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Sunday, 18 February

01:58

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wolltet ihr schon immer mal wissen, was passiert, wenn auf einem Kreuzfahrtschiff eine italienische Grofamilie zu randalieren und rumzuprgeln anfngt?

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Saturday, 17 February

21:03

Jobs, the Just Transition and Electricity Generation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Morwell Power Station (The Age)

With one or two exceptions political parties of all persuasions appear almost bereft of imagination when it comes to implementing a just transition in the renewable energy revolution. One exception is the South Australian government which has been encouraging widespread investment in batteries, renewable energy and other forms of energy storage.  The Victorian government is trying hard with renewable energy but somehow hasnt quite grasped the main problem of the transition that centralised power production in the Latrobe Valley is in decline and being replaced by electricity that can be produced anywhere. Because of the decentralised nature of renewable energy production it appears jobs are slowly being exported, for example, to western Victoria where wind energy has established a strong manufacturing base in Portland.

The valley is now going through the second painful transition process it has faced in the last 30 years privatisation being the first. A recent opinion poll indicates that employment is by far the most important concern for Gippslanders. But the damage done by clinging to the old power system is considerable as the remaining power stations will eventually be closed down in the not too distant future and possibly much sooner than we think. Through lack of planning jobs in the power industry are being exported wherever renewable energy is being developed.

There are many job options that utilise valley resources with Gippsland advantage include offshore wind, energy storage in pumped hydro and floating solar farms. I made a few suggestions along these lines in the previous blog below. There are also a number of possible projects suitable for the valley that involve win/win situations. They include restoration of the Hazelwood open cut and lining the walls with solar PV as suggested some time ago by Dan Caffrey and manufacturing products from the various fly-ash deposits in the valley. I understand that this was considered by the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council and some work on this was done at Monash Gippsland.

The current squabble...

20:32

1) West Papua one step closer to MSG membership, says Wenda "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Disused WW2 Airfield in West Papua Now Ready for Commercial Flights

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15:38

"Joyces behaviour has wreaked havoc on his family.....has wreaked havoc on the government" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Journalist Nikki Savvawriting in The Australian, 15 February 2018:

Barnaby Joyce & Vikki Campion taken at Farm2Fork event on Thursday 3rd November 2016 on Cockatoo Island Sydney. Picture: Supplied
The stories will not disappear. There is a pattern. They abate, then return with a vengeance as soon as something new is uncovered. The hunt for that something new will continue until his head is delivered upon a platter. Unpleasant as it is, that is the reality. No politician, no matter how talented, can survive that, no government can survive that.
Joyce has trashed whatever moral authority he had as leader. He has gone from being funny to a national joke (the beetrooter). He can't live that down, or credibly sell any other government message be it on religious protections, family values, misuse of taxpayer money or even housing affordability. Taking a break next week to escape attention as acting prime minister would only concede he cannot do the job. There is nowhere he can hide or be hidden.
Joyce's...

14:16

Is this 'fake news' site on YouTube just American home-grown nutters or is this a Russian-backed bad actor? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Freedom Daily says of itself that it exists topresent a forum for discussing meaningful conservative American and world news,from a perspective that is not your normal agenda-based Beltway bull. Articles on Freedom Daily are posted by members who are warriors for Americas freedom.We post and decipher content to a level that is consistent with a common senseapproach and falls in line with the ideals of American liberty and freedom.

This is the text of one of the videos it displays on YouTube.



Published on Feb 5, 2018
Over the last several weeks, the walls have been closing in around Barack Obama and the rest of his liberal minions in Washington D.C., as more evidence is revealed to the public concerning the criminal acts committed under his watch. It is apparent that the pressure is getting to the Obama family as Michelle has distanced herself from her corrupt husband by taking long vacations overseas alone. A damning video has emerged that could be all the evidence President Trump needed to put both Barack and Michelle Obama behind bars for a long time, and there is nothing they can do about it. 
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11:25

09:36

Looking for someone to go sarging with. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I don't know if PUA community is a thing here in Cairns. I just started learning game. Hit me up.

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08:40

Boiling Point 13th February; eternal youth and space travel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

On Tonights episode Alex and Kirsten sat down to talk about the power of naked mole rats and the future of space travel

Naked mole rats? The new fountain of youth

The fountain of eternal youth is harboured within the naked mole rat. An unusual place to find eternal youth. However, a naked mole rats risk of dying is 1 in 10,000.  According to Rochelle Buffenstein, naked mole rats defy the mathematical Gompertz law. There is no associated risk of dying as a naked mole rat ages. Suggesting, this pink skinned rodent is ageless; however, naked mole rats may not be ageless, it is suggested, their ageing process may occur later in life. Although, these rodents have the youth and immortality we strive for, with active DNA repair, high chaperones levels and, often, low to no cancer present. Naked mole rats youth and immortality has caused an outbreak of jealousy among human beings.

A car floating in space? Tesla, the future of space travel

A Tesla Roadster with Starman at the steering wheel launched into space on February 6th.  This is the latest development from SpaceX. Falcon Heavy, the powerful rocket delivering the car or payload into orbit via composite fairing, may change the future of tourism. Trips to Mars and the moon are the new destination for those hit by the travel bug. With 27 Merlin engines and 22,819 kilonewtons of liftoff thrust, there is understandable buzz from this powerful rock...

07:01

Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-17/barndioota-nuclear-waste-site-planning-outrages-locals/9456052

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders Loc...

