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Sunday, 18 November


Phil Ceberano Band, Kate Ceberano, Lll Band & Guests "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday 18th Nov, 9.30pm 11.10pm, East Street Sheds

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Saturday, 17 November


Phil Ceberano Band, Lucky Oceans, Davey Lane & Dancing Tommy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 17th Nov, 9.30pm 11.00pm, East Street Sheds


Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 17th Nov, 6.00pm 7.10pm, East Street Sheds


Sean Sennett chats with Deborah Conway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 17th Nov, 5.30pm 6.00pm, East Street Sheds

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Friday, 16 November


Vika & Linda, Deborah Conway, Emma Donovan & Melody Pool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 16th Nov, 7.30pm 8.10pm, Daylesford Town Hall

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Thursday, 15 November


Lucky Oceans, The Thin Ukes, Dallas Frasca Trio & Xani K "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 15th Nov, 9.30pm 11.00pm, East Street Sheds


Ross Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 15th Nov, 7.30pm 8.40pm, Daylesford Town Hall


Dallas Frasca Trio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 15th Nov, 6.00pm 7.10pm, East Street Sheds


Sean Sennett chats with Dallas Frasca "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 15th Nov, 5.30pm 6.00pm, East Street Sheds

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Wednesday, 14 November


Opening Night Party hosted by Kate Ceberano featuring Husky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wednesday 14th Nov, 9.45pm 11.15pm, East Street Sheds

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Wednesday, 15 August


Reference to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program found in a 2018 issue of the US 'Congressional Record.' "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


In a blog post dated 28 June 2018, titled 'New US congressional hearings on UFOs?' I brought together several pieces of information which suggested that at least one US Congressional Committee (and maybe more than one) was looking at conducting hearings on the topic of UFOs, stimulated by the news about the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program/Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AAWSAP/AATIP.)

In that blog post, I suggested three possibilities for which committees might be involved:

1. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

2. The House of Representatives Science, Space and technology Committee.

3. The Senate Armed Services Committee.

New research

Recently a group of collaborating researchers, composed of Roger Glassel from Sweden; Curt Collins from the USA; Paul Dean from Melbourne, Australia, and myself from Adelaide, South Australia, have been following up on this subject area. The group has found a very interesting item, in the US 'Congressional Record.' 

The 'Congressional Record' is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Publishing Office.

Volume 164, Number 56, dated Monday, April 9, 2018 of the 'Congressional Record'  page H3062 included the following text:

'4381. A letter from the Chief, Congressional Relations Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, transmitting a list of all products produced under the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency to publish; to the Committee on Armed Services.'



Tim Minchin and Ben Quilty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the (probably) fifteen years Ive been going to Art After Dark at the Art Gallery of NSW, Ive never seen a crowd like this before. My colleague Jo (who is a big fan of Tim Minchin) and I agreed we needed to leave work a little early today to make sure we could grab a seat. And just as



THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are two types of economists: Macro-economists and micro-economists; What opportunity creation would you value if you had a direct choice?

The post THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUE appeared first on The Westsider.



You can talk about suicide. Half the population think that they cant. We are on a mission to partner with the community to prevent suicide in this country.

The post #YOUCANTALKABOUTSUICIDE appeared first on The Westsider.



Support a volunteer run organisation, providing material aid to those in desperate need of it.

The post WEST WELCOME WAGON UPDATE appeared first on The Westsider.



Now in its fifth year, the West Projections Festival will again fill the inner-west with light and colour.



(ITS) TIME FOR THE WEST "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Transport investment isnt keeping up with our pace of growth, It's Time for the West.

The post (ITS) TIME FOR THE WEST appeared first on The Westsider.



A little insight into RAAF Williams Air Base Museum History

The post KNOW YOUR WEST RAAF WILLIAMS appeared first on The Westsider.



Successful completion of the 24-week CAS Barbering pre-accredited program

The post YOUTH JUNCTION MAKING CUTS! appeared first on The Westsider.



West Gate Tunnel Project, Creating a continuous journey from Werribee to the city with over 14 km of new and upgraded paths.



Music Classes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Free music classes for the whole family in Pascoe Vale this Saturday.

Kindergarten multi instrumental music class 10-12 (this is a drop off session).

Primary multi instrumental class 12-2 (this is a drop off session).

Melbourne Inner North Vocal Group 2-3.

Primary multi instrumental piano and guitar group 3-4.

Dance 4-5.



Netball "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello Newlands News Parents and Guardians,

Are you looking for a Team sport for your daughter or son that will get them off the couch and more active? Have you considered Netball? It is one of Australia's most popular team sports and has a great introductory program called NET, SET, GO. Across 3 levels it offers age appropriate skills coaching, dance, fitness and modified games and matches to boys and girls 5 years to 11yrs.

Fees are very reasonable and we provide qualified coaches, all equipment and indoor courts.

*Bookings are essential, via phone 0409 434 524, or email:

Why not take up our special offer of one free session?

You can come with your child for one FREE - "Come and Try" session on either a Wednesday or a Friday afternoon now. Just contact Coburg Kangaroos located at the Coburg (indoor) Basketball Stadium for session times.


Recommendation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi everyone, if there's anyone looking for some sparky work to be done efficiently, promptly and affordably, I can highly recommend Aref, one of the Newlands Primary dads AND a qualified electrician. 

I got in touch with him this morning about a broken heating thermostat and less than three hours later he was here fixing it, which took barely 15 minutes. I'm now very happy to not be facing another chilly night in!

You can reach Aref on 0423 278 327.

Cheers, Jo.


Friends of Edgars Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,

Well if anyone knows where our winter rain is could you please give it back! We'll just have to hope for spring storms to keep some moisture in under the mulch!

We have only two plantings left for the year already...where did that season go?

We are undertaking an extension and consolidation of the Livingstone Street crossing area on Sunday with works up the escarpment as well - mountain goats welcome on the day. The usual scenario applies - 1-3PM with early birds welcome - contact me to confirm a start time if you need (or want) to be around a bit earlier (Rob and Stephen always are!!!).

The forecast is not fantastic, will be a cool day with a chance of some showers around - though let's just wait and see on that as most forecasts for showers in the past few months amounts to essentially not much precipitation at all - we'll have to wait and see.


Buena Onda Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Yoga is so beneficial for people suffering from insomnia, depression, anxiety, and it helps in calming the worrying mind. From a physical side it increases our flexibility and creates a strong and healthy body internally and externally.

Even if you are a total newbie or a serious yogini, you will most likely leave our class feeling nourished and lighter. 

Our studio is located on 1/182-184 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale. We have an intimate space and a warm welcoming atmosphere where all the students know each other.

The special introductory offer allows you to affordable give yoga a try if you havent experienced it before. (4 classes for $40).

All sizes and ages are welcome here.



Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Pops into CQ Airports - Plus LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Back at Mackay Airport Twice More! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports.  It has regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of July.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

On Monday, VH-KXM was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns before it soon departed to Vanrook Station.  Then on Tuesday, VH-KXM flew into Gayndah Airport from Vanrook Station.  After spending the day on the ground, it departed to Rockhampton Airport before later departing Rocky for the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, after completing a couple of training flights to Proserpine Airport on Friday 10 August, the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ, completing what appeared to be a pair of medical evacuation flights out of Mackay Airport on both Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August.  On both flights, VH-VVI arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and departed to Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI Does Training at Proserpine before a Midnight Med-evac Flight to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.

File photo

After the second trip to Prosie and after it had returned to Townsville, VH-VVI then had a busy afternoon and evening operating a pair of medical evacuation flights first to Mount Isa and then to Mackay Airport where it then departed back to Townsville once again but now in the wee small hours of Saturday 11 August.  At this time, VH-VVI was again using its familiar radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".


Michael Danby Announces Retirement From Federal Parliament After 20 Years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After 20 years as the Member for Melbourne Ports, it is time for the next chapter in my life. It has been a privilege to serve the Melbourne Ports community for such a length of time. The Australians Foreign Editor, Greg Sheridan has wrote an article published on the 5th July about my retirement from []

The post Michael Danby Announces Retirement From Federal Parliament After 20 Years appeared first on St Kilda News.


Witness Statement by Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor, Fiona Barnett "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ITNJ Witness Statement

My name is Fiona Barnett. I was born Fiona Rae Holowczak, on 28 October 1969, in Sydney, Australia. I am a victim of CIA child trafficking, Luciferian ritual abuse, and Project MK-ULTRA.

Child trafficking is run as a single integrated world operation. This operation is coordinated by the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian intelligence services. Retired NYPD Detective James Rothstein was appointed to the first US taskforce to investigate this child trafficking operation which, he found, went all the way up to the Whitehouse. Detective Rothstein found that the CIA were behind a blackmail operation in which child prostitutes were used to honeytrap and compromise politicians, military brass, top businessmen, and key government officials. Rothstein, who arrested the key Watergate perpetrator, said Watergate solely concerned this human compromise racket, and specifically was an attempt to obtain a list of compromised pedophile VIPs and their proclivities that was held at the Democratic National Headquarters. I spoke with Rothstein who said he knew of an identical VIP pedophile ring that existed here in Australia, and that an Australian intelligence officer named Peter Osborne knew the details of this.
The Australian wing of this child trafficking operation is coordinated by ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). During the 1970s and 80s, Labour Party politician, Kim Beazley Sr. headed ASIOs child trafficking operation. Under Kim Beazleys administration, I was prostituted, at age 6 years, to a pedophile orgy at Parliament House in Canberra, where I was r...


Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne loses to Vienna "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its Worlds Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers. The previous seven time winner had been Melbourne, whose supposed ascendancy had been threatened, at points, by Vancouver and Vienna. Now, the Austrian

The post Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne loses to Vienna appeared first on The AIM Network.


Facebook parents at their worst , threatening 12yo transgender with castration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Facebook screenshots reveal parents at absolute worst, threatening 12-year-old transgender with castration By Dan Tracer A school district has been temporarily shut down after parents posted horrific messages about a transgender student who used the girls bathroom. The messages were posted to a Facebook group for parents of students in Achille, Oklahoma, and called for 12-year-old transgender ...

The post Facebook parents at their worst , threatening 12yo transgender with castration appeared first on QNews Magazine.


TODAY IS V-P DAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today Wednesday August 15 is Victory in the Pacific Day commemorating the end of World War 2 on August 15 1945 73 [more]

The post TODAY IS V-P DAY appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Melbourne and Adelaide have been Australia's most vulnerable major cities to killer heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian cities have been hit hard by severe heatwaves, according to recent research. What can be done to prepare vulnerable groups for the killer temperatures?


Pick My Project! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vote now - Pick My Project

Vote here! 3CR is in the running to receive nearly $100,000 to help us retrofit our station for greater accessibility. That means better hand rails, doors, taps, ramps and more to provide better access for everyone. But we need your support! Do you live within 5 kilometres of the station at 21 Smith Street Fitzroy? If you do, youre eligible to vote for us. Our project is part of the Victorian State Governments Pick My Project scheme, and you can jump online and vote for 3CRs Community Radio Accessibility Project now. Its only with your vote, that we can receive this important funding to make our station more accessible. Vote now and tell your friends!


The Weekly Times TWT 15th August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 15th August 2018 edition of TWT.

The post The Weekly Times TWT 15th August 2018 appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Radioactive sheep shed light on secret nuclear weapons test, Christopher Carbone, Fox News, August 14, 2018 Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious double flash detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.

Ever since the flash was observed by a US Vela satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, theres been speculation that it was produced by a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a US lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.

The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979, said Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. [The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Wilson, an epidemiologist and member of the Australia-based Medical Association for the Prevention of War, said the test would have violated the Limited Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963, and urged the United Nations to mount a full inquiry.

The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [Sept. 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Thyroid samples from sheep killed in Melbourne were regularly sent to the US for testing monthly in 1979 but also in the 1950s and 1980s, researchers say.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the sheep had been grazing in an area hit by rain four days after the flash incident was observed, which would have been in...


Kate Lilleys Tilt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kate Lilley, Tilt (Vagabond Press 2018) This must be one of the most publicised books of poetry ever to appear in Australia. Kate Lilley and her sister Rozanna Lilley made headlines in June by talking to the press about how, when Continue reading


What About Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

QUESTION: It is clear our government seems to be going crazy. I know you use to live here in Sydney. We met many times when you did conferences here. I also know you once said you would like to retire in Australia. Has that changed?


ANSWER: Well, my dreams of retirement have not been working out. It seems the world is conspiring against me to go quietly into retirement. Yes, I love Australia. I have traveled all over and even went to Kakadu for two weeks and lived off the land fishing for Barramundi. I still keep a painting I love of the gum trees by a local artist. Here is me in the desert in Palm Valley. As always, there is a difference between the government and the people. There are socialists who support the government and others who are upside about stalking their children, creating their  Black Economy Taskforce to imposing the burden to collect Australian taxes upon companies mailing things to Australia. These are simply not NORMAL in a free society. No country can order others to collect their taxes and if someone is following your children, they are in plain clothes and readers have expressed concerns about how do you distinguish a pervert from a government agent?

No matter what country we look at, governments are going broke. Consequ...


Anning calls for urgent referendum on immigration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

United Nations sycophants of ALP, Greens and LNP decry Senator Annings remarkable maiden speech which is reproduced in full at the bottom of the page

The dominant left wing of national broadcaster, the ABC is frothing at both ends over Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech.

Cairns News has perused the speech and discovered it is not nearly as volatile as Pauline Hansons in the maiden speech stakes.

Brainless shock jock Senator Derryn Hinch, naturally a Victorian and ALP atheist Penny Wong  have joined the choirmaster ABC along with the Jew, Josh Frydenberg, unremarkably spluttering the views of the Liberal Left.

KAP Senator Fraser Anning takes on the UN sycophants of the ALP and LNP

It is a terrible blight on the jaundiced, national Marxist education system, that a supposed government Minister is unable to rely on normal comprehension to understand the meaning of Senator Annings quite acceptable speech.

Readers can decide for themselves but the new senator leaves us in no doubt a national referendum on immigration should happen quite soon.

