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Thursday, 22 February


Lunar New Year Celebrations: Colourful official opening on Eastwood Plaza "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

astwoods 10th Annual Lunar New Year Celebrations in the Year of the Dog was officially launched on Eastwood Plaza last Saturday with a colourful opening [more]

The post Lunar New Year Celebrations: Colourful official opening on Eastwood Plaza appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Labors doublespeak about Adani coal mine plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greens use Labors Adani indecision to ramp up Batman campaign
Activists seize upon Labors contradictory messages on Queensland coalmine in battle for inner-city Melbourne,
Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo 21 Feb 2018 


Townsville City Council censors documentary about Adani coal megamine plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anti-Adani documentary screening axed for safety reasons, not politics, council says, ABC News, 21 Feb 18 By Josh Robertson   Public safety concerns, not politics, were behind the axing of the screening of a documentary on the Stop Adani protest movement, a north Queensland council says.


Gallery: FBi Presents Dizzee Rascal at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Playing to a crowd of bassline junkies, the Godfather of grime showed us exactly why hes considered music royalty, tearing up The Enmore with old faves and fresh takes from his sixth studio album Raskit. NTs very own Baker Boy more than just warmed up the crowd, bouncing between his native language Yolngu Matha and English.

FBi Radio Presents Dizzee Rascal | 21.02.18 | Photos by Liam Cameron


February 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1822 -   Henry Marsh penned a missive to the Colonial  Secretary regaling him with tales of the journey to the south coast.

1849 - Things were so crook in Westralia that a public meeting in Perth voted itself off the island for to become a penal colony to help with the so-ill-if-it-was-a-horse-it-would-have-been-shot economy.

1863 - Lord Raglan mysteriously disappeared after leaving Liverpool for Hobson's Bay.

1872 - The brand-spanking-new goods trains sheds in Melbourne were tarted up for 1,500 guests to do the horizontal limbo tango at a gala ball.

1882 - The first four rail trucks carrying stone from the Mt Difficult quarry in the Grampians reached Stawell en route to Melbourne.
Considerable controversy broke out about the quality of the stone sent to Melbourne. It was found to be inferior to the samples originally supplied, exhibiting peculiar defects of an unexpected kind. The Public Works Department ordered work at Parliament House to cease.

1884 & 1994 Tambo Tambo, a Palm Island native, died  on this day in 1884 while working for Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
His remains were found in 1993 and today in 1994 he was given a decent burial on his home soil.

1900 - The Timaru Herald spread the word that a sailmaker in Sydney had popped his clogs due to Bubonic Plague...and kept up the cheefullness with news of a destructive fire in Flinders St, Melbourne.
Cheery, chaps, reeeealy uplifting...

1901 - 7,000 acres were gazetted for an Aboriginal reserve on this day, originally named Barambah it is better known as Cherbourg.
Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, was appointed the superintendent. He camped with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Little was done to develop the settlement ; Aborigines lived in bark humpies, Superintendent Thompson slept under canvas.

1902 - Mabel was a competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back when she sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.

1907 - The Star proudly proclaimed that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy did not contain poison.
So, keep guzzling that little elixir without a care!

1911 - The first passenger flight, sans peanuts, took off today when Melbournian John Hammond (slung his missus in his crate) took his wife up in his Bristol Box Kite aircraft.

1926 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Roslyn - Taralga.

1931 - The taste bud organza Peach Melba was birthed on this day by....


Can you name it and win? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you can come up with a better name that Square Donkey for the new business incubation site in Mullumbimby then you are in for a prize. Photo supplied.

Its about sustainability, business and creating opportunity and they are looking for your help to come up with the name that represents it all.

Following NORTECs withdrawal from their small incubation site in Mullumbimby it has now been taken over by Sourdough and is undergoing a refurbishment and they are looking to get their first tenants onto the new business incubation site by the end of February.

The refurbishment of the old CLIC business village is proceeding rapidly, aid community representative Paul Jameson.

With the surprise withdrawal of NORTEC is has left a short lead time to get everything ready for clients and they are looking for suggestions of what the site should be called.

It started with the name CLIC business village, then Mullumbimby innovation hub and a host of other names like the courtyard, The gateway, The sustainability centre and Mullum central.

Square donkey got a good run until we realised it means idiot in polish, continued Paul with a laugh.

With an exciting prize, yet to be announced, they are asking everyone in the community to come up with some interesting and dynamic names for the new business innovation site.

Sourdough spokesman mark Holden explained, The name should reflect our mission and that is all about growing innovative and sustainable businesses and creating enterprise and jobs in our Byron region. It could be geographic, historic, descriptive, inspirational or a bit quirky: A name that the community will identify with and become a source of pride.

And the prize is

Glorification at our gala opening with complementary champagne and a $100 prize if an acceptable logo is included., said Paul.

The CLIC Board will adjudicate and have final decision.

Put your thinking cap on and hone up your creativity and send your entries to: or phone 0408 866 651.

Entries must be submitted by close of business Wednesday, March 7.

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1) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2017/18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Halltekamp Bridge to be completed despite suspension


Country report INDONESIA 2017/2018
Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations. The rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association continued to be arbitrarily restricted. Blasphemy provisions were used to imprison those who peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of religion and belief. At least 30 prisoners of conscience remained in detention for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression or of religion and belief. The security forces carried out unlawful killings and used excessive force during protests and security operations. Two men were caned in public in Aceh after being convicted by a local Sharia court of same-sex consensual sexual relations..


Gippsland talent academies return "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE next generation of Gippsland football stars begin their journey on the talent pathway this month with the return of the AFL Gippsland McDonalds Hawthorn Junior Football Academy program.
Established in Bairnsdale in 2015, the program was rolled out across Gippsland with great success last year and will offer even more opportunities in 2018.
In addition to the under 12 and under 14 groups of previous years, this years program will include an under 13 group to ensure no future stars slip through the cracks.
Hawthorn Football Club representatives Liam Shiels and Changkuoth Jiath were on hand to help launch this years program and both had plenty of advice to offer.
Shiels, 26, is a three-time AFL premiership player and an established star of the competition, while Jiath, 18, is just beginning his career, but has already inspired many with his story.
Born in an Ethiopian refugee camp to South Sudanese parents, before being raised in Morwell, Jiath became the first product of the Hawthorn Next Generation Academy when he joined the clubs rookie list last November.
AFL Gippsland and Gippsland Power, in conjunction with the six junior leagues and associations across the Gippsland catchment area, have appointed coaches and identified and issued invitations to prospective participants, with about 30 players selected for each age group from across each junior league or association.
AFL Gippsland football development manager Adrian Bromage and Gippsland Power talent manager Peter Francis will once again oversee the academy programs, with assistance from the Hawks Next Generation Academy head coach Nathan Foley.
Bromage said the core aim of the program was to develop individual player skills in all areas of the game, as well as leadership behaviours among young footballers.
The program will offer participants the opportunity to concentrate on individual skill development from the basics right through good habits, Bromage said.
Participants will gain exposure to specialist coaching in different aspects of the game, as well as access to better equipment and training programs, skill analysis and fitness testing which will provide them with feedback on ways to improve their game.
Francis was excited about the prospect of fast tracking regional players development, which he was confident would ultimately lead to greater numbers graduating to Gippsland Power programs with a stronger skill base.
Exposing kids to the talent pathway earlier will give them a better idea of the expectations that come with it, Francis said.
By participating in sessions with external coaches and presenters, players will get the chance to broaden their experiences and develop leadership skills.
The program will also provide a forum for coaches to gain experience in a high-quality environment, which Francis hoped would lead to....


Wanted - Piano "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi everyone,

We have a student looking for a second-hand piano, if you are looking to sell yours or know someone, please let us know!

Thanks :)



Survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello all,

Council is committed to improving the lives of older adults in Moreland and wants to hear from the community about what is important to them.

Please pass this link to your networks. There are also postcards to have your say at Council Libraries and Customer Service Centres.

Please take a moment to have your say y clicking on the link below:



The Pacific Labour Scheme: no families allowed? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) was announced in September 2017. Its a welcome initiative to allow greater access for Pacific Island workers to the Australian labour market. While currently capped at 2,000 (and its not clear if that is per year or in total), it has huge potential. As the PLS fact sheet says, it will enable citizens of Pacific island countries to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years.

For all its potential, there are some odd aspects to the PLS. One is the hands-on role of DFAT, which will have primary responsibility for screening prospective employers for participation in the program. Thats the Department of Foreign Affairs. Pre-approval for the Seasonal Worker Programme (or SWP, which allows Pacific Islanders to come to Australia to work on farms typically for up to six months) is the responsibility of the Department of Jobs and Small Business. It is widely perceived not to have sufficiently promoted the SWP, and to have taken a very risk-averse approach. Perhaps DFAT will do a better job.

Another oddity is the initial focus on Nauru, Tuvalu and Kiribati. These are certainly three remote and relatively isolated countries. But Nauru is at full employment due to its processing centre. Tuvalu, like Nauru, is tiny and has some access to the New Zealand labour market. That leaves Kiribati, perhaps the most remote, but also a relatively small and one of the least healthy of all the Pacific island countries. At least one of the Melanesian countries such as Vanuatu or Solomon Islands should be added as pilot source countries.

An odd and worrying aspect of the scheme is the restriction that workers will not be able to bring their families with them. This isnt mentioned in the fact sheet, but was made clear when the scheme was explained at the recent Brisbane Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting.

This is odd because the closest counterpart to this new scheme is what used to be called the 457, now the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. That visa now provides work rights for a two- or three-year period. Under it, workers are allowed to bring their families.

The PLS ban on family entry is worrying because surely it cant be a good thing to separate families for three years. More so because presumably workers will be allowed to return for a second or third stint. So the separation might be not for three years but....


Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the scapegoating of working class youth of African background.

The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.


Recent Study Finds that Drinking Even One Soda Per Day Could Increase Your Risks for Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People across the globe drink soft drinks daily but is this a good idea? Sure, we know soft drinks are not necessarily healthy but there could be much more to it than we want to admit.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne recently worked on a collaborative study that showed some shocking results. They analyzed over thirty thousand Australians who went on to develop little over three thousand cases of 11 obesity-related cancers. This including things like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and so forth. The reports they looked at were from the years between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007. Their findings were published not too long ago and showed an obvious association between cancer risks and the consumption of soft drinks.

According to their research, the more sugary sodas the participants consumed the higher their risks were of developing cancer. Somehow they did not note this in those who drank diet sodas but we all know there are different risks associated with those. With most people consuming at least one glass or more of soda each day this is quite alarming.

The Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Epidemiology and Intelligence Division who happens to be one of the authors of this study has stated as follows:

These particular cancers are common.y associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants no matter their size.

We were surprised to find this increased cancer risk was not driven by obesity.

Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank sugary soft drinks.

Interestingly, though, we found those who regularly drank diet soft drinks were just as likely to be obese as those who regularly drank sugary soft drinks, which still carries health risks.

Todd Harper CEO of Cancer Council Victoria then went on to add as follows:

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer,

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated....


Artist Arranges Natural Objects Into Ephemeral Patterns and Designs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Yorkshire-based artist James Brunt has become well-known for his land art, temporary works made from carefully arranged natural objects like leaves, sticks, and stones.

While the artworks themselves may only last for a few hours, the pieces live on in photographic form. After studying Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, Brunt worked for galleries and had a long stint in Arts Development. He now lives and work with his family in Yorkshire, also running the arts organisation, Responsible Fishing UK.

For those curious, James recently shared his working code of practice when creating his art and adds that it is in constant development. You can read his code of practice on his blog. For prints, James has recently launched an Etsy store and you can keep up with his latest works at the links below.

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There's something worse than a cashless welfare card out there in the darkness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What could possibly be worse than the Turnbull Government's Cashless Debit Card which will eventually cover all government cash transfers to individuals except Age and Veterans' Affairs pensions?

The answer is - welfare payments being converted into 50 per cent Cashless Debit Card and 50 per cent a generic low grade, nutritionally suspect, weekly or fortnightly processed, tinned & dry goods food parcel.

Such as this proposed program......

Vibe, 13 February 2018:
In Donald Trump's budget proposal, America's poor is hit the hardest, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The plan proposes a $17.2 billion-cut to the program by 2019 and will replace monthly cash benefits with a food box delivery program, according to reports.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the program to Blue Apron, an ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service. The Chicago Tribune notes SNAP provides roughly $125 per month to 42.2 million Americans, and the Agriculture Department would use part of those benefits to buy and deliver boxes of "homegrown" food. It's called "America's Harvest Box."
The Harvest Box would contain things like shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ce......


NATS Spill? Monday 26 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

According to Junkee on 22 February 2018:

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has publicly called on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to resign from the leadership of the National Party, firing the starting gun on a leadership challenge.

In an interview on ABC radio this afternoon Broad said his local Nationals branch had called on Joyce to resign and that he would represent that view to the Nationals party room meeting in Canberra next Monday. He called on Joyce to resign as party leader and go to the back bench.

Are we about to see......


Sydney unemployment rate keeps falling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney tightens

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate fell to just 4.58 per cent in January 2018.

The annual average has been lower, in 2008, when the unemployment rate briefly snuck below 4.2 per cent. 

In Adelaide the annual average fell to 6.49 per cent, in Perth it fell to 6.14 per cent, and in Melbourne to 6.1 per cent.

So there have been some improvements. 

However, only Sydney has anything remotely approaching a tight labour market on this evidence. 

The good news for Queensland is that both hiring and participation are picking up.

And it's happening not just in Brisbane, but right across the state.

Cairns and Townsville in particular are also now recording stronger rates of employment growth, after the downturn.

Meanwhile the coastal Queensland locations such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have been improving for some time on the back of the lower dollar. 



So-Called Australia: Break Away From Break Free A Critique of the Environmental NGO Model of Organizing Direct Action (PDF) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.

Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!

Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.

We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.

As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?

So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.

Yes Were creating histo...


The Urunga Boardwalk Environment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Urunga is on the mid-north coast of NSW. The 'long place' of the Gumbaynggirr people is where the Kalang River, the Bellinger River, the Urunga lagoon and the Pacific ocean meet. A junction of mangrove forest, floodplain forests and coastal suburbia. The Urunga Boardwalk structure allows human access through these environments. A domesticated coast line that served to ship the extracted timber. Today rapid urbanisation and mobile sprawl (tourism) are the life blood.

The area is part of the Bellinger Heads State Park NSW. To the South, Picket Hill (Nunguu Miirlal) is a very distinctive landmark, the Great Dividing Range frames the North.

The walk starts at Urunga town where visitor facilities, their cars and dogs mingle with endangered birds.  Brahminy Kites are hunting and the endangered Beach Stone Curlews ( Esacus magnirostris) and Curlew sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea) make a nervous appearance.



How Barnaby could save us from this putrid billabong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.




UNCLEs Gonna Work It Out with Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, Sunday March 4th! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UNCLEs Gonna Work It Out! Which UNCLE are we FUNdraising for at the Cunning Stunts Sold Out March 4th Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event? Byron Bays UNCLE Project. The UNCLE project is a mentoring program for boys age 6-12, particularly those without active fathers, who could benefit from a more supportive environment of positive male role models, to enhance their social, creative and physical skills.

Founded in 1997, UNCLE Byron Bay is solely funded by the local community and business sponsors in their work with families (particularly single parent families), who are experiencing distress due to the emotional and developmental needs of their sons. Their provision of a quality mentoring service inclusive of emotional support and gender appropriate guidance offered by positive adult male role models within the community assists boys towards balanced and integrated personal development and social responsibility.

