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Wednesday, 13 June


DOONA DAZE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sleep is the warm big spoon to its frigid little mate.

The post DOONA DAZE appeared first on The Westsider.



Two strangers captured in a tender embrace after a Western Bulldogs football game has won the Picturing Footscray Photography Prize, selected by judge Jesse Marlow from 170 entries. Winning photographer Nathan Stolz froze this moment on film, in low-light conditions, in the iconic Footscray Hotel. He was particularly enamoured by the contrast of the patrons []

The post A WARM EMBRACE WINS PICTURING FOOTSCRAY 2018 appeared first on The Westsider.



Neighbourhood houses are people-friendly places

The post PLACE AND IDENTITY IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD appeared first on The Westsider.


PROJECT BOOMERANG BAGS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Boomerang bags sewing bee: 18 June

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About that 12 June 2018 North Korea-United States summit when a arrant fool and a murderous dictator met.... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un met for a one day summit in Singapore on 12 June 2018.

There was little doubt that the world was willing to support this move.

The Guardian, 12-13 June 2018:

The UN secretary general, Antnio Guterres, has welcomed the summit as an important first step and urged both sides to compromise.

statement issued by his office said: The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the Summit between the leaders of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and the United States as an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

As the Secretary-General noted in letters to both leaders before the Summit, the road ahead requires cooperation, compromise and a common cause. Implementing todays and previous agreements reached, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community. 

The Secretary-General urges all concerned parties to seize this momentous opportunity and reiterates his readiness to fully support the ongoing process.

When the summit ended this ...


The journey towards a name change for Coutts Crossing begins..... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In November 1847 Clarence Valley grazier Thomas Coutts disgruntled by what he thought was a failure of local authority to act on his complaints, angry that his cattle herd had diminished over the space of eight years allegedly due to cattle theft and irritated at the size of his wages bill - all of which he blamed on local Aboriginal family groups living on 'his' property - decided to take action.

According to media reports at the time it soon became common knowledge that Coutts "had poisoned some aborigines" and this was eventually reported to the Commissioner of Crown Lands who, after visiting the group who had been given poisoned flour, hearing their account, arrested Thomas Coutts based on an affidavit sworn by one of his servants. 

One hundred and seve...


Queensland delivers marriage equality for transgender people "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Transgender people in Queensland will have the dignity of living their true lives, following a significant birth certificate reform passed by the State Parliament tonight.

The Queensland Government has removed an unnecessary and discriminatory barrier, which forced married trans people to divorce their spouse in order to change the gender marker on their birth certificate.

Brisbanes Roz Dickson transitioned at age 47 and wanted to stay married to her wife Kathy. Roz and Kathy have been together for 28 years and have two children.

I want to stay married, particularly for our children. When I transitioned to live as a woman I became happier in myself, a more fulfilled and content person to live with and a better parent to our young children. This law means I will finally be able to change my birth certificate to reflect who I am, said Ms Dickson.

This change will ensure transgender people are not forced to choose between divorcing the person they love and having identification that doesnt reflect who they are.

Queensland is the third state to introduce the amendment after marriage equality was realised last year. Trans and gender diverse advocates continue to advocate for similar changes in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia, as well as removing other outdated and unfair barriers to accessing accurate birth certificates. South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and New South Wales have already reformed their birth certificate laws to remove this requirement.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, celebrated the laws which will finally allow marriage equality for transgender Queenslanders and their families.

Our communities, families, doctors and schools already support marriage equality, and its time our laws did as well. This is a small but significant change that will allow transgender people to be free to be who they are, while maintaining their commitment to the person they fell in love with, said Ms Brown.

The Queensland Government is currently reviewing laws which only allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate in very limited circumstances.

Transgender people face p...


Announcing the 2018 Kurilpa Poetry Cup! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Have Your Say "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Help shape the future direction of environmental volunteering programs in Victoria

Victorias environment doesnt thrive on its own. Our native plants and animals need every chance to adapt and survive in a changing climate. 

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working with agencies, businesses, and the community to stop the decline of our native plants and animals. We encourage every Victorian to value and to connect with nature, to ensure that our natural environment is healthy and actively cared for.

We would like to hear from everyone who is contributing to this goal, or has ideas to increase participation in environmental volunteering. 

If you already volunteer, we want to better understand your motivations, as well as the challenges you face. 

If you have never or rarely volunteered, help us better understand the barriers that have limited your participation, or prevent you from volunteering.

To help us collect the data, we are also asking that you forward and share this survey with friends, family, colleagues and other volunteering or environmental contacts. The feedback and ideas you share will help shape support for environmental volunteering in Victoria. 

The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

The survey closes Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Click on the link below to get started. 


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 Pops into Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

During the late afternoon on Wednesday 13 June, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted visiting Mackay Airport.  It looked to arrive from Canberra.

A36-002 at Mackay Airport recently  (File photo)

After only around an hour on the ground, RAAF VIP 34 Squadron transport bizjet returned to Canberra.

A36-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Regent 16".

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 13 June, RAAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-007 was noted overflying Mackay Airport during two sorties it looked to complete as a part of the joint military land/sea exercise currently underway in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  The Poseidon appears to be based at Townsville and was heard to use the radio callsigns of "Blackcat 51" and then "Blackcat 22" during both of its sorties.

Photo taken by 'JM' 


West Papua issue could attract more attention after Indonesia's promotion to UN Security Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pacific Beat with  Catherine Graue,  Bruce Hill

West Papua issue could attract more attention after Indonesia's promotion to UN Security Council

By Nick Fogarty on Pacific Beat

Now that Indonesia has been elected to the UN Security Council for a two-year term starting in 2019, observers of the situation in West Papua are hoping that additional power will generate extra scrutiny on Jakarta and its relationship with the disputed province.
As the Free West Papuan movement continues its decades-long struggle for independence and highlights ongoing human rights abuses, Indonesia say they hope to use their new position at the UN to work on conflict resolution and peace-building.
A co-founder of the West Papua Project at Sydney University, Dr Jim Elmslie, says Indonesia's promotion on the international stage is an important development that puts the South-East Asian nation firmly in the spotlight.


Racism Hurts More Than Queerphobia: Growing Up As A Queer Person Of Colour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Being a person of color who is queer, having issues around gender identity and mental health is what I like to call a 4-tier-whammy of complications. If you identity with even one of those above concepts, you possibly know what I mean. People of color worldwide have a poorly televised lifestyle that rarely gets talked ...

The post Racism Hurts More Than Queerphobia: Growing Up As A Queer Person Of Colour appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Leongatha Lyric Theatre  ANNIE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Annie, the Broadway Musical, touches the hearts of all ages the score brims over with some of the most memorable songs performed on the musical stage and the production []

The post Leongatha Lyric Theatre  ANNIE appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Queensland Parliament Ends Forced Divorces For Transgender People "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Transgender people in Queensland will be able to stay married to their partners when they affirm their gender on their birth certificate under legislation passed by the state government on Wednesday. In some states and territories, trans people must be unmarried before their birth certificate can be amended, essentially requiring them to make a cruel ...

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Injured dog in Aitkenvale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Reposting this from a friend on fb posted 2 hours prior as I was driving home the car in front of me hit a dog, it went under both tires and it didnt look great... the dog jet off and it look like his front leg was broken, Anne street in Aitkenvale/ surrounds if you own a black staffy with white paws. I went looking but couldnt find him.

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20 years in jail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This isnt just a dramatic headline. We wish it was. No, in actual fact it is referring to penalties that citizens could be faced with for nonviolent actions of peaceful protest, under new proposed changes to the Espionage Act which would declare a wide range of peaceful activities as sabotage.

For those following this debate at a distance there was a suite of three bills introduced in recent months, ostensibly to limit foreign interference in our democratic system. They are:

Instead it has been a trojan horse of wildly over the top, and sloppy legislation that had civil society up in arms about the impacts.

Large non-government organisations have focused much of their energy on the Electoral Amendment Act and Foreign Interference Bill. The third bill, the Espionate and Foreign Influence legislation which had a report on it tabled last week, is the one that has been left out of the mix on most of the public debate.

And it is a horror show.

You can read about it in detail here, and there is a very detailed overview here. The issue is that the Labor party are terrified of being seen to be weak on national security which now means a whole bunch of new stuff.

The short version

The devil is in the detail. The re-defining of some terms has massive ramifications for peaceful protest, particularly in an era of corporate dominance in the political realm.

Sabotage has been taken to mean .

National security does not currently have a clear definition in current legislation but for the purpose

So does that mean, if some peaceful religious leaders block a road in protest to stop the Adani coal mine, a foreign owned company that instead of a simple obstruction of traffic charge which they would cop on the chin as a reasonable consequence for an act of principle that they could be charged with sabotage and risk a jail sentence of 15 years to life?

What about the peace activists who swam onto Swan Island naval barracks in an act of nonviolent resistance to Australias involvment in the ongoing war on (of) terror. Its commonwealth land.


Sign this petition. They need to know there is wide ranging dissent on this bill. As other organisations are focused on the other legislation, we are specifically focused on this one.

And SHARE it. If you are involved in grassroots activism, talk to your friends about this. Most people have no idea what is about to hit us!

Get on the phone tell your MP to pull the bill. People are using the by-elections as an excuse to push this legislation through quickly that will do permanent damage to our democracy and ability ato advocate for a safe climate, and fo...


Alexandra Hotel up for Renovation. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following the sale by the Blackburn family mooted in the Gazette last year, the Alex is now advertising for hospitality staff ahead of a multi-million dollar renovation. The SEEK ad for a Sous Chef is seeking somebody able to produce a new menu. Fresh and hearty is definitely what we are after.. someone who can []


World Cup Hysteria Hits TWT Territory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A HUGE NIGHT of football festivity is expected this Saturday when fans across TWT Territory converge at ELS Hall Park Live Site in North Ryde [more]

The post World Cup Hysteria Hits TWT Territory appeared first on The Weekly Times.


My ABC radio interviews on the Qld state budget for 2018-19 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Budget balances

I made two trips to ABCs South Brisbane studios yesterday. On the Breakfast program, hosts Bec Levingston and Craig Zonca and I chatted about Queenslands growing state debt, the distinction between good and bad debt, and the states credit rating. I spoke after the Deputy Premier-Treasurer had chatted with Bec and Craig, and you can hear me from around 2 hours, 34 minutes into the recording:

On Steve Austins Drive show in the afternoon, Steve and I chatted about my impressions of the budget, released just three hours earlier. I told him I thought the projected operating surpluses were too thin and actually negligible when compared with gross state product (see chart above based on data published in the budget as well as ABS data). I also noted that, even according to the metrics the government prefers, the budget projects a deterioration in Queenslands fiscal position. For example, on p. 48 of Budget Paper 2 we discover:

  • the general government debt to revenue ratio is projected to increase from 54 percent in 2017-18 to 68 percent in 2021-22, meaning the government is not expected to comply with the fiscal principle to Target ongoing reductions in Queenslands relative debt burden; and
  • ...


Eugenics never went away "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our civilization has always been deeply flawed and this is a continuing problem.  It follows that we then depend on government intervention to resolve perceived flaws and those structures are easily manipulated in unacceptable ways.  This is one of the more obvious examples.

First, though, i do want to say that the tool of summary sterilization is not the actual problem.  In fact there are ample situations were it can be effectively applied.   The problem remains as always in the process which is immediately open to the application of self interest.

Under no circumstance was the case described here anything close to the intentions of the framers of the laws in question.  Yet it was still far too easily abused.  We have seen the same problem with foster programs and their like.

Today we have the ongoing horror of abortion which is now far removed from claimed intent.  Put another way, you do not release a hundred killers from death row because one may be innocent. You simply change out the actual practice until you have something that works well enough and is perhaps corrective.

Corrective, sadly, may mean eligibility for compensation.  Until we get our civilization right we may have to live with that.

Eugenics never went away

Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic programme of sterilising the unfit continues even today

The Provincial Training School in Red Deer, Alberta, opened in October 1923 and was designated to be a residential institution for the training of people deemed mentally defective. Photo courtesy

Robert A Wilson

is professor of philosophy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the founder of the network.........


Kaamal Williams "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kaamal Williams


Its a sweet snapshot of London in 2018 an encapsulation of a newly brewing jazz community, uniting numerous cultural strands that make up the city. When the scene needed him most, Kamaal Williams returned to show the way.  Pitchfork

Astral People are pleased to announce the first ever Australian tour of Kamaal Williams (Black Focus Records) in support of their debut solo album The Return.

Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu. As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016s Black Focus Records. Williams has drawn attention in recent years for an adventurous sound that draws on jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, house and beyond.

A natural evolution from his Yussef Kamaal project (crowned the Breakthrough Act of 2017 at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards), The Return shows clear visionary jazz influences, blended with all kinds of textures, sounds and signals from the over-saturated London streets. Dubbed a fascinating statement by Clash Music, the 10-track collection featuring guitarist Mansur Brown draws inspiration from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and is bound to push beyond the boundaries expected of the jazz genre.

The live ensemble features Josh McKenzie aka McKnasty on drums, a formidable force who was playing and touring with acts such as Dennis Rollinsand Robert Glasper from the age of 17, and Pete Martin on Bass, an original member of Courtney Pines infamous line up in the late 90s. With shows at Glastonbury and Koko, as well as worldwide festival appearances behind them, the band have already become an in-demand outfit in their own right.

With the limited edition run of vinyl already selling out on bandcamp prior to the album release, Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu proves that...


SGB is Victorias top swimming club "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE SOUTH Gippsland Bass (SGB) Swimming Club has been named Victorian Club of the Year by the states peak body for competitive swimming.
At an awards ceremony at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre earlier this month, Swimming Victoria praised SGB for excelling in several key areas including participation, growth, planning and good governance throughout 2017.
SGB committee secretary Michelle Harris attended the ceremony, along with several other committee members, and said the award was fantastic recognition for the volunteers and coaches whove put countless hours into developing the club, including creating and successfully implementing a strategic plan.
The club will celebrate its 20th birthday next year, and Ms Harris says membership is bigger than ever, growing from 70 to over 200 in the past three years.
Ms Harris says as well as its top-class coaches, led by Dylan Muir, SGBs dedication to providing an inclusive club culture has been the key to its recent successes, which includes having two swimmers compete at national level and one swimmer make it into a Commonwealth Games qualifier earlier this year.
We try and be family friendly and very welcoming, so weve got great principles and then Dylan has developed a team of five fantastic coaches, so we run really good programs.
But were really focused on creating that club atmosphere. We talk a lot about Team SGB and weve got a really positive club spirit.
The club welcomes swimmers of all levels of ability, from the age of six and up.
After a few weeks break, members are back at training, ahead of SGBs first club meet for the season at SPLASH, Leongatha, on Sunday, June 24.
Training sessions run six days a week at Wonthaggi and Leongatha and the club welcomes expressions of interest. Contact Dylan on 0400 032 734 for more information.

The post SGB is Victorias top swimming club appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Audio: How soundscapes are helping us better understand animal behavior and landscape ecology "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On todays episode, we take a look at soundscape phenology and the emerging role its playing in the study of animal behavior and landscape ecology. Listen here: The Mongabay Newscast previously looked at how soundscapes are being used in phenological studies when we talked about the great Sandhill crane migration on the Platte River in the US state of Nebraska. Today, we take a deeper dive into soundscape phenology with researcher Anne Axel, a landscape ecologist and professor at Marshall University in the US state of West Virginia. Later this month, Axel will give a keynote address at the biennial Ecoacoustics Congress in Brisbane, Australia on soundscape phenology, a relatively new line of bioacoustic research. Ecoacoustic studies have informed much of Axels work, allowing her to better understand how differences in dry forest phenology the study of cyclical and seasonal life events in plants and animals and the impacts of human disturbance are reflected in dry forest ecology. For a recent study in Madagascar, Axel used bioacoustic recordings together with data on livestock movements, lemur density estimates, and satellite imagery to map spatial patterns of biodiversity and disturbance, placing her at the forefront of the new research method known as soundscape phenology. Axel tells us all about this new field of study and plays a few of the recordings that have informed her research in this Field Notes segment. Heres this episodes top news: Norwegian government report sharply critical of funding for tropical forest conservation East Africas mountain



Honing their craft as buskers in Melbournes Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their distinctive sound, which fuses Flamenco instrumentation with Latin rhythms and a rock n roll mentality. Malcura create music for the soul; its a feeling as much as it is a sound.