Below is a statement from Senator Anning:

Senator Anning has dismissed criticism of his use of the words final solution in regards to immigration as an effort by the left to shut down debate.

Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous.

Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this...


Man Gets Booted From Club For Wearing High Heels "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been booted out of a London gay club for wearing high heels. Pavel Vacek, 33, said he had never experienced any issues getting into clubs before, so he was taken aback when a bouncer at XXL London turned him away for wearing high-heeled boots. Vacek suggested to Pink News the club was ...

The post Man Gets Booted From Club For Wearing High Heels appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Supreme Court Dismisses Gordon Woods Malicious Prosecution Claim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Gordon Wood has failed in his bid to sue for malicious prosecution after he was acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Caroline Byrne. A prosecution without merit Mr Wood was found guilty in 2008 of throwing Ms Byrne off a cliff at The Gap in Sydney on 7 June 1995,

The post Supreme Court Dismisses Gordon Woods Malicious Prosecution Claim appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Shit happens when good men do nothing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia has been deceived as this great patriotic song tells how we have been sold out by our parliament. Our manufacturing is gone, we are but a consumer to the world we once contributed.


Why the governments $444 million grant wont save the Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wed 15 August 2018

As the leading charity and independent voice for the Great Barrier Reef for over 50 years we wanted to address the controversy surrounding the recent government funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Our leaders too often underestimate the sheer love we Australians have for the Reef; and the standards to which we Australians from Cairns to Kalgoorlie will hold them in looking after it.

It is no wonder that the Australian Government is under pressure for giving $444 million to a foundation instead of one of its own government agencies. It is no wonder they are being attacked for improper process and for ducking the Reefs biggest threat.

The outsourcing of nearly half a billion dollars of taxpayer funds to a foundation to protect the Great Barrier Reef is unusual by any measure. AMCS believes that there needs to be independent scrutiny and full transparency over how the funding is spent.

But while the media spotlight remains fixed on who got the money and how, the question that really matters is going unexamined: will this money address what the Reef really needs? The answer is no.

Funding to tackle poor water quality and coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish plagues is welcome, but it will be wasted unless tough action is taken to mitigate climate change which is the single biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Without getting to the root of the problem and taking strong climate change action the Turnbull Government is gambling with half a billion dollars of public money.

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, our Great Barrier Reef suffered two unprecedented and severe marine heat waves, resulting in the death of about half of all its shallow water corals. If we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate then severe bleaching events are likely to hit the planets reefs annually by the middle of this century. That would spell the end of the Great Barrier Reef as we know it. The Reef is a core part of who we are as a nation. We can not let this happen.

Australia needs to move beyond thermal coal, stop Adani, stop supporting other new big mines and switch rapidly to renewable energy if our Reef is to have a future. Other developed countries are already well progressed down this path yet Australia, the custodian of this global natural wonder, has an emissions reduction target so weak that if every other country made a commensurate level of effort all the worlds reefs would die.

Our politicians should be in no doubt; the controversy around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding shows how much Australians care about our Reef. Yet as a....


Wages growth up at a glacial pace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wages growth a bit better

Wage prices increased by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter.

That was the best quarter since all the way back in March 2014, remarkably.

It was enough to pull annual wages growth reluctantly up to 2.1 per cent. 

Around the traps the best performers were Victoria and Tasmania at 2 per cent. 

And the worst performers were Western Australia and the Northern Territory at 1 per cent, reflective of the resources cycle.

Indeed, mining was the worst performing sector at 1.33 per cent, followed by retail at 1.46 per cent. 

The best performing sector was healthcare at 2.74 per cent.

Melbourne is set to be the best performing economy going forward, with construction and job vacancies exploding.

The above figures confirm that low wages growth is not just about immigration - in fact wages growth is higher where the migrants are heading (and vice-versa).

Low wages growth is rather a....


Armee De L'air Francaise Casa CN-235M 065 F-RAIC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CTM1163 F-RAIC 065 CN35 Noumea-Cairns-Darwin

F-RAIC 065 CN35 at Cairns.


Couple Attacked By Neighbours In Vicious Homophobic Assault "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A couple has been left battered, bloodied and bruised after being set upon by their neighbours in a vicious homophobic attack. Italian Mauro Padovani, 46, and his Italian-American husband Tom Freeman, 59, were assaulted outside their home in Ghent, Belgium. Padovani told that he is still shocked by the severity of the assault, which ...

The post Couple Attacked By Neighbours In Vicious Homophobic Assault appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Blue Knob victims family question police response "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nimbin man Damien Roadley. His body was discovered in dense bushland near Blue Knob by family and friends, who have criticised the polices role in the search.

The family of Nimbin man Damien Roadley, who died after a cliff fall at night in remote bushland at Blue Knob, have questioned the police handling of the search.

Mr Roadley likely fell to his death fleeing a bushfire in the inhospitable terrain on August 1. His body was not recovered for 10 days.

Kim Roadley told Echonetdaily that while he didnt doubt the integrity and good intentions of local police, it was clear they were ill equipped for a search in extremely rough terrain.

He questioned why the search was called off after only two days, adding it was not until media reported to the familys concerns that police once again swung into action.

Mr Roadley acknowledged that his brother most likely died within hours of the fall but described the 10-day period between his disappearance and eventual recovery as heartbreaking.

He said his brothers body would have remained undiscovered were it not for the efforts of family and friends, co-ordinated by a privately-hired professional rock-climber.

Searchers thanked

In a statement, the Roadley family said they would like to thank the community both in Nimbin and further afield for your tireless support, be it through simple wishes and prayers, through donations of resources and money, and most significantly through direct involvement in the search, whether on foot, by coordinating others, or providing meals.

Your skills, dedication, and ability to work as a cohesive team are the only reasons Damien was able to be located, and there are no words to describe how grateful we are to each and every one of you.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of local volunteer organisations, including the SES and VRA. We understand the difficulty that this terrain and task presented, and appreciate your involvement.

Finally, we thank the search team who actually found Damien, all of whom are volunteers from the community and beyond. Our thoughts are with you all, the statement read.

Disregard for human life



ALBUM REVIEW: Jen Mize & Mark Sholtez  Twilight On The Trail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In this day and age, country music is a different and multifaceted beast to what it was 80 years ago. Back then, in simpler times, the music reflected tales both true and imagined about day-to-day life, heroes and adventures. The likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers ruled the wireless and Continue reading


Turnbulls Lucky Windfall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You wont need to worry too much about Turkey for the time being.

US stocks closed up in overnight trade.

The markets judgement is clear: The bull market continues.

We can draw a similar conclusion for Australia. Despite the headlines, the S&P/ASX 200 still looks strong.

We can thank thermal coal for a good part of that.

Commodities across the board are taking a hit right now.

But shareholders in Whitehaven Coal Ltd [ASX:WHC] probably cant believe their luck. Thermal coal is at its highest Australian dollar price since July 2008.

Demand from Asia for power generation is driving this even as European use declines. And nobody wants to invest in coal anymore many banks wont even consider financing projects.

The Australian reported in April that the Treasury was anticipating a thermal coal price of US$85 in its estimates of company tax receipts.

Currently its just over US$120. If it continues to stay high, its going to pour more money into government coffers.

That could conceivably give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull more ammunition to prop up his position through infrastructure spending in key electorates.

Thats one reason I dont buy into a real estate collapse scenario.

Here in Melbourne, a Brighton shop just sold for $3.2 million above its reserve.

But that look likes chump change compared to the $100 million a Chinese developer has paid for an apple orchard in Melbournes Wantirna South.

One wonders how the coal-producing regions of Australia are shaping up in terms of property. There must be plenty of money around.

In any case, the current bull market in coal also reveals that theres always opportunity in the share market, even when the overall index doesnt do much or the outlook doesnt appear particularly bullish.

I happen to think the current drawdown in commodities like oil and copper represents a buying opportunity. And Im not alone.

The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that specialist resource investment firm Terra Capital is looking to raise $300$400 million to help fund its spending plans.

Its not as if the massive Asian market is going anywhere. That places Australia in good stead in the coming years.

A new chapter

The world and markets present opportunities all the time.

Thats one reason Im going to hand over the full Daily Reckoning Australia editorship to my good friend and colleague Shae Russell.

In turn, Ill....


Belongil landowners sue independent coastal panel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Belongil Beach, Rock Wall. Photo Mary Gardener

Hans Lovejoy

The NSW Coastal Panel, an independent body of experts who advise the NSW government on coastal matters, is being taken to court by Belongil landowners after it rejected recent plans for rock walls.

The hearing has been set for September 17 at the Byron Local Court, and will follow a site inspection at the street entrance to Old Jetty Park, opposite 35 Childe Street, Byron Bay.

Its the latest in a long running series of court actions by the beachfront landowners, who are seeking to protect their properties from erosion with rock structures.

Yet placing rocks or hard structures on beaches is a contentious issue owing to their eroding beaches over time.

The Echo understands that their rock wall DAs do not guarantee that the world-renowned surfing beach would not erode over time.   

The NSW Coastal Panel comprises Emeritus Professor Bruce Thom AM (chairperson), Dr Kate Brooks, Jane Lofthouse, Angus Gordon, Annelise Tuor, associate professor William Glamore and associate professor Ron Cox.

The Echo has previously reported that almost all of the Belongil landowners who submitted their DAs do not live at the properties and are some of Australias wealthiest individuals.

If you wish to make an oral submission to the court on September 17, you can notify the NSW Transitional Coastal Panel (no later than August 31) via email at or by phone on (02) 4927 3184.

The post...


NEWS: The Bottle Rockets Announce New LP Bit Logic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been three years since The Bottle Rockets released their last album but now theyre back with Bit Logic which is set for release on October 12th via Bloodshot Records. Heres the title track and first taste of the new album. ALBUM BIO: Formed nearly 30 years ago, the Bottle Rockets helped forge a now-popular Continue reading


Bernadette Robinson @ Randwick City Council Twilight Concerts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Accolades for Bernadette Robinson come thick and fast and deservedly so as she is a unique talent. Her acclaimed performances in multiple sell-out seasons of the one-woman musical plays Songs For Nobodies and Pennsylvania Avenue have confirmed her standing as one of Australias leading singer/actresses. Australian audiences have discovered Bernadettes uncanny ability to inhabit the voices of famous singers such as Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and many others.

Barry Humphries describes her as a major talent and a spellbinder, audiences acclaim her with standing ovations and the press describes her performances as Beyond virtuosity to the sublime (The Australian). Be captivated by this stunning performer when she brings a specially tailored programme from her extraordinary repertoire to Randwick Town Hall. You will need to book early!

Doors open at 6pm. The In-flight Bar & Diner will open at 6pm so you can enjoy a drink and delicious snacks.

What: Bernadette Robinson in Concert

When:  Fri. 14 September 2018 7:00 pm 8:00 pm AEST

Where: Randwick Town Hall Avoca Street Randwick, NSW 2031

To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here

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Join the Human Rights Law Centre team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra Presents Sinfonia Flamenca "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Were bringing the Flamenco experience to the Sydney Opera House in a new partnership with guitarist and composer Juan Carmona and his troupe of fellow artists: guitars, double bass, flute, percussion, singer and dancer. The Juan Carmona Septet will begin the concert with a mesmerising display of original Flamenco in the traditional style. After interval the orchestra will join them on stage for Juan Carmonas Flamenco Symphony vivid and intense.

Ive known and worked with Juan Carmona for many years, says David Robertson, and as an amateur guitarist myself, my admiration for him knows no bounds! This is a musician whose pedigree is that of royalty in the Flamenco tradition and there is simply nothing on the guitar that he cannot play with incredible ease and virtuosity.

If you love the passion and energy of Flamenco and want to experience a stimulating blend of cultural traditions do not miss Sinfonia Flamenca!

What: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia Flamenca

Where: Sydney Opera House

When: Thu 6th Sep, 6:30 pm, Fri 7th-Sat 8th Sep, 8:00 pm

To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here.

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Coroner finds Island Quarry death was drowning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Island Quarry, now surrounded by a fence that was not in place when Brendan Vickery died. File photo

Hans Lovejoy

The mother of Brendan Vickery, who drowned at a Byron Bay waterhole in 2014, has told The Echo that the lack of a thorough autopsy has made closure hard and raised concern that fencing was not installed sooner.

On February 23, 2014, 20-year-old Brendan was on holidays from Melbourne with friends and entered Island Quarry (IQ), located at 380 Ewingsdale Road, opposite the Cavanbah Centre.

His friends claim that he failed to emerge after jumping into the waterhole, which is a former quarry.

Brendans body was recovered a day later by police divers in 3.3 metres of water, according to the coroners report.

The once-popular waterhole drew mainly young crowds of backpackers and visitors and was widely advertised on websites, yet after a series of spinal injuries, IQ management implemented signage and fencing in an attempt to stop the activity.

Assistant state coroner Teresa OSullivan handed down her findings on April 11, 2018, and concluded she was satisfied that a lot has changed since Brendans death.

OSullivan wrote, The downturn in attendance and associated injury, the improved fencing and signage, and the commitment of the caretaker to prevent trespassing give me confidence that the Island Quarry site has been made significantly safer.

Brendans mother Tracie Medew told The Echo she believed the inquest to be a fair and open process.

Yet it was long process that took four years, she said.

There was cost cutting by government, as they didnt allow a full autopsy.

Additionally, communications from the government departments were inadequate.

Ms Medew said, While it was determined that drowning was the outcome, he could have died from something else. A doctor from Tweed Heads raised this possibility.

Here in Victoria, all autopsies go through a CT scan to identify internal injuries, yet this didnt happen with Brendon as it wasnt NSW policy at the time. Now it is.


MS Medew said it took 13 years for IQ to secure state government funding for fencing.

That is way too long, and had it been in place earlier it could hav...


Anti-vax film screening stirs passions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

The screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary at Mullumbimbys Civic Hall brought a string of angry complaints from vaccination advocates who said it should not have been shown at a Council-owned venue.