06:30

Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugeesCompelled by human rights and a desire to teach his son valuable life lessons, Adam Richards will make his second trek from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Story by Chris Mordd Richards. read now...

05:05

THE INFLUENCE OF THE MOON "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Astrology is where the universe points to our own reality
Steven Forrest
January 2018 was an exceptional month exploring the beauty of the full moon twice.  If you had a chance to walk out to see the night sky, perhaps you were at the beach or a park, and you looked up to only witness the beauty and the power of the moon, then at some level you felt a transformation inside.
The moon represents our feminine energy, reminding us to continuously tap into that which needs nurturing or expressing in the most wild, graceful and emotional way. The moon, She is our closet celestial neighbour, smaller than the sun. She waxes and wanes (to go stronger and weaker), constantly allowing the tides of our planet and ourselves to pull and push what needs to be revealed to us.
Why does She have a powerful impact on us? Well, for many thousands of years, our ancestors have studied the moon through observation. They had no distractions, such as light, wifi, smart phones, and masses of populations, only small communities that would look at the night sky as if it was a canvas revealing something cryptic and magical to us. During these times, they recorded the phases of the moon, such as the 28-day cycle and noticing the impact it had on our emotions, psyche, reproductive system and crops.
Those precious moments of studying the phases of the moon we learned of its power. And today, She has the same influence on us. We can find it difficult at times, to tap into her subtle pull and pushes because, most of us are busy and disconnected from the universe. Were living in crowded cities, working way too hard, jumping in and out of relationships like a ping pong ball, and not spending enough time with ourselves to notice the subtle or powerful impacts She has on us.
The moon is dark, and needs the suns light to shine. And in the same way, she reflects that light to reveal our deepest emotions and psyche, depending if she is waxing or waning and which zodiac sign she is travelling through on the ecliptic track of the cosmos. She represents our unconscious desires and the underlying causes behind our actions and responses to the world. She dives deep into our subconscious and reveals to us own buried, hidden emotions such as jealousy, hatred, pain, struggles, insecurities and mos...

04:09

Overland 229 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jacinda Woodhead (editor), Overland 229 (Summer 2017)

overland229My blog post about Overland 228 ended with a lament that I had lost my copy before I could finish reading it. To my surprise and delight, a couple of days after my blog post went up, I received a replacement copy in the mail with a friendly note from Jacinda Woodhead. I dont know what pleased me more, the kindness of the gift or the fact that someone on Overlands staff had read my post all the way through. (I realise just now that I didnt write to thank her. Better late than never: Thank you, Jacinda, especially for the chance to read Jennifer Mills conversation with Peter Carey.)

Theres lots of good stuff in issue 229, but Im travelling and have to be brief. So heres a list of things I found particularly wonderful:

  •  Indefatigable Wings by Allan Drew, which argues the case for the continuing influence John Milton, of Paradise Lost fame, the argument didnt convince me, but its refreshing.
  • Napalm, guns & underwear, in which Aotaroan / New Zealander Mic...

03:54

Free Toys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Two sets of stacking toys, free.  

One wooden, one plastique. 

Together or separate. 

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03:51

Gardening Course "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I wanted to let you all know that we are offering our first comprehensive gardening course at West Brunswick Community Garden.

Please share and spread the word with anyone you feel might be interested, we're feeling really excited about this and hope to help lots of people build confidence around growing their own food and we'll learn a lot that we can use to make future courses even better.

If you're on Facebook, here's the event which you can also share.
The course, starting in March, will run over 16 weeks, with 8 sessions of 2 hours. Each session will focus on a different part of creating good gardening practices. Our trainer Elspeth Brock (yay Elspeth!) is a well-known educator, horticulturalist and permaculture practitioner.

The sessions will cover:
  • soil prep, good planting practices and planning
  • seed raising and propagation
  • companion planting and layering
  • watering, weeding, layering, mulching, staking, liquid feeding and all the little things
  • compost and creating ongoing good soil
  • pest control and management
  • harvesting
  • cooking, rejuvenating beds, ongoing planting, rotation cropping 
Best of all as this is our introductory course we are offering the whole course, 8 sessions, for $80! Places are limited, we only have a few left and we want to fill them up to make the most of this. ...

02:14

Waterloo Injustices: An Interview with Indigenous Social Justice Associations Ken Canning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 31-year-old Aboriginal man fell from the 13th floor of an apartment block in Sydneys Waterloo on February 7. The man slipped from the balcony of the residence, as he was trying to evade Redfern police officers who were attempting to gain access to the apartment. Father-of-three, Patrick Fisher was at his girlfriends place, when

The post Waterloo Injustices: An Interview with Indigenous Social Justice Associations Ken Canning appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

01:39

Military now a Gay Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Although this paper by Ray Starmann is directed to the US Army, it mirrors the Australian ADF. 

The new military replacing the Anzacs has been sealed with a kiss and hand shakes replacing combat capabilities expected of any defence force basic requirement to defend their country. 

This article pulls no punches and quotes it as it is today in our Armed Forces and replace US Army with Australian Defence Force for that is what we have protecting this nation.

Editor SOS-NEWS

 In the Army, Its Death by a Thousand PC Cuts

By Ray Starmann

The warrior culture in the US Army is dying every day, in a hideously slow death by a thousand lacerations of social engineering, diversity and political correctness lunacy, abated by senior army leaders who are too gutless to raise even a finger in protest.

