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Thursday, 14 September


Traffic lights already stopping traffic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PUTTING up a set of traffic lights at Wonthaggis most difficult intersection isnt as easy as it might seem.
Over the weekend, preliminary works were stepped up a notch with a major power upgrade going on, associated with the traffic lights.
New, taller high voltage poles and lines were being erected while traffic was carefully guided through the works area, helping to maintain traffic flow while also safeguarding workers.
The works went ahead for most of the weekend but will have to be scaled back significantly when Wonthaggi hosts the first grand final of the new-look West Gippsland competition this Saturday.
The $3.765 million project is expected to see lights controlling the intersection by mid-to-late next year, which does seem an awful long time to wait.

The post Traffic lights already stopping traffic appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

The Northern Hotel Rams Reserves reserved their place in next Saturdays Football Far North Coast Grand Finals with a thumping 4-0 win over Lismore Thistles at the Rec Grounds on the weekend.

Despite completely outclassing the young Lismore crew from the opening whistle, it took the Rams until the last minutes of the first half to find the net. After countless runs on the Thistles goal, a neat side foot cross from Herick Schuenemann to WIll Ennis and an unstoppable finish from the Golden Boot finally broke the drought.

Fifteen minutes into the second set, Toms do Prado Coelho finished a sweet flanking combination with a curling, long range strike into the top right corner to give the Rams a2-0 lead. With 15 to go, Jono Pierce made a flanking run and drove another long ball from out wide that skimmed the inside of the far post, rolled back across goal and  finally turned into the net to make it 3-0. With three minutes on the clock Pierce snapped a cross to his brother Nolan on the penalty spot. Nlans shot was deflected by the keeper onto the feet of Sam Owens who buried goal four for the Rams.

The win sends the Reserve Grade Rams into their fifth consecutive Grand Final, joining the Prems and the Byron Second Division in triple header.

With Oakes Oval being renovated, this years Grand Finals will be held at Lismore Workers Richars Oval Next door to Lismore Square. The Seconds meet Lennox Head at 11am, the Reserves take on Rovers at 3pm and the Premiers do battle with fiery neighbours Bangalow Bluedogs at 5pm.

The post Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles appeared first on Echonetdaily.


1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
2) 2017 Pacific Forum summit quieter
3) A wrap up of the 48th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting
4) More of the same: human rights in West Papua, July-September 2017
5) Papuas last Dutch pastors

1) Fallout from Indonesian officials confronting media
From Dateline Pacific, 3:03 pm on 14 September 2017...


Australian governments continue to trip over their own hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal", 4 September 2017:

The forests of the Amazon basin are often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, nurturing life through rich, tropical biodiversity. Although often overlooked, its equally fitting to consider the jungles of the Asia-Pacific as the Earths heart. After all, they contain 20% of the worlds plant and animal species, and by some measurements make up six of the worlds 25 biodiversity hotspots. Australia adds to the variety, with its wealth of native vegetation. Each one of these areas is unique and plays an integral part in the worlds interrelated ecological systems.

The positive news is that the international community recognises them as such. Last month marks the one-year anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Brunei-Darussalam, an initiative set up in 2014 to discuss the...


Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:50pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More silliness:

FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan took to social media to explain why he voted in favour of banning full facial coverings at the Nationals conference in Canberra last Sunday.

"It was to ban full facial coverings in certain public places. Many countries have already done this, including Germany, France and Belgium, to name a few, Mr Hogan wrote on Facebook.


This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This man in Australia has been camping outside Apple Store for 10 days, wants to be the first to buy new iPhone X

Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?

Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.

This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.

Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone

What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel.  He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.

Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.

We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.

The post This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X appeared first on TechWorm.


Garden of Earthly Delights postcard "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The final A5 postcard with photos by Mel Leaudais (main picture) and Garth Brinsbury(Grace and me on the back), and I did the key sketch. This is full resolution so you can print yourself a copy(if you lighten the midtones you may get a slightly better result - my bad). Or get a signed copy from us, on nice stiff postcard stock. If you put $US10 or more on the donate link in the sidebar and send a postal address I'll mail it there, anywhere in the world.

Some day soon I'll set up a shop

A Card to hand out and sign at the Garden of Earthly Delights Launch on Saturday afternoon (19 August from 1.30pm at the Record Crate - event), with a key to all or most of the Rock stars in the painting. 

There are more pictures of the mural...


Toxicon drop a metal cover of Confidence Mans Boyfriend (Repeat) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last year, a mysterious supergroup known as Confidence Man burst onto the scene. Hailing from Brisbane, the group revealed very little about themselves, except for the fact that they make a unique brand of electro-pop, which was made abundantly clear when they dropped their single Boyfriend (Repeat).

Following the groups performance at Splendour In The Grass this year, triple j made the controversial claim that the band were the best up-and-coming live band in Australia. This of course drew much criticism from, well, just about everyone, including a number Facebook commenters such Taya Chani, who claimed they were so shocked I couldnt even type when they said that Confidence Man is hands down the worst shit I have ever heard in my life. I am completely dumbfounded, speachless.


Confidence Man 'Boyfriend (Repeat)' live at Splendour

Best up-and-coming live band in Australia? We <3 Confidence Man.

Posted by triple j Unearthed on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Melbournes Toxicon uploaded their cover of Boyfriend (Repeat) to YouTube just a couple of days ago with the tongue-in-cheek caption of Australias best up and coming cover.

In a statement issued to Music Feeds, Toxicon explained their decision to cover the track. Recently there was quite the upset over triple js call on the Best up and coming live band with their song Boyfriend (Repeat), they said. Maybe it wasnt everyones cup of tea but but surely there must be s...


1) Apia confrontation highlights sensitivity over West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Special Autonomy provides for rights justice, says Papuan legislator
3) Churches unimpressed by Indonesias comments on West Papua
7) Gama Plantation: Building on deforestation and conflict


South-East Oz Pt 1: Stanthorpe to Round Hill Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shy Heathwren

We left home on September 6 for a lengthy road trip through NSW and Victoria. First stop was Glen Alpin near Stanthorpe, staying by the Severn River at the Country Style Caravan Park. There were plenty of Dusky Woodswallows here. It's always nice to be in the Granite Belt but we could do without the weather down to -2 on our first morning.

Dusky Woodswallow
We moved on to Armidale the next day, calling in on the excellent birding area along Old Wallangarra Road, where a Yellow-footed Antechinus was of interest in the short time available. A couple of Little Eagles were seen on the way south for a 2-night stay in the Armidale Tourist Park. I spent a full morning in the ironbark woodlands of the Yarrowyck area west of Armidale, along Gwydir Park Road and Gwydir River Road.



Im fine, Tonys here "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Possibly the most misunderstood person in politics today: Hunter Valley Bushfire: Hunter Valley homes at risk, Tony Abbott joins fire fight.

Tony Abbott has been hailed as a hero after saving a house from ember attack while battling a bushfire burning near his Sydney northern beaches electorate of Warringah.

This afternoon embers from the Beacon Hill bushfire ignited local resident Barry Cafes fence.

Mr Cafe told local paper the Manly Daily that it wasnt every day that a former prime minister saves your home.

I told everybody, Im fine, Tonys here, he said.

Hes a top bloke We couldnt do without them (the Rural Fire Service).



Were packing up the beer truck and cruising South.

This spring as the weather heats up, were taking Clyde (our trusty beer truck) on an East coast road trip from Byron to Sydney. Dropping in on coastal towns along the way, well be spreading good vibes and putting on a few Karma Kegs for the locals

pouring beer 6

Clydes set to attend over 10 epic events from 20 September 27 October. Kicking off the tour in Yamba, hell be rolling into towns for tap takeovers, a few festivals, beer dinners, frothy catch-ups and one grand finale at this years Sydney Beer Week (more details to be announced).

Clyde Event Vibes

Come and escape the grind, gather a crew and join Clyde as he cruises the coast! With the promise of cruisey live tunes, delicious tucker, cold frothies and a few Karma Kegs to support local charities, join us as we welcome the warmer months


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Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney


The Fleurieu Folk Festival Announces Headliners for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Co-chel South Australias premiere folk festival, the Fleurieu Folk Festival, has announced a bunch of really exciting headliners for its 2017 event. This years Fleurieu Folk Festival will feature Kristina Olsen (USA), Ken Nicol (UK), Greg Champion, Co-chel (above), The BordererS, Tom Richardson, Alan Gogoll and Fiona Ross (UK). There obviously a []


Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.


Conference: Social cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presents Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 event Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony: the Goulburn Valley Experience.   Conference Theme The 2017 conference will ... Read more...


Chinny Charge sold out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

For the first time in 16 years the Chinny Charge is on again!

This Saturday September 16, 500 people will be running and walking up Mount Chincogan to win prizes or in many cases just to enjoy the view.

While places are now fully booked, those running are reminded that there are to be no dogs or smoking on the mountain.

The race will start at the Mullumbimby Memorial Petria Thomas Swimming Pool at 2pm. It will be started  by race winner Colin Creighton, who won the  second Chinny Charge in bare feet with four stitches in his big toe in 1967.

After doing the mountain dash, the keenest of runners will charge back into town and cross the finishing line at the Mullumbimby Post Office.

Dont forget you can confirm your place in the race from 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.

If you would like to win a $200 prize from Mullumbimby IGA you can try and guess the winning time. Fill out the form (on page 10) and make your best guess.

Pop your entry into the box at the IGA and the Mullumbimby Newsagents. The entry box will move to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on the day. You will be able to submit your guess up until the beginning of the race.

Special effort

Do you know anyone who is running the race who deserves recognition for special effort and encouragement of others? If you do, or if you are in or watching the race and notice anyone who does something that makes you think they should get recognition for their actions, then let the organisers know.

You can give them suggestions in writing at the table where the race begins or where the race ends.

Kevin Moran Memorial



The Economist published my letter! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the letters section of this weeks Economist

You dont Say

The term Says Law, (Economics brief, August 12th) was invented by the American economist, Fred Taylor, and popularised in his introductory text, published in 1921. Moreover, the phrase supply creates its own demand is not classical in origin, but was first used in print by another American economist, Harlan McCracken, in a text that John Maynard Keynes is known to have read while he was writing the General Theory. Jean-Baptiste Say neither invented the concept nor was he its most staunch defender.

Associate Professor
School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia


Sparkling sun halo seen over central Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Agnes & 1770 residents were left marveling at a strange weather pattern which formed a "halo" around the sun over the Discovery Coast yesterday. Ruth Geck took these photos and shared them on Facebook, prompting excited reactions from others who had seen the phenomenon. Some blamed it on "geo-engineering" - but meteorologist Annabelle Ford, from the Bureau of Meteorology's Brisbane office, confirmed it was an entirely natural effect. "This is a good example of a 'halo'," Ms Ford told The Observer after seeing the pictures.


Hyla Roll Out New Record "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been three years in the making but Melbourne via Perth band Hyla are finally releasing their debut record Osaka.

Written entirely during a stint in Japan, frontman Alex Hayes released first taste of the album Fraction leaving us wanting more.

He joined Axel Carrington on Breakfast with Taylah for an unplugged tune and talks on the new record.