And one Byron councillor is set to formally move that the rules be changed so that such films cannot be shown at Council-managed halls in future.

But the group that organised the screening, the Australian Vaccination-risks Network Inc (AVN), defended its right to air its views, describing those who sought to cancel the event as bigots.

Around 100 people attended the Civic Hall on August 9 for the screening of Sacrificial Virgins, followed by a Q&A session with opponents of Australias vaccination regime.

The film questions the effectiveness the Human Papilloma Vaccine as a preventive treatment for cervical cancer, and asserts that it causes adverse reactions that are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world.

When news of the films screening at the Civic Hall spread, Byron Council was slammed on social media and received a string of complaints.

One vaccination advocate stated on a public Facebook page that the councils role in the screening had been unconscionable.

This film has been condemned by the federal health minister and all health experts, the man said.

That the showing is happening while they [the north coast] have a diphtheria patient in a local hospital is a disgrace.

When councillor Paul Spooner became aware of the screening, he sought to have permission for the use of the Civic Hall revoked.

Cr Spooner, of the Labor Party, argued that Council should not support the Australian Vaccination-risk Network in any way because it was the subject of a public health warning issued by the Health Care Complaints Commission in...


Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...


Evelyn Duprai & The Modern Classics: Sydney Fringe @ Foundry 616 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For one night only, jazz/blues vocalist Evelyn Duprai and The Modern Classics will be putting a new twist on well-known jazz hits in a special Fringe Festival program on Friday 21 September. Iconic tunes from the Great American Songbook are given a playful make-over as The Modern Classics journey through Reggae, Ska, Afrobeat, Funk and Pop to bring new life to old favorites.

The Sydney songstress says that she is thrilled to be presenting this show at the Foundry. Every time I step into the Foundry, I am transported to some of the great jazz clubs in New York. The intimacy, setting and ambiance of the club is exactly what people would expect of an international jazz venue and its all of these elements that enhance the listening experience for the audience.

Recognised for her authenticity and passion, Evelyn Duprai is one of Sydneys celebrated ladies of song. Drawing on her African ancestry, Evelyns intrinsic rhythm and expert phrasing compliments her warm vocal timbre that has made her an in-demand session singer. She has toured with some of musics biggest names including James Morrison, Paul Mac and Silverchair, appearing as a guest backing vocalist on Australian Idol and The Voice and performing at dozens of major festivals and prestigious venues around Australia.

Exuding a joyous energy whenever she sings, whether its jazz, funk soul or blues, youll be transported by this exceptional vocalist. Evelyn Duprai (vocals), Charlie Meadows (guitar), Stuart Henderson (drums) and special guests Nick Hoorweg (bass)

What: Evelyn Duprai and The Modern Classics @ Sydney Fringe

When: Friday 21 September (Doors at 6:30pm, show at 8:30pm)

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo NSW

To Find Out More & Book Online  Click Here

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Does wild nature create activists? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The primary purpose of this website is to celebrate the mountains of south eastern Australia and Tasmania. This includes getting out and enjoying them walking, skiing, riding, climbing, paddling, or simply just taking it easy. I have a deep belief that getting people out into wild nature makes them more likely to feel engaged in protecting wild ecosystems.

There has been some interesting conversations of late about whether this assumption is actually correct.

With the Trump administration walking away from climate action and seeking to open up large sections of protected areas to mining and fossil fuel development, there has been solid and sustained opposition to these plans from the outdoor industry. Trumps extremist approach has mobilised people and individuals, possibly in an unprecedented way.

There has recently been a number of interesting pieces addressing the question of whether the outdoor community and industry are doing enough. The Colorado based  High Country News recently published an essay by Ethan Linck, Your Stoke Wont Save Us, which questioned whether outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry were effective advocates for conservation.

In response, Louis Geltman wrote a counter piece titled Actually I think stoke will save us, which was also published in High Country News. The sub heading of the story sums up his perspective nicely: Passion for place matters, and outdoor recreationists are taking action every day.

He says:

Meaningful conservation is driven by action not sentiment; not vaguely defined environmental concern Its organizing to deliver political pressure and make change that make the difference, and by that measure, outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry are delivering. And stoke genuine enthusiasm derived from visceral experience is the fuel thats driving action.



Atlanta rapper 6LACK announces headline tour of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

6LACK is bringing his global From East Atlanta, With Love tour to Australia this October hitting up all major cities with breakout hip-hop duo THEY. and Shady Records signee, BOOGIE.

Presented by Frontier Touring and Illusive Presents, the tour will kick off in Perth, before dates in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland.

6LACK, a two-time Grammy-nominated artist, has been embedded in a purple patch since the release of his breakout hit Prblms and debut record FREE 6LACK.

Since then, hes released huge single Switch, whose music video has accumulated almost 5 million views to date, as well as slow jam Cutting Ties, featured alongside Ty Dolla $ign on Khalids smash hit OTW, and played festivals such as Coachella, The Governors Ball, and most recently ya Festival in Norway.

Set to release sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter on September 14, 6LACKs Australian tour comes at the perfect time for longtime fans and those who slept on FREE 6LACK.

Watch 6LACKs video for Switch...


Many graduates will repay less per year, and maybe less in total, under the new HELP thresholds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Government had a rare higher education Senate victory this week, passing various amendments to the HELP loan scheme.

These include a series of changes to HELP repayment thresholds. Most of the political attention went to the initial repayment threshold, below which no repayment is required. It will drop from the current $52,000 to just under $46,000 in 2019-20. At that point, debtors will have to repay 1 per cent of their entire income.

In principle, I support this step in the direction of better aligning HELP with other government income support thresholds. This 2016 Grattan report supported a lower initial threshold.

Unfortunately, another key recommendation of that report, of consistent percentage increases between each threshold at which the repayment rate increases, was not strictly followed.

For most of the higher thresholds, each is 6 per cent higher than the one before it. But there is a 15 per cent gap between the first and second thresholds.

Combined with starting the repayment percentage at just 1 per cent,  this radically changes the nature of the threshold reform. It is not now something that we can assume will significantly alter HELP doubtful debt.

One intention of the original Grattan proposal was to move debtors more quickly through the repayment rates.  This was partly to recover more HELP debt before female full-time labour force participation drops from their late 20s, as shown in chart 1 below.

Chart 1: Female bachelor degree graduate labour force status, 2016



Cairns real estate agents want foreign ownership of family homes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from Jim OToole

Real estate agent and principal of the Cairns RE/MAX franchise Tony Williamson is heading to South Korea to flog off yet more Cairns property to Asian buyers.

Diverters of social cohesion such as Williamson have helped force up the price of homes keeping young Australians, not Asians out of the market.

Cairns real estate agent Tony Williamson wants to sell our homes to Asians which will keep young Australians out of the home owners market

We do not want greedy real estate agents like Williamson and his entourage of fellow agents hawking our homes to foreign buyers.

About 30 other Remax agents will attend the global networks Asia Pacific convention in Seoul.

Mr Williamson is quoted as saying he wants to turn the global spotlight onto the Cairns property market

Mr Williamson and the entire Remax franchise would do well to hark the recent immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.

We do not want any more foreign ownership of any Australian property, Mr Williamson.



Was this car deliberately set alight? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A readers photo of a car he says was deliberately set alight in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night (August 13). Photo supplied

A car fire in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night appeared to have been deliberately lit, according to an Echo reader who took this photo and who requested not to be named.

The car, believed to be a Mazda sedan, exploded into a ball of flame in Towers Drive, in front of Ray Towers Carpets, at about 8.30pm, the reader said.

It was a petrol explosion: someone put a paper in the tank and lit it, like a big molotov cocktail.

I was driving past when I heard something explode, I drove a little further and I saw the car in a ball of flames, the reader added, saying he was one of the few people apart from police and firies who noticed the explosion.

A spokesperson for NSW Fire & Rescue said, a crew from Mullumbimby attended the scene at 8.40pm and found the car already well alight.

The crew extinguished the car and finished up just before 9.40pm.

Police were in attendance and the car was totally destroyed by fire.

Police are treating the incident as suspicious, the spokesperson said.

Tweed Byron chief inspector Luke Arthurs confirmed police are investigating the matter further and are treating it as suspicious.

They have yet to establish the exact cause of the fire.


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Govt ignores Airbnb levy as part of letting reforms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Airbnb owners are set to benefit at the expense of council-approved holiday-let providers if the governments short-term letting bill is passed this week. File image

Hans Lovejoy

A NSW government minister has embraced digital disruption at the expense of those who have sought council approval for holiday letting.

The Fair Trading Amendment (Short-term rental accommodation) Bill 2018 is expected to pass NSW parliament this week, yet critics such as Byron Shire Council say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals for operating say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.

In an August 2 letter to a Byron Shire resident and obtained by The Echo, NSW Nationals MP Niall Blair admitted that his government were not in control of the holiday-letting sector, saying, The internet knows no boundaries, and if locals decide they want to place their homes for rent on platforms like Airbnb, rather than put it out for long-term rental, thats entirely their business.

Yet Blair says regional councils like Byron Shire will have the power to limit the number of days for which properties can be let out.

And importantly these changes are not set in stone. The government has committed to reviewing the new valuations after 12 months, he said.

With the growing evidence that the sense of community is eroded in areas of high holiday letting desirability, European and US cities are now beginning to heavily restrict such activity and are also regulating it via a levy through Airbnb bookings, for example. 

Airbnb levies are collected by local councils, and contribute to maintaining and improving infrastructure.

The Echo asked Niall Blairs office whether such a levy was considered for this bill, and why it was not included in the draft Bill.

After receiving a reply from a spokesperson for the NSW government that did not answer the question, The Echo asked local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin the same question on whether an Airbnb levy....


Byron locals step up to support drought relief "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two of the six trucks of hay sent to struggling drought-stricken farmers from members of the Mullumbimby CoOp. Photo Jeff Dawson

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Byron Shire locals are coming out in force to do what they can to help farmers and farming communities.

There is a range of initiatives happening across the Shire, not least the six trucks with bales of feed that the Mullumbimby Co-Op sent out to struggling  farmers on Monday.

The Co-Op began the venture back in mid-July with Buy a Bale, said manager Tony Maclerio. 

It has been awesome to see other businesses and the Mullum Chamber supporting the cause.

So far, about 800 bales have gone out and the loads have been sent to Blandford, Wellington, Rouchel, Aberdeen, Timor, Cassilis, Currabubula, Stroud, Gloucester, Barraba and Bathurst. And we are still going! 

Donations have also been taken in store. Big shout out to the truck drivers, local farmers donating their paddocks and the farm contractors who are cutting and baling. And of course to Buy a Bale!

Dress like a farmer

Bingara Central School in the New England region of NSW has connected with Mullumbimby through Kimberlee Thompson, a community support worker who rang an old Mullumbimby friend who has been farming out west for around 20 years.

Kimberlee said, My friend was worried about another friend in the Bingara area she was really concerned about her and she asked me to call.

Kimberlee is now getting ready to head out to Bingara at the end of the month to lend a hand.

She says, There are so many issues; every day they are having to make decisions about which stock to keep, caring for sick animals, sourcing feed, supporting children and more.

One aspect many peopl...


Driver of rolled B-double was on ice: police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A truck driver has been charged, and police are awaiting the results of a roadside drug test, after a B-double crashed on the Summerland Way overnight.

Emergency services were called to Carrs Creek, north of Grafton, after the northbound heavy vehicle rolled onto its side and slid about 100m into a fence, about 8pm (Tuesday 14 August 2018).

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Concord, escaped without injury but the truck and its load of paper was extensively damaged.

The driver returned a negative roadside breath test; however, a roadside drug test returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police District searched the truck cabin and seized an ice pipe; during a further search officers seized 11 clear, re-sealable bags containing a crystal substance alleged to be ice.

The man was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving, supplying a prohibited drug, and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Grafton Local Court on Monday 3 September 2018.

Any further charges depend on the drug test results.

Traffic has returned to normal on the Summerland Way.


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Cathies Column: Ryde Public School Sesquicentenary Celebrations today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ryde Public School celebrates its 150th birthday today with an Open Day and Art Show from 1pm in the school and grounds.

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The rich roadside life of Newstead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I thought it time to revisit the little family of Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) living on a roadside in Newstead to see how the four chicks are getting on. On the way in from our place at Strangways, I was very pleased to see a familiar Nankeen Kestrel by the road. Id met this bird the previous day and it seemed a very co-operative subject for photography.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Nankeen Kestrel watching for prey in late afternoon light.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

A possible treat seen?

The Kestrel would switch from diving from a perch for food to walking through the grass looking for food.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Hunting on foot.

When I got to the site of the Lapwings and chicks, I parked over the road with a good view of both parents, but I could only see one foraging near one parent.

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Masked Lapwing chick #1

One parent looked to have some chicks under the wing. A bit of a feather rustle and the parent stood up to reveal the other three who quickly spread out to forage.

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Lapwing chicks 2,3 &4.

I was then a bit perturbed that the parents decided it was time that they all crossed to the side of the road where I was parked. They walked around the car and on to the grassy roadside. Fortunately none decided to stay under the car so I could eventually leave. I was struck by how at ease they were with my car. I th...


Advice Please! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I'm running a coding class at the Newlands Neighbourhood House as a volunteer and I'm looking for advice on how to provide internet for ten laptops, currently the wifi system slows to a crawl when all ten are operating. I'm really stuck and haven't been able to fix the problem.

I think I need help answering the following question.....

What is the best way of boosting the wifi so that all of the laptops can operate on a web based platform?

Please contact Andy on 0421 447 928.


Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Justine Elliot MP for Richmond, Mark Dreyfus QC MP and Craig Elliot, NSW Labor candidate for Tweed. Photo supplied

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.

All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.

While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.

A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.

Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.

Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at:

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1) Vanuatu seeks Forum support for West Papua, but kept off outcomes list "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) PNG helping Indonesia in crash investigation


1) Vanuatu seeks Forum support for West Papua, but kept off outcomes list



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DFAT reply to AWPA letter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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McKnights stand out at the family club "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STONY Creek, like many others in the country, proudly boasts that it is a family club.
Its is fortunate to have had so many families that have done so much to keep it ticking along in good times and bad.
One family though, stands out, and it was fitting that on Saturday the grandstand was named to honour the contribution of the
McKnight clan.
Club president Mark Le Page led the ceremony held between the reserves and seniors football matches and the B and A Grade netball games.
He said the McKnight family has provided the club with 80 years of continuous service.
Unofficially theyve played a combined 1500 games of netball and football for the club, but I think it would be probably closer to 2000.
Add the in-laws, Cindy Winkler and Brad Hutchinson, and were up around 2500.
Six members of the family are life members of the club soon therell be a seventh when Ryan McKnights name is added after he played his 300th game earlier this season.
There are two league life members, two league best and fairest award winners, eight club best and fairests the list goes on.
Theyve all served on the committee and done an enormous amount of work behind the scenes.
The McKnight name is synonymous with this club and its only fitting that they should have this honour, Mark said.

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Police urge awareness at Kendall Street train crossing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Detective inspector Matt Kehoe at Kendall Street level crossing. Photo supplied

Motorists, cyclists and those on foot are being reminded of Rail Safety Week (August 1319) and to look out for trains at the Kendall Street level crossing.

While the NSW Labor government took the local trains off the tracks over a decade ago and no government since has restored the service there is a privately run train service between the North Beach Station in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate and Byrons CBD.

$448 fine

Detective inspector Matt Kehoe said, The fine for running a stop sign at a level crossing is $448 and three demerit points.

Given the history of use with no train on our track for 13 years, locals became complacent on the Kendall Street level crossing on the way into Belongil from Ewingsdale Road. Im here to say that time is well and truly over now. Please be warned that if you do not stop and look out for the train you will be fined.

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Some Gippsland Good News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite the tardiness shown by the National Party and our elected members to renewable energy the good news is the region of Gippsland is progressing rapidly with the adoption of solar energy. By exactly how much we are progressing is not known and may not be for some time. There are at least 2 solar farms on the drawing board at Wonthaggi and Maffra, with the former scheduled to come on line next year. As well there are solar bulk buy schemes operating across Gippsland shires the organisation and application of which will extend well into next year.

But it is the behind the meter installations which are making the biggest difference at the moment. The East Gippsland shire has been progressively installing solar panels on their libraries and other buildings. It is unfortunate that due to a Heritage ruling the main library in Bairnsdale is not part of that plan. Hopefully this will be resolved in the near future.

Publicity in the social media by leading Gippsland panel installers Gippsland Solar indicates that the behind the metre installation of solar PV is booming. They have just announced that 1.3 megawatts will be installed on 8 Hospitals and health centres across Gippsland. As well they recently installed 100 kilowatts on Dwyers Toyota in west Bairnsdale. It is behind the meter installations of this sort that are the big unknown and there can be little doubt that as business energy bills climb solar will become increasingly attractive. Solar production is a good match with daytime business.

Unfortunately wind has lagged well behind solar. The Star of the South offshore wind project is currently waiting for various approvals but on its own could offset the loss of one of the valley generators. The project plans at least in part to make use of the valley infrastructure. It seems that the wind projects in parts of western Victoria are being constrained by the carrying capacity of the mains power lines. Those in the valley are underutilised and this remains one of its advantages yet to be exploited. Why for instance couldnt the Hazlewood Pondage be turned into a floating solar farm along the lines advocated by engineer Chris Barfoot?

The solar revolution is happening now, and will happen quickly, regardless of op...


MACKAY Ordered to pay up for punching a pub door "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY August 14, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Triple the limit in drink-driving crackdown

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AN Eimeo man was found to be three times (0.169) the legal blood alcohol level while driving through Beaconsfield at the weekend. Kurtis William

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MACKAY Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Men allegedly bore knives and pickets on Sarina St

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MACKAY Two men charged with threatening residents in Sarina street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Two men charged following serious street disturbance, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Renewing your membership "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A message from our membership secretary Kathie Herbert Memberships are due at the end of the financial year.   You can renew via the website It is vital, more than ever, that we continue to support refugees and asylum seekers in need and to advocate for fair and humane treatment of people seeking asylum regardless


Incoming (again) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The snow looks great for the next few days. Lower avalanche risk (remember to check the Mountain Sports Collective website before heading out) and a good freshen up is expected, so the weekend should be awesome.

The Mountainwatch 7 day forecast is for 54 cm at Perisher, 46cm at Hotham and 45 cm at Mt Stirling. Yes, forecasts at 7 days are very unreliable and the expected snowfall tends to trail off as you get closer to the actual day. But it does look healthy. Stay safe and enjoy.


What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What Drives Indonesia's Pacific Island Strategy?

Jakarta is courting Pacific Island states, hoping to change regional positions on the West Papua issue.

By Grant Wyeth August 13, 2018

Indonesia has recently been lifting its presence in the Pacific, courting a number of Pacific Island countries in an attempt to quell the regions sympathies for the independence movement in the Indonesian province of West Papua.
A particular recent focus has been on boosting relations with a number of Micronesian states as a way of gaining influence in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). In July, the President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) visited Jakarta, holding talks with President Joko Jokowi Widodo. Indonesia also has instigated plans to open a consulate in the FSM. Previously, Indonesian consular services in the region were run out of its Tokyo embassy. In February, an Indonesian cabinet minister was dispatched to Nauru for the tiny islands 50th anniversary of independence, bring......


But but but crime in Melbourne is low. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By now all Cats would have heard the traumatic news. Melbourne has lost its most liveable status to Vienna. Already we have the excuses:

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp, pointing to Viennas improved safety rating, conceded security was an area that needed improvement.

Theyve got a very good safety rating, thats one of the areas where we know because weve been discussing it with as well Neil, that we can continue to do better. she told 3AW.

In addition to the generally improved security outlook for western Europe, Vienna benefited from its low crime rate, the surveys editor Roxana Slavcheva said.

One of the subcategories that Vienna does really well in is the prevalence of petty crime Its proven to be one of the safest cities in Europe, she said.

Vienna is a beautiful city and the birthplace of a fine school of economic thought. It also gives me an excuse to play one of my all time favorite songs.


Premiere: Jamel talks squad goals on With The Team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Jamel :: With The Team feat. KAI

Western Sydney rapper Jamels new single With The Team is a dark down-tempo grinder that moves slowly but carries a big stick.

Based around a cyclical climbing bassline and an ominous sample which could be a synth part or could be some freaky distant chanting, the track unsettles tf outta you, and the beat skeletal and self-confident keeps elevating the threat level. Its a sonic powerplay which sets scene: youre in Jamels hood now. His low-key menacing tone and flow draw heavily on Atlanta rap, and lyrically he hits all the Classical Rap Subjects: weed, h8ers, real vs fake Gs and fat stacks. Word.

Jamels Freesouls stablemate KAI contributes an energetic verse, changing up the rhythm at just the right time, keeping it fresh even as the track sails on past the 5 minute mark. WTT oozes confidence with its unrushed tempo, sprawling length and classy restraint in both production and vocal delivery. Its these traits that make it such an absorbing listen.

With The Team follows on from Jamels Type of Time Mix (vid ) and you can expect a few more single drops before his first solo EP hits in December.


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Book Review: I Had Such Friends "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The book i had such friends is a really engaging and thrilling book. It follows the story of Hamish (the second weirdest guy at school) and his newfound friend Peter Bridges whos a tough football player and the last person to be friends with Hamish. But even since Charlie Parker, the most popular kid in school had died heroically saving his girlfriend in a car crash everything was different.


This book is a gripping novel that deals with sexuality, friendship and grief in a outback Australian setting. I found this book absolutely brilliant and I could not put it down till I had finished it. The climax and resolution of the book left me very satisfied and the book as a whole was very enjoyable.


I really want to commend Meg Gatland-Veness for creating this captivating novel that deals with some heavy topics, but still is interesting for the reader.


I would predominantly recommend this book to older teens, but I do believe anyone of any age would enjoy it. It does have themes of death and sex so probably not for anyone younger than 12 or 13.


I would rate this book 5/5 stars as it was engaging, interesting and a great book.



Ari Merten.

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Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi, my name is Ari and Im currently in Year 9 at Emanuel School. I am participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Bronze Level. That means I have to complete roughly 13 hours of a sport, skill and helping out in the community. For the community aspect, I chose to volunteer here, at Eastside Radio.

Throughout my weeks spending time here I learned the ins and outs of radio. I learned about the studios and how they work, recording podcasts, locating information for presenters to use on air and also uploading articles to the website. If youve been reading the community billboard for the past couple weeks, then youll have read some of the stuff Ive been helping to put up there.


What I found really great about this was seeing all of the stuff that goes on behind the scenes: audio editing, prerecording, how presenters choose music and topics to talk about, giveaways and so much more. I got to go on air a couple times and really enjoyed chatting with the presenters.


Volunteering at Eastside has been an eye-opening experience into the world of radio. Meeting great people and learning great things that will stay with me forever. As my time volunteering here comes to a close here and I get a chance to reflect on what Ive learned I just want to thank Gemma for being a great mentor and showing me the ropes. I am looking forward to coming back for my Silver Award next year.



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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #607 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 14 - 20 August 2018 Newsletter | #607 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 14th August 2018 to Monday 20th August 2018 Parma For A Farmer | Victorian Pubs Melbourne Home Show 4x4 Outdoors, Fishing and Boating Expo Chocolate Afternoon Tea Body Worlds Vital Exhibition Melbournes Exclusive Magic Show The Eagles Story Mozart and Donizetti - Melbourne Musicians Maskara - The Ultimate Tribute to the Women of Rock MUST Cabaret Festival West Projections Festival BIG Change for small change Bridal and Honeymoon Showcase Chinese Valentines Day Festival Expo Liaison | Multiversal Festival Glow Winter Arts Festival Hibernate Laneway Festival National Science Week Victorian Fair Trade Festival The Australian Creedence Show and Dinner BABBA - Australias Premier ABBA Show Bach and Vivaldi Concertos Enjoy #Melbourne Parma For A Farmer | Drought Relief Appeal Victorian pubs doing parmas for Rural Aids drought relief. $1 from every plate will be going to help drought-stricken farmers all over the country. --> Victorian Pub List...


ALBUM REVIEW: Halfway Rain Lover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Halfway have always seemed to operate in their own space within the Australian music industry. They tick both the Americana/alt-country box as accurately as they slot into the world of indie rock. On Rain Lover theyve combined those sonic qualities and more, blending them seamlessly into their own brand of heartwarming and heartbreaking melancholic rock. Continue reading


Keefers the air apparent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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HES ONLY 11, but Nyoras Keefer Wilson has been selected to represent Australia and compete against the worlds best big air skaters at the X Games in Sydney in October. This isnt a junior team either. Hes in the Aussie Big Air team of three wholl all be training together at Keefers place at Nyora in the weeks leading up. Thats because Keefers dad Peter built the Megaramp in the backyard of their Megaranch property. N013318

APART from the mind-blowing moment 11-year-old Keefer Wilson from Nyora found out he was going to compete for Australia at the X Games, hes kept a cool head about it all.
Hes not phased at all about taking on his heroes from the United States in Sydney in October with Australias Big Air team.
I dont expect to win. Ill just chill and have fun. It will be my first games so Im not going to kill myself!
The moment he received the invitation to compete was recorded on a smartphone. Yep, he did lose it for a bit, but it would have been weird if he didnt.
Hell be by far the youngest competitor at the games, but hes training harder than most can, due to the fact that he has a Megaramp in his backyard.
Thats right, his dad Peter, a professional golfer, built...


Sustained decline in Brisbane rental vacancies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vacancies decline

Despite the high rates of apartment construction, strong population growth continues to absorb the rental stock.

The total number of rental vacancies in Australia has declined over the past year from 75,733 to 72,748, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.

This represents a decline from in the national vacancy rate from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent - while construction is now set to slow.

SQM reported that Brisbane continues to experience a sustained 2018 decline in vacancy rates from 3.6 per cent in December to 2.9 per cent by July.

And this will likely continue as apartment construction falls away and migration from interstate picks up. 

Perth is also now through the worst with vacancy rates trending down (from 5.2 per cent to 4 per cent over the past year) and the oversupply of rentals easing a bit, after several years of rental price declines.

Meanwhile Adelaide tightened again into just 1.3 per cent - getting pretty tight down there now! - and Canberra...well, Canberra is heading for zero at this rate.

Sydney indigestion

In Sydney number of vacancies was down from 19,572 to 19,114 in the month - a tight rental market would be represented by more like 12,000 vacancies or fewer - but year-on-year the vacancy rate is considerably higher at 2.8 per cent. 

Sydney tends to be a much busier place in summer these days, so this trend will be one to watch with interest.


Unravelling the secrets of Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Map designer Klara Borgardts (left) with Byron Shire councillors at the launch at Crystal Castle. Photo Jeff Dawson

A new map, which Byron Council says is designed to help visitors discover hidden gems and attractions across the whole of the Byron Shire, was launched by mayor Simon Richardson at the Crystal Castle and Shambala Gardens today.

Called Byron Unfolded, the maps purpose is to give people the information and local hints they need to embark on their own journey of discovery across the shire, according to mayor Richardson.

We want our visitors to experience the immense natural beauty of the area, to meet the colourful local characters and have a chance to meander around the towns, beaches and waterways at their own pace.

The new Byron Unfolded map is designed to inspire discovery of all that our shire has to offer and to encourage greater visitor dispersal at the same time, he said.

The free DL size pocket map, which folds out to A2 size also offers must do, must see and good-to-know facts and hints.

The NSW State Government part-funded the map with funding from the flood recovery program, together with industry and Byron Shire Council. The map is now available in the Byron Visitor Centre and Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre as well as at key attractions and businesses around the Byron Shire.


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The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first womens refuge in Melbourne opened in 1974. According to the Womens Liberation Halfway House Collective (WLHHC), the need for a Halfway House had been discussed for a long time in the Womens Liberation Movement, as the Womens Liberation Centre constantly received calls from women needing somewhere to stay for awhile, often in desperate circumstances. In April 1974, a meeting was called to discuss the setting up of a halfway house a halfway point for women between their old lives and new ones.


