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Wednesday, 10 October

19:49

SOUTH AFRICA PART Part 2: Lower Sabie and Satara in Kruger National Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

White lion near Satara

Following our stay at Pretoriuskop Lodge in Kruger National Park (see here) we moved on the Lower Sabie Lodge for a 2-night stay. We left early in the morning, seeing a troop of Chacma Baboons as we headed east.

Chacma Baboon
In the morning mist we spotted a Roan Antelope, a rare animal in the park. Then at a watering hole a fine Sable Antelope came in to drink.
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15:16

Religious Freedom Review Report: a curate's egg in the hands of an Australian prime minister who doesn't understand the definition of secular or why there is a separation between Church and State "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


"Australia is not a secular country it is a free country. This is a nation where you have the freedom to follow any belief system you choose.  [Scott Morrison, 2007]

Secular [adj] of or pertaining to the world or things not religious, sacred or spiritual; temporal, worldly. [Patrick Hanks & Simeon Potter, Encyclopedic World Dictionary, 1971]

On 22 November 2017 then Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the appointment of an Expert Panel to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.

The Panels Religious Freedom Review Report was delivered on 18 May 2018, accompanied by a statementthat the report was now in the hands of the Prime Minister any government response was a matter for him.

The prime minister of the day is now the Liberal MP for Cook - a nakedly ambitious man who uses his public profession of Christian Pentecostal faith as a political tool.

Until this week the national electorate had no idea what the report might contain. It remained a closely guarded secret.

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15:15

INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Proposed 19.4ha subdivision at Hickey Street, Iluka. curently being assessed as a controlled action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This proposed development of 19.41ha of forested land adjacent to World Heritage Gondwana coastal rainforest in Iluka, NSW, was first sent for public consultation in December 2015.

This is probably the last chance that community members have to offer their opinion on the plan for a 141 lot subdivision on the lot.

The Stevens Group has issued an Invitation for Public Comment which reads in part:

The preliminary documentation for the proposed action is on display and will be publicly available, to be viewed or obtained by download from the online facility without charge, from the 24 September 2018 until 4:30pm (AEST) on the 2 November 2018, at the following locations:

  Clarence Valley Council Administrative Centre 2 Prince Street, Grafton, NSW;
  Clarence Valley Council Administrative Centre 50 River Street, Maclean, NSW;
 ...

14:00

Empire Strikes Back: US, Australia, Japan team up to block China from building internet infrastructure in 'our' Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The United States is working on a counter-offer to stop Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from building internet infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (PNG), its top diplomat to Australia said on Friday. The bid comes two years after Huawei first agreed to build a network there, and as the United States and its allies mount a vigorous campaign to check China's rising influence in the region by deepening their own diplomatic ties and boosting aid. It also follows Australia shutting Huawei out of contracts to build a national mobile network on security grounds, and blocking it from laying a subsea communications cable from Sydney to PNG and the Solomon Islands. Comment: Wow! So we take it then that it's no longer conspiracy theory that the Western Empire - mostly staffed by Anglo-Saxons - rule the world? "We are working on a counter-offer," U.S. Charge d'Affaires James Caruso said on Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio, when asked about reports that Australia, Japan and...

13:40

Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi everyone,

We are looking for some milk crates to build a stage for our community music school. Does anyone have any or know where we can get some free ones. Happy to borrow them and give them back! 

Or a portable stage and risers to borrow? 

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13:40

Kastoria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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This beautiful show will be opened by Violet Kelly @ 8.00, Newlands youngest superstar!


13:39

Winners picked "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWO local projects have been given the green light for funding after a hotly contested Pick My Project initiative. Securing 183 votes and 180 respectively, OSCA The Fish Creek []

13:37

Clothesline Project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Come to show your support for Survivors of Domestic Violence. "Clothesline Project" is an international T-shirt painting event for the Week Without Violence.

Afternoon tea provided. Monday, Oct 15, 12-2pm at Newlands Neighbourhood House. 

FREE EVENT


Questions? Contact Ash at 03 8528 2332 or newlan...

13:34

Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Ecology Basics through Art.

Create art and learn about fundamental ecology concepts in this fun and informative creative workshop with Aviva Reed. 

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13:33

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Wanted -empty VHS boxes, clear, to use for a school library filing system. Will pick up.

Please text 0422 551 814.

Thank you.

13:20

No show for 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Foster & District Show is ready to go into hiatus with the committee voting at last nights meeting (Tuesday, October 9) to have a years break and stage []

13:16

Communication breakdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN apparent communication breakdown over Telstra works in the main street of Foster has drawn the ire of a local trader. Foster businesswoman Deb Harris said she had no forewarning []

12:25

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After arriving from its Brisbane base before dawn on Tuesday 9 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted parked on the Mackay Airport parking apron.


After a couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR departed Mackay Airport and returned to Brisbane, completing what appears to be a medical evacuation flight.

Photo taken by 'JM' 

12:24

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-007 "Kaos 16" Completes Airwork at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Tuesday 9 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan A34-007 was noted completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.

A34-007 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

It flew up from RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales via RAAF Base Amberley. At Rocky, it was noted to complete at least three missed approaches.  A34-007 then continued North to Townsville. 

A34-007 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 16".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  

12:20

Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESZ Flys South via Mackay and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As predicted, on Tuesday 9 October, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESZ was noted ferrying South from Cairns to Archerfield, flying via Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg Airports.

VH-ESZ passes through Rockhampton Airport heading North earlier this year  (File photo)

VH-ESZ is believed to have flown to Archerfield for planned maintenance after operating out of Cairns Airport for a period of time as "Rescue 510".  This is part of the 'rotational system' the service utilises to ensure the even distribution of flying hours on each of the QGAir Rescue helicopters.  This system avoids the need to have multiple helicopters offline for simultaneous scheduled maintenance.

As posted below, fellow QGAir AW139 chopper VH-ESH flew North to Cairns from Archerfield via Rockhampton Airport on Monday 8 October.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

11:31

Open house on Forest Fire Management Vic activities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Forest Fire Management Victoria has invited people to come and discuss their management activities including:

  • The Joint Fuel Management Plan (previously Fire Operations Plan)
  • Domestic firewood
  • Planned burning and other fuel management activities
  • State forest and crown land management

When: Thursday 18 October 2018 from 4.00 7.00 pm

Where: Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine VIC (next to Victory Park)

For further information visit https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au or email loddonmallee.plannedburning@delwp.vic.gov.au

11:21

Stress on the outer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stress on the outer

Although moderate overall, 30-day mortgage delinquency rates are higher in the outer suburbs, reports Moody's.

The lowest delinquency rates, as expected, are typically in the inner suburbs, and the highest 30-40km from the respective CBDs.


This holds true across each of the major capital cities, although in Brisbane and Melbourne there are pockets of stress in the inner city, due to the concentration of high-rise towers.


Moody's notes that these trends reflect higher incomes in the inner suburbs.


Moody's expects that these patterns will continue - especially in the event of any economic downturn - due to the lower incomes in outer suburbs and weaker credit characteristics and low-skilled employment in those locations.

Moody's expects only a moderate increase in RMBS delinquencies. 

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11:19

Going out.. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not sure if this will work, but I'm just looking for people who are keen to go out and burgle the town every now and then?

All my friends here are under the thumbs of the kids.

Send me a message if you're keen!

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10:51

Melbourne holds up building activity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dwelling starts ease

New seasonally adjusted detached house starts were solid in Q2 2018, holding at above 30,000, while new attached dwelling starts declined by 7 per cent. 

For some texture, marked at Figure 1 is what happened last time the negative gearing rules were quarantined, with quarterly dwelling starts collapsing from above 39,000 to 27,800 before the legislation was quickly reversed in a panic.

With foreign investors now effectively barred from buying by high surcharges and domestic investors unlikely to buy new given the diminished resale market, one might anticipate a similar outcome this time around. 


That new apartment starts held up at historically high levels over the past year is now almost entirely thanks to Melbourne, with Sydney and Brisbane pulling back from their respective peaks. 


Some 39,000 dwellings were parked as approved but not yet commenced, with more than half of these being in New South Wales (mainly units in Sydney). 


Melbourne carrie...

09:11

SOUTH AFRICA PART 1 Suikerbostrand & Kruger's Pretoriuskop Lodge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Leopard

Following our 23-day trip to Ethiopia (see following five posts) we flew to Johanesburg for another 23-day trip, to South Africa. We booked into the nice Airport Inn Suites in Kempton Park. South African birding mate Phil Penlington picked me up at the hotel early on our first morning and we headed off to Suikerbostrand Nature Reserve south of the city. This was my fourth visit to South Africa so I had a relatively small number of targets.  We had success early with nice views of one target, Orange-winged Francolin, on a road outside the reserve, with several birds seen.

Orange River Francolin
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09:00

The SWP under threat: 10 October update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ag visa controversy reignites 10 October

After a period of relative quiet, reporting on the agricultural visa proposal has picked up again. Nationals Leader and Deputy PM Michael McCormack was asked about it on Sky over the weekend. On 8 October, Matt Coughlan of AAP reported McCormack as saying Well be addressing that as a government. Well be coming up with a plan to solve the problem and well be doing that very soon.

That sounded positive for the ag visa, as was the title of Coughlans article  Foreign farm worker scheme edging closer but in fact the article continued in a more negative vein: Hopes of an agricultural visa are fading after tensions within the Coalition over the issue. Immigration Minister David Coleman is in charge of looking for a solution, with one potential option being extending existing seasonal worker programs.

The ABCs Stephen Dziedzic was also negative. He suggested on Twitter that McCormack seemed to hedge slightly when asked if the Coalition will unveil an agriculture visa before summer- Well, lets hope so. Absolutely. Because we need to work on it. Scott Morrison is fully cognisant of the fact we have a shortfall of workers (on Sky).

The ABC has had another go on the issue with detailed reports on 9 October on PM and ABC Rural. Some farmers (including Ian Quinn, the mango farmer and ag visa protagonist) and farmer groups (AusVeg) called for a new visa. Farmer Andrew Bulmer called for workers for three years: something that is actually now possible under the Pacific Labour Scheme. A lot of the farmers complaints are about the paperwork associated with the SWP.  But its important to remember that any new ag visa will come with the same terms and conditions as the SWP. Theres no way around that. The other complaint is that the SWP is too small. But it is growing at almost 40% a year.  And further reforms could lead to further growth. (See the blogs below.)

Citrus Australia CEO Ben Cant sounded a cautionary note. He said he feared the Government had not consulted with industry enough. Im concerned that whats tran...

08:43

New England architecture and architects feature in this year's NSW 2018 NSW Country Architecture Awards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Armidale - Refuge/Prospect, Armidale, by Virginia Wong-See architecture@altitude. Winner of the Award for Small Project Architecture. Photo by Brett Boardman.
This year's 2018 NSW Country Architecture Awards featured architecture and architects from across the broader New England.

Byron Bay architects Dominic Finlay Jones Architects took out no less than five awards and three commendations. These honours included the award for Residential Architecture Multiple Housing presented for the Habitat Live Work project, which provides a new building prototype featuring basic, good-quality, lower-cost housing with articulated home-office workspaces and is set within a sustainable development encouraging collective creativity.

The jury said: This is an excellent prototype development, which is imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed, and deserving of a multiple housing award.

Kingscliff architects Aspect Architectures Elanora House, a flexible beach home suitable for multi-generational living, was crowned winner of the Residential Architecture Houses (New) category, with the jury noting the project does a number of small but significant things very well.

Armidale's Virginia Wong-See of architecture@altitude took out the Small Project Award and Termimesh Timber Award for her small and perfectly formed Armidale Refuge/Prospect garden pavilion.

I really loved this one. Ms Wong-See describes it in this way: "The concept for Armidale Refuge/Prospect began as a simple place of refuge from strong westerly winds, transforming an ordinary place into one that continues to delight through foggy mornings, moonlit nights, fireside conversations and enjoyment of the surrounding trees and the birds that come to rest there."

The Armidale Express ...

07:30

Joy of living the change in a tiny house "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 3 October 2018 are Vicki Perrett, president of Geelong Sustainability and coordinator of Sustainable House Day Geelong, together with Peter Clapinski from Tiny Homes Geelong & Bellarine, for a talk about why he is so passionate about this idea to build tiny houses.

We also talk with Chris Gerbing, who is co-director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia, which starts in Melbourne on 11 October, and play a clip from a presentation by Jeff Butler about Grow it, Eat it festival in Grovedale, which starts on 20 October.



Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 236 on 94.7 The Pulse:

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06:33

Monsieur Camemberts Leonhard Cohen Show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a massive sell-out show at City Recital Hall last year, Monsieur Camembert returns with their critically acclaimed show based on the music and poetry of iconoclastic Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen. Drawing on material that spans some 35 years, Monsieur Camemberts entirely original interpretations traverse styles rarely (if ever) associated with Cohen, including swing, jazz, tango, Latin, klezmer and more. Linking the songs with Cohens remarkable poetry and prose, the show also features audio fragments of Cohen himself.

For 11 years, three-time ARIA-award-winning Monsieur Camembert has been touring this show, playing capacity concert halls nationally and internationally, including headlining the International Leonard Cohen Festival in Canada. For this unmissable City Recital Hall event, the 11-piece line-up will celebrate the life, music and words of Leonard Cohen with special guests Abby Dobson, Diana Rouvas, Joseph Tawadros and others to be announced.

What: Monsieur Camemberts Leonard Cohen Show

Where: City Recital Hall 

When: Saturday 27th October 

To Find Out More and Buy Tickets Click Here

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06:28

One Less God Cinematic Release "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sean (Joseph Mahler Taylor), an Irish backpacker, was drawn to India like so many before him, seeking spiritual answers and meaning. Atiya (Mihika Rao) came to Mumbai with her grandfather (SukhRaj Deepak), to visit her dying mother in hospital. Yaaseen (Kabir Singh) and Ahmad (Kieran Kumar) came because they were told their names would be etched in gold. That they would be hailed as great heroes forever more. They were told that they were doing Gods work.

On the 26th of November 2008 their worlds would collide when ten young members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Army of the Righteous landed on the coast of Mumbai armed with AK-47s and grenades, their primary target, the iconic Taj Mahal hotel.

With authorities overwhelmed, for almost 72 hours Indians and travelers from across the world were swept up into a desperate bid for survival as the indoctrinated terrorists, coke-addled, fueled by vengeance, and driven on by their ruthless handler would seek to inflict as much damage as possible and strike a blow to the heart of all Indians.

Yet this is more than a story of terrorism or of monsters and men, it is an unflinching descent into the psyches of the terrorists behind the infamous 26/11 attacks, and an appeal to our shared humanity at the dark crossroads to which we have now stumbled. Inspired by true events.

What: One Less God Movie

When: 19th to the 23rd of November

Where: Dendy Opera Quays 

For more information and ticket details Click Here

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05:02

Daring, Decadence And Disco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The National Trusts Super 70s exhibition at Rippon Lea showcases the eclecticism of the 1970s. To celebrate and rediscover Melbournes contribution to fashion in the 1970s, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is launching a new, immersive Super 70sexhibition at the historic Rippon Lea Estate. Opening in late July 2018, the exhibition will feature exquisite []

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04:49

The Pledge Part III The Planets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Adam Murie I once skated from the Sun to Mercury and when I got there I could see Venus off in the distance. I rolled on to the Earth and thought the moon was cute as I sailed by. Mars looked similar to the Earth; Jupiter was amazing, you simply have to see it. []

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04:48

Philip Ruddock Says Review Doesnt Call For Expansion Of Anti-Discrimination Exemptions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Philip Ruddock, the head of the religious freedom review, has clarified that the review panels report has not recommended the expansion of anti-discrimination exemptions, as the federal government argues the law already allows religious schools to turn away gay teachers and students. Leaked portions of the religious freedom review panels long-awaited report, published by Fairfax ...

The post Philip Ruddock Says Review Doesnt Call For Expansion Of Anti-Discrimination Exemptions appeared first on QNews Magazine.

04:02

Aspirations, Iconic Ladies Clothing Store Relocates! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  When you walk into Aspirations you will find a wonderful selection of womens clothing in a vast array of colours. After 24 years in Church St Brighton, Aspirations has relocated to 329 Bay St Brighton. This beautiful new space also has a separate area for evening wear and destination holidays. Offering exclusive, hand-picked fashion []

The post Aspirations, Iconic Ladies Clothing Store Relocates!  appeared first on St Kilda News.