From Green Beret training standards lower than ROTC camp in the 80s to Mommy Rangers, lactation memos, pregnancy simulators during physical training and a parade of cadets in red high heels, its more than apparent that this isnt your fathers army anymore.

Heck, it isnt even your older brothers army anymore.

The Army, like the rest of the military is evolving into a farce, a Potemkin Village built on lies, hidd...

00:14

FixedIt: Its not child sex its child rape "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

News.com.au reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court.

News.com.au chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children,....

00:02

Offspring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seems one of my favourite local pairs of Wedge-tailed Eagles has raised one youngster this season.

The offspring was seen perched with its parents in a distant dead tree to the north of Cemetery Road during the week. The pale head, shawl and upper parts of juvenile and immature birds sets them apart from the adults which become much darker with age. Click here for a more expansive image of the juvenile coming in to land.

Wedge-tailed Eagles, Cemetery Road Newstead, 15th February 2018

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Friday, 16 February

22:39

AWPA West Papua update January -17 Feb 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088

                                       Summary of events in West Papua for January  -17 February 2018




Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders summit
The 21st Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders summit was held in Port Moresby from 10th to 15th February. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua  (ULMWP) which has observer status at the MSG attended the meeting. The ULMWP lobbied hard for full membership of the MSG. However, the Leaders of the MSG countries referred the West Papuan application for full membership to its secretariat for processing. Prime Minister Peter ONeill, and chair of the MSG said the leaders of Melanesia have approved new criteria guidelines for observers, associate members and full members to the sub-regional grouping.




EMTV  (15 Feb.) reported that t...

21:30

No one deserves to die on our roads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MollyBrown

No one deserves to die on our roads. No one deserves to lay for two days, unable to rise, slowly succumbing to their agonising injuries. But this is exactly what happened to Valentina.

Scroll down now for what you can do to help.

Just earlier this week, on Monday February 12, a truck carrying 370 sheep rolled over near Ballarat. Of the animals onboard, its estimated 170 died instantly, with many suffering horrific injuries.

Two days later, as Australians were celebrating whats come to be known as the day of love, one ewe was discovered 100 metres from the crash site. One of her back legs had been torn from her body, but she had bravely run as far as she could. She was alive when she was found, the air thick with flies and the smell of death, her fear-filled eyes searching helplessly for a way to escape from the humans who had arrived to help her. They named her Valentina.

It speaks volumes to the lack of consideration and respect afforded these animals, that Valentina was found, not by the appropriate authorities or the livestock company involved, but rather concerned members of the public, who at their own expense, travelled to the scene to assist. It is totally unacceptable that accidents such as these have been declared cleared by government bodies, yet injured animals have remained to suffer horrific and ongoing pain and others unaccounted for.

Every single sheep has a story, every single death a tragedy. Weve been here beforebut has anything changed?

Back in 2012, a transport truck rolled over on the Western Ring Road, of the 400 sheep onboard, only one would come out alive.* She would come to be known as the unsinkable Molly Brown, who now resides at Edgars Mission.

Since then, there have been numerous incidents and little has changed as the losses from livestock accidents remain over represented in all freight movements.** In past few weeks alone, weve seen three trucks crash and hundreds of sheep, chickens and cows perish.

How can this be allowed to go on? Were appalled that every accident is followed by the same response, with no regulatory action, and the needless suffering continues.

What you can do

For Valentina and all the animals who endure such lonely, grim fates, please help us. Either copy and send the sample email below, or please write your own. Alternatively, please call 136186 and raise your concerns.

Send email to...

21:18

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


"And so it turns out that not only is Barnaby Joyce a shocking hypocrite, he's also a repulsive cliche."  [Journalist Clementine Ford describing Australian Deputy Prime Minister and MP for New England Barnaby Joyce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2018]


Barnaby Joyce has a history of screwing over women.  [Journalist Kasey Edwards writing about Australias deputy prime minister in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018]


"During the 2016 presidential campaign and into the White House, Trump and his aides have defended a male aide accused of domestic violence, a male Senate candidate accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teens and a male campaign manager accused of assaulting a reporter. In each case, Trump and his top staffers used strikingly similar language to defend the accused, noting that he had denied it, defending his integrity and casting doubt on the women's claims."  [Journalist Ryan Teague Beckwith writing in Time magazine, 8 February 2018]

21:01

Shopping for change in Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TELL them its going to be a Church of Scientology!
Korumburras cycle fitter extraordinaire, John Kennedy, would like a dollar for the number of times hes been asked what hes doing with the old Parrys Gifts store, Poppys Place, or going way back, the popular Coles Emporium store, which held legendary status back in the day.
Ive heard some pretty way-out suggestions, but its not going to be a Church of Scientology, no, but something is happening and I think it will be good for the town.
The works renovating the old retail premises has revealed some classic period features including a beautiful timber floor and other design elements inside and out.
Were considering setting the place up for a variety of stallholders and staging two to three markets a week, said John.
Weve already had a lot of interest.
John says fresh produce and an organic style caf were among the ideas but he could also see the place used as an entertainment venue for music and films, while also providing the town with a meeting place.
We hope to get underway later in March.
Mr Kennedy had earlier offered the building to the shire as a temporary home for the library and other council and community services but acknowledged the shire was a fair way away from deciding where it wanted to located its temporary home.
It would have been a good central location but weve moved on from that now, Mr Kennedy said.
For now though, there remains some mystery about what the shop will be used for except to say there are plans for it to open soon!