Asian Markets Steady, Oil Up Turkeys financial crisis causes traders to remain nervous "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.

Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.

In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.

AFP | The lira continues to face pressure as central bank measures were met with disappointment

The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.

There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.

Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.

Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.

Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.

Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.

Combative mood

On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.

Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...


Students set for magical musical "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KORUMBURRA Primary School Students will be more than one jump ahead for their upcoming school production of Aladdin Junior.
As the junior musical of its Broadway elder, the show is based on the Disney film Aladdin and it is all the buzz among the busily rehearsing students at the local school.
Performing arts teacher Tanya Jackson has been coordinating the cast of more than 20 students chosen from an auditioning process that received a flood of entries.
It gives the children the opportunity to showcase their talents, not just through the traditional academics, she said.
A lot of students and families are putting an amazing amount of work into making this show a success.
At the moment we are working on some big dance numbers which is very exciting.
Mrs Jackson has her hands full preparing two shows this year, with the whole of school space concert preparations also underway.
The shows props are being created by students during visual art classes.
Two shows of Aladdin Junior will be performed on September 13 at the Korumburra Basketball Stadium at 1.30pm and at 7pm.

Star performers: from back left, Korumburra Primary School students Oscar Beachley as Jafar, Pallas Lamers as Iago, centre, April Reeves (in pink), Will Roberts as Aladdin, Alana Lopez-Freeman as Jasmine, Fern Hurst and Jacqueline Turton as Jasmines friends, rehearse for the upcoming school production Aladdin Junior.


School backs Montanahs fight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ST LAURENCES Primary School in Leongatha raised more than $850 towards the family of a girl battling a brain tumour.
St Laurences students Jayda and Braydi Simpson organised a coloured clothes day on Friday to raise funds for their cousin Montanah Dubignon, aged four.
The school community was incredibly generous and the funds will support Montanah and her family.
Montanah is the daughter of Jarrod and Sarah, formerly of Korumburra, and an identical twin to Dakota, and one of five children.
Donations can also be made online at
A fundraising market will be held at St Peters Anglican Church, Leongatha, on Saturday, August 25 from 9am to 1pm, with secondhand goods, cakes and a sausage sizzle, to further support the Dubignon family, now of Beaufort.

Batting for Montanah: from left, St Laurences Primary School, Leongatha, students Jayda and Braydi (left), with Montanah Dubignons brother Lane (centre), and principal Kate Dourley, receiving the proceeds of the schools fundraiser for Montanah, who is fighting a brain tumour.


Firefighters to take on Stair Climb challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOUR members of the Ruby Fire Brigade are set to take part in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
This event will take place on September 1 at Crown Metropol.
The four members involved are captain Michael Guest, Aaron Perks, and Darren and Nathan Hardacre.
The Stair Climb raises awareness and money to support Life Line and the Black Dog Institute.
These foundations seek to prevent suicide, mental illness and post traumatic stress disorder; something many emergency service workers are touched by.
This is the second year we will be participating. Last year, the memorial service held at the beginning of the day to remember all the fallen firefighters not only from the CFA, but also the (Metropolitan Fire Brigade) and New York Fire Department who didnt return home after 9/11 was very moving, Michael said.
The camaraderie between all those who are participating for a common cause no matter whether youre career or volunteer firefighters from Victoria or overseas was overwhelming.
For Nathan, this will be his first stair climb.
This is my first time participating in the Stair Climb. Hopefully I dont let the team down, he said.
Last year, the old boys did a great job and came back really excited about completing the climb, so they definitely encouraged me to have a go.
Unfortunately, I cannot make the gym due to university commitments, but Ive been putting in the hard yards so they dont beat me up the stairs.
The four members will be part of 650 emergency personnel from all over the world, who will be stepping up to climb 28 stories wearing full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus, weighing 25 kilograms.
They have been training hard at Voyage Fitness Leongatha.
Training has been hard; it hasnt gotten any easier, even though this is our second time. Hopefully we can do better than last year, Aaron said.
The crew from Voyage is great. Nothings too hard for them; its like a big family and they just want us to do the best we can.
Voyage has stepped up and is running its own fundraising efforts.
On Monday, August 27, it will be running nine classes from 5.30pm to 7pm.
The classes include spin, dance, kickboxing, step, power, boxing and HIIT.
The cost is $20, with all proceeds going to the Ruby Fire Brigade.
It is open to members and non members, but bookings are essential.
Those who cannot come along are welcome to make a donation at
Darren said he considers participating in the Stair Climb an honour.
To participate in such a worthy cause is an honour. Not only are we getting the discussion about mental illness happening amongst our firefighters, we get to work on our own physical fitness, which is critical for us as emergency responders, h...


WSC assigns leadership team "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Secondary College established its leadership team this term.
For the past 18 months, campus and college principal positions have been temporarily filled.
Darren Parker was recently confirmed as college principal, with Marg ODonnell now the campus principal at McBride.
Marg ODonnell has been the acting campus principal for the past 18 months and will now continue the role officially, Mr Parker said.
(Ms ODonnell) has a wealth experience, particularly in the areas of student welfare.
Wonthaggi Secondary College has also developed two new assistant principal roles.
Leith Cummins is filling the post of assistant campus principal at Dudley.
Ms Cummins has joined the Wonthaggi Secondary College leadership team from Leongatha Secondary College.
At McBride, Phil Hughes will be the assistant campus principal.
This role means the assistant principals will be in charge of the curriculum. (Ms Cummins) has extensive experience in this from her time at Leongatha Secondary College. She has great knowledge in areas such as student management, support, and teaching and learning development, Mr Parker said.
(Mr Hughes) is in a similar role, and has long served Wonthaggi Secondary College on different levels. He has extensive experience in campus management, as he has been a year level coordinator for several years.
Ross Bramley will continue his role as campus principal at Dudley.
Mr Parker said the settlement of the leadership has come in perfect timing.
We have our new school on the way and our numbers continue to grow. We are currently sitting at around 1350 students, he said.
It is an exciting time for the college and we are looking forward to working together.
Business manager Steve Plumb, finance manager Ange Williams and HR manager Nancy Crishmanich round out the Wonthaggi Secondary College leadership team.

College leaders: Wonthaggi Secondary College recently settled on its leadership team. Pictured back from left is Dudley campus principal Ross Bramley and college principal Darren Parker, and front from left is HR manager Nancy Crismanich, Dudley assistant campus principal Leith Cummins and McBride campus principal Marg ODonnell. Absent: business manager Steve Plumb, finance...


Lennon story takes to stage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A ONE act play festival offers audience members a great variety of relatively short plays in a friendly theatrical competition with awards and cash prizes for the actors.
It also provides an opportunity for locals to see new works written and performed by emerging theatre-makers while sampling from a smorgasbord of wonderful theatrical talent.
There are usually about four plays in a session and people are welcome to come and go between the plays, stay for a whole session or see every play in the entire festival.
FAMDA will be hosting its eighteenth one act play festival at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26.
The South Gippsland One Act Play Festival has grown to become one of the biggest festivals of its type in Victoria thanks to sponsorship provided by the Toora Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.
South Gippslanders are invited to make the most of the chance to enjoy some or all of the huge variety of plays on offer at a friendly festival with great entertainment, good company, good heating and good old fashioned hospitality with seating in a combination of cabaret and concert styles.
The Young Players Festival will kick off proceedings at 10am Saturday with performers from as far afield as Phillip Island and Bairnsdale with extra local input from Koonwarra Village School and Foster Primary School.
The main festival offers 15 plays divided into four sessions with a program specially designed to have something local, something regional and a Melbourne play in each session.
One play featuring a huge amount of local flavour is called The Day They Shot John Lennon, set in New York on Monday, December 8, 1980 as thousands of people gathered outside Lennons apartment and in Central Park opposite to mark  the moment.
In this short play by James McLure we are reminded of the feeling and spirit of the times. Imagine all the people living life in peace and Make love, not war were the slogans of the day.
Nine characters on the street reflect on the impact of John Lennon and the Beatles on their lives, providing the audience with amusing and heartwarming conversations.
The local flavour comes with actors who have performed previously with FAMDA, Leongatha Lyric, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and/or MoArtz from Moe.
Three teenagers, played by Danielle Strini, Will Thatcher and Kate Hayes, look to their futures, two single professionals (Julie Strini and Denis McGrath) are looking for love, a lonely old man, played by Chris Pappas, reaches out to a young black kid (Chenneth Weeraratne), while two damaged Vietnam vets (Mark Ebit and Carmelo Pereras) are making a living on the streets.
The Day They Shot John Lennon, directed by Sue Lindsay, will get an airing at the Anglesea One Act Play Festival on August 18 before its staging at the South Gippsland One Act Play Festival....


Burra brewing new business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Burra Brewery was officially opened on Saturday, drawing a huge crowd from near and far, all keen for a taste of what the new Korumburra business has to offer.
Bar manager and part owner Narelle Jones said the idea for the brewery was born on a golf trip around four years ago.
After a lot of planning, the building started and 18 months later, the brewery was officially opened for business.
We have 10 taps in the bar, including four of our own beers, local wine from Loch, coffee from Wonthaggi, Gippsland Jersey milk and we have kombucha here as well, Mrs Jones said.
Mrs Jones said the brewery also serves wood fired pizza and there are plans to install new ovens in the future, to enable them to serve other bar food as well.
The brewery was officially opened by Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien.
I met with Danny around a year ago and asked him if he would open the brewery then. We just wanted to have a local representative here to do the honours, Mrs Jones said.
All the brewing of Burra Brewery beer is done onsite by head brewer Phill Dempster, who makes a light summer ale, a mid strength golden ale, a pale ale and a dark ale.
We have a 1500 litre, three vessel system with 9000 litres of fermenting space, he said.
In the process, we use Australian grain which we crush to develop different flavoured beers. We then boil the end product and add hops.
Mr Dempster said brewing time is around six hours, followed by around 10 days of fermentation.
We have our own beer on tap, as well as several guest taps, which we will use to support other craft breweries as well, he said.
The brewery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am, in Commercial Street.

Now open: from left, owners of the newly opened Burra Brewery include Kim Nicholas, Luke Jones, Anthony Dempster, Narelle Jones, Phill Dempster and Ange Dempster, who were joined by Gippsland South MP Danny OBrien for the official opening on Saturday.


Tourism boost is music to Bass Coasts ears "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MUSIC is driving more people into South Gippsland.
For the last 12 years, the Hills Are Alive Group has generated tourism to the Krowera hinterland with music festivals, resulting in an economic boost.
Now the group is looking to take a step forward to target a new demographic of music lovers.
Operators of the Hills Are Alive Group Rhett and Aidan McLaren met with Bass Coast Shire Council at last Wednesdays community connection session to discuss ongoing support for new events.
Whilst the McLarens have a number of ideas in the pipeline, they pitched an idea for a single day sunset festival, which could showcase local wine, cheese and produce.
Hills Are Alive has been going for 12 years now. People who used to come out to it are older and might have children, but still love to come out and see live music. We think theres lots of potential here, Aidan said.
The McLarens said they would also like to work with council to boost its 2035 Visitor Economy Strategy.
Their festivals have been generating visitor numbers for years.
According to surveys collated by the group, 27 percent of patrons said they visited South Gippsland for the first time to attend a Hills event, and 71 percent of patrons said they would return to South Gippsland.
In 2017, 500 people travelled interstate for a Hills event.
Per year, an approximate total of $355,000 is spent within a 50 kilometre radius of the festival site the McLarens family farm over the two main events; the Hills Are Alive Festival and NYE on the Hill.
The McLarens also co-own and operate Unify a festival held in Tarwin Lower which has quickly gained momentum; the number of patrons has soared from 3000 to 8000 in the past three years.
Rhett and Aidan had former careers as an engineer and a teacher respectively, but have taken on music management full time in the last six years and have worked with some well respected artists on a global scale.
The Hills festivals have also given them a reason to move back to the area.
During its run, the festivals have attracted respected artists to South Gippsland.
I guess it (Hills Are Alive) has become known as a tastemaker event. Five artists who have played at the event have number one records and sell out stadiums around the world. It has become one of those special events they play through their careers, Aidan said.
Aidan said the festivals are backed with incredible community support, with many local groups pitching in to ensure success at the festivals, and around 300 volunteers across both events.
Council congratulated the group for its contribution to the community.


Erosion could cost tourists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCHS erosion woes may impact its tourism economy.
More sand is being pushed from the surf beach end into the inlet, and the lack of rainfall means there is less water in the Tarwin River to flush the sand out. As a result, boating could become more difficult, affecting an entire tourism cohort.
Wonthaggis Aileen Vening said the issue points to sea level rise.
We are seeing more sand shifting and more rocks exposed over the Inverloch beach; its not going to stop, she said.
Its a big concern and it indicates the serious impact of sea level rise. However, government at all levels will not talk about climate change.
The Inverloch Surf Beach was hit with storm activity recently and resulting erosion forced the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Clubs patrol tower to be moved again.
There is a usually a beach berm here where people can stay dry. Theres no dry spot now, so people are going to go somewhere else. This is going to affect the tourists, Ms Vening said.
She suggested the patrol tower should be mobile, so the club could continue to patrol the beach if the beach was no longer a safe option. She is also concerned about unstable cliffs.
Bass Coast Shire Councils manager sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma said, Council has organised for an excavator to chip the tops of the sand cliffs that have formed where possible to reinstate the access tracks to the foreshore area. In the short term, signs have been placed along the foreshore area and access tracks to warn people to not place themselves at risk and causing more damage, Ms Griepsma said.
Spring is a season of generally mild weather, which can allow a fair bit of sand to build back up and enable us to implement the sand re-nourishing project, reducing the risk before summer.
Council is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to determine short and long term options for Inverlochs beach. Coastal monitoring works have commenced.
Council has identified coastal erosion as one of its top 10 advocacy priorities. This involves advocating for technical and financial assistance from State and Federal governments to install, renew and maintain coastal infrastructure assets to protect public assets.
The adoption of councils Natural Environment Strategy will be discussed at councils ordinary meeting on August 15.