Play Hyla


Listen to the New John Butler Trio Single Bully "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio The John Butler Trio recently released their latest, stand-alone single Bully. The track was recorded back in 2016 and was released as the John Butler Trio work on their new album. In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia USA and Australias []


earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our first earthcore in the park 2017 NSW crew stage takeover announcements are in!

boss bass

Introducing Boss Bass who will be hosting the Basscore 2017 in the NSW Courtyard! Best known for their 5 year strong monthly Chinese Laundry Friday night residency, Boss Bass have hosted some of the biggest and best names in the business.
read on

hypnotic events

Known for their large scale indoor events and previously unattainable lineups, Hypnotic Events follow on from Zac Slades highly successful brand Sydney Trance offering the Sydney club scene a taste of psychedelic music, lifestyle & culture.
read on

The post earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers appeared first on earthcore.


Our legends in the running for sporting riches "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two Ocean Grovers have been named as finalists in the Viva Energy Club Legend competition.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs David Renton and Surfside Waves Soccer Clubs Kevin Bowers were named in the 20 finalists for the award, which recognises a sporting player or volunteer who helps to make their local club great.
The 20 finalists are in the running to win $5000 with the runner-up receiving $2000 and all finalists receiving $1000. The clubs of the finalists will receive the same amount.
With total prize money exceeding $50,000 the Viva Energy Geelong Refinery really is strengthening its ongoing commitment to the local community.
All winners will be honoured at the Club Legend Awards Dinner hosted by Viva Energy at Simonds Stadium on 16 October.
The public will decide the eventual winners. Go to to vote. Voting closes 4 October.

The post Our legends in the running for sporting riches appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Pushing the audience: the Sydney Underground Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.


MACKAY Airlie painter spat half-eaten sandwich at hospital worker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Keith Stephen Johnson, 38, from Airlie Beach faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to serious assault of a public officer.

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MACKAY Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Woman accused of making, sharing child exploitation material

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The 40-year-old, who we cannot name to protect the identity of others involved, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. She appeared via

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JUNGLE LOVE LAUNCH PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


By now the Jungle Love have crew shown time and time again that they know how to throw a damn good party and they also love any excuse to do it. The main event of the year is Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival which is taking place for the fourth time ever from November 30 to December 2 at Borumba Deer Park. So to build the excitement our team is taking over The Zoo and Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley on October 14 for the Jungle Love Launch Party: The Zoo and Winn Lane Takeover.

The Jungle Love community has a knack for making every night together a night to remember. Last years launch party was held at The Triffid, featuring an outdoor electronic stage. Organisers were advised by venue staff that people wouldnt dance on as theyve never had any luck getting a dance floor happening outside before. But alas the venue staff were proved wrong. The Jungle Lovers proceeded to fill the entirety of the dance floor, making for one of those many delicious nights to remember.

This years launch will feature seven stellar live acts including one of Bigsounds most talked about artists, Clea , a special reformation of the much loved insane asylum LeSuits who split up two years ago, rising stars and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Fight Ibis and some of the finest craftsmen of indie pop, The Jensens . Two acts making their way up from Melbourne for the special occasion are the soulful Squidgenini and one of the most hilarious performers around, Stingray .

Winn Lane will be pumping all night with a selection of sounds curated by the fine tastemakers A Love Supreme who will be mixing up the soul, funk and much, much more. The Winn Lane stage will feature the likes of ALS Soundsystem , Deejay Bossman , Nathan Sellin & Jaeden Birch and El Discotheque .

Punters will be able move between the two spaces via the backstage access from the Zoo to Winn Lane. So punters who havent been backstage at the Zoo before will have the chance to see the plethora of stickers and layers of history left behind by iconic bands that have played at the venue over the past 20 years.

And not to forget that it wouldnt be a Jungle Love party without an array of live performance art and the odd surprise in store.

Full Lineup in alphabetical order:

ALS Soundsystem......


Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 Interview with Betty Grumble "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Performance Artist Betty Grumble joined Bibi & The Big Blue to talk about her recent tour of International Fringe Festivals around The Globe. They also discuss the wider Global Community in relation to Australia; our development as a modern society reflecting and practicing equality & a Fair Go for All Citizens Betty & Bibi touch on the contrasts in our local societywhere the old conservative ideas are currently reflecting a fear of change.


Bibi & The Big Blue (Thursdays 23.00 00.30)

The post Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 Interview with Betty Grumble appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Medicinal Cannabis for the Elderly: An Interview with Canna Nanna Karen Burge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Therapeutic Goods Administrations Special Access Scheme (SAS) is a formal arrangement that allows patients to import unapproved therapeutic goods into the country. There are two main pathways to access imported medicines via this scheme: category A and category B. Category A allows terminally ill patients fast access to imported products, as a doctor only

The post Medicinal Cannabis for the Elderly: An Interview with Canna Nanna Karen Burge appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Last chance to catch the SWELL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fifty sculptures line the beautiful stretch of beach at Currumbin on the Gold Coast until September 17. The SWELL sculpture festival is celebrating its fifteenth year as it transforms the golden sands of Currumbin Beach into a dazzling landscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages.

There are up to 50 Australian and international artists who are displaying thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.

Sculptures by local artists Alison Allcock, Jeanette Krohn, Gabriel Rosita and Lance Season form an important part of the exhibition.

Make sure you take the chance to head up the coast and feast your eyes on these fantastic works.


The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month. On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter []


EPA stops logging at Limpinwood for inspection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The koala, now named Paris, that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). A second koala is also being cared for ny FoK after being found on a property near Boormans Road. Photo supplied.

The koala, now named Paris, that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). A second koala is also being cared for by FoK after being found on a property near Boormans Road. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council has found unauthorised clearing in the Environmental Protection Zone in Limpinwood by landowner, Hewittville Holdings.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have confirmed with Echonetdaily that they have asked the landholder to cease logging operations on the property, said an EPA spokesperson.

The EPA has become aware of recent allegations about the harvesting operation, and will be conducting a joint site inspection with Tweed shire council as soon as it can be organised.

Locals had raised the alarm in early September and Tweed shire council then unanimously supported action to ask the EPA and state government to investigate the site on September 7.

Concerns were raised about logging in environmental protection zones, specifically in relation to koala habitat trees being felled, previous unauthorised works by the landholder creating significant environmental damage and noise and dust impact on neighbours from the logging trucks.

The EPA has stated that they have been monitoring the operation since it started and it has included three site visits since May 2017.

Site inspection

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) inspected the property on September 9 and documented logging and roading within the 7(d) Environmental Zone and roading and tree removal within the 7(l) Environmental Zone. Extensive operations had occurred within the 7(d) zone and they were still active, they said in a statement to...


The University of Queensland to Ban Smoking on Campus and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands largest university will become a smoke-free zone as of July 1, 2018 (Image source: Public Domain Pictures)

Announced yesterday, The University of Queensland sates their campuses will adopt the policy after consulting with the state government and health experts.

Director of occupational health and safety at UQ, Tim Carmichael, says the smoking ban reflects evolving societal norms.



Taco Bell heads to down under

Mexican-style american fast food giant Taco Bell is set to open its doors in Brisbane.

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Lismore flies the rainbow flag in support of equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

The Lismore City Council has this morning raised the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality while an unauthorised rainbow crossing has appeared in Nimbin.

The council decided at its 13 June meeting to raise a flag as part of a broader resolution on marriage equality that included lobbying Federal MPs and political parties.

The raising of the flag comes as Australians wait for their postal survey on the issue.

Councillor Darlene Cook, who moved the motion, said raising the rainbow flag was an important gesture.

As we head into the yes/no campaign for marriage equality and the postal survey, there is no better time for our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex)
community to know that Council supports their fight for equal rights in our society, Cr Cook said.

This is a clear statement that Council embraces our LGBTQI community and believes they should have the right to marry who they wish. This debate is a no-brainer. Love is love.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

The flag-raising resolution followed earlier attempts by Greens councillor Adam Guise to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed somewhere in the CBD.

But that motion failed as the state authorities claimed that such a crossing could be a traffic hazard.

Obviously that note was not passed on to the residents of Nimbin.

Sometime this week, someone has created a rainbow crossing in the main street of Nimbin, which proudly proclaims One Love.


The po...


The Adani Factor in the Queensland Elections: Changing to a More Sustainable Coal Export Model "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Denis Bright seeks discussion on the implications of the Adani Carmichael Coal Project on the forthcoming state elections. The electoral impact zone of the Adani project will be in the marginal regional state coastal electorates between Townsville and Rockhampton as well as some leafy suburbs of Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. The latter attracted

The post The Adani Factor in the Queensland Elections: Changing to a More Sustainable Coal Export Model appeared first on The AIM Network.


Leafy laneways to criss-cross West Village project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbanes growing affection for city laneways and off-street surprises will soon receive a major boost with the creation of four new public laneways at West Ends West Village project. Developer Sekisui House will construct the new, landscaped walking and cycling spaces across the 2.6ha site. West Village Project Director Andrew Thompson said the integrated residential []

The post Leafy laneways to criss-cross West Village project appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


10th Mullum Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten years ago the first Mullum Music Festival pioneered a very different type of music event. No gates. No big headlines. No VIP areas. Basically a No hassle festival. A festival where artists and performers mingled, where shows are held in halls, clubs and pubs rather than tents, and instead of driving hours to park in a field and trudge on site, patrons became enmeshed in the spirit of a vibrant village. It worked.

Its not just about one act, but rather all the performers says Festival Director Glenn Wright. Mullum Music Festival is about the experience. Everyone knows that. Its all about the people. All of the people. Everyday People!


This year the Festival tips its hat to the line up ten years on by including many of the artists who were on the first bill. Its a Festival Homecoming with patrons Suzannah Espie, Mama Kin and Harry James Angus all returning to perform along with Tinpan Orange, Jojo Smith, Liz Stringer, Hussy Hicks, Oka and a swag of acts everyone has grown to love.

In the decade since its inception Mullum has a reputation for booking new acts. Many of these acts have gone on to play bigger stages all over the world. Like NZ artist Marlon Williams who has been selling out shows throughout the US, UK & Europe and returns for this years program with his beloved Yarra Benders.

With big headlines like Jon Cleary the funkiest of the funkiest (I mean hes from Funky town New Orleans) bringing his Absolute Gentlemen, a four-piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation rocking grooves.

Perhaps nothing typifies the unconventional joy of the program more than All Our Exes Live in Texas. A festival favourite, these four songwriters with four unique voices return to deliver their four-part indie slice of folk heaven.

Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford brings her smooth, opulent and electric voice to our 10th Mullum Music Festival, Mama Kin Spender feeds the soul when she delivers heart stopping ballads and percussive beats, this time around in collaboration with Melbourne musician Spender. From tender to brooding, the...


Union threatens boycott of Lismore Base Hospital ward openings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

A health union has threatened to boycott the opening of two wards at the Lismore Base Hospital unless staffing levels are increased.

The Health Services Union is demanding that an extra thirteen hospital positions are created, including security people, wards people and X-ray operators.

Greens MP Dawn Walker has raised the issue of staffing at the Lismore Base Hospital in state parliament following safety concerns raised by the union.

Its appalling that the NSW Government is failing to listen to concerns about excessive staff workloads at Lismore Base Hospital, which is risking patient care, stretching the capacity of hospital staff and jeopardizing the opening of new wards at the Hospital, Ms Walker, who is the health spokesperson for her party, said.

When I questioned the Government over staffing at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday, they failed to even answer the question. Yet we know that under-resourcing of hospital staff is an ongoing problem at Lismore Base Hospital.

Only last month mental health nursing staff were forced to consider closing beds due to major concerns over patient safety following planned cuts to clinical nursing staff levels.

The Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment should position the Hospital as a state-of-the art facility for the North Coast, but the Liberal-National Government seem determined not to resource it adequately.

The Government and Northern NSW Local Health District must consult with the Health Services Union, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and other bodies over staffing levels so patient care isnt compromised..


