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Thursday, 26 April


Marina Prior and David Hobson The 2 of Us Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 26th Apr, 8.00pm 10.00pm, Eastbank Centre

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Friday, 16 March


Sun Records All-Stars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 16th Mar, 8.00pm, Riverlinks

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Saturday, 17 February


Baby Blue Fire and Ice Launch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 17th Feb, 9.00pm 11.00pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine

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Saturday, 27 January


In the first 18 days of 2018 two women have died violently allegedly at the hands of their partners in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Destroy the Joint, Counting Dead Women, 18 January 2018:

1 January 03: Margaret Indich (38) died in hospital of injuries sustained at her home in Cloverdale. Her unnamed partner (40) attempted to deny paramedics access to treat her, and left the scene before police arrived. He was arrested hours later, and has been charged with murder. No further details are available at present. WA

2 January 12: British backpacker Amelia Blake (22) died of extensive injuries, including head injuries, in a suspected murder suicide. Her body and that of her partner Brazil Gurung (33) were found on Friday, January 12 at an apartment in Newtown. Police have indicated that they are treating the deaths as murder-suicide, but have not released details as they await post mortem findings. Inquiries continue NSW



JDance excellece in performing arts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IF YOU are looking for a dance school that is warm, welcoming and lots of fun, look no further than JDance Performance Studio in Marsfield. [more]

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Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlands.

I'm looking for a retro sink and cupboards from an old kitchen. If you have something you no longer need please text me on 0407 188 884.

Cheers, Nic.


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi, does anyone have a spare baby car seat they are willing to lend us from the 3rd - 7th February? Its for a 1 year old.

Thanks, Toona.

0315 189 466


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tropical forests EU blamed for tardy response to death of forest activist in Kenya (The Guardian). Baby okapi to greet visitors at Los Angeles Zoo (The Seattle Times). Gabon arrests 10 in ivory trafficking probe (AP/ABC News). Higher carbon dioxide boosts flowering in tropical forests ( Florida State University). The business of forest restoration and reforestation (Digital Journal). Massacre stimulates overhaul of logging laws in Senegal (AFP/News24). Willfully ignorant consumers avoid or forget information about where the products they buy come from (Woodworking Network). Mexican activist who took on loggers murdered (Los Angeles Times). Hundreds of containers of logs seized by Brazilian authorities (Reuters). Scientists use genetic information to tease apart frog species in Gabon (Smithsonian Insider). Study tracks the biggest threats in protected areas (Thomson Reuters Foundation News). Finland under pressure to cut funding to Kenyas forest service after alleged human rights abuses (REDD-Monitor). Other news Trump administration could still seek to drill for oil off Florida (The New York Times). New emissions monitoring program takes off in France (The Conversation). Australia floats $60 million to save Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Tea and elephants collide in Indias Assam state (BBC news). Public and private funding necessary to meet sustainability goals: Davos report (The Guardian). Global list of invasive species will help in the battle against extinction, scientists say (The Guardian). Japan to upgrade whaling mothership in sign that the country will continue whaling (The Guardian). Early signs of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Record-warm year


Pope to explore links between poverty and migration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just days after renewing his plea to respect the rights of migrants, Pope Francis will have a private meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during which it is expected they will discuss the importance of investing in rural development to create opportunities for some of the poorest []

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New Park an early development at West Village "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The West End and West Village communities will soon be able to enjoy a new green oasis and water play area on Boundary Street, following the lodgement of a development application with Brisbane City Council. Sekisui House, developer of the West Village project, has lodged the application to commence work on the projects first major []

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Bobo the boss as Sydney gives Victory a Big Blue bollocking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne Victory collapsed to more Big Blue misery as Bobos brace helped Sydney FC to a come-from-behind 3-1 win at AAMI Park on Friday, sending [more]

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Wheres our Human Rights Act, Annastascia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Cope, QCCL President, has reminded the Premier that in 2016 she committed her government to implement Labor Party policy by passing a Human Rights Act. Now that the Premier has her majority the QCCL calls on the Premier to act on her promise this year to ensure the Act is bedded down prior to []

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Start 2018 on a high note! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People who love to sing are being urged to start 2018 on a high note by joining one of the states premier choirs, the Queensland Choir, for a year of spectacular concerts. The Queensland Choirs chorus master Kevin Power says this years concert program ranges from Baroque Brilliance on April 27, with the thrilling sound []

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Back to school costs hit hard "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Disadvantaged Australian families are struggling to meet the costs of their childrens education, with school expenses for one child at primary school costing parents upwards of $2,000[1] a year, The Smith Family said today. Annette Young, The Smith Familys acting CEO, said the start of a new school year should be an exciting time for []

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Australias most important voice Gurrumul "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Madman Entertainment has today released the first trailer for the highly anticipated documentary GURRUMUL, a celebration of the iconic Australian artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he []

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Love conquers all even the PM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull joined Sydney-based yarn bomber known as Treble Maker Eloise Murphy to reveal the rainbow crocheted Love Wheels bicycle at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra recently. The quirky and colourful bike, donated to the National Museum last year, was chained to a pole outside the []

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How the Government launders drug money Ellen Brown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a blatant example of do as I say, not as I do, the US government is profiting handsomely by accepting marijuana cash in the payment of taxes while imposing huge penalties on banks for accepting it as deposits. Onerous reporting requirements are driving small local banks to sell out to Wall Street. Congress needs []

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Great Bowerbird tucks into last of figs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Great Bowerbird about to swallow one of fast-diminishing sweet figs from fruitful and recently fruit-full tree at entry to Townsville Town Common Conservation Park early this morning.

Earlier in week of scattered showers and some (but not enough) heavy rain found Galah tucking into morning greens alongside road to the Common.

Brief chat today with pair of young Magpies, but above image came during a previous walk across dry section (looking in vain for button-quail).

Continuing efforts to sort Torresian Crows from Australian Ravens, caught crow at Pallarenda showing diagnostic purple sheen in morning sunlight on breast.


Brad wins Player of Year Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RYDE-Eastwood rugby league half back Brad Davoren-Whereat (pictured) is the inaugural winner of the Keith Aggett Memorial Club Person of the Year Award. The skillful [more]

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3) Why Children are Dying of Measles in Papua, Indonesia


Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it. Reefs face ever increasing stress which is outpacing that of our management actions, Melanie McField, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution, said in a statement. [The] measured improvement in reef health demonstrates our capacity to stem the trajectory of decline. McField directs a consortium of scientific, government, fishing and conservation organizations called the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, or HRI, that produces regular report cards on the health of the reef. The most recent one was released in early January and pulls together data from more than 300 sites on the reef that measure the reefs live coral, algae cover and fish populations. Parrotfish are herbivorous and can help keep fleshy green algae on reefs in check. Photo by Francesca Diaco, courtesy of Healthy Reefs Initiative. The Mesoamerican Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, stretches through 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the territorial waters of four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Despite some differences in how sections of the reef are doing, the general health of the reef as a whole has risen from poor in 2006 to fair today. HRI shared the report just after Belize passed a moratorium on oil and gas exploration to protect its part of the Mesoamerican Reef in late December 2017. Although HRI says


Vanborough School: where performance and achievement go hand in hand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Vanborough School of Dancing offers students and their parents high quality teaching by professional teachers with internationally-recognised teaching qualifications in a caring and helpful [more]

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Inequality on the rise Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A record number of Australian billionaires amassed an astonishing $38 billion increase in their wealth last financial year enough money to pay for more than half of Federal public health spending, an Oxfam Australia briefing paper has revealed. The briefing paper, Growing Gulf Between Work and Wealth, shows the number of Australian billionaires increased []

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First Nations to lead 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

First Nations people will lead the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 3 March to highlight our proud history and our present fight for equality. Since Mardi Gras first year in 1978, members of our community have been involved and represented in Australias biggest LGBTI event. While 2018 marks the 40th anniversary []

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Outdoor industries taking on global warming when our country isnt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The biannual Outdoor Retailer trade show in the USA is an enormous event. This year it has relocated to Colorado in protest at the state government of Utah supporting moves by the Trump administration to gut protection for federal conservation reserves. This shift marks a growing willingness to act to protect wild lands.

As Anna Callaghan from Outside magazine noted at the start of the show:

We hope (wild lands) will be preserved and will remain open to the recreationists of future generations. That sentiment is widely shared by the $887 billion outdoor industry. Last year, the industry decided it was time to act in accordance with its values and move it away from Utah.

Scott Miller of the Wilderness Society noted that as the move from Utah demonstrated, the public land conservation community and outdoor industry have a lot in common. The outdoor industry (and its peak body the Outdoor Industry Association, or OIA) is increasingly politically active and vocal as a block (as was shown by the 350 businesses that signed on to a letter to the president opposing the wind back of federal protections to national monuments).

This renewed activism around protection of wild places is part of a broader attempt to make the industry more sustainable.

This years show has featured some significant announcements by companies who are seeking to provide lower impact products that are based on ethical and sustainable supply chains. Some companies, like Toad & Co are even talking about the idea of the circular economy, where resources are re-used rather than lost to landfill at the end of their productive life. This company was one of the first manufacturers to partner with The Renewal Workshop to give their damaged apparel a second life. The Renewal Workshop takes unsellable clothing from manufacturers, works their fix-it magic then sells it to the consumer keeping countless pounds of waste out of landfills. For background on the various areas of work around sustainability being carried out by OIA members, check here.

One of the aspects that I find particularly inspiring is the growing mobilisation around the key issue of climate change. This is the biggest single threat to the wild places that outdoor recreationists love: from the Great Barrier Reef to the moun...


Last Chance Raffle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Well be weathering the heat and humidity for one last morning tomorrow, so come by and buy your garlic and raffle tickets before noon. Our garlic stall is in the shade at the north end of Panmure Street, just across from Konjo Mama. Raffle winners will be announced from the Community Centre forecourt at lunchtime. Continue reading Last Chance Raffle


Some Australian history you never learnt at school "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Combining two of my loves, Australian History and Gardening, heres an interesting first-hand account of the Chinese methods of agriculture near the Gympie goldfields in the 1860s.  From Queen of the Colonies by Thorne, 1876.  We should not complete our sketch of the agriculture of the Wide Bay District, did we not refer to the []

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A Waste Reduction Plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Were on a mission to cut our household waste, I told my old friend Jeanette over coffee last week. She grinned and said, I noticed! I had to laugh. I forget how often my enthusiasms bubble over onto my blog. So I thought Id give you a full update on where were at right now, in []


Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on January 15 that the state government will be toughening  drug driving penalties and increasing the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs), which is concerning to many given that the current regime is fundamentally flawed. NSW police will be doubling the number of MDTS from 100,000

The post Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.



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The State Of VR HMDs On Linux With DRM Leasing, Etc "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Keith Packard who has been doing contract work for Valve the past year on improving the support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs) shares a status update on his work at this week's Linux.Conf.Au in Sydney...


Nudge Nudge Wink Wink 4th February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SHIFT into FUNdraising mode with the Cunning Stunts at their Sold Out February 4th event, where Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is raising money for The SHIFT Project.

Based in Byron Bay, SHIFT supports women through the challenges from homelessness to independence. SHIFT addresses the gap following a crisis and empowers women to reconnect with their life. Their focus is on recognising their vulnerability and the importance of addressing wellbeing from a holistic perspective, to create a long-term sustainable SHIFT towards stability and re-connection with the community.

Februarys DJ line up will have you frolicking and boogieing non-stop: Returning for his 2nd Nudge, Internationally renowned House DJ Scott Pullen travelling over from his new home base in Bali, beloved Byron area resident, Australian music icon, and Nudge regular DJ Stephen Allkins, and the Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut & Dale Stephen! All donating their time and playing their incredible tunes as we shift into fun and raise awareness at the party with a conscience.

When: Sunday 4th February, 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.

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Praying Mantises and pseudopupils "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There is quite an abundance of Praying Mantises at our place at present. Many are still nymphs and Ive seen some that are only a couple of centimetres long.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis adult on Shiny Everlastings doing some night hunting

Praying Mantis

Nymph by night on a Golden Wattle

But I found myself wondering why they seem to have little pupils that looked at me in whichever angle I was viewing the insect.

Praying Mantis

Garden Praying Mantis nymph up close

Someone suggested that I look up the term pseudopupil. It does make a big difference knowing the right term to follow up! It turns out that when you look at a compound eye, the little eye sections or ommatidia that you are looking at are absorbing light. The others are reflecting it back at the observer. So the ones that the animal is seeing you with are dark.

Praying Mantis

Garden Praying Mantis nymph ready for action.

Ive found these to be most enjoyable to photograph, not only because they look fantastic, but they are so curious. Quite a few have jumped onto my camera whilst being photographed. One that I was photographing a few weeks back gave the appearance of scratching its chin and then the top of its head as it tilted its tiny head from side to side trying to work me out. Fair enough too!

Praying Mantis



White-necked Petrel, Black Noddy, good numbers of Sooty Terns at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 26-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A good summer's day out with a tropical feel - White-necked and Tahiti Petrels, Black Noddy (not annual off Southport), 3 White Terns and lots of Sooty Terns (some with juvies) amongst 15 species recorded.

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People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia invasion day sign 2018

Marching in Melbourne Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to...


We killed it: Australia Day is officially dead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Video Friday: ANYmal in Davos, ISS Robot Upgrade, and WALK-MAN's Soft Hands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: IIT/WALK-MAN Project

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!):

IEEE IRC 2018  January 31-February 2, 2018  Laguna Hills, Calif., USA
International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

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

ANYmal was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where it got cold feet.

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Robot arm maintenance in space is much more difficult than robot arm maintenance on Earth, but you get quite the view.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle of NASA conducted the first spacewalk this year Jan. 23 to replace a degraded latching end effector (LEE) on one end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. There are two redundant end effectors on each end of the arm used to grapple visiting vehicles and components during a variety of operational activities.


This recently released video, part of a Humanoids 2016 paper, describes  inflatable impact-protection palms on...


January 27 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.

1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, armed with a bundle of spears. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, Master they told me you were in gaol.
Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears? asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, To spear the Governor.

1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.

1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.

1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.

1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.

1847 - Jeremiah Connell was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Edward Martin at Buninyong.

1848 - The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on this day.

1859 - The grand old gutter of Australia aka the Darling River became a highway on this day when the paddle steamer ship "Albury" debuted on the watery road, heralding the beginning of the popular (and rather rheumatic romantic) means of transport.

1875 - Foundation stone was laid for Sydney's The Great Synagogue in Elizabeth Street.

1876 - For the third time in nine years, the flour mill of Walter Duffield in Gawler burnt to the ground.

1881 - The NSW Government invited offers from English companies to build a bridge across Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Ah Kett was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Foo Ah Moy  at Cheritah Station, Roebourne.

1883 - John Collins was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of John King at the Kalgan River near Albany.

1903 - The Cessnock Railway Branch line (NSW) was opened from Weston - Abermain.

1906 A cyclone damaged Cairns and Innisfail in Queensland.

1908 - Australia's first Lifesaving Club carnival was held on Manly Beach, NSW.

1911 - The Land newspaper was first published.

1941 Following the capture of Tobruk, two brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major Gene...


1) The US Should Not Be Rehabilitating Indonesias Abusive Special Forces "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Papua's remote villages cry for help amid deadly health crisis


1) The US Should Not Be Rehabilitating Indonesias Abusive Special Forces
The Indonesian militarys past abuses should not be forgotten.
By Andreas Harsono January 26, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was seen laughing and smiling this week as he watched a military exercise in Jakarta in which Indonesian troops drank snake blood, ...


Colorful Installation Transforms Warehouse Into a Psychedelic Painting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kaleidoscope Installation by Katharina Grosse

Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse is renowned for transforming industrial gallery spaces, architecture, and landscapes into otherworldly environments that burst with vibrant color. Rendered in spray-painted fabric, the artists latest installation titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped transforms Sydneys contemporary art centera giant warehouse called Carriageworksinto a magnificent, immersive kaleidoscope painting.

Commissioned by Sydney Festival 2018, Grosse filled the warehouse with nearly 90,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of white fabric suspended from the ceiling. The epic canvas, full of drapes and folds, was then painted by Grosse using a spray gun. The result is a psychedelic world of swirling colors that disguises the harsh industrial building. I was fascinated by the thought of folding space, explains Grosse. I was interested in taking this vast surface and shrinking it by folding or, actually, hiding the entirety of whats there. I understand a painting as something that, as we view it, travels through us and realigns our connections with the world.

If youre in Australia, Grosses work is on view through April 8, 2018 as part of Sydney Festival 2018. You can also see more of the artists colorful installations on her website.

Katharina Grosses latest installation transformed Sydneys contemporary art center into a magnificent kaleidoscope painting.

Kaleidoscope Installation by Katharina Grosse...


EVENT REPORT: Invasion Day Rally and March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

26 January 2018 Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS) fielded a team of seven(7) legal observers at the 2018 Invasion Day Rally and March which was organised by the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (WAR). The team observed and noted police behavior, crowd control tactics and interactions with the public from 9.30am until the completion of the []


Just because it is beautiful.....(35) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas
Found in tropical and subtropical coastal waters, Pacific Ocean
Nests on a small number of Australian beaches
mid-late October to late March-early April
Listed as Vulnerable


Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Malcolm Turnbull fooled many into believing he was a moderate. But he was lying. Malcolm Turnbull is not a kinder, gentler conservative. He has not been a moderate prime minister. He is a wealthy lawyer and businessman whose main policy commitment appears to be to staying in power. [University lecturer & journalist Ben Eltham writing in New Matilda, 9 January 32018]


Duoway Chinese Noodle Hub ~ Broadway/Ultimo/Happy Valley "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Happy Valley gets happier with Duoway Chinese Noodle Hub. Duoway recently appeared in the dip in Broadway that we like to call Happy Valley, that B-Kyu magic mile of student-feeding restaurants between Broadway Shopping Centre and UTS.  This particular shop has been home to a bunch of restaurants over the years, our favourite being Shalom, which we did one of our first blog posts on.


Brisbane Airport to Launch In-Terminal Cryptocurrency Payments "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia's Brisbane Airport is to roll out digital currency payments within the terminal shopping area.


Letter from NSW Labor leader Luke Foley - announcing a NSW Government treaty with Aborigines if Labor wins power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Luke, if this is the only way you can find fulfilment you need to get out more. Dear xxxx On this day 230 years ago the first British colony in Australia was settled at Sydney Cove. This was the beginning of New South Wales as we know it today. The...


Hot but happy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It must have been hot under all those Andean cloaks but the Zamponistas didnt show it. Despite the sweltering conditions we enjoyed some pan pipes and guerrilla grooves. The peppercorns were a popular hangout. As were the cakes and icy tangelo and ginger sodas. Garlic sales have begun, plus raffling continues. Well be at our Continue reading Hot but happy


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-CXJ Calls into CQ Airports on Training and then Medevac "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Tuesday 23 January, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ had a busy day popping into some CQ Airports while on a training flight and then later, a medevac flight.

VH-CXJ initially departed Brisbane and was heard to complete airwork around Bundaberg Airport including at least two missed approaches.  After continuing to Towsnville, VH-CXJ later returned South and was noted arriving into Mackay Airport but as "Ambulance 452".  It later departed to Brisbane on what looked to be a medical evacuation (medevac) flight.

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Andrew Lamings $20,000 family holiday at your expense value for money? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It wouldnt be Australia Day without a story about Andrew Laming, the federal member for the seat of Bowman, located in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, who spends the day crashing parties with a tray of lamingtons and skolling beers whilst doing a handstand in an effort to impress and engage with young people. Yup,

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People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These left-wingers and disenchanted who do these marches on Australia Day should get over it.

We who are living today are not responsible for the injustices of the past.

These left-wingers adopt one cause after another and are never happy.

The Guardian Australia

People are starting to understand: huge Invasion Day protest stuns Melbourne

Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us

Invasion Day protest in Melbourne

Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.

The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings.

That was then. On Friday, when the Invasion Day march reached the barricades that had been pushed aside after the parade moved on, it significantly outnumbered the Australia Day event.

Crowd estimates were between 40,000 and 60,000 people. It stretched the lengt...


Still scratching your head over the Qld ALPs push for gender bender Commonwealth Games and boys wearing dresses to school? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This extract is from the UN Agenda 30.  Initially we were signed up in 1992 by then Queensland Labor Attorney General Rod Welford to Agenda 21 which has morphed into Agenda 30

4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.2 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.6 By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of cultures contribution to sustainable development
4.a Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
4.b By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States


#invasionday 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

invasionday 2018

Where are we? Minjin. When are we meeting next? 4 April

The name of our place was drummed into us this morning.  The name of this place is Minjin (as I heard it today).

We are getting together again on 4th April  in relation to large gatherings on Kombumerri Country

Here is a name, which may help us to recognise how the invasion of the Kombumerri Country sits in our own language today.    (This website contains the vocabulary which will help us understand that invasion  I will try to explain this before we meet again on the 4th of April, as I get set for the games.



Photos of rallies and Yabun Festival in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Grey Ternlet at Mooloolaba "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Grey Noddy found this week at Mooloolaba - Pic by Matt Harvey
A second Grey Ternlet (Noddy) has turned up on the Sunshine Coast. This bird was found on January 23 on rocks at Mooloolaba and taken to Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue at Landsborough,  from where it was transferred to Australia Zoo's veterinary facility.

Unfortunately the ternlet had to be put down. According to Australia Zoo wildlife rescue worker Matt Harvey, the bird showed signs of extensive physical damage including a broken wing, head trauma and bleeding. The ternlet may have been seriously wounded during an attack by another animal, or it may have faltered at sea and sustained injuries when washed up on the rocks.

Grey Noddy seen on January 7 off Mooloolaba
The find was almost two weeks after a Grey Ternlet was seen on the January 7 Mooloolaba pelagic just 20km offshore. The species is a very rare visitor to Queensland waters.

Matt also reports that a juvenile White-tailed Tropicbird was found in an emaciated condition at Sunshine Beach on January 21.


We got them Australia Day blues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today is our national day. We celebrate the first settlement of white settlers on Australian shores. Captain Cook had been here a decade before, and Dutch, Portuguese and English mariners had touched land at various point earlier in the century, but didnt find the amenities attractive enough to stick around.

Many people, particularly rightwing politicians and opinionistas, and white Anglo-Celtic nationalists regards this seminal moment as a good thing to borrow a phrase from 1066 and All That. After all, it brought the benefits of European civilization to those whom Rudyard Kipling might later have referred to as fluttered folk and wild, half demon and half child. After two centuries of dispossession, enslavement, massacre, and, in recent times, gradual steps towards recognition and restitution, many descendants of the first peoples think otherwise and regard 28th January as Invasion Day, a time of mourning.

Around this time every year, people argue about moving the date to one that is less divisive, and indeed, to one that more realistically commemorates the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia. January 1st for example. is put forward as the day six states came together as one Commonwealth under a federal government. The problem with January 1st is of course that being News Day, and already a fireworks and hoopla greeted day off, no one would notice.

As if responding to Pavlovs bell, folk of a conservative persuasion evoke the irrevocable sanctity of January 28th as a commemoration of how we became who we are that is, a mainly white and Christian but increasingly multihued and multifaith democracy at the fagend of the earth. The conservative media seize upon it as an opportunity to serve up overblown, meretricious flimflam not withstanding the fact that the story of the First Fleet is thrilling enough without over-leavening it with patriotic flagwaving, triumphalism, and a big serve of manifest destiny.

The idea celebrating the acknowledged virtues of our country its tolerance and openness, its acceptance of immigrants of all colours, cultures, and religious beliefs, its mythical values of mateship and a fair go are sound. In citizenship ceremonies across our island continent, migrants from all over swear allegiance to our nation and its English queen (but we wont go there). And yet, the day itself has evolved into a shibboleth, a caricature, a bombastic, jingoistic carnival of flags and fireworks, partying and posturing. Its as if we forget that on January 26 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip established a penal colony not a nation. Of the 1336 souls who landed, over half of them were in chains.



Its Just Not Cricket! Tennys Sandgren Apologises For Gay Club Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following a major serve from tennis legend Serena Williams, American player Tennys Sandgren has apologised for a gay club tweet he wrote in 2012. Stumbled into a gay club last night my eyes are still bleeding #nooneshouldseethat, he wrote at the time. The apology came after Williams called on Sandgren to apologise for discriminatory ...

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Yabun - Australia Invasion Day Gathering "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A gathering a a traditional site(Victoria Park), as I was told by an elder who came by while I was drawing


Fears for two-week old refugee baby on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are serious concerns for the welfare of a two-week baby boy on Nauru.

The baby was born to Iranian refugees on 12 January.

The baby has a seriously infected umbilicus that has been left untreated since Thursday after the babys mother was turned away at the Nauru hospital being told that the baby was too young for antibiotics and to bathe the infection with salty water.

The infection had become so severe by Thursday night that the babys feet were swollen and bleeding. Doctors took six attempts to get intravenous drip into the baby late Thursday night (Nauru time).

Yet no antibiotics were administered until Friday lunch-time. It seems that the antibiotics were only administered after advocates had contacted IHMS and Border Force in Australia.

It is understood that the babys temperature has not been checked since 4.00am Nauru time.

Tragically, this is yet another example of medical negligence on Nauru that may well have put this babys life at risk. It would be unacceptable in Australia; it should be unacceptable in Nauru, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. There is a very real risk of septicaemia in such situations and Nauru is a long way from life-saving medical intervention. Monitoring the babys temperature is an elementary measure of the scale of the infection.

The safest measure is to arrange the babys medical evacuation. The fate of this babys life like the lives of so many others on Nauru rests with Border Force and Minister Dutton. In scores of cases, they have ignored doctors recommendations for medical treatment.

That cant be allowed to happen. Bring the baby and his family to Australia.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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Dog With 'Human' Teeth Helps Her Mom Make Friends Everywhere She Goes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As a member of the fastest dog breed on the planet, the quick pace of city life agrees with Salty the greyhound.

The white dappled dog is a fixture in coffee shops and pubs around Melbourne, Australia, and her mom, Lucy Percival, is happy to encourage her social spirit.

Credit: Lucy Percival

We live in Melbourne, which is famous for its bars and cafs, and Salty is a true Melbourite as she loves them, too, Percival told The Dodo. Saltys favorite things are catching the train to go to a bar, or walking to our local cafs for a puppuccino. If she chooses her walk route, she always chooses to walk to the train station!

Most dogs would prefer to head to the dog park rather than a bar but Salty isnt like most dogs, for a number of reasons.

Credit: Lucy Percival

Whenever Salty is contentedly sitting at her favorite spot, something odd happens: She reveals her pronounced front teeth and her jaw starts to chatter. This behavior can draw curious, even concerned, stares from her fellow caf patrons.

Some people think the shaking is because shes sick, scared or cold, Percival said, but she is definitely healthy, happy and warm in the Melbourne summer!

Chattering (chittering or knitting) is one trait that makes greyhounds special. Unlike humans, where teeth chattering is an involuntary form of shivering, greyhound teeth chattering is usually a sign of happiness or contentment, similar to a cats purr.

Though Saltys chattering is not especially uncommon for greyhounds, it still draws attention and can get quite noisy.
Salty chatters a lot! She chatters when its breakfast or dinner time, she chatte...


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fantastic laser cut maps of Nth Coburg for sale!

I'm knocking more than 20% off the usual price, down to $80 for these (4 only) really cute laser-cut maps of Nth Coburg. Featuring the lake, creeks, walking paths, roads, rail, tram and even the drive in, this endearing wall cut looks great in your hallway, office space, living room or that bit of wall that sits vacant. 

They measure at 470w x 300h mm and are made from 6mm varnished MDF. I can quite easily add a coloured acrylic or painted background to add an extra dimension to them if you like P.O.A.

Other suburbs too if you are looking for a gift to give with a difference.

Call Denis of 3rd Stone Designs on 0435 559 667.



FoNR wins Australia Day sustainable environment award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From left; Chris Hunter, Suzie Smith, Ilse Matheson, Sandal Hayes, Liz Gallie and Margie Flaherty.
We are very excited to let you know Friends of Ninney Rise won the Cassowary Coast Australia Day Sustainable Environment award.

Many thanks to our committee and volunteers. 

There are many individuals and groups across the Cassowary Coast who work very hard to help protect the natural environment and who are equally worthy recipients of this award.

We extend our appreciation and congratulations to the other nominees.
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Dutton Continues to Undermine the Rule of Law "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As federal Coalition ministers lined up to take a New Years swipe at the Victorian Labor governments handling of youth crime, home affairs minister Peter Dutton took the opportunity to make yet another attack upon the legal profession. This time, the minister focused upon the Victorian judiciary. Dutton partly blamed what he termed African gang violence

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Found Cat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This darling puss wandered into our shed on Wednesday morning. Looking a little tired, hungry and lost. She has a collar and bell but no other identification. She looks as if she may have walked a way. 

Please let us know if shes yours and well arrange her safe return.

Lyn 0437 707 351.


Women's Circle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Women's Meditation and Nature Circle.

Thought of joining a women's circle before?

What happens? We meet share a cup of tea, meditation and connect and reflect on and/or in nature.

Meeting at 13 Meadow Street Coburg we will be spending some time there and sometime along the Merri Creek - a short walk away.

More information can be found here -



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Can anyone recommend a qualified remedial masseuse (I would prefer a woman but it does not really matter) who makes home visits? I live in the Newlands area.
Please call me on 0402 123 881 if you know of someone with healing magic in their hands.


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I am seeking recommendations for a painter to do an interior paint job. 

Please contact Wendy 0419 300 214 or thank you. 


Grubbers into T20 semis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove progressed to the semi-finals of the Bendigo Bank T20 Big Bash by defeating Little River in the 2nd round.
The Grubbers will play a semi-final on 11 February at Barwon Heads in a bumper weekend of T20 cricket.
The two semi-finals will be played simultaneously on both Barwon Heads ovals with the final to be held immediately after on RT Fuller Oval.
Grove batted first and made 8/156 with Isaac Saunders making 41 and Jackson Kent 22.
In reply, Little River was dismissed in the 20th over for 124 with Dan Roddis and Tom Kent the best of the bowlers.
Ocean Grove will play Portarlington and Barwon Heads will meet Anglesea in the semi-finals.
Collendina was eliminated in the second round of the knockout stage by a rampant Anglesea.
Collendina felt the full wrath of Anglesea skipper and young gun Ned Cooper. Cooper made 90 for the Roos in their total of 3/180.
In reply, only Max Sutton reached double figures with 28 as the Snakes were bundled out for 83.

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Turnbulls New Secrecy Laws: Prison for Whistleblowers and Journalists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Soon after the marriage equality bill passed through the lower house on December 7, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced a piece of legislation ostensibly aimed at countering espionage, treason and foreign interference. But in reality, the laws have frightening implications for those who divulge official secrets. The National Security Legislation Amendment

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Thank Folk Its Friday 26th January "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews announced her new album May Your Kindness Remain will be released in March. Details here Shane Nicholson/The Sound Hole, Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia have announced The Americana Music Prize of Australia, an annual []


MACKAY Slade Point robbery accused faces extra charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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AN 18-year-old man charged in relation to the alleged armed robbery of a convenience store in Slade Point on Sunday has been further charged with breaking into an Airlie Beach home and unlawfully driving a car. Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, of Hay Point, faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday but

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MACKAY Inebriated man was on way to solve indigestion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Inebriated man was on way to solve indigestion

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A BRISBANE geologist who was caught driving while almost three times the legal alcohol limit had been on his way to buy Quick-Eze, the Mackay Magistrates Court has been told. Christopher John Smallwood, 35, of New Farm in Brisbane, pleaded guilty to mid-range drink-driving on March 31 last year.