Arrest turmoil "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN INTERNAL police investigation is underway into the arrest of a man in Wonthaggi that left the man and police with injuries.
Police have been accused by a witness in other media reports of using excessive force during the arrest of the man, who became aggressive after an epileptic seizure.
The Star has been told the man was placed in an induced coma at Wonthaggi Hospital due to a medical condition before being airlifted to St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne.
The police unit responsible for investigating police, the Professional Standards Command, is now overseeing an investigation into how police conducted the arrest.
The Star has been told the Wonthaggi man experienced a seizure in Graham Street, Wonthaggi at 3.25pm on Monday, August 6 and became aggressive towards a motorist and punched the vehicles window.
He was then reportedly aggressive towards police who attempted to subdue him with capsicum spray, which did little to calm him. More police became involved and police eventually brought the man to the ground. He sustained a head injury during the arrest and the hands of police were bitten during the ordeal.
The man was taken to Wonthaggi Hospital by ambulance and later flown to St Vincents. He was discharged on Tuesday, August 7.
The Star has been told the man is known to police.
Police Media issued this statement, Police in Wonthaggi were called to a collision between a car and pedestrian on August 6 in Graham Street. On arrival they found a male acting aggressively, pounding on the car windscreen.
Police attempted to subdue the male and capsicum spray was deployed. The male was later conveyed to Wonthaggi Hospital. Professional Standards Command will oversee the investigation.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari became involved after initially thinking someone had been hit by a car. He described the incident as tragic.
I ran to see if he needed help, and there were four or five other people around as well, he said.
As it turned out, the man was having an epileptic seizure. I dialled triple zero.
His mother was there and said her son could become quite aggressive when he came out of these episodes. When he came to, he was agitated and disoriented. He got to his feet and became quite angry. He started punching cars, yelling and walking up the street.
The problem was it was pick up time from the schools. There were a lot of school children around walking home and some of them did become quite distressed.
The police arrived and had to detain him. They wrestled him to the ground, but I didnt see anymore. Thats as far as I followed the incident because I went back to work. I didnt find out until later that he was severely injured.
It was an unfortunate situation and I dont know if there was any other way the police couldve handled it; I wa...


WA Liberal Opposition Leader Vows To Defund Safe Schools If Elected "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Liberal Party of Western Australia has pledged to pull funding from the states Safe Schools LGBTIQ anti-bullying program and redirect it towards rural education if elected. WA Opposition Leader Mike Nahan (pictured) told his partys state conference the program would be defunded so as to keep regional schools in the state open, ABC News ...

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Council eyes future of Coal Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE vexed question of what to do with Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra returned to the council chamber last Wednesday.
South Gippsland Shire councillors took part in a workshop to discuss ideas for the future direction of the park, which people tend to either adore or believe costs council too much money, mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said.
Council will spend $412,994 on Coal Creek during 2018-19, towards keeping the park operating.
The park is a replica village of life in South Gippsland from the 1870s to 1920s, and is run by council staff and volunteers, used by community groups and houses a significant collection of artefacts.
In recent years, Coal Creek, through park coordinator Rowena Ashley, has held successful and unique events that have drawn visitors from across South Gippsland and beyond. The most recent such event, a heritage craft day on August 5, was well attended and featured rides on the steam train, Count Strzelecki.
Councillors are expected to receive a report about possible opportunities for Coal Creek from council officers at a future meeting.
Cr Brunt said while the current events and activities at the park were supported, she hinted at the prospect of change at the park.
When you stay stagnant, these places, they lose their appeal, she said.
Cr Brunt said the council officers report would put some options on the table.
Should we be doing more events or less events, or should we be looking at whether we back it up with more money or put in less money, she said.
The prospect of a school camp in the lower section of the park has been discussed for many years, but has not progressed further.
That is something Cr Don Hill would like to change.
It is possible to develop a school camp in conjunction with private industry and raise a sizable sum for ratepayers without cutting services, he said.
I believe there is support to investigate this proposal.
Cr Brunt said while Coal Creek was a service council provided, it was not a money making feature and volunteers, who run such attractions as a general store at the park, were stretched.
Its deciding what Coal Creek is, whether it is a park or a museum, she said.
A lot of our community uses it and it is a pleasant place. Its kept in such a pristine condition.
We have to get it known more as a community asset right across the shire and encourage people from across the shire to use it.
But with things like swimming pools, it does cost money.
As for the amount of funding council gives to Coal Creek, the mayor said, Weve pulled it back as far as we can without impacting the safety of the facility and keeping with occupational health and safety standards.


Virtual reality helps fight fires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VIRTUAL reality screens and equipment was set up at the Leongatha Fire Station on Sunday, to give volunteers the opportunity to try out the new training technology.
The equipment gave volunteers the opportunity to experience what it is like to combat fires in a range of scenarios, particularly beneficial to smaller, isolated brigades.
CFA computer simulation specialist Aaron Stockton said the virtual reality training tools gave volunteers an opportunity to experience training scenarios that werent easily replicated in a live environment.
Using virtual reality, we are able to replicate a scenario and put the volunteers into it and then use that as a discussion point, he said.
It really immerses the user in the scenario, which can be a more effective way of learning.
Mr Stockton said the technology allowed volunteers to be put in situations that cant be replicated in a live environment easily.
The other benefit is the training tools are portable. We can bring them to brigades, which you cant do with a live environment, he said.
Training officer from Yanakie CFA Mark Wrigley said having access to new technology like virtual reality could be a way to encourage more people to join the organisation.
South Gippsland Group of Brigades group officer Walter Aich said the virtual reality scenarios gave a level of realism to training.
He said the virtual reality training provided a safe way for volunteers to get a feel of what would normally be a more dangerous situation.
It is certainly a good way to introduce people to training, he said.
Mr Aich said the upcoming fire season could be impacted by relatively low levels of soil moisture.
He said East Gippsland fire restrictions could come in as early as September 1.
While the grass looks green, there is a very serious soil moisture deficit, particularly in forested areas and the northern slopes are likely to dry out quickly, he said.
Having said that, the last two seasons have been ordinary and we managed to get away without too many serious incidents.

Great tool: CFA operations manager Mick Harris and South Gippsland Group of Brigades group officer Walter Aich tried out the virtual reality training system, Flaim, at the Leongatha CFA Station on Sunday.


Respect women, demands MP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS MLA Brian Paynter is shining a spotlight on mens violence against women.
Bass Coasts family violence incident rate is 50 percent higher than the state average.
Following the murder of Cowes mother of three Samantha Fraser, Mr Paynter spoke about the prevention of family violence in parliament. Ms Fraser was farewelled by 400 people at a funeral on Friday.
Mr Paynter said whilst he wholly endorsed the establishment of agencies like Respect Victoria and more safe houses for women, the conversation about respectful relationships needs to start much early.
Its 2018, and here we are talking about mens violence against women, he said.
It saddens me that we are still needing to talk about basic respect for everyone in the community, and that we are still needing to talk about mens need for self control and their tendency to take out their frustration against women.
Mr Paynter said he has had to give his daughters unfair warnings to protect their safety.
I am a father in a society where I have to warn my daughters to be careful where they park, to be careful catching taxis, and be careful when out at night so they dont get their drinks spiked. We advised our youngest daughter not to go for an early morning jog; its too dangerous, he said.
I speak to my friends, and ask the ones who have sons if they have given them the same precautions. Of course, the answer is no.
Im actually tired of hearing it referred to as family violence. I think it covers up the real issue.
Mr Paynter said there are small things the community could do now, but only a change of attitude will end the problem.
We could put CCTV on the (San Remo) bridge. That could help police with tracking, but its not going to play a significant role in ending violence, he said.
A womens refuge would be greatly beneficial in emergency situations, but most would prefer to be in their own homes.
We need to find a new approach to address mens attitudes and behaviours. At a young age, they reach a point in their development where they learn a sense of entitlement, which can turn into violent perpetration over time. We need to develop ways to promote a sense of equality in men.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield and Mr Paynter would like to see the Together We Can initiative implemented in Bass Coast. This initiative is already used by Cardinia Shire Council.
From what we can see from Cardinia shire, there have been some pretty good results. It is a multi faceted approach, and wed need to do a bit more research, but it includes things like an education program, Cr Rothfield said.
Cr Rothfield said council is encouraging more local businesses to become White Ribbon accredited. She is also working with the Phillip Island/San Remo Rotary Club to develop community initiatives to help prevent f...


Massive Ewingsdale medical centre rubber stamped by JRPP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Architects plan of the medical centre approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel. Image supplied

A large medical centre on the corner of McGettigans Lane and Ewingsdale Road has been approved by the Joint Regional Planning panel (JRPP).

To alert the public of the meeting which was to decide upon the huge development, an ad was placed in The Byron News classifieds last week.

The proposal would see medical and specialist consulting rooms, a day theatre, pharmacy, 12 overnight stay units, cafe and basement and ground-level parking are all estimated to cost $8m.

JRPP chair Gary West, a former NSW National Party MP, told The Echo that it will be approved in two stages, which includes an upgrade of the intersection, located near a crest and Byron Central Hospital.

West told The Echo the plans would minimise the traffic burden.

When The Echo asked how minimising traffic impacts would improve an already gridlocked and overburdened road, Mr West said, Listen, Im not going to get into a debate about that now. I have a meeting to go to.

The Echo previously reported that the developers traffic consultants admit this proposal could generate 686 new traffic movements on an already overburdened road.

The traffic consultants also admit their report does include the caveat that there is widespread variation observed in the base data, and consequently the average rates cannot be relied upon for accurately predicting the trip generation at a particular facility.

To mitigate unmanageable traffic, the proponents say restrictions to hours of operation will limit traffic impacts.

It reads, The proposed restrictions would see the consultation rooms and pharmacy not opening until 9.30am on weekdays to avoid the am peak (8.159.15am) on the adjacent road network, while these same land uses would also be closed between 2 and 4pm (between 2.30 and 4pm for the pharmacy) to avoid impacts on the pm peak (34pm) in particular.

An ASIC search reveals the owners of applicant Brunsmed Pty Ltd are Victorian-based Joel, Gary and John Wertheimer.

While councils are generally the determining authority for developments, the NSW government appointed JRPP determine DAs over $20m. Specialist health facilities such as this have a lower threshold. T...


Watch us interview Australias Biggest Def Leppard Fan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rock legends Def Leppard are gracing our sandy shores this November to perform Hysteria in full, bringing hits like Pour Some Sugar On Me and Love Bites to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Hysteria is of course the record that followed the horrific injuries to drummer Rick Allen in a car crash, which cost him his arm and almost his career. Released four years on from Def Leppards third LP Pyromania, the long-awaited follow-up shot straight to #1 around the world, as Allen miraculously taught himself to play one-handed.

We put the call out to our faithful Tone Deaf readers in search of Australias Biggest Def Leppard Fan, hoping for a passionate music fan with a lot of love for Def Leppard. And we most certainly found them. Stuart from the central coast kindly invited us over to ask him all about his love for music, and his incredible collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs and other memorabilia. Check it out below:

WATCH: Australias Biggest Def Leppard Fan


Australia's Biggest Def Leppard fan

We searched far and wide for someone to bestow this prestigious title upon, and would now like to introduce you to Australia's Biggest Def Leppard Fan, Stuart!

Tone Deaf

Def Leppard 2018 Australian tour

Tickets are on sale now via Live Nation

Friday November 2
Perth Arena



In which the pond rides the bomb with Barners ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was something wondrous about that reptile juxtaposition of splashes - Dame Groan still maintaining her dinkum clean Oz coal, oi, oi, oi, what climate science? ways and attitudes - but to be fair, she was busy in all sorts of areas, matching Bob Carr's assiduous work for the Chinese government

If only Bob had done as much work for NSW infrastructure, we might have been spared the mess known as Gladys unless of course you really did want to know how many holes it takes to fill Sydney's CBD ...

But the reptiles' climate science denialism had once more been raised, and it made the pond wonder whether it should follow Barners down the rabbit hole

After a wave of nostalgia for that scorched earth look - oh how the pond misses the mighty trickle known as the Peel - the pond noticed that the wags were out in force


Farmers and foreign aid "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ive never been very fond of billboards. I dont appreciate having advertisers with clear vested interests offering me unsolicited life advice as I walk down the street. I dont like the fact that the majority of spaces of public art in our city are offered to the highest bidder to sell their products. Im not that keen at the moment on having Clive Palmers Trump impersonation leering down at me every time I turn a corner.

Still, its rare that a billboard affects me so strongly that I swear out loud to no one in particular as I ride home. Yet thats what I did the other night. It was one of those rotating digital billboards, and one of the things it shows are selected messages people send to the billboard company. And on this occasion the sign flashed up asking Why only give our farmers $12K to help but send more than $2billion overseas in aid?

Now I should say here that I absolutely support drought relief payments to farmers. I grew up in rural Australia during the famous Millenium Drought, so I have some understanding of how droughts affect farmers in a way they have no power over. I still travel often to rural areas so have been following this drought over the last couple of years. At the start of this year for my radio show I interviewed climate scientist Andrew King about the drought. So at first I was glad that over the last month the concerns of rural Australia were finally making national news. Unfortunately, since then the commentary has taken a turn for the worse.

See, I also take quite an interest in foreign aid. Growing up through the era of the alter-globalisation and Make Povery History movements; a big part of my political education was learning about global poverty its effects and its causes. My first political activism was volunteering for an overseas development organisation. This has been of enduring influence for me my choice to live simply and sustainably is partly motivated by an awareness of the limited resources we have to go around the worlds population; and that knowledge helps keep in perspective whatever difficulties I personally face that very useful three word slogan first world problems.

