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Kwame Clouds Single Tour The Hills Are Alive Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday 31st Mar, 8.00pm 11.00pm, The Hills Are Alive Festival Site

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Roadshow Deluxe Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Wednesday, 12 December


Yet another Frydenberg ministerial blunder disclosed which is still reverberating "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 11 December 2018:

The Australian government has permitted the export of hundreds of rare and endangered parrots to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper, fraudster and extortionist, despite concerns the birds could be sold at a huge profit.

An investigation by Guardian Australia has revealed that the Berlin-based Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots received permission to export 232 birds between 2015 and November 2018 more than 80% of all the live native birds legally exported from Australia in the same period.

The exports include threatened species such as Carnabys and Baudins black cockatoos, worth tens of thousands of dollars each.

The head of the ACTP, Martin Guth,...


Centrelink's 'robodebt' headed to the Australian Federal Court? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

9 News, 10 December 2018:

Centrelinks robo-debt recovery scheme was intended to seek out and destroy debts, but instead its thrown more than 200,000 Australians into financial turmoil.

Now, Victorias former head prosecutor, QC Gavin Silbert, is lending his voice and fighting back against the controversial system which aims to claw back up to $4.5 billion in welfare overpayments.

I think its illegal and I think its scandalous. In any other situation, youd call it theft. I think theyre bullying very vulnerable people, Mr Silbert told A Current Affair. 

If debts are owed to the public purse they should be paid, they should be pursued. These are not such debts, he said.



GOING TO HELL! Found guilty of hideous crimes this week but media banned from revealing truth about high-profile Australian criminal with mass following "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANALYSIS: One of Australia's highest profile individuals with a worldwide reputation and a mass following has this week been found guilty of committing awful, heinous crimes. While several overseas media publications are now reporting the news, the nation's local media is forbidden from revealing even the barest of details in what is one of the biggest outcomes in Australian criminal legal history. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, reports on this travesty of open justice in the digital age. [READ MORE]


SUMMERTIME ARTS Sydney Festival and Destination Sydney Reimagined "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SYDNEY IN SUMMERTIME is the theme of Arts Thursday on 13th December 2018.

Destination Sydney has become a tourism catchcry, but the phrase was popularised two years ago, with a ground-breaking exhibition of that name, presented at three of Sydneys finest public galleries, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and the S. H. Ervin Gallery.

Wendy Sharpe and Jane Watters

Destination Sydney Reimagined introduces 9 new artists and over 130 new works that have been inspired by Sydneys physical setting, its energy and creative vibe. The exhibition can be seen across the three galleries until 17th March 2019.

Join Maisy Stapleton to learn more about the exhibition and how Sydney stimulates its artists. We will be speaking to SH Ervin Gallery Director Jane Watters and artist Wendy Sharpe. In a later program we will hear from Ken Done whose works are on display at Manly Art Gallery and Museum.



LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Challenger 604 VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Late on Sunday 9 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane before later returning to Townsville in the wee small hours of Monday 10 December.

File photo

Meanwhile, as this post is being written, late on Monday 10 December, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" is due to complete a flight from Brisbane to Emerald Airport.  It is due to then return to Brisbane in the wee small hours of Tuesday 11 December.

UPDATE!  VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ in the wee small hours of Wednesday 12 December, calling into Rockhampton Airport, again from and back to Brisbane.


3 Army MRH-90s into Rockhampton Airport - Plus 3 RAAF Super King Airs at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tuesday 11 December was a very busy day for Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and aircraft with multiple visits into various Central Queensland Airports.

At Rockhampton Airport, pair of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters flew in from Townsville.  A40-009 as "Warhorse 243", followed a short time later as A40-035 as "Destrier 113".

A40-035 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

The second MRH-90 A40-035 "Destrier 113" continued to Brisbane whereas the first, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" looked to suffer a maintenance issue and did not continue.

As a result, as the sun was setting, another Australian Army MRH-90 A40-028 as "Destrier 112" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport also from Townsville.

At the time of writing, both MRH-90s looks to be spending the night at Rocky.

UPDATE!  Repairs made, on Wednesday 12 December, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane while A40-028 "Destrier 112" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 12 December, another Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter A40-013 passed through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville as "Destrier 113".

Meanwhile, up at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling in from Melbourne (Tullamarine) as "Wisdom 31".  After a couple of hours on the ground, it departed to the Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.

Finally, out at Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, three RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft and an Australian Army helicopter were all noted visiting from different parts.

RAAF Super King Airs A32-348 as "Hudson 04", A32-372 as "Hudson 02" and A32-339 as "Hudson 08" were all noted arriving into Longreach Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  After taking on fuel, they each continued to Cairns.



Moreland Gender Equality Commitment consultation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Over the last 12 months, Moreland City Council has conducted community engagement to develop a Gender Equality Commitment; including community forums, events, focus groups and a community working group. The draft Commitment has been developed based on a review of current legislation and policy and is aligned under our Human Rights Policy. It is an update of Council's existing Statement of Commitment to Women and connected to the Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy 2016-2020 (PDF 1Mb) and ...


HOUSE SITTER NEEDED "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We are away 19th Dec - 2nd Jan and need someone to look after our lovely DOG and CAT - they come with a FREE HOUSE for you to stay in !!!
Please call Annie on 0458 353 794 if you know of anyone who might be interested! House is in Regent area ...



Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Untitled-2The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy are happy to announce their new home studio at 13 Bishop st, Coburg North opposite Coburg North Primary School.

Private singing and instrumental lessons available and places are limited
School pickups can be arranged

We are also accepting enrolments for our wonderful summer holiday program

We are celebrating the start of summer with a 50%  discount when bringing a friend


Ex-Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch to appeal ICAC blackmail conviction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch will serve a two-year Intensive Corrections Order (ICO) after a blackmail conviction in October related to an exchange with councils [more]

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1) Disheartening Truth of Papuan Children`s Dream to be OPM member "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia rejects West Papua demands as troops hunt separatists
3) Government to shift focus from infrastructure to education in Papua
4) Jakarta-Papua Tensions Flare
5) Sincha Dimara: My mother, a West Papuan survivor of many hardships, spurred along by her faith

6) West Papua refugees share their stories at Lithgow forum

1) Disheartening Truth of Papuan Children`s Dream to be OPM member
Disheartening Truth of Papuan Children`s Dream to be OPM member



NEW MUSIC: Rich Webb Stoner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This track caught our ear with its noir verses and power pop on codeine chorus. Its lush and swooning in the way it glides and soars at different times. Rich Webb hails from Melbourne and Stoner comes from his album Le Rayon Vert which you can check out on Spotify and purchase via his website. Continue reading


John Howard: Politics Of Discrimination Hampering Religious Freedom Debate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Prime Minister John Howard has said that hes frustrated with the maddening debate around religious freedoms in Australia. Howard told The Australian on Wednesday that the politics of discrimination had become so potent it was difficult to have a rational discussion about freedom of religion. Nobody wants to expel gay kids and to my ...

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Save your drink containers for CAFNEC! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 Donate your drink containers and HELP CAFNEC! 

On the 1st of November the Containers for Change QLD scheme began. This means most beverage containers now have a 10c value that can be redeemed by taking your containers to a depot. 

CAFNEC is excited to announce we have signed up as a registered charity that you can donate to via the scheme and it is so easy! 

Simply collect your eligible containers, take them to a depot and enter CAFNECs scheme ID C10006963, the refund will be sent to us automatically. 

Your beverage containers like beer bottles and cans are now worth money so you can either put them in the recycling bin and give that money to the local council when they collect your rubbish or you could save them up and drop them at a depot and make a donation to CAFNEC!

List of eligible containers here:


Travelling a darling river "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We came from Melbourne up over the Great Dividing Range to be atop the Barrier Range. Then onward to a river camp in the corner country of northwest New South Wales. The idea was to travel once more to the desert, starting at Broken Hill, then camp, explore, immerse ourselves and stay awhile, not just hop from roadside postcard photoshoot to national pretty park, not to blithely pass through.


Tanks, Talbot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We will be at Talbot Farmers market on Sunday selling the rest of our garlic come and get yours or help sell ours and enjoy the historic surrounds of Talbot plus two busy pre-xmas markets Thanks to the Gs Gayle, Garry, Gillian and Gen for assisting at Clunes last Sunday. Continue reading Tanks, Talbot


Her Life's a Sprint, Legacy Long Running "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wilma Rudolph outran poverty, polio, scarlet fever and the limits placed on black women by societal convention to win three gold medals in sprint events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. By the time brain cancer caught Rudolph, leading to her death Saturday at age 54, she had achieved a stature that made her legend and her sport greater in the long run. The 20th of 22 children of a porter and a cleaning lady, Rudolph lost the use of her left leg after contracting polio and scarlet fever at age 4. Doctors told her parents she never would walk again without braces, but she refused to accept that prognosis and began to walk unassisted at age 9. It wasn't long before she was outrunning all the girls and boys in her neighborhood. At 16, already under the tutelage of Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, Rudolph won a bronze medal on the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Four years later, when she was the mother of a 2-year-old, Rudolph won the three golds despite running all three events with a sprained ankle. After being voted Associated Press female athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961 and the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 1961, Rudolph retired at 21, a decision that reflects an era in which lack of financial incentives kept most Olympic careers short. She turned to a variety of humanitarian projects, including goodwill ambassador to West Africa, coaching at DePauw University and working for underprivileged children through the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

Note: The remarkable woman once commented, "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."


UNDER 18 Chillinit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Under 18s this one is for you!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNDER 18 SHOW, 18+ may attend if they are a parent or guardian of a minor.

There will be zero tolerance policy to drugs & Alcohol.

Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia and one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a brash, cricket-loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, who has built a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and his independently released debut album Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has racked up a staggering five million streams and counting.

Now, to celebrate the album release, Chillinit announces The Ashes National Tour, his first ever headline national run, supported by his opening batting partner the enigmatic Wombat. Kicking off in March with the 18+ First Innings, followed by an Underage Second Innings during the Easter School Holidays, culminating on the most sacred of dates, April 20th, 4/20!






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CHILLINIT 18+ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia and one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a brash, cricket-loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, who has built a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and his independently released debut album Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has racked up a staggering five million streams and counting.

Now, to celebrate the album release, Chillinit announces The Ashes National Tour, his first ever headline national run, supported by his opening batting partner the enigmatic Wombat. Kicking off in March with the 18+ First Innings, followed by an Underage Second Innings during the Easter School Holidays, culminating on the most sacred of dates, April 20th, 4/20!







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Santa to visit Grove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Santa will pay Ocean Grove a visit on Christmas Eve thanks to the CFA.

Santa, the fire truck and Santas helpers will be at the following locations at the following specified times:

Area 1

5pm Surf Beach (near the SLSC)

5.20pm Lake Avenue Reserve (corner Blue Waters Dve and Lake Ave)

5.40pm Belle Vue Drive (Normandy Cres and Belle Vue Dve)

6pm Goandra Drive (Yellow Gums Reserve)

6.20pm Ocean Grove Park (Hodgson St Park)

Area 2

5pm Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve (The Avenue)

5.20pm Surfside Primary School (John Dory Drive)

5.40pm Sunset Strip Milk Bar (Sunset Strip)

6pm Collendina Reserve (Minerva Close)

6.20pm Begola Wetlands (Roditis Dve end)

Area 3

5pm Woodlands Reserve (north, west end Woodlands Drive)

5.20pm Kingston Downs Dve Playground (north end)

5.40pm Oakdean Blvd playground (north, east end)

6pm Sea Views Manor

6.20pm Parkview Ave Reserve

Santa will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location then move on.

Leading up to Christmas look out for the signs posted at each location.

Ocean Grove CFA is reminding that fire restrictions have been in force from 26 November and there is no burning off without a permit.


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Sea sparkle spread "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bellarine water-goers have been warned to steer clear of another sea sparkle bloom off the coast between Point Lonsdale and Torquay.

Noctiluca scintillans could cause severe reactions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional commander Aaron van Winden warned.

Direct contact may cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness, sore ears or nose, or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, he said.

Wash immediately with fresh water if you do come in contact with sea sparkle and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with affected water.

During daylight the masses of tiny organisms appear as a murky red, pink or orange sludge floating on the waters surface.

When present, blooms produce a spectacular glowing light at night, however, as a precaution, members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with affected water, Mr van Winden said.

Sea sparkle is a common bioluminescent organism and during blooms can produce toxic levels of ammonia that can lead to fish deaths.

Affected water can become temporarily discoloured and have an unpleasant smell.

The bloom was currently one to two kilometres from the shore, Mr van Winden said.

The bloom does not appear to be impacting local beaches at this time, however we are monitoring the situation closely for any changes.

There have several sea sparkle blooms off the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over the past three months, including a trail several hundred metres long between Jan Juc and Torquay last month.

A department spokesperson was unable to say if the latest bloom was directly related to last months event.


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Mardi Gras Sissy Ball, Australias Biggest Vogue Contest, Is Returning In 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias biggest vogue competition, Sissy Ball, is returning to the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to celebrate Asia-Pacifics LGBTQIA+ community. Inspired by New Yorks iconic vogue ballroom scene, the event brings people together for a night of dance, music, and expressive freedom and celebrates ballrooms endurance in queer culture. Sissy Ball made its ...

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Its not often you see multiple band and DJ headliners supported by our best local talent, all under one roof. Well thats exactly whats heading our way this New Years Eve at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Across two stages during the day and into the night, featuring a huge lineup of touring and local acts, live visual arts, pop up bars, festival food offerings and loads more, this is shaping up to be the biggest NYE event around.

Bringing in the New Year on the Band Room stage is Melbourne multi-instrumentalist and World renowned guitarist Harts. Bec Sandridge will also be performing alongside Tropical Zombie, The Violent Monks, New Steam and Honey Hayze.

The Garden Stage will be hosting touring DJs from all over, including Danish techno producer KLSCH, Melbournes Benson and Sydney duo Human Movement. Locals include Taya, Robina, Tai Daniels, Chef De Party + loads more.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite and theyre selling fast. Make sure you dont miss out on bringing in the New Year at Byron Bay Brewery!

NYE | Byron Bay Brewery | Dec 31 | 12 pm 2 am


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Why These Queensland Brothers Started An LGBTIQ Pride Activewear Brand "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Were two brothers: Matt and Mitch; one queer, one ally. Growing up in Queensland and both of us being big sport fans, we have a soft spot for all games but rugby is our greatest love. We were raised playing it and have watched the sport turn in to a shining example of how a ...

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Western Australian Museum Defends Its Acquisition Of Historical Glory Hole "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Western Australian Museum has defended its acquisition of a toilet door featuring one of the states historical glory holes, saying it is the museums responsibility to represent the entire community. The artifact is a wooden toilet door with a hole cut through it from a train station toilet block south-east of Perth, that was ...

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FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS OF 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2018 was another strong year for the local alt-country, folk, blues and Americana scene here in Australia. Weve put together a list of our favourite local releases, plus one New Zealand album that made the list this year. We highly recommend all of these records check them out on streaming services, buy a CD Continue reading


Seeing the International Space Station through a lens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.

A CHANCE occurrence took place recently for locals Jacqui and Jason Hayward, who just couldnt miss the opportunity to look to the skies and snap a long exposure photo of the International Space Station when it passed through the skies over Shepparton while a spacecraft was attempting to dock to it.

Travelling at 27,000km/h and orbiting roughly 400km from Earth, the International Space Station is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date.

It is possible that Jacqui and Jason captured the moment that NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos joined Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), Serena Aun-Chancellor of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos aboard the International Space Station.


A fond farewell to Sue Nalder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.

WITH La Trobe Universitys outgoing head of campus, Sue Nalder bidding her role farewell this week, The Adviser sat down with her for one last chat about some of her favourite things in life, her time at La Trobe and what her plans for the future are.

What is your favourite food?

A really good barbeque with friends and family, but I am particularly fond of the many wonderful different salads.

What is your favourite football team?

Ill have to say the mighty TigersRichmond.

What is your favourite book?

Over the past few years I havent read too many books, mainly articles for the university, but I do love autobiographies.

Is there a particular person that has been your biggest inspiration in life?

I would have to say my mum. She is 92 years of age. I have always been inspired by her strong work ethic and how she makes the most of each day. She always supports and encourages her family and friends.

If you could holiday anywhere, where would you go?

Our favourite spot the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It has beautiful beaches and surf. I would love to go to Poland and explore one day though.

What has been your favourite moment at La Trobe?

It would be the turning of the sod of the new building at Fryers Street and its opening. It was symbolic of so many opportunities for our community in gaining a higher education. Its been a real community business where everyone has worked together to make it all happen.

What has been your biggest achievement?

With La Trobe it would be building up the school of business accounting department at the Shepparton campus. Personally, it would Ian and I having our five children and seeing them hap...


Sheed retains seat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.

RESULTS were announced last week for the Victorian State Election for the seat of Shepparton, with Suzanna Sheed retaining the seat as Independent Member for Shepparton District for another term.

Following the announcement of her re-election, Ms Sheed said, Im excited to announce I have been re-elected as the Independent Member for Shepparton District and have been given the privilege of being your representative in the Victorian Parliament for another four years.

A big thank you to the community for entrusting me to continue to advocate and deliver the outcomes we seek for our wonderful communities.

Id like to thank the Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian and VEC staff for their ongoing efforts over the past few weeks.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank my family, friends and volunteers for the great effort and support they have shown over my last term of parliament and the campaign period.

Running a campaign is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous amount of commitment and hard work. Id like to congratulate Cheryl Hammer, Peter Schwarz, Bill Heath, Murray Willaton and Nickee Freeman for putting up their hands and taking on the task.

While we may represent differing political views, I applaud all candidates who care deeply about their community and seek to make a positive contribution.

Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said, I congratulate Suzanna on being returned as the Member for Shepparton. I look forward to her delivering everything she has told us an independent could d...


Community Christmas display towers towards the stars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

A BRILLIANT array of new Christmas displays has been expertly executed for all to enjoy in the Shepparton Tower Arcade. The gorgeous decorations, compiled by the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, utilises stunning window displays from local artists and community groups.

The Tower Arcade window displays are proudly submitted by Shepparton Textile Artists Inc., Goulburn Valley Quilters, Eastern Goulburn Country Womens Association and the Goulburn Valley Rail Club.

Also featured in the window displays is a unique textile design by local resident Ella Egan, titled Partridge in a Pear Tree. The delightful window display is an absolute eye-opener, made from Japanese maple wired and bent into shape, silk fibres, a felt trunk, homemade silk paper, hand-embroidered partridge and pears shaped out of fabric.

In addition to the window display, Wendy Crow from the chamber has utilised the glass roof by crafting star stencils that allow the skylight to pass through, to unique effect. There is also a stunning, enormous tree display on the western end of the arcade and bouquets and other displays utilised throughout.

The entire arcade showcases the spectacular efforts of many within the community and is absolutely worth visiting.


$5B for Future Drought Fund "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Coalition Government recently introduced legislation to establish a new, secure, revenue stream for drought resilience, preparedness and recovery, which will grow to be worth $5B.

The fund will help give out farmers tools to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses through drought and will deliver infrastructure projects, promote the adoption of new technology and help improve environmental and natural resource management on farms.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said the Future Drought Fund was a forward-looking policy which will pay off for decades to come.

Were guaranteeing long-term revenue to build drought resilience, Minister Littleproud said.

Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Mathias Cormann said the fund would start with $3.9B, growing to $5B over the next decade.

From July 1, 2020, $100M will be directed annually to fund a wide range of drought resilience projects, while the balance is reinvested the fund.

A predictable funding stream for drought resilience will enable Australias $60B agricultural industries to fulfil their potential.

The government will develop and publish the Drought Resilience Funding Plan to ensure a transparent and consistent approach to funding drought resilience projects.

The plan will be informed through public consultation and reviewed at least every four years to ensure it captures emerging priorities, Minister Cormann said.

More information on drought support is available at


Pre-Christmas appeal launched for drivers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICTORIANS are being urged to keep each other safe on the roads this festive season with the Andrews Labor Government and road safety authorities launching a pre-Christmas appeal to drivers, knocking on doors.

The devastating death knock that police make when a person is killed on Victorian roads is at the heart of a new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign and road safety plea.

While the 195 lives lost so far this year is a record low for the start of December, it is no comfort for the families and friends facing Christmas without their loved ones.

With almost one person killed every day between the start of December and Christmas last year, drivers are being urged to slow down, plan their trips and make safe choices when hitting the road these holidays.

The campaign was developed to remind people about the tragic outcomes of risk-taking behaviour on the roads and urges people to think about the ripple effect of the choices made.

Last year, 23 people died on Victorian roads from the start of December to Christmas Day, and six people lost their lives between Christmas and the New Year.

The police and the TAC will have a strong presence across the state these holidays, with extra police shifts and community information campaigns to curb the number of people being killed on country roads.

TAC lead director road safety, Samantha Cockfield said, The festive period is a busy, high-risk time on Victorian roads with people taking longer trips, and attending social events, so our message is to avoid fatigued driving, drink and drug-driving, distractions, and slow down.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


MUSIC FOR HOSPICE will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Cricketers Arms Hotel, Mooroopna with guest artist Marke Kelly.


THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CONGUPNA TALLYGAROOPNA LANDCARE PROJECT at the former Tallygaroopna Railway Station Site will be held on Saturday, December 15. Commencing at 10am with a look around the park and morning tea before the opening. Note, the Seymour Heritage Train will also be coming through around this time. For more, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


NEW YEARS EVE DANCE NIGHT will be held on Monday, December 31 at the Sir Ian McLennan Centre, Mooroopna. The dinner dance will run from 6pm to 1pm. A two course cold buffet and dessert will be held at 6:30pm. The cost including tea/coffee is $26. Entry after 7:30pm is $10. Tickets must be pre-booked and paid for by Sunday, December 15 with through Trish on 5412 6744. The music will be by guest artists, The Kendells, Joyce Yates, Merri Winter and invited guests.


SHEPPARTON PRESBYTERIAN PARISH will have Christmas Day services on December 25 in Shepparton (168 Hayes Street) from 9:30am and in Kyabram (Church Street) from 9:30am.


MONDAY EVENING AUSSIE CROQUET will be held at the Shepparton Croquet Club, 37 Winston Street, Shepparton commencing from Monday, January 7, 2019 from 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Cost per person for each day of play is $6 for members, $10 for non-members and school children free. All equipment is provided. Wear flat soled shoes. For enquiries, phone Gwen on 5821 546.


ROTARY CLUB OF MOOROOPNA would like to introduce the developing Rotary Satellite Club of Mooroopna which, when fully formed will be the Rotary Club of Kialla. The club meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm at McGuire College, Wilmot Road, Shepparton (no dinning). You are welcome to visit and get to know the members.



ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.


SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Peppermill Inn, GV Highway in Kialla from 6pm for a 6:30pm...


Prepare and plan ahead with GMCU "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHRISTMAS is a great time of year for spending time with family and friends. It is also the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been and to begin planning for the year ahead, something GMCU Shepparton are experts in assisting with.

If you are planning to buy your first or next home in 2019, starting now is a great way to ensure you are well prepared and ready to buy when you find the ideal property.

When looking at possible purchases, make sure you have researched the area you are buying in. How are the surrounding suburbs expected to grow in value? Are there any proposed developments that may impact the area? Look at the comparable properties in the area to work out how much youre prepared to pay.

Another important first step is to think about how much you might need to save for your deposit, or to understand how much equity is available in your current home. Talking to your financial institution early is a good way to make sure you are on the right track. They can also help you understand the different finance options available and the best ways to boost your savings.

GMCU Shepparton branch manager, Dallas Moore said, At GMCU, we recognise that buying a home is much more than the process of getting a home loan. Supporting our members throughout the whole buying experience is an important part of what we do, right from the earliest stages of planning for purchase.

Our team are always only a phone call away if you have any questions at any step along the way.

GMCU has ten branches located throughout the region, each with experienced lenders who can help homebuyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. Visit the website at or contact the Shepparton GMCU branch on 5821 903...


Join the 2019 headspace advisory committee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

APPLICATIONS for the January intake for the headspace Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are now open.

The YAC Members do so much for not only the local centre, but also for our local youth and wider community audience. Youth members get to work on a number of different projects while learning to develop confidence, public speaking skills and to be a voice for youth mental health.

The YAC will have six volunteer positions, with each position offering a different skill set. The volunteer roles are perfect for young people who are looking to work in the helping people profession, events, and or, young people just wanting to be involved in helping other young people. People between the ages of 16-25 can now apply.

Applications are open until January 7, 2019. For more information or to apply, visit


Using Coffee Cherries - Flour, Tea, Jam/Jelly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coffee Flour is

"An agricultural innovation with the potential to do some really great things for the world. And we dont just mean the food world.

Each year the billions of coffee beans that eventually make their way into the Americanos, lattes, and no-foam, extra-hot, triple-shot cappuccinos of the world are harvested by milling and extracting them from the coffee plant. The surrounding fruit, is discarded. It often gets dumped into rivers or left to rot in heaps. So we invented something better to do with it. Something thats better for everyone."

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Its beginning to look a lot like Woodford! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While the silly season is in full swing, the folkier of us are looking beyond the tinsel and jolly man in a red suit, and are planning the trek to this years Woodford Folk Festival. If you havent yet made your New Years plans, its not too late to get in on the folk action and []


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Fairgrounds Festival At Berry Showgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Oh how the sun did shine for Fairgrounds Festival. An absolute plethora of A-class acts converged on the quiet, boutique town of Berry for great music and community vibes a couple hours South of Sydney. Check out all good stuff below!


Fairgrounds Festival @ Berry Showgrounds | 01.12.18 | Photos by Sophie Hill



Ringtail joey rescued near land-clearing site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carmel, the tiny ringtail joey rescued by WIRES from a land-clearing site at Goonengerry. Photo WIRES

A tiny ringtail possum joey has been rescued in the vicinity of a newly cleared patch of land on Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry.

WIRES Northern Rivers spokesperson Renata Phelps, who is looking after the young orphan, said, ringtail possums usually have two joeys. We can only speculate as to the fate of mum and sibling and the multitude of other native animals that would have been injured or killed whilst the machinery did its job of clearing this highly sensitive area of land.

Renata said Caramel and another little orphaned ringtail possum, Snickers, will grow up together and be released back to the wild once old enough to make it on their own.

Thank you to the kind member of public for stopping and saving the life of this little orphan. Our hearts go out to all the others that are not found each and every time land is cleared, she said.

Sadly weve cleared nearly half of Australias native forests and vegetation in the last 200 years, leading to the direct loss of millions of native animals and plants every year.

When chain saws and bull dozers move into areas of bush, the destruction of trees and other plants is very obvious. Harm to our wildlife, however, is largely invisible. Very few native animals are found after land clearing. Those that do manage to survive, even if they are uninjured from falling trees and machinery, are faced with a struggle to find food and shelter. They are more vulnerable to predators and disease, which means that they can suffer days or months of pain and distress after their homes are lost, Renata said.

An all-volunteer organisation, WIRES relies heavily on the generosity of caring people for support. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

Now is also a great time to join WIRES and start learning to be a wildlife rescuer.

Call the 24-hour hotline on 6628 1898 for all rescue, advice or membership calls in the Northern Rivers or go to WIRES website to find out how you can help.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Marlon Williams  Make Way For Love "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here comes the break-up album. Its a tried and true fallback for a million songwriters out there but only a small percentage really nail the heartache, despair, fallout and renewal that comes from a fractured relationship. Marlon Williams has taken an approach that doesnt shy away from the bruises and open wounds, instead he presents Continue reading


Public meeting hears of festival sites expansion plans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Signs outside Mondays IPC hearing into North Byron Parklands plans. Photo supplied

The long-running fight over the future of the North Byron Parklands festival hub is coming down to the crunch.

On Monday, public submissions were heard at the Ocean Shores Community Centre, concluding the application process.

From here, the matter rests entirely in the hands of the Independent Planning Commission (IPC), which is expected to hand down its final decision early in the new year.

Should the Commission decide in favour of the festival hubs owners, it will result in a significant and permanent expansion of festival activity on the site, dashing the hopes of those who had hoped to limit the size and scale of the operation.

This is the stage where we either gain control as a community or lose it, Byron Shire councillor Cate Coorey said.

We have to maintain a role for Council and the community. Its really crucial that if there are to be festivals on that site, that theres rigorous oversight and monitoring.

The central elements of the application are to increase the maximum number of patrons at Falls and Splendour in the Grass to 35,000 and 50,000 respectively, and to allow each to run for five days.

There would also be three medium event days per year, each with up to 25,000 patrons, five small (5,000-patron) one-day community events and two minor (1,500-patron) community events. This would increase the total number of event days from eight to 20.

The applicants are also proposing to build a conference centre on the site, which would operate all year round.

Health & safety risk

In a significant win for the owners, the Department of Planning has recommended that the proposal be approved, subject to a few minor conditions.

Byron Council, on the other hand, is firmly in the other camp.



Santa delights at Capeview Mitre10 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHILE some of the younger visitors to Santa Claus at Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha found the experience a little terrifying, most children were delighted to see him.

HitFM Gippslands Santa On Tour program was in Leongatha on Saturday and will continue on to various locations across the region to celebrate Christmas.

Visitors came to have their photo taken with Santa and do Christmas shopping while they were there.


Seasons greetings: from left, Santas elf Tiana Revill, Aidan and Kynan Staley and Santa Claus who visited Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha for HitFM Gippslands Santa tour across Gippsland on Saturday.


Christmas cheer in Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Korumburra community is set to celebrate the Christmas season during the towns annual celebration Christmas In Korumburra on its main street on Saturday, December 15.

An initiative of members of the Korumburra Business Association (KBA) and supported by the Koringal Womens Service, Lions and Rotary clubs of Korumburra, the event caters for families and is free.

KBA president Noelene Cosson said the focus was for children to wander through Commercial Street and enjoy free activities including lolly jar guessing games, a CFA display and music.

Its not really a Christmas celebration without Santa Claus so children are welcome to have a free photo taken with him during the day, Ms Cosson said.

We are very pleased to be organising this free event and are very grateful for all the assistance from the community groups.

Not to be missed will be the South Gippsland Concert Band and the school choirs from Korumburra and St Josephs primary schools.

The event from 9am to midday is expected to draw a number of visitors to the towns centre on Commercial Street and unite the community to celebrate the Christmas spirit.


Tree cheer: Korumburra Business Association secretary Shirley Arestia and president Noelene Cosson welcome the community to the upcoming Christmas In Korumburra celebration.


Former MG chief Gary Helou to pay $200,000 penalty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Federal Court has ordered former Murray Goulburn Co-operative managing director Gary Helou to pay $200,000 in penalties for being knowingly concerned in Murray Goulburns false or misleading claims about the farmgate milk price it expected to pay dairy farmers during the 2015-16 milk season.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Mick Keogh said, The penalty imposed against Mr Helou reflects his seniority at Murray Goulburn and involvement in misleading representations about the farmgate milk price.

Murray Goulburn admitted to making false or misleading representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law when it represented to farmers in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales on February 29, 2016, and subsequently until April 27, 2016, that it could maintain its opening milk price of $5.60/kg of milk solids.

South Gippslanders reacted to the penalty on The Stars Facebook page, with Darren McInnes writing, Disgraceful for a man who ruined the Devondale brand and Darren Eastwood saying, Petty cash for him.

Mr Helou has admitted he was involved in the misleading representations made by Murray Goulburn. This included not informing farmers of risks known to Murray Goulburn and making unfounded assumptions that Murray Goulburn could achieve its milk powder sachet sales targets.

Murray Goulburns misrepresentations meant farmers were not informed of the likelihood the final milk price would fall below the opening price. This was important information for farmers as it would have influenced the business decisions each farmer made, Mr Keogh said.

Farmers were denied the opportunity to plan for the impact of the reduced milk price on their businesses between February and April 2016, including implementing measures to reduce their exposure to a decrease in the milk price or shopping their milk around to other dairy processors.

The ACCC did not seek a penalty against Murray Goulburn because as it was a co-operative, any penalty imposed against it could end up being paid by the very farmers that were misled.

We were conscious not to seek penalty orders that would adversely affect farmers for the wrongs committed by Murray Goulburn, so we focused on obtaining appropriate orders against the individuals involved in the conduct, Mr Keogh added.

As part of the resolution of the proceedings, Mr Helou has undertaken to the court that he will not be involved in the dairy industry for three years.

In August 2018, the ACCC resolved its proceedings against Murray Goulburns former chief financial officer, Bradley Hingle, after he consented to an order that he pay a contribution to the ACCCs costs and gave an undertaking to the court that he wouldnt be involved in the dairy i...


Leongatha turns on Christmas spirit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Trudy Murphy


OH, what a night!