Marchs DJ line up will have you dancing and shed sizzling from start to finish: Returning for his 2nd Nudge, DJ Nick Field is back from Bali with over 25 years of global DJ experience, Nick is a legend on the decks who has his own sound influenced by his loves of disco, electro and house.

Beloved Nudger, Coco Republic co-founder, and Byron Bay based DJ Al Royale will be delivering one of his trademark sets. Originally from the UK, Al learned his trade in the thriving UK Deep House scene of Nottingham of the 90s home of DiY and played with party crew Giddy Fruit.

Last but not least, Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut & Dale Stephen will kick off our day with not to be missed sets! All DJs donae their time and play their incredible tunes to support our local community and raise awareness at this party with a conscience.

Having donated a record breaking $12,500 from their February 2018 event and now raising over $120,000!!! thus far for local charities across 23 events, Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink FUNdraising events continue to raise the bar.

When: Sunday 4th March, 2:00pm-9:30pm TICKETED ENTRY SOLD OUT
Where: The Billinudgel Hotel
What: Nudge Nudge Wink Wink A party with a conscience, DJs playing treasured sounds for local charities.

To ensure you get advance notification of ticket sales, sign up to their e-newsletter here...


The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres a video of the crowds and Bill Graham preaching at the MCG on-line.

ABC News Australia

The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd

22 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed Americas Pastor, dies aged 99

It was the day the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was truly sacred.

In 1959, evangelical preacher Billy Graham embarked on his month-long crusade of Australia.

But it was his appearance at the MCG on March 15, 1959, that was one of the true showstoppers, attracting more than 130,000 people.

To this day, it is the biggest crowd that has ever been recorded at the ground.

There were people everywhere, even spilling on to the grass. That was unheard of at the time, Ray Spriggs, 73, said.

It was quite extraordinary.

Mr Spriggs remembers boarding the special Billy Graham train as a 14-year-old with the rest of his family from his home in Reservoir in Melbournes north to make the journey to the MCG.

He recalls sitting high up in the stadium stands, and says the woman next to him offered him her opera glasses so he could take a closer look at the spectacle.

He does not remember much of Grahams sermon, but the magical sounds of the choir and the joyous atmosphere of the event have stayed with him.

I was only a kid of 14 at the time, but it was just great to see so many people together in the one place, he said.

I felt God speaking to me

For many people, seeing Graham preach at the MCG was life-changing.

Geoff Gawler, 68, went to see Graham with his family on his 10th birthday.

I do remember it because that was the time I made a deal with God. I decided to follow him that day, he said.

That was a big decision for a 10-yaer-old and I dont at all regret it, in all the years since.



How much to have a boob job? Better to go overseas or local? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Considering a boob job. What are people experiences with going overseas - Bali, Thailand or can it be done here?

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Telstra mobile outage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anyone else got SOS only in Edmonton? Reported it to Telstra but got the run around on their 24x7 chat that it's my issue, not theirs. Not interested in the Telstra vs everyone else debate.

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Love, Time & Divination from Mark McGrain is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (22-28 Feb) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Were very pleased to bring you selections from the latest album from Mark McGrain all this next week on Eastside Radio. McGrain is a composer, trombonist and New Orleans stalwart, and hes brought a team of fellow New Orleans heavyweights along for the ride on this record: John Boutte on vocals, Matt Lemmler on keys, and James Singleton on contrabass.


Its wonderful stuff, Boutte sings on three of the eleven tracks, and the remaining compositions see the players move through a range of musical styles from New Orleans stride piano and trombone duets to modern, rhythmically stirring swing, bossa nova, gospel, and even salsa melodies.

New Orleans jazz fans may well be familiar with McGrains previous work as part of Plunge, so theres some great back catalogue there to dig through if your ears like what theyre hearing.


We here at Eastside implore you to hear this great new 2018 jazz r...


Thinking of moving from Melbourne up north end of April "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Me and my girlfriend are thinking of moving from Melbourne up to Cairns end of April, is this a good time of year to be in cairns? What is the weather like at this time? and finally, how easy would it be to get private accommodation for like 6 months?


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Higher education inequality: how well has Australia limited differential access levels by socioeconomic status? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In an earlier post, I argued that higher education has substantial inequality-generating features. This post is the first in a series looking at how well Australias higher education system does in this context, starting with access to higher education. Essentially, this is about how well the higher education system can foster social mobility.

The potential of the Australias higher education system is constrained by the potential pool of students, which largely comes from people who have successfully completed school. Before the 1980s, that was a minority of the population. Don Andersons interesting book Access to privilege reports that in 1980 overall school retention to Year 12 was only 34.5 per cent, and 28.4 per cent at government schools. It was already a massive 88 per cent at the non-Catholic private schools, favoured by many higher SES families. They were setting up the basis for the next generations educational success.

In the 1980s, school completion rates increased, so that about half of low SES students finished school by the end of the decade. Low SES Year 12 completion is now at 73 per cent, compared to 80 per cent for high SES students (with the caveat that dividing the population into three groups misses likely much larger difference in the lowest and highest deciles).

ATAR results by SES are rarely published, but some Victorian data I published in a book chapter a few years ago shows the highest SES quartile by postcode substantially over-represented in the 90+ group, and the lowest SES quartile substantially over-represented in the below 50 group. The annual NAPLAN reports show that, again, the high SES students, whether measured by parental occupation or parental education, do significantly better across all the reading and numeracy tests, although consistent with meritocratic hopes there are also small numbers of high achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds. So even though Year 12 completion has improved, we still have substantial issues with inequality of school-level academic achievement.

I dont feel competent to judge to what extent university education faculties are to blame for this situatio...


New stalls and talks at Organic Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 Free talks and demonstrations, on during the Market in March. 11th March  from 9am to 11am : Christin Zeller from Five Elements Coaching is presenting Tackling Stress and Worry, under the office, during the Market. 18th March  from 9am Food for Thought is back! Chef Glen Barrett will be giving you his hot cooking tips and taking []

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The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol. 2 from Archer, is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (15-21 Feb) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres not much information floating around about Archer. Hes a Victorian singer-songwriter whos recording some brilliant alt-country with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour. This album, The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol 2 refused to leave my mind since it arrived at Eastside late last year, and the more I keep coming back to it the better it sounds.

This is from his page at Pound Records:

well you woodnt call him smart but you woodnt call him stupid neither he does have sum kindofa way about himweather he be damned or blessed he certanly can pull a song outta the deep earth or the spaceless space and make you wanta cry or yell or just about any plain ol thing

This is off his previous album, but will give you an idea of the style:

Hes due at the station for an interview in the next couple of weeks so youll get to hear from him yourself. Hes been communicating with us in character via email so were amused, intrigued, and looking forward to meeting the man, the enigma, in the flesh.

You can listen to and purchase the new album here at Bandcamp, stream it here on Spoti...


Rage, rage against the factory closure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 1 May 2017, May Day International Workers Day Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn announced that they were shutting factories across Victoria and Tasmania, slashing jobs and devastating communities. Faye and Julie, two National Union of Workers delegates working at the Edith Creek site in North-West Tasmania, shared their responses to the closure.


TWT Sports Stars: Kookaburras hockey whiz Lachie and squash sensation Shehana "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KOOKABURRAS hockey sensation Lachlan Sharp and Australian junior squash champion Shehana Vithana are the seventh and eighth monthly winners in the 2017-18 TWT Club Six/Ryde [more]

The post TWT Sports Stars: Kookaburras hockey whiz Lachie and squash sensation Shehana appeared first on The Weekly Times.



Stallholder Profile for Grow n Glow Boutique

Your name: Lajla Darvill
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 
Grow n Glow Boutique
The suburb/town you live in now: Park Ridge, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create maternity and breastfeeding fashion. Currently I have silicone and wooden breastfeeding necklaces in stock as well as baby teethers. My own maternity and breastfeeding clothing range is currently being manufactured.


Organisers Postpone This Weekends Sunshine Coast Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The organisers of the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival have announced they are postponing their Fair Day event that was to go ahead this weekend. Revellers were to gather at Quota Park in Nambour this Saturday (February 24), but the event wont go ahead due to bad weather. After our Pride Festival Safety Meeting it is ...

The post Organisers Postpone This Weekends Sunshine Coast Pride Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Campaigners Want To Hear Your Marriage Equality Stories For New Book "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two marriage equality campaigners have announced they will write a book detailing the history of the campaign for marriage equality over the last decade and earlier. Alex Greenwich and Dr Shirleene Robinson want to chronicle the efforts of the countless Australians who worked towards the reform, and have called for people to contribute their own ...

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The Ahern Brothers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nannup Music Festival doesnt start for more than a week, but THE AHERN BROTHERS dont care

The Melbourne dues having a Nannup warm-up this weekend and theyre prepping on breakfast.

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Former Judge Michael Kirby Speaks Out About LGBTIQ Elder Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has called for more awareness about elder abuse in the LGBTIQ community. Kirby said that abuse for ageing LGBTIQ people was often psychological, an abuse of the mind. Its sometimes an abuse of low self-esteem People who are LGBTIQ have gone through their lives doing a deal with society, ...

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Turnbull Refuses to Rebuke Colleague for Posting Anti-Muslim Videos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Malcolm Turnbull continues to refuse to rebuke Liberal Senator Jim Molan for posting two propaganda videos by the extreme right-wing anti-Muslim Britain First on his Facebook page. The videos purport to depict Muslim men committing acts of violence on religious or moral grounds, but the credibility of those claims has

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PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This article comes from the Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)  21 February 2018.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge.

They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.

It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.

The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.

The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.

But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.

In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.

This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.

There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.

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MACKAY Mackay man threatens to light petrol station on fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Sydney To Relax Its Late-Night Lockout Laws For Mardi Gras Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydneys lockout laws will be relaxed for one night for the Mardi Gras parade and party next month, the New South Wales government has announced. Liquor and Racing Minister Paul Toole said this would allow revellers to continue to be admitted to venues around the Oxford Street area beyond the states usual 1.30am or 2am ...

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Thomas The Beloved Bisexual Goose Laid To Rest In New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thomas the beloved bisexual goose has been laid to rest at his home in Waikanaes Waimanu Lagoon, north of Wellington. White feathered Thomas, aged about 40, who spent about three decades in the lagoon, had a male black swan called Henry as his life-long mate. They spent about 24 years together before a female black ...

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LGBTI Domestic Violence Is Under-Reported, Queensland Advocates Say "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland workers in the domestic and family violence sector will receive extra training in a bid to help them better support LGBTI victims of domestic violence. The Queensland Government has announced $155,000 to go towards the training, to be used to create resources to support the training across the state. We want to equip frontline ...

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Greens call for appropriate West Byron development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Protestors at the West Byron development rally. (Jeff Dawson)

Local Greens parliamentarians have called on the NSW Government to ensure that any development in West Byron is of an appropriate scale.

They want assurances that any development wont adversely affect Ewingsdale Road, or negatively impact local wetlands or the Cape Byron Marine Park.

North Coast Greens MP Dawn Walker has given the parliament notice that she will move a motion along those lines on the next sitting day of the parliament

The West Byron mega-development has been forced onto Byron Bay by successive Labor and Liberal-National Governments who have over-ridden council planning powers and clearly dont care about the how this inappropriate development damages the ecology and character of Byron Bay, Ms Walker said.

I joined over 200 locals who gathered as part of the recent Byron Deserves Better Community Rally to express our frustration at the prospect of a massive, high-density suburb on the outskirts of Byron Bay. The NSW Government needs to listen to our community.

I stand with Byron Shire Council and the community who are especially worried about how this large development will impact traffic flow on Ewingsdale Road and have called on the Government to take action to minimise this.

Dawn Walkers concerns were echoed by fellow Greens MP and Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith.

I was told by the Planning Minister that the new Coastal SEPP would be gazetted a few weeks ago, but that has not happened. It also appears that the developers own map of West Byron is what the Department of Planning is going with, Ms Smith said.

The idea that you would let the developer tell you what environmental constraints are on their land is insane, but we should not be surprised since the Minister has interfered in this process from the get-go.

The Greens at every level have opposed the West Byron mega-development from the outset and will continue to do what we can at a local and state level to minimise its impacts on Byron Bay, Ms Walker said.

Its time the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Ben Franklin stopped running around cutting ribbons and joined the Greens in trying to do something practical t...


Queenslands Gay Conviction Expungement Scheme To Start By June "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands historical gay conviction expungement scheme will be up and running before the end of June, the Department of Justice has said. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold criminal convictions, affecting their employment and travel. Last October, ...

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Lismores Tender Centre has been sold and will close "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismores Tender Centre is closing.

Lismores Tender Centre in Casino Street has been sold and is set to close in coming weeks, with this weekend the last chance to make a bid on goods.

Kashka Babushka, who co-owns the business with partner Barry Hall, confirmed the business had been sold but the new owners did not want to operate in Lismore.

They plan to set it up somewhere else but were not sure where at this stage, she said.

Ms Babushka acknowledged that the flood last March had an impact on business.

We werent affected by flood physically. Only a loading bay was flooded but it definitely affected the business  because people have not had expendable cash, she said.

This will be our last tender sale this weekend, from tomorrow, and people will be notified on Monday whether they have been successful.

She said a final massive garage sale would be held next weekend.

She assured customers that the business would remain open long enough for people to collect the goods they have purchased, or have for sale.

The business closure was announced on Facebook. It was the second time this week that a Facebook announcement has been made regarding a Lismore business closing its door. The first was New Tattersalls Hotel.

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Unwinding the politically induced crisis in Australian energy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More grist! From an article of mine in The Australian on the politically induced crisis in Australian energy, its causes and its solutions

The catastrophic outcome of government energy market interventions is palpably clear. As the latest new regulatory body, the Energy Security Board, diplomatically puts it: Fifteen years of climate policy instability (have) left our energy system vulnerable to escalating prices while being both less reliable and secure.

Australia has seen electricity prices double since 2015 and the once reliable supply is now suspect. From enjoying the worlds lowest cost electricity a decade ago, Australia now has among the most expensive.

The main cause has been subsidies and regulatory favours to renewable energy chiefly wind that have forced the closure of reliable coal-fired generators, particularly Northern in South Australia and Hazelwood in Victoria. Without these subsidies, costing about $5 billion a year, there would be no wind or solar. Not only are customers and taxpayers slugged with the subsidy costs but the outcome also has been to raise prices and reduce reliability.

The ESB has been tasked with creating an electricity market blueprint that marries lower carbon dioxide emissions with lower costs and greater reliability. This is an impossible task and would require massive new regulatory interventions.

The ESBs proposals would add new dimensions of complexity to electricity supply, bringing a further proliferation of administrative resources within the bureaucracy and the industry.

We can restore our latent competitiveness in cheap energy only by abandoning all the intrusions and distortions that are in place. Donald Trump has achieved success from such an approach and we may have to await full recognition of this before our politicians adopt similar deregulatory policies.

In the same issue, Rupert Darwall has a very fine piece today in Quadrant.



Government commits $2.5m towards growing cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inspecting the facilities at Southern Cross University: Michael Horsfall (left), co-founder and CEO of Solaris Nutraceuticals, David Parry, co-founder and director of Solaris Nutraceuticals, Ashley Dowell, manager of the Universitys Analytical Reseach Laboratory, Pro Vice Chancellor of Engagement Ben Roche, Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker and Vaughan Macdonald, general manager of Richmond Valley Council. Photo supplied.

