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Thursday, 19 April


Evie Wylds All the Birds, Singing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing (Vintage 2013)

wyld.jpgMy copy of All the Birds, Singing announces on the cover that it won the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. As I read the first chapter, which is set in a generic British countryside, I wondered about that prize, given the insistence in past years that the Miles Franklin winner had to be set in Australia. The first paragraph of the second chapter put my questioning to rest:

We are a week from the end of the job in Boodarie. Im in the shower at the side of the tractor shed watching the thumb-sized redback thats always sat at the top of the shower head. She hasnt moved at all except to raise a leg when I turn on the tap, like the waters too cold for her.

Then, as if Boodarie and the redback arent enough to signal that we are now in rural Australia, the next paragraph lays it on thick:

The day has been a long and hot one the tip of March, and under the crust of the galvo roof the air in the shearing shed has been thick like soup, flies bloating about in it. [] The first stars are bright needles, and in the old Moreton Bay fig that hangs over the tractor shed and drops nuts on the roof while I sleep, a currawong and a white galah are having it out; I can hear the blood-thick bleat of them. A flying fox goes overhead and just like that the smell of the place changes and night has settled in the air.

The novel continues in alternate chapters. On an unnamed British island, the protagonist has a small sheep farm, and someone or something is killing her sheep. In Australia, some years earlier, she is a lone woman shearer, with a dark secret in her past. On the island, she has to deal with a series of men who refuse to take her story of a sheepkiller seriously. In Australia, the telling moves back in time through a series of unfortunate incidents, mostly involving physical and sexual abuse by men.

Its a good read, but I have to tell you that if, like me, you prefer a book that sets up a mystery to arrive at a solution to that mystery, you will want, like me, to throw this one across the room when you reach the final pages.



Gillard, Wilson and Slater & Gordon's dealings with money set aside for widows and orphans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...



Music is a powerful force for unity. Its an international language that crosses borders. And its hard to be enemies with people who make you sing and dance. Music can undermine political regimes, which is why they sometimes prevent you hearing the stuff that might make you think theres a better way to live.

In early 1985, the Komsomol, the youth wing of the Soviet Communist Party, drew up a list of Western musical acts not to be played on the radio, or in clubs and discos. They were ideologically harmful although in most cases the list didnt specify how or why.

Scroll down for the Spotify of acts banned for sex, punk, neofascism and more

Komsomol list of acts banned in USSR1985 black list in original Russian

The list cites many reasons these 38 acts were not to be played, including violence, eroticism, punk, mysticism and religious obscurantism. Its probably lost something in the translation, and picked up some spelling errors along the way. But it reveals a deeper knowledge of Western music than might have been expected in the 1985 Soviet Union.

The blacklist had a catchy title the approximate list of foreign musical groups and artists whose repertoires contain ideologically harmful compositions. Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads and Julio Iglesias are on it, with Madness, B-52s, Alice Cooper, The Village People, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, AC/DC and a Swiss band that sounds just like them called Krokus.

Its sinister and hilarious all at once, a reminder of just how hot the Cold War became in the mid 80s, and how daggy political folks can seem when they have to deal with the youth.



Camping at Yandilla, Conondale Range "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Masked Owl

Good birds at Yandilla Farmstay, the adjoining Conondale National Park and the nearby Kilcoy Abattoir ponds included Masked Owl, Red-browed Treecreeper, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Painted Buttonquail, Plum-headed Finch and Black-tailed Native-hen.

Conondale National Park (southern end)
We camped for 3 nights at Yandilla Farmstay at the northern end of Mt Kilcoy Road. A bit of the history and further information about the place can be found here. It's a pleasant spot with running creeks nestled in the southern foothills of the Conondale Range. A walking trail leads upstream a short way from the property into Conondale National Park. Facilities are basic, with warmish showers available late-afternoon after a tank fire is lit by the property owner (who, it should be warned, is extremely talkative!)



A quick guide to Record Store Day 2018 in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Still taken from film High Fidelity, 2000

Ready to get your fingers dusty? Music nerd Christmas is almost here!