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Find hidden treasure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Have you checked out The Weekly Times classifieds?! Its an opportunity to find hidden treasure like this Hunters Hill garage sale..

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Australia Day Fun at Club Eastwood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eastwood Club President Ray Blunt says The Bizzo is the place to be on Australia Day for fun and games. The recently refurbished Club now [more]

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Police News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 20-YEAR-OLD LIVERPOOL MAN was charged with swearing and spitting at police at a function centre in Marsfield last Friday morning. He was arrested shortly [more]

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Saturday nights Big Blue: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its the traditional Australia Day Big Blue between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC on Friday night in a rematch of last years Hyundai A-League grand [more]

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Banzai for Victory Day! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tonkatsu Abbott-san, the first native sutorarian to be appointed a Deputy Assistant Governor of Imperial Nippon"s southernmost prefecture, has lauded the extension of The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere to the Chrysanthemum Throne"s vanquished enemy. Speaking today from the grounds of the royal palace on Yamamoto Harbour to mark the anniversary of the fall of Sydney in 1943, Abbott-san supported Victory Day remaining on January 26, the day the American war criminal Douglas MacArthur surrendered all gaijin forces on the antipodean continent to General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Victory Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the things we've achieved under the firm but benevolent guidance his Imperial Majesty, and of course his father before him, Abbot-san told the small crowd of dignitaries, including Her Imperial Highness Princess Ayako of Takamado, the first of the blood Royal to visit sutoraria Prefecture and stay in the Harbour Palace. The Princess was attended by exalted representatives from the Diet in Tokyo and conquered prefectures throughout the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

Guests watched a re-enactment of the moment Lieutenant Colonel Masao Kusunose led the 144th Infantry Regiment ashore to crush the few remaining enemy forces which had survived the collapse of the Brisbane Line.

"What happened on the 26th of January 1943 was on balance, for everyone a good thing, said Deputy Assistant Governor Abbott-san, because it brought civilisation to this country, it brought sutoraria into the modern world. All of the things that we know and love about modern sutoraria are the lineal descendants of the attitudes that came ashore with Lieutenant Colonel Kusunose on that day back in 1943.

He bowed in deep abasement to Princess Ayako and Members of the Diet to express the bottomless gratitude of all his countrymen for ending the rule of foreign devils in the great south land.

Cheering crowds later turned the Avenue of a Thousand Years into a sea of red and pink, as they waved banners and flags emblazoned with the Rising Sun, and threw cherry blossoms at the soldiers of the 55th Division, marching from the site of that historic landing under the shadow of the Yamamoto Harbour Bridge, up the grand avenue to Imperial Square in front of Central Station.

Most of the crowds were young families from the Home Islands and Manchurian Colonies, some of them celebrating their first Victory Day in sutoraria after successfully applying for the right to migrate and take up grants of land and property within this vast, underpopulated continent.

The loudest cheers, however, were raised for the small c...


Waterhole "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Splintered words rising with the heat rising, off the silver-tongued creek water, flowing down massive ancient rocks, worn out with tears from the dreamtime and winds from the breath of the land, whispering the secrets, the secrets, and pooling in the deep waterhole, while distracted teenagers laugh and free-fall from stone diving platforms, plunging into []


American Patriot previously unseen footage of armed farmer standoffs with government "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This compelling movie should be viewed by every Australian. As Australia is the 52nd state of the US, it is only a matter of time before these standoffs occur here. The Commonwealth of Australia is registered with the New York stock exchange, regulated by US corporation law. The Queensland Corporate Labor  Government comes to mind when farmers are finally pushed hard enough to take a stand against the proposed vegetation management laws that are designed to shut down viable farmers and graziers in the state. If all of the states farmers banded together to stop the corporations policies of halting development, the ALP would be stymied.

About 30,500 businesses carry out agricultural activity in Queensland.  Agricultural industries contribute more than $10 billion to the states economy each year. It will be up to farmers to decide if they want their business to continue or will allow the edicts of the UN agreement, Agenda 30 to which we are a signatory, shut them down. The ball is in your court Mr Primary Producer!

The ball also is firmly in the court of city consumers. Do they want to eat Queenslands renowned clean and green produce or would they prefer imported, tainted food from countries such as China or Asia?  The federal Liberal Party, aided and abetted by the ALP has signed free trade deals all over the world. The laissez faire policies of governments came back to bite them when the $87.7m farmed prawn industry was destroyed last year by imported prawns from Vietnam infected with white spot disease, all under the holy grail of free trade. Anne Bressington MP talks about the devastating effects of Agenda 21, now Agenda 30


Oz Day Rotary style "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rotary Club of Ocean Grove turned back the clock 20 years with a free sausage sizzle in Ocean Grove, on Australia Day.
The free snags were gleefully snapped up from 9am to 11am on The Terrace.
Busker Isaac Wright entertained the crowd and there were fake tattoos, face transfers and balloons courtesy of Helloworld Travel. People also enjoyed games, soft drinks, and of course, free sausages offset with onions for those who indulged.
Dean Mawby told the Voice he was visiting for a long weekend from Castlemaine and son Alexander Mawby and Jack Saunders were thankful for a free sausage in bread.
The event was sponsored by RTEdgar (Bellarine) Real Estate and is yet another example of Rotary doing good for the community. 

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Australia Day, let some of us rejoice! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia day is upon us again, a time for flags and snags, beers and pavlova. But something else is about to become synonymous with our national day, controversy.

The 26th of January for many Australians is a time to celebrate the birth of a modern, diverse nation, a lucky country.

The 26th of January for many other Australians is a day of mourning, a time when the massacre of their people is celebrated by the nation.

This issue is riven with ideological tensions, there are cries of free speech being trampled on both sides.

Mark Latham et al claim they need to save Australia day, and Tony Abbot insists that Australia Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the things weve achieved.

What happened on the 26th of January 1788 was on balance, for everyone Aboriginal people included a good thing because it brought Western civilisation to this country, it brought Australia into the modern world.

Mark Kenny of the Sydney Morning Herald  suggests a compromise move to May 9 could work. The date of federation, the date parliament moved to Canberra and the date in 1988 when the current parliament opened.

This is issue is complex, it would be easy to class it as black versus white Australia, however this is far from the case.

Norma Ingram, Jacinta Price, Peter Fitzsimmons and Tom Switzer...


Gallery: FBi Presents Sevdaliza at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Stirring choreography, huge vocals and undeniable stage presence Ever had goosebumps for an entire live show? This was one of those gigs. Iranian-Dutch artist Sevdaliza wowed the Oxford Art Factory crowd with her next level audio visual show, complete with live band and a fiercely frenetic partner in crime.


FBi Radio Presents Sevdaliza at Oxford Art Factory | 19.01.18 | Photos by Tim Da-Rin


Salim Mehajer Accused of Staging Fake Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim 31-year old former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiring to commit insurance fraud for allegedly staging a car crash to avoid a court hearing. Assault hearing Mr Mehajer was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after allegedly throwing

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Two Local Legends Inducted Into Queensland Drag Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two more local drag icons have been immortalised in the Sportsman Hotels Queensland Drag Hall of Fame. Local legends Betty Nature and Trixie Onassis (pictured, left to right) were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in front of a huge crowd at a ceremony at the venue on Australia Day Eve. Host Vollie LaVont ...

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Using the rail corridor wisely "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Community Care (BCCC) raised the idea of establishing community housing mobile home parks on railway land over 10 years ago.

The rail corridor between Casino and Murwillumbah includes a minimum 20m buffer zone either side of the tracks and additional lands were used for sidings, storage, workshops and station buildings.

Weve attended many Affordable Housing forums over the years to spruik the idea and spoke with councillors, community housing, welfare organisations and local builders featuring their small homes at these forums.

Our goal is to establish small low impact clustered housing sites along the rail corridor particularly around the disused stations in smaller communities with easy access to water/sewer/power connections.

With the potential to develop local housing initiatives and assist low income residents and local communities.

Community Care spoke to rail lands manager about leasing the Station Street land (which has had horses agisted for years) as we wanted a trial site close to town and services for over 55s who are facing serious housing stress.

Unfortunately, rail managers were only interested in commercial development and outright refused to consider any type of housing/residential use, claiming the soil is toxic.

Erecting Woolies food store and council chambers is not a health risk to staff or clients as theyre protected by a concrete slab and tarmac carparks!

Just last year council established a truck car park (after closing Byron Depot) next to Mullum station. Yet kids play and are exposed to these toxins at Railway Park, the pre-school and at the nearby community gardens, which is surrounded by railway lands.

No soil testing has been done on these sites but BCCc funds are available.

Its almost two decades since the passenger train was derailed and even longer since toxic substances were stored or used in these areas.

There may be noise issues if the trains/trail walk were (re)-established, as has happened in Byron.

Which is why our preference is for above ground relocatable houses to avoid flooding and toxins and any change of use.

Its a great idea and this push to sell off our public land may just be the impetus needed to get this project moving along.

Michele Grant, president, Bruns Community Care Council

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The right to withdraw labour is a fundamental human right "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Editorial comment

Responding to the order made by the Australia Fair Work Commission yesterday over its decision to order members of the Rail Bus and Tram Union in Sydney, to not go on strike next Monday and to lift their overtime ban, has brought to attention the difficulty that unions and their members have with an industrial relations system, become increasingly skewed to favour the employer.

Yesterdays article in The Pen was restricted and is therefore republished at the bottom of this page.

Not since the days of the master Servants act of the nineteenth century, has such a one-sided system been in place.

It marks a significant restriction of the democratic right of workers to have say in the conditions of their employment.

To suggest that there is equality before the law is nonsense. Big employers have the economic muscle and connections to impose their will, which means that the employment relationship is not one between equals. Unions emerged because of this. Only through acting together can workers be heard.

The Fair Work Act and the institutions that administer it, are designed to restrict this right. Nothing proves this more convincingly, than the rarity of orders made against employers, for bringing economic harm to those who work for them and providing an unsafe workplace.

The union peak body in Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, released the following statement yesterday.

ACTU statement

Todays decision by the Fair Work Commission to suspend the action by train drivers is further evidence of the broken rules in Australian workplaces that are driving down wage growth.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today noted that the right to withdraw your labour is a fundamental human right, that is denied to most Australian workers, most of the time.

Quotes attributable to Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary:

The basic right to strike in Australia is very nearly dead.

Rail workers followed every single rule and law, and still the Minister of the day can get an order to cancel bans on working excessive overtime.

When working people and their union go through every possible hoop and hurdle and are still denied these basic rights, it is no secret why so many workers havent had a pay rise.

Working peoples wages in Australia are so stagnant because the rules are stacked in the favour of the employers.

We need to change the rules, because Australia needs a pay rise.


Sydney rail workers pus...


Tweeds stop-Adani campaigners to target Qld MPs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed campaigners against the controversial Adani coal mine project in Queensland will descend on Queenslands parliament on Monday in a bid to stop taxpayer funding for a proposed rail line in the Galilee basin.

Queensland MPs are due to vote on funding the Aurizons proposed rail line  on 13 February.

The Stop Adani Tweed group says its hopeful that wont happen following Qld premier Palaszczuks decision to veto the $1 billion loan to Adani to build the rail line.

During her election campaign Premier Palaszczuk vowed her party wouldnt use taxpayer funds to fund the Adani Carmichael coal mine and its associated infrastructure, says Stop Adani Tweed spokesperson Barry Firth.

On Monday we intend to remind her of that and hold her to her promise, Mr Firth said.

If the rail line goes ahead, an estimated 60 million tonnes of coal would be transported from the Adani mine annually along a 388km rail line to Abbot Point, right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.

This would see an extra 500 coal ships travelling through this World Heritage Area annually.

It would also provide transport access to other coal mining companies, such as GV Hancock, which has expressed interest in opening coal mines in the Galilee Basin.

It is our land, our water, our reef, our planet and our future at stake, Mr Firth said, urging everyone to come along on Monday and take a stand against Adani.

We intend to use non-violent means to make sure the Queensland State Government stays accountable to the voters, placing people and the planet over political gain and profit, Mr Firth said.

He encouraged people wanting to take part to come along with a sign with your message, hat, water and sunscreen, wear Adani t-shirts or red/black coloured clothing (if possible) for the action at 10am Qld time outside parliament at No. 1 William Street

For further info on the group, view the Stop-Adani-Tweed Facebook page.


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Australia Day: Patriots, Politicians and Changing the Date "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The push to change Australias national day is gaining momentum, and many feel today will be the last time January 26 will be referred to as Australia day. However, it seems there are some Anglo Australians that still need the reasons spelt out as to why this change is

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Premier urged to stop koala-habitat logging near Bellingen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eight NSW environment groups have written to the NSW Premier urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.

Logging operations are planned in Gladstone State Forest where hundreds of koala scats were found by community groups in July and August 2017.

The groups say the planned logging operations, on top of operations carried out in August 2017, highlight how the regulation of public native forests is failing to protect koalas.

A National Parks Association spokesperson said that despite Forestry Corporations own ecologists finding extensive evidence of koala scats, and the hundreds of scats found last August by members of the Bellingen Environment Centre and Kalang River Forest Alliance, no steps have been taken to protect Gladstones koalas.

Polling in the north coast seats of Ballina and Lismore in December 2017 showed people were very aware of the plight of koalas, and highly supportive of new national parks for their protection, the spokesperson said.

North East Forest Alliances Dailan Pugh said koala populations on the north coast have declined 50  per cent  in the past two decades.

Logging has been proven to be contributing to this decline. We must protect the remaining breeding colonies to give koalas a fighting chance, Mr Pugh said.

Gladstone has been found to support a significant koala population, including a mother and her joey. This core koala habitat needs to be protected.

Nambucca Valley Conservation Association spokesperson Lyn Orrego said the state government has allowed Forestry Corporation to undertake intensive, clearfell logging, not valid under logging rules, of 23,000 hectares of high-quality koala habitat in our north coast public native forests over the past 10 years.

We implore the premier to take seriously our request for a stay of execution for the koalas of Gladstone State Forest, Ms Orrego said.

Unprecedented high levels of evidence of breeding koala populations in Gladstone State Forest have been found.

Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Ashley Love said this is exceptional evidence of occupancy and demonstrates this area of forest is entirely unsuitable for logging.

Forestry Corporations own ecologists have identified the importance of this area for koalas, yet no protections have been put in place. The premier must intervene, he said.

Frances Pike of the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance said not only is our forest wildlife getting hammered by logging, it is driving climate change too.

Forests are the best technology we have for drawing down carbon dioxide...


Changing date the key to national reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Aboriginal Land Council chair Roy Ah-See. Photo courtesy Ourmob

Changing the date of Australias national celebration from 26 January is the key to resetting the national reconciliation process, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) said today.

NSWALC chair Roy Ah-See said any celebration of what it means to be Australian must include Australias First Peoples.

For Aboriginal people, 26 January is an annual reminder of our dispossession, discrimination and exclusion, Cr Ah-See said.

Every year, a growing number of Australians are also becoming increasingly uneasy about holding a national celebration on 26 January.

Cr Ah-See said the debate about changing the date would not disappear and he urged political and community leaders to initiate a process towards a more suitable celebration of Australia.

You would be hard-pressed to find people more patriotic about Australia than its First Peoples.

Weve cared for this country for more than 60,000 years and weve played a major part in Australias success.

Were not saying dont celebrate we want a celebration but on a day that we can all be comfortable with.

Change the date and well be the first to RSVP.

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Tweed Heads Librarys new look an eye opener "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed mayor Katie Milne and Tweed area librarian Selina Ryan cut the ribbon to officially open the upgraded Tweed Heads Library.

Tweed Heads Library was officially reopened this week following a major $2.9 million renovation which has created more space and upgraded technology to meet the future needs of the community.

A special ceremony was held on Monday morning to commemorate the $2.9 million upgrade which saw library services in the area operating out of temporary facilities for most of the past year.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne, who performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting, said the new facility is bigger and undoubtedly better than before.

This library is by some distance the busiest community facility in Tweed Shire so we consider this to be an important and worthwhile investment, Cr Milne said.

All the feedback I have heard since the opening before Christmas has been very positive and I would like to thank all of those who may have been inconvenienced over the past year for their patience.

Floor space at the library has been increased from 619 to 1,054 square metres with the extra space designed to provide more flexibility of use for meeting areas, study centres and other activities.

A new self-checkout system has been installed for ease of customer service which will eventually be rolled out across the Richmond Tweed Regional Library network.

NSW State Librarian Dr John Vallance attended, and spoke about the importance of libraries in the modern world.

I can remember hearing some time ago that libraries would become extinct, that they would be rendered obsolete by the internet and other forms of technology, Dr Vallance said.

This library shows nothing is further from the truth and libraries remain a very important part of our communities.

A number of new services have also been launched to coincide with the opening including a program offering the most popular titles in the library on short term loans, a new audiobook service which can loan up to 100 copies of the same title at once and a seed library.

Tweed Area Librarian Selina Ryan said the seed library is something which started i...


Byron shire wants briefing over $46m Splendour plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Council is inviting NSW Department of Planning staff to brief staff and councillors about the development application (DA) for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands Cultural Events site for events catering for up to 50,000 patrons.

The DA, which is classed as State Significant Development by the NSW Government, is currently on exhibition for public comment.

The state government is the consent authority for the $46 million plan. A State Significant Development classification means it includes tourist and recreation facilities over a certain size, located in a sensitive environmental area or exceeds more than $30 million in capital investment.

Councils general manager Ken Gainger said because the NSW government was the consent authority, council would be making a submission based on staffs assessment of the DA just like every other interested individual or organisation.

Staff will be looking at a range of issues including site management, impacts on ecology, emergency evacuation, noise, traffic, parking and pedestrian management, food health and provision of on-site facilities when they assess the DA, Mr Gainger said.

The Department of Planning has indicated it will be undertaking community consultation in late January with respect to the DA and council has requested a briefing be also provided to councillors.

Theres no doubt events like Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival have huge appeal to visitors and locals but there are also a lot of residents who feel the events have a negative impact on the local community, Mr Gainger said.

I encourage all residents to take the time to make a submission so the Department of Planning gets a good understanding about the local views on this issue, he said.

The closing date for submissions is 16 February.

For more information go to or call Shannon Burt, Director, Sustainable Environment and Economy, on 6626 7000.




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January 26 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1788 - Two French frigates of the Laprouse expedition sailed into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson.

1791 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.

1798 - Explorer George Bass transferred 5 escaped convicts from Glennie Island back to the mainland expecting them to walk back to Sydney.
Strangely they were never seen again....*cue alien music*

1798 - Something that was sighted, although they're fast disappearing, were the first koala and lyrebird near Bargo NSW, by John Price, Governor John Hunter's servant.
The animals didn't rate the Europeans very highly.

1808 - John Macarthur was arrested and gaoled, sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers forming the court demand Gov William Bligh granted Macarthur bail and stand down Atkins'; Bligh summons them to appear before him the next day; Major George Johnston signed an order for the release of Macarthur, proclaimed martial law, marched on Government House and arrested Bligh.

1818 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.

1818 - Not celebrating on this day was Richard Collyer who was Hanged on the Newtown road, Hobart, for the murder in 1815 of Carlisle and O'Byrne at New Norfolk.

1827 - A public meeting was held in Sydney to demand trial by jury, taxation by representation, and a Legislative Assembly elected on manhood suffrage.

1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
5 white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.

1838  - The foundation stone for Holy Trinity Church North Terrace was laid by GovernorJohn Hindmarsh.

1838 - The 50th Anniversary of the Colony was celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday.

1844 - Governor FitzRoy pottered across to NZ and, despite the demands for revenge in the Wairau Massacre of 22 settlers, he decreed the Maori had been provoked by the Europeans' unreasonable actions.
So revenge was off the menu.

1849 The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after a public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.

1850 - Today saw the first issue of the Irish Exile: Freedoms Advocate newspaper in Tassie.

1855 - Work commenced on foundations of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

1858 - Adelaide was roasting nicely to the tune of 46.8 degrees C.

1858 - First t...


Celebrations and protests on Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Canberra [AAP]

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is urging Australians to embrace Australia Day to celebrate the rich history and culture of indigenous people and the contributions of migrants.

As disagreement intensifies over shifting the national day from the January 26 anniversary of the First Fleets arrival in 1788 and division widens amid growing Invasion Day rallies, Sir Peter reminded Australians to celebrate their diversity on Friday.

From the rich culture and history of our first Australians, to the many generations whove come here to make Australia home, to those people proudly taking the citizenship pledge and becoming our newest Australians today, our nation is stronger because of our diversity and the way we live and work harmoniously together, he says in his Australia Day address.

Citizenship ceremonies and backyard barbecues are bound to draw big crowds, but not all will be celebrating this year.

Thousands are expected at Invasion Day marches around the country, buoyed by Thursdays comments from Australian of the Year nominee Johnathan Thurston that the date will inevitable change one day.

More than 5000 are expected at a rally outside the Victorian Parliament and similar numbers will walk in Sydney, starting from The Block in Redfern.

Protests have already begun with a Melbourne statue of Captain Cook daubed in pink paint and the words No Pride on Thursday.

But Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge is among those to throw his wholehearted support behind keeping the date.

On Australia Day, we celebrate the big three pillars of our society; our Indigenous heritage, the British foundation and multicultural character, Mr Tudge said.

An Institute of Public Affairs poll released this week suggests most Australians agree with him, with 70 per cent of 1000 respondents saying the public holiday should remain on January 26, while 11 per cent disagree.

And not all Aboriginals are boycotting celebrations with indigenous performers including the Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers and the KARI Singers opening Fridays festivities in Sydney which is expecting a crowd of around half a million into the city.

The harbour will be the focus of celebrations, including ferry races, an aquatic ballet and evening fireworks.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be in Canberra for a citizenship ceremony and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will attend events in his Melbourne electorate.

Almost 13,000 people from 129 different nationalities are due to become Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country.

Cockroach races in Queensland and native animal cook ups in the Northern...


Australia in 2018 (Crocodile Dundee grows up) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Walkabout Creek

With a bit of scuttlebutt this week about a forthcoming new Crocodile Dundee movie (fake news, no doubt) let's take a quick look at how Mick Dundee would assess the changes in Australia since 1986, assuming he'd been walkabout Stateside for a few decades...

5 million people in one place

On arrival in Manhattan, Dundee famously exclaimed: "That's incredible. Imagine 7 million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must be the friendliest place on earth!". 

Since 1986, Australia's population has increased very strongly from around 16 million to nearly 25 million. Mick would be surprised to discover Sydney itself taking on more of a Manhattan feel, with well over 5 million residents, from fewer than 3 million back then. 

The population of the Territory remains fairly sparse, however, at under  million in total, with population growth in the Top End now having almost totally stagnated after the recent resources boom.

'A sheila like you?

Mick might also be surprised to find that working women like Sue Charlton are increasingly a force to be reckoned with Down Under.

The female participation rate was under 62 per cent in 1986 but had soared to its highest level towards the end of 2017 at 65.7 per cent - this year will likely see Australia's highest labour force participation rate as a result. 



Holstein herd walk, free barbie and guest speakers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE South Gippsland Sub-Branch of Holstein Australia will host a herd walk and field night at the Templeton familys Meeniyan property this Saturday evening, January 27.
It will be a social event with a free barbecue and guest speakers including Dairy Australia board member Graeme Nicholl and Brian Behnke, the business manager for ABS
St Jacobs.
You can also see the local Semex On-Farm Challenge Champion Mature Cow and runner-up in the state final, View Fort Trekka Stylish.
Shes a 10 year-old cow but shes received no special treatment, Jan Templeton said.
Thats why shes so good. Shes just gone with the herd and risen to the top.
Jan and Bruce Templeton have had the farm for almost 40 years and are preparing to officially hand it over to son Matt and his fiance Nicola Paulger.
Both Matt and Nicola are highly qualified to develop View Fort Holsteins breeding and showing credentials.
Bruce has always had a different attitude he just wants cows that put milk in the vat, Jan said.
Doing the shows costs time and money and you have to be passionate about it and Matt and Nicola certainly are.
Both Nicola, from Queensland, and Matt have judged shows and are amalgamating their own herd with successful bloodlines into View Fort Holsteins.
They hope to extend the herd from the current 200 and continue the successful breeding program.
Matt and Nicola moved to the farm eight months ago, and Nicola said she was looking forward to meeting more farming families on Saturday evening.
Its a good way to get together. It takes a bit to get farmers off the farm, so a barbecue and interesting guest speakers should do the trick.
The farm is at 40 Thorsons Road, Meeniyan.
The barbecue will be on from 7pm. For more details, phone Les White on 0409 574 668.

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Motorcycles for sale? Anybody have or know where to pickup a cheap used bike for a one way trip across Oz? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Landing in Cairns in a few hours. Wondering if theres a local online web classifieds for motorcycles I could use or any motorcycle clubs to be checked out. Not in a rush, can do my own repairs. Budget around 2500.00 dont need huge displacement or anything pretty. Just something to ride till it dies, or I do.

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Linux.Conf.Au 2018 Videos Now Available "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Taking place this week in Sydney, Australia is the 2018 Linux.Conf.Au conference. For those that can't make the event, there's a livestream, but if the time difference impacts you, the recordings are now beginning to trickle in via YouTube...


Narrm / Melbourne, So-Called Australia: Banner Action for Invasion Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Received on 25.01.18:

Banner drop. West Gate freeway. Melbourne. Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.


Sydney unemployment rate lowest since 2008 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney on fire

The ABS released its Detailed Labour Force figures for the month of December 2017.

Greater Sydney created a massive +101,000 extra jobs in 2017.

That took total employment in Sydney to a record high 2,714,700. 

And with job vacancies across the state soaring to their highest ever level, that's set to continue in 2018.

The annual average unemployment rate for Sydney fell to just 4.6 per cent.

That's the lowest level since December 2008. 

In fact, things generally improved around the traps in 2017.

The improvement in the southern states has also been marked, with Adelaide's unemployment rate falling quite sharply now, and Hobart recording an annual average unemployment rate of just 5.6 per cent in 2017. 

What else was news last year?

Elsewhere, it was a big year for employment growth in Queensland, with the mining sector turning around after a prolonged slump. 


It's Australia Day and...... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

the truth is that few Australians - who will either quietly or with loud jingoism celebrate today - know the days real history or meaning.

It also seems that only a minority of the population are likely to object if the federal and state governments decide to change the date.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 January 2018:

A majority of voters would not mind if Australia Day was shifted to a different date and most don't know why it's currently held on January 26.

New polling also reveals that only about a third of Australians 37 per cent realise the date is offensive to many Indigenous people because it represents the beginning of the dispossession and violence of British colonisation.

As the political and community debate about the "change the date" movement continues to intensify, the Research Now survey of 1417 people suggests nearly all Australians 84 per cent think it is important the country has a national day of celebration.

But 56 per cent say they don't mind when the day occurs, challenging the notion that Australians see January 26 as sacred or untouchable....


Sometimes social media rocks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rightwing ratbag Senator Cory Bernardi thought he had a great idea put together a Spotify playlist of songs for Australia Day listening and advertise same on Twitter for the political party he leads..

The response from singers, songwriters and bands included on that list was not long in coming.


Australian Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, its two years exactly since I last attended an Australian of the Year function in Canberra. What most memorable about that event was the storm which interrupted what was then an outdoor event. Though for many, the memory will be of Malcolm Turnbull holding an umbrella over Continue reading Australian Of The Year


RFAs need to be terminated "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday, January 26, 2018

EEG has submitted comments to the farcically late 5 yearly review of RFA (26 Jan 2018). We say they must be terminated.

The Regional Forest Agreements cost us $300 million dollars to pretend the forest battle had been solved by 'balancing all values'. They have failed on almost every environmental promise, but for 20 years it has allowed the industry to log without fear of federal environmental constraints.

East Gippsland's forests were the first cab off the rank so to speak. Despite the process being a sham and now even more obsolete than then, both parties want to renew these for another 20 years.

In effect it would mean more unlimited woodchipping, keep paying lip-service to conservation, promise hundreds of jobs that will never eventuated and let the feds shirk their responsibility for looking after nationally threatened wildlife.

They have failed on almost every promise except the one that allowed the industry to log without fear of federal environmental constraints.

Read our submission here (with cartoons)cheeky



Government boosts Victoria market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new government scheme that will add to demand in markets such as Frankston, and Geelong, and Mildura.

From the Housing Industry Association (HIA): 


Australia Bound? Brisbane Airport Accepts Cryptocurrencies in a World-First "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Brisbane airport will soon be accepting Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies at various retail establishments for travelers arriving or departing the airports terminals. In an unprecedented move, Brisbane Airport (BNE), Australias third-busiest airport, will introduce cryptocurrency payments at a number of terminal retailers where travelers can make retail purchases with digital currencies. In its official Continued

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PERTH Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hamilton Hill man charged over Perth train brawl that left another man fighting for his life .

January 25, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 19-year-old Hamilton Hill man had been charged over a brawl on the Armadale train line that left another main fighting for his life with a serious brain injury. Kensington detectives said the 19-year-old man was with friends when he boarded an Armadale-line train at Perth station at about 6.30am on .



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Industrial & Commercial Plumber Melbourne Leading Plumbing Solutions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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1) Port Moresby to host Melanesian leaders summit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Malnutrition victims in Asmat reach 15 thousand
3) Indonesian Government under fire for slow response to measles outbreak in Papua

1) Port Moresby to host Melanesian leaders summit


Being an ally on Jan 26 and beyond "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

First off. Listen.

That is what we are doing. And we arent writing this to centre our own experiences we are writing it because we take the time to try and follow and listen to a range of aboriginal voices, and we might have access to information that you havent come across. We want to take away from emotional labour of aboriginal people by supporting other allies with a collation of useful information.

So that is the first step. Its not about us, its not about you, its about mob. (Photos from Naarm Melbourne rally here)

And guess what they have got different views. Like white people, or people descended from Sudan, or Vietnam, or people all named Becky.

Please dont be like Friendlyjordies and attribute all aboriginal voices to one or two people. (Or maybe dont be like Friendly jordies at all on this one.)

What even do I call JAN 26 and what are people asking for?

Some people are calling to #ChangeTheDate and some people call it Invasion Day or Survival Day. In Melbourne (Naarm) they are calling to #AbolishAustraliaDay. Its likely this will mean different things to different people, but what does seem to be commonly shared perspective we shouldnt be celebrating genocide.

Which is what happened when the first fleet landed on the shores of this continent and occupied where hundreds of aboriginal nations had already been prospering for 1000s of years. First nations people in America (referred to as Turtle Island by some) have similar issues with Thanksgiving Day.

White Australias collective amnesia on this goes to the core of some of our current injustices. How can we talk about fixing things if we cant admit there is a problem in the first place?

And some mob dont support to Change the Date for that very reason they would rather structural injustices were addressed youth incarceration and suicides, health issues, legal discrimination, children removed from family, deaths in custody, land grabs for minerals and so much more.

Here is...


Thought Tapes LIVE from Grievous Bodily Calm is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Thought Tapes Live is the debut album from Perth quintet Grievous Bodily Calm. The band held a long residency at El Grotto in Scarborough, WA and this album was also recorded there in May 2017. Its a live instrumental album, diverse and experimental with hip hop influences and gentle electronics, and also krautrock, and sweet nursery rhyme melodies, according to the band themselves.

Bennu is a cut from the 7 track album:


Grievous Bodily Calm are: Alex Reid on drums, Zac Grafton on bass, Edo Ekic on guitar, Josiah Padmanabham on keys and samples, and Matthew McGlynn on trumpet. The ensemble have supported artists like Winston Surfshirt and Jordan Rakei on the Perth legs of their tours.