Exploring the benefits of medicinal cannabis underpins the newly established relationship between Southern Cross University and Solaris Nutraceuticals (formerly known as PUF Ventures Australia) who are establishing a new medicinal cannabis plant at Casino.

The Universitys Lismore campus is equipped with high-security research laboratories where researchers work with the worlds most diverse collection of cannabis seed and has already established an international reputation for botanical research.

The agreements between Southern Cross University and Solaris Nutraceuticals commit to the development of hemp and medicinal cannabis products in the NSW northern rivers region that will enhance animal and human health according to SCU vice-chancellor professor Adam Shoemaker.

This agreement is a great example of Southern Cross Universitys commitment to engaging with industry and the community, so that we can create an environment for discovery and commercial development, driving changes in our backyard that can translate into benefits around the world,  said Professor Shoemaker.

In early February the project received grant funding of $2.5m from the Australian government as part of the regional jobs investment packages program (RJIP), a grant initiative that was made available by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

This is an exciting opportunity not just for Solaris Nutraceuticals, but also for the northern rivers region, said CEO of Solaris Nutraceuticals, Michael Horsfall.

The project will deliver around 300 direct jobs and make a significant impact to the local economy and raise the socio-economic profile of the northern rivers region.



Cycling into the sunset "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spartacus suspects that he will be slammed for expressing the following view, and so be it. But the time has come for Tony Abbott to ride off into the sunset. Mr Abbott. You had a chance to be the leader you wanted to be and should have been, yet you blew it. You failed to convince, you failed to explain. And rather than dealing with stuff that mattered, you instead deployed Knights and Dames.

This is not a commentary on Mr Abbotts policy views, many of which Spartacus strongly agrees with. But if Mr Abbott wants to be a pundit, he needs to get out of the Parliament. And in as much as he may respect and admire Howard, Menzies and Churchill, he is not Howard, Menzies or Churchill.  Sorry Mr Abbott, there wont be a second act for you.

Earlier this week, Mr Abbott spoke at the Sydney Institute and among other things, suggested that there be a reduction in immigration in Australia. He suggested that the levels of immigration were putting pressures on house prices, public infrastructure and wages.  These are all fair observations.

Now dont get me wrong, Spartacus believes that such matters of public policy should be discussed. Absolutely positively. For one, when it comes to immigration, Spartacus does not have a view on quantity, but does have a view on quality; in that Australia accepts too many low skilled and older migrants who will likely be a net drain on the community. The subject of immigration should be discussed, as should any matter of public policy.  No matter of public policy should be quarantined from debate.

However, the way Mr Abbott goes on about this matter and other matters, including renewable energy, you would think that he was a humble back bencher hungry for a chance to get into the executive. For heavens sake Mr Abbott. You were the Prime Minister for 2 years. And to suggest now, as he did on Andrew Bolts show earlier in the week, that he was constrained by a difference of opinions in Cabinet is just disingenuous. He had no problem making a Captains picks on his economically insane paid parental leave scheme, but to touch the equally economically insane renewable energy scheme apparently required cabinet consensus. Please.

Mr Abbott. You are crowding out other younger, hungrier conservative back benchers. And for what purpose? No matter the virtue in what you propose, it will always be seen from the prism of a Turnbull-Abbott dispute meaning that no matter how bright or brilliant an idea you propose, it will unlikely be implemented for political reasons. Much as for the same reason that the Prime Minister probably did not support the Warringah Motion because it came from your Warringah bran...


Mayor wants special meeting to deal with Lake Ainsworth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

Ballinas mayor David Wright is hoping to hold an extraordinary meeting to determine plans to transform the eastern foreshore of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head.

The plans, which include closing the road along the lake and creating a pedestrian and family-friendly environment, have divided the Lennox Head community.

Cr Wright has lodged a mayoral minute calling for the meeting to ensure that all councillors are present when the important decision is made.

He referred to the recent trouble experienced by the Lismore City Council in gaining a quorum to deal with four rescission motions that resulted from the final meeting of last year. It took four attempts of calling meetings to finally deal with the motions with enough councillors present.

In his mayoral minute, Cr Wright said an extraordinary meeting would also allow a maximum of two speakers, for and against, to speak about the assessment report.

I am aware that there may potentially be councillor(s) absent from our March and April ordinary meetings, Cr Wright said.

I do not want to see a situation arise, as recently occurred at a neighbouring council, where matters are deferred or rescinded, due to councillors being absent.

Cr Wright said the Lake Ainsworth plans were one of the most topical matters before the council in a very long time.

It would be good to ensure that all councillors are present at the meeting where the application is determined.

An Extraordinary meeting also allows us to expand the number of deputations and the timing may be more suitable for interested members of the public to attend.

This is not about councillor numbers as it is always possible for a decision to be rescinded, or an extraordinary meeting to be called by two councillors, it is about ensuring that we have a dedicated time allocated and a respectful debate, with all councillors present, in respect to this planning application.



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Further arrest by Strike Force Junor detectives Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A packet of methamphetamine the drug known as ice. Photo NSW Police Facebook.

A police strike force investigating the distribution of illicit drugs in the Lismore area has charged another man with drug supply offences.

Strike Force Junor was established in September 2017 by police from Richmond police district to investigate the supply of ice within the Lismore precinct.

During the past five months, police identified several people allegedly involved in the ongoing supply of drugs, with five people arrested and charged earlier this month. They remain before the court.

Earlyr yesterday (Wednesday, 21 February, 2018), officers arrested a 31-year-old man at Newcastle police station.

He was charged with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, participate in criminal group and four counts of supply prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court yesterday.

Investigations by Strike Force Junor are ongoing and further arrests are anticipated.

Meanwhile, police continue to urge any person with information about the supply of prohibited drugs to report it confidentially.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to drug supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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Iceland Set to Criminalise Male Circumcision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes to make it a criminal offence punishable by up to six years in prison to circumcise, or arrange for the circumcision of, a boy for non-medical reasons. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.

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Water dragon saved from the ring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mr Ringy the water dragon having his strangulation device removed. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers.

We often hear about how turtles and other sea life are affected by the impact of plastic in their environment bit it isnt often you hear about a Water dragon with his own necklace.

In mid-January this year residents at the village at Southern Cross Drive in Ballina noticed one of the many water dragons seemed to be wearing a less than glamorous adornment, said a WIRES spokesperson.

The plastic ring that was around the water dragons neck, who has now been christened Mr Ringy, appeared to have been a safety seal of a discarded bottle.

Judging by the size of the ring and the dragon it appears that he may have been wearing his necklace for quite some time, however, it was now clearly approaching restriction and needed to be removed, continued the spokesperson.

Catching a wild and agile water dragon who has plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away in proved challenging and after an initial attempt by WIRES failed it was up to local resident Jan to find a way to bring him in.

After many efforts to catch Mr Ringy with no success it became clear that the only way forward was to use a trap. WIRES supplied Jan with a cage and string and, thanks to her endless effort and patience, she finally managed to secure the patient almost five weeks after reporting the concern. A quick visit from a reptile handler from WIRES and the Water dragon was assessed and released. Ringys story is a good reminder that a careless approach to our litter can cause great distress to the local wildlife. Please remember to cut all safety seal rings before discarding them, the WIRES spokesperson said.

If you see and animal in distress contact WIRES for rescues, advice or enquiries on their 24-hour northern rivers hotline: 6628 1898 or WIRES online. WIRES also conduct volunteer training for people who are interested in getting involved in wildlife rescue.

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Alstonville rodeo the target of activists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Activists are planning to protest at the Alstonville Rodeo. (file pic)

Animal activists are planning to hold a peaceful protest at the Alstonville Rodeo on Saturday in an effort to educate the public on the cruelty that is inherent in the industry.

Rainbow Animal Rights Activists Nicole Tuhou said rodeos were cruel spectator sports that should have no place in a civilised society.

They are banned in the UK and parts of the US and Europe. These events are heavily opposed by all Animal Rights organisations, she said.

At this event there will be bull and bronc riding, where the usually gentle calm animals are thrust into an arena full of lights and noise, purposefully agitated by what is known as a flank strap tied tightly around their sensitive organs, sharp metal spurs dug into their sides as to inflict pain and discomfort, this causes them to buck.

Many of these innocent animals have been injured during these events and have had to be euthanised as a result. The most recent fatality was a bull in the Adelaide Rodeo late last year who broke his hind leg.

There will also be calf roping. This event involves scaring a small calf out in to the arena, whilst being chased by a rider on horseback, who lassoes a rope around the terrified calfs neck, then drags him to the ground, tying his legs together.

Steer wrestling is also happening at this event. This is where a horse mounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then brutally wrestles the steer to the ground, by holding his horns and throwing him off balance.

These are to name just a few of the inhumane events that will take place at this rodeo.

We hope that by standing out the front of this rodeo, peacefully protesting, we will encourage the public to see what these events really are, just a cruel form of exploitation.

Anyone wanting to support the protest and many other events like this in the Northern Rivers, please like our facebook page at

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Community Billboard 21st February 27th February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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Lismores Tom Avery wins Indigenous surf comp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismores Tom Avery. (supplied)

During a celebration of surf and the coming together of Indigenous community, Lismores Tom Avery has won the Longboard section of the Wandiyali Indigenous Surf Classic.

The event is part of  Surf Fest that was held in Newcastle at Merewether Beach.

The Northern Rivers local beat a strong field of competitors in Cyclonic conditions with waves up to 15ft in height.

Tom said it was a lot of fun and that he is totally at ease in waves in that size range.

I have been to Hawaii and surfed some mega swells. The weekend saw some of the biggest waves we have had for any Indigenous event in history so it is a great achievement to come out on top, he said

The contest boasts the richest prize pool of any event of the year and attracts surfers from all over Australia.

Tom Avery in action at the Wandiyali Indigenous Surf Classic. supplied

Tom rides locally-made boards and credits his win to his shaper Ed Sinnott.

I am riding ESP Surfboards which are shaped in Byron Bay by Ed Sinnott. They are unbelievable surfboards which held up through some huge sets and let me lay down some heavy turns. They are the best boards I have ever ridden, he said.

Tom is the current Indigenous Longboard Champion and has won 2 years in a row. When asked if he plans to travel to Bells Beach Victoria for the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles and compete for three longboard titles in a row he simple answered, Probably.

Tom has been invited to compete in the Longboard Invitational Event as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival which is happening in Byron Bay this weekend alongside Alex Knost, Jared Mel, Cassia Meador and Lola Mignot.

I think it is honourable that the Byron Surf Festival organisers have chosen me to be the Bundjalung Nation surfing representative for their event. It shows they are respectful of the land on which they are holding...


A Bill of Rights Would Protect All Freedoms, Not Just Religious Ones "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Philip Ruddocks Religious Freedom Review closed for submissions on February 14. And the reviews expert panel has decided not to publish the submissions its received, until it reports its findings to the prime minister on March 31. Malcolm Turnbull announced the review last November, in response to the concerns of his colleagues and No voters over same-sex marriage

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Channel 7 News with more on the AWU Scandal conspiracy today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A retired police detective is calling for a fresh inquiry into an alleged conspiracy between former union bosses and construction executives. He says he was about to visit Slater and Gordon, @JuliaGillard's law office, when I was abruptly stopped. #AWU #7News 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 21, 2018


Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state governments coal royalty revenue windfall and robust growth in business numbers. Nick was referring to business count data based on ABN registrations released by the ABS earlier this week. Business numbers were up 2.8% in 2016-17 in Queensland (and up 3.1% nationally). There was inconsistent growth in business numbers across local government areas, however, and while Gold Coast and Ipswich experienced strong growth, Mount Isa, Mackay and Rockhampton experienced falls, for example (see figure below).


A significant contributor to recent business growth has been Uber, which has resulted in strong growth in businesses whose main activity is transport, as seen in the visualisation of industry growth rates for South East Queensland LGAs below. Other stand out sectors were Information Media and Telecommunications in Ipswich, which has grown off a low base and may have been associated with the establishment of...


Joyce tells Australia its time to move on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, the mother of his unborn child, believe its time to move on after a tumultuous fortnight during which their relationship was made public.

In their first interview as a couple, Mr Joyce, 50, and Ms Campion, 33, also revealed theyll have to leave their rent-free apartment in Armidale, NSW, to protect their privacy.

The Nationals leader told Fairfax Media that questions about their private life had bordered on maliciousness.Its like I cant get you so Im gonna throw anything, he said.

Mr Joyce, who has four daughters with his estranged wife of 24 years, Natalie, also confirmed their baby due in April is a boy.

The one thing that has deeply annoyed me is that there is somehow an inference that this child is somehow less worthy than other children, and its almost spoken about in the third person, he said.

I love my daughters. I have four beautiful daughters and I love them to death. And now I will have a son.

Ms Campion, who refused to be photographed during the Fairfax interview, gave only one on-the-record comment to say her sons middle names would honour her two brothers.

She also rejected suggestions she was paid up to $190,000 while working for two Nationals MPs after she left Mr Joyces office in 2017 and produced pay slips showing she earned between $133,000 and $138,000, Fairfax said.

Mr Joyce is currently on personal leave as he fends off calls for him to step down as Nationals leader or leave politics after his extramarital affair was made public.

Acting prime minister Mathias Cormann again admitted the scandal has been a distraction for the government.

But he reminded people there are human beings at the centre, who are trying to move on.

Senator Cormann, who is filling in for Malcolm Turnbull who is in the US, said he has been able to speak to the deputy prime minister after first leaving him a voicemail.

We had a very good conversation. He was cooking spaghetti at the time we talked, he told reporters in Canberra.

Some of the public pressure is incredibly intense not just on Barnaby but also his family, his kids and his new partner, and yes its a distraction for the government but theres some human beings involved.

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Drinking soft drink linked to cancer risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Soft drinks are being linked to cancer. File photo

People who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne analysed more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers including breast, liver and prostate reported between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007 through The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study.

Published on Thursday, the study found a positive association between soft drink consumption and cancer risk independent of obesity after statistically adjusting for waist circumference.

The authors say the results justify the need to minimise the intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity, said lead researcher, Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division.

These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size, said Professor Hodge.

According to the research, the more sugary soft drinks participants drank the higher their risk of cancer.

However, this was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar could be the key, says Professor Hodge.Professor Hodge says the surprising findings warrant further research.

We definitely would like to see these findings confirmed in other studies and then also to understand something about the mechanism and whether sugar could be a driver of this association, said Professor Hodge.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper says this new research provides another reason for Australians to avoid soft drinks and make the switch to water.

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer, said Mr Harper.

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated with sugary drink consumption- including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.



Queensland high-rise boom unwinds apace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Apartment building slowing

Residential building work done for non-houses dropped by some 25 per cent in Queensland in 2017.

And this construction trend will continue in 2018 as the sector continues to rebalance towards equilibrium.

Not quite so many cranes expected in 2018 then, at least in the residential sector! 

As construction slows Brisbane's apartments are gradually filling up, as I looked at in a bit more detail here, but it's taking time for the stock to be absorbed.

The figures for engineering construction have been all over the show across recent quarters with some wild spikes in Western Australia due to the import of LNG platforms.

Looking at the smoother trend figures brings positive news.

Post-mining boom engineering construction is no longer dragging back the economies of Western Australia and Queensland, paving the way for an economic recovery for the resources states. 

