of the decade.) But, if you can take your eyes off these two showmen for a moment, you might find your gaze drifting to the left of the drum riser, where a pugnacious long-haired kid (he looks like he"s still in high school), wearing jeans and a white T-shirt, is strumming his Gretsch guitar and shaking his leg in time to the driving beat. His name is Malcolm Young, and you could be forgiven for seeing him as just another part of the backing band, but he is in fact the mastermind of the whole operation, at once its visionary and its taskmaster. He is the soul of the band, its leader on and off the stage.


Anti Adani coal plan protest in Brisbane, as Queenland election nears "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anti-Adani protesters defy council, police in last-ditch action before election, SMH, Toby Crockford , 21 Nov 17 More than 200 anti-Adani activists have defied council and police by gathering in the heart of Brisbane for a last-ditch protest just days before the Queensland election.

Organisers hinted there could be mass arrests on Tuesday evening after Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Police Service refused to issue permits for the action, but despite a strong police presence, no arrests were made.

Cr Sri also asked protesters to take pictures from the rally and post them onto social media in order to generate discussion about the Adani proposal in the days before voters head to the polls.

No one wants the coal, the business models all wrong, he sang.

And if the trucks start to roll, you better bet were locking on.

There are thousands of us, our supporters number millions, were gonna mobilise, a whole army of civilians.

And if you dont like it you might as well resign, cos theres no way well ever let you build that mine, theres no way well ever let you build that mine.


Murder by Proxy: The Death of Charles Manson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers in modern history, passed away of natural causes last Sunday, after spending close to half a century behind bars. But what many dont realise is that he was never convicted of killing anyone with his own hands. Manson was the strangely charismatic leader of a cult known

The post Murder by Proxy: The Death of Charles Manson appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


The Commonwealths energy policy proposals will not unwind the regulatory-induced damage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have a piece in The Spectator about the governments leaked release of the Frontier Economics report it commissioned. The Government plans to retain the increased availability of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) subsidies until 2020 and then maintain payments to installed plant until 2030.

Currently the subsidies, which are direct transfers from consumers, pay wind/solar $85 per MWh in addition to them receiving the spot price now at $80 per MWh (double the price prior to the Hazelwood closure).

Although Frontiers modelling is not to be released until Friday, the information now on the public record shows that it forecasts:

  • Cost savings to households of $120 a year by 2030 with a 23 per cent drop in wholesale electricity price in the decade between 2020 and 2030 compared to business as usual.
  • The requirement of renewable energy retailers to firm up the supply under the National Energy Guarantee will result in an extra 3,600 megawatts of dispatchable power during the decade, equivalent to the generation capacity of two and a half Hazelwoods capacity.
  • The 2030 share of renewables is likely to be about 32-36 per cent, of which about 8 per cent comes from hydro that has the characteristics of baseload power. That is 26-28 per cent will be exotic currently subsidised renewables up from 16 per cent (plus 8 per cent hydro) in 2020

Of course, any forecast 13 years ahead in the changing energy theatre are to be taken with a grain of salt, all the more so when the  forecast is by a consultancy which has been hired in the knowledge that its answers will be helpful to the government which commissioned them.

Some implications of the report are:

First, the 23 per cent forecast wholesale price reduction comes after an increase of 100 per cent due to the renewable energy subsidies.  So even if the forecasts prove accurate they still leave the nation with an increased electricity cost base compared with 2015.

Secondly, the extra 3600 megawatts of dispatchable power comprises high cost facilities like the mythical Snowy pumped storage facility designed to even out the daily price and all those batteries designed to provide very short term reliability.  These expenditures are not necessary with coal generators.

Thirdly the 2030 level of exotic renewables must displace some further coal power stations, at least three others of Hazelwoods size (only the 2000 MW Liddell is presently scheduled for closure by 2030 and the government is seeking to have AGL keep it open)

Driving the forecasts is a projection of renewable energy costs.  These latest forecasts are predicated....


BATTS Announces New EP 62 Moons "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of BATTS Melbourne based singer-songwriter BATTS this week announced that shes signed to the newly announced THAA Records and will be releasing her new EP 62 Moons on the 29th November. The EP features BATTS 2017 singles For Now and Little White Lies and cements her new stripped back sound. The album was []


Warragul crash, Tarago River dumping, and Korumburra highway theft RELATED? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Warragul car crash could be related to a startling highway theft in Korumburra and a vehicle being dumped in the Tarago River.


Kanga: some get lucky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Have you ever wondered why some animals get lucky and others do not? Its something we regularly toss about in our hearts and minds each day here at Edgars Mission. And the story of Kanga speaks poignantly of this.


For some time, this once owned goat had roamed vacant land around an outer Melbourne industrial area. Minding her own business and keeping out of trouble, she had pretty much slipped under the radar. Slipped under, that is, until her cameo appearance on national news recently, mingling amid hapless and landlocked kangaroos. This fleeting moment of fame brought her existence to the thoughts of many. While animal activists lobbied hard to save the doomed kangaroos, calls began to come in for EM to step up and offer sanctuary to the sweet old goat. The taste of freedom and lack of human contact had boded well for dear Kanga, so she did not realise that she was now living on borrowed time. She refused to give up the good life easily and it was to take a dart-gun laden with sedation to rein her free spirits in.

Once in our care, it was sadly all too clear that making friends with humans was not high on Kangas agenda. As she refused to eat or drink during her quarantine days, we had to think fast to entice our new friend that an even better life lay ahead. Enlisting the help of dear Othello, an older sage of a goat, most admirably did the trick as now Kango bounces to the beat of a different pastureone filled lush green grass and kindness, and one where never again will her future look bleak. Some truly do get lucky.

While Kangas lot is now all good, the fate of her kangaroo buddies is uncertain, with a stay of execution in place with a direction hearing at the Supreme Court resulting in a full hearing date being set for June 2018.



Rip in for fund-raising run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Registrations are now open for the popular Rip to River event.
The run is Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs most iconic event and also its single biggest fund-raiser.
With four events held along the pristine hard sand track from Point Lonsdale to Ocean Grove, there is something for everyone.
When: 6 January, 2018.
Where: 10km from Point Lonsdale lighthouse, 5km and Ripper Nipper from Ocean Grove main beach.
To register your spot in the event and to receive further information go to

The post Rip in for fund-raising run appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Coming to City Recital Hall Puss In Boots! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Puss in Boots is an ideal thrill for a holiday outing this summer. It will intrigue the little children and will satisfy the whole family. It is an 80 minute play, including a 20 minute interval.

This childrens entertainment play was written by James Barry and is going to be directed by Jo Turner with a set and costume designer Stephanie Howe. This play is a modern take on this lasting musical quest, provided with funny and mesmerizing tunes that will get the children to dance and clap in the aisles while the parents laugh along too.

The cast playing in this pantomime is Shari Sebbens (Puss), Jacob Warner (Harry), Tony Llewellyn-Jones (King Eric), Ayeesha Ash (Princess Lill), Drew Fairly (Nora the Cook) and Jay Lagaaia (The Ogre).

What: Puss in Boots 

When: Friday 12 January 2018 and Saturday 13 January 2018 @ 10:30am & 2:00pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

To book tickets click here or contact 02 8256 2222

The post Coming to City Recital Hall Puss In Boots! appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


November verse 10: Dear Tony "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Sky News this week Tony Abbott said (and you can scroll to the bottom of the post to listen for yourself):

If you ask yourself what is the pinnacle of human achievement thus far, countries with democratic elections, with liberal institutions, with freedom and prosperity and a measure of fairness for all in other words, western countries, particularly English speaking countries this is the greatest human creation yet. We should cherish it, we should celebrate it. Unfortunately, too many of us are ignorant of that which has shaped us. Were ignorant of the great books; were ignorant of Shakespeare, ah, the New Testament. Weve forgotten so much of our history, particularly British history.

Different parts of that utterance will stick more strongly in different peoples craws. Heres what I can manage in fourteen lines (I had to leave the tokenising of Shakespeare for another day):

November verse 10: Dear Tony
Come on, Tone, this great creation
was fought for, didnt grow on trees
and its unfinished. Celebration?
Sure, but also honour, please,
the millions worldwide whove been murdered,
starved, betrayed, displaced or herded
cattle-like, by Empire Brits.
I know this thought gives you the shits
but how high on your fairness measure
are Don Dale, Manus, PNG,
or Nauru, CentreLink, or Bre?
Yes, history is rich with treasure.
Jesus? History fact for you:
brown, Aramaic-speaking  Jew.

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Some questions for Jackie Trad MP #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Jackie Trad MP, sitting member and candidate for the ALP. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? []

The post Some questions for Jackie Trad MP #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Foster all geared up for bicycle invasion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is about to descend on Gippsland, beginning in Wilsons Promontory National Park. This exciting, long running event will showcase the highlights of Gippsland to []

The post Foster all geared up for bicycle invasion appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Search for missing Traralgon 14-year-old David Stallion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have made a public appeal in the search for missing Traralgon teen David Stallion.


AFNL to continue in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another review commencing immediately THERE were two very significant meetings held last week concerning the future of the Alberton Football Netball League. The first one was with Devon Won []

The post AFNL to continue in 2018 appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Its goodbye from him and hello to her "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MADAME Mayor Lorraine Brunt said in her speech at the Special (Statutory Meeting) for the election of Mayor held on Wednesday November 15 at Council Chambers that she commits herself []

The post Its goodbye from him and hello to her appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Traditional date for Foster & District Ag Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOR the 111th time on the fourth Saturday in February, Foster Showgrounds on February 24, 2018 will have roosters crowing, the aroma of fresh-baked cakes, horses jumping against the clock, cows []

The post Traditional date for Foster & District Ag Show appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Painting By Numbers: the story of Ferdinand Bauer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


On Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017, Sylvias guests in the studio were curator, Alison Wishart and leader of the creative DXLab at the State Library of NSW. A new exhibition about the life of Ferdinand Bauer has just opened, along with a most creative new website.

The exhibition examines the work of natural history illustrator, Ferdinand Bauer, who was the illustrator who sailed with Mathew Flinders in the Investigator. He developed an unusual techniques of marking colours on his sketches by numbers and his palette comprised some 1000 numbers, which he had committed to memory. With numbers on his drawings, he was able to complete the pictures sometimes years   later. Professor David Mabberley cracked the colour code and has just  published a book called Painting By Numbers. This is also the name of the  website that goes with the exhibition.

Listen to this absorbing conversation here:

That was Part 1 of the conversation and here is Part 2:

And now for Part 3:


Byron businesses expect wedding boom after YES vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local couple Gopi and Parker Lev Dupain celebrated their love at a heart commitment ceremony in the Shire earlier this year. They say they are looking forward to making it legal once the marriage act has been amended. Source Byron Bay Luxury Weddings

Local couple Gopi and Parker Lev Dupain celebrated their love at a heart commitment ceremony in the Shire earlier this year. They say they are looking forward to making it legal once the marriage act has been amended. Source Byron Bay Luxury Weddings

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As Australia engaged in a glitter-soaked celebration of marriage equality last week, there was a particularly large chorus of delight from the Byron Shire.

For the hundreds of locals making a living from Byrons wedding industry, the big Yes result in the same-sex marriage survey wasnt just about rights and recognition.

It means weddings. Lots of weddings.

And it appears the anticipated wedding wave has already begun. 

Local wedding businesses say they have had calls from a number of same-sex couples wanting to get married in Byron in 2018 following the vote, and theyre expecting that trickle to become a rainbow-coloured torrent once the marriage act has been amended.

Jane Magnus from Byron Bay Luxury Weddings said she and her staff were gearing up for a big 2018. 

I think its going to be really big for the local industry, said Ms Magnus, who is also the president of the Byron Wedding and Event Industry Association.

Weve already had a few [same-sex] couples from interstate and overseas expressing interest and were definitely expecting an influx once the laws go through.

Local woman Gopi Lev Dupain, who took part in a love-commitment ceremony with her partner earlier in the year, said she expected same-sex couples from all over the country to get married in Byron once the law was changed.

This is the perfect place for a wedding and I think a lot of same-sex couples will be looking to tie the knot here, Ms Lev Dupain said.



Why Scientists Are Calling For A Total Ban On Glitter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some scientists have called for a total ban on glitter, calling it an environmental hazard. Most glitter is made from a type of plastic called PET, and the tiny fragments pose a threat to ocean life because the pieces look appetising and can subsequently end up inside humans after consuming seafood. I was quite concerned ...

The post Why Scientists Are Calling For A Total Ban On Glitter appeared first on QNEWS.


Surfings good for the SOUL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a week of fickle weather surfers were blessed with sun and surf for the last Southern Ocean Union of Longboarding (SOUL) comp of 2017.
The final competition for the year was held at Boings beach break along 13th Beach Road. The Boings beach break has long been one of SOULs favourite locations when the conditions are favourable for longboard surfing.
As the sun rose the car park was quickly occupied and the smell of bacon and eggs filled the air. A bit of slip, slop, slap and the comp was underway with the promise of a cracker of a day. The mornings incoming tide set participants up with semi-clean one to three foot waves. A little bit of easterly swell produced left and right peaks offering something for everyone to surf their best.
Once again the frothing groms put on a magnificent display. With mums and dads in the water with the micro groms, a bit of a push they were up and riding catching tons of waves.
The SOUL club is a great family club that encourages and welcomes individuals and families at any level of longboard surfing. Whether you are new to the area or have been here a while why not get down to the next comp and see what its all about.
Dates for 2018 season will be posted in due course.
Inquiries to Paul Fletcher (president) on 0477 477 841 or Helen Jacob (secretary) on 0425 778 245.

Junior Boys:
1. Archie Fullerton
2. Bailey Dolan
3. Isaac Isaac
Junior Girls:
1.Billi Cook
2. Milly Angleton
3. Rose Parry
4. Piper Needham
5. Sammi Needham
Open Men:
1.Matt Wright
2.Dean Cook
3. Jamie Wall
4. Steve Kernaghan
Open Women:
1.Mel Renton Wright
2. Helen Jacob
3. Cathy Slevin
4. Sarah Reid
Over 40s:
1.Jamie Wall
2. Mitch Knapton
3. Helen Jacob
4. Andrew Needham
Over 50s:
1.Greg Vick
2. Steve kernaghan
3. Dave Gibson
4. Larry Hayes
5. Andrew Brown
6. Mick Armstrong
Over 60s
1.Nev Forster
2. Gus Angleton
1.Tama Pihana
2. Andrew Brown
3. Nev Forster
4. Dave Gibson
5. Tom Parry

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First month in Cairns.. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So I've just moved here, awesome!

Some things that i've noticed:

*Suburbs- After looking around for places to live before coming I was set on northern beaches- it appealed to me. While some places did look good, many were outdated and the crawling traffic in the morning and afternoons turned me off it a bit. After checking out about 20 rentals and open homes, I think there is some excellent and bad areas in most suburbs. +1 for Edge hill & Freshwater.

*People- What a mix! Going to go very general here. The burnt and the backpackers in the city, the toothless commodore drivers of the Westcort/Woree/Manoora, The Hippies and retirees of Machans/Holloways, The activewear gals of Redlynch (ty). But all in all- friendly and welcoming.

*Nature- Highlights have included- snakes and creepy crawleys. Wonderful green peaks and streams. Weather is nice (coming from Darwin anything probably is). Ability for accessible adventures within 3 hours is enormous.

*Questions- Do the hoards of Asian tourists have fun at Kuranda? Where is the best coffee? Where is the best tapas?

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How Much Do You Know? Coming Soon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How Much Do You Know? is a podcast series that looks at HIV in the year 2017.

Its brought to you by and produced in the studios of Eastside Radio located in Paddington Sydney in association with ViiV Healthcare.

Episode 1 will be launched on Thursday the 23rd of November at 4:30pm during Drive with Mick Paddon.

Hell be joined by Dr Phil Reid from the Kirkton Road Centre in Kings Cross to discuss modern HIV testing techniques.




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Westall research - this blog's contribution to the debate. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


From time to time, I receive comments from people, that they believe I have a negative approach to the subject of the 6 April 1966, mass sighting at Westall, Melbourne, Australia.

I inform such people that, like themselves, I have the right to my opinion as to the cause of the sighting that day. Unlike some individuals, I base my own opinion on having conducted research on the event. I was not there on the day, and ultimately, my opinion is based solely on what I have been able to find out, by communicating with Westall witnesses as long ago as the 1990's; by visiting the site, prior to the playground installation; by an examination of all the original source material I could locate; an examination of Australian government files; by looking for potential non-UFO explanations; by exploring topics such as memory recall in people; and applying all that I have learnt from many years of interviewing witnesses to sightings, all over Australia.

One of the few witness documents available from 1966 - image courtesy VFSRS

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

Quite a few posts on this blog, have explored the Westall sighting. I have provided the following links for anyone who wishes to explore material relating to the event; much of which, you will not find anywhere else.

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NEWS: Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman pay tribute to John Hartford "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman have teamed up for Dear John (Dec 8th), an album of ten John Hartford songs, paying tribute to the songwriter known for his solo performances where he would alternate between guitar, banjo, and fiddle while he tap danced and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood, John Hartford is credited as Continue reading


Simon Quinn, LNP Candidate #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As we have not yet received a candidate profile from Simon Quinn, LNP Candidate, we publish below the material published on the LNP Queensland website. LOCAL FAMILY My family and I live in South Brisbane we love the local community and Ive lived on the southside of Brisbane for most of my life. Im []

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Vegetarian Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I just learned that some people have vegetarian dogs and I will never be the same. Is it so the dog will have good karma and be reborn as an even better dog? Is it because the dog has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility for the world's problems? Is the dog vaccinated? Should an animal with anal glands be worrying about ethics? How domestic is too domestic? Is the dog allowed to eat meat as long as it kills it? Is the dog allowed to attack and kill human babies? Why is a dog allowed to hunt and kill human babies? Does this explain the current baby shortage? Is anyone missing a baby? Do you know where your baby is right now? You say you don't have a baby? Are you sure? How can you be sure of anything in a world of vegetarian dogs? Who are you? WHAT ARE YOU?!


North Coast sharks netted in BBC documentary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The recent 'not nets' rally at Ballina Beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

Shark net opponents rally at Ballina Beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

Paul Bibby

The fight over the North Coast shark nets trial is set to feature in a BBC radio documentary exploring the relationship between sharks and people across the globe.