Saturday nights Carols in the Drome in Leongatha was a carols to remember with amazing performances from local bands, Leongatha Childrens Centre, local schools, Lisa Pellin Dancers, Combined Church Choir, South Gippsland Brass Band and drummers, Ashley Geary, Jackson Patterson, Adrian Darakai, Kiarna Smith, Britt Lewis, Kerryn Lockhart, Jen Holm and Jessica Stein, who delighted the crowd with her warm and friendly compering of the night.

The morning began with the decision to go ahead with the hope reports of wet weather were wrong. That paid off with a little help from above!

The attendance was fantastic with more than 1000 people and the new location near the LDNA netball courts was a hit with everyone. The close proximity of amenities and the roads made moving around the site easy.

New carols committee member Claire Williams passion for the community and enthusiasm lifted the quality of the childrens activities with go-karts, jumping castles and mini golf, all free for children to enjoy.

The carols stall with glow gear, popcorn, ice cones and fairy floss was busy all night, with all profits going towards next years carols.

This event wouldnt be possible without the wonderful support and help from community members and businesses.

The committee wishes to thank volunteers who helped on the night, Leongatha Mens Shed, SES, stage manager Matt Saario and Neil Warren.

Sponsors were South Gippsland Shire Council, Chairo Christian School, Ezyas Car Wash, St Peters Church, The Star newspaper, Aldi, Michaels IGA, Woolworths, Freeza, Leongatha Business Association, Country Cart, Ryans Trucks, SAFE Scaffolding, Leongatha Lions and Lyric Theatre.

Thanks to 1000-plus people who joined us for our community carols. It was a wonderful atmosphere and its really special seeing everyone having a great time enjoying the talents and expertise of our local people, the committees Trudy Murphy said.


Young talent: Tegan Denbrok (front) and Meg Richards of South Gippsland Brass Band performed admirably at Carols in the Drome at Leongatha on Saturday. They are with Doug Appleton, Brian Foster, Masina Ahokava and Ralph Christensen. Photo: Trudy Murphy.



Concert impresses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STUDENTS at St Josephs Primary School, Wonthaggi, wowed their friends and family with their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 6.

The Christmas concert was based on John Burlands Christmas Star.

Christmas Star is a collection of songs and narration that retells the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

The concert was performed by the whole school with each student given the opportunity to play a role.

They performed a matinee to warm up, which was followed by a night performance on the same evening.

The students have worked hard to prepare for the concert since the start of term four.


Very sweet: Grade 1/2 students Mia, Isla, Ava and Izzy were dressed as angels for St Josephs Primary Schools Christmas concert in Wonthaggi.


Santa spreads joy to the world "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IF ever there was a more important job than spreading joy to children the world over, Santa Claus is yet to have discovered it.

Mr Claus hails from the Nordic, snowy regions of the North Pole. Each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, he delivers toys, with the help of his faithful team of reindeer and elves, to millions of children the world over, filling empty stockings hung in homes.

It is by no measure a mean feat to reward the worlds children with festive season gifts; and to that end, he concedes the busy delivery schedule requires a team effort from all involved.

It might sound obvious, but steering reindeer can be a little tricky at times, especially in snowy conditions. Thats why I love visiting Australian children during their summer Christmas without snow, I get to deliver far more goodies for the Aussie boys and girls, Mr Claus said.

Times have changed a little and I admit that our sleigh could do with a few upgrades to its navigational and compass equipment to aid flying around the world at top speed. Sometimes Dancer gets a little antsy in cool conditions.

But I have to say my wife Mrs Claus makes everything possible. Without her reindeer care, toy preparation and not to mention cookie production with my trusty team of elves, none of this would be possible. Its truly a team effort.

We would all like to extend our warmest wishes of appreciation to all our reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. To all our elves that make toys at our North Pole factory and care for our reindeer, we thank you too.

Mr Claus always gives his time to all, and The Star notes that of all the people he waved to during our interview, each and every person reciprocated the joy.

Is there anything about Santa Claus you didnt know? Perhaps its his red pyjamas worn to bed and when he gets up in the morning, he awakens to Jingle Bells.

He also credits his energy levels to a daily hot chocolate with a sprinkling of elf dust.

All in all, he reiterates that Mrs Claus always keeps him on his toes, though his knees have received a good work out throughout the years.

It must be all the well behaved children contributing to that.



Will Byron Council lower parking fines? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Should Byron Shire Councillors vote to lower parking fines from $110 to $80?

Its on the table for the December 13 meeting, after staff say in the upcoming agenda that, Councils across NSW have, for the first time, been provided flexibility to lower the most common parking fines from March 1, 2019.

As for the financial implication on Council, staff say, In the 2017/2018 financial year Council issued 4,944 infringements for offences that are now included within those where fines are proposed to be reduced.

On 2017/2018 figures a $32 reduction in fine amounts would see Councils general revenue reduced by approximately $158,200 annually.

Staff say that should councillors vote to reduce fines, the projected revenue loss will need to be absorbed or recovered by alternative means.

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Mojo Burning has dropped its stunning 2019 lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Having sold-out their 2018 event, and featured huge headliners such as Wolfmother, Nick Oliveri, and Bob Log III in the past, Mojo Burning has continued their goal to promote and solidify the national blues, rock, and psych scene, dropping its 2019 lineup today.

Back for its sixth and largest year, Brisbanes Mojo Burning has set itself apart as one of the finest celebrations of blues, rock, and psych music in Australia. Now, the festival has unveiled a lineup that is set to appeal to music fans of all walks of life.

With 30 bands, spreading across three stages, and held over 12 hours, Mojo Burning is a huge experience, delivering an audio/visual overload featuring some of the biggest local and international acts, delivered in the comfort of Brisbanes Hamilton Hotel.

Kicking off the 2019 edition of Mojo Burning is none other than Greeces 1000mods, who will be bringing their massive stoner-rock sound to their eager Aussie audience next year. With three albums under their belt, and citing the likes of Kyuss and Black Sabbath as influences, you can be sure theyll fit right in on the Mojo Burning lineup.

Check out 1000mods Electric Carve:


Wollongongs Tumbleweed also join the bill, promising a set full of the iconic fuzzed-out classics that theyre known for. Meanwhile Melbournes The Vasco Era will ripping into some of their iconic tracks, showing the crowd why theyve been considered one of the best live bands in Australia.

But it doesnt stop there though, with the likes of Lachy Doley, Hobo Magic, Whoopie Cat, Claude Hay , Rick Dangerous & The Silkie Bantams, and South Australias Filthy Lucre also set to blow crowds away.

Tickets go on sale soon, but registration is now open for first announce tickets. If you do indeed decide to register, youll be in the running win a Mojo Burning Lifetime VIP Golden Ticket, VIP Upgrades, and General Admission Tickets.

It all goes down on Saturday, April 6th at Brisbanes Hamilton Hotel. Check out the full lineup below, and be sure to register now for tickets to avoid disappointment!

Check out Tumbleweeds Hang Around:



WATCH: Gia Gunn Talks Returning To RuPauls Drag Race As A Proud Trans Woman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RuPauls Drag Race star Gia Gunn has opened up about her transition in the first scene of All Stars 4. The first 14 minutes of the new seasons first episode has been released online, showing us all of the returning All Stars making their workroom entrances. Gia Gunn, who came out as transgender last year, ...

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John Mayer announces 2019 Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

John Mayer has announced that he will be returning to Australia in 2019. The American singer-songwriter will be embarking on a headline run in support of his latest album The Search For Everything.

An Evening With John Mayer will kick off in New Zealand in March, and will then make its way to Brisbanes Entertainment Centre, Melbournes Rod Laver Arena and Sydneys Qudos Bank Arena.

This will be John Mayers first trip down under since 2014.

Watch: John Mayer New Light


John Mayer 2019 Australian Tour

Pre-sale begins 11am Friday, 14th December

Tickets on sale to general public 11am Monday, 17th December

Monday, 25th March
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, 27th March
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Live Nation

Friday, 29th March
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tickets: Live Nation


Tweed Council wins award for river erosion control "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Before: the state of the Oxley River bank after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie last year. Photo TSC

Tweed Shire Council has won a 2018 Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment award for its innovative Oxley River bank erosion stabilisation project.

The project, at Eungella, was recognised under category the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-Ground Works.

The project, which was completed this time last year, involved working together with three private landowners bordering Oxley River to reconstruct the eroding riverbank.

Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie left extensive damage and severe bank erosion at two sites, with banks left about seven metres high and prone to further slumping and erosion.

What was unique about the project?

After: The reshaping of the river bank and installation of the recycled logs will prevent further erosion. Photo TSC

After levelling off the banks, some 250 recycled hardwood logs some with root balls still attached to stabilise them were installed four metres into the river bed to provide bank protection and capture further sediments.

The logs were sourced through vegetation management contractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

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Leafhoppers and leaping Mantis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The leaves of our Box trees are sporting quite a few Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymphs at present. A nymph is an immature insect which, unlike larvae, look somewhat like their adult forms. The undeveloped wings are the sign of a nymph stage.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph on Grey Box leaf

Leafhoppers are bugs, which means they feed by tubes that they use to suck nutrients from their food source. In the case of Leafhoppers, these are leaves. On the same Grey Box sucker on which I found the nymph was this adult Spiny-legged Leafhopper. The name fits well, as they have spiny legs, live on leaves and hop! I think this one is a Brunotartessus species.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper (Brunotartessus sp?)

Spiny-legged Leafhopper adult

What really surprised me was a miniscule bit of white fluff with 2 long antennae crawling along the leaf stems of a Long-leafed Box, a bit further into our bush. Through the lens, I still couldnt see it properly, but guessed in might have been something like a Lacewing larva, which often camouflage themselves by sticking debris on their backs. When I downloaded the image onto my computer, I saw that it was another leafhopper nymph, but at the most 2mm long. I wonder if this is how they look just after hatching. Or is something else going on?

Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph

Elsewhere, on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) a few dark Praying Mantis nymphs were on the hunt. This one, about 15mm long, looked about to take a step into space.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis nymph




Renew Fest returns for 2019, first lineup drops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Renew Fest 2018 created a space to drop into the depths of our challenging times. Photo Jeff Dawson

With Renew Fest making its return to the Mullumbimby Showgrounds from May 10 till 12 next year, the first lineup has been announced.

Organisers say it is Australias festival of ecological, economic and social renewal, and the focus for 2019 will be around themes of grief, praise, eldership and belonging.

Festival patron is internationally acclaimed Canadian grief-walker and author of Come of Age: The case for elderhood in a time of trouble, Stephen Jenkinson.

QLD-based choreographer Meredith Elton will also be bringing an embodied multi-arts movement journey based around bloodlines and belonging, similar to an amazing work she just completed for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, in collaboration with local elders.

Director Ella Rose Goninan says she is proud of the way the festival has come to hold the heart of the sustainability mission.

Applications for presenters and stalls can be made online at

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Bays day out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Joshua Rawiri entertains the crowd at Day in the Bay. Photo Jeff Kept At Bay Since 1986 Dawson

The first ever Day in The Bay festival was a huge success on Saturday, said organisers, with plenty of local talent entertaining audiences throughout the afternoon and evening.

This was about local people putting on an event for locals and raising money for a local charity, said organisers.

We wanted to hook into that festival vibe while making it affordable and accessible for everyone. We hope to do it again next year and make it an annual event for everyone.

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Spirit of Christmas shop opens in Ocean Shores "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Spirit of Christmas shop will again be open in Ocean Shores for the third year running. Image supplied

A shop that accepts donations of new presents and gives them away for Christmas will be operating at the Ocean Shores shopping centre from December 17.

Organiser Dennis Stevenson said, Any new items are very appreciated: toys, furniture, things for bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, lounge, study, playroom, garage, beach, camping, clothes and accessories for all the family, sports, electrics, plants, crafts, travel, vouchers for free professional services, and Christmas hampers.

In fact, anything brand new!

Its the third year in a row the shop has opened in Ocean Shores, and during the year Dennis also ran the Bruns Store in Banner Park at Brunswick Heads, which operated on the same principle.

Visit for more info or visit the Ocean Shores store, located near the Post Office at the Shopping Centre.

Its open from 9am till 6pm, Monday December 17 till Monday December 24.

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Whats new at the Pig House? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From left, manager Ricardo Frutos, GM Blake Northfield and film producers Peter Flannery and Tom Byrnes. Photo Jeff Dawson

A group of local filmmakers have taken on management of the iconic Pig House Cinema, and are relaunching the much-loved venue this Friday with an exclusive director Q&A with Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan and screenings of The Dressmaker and Muriels Wedding.

Co-owner Blake Northfield says they are committed to showcasing the best of local talent whether it be film, music, comedy basically we want to do anything and everything to rejuvenate this awesome space.

Fellow co-owner Peter Flannery told The Echo, We are hoping to keep the cinema somewhere where locals and tourist alike can enjoy films. We work as a part of Bronte Pictures, a film-production company currently based in Bangalow.

We all went to school in Byron, Lennox and Lismore and created a film-production company with the goal to create films here in the northern rivers.

We have completed two local features and are now looking to shoot a potential TV series.

We saw an opportunity to purchase the Pig House and jumped at the chance, knowing with the eventual opening of the larger cinemas in the mall, this local icon might be lost forever.

We have very fond memories of this venue growing up here as children and its surreal to now be at the helm of one of Byron Bays most iconic venues.

Over the years people have stopped going to the cinemas as they have become quite expensive, especially for families.

We are changing that. We want everybody to be able to afford to go to the cinema.

As part of the launch on Friday December 14, there is the exclusive director Q&A with Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan and a screening of The Dressmaker and Muriels Wedding.

The Pig House Cinema is located at 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron.

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Boxing is back at Leongathas Memorial Hall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Corner Inlet Boxing Club officials Scott Bindloss and Brad Anderson provide local girl Grace Paterson with plenty of encouragement after her first fight in the ring, a creditable performance over three rounds against visiting fighter Marissa Williamson. m735018

ITS been as much as 80 years since boxing was scheduled as sport and entertainment for the community in Leongathas historic Memorial Hall.
But if ever a building was designed as a House of Stoush then this is it.
Once the local Corner Inlet Boxing Club erected their full-sized ring on the dance floor inside the hall, the proportions of the building came completely into line behind it and in front. The seats on the floor, stretching back underneath the upstairs balcony provided ideal ringside vantage points and the seats upstairs, the perfect overview of the action.
And there was plenty of the latter including some fine performance by local boxers.
According to one of the officials of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club which hosted the event in conjunction with Boxing Victoria, Kristian Gray, the event was a runaway success, attracting hundreds of visitors to the town and will almost certainly be the forerunner to two or three such events annually.
Weve been very happy with it so far, he said halfway through the program.

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Gippslands First Big Battery for Mallacoota "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Republished From Environment Connect Summer 2018-19 (East Gippsland Shire Council)*

Mallacoota will be among the first towns in Australia to have a grid-connected energy storage system in its local network, after eastern Victorian electricity distributor AusNet Services announced plans to install a large-scale battery near the town in 2019.

The Mallacoota Area Grid Storage (MAGS) is an innovative $2.5 million project that will greatly improve power reliability in Mallacoota.  A power storage facility is planned to be installed at the East Gippsland Water treatment plant on Genoa-Mallacoota Rd, just outside the Mallacoota township.

MAGS is expected to reduce the number of local outage events by around 90 per cent. This includes both planned and unplanned outages (faults).

The heart of MAGS is a lithium ion battery array with a total storage capacity of 1MWh and will be combined with a diesel generator of similar capacity connected to the AusNet Services** electricity grid. This could power 1,000 average homes for approximately two hours. The battery will be charged from the grid, and will then feed power back into the town during local outages.

A community meeting on Wednesday 21 November was well attended and many technical questions were asked and answered.  An important outcome will be that household solar panels will now remain connected and feed into the local network when the town is islanded and will help keep the battery running for longer.

*contact the East Gippsland Shire Sustainability Officer here.  From the information provided this means Mallacoota will be able to operate as a micro-grid. It is further anticipated that as residential batteries from new state governments battery plans are put in place that it will be able to function independently from the grid for a considerable period of time, mostly from renewable sources. The state governments plan is for batteries to be installed at residences with already operating rooftop solar, of which Mallacoota has a substantial number.

**further information here.


Moving electorate office sends wrong message to regional Qld: Katter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The decision by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui to move her electorate from Mareeba to Cairns is the latest slap in the face from Labor to rural, regional and remote Queenslanders, State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has said.

 Mr Katter said while there were great challenges faced by MPs who represent large electorates, he was astounded that the Member for Cook had backed down from a pre-election promise and opted to move her office to Cairns.

 Cairns is not in the Cook electorate.

 The Traeger MP said Ms Luis relocation decision flew in the face of fighting against service centralisation and giving smaller communities a genuine voice in the Queensland Parliament.

 He said he was not surprised by reports that Mareeba locals were up in arms about the move.

 In the interest of taking a stand against centralisation, I would like to call on the Member for Cook to reverse this decision, Mr Katter said.

 Regional Members of Parliament like myself and Ms Lui need to send a clear message to smaller communities that they matter and that their voices will be heard, he said.

 Relocating from Mareeba is one thing, but moving to Cairns whi...


Member for Cook rattles ALP members by shifting office "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, has ended speculation she plans to relocate her Mareeba electorate office to Cairns.

In a media release Ms Lui confirmed she will shift the office to Cairns but had not taken the decision lightly.

ALP sources reveal a condition of endorsement for Cynthia Lui, the Member for Cook, was to keep open an electorate office in Cairns. Labor members are incensed she has broken this promise and her future in the Labor Party looked bleak, a source said.

This year, I have been out talking and listening to the people of Cook and one issue that was raised time and time again was having an office space that is readily accessible to everyone, Ms Lui said.

I acknowledge the view that Cairns is not in the Cook electorate, it is however, the most central location for the large number of constituents who live in the Cook electorate.

Historically the Cook electorate office has been in Cairns. The move to Mareeba was a decision made during the Campbell Newman Government.

I will still continue to work hard for the people of Mareeba by visiting regularly and holding mobile offices.

Speculation has been mounting for several weeks among Mareeba Labor Party members that Ms Lui had asked the Speaker of Parliament, Curtis Pitt to relocate the Post Office Arcade office to Cairns.

A spokesman for the Speaker said it was up to each Member to decide the location of their electorate office and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

Mareeba ALP member Anne-Marie Keating said she was very di...


1) TNI Uses No Major Explosives in Papua Evacuation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Minister denies military uses bombs to chase armed criminal group
3) Four still missing after Nduga massacre: Minister 

4) Separatists in Indonesia's Papua reject surrender, demand referendum

5) Indonesia rejects rebels' demand on Papua independence talks



Aussie property prices deflate -1.9pc over the year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Home prices fall in Q3

The ABS released its residential property price indexes this morning.

The indexes showed capital city prices down by -1.9 per cent over the year to September 2018.

Dragging back the data series all the way back to their inception in 2003 you can see that - with Melbourne prices down by -2.6 per cent in Q3 2018 - surprise package Hobart is set to take the mantle of strongest performer over the full history of the data series.

That may seem an unlikely outcome, but there is more interstate and international capital around these days - especially from China - and Hobart has been relatively affordable until recently. 

Asian tourism is firing in Tassie, and the lower dollar has helped to turn around the exporting economy. 

Indexed housing market price changes in Brisbane and Adelaide continue to track each other remarkably closely in recording modest price growth, and there was also solid growth in Canberra over the year to September (+3.7 per cent). 

A significant decline over the year was again recorded in deflationary Darwin at -4.5 per cent.

Looking at the chart from 2003 to 2018 by capital city the most striking observation is just how similar price growth has been, despite the divergence of the resources capitals through the mining boom years (I've posted a few charts here - you can click on them to expand). 

Looking at the long run figures the case for a raging property bubble isn't an especially strong one, with the weighted average capital city price index slightly more than doubling....


Are Prime Minister Morrison & Co determined to reduce Australia to a hot, barren desert from sea to sea? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8C to 1.2C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. (high confidence) (Figure SPM.1) {1.2}  [United Nations (2018) Global Warming of 1.5C. Summary for Policymakers

The global situation.....

United Nations, Sustainable Development, 8 October 2018:

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change....


Do you know whose hands have harvested your medical information? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Medical Republic, 7 December 2018:

An investigation by The Medical Republic has revealed state, territory and federal police forces have sent around 2,600 requests a year for this sensitive health data to the Department of Human Services over the past two years. The department can legally disclose private health records to the police without a court order.

The department would not reveal how many of these requests were granted, but said the number of disclosures per year had remained stable over the past decade.

Once linked, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data, can paint a very detailed picture about a persons medical history.

PBS data includes every rebatable medication purchased at a chemist. MBS records show which Medicare item numbers were billed for during each consultation, and what...


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #624 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week: 11 - 17 December 2018 Newsletter | #624 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th December 2018 to Monday 17th December 2018 Christmas Festival 2018 Santas Magical Kingdom Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Carols By Candelight Creedence 50th Anniversary Show School Of Rock | The Musical Christmas Party with the Marty Rose Band Nepal Festival The Make It Collective | Christmas market In The Loop Market | Coburg Christmas Gift Shopping Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema Guide New Years Eve Parties Enjoy #Melbourne Christmas Festival 2018 The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style. Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Gingerbread Village at Federation Square. Santas House Christmas Projections Melbournes Christmas Festival The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Daily in December @ Federation Square The perfect pit stop on a family day out with everything the little ones love - were talking yard games, a ball pit, sweet treats, ice cream and loads more plus Santa Claus on weekends. The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom 23 November - 23 December 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santas Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land. Santas Magical Kingdom 2018 | Ticketmaster Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Saturday 15 December 2018 - 10am - 12pm | Aspire Childcare Families invited to our Christmas celebration featuring free Santa photos free face painting sausage sizzle and lots more! Plus go in the draw to win a special Christmas hamper. Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Carols By Candelight Head out with family and friends for a wonderful night of carol singing. Bayside Carols in the Park 2018 - Tuesday Carols by Candlelight - South Morang - Friday Greater Dandenong Carols in Harmony Square 2018 - Friday Manningham Carols by Candlelight - Friday Carols in the Cathedral 2018 - Fri and Sat Banyules Carols By Candlelight 2018 - Saturday Carols at Como Park - Sunday Christmas Carols by Candelight @ Montsalvat - Sunday Whitehorse Carols 2018 - Sunday Carols by Candlelight | Vision Australia - Myer Music Bowl --> Carols By Candelight...


Local grants success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWENTY-ONE applicants have been awarded money under South Gippsland Shire Councils first round of the 2018/19 Community Grants Program, sharing $130,950. Recipients were officially announced at a Council event last []

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Funding received for Court Street, Foster "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COUNCIL has successfully sought $540,000 for the reconstruction of Court Street, Foster between Station Road and Nelson Street. The money, from Regional Roads Victoria, will be used for:the reconstruction of []

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Broadbent rejects refugee bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent has rejected a parliamentary bill that would see refugees in offshore detention brought to the Australian mainland for medical treatment. Mr Broadbent has crossed the []

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Progress at Agnes Falls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PROGRESS is at last being made in the construction of a cantilevered viewing platform at Agnes Falls. The proposed $520,000 project allocated funding by South Gippsland Shire Council in []

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MACKAY Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island

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The events of July 4-5 drew the attention of Mackay police, who breath tested Kay hours later, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

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AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 7 December, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Melbourne (Avalon) and Griffith.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After some time on the ground, VH-NEQ departed to Melbourne (Essendon) again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.

To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" noted arriving into Roma Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Wednesday 5 December.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


TROY KINNE LIVE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following recent sell out shows in London & across Australia TROY KINNE is coming to BYRON BAY and the BYRON BAY SERVICES CLUB!!

A comedic force to be reckoned with, Logie nominated and renowned on the stand-up comedy circuit, Troy has gained national and international attention as the star of his own sketch comedy show KINNE (7Mate) and his popular online viral videos.

Dont miss this opportunity to see TROY KINNE live.
Comic Genius The Daily Telegraph

18+ show, Friday 14 December 2018,8:30pm at the Byron Bay Services Club

Tickets online at

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QVB and George St "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I ventured in to the city today in search on a good spot to paint some tramline construction - amazingly, after all this time there is no hole in the ground in this bit of George St anymore, just a few workers in the fenced off area around this tramstop riding a scissor lift up and down, doing some installation


Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable

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1) Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Police, TNI on Manhunt for Armed Group in Papua

3) DPRP and MRP urged Komnas HAM to investigate Ndugas case
4) OPINION Papua: Dialogue has different meanings
5) TNI gives Papua Liberation Army ultimatum to surrender
6) Consistency in basic rights

7) Year ender - New era for W Papua in rail transportation


1) Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician 
Reporter: antara ...


Cyclone Owen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yo my guys, Ive been up here a while and this is my first cyclone season, what should I do if one hits? Should I worry about Owen? Any advice is welcome

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Panda Bear: A Burger Did This To Me "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Panda Bear :: Interview with Robbie Armfield on Mornings

What does Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear have in common with the cuddly Chinese native with which he shares his name? A rigidly restricted diet, anxiety about the future of the species and a flair for experimental pop music.

Lennox, a founding member of US indie pop royalty Animal Collective who now resides in Portugal, sat down with Robbie Armfield (Robbies Modern Life, Mornings) to discuss all things Portuguese gentrification, Thats Life magazine, and Panda Bears upcoming album, ahead of gracing the Opera House stage with his ethereal live show.

Our first taster of the incoming record Buoys (out February 8th on Domino) is the beautifully stark Dolphin which marks a very noticeable shift in his vocal and production techniques.

Listen back up top to their sprawling dialogue, which offers rare glimpses into the motivation behind this shift in approach, Lennoxs nil-by-mouth pre-show regimen, his preference for burger-related tabloid content, and the hard-hitting reality of #lisbondadlife.

WHAT: Panda Bear
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: Wednesday 12 December
HOW MUCH: $59 + BF, more info here

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Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong Sir Francis Rock Spider speaks from Hades "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong


I wrote this article in 2015 after the Australian Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse.

I was thinking if it was possible Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong in Sydney, Australia in 1977, a lifelong self-confessed secret child rapist, could possibly be in Heaven.

Thinking about what Jesus said would happen to those who harm little children, I decided Frank Houston is in Hades.

Rock spider is a Western Australian slang name for pedophiles. If you want to know why, then google Rock spider pedophile Urban Dictionary. The meaning is very dark.

Pedophiles are the lowest of the low in society, in jail and in Hades.


Blog article 2015



The Weekly Times TWT 12th December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 12th December 2018 edition of TWT. #TWT121218

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Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Youre warmly invited to the 2018 Bangalow Christmas Eve carnival!

A truly magical experience for all ages, complete with rides, street food, performers and so much more!

The main street of Bangalow village transforms into a bustle of lights, buskers, food vendors and a tapestry of locals who all gather to celebrate the festive spirit.

Volunteers from the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce and the community work to create this family-friendly event each year, which is full of community spirit with families, neighbours and visitors strolling up and down the main street enjoying the incredible atmosphere.

Youll also find many of the local shops open perfect for picking up that unique and last minute Christmas gift!

The Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival is on Christmas Eve 5pm to 9pm. Bring your friends!


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Do you want to write for Mountain Journal? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another year has flashed by.  Hard to believe its almost the end of 2018! Between life, work, family and mountain obsessions, Ive been finding it hard to keep on top of all the mountain-related things that are happening around the country.

Im VIC based, and so Mountain Journal tends to be VIC-centric. There is so much going on in Tasmania, especially with the threats to world heritage areas as a result of the development of commercial tourism. And there are so many events across the Alps that I just cant cover them all. Coverage of the NSW Alps tends to be patchy (and big thanks to people from north of the border who are sending news items through).

So, this is an invitation for you to send content. If youre organising something or aware of good events that are happening, please send them through.

The interviews and profiles are always popular and I would welcome additional offerings (check here for some recent profiles).

Stories covering environmental politics (for instance the recent Save Kosci walk) are wildly popular, so please send in items, as are stories on positive sustainability initiatives being taken by businesses in the alpine areas.

Check the About section for further details on contributing.

Thanks. Hoping you have a great summer.


Berejiklians Answer to Falling Crime: Intensify Policing and Fill Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Despite the NSW governments tough-on-crime stance, increasing investment in police numbers and the expansion in capacity of state correctional facilities, as well as a perception within the community that the streets are getting less safe, crimes not on the rise in NSW. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures released last week reveal that

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Send a message to the politicians. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get someone to take a photo of you with your mobile phone holding the Single Act of Compassion sign Email your photo to: Hon P Dutton Hon S Morrison PM With the message; Thanks to Mr Dutton for reminding us that it only takes a single act of compassion to undo the government's work on stopping the boats. Here is my single Act of Compassion to undo the cruelty. I want justice with compassion for people seeking asylum.


Twin tons set Town up for huge total "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Koonwarra-RSL bowler Ben Perry works up a head of steam against established Town batsmen Sahan Perera and, facing, Amila Ratnaike, but made little impression. M645018

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A SUBLIME innings by Leongatha Town batsman Sahan Perera of 170, during which he played every shot in the book, to all parts of Scorpion Park in Leongatha last Saturday, has anchored a huge first innings total of 5/461 against Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL.
A feature of the innings was a partnership for the second wicket of 255 with former association cricketer of the year Amila Ratnaike.
The pair were together when first Perera and then Ratnaike raised their bats to acknowledge their centuries.
Ratnaike had been measured in his approach as he negotiated the 80s and 90s, but he lifted his head after reaching three figures to strike several punishing sixes before ultimately holing out in the outfield to a nicely judged catch by Josh Hastings off bowler Josh Moore.

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INTERVIEW: Kevin Welch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For Kevin Welch, it seems like a lifetime ago that he rolled into Nashville in the late 70s, one of the countless budding songwriters seeking fame and/or fortune. In the cut-throat country music capital its usually the best that survive and it wasnt long before Welch became recognised for his songwriting and gained respect from Continue reading


Is Polygamy a Crime in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are many nations where it is perfectly legal to marry more than one spouse, normally more than one wife. These countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, The Gambia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi

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Staples and Vaughan, Saga 8 & 9 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, Saga Volume 8 & Volume 9 (Image 2017, 2018) Its common for people who create books for children as well as adults to give fair warning on the first page of a book for adults Continue reading


Moshtix are giving you the chance to win the ultimate New Years experience "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Moshtix have just announced that theyre teaming up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to give you the chance to win an unforgettable New Years experience.

Moshtix have launched a raffle in partnership with Taronga Zoo Sydney, with the aim to raise money to support the Taronga Foundation.

One lucky winner will be awarded the Major Prize, which includes Diamond NYE Passes and a Roar & Snore package to Taronga Zoo Sydney, as well as a double pass to any Moshtix-ticketed festival of 2019.

If you dont win, dont sweat it. Because the fifteen runner-up prizes that are up for grabs are enough to make a grown man cry. Youll be able to score Moshtix Vouchers, Tarongas Wild Ropes packages, Zoo Entry passes, American Express Twilight at Taronga tickets and a bunch more.

twilightTwilight at Taronga

The best part is, youre helping out a good cause. Whilst youre raffling away, Moshtix co-owner and managing director Vanessa Bond will be on a 10-day trek around India as part of the Taronga CEO Challenge. Participants of this challenge are set a fundraising goal with 100% of proceeds going directly to the Taronga Foundation.

The funds raised will help the Taronga Foundation support conservation projects for threatened and endangered species in both Australia and around the world. Bond has shared a statement about the adventure:

My personal motivation for doing the challenge is to help raise awareness to the importance of the work carried out by Taronga Conservation Society Australia in areas of conservation, sustainability, education and research. This has always been a huge passion of mine and one that I have passed down to my daughters as well. By doing a trip like this I want to inspire my girls to know that they can make a difference.

To enter the raffle, follow this link. Entry is just $5, but that $5 could help save a species.

Watch: Our Top 6 Twilight at Taronga Tunes

Twilight at Taronga kicks off in February next year. Lineup and ticket information below.



If not me then who? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

Recently a Sydney pollie named Ted Mack died. Widely respected, he was the independent mayor for North Sydney and then an independent state member.

In a book he wrote on local government he outlined, among other things, the ways bureaucrats manipulate elected councillors. The relationship between our mayor and former GM Ken Gainger is a classic case.

Readers should entertain themselves by checking out a February copy of the Byron News in which Simon lavishly praises and thanks Ken for the guidance hed given him after hed become mayor! Talk about nave.

Simon will likely go to his grave without ever realising; but he did say at the Council meeting last week that one must be capable of changing ones mind.

Id like to hear from anyone who knows how I might obtain a copy of said book. My plan is to quote sections of it to Simon; hes definitely the kind of person who will take notice of an uncomfortable idea only if it comes from a credible source which unfortunately excludes me. Im just another one of those conspiracy theorists, apparently.