Good to see.

At the national level residential building work done fell by about 5 per cent in 2017 as supply and demand look to swing back into balance.

However, this was more than offset by the rebound in engineering co...


A good guy with a bad name "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sometimes your name can give people the wrong impression. For example, as soon as people find out that a rakali is an Australian native water-rat, the term rat just puts them off. And a rakali is one of the cutest critters going. Similarly for cockroaches. They are automatically associated with spreading germs and disease. However []


Junior cricketers host Sale-Maffra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The LDCA Under 13 team that took on Sale-Maffra on Sunday at Scorpion Park on the turf.

THE LDCAs Under 12s and 13s took on Sale-Maffra at Scorpion Park on Sunday with the Under 13s on turf and the Under 12s on the synthetic pitch.
The Under 13s coached by Sam Mathews lost the toss and bowled first with Tom Hanily and Ryan Sinclair taking the new four piece ball and it was Sinclair who made an early break through.
A nice run out led to two quick wickets and suddenly Sale-Maffra were 4/64.
The fielding was excellent with two more run outs both direct hits by Lachie Gill and Noah Humphrey but some steady batting late from Sale-Maffra pushed the score to 8/136 off 40 overs.
Lachie Gill had two direct hits, Tom Hanily a run out to the keeper and Noah Humphrey a direct hit and an assisted run out in a great fielding effort.
After lunch Ben Hanrahan and Jack Butcher opened the batting for Leongatha and made a good solid start until Jack was lbw for 5.
The Leongatha batsmen couldnt seem to get comfortable at the crease with wickets falling at regular intervals leading to the team being bowled all out 110.
Most batsmen made a start but with a push for quick runs this led to a few of the dismissals. Overall a solid effort with the bat considering for some this was their first time on turf.
Next week the Under 13s play Warragul at the Drouin Football Ground on a synthetic pitch, 10am start, be there at 9am.
The under 12s under coach Lachie Hughes with support from Ken Scrimshaw and his wife Kim scoring, plus parents helping with umpiring.
Lachie spoke to all the boys after each spell of bowling and batting explaining measures to help their game.
Sale-Maffra won the toss and batted with Will Croatto and Hayden Burns taking the new ball and they bowled well from their three overs each.
Wickets were hard to come by but the boys were still lively in the field.
Four of the first five Sale-Maffra batsman retired with Zavier Lamers taking the first wicket clean bowled and from there they gradually picked up wickets.
Sale-Maffra finished 7/141 off 35 overs.
After lunch Harry Hoekstra and Zavier Lamers opened the batting followed by Harry Scrimshaw 13, and Rex Parini 18 the top scorers in a solid batting effort with the score tied on 141 off the last ball of the 35th over.
A game played with great gusto...


Day to Day Politics: Saving Barnaby. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 22 February 2018 On Wednesday 2 August 2017 I wrote what follows as a result of Barnaby Joyces inappropriate drunken outburst in a Shepparton hotel. It is but one of many examples of why he should not be the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia In a beery-voice filled with the local liquid amber, in

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So Prime Minister Turnbull has been bitiching again about the ABC's reporting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 14 February 2018 ABC News economic journalist Emma Alberici wrote:

It's also disingenuous to talk about a 30 per cent rate when so few companies pay anything like that thanks to tax legislation that allows them to avoid paying corporate tax. Exclusive analysis released by ABC today reveals one in five of Australia's top companies has paid zero tax for the past three years.

On that same day the ...


Melbourne, Australia: Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Received on 21.02.18:

February 22, 2018.
For immediate release
Blockade happening now

Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker.

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.

As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.


High quality educational experience at RSC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RYDE Secondary College is a partially-selective, coeducational high school with more than 1,060 students, including a gifted and talented (GAT) stream and a support un0it. [more]

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DENIAL CONTROL + ALT + DELETE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Does the world as we know it need a hard reset? International street artist DENIAL explores this question with his newest collection of visual subversions for Control Alt Delete, his inaugural exhibition at Melbournes Vs. Gallery.

CONTROL+ALT+DELETE examines the current corporate power structures that seek to control our thoughts and lives and, ultimately, our wallets. Through advertising and branding techniques, these companies attempt to alter how we perceive the world in order to encourage consumerism at any cost. The pieces in the exhibition work to alter our perception of these branded images in an effort to interrupt their function and to create a new dialogue about the nature of our capitalistic lives. DENIAL works to develop bold new meanings by taking these household names and iconography and reimagining their structure and purpose to foster alternative modes of thinking. How long can our society coexist with corporate values and aspirations? Is it time to reboot?

The exhibition will feature a broad collection of works across a variety of mediums. From 3-D laser-cut assemblages, to original limited edition screen prints and wood-panel aerosol paintings, DENIAL takes his signature street style and boils it down to ironically consumable artworks that are as visually stunning as they are thought-provoking.

Instagram: @denialart

Vs. Gallery

Vs. Gallery is a dynamic new art gallery and event space located in North Richmond, Melbourne, Australia.

Bringing together the works of local and international artists, in both traditional and new media, Vs. Gallery presents an engaging schedule of curated exhibitions and events.

Directed by Australian artists Ben Frost and GT Sewell, this new space boasts over 50 square meters of floor space, professional lighting, impressively tall walls, off-street parking/reception area and close proximity to public transport.

The gallery is part of a larger space: Vs. Studios, which comprises 14 artists studios with individuals working across various mediums, including painting, fashion, projection, street art and sculpture.




MACKAY Woman to take serious property crime charges to trial "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Woman to take serious property crime charges to trial

February 21, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

However, Higgins indicated through defence solicitor Antoinette Morton that she will plead guilty to two counts of fraud, four counts of breaching bail, and one count each of receiving tainted property and unlicensed driving. Higgins faced Magistrate Mark Nolan in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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Indonesian Mangoes set to be imported into Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesia looks set to begin exporting mangoes to Australia for the first time, after a trade deal was advanced between the two nations in Melbourne last week.

According to Indonesian media, the first trays of Indonesian mangoes are due to arrive in October, putting them in direct competition with the Australian harvest.

While plenty of growers have told the ABC they are angry about the deal, Australian Mango Industry Association chief executive Robert Gray remains calm.

I dont think its a major concern for Australian growers, because Australian mangoes have secured a very strong position in the marketplace and the Australian-grown product is the consumers mango of choice, he said.

Indian mangoes, Pakistani and Vietnamese mangoes have all been given access to Australia in recent years, and experience has shown they have all struggled to capture any foothold in our marketplace, because our industry has been very good at delivering great mangoes to the market.

Mr Gray said Indonesia had been pushing to get mangoes into Australia for about 25 years, with negotiations beginning in November 2015 to work on a protocol for the fruit.

The federal Department of Agriculture confirmed in a statement that Indonesia was seeking market access for mangoes through the irradiation treatment pathway, and an approach had been agreed to during an Australia-Indonesia meeting in Melbourne last week.

It is expected the systems and procedures for this treatment pathway will be in place in time for the upcoming mango export season expected to commence in September, the department said.

Government silent on imports

If trade is a two-way street, then the Federal Government seems determined to only talk about one lane.

Following last weeks trade forum in Melbourne, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud happily announced that seed potato farmers across South Australia and Victoria will be celebrating after todays breakthrough in securing new market access to Indonesia.

According to the Minister, more than 300 seed potato farmers could now export their product to Indonesia but at what cost to Australias mango and dragon fruit industries, which will now face competition from imports?

Mr Littleproud flew to the Northern Territory on Friday and visited a mango plantation near Darwin where, according to local mango growers, he did not mention the Indonesian deal that had been signed the day before.

He kept saying he was there to help us and didnt mention anything that would destroy us, one ma...


More Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Airs Pop into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The visits into Central Queensland Airports by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops continued on Wednesday 21 February.

A32-439 at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

During the morning, A32-439, again flying as "Dingo 15", again flew North from RAAF Base Amberley and was noted completing more survey work within the Wide Bay Training Area.  And again, like it did yesterday (see Blog post below), A32-439 then continued North and landed at Rockhampton Airport for some time before later returning to Amberley.

Meanwhile, in the early afternoon, fellow RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-437 as "Dingo 32", flew South from Townsville and also landed at Rockhampton Airport for some time.  It was later noted returning to Townsville.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 


The Great Works Of Sharri Markson: Abbott Is Not Pig-Headed. The Greens Are Lunatics. Im not Biased. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As political reporting goes, it doesnt get much more lightweight than the Daily Telegraph. And so, appropriately the Daily Terrors chief political reporter is none other than, Sharri Markson. The flyweight of lightweights.

You might remember Sharri from such exposes as I went undercover as a uni student (while I still looked like a uni student) and took a selfie in a lift to expose how journalism lecturers at Sydney universities trash News Corporation.

Note to Sharri all university lecturers the world over trash News Corporation reporting. Because it can be pretty shite.

Markson is one of those News Corporation journalists whos drunk so much company Kool-Aid, its entirely possible she actually believes everything she says, and writes. Which explains this staggering exchange on the Daily Tele earlier today, where entertainment reporter Jonathon Moran engages in a lively discussion with Markson on politics in Canberra, in which Markson tries to school him on bias.

MORAN: Old mate (Tony Abbott), like whens he just going to quit politics?.

MARKSON (laughing): This is why you cant be a political reporter.

Markson then argues Abbott still has a very big following.

MORAN: This is a man who was there with the children overboard. This is a man whose been given so many chances and still just waffles on with his rubbish. He ripped public education to shreds, hes saying the cities are chockers, and that education needs to be improved, so improve education even though I scrapped it and ripped it to shreds and stuffed it all up.

MARKSON: Youre reading from Bill Shortens playbook. It seems like theyve sent you some talking points.

MORAN: Tony Abbott makes me feel sick.

MARKSON: Oh no, you cant say that.

MORAN: its not easy to interview someone as pig-headed as (Abbott).

MARKSON (feigning exasperation): JMO, you cant say these things about a former Prime Minister.

Sigh. Where to start?

Markson, as perhaps the most transparently partisan political reporter in the country, has a very long history of boosting the right, and trashing the left. Her last article for 2017, about the winners and los...


hunters Hill residents still waiting on government to clean up uranium contaminated land "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hunters Hill residents wary of latest announcement on uranium contamination, ABC News, 20 Feb 18, By Jade Macmillan

Residents on Sydneys lower north shore have dismissed the Governments latest plans to clean up land contaminated by a uranium smelter more than hundred years ago as a hollow promise.

Property Minister Victor Dominello announced $30 million to remediate the waterfront land on Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill, the former site of the Radium Hill refinery, which closed in 1915.

The area was also occupied by a carbolic acid plant until the early 1900s and a tin smelter until the 1960s.

Residents have spent decades urging the Government to remove the affected soil, which the NSW Environment Protection Authority found it was contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, coal tar pitch, arsenic and lead.

Having this funding should give the community confidence that we are determined to remediate the site, Mr Dominello said, ahead of a public meeting of more than 200 residents on Tuesday night.

The Government is currently considering suitable disposal locations for the waste, and is in discussions with the Federal Government on the possibility of using the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility earmarked for development in South Australia.

The minister did not provide a timeframe for the works and a site for the radioactive facility has not yet been selected.

Rosemary Manusu, 80, who has lived on Nelson Parade for more than 50 years, said she had little faith in the a...


1) ULMWP Can Pass Muster: Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Papua election candidates' indigenousness confirmed
3) West Papua Liberation Army in fresh campaign against Indonesia

1) ULMWP Can Pass Muster: Foreign Minister



Ryde Lions Schools Debating Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JACK Issa of St Josephs College, Hunters Hill, was the winner of the Ryde Lions Youth of the Year Schools Debating Competition at Gladesville Sporties [more]

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Chinese developers billion-dollar proposal would move Sydney motorway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A wealthy Chinese developer is pushing the New South Wales Government to overhaul its plans for billions of dollars in infrastructure around Badgerys Creek Airport to make way for a bold development proposal.

The 344 hectare parcel of prime land north of Elizabeth Drive at Badgerys Creek is owned by accused murderer Ron Medich and his brother Roy.

The site is the subject of a confidential commercial arrangement with property development company Boyuan Holdings Limited (BHL).

BHL lodged a submission in December to the Greater Sydney Commissions Western Sydney District Plan, Greater Sydney Region Plan 2056 and Future Transport Plan 2056.

A Chinese developer is pushing for a billion-dollar infrastructure overhaul near Badgerys Creek airport.

The proposal is for a Bold Vision for the site where the developer wants the government to realign the $3.6 billion dollar planned M12 motorway which will link the new airport to the M7 at Cecil Hills. BHL also suggested making the proposed North-South rail line from Rouse Hill to Narellan an underground metro with a station on their land.

The developer also proposes flexible zoning which would allow for 88 hectares of homes for 22,250 residents....


Sabrina and Lyle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sabrina and Lyle came to visit with dip and bread and watermelon juice.

There's a bit of the Junction St roofline behind


Rental "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


3 bedroom family home available April to October.

Hi people, we are going travelling for 6 months (April to October) and we are looking for some lovely folk to rent our beloved 3 bedroom family home in Thornbury. We would love to find someone for the whole period but happy to consider any offers. 

We will leave our furniture and kitchenware but take all our personal belongings so there will be plenty of room for yours. Our home is an old Californian bungalow located near Merri Creek and the Miller St shops, with 3 bedrooms, updated bathroom, central hydronic heating, large living opening on to deck and small garden. 

Please get in touch if you would like more information.


Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Does anyone have a recommendation for laptop screen repairs (not mac)? 

Could you post on blog or text 0415 675 585?


Stuart Wilde Gets Hit by The Force "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was in the 80s that I was working for a company called the Mystic Trader in Melbourne, Australia and we were promoting a Stuart Wilde seminar (The Warriors Wisdom) []


A Pair of RAAF Super King Airs and a RAAF C-27J Spartan all noted at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A interesting trio of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) turboprop aircraft were all noted completing airwork and passing through some Central Queensland Airports over the last couple of days.

In the early part of the afternoon on Tuesday 20 February,  (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-007, which was flying as "Wallaby 37", was noted flying North from RAAF Base Amberley and completed some airwork at Maryborough Airport.  It then flew back to Amberley on the no-communication low-level jet route via the Eastern side of Fraser Island then down the South Queensland coast.

RAAF C-27J Spartan A34-007 at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

It also appeared that also on Tuesday 20 February, fellow RAAF C-27J Spartan A34-006 "Wallaby 25", was operating out of Amberley.

During the later part of the morning also on Tuesday 20 February, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-439 as "Dingo 15",  was also noted flying North from Amberley and then completed some aerial survey work in the Wide Bay Training Area before flying further North and landing at Rockhampton Airport for a period of time.  A32-439 then returned to Amberley.

Another RAAF Super King Air A32-671 as "Dingo 24", was noted departing Longreach Airport for Townsville also on Tuesday 20 February.  It possibly arrived from the South late on Monday 19 February, although this is not 100% confirmed.

And finally, also at Longreach Airport, also on Monday 19 February, RAAF Super King Air A32-339 as "Beaufort 12", passed through, arriving from the South and later departing to RAAF Base Tindal (Katherine).

Photo taken by Daniel Bishop 


In which a late Moorice is better late than never ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

And now the pond is truly, deeply mortified.

How has it come to this?

