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Friday, 23 February


Pump Up The Jam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

what are your plans for Mardi Gras? Are you going to the parade? Are you going to the party? have been the questions colleagues have been asking me over the last couple of weeks. When Ive told them, Im actually a little shy, Im not very good with crowds, theyve seemed a little disappointed. But []


Riot Preview Screening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were moments in the movie, Riot, where I had to look away. Im not one for violence in movies, as I often find the violence in films is somewhat gratuitous. Though you wouldnt say that about this film, which recounts the events of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978. In []


Sustainable Population Australia comments on Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.

We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.

It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000

While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.

Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.

Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.

Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.

Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.

SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...


A little bit of Saturday silliness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"Beware of the Dog" sign from the wonderful world of Google Search


Some favourite painters and sculptors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue Poles

Jackson Pollocks Blue Poles in the National Art Gallery, Canberra, Australias capital


I live in Northern NSW. I lived in Sydney for about 30 years. Im very familiar with the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.

When I was a wealthy prince in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs I was a Foundation Member of the NSW Art Gallery with my name on the board in the lobby. I wasnt a big donator. More an entry-level player. As a lover of art and an artist I believe in supporting the visual arts.

It was also a ticket to the life of privilege. To be invited with special creative invitations in the mail to all the nice stuff. Previews, Opening Nights and all the special events. Private viewings of exhibitions with champagne and hors doeuvres. No bustling with all the plebs on opening nights, although theyre fun too. Especially for major exhibitions and the annual Archibald Portrait Competition..

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is situated beside Lake Burley Griffith in the heart of Canberra. If youre ever in Canberra, and love art, the National Library, not far from the NGA has some beautiful works of art from the 1970s, including a large brass sculpture by Tom Bass mounted on the ceiling of the portico, beautiful large tapestries and a magnificent large stained glass window.

Tom Bass was very successful from the 1950s to the 1970s as a public sculptor. Later Tom established the Tom Bass Sculpture School which I attended for over 8 years. Its an old-school journeymans sculpture school where there are no exams or certificates and your qualification is your acquired abilities. Tom Bass believed that your developed talents as a sculptor are your certificate and signature.


'Incapacitated' Pilot Sees Emergency Landing by First Officer of Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Early on Friday 23 February, Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter VH-KDK was approaching Mackay Airport while operating the week-daily cargo flight from Brisbane and Rockhampton as PFY7416/7418.

After being forced to hold to the South of Mackay Airport due to the inclement weather - including rain storms - which was passing through the region, the Pilot of the SAAB suffered a 'medical episode', forcing the First Officer to make an emergency landing at Mackay Airport.  The SAAB came to a stop on the main Runway, closing Mackay Airport for a period of time while the Pilot was evacuated from the aircraft and transported to hospital.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) confirmed that a single patient, understood to be the pilot of a the SAAB, was transported to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.  It is believed that they were later flown to Brisbane by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

The First Officer was also reportedly later transported to hospital.

VH-KDK was later towed away from the active Runway at Mackay Airport and parked on its 'usual' spot on the main apron where it should remain parked for the weekend - as shown above in the photo taken later on Friday 23 February.

Meanwhile, it wasn't a good couple of days for Pel-Air with fellow SAAB 340A Freighter VH-EKT seemingly breaking down at Rockhampton Airport after arriving from Brisbane early on Thursday 22 February as PFY7416.


Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 Bizjet VH-DAA Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus a Couple of Other Bizjets Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Wednesday 21 February, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was noted arriving at Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Archerfield base.  After overnighting, on Thursday 22 February, VH-DAA continued up to Rockhampton Airport where local plane spotter 'IAD' photographed it resting on General Aviation (GA) Apron.

On Friday 23 February, VH-DAA returned back to Archerfield.

Meanwhile, over the latter part of this week, a couple of other familiar corporate and medical bizjets were also noted popping into various CQ Airports.

On Friday 23 February, McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Cessna S550 Citation SII bizjet VH-JLU flew North from its Sunshine Coast base and completed airwork at Gladstone Airport.  After a period of time and completing several missed approaches, VH-JLU returned to the Sunny Coast.

Also on Friday 23 February, both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets VH-VVI and VH-CXJ were both noted at CQ Airports.  It appears that VH-VVI possibly completed a training flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg Airport and back, while in the afternoon, VH-CXJ looked to call into Mackay Airport from Brisbane on a medical evacuation flight as "Ambulance 452".  It later departed to Townsville.

Finally, back on Tuesday 20 February, Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO visited Hamilton Island Airport once again.  As usual, it arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 Missed Approach at Emerald and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 23 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 was heard to complete airwork at both Emerald and Rockhampton Airports. 

It had earlier departed Townsville - where it arrived yesterday - and flew towards Emerald where it completed airwork, including at least one missed approach at Emerald Airport.

From Emerald, A41-210 - which was flying as "Stallion 44" - flew West towards Rockhampton where it also completed airwork, including a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.


1) Condition in Asmat, Papua, improving: Minister "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Theyre killing the Koroway with mercury and precious metals.

3) Government Launches New Program for Asmat, Papua

1) Condition in Asmat, Papua, improving: Minister 
Reporter: SYSTEM ...


Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Download track for FREE here - A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (


Australia: Former Tamil Tiger Deported to Sri Lanka "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Received on 23.02.18:


23 February 2018 

The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers).

Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody for questioning in Colombo, the capital, on arrival just after 10pm local time.

He had been handcuffed and removed from the Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) on Tuesday evening and was driven to Sydney escorted by four guards, one Border Force agent and one doctor where he was detained.

Early Thursday morning, he was asked to sign a deportation document. He claims that when he refused, Border Force agents grabbed him by the shirt and threatened to handcuff him, tape his mouth shut and drag him onto the plane.



Cathies Column: Eel Festival fun at Elizabeth Farm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eel Festival fun at Elizabeth Farm THIRD ANNUAL Eel Festival returns to Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill on Sunday March 11 celebrating Parramattas Indigenous heritage [more]

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JBs World: Rusty Russell celebrates 95 golden years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Celebrating 95 Golden Years Firstly he celebrated with fellow birthday celebrants at Sydney St Georges Guild of former scouts and guides meeting at historic Addington with Norma Notley, Doris Carrall and John [more]

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In which the pond insists on a Speccie treat to match its ramen-flavoured Oreo ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Step back, the pond has got a butter knife, and it isn't afraid to use it

Now where did that come from?

And so justice comes to all those who abandon Tamworth to live in Armidale, "now his home town"!!. The gods are never kind to such treachery, She is stern.

Oh dear, what rough beast is that slouching towards the back bench, causing much alarm amongst the trolls ...

There's always a pedant who comes along wanting to ruin the fun

Weatherboard Nine it shall be now and forever though a numeral is allowed in Thunderbird 9 episodes ...

Dammit, the pond has been derailed this Friday, though a diet of Oreos and onions is not to be recomme...


NEW MUSIC: Emma Swift & Pony Boy cover Neil Young "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Emma Swift has joined forces with fellow Nashville songwriter Pony Boy (Marchelle Bradanini) for a split digital single release of Neil Young covers. Out on the Cosmic Thug Records label (Feb 28th), the songs were recorded to tape in Nashville and produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins. When Marchelle and I first became friends, we Continue reading


Jazz legend at Putney Bowlo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CRAIG Calhoun & The Brothers of Oz will perform this Sunday February 25 at the Putney Bowlo, 68 Frances Road, Putney from 4.30pm to 7pm. Enjoy this funky and fresh  [more]

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Win with TWT: Three double passes to last Sydney FC-Wanderers derby at Allianz! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney FC share points in Shanghai thriller Sydney FC have their first point on the board in the AFC Champions League after playing out an [more]

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City transport draft plan ignores motorcycles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Motorcycles are not mentioned once in the 128-page Brisbane City Council draft transport plan, yet bicycles are mentioned 25 times.

It is indicative of continued government ignorance of the advantages of motorcycles to traffic flow, air pollution levels, parking accessibility and less strain on existing infrastructure.

However, not all councils are as ignorant as Brisbane.

Melbourne City Councils transport plan actually encourages motorcycling as a sustainable form of transport, which assists in reducing traffic congestion.

And the Motorcycle Council of NSW worked with the City of Sydney to develop a transport policy that addresses the needs and concerns of riders in the CBD.

Footpath parking threat bays planFootpath parking in Melbourne

Council contact

Motorbike Writer contacted several relevant Brisbane councillors and planning, transport and infrastructure committee chairs to ask why motorcycles are ignored in the plan while bicycles are targeted.

So far, the only reply is from Chairman for Infrastructure Cr Amanda Cooper who says submissions are accepted from all transport users, including riders.

She didnt address why motorcycles were not mentioned in the draft plan.

MRAQ comment

Motorcycles Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says it is extremely disappointing that motorcycles and scooters are again ignored in another level of Government planning.



Edible Gardens Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are very excitedly getting ready for the inaugural Blue Mountains Edible Gardens Festival! The festival includes an Edible Gardens Trail that goes from Lapstone to Hartley. There are home gardens, commercial garden, verge gardens, school gardens and our favourite,  Community Gardens!!! We will be busy showing people around, drinking cups of tea and doing to odd spot of gardening all weekend from 10-4 both days. You can check out the trail map here: and buy tickets online from Lyttleton or in store at the Coop Little Shop among other places.

As part of the festival we are also hosting a Seed Saving Workshop and Seed Swap in collaboration with the Mid Mountains Seed Savers Network. This is just one of the great events happening, the will also be activities for children at Kindlehill School on Sunday Morning and a workshop at Lyttleton for those who want to get there own edible garden going.

We will also be at this great dinner and panel discussion on local food sovereignty featuring women who are making waves in the food system in the Blue Mountains. Seating is limited so jump on to the Lyttleton website and grab your ticket asap! You can read about it in the Gazette too:

Its going to be a great weekend!!!



Balmain Coppers JRLFC Reunion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A REUNION for ex-players, officials and supporters of Balmain Police Boys Junior Rugby League Club will be held on Saturday April 21 at Balmain Bowling Club from 1pm. The Coppers  founded in 1938  have [more]

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Altered Carbon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I finished my slow binge of Altered Carbon on Netflix this week. Loved it. I loved the book to when I read it over a decade ago, but that was so long that apart from one or two standout scenes (the concealed mini guns in the hotel, for instance) I had pretty much forgotten everything. It wasn't a bad way to go into the series.

I'm not sure how faithful the producers were to a black letter adaptation of Richard Morgan's original text, and frankly I don't think it matters. This was a powerful piece of cinematic storytelling, a rich combination of science-fiction and old school film noir.

The central conceit of the story is the encoding of human memory, a process which allows those who can afford it to live forever. I do seem to recall that the novel did investigate the social and political implications of the technology, the way that the super rich effectively claimed immortality for themselves, becoming ever less human the longer they lived. But I'm pretty sure the makers of the TV show really leaned into the idea with a lot more vigour. Altered Carbon was a much better forensic analysis of the consequences of a super concentration of wealth in a sci-fi setting than, say, Matt Damon's Elysium. It was violent, stylish (with a lot of visial callbacks to the original Blade Runner), thoughtful and, most importantly of all, just great fun.

No sooner had I finished the last episode than I looked up to discover that Amazon had announced they would be doing their own adaptation of Iain M Banks Culture novel, Consider Phlebus. I am almost as excited for that as I am for a second series of Carbon. It feels like we might be living through a new golden age of sci-fi, at least on the small screen.