The post Shopping for change in Korumburra appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.

20:45

Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Boston Dynamics

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

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

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


Awww, a SpotMini using its face-arm to help a buddy...adorable!

Now, its starting to get a bit frustrating that every new Boston Dynamics video makes the Internet blow up with OMG-ROBOTS-ARE-GOING-TO-KILL-US  headlines and tweets. Perhaps Boston Dynamics could release some behind-the-scenes footage (or outtakes!) to show whats going on here? Theres an appearance of autonomy, and if its actually autonomous, BD should say so, but if its remote controlled by a human, they should make that clear. A bit more context for thes...

20:14

APRadio Harry and Mike Oz Chat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mike HoltMike Holt and Harry Palmer present this weeks Oz Chat segment discussing The Spy Network of Australia covering from Echelon back in 1990s to pine gap and the fiasco we uncover on a regular basis involving the spooks and their clown princes in your parliament dishing out bulldust how they are protecting you and your family from the bad guys when they cannot protect their own back yards.

Mike is in hospital for an operation and will not be broadcasting next week but will be back soon.

To listen to this podcast Click Here

16:40

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Study finds catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors

This is the first complete genome from one of the most significant disease events in human history, he said.

The results showed the strains from the plague victims were distinct from those involved in the Black Death, the later pandemic which killed an estimated 60% of the European population.

The Justinianic strains appear to be an evolutionary dead end when compared with modern strains, and most likely originated from Asia and then spread to Europe along trade routes such as the Silk Road.

Associate professor Jeremy Austin, from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA said the study was an important insight into the evolution of an infectious disease.

It certainly tells us that these catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once, and then lurk around waiting for an opportunity to reappear they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors, he said.

Which makes it very much harder to predict when theyre going to happen next, and how they evolve and therefore how you might prevent them happening.

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 A plague victims tooth from which DNA was extracted. Photograph: McMaster University, Canada

Allen Cheng, associate professor at Monash Universitys Infectious Diseases Epidemiology unit, said the Lancet study was fascinating.

This is a great example of what can be done with all this new sequencing technology, he said.

Theres a whole field of paleo-phylogeny, going back into history and trying to work out the origin of diseases.

It also illustrates a really interesting point: really dangerous bugs like plague that kill their hosts, arent very evolutionarily successful. And thats a pattern we see with a lot of

Holmes said one of the objectives of the researchers from the McMaster, Northern Arizona and Sydney universities was to determine why the Justinianic plague was so severe.

Plague is still around today in parts of the world, and is associated with much lower death rates than it was in the past, he said.

Was there something about...

13:58

Historic landmark mansion sold $52.5m suspected offshore Chinese buyer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A historic Melbourne mansion that was once Victorias Government House and the home to governors has changed hands for $52.5 million, smashing the states residential price record.

Art dealer Rod Menzies has sold Stonington mansion at 336 Glenferrie Road in the prestigious southeastern suburb of Malvern, public records show.

The buyer is listed as the company JJH & Co, which is directed by Xiao Cao, who in media reports today was suggested to be an accountant representing an undisclosed party.

Mr Menzies has been contacted for comment. Former Marshall White agent Sean Cussell is understood to have sold the home and declined to comment when contacted by The Australian.

Prestige real estate agents in the citys leafy southeast raised eyebrows at the size of the deal, suggesting the buyer was an offshore Chinese purchaser who had also bought the Noorilim Estate in regional Victoria although a caveat or title documents have yet to be lodged.

The grand Malvern home, built in 1890, was bought by Mr Menzies for $17.5 million in 2008, records show.

Stonington became the home of Victorias governor in 1901 before being purchased by the state in 1928 and served as the states Government House until 1931. It has also been a girls school, hospital and teachers college.

The price paid is substantially higher than the last Victorian record, where mystery Chinese buyer Qi Yang placed a caveat on former Mirvac...

13:40

Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival is officially less than one week away, and weve still only scratched the surface of whats happening!! Sit back, grab a coffee or beer, and lets take a deeper look into some of this years evening events!

Peter Crawford Exhibition
Presented by Fallen Broken Street
Wednesday 21st Feb 6-9pm
A Spot Of Genius
(7 Marvell street, Byron Bay)

Photos by legendary Photographer & Surfer Peter Crawford. See rare and some of the most popular and iconic images from surfings early 70s and 80s period. Hosted by one of Peters two sons, photographer and FallenBrokenStreet founder, Justin Crawford.

Byron Bay Surf Festival, 22-25 Feb. For further information visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au.

The post Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

13:04

Museum of Love & Protest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was quite a crowd tonight in Sydney at the National Art School. As part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for 2018, currently underway, theres a terrific exhibition called, The Museum of Love & Protest, which commemorates forty-years since the first ever Mardi Gras. These are some of my favourite photographs from []

12:11

A FAMILY BEACH HOLIDAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A family beach holiday ....

The post A FAMILY BEACH HOLIDAY appeared first on The Westsider.

12:10

VISITOR POEM (LOOK HOW FAR YOUVE COME) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Her voice still low and loyal, pHer courage still alight

The post VISITOR POEM (LOOK HOW FAR YOUVE COME) appeared first on The Westsider.

12:05

FARMHAND POEM (I LOVE YOU, BUT ONLY OUTDOORS) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres nothing more charming than a country romance ...

The post FARMHAND POEM (I LOVE YOU, BUT ONLY OUTDOORS) appeared first on The Westsider.