We think Thought Tapes Live is a very fine album, adventurous yet very listenable. Looking forward to the future output from the band. You can stream the album here on Spotify, and/or buy the record here at Bandcamp.


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Colour in the summer landscape "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There is no way to describe the landscape at present other than its brown various shades of!

Therefore its wonderful to see the occasional splash of colour, amplified more than ever against the contrasting shades of summer.

Immature Crimson Rosella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 24th January 2018


Government Set to Renew Laws which Remove Civil Liberties "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Currently, some of the most extreme Commonwealth counterterrorism laws are under the review of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS). And if recent reports from an executive oversight body are anything to go by, these laws will be given the green light for renewal. On August 9

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Podiatrist Annangrove Hills District Podiatry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Theyre off and running in the Bass Coast Series "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The winner of the Cape Aquathon last Sunday was Nathan Buschkuehl of Langwarren in a time of 21:02, well clear of the rest of the field in the 400m swim and 4.4km run event, the first event of the Bass Coast Series. M310418

Luke OConnor was one of a number of Wonthaggi Power players to use the Cape Aquathon as a training run last Sunday. M370418

Kara Landells crosses the line in 25:33 at the Cape Aquathon on Sunday, the first local woman in the field. m300418

IN NEAR perfect conditions, the first race in the Bass Coast Summer Series got underway last Sunday, the Cape Aquathon staged by the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club.
There after follows Cowes Classic on Saturday, February 3 (500m beach swim and 4km run) and the Channel Challenge on Saturday, February 17 (550m channel swim and 2km bridge run).
A total of 79 males and 62 females of all ages faced the starters gun on the beach at Cape Paterson where they enjoyed ideal swimming conditions for the 400m surf swim.
Nathan Buschkuehl of Langwarren, a high performance triathlete who has a best finish of second behind Australian Commonwealth Games Triathlete Jake Birtwhistle in the Mooloolaba Continental Cup, was soon out in the lead with a swim time of 5:49, catching a nice wave to come in just ahead of Owen Leggett 5:54, but he really cleared out in the run coming home...


Help achieve a cancer-free future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LOCAL residents are invited to join one of the most celebrated community movements Sydney Relay For Life, an outdoor weekend event that will take place [more]

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Meadowbank roadworks begin this month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MOTORISTS and pedestrians will soon experience a safer journey through a busy Meadowbank intersection with essential improvement work launched by Ryde MP Victor Dominello on [more]

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WATCH: First Trailer For Thailands RuPauls Drag Race Spinoff Released "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first trailer for the inaugural season of the Thailand spinoff of RuPauls Drag Race has been released. Drag Race Thailand will be hosted by Thai stylist and designer Art Arya, who will be filling drag superstar RuPauls stilettos in the spinoff. Bangkok drag queen Pangina Heals (pictured below) will co-host. The shows format will ...

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Eastwood launches Year Of The Dog celebration with two fond farewells "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EASTWOODs Asian Lunar New Year celebration was launched at Kings Seafood Restaurant last Friday and paid tribute to stalwart New Year Committee organisers Hugh Lee [more]

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Three Squadron Centenary named in Battle ON THURSDAY last week, I welcomed ladies and gentlemen of the 3rd Squadron RAAF Association to a small commemoration [more]

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Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying No Pride.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England.

Victoria Police took photographs of the defaced statue and dusted beer bottles found nearby for fingerprints in St Kilda this morning.

Another statue, Burke and Wills, has been splattered with green paint and the word stolen written across the plaque.

It is Melbournes oldest piece of public art and was made by sculptor Charles Summers.

The statue honours explorers Robert OHara Burke and Williams John Wills who...


Win with TWT! My Heart So Grieves with Marais Project Elysian Fields "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three TWT readers have won double passes to the first Marais Project for 2018 My Heart So Grieves on Sunday January 28 at The Independent [more]

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Settlers benefitted First Australians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I prefer to keep the date for Australia Day as January 26, at least at present. We can be sorry for past wrongs, [more]

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Australia Day Ambassadors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SONIA SADIQ GHANDI is Australia Day Ambassador at City of Ryde. See our story Ryde ambassador Sonia Sadiq Ghandi to give keynote address CATHERINE SAXELBY [more]

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Hunters Hill celebrates our national day in Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

HUNTERS HILL will announce the Citizen of the Year, the Sports Person of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year at this Fridays Australia [more]

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MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man who stole $40 worth of food gets 15 months probation

January 25, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

A MAN who stole $40 worth of food has been granted probation after he promised a magistrate he would stop buying drugs so he could feed himself. Matthew Luke Mason, 29, of South Mackay, was sentenced to 15 months probation by magistrate Damien Dwyer in the Mackay Magistrates Court

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MACKAY Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

Woman faces court after 100km/hr Mackay street race

January 25, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

A HAY POINT woman charged with street racing on a notorious stretch of road has told the Mackay Magistrates Court it was just a stupid decision. Stephanie Lauren Gelens, 22, of Hay Point, pleaded guilty yesterday to racing on Harbour Rd in North Mackay about 7.55pm on December 30. The court

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MACKAY Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 25, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Identity of alleged Slade Point armed robber revealed

January 25, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Josiah Isaiah Simon Tapim, 18, of Hay Point, appeared in dock of the Mackay Magistrates Court briefly yesterday dressed in a maroon T-shirt and black sports shorts. Magistrate Damien Dwyer adjourned the case for this morning for his lawyer Antoinette Morton of Fisher Dore solicitors to make a bail

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Police Vow to Hunt Down Criminal Defence Lawyers Killer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The gunman who shot 65-year old Bankstown lawyer Ho Ledinh is still on the run, and police are asking for witnesses to come forward, especially anyone with video footage of the incident, including CCTV, shop front, dash cam or mobile phone recordings. Police now believe they are looking for

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Revisiting The History Of Australias First Nations People In Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

First Nations people will lead this years historic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March. The organisers of the First Nations float say their inclusion highlights their proud Indigenous history and their present day fight for equality. As Mardi Gras celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, this year also marks the 30th anniversary ...

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West Papua 2017 Year in Review "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papua 2017 Year in Review



BALD FACED CON! Convicted fraudster tossed out of Sydney pub owing tens of thousands to bands after ripping off punks & bar staff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: A convicted fraudster who once faked his CV so he could unlawfully obtain almost $6 million from high-profile victims and banks is at the centre of a police investigation after being tossed out from running a trendy Sydney pub for failing to pay rent and allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars owed

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Plantar Fasciits Heel Pain & Heel Spur Sydney Heel Pain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heel pain and plantar fasciitis treatment clinic in Sydney Australia.


Court precinct to be operational from April "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Court precinct to be operational from April

NEARING COMPLETION The Shepparton Law Court Precinct is taking shape quickly, and is set to be open from April this year. Photo: Supplied.

IN just 12 months, the Shepparton Law Court Precinct has quickly reached into the Shepparton skyline and from April this year, court sittings will commence with stage two to be completed by October.

Fit-out is close to completion with the installation of tiling, vinyl, carpet and the timber ceiling feature underway.

Schematic designs for the redevelopment of the existing 1930s courthouse into a Specialist Family Violence Court (SFVC) have been finalised, with work to commence from April, which once completed will deliver services that are coordinated, efficient and delivered with greater sensitivity to ensure that the court experience is less intimidating for victims of family violence.

Upgrades include providing separate entrances, exits and waiting areas and dedicated court and meeting rooms to ensure the separation of parties. The works will create a safer experience for those attending court by reducing opportunities for harm and intimidation, delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Court Services Victoria chief operating officer, Brian Stevenson said, Engaging with the local community is vital a component of the project. Weve worked closely with jurisdictions and sought input from the local legal community and support services providers to ensure that the building meets their diverse service and operational needs.

Stage two includes the demolition of the current courthouse, development of a new landscaped forecourt and the refurbishment of the 1930s courthouse.

The redevelopment will help modernise the delivery of court services to better manage complex family issues and support services, and improve court infrastructure to increase the safety of court users, especially women and children impacted by family violence, Mr Stevenson said.


Multi deck car park may soon get upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Multi deck car park may soon get upgrade

DISCUSSIONS UNDERWAY The multi deck car park on Stewart Street may soon get an upgrade, with the operators, Care Park and Greater Shepparton City Council currently in talks about the possibility. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SHEPPARTONS Multi deck car park on Stewart Street may soon get an upgrade, with discussions currently taking place surrounding an upgrade between operators, Care Park and Greater Shepparton City Council.

Care Park is currently undertaking a review of works to be undertaken with a Care Park Pty Ltd spokesperson said, The facility is Care Parks major property in Shepparton and provides the citys shoppers and workers with nearby and convenient parking to access the central business, shopping and dining district.

In order to ensure the building improvements provide the best long term outcomes, Care Park has been in discussion with Greater Shepparton Council to formulate the best way forward for improvements to be undertaken.

Once a decision has been reached how the building improvements will progress, tenders will be issued for the works.


What it means to be Australian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THOSE who live in Australia cant help but love everything about it, and to help celebrate what it means to be Australian, Greater Shepparton will play host to a number of Australia Day events this Friday, January 26.

Sheppartons event will commence at 8:30am in the Queens Gardens with a flag raising ceremony, followed by an address from guest speaker and Australia Day Ambassador, Huss Mustafa. The city will then welcome its newest citizens with a citizenship ceremony and Australia Day awards will be presented to outstanding members of the community. There will also be live musical entertainment and cultural dance performances, followed by a free sausage sizzle, multicultural lunch and childrens activities.

Australia Day Celebrations in Mooroopna will be held in Ferrari Park from 10:30am, where there will be a flag raising ceremony, entertainment by a bush poet and local musicians as well as an address by a keynote speaker before Mooroopna Australia Day Awards are presented.

Tatura Australia Day celebrations will begin with a barbeque breakfast at 8:30am, with an 11am morning tea following the ceremony, where the Tatura Australia Day Citizen of the Year winner and community award winners will be recognised.

In Dookie, a free breakfast will be held from 8am at the CWA Gardens, where there will be a flag raising ceremony and Australia Day Award presentations along with Australian themed music and gifts for children.

The Murchison Swimming Pool will play host to the Murchison Australia Day event. Starting from 8am, a free barbeque breakfast will be offered to the community with formalities starting at 8:45am.

Toolambas event will commence at 11am at the Toolamba Recreation Reserve, and includes the presentation of Australia Day awards, flag raising ceremony, national anthem being sung by the local Toolamba Choir sing the national anthem, with a free barbeque taking place at the end of proceedings.


Aerodrome improvements commence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EMERGENCY flights will not be disrupted during planned maintenance and upgrade works at the Shepparton Aerodrome, which commenced from January 22 despite an approximate closure period of one week.

Estimated at a cost of $450,000, the works primarily involve the resealing of the runway and reinstatement of the line marking, however council is also taking advantage of the closure period to undertake some other improvements including adjustments to the runway lights, line-marking of the taxi-ways and some other drainage upgrade works.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure/City Engineer, Phil Hoare said, Council staff have worked closely with stakeholders and emergency services in planning these works to minimise disruption and ensure emergency services can operate over this period.

As part of managing the aerodrome, council is responsible to maintain the infrastructure to meet the appropriate standards which are audited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

January was selected following discussions with key stakeholders, the aerodrome advisory committee and emergency services. A Relevant Notice to Airmen will be in place during the works, which is the formal method of communicating the status of the aerodrome to pilots.


Swift makes a splash in the USA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Swift makes a splash in the USA

LOCAL resident, 19 year old Carter Swift has grown up taking to the water like a fish, which has helped him score a swimming scholarship with the Eastern Michigan University (EMU), a Division 1 university in the United States of America.

While competing in a national swimming event in Sydney in 2014, one of Carters friends, Phoebe Hines recommended he look into the American college swimming program, which led him to start developing a recruiting resume that saw college coaches from all over the country offering Carter scholarship offers.

Carter said, Im currently majoring in Exercise Science and hoping it will lead me to a masters in Physical Therapy after my time in the states (4 years) is up. The ultimate goal is to work in professional sports with the athletes to develop and further my knowledge/skills and continue being a part of something that I love.

It is a completely different ballpark when it comes to swimming in college. Im so used to swimming against people of similar ages and practising alongside people a lot younger than me. We dont have a major taper meet until our Conference Championships at the end of February/start of March and race duel meets against different colleges all around the country during the regular season (September March).

We recently had our Eastern Michigan Invite where seven different colleges came and raced against us. We dont wear our technical racing suits until the Conference Championships and have to race in a brief which is another new experience for me.

Practices are totalling at 10 two hour swim sessions and 4-5 hours of weights/dry land sessions a week which is a much higher workload than I was previously exposed to. We recently had a training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where it was a nice holiday but also some of the hardest training I have ever done.

The competition is a lot harder due to me being a freshman (first year) and having to go up against sophomores, juniors and seniors.

I have absolutely loved my time here so far and am definitely looking forward to competing at the Mid-American Conference Championships as well as being with this team for the next four years. Apart from college meets, Im also looking forward to coming home and racing old rivals in Australia and New Zealand.


Push for station rebuild "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Push for station rebuild

CALLING ON GOVERNMENT TO ACT QUICKLY There are calls being made to the state government to act quickly to rebuild the Mooroopna rail station after it was deliberately destroyed by fire. Photo: David Lee.

STATE Shadow Transport Minister, David Davis and Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell are calling on the state government to promptly provide funding to rebuild the Mooroopna rail station after it was destroyed by fire recently.

The historic station, which was built in 1880, was destroyed by a suspicious fire in the early hours of January 13.

Minister Davis said, In recent days there was a significant fire and the loss of the buildings at Mooroopna rail station. This is a serious matter.

There have been some early works occurring to clean up the mess and the erection of temporary shelter.

The state government needs to move quickly to consult with the community and get on with a full restoration of a proper and functioning facility at Mooroopna.

Its an important railway station. The community expects it to be restored quickly.

When parliament returns in mid February, we will be raising this matter to the minister for public transport. This is not something that the state government can dither and delay on. They must make a very clear decision and announce that to the public.

Wendy Lovell said, The Mooroopna community has been devastated by the loss of their train station and the facilities there. We want to see this replaced as soon as possible.

The community needs to be consulted and need to have input into what facilities will be at the station.

Everyone in the Mooroopna community is in shock that it has been burnt down and they are hopeful that it will be rebuilt.

While there are plans for some temporary shelters, these temporary shelters are not good enough.


Top 10 suggestions to improve our CBD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Top 10 suggestions to improve our CBD

WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR CBD There are a number of suggestions that have been put forward that could help breathe life back into the CBD. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

WITH the decline of Sheppartons CBD over many years, we are now paying the price of inaction by past councils and management that appear to have lacked vision for the heart of our city.

There are a multitude of reasons why this has occurred, which can be covered in future editions.

One major reason is not knowing how business functions, which is the lifeblood of regional Australia.

The Adviser doesnt pretend to have all the answers on this subject; there are myriad reasons for the CBDs decline. However, it is worth discussing the pros and cons as to how we can improve our CBD.


Here are our top 10 suggestions:

1.    Open the Maude Street Mall to tree-lined beautification, parking and slow moving traffic (council would reap higher rates as property prices increase).

2.    Substantially increase parking (strategically) across the city (currently over 80 percent occupancy rate).

3.    Council purchase vacant land and/or dilapidated buildings for car parks around the CBD (while the price of land is relatively cheap), using the millions of dollars raised from businesses for car parking over the years.

4.    Genuine investment in car parking in the CBD perhaps a new multi-deck car park.

5.    Free, timed parking in the CBD would prove a huge boost to business and shopping across the city.

6.   Create a new town square near the Telstra Tower. This would provide an excellent area for families and the elderly, and could be based on a traditional European town square concept.

7.    Redirect heavy transport away from High and Wyndham Streets.

8.    Bring a feeling of pride back to our city with traditional Christmas decorations and fairy lights throughout the city; light up the Telstra Tower making it into a giant Christmas tree. Shepparton could become the talking point of regional Australia as the Christmas City of Lights. Greater Shepparton City Council is currently inviting everyone to participate in this.

9.    Instigate a major upgrade...


Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Editor,

Caltrop (Bindi) is out of control again in Tatura and right across the municipality. Its a blight on our community. If you see Bindi report the location of the infestation to the council by going on line or ringing 5832 9700 and they will get rid of it. Hopefully, council is recording all locations so they can undertake spraying in the reported locations many times in the future because the seed lasts for more than 10 years.

Yours sincerely,

Terry Court




Dear Editor,

Just imagine a cat in a bag scratching to get out. Well, this is Christmas, a story itching to be told. That for some it is buying presents for family and friends; displayed before a Christmas tree. To the delight of children lights and carols can be most moving. That which is traditional has a magic of its own. What might be folklore to some, to others it enshrines everything that we call Christmas?

When it comes down to the birth story, some may ask did it happen this way? Was this an unmarried mother, or one born to an old man or to what credence can we give to a virgin birth? Who cares a tinkers cuss of how Jesus was born. He was born as one of us. What more can we ask? Come thou long expected Jesus born to set us free Tell out my soul.. Our hymns make for rejoicings of glad tidings Tidings of peace and joy Something special has happened, and this today is no less unique than told in any other age. The voice of the prophets, were for a new reign to begin. For people who have been oppressed hope hangs in when all seems to be hopeless.  This is present within our society now, as much as it is happening in a much more as devastating experiences for others in war torn places.

There is a great variety of recognition being given to the celebrations of Christmas.  For some it is presents for everybody. For others it brings much carol singing in the garden. With the children it is a great night out. Christmas dinner with family or friends can be a time of coming together with a joy of belonging together. Christmas is more than an excuse for a family reunion; the very nature of all that is relevant of Christmas permeates that occasion. Church walls cannot contain the significance or meaning of Christmas. People from all walks of life find here a time for rejoicing.

Sadly there is another picture of police sorting out the pains of people who would have liked to be part of Christmas. Alcohol or perhaps drugs and no money to buy kids a present goes down hard. That dysfunction is an affliction that for most is swept under the carpet. The poor police are left to....


Open Pandoras Box to discover delicious delights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Open Pandoras Box to discover delicious delights

TANTALISE YOUR TASTEBUDS From left, Pandoras Kitchen Ice Creamery Bakery Cafe business owner/chef glacier, Brandon Haughton and chef/chef ptissier, Ian Leslie are inviting the community to drop in and try their range of delicious, homemade delights. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

EVERYBODY would agree that nothing beats homemade, especially when it comes to food, and if you are after a mouth-watering pie, cake, sausage roll, doughnut, frozen yoghurt or the most delectable ice-cream you will ever taste, then you need to drop into the newly opened Pandoras Kitchen Ice Creamery Bakery Cafe.

You can tell that chef/chef ptissier, Ian Leslie has a passion for what he does, and with almost 50 years experience as a qualified chef under his chefs hat, and a family history steeped in cooking, his foods are a must try.

Ian said, Cooking is in my blood. I started when I was 15 years old and have trained under European style chefs.

My grandfather actually started baking in Shepparton in the late 1890s and his bakery survived through two world wars and the great depression. My father was also a chef, my uncle was the manager at Kraft and another family member opened the first liquorice factory in Melbourne.

I do it all for the satisfaction that people get when they enjoy what I create.

Business owner/chef glacier, Brandon Haughton has had many years working in the retail sector and so understands the wants and needs of a customer, and he even has a special skill up his sleeve, he makes ice-cream that will satisfy even on a cold day.

Brandon said, Everything we make in-store from scratch and from locally sourced ingredients where we can, so you know its going to be good.

We have a great range from pies, cakes and other pastry items to four flavours of self service frozen yoghurt and rotating flavours of ice-cream. At the moment we have nine flavours including vanilla, old gold chocolate, coconut and Nutella, strawberry shortcake, bubble gum, lemon gelato and strawberry flavour which is made using strawberries from Belstack Strawberry Farm.

To complement the frozen yoghurt we also have a condiment area where you can add an assortment of sweets, which was inspired by trips to yoghurt bars in Melbourne that my daughter and I take quite frequently.



Enjoy the delicious fruits from Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Enjoy the delicious fruits from Australia

FILL UP ON FRESH, AUSTRALIAN MADE Local residents are being encouraged to fill up on SPC fruit this Australia Day. Photo: David Lee.

PEACHES, apricots and tomatoes from the Goulburn Valley are the freshest you will find worldwide and this Australia Day, SPC is encouraging Australians to enjoy a slice of Australia with products from their backyard.

SPC general manager marketing and innovation, Simone Cot said, Australia Day is a day that Australians embrace all that it means to be truly Aussie, our past, present and future so what better way to do this than by reaching for some home grown and made products from SPC.

Were lucky to live in a country that grows fruit in our own backyard a rare privilege. So, whilst gathering with your mates in the backyard this Australia Day, reach for Aussie made products, Cot said.

On a day when lamb has dominated the headlines due to clever marketing and touching on some quirky Australian truths, its also a day that pays homage to the humble Pavlova with peaches and cream (just dont ask a Kiwi!), and other Aussie favourites.

Cot said, Meat & Livestock Australia has done a great job of highlighting aspects of Australian greatness through their lamb ads, so its time add Aussie peaches to the mix.

Whether its serving peaches with ice cream or on a Pavlova, or something easy to throw together like a simple pasta with Ardmona Tomatoes, Aussies are great at showcasing our ability to create easy and delicious dishes inspired by our diverse Australian heritage.

Australia Day is the day to enjoy a slice of SPC!


Stairs, boardwalks, ramps and tracks thats a lot of maintenance. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Did you know that the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages over 80 beach access points between Torquay and Lorne?  Stairs, boardwalks, ramps and tracks that lead visitors to some of the most popular beaches in Australia.

Our coastal environment is unique and ever changing due to the tide, wind, storms, and climate change. As the sands shift we must also adapt to keep up with nature.

Thats a lot of maintenance throughout the year and at Whites Beach this week our foreshore rangers were busy repairing a set of beach access stairs near Aquilla Avenue, Torquay.

Exposure to the elements had weathered sections of timber in the stairs, and shifting sands at the base of the structure meant that support poles needed reinforcing. The timber in the landing has now been replaced with fresh timber, and the support poles have been reinforced with crossbars for extra stability as the sands shift over time.

Our rangers are a busy team who come from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are skilled carpenters, horticulturalists, and land managers. One thing they all share in common however is a passion for the surf coast and arguably the best office in the world.


IMG_9110Foreshore Rangers John and Darryl prepare the timber for the new landing....


Man Files Complaint About Excessive Nudity In Mens Locker Room "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Canadian man has made a formal complaint about excessive nudity in his local pools mens locker room. Norm Waddell, who receives physiotherapy at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, told his local newspaper he had become increasingly unhappy with the excessive number of elderly nude men walking around the changing rooms. I ...

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Local tennis players enjoy Australian Open experience "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEMBERS of Dhurringile Tennis Club and Shepparton North Tennis Club enjoyed an experience like no other, spending a day at Australian Open.

Club members had the chance to meet ANZ tennis ambassador and three-time Paralympic gold medallist, Dylan Alcott when they arrived at Melbourne Park on ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Day.

Each year, ANZ invites Community Play clubs from regional Victoria to attend the Australian Open, which includes ground passes and travel costs.

ANZ group executive, Fred Ohlsson said, Were proud to support regional clubs through the Community Play Program and continue to grow the sport at a grassroots level.

These clubs have shown great dedication to the sport and were thrilled to be able to invite them to enjoy Australian Open 2018, Mr Ohlsson said.

Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley said, We are delighted to welcome some of our ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Community Play clubs to Melbourne Park. We are proud of the work these clubs do in their local communities to encourage more kids to pick up a racquet and play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and we know they will enjoy their experience at Australian Open 2018.


Local group calls for positive depictions of women on murals, advertising "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local murals and signs featuring sexualised images of women should be changed to more positive depictions, a group of Byron Shire residents say.

Originally inspired by a provocative image of actress Liz Hurley on a childrens ride at the Brunswick Heads Carnival, the group has broadened its focus to include the entire Shire.

At a gathering in Brunswick Heads on Wednesday called Hands Up for a Safer Community for Our Kids, members of the community shared their frustrations and brainstormed strategies for change.

People were focusing on the ride as if that was the only sexualised image of women, but were seeing these kinds of things on murals and advertising billboards across Byron Bay, said one of the organisers of the event, Kathryn Sefton.

Is this the kind of community where were continually going to have to swallow this one depiction of women?

Among the ideas discussed was enrolling local artists to provide more positive depictions of women in the community.

During the event, locals created their own artwork by placing painted handprints on a large piece of white paper.

We have extraordinary artists in this town that could be beautifying spaces in a far more effective way, said another of the organisers, Iris Ray Nunn.

We have a really creative community and I think theres a great opportunity to use their talents.

I have had a gutful of womens bodies being used to sell products and place.

The group will now focus its attention on lobbying government in a bid to achieve broader changes to images across the region.

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Win with TWT! Shrek the Musical comes to Riverside Theatres Parramatta "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two TWT readers can win double passes to opening night of Packemin Productions new production Shrek the Musical on Friday February 2 at Riverside Theatres [more]

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Melbourne Council Announces Gender Diverse Swim Night "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Melbourne council has announced an after-hours swim night event for transgender and gender diverse swimmers next month. The City of Darebin said the event at Reservoir Leisure Reserve north of Melbourne would be closed to the public to give transgender and gender diverse swimmers the chance for a stress-free swim. To create a safe ...

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Canadian Mic Drop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spartacus loves Canadia.  Not as much as he loves Australia or the US, but still.  Canadia is a wonderful and beautiful land.  But this assessment of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just magnificent.  Truly.

Here are some highlights, but Cats must read for themselves.

In a Toronto Sun column, Lorne Gunter wrote everything Trudeau does is done because he is nave. The major problem with the columnists thinking is he is being too kind to the selfie-taking Sock Boy. As far as naivet goes, Trudeau is looking at it in the rear view mirror. The reality is he is simply not bright enough to hold any job requiring more intelligence than his work experience before entering politics required; part time drama teacher, snowboard instructor and bouncer.


It is much easier to label Trudeau as a liar with evil intentions. But like the child he appears to be, his words and actions can simply arise from a person who is not intelligent enough to do the job he has been elected to do.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


Greyhound racing protest planned for Lismore meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo AngMoKio, Wikimedia Commons

A protest against a Lismore City Council decision to allow an extra 20 greyhound races each year at the Lismore track will take place next Tuesday.

The protest, being organised by Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi, will take place outside the council chambers in Goonellabah at 5.30pm, just before councillors consider a rescission motion aimed at reversing the approval.

The rescission motion has been put forward by Greens councillors Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise.

In a social media post advertising the protest, Ms Faruqi said there were a number of points that councillors should consider before voting on the rescission motion.

She said there was no maximum temperature limit for greyhound racing although officials may abandon meetings if the temperature rises above 38 degrees.

Racing at such high temperatures is inappropriate and it is cruel and inhumane to allow racing midday on a Saturday, the hottest part of the day, she said.

She said the track design at Lismore, with two turns, was associated with a higher injury risk than other designs.

Dogs continue to die in greyhound racing, both on and off the track, she said.

On January 2nd, Dooley Wilson was put down on track and just last month, Chippie Rose, a three year old was euthenased after suffering an injured hock at the Lismore track.

Over just the last three months, twenty dogs have died on track alone and 238 have been injured across the state. Injuries include concussions, dislocated limbs and abdomen injuries.

The Lismore City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, 30 January.



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Sir Elton John Announces Enormous Farewell Tour Before Retirement "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sir Elton John has confirmed his plans to retire from touring but will first embark on an enormous three-year world tour titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road. The performer said he will begin the tours 300 concerts in the US this September and the tour would continue through to 2021. But Australian and New Zealand fans ...

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Watch the New Musketeer Live Video The North Sea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Musketeer Australian troubadour Musketeer has just released his latest live video The North Sea. Previously known as a solo artist, Musketeer has recently made a base for himself in Hamburg, Germany and started working with a full band which all play on this track. Im really liking the way Musketeers sound has []


Cape Town and Australia's future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cape Town, a city of 4 million people, is about to run out of water and turn off its municipal supply. They've been in drought since 2015, and they've underinvested in infrastructure over the last 20 years. The net result is that the dams are almost empty, and they're going to have to turn it all off:

Cape Town residents may lose piped water to their homes within two months if they do not act to counter the effects of the worst drought to hit South Africas second city in almost a century.

Local authorities have warned its 4 million inhabitants that if they do not reduce consumption by day zero 12 April they will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons).

And that basicly means the end of modern civilisation in Cape Town - because running a modern city on 25l of water per day per person just isn't workable. Quite apart from the personal discomfort, the economic damage, and the logistical issues, modern public health depends on everyone having easy access to clean water. Take that away, and its a recipe for C19th epidemics again. As for the solution, if they don't get a pile of rain soon, basicly people will have to leave. Its like something out of The Water Knife...

As Geoffrey Palmer said, New Zealand is "an irreducibly pluvial nation", so our cities aren't in this sort of danger anytime soon. But its a different story over the ditch. Syndey has had serious water problems in the last decade, and while they're in the past, climate change means a serious risk that they'll happen again. According to the Australian Climate Council, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne are all going to get a lot dryer in the future, and this will impact their urban water supply. If they're hit by another prolonged drought, then they could easily end up like Cape Town. And if that happens, we're going to be getting Australian climate refugees.


Regions residents challenged to take part in fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Leukaemia Foundation is hoping this years Worlds Greatest Shave will attract record numbers. (supplied)

Northern Rivers residents are being urged to sign up to the Leukaemia Foundations 20th anniversary of the Worlds Greatest Shave.

The iconic fundraising campaign will be taking place in March and the Foundation is hoping to attract record numbers of Australians to sign up and join in the fun.

Leukaemia Foundation chief executive Bill Petch said the aim was to make this years event the boldest and bravest year ever

Over the past two decades, more than 1.9 million Australians have supported the campaign to help the Leukaemia Foundations continue its vision to cure and mission to care, Mr Petch said.

Every day, another 35 Aussies are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma.

Thanks to those extraordinary Aussies, blood cancer patients and their families continue to receive free emotional and practical support, educational resources and transport to and from vital medical appointments from the Leukaemia Foundation.

Your support also means regional families continue to be provided with free home-away-from-home
accommodation near their treating centres.

Our commitment to fund research projects continues to help more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life.

Register today at


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Shepparton: Buddhist Meditation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. The Buddhist Association of the Goulburn Valley invite you to a free Buddhist Meditation at the Senior Citizens Centre, Shepparton, on Saturday, 3 February.   Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need ... Read more...


Sydney rail workers push ahead with industrial action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from New South Wales

Sydneys rail workers decided to go on strike, in a major escalation in their dispute with Sydney Trains.

Nearly 6,000 members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will walk off the job on Monday. They have also put in place an overtime ban, which started today (Thursday 25 January).

The dispute is over dissatisfaction with an offered pay deal and ongoing overwork. A big part of the problem is a new timetable that includes 1.500 extra bus, train and ferry trips, without employing the extra people needed to cover them. Consequently, those who are there have been forced to work longer hours and lose days off, under declining working conditions.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Alex Claassens told the media the industrial action was about, people being able to have their days off.

Anybody that runs a business knows you cant continually run it on overtime, and if were running a railway that requires people to work overtime, weve got real problem, he said.

The dispute goes to the Fair Work Commission today.

In a press release, the union has called on the minister to intervene and do what must be done to end the dispute.

Alex Claassens said, Members have made it clear that the offer put forward yesterday is not good enough, and that negotiations will need to continue before there is an offer that is up to scratch.

The onus is now on the Minister to bring the dispute to an end tomorrow by meeting the legitimate concerns of the workforce which is straining daily to keep the system operating under enormous pressure.