04:00

The Mt Coot-tha zipline project what is Brisbane Council hiding? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mt Coot-tha zipline project what is Brisbane Council hiding?A proposed zipline project at Mt Coot-tha, which promises to have community and economic benefits, isn't all it seems. read now...

03:39

Brisbane Church Calls On MPs To Protect Students From Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An inclusive church in Brisbane is among the religious organisations to strongly reject a recommendation from the Ruddock religious freedom review to give religious schools the right to turn away gay students and teachers. The review panels report, which was delivered to the federal government in May but hasnt been released, has reportedly recommended amendments ...

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03:12

Oct Nov 18 #147 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cover Artist: Susanna Isabella Cover Title: Atlantis Mermaid Angel Medium: Acrylic on canvas Contact: 0421 128 110  www.susannaisabellamedium.com Susanna Isabella, an Internationally recognised Medium Clairvoyant, Artist and Healer, for the past 40 years, has been the bridge between this world and other worlds of the spiritual realms. Whether you are looking to connect with a []

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02:43

Together We Stand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Together we stand, united by our love for the animal residents who call our sanctuary home. United by a kindness and compassion that sees us allies in a digitally-powered world that can sometimes appear geared toward making us go it alone.

And together we have truly changed the world for a goat named Together. You may recall this dear girl arrived into our care some months ago, terrified and suffering extensive facial injuries after having experienced a predator attack. You may have followed Togethers journey to recovery over the past weeks, which were delighted to announce finally culminated in her receiving a veterinary all clear, meaning Together has now recovered from her injuries and no longer requires daily treatment or medication.

Its been a long journey but Together and her buddy Silver, whom she met whilst both were recovering in our hospital ward, have now moved out to their forever paddock where they now are able to graze, roam, make friends and have lives truly worth living as is our promise to each resident who enters our sanctuary.

Words cannot express what this moment meant to us after such a long and arduous road to recovery for dear Together. We wanted to take this opportunity to say to all those who have made her recovery possible, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts. Together we are truly changing the world.

02:38

Premiers Changes to Online Bullying Laws: All Talk, No Action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The New South Wales State government looks set to amend the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (the Act) to broaden the definitions of stalking and intimidation so they capture more people who abuse others via technology. The current law Section 13 of the Act makes it an offence punishable by up to 5

The post Premiers Changes to Online Bullying Laws: All Talk, No Action appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

02:38

Premier ignores Byron Councils pleas over holiday letting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian with Nationals Northern NSW parliamentary secretary Ben Franklin in Byron Bay during a whirlwind tour in August, when she met with Byron Councillors and appeared moved by their concerns over holiday letting. Photo Chris Dobney

Aslan Shand & Chris Dobney

Byron Shire Councillor Michael Lyon has expressed disappointment that pleas made directly to the NSW Premier during her recent visit for a special exemption for Byron Shire from the states Short Term Holiday Letting (STHL) laws have fallen on deaf ears.

We were hopeful, following those meetings, that we had been heard and that our ratio of tourists to visitors unique in the world in terms of impact would see us treated as a special case, he said.

The state governments new regulations will see hosts able to rent out their accommodation, outside of Greater Sydney, for up to 365 days per year.

Local Councils have eight weeks to lodge an EOI to allow them to limit letting or they will be subjected to STHL for the whole year. Councils will have to allow at least 180 days letting.

Cr Lyon said the proposed amendments make no efforts to reign in short term holiday letting and deny the Council the ability to protect long-term housing stock.

The state government is now legitimising a situation in which short-term holiday lets, by default, have free reign to rent all year round without paying commercial rates or having to lodge a development application.

On top of this, we still have no clarity on whether we will be able to administer a licensing scheme locally, as is happening in many jurisdictions around the world, to ensure that the impacts and costs of compliance are not borne by Council, Cr Lyon said.

Preserve residential communities

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith says local councils should be able to regulate holiday letting and preserve residential communities.

Residential amenity is the bedrock of the very notion of community and unfettered holiday letting is its antithesis, she said.

I am so concerned about the future of community in Byron Bay. As well as the natural beauty of ou...

02:26

The Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton show

Presented by Jeff Carter

Saturday 20 October 2018 7pm

$23.30-49 + booking fee

Theatre, Lismore City Hall

WEBSITE

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Coat of Many Colors A tribute to Dolly Parton

When you think of Country Music one name comes to mind, Dolly Parton.

From rags to riches, her life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be Americas sweetheart of Country Music.

The Coat of Many Colors is performed by Brooke McMullen and will feature all your favourites, from 9 to 5, Jolene and the award winning, I Will Always Love You

A world class performance not be missed.

Backed by The Outlaws of Country.

TICKETS Adult $49 Senior/Concession/Groups 8+ $45.30 Under 15 $23.30

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).

Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.

PATRON ADVICE

Duration | 1 hour and 20 minutes

NO Interval

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02:06

Could upcycling be a new way to tackle homelessness? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lauren and Isla, Ivy and Edie, with Alannah at the window, check out the Playhouse at Mullum Community Gardens. The Cubbys creator Deidi Vine, not only thinks used panel packaging can make great playspaces but could help provide shelter for some homeless people of the region. Photo Jeff Dawson.

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Upcycling is being taken to new heights by local self-confessed, tinkerer, recycler and upcycler Deidi Vine, who is currently building a prototype shelter shack that she hopes will be used to shelter the homeless.

I have been making cubbies and playhouses since I was a child. When I had my own children I would often make massive playhouses for them so its no surprise that when I became a grandmother I was inspired to make my gorgeous grandson Cedar one, said Deidi.

The cubbyhouse was so popular she just kept on making them for family and friends and finally made an adult shack.

The cubbyhouses and shelter shack are all made out of recycled and upcycled materials that come from plywood pallets used to transport solar panels, broken furniture and secondhand paint.

One of the many things I love about about the structures is that they are so easy to take apart and put back together. It literally takes me less than three hours to take one apart and put it back up which I think is brilliant, said Deidi.

The cost is minimal and I try very hard to use items that have been discarded.

One Roof

Deidi recently donated one of her cubby houses to the One Roof Byron charity, which is helping tackle homelessness in Byron Shire, for their raffle.

We were thrilled and so grateful to Deidi for her donation, said One Roof member Genevieve Lee.

She has also attended our Tiny House design meeting run by Christopher Kinzel and has put up her hand to...

01:49

REVIEW: FEAST and Failure at Roller Door Projects "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

San Kelly, Blood Moon (www.siankelly.net | @siankellyartist)

FEAST is Roller Door Projects debut exhibition, an atypical dinner party [] set with trays of moreish movements, fresh emerging artists and marinated ideas. Artistic nourishment is always tantalising. Sen Maroney spoke with producer Kate Stodart to get a taste of the new spaces promise.

Roller Door Projects will offer a space for mixed disciplines of emerging artists to be exhibited without the spectre of perfectionism or elitism that hangs over traditional gallery formats. As such, authentic experimentalism is encouraged, and dialogue between practitioner and audience member hopefully feels unintimidating.

 

Sen Maroney:   How did the idea for Roller Door Projects come about? 

Kate Stodart:   The whole project space came about because everyone [living in the space] was really keen to use the space for more than just living there and hanging out. We were equally keen to utilise the space and equally keen to support Sydneys arts scene and culture scene rather than just complain about it.

The idea of Roller Door Projects is to support emerging artists in experimental practices. For example, with FEAST I reached out to a whole bunch of people I admired and said hey, youre going to have free space, would you be interested in doing something youve already done or just creating something weird and new? and everyone ran with the weird and new thing which is fucking great. []Everyone was keen to try new things and push their existing practices []thats something that Sydney wants, and thats what thats going to work.

SM:   It sounds like a sincerely experimental space that can facilitate experiments failing.

KS:   Yes! Oh my gosh yes. Failure is fucking great. Im so sick of people being like yeah fail go for it and then you fail and theyre like lets never work with you again.

 

 

Both audience and artists took to the night with relish. The evening...

01:49

NEW MUSIC: Riley Catherall Robin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Riley Catherall hails from Canberra but is now a resident of Melbourne. Hes got an EP on the way, featuring Bill and Kasey Chambers and Kasey joins him on this beautiful track, Robin an ode to a red-breasted bird. He cites James Taylor, Neil Young and Jason Isbell as influences and you can certainly hear Continue reading

01:45

Noisy Neighbours? How To Create An Urban Garden Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

George Amos is a British expat that has been landscaping around Port Phillip and Bayside for 15 years with his business Acoustic Landscape Designs. Hes moonlighted as a DJ for much of this time, immersed in the cutting edge circles of Melbournes rare groove and disco scene. Merging a love of landscaping and music might []

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01:36

Hemp Vodka "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just when you thought youd seen and tasted the whole spectrum of novelty beverages, another one launches to an inebriated fanfare. Hemp vodka might sound like something dreamt up by Cheech & Chong, but its real and legal and has medical benefits. Medical benefits? You heard correctly. Much maligned and stigmatised for the best part []

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01:26

Byron man guilty of assaulting neighbour over boundary issue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay Local Court. Photo Brett Newberry

A Byron Bay man has been found guilty of assaulting his neighbour with a piece of wood after the two men clashed over the location of their shared boundary.

Bazil Manousis was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm by magistrate Geoffrey Dunlevy on September 28 after a hearing in Byron Bay local court.

During the course of the hearing the court was told that there had been a degree of animosity between Mr Manousis and his neighbour, Derek Harbison, for some time.

This animosity stemmed, in part, from a dispute between the two men over the exact location of the boundary between the two properties.

The court heard that on April 19 this year Mr Harbison was cutting back some palm plants that he felt were impinging on this property when he was approached by Mr Manousis. Mr Manousis told Mr Harbison to stop but he refused.

The pair argued heatedly and then Mr Manousis struck Mr Harbison with a piece of wood which, the court heard, may have been a fence paling.

The court heard that Mr Harbison suffered a minor head injury, possible minor concussion, and a soft-tissue injury to his neck as a result of the blow.

The incident was witnessed by a neighbour whose evidence the magistrate accepted, despite the defences claim that she was unreliable.

Defence

Mr Manousis gave evidence that he did not strike his neighbour but simply gave him a two-handed push to the chest after the man approached him with the garden shears.

He said that he had done this in self-defence, and that Mr Harbison must have struck his head on a rock when he hit the ground after being pushed.

However, the police prosecutor, Nathan Lockett, said: The defendants version, in our submission, makes very little sense.

She...

01:25

Community groups urge Labor say no to TPP-11 as unions protest at ALP event in Sydney today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media Release - 10 October 2018

The failure of the majority in the Labor Parliamentary caucus to implement Labor policy against the TPP is still being heavily contested within the ALP, as shown by the protest organised today by unions at Bill Shortens fundraising event in Sydney, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.  

The government-dominated Senate legislation committee is expected today to recommend in favour of the TPP-11 implementing legislation, with critical remarks from Labor and a dissenting report from the Greens. The TPP-11 implementing legislation is likely to come before the Senate after October 16 when the Committee report will be tabled in Parliament,

 AFTINET continues to advocate that the TPP-11 should not be implemented because it includes the following provisions which contradict Labor policy:

We welcome Labors pledge that it would not include ISDS and removal of labour market testing in future trade agreements and would attempt to negotiate changes to the TPP 11 if it wins government.  But in practice a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the TPP-11 in opposition, would have less bargaining power to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments once the deal is implemented, said Dr Ranald......

01:11

Networking not hard work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JUDGING by the positive response and good numbers, the first of the new network meetings for the Leongatha Business Association will almost certainly become a regular event.

To be held every three months, the meetings are designed to be informative and fun, involve one or two guest speakers and give the business community time to chat informally.

The regular administrative stuff which others may find a little tedious is being dealt with by the association committee at its monthly meetings, leaving members of the business community to listen to some speakers with topics relating to small business.

The first speaker at the Leongatha RSL last Monday night, October 1 was accountant Jim Pickersgill of Jim Pickersgill and Associates.

He spoke about changes in his own business, referring to the end of an era and the beginning of a new one and the need to retain and employ a good team, find a suitable business location and start building the business.

Mr Pickersgill talked about the importance of customer service and how this is paramount to running a successful business. Some businesses do it well but unfortunately some not so well, he said.

I am really pleased to see how this association has come along by working together and keeping the town going. It has certainly refocused and revitalised. The association has really encompassed all businesses in the town, not just the retailers but service industries and commercial as well.

Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien then talked about his role as a local state MP and the issues which he deals with.

There are many issues brought to me but the biggest one, probably 90 percent, is a problem with a road, he said.

He said often people come to him with an issue thats either federal or local government but he is happy to offer advice or refer that person to the correct authority.

Talking about the upcoming election, Mr OBrien said it was hard to judge how he was performing.

We have an election in November and the only way I will be judged and know where Im at is when people cast their vote. I hope I have done a good job so far, Mr OBrien said.

 

Informal discussions: from left, Leongatha Business Association president Brenton Williams catches up at the fir...

01:09

Centennial celebration for military bravery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OCTOBER 3, 1918 marked the day when Private Frederick Norris Hanks received Military Medals for bravery in the field. October 3, 2018 culminated in an honouring, familial gathering.

The Leongatha RSL last Wednesday hosted about 35 of Private Hanks devotees, honouring his service to country and friends alike, with a lunch gathering followed by a ceremony, laying of ceramic poppies and a visit to the Leongatha cemetery.

Private Hanks remains were buried there together with his wife and two children; the latter believed to have died of the flu or whooping cough. His Military Medals were on proud display, a military decoration awarded for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack near Beaurevoir, France.

It is rare for so many of the Hanks to congregate at once but the centennial occasion warranted the effort for all to reflect and remember. Len Hanks, the oldest of the living Hanks, was proud to partake.

Its great to see so many of the young and old here today. Were all proud of Fredericks achievements. After lunch we took the time to lay ceramic poppies at his resting place at the Leongatha Cemetery. Were thankful to Alan Stuart for arranging the poppies, Len said.

Private Hanks actions saved many lives in his platoon. Under severe fire from an enemy machine gun post at the scene of a house, he moved and fired quickly with his Lewis Gun to act as a decoy and distraction.

Subsequently, the scene was cleared to allow the remainder of his platoon a free and forward approach to rush the position from the front, killing occupants of the house.

Similarly, his succeeding military combat operations were credited equally, relieving fellow troops to bring about effective fire on enemy targets.

The Hanks family has inhabited Australia since January 10, 1830, with the majority settling within the South Gippsland vicinity. The first to emigrate from England was John Hanks, who later settled in Hobart, travelling aboard the Prince Regent convict ship. His crime? Convicted of stealing a donkey and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

 

Military decoration: descendant of the late Private Frederick Norris Hanks, from left, Len Hanks with Alan Stuart, both involved in organising the RSL family gathering to commemorate 100 years since Private Hanks received his Military Medals.

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01:05

British Crooner Calum Scott To Visit Brisbane On Debut Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

British crooner Calum Scott is set to make his Australia debut later this year with a series of three headline dates around the country later this month. Calum made his debut back in 2015 on Britains Got Talent, and while he only came sixth on the show, his debut single, an unforgettable cover of Robyns ...

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01:04

Bullied worker suspended from Lismore hospital "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Workers at Lismore Base Hospital are set to stage a lunchtime protest today (October 10) over allegations of bullying and hospital managements failure to adequately investigate staff complaints.

Health Services Union (HSU) NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes said the protest meeting had been called after a hospital worker was suspended on full pay on the same day she lodged a complaint of bullying against a manager.

This worker raised concerns that she was being victimised in the workplace and was told that no action could be taken unless she put made an official complaint in writing, he said.

She complied with that instruction, but on the day her complaint was lodged the worker was issued with a notice to say she had been suspended on full pay.

Whats more, she was told that she going to be the subject of an investigation into her work performance and could lose her job.

This is an outrageous breach of process, and of decency, by hospital management, and workers are justifiably angry, he said.

75 per cent lack confidence

Mr Hayes added that the state governments own People Matters survey found that just 25 per cent of workers in the Northern NSW Local Health District said they had confidence in the way management resolve grievances.

Bullying should have no place in any workplace, and certainly not in our local hospitals.  It is no surprise that workers have no confidence in managements ability to handle complaints when people who raise issues of bullying are treated so badly, he said.

 

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01:02

Where can you recycle silage wrap? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Poowong and District Landcare Group reminds farmers to dispose of their silage wrap responsibly.