Journalist Ellen Husain was in town last week interviewing local activists, scientists and surfers for an episode of the series Costing the Earth, to be aired in January.

We wanted to come to an area that illustrated both sides of the argument about sharks, Ms Husain said.

In parts of Australia, sharks are actually a great benefit for tourism. Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef, for example, often say that diving with sharks was the highlight of their trip.

But obviously in and around Byron Bay, its a different story because of the attacks and the shark-net trials.

The debate within the shire will be examined in the context of the global decline in shark numbers.

These issues are very complex and we have to be very careful when people are being threatened by sharks, Ms Husain said.

Shark decline

But it is also the case that, globally, we are killing a lot of sharks and the worlds shark populations have massively declined.

The second north coast shark-net trial is due to commence at five beaches in Ballina, Evans Head and Lennox Head as soon as officers are satisfied that the southward whale migration has concluded.

Nine target sharks were caught in the nets during the five-month trial last summer, while a further 266 non-target animals were also captured.

More than 140 of these animals died.

However, proponents of the trial have pointed out that there were no attacks on the netted beaches...


The Ahern Brothers Announce Huge Until Next Time Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Ahern Brothers 2017 has really been The Ahern Brothers year. After releasing their debut album back in June (which we guarantee is going to be on a bunch of Best of lists this year) The Ahern Brothers have wowed audiences with a bunch of sold out shows and a support slot []


Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Magistrate Graeme Curran

ABC News Australia

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences

22 November 2017

A man walking.
A high-profile Sydney magistrate has appeared in court charged with alleged sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Graeme Bryan Curran, 67, is facing nine c...


OKeeffe takes top spot by just one vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OKeeffe takes top spot by just one vote

ELECTED INTO NEW ROLES From left, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe and Deputy Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah, who were elected into their new roles during last weeks special council meeting. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

IT was a close call at the election of Greater Shepparton City Councils mayor during last weeks special council meeting, but the votes fell the way of Cr Kim OKeeffe with five councillors swinging their vote her way, and the remaining four votes going to outgoing mayor, Cr Dinny Adem.

Joining Cr OKeeffe in the top spots on council will be Cr Seema Abdullah, who was elected deputy mayor.

Having been in the role of deputy mayor for the last term, Cr OKeeffe told The Adviser she is looking forward to working closely with councillors, the community and members of parliament to achieve better outcomes for Greater Shepparton.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, I am very honoured to have been elected as the mayor for Greater Shepparton for the next 12 months.

I would like to thank my fellow councillors for their support in electing me as mayor, and also for their support the past 12 months in my role as deputy mayor.

Over the coming 12 months, I plan on focusing on the councils Ask of Government, and will be looking to strengthen the tendering process and look at how the timelines of projects are affecting the community with an aim to provide better outcomes.

I will be listening and focusing on what is happening in our community and how we as a council can learn from it.

There are many topics to continue to focus on such as continuing to lobby hard for better rail services, educational outcomes and further development for GV Health.

Were in an exciting time with a new council and new mayor. There are some great opportunities for us looking to the future.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank former mayor Cr Dinny Adem for the effort and dedication he has shown in the mayoral role for the past two years. He has been a great mentor and I would like to acknowledge the results we have achieved as a council during his term.

Deputy Mayor, Seema Abdullah said, I am very pleased and thankful to my fellow councillors for their support and faith in me.

As a....


Adviser wins inaugural social media award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adviser wins inaugural social media award

A SOCIAL WIN The Adviser social media manager, David Lee was pleased that The Adviser was presented with the inaugural Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA) Best Social Media Campaign Award at the VCPA Annual Conference and Awards on Friday night. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

ON Friday night at the Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA) Annual Conference and Awards night, The Adviser was pleased to take out first place in the inaugural VCPA Best Social Media Campaign Award.

The award, which was well contested, provided the opportunity for The Adviser to showcase the work that has been put into our social media platforms, together with press marketing, that are designed to offer a personal and daily connection with the local community.

The Adviser social media manager, David Lee said, The opportunity that Nitro Circus provided us when the crew announced they were coming to put on a show in Shepparton was something that we thought would best be done over our social media platforms, and the success rate we had on our posts proved that this was the right move to make.

We utilised a range of posts on Facebook, from the breaking news announcement that the show was coming to Shepparton, to a couple of competitions and even a video to get the community revved up prior to the arrival of the show.

Wed like to thank the crew at Nitro Circus for providing us with all we needed to make this such a successful campaign and we look forward to continuing the success of our social media platforms.

Judge, Francis Nicholls-Wunder said, Facebook was an excellent choice of medium considering the younger demographic of the target audience. Response to the competition was fantastic, and organic, seemingly without any paid advertising.

The use of video was important to grab the attention of Facebook users. The competition conditions were straightforward and encouraged audience interaction, leading to come impressive virality for certain integral posts.


Meet the committee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Meet the committee

Anne McCamish shares her passion for new SAM

A PROUD COMMUNITY PROJECT SAM Foundation committee member, Anne McCamish says that the new SAM will be something that the whole community will be proud of and has the chance to contribute to. Photo: David Lee.

THERE are nine members that make up the SAM Foundation board committee, with each of them having their own rhyme and reason to wanting to see the new SAM built for the local community. The Adviser caught up with committee member, Anne McCamish for the first of a nine part series where we hear from those who perhaps have the deepest connection with the project.

Anne said, There are two main reasons I joined the committee, the first coming down to the fact that at the moment the young people and children of Shepparton are not getting the experience of art that they could be due to the lack of an adequate facility. We could provide that with a new SAM.

The second reason is that Shepparton doesnt feel like it has a heart, such as Federation Square provides in Melbournes CBD. A place like that provides a meeting place, a safe, open and secure space and we can have that with the new SAM and best of all it will be located in a beautiful and natural environment.

Incorporating the Indigenous gallery and the specific interest that will be on display on the immigration of the region will help to unite the city.

The time will come, hopefully next year, when we see a local launch that excites and inspires people. This will most likely be at the turning of the sod and in my opinion wed like to see a kick-off for a call out for the local community to contribute toward the donations.

Everyone who puts even one dollar into the new SAM will have an individual ownership of the museum and thats a wonderful thing to be a part of.

This has been a tremendously successful city and we should celebrate that. We can with the new SAM and it will show the world how successful we are.


Learn more about Kiallas newest school "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Learn more about Kiallas newest school

DISCOVER ST ANNES An artist impression of what the new St Annes College in Kialla will look like, which interested members of the community can find out all about at an upcoming information session. Image: Supplied.

IF you have any questions about one of the newest schools to open in Kialla, St Annes College, then dont miss out on your chance to find out more at the community information session next week.

Running on November 30 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at St Mels Parish Hall, the community will hear about how the school came to be where it is, the schools Pedagogy that will lead to learning, the building design theory and how to enrol your child.

St Annes College principal, Dom Poppa said, The evening is a general information session open to the public so they can find out what St Annes is.

It will be an opportunity to find out about our learning intentions and to meet the director of Catholic Education office Sandhurst, Paul Desmond and the architect on the design brief and what the school will look like, so that parents can get an idea on when their child comes to school what they can expect and how that fits in with the learning and teaching.

We will welcome your questions and we begin our inquiry to create a learning community that will give our children a choice in their learning.


For further information, phone 0408 596 354.


3 Peaks third win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

3 Peaks third win

A RACING VICTORY From left, locals, Robin Knaggs and Bill Parsons have just walked away victors of the 3 Peaks Rally for the third consecutive year. Photo: David Lee.

LOCAL racing enthusiasts, Robin Knaggs and Bill Parsons took to the rally track around the hills of Bright recently, taking out first place in the 3 Peaks Rally for the third consecutive year.

The three day motoring event saw the local duo come out on top, beating 31 entrants with their outright points adding to 1,148 in their Nissan GTR R35.

Robin and Bill said, We have been racing together in motoring events since 1996 including the Dutton Rally, Clipsal 500, Grand Prix and Indie Car Rally.

We enjoy the camaraderie and enjoy racing.

Were happy with the result. I think it came down to experience and the fact we got lucky. Theres a lot of navigation, which can be tedious.

There was a fair bit of competition, but you just see how you go at the end of the day.

Our next race will be the Adelaide Clipsal at the end of February next year.


140 years of nurturing communities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

140 years of nurturing communities

HUGE MILESTONE Berry Street is celebrating 140 years providing support for families and the community, and celebrating almost 20 years assisting the local community. From left, Berry Street senior administration officer, Daniel Nardella, senior manager administrative operations, Julie Petts, Hume regional director, Patrice Jackson, receptionist, Elisha Rawlings, senior manager community, partnerships and support services, Helena Simmons and leader of Berry Street School campus operations, Rachael Coulbourn. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE meaning behind Berry Streets slogan of Were For Childhood couldnt be a more accurate representation of what the organisation has achieved over the last 140 years across Victoria, and even more so for what it has achieved for the Greater Shepparton community over almost 20 years.

The Berry Street family have worked tirelessly for the benefit of others and what they have done is definitely worth celebrating.

Over the years, Berry Street has been helping the community through various programs, some of which have been available from the organisations conception and some newly introduced models, but all have one goal; to see the people who make up the community thrive, succeed and contribute positively.

Berry Street Hume regional director, Patrice Jackson said, It is so exciting to be part of an organisation that has such a wonderful, rich history, yet is able to adapt to contemporary welfare issues and community needs.

Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Berry Street has been an important part of the Goulburn Valley since 1998.  It has been my privilege to be part of Berry Street for almost that entire time.

During the last two decades, Berry Street has grown and developed in so many wonderful ways.

The highlights for me were the establishment of the Berry Street School campus in Shepparton, the delivery of Kinship Care support and services to grandparents and other family members caring for vulnerable children and, of course, the opening of our Education First Youth Foyer.

In the local area, Berry Street employs more than 100 dedicated and skilled staff. We have more than 50 committed, passionate foster carers (but could definitely do with some more!!) and we have th...


Child care relief around corner for Murray families "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MORE than 4,000 families in Murray will be better off from the Federal Coalition Governments child care overhaul.

Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said the new child care package will provide the greatest hours of support to the families who work the longest hours, and the greatest subsidy and financial support to the families who earn the least.

The government knows the cost of living pressures many young families face every day. This is why we have taken action to overhaul the child care system to make it more affordable for mums and dads, Mr Drum said.

Many families throughout our electorate have both mum and dad at work; these families rely on child care, which can be often quite expensive. With these new changes families using child care in Murray should be reassured that relief is around the corner.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham said the child care changes are focused on helping the families that need it most.

Almost one million families will benefit from our additional $2.5B investment and comprehensive changes to the subsidy system, our new hourly rate cap to put downward pressure on fee increases and the end of the $7,613 annual rebate cap, Minister Birmingham said.

With 1.15 million Australian families set to access child care next year its important families have the opportunity to plan for the changes.

Visit the child care estimator at top find out how you may benefit.

Queensland Couple Will Finally Be Able To Make Their Marriage Official "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gemma Mann and her partner Debbie Gilson have been waiting five years for the day they could legally wed. The couple (pictured) live in Rockhampton and celebrated their wedding there in 2012. It was the vote that we didnt have to have. The politicians shouldve just done their job, Gemma said. But weve had it ...

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This Brisbane Couple Just Got A $20k Wedding Surprise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Brisbane couple are the lucky winners of a wedding package worth a huge $20,000, thanks to Brisbane jewellery business Xennox Diamonds. Sinead and Natalie (pictured) have been together for 15 years and are mums to 7-year-old twins. Last week they beat more than 200 couples to win the competition, which asked them to explain ...

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Australia votes Yes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

57 percent of voters in Murray vote in favour of Same Sex Marriage

ON Wednesday last week, the results were released for the Same Sex Marriage vote and the people of Australia have shown their support, with 61.6 percent voting in favour, including 57 percent of voters in the Murray electorate.

Of the 150 Federal Electoral Divisions, 133 recorded a majority Yes response, and 17 Federal Electoral Divisions recorded a majority No response.

12,727,920 million people participated in the voluntary survey, representing 79.5 percent of the more than 16 million eligible Australians.

Following the release of the results, both sides of government have stated that they are hoping that a decision on the law change will be made by Christmas this year.

Local resident, and Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. committee member, Damien Stevens spoke with The Adviser, saying that he was very pleased, excited and happy with the result, and it means he will be able to marry his partner of 10 years in April next year to celebrate their decade being together.

This is wonderful for many LGBTI people who want to get married, Damien said.

Personally this was the result I expected having worked with the LGBTI+ community. There has been a gradual increase and swell of support for marriage equality from our broader community.

Although unnecessary, this survey has provided the clarity on paper that the government said it wanted surrounding marriage equality and Australia has spoken.

In Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbulls words, An overwhelming number of people responded to the survey and an overwhelming number voting in favour.

Both Turnbull and Bill Shorten want this sorted by Christmas. There are bills tabled right now.

There are hundreds of local LGBTI people that this affects and thousands more family members, friends and allies that this indirectly affects.

Marriage provides the loving, committed, safe and legally binding relationship on paper that people who want to enter into marriage can now do. But there is still work to do.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


FRIENDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SHEPPARTON will be celebrating building stronger communities together by Reaching for the Stars at the top of Honeysuckle Rise in the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton on Thursday, November 23 from 7:30pm.


THE BUNBARTHA TENNIS CLUB IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS and is planning its next meeting to celebrate the occasion on Thursday, November 23 from 7:30pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. Any past players and community members are welcome. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


GV HEALTH EXTENDED CARE AUXILIARY are holding an event at Fairley Downs Homestead on Sunday, November 26 at 5250 Barmah-Shepparton Road, Bunbartha from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are $40. For further information, contact Lolene 5821 9182 or Margaret on 5821 4937.


SHEPPARTON SPIRITUALIST CENTRE will be holding their next meeting on November 26 with John and Leeanne Rollinson. Meditation will start at 12:30pm, followed by lunch. Please bring a plate to share. Service starts at 1:30pm. All welcome.


AN XMAS CONCERT FOR SENIORS will be held on Thursday, November 30 at 1:30pm and is the last concert of the year at the Shepparton Seniors Centre in Welsford Street, Shepparton. Guest artist is Just Us (two lady singers). Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome with bulk bookings on 5821 9580.


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH GREATER SHEPPARTON POLICE SERVICE AREA MEETING will be held on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:30pm at Shepparton Police Station, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Residents of all areas of Greater Shepparton are invited. For further information, contact Peter on 0427 701 705.



SHEPPARTON VIEW CLUB is part of the Smith Family and is a friendship club that meets on the first Friday of each month from 11:30am to 12 noon at the Terminus Hotel in Shepparton. There are guest speakers and activities on offer. For further information, phone Helen on 5821 7503.


THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP is now open between 9:30am and 4:30pm every Saturday. Come in and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna.


MENTAL WELLBEING: DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? ISOLATED? SUFFERING GRIEF OR LOSS? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? The Shepparton Grow group meets weekly to offer peer support and use a proven program for mental wellbeing on Wednesdays from 1pm at 11 Service....


Letter to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Editor,

Greater Shepparton City Councils history is in the making.

Twenty years into the journey that commenced early in 1997 following the amalgamation, with an inaugural council of seven men, we now have two women councillors at the helm of the nine member council.

Congratulations to Mayor, Kim OKeeffe and Deputy Mayor, Seema Abdullah on their appointments. I wish you every success in your term of office and would like also to thank former Mayor, Dinny Adem for his excellent service to the community of Greater Shepparton.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Moran



Exposing Agricultural Brutality: An Interview with Chris Delforce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A bill largely aimed at curbing stock theft and illegal hunting in rural NSW passed through state parliament on November 15. NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge unsuccessfully pushed for an amendment to the bill, due to a provision he described as being aimed at brave animal activists. The Rural Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 amends

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Scorecard reveals how party policies stack up on protecting the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A scorecard, out today, reveals how the Great Barrier Reef would fare according to promises made by the major political parties standing in Saturdays state election.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), an independent and non-partisan national environment organisation based in Queensland, compiled the following scorecard:

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said Queenslanders are proud and protective of the Reef and expect their MPs to look after it.

Queenslanders are rightly proud that our state is home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the worlds natural wonders. We expect our politicians, as caretakers, to do the right thing and look after our Reef and oceans. We also strongly support renewables over polluting coal.

We know coal kills coral, yet we still see political parties promising to build new coal-fired power stations and support new mega new coal mines. Its time they started listening to voters and for the sake of the 64,000 Queensland workers who depend on a healthy Reef back the renewable energy and storage boom already underway.

Our amazing ocean backyard is central to our identity and our lifestyle, and it is at risk from climate change, pollution and industrial development. We have a lot to lose.

The future of the Reef is in the hands of the next Queensland government. Whichever party forms government on Saturday, they must make sure our children and grandchildren can enjoy this amazing underwater world as much as we do.

Queenslanders want a brighter future for the Sunshine State in which we look after our natural assets and create jobs that are local, long-term and sustainable, Ms Zethoven said.

To access the scorecard, and find out more about how the scorecard was put together, visit 


About the scorecard:

The AMCS Queensland Election Policy Scorecard is an independent assessment of the parties policies by the Australian Marine Conservation Society....


Royal Commission Rejects Punitive Approach to Juvenile Justice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The final report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was tabled in parliament on 17th November 2017. It represents an unequivocal rejection of the Territorys tough on crime approach to juvenile justice, making several recommendations for reform including a move

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LGBTI Representation Vital On Turnbulls Religious Freedom Review "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Marriage equality advocates have called for LGBTI representation on the review of religious freedom in Australia announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. On Wednesday, Turnbull likely cleared the way for same-sex marriage legislation to be passed by Christmas with the separate review into whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom. The ...

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Cheaper Byron Bay bypass mooted as markets face removal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. The market will have to move from the site to allow for works on the Byron Bay bypass and bus interchange. Photo contributed

Planning confusion and contradictions surround a press release last week by Byron Shire Council that it plans to relocate the Byron markets from Butler Street Reserve in May next year.

The joint announcement by Greens mayor Simon Richardson and Cr Paul Spooner (Labor) claims that the move is necessary for around a year to allow for impending works for the Butler Street bypass and Butler Street reserve transport hub.