How has Moorice, one of the world's greatest climate scientists, been marked down, and narrowly squeaked in as the third reptile voice for the day, turning up in the pond's extra special late edition, though this means appearing in the twilight hours when only a few church mice will gain the benefit of his infinite wisdom

It's simple enough. While Moorice's advice is sage and deep, and wogs and other imports will benefit, it can be summarised succinctly.

If you want to live here, become like Moorice. Think like Moorice, be Moorice. Take Moorice as your exemplar, hero and avatar.

If you must, you can be like the onion muncher, but be aware there's a cut-off point for heroes. Perhaps you could be like Cory, or the hasty Pastie, or at a pinch, Kev the libertine demanding the right to have affairs with staff ...and for the ladies, the Sydney Anglicans are always on the look out for complimentary women, guaranteeing a spot amongst the deeply pious

And that's about it. If you can't manage to turn yourself into an angry old white man shouting at clouds, you're in deep trouble and you probably won't ever fit in

The pond has thought of instituting a ban on all that foreign food and all those foreign clothes and all those foreign cultural tradit...


Was higher education ever likely to reduce inequality? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next week I am a panelist in a discussion on whether Australia has an equitable tertiary education system. The promotional blurb says:

Australians believe we live in a fair and egalitarian country. We believe in a fair go: in equality of opportunity. We also believe that accessible education and training is a fundamental right and it facilitates prosperity, social mobility and a richer and more engaged economy.

Are these beliefs about who we are based in fact? While access to higher education has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, income and wealth inequality is also on the rise. This seeming contradiction challenges our most fundamental beliefs about intergenerational mobility. Is the education system a cure or a curse?

When I accepted the invitation to be on the panel I told the organisers that I did not know the answers to their questions, but I could offer some observations. I am going to try a few of them out on this blog.

Starting theoretically, I think social mobility and income inequality are distinct issues. It was always more plausible that education would promote mobility in personal status than that it would reduce snapshot-in-time income inequality figures. Indeed, there are reasons for thinking that higher education is more likely to increase than decrease income inequality.

Higher education can increase individual income inequality by facilitating a more unequal labour market. Higher education provides the training to support an increasing number of highly-skilled and highly-paid professionals. In a 2017 paper, Jeff Borland and Michael Coelli have some interesting charts showing growth in demand for the kinds of cognitive skills that a university education aspires to teach. Consistent with this, numerous papers have shown substantial financial returns to higher education. This Deloitte report from last year summarises some of the local literature and adds its own estimates.

Individual income inequality translates into even greater household income inequality via graduates partnering with each other. I havent found any recent Australian statistics on this subject, but it is hard to think of any reason why this would not be a factor here.

Aside from the purely financial implications of getting a degree, higher education creates it...


Will the Victorian Socialists shake up Victorias election year? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the Victorian state elections of December 1908, the Victorian Socialist Party (VSP) then the largest radical party in Australia threw down the electoral gauntlet to the Australian Labor Party by running candidates in two inner-city Melbourne seats.


Youth enterprise program about to be axed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Youth Services Di Mahoney and Deborah Pearse. Photo Eve Jeffery

Paul Bibby

Byron Youth Service (BYS) is seeking help from the community to save a longstanding youth enterprise program that is about to have its government funding cut.

The Youth Enterprise Project (YEP) has helped thousands of local kids kick-start their small business ideas, access training, and connect with mentors since it commenced in 2005.

It has also supported the popular Byron Flea Market, which runs monthly at the Youth Activity Centre.

But all of these activities are facing closure owing to the imminent axing of a $100,000 grant from the NSW Department of Social Services.

The grant will expire in March and BYS is now asking the community to help it save the program by providing donations, sponsorships or volunteer hours.

Senior youth worker Deb Pearse said that more than 400 youth had participated in YEP initiatives in the past 12 months alone.

There are so many young people who have benefited from these programs and there are so many more who stand to benefit from them in the future, Ms Pearse said.

Its not only the knowledge and experience they get from training and mentoring.

The Flea Market is a really important space that local youth have made their own. Its become part of their sense of identity and part of their sense of belonging to Byron Shire.

Were turning to the community and seeking financial support to keep our programs running for the next generation.

Street Cruise

Ms Pearse said the services Street Cruise program was also at risk of termination without more funding.

Providing support and food to kids in need on the streets of Byron Bay since 2001, the program has fallen into financial deficit in recent months.

Ms Pearse said it was now more important than ever for the Street Cruise to continue their work given unfortunate recent incidents involving young people and police.

Were in a position where we can intervene by talking to kids and calming them down a bit so that things dont get out of hand, she said.

This is a time when we need to be expanding these types of programs not closing them down.

The youth....


Big Vegan Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dirty Deeds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Help us untangle this environmental mess. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While Sydney was preparing for another spectacular fireworks display, Gal the Great Cormorant was fighting for her life. Great Cormorant

On New Years Eve WIRES rescuer Michaela and her husband found themselves abandoning their plans and jumping into a creek at a reserve in South West Sydney.  

Michaela remembers seeing a large bird that seemed to be drowning about five metres away from the shore. It was a Great Cormorant, completely exhausted and probably only minutes from death. 

Gal was entangled in metres of fishing line which was cutting into her left shoulder as it wrapped around her body multiple times. Michaelas husband said that there were four different lines around her, two of which were attached to a float. He also found five fishing hooks attached to her body.  

He was able to cut some line and get her to shore. The usually majestic and strong bird was coughing up water and was very weak. 

One of the fishing hooks had pierced through her beak and leg at the same time so she was not only in pain but she could barely move, recalls Michaela. 

Michaela and her husband travelled through Sydney, on what has to be the busiest night of the year, to reach an emergency vet.
Gal received antibiotics and stitches for two wounds on her left wing. One of the wounds was two centimetres wide, caused from the fishing line which had embedded into her skin. 
The hooks were carefully removed from Gals body. The vet identified them as Treble hooks, which feature three barbs per hook. It is not uncommon for Seabirds to receive multiple wounds from these hooks, which dramatically decreases their chance of survival. 

The strong-willed Cormorant recovered quickly and was successfully released back to the wild in the first week of January. 

When we left, there was still lots of fishing line in the water, including a float. Who knows how many hooks were under the water? said Michaela, feeling frustrated at the cause of Gals injuries.

Later that week Michaela returned to the creek in an effort to clean up the area and prevent further animals suffering the same fate as Gal. 



PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge.

They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.

It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.

The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.

The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.

But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.

In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.

This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.

There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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MACKAY Not something we want people running around with "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 06:21AM ,

Not something we want people running around with

February 21, 2018 at 06:21AM ,

A MACKAY butcher has faced court after attempting to board a plane while carrying a concealed credit card knife. Michael Edward Francis Daniel, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with possessing a category M weapon. Daniel was caught with the knife a thin seven centimetre

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MACKAY Robbery with violence at Cannonvale, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Robbery with violence at Cannonvale, QLD

February 21, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Police have charged a man following the alleged robbery of a taxi driver at Cannonvale this morning, Queensland Police say. It is alleged around 1am two passengers who were travelling in a taxi assaulted the driver inside the vehicle before the driver pulled over at a service station on Shute Harbour

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MACKAY Robbery with violence, Cannonvale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 21, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Robbery with violence, Cannonvale

February 21, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. A 24-year-old Cannonvale man has also been arrested and is assisting police with their inquiries. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report

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Indonesian City Announces Taskforce Targeting LGBTIQ Community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a taskforce to limit the activities of the LGBTIQ community, as the countrys anti-gay crackdown continues. Depoks deputy mayor Muhammad Idris said the 200-strong force including police officers, social service workers and religious leaders was a bid to curb the spread of ...

The post Indonesian City Announces Taskforce Targeting LGBTIQ Community appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Wages improve at a painfully slow rate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wages up a bit

Wage prices - one of the most keenly anticipated releases of the year! Let's take a run through it in half a dozen charts. 

Firstly, quarterly wages growth came in above market expectations at +0.6 per cent.

And the annual rate of wages growth rose for a second consecutive quarter to +2.1 per cent. 

So that was a mild positive. 

Yet it says something about how low expectations have fallen when the Aussie dollar cheered a result within which private sector wages increased by just +1.93 per cent in 2017. Ouch.

Public sector wages growth was notably stronger at +2.44 per cent. 

Both sectors have picked up from previously softer levels, while public sector wage prices have outpaced the private sector since 2013. 

At the state level Victoria is now in pole position with wages growth of +2.4 per cent.

This doesn't fit entirely squarely with the meme that immigration is to blame for low wages growth (since Melbourne has by far and away the highest rate of population growth in the country), albeit the rebound was largely driven by pay deals in the public sector. 


A marsupial in wolf's clothing - First 3D digital models reveal convergent evolution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Researchers from Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne have CT scanned all 13 known Tasmanian tiger joey specimens to create 3D digital models which have allowed them to study their skeletons and internal organs, and reconstruct their growth and development. This has revealed important new information about how this unique extinct marsupial evolved to look so similar to the dingo, despite being very distantly related.

The digital scans show that when first born the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) looked like any other marsupial.

But three months later, when they left the pouch they had taken on the appearance of a puppy and continued to grow with a dog-like appearance.

The research, led by the University of Melbourne and Museums Victoria and in conjunction with an international team of scientists, is published today [Wednesday 21 February, 11:30AM AEST] in Royal Society Open Science.

It comes from the same team who successfully sequenced the thylacine genome in December 2017.

The Tasmanian tiger was a marsupial, which raised its young in a pouch.

Its resemblance to the dingo is one of the best examples of convergent evolution in mammals. This is where, two species, despite not being closely related, evolve to look very similar.

The Tasmanian tiger would have last shared a common ancestor with the canids (dogs and wolves) around 160 million years ago.

Dr Christy Hipsley, Research Associate at Museums Victoria and the University of Melbourne said after sequencing the Tasmanian tiger genome in 2017, this research fills one more piece of the puzzle on why they have evolved to look so similar to dogs.

This is the first digital development series of the Tasmanian tiger, Australias most iconic extinct marsupial predator. Using CT technology we have been able to garner new information on the biology of this iconic species, and its growth and development.

These scans show in incredible detail how the Tasmanian tiger started its journey in life as a joey that looked very much like any other marsupial, with robust forearms so that it could climb into its mother's pouch. But by the time...


Anything but plain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I love the Moolort Plains at this time of year. The contrast between the big, blue skies and golden stubble makes a great backdrop for the raptors that inhabit this fascinating landscape.

Looking south across the Moolort Plains towards Smeaton, 18th February 2018


Prisoners get behind mud run event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prisoners get behind mud run event

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY From left, Dhurringile Prison industry manager, Geoff Orr, general manager, Colin Thompson, operations manager, Ian Thirkell, senior prison officer industries, Christian Jenner and Zaidees Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner at the rock climbing wall obstacle, which is one of nine obstacles that prisoners from Dhurringile Prison built for the upcoming Mad Cow Mud Run event. Photo: David Lee.

PRISONERS from Dhurringile Prison put their skills to good use recently, making nine of the 50 obstacles that will be part of the upcoming Zaidees Rainbow Foundation Mad Cow Mud Run event.

20 prisoners spent 11 days under supervision constructing obstacles for the event, including a rock climbing wall, ninja steps, a large hurdle, a guillotine jump, tyre hurdle, tyre tunnel, a hand and foot hurdle, spider web maze and a tyre chain swing.

As well as the nine obstacles made by the prisoners, the event will offer challenges such as swimming across the Broken River, a water slide, half pipe and full pipe, a tunnel crawl, cargo nets a-frame, a wooden a-frame, tyre shed, monkey bars, mud pits and a mud crawl to mention a few.

Zaidees Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner said, The prisoners have done a great job and the obstacles have come up so well.

This year were offering a 12km or 6km run for adults and 2km for the kids run and there will be many obstacles, so it was fantastic to have the assistance of the prison to help construct some of them.

Im looking forward to seeing how participants react to the obstaclesits going to be a fun day.

Dhurringile Prison general manager, Colin Thompson said, We lent a hand because we are all about giving back to the community and completing tasks such as this helps with the reintegration of the prisoners back into the community.

The enthusiasm of the prisoners was incredible. This really gave them the chance to utilise skills that they are learning in the prison and even to pick up a few more skills.

Registrations open at 7am on the day (Saturday, March 3) with first wave runners starting at 7:30am until 10:30am for adults, and kids running from 11am to 1:30pm followed by three and four years old at 2pm. For further information on the event or for register, visit


Talk is cheap and people want action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Talk is cheap and people want action

LIBERALS HAVE EYE ON SEAT State Leader for the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy and Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell sat down with The Adviser to discuss the chances of the Liberal Party taking the seat in Shepparton at the upcoming election, saying that the partys priorities would be on education, health, continuing the work of the Population Taskforce and transport, including the bypass and rail. Photo: David Lee.

THE Liberal Party is confident that they will have a chance to take the seat in Shepparton at the upcoming election, with State Leader for the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy telling The Adviser that there has been enough talk about what Shepparton needs and now is time for action.

While he was in town announcing the opening of the partys pre-selection nomination process, Mr Guy said that the partys focus would be on education, health, continuing the work of the Population Taskforce and transport, including the bypass and rail.

Mr Guy said, The Liberal Party hasnt stood here (in Shepparton) since 2006 and we will put our best foot forward.

It will be a hotly contested seat. There will be an Independent, The Labour Party, The Liberal Party and The Nationals, so Shepparton voters will be spoilt for choice.

Locally, I think there is a keen focus on the railway and the condition and quality of the rail service. From our point of view Shepparton in the same prism that you would view Ballarat and Bendigo, so we view it as a major regional city that needs to have services attached to that. And of course health is another important aspect that we have on our minds.

Weve had a Population Taskforce that has been around for two years that has been to Shepparton three times and we now have a local taskforce which has been doing a good job at looking at decentralising Melbournes growth to areas in regional Victoria.

There are also state-wide issues that will be our focus such as crime, law and order and the cost of living. We will have a little bit more to talk about when it comes to electricity in the near future too.

We are keen to stand. We have changed the way our party campaigns. Weve done a lot of work locally and put a lot of effort into finding candidates. I am very confident that we will be putting to the people of Shepparton a very good quality candidate for....


Local joins hay convoy to offer knowledge and technology "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local joins hay convoy to offer knowledge and technology

ASSISTING FARMERS Alltech Keenan Shepparton, sales, Mark Lewis, Bendigo nutritionist, Donal Blackwell and Tennyson engineer, Andrew Mitchel joined the Burrumbuttock Hay Run convoy last month to take their knowledge and technology to assist drought affected farmers in Queensland. Photo: Supplied.

BETTER ways to get use out of fodder on farms in drought affected areas was the main focus of local, Mark Lewis from Alltech Keenan Shepparton and the business Bendigo nutritionist, Donal Blackwell and Tennyson engineer, Andrew Mitchel, when the group lent their knowledge and technology to the Burrumbuttock Hay Run appeal.

Beginning in 2013 by organiser, Brendan Farrell, the Burrumbuttock Hay Run is a charitable event organised to supply hay and fodder to drought affected livestock communities in NSW and Queensland.

The team from Keenan joined the hay convoy at Darlington Point on the evening of Thursday, January 26, which had departed with over 160 loads of hay, arriving at the showgrounds in Cunnamulla, south west Queensland that evening before dark.

Mark, Donal and Andrew said, Brendan asked us along with the Keenan mixer wagon technology because he appreciates that farmers need to be adding value solutions and be educated about new technologies that add value and make better use of their fodder on-farm.