Brisbane Biz - Bubbles, Budgets, & Betting | An Exclusive Interview "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brilliant video with Dan Petrie of DataDigger and Stephen "the Kouk" Koukoulas of Market Economics. 


Thank Folk Its Friday 23rd February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes iTunes Golden Magnetic Mama Kin Spender iTunes Depth of Field Sarah Blasko iTunes Old Mates Scott Balfour & Bob Barford iTunes The Salt Doll Went []


How to get 3.59% for your investment loan without switching banks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOR those who appreciate lateral thinking, youll just love this. Tim is a surgeon and loves the Commonwealth Bank. He knows very well that both [more]

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Tigers Thrill in First Up Trial! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  BY THE ONE-EYED TIGER 2018 in Lunar New Year terms is the Year of the Dog but in Rugby League lingo it will be The [more]

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Police make arrest over smashed safe at Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nimbins Hemp Embassy.

A former Nimbin resident has been arrested and charged with smashing a safe at the Nimbin Hemp Embassy in November 2013.

Police allege the 29-year-old woman broke into the Hemp Embassy in Cullen Street and stole between three and four thousand dollars cash and a thousand dollars worth of herbal vaporisers from the safe.

Police said they had received fresh evidence relating to the incident and today arrested the woman in Lismore.

She was taken to the Lismore police station and charged with Break, Enter and Steal before being released on conditional bail to appear in the Lismore Local Court in March.

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Manenti 88 a plus for Tigers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SYDNEY Cricket Clubs quest for a NSW Premier Cricket Club Championship title has hit a snag after the Tigers suffered losses to Eastern Suburbs in the top four [more]

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Andrew McCubbin Keeps the Fire Burning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne musician Andrew McCubbin has just released his fifth solo album Where Once There Was A Fire featuring Melinda Kay.

Andrew is familiar with the Perth music scene back in the early 90s he lived in Freo and formed Lamia before moving back home.

He and Melinda visited Breakfast with Caitlin to play a song, reminisce about the old days and talk about making music now.

Play Andrew McCubbin


Takes time to gather in Koel family "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three Koels frequenting Townsville Common entry area refused requests to gather for family portrait and it's taken some time to get them together even singly. Above, male, less often seen than female (below).

Seen least often, juvenile. Probably raised by Torresian Crows, but not seen until being fed by Mum.

Well able to feed itself, juvenile Brown Honeyeater hard at it yesterday morning.


I Remember You, Frank Ifield "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FRANK Ifield has been a well-known Australian name in show business for over 65 years. His career began at the age of 14 in 1952 following his appearance [more]

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Barnaby Joyce resigns as Nationals leader "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barnaby Joyce speaks to media during a press conference in Armidale, New South Wales, Friday, February 23, 2018. Mr Joyce has resigned from the leadership of the Nationals Party as his party investigates an allegation of sexual harassment which he denies. AAP Image/Marlon Dalton.


Barnaby Joyce will step down from the Nationals leadership, as his party investigates an allegation of sexual harassment he denies.

Mr Joyce told reporters in Armidale on Friday that he will throw open the leadership at a meeting in Canberra at 8am on Monday.

To give these people in the weatherboard and iron, in those regional and small towns the best opportunity, this current cacophony of issues has to be put aside, Mr Joyce said.

The deputy prime minister has spent 16 days fighting off accusations of improper conduct over his affair with his now-pregnant former staffer Vikki Campion, and she was moved to two other political offices.

Over the last half a month, there has been a litany of allegations. I dont believe any of them have been sustained, Mr Joyce said.

But he believes the government and his family needs a circuit breaker to stop the flood of stories.

This has got to stop. Its not fair on them, he said.

He said the final straw was a sexual harassment allegation revealed on Thursday, which he has asked to be referred to the police.

Mr Joyce has not directly told Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull he is resigning, but he said he spoke to Mathias Cormann, who is acting in the role while Mr Turnbull is overseas.

He also says he wont snipe from the back bench.

I want to assist my colleagues, where I can, to keep their seats and also, quite naturally, in April, a baby will be born. Ill have other things on...


Concord Rebuild Trumpeted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Health department officials have begun efforts to create some excitement around Concord Hospitals $341 redevelopment.  Two community consultation sessions were held earlier this month at the hospital, [more]

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Commonwealth Games selection for table tennis trio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MARSFIELD table tennis champions Trent Carter and Michelle Bromley have gained selection in the Australian table tennis team for this years Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. They are joined on the team by Macquarie University Table [more]

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Augie March "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Augie March

Supported by Rowena Wise

AUGIE MARCHhas unveiled details of their forthcoming new album BOOTIKINS (Caroline Australia), also revealing the albums title track and captivating lyric video today.

BOOTIKINS represents another extraordinary chapter in the life of this acclaimed Australian group, as they prepare to release their sixth studio album. Recorded between Hobart and Melbourne, it was produced by Tony Cohen, who came out of retirement to make good on a promise to himself to work with the band. Following his sad passing, a final track was recorded with Cohens good friend John Olson at the helm, with the band, Robin Mai and Paul McKercher mixing the record between them.

The first single to be lifted from the album is euphoric title track Bootikins, a psychedelic extravaganza which displays all the passion, energy and drama that weve come to expect from Augie March in a blazing return to form.

Says Glenn Richards about the songs inspiration,

The dynamic needed to match the manic nature of the words, the furious utterances, and the bloody rush of thought that occurs in the mind of any man who has dispensed with the rational or the compassionate in favour of the diabolical. In that spirit I didnt give contemplation much sway in the process and went largely with instinct. Its a very strange song for very strange times.

The Bootikins single is accompanied by a wonderful lyric video conceptualised by Richards himself.

The band will play the new album BOOTIKINS in full for the first ever occasion on album release day, Friday 23rd February, at the Velvet Room at Thornbury Theatre. The audience will have the opportunity to watch and listen up closeas Augie March road test this set of challenging and diverse material, and theres sure to be a good deal of high level tin...


ATA to Appear at Free Speech Rally in Melbourne on the 24th February "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Taxpayers Alliance would like to invite you to the Free Speech Rally outside the State Library of Victoria, organised by the Australian Freedom of Speech Movement, at 1pm on the 24th of February 2018.

Speakers will include:

  • Satyajeet Marar, Director of Policy at the Australian Taxpayers Alliance
  • Andie Moore from the Australian Libertarian Society
  • Tim Wilms from The Unshackled
  • Magnus OMallon from the Australian Freedom of Speech Movement
  • Nathaniel England from the Australian Freedom of Speech Movement

Freedom of Speech is crucial to our democracy. It continues to remain under threat from legislation including some of the Western worlds stricter defamation laws and 18C. It is also under threat from a toxic political and media environment driven by political correctness and elitism which deter frank discourse on the issues that matter to us.

What: Free Speech Rally

Where: State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

When: 1 pm (1300 hrs), Saturday: February 24th

We hope that you will join us on Saturday for a great event in support of a solid cause.


Ryde Mayor: I will not allow this cottage to be harmed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STRICT heritage protection will be enforced on the historic Dellina Palm Cottage site development in Meadowbank. City Of Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale told The Weekly Times the highest protection possible [more]

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MACKAY Laundering accused to undergo mental health check "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A MACKAY man charged with laundering more than $1 million as part of an international computer repair scam will undergo a mental health assessment. Joseph Cainero from Mackay Harbour faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. The 76-year-old is charged with money laundering recklessly

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MACKAY Moranbah man accused of selling stolen copper wire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Moranbah man accused of selling stolen copper wire

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A MORANBAH man accused of selling a large amount of stolen copper wire to a Mackay business has faced court on a range of serious charges. Steven Morris from Moranbah faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody on Monday. The 34-year-old has been charged with possessing instrument of

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Game Changing Medicinal Cannabis Laws: An Interview with Labor MLC Adam Searle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Australian politician has finally drafted a law which seeks to provide access to medicinal cannabis and is broad enough to get real product into the hands of patients who desperately need it. Leader of the NSW Opposition in the Legislative Council Adam Searle introduced the Medicinal Cannabis (Compassionate Access) Bill 2018 into the states upper

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Putney actor juggling some exciting gigs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  A 25 year old Putney actor will be juggling her way up Mount Everest next month. Actor Debbie Neilson will be in Nepal for six weeks [more]

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Lismore man charged with grooming a child "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore man has been charged with grooming a child. (NSW Police)

A 28-year-old Lismore will appear in the Lismore Local Court today after allegedly sending a naked picture of himself to a 14-year-old child earlier this month.

Lismore detectives arrested the man this morning at 8.05am and charged him with Use a Carriage Service to Groom a Child Under 16 years for Sex.

Police allege the man sent a photo of himself to the  14-year-old child on 16 February and tried to arrange a meeting so they could engage in a sex act.

Police said the child has shown a parent the messages and photo. The parent has contacted police.

After being arrested he was taken to Lismore policestation where he was charged and refused bail to face the Lismore court today.


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Higher education inequality: how much does performance at university differ by socioeconomic status? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In an earlier post, I argued that the Australian higher education system probably deserved about a 7/10 for equity of access. In line with some theory, the middle-class meritocracy continues to reproduce itself successfully, but the universities are open to talent: for a given ATAR, university participation rates are very similar across SES groups. But what happens when students arrive at university?

Intriguingly, many studies have found that low SES students or students from non-selective government schools tend to get slightly higher marks, for a given ATAR starting point (eg here, here, and here and the literature cited within).

Various theories for this finding have been offered, but I suspect it is because the schools higher-SES students attend maximise ATARs through intense coaching and social pressure, but their less motivated and organised students dont do as well in the much less structured university environment. By contrast, a lower-SES student who has done well in Year 12, quite possibly with much less school and social support than higher-SES students, is a motivated and resourceful person, and that pays off at university as well.

Student satisfaction is not reported directly by SES, but recent surveys differentiate between people who are first in family and those who are not. This gives much less nuance than I would like, but low SES students are much more likely to be first in family than high SES students. The Student Experience Survey finds first in family students are often slightly more satisfied with their educational experience than students who are not first in family. Maybe first in family student expectations are different, but generally they seem to be experiencing university in much the same ways as other students.

However, on actually completing a degree we do find some negative differences. Using a geographic measure, 69 per ce...


Sourdough, Almond and Mulberry Jam Cake "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following on from our sourdough blueberry cake (previous post), I thought Id try using leftover starter in place of buttermilk. I had to add a teaspoon of lime juice to raise the acidity level, but the finished cake was deliciously tender and flavoursome. 200g self raising flour 150g almond meal 200g caster (superfine) sugar 175g []


Weekly APRadio Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Harry Palmer introduces a new book SILENT INVASION by Clive Hamilton exposing Chinese government campaign of espionage and influence peddling is leading to the erosion of Australian sovereignty. He relates to QLD Government non concern at the endemic killer crocodile infestation killing people and harming tourist trade. Mike Holt will return next week Click here to listen


Entries Now Open For The MELT Festivals Beauty Pageant And Portrait Prize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Entries are now open for two of the upcoming queer arts festival MELTs most popular events. The MELT Festival is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, rock stars, dancers, photographers, artists, comedians and circus performers. And one of the festivals most popular events, the MELT Beauty ...

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Pink Stumps Donation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Ryde RSL Cricket Club conducted another successful Pink Stumps Charity Cricket Day last Sunday at the North Ryde RSL Youth Oval to raise funds for the [more]

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Byte Into IT - 21 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Warren and Cassie in the studio this fine Wednesday evening to bring you all of the week's news in technology, computing and startups.