It has been with a disconsolate heart that I have watched Australias foreign aid budget reduced every year since the election of Tony Abbott in 2013. The United Nations in 1970 passed a resolution that developed economies would aim to to pay 0.7% of gross domestic product in overseas aid. Today half a dozen countries have lived up to that promise. Australias contribution got as high as 0.47% in 1974, but has now declined to its lowest ever point at 0.22%.

There are many reasons to pay foreign aid   in your own int...


Could Mullums old hydro plant run again? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L to R: Parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin, energy minister Don Harwin, COREM project manager Svea Pitman and primary industries minister Niall Blair.

A mini hydro plant, dating back to 1926, took a step towards being bought back to life after Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) received a $20,000 grant from the NSW Government last week.

COREM will now undertake a pre-feasibility study to investigate whether the Essential Energy owned Mullumbimby Hydro Power Station can be switched back on.

Last week Energy Minister Hon Don Harwin visited the Mullumbimby hydro power station and Lavertys Gap weir with COREM Project Manager Svea Pitman.

Also in attendance were primary industries minister Niall Blair and renewable energy secretary Ben Franklin.

Having both Ministers on site was an enormous show of support for this project from the NSW Government and COREM is thrilled to have minister Blairs interest in this innovative and historically significant project, Ms Pitman said.

COREM is very excited to receive this support from the NSW government. We are in a great position with this project with nearly all the original hydro infrastructure still in place. The weir and race currently provide the town water supply to Mullumbimby and the original turbines are on site at the old power house which is adjacent to the Mullumbimby sub-station, she added.

We are working with all the key stakeholders including Essential Energy, Byron Shire Council, renewable energy secretary Ben Franklin and the NSW government.

There are some regulatory barriers around access to water however the weir was originally constructed for the hydro so we are hopeful these can be overcome. With this funding we will be able to ascertain if the project can progress further, she said.

Congratulating COREM on the grant, Mr Franklin said they are not only creating economic benefits for the whole North Coast, but theyre also doing their bit for the environment. That is why we are providing this extra support to ensure they can continue to grow and expand their great work.

The entire hydro site...



Supporting locals, youth, and women in music

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018 at the Byron Bay Brewery for its second year.

The brand new local festival is impressing audience and industry alike with its two-day line up.

Organisers have deliberately put a focus this year on highlighting emerging and local talent, especially our young musicians, and women in music.


Festival Director Nick Sergi says, Diversity in the workplace is paramount across industries. It is finally being recognised in the mainstream conversation that women deserve their place on and off stage and deserve to be recognised for their talents and hard work. Half our festival crew are women, half our population is female, its pretty obvious that we should be working toward a larger representation of our population on stage,

Nick goes on to say Looking at history there are not many women celebrated for their guitar playing. Countless women have been and are brilliant players, but just not recognised for it. Guitar has traditionally been seen as a mans instrument. If you Google 100 Best guitarists of all time, I think theres only 2 women on that list, which is ridiculous. If our festival can be a platform, however small, to help shift that perception and change the conversation a bit, then Im very happy to do that.

BBGF is proud to present on this years line-up, a diverse array of female representation across several genres including Dallas Frasca, Hussy Hicks, Minnie Marks, Legs Electric, Tullara, When Hawk Met Sparrow, and performers from Byron Bay High School (still to be announced).


As well as featuring a predominantly Australian bill, Nick is also passionate about supporting local talent ensuring plenty of local representation on the bill with artists including Jeff Martin, Andy Jans-Brown and Cozmic, Hussy Hicks, Dan Hannaford, Nathan Kaye, and more.


With the latest announcement comes a pint-sized discovery sure to blow the audiences mind. BBGF 2018 will feature a performance from nine year-old prodigy Taj Farrant, who hails from the NSW Cent...


Call for independent inquiry into Byron hospital death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Labor has renewed its calls for an immediate independent inquiry into the resourcing and capacity of mental health units and services across NSW after the avoidable death of a patient in a NSW health facility on the North Coast.

Yesterday Echonetdaily revealed that a 50-year-old man with Down syndrome died at Byron Central Hospital from hypothermia after he wandered outside through an unlocked door at the hospital on July 28.

The matter is now the subject of a police investigation and it is likely to be the subject of a coronial inquiry.

But Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord has called for a wide inquiry into the resourcing and capacity of our states mental health units especially on the states North Coast.

There is a major crisis in confidence in the community about the Berejiklian governments ability to look after the most vulnerable, he said.

Shadow mental health minister Tania Mihailuk said the NSW mental health system was lurching from crisis to crisis.

There are serious questions to be asked and need to be answered by the Berejiklian government.

The information emerging from the latest matter is truly heart-breaking and our heart-felt sympathies go out to the family, she said.

However, Wayne Jones, chief executive of Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) says that there were no mental health patients in the hospitals general inpatient unit at the time of this tragic incident.

It is important to note that Mr Forrest had not ever been a patient of the sub-acute mental health unit at Byron Central Hospital, said Mr Jones.

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The Coffee Roaster "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coffee The 21st Century Elixir.


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Yes, yes its true! Time and time again we hear that coffee helps you live longer.

But it doesnt stop there Reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimers.

Weve rounded up 9 articles with the hows and whys; 

1) Nine studies suggests increasing coffee consumption may substantially reduce the risk of cirrhosis

2) Coffee consumption associated with 10% lower risk of all cause mortality

3) High intakes of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea is associated with reduced risk of diabetes

4) Coffee drinking is associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer, endometrial cancer

5) This study found a trend towards a protective effect of caffeine on the brain and reducing Alzheimers 

6) Another study suggest that caffeine intake may be a protective factor for Alzheimers disease

7) Studies of three large cohorts s...


Driver avoids injury "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN 81 year old Berrys Creek woman was transported to Leongatha Hospital for observation after her car left the road and hit a tree last Wednesday.
Leading Senior Constable Ian Bruhn from Wonthaggi Police said it appeared the driver lost control of her car on a right hand bend, while travelling along Holmes Road near Berrys Creek.
He said the driver didnt suffer apparent injuries, but was taken by ambulance to Leongatha Hospital as a precaution.
The driver said she had no recollection of the incident, however did manage to phone 000 after the incident.
The vehicle was extensively damaged and was towed from the scene.
Dumbalk CFA and Mirboo North Road Rescue Unit crews also attended the scene.

Lucky escape: the driver of this car was lucky to escape serious injury last Wednesday. The 81 year old woman from Berrys Creek lost control on Holmes Road in Berrys Creek and hit a tree after going over an embankment.


Gatha cash chase "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHAS peak business group would welcome secretariat support from South Gippsland Shire Council, similar to the service council now provides to the Korumburra Round Table.

The newly rebadged Leongatha Business Association, formerly the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has rejected a process now underway by council to gauge the communitys interest in forming a round table type network in Leongatha, like the Korumburra Round Table.

Business association president Brenton Williams said, If they (council) gave us the secretariat support that the Korumburra Round Table receives, then we could do heaps more.

Council provides approximately one day per month of officer time to the role, equating to approximately $3600 over a year.

The business association was not represented at a council meeting held last Thursday night to consult the public about its interest in a new Leongatha network.

However its not just the association that is not interested, with just three members of the public attending, outnumbered by the five councillors and council staff present.

Mr Williams said a new network was not needed in Leongatha as the business association was already working with many groups and was integral to the Leongatha Daffodil and Dairy Street Festival on Saturday, September 1.

At the moment the daffodil festival is dealing with 20 different groups and the business association liaises with Rotary, Lions and all the other service groups as well, so it is pointless to do what we are doing, but with shire funding, he said.

Mr Williams pondered if a new network would erect Christmas decorations in Leongatha each year and run the daffodil festival roles now undertaken by business association and other volunteers. He said association secretary Jodie Clarkson dedicates at least three hours a week to her volunteer role.

The business association is going really strong at the moment. We are having our first networking meeting next month where we will invite people and put on food and drinks, and a guest speaker, Mr Williams said.

We are kicking a few goals at the moment.

Councils community strengthening coordinator Ned Dennis said council has provided secretariat support for the Korumburra Round Table since its inception more than three years ago.

This assistance has been provided as the round table was initiated by council, with the express advice to the groups invited to form the round table that council would provide this support, he said.

The expectation has been that the round table would take over this function once well established, and whilst the time required from a council officer to play this role has reduced significantly ov...


Arts Wednesday 15 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Astrophysicist, Professor Geraint Lewis, is back for another series, this one entitled:The Science of Science Fiction. Episode 1 this week at 10:40 am, looks at the Science of Fiction.

My special guest at 11:00 am is education expert Chris Bonner, who joined me in conversation about equity and education. At a time when there is serious concern about the amount of  government funding to wealthy private schools, we discussed what is fair and how fairest models can be achieved.

Music draws on both of these conversations, starting and finishing with science fiction and education in the middle.

I look forward to your company!

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Jade Mirabito Wins $10,000 Grant For Gold Coast Headspace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gold Coast counsellor Jade Mirabito has been awarded a $10,000 grant through the Westfield Local Heroes program to allow mental health organisation headspace to support more young LGBTIQ people on the Gold Coast. The Westfield Local Heroes program recognises individuals whose work promotes social well-being and harmony across family, youth opportunity and inclusion. The program ...

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APRadio latest podcast 14 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Patriot Radio
Harry Palmer- Features in todays APRadio podcast the China takeover of our now gone manufacturing, expertise in industry and now take our money to purchase the food and goods we once manufactured.. Harry and Mike discuss the Turnbull $444million to the Great Barrie Reef cartel patroned by his wife Lucy with a crooked merchant banker They cover the ADF now in the pink-  a laugh at association of Turnbull with Shorten in a pub together..

Listen to this podcast [...


Why Some Transgender People Have Adopted The Lobster Emoji As Their Symbol "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Transgender advocates frustrated by the lack of a blue, white and pink trans flag emoji have claimed the new lobster emoji as their own. A group named Lobsters Against Transphobia launched an online petition earlier this month to call for the creation of a transgender flag emoji by Unicode, the company behind the emojis used ...

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Excellence award for Wonthaggi builder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI firm DAS Constructions has won the Regional Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) Award at the Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards held in Melbourne.
Their work on Newhaven Colleges Senior Learning Centre and Specialist Facility was completed to the highest level of accuracy, and within a short timeframe, requiring the coordination of trades to provide the complex fire-safety, data and electrical requirements and services.
The colleges Senior Learning Centre features classrooms, common and locker areas, a senior student lounge, lecture theatres, a lift and outdoor student areas at the front and the back of the new building.
The Specialist Facility features science laboratories and classrooms including an arts room, makers room, storage facilities staff rooms and special breakout areas.
Each building was constructed of steel with angled tilt panels to the base, Equitone cladding, and metal facade to fascias.
Metal louvers were also used at the front facade of both buildings and were designed for both aesthetic and shade purposes, produced off-site and assembled within a millimetres tolerance on site.
Its a project that reveals its many merits on the inside, leaving the exterior to play a supporting role to the sky and landscape, which are so much a part of the experience of living in that part of Victoria, Radley de Silva, MBAV CEO, said.
Dale Sartori, managing Director of DAS Constructions, and David Butt who was business manager at Newhaven College during the project, accepted the award on behalf of all contributors to the project.
We are very proud of this achievement, Mr Sartori said.
It was a massive journey to be able to deliver this project on time and on budget in just 13 months from when the project was awarded until its completion. David Butt from Newhaven College and also Vivek Matthews from Hayball Pty Ltd (project architects) were able to make quick decisions and provide timely answers to keep the project flowing.
A project like Newhaven College provides massive benefit to our local community. Significant local suppliers involved in the project included Plumbers Now, Williams and Burns (air conditioning), Shanks Electrical, Capeview Mitre 10 and Bowens Hardware and many of the contractors own children attend the school, including my own daughter.
DAS Constructions 17 year history with Newhaven College was acknowledged by college principal Gea Lovell.
We are very proud to be associated with DAS Constructions that has deservedly won this prestigious award, she said.
While it is significant that our Senior Learning Centre and Specialist Facility have been recognised for their design and construction, it is even more significant that they are meeting our expectations in providing students with outstanding environments in which to learn.



Tourism boost is music to Bass Coasts ears "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MUSIC is driving more people into South Gippsland.
For the last 12 years, the Hills Are Alive Group has generated tourism to the Krowera hinterland with music festivals, resulting in an economic boost.
Now the group is looking to take a step forward to target a new demographic of music lovers.
Operators of the Hills Are Alive Group Rhett and Aidan McLaren met with Bass Coast Shire Council at last Wednesdays community connection session to discuss ongoing support for new events.
Whilst the McLarens have a number of ideas in the pipeline, they pitched an idea for a single day sunset festival, which could showcase local wine, cheese and produce.
Hills Are Alive has been going for 12 years now. People who used to come out to it are older and might have children, but still love to come out and see live music. We think theres lots of potential here, Aidan said.
The McLarens said they would also like to work with council to boost its 2035 Visitor Economy Strategy.
Their festivals have been generating visitor numbers for years.
According to surveys collated by the group, 27 percent of patrons said they visited South Gippsland for the first time to attend a Hills event, and 71 percent of patrons said they would return to South Gippsland.
In 2017, 500 people travelled interstate for a Hills event.
Per year, an approximate total of $355,000 is spent within a 50 kilometre radius of the festival site the McLarens family farm over the two main events; the Hills Are Alive Festival and NYE on the Hill.
The McLarens also co-own and operate Unify a festival held in Tarwin Lower which has quickly gained momentum; the number of patrons has soared from 3000 to 8000 in the past three years.
Rhett and Aidan had former careers as an engineer and a teacher respectively, but have taken on music management full time in the last six years and have worked with some well respected artists on a global scale.
The Hills festivals have also given them a reason to move back to the area.
During its run, the festivals have attracted respected artists to South Gippsland.
I guess it (Hills Are Alive) has become known as a tastemaker event. Five artists who have played at the event have number one records and sell out stadiums around the world. It has become one of those special events they play through their careers, Aidan said.
Aidan said the festivals are backed with incredible community support, with many local groups pitching in to ensure success at the festivals, and around 300 volunteers across both events.
Council congratulated the group for its contribution to the community.


