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Sunday, 25 February


Friends of Edgars Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,

My latest effort ever with the calendar!

Three kids and all that life delivers is catching up with me; perhaps age too! I remember 'the good ol' days' when I had energy to burn, not to mention a full head of hair...

And a reminder as well - our AGM is on Sunday March 4th at noon and there is a Clean Up Australia Day event planned before this for those wanting to get down to some serious rubbish removal. If you want to nominate for our Committee or vote on the day you will need to be a formal FoEC member (see the website for details on signing up - no cost!)

Here's hoping we get some decent rain soon - it is dry, dry, dry out there.



EP 238: Gold Class & Kitchens Floor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photo: Robbie Atkin (GC) Ryan Topez (KF)

Gold Class

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Against The Grain Fest, Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. They have released a 7 inch, written, recorded and released their debut album Its You via well known tastemaker label Spunk Records here in Australia, as well as scoring an international release through Felte Records for the US and Europe.

2017 saw them follow up with the release of Drum. Produced by The Drones Gareth Liddiard, their second album builds on the post-punk sounds established on Its You, with a new found forward momentum.

Kitchens Floor

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Kitchens Floor was formed in 2007 by...


Palmerston Street works to remove lane, add parking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Works to make part of Warraguls Palmerston Street one way will continue for several weeks.


Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2 x couches.

Good quality couches. May just need a steam clean. Ready now for collection.

1 Piano
Needs a tune. 1 key not working.



International Womens Day with Women in Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Women in Gippslands Making Big and Little Things Happen event is coming up on International Womens Day!


Canberra Times sleazes over Armidale and APVMA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo. Gordon Smith. Armidale Street Scene
One of side-effects from the Barnaby Joyce affair has been further blow-back on the proposed move of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale. The Canberra Times has been running a constant campaign against the move. One can accept that. it's a local paper defending its patch. However, on 21 February it ran a piece Developers swoop on lucrative deal to house APVMA public servants in Armidale repeated in the Age that can only be classified as Canberra sleaze.

These may sound like strong and partisan words. After all, I am on record as supporting the move. Further my links with the city and my support for Northern Development are well known. I am not an objective observer. I suppose that I should note as well that worked in Canberra for twenty years living in Canberra and Queanbeyan, so I know the other side quite well.

To make my point, I will now repeat the whole piece interposed with comments and information. I leave it to you to decide whether or not my assessment is correct given my stated biases. .

The piece begins

The prospect of a new office block to house nearly 200 public servants in Armidale has developers fighting hard for a piece. Up to four sites are thought to have been short-listed for the lucrative build.

When the federal government called for bids to build and own a new headquarters for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority last year, local and interstate developers set their sights on the small town. Ten proposals were put forward.

Three sites and four development proposals were short-listed late last year. Among the frontrunners are sites with colourful histories in a town that has attracted more than its share of unwelcome headlines.

It's understood a preferred bidder is now in detailed negotiations as bosses race against an ambitious plan to have most of the authori...


Angry Trucks on a rainy day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I wanted to go out for a walk but I couldn't get out because of the rain so I started this view from the front porch


Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.



Sunday Snaps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You lookin at me kid? Two heads are better than one #alpacabag Llama Drama #ShearingDay Dr Doolittle with a huacaya alpaca Thats all folks #alpaca #catwalk


BIG retail developments, Yarragon SK8, freeway art, and more! Baw Baw In Brief "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Loads of news in this weekend's bulletin! BIG retail developments in Warragul, Yarragon is finally getting a skate park, highway art, Queen's Baton, and more!


Facial Recognition Glasses: Next on the NSW Police Wish List? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In recent years, police in New South Wales have been the beneficiaries of hundreds of laws which increase state control at the expense of legal safeguards and protections from laws which broaden police powers of arrest, to those which allow officers to control peoplesmovements and associations, to laws which permit them to detain suspects

The post Facial Recognition Glasses: Next on the NSW Police Wish List? appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Eight hundred lanterns in Eastwood Plaza in Ryde Lights initiative "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The City of Rydes illuminating Ryde Lights initiative has been launched at Eastwood Night Markets as part of the Lunar New Year Celebrations and an [more]

The post Eight hundred lanterns in Eastwood Plaza in Ryde Lights initiative appeared first on The Weekly Times.