Where technology has navigated most of us towards online streaming, the annual Record Store Day manages to steer us back to the significance of the tangible, as record stores sugar things up worldwide with stacks of deals, giveaways and events. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day will be held this Saturday, 21st April, with local dealers curating their own magic for the day, as well as selling a bundle from the exhaustive RSD exclusive list. Check out the parties happening at the following local stores this Record Store Day. Happy hunting!


3/2a Raymond Rd, Thirroul. Open 10am-12am | More info here

A journey down the Leisure Coast will land you a tops afternoon in Thirroul, as Franks Wild Years are going all out with live sets from The Jim Mitchells, Spike Vincent, Stefan Blair (Good Morning), Tropical Strength and Luke Spook. A store name nodding the great Tom Waits, youll probably find some of the artists exclusive releases amongst the crates, too.


73 York St, Sydney. Open 9am-late | More info here

Grab yourself a drink and head down to the basement of Mojo Records for a suite of new and used vinyl. The guys are offering 10% off new releases and 20% off secondhand as well as Audio-Technica turntables. Sift through with a drink in hand as happy hour will be running from 12-6pm, capped off by a live performance from Melbournes Wild Meadows at 6:30pm as part of their album launch tour.



MAINfm Kick-Off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The MAIN Kick-Off 
A Footy Fundraiser for MAINfm 
Sunday 10 June 
Gates Open: 12 noon Kick-Off: 1:30pm

Keep Up To Date with Event Happenings here: The MAIN Kick-Off 

To register to play:


Mixed Tapes DJ Night "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mixed Tapes DJ Night @ The Bridge Hotel

23rd June, 9pm

Join the Mixed Tapes crew for a good old fashioned party down at the Bridge!

Loads of great djs playing bangers all night!

$5 entry. all proceeds go to MAINfm



MAINfm Radio Party! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


MAINfm Radio Party@ The Bridge Hotel

Doors: 8:30pm

$7 entry MAINfm subscribers

$10 entry general

To celebrate a huuuuuuge month of radiothon and fundraising events we wanna party with you!

The Inaugural Radio Party featuring

Bench Press

Leon & The Freedom Cage

Mumblemode (debut gig!)


Fresh seafood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi all, coming up from Brisbane next weekend with my family. Just wondering if there are any tips in buying fresh seafood? For example, local fisherman who set up a store mid morning or similar trawlers?


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Where did that hour go? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bird photography is a challenge in low light and the switch from daylight saving to regular time has taken me by surprise.

Nonetheless, it can still be rewarding, as there is often a flurry of activity just before dusk as diurnal species prepare for the night ahead. My favourite dam on South German Track was full of action last evening as a host of different species arrived for final drink before settling.

Common Bronzewing, South German Track, 18th April 2018


5 Things to do in San Francisco with kids (Tweens) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

San Francisco is a hip, cool destination that has something for the whole family. asked me to share a guide to experiencing San Francisco with tweens.  We have two tweens in our family, one likes all things adventurous and exciting while the other likes museums and educational attractions. Add some cultural experiences and you have the perfect destination

Where to stay in San Francisco  Hotel Union

Square Hotel Union Square is in the centre of the San Francisco Shopping District. Situated on the cable car line in the downtown area, the boutique hotel is 2 blocks from Union Square and 4 blocks from the Moscone Center and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The sounds of ringing cable car bells recall the nostalgic old San Francisco days. Built over 100 years ago in 1913 for the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition. Union Square Hotel is an amazing mix of art deco and classic San Francisco style. For more information on hotels in San Francisco...


MACKAY Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:11AM ,

Off-duty Mackay officer allegedly assaulted by gang

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A 36-year-old man has since been charged with assault occasioning bodily arm and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. Police believe the incident may be linked to an altercation at a licensed venue on Malcolmson St, Mt Pleasant, about the same time. One person was taken to

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MACKAY Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Stalker free on bail, awaits sentencing

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A LANDSCAPER from West Mackay who stalked his ex-partner by harassing her with hundreds of calls is a free man, for now at least. Michael Liam Saylor, 31, applied for bail in Mackay Magistrates Court in late April. He was subsequently released from prison, despite opposition from the prosecution.