Tonightly With Tom Ballard Axed By The ABC After 12 Months "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Comedian Tom Ballards talk show Tonightly has been axed, the ABC has announced. The ABC said in a statement that Tonightly With Tom Ballard wouldnt be renewed and will air its last episode on September 7. Host Tom Ballard said that it had been an honour and a privilege to host the show, even though ...

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Driver reaches 100km/h on wrong side of road in school zone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have arrested an unlicensed driver from Queensland, who they allege reached speeds of more 100km/h in Lismore yesterday (August 13) and drove through a school zone on the wrong side of the road.

At 3:30pm they attempted to stop a vehicle on Casino street Lismore but when the vehicle accelerated away they initiated a pursuit.

Owing to the drivers allegedly dangerous behavior, police terminated the pursuit.

A short time later the vehicle was found abandoned in Cook Street.

The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old Coomera (QLD) man, was arrested a short distance away.

He was found to be in possession of a flick knife and returned a positive reading for alcohol.

The man was taken to Lismore Police station where it was discovered he was a disqualified driver with an outstanding warrant.

He was charged with police pursuit, driving furiously, driving while disqualified, being over .05 and possessing a prohibited weapon.

He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.


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People Arent Happy A Straight Actor Is Playing Disneys First Openly Gay Character "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Disney is facing backlash online after news broke that comedian and actor Jack Whitehall had been cast as Disneys first major gay character in upcoming blockbuster Jungle Cruise. Whitehall is reportedly set to portray Disneys first openly gay character in the film, alongside actors Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Emily Blunt. UK newspaper The Sun ...

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Koala spotted on the road at Ewingsdale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A koala has been sighted on the roadside in the vicinity of the Ewingsdale interchange and St Helena Tunnel. (File pic)

Motorists driving into and out of Byron Bay, and in the vicinity of the St Helena Tunnel, have been asked to slow down and keep their eyes open for a koala that is moving around the area.

Susannah Keogh, care co-ordinator for Friends of the Koala, told Echonetdaily their rescue hotline had had four or five calls about it this morning, all which put the koala in a different place.

It was last seen in the approach to the tunnel, near the Ewingsdale roundabout, she added.

Weve still got people out there looking for it.

The Transport Management Centre has reopened the tunnel but Ms Keogh implored motorists to drive carefully and contact the hotline on 6622 1233 if they spotted the Koala.

2017 koala death in tunnel

The appearance of the koala follows footage obtained by the ABC under freedom of information yesterday showing a truck driver running over a koala in the tunnel in 2017 despite explicit instructions to avoid that lane of the tunnel.

According to the ABC, the report said the tunnel operator activated LED signs commanding drivers to stay in the left lane, and then made urgent calls for wildlife rescue volunteers to attend.

The network quoted the rerport as saying that at around 3:00am, The tunnel operators turned on UHF radio to Channel 29 and questioned why the truck driver had disobeyed traffic directions and ran over the animal. [The] truck driver brushed it off stating there is no need to rescue the animal now.



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Sorry IPA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is still having the discussion on the benefits of waste reduction and until recently it was considered economically rational to send semi-trailers full of household and business waste from New South Wales to Queensland to avoid disposal fees. In other parts of the world (even Trumps deepest darkest America) there are companies that demonstrate that minimising

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Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ally Foster

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.

It is the largest mass UFO sighting in Australia, yet hardly anything was reported on it at the time.

Over the years, there have been differing reports about the details of what happened on April 6 at Westall High School, such as people claiming there were three saucerlike objects, while some thought there was just one.

In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.

Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.

An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.

He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him theres a flying saucer outside, Dr. McDonald said.

He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didnt take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.

When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.

Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.

According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.

He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life, Dr. McDonald said.

The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.

Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again a...


Creative Crush: Shireen Taweel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image: from Broken Hill to Campbelltown.  

Shireen Taweels artworks shine. Literally.

Shireen works entirely with copper, using traditional decorative techniques to cut and manipulate these shining sheets of metal into sculptures and installations. Through her artworks, Shireen explores her experiences of being an Australian Muslim of Lebanese decent, and shares ideas of cultural exchange, sacred space and cultural hybridity.

We chatted to Shireen about what shes been up to and her upcoming participation in Campbelltown Art Centres exhibition were all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)


Hey Shireen, how are you! Where are you today?

Im at my Parramatta studio and feeling like Im on a high after finishing a new artwork.

 Image: Shireen Taweel in her Parramatta Artist Studio

Tell us a bit about your practice?

Im an artist who works in sculpture and installation through experimentation with the material copper, most of my projects explore and unpack what is sacred space and notions of cultural hybridity. The processes and concepts I undertake in my work often stem directly from my experiences of being an Australian Muslim of Lebanese decent and how living between cultures and places create spaces of cultural exchange and harmony. Everything I develop in my studio is heavily process driven as I work solely with my two hands; its been amazing like that, the challenges Ive faced throughout developing each of my projects have taken me on a very long and creative journey, each time opening me up to new ideas and approaches to my material copper.

What have you been working on recently?

Ive been experimenting and exploring a new process called chasing for my most recent work from Broken Hill to Campbelltown  its a suspended sculpture made from 99 hand chased copper plates.



1.5 tonnes of illicit weed seized near Grafton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An earlier raid on illegal tobacco crops discovered on a rural property in Katherine, Northern Territory. (AAP Image/Australian Border Force)

The Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) is continuing to disrupt the illicit tobacco market in Australia, this time seizing and destroying 1.5 tonnes of tobacco with a potential excise value of more than $1.3 million from a property near Grafton.

On Saturday, August 11, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) officers attended the property where they located nearly three acres of tobacco being illegally grown. The operation, the second under the ITTF, was conducted with support from the Australian Border Force (ABF) and NSW Police Force.

ATO Assistant Commissioner, Peter Vujanic, said this seizure showed the effectiveness of a cross-agency approach to illegal tobacco.

By working as part of the Illicit Tobacco Taskforce, the ATO is able to more effectively target the criminal syndicates who seek to profit from the sale of illegal tobacco on the black market, Mr Vujanic said.

Every crop we seize and destroy burns another hole in the illegal tobacco trade.

ABF Enforcement Command Assistant Commissioner, Sharon Huey, said the seizure should serve as another warning to the criminal groups involved in this kind of activity.

Cracking down on the illicit tobacco market is a key focus for the ABF and by combining our resources and expertise with that of the ATO and our ITTF partners, we are now disrupting this activity on multiple fronts, Assistant Commissioner Huey said.

Whether its detections at the border, or destroying illicit tobacco crops in regional Australia, we now have the ability to go after these individuals and criminal groups wherever they operate.

Recent estimates from the ATO and the Department of Home Affairs reveal that almost $600 million in tobacco duty was foregone in 2015-16 financial year as a result of the trade in illicit tobacco.

It has been illegal to grow tobacco in Australia for more than a decade, with no licensed tobacco producers growing the crop since 2006.

Since July 2016, the ATO has undertaken 37 seizures totalling 231 tonnes of illicit tobacco with estimated tobacco duty forgone of $194 million.

In the last financial year the ABF also made more tha...


Two Women Sentenced To Caning In Malaysia For Having Gay Sex "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two women in Malaysia have been sentenced to six lashes with a cane after they were arrested for having sex with each other. Police arrested the women, aged 32 and 22, in April for trying to have sex in a car in the state of Terengganu, in the countrys north-west, Pink News reported. Police accused ...

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Creating art can be the ultimate in upcycling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artist Shona Wilson working on her sculpture. Photo supplied

By Prudence Clark

No matter how much of a sceptic you are, its without a doubt that the planet is in trouble. With the onset of global warming, rising sea levels, overfishing, coral bleaching and the enormous amounts of waste generated by Australians every year, the need to take action, or at least become more informed, cant be ignored.

Sails by Marion Geamers. Photo supplied

In order to raise awareness of such issues, this years Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk (BNSW) encompasses all aspects of the environment, from the actual sculptures, to the materials used, to the setting of the exhibition itself.

Sculpture by Lynne Adams made from recycled plastic. Photo supplied

Participating artists Marion Gaemers, Lynnette Griffiths, Lynne Adams and Shona Wilson are offering a masterclass in which you will be guided to create a sculptural form from found objects, recycled or re-useable materials, and natural fibres.

They will also discuss their art practice, reflecting themes of the environment, current ecological issues or highlighting the need for us to conserve, reus...


Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...


Youll be missed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first hint of warm weather is the sign for Eastern Spinebills to cast their gaze south and head for the mountains. Theyve been a welcome feature of our garden again this winter. Ive seen up to three individuals simultaneously enjoying the nectar from various flowering Grevilleas and Correas since late April.

Male Eastern Spinebill, Wyndham Street Newstead, 12th August 2018


America's Problem: Trump Is Married To The Mob "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Trump's Mafia connections have been dogging him for his whole life. Somehow they didn't impress his supporters-- except maybe in Staten Island where Mon connections are considered a plus. Yesterday David Von Drehle gave it another try in the Washington Post: All The President's Wiseguys. Trump, he wrote, "spent plenty of time in mobbed-up milieus. As many journalists have documented-- the late Wayne Barrett and decorated investigator David Cay Johnston most deeply-- Trumps trail was blazed through one business after another notorious for corruption by organized crime. New York construction, for starters. In 1988, Vincent the Fish Cafaro of the Genovese crime family testified before a U.S. Senate committee concerning the Mafias control of building projects in New York. Construction unions and concrete contractors were deeply dirty, Cafaro confirmed, and four of the citys five crime families worked cooperatively to keep it that way."
This would not have been news to Trump, whose early political mentor and personal lawyer was Roy Cohn, consigliere to such dons as Fat Tony Salerno and Carmine Galante. After Cohn guided the brash young developer through the gutters of city politics to win permits for Trump Plaza and Trump Tower, it happened that Trump elected to build primarily with concrete rather than steel. He bought the mud at inflated prices from S&A Concrete, co-owned by Cohns client Salerno and Paul Castellano, boss of the Gambino family.

Coincidence? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Trump moved next into the New Jersey casino business, which was every bit as clean as it sounds. State officials merely shrugged when Trump bought a piece of land from associates of Philadelphia mob boss Little Nicky Scarfo for roughly $500,000 more than it was worth. However, this and other ties persuaded police in Australia to block Trumps bid to build a casino in Sydney in 1987, citing Trumps Mafia connections.



Cub Sports Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield got married over the weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over a year on from their engagement, Cub Sport bandmates Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield have tied the knot, officially getting married in a small ceremony in Brisbane over the weekend.

Back in July of 2017, Cub Sports Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield announced to the world that they were engaged, before also calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.

While speaking out frequently in support of same-sex marriage, Tim and Sam also shared their story with triple j last year, explaining just how they fell in love with each other.

We fell in love over the course of eight years, explained Sam. Since the end of high school, we just became the best of friends.

First year out of school, we worked and then we travelled together. All the while weve been in a band together.

Tim explained that it was spending a month apart that made him realise just how strongly he felt for Sam. It was the longest that we had been apart, he explained. I guess it was really the catalyst for me recognising that there was a reason I was so miserable when I wasnt around Sam.

Now, the pair have tied knot over the weekend, surrounded by family and friends in a small ceremony in Brisbane.

Tim and Sam also managed to raise a whopping $1,800 for LGBTIQ youth organisation Minus18 after accepting donations in lieu of gifts at their ceremony.

To help celebrate their new vows, Tim, Sam, and the rest of Cub Sport are set to hit the road next month when they support Vance Joy on his Nation Of Two Aussie tour. Check out the full range of tour dates below, and check out a bunch of wedding snaps as well.

Vance Joy Nation Of Two Tour

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EP 253: Horror My Friend & Ultrafeedy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photo: Ashleigh Apples (HMF) Trace McLean (UF)

Horror My Friend

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018

Adelaide guitar heroes Horror My Friend summon the spirit of alternative rock and shoe gaze, whilst breaking new ground and embedding themselves firmly in the present. Consisting of Josh Battersby, Tom Gordon & Sam Kolesnik, the trio put out 2014s A Million Hands EP before signing to Poison City Records and releasing their debut album Stay In / Do Nothing in 2016.

During this time, Horror My Friend have supported likes of Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Pity Sex (USA), Violent Soho, The Cribs (UK) and Swervedriver (USA), as well as performing at Groovin The Moo, Yours & Owls...

Saturday, 11 August


Gippslands Shifting Climate Belts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The effect of the earths climate belts migrating pole-wards as a result of climate change was outlined recently in a publication of this on Australian wheat production. More specifically it has been mentioned by Barrie Pittock in his blog on the Gippsland coast and the entrance to the lakes. The general thesis is that as the earth warms the tropical and subtropical belts expand pushing the temperate zones and in particular the westerly winds further south. We note however there are a number of complicating factors such as El Nino or La Nina events, or our mountain range, that may alter or disturb this.

Barrie Pittock noted In short it is that the mid-latitude westerlies are moving further South with global warming, and thus the prevailing westerly winds across Bass Strait are weakening and there are more frequent easterly winds there, and waves from the east also. In terms of rainfall it is the westerly and south westerly winds that provide the regular rainfall in the region although some parts of the district are in rain-shadow. So that we would expect, and probably are already experiencing, longer and more frequent dry spells with this aspect of climate change. This will affect the whole of southern Australia including the west.

Barrie also noted that an increase in the easterly winds and it is from the winds in this quarter, usually as part of a blocking low pressure system, that Gippsland receives it heaviest rainfall and is often the cause of flooding. To this can be added the fact that our ocean is warming, and quite probably being increasingly influenced by the East Australian Current. As well with each degree of warming, roughly what Gippsland has experienced in the last 50 years, a further 7% of moisture can be held in the atmosphere, leading to heavy rainfall.

Thus we are left with the apparent paradox that with our westerlies drifting to the south we will experience more, and more severe, droughts and at the same time experience more frequent and heavier floods. Anecdotally a combination of the two, as occurred in the upper Tambo River in 1998 where floods followed a short sharp drought, can be most devastating. A reverse of this with the heavy rain followed by the long dry will make the district most prone to bushfires.

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