Our first guest is Councillor Jackie Watts, speaking about the City of Melbourne libraries making the Kanopy film and streaming service available to all members.

This is then followed by an interview with musician and artist Chipocrite, who tell us about the upcoming Square Sounds festival and his crash course on how to make chiptune music.


ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Swans Augusta "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When Kyle Jenkins sings I fell in love with your methadone eyes, upon the ground where we lied, it gives you an idea of the territory that Suicide Swans are operating in warts and all human emotion and experience. Its tempered with a sympathetic and empathetic casting of Augustas characters and presented in a Continue reading


Pink Stumps Day Charity match a resounding success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NORTH Ryde RSLs cricket fraternity padded up for a great cause last weekend raising over $11,000 for the McGrath Foundation at the clubs annual Pink [more]

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Byron fundraiser to benefit orphans of West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A music and dance event tomorrow (Saturday) at Ewingsdale Hall has been organised to help the forgotten orphans of West Papua, with all proceeds set to benefit the thousands of young traumatised children affected by the Indonesian military occupation.

Byron shire local Monique Gharios says the genocide of the West Papuan people at the hands of the Indonesian military is one of the saddest yet rarely told stories of modern times, and its still happening right now, nothing has changed, why?

Because West Papua, a land of untold riches, was hijacked with a violent and rigged vote by Indonesia in 1969, where only 1,000 out of a million were allowed to vote and those 1,000 were held at gun point, Ms Gharios said.

All this with the support of Australia, the USA and the United Nations, the Indonesian Military have slaughtered nearly half a million indigenous West Papuans in the years since, all in the name of a mountain of gold.

All of this kept secret by a ban on journalists and foreign aid from entering West Papua.

Thus the cry of the West Papuans has gone unheard for nearly 50 years.

Currently over 500,000 West Papua natives have been killed leaving behind thousands of starving, traumatised and dying orphans.

These orphans have had absolutely zero external help, assistance or relief.

Ms Gharios, a yoga teacher, said tomorrows fundraiser will sustain and assist the Forgotten Orphans of West Papua, these children are the future of West Papua.

She said 100 per cent of all donations would be sent to the orphans via the tribal chief of West Papua, Benny Wenda (

A news story here details the orphans plight:

The event at the Ewingsdale Hall, at William Flick Lane (opposite The Farm) , is from 10 to 6pm and includes dancing, food, performance and the screening of a documentary at 5pm called Forgotten birds of Paradise.



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Woman Who Stabbed Boyfriend Avoids Prison "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Blake OConnor An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a knife has avoided prison, after the judge found that imprisonment would damage her prospects of a medical career. The perceived leniency of the sentence has led to a public outcry, with critics suggesting the white, female student would have been sent to

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New squad to target drugs and weapons in the region "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A police helicopter winches cannabis plants during raids. (supplied)

A crack squad of police is being set up to disrupt the supply of drugs and target gun crime in northern New South Wales.

The announcement comes as police today claimed to have removed more than $14 million worth of cannabis from the region as part of the cannabis eradication program, which finished yesterday.

The new investigative team which includes a sergeant and six constables will be known as the Northern Region Enforcement Squad, and will begin operations next month.

The team will work with the State Crime Commands Drug and Firearms Squad on investigations into drug supply, firearms offences, and property crime, as well as any criminal syndicates operating in the area.

Northern Region Operations Tactician, Detective Chief Inspector David Waddell, said Northern RES primary focus would be supporting police districts by targeting large-scale, mid-level, and serial crimes impacting their communities.

We have long seen the success of the RES-model in the metropolitan areas, and I believe this team is not only an asset for Northern Region police, but also a win for our community, Det Chief Insp Waddell said.

The squad will act as a conduit between State Crime Command, particularly the Drug and Firearms Squad, and the Police Districts, focusing on having the highest impact on the crime types which most effect the everyday lives of residents and businesses.

There will also be an emphasis on assisting Rural Crime Investigators, where groups or syndicates are involved in crime that impact on the function of the pastoral, agricultural, and aquaculture industries.

We will continue to put the community we serve first, and RES is an addition resource that will help provide frontline police more time to focus on other crimes, Det Chief Insp Waddell said.

Following the conclusion of the Drug and Firearms Squads annual Cannabis Eradication Program (CEP), which targets outdoor cultivation of cannabis, Northern RES will lead follow-up investigations into cannabis cultivation and supply, illicit drug supply, and associated criminal activities in the region.

Police today are holding a media conference at a secret location to show off the more than 7,200 plants seized during raids in recent weeks.



Court set to decide bid to boost size of water-mine trucks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The water extraction and bottling plant site at 477 Urliup Road. Operators want to boost the size of the current delivery trucks used from six metres to 19 metres long, which has raised the ire of neighbours. Image Tweed Shire Council

The NSW Land and Environment Court is set to decide this month whether to allow a water-extraction company at Bilambil to use 19-metre B-double trucks seven days a week to transport the water to a bottling factory in Queensland.

The hearing for the controversial bid, ruled against by Tweed Shire Council, is set down for 10am on Thursday, March 22, on site at 477 Urliup Road, Bilambil (see previous story at

Neighbours opposed to the plan and their supporters are expected to attend the court hearing.

A former member of councils traffic committee says approval of the plan could set a precedent throughout the shire for use of 50-tonne trucks, including petrol tankers.

Stephen Henderson, of Murwillumbah, told Echonetdaily the plan would involve the much larger B-doubles trucks with a legal weight of 50 tonnes operating on an unlimited basis seven days a week between the water mine and the bottling factory.

All residents of the shire should be concerned about this, not just the residents of Kennedy Drive and the parents of children at the school at the bottom of Bilambil Hill, where the trucks will travel down the steep grade from an 80kph zone into the 40kph school zone with cars queuing at the pedestrian crossing, Mr Henderson said.

Once approved by the court it will set a precedent throughout the shire, 50-tonne petrol tankers delivering to Bray Park and Uki, 50-tonne double cane trucks and general freight to any road in the shire no matter how narrow.

As a former member of the traffic committee I was amazed that this committee recently recommended to council that they allow this size truck to travel to Uki.

I can recall a similar request from a different trucking company some years ago.

Members of the committee actually went out into the field rather than approving something from an office and followed the companys gun driver on a test run to see if it could be done without crossing onto the incorrect side of the road.

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Overrepresentation of Indigenous People with Disabilities in Prison "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian prison system is overflowing with inmates with mental and cognitive disabilities. Its estimated that around 18 percent of the countrys population has such a disability, while close to 50 percent of the prison population does. And theres an even greater overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities behind bars. The nations

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Search for missing yachtsman suspended "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are still hoping someone may have information about missing yachtsman Keith Jones.

The  search for missing man, Keith Jones, whose yacht was discovered near Yamba earlier this week has been suspended.

The yacht was found adrift near the river mouth at Iluka, 70km north-east of Grafton, shortly before 3pm  on Tuesday.

Police from Marine Area Command identified the yacht as the Wayfarer, which is believed to have left Hervey Bay in Queensland on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, with the 65-year-old owner on board.

The man was reported missing to Queensland Police on Monday, 19 February 2018, and an extensive search has since been conducted of seas off both states involving helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and, locally, Marine Rescue; however, there has been no sign of the missing yachtsman.

A decision to suspend the search was made yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Marine Area Command or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Family fun activities this Saturday in The Ranch Hotel carpark "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SUMMER is coming to an end but The Ranch Hotel at North Ryde is seeing it off with a bang! This Saturday February 24 marks their [more]

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Wardell man charged with drug supply "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 24-year-old Wardell man has been charged with drug supply after being stopped by a highway patrol officer on Thursday at 3pm.

Police allege the officer noted a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car and noticed that the man reached into a backpack and threw a large bag containing cannabis not the back seat.

Inside the bag police located 12 further bags containing a total of 219 grams of cannabis and 8 grams of Psilocybin (magic mushrooms).

Police found documentation inside the car that indicated the 24-year-old was about to sell these drugs. Police also found empty bags and scales.

Also present in the car were a woman and small child seated on the back seat.

The Wardell man was taken to Ballina Police Station where Detectives charged him with Supply Prohibited Drug and two counts of Possess Prohibited Drug.

He will appear in Ballina Local Court in March.

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Used Cars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hands off our historic water tower! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ONE of the most iconic sites in TWT Territory the World War One water reservoir in Drummoyne is under threat of being demolished [more]

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Angry Abbott returns serve after criticism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tony Abbott has penned a blistering retort to his colleagues after his calls for cuts to immigration were dismissed by the governments front bench.

In an opinion piece for The Australian on Friday, Mr Abbott names and shames critics of his calls for cuts to Australian immigration, and suggests they have not read his speech.

One thing I am not going to cop is gratuitous criticism from ministers who are only in government because I led them there, the federal member for Warringah writes.

It is the prime ministers right to choose his ministerial team and, given some of the policies of this government, Im happy to serve on the backbench.

The former prime minister lobbed a grenade into the immigration debate this week by calling for Australias permanent migration intake to be slashed by 80,000 places per year to 110,000.

That sparked a war of words with senior coalition colleagues all slapping down Mr Abbott, and continuing after his latest string of suggestions.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was among those who rejected Mr Abbotts arguments against migrants, labelling his position lazy and inaccurate.

Despite not wanting to get into a tit-for-tat discussion with Mr Abbott he spoke out again from Washington, where hes part of a delegation to the US led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He said housing issues raised by Mr Abbott were largely restricted to Melbourne and Sydney while other markets are experiencing price drops and only modest gains.

Lets not pretend this is about numbers of immigrants, the fact is Australia is a richer country because of immigration, he told Sky News.

Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Scott Morrison have also drawn Mr Abbotts ire.

Youd think a government thats lost the past 27 Newspolls might be curious about how it could lift its game, Mr Abbott wrote.

But no, ministers have gone out of their way to attack a colleague who knows more about winning elections than anyone in the parliament.

Australias population is expected to grow by 11.8 million people by 2046, which is equivalent to adding a new city roughly the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years.

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Byron hospital theatres must stay in public hands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A large number of the local community could be locked out of their own public Byron Central Hospital if its part privatisation continues, health workers have claimed.

The Health Services Union (HSU) says the state government was pursuing privatisation by stealth by seeking to contract out management of operating theatres to a private company.

And the Northern NSW Local Health District, has admitted it had been exploring avenues to provide day surgery at Byron Central Hospital, including through a tender process.

But its chief executive, Wayne Jones, told Echonetdaily a recent tender process inviting expressions of interest by private providers to provide day surgery had  failed to provide any compliant submissions.

Mr Jones said the NNSWLHD has been exploring avenues to provide day surgery at Byron Central Hospital, including through a tender process.

He said surgical services in the district were receiving a significant boost with new theatres planned for Lismore Base Hospital, The Tweed Hospital and Ballina District Hospital.

But the union has questioned why the apparent partial privatisation was going ahead at the new Byron hospital yet the government had abandoned all five of its regional hospital privatisations.

HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the government had recently dropped plans for public-private partnerships at Bowral, Goulburn, Wyong, Shellharbour and Maitland hospitals.

The people of Byron and Mullumbimby fought hard to get the new hospital built, and to keep their local health service in public hands, Mr Hayes said.

At a time of record low wages growth, and with the cost of health insurance having risen by 5.6 per cent a year since 2010, private cover is increasingly out of reach for many people on the North Coast.