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Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-XJE Finally Calls into CQ at Mackay and Proserpine Airports "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 7 December, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-XJE finally made its first visit into a Central Queensland Airport, arriving into Mackay Airport as JST886 from Brisbane.  It later returned to the capital as JST887.  VH-XJE then operated the JST830/833 evening service into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport also from and back to Brisbane.

VH-XJE was registered to the airline and entered service in April 2018 when I photographed it above in Sydney in its first week of service.

VH-XJE has had an interesting history, previously operating in Australia also with Jetstar Airways but as VH-JQW.

The A320 initially rolled off the production line in 2005 and was due to be delivered to Jetstar Asia.  It wasnt taken up however, and ended up operating at in Turkey with Atlas International (Atlas Jet) as TC-OGO before then being sub-leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines in 2007.  After a short time operating in Saudi Arabia, the A320 was then delivered to Jetstar Airways, being delivered and later entering service in Australia in December 2007.

VH-JQW in hybrid Saudi Arabian Airlines colours  (File photo)

It was re-painted into Jetstar titles and colours at RAAF Base Richmond in early 2008 and was eventually withdrawn from service in Australia in June 2010.

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Gallery: Wu-Tang Clan at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Arguably the worlds biggest hip-hop group (literally and figuratively), Wu-Tang Clan blazed the Concert Hall stage from Saturday to Tuesday to celebrate 25 years of their seminal and still wildly influential album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Check out the snaps here then catch Inspectah Deck and Cappadonnas chat with Tommy Codling on Arvos here,

Photos by Kurt Davies, Sydney Opera House 8/11/18


Gross Habit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When I first got my hands on what the Germans call a handy, it blew my mind that I could make (lo-resolution black and white) videos with a phone, now a phone can get high quality panoramic pictures and the world is about to end, so enjoy that.


Arts Wednesday 12 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40 am, we hear Part 3 of the repeat series on Beauty and this week, art philosopher Damian Freeman talks about Art and Beauty.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Peter Raissis, Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of NSW and the gallerys curator who worked with the team from The Hermitage to install Master of Modern Art from The Hermitage. We discuss the history of the gallery and focus on 2 Russian artists: Wassily Kandinski and Kazimir Malevich.

Music is mainly Russian.

Do join me!

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How Did You Do That?: My Experience Of Becoming A Mum Through IVF "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first time I told an acquaintance, My wife and I are expecting our first baby in December, their response was, How? Luckily, I love talking about how babies are made, especially ours. The path we walked (due to my endometriosis) was initiated by in-vitro fertilisation or IVF. Although many people think of this ...

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In the grip of Melbourne: revisiting Monkey Grip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Texts new edition of Helen Garners 1977 novel Monkey Grip is an opportunity to revisit the books influence on Melbourne. In addition to being widely considered a classic of Australian fiction, Monkey Grip is frequently referred to as an iconic Melbourne novel. Certainly, it is a novel absolutely grounded in and shaped by place. For Nora, the narrator and protagonist, it is the locus of the social encounter and emotional intensity on which the books narrative depends.


Explainer: What Our Current Anti-Discrimination Laws Mean For LGBTIQ Students And Teachers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recently, RJ Miles shared with us the discrimination she experienced as a gay teacher in a religious school. Now Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel from Maurice Blackburns PRIDE Network examine the legal aspects of such discrimination. The good news is such discrimination is not tolerated under Queensland law. On the surface, Australian anti-discrimination laws ...

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Indonesia Using Religious Exorcisms To Try And Cure LGBTIQ People "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LGBTIQ people in Indonesia are undergoing religious exorcisms as a form of gay conversion therapy in a bid to cure their demonic homosexuality. The Islamic exorcisms, known as ruqyah, are being used in parts of Indonesia to cure various physical and mental illnesses. The rituals are televised by an Indonesian TV program of the same ...

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NSW Police Want the Unappealable Right to Shut Down Music Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW Police Force (NSWPF) is intensifying its already full throttle assault on music festivals. Not only does it want to saturate events with officers and turn away punters even though they are not in possession of illegal drugs, but it now wants the power to terminate festivals no questions asked. Despite the NSW Land and Environment

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Goonengerry land-clearing not a council issue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of the cleared land at 205 Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry. Photo Angus Underwood

Byron Shire Council says it has no powers to intervene to prevent land-clearing of endangered subtropical lowland rainforest at a Repentance Creek Road property despite the fact that it appears some of land being cleared is on Councils own road verge.

A council spokesperson said the recent clearing was being undertaken under the auspice of a Timber Plantation Plan approved by DPI. The plan applies to the whole property.

But Angus Underwood of Federal Landcare told Echonetdaily it was clear these trees are not destined for forestry.

While the landowner may be permitted to cut down plantation timbers, he said the rainforest in question had been pushed into a pile and the owner has applied to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for a burn permit.

Echonetdaily understands both Byron Shire Council and the RFS have referred the matter to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), which oversees timber plantation permits.

Mr Underwood said the forest, which appears to have been clear-felled, was typical of regrowth in the area and that lowland subtropical rainforest is a listed endangered community under NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and Critically Endangered under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The area is mapped as high conservation value land by Council, provides habitat for a range of threatened species and is located within a regional wildlife corridor, he said.

A spokesperson said Byron Shire Council was aware of the clearing on land at 205 Repentance Creek Road and staff have been in contact with the land owner and the DPI.

Enforcement of clearing under the approved plan sits outside Councils enforcement powers.

Council staff have asked that the DPI do a compliance inspection as soon as possible due to the level of public enquiry being made, the spokesperson said.

But Mr Underwood said given the proximity of the clearing to the road, Council should undertake its own investigation.

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Gippsland preps for 2019 footy season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GIPPSLAND Football Netball League released its 2019 fixture last week.
Round one will kick off on April 6.
Leongatha and Wonthaggi will both host home games in round one against Maffra and Warragul respectively.
The first local derby will be battled out at Wonthaggis home ground in round three on April 19.
They will meet again in a Sunday match at Leongatha on July 14 in round 12.
The finals series will begin with the qualifying final on August 31 and will culminate in the highly anticipated grand final clash on September 21.
The venues will be announced as the season progresses.


Tough conditions for parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WITH the mercury already exceeding 20 degrees by the 8am start time, it was shorts and singlet tops all round at Koonwarra parkrun.
Sultry conditions saw 53 participants form a steamy train of colour along the Great Southern Rail Trail for the 59th event and regular local Leo Argento summed it up nicely; The going was tough, but the tough kept going.
Nick Argento was first to finish in a time of 20.56 minutes with Sarah Lewis the first female across the line along with her super Parkdog Raven in 22.32.
Congratulations to Keiron Bryant, Jane Frith, Ben Cleary, Dylan Baido and Sue Best who relished the sticky conditions to record new personal bests.
First time Koonwarra parkrunner Jamie McColl reported that Heartbreak Hill was tough at the end but otherwise the course was very good, and he should know.
Hailing from Linwood parkrun near Glasgow, Scotland, Jamie is a vet who is eight months in to his two years travelling around Australia. He recently spent time in Perth and has completed a number of parkruns in the west.
Further back in the field a good spirited walk/run leapfrog battle developed when Kelly and Steve Fuery slowly overtook Pamela Derrick and Charmaine Clifford.
Their positions switched back and forth a few times along with a jovial exchange of banter before Pamela and Charmaine surged ahead and the Fuerys were happy to concede.
Light hearted competition aside, Koonwarra reinforced its reputation as the friendliest parkrun when Bob Robinsons car was found to have a flat tyre post-event and Steve Fuery, Mark Burns and Charmaine Clifford all kindly offered to change it for him.
Being the friendliest parkrun does have one drawback.
The dreaded Koonwarra jaw cramp struck again, this time afflicting Philomena Smith who talked too much and suggested that Helen Patterson may have been a contributing factor.
While Philomena will make a full recovery, unfortunately the innocent barcode that was accidentally binned by another runner along with a bag of dog poo will not.
No naming and shaming; the Parkdogs are loved at Koonwarra, but the parkrun directors must thank barcode number 25 for its service and apologise that they did not love it enough to go rummaging through the bags of dog poo in the bin to save it.
Thanks go to this weeks fabulous volunteers Amy White, Neil and Judy Langstaff, Joy Morrison, Cindy Smith, Heather Smith, Lisa Riley and Kelly Fuery.


Summer fun at the velodrome "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT was a great summer Friday night for racing and the riders had a fun night of competition.
Zoe Reiter had her first night of racing and Tom Fitzgerald had a night where his casual job enabled him to have a race.
In the first event of the night the one lap time trial Tom Fitzgerald clocked one of his best times ever 32.80 sec.
Zoe at her first try rode a 40.65 sec.
Renee Hardacre clocked a new personal best at 45.00sec, just ahead of Tom Geary at 46.30sc.
Kate Geary had a time of 50.50 sec, just quicker then Emiley Hadicke 51.00sec.
The juniors raced a three lap scratch race as the next event.
In a spirited sprint finish, Tom Geary was first over the line followed by Renee and a determined Emily in third place.
The senior race over six laps saw Tom edge out Zoe for the win.
The riders had to front for a one lap handicap.
In the junior race, Emiley (45m) made full use of the mark and did not allow any riders to get around even though they ridged the handicap.
Renee (10m) was second whilst Kate (20) had to settle for third.
In the re-handicap, the riders gave the handicapper a hard time as Tom Geary, lifted from Scratch to 15m, bolted around the field to score an easy win with Emiley (35) holding on for second and Kate (20) again taking third.
The seniors had Tom Fitzgerald on scratch chasing 50m to Zoe.
He rode hard early and bridged the gap to cruise through for the win.
However, the handicapper lifted Zoe to 100m in the re-handicap and that saw her take the win.
The juniors were split into two teams for an Olympic sprint over one lap.
The team of Tom Geary and Emiley Hadicke won (45.26sec) by the narrowest margin over Renee and Kate (45.33sec).
By this time of the night, club coach Tony Smith had arrived with the motor bike.
This allowed Tom Fitzgerald and Zoe Reiter to do a 10 lap motor paced scratch race and Tom secured the win in a close finish.
The juniors all had the chance to grab a ride behind the motor bike and improve their pedalling efforts.
To finish the night riders were given a slow race on the grass.
This helps develop their balance abilities on the bike.
Tom Geary needs plenty of practice as he fell to the grass almost at the start.
After trying hard all night, Kate Geary was the slowest and hence had a win.
The club needs to see all the seniors who have come to training get organized for a Friday race night and boost the numbers. The Wednesday night training sessions all seem to have more riders than the Friday race night.
Next Friday is the last race night before the Christmas break; however there will be two more nights of Wednesday training.


Town hits crushing 255 run partnership "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FINE centuries to Sahan Perera and Amila Ratnaike have put Leongatha Town in a commanding position against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL after day one.
The pair added 255 runs for the second wicket with opener Perera powering his way to 170 runs which included 22 fours.
His partner Ratnaike has now reached almost peak form and scored 118 runs which included 11 fours and four 6s.
Ratnaike was first to fall but Madura Madusanka took over where he left off, making 64 runs. With James Lloyd retiring hurt on 26 and Lahira Jayakody making 33, Town would go on to make 5/461 from 75 overs at a run rate of 6.15 per over.
To say Koony will have its work cut out would be a gross understatement.
Despite the carnage Tom Elliott still managed to pick up 3/89.
Top side Imperials could have the edge over foster in their clash.
Imps made 166 but importantly has Foster 4/18.
For Imperials Luke Rogers was the top hitter with 36, opener Gary Sauvarin made 24 while Kristian Gray was elevated to opener and made 19.
Harvey Griggs was the standout bowler for the Tigers claiming 5/36, taking wickets right through the order.
Imperials bowled Fosters Graeme Watkins out for a duck and is in the box seat for a win.
The match between bottom sides Miners and Poowong Loch sees Miners very much in the box seat.
After bowling Poowong Loch out for 157, the Miners are already 1/53 and looking good.
For Poowong Loch opener Jacob Bardwell scored 59 with eight 4s. Colin Knox chipped in with 36. But not enough in the middle and at the tail saw the team pull up short.
Yashas Alwis took 5/50 including opener Magnusson form a duck and Alan Jenkins for just eight.
Miners Dinesh Magana Arachchige started well with 26 before being dismissed but opener Cameron Thomas remains 13 not out so have a good archor for a win this Saturday. MDU has the bye.

Town terrific: Sahan Perera concentrates hard on this delivery. His focus was rewarded with a brilliant 170 runs.


Fishing adventure for South Gippsland Specialist School "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DURING term four, the Port Welshpool Working Group has been volunteering its time to support students from the South Gippsland Specialist School during a Duke of Education Fishing Program.
This is the second successful year the program has been running from the Old Ferry Terminal and the feedback from students and staff involved have been extremely positive.
The Duke of Education program supports the school in developing students experiences in four different areas; physical recreation, service volunteering, hobbies and skills, and exploration.
The Fishing Program has been designed to develop skills and technique when fishing as well as safety and regulations related to fishing in the local area.
During the program volunteers, from the Port Welshpool Working Group talk with students each week.
Discussions involved a variety of safety aspect including; jetty safety, rock safety and keeping the waterways clean and healthy.
Students also learn about the laws and regulations involved in fishing including licencing and fish bag and size limits. Students walk along the coastal areas picking up old fishing line and other waste left by irresponsible members of the public and discuss the implications of this litter to the surrounding wildlife and the recreational fishing industry.
The program includes a visit from the Port Welshpool Coast Guard.
This year Geoff Noad and Peter Carrolan from the Port Welshpool Flotilla spoke with students about the role they play in the local area, their current response systems and students had a tour of the boat used in sea rescues.
Students have not only been able to learn the skills involved in the rigging up of lines for different types of fish, but they also get the opportunity to speak with local commercial and recreational fisher people which assists students in gaining insights into possible career paths.
All fish caught throughout the fishing program which are regulation size, are kept until the last week of the program.
This year, the anglers Noah and Anthony caught some flatheads, William caught a silver trevally, Zack caught a small snapper and Barry, a staff member caught a squid.
Noah was super keen to catch a squid, so became very good at changing his tackle between a fish hook and the squid jig.
On the last day of the program, the Port Welshpool Working Group volunteers cooked up a hearty feast of fish, calamari and chips for all to enjoy.
Staff and students from the South Gippsland Specialist School would like to say a huge thank you to the Coast Guard volunteers Geoff and Peter for their time, knowledge and insights.
Their dedication and enthusiasm into their service is admirable and inspiring.
The school also thanks the volunteers from the Port Welshpool Working Group who make this program possible, Alma Mattingly, Vern Suckling and Ell...


Boxing a winner for Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MORE than 400 people packed the Leongatha Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 9 to watch a full bout of matches lasting more than three hours.
Hosted by the Corner Inlet Boxing Club the event proved a winner with boxers from throughout Australia converging on the hall to watch some 20 fights and exhibition matches.
Lachlan Lewis enjoyed his fight, the Corner Inlet member having a solid win over Queenslands Austin Crossland.
The other Lewises, Jaxon and Regan, also won their fights.
There were 16 mens fights and four female bouts, local boxer Grace Patterson enjoying her contest in front of the crowds.
Treasurer of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club, Kristian Gray, said it was the first of its kind in Leongatha that he can remember.
It was a huge success, Boxing Victoria I believe was pretty impressed so hopefully we can put it on again and maybe make it an annual event, Mr Gray said.
Bass Coast Boxing in Wonthaggi was also represented in a few bouts as well although both Mark Quin and Josh Hughes were knocked out in their bouts.
The club netted about $2,000 in proceeds from the day.

21st fight: Lachie Lewis, left, from Toora and a member of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club was happy with his win in his 21st fight over, right, Austin Crossland of All Star Boxing in Brisbane.


Lyric tackles childhood anxiety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GO Away Mr Worrythoughts was a book written and illustrated by Nicky Johnston from her experience as a mother of a child with anxiety.
A play was then created from the book, and tells of the boy Bayden being crippled by worries, spoken to him by the frightening puppet head Mr Worrythoughts.
This scary creature magnifies Baydens mistakes and suggests the many possible horrible things that might happen.
Bayden, with the help of his father, learns to say, Go away Mr Worrythoughts, your thoughts are not welcome here!
With the help of his friends Tara and dog Rocky, Bayden uses his imagination to give himself courage and hope. He creates a Worrybox into which he can post his worries so he can read them out later to himself or to someone else.
Leongatha Lyric Theatre will present the show at local primary schools this December.
Bayden is played by Max Duff, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz. Next year he will be in Year 12 studying singing and drama at Newhaven College.
Mr Worrythoughts is played by Chenneth Weeraratne from Foster who has performed with FAMDA in The Web and The Day they Shot John Lennon. He has also performed in school plays in the USA and Sri Lanka. He is at present studying law.
Tara/The Teacher is performed by Kaitlyn Gale who has performed in Leongatha Lyric Theatres the Wizard of Oz and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She has been dancing for 13 years at Care2dance Leongatha. Kaitlyn plays cornet in South Gippsland Brass Band. Next year she will be studying Year 12 at Chairo Christian College.
Martin, the father, is played by Ben Gibbins, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz, and he was a lead performer in Mary Mckillop Colleges High School Musical.
Ben studied acting in Melbourne at NIDA. He is looking forward to performing with Leongatha Lyric Theatre next year in Young Frankenstein, the Musical while studying Year 12.
Director Sue Lindsay has written and directed plays for primary and secondary schools, as well as community theatre.
She directed Our Countrys Good for Leongatha Lyric Theatre, The Web and the Day They Shot John Lennon for FAMDA and The Cocky of Bungaree for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. She is rehearsing Song of the Seals, a family show, for performance on January 4,5,6,10 and 11 at the State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi.
Assistant director Laurie Martin has performed in Our Countrys Good, California Suite and Annie with Leongatha Lyric Theatre.
This play will be touring local primary schools on Wednesday, December 12; Thursday, December 13; and Monday, December 17.
The schools that have booked the production are Koonwarra Village School, Korumburra Primary, Tarwin Lower Pr...


Unwanted signs help SES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STATE Emergency Service (SES) units in the electorate of Gippsland South are the beneficiaries of the end of the state election campaign, receiving used election signs from Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien.
He has donated the signs to the Leongatha unit of the SES after the end of campaign activities.
The large election corflute signs will be used by the units to help with emergency roof and window repairs, among other things.
Mr OBrien said it was a win-win situation.
Ive used these signs for both the by-election and now the 2018 election so no longer will have any use for them, but its important to recycle where we can, he said.
The SES unit was very happy to take these and is pleased they will now have a stock of material to assist with emergency repairs in the event of storm and other damage to local houses.
Our local SES volunteers do a great job and all local units are always looking for new volunteers.
I encourage anyone with some spare time to make contact with their local SES unit and sign up to help out.

Here you go: Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien hands over corflute campaign signs to Neil Warren of the Leongatha SES unit to help with emergency roof and window repairs.


Lennies story rides again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AGE is no barrier to the energy and vitality of Beryl Ferrier who launched her book Encore Lennie the story behind the statue at Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday.
Launched to a full house of close and distant relatives of the famous Lennie Gwyther, Beryl Ferrier said she was overwhelmed and pleased to be part of such an occasion.
Mrs Ferrier travelled from her home on the Gold Coast in Queensland for the launch which saw more than 100 people attend.
Mrs Ferrier nee Gwyther is the sister of Lennie Gwyther who was nine when he rode 1000km on horseback to Sydney to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as a reward for caring for his familys farm at Koonwarra after his father was injured.
The book is a tribute to Ms Ferriers niece, Julie Campbell of Mardan, who encouraged her to meet the then mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, Bob Newton, to discuss Mr Newtons proposal for a statue.
He drove the campaign to erect the statue, with a committee of dedicated volunteers.
A billboard with greater detail on Lennies adventure is being planned to be erected at the statue site and a blueprint of the billboard was on display at the launch.
I could not have done this without Julie Campbell, who if she was charged for all the hundreds of phone calls she made to organise this, it would have been thousands, Mrs Ferrier said.
Its fantastic how much support I have received throughout the whole process of this book and also to be able to launch it today.

New book: Lennie Gwythers sister and author Beryl Ferrier was at the Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday to launch her new book about the effort to build a statue in Leongatha, honouring her brother. She is in front of a diagram for a proposed information board at the statue in Anderson Street, Leongatha.


White Christmas At Underground Operas Carols In The Reservoir "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Its yours this holiday season at the Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbanes underground Opera House. Venture underground and forget all the cares of the world up above as world-class opera singers and musical theatre performers serenade you with both classic and contemporary carols in the acoustically sensational reservoir. And the mystical, ...

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New centre eight years in the making "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE new Integrated Primary Care Centre (IPCC) has now been officially opened at the Leongatha Hospital.
The initial application for funding was made to the Commonwealth Government back in 2011.
This new centre is now home to Leongatha Healthcares second premises with its other building in Koonwarra Road remaining as a clinic but the Jeffery Street site now closed.
Whilst one half of the new IPCC houses Leongatha Healthcare, the other half will eventually be home to a range of allied health and community services; already a podiatrist is soon to use one of the consulting rooms plus more private services will follow.
Some of the spaces can be used for educational presentations with projectors and screens in place.
Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann said at the opening on Monday, December 3, the opportunity will be there to expand the capacity of clinical training to undergraduate and post graduate nursing, medical and allied health students.
This facility is of an exceptional standard and was completed on time and on budget.
The builder was Becon Constructions Australia P/L.
The idea is to create a one-stop shop for the communitys primary care needs.
Having doctors from Leongatha Healthcare right at the hospital doorstep will help for a more seamless task of having a doctor readily available in an emergency. The on-call doctor will be consulting at the IPCC centre and can quickly get to the hospital from there.
On the same day as the official opening, a pop-up art show was set up with guest artist Laura Welsh and other NDIS participants displaying artworks.
The quality works were well received and viewed whilst Marty Thomass talk about the Art Development Project in Cambodia was also part of the opening event.

New building open: celebrating the opening of the new IPCC are, from left, Dr Leslie Chisholm (Leongatha Healthcare), Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann and Dr Graham Toohill (Leongatha Healthcare).


Library decision sparks concern "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEMBERS of Save Our Mobile Library (SOML) pleaded their case to the board of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (WGRLC) at its ordinary board meeting, Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra, last Friday.
About nine members from SOML attended, with Veronica Dowman and Peter Granger putting their main grievances to the board for consideration.
They contested WGRLCs decision to scrap mobile bus library services in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires due to alleged under-performance.
SOML was formerly allotted five minutes of speaking time.
Ms Dowman contested the boards calculations to determine whether a mobile library service underperformed or not.
When calculated on a per population basis, the South Coast Mobile library performs as well, if not better than the Baw Baw service, she said.
Mr Granger said South Coast patrons have been misled and mistreated, with more people using the service than WGRLC said.
Mr Granger said when population was taken into consideration, he said the benchmark Baw Baw Shire, used by WGRLC as a standard for fit for purpose operation, averaged 2.91 percent with respect to loans/hour, per 9007 head of population, compared to the combined Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires of 4.34 percent with respect to loans/hour, per 6597 head of population.
SOML member Anne Caulfield said the board should have queried the figures.
West Gippsland Libraries CEO Leanne Williams was pleased the board accepted the recommendations to provide a suite of enhanced services to small towns in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires.
The technology now exists to provide services that are more convenient for people by offering them in ways that they expect in 2018, she said.
For example, agency-style libraries and click and collect points available for as many as 30 hours a week will ensure people can get the books, movies and other materials they want from our catalogue of 140,000 items in a far more convenient manner than a mobile, which only visits for an hour or two every week or fortnight.
We are now continuing to consult with potential community partners and organisations who share our constructive commitment to providing people with better access to library services.
We would like to thank those active users of the mobile service who responded to our survey to provide their preferred service options as well as any other feedback.


Arguments Over Games Escalate to Physical Violence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

24-year old Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League star Dylan Walker is facing Manly Local Court today charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault against his fiance of the same age, Alexandra Ivkovic, last Thursday evening. Emergency services were called to the couples Dee Why home after Walker allegedly yanked the mother of

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Stress levels spark health trial "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IN Bass Coast, one in six adults experience significant psychosocial distress, resulting in the shire being selected to participate in a suicide prevention trial.
The shire was one of 29 Australian communities selected due to the communitys commitment to working collectively to reduce suicide rates.
Community organisation Survivors of Suicide has been influential in this area.
According to Gippsland Primary Health Network, Bass Coast had more people presenting to the emergency department for intentional self injury than the Victorian state average in the last five years. Men are at higher risk of death from these injuries.
South Gippsland is the only local government area in Gippsland where the statistics are closer to the state average.
Life circumstances such as family breakdown, unemployment, issues with alcohol and substance abuse, and experiencing bereavement are attributed to the causes of vulnerability in Bass Coast.
The health trial is a new approach based on a systems response. Health networks build a safety net for the community by coordinating existing support services and building the communitys skills to better support people facing a suicide crisis.
We want to build peoples skills to recognise and respond to suicidality: to identify the warning signs of when someone is in crisis and to support them to seek help, Gippsland Primary Health Network CEO Amanda Proposch said.
It is a place based approach, which means people and places are inter-related, and we acknowledge the places where people live and spend their time affects their health and wellbeing.
That means the program focuses on schools, business, workplaces, doctors, community campaigns, the media and emergency departments.
The program in Bass Coast will be about working with the local community to develop its own suicide prevention responses.
It will be focused on community strengthening and improved individual resilience and wellbeing.
The focus is also on building mental health literacy; how people understand and talk about mental health, and improving help seeking.
Gippsland Primary Health Network is working with Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Health, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, local schools, the Department of Education, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Lifeline Gippsland to implement the program.
Survivors of Suicide support counsellor Tanya Worden said the trial was a well needed collaboration.
Ms Worden said Survivors of Suicide is working on establishing a 24 hour centre in Bass Coast.
At the moment, there are no venues available and the project would require significant funding, so it has been put on hold for now, she said.
We are aiming to provide a 24 hour service where people could drop in and we would be the first point of call. We would have round the clock vol...


Crash shock "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A CAR ran over a pathway and into a fence along the Inverloch foreshore last Thursday evening.
Inverloch Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a collision on Surf Parade at approximately 8pm.
A black Holden Commodore lost control and collided with bollards and a fence.
It is believed the driver and a passenger fled the scene shortly after removing the registration plates.
Anyone with information about the vehicle during the afternoon and evening is asked to contact Senior Constable Brad Heber at

Danger zone: a driver and passenger fled this Holden Commodore after crashing at Inverloch last Thursday evening.


Labors Bass win confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ITS official: Jordan Crugnale is now the new member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the District of Bass after a declaration by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
On Thursday, District of Bass electorate manager David Wall declared the seat for Ms Crugnale by official writ of the Governor General of Victoria Linda Dessau AC to applause from eight people who attended the announcement.
According to Mr Wall, it was not until Wednesday nights counting that Ms Crugnale achieved an absolute majority from preference flow from the third-last candidate in contention for the seat, David Arnault from the Australian Greens.
In a very tight election, Ms Crugnale received 2370 votes more than the closest contender and former member for Bass Brian Paynter, but Mr Wall said although more votes were expected to come in, they would not alter the result.
Brian Paynter was ahead all the way through until the preferences of David Arnault were counted, which indicates most of his voters selected Labors Jordan Crugnale as their second preference, he said.
Ms Crugnale said she felt energised and thrilled with the result and have a seat at the table of a Labor government in Victoria.
Its very historic moment and Im very proud to be a part of it. Meeting all the other candidates, it was great to see we all shared mutual respect for one another. I wish Brian Paynter and the other candidates all the best in their future, she said.
Its been a year-long campaign and Im really grateful for the support of my sons Luciano, Augustus and my partner Mark and everyone else who worked tirelessly on the campaign.
I am humbled to be elected by the people to parliament and be a part of making a change for the better health and wellbeing of the community of Bass.

Official writ: Victorian Electoral Commission District of Bass electorate manager David Wall declared Jordan Crugnale as the new member for Bass in the Victorian Parliament.


Bombs away "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Essendon Football Club will train in Ocean Grove tomorrow morning (Wednesday 12 December).

The Bombers have chosen Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads for a preseason training camp and will run through their paces at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval, Shell Rd, tomorrow morning.

The Dons will hit the turf at 8am, but the best time to see them train will be from 9am to 10am. 

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Medical link to crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

POLICE believe a medical condition is likely to have caused a crash at Koonwarra last Thursday.
A Leongatha man, 77, crashed into a barrier on the side of the South Gippsland Highway before travelling 600m and colliding with a roadworks truck, near the intersection with Hogans Road.
The man was driven to Leongatha Hospital and later airlifted to the Alfred Hospital with serious injuries.
He was travelling in a four wheel drive. The roadworks truck was damaged.
Police believe the man experienced a medical episode and is expected to recover from the crash. No charges are expected to be laid.
Police said speed was not a factor and that some roadworks crews were referred to welfare support agencies after the collision that occurred at about 8am.

Crash scene: police believe a Leongatha man crashed at Koonwarra last Thursday due to a medical condition.


Supermarket stalled "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


KORUMBURRA will miss out on a new Michaels IGA supermarket on the site of the former council offices for now, after a deal between Michaels IGA and South Gippsland Shire Council collapsed.

Michaels IGA has been negotiating with council to buy the site on the corner of King and Commercial streets from council, and was advanced with plans. The Korumburra library, Rotary art gallery and Korumburra and District Historical Society were all to relocate from the site to make way for the new supermarket.

The project could have been valued at more than $18 million and would have created between 40 and 60 supermarket jobs alone, and a further 20 to 30 jobs during construction.

The company has spent $2.4 million on the project so far.

But the project is no more, after Michaels IGA believed councils initial requirement that the company pay bank guarantees of $600,000 and a 10 percent deposit to buy the site was excessive.

Michaels IGAs bank advised that normal commercial terms were approximately five percent of the agreed sale price approximately $100,000 in this case.

Michaels IGA originally offered council $200,000 and a 10 percent deposit to be held in a trust account, with council able to seize this money if Michaels IGA did not proceed with the supermarket.

The company then offered $300,000 to be held in trust and a 10 percent deposit still above the norm, Michaels IGA general/operations manager Len Morabito said.

He said council rejected that offer and then wanted $400,000 in bank guarantees and a six percent deposit.

The deal is off. There are no further plans, Mr Morabito said.

Council CEO Tim Tamlin said the sale could still proceed in the future.

Council wanted the bank guarantees to ensure Michaels IGA did not back out of the deal or not proceed within a reasonable timeframe, but Mr Morabito said the company was serious about the new supermarket.

Why would we spend another $1.5-plus million on land if we were not serious about building?  The reality is that with the old car yard and residential properties we already own, there is no need to buy any more land to landbank, he said.

No one else would be able to develop on the site as it stands now so the councils reasoning/argument about land banking is very inaccurate and flawed.

Owner of Michaels Supa IGA stores in Leongatha and Korumburra, Michael Lorenz, told The Star he just wanted to get on with the development.

I have a proven track record. Look what Ive done with the Leongatha store, I saved the Korumburra store, I built the highway liquor store in Leongatha, Mr Lorenz said.......

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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow  Break, Rattle & Roll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Album number three for Melbourne-based songwriter Matt Joe Gow and this one finds him hitting his stride with his most compelling and realised set of songs to date. Gow co-produced the album and it certainly sounds world class with space for the songs to breathe and backed up with some wonderful and stylistically varied playing Continue reading


What can we do to prevent local koala extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At risk of extinction: At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas were taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre during a single week in July. Photo FOK

A community forum taking place in Lismore tomorrow (December 12) will discuss the extinction risk facing koalas on the North Coast and what can be done to ensure the marsupials long-term survival in NSW.

WWF-Australia this year reported that koalas were on track to extinction in NSW as early as 2050 without a significant reduction in tree clearing, mitigation of climate change and major expansion of protected areas.

Queensland University Researchers have estimated there were just 36,000 koalas left in NSW in 2012, and that the population was on track to decline 26 per cent over six koala generations (mid-1990s and mid-2030s).

State govt to blame

Some 99 per cent of koala habitat is on private land in NSW, so it can now be bulldozed under new laws the Berejiklian government introduced last year (the ironically titled Biodviersty Conservation Act).

Bulldozing of bushland tripled in one part of the state in the first 12 months of the new laws, destroying 5,000 hectares of koala habitat.

Yet even as native forest logging on the North Coast is destroying prime koala habitat, the Berejiklian government is hastening their demise further, with proposals to open up new forests to loggers.

Speakers at tonights meeting will include Widjabul Elder Uncle Herb Roberts, NSW Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski, Dr Martin Taylor from WWF-Australia, Friends of the Koala president Dr Ros Irwin and North East Forest Alliance president Dailan Pugh.