Keenan mixers are unique in that they can process forage in a format that minimises sorting of different feeds and also allows stock to be maintained with less feed intake, meaning farmers can get more from less when resources are tight.

The convoy (up to 10km long) passed through Griffith, Hillston, Cobar, Bourke and onto Cunnamulla.

Being Australia Day many locals on the route came out to greet and cheer on the group with a large crowd of over 1,000 people (some travelling hundreds of kilometres) to meet the convoy at Cunnamulla.

One could see the effects of protracted drought in the region with just dust to be seen in many livestock paddocks where hay was being supplemented.

On Saturday we provided the facility to mix feeds (hay and straw) and talked with farmers in the region about drought feeding strategies.

They were so friendly and appreciative to have had us there.


Off duty officer dies following Shepparton collision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

POLICE have confirmed that Acting Sergeant Gavin Sproule was the off duty police officer who tragically died following a two-car collision in Shepparton on Saturday night.

The collision occurred at the intersection of Verney Road and Nightingale Way just after 9pm.

Investigators believe that a vehicle travelling on Nightingale Way turned right onto Verney Road and collided with a Toyota utility.

The driver of the utility, the 37-year-old Kialla man, was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital but unfortunately died on arrival.

The female driver of the other vehicle was conveyed to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The loss brings the total number of lives lost on our roads to 29, two up from the same time last year.


Pillar of business community remembered "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pillar of business community remembered

HUNDREDS HONOUR STEWART Pictured, Stewart Lynas and his wife, Pam. Photo: Supplied.

HUNDREDS gathered together on Monday to pay respect to and farewell a pillar of the local business community, Stewart Lynas who sadly passed away last week.

Many know Stewart through his years at Purdeys Jewellers. Please see next weeks edition of The Adviser for more on Stewarts life and involvement in the local community.


Committee focuses on regions education "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A FOCUS on education was expressed at the Committee for Greater Sheppartons (C4GS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner on Thursday last week, where the committee heard from Minister for Education, James Merlino on the Shepparton Education Plan and the Super School.

During the AGM the committee saw two board members retire from their positions, Rebecca Wolstencroft and Peter Gray and Rob Priestly was re-elected as chair, Lesley Hart was elected deputy chair, and there was the election of two new board members, Jane Macey from Spiire and former director of the Kelly Communications Group, Scott Kelly.

C4GS CEO, Sam Birrell said, During the AGM Dinner, over 90 members and some leaders in the education sector in Shepparton attended. We had Minister for Education, James Merlino speak on the Education Plan for Shepparton and the Super School plan.

The minister spoke about his commitment to the plan and was very pleased to receive the recommendation from the advisory committee and is keen to work towards making it a reality. He also discussed the possibility of a new Tech School in Shepparton and how important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is for the future of the Goulburn Valley region and the business that are here.

Were strong advocates for the Education Plan.

Afterward Minister Merlino spoke, the committees chair, Rob Priestly outlined the business confidence in Shepparton, the fact that we are an export town and that with government investment in infrastructure to help us along, we can continue to provide Victoria with solid export earnings.


New GMW working group members inducted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GOULBURN-MURRAY Water (GMW) recently inducted 55 community members of new working groups that have been established to help carry out major projects.

The groups will assist with the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District Asset 25-Year Strategy and the Tariff and Pricing Strategy, both of which are major projects arising from GMWs Strategic Plan, released in September last year. The outcomes of this work will feed into the Essential Services Commission review of GMW price structure from 2020.

Members include representatives from catchment management authorities, other water organisations that are urban water customers, retail customers, environmental water holder customers and community members from across the region. Members of some of GMWs Water Services Committees have joined the working groups as well.

GMW managing director, Pat Lennon said the next pricing submission is due in August 2019, and the new ESC requirements and previous submissions had shown the importance of early, transparent and genuine engagement with customers.

We are delivering on a theme that was touched on a number of times during the lead-up to our updated Strategic Plan that was the commitment to inviting our customer base to the table to have a genuine opportunity to have input and influence on important decisions, Pat said.

My thanks to each of the members of our working groups for being so committed to GMWs outcomes, and more importantly, outcomes for all of our customers.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



THE WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH is holding an inaugural meeting at the Masonic Centre on Welsford Street, Shepparton from 10am on Wednesday, February 28. The speaker will be revered, Ian Davey. All interested people are welcome. For further information, phone Chris on 0414 906 617.


A FASHION SHOW will be held at The Salvation Army Shepparton on the corner of Nixon and Orr Street at 2pm on Saturday, March 3. $7 admission per person with all proceeds going to supporting people experiencing homelessness in Australia. Includes afternoon tea. See or contact 5821 2666 for more information.





GRANDPARENTS SUPPORT GROUP meet on the first Thursday of each month from 10am to 12 noon at the Shepparton Family Relationship Centre, 68 Wyndham Street in Shepparton. For information, phone 5820 0444.


THE PROBUS CLUB OF SHEPPARTON INC. meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:30am at the African House, 54 Poplar Avenue. For ladies and men, retired or semi-retired. Add zest to your lifestyle. For enquiries, phone Kevin on 5822 2673 or Marie on 5831 5256.


PFLAG SHEPPARTON we are a group of parents, family and friends of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who meet regularly to offer support and friendship to families and particularly parents. For more information, phone Glenys 0409 626 647 or email


SING AUSTRALIA GROUPS Shepparton meets Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Baptist church Shepparton (except school holidays). To participate in singing (no auditions needed), contact Meryl on 5831 2202 or 0418 578 369. Also on the Sing Australia website


GROW GROUP; Struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship troubles or coping with everyday life? Know someone who is? Grow groups meet weekly to offer peer support and use a proven program for mental wellness. All welcome, no cost. Shepparton Wednesdays 1pm at 11 Service Street, South Shepparton. Cobram Thursdays 7pm at Moira Education Centre, ODwyer Avenue. Benalla Mondays 10:30am at Waminda Community House, 19 Ballintine Street. For further information, contact Lindy on 0448 052 769.


MOOROOPNA CROQUET CLUB (behind the bowls club) will host Golf Croquet. We play a fun game of Golf Croquet on Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm. First afternoon free. Free le...


Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Editor,

Over the weekend, I witnessed one of the most disheartening displays of human behaviour I have ever seen. I had just finished shopping at a local supermarket and was returning the trolley to the bay. I had noticed a homeless person sitting out the front on my way in who was sitting right beside the trolley bay. Before I had the chance to return the trolley, a young man approached the homeless man and bent down to snatch his bag of money that he had obviously spent all day collecting.

I am not normally one to interfere with such circumstances, but as I was standing so close I reached over and grabbed the young mans arm, telling him to drop the bag. The homeless man was in shock and before we could do anything further the young man flung the bag into the air, scattering the homeless mans coins.

The young man then took off, turning around and calling the homeless man a scaband it was at that point I noticed the young man had a brown paper bag in his hand containing a bottle of alcohol.

Seeing such behaviour on its own was terrible, but then seeing that this young man walking the streets of Shepparton drinking without a care for others made it even worse.

While I was pleased that I was able to help the homeless man, I hope to never see such disgusting acts ever again.

Yours sincerely,

David James




Dear Editor,

I would like to follow up the comments made by I Hay in a Letter to the Editor in The Advisers February 7 edition We need to work on making our town better.

I wonder what our council is doing with regard to enforcing its own bylaws?

The town does look shabby and it wont improve while people are allowed to treat our roads and streets as a rubbish tip.

There are unregistered and burned-out wrecks on nearly every road and street in the town.

There seems to be a pop up wrecking yard, on every entrance to our town.

This also includes Doyles Road, Archer Street, Mitchell Street, Campbell Street and Vaughan Street.

These yards have so many vehicles that they cant store them on the premises, but need to use the roads and surrounding council land to keep them, and to pull them apart, and to dump their car parts.

Aside from this council allows storage of cars both registered and unregistered on the nature strips all over Shepparton.

If we cant take the time to tidy these st...


Helping you be that business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Helping you be that business

SAY HELLO TO THE TEAM Telstra Business Centre Information Communication Technology (ICT) business development manager, David Anderson, regional sales manager, Tim Sali and business consulting specialist, Don Atkinson. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

IN every walk of life, having systems in place tend to make things easier. When it comes to business systems, Telstra Business Centre has their finger on the pulse of the latest, simplest and most effective strategies and equipment for streamlining business success.

Telstra Business Centre regional sales manager, Tim Sali said, Id like to welcome two new members to the team, David Anderson and Don Atkinson. David and Don are specialised business consultants who are experts at growing customers businesses, mobilizing their teams and protecting their data. At Telstra Business Centre we will help you get the best out of your business and be sure to set your Business in the right direction.

Speak to the team at Telstra Business Centre. You can find them at 114-116 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Call 5820 7040 to book your appointment and they can help you be that business.


Apply directly to boost your education "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT IS not too late to enrol for university education in 2018, with La Trobe Universitys Shepparton campus offering classes starting in March, accommodation options, and a Tertiary Enabling Program for those needing a pathway into tertiary studies.

Full time and part time study options are available in the Bachelor of Educational Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness), Diploma in Business and Bachelor of Human Services/Master of Social Work.

Post graduate options are also available for those with a relevant existing degree or managerial experience such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

La Trobe University marketing and engagement advisor, Kristina Marko said, Its not too late to apply for tertiary study in 2018.

Applications can be made directly to the university through our website. We look toward previous study, relevant work or community experience and a students motivation for commencing a course, as part of the application process.

For those who are returning to study after work or raising a family or those who need a pathway into university education La Trobe University offers a one-year Diploma in Business or Arts, as well as the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP).

Second year nursing student, Fabrice Ebe commenced a Bachelor of Nursing after completing the TEP at the Shepparton campus in 2016.

Here, I feel the campus is well organised and there is a lot of support. Its home, Fabrice said.

Schedule a chat at our Shepparton campus and forge ahead with confidence. To book a one-on-one consultation, visit

Direct Applications close March 11, 2018.


A warm welcome to new doctors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A warm welcome to new doctors

SERVICING THE BROADER COMMUNITY Wyndham House Clinic welcomes new doctors, Dr Hasanthi Tennakoon, Dr Mala Gupta and Dr Thet Thiri Nwe to the team. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

CONVENIENTLY located on Maude Street in Shepparton, only a block from the centre of town, Wyndham House Clinic have been providing quality medical care to the people of Shepparton and surrounding areas for over 70 years.

Wyndham House Clinic welcomes three new doctors to the team. Dr Mala Gupta has a special interest in womens health and mental health, Dr Thet Thiri Nwe is passionate about working with families throughout their lifetime, womens heath and geriatric care and Dr Hasanthi Tennakoon has a special interest in geriatric and general medicine.

Shepparton has grown into a very multicultural community over the last decade and in recognition of this Wyndham House Clinic now has a group of doctors who represent many of these cultures including their long standing Australian born doctors who continue to have a very loyal patient base.

As a standard at Wyndham House Clinic, all children under 16 are bulk billed and there is a substantial discount for pensioners or health care card holders. There is also ample patient parking either on the street or in their car park at the rear of the building.

Visit Wyndham House Clinic at 96 Maude Street, Shepparton, phone 5820 3400or book online


Acclaimed Trans Actress Daniela Vega To Present At This Years Oscars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Transgender actress Daniela Vega will present at this years Academy Awards, in what is believed to be a first for the awards. The 28-year-old Chilean actress (pictured) has received acclaim for her breakthrough performance in the Oscar-nominated new movie A Fantastic Woman. Directed by Sebastin Lelio, the film stars Vega as trans woman Marina, who ...

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The tax the rich call bestows unwarranted importance on them "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It is Wednesday, so only a few snippets only today, while I am working on six lectures I have to give in Helsinki over the next two weeks. The first of those lectures will be a public event. And looking at the weather I am about to undergo around a 45 degree Celsius turnaround from where I am today in Australia to where I will be next week! That is what happens when you go to Finland in the early part of the year. Anyway, here are some items of interest I hope.

Our Green European Journal Article

In case you havent seen it, Thomas Fazi and myself have an article out last week (February 16, 2018) in the Green European Journal entitled Tax havens must be closed, but not for the reasons you think

The article summarises arguments I have made in various blogs (see below) which can be distilled into these summary insights:

1. Currency-issuing governments are not like households, who are financially constrained and have to fund their spending via income, borrowing, prior savings or asset sales.

2. The progressive reaction to the release of the Paradise Papers told us that most progressives still do not understand Point 1. They think the government needs to raise taxes to reduce its reliance on debt while providing public services via expenditure.

3. A consequence of the fiat system is that governments that issue their own currencies no longer have to fund their spending.

4. currency-issuing governments such as those of Australia, Britain, Japan and the US can never run out of money or become insolvent.

5. Do we need the richs money? No.

6. So should we close down tax havens? Yes!

Why? The reasons largely have to do with social justice, inequality and the distribution of political power.

For more information, please read the article (if you are interested).

The point generalises. Last Friday, I gave a talk at the New International Bookshop in Melbourne about our new book Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, 2017).

There was a good audience and during the question time the issue of taxing the rich came up. A very oft-repeated progressive narrative.

The response I gave was that just as Ayn Rand claimed in Atlas Shrugged that the workers were parasites and relied on the productive skill and zeal of the bosses, the tax the rich narrative perpetuates the view that without the rich folks in our society we can have noth...


Australian University Launches Nations First Blockchain Course "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recognising its importance as a revolutionary technology, an Australian university has today announced the countrys first course on blockchain technology. Its being hosted by Melbournes RMIT University and is scheduled to start in mid-March.

Blockchain Skills in High Demand

The eight-week short-course aims to address the current vacuum of young talent familiar with blockchain technology. Alan Tsen, a manager at one of the tech companies behind the new course, Stone and Chalk, told local news source 9news:

There is a real demand for blockchain training and a skills gap in the market that needs to be addressed.

Along with Stone and Chalk, the course has been developed by the universitys Blockchain Innovation Hub and graduate services provider, Accenture. Jason Potts of the former organisation told Business Insider about the technological complexities of blockchain and what the short course hopes to provide for students:

Its actually quite hard to understand a whole lot of different technologies have come together to contribute to it working Much of this course is designed to help executives and business leaders to understand not just how this new technology works, and understanding whats actually behind it, but also how it reflects business models and business strategy.

Without initiatives like the Melbourne university course, the lack of relevant skills issue is only set to get worse. The industry is rapidly expanding and according to tech think tank Gartner Research, will be worth over $176 billion by 2025.

Whilst the first practical application of the technology was cryptocurrency, there are various startups that are experimenting with it for a variety of different purposes. These include cybersecurity, resource management, healthcare, and the legal profession, to name but a few.

One company currently studying how blockchain technology can disrupt existing industries is Power Ledger. Also based in Australia, the startup hopes to provide a platform for sharing solar energy. They received substantial funding in late 2017 from a smart cities grant issued by the government. No doubt co-founder Jemma Green is as excited to hear about local educational institutions taking the technology seriously as sh...


Eight Films To See At The Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is returning next month with a diverse selection of comedies, documentaries and dramas on offer. From March 8, some of the best queer films from Australia and around the world will screen at the festivals home at New Farm Cinemas in Brisbane. The theme this year Were all the ...

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Big Screen: Lady Bird "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Lady Bird doesnt get along with her mother. At one point when theyre arguing on the highway, rather than listen to her mum bang on any longer, she opens the car door and throws herself straight out of the moving vehicle.