Yet there is no clear budget for either project Cr Spooner told The Echo that the transport hubs location is yet to be determined while the mayor confirmed that a cheaper option for the the overblown Butler Street bypass project will now be pursued.

After receiving an update on possible bypass options, the mayor said, It looks like we can create a bypass within the budget that would require some extra expenses at a later date, eg the proposed roundabout at Browning Street could come after, rather than waiting for all money [to be] secured first. 

Cr Spooner supported the mayors claim and told The Echo, The $22.5 million price tag would deliver a fully engineered and complete bypass in one step. The $14.5 million that Council has access to will deliver a scaled-back but functional road to be completed in stages. That is, build it and hope you get some more money to finish off the finer details.

The decision to move the markets, says Cr Spooner, was owing to the uncertainty of Councils planning processes it was important to provide the markets with certainty. 

The decision to have a temporary relocation to the beachfront from May 2018 gives that certainty. Any concerns stallholders or the Dunecare group have will be able to be ironed out over the next six months. 

Yet Dunecare management say that they believe a relocated market will adversely affect the dunes, which have undergone a 20-year restoration project.



Burning of North-east NSW's Forests for Electricity "sheer madness" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) has described the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) proposal to increase logging intensity in north-east NSWs forests to provide up to one million tonnes of trees each year to generate electricity as sheer madness.

Forests are the lungs of the earth, they take in our carbon dioxide, storing the carbon and giving us back oxygen, left standing they are part of the solution to climate change, cut down they become part of the problem, according to NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.




China will finance Adani mine, insiders say, but it will cost Australian jobs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Adani Group is close to securing finance for its controversial coal mine and railway project in outback Queensland, with an announcement expected in coming weeks that Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies are backing the venture.

Australian taxpayers may be let off the hook under the deal, which could mean Adani no longer requires an Australian Government-subsidised loan of up to $1 billion for the railway it needs to transport the coal to port.

But Chinas money will come at the cost of local jobs.

Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China, effectively shifting work out of Australia and undermining Adanis claims its project will create many thousands of additional jobs for Queensland.

Galilees devastating impact

Just days ago, a director of Adani Mining, an Australian subsidiary of the Adani Groups flagship company Adani Enterprises, told industry figures Adani had secured Chinese funding for the Carmichael mine in North Queensland and the Carmichael rail project.

He said Adani would not need the loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to fund the 388-kilometre railway, and claimed a formal announcement of financial close was imminent, the ABC has been told.

Details are sketchy, however the ABC revealed earlier this month that a Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), was in negotiations with Adani for contracts to build key mining plant and equipment in return for Chinas financial backing of the Carmichael mine.

CMEC is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, but is 78 per cent owned by the giant Chinese state-owned enterprise China National Machinery Industry Corporation Ltd, or Sinomach.

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Protestors peacefully disrupt Leaders Debate in Townsville, urging parties to reject Adanis mega coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Townsville, 22nd November: Just days out from the Queensland election, protestors have disrupted the Leaders Debate in Townsville, taking to the stage to call on Queenslands politicians to Stop Adani building one of the worlds largest coal mines, which would cook the climate and wreck the Reef. Four of the protestors were later removed by police and have been taken off-site in a paddy wagon.

Its just crazy for any politician to think of giving a billion dollars to a billionaire for a giant dirty coal mine when the Reef is dying before our eyes. If we want our children to have a safe climate, we simply cant be building new coal mines. said Liisa Rusanen, mother of two, Coffs Harbour

We are in a crisis. Our children and grandchildren face a polluted planet. We need our political leaders to stop supporting new coal mines. We all need to stop Adani. Said Jonathan Cassell, Emerald Beach.

This mornings action is one of dozens that have put Adanis mega mine front and centre of the Queensland election. Around the country, thousands of people are taking action, including at the site of the proposed project, putting their bodies on the line to stop work on the mine. Recent polling indicates that the majority of Australians do not support the mine.

Media Enquiries: 0438 437 070 or 0403 646 787 and

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Notice of AFTINET AGM 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AFTINET members and supporters are invited to our annual AGM to discuss what weve done over the past year and to make plans for next year.

Wednesday December 13 at 5.30pm
Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt St Sydney (near Bathurst St)
Followed by drinks and snacks

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranaldwill report on the TPP, RCEP and other trade deals.

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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Roasts Bob Katters Take On Same-Sex Marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

US talk show host Stephen Colbert has weighed in on North Queensland MP Bob Katters strange response to the same-sex marriage postal survey result. In a segment on The Late Show, Colbert congratulated Australia for the 61 per cent majority result. Colbert then played the viral clip of Katter, who offered up his take on ...

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Defamation action delays Bluesfest koala reports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Returning: Koala Ecology Group says the Tyagarah Bluesfest site's koala population is healthy and increasing. File photo

Returning: Koala Ecology Group says the Tyagarah Bluesfest sites koala population is healthy and increasing. File photo

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A defamation case brought by Bluesfest director Peter Noble against a koala ecologist has delayed an Echo request for an update on the vulnerable koala population at the Tyagarah site.

Internationally renowned koala expert Dr Steve Phillips. (file pic)

Defamation action: Biolink consultant Dr Steve Phillips. File photo

The Echo understands that the case relates to comments made by Biolink consultant Steve Phillips in the media over impacts that the Bluesfest site had on the local koala population in 2016.

Neither the Byron Shire Council nor the Bluesfest director are willing to provide the koala monitoring reports for 2014, 2015 or 2016.

Byron Shire Council staff say that the koala monitoring reports requested by The Echo will only be considered via a freedom of information request, known as a Government Privacy Information Access Act (GIPA).

In response to a request for the reports, festival director Peter Noble says that the Bluesfest would not be in a position to supply you anything until the (defamation) matter is settled.

The Echo asked Council staff for a clarification of how the vulnerable koala population is doing since 2014 and were told that, Koala monitoring has occurred by Council staff via the Koala Connections project.

Staff said, A monitoring report prepared for this project (February 2017) includes records and commentary on koalas for the period 20112016.

The ecological planner and Koa.........


Push to stop asphalt plant expansion at Alstonville "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Borals Asphalt Plant, located in a quarry owned by the Ballina Shire Council.

Borals Asphalt Plant, located in a quarry owned by the Ballina Shire Council.

A Ballina Shire councillor has launched a renewed push to stop the expansion of Borals asphalt plant at the Tuckombil Quarry in Alstonville.

Cr Sharon Parry has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrows Ballina Shire Council meeting calling on the council to invite the Environment Protection Authority to make a public presentation of its role in monitoring the quarry.

She wants the EPA to provide an update on the current issues regarding several reported breaches of Borals development consent.

Her motion also calls on the council to not proceed with the planned expansion of the quarry due to the negative amenity impacts that already occur between the operation of the quarry, the asphalt plant and the adjoining residential communities.

She also wants a report on the future use of the quarry once the existing operating consent is exhausted.

Cr Parry said there was no appetite for further development of the Tuckombil Quarry into the future, nor for the long-term continuation of the asphalt plant given the close proximity of residential housing within a radius of 1,000 square metres, given the concerns already being aired by existing residents.

If successful, her motion would overturn a decision by the council in November 2016 to prepare for an expansion following a community engagement process.

In response, staff have pointed out that if the council decides not to proceed with the expansion of the Tuckombil Quarry it would be appropriate, at some point in the not too distant future, to determine whether councils preference was to terminate the existing lease at the end of the five year option.

The earlier the notification to Boral, the more time they have to plan for alternative arrangements, albeit that an early decision could be overturned by a future council, a staff response said.

Tomorrows meeting takes place at the Ballina Shire Council chambers in Cherry Street, starting at 9am.


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Watch the New Frank Turner Video There She Is "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Frank Turner English post-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has just released his new video There She Is. The video was filmed at the legendary RAK Studios and is taken from his upcoming retrospective album Songbook which reimagines songs from across Turners six albums, due on the 24th November. Check out There She Is []


Greg Hunt approves Adanis Carmichael coal mine, again: experts respond "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greg Hunt approves Adanis Carmichael coal mine, again: experts respond


Image 20151015 30702 1cojvoy.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The Carmichael coal mine (not pictured) is set to be Australias largest.
Publishing/CSIRO, Adanis Carmichael coal mine yesterday received the green light from federal environment minister Greg Hunt for the second time.The mine, originally approved in July 2014, had its approval set aside following a failure to consider two endangered reptiles the ornamental snake and the yakka skink.In a media release Hunt said that the approval comes with 36 of the strictest environmental conditions imposed in Australia. Final approval is pending Adanis submission of a groundwater strategy to the federal environment department.

The approval also includes a rail link from the mine to the Queensland coast as a precautionary measure to provide investment certainty.

Below, our experts respond.

Samantha Hepburn, Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

Federal Minister Greg Hunt has reapproved the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin, following the decision of the Federal Court in August to set it aside.




Shiraz ~ Persian - Surfers Paradise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Persian restaurant on the Gold Coast, right in the middle of Surfers Paradise. We head up to the Gold Coast a few times a year to visit the folks, a good time away from the heat is the Anzac Day long weekend. Green soldier explained. When they are down in Sydney we've taken them out to Merrylands for some Afghani which is a hit all round, what's not to love when there's tender lamb


Nimbin lane boy jailed for cannabis supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the Nimbin lane boys has been jailed for supplying cannabis after he lost his District Court appeal to serve his time in the community on a suspended sentence.

Ryan Hawken was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non-parole period of eight months in Lismore Local Court in July.

After his sentence was handed down he lodged an appeal against the severity of the sentence and he was granted conditional bail.

This morning, Lismore District Court Judge Laura Wells refused his appeal to serve a non-custodial sentence, as he had two prior convictions and a warning.

The court heard the 29-year-old was placed on a good behaviour bond in 2007 and he received a suspended sentence after being convicted of reckless grievous bodily harm in company in 2010.

Mr Hawkens solicitor told the court since 2010 he had rehabilitated his behaviour and changed his life, until a back injury prevented him from working and he reconnected with friends in Nimbin.

She said he regretted the decision to reconnect with his friends who were involved in selling cannabis.

He has realised there are no excuses for his actions, News Corp reported she said.

The court heard Mr Hawken had moved to Queensland, had no association with his friends from Nimbin, he had a full-time job and was living with his partner.

His solicitor described his chances of reoffending as remote.

Between January and April last year, Mr Hawken was captured on CCTV supplying cannabis 20 times.

When he was arrested, he described it as a big wake up call in a letter he wrote to the court.

But Judge Wells said the big wake up call should have been the prior good behaviour bond and suspended sentence he served.

She said he was involved in the enterprise purely for profit and had a flippant attitude about the offences.

When Mr Hawkens sentence was reduced to nine months, with a six month non-parole period, family and friends in the gallery were visibly upset.

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Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Download track for FREE here - A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (


Bangalow paid parking will go ahead: mayor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president Jo Millar. Photo Jeff Dawson

Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president Jo Millar. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson says paid parking in Bangalow will go ahead on January 1 despite opposition from the towns chamber of commerce and claims the council has failed to abide by its own processes.

With paid-parking consultants now investigating site locations in Bangalow, the chamber of commerce is still holding firm its opposition, reminding councillors that the paid parking resolution for the town stipulates guidance group involvement in the process before the rollout.

Chamber of Commerce president Jo Millar believes that with no meetings planned before paid parking is introduced on January 1, 2018, the council cannot proceed.

She said the Bangalow community have been strongly opposed to these plans since 2011.

But mayor Simon Richardson, who led the paid parking push in the town maintains that it will roll out, regardless of public sentiment.

The Echo asked the mayor, It appears Council are not representing the wishes of the Bangalow community. Is it your intention to continue on this path?

He replied, We are scheduled to begin paid parking in Bangalow in January. I have requested a meeting with the guidance group to consider initial priorities for allocating revenues raised. 

He added that Council is soon to complete its engagement strategy that has been created alongside community group representatives. 

Cr Michael Lyon also told The Echo that once a Council project has commenced, councillors cannot rescind the motion, so the project must continue.

Meanwhile Cr Paul Spooner told The Echo that he doesnt believe that paid parking will destroy the town, yet said that paid parking in Brunswick Heads is unlikely to go ahead owing to the collective effort of that town.



CAM Annual Report & Foundation Financials "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Board of Castlemaine Art Museum are pleased to provide members with the 2016/17 Annual Report, Financial Statements and Foundation Financial Statements.

cam annual report 2017

cam financial statements 30 june 2017

caghm foundation financial report june 2017 final


Greens senator talking politics in Mullum pub tonight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be appearing at tonight's Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby. File photo

Australian Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be appearing at tonights Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby. File photo

Tonights (November 22) Politics in the Pub at Mullumbimbys Courthouse Hotel features Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and retired local GP and activist/author Liz Elliott.

Ms Rhiannon told The Echo that she will be launching her new pamphlet Sold Off, Sold Out at the event.

It examines the right wings obsession with the privatisation or selling off of public assets.

Ms Rhiannon writes in the introduction that, Since it came to office in 2011, the NSW coalition has sold off more than $62 billon in public assets.

Over the past 30 years there has been a massive sell-off of public assets to private corporations right across Australia.

This privatisation binge has been indulged in by both major political parties. The evidence of opinion polls is that these sales are opposed by a majority of citizens and very often governments have paid the price at the polls.

Most recently the fall of the Liberal government in Western Australia has been attributed, at least in part, to its privatisation agenda.

Examples of government sales of public infrastrucutre and institutions include the energy sector, housing, NSW Crown lands, NSW Forests, public transport, prisons, hospitals, education and human services.

Yet there are precedents for rolling back privatisation and re-nationalising, claims Greens member Hall Greenland. He says, In New Zealand, the railways and ferries, privatised in 1993, were re-nationalised in 2008. Rail infrastructure was renationalised in the UK too after the failure of privatisation. Politics in the Pub is on November 22 at...


Chin Chin employees hit back at wage theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This account of working in one of Melbournes most iconic restaurants, draws attention to the need for urgent action put an end to this practice, which is widespread in the hospitality industry. The owner of Chin Chin operates nine restaurants and is in the process of opening another one. Go to Megaphone link to sign the petition. The following was written by Sorcha Harrop, one of the central figures in this story.

For almost a year I worked at Chin Chin, one of Melbournes hottest restaurants. I worked through breaks, battled stress, exhaustion and was underpaid at least $9,500.

My experience is just one of thousands of disgusting wage theft stories hospo workers are forced to regularly endure.

Ive had enough of being screwed over. Thats why I filmed this video calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take wage theft off the menu.

Chin Chin is famous for its no reservations policy, long queues down the street, fabulous food and outstanding service.

What you dont know about Chin Chin is that the people who make it such a hot destination are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free. And heres the kicker: while I was getting underpaid thousands of dollars, my boss, restaurant king Chris Lucas, was spending millions building his seventh restaurant.

This is textbook wage theft. And its happening to hospo workers everywhere: a new survey shows 76% of hospitality employers are stealing workers pay.

We are fed up, and enough is enough. If youve had enough of wage theft too, please watch and share this video.

Every year hundreds of thousands of hospo workers in Australia are robbed: paid below minimum wage, refused penalty rates, and forced to do free work.

We all know stealing is wrong. These rigged rules make wage theft so easy its now become a business model.

Stand with me and other hospo workers getting ripped off.

Hospo workers deserve respect just like everybody else its time to stand up and demand we are treated fairly and paid what were owed.

Video from United Voice



Calling on all young artistic environmental protectors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Activist/actor Tony Barry has kicked off a youth environmental art comp, which will be judged on December 17 at the Mullum Civic Hall. Photo Jeff Dawson

Activist/actor Tony Barry has kicked off a youth environmental art comp, which will be judged on December 17 at the Mullum Civic Hall. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local legendary Australian actor and activist Tony Barry is helping to organise an environmental art competition for local high school students.

Known for both leading and character roles in more than 55 feature films, 45 television series and theatre, Mr Barry is calling on high school students to get creative and express their concerns and hopes for the future of their environment.

Mr Barry said, Prizemoney will be $1,000 for first prize, $1,000 for second prize and $1,000 for third prize. It will be distributed to students for personal use, or can be used for an environmental initiative of their choice, which would remain in the school in their name.

The event will be celebrated on December 16 and 17 at the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall with presentations and judging from 10am to 5pm.

Artwork criteria

The chosen artform may include writing, poetry, dance, drama, music, or visual arts such as painting, drawing, photography, film, sculpture, etc or any combination of these artforms. The environmental topic for the students piece will be chosen by the students and must be original artwork.

Judges are Robert Bleakley (founder and CEO of Sothebys Australia and chairman of Pathways Foundation) and Virginia Reid (local artist and teacher).

Mr Barry says the day will begin with a smoking in ceremony and respect for Country. There will be a silent tribute to all those who have passed over on this land, he says.

This event is dedicated to Jambys son Jacob, who passed away some weeks ago during a misadventure at a party. 

Local artist Daniel Hend is on board and we are attempting...


MAMA MANOUSH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mama Manoush has relocated to a bigger space in East Brunswick and the Lebanese hits keep rolling.

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Living wake to celebrate the life of Mookx Hanely "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brendan 'Mookx' Hanley. Photo Facebook

Brendan Mookx Hanley. Photo Facebook

Melissa Hargraves

Local legend and trailblazer activist Brendan Mookx Hanley has invited special guests to perform his songs at his living wake at The Picture House, Brunswick Heads, on Sunday November 26 from 2 till 5pm.

Its a chance to celebrate the life and era of a pioneer in music, comedy, activism and film while he is still breathing the air with us.

Mookx has worked with Pete Seeger, John Farnham, Bev Harrell, Slim Dusty, Lucky Starr, Dinah Lee, Jimmy Hannan, Johnny OKeefe, John Williamson, The Bee Gees, Manfred Mann, Graeme Bond, Hans Poulsen, Jack Thompson, Jean Paul Bell and many others.

His songs have been recorded by Frankie Davidson, Doug Owen, Layabouts, Bushwackers, Gong, Mills Sisters, Troubadors, German Choirs, Sai Baba Ashram Choir and many more.