Save our Koalas Community Forum

When; 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, December 12

Where; Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore


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Cold Case: What Happened To Brisbane Man Gary Venamore? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 2018 review of suspicious deaths in Sydney found that 27 of the 88 were probable gay hate crimes. QNews Magazine looks back at the unsolved 1968 murder of a Brisbane gay man. Despite a $250,000 reward for information, that crime remains unsolved. At the age of 35, Gary Venamore still lived at home with ...

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My book launch at Connor Court Christmas party, Wednesday 19 December at Boundary St, West End "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next covers Queenslands state finances over the last thirty years, during which time Queensland went from being the exemplar of sound public finance in Australia to a cautionary tale of the dangers of fiscal extravagance. In the book I discuss what went wrong, how much we really should worry about the $80+ billion of debt we are tracking toward, and what the state government should do to correct the course. While already available for purchase, the book will be officially launched next week on Wednesday evening 19 December during the Connor Court Christmas party at the Connor Court book room, upstairs at 146 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, across the street from the well-known Avid Reader bookstore. You can book to attend via this link:

Connor Court Christmas Party and launch of Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

Come and celebrate Connor Court Publishings Christmas Party as well as the launch of Gene Tunnys new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

The evening will include, wine and cheese, great speeches, a book launch, the big book raffle, as well as the opportunity to purchase last minute gifts from the book room.



SBS News- Indonesian troops 'kill Papua civilians' after deadly separatist attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SBS News

Indonesian troops 'kill Papua civilians' after deadly separatist attack

Four civilians have been killed by Indonesian troops hunting separatist rebels in the restive province of Papua, a local resident says.


Man charged with intimidating 10-year-old girl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been charged following investigations into an alleged child approach incident in Lismore last month.

About 3.20pm on Wednesday November 7, a 10-year-old girl got off the school bus at the corner of Hunter and Orion Streets and started walking to her destination.

Its alleged a man driving a white station wagon approached the girl and spoke to her, before trying to entice her into his vehicle.

The matter was reported to police and an investigation was commenced by Lismore Detectives.

About 4pm yesterday (Monday December 10), a 50-year-old man was arrested in South Lismore.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear/physical harm (personal).

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today (Tuesday December 11).


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Report: Ambulance call outs increased during mine fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New findings from the Hazelwood Health Study (HHS) show an overall increase in ambulance attendances during the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire period. Using data supplied by Ambulance Victoria for Morwell and surrounding towns, the analysis showed a 15% increased likelihood of ambulance attendances for all conditions during the mine fire period when compared to other []


Old Mullum hospital to be demolished next month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Council is set to take possession of the Mullumbimby Hospital site today (December 11), with demolition to commence in January 2019. Photo Aslan Shand

The purchase of the four-hectare Mullumbimby Hospital site from NSW Health will be finalised today (Tuesday December 11), after the NSW Government offered the property to Byron Shire Council for $1 in May 2017.

The demolition of the old hospital buildings is set to start in early January next year.

Given its history of asbestos contamination, the Council says its priority is now remediating the site, which includes the removal of asbestos and any other contaminated materials.

Contractors will take control of the site in early January and the remediation is scheduled to start on January 7.

Phil Holloway, Councils infrastructure services director, said the contractors were experienced in the demolition and remediation of contaminated sites like the Mullumbimby Hospital and at all times the health and safety of the community will be the main focus.

The contractors will be using recognised best practice processes to remove the asbestos, with operations to be undertaken and contained in a special negative-pressure tent, he said.

Tweed Coast Demolitions and Excavations is managing the job with Aztech Services, the company used to remediate homes affected by the Mr Fluffy insulation in Canberra, to handle the asbestos removal.

There will be security measures in place and the site will be fully fenced for the duration of the remediation process which is expected to take approximately six months, Mr Holloway said.

Council staff and the demolition contractor Tweed Coast Demolitions are door-knocking residents and businesses in the vicinity of the hospital site, providing them with information about the project and leaving information in peoples letterboxes.

I know its a busy time of year but the purchase settlement is being finalised this week and when we have possession of the site we want to work as quickly as possible to remove the contamination, Mr Holloway said.

A community drop-in session will be held at the Left Bank Rd entrance to the hospital next Monday, December 17, from 4pm to 7pm....


Have you seen Darryl? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Have you seen Darryl Gamero? He was last seen in Nimbin on December 3. Photo supplied

Police are seeking the communitys help to find Darryl Gamero who has been reported as missing.

The 30-year-old from Gladstone, Queensland, was last seen in Nimbin on the December 3.

Darryl has blonde collar length hair, no tattoos, but scars on his right arm.

He does not have a mobile phone and is known to use payphones.

If you see Darryl please contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 Police reference is E6982755

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Iggy Pop + more announce Bluesfest sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfest Touring have just announced that a bunch of legendary musicians will be playing sideshows this April in support of their Bluesfest appearance.

The godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, will be gracing Sydneys Opera House and Melbournes Festival Hall. Pop is widely lauded as one of the most incredible live performers of all time and these sideshows are destined to be a rousing experience.

Watch: Iggy Pop Lust For Life


R&B crooner Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be bringing his soulful stylings to Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Grammy Award winning act Fantastic Negrito will be bringing his poignant narratives to stages in Sydney and Melbourne. Whilst South Carolina Blues legends The Marcus King Band will make their Australian debut in Sydney and Melbourne.

Watch: Fantastic Negrito Plastic Hamburgers


Check out the full tour dates and ticket information below.

Bluefest 2019

Pre-sale for all shows:
12pm Wednesday 12 December 2018

On-sale for all shows:
12pm Friday 14 December 2018



Festival Hall, Melbourne
Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sydney Opera House, 



Gentrifiying suburbs - actual examples (video interview) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gentrifying suburb examples

One trend that homebuyers and property investors look towards is landlocked blue chip areas where new dwelling supply is chronically limited.

An alternative approach is to look for properties with a high land value content in areas that are less than perfect today, but have the potential to gentrify significantly over the decade or two ahead.

Gabba upgrade

Here's one such example in Brisbane: Woolloongabba. 

The 'Gabba' will undergo some dramatic changes over the decade ahead, including a new Gabba precinct, new apartment developments, the $600 million South City Square regeneration, a cricket ground upgrade, the exciting Cross River Rail project linking into the City, and much more.

Here's the Gabba transport precinct today (OK, I took this photo a couple of weeks ago). 

It's not much to look at in 2018, admittedly, partly due to the ongoing demolition in preparation for the Cross River Rail. 

And now, here are the future Cross River Rail visuals...



1) West Papua National Liberation Army: Its an attack, not execution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Papuan pastor fights for self-determination
3) Papuans arrested for marking Human Rights Day

4) Papua killings revive debate on decades-old conflict


1) West Papua National Liberation Army: Its an attack, not execution
Published 10 hours ago on 10 December 2018 
By pr9c6tr3_juben

West Papua Liberation Army led by Egianus Kogoya IST



In a hole in the ground there lived a "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These opening words of Tolkiens The Hobbit could equally apply to the little Spotted Pardalote that arose apparently out of nowhere from the grass in front of us while we were trying to photograph a White-winged Triller for a previous post on this blog.   In fact the pardalote emerged from the insignificant hole in []


Housing finance posts biggest bounce in 2 years, but... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Housing finance bounce, but...

A bounce for housing finance seemed to be on the cards, as all those painfully slow mortgage applications finally grind through the arduous process. 

And so it proved, with owner-occupier approvals excluding refinancing up by nearly 5 per cent in October 2018.

I didn't think last month's plunge was too much to get excited about, and the same view applies to this month's bounce.

Yes, a seasonally adjusted $30 billion of housing finance in aggregate is apparently much more solid than $29.3 billion a month earlier. 

But smoothing the results on a trend basis simply puts the ABS figures back in line with the credit impulse, and implies modest further declines in housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne into 2019. 

Investment housing loans posted a small bounce, but it was still the weakest quarter for investment lending since 2013. 

At the state level home loan transactions in Western Australia now look set to rise, as New South Wales and Victoria ease. 



Just three months out from a state election and the NSW Berejiklian Government decides to introduce a new punative public housing policy guaranteed to upset a good many voters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2016 est. 37,715 people in New South Wales were recorded as homeless on Census Night.

The following year the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government had a public housing stock total of 110,221 dwellings and an est. 60,000 people on the Dept. of Housing 2017 waiting list.

Below is the state governments answer to the effects of decreasing public housing stock and federal Coalition Government cuts to public housing funding allocations to the states - introduce a new initiative under the 'Opportunity Pathways' program which will cut the housing waiting list by increasing eligibility restrictions, privatise service delivery to certain categories of public housing applicants and tenants in order to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families are discouraged from seeking housing assistance.

The Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2018, p.2:

Public housing applicants will have to get a job if they want a taxpayer-funded home under a tough new test to be introduced in NSW.


Christmas Meeting, this Wednesday Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our final meeting for this year is this Wednesday, the 12th of December.

The meeting will be at the usual time and place: 7:00pm, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

Were lucky enough to have council in attendance, talking about the Citys Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050, and how we can have input into it.

Unless some urgent issue comes out of the woodwork, this will be our last meeting until February.


Geelong Bucket List for Families "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

52 fun things for Families to Do in and around Geelong

woman and three children playing water

  1. Visit the Geelong Gallery . TIP: Dont miss the Gallery Shop for a unique gift.
  2. Take in the view at Eastern Beach
  3. Stimulate your sense at Geelong Botanical Gardens
  4. How much wildlife can you spot at Serendip Sanctuary TIP: Say hello to the friendly  (but somewhat intimidating) emu strolling the carpark and picnic area.
  5. Cuddle a Koala at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary $$
  6. Portarlington Bayside Miniture Railway  $
  7. Adventure Park (When open) $
  8. Fairy Park $$
  9. Rollerway Skate Rink $
  10. ...


Not quite a deluge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What a welcome drop 13mm of rain yesterday afternoon was blessed relief after the heatwave.

As the last showers drifted east I took a quick circuit of the plains. Galahs feeding on thistles and stubble clearly enjoyed the cool change.

Buloke landscape, Moolort Plains, 9th December 2018


1) Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia: Papuan Militants Kill 17
Police Should Investigate Worksite Killings; Military Should Show Restraint
3) More deaths as Indonesia hunts Papuan Liberation Army
4) UN official defends West Papuan rights free speech, peaceful assembly

The Strategist
1) Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua

10 Dec 2018|...


Michael and Dean at Redbar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jamming at Redbar the other night


Lonely Christmas looming for many "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new Australian Red Cross survey reveals around one in three Australians recall feeling isolated or lonely last festive season. Of those of who recalled feeling isolated, close to half said it was because friends and family were far away, and four out of ten felt out of place with those nearby. As Australia turns []

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NEW MUSIC: Mike Viola  It Does A Number On My Brain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mike Viola was a member of Ryan Adams band for a while (and has worked with a number of other artists) and you can certainly hear a shared kinship for strummed and sparkly guitars, classic riffs and strong and heady vocal melodies. This one sways along with a melancholic power pop sound, really nice song. Continue reading


Shelves for Sabrina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Looking cool with plants and instruments and records - all that's left to do is attach the desk after I trim a corner a tiny bit

With Lyle and Sabrina

Sabrina on the new bedframe stage



Byron Surf Flix "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Surf Flix gets on board with Positive Change for Marine Life to support our local surfers at the Byron Theatre on Tuesday 18th December at 7:30pm.

Byron Surf Flix takes off with the screening of surf film classic Morning of the Earth. The film will be introduced by Rusty Miller who is one of the surfers who appears in the film.

The night promises a chilled atmosphere with the Byron Theatre Bar open before the film and during intermission.

Tix are only $15! Get them online at or from our Box Office: Mon Fri 10am 1:30pm.

Morning of the Earth portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australias north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.

Check out these clips from Morning of the Earth:

Surf Flix co-organiser Daniel Wilson Barrios, a surfer of over 20 years, says that Surf Flix will be somewhere we can bring together the surfing culture and to celebrate what we love to do. Daniel also mentions that Surf F...


Highway matters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vicroads has set up a community consultation on its plans to clear vegetation from the Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Muckleford South.

Readers may remember that FOBIF objected to some of these removals, arguing that the safety objective could be better achieved by rumble strips and reduced speed limits on the winding stretch of road. Vicroads response to that was to say, effectively, that reduced speeds would make no difference, something we found hard to understand. The Vicroads 2016-7 Annual report noted that The most common crash types were run-offroad on high-speed country roads and intersection crashes in metropolitan Melbourne. On the face of it, efforts to reduce speeds, along with traffic calming measures, might be a good response to this brutal fact. Vicroads response, however, seems to give up on the speed matter, and hope to soften the impact of any accidents.

Vicroads last consulted the community in 2016 and since then they have been developing strategies to mitigate risk to fauna and flora as part of our obligations under federal legislation. We understand that this involves assessing the impact of tree removal on Swift Parrot populations.

The consultation is a drop in session on Tuesday January 8, from 5 pm to 8 pm [drop in any time you can], at the Newstead Recreation centre, 21 Panmure Street.

Were offering this info tentatively, since Vicroads email on the matter sets the date at Tuesday 8 January December 2018

You can verify all this by emailing an RSVP to

A justification of the project can be found here.

You can find FOBIFs posts on the matter by putting Pyrenees Highway into the search box at the top of this page.

We believe works are due to start not long after the consultation.



Kick up the dust! Churn up the creek! You have the right! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2012 a British think tank estimated that for every pound made by advertising executives, they destroy an equivalent of 7 in the form of stress, overconsumption, pollution and debt; conversely, each pound paid to a trash collector creates an equivalent of 12 in terms of health and sustainability.

So says Rutger Bregman in his book, Utopia for realists [2017]. We cant verify this, but we find it strangely plausible. Who hasnt winced at some commercial being yelled from the radio? The amount of mental damage inflicted by some of these ads must be enormous.

Heres an example, in the form of a question:

Should drivers be forced to drive on roads? Or should they have the right to drive wherever they like?

Tyre marks on moss beds, Mount Alexander: irresponsible, dangerous and damaging behaviour is actively encouraged by car manufacturers and retailers.

These seem like pretty weird questions: of course you should drive on a road. People dont drive into the Botanical Gardens, up to the edge of the lake. They know there are limits.

But the bush is different. Opponents of the recent VEAC recommendations on the Wombat and Wellsford forests complained that if these places were national parks, they would have to drive on roads, an infringement of their traditional rights. Apparently they dont realise that the law on this matter is the same on all public land.

Some drivers of SUVs, and riders of motor bikes, believe that these machines have the right to go anywhere. Earlier this year, believe it or not, Coliban Water had to appeal to motorists not to drive into the Malmsbury reservoir!  Cars have been driven across moss beds on Mount Alexander, and when Parks Victoria blocked a very small section of road near Langs Lookout, the rock barriers were furiously graffitied  by drivers who didnt want to walk an extra 100 metres

Where does this weird mindset come from? If you want to know,  just watch a few sporting events on television, and be amazed at the comm...


A small glimpse into a hotter future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coliban Water has been promising to close down some of its inefficient water races for years. These include the Poverty Gully race, which has been leaking repeatedlya problem not helped when a DELWP fuel reduction burn destroyed the plastic lining water authorities had installed to try to improve the channels efficiency. They certainly reduced that particular fuel.

FOBIF supports the closure of the channel, believing the water is best allowed to boost the ailing Coliban River. At the same time, the closure will have some unfortunate side effects. Channel leakages over the years have created the odd interesting minor wetlands, which dry up when the channel isnt running, but manage to revive when the water comes.

So, what happens when the water stops for good? It seems that the authority may have at last acted to close the channel, and Naomi Raftery has the following response:

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Connecting Countys Nature News. It chronicled the excitement of moving into a new rental in Chewton, which backed onto an ephemeral creek line, fed, as it were, by a leak in the Poverty Gully water race. My enthusiasm was for the frog and birdlife that abounded following a leak and my newfound interest in identifying different species attracted to the water.

Coliban Water are in the process of decommissioning the water race, which will be finalised in January 2019.  The result is a deafening silence. The frog chorus is gone, the White-faced Herons are not anywhere and the weed march is on.

While FOBIF applaud the sensible decision to decommission the race, it is a good case in point for illustrating what will happen in the event of a warming climate and reiterates the importance of setting up solid, long view management of our natural places and in order that they become resilient refugia for  humans and plants and animals.

Right: although an artificial situation, the case is a very good example of what lies ahead for vulnerable corners of our region, like wetlands and water courses, as a warmer and drier climate settles on the country.


Open Academy Summer Short Courses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here at the Conservatorium of Musics OPEN ACADEMY you can fulfil your long-time passion for learning. We have so many short courses to choose from, you will definitely find something to suit you.

There are Jazz based classes like; Jazz guitar with Sam Rollings, Jazz Piano Basics with Michael Bartolomei and Jazz Harmony with Roy Issac. We also have a number of auditioned Jazz ensembles which are taken by Ron Philpott, Hannah James and Andrew Dickeson. If you arent up to auditioning try our Impro Basics classes with Dave Pudney. Perhaps its Blues your interested in? Then Blues Guitar with Roy Issac is for you!

Open Academys brand-new class is Soul Ensemble which will be taken by Darren Heinrich. This will be an exciting addition to our stable of short courses!

Llew Kiek tutors the World Music Ensemble. Theres a great repertoire of pieces to get through exploring cultures from all corners of the globe.

Conservatorium Open Academy has a variety of singing classes to suit all tastes from classical to pop and a number of theory-based classes where you can learn to read and write music, compose music, or hone your songwriting skills. Become a musical detective while you discover the ins and outs of a musical score in The Enquiring Listener class or develop your ear training skills in our Ear Training classes.

What: Open Academy Short Courses

Where: Conservatorium Open Academy

When: From 11th Feburary

For More Informations Click Here

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The classic Canberra Airport sighting of 1965 - UFO or Venus? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barry Greenwood

I am continuing my examination of the scanned copies of material, arising from Boston, USA, researcher Barry Greenwood's recent visit to the archives of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.

Classic 1965 case

One Australian case from 1965, which features time and time again in the UFO literature, happened on 15 July 1965, where a number of staff at the Canberra Airport reported watching an unidentified light in the sky during broad daylight.

In a series of blog posts dated 29 September 2011; 11 December 2011; 9 January 2013; and 15 December 2013, I reported on the information on this sighting gathered from a number of sources; both from Australian government files and newspapers.

Sydney Morning Herald article

Within Barry's CUFOS material I located items which I had not seen before. Firstly, there was a Sydney Morning Herald article dated 18 July 1965 and titled "I talk with the men who saw "that thing," by reporter Graham Gambie. I will quote from this article:

"Everyone I spoke to here said they were certain that flying saucers don't exist, but they would sleep a little more easily at night if someone could prove what "the thing" was."

"The officer-in-charge of Civil Aviation in Canberra, Mr A B Lindeman, said: 'I wish Mt Stromlo would tell us it was a planet. I don't like something in the back of my mind I can't understand.'"

"Dr D B E Westerlund of Mt Stromlo's observatory said that if the light was coming from the north-east it would almost certainly be the planet Venus."

"Mr Lindsay said: 'I've been in the job for two and a half years and I've never seen anything like it before...It wasn't Venus as has been suggested. I'm sure of that from the position..."



New board game lets you bee the change you want to see "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Forage board game. Photo supplied

One of the worker-bees at Flow Hive has launched a new educational bee game called Forage on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Byron Bay local Yari McGauley, a beekeeper of 10 years, launched the game last week after being inspired by an opportunity to upcycle some of the waste materials from the Flow Hive production line.

Forage board game creator, Yari McGauley. Photo supplied

A board game enthusiast, McGauley said he had his eureka moment when watching the Flow Hive laser-cut wooden pieces come off the conveyor belt.

Hmm all those neat little hexagonal laser offcuts would be great for a game, McGauley said.

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, the local entrepreneur hopes to take the game to the world, with early interest from Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Kmart in the USA.

Forage is a 2-4 player game which involves guiding your beehive through the seasons by collecting nectar, pollen and bees as you deal with pests, bears and the opposition.

Yari said his aim was to make a fun game that highlights how important bees are to our world, with a third of food crops needing bees for pollination. Bees are in trouble world-wide with US beekeepers...


Meet Susie Hale, the new VMTC president "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Victorian Mountain Tramping Club is a legendary presence in the Australian outdoor community. It recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Many clubs are aging, and in a refreshing move, the VMTC appointed 29-year old Susie Hale as its new president.

Earlier this year, Susie completed a 153-day solo trip on the 4,280km Pacific Crest Trail which she completed in 153 days. Other major accomplishments on her impressive walking CV include leading a VMTC group who completed the Australian Alpine Walking Track in 42 days.

There is a profile on Suzie and what inspires her, which is available here.


MACKAY A man has held up a supermarket with a fork "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Can NSW Police Demand Phone and Computer Passwords? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes It has been reported that police in the United States compelled a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using its facial recognition technology, triggering debate about the legality of forcing people to unlock devices using their password or biometric capabilities. The United States case During a search of the

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Byron Bay bypass gets large cash lobbed at it by govt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nationals candidate for Ballina Ben Franklin (L) and Byron Greens Mayor Simon Richardson pore over the plans for the contentious Byron Bay bypass, now fully funded. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Byron Bay bypass is the latest project to benefit from seemingly never-ending funding announcements by the National Party, who are lavishing the electorate with tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in the lead-up to the March election.

The long running and contentious bypass development, which was enthusiastically embraced by Greens mayor Simon Richardson on Monday, will see native wetland habitat destroyed south of Butler Street for the road. It will then turn left, over the disused railway, and emerge at the corner of Browning and Jonson Streets where Mitre 10 and Byron Music is located.

Detail of the bypass and bus stop plans. Image supplied

The commercial expansion of the entire area, while diminishing its ecological and heritage values, is all but guaranteed.

Additionally, a new bus terminal interchange is pegged alongside the bypass, replacing the existing terminal on Jonson Street.

The NSW government have committed $9.5m, which Council say is the final amount needed to complete the project.

The bypass is also tied to the contentious West Byron project, whereby developers agreed with the Liberal-National government to a voluntary agreement for bypass funding as part of their development application.

Throughout the project, there has been strong opposition from neighbours most impacted, who say the route has shown to be more expensive, dangerous and destructive of the environment, the community and heritage.

Their suggestion for t...


Freeman & Beers Amazing Australian Women "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pamela Freeman and Sophie Beer,  Amazing Australian Women: Twelve Women Who Shaped History (Lothian 2018) When I ran into the lovely Pamela Freeman in an Annandale cafe the other day, just down the road from where I used to live, she Continue reading


Bundjalung artists to gather in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts (L) and Gilbert Laurie in front of the mural they painted in Peace Park in Nimbin last year. Photo supplied

The inaugural Bundjalung Gathering art and culture exhibition will take place at Marvell Hall, Byron Bay, this coming week.

The regions finest Aboriginal artists and craftspeople are exhibiting paintings, sculpture and craft. There will be daily weaving workshops from Sunday till Tuesday.

The event is based around the concept of the tribes of Bundjalung gathering along the coast as in the ancient traditions.

Arts Northern Rivers Aboriginal arts development worker, Mark Cora, describes the exhibition as an opportunity for artists to come together as the Bundjalung nation.

The tribal groups of Bundjalung are often separated in modern times and rarely meet on common ground as once was the tradition in Aboriginal history. The meeting of artists and the welcoming to country is a very important cultural aspect of Aboriginal culture, he said.

Basket woven by Deb Cole. Photo Jugun Dandi weavers.

Michelle Michels, from local organisation AWARE Community has organised the exhibition with support from Byron Shire Council and Arts Northern Rivers.

The official opening is this Saturday evening from 5 pm 8pm with a Welcome to Country from Arakwal woman Delta Kay followed by the Bunyarra dancers and didgeridoo player Rory Close.

There will be talks by the artists and a presentation on the Bundjalung history, while sound master Craigus McVegas will be providing music throughout the evening.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) will be attending...


$1 Million Reward In Scott Johnson Gay Hate Murder Case "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Police are offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the death of American mathmatician Scott Johnson, 30 years after he died as a result of a gay hate attack. On December 10, 1988, the body of the 27-year-old Sydney-based man was found at the base ...

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The Equality Campaign Relaunches As New Organisation To Fight For LGBTIQ Rights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new organisation to fight for LGBTIQ law reform in Australia has been launched, with marriage equality lobby group Equality Campaign rebranding as Equality Australia. Prominent marriage equality campaigner Anna Brown will leave her current role at the Human Rights Law Centre to serve as the organisations CEO. Speaking on the 12 month anniversary of ...

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More Music Festival Overdoses, But Still No Pill Testing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another music festival, another death from a drug overdose and the festival season is just beginning. 19-year Callum Brosnan from Baulkham Hills is dead and three other young adults are in critical conditions after suspected drug overdoses at the Knockout Games of Destiny dance festival at Sydney Showground on Saturday night. Callum was found

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Queensland Government Campaign Targets Domestic Violence In LGBTIQ Community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new state government campaign is helping raise awareness of domestic and family violence within the LGBTIQ community and deliver advice and information on where to go for support. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said domestic and family violence doesnt discriminate; it can happen to anyone. Research shows that ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Phosphorescent  Cest La Vie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been five years since Matthew Houck released his last Phosphorescent album and by all reports hes gone through a bunch of stuff in that time  falling in love, starting a family, leaving New York for Nashville, building a studio from the ground up and nearly dying from meningitis. As a result, Cest La Vie Continue reading


Yellow Vests reject globalism, climate change and Macron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Alex Bruce

Between Donald Trump, Matteo Salvini and the Gilets Jaunes revolts, no one except for the most severely brainwashed can deny that Globalism is on the ropes.

The degree to which a country is zombified by Globalism can be gauged by whether its people believe that Climate Change is the most pressing issue they face and if they believe that populism is a bad word.

Frances yellow jacket revolt message is clear:
Get rid of the Illuminati and get out of the United Nations, a fitting message for the quislings in Australian politics to recognise.

The last time French President Emmanuel Macron was seen publicly, before he went into hiding nearly a week ago on Tuesday, he addressed the Yellow Vests protests of the previous weekend and he used the exact same Globalist talking points as did US Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as if theyd been handed the same script. Both reaffirmed the direness and exigency of Climate Change and how it is causing social injustice and how their Climate Change policies must be implemented immediately, to finally bring about long-sought social justice and racial equality.

No statement...


Filipino and Australian communities observe Human Rights Day in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Members of the Filipino and Australian communities gathered in Melbournes west on sunday 9 December, to observe Human Rights Day and celebrate the heroic grassroots efforts of many, to turn around the ongoing attacks by government, mining companies and other corporations, which are making life more difficult and sometimes.

The event was held at the Seddon Scout Hall in Footscray.  

Guest speaker, former member of parliament for Northcote and First Nations leader, Lydia Thorpe, spoke about the worsening position of her people in Australia, under ever more reactionary government and the failure to progress on a proper reconciliation of past wrongs through a negotiated. Although some progress has been made in Victoria, there is still a battle to ensure that all First Nations are involved and the final result matches their aspirations.

Lydia also stressed the importance of all Australians being in involved, and all parts of Australian society having their concerns addressed in the treaty process and its outcome.

One thing was made clear, the First Nations of this country have not been defeated. They have survived, are here today and will keep on fighting until their rights has been won and future secured.

The Second gust speaker, Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, who has been in the Philippines for 27 years and has recently been expelled, under orders of President Duterte, for her human rights work.

She has been involved in advocating for the poor and is an elected member of the National Council of Kataparan (an alliance of human rights organisations)

Earlier this year, Sister Pat had taken part in a fact-finding mission to Mindanao, where many cases of serious human rights violations were witnessed. She spoke of the plight of farmers losing their land to mining companies and plantation owners, and the taking away of their right to grow food where they had always done so, about the increasing use of military action, incarceration and murder as means of imposing the political will of the Duterte administration. There is an increasing use of trumped up charges to convict and jail individuals seen as political opponents of serious charges, like attempted murder, kidnapping and terrorism. The Philippines is heading towards a new period of martial law.

Weeks before her detention, she had given public support for for striking Coca Cola workers fighting terrible wages and conditions.

Although the situations are very different in each country, there are nevertheless some worrying similarities. In both, the political elite has moved in the direction of degrading human rights, linked to policies designed to enrich the richest few at the...


ANZ Declares Support For Intersex Community In Landmark Move "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANZ has became the first major publicly listed company in Australia and New Zealand to endorse the Darlington Statement, an agenda of priorities created by a group of intersex community advocates last year. The company said it agrees to the priorities set out in the Darlington Statement and made the decision to endorse it following ...

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Photos March for International Humans Rights Day Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

March for International Humans  Rights Day Sydney (9 December 2018)
Hosted by FIRE Fighting In Resistance Equally
Representatives  and supporters from various campaigns joined with  Aboriginal  Peoples in the "Defence of Human Rights March in Sydney for International human Rights Day".
Human rights abuses against Aboriginal peoples are at a crisis point. More children are being forcibly removed than at any time in Australias history. The torture of black youth in the Don Dale detention centre in Darwin is happening across the country and examples of extreme police brutality and killings of Aboriginal people in custody are being exposed every week. These abuses are rooted in a continuing invasion and denial of First Nations sovereignty.

At the rally  Aboriginal leaders were joined by representatives from other campaigns and marginalised peoples standing up against brutal human rights abuses by the Australian government and by various colonialist governments from around the world.  It is the same government torturing refugees in offshore detention, persecuting Muslims, destroying the environment and denying social equity and trying to criminalise trade union activism in the building industry and beyond.
Individual speakers' topics include:
People affected by fracking, West Papua, Brazil, Yemen., Palestine
Refugee advocates, ...


NEW MUSIC: Frog Dont Tell Me Where Youre Going "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frog are a band out of Queens, NYC and they mix up a cool blend of wonky, askew Americana. Firmly operating on the cosmic side of the tracks, without sacrificing song-craft and hooks, the duo released their new LP Whatever We Probably Already Had It a couple of weeks ago. You can hear bits of The Continue reading


PNG resource extraction law at stake "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The truth is that our country is at a crisis point. If we do not correct some very serious faults and failures in how we approach the extraction of resources such as minerals, gas and oil we will not only continue to fail to deliver progress to our people, we will put the very survival of our country at peril.

Editorial | The Sunday Bulletin | 2 December 2018

THIS week Papua New Guineas expanding resources industry will be showcased at a three-day PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference.

Widely regarded as the nations premier international conference, will be held from 3 to 5 December 2018 at Sydneys Hilton Hotel in Australia.

We understand that speakers will include the PNG Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, along with a number of government ministers who will provide delegates with insights into the...


Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 3 to 9 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker A woman has launched a private criminal prosecution after police refused to bring charges against her former partner for allegedly dowsing her with petrol and threatening to set

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Greens MP calls for tourist infrastructure fund "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has announced a plan for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, a plan that she says she will be taking to the state election in March.

Ms Smith said such a fund would help alleviate the massive backlog of infrastructure needs and upkeep for roads and parks in high tourism areas in NSW such as Byron Shire.

Without revealing the detail, which she said she would roll out closer to the election, Ms Smith said the formula would be based on the ratio of tourism numbers compared to ratepayers within a Local Government Area.

Local councils would receive a percentage of GST collected within their footprint. This obviously will benefit communities where there are a huge number of tourist visitors annually compared to ratepayers, she said.

The Byron Shire has 33,000 residents and just over 13,500 residential ratepayers but supports more than two million tourist visits each year.

We know the benefits tourism brings for businesses but we know that Byron Shire Council is left to pick up the tab to pay for the huge impact on roads and public spaces.

Its ridiculous that ratepayers are expected to pay for local roads and parks where tourism numbers are so disproportionate, while the state government reaps the tax dollars, including massive amounts of Land Tax, Stamp Duty and GST.

Eliminating pork barrelling

Instead of having to be like beggars at the mercy of the government of the day and pork barrelling, this model provides a sustainable, annual fund that the community can bank on.

Its time the regions got their fair share from the state government so that we can have safer roads, increased public transport and new public amenities, Ms Smith said.

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Media release- Military sweep in Nduga Regency-local villagers flee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release- 10 December 2018
Military sweep in Nduga Regency-local villagers flee

In response to the latest shooting in the Yall District, Nduga Regency, in West Papua, the Indonesian security forces are undertaking a military operation to find those deemed responsible

Local media in West Papua have reported that residents  from Mbua, Yall and Yigi have fled to the forest to avoid the sweep by a joint police and army force. Up to 1500 people have been displaced.

According to Pastor Benny Gia, (in a report in Jubi 9 December) during a p...