WATCH: New Queer Aussie Short Films You Can Binge On Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres more Australian LGBTIQ stories available to watch than ever before this Mardi Gras season. ABCs Love Bites, which premiered on the iView streaming platform today, is a collection of 10 short documentary films telling a range of queer local stories. Fez tells the story of Samoan-Australian entertainer Fez Faanana, who co-founded Brisbane burlesque group ...

The post WATCH: New Queer Aussie Short Films You Can Binge On Right Now appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Plea for help with clean-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I have attempted to contact the Ryde Councils clean-up contractor for several days without success and as a ratepayer in my eighties I seek your help.  I attach [more]

The post Plea for help with clean-up appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Council boundary changes bewilder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I am a displaced resident of Hornsby Council who has lived on the border of Hornsby and Ryde Councils for forty eight years in other words, on the [more]

The post Council boundary changes bewilder appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Small Rural Town Of Hay Planning First Ever Mardi Gras Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The small town of Hay in rural New South Wales is set to hold its first Mardi Gras party next month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Rainbow on the Plains Festival will comprise three all-inclusive events: a colourful street parade on Saturday, March 3 from 1pm, ...

The post Small Rural Town Of Hay Planning First Ever Mardi Gras Celebrations appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Captured Night Parrot Disappears in WA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Night Parrot at the WA site where a bird was captured: Pic by Bruce Greatwich 
The following news story written by me was published in The Weekend Australian of 24-25 February, 2018.

Rare night parrot vanishes after intervention by recovery team

A critically endangered night parrot disappeared after being caught and fitted with a radio transmitter in Western Australia by the team of experts charged with saving the birds from extinction.

No surveys were undertaken to determine how many parrots survived in the remote East Murchison site before the night parrot recovery team netted the bird.

The news emerged as it was revealed that almost half the nests of the night parrot found in Queensland were deserted after being discovered by scientists. Critics say misdirected, if well-meaning, interference in managing th...


Cutting Council fossil fuel investments "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I read with great disbelief Ted Nettles letter of 14 February 2018. He claims the Greens motion requires that funds only be divested from fossil fuels when the return [more]

The post Cutting Council fossil fuel investments appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Stephen Fry Reveals Prostate Cancer Battle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

British actor and author Stephen Fry has revealed that he has undergone treatment for prostate cancer. The 60-year-old explained in a video message that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease and underwent surgery to remove 11 lymph nodes in January. He said doctors offered him the option of radiotherapy ...

The post Stephen Fry Reveals Prostate Cancer Battle appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Letters to TWTs Editor: Sydney welcomes Lunar visitors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Lunar New Year is a fabulous time to get together with family and friends, to explore Sydneys multicultural heritage and celebrate the Year of the Dog.  This is [more]

The post Letters to TWTs Editor: Sydney welcomes Lunar visitors appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Come and try new sport Pickleball "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RYDE Community Sport Centre is giving the local public an introduction to Pickleball, a sensational new sport sweeping across Canada and the United States. A combination [more]

The post Come and try new sport Pickleball appeared first on The Weekly Times.


The environment and the Tasmanian election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Tasmanian election is largely being fought on bread and butter issues like health, jobs and education. Gambling and the future of pokies is also a significant issue. But around the edges of debate there are some interesting promises and policy commitments around the natural environment.

While environment debate during elections tends to focus on forestry issues, this time, the future of existing national parks and reserves has been more dominant. With Tasmania looking to develop new tourism opportunities, especially in the realm of nature-based tourism, the park system is seen as the next frontier by the state government, which has been pursuing private development with national parks.

The following covers some of the debate and policy being announced about the natural environment in Tasmania. The election will be held on March 3. It does not seek to cover broader energy or climate issues.

The takayna / Tarkine region in the north west of the state contains Australias largest temperate rainforest and 40 000 years of Aboriginal history in one of Australias richest Aboriginal cultural landscapes. It has been the point of significant debate.


Labor has announced half-price entry to National Parks for Tasmanians, 30 new rangers, an $8 million renovation of Overland huts and a $50 million regional tourism infrastructure fund.

The Bob Brown Foundation says that Labor policies on takayna / Tarkine threaten to turn this special place into a wasteland.

The ALP has also supported the cable car planned for the northern end of the Cradle Mountain national park.

The Liberals

The Liberals have offered $3 million for hut renovations along the Overland Track if they are re-elected.

They will invest more than $30 million into the states national parks and reserves.

Braddon Liberal MHA Joan Rylah said Tasmanias national parks attracted roughly 1.3 million visitors per year and that we needed to future-proof these much-loved icons so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

The Liberals have already committed $35 million to improve the Cradle Mountain area. Unfortunately this includes supporting the proposal to build a cable-way, which will give visito...