Some may not realise silage wrap is a recyclable product and must not be burned or buried EPA fines apply. If it is dumped in waste skips, it ends up in landfill.

You need to shake the wrap free from debris, bundle it up and either put it into Plasbac bags available from MG Trading Korumburra and Leongatha, or use the bulka bags that many on-farm products come in. Net, twine rope and the like are not acceptable.

Your local feed store and farmers suppliers can get Plasbac bags for you, supplied by Tapex.

Silage wrap presented correctly is accepted at the following transfer stations: Koonwarra, Foster, Drouin, Lardner, Trafalgar, Neerim South and Erica.

This material is recycled in Melbourne and is the primary ingredient in timber replacement products.

Landcare is aware an immense amount of plastic product is used on-farm cant be avoided realistically. Let us all make a concerted effort to recycle as much as possible.

 


Heres a tip: from left, Jeff Clarke and Mark Walters, members of Poowong and District Landcare, with Plasbac bag for silage wrap disposal.

01:01

Novel takes readers on a magical adventure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FISH Creek author Elizabeth Farrell officially launches her first novel, Willow Bloom and the Dream Keepers, worldwide today (Tuesday, October 9).

The fantasy novel written for the YA genre (young adults,  12 to 18 years), takes the reader on an adventure with 13 year old Willow.

She encounters magical forests, guardians from other worlds and discovers her family is part of a secret order that protects hopes and dreams from dark forces.

With the discovery comes a calling. A prophecy tells of an ancient secret that must be uncovered to push back the forces of evil that threaten to corrupt our dreams.

The process of writing the novel and having it in her hands took Ms Farrell six years, where she would sit and write whenever she found time, in between being a mother to her two boys, work commitments and life in general.

While writing the book she hired a writing coach and editor to help her learn the craft of word placement.

It wasnt an easy task but she persevered, determined to have a well written book. She knew that it was one thing to write a book, but to write a book that people wanted to read was something much more challenging.

Ms Farrell wrote the book to help inspire and empower the next generation. With so many dystopian stories available she felt it was important to address the trend and perhaps restore the balance.

Ms Farrell is currently working on book two of the trilogy series, having found her passion in writing.

Gecko Studio Gallery at Fish Creek hosted a book launch on Friday, October 5.

Copies and signings of the book were held on the night, ahead of the official worldwide launch today. The book will be available online at all good book retailers and in store.

Leongatha Newsagency will also have books available for sale and will be hosting a book signing with Ms Farrell on Saturday morning, October 27.

 

 

Life milestone: author Elizabeth Farrell and her first novel, Willow Bloom and the Dream Keepers.

00:56

Event to inspire employers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BEN Corcoran knows the challenges young people face in seeking employment.

Hes been looking for a job fulltime since July this year, but had already been searching for 12 months while completing his studies.

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science from Victoria University, hes hoping to find a role within his field of study.

To help link employers with prospective employees, he has organised a networking event in Leongatha on Wednesday, October 24 at 5pm.

The event, at Lucindas Winery, will feature Victorias Small Business Commissioner Judy OConnell launching the project A Job for Everyone that helps people with disabilities gain employment.

Its a project of the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, for which Andrea Evans-McCall is the Gippsland coordinator.

Employers who employ a person with a disability through the program will receive a sticker for their premises to help raise awareness of the program.

Its about what people can do, not what they cant do, in a business, Ms Evans-McCall said.

The forum will include disability service providers, who will talk about the incentives available to businesses to employ people with disabilities and provide people with an opportunity to network.

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite at https://goo.gl/EihNJk

For more information, phone 0418 208 039.

The event is also supported by South Gippsland Shire Council, South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network, Interact Australia, Maxima Joblink, GDAI and Yooralla.

Mr Corcoran said of his field of study, Political science is really about teaching the student to be an observer of the world. Its not about being a politician.

Research shows that employing people with a disability can lead to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, reduced turnover and a more positive organisational culture.

Research also indicates that 87 percent of people would rather give their business to companies that hire people with disabilities.

 

 

Opening doors: Ben Corcoran of Leongatha has worked with Andrea Evans, National Disability Coordination Officer Program...

00:27

Vic Emergency issues smoke alert for Wonthaggi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VIC Emergency has issued a Community Information Air Quality Alert for areas around the Wonthaggi Golf Club where some fires were allegedly lit last night in several piles of timber.

The alert is for the following areas: Dudley, Hicksborough, North Wonthaggi, South Dudley, Wonthaggi and Dalyston. The alert was issued at 1:21 this morning, Wednesday, October 10.

You will see or smell smoke across parts of Dalyston, Dudley, Hicksborough, North Wonthaggi, South Dudley, Wonthaggi.

The smoke is from a suspicious fire in a large pile of trees at the Wonthaggi Golf Course and has drifted around the area.

Firefighters are working to extinguish this fire.

It may be smoky or hazy in your area.

There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.

As CFA have a number of fire trucks in the area, be aware of extra vehicles in and around South Dudley Road and the golf course area.

What you should do:

* Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).

* If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

Smoke and your health:

* Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke. You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.

* If you are sensitive to smoke you should limit prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.

* If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.

* If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.

* For more information about smoke and your health visit the Better Health Channel www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.

This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.

Unless the situation changes, this will be the last smoke message issued.

Use multiple sources to stay informed:

* www.emergency.vic.gov.au.

* VicEmergency Hotline freecall 1800 226 226.

* VicEmergency app.

* Facebook or Twitter.

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00:25

1,000 km by bike through the Alps for climate action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Oct 13 Clycle 2018 will leave Federation Square in Melbourne, with the plan to cycle all the way to Canberra via the Australian Alps.

Clycle 2018 is described by the organiser as a non-charity bike ride. The idea is that instead of pledging money, supporters pledge actions that will help to fight climate change. This is an unsupported trip so riders need to be fit and competent in remote areas and able to ride long distances (they expect to average 80 100 kilometres a day).

The organiser Peter Foot says Im riding a bicycle from Melbourne to Canberra, a distance of 1000km, whilst carrying an inflatable elephant. Im doing this to bring attention to the climate crisis (the elephant in the room), and to start conversations about this most pressing of issues. Its the largest threat to our way of life, yet it is rarely discussed in the media, or in polite company, and I want to change this.

Grand Departure: 9am, Saturday 13th of October, Federation Square Melbourne.

There is a facebook page available here.

There is a great list of actions you can pledge to take on climate change on the website (ideally you will post about them on the Adventure Cycling website).

The route looks amazing: heading east from Melbourne through the Dandenongs, the Upper Yarra to Warburton, into the Yarra Ranges National Park and Marysville, then north of the divide, Mansfield then back roads to Myrtleford. Into the Upper Murray and finally over Dead Horse Gap to Jindabyne and then the Monaro Tablelands to Canberra.

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00:16

19 Artists Added for Bluesfests 30th Anniversary Celebration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfest has captured the hearts of music lovers at home and abroad and we can as always, expect some of the best musical acts in the world to touch down on Australian soil for what will definitely be, one to remember!

With 189 days to go until we swing open the gates to the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay, we have our second artist announcement for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, taking place over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April 2019).

Joining Jack Johnson (exclusive), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive), Ray LaMontagne and George Clinton in Byron Bay this Easter will be:

Paul Kelly
Hozier David Gray
Julia Stone Gary Clark Jr.
Mavis Staples (exclusive)
Flogging Molly
Meshell Ndegeocello Ruthie Foster (exclusive)
Shakey Graves Anderson East (exclusive)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish (exclusive) The War And Treaty (exclusive)
Mojo Juju Caiti Baker
Deva Mahal (exclusive) Melody Angel
Hussy Hicks

With many more artists to be announced in the coming weeks & months

From the Desk of the Festival Director

Bluesfest has just announced 19 artists in our second announcement for our 30th Anniversary Bluesfest next Easter, 18-22 April 2019. Its all killer.no filler!

Melody Angel, one of our favourites a couple years ago, is back for Bluesfest 2019! (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

With tickets selling faster than at any other Bluesfest in history, we are heading for a spectacular celebration and sell-out 30th Anniversary next Easter. For full details and tickets, visit bluesfest.com.au.

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00:11

Experts Call For Easing Of Australias Gay Blood Donation Ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Experts have called for an easing of Australias blood donation policy, which effectively bans gay men from donating blood. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 months. But experts from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) say scientific advancements mean ...

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23:40

BYS receives $250k for crime prevention "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Attorney General Mark Speakman joined politicians, police and staff at the Byron Youth Series on Tuesday morning to announce a $250,000 grant from the NSW government to help tackle youth crime and reoffending.
Photo Jeff Crime Wave Dawson

The Byron Youth Service (BYS) is ecstatic at Tuesdays funding announcement of $250,000 for them to deliver an innovative First Offenders Program.

The program is aimed at young offenders aged 12 to 17 years and works to keep young people out of the juvenile justice system and detention.

The BYS will be using a Restorative Justice framework, which focuses on restoring relationships and repairing harm as opposed to punishment for misbehaviour, said a spokesperson for the BYS.

We recognise the negative effects of exclusionary discipline within schools and in society, and the staff wish to take a restorative approach that is inclusive and allows connection.

From years of experience with young people the staff know that when young people feel connected and valued they are less likely to behave in negative ways.

The Byron Shire First Offenders Program is diversionary and aims to keep young people out of the juvenile justice system and detention.

A 4-step approach to working with young offenders will be used. This includes early intervention in schools, community pop-up support systems during festivals and at popular hangout spots, case management and restorative circles.

It will also target first-time offenders who have committed drug and alcohol offences, disorderly conduct, non-domestic violence-related assault or intimidation, stalking and harassment, said Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin.

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23:32

Bullying can have lifelong impacts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local Mullumbimby actor Saya Minami (right) is featuring in the film Rock Sugar.

Bullying is something most people can relate to, having either experienced it themselves or seen others subjected to it at school, in the workplace and in day-to-day life.

Local Mullumbimby actor Saya Minami is featuring in the film Rock Sugar. She plays the mother of a young Asian girl called Charlotte who has been experiencing bullying at the hands of the school bully Brenda.

The dark psychological thriller, for adults, explores the issue of bullying that 12-year-old Charlotte experiences.

When Brenda attacks her in a park late one night Charlotte fights back with all her might and pushes Brenda to the ground.

The bully falls, hits her head, and stops moving completely. Charlotte is suddenly in crisis mode she must now hide the body, or face the consequences of her action, says writer, director and producer Angela How.

It is a theme that Angela personally relates to as she was born in Singapore but grew up partly in Australia.

As a child I was bullied. So I know firsthand the effects of bullying, and how they are felt into adulthood, said Angela.

I have, however, had enough time to consider this issue, and to use it as a story point to begin exploring the reasons and consequences of bullying in both Australian culture and globally.

Reflecting on her role in the film, local actor Saya recognises that bullying is a very complicated subject as there are many different types of bullying.

Sometimes people are not even aware of their actions or attitudes or that they are participating in bullying. Even if they are aware of it, sometimes its easier for them to follow what others are doing and not stand up for someone who needs help.

The main character of this story is a child bu...

23:10

The streets of our town "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wild Spirits will be performed for one night only at Marvell Street Hall on Friday, October 12. Photo supplied

What is the connection between Byron Bay and the poets that many of the streets are named after?

This question is being explored in the reading of the play Wild Spirits, which dramatises the lives of Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley and Lord Byron.

It will be presented at Marvell Hall (yes, named after another poet Andrew Marvell, on Friday, October 12, at 6.30pm.

With music, wine, and discussion, the night will be an entertaining fundraiser for the hall to help with renovations and fit-out for local productions.

Get involved and call 0407 857 991.

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22:45

Kalbar and Climate Change the Greenwash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Protest against the mine.

The proposed Fingerboards mineral sands mine is becoming an election issue in East Gippsland with 3 candidates so far expressing opposition to it. Kalbar Resources have recently opened a shopfront in Bairnsdale with an apparent greenwash claim of sustainability in its window. Since no mine is sustainable their environmental claims rest upon the need for rare earths (RE) in the transition to renewable energy.

Their website claims correctly that the Rare Earths is a group of elements that are not actually that rare in the earths crust, but are rare to find in economic concentrations. The Fingerboards deposit is rich in the highly valuable rare earths and then incorrectly asserts These rare earthsare essential totemperature magnets used in windfarms, and the powerful batteries in electric vehicles. Elsewhere it is noted that the Enercon wind turbine from Germany currently the worlds largest has no components with RE minerals. Some unconfirmed estimates suggest that as little as 10% of wind generators have RE minerals in them.

Further the website claims Once in production, the Fingerboards is expected to supply up to 10% of global demand for rare earths required for the development of clean energy. This will be pivotal, to Bloombergs estimate of wind and solar energy reaching a combined 48% of global energy capacity by 2040. The proposed Gippsland off-shore wind farm would consume roughly 50% of the Fingerboards annual Neodynium and Prasodynium (NdPr) production, enabling the construction of 14,000 gigawatts of wind power annually; enough to power 14 million homes. Rare earths production from the Fingerboards is enough to construct 2.8 million electric vehicles annually.

Aside from an outdated Bloomberg estimate the tone of the website implies that none of this will happen without the mine. As well as noting the absence of RE in at least some wind turbines (above) Kalbar are not considering alternative supplies, product substitution and possible recycling of these materials. That without the Fingerboards mine the clean energy revolution will not occur is arrant nonsense. And it will almost certainly happen a lot faster than the Bloomberg prediction.

Though promoting the clean energy revolution and RE in their publicity it shou...

22:03

Local Taekwondo tournament success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dylan Rielly took home a second-place trophy from the Open Style Martial Art Tournament.

TWO local Taekwondo students were recognised at the Open Style Martial Art Tournament (OSMAT) recently.
Dylan Rielly and Paul Lawrence both took home second place trophies from OSMAT, with Dylan competing in Male Open Form/Kata/Poomse, and Paul in Male Over 40 Point Sparring & Continuous Sparring.
Both are students at Pakenham and Bass Coast Taekwondo, where theyve been learning life skills, core values and self-defence in a purpose-built fitness training hall called Dojang.
Chief instructor James Heenan said he was incredibly proud of all students and their achievements.

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22:00

Pardalotes by the pair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Rise and Shine is Pardalote City at present.

Both Spotted and Striated Pardalotes are nest-building with unbounded energy in this fascinatingly eroded landscape.

Female Spotted Pardalote (note the yellow spots on the head) inside nesting tunnel, Rise and Shine, 6th October 2018

17:53

Pollies win flower show Silver Cup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local Government team of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and Burwood Councillor Heather Creighton won the Rivenden Flower Show Silver Cup Celebrity Challenge last Saturday for best floral arrangement. Runners-up were State Parliament team of Labors Strathfield MP Jodi McKay and Liberals Drummoyne MP John Sidoti.

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16:44

Queer Activist Zak Kostopoulos Murdered in Athens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Zak Kostopoulos in the street with a Pride Flag

Queer activist and performer Zak Kostopoulos was murdered on September 21 in Athens. His murder is all over the news presented as an accident: he died trying to escape through a shop window after attempting armed robbery.

The brutal, brutal video accompanying those articles shows a very different truth: a disoriented, unarmed Zak trying to escape and the shop owner with another man brutally kicking him to death.

The Greek public is a talking about the shop owners right to protect his property from drug addicted, HIV positive faggots. What they dont know is that Zak, our Zak spoke openly and without shame about being or having been all three, and his words, his songs and his dance brought light and joy to a whole generation of queer people.

Spread the word. Spread our anger. HIS MURDER WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED

According to information from a direct source, Zak and a friend were sitting at a caf next to the jewellery shop, and they got attacked/threatened, and Zak went in the shop to take shelter.

There are many sites publishing information on the incident and providing a greater insight into what happened.

LGBT HIV activist Zak Kostopoulos murdered in Athens: campaign calls for justice

Greece: queer activist Zak Kostopoulos lynched to death in Athens

Zaks death is not being forgotten. The Greek state is being pressured into providing a thorough and transparent investigation into his death. Amnesty International Greece is one organisation working on this matter.

The attack on the weak, the stereotypes about the image of the Other, the fear of being different, stigmatization and marginalization are phenomena that can not and must not be tolerated in our society. In addition, the sexist and homophobic character, and the stigma against drug users, in the way in which the public dialogue af...

15:15

Community unhappy about Tweed Shire Council water mining consent at Rowland Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Image: Onthehouse

Echo NetDaily
, 6 October 2018:

Around 100 protestors made their point before council ignored them by voting 43, to reject Mayor Katie Milnes rescission motion in regards to the September vote, where the majority of Tweed Shire councillors gave the thumbs up to a water mining operation at Rowlands Creek.

