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Tuesday, 04 December


ALBUM REVIEW: Colter Wall  Songs Of The Plains "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Country music is so often built on voices, distinctive personalities that convey wisdom and experience. Willie, Waylon, Johnny, Dolly  iconic names that all had their own unique sound. Each new generation throws up one or two artists that join that illustrious company. Sturgill Simpson is a recent one that comes to mind. Another is Colter Continue reading

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Monday, 03 December


Big Coal And Friends On Track To Shut Down Your Climate Activism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A major case opening today in a Queensland court could have profound implications for climate activists around the country. Julie Macken explains.

The term, climate crisis is now the most commonly used descriptor when discussing global warming. Extreme weather events, firestorms, heat waves, flooding rain, loss of ice, snow and species are rightly seen within the frame of an emergent climate crisis. But if we are really witnessing a climate crisis one with the potential to destroy our way of life and end our lives how should we respond as a community?

This is a question being tested in Australias classrooms and Parliament right now and later today, in fact. The Queensland Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether, despite this crisis, it is reasonable for a large corporation to dictate how the community should be allowed to use social media to try and prevent this crisis.

The background to the case is this. Aurizon, the rail freight company formerly owned by the Government of Queensland, has been targeted by a number of individuals and communities because it plays a key role in the coal industry managing the 2,670 km Central Queensland coal network. It is also critical to Indian mining company Adanis plans to ship coal from the proposed Carmichael mine to Abbott Point, as Adani plans to build a 200km line that will connect to Aurizons existing Goonyella and Newlands rail network.

Without Aurizon there is no Adani mine.

One of those groups protesting the proposed Adani mine, and Aurizons involvement in the expansion of the coal industry, is a small community group called FLAC Front Line Action on Coal. Unlike the large environmental NGOs, FLAC is still committed to supporting people who take direct action to prevent the expansion of the coal industry and they have had some serious successes of late.

So much so that Aurizon has taken the extraordinary action of getting interim orders against FLAC. Those orders include prohibiting FLAC from inciting anyone by Facebook, website, and Twitter to enter rail corridors across Aurizons network or interfering with any of the companys coal trains.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shakes hands with Gautam Adani, Port of Townsville, 6 December 2016. (IMAGE: AAP)

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will be asked to make these inte...


Northern Rivers Rally for Rail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last weekend Rally for Rail in Murwillumbah. Photo Supplied.

A Rally for Rail hosts by the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) will be held this Saturday as part of the groups campaign to save the railway transport corridor between Casino to Murwillumbah.

NRRAG is inviting everyone to com along and find out why the Northern Rivers is neglected and how many benefits rail services would bring.

Chairperson of NRRAG Beth Shelley says the as NSW state election is due next March, now is the time to take action before the rail line is lost forever. In all the years since our rail service was closed there has been no community consultation to find out what people want, says Ms Shelley.

I believe the people of this region want trains running but need the opportunity to join together to be heard. NRRAG has petitions with more than 5,500 signatures and recently we have been surveying local businesses and 90% of them want to see trains on our tracks.

Ms Shelley says science is telling us we need to act urgently on climate change. Having railways to get cars and trucks off the road would cut carbon emissions hugely as well as providing much needed transport for our community.

Last Saturday there was a Rally for Rail at Murwillumbah where speakers included Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne, Byron Shire Deputy Mayor Michael Lyons and Bill Fenelon, a new candidate for the Tweed Shire in the State election.

Michael Lyons was very confident that Byron would see a new public transport system as a result of Byron Councils feasibility study and Katie Milne discussed the recent Tweed Shire Councils tendering process for the options of on or off the railway formation for the Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek bike path.

If you want to see trains on our tracks come and show your support at the rally on Saturday. Well be taking a photo of supporters at noon to show state political candidates how much this community wants rail services for the environmental, economic and social benefits they bring.

The rail will start at 10am at the Lismore Quad near the Art Galler...


What have you got in your shorts? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Winner of the 2016 Byron All Shorts


One of the regions iconic events is the annual Flickerfest International Film Festival Tour which includes the Byron All Shorts competition.

Byron All Shorts celebrates the film-making talent of the Northern Rivers region and encourages audiences to experience the many amazing films and local stories that are produced here each year.

Byron All Shorts finalists screening will be on the 26th January at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall alongside the best of short films in Australia and the world on 25-27th January at the 2019 Mullum Flickerfest Australias leading Academy accredited International short film festival.

Filmmakers form across the region are invited to submit their short films of up to 30min in length, from all genres.
Prizes and cash to the value of around $3,000 will be included in awards for the Flickerfest-iQ Best Short Film Award, the SAE Qantm Emerging Talent Award, the Peoples Choice Award and more, recognising the incredible talent in our region.

If you live in the Northern Rivers, or have produced a film in the Northern Rivers, or have made a film about the Northern Rivers you can enter Byron All Shorts.