Malcura, the bands independent debut album, was released with a launch show on the Federation Square Main Stage in February 2016, followed by two East-Coast tours and extensive busking performances in support of the release. The album received tremendous support from Fiesta Jazz on PBS 106.7FM and high rotation on community radio nationwide, selling thousands of copies and receiving a nomination for the award of 2016s Best Global/Reggae Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards.

Malcura have been packing out venues and dance-floors across Australia and have also performed at a number of major Australian festivals, including the Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), Wallaby Creek (QLD), Bendigo Blues and Roots, St. Kilda Festival and Tanglewood NYE Festival. Their performances are alive with spirit, weaving through intricate arrangements with virtuoso musicianship and gusto.

Malcura have performed alongside the likes of Tijuana Cartel, Tash Sultana, The Pierce Brothers, Clowns, Kenta Hayashi (Japan), and Dallas Frasca; and even joined Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela on stage at the Palais Theatre for an unexpected guest appearance that was met with a standing ovation. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity served as the inspiration behind the trios single Palais and its stunning cinematic music video, which was filmed inside the Palais Theatre.

The much-anticipated second album from Malcura is currently in production and appears set to attract the attention of music fans across the globe. The band ensures it will be even more textured, daring and infectious than their first.

Catch Malcura for a free show at Byron Bay Brewery, this Saturday, from 7pm.

The post ROCK MEETS FLAMENCO SATURDAY JUNE 16 7PM FREE ENTRY appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Through good times and bad with the Socceroos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite having one of the worst nicknames in sporting history (and I love a good pun, but thats not even close), the Socceroos hold the odd place in my heart of being the only Australian national sporting team I have ever really cheered for.

Long before the most recent scandal the Australian cricket team always played with an unpleasant ruthlessness. Or were just too good to offer the emotional ups and downs following a sporting team should provide. The teams from other countries always seemed to have a bit more charisma as well as the classic underdog status.

Same goes for rugby league, where internationals often seem like exercises in ego for Australia. Aussie rules offers its own kind of national pride (its even in the name of the sport), but international rules games with Ireland just seem like acts of desperation. Other sports Ive never really cared enough to watch, and something like the Olympics just allows for ugly displays of patriotic chest-beating (oi oi oi).

I dont really believe in national allegiance the idea that just by the fact someone is born on the same land mass as me they share more in common than people born elsewhere doesnt really make sense; the thought that I somehow share in their success or failure is bizarre.

And yet theres the Socceroos and the way my heartrate sneakily accelerates when they attack, how it skips when they try to defend. Even the fact that while I have intentionally missed every single television show of the last decade, I make an effort to find somewhere to watch the Socceroos big games.

See unlike many Australian sports stars, the Socceroos are underdogs. Underdogs on a global scale (the entire team wouldnt command as much on the transfer market as superstars Neymar or Paul Pogba). But also ...


Lyle Shelton Isnt Happy About The AFL Pride Games Trans-Inclusive Bathrooms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Conservatives candidate Lyle Shelton has slammed the AFLs designation of unisex bathrooms at the Pride Game last weekend. At the inclusive match on Saturday night, male and female bathroom doors had signs reading Gender diversity is welcome here: Please use the restroom that best fits your gender identity or expression, and five bathroom blocks ...

The post Lyle Shelton Isnt Happy About The AFL Pride Games Trans-Inclusive Bathrooms appeared first on QNews Magazine.


One Night Stand Presented by Grindhouse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


18+ Professional Wrestling, Burlesque & Live Bands

Brisbanes best Professional Wrestling show is set to hit Brisbanes iconic venue, The Zoo, on Saturday
the 21 st of July for a show like none you have seen before!
The hit show, Grindhouse Wrestling, has been entertaining Brisbane wrestling fanatics for 6 years with
an 18+ only atmosphere, now we are ready to launch our biggest show to date, GRINDHOUSE: ONE

For one night only, return to the Grindhouse and witness high flying, death defying, HARDCORE
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING with the addition of beautiful Burlesque and LIVE music by Brisbanes finest musicians. With 5 big matches on the undercard and a huge 6 man TAG TEAM Main Event, its a night of Lucha Libre entertainment that you cannot find anywhere else!

Main Event for the Evening
3 on 3 Tag Team Match
Team 1- Jaxon Cross and Headstrong (JL Gold & Xander Sullivan)
Team 2- Next Level (Showtime Jake Nova, Jesse Love & Jamie Luxford)

This match has been building for months, now 3 of the top wrestlers in Queensland are set to go up
against one of the most tactical and calculating factions we have ever seen. Next Level cause trouble
everywhere they go, believing that they are here to bring AWA to the Next Level, they will stop at
nothing in order to get their point across, including jumping people unaware, and using their numbers to
gang up on individual wrestlers. Now three men have banded together to take on Next Level and fight
them on a level playing field. Cross, Gold and Sullivan are planning on stopping Next Level once and for
all at The Zoo on June 30 th . After having no luck in taking on the group one on one, these three men
believe they stand a much better chance as a united front against Jake Nova and his group. At
Grindhouse: One Night Stand, they will have a chance at revenge against the group of men who have
given them so much trouble.

Great wrestling, loveable characters and all around awesome entertainment. By far, the best
wrestling on the aussie circuit. -Josh Kable

The AWA Grindhouse events are a must see, not just for wrestlin...


Ad Watchdog Bans Gay Nightclub MPs Posters For Being Too Sexy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gold Coast gay nightclub MPs has has been ordered to remove two public posters after the advertising watchdog, Ad Standards, deemed the display too sexual. The ads, posted in the Orchid Avenue arcade, show two women dressed in lingerie with handcuffs and whips and a man in his underwear lifting his shirt and they prompted ...

The post Ad Watchdog Bans Gay Nightclub MPs Posters For Being Too Sexy appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Lets have gender neutral book burning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a wonderful article in the Spectator Australia, the IPAs Dr Bella d Abrera writes about the proposal by Manningham and Melbourne City Councils:

to remove from their respective kindergartens, schools and libraries all books and toys deemed to enforce gender stereotypes.

Basically a standard and good old fashioned book burning in the Democratic Republic of Victoristan.

Amusingly Dr dAbrera noted that Melbourne City Council had issued a denial (in reply to the original story in the Herald Sun that is).  But what about Manningham City Council?  Are they going to have their book burning on Invasion Day?  Be sure to read Dr dAbrera full article for the not surprising link to ANU, but moving on.

Spartacus has an old friend who is a barrister, an SC in NSW now.  This barrister once said about the art of examining a witness that, the easiest thing to do on the stand is to tell the truth.  Telling a lie is so much more complicated with all the side stories that need to be reconciled and is dotted and ts crossed.  And telling a lie is hard to sustain under the light of investigation.  Hard, but not impossible.

Spartacus tells this story because this is where the rubber hits the road.

Why then, if it is inner city lefty dogma that gender stereotypes should not be enforced and that gender is a social construct, why is gender balance in parliament, on company boards, in senior executive ranks so paramount?

Either gender is important or it is not.  Which is it?  Can you please make up your minds as we are all confused.  Or is it just the case that gender balance is important for already successful women to accelerate already successful careers.

Sparty dunno.

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MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay & The Whitsundays, 13th of June, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Byron seeks exemption from govt holiday-let policy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paul Bibby

Byron Shire Council is seeking an exemption from the state governments new short-term holiday-letting laws in a last ditch bid to preserve its policy of restricting short-term letting in residential areas.

However, short-term holiday letting advocates are pushing for even less regulation of the industry, and some are openly discussing strategies to avoid the 180-day cap the government is proposing.

On June 4, the NSW government announced a series of long awaited proposed changes to short-term letting rules that will have significant implications for property owners and renters across the region.

Most notably, the new laws explicitly state that short-term holiday letting is allowed in residential areas.

This significantly undermines Byron Councils policy of cracking down on this practice on the basis that it is an unauthorised use that takes much-needed housing stock out of the rental market.

The new laws pave the way for an increase in short-term holiday letting in the shire by giving homeowners and investors a green light to let out their homes and granny flats without fear of prosecution by the council.

Under the new laws, Council may have the power to prevent property owners from letting out their houses or flats for more than 180 days per year if they dont live there; however, its unclear how it will preserve community amenity and stem the holiday-letting tide.

Greens councillor Michael Lyon told The Echo Council was not going down without a fight.

He said it would apply for a special exemption from the laws, which would allow Council to implement its own policy.

Theres a small window of opportunity to seek an exemption from the new policy from the minister for planning, Cr Lyon said.

Council staff are seeking to make contact with the minister to get an urgent meeting about it.

The negative impact of this policy on housing supply and rents is unquestionable.

The shires registered accommodation providers those with specific approval to run tourist-accommodation businesses are also hitting back.

They have taken to social media urging those who are unhappy with the absu...


Is ATAR still widely used? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The recent Mitchell Institute report on ATAR created an impression that ATAR is no longer widely used as a basis of admission to university. Based on figure 3 in their report, it said that only a quarter of students are admitted to undergraduate courses based on their ATAR.

That figure is correct in itself, but easily misinterpreted.The standard university practice is to admit students based on their most recent relevant academic results. For many applicants, their most recent relevant academic result is not Year 12, but previous university studies or vocational education. These applicants have been trending up as a share of all newly admitted students.

For school leavers, their Year 12 results are generally still their most recent relevant academic results. For them, ATAR is used not in one-quarter of cases, but three-quarters, as the chart below shows.

For other commencing students using previous higher education as their basis of admission, their ATAR is no longer their most recent relevant academic result. But often it was used to admit them to the university in the first place.

The chart below shows that when we take 2016 commencing students back to their original admission to university, 46 per cent were first enrolled based on school education with a recorded ATAR. For the under-25 year olds, 56 per cent were admitted based on their school education with an ATAR.

So while it is true, and increasingly true, that low-ATAR students can find other routes into university, ATAR is still the major selection tool for young people.



Pruning Garden Fruit Trees Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Learn the basics for new and established fruit trees in your garden, and some more advanced techniques.

How to sharpen and choose tools, when where and how to cut, winter versus summer pruning.

Some theory, and plenty of hands on experience in a garden in Castlemaine.

For more information and links to online booking Click Here.


Fundraiser to help Esso workers at Longford "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


For more than a year, workers at Essos  gas plant at Longford in Victoria, have been  out of work and maintaining a permanent vigil outside the gate, over their refusal to accept a cut to a third of their wages, and a  roster that they say, would undermine their working conditions. These workers and their families are having a hard time of it, and need donations from supporters to help them get by.

Workers Solidarity in Melbourne has organised a trivia/auction fund raising event.

Book a table or for one. Come. Have some fun and  help raise some money.

Food provided, drinks available.

Keynote Speakers

Troy Carter, AMWU delegate and worker
Colin Long, Secretary of the NTEU Victoria

Event organised by Workers Solidarity.

On Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 6:30pm

At the AMWU  at 251 Queensberry St, Carlton South, Victoria 3053


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Labor endorses Enovas solar garden plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L to R: Enova MD Tony Pfeiffer, Labors Mark Butler, state Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh and Enova chair Alison Crook. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local community energy company Enova has received a thumbs-up for its new solar garden plan from none other than Mark Butler, the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy.

Mr Butler, together with state Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, visited Enova Community Energys Byron Bay headquarters yesterday (Tuesday June 12) and commended its ground-breaking solar garden project.

Put simply, a solar garden is a collection of individually owned solar photovoltaic panels grouped together on a single site. The income earned from the panels goes into the pockets of their owners.

The whole site will be managed by Enova Community Energy and the power generated sold locally.

Enova is urging Northern Rivers businesses and individuals to get behind the plan.

Mr Butler said he was excited to support innovative projects like Enovas Solar gardens.

He added it would make an important contribution towards reducing carbon emissions and transition to a clean energy future, in addition to allowing access to the benefits of solar for renters.

Asren Pugh said hed been a long-time supporter of Enova.

It is a company looking at innovative ways to make renewable energy more available throughout the community, while encouraging the Northern Rivers to help power itself. This in turn helps keep money within the region that would normally be spent with non-local energy retailers. In the process its helping create local jobs.

Enova Community Chair, Alison Crook AO, said ccommunity solar gardens are a solution for Northern Rivers businesses and individuals who want clean, solar energy but currently cant install it where they live. They may be renting, have a rooftop that doesnt get much sun, or live in an apartment block.

The existing energy generation model is changing, and this is just one example of a cooperative model that puts energy production into the hands of the community and decentralizes the supply of energy, Mrs Crook said.

Each member of the garden can have one or more kilowatt of solar panels and they receive a solar credit on their electricity bill for the renewable energy it generates. Plus, membership...


Beef prices hold steady "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CATTLE numbers are dwindling at sales across the state, causing a flurry of buyers at last weeks VLE Leongatha store sale and a subsequent jump in prices.
Agents are anticipating lower numbers for most of winter, which could see prices hold steady in the lead up to spring.
SEJ livestock agent Terry Johnston said the beef market had been fairly ordinary until last Thursdays sale, which saw prices recover slightly.
He said people were starting to realise cattle numbers were likely to be limited over the winter.
At Bairnsdale a fortnight ago, there were 2000 cattle yarded. Last Friday, there were 900, he said.
At Leongatha last Thursday, we had around 1400 yarded, which was low compared to the numbers we were getting.
Mr Johnston said the flow of cattle into the local sale from other parts of the state had slowed right down.
It has been good here, but there are a lot of areas still lacking. At Yarram and in the east of the state, it hasnt been a good season, he said.
They are predicting a mild winter, which seems to suit us down to the ground. In the dry areas, they have started to sell off their breeding stock, they just cant hang on to them.
Mr Johnston said globally, beef prices were not expected to increase in the short term.
However, the local shortage might help to keep prices fairly solid here over winter. If there is a good general rain, things might take off, he said.
Landmark livestock agent Terry Ginnane said while winter has arrived, South Gippsland has fared better than the majority of the state.
We are better off than most areas. Obviously over the next six weeks when it gets colder there will not be a lot of growth, but weve got grass at the moment, he said.
Mr Ginnane said at last weeks prime sale, the good cattle were dearer, however numbers were continuing to ease back.
The only thing that hasnt changed much is light, plain cattle. We are still seeing a lot come out of the north of the state, he said.
Good, finished cattle are in short supply, so I cant see them coming back (in price).
Mr Ginnane said demand at last Thursdays store sale saw prices lift $50 to $100, making for a stronger sale, despite the smaller yarding.
There was not much change in the cross bred dairy types, they are just not making big money. They take a long time to finish and they dont winter very well, he said.
After numbers backed off last Thursday, Mr Ginnane was predicting a more impressing yarding for the next store sale in a weeks time.
Some of these cattle are going to look like good buying once there is some grass around, heading into spring, he said.