Trailblazer activist

His soundtrack and movie contributions include Monkey Mia, Waterborn, Give Trees a Chance, Nearly Normal Nimbin, Reef Reborn, Earth First and the multi- award-winning Blowpipes and Bulldozers. Mookx also wrote the original soundtrack and characterisations for the animated movie Fern Gully.

Mookx pioneered locally by instigating the local Dolphin Music awards, the Nimbin, Mullumbimby and Byron folk clubs, and was also instrumental in protecting Terania through non-violent peaceful and musical action. He is a trailblazer activist who also contributed towards the legalisation of busking in NSW.

Come and celebrate Mookx, a local legend whose own work stands proudly along with his popular collaborations. Keep in mind that the even...


In which the pond rents or leases a little Dame Slap for a little while and rues the cost ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seemed like another sign of the lizard Oz's sharp swerve to the hard left, what with Dame Slap lining up alongside the Bolter to deliver Malware's Liberals a round of hard slaps to the chops ...

What's left for comrade Bill to do, whither the pond as it subsides into complete irrelevance?

Of course these Libs have missed the point - let us not discuss the NBN yet again - but now the pond must be little missy echo to stern Dame Slap?

Naturally there's a little more than meets the eye, and a wondrous example of Dame Slap hypocrisy, but for that the pond needs the whole dose of Dame Slap fury ...

Truly wondrous to read, this talk of illiberal forms of nanny-statism, apparently the behaviour of paternalistic, far-left greenies ...



Santa shots at the beach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beach photos with Santa. Photo supplied.

Beach photos with Santa. Photo supplied.

It is that time of year again and we are heating up for the Christmas bonanza and Father Christmas is once again hitting the local beaches ready to have his photo taken with you and your little ones.

Byron Santa on the Beach was started in 2016 by mums Jane Saunders, Dani Satori and Lyndal Peake who became friends through their local preschool. Not wanting to drive all the way to Tweed just to get a Santa photo they decided it was a chance to bring Santa for a day out at the beach.

So if you would like to catch Santa before he heads out for a surf then you can book a photo for you and the kids at Byron Bay on November 25 or Brunswick Heads on December 2.

Call the elf phone on 0409 059 118 or click here.

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The Queensland Government Is The Real Driver In Adanis Dirty Land Grab "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A key issue in the upcoming Queensland election issue is the Adani coal mine, a massive project slated for development in the Carmichael basin north west of Brisbane. To ensure it happens, the Queensland Government is threatening to compulsory acquire land from the local Traditional Owners. In the second in a five part series, Kristen Lyons explains.

When Adani purchased the coal tenement for its proposed Carmichael mine in 2010, then Premier Anna Bligh declared the proposed mine and related infrastructure project could generate more than 11,000 jobs and lucrative economic returns for Queenslanders.

The rhetoric about the Adani Carmichael mine, coming in turn from the Newman, and later Palaszczuk Governments, however, has always been about more than simply more jobs and more growth.

The Galilee Basin has been lauded as Queenslands last coal frontier. The region has been described as the most prospective area outside that currently being mined and on this basis has seen successive Queensland Governments establish policy settings and financial breaks, as well as expedite approval processes and champion pro-mining rhetoric, to drive a state-led enclosure of Aboriginal and pastoral lands to open up the Galilee Basin for coal mining.

And for Adani, this constitutes a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou Country. While Wangan and Jagalingou people are pulled in multiple directions by competing interests, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) have asserted sustained opposition to Adanis proposed mine.

Despite their resistance, and a tireless campaign built around a defense of the right to say no, the Queensland Government has failed to even acknowledge W&Js opposition to the mine, a position simply incongruent with their coal extraction agenda for the region.

Instead, the Queensland Government has walked over Indigenous rights in its efforts to secure W&J country, and to open up the Galilee Basin for the final frontier in a long history of often violent extractivism.

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)

Our research exposes some of the direct and covert manoeuvres of the Queensland Government in sidelining the rights of Traditional Owners to make way for Adanis mines. And given the current elevation of the A...


Quietly, by the river bank "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Rainbow Bee-eaters have come to earth.

Watching a couple of pairs along the river the evening before last, I observed one female descend to the area in front of its nest site. A bout of digging in loose sand below the nest was followed by a rapid entry into the tunnel. Both pairs were seen huddling close together on nearby perches. I suspect egg-laying has commenced.

Rainbow Bee-eaters (female at left), Loddon River @ Newstead, 20th November 2017


Giant boost for Korumburra-Bena "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aaron Hillberg in action for the Parrots this year.

KORUMBURRA-Bena has taken three giant steps towards being a lot more competitive in the West Gippsland league next year, with more signings to come.
Last Saturday they announced the return of favourite son Aaron Hillberg after a premiership winning foray with the Leongatha Parrots and joining him will be former star midfielder Chris Urie and another returnee, Matt Edwards, back from Kilcunda-Bass.
Thats three very good players coming back and were confident a number of others will get on board as well, said club vice president Andrew Newton this week.
Were putting a concerted effort into getting former players to come back and thats already proved successful for us, he said.
The news that Hillberg and Co have decided to return to the Giants in 2018 has been universally hailed on the clubs social media sites, good timing ahead of a return to training on Friday, December 1.

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The Trees of Bairnsdale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Plane Tree Avenue and Eucalypt remnant on Mitchell River

Bairnsdale is a tree friendly town. It has a treed median strip along the Princes Highway and Main Street from the western edge of town almost to the river with natives to the west of the hospital and exotics in the garden in the main part of town. Along the Mitchell River the Bairnsdale Urban Landcare Group (BULG) are gradually restoring the native vegetation and on the south-west side from the old port there is a wonderful avenue of plane trees.

I have written frequently of the importance of trees as a carbon store. See here and here. It is an often repeated slogan that trees are the only form of carbon capture and storage that actually works. I have made a few calculations of the carbon stored in some of the towns trees. The avenue of 14 well established plane trees a deciduous hardwood are of indeterminate age. Each stores about 32 tons of carbon or 100 tons of CO2 equivalent. The remnant eucalypts (see image above) along the river of which there remains a small number store upwards of 90 tons of carbon each. As a carbon store the hardwoods almost double the softwoods and this difference increases with age. In another example seven attractive Eucalypts (spotted gum?) found at the north end of Pyke Street store about 5 tons of carbon each.

The plane trees as well as being a carbon store provide both shade and have a cooling effect via transpiration. The leaf area of a mature plane tree is many times the size of that of a eucalypt of comparable age or size. On a very hot days being under the plane trees by the river is the coolest spot in town. The expansion of the flying fox population from their main roosting site near the junction of McCulloch and Riverine Streets may be a threat to these magnificent trees. This expansion which has occurred the previous three summers (but so far not this year) may possibly be influenced by climate change but more probably is directly related to the food supply. Each time the plane trees suffered substantial leaf loss but have since recovered.

Trees such as the plane tree offer a double effect in terms of climate with mitigation via temperature mo...


The Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brian Houstons book You Need More Money


Hillsong Conference is held annually in Sydney Australia each July and runs for four days. It is an annual event that has been held for many decades.

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, co-head pastors of Hillsong, are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith exponents. They are also compromised by accepting non-repentant gays and lesbians into their congregation, even in positions of top leadership. Josh Canfield, the long-time head worship leader of Hillsong New York City and previously Hillsong London, is an example. Josh was preparing to marry his live-in boyfriend Reed Kelly until they split up in March last year.

The errant heretical Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament.

All the speakers at Hillsong Conferences are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith adherents. Any speaker that speakers at a Hillsong Conference is aware of all, or many of,  Hillsongs heresies and is part of this heretical counterfeit Pentecostal movement world-wide. Which is not true Pentecostal at all. The leaders of the Welsh Revival, the Azusa Street Revival, John G Lake, Kathryn Kuhlmann, Smith Wigglesowrth, John Booth, John and Charles Wesley the founder of Methodism, John Knox and all the great leaders and general...


1) Policy confusion hobbles Indonesian mining "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Security hinders deliveries of basic goods to Papuan regencies

November 21, 2017 7:00 am JST 

Marwan Batubara

1) Policy confusion hobbles Indonesian mining

Government must provide greater certainty to achieve full economic gains


Clarence Valley Council decides to open its door wide to the cruise ship industry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 21 November 2017 at Clarence Valley Councils ordinary monthly meeting Mayor Jim SimmonsDeputy Mayor Jason Kingsley and Crs. Richie WilliamsonArthur Lysaught, and Andrew Baker voted in effect to open councils doors to the cruise ship industry by indicating in principal support for the Port of Yamba to be a designated cruise ship destination, with the possibility of establishing an international cruise ship terminal within the Clarence River estuary.

The debate in the chamber indicated that councillors received a number of emails on this subject from valley residents and that the majority of these expressed concerns about this Berejiklian Government proposal.

However, community concern was virtually ignored by both council administration and this group of five councillors hell-bent on doing Sydney's bidding after Nationals MP for Clarence Chris Gulaptis had reportedly lobbied on behalf of the proposal.

As usual Cr. Baker excelled himself when it came to the number of inaccurate statements he could pack into his participation in debate.

Concerned Iluka and Yamba residents now await this.

FacebookABC North Coast, 21 November 2017:


KURILPA POETS,RAP WRAP Sunday 26th November, with; THE TAPELOOPS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE KURILPA POETS present RAP WRAP Sunday 26th November, 2pm 91 Cordelia Street. with Guest Artists- THE TAPELOOPS Mystery musician- JEM SPARKLEs & Special MC- CAM LOGAN with unsuspected artist- Paul Klee And so the Great Wheel turns to Summers Solstice once again, traditionally Continue reading


Turnbull Government lost its majority in the House of Representatives so canceled the lower house convening for next 13 days "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This was the timetable for a functioning democratic Australian Parliament in November 2017:

30 October to 12 November  Non sitting days
13 to 16 November  Senate Chamber sits
17 to 26 November  Non sitting days
27 to 30 November  Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Thursday, 30 November
1 to 3 December  Non sitting days
4 to 7 December  Both Chambers sit [my yellow highlighting]

This is how a Liberal-Nationals federal government makes a mockery of a democratic federal parliament - because two of its MPs in the House of Representatives having been found to be ineligible to sit are no longer members of the 45th Parliament and therefore the Turnbull Government has lost it...


Australia: People Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from FLAC

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away...


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #569 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #569 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #569 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Monday 27th November 2017 Another week jam packed with markets, exhibitions and foodie events. Night Noodle Markets 9-26 November - Asian market feast served alongside roaming performers DJs and live music. Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr Stitches & Craft Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 23-26 November 2017 | 3 days of amazing displays and get loads of inspiration to make gorgeous things for your family and home. Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show | Royal Exhibition Building The Strange and Spektakulr Lives of Otto & Astrid .nobrtable br { display: none } Circus Oz creates this strange and spektacular fantastical back story of the lives of Otto and Astrid, tracing the journey that catapulted them to become the Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop. Show | Meat Market | Buy Tickets The Melbourne Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Over 60 of Australias best antique dealers will be at Caulfield Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th November The Melbourne Fair | Caulfield Racecourse Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Christmas tree lighting spectacular followed by a dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the festive season. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 Black Friday Sales .nobrtable br { display: none } Prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. Friday 24th November 2017: Black Friday Sales Primrose Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The ultimate designer market on the Mornington Peninsula at the historic Cloisters in Mount Eliza. Saturday, November 25, 2017: Primrose Fair | Toorak College Melbourne Ceramics Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Showcasing Melbournes finest and established ceramic makers on the weekend of the 25th & 26th November under one roof in Collingwood. Melbourne Ceramics Market Melbourne Pen Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Australia's only pen show featuring writing instruments, pens and writing ephemera at Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 26th November 2017. Melbourne Pen Show 2017 | Malvern Town Hall Coburg Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } One of Melbournes favourite summertime events Coburg Night Market returns for an 8th season with Artisans street food and music. 4 Friday nights | 5.30pm-10pm | Bridges Reserve Coburg Night Market This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Cigar Box Guitar Festival, Draughthorse & YesterYear Weekend, Feminist Festive Fair, Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair, Kids Fun Run with Thomas, Lancefield Megafauna Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Monster Fest, Riddells Creek Festival, Very Special Kids Fashion Sale, White Ribbon Day, Yea Show View Event...


1) WPLA says fighting wont stop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Operations to Free Hostage in Papua Will Continue: Wiranto


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Hi there,

Clearing out garage thought I better check if anyone local wants these things before I get rid of them...


Children's bike seat.



Mulch - a - Rama! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hey there!

Community service announcement: just thought I should share that there is a heap of mulch up at the Reservoir recycle centre. You can load for free but they'all also load up a full cage trailer with their front-end loader for $25. Makes life a lot easier.


Netball "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


for Individual Players looking to join a New or an existing Team in 2018.

WHERE:  Coburg Basketball Stadium, 25 Outlook Road, Coburg North
WHEN:  Wednesday evenings November 22nd and November 29th
TIME:  From 5.15pm - 6pm on both dates listed above.
COST:  $2 per Participant if you are not already a Coburg Netballer.
Arrive early to complete an "Expression of Interest" Form.

Coburg Kangaroos - Coburg Netball Association is welcoming.  We encourage good sportsmanship and behaviour at all times.  ...


Community Forum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Moreland Council is reviewing the Statement of Commitment to Women to ensure that our actions continue to support the community.  Please join us for a forum on 12 December and an engaging debate supported by a panel of three guest speakers.  We will discuss what gender equality and inclusion mean today and how to break down barriers.

Guest speakers:

       Jenni Smith, CEO, Northern Community Legal Centre


Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday

34 Edna Grove, Coburg
Saturday 25th November

Our lovely Flick and Flanno Return to the farm gate

The last we saw this lot play tunes was when we hadn't met the little Noah! 



Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Randall, who retired just last year from his position as referee in the Small Claims Tribunal after years on the bench, continues to maintain his innocence.

He pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court last week to 18 charges including maintaining a relationship with a child, indecent treatment and sexual assault.

His lawyers cross-examined the victim in the witness box about the allegations, accusing him of fabricating lies about being abused hundreds of times so he could later sue Randall.

However, the jury dismissed this and returned guilty verdicts.

Randall was on Tuesday sentenced to nine years jail, and will be eligible for parole after serving half of that time.

Judge Catherine Muir described Randalls behaviour as shocking and reprehensible.

Extract ABC Australia article on this matter


Queensland magistrate William Randall will get a very hard time in jail and will have to be in protective custody. Even in protective custody, he wont be safe. Every time he steps out of his cell, hell be a target.

4.5 to 9 years is a very long time to spend in jail under those circumstances.

William Randall is fortunate not to live in California, where hed be jailed for life, Indonesia, where hed be chemically castrated or worse, or ISIS areas of Syria, where hed be thrown off a building.

The Courier Mail

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges

William John Randall, 69, was in Brisbane District Court this afternoon, where Judge Catherine Muir told him his abuse of the child was cunning and calculating and an outrageous breach of trust.

Judge Muir se...


Undermining democracy in Qld: Broken promises and political favours for donors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Undermining democracy in Qld: Broken promises and political favours for donorsThe Queensland Premier went back on her promise to hold an inquiry into political favours for donation was this, like the Adani veto, something to do with her partner, Shaun Drabsch? read now...


November verse 9 / A birthday poem "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

November verse 9: Happy Birthday
(For my sister Mary Ann)
Sweet Leilani, heavenly flower,
our father sang when you were born
and kept on singing. Thats girl power
after three boys. Time has worn
the sharp joy from your nickname Lani
but not destroyed it. Scratch the blarney,
underneath youll find the stone
of honest feeling, blood and bone.
Leonard and before him Harry
put your real name into song:
a mournful, agonised so-long,
a Caribbean wont-you-marry.
Now I, as you turn sixty-nine,
invoke their rhymes with one of mine




And one Leonard made earlier:

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5:30pm Fri 24 Nov |Rally for Manus: End the Siege Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When: 5:30pm Friday 24th November Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne. Facebook event here WEEKLY RALLY & SIT IN FOR MANUS REFUGEES End the Siege -Bring Them Here Recurring rally, every Friday from 5.30pm, State Library Followed by march and street sit in speakers include Aziz live from Manus, Adnan Abdulkarim, Ahwaz(...)


MACKAY Police shootout accused found dead in his cell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

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MACKAY Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law

November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Nathan John Evans, 32, from Bucasia faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to dangerous operation on October 24.

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MACKAY She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone

November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Tyra Jane Elizabeth Hutchinson appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to obstructing police about 1.10pm on October 17

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The Propagandarer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last night I was watching The Punisher punish bad guys while also being a bad guy and I realised it's a lucky coincidence my favourite form of entertainment is American propaganda. It's Number 1! You could argue that all US entertainment is propaganda, but I'm talking about anything with at least one appearance by a flag, some guns and (ideally) a sad man who has to kill people but is good enough to be sad about it or at least frowning like the American sniper in American Sniper. (Actually I hated that movie, but we are playing with lies here so whatever).

The Sad Man must always be Punished(TM) with further sadness after he has done his sad duty that no one else will do because everyone else is corrupt, particularly anyone in a suit or a uniform because the CIA is full of evil men despite being a great organisation. Also the armed forces are constantly being forced to do horrible things but are also great organisations because they turn up every damn day and do the hard work while they wait for King Arthur to return or whatever it is they think is happening. He is the Sad Man who takes on all American Sadness so kids can be safe to grow up to be mass murderers, serial killers or any of the other career pathways available to those who join the armed forces, which are great organisations.

There's no way to write seriously about US propaganda that isn't the reader's cue to stare into the abyss and wonder how a fucking American flag got down there, does there absolutely have to be one in every fucking shot, scene and montage? Fuck up, fuckface! (That's me yelling at a flag, which is nowhere near as weird as crying about one.)

In The Punisher our hero LITERALLY takes his kids on a ferry ride to look at the Statue of Liberty. which is fine because Americans actually believe all that shit. They get emotional about every aspect of their country. Imagine caring deeply about your country. Is that like caring deeply about your boss? Yes. It is.

I am enjoying The Punisher.

I have to do other things now because it's not all about America. Goodbye.