Strike action has always been a last resort and I remain hopeful that we can make progress over the next 24 hours.

Its disappointing that were in this position. The Transport Minister has unfortunately let it get to this. He could have averted this issue a long time ago, simply by putting forward a fair and reasonable offer for the workers back then.

Theres no doubt that a ban on overtime work will cause disruptions on the network and thats because the Transport Minister has allowed our services to get to the point where theyre reliant on people working their rostered days off in order to keep our trains running.

While these disruptions are regrettable, they are merely a sign of things to come if the Minister continues to run down the public transport system.

No one wants our transport system to run smoothly more than th...


Surfboard winner announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Leanne Henderson of Clifton Springs was the lucky recipient of a Coca-Cola branded surfboard when her competition entry was drawn at Piping Hot Chicken Shop & Burger Grill.
The competition, which required participants to purchase two 600ml Coca-Cola branded products, was drawn by Coca-Colas Tim OKeefe.
Hundreds of entries were received for the competition.
Its been the biggest one so far easily, Mr OKeefe said before drawing the winning entry.
When we set it up, there were already eight entries before we left the shop 15 minutes later.


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NEFA to boycott sham 20 year RFA consultation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North East Forest Alliance will be boycotting the DPI's sham consultation process on the Government's intent to extend Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) for another 20 years.

"The government claim that they "are working closely with all parties" but their media release was the first we were told of their intent to "evergreen" NSW's RFAs, which means they will be automatically rolled over every five years with no more that a token desktop review", said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.


Review of forest agreements is a smokescreen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Respected north coast environmental activist spokesperson Dailan Pugh Photo Sharon Shostak

A NSW Government review of Regional Forest Agreements has been described as a smokescreen by long-time forest campaigner Dailan Pugh of the North East Foresty Alliance.

The government has announced a series of drop-in sessions in February to gather community feedback, with the first to be held in Lismore on 6 February.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Group Director Forestry Policy, Research and Development, Nick Milham, said the NSW and Australian governments are currently seeking community input through drop-in sessions, and a consultation and submission process.

The NSW and Australian governments are encouraging all stakeholders to have their say on what shape the RFAs should take and how we can improve the sustainable management of our native forests, Mr Milham said.

But Mr Pugh said the reviews were a smokescreen for the governments intention to renew RFAs for a further 20 years without the rigorous studies required to underpin such an extension.

The fact that the 10 and 15 year reviews are only now being undertaken  9 and 5 years after they were legally due is just one example of the numerous unmet commitments, Mr Pugh said.

The DPI consultation process is just window dressing.

The NSW Government has rejected conservation groups requests to establish a balanced committee tasked with overseeing the studies needed to underpin new RFAs, as were established for Comprehensive Regional Assessment prior to the last RFA over 20 years ago.

I represented conservation groups in that assessment and believe that some high quality data was obtained, though that was over 20 years ago and is now largely out of date.  A lot of things have changed.

Mr Pugh said NEFA had rejected the subsequent RFA for not satisfying Government commitments, though we welcomed the new national parks.

There has been a progressive deterioration and rorting of the RFA provisions applying to State Forests since then, and the Government proposals are to make them a lot worse this year.

Our public forests are being overlogged, clearfelling is increasing, lantana and dieback are ex...


Granite Mountain old growth blockade enters fourth day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Old growth logging operations in far East Gippsland have been stopped again for the fourth day this week, as conservationists continue to blockade the access road to the VicForests logging coupe at Granite Mountain, near the Errinundra National Park.

A person is suspended in a hammock hanging from a tripod structure that is blocking the road and preventing access to the logging site. Logging in the old growth forest has been stopped since the blockade was established on Monday morning.


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Petition launched to stop B-Doubles carting Tweed water "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A petition has been launched to stop B-Doubles carting water in Tweed shire.

The Tweed Water Alliance has launched a petition to stop B-Doubles being used to transport water through Murwillumbah.

Black Mount Pty. Ltd, a water carting company has recently applied on behalf of Mount Warning Spring Water to allow 25 metre B-Doubles to replace the currently used, much smaller 15 metre tankers.

And Tweed Shire Councils traffic committee has recommended that the council permit the B-Doubles to pass through Murwillumbah via Kyogle Road and Riverview Drive.

Trucks that size are not currently permitted.

Because of a trial period, these trucks currently travel through UKI village and Murwillumbah day and night, Tweed Water Alliance spokesman Pat Miller said.

This is so water miners can extract more and more groundwater from their property at Kunghur to be put in disposable plastic bottles for profit. There seems to be no monitoring process.

This increase in the size of trucks will have a harmful effect on our communities yet the Tweed Shire Council Traffic Committee recommended that B-Doubles be approved without any development application process or public consultation.

Were ignored as usual

There has been no public process and no consideration of the rights of residents.

Sign the online petition:

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Body found in Brunswick River identified "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The body discovered in Brunswick River November 29, 2017 has been identified by police as Carley Metcalfe. Photo NSW police.

The body spotted by locals in Brunswick River, in the mangroves between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, on November 29, 2017 has been identified by police as Carley Metcalfe.

Carley was reported missing to Lismore police on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 with police investigations suggesting she was last seen in Mullumbimby.

Police have said her family have been advised.

The Cause of death is unknown at this point and will be a matter for the Coroner to determine, said Detective Chief Inspector, Brendon Cullen from the Tweed Byron Local Area Command.

We are still very interested to hear from anyone that may have seen or heard from Ms Metcalfe in the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body. 

The body was identified by dental records.

Police are appealing for anyone who has any information, to contact Byron police station on (02) 6685 9499 or 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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Telltale rocks suggest that part of Australia was once part of North America "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Also known as Columbia, Nuna was a supercontinent that geologists believe existed from approximately 2.5 to 1.5 billion years ago. Now, theres new evidence as to how its various pieces once fit together Australian scientists have found rocks in northern Queensland, that match up with rocks from Canada.

The rocks, which have geological signatures that are unknown anywhere else in Australia, were found near the small town of Georgetown, which is located about 412 km (256 miles) west of Cairns. They are said to be very similar to rocks that are currently found in Canadas precambrian shield.

Our research shows that about 1.7 billion years ago, Georgetown rocks were deposited into a shallow sea when the region was part of North America, says lead scientist Adam Nordsvan, a PhD student from Australias Curtin University. Georgetown then broke away from North America and collided with the Mount Isa region of northern Austral...


Mortgage stress dissipates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Economy picking up

2017 was Australia's greatest ever calendar year for employment growth in absolute terms, with the economy adding +403,700 jobs. 

Sydney in particular has been adding jobs for fun. 

And with skilled vacancies rising for 14 consecutive months for the first time since March 2011, there's even a chance that 2018 could be even stronger again. 

Skilled vacancies were +8.1 per cent higher over the year according to the Department of Employment, and +27.8 per cent higher (+38,700 vacancies) than at the October 2013 nadir. 

There were some nice improvements in Western Australia and South Australia, while Sydney is just outright flying.

In this context, it's not a surprise to hear that mortgage arrears have been in freefall throughout 2017. 

Prime RMBS 31-60 day arrears fell to just 0.26 per cent in November 2017 according to S&P, which is the lowest level in more than 21 years of figures. 



Plans to stop NSW rail strike in court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney commuters are having to deal with the pinch of reduced train services as the NSW government makes a last-ditch effort to stop a 24-hour strike on Monday.

With trains operating on a Saturday schedule, services on Thursday have been cut by nearly half, meaning every 15 minutes rather than every eight.

Despite calling on hundreds of additional buses we are still unable to replace the full capacity of cancelled train services, Transport Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said in a statement.

Customers should consider whether they need to travel at all but if they do, should allow plenty of additional travel time, expect delays and travel outside the morning and afternoon peak periods, she said.

By 7.30am on Thursday trains heading into the city were jam-packed, according to social media.

T1 Line from Penrith-City. Cannot move, wrote Nine Network.

The state government late on Wednesday launched legal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission to stop the 24-hour strike scheduled for Monday and an indefinite ban on overtime work.

The application was adjourned until Thursday morning, just as the first disruptions of the overtime ban begin to hit the system.

No trains will run across NSW on Monday and all stations will be closed if the 24-hour strike goes ahead.

The possibility follows a poll by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union labelled illegitimate by Transport Minister Andrew Constance which asked members via text message whether they wanted to accept the latest pay package from management.

More than 6100 text messages were sent to union members asking whether a 2.75 per cent pay increase as part of a package that also includes free bus travel and a one-off $1000 payment was good enough.

Workers were required to reply yes to call off the strike, with a non-reply counted as a no vote.

Only 5.93 per cent about 360 workers responded in favour of suspending industrial action.

Just a couple of people said no, according to RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens, prompting questions over the polls validity.

Mr Constance slammed the unions SMS voting method and made an 11th-hour bid at the Fair Work Commission to prevent the strike.

The applications are due to be heard jointly at the commission at 8am on Thursday.

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Manhunt to find NSW lawyers attacker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A manhunt is underway as police search for the brazen attacker who shot dead Vietnamese criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh in a busy southwest Sydney cafe.

The 65-year-old was shot three times through the back at point-blank range outside Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in front of horrified witnesses.

Homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook says the investigation is in its early stages but officers are treating it as a targeted attack and will look into Mr Ledinhs clients.

Mr Ledinhs university friend and NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane said he was sickened and shattered by the attack.

Ho was a good father and a kind-hearted man. He wanted to help his community and the community respected him, he told NewsCorp Australia.

The news of his killing sickened me. I was shattered by it. He didnt deserve to die like this.

Police arent aware of any threats received before the shooting and there was no concern about reprisal attacks, Det Supt Cook added.

The attacker was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black.

Detectives on Wednesday sifted through rubbish bins near the cafe to find a possible link to the attacker.

Det Supt Cook said officers would continue canvassing the area and were searching for a man of Pacific Islander appearance.

He was last seen running down Stewart Lane at Bankstown and remains on the run.

Police have urged anyone with knowledge of the gunmans whereabouts to contact police but not to approach him.

Law Society of NSW President Doug Humphreys said hes shocked by the incident and will work quickly to appoint a manager to Mr Ledinhs Bankstown firm to ensure his clients continue to have access to legal representation.

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Earthquake shakes NSW mid north coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake which struck off the NSW mid north coast is one of many small tremors that have shaken the region in less than a week.

The quake hit just before 1.30pm on Wednesday near Nambucca Heads, with small seismic activity continuing in the area.

Geoscience Australia says it could be felt as far south as Port Macquarie, north to Coffs Harbour and inland to Armidale.

While there is no tsunami threat to Australia, the quake could have caused damage up to 6km away.

The area near Nambucca Heads has experienced several earthquakes ranging from 1.9 to 3.3 in magnitude since Saturday.

Wednesdays tremor was the strongest so far, seismologist Dr Jonathan Bathgate said.

Since Saturday a cluster of earthquakes has started and theyre starting to get relatively strong shaking, he told AAP on Wednesday.

It doesnt mean there is something larger coming, but its not something we can predict.

The series of small quakes isnt common for the coastal area, with the nearby inland area of Tamworth recording a bigger history of seismic activity.

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Exploring You See Monsters: Aussie vs Australian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Cigdem Aydemir, Safdar Ahmed, Sara Mansour and Aamer Rathman :: Interview with Abdul Abdullah

You See Monsters is an ABC documentary that is currently on iView which explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with creativity, satire, and irreverence.

The following conversation is the second part of our three part audio series. Listen back to the Canvas: Art & Ideas interview with Canvas host, Abdul Abdullah, his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (AKA the Prototype), artists Cigdem Aydemir and Safdar Ahmed, slam poet Sara Mansour and comedian Aamer Rathman. 

Abdul Abdullah: Look at that Australian identity, and for especially the Cronulla riots, like who was Australian, who wasnt. I feel out form when Im entering a country. Its pretty obvious that I should put myself down as Australian but I can safely say that Ive never felt like an Aussie. Have you ever been made to feel like you dont belong in this country? When, how have you been made to feel like you dont belong in this country? This time shall we start with Safdar?

Safdar Ahmed: I guess my answer to that would be a really long winded, complicated, self-analysing confession. Because I dont think I belong anywhere. Im a mixed raced kid. My mums British, my fathers family are Indian, Indian Muslims, and I was born in England. But we migrated here when I was a baby, and Ive always sort of felt like I dont identify with any particular nationality or group i...


Nannas KNAG Deputy PM in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Outside the deputy PMs office yesterday KNAGs Elizabeth OHara, Margaret Scheidler, Tania Marshall, Felicity Cahill and Pat Schultz had a clear message for Barnaby Joyce. Photo Supplied.

Eve Jeffery

Slap bang in the middle of Australias most iconic country music festival, and slap bang in the middle of town, the just as iconic Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) created a stir yesterday as they staged an event of their own for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on his home turf.

As thousands lined the streets of Tamworth for the annual Country Music Festival, members and supporters of KNAG lined the street outside Australias 2ICs hometown office in Peel Street and sat down for a yarn.

Lismore KNAGs Margaret and Louise wanted Barnaby to se the cloths they had knitted for the generations they are trying to save the plant for. Photo supplied.

KNAGs from all around the countryside converged, aglow in their yellow splendour, from loops as far as Lismore, Drake, Gloucester, Taree, Sydney and Elands with one purpose in mind: to support the New England loop in their quest to send a strong and clear message to Barnaby Joyce about his role in office and his duty of care to farming, indigenous cultures, our wilderness areas and future generations.

The area in Minister Joyces electorate around Tamworth is under direct threat from gas and coal mining and the Nannas have come together to highlight this to the member for New England.

The Knitting Nannas say the  threat to the Great Artesian Basin from both coal and gas mining is enormous and irreparable and they are callin...


January 25 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1795 -  Cameragal (North Shore) elders officiate at the Erah-ba-diang initiation ceremony in Cadigal territory at Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), in which a dozen boys are made men. According to David Collins, Pemulwuy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in. No attempt is made to detain Pemulwuy.

1808 - John Macarthur was up to his old tricks, I see!
John Macarthur came before court on a charge of sedition over the Parramatta case. He challenged Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins' impartiality in the case and the court adjourned in confusion.

1848 - The final convict ship to regurgitate the shackled sort into Victoria, "Marion", propped herself up at the bar at Port Melbourne.

1863 - James Morrill , a British citizen, ended years of living among Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.

1865 - Australia, and Melbourne in particular, was in a lot of hot water when the US Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah sailed jauntily into Hobson's Bay and was slipped at Williamstown for repairs.  The US Consul demanded that the ship be seized as a pirate but she was allowed to go on her merry way on February 18.

1868 - The City of Melbourne was destroyed by fire.
No, not the city itself, you goose, the steamer ship named for the actual city.
Anyways, it was loaded with wool and all sorts of goodies while it was in Williamstown , then it got a tad warm under the gunwale, and went belly up.

1877 - Francis Dutton, former Premier of South Oz, did the soft shoe shuffle from this mortal coil.

1881 - An intercolonial conference imposed unilateral restrictions on the number of Chinese immigrants following ongoing trouble on Australia's goldfields involving Chinese miners.

1884 - James Francis, former Premier of Victoria, did the same as Frank Dutton. I'm seeing a pattern here....

1885 - The Melbourne-Sydney Express passenger train derailed near Bethungra (Cootamundra) , killing seven and injuring over 20. The cause was a washaway of a culvert over Salt Clay Creek during a period of heavy rainfall.

1886 - Deciding to have a proper knees up Mother Brown, the Federal Council of Australia held a wild orgy party conference in Hobart amidst the apples.

1900 - After all the tongues wagged about how well the wild orgy party conference went in Hobart, the State Labor pollies met in Sydney to repeat the trick with the apple formally found the Federal Labor Party.

1900 - Wash your bloody hands, yer dirty buggers!
Bubonic plague hit Sydney. 103 died horribly.

1901 - Severe cyclone at Semaphore (SA) damaged several homes...........


In which the reptiles become even more shameless than the pond imagined possible ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Disturbing news, that the citizens of Nhill (always loved the name) should have been caught up in the crime wave sweeping the city. Well if you read the digital splash of the lizard Oz, you'll see that Victorians feel increasingly less safe safe alone at night, while apparently a crime wave is engulfing the city ... of Melbourne.

So what is it? The state or the city? Or just another evocation of black Africans hiding under the bed at night?

The pond wondered how many HUN and Oz readers were in the survey? You see, the reptiles have been banging on for some considerable time about this ... using panic, fear and loathing for naked political purposes ...

Never mind, it's race-baiting and fear-mongering of a kind the reptiles are becoming increasingly adept at, on the basis that a citizenry chained in fear is far more likely to follow like obedient sheep in the abattoir of life ... you know, vote for Malware and he'll fix the gangs and the NBN ...

And speaking of sheep, what was this?



Local businesses take a stand on refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Refugees are Welcome Here sign takes pride of place at Grow Lightly in Korumburra. Pictured: the Banks brothers.

LOCAL businesses are making their stance on refugee resettlement clear with Refugees are Welcome Here signs popping up in shop windows across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.
Around 20 businesses from Cowes through to Fish Creek are displaying the signs, in a campaign organised by South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees (SGRAR).
Sold for $4 each, the signs aim to send a clear message to political decision-makers, while also raising funds for local refugee families and refugee support services such as the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project.
Meeniyan Store proprietor Felicity Jones has had her sign up for several months, saying she had no reason not to get on board with SGRARs campaign when contacted by the group, although she does have some concerns about the logistics of resettling refugees in Australia.
If we can give refugees homes and get them into society, we should be accepting them, but if we cant house and take care of them properly, I dont know if we should be accepting them.
But it comes down to, if someone came to me and said Please help me, I wouldnt say No. Go away. And that applies to any person, no matter what their nationality. Of course youre going to help them.
Thats the Australia I feel part of and its upsetting that the governments not acting the way a lot of Australians would like to see them act, she said.
Felicity said most customers have been accepting of the sign, but that it has drawn a couple of interesting responses, including an elderly war veteran who confronted Felicity, making a case against immigration with tears in his eyes, and a local woman walking past the shopfront who stopped in her tracks to proclaim I love that sign!.
Coordinator of the signs campaign Jessica Harrison says SGRAR has been very pleased with, but not surprised by, the communitys embrace of the campaign.
I think the Australian community now realises that refugees have been punished enough and we need to give them a chance to get on with their lives, she said.
Jessica said SGRAR would like to see more local businesses take up the opportunity not just to welcome refugees but to offer them employment.
She said refugees can bring many social and economic benefits to rural and regional communities, p...



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6 places to visit in Snowdonia by train, car and foot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Snowdonia National Park is 2131 square kilometres of breathtaking scenery featuring mountains, lakes, streams, remote villages and Snowdon peak, the highest mountain in Wales.

Snowdonia is one of the UKs rainiest places with snow and sleet expected during the winter months and fluctuating temperatures all year round in the mountainous region. The Snowdonia weather can be fickle at best.

Snowdonia National park is an amazing way to spend a day exploring the nature and wilderness of the region. Driving the Llanberis pass road, discovering the slate mining history, wandering small villages and riding trains from a bygone era. You dont need to look too far to find places to visit in Snowdonia

We spent an amazing day in Snowdonia National Park visiting the sights by train, car and foot. The is no better way than to spend a day mesmerized by some of the most outstanding natural scenery anywhere in the world. Lets begin our journey.

A scenic view of snow capped mountains in Snowdonia National Park

Places to visit in Snowdonia The Llanberis Pass Road

The approach to The Llanberis Pass through the lowlands of Snowdonia National Park is national geographic stuff. Old stone house and fences, high mountains with clouds sitting on them like top hats, streams cascading down the side of hills with lakes formed in valleys wedged between the mountainous peaks of Snowdonia National Park. Its an amazing landscape that gives you that feeling that you have stepped back in time. Think Lord of the Rings or Outlander. The Llanberis Pass road travels between the peaks of Snowdon and the Glyderau.

The Llanberis Pass North Wales

The Pen-y-Pass Car Park allows for a stop when it is not full. You will be afforded some amazing views from the Pen-y-Pass Car Park. Its quite breathtaking with the mountain peaks rising up sharply beside you while the lush green valleys of the national park dominate the lands in front of you. The car park is the starting point for some of the most popular walking tracks in the national park. You can walk the PYG and Miners track, as well as the start and finish point the Snowdon Horseshoe. There is a cafe and a...


In the face of Turnbull Government inaction & legal restraints on Sea Shepherd the Government of Japan signals intention to continue whale slaughter in Southern Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 23 January 2018:

Japan is to defy Australia and other nations with plans to replace its whaling fleets ageing mother ship, showing its determination to continue its annual expeditions to the Southern Ocean.
The countrys fisheries agency is planning to replace the 30-year-old Nisshin Maru with either a new ship or a refitted one bought overseas, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.
The newspaper quoted agency officials as saying that a new mother ship was needed to haul whales on board to be butchered during Japans controversial research hunts in the Antarctic.
Whaling officials have also said they needed a faster ship to evade anti-whaling activists. The marine conservation group Sea Shepherd recently said it was abandoning its pursuit of Japans whalers in the Southern Ocean, but has not ruled out a resumption of its campaign.


Preying on the vulnerable the Centrelink way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 17 January 2018:

Centrelink has given companies accused of exploitation and misconduct direct access to welfare recipients money through its automated debit system.

The companies were granted access to the Centrepay system, which allows Centrelink to deduct money from welfare payments to pay approved businesses early.

The system is designed to ensure rent and power bills are paid by giving government-approved real estate agents and electricity retailers the first bite of social security payments.

But the federal government has long faced criticism for opening up Centrepay to household appliance rental companies, which rent out white goods, mobile phones, laptops and furniture.

A 2015 report from the corporate regulator found the sector was targeting Centrelink recipients and charging exorbitant prices, often more than five times the retail price of the leased goods the equivalent of a 248% interest rate.

An independent review of Centrepay in 2013 warned the government th...


Byron Spirit Festival FREE Launch Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Byron Spirit Festival invites you to celebrate the release of their full line up for 2018 with a FREE launch party!

Sunday, February 11, 10 AM 1 PM at The Cavanbah Centre Byron Bay, learn more at the Facebook Event Page.

This will be a 3 hour journey of Ceremony ~ Yoga ~ Dance and is open for the whole community all ages and abilities welcome.

Featuring some of our amazing teachers from this years line up including; Jemmita Inkari Kuyay Gopala Amir Yaffa Suebee Fae Delta Kaye Ria Rhythms and more to be revealed !!

We would love to create the biggest Humandala Yoga session ever held in Byron Bay, so please BE with US :)

The Byron Spirit Festival is on 20 22 April 2018, learn more at

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Zamponistas Extravaganza Friday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Be at the garden on Friday morning for THE LOT!! You can listen to some world music, grab an icy drink or cuppa (including garden herbal teas), indulge in scones, cakes or slices, buy some garden-grown organic garlic and other garden products, and be in the chance to win one of our fantastic raffle hampers. Continue reading Zamponistas Extravaganza Friday


The Bus to Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im on the Murrays bus, headed towards Canberra. Just a moment ago, the driver told us well be arriving roughly forty minutes later than scheduled, due to heavy traffic in Sydney. Despite the delay, I love the bus trip to Canberra: Ive had a brief nap, answered a bunch of emails, and have read some Continue reading The Bus to Canberra


Knitting Nannas show their teeth? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Given the rumours about Australian Deputy-Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce's not-so-private life, this tweet probably raised a few quiet chuckles in homes across northern New South Wales.


Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Every day, dozens of scientific journals publish new climate change research that is shared across the world via the internet.

These journal papers make headlines in news articles and on blog pages, they pop up in Twitter timelines and on Facebook. But which ones make the biggest impression? Which have been shared and reported most widely?

Carbon Brief has compiled its annual list of the 25 most talked-about climate change-related papers of the previous year. The infographic above shows which ones made it into the Top 10 in 2017.

Our analysis is based on the data collected by Altmetric, which tracks and scores journal papers by the number of times theyre mentioned in online news articles and on social media platforms. (You can read more about how the Altmetric scoring system works in an earlier article.)

First place

The most widely reported and shared article related to climate change last year was actually a Policy Forum commentary in the journal Science. Published in mid-January, The irreversible momentum of clean energy was covered by 232 news articles and tweeted more than 9,000 times. Its overall Altmetric score of 7,872 means it is the highest ranked of any article published last year.

This is no surprise, perhaps, considering the author was Barack Obama, who, at the time, was still the US president. But as the article is a commentary, it does not make it into Carbon Briefs leaderboard of research papers.

Instead, first place goes to, Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals, a Nature paper published in March, with a score of 3,166.

The study, led by Prof Terry Hughes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia, assessed the impact of coral bleaching events in 1998, 2002 and 2016 on the Great Barrier Reef. As Carbon Brief reported, the study concluded that immediate global action to curb future warming is essential if coral reefs are to survive.


Steel Horses rides rise in small clubs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club is typical of how small, niche clubs are becoming more popular while larger motorcycle clubs are struggling to retain members.

With its emphasis on small membership, riding every Sunday, plenty of social meetings and fun, the Brisbane-based club is the antithesis of big, impersonal and political clubs.

Most of our members have come from other clubs that are just too big, says president Steiny.

A big club is not necessarily a good thing. They can be too cliquey. Youre better off with a good core of members. Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club

Steel Horses was started in Brisbane in 2009 by members of other motorcycle clubs. They wrote some rules and immediately incorporated the club for insurance reasons, so members knew they rode at their own risk.

It now has about 26 members and while they are always interested in new members, they see the club stabilising around an ideal 30 members.

Steiny says they did get a little too political at one stage, so they moved back to our roots of riding and social activities.

He says the club is an ideal size because everyone knows everyone else in the club and cliques dont develop like they do in bigger clubs.

Ride ride rideSteel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club

Steel Horses has an emphasis on riding with a long ride (300-500km) every Sunday even if it falls on Christmas Day, plus unofficial breakfast ri...


Ryde ambassador Sonia Sadiq Ghandi to give keynote address "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Multicultural advocate and City Of Ryde Australia Day Sonia Sadiq Ghandi will give the keynote address at the North Ryde School of Arts Community Hall [more]

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Generous locals step in to help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

The generosity of a local carpenter and a national hardware chain has enabled an Ocean Grover to better care for injured and orphaned wildlife.
Layla Merritt, a veterinary nurse, was struggling to cope with her volunteer job as a wildlife foster carer due to inadequate enclosures to house the animals once they had grown bigger.
Thats where local carpenter Justin Baring stepped in.
Justin built several enclosures all in his own time over his Christmas and New Year break, completely free of charge. Bunnings Leopold also donated all the materials that were used for the build. Laylas friend Samantha Collins also organised a chocolate drive to raise funds.
As you can imagine that without these local people supporting me and my work I would be absolutely lost right now and my wildlife would have had no homes to be rehabilitated in, Layla told the Voice.
I was very lucky to have some amazing people help me.
Recently, Leopold Wildlife Shelter closed down after the sad death of one of the operators, Helen Burrell. It meant that the shelters carers were also lost, which meant that the Bellarine only had a few local wildlife carers.
Last spring I was full to the max with orphaned possum joeys that I had to hand raise, Layla said.
I also work full time as a vet nurse and during this time I was working around the clock. Wildlife carers do not get paid to take care of wildlife and in fact all costs for taking care of them are our own. I had all these babies and no homes for them to grow up in.
Layla came out to Australia from Essex in the UK 12 years ago after a love affair with animals that started when she was very young.
Im just so thankful to Justin and Karyn from Leopold Bunnings for what they did, she said.
People should know how lucky we are to have people like them.

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WATCH: Incredible Footage Of A 1940s Gay Pool Party Unearthed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rare footage of a 1940s-era gay pool party unearthed by a US filmmaker is set to be turned into a documentary. Geoff Story, who is gay, made the incredible discovery in the 1990s at an estate sale for the late hairdresser to the stars Buddy Walton in St. Louis, Missouri. The home video footage, thought ...

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Sydney Podiatrist,Podiatrist Sydney,Podiatrist Sports Podiatrists at Sydney Podiatrist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Podiartist specialises in sports podiatry in Sydney and the surrounding suburbs, with years of experience.


Wreck 2 Reef swim gearing up for bumper event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Open water swim lovers, families, friends, locals and visitors alike will be indulged in one of the most spectacular bay races in the region with details of the 9th annual Wreck 2 Reef Open Water Swim Classic announced.
In the line-up is an exciting new 2.5km Open Swim.
The much anticipated event will be held on Sunday 11 February.
Initiated in 2010, the Wreck 2 Reef is held in the stunning, protected waters of Half Moon Bay at Indented Head which offers some of the smoothest and safest water available to competitors in Port Phillip Bay. With incredible views across the bay to Melbourne, the channel, You Yangs and further afield and local food and beverages to enjoy on the day  supporters will be spoilt as well.
In addition to the classic 1.2km swim, last year saw the introduction of a short novice 500 metre swim. There is also a 300 metre swim for juniors which includes a fun beach dig for cash and prizes.
The Wreck2Reef Open Water Swim Classic is hosted and co-ordinated each year by Indented Head Yacht Club.
John Walter of the Indented Head Yacht Club said the club was committed to bringing the joy and healthy activity of sailing to youth, especially where there may be social economic considerations which hinder affordability of purchasing a yacht and associated safety equipment to sail.
Book online to be guaranteed of a discount at Online entry fees are $45 for the 1.2km and 500 metre events and $20 for the Junior Dash. On-the-day fees are $50 for the 1.2km and 500 metre and $20 for the Junior Dash. The new 2.5km Swim event $55 Entry fee which includes Free entry into the 1.2Km event also, note online registration only for this event.

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Thank you Win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


So many of us have a special bond with one or a number of animals. Theres no denying, they have the capacity to move us in many ways we love them, cherish our bonds with them and they make our lives so much the richer.

Last night Charity, one of our resident sheep, was featured on Bondi Vet. Many of you told us her story moved you, and one woman was so moved she told her daughter she must drive her out to Edgars Mission. Win is 98 years old and today she donated $250 so that we can continue helping animals like Charity.


We believe in the power of the human heart and of kindness. Thank you Win for moving for animals, your kind support is so appreciated.


Meet The Openly Gay Prince Fighting For LGBTI Equality In India "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The worlds only openly gay royal, Indian prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, is throwing his weight behind the campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in his country. Gohil, from the state of Gujarat in western India, came out to an Indian newspaper in 2006 and faced protests and a negative backlash, including being disowned by his own family. ...

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15 awesome gigs you cant miss this month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Weve compiled the cream of the crop when it comes to summer street parties, festivals promoting promising emerging acts for a dime, and international touring acts to catch over the coming month in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

From shoegaze pioneers to Aussie party rock, theres something for everyone in this ol genre-blended gig guide.


The Marly Hottest 100 Party

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

With the Aussie music-lovers biggest day coming up fast, Newtowns Marlborough Hotel has stepped up the game and dropped the details for an absolutely awesome day of celebrating the legendary  triple j Hottest 100.

Featuring DJ sets from Alex The Astronaut, Ball Park Musics Jen Boyce, and ex-triple j presenter Dom Alessio, youll be in good hands on the day, with countless Hottest 100 activities going down, along with plenty of amber fluid from local brewers. Needless to say, if ever you needed a way to count down the famed poll, this is definitely the way to do it.

Entry is free, find out more here.

Yabun Festival 2018

When: Friday, January 26th
Where: Victoria Park, Sydney

What better way to spend your Australia Day (also known to many as Invasion Day) than to pay respects and listen to the First Nations people. Yabun Festival will be hosting some incredible talent from the likes of Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Electric Fields, Troy Cassar-Daley and more. The best part? The whole festival is free!

Entry is free, find out more here.