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Local asbestos program nominated for award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

The increase in DIY household renovations has highlights the importance of how to identify asbestos. It was the increasing quantity of asbestos that was unknowingly being taken to waste facilities in the northern rivers that lead to the development of the North East Wastes Household Asbestos Testing Program. Delivered to six local councils the program is now a finalist in this years Local Government NSW Excellence in Environment Awards.

Home owners undertaking their own renovations were turning up at the landfill unaware that the materials they had removed contained asbestos. This was not only a posing a health risk for the home owners but also the staff at the waste facility who sort the waste, said Tash Morton, the North East Waste project co-ordinator.

The asbestos testing program was an extension of the Household Asbestos Disposal Kit program that was initiated in 2015 to assist householders with disposing of small quantities of asbestos safely. Both programs are now run by Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Clarence Valley and Richmond Valley Councils.

Residents are provided with a mask and sample bags, instructions and a pre-paid satchel to post their samples to the asbestos testing company. The results of the test are then emailed to the resident with information.

The program is the first of its kind in Australia being run by Local Government Im incredibly proud of the work Tash has done and happy to be recognised for our initiative, says North East Waste coordinator, Jeanie Mckillop.

For further information on where to pick up the household asbestos testing or disposal kits contact your local Council or visit the council websites. You can also contact

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Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.


While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........


Miles the one who smiles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Miles arrived at Edgars Mission on this day in back in 2013. At such a young age he had already seen more hardship than one should endure; orphaned, weak and in desperate need of warm and helping hands.

Today Miles is a handsome and gentle fellow, who loves nothing more than the affection of his human carers. Among all the love and care sent his way, Miles is also being treated for Epilepsy we believe he is the only sheep treated for the condition in Australia.

Miles is part of our Best Friends monthly donor program, if youre able and would like to sponsor him, you can find him in the Sheep Shack here!


Turnbull Government's Australian Building and Construction Commissioner resigns ahead of court sentancing contravening the Fair Work Act "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It appears that the Abbott and Turnbull federal governments chosen anti-union attack dog has feet of clay.
This is what the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has to say about its agency head as late as 12 September 2017:
Nigel Hadgkiss, APM, became the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner on 2 December 2016 with the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).  Nigel has held a number of high-profile roles in both state and federal government agencies with a focus on both law enforcement and construction industry regulation, including:
Director Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC);
Director, Construction Code Compliance, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance;
Executive Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW;
Deputy Commissioner, ABCC;
Director, Building Industry Taskforce;
National Director of Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission; and


Alleged Lismore stalker was jailed for assaulting two females "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore man who was arrested last week for allegedly stalking three women who live in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square has been previously jailed for assaulting two women.

Shane Andrew Mitchell did not appear in Lismore Local Court this week via videolink from prison but was represented by solicitor Tom Trembath.
The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.
Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.
Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.
From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.
When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.
In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.
The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.
He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.
The risk to the community is too great, police wrote.
This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard Mr Mitchell was seeking a section 33 assessment under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990.
He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until September 19 when he is expected to appear in court via videolink.

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Casino father who allegedly groomed 15-year-old girl for sex remains on bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

Expert computer evidence will be given against a married Casino father who allegedly used social media to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex from his home.

Jacob Lee Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court this week and was represented by solicitor Peter Walsh.

The 30-year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sex.

Police allege between November 20, 2016, and the day before his arrest, June 14, Mr Benn sent various message via Facebook messenger to the 15-year-old girl with the intention of having sex with her.

During their communications, it is alleged Mr Benn told the girl not to reveal his identity.

After the girl complained to police an investigation was launched and Mr Benn was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Exploitation Unit on June 15.

He was granted strict conditional bail to reside at Casino and not to contact or approach the girl or go to her school.

Mr Benn must not use the social media websites Facebook, Snapchat, Facebook messenger or Instagram for any reason what so ever.

He was also ordered not to have direct contact with any person younger than 16 except for his immediate family.

This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard police were waiting for an electronic exhibit to be prepared and expert evidence to be given on the case.

Mr Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by October 23 and adjourned Mr Benns matters until November 13.

He was excused from appearing at court on the next occasion by Magistrate Heilpern if legally represented.

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Wardell woman nabbed by find my phone app "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Wardell woman was arrested for stealing after one of the victims used the find my phone app to track down their stolen iPhone.

Police will allege that the 21-year-old woman broken into two vehicles at the Wardell Caravan Park and stole property in the early hours of September 12.

A short time later the woman broke into a cabin which was occupied by a sleeping victim. It is alleged that the woman has stolen an iphone and other property.

Police said the victim had a find my phone app installed on the stolen phone, and was able to tell police where the phone was.

Ballina police then executed a search warrant at a Wardell address where they located the 21-year-old and the stolen property.

The 21 year old was charged with aggravated break, enter and steal, and two counts of steal from motor vehicle. Bail was refused.

Police said if the victim did not have a phone finder app installed on her phone police may not have been able to make the arrest and return the stolen property.

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Lionel Murphy: an innocent man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Remembering Lionel Keith Murphy 30.08.1922 21.10.1986   Lionel Keith Murphy, of William an Irish immigrant and Lily born Murphy, Sydney 1922.   Outstanding student, budding larrikin  early scholastic achievements encouraged his questioning, sharpened his tools for the liberation of the spirit.   An oddity? an early resister? a Jew-lover? Or simply a man destined

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Third city council dumps Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day grossly insensitive.

But Moreland City Council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

The inner-north Melbourne council voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was grossly insensitive to indigenous people.

It would be like celebrating the Nazi holocaust, Ms Bolton said in the meeting on Wednesday.

Another councillor, John Kavanagh, did not support the move and said it was a decision for the federal government to make.

The federal government last month stripped Yarra and Darebin councils of their right to host citizenship ceremonies after successful votes to shift them to another day.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month described Yarra City Councils decision to change the way it commemorates the day as utterly out of step with Australian values.

On Australia Day, we recognise the greatness of our achievement as Australians, Mr Turnbull said in parliament.

To change the date would be to turn our back on Australian values.

Moreland in 2015 moved its annual citizen awards ceremony to October.

The Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code says local councils should hold ceremonies every two to three months and notes that Australia Day along with Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 are significant days in the calendar when local governments and community organisations can play an important role in raising awareness of citizenship.

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Third Melbourne Council Abandons Australia Day Celebrations and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A third Melbourne council has voted to abandon official Australia day celebrations. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreland city council has now passed a motion stating that the council believes it is not an appropriate date for an inclusive national celebration, as January 26 marks the beginning of the British invasion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands and oppression of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Moreland city council has now joined neighbouring councils Yarra and Darebin in dropping all references to Australia Day on January 26.

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Einstein A Go-Go - 10th September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the studio this week Dr Shane is joined by EAGG colleagues Dr Jen & Chris KP.

The team kick things off with some science news; sharing updates on A.I developments on Facebook, news from Saturn and Pluto and the 40th anniversary of Voyager.

First Guest: Associate Professor Conor Hogan - Latrobe Institute of Molecular science.

Connor and the EAGG team discuss the exciting new world of Molecular measurement and other scientific development using mobile phones.

Second Guest: Dr Jeremy Silver & Associate Professor Ed Newbigin - Pollen count group at University of Melbourne.

What is the Pollen count group, what is new in the world of pollen and how exciting do they use their research?

Third Guests: Rosemary Millen - PHD Candidate at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & St Vincent's hospital.

Rosemary joins the team in the studio to discuss the immune system and more specifically it's effect on Cancer cells and vice versa.

Remember,.. Science is everywhere!

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Australian government moves to cover coal as banks pull out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

As people campaigning against the Adani Carmichael coal mine rallied again in Brisbane, Steve Ciobo, the minister for trade, complains that activists are stopping the banks from financing the project and are pushing them into pulling away from the coal industry altogether.

He therefore suggests that the government must step in to fill the market gap. In other words, government should subsidise the industry through taxpayers money.

The generosity is likely to include the Adani mine.

Ciobo openly admits that money from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), will be handed out and the lending criteria of the corporation will to be changed to enable this.

The minister said in parliament:

Im increasing the scope of Efics statement of expectation, so that Efic has got more ability to finance onshore resource projects.

Now what are some of the radical groups doing that is threatening this? The fact is that we are seeing a campaign. Weve seen, for example, the stepped-up campaign of activist groups which is discouraging our major retail banks from financing otherwise viable exporters in the coal sector.

But its not just about coal, its also about what we can do in other sectors within resources, he said.

Adani is already seeking a loan of up to $900m from Naif, to help build a rail line between the mine and the Abbot point coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef. Adani may nowapply for more and be given what he wants.

Although opponents are having have an impact, they are not decisive in causing the banks to pull away. Public opinion is and this has turned against an industry widely regarded as dirty, in terms of creating carbon emissions. So much that the industry has launched a major advertising campaign to win people back to coal.

The government refuses to acknowledge this, and in turn, this feeds the growing perception that its actions are being driven by...


Baby Great White Shark Washes Onto Shore And People Know Just What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the past, when sharks have washed onto the beach, it hasnt always ended well for the animals. Selfie-obsessed people have been known to drag them onto the sand to pose with them in front of cameras, which often kills the sharks. But when a juvenile great white shark washed onto a popular beach earlier this week in Sydney, Australia, beachgoers knew exactly the right thing to do.

After finding the male great white shark (estimated to be 2 or 3 years old) flopping around on the sand, people contacted Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, a conservation center that rescues and rehabilitates ocean animals. A rescue team quickly arrived to help the distressed shark.

Sharks cant breathe without swimming, so getting the shark back into water was of the utmost importance. At the same time, the team needed to make sure the shark wasnt injured or sick, so they didnt want to put him right back into the ocean. Instead, they moved him into a nearby ocean pool, which was filled with natural seawater.

Credit: Nick Dawkins

Rob Townsend, the life sciences manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, started calling the shark Fluffy as a joke but soon everyone was doing it. That was me just chatting to some kids on the side of the pool and it just stuck, Townsend told The Dodo.

Credit: Nick Dawkins

While Fluffy swam around the sea pool, Townsend made sure a diver was always there to babysit him.

White sharks prefer the open oceans and do not do well within the confines of captivity, which is why you dont usually see white sharks in aquariums, Townsend said. We needed the divers to guide him away from the walls so he didnt further injure himself....


Birthday cake for Invy parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Inverloch parkrun completed a milestone itself last Saturday when the event celebrated its third birthday in style, fluoro style.
On a cool September 13 day in 2014, Inverloch parkrun was launched after months of work by a core group who put in the planning to get the event up and running.
On that morning there were 94 runners with Mack Clarkson the first runner across the line and Fiona Crozier the first female in 11th place. Mack ran the event in an incredible 17:08.
In the past three years, Inverloch parkrun has had 2493 participants who have completed 14,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,990 km, including 2711 new personal bests.
Last Saturday, 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 12 recorded personal bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.
And they enjoyed a piece of birthday cake afterwards.
Thanks go to volunteers Heather Sullivan, Kate Lew Ton, Heidi Peterson, Macy Peterson, Billie Peterson, Luisa Cester, Wayne Walker and Louise McCall. A massive thank you was delivered to everyone who has volunteered at Inverloch over the past three years.
This week there were visitors from Lismore, Traralgon, Churchill, Pakenham and Chelsea. The first over the line was Michael Tripodi from Traralgon in 18:11. The first female this week was Alycia Marotta, in 13th overall, running a new PB of 22:32 and beating her son Jake by 25 seconds. It was Alycias sixth parkrun and her first time as winner.
The theme for the birthday was fluoro and there were some great outfits to go with a delicious fluoro cake. Emma Sullivan and Brett Scorah were electric in their fluoro coordinated outfits and Leah Baud was as bright as ever while Julian Walker had some great fluoro hair and with special mentions to Shirley Dell and Ebony Knox.
There were a number of milestones this week with three running their 50th parkrun.
Michael Giles, Greg Dell and Joanne Parsons all reached the milestone. Kate Lew Ton reached her 25th volunteer and Nathan Castle ran his 150th parkrun, a fine effort by both.
There were 12 personal bests which is a pretty good effort given the cold air and wind. Noel Farmilo, Damien King (starting the push to sub 20), James Barry, Simon Harris, Layla OReilly, Lani Cropley, Nicki Liefting, Lyn Harris, Luke Ransom, Rhonda Castle, Shannon Hallam and Alycia Marotta all PBd. Well done!