Dairy code under review "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DAIRY farmers are awaiting the outcome of a 12 month review of the industrys voluntary code of practice by the Australian Dairy Industry Council, 12 months after its introduction.
Dumbalk dairy farmer Damian Murphy said after the events of April 2016, something needed to be done to rebuild trust and relationships between farmers and processors.
I have a simple view that we had to start somewhere and that was with a voluntary code. Where we end up is really up to the processors and their behaviour, he said.
The code is necessary, because in its most simple form it is setting the rules of the game and this game involves peoples livelihoods, which has a flow on effect throughout the whole community.
Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers said the introduction of the voluntary code had little impact on the company.
For Burra, it has meant little as we did not step down in 2016 nor did we establish any price clawback mechanism, he said.
Processors are very aware of the erosion of trust in the relationships, which the code can only assist repair.
Mr Crothers said whether the industry needed the code or not was a fair question.
The industry has worked very well for the last 50 or so years without such a code 18 years without regulation, he said.
The events of 2016 were driven by poor governance and the code may assist future stronger governance.
The processing sector is now a group of well capitalised companies with a focus on maximising value from milk and growing the industry.
The code will not do that, but if it assists confidence at farm gate then it has a role.
One of the functions of the code was to create a more transparent milk pricing system.
The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria have been working with farm consultant John Mulvany on a simpler milk pricing system that encourages efficient, low cost, profitable and resilient production of milk, Mr Murphy said.
Mr Crothers said the farmgate milk pricing system was transparent enough, but conceded it was too complicated.
Dairy farmers have various opportunities to get payment and cash flow forecasts from processors, but the payment system has developed complexity we would rather not have, he said.
The value of raw milk over a 12 month cycle is complicated and processors are asked to accurately forecast foreign exchange, commodity prices and global demand things that even the best resourced institutions regularly get wrong.
We have an imperfect system, but in 48 of the last 50 years it has worked well and to date its the best one we can find.
As part of the review process, ADIC will analyse separate reports handed down by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the federal Senates Economics Reference Committee.
The review should be completed by the end of June.


Demand for land drives value "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FARMLAND values in Bass Coast and South Gippsland continued to increase in 2017, a trend replicated across most of the state.
Last year in Bass Coast Shire, the median price per hectare was $16,144, nearly $2000 up on the three year average of $14,164.
There was an estimated 26 farm sales in Bass Coast in 2017, while in South Gippsland there was 103 estimated sales.
South Gippslands median price per hectare in 2017 was $12,982, just $700 up on the three year average of $12,290.
In Gippsland last year, the median price of farmland increased by 15.4 percent, well above the state average of 9.5 percent.
According to Rural Banks third annual Australian Farmland Values report, in 2017smaller blocks in Gippsland sold at a premium price.
Some were purchased as additions to existing farms, but in the 30 hectare to 50 hectare market, there was a higher percentage of lifestyle purchases.
Leongatha Alex Scott and Staff agent Peter Dwyer said there had been good enquiry for all types of grazing blocks, dairy blocks and farms.
Apart from a bit of a dry autumn this year, the past two years have had fairly consistent seasons which has helped demand generally, he said.
Cattle prices are also holding pretty steady.
Mr Dwyer said interest in South Gippsland comes from various areas.
We have had enquiries from East Gippsland for grazing blocks and local interest is good too. It is a big area with some big farmers, so a lot of people are looking for a bit more land, he said.
I think our country is still good value. It is a good region to come to with good rainfall and it is close to the metropolitan area.
All these things help to keep demand high.
Chief executive officer of Rural Bank Alexandra Gartmann said the results of the 2017 report underlined the inherent value of Victorian farmland, while reinforcing the importance of taking a long-term view.
Volatile climate and market conditions characterise farming across the country and as a result, it is inevitable these alongside many other factors will contribute to fluctuations in farmland values, she said.
Overall, buyers in the market exceeded supply in 2017, and with strong commodity prices and record low interest rates expected to continue, demand for Victorian farmland is set to remain strong.


Parrots in decisive win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA has moved one rung up the ladder by beating Sale and consigning the Magpies to third as the Parrots fill second spot.
The loss by Sale sees Maffra all clear on top of the ladder two games ahead, while the Parrots win has also given it some breathing space two games clear of Moe in fourth and Traralgon fifth.
At the midpoint of the season Maffra is the team to beat; still unbeaten but certainly the Eagles have had a couple of close ones.
Leongatha and Sale are Maffras biggest challengers and if things stay this way these two teams gain the double chance.
Moe, Traralgon and Bairnsdale are the three teams fighting it out for the remaining two ladder positions.
In perfect conditions at Sale, Leongatha welcomed youngsters Tom Evans up from the Reserves and Mason McGannon, a Gippsland Power player who has been playing in the Thirds lately.
It wouldnt take long before McGannon made his presence felt booting his first senior goal in the first term.
Both Sale and Leongatha was going hard at it with three goals apiece in the opening term with Dunne kicking the opening goal and Josh Hopkins the other.
It was Leongatha 3.4 to Sales 3.3 at quarter time.
Leongatha set up its win in the second quarter, booting five goals to Sales one; a lead it managed to hold for the rest of the game.
The pressure was on in the early part before Leongatha broke the shackles as the Parrots sensed it was getting the upper hand; with Cade Maskell in defence sneaking up to boot two goals this term, McGrath, Lloyd and Bowman the other three.
Sam Forrester was having a great game moved forward and playing high up the ground, picking up loads of possessions.
Ben Willis in the ruck for Leongatha played a fantastic game against one of the leagues best in Lipman. Willis is enjoying a great season and he was again a strength for the Parrots in the tapping duals and around the ground with his superb mobility and work ethic.
The third quarter again saw Sale applying pressure and the intensity was up again as the Magpies tried to get back into the game.
Parrot defenders Schelling, Maskell, Westaway and Cooper amongst others were not letting Sale get any easy ones.
Leongatha had forward entries but could only convert 2.1 to Sales 3.2, but it was the Parrots heading into the last change with a 10.8 to 7.9 lead.
Leongatha blew the game apart in the first 15 minutes of the final term with four goals, two to Dunne and Lloyd and one to Hume, to go out to a 42 point lead.
A back injury to Schelling saw him go off and the momentum changed with Sale then adding quick goals; four in five minutes and suddenly what looked like an easy win to Leongatha was again challenged.
Sale kicked another one approaching time on and it was only two goals the difference.
Another Sale mark at the 28 minu...


Lions defence too strong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ALTHOUGH Stony Creek stood the clear winner of the battle, a tough contest took place against Toora at the Stony Creek Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Toora was missing some key players in Jack Weston and Luke Manders. Likewise, Stony Creek was missing Anthony Sigeti and Sam Marriott.
Play in the first quarter was scrappy, but Stony Creek managed a slight two goal lead.
Toora came in with two big ruckman Lincoln Toner and Troy Allott, who were winning a lot of the clearances. From there, Jesse Manton and Josh Griffin worked the ball well into the forward 50, and had a lot of good contests with Stony Creek midfielders Darcy Atkins and Cameron McKenzie.
Peter Grant earned his place in Tooras best, outplaying his Stony Creek opponent Max Homer and taking a lot of great marks on the wing.
Toora gave itself plenty of opportunities to cause damage on the scoreboard, but Stony Creeks formidable defensive six didnt let them follow through.
Andrew Logan and Jack Soroczynski were impressive in stopping play inside their defensive 50. Matija Sigeti also had a great day in the backline after coming back from a hamstring injury.
Key forwards Kael Bergles, Jacob Byrnes and Michael Milivojevic eagerly awaited turnovers. Milivojevic took a lot of great marks inside forward 50, feeding it in to Bergles and Byrnes.
Bergles kicked six and Byrnes kicked four.
Tooras Ben Willder played full back on Bergles, and put up an impressive fight. Although Bergles came away with six, they were not from set shots or marks.
In the end, the defence was too much for Toora, and it was unable to lift throughout the match.
Stony Creek will take on Tarwin this week a game they are going into with some confidence. The side will have Brad Hutchinson back from injury.
Toora will be taking on MDU.

Impressive: Stony Creeks Kael Bergles claimed the ball over Tooras Ben Willder on Saturday. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@


Bulldogs upset the Sea Eagles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PHILLIP Island caused Inverloch-Kongwaks first loss for the season on Saturday.
However, it did take the Bulldogs a while to warm up.
Conditions were slippery early, but it was quick to dry up.
The first quarter looked like Inverloch-Kongwak would remain in control of the game, quickly getting a 22 point lead.
Phillip Island only managed one behind for the quarter, and could not match the skill the Sea Eagles demonstrated early.
At the quarter time break, Phillip Island took a moment to focus, and went back out to play its own game.
With a new mindset, Phillip Island began winning a lot more of the ball in the middle, and was leading by eight points at half time.
A few minor injuries saw some Phillip Island players off the ground during the second half, until the Bulldogs only had one left on the bench.
Unshaken, the Bulldogs stood its ground and continued to show its character.
Jack Taylor was a gun key forward for the Bulldogs, kicking four for the day.
Leigh Warne and Will Van Diemen were impressive across half back, slowing down Inverloch-Kongwaks attempts to hit targets.
For Inverloch-Kongwak, Shem Hawking, Campbell McKenzie, Jarvis Pryor, Adam Cross, Michael Eales and Daniel Reid were named in the best.
Inverloch-Kongwak made one last attempt to get the points in the last quarter, holding Phillip Island to just one goal. It made up a bit of ground, but it was not enough to deny an upset.
Next week, Phillip Island will face Koo Wee Rup, whilst Inverloch-Kongwak takes on new rivals Cora Lynn.

Out of danger: Phillip Islands Leigh Warne steered the ball out of his defensive 50 on Saturday. Warne was named amongst Phillip Islands best players.


Leongatha cyclists shine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE three day Gippsland cycling tour took place over the long weekend with riders racing around the Lindenow, Darnum and Mardan circuits.
Leongatha Cycling Club successfully hosted day three on Monday, June 11 with volunteers manning the corners and coordinating the starts and finishes, starting at the Leongatha Secondary College.
Former Warragul rider Cyrus Monk took out the tour just ahead of Leongathas Thomas McFarlane. Monk completed the total tour in a time of 6.51.12, just one minute and eight seconds ahead of McFarlane.
McFarlane had an excellent tour, taking out the stage one road race at Lindenow and the stage three road race at Shady Creek. He finished just a couple of seconds behind Monk in Mondays race around the Mardan circuit.
Leongatha dominated in A Grade of the tour with five riders in the top 10 placings, Gippsland Road Race champion Will Lumby of Leongatha finished fourth, Ollie McLean fifth, Stuart Smith sixth, and Harry McLean finished in seventh place.
Leigh Stott was the solo competitor in B Grade representing Leongatha, finishing in eleventh place.
In C Grade Leongatha had one representative in Peter McLean who finished seventh.

Mardan circuit: Cyrus Monk, formerly of Warragul, finished just metres ahead of Leongathas Thomas McFarlane in Mondays event hosted by Leongatha.


Dane takes out the title "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA boxer Dane Herbert claimed the Masters Champion belt after competing in the WBF Australian Championships on Saturday, June 2.
Held in Caloundra, Dane fought for the open heavyweight title.
Coming up against a Queensland local, the odds were stacked against Dane with supporters eagerly backing the opposition.
However, with his wife Colleen an accredited boxing coach in his corner, Dane was the clear winner on the day.
Dane won the title after four rounds.
The first two rounds placed Dane clearly in favour. However, a knock in the third round put his chances of winning in jeopardy.
After convincing the referee he was fine to continue, Dane finished the round but knew the next was vital.
In the end, Danes fitness won out and his opponent couldnt keep up with his level of intensity.
Dane retired from boxing 15 years ago, but made a comeback after the Masters Division was introduced in Victoria last year.
Masters boxing is growing in Victoria, but it has been going in Queensland for quite a while so we find ourselves travelling to Queensland a fair bit, he said.
Since his return, Dane has won 35 fights from 48. He has also competed for three Masters Titles; and won all three.
During his time off, Dane continued coaching boxing at Lions Boxing Gymnasium at his home in Leongatha.
With his fitness still in check, Dane was well prepared to take on the challenge in the Masters Division. He continues to train six times a week.
In a few weeks, Dane will return to Queensland to defend his title in the Queensland Masters Heavy Weight Boxing Championship he claimed last year.
The Victorian titles are coming up in September, but Dane is particularly looking forward to the Pan Pacific Masters Games, set to be held in November on the Gold Coast.
Boxers will be travelling internationally to compete, and Dane is eager to win the title on home soil.
Aside from the challenge that comes with boxing competitively, Dane said he enjoys the camaraderie that is shared in the Masters Divisions; a difference to the competition when he fought in Elite.

Top team: Leongathas Dane and Colleen Herbert came home from Caloundra with the Masters Champion belt on Saturday, June 2. While Dane was in the ring, Colleen was in his corner and i...


Milestones achieved in Koonwarra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A CROWD of 90 brought a warm glow on a chilly morning to the Great Southern Rail Trail parkrun course at Koonwarra on Saturday.
There were 11 first timers and a few tourists, from Traralgon and Frankston.
Its rare to have an event without any milestones and everyone loves to celebrate them.
Two junior 10s clocked up their first milestone Alex Ritchie and Levi Walliker.
There were 19 participants who recorded personal bests including the first male and female finishers.
In his second run at Koonwarra, Harrison Garlick crossed the line in 19:23 and first-timer Lucy Patterson finished in 25:23.
Koony regulars Leo Argento managed to shave 24 seconds off his previous best time from March, and Leanne Stuchbery took 21 seconds off her time from last week.
If youd like more details, you can read the full list of results  and a complete event history on the Koonwarra parkrun website
Koonwarra is grateful for the financial support parkrun gets from its sponsors, but Koonwarra is also extremely blessed with so many volunteers within the ranks of the weekly crowd, with only a couple of spots left on the latest run roster poster.
This weeks event was made possible by volunteers Lynette McCarthy, Vanessa McCarthy, Danielle Lisle, Cindy Smith, Eamonn Toomey, Sebastian Toomey and Steve Fuery.
If youd like to join their ranks, dont worry another poster of the future volunteer roster will be available soon, and you can always email if you want to put your hand up for a role.
The female record is held by Sarah Lewis who recorded a time of 18:49 on December 30, 2017.
The male record is held by Sam Quirk who recorded a time of 15:54 on April 7, 2018.
The age grade course record is held by John Graham who recorded 83.88 percent (20:22) on November 11, 2017.

Amazing volunteers: Koonwarra parkruns volunteer panel included Lynette McCarthy, Vanessa McCarthy, Danielle Lisle, Cindy Smith, Eamonn Toomey, Sebastian Toomey and Steve Fuery this week.


Communication breakdown over West Byron planning meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The DA for Harvest, one of the two proposed developments proposed for West Byron. Image Villa World

Hans Lovejoy & Jim Beatson

The government-appointed body that will decide on the proposed West Byron urban sprawl opposite the Arts & Industry Estate will not have seen Byron Shire Councils assessment or the thousands of public submissions before the public meeting it called for June 19 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

The two West Byron DAs lodged between them seek approval for 667 residential lots and associated business, industrial and residue lots.

A Department of Planning and Environment (DoPE) spokesperson confirmed with The Echo that letters sent out from the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to notify the community of the upcoming meeting incorrectly stated that Councils assessment report and recommendations would be made available prior to the meeting.

Community members wishing to speak at the meeting should raise any further planning-related issues they have with the proposal at the public briefing.

A further public meeting will be held to give the community another opportunity to directly address the Panel with their concerns once the councils assessment report and its recommendations have been finalised. The report will be made available on the Planning Panels website seven days prior to the public meeting.

Council staff confirmed they are still assessing the application and reviewing submissions. A spokesperson said, The verbal submissions that will be made at the public briefing will also need to be taken into account in the assessment process.