Freedom 4

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst

But theres much more to celebrate on January 27 than just triple js hottest 100 Freedom are back at it at Oxford Art Factory with yet another gutful of stellar genre-diverse emerging acts, from the dreamy alt-rock of Good Boy to the twisted grooves of imbi the girl. Plus, the likes of Gusher DJs will have you dancing your mid-long weekend hangover away. Oh, and did we mention that this one is free too?

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Bluesfest Byron Bay Keeping the Blues Alive "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 19 January, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM accepted the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee,

It is a huge honour for Mr Noble and the Festival to be awarded this accolade by the premiere Blues organisation in the USA. Blues Foundation President and CEO Barbara Newman states that Our 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipients are all wonderful examples of Blues flame keepers, each working in their own sphere of influence to move the genre forward while honouring its past.

Peter Noble OAM comments on accepting this illustrious award:

When I arrived in Memphis during a snowstorm. where temperatures reached minus 11 and stayed below zero for the first few days, it was brutal. I didnt get out at all. However, a few days later in a room full of my peers, along with eleven other recipients, I received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation for Bluesfest. I accepted the award on the behalf of everyone who has worked on and performed at the festival over the past 29 years.

It is so amazing to travel to America and be honoured in this way. I started my speech paying tribute to the original custodians of the land, the Quapaw Indians. I then got to tell my music story, of playing in bands in the US, and of my first concert promoting B.B. King at the Paramount Theatre in Portland Oregon, and how his sound system blew up during his first song.

I also spoke about how privileged I felt to travel across Australia and New Zealand in a van over the decades with artists like John Mayall, Canned Heat, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Dr Feelgood, Johnny Copeland, Albert King and so many, many more. One of the highlights of my career was working on the Blues Legends of the Mississippi Delta tour which featured R.L. Burnside the first time he toured anywhere! Learning from them, and being a part of the Blues community has been an honour.

I finished my speech describing my visit to Ghana last year and going to the Elmina slave fort. A place of such sadness and horror yet from those and other slavery castles the African people who came to the US in chains would bring with them their music, which became the Blues in this strange new country, which enslaved them. They created Blues and along with Jazz the first unique music forms in America. The contribution to the arts by African Americans is so immense, we just cannot conceive a music industry the way it is without their multiple ongoing contributions they created the music which created the music industry we have today. So, I pay tribute to the African American people who gave us Blues, and all the other music that has grown out of it Rock n Roll, Soul, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Rap and on and on.

As well as to Indigenous people, all over....


My Heart So Grieves with Jenny Eriksson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Arts Wednesday 24 January 2018, Sylvias guest was Jenny Eriksson, founder of The Marais Project and Director of My Heart So Grieves, a forthcoming concert, featuring music of the 16th century. We listened to music by The Marais Project, featuring Jenny on acoustic viola da gamba and Elysian Fields, Jennys electric viola da gamba group, which plays jazz. Jane brought her acoustic viola da gamba into the studio and she demonstrates the instrument for us. Listen to the interview here:

First, we heard The Streets of Forbes, an Australian folk song, played by The Marais Project, 16th century style. It comes from their latest CD, Spinning Forth on the Move label:

Now for Part 1 of the conversation:

Now listen to Now O Now I Needs Must Part by 16th century composer, John Dowland. It comes from Mara! Meets Marais, a self published CD:

Here is Part 2 of the conversation, where Jenny demonstrates and plays the viola da gamba:

We finished by listening to an, as yet unpublished track by Elysian Fields, entitled Elysium:

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Horrifying Train Incident A Future Report and a Potential New Contract? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Richmond Station (photo SMH)

by Dee McLachlan

At Richmond station in New South Wales, a train failed to stop and crashed into the end-of-the-line buffer just before 10:00am on Monday 22/1/2017. To quote from an ABC article:

Around 16 people were injured when a train failed to brake and hit a barrier at Richmond Station in Sydneys north-west this morning, with one witness saying passengers were sent flying like Superman.

I would not normally write about an incident like this except that someone called me to say that they had heard about a potential train incident happening before it happened.

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In an interview for SBS a local witness, Noel Keogh, described how



Search for missing Warragul 12-year-old "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have appealed for public assistance in the search for missing Warragul 12-year-old Stacey Gabtschik.


2018 to see Third Consecutive Mass Coral Bleaching Event for the Great Barrier Reef? robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One point two degrees Celsius hotter than average (1.2 C). Thats the temperature threshold where 50 percent of the worlds corals are likely to die off according to a scientific study written in Nature during 2013. The El Nino year 2016 was about 1.2 C hotter than 1880s averages. Meanwhile 2017 was about 1.1 C []

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MACKAY Man who stole $40 worth of food spends night locked up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Matthew Luke Mason, 29, pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Mason stole a sandwich and approximately 10 chocolate bars, worth a total of $37, from the United Petroleum service station about 12.15am on October 16, the court heard. About a month later

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MACKAY Mum took pokies win that wasnt hers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 24, 2018 at 06:48AM ,

Mum took pokies win that wasnt hers

January 24, 2018 at 06:48AM ,

A MOTHER of five who was handed $1009 when a pokies attendant mistook her for another customer has been ordered by Mackay Magistrates Court to repay the sum. Rebecca Lee Warren, 40, of Mackay, pleaded guilty to a charge of dishonestly gaining funds and other charges yesterday. The court

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Invasion Day Broadcast - January 26th "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This year we mark Invasion Day with 6 hours of special programming from 10 am 4 pm on Friday 26th January.

We'll start the day will Elders Stories from our local community and some of our favourite Blak anthems.

Then at 11am, cross live to the Invasion Day rally that begins on the steps of Victorian Parliament. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the first Day of Mourning protest called by William Cooper.


Vale Elizabeth Kourtis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elizabeth Kourtis passed away on the 9th of January in Moe aged 86. Elizabeth was a long-time volunteer at 3CR and worked as the stations listener sponsor coordinator, reception volunteer and programmer, presenting the program Calling all Women, one of the very early programs on the 3CR grid, on-air until Elizabeths retirement in 2011. Elizabeth was a member of the Union of Australian Women, the Australian USSR friendship society and the Australian Bulgarian friendship society making a lasting contribution to the politics of these organisations and the politics and programming at 3CR. Through her work with the Australian USSR friendship society Elizabeth organised a significant financial contribution to the station, funds that will go towards replacing our roof. Over her many years as a volunteer and member of 3CR, Elizabeths contributions to our organisation made her a valued and important member of the 3CR community. Our sincere condolences to her family and her many friends and comrades within 3CR. 


In which the pond celebrates western civilisation one more time ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The window of opportunity for reptiles to maintain the rage about Australia Day is rapidly closing, so the pond was delighted that the Panahi was on the job, and that the lizards of Oz had specially imported an IPA civilisational specialist for the job ...

Of course the pond views this sort of campaign as being a bit like Xmas ...

Remember, preparations for the next Xmas should always begin on Boxing Day (if nothing else by picking up Xmas tree decorations at the sales), and so an article about the joys and wonders of the western heritage - including, but not limited to, two world wars and the odd Holocaust - should be made ready no later than the 27th January ...

As many are called, but few are chosen, the pond must reluctantly continue to boycott the Panahi, even if this means slighting and outraging Melbourne readers, who love their Rita meter maid as she metes out her meters meet ...

The pond doesn't quite know why it dropped in that Blake poem - perhaps it was the western heritage of building a hell in heaven's despite - but a click will enlarge it for anyone interested, while the pond will go on to attend to the d'Abrera ...



Places Are Still Available At Brisbanes Same-Sex Marriage Boot Camp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are still a few places available for Broadway Chapels Same-Sex Marriage Boot Camp event for prospective newlyweds. Broadway Chapel in Woolloongabba is owned and run by local couple James and Nick (pictured), and theyre thrilled to welcome the first same-sex couples to the heritage-listed venue. If youre getting married and dont know where to ...

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Marriage Equality Named Most Significant Historical Event In New Study "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australians have ranked the legalisation of marriage equality as the most significant historical event to have shaped Australia, according to a recent study. The inaugural Life In Australia Historic Events Survey, conducted by the Social Research Centre, asked 2074 Australians between the ages of 18 and 93 to identify what they considered to be the ...

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Adani trains stopped in their tracks again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tayla Jay Haggarty suspended above the Aurizon rail line. Photo supplied

Front Line Action on coal has again halted coal trains running to Adani-owned Abbot Point Coal Port.

Tayla Jay Haggarty is currently suspended above train lines running to the port, with her suspension system attached to the rails.

The Brisbane student hoisted herself into position high above Aurizons coal railway in the early hours of the morning, and alerted authorities that she had blocked the train line.

I think its really sad but also interesting that for me, as a person, to peacefully occupy this tree is a crime, but the actions of corporations such as Adani who are profiting off the destruction of this beautiful country are not only accepted but encouraged by this government. said Ms Haggarty.

See also: Dispatches from the Adani frontline

Frontline Action on Coal has been active in Bowen and the Galilee region for almost six months now and has stopped work on the construction of a new rail line and operations at the Abbot Point coal terminal numerous times.

The group has already caused significant financial burden to the Adani and Aurizon companies through work delays, demonstrating a high level of risk to potential investors.

We expect that the Queensland government will adhere to their promise to not approve any public funds for Adanis disastrous coal mine, and veto any NAIF loan to Aurizon for a new rail line Ms Haggarty said. We will continue to use peaceful measures to disrupt any company that threatens the Galilee with dangerous fossil fuel projects.


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Dickhead Alt-Right Wankers - they walk amongst us! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The recent waffling bulltish in the mainstream media (MSM) about African gangs running riot through our streets and the Dunderhead Dickhead Dutton waxing lyrical on radio about how us Melbourne mob are too scared to go out at night for fear of the same African gangs has me mightily miffed.
Ok, alright.
I'm bloody pissed off.
What a load of crap.
There is a Neo-Nazi wanker floating around the south-east burbs with his Nazi arm band proudly displayed - albeit held on by a pair of rubber bands (such dedication!) - carrying a Confederate flag.
I witnessed this moron on Clayton station making many uncomfortable, standing amidst a sea of non-white faces who noticeably moved away from him.
I glared my anger at him but he played Mr Teflon and chose to ignore my blatant dislike.
We boarded the same train, we alighted at Oakleigh.
He was part-way down the ramp from the station when I made a point of standing on the station above him and GLARED again, catching his eye and this time he stopped.
He waited for me.
As I got closer he demanded,
"What's your problem?"
Well, dear reader, how could I refuse such a request?!
I let rip into him, how he was doing more harm than good, hurting people with his display of hatred - he interjected with waffle about how they do more for the community these days (insert much eye rolling and guffaws at this mind-bending bulltish) plenty of blather about the "blacks" coming into Oz, the Muslims, etc.
He tried to tell me that "The Jews" were responsible for WW2 due to the poor economy of Germany - I baffled the poor halfwit with history about how it was the combined signing of the Treaty at Versailles and the reparations demanded of Germany that had ruined the economy, thereby enabling the monster Hitler to rise and create WW2.
He dropped his eyes and couldn't cope with facts and history being thrown at him, instead he remarked on my shaved head, saying I should have more respect for myself, demanding to know if I was Jewish (I wear a pentacle around my neck, the idiot obviously couldn't tell the Star of David from a Wiccan symbol, such was the dedication to his cause...more sarcastic eye rolling).
I then began throwing song lines at him
"It;s hard to be humble, mate, when you're perfect in every way like me. I can't wait to look in the mirror cos I reckon I get better looking every bloody day"
He walked away, again remarking on my hair....
My final shot was,
"Hey, at least I don't have to grow my hair into a pony tail to cover up the male pattern baldness happening at the front - like you"
Didn't hear a peep from his departing back.
But it's the moronic MSM reports and the even more stupid remarks from parliamentarians who are giving carte blanche to these Neo-Nazi "patriot" scum who are uneducated and...


Call Me By Your Name Scores Oscar Nomination For Best Picture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gay romance film Call Me By Your Name has scored four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The film is based on the novel by Andr Aciman and tells the story of Elio (Timothe Chalamet) who unexpectedly falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a grad student who comes to stay at his familys home ...

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Queensland federal redistribution finalised "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Six Australian states and territories have been due for federal electorate redistributions during the current federal parliamentary term weve already completed the process in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, and the process was well under way in Queensland.

It turns out that the final decision for the Queensland federal redistribution was announced on January 5. The decision appears to be exactly the same as the draft map, which I blogged about in October.

You can download the boundaries file from the maps page, and you can see how the boundaries have changed in the below map.

This redistribution was one of the most subtle in recent years. Twelve out of 30 seats experienced no change, while the other 18 mostly experienced minor changes.


Dogs breakfasts success as community takes the pledge to help Hoodies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast (FoHPSC) have successfully delivered four dogs breakfasts to help spread the word about Hooded Plover protections on the Surf Coast.

Friends of the Hooded Plover, Surf Coasts Sue Guinness said the breakfasts received great support from the community and dog owners who attended the breakfasts to hear more about responsible dog ownership and how we can all help the plight of the Hooded Plover.

It was fantastic to see so many people attend the breakfasts on the Surf Coast at Aireys Inlet, Urquhart Bluff, Anglesea and Torquay and take the voluntary pledge to help the Hooded Plover, as it is about learning to share the beach with our wildlife, said Ms Guinness.

Ms Guinness said the four breakfasts were funded through the Victorian Governments Coastcare Grants.

We received great support from representatives from Coastcare, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Parks Victoria and Birdlife Australia.  Special thanks also goes to all the Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast volunteers for their support in delivering the events. Volunteers are doing an amazing job in helping educate and change beach-users behaviour to give our Hoodies the best possible chance of survival.

The Hooded Plover (aka Hoodie) is a little Aussie shorebird that faces many threats to its survival, including the disturbance of its beach nests by dogs and people. In Victoria, Hooded Plovers are classed as a vulnerable species.


It is hoodie nesting season on the Surf Coast! We currently have two active nests at Pt Roadnight, one with three eggs and one with a single egg.  Both of these hoodie pairs have had failed nests earlier in the season.  Unfortunately, recently the nest at Whites Beach, Torquay and the chicks at Aireys Inlet failed. Hopefully the pairs will nest again.

There are two chicks at Hutt Gully which are being watched over very carefully by their parents and the FoHPSC volunteers.

During this time please give the hoodies plenty of space by walking on the waters edge, and keep dogs on lead in signed areas hooded plovers are easily frightened and our presence can interfere with feeding and the protection of their nests. #savethehoodie

Want to get more actively involved? The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast are looking for more volunteers.  To volunteer, contact Birdlife Australia at:

Media enquiries: David Petty 0437 557 960


Degree in flying cars coming soon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Would you do an online degree in flying cars? Picture Wikipedia

Self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun has shifted his gaze to the skies, as his Silicon Valley online school Udacity launches what it calls the first nanodegree in flying car engineering.

With companies from Airbus and Amazon to Uber throttling up development of their own autonomous aerial vehicles, Thrun believes in a few years time, this will be the hottest topic on the planet.

As usual, Thrun intends to be on the cutting edge of this emerging technology.

The 50-year-old PhD computer scientist and former Stanford University professor co-founded Udacity in 2012 and says the online schools self-driving car program has attracted 50,000 applicants since 2016.

He expects the new flying car curriculum, which opens in late February and begins taking applications on Tuesday, to draw at least 10,000 students.

Udacity is offering two 12-week terms, at $US1200 ($A1680) each, including a course in Aerial Robotics and one in Intelligent Air Systems, that provide an online certification in a fraction of the time of a traditional degree course.

In an interview, Thrun said his motivation in creating the flying-car program was similar to what drove the schools widely publicised self-driving car course.

Thrun said its almost impossible to hire qualified people to design and engineer future vehicles, both terrestrial and aerial, that employ advanced technology, including robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

There is a huge shortage of engineers. There are plenty of smart people the missing link is education, said Thrun, who headed the team that launched Googles self-driving car project, since renamed Waymo.

Thrun remains an adviser to Google parent Alphabet Inc and retains close ties to Alphabet CEO and co-founder Larry Page.

Page is an investor in Kitty Hawk Corp, a two-year-old start-up whose stated mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality. Thrun is chief executive of Kitty Hawk and a co-owner.

Kitty Hawks first prototype, dubbed the Flyer, is not exactly a flying car but more of a one-person drone that is ca...


Ellaspede Backroads blast a winner! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane motorcycle custom shop Ellaspede is running a new event called Backroads or Bust where you could be a winner simply for showing up on time!

The ride is on March 3 from Brisbane to Byron Bay along the backroads over the border, but with a twist!

Its not the fastest to get to the destination who is the winner, but the rider who arrives at a precise elapsed time, says spokesman Hughan Seary.Ellaspede Backroads or Bust

Weve done a few checkpoint and standard time road rides before, but this is the first one with a cash prize for the rider who arrives closest to our standard time, he says.

The purpose of the event is just to have a big old road ride as we havent done one for a while.

Plus well be finishing up at The Department of Simple Things in Byron Bay, which is a rad mens shop that will be featuring some of the Ellaspede soft goods during the month of March.

Its typical of Ellaspede to organise unusual events such as their annual Dust Hustle.

Backroads or Bust fee

Riders pay $30 to enter which includes a coffee at Ellaspede in Brisbanes West End, coffee at the halfway stop at Iron & Resin Garage on the Gold Coast and a barbecue lunch at the finish point.Ellaspede Backroads or Bust

And $10 from each entry goes into a prize pool for the rider who arrives closest to the allotted time.

Riders will be sent off in waves and timed. The closest to the standard time previously recorded by Ellaspede riders obeying the route and legal speed limits.

Were currently sitting at just under 60 already registered and Id like to get at least 100 so that we can give away $1000 cash, Hughan says....


Byron council has a new quick-fix solution for potholes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Massive, spontaneous potholes like this one are a common occurrence in Byron Bays Sunrise. Some residents claim they are sinkholes. Photo supplied

The number one complaint from Byron shire residents is the quality of their roads but the council believes it has come up with a quick-fix solution.

The council has a new patrol truck fitted with a range of equipment to do minor repairs and make the road safe until it can be properly fixed.

The Road Patrol Service will allow for a faster response to fixing potholes and other problems on the roads until the road maintenance crew arrives to fix them properly.

Councils general manager Ken Gainger said while the road repairs would only be temporary, at least the hole in the road is rendered safe to drive on.

I expect the team that operates out of the patrol truck will be our eyes on the shires roads and staff will be responsible for spotting problems, and either fixing them immediately and/or logging and reporting them so proper maintenance can be carried out, Mr Gainger said.

In all of the feedback the community gives us the poor quality of our road network is the number one concern and this is a new initiative that will show our residents that we are hearing them and doing our best to make things better.

This is a proactive solution that will significantly improve the timeliness of repairs and improvements to drainage and signage, Mr Gainger said.

The Road Patrol vehicle will also have a lot of other equipment on board and this means staff can undertake a wide range of smaller jobs that they spot whilst driving around the Shire.

It might be as simple as stopping to prune vegetation that is growing over a sign or cleaning graffiti.

I am most proud of the effort council has made in the last several years to address a backlog in infrastructure funding and this year (2017/18) we will spend $40 million on infrastructure.

This is up from $3.7 million in 2012/13 and whilst I admit Byron Shire Council still has a long way to go, we have certainly made significant improvements, Mr Gainger said.

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Lyndey Milan to be Lismores Australia Day ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismores Australia Day ambassador, Lyndey Milan. (supplied)

Kitchen whiz Lyndey Milan has been announced as this years Australia Day ambassador for Lismore.

Ms Milan has worked in the food and wine industry for more than 30 years, has produced nine cookbooks, eight television series and was the former food director of The Australian Womens Weekly.

In 2014, Lyndey was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to hospitality, the food and wine industry, and the community.

She is vice-president of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, a member of the Tourism Australia Food & Wine Advisory Panel and co-founder and patron of Tasting Success, a mentoring program for female chefs.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith welcomed the announcement.

We are thrilled to have Lyndey as our Australia Day ambassador the Northern Rivers is a hotspot for fresh produce so were confident she will enjoy her visit to the region, Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said.

Lyndey has a long list of accomplishments to her name and we are honoured to welcome her to be our guest on the day, give the annual Australia Day address and help present our 2018 Australia Day Awards.

The council will be honouring exceptional citizens as well as welcoming new Australians during the awards ceremony on Friday at Lismore City Hall.

Local groups and individuals have been nominated in the 2018 Australia Day Awards for a host of achievements in disciplines ranging from sports and community service to arts and the environment.

Council will also host the annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, welcoming new Australian citizens from countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, Qatar and Sudan.


The 2018 Australia Day Awards ceremony will be followed by morning tea and everyone is welcome to attend. The ceremony will begin at 8.30am on Friday, 26 January at Lismore City Hall.

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Mullumbimby railway land set to be sold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The land opposite Tony Carsburg Motors in Mullumbimby that is set to be sold off. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Hans Lovejoy

Another parcel of valuable railway land is now in the process of being prepared to be sold, owing to its being surplus to requirements of Transport for NSW staff.

The large railway corridor is located in the heart of Mullumbimby, opposite Tony Carsburg Motors, and runs along Prince and Argyle Streets.

Its the second Byron shire sale flagged by the department in recent weeks; sale of a 611sqm parcel of railway land behind the Wollongbar Motel on Shirley Street in Byron Bay is underway.

While the confirmation by Transport for NSW drew the ire of local MP Tamara Smith (Greens), The Echo is yet to hear from locally based MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals) on whether he supports the sale.

The Echo asked the government department, Is this a decision by an elected official or by staff? Is there a potential buyer, how large is the area, and, will this mean that no train will ever return to this line?

A Transport for NSW spokesperson replied, The land is owned by Transport for NSW and surplus to our requirements. We are in the early stages of putting the land up for sale.

Expressions of interest

They continued, The land is not needed to keep the corridor viable. The land will be put out for expressions of interest at some time in the future. The total area is still to be determined.

Local state MP Tamara Smith told The Echo, Our rail corridors belong to the community and are held in trust by the government of the day. Communities in our region (and my ancestors) lobbied for decades in the late 19th century for rail transport on the north coast to support regional economies and bring connectivity between communities in the northern rivers.

Fossil-fuel reliant



Old Byron hospital closer to being community-owned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ben Franklin, Chris Hanley, architect Harley Graham and local resident Helen Buckley
met with senior public servants to tour the Hospital site.

Byron Shire Council and the Byron community now have six months to develop a proposal for the old Byron hospital site to keep it in community hands.

The six-month moratorium on the sale of the site follows representations from the council and the Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin to NSW Health.

The process to save the site from sale started on 23 August last year when Byron Citizen of the Year Chris Hanley organised a well-attended meeting at the Byron Community Centre to discuss the future of the hospital.

Mr Franklin announced at that meeting that he had secured a commitment from the NSW Health minister to consider a proposal from the community before proceeding with a sale of the site.

After my discussions with the Minister for Health and his office and a request by Council, NSW Health advised Byron Council yesterday that they would provide a six-month moratorium on the sale to allow me to work with Council and the community in developing a community proposal for the site, Mr Franklin said.

This is a terrific outcome and allows a proposal to be developed which I can then advocate for at the highest levels of government, Mr Franklin said.

We now have an opportunity to develop an excellent proposal for acquiring the site, he said.

On 30 November, Mr Franklin, Mr Hanley, architect Harley Graham and local resident Helen Buckley met with senior public servants to tour the hospital site.

It was clear to us that almost the entire site was still in excellent condition, Mr Hanley said.

We now have an opportunity as a community to try and secure a site that has significant historical and emotional connection to our town. We need to work with council, Ben and everyone else who wants to see the retention and then the reinvention of this building as an invaluable community resource, Mr Hanley said.

Finally, we will be looking for ideas and for workers to help with our submission to the State Government who, along with the Ministe...


West Byron developers reply to claims of traffic chaos and political support "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get in to have your say again on the West Byron proposal. Even the traffic consultants admit there are no plans to alleviate the existing traffic problems.

With a development application (DA) for a massive 108-hectare housing/commercial estate closing for public submissions soon, The Echo has asked for reconfirmation of the landowners identities and ask why their DA is submitted without a clear path to reducing Byrons traffic issues.

The 387-lot West Byron proposal, situated on Ewingsdale Road near Byron Bay, has seen longtime opposition by residents, and the latest attempt to get approval comes without clear traffic management or environmental safeguards, and is presented without a clear path to completion.

Despite repeated requests, local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin is yet to reply to The Echos questions but has previously said he is concerned with the developments potential impacts.

A spokesperson for the group said the West Byron development is made up of nine holdings in no particular order, they are Tony Smith, Alan Heathcote, Peter Croke, David OConnor, Garry McDonald, Warren Simmons and Kevin Rogers.

All seven landowners are local, says the spokesperson, except Mr Rogers.

The lands that were originally owned by Crighton Properties and then acquired by Terry Agnew are no longer part of the West Byron project. What is now known as The Harvest Estate is being managed by [QLD construction company] VillaWorld, in a joint venture arrangement with Terry Agnew and have nothing to do with West Byron.

The West Byron lands are the subject of a DA we submitted to Byron Shire Council in November 2017.

The DA applies for these lands (approximately 58 hectares) to be subdivided into 31 hectares zoned for conservation and 27 hectares to be zoned for low- and medium- density housing, light industrial and a neighbourhood centre.

Traffic plan...


South Pacific Cruise Part 2: Lifou Island & Port Vila "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Metallic Pigeon
We had two landings during our recent South Pacific Cruise Lifou in the Loyalty Islands and Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

Easo, Lifou Island

Pacific Dawn, Lifou Island 
On Lifou, part of New Caledonia, we were ferried to shore in the village of Easo in tender boats from the ship, Pacific Dawn. Here I waved down a driv...


Pokies to be removed from Byrons Beach Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Ziggi Browning

Paul Bibby

Byron Bays Beach Hotel is set to become the first licensed venue in the shire to get rid of its pokies in a bid to reduce problem gambling.

In a move that anti-gambling advocates hope will inspire other local venues, the incoming owners of the hotel have pledged to start shutting down its 15 machines from the moment they officially take over on February 26.

It comes as new figures show that people in the shire pour about $138 million into the pokies each year, losing about 10 cents from every dollar they drop into the slot.

Daniel Madhavan, the CEO of the Impact Investment Group (IIG), which is leading the syndicate of new owners, said it was clear poker machines were bad for individuals and bad for the community.

Theyre designed to be addictive, and thats exactly what they are, Mr Madhavan said.

We simply dont see how poker machines in local communities can be reconciled with what we consider responsible.

So with the Van Haandel family, who run the Beach Hotel, sharing our vision, we can do our bit by closing the door to the gaming room once and for all.

With 429 poker machines across 20 clubs and pubs, the Byron shire is not as pokie-drenched as some local government areas in NSW.

However, figures from the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) show that those who gamble on pokies in the shire still lost $12.8m last financial year on the one-armed bandits.

That equates to $34,794 per day.

Our per capita losses of $388 per person per year puts us roughly on par with the other shires in the northern rivers, except for Tweed, which is way higher thanks to its mega-clubs.

In neighbouring Ballina shire, for example, gamblers lost $28,144,860 ($541,247 a week) on pokies over the past year.

Social impact



Mehajer spends night behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer. (AAP)

Controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer will remain behind bars after a magistrate denied him bail, saying she considered the prosecution case against him to be quite damning.

The 31-year-old had applied for bail at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday after being accused of staging a car crash last year to avoid going to court for a separate matter.

But magistrate Jennifer Giles on Wednesday refused his application, saying Mehajers alleged crime struck at the very heart of the criminal justice system and he had not shown cause as to why his detention was unjustified.

The former Auburn deputy mayor was on his way to face court in October last year over his alleged assault of a taxi driver when his Mercedes AMG collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander at an intersection in Lidcombe.

He was freed by firefighters and taken to hospital, while his passenger and the occupants of the other vehicle two women aged 31 and 32 were uninjured.

The other driver admitted fault after the crash, the court heard on Wednesday.

Ms Giles said family members of the other driver were allegedly heard later in telephone intercepts to be claiming $10,000, saying they had helped Mehajer.

A police strike force investigated the crash, and on Tuesday morning Mehajer was arrested at a home in Vaucluse, while his associate Ahmed Jaghbir was also arrested at a Lidcombe property.

Both Mehajer and Jaghbir have been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to cheat and defraud.

Jaghbir, 28, is defending an unrelated murder charge following the shooting death in March last year of Sydney underworld figure Kemel Barakat.

Jaghbir allegedly said he was instructed to arrange the October collision to buy Mehajer some more time before his scheduled court hearing that day, the court heard.

Prosecutors allege Jaghbir was a middle-man between Mehajer and family members of the other driver, and that he texted Mehajer his bank details after the crash, the magistrate said.

She said Mehajers lawyers alternative explanation that he could be the victim of an extortion attempt involving the driver of the other vehicle was in no way any kind of reasonable hypothes...


Dispatches from the Adani frontline "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lisa, Danny and Ella made the pilgrimage from Mullumbimby. Photo Mia Armitage

Mia Armitage

Forget clicktivism, where concerned citizens take a stance through social media: anti-Adani protesters from all over Australia, millennial through to baby-boomer and beyond, are taking direct action.

Twelve environmental activists have returned to the northern rivers from Bowen, in north-central QLD, where they participated in a protest camp partly aimed at stopping the proposed Adani mega-mine.

The pilgrimage began in Coffs Harbour for some, before protesters from the Byron and Tweed shires climbed on board a repurposed yellow school bus last week destined for Camp Nudja, about eighty kilometres southwest of Adanis coal export port at Abbot Point.

Protesters included a naturopath in her forties from Bangalow, a filmmaker and a worker, both in their twenties and from Mullumbimby, and a former schoolteacher and former builder in their sixties living in Pottsville.

Activists charged

Liisa Rusanen described herself as a mother of two from Coffs Harbour who had never locked on in protest before.

But last week she joined other anti-coal protesters to discreetly plan a very public anti-Adani protest: a temporary shutdown of the companys coal-export operations at Abbot Point.

We knew how to stop the conveying belts before we got there, said Ms Rusanen.

We were locked on for about six or seven hours in the end.

The first thing police did when they arrived was take our food and water, and they told us we were welcome to have food and water if we released ourselves, but they werent going to give it to us as long as we were locked on.

QLD police arrested Ms Rusanen and four other protesters locked to the conveyor belt on Thursday.



TO THE POINT with PHIL JENKYN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Community demands democracy for local planning decisions SAVE HUNTERS HILL Municipality Coalition calls upon the NSW Government, and our local member Anthony Roberts, as Planning [more]

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Residents take over Townsville Council meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Townsville

Yesterday (23 January), the Townsville City Council was shut down, in the face of angry residents, opposed to the decision to provide $18.5 million, in order to help billionaire coal miner Adani build an airstrip, at his Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

The protest was led by the activist organisation Front Line Action on Coal. Slogans were shouted from the public gallery and major Jenny Hill adjourned the proceedings. They were reconvened later on, with police blocking people from re-entering the building and making their way to the public gallery.

Elena Jeffrey, spokeswoman for the group and a local resident says that there is concern about the secrecy behind the deal.

I came because its Townsville Councils open day. Its the day when they are inviting Townsville residents to come and ask questionsand Im really concerned about the secrecy of the minutes and details of the $28.5 million contribution the proposed airstrip, she said.

Townsville Council has been an avid supporter of Adani all along, claiming that the alliance would bring benefits to the local economy. It claims that by now contributing to the airstrip, the city would be made into a hub for 900 first in first out (FIFO) workers at the Carmichael mine.

