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Tuesday, 17 April


MACKAY Mackay Sugar facing charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 04:30AM ,

Mackay Sugar facing charges

April 18, 2018 at 04:30AM ,

MACKAY Sugar Limited, the countrys second largest sugar milling company, has been hit with a string of charges it caused environmental harm and breached conditions. The company faces four charges before Mackay Magistrates Court. That includes three counts of wilfully contravening a condition of

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MACKAY Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 02:36PM ,

Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him

April 17, 2018 at 02:36PM ,

A MACKAY meat thief with a shocking criminal record stole meat from Coles and pitched his haul over a fence when confronted by police. James Joseph Percival Cotton, 32, was sentenced by Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to stealing meat from

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Vegan menu a feature of food co-op fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Armando and Rob with the co-ops Gabbi Bohnet and Andy Lynden-Bell. Photo Jeff Dawson

A fundraiser will be held on April 29 for a recently established food co-op, located in the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

Organisers say a fully vegan and organic menu will be on offer, along with Tao of Sound, comprising Rob on harp and Armando on flute.

The aim is to finance a solar-powered coolroom, estimated to cost close to $10,000, and as such this event will be the first of a series of fundraising events. Limited tickets are available at the co-op, the Mullum bookshop and online via the events tab at

The post Vegan menu a feature of food co-op fundraiser appeared first on Echonetdaily.


MACKAY Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

A MACKAY meat thief with a shocking criminal record stole meat from Coles and pitched his haul over a fence when confronted by police. James Joseph Percival Cotton, 32, was sentenced by Magistrate Damien Dwyer in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to stealing meat from

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MACKAY Woman allegedly kidnapped and beaten in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 01:19PM ,

Woman allegedly kidnapped and beaten in Mackay

April 17, 2018 at 01:19PM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. EARLIER 12PM: A WOMAN was allegedly dragged from her home and assaulted with a metal pole by a gang of five men in a kidnapping in Mackay Sunday night. A 40-year-old Mackay man facing charges in relation to the incident is due to

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MACKAY Dad bashes face on cell walls, smears bloody plea for help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

Dad bashes face on cell walls, smears bloody plea for help

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM ,

Facing Mackay Magistrates Court via video from prison on April 13, the man pleaded guilty to wilful damage and contravening the order on February 28, as well as breaching community orders. We cant legally name the man. While the man waited for his sentencing before Magistrate Damien Dwyer,

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Liberals continue to behave badly in 2018 - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just five months after Australian voters signalled their widespread acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) members of the community by voting for the introduction of same sex marriage, a number people in the Victorian Liberal Party want to turn back the clock in the name of sheer bigotry.

The Age, 14 April 2018:

A motion by a conservative Liberal branch linked to Federal MP Kevin Andrews has called for state legislation allowing health practitioners to offer counselling out of same sex attraction or gender transitioning to patients who request it''.

With seven months before the Victorian election, it also urges Mr Guy to advocate for laws ensuring parents and young people are all given full information about the psychological harms of social, medical and surgical gender transitioning.

It further states that any claims supporting prescribing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and g...


Cardinal George Pell allegations a product of fantasy to punish him, court told "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I realise a defence lawyers duty is to place his client, no matter how good or bad they are, in the best possible light. However, in child sex abuse cases, there should be the greatest respect for the victims.

This is clearly not the case in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, no 2 equal Roman Catholic in the world.

I think George Pell will go down, and go to jail.

ABC Australia

Cardinal George Pell allegations a product of fantasy to punish him, court told

Updated about 7 hours ago

Cardinal George Pell may have become the target of false sexual offence allegations to punish him for not having prevented the sexual abuse of children, his defence barrister has told a court.

Robert Richter QC has described complaints made against Cardinal Pell as impossible and the complainants behind them as unreliable as he tried to persuade a magistrate not to commit Australias most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial.

Instead, Mr Richter told the hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court that all the charges faced by the 76-year-old should be thrown out.

Whether the allegations are the product of fantasy, the product of some mental problems or just pure invention in order to punish the representative of the Catholic Church in this country for not stopping abuse by others of children, he said.

Mr Richter said some of the complainants had been sexually abused by other priests who had since died, therefore offering them no recourse.

Cardinal Pell representing the face of the Catholic Church had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true, but are designed to punish him for not having prevented sexual....


Cinderellas Interactive Dance Party Show at Ryde Eastwood Leagues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three TWT readers have won double passes to a Cinderella Dance Party Interactive Show by next Monday April 23 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club [more]

The post Cinderellas Interactive Dance Party Show at Ryde Eastwood Leagues appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Literary Talkfest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The annual Northcote High School Literary TalkFest is back with another incredible line up of authors!

Helen Garner - Andy Griffiths - Sofie Laguna - Jock Serong

Discussing the theme of WRITING VIOLENCE, with host Clare Wright.

Thursday 10 May, 7.30 - 9pm @ NHS, St Georges Rd, Northcote.

Book sales, author signings, door prizes, wine.

All proceeds to student-run clubs.



Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlanders! 

Yoga with Clare returns next week at the Newlands Senior Citizens Centre - please see the flier for full details.

Also, this Sunday I am running a Healing Chant workshop in Fairfield and would love it if you could find your way to Station Street and enjoy the experience of using chant in yoga.  Details and bookings can be accessed through this link:



Rubber Bands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I recently posted that I had a lot of rubber bands if anyone wanted them. 

Could the lovely person who wanted them for her son please text me as I don't think the "blog" contact thing worked....

0415 675 585 thanks!


Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #6 : Half Time Act from Norway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The half time act in Eurovision can often be quite boring. Riverdance from Ireland set the standard, prompting a global phenomenon. When Norway came to host Eurovision in 2010, they were already behind the curve with flashmobs, but they did an awesome job uniting Europe. I wanted to be there with them. As part of these moments, Im sharing in


Comm Games Gold for our Hockey stars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sauvage at Sports Star of Year Gala Dinner PARALYMPIC legend Louise Sauvage is a special guest at the annual TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star [more]

The post Comm Games Gold for our Hockey stars appeared first on The Weekly Times.


AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Mackay Airport - Plus More "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Saturday 14 April, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Bankstown.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After being on the ground for around an hour, VH-NEQ departed to Taree in New South Wales before returning to Bankstown again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.

To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Thursday 12 April.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Finally, over on Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 12 April, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted visiting Hamo from Port Macquarie in New South Wales.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Late on Tuesday 10 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.

After a couple of hours on the ground at Rocky, now in the early hours of Wednesday 11 April, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed to Emerald Airport.

After another couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Emerald Airport for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great nighttime photos of VH-URR!


RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-449 "Ausy 545" & A97-467 "Ausy 547" Airwork at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Late on Saturday 14 April, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft were noted completing airwork at Central Queensland Airports.

Appearing to fly down from Townsville, A97-449 as "Ausy 545" completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before continuing to South and overflying Gladstone before it completed a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.



Victorias VEET scheme could cost you your home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Alan Manson has provided an update on the Victorian Marxist Governments VEET scheme,

which could lose you your home

UPDATE 1: Land Grab in Victoria Being Legislated!

Politicians are now ducking for cover!  Since revealing in a recent Cairns News article what the proposed Local Government Act 20181 bill and the 10-year old Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme)2 potentially have in store for Victorians, a few interesting events have occurred.

* A response from the Minister for Local Government (Ms. Marlene Kairouz MP) was received that did nothing to address the issues raised with her.

* Similarly, a response from the Shadow Minister for Local Government (Mr. Robert Morris MP) was received that only gave an assurance that the Liberal and National parties will not support any legislation that extends the power of local councils beyond the limits of the current Local Government Act.  He ignores the fact that the letter cast serious doubt about the lawfulness of the 1989 Local Government Act to which he refers, so his assurances are worth nothing.

Some interesting statistics have emerged in relation to this campaign:

* The previous article in Cairns News produced over 10,000 hits.  Although it is impossible to tell how many of these hits were from people located in Victoria, it does indicate there is some serious interest in this matter. 

* The petition recently produced 1,544 signatures.  This number will not worry anyone at Parliament House, Melbourne, as there are other petitions addressed to the Premier such as banning plastic bags (183,000) that he would prefer to spend more time addressing.

* The second phase of the campaign requested that Victorians email the Minister and the Shadow Minister for Local Government to require them to answer questions about the proposed legislation.  The appeal produced only 6 participants out of several thousand people emailed.  

Does this statistic indicate that Victorians are apathetic, or could it be because most people cannot find the time needed to read each document before making a decision?....


Water woes evaporate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWO of Fosters premier sporting venues will have access to an affordable water supply next summer. Foster Recreation Reserve and Foster Golf Club will see treated wastewater channelled to it, []

The post Water woes evaporate appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Truce called on Leongatha plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COUNCILLOR Ray Argento took a conciliatory approach as another potential conflict flashpoint loomed at last Wednesdays South Gippsland Shire Council Special Urgent Meeting. On the agenda was the relisting of []

The post Truce called on Leongatha plan appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Foster Skate Park event Victorian Youth Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Foster Skate Park will be transformed during Victorian Youth Week this April. Manna Gum Community House have organised a project for young people to paint the park in partnership []

The post Foster Skate Park event Victorian Youth Week appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Google still searching for Australian headquarters as deal falls through Ambitious plan to create Sydneys Silicon Valley "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin

The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.

The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.

Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.

However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.

Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.

Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its pr...


Big Screen: Isle of Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Isle of Dogs is a layered, complex attempt to reflect on the world that we live in, while still retaining the charm that makes Wes Anderson so iconic. If it doesnt move you, it will at least your pique your curiosity.

Wes Anderson films arent what youd call political. Theyre quirky, whimsical fares filled with oddball families that have daddy issues. Treatises on world affairs they are not. So Isle of Dogs is a bold step, because even though its another off-beat comedy filled to the brim with typically Anderson tropes, its also his most overtly political movie yet.

The story opens on a dystopic, futuristic Japan, in the fictional Megasaki City. A nearby Trash Island has become a detention centre for the citys canine population, cast out by the authoritarian Mayor Kobayashi. When Kobayashi commits his nephew Ataris guard dog Spots to the island, Ataris is faced with no choice but to mount a daring rescue. On the island Atari meets five sick, but staunchly democratic, dogs. They vote to help the boy, with a lone voice of dissent coming from Chief; a stray who doesnt believe in masters. As they journey through the derelict wasteland Chief has to challenge his innate, mongrel nature and overcome his prejudices to save his friends and bring justice to Megasaki City.



Its a film that operates as something of a fable, allowing Anderson to discuss broader issues about society with his usual stylistic flare. He plays with ideas of free will, discrimination and the displacement of people using the language barriers between dogs and humans as a metaphor for real life cultural clashes across the globe. Its a nice change from the more personal, character driven stories of Moonrise...


Australias Bushfires Threatening Nuclear Reactor: Changing the Name of a Suburb Helps the Government Keep this Quiet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fires as of April 16-17th. To give an idea of the map scale: Barden Ridge to Menai is approximately 3 km.
By Noel Wauchope: Australias bushfires threatening nuclear reactor: Changing the name of a suburb helps the government keep this quiet. Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires:,11401 16 April 2018


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #590 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 17 - 23 April 2018 Newsletter | #590 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th April 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018 Enjoy Untold | Reach Foundation 25 of the worlds top urban artists | $1 million target Melbournes most exciting contemporary urban art installation under the Nylex Clock for the Reach Foundation. Untold Melbourne | Reach Foundation | Buy Tickets South Asian Festival A free event on Saturday 21st April 2018 celebrates the Bengali New Year in a splendid display of South Asias rich and vibrant culture. South Asian Festival 2018 | Birrarung Marr Supanova | Pop Culture Expo Saturday 21 April - Sunday 22 April 2018 | Comic-con Australian style Supanova is a celebration of all things Pop Culture featuring special guests, anime, comic-books, manga, sci-fi, tv shows, movies, gaming and cosplay! Supanova | Melbourne Showgrounds A Family Affair - Works by JS Bach and Sons Melbourne Musicians present two outstanding soloists flautist Bridget Bolliger and Soprano Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez. Sunday 29th of April 2018 | St Johns Southgate A Family Affair | Tickets Online La Beatles Boheme Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme in a tragic love story about two contrasting couples - the tempestuous and the romantic. Concerts 21-29 April | Flagstaff Carpark La Beatles Boheme | Buy Tickets Rites of Passage | Tattoo and Arts Festival Royal Exhibition Building | 20-22 April 2018 Rites of Passage returns for a huge weekend of tattoos, live art, exhibitions, displays, food trucks and entertainment. Rites of Passage 2018 | Tattoo and Arts Festival | Buy Tix Record Store Day Saturday 21st April 2018 - Discover music in your favourite music store. Record Store Day 2018 | Store Finder This Weekend Best Improv Comedy 2018: Tournament of Teams, Brickman Awesome LEGO Exhibition, Challenge Melbourne, Earth Day 2018, Great Amazing Race, Malaysia Day Festival, Marvels Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, Melbourne Russian Festival, Memory Walk and Jog | Alzheimer Australia, Peanut Butter Festival, Vikings | Swedish History Museum Exhibition, Alice in Wonderland Exhibition Full Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Suitcase Rummage Northcote, The District Makers Market, Night Market: Neon Night, Vintage Sportswear Market Fitzroy, Night Market @ Melbourne Uni, Thread Den Market, Yarraville Craft Market, Cheeky Monkey Market, Piccadilly Market, Creswick Market, Mulgrave Makers Market, Fitzroy Market, Trinity Market, Glen Huntly Market, Gembrook Market, Ivanhoe Makers Market, Montrose Craft Market, Gran...


Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The New South Wales Government will be trialling high-tech cameras which they say are capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far as kilometre away, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for a crackdown on mobile phone use after two police officers were injured when a van

The post Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


A cool homecoming "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While its always a privilege to travel to exotic places, its also nice to be home.

From my limited observation Sri Lanka is the home of the egret Little, Intermediate, Cattle and Great Egrets in abundance across the island. It was fitting then that a couple of Great Egrets were almost the first birds I spotted on arriving back in Newstead yesterday.

It was nice also to see a lone Royal Spoonbill and evidence of Red-kneed Dotterel breeding, with a juvenile in the company of adults at Joyces Creek.

Great Egret, Cairn Curran, 16th April 2018


Tough night for Giants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Korumburra-Benas Jordan Grabham was a livewire for the Giants Thirds on Saturday, getting clear of the chasing Luke Alford. M641618

Korumburra-Bena Thirds forward Lochie Row gets into the clear to drive the team back into attack at Korumburra last Saturday. M631618

The match between Korumburra-Bena and Kilcunda-Bass, under lights at Korumburra last Saturday was a special occasion for the Gus James Memorial Cup, part of the Beyond Blue Round.
Also both clubs also wore blue armbands to mark the occasion, but with the Giants having a black armband as well, and the flag at half mast, after the tragic passing of Josh Whiteside during the week.
Josh was a current player with the club, a terrific young bloke, well-liked by everyone and he will be very sadly missed.
Both sides and the umpires lined up for a minutes silence prior to the main game.
Killy-Bass kicked to the town-end goals which were favoured by gale force winds and they scored two goals. The Giants didnt score but played well to hold Killy-Bass to the modest total.
Kicking with the wind when their turn came, the Giants were wasteful in front of goal and only managed four points which proved crucial in the final analysis.
Jake McMillan was a standout all night for the Giants, whether relieving in the ruck or doing the big man role front and back. Beau Anthony on ball, Alex Johnston around the flanks, young Brad Monson terrific in his first game, Rhys Dixon in defence and ever reliable, Jye Celebrine on the ball were among those to distinguish themselves.
Killy-Bass came out determined in the third quarter putting on four more goals to have the match in th...


International Revolution for Choice Rally Brisbane Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Allona Lahn

Lock in the date
Brisbane June 2nd time for the World and people to Unite

Over the last few weeks, I and others have been busy communicating and planning with people from Countries around the World to Unite for an International Revolution for Choice Rally. Read More


Queer Pop-Rock Musical Bare To Make Brisbane Debut At MELT Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The contemporary pop-rock musical Bare is set to make its Brisbane debut at the upcoming queer arts festival MELT. The production tells the story of a group of high school students grappling with their sexuality at a Catholic boarding school in the early 2000s. While theyre being taught to repress their feelings, Peter and Jason ...

The post Queer Pop-Rock Musical Bare To Make Brisbane Debut At MELT Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.


MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD

April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

A 40-year-old man has been charged following the alleged kidnapping and torture of a woman in Mackay on Sunday evening, Queensland Police say. It will be alleged on April 15 a group of up to five men and women confronted the 39-year-old woman at an apartment complex on Gregory Street.

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Alleged Serial Killer Of Gay Men Accused Of Murdering Eighth Victim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Toronto police have charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with an eighth murder, as investigators comb through cold cases looking for more possible victims. Bruce McArthur was arrested on January 18 in connection with the disappearances of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, two men who went missing from Torontos local gay district the Gay Village. ...

The post Alleged Serial Killer Of Gay Men Accused Of Murdering Eighth Victim appeared first on QNews Magazine.


MACKAY Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group

April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

A 40-year-old Mackay man has been arrested and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing. Share this on Facebook Share

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MACKAY Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping

April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Mackay apartment complex on Sunday, before escaping with a suspected broken arm, police say. A man, 40, has been charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on

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MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay

April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

A 40-year-old Mackay man has since been arrested in relation to the matter and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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Food Collective celebrates a successful first year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wonthaggis Angela, Pat (far right) and Angus Wishart mum, dad and cousin of PCFC co-founder Amelia Bright got a real sense of paddock to plate at the Collectives first birthday celebration at Dumbalk on Sunday. kg231618

Karen Cardy regularly drives 150km to Dumbalk from Beaconsfield to stock up on produce from the Prom Coast Food Collective. Over the course of the Collectives first year, shes had to buy two extra freezers to keep her prized South Gippsland and Bass Coast produce fresh. kg241618

WITH a birthday cake made of stacked wheels of mouth-watering local cheese, and surrounded by fresh local figs and honeycomb taken from beehives just metres away, the Prom Coast Food Collective celebrated its first birthday in manner truly befitting its philosophy of championing local produce and sharing the benefits between farmers and consumers.
The Sunday gathering at Dumbalks Blue Tree Honey Farm was, like every PCFC convergence, all about the food and a relaxed, community vibe, with just a touch of ceremony to mark a successful first year of collaboration between small family farms, ethical producers and makers, and conscientious consumers.
Co-founders Sally Ruljancich and Amelia Bright said a few words, thanking the Collectives suppliers and customers for their support, and their families for understanding their dedication to the project.
Im just overwhelmed by the success, really. And so thankful for the generosity of everyone involved, Amelia said.
The multi-producer hub, which offers everything from poultry, lamb, beef, cheese, olive oil, condiments, vegetables, honey, fruit, bread, flour, crackers, baked treats, pork and smallgoods, butter, milk and eggs, has grown and evolved since starting a year ago, with more producers coming on board (around 20 now with some seasonal), more products ava...


May Forum: Melbourne to Armidale Bill McKibben Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 3 May; 6:30 pm; ] It is by sheer luck that our usual monthly forum is on at exactly the same time as this important broadcast by founder and world-renowned climate defender Bill McKibben. Bill McKibben will be in Australia as a part of 350 Australias Fossil Free campaign to talk to people about what we need to do to [...] full article 


WATCH: Tim McIlrath on his wayward youth, Trump and his hopes for Rise Against "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I did things that were much worse than drinking or drug use. We were destructive.

While in Australia for Rise Againsts seven-date headline tour in February, frontman Tim McIlrath sat down with Tone Deaf in Sydney to chat about the light and dark of music, the Chicago bands latest LP Wolves, Trump and his wayward teenage years.

Check out the interview with Rise Againsts Tim McIlrath below:

Rise Against were in Australia in support of their eighth LP Wolves. Stream the record below:


Religious Upbringings, Coming Out & Good Guys Go: Cub Sport on Jack Off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Cub Sport :: Interview with Jack Shit
  • Cub Sport :: Good Guys Go (Live)


I was away on a writing trip in 2015 and I met some new peopleand they were like, So, are you in love with anyone? I was like, No, Ive got really great friends, Im really happily single. And I got home that night and I was like, am I in love with someone?


Cub Sport had rather a big year last year. Beyond kicking career goals (that saw queues of fans outside the sold-out Metro from midday on the day this interview occurred), personal issues came to a head all at once and considering the members had known each other as far back as pre-school, these changes were a long time coming.

Perhaps a year prior Sam had realised hed been gay for around 14 years or so. Tim too realised he had been suppressing the person he truly was. Both had been raised in very religious families so they were trepidatious about admitting this much to themselves, let alone anyone else.

But on Canadas National Day, something momentous also shifted for Tim. A month or two before, whilst soldiering away alone writing songs in L.A. and London, hed come to u...


In which the pond delivers a double hunger of Moorice groaning ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The pond was ecstatic when the reptiles let Moorice out from behind the paywall for a ramble, but then it read the instructions

Should anyone read the column? 

After all, when it comes to special interest groups, Moorice "dinkum clean Oz coal, oi, oi, oi" Newperson knows a thing or two

And what if the dear old thing started off by talking about the 30th poll, when that birthday was yonks ago, ages and ages, and the next one just around the corner ...

Now before a Queenslander intrudes from the far north, let the pond say that it loves a fresh pineapple. It can't stand tinned pineapples, an abomination that southerners drop on to burgers and which invoke in the pond a flashback to the dreaded ancient times when tinned beetroot was perceived as a culinary delight in Tamworth

If the government could deliver to the pond's door the fresh pineapple Moorice has promised on a weekly basis, it wouldn't compensate for the NBN, but it would be a start

As for the rest, poor Moorice is getting closer and closer to 'mindless shouting at clouds' syndrome, easily spotted by the way that he runs through a listicle of complaints.

But doubtless he's just getting warmed up, and he'll get to the nub of the pineapple in the second gobbet, and go into Ancient Mariner mode, subs...


Israel Folau Puts God Ahead Of His Rugby Career "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wallabies star Israel Folau has put God and his Christian beliefs ahead of his career, offering to walk away from his Australian Rugby Union contract. Folau was heavily criticised for a post on Instagram two weeks ago in which he said Gods plan for gay people was HELL. He reinforced those comments in a column ...

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Victorian Liberal Allies Urged To Speak Out Against Other Anti-LGBTIQ Motions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Advocates have called on allies within the Victorian Liberal party to stand up against homophobic and transphobic motions put forward by conservatives for debate at the partys upcoming state conference. On Monday, Victorian Liberal state president Michael Kroger (pictured) intervened to scrap a motion endorsing the practice of dangerous and discredited gay conversion therapy in ...

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Welshpools garden grows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STUDENTS at Welshpool and District Primary School students were busy right up until the end of term recently.
From reading, to practising for the upcoming athletics carnival, there was plenty to do right up until the final bell.
The school will send students in grades 3 to 6 to the Foster Secondary College on April 27, to complete in the Corner Inlet district athletics.
There, they will compete against students from Foster, Fish Creek, Tarwin Valley, Toora and Tarwin Lower primary schools.
The school reported a terrific first term in the garden, with the students growing corn, tomatoes and zucchinis.
They grew some great produce, which was sold fresh as well as in chutneys and preserves.
The money raised through the sale of the produce will go towards building a new run for the schools chickens.
During the last week of term, the senior class used school grown Granny Smith apples to make apple crumble, which the whole school enjoyed for afternoon tea with ice cream.

Reading buddies: Welshpool and District Primary School students Dylan and Leila were having fun reading to each other as part of the schools reading program recently.


Shire urged to support Wonthaggi youth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Shire Council was urged to support the Wonthaggi youth hub at Wednesdays community connection session.
In particular, council was asked to continue to fund the employment of a coordinator to guide the development of the project.
YMCA youth hub project coordinator Michael Feehan said Wonthaggis young people are crying out for their own space.
As much as the hub would be a social space, it would also provide young people with the services they need in areas like health, education and employment.
For young people, there is a disconnect between what is available to them and their understanding of what is available, Mr Feehan said.
We aim to practically address these issues at a site that is visible to young people, ideally located near the (Wonthaggi) secondary college.
Wonthaggi youth Nick Gartland reported feeling isolated growing up in town due to the stigma surrounding young people.
My friends and I felt we were not accepted by older people. Wed have to meet at each others houses because we had nowhere else to go, but not everyone feels comfortable or welcome in other peoples homes, he said.
When I was finishing school, I was at the point where I wanted to leave Wonthaggi. There didnt seem like there were any work or education options for me here. I wouldve loved the opportunity to go to a youth hub and see there are options out there.
Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly said the main hang out spots for Wonthaggi youths were the library and McDonalds, but often they felt judged and criticised there.
She said the youth hub would help to inspire creativity and individuality in a safe space, and would help to reduce the stigma of youth on the streets.
While council could not make any decisions on the day, councillors will have time to consider its options in the lead up to the 2018/19 budget.

Supporting youth: YMCA youth hub project coordinator Michael Feehan, Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly, team leader of special youth services Jasmine Furphy and Wonthaggi youth Nick Gartland want to see local young people backed by a youth hub in Wonthaggi.


Grantville shows adventurous streak "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE horrendous wind, rain and cold weather didnt stop the Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade from putting on the Grantville Adventure Expo on Sunday.
Around 60 vehicles entered the car show including utes, four wheel drives and vans.
The expo was Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigades major fundraising event for the year.
It was a bit quieter compared to previous years due to the rain however it was still a good day, event organiser Michele Fulwell said.
We hold this event every year to raise funds to purchase new equipment or replace vehicles for the brigade.
The event was a fun day out for the whole family with trade stalls, live music, food trucks, face painting, an auction and more.