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A Wise Heart For The Modern World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist Master, Geshe Tenzin Zopa presents a series of public talks and guided lessons at Langri Tangpa Buddhist centre, on September 15-17, October 20-22 and December 17 to teach on the topic of A Wise Heart for the Modern World. An extremely prolific teacher and writer, Geshe Zopa is fluent in English and has []

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Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...

Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...


Are banks and insurance companies misusing personal health information and medical files? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After an insured has made a claim against their policy, the insurer obtains access to and reviews the insureds medical records. PIAC has seen instances of insurers obtaining an insureds complete medical history, including from doctors that treated the insured during childhood, before deciding a claim.

PIAC has found that insurers often rely on matters discovered during the review of the insureds medical records to allege that the insured has breached their duty of disclosure.

Often the conclusions drawn by the insurer from the insureds medical record about their experiences of mental health are inconsistent with the insureds medical record and the opinions of their treating medical practitioners.

PIAC has represented individuals who have had a policy avoided because the insurer has relied on medical records to impute a medical condition that either did not exist or that the insured did not know existed at the time of applying for insurance.

In PIACs experience, it appears that consumers are being disadvantaged by the reforms to the remedies available to insurers (as set out above), or at the very least, are not seeing any benefits flowing from the increased flexibility. [Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 18 November 2016]

On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into the life insurance industry to the Joint...



In a media release on September 6 the Australia Institute revealed that Australia's peak scientific body the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) was paying $10,000 a year for associate membership of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), a mining lobby group known for its campaigns against effective action on climate change.

The Minerals Council has been on the fringe of the climate and energy debate in Australia, opposing policies that would tackle emissions effectively, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist said.

It defies commons sense that the CSIRO, an organisation that researches climate change and develops renewable technology, gives money to a lobby group that campaigns against effective climate policy and against policies that would increase renewable energy.

One of MCAs main functions is to lobby to change government policy. In its 2013 annual report the MCA boasts it was at the forefront of the debates over the carbon and mining taxes; and their abolition (expected after July 2014) will be in no small part due to the councils determined advocacy on both issues.

The MCA lobbies against renewable energy policy, such as the Renewable Energy Target and more recently the Clean Energy Target as recommended by Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel.

The Minerals Council has also been involved in recent attempts to hobble the advo...


Recommendation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Highly recommend Sam from Melbourne Domestic Appliances for any fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, stove or oven problems you may have. 

He came to fix our dishwasher same day we called. $85 call out fee would have been it if we didn't need a part. Including part was $160. Compared to others we contacted that was a very reasonable price and he was a really lovely man as well! I will certainly use him for any future appliance problems.

Other reviews for his business here

Cheers, Susie.






Fabulously Frugal Hair Bands Made From Upcycled Clothing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I'm never going to buy zero waste hair bands when I can easily upcycle old clothing to make some. I know I keep saying it, but I really enjoy applying circular economy principles in my home!


Three arrested over sexual assaults at Banora Pt and Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have arrested three men in two separate sexual assault cases, one of which allegedly took place in Byron Bay in July and the other at Banora Point earlier this month.

Two men were today charged with sex offences at Tweed Heads Police station relating to the incident at a Banora Point address on September 1.

Tweed Heads Detectives have been investigating the matter since the 26-year-old female victim from Banora Point contacted police immediately after the incident.

A 27-year-old  Terranora man was charged with sexual assault without consent while a 27-year-old   Banora Point man was charged with sexual assault without consent and indecent assault.

Both have been given conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads court on September 25.

Bail conditions and Apprehended Violence Order have been issued to protect the victim.

A 27-year-old   Tweed Heads man was charged today with two counts of sexual
assault of a 26-year-old Manly woman at a tourist park in Byron Bay reported on July 7.

The man has also been granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on September 25.



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North Coast TAFE student wins state award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Coast TAFE award winner Liam Muldoon on the job. Photo supplied

North Coast TAFE award winner Liam Muldoon on the job. Photo supplied

Liam Muldoon, from Cumbalum was named 2017 NSW Vocational Student of the Year at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held last week at Sydney Town Hall.

The award was in recognition of his studies in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis at TAFE NSW North Coast and on-the-job training with Gold Fields Australia in Western Australia.

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin  congratulated Liam on the taking out the major award.

Liam is currently working as a fly-in-fly-out technician at the Agnew Mine site some 1,000 kilometres north-east of Perth, said Mr Franklin.

Liams job is to constantly identify industry changes that require further training and his studies have given him a unique skill set thats highly sought after by employers, said Mr Franklin.

Liam said he was also passionate about training young apprentices.

The skills Ive gained from TAFE have set me on a very successful career path, Liam said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the vocational education and training (VET) offered in NSW was the critical first step to a stronger economic future for our regions, our state and the nation as a whole,.

VET is a great way for people of all ages to access skills and knowledge to open doors to vibrant, rewarding careers in a variety of industry sectors, Mr Barilaro said.

Liams success is typical of the fantastic outcomes that can be achieved through VET and I wish him all the best when he goes on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November, Mr Barilaro said.

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The Customs and Prayers of Rosh HaShanah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The origins of Rosh HaShanah are found in the Bible.The Book of Leviticus (23:24-25) declares: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of rest, a memorial proclaimed with the blowing of the shofar, a holy convocation. Although this day eventually became Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New ... Read more...


Cable car up kunanyi/ Mt Wellington one step closer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Tasmanian government continues to help facilitate the development of a cable car up the side of kunanyi/ Mt Wellington, above Hobart.

There will be significant environmental impacts of this project and visual scarring of the mountain. Close to 1,500 people recently signed a petition against the proposal. A large majority of the 850 submissions made to a recent government process also opposed the plan. Yet the government continues to provide support for this damaging project: it has now tabled the legislation which will allow for the acquisition of public land for the cable car. The Govt has added the word kunanyi into the title and little else has changed despite all the feedback it received on the draft legislation.

Tasmanian people: please make sure that your voice is heard by contacting the Legislative Council members to urge them to vote against the Bill. They will have the final say.

For further information check the page for Respect the Mountain.


The International Queer Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Given the prominence of cinema in queer culture a successful LGBT film festival can become a major event for a city.

Examples like the Mardi Gras and Melbourne Queer Film Festivals attract national media attention and draw in thousands of attendees both locally and interstate. Despite these successes over East Perth has struggled to establish its own.

One man attempting to correct this is Mark Reid, the Artistic Director of the Perth International Queer Film Festival. The festival is returning for its second year, with the festival launching tonight. Mark Joined the ATQ crew in the studio to talk about the festival.

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Trashing of 95 ha of Endangered Rainforest must be Prosecuted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North East Forest Alliance has requested the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, to ensure that action is taken against the Forestry Corporation for roading and logging 95 hectares of the Endangered Ecological Communities 'Lowland Rainforest' and 'Grey Box-Grey Gum Wet Sclerophyll Forest' in Cherry Tree State Forest*, given that 21 months after being told of the breaches the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has failed to take regulatory action.


MACKAY Finch Hatton cop leaps into fray solo, defuses drunken brawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Woman blames pill mix-up for abusing hospital workers

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MACKAY Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Di Carlo fed info from CCC: Police

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Done By Law Trivia Extravaganza 2017! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's time once again for our sell out amazingly awesome trivia night extravaganza to raise funds for our mother station! Brush up on that general knowledge! AND do your daily core and stretching exercises becausethe hottest LIMBO is back in town! Book your tickets now.
Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: Doors open at 6PM, Dinner is served at 6.30PM, Trivia starts at 7.30PM on the dot! 
Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall. 


Compare and Contrast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adelaide Hospital:

  • construction announced June 2007.
  • officially opened September 2017.

Announcement to opening 10 plus years.

Sydney Light Rail CBD and South East Extention:

Mini Sky City Tower in China:

  • Construction of 21st floor commenced January 31  2015
  • Construction of 57th floor completed February 17 2015

Construction of 37 floors of skyscraper 3 weeks.

Sanyuan Bridge Overpass Replacement in Beijing China:

From removal of old overpass to opening of new overpass 43 hours!

Jobs and growth.  Jobs and growth.  Jobs and growth.

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Listen to the New TinPan Orange Single Wanderers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange Melbourne indie-folk trio TinPan Orange have returned with their brand new single Wanderers. The track is their first single single 2016s See You In The Water and was co-written by TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire). As always with TinPan Orange, Wanderers soars with []


Dashville Skyline Announces Additional Artists for Sunday Wind Down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Dashville Skyline If you thought the Dashville Skyline lineup was already huge then you aint seen nothin yet. The folks behind the Hunter Valley based cosmic country festival have just announced plans to finish up the event for the Sunday Wind Down party, complete with a bunch of new artists. Headlining the []


Neo and Todman, finding their way home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Only hours ago, I was making my way home as the rain poured down and the windscreen wipers struggled to do their job. A trailer-load of abattoir-bound pigs headed the other way, grabbing both my gaze and heartstrings, as the words, And theyre going to get wet rolled from my lips. The thought haunted me for the rest of the drive homethat in their final hours on this earth, those gentle pigs would not even be afforded the kindness of warmth as their lives were soon to be reduced to pork, ham and bacon. But it also reminded me of the serenity prayer: God* grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Every day I work on that prayer; in fact, it is what weaves the threadbare fabric of my world together. While it may come as a surprise to some, there are some days when Im holding it together better than on other days, and some days when my world threatens to fall apart. Today is one of the latter. Already struggling under the weight of last nights decision to end the life (and pain) of my beautiful buddy Neo, I arrived home to learn that little Todmans brain had said, No more.


So, although on the outside it may well look like I am holding it together, over 40 years of animal rescue tells a different story that it never, ever, EVER gets any easier. For in rescue, successful or otherwise, each and every animal leaves both an indelible mark and more often than not a heart-wrenching scarjust where I feel it the most. And today that sent me headfirst into the soft purring fur that is Jessica Cats stomach. As Jessies fur began to get wet, I soon knew it was more than Rubys sympathetic licking (who too had heard my pain), as I sobbed and sobbed, something I so rarely do.

Thinking back on the lives of these two beautiful beings, one of whom I have known for some time and the other not so, I wondered just why those of us who rescue do what we do, for we know it is alw...


His and Hers, wedding rings flying to Italy to bind two hearts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lovely hearts, lovely friends, lovely outcome . . .

HERS: Bh Commission L. P. Wedding ring Oval saddle style ring with oval 22x16mm aligned along finger and tapering slim band approx. 5mm wide. Oval top is flush set with x3 Rubies marquise cut, x11 Diamonds. Ring constructed in 18ct palladium white gold. Matt and burnished finish. Size S1/2.