This is open to dispute and critics point out that the claimed benefit to the local economy is greatly exaggerated, and as far as becoming a FIFO hub, Townsville is competing with Rockhampton, which is also contributing a lot of money to the airstrip. The prize will not go to both. And there has been to answer as to why Adani has not agreed to use the already existing airport in Townsville for the project. It is an indication that the city might be bypassed.

Apart from all this, the destruction of farmland and the Great Barrier Reef from the Adani operations will take much more from the local economy than any minor benefits that might come out of the partnership with Adani.

Ms Jeffrey said, Its been three months since the decision was made and even separate to commercial in confidence, the council has to explain what the benefits are.

Federal MP Bob Katter has added his voice to those demanding an explanation.




We all love a wedding and a bunch of Northsider's have got together to create a big wedding giveaway. What could be more exciting?

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

1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay on his third southern expedition.

1788 - Playing tiggy is not the best thing for explorers hell bent on taking over the world as Jean La Perouse found when he popped into Botany Bay only to find Governor Phillip had pipped him at the post by 6 days.

1807 - John Kenny was Hanged and gibbetted at the scene of the crime in Parramatta for the murder of Mary Smith.

1807 - The first ship built in the colony by merchant Robert Campbell, the Perseverance, was launched at his shipyard on Sydney Cove. It sailed for China via Norfolk Island on 9th February.

1817 - Tinny bugger John Oxley got the lucky door prize of the first land grants in the Illawarra District. If he'd hung around he'd have seen Wollongong park itself on his bush block.

1822 - Macquarie visited the Native Village on the Richmond Road at Black Town on a tour of inspection with his successor governor, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

1828 - Governor Darling decided to pull the plug on the Sullivan Bay settlement at Westernport Bay so he sent the schooner - that's a ship not an Aussie beer glass size - to collect everyone.

1856 - Finally, something for those with small man syndrome to occupy themselves...the South Australian Jockey Club was formed.

1862 - Kewacan (Larry)  was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup.
1862 - Long Jimmy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Charles Storey at Jacup .

1865 - The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah steamed into Port Phillip Bay.

1865 - The SS Star of Australia left Sydney for Rockhampton and is never heard of again. 17 lives were lost.

1867 - The Illustrated Melbourne Post published a wood engraving by Samuel Calvert, titled "The aboriginal cricket match on the M.C.C. ground" with the following descrption,
A rare sight in 19th-century Melbourne - an Aboriginal cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1871 - The Plantagenet Road Board (WA) was gazetted on this day.

1883 - The bloke in charge of the native police in Cloncurry, Qld, Marcus de la Poer Beresford (try saying that mouthful with your back teeth floating in beer and no teeth in at all) and 4 police were ambushed and killed by Aborigines which caused more than a year of battles.

1895 - The first electric light illuminated Ballarat streets.

1903 - Kalgoorlie finally got a drop to wash their smalls (and bloodstains) when the 352 mile water pipeline opened.

1908 The Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, now known as the Sydney Roosters, are formed at Paddington Town Hall.

1916 - John Jackson was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable D...


Joe Hockey puts Hunters Hill mansion up for sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FORMER North Sydney MP and Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has put his Hunters Hill mansion up for sale. Mr Hockey and his wife Melissa Babbage [more]

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Second community action called over sexualised mural at carnival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bruns Carnival Sport Stars ride with the image of Liz Hurley covered up. Photo Paul Bibby

Paul Bibby

Locals calling for the sexualised image of a woman on a childrens ride at Brunswick Heads to be changed will gather for a second community action today (Wednesday).

As debate continues over the image on the Sport Stars ride at the annual Brunswick carnival, those opposed to it are planning to meet in a nearby park with their children to call for a safe community.

The image depicts model and actress Liz Hurley standing in a provocative pose wearing a bra and suspenders.

A spokeswoman for the group said the action was about giving a voice to those who were concerned about the portrayal of women.

Im supporting this event to draw people in our community together who care about the effects that objectification of women has on our children and our culture, the spokeswoman said.

The owner of the carnival, Glen McGregor, declined to comment on the action.

However Mr McGregor has previously stated publicly that neither he nor his family members have a problem with the mural, and that he believes the broader community supports the Carnival.

He has also stated that he feels bullied by the public criticisms of the ride, many of which have been directed toward him as the owner.

These criticisms have been part of a fiery online debate over the image following a column on the topic by The Echos Mandy Nolan and a community action three weeks ago in which local men stood silently in front of the ride. Mr McGregor has now partially covered up the image with a fun and safety guide for the ride.

However, those opposed to the image feel that it needs to be changed completely.    

The social media page for the community action says that it will begin at 4p...


Fire burns out 50ha at Kings Forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Updated  Wednesday, January 24: A fire that has burnt out more than 50 hectares of mostly grassland at Depot Road, Kings Forest, has been brought under control overnight, according to the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The fire started at around 11am and some local media is reporting a man may have been injured in the burn.

It is not the first time fires have burnt out of control at the site of the controversial development, near Casuarina. In 2012 another fire at Depot Road, which torched 45 hectares of grassland and koala habitat trees, was treated as suspicious by the RFS, although no one was ever charged.

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In which the pond celebrates penny-a-line Murdochians ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Now before anyone gets agitated, let the pond remind everyone that Dame Slap works without benefit of contract, and is a proud casual labourer, who scribbles on a "penny-a-line" basis - as do all the reptiles, aware that a penny is probably all their scribbles are worth ...

Of course there are a few ironies in this noble stand, not least the way the AJA was formed way back when ... (union propaganda here) ...

At the time, journalists were often working for "a-penny-a-line". As a reporter on a daily newspaper, you were probably paid in the region of 3 or 4 per week for working something in excess of 60 hours across at least six days a week. That is, of course, if you were paid a weekly wage at all. One of the journalists working as a "penny-a-liner" was Keith (later Sir Keith) Murdoch, father of Rupert, who was scratching a living from piece work as a federal parliamentary reporter for The Age in Melbourne (the then national capital). 
The meeting was called by Melbourne Herald reporter B.S.B. Bertie Cook. He had begun work there, aged 12, as a copy boy. After 10 years he was a reporter earning 3 for a 70-hour week. Concerned by journalists' working conditions, he joined with colleagues in several failed attempts to form an effective industrial association. But in 1910 Cook saw an opportunity under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 for journalists to register as an industrial organisation. The Act provided that an employer shall not dismiss an employee or injure him in his employment or alter his position to his prejudice by reason of the circumstance that the employee is entitled to the benefit of an industrial agreement or award.



Right on cue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As I sat on the verandah at dusk a couple of evenings ago a dark shape alighted on a branch directly in front of me. Silhouetted against the darkening sky it was easy to identify a Southern Boobook. Of course by the time Id scrambled for the camera it had departed.

Like humans, birds are creatures of habit. So, last night I sat and waited and this time I was prepared same place, same time it arrived right on cue. What a gorgeous bird!

Southern Boobook, Wyndham Street Newstead, 23rd January 2018


The ATA and the Renewable Energy Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As noted previously I have been a renewable energy fan for most of my life. As part of that interest I joined the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) in the early 1980s when I first installed a stand-alone wind powered system at my home. I have remained a member (with a few missing years in the late eighties and/or the early nineties when I was broke) since then. As I was living in a remote location the most important aspect of the ATA then and now, was their quarterly journal/magazine ReNew (originally called Soft Technology).

For approaching 40 years this journal has been both my main resource and inspiration. With wide ranging topics on all aspects of renewable energy, energy efficiency and stories of what others are doing across Australia. ReNew has regular columns on letters, new products, recent news and occasional book reviews. My favourite column is by well-known commentator Alan Pears who in each issue offers sage advice on a multitude of related topics from energy efficiency to climate change. If only the pollies would listen.

The current issue (No.142) has a solar panel price guide, some DIY advice for renters including constructing cheap and easy curtain pelmets, using the sun for heating and improving grid stability with the use of renewables. There is also an article on achieving 100% renewables by 2030, a subject I hope to write a separate blog on in the near future. Also of great assistance was the recent issue on batteries (No.141) which is guiding me in a major, near future, purchase.

The renewable energy revolution has been a long time coming. When building my house in 1980 I opted for a wind generator system as the price of solar panels was then prohibitive. My first solar panels (2 X 30w) installed in 1986 were still very pricey.  At this time I naively believed that in 10 years solar panels would be so cheap I could cover the roof with them. In this case I was a little premature (by 30 years) but that moment has now arrived.

Of recent years I have discovered that a close friend and a contributor to ReNew John Hermans of Clifton Creek  is also a long term member of the ATA. John has been a strong advocate of renewable energy long before the need for replacing our fossil fuel energy and transport became obvious with the threat of climate change. It should be remembered that renewable energy is not the complete global warming solution as after we have stopped burning...


Mullumbimby Mens Shed open for business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L to R: Ken Bright, Jonathan Hartland, Phil and Xavia Ashton. Photo Jeff Dusty Shed Dawson

Mullumbimby Mens first shed is up and there are celebrations taking place this Friday (Australia Day) from 9am till 11am.

Co-organiser Ken Bright says lomandras will be planted around the entire perimeter of the site at Mullumbimby Community Gardens, followed by a barbecue.

All are welcome to join us for this amazing community venture that benefits everyone, he said.

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1) In Indonesian Papua, Dozens of Children Have Died From Measles and Chickenpox While Awaiting Medical Care "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Military, police to form joint task force to help tackle outbreak in Papua
3) Secretary Mattis seeks ties with once-brutal Indonesia special forces unit, with an eye on China
1) In Indonesian Papua, Dozens of Children Have Died From Measles and Chickenpox While Awaiting Medical Care

In the remote Indonesian region of Papua, a series of measles and chickenpox ...


No issue with defecation at Main Beach: Byron Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bays Exceloos in Apex Park have overcome problems of defecation on the beach, according to Byron Shire Council. Photo supplied

The Echo was contacted by concerned residents after they became aware that they and several other swimmers at Main Beach, Byron Bay, had recently had eye and ear infections.

They believed these were potentially caused by run-off from cleaning around the shower area at the Main Beach carpark where they understood some late-night drinkers regularly defecate.

However, Byron Shire Council have informed The Echo that the greywater from the showers and general cleaning goes into two drains which do not feed into the ocean.

24-hour loos

Acting general manager Mark Arnold said staff have reported that because there are clean toilets that operate 24 hours a day in Apex Park, and public toilets behind the swimming pool there is not generally a problem with people defecating in the area. 

There have been thousands of people swimming at Main Beach every day over the last month and there have been no complaints to Council and no notifications to the North Coast Area Health Service about eye and ear infections, Mr Arnold said.

If someone is genuinely concerned about the cause of the eye and ear infection they should see a doctor for treatment and ask for tests to pinpoint exactly how they may have contracted it, he said.

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The Guardian: Permaculture in Malawi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger

   Read original story

Permaculture projects in Malawi are developing sustainable food systems. It is time the development sector took this marginal hippy movement seriously

African Moringa and Permaculture Projects household permaculture gardens


The rich history of intentional communities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Members of Mandala, located in SE QLD, call their corporate structure both an intentional community and an eco- village. Photo

Mairead Cleary

The birth of intentional communities in this region goes back to the early 70s.

Carol Perry remembers arriving in the area a couple of years before the legendary Aquarius Festival to start the still-existing Dharmananda community in Terania Creek and finding that there was already a community existing in Mullumbimby.

Of course, after the festival the intentional community movement took off in a big way. People came in their thousands from all over Australia for the event and many decided to stay. Low land prices meant people could buy large properties and create new communities around ideals of freedom, harmony and sustainability. Carol remembers blocks being advertised at the time as well stocked with marsupials.

One of the post-festival communities that survives to this day was Bodhi Farm. After meditating his way through Asia in the early 70s, John Seed moved to the area and helped create the Bodhi Farm community 30km from Lismore.

It was a time when there were a lot of intentional communities forming, going back to the land, growing organic food, delivering our own babies, burying our dead and catalysing social change in the region where we lived.

Legal framework

In reality, bringing together large inexperienced groups of people to start these new utopian communities brought several challenges. Firstly people had to choose a legal structure in order to own their land.

Communities need a legal structure because it provides a framework within which governance can be taken, says Wroth Wall, who has worked as a lawyer with different types of communities for more than 40 years. He has delivered more than 100 intentional communities in conjunction with local planner Rob Doolan. ...


Is the Turnbull Government spending veterans mental health funding wisely? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the Line Limited state that it is a professional social health business that provides counselling support, anywhere and anytime, primarily via telephone, web chat and online support through the rather bluntly named  MensLine Australia, Suicide Call Back Service, SuicideLine Victoria, a Department of Defence All Hours Support Line After Hours Service and other geographically specific services.

On the Line Limited also provides tailored counselling services for corporate, member and community organisations.

According to its 2016-17 Annual Report On the Line Limited is doing very nicely thank you, with an income of over $11.3 million and $6.2m in new tenders, grants, and business opportunities.

However, it appears that this company may be falling down on the job

The New Daily, 9 January 2018:

The government is refusing to reveal how often vulnerable veterans are unable to reach its crisis helpline for ex-service membe...


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


For sale baskets $10 each.

Kathmandu Child Carrier for sale $40.
Great for hiking and travel.
Excellent condition includes waterproof removable shade. Easily adjustable. 
The size one carrier is for maximum load 18kg



Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



I need someone to transfer my files from CDs to USBs, please.  
They are mostly Photoshop and Illustrator files.
My new computer doesnt have a cd drive and our old computer doesnt want to open them.
Am happy to negotiate maybe an hourly or per CD fee?



From Cronulla to St Kilda? Australia/Invasion/Survival Day 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Friday, the racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew, in conjunction with the neo-Nazi remnants of the United Patriots Front now known as The Lads Society, are holding a rally and BBQ at St Kilda Beach. This is both Continue reading


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Need a single loft bed? We got this second hand and had a few years use. Still strong and stable, although a few screws are missing (replacements can be got from Ikea, I believe). Comes with instructions and is disassembled. And stickers removed.  


Height 181cm
Length 195cm
Width 125.5cm
Height from floor to base of mattress 140cm. 



Paula Calafiore wins South Gippsland Citizen Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CLOSE to 300 people turned up to the Australia Day Awards Ceremony held at the Memorial Hall in Leongatha on Wednesday night, January 17 to celebrate all those nominated for []

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Local author takes out World Fantasy Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JACK DANNS anthology Dreaming in the Dark has just won the World Fantasy Award.  It is just one of over seventy-five books either written or edited by Dann. The stories in this []

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Prom Coast Film Society "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2017 was another great year for cinema and the Prom Coast Film Society, with numbers remaining consistently high throughout the year. The Committee would like to thank all our members []

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JBs World: Australia Day upon us again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIA DAY Friday January 26 is nearly upon us again, so spare a thought for some previous Order of Australia recipients who are confined to [more]

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Two sides of the debate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I do understand both sides of the debate over Australia Day. When the First Fleet sailed into Port Jackson the lives and lands [more]

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Turnbull to blame for power bills "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Just received my electricity bill and on checking it with the same period last year found the increase was $192 and I had [more]

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RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Noted Arriving into Moranbah Airport - Plus FIFO Charter Flights Galore! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Tuesday 23 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted arriving into Moranbah Airport from the Sunshine Coast.  It had earlier arrived into the Sunny Coast from Canberra.

File photo

At the time of writing, it is unclear whether the RAAF Challenger remains parked at Moranbah Airport or has departed.

A37-002 was noted using the radio callsign of "Wisdom 44".

Meanwhile, as we've posted on our Facebook page, Tuesday seems to be a particularly busy day for Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights in and out of Moranbah Airport with at least eight flights noted visiting from Brisbane and one from Cairns during the afternoon and evening on Tuesday 23 January.

Fly Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation SAAB 340Bs VH-VEM, VH-VEO and VH-VEP all looked to complete return flights to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane.

While QantasLink Dash-8-Q400s VH-QOD, VH-QOE, VH-LQF, VH-QOV and VH-QOP completed return flights to Moranbah Airport from and back to Brisbane and Cairns respectively.


Photo taken by 'AC' 


Wither Australia day? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Leave it alone, its a well established day for all Australians even if a lot of us dont know why. Lets have another [more]

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Courthouse from Courthiuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Darlinghurst courts from outside the Courthouse hotel on Taylor Square.

I started this a while ago and got back onto it today, but I only painted the sky and a bit more before the rain came and drove me away.


Queries on painted street markings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, I have noticed that Ryde Council has recently taken to marking the road adjacent to some driveways with a white box with diagonals [more]

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World class mining innovation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, The NSW Minerals Council has supported the release of the latest stage of the national Making the Future Possible campaign, featuring the Australian [more]

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Date MUST be changed! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Thank you for inviting readers to have our say about Australia Day. I think it MUST be changed. The choice of January 26 [more]

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Truck crash affects motorway traffic at Bangalow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Pacific Motorway southbound has been partially closed following a accident near Bangalow Road.

A B-double truck appears to have jack-knifed in the single-vehicle accident.

No one is believed to be injured but emergency services were in the process of attempting to salvage the vehicle late Tuesday afternoon (January 23) with no advice as to when the motorway will fully reopen.

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Neil Diamond retires from touring - diagnosed with Parkinsons - thanks for the memories of a lifetime! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For you dad. My dad loved Neil Diamond. This was the setlist from Neil's Sydney concert, 29 March 1996, the day of Dad's funeral. MAR 29 1996 Neil Diamond Setlist at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia Edit venue & date Show all edit options Tour: World Tour 1996 Tour statistics...


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #578 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #578 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #578 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 23rd January 2018 to Monday 29th January 2018 A big week in Melbourne with the end of the school holiday's, start of the school year, Australia Day (public holiday) on Friday gives Australian's a long weekend. Australia Day 2018 Friday 26 January 2018 | Public Holiday Australia Day events in Melbourne Australia Day Fireworks at Docklands Government House Open Day Guide: Australia Day 2018 Australian Open .nobrtable br { display: none } With the worlds top tennis players fighting it out for the first Grand Slam title of the year theres no better place to be. Australian Open | 7Tennis Live Site | Tickets Eat Drink WaterTaxi to the Tennis .nobrtable br { display: none } Enjoy a meal at BearBrass and then enjoy a return trip with Melbourne Water Taxis along the Yarra to Melbourne Park. Tennis WaterTaxi | Book Online Food Truck Fiesta - Williamstown .nobrtable br { display: none } Licensed, family & dog friendly, an all-inclusive experience celebrating food, drink and music. 25th - 28th January 2018 | Williamstown Food Truck Fiesta | Seaworks Victorian Hot Rod Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 100's of Australias coolest hot rods, customs, street machines and motorcycles competing for $50,000 in prizes and trophies. 26 - 28 Jan | Victorian Hot Rod Show 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Pirate's Revenge | Luna Park .nobrtable br { display: none } Luna Park's first ever water ride is here for the summer, lots of water, ups and downs, family friendly, but not for the faint of heart. Pirate's Revenge | Luna Park Priscilla - Queen of the Desert .nobrtable br { display: none } Jan 21 - Apr 15 2018 | Shake your groove thing as Australias most successful homegrown musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert rocks in to Melbourne Priscilla - Queen of the Desert | Regent Theatre | Melbourne Zoo Twilights .nobrtable br { display: none } Running every weekend from 26 January until 10 March 2018, Zoo Twilights is the ultimate destination for music lovers with every ticket sold going back into Zoos Victorias commitment to fight extinction. Friday 26 January The Teskey Brothers supported by Saskwatch (Sold Out) Saturday 27 January Cut Copy, with special guests Friday 2 February Sunnyboys, supported by Painters and Dockers The Cat Empire, supported by Allysha Joy (Sold Out) Friday 9 February The Preatures, supported by Ali Barter Saturday 10 February RocKwiz LIVE! (Sold Out) Ben Folds, supported by Lucy Rose (Sold Out) Neil & Liam Finn, with special guests (Sold Out) Friday 2 March Hiatus Kaiyote and Harvey Sutherland Jet, supported by Spazzys (Sold Out) Friday 9 March Grizzly Bear, with special guests...


Long-toed Stint in Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Long-toed Stint turning up in Brisbane was hard to resist as this species is a very rare visitor to Queensland. A Long-toed Stint was first found by Ged Tranter at Tinchi Tamba Wetland in northern Brisbane on January 17. It appeared to have left the site when Michael Daley found a stint at Kedron Brook Wetland, not too far away, on January 21. Since then two Long-toed Stints have been seen together at the latter site.

I was at Kedron Brook yesterday and Chris Attewell was kind enough to point us in the direction of where the bird had been hanging out. Over the next couple of hours the stint showed nicely as it foraged among Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and Red-kneed Dotterels at the southern end of the wetland.



Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch: GIVEAWAY + French Cabaret + Mardi Gras Film Festival 24/01/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

|| Wednesday 24 January 2018 ||8-9:30pm

Bonsoir, Good evening Eastside listeners, its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I will be hosting and producing Forever French on, Wednesday 24th of January 2018 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu: FRENCH CLASSICAL CABARET with Jane Rutter at Camelot Lounge, QUEER SCREENS 25TH MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL. I will be giving away double passes to the screening of the movie Happy End by Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, featuring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones. During the show, when you hear the trailer of the movie call 9331 3000 and voil, you might just win!  I will play a plethora of music coming from French speaking countries. Thats all tonight on Forever French!. To stream us and to listen to all previous shows, click here:





Big Screen: Mary & The Witchs Flower "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was a hole left in the film industry after anime genius Miyazaki quit as Studio Ghiblis director. Who will step in to fill the void, and can they continue the legacy of whimsical yet thoughtful storytelling?

The most obvious candidate is Hiromasa Yonebayashi. A former protg of Miyazaki, hes working with Studio Ponoc with the aim of keeping the spirit of Ghibli alive. The first film from the studio is Mary and the Witchs Flower, a Harry Potter-esque story about a girl who is whisked off to a school of magic only to discover that not everything is as it seems.

Marys power stems from a magical flower, granting her abilities that she doesnt know how to control, and are doomed to fade after one night. As Mary explores the magical Endor College, she tries to keep that secret hidden from the schools creepy Headmistress, who is out to steal the Witchs Flower for herself.

In many ways, Marys situation is a fitting analogy for Yonebayashis new studio. Although gifted with enough talent to make magic on screen, without the direction of a master like Miyazaki the movie feels aimless and unsure of itself. Mary is literally able to solve every challenge she faces with the magic flower, so she never grows as a character and we never see what shes truly capable of. The momentum of the film stalls, and youre left yawning when you should be entranced.

At the same time, Yonebayashi never really figures out what the film is all about. Early on it seems like Mary is going to learn to overcome her self-consciousness, but as soon as we learn that she can do magic that becomes fairly irrelevant, and the film finishes as a mangled fable about the misuse of nuclear power. Its an unsatisfying conclusion to what should be a magical ride.

Mary and the Witchs Flower is a passable imitation, but lacks the life of earlier Ghibli films. Theyve gone for a Beatrix Potter-meets-Spirited Away vibe which attempts to capture the essence of both but achieves the charm of neither. Whats interesting is that although Yonebayashis movie is drawn almost exactly like those of his mentors, there is a drabness to the colours and a monotony to the backgrounds that dont quite fit.

It makes you appreciate how hard it is to live up to a legacy. Unfortunately it seems like...


All's well after wee flap over flapping junior Jabiru "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jabiru junior shows robust health morning after alarming visitor with much head tossing and wing flapping interpreted as throat obstruction but more likely demands for food from parents.

Last pools at best viewing areas remain wetter than same time last year. But without rain by end of month mud will show through almost everywhere.

No more images of Jabiru (Black-necked Stork) senior jabbing into the water for slippery catches.


The Future of Food: Happen Films "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"Our short film about Wairarapa Eco Farm CSA, now with captions. Be sure to check out for more free documentaries."


Around the Bay 23-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Craig Edmonds of Jims Bait and Tackle, San Remo

THANKYOU to all the people that called in or phoned up with comments about last weeks fishing report. The comments were varied and some were stronger than others, but if it creates conversation and gets people thinking about these things, and gets more people to fill out those surveys next time the fisheries put them out, then it will have been worth it. Several people also admitted questioning other anglers about the fish they were keeping, without ever really thinking about it. As I tried to make it clear last week, there is a huge difference between your standards and the actual law. And, at the end of the day, the lawmakers are the ones to attack not the angler who is staying within his rights.
Its been another week of mixed weather and mixed reports with very little pattern to any of it and the only comment, common to all, was that you had to work at it. We had some good reports and are back to a large variety of fish. The reports were a mixture of land based and boating reports and one group of reports that is growing is that of kayak and the new one, jet-skis! The advantage of the yaks and the skis is that they are getting into places where boats cant and land based cant reach. The yaks especially are much quieter and this is probably why my best reports of calamari and whiting are from them. Jet skis, as always, create plenty of conversation, and that is mainly due to a very few clowns that think they are a little better than everyone else and have their own set of rules, travelling much too fast around jetties or too close to other boaters. As for launching, and loading, and even travelling fast on the water, they also have the right to do it within the law. Before those who do the right thing on a jet ski get on the phone, let us admit that the idiots are in the minority and nobody has any problem with those doing the right thing. And, of course, there are plenty of idiots in boats as well. Because there is that whole boat v ski problem maybe a few words to those not doing the right thing from other ski riders will have more impact, before someone gets injured or worse because a whole new set of rules would be created.
Whiting reports improved slightly this week, with no one getting very good numbers, but several managing a feed at least. What I am finding at the moment is, with fishing slow, people are trying different things to work out the fish, and while some are successful plenty are still looking for the secret. A couple of customers from Melbourne that spent plenty of time during the day fishing for whiting doing all the right things for little reward decided to try something completely different. Launching the boat at around 10.00pm from Newhaven, they travelled up to Dickies bay and to their surprise managed to almost bag out. To see if it was just beginners luck they did the same thing the very next nigh...


SIMAs Summer Jazz 2018 on now at The Sound Lounge & Foundry 616 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sandy Evans Trio

SIMAs SUMMER JAZZ 2018 at The Sound Lounge (Seymour Centre) and Foundry 616 (Harris Street, Ultimo)

SIMAS 2018 Summer Jazz presents an exceptional program of music at the Sound Lounge in the Seymour Centre along with an additional show at Foundry 616. Once again SIMAs artistic director Zoe Hauptmann has assembled some wonderful musicians from both Sydney and interstate in a series of nights that explore the wide world of jazz. As Zoe herself explains:

Expect to hear celebrated Australian jazz musicians, improvisers and outstanding up and coming young artists.

With the season already underway following a standout performance from pianist and composer Felix Bornholdt there are six more opportunities to catch some truly exciting and inspiring music.

The Sound Lounge has long been one of Sydneys favourite jazz venues with its superb acoustics and atmospheric nightclub setting. Its fully licensed and has all the ambience of a classic basement style jazz club. Foundry 616 in Ultimo needs no introduction and has quickly cemented itself as Sydneys leading jazz venue.

All feature artists start at 9.00pm with the opening artists at 8.00pm

Book for all shows and access the full Summer Jazz program at:


Saturday 20 January MATT McMAHON TRIO 20TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE: One of Australias finest jazz pianist and long time Eastside presenter Matt McMahon joins bassist Jono Brown and drummer Simon Barker to celebrate twenty years of making music together. As a trio, their music embrace...


It Was The Deadliest Year On Record For LGBTI People In Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Violent deaths of LGBTI people in Brazil are at an all-time high, according to an LGBTI watchdog in the country. According to a report by LGBTI group Grupo Gay de Bahia, there were 387 murders and 58 suicides of LGBTI people in 2017. The figure is a 30 percent increase on the reported 327 deaths ...

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Culture Guide January 22-28: Jurassic Plastic, Fleabag, Pussy Riot Theatre & more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Youre More Likely to be Killed by a Lawnmower than a Terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many years now, we have been surrendering our legal safeguards and protections to bolster the powers of the state and enable governments to protect us against terrorists. But recent headlines have sparked debate about whether the benefits of spending billions of extra taxpayer dollars on security and surrendering

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Her Son Came Out, So This Mum Called A Gay Bar For Advice. Heres What Happened "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coming out as gay can be an emotional and often nerve-wracking experience for LGBTI people. When a gay guy in Mississippi came out to his mother recently, she didnt want to react in a way that would hurt him. But without any LGBTI people to turn to for advice and guidance, she decided to call ...

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Trump was right; Africa is a sh-t hole "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Letter to the Editor

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, a fecalized environment.

In plain English: s is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

US President Don Trump was right when he recently called Africa a shit hole. The terrorised residents of Melbourne would agree with Mr Trump and would like to see black African gang members deported

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true....


MACKAY Credit card knife at airport sets man back $300 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Credit card knife at airport sets man back $300

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AN ANDERGROVE man has been spared a conviction after he was caught with a credit card knife at Mackay Airport on Boxing Day. Mark Neill Holman, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a Category A, B or M weapon when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 23rd of January, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 23rd of January, 2018

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Shes been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February. Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago.Locals attending their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

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Dr Fiona Bisshop Says Queensland GPs Need Better Trans Health Training "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane GP Dr Fiona Bisshop has called for Queensland health professionals to receive better training in transgender health care. Dr Bisshop (pictured), who specialises in trans medicine and contributes to QNews, said Queensland doctors often feel they dont have enough knowledge to treat trans patients and it was putting the patients lives at risk. She ...

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Middle-ring vacancies in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vacancies jump in middle-ring hotspots

The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) reported that vacancy rates in middle ring Sydney ticked down to 2 per cent in inner ring Sydney in December, roughly in line with last year.

December and the early part of the new year is normally a soft patch for the rentals market and we expect to see vacancies rise.

All those new apartments are beginning to show in middle-ring vacancy rates though, with the middle ring recording a vacancy rate of 2.6 per cent in December.

It's normal to see temporary spikes when projects are completed, so we'll have to wait to see whether this proves to be anything more sustained. 

Here are the figures smoothed on a 4mMA basis to take out some of the noise. 

There are plenty of new apartment vacancies in the Hills District, Parramatta region, and Canterbury Bankstown. 

There was also a bit of an increase in outer Sydney vacancies to 2.3 per cent according to the REINSW. 

If visuals are more your thing, take a look here where I roamed the suburb of Canterbury to take a look at what a construction boom actually looks like in practice.

See also, Parramatta, Campsie, and...



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Locals flock to build scarecrows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEENIYAN Community Garden is gearing up for its annual Australia Day Scarecrow Competition this Friday.

Community members are invited bring along their best scarecrows or get together to build along with the group. The basic scarecrow necessities will be suplied but participants are encouraged to bring along something special to make their scarecrow a winner.

The competition is split into four categories being 11 and under, 12 to 16 years, open age and family divisions.

The scarecrow construction workshop will commence at 11am at the Meeniyan Community Garden behind Tanderra Park, following the Australia Day ceremony at Meeniyan Town Hall. Judging will commence at 1.30pm.

For more information, contact Peter on 0457 221 438.

Scarecrow contender: The Australia Day scarecrow competition is sure to have locals flocking to build a winner at Meeniyan Community Garden.


Geeks gather at Coal Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GEEKS from across the region and beyond enjoyed a fun filled day at Coal Creek Community Park and Museums annual GeekFest in Korumburra on Sunday.

Guests came decked out in full costume with many in medieval, cosplay or steampunk attire.

Coal Creek par coordinator Rowena Ashley said the day was a huge success.

This years GeekFest was better than last year because of the guest speakers, she said.

We had a lot of people who have come in previous years come back and also a lot of new people come through.

A large percentage of the guests come from out of Gippsland which is great and its good to see the event grow.

Guests had the opportunity of role playing and desktop games, listening to guest speakers Craig Fison, Joe Italiano, Matthew Lee, Alexandra Tynan and Jennifer Windt, exploring market stalls and a gathering of Dr Whos.