Interesting expo: Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade volunteer members Daniel Blackney and CJ Tatnell browsed through the display of vehicles at the Grantville Adventure Expo on Sunday.


Ladies wow the crowd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE 64th CWA Gippsland Hills Group exhibition was held in Mirboo North over the weekend, with more than 850 exhibits from 96 members.
CWA state branch vice president and Meeniyan branch member Heather Scott said the Gippsland Hills Group exhibition was one of the top group exhibitions in the state.
The exhibition includes knitting, crochet, sewing, patchwork, floral art, jams and preserves, cookery and more, she said.
There were nine tables of different branch exhibits.
The Meeniyan branch won the branch aggregate award, with Inverloch and Woorayl branches coming in second and third respectively.
First place in the individual aggregate and winner of the Elinor Scott individual aggregate cup was Marilyn Mackie from the Meeniyan branch.
Second was Maryke Dann of the Bena branch and Lesley Beakley of the Inverloch branch came in third.
Handicraft, art and home industries entries were judged by qualified CWA judges who come from other parts of the state and local judges were invited to judge photography.
The horticultural sections were judged by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.
The group includes the Bena, Inverloch, Kardella, Korumburra, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Mirboo, Woorayl, Leongatha Twilight, Poowong and District and Mirboo North Night Owls branches.

Well done: Penny Wolswinkel from the CWA Kardella branch and Maryke Dann from the CWA Bena branch each won a best exhibit award at the CWA Gippsland Hills Group exhibition, held in Mirboo North over the weekend.


Suspense builds for FAMDAS new thriller "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FAMDA is preparing to bring to Foster the exciting contemporary Australian drama, The Web, a suspense thriller by Kate Mulvany.
The Web explores the power of the internet, where it takes only a nanosecond to send a compromising photo to thousands and the news, real or fake, can spread in a blink to millions.
The setting is a small rural town where you need to be tough to survive, life is full of tension and an isolated lonely boy finds friends on the world wide web.
The plays title could refer to the internet but it might also suggest the web of lies which turn the story into a gripping whodunit.
Bringing it all to life is experienced director, Sue Lindsay, and her talented cast.
The central characters are two teenage boys who communicate via the internet, creating a web of intrigue and mystery.
Wonthaggi student, Will Thatcher, and Foster based Chenneth Weeraratne play these lead roles with Katelyn Hollins from Wonthaggi as a teenage girl.
Jo Street has a pivotal role as the mother of one of the boys.
Jo has been seen on stage frequently with both Leongatha Lyric Theatre and FAMDA including playing major roles in The Rainmaker and Educating Rita for Lyric, and The Peppercorn Tree and Australia Day with FAMDA.
Andrew Farrell appears as the local policeman in The Web.
Remembered by many for his performance as Judas in Lyrics Jesus Christ Superstar, Andy performed with FAMDA much more recently in the one act play, Flora of the Prom.
Taking on multiple roles in The Web is Evy Nye who first performed with FAMDA in Waratah the Musical and has just finished acting with Lyric in California Suite.
The Web is truly a whodunit for the modern age and a fascinating exploration of isolation, friendship, and what happens when social experiments go frighteningly wrong.
See it all come to life on stage in an intriguing mixture of magic realism and psychological thriller.
Although its subject matter is dark, there are many funny moments and there are universal truths as we see each of the characters striving to find love in various ways.
FAMDAs production of The Web hits the stage at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre between April 27 and May 5.
Performances are at 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesday, May 2 with matines at 2pm on Sunday, April 29 and Saturday, May 5.
Book tickets online from or Tickets are also available through Main Street Revelations in Foster or by phoning 5682 1381.


Leongathas Avenue of Honour growing strong for 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VISITING Leongathas Avenue of Honour last Friday that will mark its milestone 100 years in June this year were Vietnam Veterans and Leongatha RSL members Vince Campisi, senior vice president and Colin James, junior vice president.
As explained on one of the boards, The Avenue of Honour has been growing and nurtured by the community in honour of all those from the West Riding of the former Shire of Woorayl who enlisted in the Great War.
It was on Saturday, June 22 1918 that the Leongatha and district community gathered near the former Leongatha Butter Factory to plant an avenue of trees in a single day.
The progress association decided to plant a row of 250 elm and oak trees along Yarragon Road, for a short distance along the Wild Dog Valley Road and Roughead Street.
The trees were provided by the Mossvale nursery and were planted alternately.
The local MP Mr Mackay planted a tree in honour of General Birdwood who led the ANZACS from 1914 until early 1918. Relatives of the young men were asked to care for the tree that bore their soldiers nameplate. The youth of the area were asked to treat the trees as sacred.
Over the years some of the trees have died or were removed. When trees were removed others were planted elsewhere in their place. There are about 100 trees still thriving in the avenue today, a unique living historic feature in the town. The original nameplates were replaced in the 1930s and finally removed in 1968 because they had deteriorated and had been damaged by mowers.
In 2015 the names were placed on a special wall. Originally 250 soldiers were honoured. Recent research has uncovered more names and these have been included on the new panels. The names of those from Woorayl Shire who enlisted to serve in the Great War have been shown on marble plaques in the Leongatha Memorial Hall since 1926. See more Anzac Day coverage in The Star next Tuesday.

100 year milestone: Colin James relative Colin Arrott Watt fought in WWI and is represented on one of the honour boards at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.


Cosi madness prevails "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MADNESS has always provided good material for theatre and Cosi, Phillip Islands Offshore Theatres latest play, is one mad romp that definitely drew the laughs on opening night in Cowes last Friday.
Directed by the talented Amanda Price, Cosi, the darkly funny 1992 play by Louis Nowra, set in Australia in the later days of the Vietnam War, sees a young director attempt to stage Mozarts Cosi fan Tutte with the patients inside a mental asylum.
Okay this play has its fair share of strong language and adult themes, but judging from the raucous laughter from the very mixed aged audience from 14 years to over 70, this didnt seem to be a problem.
The play was uplifting, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining!
There is no doubting the challenge to make the Cosi story believable was enormous. The text of Cosi is full of ambivalent feelings, constantly tortured between laughter and tears but the small theatre troupe achieved this balance perfectly and with great sensitivity.
The strength of Cosi is its handpicked ensemble of mad and at times hilarious characters, the majority being local teachers from Newhaven and Wonthaggi secondary colleges.
Leading the charge of standouts on Friday was Roy, the manic depressive and mad opera buff (Simon Furness).
It has to be said Simon was brilliant, giving a magnificent and totally believable performance as a psychotic patient.
He was followed closely by the loveable, and scary pyromaniac Doug (Josh Fredericks). The audience couldnt get enough of Doug , especially one 14 year old student who couldnt wait to see what he would set fire to next!
Then there was the wonderfully unpredictable, obsessive Cherry (Nina Prideaux), just fabulous and the anxious, agonised Henry (Hamish Trumble) who drew the laughs and stayed true to his troubled character throughout.
Fine performances came from the doped-up maniac musician Zac (Rebecca Parfitt) and obsessive perfectionist Ruth (Remi DAgostin).
As for the supposed sane characters, Steven Boon does a top job as Lewis, as does junkie and Lewiss love interest Julie (Holly Hatch), social worker Justin (Ashley Reed), always one to watch and Antonio Castello as Lewiss friend Nick and Lewiss girlfriend Lucy (Lauren White) were both convincing .
Full marks to the director for a highly entertaining production; it is well staged and well performed.
And it has to be said the old saying in theatre the show must go on certainly rang true for last Saturdays matinee when the power was off in Cowes for some seven hours and the cast and crew pulled together and gave a stella performance with all the blinds and curtins open to let in the natural light.
The cast lifted its performance to the next level to give another top show, much to the delight of the audience.
The theatre space is small and intimate and the staging simple and...


More legal costs to sting council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will pay further legal costs incurred by a neighbour of Bald Hills Wind Farm.
The Supreme Court of Victoria last week ordered council to pay the costs of wind farm neighbour John Zakula in relation to a court hearing on January 31, 2018.
His solicitor is yet to determine the cost, but said it is significant.
Council had already paid the neighbours legal fees of $20,000 and reportedly $20,000 in councils own fees too.
Mr Zakula is challenging councils handling of nuisance noise complaints by neighbours in relation to the wind farm.
The court ordered costs associated with a court hearing on March 20 be reserved for determination at the conclusion of the proceeding. Council CEO Tim Tamlin was examined by Mr Zakulas legal counsel at that hearing.
The matter returns to the court for trial on November 26. In the mean time, council has appointed a consultant to determine if the wind farm is producing nuisance noise, at a cost of $33,600.
Councils are responsible for enforcing planning permit conditions, such as noise levels.


Traffic lights to deliver safety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WORKS to install Wonthaggis first set of traffic lights are well underway.
To be installed at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and the Bass Highway, the lights will aim to increase traffic flow and improve safety.
The $3.76 million project was funded through the Federal and State Governments, as well as Bass Coast Shire Council.
These new traffic lights will improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians at the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.
The intersection has seen congestion and risky driver behaviour for many years, thats why were investing in this important safety upgrade.
Motorists have endured long delays at the intersection, which has resulted in impatience and drivers taking dangerous risks.
There have been 10 crashes with three people seriously injured in the last 10 years.
As well as the traffic lights, the intersection will also feature extended right turning lanes and raised platforms, which will force drivers to slow down as they approach.
VicRoads reported there were 11,000 vehicle movements at the intersection each day, including 1300 heavy vehicle movements.
Deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari said he cant wait to see the traffic lights up and running.
Work has already started, and there will need to be some sort of traffic management plan put in place eventually. Itll be a bit of pain, but it will be worth it once the intersection is fixed, he said.
As far as Im concerned, this is a fantastic project. It is a little sad to see the small country town you grew up in get to the stage where it needs traffic lights, but its absolutely necessary for safety at that intersection and the future development of Wonthaggi.
Its almost impossible to turn right at the intersection at the moment. Most locals know to avoid it, so its going to be extremely beneficial for people trying to get on and off the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road.
Cr Tessari said the lights will also provide opportunity for pedestrians to cross the intersection safely.
The work is expected to be completed in June, with minor delays for motorists.
Traffic controls will be in place while the signals are being installed, so motorists are asked to take care if theyre travelling through the work site, VicRoads acting regional director Eastern Region Pas Monacella said.


Reduced rainfall increases stress "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FARMERS have been feeling the stress over these past few dry months in South Gippsland.
Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold has recorded 93.9mm of rain in Meeniyan since the start of January this year, which in comparison to the same time last year is a very poor amount.
During the same time in 2017, Mr Fromhold recorded 161.9mm of rain.
Its been a tough autumn and its not good going into winter like this, he said.
Things are still so dry and if we dont get some rain soon its going to be even tougher on our farmers.
Its pretty stressful for farmers because the feeding costs go up and there is nothing cheaper than feeding animals with grass from the paddock, the workload increases because farmers have to shift water around their properties and therefore the pressure increases.
Mr Fromhold said the countryside has generally greened up with the 37mm of rain South Gippsland copped between March 25 and 27.
The paddocks have a bit of a green tinge to them due to that rain however we certainly need another lot to keep it going, he said.
The only good thing about the lack of rain is that it kills the bugs in the ground that eat the grass and depending on how much rain we end up getting it wont be as muddy this winter.
We can also access more nice dry firewood.
Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Waters storages from March 31st to April 6 saw three mm at Lance Creek, two mm at Ruby Creek, zero mm at Coalition Creek, Deep Creek and Little Bass and two mm at Battery Creek.
The start of April has brought little rain across the region and storages at Little Bass are now nearing restriction levels at 53 percent capacity, South Gippsland Waters managing director Philippe du Plessis said.
The corporation is preparing for the possibility that restrictions may be needed for Poowong, Loch and Nyora townships in the coming weeks.

Dry season: Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold has recorded very low rainfall for Meeniyan so far this year.


Police assure crash victims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Proactive Police Unit (PPU) from Morwell was in Leongatha on Tuesday, April 10 following the terrifying crash on April 9 in McCartin Street.
Jesse Proctor, a 21 year old from Moe, crashed a stolen vehicle into two parked cars which burst into flames outside Woorayl Lodge aged care hostel in Leongatha.
The PPU was set up at the accident site for around four or five hours.
They were there for public reassurance and to assist the public with the recovery stage after the major incident, Senior Sergeant Col Sheppard said.
Police spoke with the residents of Woorayl Lodge and reassured them that this kind of incident was not normal.
The offender was apprehended and we are offering support for those people who are affected through referral agencies.
Police said Mr Proctor was released from prison on March 2 and was withdrawing from the drug ice and has now been charged with 74 offences.
After the vehicles exploded, Mr Proctor got into the vehicle of a woman passing by, threatening to kill her if she didnt drive away.
The woman got out of her car with her keys and Mr Proctor ran to Young Street, and found another woman in a vehicle with two children aged four and one.
Mr Proctor entered the vehicle and told the woman to drive, threatening to stab the woman.
The woman drove a distance before stopping the vehicle and getting out with her children, after which Proctor allegedly punched her in the head and sexually assaulted her.
He took her keys and drove towards Hedley at around 180km/h where he was arrested around two and a half hours after the crash in Leongatha.
Police used stop sticks to puncture the vehicles tyres.
Mr Proctor was remanded in custody to return to court in July this year.