HIS:  Bh Commission W. A. Wedding ring Cut Out Squares design low half-rounded profile band 8.5mm wide has 9 square cut out sections each 4.5mm. Ring constructed in 925 Silver has fitted inside sleeve of 18ct yellow gold. Recut Sapphire from family ring and rub over setting. Size Y. Matt and burnished finish.


ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland  Big Bad Luv "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

John Moreland has been one of those best-kept secrets for a while now, slowly emerging as a highly respected songwriter on the alt-country/Americana scene. Hes never had a breakout single or any landmark moment, rather hes slowly refined and improved his craft, garnering increasing critical acclaim and a growing fanbase. Big Bad Luv finds him Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers All You Need Is Music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The brothers are back with another album of bluegrass, folk and country music in their laconic, easy-going style. At times the songs themselves dip into bland and cliched lyrical territory but if you can get past that, take a long drive or kick back on a sunny afternoon and relish the exceptional musicianship on display. Continue reading


Pokemon Event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Community,

My 9 year old son came up with an idea to have a kids Pokmon card swap and battle event. It's being held at the Newlands Community House on Saturday 21 October from 2.30-4.30pm.

We wanted to be inclusive of kids from all schools in the area, so if you have a child who has some ideas on how to run this sort of event, we would love their input! 

If your child is interested, we would like to have a quick catch up in the park at Cox Reserve on Sunday 30 September, at 3pm. Please come along! Or give me a call.


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Does anyone have a contact or recommendation for a brickie to do some work on our front porch?

Preferably someone available pretty soon....


0415 675 575


Screening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Screening John Goldschmidt's account of the Wave Hill Walkoff, The Unlucky Australians, for the 50th anniversary of this critical protest.

Tuesday 19 September 6-8pm.

TLC 115 (Bundoora only).

It will be followed by a panel discussion with David Alenson, John Burgess, Felicity Collins and Alan Hardy.

The film screened in Britain and elsewhere in the 1970s but a combination of political and commercial pressure conspired to prevent its broadcast in Australia. After being programmed on the ABC at the time, it was cancelled, though Frank Hardy eventually took the film to Kalkarindji & Daguragu where it was screened for the community.



Dutton Claims Lawyers Who Represent Asylum Seekers for Free Are Un-Australian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton announced on August 28 that 70 asylum seekers were being issued with new final departure visas. These people had their fortnightly welfare payments cut off, and were given three weeks to vacate their accommodation. The move could affect up to 370 former offshore detainees who

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Council Making Millions from Littering Fines in the Valley and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over two thirds of all Brisbane littering fines issued last year were from the Fortitude Valley nightclub district, according to the latest figures. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

In total, these fines have made $1.5 million for Brisbane City Council, but the fines certainly arent great for punters.

Simon Turner from the Fortitude Valley Safe Night Out Precinct said people are being fined as much as $250 for dropping cigarette butts on the footpath.

Mr Turner also said the council were hiring police officers to work with ticket inspectors who targeted customers lined up outside of clubs.

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RACQ LifeFlight Aero Medical Bizjets Pop into Central Queensland Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the last couple of days, a pair of RACQ LifeFlight aero medical bizjets have been noted calling into various CQ Airports on different medical evacuation flights.

Late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Mackay Airport on a med-evac flight from and back to Townsville.

Also very late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-VPL "Ambulance 680" was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from the Gold Coast.

VH-VPL at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

In the wee small hours of Wednesday 6 September, VH-VPL then departed Rocky for Brisbane.

Then late on Thursday 7 September, VH-CXJ was back in CQ arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It then departed to Moranbah Airport before departing there to Brisbane, touching down very early on Friday 8 September.  It then returned to Townsville.

Of interest, fellow LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" is presently at Sydney (possibly) undertaking planned maintenance.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  


Pair who aided Ballina shark attack victim awarded for bravery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have received bravery awards for coming to the rescue of 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark at Ballina last year. (supplied)

Two men have received bravery awards for coming to the rescue of 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark at Ballina last year. (supplied)

Two north coast residents have been recognised in this years bravery awards for going to the rescue of shark-attack victim Tadashi Nakahara in the surf at Shelley Beach last year.

A further three received a group citation for coming to the rescue of two farmers caught in floods near Lismore.

Dr Hugh Giles, of East Ballina, received the Star of Courage for his efforts to help Mr Nakahara swim to the safety of nearby Speeds Reef, despite the presence of the shark.

Matthew Meadows, also of East Ballina, was awarded a Bravery Medal for his efforts to help save Mr Nakahara,

Mr Meadows also paddled out and took the injured man from Dr Giles and began to move Mr Nakahara towards the shore.

Other surfers then re-entered the water and helped to bring him ashore but Mr Nakahara subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

Group citation for flood rescue

Three members of the Lismore SES received a citation for rescuing two farmers caught in floodwaters in June last year.

Paul Barry, Snr Const John Stirling and Leading Snr Const Amanda Vidler boarded a flood boat, and began looking for the two men in the treacherous water.

On locating the men in the fading light they could see that both were close to exhaustion and the fast flowing water was now at chest height. The younger man was holding onto the older man, who was a non-swimmer, to prevent him from being swept away.

One of the members remained with the younger man while the older was loaded into the flood boat and taken to safety. By this time the water was lapping the faces of the SES member and the younger man.

The boat returned and the men were pulled aboard and transported to higher ground and safety.

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Cookies & Cream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Vincent & Jules presents the September installation of Cookies & Cream at the zoo. The series focuses on all the obscure concoctions and derivatives of Brisbanes underground pop, rock, and indie scene.

Treat yourself!

Set times:
Doors 7:30pm
8:00pm 8:40pm Lunchtime
9:00pm 9:40pm Beddy Rays
10:00pm 10:40pm Age Champion
11:00pm 11:50pm Dangerpenny (Happy Place Single Launch)

Rampant with blistering live energy the band vocalises free speech, rebellion, passion, rage and individuality through music. The quartet is quickly gaining a local reputation as an alternative powerhouse delivering quality music and quality live shows to fans whilst subconsciously provoking the human experience with deeper motives intertwined in their songs.

Age Champion
Hard rock/alt rock power trio. Just a few rambunctious younger gentlemen enquire within.

Beddy Rays
4 young apprentices living week to week on the slog.

Lunchtime brings the musicality of grunge and the attitude of Punk together in an all-explosive fusion of genres.

Photo ID required for entry, 18+ only.


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Lismore council says no to $90m shopping square plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

The Lismore City Council has rejected a $90 million proposal to expand the Lismore Square Shopping Square in a move described by Page MP Kevin Hogan as woeful.

But already its understood that Cr Gianpiero Battista is preparing a recisission motion, meaning that the issue will come back before the council at the next meeting.

Mr Hogan said the massive investment would have been beneficial for the city as it recovers from the March flood.

We are still recovering and rebuilding from the flood and we had an investor who wanted to put $90 million in our city which would have created many jobs, Mr Hogan said.

If we want to maintain our status of a regional capital we need to have investments like this one. This would have attracted more shoppers to our town and the CBD.

This is not, an either or, we need a healthy CBD and shopping centre.

Many leave our region, and indeed drive through it to the Gold Coast for the shopping centre experience.

The $90 million expansion was going to better link the CBD to the Square.

This is going to cost us jobs and hold back Lismore.

A majority of Lismore councillors didnt see it that way, with Crs Gianpiero Battista, Neil Marks, Darlene Cook, Bill Moorhouse and Isaac Smith voting for the motion, while Crs Nancy Casson, Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd, Greg Bennett and Elly Bird voted against.

The major concerns raised were the loss of parklands as the proposal would require about 4 hectares of parkland earmarked for the Lismore Park proposal. Also, an expanded Shopping Square would place further pressure on the CBD, which is struggling to recover from the flood.

McGonaghys managing director, Gary McConaghy told the council that engineering issues meant it would not be feasible to expand the shopping centre upwards.

Leading the charge agains the proposal, Cr Eddie Lloyd said it would be heartless to expand the square at the expense of the CBD.



Humanoid robot to help with therapy at GV Health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Humanoid robot to help with therapy at GV Health

THERAPEUTIC ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE From left, robot technician, Jonathan Kingsley and GV Health clinical psychologist, Catherine Kelly with NAO, a humanoid robot that will help with therapy treatments at GV Health. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

A FUTURISTIC therapy treatment is now available in Shepparton with GV Health recently purchasing a friendly form of artificial intelligence.

Dubbed NAO, the humanoid robot stands at just 58cm tall and came at a cost of $33,000 which includes specialised programming and training of staff. The funds have been raised through help from several local Freemason groups (GV St George Lodge, Rupertswood Numurkah Lodge, Mooroopna Lodge, United Freemasons and Goulburn Murray Masonic Club), Bendigo Banks Connected Communities initiative and through GV Healths Give Me 5 For Kids appeal.

NAO will be utilised across the whole hospital, but will primarily be used for those on the autism spectrum and in the paediatric ward.

NAO houses tactile sensors, microphones, speakers, cameras, sonar and hands, all that are used to interact in a human-like manner with patients.

GV Health clinical psychologist, Catherine Kelly said, We are hoping to use NAO across the whole hospital.

The robot is so engaging. For young people with problems in engagement, it will help to break down the barriers.

It has taken two years to raise the funds and we are looking forward to seeing what NAO can do.

NAO technician, Jonathan Kingsley said, NAO is designed and manufactured in Paris and can be designed for just about anything.

It is endearing and engaging, particularly for children because of its size.

Those on the spectrum, are highly sensitive to very minute changes in facial features and body language and the size and nature of the robot comes across as less threatening.


Students learn importance of dairy industry through art "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students learn importance of dairy industry through art

MOOOOVING MASTERPIECE Ardmona Primary School student, Jedd Ioffel with his masterpiece created through the Painting Daisy program, that aims to teach students about the importance of the dairy industry. Photo: Supplied.

STUDENTS from schools across the region were in good moooods after they finished painting their masterpieces recently as part of a creative, educational and fun filled program called Painting Daisy. which has helped them learn more about the importance of the dairy industry.

The program is being run during Term 3 at various schools including Tongala Primary School, Ardmona Primary School, Girgarre Primary School, St Brendans Primary School, Tatura Primary School and Kyabram P-12 College.

Students have worked in teams of two to paint or decorate a miniature cow, research a chosen topic on the dairy industry and write a good news story reflecting their learning.

Painting Daisy Program manager, John Hutchison said, In years gone by, children either lived on dairy farms themselves or they had family members that did.

Through progressive changes especially in technology, the number of dairy farms has decreased, yet the size of the farms has increased. Many students now have little or no knowledge of what happens on these dairy farms, the smorgasbord of careers available in the industry or the impact of local industry on their community.

The program is a great way to educate rural students about what happens in their community and the importance of an industry that operates right on their doorstep.


Bluegrass @ Yullis for September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Golden Whistler This month bluegrass and old time duo Golden Whistler return to Bluegrass @ Yullis stage, bringing their wonderful music to Sydneys most intimate performance space. Bluegrass @ Yullis will take place at Yullis in Sydney next Wednesday 20th September. As always the night kicks off at 6pm with an all-in []


High flu rates leads to increased risk of death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH an extremely high number of flu cases being reported this year, and the confirmation of eight deaths caused by an influenza outbreak at the St Johns Retirement Village in Wangaratta, the Department of Health and Human Services is urging the community to watch their health and hygiene to help prevent the spread.

So far in 2017, there have been more than 11,800 confirmed cases of influenza in Victoria with many more notifications still expected.