11:59

Many Photos as Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF Calls into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Thursday 15 February, Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF was spotted resting on the Western General Aviation (GA) Apron (WGA) at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Archerfield.






11:32

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mamamia

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.

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11:23

Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...

10:49

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

It's been some week!

I had an excruciatingly painful cracked tooth and a filling done, the humidity has been off the charts in Brisbane, but we got some good stuff done as well. 

In the end, there wasn'tmuch time left for sifting through the week's news.

Fortunately the must read pieces are summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the image below).


Subscribe for the free newsletter while you're there too. 

09:55

heatwave (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

summer heat, humidity hems us in and we are hostage

07:25

What could you do with $5? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Click here to view the embedded video.

With $5 you could buy a soy latte, your favourite chocolate or put it towards the weekly shop. But we have a plan to get your $5 doing great things for animals.

Say hello to Five Dollar Friday. We need your help, well, your $5, every Friday so we can meet the growing vet expenses of our 450-plus residents and all those who finds sanctuary here at Edgars Mission. Last year alone, our vet bills reached $249,728.

How does Five Dollar Friday work? We need 20 people to sign up to giving $5 every Friday throughout the rest of 2018 to reach our fundraising goal of last years vet bills.

Giving every animal who find sanctuary at Edgars Mission the very best chance at a long and happy life is our promise to them and to you, our supporters, but we simply cant do it without you. The number of animals who need us continues to grow, as do our vet costs.

Where does your money go? Directly to the animals who find refuge at Edgars Mission. You can see it at work in the progress Steady Eddie has made with his daily vitamin B injection, from barley able to walk to official tour guide. Saturday is only able to cruise around in her cart because she gets weekly laser treatments and daily physio. Miles is the only sheep we know of being treated for epilepsy in Australia, which is managed through twice daily medication. In Piggy Paradise, Max and Burpy have daily medication and Max gets laser once a week.

Watch the seeds of your kindness grow by joining us on Facebook every Friday for a special #FiveDollarFriday post, where well keep you updated on some of the treatments.

07:02

Croc shooter fined $10,000 by a Gaia magistrate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A reader has offered a reward for the identities of the rats who dobbed in the croc shooter. Cairnsnews suggests Mr Orchard should not pay this extortion to a Marxist government which places animal lives ahead of humans.

KAP State Leader and member for Traeger Robbie Katter has pledged to make the first donation to the Go Fund Me page of the Rockhampton man fined $10,000 for shooting a crocodile.

Contact Cairns News

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06:32

Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)

 

Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.

 

Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.

 

The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.

 

Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.

 

Their drive to amplify this feeli...

06:28

National Parks at risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, Since 1967, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has looked after our National Parks, their precious wildlife, worked for the conservation of native and threatened species, educated generations of school [more]

The post National Parks at risk appeared first on The Weekly Times.

06:17

Ryde City Council investments in renewables "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, As an historian I am pleased to see that our Liberal Councillors in Ryde have such respect for the nineteenth century, and its [more]

The post Ryde City Council investments in renewables appeared first on The Weekly Times.

06:02

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.

05:45

Win with TWT: Winchester film passes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten TWT readers can win double passes to the new supernatural horror film Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22, courtesy of independent [more]

The post Win with TWT: Winchester film passes appeared first on The Weekly Times.

05:00

All about Februarys Feature Artists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Kurilpa Poets February Feature Artists are.. SIMON KINDT POSEIDON/the sharks This month former Speedpoet maestro, the esteemed Simon Kindt will be presenting his latest poetic/conceptual performance piece for your delectation and delight. The show entitled Poseidon // the sharks Continue reading

04:25

Supermax Prisons: Doing More Harm Than Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Supermax prisons are the most secure and highly monitored form of incarceration there is. These super-maximum security facilities are designed to house the worst of the worst: your mass killers, top-level gangsters, gang rapists and, more so these days, terrorists. A judge doesnt sentence an offender to a supermax facility. Either an inmate has been

The post Supermax Prisons: Doing More Harm Than Good appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:24

Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...

03:08

Gallery: FBi Presents The Internet at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here are some photos of Syd & co being talented and beautiful at The Internets show.

All photos by Sophie Hill.
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02:03

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

After Woodes wrote Sylvan Esso a poem, and delivered it via Twitter, they decided to do a show together at Oxford Art Factory. Catch a glimpse of all the loveliness that went down.

Photos by Diabolique
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01:55

Gallery: FBi Presents Sandy (Alex G) at The Lansdowne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hes proud of us, and so shared his soul with one of the more packed Oxford Art Factory crowds weve ever seen. Relive Sandy (Alex G) being in the building.

Feels, amiryt?

Photos by Tim Da-rin
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01:47

Ballinas deputy mayor shocked by residents distress "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Keith Williams with residents Sue Whiteman and Deb Clemonce.

Deputy mayor of Ballina Keith Williams is the latest politician to go into bat for Meerschaum Vale residents whose properties are along the route of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Cr Williams has echoed their call for a low noise pavement to be built to allow residents along the route some relief from the beast.

Residents have been lobbying the RMS for years on issues such as dust, a lack of consultation, noise impacts and a loss of amenity in the area, as well as the impacts on local wildlife.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading the campaign to raise awareness about those issues.

She said the time spent by Cr Williams with residents was the most any politician had spent in her 13 years of lobbying.

He got to see firsthand how intimidated and bullied I am, she said.