Big improvements at Baromi Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Mirboo North Baromi Park draft master plan has been completed.
The town received a $400,000 allocation for future capital works and there is currently $300,000 in the Mirboo North and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.
The draft master plan suggests how that $300,000 should be spent.
The plan states $18,800 will go towards a half court basketball court, $18,800 towards refurbishing the existing skate bowl, $10,000 to design a skate extension and $14,000 to construct an asphalt connecting path.
A further $58,500 to construct/landscape toilets at the east end of the park, $25,000 to construct a performance platform and $10,000 towards designing parking at the rear end of the shops.
I think the community budgeting process was a fantastic example of local democracy and that it felt empowering to have input into how money is spent in the town, Mirboo North and District Community Foundation executive officer Ruth Rogan said.
As with all democratic processes, not everyone agrees with the outcome, but everyone does have their opportunity to have a say.
I am excited to see the impact of the OurSay process and the Baromi Park Masterplan during 2018 and 19 and hopefully the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation can partner with this through our community grants program.

Moving forward: from left, community project officer Thomasin Bales, Mirboo North and District Community Foundation executive officer Ruth Rogan, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Maxine Kiel and Mirboo North Country Development chair and secretary Heather Butler are making progress with the Mirboo North Baromi Park draft master plan.


Councillors frustrated by round table push "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN urgent meeting held by South Gippsland Shire Council to reconsider establishing a peak group in Leongatha similar to the successful Korumburra Round Table has been labelled a waste of time.
At the March council meeting, Cr Don Hill asked council to see if the community wanted a round table, but his motion was not supported.
Crs Hill, Andrew McEwen and Jeremy Rich called for a special urgent meeting of council last Wednesday to consider the proposal further and council voted to reconsider it at its April 26 meeting.
Cr Alyson Skinner said the matter was not urgent and labelled last Wednesdays meeting a waste of time and resources.
I dont believe this is a matter that needs to have an urgent special council meeting. We already decided on it, she said.
Crs Maxine Kiel and Ray Argento agreed.
The original motion was defeated. This is a waste of council time and resources, Cr Kiel said.
Cr Argento said because the motion failed at the March meeting, it had been dealt with.
Cr Hill said he was totally surprised the motion failed to pass at the March council meeting.
The reason I am bringing this up as an urgent motion today, is because if we dont do this todaywe will have to wait three months before we could implement it again, he said.
Cr Hill was disappointed with comments made by several councillors at the March meeting. He also denied criticising the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the meeting.
I in no way criticised any groups in town, in the report or outside the report. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce which has been mentioned, is a fine organisation that I have every confidence in, he said.
Cr Hill said when speaking on the motion at the March meeting, Cr Edwards made a lot of emotive conversation.
He said she was patronising and offensive.
The report does not give any direction to tell the community how things are to be done. It is purely to give authority to officers to instigate discussions, he said.
Cr Skinner said council should put resources into its community strengthening strategy.
Cr Hill said Leongatha was the only place in the shire that did not have its own plan or vision.
If they continue like that as a town, it is going to be harder for us to approve funding for big projects, he said.
I implore my fellow councillors to vote for the future of Leongatha here, otherwise you are cutting Leongatha adrift.
Cr Hill claimed every other community gets money for those sorts of things, drawing an audible scoff from Cr Skinner, which was met with a swift rebuttal.
You have brought up millions of things for your area Cr Skinner, ahead of the council bringing them forward and you have put them to the top of the queue. You have now put Leongatha to the bottom of the queue, Cr Hill said......


Back on track "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Leongatha Cycling Carnival could roll back into town next year with the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry leading the charge and meeting next Monday, April 23 to further discuss this plan.

Chamber vice president Anthony Walls said the team was working towards bringing back the once iconic cycling carnival that attracted huge crowds of more than 6000 people to the Leongatha velodrome for 29 years from 1979 to 2007.

Coordinated by Leongathas Terry Watchorn, the cycling carnival became one of South Gippslands premium events and one of the biggest velodrome events in Australia.

The event attracted 52 world, Commonwealth Games and Olympic gold medallists over the years, including Anna Meares, Shane Kelly, Gary Neiwand, Stephen Pate, Brett Aitken, Scott McGrory and many international riders.

Also around 94 Australian and state champions raced at Leongatha over that period.

The cycling carnival not only attracted many world and Australias best cyclists, but was also a huge social event on the Gippsland calendar that saw people travel from all parts of the state to attend.

We will have the first formal meeting next Monday, April 23 to discuss that further, Mr Walls said.

At this stage we are aiming for a return in February 2019, but it may not happen until 2020.

Collaboration with other community groups and organisations is high also on the chamber committees list of priorities.

Mr Walls said the group is already working together with the Rotary Club of Leongatha and is looking forward to working with more groups and sporting clubs in the future.

The chambers AGM will be held in a few months.

We have got some really good people who want to put in a lot of time and effort. We are trying to create a really positive feel around the town, Mr Wall said.

There are a few new businesses that have recently come to Leongatha and are thriving and have become a great support to the chamber as well.

We want all the shops filled and all businesses to succeed.

The chamber is aiming to become the Leongatha Business Association in the coming months, in an effort to give the organisation a fresh start.

Mr Walls said the rebranding became necessary, as people were, and still are confused as to what the chamber does and what it stands for.

We have a new look committee and a lot of new members who are willing to contribute their great ideas, he said.

The new name says simply who and what we are. We want to get every business in Leongatha on board, not just retailers.

The name change will come with a fresh new logo as well......


Tweed Hospital site selection cloaked in secrecy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The red soils of the Cudgen plateau are too precious to be subdivided, say Labor and local opponents of the new Tweed Hospital site. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Labors Justine Elliot and Walt Secord, together with Tweed councillor Reece Byrnes, have called on the state government to release a full list of the alternative sites considered for a new Tweed Hospital, saying while they supported better health outcomes, they were alarmed by the cloak of secrecy surrounding the selection of the location.

And a local activist has described the move as the most cynical act of political hypocrisy visited upon the shire in the last 20 years.

As reported last week, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Tweed National MP Geoff Provest have announced a new Tweed Hospital will be built on a 23-hectare site on prime agricultural land at Cudgen.

Labor wants to know why the Cudgen agricultural site was selected from 29 possible sites on NSW Health Infrastructures list.

In 2002, the land was designated and classified as land of state significance due to its rich, red volcanic soil. Property developers have been seeking its re-zoning since the 1980s.

NSW Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord, Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot said while they support better health outcomes in the Tweed but questioned why the Berejiklian government picked the controversial site.

Lack of transparency

More than 200 local residents have attended a community meeting about the selection of the site and Mr Secord said his office had been inundated with emails about the location and lack of transparency.

People were also very anxious about the decision-making processes, he said.

Like so many decisions by the Berejiklian government, the Tweed Hospital announcement is made without proper consultation. They just drop it on the community without giving them proper input.

Tweed Hospital is under enormous pressure and better hospital services are needed, but few people were consulted, he said.

Ms Elliot attacked Tweed MP Geoff Provest, who she said had ignored the local community.

The community has a right to be involved in the decision-making process.



APRadio Harry & Mike discuss Australias only political un-convicted prisoner languishing a Victorian jail. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In solitary confinement and un-convicted is Australias only political prisoner Phil Galea that is non-Muslim alleged terrorist languishing in a Victorian jails solitary confinement to what seems appeasement of the political correct...


Youth theatre give treats the treatment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Youth Theatre tackles the question of how we treat ourselves. Photo Jeff Dawson.

How do you treat yourself? 

It isnt often that we stop and take stock of how we treat ourselves, how this influences us and the outcomes it has. 

But this is the question that is being looked at as part of the Byron Youth Theatres (BYT) new production that will be shown to local high school students next term and the screening of That Sugar Film on April 27 at the Byron Theatre starting at 6.30pm.

Young people are curious to find out about the body, mind and spirit, as I think we all are, said BYT director Lisa Apostolides.

That Sugar Film screening April 27

We can all do with helpful reminders about our health and well being. That Sugar Film is one great reminder and an eye opener to the fact that not everything we have been sold as healthy is.

Damon Gameau, who wrote and starred in That Sugar Film, will conduct a Q&A following the screening in Byron. 

His first hand experience is remarkable and he will be able to share this with us as well as shedding light on other aspects of the film and his future production, said Lisa.

As a husband and father, he is perfectly placed to share about the challenges and demands of a busy work sche...


UQ medical researchers UM connections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Christoph Schnelle addresses the audience at a Universal Medicine seminar. Photo Universal Medicine

A University of Queensland medical researcher and up to eight of his co-authors are now under scrutiny following an ABC report into an alleged failure to disclose links to controversial North Coast-based group Universal Medicine.

According to the ABC, the UQ ethics committee approved the studies but researchers must fully disclose conflicts of interest. UQ and international journals that published articles by the researchers are now investigating allegations that there were undeclared conflicts of interest by some researchers.

According to the report, which ran on the ABCs flagship The World Today program on Monday (April 16), four of the researchers have publicly advocated for UM practices, two are presenters at the UMs College of Universal Medicine, while two others are a naturopath and a psychologist who practice at UMs Brisbane clinic

The ABC program named Christoph Schnelle, a UQ faculty of medicine researcher who was the lead author of three articles on UM health practices, and a second public advocate of UM within UQs faculty of medicine, Clayfield GP and associate lecturer Amelia Stephens.

Vietnam research project

According to the report, the team plan to run trials into UMs unconventional treatment for back pain, and are running a $40,000 fundraising appeal in Australia and the UK to back it.

But, the program said, a study last year showed the lack of high-quality evidence for the effectiveness of the UM treatment meant it was not possible to conduct the trials in Australian hospitals.

Instead they will be run in Vietnam, where the group recently ran a retreat.

University let down

Eminent medical educator Professor John Dwyer of University of NSW attacked the plan, and the group, telling the ABC program that the researchers had let the university down badly in their fervour for promoting the benefits of Universal Medicines approach to treatments, which have no basis in science [and] couldnt possibly be effective.

These people are in a position of giving undeserved credibility to the nonsense thats coming out of Universa...


Lynden Air Cargo firefighting air tanker L-100-30 Hercules N405LC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LYC405 N405LC C130 Avalon-Cairns-Port Moresby

N405LC C130 at Cairns, Photo Supplied.


Vacancy rates tighten in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Canberra tightens

Vacancy rates tightened slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2018, down from 2.3 per cent a year earlier (and 2.2 per cent in February 2018) according to SQM Research. 

In the month of March vacancy rates fell in Brisbane from 3.4 per cent to 3.2 per cent, and in Canberra from 0.8 per cent to just 0.6 per cent.

The vacancy rate for Canberra has fallen from 2.5 per cent in mid-2015 when it was announced in the Barr Budget that there would be significant rate rise and land taxes imposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

While there are rentals on the market, the methodology picks up rental properties vacant between leases for a period of time and acts a viable leading indicator for markets that are tightening or easing. 

With investors looking elsewhere, SQM reports that median asking rents for houses in the ACT have increased by +29 per cent over the past 3 years to $617/week.

That makes Canberra the second most expensive capital city after Sydney at a $738/week median asking rent for houses. 

In Hobart the chronic shortage of rentals has eased a little over the past two months, if only a little. 

Melbourne has a relatively tight vacancy rate at 1.4 per cent, while in Sydney the vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent is being reflected in relatively flat rents overall, including a slight decline for median house asking rents. 

The Perth market continues to pick up steadily from its nadir. 



INTERVIEW: Jason Isbell (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IN THE WAKE OF THE NASHVILLE SOUND Ahead of his recent return to Australia with his band The 400 Unit, Jason Isbell took Chris Familton through what hes been up to in the wake of last years The Nashville Sound. I still dont think of myself as a country musician, says Jason Isbell, talking about the Continue reading


George Pell case returns to Vic court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cardinal George Pell is back in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

MELBOURNE, AAP Cardinal George Pells legal team and the prosecution are due to appear before a Melbourne court for legal arguments about whether Australias most senior Catholic will stand trial on historical sex offence charges.

Pell, 76, has been excused from attending Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when the defence and prosecution return for legal arguments following a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March.

During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, with high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC accusing police of having tunnel vision and running a get Pell operation.

The investigation, code named Operation Tethering, began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.

Pell was charged some four years later with historical sex offences involving multiple complainants, who gave evidence before a closed court at the committal hearing, as required by law in sex offence cases.

Pell denies all the charges.

Its unclear when magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether Pell will stand trial.