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MACKAY Assault charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Assault charge, Mackay

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A 36-year-old McEwans Beach man has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May 8. A 24-year-old Mackay West man has been charged with trespass and is also due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on May

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MACKAY Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Confessed boy lover breaches sex offender conditions

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Clifford John Byrne, 55, avoided jail-time when he was sentenced for failing to comply with reporting conditions in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Byrne whose reporting obligations have now expired was ordered to pay a $5000 fine, out of a possible maximum penalty of five years jail, or a

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MACKAY Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

Alleged kidnap victim ran screaming for help to stranger

April 19, 2018 at 05:36AM ,

EXCLUSIVE: BATTERED and bruised, a 39-year-old woman ran along a Bakers Creek road screaming for help, 40 minutes after she was allegedly kidnapped and then tortured. Pete Harold heard the calls for help as the woman entered his Connors Rd property on Sunday afternoon. I was going to

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MACKAY Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Marian man charged after fatal rollover at Eungella Dam

April 19, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MARIAN tradesman has been charged after a 20-year-old Mirani man died in a ute rollover at Eungella Dam late last year. Zachary Ty Gaston, 20, faced Magistrate Mark Nolan in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Police allege Gaston dangerously operated a vehicle causing death or grievous

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MACKAY Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

Woman kidnapped, tortured, raped for 10 days in outer Delhis Sultanpuri

April 18, 2018 at 10:45PM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Lois Reiss vanished after her husbands body was found, and her trail went cold until Pamela Hutchinson, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., was discovered dead. There was no ID on her whatsoever, charge cards, anything, Vincent Watts, Hutchinsons

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Sydney FCs secret sauce: local star Alex Wilkinson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney FC lifted the A-Leagues Premiership Plate last Friday night as the first club to achieve the title back to back. The final fixture of [more]

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Heres Whats On At The 2018 Sunshine Coast Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This years Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is almost here. Organised by volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, this years free Fair Day event will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Quota Park in Nambour. The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is in its 11th year and has a theme this year of We Are ...

The post Heres Whats On At The 2018 Sunshine Coast Pride Festival appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Cold Cases Still Warm: Sexual Assault at Sydney Uni and Suicide at Koorawatha "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 7.15 am on October 29 1977, Annette Louise Morgan set off down inner city Sydneys Glebe Point Road to meet a friend at the notorious St Pauls College at Sydney University. Less than two hours later, her body was found dumped on a pile of rubble in a gully by the college oval. The 18-year-old Royal

The post Cold Cases Still Warm: Sexual Assault at Sydney Uni and Suicide at Koorawatha appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


More delays for Sydneys light rail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Workmen walk past the George St Sydney CBD Light Rail Project construction site in Sydney, Friday, April 13, 2018. The subcontractor building the Sydney light rail is seeking an extra $1.1 billion, claiming the NSW government induced it to enter the agreement on a false premise. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas.


A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.

Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.

Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.

We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.

Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.

A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.

In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....


JBs World: ANZAC Day commemorations start in earnest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANZAC DAY commemorations start in earnest this week with Anzac Sunday and numerous Dawn Services dominating around TWT Territory including The End of the Centenary [more]

The post JBs World: ANZAC Day commemorations start in earnest appeared first on The Weekly Times.


ANZAC services celebrate a changing Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mullumbimby ANZAC march.

Mullumbimby ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March will be taking place this Wednesday, 25 April and everyone is welcome to attend this or the main service.

The significant thing is that 100 years ago we went to war to support an Empire and a white Australia, said Paul Smith, president of the Mullumbimby sub-branch of the RSL.

Now we are a multi-cultrual society who support self-determination here and anywhere we can in the world. The ANZAC spirit has been constant but what it seeks to preserve now has changed along with the values of our society.

The Dawn Service will begin at 4.30am at the Cenotaph opposite the Mullumbimby ex-services club while people gathering for the main service are asked to gather just before 11am at the Cenotaph.