Cr Williams said he was shocked to discover deeply traumatised people living in fear of the RMS and the contractors that are pushing the Pacific Highway through their little village.

I expected angry people, but what I saw and heard was people throughout the area pushed to the brink. There were more tears than harsh words spoken, he said.

This goes way beyond callous indifference, what I witnessed more resembled systemic intimidation, being watched every time you left your house, your movements tracked by radio, who were you talking to, whos house did you visit.

Imagine you had the temerity to speak out, then to lose road access to your house, not just for a week or two, but four months. Forced to walk 6kms from the nearest safe parking area. Always promised, itll be done today.

And the artworks of your recently deceased partner, lovingly displayed on your boundary fence. Removed. Never to be seen again. The kind of thing that hurts way more than insults. The kind of things that encourage others to keep their mouth shut.

Cr Williams heard that, in less than a year, there have been three different community engagement officers. With each one, the problems recited yet again. Residents unable to drink their rain water due to dust contamination. The bi...

01:39

Splendour festival-site plan a major intensification "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Council has raised concerns to the state government over noise issues and the hike in patron numbers under a $46 million plan for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands cultural-events site at Yelgun for events catering up to 50,000 people.

Councillors last night endorsed council staffs submission to the state planning department, as the development application (DA) for the Splendour in the Grass and other festivals site involves use of Tweed roads surrounding it.

Byron Shire Council has already invited NSW Department of Planning and Environment staff to brief staff and councillors about the DA, classed as a State Significant Development by the government, and which is currently on exhibition for public comment. (See our previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2018/01/byron-shire-wants-briefing-46m-splendour-plan/)

In Tweed submission, council chief planner Vince Connell says the total number of people attending the events is a concern in terms of overall management of the various events and considerations for emergency evacuation etc.

Mr Connell said the trial events were limited to 35,000 patrons per day for large events but questioned the definition of patron which could mean anyone who holds a ticket to attend an outdoor event and as such patron numbers at proposed events will not include other people on site such as performers, volunteers and workers.

Although the SSD [state significant development] does acknowledge additional people for events (i.e. maximum 57,850 people on site for a 50,000 patron event), it is unclear as to whether the assessment and associated management plans/reports have taken into consideration that additional people will be on site and factored these increased figures traffic assessments or flooding/evacuation planning.

In addition, it is unclear as to whether free ticket holders have been included into any assessment, given they are technically not purchasing a ticket and therefore not considered as a patron, nor are they identified in the SSD as potential other people on site for events.

Noise impacts

On the issue of noise, Mr Connell said the proposed use is a significant intensification when compared to the trial period, which was complicated by non-compliances, community concerns and ongoing mitigation after monitoring events undertaken during the trial.

He said event noise monitoring was undertaken during the trial on only three events.

Maximum patronage during the trial period was only 32,500. The proposed maximum patronage is 35,000 with future expansion to 42,500 and 50,...

01:21

ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price All American Made "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rising through the country and Americana ranks, Margo Price hit pay-dirt with her 2016 album Midwest Farmers Daughter, drawing critical acclaim from all quarters of the country world. Now shes gone one step further on her new album, never pulling punches and wrapping it all up in a wonderfully wide-ranging classic and soulful country palette. Continue reading

01:11

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds  The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbournes Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way its a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her Continue reading

00:48

1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
2) Speech by PM O'Neill at MSG Summit, Port Moresby
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1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
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Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries hav...
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00:07

Our Bidentity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You cant be into surfing because youre Asian.

 Oh yes, you got me. Everything I do must actually fit your racist stereotype of what an Asian girl must do. It doesnt matter that you dont know me at all. That I am allowed to be, and am, into surfing. No, Im just Asian.

Growing up in a mainly white Sydney neighbourhood meant that any difference from that profile stood out. As a biracial kid, I was no exception, despite looking more Caucasian than I do Japanese.Little incidents and complications brought about by high school politics made me feel that even though I saw myself as Australian, I would never be socially validated as such because of my heritage.

For those biculture kids Ive talked to, while our experiences have all differed in some regards, weve all had to grapple with the polarity of our cultures. For someone who has parents that intersected from completely separate worlds, the end result is a young adult questioning which one they want to belong to, and what they are giving up if they identify with one more than the other.

During my teen years, I didnt really tell people that I was half-Japanese. I didnt want to be seen as an outsider of sorts. For Jasmine Higgins, a 20-year-old from Sydneys Shire, being Australian-Chinese, her experience was similar. High school for her brought on a brief period of bullying, where she reflects that it only took one person to say something to realise I was different.

This blending in strategy was also relevant to Megumi Wynne Koiwai, a 25-year-old American-Japanese who, on the other side of coin, has lived in Tokyo her entire life.  Her experience of being biracial in Japan was one where kids would bully her for having a sandwich and granola bar for lunch, yet in high school, she would be used for her biracial uniqueness.

I know most of these negative experiences can be pinned down to immaturity and ignorance. But the way in which people receive you does have an impact. This is especially true when youre young and just as confused as they are about what category you fit into.

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00:07

Thank Folk Its Friday 16th February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The Fairbridge Folk Festival announced their second round of artists including The Collingwood Casanovas, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan Parsons, Catherine Fraser Trio, King Arthur, David Milroy, Via Pange, Richard Walley, Martin & Coole with Crystal Jade and Praashekh Quartet. Details []

00:06

No bus terminal for Byron market site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

The Byron Bay Community Association has welcomed a state government announcement that there will not be a bus transit centre built on the Butler Street Reserve.