Surfing Kirra Point "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are a number of great surfing spots around the Coolangatta coastline on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. One of these is Kirra Point. Kirra Point was once a much bigger beach, and home to some truly legendary pipelines. Unfortunately, Continue reading


Going the distance to get the gold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club has started its summer season in style, dominating at the recent Lifesaving Victoria Endurance Championships.
A searching test of athletes, events included a 2km open water swim, 4km open water board paddle and a 10km ski race.
The clubs young competitors started the day with gold, silver and bronze in the under-15 female swim, then four of the top six places in the under-15 board.
Success continued with gold and silver medals in all ski races, including another clean sweep by the under-19 men, led by Seamus Spanner, with his third successive gold at the event.
Overall the club brought home over 30 medals, to easily clinch this years title.

The post Going the distance to get the gold appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Our top firies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barwon Heads Fire Brigade held its annual awards dinner with three of the four award recipients being female operational members.
The awards were presented to:
* Firefighter of the Year Eliza Carlon.
* Encouragement Award Colin Bridges.
* Captains Award Libby Burnett, community safety co-ordinator.
* Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub-Branch Annual Award Helen Wood, captain.
Barwon Heads Fire Brigade captain Helen Wood said the annual dinner and awards night was a chance to recognise the effort made by members to help keep their beloved community safe.
Our members dont seek the limelight nor do they believe in the individual, as the true testament is how well we work as a team. However, we have had the tradition of annual brigade awards in place for many years as a way to thank members who go above and beyond, she said.
It is particularly thrilling to see the female members of the brigade recognised for their contribution, proving that diversity is integral to the success and longevity of our brigade and the CFA as a whole.

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Arts Wednesday 22 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



At 10:40 am, we hear Part 5 of Sydney By Design for this series and Ed talks about infrastructure.

At 11:00 am, I look at a great new exhibition and website at the State Library of New South Wales, called Botanical Inspirations. It examines the work of natural history illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, who was the illustrator who sailed with Mathew Flinders in the Investigator. He developed an unusual techniques of marking colours on his sketches by numbers and his palette comprised some 1000 numbers, which he had committed to memory. Professor David Mabberley cracked the colour code and has just  published a book called Painting By Numbers. This is also the name of the very inventive website that goes with the exhibition. My guests in the studio are curator, Alison Wishart and head of the DXLab which developed the website, Paula Bray.

Music features songs about infrastructure and songs about Australian flora and fauna.

I look forward to your company.

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Murray Goulburn slashes 52 Leongatha jobs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MURRAY Goulburns hammer has hit hard today and it has hit hardest in Leongatha where 52 jobs have been cut from the local factory workforce.

Local MG employees have been fearing the worst in recent weeks and finally the announcement has been made; 73 are to go across the firms four plants as follows: Leongatha 52 redundancies, Maffra 5 redundancies, Koroit 9 redundancies and Cobram 7 redundancies.

General Manager, Milk Supply and Field Services, Craig McRae, released details to suppliers and shareholders first today.

As part of our commitment to reduce costs and drive business improvement, we are making changes to our product manufacturing operations, Mr McRae said.

This continues our efforts to address our cost base, improve efficiencies and ultimately increase earnings and the farmgate milk price.

Over the last 18 months we have managed a lower milk intake through a reduction in our contractor workforce, changes to rosters and the use of annual leave and accumulated hours.

However, more decisive action is now required.

Today we advised our manufacturing teams that there will be a reduction in approximately 70 roles across our Koroit, Cobram, Maffra and Leongatha sites.

Voluntary redundancies will be offered for the majority of impacted roles.

These changes will significantly increase operational efficiency, while enabling us to meet demand for MG dairy products.

This decision is regrettable but necessary. These actions have been taken to ensure MG can deliver sustainable and competitive returns.


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MACKAY Mackay district court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

Mackay district court

November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

If you are due to appear in the Mackay For those persons interested in viewing the list of defendants appearing before the Mackay Magistrates Court

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December Party: Armidale Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 7 Dec; 6:30 pm; ] Lets celebrate members and volunteers for a great year of events and forums continuing our vision for Armidale to be a lovely sustainable town to live in. Its simple: bring a picnic blanket, some finger food and drink to share. The festivities will happen at the new time of 6.30pm Thursday 7th December at the Armidale Community Garden [...] full article 


Watch the New Video from The Lost Brothers Echoes In The Wind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Lost Brothers Irish folk-singing duo The Lost Brothers have returned with their beautiful new single and video Echoes In The Wind. If youre a fan of the close harmony singing of Simon and Garfunkel or The Milk Carton Kids then The Lost Brothers are going to youre new favourite band. Echoes []


Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.

With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.

Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.

Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:

Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance.



Smog of the Sea Film Screening and Discussion on November the 26th at 10am "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our organization is teaming up with the Jack Johnson 2017 Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. Visit us at the show! We will be at Jack Johnsons concert in Brisbane on the 3rd of December, 5pm at []

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Eastside meets Catherine Traicos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CT-152Described as an artist of exceptional poise and talent (SMH) Catherine Traicos has just released her sixth studio album.

Luminaire is a beautiful album, wrought with emotion and turmoil. Catherine sat down with Eastside recently to discuss the recording process and play a couple of tracks from the album live in the studio.


Listen below.


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Annual Bird Count day for Castlemaine district 2&3 December 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For many years, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club has participated in Birdlife Australias annual Challenge Count.  This always takes place across the country on the first weekend in December which is not a convenient time of the year with so many other competing end-of-year activities.  But it has also been the same weekend for decades, which allows a good comparison with the results from previous participations.  In 2017, this will allow us to record birds for a 24 hour period on or around the 2nd and 3rd December.

The aim is to document as many bird species as possible, and the also numbers of individuals, within a 25km radius of central Castlemaine within a single calendar day.  Whether a species is actively breeding (e.g. sitting on nest, feeding nestlings, taking food to a hollow) is also documented.  For a bird to be officially recorded on the team list, it must be accurately identified by at least two people by sight or by at least three people if it is heard only.

In 2016, Castlemaines overall team was made up of 5 separate groups which mostly ranged in size from three to five people, but with one group organised by Connecting Country containing more than 15.  There is no maximum group size, but having at least three is very helpful.  The five groups were dispersed in all directions across the district.  So far we have six groups prepared to go in 2017.

The results from the Castlemaine teams going back to 2011 are summarised below.  (Many earlier years are not recorded here).

You dont need to be a birding expert, as you can be paired with a group that has at least one specialist.  Its always a lot of fun, a chance to see some different local birding hotspots, add to the local knowledge and also learn a bit more about our feathered friends.  For more info or to express interest in being in a group, feel free to contact Chris before 30 November (  We also have a few locations that are not currently being covered if you have a new group to be involved.  We can also accept records from counts undertaken during your morning walk or from your backyard (as long as the birds were seen by 2 or more people, or heard by 3 or more people).


Challenge Count results from the Castlemaine team over recent years

Year # bird species # individual birds
2011 83 1...


12 Dec 2017 Members Presentation Night Whats your story? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its a tradition of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club that the December general meeting is set aside for club members to make a short presentation on a topic of their choice.  Of course there is no obligation to get up in front to tell a story, show some photos or even sing a song about some aspect of natural history from a local area or further afield.  But it is encouraged, and the audience is very supportive.

A projector and laptop will be available for those that want to show photos or a powerpoint display.  To allow as many people as possible the opportunity to give their presentation, there is a maximum of 7 minutes per person.  If you have a computer-based presentation, it is also preferable if you get there early to make sure that it all works OK.

If you dont wish to get up in front of everyone, all members and supporters are encouraged to come along to listen, and to join us for a chat over supper  afterwards.  Bring along a plate of food to share, and help us celebrate the conclusion of another successful year for the club.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 8th December 2017 in the Chapel behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery).  The UC Parish has a dinner in the hall that night, so we cannot use our usual venue.

If youve got a bigger story to tell, why not also consider being one of our guest presenters in 2017.  We are on the lookout for people to be a monthly speaker and are particularly encouraging of members and locals.  Contact the club at if you are interested or if you know someone else who might be interested.


Muffy and Duffy: sometimes it seems the world just doesnt care "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


There are few things in life that so remind us of the vulnerability of animals than those who arrive in our care in severe states of neglect. And few have arrived in a worse state than Muffy and her lamb, Duffy. That Muffy adored her baby was so evidentshe had put every ounce of her being into her baby, even at the expense of her own health. Blood tests soon revealed that this courageous and loyal mother was not long for this world, as she was in the final stages of liver failure. And little Duffy in all our years of rescue we have not seen a live lamb more emaciated than he.


Yet despite their pitiful states, the two were inseparable, so strongly bonded were they. Caring for them daily broke our hearts, as the love, devotion and comfort between the two was palpable, yet it was evident it would only be a matter of time before we had to step in, when our veterinary intervention could no longer give Muffy that quality of life she deserved. Our only wish was that this would be long enough to pull little Duffy back to the right side of living, one where he would be strong enough and confident enough to face the world on his own.


Seeing animals in such a pitiful state of neglect with no legal course of redress causes us to think sometimes the world just doesnt care, but then along comes a saviour like the human who secured the release of these hapless two into our careand we are buoyed by the thought that sometimes the world just does.



Life expectancy. From 45 to 82 years, we've come a long way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday The Sydney Morning Herald broke news that these days would be considered shocking.

The first 'life table' prepared for the British colony put the expected lifespan of a newborn non-Aboriginal Australian at just 45.6 years.

The Bureau of Statistics now gives newborns a lifespan of 82.5 years; 80.4 for boys, and 84.6 for girls.

And that's almost certain to be an underestimate. Improvements in medical technologies throughout 80 years of life are likely to add an extra four years to those totals.

On November 7, 1867, the life table was good news. We were better off than England where newborns got only 40.9 years, and better off than Belgium where they got 32.2.

And things were even better than the raw figure of 45.6 years suggested. An extraordinary 10.6 per cent of newborns (10.6 per cent of boys, 9.8 per cent of girls) died before they reached the age of one. If you survived to the age of one, you were likely to make it to 51.

From today's vantage point it looks as if life expectancy has always increased, but it hasn't, for decades at a time. The 1960s were what Melbourne University demographer Alan Lopez refers to as the "tobacco years". Life expectancy increased not at all.

For older Australians life expectancy scarcely increased for 50 years, between 1920 and 1970. It was only after 1972 when the tobacco use was brought under control (it didn't finally peak until 1978 - 1980) and progress was made against heart attacks that it began to grow again.

In recent years, newborns have been gaining an extra year of life every two and a half years. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen can't see an upper limit, although she concedes it will be more difficult. Controlling tobacco, preventing heart disease and making driving safer were easier to do than it would be to extend the lifespan of the parts of our bodies with built in obsolescence. Our bodies weren't designed to last too many years beyond childbirth, she says.

Alan Lopez says we've already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit. "The gains in lung cancer, chronic heart disease and the tobacco causes will continue, but at a much slower rate," he says. The gains from road accidents will depend on whether we adopt strict road rules of the kind Sweden has where there is a zero tolerance for alcohol.

At a public lecture to be presented at Melbourne University next week, he will suggest that life expectancy will continue to climb for the next 25 years, but at half the rate of the previous 25 years.

The biggest ob...


Max shooting for the country "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LOCAL shooter at the Inverloch/Korumburra gun club Max Oakley has been selected to represent Australia in the upcoming International Shooting Sport Federations Skeet and Trap South Zone Championships in New Zealand.
After claiming the Tricolour sash for winning the ACTA All States championship in Wagga Wagga back in May this year, shooting an impressive 76/77 targets, Max and four other men were selected to represent their country.
A very humble man, Max has spent over half his life shooting in the local area and has spent time as the president of the Inverloch Gun Club.
I spent four years as president of the Inverloch Gun Club but Ive been shooting for over 30 years.
Max has also been credited with helping the local youths in the area, encouraging them to get into shooting and finding a passion or hobby in their lives.
Hes planned hunting trips for young people who may be going through difficult periods in their lives, and to help them share in his passion.
Competing in the AA open age team, which is considered to be the best of the best shooters in the Skeet category, Max leaves for New Zealand mid-week to get some last minute practice in before the big competition.
The five man team is made up of Max, three Victorians and one New South Welshman; Michael Buttigieg, Dave OSullivan, Malcom Briggs and Nathan Campbell.
The competition is running from November 25 to 26 at Balfour Gun Club in New Zealand.
Very much looking forward to taking on our Tras-Tasman cousins, Max laughed and said I just want to beat those Kiwis.

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Better economic days ahead? Sorry, not yet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Why do people feel so rotten?

It's because they don't believe the federal Treasurer when he says there are "better days ahead".

He's said it 25 times, roughly once a week since April.

If things were really looking up, retailers wouldn't need to cut prices to maintain sales. During the June and September quarters, retail prices fell 0.2 and 0.4 per cent. Fell. It's rare for prices to fall across the entire retail sector for an entire quarter. It's even rarer for them to fall for two consecutive quarters, and rarer still for them to fall that much. It's the biggest wave of discounting this century.

What did the price dive deliver? An increase in spending of 1 per cent. In department stores, where prices slipped 0.3 per cent, spending slid 2.2 per cent.

ShopperTrak monitors retail traffic in real time. Store owners and shopping centre managers feed it video, Wi-Fi and the output of heat sensors to enable it to work out how many people are in participating stores at any given time and how long they stay. In September, foot traffic was down 6 per cent on the same period the previous year. In the first three weeks of October, it was down 7.5 per cent.

It's partly because we're switching to shopping online, where, for big items, we can get lower prices, often from overseas. But it's also because, even with low and sliding prices, we are less keen to shop.

Ask us whether we expect better or worse conditions in the year ahead, as the Melbourne Institute does every month, and only 21 per cent say "better". That's the average for the past 12 months. Back in the final year of the Gillard government and the last months of the mining boom, 30 per cent said better. Back further in the last year of the Howard government, 33 per cent picked better.

It's the same when you ask about the next five years: only 21 per cent of us expect better times; 26 per cent expect worse. Back in the final year of the Howard government 44 per cent of us expected better times, and only 22 per cent expected worse.

Like businesses reluctant to invest whatever the interest rate, households that are wary will be reluctant to spend whatever the price. Officially, inflation is just 1.8 per cent, keeping pace with record low private sector wage growth of 1.8 per cent. But 1.8 per cent is an overestimate.

The Bureau of Statistics conceded as much on Monday when it revamped the consumer price index to take into account changed buying patterns. The index measures the price of the basket of goods that is said to represent the purchases of a typical consumer. But what's typical changes over time.



Rustic, stylish and private on seven acres "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The outdoor living area is perfect for entertaining all year round.

The modern kitchen has electric appliances and plenty of space.

SET on close to seven acres of flat to gently undulating to undulating land is this unique country home.
This sought-after property is great for a large or growing family and would also make an ideal weekender due to its excellent position between Korumburra and Leongatha.
Although you are not completely isolated, the positioning of this property is very peaceful, within a lovely private rural setting surrounded by mature and established trees.
There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and three living areas.
The master is complete with en-suite and walk-in robe.
The modern kitchen is equipped with electric appliances, plenty of space and a breakfast bar.
The floorplan is flexible with a dining or family room leading off the kitchen which then flows through to the spacious lounge room which also has an option for a dining table.
A parents retreat/third living area comes off the master bedroom. An ambient wood heater covers the heating of the home.
Positioned at the front of the house is an outdoor living area that has been designed for family, friends and fun!
Many hours of relaxation, pondering and laughter will be spent here in a rustic setting with wood heater, barbecue area and privacy looking out onto your own little farm.
There is also an excellent double car garage attached to the home plus machinery shed, stockyard, loading race and a large 10x5m shed with concrete floor, lights and power.
This land is suitable for a multitude of uses including horses, cattle, alpacas, vegies, fruit and more.
The property, at 115 Huttons Road, Kardella is only 10 minutes to Korumburra, 15 minutes to Leongatha, 30 minutes to the beaches of Inverloch and 125km to Melbourne.
Elders Real Estate will open the home on Saturd...


November 2017 (#231) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In This Update:

  • TI Members Meeting
  • Recent Submissions to Government
  • Events including the TIA AGM, Sydney

TI Annual Members Meeting (October 2017).

At Transparency Internationals Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) on 15 October, in Berlin, Delia Ferreira Rubio was elected chair and Rueben Lifuka was elected as vice-chair, along with seven new board members.

TI Australias very own AJ Brown, Professor of Public Policy & Law at Australias Griffith University, and Non-Executive Director of TI Australia was elected to the TI Board. Congratulations AJ. Read more about these appointments.

See a message from the new TI Chair, Vice-Chair and Board here.

The AMM was accompanied by a series of TI regional and cross regional meetings: Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe. A wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss work to combat corruption across the TI Movement.

The latest edition of Eye on TI provides an overview of the AMM and associated meetings.



TI Australia has made two submissions to government during October. A submission on the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017.

A submission was also made to the Select Committee Enquiry into the Political Influence of Donations. This provided an opportunity to draw on the recently released research Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia.

TI Australia Chair, Anthony Whealy QC, appeared as a witness before the Select Committee on the 2 November.

TI Australia submissions can be found on our website:



Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Morning Herald

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

  • Kate McClymont and Debbie Cuthbertson
21 November 2017

A longstanding member of the nations principal opera company, Opera Australia, has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House.

David Edward Lewis, 58, is charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual intercourse with a person 14 or over and under 16.

David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the ...David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Facebook

It was Mr Lewiss starring role as Princess Turandots father, the Emperor, in the opera companys spectacular production of Puccinis Turandot on Sydney Harbour in March last year, which prompted the alleged victim to go to police.

In the mid-1990s the then 14-year-old girl was in the childrens chorus of an Opera Australia production when it is alleged Mr Lewis, a chorister in his mid-30s, commenced to sexually assault her.

David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australia's April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride.David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australias April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride. Photo: Prudence Upton

Sources have told Fairfax Media that one assault was witnessed by a cast member who reported the matter to senior figures within Opera Australia, who then appointed a chaperone for the children. No action was taken against Mr Lewis.



Some questions for Karagh-Mae Kelly #qldvotes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Karagh-Mae Kelly, Independent candidate for Animal Justice Party. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I am []

The post Some questions for Karagh-Mae Kelly #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Cory Bernardi and the Australian Christian Lobbys call arms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Joe Montero

At last Saturdays (17 November 2017) national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby in Sydney, Senator Cory Bernardi told the delegates that the campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia was an extraordinary success, despite losing the national postal survey.