The Echo asked the DoPE, Why didnt the JRPP or the DoPE seek to confirm that Council staff had completed its West Byron assessment before announcing this meeting for June 19? It appears a waste of the publics time to make public submissions at this meeting given the panel will not be fully informed of Councils position and the public opposition.

A spokesperson replied, A public briefing meeting for June 19 has been organised by the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) due to significant community interest in two development applications in...


You may not want Queensland, but Queensland wants you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For those Cats who are not residents of Queensland, yesterdays Queensland budget should worry you and worry you a great deal.

Based on Gross State Product, Queensland is Australias 3rd largest state accounting for about 18.2% of the Australian economy in FY17 (between VIC at 23.6% and WA at 13.8%).  So lets just say that Queensland is systemically important to Australia.

If it is generally agreed that the debts of Australian banks have an implied guarantee from the Commonwealth Government, then it is not much of a stretch to say the same implies to the debts of the states.

So in its budget presentation yesterday, the Queensland Government announced a major spending and debt splurge.  According to Cat Judith Sloan in the Australian:

the Debt Action Plan is going so well that public-sector debt will soar by $13 billion, or nearly 20 per cent, over the next four years.

A 20% debt surge over 4 years!  Is the Queensland government being advised by Wayne Swan and Ken Henry?

And this is underwritten by surging commodity export volumes and prices you know those evil carbon based energy sources of coal and LNG.  But what happens if there is a shock to commodity prices and or volumes?  Well consider what happened in 2010.

Back in the good old days, with Julia Gillard running the show in Canberra and Anna Bligh running the show in Brisbane, there was a large flood in Queensland.  The consequences were quite significant.  But the economic consequence for Queenslanders were worse than should have been because the Queensland government and Queensland citizens did not properly insure themselves.  And they are still under-insuring themselves.

But did Queensland pay the price for not having proper insurance?  Nope.  Instead, a flood levy that was paid by all Australians and not just Queenslanders was implemented to bail them out.

So what insurance is the Queensland government taking out to protect against the risk of commodity market volatility?  None.  Instead they are Jacking up debt and spending.  This is called the Jackie Strategy named after Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad.  Although fellow Queenslanders Swan and Rudd may have grounds for an intellectual property claim if you can believe that Rudd-Swan governance was intellectual.......


Diamond Dove at Priors Pocket, Moggill reported by Rod Gardner on 12-06-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The probably juvenile male reported on Saturday was joined by an adult male this morning. Later the adult male was seen with four Peaceful Doves. No pics of the juvenile. At the same spot as on Saturday: around the western corner and along the south-western fence line of the paddock that backs on to the Brisbane River lagoon.


Quentin Bryce Opens Expansion Of Brisbanes Stonewall Medical Centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Australian Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce officially opened Stonewall Medical Centres expanded premises at a special event last weekend. The Service was a response to government inaction over the AIDS crisis, supported by private donations through the Queensland Aids Council (QuAC) and by the loan of premises from the Sisters of Mercy. With gay decriminalistion ...

The post Quentin Bryce Opens Expansion Of Brisbanes Stonewall Medical Centre appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Queensland ETU members rally and march on the State Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Ugly

Sick and tired of being treated with disrespect, members of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) descended on parliament house in Brisbane at midday yesterday (12 June). They are angry about the state governments failure to protect jobs.

Jobs are being transfered via the hire of labour hire companies and ongoing public asset sales by stealth.

They are also upset that the assets are being sold off to foreign ownership. A case in point is the sale of the electricity generation  capacity.

State Secretary Peter Ong describes said, our members fought hard on behalf of their communities to protect the states public assets and jobs from private ownership and they are seeing private companies investing in the generation sector with the approval of the State Labor Government elected on a no asset sales agenda. You can image how that goes down with our members.
The Government has the ability to regulate the sector via Cleanco a Government Owned Corporation set up for exactly that purpose, yet they are dragging the chain and we are seeing solar farm after solar farm being owned and operated by private companies.

To make matters even worse, our members in Townsville, Mackay and many other regional areas where these solar farms are primarily located are seeing what should be; good, well paid, trade qualified jobs, being given to unlicensed, unskilled labour, often foreign backpackers bused in by labour hire companies from hostels. Its an absolute disgrace and a betrayal of trust particularly for our members facing uncertain futures in the transition from traditional electricity generation to renewables.

The state government is acting similarly with the Townsville Stadium project. Interstate based labour hire company with an anti-worker history is being used, on tone of the states biggest infrastructure projects.

Many of these union members are Labor party supporters and campaigned for the its re-election at the last election. They feel betrayed by a government that is supposed to be on their side.

The Video below tells the story.


Video from ETU Queensland & NT




Double Jeopardy Laws in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The principle of double jeopardy stipulates that a person cannot be tried twice over the same offence. The rationale is that a person who is acquitted after being put through the ordeal of a criminal trial should be able to move forward with his or her life without the

The post Double Jeopardy Laws in New South Wales appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Here it comes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a fairly ordinary opening weekend, are we finally getting to the real part of winter?

It seems to depend who you talk to but the general answer is YES.

These are the seven day forecasts for Australia from MountainWatch.

This is the one from SnowWatch. Obviously, longer term models become less reliable, with a greater chance of the cold front being shunted off by a blocking High system or weakening, etc. Weve all had our hearts broken many times by seeing a 15 day forecast that looks mind blowing slowly dissolve into drizzle and a bit of cloud, so do adjust your set to prepare yourself for disappointment. But the short term forecast looks great.



Season Three was a Charm for Charity Recipients of the Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink events "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Threes a charm and winters best news is the warmth Cunning Stunts have shared with our Northern Rivers charities. $114,250 has been donated from their Third season alone, which ended on 3rd June. Their season end resulted in a record breaking $12,750 (their single largest donation to date) being donated to Junes recipient, You Have a Friend.

The Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is a TICKETED monthly event running from September June that brings the community together in an all-inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents. Food, entertainment, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Fundraising at their events is raised through ticket sales, vendor and attendees donations, sponsors, merchandise sales and the selling of raffle tickets.

Season three launched last September 2017 with a new format as a ticketed event and has proven to be the right model. Donations per event have doubled, tickets sell out within four days of release, and the average donation exceeded $10,000 for each months charity recipient!

Cunning Stunts have now held 27 Nudge Nudge Wink Wink FUNdraising events and donated over $168,000 to local charities!

Cunning Stunts is a team of four Darren & Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck & Dale Stephen who tirelessly devote themselves to putting their fundraising events on each month as a charitable endeavour, assisted by their sponsors, volunteers, supporting businesses and the Nudgers their amazing event patrons.

Cunning Stunts BYS...


Pagan have announced a massive Aussie headline tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias finest purveyors of suacy hardcore Pagan have announced their first ever headline tour in support of the upcoming release of their debut album Black Wash. 

Having cut their teeth and honed their unique brand of pulsating, riff-laden heavy music (with a distinctly Italian edge) for the last few years, the band are heading to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney over three weekends this August. With local supports yet to be announced, the tour is set to be the utmost display of the bands energy and ferocity.

The hotly anticipated Black Wash is set for a release on July 6th, which sees the band dive deep, dealing with the themes of mysticism, spirituality and striking symbolism, evident on tracks like Il Malocchio Si Apre, paying homage to the bands cultural roots.

Lead single Death Before Disco saw a release earlier this year, showcasing the bands aptitude to combine classic rock colours, blood-curdling vocals and a pummelling hardcore intensity that culminates in a forest fire of epicness. Theres a good chance you wouldve caught the band live previously, slaying the stages UNIFY Festival, Yours & Owls and BIGSOUND, plus as a support act for Rise Against.

Listen to Death Before Disco:

PAGAN The Black Wash Album Tour 

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Challenging Abuse of Police Powers: An Interview With Greens MLC David Shoebridge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW police use of drug detections dog in public places without a warrant has been widely discredited in the public eye. The damning NSW Ombudsman report into the program was released as far back as 2006. NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge makes clear that up to 75 percent of times that people are searched after a

The post Challenging Abuse of Police Powers: An Interview With Greens MLC David Shoebridge appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Foul play suspected in Woodburn mans disappearance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police divers will be called in today in an effort to find out what happened to a man who disappeared into the Richmond River at Woodburn last night (Tuesday, June 12). Photo supplied

Police, SES and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter have searched in vain for a 45-year-old man who went missing in the Richmond River at Woodburn at around 7.30pm last night.

A search of the river and riverbank began involving local police, volunteers and the SES in boats, assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Police have been told the missing man may have been sleeping rough on the riverbank in the company of another man.

Following inquiries, a 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the incident.

He has been refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday June 13).

Todays search will involve the same resources as used overnight, with an additional request for assistance from the NSW Police Dive Unit.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Koala campaigners oppose Kings Forest hospital call "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kings Forest hospital site proposal

Open Day at the potential site of a Kings Forest Hospital. Photo supplied

Chris Dobney

The prospect of locating a hospital on prime Cudgen farmland has a seen group of locals jumping into bed with developer Leda Holdings, which is making a play to have the hospital at its Kings Forest development, even though the site selection process has already ruled it out.

But the Kings Forest option has been described by Tweeds Team Koala group as horrifying and a disaster for the Tweeds remaining koalas.

Monday saw around 600 people attend an open day at the Kings Forest site, according to Tweed Valley Hospital Relocate Group spokesperson Barbara Roughan.

Not a bad effort from only four days advertising, Ms Roughan told Echonetdaily, although the event and hospital site had in fact been heavily promoted in local newspapers, a website, a Facebook page and via signage along Tweed Valley way.

Everyone was surprised at the open land as they were expecting dense forests, Ms Roughan said.

The proposed hospital site of 33 hectares is big enough to fit a private hospital and specialist centre which are on board to come if the public hospital is approved here.

This area will provide lovely views of the nature reserve, thus a true healing environment, Ms Roughan said.

Already ruled out

But a comprehensive site selection process conducted by NSW Health Infrastructure has already ruled the site out on seven grounds, including that 70 per cent of it was flood prone, 30 per cent was adjacent to a former tip site that had the potential to release toxic gases and the entire site was in the middle of a koala corridor.

The site also lacked easy access, with just one road in and out and had potential Ab...


1) West Papua Desk opens in Tmaki Makaurau "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Green co-leader slams human rights obscenity over West Papua

3) Dateline Pacific evening edition for 12 June 2018

4) Hundreds of Chinese citizens found working 'illegally' in gold mines in Papua


Mori Television

1) West Papua Desk opens in Tmaki Makaurau



A skyhigh anti-bullying message "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anti-bullying campaigner Michael Bennett with daredevil journalist Marlena May Katene.
Photo Jeff If At First You Dont Succeed, I Dont Recommend Skydiving Dawson

Aslan Shand

Bullying is challenging for children, parents and schools and working out how to respond, how to support your children and how to move forward in a positive way can be difficult.

Raising money to help children find positive ways to address bullying, Marlena May Katene will be jumping out of an aeroplane from 15,000 feet on Saturday June 16.

And this is no normal jump Marlena has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects a persons ability to move. Yet this has not stopped her living her life to the fullest.

Marlena, who uses a talking device and facilitated communication to communicate, started her first business at 15 and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in journalism.

My obvious abilities are often overshadowed by my obvious disability, but only to those who do not know me, said Marlena.

And Marlena has every right to be proud among her many other talents, Marlena has become a successful journalist interviewing the likes of Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama to name just a few.

With a goal of raising $1,500, Marlena will donate all the money raised to the Dream Guards, who have run programs at primary schools to help kids learn how to be resilient and stand up to bullying in a positive way.

Resilience building

We believe no child should feel afraid while getting a quality education, said Michael Bennett from Dream Guards, who is also jumping with Marlena on Saturday.

Our program is easy for children to understand and follow, helping educate the bullied and the bully. The money raised will go towards buying a bus so that we can go national.

To donate to the cause, visit...


Entertainment To Continue At Tenterfield Hotel During First Peter Allen Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The team at Tenterfields Commercial Boutique Hotel have lots in store for visitors to the regional New South Wales towns upcoming Peter Allen Festival. This September, the inaugural event dedicated to the gay music icon is taking over the town, which is located a three hour drive from Brisbane. The town will welcome an influx ...

The post Entertainment To Continue At Tenterfield Hotel During First Peter Allen Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Govt washes hands over NORTEC sell-off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NORTECs logo boasts its in the business of creating opportunities and inspiring futures.

Hans Lovejoy

It appears NORTECs corporate behaviour will not be held to account by either state or federal government ministers who oversee the funding of employment and training providers in NSW. 

The federal minister responsible for business-incubator programs has absolved himself from any responsibility regarding the employment service providers decision to sell off incubator sites and axe its programs.

As previously reported in December last year, employment and training provider NORTEC sold its incubator sites in Goonellabah and Byron Bay and severed leases with several small businesses.

A lease for a Mullumbimby incubator site was also terminated, all with six weeks notice.

Minister for Small and Family Business Craig Laundy replied to concerns raised by Labor MP Justine Elliot in a letter on May 29. Laundy advised Elliot that the small- business incubator initiative concluded in 2008.

He wrote, I understand that the Australian government contributed funds, through the initiative, along with a range of other financial contributors, to the establishment of the above- mentioned NORTEC incubator sites. In the case of the Goonellabah site, NORTEC owns the land the incubator was built on, while the local council owns the Mullumbimby incubator site.

The Byron Bay incubator was developed by another organisation (which received government funding) and ownership was later transferred to NORTEC.

NORTEC currently delivers other government programs. However, the funding to deliver these programs was awarded through separate grant processes and the programs are not related to the incubator funding.

The government had no further involvement with the incubator projects, including the NORTEC sites, after the facilities were constructed and all contractual requirements were met. The operation of the incubator sites, and any subsequent transfer or disposal of the sites, is the responsibility of the....


Affordable legal service set to launch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mark Swivel and Mullum Cares president Sasha Mainsbridge. Photo Jeff Dawson

Legal advice is about to become a whole lot more affordable, with the launch of Barefoot Law, a new legal clinic on Tuesday July 3 at the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre.

While Mark Swivel is known to many as a comic and MC to the Russian male choir Duskyesky, hes practised law since 1995.

Now Mark wants to offer low-cost legal advice to individuals, families, community organisations and small businesses.

Swivel says, Legal advice should be a right, not a privilege. But its too expensive for many people and legal aid and community legal centres are very limited or far away. Barefoot Law can help fill a need.

Its a small project, but worth doing. Julie Williams, the Neighbourhood Centre manager, and I have been talking about this for a while.

Our community has many problems that could use legal advice, but people often dont get what they need mainly because of cost.

It might be a contract you need drafted or a claim against your employer. Maybe you want to contest a driving charge or theres a will you keep forgetting to do.

Barefoot Law will be open one day a week, like a clinic.

We will aim to empower you whether that means creating a document or helping you navigate a bureaucracy. We want to help locals solve problems and make decisions. If you need a specialist, we will find you one.


We will also run workshops for community groups or artists or on wills and aged care.

Over time, we hope to empower the community by increasing knowledge of the law and building local networks. The idea for Barefoot Law came from a course Swivel delivered at Byron Community College.

As for cost, Swivel says the price point reflects about what you might pay a tradie: $50 per half hour; $100 per full hour. The minimum f...


June 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1810 - Today was a lucky day for explorer Matthew Flinders as he was finally released from prison on Mauritius...although his famous pusskin, Trim, wasn't quite so lucky....

1816 - Mrs Mac breathed a sigh of relief as the road to Mrs Macquarie's Chair was finished and she could go have some time to herself and get some embroidery done in peace and quiet...while helping plan the architecture of the colony, the new hospital, roads, pioneer hay making with John Macarthur's missus, have babies and....maybe do more than glance at the stunning view from her famous chair.

1827 - At Dairy Plains Meander River in Tassie 9 Aboriginal people were killed by armed stockmen.