This is the family dynamic that defines Greta Gerwigs debut film, Lady Bird. Its an irreverent, charming coming-of-age story that will have you calling your parents as soon as the credits roll.

The film is a semi-autobiographical account of Greta Gerwigs own childhood. Instead of following Gerwig though, we meet Lady Bird McPherson; an eccentric teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. As she confronts the trials and tribulations of senior year, her mum is doing her best to be in Lady Birds corner but it doesnt always work out so easily. Their relationship is fractious, volatile and sometimes downright mean. Its played for laughs, but if it werent for the snapshots of her mums generosity outside of the home, it would be easy to cast Lady Birds mum as the villain of the movie. Instead Gerwig is sympathetic enough to capture the way it feels to have an overbearing mother, while appreciating the love that is tied up in that behaviour.



This means that the story becomes so much more than just a story about high-school angst. Its also about the weird ways that mums and dads try to shelter and support their kids: The good cop, bad cop roles that parents take on. The double-standards that accompany rules. Most of all its about how parents are humans too, making their own mistakes as they try to set an example for their children.

Gerwigs own experience filters through the film, giving it a wonderful sense of humour and resonance. Perhaps thats best demonstrated in Lady Birds relationship with Sacramento, Gerwigs own home town. Lady Bird desperately wants to leave, until she is genuinely faced with that opportunity. By recognising how important the small world that you grow up in is,...


Who are you going to blame? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is what Tony Abbott reckons is currently wrong with Australia:

My issue is not immigration; its the rate of immigration at a time of stagnant wages, clogged infrastructure, soaring housing prices and, in Melbourne at least, ethnic gangs that are testing the resolve of police.

Okay.  I think sensible individuals can agree that this particular list of complaints is a fair summary of what (some) people are talking about.

It seems to me, however, that everything on that list is due to government. Government is to blame for stagnant wages. Government is to blame for clogged infrastructure. Government is to blame for soaring housing prices. Government it blame for ethnic gangs testing the resolve of police.

The solutions to those problems include:

  • cutting spending, cutting taxation, cutting red tape, and cutting green tape.
  • better coordination, prioritising, and tighter budgeting for infrastructure spending.
  • releasing more land for housing, cutting red tape, and cutting green tape.
  • tougher sentencing for violent criminal behaviour, and truth in sentencing.

To be fair to Tony Abbott, a lot of that involves both the commonwealth and state governments getting off their bums and actually doing stuff.  But quite frankly, until he starts talking about actual solutions to real problems, all this anti-immigration talk is just a waste of everybodys time.


Joel Creasey: Body Shaming In The Gay Community Is Out Of Control "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Comedian Joel Creasey has spoken out about body shaming and unrealistic standards of beauty in the gay community. In a lengthy Facebook post, Creasey expressed his disappointment at seeing social media users obsessing over their bodies ahead of Mardi Gras season. Ive seen over the past few months on Instagram and social media gay men ...

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Search for yachtsman missing off Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Part of the search area, off Yamba, viewed from the Westpac helicopter. Photo WHRS

An air and sea search is underway for 65-year-old solo yachtsmen Keith Jones, who is missing from his vessel, found at Yamba yesterday.

Yesterday Mr Jones 34-foot Manitou Ketch Wayfarer was found washed up on rocks at Yamba having sailed a distance of some 550km south of its starting point.

Mr Jones left Hervey Bay Marina last Wednesday (February 14) and has not been seen or heard from since.

He was reported missing to Queensland Police on Monday, February 19, and an extensive search was conducted, without success.

Police from Marine Area Command initiated a search via the Australian maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) of waters off the North Coast involving two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft, again without success.

Marine vessels were not able to be deployed due to dangerous conditions, and the air search was suspended following an AMSAs search.

The Marine Area Command are continuing to investigate with assistance from Queensland Water Police.

Police are calling for information in relation to any public sightings of the yacht Wayfarer between Tweed Heads and Illuka, on Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 February 2018, please call crime stoppers in 1800 333 000.

Police say Mr Jones behaviour, in not alerting anyone to his travel plans, was out of character.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to conduct a search between Woody Head north of Yamba through to Angourie south of Yamba.

Nothing was located by the helicopter crew.

NSW Water Police are investigating the last known location of the sailor from the yacht.

The helicopter crew then dispatched a self-locating datum marker buoy which is designed to measure surface ocean currents. It will emit a signal every 30 minutes to allow search authorities to plot the potential search area for both Marine Rescue vessels and aircraft.

The yacht has been towed into Yamba harbour.

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Missing teens found safe and well "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Missing North Coast teenagers Georgina Hills, Tyson Giles and Alex Cupitt.

Three teenagers who went missing from their homes on the North Coast earlier this month have all been found safe and well.

On Monday (February 19) police put a call out for anyone who had seen any of the three 13-year-old Tyson Giles and Alex Cuppitt and 14-year-old Georgina Hills to contact them.

Later that day, Tyson and Alex were found safe an well but Georgina was believed to still be in the Brunswick Heads area.

Then, yesterday evening, she was also found.

Thumbs up to the member of the public who recognised her photo and called police straight away! Richmond LAC said on its Facebook page.

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Reforming Queenslands termination of pregnancy laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luca Cherubin and Troy Maher

In response to an inquiry by the Queensland Law Reform Commision (QLRC), Dr Ronli Sifris and Dr Tania Penovic recently made a submission on behalf of the Castan Centre for the review of the termination of pregnancy laws in Queensland. In Queensland, an abortion is only legal if the continuation of the pregnancy poses a serious risk to a womens physical or mental health. As such, abortions are not available on request as they are in a number of Australian jurisdictions. This has led to abortion being treated as a criminal justice issue rather than a public health issue. For example, in R v Brennan & Leach [2010] QDC 329, a woman was prosecuted for procuring her own miscarriage. The World Health Organisation has observed that restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates, and that lack of access to safe, legal abortion results in higher mortality from unsafe abortions. The debate around access to abortion remains coloured by intractable and passionately held views. However, abortions are a fact of human existence.

Abortion Access in other Jurisdictions

In Victoria, abortion on request is legally available up to 24 weeks gestation. In Western Australia, it is up to 20 weeks gestation, Tasmania up to 16 weeks gestation, and in the Northern Territory up to 14 weeks. Only the ACT imposes no gestational limit on a womans ability to access abortion services without seeking the approval of a medical practitioner. However, it is important to note that even in states where abortion on request is legally available, this does not necessarily translate into factual availability for all women. There are numerous other barriers to abortion access, including financial barriers, geographic barriers and the availability of medical practitioners willing to provide the service. These issues may disproportionately impact women from rural or remote areas, low socio-economic status or indigenous women.

The Castan Centres Submission

The Castan Centres submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission made a number of recommendations to bring the states abortion laws more in line with human rights. The Centre believes that abortion should be considered as a health issue, rather than a criminal justice issue. A woman should be free to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy without a doctor playing gatekeeper, and without the threat of criminal consequences for their decision.

The Centre recommended that with the increased availability of....



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Your name: Debbie Hook
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
The suburb/town you live in now: Narangba.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:I use paper, inks and embellishments to create a range of handmade cards, scrapbook layouts, gift boxes, notebooks, mini albums, invitations and other custom requested items.

What inspired you to start your business?: My love of paper crafting and people I knew wanting me to make things for them


Push for more inspections of Ballina shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

A Ballina Shire councillor has accused the NSW Department of Primary Industries of failing to inspect shark nets for by-catch along the Ballina coastline, despite a commitment to do so.

Cr Jeff Johnson said the latest figures from the department showed that the nets were only inspected on 14 occasions during January, which was nowhere near the commitment of 50 to 60 inspections a month.

Cr Johnson said the DPI simply dont care about the commitments made when the trial was announced.

I have also seen footage of a ray that was entangled in the shark nets with the full knowledge of the DPI yet it wasnt released, he said.

The net wasnt inspected for two days. Im concerned that having marine life, such as rays or large fish species caught in the nets and not released within a short period of time could act as a shark attraction which would largely defeat the purpose of having the nets installed.

During January, 30 animals were caught and 25 released. That means that five animals died. Im sure that this number could be significantly reduced if the nets were inspected every morning and afternoon.

Cr Johnson has lodged a notice of motion for Thursdays meeting calling on the council to write to the NSW DPI and appropriate members of parliament asking that the DPI adhere to the commitments they have provided in respect to regular inspections of the North Coast Shark nets.

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Susan Templeman speaks on the sweeping changes to security in detention centres. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Government is trying to impose sweeping draconian security measures on all immigration centres. Susan Templeman member for Macquarie is opposed. Listen to Susan's speech on the second reading of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017. Read the transcript. Feb.7 2018 This is why it is so important for us to keep our politicians informed.



Bluesfest is proud to present the final playing schedule for whats going to be one of their most exciting and dynamic festivals yet. This years line up features a rich depth of talent, the likes of which have never been seen in Australia before.

Each of the five days at Bluesfest features some of the worlds greatest artists, performing just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay. For example, on Thursday Soul sensation Leon Bridges and Rock n Rollers Gomez will open the festival. Friday night brings the voice of Led Zeppelin Robert Plant, and RnB icon Ms. Lauryn Hill a truly incredible double bill. Saturday features Bluesfest fan favourite Michael Franti and Spearhead as well as beloved singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. Sunday at Bluesfest is truly jam packed with talent with Australian superstars Tash Sultana and John Butler Trio, as well as Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge all playing on one not to be missed day! Monday finishes things off with the one and only Lionel Richie, Chic featuring Nile Rogers and Dan Sultan.

In total there are over 70 artists performing at Bluesfest 2018! Its no wonder they are the only Australian Music Festival to be nominated 6 times in a row for the Pollstar International Music Festival of the Year, and to win the NSW Tourism Award for Best Major Festival & Event three years in a row (giving Bluesfest entry into the illustrious NSW Tourism Hall of Fame).

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM on the launch of the highly anticipated 2018 playing schedule:

It is always a great day in the rollout of Bluesfest, when we announce the playing schedule. Everyone can then use whatever method they use, from Apps through to smoke signals to traverse the wonderful beast that is Bluesfest.

With back to back performances for 12 hours a day on multiple stages, a gourmet variety of food stalls, markets, on site camping and parking, Bluesfest 2018 will be a haven for music lovers of all ages this Easter long weekend from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. Tickets are selling fast so organisers warn music lovers to get theirs now to avoid disappointment.

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800.

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Byron luxury estate agent goes into liquidation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Luxury Byron Bay based real estate agent Unique Estates has gone to the wall owing staff wages.

Paul Bibby

Unique Estates was born from a single sale in the Byron Bay hinterland and grew into a prestige property agency with offices across Australia and Asia.

But the empire crumbled into the sea last week when it was announced that the company had gone into liquidation.

Employees at the companys Byron Bay office were among those who received an email from founder Nicolette Wijngaarden informing them that bank accounts are frozen and there are no funds.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Unique Estates is going into liquidation today and you are to stop work straight away, Ms Winjgaarden said in the email, which was published on the property news website Property Observer.

Wages cannot be paid tomorrow.

I am so very sorry it has come to this. Please know I did everything I could to prevent it.

Unique Estates website was shut down within hours of the announcement to staff, and its seven offices across Australia and in Hong Kong quickly emptied.

Ms Wijngaarden did not return The Echos calls and the liquidator, McGrath Nicol, has instructed staff not to talk about the companys collapse. However, The Echo understands staff are shocked and upset by the announcement, which few saw coming.

Property Observer reported that Unique Estates also represented around 32 vendors at the time of the collapse.

Ms Wijngaarden founded Unique Estates in 2009 as a company specialising in luxury, high-end properties.

It began when she decided to help her partner sell his house in the Byron Bay hinterland and realised there was a niche that needed filling.

In the ensuing years, the agency expanded significantly, producing a luxury property publication distributed through Qantas lounges around the world and launching a yacht- and jet-charter business.

While little light has been shed on the reason for the collapse, it is understood that recent changes to foreign-ownership laws were a blow to the businesss bottom line.

Unique Estates was well known for finding rich foreign invest...


Report rules out buried bodies on Nth Lismore Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A view of the North Lismore Plateau. (Darren Coyne)

The Lismore City Council has announced that an exhumation of a grave-like feature on the North Lismore Plateau has failed to unearth any human remains.

The exhumation was carried out after an archeology report by Georadar Pty Ltd for the Everick Heritage Consultants , who are acting for the Winter Property Group developers on 18 January 2017.

The council announced this week that forensics specialists had examined the site and a report was expected soon.

But the initial findings were that the exhumation process had failed to identify any human remains in the location identified by ground-penetrating radar in the archaeological assessment.

Meanwhile, the council has placed on public exhibition two voluntary planning agreements related to biodiversity management and water and sewer infrastructure for the land being developed by the Winten Group.

The voluntary planning agreements outline terms for private developers to share the costs of internal water and sewer infrastructure to service their developments on the North Lismore Plateau.

The council announced it would  prepare a report following the public exhibition period, which would be presented to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP), which would make a final assessment on the development application.

At the end of the submission process, we will prepare an assessment report on the DA for the Winten Group land to address all of the relevant environmental issues, so that the independently appointed JRPP can properly assess and determine the DA on its own merit, Councils Manager of Development and Assessment Peter Jeuken said.

Meanwhile, the council is still negotiating with the second developer group, the Plateau North Group over whether they will sign up to voluntary planning agreements.

TPNG representative Andrew Purtle last week told the council meeting that the group was still waiting for reports to be finalised and was not in favour of the council compulsorily acquiring land for easements through the property to service land owned by the Winten Group, as had been suggested by staff.

TPNG solicitors had informed council staff that while the group was willing to continue negotiations over VPAs, it was not in a position to lodge a development application until mid Ap...


Professor Sacked after Reporting that Alcohol is the Most Harmful Drug "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On October 29 2009, professor David Nutt was the chair of the UK governments Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs. However, on the following day, he was promptly sacked after publishing a paper that assessed and compared the harms associated with legal and illegal drugs. In the Estimating Drug

The post Professor Sacked after Reporting that Alcohol is the Most Harmful Drug appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Calls for crisis team to address street violence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adaja Black (left) is among 20 people to March on Byron Bay Police Station last week to protest police brutality. Photo ABC

Paul Bibby

Disturbed, drug-affected people in our local streets and parks should be assisted by trained mental health professionals, not forcibly arrested by heavy-handed police, a local anti-violence campaigner said.

But a local police superintendent said it was police themselves who were at risk, stating that his officers had been assaulted more than 170 times in the past year.

As a second violent arrest in Byron Shire came to light last week, campaigner Adaja Black said the region needed a crisis team that could intervene in such situations.  

We need a whole new unit that comes in before the police trained drug and alcohol psychologists out there getting to the bottom of the issues, Ms Black said.

We need to look at how we can help these people in crisis situations, not just smack them across the head.

It really feels like it is their [the polices] intention to silence them like bad children instead of reaching out to help these people whom society has forgotten.

Ms Black was one of around 12 women who marched to Byron Police Station on February 14 to protest against violence by police.

The march followed the V-Day rally at Main Beach, but was not associated with that event.

Following the highly publicised arrest of a 16-year-old boy, which is now the subject of an independent investigation, the second arrest took place at Main Beach on February 12.

A video of the incident recorded by a passer-by shows an allegedly intoxicated 18-year-old woman being physically escorted up the stairs by a male and a female officer as the young womans boyfriend attempts to intervene.