Bow and arrow: Kellie Bolitho from Korumburra embraced the geeky atmosphere at the Coal Creek GeekFest in Korumburra on Sunday.


Family fun in the sun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Cape Family Festival was a fun family day open to the community to celebrate Cape Patersons rich culture, environment, music and diverse food, with fun in the sun on Saturday.

Festivalgoers travelled from all over the region to also celebrate the Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Clubs 80th anniversary.

The annual event is the clubs major fundraising event of the year.

Its really all about running an event everyone can enjoy, club president Mark Scott said.

We plan to raise funds to rebuild all of the old facilities and merge them all together into one multi purpose facility.

Sister fun: Maya and Zoe Ries from Wonthaggi enjoyed an exciting day at the Cape Paterson Family Fun Festival on Saturday.


Quality mixed in cheaper market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were approximately 1200 export and 230 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 124 head week on week.
The usual buying group was present, but not all operating fully in a cheaper market with one interstate exporter re-entering the sale after a short absence.
Quality was mixed with a lot of weight in the bullocks, fewer young cattle and cows making up half of the yarding.
Young cattle suited to the trade sold from firm to a few cents easier, while secondary and plainer young lots were harder to sell. Grown steers and bullocks eased 3c to 7c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers sold firm. Heavy weight manufacturing steers eased 3c to 5c/kg. Cows sold from 5c to mostly 10c/kg cheaper and more on some sales. Heavy weight bulls declined 10c to 15c/kg.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 278c to 310c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 266c and 290c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 255c and 274c/kg. Grown steers made from 256c to 270c/kg. Bullocks sold from 258c to 272c/kg. Heavy bullocks in excess of 750kg made between 253c and 270c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish sold between 245c and 265c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 215c to 234c with the crossbred portion from 225c to 261c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold from 142c to 215c/kg. Heavy weight cows made between 182c and 228c after a top of 235c/kg for a couple of younger cows. The better shaped heavy bulls sold between 210c and 266c after a top of 280c with the dairy lots between 190c and 220c/kg.
The next sale draw January 24: 1. SEJ, 2. Alex Scott & Staff, 3. Elders, 4. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 5. Landmark, 6. Rodwells.
Sheep Sale Wednesday, January 24 at 12pm.
Prime Sale Wednesday, January 17
15   SJC Farms, Thorpdale 628.3kg   272.0   $1709.07
10   Compro Solutions P/L, Krowera 646.5kg   272.0   $1758.48
12   G., S. & D. Churchill, Kilcunda 616.7kg   270.0   $1665.00
11   L. & M. Barrett, Korumburra 741.8kg   269.6   $1999.94
11   J. & V. Alicata, Thorpdale 790.0kg   269.6   $2129.84
14   N. Rowe, Outtrim 676.4kg   268.0   $1812.83
2     Formbuild P/L, Phillip Island 392.5kg   310.0   $1216.75
1     W.A. Rendell, Yarram 365.0kg   306.6   $1119.09
1     W. & N. Harley, Kardella South 340.0kg   297.6   $1011.84
1     L. Goodfellow, Mt Eccles 325.0kg   293.6     $954.20
1     J. Giardina, Mirboo 360.0kg   291.6   $1049.76......


Powerful women unite "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


WOMAN from across the region united at the Inverloch Community Hub on Friday for a day of empowerment.

The I Am Woman event was held to inspire women to strive for the best and surround themselves with like minded beautiful women.

The event had five key note speakers and five amazing ladies from the audience shared their journey so far.
Guests speakers included relationship coach Leanne Potter, manifesting/intentions coach Alex Tripod, yoga and meditation specialist Katrina Archibald, therapist and life coach Erin Miller, and womens mental health therapist Kate Hocken.
The audience also heard from CPK McLaren Motorbodys Kris McLaren, local painter Lynn Fisher, bookkeeper Donna Pearce and Carolyn Turner from Inverloch Butchers.
Local artist Amanda Bier opened the event with a wonderful performance.
Masters of ceremony, local entrepreneurial duo Alex Welsh and Jess Harle, shared their passion to give back by opening the show together.

Great event: masters of ceremony, local entrepreneurial duo Alex Welsh and Jess Harle, offered an empowering show at the Inverloch Community Hub on Friday.


Farmers, protect yourselves from sun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NEW data from a Cancer Council Victoria survey shows more than a third of Victorians do not know the correct indicator of sunburn risk putting themselves and their families at risk of sun damage and ultimately skin cancer.
Farmers are particularly at risk, given their profession entails outdoor work and often for long hours at a time.
The survey found 22 per cent of Victorian adults aged 18 to 39 incorrectly selected temperature as the most useful measure to calculate sunburn risk for the day.
Just 61 per cent were able to correctly identify the sun protection times or UV level as the best measure to determine sunburn risk.
SunSmart manager Heather Walker said it was important for people to think about UV not heat when it comes to making decisions about sun protection.
UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer, but the problem is none of our senses can actually detect it. Its not like sunlight that we can see, or the suns heat, which we can feel. As a result, we usually dont realise how strong the rays are until the damage has already been done, she said.
By incorrectly using temperature as a gauge, you are unwittingly leaving yourself exposed to increased skin cancer risk.
A new app launched by SunSmart will use augmented reality to help address misconceptions about the cause of sunburn and encourage users to protect their skin.
Our new app seeUV uses augmented reality so that we can actually get a visual snapshot of our risk. Its an exciting and innovative way to engage people in the SunSmart message and hopefully help increase peoples understanding of an otherwise invisible danger, Ms Walker said.
The seeUV app also has a selfie mode, which uses augmented reality technology to generate the long-term consequences of UV damage on a persons skin, such as premature ageing, wrinkling and sunspots.
While a sunburn or tan fades, UV damage remains. With the seeUV app, were asking users to think about how that damage might present in five, 10 or 20 years down the track. Unfortunately the more UV damage you have, the greater your risk of skin cancer, Ms Walker said.
The latest statistics from the Victorian Cancer Registry show 2712 Victorians were diagnosed with melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer in a single year. In the same year, 379 people lost their life to melanoma, while 137 people died of other skin cancers.
seeUV is available as a free download on Google Play and is coming soon to the App Store.


Keep an eye out for pinkeye "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding cattle producers to be on the lookout for pinkeye.
District veterinary officer Jeff Cave said current conditions meant the risk of a pinkeye outbreak was high and farmers needed to be vigilant.
With the summer season will bring increased sunlight and dust, which can make the eye more vulnerable to the disease, Dr Cave said.
Pinkeye, or Infectious Keratoconjunctivitis, is a highly contagious, painful and debilitating disease that can severely affect animal productivity.
Pinkeye usually occurs in young cattle in their first summer. After this initial infection, cattle develop immunity to the disease but may remain carriers of the bacteria, Moraxella bovis, which potentially can lead to future outbreaks in following years, he said.
In a small percentage of cases, an affected eye may form an abscess and rupture, leading to permanent blindness.
Dr Cave said while most affected eyes completely recovered after three to five weeks, a number may be left with scarring on the surface.
Pinkeye can be treated with sprays, ointments, injections and patches or a combination of these treatments. Extra care should be taken when mustering cattle for the purposes of treatment for pinkeye, as factors such as dust and flies may enhance the spread of the disease, he said.
Attention should also be taken not to confuse pinkeye with other conditions of the eye, such as a grass seed in the eye, eye cancer and other eye infections.
An outbreak of pinkeye can be prevented through vaccination three to six weeks before the onset of the pinkeye season.
Other control measures include controlling fly numbers to limit the spread of bacteria from animal to animal, prompt segregation and treatment of pinkeye in affected stock and avoiding unnecessary yarding of cattle during periods where the risk of outbreak is higher.
For further advice contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer.

Be vigilant: keep an eye out for pinkeye this summer.


Circus set to soar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DAMIAN Syred is returning to South Gippsland next week with his sensational Circus Royale, a high-energy family show featuring a new generation of vibrant young performers.

The big top boasts Mexican stunt riders, international stars, Swiss clowns and unique acts hailing from university trained Australian youth.

The largest circus to tour Gippsland centres in 2018 will arrive in Leongatha on January 30, bringing with it the dangerous globe of death, motorcycle daredevils, acrobats and glamorous showgirls, magic illusions, spinning cubes, slinkies, contortionists, trapeze artists and Swiss clowns.

Circus Royale is real circus, the way we remember it from our childhood. Its big, its exciting, its funny and its wonderfully traditional family entertainment, Mr Syred said.

Circus Royale will perform in Leongatha for two shows only on January 30 at 7pm and January 31 at 6pm with the big top set up next to the netball courts. Wonthaggi fans will also get to experience the magic, with the tent moving across to the Recreation Reserve for four shows across February 2 to 4.

Celebrating 47 years of continuous touring under the big top, Leongatha is stop 3 on a state wide tour that will see the Circus Royale stage shows in most Victorian towns and villages, Mr Syred said.

The steel Globe of Death is four metres wide. Motorbikes are maneuvered around the cage at speeds of up to 80km/h. Its nail-biting stuff. Siblings Brandon and Hugo Fernandez will risk their lives in the Globe of Death to put on a great show.

Throw in a colourful ringmaster, acrobatic artistry, and tail wagging dogs, along with dancing horses, gorgeous girls and funny clowns.

In another 2018 first, Circus Royal presents Magique, Mr Syred and girls with attitude showcasing their larger-than-life Las Vegas-style illusions.

For booking contact 0410 669 253 or visit Tickets are also sold at tent ticket office on circus site from 10am each performance day.

Flying high: Circus Royale will leave audiences spellbound with its wondrous acrobatics performances when the big top comes into town next week.


Local hockey stars bring home gold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SIX young members of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club won gold in the 2018 Underwater Hockey National Titles held in Perth recently.
Captain Brad Peters, vice captain Kasey Hoskins, Darby Hoskins, Ben Robinson, Alexandra Dhar and Nathan Thatcher featured in the winning U15 Victorian team.
After a successful week long championship, the Victorian team came face to face with the Western Australia side, winning six goals to five in what was a tense and hard fought battle for the title.
Western Australia had won the U15 Division four out of the last five years, and Victoria was determined to spoil its pool dominance.
Victoria had not had a winning team since 2009.
We ended up playing Western Australia a number of times throughout the week, including the round robin games, semi final and then again in the gold medal playoff they are a very strong and well drilled team, Kasey said.
Darby said Western Australia had beaten them earlier in the week, and he was nervous to come up against them again. However, a good start from the Victorian team in the final led them to victory.
Victoria scored first, but Western Australia struck back quickly to even the score. It was a seesawing game with scores tied three all at half time.
The pressure was intense and the crowd was screaming for their respective teams.
We continued to push hard despite being down early in the second half. When we were penalised and a player down, it looked like Western Australia was going to swim over the top of us, however, we came storming back to win gold by just one goal, Kasey said.
All the games were filmed and live streamed, including the finals, and can be viewed via the Underwater Hockey Australia YouTube channel
The Victorian U19 team also stacked full with Wonthaggi players had a great week, playing some great team hockey.
They came in fourth, just missing out on the bronze medal to Tasmania.
Victoria also competed in the Elite Men and Women Divisions.
Several Wonthaggi players were subsequently selected for Australian Training Squads and will now be attending interstate training camps aiming for national selection in the Trans-Tasman teams, which will tour New Zealand later this year in October.
The Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club train each week at the Wonthaggi pool on a Thursday night.
The club provides a safe and supportive environment for interested players (juniors and seniors) to come and try the sport, including borrowing the required equipment fins, mask, snorkel, caps, gloves and sticks.
The juniors start at 7pm and the seniors start at 8pm.
Anyone interested in playing locally or checking out this fantastic sport should contact the club via the Facebook page.



Fire brigades reap rewards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LOCAL fire brigades were rewarded for their consistent contribution to South Gippsland communities last Wednesday when they were presented their Community Chest cheques from Michaels IGA Leongatha.

IGA Owner Michael Lorenz said the program, now in its sixteenth year, has been an effective way for customers to donate to CFA Units while shopping.

In conjunction with our Community Rewards program we also participate in the IGA community chest program which is run nationally. The IGA Community Chest and associated programs have raised over $80 million for a number of local community groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities and other worthy causes, Michael Lorenz said

Each year we choose to give this money to our local CFAs. This year we have raised $5585 which means that Pound Creek, Ruby, Leongatha South, Leongatha, Koonwarra, Kongwak, Korumburra, Loch & Poowong CFAs will each be receiving $620.60 this year.

Mr Lorenz presented the cheques to CFA representatives at the IGA last Wednesday.

This round of fundraising marks the first year community chest funds have been split equally between the nine fire brigades since the community chest program started in 2001, he announced.

Brigade support officer Jodi Butler said the equal split was met with ready acceptance from larger brigades Korumburra and Leongatha, which usually received larger sums of funding.

Leongatha rewarded: from left, IGA owner Michael Lorenz hands the Community Chest cheque to Leongatha Fire Brigades Andrew Kay.


Is it time for another Nude Aint Rude rally? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 1998 Australia Day Nude Aint Rude rally on Belongil beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

Almost 20 years to the day since Byron celebrated an historic Nude Aint Rude rally on Belongil beach, local activists and nature lovers are asking if its time to hold another.

The call follows the arrest of four people in just a few weeks for swimming naked in a quiet area of beach well south of Brunswick Heads but outside Byron Councils (recently reduced) official clothing optional area.

Dean Jefferys told Echonetdaily he took his three-month old daughter to the rally, which was held on Australia Day 1998, not long after having a fine for offensive behavior quashed by the courts.

Mr Jefferys, who is now best known for his work educating the community on whales and shark nets, said he would take up the cudgels again on behalf of those arrested and speak to police about whether this is part of a regular campaign.

If it is then well be challenging it in some way, either through the court system or organising some sort of civil disobedience, he said.

Maybe we need another nude rally.

Court battle

Two decades ago he fought a similar battle when he was fined for offensive behaviour for being naked on Belongil beach but decided to take it to court.

We went to the local court, and then the district court and we had a barrister come on board to challenge the person who made the complaint, that they were actually offended.

As it turned out, the person who made the complaint was a nurse who sees naked people all the time, bathing them and whatever. It was pointed out by the barrister that they couldnt possibly be offended and so the case was thrown out.

Nude over the cornflakes

Mr Jefferys said there had been a bit of a push by some of the Belongil residents at the time to get rid of the people who were swimming naked up there.

I think they said in some of the letters to The Echo that they didnt like didnt like seeing nude bodies over their cornflakes, when they were having their breakfast looking out at the water. They saw it as their...


Heartless thieves steal from local charity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Thieves left Ocean Groves Salvation Army op shop volunteers devastated after they stole a large amount of cash during a brazen burglary.
The thieves made their way over a barbed wire fence, smashed through the front door and used the op shops own tools to break into the safe, where they made off with $1148.
The break-in occurred on the night of Thursday 18 January or the morning of Friday 19 January.
However, store manager Linda Velic said it could have been much worse.
We feel blessed and could have been a heck of a lot worse, she told the Voice.
Nobody was hurt and the shop itself was undamaged.
Why steal from a charity? We are here to help people. With what they have taken, we could have helped so many people with it.
The thieves left no fingerprints and left the shop basically unharmed apart from the safe and the front door. The staff bathroom, where tools were stored, was also damaged.
Its tragic that people can be so heartless, shop volunteer Mariam Sutherland said.
Its sad the people could stoop that low.
Ms Velic said staff were left shaken after the theft.
We were worried about coming to work on Saturday, she said.
For a lot of these girls, this is their safe place.
Anyone with information regarding the break-in can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Celebrate Australia Day across Gippsland South "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny OBrien encourages people and communities throughout the Gippsland South Electorate to celebrate and enjoy Australia Day 2018.

Mr OBrien said local Australia Day events were being held in towns across Gippsland South, providing an opportunity to welcome new citizens and to celebrate everything that is great about Australia.

Australia Day is a time of the year where we pause and reflect on the privilege of being Australian, Mr OBrien said.

These events are a chance to celebrate the people who make our region special; and to welcome new Australians who are going to make our community even stronger.

Citizens of the Year will be recognised across many towns in Gippsland South on Australia Day. These people have worked tirelessly to make our region a better place to live.

Enjoy your Australia Day whether than means putting a sausage on the barbie, attending a public event or simply getting together with family and friends.

I thank all the community groups and councils who are hosting the community celebrations, and making this public recognition possible.

Mr OBrien will be attending Australia Day events in Gormandale, Rosedale, Sale, Seaspray and Dumbalk.

For a full list of local Australia Day events, check todays Star.


VCE graduates celebrate uni offers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE wait is over for many students across the region who found out if they have received a first round university or TAFE offer on Tuesday.

A number of former Leongatha Secondary College, Mary MacKillop College and Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 12 students received their first or second tertiary study preference.

Georgia Edwards received an offer to study a Bachelor of Business at Federation University Gippsland Campus.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre offered 20 former Year 12 students this course.

I still plan on living here and working in Leongatha while I study, she said.

When I finish my three year course I am looking forward to being able to say Ive been to university and also pursuing my business avenues.

Kiera Brown will begin her tertiary studies in 2019 at Holmesglen Institute studying Sport Development/Events.

Only nine former Year 12 students received an offer for this course during first round offers, a further 11 students were offered in the second round.

Im excited to pursue my career in sports management but before I begin studying Im taking a gap year where Ill be working at the supermarket in Leongatha, Wonthaggi Motorcycles and as a swim teacher at SPLASH, she said.

Jessii ONeill and Jess Thomas were accepted into the William Angliss Institute Bachelor of Culinary Management along with 21 other Victorian former Year 12 students.

Former LSC student Zac Scholte was accepted into Swinburne to study a Bachelor of Architecture along with 56 Year 12 students.

Former MMC students Renee Mizza will be studying a double degree Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Science and Roshi Saini will be studying a Bachelor of Health Science at Swinburne University of Technology.

Ta Clark will be studying a Bachelor of Arts along with 3769 other students and Ayla Deenen will be studying a Bachelor of Science with 1465 other students at Melbourne University.

Im not 100 percent on a career path after my degree, but Im interested in global studies and language she said.

Millie Hannon was accepted into Federation University Gippsland Campus to study a Bachelor of Nursing where 43 other students also received a first round offer.

Aliesha Wrigley will be studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University along with 448 Year 12 students.

Milly James will be studying a Bachelor of Arts, Hannah Stewart will study Social Work and former Mary MacKillop College (MMC) student Katie Baido will be studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Deakin University.

Ally Martin was accepted to study a Bachelor of Nursing and former...


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Heaps Gay Street Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Last weekend, Heaps Gay kicked our ass to the kerb for their annual Heaps Gay Street Party. The day/night bitumen affair didnt disappoint as loads of lucky punters got down in glitter with New Yorks finest Cakes Da Killa, alongside Touch Sensitive, Okenyo, Mega O Mega and stacks more.


FBi Radio Presents Heaps Gay Street Party | 20.01.18 | Photos by Damon Collum Diabloique Photography


Community slams logging farce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Mirboo North community is concerned VicForests called for submissions to its logging proposal over the hectic Christmas holiday season when people were least able to respond.

VicForests sought submissions to its proposed Timber Release Plan, which will be considered by the VicForests board in the hope of gaining final approval to log native forest coupes in Mirboo North.

The Preserve our Forests Steering Committee, of concerned residents, discovered many people had not been notified of the consultation and so informed as many people as possible and urged them to lodge submissions with VicForests.

The committee asked for an extension to the consultation period, both of Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford and VicForests, but VicForests refused the request and Ms Pulford did not respond.

Many residents shared their submissions with the committee and the committee thanked them for responding.

Our land borders the Dougs Track Coupe and no notification was received from Vic Forests, Mirboo North resident and teacher Marg Smith said.

Our first awareness of this was when I read it in our local paper. Co-owners of this property live in Frankston so they were totally unaware of the situation.

Dougs Track coupe is situated on Old Thorpdale Road which is part of the tourist drive that is featured on the Mirboo North Country tourist brochure.

In its submission, the committee considers VicForests had not complied with its statutory requirements and policy guidelines concerning both community consultation and field studies.

The committee believed it was inappropriate for the Timber Release Plan and amendments to be in the public domain, and believed these should be withdrawn until all statutory obligations are fulfilled.

For further information email or call 0408 319 397.


Real estate boom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


LEONGATHA properties are in record high demand with buyers from metropolitan areas moving in and contributing to the growing population.

Recent predictions estimate the township will boom to 3343 homes by 2031 and local real estate attests to the rising demand for land.

Insight Real Estates Lindsay Powney believed the market was the strongest it has been in his entire career.

In my many years of experience I have never known the sales to be as good in Leongatha. We are going to look back at these years as the wonder years, he said.

Many of our buyers come across after having sold land on the Peninsula and purchase properties at fantastic value with surplus cash.

Landmark Harcourts Barry Redmond said most buyers are looking to move to the area for a tree change.

We are finding there are many enquiries coming out of the eastern suburbs, from Mornington to Portsea, Baxter and Ferntree Gully. Most weeks we get enquiries from metropolitan areas, he said.

Many people from Melbourne are looking to purchase in the grazing sector. We have had six months of terrific sales and lots of rural properties are selling for good value compared to properties in Melbourne.

When asked why Leongatha has caught the attention of metropolitan buyers, Alan Steenholdt of Alex Scott Real Estate said he believes South Gippsland has everything within a decent commuting distance.

We are finding a lot of people from Pakenham, Cranbourne and the outer fringes of Melbourne have lived there for many years and bought up there when it was more country and less suburban. Since then the population has exploded and the dynamic has changed and they are looking to South Gippsland, he said.

Leongatha is popular because is still quite commutable to Melbourne. Not only that but we have beautiful beaches within half an hour. Both west of Melbourne and Phillip Island have both been popular destinations for years, but people are recognising that we have everything here.

However the high demand for land in the region has resulted in a strain on real estate listings.

Michael Hanily of Stockdale and Leggo Real Estate noted now was the best time for buyers to snatch up investment properties as prospective renters have also gained interest in the region.

We have two vacant properties on a list of 330. I have not seen it like this in my 20 years of real estate, he said.

There has never been a better time to buy investment properties. There is such a huge demand for rentals. There has also been massive interest shown for Meeniyan and Stony Creek.

With both retirees and young families looking to relocate to the...


Motorcyclist killed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A MOTORCYCLIST died as a result of a crash in Poowong on Saturday.

The incident occurred on Lang Lang-Poowong Road about 10.10am.

Police believe the male rider, a 60 year old from Somerville, lost control of the bike and left the road.

Emergency services attended and started treatment, but the motorcyclist died at the scene.

No one else was injured during the incident and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.


Treasure hunt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A HOARD of gold coins, possibly worth $1.29 million, could be hidden in South Gippsland.

Approximately 3500 gold sovereigns remain unaccounted for after 5000 sovereigns were stolen from the vessel RMSS Avoca in 1877.

The thief was identified as Martin Wiberg, who was the carpenter on the vessel. The Norwegian was eventually arrested and jailed over the offence.

On the trail is Wonthaggis Anthony Benetti, who tracked down some sites in the Inverloch and Tarwin Lower areas, and he has searched these with a metal detector, to no avail.

He believes the story of the police chase for Wiberg and the missing gold haul could be an opportunity for the Tarwin Lower community to open a museum about the tale as a tourist attraction.

It could help put Tarwin Lower on the map, Mr Benetti said.

I believe some coins could still be in the Tarwin Lower or Inverloch area. They should be in mint condition if found.

It was a huge story at the time but it was overshadowed by the police hunt for bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang that was happening at the same time. Ned was on the loose and he had shot police officers.

Mr Benetti, a metal detecting enthusiast, remains optimistic about finding the lost treasure trove and perhaps solving one of the regions great mysteries.

Its the thrill of the hunt. You really involve yourself in it. You involved yourself in the feelings of the people at the time, he said.

Historical interest: Wonthaggis Anthony Benetti is on the trail of the missing gold sovereigns believed stolen by Martin Wiberg in 1877.


Sad End To Artists Dream Multiple Weddings Project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A couples dream to marry in 25 countries around the world has sadly come to a premature end. Dutch artist Julian Broom passed away yesterday. A simple post on her wife Fleur Pierets Facebook page read: Julian P. Boom 18.11.1977 22.01.2018. It was accompanied by a moving YouTube video montage of photos and film ...

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Yet more on Pleistocene, Holocene sea level and climate changes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My main post today is on the history blog. Implications for New England of the latest analysis on the impact of sea level change on Aboriginal Australia - a note continues my discussion on the effects of sea level and climate change on Aboriginal New England.


A prince of men "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sometimes i get tired of writing grown up columns. Then things like this happen:

Finally! Prince William got a proper haircut.

I"ve been urging the bloke to go the number one comb for some time now. It"s been obvious for many years that he was thinning out on top and as I said to him, Will, I said, we"ve got the rotten Frenchies where we want them at the moment, but you never know when the Dauphin or the Grand Constable is likely to start stirring up trouble around Agincourt again. You can"t expect the happy few to follow you into wanton slaughter if they"re distracted by your bald spot.

At Blunty.


Second group of Manus refugees fly to US "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The second group of refugees to be accepted for resettlement in the US has left Port Moresby for the United States this morning (Tuesday 23 January) see photos of them leaving the Port Moresby hotel early this morning; a small group of the refugees in the departure lounge of Port Moresby airport.

Altogether fifty-eight refugees will fly today 40 left on one flight this morning. In Manila, they will be split into two groups; one will fly to Los Angeles and then to New York, the other directly to New York.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for the refugees who on the one hand, are happy to be gaining the freedom that Australia denied them more than four years ago; but on the other, they remain extremely concerned for those that are being left behind.

One refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition, I am very happy to be free of the hell that the Australian government made for us on Manus. But we are sad for those who are still waiting...


Locations of new P 2 P speed cameras in Qld "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Drive for traffic revenue escalated by a broke ALP State Government

The second round of public surveillance will soon be deployed by Queensland Police in the South East of the State when point to point speed cameras are rolled out later this year.

The Labor State Government has called tenders for the Point to Point (P2P) Average Speed Camera System to be installed in the South East region.

All vehicles including trucks will be monitored for an average speed between points.

GPS monitoring will be used to define both geographic points to calculate the speed of the vehicle between the points.

P 2 P cameras will soon be collecting millions going to consolidated revenue for the Labor State Government under the guise of road safety.

Any speed detections will be sent in real time from the equipment to police and The Main Roads department computer data bank.

This is the first time such surveillance methods have been used in Queensland. The Labor Party has outdone the Liberals in transgressing the privacy of motorists who will have to dig much deep into their pockets to fund the largesse of the Queensland ALP.

Cairns News received from a trucking industry source the locations where the P2P cameras will be installed.

Beenleigh to Gaven, approx. 30 klm installed on overpasses.

Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge

Toowoomba second range crossing. All eastbound and westbound marked traffic lanes, including hard shoulders along the primary cor...


May have to move to Townsville in a week or so! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey all!

Any help as always would be very appreciated. I may have a job offer in Townsville and relocation would happen shortly. Problem is, Ive never been to Townsville and hear a mixed bag of opinions if Im honest. Online research has led me to believe that I need an updated opinion, not from 2013 for example!

I moved to Brisbane a year ago from Sydney and would never look back, its amazing here. In saying this, Im always open to new opportunities and thought, why tf not?

Some have told me its a tropical paradise and they would never leave, some have told me its so crime ridden they cant wait to leave. Im assuming its the same as if someone asked about Sydney, I would say depends where you live!

One thing that is consistent is that Queenslanders are much friendlier ;)

Peace and love

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Drag Star Hannah Conda To Host Drag Queen Story Time For Kids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian drag queen Hannah Conda has joined with LGBTI group Rainbow Families to host Drag Story Time, a fun session allowing kids to celebrate diversity through storytelling and dressing up. The New South Wales-based group introduced the event to Australia last October, after local drag queens hosted similar events in New York City and several ...

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Watch the New Video from The Bushwackers, Waltzing Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Bushwackers Legendary bush band The Bushwackers have released the video for their new track Waltzing Australia. The video features guest vocals from the likes of Sara Storer and John Williamson alongside The Bushwackers Dobe Newton as well as a bush choir of backing vocals from some of Australian country and folk []


Help save a koala and maybe win an iPad "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Completing a new online survey about koalas could not only give you a good feeling but also possibly win you an iPad. Photo supplied

A new online survey is encouraging North Coast residents to provide valuable information about some of Australias most significant and vulnerable koala populations. And apart from the feelgood factor theres an extra incentive for people to complete the survey.

Locals can now record their sightings and thoughts about koalas as part of the survey, which is being jointly run by the University of Queensland, Southern Cross University and the University of Sydney.

The NSW North Coast Koala Study aims to document attitudes and opinions towards koalas and how to best manage them across the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Tweed local government areas. The result will provide valuable data for Lismore City Council to determine how to manage koalas into the future.

University of Queensland researcher associate professor Kelly Fielding said the study aimed to understand peoples thoughts and experiences of koalas in the region, and gather their opinions on the best management for conservation.

Conserving the koala is a major challenge for Australian governments and society, she said.

While understanding the habitat requirements of koalas is essential, recovery plans are often less than successful because we dont understand how these plans impact on local communities.

She said the project is researching the koalas relevance to the community, so that koala management plans and conservation programs can reflect community preferences.

A potential benefit of this project is that councils can get a better sense of how people would like their environment to be managed for conserving koalas, she said.

The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed at

As a bonus, people completing it will go in a prize draw for their choice of a two-day break at The Byron at Byron resort or a 2017 iPad Pro.

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WATCH: Revisit The Early Days Of Australias LGBTI Movement In New Telemovie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the historic 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras approaches, the ABC has unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming LGBTI rights telemovie Riot. The movie will follow a group of activists who were part of Sydneys first gay rights organisation CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on ...

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Invasion Day rally planned for Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The rally begins at 9am.

An Invasion Day rally will be held outside the Lismore courthouse on Friday as part of a nation-wide protest to coincide with Australia Day celebrations.

Rallies are also being organised in every capital city, and many regional centres, across Australia.

Organisers said this year marks 230 years since British military forces invaded Gadigal land and declared British rule over this continent.

One hundred and fifty years later a group of Aboriginal men and women met in the Australia Hall in Sydney to declare January 26 a Day of Mourning.

Since then, among many Aboriginal people and their supporters, January 26 has either been referred to as Invasion Day or Survival Day.

Kleon Toffeti of Kyogle has organised this years rally in Lismore, and so far the Facebook event has 150 people indicating they will attend, with another 434 people interested.

The Lismore rally will kick off at 9am .


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Media-Boosted Racist Sells House To Fund Legal Loss. Guess Whos Trying To Buy It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of Great Britains best known xenophobes has been forced to sell her house after losing a major defamation case. And inevitably, a crowdsourcing campaign has sprung up to try and raise enough money to buy it, and then gift it to an organisation to house you guessed it, refugees.

Its a well-worn path. Someone achieves fame via reality television. They turn out to be a redneck, and disgrace themselves publicly. Repeatedly.

Courtesy of a particular hatred for migrants and asylum seekers whom she describes as cockroaches and feral humans Hopkins soon found herself a darling of the British press. In the past decade, Hopkins has appeared on and worked for most of the major networks, including the BBC, and was given a column for the odious MailOnline, along with The Sun.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)And then gradually, as she continued to spew hate everywhere, it inevitably led to this headline in the UK Independent: Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause why was it published?

The answer to that question is simple: Mainstream media in Britain has the same problem as mainstream media in Australia they dont hate naked bigotry as much as they hate not getting traffic to their site (see The Age and Herald Suns coverage of African youths in Melbourne for more local examples). Because clickbait.