These were not the words of a deluded and frustrated individual. They were calculated and had a specific purpose. They were concerned with what to do in the period after the overwhelming victory of the Yes vote.

For Bernardi and those who agreed with him, the Conference was an occasion to get on with the next phase of bringing a collective view of the world that would propel Australia into the Middle Ages, where religion and politics were intertwined and any deviation from the prescribed format would not be tolerated.

The Senator had left the Liberal Party earlier this year, because in his view it had moved away from from conservative principle. He went on to form the Australian Conservative Party. The title is inaccurate because the Bernardi view of the world has nothing to do with conservatism and a lot more to do with with the reactionary radicalism that he shares with others in the Australian Christian Lobby and outside it.  The difference is important.  The radicals do not seek to keep the status quo, but to change it in their own direction.

The Australian Christian Lobby claims to represent Christianity in Australia. It does nothing of the sort. A significant of its leadership and support comes form a section of the Pentecostal tradition. Hillsong is intimately connected and jointly sponsored the Coalition for Marriage.  There are business money links. There are links to the Sydney based traditionalist leadership of the Methodist and Catholic churches. There is also a close connection with similarly minded factions in the Liberal and National parties.

The model and inspiration for the Australian Christian Lobby is what is often called the American Christian Right, which emerged in opposition to the ending of segregation and the schools and bussing in black children.

One of the two original founders is the retired Baptist minister and Queensland businessman,...


Teddies support camp program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TEDDY bears and Prep students alike enjoyed a teddy bears picnic at Wonthaggi Primary School recently.

The teddy bears picnic is part of the schools camp program, teaching students to become more comfortable in a camp environment.

The program requires students to stay at school a little bit longer, allowing them to adjust to spending more time in the company of teachers and peers.

During the picnic, the Preps enjoyed an afternoon tea. This was followed by group games and a teddy bear hunt.

Throughout the camp program, Grade 1 students enjoy a dinner at school and Grade 2 students take part in a school sleepover.

They are then prepared for their first formal camp, which takes place during Grade 3.

Wonthaggi Primary Schools camp program is well established, and has proven to be an ideal way to help students develop confidence and independence.

Fun and games: Prep students Kayla, Makinley and Ruby enjoyed a teddy bears picnic at Wonthaggi Primary School. The picnic is the first step in the schools camp program.


Jo farewells Woorayl Lodge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AFTER managing Leongatha aged care hostel Woorayl Lodge for the past seven years and nursing for more than 60, Jo White retired last Thursday.

She celebrated with a high tea with residents and staff.

Ms White said her time spent working at the lodge was the happiest time of her life, and that she thought of the staff and the residents as family.

Working at the lodge has been a wonderful experience. I know I made a lot of changes when I first arrived, but they were all for the best, she said.

We have an amazing team and I feel like I am among family when I am here with the residents.

Staff member Maggie Gruen said Ms White was an inspiration and a mentor.

It was an absolute pleasure working with her, she said.

Throughout her time at the lodge, Ms White worked to provide high quality care to all residents.

Ms Gruen said staff promised Ms White they would continue to maintain Woorayl Lodge to the same quality standard she would expect.

The new facility manager is Shane Jenkins.

Queen bee: Woorayl Lodge director of care Jo White retired last Thursday, after seven years in the position and 60 years in nursing. She was farewelled with a delicious high tea


Brigade unveils memorial rock "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A MEMORIAL rock honouring all past members of the Leongatha South CFA was unveiled in front of 50 current members on Saturday night.

Long serving members Edwin Millett and Paul Norton shared the honour of cutting the ribbon to unveil the plaque and memorial rock.

Captain of the Leongatha South brigade Hilco Zuidema welcomed all to the unveiling and thanked operations manager for CFA District 9, Simon Bloink, for his attendance before running through some of the brigades history.

The first meeting to form the brigade was held on July 23, 1956. The station was built in 1982 by the members of the brigade and was opened by Les Lupton in July 1983. In 2010 a meeting room was added on. Previously members used the former Leongatha South school for meetings.

Just six captains have served the brigade in its 61 year history: Harold Vagg, Steve McAlpine, Don Landry, Gordon Vagg, Garry Williams and Hilco Zuidema.

Captain Zuidema thanked Stuart Landry for making and installing the plaque, managers at Holcim Quarry Ross Newton and Reece Morehu for the donation of the rock, and Brent Sinclair Catering for the wonderful job they did on Saturday night.

Social times: having a chat prior to the unveiling of the memorial rock were, from left, Rebekah Vagg, Janine Moscript, Sylvia Vagg and brigade secretary/treasurer Carly Hurst.


Sales for a cause "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


TWO Leongatha streets banded together to raise money for worthy causes on Saturday.

Residents of Trease Street and Allison Street held garage sales to raise funds for Water Aid and the Leongatha Mens Shed.

These garage sales are an annual event to help homeowners clear out their clutter and give back to others.

The day was instigated by Water Aid supporter Johanna Haasjes and Leongatha Mens Sheds David Brereton.

Ms Haasjes has been a long time campaigner of Make Poverty History, but decided to put weight behind Water Aid to help provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who go without around the world.

There are many great organisations, but I have chosen Water Aid because it is totally dedicated to its goal of transforming lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the worlds poorest communities, she said.

The garage sales coincided with World Toilet Day on Sunday.

Pieces in Ms Haasjes garage sale were donated by the public to support the cause.

Ms Haasjes said they had been blessed with both beautiful weather and generosity.

Mr Brereton sold pieces on behalf of a Leongatha Mens Shed member, with all proceeds going back to the Mens Shed.

Worthy causes: David Brereton and Johanna Haasjes organised the annual garage sale event in Leongathas Trease and Allison streets on Saturday. This event put money towards the Leongatha Mens Shed and Water Aid.


Sculptures explore Australias history "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIAN history man-made and natural is analysed by the latest exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery at Fish Creek.

Travelling, works with wood and paper by Jan Learmonth of Inverloch is a collection of works that are material explorations of the controversial history and culture of land and water in Australia, the movement of people across sea and soil to occupy and exploit the land, the precarious state of river systems and natural environment.

I use natural and locally found materials, carved, bound, thatched, and recoated, to construct intricate sculptures. They take the form of boats or other vessels, rolling or floating through arid landscapes, she said.

I also map these altered landscapes by tracing tracks and topography with large flat works on paper. The work questions attitudes to country, interrogating tensions between land use and land care.

Learmonths work is held in the collections of Deakin University in Victoria, the Gold Coast Art Gallery in Queensland, Albury Regional Gallery in New South Wales, Latrobe University Arts Museum in Victoria, and private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and the USA.

Learmonth has exhibited widely, and was part of Geckos LOeuvre des Oufs exhibition in 2016 and Findings in 2015.

The exhibition opened on Friday and will continue to December 11.

Gecko Studio Gallery is at 15 Falls Road, Fish Creek, and is open Thursday to Monday from 9am to 4pm. Phone 5683 2481.

Thought provoking: Sixteen Standing, a wood and bone work by Jan Learmonth in her exhibition Travelling, works with wood and paper at Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek.


Criminal Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Porn Video Played To Young Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.


In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque....


Hailstones pelt Dumbalk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DUMBALK copped a huge half hour hail storm on Friday afternoon.

Lachlan Vandermeer of Dumbalk sent The Star a video via Facebook of the enormous amount of hail he received on his property.

Dumbalk resident Peter Lamberts car and his sons car was dinted by large hailstones.

The hail was so heavy it put holes in Jason Rileys undercover area roof at his Dumbalk home.

At Michelle Kenneys Dumbalk home, all of her familys cars were damaged, the laser light of her dairy shed was smashed, her kitchen flooded and her vegie patch destroyed.

Her driveway had washed away and the hail also smashed her rain gauge.

Huge hail: large hail stones fell on Dumbalk last Friday afternoon, damaging residents cars, roofs and lights. Michelle Kenney took this photo.


Gays rejoice, but MP to vote no "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippslands gay community has welcomed the outcome of the Australian same sex marriage survey, which supported legalising marriage between people of the same sex.

Ryanston gay man Wayne Moloney was amazed by the result. As a young man, he fled from gay parties raided by police and now aged, 70, is closer to having his 48 year relationship with his partner Keith Ritchie recognised by the law as having equal value.

This is an outcome I could not have imagined when (in the past) police could break into your bedroom and put you away for five years, he said.

I am thrilled to think that the love and acceptance Keith and I enjoy in our community may be more widespread than previously thought.

And for my wonderful young friends, I am overjoyed that they can lead a life free of a legal and social shackle around their love.

Mr Moloney now called on Federal Parliament to immediately legislate for same sex marriage.

The peripheral issues should be debated later as they may impact on existing laws, that is anti-discrimination and the like, he said.

Marty Thomas runs the restaurant Moos at Meeniyan, and is openly gay and supportive of South Gippslands gay community.

Im so ecstatic about the yes vote. It feels wonderful to be a part of such a positive and accepting community, he said.

Lets move forward. Theres no looking back now. Legislation should be made quickly. I hope that a more tolerant society will evolve from this voting campaign and minority groups will feel more safe and above all, equal to all other human beings.

McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said he would vote against same sex marriage in Parliament, despite the majority of constituents in his electorate voting in favour.

Ive had a consistent position on this issue and Ive been consistent all the way through that Im against same sex marriage, and that we will have a conscience vote and I will vote according to my consistent position, he said.

Its my personal view on the matter and I understand that 35,000 people voted no in my electorate and I represent the whole of the electorate.

However Mr Broadbent said he expected same sex marriage would become a reality in Australia.

I expect the Parliament will reflect the national vote. I expect it will be fairly straightforward and the Parliament will make a decision before Christmas, he said.

I think the Australian people have made a decision and the Parliament will respect the 60-40 vote.

The result of the national survey held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics was announced last Wednesday.

Across Australia, 61.6 percent...


State award for Star "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Great Southern Star has just won the 2017 Victorian Country Press Association award for Journalism- Best Community Campaign for newspaper 2000 to 6000 circulation for its Save Our Town campaign, launched on January 10 this year to help reinvigorate Leongatha.

The Stars general manager Tony Giles was thrilled to accept the award during the annual presentation night at the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne on Friday night.

The award was for a promotional initiative which creates or lifts the profile of an issue affecting all, or a specific section of a community.

Judge for this section Lynne Smith has been a journalist all her life and was the first female editor of the Latrobe Valley Express and in her comments she said, Who better to launch a campaign to save its town than the local newspaper. The Stars SOS Save Our Town campaign was created in a bid to stop businesses from closing and attract new ones.

I would have liked to see the paper settle on one tagline and continue it throughout the extensive coverage which was impressive.

In this campaign, not only did the paper keep the issue at the forefront for several months, it took the initiative and hosted a free marketing seminar for local businesses. This campaign is a great example of leading from the front to support its local


A local newspaper is the community. It is the communitys voice. This is why when there is an issue or cause that is important to the community, its the papers role to raise it. Even more, it must be prepared to take up that cause and run with it. But is not enough to publish a series of stories. Papers need to launch these campaigns with a committed comment piece to show they are prepared to lead from the front.

After all, a newspaper is best placed to read the feeling of its community. To me, a newspaper can give sound to the voiceless, it can give hope to the marginalised and can help right wrongs. This is why community campaigns are so important. Dont be afraid to take a stand.

Star success: Brad Lester, editor of The Great Southern Star, was thrilled to win the prestigious state award for the Save Our Town campaign.


Heroic teenager awarded "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A MIRBOO North teenager has been recognised as a Community Hero for his outstanding efforts to save his fathers life at their Mirboo North farm in July.

Paul Mancarella, and his son Douglas, 17, were moving sheep into a shearing shed on a Sunday afternoon, when the father-of-three suddenly collapsed.

Realising his dad had stopped breathing, Douglas worked quickly to lay Paul on his back, call Triple Zero (000) and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Douglas had learned some CPR at school and was grateful for the help of the Triple Zero (000) call taker to pace his chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

Mirboo North paramedic Mark Cooke nominated Douglas for a Community Hero Award for his quick response and maturity in what would have been a frightening situation.

Douglas was so calm, mature and just so effective in everything he did, Mr Cooke said.

He was doing an outstanding job of CPR, and that enabled us to do the best we could with our equipment and skills.

Paul, 52, was defibrillated six times and regained a pulse before being flown to Monash Medical Centre in a critical condition. He has since recovered.

Douglas brother Mark, 13, who was unaware their dad was unwell until he saw the ambulance pull up in their driveway, was proud of his big brother.

I ran up and straight away gave Dougie a huge hug just because of the amount of work he did to give Dad the best fighting chance that he could to survive, he said.

The Mancarella family was in the audience to see Victorian Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy and Ambulance Victoria CEO Tony Walker present Douglas with his Community Hero medal at a special Parliament House ceremony yesterday (Monday).

Mr Walker said Douglas actions showed the importance of knowing CPR to save lives.

Douglas made all the difference to his fathers chances of survival in those first critical minutes, by providing first aid while paramedics were on the way, he said.

With 75 percent of cardiac arrests happening at home, CPR is one of the most important skills you can ever learn.


Rail yards review plea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to modify its proposed design for the Leongatha rail yards.

Leongatha Rotary Club and Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry have asked council to relocate a traffic school and also include more parking within the site.

Council is proposing to transform the disheveled land between Bair and Long streets into a park for the community to enjoy.

Council proposed to build the school near the Bair Street bridge, but Rotary wants it closer to the station area, closer to parking and toilets.

Rotarys Ross Garner told council last Wednesday, Our view is that this be done in undue haste.

Mr Garner said the traffic school would teach children road safety and pedestrian skills. The school was suggested by Rotary.

Chamber president Brenton Williams said an extra 80 carparks including six long vehicle bays could be created by removing the mound now used for parking next to Apex Park and lopping cypress trees near Long Street.

Cr Meg Edwards told council, We talk about working with our community and this is a once in a 20 year opportunity to get it right.

A final master plan for the site could come before council for possible adoption in December.

Fresh idea: from left, Leongatha Rotary Clubs Ross Garner and Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Brenton Williams with their plan for the Leongatha rail yards.


Man Trapped in Health Food Store Overnight Forced to Eat Own Poo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A Sydney man was forced to eat his own poo to make it through a night trapped inside a local health food emporium when staff locked the store up for the night without realising he was still inside.

The mishap occurred after the man rushed into the store to use the gender-neutral toilet and fell into an LSD-like trance on the stool pool thanks to the mystic incense burning within the restroom.

The man said he would have used the pub toilet like a normal person, but he didnt feel like having the 50 or so guilt beers he was forced to down the last time a publican caught him popping in just to use the gents.
When I came to after smelling colours and seeing sounds Ive never tasted before, it was too late, and I was locked in the store with no phone charge, the man said. I tried to make it through the night with no food or water, but it was impossible. I had to do what anyone would do locked up in a place that only served loony health food, and dine on my own poo and wash it down with my own wee.

The man said that unlike the way most odd foods are described, it certainly didnt taste like chicken.



Fatal crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A MAN died after a single car collision in Tarwin Lower on Saturday night.

The 66 year old Wyndham Vale man died after the vehicle he was driving on Walkerville Road, Tarwin Lower left the road and collided with a tree shortly after 10pm.

Investigators believe the driver of the south-bound car failed to negotiate a left hand bend, causing his vehicle to cross to the incorrect side of the road and crash into trees.

He died at the scene.

Emergency services including ambulance, police, Tarwin Lower and Pound Creek CFA, and Fish Creek CFA road rescue unit attended.

Police at Bass Coast Highway Patrol would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the collision or saw the vehicle before the collision.


New mayor calls for unity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


THE new mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, Cr Lorraine Brunt, has called for good working relations among councillors.

Her call came after a turbulent year for the new council, with claims of bullying and in-fighting among councillors.

All councillors will have a voice, an equal voice that will be respected and listened to, she said.

As to how she would achieve unity, Cr Brunt told The Star, By following good governance processes and ensuring that everyone around the table is supported, encouraged and given equal opportunity to contribute.

She said she would advocate to agencies for funding for projects to reinvigorate Leongatha and Korumburra, and council would stop the sale of land in Venus Bay until after a review of open space in the town.

Cr Brunt said council would revisit the direction of Coal Creek Community Park and Museum when council reviews its costs and value to the shire.

Hailing from Poowong, she expects ongoing growth in that town and Nyora, and feels it is important that Loch retain its village feel, with development mostly being infill within the town boundaries.

Cr Brunt won the mayoral vote from Andrew McEwen, six votes to three. Her supporters were councillors Aaron Brown, Alyson Skinner, Meg Edwards, Maxine Kiel, former mayor Ray Argento and herself.

Cr McEwen won the votes of himself, and councillors Don Hill and Jeremy Rich.

Cr Brown was named deputy mayor, after defeating Cr McEwen.

In his speech, Cr McEwen said he was standing for mayor as the community had voted for change.

I believe I have the experience, capability and desire to work collaboratively and inclusively for change with all councillors for the benefit of the community, he said.

He said he had proven his leadership ability by advocating for increased productivity, more funding for maintenance of recreation reserves, the establishment of the Korumburra Round Table, and securing commitment for a priority project for Korumburras Commercial Street, hub and railway projects.

Outgoing mayor Cr Ray Argento praised council staff for their service to the community and noted the contribution of volunteers who shape our shire through their dedication and good work.

Cr Brunt and her husband Michael run a dairy farm at Poowong. She enjoys farming, animals and family, including her six grandchildren.

Cr Brown runs his parents sheep and cattle property at Wattle Bank, and will marry his fiancee Sari Woods in May. His interests include running, squash, hiking and outdoor activities.




Queensland election: Labors to lose? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland election: Labors to lose?With the polls tight, One Nation on the rise and an Adani coal mine wild card, this weekend's Queensland election is on a knife-edge, writes Dr Lee Duffield. read now...


Burra family cops the lot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KORUMBURRAS Cleveland family will struggle to settle down in their newly purchased home while it remains an option for the Korumburra Community Hub site.

Chris and Julie Cleveland voluntarily sold their former home, which was located on the proposed site of the new IGA supermarket site on King Street, to avoid the stress of being kicked out.

Buying the house beside their business premises Burra Electrical Services  in Victoria Street seemed like the best idea.