So if it theatres were privatised, a significant proportion of the local community could be effectively locked out of their own public hospital.

Mr Hayes said the Byron Central Hospital Sub Branch of the HSU had passed a resolution opposing any private running of theatres at the hospital.

Hospital staff are members of the local community, and they want the community to have access to high quality public health services, he said.

Thats why were today calling on the Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, to come up to Byron Bay and to speak directly with hospital workers to clear up questions about the future of the operating theatres at Byron Central.

The NNSWLHDs Mr Jones said clinical service planning for day surgery services takes into account the flow of patients across the Local Health District and the availability of surgical services at multiple facil...


95th birthday celebration for Eastwoods Giacomo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LONG time Eastwood resident Giacomo Severino (pictured above) recently celebrated his 95th birthday at a special family gathering at Lake Macquarie. Giacomo was born on January [more]

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Lunar New Year Celebrations: Colourful official opening on Eastwood Plaza "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

astwoods 10th Annual Lunar New Year Celebrations in the Year of the Dog was officially launched on Eastwood Plaza last Saturday with a colourful opening [more]

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Dinner Plain village green update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At a recent meeting the Alpine Shire has confirmed that the Village Green planned for Dinner Plain near Mt Hotham will not proceed in its current form. However it will continue to look into options for a lower impact public space in the village.

After debate, Council adopted the following:

That Council:

  1. Does not proceed with the Dinner Plain Village Green project;
  2. Consider future open space proposals at Dinner Plain that are low cost and have low environmental, cultural heritage and visual impacts; and
  3. Investigates the potential to establish Lot 3 as a Native Vegetation Credit Register Offset Site for future Dinner Plain projects.

Council noted that many people were concerned about the damage that would have been caused by clearing more than 2 hectares of snow gum woodland. They note that many in the community were concerned about the high cost, as well as the high cultural heritage, visual and environmental impacts of a large Village Green.

They also recognised that the Dinner Plain community would still like some form of open space or cleared level grass area which was closer to the original intent of the Village Green as represented in the 2015 Master Plan.

Lets hope that whatever is proposed next has a much smaller physical footprint in terms of destruction of snow gum woodland.

Under the Net Gain laws that operate in Victoria, developers in certain conditions need to protect a similar type of vegetation before they receive permission to destroy habitat on their own property. The land that is protected needs to be of the same Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) as that which will be destroyed. In the case of the Victorian Alps (the Alpine EVC) there is very little privately owned land that can be protected when clearing needs to happen in this type of vegetation.

Mt Buller resort is seeking to offset destruction of alpine vegetation on that mountain by protecting land on the adjacent Mt Stirling.

In the case of the privately owned Block 3 at Dinner Plain, there would be considerable potential to permanently protect native vegetation to offset destruction elsewhere....


Brewarrina residents step up campaign against proposed nuclear dump. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

22 Feb 18 Brewarrina residents, including Ngemba people with local cultural responsibilities, are stepping up their campaign against the proposal for national nuclear waste dump in the region. 

silent vigil will be held during the Council meeting at 8:30am this Friday February 23, followed with a rally on Saturday morning at 9:30am.

In November 2017 the Brewarrina Council revealed that a delegation had traveled to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney and subsequently engaged pro-nuclear consultant Robert Parker.

Trish Frail, a Ngemba woman who is coordinating the local campaign to oppose the dump, said the community was shocked by the proposal.

This nuclear facility will not benefit our town, the community or the environment, Ms Frail said. 

Ngemba people are custodians for the Ngunnhu Fish Traps. The site is claimed to be over six...


Labors doublespeak about Adani coal mine plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greens use Labors Adani indecision to ramp up Batman campaign
Activists seize upon Labors contradictory messages on Queensland coalmine in battle for inner-city Melbourne,
Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo 21 Feb 2018 


Townsville City Council censors documentary about Adani coal megamine plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anti-Adani documentary screening axed for safety reasons, not politics, council says, ABC News, 21 Feb 18 By Josh Robertson   Public safety concerns, not politics, were behind the axing of the screening of a documentary on the Stop Adani protest movement, a north Queensland council says.


Gallery: FBi Presents Dizzee Rascal at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Playing to a crowd of bassline junkies, the Godfather of grime showed us exactly why hes considered music royalty, tearing up The Enmore with old faves and fresh takes from his sixth studio album Raskit. NTs very own Baker Boy more than just warmed up the crowd, bouncing between his native language Yolngu Matha and English.

FBi Radio Presents Dizzee Rascal | 21.02.18 | Photos by Liam Cameron


February 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1822 -   Henry Marsh penned a missive to the Colonial  Secretary regaling him with tales of the journey to the south coast.

1849 - Things were so crook in Westralia that a public meeting in Perth voted itself off the island for to become a penal colony to help with the so-ill-if-it-was-a-horse-it-would-have-been-shot economy.

1863 - Lord Raglan mysteriously disappeared after leaving Liverpool for Hobson's Bay.

1872 - The brand-spanking-new goods trains sheds in Melbourne were tarted up for 1,500 guests to do the horizontal limbo tango at a gala ball.

1882 - The first four rail trucks carrying stone from the Mt Difficult quarry in the Grampians reached Stawell en route to Melbourne.
Considerable controversy broke out about the quality of the stone sent to Melbourne. It was found to be inferior to the samples originally supplied, exhibiting peculiar defects of an unexpected kind. The Public Works Department ordered work at Parliament House to cease.

1884 & 1994 Tambo Tambo, a Palm Island native, died  on this day in 1884 while working for Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
His remains were found in 1993 and today in 1994 he was given a decent burial on his home soil.

1900 - The Timaru Herald spread the word that a sailmaker in Sydney had popped his clogs due to Bubonic Plague...and kept up the cheefullness with news of a destructive fire in Flinders St, Melbourne.
Cheery, chaps, reeeealy uplifting...

1901 - 7,000 acres were gazetted for an Aboriginal reserve on this day, originally named Barambah it is better known as Cherbourg.
Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, was appointed the superintendent. He camped with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Little was done to develop the settlement ; Aborigines lived in bark humpies, Superintendent Thompson slept under canvas.

1902 - Mabel was a competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back when she sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.

1907 - The Star proudly proclaimed that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy did not contain poison.
So, keep guzzling that little elixir without a care!

1911 - The first passenger flight, sans peanuts, took off today when Melbournian John Hammond (slung his missus in his crate) took his wife up in his Bristol Box Kite aircraft.

1926 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Roslyn - Taralga.

1931 - The taste bud organza Peach Melba was birthed on this day by....


Can you name it and win? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you can come up with a better name that Square Donkey for the new business incubation site in Mullumbimby then you are in for a prize. Photo supplied.

Its about sustainability, business and creating opportunity and they are looking for your help to come up with the name that represents it all.

Following NORTECs withdrawal from their small incubation site in Mullumbimby it has now been taken over by Sourdough and is undergoing a refurbishment and they are looking to get their first tenants onto the new business incubation site by the end of February.

The refurbishment of the old CLIC business village is proceeding rapidly, aid community representative Paul Jameson.

With the surprise withdrawal of NORTEC is has left a short lead time to get everything ready for clients and they are looking for suggestions of what the site should be called.

It started with the name CLIC business village, then Mullumbimby innovation hub and a host of other names like the courtyard, The gateway, The sustainability centre and Mullum central.

Square donkey got a good run until we realised it means idiot in polish, continued Paul with a laugh.

With an exciting prize, yet to be announced, they are asking everyone in the community to come up with some interesting and dynamic names for the new business innovation site.

Sourdough spokesman mark Holden explained, The name should reflect our mission and that is all about growing innovative and sustainable businesses and creating enterprise and jobs in our Byron region. It could be geographic, historic, descriptive, inspirational or a bit quirky: A name that the community will identify with and become a source of pride.

And the prize is

Glorification at our gala opening with complementary champagne and a $100 prize if an acceptable logo is included., said Paul.

The CLIC Board will adjudicate and have final decision.

Put your thinking cap on and hone up your creativity and send your entries to: or phone 0408 866 651.

Entries must be submitted by close of business Wednesday, March 7.

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1) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2017/18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Halltekamp Bridge to be completed despite suspension


Country report INDONESIA 2017/2018
Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations. The rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association continued to be arbitrarily restricted. Blasphemy provisions were used to imprison those who peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of religion and belief. At least 30 prisoners of conscience remained in detention for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression or of religion and belief. The security forces carried out unlawful killings and used excessive force during protests and security operations. Two men were caned in public in Aceh after being convicted by a local Sharia court of same-sex consensual sexual relations..


Gippsland talent academies return "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE next generation of Gippsland football stars begin their journey on the talent pathway this month with the return of the AFL Gippsland McDonalds Hawthorn Junior Football Academy program.
Established in Bairnsdale in 2015, the program was rolled out across Gippsland with great success last year and will offer even more opportunities in 2018.
In addition to the under 12 and under 14 groups of previous years, this years program will include an under 13 group to ensure no future stars slip through the cracks.
Hawthorn Football Club representatives Liam Shiels and Changkuoth Jiath were on hand to help launch this years program and both had plenty of advice to offer.
Shiels, 26, is a three-time AFL premiership player and an established star of the competition, while Jiath, 18, is just beginning his career, but has already inspired many with his story.
Born in an Ethiopian refugee camp to South Sudanese parents, before being raised in Morwell, Jiath became the first product of the Hawthorn Next Generation Academy when he joined the clubs rookie list last November.
AFL Gippsland and Gippsland Power, in conjunction with the six junior leagues and associations across the Gippsland catchment area, have appointed coaches and identified and issued invitations to prospective participants, with about 30 players selected for each age group from across each junior league or association.
AFL Gippsland football development manager Adrian Bromage and Gippsland Power talent manager Peter Francis will once again oversee the academy programs, with assistance from the Hawks Next Generation Academy head coach Nathan Foley.
Bromage said the core aim of the program was to develop individual player skills in all areas of the game, as well as leadership behaviours among young footballers.
The program will offer participants the opportunity to concentrate on individual skill development from the basics right through good habits, Bromage said.
Participants will gain exposure to specialist coaching in different aspects of the game, as well as access to better equipment and training programs, skill analysis and fitness testing which will provide them with feedback on ways to improve their game.
Francis was excited about the prospect of fast tracking regional players development, which he was confident would ultimately lead to greater numbers graduating to Gippsland Power programs with a stronger skill base.
Exposing kids to the talent pathway earlier will give them a better idea of the expectations that come with it, Francis said.
By participating in sessions with external coaches and presenters, players will get the chance to broaden their experiences and develop leadership skills.
The program will also provide a forum for coaches to gain experience in a high-quality environment, which Francis hoped would lead to....


Wanted - Piano "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi everyone,

We have a student looking for a second-hand piano, if you are looking to sell yours or know someone, please let us know!

Thanks :)



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Hello all,

Council is committed to improving the lives of older adults in Moreland and wants to hear from the community about what is important to them.

Please pass this link to your networks. There are also postcards to have your say at Council Libraries and Customer Service Centres.

Please take a moment to have your say y clicking on the link below:



The Pacific Labour Scheme: no families allowed? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) was announced in September 2017. Its a welcome initiative to allow greater access for Pacific Island workers to the Australian labour market. While currently capped at 2,000 (and its not clear if that is per year or in total), it has huge potential. As the PLS fact sheet says, it will enable citizens of Pacific island countries to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years.