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Saturday, 24 February



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Your name: Fi Wake and Linda Ryan
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February 25 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1802 - Boston Bay in South Oz was desperately in need of a name so Matthew Flinders obliged when he tip toed around its edges.

1817 - There were now 20 children at the Native School.
I have been much delighted with having them read and spell They read with so much boldness and attention as supprised [sic] me, wrote the Methodist missionary, the Reverend Samuel Leigh.

1825 - Crikey they were stretching their necks in job lots in Hobart!

1825 - Henry McConnell Hanged at Hobart for robbery.
1825 - Jeremiah Ryan Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Charles Ryder Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - James Bryant Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Black Jack (or Jack Roberts) Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Patrick McCarthy.
1825 - John Logan Hanged at Hobart for attempting to shoot Mr Shoobridge.
1825 - Musquito Hanged at Hobart for a murder at Grindstone Bay.
1825 - Peter Thackery Hanged at Hobart for bushranging and robbery.

1841 - Bunbury was coming up in the world and became the next housing boom area when it was surveyed as a town site.

1841 - In a sign that the youth of the age had nought to better themselves with Eddie John Eyre, a mere whipper-snapper at 25 yrs, strolled 1,000 miles from Adelaide to Albany in WA.

1842 - The bodies of 3 Indigenous women and 1 small child were found in the Portland area while another woman was wounded but found to be alive.
Witnesses stated they were fired upon at close range by a group of 8 white settlers.

1848 - Ludwig Leichardt and his party set off for a progressive dinner from the Darling Downs to cross Oz from east to west but they never made it for the starter soup.

1864 - The Banana Benders had developed a love for the iron horse aka railroad when they began work on their first track from Ipswich to Toowoomba.

1884 - The Taranaki Herald told all who'd listen how the Wairarapa and the Adelaide were racing...which all ended in tears, of course.
Brisbane was flooded, again, with 4 Chinamen drowned in Lawnsville.
And the former Inspector of Govt Schools apparently dropped off the perch.
School stress was knocking them off back then.

1890 - The Colonist was proclaiming that some chappie with a knighthood was babbling about the 'character of the territory of Western Australia'.
All I know is - let 'em secede if they want and replace 'em with a couple of Kiwi AFL teams.

1890 - Author Robert Louis Stevenson was enjoying his stay in Sydney soooo much he parked his posterior in the foyer of the Union Club and penned Father Damien, An Open Letter To The Reverend Dr Hyde of Honolulu.



Gippsland Hydrogen & Ammonia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent post on twitter and facebook of an article on renewable energy and hydrogen received some attention and it was suggested that the manufacture of hydrogen for export could be done in Gippsland. The idea being to use abundant renewable energy to split water into its component hydrogen and oxygen and use the hydrogen as a carbon neutral pollution free fuel. Hydrogen can then be converted to ammonia as a means of exporting or safely storing energy.

When recently asked about the applicability of this to our region Barrie noted: The possibilities for Gippsland would be tidal or wind power to generate electricity to connect with the grid via the Latrobe valley, or again to generate hydrogen from water and combine with air nitrogen to give ammonia which could be sent by tanker or pipeline to markets and used in vehicles. It would also be great in future to power airplanes, which are becoming one of the biggest and growing sources of CO2 pollution. Electric cars are of course another great opportunity to reduce pollution, but not for ammonia (unless ammonia is used to regenerate electricity at electric refueling stations).

There has been some recent publicity of another option producing hydrogen from brown coal. The article admits that the process cannot work without carbon capture and storage and, as has been pointed out in the blog below, is a waste of time and scarce resources. The CarbonNet seismic survey currently being carried out off Golden Beach appears to be directly related to this proposal. As has been pointed out on numerous occasions there is no such thing as clean coal. By all means develop the hydrogen and ammonia options but do so with renewable energy using other abundant resources water and air.


Just in case you think that Barnaby Joyce will only have his backbench salary to live on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Given soon to be former deputy-prime minister Barnaby Joyce has wrapped himself in a self-pitying cloak of undeserved victimhood, it may not be long before he is crying poor to whichever journalist will listen.

So just to remind everyone that the son raised by well-to-do "multi-millionaire" parents,who had him privately educated in his highschool years as a border at St. Ignatuis' College Riverview, is not without resources.