1831 - The British built steamer, Sophia Jane, became the first steamship to operate in Australian waters, when it began choofing its Sydney to Newcastle service.

1835 - Batmania was suggested as a name for the proposed settlement which later became Melbourne.
The original name is Narrm.

1872 - The Royal Mint building in William St, Melbourne was officially opened by someone or other...hmph, it's just giving them a licence to print money...

1884 - Joseph Cordini was hanged at Deniliquin Gaol for the murder of George Mizon on the Hay road outside Deniliquin.

1887 - John Harrison was hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of William Thompson.

1887 - Ellen Thompson was hanged at Brisbane Gaol for the murder of her husband William. She was the only woman hanged in Queensland.

1888 - Calabungamarra was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of a Chinese man, Indyco, at Hamersley Range.

1890 - Ballarat Bods got their happy groove on with the opening of the Fine Art Gallery building.

1893 - Passing more than the brekkie prunes today saw the NSW Government pass a law allowing settlement on Crown land.

1893 - Soon after the Kiama to Bomaderry Railway Line (NSW) opened a valuable horse was killed on the line at Gerringong.

1895 - Coal miner Robert Hales was walking home through the relatively short 80m Helensburgh Tunnel south of Sydney when a steam train appeared behind him.
He ran.
Not fast enough.

1910 - Alexander Joseph Bradshaw was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of George and Alice Sutherland at Carron River, near Croydon.

1916 - The Cudgewa Railway Line (Vic) was extended when the Tallangatta to Shelley section was opened.

1923 - That black, salty spread made from the left-overs of beer brewing that we slather on our sangas, Vegemite, waltzed into legend on this day.

1924 - The Victorian railway extension from Annuello to Robinvale (formerly Bumbang) was officially opened. A special train fro...

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Energy Efficiency as a Climate Solution (and Money saver) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the hardest things to write about with climate change solutions is energy efficiency. Yet in essence it is also the simplest. Like demand response (being paid to turn off your power when the demand is high) energy efficiency is a demand tool. It can either reduce your power usage when performing the same task or it can substantially increase your productivity using the same amount of power. It can be applied on an industrial scale in large factories and warehouses down to your humble home. It has been described by some as one of the low hanging fruit in the jargon of climate change solutions meaning that it is the easiest and frequently the cheapest of options.

One example rapidly becoming universal is the LED lighting which when installed gives massive savings in energy. As well, as the adoption proceeds, the price per unit continues to drop. At a government level an act to increase regulations on auto emissions should assist the rapid adoption of electric vehicles. Currently the Internal combustion engine is about 20% efficient when propelling a motor car most of the energy is wasted, mainly in heat. An electric motor by comparison is 95% efficient and this is one of the many advantages the electric vehicle has over our fossil fuelled vehicles. Our future is looking increasingly all electric.

Recently Mike Hinchey of Bairnsdale has been running energy efficiency classes at U3A. The lectures include basic electricity and how the home owner can get the best bang for their buck. They are about reducing our power bills as much as possible whilst still maintaining our comfort levels. Examples include increasing insulation of the house wherever possible to reduce the demands for heating and cooling in summer and winter. As with the motor vehicle in the home the future is also looking all electric with the super-efficient air cons replacing bar heaters in the winter and providing comfort in the summer. One must be aware however of regular cleaning of filters and that the higher the air con is set in summer, or vice versa, the more energy it will use and the more it will cost.

Mikes classes have looked at summer cooling of residences including insulation qualities of windows (virtually none), blinds, curtains, eaves, shaded windows, and uses the East Gippsland Shire Energy Smart Housing Manual as a guide. He emphasizes low cost options all reducing energy use, saving money and reducing each households carbon footprint. Mature-age members of our society will notice many ch...


MACKAY Andergrove traffic complaints lead to multiple charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY June 12, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

Andergrove traffic complaints lead to multiple charges

June 12, 2018 at 11:41AM ,

driving, driving without due care and attention and committing a public nuisance offence. He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on July 2.

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Trump versus the world "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

US President Donald J. Trump attended all photo opportunities on first day of the G7 Summit in Canada, but reportedly appeared inattentive during some of the working sessions, arrived late for a working breakfast and left the country before dinner on the second day of three day gathering

His early departure avoided further climate change discussions, challenging interactions such as this image caught on camera and, being still physically at the summit when he publicly refused to sign the 44th G7 Communique set out below.


Townsville Buses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi there, just wondering what transport apps people use for the Townsville area?

I know that Sunbus runs around my area, but am wondering if there's a bus timetable app or something of the like to make life easier.

Also, from your experience; what's the buses like? are they usually on time, or do they suck?

Thanks in advance :)

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Fiona Barnett: Australias Satanic Pedophile Network "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia (Just like in the USA)

Australian woman Fiona Barnett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names. Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators. She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

See video, read full full article.

See Especially:

Robert Steele: Overview on Pedophilia (Pedopredation) for the London Hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse

ITNJ Judicial Commission of Inquiry London Hearings

Review: Trance: Formation of America

See Also:

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption

Donald Trump: January 2018 Is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



Outcome of Assange Case Could Undermine the Rights of Millions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LONDON As the sixth anniversary of his extended stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London approaches, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is faced with increasingly limited options. Barred from communicating with the outside world and from receiving most visitors, Assanges only hope of avoiding extradition to the United States on trumped-up espionage charges comes down to the governments of the two countries of which he is a citizen: Australia and Ecuador.

In an unexpected move last week, the Australian government sent officials to meet with Assange and later confirmed that Australia would finally extend consular assistance to the Australian-born journalist after years of failing to do so and even threatening to revoke his Australian passport. The Australian government, in the past, has attempted to argue that it can do little to help Assanges situation, asserting that it was unable to intervene in the due process of another countrys court proceedings or legal matters.

It has also failed to publicly comment on the UNs finding that Assange has been subjected to arbitrary detention by the United Kingdom asserting, as recently as last week, that the governments position on the matter is confidential, and deflecting responsibility by claiming that the UNs findings are directed at the United Kingdom and Sweden, not at Australia.

However, given the fact that Sweden has dropped all legal proceedings against him, and with his protected status at the Ecuadorian embassy in question, Australia is now coming under unprecedented pressure to act. And the political pressure the Australian government is facing involves the broader implications the Assange case holds for Australian citizens as a collective, not just for Assange as an individual.

As recently noted by Richard Hoffman at WSWS:




In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millons of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and....


Alerta Antifascista!!! : Solidarity with Flemington estate arrestees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As previously noted, a number of people have been charged with various offences arising from the Milo Yiannopoulos counter-protest outside Melbourne Pavilion in the Melbourne suburb of Kensington in December last year. While tour organisers and venue owners (Damien Costas/Penthouse Continue reading


Retro Futurismus PRESS RELEASE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Retro Futurismus is a safe space from the heartbreak of participating in a hard life and the world we currently live in.
Daily Review

The feminista supernovas of Retro Futurismus return to fortyfivedownstairs this winter to premiere a new hyper-real show called Brave World, that promises to fillet the future and conjure grand visions from obsolete technologies.

Retro Futurismus is an artist collective troupe of four: Teresa Blake, Anni and Maude Davey and Anna Lumb. 2015 saw the first presentation of their futuristic and fantastical variety show Retro Futurismus in Melbourne, subsequently presented at Brisbanes Wonderland Festival. In 2016 they presented Retro Futurismus New World, which received five Green Room Award nominations and was invited to Sydney Festival 2017, the Darwin Festival 2017 and the West Australian Circus Festival 2018. The ensemble is highly experienced, bringing specific, complementary skills to the troupe. Anni Davey and Teresa Blake were performers with Circus Oz in the 1980s into the 1990s, going on to found influential physical theatre companies, Desoxy (Blake) & Club Swing (Davey). Blake is also an accomplished musician (cello) and composer for performance. Anna Lumb is a sought-after circus artist who has worked with Strange Fruit, La Soiree and created several highly regarded solo circus shows. Maude Davey has a 30-year career in theatre, TV and film and is regarded as an Australian neo-Burlesque icon.



Brave World, they say, will take Variety performance to a neo-high, combining incendiary circus, demented dance, post-human posturing and prophetical idiocy. The Davey sisters explain, Brave World is a meditation on the present and what it might have become reality is dissected and dismembered, while lies are spun to reveal truth. Brave World promulgates anti-fascist fictions. We are fed a myth of human improvement an assumption that humans can be genetically engineered towards perfection.

Through individual and unique abilities, Brave World creates alternative realities where bodies are wonderfully imperfect and exist in a world more intricate and complex than can be expressed in two dimensions.

Retro Futurismus say that this is an act of resistance and renewal, pioneering new Vaudeville that is responsive to current political events and philosophical ideas. Since 2015, the collective has performed in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin and Western Australia.



SALON June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COVER JUNE 2018: St. VINCENT. Photographer: Nedda Afsari. St. Vincent aka Annie Clark brings her latest album MASSEDUCTION to Carriageworks for her only Sydney performance on Sunday 17 June. St. Vincent has been described by the NME as the closest thing that our generation has to David Bowie and has released five albums to worldwide critical acclaim, including 2014s Best Alternative Album, Grammy-winning St. Vincent. Part of Carriageworks Vivid Sydney program. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh (NSW)

1. Michael COOK, Majority Rule (Senate) 2014, photography, inkjet print on paper, 104 144 cm (framed). Monash University Collection. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and Dianne Tanzer, This is no Fantasy, Melbourne. NETS Victoria, Exhibition Development Fund (EDF) program. This offer grants of up to $10,000 to Victorian arts organisations who wish to develop new exhibitions of contemporary art, craft or design with the potential to tour Australia nationally. Applications open until 15 June 2018

2. Frank MESARIC, 173d Airborne, Skinheads and Newcastle 2017, oil on canvas, 160 x 200cm, courtesy the artist. The Ashes of Children: Frank Mesaric, Gippsland Art Gallery, 70 Foster Street, Sale (VIC), until 15 July 2018

3. Hannah BRONT...


Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.

The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.

The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.

'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.

Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.

Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.

Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.

Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.

Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.

In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...


Shock union claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.

In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.

He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.

Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.

Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.

In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.

The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.

Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...


Former police officer found not guilty of misconduct after leaking footage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The vindictive prosecution of a whistleblower who should in fact have been praised casts a dark shadow over the reputation of the QPS.  It shows the police as having no morality at all.  They were furious that Flori revealed the ugly truth about them and desperately wanted to get back at him.

Now that their prosecution has failed, it is surely time to ask some very challenging questions of Ian Stewart, the Queensland police chief.

The prosecution was undoubtedly stressful for Flori -- as would have been intended -- but there was a silver lining to his dark cloud. After her own victory over a crooked cop and his QPS defenders, Renee Eaves has done a lot to help other innocent victims of the police. So she flew to Fiori's side when his prosecution was announced and has given him support ever since. And as well as a her strength of character and iron will, Renee is absolutely gorgeous. A former bikini beauty, she is a dream walking. Having her nearby would soothe most troubled male souls.

You see her walking beside Fiori below.  I had the great privilege to help her once when she badly needed it

A FORMER Queensland police sergeant who leaked footage of officers bashing a handcuffed man in a Gold Coast station basement has been found not guilty of misconduct.

Rick Flori, 47, was acquitted of the charge by a majority 11-1 verdict by a jury on Wednesday following a six-day trial at the Southport District Court.

Flori, who has since resigned from the Queensland Police Service, says he released the footage of the January 2012 arrest to cast a spotlight on illegal practices within the force.

Flori released footage of police at the Surfers Paradise station bashing a handcuffed man, Noa Begic, in a basement car park in January 2012.

Once the footage was run by The Courier-Mail, an internal investigation lead to a search of Floris home where the footage was located on an SD card.

Flori told investigators hed acquired the footage for training purposes and denied knowing anything about the email address used to arrange the leak with a journalist.

Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller said Flori was upset at being overlooked for a promotion to senior sergeant in 2011.

Once he realised the footage included the man who had been given the promotion at his expense, Senior Sergeant David Joachim, hed set about leaking it to discredit his rival, Mr Fuller argued.

Mr Fuller said in the email sent to the journalist, Flori failed to mention any of the other officers involved except for Sen Sgt Joachim, despite Senior Constable Ben Lamb being the man who kneed and punched Mr Beg.......


Byron Bay cop is slammed by the police watchdog for 'intentionally inflicting pain' on a naked teenager he hit with a baton 15 times "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It is often difficult to get insane and drug-affected people to co-operate

A Byron Bay police officer involved in the beating of a 16-year-old boy with Asperger's has been blasted by the police watchdog for being too violent after he baton-struck a disoriented teenager more than 15 times.

The head of the independent Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, Michael Adams, criticised the officer's violent use of force during a hearing in Sydney on Thursday.

He questioned the number of blows delivered, along with officer E's failure to consider his actions whilst he was striking the boy.  The officer's motive appeared to be to inflict pain, he said.

The commission is examining the conduct of officers involved in the apprehension and detention of the drug-affected teenager.

Police arrested the teenager, who was found naked, sweating profusely and pacing up and down in a Byron Bay laneway, in the early hours of January 11.

Bystander video taken from a nearby balcony shows a police officer, known as E for legal reasons, striking the 16-year-old more than 15 times as he lay on the ground surrounded by up to three other officers.

Officer E said he began using his baton after earlier attempts to subdue the 16-year-old using pepper spray and a Taser had failed.

He said the boy - labelled AO by the commission - tried to get up after a baton blow to his knee had brought him to the ground and he also resisted officers trying to handcuff him. 'He needed to be compliant. He needed to be restrained,' he said

But LECC Chief Commissioner Adams questioned whether the officer had warned the boy that his attempts to resist being handcuffed would be met with baton blows. He said the number of strikes appeared excessive given the boy's mental state and the number of officers at the scene.

Officer E said the baton blows were assisting the other officers, who were struggling to handcuff AO as he wriggled around and pulled his arms under his body.

'This guy had been sprayed, had been Tasered twice and that's why I deemed that ... I was of the opinion that it needed more,' he said.

He rejected the commissioner's suggestion that other methods of control may have been more effective and said despite his small size compared to the officers, the boy was strong. 'He was very violent, at no point did I feel we had control of him,' he said.

Officer E rejected claims he had sworn at and threatened bystanders for videoing the arrest. 'I was the officer who approached people ... I would have liked footage of it,' he said.



Former ASIO officer sues police for $750,000 claiming he was wrongfully arrested, put in a deadly chokehold and told by an officer 'they could shoot him and get a medal' "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gold Coast police again.  They are deep-dyed thugs. No part of this is appropriate police behaviour

A former federal security and police officer is suing Queensland Police for $750,000 claiming he was put in a deadly chokehold in a wrongful arrest.

Paul Gibbons alleges officers were excessively violent, abused him and threatened him on his honeymoon at a hotel in the Gold Coast.

He claimed he was confronted by police because they were allegedly annoyed at him taking 10 seconds to open the locked door to the hotel lobby.

One reportedly told him they could shoot him and receive a medal according to papers lodged to Brisbane District Court show, the ABC reports.

Mr Gibbons, who previously served in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), has taken the State of Queensland to court.

He is claiming damages for assault, battery, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Footage from a security camera inside the hotel lobby shows the moment he is wrestled to the ground after police surrounded him when he started filming them on his phone, Mr Gibbons alleges.

The ABC reports Mr Gibbons claims the officers threatened to arrest him for obstructing police, who were at the hotel for another matter.

The former ASIO agent, who also served in the Australian Federal Police, says when he questioned why they required entry, a police officer pointed to his gun saying the weapon was his authority.

The court heard the officer allegedly said: 'When we tell you to do something, you don't ask questions. You f***ing do it. 'Hell, we can put a bullet in your f***in' head and get a medal.'