That was until two weeks ago, when they were informed by South Gippsland Shire Council that their new home and business shed was one of three options for the site of the Korumburra Community Hub.

Mr and Mrs Cleveland are parents to four children, Phoebe, Tiegan, Zoe and Richard, aged between three and 10.

Obviously the kids dont like to move. Weve just convinced them that moving here is good and theyve just warmed to the idea of it, Mr Cleveland said.

The family is now delaying renovations until council determines the hub site.

Weve already spent money on painting the house, putting in a new floor covering and a new fence, which council has paid half of because we were half way through it when they told us, Mr Cleveland said.

Were just trying to make a family home and this isnt helping.

Burra Electrical Services employs 10 local fulltime staff here and as a corporate contractor, 80 percent of the business income comes from outside the shire and spent locally.

Their business has serviced Korumburra and broader Victoria for eight years.

Itll be a loss to the community and the disbursement revenue throughout Korumburra and the suppliers we use here, Mr Cleveland said.

A lot of the businesses along Commercial Street use our shed for storage some of the time.

The Clevelands will fight council at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

The loss of local jobs, either in part or all, may be the result of an eventual failed VCAT appeal and the business would have to close down and start again, Mr Cleveland said.

We would relocate outside of South Gippsland Shire closer to Melbourne.

Mr Cleveland said the site was too small, steep and expensive to build the hub, with no capacity to increase car parking. He said the services to be provided by the hub would outgrow the site in a few years.

It would then have to be again relocated, as was the case with the kindergarten, he said.

The railway station precinct is the only site that has a potential strategic long term plan for Korumburra.

We feel the rushing of this commun...


Toxic times "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CR MAXINE Kiel blew up at her fellow councillors when she revealed acts of harassment, disrespect, poor behaviour, tantrums and attacking of free speech by her colleagues.

She gave a speech to remember when ending her term as deputy mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday.

Cr Kiel, of Mirboo North, revealed tantrums by councillors and acts of discourtesy towards council staff in a stinging attack that laid clear disunity within the council.

After only a year in office, the new council has already been torn apart by claims of councillors bullying each other.

The division is in part left over from the previous council, in which councillors Andrew McEwen and Don Hill were at loggerheads with many of their colleagues, including Cr Lorraine Brunt, who was the other councillor returned to office in the 2016 election.

Last Wednesday, Cr Brunt won the mayoral vote from Cr McEwen, six votes to three.

The split within the council remains, with councillor Jeremy Rich joining the Progressive Reform for South Gippsland team of councillors Hill and McEwen.

A post on that groups Facebook page last Wednesday stated, Well, the mayoral election was quite the surprise. Cr Brunt was elected with support from all councillors except Cr Hill, Cr McEwen, and Cr Rich. Disappointing that those councillors supporting positive change were not supported by the new council.

That trio has often clashed with some other councillors, and The Star last week learned Cr Meg Edwards and Cr Kiel were at loggerheads during the year, prompting Cr Kiel to apologise to Cr Edwards for her language.

Cr Kiel told The Star on Friday, While there was an instance of miscommunication between Cr Edwards and myself earlier in the year, it was resolved immediately and without rancour.

Cr Brunt called for good working relations among councillors, saying all councillors will have a voice, an equal voice that will be respected and listened to under her leadership.

Cr Aaron Brown was elected deputy mayor, defeating Cr McEwen five votes to four.

Cr Kiels speech contradicted previous claims by council of unity among the elected representatives.

During councils first term, an external investigator looked into claims of bullying among councillors and found no allegations were substantiated.

In reflecting on her first year, Cr Kiel told the special meeting of council last Wednesday, Respect is not necessarily something that is earned; it should be an automatic part of our behaviour.  It is a shame that some councillors dont see it the same way, she said.

Cr Kiel cited the continual harassment of fellow councill...


NSW Police Strip-Search Female Protesters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Two women protesting the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being arrested, conveyed to the police station and strip-searched before being released without charge. Susan Price and Rachel Evans were amongst around 200 people protesting Australias offshore detention regime at a Liberal Party fundraiser in Sydney

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AGM 13th November 017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A well attended AGM was held at SS&A Club Albury on 13th November 2017.
Elected Board Members.
John Elias (Chairman)
Ian Page (Deputy Chairman)
Gavin Dainton
Eileen Middleton.
Allan Wilson
Joy Middleton
Greg Ingham
Auditors report showed Albury Wodonga Community Radio is progressing very favorably.


Election drive-through voting begins and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is trialling drive-through polling booths in Brisbane's bayside and on the Sunshine Coast.

ECQ elections director Wade Lewis says the idea takes into account Queenslands ageing population and is designed to make voting more accessible for those with mobility issues, especially the elderly and their carers.

Voters in the electorates of Noosa and Oodgeroo who visited the drive-through booths yesterday were pleasantly surprised by the initiative.


WWI tank kept in plastic bubble in Brisbane

The only surviving World War One German tank is currently housed in Ipswich for forensic analysis.

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A Law Unto Himself: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Masturbation Video Played To Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.


In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque....


Tamworth Rally 26th November The Future of Our Food Bowl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 26 Nov; 11:00 am; ] Hi Armidale folk, there will be a crew catching the train, attending the rally (which was moved back so you would make it on time) and then having lunch together :) Hear from experts about the effects of climate change on agriculture, the potential for renewable energy and candidates for the seat of New England. Train: Depart [...] full article 


Electric Vehicle Expo 2018 in Inverell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Friday, 4 May to Sunday, 6 May. ] "Gathering of the Geeks" Electric Vehicles Expo Where: National Transport Museum Inverell NSW 2360 When: 4th to 6th May 2018 [embed width="520"][/embed] Visit the New England in Autumn for the first Electric Vehicle Expo and Motor Show held over 3 days and 3 Shires. The National Transport Museum is the largest in New England (4000m2 under one [...] full article 


Mowing down child sexual assault "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

71-year-old Claude Harvey pushing his mower through Bangalow. Photo Jeff 'Green Grass' Dawson.

71-year-old Claude Harvey pushing his mower through Bangalow. Photo Jeff Green Grass Dawson.

Australias million-dollar mowerman, 71-year-old Claude Harvey, was pushing his customised lawnmower through Mullumbimby on Thursday and Bangalow on Friday as part of a 14-day mowerthon to raise awareness for Bravehearts Australias leading child protection charity.

Claude has just cracked the $1 million mark after ten years of hard mowing as he raised both funds and awareness around child sexual assault.

He started his latest mow-down on Thursday, November 14, which will take him 1,200kms from Murwillumbah to Toowoomba that will see Claude pushing his trusty customised-cutter through 12 towns from northern NSW to the Darling Downs in QLD, visiting places like Casino and Goondiwindi.

Im looking forward to getting back out on the road and raising funds to help Bravehearts prevent child sexual assault, says Claude.

My plan is to raise another $1million to help educate, empower and protect children from this

crime and to also raise awareness. My mower and I create a fair bit of attention and Im grateful for all the support and well-wishes I get from the generous people I get to meet along the way. They encourage and inspire me to keep going.

Claudes efforts has resulted in him trudging through 86 pairs of his trademark sandals across more than 25,000 kms of the Australian landscape from Hobart to Hamilton, Bundaberg to Biloela and everywhere in between hes been everywhere man.

Born in Kempsey, NSW in 1945, Claude became an active and dedicated Bravehearts volunteer after reading news of a sex offender who was arrested for sexually assaulting a child a crime that will affect one in five Australian children before they turn 18.

When two family friends disclosed that they had also been sexually assaulted, Claude vowed to do everything possible to make a difference in the lives of...


INTERVIEW: Lindi Ortega "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STRIPPING BACK THE LAYERS Lindi Ortega has had a year of quantum change in her personal and professional life. Ahead of her current Australian tour she talked with Chris Familton about those important events and the reasons behind them. To the casual observer, one might see Lindi Ortegas recently released EP, Til The Goin Gets Continue reading


Council accused of koala habitat destruction at Tyagarah Airfield "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just one of the koalas photographed last Sunday. (supplied)

Key koala habitat is being impacted by works at the Tyagarah Airfield and a petition, containing 281 signatures, to cease vegetation works at the site will be tabled at the upcoming Byron Shire Council meeting this Thursday.

The Tyagarah Airfield borders on a significant area of koala habitat for the Byron coastal koala population. The council removed 217 trees last May and are planning to prune a further 72 trees and shrubs at the end of November.

Before pruning work is undertaken a qualified wildlife ecologist will check the area for threatened species including koalas and occupied nests and drays, said Byron Shire Councils manager open spaces and resource recovery, Michael Matthews.

If koalas or young birds and animals are found work will be delayed in that specific area until they have left on their own accord.

According to local conservationist, Dailan Pugh, it is just the latest threat to the remaining koala population, many as a result of works and approvals by the council.

The Byron coastal koala population is estimated to number 240 individuals utilising patches of suitable habitat spread along the coast from Broken Head to the Brunswick River. They are vulnerable to both loss of preferred feed trees and fragmentation of their habitat.

The future viability of the Byron coastal koala population has come under sustained pressure in recent years, with: the development of the Bluesfest site; the redevelopment of Elements; the councils refusal to build a koala underpass when widening the road and building the roundabout on Ewingsdale Road in the middle of the major crossing point; and the approval of West Byron.

Death of a thousand cuts

It is the death of a thousands cut as koalas lose their feed trees and their ability to move between habitat patches.

Byron Council is now proposing pruning 72 trees in addition to the 217 trees they removed around the Tyagarah airstrip last May. This is in one of the principal patches of habitat left, and a key...


Invitation: Free Information Evening With Australian Wind Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 23 Nov; 6:30 pm; ] Making renewable energy projects work for the whole community. A free information forum for landholders and neighbours living near large scale renewable energy projects, with lessons from projects around Australia. Understand contracts you may be offered and how financial benefits are shared throughout the broader community Hear lessons from the National Wind Farm Commissioner, Andrew Dyer, [...] full article 


Willy Wagtail chick in spring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday I was outside and a Willy Wagtail kept flitting around my head, until I realised there was a new new chick nearby and the parents were warding me off their bubba. Both parents were very attentive with the fledgling. I was very impressed ~ Willy Wagtail fledgling chick in springtime, flitting here and []


Listen to the New Nahko Single Be Here Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Nahko The latest single from roots singer-songwriter Nahkos debut solo album My Name Is Bear is Be Here Now. The track shows off Nahkos eclectic styles and comes complete with a goofy lyric video. Im proud to announce the release of our lyric video for Be Here Now, Nahko announced.I hope you []


Casino P-plate driver 5 times over limit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A P-plate driver stopped in Casino on Saturday for a breath test told the cops hed had one beer.

But police allege that when he was taken back to the police station he tested five times over the legal limit.

Police stopped the driver on Barker Street for a breath test.

The 32-year-old Kyogle man provided a positive breath test and was taken to Casino Police Station, where he allegedly told police that he had drunk one beer.

But they allege his breath analysis was almost five times higher than the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.

The 32 year old was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for High Range PCA and had his license suspended. He will appear in Casino Local Court in December.

A police spokesperson said he was one of many people arrested over the weekend for driving with alcohol and drugs in their system, and advise drivers that penalties for these offences include fines, licence disqualification and jail time.

You are also at a high risk of crashing and injuring yourself or an innocent person.

Police will be out in force over the next few weeks in an attempt to reduce road trauma, so if you are under the influence of alcohol or drug please leave your keys in your pocket, the spokesperson said.

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Bangalow paid parking splitting community in two "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

Parking meters are soon to be installed in Byron Street, Bangalow. File photo

Chris Dobney

Just weeks before paid parking is due to take effect in Bangalow, the local Labor Party branch has called on Byron Shire Council to extend paid parking exemption permits to residents in surrounding areas.

And a member of the towns progress association has accused the council of failing its due diligence with relation to the planned implementation.

Despite widespread resident and business opposition, paid parking is set commence in Bangalow on January 1, 2018.

Unlike Byron Bay, the town is on the edge of the shire and Labor says the move will unfairly impact on residents of nearby villages, such as Newrybar and Clunes, which are in other LGAs.

Byron Labor Secretary Asren Pugh said council was determined to push ahead with paid parking in Bangalow.

If it does go ahead it is essential that the option to buy a parking permit is extended to people who are part of the Bangalow community, like Clunes and Newrybar, Mr Pugh said.

Lots of the children that go to Bangalow Public School, or the Community Childrens Centre live just over the border in Ballina or Lismore LGAs. It will split the community in two if we restrict their ability to park in town to pick up their kids or do a bit of local shopping.

We are calling on council to extend the ability to purchase parking permits to at least all of the 2479 postcode and to the villages that abut the shire, such as Clunes.

Council should take a generous approach to this issue and err on the side of letting people buy permits rather than not.

This is urgent and needs to be done before the beginning of any new paid parking regime.

If this is about getting money from tourists for infrastructure, then make sure it is targeting tourists and not splitting our community in two, Mr Pugh said.

Due diligence failure

Meanwhile Bangalow Progress Association member Jenny Bird has accused Byron Shire Council of failing in its due diligence regarding its plans for paid parking in the town.

In a letter....


FNQ Monthly Movements Summary - October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Date Callsign Registration AC Type Route / Location Operator Comments
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People of Faith Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away from civil resistance.

Reverend Alex Sangster, a Uniting Church Minister, participating in the protest, said, Adani wants to dig the biggest coal mine in Australian history. Pollution from the mine will dwarf the emissions of whole countries such as Bangladesh and Malaysia, and the rail link would allow the development of other mines in the Galilee Basin, with all that added devastation. As people of faith we cannot stand by and be silent. We will resist the defeatism of easy despair and we will put our bodies on the line for our vulnerable earth. This mine will not go ahead.

Tejopala Rawls, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, also participating in the protest, said, Australias leaders remain in denial about both the science and the moral implications of actively promoting new coal mines. At a time when the only decent thing to do is to take urgent action to curb carbon emissions, mining companies are given protection by governments and our le...

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Degraded Tweed drainage system to be fixed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vintage Lakes at Banora Point, showing red azolla on the surface of the lake. While harmless in moderate amounts a carpet of the plant can cause rob the water of oxygen. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Vintage Lakes at Banora Point, showing red azolla on the surface of the lake. While harmless in moderate amounts, a carpet of the plant can cause rob the water of oxygen. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has thrown more than $750,000 into the pot in an attempt to improve water quality of the Western Drainage Scheme at Banora Point.

The degraded state of the system has been a sore point with locals for many years, something not lost on Greens Mayor Katie Milne.

Cr Milne said the state of the Western Drainage Scheme had been a bugbear of the community for a long time.

Its depressing to see how bad it gets sometimes and I totally appreciate the communitys angst, she said.

The Western Drainage Scheme has been deteriorating over the years and is now the source of frequent complaints. This council has listened to the community and we hope the extra funds and initiatives adopted by council will help improve this complex system, she added.


In its quarterly budget review last week, the council voted to undertake structural changes to remove shallow points in the system, increase weed removal, extend the floating reed bed system and involve the community in revegetation.

The steps that are planned sound like they are going to have a significant impact, Mayor Milne said.

This is not just an aesthetic problem.  These over nutrified waters drain into the back of the Terranora Broadwater, which is classified as a State-significant coastal lake and important fish-breeding and migratory bird areas.

The Banora Point community is the big winner out of this quarterly budget review.

Fish kills

Shade trees will be planted to help to lower water temperature, improve dissolved oxygen content and discourage some weed and algae species.

But the nutrient loading of the drainage system is largely due to the stormwater runoff from the large residential areas it serves and nutrient overload at times results in reduced dissolved oxygen levels and increases the likelihood of fish kills....


Labors nose in front in Qld: poll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled


Queensland Labor has its nose in front of the LNP with just days left until the state vote.

A ReachTEL poll, for Sky News, has Labor ahead of the LNP 51 per cent to 49, after preferences.

Labor is also ahead on the primary vote, with 34 per cent of Queenslanders saying theyll vote for the incumbent party, to the LNPs 30 per cent. One Nation has 17 per cent support, while the Greens are on 10 per cent.

This is the first time that Labor has gained the lead in a two-party result, in a ReachTEL poll. So its certainly a move, ReachTELs James Stewart has told Sky News.

ReachTEL also polled voters in three marginal seats.

Labor and One Nation are neck and neck in the Labor-held seat of Thuringowa, with both parties on 50 per cent in the Townsville-based electorate.

The contest for the LNP-held seat of Whitsunday has One Nation on 50.5 per cent to Labors 49.5 per cent.

In Brisbanes western suburbs, Labors Local Government Minister Mark Furner is expected to hang on to the marginal seat of Ferny Grove, with the poll suggesting hell manage 54 per cent of the vote, to the LNPs 46 per cent.

Anning defection hits One Nation

But the defection of former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has hurt the partys prospects in the Queensland election, another poll suggests.

A statewide Galaxy poll for The Courier-Mail, conducted late last week, shows two out of five Queenslanders are now less likely to support Pauline Hansons party.

Senator Anning split with One Nation an hour after being sworn in in Canberra, claiming Senator Hanson forced him out, but the One Nation leader says he quit.

The Galaxy poll of more than 1000 Queenslanders showed 41 per cent are less likely to hand their vote to One Nation because of what happened in Canberra.

But it also found 46 per cent of poll respondents werent influenced by the defection, and seven per cent are now more likely to back the party.

Senator Hanson will hit the campaign trail in her battler bus again on Tuesday, after taking...


Pocket Rocket team raising money for cancer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Burringbar based Pocket Rocket Team, Ian Collier and Ian Reynolds, and are raising money as part of the Mystery Box Rally 2017 that begins November 25 in Dubbo. Photo supplied.

The Burringbar based Pocket Rocket Team, Ian Collier and Ian Reynolds, and are raising money as part of the Mystery Box Rally 2017 that begins November 25 in Dubbo. Photo supplied.

A Burringbar duo are heading to the outback to raise money for cancer research on behalf of the Cancer Council of NSW.

Taking their 32 year old eclectic car to the extreme, they have formed the Pocket Rocket Team and are raising money as part of the Mystery Box Rally 2017 that begins and ends in Dubbo.

They will be travelling thousands of miles across the outback and camping by their car at night as they follow a route only known to the organisers.