Flu outbreaks, particularly in aged care facilities, are at very high levels. There have been 222 respiratory outbreaks this year compared with 117 for the same period last year.

Victorias acting chief health officer, Dr Brett Sutton said the department is continuing to monitor the facility (at Wangaratta) and is providing support to manage the outbreak.

Dr Sutton said flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.

Good hand hygiene is strongly recommended to visitors to assist in controlling any spread of flu, Dr Sutton said.

This is a timely reminder to all visitors that washing their hands with soap or hand gel before visiting loved ones in aged care or hospital is extremely important.

And if you are sick you should avoid visiting loved ones in an aged care facility or hospital.

If you are unwell with a cough or a cold, remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put the tissue straight in the bin.

You should always wash your hands immediately after sneezing, coughing or going to the toilet with soap and running water and dry your hands thoroughly, Dr Sutton said.


Nominations close as second last group of nominees named "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nominations close as second last group of nominees named

NOMINATIONS for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have come to an end, and now, each of the nominees are looking forward to seeing who will win each category, and who will be crowned the winner of the illustrious Hall of Fame for 2017 at the Gala Dinner and Awards evening.

This week, for the second last week this year, nominees are Goulburn Valley Dental Group who received a nomination under the Business Award Professional Services category, Country Carpet Cleaning & Restoration who received a nomination under the Business Award Trade Services category, Brother Pablo who received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Cardamone Real Estate who received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, Calandro Engineering Pty Ltd managing director, Mario Calandro who received a nomination under the Entrepreneur of the Year category, Parklake Hotel apprentice chef, Atsadawut Tamkam who received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category, Notre Dame College faith and ministry training trainee, Daina Davies who received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and Choice Group @theplaylab received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.

All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.


Keeping family front of mind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Keeping family front of mind

EARLY INTERVENTION FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING FAMILY VIOLENCE Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Services Children and Mothers in Mind program senior practitioner, Liz Meloury is pleased that the Victorian Government is throwing funding behind a specialised program aimed at early intervention of family violence. The program will be one of 26 Children and Mothers in Mind pilot programs being launched across the state, with the Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Service running the program locally from next week. Photo: David Lee.

Innovative new program a game changer

SO FAR this year, 33 women have been killed in Australia as a result of family violence and while these figures are staggering, a newly government funded program to help curb the after effects of a family violence issue is set to see one of 26 statewide early intervention pilot programs launched in Shepparton from next week.

Funded by the Victorian Government and being run at the Caroline Chisholm Society Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Service, the Children and Mothers in Mind (CMiM) program will commence from September 20.

The program is a three-part, 20-week program, where participants work with trained professionals to respond to their trauma, then work to rebuild attachment through the program Mothers in Mind, and then finding ways to continue their new way of relating as a family.

Led by program senior practitioners, Liz Meloury and Jeanette Monteith, the program Children and Mothers in Mind is an Australian first for mothers and children (four years and under) who have experienced difficult family relationships, which may include family violence.

Liz said, The statistics surrounding family violence deaths are quite astonishing. The figures show that there is approximately one woman per week killed as a result of family violence.

An Australian woman is more likely to be killed in her own home by her male partner than by anyone else, anywhere else.

According to Vic Health, family violence is more damaging to the health of women aged 15-44 years than any other risk factor including obesity and smoking. In fact, they say it is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death for women in this age range.....


Approval given for amendments to fast-track new SAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Andrews Labor Government has given the green light for approvals for the amendment of the Shepparton Planning Scheme to fast-track the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

The museum is already one of Sheppartons leading attractions, and once the new building is complete, its expected to attract more visitors to the region from across the state and nation, boosting local visitor spending by more than $6M annually. Construction of the project will also create 72 direct and 109 indirect jobs, injecting $34.5M into the local economy.

Planning approvals follow a $10M investment by the Labor Government to help Shepparton showcase its strengths as a regional cultural hotspot. The project is also funded by the City of Greater Shepparton and the Commonwealth Government.

Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne said, This project ticks all the boxes. Its a big boost to jobs, tourism and the economy, and its a great chance for Shepparton to showcase its strengths as a cultural hotspot.

Greater Shepparton City Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said the decision was welcomed and will ensure the project can progress quickly to the build stage.

We are on track to have the former Shell Service Station and caf demolished before the end of the year ensuring the two year build can commence in 2018, Cr OKeeffe said.

This is a very exciting project for the municipality and an important one that positions Greater Shepparton as a progressive region not only in the arts world but as tourism destination.

Developments such as these instil confidence amongst business that Shepparton is growing and prepared for the future and will attract new investment to the area.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



COUNTRY MUSIC ROCK N ROLL and comedy featuring Wayne Horsburgh and Rodney Vincent will run on Thursday, September 14 at Kyabram Bocce Club. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6pm and show time starts at 7:30pm. Book tickets with Rae Mathews on 0400 980 968. Tickets booked and picked up on the night.


AN OLD TIME DOOKIE BALL will be held on September 23 from 7:30pm to 12:30am at Dookie Memorial Hall, Mary Street, Dookie. Entry is $10 (ladies please bring a plate) and the musician will be Ian Stewart. For further information, contact Lisa Comensoli on 0499 200 784.


SHEPPARTON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION from the 40s, 50s and 60s will run on Sunday, November 12 with lunch at 12pm at The Royal Mail Hotel, 47 McLennan Street, Mooroopna. Lunch is $20 per head. For further information or to RSVP, phone Joy Phillis (Smith) on 5825 1840 or email


EUROA SHOW & SHINE will run on Sunday, October 1 from 8am to 3:30pm at the parklands beside the Sevens Creek and in the streets of Euroa. Open to all veteran, vintage, classic, custom and modified special cars, bikes, trucks and tractors, with around 1,500 vehicles to be on display. Plenty to see and lots of entertainment. Entry is $5 per person and $10 per display vehicle including driver. For further information, visit or phone 0418 599 183.


NATHALIA AGRICULTURAL SHOW will run on Saturday, October 7 from 9am and is celebrating the Year of the Rooster. There will be horse events, bathtub races, poultry, cattle, stalls, produce/craft/cookery pavilion, show bags and entertainment. A day for the whole family! New competitors and stall holders welcome. Family pass $25. Schedules available now.


BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.







Enjoy the spring weather at the orchid spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Enjoy the spring weather at the orchid spectacular

ENJOY ALL ON OFFER Goulburn Valley Orchid Club president, Chris Ibbotson is inviting the community to come along to enjoy all to offer at this years Goulburn Valley Orchid Clubs Spring Orchid Spectacular. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SPRING has officially sprung, and what better way to enjoy the fantastic spring weather than to spend some time meandering around the Goulburn Valley Orchid Clubs Spring Orchid Spectacular.

Goulburn Valley Orchid Club president, Chris Ibbotson said, We had such a brilliant weekend last year, with around 500 visitors coming to the show. This time of the year is the perfect time to get out and about as the cymbidiums are out and there are so many genres of orchids to see. We will have on display many floral arrangements, photography displays, potting demonstrations by expert growers and there will be plenty of growers on-hand with expert advice.

We will also have an extensive range of orchids for sale from local and interstate commercial sellers, Sims Orchids from Adelaide, Castle Creek from Merrigum and New Bold Orchids from Stanhope. There will be a raffle, morning tea and late lunches available and while we have a wide and varied membership group, were always looking for new members to join us.

The annual Spring Orchid Spectacular has a $5 entry and will be held at Kialla Raceway on the Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla on Saturday, September 16 from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, September 17 from 10am to 4pm.


Creative and colourful entries called on for succulent show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Creative and colourful entries called on for succulent show

SUCCULENTS TO GO ON SHOW The Billabong Garden Complex Annual Succulent Show is on again, with the event kicking off in October. Entries for the show close this Friday, and the community is being called on to get their entries in now. Photo: Supplied.

WITH applications closing for the 2017 Billabong Garden Complex Annual Succulent Show, Potted Succulent competitionthis Friday, September 15, the community is being called on to get your creative and colourful entries in.

The Succulent Show is on again from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017, with attendees set to be inspired by the huge variety of succulents to admire and purchase, which will suit every garden style, pot and space, from a small rockery area to a large formal garden.

Nursery manager, Tracy Lamont said, We are excited to announce that this year we will have a special guest appearance from renowned succulent expert and author, Attila Kapitany on the Saturday of the show.Attila will display, and have for sale, a range of his rare and new breed succulents, provide you with information and advice and will be happy to sign copies of his new release book that will be available for purchase.

Our Annual Succulent Show is always a popular event and this year is no exception; the 2017 show is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet!

Tracy continued, Our potted succulent competition is back by popular demand and this year we will award a prize in two categories, Peoples Choice and Attilas Choice.

We cant wait to see the entries this year, some of our customers have told us they have been planning and preparing their entry since last years show!

Terms and conditions and the entry form can be collected from Billabong Garden Complex or downloaded from the website

Entry forms are due no later than September 15 and entries arent to be delivered until the day before the show as per the entry form.

For more information, contact Billabong Garden Complex on 5821 8632 or follow them on Facebook.


Your new north end chemist now open "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your new north end chemist now open

COVERING SHEPPARTONS NORTH Chemist Warehouse Shepparton North pharmacy assistant, Phillipa Monshing, proprietors, Hatem Mikhail and Ehab Mikhail, pharmacy assistant, Jane Siaki and retail manager, Louise Hunter out the front of the newly opened store in Sheppartons north. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SHEPPARTONS north has a new chemist to cover all of the communitys needs, with Chemist Warehouse opening in a brand new, 800m2 premises on the corner of Numurkah and Pine Roads.

Chemist Warehouse proprietors, Hatem and Ehab Mikhail said, This new store will offer the same great specials as the other two Chemist Warehouses in a location that will service the rapidly growing north Shepparton community.

Its close to the hospital and aged care facilities, offers incredible prices and great customer service and is open seven days a week, so it is convenient to all.

Chemist Warehouse runs a catalogue fortnightly offering great specials and currently our Footy Finals catalogue is on offering half price vitamins and cosmetics and other great deals across the store.

The new Chemist Warehouse is open on Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Drop into the new Chemist Warehouse in north Shepparton at 127 Numurkah Road, Shepparton (entrance via Pine Road) or phone 5821 0296.


The human faces of Byrons housing crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kien Hannah and her family. Photo Jeff Dawson

Kien Hannah and her family. Photo Jeff Dawson

Paul Bibby

For three weeks Kien Hannah and her family made a little cluster of mattresses and cuddly toys their home.

Unable to find a landlord or real estate agent willing to take them on as tenants, the 30-year-old, her partner, and their two little girls moved from place to place and tried to stay positive.

Ocea kept asking Do I have a bed, Mummy?, Ms Hannah says of her cherubic three-year-old.

I think she missed that security of having a place that was hers.

Finally, after months of trawling through real estate listings, they found a house to rent in Mullumbimby just a stones throw from where their old house had been.

I am just so relieved that finally weve got somewhere, you know? Ms Hannah says.

The local mum is just one of hundreds struggling to find a home in the Byron Shire as soaring rents and inadequate housing supply force thousands into hardship and, in some cases, homelessness.

But it doesnt have to be that way.

As locals try desperately to squeeze into the painfully tight rental market, thousands of bedrooms and whole houses across the shire that could be used as homes lie empty.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that there were 2,057 empty dwellings in the Byron Shire on census night.

Thats 15.3 per cent of the regions housing.

A further 2,300 dwellings are being underused, with one or two people living in a house that has two, three or four unoccupied bedrooms.