Road closures

Road closures will take place on Dally Street between Burringbar and Tincogan Streets from 4am till Noon while New city Road, Argyle Street, Station

Street and Burringabar Street will be closed between 10:45am till 11:15am. There will be an alternative route on Argyle and Station Streets between 10:45am to approx. 10:55am; Then go north on Station Street to Tincogan and Gordon Streets; or south on Station Street to Fern and Dally Streets and River Terrace.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper I Rode The Wild Horses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On first listen to Ross Coopers third full length, I Rode The Wild Horses, youd be excused for mistaking the subject matter as just another songwriter assuming the role of cowboy. However a little research reveals the Texan native is in fact a cowboy assuming the role of writer. Born and raised into rodeo, Coopers Continue reading


Has abolishing the discount for upfront payment of student contributions made a difference to upfront payment rates? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An article in The Conversation on incentives around student contribution payments made me wonder what difference the 2017 abolition of the 10 per cent discount for paying upfront was having.

The discount had a cost to taxpayers, since universities were compensated by the Department for upfront payment discounts. If students pay upfront, the risk of the remaining debt not being repaid is removed, as is the interest subsidy for the time that repaid debt is outstanding. The discount is only worthwhile from a taxpayer perspective if it induces upfront payments on a sufficient scale to reduce doubtful debt and interest subsidies by more than the cost of the compensation to universities.

At the time, I supported the decision to abolish the discount, because I doubted that it was generating a net financial benefit for taxpayers.

One reason for this is that various sources of evidence over the years suggested that upfront payments were coming from sources unlikely to be very sensitive to discounts. These include parents wanting their kids to be free of debt, employers, and scholarships. In the 2012 student finances survey, for example, 9 per cent of undergraduates reported receiving money to pay tuition fees.

While abolishing the discount removes any financial incentive for students who will personally hold the debt to pay upfront, some may still choose to do so because they want to be debt free, or for students who already have jobs paying above the HELP repayment threshold wanting to avoid entering the repayment bureaucracy. These students are likely to be part-time, so the student contributions may only be a few thousand dollars a year, similar to or perhaps less their annual HELP repayments (although antiquated repayment rules mean that they will still be able to delay payment interest free for a year).

It may be a little early to judge what impact abolishing the discount will have. As the chart below shows, there is a history of policy changes to the discount not having immediate large impacts (indeed, some are the opposite direction to the one expected). This may be because it takes a while for information about the policy change to trigger behaviour change, particularly for later-year students who may have established habits of paying upfront without paying much attention to the incentives.

Between 2016 and 2017, the...


Sydneys Bald Faced Stag has been sold for $8 million "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydneys iconic pub and live music venue the Bald Faced Stag has been offloaded by notable Sydney publican Marcus Levy for $7.98 million, according to Commercial Real Estate.

This comes after the venue was accused of ripping off artists earlier this year, with it being reported that bands who played there were owed as much as 40k. It has not yet been announced who bought the venue.

We have been made aware that various shows that were held at the Stag over the last ten months including The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Peep Tempel have been left chasing the pre-sale ticket money they are owed for their sell-out shows at The Stag by Ulladulla Property Services.

The owners, Marvan Hotels wrote in a statement: Its of concern that Ulladulla Property Services did not meet its obligations to suppliers and particularly bands who are the lifeblood of the venue.

The iconic Sydney venue has held the likes of international metal acts like Cattle Decapitation, and Salvia this year, with performances by Sabbat and Pain.

Updates are still to come.


Man Jailed For Life For Deliberately Transmitting HIV To Other Men "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A British man has been sentenced to life in prison for intentionally transmitting HIV to men he met on hookup app Grindr. Daryll Rowe reportedly told his partners he was HIV-negative and insisted on having unprotected sex, and if they refused, he would poke a hole in the condom before using it. The 27-year-old hairdresser ...

The post Man Jailed For Life For Deliberately Transmitting HIV To Other Men appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Nimbin MardiGrass A celebration, almost! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Ganga Faeries are gearing up for yet another Mardi Grass. (file pic)

After 26 years of running the annual Nimbin MardiGrass this year they are celebrating the fact that cannabis is finally being recognised as a medicine.