Morrisons Bluff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Back in September 2014 a young man died in a Brisbane hospital after he had contracted a leg infection on Manus Island where he had been held in detention by Australian immigration authorities. Brisbane Coroner Mr Terry Ryan found his death followed a series of clinical errors and delays, including a lack of antibiotics on

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Surf Skier Noah Havard on Crossing the Line Tue 11 December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Noah Havard at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Noah Havard is a local teenager who volunteers at the North Bondi Surf Living Saving Club where he rescues swimmers in trouble at Sydneys iconic beach, and coaches 9-10 yr old nippers.

He is now one of our most competitive surf skiers winning 5 gold medals at the recent Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth.

At 3pm he joins GT and Rupert on Crossing the Line to talk about his love of the surf and his future hopes as an Olympic kayaker.


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Save Kosci walk finishes at Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than 600 people joined sections of the 36 day walk from Sydney to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko which aimed to raise awareness about the negative impacts of feral horses in the Kosciuszko national park. The walk finished on December 9. The five people who did the whole walk from Sydney were joined on the final day by 178 people, walking from Jindabyne, Thredbo or with the main group from Charlotte Pass.

The walk was organised to highlight the fact that there had been an escalation of environmental damage by wild horses over the past 5 years in the park. Instead of acting to reduce wild horse numbers, the NSW Parliament passed legislation that gives wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park more protection than native animals.

For background on the threats, check the Save Kosci website.

As reported in The Guardian, there was widespread support from the community for the walkers. The Save Kosci convener, Linda Groom, said the group was able to win over most people they spoke to.

Once they understand the facts, they are quite willing to face the difficult issue of culling horses if we are to control the population, she said.



Two dead, one injured in crash on M1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have died and a woman has been injured in a crash on the Pacific Highway (M1) overnight (Sunday December 9).

About 7.45pm, a vehicle was travelling south on the highway, Glenugie, when it left the road, crashed through a fence, and rolled.

Two men in the car died at the scene. A female passenger was trapped in the vehicle.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has now flown the 39-year-old woman to Gold Coast University Hospital in serious condition with head injuries.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police Area Command remain on the scene conducting inquiries.

A contra flow is in place so traffic is able to travel through the area in both directions, however delays are expected.

Motorists are urged exercise caution, with emergency services and traffic crews on site.

Due to the nature of the incident, there is no forecast as to when all lanes will reopen.

For the latest traffic information, visit

Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


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Dec 2018 General Meeting Open Mic! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As per Castlemaine Field Nat tradition, the December 2018 general meeting is a chance for any member (or visitor) to make a short presentation.  People are encouraged to talk for up to 5 minutes about a topic related in some way to natural history.  It might be photos from a holiday to an exotic location, video footage of birds in your backyard, an analysis of recent weather patterns or reciting a poem about a forest.  It is only limited by your imagination.  There will be a projector, PC laptop and screen available for use.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 14th December in the Fellowship Room within the behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St (next door to the Art Gallery).  Members and visitors of all ages are welcome, and entry is free.

If youd like, bring along a plate of food to share with everyone afterwards.


Heres How To Survive Your Office Christmas Party Without Getting Fired "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its Christmas party season, and with it comes serious risks for workers who have too much to drink and misbehave around colleagues. Every year, dozens of Australian workers face serious disciplinary action and sometimes even dismissal for inappropriate behaviour during work Christmas functions. Some recent cases include engineering project coordinator Damien McDaid, who was fired ...

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Drugs, gems, ammo seized in raid on Eureka home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been refused bail following a police raid on a Eureka home last week that uncovered a cache of diamonds.

About 9.50am on Wednesday December 5, police raided the home where they allegedly seized cannabis, .22 calibre ammunition, lysergic acid (LSD) tabs, methylamphetamine, 43 assorted diamonds, eight opals, two gold watches, a mans gold chain and three gift cards valued at $50 each.

A 45-year-old Eureka man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, possessing ammunition, supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime

He was refused bail to appear before Byron Bay Local Court December 20.

AK47: man arrested

In a separate incident, on Saturday December 8, police stopped a car on John Robb Way, Cudgen at about 12.05am.

The driver, a 23-year-old male from Mudgeeraba, was arrested for outstanding warrants from 2014 for offences including possessing an AK47 rifle, possessing ammunition, possessing breaking implements (being a sledge hammer and bolt cutters) and possessing body armour, which is alleged to have been found in Kogarah.

Police searched the man and allegedly found a Hublot watch valued at $53,345.00 and $3150.00 cash. In addition to the warrants he was charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen and dealing with proceeds of crime.

The man was refused bail to appear Tweed Heads Local Court today (December 10).


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1) TNI denies explosive use during rescue after Papua shootings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) 15 confirmed dead in Nduga incident; locals complaint is a root, says the Church Leader


1) TNI denies explosive use during rescue after Papua shootings

News Desk The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Sun, December 9, 2018 | 07:25 pm

Ready for action: Indonesian Military personnel prepare to board a helicopter in....


Independent Artist of the Week: The Native Cats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Lou Conboy    

The dreamy Apple Isles capital is home to The Native Cats and their very own post-punk pub rock will get ya with its crisp ferocity.

Chloe Alison Escott and Julian Teakle have been building their repertoire and reputation as The Native Cats down in Hobarts (and generally all over south east Aus) music scene for the better part of the past decade. The last few years, culminating around their 10th year as TNC, have happened to coincide with seismic shifts in their personal lives, which has naturally flowed into their music together and all the better for us.

In Feb, the band released the LP John Sharp Toro, which is, according to Escott, The operative statement. The others [albums] are inoperative, (10 points to you if that statement sounds familiar). JST is direct, concise and razor-sharp across all aspects, addressing loneliness and isolation against dynamic beats and bass lines that results in a powerful delivery.

Bookending the year, The Cats have continued the conversation from JST with more material via EP Spiro Scratch, and its just as significant a listen. Get your ears around opener Preservation Law, a pointed and abrupt track Escott absolutely and cathartically lets loose on.

Spiro Scratch EP by The Native Cats
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Pendulum swings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Forensic analysis

Back in my auditing days in London, as a trainee I had to do my tour of duty in the forensic accounting department. 

It's one of things that sounds a little bit exciting, and the people were great, but being involved in a fraud investigation I never found to be much fun.

Naturally, everyone is on edge - even people that have no reason to be - and the accounting concept of materiality doesn't apply in the same way.

Anything could prove to be material, so every transaction must be investigated on a painstaking, line-by-line basis.

Notably the process becomes almost as important as the result, and invariably the investigations drag on for months as ever further documentation and explanations are sought. 

Pendulum swings tighter

I've spoken before about the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, rarely stationary in an a neutral position, and instead typically swinging towards too loose or too tight. 

The AFR has reported more than once this week on the forensic analysis of mortgage applications, including borrowers with substantial 30 per cent deposits being refused a loan for having Netflix account membership, or for using Uber Eats. 

I've also come across high income earners with low debt turned being down for a loan because they'd previously signed up for a credit card to earn loyalty points. 

Here's how respected industry experts are reporting what they're seeing, and that one key word keeps coming up: forensic (...


Report on Darebin Climate Emergency Conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The last two days - 11-12 September - I attended the Darebin climate emergency conference in northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. I was one of 350 people that registered and attended. Some good speeches and presentations, interesting panel discussions and useful one-on-one conversations. This was Darebin Council hosting and facilitating this conference as part of it's climate emergency


US President Donald Trump aka "Individual-1" named in relation to presidential election campaign violations & contact with Russian President's office "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 29 November 2018 attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to charges of tax evasion, making false statements to financial institutions, lying to the US Congress and facilitating illegal campaign contributions totalling US$255,000 in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

His plea agreement can be found here.

US President Donald J. Trump is identified in the US Government's Sentencing Memorandums, the first of which recommenfs that Cohen be gaoled for up to three and a half years.


THE GOVERNMENTS SENTENCING MEMORANDUM, filed 7 December 2018, excerpts:

1. Background


Australia 2018: Is long-term rental destroying the wellbeing of low income households? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Across the nation, people who rent are living on insecure tenancies. Almost 9 in 10 Australians who rent (88%) are on leases of a year or less, and are not certain of where they will be living in a years time. This impacts a persons ability to feel part of the local community and establish roots.


Lost souls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The reason I have been up in Sydney was to go to a Wiggles concert along with my granddaughter. The place was packed to the rafters and for the under-sevens it was a sensation. But for me, it was how they ended the afternoon that truly astonished me. First they brought on Santa Claus which I thought was amazing enough. And then, wildly beyond any expectation I might have had, notwithstanding this being December, they then sang Silent Night, but in German. Still I thought, that was amazing since they could not have been more Christian in their presentation. And then they continued in English, and there is no more Christian Christmas carol than Silent Night. It was a perfect way to end for me, although I doubt there were many there who noticed or thought this was particularly remarkable, but it was.

Now tonight, more than a day later, I was reading this typical piece of dreck, title: Americas New Religions, in which the point being made by Andrew Sullivan was that one cannot live without some kind of faith in the transcendent, which I did agree with, but there towards the end was this:

Now look at our politics. We have the cult of Trump on the right, a demigod who, among his worshippers, can do no wrong. And we have the cult of social justice on the left, a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical. They are filling the void that Christianity once owned, without any of the wisdom and culture and restraint that Christianity once provided.

This equivalence was obviously false. Only on the left is politics a religion substitute. These are lost souls. I will say no more than the obvious, that atheism is not a feature of the right and whatever may be the reason for our support for PDT, we do not think of him as a demigod who can do no wrong. But what is revealed is the tragic spiritual loss in the empty lives of so many on the left. There is much more that could be said, but will only add this from another website:

Liberty wasnt born out of the United States Congress but from the heart of God. It is an inalienable right a God-given right a right which belongs to all men everywhere and in every age. The government doesnt grant inalienable rights. Its task is to protect them. No person, no group, no government, is authorized by our Creator God to infringe upon what is the absolute inherent privileges of being made in the image of God or might interfere with ones duty to God. When we try to separate liberty from the spiritual, when we base it in human definitions and objectives alone, freedom is corrupted, counterfeited, and dies.

I cannot link to these posts because of the primitive machinery I am on, but finding both online today does give me some hope for the future, not to mention the Wiggles who did the sam...


Peter Baldwin on identity politics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is the third paper in a very important series on identity politics by Peter Baldwin who is the convenor of the Blackheath Philosophy Forum in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

This article supports Count 3 of my indictment of identity politics set out in JAccuse Identity Politics in which I claim that the worst victims of this ideology are the very people it claims to champion. There is a huge amount to be said about this, but in this article I focus on two cases: the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, and the role of identity politics in reshaping policy toward indigenous people in Australia over the past several decades. In both these cases, but especially the latter, the embrace of identity politics has not just failed to improve the lot of the severely disadvantaged people concerned, but actually made things far worse.


Ep 260 Nova Scotia and Air Jordans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photos: Justin Edwards

Nova Scotia

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Nova Scotia are a Brisbane band that I thought Id only ever hear about.  Every time they came up it was always with a reverence and a hint of dismay as I was informed they dont really play anymore. Well that all changed with a reformation of sorts at 2018s Sonic Masala Fest.

Nova Scotia have been absent from the Brisbane scene for about 6 and a half years after their release in 2011 aptly titled Nova Scotia. Their rock and punk sensibilities are delivered with intensity intertwined with positive sounding riffs that make you feel stoked to be in the presence of music.

With lead vocalist Scott moving to Melbourne this was a chance for diehard fans to get a long lost glimpse of one of their favourites and the crowd was heaving for their set. They were a force to be reckoned with on this reformed show, while they said it was the la...


Queensland's Rainforest is Burning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
The unprecedented burning of pristine rainforest around Eungella in the central Queensland hinterland is a stark warning of climate change-related environmental challenges that lie ahead. Rainforest has been reduced to ash in and around Eungella National Park, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
Unlike eucalypt forest, rainforest is extremely susceptible to fire and the habitat will struggle to regenerate. This may be the first time in Australia that a substantial area of rainforest has evidently been impacted severely by wildfire. Alarm bells should be ringing loudly.



Common cicada goes by many names "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Look out for Masked Devils! Noisy devils, they are. Never heard of them?

How about Yellow Mondays? Green Grocers? Blue Princes? Chocolate Soldiers?
Cyclophila australasiae, every last variously coloured and patterned one of them.  Tricky things, common names. Wet Sundays? No, not cicadas, just the tail end of TC Owen clockwising through Townsville.


Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A range of tough new laws to combat child sexual abuse in NSW came into effect on 1 December, which complete one of the most comprehensive overhauls of the states criminal laws in history. The recently enacted laws follow a number other child sex reforms which commenced in late

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SOCIAL WORK: Sally Smart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Jeff Wassmann

Which member of your family influenced you the most?

S.S. The Artists in my family. 

Do you have a favourite family story? 

S.S. Love at first sight. 

What do you hope for?  

S.S. The World

How do you make important decisions? 

S.S. Sleep on it. 

Do you think things happen for a reason? 

S.S. Yes

What beliefs do you have that you think will never change?

S.S. I believe in art and love. 

Do you believe in the supernatural?

S.S. Yes, Ive seen a ghost! 

Have you ever come close to dying? 

S.S. Drowning. 

What do you like the best about your body? 

S.S. That I am healthy. 

Have you ever been lost? 

S.S. In Venice. 

How do you control your anger?

S.S. Swim. 

Is there anything you find irresistible?


What is stopping you?

S.S. Nothing. 

What would you like to do more of?

S.S. Sail and sing, sing and sail. 

What was your favourite book as a child?

S.S. Pippi Longstocking. 



The Necks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


by Steve Proposch

The Necks celebrate what it is to be a musician, living in the moment of the music, where a single note rings out in space and sparks an idea. Not even the band knows where it might lead, but the possibilities are virtually endless. 

The Necks know all the possibilities. Individually they are veteran musos with accomplished careers stretching back to the early 80s. Together they somehow find their way from silence and nothingness through spare bass notes, piano chords and feedback, to nifty riffs, to driving grooves, to crashing crescendos, to some kind of answer. 

Lloyd Swanton plays bass for The Necks and is a three-time winner of Best Bassist in the Australian Jazz and Blues Awards. Along with Chris Abrahams (piano), and Tony Buck (drums), he has been lauded in the world press for his work in this band as everything from a genius to some kind of musical shaman-stroke-prophet. The Necks performances have been described as Ecstacy in slow motion magically euphoric (Weser Kurier, Bremen, Germany), and a kind of religious experience (The Australian). We spoke to Swanton in the lead up to their performance at the Castlemaine State Festival in March 2013.

Your music feeds on itself, building from the first note with ideas tried out in the moment Do you ever play a song the same way twice?

Lloyd Swanton: No, never. Even if we wanted to, we couldnt.

Is that ever a problem? Do you sometimes have audiences requesting an old fave the play something we know mate moment?

LS: Well, people often come up to the merch desk after the show and ask which one did they play tonight? No, no-one ever asks for old faves. People just seem to know. For example, our first album Sex sold well and continues to sell well, 24 years later, such that wed expect to see some of those buyers rocking up to our shows, but although we get good crowds at our shows, its nothing like what youd expect considering how many copies Sex has sold, so clearly people just know that theyre not going to get the Sex experience at the live show (Ill tactfully avoid the many obvious jokes I could make there). And Im fine with that. We always have a good turnout to play to, and I think its great to know weve got a whole other stay-at-home audience.

Did you perhaps start out thinking you might form a straight up rock or pop band?

LS: (Snort.) We formed the band with the specific intention of exploring this modus operandi we had in mind. Incredible t...


Port Arthur shooting witness dies before eventually exposing the Port Arthur psyop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The despicable and persistent hounding of Wendy Scurr by government enforcers terrified this hero and most other credible eye witness who publicly exposed the cover-up which made intellectually challenged Martin Bryant the patsy for the shooting at Port Arthur 28th April 1996.

The following article published in Gumshoe News by Malcolm Hughes  is a befitting tribute to a great Australian taking on  Goliaths lies and relentless persecution of Wendy. Living in total fear this witness could not achieve her goal of bringing John Howard and his cartel to justice.

A courageous Australian passes vale Wendy Scurr

Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mals article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.

by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)

This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.  For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word heroine, the meaning is female hero.

Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days but Wendy was ahead of her time, havi...


Make your seafood feast sustainable this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias peak marine NGO is calling on all ocean loving Australians who also love their seafood to shop sustainably this festive season. AMCS Sustainable Seafood Program Manager, Adrian Meder said, The festive season is a great time to enjoy quality, fresh seafood from around Australia. But none of us want our ocean wildlife and their []

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Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News: Protesters marched the streets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns just a week after upwards of 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change.


A teenager has died of suspected overdose at a Sydney dance festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A teenager has passed away, while three others are in critical condition, following suspected drug overdoses at a Sydney dance festival on Saturday.

As the ABC reports, a 19-year-old man had been attending the Knockout Games of Destiny festival at Sydneys Olympic Park on Saturday when he fell ill.

After being rushed to Concord Hospital upon suspicion of a drug overdose, he tragically passed away at around 4:30am on Sunday morning. Two other women aged 19 and 25 were also taken to Westmead Hospital for suspected overdoses, and remain in a critical condition at the current time.

An additional 13 people were hospitalised following the event, with 130 reportedly seeking medical assistance during the festival itself.

According to a press release by the NSW Police, the festival was attended by more than 180,000 people, with officers conducting more than 200 searches, issuing 69 banning notices, and discovering 62 people in possession of drugs.

A further five people were also charged with drug supply offences including an 18-year-old woman, who will appear in court at a later date.

As the SBS reports, police explained to reporters that festival attendees are continuing to ignore the warning signs of dangerous drugs.

There is no acceptable use for drugs the message is clear, explained South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell. We will continue to have a strong presence at festivals and dance parties with the wellbeing and safety of attendees our number one priority.

Look, it is terrible. We have another family grieving. In addition to that family grieving, we have another three families whose young ones are in hospital, two of which have only just come out of induced coma. Another one is still in an induced coma.

The reaches of this scourge go much further than those that take it (drugs), continued Assistant Commissioner Thurtell. These families are grieving, and panicking, as well at the same time now, and there was 13 other young people taken to hospital in total last night. So, its obvious they are just not safe.

Despite these incidents,...


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All the highlights from Australias inaugural Good Things festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Review: Good Things festival at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, December 7th 2018

Earlier this year, Australia was blessed with the news of a brand new festival. Dubbed Good Things, it was set to bring some of the finest acts in punk, rock, metal, and emo to fans in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

Now, after months of waiting, the inaugural edition of Good Things kicked off in Melbourne on Friday, truly living up to its name.

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Despite the sweltering 39 degree weather, eager music fans found their way to Melbournes Flemington Racecourse on Friday morning, not wanting to miss a single minute of the days action. As these fans found their way to some of the heavily-utilised shade tents to stake out a good spot, local rockers Stuck Out took to the stage.

Instantly bouncing around with pure energy, delivering feisty, pop-punk gems, Stuck Out undoubtedly set the scene for what was to come for the rest of the day. Playing to a reasonable-sized crowd, it was clear that the festival was playing host a number of people who wanted to get in early to witness the brilliance of the local openers.

Over on stage 4, Ecca Vandal was kicking off the smaller stages in a huge way. Mixing in a wide variety of genres to her far-too short set, Ecca Vandal treated fans to some hard grooves, melodic vocal lines, and infectiously catchy singalongs.

As the crowd began to jump up and down despite the intense heat, Ecca Vandal was relentless, hardly letting up for a single second as she switched between subdued vocals and an powerful roar, making her one of the must-see acts of the morning lineup.

Check out Ecca Vandals Future Heroine:


Over on the main stage, Melbournes Void Of Vision played a suitably crushing set to their hometown crowd, with thei...


Australia isolated on climate change: Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is poised to fall even further behind in the global race to tackle climate change amid a groundswell of support for urgent action, Oxfam Australia warned today as leaders from across the globe gathered in Poland for the United Nations annual climate change conference. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Simon Bradshaw, who is in []

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$101m Measles Mumps Rubella vax payout for infant brain damage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

(July, 2018 SARASOTA, FL) Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. negotiated a $101 million dollar settlement for an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

O.R.* was a one-year-old healthy baby girl who was already walking and climbing.  On February 13, 2013, she received vaccinations for Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Prevnar (pneumonia), and Varicella (chickenpox).  That evening, the mother noticed baby O.R. was irritable and feverish. After a call to the pediatrician, the doctor advised Mom to give her Tylenol and Benadryl. The fever continued for several days and on the evening before the babys scheduled pediatrician visit, O.R. began having severe seizures. She was rushed to the emergency room.  Baby O.R. went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and doctors placed her on a ventilator.



Japan says no to immigrants; Muslims not allowed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Alex Bruce

The birth rates of most developed nations is at or below replacement levels, which is the argument for accepting large numbers of immigrants, because more people are always needed for the economy as if the economy was something the people should serve, rather than the other way around, says Canadian YouTuber, Black Pigeon Speaks.

The financial system needs bodies to create debt-based money through fractional reserve banking and it will do anything and buy any government to see that the machine is not slowed down.

Media and academia take their cues from UN reports and promote the idea that demographic and cultural replacement and the eradication of ancient nation-states is the only answer to keeping economies strong.

However, Japan is one developed country that refuses to follow the West and replace its population and culture via the importation of millions of people from the developing world.

The Japanese people remain rich and are among the longest-lived people on Earth. Japan is safe, clean, comfortable and modern.

Contrary to what were often told, Black Pigeon cites studies that show that there is no relationship between per capita GDP and a growing population. Declining populations (if not replaced) could ease the housing crisis seizing the capitals of developed countries and thereby improve the quality of life.

Endless growth is not possible on the confined space of the Japanese islands any more than it is on our finite planet and and Japan does not seem willing to gamble the future of their nation on an ideology of multiculturalism and mass immigration for the comfort of one or two generations retirement pensions.

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Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A serving Victorian policeman has been found not guilty of four assault charges after he smashed his way into a womans home together with seven other officers 22 years ago, punched her up to seven times in the face and broke her nose. The incident Now 49-year old leading

The post Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Smiths feature in local T20 blockbuster "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Cricket Club players, supporters and TWTs resident cricket boffin Chris Karas its fair to say are excited about todays Double Header at [more]

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Dinner is served "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The following sequence was captured last week, with my favourite raptors on the plains.

The female Nankeen Kestrel, pictured here with a spider, was making repeated visits to the nest in the late afternoon. The chicks are still quite small and fluffy (you may be able to just make out one in two of the images), but will develop rapidly over the next few weeks.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 5th December 2018


A Vote Climate Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As part of a vote climate strategy I have often called for climate Independents to oppose those Liberal and National MP climate change deniers that occupy safe seats in our Federal parliament. Those climate Independents should necessarily be from the centre or conservative side of politics and preferably be high profile and media friendly the more well-known the better. A hit list of these deniers in the current Federal parliament should be easy to compile starting with ex PM Mr Abbott and including a few Victorians such as Kevin Andrews.

Now prominent Liberal Party member Oliver Yates has called for the Liberal party to split and for independent Liberals those that accept the overwhelming evidence of climate science and the need for the Adani coal mine to be stopped to oppose sitting members. Writing an opinion piece in the Guardian Yates noted: We must provide alternatives for Liberals to vote for at the next federal election, and I hope to see independent Liberals provide electors in safe Liberal seats with that choice. We need to return to the day where politicians know that their job is not to retain their job but rather to represent their electorate, who, if they are lucky, reward them with their job.

There are a growing number of environmental and progressive political organisations that have joined the vote climate movement. These include Environment Victoria and the Friends of the Earths Act on Climate collective in the Victorian election and Get Up and Stop Adani in the recent Wentworth by-election. By-elections allow groups to concentrate their efforts in seats that they would otherwise discount or ignore in a general election.  And yet both these elections illustrate that there is a strong demand for rational climate policies in these conservative seats.

Since actual climate deniers number only about 5% of the population and around 70% accept human caused climate change then it follows that there is a substantial body of voters on the conservative side of politics waiting for a suitable candidate. Now the Vote Climate campaign has been joined by the Australian Conservation Foundation these groups should co-ordinate their campaigns so that climate independents in safe seats are not only not forgotten but encouraged and assisted wherever possible. Included in this should be the issue of some sort of Conservatives for Climate How to Vote Senate tickets in all states ...


The Often Overlooked "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the valley the three snakes to watch out for (according to popular wisdom) are the Red-bellied Black, the Eastern Brown and the Tiger Snake. All three are classed as dangerously venomous and depending on the local environment one of the three will dominate. All are snakes of the Elapid family. That is having hollow []


Massacre of workers rekindle forgotten insurgency in Indonesias Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Massacre of workers rekindle forgotten insurgency in Indonesias Papua

Published 13 hours ago

The recent massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua province has cast a spotlight on one of the world's longest-running insurgencies, with no end to the bloody conflict in sight.
The killings are a marked escalation from decades of mostly sporadic skirmishes between poorly armed and disorganized guerrillas and a powerful Indonesian military accused of human rights abuses against civilians.
Rebels demanded that the government hold negotiations on their territory's self-determination and warned of more attacks following a raid on a construction site that left at least 16 dead and three others missing.
An insurgency has simmered in mineral-rich Papua since the early 1960s, when Indonesia annexed the region that was a former Dutch colony. It was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was seen as a sham by many. More recent grievances fanned by marginalization of the ethnic Melanesian population and widespread rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings.


If you hate carbon, you hate yourself and the rest of humanity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Your body is made up of 18 per cent carbon

(Natural News) We were all taught how photosynthesis works in high school or at least you should have been taught how it works. Photosynthesis is arguably the single most important metabolic process on the planet, and it is from this process that nearly all complex life is sustained.

Photosynthesis is a process by which plants produce metabolic energy. Using this energy combined with elemental materials pulled from air and soil, they build tree trunks, food crops, leaves, pollen, seeds, stems and everything youve come to associate with living plants. Even alga use photosynthesis to grow and divide, which is why microalgae such as spirulina require sunlight to flourish.

Photosynthesis is the foundation of most food webs on the planet. Any rational scientist would agree that if photosynthesis were halted, nearly all recognizable life on planet Earth would be exterminated. This is inarguable.

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(div-gpt-ad-1403197269028-0); }); Photosynthesis has three inputs:

1) Sunlight  a source of light energy

2) Carbon dioxide  an essential source of carbon, used by plants to build almost everything that plants need

3) Water  used by plants to maintain structure, circulate metabolic nutrients, etc.

Why do these three inputs matter so much? Because environmentalists have declared WAR on two out of those three: Sunlight and carbon dioxide.




Loss of nearly every wild oyster in the Richmond River estuary more than two years ago became a catalyst for action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Echo NetDaily, 5 December 2018:

Recently Rous County Council voted unanimously to prepare a proposal for a $150 million bid to the States Snowy Hyrdo Legacy Fund to ensure long term water security, natural flood mitigation and improved river health for the Northern Rivers region.

Rous County Council Chair, Cr Keith Williams, said the idea for the Northern Rivers Watershed Initiative was born with the realisation that flood risk and river health are interrelated. Slowing water flow in strategically selected streams by revegetating and fencing off stream banks, can reduce downstream flood peaks, improve water quality and provide habitat, said Cr Williams after the vote. Similarly, by better understanding ground water flows and recharge zones, we can target efforts to revegetate and increase soil moisture retention and improve infiltration rates in important ground water source areas.

By having a wholistic view of water within the combined Northern Rivers catchments the Initiative can deliver multiple benefits from the same dollar of investment.



1) Papua Rebel Attack Raises Questions about Indonesias Infrastructure Push "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Komnas HAM Former Chief: Jokowi Has No Thoughtful Plan for Papua

1) Papua Rebel Attack Raises Questions about Indonesias Infrastructure Push
Ahmad Syamsudin and Victor Mambor 
Jakarta and Jayapura, Indonesia 

Indonesian soldiers and police officers carry the bodies of victims of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in Papua province, Dec. 7, 2018. AFP


Dubosarsky & Chapmans Leaf Stone Beetle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ursula Dubosarsky & Gaye Chapman, Leaf Stone Beetle (Dirt Lane Press 2018) Just under a year ago I became a grandfather. My granddaughter isnt up to Sendak or Roald Dahl yet, of course. Shes barely up to Eric Hills Wheres Spot, Ted Priors Grug Continue reading


Project Complete: Nauru Teddy + Toy Project 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nauru teddy and toy project icon

Our Teddy + Toy Drive in support of children on Nauru came to a satisfying close in September, as the final teddies and toys were handed over to Befriend A Child in Detention for distribution to some very worthy children.

In August, the first batch of teddies arrived on Nauru with Jeni, our contact and the instigator of this project, and were placed in the hands of HOST International, an organisation working directly with the asylum seeker children incarcerated there.



A holiday to remember on Bundaberg's Coral Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A female flatback turtle, covering her nest chamber with sand on Mon Repos Beach.

I kicked off the start of this summer with a short break up at Bargara, where I had a fantastic time! Ill get to all the interesting animals and plants I saw in a minute, but first, let me just say how much I liked the actual region. Bundaberg struck me as a city with the perfect mix of old and new; lovely heritage buildings and structures and a laid-back attitude are complemented by the modern conveniences of good roads, internet access and seven-days-a-week shopping. And while I can see new suburbs popping up here and there, the region isnt suffering the same intense overcrowding that Brisbane is at present. I loved it! 

And now back to the wildlife! Here are some of the creatures and places that will be living in my heart for much longer than my holiday lasted. 

Sea turtles
If theres one animal that Bundaberg's Coral Coast is particularly famous for, its the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Researchers estimate that approximately half of the South Pacific Oceans loggerheads nest on the stretch of coastline centred on stunning Mon Repos Beach, and late spring and early summer is when the females can be seen coming ashore. 



UFO photographs from a B-52 aircraft over Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barry Greenwood

Boston researcher Barry Greenwood recently returned from a two week visit to the archives of the J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, in the USA. Barry kindly forwarded copies of scans of documents relating to Australia, to both myself and also to Melbourne researcher Paul Dean. Paul and I are spending time looking through all of these documents to determine if there is previously unknown material in them. I wish to thank Barry for his untiring efforts in the preservation of these invaluable historical records.

B-52 aircraft case

Looking through the contents of one file folder I noticed an uncited Newsletter article, titled "Photographs taken of an unusual object over Australia." Handwritten above the typed text, were the words "Australia," "NL'" and "Spring 1965." I have never come across this sighting. A search via the Internet and also a search of the NICAP 1965 chronologies failed to find anything about this sighting.  So if any blog readers can add further details I would be most appreciative. The text of the article reads as follows:

"A very good friend in Sedalia informed me last November (1968) that his uncle had taken photographs of an unusual object during the spring of 1965. The observer was flying in a converted B-52 aircraft on an international aerial mapping project. The aircraft was flying over Australia. The aircraft was flying at a slow rate of speed and the bomb-bay doors and the side doors were open.

There were cameras mounted in the bomb-bay section to photograph the terrain below. The observer saw the object approach the B-52 from slightly behind. It appeared less than a mile away and started pacing the aircraft. It did so for about 2 minutes.

During this time the observer snapped 3 photographs with a small camera he had to hand. At least one other crew member saw the object also. The object disappeared at a high rate of speed.

My friend, mentioned above, saw the photographs about 4 years ago, just after they were taken.

On 4 inch by....


2018: Looking back, looking forward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Replica of Neanderthal Skull in St. Michaels Cave, Gibraltar, CC 2012, Bjorn.

Im planning to do a round-up of my favourite books of the past year later in the week, but before I do I thought I might just pull together a list of a few things of my own over the past twelve months.

The most significant, obviously, was the publication of The Buried Ark in June. The second part of my Change Trilogy, it picks up immediately after the events at the end of the first book in the series, The Silent Invasio...


Priest Successfully Appeals Conviction for Covering-Up Child Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Former Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson has walked free after a judge upheld his appeal against conviction for concealing a serious indictable offence being sexual assaults committed by fellow priest and convicted child sex offender, James Fletcher. The former Archbishop did not appear in court, but watched he judgement

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MACKAY Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault

December 08, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

A DISPUTE between a landlord and his tenant escalated into shoving and eventually a charge of serious assault. Peter James Cameron was forced to

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MACKAY Text message to remind people to appear in court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 04:00PM ,

Text message to remind people to appear in court

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The pilot program started in the Mackay Magistrates Court in June 2016 and was evaluated by the University of Queensland. The results of the pilot,

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MACKAY Court date text reminders for Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Court date text reminders for Queensland

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The pilot started at Mackay Magistrates Court to try to reduce the number of Fail to Appear warrants, which are often issued as soon as someone fails

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MACKAY Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay

December 07, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

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MACKAY PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving

December 07, 2018 at 11:52AM ,

Kylie Renae James-Kippen fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 30-year-old woman from Beaconsfield pleaded guilty to driving a

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Rescuers Show Up To Help Injured Kangaroo And Realize He's HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Someone extraordinarily muscular just showed up outside a professional athlete's home in Australia. 