For all its potential, there are some odd aspects to the PLS. One is the hands-on role of DFAT, which will have primary responsibility for screening prospective employers for participation in the program. Thats the Department of Foreign Affairs. Pre-approval for the Seasonal Worker Programme (or SWP, which allows Pacific Islanders to come to Australia to work on farms typically for up to six months) is the responsibility of the Department of Jobs and Small Business. It is widely perceived not to have sufficiently promoted the SWP, and to have taken a very risk-averse approach. Perhaps DFAT will do a better job.

Another oddity is the initial focus on Nauru, Tuvalu and Kiribati. These are certainly three remote and relatively isolated countries. But Nauru is at full employment due to its processing centre. Tuvalu, like Nauru, is tiny and has some access to the New Zealand labour market. That leaves Kiribati, perhaps the most remote, but also a relatively small and one of the least healthy of all the Pacific island countries. At least one of the Melanesian countries such as Vanuatu or Solomon Islands should be added as pilot source countries.

An odd and worrying aspect of the scheme is the restriction that workers will not be able to bring their families with them. This isnt mentioned in the fact sheet, but was made clear when the scheme was explained at the recent Brisbane Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting.

This is odd because the closest counterpart to this new scheme is what used to be called the 457, now the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. That visa now provides work rights for a two- or three-year period. Under it, workers are allowed to bring their families.

The PLS ban on family entry is worrying because surely it cant be a good thing to separate families for three years. More so because presumably workers will be allowed to return for a second or third stint. So the separation might be not for three years but....


Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the scapegoating of working class youth of African background.

The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.


Recent Study Finds that Drinking Even One Soda Per Day Could Increase Your Risks for Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People across the globe drink soft drinks daily but is this a good idea? Sure, we know soft drinks are not necessarily healthy but there could be much more to it than we want to admit.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne recently worked on a collaborative study that showed some shocking results. They analyzed over thirty thousand Australians who went on to develop little over three thousand cases of 11 obesity-related cancers. This including things like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and so forth. The reports they looked at were from the years between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007. Their findings were published not too long ago and showed an obvious association between cancer risks and the consumption of soft drinks.

According to their research, the more sugary sodas the participants consumed the higher their risks were of developing cancer. Somehow they did not note this in those who drank diet sodas but we all know there are different risks associated with those. With most people consuming at least one glass or more of soda each day this is quite alarming.

The Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Epidemiology and Intelligence Division who happens to be one of the authors of this study has stated as follows:

These particular cancers are common.y associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants no matter their size.

We were surprised to find this increased cancer risk was not driven by obesity.

Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank sugary soft drinks.

Interestingly, though, we found those who regularly drank diet soft drinks were just as likely to be obese as those who regularly drank sugary soft drinks, which still carries health risks.

Todd Harper CEO of Cancer Council Victoria then went on to add as follows:

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer,

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated....


Artist Arranges Natural Objects Into Ephemeral Patterns and Designs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Yorkshire-based artist James Brunt has become well-known for his land art, temporary works made from carefully arranged natural objects like leaves, sticks, and stones.

While the artworks themselves may only last for a few hours, the pieces live on in photographic form. After studying Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, Brunt worked for galleries and had a long stint in Arts Development. He now lives and work with his family in Yorkshire, also running the arts organisation, Responsible Fishing UK.

For those curious, James recently shared his working code of practice when creating his art and adds that it is in constant development. You can read his code of practice on his blog. For prints, James has recently launched an Etsy store and you can keep up with his latest works at the links below.

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There's something worse than a cashless welfare card out there in the darkness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What could possibly be worse than the Turnbull Government's Cashless Debit Card which will eventually cover all government cash transfers to individuals except Age and Veterans' Affairs pensions?

The answer is - welfare payments being converted into 50 per cent Cashless Debit Card and 50 per cent a generic low grade, nutritionally suspect, weekly or fortnightly processed, tinned & dry goods food parcel.

Such as this proposed program......

Vibe, 13 February 2018:
In Donald Trump's budget proposal, America's poor is hit the hardest, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The plan proposes a $17.2 billion-cut to the program by 2019 and will replace monthly cash benefits with a food box delivery program, according to reports.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the program to Blue Apron, an ingredient-and-recipe meal kit service. The Chicago Tribune notes SNAP provides roughly $125 per month to 42.2 million Americans, and the Agriculture Department would use part of those benefits to buy and deliver boxes of "homegrown" food. It's called "America's Harvest Box."
The Harvest Box would contain things like shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ce......


NATS Spill? Monday 26 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

According to Junkee on 22 February 2018:

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has publicly called on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to resign from the leadership of the National Party, firing the starting gun on a leadership challenge.

In an interview on ABC radio this afternoon Broad said his local Nationals branch had called on Joyce to resign and that he would represent that view to the Nationals party room meeting in Canberra next Monday. He called on Joyce to resign as party leader and go to the back bench.

Are we about to see......


Sydney unemployment rate keeps falling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney tightens

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate fell to just 4.58 per cent in January 2018.

The annual average has been lower, in 2008, when the unemployment rate briefly snuck below 4.2 per cent. 

In Adelaide the annual average fell to 6.49 per cent, in Perth it fell to 6.14 per cent, and in Melbourne to 6.1 per cent.

So there have been some improvements. 

However, only Sydney has anything remotely approaching a tight labour market on this evidence. 

The good news for Queensland is that both hiring and participation are picking up.

And it's happening not just in Brisbane, but right across the state.

Cairns and Townsville in particular are also now recording stronger rates of employment growth, after the downturn.

Meanwhile the coastal Queensland locations such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have been improving for some time on the back of the lower dollar. 



So-Called Australia: Break Away From Break Free A Critique of the Environmental NGO Model of Organizing Direct Action (PDF) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.

Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!

Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.

We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.

As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?

So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.

Yes Were creating histo...


The Urunga Boardwalk Environment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Urunga is on the mid-north coast of NSW. The 'long place' of the Gumbaynggirr people is where the Kalang River, the Bellinger River, the Urunga lagoon and the Pacific ocean meet. A junction of mangrove forest, floodplain forests and coastal suburbia. The Urunga Boardwalk structure allows human access through these environments. A domesticated coast line that served to ship the extracted timber. Today rapid urbanisation and mobile sprawl (tourism) are the life blood.

The area is part of the Bellinger Heads State Park NSW. To the South, Picket Hill (Nunguu Miirlal) is a very distinctive landmark, the Great Dividing Range frames the North.

The walk starts at Urunga town where visitor facilities, their cars and dogs mingle with endangered birds.  Brahminy Kites are hunting and the endangered Beach Stone Curlews ( Esacus magnirostris) and Curlew sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea) make a nervous appearance.



How Barnaby could save us from this putrid billabong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.




UNCLEs Gonna Work It Out with Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, Sunday March 4th! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UNCLEs Gonna Work It Out! Which UNCLE are we FUNdraising for at the Cunning Stunts Sold Out March 4th Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event? Byron Bays UNCLE Project. The UNCLE project is a mentoring program for boys age 6-12, particularly those without active fathers, who could benefit from a more supportive environment of positive male role models, to enhance their social, creative and physical skills.

Founded in 1997, UNCLE Byron Bay is solely funded by the local community and business sponsors in their work with families (particularly single parent families), who are experiencing distress due to the emotional and developmental needs of their sons. Their provision of a quality mentoring service inclusive of emotional support and gender appropriate guidance offered by positive adult male role models within the community assists boys towards balanced and integrated personal development and social responsibility.

Marchs DJ line up will have you dancing and shed sizzling from start to finish: Returning for his 2nd Nudge, DJ Nick Field is back from Bali with over 25 years of global DJ experience, Nick is a legend on the decks who has his own sound influenced by his loves of disco, electro and house.

Beloved Nudger, Coco Republic co-founder, and Byron Bay based DJ Al Royale will be delivering one of his trademark sets. Originally from the UK, Al learned his trade in the thriving UK Deep House scene of Nottingham of the 90s home of DiY and played with party crew Giddy Fruit.

Last but not least, Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut & Dale Stephen will kick off our day with not to be missed sets! All DJs donae their time and play their incredible tunes to support our local community and raise awareness at this party with a conscience.

Having donated a record breaking $12,500 from their February 2018 event and now raising over $120,000!!! thus far for local charities across 23 events, Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink FUNdraising events continue to raise the bar.

When: Sunday 4th March, 2:00pm-9:30pm TICKETED ENTRY SOLD OUT
Where: The Billinudgel Hotel
What: Nudge Nudge Wink Wink A party with a conscience, DJs playing treasured sounds for local charities.

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The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres a video of the crowds and Bill Graham preaching at the MCG on-line.

ABC News Australia

The day Billy Graham transfixed a massive MCG crowd

22 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Billy Graham, evangelical preacher dubbed Americas Pastor, dies aged 99

It was the day the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was truly sacred.

In 1959, evangelical preacher Billy Graham embarked on his month-long crusade of Australia.

But it was his appearance at the MCG on March 15, 1959, that was one of the true showstoppers, attracting more than 130,000 people.

To this day, it is the biggest crowd that has ever been recorded at the ground.

There were people everywhere, even spilling on to the grass. That was unheard of at the time, Ray Spriggs, 73, said.

It was quite extraordinary.

Mr Spriggs remembers boarding the special Billy Graham train as a 14-year-old with the rest of his family from his home in Reservoir in Melbournes north to make the journey to the MCG.

He recalls sitting high up in the stadium stands, and says the woman next to him offered him her opera glasses so he could take a closer look at the spectacle.

He does not remember much of Grahams sermon, but the magical sounds of the choir and the joyous atmosphere of the event have stayed with him.

I was only a kid of 14 at the time, but it was just great to see so many people together in the one place, he said.

I felt God speaking to me

For many people, seeing Graham preach at the MCG was life-changing.

Geoff Gawler, 68, went to see Graham with his family on his 10th birthday.

I do remember it because that was the time I made a deal with God. I decided to follow him that day, he said.

That was a big decision for a 10-yaer-old and I dont at all regret it, in all the years since.



How much to have a boob job? Better to go overseas or local? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Considering a boob job. What are people experiences with going overseas - Bali, Thailand or can it be done here?

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Telstra mobile outage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anyone else got SOS only in Edmonton? Reported it to Telstra but got the run around on their 24x7 chat that it's my issue, not theirs. Not interested in the Telstra vs everyone else debate.

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Love, Time & Divination from Mark McGrain is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (22-28 Feb) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Were very pleased to bring you selections from the latest album from Mark McGrain all this next week on Eastside Radio. McGrain is a composer, trombonist and New Orleans stalwart, and hes brought a team of fellow New Orleans heavyweights along for the ride on this record: John Boutte on vocals, Matt Lemmler on keys, and James Singleton on contrabass.


Its wonderful stuff, Boutte sings on three of the eleven tracks, and the remaining compositions see the players move through a range of musical styles from New Orleans stride piano and trombone duets to modern, rhythmically stirring swing, bossa nova, gospel, and even salsa melodies.

New Orleans jazz fans may well be familiar with McGrains previous work as part of Plunge, so theres some great back catalogue there to dig through if your ears like what theyre hearing.


We here at Eastside implore you to hear this great new 2018 jazz r...


Thinking of moving from Melbourne up north end of April "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Me and my girlfriend are thinking of moving from Melbourne up to Cairns end of April, is this a good time of year to be in cairns? What is the weather like at this time? and finally, how easy would it be to get private accommodation for like 6 months?