Councillor Katie Milne moved that a DA for a bulk loading/delivery of extracted water and roadworks at Rowlands Creek Road be deferred for several reasons including that NSW Waters response to the pumping study was a brief email, not a formal review.
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15:00

PTUA launches Connecting Ballarat proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has launched an ambitious policy document, Connecting Ballarat, which calls for dramatic improvements to Ballarats bus network.

Ballarats bus network currently has a lot of problems with indirect, inefficient routes through the CBD, which turn back on themselves in order to call at key destinations in a specific order, and terminate at Ballarat station. These paths waste valuable driver time, which is an inefficient use of taxpayer resources compared to more efficient paths. Theyre also slow and hard for casual users to understand, which makes them unattractive to potential passengers.

The central idea of the Connecting Ballarat proposal is to link routes on opposite sides of Ballarat together into longer cross-town routes, so that buses can flow smoothly in one side of the CBD and out the other, in a path that is faster, more efficient and more sensible than the current paths. This would mean faster trips for passengers, a more understandable network for first-time users, and more efficient use of resources resources that can be reinvested into other service improvements.

Three of these routes would become high-frequency SmartBus routes fast, direct routes that run every ten minutes, designed to act as the spine of a true turn-up-and-go network for Ballarat. The other routes would increase to run every 20 or 40 minutes, to match the increased V/Line train frequencies expected from late 2019.

Buses would also run to a longer span of hours, connecting with commuter trains in the early mornings and late evenings, and allowing people travelling within Ballarat to take the bus home after dinner at a restaurant or a night at the movies.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener, Ben Lever, said this was in many ways an ambitious proposal, but that it also picked a lot of low-hanging fruit.

We know the existing network has a lot of inefficiencies, both in the twisty paths it takes and the excessively-padded timetables. Not only are these inefficiencies frustrating for users, they take up a lot of resources that would be better spent on improving the service thats what were proposing here.

Beyond those efficiency gains, were calling on all political parties to invest some serious money into our bus network. Low-density outer suburbs of Melbourne have high-frequency SmartBuses running through them, connecting key destinations like shopping centres and universities with railway stations Ballarat deserves the same. Even the standard non-SmartBus routes run till at least 9pm in most suburbs of Melbourne, while Ballarats buses currently shut down around 7pm its just not good enough.

Weve seen time and time again that when governments invest in good public transport, people use it. Whether its trains, tr........

13:48

Cessna Citation Bizjets VH-MMC, VH-PSU and VH-FNI All Pop into CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 5 October, Mackellar Mining Equipment / Flight Options (Australia) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-MMC was back in CQ, this time landing at Biloela / Thangool Airport after flying up from its Sunshine Coast base.

VH-MMC departs the Sunshine Coast for Emerald  (File photo)

After staying for most of the day, VH-MMC made an early evening departure and returned to the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 5 October, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back at CQ Airports.  It called into Rockhampton and Mackay Airports - as well as Townsville and Cairns - on another busy day of flying out of and back to Brisbane.

Finally, after the sun had gone down, also on Friday 5 October, Graham Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI was noted passing back through Rockhampton Airport.  It flew in from Bankstown and later departed Cairns and its Mareeba base.

VH-FNI had flown South via Rocky to Bankstown last Saturday 29 September.

13:10

Sydney Opera House Protest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

According the The Guardian, there were hundreds. According to the ABC, there were just over a thousand. According to Fairfax, there were thousands. And according to both News Corp and Alan Jones, there were probably just a handful. I dont know exactly how many people attended tonights protest rally at the Sydney Opera House, but []

12:16

It takes a village to raise a special needs lamb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Bursting into our world and our hearts almost four years ago and proving it does take a village to raise a special needs lamb was a quirky black faced Suffolk ewe we named Saturday.  A convoy of kindness ferried Saturday from the fields of rural NSW to our sanctuary, a mammoth task in itself. But all those involved who helped Saturday leapfrog her way here gave of their time and energies so selflessly, believing all the while that since we humans live in a world of possibilities and so too should our animal friends.

A first we had difficulty pinpointing the exact cause of Saturdays inability to use her back legs, as tests, medications and therapy failed to yield any appreciable results.  This left only congenital spasticity as the answer for why the messages from Saturdays brain to her hind limbs were going awry.  As dedicated volunteers rallied throughout the day to keep little Saturday mobile and reaching her goals, a specially designed cart was sought.  Delivering on its promise of mobility, Saturdays cart meant she could set about exploring every inch of our 153 acres and a few handbags as well. A task she accepted without a moments hesitation as if it were in the tea leaves that she always would.

Saturdays miraculous determination coupled with her frowning curiosity (if you ever saw her furrowed expression you will know what we mean) saw her days infused with exploration, humour, wonder and, in the last two years, her BFF, an equally quirky special needs kid goat, named Steady Eddie.  Gosh so many hearts, minds and photographs bear the hoofprints of this dynamic duo, as they wobbled at the top speed of a snails pace about the sanctuary, snails pace that was until the two spied an unattended box of wheetbix or bulging handbag.

Our days will never be the same without Saturday; not only is there an empty space in our barn but in our days as well, as so much of them revolved around Saturday and her in and out of her cart routine.  We take away from knowing her a sense of awe for her resilience; a sense of tranquillity for her acceptance of the curveball life had dealt her and her patience whilst she would daily undergo her exercises, massage and therapy; a sense of charm for her ability to endear herself to all she met; a sense of inspiration for the love she gave unconditionally but most of all a sense of mindfulness for her ability to seize every day as if it were the most exciting and inviting opportunity life could afford one, whilst never ever holding a grudge.

We take comfort knowing that sitting just beyond the all-consuming grief we are living, sits a field of beautiful, heart-warming memories.  Memories like the time a dear young boy who....

11:57

James Bartholomew and the communist museum of terror "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

James Bartholomew is best known these days as the man who popularised the term virtue signalling by using it to describe left wing posturing and posing in their support of good causes like saving the planet from carbon dioxide.

He is spending this month as a resident scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney and one of his concerns is to conduct interviews with survivors and refugees from communist regimes. These will end up in the Museum of Communist Terror in London.

The Museum of Communist Terror aims to keep alive knowledge and understanding of the deaths, terror and economic failure that took place under Communist regimes, primarily in the 20th century. The strategy is to do this through social media, this website, talks and films for schools and universities, lobbying for improvements in the teaching of the history of Communist regimes, events and the creation of one or more small museums leading up to the development of a full-size museum in London. Video interviews are being made with people who have survived Communist oppression or whose lives have been affected. We are seeking to acquire artefacts for the Museum.

11:49

Taiwan To Hold Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage In November "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Taiwan will hold a public vote on November 24 on whether the country should recognise same-sex marriage. The countrys top court ruled last year that same-sex couples in Taiwan have the constitutional right to marry, a historic first for Asia. The court instructed authorities to enact laws legalising marriage equality within two years. But the ...

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11:23

Gunaikurnai and Taungurung negotiate boundaries in the High Country "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Gunaikurnai and Taungurung Traditional Owner groups have connection to the Victorian Alps over thousands of generations, and in recent years they have been reasserting that connection.

Recently they have sought support form the Victorian governments Right People for Country program to help clarify the boundaries between their respective countries. The Right People for Country Program supports Traditional Owners groups in the process of making agreements:

  • between groups about boundaries and extent of Country
  • within groups

In general terms in this part of the Alps, Gunaikurnai country is in the catchments south of the Great Dividing Range while Taungurung country is on the north side of the divide. This process allowed the groups to clarify the boundaries for a section of the divide between Warburton and Mt Hotham.

Additionally, Taungurung and Gunaikurnai agreed to seek shared joint management of the Alpine National Park, valuing this as an opportunity for both groups to have increased involvement and greater influence over the management of Country.

The following report is taken from the Right People for Country website:

(The aim was to): negotiate a boundary agreement over Country extending approximately 185km between Warburton and Mt Hotham in eastern Victoria.

Gunaikurnai and Taungurung representatives held an initial meeting in June 2014 to discuss the boundary and review detailed maps of Country, and reached an in-principle agreement for the majority of their boundary, being the Great Dividing Range. An area of further negotiation was identified and representatives agreed to visit Country together.

Visiting Country

The Right People for Country program provided a grant to each group and worked with Traditional Owner representatives to develop a plan to visit the negotiation area. There was a slim window of opportunity to visit Country due to fire and snow seasons, but after much planning, Taungurung and Gunaikurani representatives spent two days on Country together in April 2017, visiting the negotiation area and discussing an agreement. It was good to be out on Country together says Taungurung representative Michelle Monk, to hear Gunaikurnais side of the story and for them to hear our side. We also got to yarn about other things going on in our corporations, to share knowledge and le...

10:56

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #615 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week: 9 - 15 October 2018 Newsletter | #615 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 9th October 2018 to Monday 15th October 2018 Casey Food and Wine Festival Fitness Show Gippsland Garden and Home Expo Hophaus Dachshund Race HiFi Show Meccano Exhibition Salami Festa Motorclassica Oktoberfest in the Gardens Practically Green Festival Stonningtons Spring Into Gardening Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival World Vegan Day Enjoy #Melbourne Motorclassica Australias premier automotive exhibition is set to be bigger and better than ever before | 12 - 14 October 2018. Motorclassica 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building | Tickets Spring Into Gardening Festival 11am-3pm | Sunday 14th October 2018 Stonningtons gardening and sustainability festival is back at Victoria Gardens with inspiration and tips on gardening and sustainable living. Spring Into Gardening Festival 2018 Circus Shows Check out these circus favourites. *Silvers Circus | Melton* - 10 - 21 Oct * Best circus show ever! Highly recommended * Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 14 Oct Circus Oz | Collingwood - 11 - 21 October NoFit State Circus | Royal Botanic Gardens @ 3-21 Oct Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 12th October - Wheres Chuck Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Oktoberfest in the Gardens Saturday 13 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne(tm)s largest heated beer hall, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and much more. Oktoberfest in the Gardens 2018 | Tickets Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 Final Week 8-14 October | Tulipmania Week | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...

10:48

Australia mulls blocking migrants from moving to major cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is considering measures to stop some new migrants settling in bigger cities, instead directing them to less populated areas. Canberra is looking for ways to ease congestion in places like Sydney and Melbourne.

    
Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House after sunset (picture alliance/dpa/robertharding)

The Australian government on Tuesday said it was looking to correct an imbalance in population growth by forcing some new migrants away from major cities, and toward less populous areas.

In a speech outlining the policy, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge told an audience that the strain on infrastructure in Australias eastern cities had cost the country 25 billion Australian dollars ($17.7 billion, 15.4 billion euros) last year.

That amount was forecast to grow to 40 billion Australian dollars annually by 2040, he said.

Tudge said the main problem was rapid population growth in Sydney, Melbourne and southeastern Queensland, while there was slow growth in other parts of the country.

We are working on measures to have more new arrivals go to the smaller states and regions and require them to be there for at least a few years, Tudge told a gathering of the Menzies Research Centre think tank in Melbourne.

In that time, the evidence suggests that many will make it their home for the long term.

Dipping population in parts

New arrivals could be given extra points on Australias points-based immigration system, Tudge told Australian broadcaster ABC, or with geographic conditions attached to work visas.

Alice Springs in Australia (picture-alliance / DUMONT Bildarchiv)Remote parts of the Northern Territory have seen a decline in population...............

10:15

1) West Papua Liberation Army leader at large in Highlands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Sago Festival, an effort to revitalize local Papuan food
3) Indonesia To Assist Fiji With Broadband Connectivity
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1) West Papua Liberation Army leader at large in Highlands
5:13 pm today 


The commander of the West Papua Liberation Army remains at large in the mountains of Puncak Jaya and is reportedly being pursued by Indonesia's military.
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09:39

The Weekly Times TWT 10th October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT031018

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09:30

Dapoer Shalom ~ Indonesian, Mascot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Botany Rd in Mascot has a small Indo food scene happening with a number of new stores opening recently. We go for the ayam bakar and we end up falling fo the short ribs. Dapoer Shalom is one of a number of stores in the Shalom family, with stores in Kingsford, the Sydney CBD and Sunnybank Hills in QLD. This store in Mascot is one of a number in the strip, there's been a small Indo

08:31

Protect Our Forests! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Join us for upcoming event in Preston on 23 October, from 7pm!

Love Water - Protect Forests: A musical evening to celebrate our forests
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08:25

Is this our pH problem? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A quick compost pH test in between drips this morning was very revealing. (Note, quick means not extensively sampled as per the norm ) Compost should usually be on the neutral to acidic side of the pH scale. Our BD compost is good slightly acidic to neutral and when added to soil will Continue reading Is this our pH problem?

07:22

Community Billboard 9 October 16 October "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future Sydney 2030 making our city more green, global and connected.

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07:12

MACKAY Elderly woman allegedly attacked, robbed in own home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Police will allege the 38-year-old man from Heatley entered a Bruce Highway home and confronted the elderly woman who was gardening.

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MACKAY Burglary and serious assault charges, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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07:12

The New Doctor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was going to watch the new Dr Who with my son last night but he got a better offer-some teen fangrrl, so it was a genuinely better offer. I ended up watching on my lonesome in the library and on an iPad rather than the TV.

I probably should've dragged my lazy arse down to the big teev. There were some nice shots and set pieces and they probably deserved the whole 55 inches.

Still, I loved it.

Confession time, I haven't really kept up with the rebooted Who. I found Christopher Ecclestone a bit of a git and by the time Tennant and Smith had done their turns, my unwatched stack o' shame was piled way too high. Having watched and enjoyed Jodie Whittaker's debut last night, I'm now thinking I should go back and catch up with the modern series.

The new lady Who was great TV. It paid homage the traditions of heritage and all the legacies of this and that, but Whittaker's Time Lord started afresh, having been stripped of the Tardis and sonic screwdriver and, initially at least, a coherent sense of self. Thankfully the identity confusion didn't go on too long-looking at you, Sylvester McCoy-and as the narrative stakes were raised the new Doctor confirmed that she does indeed make house calls and kick arse.

I didn't find the gender switch difficult, or even momentarily distracting. I dont know how Whittaker does it, but she managed to channel the animal spirits of all the Doctor's who went before her, while filling out a new character whose novelty was a lot less about gender than it was about personality.

I liked the companions. They were solidly grounded in the canon of everymen and -women who've travelled with the Doctor for decades, and it never ceases to impress me how the writers resolve all of the plots' questions and problems without resort to weaponry.

I wont discuss the plot because there is an element of mystery that'd be rooned by spoilers, but it was pretty classic Who.

Bottom line, I enjoyed it greatly.

06:40

Hibiscus Harlequin females flashest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here's a bug. A Hibiscus Harlequin Bug. On a Coastal Hibiscus at Freshwater in the Townsville Common. And unlike birds, bug females get the flashest colours.

But he doesn't look too bad either. Much more on bugs here:


Back to birds. Sharp-tailed Sandpipers prominent at Pandanus viewing area.

06:25

Cannabis Legalisation Is Inevitable: An Interview With ADLaRIs Ben Mostyn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Global drug prohibition had its beginnings over a century ago. And the intensification of its law enforcement aspect known as the war on drugs was launched by Nixon in 1971. In NSW, this prohibitive system is reflected in the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. Section 10 of the Act outlaws drug possession. This

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05:42

New Senior Counsel Appointed in New South Wales "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nineteen barristers, comprising 15 men and four women, have been elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Counsel (SC), or silk, this year. The NSW Bar Association has released its annual list of senior counsel appointments. Prestigious title The title Senior Counsel is highly prized, much coveted and considered a mark of respect for barristers

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05:06

Tributes Flow For Queensland Community Figure Graham Gracie Relph "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The death of much-loved Brisbane and Sunshine Coast gay identity Graham Relph, widely known as Gracie, has seen an outpouring of grief from family, friends and the LGBTIQ community. The joy Gracie (pictured above, left) brought to people during his life is evidenced by the anguish expressed by people from every stage of his life. ...