Credit: FFAR

A huge kangaroo was observed from the home of Brent Harvey, who used to play in the North Melbourne Football Club, also known as The Kangaroos. And this actual kangaroo needed some real help.

Credit: FFAR

"A large open wound could be seen on his arm," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote. "Brents partner, Shayne, was concerned about her other Roo and called her family friend, Krysti (an experienced wildlife rescuer) for help."

Credit: FFAR

Zabinskas came to the scene after Krysti contacted him for help tranquilizing the enormous fellow no one would be able to get close to him otherwise. 

"There was no other way to safely capture such a big animal in such an open location," Zabinskas wrote. 

Tranquilizing the big guy who has come to be called Hugh Hefner after the testosterone-driven Playboy magnate proved to be quite a process.



Evidence of the impact of climate change on our countrys distinct flora and fauna is beginning to emerge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Evidence about the impact of climate change on our countrys distinct flora and fauna is beginning to emerge. This is not new news, this information is already widely available if you care to look for it. What is astonishing is that this growing body of information about the impacts of climate change on the land where we live doesnt seem to compel more people to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are some recent examples of how climate change enhanced fire seasons are impacting on mountain environments:

In Tasmania, research has confirmed the trend towards more extreme fire seasons. It suggests that we reached a tipping point sometime around the year 2000 and that, since then, there has been an increase in the number of lightning-caused fires and an increase in the average size of the fires, resulting in a marked increase in the area burnt.

As temperatures rise and the worlds climate rapidly changes, many plants and animals may not be able to relocate fast enough on their own, and habitats and species could be lost. In Australia warmer temperatures are expected to increase the length and severity of bushfire seasons, which will also cause changes in the distribution of many mountain species.

For instance, increased fire frequency may lead to the loss of alpine ash forests, unless there is human intervention aimed at keeping the species viable in the wild.

Now, a new article from Professor Ary Hoffmann, Nicholas Bell and Dr James Camac, at the University of Melbourne, looking at how we monitor the impacts of climate change on Australias terrestrial ecosystems has additional concerning news.

In the case of mountain environments, here are the take home messages from their work:

Changes in vegetation:

Climate change is likely to have a substantial impact on our unique alpine landscapes. Here, a change in the climate is predicted to increase the shrubification the increased cover, abundance or biomass of shrubs. This would come at the expense of our iconic alpine herbfields and grasslands.

Additionally, an increase in shrubs, coupled with warmer, drier condition...

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Devils & Details live in Sydney (listen) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The full Business Insider Australia Devils and Details Live show is out, with all of the panels compressed into two easy recordings. 

To listen to Part 1, Property and Portfolios, see here or click on the image below

The housing market panel kicks in at 20 minutes, but all of it is well worth listening to.

I have a bit of a yarn from 31 minutes in, and then again at 39:40.

Here I discuss the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, as well as how I'm helping my clients to reposition themselves for the significant proposed changes for property investors ahead. 

This section includes news and views from Joanne Masters, Cameron Kusher, Stephen Koukoulas, Con Michalakis, and more. 

What a terrific panel of guests to be on!


To listen to Part 2, The Reserve Bank's Challenge, and indicators, see here or click on the image below.

There's some classic trademark James Whelan commentary on what things are currently things...and conversely, of course what things are not things. 


1) Papua: How Jokowi is trying and failing to win hearts and minds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Police yet to find link between armed group and OPM in Papua
3) Rebels Demand Indonesia Negotiate on Papua Independence

1) Papua: How Jokowi is trying and failing to win hearts and minds 
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Jakarta | Thu, December 6, 2018 | 03:33 pm


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Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

in the Liberal Party, the problem is intellectual honesty, intellectual capacity, courage and integrity. Liberal Party politicians are not even game to attempt ideological coherence in their public pronouncements. They prefer simplistic slogans, message manipulation, outright lies, and varying levels of verbal bullying  [Academic and blogger Ingrid Matthews writing in oecomuse, 27 November 2018]

I note, and accept, advice that there is nothing in the bill that would abrogate parliamentary privilege. However, the main issue with covert access in relation to privilege is that there would be no opportunity for a parliamentarian who considers that material is protected by privilege to raise such a claim.  [ Speaker of the Australian Senate, Senator Scott Ryan, quoted in The Guardian, 29 November 2018]


Pat Barkers Silence of the Girls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls (Hamish Hamilton 2018) Pat Barker is one of the great war novelists. Mostly she has written about the wars of the 20th century, most notably in her Regeneration trilogy. The Silence of the Girls goes Continue reading


Air Affairs Australia / Gojet Gates LearJet 35A and Beech B200 King Air Firescan Aircraft Head Home from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 3 December, the two remaining Air Affairs Australia / Gojet operated Firescan aircraft were noted departing back to their 'home' at HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales after spending the last few days operating sorties from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

LearJet 35A VH-LPJ "Firescan 124" arrives at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

Gates LearJet 35A VH-LPJ "Firescan 124" looked to depart early on Monday and was bound for Nowra before diverting to Tamworth.  It later returned to Central Queensland overflying parts back up towards Hervey Bay before it then returned to Tamworth.

Beech B200 King Air VH-LAB "Firescan 125" also departed Hervey Bay and completed a sortie around Central Queensland before it eventually headed to Nowra.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 4 December, a different Air Affairs Australia / Gojet Firescan aircraft in the form of Gates LearJet 35A VH-LRX as "Firescan 122" was noted flying up from Nowra to the Sunshine Coast.  It then completed a sortie from and back to the Sunny Coast, flying over fire-zone in parts of the Wide Bay and Central Queensland.

Photo taken by Russell Prothero 


Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 Bizjet VH-DAA Pops into Gladstone and Hamilton Island Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Friday 7 December, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It arrived from its Archerfield base.

File photo

After a short time on the ground, VH-DAA continued to Hamilton Island Airport where it appears to be spending at least the night.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ also on Friday 7 December, calling into Mackay Airport twice and Rockhampton Airport during another busy day of flying which started and finished at Cairns.

Finally, slightly smaller corporate turboprop aircraft noted visiting CQ Airport in the last couple of days included SOCATA TBM 700 N700BK which called into both Emerald and Moura Airports on Friday 7 December while flying from Alice Springs to its Archerfield base.  N700BK has been noted flying out to and back from Alice Springs quite a bit over the last couple of week.

While on Thursday 6 December, Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH visited Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Devoncourt via Hughenden.  It then returned over the same route before later heading to Archerfield.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox 


Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign Bizjet VH-ZEK Arrives at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Wednesday 5 December, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Bankstown.

File photo

At the time of writing, the sleek Citation appears to be staying on Hamo for at least the night.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 5 December, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ, visiting Rockhampton Airport during a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns.  It was due to also call into Mackay Airport but diverted for reasons unknown.


1) Papua mass killing: What happened "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Year Ender - Development in Papua remains priority despite security challenges by Fardah
3) Yigi River bridge construction to resume next week: Military chief
4) OPM Claims Responsibility of Shooting, Dares Jokowi to Catch Them

1) Papua mass killing: What happened

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Jakarta | Fri, December 7, 2018 | 09:43 am

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Facing the Adani mine with a bang not a whimper "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The proposal for Indian mining company Adanis Carmichael mega-coal mine in Central Queensland were approved in July 2014. Few Australians before then could have pointed to the Galilee Basin on a map, but before long the Carmichael mine had become a divisive talking point.

For those on the side of industry, the mine was a bonanza of wealth and jobs figures like $300 billion and 10,000 jobs were thrown around at one point (only to be later revealed as wildly optimistic) as well as the potential for a whole new frontier of remote country opened up to the mining industry. Other mining companies with exploration leases in the region queued up behind the Indian company.

For those concerned about the impacts of climate change, the mine was a carbon bomb several billion tonnes of coal to be burned in a world that had agreed at Paris Climate Summit we had to phase out fossil fuels to stop catastrophic climate change.

Opposition to the mine quickly galvanised into real action. Environmental activists moved to Central Queensland in an attempt to build a movement for climate action in the very place that would supposedly reap the economic benefits. The Wangan and Jagalingou people, traditional owners of the land on which the mine would stand, had signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement. A group of them though said the process was a sham. They appealed in court; and began a tour of the worlds biggest banks, telling them not to finance a mine that did not have the blessing of indigenous people.

Other court cases began (enough for Liberal MP George Christensen to label them lawfare). The Mackay Conservation Group famously won its case in the Federal Court on the basis that the government approval has not sufficiently taken into account the habitat destruction of the yakka skink and ornamental snake. Unfortunately all they won was the need for the government to reassess, and when it comes to weighing up the comparative values of skink habitat vs billion dollar mines, governments are not known to be reptile fanciers.

A protest camp with the intention of blockading work on the mine was set up in 2015 and by 2017 people were being arrested halting work on mining infrastructure.

The shock victory of Anastacia Palaszczuks Labor party in the 2015 Queensland election owed more than a little to their promise to stop the dumping of dredge spoil on the Caley Valley Wetlands for Adanis port, and to not offer any government support to the mine. In doing so, the Labor campaign was effectively piggybacking on the hard work of activists who had revealed the damage the mine and its infrastructure would do.

That work they have never repaid with any proactive move to stop the mine. The Palaszczuk government had the power to veto Adanis application for a $1 billion loan from the federal Northern Aust...


Human Right Day Special Broadcast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Human Rights Day 2018, Monday 10 December

Join 3CR's Human Rights Day broadcast on Monday 10 December. 
7am - 2pm and across the day with  Monday Breakfast, Women on the Line, Mujeres Latinoamericanas, The Black Block, Doin Time, Beyond Zero Emmissions Community and special guests.



TEMPLE TATTOO Opening PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Come and celebrate the opening of our new Tattoo studio Temple Tattoo. Located next to main beach in the heart of Byron Bay this family friendly event will have a day of Live Music, Aboriginal Opening ceremony, Live Tattooing, dread locking, and much more. Come and meet the our artists and hang out next to the ocean at Temple Tattoo.

Click Here for More Information

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Ziggy Alberts | The Rhythm Hut (AA) SOLD OUT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wednesday,  9 January 2019 In celebration of the new album Laps Around The Sun, Ziggy Alberts is embarking on his Laps Around The Sun World Tour. Kicking off his first shows... Read on


Is there anywhere I can get Mettwurst in or around Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi all, I'm new to the subreddit and have been in Cairns for almost a year now. But as the title suggests, I haven't found any mettwurst and it is absolutley life or death crucial that I find some ASAP, as I want to eat it because I love it. If anybody has any info on a certain butcher that sells it or anything like that, please lemme know :) Thankyou

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Mental Health Support Group receives $60,000 boost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jennifer Leslie (Charitable Foundation, Director), Barbara Swain (Head of Volunteers at Mental Health Support Group) and David Shanley (Charitable Foundation, Director). Photo supplied.

When you are confronted by the death someone you love as a result of mental health issues it is devastating and this was certainly the case for Barbra Swain and her husband when they lost their son in 1995.

It was a few years later that they looked around and decided to do something and they donated $6,000 to the Richmond Clinic in Lismore for therapeutic things for patients.

The staff asked us if we could help with providing care packs and clothing for people that the police had brought in. We did this for a few years but it became far too much work by a few years later, said Barbara.

It was then that she found herself at a Rotary function where she was able to ask for help with the work she was doing.

About 12 people signed up and we formed the Mental Health Support Group (MHSG). We help look after people in the community who are down on their luck because of mental health issues. The organisation has grown and grown and in 2011 we became a registered charity.

The group now assists people throughout the Northern Rivers Health District that covers health services from Tweed Heads to Grafton.

While the hospitals and NGOs help people start recovery and with their daily living at Mental Health Support Group we provide the comfort like a sofa, the pots and pans everything, as they start on their road to recovery, said Barbara.

$60,000 for a new van

Collecting donations and delivering goods will now be made much simpler with a $60,000 grant to buy a volunteer van from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Previously we had to rely on volunteers using their own cars and trailer to collect and deliver things o...


The Infamous Gaspar No "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • GASPAR NO :: Interview with Jack and Andr

FBis Filmlordes Jack and Andr had the pleasure (and pain?) of interviewing Gaspar No, one of cinemas most debated provocateurs.

No is the infamous filmmaker behind DMT lovechild Enter The Void (2009); 3D sex-odyssey Love (2015); and recent film Climax (2018), a quasi-horror-dance film based on a real-life bad trip where a bunch of dancers spent a crazy night dancing to their death.

His use of music is celebrated, having made Freak by LFO into a famous movie track. No has directed music videos for many killer bands, and photographed one of the most banned album covers in US history for Sky Ferreiras Night Time, My Time (2013).

Like most people who have had a chance to sit down with No, the Filmlordes were nervous, excited, and energised to be able to speak to such a polarising figure, one who rarely conducts interviews, and whose penchant for macho violence has made him a notorious household name.

If anyone knows anything about Gaspar No its that his works are truly cooked art films, ball busting with beats and testosterone. Climax is no different. In the interview the Filmlordes talk cinema, male genitalia, some of the controversy surrounding his filmmaking, and more!

Hear it all up top!


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Wu-Tang talk 25 years of Enter, Martin Shkreli and album plans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Wu-Tang Clan :: Interview with Tommy Codling on Arvos

As they prepared for their 4 night sold-out run of Opera House shows, Wu-Tang Clans Cappadonna and Inspectah Deck dropped in for a chat with/to fulfil the lifelong dream of Tommy Codling on Arvos.

In Australia to bring to an end the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Enter The Wu-Tang (released Nov 9 1993), the duo talked about what its been like to witness their legacy play out in front of them, with New York proclaiming November 9 Wu-Tang Day, and so many of the current generation of rappers citing the album as a foundational influence all these years on:

You see A$AP Rocky breaking it down how it was so inspiring for us to come out and create the mould for them to carry that torch and to dive into the music with the blueprint already set.

They also opened up about intra-Wu-Tang competition, the truth about Martin Shkreli and the $2mil Wu-Tang CD only he and the Feds have heard, ODB v YDB, and plans for a new record. Twenty-five years on and still aint nothing to fuck with.


WHAT: Enter The Wu-Tang 25th Anniversary
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 8, 9, 10, 11 December
HOW MUCH: Sold Out! (Some tickets may be available on the day of the shows)


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British Around-the-World Aeropro Eurofox 912(iS) G-GBNZ Calls into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An interesting aircraft on a special journey was noted arriving into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport on Saturday 1 December in the form of British-registered Aeropro Eurofox 912(iS) G-GBNZ.  It touched down from RAAF Base Amberley concluding the latest leg of the 'RAF 100 Great Britain to New Zealand Expedition'.

The small Slovakian-built Eurofox is on a journey from England to New Zealand to honour the Royal Air Force's (RAF) 100 years of operation and looked to arrive in Australia at the start of November.  After a period of rest and relaxation (including a trip home to England) the pilots completed the cross of the Great Australian Bight over the course of this week before they headed to the Whitsundays.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, to create the first independent air force in the world. At its peak, the RAF was truly a global force, resulting in a rich historical legacy over a wide geographical area.

The RAF 100 Great Britain to New Zealand expedition aims to visit a large number of significant former RAF locations on just under an 17,000 mile route, following the path paved by the aeronautical trail blazers of the 1920s and 30s.

The 17,000 miles will be flown at 100 mph, powered by 100 hp, celebrating 100 years and visiting 27 locations, all bar 2 of which have significant RAF connections. En route we will visit 6 schools to promote aviation and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in general.

Certainly a great journey which you can follow on their very informative and entertaining website:

UPDATE!  On Sunday 2 December, G-GBNZ departed Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport for Cairns and the continuation of its journey to New Zealand.


NSW : OCEAN BEACH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Well always be fond of NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park because it was the very first place we stayed after we handed in the keys to our house and hit the road. Located on the south end of the Central Coast, it sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Its also a really easy (as in, you couldnt get it any easier) drive from Sydney, hence its a po...


Water mining 12 hours a day seven days a week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker joins Tweed Water Alliance rally at Tweed Council chambers to support the community against water mining. Photo supplied.

Labor, Liberal and National Party-aligned Tweed councillors have once again come under fire by local community groups for missing a prime opportunity to reign in the water mining industry at a key Council meeting last night.

Community groups stepped up their push against the environmentally damaging industry, staging a protest outside Tweed chambers yesterday.

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker said: The NSW LNP government has been approving these water mining operations but are now questioning their own actions by recently calling for an investigation into the impacts of water mining on ground water after pressure was put on them by the Alstonville and Uki communities and the Greens.

The prime target of community ire was around the bore water extraction plant trading under the name of Mt Warning Spring Water.

Community outrage spilled over in the chamber at the decision to stage development consent of the 2016 development application which would extend the trucking allowance so that Mt Warning Spring Water could operate unlimited truck sizes, 7am -7pm, 7 days a week including on Christmas day even before their onsite water bottling plant had been set-up.

Cr Chris Cherry declared the lax conditions of the 2016 DA as beyond belief.

Council had an opportunity to bolster compliance mechanisms to ensure more robust overseeing and monitoring of water extraction amounts and truck loads through restrictions put forward by Greens Mayor Katie Milne such as requiring operators to use log books. These motions, however were rejected by Labor and conservative councillors.

Mayor Katie Milne said:The community has raised concerns on numerous occasions about lack of evidence of the su...


Thank Folk Its Friday 7th December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week The Bleeding Bridge Handsome Young Strangers iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls w/ The Hard Aches, Emily Barker Friday 7th December The Metro, Sydney, NSW Saturday 8th []


Cherry picker falls 14m near Kyogle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A cherry picker toppled approximately 14 meters to the ground yesterday in the Kyogle area.

The cherry picker was in an elevated position on the roof of a rural building when it reportedly moved and toppled some fourteen meters to the road below.

A 24 year old male was in the cherry picker as it descended to the ground. He reportedly suffered suspected spinal and pelvic injuries.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called in around 1.45pm and the patient was been flown to Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. He is reported to be in a stable condition.

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Avoca Main Street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As Seen on TV

Karen Cooper recently took this photo of Avoca's main street. It was selected by Channel Ten, who displayed it during their weather segment.


Talbot Central Victoria Landscape "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maryborough's Local Phone Book Cover

This Central Victoria Landscape by Chris Crossley, has been chosen for the cover of the new local phone book. The photo was taken just outside of Talbot near Mount Greenock


Woolies carpark works continue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Woolworths at Mullumbimby was forced to close temporarily a few weeks ago owing to a safety issue in the carpark

With a section of the Mullum Woolies carpark closed recently owing to concerns of safety issues, there are still no indication of when it will reopen.

When asked by The Echo, a Woolworths spokesperson replied, The northern aspect of the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark remains temporarily closed while we work with specialist engineers and consultants to rectify the structural issues affecting this section.

The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.and we sincerely thank our customers for their patience during this time.

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Diary of Death: 7 14 December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.

Jack Off with Jack Shit airs Saturday arvos between 3 and 5PM





  Meredith Music Festival: The Breeders (US), Billy Bragg (UK), The Presets, Yaeji (US), Sampa The Great, Panda Bear (US), Lil Louis (US), Laura Jean, Pond, DJ Jnett, Mambali, Montero, Nadia Rose (UK), The Aints, The Pharcyde (US), Mildlif, Mental As Anything, Roza Terenzi, The Native Cats, Mim Suleiman (TAN), Tourist Kid, Time For Dreams, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, DJ Lady Erica, Scott & Charlenes Wedding, The Seven Ups Meredith, Victoria Til Sunday
Alison Wonderland Enmore Theatre
Polish Club, Heaps Good Friends, Wing Defence Lansdowne
Loser, Particles, Legal Aliens Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar
Moonlover, Tesse, Julia Why? Botany View Hotel Album launch FREE
Nikita Ra, Jai Pyne, K2 Foundry 616
Jack Shit Miss Peaches 9.30 til midnight FREE
Torched Songs A Concert Out Of The Ashes by Louis Tillett Marrickville Bowling Club Benefit after house fire. CANCELLED
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Hard Aches, Emily Barker Metro
Timberwolf Waywards
Broke House Yullis Brews





Tibet fundraiser gives locals food for thought "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Standing amidst the hustle and bustle of down town Dharamsala is a small cluster of buildings with a big purpose.

The compound is home to the headquarters of the Tibetan Childrens Village, an organisation that provides schooling to over 16,726 Tibetan child refugees across the globe.

It is a world way from the spacious streets of Mullumbimby, but last Saturday the distance became just a little shorter when 75 locals enjoyed a taste of Tibetan culture to raise funds for the exiled children.

From Left: Musician Michael Askill, WeMove co-founder Alona Rosenberg, singer Tenzin Nyidon, WeMove co-funder Meggie Daneilson and performer Tenzin Choegyal

Hosted by the WeMove dance studio, the event raised $1,770 for the childrens village.

It also raised awareness of the plight of those who have been forced to flee Tibet, through the screening of the award-winning documentary The Last Dalai Lama, which explores the life of the exiled Tibetan leader and his attempts free his country from Chinese rule.

The story behind the event is one of real community connection, WeMoves co-founder Alona Rosenberg said.

When we heard about the idea it was a big yes.

The studio was approached about the event by local woman Samaya Askill, whose husband Michael performs regularly alongside acclaimed Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal.

Mr Choegyal is a former student of the Tibetan Childrens Village and has been a strong advocate for the school, helping to raise funds and awareness through musical performances across the globe.

It was from this string of connections that the fundraiser was born.

It featured a taste of traditional Tibetan curry, a performance by Mr Choegyal and Michael Askill, followed by the screening of the film.

Michael and Tenzin have performed all around the world and have just come back from performing in Carnegie Hall in New York, so it was great for them to feel the support of our little community, Ms Rosenberg said.

We have a strong multicultural focus and interest at WeMove so it was great to be involved in supporting the Childrens Village.

It was a really heart filling even...


Planting the markers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thanks to Kerry at Innovative Tags (she provided all the printed thermal labels free of charge) we have a heap of new galvanised plant markers for our fruit trees  and other permanent crops to make finding your way around the garden much easier. You can discover exactly what that brilliant tasting peach or apple is, Continue reading Planting the markers


Local walkers protest feral horses at the top of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When no-native animals run wild the repercussions for both the physical environment and the native animals can be devastating.

Wild brumbies at Mt Kosciuszko National Park. Photo Judith Deland via ABC.

Highlighting the problems faced in Mt Kosciuszko National Park as the brumbies run wild Steve and Barbara Millard, with four other members of the Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club, will walk from the Cobberas Wilderness in Eastern Victoria to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

Scientists have fenced off this experimental plot to show how the damage caused by feral horses can be reversed. This photo was taken by Steve last year at Cowombat Flat. This stream is the source of the Murray River. Photo supplied.

They are protesting against the NSW Governments recent legislation to pro...


Kwame covered Kendrick Lamars Alright for Like A Version "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kwame made his debut Like A Version performance this morning. Suffice to say, he blew it out of the water. The 20-year-old Western Sydney rap prodigy recently took out the highly coveted J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year.

Kwame cut his teeth on a stunning, jazz backed cover of Kendrick Lamars To Pimp A Butterfly anthem Alright. Its one 2018s most accomplished Like A Version performances. Check it out below.

Watch: Kwame covers Kendrick Lamar Alright


He also performed a stunning rendition of his track WOW off his Endless Conversations EP.

Watch: Kwame WOW


Last week, he dropped a stunning new track Clouds. It premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe. Hell be heading around the country next year to celebrate, check out the tour dates and ticket information below.


Saturday, 9th February
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Friday, 15th February
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday, 22nd February
Rocket Bar, Adelaide

Saturday, 23rd February
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Friday, 1st March
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

Friday, 8th March
Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle


Senate calls for a full assessment of the Lake Malbena development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The eco tourism development planned for Lake Malbena will introduce helicopter tourism to the central plateau of Tasmania. Approvals have been waved through by the federal government, despite three official expert bodies lashing the proposal or calling for it to be rejected.

The decision threatens to open the floodgate to a host of other private tourism operations proposed for the World Heritage-listed area.

In a new development, the senate has called on federal Environment Minister Melissa Price to conduct a full assessment of the Lake Malbena development, including public consultation.

According to a report in the Tasmanian Times,

Greens Senator Nick McKim successfully passed a motion that pointed out the major problems with the development and approvals process.

This development represents the privatisation of some of the most precious areas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Senator McKim said.

The people of Tasmania are clear they dont support this development.

Nor do they support the selling out of our magnificent wilderness.

It is now incumbent on the Minister to call this project in.


Meeting with Peter Khalil "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Following the success of the School Strike for Climate, a group of high school and primary school student are meeting with our local MP Peter Khalil to discuss their concerns around climate change. 

The meeting will be held at Khalil's office at 3, Munro St Coburg, next Tuesday the 11th of December from 5.30pm-6pm. Any school-aged children are welcome to join for the meeting, and a crafternoon session on ...


Professor Stuart Rees Honoured With Inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He normally goes about his work very quietly, very humbly. And as the founder of the Sydney Peace Prize, hes normally in the background promoting other peoples work. But last week Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees couldnt help but be at the centre of attention after he was awarded the inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize, at a ceremony at state parliament in Victoria.

The award was in recognition of his Professor Rees persistent and courageous advocacy for the human rights of all Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, the refugee camps and the Palestinian diaspora generally.

Professor Rees delivered the first Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize lecture as part of the ceremony, and his award was presented by former Foreign Minister and NSW State Premier the Hon Bob Carr on November 29, to coincide with the United Nations Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Nasser Mashni, chair of Australians for Palestine (AfP) and a Board Member of the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN), said the choice of Professor Rees would help to highlight strong global support for a just outcome for Palestinians, felt by millions around the world.

For all his inspirational work on Palestine nothing reveals more about Stuart Rees humanity than his belief in a simple anecdote about a Palestinian refugee who wanted to discuss with Israeli students his right to return, only to be told you want to kick us out. No, the Palestinian replied, I simply want to live with you, Mr Mashni said.

Mr Mashni said Professor Rees numerous books, anthologies of poetry, and his willingness to write and speak publicly on social justice issues, have seen him described as one of the most humane voices in Australia today.

Those issues have driven his indomitable quest to find out what it really means to be human and to alert us all to our common humanity, said Mr Mashni.

Professor Rees said he felt very honoured to be recognised from amongst the many long-committed voices for Palestine in Australia.

This award comes at a time when Jerusalem is facing great challenges from influential global powers to its UN-protected international status, UN Security Council resolutions, international law and majority consensus. We cannot allow antagonistic voices to weaken the hopes of so many for a peaceful and sustainable solution, he said.

Jerusalems spiritual, cultural and legal character are under serious threat and only a concerted effort of advocacy and activism by people everywhere, can Palestinians possibly hope to see an end to their displacement, eviction and expulsion.

The Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize will now be awarded annually by Australians for Palestine and the Australia-Palestine Advocac...


New Tweed Hospital: Labor for Kings Forest Nationals for Cudgen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley with Tweed candidate Craig Elliot. Photo Facebook.

NSW Labor Leader Michael Daleys commitment to building the new Tweed Valley Hospital at the Kings Forest development rather than the current government selected site at Cudgen, near Kingscliff, that is on State Significant Farmland has drawn the ire of sitting member for Tweed Geoff Provost.

Labor Leader Michael Daley has admitted he will delay the delivery of the Tweed Valley Hospital by years and blow the budget by at least $100 million, significantly delaying vital health services to the community, said Mr Provost.

However, Labor has condemned both the site selection process used saying that the National Party had chosen the Cudgen farmland site as a Trojan horse to throw away height limits in Kingscliff and to open the door for over-development on prime agricultural land.

Labor said the announcement has come after they received tens of thousands of signatures opposing over-development in Kingscliff and the National Party plans to build the Tweed Hospital on prime agricultural land.

Whether it be high rise in Kingscliff or a nine-storey hospital on Cudgen farmland Geoff Provest and the Nationals are failing to protect the Tweed from inappropriate developments, Labors candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot said.

Developing current hospital site?

A key issue for many locals has been the removal of the hospital from the current Tweed site. In July The Greens called for the hospital to be re-developed on the current site.

This is in part due to the koala corridor and low lying areas of the Kings Forest site that will require significant filling to bring it abov...

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Saving the ocean one sticker at a time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michal and Daniela Berti have put up three stickers so far, with more to come. Photo supplied.

The old adage put your money where your mouth is is ringing true for a Byron man who is doing his part to save the oceans.

Michal Berti and his 11-year-old daughter Daniela saw a problem and worked out how to fix it in the form of an information sticker they place on public showers around Byron beaches.

Michal says that it was frustrating to keep watching people using beach showers as their own bathroom. Wed keep telling them no to do it and explaining why, he said. Having a sign would leave them no excuse for using these kinds of products so, we designed the sticker.

The message on the signs is simple: if you use detergent a personal health products at public showers, the water goes directly back onto the ocean and has a detrimental effect on marine life. I think most of the people that Ive seen and told not to do it, they really werent aware of the water going straight to the ocean.

Born in Venezuela, Michal moved to Spain in 2001 then came on holidays to Byron here in 2015 and never left. He works doing graphic design and digital print and is just setting up his little business called Sticky Ideas.

Berti says that a friend helped him get in touched with council and National Parks to get the thumbs up on posting the stickers. They were really keen for me to do it, he said. They thought it was a great idea. There are three stickers on trial at Main Beach for council showers, and five approved on Arakwal National Park Beaches at The Pass, Captain Cook, Wategos, Tallows and Broken Head.

The market value of a work like this could go between $300 to $1000 but Berti fell so strongly about the issue that he financed the work himself. We designed, printed and Installed the stickers ourselves so the cost was only the stock and three or fours hours of work.

I did because I love this place these beaches are my daughter and my favourite playgrounds. I try teach my daughter an...


Does your environment impact your health? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies came together yesterday to discuss how to create healthy communities. Photo supplied.

It is now being recognised that the way we design our environment is having a huge impact on human health and wellbeing.

Since 1985, the proportion of Australian children who are overweight has doubled and the prevalence of obesity trebled. In NSW child overweight and obesity has been relatively stable at 21 per cent over the last ten years yet this is still cause for concern said Jillian Adams, Northern NSW Local Health Districts (NNSWLHD) health promotion manager.

For the first time in the modern era, our children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, she said.

The rise in childhood and adult obesity is causing unprecedented levels of heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease and increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease and cancer.

Tackling obesity as a community

Recognising both the importance of our environment and the role of community on the impact of peoples choices around health eating and activities NNSWLHD held the first ever Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Summit held in Ballina yesterday.

There are many social and environmental factors causing these increasing rates of overweight, including our sedentary lifestyles- our car-based, screen-based, fast-food world, said Ms Adams.

We need to change the direction were headed, but the Health sector cant do this alone, so we are calling for a whole of community approach.

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies, councils, education, health services, sport and fitness, community services and farmers markets attended the summit in Ballina.

The Summit was the first stage of the Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Project, to support collaborative programs across community sectors, making it easier for all of us to make healthy choices, said Ms Adams.

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The consequences to Sydney of Liberal re-election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The consequences to Sydney of Liberal re-electionBringing back the Liberal Government will have adverse effects to Sydney's infrastructure and cultural landmarks. read now...


The Billi Christmas affair enjoy a laid back afternoon of fun in the sun "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Codie McCarthy and Newy Newbold the painters and designers of the mural that is part of the new vibrant open space where the Billi Christmas Affair will be happening this Saturday. Photo Jeff Parroting Dawson.

Its a full afternoon of family fun, dance, singing and the perfect chance to pick up some Festive Season gifts at the Billinudgel Christmas Affair this Saturday, December 8, from 1 till 5pm. There will be live music, kids entertainment, a jumping castle and more to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Were looking forward to a true Billinudgel experience for locals and visitors, said the event organisers.

The Billinudgel Christmas Affair is a chance for people to come and get involved with Billinudgel and enjoy the laidback Christmas vibe.

Moving forward as a community

Following the devastation of Cyclone Debbie last year the Billinudgel community has realised the importance of banding together to not only help each other recover but to look at how they move forward as a community. Many of the businesses were hit hard during the enormous flood event losing stock, having machinery damaged and being left with major cleanups.

The recovery has been a challenge but were getting there, said committee members.

The community has come together really well. There has been a lot of conversation and discussion about how to improve things and we are looking at various flood-mitigation options.

The festival is an opportunity for people to come and find out about the town and its more than sixty businesses and how they have recovered post flood. At the festival businesses will be showcasing what they do along with demonstrations including getting hands-on woodworking with longtime local Stan Ceglinski. 

Dynamic and innovative businesses

There are plenty of dynamic and innovative businesses that operate out of Billinudgel and it has become a thriving business and service hub for north Byron Shire.

Billinudgel has one of the most authentic local Australian pubs and general stores that can make you feel...