One of the officers said the recording on Mr Gibbons phone would be 'easily remedied' flashing a torch directly into the camera.

The CCTV footage shows Mr Gibbons handcuffed on the floor while an officer scrolls through the device.

Mr Gibbons said he felt as though his throat would be crushed by one of the officers when they squeezed him during the incident in 2016.

The same officer is alleged to have later said: 'I'm going to kill you c***. When we get you out to the truck, I'm going to smash your f***ing face in c***.'

Part of the claim also includes $50,000 for potentially missing out on selling the footage from his phone to the media after it was deleted.

The state government, who is representing police in the case, has not replied to the lawsuit. A spokesman for the Queensland Police Service said the force could not comment while the matter was being dealt with in court.



Vile trolling, disgusting brutality and now 258,000 fake breath tests: As Victoria's cops are busted in ANOTHER scandal people ask, who polices the police? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After allegations of brutality and the sacking of a top officer earlier this year, Victoria Police has been rocked by revelations more than 258,000 breath tests were faked.

An external investigator will be brought in to examine the falsified tests, in which officers blew into RBT straws themselves or placed fingers over the holes.

The fake tests were discovered just weeks after the force was hit with allegations of excessive violence, with the beating of a disability pensioner caught on camera.

The incident involving six officers allegedly beating the mental health patient with batons, verbally abusing and pepper spraying him was caught on camera. Police were referred to oversight body Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) over the incident.

The arrest of a Sudanese-born Melbourne man who allegedly robbed and trashed a chemist in 2016 was also reported to the IBAC.

Footage showed the man being punched 11 times and hit with a baton before one of the officers stomped on his back in a two-and-a-half minute ordeal.

That incident followed a complaint by Jia Meeks, who was seen on CCTV been thrown into a cell door at Bendigo Police Station.

Mr Meeks, who was arrested for allegedly swearing at police and acting aggressively, was left bleeding from facial injuries and suffering a bruised wrist after the alleged incident.

The allegations of brutality followed the resignation of Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin over a series of offensive online posts made under a pseudonym.

Mr Guerin, was was the head of Victoria Police's ethical standards body, quit the force in February after being referred to the anti-corruption commission.

Using the alias 'Vernon Demerest', Mr Guerin made a series of racist comments on Youtube.

'The jigaboo runs riot and out of control. The 'boo needs the lash,' read one of the vile comments.

'Wonderful to see greasy, diving, cheating dagoes get their just reward. Bitter, lingering defeat,' said another posted on a soccer video.

The comments were exposed a week after he publicly apologised last week for making graphic references to former police commissioner Christine Nixon.

In March the IBAC delivered a damning report accusing the force of failing to investigate dangerous incidents.

The IBAC itself has been criticised for its handling of complaints about Victoria Police.

Lawyers told a parliamentary inquiry in February they do not recommend complaining to IBAC, as more than 90 per cent end up handed back to police to investigate.

Victoria Police is now in discussions with IBAC about the roadside breath test revelations, which occu...


Lamont magazine #2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lamont magazine is only in its second edition but it already feels like it has become an institution in the Australian alpine community. Issue #2 is now available free at a wide range of city and mountain outlets (check here for locations) and has a great cross section of stories, largely focused on people who have turned their passion for the mountains into lifelong connection.

As editor Mandy Lamont says in the introduction, the magazine is becoming more of what I want it to be, with more pages, more stories, more contributors and more mountains.

The magazine has a good range of profiles on people who are well known personalities, like Bill Barker, the legendary head of the Mt Hotham ski patrol. There is a short piece on Disabled Wintersport Australia, the new ski film from Nat and Anna Segal, profiles of skier Britt Cox and photographer Sarah Hatton, and a reflection on the awesome winter of 2017.

Theres also a good story on a new guided splitboarding operation thats started up in NSW, and a profile on sit skier Sam Tait, a couple of stories on overseas skiing destinations and a quick historical summary of the influence of post WW2 European immigrants on the development of the Australian skiing scene and more.

Given what we know about the pressing reality of climate change impacts on the mountains we love, its time for all of us to take our personal responsibility seriously. So I always feel a bit sad when I see publications promoting high consumption lifestyles like taking the helicopter from Falls Creek to Hotham. But as a celebration of the diversity of Australian alpine culture, the magazine sits up there with the best mountain publications from around the world.

Grab a copy and enjoy the read and the lovely pics of local mountains, which are as much a part of the story as the people featured in these pages.


RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft Come and Go at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the last couple of days, the visiting pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft have been noted coming and going from Rockhampton Airport and the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

On Monday 11 June, A34-005 was photographed above departing Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley again as "Wallaby 05".

Then on Tuesday 12 June, the other Spartan A34-006 also departed Rockhampton Airport for Amberley also again as "Wallaby 03".

A little later, on Tuesday 12 June, A34-006 and A34-005 both flew from Amberley into Shoalwater Bay, landing at the Samuel Hill Airfield.  A34-006 "Wallaby 03" then flew back into Rockhampton Airport, while A34-005 "Wallaby 05" departed back to Amberley.

Finally, of interest, another interesting RAAF movement around CQ on Tuesday 12 June saw an unidentified RAAF Lockheed AP-3C Orion complete airwork around Longreach Airport.  It was heard flying as "Striker 60" and appeared to fly up from the South-West.  After completing the airwork, the Orion continued to Townsville.

All photos taken by Ash Burggraaff 


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #598 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 12 - 18 June 2018 Newsletter | #598 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 12th June 2018 to Monday 18th June 2018 Nillumbik Open Cellars Weekend 2018 Very Special Kids Fashion Sale Art with Heart The Big Bubble Show! Spanish Block Party Maos Last Dancer | the Exhibition Where to watch World Cup in Melbourne Denfair - Furniture and Design Fair Willy Lit Fest 2018 Melbourne Truffle Weekend I Love Coriander Weekend Friday Nights @ NGV Maos Last Dancer | the Exhibition Chand Raat Eid Festival Enjoy Spanish Block Party Wine tastings, street food, boot sale, furniture sale, dancing lessons, DJs and Flamenco performers, free Sangria, fortune tellers and Tarot card readers Spanish Block Party | Spanish Club Hogar Espaol 59-61 Johnston Street, Fitzroy Nillumbik Open Cellars Weekend June 16th and 17th 2018 Visit family-owned wineries in the Artisan Hills region of the Nillumbik Shire for a weekend of great wine great food and live music. Nillumbik Open Cellars Weekend | Flyer (PDF) Very Special Kids Fashion Sale The VSK sale is on Saturday 16 June (9am-3pm) for a shopping spree with clothing jewellery and accessories at up to 90 per cent off the retail price. Very Special Kids Fashion Sale | Malvern Town Hall Very Special Kids | Art with Heart Join us Thursday 14 June 2018 for an exhibition and auction with live music fine food wine and champagne. Very Special Kids | Art with Heart | Book Now Furniture and Design Fair 12,000 sqm of pure design with over 350 curated design brands and artists on display for one day only on Saturday 16th June 2018. Denfair 2018 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Where to watch World Cup in Melbourne France v Australia LIVE | Saturday 16 June from 7pm FIFA World Cup 2018 Willy Lit Fest 2018 Saturday 16th June 2018 - Sunday 17th June 2018 - Across Williamstown The biggest literary event in Melbournes West celebrates its 15th year with a line-up of 80 local and interstate writers and performers. Williamstown Literary Festival 2018 Melbourne Truffle Weekend 2018 Join us for a free weekend of festivities at Queen Victoria Market on 16 and 17 June featuring Melbournes best truffle tastes, cooking demonstrations, truffle products, truffle dog hunts, bar, snacks and live music. Melbourne Truffle Weekend | Queen Victoria Market I Love Coriander Weekend You either love it or you hate it. For one weekend only, were for the Corie Lovers! I Love Coriander Weekend | The Ascot Lot | Food Truck Park Friday Nights @ NGV NGV Friday Ni...


Best place in Townsville to get glasses adjusted? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Basically a place I can buy glasses, preferably close to a good optomitrist, but more importantly, must be able to fix and adjust glasses well as mine are falling apart on my face.

I have been to too many places where the person had no idea what they were doing to just walk in somewhere and hope for the best :/

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Kestrel moments "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This female Nankeen Kestrel provided a few moments of enjoyment for the observer on the weekend. This species is by far the most abundant raptor on the plains at present.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 10th June 2018


Re-registered Baron Capital (Inverell - NSW) Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 Bizjet VH-TFW Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 8 June, recently re-registered Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport.  It touched down from its *new* base at Inverell in New South Wales.

VH-TFW at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

After staying for the weekend, VH-TFW was noted departing to Roma Airport and then back to its Inverell home on Monday 11 June.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 10 June, Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ was noted visiting Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Brisbane base.

Finally, on Saturday 9 June, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting Roma Airport on a medical evacuation flight.  It arrived from and later departed back to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 12 June, VH-VVI was spotted completing a training flight into Bundaberg Airport, also flying from and back to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 


BFU presents: In Defence of Difficult Art "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join us for a community conversation about the radical potential of difficult art through a deep dive into aesthetic theory, the politics and poetics of sound, world-building, alter-politics and radical imaginaries. Whether youre a seasoned thinker-about-music or just curious, invested in theorising the intersections of music-making and radical politics or vague on what any of those terms meanthis is for you! No specialised knowledge necessary, just a willingness to listen and think and (maybe) sip tea.

We acknowledge that we gather on unceded Aboriginal land, on the territories of Jagera, Yuggera and Turrbal peoples. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and to other First Nations people and communities in Meanjin. Sovereignty was never ceded.

6pm 7.30pm, Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Bunyapa Park, West End

Hannah Reardon-Smith is a Brisbane-based musician working with flute and electronics in various forms of notation and improvisation. She collaboratively performs with and directs several local music-making groups, including contemporary art music ensemble Kupkas Piano, improvisation trio Rogue Three, and electroacoustic duo Richard&Linda with her partner Liam Flenady.

Hannah is a current PhD candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, exploring a queer-feminist thinking of free improvisation, featuring the work and voices of women and non-binary folk practicing in the field. She blogs at and more of her work can be found on her website

Liam Flenady is a composer and electric guitarist, and writing for and performing with new music ensemble Kupkas Piano and duo Richard&Linda. Liam recently completed a PhD in composition through Griffith University, where his topic was Composing Contrapuntal Worlds. Additionally, Liam is a political activist and organiser, having been involved in a variety of progressive campaigns and organisations over the last decade.

Liams music currently centres on the question of what counterpoint could mean outside of its historical bounds. Rather than a method of dissonance treatment or voice-leading, counterpoint is conceived of as a matter world construction, of building relational logics o...


Fosters Marg receives OAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOR Margaret Haycroft the news that she was to be awarded an order of Australia was hard to come to terms with. Speaking on the phone from France, the former []

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Lane comes to life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT was a marvel to behold. Under the watchful eye of designer and primary artist David Bell, the laneway between Foster Foodworks and Foster Sea- foods, made a remarkable transformation []

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Winter bounty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHILE many of us are winding down in the garden or kitchen due to a lack of produce, there are some jobs that need to be left until the winter. []

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Smoked Garage Custom Motorcycles goes upmarket "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane custom motorcycle shopSmoked Garage Custom Motorcycles has moved upmarket to the top end of Fortitude Valley into an near-century-old three-storey building.

Its now at 126 Wickham St which is the third location for Smoked since starting in 2013 as a furniture shop with a few custom bikes sprinkled around the floor.

But marketing manager Benny Selboskar says this is a permanent location with three floors of motorbiking fun.

Upmarket digsSmoked Garage goes upmarket

The basement houses the fully functional workshop with three and soon four full-time techs working on custom builds.

Theyre so busy there is a three-month waiting list for their creative customs, Benny says.

The street level features a collection of beautiful, hand-crafted machines cafe racers, bobbers, scramblers, and everything in between.Smoked Garage goes upmarket

There is also an upmarket coffee shop with a basic menu that Benny says will expand quickly over time.

He says they will soon have food and liquor licences and a fully functioning kitchen.

Owner Shane Covill says that later this year the top level will open with a dedicated event space including a long bar and more than 330sq m of open area....


NSW police evicted people that werent carrying drugs from Above and Beyond Festival. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the weekend, multiple alleged drug users were denied entry to Sydneys Above & Beyond festival. 

This came after the NSW Police Forces Facebook post last week that stated that Police will exclude any person from the venue that the drug dog indicates has or who has recently had drugs on them, regardless of whether drugs are located, 

This statement received an absolute lambasting from the public. Snitch dogs are known for being inaccurate; The Greens claim that they can get it wrong in up to 75% of cases. But despite public backlash, the operation went ahead.

According to a Facebook post via anti-drug dog organisation Sniff Off, punters were humiliated and strip-searched for no reason, and people were still kicked out after no drugs were found on them.


Last night, a number of people were refused entry to Above and Beyond after being searched by police and having no drugs

Sniff Off 9 2018

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge described this operation as a gross abuse of police powers and a vicious attack on civil liberties. The Greens claim that they will challenge this debacle in both parliament and court.


Australia Accused of War Crimes in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Australian Defence Minister, Marise Payne, has defended Australian soldiers after internal reports suggest they have engaged in the unsanctioned and illegal application of violence in Afghanistan. SASR soldiers accused of heinous crimes Disturbing reports have surfaced from inside the Australian Defence Force that a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR)

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GAFFA UNSW Art & Design studio show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres some great emerging artists coming onto the art scene through UNSW Art & Design Master by Coursework program this year. The work, which is on show at Sydney Councils GAFFA Gallery in Clarence Street, represents a broad display of mediums and content. It ranges from a shibori and mixed media work by Gigi Huang, Attachments, 2018 that reflects her interests in textiles and the feminine to Chris Casalis intriguing labyrinthian diptych that is totally absorbing and quite psychedelic. There were also virtual reality pieces with views into an empty gallery, digital videos and installations.



Giant Inflatable Artwork To Mark Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organisers have given a sneak peek at a giant new inflatable art installation to be set up in Taylor Square later this month. Sydneys Taylor Square to mark four decades of the event. The inflatable art installation titled 40 Years of Love will tower three storeys over ...

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Lesbian Couple Allegedly Kicked Out Of An Uber For Kissing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A New York Uber driver allegedly kicked a lesbian couple out of his car for kissing in the back seat because he found the act disrespectful. Emma Pichl and her girlfriend of two years, Alex Iovine, had just left a friends birthday party at a bar in Brooklyn on Saturday evening when the couple called ...

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A few paintings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I just got a choice new camera so I've been taking a few shots of some paintings in the studio as I start to decide what to show in my upcoming exhibition - Streets and Viaducts: Johno by the Wayside - at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross.

Here are some of the possibilities. When I have some more time I'll get through and add links to the posts where they originally appeared



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Mt Buller dam gets state approval "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Andrews government has announced $7.5 million of support for the controversial Mt Buller Water Storage Project through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The Mt Buller Water Storage Project will build a 100 megalitre storage facility to provide water for drinking, firefighting and snowmaking. Under the original proposal, it will involve the destruction of about 5 hectares of treeless alpine native vegetation, mostly an ecosystem called alpine grassy heathland.

According to a report by Adam Carey in The Age, the resort plans to use the dam for snowmaking, drinking water and firefighting and says it is critical to its plans to remain in business as climate change makes natural snowfall increasingly unpredictable.

Mt Buller already has chronic water shortages and has run out of water for snowmaking purposes in four of the past five snow seasons.

To replenish supplies it has regularly been forced to breach the conditions of its water extraction licence and draw water from Boggy Creek in summer, placing environmental stress on other rivers in Victorias high country.

