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Tuesday, 20 February


Calls for crisis team to address street violence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adaja Black (left) is among 20 people to March on Byron Bay Police Station last week to protest police brutality. Photo ABC

Paul Bibby

Disturbed, drug-affected people in our local streets and parks should be assisted by trained mental health professionals, not forcibly arrested by heavy-handed police, a local anti-violence campaigner said.

But a local police superintendent said it was police themselves who were at risk, stating that his officers had been assaulted more than 170 times in the past year.

As a second violent arrest in Byron Shire came to light last week, campaigner Adaja Black said the region needed a crisis team that could intervene in such situations.  

We need a whole new unit that comes in before the police trained drug and alcohol psychologists out there getting to the bottom of the issues, Ms Black said.

We need to look at how we can help these people in crisis situations, not just smack them across the head.

It really feels like it is their [the polices] intention to silence them like bad children instead of reaching out to help these people whom society has forgotten.

Ms Black was one of around 12 women who marched to Byron Police Station on February 14 to protest against violence by police.

The march followed the V-Day rally at Main Beach, but was not associated with that event.

Following the highly publicised arrest of a 16-year-old boy, which is now the subject of an independent investigation, the second arrest took place at Main Beach on February 12.

A video of the incident recorded by a passer-by shows an allegedly intoxicated 18-year-old woman being physically escorted up the stairs by a male and a female officer as the young womans boyfriend attempts to intervene.

There is a brief scuffle during which the...


Looking for a soccer team in/around Cairns! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just moved to Cairns, played soccer my whole life and want to find an amateur team to play competitive games with but havent met anyone that knows too much about it. Anyone know where I should start? Living north side but can travel.

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New Byron bus terminal location announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Conceptual plans of the Byron Bay Bus Interchange as it would have looked on Butler Street reserve. Image Byron Bay Bus lnterchange memo.

The bus terminal slated for the Byron Bays Butler Street Reserve may now be built on the eastern side of the proposed Butler Street bypass, near the water tower.

A previous plan by Sydney bureaucrats for the market site, which is also a former tip site, was rejected by Byron Shire Councillors, and came without public consultation. Staff also requested that councillors make a decision within days of being given the plans.

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson said in a statement that the council held a meeting with the department and the ministers about how the relocation of the bus interchange to the eastern side of Butler Street might best work to meet our communitys expectations.

A more considered design will complement the bypass and will reflect what the community told us they wanted during the Byron Town Centre Masterplan process, he said.

Stallholder certainty

As a result, the mayor says local market operators and stallholders will now have certainty about the ongoing use of the site.

The councils acting general manager Mark Arnold said, Council will now be sitting down with the market operators and other stakeholders to work through what the future of the Butler Street Reserve might look like.

The footprint of the proposed interchange on Butler Street Reserve made the long-term ability for markets to be located on the site highly unlikely, but now apart from the interruption from the bypass construction the ongoing use of that area can once more be planned for.

The government changed its plans to build a bus interchange on the Butler Street Reserve, he said, after an environmental assessment of the site found it would not be suitable for that type of development.

Local state MP Tamara Smith told The Echo, Congratulations to the community once again for standing up to the bureaucrats in Sydney about what happens to our towns.

The Echo asked the council, What assurance are there that this former tip site is not posing a contamination risk to the public? and, Are there plans available that demonstrate that this location will be viable alongside the bypass? No reply was received by deadline.

The p...


Search for yachtsman missing off Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Part of the search area, off Yamba, viewed from the Westpac helicopter. Photo WHRSo

An air and sea search is underway for a solo yachtsmen missing from his vessel, which was found floating off the coast near Yamba yesterday.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to conduct a search

between Woody Head north of Yamba through to Angourie south of Yamba.

Nothing was located by the helicopter crew.

NSW Water Police are investigating the last known location of the sailor from the yacht.

The helicopter crew then dispatched a self-locating datum marker buoy which is designed to measure surface ocean currents. It will emit a signal every 30 minutes to allow search authorities to plot the potential search area for both Marine Rescue vessels and aircraft.

The yacht has been towed into Yamba harbour.

The post Search for yachtsman missing off Yamba appeared first on Echonetdaily.


February 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1802 - HMS Investigator was misplaced (some say lost but I believe it will resurface down the back of someone's couch) whilst under the command of Matthew Flinders, who was stickybeaking about the coastline in the vicinity of present day Port  Lincoln. A water party, comprising two officers and a crew of six left the ship to land on the mainland and was not seen again.

1802 - Corio Bay, near Geelong, discovered John Murray poking about its shoreline.

1804 - Niberlooner was renamed Sullivan's Cove (Tassie) on this date when Lt David Collins cast his baby blues over the area.
Not to be confused with Sullivan Bay, Victoria, a settlement Lt David Collins named and abandoned after 7 months.

1840 - The cat was out of the bag when a particular gossip from Penwortham told the press of the vile events of this day when a shepherd promised a starving Indigenous woman a sheep in exchange for sex which he neglected to fulfill then, later forced to face the woman's rightly angry relatives, he killed her.

1842 - Dig out the feather boa and polish up that rhinestone garter-belt Mavis...the first play to be wrought in Melbourne was sprung upon the populace at the Theatre Royal, the title "Widow's Victim".

1848 - A hefty cutter named Psyche. Cutter was shop-lifted from Hobart by four convicts. Two survivors from her were picked up at Percy Island by the barque Freak, but the fate of their two companions was never discovered although some suspected cannibalism.

1881 - The Grey River Argus proclaimed that John Almao of Dunedin had been awarded a second order of merit, from the Melbourne Exhibition, for his model aerial tramway, while Reid and Duncan, civil engineers from Dunedin, received an Honourable Mention for their plain wire rope railway.
Well, I found it interesting...