As of 1 January 2018 a federal MP's base salary stands at $203,030 per annum and, in addition to this salary Joyce as the Member for New England will receive an electoral allowance of est, $40,000 per month, along with a subsidised car, travel & accommodation allowance, free home phone as well as a daily allowance when in Canberra of $90 per day.

He also reportedly owns five rural investment land parcels in the Warrumbungle district totalling around 2,400ha and then there is the family.....

Aerchie Archive, undated 2016:

But the Joyce family's main property is Rutherglen, in Woolbrook, which sprawls across more than 1780ha nor...



Formation of Hunters Hill Local Planning Panel PLANNING legislation introduced last year requires all Councils in Sydney to have Local Planning Panels in place  by March 1, 2018. From [more]

The post HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor MARK BENNETT appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Mentally Ill Man Dies After Being Tasered by NSW Police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New South Wales police have launched an internal investigation into an incident last week whereby a mentally ill man died after officers tasered, peppered sprayed and held him on the ground. Police say the 30-year old was found at around 10.30am that morning wandering through traffic in Glebe, before

The post Mentally Ill Man Dies After Being Tasered by NSW Police appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bitcoin Is Finding Its Way into High Schools

Over the past few years, colleges and universities all over the world have been creating courses revolving around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Now the subject is slowly infecting the halls of high school students who want to learn about these emerging technologies. Because of the increased student interest, this week a Business and Personal Finance teacher from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey announced plans to add the topic of cryptocurrencies to his course next semester.

Also read: Ross Ulbricht Denied Post-Conviction Relief Extension

Younger Generations Are Becoming Very Interested In Bitcoin

Students all over the world are interested in cryptocurrencies and the subject is being taught throughout many college campuses. However, the trend is starting to find its way into high school classrooms as younger scholars are fascinated by this technology. Just recently reported on a high school in Brisbane Australia where students had such an interest in bitcoin that it prompted students to create a cryptocurrency information night. This week the students at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey are also curious about digital currencies and the schools Business and Personal Finance class plans to add cryptocurrencies to the course next semester.



PERTH Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Sydney brothel madames brother is arrested and charged in connection to $1billion meth bust .

February 24, 2018 at 08:45AM .

The brother of former brothel madame Jameile Lahood is the fourth person in New South Wales to be arrested in a $1 billion drug bust. Jabour Anthony Lahood was arrested in his home in Sydneys north-west on Thursday, according to The Daily Telegraph. His sister is the former owner of Stilettos, .



PERTH Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man arrested in connection to biggest drug bust in history .

February 24, 2018 at 08:30AM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing 1.2 .



Junction St "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another step forward.


Looking up the little hill near my place


Bench Mark Weld "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A stencil I made for Hamish and Antony, a couple of boilermakers I know


MACKAY Dangerous operation, West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Dangerous operation, West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 01:56PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 26. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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MACKAY Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Man charged after allegedly driving at group of people in Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

The driver then allegedly reversed the vehicle and fled the scene. A 30-year-old man has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 26. Share this on Facebook Share this on

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MACKAY Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

Man alleged drove at a group of people at West Mackay

February 24, 2018 at 11:16AM ,

A MAN has been charged after a car was allegedly driven at a group of people in West Mackay, injuring a man. Preliminary information suggests at around 3.10am a vehicle was allegedly driven into the front yard of a Perry Street address and directly at a group of men and a woman. The car allegedly

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MACKAY Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Intoxicated man drives car at group outside Mackay home hitting one, police allege

February 24, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

He has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance (alcohol) and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. A police spokeswoman said investigations into the circumstances surrounding the alleged hit-and-run were

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Sydney 2046 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Infrastructure vision

Like many getting-a-bit-long-in-the-tooth Sydneysiders, I've increasingly been having recurring daydreams about selling a place at Bondi or in the inner west and trading it for a mansion at Maroochydore (or sometime it's a mooring at Mooloolaba). 

Probably about once a fortnight I have these fantasises, on average, I reckon. 

And then reality bites.

I wake up and find that Infrastructure Australia (IA) has released another report, which always brings me back to earth and reminds me why I invested in inner-Sydney property in the first place. 

Future cities

As ever, IA's Future Cities report presents a range of scenarios.

There's a decentralised scenario which incorporates acres of building and hundreds of thousands of new homes in the south-west.

And then there's a centralised scenario where everyone crams like crazy into zones close to the Central Business District (CBD), and to a lesser extent Parramatta.