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04:53

Players ready for crickets return "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CRICKET is back.
Starting a week later this season to give a greater break between football and cricket, Leongatha and District Cricket Association secretary Gary Adams said all local grounds are in good nick going into round one.
From all accounts, the grounds will be fit to play on this Saturday. There are some seasons where a few grounds are unavailable, but this season we will not have to wait three or four weeks to play on turf, he said.
Nerrena is looking forward to taking on a new challenge this year, having gone up to A1 following its A2 premiership victory in 2017/18.
Town was relegated back to A2.
Joining B1 will be Korumburra whilst Kilcunda-Bass goes down to B2.
There will be no change in C Grade this season.
Although Phillip Island won the grand final, it is the third team for the club and there will be no promotion.
There are 46 teams competing in the Seniors; similar numbers to last season.
For some clubs, interest in cricket has piqued.
This year, four clubs will field four Seniors sides.
Phillip Island, Wonthaggi Workers and OMK each had four sides last season, and Koonwarra/LRSL added a new team for this season.
Mr Adams said a number of teams had recruited players from overseas this year.
Most clubs have taken the opportunity and people do take the option to come over on a sport holiday, he said.
This season, clubs have recruited from Sri Lanka, England and South Africa.
However, some clubs have struggled to fill sides.
The Wonthaggi Miners, Poowong Loch and the Imperials are only fielding two senior teams.
Clubs like the Miners only had two sides last season but there is a movement in place to try to improve the juniors so the club is set up down the track, Mr Adams said.
Some clubs have had several players leave the club which has left them tight for numbers.
A new initiative of the association is more T20 matches.
All grades will have more opportunities to play in T20 matches on either side of Christmas.
On the association committee, Mr Adams is serving another year as association secretary.
Russell Matthews will return in the role of association president for the 12th year.
Mr Matthews was well recognised for his commitments last year, having received a life membership for the association and a Bass Coast Community Sport and Recreation Award on Australia Day.
Gary Sauvarin will again serve as treasurer while John Schelling has departed from the committee due to his ongoing commitments with football.
Ken Scrimshaw has taken on the role.
On top of the association competition, players from the Seniors, U18s and U16s will again represent in the Gippsland Cricket League.
Junior country week will also take place for U15s and U14s in the new year......

04:52

Basketballers take to the court on wheels "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NEW sports are helping to attract more young people to participate in physical activity.
GippSport in partnership with South Gippsland SPLASH and Leongatha Basketball Association ran a wheelchair basketball clinic last Thursday.
This clinic was made possible through a VicHealth Regional Sport Program grant.
We are starting to introduce non-traditional, alternative sports to engage as many teenagers in physical activity, GippSport program coordinate Gene Parini said.
We are giving young people access to sports that are a bit different and quirky. We ran wheelchair basketball sessions at Leongatha Secondary College and Mary MacKillop (Catholic Regional College) and teachers were surprised by the level of enthusiasm, particularly from students who dont often like to participate in physical education.
Mr Parini said dodgeball would be trialled in Wonthaggi.
Wheelchair basketball has a few modified rules. For example, players are allowed to roll twice per bounce.
However, fouls still apply and the ring height remains the same.
The game tests upper body strength, core strength and technique.
As well as encouraging more people into sport, we have advertised these sessions for abled bodies as well. Its a bit of education to help them see how tough and restrictive it is to be in a wheelchair, but also what can be achieved, Mr Parini said.
Its a real skill leveller.
There are lots of inclusive sports cropping up, including a new AFL program to accommodate wheelchairs.
There are more come and try sessions for wheelchair basketball this month, open for people 12 years and older.
These will be held at the South Gippsland SPLASH in Leongatha on October 14 and 21 at 2.30pm
For more information, contact Mr Parini at gene@gippsport.com.au.

Ready to play: from left, William Davies, Chloe Giliam and Seth Rockall took part in the wheelchair basketball clinic at South Gippsland SPLASH on Thursday.

04:51

Knights awarded "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Knights Football Club held its junior presentations on Friday, September 21, with a celebratory free barbecue and the annual adults versus children soccer match.
Despite being thoroughly outnumbered, the adults pulled through with the goods and a nice goal from Paul Wynne saw them triumph over the children.
Junior presentations were made post dinner and a special presentation of the Don Morris Best Club Person award was made to Chris Gale, who has assisted with many aspects of the club this season.
The Knights committee thanked everyone for their wonderful participation and help this year and look forward to seeing everyone again next season.
The Knights held its senior presentation night on October 5 at the Leongatha Dakers Centre.
With wonderful decorations by Jess Odgers and catering by KO, the night was a resounding success.
The committee would like to thank everyone for their attendance and wonderful participation during the year.
Bring on the 2019 season.

Award recipients:
Juniors:
U12 best and fairest: Rueben Gammon.
U12 coachs award: Josh Doolan.
U14 best and fairest: Hayden Clark.
U14s coachs award: Oliver Buckley.
U16 girls best and fairest: Melisse Bath.
U16 girls coachs award: Allison Oliver.
U16 mixed best and fairest: Zachary Davidson.
U16s coachs award: Samuel Evans.
Seniors:
Senior best and fairest: Fergus Warren.
Senior runner up best and fairest: Blake Moscript.
Senior coachs award: Tom Barker.
Reserves best and fairest: Brian Gannon.
Reserves runner up best and fairest: Wade Bashaw.
Reserves coachs award: Jake Thomas.
Womens best and fairest: Kathy Zacharopoulos.
Womens runner up best and fairest: Jordan Rintoule.
Womens coachs award: Annemieke Enter.
Don Morris Memorial Best Club Person Award: Chris Gale.

Seniors: coach Glenn Bainbridge congratulated best and fairest Fergus Warren and runner up best and fairest Blake Moscript. Absent: Tom Barker (coachs award).

04:50

Great battle in table tennis championship "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE club championships were played on Tuesday, September 25, with some fantastic duels between those that have been there before and those that wish to take over the leading role as the player to beat.
Bryce Holwerda is leading the charge from the rising player brigade with Jack Duff also in the mix.
It was the semi final between Bryce and twice champion Michael Chang that was the tightest match of the night with Bryce taking it right to the wire, but just falling a little short in the fifth game, going down 14/16.
Michael then went on to defeat last years champion Dirk Holwerda in four very tight games, 11/7, 10/12, 12/10 and 11/9.
This match was a pleasure to watch, with scintillating rallies, scorching smashes, unbelievable recovery shots to get out of trouble and Michaels super special looping, turning topspin drives.
It was the two up and coming challengers, Bryce Holwerda and Jack Duff, that combined to take out the doubles title, defeating Neil Chilver and Leanne Costello in three straight games 12/10, 11/8, 11/9.
While this match had some great rallies, Bryce and Jack just had too much firepower for Neil and Leanne who had combined very well to get to the final.
The A Reserve champions were decided on Wednesday night, with the singles final fought out between Leanne Costelow and Aiden Holwerda. After having played the previous night in the A grade championships Leanne was in super hot form, and smashed Aiden in the first two games, 11/6 and 11/3. To his credit Aiden fought back hard and took the third game 11/6, but Leanne was not having a bar of any comeback from Aiden and cruised to take the title 11/5 in the fourth game.
Leanne then partnered her daughter Poppy in the doubles final against Aiden and Shane Derrick.
Poppy certainly showed she has plenty of talent as she kept the ball in play on each point until Leanne could smack a winner. They cruised through in three games straight, 11/7, 13/11 and 11/7.
Competition resumes on today (October 9).
There are only two more rounds to go in A Grade before the finals and three more rounds in A Reserve grade.
The presentation night will be at the Leongatha RSL clubrooms on Tuesday, November 13, from 6.30pm.
Please let your organisers know if you wish to attend.

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04:48

South Gippsland ladies consolidate Division 2 ranking in country teams "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Country Teams golf competition was played on Monday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 3.
The district team of South Gippsland ladies were in action at Keysborough on Monday and Cranbourne on Tuesday as they competed in the yearly event.
Having won Division 3 last yea,r they were promoted to Division 2 and the goal set by team manager Anne Walker was to maintain this ranking or improve on it.
The five team round robin draw saw South Gippsland players faced with a challenge as they had to play two 36 hole days and rest on the Wednesday whilst the other teams played.
A team of 10 players is selected with seven participate in each round.
Players were Ally Adams (Wonthaggi), Anne Walker (Wonthaggi), Andrea Thorson (Meeniyan), Dot Christie (Meeniyan), Faye Morris (Phillip Island), Jacqui Baker (Phillip Island), Lee Clements (Korumburra), Rebecca Thomas (Leongatha), Robyn Galloway (Foster) and Toni West (Leongatha).
Unfortunately due to illness Lee Clements had to withdraw at the last moment and Irene Holm (Meeniyan) joined the team.
The first day at Keysborough saw a fabulous result with the team taking home the points in both rounds.
In the first round of matches, South Gippsland was up against South Western and went on to win 5/2.
In the individual matches, Faye Morris led them team off with a beautiful drive down the 10th winning one up, Toni West went down 3/2, Robyn Galloway finished square, Andrea Thorson won 2/1, Ali Adams finished square, Jacqui Baker won 2/1, Bec Thomas won 2/1.
The afternoons match against Western was a cliff hanger with South Gippsland taking the honours 4/3.
The round win was decided on the last shot of the day on the temporary 19th par three hole.
Going to the tee, Rebecca Thomas was one down, her opponent had put her tee shot into the green side bunker.
Bec played a fabulous shot to put the pressure right back on her opponent by hitting her drive, pin high on the green.
Her opponent took four shots to get down with Bec making the three, squaring the match giving South Gippsland the round win.
In the other individual matches Faye Morris posted her second win with two up, Robyn Galloway squared, Andrea Thorson lost one down, Ally Adams won 4/3, Dot Christie going down 4/2, debut player Jacqui Baker posted her second win 2/1
On day two at Cranbourne, it was tight all morning against East Gippsland and it came down to the last couple of matches out on course.
The result went the other way with East Gippsland winning 4/3.
Faye Morris led the team off the first tee and pushed her opponent all the way finishing up going down 2/1.
Robyn Galloway drove well and had a convincing win 5/4.
Andrea Thorson was all square at the 14th and came home strongly to win two up.
Ally Adams was tenacious and made her oppone...

04:46

Coaches inspire little athletes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SATURDAY saw the first competition meet for Leongatha Little Athletics.
A bright, sunny day welcomed 123 eager athletes to the Leongatha Velodrome.
The committee was excited to see lots of new families, along with the returning athletes.
The club was fortunate enough to host a coaching clinic last week with coaches from Little Athletics Victoria passing on their wealth of knowledge and skills set to eight of our parents, along with parents from other clubs in the Gippsland Region. There will be an immense benefit to the Leongatha Little Athletes as a result of this clinic.
Two of Leongatha Little Athletics Clubs retired little athletes Angus Ritchie and Maddi Cruickshank have taken on the role of On Track coordinators for this coming season.
Besides having completed the relevant coaching courses, Angus and Maddi have a combined 19 years of athletics experience between them.
The On Track course is a course designed for young beginner athletes to develop the motor skills required for running, jumping and throwing.
This is a great foundation, not only for athletics, but for sport of any description.
Any new athletes are very welcome to come and try next Saturday to join in the competition at the Leongatha Velodrome beginning at 9am.

New role: Angus Ritchie and Maddi Cruickshank will be On Track coordinators for Leongatha Little Athletics Club this season.

04:44

Race into KernART Prize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AFTER a successful art show last year, the KernART Prize is on again at the Kernot Community Hall on the Melbourne Cup weekend.
The judge this year is well known artist, sculptor and print maker Susan Hall and there is a total prize pool of $2500 available.
Open to artists of all abilities, the prize aims to bring together a community of art-loving and art-starting people from across, the Bass Coast, South Gippsland and beyond.
KernART is working with Bass Coast Health (BCH) to raise funds for the children of people with mental health issues.
Profits raised by the art show will enable BCH to provide these local children with what they need to live a happier life supported by their peer groups, whether it be through sporting activities, arts and crafts or music.
Entries can be made online at www.KernARTprize.com and all mediums are encouraged including paintings, original prints, sculpture and photography. See our website for entry details and conditions.
There will be a dress to impress grand opening on Friday, November 2, from 7pm to 9pm. Food and drink supplied.
Entry is $20 per person with free entry to exhibiting artists.
The art show will be open to the public for a gold coin donation on Saturday, November 3, 10am to 3pm and Sunday, November 4, 10am to 3pm at the Kernot Community Hall, 1060 Loch-Kernot Rd, Kernot.
For enquiries phone Janice Orchard on 0419 301 363.

Intriguing art: Chooks in Boots, by Janice Orchard, is one of many paintings to be entered in the KernART Prize, 2018.

04:41

Great location for Grow Lightly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GROW Lightly has moved into its new home.
The Korumburra based business has moved out of Coal Creek to a more prominent location on Commercial Street.
With the extra space, Grow Lightly has been able to expand to deliver more of the local produce people love.
The new store officially opened last Thursday.
Store manager Lou Arnold said business was pumping as soon as the doors opened.
We love it (the store) and we are so excited to be part of the buzz in the street, she said.
We had a fantastic first day. I think there was increased anticipation in the town because there hasnt been a grocer for a long time. People were looking in the window and popping in. Its great to see our regular customers, as well as new customers.
As well as an incredible selection of delicious locally grown produce and other goodies for the fridge and pantry, Grow Lightly has created a book nook for the new store.
The book nook will sell gardening books, equipment and recyclables.
Ms Arnold encouraged customers to watch this space for updates on the book nook.
Grow Lightly also has new hours.
Instead of opening from Thursday to Sunday, the store will be open from Monday to Saturday.
The hours are 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.
The business will continue to provide vegie bags, participate in local markets and make deliveries.
Ms Arnold said the new challenge will be to keep up with the demand of stock.
At the moment, Grow Lightly has 30 local producers on its books.
We are always looking for new growers. If people grow fruit and vegetables chemical free, we are willing to sell their produce in our shop, Ms Arnold said.
Theres no commitment, so feel free to contact us if you would like to be a supplier.
Grow Lightly is a not for profit organisation, with volunteers making up 80 percent of the business.
The volunteers are extraordinary and do all sorts of things like making deliveries and running market stalls, Ms Arnold said.

Now open: from left, store manager Lou Arnold, Grow Lightly founder Meredith Freeman and store manager Diana Rees were thrilled to open the new Grow Lightly store on Commercial Street, Korumburra, last Thursday.

04:40

Eden makes state final "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Secondary College student Eden Free has progressed to the Victorian final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.
She will compete this month for a place in the national championship to be held in Sydney in November.
News of Edens success was announced recently at the Wonthaggi Legacy Widows birthday lunch by South Gippsland Legatee Peter Hanley, who coordinated South Gippsland Legacys section of the award held in July.
Having won that with a prepared speech entitled Contribution to Military Life, Eden moved to the preliminary final stage.
Her prepared speech paid tribute to her mother and siblings and all those families who move often and cope with frequently absent fathers as a result of them being in the military.
We all served alongside Dad, she said.
The annual public speaking competition is open to 12 to 14 year olds. It aims to enhance their oral communication and public speaking skills, as well as helping young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance.
Legacy is an Australian charity dedicated to supporting the families of Australian Defence Force veterans who gave their lives or health in the service of their nation.

04:37

Networking not hard work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JUDGING by the positive response and good numbers, the first of the new network meetings for the Leongatha Business Association will almost certainly become a regular event.
To be held every three months, the meetings are designed to be informative and fun, involve one or two guest speakers and give the business community time to chat informally.
The regular administrative stuff which others may find a little tedious is being dealt with by the association committee at its monthly meetings, leaving members of the business community to listen to some speakers with topics relating to small business.
The first speaker at the Leongatha RSL on Monday night, October 1 was accountant Jim Pickersgill of Jim Pickersgill and Associates.
He spoke about changes in his own business, referring to the end of an era and the beginning of a new one and the need to retain and employ a good team, find a suitable business location and start building the business.
Mr Pickersgill talked about the importance of customer service and how this is paramount to running a successful business. Some businesses do it well but unfortunately some not so well, he said.
I am really pleased to see how this association has come along by working together and keeping the town going. It has certainly refocused and revitalised. The association has really encompassed all businesses in the town, not just the retailers but service industries and commercial as well.
Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien then talked about his role as a local state MP and the issues which he deals with.
There are many issues brought to me but the biggest one, probably 90 percent, is a problem with a road, he said.
He said often people come to him with an issue thats either federal or local government but he is happy to offer advice or refer that person to the correct authority.
Talking about the upcoming election, Mr OBrien said it was hard to judge how he was performing.
We have an election in November and the only way I will be judged and know where Im at is when people cast their vote. I hope I have done a good job so far, Mr OBrien said.