The statistics, from the 2016 Census, also show that the average number of people per household in Byron is 13 per cent smaller than the national average and that we have significantly more underused housing than most of the country....


Dangerous conditions spark NSW fire bans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Total fire bans are in place across large swathes of northern and eastern NSW as hot and windy conditions keep firefighters on alert.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has declared four regions as having a severe fire danger on Wednesday including Greater Sydney Region, Greater Hunter, North Coast and North Western regions.

Temperatures in the mid-30s combined with strong north-westerly winds mean conditions will be challenging, RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd told AAP.

Winds are forecast to reach 40-50km/h with gusts up to 70km/h.

More than 70 fires are burning across the state, with 20 of them uncontained, and we will be monitoring all of them, Insp Shepherd said.

More than 100 firefighters fought a fire in Sydneys northern suburb of Beacon Hill on Tuesday afternoon and hope to strengthen containment lines ahead of Wednesday.

The fire threatened dozens of properties but crews managed to keep it at bay with the help of water-bombing aircraft.

As the fire season kicks into gear, all NSW residents are being urged to clean up and maintain their properties and have a fire plan in place.

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Refugee Camp Receives Football Pitch and More Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Syrian refugees in Jordans largest refugee camp now have a football pitch, which was built as part of efforts to normalise life for the displaced people living in the camp. (Image source: Pixabay)

Funded by FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations, the football pitch will become a place of relief for those who are currently living in caravans in Jordans al-Zaatari camp.

Syrias civil war is now in its seventh year, and infrastructure in improving in the camp in an effort to normalise the lives of the 8000 Syrians who have fled to al-Zaatari.

More on Offer from Redcliffe Ferry

Following its maiden voyage a fortnight ago, the Redcliffe2MoretonExpress ferry will run an extra weekly service and offer discounts for local residents.

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Become a founding member of the Mountain Sports Collective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you ski or ride in the backcountry, youre probably already using the resources provided by Mountain Sports Collective (MSC). MSC was created by the amalgamation of the nations foremost alpine safety platforms and These sites offer an Alpine Travel Advisory, and issues information regarding alpine travel safety across all aspects of the prevailing conditions above snowline from 1 June 31st October each year. Snowsafety and Snowsense have joined forces to create MSC not only with the goal of delivering a more streamlined and concise picture of the conditions in the mountains, in one single easy view, but we are now also a legal entity, established as a not-for-profit association.

MSC aims to be the voice for the human powered backcountry community in Australia. While there are similar organisations overseas (for instance the Winter Wildlands Alliance in the USA) there is no single voice for all forms of human powered winter backcountry adventurers here in Australia. There are a range of walking clubs, Nordic ski climbs, climbing organisations and so on. We feel that, with an ever growing number of people heading into the winter backcountry, the time is right for a group that can help co-ordinate and focus the voice of this diverse community.

While initially we will continue to focus on providing detailed terrain and weather reports for the high alpine country on the Australian mainland we intend to also focus on advocacy and environmental issues. This might include looking into access of remote backcountry terrain, how to reduce the ecological impacts of greater use of alpine backcountry, and advocacy on land management issues.

We would welcome your involvement.

You can become a founding member here. We are seeking 200 foundation members at present.


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi there Newlanders,

I am looking for any available packing boxes.  I am more than happy to come by and collect. 

Sooooo much to pack.

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Limpinwood logging destroying koala habitat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The koala that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala. Photo supplied.

The koala that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala. Photo supplied.

Limpinwood residents have been raising concerns regarding the logging that has commenced on over 800 acres of highly significant native forest that is affecting koalas. The land is owned by Hewittville Holdings and is believed to be part of a private native forestry plan with the EPA.

Neighbours are worried for wildlife as koala distress calls have been heard since logging began, said Scott Sledge, spokesperson for the Northern Rivers Guardians.   

A koala has been found on an adjacent property that hasnt had koalas in the last 25 years. It is suspected the koala fled the tree felling operations and there are signs of possible injury.

Unanimous vote

Tweed Shire Council voted unanimously on the mayoral minute calling for the state government to do a compliance audit of the operation in regard to environmental and cultural heritage values, and give serious consideration to revoking this logging licence.

Some of the land has large stands of koala habitat and part of it is listed as an Environmental Protection Zone.

Dailan Pugh of the North East Forest Alliance said, the Tweed LEP 2000 shows a significant part of the property is Zoned 7 (d) Environmental Protection (Scenic/Escarpment) and 7(l) Environmental Protection (Habitat), logging of these areas is only allowed with consent of Council. 

In a letter to Liberal MP Gabrielle Upton, Tweed mayor Katie Milne highlighted that the landowner has previously undertaken extensive unauthorised works on two separate occasions, bulldozing vegetation on Crown Land to both the northern and southern accesses of the property without consent, and causing serious environmental damage on both occasions

We would like to request that the state government finds a way to end this inappropriate logging operation, such as by...


Byron Councillor wins court case against Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Councillor Alan Hunter. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Councillor Alan Hunter. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Councillor Alan Hunter has won a court case against the very council he was elected to, perhaps ending a protracted battle with his neighbours over his desire to operate a self-storage facility at the end of a short rural road in Myocum. 

The DA (development application) for three farm buildings and 12 self-storage units as self-storage premises was previously rejected by Council; the units were relocated from a road transport terminal, which was initially approved in the previous Council term.  

Council had refused the recent application owing to traffic and parking, effluent disposal, flooding, character and zone objectives, insufficient and inadequate information, precedent and public interest. 

After the National Party-aligned councillor failed to reach a conciliation with general manager Ken Gainger, he challenged the decision in the Land and Environment court. 

Hunter v Byron Shire Council [2017] NSWLEC 1495 was decided on September 8 by Commissioner Graham Brown.

Affected resident Rebecca Chaffer told The Echo that the lesson learned is that the whole process is pretty much geared to supporting developers. The next time I buy a home it will be in a residential area to ensure my amenity.

She added, Although we are happy that the approval is subject to conditions that will improve the safety of the road and ensure the business only operates during the week.

No basis to refuse

Expert reports were presented to the court in the areas of flooding, town planning and traffic, with the conclusion that there was no basis to refuse the application from their respective areas of expertise.

Yet Councils legal representative A Seton submitted to the court that notwithstanding the agreement of the experts, the court should refuse the application on the basis of the evidence of the residents who live alon...


Paid parking mooted for Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Council has raised the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

Byron Shire Council has raised the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

With visitors to Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby on the increase, Byron Shire Council says it is considering ways of improving the turnover and efficiency of parking spaces.

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger says while paid parking in Mullumbimby is not being considered, Council does think there could be significant long-term benefits for the Brunswick Heads community if the scheme were introduced there.

He said, This is not an issue that is going to go away so Council has developed draft parking-management strategies for both towns.

Long parking limits near shops decrease the availability of parking and this is not to the advantage of local businesses, he said.

For example, in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, more than 60 per cent of parking in the town centres is all-day parking which doesnt leave that many parking options on a busy day, Mr Gainger said.

Possible $900k

Brunswick Heads is a popular tourist destination, particularly on the weekends, and Council also wants to get residents and business owners opinions on the possible introduction of pay parking in the town, he said.

Councils estimates show more than $900,000 a year could be raised through paid parking, says Gainger, which would be used specifically for projects in Brunswick Heads.

He added that locals permits for Byron Bay could be extended to Brunswick Heads should it go ahead.

The towns parking-management strategies will be placed on exhibition for public comment in mid-September.

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The biggest collection of Gluten Free food providers, gluten free food trucks, experts and celebrities will gather at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 7th and 8th Gluten Free Expo


Tuesday, 12 September


Rotunda Park #8 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been some time since Ive wandered across to Rotunda Park one of the best birding spots in the district.

A flock of White-browed Babblers allowed me to enjoy extremely close-up views, while the Common Bronzewings were taking advantage of some scattered seed.

White-browed babbler, Rotunda Park, 10th September 2017


Schoolies volunteer call out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl. Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl.
Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

An essential service that helps thousands of school leavers celebrate safely in Byron Bay is the Byron Schoolies Safety Response, headed by BUDDI youth worker Nicqui Yazdi.

With the yearly preparations underway for when schoolies arrive in a little more than two months, Yazdi is appealing for volunteers to step up and help make the event a safe and memorable one.

The HUB, located on Main Beach, will be open 24/7 for the duration of Schoolies from November 17 till December 4.

Yazdi says, The aim is to find 100 local volunteers who would like to give some of their time to the HUB.

As always, we aim to train new Schoolies HUB volunteers in first aid; however, this year the funding is extremely tight and as yet we have not received anywhere near enough funding to make training a reality.

In the absence of enough funding, Yazdi is inviting local businesses to get behind the efforts of these volunteers and donate cash to assist with this initiative.

Volunteers moving out of Byron Bay

Yazdi says its been a challenge to recruit new people in recent times owing to many of the regular volunteers moving out of Byron Bay.

The high rents and unaffordable housing have pushed many volunteers out of town, she says, and adds that she hopes volunteers car pool if they live outside the town.

Yazdi says, We are looking for volunteers of all ages, but would like to encourage more young people between 18 and 24 to join us this year. It is a wonderful way to gain volunteering experience and BUDDI are launching...


The ripple effect moves out from Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jacqui Boyett with Chris Klemens at Global Ripple op shop in the Byron Industrial Estate. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Jacqui Boyett with Chris Klemens at Global Ripple op shop in the Byron Industrial Estate. Photo Jeff Dawson.

It began when Jacqui Boyett was living on a remote Fijian Island in 2012 and realised that she could really help the people where she was living.

From our stay there I realised that they needed a lot of help. I set up a charity and started fundraising, said Jacqui.

My initial thought was to just fix their teeth to remove their current pain, it only cost $30 per person. But then I realised the problems were much deeper than tooth decay. Many of the villagers were sent away from the hospital and were not able to receive our help because they suffered from diabetes. Some people even had their legs cut off in serious cases. 

So we organised a health program and had it delivered to the village and the school to bring awareness of healthy eating and sugar consumption. Since then we have helped remove rotten teeth from people suffering from chronic tooth ache.

Global Ripple continue to support the village of Gunu in Fiji and have organised a ferry that will transport goods to the mainland for sale as well as people needing medical help.

The boat had its first trip to the village last week. It will enable the villagers to sell their goods to make money for  food and other supplies. It will also help the six neighbouring villages, in total approximately 1000 people will benefit from this boat.

Nepal earthquake

Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015 they raised $5,000 and were able to build temporary shelters fro 180 people in one of the worst hit villages. We jumped on a plane and walked for days to get to the remote village that was hit the worst.  Hundreds of families left sleeping under tarps as their homes had been destroyed.  We managed to buy the materials to construct temporary shelters to get them through t...


1) Rockefeller And The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesian journalist Dandhy Dwi Laksono charged with online defamation for Facebook post

3) Indonesia police demote officers who fired at Papuan crowd
1) Rockefeller And The Demise Of Ibu Pertiwi


Tigers miracle win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Rover

Jacob Blair was judged to be the best on the ground in the grand final.