It looks like the argument is pretty much over as to whether cannabis is a medicine or not, its just about who gets to make all the money from it now, says Michael Balderstone, president of Nimbins HEMP Embassy, chief sponsor of the annual Cannabis law reform protest and gathering.

There is a lot of passion this year as cannabis has been in the news so much and more and more of the general population has woken up to what a good medicine the plant is and how we have been lied to.

This years MardiGrass is being seen as the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition, despite the fact that there is no sign of the arrest rate dropping, in fact the opposite.

The hour before dawn is the darkest, says Michael. The truth cant be hidden much longer and we have a handful of speakers travelling from North America to tell us how legal weed is working over there.

New highlights in this years crammed program include a Cannabis Hypothetical putting a panel of ten politicians, doctors, lawyers, healers and patients on the spot. The quick witted Queenslander Dr Deb Waldren will wear Geoffrey Robertsons shoes while a grassroots market in the Nimbin Community Centre will be a meeting place for local visionaries to showcase the rich and diverse range of alternative and sustainable ways of existing on this planet.

Aquarius Festival

It is also the 45th anniversary of the legendary Aquarius Festival and the dream still lives on as does the music. To celebrate on Sunday there will be the Billy Cliffs Aquarius Legends dress up competition which has already attracted a dozen entries including Bob Dylan two Neil Youngs, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and John Lennon. 

Were encouraging everyone to dress up and celebrate this year the beginning of the end of us being criminals for using pot, says Michael....


Family fun in Bruns on Saturday, 28 April "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Looking for something to do on Saturday, 28 April? The Brunswick Scouts are pulling out all the stops and holding a free family friendly fundraiser Friends for Life with bands, raffles, great junior acts and some fun kids activities in Brunswick Heads at the Terrace Reserve Sound Shell.

We have secured some fantastic sponsorship and support from local businesses on the day and were very excited about the event, said Sean Tonnet, one of the parent organisers.

The day starts at 11am and the scouts are inviting all the community to bring a picnic rug, relax and have some fun getting involved in all the activities.

If you want to find out more about the Scouts or just have a relaxing day out in Bruns head down between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, April 28.

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Community rallies behind Byrons homeless "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harcourts and BCC staff. Brett McDonald, Natalie Leslie, Steve Leslie, Shanti Des Fours and Kristin Alexander. Photo supplied.

Local organisations are getting behind the project to help provide shelter to Byrons homeless during extreme wet weather events by providing the Byron Community Centre with $12,000 in seed money.

The recent fundraiser at Billinudgel Hotels Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink run by the Cunning Stunts has been combined with $5,000 from donated from the Harcourts Foundation and a number of organisations and businesses, including both the Anglican and Uniting Church who have offered their halls as shelters, and St Vincent De Paul who have also committed $5000 to the project.

With the rate of homelessness in Byron Bay sitting at 12 times the NSW average and the percentage of rough sleepers seven times the state average (ABS 2011), it may come as a surprise to learn that funding to services addressing homelessness in the Byron Shire was drastically cut in 2015. This lead to the closure of the shires only homeless drop-in centre and emergency accommodation facility.

When the heavy rain sets in for a few days and the flooding starts, people used to at least find some reprieve at the Drop-In centre. Now there is nowhere for people who are sleeping rough to go for shelter, day or night. There is nowhere for them to store their belongings and nowhere to dry out, explained Shanti Des Fours, project coordinator.


More Art Courses to Come. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More art courses to come later in the year.
If you have an interest in life drawing, life painting, or any other art classes, please contact us to let us know what you would like to do, and when.  We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for more art classes in terms 3 and 4.  You can come into the office in person, call us on 03 5472 4842, or email us at


Calls to release information on for sites considered for the Tweed Valley Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The fertile red soil of Cudgen. Photo supplied.

Community concerns raised over the recently announced location of the new Tweed Valley Hospital on fertile farmland in Cudgen have led to a call from NSW Greens MP and North Coast spokesperson, Dawn Walker to release information on the 30 sites that were considered for the hospitals construction.

The NSW Health Minister is on the record saying that the Cudgen Road site was selected from more than 30 potential locations across the region. Well its time the Liberal-Nationals came clean and revealed to the community where those alternate locations that they investigated are and why they werent selected for the new hospital site, said Ms Walker.