The project still requires planning approval from the federal government, which is assessing its impact on several vulnerable species including the mountain pygmy possum, the smoky mouse, blue-tongued orchid and alpine tree frog.

The federal environment department has already said the water storage project is to have a minimum 200-metre buffer from mountain pygmy possum habitat and avoid all impact on alpine bogs.

A contract to complete detailed design and construction will be tendered later this year, Mt Buller said.

As a disappointing side note, the general manager of Buller Ski Lifts, Laurie Blampied, recently said An increasing reliance on artificial snow would not make the industry less viable.

If the product [snow] becomes less common, it will in turn become more valued and people are going to be prepared to pay more of a premium to enjoy a product if its scarce, a bit like a fine wine. This thinking seems to be consistent with the resorts decision to proceed with this destructive project.


Have you heard about the harsh cuts to asylum seeker support? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Listen to this clear explanation of what is happening to 12500 people on 18 June when they lose there allowances of $35 a day and what has happened to them since they arrived 2012/13. Why havent they worked? Why havent they learnt English? All the answers are here. Have you heard about the harsh cuts


Pioneer Sex Worker Rights Activist Awarded Order of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, announced 1007 awards in the Queens Birthday Honours list on Monday. And in an Australian first, a leading sex worker rights activist has been made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Julie Bates has been at the forefront of the Australian sex worker rights movement for the last

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AskDocQ: What Does U=U Mean And Why Is It So Important? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Probably the biggest news to dominate the HIV landscape last year was the acceptance by the scientific community and HIV health professionals that U=U undetectable equals untransmittable. The message is that a person with HIV who is on treatment and is undetectable cannot pass on the virus to their sexual partner. To be undetectable ...

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Queensland Water Polo Clubs Celebrate Four LGBTIQ Award Nominations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands water polo community has scored four nominations at the inaugural Australian Pride in Sport Awards next week. The awards recognise the efforts that sporting clubs, organisations, and individuals have made in making sport more inclusive for LGBTI people. The National Water Polo Leagues Pride Cup and Pride Shield has been nominated for the LGBTI ...

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Coburg Famers' Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Coburg Farmers Market has relocated to Coburg Primary School!

Melbourne Farmers Markets are delighted to announce that the Coburg Farmers Market has found a new home and will be relocated to Coburg Primary School.

Coburg North Primary School has received funding from the State Government to upgrade their school buildings and grounds and is the main reason for the relocation of the market.

The Coburg Farmers Market will continue with the same name and trading hours of 8:00am-1:00pm every Saturday. The mix of accredited Victorian producers and makers will also continue with the addition of some new faces ready for the winter.

The market is a 3-minute drive, 20-minute walk or 7-minute bus ride from the markets original location. The site is accessible via public transport (bus routes 513, 527, 534, 561 & 903; tram 19; and a short walk from the Upfield Line), bike paths of Upfield, OHea St and the Merri Creek and there is also parking available.

For more information:

Melbourne Farmers Markets /(03) 9499 3400


La Pocha Nostra Intensive Workshop in Byron Bay, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


1 5 October

Public Act Theatre 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay

More Info and Tickets

The Pocha workshop is internationally recognized as an amazing and rigorous artistic and anthropological experiment in which carefully selected artists from several countries and every imaginable artistic, ethnic, multi-cultural, and gender persuasion begin to negotiate common ground. Performance becomes the connective tissue and lingua franca for our temporary community of rebel artists.This year, members of La Pocha Nostra (Guillermo Gomez-Pea, Saula and Balitronica Gomez) with local producer Public Act Theatre will hold one of their legendary international performance workshops in Byron Bay, Australia. We consider our workshop intensives to be La Pochas most important pedagogical adventures of the year.

This workshop intensive will take place over 5 days at a private venue in the Byron Shire. With daily workshop sessions and exercises, we will explore radical spirituality and the creation of alternative communities through performance.

About the Pocha workshop:

The summer school involves 5-days immersed in performance art with a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. We will also place particular emphasis on the relationship between the human body and environment and have multiple sites to play with. This amazing cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-generational laboratory will host up to 24 participants.

As always, space will be limited and is expected to fill quickly. Responding to the economical challenges of our times, notifications of acceptance will be given within two weeks of having submitted your application, this will help you to plan in advance. La Pocha Nostra will help you with official letters if you need them. We encourage all interested applicants to submit your application as soon as possible. Application guidelines included below.

What will be taught?
The exciting 5-hour per-day workshop will offer two parallel processes: Participants are exposed to La Pocha Nostras most recent performance methodologies, an eclectic combination of exercises borrowed from multiple traditions including performance art, experimental theater and dance, the Suzuki method, performative rituals, performance games and live jam sessions. Parallel to this hands-on process, the group will analyze the creative process, the issues addressed by the work, its aesthetic currency, cultural impact and political pertinence.

Who should attend?
Performance artists, experimental actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students intere...


Thornbury Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




On Tuesday, June 12 Altan will be bringing their thirty year living legacy of Irish music to the Thornbury Theatre. No traditional Irish band has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world. Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.






Tuesday June 12th, 2018

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is hosting a global campaign #WithRefugees and it is inviting Refugee Welcome Zone Mayors around Australia to participate in an initiative to highlight the important work cities all over the world are doing to promote inclusion, bring communities together and support refugees. 

ECCV encourages Victorian local councils to consider participating in this global initiative to mark this significant international day. ECCV Chairperson Cr. Kris Pavlidis who is also the Mayor of Whittlesea City Council states it is essential that local councils lead their communities with compassion and unity.

ECCV will host its annual event Campfire Stories to acknowledge the importance of mutual understanding. The event is an experience where every day Victorians from refugee backgrounds share their stories.

The first of two Campfire Stories for 2018 will be in partnership with Welcome to Australia and Asylum Seekers Resource Centre on June 19th at Siteworks in Brunswick.

The second 2018 Campfire Stories will be in partnership with Welcome to Australia and Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of the Emerge in Yarra festival on July 25th at the Abbotsford Convent Precinct. To book, please register using Eventbrite.   

Cr. Kris Pavlidis says the ECCV is excited about local municipalities leading the way in their communities.

World Refugee Day is on 20 June 2018.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, / 0422 480 319

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Mullumbimby student wins WA wearable art award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Oceannas winning costume Morphette. Photo supplied

A Mullumbimby student has won a national wearable art prize for her costume made entirely of plastic bags.

Since the age of 12, Shearwater Steiner School student Oceana Pearl has been making winning wearable art pieces for the schools annual WAVE event.

Now 17, Oceana is in her final year at Shearwater. With the encouragement of her teachers, she decided to enter the Western Australian wearable arts show in Mandurah.

Her wearable art work, Morphette, was chosen for the show and, over the weekend, was awarded first place in the under 18 youth section.

The winning piece was made from hundreds of plastic bags, which were sewn and sculpted into the piece.


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End of Life Care: Unspoken: What will become of me? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unspoken: (What will become of me?) gently explores the themes of ageing, declining capacity, diminished autonomy and a sense of identity and uses humour to create a comfortable setting for everyone to engage. This is an event for all; from those who care about aging as well as those who care about the aged.   ... Read more...


Fraudster tricking Ballina retail staff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A trickster has been ripping off Ballina shops by bamboozling staff while they are giving him change.

Ballina police report the man uses the age-old technique of buying a very cheap item with a large note and asking for change.

In one instance, he tried to buy a bottle of water with a $100 note.

When the staff member gave the man the change, he then said that he could pay with change that he already had.

By confusing the staff member, asking for his original $100 back, then asking for change of a $50 note and apparently being on the phone, the man ended up leaving the location with $190 plus the original $100 note and the bottle of water.

The trick was replicated twice more over the weekend and all three cases are now being investigated.

These tricksters generally target junior staff and will try to rush and confuse them as much as possible, a police spokesperson said.

If you feel that someone is playing this trick on you, stop the transaction and get help from the store manager. You are not obliged to offer change, especially if you think someone is trying to defraud you.

Anyone who was a victim of this scam over the weekend is requested to contact Ballina Police.


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Israel Folau Is Invited To Celebrate The Sydney Convicts Bingham Cup Win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Wallabies rugby team, including Israel Folau, have been invited to celebrate the Sydney Convicts win at the 2018 Bingham Cup. The Convicts took home the Bingham Cup and the Bingham Shield at the three-day World Cup of gay rugby held in Amsterdam last weekend. The trophy will be handed over to Rugby Australia at ...

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Lennox fig may have Aboriginal cultural significance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lennox Head fig tree protectors Sherrie Yeomans and Lois Cook. Photo supplied

Members of the Castle Drive Fig Protectors in Lennox Head are quietly celebrating a small win after Ballina Councils planned removal of the tree has been put on hold following a claim of Aboriginal cultural significance.

Group spokesperson Sherrie Yeomans told Echonetdaily that the fig was placed into a register of items of Aboriginal cultural significance, overseen by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), in 2012.

Ballina Council has paused its plans to remove the tree until the claims have been fully investigated.

Ms Yeomans said local Aboriginal woman Lois Cook has taken up the issue over the last week.

OEH confirmed no request had been made from council to cut down the fig nor permission given, Ms Yeomans said.

According to the legislation there is a $1 million fine if anyone attempts to cut down a tree on the register, she said.

Once we became aware of the situation we emailed all councillors with request to hold off the destruction.

We requested a response. So far only Keith Williams Jeff Johnson and Sharon Parry are the only councillors to have responded, she said.

Deputy mayor Keith Williams wrote back to the protesters on Sunday, saying, I can confirm that Council will not proceed with removal of the fig tree until the issues raised in your email are resolved with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

My best wishes to you and all the Castle Drive Fig Protectors. Thank you for standing up for our heritage, he wrote.

Council staff told ABC radio this morning a check of its Aboriginal Information System had turned up no data about the tree.

They need to look harder, Ms Yeomans told Echonetdaily.

Both Ballina Shire Council and OEH were contacted by Echonetdaily but were unable to respond by deadline.

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Arts Wednesday 13 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40 this morning, we hear the last of the 6-Part series with Andy Bromberger Atonalism, Alienation and Appeasement and in the concluding episode Andy discusses music from the 1970s.

On 15 June 1215, Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede and since then it has been regarded as the cornerstone of democracy. In 2015, to mark the 800th anniversary, I recorded a conversation with historian and lawyer, Geoff Holland, and well hear this fascinating story again at 11:00 am to mark the anniversary this Friday.

Music  is a mixture of King John related tracks and music since the 70s.

As always, I look forward to your company.

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What The Rainbow Tick Can Tell You About An Aussie Business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carers Queensland is the first not-for-profit organisation in Queensland to be accredited with the Rainbow Tick, a distinction given to Australian businesses and organisations that offer welcoming and inclusive workplaces and service delivery to LGBTI clients and staff. Julie is in a same-sex relationship and cares for her two boys, aged 9 and 14. Last ...

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Independent Artist of the Week: Elijah Yo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A key player in Western Sydneys hip hop community, 20-year-old New Zealander Elijah Yo was always destined for a career in rap.

Its little wonder Elijah Yo started experimenting with music at 15, given his family ties. His father was involved in NZs 90s hip hop scene, promoting legendary acts (like The Game, Boyz 2 Men and Bobby Brown) across the ditch and in Australia during the noughties, and his older brother educated him on underground 90s rap from a young age.

Since then, Elijah Yo has been building his repertoire and churning out solo and collaborative music consistently over the last four years. In May he released his debut mixtape B Side, a well thought out collection of quick-fire rhymes, R&B production, suburban sound bites and honest, funny anecdotes. Highlights include closing trio Missed Calls, the piano-led Chapter 20 and Westcoast Party (Remix) listen out for the delicious sample of Funkadelics 70s track (Not Just) Knee Deep.

With a slew of gigs under his belt for the first half of 2018, Elijah Yo isnt slowing down already onto crafting the next batch of tunes for later this year. Its this focus and determination that sets him apart, proving Western Sydneys melting pot of talents are continuing to sculpt their individual voices.

Heres a taste of the debut:

B Side by Elijah Yo is available now via B Side Records.

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Nauru Teddy & Toy Project Update June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nauru project final collage

The response to our Nauru Teddy & Toy Project has been amazing and generous!

In just two short months we have received 28 flying discs and over 140 handmade (knit, sewn and crocheted) teddies and other cuddly toys.  You guys rock!

This means that there will be enough teddies and toys for EVERY child currently detained on Nauru to receive their own special gift.

This project is now complete for the moment and I will be liaising with the contact who requested the toys to have them escorted to Nauru and distributed in batches.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed, including (but not limited to!) Gwen Williams Nel and Renee Bratby, Denise Margie, Sewing For Charity Australia, Elizabeth MacLeod, Karen Cutlack (and her mum!), Francine and Cassie and the Griffith University Lions Club Krafters.

We will keep you posted as the teddies get distributed.  This project is now closed.

If you would like to get involved with any of our other projects, you can find the details here.



Understanding the impact of raising Clarrie Hall Dam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mt Warning from Clarrie Hall Dam in the Tweed Valley.

Aquatic habitat in Doon Doon Creek and the Tweed River will be mapped over the next year by scientists from EcoLogical who are looking at how the raising of Clarrie Hall Dam may impact on fish and other aquatic species.

Scientists from EcoLogical will undertake the field research, both walking and in canoes, to map critical habitat features such as pools and riffles (rocky or shallow part with rough water) and determine the number of species within the impacted waterways and the population of each species.

The field work will be undertaken for several days every season over the next year, starting on Monday 18 June.

Property owners adjoining Doon Doon Creek and the Tweed River downstream of Clarrie Hall Dam are advised they may see a small team of scientists working on and at the waters edge. The scientists schedule is:

Monday 18 June walk Doon Doon Creek to the start of the Tweed River

Tuesday 19 June canoe from start of Tweed River to Lange Road bridge

Wednesday 20 June canoe from Lange Road Bridge to crossing (north of 886 Kyogle Road)

Thursday 21 June canoe from crossing to Bray Park Weir.

The field work will continue into the night, as the scientists identify and count frog species.

From the field data collected, EcoLogical will attempt to identify measures to mitigate any impact the dam has and, if raised, will have on the aquatic environment.  It is hoped measures to improve the present aquatic environment can be found and implemented.

The methodology to be used by t...


Should the Public be Able to Elect and Dismiss Judges? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey In NSW, magistrates and judges are appointed by the governor in council upon recommendation by the states attorney general. They may be considered for appointment by applying for a job vacancy or after being nominated by another party. In the former case, expressions of interest are received and reviewed

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Grubbers win despite injury woes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mark Heenan

An injury hit Ocean Grove snapped its mid-season form slump to score a resounding 79-point victory over Newcomb at Grinter Reserve on Sunday 10 June.

After suffering three losses in their past four games which included defeats against lower ranked teams Drysdale and Modewarre, the Grubbers dominated a goalless Power in the first half.

Final scores Ocean Grove 15.18 (108) to Newcomb 3.11 (29).

Ocean Grove captain James Linton reigned supreme across the midfield and gathered numerous disposals in a best on ground performance.

Linton, who booted three goals, said the win tested the Grubbers depth.

Ocean Groves injury woes deepened with gun defender Peter Hardy and prolific ball winner Luke Cartelli both sustaining hamstring injuries in the 13-goal win.

Youngster Isaac Wilkins and on-baller Jahd Anderson were ruled out before the game after they suffered concussion in the clubs 42-point loss to Modewarre on 2 June.

Defender Kaiden Long was still sidelined with a calf injury while Kelly Williams (hamstring), Paddy Maloney (shoulder) Corey Walter (AC joint) and Nick Lynch (knee) did not play.

It was a great performance by all 22 players, said Linton, a dual Ocean Grove best-and-fairest winner.

Our injury list has become quite extensive now which hurts to have some of our most important players putting our structures out but thats football.