The defence and prosecution have already made written submissions about the case ahead of Tuesdays hearing.

The post George Pell case returns to Vic court appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Drones go up as nets again fail to catch sharks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday January 7, 2018. Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

Chris Dobney

The NSW Government has turned to drones after a second controversial trial of shark nets on the North Coast caught even fewer sharks than the previous trial in 2016-17.

But it has still failed to rule out returning nets to North Coast beaches again next year, despite their overwhelming failure to protect bathers and an increase in so-called bycatch (by far the majority of sea creatures caught).

In last years trial, conducted by DPI Fisheries, the nets caught six target species out of 244 animals caught. The result this year (23 November to 31 March) was even less effective: with just one live and one dead bull shark netted.

Meanwhile a total of 264 of non target sea creatures were caught, of which 83 were found dead.

The most common species netted were rays, with a total of 41 Australian cownose rays caught (including 9 found dead) and 41 whitespotted eagle rays (including four found dead) trapped in the nets.

Other species found trapped included a green turtle, a hawksbill turtle and a grey nurse shark, all of which are endangered, and three dolphins, one of which was found dead.

The nets were deployed for 28 days during March but only checked 14 times. DPI claims this was due to weather conditions.

North Coast-based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin in the obligatory photo op with North...


Cricket Australia's billion dollar score "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The draughty feeling between your legs? That"s a lack of pants down there, my friend. And the soft kiss of a gentle breeze wafting over your pink bits is a natural consequence of the sweet nothings being whispered into your arse by the executives at Seven and Foxtel, and their enablers in the Federal government who just let Cricket Australia drop the nation"s summer sport behind a pay wall.

Seven and Foxtel"s joint billion dollar deal for the broadcast rights to Test and limited overs cricket, is about as clear a breach of the anti-siphoning legislation as you could hope for if you had a lazy billion dollars lying around and you wanted to spend the next six years gouging millions of punters for all they were worth.


April 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.

1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.

1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.

1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.

1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...


The plus-and-minus Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The plus-and-minus Commonwealth GamesThe Commonwealth Games wound up on the weekend on Queenslands Gold Coast with a familiar mix of celebration and bitching. read now...

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Arts Wednesday 18 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ed Lippmann returns at 10:40 am with the final part of Loved and Unloved and we wrap up the series by looking at examples from Europe of heritage issues.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Dr Derek Wilding, Professor at the Centre for Media Transition at UTS and we discuss a study just published by his department, which looked at defamation cases across Australia in the last five years. There are lots of interesting finds but for merit was the discovery that each and every one of us who texts, emails, blogs, posts on social media is a publisher. Think of the ramifications of that one!

Music deals with law but mostly money court cases are all about damages awarded!

I look forward to your company!

The post Arts Wednesday 18 April 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Titans threat to abandon Cbus confirms governments have wasted money on super stadiums "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Based on the Courier-Mail report of a threat from the Gold Coast Titans to abandon the Cbus Super Stadium, over allegedly high charges imposed by Stadiums Queensland, the huge investments successive state governments have made in super stadiums (e.g. Suncorp, Cbus and now Townsville) may have been unnecessary. Hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been better spent on health or education priorities have been misdirected. The clubs can actually make do with smaller venues. The Courier-Mail reports:

The Courier-Mail has learnt that in a tense round of high-level negotiations, the Titans issued the explosive threat to sell home games to other venues both within Queensland and interstate, leaving Cbus Super Stadium as a $160 million white elephantTitans officials got a taste of life away from the yoke of Stadiums Queensland when they went on the road to Toowoomba and Gladstone recently and were thrilled with the operational ease and commercial success of hosting those matches.

So the clubs dont need the super stadiums after all! That would save the state government over $50 million in grants each year (see my Stadiums Qld post from yesterday). However, I expect the Queensland Government will find a more footy-friendly Stadiums Queensland board and it will reach a new deal with footy clubs so the government doesnt suffer the political embarrassment of a $160 million white elephant. That, of course, would be a demonstration of the sunk cost fallacy. The government is losing money via Stadiums Queensland every year and it would be doing taxpayers a favour if it closed down the most uneconomic of its stadiums and sold them to the private sector to redevelop.

Incidentally, I had several excellent comments on my Stadiums Queensland post yesterday. Regular reader Brad suggests the governing bodies (e.g. NRL, AFL) could make a greater contribution:

One area of concern here is that the stadiums should be charging the national leagues much more money to recover costs. Each of the different leagues typically collect approximately 80% of their revenue from TV rights but those funds are not distributed to the clubs. Therefore, the leagues are getting rich while the government pays for the stadiums as the clubs have no money. The state government funding of stadiums enables the leagues to keep their money rather than them paying full cost recovery for the use of the stadiums.

Regular reader Jim noted it was a timely post:



On writing, PNG literature and the voice of the diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I recently caught up with Rashmii Bell over lunch in Brisbane, and asked about her background and experiences as an author. Listen to the podcast, read the transcript, or for highlights of what we discussed, read on.

I began by asking Rashmii to tell me about her background, and what she is currently involved in.

Rashmii hails from Sio, Morobe Province in PNG, having being born and lived in Lae, as well as Port Moresby and (presently) Brisbane. She was educated in Australia, and has lived between there and PNG since 1990. She studied at Griffith University, obtaining a degree in psychology and criminology. She has more than ten years of experience working in case management within adult and youth corrections services.

And now?

Im a little past nine years while Ive been at home. Ive just been raising children. But, Ive always enjoyed reading. I read everything, read every day. And writing, I have been writing for myself, but I only just started having my work published in the past three years

I went on to ask what Rashmii considered to be the most significant milestones in her journey as an author. Her first, and possibly most significant milestone, was seeing her work published on the PNG Attitude blog, edited by Keith Jackson. More recently, her role as editor of My Walk to Equality has provided new opportunities:

appearing at the writers festivals, the Sunshine Coast festival this year, and then Brisbane Writers Festival, both in 2016 and 2017, which has really, I think, for the majority of the emerging contemporary PNG writers, thats a huge thing for us to know that Papua New Guinean literature is being mentioned at these international events.

In a similar vein, I asked Rashmii what she thought were the things that had the most influence on her voice as an author. She explained to me that she focuses on long form writing, with her pieces best classified as opinion and commentary. This is not a genre favoured by many Papua New Guineans and, among those that do, there are very few women, so I think that in itself helps elevate my voice because I am the minority in amongst the commentators out there, among the PNG men.

In addition, the subjects she writes on social justic...


Health preparations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

H, I was planning to take a visit to Townsville to surprise my aunty and uncle out there, but I've never been to Australia before, are there any diseases mosquitoes carry I'd need to get shots for?

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Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #5 : Shirley Clamp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are so many occasions when Shirley Clamp SHOULD have been Swedens entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Of all the times shes entered, this is probably my favourite. Min krlek (Aha) Ska brinna (Aha) S klar som en stjrna i natten Min krlek (Aha) Ska finna (Aha) Sin vg i det djupaste vatten Min krlek till dig (Min krlek,


More reports showing that 'trickle up' economics is at work in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here is just a little of what Liberal & National party members - and their governments - refuse to understand as they support a far-right economic platform which is built on a reduction in corporate tax rates, high business profits and large management salaries in conjunction with employee wage supression, erosion of workers' rights, an increase in employment insecurity based on casual, part-time and/or employees as sham contractors and, further restrictions on eligibility for a number of basic welfare payments.

Last year, as the government prepared another round of welfare crackdowns, Minister Michaelia Cash said she expects that those who can work should work and our welfare system should be there as a genuine safety net, not as something that people can choose to fund their lifestyle.

The subtext was clear those who need help are a drain on the rest of us.
This rhetoric is familiar, but it is wrong. It is the wealthiest Australians who enjoy the most support.

Research commissioned by Anglicare Australia shows that each year, a staggering $68 billion is spent keeping the wealthiest households wealthy. That...


Fair Work Ombudsman begins another weary audit which will inevitably discover more employers behaving like criminals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite wage growth falling to record lows last year, the Australian Minister for Jobs and Innovation WA Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash continues to talk down any need for a substantial national minimum wage increase and praises the good will of employers big and small.

It seems she just refuses to accpet the evidence of her own eyes.......

The Guardian, 11 April 2018:

On Wednesday the Fair Work Ombudsman announced an audit targeting the fast food, restaurant and cafe sector which will penalise businesses exploiting vulnerable workers, including students, casual staff and immigrants.

It follows numerous high-profile cases of workers being exploited, including a cook who was employed by Bar Coluzzi in Sydney on a 457 skilled worker visa who was told by her boss to repay $13,952 of her wages to cover tax and superannuation contributions. She was also working excessive unpaid overtime.

The convenience story chain 7-Eleven was ...


The Real Full Monty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A mate and I went to the recording tonight of the finale of a forthcoming Channel 7 TV series. Its all about mens health. Its based on a popular movie. It has a confidential spectacular, ending. We had to hand our phones in to keep it all very confidential. Were not allowed to say who the final eight are. However,


Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian federal authorities have pinned multiple charges on a 32-year-old Brisbane woman for purchasing illicit drugs from the United Kingdom, using bitcoin. People shouldnt assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies warned Australian Border Force (ABF) Queensland regional commander Terry Price while announcing details of a joint-investigation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The post Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys appeared first on CCN


Chinese Social Network Weibo Backtracks On Gay Ban After User Revolt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo has backed down from a controversial ban on online content related to homosexuality after outrage from the countrys internet users. The company, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, said on Friday that for the next three months it would be removing photos, videos, text and comics with pornographic ...

The post Chinese Social Network Weibo Backtracks On Gay Ban After User Revolt appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Word in Hand at the Red Rattler "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Word In Hand hits the stage at the Red Rattler in Marrickville from 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month. This Tuesday 1st May: Flying in from the other side of the world Queensland The Travelling Sisters! Reviewed as insane geniuses of sketch comedy, theyre like no other act youve ever seen! Also, joining Word In Hand for the first time: the Mighty MC Kronic, and Matilda Langford  two budding first nations artists who have been mentored by our Queen herself, Candy Royalle! It is smooth Spoken Word for Everyone, but with an keen eye on the Queer, P.O.C & The Sisterly! Got some spoken words of your own to share? Get there early to sign up for our Open Mic!

What: Word in Hand

When: Tuesday, 1st May / 7pm

Where: The Red Rattler, 5 Faversham Street Marrickville

Tickets: $10 unwaged...


Government and media silence on the bushfire danger to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires.,11401 16 April 2018

Emergency warning issued as out-of-control bushfire rages across Sydney

As fires raged in Sydney, there has not been a peep out of the mainstream media about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. Noel Wauchope reports. 

THE LATEST news on the bushfires raging in Sydneys south-west is that the firefighters are cautiously optimistic and that emergency warning advice has been downgraded to watch and act.

However, the fire continues to burn in an easterly direction towards Barden Ridge and weather conditions are still dodgy, as Sydneys record-breaking heatwave looks like coming to an end.



If a nuclear bomb were to be dropped on Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New study reveals catastrophic death toll from a nuclear attack
WHAT would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in your backyard? A chilling new study estimates the death toll from an attack on Australia.Tom Livingstone,, APRIL 15, 2018

Scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have created simulations of a potential outcome if an attack did occur, and found the best course of action for people was to take shelter first and then take steps to escape afterwards.

Those who tried to seek out family members and aid and assist others were more likely to die.

In the study, it showed some people would look out for family, while others wold panic and run blindly away.

When humans carried out shelter-seeking, evacuation, healthcare-seeking, and worry combined, they were more likely to survive.

The simulation, which was first revealed by Science Magazine, shows that venturing away from a safe place leaves civilians subjected to a higher dose of radiation, which would likely prove fatal.

With President Trumps consistent tweets threatening action against Russia and North Korea in a game of who has the bigger artillery,...


Hillsong Churchs debut in the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Gay Lord Brian

Gay Lord Brian Houston of Hillsong

Below is an article in ABC Australia on-line about Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015.

It is anticipated that Brian Houston of Hillsong Church will be ready for Hillsong Church to come out in March next years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and will lead the Hillsong float.

Darlene Zschech may sing for gay Sydney as she sang so gloriously for Pope Francis the head of the greatest gay church on the planet the Roman Catholic Church, which is also the greatest pedophilia church on the planet.

Ive embellished the gayness of the ABC Australian article and its gay pictures by adding a series of Hillsong gay pictures in the later part of this article.

In the ABC Australia article my comments are made after each photograph and the photographs comments by the ABC journalist.



TV Broadcaster Wants App Stores Blocked to Prevent Piracy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After first targeting torrent and regular streaming platforms with blocking injunctions, last year Village Roadshow and studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount began looking at a new threat.

The action targeted HDSubs+, a reasonably popular IPTV service that provides hundreds of otherwise premium live channels, movies, and sports for a relatively small monthly fee. The application was filed during October 2017 and targeted Australias largest ISPs.