Informal discussions: from left, Leongatha Business Association president Brenton Williams catches up at the first network meeting with Brian Hoga...

04:35

Shirking the blame, another disgrace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Michael Giles

SO, councillors, its the newspapers fault, this newspapers fault apparently.
According to Cr Meg Edwards, in her resignation letter last week, her fellow councillors spent at least part of the day last Wednesday, at a councillor-only briefing session, blaming the Sentinel-Times for the predicament in which they find themselves.
Its a fanciful, ridiculous and potentially very expensive notion for the ratepayers of this shire that some councillors, a majority of councillors we are told, believe that theres actually no bullying, belittling or abuse of other councillors and staff going on.
Its the equivalent of believing the world is flat.
To suggest that when the Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz appointed her municipal monitor to the shire in June this year, she was acting purely at the urging of the Sentinel-Times is both deluded and insulting to the Minister.
At the time, Ms Kairouz said: We have serious governance concerns about the South Gippsland Shire Council thats why we are appointing a monitor.
The Minister went on to say that specific concerns included councils meeting procedures, current policies and processes to manage conflicts of interest and the management of confidential information.
Its not a fabrication. The minister has serious governance concerns and the monitor will soon be able to report his findings. It cant have helped that both Mrs Kiel and Cr Edwards cited the incidence of bullying and poor processes on the council.
Just because someone doesnt make or pursue a formal complaint process of bullying, intimidation and harassment does not mean it isnt happening, said Cr Edwards last Thursday, noting that councillors had asked that it be addressed early in the council term.
Cr Edwards went on to say that she had a final glimmer of hope after the resignation of Maxine Kiel that council might be able to acknowledge where they are, that the behaviour has not been acceptable and make some changes.
The comment is right on the money.
It says in the Local Government Act that before making a decision (to suspend/dismiss a council) under subsection (1)(a), the Minister must consider what steps the Council has taken to address and remedy the difficulties underlying the failure.
So, the council could still save itself if it admitted it has problems and enacted a plan to make changes acceptable to the Minister.
This newspaper does not want the council dismissed with the prospect that it could cost the ratepayers up to $2 million to have administrators in place until the next local government elections in 2020.
But there appears to be no other way while those councillors on their own power trip, who are responsible for the bullying and abuse, refuse to acknowledge there are problems.
If and....

04:32

Are Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents Sydneys most energetic band? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rekorderlig Sauna Sounds are all about embracing the unique, quirky and innovative weve teamed up to present some of countrys most trailblazing up and comers, getting them sweaty and ready to show off what makes them so special. 

If theres one word to describe Sydney four-piece Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents, its energetic. Since coming together back in 2014, the band have played a frenzied brand of punk and garage rock that immediately calls to mind acts like The Gun Club and Iggy Pop. Led by the eponymous Nick Nuisance, theyre the kind of band that needs to be seen live to really capture what theyre all about.

No shock, then, that capturing that kind of live energy to tape is a driving motivation when recording. We try and emulate what we sound like live on the recordings, explains the bands bassist Declan Press.

I think our main goal has been for people to walk away from our show and listen to the EP and for them to think it doesnt sound completely different, that it sounds similar to how we sounded live. Drummer Catherine Conlan agrees We sound great live, and I want to sound like that on record.

The band is currently gearing up to release their second EP, following last years Cheap Things a debut that managed to pack a surprising amount into under 13 minutes runtime. This time around is no different in fact, its even shorter. We rip em out, says Press. Yeah, we dont mess around, laughs Conlan. We get in there and do it.

Watch: Nick Nuisance and The Delinquents perform Head for Rekorderlig Sauna Sounds

To retain the previous EPs zest, the band once again recorded live to tape with the help of Cheap Thingsproducer Owen Penglis frontman for beloved Sydney garage rock outfit Straight Arrows. Earlier this year, the two bands toured together in support of Straight Arrows single Out and Down.

Press and Conlan are quick to point out that as far as a wri...

04:32

Wind farm noise overhaul "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COUNCILS will no longer face sole responsibility for wind farm noise compliance.
The State Government now requires all new wind farm permit applications to pass through mandated, independent noise assessment audits to ensure wind farms comply with acoustic standards.
South Gippsland Shire Council is embroiled in legal action with neighbours of Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower, after the neighbours claimed council did not adequately investigate their concerns about noise produced by the wind farm.
Under the change, noise assessments will also be required at the planning permit application and post construction stages to provide greater certainty of the accuracy of assessments and ensure wind farms comply with noise standards.
Noise assessments will be required to be accompanied by a statutory environmental audit prepared in accordance with the Environment Protection Act 1970 at the planning permit application and post-construction stages. Audits must be prepared under an independent environmental auditor appointed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
The news was welcomed by council CEO Tim Tamlin, who has lobbied the State Government for change. He said, I think it is a step in the right direction because it provides more monitoring and governance around the process and now the EPA will be involved.
The Local Government Inspectorate is investigating the leaking of an email from Mr Tamlin to councillors to a neighbour, John Zakula, who was taking legal action against council. That action was in relation to neighbours concerns about councils investigation of their noise complaints. The email explained delays in council appointing a noise consultant, at the order of the Supreme Court. The inspectorate is seeking to determine who leaked the email to Mr Zakula. Cr Andrew McEwen continues to be investigated in relation to that.
In the Supreme Court recently, Justice Andrew Keogh heard opposing arguments and reserved his decision.
The defence questioned the validity of the notice sent to Mr Zakula to ask him to appear before the inspectorate for questioning.
This matter will need to be finalised before a judge can decide on whether to compel Mr Zakula to produce the information requested of him by the inspectorate. A decision is expected later this month.
Cr McEwen is furious the inspectorate revealed he was being investigated.
I find it an abuse of the process that this was even brought out into the open and I will follow this up, he said.
He said he did not give the email to Mr Zakula.

04:30

Ministers visit a special century "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Hospital will hit a century in more than one way, with buildings more than 100 years old still being used and the upcoming multi-million dollar redevelopment marked as the 100th strategic project by the State Government.
Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll visited the hospital last Thursday to tour the site and announce the milestone.
It means the hospital expansion will require 90 percent local content and 10 percent of work hours to be completed by local apprentices, trainees and cadets.
Local content includes labour, building materials and fittings, as well as professional services like engineering and design.
Bass Coast Health director of infrastructure Wimal Kirinde provided the minister with detail of the expansion, which includes two new operating theatres, 32 new inpatient beds and a new emergency department capable of treating 26,000 extra patients annually.
Bass Coast Health chief executive Jan Child said, To have it announced as one of the key projects for the state is amazing. We provide really good care for our community day in and day out, but we are stretched with the space we have.
But to have the emergency department quadrupled in size for treatment spaces will certainly will help us deal with the influx of holidaymakers to our region.
Since the announcement and the realisation from our specialty areas, we have already noticed we have had a lot more interest from specialists from Melbourne who want to come down and be part of our future.
Mr Carroll said the project was an astounding announcement, not only for the health of the community but also for local economy and for jobs.
Im also proud to say we have reached a significant milestone with the Wonthaggi Hospital. It will be the 100th strategic project under the Andrews Labor Government, he said.
Its a brand new development which is going to make a real difference to this community.

Hospital tour: from left, Bass Coast Shire deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari, Bass Coast Health chief executive officer Jan Child, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale, Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll, Bass Coast Health director of infrastructure WimalKirinde, Eastern Victoria Regi...

04:30

Dear EU, its over, love Britain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias former partner in crime, Britain, is dear to our hearts.

But lately, the poms have lost their marbles. Brexit is not in Britains interest, as Sunrise presenter Kochie put it.

The UK media is full of warnings, too.

Recessions are forecast for the day Britain leaves the EU.

Bob Geldof has warned that British music faces an existential threat from Brexit.

Flights between the EU and UK will not be able to land. European flights across the Atlantic wont be able to fly over Britain.

The motorway around London will turn into a gigantic traffic queue for backed-up trucks waiting for customs inspections.

There wont be insulin and medicines.

Food prices will spike.

Its an unmitigated disaster.

At least, thats what they say.

What are Aussies to make of the mess?

The first two callers of Nigel Farages radio show on Sunday were from Brisbane.

Mr. Brexit has quite the international following for a supposedly narrow-minded and nationalistic politician.

The two callers seemed to think leaving the EU was a good idea. But I suppose they were biased for calling in at all.

In Japan, Farage was asked about how awful leaving the EU would be for Britain. He asked why the Japanese dont let Chinese and Korean politicians make their laws for them. I think it framed things nicely.

I tried the same line on my Japanese in-laws. They didnt appreciate the analogy.

But on Sunday, the Japanese Prime Minister praised Britains global strength. Odd given every description of Brexit explains how Britain will lose its power on the world stage if it leaves the EU.

What about the Japanese car companies that will have to leave the UK after Brexit?

Well, they said the same thing when Britain refused to join the euro.

But does Britain really think it can do trade deals effectively on its own?

Open for business

The offers are coming in thick and fast already.

The US, Japan, Chile, South Africa and Australia have all signalled theyre ready and waiting.

The Australians say their agreement will become active the day the Brexit transition ends. Even the EU is pushing for a free trade deal with the UK now.

But its not just the future thats looking bright. In fact, Brexit is proving an extraordinary success so far.

American banks are piling into the UK market, reports the Telegraph: European banks left behind in the...

04:26

Sound shell seeks $150,000 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DESPITE receiving $200,000 in the State Governments Pick My Project initiative, the Inverloch Community Sound Shell is still $150,000 short.
Its a hurdle the community is confident of jumping.
The sound shell is a combined project of the Lions Club of Inverloch and District, Inverloch Rotary Club and Inverloch Tourism Association, and will be built in The Glade for concerts and other performances.
The sound shell will include a stage, solar battery and a storage area for equipment.
The Lions clubs Klaus Edel said he was elated to receive enough community votes through Pick My Project to secure the $200,000.
We were quietly confident because of what the project was and the comments online, he said.
Bass Coast Shire Councillor Julian Brown said council was pleased the Inverloch community had secured the funding, given the project was community driven.
Where it is is just a natural amphitheatre and people can come and set up their picnic rugs and enjoy a show.
Rotary club president John Peterson said thank you to the people of Inverloch for their votes and Mr Edel promised them free entry to the first show.
He said, We still have got some work to do to raise the extra funds but that will easier to do now that we have the committed funds.
Inverloch Jazz Festival has pledged money to the project.
The sound shell will be used for such events as Carols by Candelight, twilight movies, opera and theatre, and even possibly by Lyrebird Arts Council to present high level concerts.

Exciting time: from left, Gary Tayler of Inverloch Tourism Association, Inverloch Rotary Club president John Peterson, Inverloch and District Lions Clubs Klaus Edel, Rotarys Patrick Barry and Bass Coast Shire Councillor Julian Brown point to the location where the community sound shell will be built in The Glade, Inverloch.

04:17

Bush picked for funding boost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Pick My Project funding bonanza is to continue with the approval of a bushland reserve development that will move the Inverloch to Wonthaggi trail a step closer to reality.
Coined Wonthaggis Hidden Gem, 11 hectares of remnant bushland neighbouring Carneys Road in Wonthaggi, will be developed in a project spearheaded by the South Gippsland Conservation Society and the Wonthaggi Seed Bank and Nursery.
The project recieved $99,000 of State Government funding for the design and construction of an ephemeral wetland, boardwalk and major revegetation.
More than 200 Gippslanders voted for the project under the Pick My Project State Government initiative which, according to South Gippsland Conservation Society president Dave Sutton was very exciting for the community.
Wonthaggis Hidden Gem is a place for the people of Bass Coast and its visitors to enjoy, he said
The funding will restore the boardwalk and wetland. We are waiting to take over the lease from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, which is imminent.
This is one of three major projects the society is working on. We expect to start planting in the coming months.
Eventually the trail will create linkages to the Rail Trail to the west and the new Wonthaggi Secondary College and ultimately the proposed Inverloch-Wonthaggi trail.
Wonthaggi Seed Bank and Nursery president Alison Brewster said the seed bank had already started growing native seedlings for the project.
In the first planting up to 3000 seedlings will be planted but over the years, the project will involve the planting of more than 20,000 native plants, she said.
Bass Coast Shire Councillor Julian Brown said the shires role was to act as a partner to the conservation society and the seed bank in the project.
This is a project driven by community and which will tie in with a future walking and cycling track to Inverloch, making a nice gateway from Wonthaggi, Mr Brown said.
Wonthaggi has a few of these spaces that the community may not really know about.
On the other side of town we have the Wonthaggi Heathlands which have been rehabilitated. It is good to see something like Wonthaggis Hidden Gem fo

Hidden gem: a group effort was involved in obtaining stat...

04:13

Ratepayers vent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE issuing of rates last month has stoked the fires of frustration in ratepayers who believe they are not being heard by the beleaguered South Gippsland Shire Council.
A Facebook post by Korumburra resident Cheryl Denham spurred a community meeting at the Korumburra Scout Hall on Monday, October 1 which saw more than 80 people, councillors Meg Edwards and Don Hill, and Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien in attendance.
Organised by an informal group including Marie Gerrard-Staton and Charlie Price, the meeting included a show of hands to vote no confidence in the council and the chief executive Tim Tamlin.
Ms Gerrard-Staton said she called for a show of hands to allow those attending to be able to express their unhappiness with how council was being run.
Its unclear for us who is running the council? Is it the chief executive or the councillors? she said.
Those attending expressed a lack of transparency in council and dissatisfaction with the costs being paid in rates and the rates strategy.
Earlier this year the council voted to collect $38.715m from ratepayers and each person contributes to this pool according to a valuation of their property which was made earlier this year.
Previously undertaken every two years, property valuations were legislated by the State Government to be undertaken annually from this year onwards.
Councillor Meg Edwards, who resigned later last week, said she was at the meeting in an effort to listen to the communitys concerns.
My impression is that the community is concerned about the costs of living and they need to be delivered in the most efficient manner possible, she said.

Many people who have moved to the area from higher population and density areas felt that what they paid in rates versus the service is not comparable to where they came from.
There are a number of avenues to reduce the long term rate burden and many of these are being addressed, such as shared services with other Gippsland councils that the chief executive has been working on over a number of years.
Mr OBrien said the meeting reflected the frustration of the community as rates continued to increase and the inability of people to afford to repay them.
I was there to listen and I made the point to the crowd that its not a unique situation, he said.
The rates system is an outdated revenue raising system which needs to be looked at because people in rural shires are paying more than metropolitan ratepayers.
In a way it is operating as a reverse incentive for people to live in country areas. For example, you have someone in a metropolitan council area paying $2000 less for a property of the same value in a regional town.
Mr Tamlin said ratepayers may object to a valuation.
The objection can be made in relation to the value of a property or on...

04:10

Shire shambles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

TWO former councillors could return to South Gippsland Shire Council after the resignation of a second councillor in a week due to allegations of bullying and intimidating behaviour.

The ex-councillors who could make a comeback are Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks and Jim Fawcett, who both told The Star they are considering whether to take on the roles should they be successful in countbacks of votes from the 2016 election, following the resignations.

Both men were often at loggerheads with current councillors Andrew McEwen and Don Hill in the previous council, and no doubt their rivalry would resume should they return to the council table.

Mr Hutchinson-Brooks told The Star last Thursday he was undecided whether he would want to be a councillor again.

Mr Fawcett said, Ill just wait and see how the dice falls and make my mind up on the day (of the countback).

Cr Meg Edwards will quit council from October 30. Her position will be filled when the Victorian Electoral Commission holds a countback of votes from the 2016 election on October 31 at the council chamber in Leongatha.

Her impending departure follows the resignation of Cr Maxine Kiel on September 26. Her position will be filled by a countback of votes on October 22.

Cr Edwards and Cr Kiel represented Tarwin Valley Ward, for which Messrs Hutchinson-Brooks and Fawcett also re-contested at the 2016 election.

Both women cited bullying and intimidation by other councillors as among the reasons for quitting after a tumultuous two years of the council, which resulted in the appointment of a municipal monitor by the Victorian Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz.

While Cr Edwards would not name councillors she felt were responsible for the bullying and intimidation, in her resignation statement she thanked councillors mayor Lorraine Brunt, deputy mayor Cr Aaron Brown and Ms Kiel.

Cr Edwards said while she had withstood the worst of the attacks which included being shouted at when talking, inappropriate phone calls and emails with intimidating messages she quit as she has no hope for the future of the council.

Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said the bullying had including put downs, condescending behaviour and poor attitudes.

The final straw for Cr Edwards came after last Wednesdays briefing day for councillors.

Cr Edwards said last Thursday, In a final glimmer of hope, for South Gippsland Council, there was an opportunity post Maxine Kiels resignation to acknowledge where we are, collectively as council. That behaviour has not been acceptable, that it needs to change.

However, yesterday during our regular Wednesday briefing day, it...

04:05

Prime Minister Scott Morrison resuscitates the nightmare dream of the nuclear chain in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says nuclear would be considered if the investment case stacks up, Daniel Wills, State Political Editor, The Advertiser  October 8, 2018  https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/prime-minister-scott-morrison-says-nuclear-would-be-considered-if-the-investment-case-stacks-up/news-story/568361dddb8df15ad0262f13174b15d1

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison says he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down power bills, and would consider going nuclear if he was convinced it made economic sense.

Mr Morrison has opened a new flank in the energy battle by saying he was open-minded about nuclear, a move South Australias former Labor premier Jay Weatherill also once entertained.

Mr Morrison told 2GB radio in Sydney he would overturn a legal ban on building nuclear reactors in Australia if he believed it would put downward pressure on power prices.

Mr Morrison said he would do whatever it takes to make electricity cheaper, and have no issues allowing nuclear reactors to be built if it would make lower household bills.

...

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04:00

Climate apocalypse is heading, unless the world takes drastic action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is the worlds largest coal exporter, with thermal and coking coal shipments last year totalling 382 million tonnes.

The findings of the report are at odds with the Morrison governments insistence that coal will play an essential role in the nations economic future.

For the first time in a IPCC report, the authors included social and economic impacts. That marked the end of magical thinking that sustainable development goals and poverty reduction could be divorced from climate action.

If governments fail to drastically and urgently reduce emissions, they are knowingly contributing to the dangers of a world that is at least 1.5 degrees warmer, Tessa Khan, co-director of the Climate Litigation Network.

This has clear legal consequences and governments will inevitably be held accountable for knowingly putting people in harms way, Ms Khan said, noting citizens in the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Colombia, the US and New Zealand have already taken their governments to court.

This litigation is only just picking up speed.

Next decade critical: Perils mount at 1.5 degrees of warming, says IPCC , Sydney Morning Herald,  By Peter Hannam & Nicole Hasham 8 October 2018 The amount of coal and other fossil fuels the world can burn without unleashing dangerous climate change that will undermine the livelihoods o...

03:59

AskDocQ: Does My Health Record Protect My Privacy? Is It Secure? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record an online summary of their health information unless they opt out before November 15. Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop has put a series of questions about privacy, consent and security to My Health Record and you can read ...

The post AskDocQ: Does My Health Record Protect My Privacy? Is It Secure? appeared first on QNews Magazine.

03:54

Leadbeaters Possum habitat being logged in the Blue Range "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Critically important habitat for Victorias faunal emblem, the Leadbeaters Possum is being logged right now in the Blue Range to the east of the Cathedral Ranges in the Central Highlands.

Despite being notified of the critical habitat that is likely being logged in breach of the law, the environment department are making excuses as to why logging should continue and are refusing to investigate.

Please call on the Victorian environment minister to protect threatened species habitat and cease logging in forest along Tom Burns Creek in the Rubicon Region.

Take action

You can email the environment minister here to tell her we want critical Leadbeaters Possum habitat protected, not logged. And we want to be able to trust that the environment department is making every effort to protect species and not making excuses about why they will not carry out their obligations.

For background information on the logging please check here.

IMAGE: from WOTCH

 

03:27

Cost of action on climate change is high political will is lacking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The political will to prevent climate change is lacking, even as the cost climbs Brisbane Times By David Crowe,8 October 2018 Australians are being presented with another startling contrast between colossal risk and paltry action over climate change.The latest scientific advice is that human activity has already caused an increase of 1 degree in world temperatures, with global warming estimated to reach 1.5 degrees by 2052 on current trends.

The cost is astronomical. The damage over the years to 2100 would reach $US54 trillion in todays dollars if warming was kept to 1.5 degrees. The cost would climb to $US69 trillion if warming reached 2 degrees.

The obvious message from the report is to stop the 2 degree scenario. The scientists say this means halting the use of coal by 2050, accelerating the use of renewabl...

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03:26

Standing up for Nature: Crucial Environmental concerns at Byron Bay Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Reflecting its pristine natural setting, and the environmental credentials of the local citizens, the Byron Bay Film Festival has always made a point of selecting hard-hitting environmental films, and this year is no exception.

The feature documentary Sharkwater-Extinction celebrating the work of the late Rob Stewart to expose the shark-finning industry is the centrepiece of the festivals Closing Night gala. Its a shocking story but there are other disturbing documentaries too, from the Kimberley to Victoria.

Our Power addresses that lack of awareness, and provides a clear picture of the consequences of not only Australias continuing reliance upon and obsession with coal as a source of power, but also of privatisation as a system to deliver essential services.

From the other end of the country comes Undermined Tales from the Kimberley. Award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall (Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia), investigates the true costs of development in the vast and unspoiled Kimberley region, whose environment and Indigenous communities are threatened by mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture.

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03:25

Failed forestry audit must lead to native forest protection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victorian environment groups are renewing calls for the creation of new parks and reserves to protect native forests from logging after the release of an audit report revealing state owned logging agency VicForests has failed to achieve the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate.

03:21

Police on patrol in Bruns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police highway patrol vehicles spotted in Brunswick Heads on Monday (October 8). Photo supplied

While it should come as a surprise to no one that the boys and gals in blue regularly take to the road in their shiny highway patrol vehicles every school holidays, a reminder in the form of a veritable posse of police cars  was spotted in Brunswick Heads yesterday.

A reader forwarded this photo of the off-duty vehicles which got together outside the Bruns police station yesterday (October 8) while their usually attendant humans were dining nearby.

Just two days earlier, on Saturday (October 6) Tweed/Byron police and the highway patrol command conducted a joint operation targeting drink and drug drivers in Murwillumbah. After testing a total of 496 drivers for alcohol and 56 for drugs, just one driver was charged with mid-range drink driving while six tested positive to prohibited drugs. One driver was issued with an infringement for unlicensed driving.

If you havent spotted one of these vehicles on the road in recent days, expect to soon. The school holidays continue until Sunday (October 14).

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03:06

Two separate friends, both clients sent Anne-Marie to us "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Out tumbled all this jewellery and gems it was all reviewed, gem stones unset and the gold sold. Then client and jeweller sat down to plan a new use for the favoured things one big ring . . .

Bh Commission Anne-Marie Halton. Wide low rounded band 20mm at top tapering to 8.5mm at back and set with Anne-Maries gems three larger diamonds 1=0.57ct, 1=0.13cts, 1=0.14cts, x 6 small rubies 6=0.17cts and x2 small diamonds 2=0.02cts plus x1 large cabochon cut star ruby 1=3.62ct. The four larger gems in rubover settings and the remainder hammer set. Design as per discussion. 18ct yellow gold, Size P. Matt and burnished finish.

 

 

02:44

Casino Royale comes to Bangalow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Parents of kids from the Bangalow Community Childrens Centre sharpen up for Casino Royale. Photo supplied

The most recent Australian census shows 6.1 per cent of Bangalows population is aged between zero and four years.

That means 122 children from the immediate locality are vying for the 74 places available each day at the local preschool.

Bangalow Community Childrens Centre director Kerry Valensteen says its clear the numbers dont add up.

Demand for places at the centre outstrips supply and we have a long waiting list, she said.

The answer to the conundrum is already set out on architectural plans that are ready to be built as soon as the centre can raise the capital.

A new building will create an extra 80 childcare places each week.

To realise the dream, the centre and its parent volunteers are currently putting their efforts into this years fundraiser, Casino Royale.

Everyone is invited to dust off their cocktail attire and sharpen up their poker faces for the adults-only night out.

The event is being held at the Bangalow A & I Hall. It will feature the opening of the childrens art exhibition and art auction, gourmet catering, casino tables and cocktail bar.

The following morning the childrens art will be on show at the A & I Hall from 9am to 1pm along with a sausage sizzle and cake stall.

Casino Royale is on October 19 from 7pm until midnight. Tickets are $60 from the preschool on 66871 522 or eventbrite.com.au.

 

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02:39

New mobile office for Bruns markets and festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Members of the Brunswick Valley Woodchop and Entertainment Committee with their new mobile office. Photo supplied

The Brunswick Valley Woodchop and Entertainment Committee have unveiled their new mobile office, which they bought and fitted out with a $15,000 grant from the Community Building Partnership program.

The mobile on-site office can now be used at community markets, the Woodchop Carnival and other community events.

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith, who made the funding announcement, said The Brunswick Valley Woodchop and Entertainment Committee run the monthly Community Markets at Memorial Park in Brunswick Heads and the mobile office will come in very handy as a base for volunteers and as a focal point for the public to come and get information.

The markets are very popular with Brunswick residents and with visitors. Brunswick Valley Woodchop also host the Festival of Fish n Chips each year, which feature twilight markets and a fireworks display which is a favourite with families from around the region.

The festival then leads up to their Woodchop Carnival which draws contestants from New Zealand and USA and is regarded as the biggest woodchopping event outside of Sydney and Brisbane.

Its great to see Community Building Partnership funding supporting a wonderful  not-for-profit organisation to organise such great family and community occasions in Brunswick Heads which also help bring in tourists to boost the regional economy.

Brunswick Heads Markets are held on the 1st Saturday of each month, from 7am to 2pm.

For upcoming Brunswick Heads Woodchop event dates visit www.bhwoodchop.com

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02:33

New National Organisation Formed To Support Bisexual Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The largest study of bisexual Australians has led to the formation of a new organisation aimed at improving their mental health through support, education and research. The new group Bi+ Australia is the brainchild of La Trobe University researcher Julia Taylor and follows the completion of her Who I Am study, a survey of 2600 ...

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02:21

Discord "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi guys, Heres the link for the discord channel. Never done this before so any help is appreciated but its prob only gonna be a few people anyway, shouldnt get too out of hand... cheers!

https://discord.gg/j2ANMJ6

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02:13

NEW MUSIC: Freddy & Francine  Half A Mind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I came across this beautiful slice of soulful Americana, the single from Freddy & Francine, a duo out of Nashville (previously based in L.A). The song comes from their recently released EP Moonless Night, produced by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive). Check out the amusing clip for Half A Mind below and you can listen to the full Continue reading

01:57

REVIEW: New Series Of Doctor Who Crosses The Gender Barrier "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Martin White, University of Adelaide Doctor Who is back on our TV screens with the first episode of the new series airing on the ABC here in Australia on Monday, staring Jodie Whittaker as the first female regeneration of this particular Time Lord. Anyone who has been watching the long-running BBC series over the ...

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01:30

WATCH: Drag Queen Performing As Lady Voldemort Slays Ariana Grande Lip Sync "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A San Francisco-based drag queens incredible lip sync as Lady Voldemort has gone viral online. Drag queen Florida Man took to the stage last weekend as the Harry Potter villain, dress in full robes and elaborate makeup, snake-like prosthetic nose and all. The performance was part of an Ariana Grande tribute night at San Francisco ...

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01:29

Animals blessed in Poowong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANIMAL lovers of Poowong blessed their pets at the Poowong Chapel on Sunday.

On October 4 people across the world celebrate the feast day of the patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi.

Its customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisis love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of the Animals.

Reverend Judy McLeod blessed the animals of Poowong.

It is a way of claiming Gods faith for all beings and for all of our animals, she said.

Gods grace is with us as we bless our animals and care for the world.

Around 30 people brought their pets along to the ceremony.

Blessed animals: Reverend Judy McLeod blessed animals at the Poowong Blessing of the Animals on Sunday.

Puppy love: Charli Allen with dog Miffie and Mandy Warrick with dog Angel from Nyora at the Poowong Blessing of the Animals on Sunday.

Animal love: Locke and Indigo Foster with chicken Lola and pony Sparky from Poowong enjoyed the Poowong Blessing of the Animals on Sunday.

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01:03

Last Dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last Dinosaurs

Intriguing and expansively lush  the album is full of velcro hooks and circular choruses.  The Music

A raw, minimalistic sound. Beat

Last Dinosaurs are establishing a direct line to their audience theyre having much more fun as a band now, unified in their vision for this record and for the future. Pedestrian

We know your speakers are still buzzing from blasting their brilliant third album Yumeno Garden all weekend, but Brisbane indie rockers, Last Dinosaurs, are set to get you pumped up once again with the announcement today that theyll be taking the record on the road in early 2019 for a national Australian tour.

The trio of Sean Caskey, Lachlan Caskey and Michael Sloane made the announcement in an interview with triple j Breakfast hosts Ben and Liam this morning, where they also talked about the writing and recording of the fantastic third record, which has already spawned the huge singles  Domino and  Eleven, as well as the brand-new focus single, Bass God.

The tour will see the band perform club nights in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Their previous east coast tour sold out in a matter of minutes, so its recommended fans get in quick when tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 10 at 9am, so as not to miss out.

Taking inspiration from ghost towns in Japan, through to neon cityscapes in America (and everywhere in between), Yumeno Garden has seen fans and critics alike praising the growth Last Dinos have displayed across the eclectic mix of music and influence on their latest record.  Its a record that has seen the band recapture the vitality and dynamism of their early releases, while pouring in the experiences and abilities theyve learned on the road and in life along the way. No more can that be heard better than on their brand-new single Bass God, the third big single to drop from the record.

Last Dinosaurs  Yumeno Garden Album Tour Presented By Village Sounds w/ Special Guests To Be Announced

Tickets On Sale Wednesday, October 10 at 9.00am

6pm Doors (Woodfire Pizzas Available)

Bands from 8pm

 

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00:33

Swimmer and psychologist Dr Edel Langan on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 9 October "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

October is Mental Health Awareness month, so for the next few weeks Crossing the Line is meeting athletes and mental health professionals to share stories and ideas about mental health in sport.

First up is Dr Edel Langan. A former competitive swimmer, Edel has a PhD in sports psychology and has worked as a psychologist at youth mental health charity Headspace; Australian Sailing and New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) to name just a few. Shes also lectured at University College of Dublin and University of Western Sydney.

Edel joins GT live in the studio to talk about the importance of mental health in sport and share some of her favourite tunes.

Listen live at 3pm, call into the studio with any questions on 02 9331 3000, or catch up online anytime.

Mental Health Awareness Month EastsideFM

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00:23

As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic safe access zones begins, there is much at stake "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Tania Penovic, Monash University; Caroline Henckels, Monash University, and Ronli Sifris, Monash University

File 20181005 52691 53pbgm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. Photo: AAP/David Moir

From October 9-11, the High Court of Australia will hear a challenge to the constitutional validity of Victorian and Tasmanian legalisation that provides for safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Safe access zones are sometimes called bubble zones because they create a bubble around abortion clinics. In Victoria and Tasmania, safe access zones are the area within a 150 metre radius of a clinic. Within these zones, certain conduct is prohibited, including the harassment of people accessing the clinic.

The purpose of safe access zones is to prevent patients, staff and others from being targeted by anti-abortion protesters. These laws are designed to protect the safety, well-being, privacy and dignity of people attending abortion clinics, and facilitate womens access to health services without harassment and intimidation.




Read more:
Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia?


Safe access zones now operate in Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. A bill that establishes safe access zones is currently before the Queensland Parliament.

These laws do not prevent anti-abortion protesters from expressing their views. They can write to newspapers and politicians, and protest in other places. The only thing these laws prevent them from doing is protesting within a safe access zone.

Background to the cases

The laws that have been challenged in the High Court are those that operate in Victoria and Tasmania. The High Court will hear these two challenges together.

Kathleen Clubb is an active member of the US-founded anti-abortion group known as Helpers of Gods Precious Infants. Members of this group have protested outside East Melbournes Fertility Control Clinic six days a week for more than 20 years. In October 2017,...

00:06

JRPP defers decision on West Byron development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Opponents of the local proposal for West Byron pack out Mondays (October 8) JRPP meeting at Byron Council Chambers. Photo Chris Dobney

Chris Dobney

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has deferred a decision on the controversial local development application for West Byron, potentially leaving the matter to be decided by the Land and Environment Court.

JRPP chair and former National Party planning minister Garry West cited the lateness of hundreds of pages of changes from the developers, saying it left insufficient time for Byron Shire Council and the Rural Fire Service to make their assessments.