BBCA general manager Paul Spooner has called on the Byron Shire Council to confirm its ongoing commitment to maintaining Butler Street as the site of the iconic markets.

Council now needs to confirm that the Butler Street site is the official ongoing site of the iconic Byron Bay Market, Mr Spooner said.

Echonetdaily has contacted the council for comment.

Byron Bay Community Association general manager Paul Spooner. Photo supplied

Its understood the State Government decided not to go ahead with building a bus terminal on the site because of the construction costs involved in building on the site, which was a former tip.

Mr Spooner said now the decision had been made, the safety of market patrons, stallholders and market staff is very important moving forward.

The council needs to be totally transparent about any potential ground issues that need to be addressed at the site to make it safe and usable, he said.

BBCA calls on council to work with market managers, stallholders and the community to ensure that the Butler Street Reserve is an appropriate site for markets and other low key recreational activities to occur into the future.

I believe council needs to commit to ensuring the site is safe and well looked after. It is now evident that no buildings or carparks will be possible to construct on the site due to the massive expense req...

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23:24

EPA refuses to act on logging breaches at Limpinwood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has refused to act on breaches by a landowner at Limpinwood in the Tweed Valley who has cleared large tracts of old-growth forest under a controversial policy, according to anti-logging campaigners.

Environmental activists and neighbours say unauthorised logging and road works by Hewittville Pty Ltd, whose property on Boormans Road borders World Heritage forests, have gone unpunished.

The landowners actions have been subject to recent protests and Tweed Shire Council scrutiny, but because the logging operation was approved under a state-sanctioned Private Native Forestry Agreement, the government has control over logging there.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) says its dismayed by the EPAs refusal to do anything about the breaches, despite the authority confirming they had occurred.

The EPA found that in breach of five conditions of the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice trees were felled across streams, a log dump was constructed too close to a stream, and that snig tracks and roads were inadequately drained to reduce erosion, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

It is disturbing that the EPA were not concerned that the roading and logging had occurred across some 18 hectares of an Environmental Protection Zone without consent, Mr Pugh said.

Its worrying that the EPA can claim that here was no harm to the environment from these breaches when it is evident that they did not investigate the full extent of breaches and made no attempt to assess how much sediment had entered the streams and what effect it has had.

This is the EPAs standard response to all NEFAs complaints, no matter how serious, the EPA always claim no environmental harm even when it is obvious that there has been.

It is clear that the EPA does not enforce environmental laws because they dont believe breaching them has any effect what-so-ever. The best we can expect from the EPA these days are meaningless warning letters.

The EPA confirmed the two Koala High Use Trees that NEFA had reported, though thought nothing of the fact that one had a road excavated up to its base or that they could find no evidence of any koalas remaining in that vicinity.

We wonder where the koalas are now, and what fate awaits them, the EPA obviously dont care, Mr Pugh said.

A neighbouring landowner, Susie Hearder, sid that she had been reporting significant pollution events coming from the property to the EPA since 2013.

Yet the EPA only bothered to come for a token look on Tuesday, Ms Hearder told Echonetdaily.

On showing them one-metre deep mud in a rainforest gully they werent even interested in pursuing the sedimen...

23:10

Driver crashed into two cars after speeding from police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 27-year-old Goonellabah man will appear in court today after allegedly leading police on a car chase and then crashing into two cars.

Police allege that at 4pm they had reason to stop a Silver coloured Honda on Terania Street.

Police signaled for the Honda to pull over, which it did. As police left their vehicle to speak to the driver it accelerated away harshly.

A pursuit began and the Honda drove at speeds 60km/h over the limit. Due to the dangerous manner of driving police terminated the pursuit at the intersection of Keen and Conway Street.

Police said a short time later the Honda was observed driving northbound on Ballina Road,approaching the roundabout of Rotary Drive.

It then collided with a vehicle and kept driving. A short time later the Honda collided with another car, causing it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop.

The driver, a 27-year-old Goonellabah man, then ran from the vehicle and was caught by police a short distance away.

He was searched and found to have 5 grams of cannabis in his underpants. A roadside drug test produced a positive detection to methamphetamine.

At Lismore Police station checks on his licence revealed he is disqualified from driving until 2029.

He was charged with Drive Whilst Disqualified 2nd+ Offence, two counts of not Give Particulars to Other Drivers, Drive Manner Dangerous, Police pursuit Drive Dangerously and Posses Prohibited Drug.

A further charge may be laid pending the result of his drug analysis. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning.

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23:09

NSW Premier Continues Assault on Civil Liberties "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Berejiklian government is continuing its assault on civil liberties with the implementation of a further range of oppressive national security measures. And this time, Gladys new counterterrorism policy is aimed firmly at teenagers. On February 7, the state Coalition government announced it will be spending $6 million on setting up

The post NSW Premier Continues Assault on Civil Liberties appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

22:52

Man charged over assault and robbery in Ballina street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 23-year-old man was charged over the alleged assault and robbery of a man who had been walking along the main street of Ballina on Thursday night.

Police say that around 10.30pm, the victim, a 22-year-old man, was walking along River Street when he was allegedly pushed in the chest by a man walking towards him.

The man allegedly grabbed the 22-year-olds phone and started running down River Street.

The victim chased and caught the man and while trying to get his phone back, was assaulted.

Members of the public intervened and police were called, who arrested the alleged assailant.