In parallel, Hong Kong-based broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) launched a similar action, demanding that the same ISPs (including Telstra, Optus, TPG, and Vocus, plus subsidiaries) block several pirate IPTV services, named in court as A1, BlueTV, EVPAD, FunTV, MoonBox, Unblock, and hTV5.

Due to the similarity of the cases, both applications were heard in Federal Court in Sydney on Friday. Neither case is as straightforward as blocking a torrent or basic streaming portal, so both applicants are having to deal with additional complexities.

The TVB case is of particular interest. Up to a couple of dozen URLs maintain the services, which are used to provide the content, an EPG (electronic program guide), updates and sundry other features. While most of these appear to fit the description of an online location designed to assist copyright infringement, where the Android-based software for the IPTV services is hosted provides an interesting dilemma.

ComputerWorld reports that the apps which offer live broadcasts, video-on-demand, and catch-up TV are hosted on as-yet-unnamed sites which are functionally similar to Google Play or Apples App Store. Theyre repositories of applications that also carry non-infringing apps, such as those for Netflix and YouTube.

Nevertheless, despite clear knowledge of this dual use, TVB wants to have these app marketplaces blocked by Australian ISPs, which would not only render the illicit apps inaccessible to the public but all of the non-infringing ones too. Part of its argument that this action would be reasonable appears to be that legal apps such as Netflixs for example can also be freely accessed elsewhere.

It will be up to Justice Nicholas to decide whether the primary purpose of these marketplaces is to infringe or facilitate the infringement of TVBs copyrights. However, TVB also appears to have another problem which is directly connected to the copyright status in Australia of its China-focused l...


Hunter-killer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Return of the Hunter!

Although Sydney has a record number of apartments under construction, the rising number of completions through this cycle to date has generally been absorbed by faster population growth. 

The vacancy rate for metropolitan Sydney declined from 2.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent in March 2018, according to the latest REINSW data.

Inner ring Sydney recorded a vacancy rate of just 1.9 per per cent - and that figure has been tracking lower for quite a few months now, down from 2.3 per cent in July last year. 

However, there have been some signs of rising vacancy rates in the middle and outer rings at 2.6 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively. 

Smoothing the figures on a 6-month moving average basis shows the trends.

It's interesting to note that Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have seen vacancy rates tightening substantially since the coal bust of 2012. 

Further afield most regional markets are relatively in balance from a rental market perspective. 

The highest vacancy rate was in the Coffs Harbour region at 3.9 per cent. 


Lost In Space remake. First thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I used to watch Lost in Space every day after school. It was on after Gilligan's Island and before Hogan's Heroes. I loved it.

Naturally I jumped right into the Netflix reboot as soon as it dropped. I'll cut to my take now; I enjoyed it hugely. But I can already see there are some who don't.

Over on the Book of Face, Cam Rogers, elbowed his way through all the Russian trolls and adverts for colostomy bags (I told the Zuck I was born in 1901) to lay the following smackdown on the reboot:

What is it with so many current generation TV shows being populated with characters I don't want to spend five minutes with?
The Lost In Space reboot: flat scenes, irritating characters you wanna see die ASAP, minimal sets and locations, boilerplate structure, hacky as fuck, the Dad is yet another stoic soldier-as-father-figure agitprop cliche, the kids are entitled and self-aborbed brats, boring, or talk like a middle-aged LA writer - all without telling us anything about them *at all*.
Just die already.

Ok. Thanks Cam. I can see you have issues. And some of them are even nudging legit. The structural critique is spot on, but so what? It's like trashing an old Saturday matinee pirate movie for inadequate consideration of inequities in the maritime labour market which predisposed underclass workers to unauthorised redistributive tactics.

It's Lost in Space, not Twin Peaks, or even Battlestar Galactica 2.0. The teenaged characters are indeed often self absorbed and bratty, which just makes them very accurate portrayals of teenagers.

Toby Stephens' John Robinson is totally another stoic soldier-as-father-figure, but there's not much agitprop there. He's a much deeper and well realised character than Guy William's jump-suited Mike Brady Brand hunk of beef. The pilot dips its toe into cliche, with some early family flashbacks to happier days, and then it all turns to shit, much more interesting shit, as Stephen's absent marine loses contact with his family, and then almost loses the family altogether.

I have no probs with the sets or scenery. I used to build out my own imaginary Jupiter 2 in a cubby house in our back yard as a kid, and if I had a couple of million bucks to reimagine it today, it'd look pretty close to the Netflix version. I'm only three eps into the series, so I don't know where they'll end up in future story arcs, but given the restrictions of actually filming on Earth, I thought the mash-up of Hoth and every bucolic Stargate forest planet ever was a pretty reasonable start.

Parker Posey's Dr Sm...


Sydney bushfire deemed highly suspicious as threat eases "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

BBC News

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian Shaw

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian ShawSource:News Corp Australia

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the citys southern suburbs.

Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as highly suspicious.

How dare anyone if they are deliberately involved in lighting fires endanger our firefighters and also [put] all these communities in harms way, said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

The bushfire forced some locals to evacuate their homes on the weekend, while others were told it was too dangerous to leave.

Recent weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot, with strong winds fanning bushfires.

Firefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blazeImage copyrightEPAImage captionFirefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blaze

Authorities said wind speeds were not as severe on Monday, making it easier to battle the blaze.

Mr Fitzsimmons said flames travelled right up to the back fences of houses, but no properties had been lost.

While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant, he said.

There is a lot of work still to be done today and maybe into tonight before we can call the fire contained.


Serious fun at Luna Park St Kilda ( Melbourne ) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As we headed towards St Kilda to stay for the weekend we were holding a big secret back from the girlswe would be going to Luna Park for the day! They have seen plenty of pictures of it and have been past it while we have been in that area before and have always wanted to visit but until then we had not been. I have been when I was much younger and so had Mark but it would be a fantastic day out for all of us.

Luna Park St Kildafun for every family member!

Luna Park Ride Prices (unlimited rides)

Unlimited Rides Family Pass:                    $149.90

0-3 Years Unlimited Rides:                        $17.50

4-12 Years Unlimited Rides:                      $39.95

13+ Years Unlimited Rides:                       $49.95

Luna Park Ride Prices (single ride)

0-3 Single Ride Price:                                $4.95

4-12 Single Ride Price:                              $9.95

13+ Single Ride Price:                               $10.95

There is a $2 entry fee for anyone entering Luna Park St Kilda.

Rides are something that scares me a little bit so I was worried. Would there be some I would like, would there be enough to keep the girls happy, would there be ones that the girls didnt reach required heightsthen I thought, hang on, am I just totally scared of having some fun?!!

ferris wheel at Luna Park

Sunday morning came, we got up and had some breakfast before heading to the Esplanade Sunday Market for a visit. The Luna Park face had been taunting the girls since we had arrived on Saturday afternoon but for some strange reason, neither of them had asked if we were going. We got some great Turkish Delight from the market and a couple of other things before heading to Luna Park. Just out the front, we got them to pose for some photos and then gave them the news. They were so excited and there was plenty of screaming and shouting.

We made our way over to the booth to get our passes and then we were off and racing. At 11 am there were not too many people in Luna Park so keeping an eye on them was not too hard and the wait for the rides was...


Yamba basks in the reflected glow of gold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Area News, 14 April 2018:

Cousins Donna Urquhart (right) and Cameron Pilley have won gold in the mixed doubles squash.

They already shared family, a hometown and their childhoods - but now cousins Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley share a mixed doubles squash title at the Commonwealth Games.

Urquhart and Pilley won gold after defeating Indian pair Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Both a product of Yamba in northern...


Mullum group saves more precious Daintree rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kelvin Davies on some of the recently purchased land. Photo supplied

Mullumbimby-based non-profit organisation Rainforest Trust Australia is celebrating its purchase of nine properties in the Daintree lowland rainforest to protect endangered wildlife and wind back the impacts of inappropriate development.

Rainforest Trust Australias CEO, Kelvin Davies said the group acquired the properties over 18 months, with one purchase on average every eight weeks.

We were excited to discover camera traps installed on one of the blocks detected three cassowaries, a Bennetts tree-kangaroo, a musky rat-kangaroo and a red legged pademelon, Mr Davies.

Rainforest Trust Australia has now offered these properties to the Queensland government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park along with five other blocks acquired in past years.

Winding back development

The properties range in size from 1 to 20 hectares (2.5 to 50 acres), but Mr Davies said the more significant conservation benefit comes from winding back impacts of the 1980s subdivision that carved up two-thirds of the Daintree lowland rainforest into 1,100 rural residential blocks.

The winding back of development in the Daintree occurs in very practical ways. Buying land for conservation stops housing development and in locations where all of the freehold properties have been purchased and we can work with governments to close and revegetate roads, he said.

The organisation has purchased has now purchased 43 properties in the area.

MrDaviies said Rainforest Trust Australia had managed to increase its rate of land acquisition in the Daintree through community support inspired in part by its matching gift program.

100% of donations fund purchases

A generous friend of Rainforest Trust has offered to match every donation up to $50 million. So, every dollar donated to our projects is doubled, he said.

We also have all of Rainforest Trusts overhead or operating costs supported by our board of directors a...


Qld researcher shifts focus on racism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Lorraine Muller. Photo James Cook University

BRISBANE, AAP Putting non-Indigenous Australians under the microscope could be key to closing the gap and cutting out racial discrimination, a Queensland researcher says.

As part of her PhD James Cook Universitys Dr Lorraine Muller interviewed non-Indigenous Australians to understand how their values and beliefs differ from Indigenous Australians.

Theyve never had to explain their culture. We have to explain our culture, but no one ever bothers explaining non-Indigenous culture, Dr Muller told AAP.

Dr Muller interviewed senior health professionals, public servants and academics on their understanding of respect, gender roles, spirituality and time, and gave examples of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people perceive these ideas.

On respect, she found non-Indigenous people view it as something that is earnt and commodified whereas Indigenous Australians see it as something everyone should receive.

Respect is often linked to money, power and social strata and Indigenous people are the lowest on the social scale, Dr Muller said.

She said these differences in beliefs can underpin behaviour including accidental racial stereotyping, particularly in healthcare.

She cited a doctor dismissing an Indigenous Australians health problems as alcohol-related despite the patient not drinking.

In that particular case, if the patient had taken offence and walked out of the doctors surgery, the consequences could have been fatal, health-wise, Dr Muller said.

She said the doctor was shocked by how instant his reaction had been to the wrong conclusion.

He knew immediately that his comment was triggered by deeply embedded cultural differences. And he didnt like it. Im sure he never did it again.

She hopes her work will help non-Indigenous people better understand themselves and their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Theres an ulcer that hasnt been healed in Australian culture, Dr Muller said.

People have a f...


Hilariously Awful Straight Pride Flag Pulled From Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A UK seller has pulled a straight pride pin badge from sales on its website and from Amazon after the product drew widespread criticism and ridicule online. The Straight Heterosexual Pride Wavy Gold Plated Flag Pin Badge, bearing various shades of beige, went viral late last week before being pulled by its seller, a company ...

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French Language Courses Still time to book! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In term 2 of 2018 we are happy to be offering 3 levels of French classes; Beginners, French Beginners Level 2, and Intermediate French (see details here).

Cost for all classes: $200/$180 concession for a 10 week course. Beginning Monday the 23rd of April

If you are unsure which course to book into please contact Emma on 0437 172 786.


When is a Defendant Unfit for Trial? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Fitness for trial relates to the defendants ability to comprehend and fairly participate in the trial process. It is a procedural question which is reserved for the higher courts, such as the District or Supreme Court, and is separate from legal defences such as the defence of insanity. It is

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ELDAC: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The new End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website provides many paths to practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning', says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.

The site is part of a 3-year project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health which aims to improve the care of older Australians through advance care planning activities and palliative care connections.

AHHA is a member of the ELDAC consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and the University of Technology Sydney, and including Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Catholic Health Australia.

'As an ELDAC project partner we are proud to have been involved in the development of this website, where health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families', Ms Verhoeven said.
'One of the features of the site is a set of 5 online toolkits developed by palliative care, aged care, primary care and legal experts covering Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Primary Care, Working Together, and Legal matters.

'For example, the Primary Care toolkit, which was developed by AHHA, leads healthcare workers and primary care teams through the various steps involved in supporting advance care planning with patients and their families, including considerations for people of various religious and cultural backgrounds. There are links to fact sheets, guides, discussion starters, patient resources and podcasts.

'Users can also access materials on assessing palliative care needs, providing palliative care, managing dying, and bereavement', Ms Verhoeven said.

ELDAC website.


TABITHA MCGREGOR THIS SIDE 20 APRIL 16 MAY 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Tabitha McGregor explores the language of the unconscious, intuitively choosing found objects, words and symbols to represent life experiences and emotions.

Tabitha McGregor is an artist and designer, based on the North Coast of NSW where she lives with her husband and two young children.

Her primary medium is graphite on paper, however Tabithas newest body of work also explores alternative mediums such as sculpture and painting.