Entries close Friday 21 December 2018 For entry forms and Info, visit:

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Illegal dumping costs $100,000 a year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With more than 700 recoded incidents of illegal dumping totalling 478 tonnes in 2016/17, the cost to council is more than $100,000 a year.

Byron Shire Council has ramped up its campaign targeting illegal dumping with surveillance and monitoring of hotspot areas now underway.

Staff are patrolling suburbs looking for illegal dumping and rubbish left on kerbsides, or footpaths, and in public areas.

Councils Waste Education and Compliance Officer Kate Akkerman, says that illegal dumping is a significant issue in the Byron Shire.

In 2016/17 we recorded more than 700 incidents of illegal dumping of all sorts of things including household rubbish, furniture, mattresses and garden waste, she said.

Cleaning up rubbish from public areas is costing Council more than $100,000 and that money could be better spent on community projects.

Ms Akkerman says the as well as increased monitoring and surveillance of certain areas, council are expanding their use of surveillance cameras, improving lighting and installing gates in some locations.

People can be fined up to $8,000 for leaving rubbish on the footpath, she said.

Ms Akkerman says the most frequently asked question is why we dont have an annual kerbside bulky waste collection service. While we have offered this service in the past in Byron Shire, it actually led to more illegal dumping.

People were dumping rubbish in large public piles and leaving rubbish on the kerbside for months and it was not only ugly, it was dangerous for pedestrians and harboured vermin such as rats and mice.

It also resulted in the risk of pollution of waterways and the natural environment.

All councils in the Northern Rivers, and many councils across NSW have stopped offering kerbside collection services for these reasons.

We now instead offer people a free annual drop-off of up to 150kg of bulk waste and 500kg of green waste at the Myocum Byron Resource and Recovery Centre in Myocum, said Ms Akkerman.

We are also encouraging our community to try and reduce the volume, and take responsibility for, the waste we generate. This can achieved through buying furniture/items that are made to last, or by selling, reusing or donating old items that still have life left in them

Byron Shire Council has received a $79,000 grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority funded by the Waste Levy to help combat illegal dumping and this will be used for a range of programs including education campaigns.



North Coast big winners at State Tourism Awards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elements Resort won the Gold award in the Luxury Accommodation category. Photo supplied.

The North Coast recently had a night to remember at the NSW Tourism Awards winning eight of the twenty-six categories on offer. In addition, the region collected a host of silver and bronze awards and two North Coast operators were inducted into the awards hall of fame.

Due to the high level of finalists from the North Coast featuring on the night the success was not unexpected.

Chair of Destination North Coast Cameron Arnold, who attended the event along with two other Board Members and the Destination North Coast team, was thrilled at the number and breadth of North Coast finalists.

With 37 finalists across 18 of the submission categories, our region was very well represented, said Mr Arnold. For our industry colleagues to win Gold in eight categories and to be so well represented is a credit to their tireless efforts to deliver outstanding tourism experiences to visitors coming to our beautiful region.

Mr Arnold said the success can also be attributed to the long history of hosting local awards and the reestablishment of the North Coast Tourism awards in July of this year. The North Coast Tourism Awards was a great opportunity for the industry to come together and share our success which in turn has been a catalyst for the strong performance at the state level.

Presented by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards Ceremony and Gala held last on Sunday evening at Sydneys Luna Park, is the largest and most prestigious event on the New South Wales tourism calendar.

The NSW tourism industrys Gala Event is the night of nights and recognises excellence in tourism and brings together business leaders to celebrate success.

NSW Tourism Awards North Coast Award Winners

Tourist Attractions

GOLD Forestry Corporation of NSW Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest


Major Festivals and Events

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1) Australian caught in west papua crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Profile of West Papua gradually being raised

1) Australian caught in west papua crackdown
Human rights activists have condemned the weekend arrest across Indonesia of hundreds of West Papuan students and activists marking what separatists consider to be the restive Indonesian provinces historical date of independence. 


Having a hard time finding good full time work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im having a really hard time finding a good full time job. I currently work casual as a food and beverage attendant but I miss having a job like I did in the United States where I was a dental receptionist. I even took an Australian medical association reception course to no avail. The people around me with less experience are getting full time jobs that pay really well though, and all of them because they had family or friends that basically got them a ticket in. Being shy and a foreigner, I cant get the same benefits. Any advice on how to overcome this? Do you guys know anywhere that might be hiring or any tips to get the ball rolling?

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Young Australian climate activists interviewed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This 29 November 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands of students join climate protest

Australian students have gone on strike from school and have converged on urban and regional centres demanding the government take action on climate change.

From the World Socialist Web Site in Australia:

Australia: Newcastle participants in high school climate strike speak out

By our reporters

3 December 2018

Last Friday, around 2,000 high school students in Newcastle, a New South Wales port city 160 kilometres north of Sydney, took part in a national strike against the refusal of governments to address climate change.