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Higher education inequality: how well has Australia limited differential access levels by socioeconomic status? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In an earlier post, I argued that higher education has substantial inequality-generating features. This post is the first in a series looking at how well Australias higher education system does in this context, starting with access to higher education. Essentially, this is about how well the higher education system can foster social mobility.

The potential of the Australias higher education system is constrained by the potential pool of students, which largely comes from people who have successfully completed school. Before the 1980s, that was a minority of the population. Don Anderson and A.E Vervoorns interesting book Access to privilege reports that in 1980 overall school retention to Year 12 was only 34.5 per cent, and 28.4 per cent at government schools. It was already a massive 88 per cent at the non-Catholic private schools, favoured by many higher SES families. They were setting up the basis for the next generations educational success.

In the 1980s, school completion rates increased, so that about half of low SES students finished school by the end of the decade. Low SES Year 12 completion is now at 73 per cent, compared to 80 per cent for high SES students (with the caveat that dividing the population into three groups misses likely much larger difference in the lowest and highest deciles).

ATAR results by SES are rarely published, but some Victorian data I published in a book chapter a few years ago shows the highest SES quartile by postcode substantially over-represented in the 90+ group, and the lowest SES quartile substantially over-represented in the below 50 group. The annual NAPLAN reports show that, again, the high SES students, whether measured by parental occupation or parental education, do significantly better across all the literacy and numeracy tests, although consistent with meritocratic hopes there are also small numbers of high achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds. So even though Year 12 completion has improved, we still have substantial issues with inequality of school-level academic achievement.

I dont feel competent to judge to what extent university education faculties are to blame...


New stalls and talks at Organic Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 Free talks and demonstrations, on during the Market in March. 11th March  from 9am to 11am : Christin Zeller from Five Elements Coaching is presenting Tackling Stress and Worry, under the office, during the Market. 18th March  from 9am Food for Thought is back! Chef Glen Barrett will be giving you his hot cooking tips and taking []

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The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol. 2 from Archer, is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (15-21 Feb) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Theres not much information floating around about Archer. Hes a Victorian singer-songwriter whos recording some brilliant alt-country with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour. This album, The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol 2 refused to leave my mind since it arrived at Eastside late last year, and the more I keep coming back to it the better it sounds.

This is from his page at Pound Records:

well you woodnt call him smart but you woodnt call him stupid neither he does have sum kindofa way about himweather he be damned or blessed he certanly can pull a song outta the deep earth or the spaceless space and make you wanta cry or yell or just about any plain ol thing

This is off his previous album, but will give you an idea of the style:

Hes due at the station for an interview in the next couple of weeks so youll get to hear from him yourself. Hes been communicating with us in character via email so were amused, intrigued, and looking forward to meeting the man, the enigma, in the flesh.

You can listen to and purchase the new album here at Bandcamp, stream it here on Spoti...


Rage, rage against the factory closure "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 1 May 2017, May Day International Workers Day Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn announced that they were shutting factories across Victoria and Tasmania, slashing jobs and devastating communities. Faye and Julie, two National Union of Workers delegates working at the Edith Creek site in North-West Tasmania, shared their responses to the closure.


TWT Sports Stars: Kookaburras hockey whiz Lachie and squash sensation Shehana "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KOOKABURRAS hockey sensation Lachlan Sharp and Australian junior squash champion Shehana Vithana are the seventh and eighth monthly winners in the 2017-18 TWT Club Six/Ryde [more]

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Big line up of speakers at rally to save trees in St. Kilda Road "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday between 1 and 1.30pm a rally was held to save the trees in St. Kilda Road destined for removal to make way for the new underground metro. It was organised by the combined forces of Planning Backlash, Protectors of Public Lands and Walk in St. Kilda Road and environs Approximately 80 people attended including the 9 speakers listed below. The M.C of the event was Mary Drost , Convenor of Planning backlash.Prof. Michael Buxton was unable to attend and Dr. Ernest Healy , Vice President of Protectors of Public Lands Victoria deputised by reading Prof. Buxton's speech. Feelings for the impending loss of ancient trees and for those already lost ran high. The general consensus from the speakers was that the damage envisaged for avenue of trees in Melbourne's beautiful boulevard, St. Kilda Road was not necessary to accommodate the project and that a better way must be found. A statement to this effect will be sent to Shadow Minister for Planning, to be read out in both houses of Parliament.

Rally for St. Kilda Road trees February 21st 2018

Speakers at the event

1. Kristin Stegley OAM, Chairman, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

2. Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning, RMIT University (in Prof. Buxton's absence speech read by Dr. Ernest Healy)

3. The Hon. Barry Jones: a statement by himself and Tom Harley, nominators of St Kilda Road and Environs for emergency National Heritage listing

4. Dr Greg Moore, OAM, president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter; member of the National Trusts Register of Significant Trees from1988, Chair since 1996

5. Bea McNicholas, Director, Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs, Planet Ark National Tree Day

6. Senator Derryn Hinch

7. Dr Judith Buckrich, historian; author of Melbournes Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road, 1996.

8. Jill Quirk, Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria

9. David Davis, MP, Shadow Planning Minister

The following speech was made by Hon. David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning in the Victorian Parliament yesterday afternoo...



Stallholder Profile for Grow n Glow Boutique

Your name: Lajla Darvill
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 
Grow n Glow Boutique
The suburb/town you live in now: Park Ridge, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create maternity and breastfeeding fashion. Currently I have silicone and wooden breastfeeding necklaces in stock as well as baby teethers. My own maternity and breastfeeding clothing range is currently being manufactured.


Organisers Postpone This Weekends Sunshine Coast Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The organisers of the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival have announced they are postponing their Fair Day event that was to go ahead this weekend. Revellers were to gather at Quota Park in Nambour this Saturday (February 24), but the event wont go ahead due to bad weather. After our Pride Festival Safety Meeting it is ...

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Campaigners Want To Hear Your Marriage Equality Stories For New Book "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two marriage equality campaigners have announced they will write a book detailing the history of the campaign for marriage equality over the last decade and earlier. Alex Greenwich and Dr Shirleene Robinson want to chronicle the efforts of the countless Australians who worked towards the reform, and have called for people to contribute their own ...

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The Ahern Brothers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nannup Music Festival doesnt start for more than a week, but THE AHERN BROTHERS dont care

The Melbourne dues having a Nannup warm-up this weekend and theyre prepping on breakfast.

Play The Ahern Brothers


Former Judge Michael Kirby Speaks Out About LGBTIQ Elder Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has called for more awareness about elder abuse in the LGBTIQ community. Kirby said that abuse for ageing LGBTIQ people was often psychological, an abuse of the mind. Its sometimes an abuse of low self-esteem People who are LGBTIQ have gone through their lives doing a deal with society, ...

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Turnbull Refuses to Rebuke Colleague for Posting Anti-Muslim Videos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Malcolm Turnbull continues to refuse to rebuke Liberal Senator Jim Molan for posting two propaganda videos by the extreme right-wing anti-Muslim Britain First on his Facebook page. The videos purport to depict Muslim men committing acts of violence on religious or moral grounds, but the credibility of those claims has

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PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This article comes from the Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)  21 February 2018.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge.

They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.

It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.

The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.

The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.

But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.

In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.

This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.

There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.

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MACKAY Mackay man threatens to light petrol station on fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A MACKAY man threatened to light a petrol station on fire after convincing himself his car had disappeared from the business. However, Ben Claude McConnell did not drive his car to the BP on Shakespeare St in the first place. McConnell, 42, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading

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Sydney To Relax Its Late-Night Lockout Laws For Mardi Gras Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydneys lockout laws will be relaxed for one night for the Mardi Gras parade and party next month, the New South Wales government has announced. Liquor and Racing Minister Paul Toole said this would allow revellers to continue to be admitted to venues around the Oxford Street area beyond the states usual 1.30am or 2am ...

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Thomas The Beloved Bisexual Goose Laid To Rest In New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thomas the beloved bisexual goose has been laid to rest at his home in Waikanaes Waimanu Lagoon, north of Wellington. White feathered Thomas, aged about 40, who spent about three decades in the lagoon, had a male black swan called Henry as his life-long mate. They spent about 24 years together before a female black ...

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LGBTI Domestic Violence Is Under-Reported In Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland workers in the domestic and family violence sector will receive extra training in a bid to help them better support LGBTI victims of domestic violence. The Queensland Government has announced $155,000 to go towards the training, to be used to create resources to support the training across the state. We want to equip frontline ...

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Greens call for appropriate West Byron development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Protestors at the West Byron development rally. (Jeff Dawson)

Local Greens parliamentarians have called on the NSW Government to ensure that any development in West Byron is of an appropriate scale.

They want assurances that any development wont adversely affect Ewingsdale Road, or negatively impact local wetlands or the Cape Byron Marine Park.

North Coast Greens MP Dawn Walker has given the parliament notice that she will move a motion along those lines on the next sitting day of the parliament

The West Byron mega-development has been forced onto Byron Bay by successive Labor and Liberal-National Governments who have over-ridden council planning powers and clearly dont care about the how this inappropriate development damages the ecology and character of Byron Bay, Ms Walker said.

I joined over 200 locals who gathered as part of the recent Byron Deserves Better Community Rally to express our frustration at the prospect of a massive, high-density suburb on the outskirts of Byron Bay. The NSW Government needs to listen to our community.

I stand with Byron Shire Council and the community who are especially worried about how this large development will impact traffic flow on Ewingsdale Road and have called on the Government to take action to minimise this.

Dawn Walkers concerns were echoed by fellow Greens MP and Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith.

I was told by the Planning Minister that the new Coastal SEPP would be gazetted a few weeks ago, but that has not happened. It also appears that the developers own map of West Byron is what the Department of Planning is going with, Ms Smith said.

The idea that you would let the developer tell you what environmental constraints are on their land is insane, but we should not be surprised since the Minister has interfered in this process from the get-go.

The Greens at every level have opposed the West Byron mega-development from the outset and will continue to do what we can at a local and state level to minimise its impacts on Byron Bay, Ms Walker said.

Its time the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Ben Franklin stopped running around cutting ribbons and joined the Greens in trying to do something practical t...


Queenslands Gay Conviction Expungement Scheme To Start By June "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslands historical gay conviction expungement scheme will be up and running before the end of June, the Department of Justice has said. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold criminal convictions, affecting their employment and travel. Last October, ...

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Lismores Tender Centre has been sold and will close "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismores Tender Centre is closing.

Lismores Tender Centre in Casino Street has been sold and is set to close in coming weeks, with this weekend the last chance to make a bid on goods.

Kashka Babushka, who co-owns the business with partner Barry Hall, confirmed the business had been sold but the new owners did not want to operate in Lismore.

They plan to set it up somewhere else but were not sure where at this stage, she said.

Ms Babushka acknowledged that the flood last March had an impact on business.

We werent affected by flood physically. Only a loading bay was flooded but it definitely affected the business  because people have not had expendable cash, she said.

This will be our last tender sale this weekend, from tomorrow, and people will be notified on Monday whether they have been successful.

She said a final massive garage sale would be held next weekend.

She assured customers that the business would remain open long enough for people to collect the goods they have purchased, or have for sale.

The business closure was announced on Facebook. It was the second time this week that a Facebook announcement has been made regarding a Lismore business closing its door. The first was New Tattersalls Hotel.