1) ABC radio Interview with Benny Wenda "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia halts search for Papua dead after clash with separatists
3) Indonesia steps up search for Papua massacre victims as 16 bodies found
4) West Papua is in turmoil
5) OPM Admits Deadly Attack, Demand Independence
6) Police Chief Says Economic Factors Trigger Papua Shooting
7) Vast palm oil project in Papua must be investigated by government, watchdogs say

1) ABC radio Interview with Benny Wenda 
Investigations continue into Papua Province killings
By Catherine Graue on Pacific Beat
Indonesia's President has ordered the police and milit...


Scanlon Foundation Survey finds that in contemporary Australia racist values are held by a small minority "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 4 December 2018:

Australia has not lost faith in immigration. The political narrative has darkened but not the fundamental view of ourselves as an immigrant nation. Most of us remain convinced that we are in so many ways better off for newcomers of all races and creeds who have come in large numbers to our shores.

That is the verdict of the Scanlon Foundations 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report published on Tuesday. The mission of the foundation is to measure how this migrant nation hangs together. Over the last decade 48,000 of us have been polled to fathom the panics that sweep this country and the steady underlying views Australians have of immigration.

Immigration is a growing concern, says the author of the report Professor Andrew Markus of Mo...


Holistic Pastoral "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Holistic Pastoral - Ethical, Regenerative Farmed Meat Deliveries for Christmas!

It's late in the afternoon and the sun is starting to set in the west over the hills, the light it is throwing on the Blue Range is soft and golden.  Our old red tractor is bumping across the paddock, towards our sheep and chooks. 



Rally "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Come and show our politicians that its not just the kids who are demanding change and leadership in the face of a climate emergency. If they want to show us they are serious about protecting our kids future they must put an end to the era of coal, including blocking the proposed Adani mega mine and all new coal mines. 

This Saturday, 10.30-12.30 at the State Library.

Facebook event:...


Cookbook "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Locally made Christmas idea!

Summer cookbook by the author of the Hungry Girls Cookbooks.

Thirteen mostly vegetarian recipes.

First in a series for each season.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi there, 

We have had a clean out and want to get rid of a few things. Theyre cheap!

Pick up in Coburg North. 



Welcome Storms and Rain Late Tuesday - Bushfire Crisis Seemingly Over - Water-Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters Head Home! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Welcome rain and storms passed through most of Queensland late on Tuesday 4 December and as a result, it would appear that the immediate bushfire crisis that was affecting parts of Central Queensland seems to have come to an end.  As a result, over the course of Wednesday 5 December, most of the visiting firefighting aircraft and helicopters, along with the many local and visiting firefighters, have begun to return to their home bases.

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-NKQ was spotted visiting Mackay Airport.  It arrived from Brisbane as UTY561 and departed back there a short time later as UTY562.



Anyone studying History at JCU? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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start - [Talks] Added 2018-12-30 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next Meeting Details Below Note: for December 2018 only we won't be having a meeting. Enjoy your Christmas break! Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room


Pearl Park Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mark this date in your calendar Saturday January 19th 2019 at Pearl Park, Foster.  Definitely not to be missed.

The post Pearl Park Music Festival appeared first on Foster Community Online.


West Papua independence leader urges calm after killings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papua independence leader urges calm after killings
Helen Davidson   Thu 6 Dec 2018 16.17 AEDT Last modified on Thu 6 Dec 2018 16.48 AEDT  

Sixteen bodies retrieved as leader Benny Wenda calls for diplomacy and transparency on what happened in Nduga

The exiled leader of the West Papuan independence movement has called for calm after independence fighters attacked and killed up to 31 people in a remote West Papuan district on Sunday.
On Thursday the Indonesian military said it had retrieved 16 of the bodies from the district of Nduga, which would be sent to the main town of Timika. None were identified.


Foster Swimming Pool season 2018-19 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 15 December 2018 Monday 11 March 2019 The Foster Outdoor Swimming Pool will be open if the forecast maximum temperature for Leongatha on the Bureau of Meteorology website at []

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William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships Launched "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the 80th anniversary of William Coopers historic protest about Nazi Germanys treatment of Jews, Monash University in partnership with John and Pauline Gandel has launched the William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship Program.   Indigenous elder, Yorta Yorta man and human rights activist William Cooper famously led a protest and attempted to hand a petition to ... Read more...


Brisbane's growth 3 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Changing face of Brisbane

Here's why you won't recognise Brisbane five years from now (watch the 3-minute video below).

Shared via Property Update and JLL.

A great city that's going places.

It will be exciting to see the Cross River Rail snaking its way through the gentrified Gabba precinct.

And those wharves are going to be a terrific boost for New Farm and Teneriffe too.


William Cooper set the pace for social justice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Economists have GDPs. Workers have KPIs. Athletes have PBs. But what about social justice activists? Could there be a Social Justice Measure (SJM) for how much a person cares about justice?   If such a calculation was possible, I wonder if the unit of measurement might be the kilometre, and the measure might be something ... Read more...


Oscar for our Christopher Gordon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ryde Councillor Christopher Gordon has won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for the Best Original Music Score for the Australian movie Ladies in Black.

The post Oscar for our Christopher Gordon appeared first on The Weekly Times.



When the boys sat around the kitchen table dreaming up what would become the original Pacific Ale, their inspiration came from what they envisioned to be the perfect occasion

Imagine a hot summers day in Byron Bay and youve just come out of the ocean. The sands scorching as you walk off the beach, across the pandanus lined park where everyones lazing in the shade and into the pub. The salts still drying on your back and all you feel like is something thatll quench your thirst

That beer is from the local independent brewery.the original Pacific Ale,
with its big fruity hops, cloudy haze and a refreshing finish

Stone & Woods flagship beer is what would now be considered a summer ale and with it being the Northern Rivers brewerys 10th anniversary, theyre celebrating being the
original, and theyre finally doing it theyre putting it in cans!

From when we first released the original Pacific Ale, our customers and our drinkers have begged us to put it in a can. Up until now, our focus has been on making enough of the stuff, so were pumped to be able to release a commemorative 10 years of Summer Pacific Ale can now! said head brewer, Caolan Vaughn.

The limited release commemorative can will disappear before most people can get their hands around it, but they plan on releasing it permanently in January 2019.

Visit for more detail and stockists.

The post 10 YEARS OF SUMMER, THE ORIGINAL PACIFIC ALE GOES INTO CANS appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Adani update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A week ago, I was speaking at a Royal Society of NSW Forum on the topic Getting climate policy back on track when the news came through that Adani had announced a start to the Carmichael mine before Christmas, funded from the companys own reserves.  With Christmas now less than three weeks away, where do things stand?

Its evident that, as with previous construction starts, this one wont be on a large scale. Adani has just posted its first job opening for a year, on the portal it set up with great fanfare in mid-2017. Its for a Senior Mine Planning Engineer a newly changed and developed role reporting to the Head Mine Operations.  Given that Adani has announced a proposal thats radically different from the one they were running last year, you might have expected that a Senior Mine Planning Engineer would have been on the job for some time, heading a substantial team. Still, its likely that some kind of activity will take place, even if its only symbolic.

The big question is how Labor will respond, since its highly likely to be in office by the time any serious mining activity starts. So far the signs have been mixed. Queensland Premier Palaszczuk has said, correctly, that this is effectively a new proposal, and will need new approvals. On the other hand, Penny Wong has suggested that, once contracts are signed, the dreaded spectre of sovereign risk will mean that the government cannot intervene.  This is a bogus argument in the specific case of Adani, but the whole idea needs to be challenged. Governments routinely break their promises to voters, and corporations regularly renege on their commitments to governments, but, in the era of neoliberalism, promises made by governments to corporation have come to be held sacred.


APRadio Podcast 06-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Patriot Radio

Harry opens with a song- We are dumb .. portraying the conga line of pollies who had dual citizenship a little gem. Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program, discussion covers the bushfire bullshit allowing the ratbag greens to continue restricting very serious hazard reduction to reduce out of control fuel in government lands and more CLICK HERE


NBN roll-out leaves business with no phone for over six weeks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NBN nightmare: Elsa Torresi works on reception at Little Lane Dental, and cant believe theyve been without a phone for six weeks with no end in sight. Photo Aslan Shand.

A dental practice in Mullumbimby has now been without a phone for over six weeks following the roll out of the NBN which has failed to facilitate their connection to the NBN network. 

It has been six weeks of confusion, conflicting information and technical gobbledygook for dentist Steve McGaughran at Little Lane Dental in Mullumbimby as hes been shunted from pillar to post between NBN and his telephone provider provider iinet and he still doesnt have a phone for his business.

I just want a quick resolution. I need a phone to run my business and its been six weeks now without one, said Steve in frustration.

On October 15 Little Lane Dentals phone cut off while NBN were working on the node several meters from their building. When Steve asked the workers what have you done to our phone? they said they hadnt touched it, however, when Telstra came to fix the line four days later they told Steve that the NBN staff had damaged the line into the building. 

Two day phone

They had a phone line for almost two working days before it once again went dead at 9.45am on Tuesday October 23. They were told by their provider iinet that their number had been ported (transferred)  so they could be connected to the NBN network. 

The thing was that our appointment to be connected to the NBN network wasnt until November 1, said Steve.

We asked if they could at least put a message on the line to let customers know that our number was being ported but they said they couldnt because the number no longer existed.

I thought well, we can manage a week and a half without a phone for the greater good.



Snarky snake not so terribly tearful "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Never seen a snake cry? Small Keelback (Freshwater Snake) appears to offer a tear upon seeing me today.

But the dewdrop was deceptive. Snake mostly interested in tearing into me for stalking it.

'Get away and chase some birds,' it hissed on parting. Snarky, some snakes!


MACKAY Bucasia labourer struck police officer on the backside "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Bucasia man Jye William Russell fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer. The 20-year-old

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MACKAY Young father accused of Paget shooting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Young father accused of Paget shooting

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Jayden Nicholas Finney, 19, appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday over videolink from prison. Finney faces 15 charges,

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped

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However, 14 charges which were levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including arson,

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Extradition to NSW for man charged over Lynette Dawsons alleged murder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lynette Joy Dawson. Police file photo.

Homicide Squad detectives have extradited a man to NSW and laid a charge over the disappearance of Northern Beaches wife and mother, Lynette Joy Dawson.

Lyn Dawson, a 33-year-old mother-of-two, went missing on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

She was officially reported missing on 18 February 1982, and despite investigations at the time and over the years, she has never been located.

In 2015, detectives from the Homicide Squads Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.

A 70-year-old Coolum man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Services Homicide Squad in the presence of Strive Force Scriven investigators at a home at Biggera Waters, Queensland, yesterday (Wednesday 5 December 2018).

The man appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW Police detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

Strike Force Scriven investigators escorted the man on a flight to Sydney today (Thursday 6 December 2018), before taking him to Surry Hills Police Station.

The man has been charged with murder and refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

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Pineapple Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Buy your fresh organic pineapples from the Organic Farmers Market when theyre in season. Hummingbird Cake Ingredients Cake 450g of (chunky) blended pineapple 5 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed) 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup mashed (over ripe) []

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Cassava Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cassava (Manihot esculenta), also known as manioc, yucca, tapioca or mandioca is originally from Brazil, and is widely consumed in South America, Africa and Asia. It is a staple food in many countries in these regions. Like potato, Cassava can be boiled, baked, fried, or even made into flour. Cassava shouldnt be consumed raw, and []

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Nick Cunningham to play Falls Byron by popular vote. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has won the Foster A Band competition and will be playing at Falls Byron. Photo supplied.

Local Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has scored the spot on the Falls Byron line-up for this year after thousands of votes were cast for the Foster A Band competition.

Nick is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). 

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick.

He was up against plenty of quality competition with Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds in the running.

We had an incredible range of northern rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul.

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Carson Nearly Sweeps Cavanbah Bridge Awards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

South Golden Beachs Graham Carson won all but one title in the recent Bridge competition at the Cavanbah centre. Photo supplied.

It was a golden time for South Golden Beachs Graham Carson who all but swept the 2018 awards at the Byron Bay Bridge Club.

He teamed up with John Paynter to win the Autumn Pairs; qualified with Ian Pick, Lorraine and Mark Miller for the regional finals of the Grand National Open Teams tournament; then won the Spring Pairs with Clive Klugman.

Adding to his honours, Graham teamed up with Chris Morgan, Patricia Ellis and Kadri Nelmes to win the Clubs annual teams day.

The two-week Club Championship, won by Fay Bogg and Brian Sundstrom, was the only major event to elude Graham.

Success at the bridge table is always welcomed admits Graham but the best parts of the game are that it keeps the brain cells stimulated and that you meet so many like-minded people who are more than happy to share their knowledge.

The Club plans to offer an 8-week beginner course from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays starting 8 February 2019. The cost is $80 per person. Please contact Clive at or call 0414616132.

The Club meets on Fridays. Guests are welcome not later than 12:15.

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Media release- Increasing tension in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

6 December 2018

Media release- Increasing tension in West Papua

In response to the latest shooting in the Yall District, Nduga Regency, in West Papua, the Indonesian security forces are preparing to undertake a military operation to find those deemed responsible.

Joe Collins of AWPA said, there have been many conflicting reports in relation to the incident including the number of those killed which varies between 19 and 31 dead. 

Although media reports have indicated that those killed were civilian construction workers it has also been reported that up to 400 Army Engineers are being used in the construction of the 4,300-kilometer Trans-Papua road in areas of difficult terrain.

The Commander of the XVII Cenderawasih Kodam Maj. Gen. Joshua Sembiring said the armed forces and the police would dispatch troops both on land and water, assisted by helicopters to evacuate the victims. Up to 170 troops are reported t...


Man charged over Madeley St robbery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An 18-year-old Ocean Grove man has been charged with armed robbery after he held up a local milk bar.

The man has been remanded to appear in Geelong Magistrates Court today.

The man held up a milk bar in Madeley St last week, forcing the temporary closure of the shop.

The man held up the store using an imitation pistol and stole cigarettes.

The post Man charged over Madeley St robbery appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


CARAVNA SUN x LA BRASS BANDA (GER) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Local legendsCaravna Sunare stoked to kick off 2019 with imported German Beerhall Kings LaBrassBandato bring you The Horn Haus Party 2019.

On stage for over 3 hours colliding Sun Kissed Indie Surf with Bavarian Horn punk, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch both acts at the peak of their powers across Australia in March 2019.

Having only previously been to these shores once before,LaBrassBandais a wild mix of modern Bavarian folk music, ska, punk, techno, reggae and, of course, brass.

Fast, energetic, and fiercely regional, The seven band members represent what Bavarian dancehall music mingling and partying with different cultures from all over the globe can sound and look like.

They gained nationwide popularity when participating at the Eurovision Song Contest preliminaries in 2013 and their breakthough album Europasmashed into the top 3 in the German charts.

Since then LaBrassBandahave gone on to dominate the festival circuit in Deutschlandor Germany?every single year, selling out Munichs 12,000 seat Olympiahalleand touring the globe from USA, Zimbabwe and of course Europe from the UK to Siberia.

Caravna Sunhave enjoyed a massive 2018 playing to thousands of people across the globe and off the back of the game changing singles Beauty & The Painand Come Backfrom the Silver Linings EP.

Reflecting on how this tour concept came together, Singer/ Guitarist Luke Carrasays,

We met Fabien from LabrassBanda backstage over a couple steins of lager at a small Austrian festival in 2015, since then we have become great friends, they have taken us under their wing and we have played over 30 Beer Tents & major open air festivals together.

This tour is a chance for us to return the favour and we are super pumped to travel Australia, teach them to surf & explore our beautiful home land. 

Talking about the interplay that has developed over the years, Luke mentions that the integration between the 2 acts will be a key part of the stage show for this tour. 

 Whilst touring in Germany together, LaBrassBandawould jump on stage & join us to close the night. So the idea was born that we should create a concept show for this Australian tour which will be relentless celebration of the best aspects of both bands However were still unsure how they will go bringing their lederhosen into Australia

 Tickets are onsale from


International Mountain Day 2018 #MountainsMatter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

December 11 is International Mountain Day.

The United Nations says:

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. Mountains are early indicators of climate change.

The theme for 2018 is #MountainsMatter.

The UN Food and Agriculture organisation lists many reasons why mountains matter: for food, water, biodiversity, tourism, for indigenous people, and so on. These are all true. However, mountains are much more than just playing a crucial role in providing key ecosystem goods and services. Theyre places of beauty, adventure, solitude, spiritual renewable. And so much more.

In the lead up to December 11, I would welcome you sharing your story of why #MountainsMatter to you. You could:

  • post a comment below
  • write a story for Mountain Journal (and email it to me, with some mages):
  • you could share photos/ stories on the Mountain Journal facebook page.

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PHOEBE BRIDGES (USA) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Handsome ToursFBi RadioTriple Rand Jet Black Cat Musicare excited to announce the debut Australian tour of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriterPhoebe Bridgers.

These eagerly-awaited dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane culminate a whirlwind 18-months for the rising star, in which Bridgers appeared on the cover of The FADER, was named #1 Best New Artist of 2017in the same publication and won the AIM Award for International Breakthrough Of The Year.

Bridgers 2017 debut album Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans / Inertia) received rapturous reviews worldwide, leading to tours across North America and Europe with artists including The NationalBon Iverand Conor Oberst. In October 2018, Bridgers teamed up with her illustrious indie-rock contemporaries Julien Baker and Lucy Dacusas the group boygenius, releasing a self-titled EP on Matador Records which would be extensively profiled in publications from Pitchfork to The New Yorker.

Bridgers grew up in the rose-colored city of Pasadena, attending the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to study music. From an early age, she found encouragement from a close-knit artistic community of friends and family to follow her dreams, and at school she forged relationships that would teach her as much about her craft as her classes.

Inspired by the subdued emotional style of legendary songwriters like Elliot Smith, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, Bridgers began gigging around L.A, playing as often as she could, making mistakes and learning while on her feet. Los Angeles is interwoven into my music inherently, she says. I dont necessarily try to reference it, but because Im pulling from experience it just appears.

Soon enough, Bridgers powerful, lilting voice and haunting, introspective songs had inspired artists like Ryan Adams to produce her 2015 single, Julien Baker to bring her on tour in 2016, as well as John Doe and Conor Oberst to sing with her on her debut album.

Perhaps nobody captures it better than The A.V Club, who raved Stranger In The Alps alchemizes sorrow into redemptive beauty. Its never about wallowing, but about slowly moving through it. That difference, played out over some incredible, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, makes it one of the best albums of the year.

Dont miss the phenomenal Phoebe Bridgers in Australia for the first ever time this summer!

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A Day in The Bay festival kicks off this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Creating a special Day in The Bay a group of locals have come together to create a grassroots day of fun for all the ages. This Saturday December 8 from 11.30am till 10pm at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron you can enjoy  a great variety of local businesses from food trucks to boutique beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, live music, childrens entertainment.

A Day in The Bay festival gives local businesses the chance to showcase their craft to the wider community along with being an eco-friendly, sustainable event.

A day that showcases grassroots music, creative culture and everything we love about this beautiful region. Created by locals built for everyone, said festival organisers.

There will be two stages that will feature great local entertainment including Fat Picnic, Indigenoise, Mt Warning and Jai Piccone as well as performances by Spaghetti Circus and the fun of kids activities including giant slides and junking castles and more.

Organisers are estimating that the event will have a great impact on the local economy as all the participating businesses are 100 per cent local.

We have estimated that this event will employ approximately 200 local workers on the day and leading up to the event. Things like increased availability of jobs, boosts in tourism and increases in community participation will have a significant contribution to a positive quality of life for residents of the Byron shire.

Donating to charity

The $5 entry fee for adults kids are free is being donated to local non-for-profit charities.

Our charity of choice for the event will be the Ingrained Foundation. This charity

supports grassroots environmental and social charities in the local areas where we work and live. Essentially, they partner with aligned charities to create progress in our community and respond to urgent situations of need, said the organisers.

We consider ourselves as hardworking, active members of the com...


At both ends of the day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Birds generally look their best during the bookends of the day.

This male Rainbow Bee-eater is perched above its nesting tunnel in the Sandon State Forest, stitching and preening as it contemplates the day ahead.

The White-browed Woodswallows are part of a small company that has set up camp along Mia Mia Road this pair paused briefly during a burst of pre-dusk insect hawking.

Rainbow Bee-eater, Sandon State Forest, 3rd December 2018


Video Game Blog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi my name is Banjo, I have made a blog and please check it out.

It's about video games.


1) Editorial Papua, land of violence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Note. A selection of  articles on the shootings in West Papua which has gone a bit viral in the main stream media. A lot about this incident is unclear including the number of killed which various between 19 and 31.
Although most articles state that those killed were construction workers it  it has been reported that up to 400 Army Engineers have been used in the construction of the road particularly in areas of difficult terrain.

With the security forces  preparing to undertake a military operation to find those responsible,   AWPA is  concerned that local villagers in the area could suffer from attacks by the security forces during any military operations that takes place. In the past the military have burned homes and destroyed food gardens causing the local people to flee in fear to the bush. In July 2018 a military operation took place in the same area causing large numbers of local people to flee the area. 

1) Editorial Papua, land of violence
2) Cammi interviewed on  shootings in West Papua.
3) Komnas HAM demands transparency on Papua massacre
4) Mily, police joint team to evacuate rebel attack victims
5) TNI Deploy More Personnel to Ev...


Labor plans to abolish negative gearing will crash house market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Non-recourse lending needed urgently to curb banks

Plummeting house prices has KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slamming the banks saying its time we stepped in line with other countries and introduced non-recourse lending to prevent further torture to homeowners while the banks take a free ride, using their power to drive over the top of us and crush us at their whim.

Labor will crash the housing market when it removes negative gearing  for mums and dads

 Currently, Australia has recourse lending, while America (and most other countries) have non-recourse lending, which means the bank can only get the house back; they cant get the debt back.

 The borrower pays off $100k on their $500k house, hes behind on his repayments, the bank sells it up for $300k, they get a tax write off of $100k, they have an insurance loan guarantee that pays off the other $100k. Meanwhile, the poor old once proud homeowner now has no house, has lost $100k and is $200k in debt hes a debt slave for the rest of his life, Mr Katter said.

 Undoubtedly wed be one of thre...


The truth about Australia's approach to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The graph below says it all - in 2008 through to September 2013 there was an Australian Labor Government in Canberra producing programs to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and from September 2013 until today there has been a Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government in Canberra intent on dismantling as much established cilmate change policy as is possible.

Trend emissions levels are inclusive of all sectors of the economy, including Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Reading Quarterly Update of Australias National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2018 [PDF 39 pages] released on 30 November 2018 it is highly unlikely that the Morrison Govenment will be able to meet Australia's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

For interim PM and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison to assert otherwise is a political lie.



Moving the Aboriginal Legal Service to Coffs Harbour will have adverse effects "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Daily Examiner, 3 December 2018:

A Grafton solicitor says the decision to move the Aboriginal Legal Service to Coffs Harbour will have adverse effects.

As a lawyer who has worked with the Aboriginal community over many decades I was very surprised and concerned by your report in (Fridays) Examiner that the Aboriginal Legal Service is closing its Grafton office and moving to Coffs Harbour.

If this move goes ahead it will have a signicant and immediate adverse effect on the Grafton and Clarence Valley Aboriginal community that I feel the ALS decision makers in Sydney have not taken into account.

The Grafton building that ALS now works from is shared with a number of Aboriginal service providers and is a community hub that is safe, welcoming and holistically culturally appropriate for the services provided.




Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (18371901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. However, many elements of what is typically termed "Victorian" architecture did not become popular until later in Victoria's reign. The styles often included interpretations and eclectic revivals of historic styles. The name represents the British and French custom of naming architectural styles for a reigning monarch. Within this naming and classification scheme, it followed Georgian architecture and later Regency architecture, and was succeeded by Edwardian architecture.

Ballarat is a city in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital Melbourne situated on the lower plains of the Great Dividing Range and the Yarrowee River catchment. It is the largest inland centre and third most populous city in the state and the fifth most populated inland city in Australia. The estimated urban area population is close to 100,000 inhabitants. It was named by Scottish settler Archibald Yuille who established the sheep run called Ballaarat in 1837 with the name derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area, balla arat, thought to mean "resting place". The present spelling was officially adopted in 1996.

Ballarat is one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851 and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, approximately 20,000 migrants had rushed the district. Unlike many other gold rush boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained yields.

Proclaimed a city in 1871, Ballarat's prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong ra...


Extraordinary effort by Rural Fire Service across Qld stopping wildfires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From Gary McCormack, Acting Assistant Commissioner
Queensland Rural Fire Service

Over the past 12 days Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has attended 1,243 fires across the state. Many thousands of QFES staff, Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and Fire and Rescue staff have been working day and night to protect and support the communities of Queensland.  We have had support from every state and territory throughout Australia, with 1,161 people from interstate assisting with this incident to date.

Rural volunteer fire fighters could refuse to fight fires in or around national parks because of hopeless fire prevention mismanagement by  government eco-freaks.

The activity we have seen in the last two weeks has been extraordinary, with more than four million hectares of land burnt during this bushfire season. We have had 55 aircraft working to support ground crews, dropping more than 12 million litres of water and fire suppressant. More than 430 bushfire community warnings have been issued since the 22nd of November, and more than 50 Emergency Alert campaigns have been issued.  These messages have reached more than one million devices, alerting people of the dangerous conditions and directing them to further information regarding the situation.

This activity has followed on from significant campaign fire events in North Coast, South Eastern, Northern and Far Northern regions.

I cannot express enough, my thanks to our RFS volunteers and staff across the state, for the significant effort of the last two week...


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Trampoline for free - Reservoir.

Good quality sturdy trampoline for free. Two years old. Three metres diameter excluding safety padding. Only hitch is you will need to disassemble. But will help with knowing how to reassemble. Phone Leonie 0409 401 246



The long run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We're all dead

Wow, some tremendous excitement about the recent sharp increase to 43,727 Melbourne stock listings (thanks for all the Tweets!).

Since you're interested, below is the split between houses and units, per SQM Research.

Stock levels are broadly about back to where they were three years ago, and this is mainly due to a surge in completions and slower sales.

New listings are way down in Sydney and Melbourne, which is not all that surprising given unemployment rates in these cities are about 4 per cent and 4 per cent respectively (meaning that are there are few forced sellers). 

Note that the population of Melbourne is increasing - up by a record high of +125,400 in FY2017 - so over time a higher number of listings is to be expected, given the larger overall stock of dwellings. 

One of the interesting things I noted from the Census is the remarkably low share of population in Melbourne living in an apartment, for a city that is now home to more than 5 million people. 

It's an idea I explored in a little more detail in my free workshop he...


Tickets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Anyone interested in these FRONT ROW Tex Perkins tickets, no longer able to go:

Tex Perkins (The Man in black)
This Friday 7th Dec
Palms at Crown
Front row seats!

Two tickets available.
$91 each ticket as per original price paid.

Check it out here:



Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Does anyone have a baby gate needing a new home?

The kind to stop crawlers going down the stairs. 

A friend needs one just for a couple of months, and op shops don't love to stock used baby safety stuff, so no luck there.



Operation Slow Down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EMERGENCY Services personnel were out in force on Saturday, urging motorists to slow down when they see flashing lights. The Foster-based Operation Slow Down part of a Victoria-wide push []

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Council votes on caravan parks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to rescind last years decision to establish a Caravan and Camping Park Committee. The initial decision, made at Councils September 27, 2017, was []

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Why a music festival? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ITS simple really. The Prom Coast and surrounds is recognised globally for its spectacular scenery, natural beauty, abundant wildlife and pristine beaches. These elements and the laidback lifestyle has attracted []

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Council Yes to Plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt the strategies outlined in its 2018/19 Long Term Financial Plan. This is a good story for Council, Cr Andrew McEwen declared. []

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Until when: The forgotten men of Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This joint report by the Refugee Council of Australia in partnership with Amnesty International, tells the story of the men who have been sent by Australia to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and what has happened to them after they were forcibly removed from the regional processing centre on Manus Island one year ago. Executive summary "The system the Australian government has designed for refugees and asylum seekers, has a kind of evil and devastating effect. It can ruin the very inner strength of human spirit. To the outsider, Fariborz [Karami] took his own life [on Nauru in June 2018], but the truth is the system took his life. There is no alternative explanation, and we must hold the Australian government accountable for this action.


MACKAY Charges linked to identity crime, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Charges linked to identity crime, Mackay

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MACKAY Woman arrested for using fraudulent ID to try withdraw cash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Woman arrested for using fraudulent ID to try withdraw cash

December 05, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Police will allege the 31-year-old South Mackay woman went to a financial institution in Mackay city with an identity document she claimed was hers.

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TRUE OPINION: Police investigating police investigating police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TRUE OPINION: Recent scandals in Victoria have highlighted the need for reforms in the way complaints against police are looked at. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, explains why it's finally time for police accountability to go further than officers simply investigating their colleagues. [READ MORE]


Is identity politics a problem for the left? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There seems to be a bit of an identity crisis on the left of politics these days. There are big challenges ahead but we seem to be more splintered than ever. We are faced with runaway climate change and rising global fascism. The distribution of wealth is massively tilted in favour of the [...]


NEXT TIME YOURE IN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A travel lover's gastronomic world tour!

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December Party: Bring a friend and finger food to share "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 6 Dec; 6:30 pm; ] Let's celebrate all the good sustainable culture in Armidale with friends and lovely finger food. We will provide drinks, corn hole, table soccer, music, and a beautiful community garden. The festivities will happen at the new time of 6.30pm Thursday 6th December at the Armidale Community Garden behind NERAM with a car entrance via Taylor St. There [...] full article 


Sapphire Community Investment December Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 6 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Thank you for your patience over the past few months and it was great to see those that attended the Wind Farm Open Day on 21 October. The exciting news is that with construction nearing completion, the community co-investment into Sapphire Wind Farm is about to open. Thursday 6th December Armidale City Bowling Club Drop [...] full article 


Book Launch: Locked On! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article 


Byron Carols by the Sea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Date: Friday 14th December, 2018
Time: 6:30pm 8:30pm
Venue: Apex Park, opposite the Beach Hotel

A family-friendly community event, held every year in mid-December in at the beach end of Jonson Street in Apex Park, opposite the Beach Hotel.

Presented by the combined churches of Byron Bay, and directed by award-wining jazz and gospel music artist Sharny Russell, this years program also features local artists The Buckleys and Tim Stokes, amongst others.

Christmas is a time for gathering together with friends, family and loved ones, and we would like to invite you to a night of carols beside our world-famous beach during twilight, with a special visit from Santa!

More info:

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The Future is Not for Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Saturday, 8 Dec; 11:00 am; ] Concerned members of our community who are angry at the news this week that ADANI will be proceeding are invited to join a march to give voice to your concern. The Reef, Queenslands Artesian Water, the climate, the traditional owners, the environment, our young people and the future are all losers if this proceeds. Meet at [...] full article 


Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DELIGHTFUL DECORATIVE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president, John Anderson and CBD committee person, Wendy Crow have put a lot of work into the Tower Arcade Christmas windows and decorations. Photo: Katelyn Morse.DELIGHTFUL DECORATIVE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president, John Anderson and CBD committee person, Wendy Crow have put a lot of work into the Tower Arcade Christmas windows and decorations. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

SHEPPARTON Chamber of Commerce and Industry have recently completed a stunning Christmas and window display inside Sheppartons Tower Arcade.

The display was completed this week and features displays submitted by Shepparton Textile Artists Inc., Goulburn Valley Quilters, Ella Egan, Eastern Goulburn Country Womens Association and Goulburn Valley Rail Club.

At the western end of Tower Arcade, there is also a stunning Christmas tree display, which has been set up by Wendy Crow.

The entire arcade displays the immaculate effort of many within the community and is well worth a visit.


Courageous tales celebrated over coffee and toast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH Invictus Games Down Under competitor, Rye Shawcroft motivates the breakfast crowd with his moving story. Photo: Supplied.INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH Invictus Games Down Under competitor, Rye Shawcroft motivates the breakfast crowd with his moving story. Photo: Supplied.

DETERMINATION, bravery and inclusivity were discussed during Shepparton Access Annual Day of People with Disability Celebration Breakfast on Friday.

Guests were treated to a story of courage from Rye Shawcroft, competitor in seated volleyball and wheelchair basketball in the 2018 Invictus Games Down Under. 23-year-old Rye shared his empowering personal story of how he defied physical and mental odds to compete in the games.

After suffering excruciating pains in his knees and back, Ryes health deteriorated throughout 2015 and by late 2016 he required a wheelchair to move more than 100m. With sheer determination and the help of his family, friends and professionals, Rye began slowly regaining control of his life through his passion for sport.

In October this year, Rye said he proudly executed his dream of achieving sporting greatness by successfully competing in the Invictus Games and for also becoming the first person in Australia to compete the Tough Mudder obstacle course in a wheelchair.