Like rallies on the same day in Sydney, Melbourne and other areas, the Newcastle protest was attended by high school students of varying ages, along with parents and teachers.

In addition to expressing their anger over environmental destruction, students spoke out against war, social inequality and the turn to authoritarianism. Newcastle has been hard hit by decades of job cuts, and the closure of entire industries. As in other regional centres, youth face a future of insecure and casual work, unemployment and associated social problems.

Part of the Newcastle rally

Campaigners from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Newcastle University distributed hundreds of statements at the protest, explaining that climate change is the product of a systemic crisis of the global capitalist system and calling for a turn to the working class.

The IYSSE stre...



The Liberal Party of Australia continues a prolonged and very public evisceration of its own body "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2018:

Craig Kelly walked into the Engadine Gymnastics Club on Sunday night a man under pressure.

The embattled Liberal Party backbencher spotted a group of local politicians who had also been invited to hand out awards to excited children. The group included Lee Evans, a Liberal member of the NSW Parliament, and Carmelo Pesce, the Liberal mayor of the Sutherland Shire Council.

Kelly put out his hand to greet the mayor. Pesce put his hand behind his back.
"You're a f---ing prick!" Kelly shouted at Pesce. "Are you f---ing kidding me? You're not going to f---ing shake my hand?"

Pesce refused to speak but Kelly - who had spent much of Sunday trying to save his career - didn't take the hint: "What? Do you mean you're not going to f---ing shake my hand."


The Fire Next Time: "Climate is a driver of wildfire and of fire full stop" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image: Green Cross Australia

ABC News, 1 December 2018:

Both the bushfires and the heatwave ravaging parts of Queensland have been described as extraordinary and abnormal.

Bureau of Meteorology Queensland manager Bruce Gunn said records had tumbled in a week of widespread and protracted heatwave conditions, combined with catastrophic fire danger.

"On Wedn...


Conair Aviation (Canada) Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Yet More Photos of Aircraft and Helicopters in Support of Bushfire Fighting Efforts Over the Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over this weekend, local and interstate firefighters continued to battle fierce bushfires in various parts of Central Queensland.  They were again supported by many fixed wing aircraft and helicopters which completed many water-drops over the region and were even credited with saving many buildings.

During the afternoon on Saturday 1 December, Conair Aviation (Canada) British Aerospace BAe 146 / Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport after flying up direct from RAAF Base Amberley.

In recent days, it has been operating out of Amberley assisting with water-drops over bushfires on Stradbroke Island.

C-GVFK didn't stay in CQ for long - it is photographed departing to its base at RAAF Base Richmond early on Sunday 2 December.



FEVER 333 have announced their Download Sideshow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FEVER 333  have just announced a one-off Brisbane sideshow ahead of their appearance at Download festival. The trio, compromised of former letlive. frontman Jason Aalon Butler, ex-The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and Aric Improta of Night Verses. They will be bringing their politically infused rap-rock gems to The Brightside stage.

FEVER 333 are set to release their debut record Strength In Numb333rs on January 18 2019.

Fever 333 Made An America






Mountain Goat Valley Crawl (Free Entry) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



February the forgotten month shall be forgotten no more! The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back and better than ever, now announcing its largest and most adventurous bill to date. Transforming Brisvegas Fortitude Valley precinct into one massive multi-venue festival, Saturday 16 February, 2019 will be nothing shy of G.O.A.T. status.

Held across 10 of Brisbanes favourite venues, all located within two square blocks of each other, Australias next favourite artist is literally just around the corner. With a whopping 51 acts performing, fans are treated to a jam packed, choose-your-own-adventure style night of music discovery.

Now in its fourth year, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl has consistently been admired for its attention to detail in terms of musical curation and taste-making, playing host to a number of now familiar faces like Mallrat, Polish ClubWAAXCarmouflage RoseBugs and so many more. This year is no different, attracting from artists all across the country, fans can expect an array of talent that is tipped by music lovers and industry nuts alike to be the next big thing.

Head bang to the sounds of Newy heroes RAAVE TAPES, swoon to the sounds of Melbournes IV League, mosh to pop-punkers Between You And Me, cool off to the sweet electronic sounds ofSan Mei  really, the possibilities are endless. In addition to the 50 acts on the line-up this year, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl team have added a 51st. Enter local hip-hop collective Rap Kitchen.Theyll bring a smorgasbord of beats and bars to The Brightside beer garden on the night.

This year The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl also expands its community by partnering with what organisers are referring to as a bunch of good eggs AKA a selection of iconic Brisbane music and cultural entities. Theyll activate innovative spaces at a number of ven...

Saturday, 01 December


Walking Together: Remembering William Cooper "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria invite you to their Remembrance Walk at Flagstaff Gardens on evening of 6 December 2018. This will be followed by a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting at Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens.   Remembering William Cooper Recommitting To His Legacy! As members ... Read more...


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