There is a brief scuffle during which the...


Liberation Larder needs help on The Farm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Edwina the chook with Liberation Larder volunteers Eric Newberger, Steve Hord, Sandra Mondange, Isobella Reddel and the Larders co-ordinator Helen Hamilton. Photo Jeff Chooked Dawson

Liberation Larder has been growing fruit, vegetables and herbs at The Farm on Ewingsdale Road since October 2016 to help provide the produce they need to supply the 500-plus meals they provide for people in need in our community every week.

They are currently looking for some extra hands who would like to get involved volunteering to help grow more food for their kitchen.

The Farm has generously made a plot of very productive land available to Liberation Larder, said organiser Helen Hamilton.

Our crew started modestly with three rows each 57 metres in length. Johno the farm manager gradually increased the plot and now it is nineteen rows. Our crew harvest 2040 kilos each week from this land.

The Larder grow a range of seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs to use in making their meals, growing everything from corn and eggplant to Asian and salad greens, turmeric and watermelon.

The land is donated by The Farm, continued Helen.

However it doesnt end there. They also provide water, equipment and expertise at no cost to Liberation Larder. Everyone involved with The Farm has assisted the Larder Crew in some way. Examples include the manager Johno ploughing the field, seeding carrots and harvesting sweet potato at various times.

The commercial growers have all helped with advice, sharing resources and donating excess produce. The kitchen has bought produce from the plot. The florists have given loads of cardboard for mulching and the Bread Social have regularly given excess bread to the Larder kitchen.

Dont be fooled; this work is not glamorous, continued Helen.

Our crew find the best time to work is early in the day. They come equipped with solid shoes, large sun hats, water and sunscreen. However, hours are flexible and people work the time that suits them.

If you would like to come and get your hands dirty, help make food for the most in need and take home a bit of the fresh produce youve helped grow then call Helen on 0439 409 655

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Looking for a soccer team in/around Cairns! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just moved to Cairns, played soccer my whole life and want to find an amateur team to play competitive games with but havent met anyone that knows too much about it. Anyone know where I should start? Living north side but can travel.

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Cops hunt Hawi hitmen as funeral plans set "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The body of slain bikie boss Mick Hawi is being returned to loved ones ahead of his funeral this week while detectives probe his criminal background as they hunt for the killers.

So far no suspects have been named as triggermen in the underworld execution.

Born in Beirut in the Lebanon, Mahmoud Mick Hawi moved to Australia with his parents, brother and three sisters as a young boy in 1985.

He rose to prominence for his role in the infamous bikie brawl at Sydney Airport in 2009 while he was the national president of the Comancheros.

Passengers in the terminal watched on in fear as the club clashed with rival Hells Angels members. Associate Anthony Zervas was bludgeoned to death with a bollard.

Hawi did time in prison for his role in the killing and, since his release in 2015, laid low in south Sydney.

But Hawis suburban life came to an end last Thursday when he was shot multiple times while he sat in his luxury Mercedes 4WD outside Rockdales Fitness First.

He died in St George Hospital that night, aged 37.

Tributes flowed online from club members and family friends while rumours swirled about bad blood between Hawi and the current club leadership.

AAP understands a service will be held for Hawi at the Al-Zahra mosque in Arncliffe on Thursday before his body is laid to rest in the Muslim section of Rookwood Cemetery.

A large police presence is expected at the event after NSW Police, last week, assured the public they would remain on high alert for retaliation attacks.

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New Byron bus terminal location announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Conceptual plans of the Byron Bay Bus Interchange as it would have looked on Butler Street reserve. Image Byron Bay Bus lnterchange memo.

The bus terminal slated for the Byron Bays Butler Street Reserve may now be built on the eastern side of the proposed Butler Street bypass, near the water tower.

A previous plan by Sydney bureaucrats for the market site, which is also a former tip site, was rejected by Byron Shire Councillors, and came without public consultation. Staff also requested that councillors make a decision within days of being given the plans.

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson said in a statement that the council held a meeting with the department and the ministers about how the relocation of the bus interchange to the eastern side of Butler Street might best work to meet our communitys expectations.

A more considered design will complement the bypass and will reflect what the community told us they wanted during the Byron Town Centre Masterplan process, he said.

Stallholder certainty

As a result, the mayor says local market operators and stallholders will now have certainty about the ongoing use of the site.

The councils acting general manager Mark Arnold said, Council will now be sitting down with the market operators and other stakeholders to work through what the future of the Butler Street Reserve might look like.

The footprint of the proposed interchange on Butler Street Reserve made the long-term ability for markets to be located on the site highly unlikely, but now apart from the interruption from the bypass construction the ongoing use of that area can once more be planned for.

The government changed its plans to build a bus interchange on the Butler Street Reserve, he said, after an environmental assessment of the site found it would not be suitable for that type of development.

Local state MP Tamara Smith told The Echo, Congratulations to the community once again for standing up to the bureaucrats in Sydney about what happens to our towns.

The Echo asked the council, What assurance are there that this former tip site is not posing a contamination risk to the public? and, Are there plans available that demonstrate that this location will be viable alongside the bypass? No reply was received by deadline.

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February 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1802 - HMS Investigator was misplaced (some say lost but I believe it will resurface down the back of someone's couch) whilst under the command of Matthew Flinders, who was stickybeaking about the coastline in the vicinity of present day Port  Lincoln. A water party, comprising two officers and a crew of six left the ship to land on the mainland and was not seen again.

1802 - Corio Bay, near Geelong, discovered John Murray poking about its shoreline.

1804 - Niberlooner was renamed Sullivan's Cove (Tassie) on this date when Lt David Collins cast his baby blues over the area.
Not to be confused with Sullivan Bay, Victoria, a settlement Lt David Collins named and abandoned after 7 months.

1840 - The cat was out of the bag when a particular gossip from Penwortham told the press of the vile events of this day when a shepherd promised a starving Indigenous woman a sheep in exchange for sex which he neglected to fulfill then, later forced to face the woman's rightly angry relatives, he killed her.

1842 - Dig out the feather boa and polish up that rhinestone garter-belt Mavis...the first play to be wrought in Melbourne was sprung upon the populace at the Theatre Royal, the title "Widow's Victim".

1848 - A hefty cutter named Psyche. Cutter was shop-lifted from Hobart by four convicts. Two survivors from her were picked up at Percy Island by the barque Freak, but the fate of their two companions was never discovered although some suspected cannibalism.

1881 - The Grey River Argus proclaimed that John Almao of Dunedin had been awarded a second order of merit, from the Melbourne Exhibition, for his model aerial tramway, while Reid and Duncan, civil engineers from Dunedin, received an Honourable Mention for their plain wire rope railway.
Well, I found it interesting...

1891 - Two Indigenous men were murdered by a policeman in Central Australia.

1894 - The Wanganui Herald whispered how Mr. Hindle, MLA of Lithgow, denounced Parliament for containing drunken blackguards.
One feels that Mr. Hindle was holding himself back, not really letting rip and tellin' like it was....

1899 - Sir George Bowen popped his clogs. Georgie-boy was a busy lad with fingers in political pies, being the Guv for Qld, the Guv for NZ and the Guv for Victoria where he didn't kiss the girls to make 'em cry but sacked 400 public servants and made 'em cry.

1907 - Tired of swimmers ignoring the SWIM BETWEEN THE DAMN FLAGS ALREADY message
The Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club was established on this day at the Royal Hotel, Bondi Beach.

1927 - Radio station 3DB began broadcasting in Melbourne. It borrowed the initials of the Druleigh Business and Technology college and was launched upon the world with a Children...


Activists step up to Stop Adani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar. Photo Jeff Dawson

The local #StopAdani campaign is going from strength to strength as locals come together to raise money to keep up the good fight to stop the proposed Adani coal mine that will contribute to climate change and irreparably damage the Great Barrier Reef.

A Stop Adani song, written by Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar, was the result from the Stop Adani meeting in Murwillumbah at the end of last year. Known as the Sexy Vegans, they have been singing at the Mullumbimby Markets, which has turned out to be quite a hit.

Weve been encouraged to record it and give it away free or sell it for $1 as a fundraiser, said Thalia and Elvis.

They are also looking for other musicians who can sing or play well, who would like to get involved in recording the song.

They have a session booked at the SAE QANTM in Byron for 10am on Friday, March 2 to record the song.

If you would like to see the words and chords to the song please go to, they continued.

Then contact Elvis and Thalia on 6676 1759 to get involved.

Meanwhile in Mullumbimby, Lulus Cafe is putting on a #StopAdani fundraiser on Saturday 3 March from 6.30pm.

Local #StopAdani organiser Diane Hart said, A couple of months ago Linda Ruttledge from Lulus approached me and said, I want to do something for the local Stop Adani campaign.

The tongue-in-cheek Indian vegetarian feast fundraiser will host up to 60 people, who will also get to enjoy the delights of the Bollywood Sisters, who are also donating their time free. Linds will be donating the food, venue, preparation, cooking and clean up, while Lulus staff are volunteering their time.

This is also a celebration of the amazing community we live in, while raising much-needed funds for the ongoing Stop Adani campaign, continued Diane.

This will help fund the legal means to keep up the pressure and maintain the momentum that is vital. Together we can do this.

So shake out your sari and don your dhoti! BYO drinks and glasses, she said. Tickets are only for sale at Lulus.

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Are you good with names? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you can come up with a better name that Square Donkey for the new business incubation site in Mullumbimby then you might be in for a prize. Photo supplied.

Its about sustainability, business and creating opportunity and they are looking for your help to come up with the name that represents it all.

Following NORTECs withdrawal from their small incubation site in Mullumbimby it has now been taken over by Sourdough and is undergoing a refurbishment and they are looking to get their first tenants onto the new business incubation site by the end of February.

The refurbishment of the old CLIC business village is proceeding rapidly, aid community representative Paul Jameson.

With the surprise withdrawal of NORTEC is has left a short lead time to get everything ready for clients and they are looking for suggestions of what the site should be called.

It started with the name CLIC business village, then Mullumbimby innovation hub and a host of other names like the courtyard, The gateway, The sustainability centre and Mullum central.

Square donkey got a good run until we realised it means idiot in polish, continued Paul with a laugh.

With an exciting prize, yet to be announced, they are asking everyone in the community to come up with some interesting and dynamic names for the new business innovation site.

Sourdough spokesman mark Holden explained, The name should reflect our mission and that is all about growing innovative and sustainable businesses and creating enterprise and jobs in our Byron region. It could be geographic, historic, descriptive, inspirational or a bit quirky: A name that the community will identify with and become a source of pride.

And the prize is

Glorification at our gala opening with complementary champagne and a $100 prize if an acceptable logo is included., said Paul.

The CLIC Board will adjudicate and have final decision.

Put your thinking cap on and hone up your creativity and send your entries to: or call Paul on 0408 866 651 for more information.

Get your entries in by 5pm on Wednesday, March 7.



ABC News Australia Raided by ASIO Officers; Secure Cabinets Seized "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Shem El-Jamal

On January 18, 2018, many Americans were pleasantly surprised to hear the news of the raids on the publisher, Newsweek, that took place just one day prior. These actions taken by New York law enforcement appeared to be largely justified, and in the eyes of many Americans, these raids were long overdue.

As the situation appears, the issues which promoted the swift confiscation of the servers at Newsweek stretch far beyond just one mere company in the U.S. We may see that due to the similar actions of law enforcement in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia, that Newsweek was not the only corporate source that was suspected of illegal activity.

For the longest time, thousands of Americans have grown increasingly impatient with a corporate media that has been long-divorced from accurate reporting and ethical integrity. Not only have corporate sources such as Newsweek been shown to be significantly dishonest in their reporting, but they have been long-suspected to be linked to criminal interests as well.

These and many other reasons may explain why many citizens were somewhat relieved to see these recent actions against provably compromised news sources.

For decades, the corporate media has gradually devolved into a politically bias, corporately compromised, puppet show for the ruling elite. According to multiple sources, there are numerous interests behind this media monopoly who intend to manipulate the public in any direction which they deem advantageous to elitist ideals.

Whether the goal involves starting useless wars in foreign countries, placing Cabal sponsored puppets in positions of power, censoring important information from being revealed, or disarming the general public for the sake of maintain social control, the general intent is the same.

It is a well-known fact that the CIA and other government agencies have significant control over corporate media. Companies such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and even NPR have been shown to be little more than extensions of the CIA and/or other manipulative government agencies. Though some may believe that past government programs such as Operation Mockingbird were discontinued, these programs a...


Celebrating leaders in abstract art "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1947, oil on cardboard. Photo supplied.

Women leading the charge in abstract art will be celebrated from March 2 at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre as part of the national touring group exhibition Abstraction.

Drawing from the extensive collection of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Abstraction will take audiences on a journey from the early 20th Century through to the present day with masterworks from the NGAs collection that are rarely on display. 

 Curator Lara Nicholls said Abstraction celebrates women who have led the charge early on in this field showing confidence, curiosity and innovation as they engaged with one of the defining movements of the 20th Century.  

The most striking thing about this exhibition is that, despite the fact that many of the women who are represented were innovators and leaders, many of them have fallen into relative obscurity, Ms Nicholls said.

Their work was rarely exhibited or included in critical studies of Abstraction in this country and in this exhibition alone there are 26 works that have not been shown since their creation or premiere exhibition.

The exhibition reveals the remarkable contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art through a wide range of media and whose influence still prevails today in contemporary art practice.

Abstraction features 74 works by 38 artists including Margaret Preston, Dorrit Black, Grace Crowley and Anne Dangar through to Inge King, Yvonne Audette, Margo Lewers and Janet Dawson.

It also features works from contemporary practioners such as Virginia Cuppaidge, Elizabeth Coats, Melinda Harper and Debra Dawes.  

This exhibition also traces the remarkable contribution Indigenous women have made to th...


Comments on BrewDog being lured to Brisbane in the Broadsheet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was interviewed by Matt Kirkegaard, beer educator and commentator, for his latest article in the Broadsheet:

Is Scottish Superstar BrewDogs Arrival Good for Brisbanes Brewing Scene?

The debate over whether the Queensland Government should have offered financial incentives to lure the Scottish craft beer company to Brisbane was started by my colleague Nick Behrens, Director of QEAS:

Why the State Government is NUTS to offer Scottish beer giant BrewDog industry assistance

Both Nick and Matt were interviewed by 612 ABC Brisbanes drive time presenter Steve Austin on the issue last week:

The Beer Economy: Is BrewDog a good investment for Queensland?

Finally, if youre interested in beer, check out Matts website:

Newstead Brewery

I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Newstead Brewing Co. at Milton last year

Monday, 19 February


The Stairwell Project and Cancer Care Services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


November 22, 2017 Stairwell Project team member Ian Ahles [ Classical Guitar] with bone marrow recipient patient, Jim Usher in ward 5C, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital [ RBWH] Cancer Care Services [Haematology]. 

The little but big idea that live music performed in the open spaces and wards of a large city hospital is a positive factor in raising staff morale, improving patient recovery and reducing health care costs is gaining momentum. Documented international research is finding traction in policy and funding development while in Australia via a range of new ventures such as   The Hush Foundation  where live music in all kinds of combinations is  being slowly introduced onto hospital campuses. The Stairwell Projects pilot project in Cancer Care Services at RBWH was part of this evolution of new aspects of health care at the RBWH from November 2017 January 2018. We were invited by the RBWH Cancer Care Ser...

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