The applicant [also] made an application to vary the development standards and that hasnt been assessed by the Council, which is also a restriction, he added.

Mr West said that had the panel made a ruling it would have been open to challenge in the courts.

Three hours of speeches

At least 19 people took the opportunity to speak and more than 100 packed the gallery of the Byron Shire Council chambers on Monday afternoon (October 8) hoping this would be the end of the line for the much-maligned development.

Comments mirrored many of the previous concerns expressed at the JRPPs information meeting in June.

These included: the inappropriate scale of the development; the incursion into environmental zones; the impact on the Wallum Froglet and the koala at the site; the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fill required, the likely flooding of surrounding properties in even moderate rainfall; and the impact on Ewingsdale Road of a six-metre sound barrier and some 14,000 additional daily car movements.

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23:49

Byron Theatre gets $250k facelift "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

L to R front  to back: Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin and Byron Community Centre GM Paul Spooner, Byron Community Centre president Jason Arthurton, committee members David Sweet, Tricia Shantz and Paul Jameson, theatre technician Cameron Mercer. Photo supplied

Byrons home of arts, cultural and community events, Byron Theatre, is set receive $260,000 in state funding to modernise the facilities and improve the experience for performers and patrons alike.

The works will see improved lighting and sound as well as a system to enable quick backdrop changes during shows.

There will also be new illuminated signage for the street frontage, an upgrade the bar area and additional toilets to end pre-performance and interval queues.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, said the upgrades will ensure Byron Theatre remains centre stage in the local communitys arts scene, and can host arts, cultural and community events well into the future.

It is the theatre of choice for the regions many festivals and special events, including the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Byron Bay International Film Festival.

The project is partly funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.

These grants are funded by a contribution from the states registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects, Mr Franklin said.

The remainder of the funding will come from the governments Crown Reserve Improvement Fund Program.

 

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22:00

Frequent flyers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its that time of year when migrating waders arrive in small numbers to Cairn Curran (and surrounding natural wetlands in a wet year).

Im always on the lookout for a surprise visitor. Sharp-tailed Sandpipers breed in northern Siberia and are regular visitors to our area, albeit in small numbers, during Spring and Summer. Curlew Sandpipers also breed in northern Siberia, but are much less common than sharpies in fact the species is listed as critically endangered. Both species make the 10,000 km trip twice yearly between the continents, an amazing feat for a 60 gram wader!

While life is not always easy in Australia their main threats are habitat loss at key staging points on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway where the impact of development and habitat loss are increasing.

At the weekend I was delighted to spend some time with a flock of ~ 25 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at the lake a lone Curlew Sandpiper keeping them company. The birds were particularly confiding, foraging to within a few metres as I watched in awe.

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 6th October 2018

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16:45

[Student] Cost of Living in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi r/Cairns!

I had posted in r/personalfinance about the cost of living in Cairns. Although I haven't made anything official yet, I've been in discussion with some advisers here in Canada about doing a year abroad, at JCU. I'm trying to put together a rough cost of what'll cost me once I'm here (Eg: What I should expect to pay).

I have the basics covered. Health Insurance (AU$514.00), Flights (~$2,000CAD) and Tuition (~$3,500CAD - [paid to my University, rather than JCU]). I've looked at on-campus accommodations in Cairns, which range from AU$185 - $290 / week.. However, I'm not against renting a single bedroom apartment or getting a larger apartment and having roommates/flatmates/housemates.

What I'm looking for in terms of Average Pricing (per month):

Rent (Furnished):

Utilities (Hydro/Internet/Heating):

Food/Groceries (fruits/vegetables/meat):

(I'll have to have an Australian show me how to eat Vegemite...)

Anything else that I may not know about in the Australian culture, financially? Thank you guys! (I have many more meetings with the Program Adviser before I can start the paperwork.)

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16:27

NWHHS support fluoridation of water supplies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North West Hospital and Health Board Chair Paul Woodhouse has welcomed the growing support for the fluoridation of town water supplies.

Mr Woohouse said the lack of fluoridation in local water was initially raised as a significant risk for oral health several months ago by Board Member and public health physician Dr Kathryn Panaretto.

Dr Panaretto has extensive experience in the North West as a GP at Mount Isas Gidgee Healing,and with the Remote Womens Health clinics at Julia Creek and Cloncurry.

Mr Woodhouse said North West HHS oral health practitioners had said fluoridated communities had up to 50% less dental decay than non-fluoridated communities.

Fluoridation addresses inequities in dental decay rates, reducing the gap between high and low socio-economic groups in terms of dental decay experience. It is cost-effective and benefits all ages, Mr Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse said he had met with Queenslands Chief Dental Officer Dr Mark Brown and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young and had also raised the matter with Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles.

Local councils remain cautious saying they would need state funding.

Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell said they would act on advice from the Local Government Association Queensland and given the publicity on fluoride he expected that matter to be raised at the upcoming LGAQ conference in Brisbane.

This is a health initiative driven by the state and they should provide the funding to do it, Cr Campbell said.

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch agreed saying the state-owned Mount Isa Water Board would have to implement fluoride into the water system.

This is an emotive issue for many in the community and our feeling is that it should be a community decision, Cr McCulloch said.

Unless it is legislated, Council wont implement it.

However Mount Isa Hospital Senior Dentist Dr Travis Blood...

16:01

Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on this my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsongs sisters, on this, my personal blog site, on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, R...

15:15

"North Coast Voices" Turns 11 Today! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



On Tuesday 9 October 2007 North Coast Voices published its first blog post titled "A genuine Howard hugger".

Eleven years and over 10,102 posts later it is another Tuesday and this blog is still publishing.

For that, heartfelt thanks are due to all our readers.

15:14

Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert follows unofficial Liberal Party guideline: Don't get caught but if you do pay it back "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Image: The Sydney Morning Herald 2017
Assistant Treasurer and Liberal MP for Fadden Stuart Rowland Robert (right) is in the news once more.

This time over the excessive costs associated with his taxpayer-funded 4G home Internet connection.

He has been charging taxpayers more than a $1,000 a month for Internet access since 2016 and by 2018 the cost had risen to over $2,000 a month.

14:22

October 6, 2018 : International Freedom of Speech Day : LOLWUT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blink and you might have missed it, but Saturday, October 6 was International Freedom of Speech Day, with International having the operative meaning of Wiley Park in Sydney and Docklands in Melbourne and Freedom of Speech whining about Facebook and Continue reading

14:12

Fate of Human Race Depends on Massive Greening Effort "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It strikes me as darkly humorous that we, the most intelligent species ever to have evolved on earth, homo sapiens (evolved circa 190,000 years ago), were so clever that around 1750 we started burning so much wood, coal and later on oil and natural gas that we started changing our own climate so much that it may threaten our survival. And, in a new scientific report, scientists hair is on fire, and they are warning us as vehemently as these polite researchers know how that we have to be net zero carbon by 2050, and we have to jump on getting there RIGHT NOW, during the next decade. Or else, Very Bad Things will happen.

We have to go to war, folks. This challenge is like when Hitler took over all of mainland Europe and the US geared up to go defeat him. The climate crisis is also a genocidal maniac.

The IPCC report says that if we push the global average surface temperature of the earth up only by about 2.7 degrees F. (1.5C), it will be *much* better than if we push it up to 3.6 F. (2 C.) or more (and it can go up 10 degrees F. if we really want it to). Remember, we are talking about an average increase of 3.6 degrees F. That includes the surface of the oceans, which is cold, and the two poles, etc. So in Alabama or Arizona, it will be *way* more than a 3.6 degrees F. increase.

The difference between a 2.7 degrees increase and 3.6 could be 4 inches that the seas dont rise. Four inches dont seem like that much, but if you live in Palm Beach it is the difference between your house flooding or not.

The IPCC says that coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 2.7 degrees F., whereas virtually all (more than 99 percent) would be lost with a 3.6 degrees F. increase. Coral reefs are where fish hide from predators and multiply and feed. They also help protect coasts from storm surges. You need coral reefs way more than you know and it is better NOT TO KILL THEM ALL.

Here is a graphic from Carbon Brief that shows the difference:

The IPCC press release says, Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5 C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems, said Hans-Otto Prtner, co-ch...

13:49

Life Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I havent updated for a while, so I thought Id share a few recent photographs which capture the essence of life lately, and things Ive observed over the last couple of weeks, including The Long Weekend. We went to the opening of an exhibition, and we caught up a few days later for an afternoon []

13:42

Australian Communications Minister describes further government regulation of the internet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has flagged further government regulation of the internet, declaring we are at a turning point and that the online realm can no longer be seen as separate to the physical world.

Image result for Mitch Fifield, photos

Laying out an agenda that involved cracking down on fake news and misuse of personal data, Mr Fifield said the government would be guided by the world first inquiry into digital platforms being undertaken by the consumer watchdog.

We are at a turning point. There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply, he told a Sydney Institute event on Monday evening.

We will seek to regulate only when necessary. But we will make further interventions where significant problems exist.

Mr Fifield noted a number of issues had been raised in submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry, including the disruption to traditional media companies and the problem of algorithms creating echo chambers and filter bubbles.

The minister said his response would be guided by the need to ensure responsibility, respect and trust proliferated in the online world.

Australians should be able to control their online footprints and their personal data. They should be able to have a degree of trust and confidence in online news sources, Mr Fifield said.

But when these things dont happen, we will look at the range of options available to support them [Australians].

There is global recognition that the internet cannot be that other place where community standards and the rule of law do not apply.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield

Mr Fifield also flagged concerns about the dominance of particular market players and publishers such as Google and Facebook, stating: There are few examples in history where the dominance of single firms has been positive for society.

The ACCC inquiry, commissioned by Prime Minister Scott Morrison late last year when he was still Treasurer, is examining the effects of digital search engines, social media and other digital content aggregation platforms on media and advertising markets.

It has been directed to pay special attention to the impact of digital platforms on news journalism..............

12:27

Something craggy and life priorities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Antony von Chrismar describes a mission to the Main Range with long time friend Lach to ride big lines on the western face. The stoke was high a rare treat it was to slay such perfect stable powder on a complex Aussie mountain face.

Life had got complicated fast and priorities had shifted for Lach, a life-long mate and new father, but the underlying froth for snowboarding was evident in the weeks leading up to his leave-pass weekend.  Young Jack was put to bed we hit the road.

It was a narrow weather window, there had been a recent storm and crystal balling the forecast indicated a half day with a high freeze level front and possibly white-out fast approaching.  It wasnt an ideal weekend to be heading out in honesty, so we prepared for the worst and made the most

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09:39

Taking part in Older Persons Week in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Last week saw the observance of the United Nations Day for the Older Person, which has been set on 1 October since 1990. This years theme was celebrating older human rights champions. Australia saw a week of activities.

Behind the events, was the understanding that the contributions made by older citizens deserves to be recognised and valued; that the older person should not be thrown on he scrap heap, and their knowledge,  experience and skills, should be  appreciated as a valuable asset, which co0ntributes to building the future.

Unfortunately, the has been a gradual devaluation of societys elders. This is not only shown by a tendency to lock them  out of participation in society, but also, by the extent of the meanness of the support provided by government and agencies.

For instance, retires deserve and are entitled to be rewarded for the contribution they have made through a lifetime.  They should not be subjected to an inadequate housing, poor housing, pressure to return to work, unreasonable health, energy and transport costs. The scandal and human rights abuse, of what too often passes off as nursing homes, is a disgrace. This should not exist in a society that considers itself humane.

In Melbourne, community alliance Fair Go For Pensioners was one of those that took part. Its contributions were  a  special celebration on Thursday and taking part in Sundays celebrations at Federation Square by running a stall and distributing information.

Speakers panel at the Fair Go For Pensioners Thursday event

An important new publication, called Up In The Air: A civil and caring society  was launched at the Thursday event.  It deals with the link between the striving for a democratic system of government and justice in the delivery of social services, not only for older people, but for all citizens in need. The erosion of the capacity of people to lead a decent life and have the means to participate in society is a major threat to real democratic rights.

08:47

EP 259: Port Royal & Elder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Port Royal

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 6th July 2018

Brisbane rock n roll revivalists Port Royal formed in 2015. Their current line up consists of Lawson Doyle on guitar and vocals, Liam Morton on lead guitar, Chase Brodie on bass and Connor Arnold on drums. They unleashed their debut EP The Express in May, 2016 which earned them support slots for The Delta Riggs, Cherry Dolls and Wolfmother.

2017 saw the release of single Get Heavy which landed in 2nd place in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 countdown of 2018. Playing a host of dates across the east coast of Australia earned them an enthusiastic following. The Love, Passion, Satisfaction EP was released in August 2018 with a heavy run of touring to support.

 

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08:15

VicForests fails to get green tick "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VicForests has failed to achieve the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) green tick for their logging operations. The final audit report by SCS Global has been released and cites numerous major non conformances to the FSC standards. Logging and burning of old growth forest, threatened and protected species habitat, sensitive rainforest areas and intensive clear fell logging techniques were all cited as reasons why the state owned logging agency should not be granted the FSC controlled wood tick of approval.  

 

08:15

VicForests fails to get green tick "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VicForests has failed to achieve the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) green tick for their logging operations. The final audit report by SCS Global has been released citing numerous major non conformances to the FSC standards. Logging and burning of old growth forest and threatened and protected species habitat, rainforest logging and intensive clear fell logging techniques were all cited as reasons why the state owned logging agency should not be granted the FSC controlled wood tick of approval.  

 

08:06

Victoria approves 30MW Shepparton project, smooths way for big solar rush RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

State govt approves 30MW solar farm near Shepparton, releases draft guidelines to help councils, developers and communities negotiate the states boom in large-scale solar proposals. The post Victoria approves 30MW Shepparton project, smooths way for big solar rush appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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07:42

Dirt, Decisions and Away with the Birds on Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Continuing on the Gardener in Residence activities for October, this Sunday is Morning tea with the birds. And Geoff Park. For those of you not familiar with Geoffs blog Natural Newstead do check it out here, ahead of Sundays session. Over the past few years as our native shrubs and fruit trees have grown and insect Continue reading Dirt, Decisions and Away with the Birds on Sunday

07:19

Hands Across The Organ Pipes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Sunday October 7, around 140 enthusiastic and energetic walkers participated in the Hands Across the Organ Pipes action saying we love the Organ Pipes as they are and NO to a cable car.

After more than 5,000 people rallied against the cable car last May, its great to see the sustained activity of local residents against this unpopular development.

Photographer: Kim Walls.

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Sunday, 07 October

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Melanodryas cucullata "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

They are few and far between, Hooded Robin nests.

Ive been watching a pair in the Rise and Shine over the past week and discovered their nest on a horizontal branch of a Red Box.

As Ive remarked previously this species, uncommon at best, is holding its own around Newstead. Its scientific name, Melanodryas cucullata is apt.

The generic name refers to the wooded habitat and black hood of the male Hooded Robin (melas, black and druas, a dryad or wood nymph). The specific name is from the Latin cucullatus, hooded (from Latin cucullus, a hood or cowl).

Hooded Robin (female), Rise and Shine, 5th October 2018

21:54

How to get to Dachau from Munich "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site is located on the outskirts of Munich, Germany. Getting from Munich to Dachau is easy. No visit to Munich is complete without a day trip to Dachau. In this article, we will talk about the train from Dachau to Munich, Dachau tours from Munich and how to get from Munich to Dachau by car. First, let us talk about the history of one of the most famous or infamous Nazi Concentration camps

Munich to Dachau Concentration Camp is a must day trip

 

Dachau was the very first concentration camp opened on German soil. In 1933 the camp was opened by Heinrich Himmler. In the first instance, the camp was designed to hold political prisoners. The type who did not agree with the what Hitler and the Nazi party stood for. As we know, this was just the start for the Nazi Party who enlarged the scope of Dachau Concentration Camp. History tells us Dachau was used for the imprisonment of Jews, German, and eventually, detainees from countries that Germany had invaded.

The fence line at Dachau Concentration Camp
Munich to Dachau
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Saturday, 06 October

22:00

Rich times at the shine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The birds have been coming thick and fast at the Rise and Shine over the past week its been hard to keep up.

This pair of Little Eagles have a nest in the reserve and are sharing the skies at present with flocks of woodswallows both White-browed and Masked Woodswallows have arrived in good numbers with the warmer weather. Heres hoping they stay to breed.

Little Eagles, Rise and Shine, 5th October 2018

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