And then there's the medium-density scenario, which is a realistic mixture of the two, incorporating population growth across the city and on balance the most likely outcome. 

The scenarios have one thing in common: none of them envisages a Sydney in 2046 with a population of under 7.34 million. 

Although people a...


To The POINT with Carol Sheldrake "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Learn to play Bridge and boost your social network   LOOKING FOR an inexpensive way to keep mentally fit, have fun and make friends? Hunters Hill Bridge Club have [more]

The post To The POINT with Carol Sheldrake appeared first on The Weekly Times.


More private development in Tasmanias parks system? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Negotiations are underway to allow no fewer than six private hut-based walks under the Tasmanian governments wilderness tourism expression of interest program.

This process seeks submissions from private investors and tourism operators to develop sensitive and appropriate tourism experiences and associated infrastructure to broaden the range of exciting and unique experiences on offer in Tasmanias parks and reserves.

Applications opened 17 December 2016. There is no deadline for this EOI round, it will remain open as a continuous process so that ideas can be proposed as opportunities arise.

A considerable number of proposals have now been invited by the Minister to proceed to negotiate a lease and/or licence for their proposal. The list includes private developments in some iconic places:

Maria Island Walk founder Ian Johnstone has submitted proposals for two ventures in the Southwest National Park.

The Tasmanian Walking Company is negotiating for treks in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, on the Overland Track, at Cradle Mountain and at Frenchmans Cap.

The company also won the right to build private huts for the Three Capes Track, which is a coastal walk in the states south east.

Many of these projects could provide wonderful adventure opportunities but appear to be a good idea in the wrong place. For instance, one proposal is for heli canyoning tour in the Cradle Mountain National Park. Visitors would fly by helicopter from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre to the top of a river in the vicinity of Cradle Mountain (then) At the end of the trip, groups would helicopter back to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. It is hard to see how helicopter flights are compatible with ay vision of low impact or ecotourism.

Full details on each of these can be found here.

As part of commitments being made before the state election, which is being held in March, the Liberal announcement has pledged $16 million over four years for parks infrastructure. This would $3 million to renovate the public huts network on the Overland Track.

Green groups have been campaigning against further private development within the parks and World Heritage Areas.




The inaugural choice for the David Bowie Book Club

The post RUN FOR THE SHADOWS IN THESE GOLDEN YEARS appeared first on The Westsider.


New England aviation - Rex faces problems on the North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One side-effect of the downturn in posting here is that I stopped reporting on New England aviation matters. I am not going to catch up in one hit, but a brief update on Regional Express' (Rex's) North Coast problems.

In Taree, conflict between Rex and the Council led to the termination of the service and Rex's replacement by Fly Pelican. I think that Newcastle based Fly Pelican is now the only remaining New England headquartered scheduled airline. This story by the Manning River Times Ainslee Dennis will provide you with some of the background.

Further north at Grafton there is a dispute, well a discussion at least, between council and Rex on the future of the Sydney-Grafton service.  The Clarence Valley News' Geoff Helisma has the story.

It's hard to believe that Grafton was once New England's second largest commercial centre challenging Maitland for primacy. Grafton's decline was due to many things, some local and cultural, some locational, some sheer bad luck. Now the relatively small population of Grafton and the Clarence Valley makes the maintenance of air services difficult.

One feature of the Grafton discussion that interested me was the concept of community airfares. I would like to address this later for it provides a possible path to improve the viability (and cost) of local air services. Meantime, the Council seems to to be making things as difficult as possible, accepting that (as appears to be the case at Taree) Rex is not especially subtle in negotiation.  


Garlic For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This delicious garlic was grown in Somers at my friends organic garden. 

There are only 5 bunches left, they are 500gms each and cost $20.00.

They've been beautifully braided and will last for ages. 

If you would like a bunch please text Mel on 0404 043 010.



" must always have a travel shortlist ready to go in their top drawer."

The post THE TRAVELLERS SHORTLIST appeared first on The Westsider.