The Greens have long supported and campaigned for an upgraded Tweed Hospital, but believe that the proposed site at Cudgen Road is not appropriate due to the loss of state significant farmland and concerns that it may unleash further development on the precious red soils across Cudgen Plateau.

A spokesperson for the office of Geoff Provest MP pointed out that according to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the Tweed Valley Hospital site, provided by Health Infrastructure who were in charge of the site selection, there is the intention that this information will be released.

The FAQ provided by his office states that Once the requested debriefs for expression of interest (EOI) proponents have been completed, the project team will provide an overview of the areas in which sites were investigated and the key issues and considerations applicable to each area. However, the onl...


Four Pillars: A Night of Pork and Boutique Gin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What would it be like to enjoy rare pure black Berkshire pigs that have been bred on botanicals from the small Four Pillars Gin Distillery?


A pop-up dinner event that will include dishes made entirely from these remarkable pigs, matched with gin cocktails and Yarra Valley wines, for a fully immersive dining experience.

Tickets are now available for possibly the best dining event weve ever hosted.

The post Four Pillars: A Night of Pork and Boutique Gin appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


FixedIt: Child abuse charges are not a sex case "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.

Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.

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

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

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

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

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

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.



Council jumps on jetty as best car-ferry option "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Bass Coast Shire Council wants the State Government to pay for another study into feasibility of the Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry, one that specifically looks at using the existing Cowes Jetty location as the site for the ferry terminal.

It follows months of community angst, including a protest and many angry emails to councillors and the consultants of the business case EarthCheck over the preferred terminal location mid-way between Mussel Rocks and the Cowes Yacht Club.

On Wednesday night, around 200 people turned out to listen to councillors debate the car ferry, at the Phillip Island Golf Club. Police were also in attendance.

Cr Rothfield believed the recommendation to investigate the Cowes Jetty as the terminal site had merit.

An amended motion, spearheaded by the mayor, also asked the State Government for an Environmental Effects Assessment on the preferred location for the terminal.

The motion passed, but without the support of Cr Michael Whelan, Cr Julian Brown and Cr Geoff Ellis.

I acknowledge along the way there were missteps, Cr Rothfield said.

But I do feel this recommendation shows the community that we listen, we are not hell-bent on ramming through the development of a car ferry infrastructure in a location to which the community is opposed, she said.

I fell that this recommendation shows the community does have a voice and the council has listened.

Councils also vowed to support the car ferry in principle.

I see this ferry as a potential as being our real public transport option, she said, receiving laughs from the crowd.

Council will defer a decision on the business case until an investigation is undertaken of whether the Cowes Jetty is a more suitable location for the terminal.

Pictured below: The Mayor Cr Rothfield has ruled out the option that Rhyll would ever host a car ferry saying the need to constantly dredge a channel, other environmental issues and inconvenience for foot traffic made the site completely unviable.

Also pictured the unpopular Cowes Osborne Beach site has been ruled out by the community.



Sketches In Australia By George Whitelaw, 1857-1864 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow ("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short,  rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.

You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book  HERE

You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.


How Green is your Council? A closer look "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron mayor Simon Richardson.

Hans Lovejoy

Mayor Simon Richardson has defended the lack of environmental credentials of his Council after activist Dailan Pugh highlighted a lack ecological expertise, abandoning a long held coastline protection policy and a lack of mitigating the ever increasing development pressures.
Pugh told The Echo, I think that the principal problem is that Council does not have much ecological expertise. They have an ecologist on their planning staff who reviews development applications (DAs), though she is in a relatively junior position and has a limited role and is often over-ridden.

[Council] need an ecology unit with some clout that deals with ecological assessment across the organisation, and is represented at a high level in the organisation.

Their compliance staff are under-resourced and cant effectively oversee DAs.

They often make decisions with no ecological considerations. Such as when they built the roundabout at the intersection Sunrise Boulevard with Ewingsdale Road they failed to include a koala underpass.