MIRBOO North courageously captured its fifth Mid Gippsland premiership since 2006, when it defeated Yinnar by two points in a grand final cliffhanger at Morwell Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
From start to finish, the ferocity of this low scoring, bone-crunching encounter, where nothing more than 14 points separated the teams, was ceaseless.
Had the final siren sounded a millisecond or two later, Yinnar would have won its 14th senior premiership since 1939.
Instead, the Magpies had to settle for second best, when Max Renwick pounced on a loose ball and sent it sailing through the big white sticks, just after veteran field umpire Steven Buhagiar, blew his whistle and signalled full time.
For a fleeting moment, several Yinnar players near the goal square and many spectators who didnt hear the siren thought Yinnar had taken the lead.
Mirboo Norths classy half back flanker, Jacob Blair, was easily best afield, winning the Bill McConville Medal as well as the field umpires award, after baffling the Magpies with his trademark twists and turns out of trouble and expert hand and foot deliveries to teammates.
A couple of Blairs miraculous escapes from grasping Magpie claws defied belief and made Harry Houdini look like a man locked in solitary confinement.
The mighty Tigers nail-biting victory was a triumph for second-year playing coach Clancy Bennett, who previously captained Mirboo North to flags in 2006 and 2007, after participating in four junior club premierships.
Following demoralising successive losses to Yallourn Yallourn-North and Newborough in mid-July, Mirboo North was seventh on the ladder and two games plus percentage out of the five.
Bennett articulately and constructively challenged his players to improve their performance and affirmed their best was equal to any side in the competition.
After the round 15 defeat, the Tigers boldly invoked a commitment to grab the premiership by winning their three remaining home and away fixtures, plus four finals which they duly did.
Showers and patchy rain during the week and into game day softened the Morwell ovals pristine surface and a south westerly breeze pushed most of the play towards the outer side boundary line.
Kicking north, Mirboo North kept Yinnar goalless in...


School swags go to the homeless "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From left to right in front are Evie Boschma-Wagner, Jesse Bravington and Skye Waters. Behind them are Kim Shelly from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and class 4/5 teacher Sharon Buckley. Photo Jeff Swaggering Since 1986 Dawson

From left to right in front are Evie Boschma-Wagner, Jesse Bravington and Skye Waters. Behind them are Kim Shelly from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and class 4/5 teacher Sharon Buckley. Photo Jeff Swaggering Since 1986 Dawson

Children at Ocean Shores Public School have donated six swags to the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, which will go to homeless people in the area.

The idea came from year four and five students in 4/5B at the school after talking about homelessness in the local area. Teacher Sharon Buckley told The Echo, The children decided that we could have a pyjama day to raise money for them. I already knew about Street Swags, so I suggested to the children we could raise money to purchase swags. They loved the idea.

Two class representatives, Evie Boschma-Wagner and Jesse Bravington, presented the idea to the principal Martin Gill, who thought it was a great idea too the class then designed posters and talked at the assembly to promote the event.

The whole school became involved, including the teachers who wore pyjamas on the day as well, said Ms Buckley.

I am very proud of how hard the students in my class worked promoting the event and of how the school and community supported the initiative.

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Revisiting the Carbon Tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I have written a number of times on how the carbon dioxide producing industries are getting a free ride by not being charged for the CO2 they produce in particular for Gippsland the brown coal generators in the Valley and the loggers in the bush. For the latter with a nominal price of $30 per ton of CO2 emitted I have calculated that each hectare logged on average has at least a $50,000 subsidy (see The Burning Issue below).  Recently one commentator has suggested that a carbon price of $100 per ton of CO2 may be required to achieve the moderate goals of the Paris Agreement. There are a number of different proposals in the mix as to how to tax CO2 including the straight carbon tax, cap and trade and James Hansens Fee and Dividend.

We have already had a carbon tax of sorts under the Gillard Labor government. With hindsight this attempt failed for a number of reasons. It gave special treatment to certain industries, such as the brown coal generators, and the CO2 production of motor vehicles was in the too hard basket and not taxed at all. But probably the main reason it failed was the completely inept sale of the tax hardly mentioning climate change at all. The government would have done far better with a well-funded apolitical campaign educating the public on the greenhouse effect and the problems we all face with increasing CO2 rather than the justifications they used now completely forgotten. It enabled the Opposition leader to dominate the campaign against the tax with the strong support of the Murdoch media.

The Guardian noted of cap and trade that a cap on emissions is set and then permits are created up to the level of this cap. The companies or other entities covered by the scheme need to hold one permit for every tonne of pollution (CO2e) they emit. A form of this was first posed by the Rudd government in 2008 and supported by Turnbull as opposition leader, but was defeated when Turnbull was ousted from his position by Tony Abbott. Abbott with the support of reactionaries and climate science deniers in the Liberal Party rejected the emissions trading proposals and so Federal parliament sadly lost the opportunity for bipartisan act...


Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country: The final question asked by Councillor Lacey was, Do the Jewish celebrate the Holocaust? To which he answered, No, they remember the sad part of it. This was published in the Courier Mail almost four weeks ago in an article titled: Australia Day date: Brisbane has no plans to change, says Graham Quirk.

Do you see what is happening here? This is yet another case of mainstream media trying to manipulate the national conversation. When an Indigenous person says what the Palm Island mayor said, the story stops dead in its tracks. The media only want to portray the Australia Day debate as coming solely from lefties and green groups etc.

The media also loves to find the odd blackfulla who loves Australia day as well. Im sure you would have heard about those stories right? Well if you want to throw a spanner in the works of mainstream media manipulation, you can help us out by sharing this story. Lets keep the true conversation going from the original source.


Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part 7. Hillsongs founder the pedophile Frank Houston Why Frank Houston was able so easily to sexually abuse hundreds of little boys in New Zealand in the 1940s to 1970s "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors


In a previous article in this series, I mentioned that the first time I saw Frank Houston, the pedophile founder of Hillsong, was in 1976 at Don Cosbys Christian Life Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

And Ive outlined how, in the 1960s to 1970s, Frank Houston went on a secret pedophile spree in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, like Chile and Sri Lanka, where he travelled as a leading Assemblies of God (AOG) Christian pastor and evangelist doing evangelistic crossed and taking Christian meetings. From the 1960s, Frank Houston established himself as a lauded Assemblies of God evangelist with miracles of healing- faith, positivity, and talk of healings and miracles were Frank Houstons signatures.

Yet all this time from the 1960s to 1970s, and earlier from the 1930s, and later in Sydney Australia from 1977, the secret pedophile Frank Houston continued his secret homosexual and pedophile activities.

It is frightening to think of the number of little boys Frank Houston sexually abused in Australia, New Zealand, and in vulnerable Third World countries like Chile and Sri Lanka in the 1960s to 1970s.

From 1965 to 1977, Frank...


Civil Liberties March of 67 remembered 50 years on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On September 8, 1967, 4000 students marched from University of Queenslands St. Lucia campus to the centre of Brisbane, to protest for rights to free speech and public protesting. Upon being obstructed by police, the students staged a mass sit-down protest in Roma Street. By the end of the day, over 120 student protestors had been []

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Ancient history on Brisbanes doorstep "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A project led by the University of Adelaide has discovered a number of North Stradbroke Islands wetlands reach back as far as 200,000 years. Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) Principal Scientist Dr Jonathan Marshall said the investigation conducted on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) revealed that the local environment has remained moist for []

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MACKAY Download facebook video A South Mackay man accused of intentionally running over a dog and "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A South Mackay man accused of intentionally running over a dog and trying to hit another has failed to show up at Mackay Magistrates Court.

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Producer of Vaxxed film banned from Australia - and how the Australian press is lying about it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Polly Tommey, producer of the famous documentary, Vaxxed (trailer), has been banned from Australia. If that sounds quite insane-it is. Vaxxed has been screening across the world. It is an explosive revelation about egregious fraud at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The film focuses on the 2014 public confession of a long-time researcher at the CDC, William Thompson. Thompson admits that he and his colleagues committed a crime, by manipulating data to give the MMR vaccine a free pass, "proving" it had no connection to autism - when in fact, as Thompson states, the vaccine does raise the risk of autism in children. Here are a few statements from the The Sydney Morning Herald's report, headlined: "Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour." "The producer Polly Tommey behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years, she claims."


Is the self-inflicted reputational loss suffered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics having a negative impact on the same-sex marriage voluntary postal survey? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 An Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent by post to every eligible Australian. It will be sent to the address on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. [, 8 September 2017]
A reader recently contacted North Coast Voices stating that:

Two weeks ago I rang the ABS to ask whether I could send my marked postal survey back to them in a plain envelope because as I said to them, I don't trust them. They told me that my survey form would not be counted. I also spoke to my Federal Parliamentarian about this.

I suspect that this question has been asked a number of times by concerned citizens.

Which raises a question - Is the self-inflicted reputational loss suffered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2016 having a negative impact on the same-sex marriage voluntary postal survey?

The Bureau declares that survey respondents will have their privacy protected and that no-one will be able to identify an individual with their response on the survey form.

However, these survey forms come with a barcode which apparently identifies Commonwealth Electoral Roll eligibility of the recipient and the electoral division in which an individual lives.

So a plain envelope return of the survey form will not hide the survey respondent's identity....


Study finds Trump, right-wing extremism and fake news won the media battle during the 2016 US presidential election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In which Facebook Inc is identified as a major commercial player in the media landscape and a significant purveyor of fake news, as well as giving page space to highly partisan and clickbait news sites.

Excerpts from Harvard University, Berkman Klein Centre for Internet and Society, Rob Faris et al, Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, 16 August 2017:

Both winners and losers of the 2016 presidential election describe it as a political earthquake. Donald Trump was the most explicitly populist candidate in modern history. He ran an overtly anti-elite and anti-media campaign and embraced positions on trade, immigration, and international alliances, among many other topics, that were outside elite consensus. Trump expressed these positions in starkly aggressive terms. His detractors perceived Trumps views and the manner in which he communicated them as alarming, and his supporters perceived them as refreshing and candid. He was outraised and outspent by his opponents in both the primary and the general election, and yet he prevailedcontrary to the conventional wisdom of the past several elections that winning, or at least staying close, in the money race is a precondition to winning both the nomination and the election.

In this report we explore the dynamics of the election by analyzing over two million stories related to the election, published online by approximately 70,000 media sources between May 1, 2015, and Election Day in 2016. We measure how often sources were linked to by other online sources and how often they were shared on Facebook or Twitter. Through these sharing patterns and analysis of the content of the stories, we identify both what was highly salient according to these different measures and the relationships among different media, stories, and Twitter users.

Our clearest and most significant observation is that the American...


In Protest of Gentrification, Sydney Residents Turn Towers into Light Displays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photos of towers at the Waterloo Estate in Sydney, illuminated for the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker, all images courtesy #WeLiveHere2017)

Residents at a 1970s public housing estate in Sydney are fighting gentrification in a simple yet striking display that asserts the presence of their community to the entire city. Every night, hundreds of residents living in soaring towers at the Waterloo estate are turning on colorful lights in their windows to illuminate the buildings. The gesture is part of a major campaign to oppose a New South Wales government plan to raze and redevelop the 40-acre estate into a mixture of private and public housing a project that would relocate at least 3,600 people and create a high level of dwelling density thats unprecedented in the country.

A resident of the Waterloo Estate participating in the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker)

Launched last week, #WeLiveHere2017 represents two years of planning by Waterloo residents and local activists that began soon after the state government announced its redevelopment plans. The illuminated towers, known as Matavaia and Turanga, were chos...



Former Deputy Mayor of Hunters Hill is the new Independent Mayor of Hunters Hill. After Ross Williams preferences were distributed Mark Bennett secured 3995 votes to Liberal candidate Zac Miles with 3350. Membership of Hunters Hill Council is now North Ward Ross Williams, Ben Collins (Liberal) and Elizabeth Krassoi and South Ward Justine McLaughlin (Independent), Zac Miles []

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