He was taken to Ballina police station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and robbery.

He appeared in Ballina Local Court yesterday and refused bail to re-appear in Lismore Local Court on Thursday 19 April.

The post Man charged over assault and robbery in Ballina street appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:49

Zero G - 12 February 2018 Episode 1171 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1171

Title: Musk Ado About Something Podcast Title: The Cloverfield Podadox

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we pare down the Cloverfield Paradox; farewell composer Johann Johannson; and take flight with Star Trek Discovery and Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy!

 

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

22:46

St Kilda Comedy Club open mic Tuesdays from 8pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Kilda Comedy Club open mic Tuesdays from 8pm     St Kilda Comedy Club open mic on Tuesday night at 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda 8pm onwards C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club image by Kerrie Pacholli pationpics.com The wonderful thing with comedy is that you dont need a big []

22:41

Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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22:12

MACKAY Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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22:00

February 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1804 David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemens Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a ho...

21:48

Byron Farmers Market turns 15 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dirtgirl, from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV will be on hand to help celebrate. Photo supplied.

March the first will see the Byron Farmers Market celebrate its 15th birthday at the Butler Street Reserve and there will be plenty of colour, creativity and cake said market organisers.

From 8 till 11am there will not only be the usual array of fresh, local produce direct from local farmers but therell also be entertainment, gifts, free food, and a special guest.

The Emmy award-winning dirtgirl (from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV programs) will be on hand to help us celebrate in style (farm style, that is), said market organiser Kylie McGregor.

Not only is she a favourite with kids both here in Australia and around the world but shes also a champion of sustainability, farmers and growing your own food. Our kinda gal.

There will also be free entertainment for the kids (big and little) with live music and roving acts, a cooking demo (and tastings) from Byron Farmers Market ambassador and chef extraordinaire Gavin Hughes (also Head Chef at the Byron at Byron), a kiddies corner where potential future farmers can get sowing and growing with DIY seedling pots, plus giveaways and finishing off with a cracking birthday cake.

Market organisers are asking everyone to come along and celebrate.

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21:05

Later start ideal for the challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Long-time event organiser Ron Nicholson is looking forward to the 33rd running of the Channel Challenge. G110816

Organiser Ron Nicholson hopes to again reach 500 competitors which has been the bench mark for previous years. G080816

The first female over the line last year was Rebecca Henderson (right), also fifth overall, from Berwick with second placed female Kate Murphy from Briar Hill.

The first across the line in last years channel challenge was Nathan Buschkuehl (left) and second overall Kazimir Boskovic.

THE 33rd Channel Challenge is shaping up to be a cracking day, with an ideal start time and a great day of activities planned when it returns Saturday, February 18.
The tide-dependent aquathon will start at 2.05pm and will see competitors swim 550m from San...

18:18

Australian Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia's prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM's affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser Vikki Campion. Barnaby, who was also leader of the National Party and married for 24 years, made a "shocking error of judgment", created a "world of woe" for the women in his life and "appalled all of us," said Turnbull.

15:45

Astronomer Dr. Eamonn Ansbro An Update on Quantum Experiment to Contact ET "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Kerry Cassidy

I will be interviewed scientist and astronomer EAMONN ANSBRO about the status of his quantum experiment to contact ET.

Dr. Eamonn Ansbro has a Masters degree in Astronomy from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and an MPhil and PhD (ABD) degree in Astronomy from the Planetary Space Science Research Institute at Open University (UK).

He is director of Kingsland Observatory, one of 5 Observatory research centres in astronomy in Ireland. His main involvement for some years has been in Solar System studies and Instrumentation.

In recent years he has been involved in SETI . He founded SETI Kingsland which has been pioneering a fundamental new approach within SETI.

This new SETI approach has resulted in breakthrough technology for applying it to communications with extraterrestrial civilizations.

Visit Project Camelot to view the full 20 page PDF presentation.

Kerry Cassidy is the CEO/ Founder of Project Camelot. Kerry is a documentary filmmaker/investigative journalist and well known radio talk show host of Project Camelot Whistleblower Radio and Project Camelot TV broadcaster with a weekly live show on Youtube. Her website Project Camelot ( http://projectcamelot.tv aka projectcamelotportal.com ) is a leader in the alternative media sector, with a Youtube channel that has over 57 million unique viewers worldwide and over 185,000 sub...

12:58

Queer Toowoomba Play Ghosts of Leigh Explores Gender And Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dallas John Baker was born in archly conservative Toowoomba and grew up there in the 1970s and 1980s. It was the peak of the Joh years, under Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson, an era known for police corruption and brutality towards lesbian and gay people. Despite the hostile environment in which he found himself, Dallas refused ...

The post Queer Toowoomba Play Ghosts of Leigh Explores Gender And Masculinity appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:53

Turning for home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its not often that I turn for home without a single avian image in the camera.

It happened this evening until this handsome Brown Falcon Falco berigora rescued the situation.

Brown Falcon, Newstead Cemetery, 15th February 2018

Ive mentioned this previously its my understanding that the Brown Falcon is one of only three Australian birds where the scientific name honours one of the languages of our first people. There is a terrific article about the origins of berigora here.

Wednesday, 14 February

11:14

There is always something interesting to see "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The bush around the Mia Mia is very quiet at present with bird numbers lower than I can recall since the Millennium drought.

Nonetheless there is plenty to see if you take your time and stay alert.

Jacky Winter, Mia Mia Road, 14th February 2018

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