We saw the game as a must win and our confidence within the club and between the players was still strong leading into the game.

Under 19s player Joe McDonald made his Grubber senior debut, while 18-year-old Geelong Falcons representative Logan Taylor played his first senior match in 2018.

Ollie Monteith, an eligible Ocean Grove Under 19s player, notched up his seventh senior game in 2018.

We had a debutante Joe McDonald who came in and two other juniors (Taylor and Monteith) in the side and they contributed well, Linton said.

It is great to see them come up and adjust to senior football the way they have.

The Grubbers burst out the blocks against an inaccurate Power with a four-goal first term.

Ocean Grove extended the margin during the second quarter and led by 37 points at half time.

Newcomb finally registered its first major in the third quarter in front of their strong home crowd.

The Grubbers put the accelerator on after three-quarter time with six-goal final term blitz.

Classy forward Jake Carmody booted three goals, while his lieutenant Matt Caldow also finished with three majors.

Mitch Lindkvist...


Christmas Island rooftop protest starts again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Around 7.15pm Monday night, the Christmas Island rooftop protest re-started, when one Iranian asylum seeker went back onto the roof of the Green Two compound.

Ghazi (not his real name), is one of the two Iranian asylum seekers who ended a four-day rooftop protest on 29 May. Both Ghazi and Ali were taken to the punishment compound White One, when they came off the roof in May.

Yesterday, Ghazi was charged and taken to court. (Exact charges are not known, but apparently relate to an alleged incident prior to the May protest.) After court, he was returned to Green One. Ali, his co-protester, remains in White One.

Ghazi restarted the protest on Monday evening. He told the Refugee Action Coalition, Serco and Immigration tell too many lies.

The protest has again lifted the lid on the unaccountable punishment regime of the Immigration Department. Away from prying eyes, Serco and the department are a law into themselves. The sooner Christmas Island is closed, the better, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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Clothes Swap! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlands.

Save the date for our next clothes swap: Sunday, July 29 @ 3.00.

It'll be business as usual, we'll meet at our regular spot in Cox Reserve, lay out all the things that people no longer need (including books, shoes, clothes, furniture, toys, bric-a-brac), wait until everyone is ready, then you can grab what you want. It costs $5.00 per family to join and proceeds go to a local family in need.

A reminder will be sent out in the weeks prior and we'll hope it doesn't rain.

Cheers, Mim, Mel and Andy.


Olympian Taekwondo athlete Hayder Shkara, on Crossing the Line Tuesday 12 June 3pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hayder Shkara Eastside

Hayder Shkara fell in love with martial arts in 1998, as a 7-year-old child in the suburbs of Sydney. He made his first national team in 2006 and by 2011 was competing to represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  A loss to a New Zealand competitor in the Oceania qualifiers saw him miss out on selection and spiral into a severe depression. By his own admission, Hayder hit rock bottom, but he set himself the challenge to beat the same competitor to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games. Four years later, he achieved his dream and represented Australia in Brazil.

Hayder has also achieved another holy grail of sport balancing competing with a dual career. He is a principal lawyer with Justice Family Lawyers and also runs a charity for disadvantaged youth in Western Sydney.

He chats to GT about his journey to the Rio 2016 Olympics and beyond, his passion for his charity and why families that kick together, stick together!


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Time for a Royal Commission to examine the Developers' World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How dare the Urban Development Institute of Australia tell the State Government that it should set housing targets for each council to cope with Melbourne's rapid population growth and then if we don't meet the targets they set we will be victimised. [1] They even specifically mentioned Boroondara and Stonnington as not pulling their weight and referred to NIMBYs. As a resident of Boroondara I can assure the Development Institute that Boroondara is being flooded with buildings to such an extent that the whole neighbourhood character is being ruined, what on earth do they want. High rise on every suburban street?

The real problem is that Melbourne is getting too many people coming to the city. Even Planning Minister Wynne is quoted as saying that Melbourne has the highest growth rate of any city in the developed world. We have been saying this for years as we see it's livability being wrecked. People all across Melbourne are complaining as they see their areas being overcrowded and over developed. The Federal Government must reduce immigration - tell them we are full to bursting. Do they want to turn us into a dense third world city with polluted gridlocked streets?

Many of us are saying, having watched the Royal Commission into the Banking World, that it is time for a Royal Commission to examine the Developers World.


Below is the article that caused the suggestion that we need a Royal Commission into how development is conducted in this country.


"Develop or be punished," by John Masanauskas. (Herald Sun, 2 June 2018.

A DEVELOPER lobby has called for suburbs which dont pull their weight on housing supply to be punished with less investment in infrastructure.

Urban Development Institute of Australia state CEO Danni Addison said the state government should set housing targets for each council area to cope with Melbournes rapid population growth.

That new housing stock, if delivered, should be accompanied by infrastructure investment from government, she told a UDIA event yesterday.



Teven Tintenbar residents say No bloody way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Residents in the usually peaceful Teven Valley are reeling from a proposal to build an asphalt plant in the midst of their rural properties.

The proposal, from multinational Fulton Hogan, is for a twenty-four hour a day seven day a week petrochemical plant. Fulton Hogan recently announced their intentions via a Community newsletter delivered to only six properties.

An asphalt plant is not an unknown said Josh Browne, Teven resident and President of the Teven Tintenbar Community Association. It is a highly toxic invasive activity which has garnered international agreement regarding its profound effects upon health.

Browne encourages everybody to do their own research and google the dangers of living near an asphalt plant. Cancer, central nervous system problems, liver damage, respiratory problems, skin irritation the list of documented impacts goes on and on he said. Add to this the unbearable smell, vastly increased truck movements on roads already struggling with dangerous trucks and general loss of amenity from a precious natural environment to a hazardous industrial zone.



Melbourne market terror plot exposed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Terror target: Melbournes Queen Victoria Market. Photo

MELBOURNE, AAP A terrorist plot to blow up Melbournes Queen Victoria Market was foiled by members of a British family who pretended to be a willing recruit.

A man, who claimed to be part of an overseas terrorist network, sent encrypted texts and voice files with instructions on how to set off a bomb at the market to the recruit over five months.

But the recruit was actually a British-based family of amateur jihadi hunters and the correspondence was forwarded to the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police, The Herald-Sun reported on Tuesday.

A Victoria Police spokesman said the matter was assessed and it was determined they posed no threat.

Our teams regularly receive information from various sources and carefully assess that information based on validity and risk, the spokesman said.

These matters were assessed earlier this year in accordance with that process and it was determined that they pose no threat in Australia.

The plot apparently involved making a car bomb and driving it at a crowded corner of the market.

Queen Victoria Market chairman Paul Guerra said the plot came to its attention on Monday.

Were in very close contact with Victoria Police, he told Melbourne radio 3AW.

They alluded to this yesterday but there is no credible threat, theres certainly no immediate threat.

Mr Guerra said the market had its own security team but also worked closely with police.

Its a number one international tourist destination for the whole of Melbourne therefore we have a close working relationship with Victoria Police, he said

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Join the conversation about mens health in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whether its with other men, women or their GP, men are often reluctant to talk about their concerns.

Many men experience problems with their reproductive health, and these can be linked to other problems such as heart disease, diabetes, anxiety and depression.

But having knowledge about potential problems is a good way to help avoid them.

As part of Mens Health Week, the group Andrology Australia has planned a range of events in Lismore that they hope will get men talking.

It all begins today (Tuesday, June 12) with a morning tea launch, titled Its Healthy to Talk in Lismore with Mayor Isaac Smith, Simon von Saldern, CEO of Andrology Australia and local health district staff at Lismore Square from 11am.

Its Healthy To Talk In Lismore aims to break stereotypes surrounding mens health and encourage open conversation by showing the rest of the country that its healthy and necessary to talk about your issues, problems and health concerns.

Throughout the week the men of Lismore will be given the opportunity to talk about their health and wellbeing, and to educate themselves on what to look out for and when to take action.

Other events during the week will include:

Wednesday 13: Hurford Hardwoods and Norco down tools for smoko because Its Healthy To Talk.

Thursday 14:  Barbecue Lunch and open discussion at the Mens Shed

Friday 15: Crossfit Lismore Its Healthy To Talk Challenge plus Q&A at Lismore Square with Simon.

Saturday 16: Charity Rugby Match between Lismore City and SCU, complete with Andrology Australia VIP area to celebrate lots of talking and the end of Mens Health Week.

The events are open to all men regardless of age so dont hesitate, head on down.

For more information and to order free resources visit:


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June 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1789 The Hawkesbury River discovered Governor Arthur Phillip.

1822 -  Colebee from Richmond married Kitty, aged 13, from the Warmuli (Prospect Clan), a student at the Native Institution.

1826 -In the first recorded use of gas lighting in Oz, Pitt St, Sydney shopkeeper J.T Wilson blinded his rivals, and the general public, when he installed it in his shop.

1871 - NSW Government tossed a measly  30,000 for the fortification of Sydney Harbour.

1872 - The Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint began spitting out the coins and folding stuff.

1883 The first Australasian headquarters of the Salvation Army opened in Melbourne.

1886 - The Shearer's Union was formed during a meeting that was a tad more than tea and scones at Fern's Hotel in Ballarat.

1889 - The Australian Labour Federation was formed in Brisbane.

1902  - They knew when they were beaten, those men, so the Commonwealth Franchise Act came into force, which gave all the females of the species the right to vote in federal elections.
Except those gals who were aboriginal....or from any of the Pacific Islands....or Asia...or Africa...

1903 - A knees-up was held by a group of barristers in the chambers of the then Queensland Attorney-General, Sir Arthur Rutledge KC, where they resolved to form a Bar Association.
Not the liquid refreshment sort of bar.

1911 - Those delectable steam tram thingies began tootling along the Sutherland to Cronulla Tramway Line (NSW).

1912 - The Port Douglas and Mossman Record announced that Dick and Ernest C. Hannaford, who had a photographers studio further up Mill Street, were arranging for picture shows with their own apparatus in the hall, with occasional visits to Port Douglas.
Should we wonder at the 'apparatus'.....perhaps not.

1914 - The Illawarra Coke Company opened a set of sidings to serve their coke ovens on the other side of the main line, coal being supplied from the Coal Cliff mine by an overhead conveyor.
We won't comment on mainlining the coke....

1915 - Aspirin was first made in Australia by 31-year old Melbourne Pharmacist George Richard Rich Nicholas under the name Aspro.

1931 - Some silly bugger thought that the Northern Territory was too large to be governed. So in 1927 the Northern Territory was split into two territories, North Australia and Central Australia. However, on this day the two were reunited in Holy Matrimony as the Northern Territory.

1933 -  Twelve Police Cadets, the sons of serving Policemen, were appointed to the NSW Police Force and attached to various sections and metropolitan city stations.

1954 - The first engine of the Central Australia Railway...

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Labor tax plan to hit home prices "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our research with RiskWise at the front of the Fin Reviw today (paywall).


1) India eyes coal reserves in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia to focus on world peace: jusuf kalla

3) Strengthening the soul of leadership, AWWEGIPBY held a debate event
4) Fish aggregating devices damages Papuas marine ecosystem

1) India eyes coal reserves in Indonesian Papua 
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Bees Understand the Concept of Zero "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By demonstrating that even tiny brains can comprehend complex, abstract concepts, the surprise finding opens possibilities for new, simpler approaches to developing Artificial Intelligence. In research published in the journal Science, Australian and French researchers tested whether honey bees can rank numerical quantities and understand that zero belongs at the lower end of a sequence of numbers.

Associate Professor Adrian Dyer, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said the number zero was the backbone of modern maths and technological advancements.

"Zero is a difficult concept to understand and a mathematical skill that doesn't come easily -- it takes children a few years to learn," Dyer said. "We've long believed only humans had the intelligence to get the concept, but recent research has shown monkeys and birds have the brains for it as well. What we haven't known -- until now -- is whether insects can also understand zero."

As well as being a critical pollinator, the honeybee is an exceptional model species for investigating insect cognition, with previous research showing they can learn intricate skills from other bees and even understand abstract concepts like sameness and difference. But bee brains have fewer than 1 million neurons -- compared with the 86,000 million neurons of a human brain -- and little was known about how insect brains would cope with being tested on such an important numeric skill.

RMIT PhD researcher Scarlett Howard set out to test the honeybee on its understanding, marking individual honeybees for easy identification and luring them to a specially-designed testing apparatus. The bees were trained to choose an image with the lowest number of elements in order to receive a reward of sugar solution. For example, the bees learned to choose three elements when presented with three vs. four; or two elements when presented with two vs. three.

When Howard periodically tested the bees with an image that contained no elements versus an image that had one or more, the bees understood that the set of zero was the lower number -- despite never having been exposed to an "empty set."

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In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place, there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statute. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Internet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.

Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strictly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strictly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for multi-millions of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.

Swedish authorities have since closed their investigation, saying it couldnt continue without Assanges presence in their country.



NEW ALBUM REVIEWS: JUNE 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label [Numero Group/Rocket
Review by: James Tsai 

The consistently brilliant archival specialist and all-genre encompassing Chicago based label, Numero Group has done it again. For volume 20 of the labels flagship series Eccentric Soul, we are transported back to the late 60s and early 70s, and the location is the 51st biggest city in the USA, Cleveland. 

Cleveland is not just the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the mighty avant-garde industrial rockers Pere Ubu. Cleveland is also the birthplace of The OJays and the namesake of this soul compilation: the short-lived Saru label, which The OJays had a lot to do with including the formation of. 

Pretty much the entire output of the Saru catalogue is featured on this 22-track compilation. Saru only issued twelve 7 singles within its three year lifespan from 68 to 71. There are also a couple of tracks featured from closely related label Horoscope (its entire catalogue is even smaller at three 7 singles!).

To my ears the songs on this double album by The OJays (they went onto bigger and better things when they jumped on the Philly soul train), Panella Kelly, Out of Sights, Elements, The Ponderosa Twins (Clevelands brief answer to the...


How traffic signals favour cars and discourage walking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We need more walkable cities and fewer cars! If aliens came to our planet they would conclude that cars are the dominant species!

Traffic signals give priority to motor vehicles over pedestrians. This inequality undermines many of the stated goals of transport, health and environment policy.

State and city governments say they want to encourage walking and biking for many reasons:


Australia: University student newspaper celebrates jihad mass murderer, refuses to apologize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Honi Soit is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Sydney, Australia. Published since 1929 by the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Sydney and distributed around campus free for all students to read. In a media release published today, AUJS claimed the Queer Honi cover, which includes a graphic of a []


Nothing succeeds like. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As has previously been described several times, winter is not a good time to be blogging about native fauna. As many creatures are hibernating or have moved to warmer climes the search for a subject is not as easy as simply stepping outside, as it is in spring. It takes a bit of effort to []

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EP 248: Feedtime & Other Places "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photo: Alec Smart (FT) Naomi Lee Beveridge (OP)


Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 22nd June 2017

Feedtime was formed in Sydney in the late 70s. Theyve been described as A blues-noise equal parts abstract minimalism and working class roots-rock. Post-punk, yet right in the thick of it; miles ahead of the pack and not many seemed to notice. (PBS FM 2017)

The original line up released 4 albums on Aberrant Records in the US, UK and Europe as well as Australia throughout the 1980s before splitting in 1989.  The band reformed with a new drummer in the mid 90s, this time releasing Billy through Amphetamine Reptile records and completed tours with The Damned and Unsane. The latte...


RIP Sweet little Pippin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sweet mini-goat Pippin passed away last night we got the vet out but he had a blockage in one of his stomachs and it was too late. He will be missed by his human family and his herd (Raspberry, Benny, Billy, Merlin and Spirit) especially Raspberry who was particularly close to little Pippin

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