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Unwinding the politically induced crisis in Australian energy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More grist! From an article of mine in The Australian on the politically induced crisis in Australian energy, its causes and its solutions

The catastrophic outcome of government energy market interventions is palpably clear. As the latest new regulatory body, the Energy Security Board, diplomatically puts it: Fifteen years of climate policy instability (have) left our energy system vulnerable to escalating prices while being both less reliable and secure.

Australia has seen electricity prices double since 2015 and the once reliable supply is now suspect. From enjoying the worlds lowest cost electricity a decade ago, Australia now has among the most expensive.

The main cause has been subsidies and regulatory favours to renewable energy chiefly wind that have forced the closure of reliable coal-fired generators, particularly Northern in South Australia and Hazelwood in Victoria. Without these subsidies, costing about $5 billion a year, there would be no wind or solar. Not only are customers and taxpayers slugged with the subsidy costs but the outcome also has been to raise prices and reduce reliability.

The ESB has been tasked with creating an electricity market blueprint that marries lower carbon dioxide emissions with lower costs and greater reliability. This is an impossible task and would require massive new regulatory interventions.

The ESBs proposals would add new dimensions of complexity to electricity supply, bringing a further proliferation of administrative resources within the bureaucracy and the industry.

We can restore our latent competitiveness in cheap energy only by abandoning all the intrusions and distortions that are in place. Donald Trump has achieved success from such an approach and we may have to await full recognition of this before our politicians adopt similar deregulatory policies.

In the same issue, Rupert Darwall has a very fine piece today in Quadrant.



Government commits $2.5m towards growing cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inspecting the facilities at Southern Cross University: Michael Horsfall (left), co-founder and CEO of Solaris Nutraceuticals, David Parry, co-founder and director of Solaris Nutraceuticals, Ashley Dowell, manager of the Universitys Analytical Reseach Laboratory, Pro Vice Chancellor of Engagement Ben Roche, Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker and Vaughan Macdonald, general manager of Richmond Valley Council. Photo supplied.

Exploring the benefits of medicinal cannabis underpins the newly established relationship between Southern Cross University and Solaris Nutraceuticals (formerly known as PUF Ventures Australia) who are establishing a new medicinal cannabis plant at Casino.

The Universitys Lismore campus is equipped with high-security research laboratories where researchers work with the worlds most diverse collection of cannabis seed and has already established an international reputation for botanical research.

The agreements between Southern Cross University and Solaris Nutraceuticals commit to the development of hemp and medicinal cannabis products in the NSW northern rivers region that will enhance animal and human health according to SCU vice-chancellor professor Adam Shoemaker.

This agreement is a great example of Southern Cross Universitys commitment to engaging with industry and the community, so that we can create an environment for discovery and commercial development, driving changes in our backyard that can translate into benefits around the world,  said Professor Shoemaker.

In early February the project received grant funding of $2.5m from the Australian government as part of the regional jobs investment packages program (RJIP), a grant initiative that was made available by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

This is an exciting opportunity not just for Solaris Nutraceuticals, but also for the northern rivers region, said CEO of Solaris Nutraceuticals, Michael Horsfall.

The project will deliver around 300 direct jobs and make a significant impact to the local economy and raise the socio-economic profile of the northern rivers region.



Cycling into the sunset "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spartacus suspects that he will be slammed for expressing the following view, and so be it. But the time has come for Tony Abbott to ride off into the sunset. Mr Abbott. You had a chance to be the leader you wanted to be and should have been, yet you blew it. You failed to convince, you failed to explain. And rather than dealing with stuff that mattered, you instead deployed Knights and Dames.

This is not a commentary on Mr Abbotts policy views, many of which Spartacus strongly agrees with. But if Mr Abbott wants to be a pundit, he needs to get out of the Parliament. And in as much as he may respect and admire Howard, Menzies and Churchill, he is not Howard, Menzies or Churchill.  Sorry Mr Abbott, there wont be a second act for you.

Earlier this week, Mr Abbott spoke at the Sydney Institute and among other things, suggested that there be a reduction in immigration in Australia. He suggested that the levels of immigration were putting pressures on house prices, public infrastructure and wages.  These are all fair observations.

Now dont get me wrong, Spartacus believes that such matters of public policy should be discussed. Absolutely positively. For one, when it comes to immigration, Spartacus does not have a view on quantity, but does have a view on quality; in that Australia accepts too many low skilled and older migrants who will likely be a net drain on the community. The subject of immigration should be discussed, as should any matter of public policy.  No matter of public policy should be quarantined from debate.

However, the way Mr Abbott goes on about this matter and other matters, including renewable energy, you would think that he was a humble back bencher hungry for a chance to get into the executive. For heavens sake Mr Abbott. You were the Prime Minister for 2 years. And to suggest now, as he did on Andrew Bolts show earlier in the week, that he was constrained by a difference of opinions in Cabinet is just disingenuous. He had no problem making a Captains picks on his economically insane paid parental leave scheme, but to touch the equally economically insane renewable energy scheme apparently required cabinet consensus. Please.

Mr Abbott. You are crowding out other younger, hungrier conservative back benchers. And for what purpose? No matter the virtue in what you propose, it will always be seen from the prism of a Turnbull-Abbott dispute meaning that no matter how bright or brilliant an idea you propose, it will unlikely be implemented for political reasons. Much as for the same reason that the Prime Minister probably did not support the Warringah Motion because it came from your Warringah bran...


Mayor wants special meeting to deal with Lake Ainsworth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

Ballinas mayor David Wright is hoping to hold an extraordinary meeting to determine plans to transform the eastern foreshore of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head.

The plans, which include closing the road along the lake and creating a pedestrian and family-friendly environment, have divided the Lennox Head community.

Cr Wright has lodged a mayoral minute calling for the meeting to ensure that all councillors are present when the important decision is made.

He referred to the recent trouble experienced by the Lismore City Council in gaining a quorum to deal with four rescission motions that resulted from the final meeting of last year. It took four attempts of calling meetings to finally deal with the motions with enough councillors present.

In his mayoral minute, Cr Wright said an extraordinary meeting would also allow a maximum of two speakers, for and against, to speak about the assessment report.

I am aware that there may potentially be councillor(s) absent from our March and April ordinary meetings, Cr Wright said.

I do not want to see a situation arise, as recently occurred at a neighbouring council, where matters are deferred or rescinded, due to councillors being absent.

Cr Wright said the Lake Ainsworth plans were one of the most topical matters before the council in a very long time.

It would be good to ensure that all councillors are present at the meeting where the application is determined.

An Extraordinary meeting also allows us to expand the number of deputations and the timing may be more suitable for interested members of the public to attend.

This is not about councillor numbers as it is always possible for a decision to be rescinded, or an extraordinary meeting to be called by two councillors, it is about ensuring that we have a dedicated time allocated and a respectful debate, with all councillors present, in respect to this planning application.



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Further arrest by Strike Force Junor detectives Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A packet of methamphetamine the drug known as ice. Photo NSW Police Facebook.

A police strike force investigating the distribution of illicit drugs in the Lismore area has charged another man with drug supply offences.

Strike Force Junor was established in September 2017 by police from Richmond police district to investigate the supply of ice within the Lismore precinct.

During the past five months, police identified several people allegedly involved in the ongoing supply of drugs, with five people arrested and charged earlier this month. They remain before the court.

Earlyr yesterday (Wednesday, 21 February, 2018), officers arrested a 31-year-old man at Newcastle police station.

He was charged with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, participate in criminal group and four counts of supply prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court yesterday.

Investigations by Strike Force Junor are ongoing and further arrests are anticipated.

Meanwhile, police continue to urge any person with information about the supply of prohibited drugs to report it confidentially.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to drug supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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Iceland Set to Criminalise Male Circumcision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes to make it a criminal offence punishable by up to six years in prison to circumcise, or arrange for the circumcision of, a boy for non-medical reasons. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.

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Water dragon saved from the ring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mr Ringy the water dragon having his strangulation device removed. Photo WIRES Northern Rivers.

We often hear about how turtles and other sea life are affected by the impact of plastic in their environment bit it isnt often you hear about a Water dragon with his own necklace.

In mid-January this year residents at the village at Southern Cross Drive in Ballina noticed one of the many water dragons seemed to be wearing a less than glamorous adornment, said a WIRES spokesperson.

The plastic ring that was around the water dragons neck, who has now been christened Mr Ringy, appeared to have been a safety seal of a discarded bottle.

Judging by the size of the ring and the dragon it appears that he may have been wearing his necklace for quite some time, however, it was now clearly approaching restriction and needed to be removed, continued the spokesperson.

Catching a wild and agile water dragon who has plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away in proved challenging and after an initial attempt by WIRES failed it was up to local resident Jan to find a way to bring him in.

After many efforts to catch Mr Ringy with no success it became clear that the only way forward was to use a trap. WIRES supplied Jan with a cage and string and, thanks to her endless effort and patience, she finally managed to secure the patient almost five weeks after reporting the concern. A quick visit from a reptile handler from WIRES and the Water dragon was assessed and released. Ringys story is a good reminder that a careless approach to our litter can cause great distress to the local wildlife. Please remember to cut all safety seal rings before discarding them, the WIRES spokesperson said.

If you see and animal in distress contact WIRES for rescues, advice or enquiries on their 24-hour northern rivers hotline: 6628 1898 or WIRES online. WIRES also conduct volunteer training for people who are interested in getting involved in wildlife rescue.

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Alstonville rodeo the target of activists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Activists are planning to protest at the Alstonville Rodeo. (file pic)

Animal activists are planning to hold a peaceful protest at the Alstonville Rodeo on Saturday in an effort to educate the public on the cruelty that is inherent in the industry.

Rainbow Animal Rights Activists Nicole Tuhou said rodeos were cruel spectator sports that should have no place in a civilised society.

They are banned in the UK and parts of the US and Europe. These events are heavily opposed by all Animal Rights organisations, she said.

At this event there will be bull and bronc riding, where the usually gentle calm animals are thrust into an arena full of lights and noise, purposefully agitated by what is known as a flank strap tied tightly around their sensitive organs, sharp metal spurs dug into their sides as to inflict pain and discomfort, this causes them to buck.

Many of these innocent animals have been injured during these events and have had to be euthanised as a result. The most recent fatality was a bull in the Adelaide Rodeo late last year who broke his hind leg.

There will also be calf roping. This event involves scaring a small calf out in to the arena, whilst being chased by a rider on horseback, who lassoes a rope around the terrified calfs neck, then drags him to the ground, tying his legs together.

Steer wrestling is also happening at this event. This is where a horse mounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then brutally wrestles the steer to the ground, by holding his horns and throwing him off balance.

These are to name just a few of the inhumane events that will take place at this rodeo.

We hope that by standing out the front of this rodeo, peacefully protesting, we will encourage the public to see what these events really are, just a cruel form of exploitation.

Anyone wanting to support the protest and many other events like this in the Northern Rivers, please like our facebook page at

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Community Billboard 21st February 27th February "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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Lismores Tom Avery wins Indigenous surf comp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismores Tom Avery. (supplied)

During a celebration of surf and the coming together of Indigenous community, Lismores Tom Avery has won the Longboard section of the Wandiyali Indigenous Surf Classic.

The event is part of  Surf Fest that was held in Newcastle at Merewether Beach.

The Northern Rivers local beat a strong field of competitors in Cyclonic conditions with waves up to 15ft in height.

Tom said it was a lot of fun and that he is totally at ease in waves in that size range.