Australian Businesses Must Inform Customers of Data Breaches "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New laws came into effect on Friday making it mandatory for Australian businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million per year to inform customers of any data breach that puts them at risk of serious harm. Under the new laws, which amend the Privacy Act 1988, data

The post Australian Businesses Must Inform Customers of Data Breaches appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Calls to Prevent Corrupt Foreign Officials from Using Our Banks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim British-American policy advisor Bill Browder has led calls for rule of law nations such as Australia to enact laws similar to the Magnitsky Act in the United States, which make it harder for corrupt foreign state officials to launder embezzled money by using international commercial systems. The Magnitsky Act

The post Calls to Prevent Corrupt Foreign Officials from Using Our Banks appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


start - add talks for 20180226 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next Meeting 26th February 2018 NEW VENUE Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone


rain (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

summer rain, one hundred percent humidity


Release Sayed: False red notice lifted from Egyptian asylum seeker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The fabricated Interpol Red Notice issued by the Egyptian government against asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif has been unconditionally lifted (see document here). The red notice has been the excuse used by successive Australian governments to hold Sayed and his family in detention for almost six years.

Since 2013, when they were transferred to Villawood detention centre, Sayed has been separated from his family in a different area of the detention facility.

The withdrawal of the red notice is a victory for Sayed who has always insisted that the red notice was bogus. It is also a slap in the face for the succession of Immigration Ministers who have used Sayed as a political punching bag.

Tony Abbott, when opposition leader in 2013, notoriously tried to make political mileage out of Sayeds case by referring to Sayed as a convicted jihadist Egyptian asylum seeker. George Brandis referred to him as a murderer.

Sayed, his wife and six children have been held in detention on the basis of a red notice that has been internationally condemned and that the Australian government knew to be spurious. A Canadian Federal Court judge presiding over a similar case had warned that red notices could not be taken at face value.

Substantial charges were quickly dropped from the red notice once they were challenged in 2013. But the Australian government refused to follow this up. Worse, information was withheld from Sayed while the government conspired to try to extradite Sayed to a corrupt dictatorship.

Successive Immigration ministers ignored the evidence, including recommendations from ASIO and the AFP and a report from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

The lifting of the fabricated Egyptian red notice is the first small glimpse of justice that Sayed and his family have seen since they arrived seeking protection in Australia in 2012, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

He is owed an apology for the public vilification he has suffered and compensation for the years that he and his family have been deliberately and wrongly kept in detention. The Minister must immediately release Sayed and his family and provide them with the permanent protection visas that they should have received in 2012.

There needs to be a full inquiry into this injustice. It is one of the most shocking examples that we have seen, of the abuse of ministerial power that has kept an innocent man and his family in detention for almost six years.

For morer information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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My Clean Home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We are a small family run cleaning business in Preston.  We are looking for exceptional cleaners/housekeepers to join our busy team!

We offer:
  • Work during school hours, no evening or weekend work
  • Independent work, you decide how many hours/week
  • Work in beautiful local homes- no lengthy commute
  • Good pay $25-30/hr
  • Training and ongoing support
  • Immediate long term work available
You offer:
  • Awesome eye for detail, reliable and punctual
  • Hard working, efficient and physically fit
  • A reliable car
  • ABN
  • Willing to get a police check (easily done online)
  • Good manners and presentation
If this sounds good to you please contact Pia on email at 


Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Clare is not able to run Tuesday night Yoga sessions this term at Newlands Senior Citizens Centre. 

Will let everyone know when Yoga will return in term 2.

Apologies for any inconvenience.


Shelter from the storm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday evenings excursion to the Rise and Shine was cruelly interrupted by rain of sorts!

Just as I arrived at the start of the Nature Trail the drops started to fall at the rate of about one every ten seconds, but just enough to force me to take shelter. There was plenty of action to keep me amused. Along with these White-browed Babblers bobbing around there were Yellow-footed Antechinus foraging and a bevy of calling birds Dusky Woodswallow, Rufous Whistler and both local species of pardalote.

The shelter at the Rise and Shine Nature Walk, 22nd February 2018

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Friday, 23 February


More jobs & growth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More jobs

We've seen plenty of evidence that the labour market is picking up through 2017.

And that continues in 2018, with the trend skilled vacancies now heading up for 16 consecutive months. 

Skilled vacancies increase by +10.6 per cent to 183,600 over the year to January 2018, according to the Department of Employment after notching yet another monthly gain. 

The index is now +31.4 per cent or +43,900 vacancies higher than at the October 2013 low point and rising solidly. 

There were robust gains around the states, although the trend for South Australia has been meandering a bit. 

Easier to find work

The median duration of job search also now looks to be falling. 

The fastest city to find a job in has been Sydney for some time (now down to 9 weeks in January), but Melbourne (9 weeks) and Brisbane (9 weeks) also joined Sydney this month. 

Job search figures are highly seasonal, so this will be a trend to watch as 2018 rolls on. 



Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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February 24 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.