Having created Hopkins, the media is now feasting on her rotting corpse. And still getting the clicks. But as you might expect, people who find fame on the back of their ignorance, arent necessarily interested in facts and so Hopkins is getting plenty of other attention as well. Of the legal variety.

From Hopkins Wikipedia page: In 2016, Mail Online was forced to pay 150,000 to a Muslim family whom Hopkins had falsely accused of extremist links; and in a 2017 libel case, Hopkins was personally required to pay 24,000 in damages and 107,000 in legal costs to Jack Monroe after making defamatory remarks on Twitter. Later in 2017, Mail Online was forced to pay substantial damages and legal costs to a teacher about whom Hopkins had made false claims.

Its the Monroe legal case that has finally led to her apparent financial downfall.

Last year, Hopkins used her Twitter account which has over 800,000 followers to attack Monroe, a journalist....


Granite Mountain forest blockade enters second day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

web_banner_copy.jpgConservationists from the Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) continue to maintain the peaceful blockade of old growth forest at Granite Mountain in far East Gippsland that was established on Monday morning. As the blockade enters its second day a person remains suspended from a tripod structure that is attached to forestry road gate, preventing access to the old growth logging site.


Fire ban declared as Royal National Park blaze continues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Firefighters conducting backburning operations in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Crews worked through the night to contain a bushfire burning out of control in the area. Photo NSW RFS


Firefighters hope to contain a blaze that has burnt through more than 2,000 hectares of land in the Royal National Park in Sydneys south as temperatures in much of NSW continue to soar.

Smoke from the fire along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, which is believed to have been deliberately lit on Saturday, blanketed southern Sydney and the NSW south coast on Monday afternoon as strong winds fanned the blaze.

Firefighters have been trying to gain an upper hand on the fire and worked through the night to strengthen containment lines in the hope the blaze will be contained on Tuesday.

The park will remain closed all day.

Firefighters are also battling with a bushfire thats destroyed more than 54,000 hectares of land in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri in NSWs north west.

The fire is burning on multiple fronts but no homes are under threat and firefighters with the support of water bombing aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire.

Another blaze at Bannaby in the Southern Tablelands is burning out of control with more than 1880 hectares of land destroyed.

The fire burning near Wombeyan Caves has forced the closure of the caves and the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Area to visitors.

Firefighters are keeping a close eye on bushfires across NSW with two regions the Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes subject to total fire bans on Tuesday.

Fire bans

Outback NSW wont reach the blistering temperatures experienced at the weekend but the mercury is forecast to remain at 40C for most of the week.

After a hot weekend and even higher temperatures on Monday, the temperature is expected to remain at or above 40C for central NSW for the rest of the week.

Temperatures on Tuesday are forecast to reach 45C in the states west and 43C in Wilcannia in the northwest.

After reaching 43.2C on Monday, Penrith in western Sydney will see some relief with the mercur...


Tweed council breaks with Aust Day tradition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last years Tweed Citizen of the Year Bill Chaffey. (supplied)

Tweed Shire Council is breaking with tradition this Australia Day by appointing last years award recipients to play prominent roles during the day.

Last years Citizen of the Year Bill Chaffey, a five time world champion wheelchair athlete, will be the Australia Day ambassador, while last years Volunteer of the Year Mark Humphries will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event taking place at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre starting from 11am.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne will also be on hand to conduct the official Citizenship Ceremony welcoming more than 40 new citizens to the shire.

Mr Chaffey, who is also patron of the Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards and a 22 year NSW Police veteran, said he was very much looking forward to the day.

To be the ambassador for these awards and the citizenship ceremony is a very special honour, Mr Chaffey said.

Australia Day is a day when we all come together to celebrate what we have and what we have achieved together over the past 12 months.

There are many people in this area who are doing fantastic and wonderful things and out of all those people to have been selected as Citizen of the Year for what I had done was very special.

Mr Humphries, who was honoured last year for his volunteer work with the Northern NSW Local Health District, Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce and Salt Surf Life Saving Club, said he is looking forward to the day.

Im very excited and privileged to be part of it, Mr Humphries said.

I was totally surprised to be named a winner last year as this is obviously never something you do for acknowledgement.

This is a community which thrives on participation and there are many people out there who go well over and above what is required who are deserving of recognition.

Tweed Shire Council Director Corporate Services Liz Collyer said the move to involve award winners in ceremonies the following year was the start of a new tradition.

While we had previously recognised these community members at the actual awards ceremony itself, there was not an ongoing role for the award recipients, Ms Collye...


Dutton Seeks to Undermine Separation of Powers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Law Institute of Victoria says it is extremely concerned about the repeated attacks on the judiciary and legal profession by home affairs minister, Peter Dutton. The Federal Labor party has also chimed in, accusing newly appointed attorney general, Christian Porter, of failing to stand up for judicial independence

The post Dutton Seeks to Undermine Separation of Powers appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Arts Wednesday 24 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40, Richard Major concludes the series on Australian birds with the Common Myna.

At 11:00 am, I will play a conversation I recorded with viola da gamba player, Jenny Eriksson. Jenny is the founder of The Marais Project, dedicated to 16th century music, where she plays her acoustic viola da gamba. She is also the founder of Elysian Fields, her jazz group, with whom she plays electric viola da gamba. The two groups are performing Sunday 28 January at Independent Theatre in North Sydney, with the first half of the program by The Marais Project. In the second half, Elysian Fields plays the poetry of Thomas Wyatt set to music by Matt McMahon. In between talking, we listen to music and also to the acoustic viola da gamba, which Jenny brought into the studio.

Music is all related to the sixteenth century.

Do keep me company!

The post Arts Wednesday 24 January 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


News from the United States "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

News Updates from CLG
22 January 2018

Because the CIAs poppy fields and opium routes arent going to protect themselves: 1,000 more U.S. troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring, to supplement 14,000 already in the country | 21 Jan 2018 | The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on the proposals for the new forces, which are part of a broader strategy to bolster Afghan forces so that they can battle the Taliban during the upcoming fighting season. [?!] The Obama administration, as part of its [phony] plan to wind down the Afghanistan war in 2015, limited advisers to higher headquarters far from the fighting. The new strategy that President Trump approved in August would push U.S. advisory teams to the battalion level, far closer to the front lines.

Pharma-terrorists strike again: Flu kills eight Santa Barbara residents in two weeks all except one had received the flu vaccine | 08 Jan 2018 | Eight Santa Barbara County residents have died from the flu in the past two weeks alone. By contrast, only three residents died throughout last years entire flu season, which typically runs from October to April. All eight people were ages 65 or older. These numbers are unprecedented for the past 10 years, said Dr. Charity Dean, public health czar for Santa Barbara County. Dean said all but one of the eight had been vaccinated and all had been given flu-fighting medications. [Wake up, people! The flu vaccine *is* the killer.]

Newsweek HQ raided by two dozen NYPD officers and Manhattan DA investigators who refuse to say why | 18 Jan 2018 | About two dozen NYPD officers and investigators from the Manhattan district attorneys office stormed the Newsweek magazine offices in New York City on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Sources told the...


Renewed push to re-open free Lismore pool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Lismore Lake swimming pool as it was (file pic)

A Lismore City councillor has announced his intention to move a notice of motion to re-open the Lake Pool in Lismore.

The Lismore Lake Pool is a sorry sight these days.

The Lake Pool, located on the road to Casino on the outskirts of Lismore, used to be a popular swimming and picnicking spot for families.

But it has sat neglected for a number of years, and the council has earmarked it for demolition during the next financial year.

A concept design of the Lismore Lake Pool precinct presented to councillors in March last year. (supplied)

Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a motion calling for the pool to be saved.


Where da money at "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sydney to Melbourne plus the Sydney to Brisbane flight corridor the busiest in the world.  Around 900 miles and around 90,000 flights of gold.


Sydney train crash investigation under way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sixteen people were injured when this train crashed into a barrier at into a barrier at Sydneys Richmond Station on Monday (January 22).


Authorities are investigating what caused a Sydney passenger train to plough into a rail barrier at a train station, injuring more than a dozen people.

The train smashed into the end of the line at Richmond Station on Monday morning, crushing the bumper and causing part of the train to lift on impact.

A total of 16 people, including the driver and two other staff members, were treated at the scene.

Fifteen people were taken to various hospitals for treatment, including a 21-year-old man with a suspected broken leg and an elderly woman with a fractured collarbone.

Most of the injured were discharged from hospital by Monday evening; however, several were still being treated.

Three women aged 77, 69 and 60 and a 22-year-old man remained in stable condition at Westmead Hospital while two men aged 59 and 32 were also stable at Nepean Hospital.

Witnesses described the incident as insane.

Passenger Jaiden Ruttley, who was towards the back of the train, said it felt like the whole train had lifted up in the air.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins said it was too early to speculate about the cause but from what he had seen, the buffer stop worked effectively.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Office of Transport Safety and the Office of National Rail Safety Regulator are investigating the incident.

The post Sydney train crash investigation under way appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Tuntable Creek mans good medicine lands him in jail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 40-year-old Tuntable Creek man is behind bars after being stopped by police while driving an unregistered car on Sunday.

When asked by police why he appeared to be nervous, the man allegedly handed over a tin with good medicine written on the top.

Inside the tin police located several different illegal drugs and a search of the car revealed more drugs and a knife.

The man was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with Custody of a Knife, Use unregistered Vehicle, Supply Greater than Commercial Quantity of a Prohibited Drug (Lysergic acid diethylamide LSD), Supply Prohibited Drug Greater than Indictable Quantity (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine MDMA), Possess Prohibited Drug (cannabis), Possess Prohibited Drug (cannabis resin) and Possess Prohibited Drug (cannabis seeds).

He was refused bail until March.

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Mixed feelings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Almost a year ago I wrote about Laughing Kookaburras gathering at our bird baths, lingering with possible evil intent. As sit and pounce predators kookaburras are very adept at mapping their surroundings for the best places to find reptiles and small birds, their major prey items. Ive no evidence that theyve succeeded this summer but the extreme wariness of visitors to the water is always evident. Certainly small birds such as pardalotes and honeyeaters are easy pickings for a kookaburra larger species such as Galahs have Brown Goshawks to fear.

Laughing Kookaburra, Wyndham Street Newstead, 21st January 2018


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

1788 - Gov Phillip and his men were warned away from the southern end of Botany Bay by Aboriginal People with spears shouting, Wirra, Wirra! . Later that arvo one of Phillip's men was ordered to drop his dacks to answer questions the Indigenous People had about the sex of these white people.

1790 - Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!

1796 - Blasphemy!!! A general order was issued in the colony that prohibited all distilling of spirits.

1803 - Charles Grimes (Chas to his mates) led a party of sight-seeing tourists from the ship Cumberland, who were exploring the far reaches of Port Phillip Bay, when they decided to climb Arthur's Seat.
Because it was there and they could.

1806 -  George Caley and Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from Van Diemens Land.

1825 - Martin Benson was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek near Windsor.
1825 - Eliza Campbell was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of her master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - James Coogan was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - Anthony Rodney was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - John Sprole was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.

1833 - And they say those colonials had no sense of fun in the old days....Bathurst was gazetted as a town.

1834 - Patrick Gallagher was Hanged at Sydney for the rape of Ellen Walsh.

1837 - Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean was arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing

1839 - Rev. Dr. Lang returned to England and notorious swindler Henry Turner Harrington attempted to escape his creditors on vessel Roslyn Castle.

1855 - The effects of a tsunami, that originated in The Shaky Isles aka Aotearoa aka NZ, was felt in Tassie with a very sudden rise and fall of the Derwent river noted as far as New Town Bay.

1879 - The NSW Government was the first to introduce laws restricting Chinese immigration.

1884 - Henry Benjamin Haynes was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Ann Haynes.

1908 - Balmain Rugby League Club was launched into the world today.

1922 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was opened from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

1938 - William Cooper urged Christian or...


Oops! FOBIF melts in the heat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sorry folks: at some point in the production of the newsletter posted to members this week our walks program became scrambled. The details of the April and May walks became inextricably mixed up, making for an interesting geographical challenge to anyone trying to make sense of the routes in question.


Quite a mouthful ! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As is their custom, our resident Grey Shrike-thrushes have again nested in the corner of our shed, and their three eggs have successfully hatched. The parents have been warily landing in a tree just outside the shed before going inside, and it is interesting to see the wide range of prey they are carrying to []


Carb Loading: Outdated and Dangerous "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It has become a familiar scene at athletic events: sugar and carb-fests before and during marathons, triathlons, swimming competitions, and other sports among amateurs and professionals, even high school athletes and grade school soccer players. They do it for energy and enhanced athletic performance, having been told that loading up on carbs is the ticket to winning.

This common practice is based on decades-old flawed studies that reported that athletes experienced reduced performance when deprived of carbohydrates, performance restored upon restoration of carbohydrates. Thus was born the notion of carb-loading (i.e., consuming large quantities of grains and sugars prior to exercise to improve performance). That simple observation has since become a universal practice. It means runners have pasta feasts the night prior to a marathon in the United States, South African triathletes eat bananas and drink sugary energy drinks during workouts, and even aerobic-exercising mothers in Sydney, Australia, load up on energy bars prior to putting on their Spandex. It is common to see participants in athletic events gorging on pasta, fruit, desserts, and a mind-boggling variety of energy bars and drinks from sponsors. They then deal with the wall of low blood sugar that results after high blood sugar, as well as abdominal distress and diarrhea from the osmotic load created by the exceptional intake of sugar. (This is why dozens of Porta Potties are familiar fixtures along the route at these events.)

Contrary to popular perception, athletes are not impervious to all the problems presented by overconsumption of carbohydrates and sugars; they are just as prone to all the problems associated with both grain consumption and carbohydrates, such as provocation of autoimmune diseases, impaired digestion, high blood sugars, and the phenomena of glycation, and they are not necessarily spared the visceral fatprovoking effects, either, though their extreme exercise habits blunt it. (Go to any athletic event and you will see it: Easily a third of athletes, including serious athletes, are overweight.) The phenomenon of glycation alone can be responsible for prematurely deter...


1) INDONESIA: Papua faces health emergency "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


1) INDONESIA: Papua faces health emergency
January 21, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the health crisis facing Asmat regency in Papua, Indonesia. So far, 68 children have died from measles and serious malnutrition in Asmat. As reported by national media, the measles and malnutrition epidemic has affected 11 districts of Asmat regency: Swator, Aswi, Akat, Fayit, Pulau Tiga, Kolf Branza, Jetsy, Pantai Kasuari, Safan, Unirsarau, and Siret. Being the most remote areas of Asmat regency, victims in these districts have faced serious difficulties in obtaining access to medical facilities. Even in the regencys capital, Agats, the Agats General Hospital (RSUD) is not equipped to deal with all the patients of measles an...


MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 23, 2018 at 04:33AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

January 23, 2018 at 04:33AM ,

Shes been bailed and will appear in the Mackay magistrates court in February. Frank and George Vella will not be forgotten in Sarina. The two brothers laid to rest after being found in a molasses tank they were cleaning only a week ago. Locals attending their funeral yesterday to say goodbye to them.

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

A KELSO man has been slapped with multiple charges after allegedly ransacking cars in a West Mackay garage as the homeowner was gardening. It is understood the resident of the Nebo Rd home was gardening in their side garden at 9.40am on Saturday when the man allegedly snuck into the open

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How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Into a Kusama Infinity Room? We Found Out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inside a Kusama Infinity room at the Tate Modern in London, 2012 (photo courtesy Dominic Alvess Flickrstream)

Of all the things we left behind in 2017, Kusama fever was certainly not one of them. If you missed her by-now legendary Infinity Rooms in Washington, DC, Singapore, and Seattle last year  whether because of incredibly long linescrashing websites, or mere inconvenience  youll have plenty of chances to experience at least one of Kusamas magical spaces in 2018.

The special exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow is currently open at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Australia, and the Broad in LA has an infinity room in its permanent collection, not to mention the newly opened Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo. Out of curiosity, we decided to find out just how long the waits are to see the various infinity rooms a...


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Free stained pine queen sized bed. Good condition. Has a clean but indented mattress also if you want this too. Inspection/pick up later in the day in Thornbury during week or weekend is fine. It is sitting on our front porch. 

My apologies that photos are not attaching. 

Txt please - Jennie - 0400 675 258


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I currently have new season delicious garlic for sale cured and ready to go! Its a mix of a few varieties (White Crookneck; Otway Pink & Californian white). I grew this garlic using organic practices in Ballan, Victoria. 

Im selling for 500g for $18 (approx 9 bulbs) & 1kg for $35 (approx 18 bulbs).

If stored in a dark, airy, dry place, the garlic will store for a long time! 

Please giv...


Free Music this Saturday Morning at Joe's Market Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Small Intestines (MELB) Play At The Farm Gate

Jan 27th, 10:30-12pm, free.

Joe's Market Garden
34 Edna Grove, Coburg, 3058

Some local musicians adding tunes to the regular veggies & pop-up cafe of Joe's Market Garden on a Saturday.


Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is accepting last-minute enrolments for their amazing Term 1 multi-instrumental programs for children from birth to adult with a special 15% discount when paying for a term in advance

We also are running the Melbourne Childrens Choir directed by Christine Marie Storey, creative movement, dance and kids yoga 


MACKAY Mackay woman arrested over $1.7M business fraud "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

Mackay woman arrested over $1.7M business fraud

January 22, 2018 at 04:11PM ,

DETECTIVES have swooped on a Mackay woman who allegedly embezzled $1.7 million while working for a local industrial business. Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Tucker said a six month investigation into the major fraud culminated in the arrest of a

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Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 Helicopter VH-ESB Flys South via Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Saturday 20 January, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412 helicopter VH-ESB was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Archerfield via Mackay and Gladstone Airports.

Sistership and fellow Bell 412EP VH-ESD continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

Over the last couple of months, both VH-ESB and VH-ESD flying as "Rescue 521" have been noted operating medical retrieval flights South from their Townsville base to places like Bowen and Proserpine Hospitals and even to Mackay Base Hospital and Mackay Airport.


Sydney Uni Construction Site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A building site on the corner of Ross St amd Parramatta Rd I've been painting that seems close to being finished. 

There are some earlier images of the painting here

(oops, I accidentally put an earlier pic of the painting here earlier)


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-003 Missed Approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday 18 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was noted completing a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

A30-003 on approach to Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

It appears that A30-003 flew up from the South.  After completing its airwork, the Wedgetail flew to the Gold Coast.  A30-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Wedgetail 15".

Meanwhile, on Wednesday 17 January, an unidentified RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air flying as "Dingo 04" was noted completing airwork at both Longreach and Birdsville Airports while on a flight out of and back to Townsville.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  


New website & next meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've created a new website for the Melbourne Traditionalists (see here). It's purpose is not to have regularly updated content, but to be an information site for new people who might be interested in getting involved.

The next gathering is happening early next month, so if any readers are interested I encourage them to visit the site and to get in touch.

There is also information at the site about a new initiative Mark Moncrieff of the Upon Hope blog and I are trying out. There are numbers of people in Melbourne who are sympathetic to the dissident right but perhaps not supportive of all aspects of a traditionalist politics. We're organising a Melbourne Right Forum, which will meet in the similar way to the Melbourne Traditionalists, but be broader politically.


Antony Hampel Alive Events Agency "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"Event Management Company in Sydney, Melbourne, and Australia wide. Specialises in brand activation, retail activations, experiential marketing and many more. Events produced by Antony Hampel of Alive Events Agency. "


Nauru refugees petition against delays and exclusion from the US "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Around 500 Nauruan refugees have signed a petition (Nauru resettlement petition) directed to Australian Border Force demanding a timetable for refugee resettlement; to be immediately resettled in Australia pending any further resettlement options and to reunite families that have been separated by Border Force and offshore detention policies.

Around 130 refugees are expected to fly to the US later this month. Forty refugees are scheduled to fly from Port Moresby (via Manila) to the US tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 January). Refugees from Nauru are scheduled to fly in February.

But no Iranians or Somalis are amongst those flying from Nauru or Manus Island.

There has been no formal announcement, but Iranians and Somalis have been excluded from the flights because of Trumps latest ban on entry of individuals from certain countries.

One Nauru refugee who enquired about their ban was told, Under the Executive Order issued October 24, 2017, the United States government is currently undertaking an additional review of refugee resettlement from selected countries worldwide and we will temporarily prioritise refugee applications from other countries.

The longer the US deal drags out, the more obvious it is that the Australian government does not have any real plan to resettle all the refugees on Manus and Nauru, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Trumps ban on Iranians and Somalis means that around a third of all the offshore refugees are still in limbo more than four years after they were sent to Manus or Nauru.

Refugees are paying a high price for Peter Duttons policy failures. Each week sees more people brought to Australia for medical treatment they cant get on Nauru. There are no excuses for offshore detention. New Zealand has repeated its offer for the Nth time to take 150 refugees.

Yet, families have been deliberately separated. One of the separated families includes an Iranian husband and a Somali wife both are affected by Trumpss travel ban. Arash has never seen his baby daughter.

Its time that families were re-united, and time that all refugees and asylum seekers were brought to Australia were they can get the protection and security they need.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Nauru refugees petition against delays and exclusion from the US appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


Please bag it! New biodegradable dog bags now available in Fairhaven and Anglesea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New biodegradable dog bags and rubbish bin liners have been installed at Fairhaven Beach.

Located at existing rubbish bin sites, biodegradable bags are now available at four beach access points between the Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club to the access point in front of the Pole House.

Dispensers for the biodegradable dog bags are already in three locations in Anglesea, and a further three will be installed shortly at sites between Moggs Creek and Spout Creek.

Pending beach visitor feedback, the new biodegradable bags will be rolled out across all Great Ocean Road Coast-managed crown land reserves.

Coastal Reserves Manager Caleb Hurrell asked that all dog owners do the right thing by the environment and other beach visitors by cleaning up after their pets.

We encourage responsible pet ownership and ask people to please clean up after their pets and dispose of their rubbish by making use of the bins provided.

If you would like to provide feedback on the new biodegradable bags and bin liners please contact 03 5220 5055 or email us at

dog dispensers 1cropNewly installed dog bag dispensers and biodegradable bin liners in Fairhaven.


Smart Arts 18 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Richard sits in with Blak-Queer Futurism (at Midsumma) curator Alec Read, White Face Crew Co-Founder and cast member Jarod Rawiri for La Vie Dans Une Marionette (Life In A Puppet) at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and Ella Caldwell pops in to chat all things Red Stitch Theatre for their 2018 program.


Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.


Shane Nicholson Announces the Inaugural Americana Music Prize of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Shane Nicholson Huge news this morning. Shane Nicholson/The Sound Hole, Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia have come together today with the announcement of The Americana Music Prize of Australia, an annual grant to support up-and-coming artists in the genre. The winner of the prize will be rewarded with a $10,000 []


Former NSW Police Officer Faces Sexual Assault Charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim 29-year old Vaughan Hildebrand is facing multiple charges of sexual assault arising from incidents that allegedly occurred during his time as an officer with the NSW Police Force. Hildebrand is charged with 51 criminal offences including 15 counts of sexual intercourse without consent, 12 of using a carriage

The post Former NSW Police Officer Faces Sexual Assault Charges appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here.

Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of African gangs in Melbourne with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive.

The defensiveness has come in the form of conceding that yes, people of African descent are over-represented in some sorts of crimes in Victoria. However, the general crime rate is falling, and the over-representation is more or less accounted for by socio-economic disadvantage.

So take the standard statistic. People of Sudanese and South Sudanese background in Victoria make up 0.14 percent of the population, but are about 1.5 percent of the criminal population. It is concluded from this that Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants are about 10 times more likely to commit various crimes.

A file image of Victorian police.A file image of Victorian police.

Similar conclusions could be drawn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They make up some 2 percent of Australians over 18, but 27 percent of people in prison. In this case too, part of the over-representation can be attributed to socio-economic disadvantage. But the crime statistics themselves arent neutral. They are reflective of oppressive and discriminatory policing habits.

When people see that Sudanese people are over-represented in crime statistics, a red flag should go up that another racial minority is being heavily policed. We cannot know the extent to which the statistics are influenced by the nature of how police interact with Sudanese immigrants. But it is irre...


African Youth Gangs: The Dangers of Racialised Discourse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over recent weeks, the mainstream media and Coalition politicians have made claims that gangs of Sudanese youths are responsible for a growing wave of street violence in Victoria. The reports have contributed to the demonisation of the Sudanese community and triggered anger and moral panic across other parts of the community. Political discourse Prime Minister

The post African Youth Gangs: The Dangers of Racialised Discourse appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


NEWS: Announcing The Inaugural Americana Music Prize Of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We want to support, encourage, mentor and resource aspiring unsigned artists in the Americana/alt-country scene in Australia and this is a great way to kick start a career, says Shane Nicholson of his latest initiative to support the genre that he has become so recognised for. Launching today as a joint initiative of Shane Nicholson/The Continue reading


Courtney Marie Andrews Announces New Album May Your Kindness Remain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Courtney Marie Andrews Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has announced plans to release her next full length album May Your Kindness Remain on the 23rd March. Courtney Marie Andrews has gained a number of fans in Australia following her recent tours here with Joe Pug, Sam Outlaw and Big Thief. May Your []


Treetrunk in Marrickville "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I went to a show yesterday which I wasn't enjoying so I went out into the park and drew a tree

Toyota in the carpark next door last night

Sunday, 21 January


Mentally ill Manus asylum seeker needs urgent help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have raised serious concerns about the mental health of a 28-year-old Iranian man they say has become delusional.

After the man seriously self-harmed late last week (19 January), he was taken to the Lorengau hospital for his physical injuries but there is no mental health treatment available on the island.

He self-harmed again the following day.

His roommates have been moved to another detention area, because of fears for their safety.

We are extremely concerned for the Iranian mans welfare; he has a critical mental condition and is at serious risk. All the attempts by asylum seekers on the island to get serious help have failed, said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. Since the refugees were forced out of the detention centre, the mental health crisis on Manus has escalated.

Without urgent intervention, we fear that there will be a repeat of suicides like those that rocked Manus Island last year. This man is displaying similar disturbed behaviour and symptoms to those of another Iranian asylum seeker, Hamed, who was one of the suicide victims last year. He no longer recognises people and is completely withdrawn.

The Minister needs to act urgently to evacuate the Iranian man to get him the help he needs. And he needs to act urgently to get all the refugees and asylum seekers off Manus Island so they can get the health care, the security and protection they need.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Mentally ill Manus asylum seeker needs urgent help appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why theyre wrong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Codeine Banned In Australia: Why The Arguments Dont Add Up

Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why theyre wrong

Peter Carroll, University of Sydney

From February 1, 2018 all products that contain codeine will only be available for sale in pharmacies with a prescription. This means you wont be able to buy brands like Nurofen Plus, Panadeine or Panadeine Extra over the counter at your local pharmacy without a prescription from your doctor.

The decision was made by Australias drug regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). It was based mainly on the fact that codeine can cause dependence, and its misuse has led to addiction and even death. These facts are not in dispute.

But claims withdrawing such products from sale without a prescription will reduce codeine use are misleading. Nor is it correct to say, as some do in applauding the TGAs decision, there is no evidence painkillers combined with lower doses of codeine arent any more effective in providing pain relief than the painkillers alone. Here are three common claims made about codeine-containing products that are untrue.

1. Low-dose codeine doesnt improve pain relief

Painkillers such as codeine, ibuprofen and paracetamol act in different ways to reduce pain, and they are sometimes combined into the one tablet to produce greater pain rel...


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European women join chorus for change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thousands of people on two continents have picked up the baton from the US and rallied in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment.

Demonstrations in London, Paris, Sydney and other European and Australian cities on Sunday followed much larger womens marches held on Saturday across the US to mark the anniversary of President Donald Trumps inauguration, as well as the protests it inspired.

In the British capital, demonstrators carried placards reading We Are Powerful and Times Up and chanted outside Prime Minister Theresa Mays office as they raised grievances ranging from workplace inequities to misogynistic abuse on social media.

Today is a call for action to bring about change, London protest co-organiser Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said.

This is so much more than Trump.

The London event drew thousands of people despite sleet and snow.

Heavy rain fell on the protesters who gathered near the Eiffel Tower, which could have been a factor in the small number of participants compared with the US marches on Saturday.

It doesnt matter if the weather is like this, Maggie Kan, who was one of the more than 100 people who didnt let the rain and cold deter them.

Were still coming together, and were going to still fight against Trump and his agenda.

The international events come at a time of reckoning for many men in Hollywood, the media and other industries as women speak out about sexual misconduct and inequity in general.

More are scheduled to take place in the US on Sunday.

They will culminate in a Las Vegas rally that will launch an effort to register a million voters and target swing states in the US midterm elections later this year, which could shift control of congress.

I think last year was that watershed moment of President Trumps election, said Melissa Goffin, the march organiser in Melbourne.

Its a new era of feminism.

Those who took part in this years events said they were galvanised by an avalanche of political and gender issues over the past year, as well as the (hashtag) MeToo movement, which has been credited with countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct.

Trump dismissed the suggestion that his presidency has been bad for women.

He tweeted on Saturday that it was a perfect day for women to march to celebrate the economic success and wealth creation of his first year in office.

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Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse fills an entire warehouse at Sydneys Carriageworks contemporary art center. The work, The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, uses nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric. More images on Colossal. (via Colossal)

What vision of female liberation and modernity might women dream for themselves? Radical Women showcases a range of politically engaged artworks by female-identified artists, focused on resistance to the military dictatorships between 1965 and 1980, but the show makes clear that sexual assault is a tool of state power. Numerous artistsincluding Ana Mendieta, Anna Maria Maiolino, Mara Evelia Marmolejo, Dalila Puzzovio, and Margot Rmerdraw connections between individual acts of violence against women and the will of an oppressive state bent on squashing dissent. Furthermore, in works by Mendieta, Sara Modiano, and Graciela Gutirrez Marx, the rape of the female body is likened to capitalisms exploitation of the Earths resources; ecological conservation becomes an essential space of liberation. In contrast with Tiqquns eco-Young-Girl, who laments the violence of capitalist exploitation without impeding it, approaching activism as yet another act of consumption, these artists propose that simply living an unfettered, sustainable life on ones own terms is the ultimate radical act.

LA was an odd choice for an artist who had been a pioneeri...


Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Morning Herald

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Kate McClymont
  • Kate McClymont

For the past 25 years Craig McLachlan has been the golden-haired boy of the Australian theatre and television industry.

But now the Gold Logie award-winning actor famous for his starring roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home and Away stands accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, exposing himself and bullying female colleagues.

A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

Two cast members have lodged a complaint with Victoria Police, alleging that a number of actresses in the show were subjected to McLachlan touching their genitals, groping their breasts, exposing himself and pressing his penis against them.

Complaints to the production company, the Gordon Frost Organisation, fell on deaf ears, they say.

Hes really calculated and very manipulative, a predator, said model and actress Erika Heynatz, one of those who have gone to the police.............


Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im not sure how wise Craig McLachlan is to launch defamation actions.

After all, at least two female alleged victims of his behaviour have gone to NSW Police and complained about Craig McLachlans alleged sexual behaviour.

It sounds like there is substance to these ladies claims why would so many ladies have come forward to media and told their stories are they making these salacious, scandalous allegations up? I think not.

Id say Craig McLachlan is going to get himself deeper and deeper into trouble by not owning his errant behaviour, apologising to the alleged victims, and getting off his high horse.

If NSW Police charge him during the defamation proceedings, which will take a long time, his defamation action will go down in flames.

The only parties to benefit from this saga now are the media and lawyers.

Daily Telegraph Sydney

Craig McLachlan to launch defamation proceedings

Craig McLachlan set to fight misconduct allegations in court


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