In this series, Tabitha explores the language of the unconscious, intuitively choosing found objects, words and symbols to represent life experiences and emotions. On a deeply personal note Tabithas recent loss of her mother following the loss of her father, inspired an exploration of the relationship between life and death, memory, choices, balance, love and loss.

Tabitha McGregor. The Alchemist. 2018 graphite on paper 30 x 42 cm

Deeply connected to nature, spiritualism and subconscious human memory, Tabitha comments on the innate power that comes from reducing a complex and multi layered experience into a symbolic language a central focal point, allowing not only clarity of experience but also honouring the true essence of that experience.

Tabitha enjoys the ability of telling a story through symbolism, a way of ordering the chaos of life.

Tabitha McGregor. Twice Born. 2018 graphite on paper 74 x 58 cm

Tabitha graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring...


Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Shares HIV Status After Exs Blackmail Attempt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst has opened up about her HIV status after being allegedly blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend. The glamorous Eurovision Song Contest winner revealed in a moving German-language Instagram post she had been HIV positive for many years. This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend is threatening to go public ...

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Girards Hill residents fearful after party ends in trail of destruction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Mini smashed up by marauding teens in Lismores Girards Hill on Friday night (April 13). Photo Facebook

Police have charged a youth after an informal party at Lismores  baseball fields on Keen Street saw a large number of intoxicated juveniles make their way to Magellan Street where they engaged in an argument with a home owner in the late hours of Friday night.

But residents of Girards Hill say up to 200 drunk teens attended the party and that about six boys and a girl smashed up cars in their neighbourhood after it broke up.

Police allege that youths started entering the Magellan Street property, throwing rocks at the house and a car parked in the yard in an incident that was captured on CCTV.

The kids ran off when police arrived, although one returned a short time later and was detained before being taken home to a parent.

On Sunday police arrested the juvenile again, charging hime with entering enclosed lands and affray. He was released on strict conditional bail and will appear at Lismore Childrens Court in May.

Smashing sounds, voices yelling

But Girards Hill residents say the problem was much bigger and more widespread than police are claiming.

On Saturday one resident, Denise, took to the Humans of Lismore Facebook page to express her horror and dismay.

At 1.30 this morning I was woken by smashing sounds and voices yelling down my street. They got to my house and a guy said, Im just going to piss on this car, actually Im gonna take the Mini out, she wrote.

I then heard the smashing of glass and laughter. I dialled Triple 0 and the police came quickly. My neighbour Nick had the rear window of his van smashed as did my other neighbour on the corner.

They ran down Dawson Street and the police found them, talked to them but without footage they let them go.

The [kids] walked back up my street and started an aggressive conversation with me until Nick came along.

A group of about six boys and one girl to try and break into cars around James and Keen Street with car alarms going off.

The last we of saw them was heading back up James Street toward Cathcart Street, she wrote.

Beating ea...


Virtual Dog Walk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 29 April at 11:00am Dachshunds, Long Dogs, Wieners and Sausages are joining forces on both sides of the equator for a virtual group walk to celebrate the breed. To show our community spirit, and as our short statured friends are tired of dragging their bellies over rubbish, we will also use this opportunity to []


Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfiresAs fires raged in Sydney, there hasn't been a peep about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. read now...


I shot at a UFO "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi all,

I have read of cases from overseas where individuals have claimed to have used a gun to fire at UAP. However, until today, I had never come across such a reported occurrence here in Australia.

I was browsing through a global collection of data, compiled by US researcher Michael Swords and located an Australian sighting, sent to the USA, by the Australian Centre for UFO Studies.

Part of the report form

What I found was an investigation report by R Delillo and R H Marx (reference number NA78072.) They interviewed one of the two witnesses on 12 June 1978.

Part of the investigation report
Mr G Cooke was then a 27 year old motor mechanic from Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was married with two children. At the time of the incident he was with a friend on a property near Orange, New South Wales, in June 1969. His statement reads:

"We went to Orange to go shooting. It was at a place about 10 miles out of town and fairly hilly and very rocky, with large boulders six feet in diameter and a few trees.It was a grazing property but we were on a slope which was above the area used for grazing. We had been out for quite a while, about 3 hours.

We were going up a hill which was fairly steep in a four wheel drive vehicle and were getting no further. My friend and I g...


Victorian Liberals Shut Down Internal Push For Gay Conversion Therapy For Children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The president of the Victorian Liberal Party has intervened to shut down a motion calling for parents to be able to access harmful and discredited gay conversion therapy for their children. On Sunday, The Age reported a motion that would have called for health practitioners to be allowed to offer counselling out of same sex ...

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Time to dance for cancer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Creating a show and raising money for cancer has become a highlight on the Byron Shire calendar. Photo supplied.

The stars of Byron shire are coming out once again for the annual Stars of Byron Shire dance competition to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Council .

The Cancer Councils gala fundraising event, Stars of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer, will showcase local business owners, paired with local dance professionals, unleashing their inner dance diva for a panel of judges and the wider community, said Hannah Brooks who is organising the event.

You will be able to see notable Byron characters taking on styles such as tango, hip hop, pole dance, salsa and more as they shimmy and sashay their way across the stage at the June gala event.

This years star are Elsa Torresi, Hayley Walker, Kellie Quigley, Natalie Strain, Nikki Muling and  Ruth Russell who are all looking at ways to raise money for cancer.

Last years contestants raised $8,386.60 and Elsa Torresi from Main Arm Mechanical has already announced a range of fundraising activities including dancing, signing and drama classes April 22 at St Johns Hall and a speed dating event April 28 at Club Mullum. If you would like to get involved email Elsa at and join in the fun.


Beachgoers cause mayhem on Seven Mile Beach Road "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Traffic chaos on rough and narrow Seven Mile Beach Road is no longer just a summer issue, with the above photo taken on April 15. Photo Ian Cohen

A sense that yesterday might be the last summery Sunday saw people heading to Byron beaches in droves.

Among them were Byrons best-kept secrets, Kings and Whites beaches on Seven Mile Beach Road.

Social media has put an end to their secret status, with traffic swarming along the road, sometimes at dangerous speeds, all looking for somewhere to park.

One beachgoer told Echonetdaily he waited for half an hour for a legal park in the tiny carpark at Kings Beach.

At least three car-loads of people ran out of patience and drove off during that time, he said, while another three parked illegally on the side of the road.

The situation was even worse further along the road towards Whites Beach.

Local resident and former Greens MLC Ian Cohen sent through this photo of the parking chaos this morning with the following comments.

Seven Mile Beach Rd is a dead end with massive unregulated tourist car impact.

Emergency vehicles have been unable to access at least one emergency over summer.

The roadside environment is being degraded. Accidents and near misses are a regular occurrence.

If legal safe car parks are full then walk in or go elsewhere the impact is not sustainable.

The Broken Head we have all loved for generations is under threat, Mr Cohen said.


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Pacific Swifts at over Redcliffe Golf Club (Silcock Street entry) reported by Marie Tarrant, Marion Roper, Jack Whiting et al (Clontarf Bird Survey Group) on 16-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two Pacific Swifts hawking the sky above us for at least 20 minutes this morning from 9am and seemingly in no hurry to move on.


New National Advocacy and Support Group for Transgender Australians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new national, peer-led organisation for trans advocacy and support has begun campaigning for transgender equality in Australia. Trans Health Australia, previously known as a Facebook information and news group, will now provide a national forum and campaign for rights of trans and gender diverse communities throughout Australia. Founder Melody Moore is joined by journalist ...

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Challenging day faces Syd bushfire crews "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A helicopter water bombs a bushfire threatening homes in the suburbs of Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Illawong, Menai and Bangor, in Sydney, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Photo AAP/Brendan Esposito

SYDNEY, AAP Exhausted firefighters are facing another challenging and difficult day battling a bushfire, believed to have been deliberately lit, that is still burning out of control south of Sydney.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

More than 500 firefighters faced walls of fire, fanned by 70 km/h wind gusts on the citys southern fringe on Sunday and through the night.

It is still an active fire ground but we are not seeing the sort of weather extremes, particularly with the wind that we saw yesterday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

Heathcote Road remains closed on Monday in both directions from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy.

About 250 firefighters are still working to halt the fire while a fleet of 15 aircraft will water-bomb the dynamic firefront, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Fire chiefs have ordered crews to backburn in an effort to contain the blaze while simultaneously stopping the fire from advancing toward properties.

Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.

Its certainly not the reprieve were looking for, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Its still going to be challenging, its still going to be difficult.

A strike force has been established to investigate the blaze which is believed to have started in Wattle Grove.

So far no homes have been lost though there has been some property damage, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

He said it was extraordinary that the only reported losses had been fences, cubby houses and garden sheds.

I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is thats the loss we are talking about rather than peoples homes being badly damaged or destroyed, he said.



Launch of Wattles of the Mount Alexander Region "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Acacia, known in Australia as wattle, is the largest genus of plants in the country nearly 1000 species! Its brilliant flowers transform winter and spring landscapes. Our sporting teams wear its green and gold colours. Sprigs of wattle flowers adorn our patriotic events. The Golden Wattle is our national floral emblem

But how many wattle species can the average citizen name and recognise?

Our new 112 page wattle guide helps the beginner to make a start. In plain language, and generously illustrated, it presents twenty one species which flourish in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria. And a general introduction explains different features of wattles, helping in identification and appreciation of these tenacious and beautiful plants.

The book is published by Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests in association with Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club and Connecting Country. The authors are Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver.

George Broadway (President, Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club) will launch the book in the Phee Broadway Theatre Foyer, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine, on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 11 am.

Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale.  Cost is $10.


Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer Sets Himself On Fire In Protest Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prominent gay rights lawyer David S. Buckel died in New York on Saturday after setting himself on fire in a protest against environmental destruction. The charred remains of Buckel, 60, were found in Brooklyns Prospect Park. Buckel had spent the bulk of his career fighting for gay rights, including serving as the marriage project director ...

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Carambola (Star Fruit) Upside Down Cake "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carambola (Star Fruit) Fruit

This is a paraphrased variation of the Mango Upside Down Cake from Linda Woodrow's amazingly useful and relevant Witches Kitchen blog which made use of a Mango seasonal glut. In the Bellinger Valley we are now entering a carambola (star fruit) glut. We find the carambola perfectly replaces the mangoes texture and taste.

The Recipe:

Turn your oven on to heat up to medium (180C or 350F).

Grease a 20 cm cake tin and line the base with a circle of greaseproof paper.

Make the carambola topping first.

Slice enough ripe carambolas to nearly cover the bottom of the cake pan in a single layer.  Arrange them in a decorative circle if you like. Sprinkle half a cup of chopped macadamia nuts...


Green Banana Rissoles-Cakes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Oven baked green banana savoury cake
Boil and mash sufficient green bananas (or plantains) to replace the meat in a traditional rissole recipe.

Blend with plain flour (wholemeal, half wholemeal is preferred), an egg if you like, crushed nuts, finely chopped vegetables, seasonings (cumin works well) and herbs of your choice until you have a mix that can be shaped into small rissoles.

Fry in a frypan using coconut or olive oil or bake in the oven to avoid oils. These little savoury cakes go well to nibble with pumpkin soup or serve with a savoury sauce.


Changes by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service threaten Australian food security. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Action required before Thursday April 19.


Changes by AQIS threaten Australian food security. 


Yes, this is serious:




Climate change impacts on resorts and how theyre taking action to reduce emissions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We all know that climate change poses an existential threat to the snow and alpine environments that we love. While Australias lower mountains and modest latitude make it something of a miracle that we even have snow, there is little doubt that already our seasons are getting shorter, with less snow (our snow pack has been in decline since 1957).

But it is disturbing to see the impacts that are happening elsewhere, in countries at higher latitudes and with higher peaks. This recent story sums up some of whats happening in North America, and how some resorts are responding.

This article by Eric Niiler appeared in Wired. Some excerpts are below. Check here to read the full article.

Climate change has already made winters warmer and shorter, while a March study by researchers at Oregon State University found North Americas snowpack has declined up to 30 percent in the past century. By 2050, climate change will cut ski resort winter seasons by 50 percent, with the hardest-hit in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest, according to a 2016 study by the University of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, and consulting firm Abt Associates.

After years of inaction, the ski industry itself is starting to take climate change seriously. Resorts are deploying new snow-making technology to adapt to unpredictable conditions, reducing the energy skiers use to get up the slopes, and even trying to alter customers habits.

Our snowpack has decreased, but I dont think its going to disappear, says Maura Olivos, sustainability coordinator at Utahs Alta, which opened 80 years ago. In the future, Olivos says skiers might not be floating on as much fluffy pow. There will be less powdery snow and more dense snow, Olivos says. Our skier expectations may have to change so they are not anticipating powder every time they come here. We are going to have to be appreciative of what we get.

More extreme weather is also impacting on infrastructure: In California resorts, high winds and snowstorms in the area knocked out power.