1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.

1817 - The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.

1820 - Governor Macquarie shot off an email but failing to find an NBN connection he scratched out a letter to Earl Bathurst regarding the surveyors Oxley and Meehan at Illawarra.

1828 - Alexander Stewart popped in to Illawarra as a convict, where he was assigned to Edward Corrigan.

1830 - John Oxley was Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Susan Corfield.

1838 -  The 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into office.

1842 - A Native Police Force was established at Narre Warren with 25 Aborigines trained and under the command of Henry Dana, who moved the force to the banks of Meri Creek the following month.

1842 - Muston's Creek Massacre took place; when six big brave white men rode up on horseback and opened fire killing 4 Indigenous women (1 who was pregnant) and a child, with a 5th severely wounded woman dying later.

1859 - Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.

1860 -  William Meuct was a convict who was a little less than lavish with his praise towards his prison guard at Geelong Gaol on this day; silly Meuct was charged with being insolent and was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

1875 The SS Gothenburg struck Old Reef off Ayr, Queensland and sank with the loss of 102 lives.

1876 -  A deputation of Coranderrk Aborigines led by (William) Beruk Barak travelled to Melbourne to call on the Colonial Secretary to request Superintendant Green's reinstatement.
They were unsuccessful.

1888 - Louisville, Kentucky, became the first government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms).

1896 - Victoria was all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27,
It's a cricket thing.

1905 - Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aborigine famous for the recordings of her language and songs, died on this day.

1908 - A confused and troubled soul going by the name of Benjamin Harvey did a bunk from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria, dressed only in his shirt.
Whilst on the run Harvey called at a farm where he asked if he might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be...


Barnaby Joyce Was Fair Game, But There Still Needs To Be A Privacy Line We Dont Cross "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Earlier this week, we published a piece by Melissa ODonnell arguing that the private lives of elected leaders should not be entirely off limits. Melbourne-based philosopher Janna Thompson replies.

Is Barnaby Joyces affair a private matter that should not be publically discussed? To answer, I think we need to make a distinction between two issues.

  1. Is it fair that Barnaby Joyces privacy be respected when the private lives of public women are regarded as legitimate objects of scrutiny and judgment (as in the case of Cheryl Kernot)?
  2. Should we prefer a social and journalistic convention that keeps the private lives of both women and men in politics out of the public eye?

It is possible to answer yes to the first question (as ODonnell does) and yet believe that scrutiny of private lives ought, in most cases, to be kept out of politics. It is possible to approve of the exposure of a hypocrite who claims to stand for family values while still resisting the practice of publicising the private affairs of politicians.

Politicians are not paragons of virtue. There are many, many examples from recent history of politicians who had affairs, slept around or divorced their partners. Some of these were good leaders, or at least effective in getting things done. We are better off for their being in politics.

To make private lives the object of scrutiny, and private faults or vices a reason for condemnation, is to make virtue a requirement for holding political office. This would be bad for many reasons. It would keep out of politics talented people who do not want their private lives scrutinised, for whatever reason. It would turn the press gallery into a gutter press, concentrating on exposing and discussing the latest sexual scandal rather than focussing on the business of the nation. It would turn politics into soap opera.

Barnaby Joyce and wife Natalie (they are now separated) at the 2017 Mid-Winter Ball.

Most of us are not all that virtuous, or not all the time, and insisting on virtue in all private lives would ensure that politicians would find devious, secret ways to sin to the detriment of the people they are involve...


Video Friday: More Boston Dynamics, OpenCat Robot, and Uncanny Valley "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Engineered Arts U.K. company Engineered Arts has a new line of entertainment robots called Mesmer.

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

An extra special thank-you to Boston Dynamics this week for posting another video of SpotMini that includes a nice, detailed explanation of whats actually going on:

A test of SpotMinis ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door. A person (not shown) drives the robot up to the door, points the hand at the door handle, then gives the GO command, both at the beginning of the video and again at 42 seconds. The robo...


Pump Up The Jam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

what are your plans for Mardi Gras? Are you going to the parade? Are you going to the party? have been the questions colleagues have been asking me over the last couple of weeks. When Ive told them, Im actually a little shy, Im not very good with crowds, theyve seemed a little disappointed. But []


PERTH Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Sydney madams brother extradited over $1b WA drug bust .

February 23, 2018 at 08:52PM .