The local landholders DA for West Byron identifies the need for retrospective installation of a koala underpass there, though if Council had the required expertise, they would have recognised it for themselves and done it at the time (it would have been quite simple and cheap to do at the time).  Instead, Council has just increased the impediment for koalas and their ability to move between populations to the north and south of Byron.

Currently, they have a proposal to transfer treated effluent from West Byron to flush out the Baywood Lake, which will effectively turn Tallow Creek into a sewerage outlet again. Their proposal gives no consideration what-so-ever as to what impacts this will have on the Cape Byron Marine Park and the dynamics of the estuary. I expect it will increase flooding of properties and the need to artificially manipulate the opening of the estuary with the risk of yet more fish kills. I find it incredible that Council could propose this with no environmental assessment of off-site impacts or consideration of the consequences for the estuary in the marine park. Once again a lack of environmental expertise and care within the organisation....


Government Promises to Finally Make Medicinal Cannabis Accessible "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At a Council of Australian Governments health council meeting last Friday, all state and territory health ministers signed onto a national scheme to streamline patient access to medicinal cannabis products. Federal health minister Greg Hunt said prescribing cannabis medicine will be left up to medical professionals. But once that decision is made, a medicinal cannabis script will

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April 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.

1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).

1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.

1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.

1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.

1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.

1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.

1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.

1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.

1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.

From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...

Wednesday, 18 April


Many hands make light work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has had a busy start to the year with 560 students participating in its environmental education program along the coast. Students from kindergarten to senior secondary school have contributed over 90 hours of conservation work, making a huge impact along our precious coast.

Great Ocean Road Coast Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, also known as Possum Pete, said that it was exciting to see so many students getting involved and learning about the coastal environment.

Just one of many great achievements, students from Clonard College Geelong and Girton Grammar in Bendigo completely removed a considerable infestation of the Flax-leaved Broom (Genista linifolia) at Yellow Bluff in Torquay.

Possum Pete said: Flax-leaved Broom is a noxious weed native to the Mediterranean and north Africa and has the ability to crowd out smaller shrubs and ground-flora species, and eventually impact the food sources of native fauna.

Various beach clean-ups cleared large volumes of plastic and rubbish off the beaches in Torquay and Anglesea, with a special thanks to the Northern Bay (Goldsworthy) students for a big clean up at Point Roadknight.

The removal of litter makes a big difference to marine animals that can mistake plastic for food, making them very sick, said Possum Pete.

Kinder sessions were a highlight this term, with Torquay, Jan Juc, Lorne and Anglesea kindergartens running their beach and bush kinder programs. Guided by Great Ocean Road Coasts environmental educators, bush and beach kinder programs are designed to immerse children in a natural setting, allowing kids to play, explore, and learn more about the natural environment. This term the kids loved finger painting with ochre and squishing the bright violet Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) and using it to dye their hands and hats.

Possum Pete said: The year 9 students from Operation Newstart were excellent this term, with some very keen students enthusiastic about learning about the marine environment, with some saying theyd like to become marine biologists!

On their first session they found some interesting items such as a Swell Shark egg casing and a dead juvenile Australasian Gannet.  On their next session the group were excited to find an Octopus, which had been exposed by a very low tide.

Great Ocean Road Coast has been running education activities since 2011 that are based on natural resource management practices and hands-on conservation activities. The increasingly popular program engages with students from all over Victoria with over 2000 participants over the past year. As a not-for-profit organisation, we offer free activities to participants on coastal Crown land between Torquay and Lorne.......


Tickled pink "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club will hold a Pink Day for breast cancer awareness.
The Grubbers will host an afternoon tea with a complimentary drink on arrival.
The day will be held on Saturday 12 May from 2pm.
Tickets are available from Deckle (Tattslotto shop) on The Terrace or at the netball courts on Wednesday 25 April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (ask for Lorraine Birch) or Saturday 28 April noon to 1pm (ask for Lylie Lane).
Meanwhile the club has a heap of social events coming up.
A sponsors day and reverse raffle will be held on 26 May and a trivia night on 8 June.
All Grubber past players and officals should keep Saturday 16 June free as the club celebrates the 2003 flags in seniors, reserves and Under 18s, and the 1998 Under 18 flag. 

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