Leaving on November 25 and returning on November 29, all cars participating must be 25 years old or older and sourced by the racing team themselves.

The two team members Ian Collier and Ian Reynolds have entered on behalf of Burringbars Pocket Herbs and Produce.

Both Ian Collier and myself are excited and a little worried about the thousands of kilometres we have to drive on dirt roads in our 32 years old car! commented Iain Reynolds.

But as long as we raise the money for the Cancer Council of NSW we will be very happy.

To donate to the Pocket Rocket team click here.

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Vance Joy Announces New Album Nation of Two "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Vance Joy Epic indie-folk singer-songwriter and radio darling Vance Joy has just announced plans to release his brand new album Nation of Two in February 2018. The album is Vance Joys second, following on from the crazy successful debut Dream Your Life Away. Nation Of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their []


New Zealands winter is shorter by a month over 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We all know that climate change poses a grave threat to the amount of snow we will be seeing in Australia in coming years. Historically, average snow depths in the Kosciuszko National Park have shown a downward trend over the last 60 years. Another detail in the story of overall decline in snow pack is the ever later arrival of reliable snow (for instance, how often do you get to ski or ride on Opening weekend?).

New research from New Zealand/ Aotearoa collaborates the observation that winter is arriving later and leaving earlier.

According to a report in The Guardian, written by Eleanor Ainge Roy,

New Zealands winter has gotten shorter by a month over the last 100 years, meaning true winter weather with very low temperatures, frosts and snow starts significantly later in the year and ends earlier.

Brett Mullan, from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), crunched the temperature records from two 30-year-periods over the last century to see if New Zealand was experiencing the same contraction of winter weather noted in other parts of the world.

New Zealands winter starts at the beginning of June and runs to 31 August, a total of 92 days. In the South Island and some parts of the North Island winter weather usually means snow, frosts, black ice on the roads and temperatures as low as -7C overnight.

Mullan defined a winters day as one in which the daily average temperature was less than 9C. He examined temperatures between 1909 to 1938, and 1987 to 2016 from seven geographically representative regions around New Zealand.

Mullan discovered there was an average of 100 days per year between 1909 and 1938 when the temperature was less than 9C, compared with only 70 days per year between 1987 and 2016.

Winter has contracted about equally from both ends of the season, he said.

This is consistent with reports that the length of the US winter is also shortening, with the first frost of the year arriving more than one month later than it did 100 years ago.

There is also the reality of natural variability in seasons, especially with the influence of El Nino patterns, but bigger trends a...


AirBnb Hosts Can be Fined in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The home sharing phenomenon has taken off worldwide in recent years, and AirBnb is a market-leading website platform facilitating the cost-effective arrangement. Many who are struggling to make mortgage repayments or pay the rent are finding the platform to be a great way to rent out a spare room, a granny flat in the backyard

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North Coast could become a NSW clean-energy superpower: report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

north-coast-rooftop-solarThe North Coast is set to become one of five renewable-energy superpowers in NSW that could replace the states five coal-burning power stations by 2030, a new report by the Nature Conservation Council has found.

The reports author, Dr Brad Smith, said that North Coast is already the rooftop solar capital of NSW, with about 30 per cent households generating their own power with solar, well ahead of the state average of 18 per cent.

Thats great, but we think the North Coast could more than double the number of homes with rooftop solar and massively ramp up the amount of power people in this region can feed into the grid, Dr Smith said.

Currently about 62,800 homes on the North Coast have rooftop solar. Under our plan to power NSW with clean energy that number needs to more than double by 2030.

100 per cent doable

Its a big job, but making the NSW electricity system 100 per cent renewable is 100 per cent doable. The only thing standing in the way is a lack of leadership from the NSW Government, Dr Smith said.

Gladys Berejiklian is the only premier in eastern Australia without a plan to clean up our electricity system, which is critical if we are going to slash carbon emissions and protect our climate.

If we dont get the right policies in NSW urgently, clean energy jobs and investment will flow to Queensland and Victoria instead.

Dr Smith, NCCs Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner, said implementing the Repowering our Regions roadmap would:

  • generate 1,100 jobs on the North Coast
  • generate enough electricity to power 310,000 homes on the North Coast, and
  • avoid pumping 1.4 million tonnes of carbon pollution into the atmosphere

We chose Lismore and Mullumbimby as venues to launch our report on the North Coast because climate change and energy policy are major concerns for people in this region, he said.

Recent polling in the marginal Nationals electorate of Lismore found more than 60 per cent of people were more likely to vote for a party that established a fund to boost clean energy, permanently banned CSG, reduced coal-fire power and increased wind and solar energy.

Clean up the grid

The NCC said the state government could...


1) Papua Senator accused TNI Police of doing public deception "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Hundreds leave Papua villages in separatist standoff
3) Papuas Puncak Jaya Mulia regency wants air cargo subsidy

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1) Papua Senator accused TNI Police of doing public deception

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Sydney mayor hits out at mural vigilantes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey 'yes' result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey yes result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)


A Sydney mayor has accused Christian activists of vandalism and intimidation after two provocative murals were painted over in the days after Australia said yes to same-sex marriage.

The murals one featuring former prime minister Tony Abbott dressed as a bride with his hand down a shirtless Cardinal George Pells pants and the other depicting singer George Michael as a saint have been painted over in Newtown and Erskineville respectively.

Those behind the alleged vandalism said they were defending their religion, while Christian leaders said the murals were pernicious and intolerant.

Both incidents were filmed by onlookers and footage online of the latest in Erskineville shows the culprit was stopped by police.

NSW police on Monday said a 23-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and issued with a court attendance notice for graffiti.

Police last night arrested a 16-year-old youth with defacing two more murals in King Street, Newtown, and Bray Street, Erskineville.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has condemned the defacing of the murals and related homophobic and abusive comments online.

At a time of celebration about the big step forward we have made for human rights in this country, these attacks are the last thing we need, Mr Byrne wrote on Facebook on Monday.

The Labor mayor refused to take questions but said on Facebook he pl...


Weight of numbers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This tiny bush pool in the Rise and Shine is the domain of Fuscous Honeyeaters at present. Even the larger and more aggressive Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters are well and truly outnumbered, while other species, such as the Red-rumped Parrots and Dusky Woodswallows (pictured yesterday) just have to queue up and hope for an opportunity.

Fuscous Honeyeater on Yellow Gum sapling, Rise and Shine, 19th November 2017


Fairy-wrens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I take frequent short trips down to the Mullens foreshore but unfortunately it is not a part of the bay often frequented by shorebirds. It is always beautiful no matter the weather.

I also find the trees that dabble their stems in the water - mangroves - very beautiful.
The other day I took this photo looking north along the shore. The boat would be well up on dry land when the tide went out - and I hope the fisherman had some luck after standing out in the water for so long.

A couple of weeks ago several bloggers posted photos of  Fairy-wrens on this meme. I waited for others to show some of the other very colorful Fairy-wrens but since no one did I went back into my photo archives so that all the overseas birders could get an idea of the variety of such birds you can see.
These first birds are the ones that were posted a few weeks ago - Superb Fairy -wrens. For some reason I have never seen these birds right in my area. According to my birding books they should be here! I saw these ones on a trip out west my sister and I took a few years ago at a place called Mitchell.  I have included photos of the little brown females - which I find difficult to ID.


Elwood-based artist to exhibit at the 2017 Knox Immerse Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elwood-based photographic printmaker Mat Hughes is one of 30 artists taking part  in this years Knox Immerse Festival exhibiting at 30 venues for 30 days. His print series titled In Flux is now on display at the Rowville library, until December 11, 2017.    Mat Hughes was born in Libya when the country had a []


By popular demand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Back in February this year I went to the auction of a house in Bondi that had no fewer than several dozen registered bidders, with the final two prospective buyers bidding hell for leather and sending the final purchase price well over half a millon dollars over the guide price. 

By the end of March the market regulator APRA had understandably seen enough, and introduced a range of cooling measures, and by the second half of the year stock on market levels were rising from previously depressed levels. 

Auctions were still being reasonably well attended, but often with only a handful of serious but cagey buyers at each auction the mood was much more circumspect. 

The shift from strong price growth to a cooling market wasn't driven by an increase in the dwelling stock, at least not directly (in fact the number of houses in many parts of inner Sydney is in decline), nor by a slowdown in population growth (if anything, it's accelerated in Sydney).

Actually, population growth is rarely very strong in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, since not very much tends to get built.

The change in sentiment instead reflected a change in the balance of willing and able market participants. 

Prices were still being driven by supply and demand, of course, just not in the way that market analysts often understand it. 

One of the more thought-provoking talks I've seen in recent times came from Scott Keck at Charter Keck Kramer, in which he explains why Australia doesn't really have a meaningful oversupply of dwellings.......


Traveling Illustrator Captures Londons Historic Pubs as Cut-Out Pen and Ink Drawings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Blackfriar. Blackfriars.
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to London-based illustrator Maxwell Tilse, who combines his love of drawing with his passion for traveling. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the 23-year-old travels Europe, documenting each city he visits with beautifully detailed pen and ink sketches. Now, as he prepares to leave London after living there for two years, he has released a new series of cut-out drawings that depict the citys oldest pubs.

London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed, says Tilse. From the wedge-shaped Black Friar built in 1875, to the quaint Georgian architecture of the The Bricklayers Arms in Fitzrovia, Tilse captures the essence of Londons most quintessentially English watering holesthe oldest being The Old George, which has been in business since 1713.

Approximately 5cm in height, Tilses little pubs feature charming details, such as stain glass windows, ornamental balconies, and Tudor style chimneys. I do love the mock Tudor architecture that's nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries, the artist admits. He finishes his process by photographing his work, held up beside the original building.

If you love Tilses work you can purchase prints via his Etsy shop. Keep up to date with Tilses illustrated travel journal on Instagram.

Illustrator Maxwell Tilse Captures Londons oldest pubs in a series of cut-out pen and ink drawings.



Half million dollar grant to fight Ryde traffic jams "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Turnbull Government will throw close to half a million dollars towards a solution to Rydes traffic jams. The $499,000 grant will go to Macquarie University and the City of Ryde Council under the Federal funded Smart Transport Planning project,which is an initiative of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The project funding honours an []


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Parents invited to attend talk on teenage anxiety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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John Alexander at Sporties Rotary talk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hunters Hill responds to outrage over cat seizure and fines policy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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John Alexander, a fair dinkum good sport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Crazed ferret attacks woman in her sleep in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Black Death Warning: The Plague Is Impossible To Eradicate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

An expert is warning the plague that has sickened over 2000 people in Madagascar since August is impossible to eradicate. Even though the number of those infected has dropped in recent weeks, the plague will never truly be gone.

Its not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence, Cheng wrote on The ConversationOutbreaks, generally, are managed reactively by firefighting teams, deployed to clear houses of fleas, identify and treat cases and give pre-emptive treatment to contacts at risk. A more preventative approach, such as the identification of areas at risk using climate models and animal surveys to focus flea and rat control efforts, would be better, he said. But, this requires a better understanding of transmission pathways in each region where disease persists.

The best way to stop the plague spreading was to focus on flea and rat control in the most at-risk areas, he said. Chengs comments came after at least 171 people died in Madagascar over an outbreak of plague. Nine countries were urged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prepare for a black death attack, at the end of October.

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Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MCN: Big Organising with Becky Bond "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Do you want to build people power to win?

The big organising approach utilised in the Bernie Sanders campaign offers several valuable rules to scale up your efforts, empower members and supporters, and catch the fire of momentum.

Becky Bond is co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything. She served as a senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaigns national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After the 2016 presidential cycle, Becky founded the Big Organizing Project and is a pioneer in the use of distributed organising to win advocacy and electoral campaigns.

This is a Melbourne Campaigners Network event. MCN holds gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. Becky Bond is available to present at this event thanks to the generous support of Australian Progress and GetUp.

Location: Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square S, Carlton VIC

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Tuesday 28 November

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10-$20 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

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Australia - Letters to the Editor || Warren Woodley Fluoride debate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have read with interest the debate happening in Gunnedah regarding fluoride in the towns water supply. I find this subject very interesting, as many years ago now, I (as an alderman on the Tamworth City Council) was chosen by Council to be a representative on behalf of the Tamworth City Council to an appointment in Sydney Health Department regarding fluoridation in state-wide water supplies. That meant at the time, a trip to Sydney for a meeting once every few months for years.
Tamworth Council was, at the time, particularly chosen as one of several water supplies with fluoride as it had a long history of fluoride in the water in NSW, starting in the 1950s I think. History talks about the decision to put fluoride in the water supply came after talks with people, dentists and public figures in Tamworth.
I took particular interest in this, as it raised its head locally again, like it does in many towns, after some years of fluoridation use, to see what the public still thinks about the chemical which was chosen years before.
Although this is a long time ago, I particularly recall the meetings in Sydney, as the fluoridation people of the State Government were keen to get all towns using fluoride water. At the time, there was a financial benefit available to get started. What happens now, I dont know about that.
Like in Gunnedah today, there were many people not happy about the fluoride in the water supply in the 70s and 80s. The debate has not been raised in Tamworth for many years.
I was married with small children at the time and my wife, with some of her group of friends were not happy about the fluoride, because they themselves had carried out studies that did not look at it in a favourable light.
During those meetings in Sydney, I was a little bit alarmed about how they pushed and pushed to get towns on the scheme. I believed it was a purely personal thing and if people really didnt want it, you shouldnt make them have it. It was particularly interesting at the time, because we (my family) had moved out of town and we were not on Tamworth water supply. The advice to me was that we should take fluoride tablets, otherwise the children would grow up with teeth problems. As it turned out, my children grew up with absolutely beautiful teeth using tank and bore water and still have beautiful teeth today. I must say, my wife, Lorraine, was strict on our children with their teeth cleaning, which makes me think that its more about how the kids clean their teeth than it is about fluoride. Many of our friends had the same experience.
I have read information over the years about fluoride and where it comes from and it does make you wonder why it doesnt cause other health problems in life.
Warren Woodley OAM


Brisbane GPs will be taught how to spot signs of domestic abuse and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane healthcare professionals will soon be better equipped to deal with cases of domestic violence abuse, as a part of a federally funded training program.

The program called Recognise, Respond, Refer, was launched on Monday, and it provides GPs with skills to identify signs of abuse in patients and to refer them to support services.

Federal Member for Forde, Bert Van Manen said that enhancing the knowledge of health professionals in relation to domestic violence could potentially save lives.


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Friends of Leadbeaters Possum Inc v VicForests November 17 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Possums Case

November 17 2017 Summary

Friends of Leadbeaters Possum Inc. v VicForests challenges whether the native forest logging industry can be held to account for its impact on federally listed species, when logging has not been conducted in accordance with the 20-year old Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) regime.

20 year Regional Forest Agreements across Australia

The case concerns the magnificent forests of Victorias Central Highlands which are home to the critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum and the Greater Glider, recently listed as vulnerable. It could have implications for other areas. At stake is native forest habitat on public land that is home to iconic wildlife.

Logging in public native forests is exempt from our national threatened species protection law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, provided that the logging is carried out in accordance with an RFA, a commonwealth-state agreement. The RFA requires a performance review every five years.

We allege that failure to complete the required five-year reviews on time or at all, means that logging in certain areas which significantly impacts the Leadbeaters Possum and Greater Glider has not been and will not be in accordance with the RFA, and so is not exempt from the assessment and approval requirements of the EPBC Act that apply to such actions.

The Central Highlands RFA was signed on 27 March 1998 and the first 5-year review was due by 2003. However, the State and Federal governments say that they have only done one review, which they say looked at the period up to 2009 and concluded in 2015.

The first hearing in the case was held on Friday, 17th November before Justice Mortimer of the Federal Court.

Environmental Justic Australia

The outcome of Fridays hearing was orders from the Court for a hearing of a separate question relating to whether logging in the areas named in FLbPs claim which significantly impacts threatened species has not and will not be conducted in accordance with the RFA, and so is not exempt from the requirements of the EPBC Act, due to the failure to conduct the mandated 5 yearly reviews (the full text of the separate question can be read in the orders from Justice Mortimer see the link belo...

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Sunday, 19 November


The War for Cash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Youve read about the War on Cash here the Daily Reckoning for years now. The idea has sprouted all sorts of variations and books around the world. Today Ill show you why its a false lead.

I think the world is in for a War for Cash, not a War on Cash. Well see a cash grab, not the abolition of paper money. Itll be a mad rush for cold hard currency the physical kind.

In the age of digitalisation, electronic payments using only someones phone number, and cryptocurrencies, this sounds a little odd. The thing is, we live in a real, tangible world. For now, anyway. And that means theres a gap between your life and the digital payments system. One that can widen into a chasm without any warning. Except the one youre reading now.

Many years ago, I moved to Melbourne for my first real job. (Flying trapeze gigs are more of a hobby.) To secure a flat, I had to come up with a bank cheque to pay the deposit. But my bank refused to give me one because my bank account was with their stockbroker division. The stockbroker account had all the benefits of a bank account for free and with higher interest. All the benefits except allowing bank cheques, that is.

If it hadnt been for a large wad of cash from an unexpected source, whom many of you know as a former editor of The Daily Reckoning, I wouldve missed out on the flat. Cash saved me when the digital banking system failed me.

Then came the great Australian bank failures. You might remember them. One after the other over a course of months, Australian banks had tech glitches that led to their ATM cash machines going down. People couldnt get money for a few hours each time. It caused quite a mess, especially for elderly people without updated payment cards.

This happened in a country thats very advanced when it comes to digital banking. And that was precisely the problem. Our overreliance on digital payment systems working.

Speaking of which, in India, the turmoil caused by going cashless was all over the newspapers. Vox summarised the mess:

One study, from the All India Manufacturers Organization, found that micro and small-scale industries showed a whopping 35 percent job loss and a 50 percent decline in revenue in just the first 34 days since the policy went into effect, and that those numbers are likely to continue to increase in coming months. Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund said that Modis policy had caused India to lose its title as the worlds fastest-growing economy, after shaving a percentage point off its projection for Indias growth in 2016. Many of Indias small businesses that handle all their transactions in cash have facing crippling blows to their business.

The New York Times loo...


Saturday, 18 November


Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

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