THE brother of a former Sydney brothel madam has been arrested in connection to the biggest drug bust in Australian history worth more than $1 billion. On Thursday police arrested Jabour Anthony Lahood at his Dural home in Sydneys northwest and charged him over his alleged role in importing .



Woman severely injured after being bitten by shark off Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A woman is severely injured after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Sydney. The swimmer was in the water at Congwong Beach in La Perouse at 7pm on Friday when she was attacked by what is believed to have been a shark. In the wake of the attack, the local council has announced all beaches in the area will be closed on 'for at least Saturday'. The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was taken to St George Hospital where she is being treated for severe lacerations to one of her legs. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said it was unclear what species of shark had bitten the woman.


Riot Preview Screening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were moments in the movie, Riot, where I had to look away. Im not one for violence in movies, as I often find the violence in films is somewhat gratuitous. Though you wouldnt say that about this film, which recounts the events of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978. In []


Sustainable Population Australia comments on Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.

We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.

It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000

While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.

Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.

Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.

Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.

Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.

SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...


A little bit of Saturday silliness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"Beware of the Dog" sign from the wonderful world of Google Search


Some favourite painters and sculptors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue Poles

Jackson Pollocks Blue Poles in the National Art Gallery, Canberra, Australias capital


I live in Northern NSW. I lived in Sydney for about 30 years. Im very familiar with the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.

When I was a wealthy prince in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs I was a Foundation Member of the NSW Art Gallery with my name on the board in the lobby. I wasnt a big donator. More an entry-level player. As a lover of art and an artist I believe in supporting the visual arts.

It was also a ticket to the life of privilege. To be invited with special creative invitations in the mail to all the nice stuff. Previews, Opening Nights and all the special events. Private viewings of exhibitions with champagne and hors doeuvres. No bustling with all the plebs on opening nights, although theyre fun too. Especially for major exhibitions and the annual Archibald Portrait Competition..

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is situated beside Lake Burley Griffith in the heart of Canberra. If youre ever in Canberra, and love art, the National Library, not far from the NGA has some beautiful works of art from the 1970s, including a large brass sculpture by Tom Bass mounted on the ceiling of the portico, beautiful large tapestries and a magnificent large stained glass window.

Tom Bass was very successful from the 1950s to the 1970s as a public sculptor. Later Tom established the Tom Bass Sculpture School which I attended for over 8 years. Its an old-school journeymans sculpture school where there are no exams or certificates and your qualification is your acquired abilities. Tom Bass believed that your developed talents as a sculptor are your certificate and signature.


'Incapacitated' Pilot Sees Emergency Landing by First Officer of Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Early on Friday 23 February, Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK was approaching Mackay Airport while operating the week-daily cargo flight from Brisbane and Rockhampton as PFY7416/7418.

After being forced to hold to the South of Mackay Airport due to the inclement weather - including rain storms - which was passing through the region, the Pilot of the SAAB suffered a 'medical episode', forcing the First Officer to make an emergency landing at Mackay Airport.  The SAAB came to a stop on the main Runway, closing Mackay Airport for a period of time while the Pilot was evacuated from the aircraft and transported to hospital.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) confirmed that a single patient, understood to be the pilot of a the SAAB, was transported to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.  It is believed that they were later flown to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The First Officer was also reportedly later transported to hospital.

VH-KDK was later towed away from the active Runway at Mackay Airport and parked on its 'usual' spot on the main apron where it should remain parked for the weekend - as shown above in the photo taken later on Friday 23 February.

Meanwhile, it wasn't a good couple of days for Pel-Air with fellow SAAB 340A Freighter VH-EKT seemingly breaking down at Rockhampton Airport after arriving from Brisbane early on Thursday 22 February as PFY7416.

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Currawong portraits "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As Ive noted previously the Grey Currawong is a shy and furtive species, difficult to photograph.

This juvenile, distinguished by the yellow gape, was lured to water at a small pool along Mia Mia Track. While still wary like the adults it at least perched for a few moments before heading off to an alternative watering point nearby. Bird numbers remain low but I was pleased to hear the following as I sat and enjoyed the day merging into dusk Australian Owlet-nightjar, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail and Crested Bellbird.

Grey Currawong, Mia Mia Track, 21st February 2018

Wednesday, 21 February


Outnumbered "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This gorgeous female Red-capped Robin was my highlight of an early morning walk at the Rise and Shine last weekend.

It was joined at one point by the local flock of Varied Sittellas while not quite as classy they won out with weight of numbers.

Red-capped Robin (female), Rise and Shine, 18th February 2018

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