I have been to Hawaii and surfed some mega swells. The weekend saw some of the biggest waves we have had for any Indigenous event in history so it is a great achievement to come out on top, he said

The contest boasts the richest prize pool of any event of the year and attracts surfers from all over Australia.

Tom Avery in action at the Wandiyali Indigenous Surf Classic. supplied

Tom rides locally-made boards and credits his win to his shaper Ed Sinnott.

I am riding ESP Surfboards which are shaped in Byron Bay by Ed Sinnott. They are unbelievable surfboards which held up through some huge sets and let me lay down some heavy turns. They are the best boards I have ever ridden, he said.

Tom is the current Indigenous Longboard Champion and has won 2 years in a row. When asked if he plans to travel to Bells Beach Victoria for the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles and compete for three longboard titles in a row he simple answered, Probably.

Tom has been invited to compete in the Longboard Invitational Event as part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival which is happening in Byron Bay this weekend alongside Alex Knost, Jared Mel, Cassia Meador and Lola Mignot.

I think it is honourable that the Byron Surf Festival organisers have chosen me to be the Bundjalung Nation surfing representative for their event. It shows they are respectful of the land on which they are holding...


A Bill of Rights Would Protect All Freedoms, Not Just Religious Ones "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Philip Ruddocks Religious Freedom Review closed for submissions on February 14. And the reviews expert panel has decided not to publish the submissions its received, until it reports its findings to the prime minister on March 31. Malcolm Turnbull announced the review last November, in response to the concerns of his colleagues and No voters over same-sex marriage

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Channel 7 News with more on the AWU Scandal conspiracy today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A retired police detective is calling for a fresh inquiry into an alleged conspiracy between former union bosses and construction executives. He says he was about to visit Slater and Gordon, @JuliaGillard's law office, when I was abruptly stopped. #AWU #7News 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 21, 2018


Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state governments coal royalty revenue windfall and robust growth in business numbers. Nick was referring to business count data based on ABN registrations released by the ABS earlier this week. Business numbers were up 2.8% in 2016-17 in Queensland (and up 3.1% nationally). There was inconsistent growth in business numbers across local government areas, however, and while Gold Coast and Ipswich experienced strong growth, Mount Isa, Mackay and Rockhampton experienced falls, for example (see figure below).


A significant contributor to recent business growth has been Uber, which has resulted in strong growth in businesses whose main activity is transport, as seen in the visualisation of industry growth rates for South East Queensland LGAs below. Other stand out sectors were Information Media and Telecommunications in Ipswich, which has grown off a low base and may have been associated with the establishment of...


Joyce tells Australia its time to move on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, the mother of his unborn child, believe its time to move on after a tumultuous fortnight during which their relationship was made public.

In their first interview as a couple, Mr Joyce, 50, and Ms Campion, 33, also revealed theyll have to leave their rent-free apartment in Armidale, NSW, to protect their privacy.

The Nationals leader told Fairfax Media that questions about their private life had bordered on maliciousness.Its like I cant get you so Im gonna throw anything, he said.

Mr Joyce, who has four daughters with his estranged wife of 24 years, Natalie, also confirmed their baby due in April is a boy.

The one thing that has deeply annoyed me is that there is somehow an inference that this child is somehow less worthy than other children, and its almost spoken about in the third person, he said.

I love my daughters. I have four beautiful daughters and I love them to death. And now I will have a son.

Ms Campion, who refused to be photographed during the Fairfax interview, gave only one on-the-record comment to say her sons middle names would honour her two brothers.

She also rejected suggestions she was paid up to $190,000 while working for two Nationals MPs after she left Mr Joyces office in 2017 and produced pay slips showing she earned between $133,000 and $138,000, Fairfax said.

Mr Joyce is currently on personal leave as he fends off calls for him to step down as Nationals leader or leave politics after his extramarital affair was made public.

Acting prime minister Mathias Cormann again admitted the scandal has been a distraction for the government.

But he reminded people there are human beings at the centre, who are trying to move on.

Senator Cormann, who is filling in for Malcolm Turnbull who is in the US, said he has been able to speak to the deputy prime minister after first leaving him a voicemail.

We had a very good conversation. He was cooking spaghetti at the time we talked, he told reporters in Canberra.

Some of the public pressure is incredibly intense not just on Barnaby but also his family, his kids and his new partner, and yes its a distraction for the government but theres some human beings involved.

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Drinking soft drink linked to cancer risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Soft drinks are being linked to cancer. File photo

People who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne analysed more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers including breast, liver and prostate reported between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007 through The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study.

Published on Thursday, the study found a positive association between soft drink consumption and cancer risk independent of obesity after statistically adjusting for waist circumference.

The authors say the results justify the need to minimise the intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity, said lead researcher, Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division.

These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size, said Professor Hodge.

According to the research, the more sugary soft drinks participants drank the higher their risk of cancer.

However, this was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar could be the key, says Professor Hodge.Professor Hodge says the surprising findings warrant further research.

We definitely would like to see these findings confirmed in other studies and then also to understand something about the mechanism and whether sugar could be a driver of this association, said Professor Hodge.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper says this new research provides another reason for Australians to avoid soft drinks and make the switch to water.

Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer, said Mr Harper.

And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated with sugary drink consumption- including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.



Queensland high-rise boom unwinds apace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Apartment building slowing

Residential building work done for non-houses dropped by some 25 per cent in Queensland in 2017.

And this construction trend will continue in 2018 as the sector continues to rebalance towards equilibrium.

Not quite so many cranes expected in 2018 then, at least in the residential sector! 

As construction slows Brisbane's apartments are gradually filling up, as I looked at in a bit more detail here, but it's taking time for the stock to be absorbed.

The figures for engineering construction have been all over the show across recent quarters with some wild spikes in Western Australia due to the import of LNG platforms.

Looking at the smoother trend figures brings positive news.

Post-mining boom engineering construction is no longer dragging back the economies of Western Australia and Queensland, paving the way for an economic recovery for the resources states. 

Good to see.

At the national level residential building work done fell by about 5 per cent in 2017 as supply and demand look to swing back into balance.

However, this was more than offset by the rebound in engineering co...


A good guy with a bad name "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sometimes your name can give people the wrong impression. For example, as soon as people find out that a rakali is an Australian native water-rat, the term rat just puts them off. And a rakali is one of the cutest critters going. Similarly for cockroaches. They are automatically associated with spreading germs and disease. However []


Junior cricketers host Sale-Maffra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The LDCA Under 13 team that took on Sale-Maffra on Sunday at Scorpion Park on the turf.

THE LDCAs Under 12s and 13s took on Sale-Maffra at Scorpion Park on Sunday with the Under 13s on turf and the Under 12s on the synthetic pitch.
The Under 13s coached by Sam Mathews lost the toss and bowled first with Tom Hanily and Ryan Sinclair taking the new four piece ball and it was Sinclair who made an early break through.
A nice run out led to two quick wickets and suddenly Sale-Maffra were 4/64.
The fielding was excellent with two more run outs both direct hits by Lachie Gill and Noah Humphrey but some steady batting late from Sale-Maffra pushed the score to 8/136 off 40 overs.
Lachie Gill had two direct hits, Tom Hanily a run out to the keeper and Noah Humphrey a direct hit and an assisted run out in a great fielding effort.
After lunch Ben Hanrahan and Jack Butcher opened the batting for Leongatha and made a good solid start until Jack was lbw for 5.
The Leongatha batsmen couldnt seem to get comfortable at the crease with wickets falling at regular intervals leading to the team being bowled all out 110.
Most batsmen made a start but with a push for quick runs this led to a few of the dismissals. Overall a solid effort with the bat considering for some this was their first time on turf.
Next week the Under 13s play Warragul at the Drouin Football Ground on a synthetic pitch, 10am start, be there at 9am.
The under 12s under coach Lachie Hughes with support from Ken Scrimshaw and his wife Kim scoring, plus parents helping with umpiring.
Lachie spoke to all the boys after each spell of bowling and batting explaining measures to help their game.
Sale-Maffra won the toss and batted with Will Croatto and Hayden Burns taking the new ball and they bowled well from their three overs each.
Wickets were hard to come by but the boys were still lively in the field.
Four of the first five Sale-Maffra batsman retired with Zavier Lamers taking the first wicket clean bowled and from there they gradually picked up wickets.
Sale-Maffra finished 7/141 off 35 overs.
After lunch Harry Hoekstra and Zavier Lamers opened the batting followed by Harry Scrimshaw 13, and Rex Parini 18 the top scorers in a solid batting effort with the score tied on 141 off the last ball of the 35th over.
A game played with great gusto...


Day to Day Politics: Saving Barnaby. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 22 February 2018 On Wednesday 2 August 2017 I wrote what follows as a result of Barnaby Joyces inappropriate drunken outburst in a Shepparton hotel. It is but one of many examples of why he should not be the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia In a beery-voice filled with the local liquid amber, in

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Are you good with names? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you can come up with a better name that Square Donkey for the new business incubation site in Mullumbimby then you might be in for a prize. Photo supplied.

Its about sustainability, business and creating opportunity and they are looking for your help to come up with the name that represents it all.

Following NORTECs withdrawal from their small incubation site in Mullumbimby it has now been taken over by Sourdough and is undergoing a refurbishment and they are looking to get their first tenants onto the new business incubation site by the end of February.

The refurbishment of the old CLIC business village is proceeding rapidly, aid community representative Paul Jameson.

With the surprise withdrawal of NORTEC is has left a short lead time to get everything ready for clients and they are looking for suggestions of what the site should be called.

It started with the name CLIC business village, then Mullumbimby innovation hub and a host of other names like the courtyard, The gateway, The sustainability centre and Mullum central.

Square donkey got a good run until we realised it means idiot in polish, continued Paul with a laugh.

With an exciting prize, yet to be announced, they are asking everyone in the community to come up with some interesting and dynamic names for the new business innovation site.

Sourdough spokesman mark Holden explained, The name should reflect our mission and that is all about growing innovative and sustainable businesses and creating enterprise and jobs in our Byron region. It could be geographic, historic, descriptive, inspirational or a bit quirky: A name that the community will identify with and become a source of pride.

And the prize is

Glorification at our gala opening with complementary champagne and a $100 prize if an acceptable logo is included., said Paul.

The CLIC Board will adjudicate and have final decision.

Put your thinking cap on and hone up your creativity and send your entries to: or call Paul on 0408 866 651 for more information.

Get your entries in by 5pm on Wednesday, March 7.


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The Stairwell Project and Cancer Care Services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


November 22, 2017 Stairwell Project team member Ian Ahles [ Classical Guitar] with bone marrow recipient patient, Jim Usher in ward 5C, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital [ RBWH] Cancer Care Services [Haematology]. 

The little but big idea that live music performed in the open spaces and wards of a large city hospital is a positive factor in raising staff morale, improving patient recovery and reducing health care costs is gaining momentum. Documented international research is finding traction in policy and funding development while in Australia via a range of new ventures such as   The Hush Foundation  where live music in all kinds of combinations is  being slowly introduced onto hospital campuses. The Stairwell Projects pilot project in Cancer Care Services at RBWH was part of this evolution of new aspects of health care at the RBWH from November 2017 January 2018. We were invited by the RBWH Cancer Care Ser...

Sunday, 18 February


Live Jazz Events in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

New Orleans Beats: LazyBones Lounge, Level 2, 294 Marrickville Rd, MARRICKVILLE (8.30pm, $15, 0450-008563)

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