Sport has played a massive role in my rehabilitation, setting goals and becoming included in the broader community, Rye said.

The yearly breakfast at Bill and Beats is hosted by Shepparton Access to celebrate and recognise contributors and to ensure the organisation continues to provide successful pathways for people with disabilities.


Ongoing voting as politicians await polls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCITED INCUMBANT State Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed is predicted to retain her seat. Photo: Katelyn Morse.EXCITED INCUMBANT State Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed is predicted to retain her seat. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

VOTE counting continues for the Shepparton district and the state, with local Independent MP Suzanna Sheed still looking set to retain her local seat.

Currently, as we go to press, 89.6 percent of the total vote has been counted. Suzanna Sheed holds 15,853 first preference votes at 38.4 percent, ahead of Liberal candidate Cheryl Hammer with 10,963 first preference votes at 26.6 percent.

Peter Schwarz of The National Party showed a 22.8 percent swing against his candidacy, coming in third with 5,378 preference votes and Bill Heath of Labor crept in close fourth, with 4,769 votes at 11.6 percent.

For the two candidate preferred vote, Suzanna Sheed currently holds 22,832 votes ahead of Cheryl Hammer who currently holds 18,444 votes.

The Victorian Electoral Commission will make an official announcement in the forthcoming weeks.


A heartless crime just before Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KYABRAM family, the Kiselis, have been left heartbroken after thieves stole three scooters belonging to Brandon Kiselis, 10, and Chloe McHardy, 8, on the lead up to Christmas.

Mother, Leanne spoke with The Adviser about the crime, saying that it has left the family over $700 out of pocket, which is devastating just before Christmas.

Brandon had been saving by doing his chores to buy his new scooter and he didnt look like he was quite going to make it so we ended up paying the remainder of it for him as an early Christmas present. Chloes scooter was also an early Christmas present, Leanne said.

Three weeks ago, they got up in the morning and came to me and asked mum where are our scooters?

That was their Christmas present and I cant afford to replace them. Its just devastating.

These kids are going to miss out this Christmas and its just not fair.

Shepparton Police crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, You can do a few things to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime while your home is vacant over holidays.

Ensure your garden is well maintained, letterbox cleared and home looks lived in.

Lock away in shed or garage all bikes, garden equipment, ladders and tools.

Is it possible for a friend or relative to house sit for longer holidays?

Encourage your wonderful neighbours to utilise your driveway, clothesline and even your garden and pool while away.

If possible have your dog/s cared for at home and they will continue to deter a burglar while you are away.

Discuss with your electrician about installing external motion sensor LED security lights at all entry points.

Back-up computer hard drives and keep these copies in a remote location.

Shred old mail and statements that have your personal details. Do they need to be stored?

The only jewellery, cash and documents that you leave unsecured are those that will not leave you devastated if stolen. Annoyed yes, but devastated no.

Is the boring but crucial task of taking images of valuable items including serial numbers up to date? This will assist police and insurance claims should it be required.


Have your say on new music festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LOCAL residents are being encouraged to get involved with a new large-scale music festival that is set to hit Shepparton on November 2 next year.

Greater Shepparton City Council and Red Hill Entertainment has invited the community to have their say on the name of the festival, the selected artists to perform and to provide feedback on other activities they would like to see feature at the festival.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou said the festival will be unique to the region.

This is an event that belongs to the community therefore we are giving residents the opportunity to shape this festival to be iconic to the region.

With expectations of attracting more than 2,000 attendees in the first year we want there to be something at the festival for everyone to enjoy.

Red Hill co-director, Aidan McLaren said they are looking forward to developing a show in the region.

We are keen to hear from the local area on what theyd love the festival to be, Mr McLaren said.

Wed love people to take a moment to fill out the online survey telling us which Australian bands theyd most love to see play, which ages they think the festival should be targeted at, and what entertainment other than live music they would like to see included.

Anyone who completes the survey goes in the running for a free VIP double pass provided by Red Hill Entertainment to the inaugural event.

The online survey is now open and will run until Friday, December 7 and can be found at


Hundreds of events inject over $44M into economy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OVER the past year, tourism has played a major part in boosting the region and has injected more than $44M into the local economy. Throughout the 2018 year, 266 major events drew in big numbers, with 351,946 attending the events, of which 140,054 were visitors from outside the region who spent a total of 103,823 nights in local accommodation.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, This year has seen Greater Shepparton go from strength to strength by hosting a range of different events. We have hosted events most weekends that have been very beneficial for our local businesses, community and visitors.

The streets, parks and shops have been filled with visitors to the region as part of the events calendar, which has drawn more than 350,000 attendees throughout the year, Cr OKeeffe said.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou said hosting significant events had a flow on effect for the wider community.

We are coming off the back of perhaps the busiest month of visitation weekends for Greater Shepparton, creating a boom for our accommodation, retail and hospitality industries, Ms Christou said.

Major recent events such as the Victorian State Netball Titles, Basketball Australia Under 14 Girls Club Championships, Australian Football Skools International Soccer Championships, Challenge Shepparton Triathlon, Victorian Open Bowls and the upcoming Junior Basketball Tournament are packing out the region which has seen more than 100,000 nights of accommodation generated this past year.

Not only do these major events generate a growth of spending for our local businesses but they also bring jobs to the region, with this past year seeing 319 full time equivalent jobs supported by the major events program.


A fun family Christmas at Bunnings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FREE FAMILY FUN From left, Bunnings Shepparton team member, Robyn Baker, the big man himself, Santa Claus, activities organiser, Jillian Goodman and trade specialist, Didy Wenzke are encouraging families to come along to the Christmas Family Night. Photo: Katelyn Morse.FREE FAMILY FUN From left, Bunnings Shepparton team member, Robyn Baker, the big man himself, Santa Claus, activities organiser, Jillian Goodman and trade specialist, Didy Wenzke are encouraging families to come along to the Christmas Family Night. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

BUNNINGS Warehouse Shepparton is inviting locals to celebrate the festive season at the annual Christmas Family Night on Thursday, December 6.

The free community event provides an opportunity for families to come together for a fun-filled night of arts and crafts, games, DIY workshops and light refreshments.

Kids will have the chance to meet Santa and write their very own Christmas wish-list. Bunnings team members will also be hosting DIY workshops, providing tips on how to create thoughtful and affordable gifts for loved ones this Christmas.

Bunnings Warehouse complex manager, Deb Thompson said, The annual Christmas Family Night is something the team look forward to each year, and a night for local families to get together and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

For further details and times, drop into Bunnings Warehouse Shepparton, 90-94 Benalla Road, Shepparton or phone 5825 7200.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


FESTIVAL OF TREES event allows you to enjoy a completely man-made forest of individual inspired and decorated trees in Murchison on December 22 and 23. Community groups and individuals have come together to share their decorated trees in a way that showcases creativity and joy in the festive season. Decorated trees are being accepted for display, but must be registered before December 14. This public event can be viewed between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, December 22 and 10am to 2pm on December 23. Refreshments will be on sale. Entry to display is by gold coin. For more information, call 5826 2373 or go to


SINGLE 60S CLUB: Looking to make friends and share common interests with us? Meet at Royal Mail Hotel, Mooroopna at 6pm on the second Tuesday of the month for dinner and to plan activities for the month. Phone Jan on 0458 211 104, Marg on 5821 2438 or Barry on 0419 323 351 for more information. Saturday, December 1 at Murchison East Hotel for lunch at 12 noon, Saturday, December 8 at Barrys for a barbeque from 12 noon and Tuesday, December 25 at the Royal Mail Hotel for Christmas tea from 6pm.


THE MOOROOPNA ROTARY CAR RAFFLE tickets are on sale during December at IGA Shepparton, Kmart and Safeway Plaza. Dont miss out! The winners will be drawn at the Mooroopna New Years festival. Make sure you come along and enjoy the night. Plenty of food and entertainment.




ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.


SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Peppermill Inn, GV Highway in Kialla from 6pm for a 6:30pm dinner meeting with guest speakers. If you are interested in joining a service club, helping the community and making new friends, contact Jeanette 5823 1985.


HOLISTIC WELLBEING HUB is open from 9:30am to 12 noon at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Drop in and join us to enjoy a relaxed morning with other women in the community. Listen to conversations provided to guide you on your life journey. Guest speakers attend between 10am and 11am. Morning tea and activities available.  F...


Another great, green summer of outdoor concerts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES Australian musician, John Butler will entertain across the country as part of A Day on the Green. Photo: Supplied.UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES Australian musician, John Butler will entertain across the country as part of A Day on the Green. Photo: Supplied.

ICONIC Australian outdoor music event series A Day on the Green kicked off its 18th season last weekend with a massive line-up of national and international acts scheduled for their 2018/19 calendar.

For nearly two decades, A Day on the Green has entertained with its exceptional ethos of great food, wine and music presented in majestic outdoor venues. Many audiences have amassed unforgettable musical memories thanks to A Day on the Green and over time the events have gained exponential popularity.

The concerts will be running from now until April, with an array of artists from a mix of genres performing at gorgeous outdoor locations across Australia.

A Day on the Green is proud to be collaborating again with the team responsible for RNB Fridays, bringing the second instalment of RNB Vine Days to its February roster. The stellar line-up includes international acts Nelly, Craig David, All Saints, Amerie and YO! MAFIA performing all their hits on outdoor stages nationally.

Also performing in February, there will be a great series of concerts featuring iconic Australian artists John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan and Stella Donnelly. This line-up will play only one Victorian show on Saturday, February 9 at All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, so be sure to snag a ticket before they sell out.

There are many other great events included as part of the A Day on the Green 2018/19 calendar and several have either sold out already or are selling fast. Give the gift of music this Christmas and treat your beloved family and friends to an unforgettable evening of stellar sounds, fine wine and delicious food. Be sure to...


If you know something; dob them in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE highly successful Dob in a Dealer campaign has once again kicked off across the region, with local residents being called upon to help Crime Stoppers Victoria and the Victoria Police disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs in the local area.

The Dob in a Dealer campaign is a nation-wide program funded by the Federal Government to stop Australias supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ice), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO, Erika Owens said, Criminal drug related activity is not only costing millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but it is tragically and unnecessarily costing human lives, Erika said.

We know that information from the community helps to solve crime, we see it every day at Crime Stoppers, so please get behind this campaign and report what you know.

Together, we can make our community a safer place to work and live.

Inspector Dave Ryan of the Victoria Police reinstated the importance of community involvement when addressing the import, manufacture and supply of illicit drugs.

Its time to take stand for your community and your mates.

Your report might not be actioned this week, or even this month but every single piece of the puzzle counts and your information might just be the missing piece we need to hinder the supply of illicit drugs in our community, Insp Ryan said.

Together, the Shepparton community and Victoria Police can work together to stem the import, manufacture and supply of illicit drugs.

If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at You can remain anonymous.


Babe a life undiminished by disability "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Undiminished by her disability, Babe, a rescued bobby calf inspires us daily that sight is but a state of mind, and that a vision for a kinder world rests within us all.  The very first photo we saw of sweet Babe told of the fondness she had found at the hands and heart of a kindly worker who had ever so gently painted a red heart on the calfs side. Determined to find a happy outcome for Babe, several phones calls lead to Edgars Mission where happily ever after and a life unhindered by prejudice awaited Babe.  Watching the sweet Babe and her belled buddy, Sophie we have pause to thought that the greatest disability held is perhaps by those humans who see animals not for who they are, rather only for what they can produce.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

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Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Roaming in a public reserve with many years fleece eventually proving too great a burden to carry, this handsome boy found kindness in the nick of time. Named Better because thats exactly what he deserves, a much-needed haircut was promptly scheduled as our work begun to ensure his would be a life worth living from here on in.

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With Betters body soon relieved of over 13 kilograms of wool, it is unlikely this five year old sheep had ever met with a shearer in his life. With painful burrs and spear grass gently removed from his skin, this dear wether told us he did indeed feel better, half closing his eyes and sinking into the touch of our hands across his now closely clipped fleece as we removed the painful grasses that had penetrated Betters skin.

Edgars Mission - Better, Sheep

One thing we know for sure his life is about to get a whole lot Better from here! Our unending thanks go out to the kind hearted workers in the area who refused to rest in their effort to seek a safe outcome for Better.

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome



Gallery: Away Game #1 at Waywards HABITS, Rebel Yell, Flower Boy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For Away Game #1 we put a spotlight on an eclectic mix of the experimental handpicking three acts pushing the scope of their genres.

First up Sydney producer Flower Boy set an ambient tone, showing of her production skills and vocal prowess. She was followed by Brisbane import Rebel Yell, who shattered the ambience with brooding bass lines and rhythms that rattled The Bank. Then, Melbournes HABITS treated us to their intense sound and arresting on stage presence for a completely dazzling set. Meanwhile IV Drip provided the sonic hydration that hit the sweet spots in between sets.

Away Game #1 at Waywards HABITS, Rebel Yell, Flower Boy | 29.11.18 | Photos by Diabolique Photography



Popped Creative: POPPED UP | Round 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Be a part of our second designer sale!
Round 1 was a huge success and we all went home with new extremely necessary wardrobe staples (ahem, lilac pantsuit)
So once again we will be opening our doors on December 15th for round 2.

Head to for details and to secure your spot.
Brands and individuals welcome.
Quality | Designer | Vintage | High End

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5 Bands 5 Bucks Xmas Edition Supported by Mountain Goat Beer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Xmas Edition



Dashing through the Zoo,
Keen to slay the day,
Aint no bands to boo-oo -oo,
Well be dancing all the way. (Ha ha Ha ha)

Elder sets the scene,
beneb will make you gleam.
How fun it is to have Bad Sext,
as they femme-jizz through the night, HEY!

Jingle bells, TRAILS tells,
How a Mountain Goat laid a keg.
Oh how good L Flora will be,
Leaving us all to beg (for more).

$5 entry! 7pm Doors!
18+ Event, valid ID for entry.
$5 reasons to quench your thirst.

Supported by Mountain Goat Beer.

Artwork by Hannah Manic

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Jack be nimble, Jack be quick "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack-3

Well we all know how that one goes but this Jack didnt jump over a candlestick. It was most likely a leap over a fence or gate that saw this young Boer goat holed up in an outer suburb pound recently. Fearful of we humans at first and quick to nimbly flee from our presence, it didnt take too long for this dear boys personality to shine through as he began to nibble on our outstretched hands in anticipation of a treat, slowly learning we were indeed the good guys.

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack

So strong in fact, is this goats cheeky demeanour that we soon had to rewrite the name recorded on our entry sheet with Jack Be Nimble becoming you guessed it Jack Be Nibble!

Welcome Jack Be Nibble! Yours will be a life truly worth living from here on in.

Edgars Mission - Goat, Jack-2


MOMENTS OF CLARITY #35 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tim Logan's humorous view on modern life's situations, illustrated by Jess Murray.

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Feisty by name, feisty by nature "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Edgars Mission - duck, Fiesty-3

Shes a feisty one, we cooed as we gently plucked the bemused little Muscovy duck from the back of the rangers vehicle. Despite her vocal and wing-flapping protests, we loved her the instant our eyes meet. Found doing unwelcome laps on a householders pool, Feisty had flown in from who knows where. Highlighting how poorly protected our feathered friends are, there exist no statutory requirements for holding lost, stray or abandoned birds. Fortunately, in this instance we were able to offer sanctuary to this sweet, albeit forthright duckher fate is now good, but sadly this does not address the problem so many of her kind face. Feisty did not fall from the sky, she is not the result of native waterbirds breeding; rather, her existence is the result of human intervention. And so to tackle the dire circumstance so often faced by unwanted, lost or abandoned birds, we need to go back to the root, or in this case the nest of the problem, and remind one and all that we are forever responsible for who we have tameda feisty problem indeed.

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ICU "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Edgars Mission -_-110

Almost run down by a fast-paced BMW, the terrified kid goat dodged yet another bullet, or more to the blunt point, a fancy car. The previous day it had been chaotic traffic on an overpass that nearly claimed her life and the day before it could well have been a train. Whilst her past remains uncertain it was clear her future would have been both bleak and sealed had she not been seen for the vulnerable little being in urgent need of a kindly hand that she was. With the universe guiding her to the safety of a secure backyard, all kind-hearted council rangers could do was watch and thank their (and her) lucky stars they were at the right place at the right time. Not long thereafter the Lady in the Hat stood peering into the back of the Edgars Mission Kindness van cooing the words I see you, youre safe now, and for the first time in a long time ICU was.

Edgars Mission -_-111

The message of this story is simple: if only people could take the time to peer into the eyes of the animals who are farmed for food and fibre they would see before them, staring nervously back, a being who, just like us, desperately wants to live. The power balance here is enormous, yet the garden of our souls knows it should also tilt towards kindness as we utter the words I see youand the world will be as it should.

Edgars Mission - Goat, ICU-2...


Want To Know Why The Far Right Is Rising? Look To Canberra. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anyone confused about why the far right in Australia feels emboldened should probably tune into our federal parliament some time, writes Joshua Badge.

There have always been those who are made profoundly uneasy by ethnic and cultural diversity in this country, but as White Australia began to recede in the latter half of the 20th century those most intolerant of difference found themselves on the fringes of acceptable society.

The 1960s saw the rise of the Nationalist Socialist Party of Australia, but the explicit link to Nazism proved unpopular and the party dissolved before the end of the decade. Next came the Australian National Front which campaigned for warm relations with Britain and deporting non-white immigrants, but similarly fizzled out.

By the 1980s the militant National Action supplanted these groups. Notably, a splinter group of National Action engaged in a spate of assaults and firebombing which a judge memorably called a months-long terrorist campaign. With striking candour, ASIOs 89-90 annual report concluded that the only discernible threat of politically motivated violence comes from the racist right.

Abandoning White Australia meant deserting such illiberal groups, and the public traditionally shunned far-right activity of this kind. Politicians, for their part, refused to engage with them or appeal to their sensibilities. In recent years, however, this is proving not to be the case.

At the forefront of this movement was Reclaim Australia, a protest group which held nation-wide anti-Islam demonstrations around 2015, and loosely associated with hate groups. Other organisations such as Party for Freedom claimed fame by posing for anti-Islam photo stunts and bearing signs which read multiculturalism is genocide.

Extremist groups swiftly followed, such as the neo-Nazi Antipodean Resistance which hosts radicalisation camps where members pose in front of swastikas and pledge allegiance to Hitler. Another group, the United Patriots Front, claims solidarity with...



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Fatal accident at Connewarre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are investigating a fatal collision that has claimed the life of a man in Connewarre yesterday.

It is believed a Hyundai sedan collided head-on with a Holden sedan on Barwon Heads Road near Breamlea Road about 1.30pm.

The male driver of the Hyundai, and sole occupant, died at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified.

The male driver of the Holden was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at 

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Boomerang Bag Bee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Saturday, 11 Aug; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Sep; 9:00 am; Saturday, 13 Oct; 9:00 am; Saturday, 10 Nov; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Dec; 9:00 am; Saturday, 12 Jan; 9:00 am; Saturday, 9 Feb; 9:00 am; Saturday, 9 Mar; 9:00 am; Saturday, 11 May; 9:00 am; Saturday, 8 Jun; 9:00 am; ] Boomerang Bags sewing bees are the second Saturday of the month at the Kent House Community Centre commencing at 9am to 1pm. It would be great to see you all there. Bring your friends and your sewing machine if you have one. There are some non-sewing jobs to do also. Be part of the solution. Armidale Boomerang Bags Facebook [...] full article 


Saba on making art out of grief "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Saba :: Interview on Arvos with Tanya Ali

Chicago rapper Saba is in town kicking off his massive international tour and dropped by the studio this week for a chat on Arvos with Tanya Ali.

Sabas critically acclaimed Care for Me was an Album of the Week in April. Care for Me is a manifestation of art from grief, with the death of Sabas cousin and close friend Walter Long Jr being central in the creation of the record. In mining such intensely personal subject matter Saba has found that the more honest he is with his own life and experiences, the more people connect.

Im rapping about my family and the street that I grew up on and my cousin and all of these things that just happened to me but it seems like people get a feel for who you are and they see themselves in your stories

His home city of Chicago is a major part of Sabas identity and music. Considering the wealth of hip hop artists the city has produced (Chance the Rapper, Noname, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye) Saba says Chicagos music reflects the citys wider art scene and the lives of the young people who live there.

Everyone from Chicago takes so much pride in the city but at the same time so many young people are grieving in Chicago. Were put in positions where we grow up so much faster just because of where were from

Check out the full interview up top to hear Saba discuss the different sound of his newly released stand alone singles, South Side vs West Side Chicago, his experience as an unsigned independent artist, and his plans for 2019.

Listen in to Arvos with Tanya Ali every Monday from 3pm.



The Rescue Project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Rescue Project is a citizen storytelling project by UNSW and Landcare Australia, and it invites the public to tell their story of environmental rescue whether that be of a tract of bush, a farm, or indeed a native animal in 500 words. Its a powerful means to express our relationship with the natural world [...] full article 


Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham scores spot on Falls Byron line-up by popular vote. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Falls Byron 2018 Foster A Band competition has closed and the votes have been tallied! The public cast thousands of votes via the Falls website and the race was super close to the very end! Running throughout the month of November, people from around Australia tuned in and selected which local artist they would like to see hitting the Byron Bay stage this summer.

The local artist scoring the highest number of votes and a paid slot on the 2018/19 Falls Byron line-up is

Nick Cunningham is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). His storytelling and lyrical capabilities have seen him capture the imagination and hearts of listeners who have encountered him throughout his frequent touring of Australia. Nick has built a reputation as one being of Australias most exciting upcoming folk talents, already having performed on stages at Bluesfest and Splendour In The Grass. Online he has appeared on such platforms as Sofar Sounds Australia, Tram Sessions and has made international headway with his song Dark Blue Sweater gaining high rotation on Air New Zealand flights soon after its release.
Listen here | More about Nick at

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick I cant thank Byron Bazaar and everyone who voted for me enough.

Nick helped us out last year by introducing us to Adam Harpaz who went on to win the competition in 2017, said Daniel McGill of Byron Bazaar It is great to repay Nicks favour to us, not only is Nick a talented muso, but he is also an all-around good guy and he really deserves to win.

Falls would like to thank all of the bands involved (Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds ft Bronte Eve) and local media outlets (Byron Bazaar, Byron Shire Echo,, Common Ground and Tweed Valley Weekly) who supported this competition and the public who checked out all of the music on display and cast their valuable votes.

We had an incredible range of Northern Rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul Congratulations to Nick Cunningham and welcome to the line-up! Wed like to thank to all the local acts, media outlets, and the community for getting behind Falls Foster a Band in Byron. We look forward to showcasing more local talent and further growing the initiative in years to come.

Nick Cunningham will perform at the Forest Stage at Falls Byron on Wednesday 2 January.



George Bush Snr was no angel. Trump didnt deliver eulogy at his funeral "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Alex Bruce from the US

The Globalist lineage of the Bush Crime Family goes back to Samuel P. Bush, grandfather of the recently deceased George Herbert Walker Bush and lifelong associate of the Rockefellers and the Harrimans, in the railroad and banking industries and as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

When his son, Prescott Bush wasnt investing the funds of Nazi financier Fritz Thyssen at his Wall Street firm, he was leading a group of wealthy industrialists in the 1934 attempted coup dtat against Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Given the long-standing animosity between Donald Trump and the Bush family, Trump did not deliver the eulogy at Bush Snrs funeral. Trump is well aware of the allegations described in this story.

The Business Plot coup was quashed by Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, who wrote the book, War is a Racket...

Tuesday, 04 December


Street party time tonight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Groves biggest street party is on tonight.

Christmas in the Grove, run by Ocean Grove Business Association, will close off The Terrace this afternoon 5 December for the extravaganza.

Christmas in the Grove has become a popular December street festival.

Local businesses head out onto The Terrace to showcase their wares to festival goers.

Childrens activities, including a mobile fun farm, food and drink, Christmas shopping bargains and music and entertainment are again on the agenda.

OGBA started Christmas in the Grove three years ago and has turned into the regions biggest Christmas street festival.

Christmas in the Grove supporting Ocean Groves small businesses.

The Terrace is closed to allow pedestrians to roam the numerous street activities.

Festivities begin at 5pm.


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Wattles who doesnt love them? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The wattles at our place at Strangways are a very reliable source of invertebrate subjects at present.

By night,  I commonly these nocturnal ants feeding on the glands on the stem of the Golden Wattles Acacia pycnantha. The glands secrete a sweet nectar which entice ants which might benefit the plant by deterring insects that would feed on the plant. Im not sure of the species of the ant, but on Natureshare, it was suggested that it might be a Camponotus species.

A Sugar Ant (Camponotus sp) licking liquid off a Golden Wattle leaf

Ant feeding on wattle gland nectar.

Also by night, I found this fly, which I suspect is a species of Robber Fly on a Silver Wattle Acacia dealbata.

Therevid fly

A fly snoozing on Silver Wattle

By day, the wattles are still a busy place. Acacia Jewel Beetles certainly live up to their name. The live on Acacias and look like jewels. The larva of these beetles are responsible for the little piles of sawdust at the base of some wattle species and will eventually end the life of the host wattle. This one is on a Golden Wattle.

Acacia Jewel Beetle

Acacia Jewel Beetle

Another denizen of the Golden Wattle world is this tiny Lace Bug, a Nethersia species. At a couple of millimetres long, they seem to like hiding in the nooks between wattle stems. Lace Bugs mostly feed by piercing the underside of leaves of the host plant and sucking out sap.


Nethersia Lace Bug

On two Golden Wattles, I found many of these tiny Leaf Beetle larvae. Gastroenterological imaging seems easy in this little creatures. No x-rays, scans or endoscopes needed!



Leadership Learning Intensive "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Plan to Win invites social movement leaders to take a big leap forward in your development in 2019. Six participants will meet regularly to learn and grow together.

Each participant will receive focused group and one-to-one coaching to:

  • Reduce barriers to the effectiveness of your social change work
  • Clarify direction on personal, organisational, campaign, and movement levels
  • Deepen critical thinking
  • Open up creativity and problem solving
  • Connect to inner wisdom and values
  • Build resilience and connection

The program will provide a concentrated burst of coaching to move you forward, while strengthening your capacity to hold space and coach others.


Initial one-day training on Friday 1 or Saturday 2 February (tbc) including:

  • Meeting and connecting
  • Engaging creative and critical thinking
  • Strategic questioning
  • Coaching skills
  • Action learning set practice

Six two hour long sessions, held monthly: February June. At each session one participant will present a challenge they are facing in their social change work. The group will support them to gain greater clarity, canvas options and decide on a path forward. During each session there will also be time for paired work so all participants get focused attention on their own challenges.

Program wrap up and goal setting: August. A final session shaped in response to the emerging needs of the group. Each participant will be supported to set clear goals for their future leadership including ongoing critical enquiry and development.

Monthly peer coaching sessions with one other member of the group.

Optional readings will be provided each month for online discussion.

Please note that this is an intensive program that requires commitment to attending all sessions. A time for the monthly sessions will be agreed by the group and the expectation is that this is non-negotiable time in your diary. Numbers are stric...


New tourist accommodation near Cradle Mountain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The north end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national park is the gateway to the famous Overland Track. There are a small number of tourist developments in the area, which provide accommodation outside the park, and plans are underway to build a major new tourist centre and a gondola from the centre to Dove Lake.

A new $20 million development for has just been announced, which will be a 62-room luxury development called My Cradle. The developers are Simon McDermott and S.Group and the site is located at 4004 Cradle Mountain Road, between Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge and Devils @ Cradle.

According to a report by Kasey Wilkins in The Examiner,

S.Group director Sam Haberle said the architecture for the development aimed to celebrate the land.

This is a beautiful site. Its the only site in Cradle Mountain with accommodation where you can actually see the mountain, he said.

The architecture is all about bringing that essence of place.

The development would also include private walking tracks and a stargazing platform.

We started off looking at a six-room establishment, and as Sam and the guys got involved its now gone out to about a 62-room complex, Mr McDermott said.

The proposal needs approval from Kentish Council.

Mr McDermott said he hoped the development would be up-and-running by 2020.

The development website can be found here.



Whistler v. Triller "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  In a revegetated gully at the back of our place there is a wealth of bird chatter at present. But the songs of two birds in particular dominate for much of the day, and it sounds like a battle to see which can impress the most. They are the Rufous Whistler and White-winged Triller. []


Some Advice for the New State Government "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent letter in Age. Also applies to some Labor MPs and bureaucrats

The State Minister for Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio has done a terrific job overseeing the rapid expansion of renewable energy and is one of the stand-out ministers from the previous Andrews administration. One of the problems she, and the Labor government face, is that a number of MPs in their party do not understand the problem of climate change the relationship between producing CO2 emissions by various human activities and global warming. This applies equally to high levels in the bureaucracy in particular the forestry (DELWP) and the old mines departments (Earth Resources) both of which appear to be anchored in the past.

Just transitions are not only needed in the Latrobe Valley but also in the bush where logging and timber milling are substantial emissions producers and need to be phased out as quickly as possible. Likewise the Earth Resources department remains tied to brown coal with its recent financial and ministerial support of the coal to hydrogen project. It is apparent that some government ministers need basic science / climate change lessons as do some senior bureaucrats. Any of the latter reluctant to change should be retired.

On the matter of basic climate education I wrote previously: When a government sympathetic to the science is elected they should immediately embark on a massive education program on the basic physics of climate change for the whole public. This is something that was missing from the Gillard government when they brought in the carbon tax.

And it has been noted that the BBC is now giving courses to its journalists on how to handle and ask questions on climate change which presumably includes the basic physics. Energy commentator and sustainability expert Alan Pears argued that our leaders need to be re-educated on climate matters: But many of our leaders just dont seem to grasp these principles. Maybe we need to set up remedial education for our leaders in basic physics and senior public servants.

One would hope that governments, aside from the troglodytes in Canberra, are planning for a rapid phase-out of coal fired electricity generation as outlined in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. When this report i...


1) Separatism violence intensifies in Indonesia's restive Papua Province "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Papua Govt: Istaka Shooting Violates Human Rights
3) House Speaker Calls on TNI-Polri to Investigate Papua Shooting
4) Indonesia attack: Gunmen kill 24 construction workers in Papua
5) Authorities Found 4 Survivors of Papua Shooting
6) Rising political violence overshadows Jokowis populist policies in Papua
7) Minister Hadimuljono expresses regret over murders of workers in Papua

1) Separatism violence intensifies in Indonesia's restive Papua Province 

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-04 17:48:51|Editor: Shi Yinglun by Abu Hanifah
JAKARTA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Separatism-related violence in Indonesia's easternmost Papua Province has intensified recently, with killings against road construction workers and attacks against a military outpost. The fresh violence oc...


NSW Liberal & Nationals politicians won't be satisfied until they have turned this state into a wasteland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Echo Net Daily, 3 December 2018:

The North East Forest Alliance has called the process used by the Commonwealth and State Governments to adopt new Regional Forest Agreements as a superficial sham simply intended to lock-up public native forests for private sawmillers at significant environment cost.

North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Dailan Pugh says there has been no attempt to assess or review environmental, industry or social data, instead they are relying on incomplete and out of date assessments undertaken 20 years ago.

The Governments chose to ignore the recommendation of their own reviewer for a contemporary review that included an assessment of the effects of climate change, he said.

By rejecting the recommendation of their own review and proceeding on incomplete and out of date assessments the National Party have once again proven that their intent is to lock up public resources for private companies irrespective of the environmental costs and community interests.


Domestic Violence is still not well understood by all Australians in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia.

Depiction of a victim of domestic violence


While Australians attitudes to violence against women and gender equality are improving, there are some disturbing trends.

Excerpt from ...


1) Trans-Papua road project suspended amid worsening security "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Jokowi orders military, policy chiefs to check on Nduga incident

1) Trans-Papua road project suspended amid worsening security

Arnold Belau
Jakarta | Tue, December 4, 2018 | 02:17 pm
The government in Jakarta has decided to suspend construction work on some parts of the trans-Papua road project following reports that armed Papuan rebels have allegedly killed dozens of workers in Nduga regency, Papua. 
Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono told reporters on Tuesday the government would suspend the construction of 35 bridges on the 278-kilometer road that is to connect Wamena and Mamugu.
With this incident, we will stop all the work from Wamena to Mamugu while waiting for the situation to be conducive [for continuing], he said.


Dec 18 Jan 19 #148 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COVER ARTIST: Deeanne Hall COVER TITLE: Pink Majestic Tree MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas CONTACT: Deeanne Hall visual artist and singer songwriter, was born and raised in Cairns. She creates colour filled multi-dimensional dream scapes, landscapes, clay sculptures and hand painted electric guitars. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of nature and the divine. []

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