How are resorts....


Hardy walkers enjoy FOBIF walk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite intermittent showers 18 walkers enjoyed a day visiting Browns Gully and the surrounding area last Sunday, ably led by Ron Wescott. Such a good turnout shows the popularity and value of these walks.

Recently the bush had been looking a bit tired and drab in the hot and dry weather but the damper conditions brought out the colours of the bush beautifully and gave it a rejuvenated look. The area of Candlebarks beside the gully looked especially good.

We also visited some of the nearby stone chimneys including one used by Charlie Sanger during his wanderings.

Di Davies sent us these comments:

Photo by Di Daves

Very little was flowering but fungi had begun to emerge and lichens were displaying beautiful forms on damp stumps, dripping trunks and other substrates.

The photo (left) shows Variable Sword-sedge Lepidosperma laterale growing on the side of the track. This interesting sedge, with its large basal tuft of leaves, was found growing on drier, upper slopes. It has insignificant flowers so is not often noticed or appreciated. This hardy and drought tolerant plant is well worth considering as a garden specimen. 

Thanks Ron for a great walk.




Dom Lavie sent us the three photos above. Click to enlarge.

The next walk is in Poverty Gully on May 20. There was some confusion as to whether this was going ahead due to the missing lines in the printed sheet mailed out but it definitely is and all the details are on the website.


ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico The Thread That Keeps Us "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished  polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the albums 15 tracks. Continue reading


INTERVIEW: Blair Dunlop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EMOTIONAL RESCUE Ahead of Blair Dunlops second visit to Australia, he took the time to chat with Chris Familton about his new album its blend of English folk and American country music and the role that anxiety played in its genesis. With his brand new fourth album, Notes From An Island, in his back Continue reading


LIVE REVIEW: Deer Tick @ The Lansdowne, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deer Tick, The Smoking Flowers, Justin & The Cosmics @ The Lansdowne, March 27th 2018 The swagger and rock hit early with Nashvilles Justin & The Cosmics laying down some primal leather and denim-clad rock n roll. The brothers Collins led the charge on guitar and vocals, the latter showing a fine line in deadpan banter, middle Continue reading


Culture Guide April 16 22: Between Two Seas, Tender Young Creatures & More "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
Brought to you by the City Of Sydney

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Tourism board showers money on local music festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L-R: Mullum Music Festival Director Glenn Wright, Festival General Manager Nino Haggith, musician Merryn Jeann, Ben Franklin MLC, Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall.
Photo credit Lyn McCarthy.

Mullum Music Festival has been recognized for its cultural and economic significance by being awarded flagship three-year funding by Destination NSW to help build the festivals reach.

The Hon. Adam Marshall MP (Minister for Tourism and Major Events) and The Hon Ben Franklin (Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW) made the announcement on Friday morning at Mullumbimbys Rock & Roll Coffee Company and were serenaded by local musician Merryn Jeann for their largesse.

Now in its 11th year, the family-friendly, affordable event takes place in more than 14 existing venues around Mullumbimby, including halls, pubs, clubs and streets.

Over the last decade, the festival has also developed a youth Mentorship Program where established artists on the bill mentor young up-and-coming musicians; a national songwriting competition where the winner gets to perform at the festival; and a New Orleans-style street parade.

Festival Director Glenn Wright said the benefits of the festival taking place in the town flow on to local artists, local shops, and also to the bigger cultural picture of Mullumbimby as a unique regional town and counter culture hub.

Mullum Music Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from all over Australia, as well as overseas, Mr Wright said.

Mr Franklin said what was unique about the festival was that it embraces the whole Mullumbimby community. World class artists can perform in already existing exceptional venues in town.

This boutique Festival not only celebrates music but it also showcases the beautiful Mullumbimby community. Mr Franklin said.

According to Glenn Wright Mullum Music Festivals biggest achievement over the last 10 years has been the discovery and support of artists of the future, the e...


Independent Artist of the Week: BLESSED "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Welcome to Blesseds world. Sydneys superfly, alt hip hop artist is in full stride with his confident, uplifting jams.

While most artists tend to sign major label deals after independently releasing music, Blessed has found himself doing the opposite after almost a decade, to pretty liberating effect. After making the switch and finally releasing music under his real name (yep, it is), the mans been on a roll.

With influences like Yeezy, Pharrell and Jimi Hendrix, the singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer from Western Sydney-via-Ghana has been giving us one punchy earworm after the next. From his debut EP Love Letters and turning point My World, Blesseds confidence and talent shines through his tracks.

His latest effort Superfly is an anthem. With a drum line and hooks that wont easily escape you, the track is a reminder for the self-assured dreamers that you can always find positives in the present. Add an impressive, 70s-tinged clip (featuring a little homage to the film and Curtis Mayfield track of the same name), and Blessed has delivered an all-encompassing package of his artistic intentions.

Blesseds enviable personal style and taste for strong, cinematic visuals, sets him apart with one of the coolest aesthetics in Sydneys and hell, possibly Australias music scene. See it all here in the clip that was made with $0 spend.



Superfly is available now on all platforms.
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Final WW1 Anzac Day Centenary Services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This years 2018 Anzac Day services will be the last of the special Centenary Commemoration services remembering all those who served in World War 1 [more]

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Experimental Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Man with a Movie Camera
Silent Film Classic with Live Score by Mike Cooper (UK/Italy)
Old Fire Station, View St, Bendigo
Saturday 21st April 8pm $10
enquiries 0421786595


Indo Cafe ~ Indonesian & Indian, Belmore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indo Cafe is tucked away in Belmore North, a fine homestyle Indonesian joint in a small local spot. Sydney has had a string of 30 plus degree days and the hot weather really got us craving some Indonesian food. We got wind of Indo Cafe from social media, photos of the catering hooked us instantly (thanks @scoffandquaff!) So off to Belmore we trot. The walk up from Belmore Station had our


MP tells parlt constituents were ignored following floods "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith told parliament state and federal governments turned their back on her constituents in the wake of the 2017 floods.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has spoken in state parliament about the impact last years floods had on residents in Byron and Ballina Shires.

And while she had nothing but praise for the SES, Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre and the Red Cross in responding to the disaster, Ms Smith said the state and federal Liberal/National governments had turned their backs on her constituents while responding quickly to the needs of the Tweed and Lismore electorates, which have National Party representatives.

I pay tribute to the people of the Ballina electorate who were affected just over 12 months ago when Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit our region. The March-April 2017 floods were one of the most significant events to impact the Northern Rivers region in the past 40 years, Ms Smith said.

In the Ballina shire, an estimated 100 residents were evacuated from Cabbage Tree Island by the State Emergency Service as a precaution due to concerns about water supply and sewerage.

About 1,000 families in the Byron shire experienced flooded homes. They had to replace carpets, refrigerators, washing machines, sofas, beds and other household items.

However, they were not deemed eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment or for the Disaster Recovery Allowance, for almost four months, despite the Lismore and Tweed electorates being ruled eligible within a few days.

The Byron Shire Council estimates that the floods affected just over 1,000 properties in the Byron shire, which equates to one fifth of the community. The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner survey of Byron shire businesses found that 74 businesses reported that the flood had an impact on their operations.

In the absence of an official disaster recovery centre being established, the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre set up a pop up centre of its own. The centre, which provides a meal service, reported that the demand for meals went from 50 a day to 100 a day follow...


Not so comedic after all "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The harlequin is a character from 16th century Italian comedic theatre. Over time it has been portrayed as a dimwitted fool, an intelligent trickster or as a reinterpretation of the devil. Invariably it is dressed in a chequered  costume of many colours. It is the chequered colours that give the Australian Harlequin Bug (Dindymus versicolor), []


Three charged with fraud, gun and drug offences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men and a woman have been charged with drug, fraud and firearms offences after a police raid on a unit in Kingscliff on Friday night.

Police allege they seized a gun, a quantity of methamphetamine and cash during the raid, as well as impounding to vehicles, mobile phones, bank cards and drivers licences.

They arrested a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman at the home, while a 39-year-old man who fled was arrested a short time later following a chase and an altercation with officers.

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April 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.

1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and being Alice Springs and there being Perth.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...

Sunday, 15 April


Britains MI6 blamed for falsifying chemical attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Alex Bruce


The footage of Syrian children being hosed down with water in a hospital after an alleged chemical attack has run in thousands of loops all over Western Mainstream Media. On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov, Russias Foreign Minister and Permanent UN Ambassador claimed that these scenes were staged by British Intelligence with the White Helmets.

He referred to a video testimony of two medics from Central Hospital in Douma who say they were treating victims of smoke inhalation from a bombing when unknown people with cameras ran into the hospital, yelling about a chemical attack, which caused a panic and for people to start pouring water all over their kids. They say that no patients showed any signs of chemical exposure but they were too consumed with their tasks at hand to pay attention to those filming them.

After nearly twenty years of Americas unrelenting illegal wars in the Middle East, can we be blamed for doubting allegations of Assads use of chemical weapons?

The White House is rebuking non-believers of the Douma chemical attack. We are to believe that Western powers are responding in Syria to a Red Line that has been crossed due to Bashar al Assads alleged use of chemical weapons. This, after hed already won the civil war and supporting troops were in retreat. This, after these same powers have been spending the better part of the past two decades killing over one million Iraqis, an untold amount of Afghans, destroying Libya (at that time the most prosperous country on the African Continent) and causing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and bombing the Hell out of Syria for the past 7 years.

Jake Morphonios asks, If we are to believe that Bashar al Assad is gassing his people, that this was a chemical weapons attack, that is the justification to go in and bomb Syria and risk World War III with Russia, folks; if Donald Trump goes forward with this, without really putting out to the public irrefutable proof and after that, going first to the US Congress to get a Constitutional Declaration of War, if Donald Trump does not do those things, I think that Donald Trump should be impeached because he is putting the lives of every single one of us at risk

If he puts my life and the lives of my wife, my children, my country, the people of the Earth at risk by going head...


Here comes World War Three "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ever been in a car thats lost control? Its a strange feeling. That moment between when youve lost control, but before you know what the outcome will be. Inertia, fear, wonder kind of mix in you. You might ask yourself will this moment define my life? A similar feeling gripped me when I heard the []


Interview with Peter Murnane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Peter was involved in the 2008 Plowshare Action where 3 activists shut down the US Spy Base of Waihopai in Aotearoa.  


U of Sydney academics back BDS as Israel guns down Palestinian protesters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dozens of academics at the University of Sydney have declared their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported The Australian. According to the paper, the move comes as a response to the lethal crackdown by Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. The Australian notes that signatories to the BDS pledge say they "will not attend conferences sponsored by Israeli universities, participate in academic exchange schemes, or otherwise collaborate professionally with Israeli universities until the stated goals have been fulfilled." The BDS campaign, describes the paper, is an international movement "inspired by the success of boycotts in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa". Nick Riemer, a senior lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney and a member of its BDS group, "said the response from fellow academics was encouraging" and expressed his hope that the pledge would spread to other Australian universities. "People are already talking at Melbourne about the possibility of something like this," he said. According to the Sydney BDS website, some 40 academics have currently endorsed the pledge.


Overboard Passenger from Pacific Dawn Raises Questions Regarding P&O Cruises' Credibility "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The disappearance of a 47 year-old woman last week from P&O Cruises' Pacific Dawn was one of 213 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade and one of 7 disappearances in less than 4 months this year alone. The incident raises the fundamental issue whether it is, in fact, possible for someone to fall off a cruise ship. 

I have written about nearly 200 overboard incidents since I started this blog eight and a-half years ago.  The single most common comment which I hear is that it's impossible for someone to fall off of a cruise ship. When I reported on the recent overboard incident on the Pacific Dawn, the first comment was passengers don't just fall off of a cruise ship.

But based on some of the eye-witness accounts, that is exactly what might have happened on the Pacific Dawn. 

The 47-year-old passenger from Brisbane, Australia, was reportedly with her husband on an exterior Pacific Dawn Overboarddeck, about 15 feet away from where other passengers were playing table tennis inside the cruise ship. Several passengers said the woman "went outside to vomit as she was seasick," according to an Australian newspaper the Courier Mail.

One eye-witness told the Courier Mail that the woman began to vomit while leaning over a railing when she lost her footing and went overboard.

Another passenger, who expressed condolences to the family of the woman, posted a somber photograph (right) of an empty deck and the railing where the woman apparently went overboard. The low railings immediately caught my eye. 

A standard sized life-ring, which you can see mounted slightly above the deck, is only 28-30 inches in diameter, which suggests that the top of the top of railing is probably no more than a total of 40 to 42 inches in height. 

One of the eye-witnesses took a photograph of the railing (below right) which was published in several newspapers. The photo shows four crew members standing around the deck railing. Two of the crew members are leaning on the railing with one crew member is standing in the middle nearby the railing, which appears to barely come to the crew members' waists and the middle crew member's hips.

Several years ago, when I attended a series of Congressional hearings in....

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