1891 - Two Indigenous men were murdered by a policeman in Central Australia.

1894 - The Wanganui Herald whispered how Mr. Hindle, MLA of Lithgow, denounced Parliament for containing drunken blackguards.
One feels that Mr. Hindle was holding himself back, not really letting rip and tellin' like it was....

1899 - Sir George Bowen popped his clogs. Georgie-boy was a busy lad with fingers in political pies, being the Guv for Qld, the Guv for NZ and the Guv for Victoria where he didn't kiss the girls to make 'em cry but sacked 400 public servants and made 'em cry.

1907 - Tired of swimmers ignoring the SWIM BETWEEN THE DAMN FLAGS ALREADY message
The Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club was established on this day at the Royal Hotel, Bondi Beach.

1927 - Radio station 3DB began broadcasting in Melbourne. It borrowed the initials of the Druleigh Business and Technology college and was launched upon the world with a Children...


Activists step up to Stop Adani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar. Photo Jeff Dawson

Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar. Photo Jeff Dawson

The local #StopAdani campaign is going from strength to strength as locals come together to raise money to keep up the good fight to stop the proposed Adani coal mine that will contribute to climate change and irreparably damage the Great Barrier Reef.

A Stop Adani song, written by Elvis Pavarotti and Tahlia Shalimar, was the result from the Stop Adani meeting in Murwillumbah at the end of last year. Known as the Sexy Vegans, they have been singing at the Mullumbimby Markets, which has turned out to be quite a hit.

Weve been encouraged to record it and give it away free or sell it for $1 as a fundraiser, said Thalia and Elvis.

They are also looking for other musicians who can sing or play well, who would like to get involved in recording the song.

They have a session booked at the SAE QANTM in Byron for 10am on Friday, March 2 to record the song.

If you would like to see the words and chords to the song please go to, they continued.

Then contact Elvis and Thalia on 6676 1759 to get involved.

Meanwhile in Mullumbimby, Lulus Cafe is putting on a #StopAdani fundraiser on Saturday 3 March from 6.30pm.

Local #StopAdani organiser Diane Hart said, A couple of months ago Linda Ruttledge from Lulus approached me and said, I want to do something for the local Stop Adani campaign.

The ton...


Celebrating leaders in abstract art "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1947, oil on cardboard. Photo supplied.

Women leading the charge in abstract art will be celebrated from March 2 at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre as part of the national touring group exhibition Abstraction.

Drawing from the extensive collection of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Abstraction will take audiences on a journey from the early 20th Century through to the present day with masterworks from the NGAs collection that are rarely on display. 

 Curator Lara Nicholls said Abstraction celebrates women who have led the charge early on in this field showing confidence, curiosity and innovation as they engaged with one of the defining movements of the 20th Century.  

The most striking thing about this exhibition is that, despite the fact that many of the women who are represented were innovators and leaders, many of them have fallen into relative obscurity, Ms Nicholls said.

Their work was rarely exhibited or included in critical studies of Abstraction in this country and in this exhibition alone there are 26 works that have not been shown since their creation or premiere exhibition.

The exhibition reveals the remarkable contribution Australian women artists have made to abstract art through a wide range of media and whose influence still prevails today in contemporary art practice.

Abstraction features 74 works by 38 artists including Margaret Preston, Dorrit Black, Grace Crowley and Anne Dangar through to Inge King, Yvonne Audette, Margo Lewers and Janet Dawson.

It also features works from contemporary practioners such as Virginia Cuppaidge, Elizabeth Coats, Melinda Harper and Debra Dawes.  

This exhibition also traces the remarkable contribution Indigenous women have made to th...


Carbon Capture and Storage in Gippsland and the Longford Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Forum at Longford

A federal and state funded seismic survey is currently being carried out off coast of the Ninety Mile at Golden Beach. The Department of Earth Resources (formerly the Mines Department) stated: The CarbonNet Project will conduct a marine seismic survey in Bass Strait in early 2018. The purpose of the survey is to gain deeper knowledge of the underlying geology of the area to help confirm the potential for geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storageCarbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is being explored as part of a suite of solutions with the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believes that CCS can play an important role in helping to meet global emission reduction targets.

This is a quaint way of saying governments are exploring their preferred option in the suite that of capturing the carbon dioxide produced in electricity generation in the Latrobe Valley and justifying the expense that it is supported by the IPCC. Simply stated CCS in Gippsland is a ruse to prolong the life of the valley generators. It involves capturing the CO2 at the source, converting it to a liquid, transporting it to a storage location possibly off Golden Beach and injecting it underground. This is a project that is inefficient, horrendously expensive and does not work. Taxpayer funds spent on this project amounts to another subsidy to the fossil fuel industry.

A recent critique of CCS by Simon Holmes Court noted there were only 2 small CCS plants operating on coal generation worldwide and that they were built as demonstration projects, funded in an era when optimism for CCS was high and renewables costs were two-to-three times dearer than now. The owners of both projects have declined to invest further in the technology, having learnt the hard way that CCS doubles a coal power stations capital and operating costs and is an outrageously expensive way to cut carbon pollution.

Rather than sincerely tackling climate change this project is just part of a government, heavily influenced by the Minerals Council of Australia, picking and b...


The draft master plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour is on display "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Photo

The draft master plan for the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour has finally been released. The NSW Department of Primary Industry Lands and Water (DPI) began working on the master plan process in April 2015 consulting with local land holders and residents to determine how to proceed with plans to rejuvenate the site.

According to the statement from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin Among the suggested improvements are an additional boat ramp, new car and trailer parking spaces, improved public spaces and picnic facilities, and new floating pontoons for mooring recreational and commercial vessels.

Backfill was laid filling in the old slipway at Brunswick Heads boat harbour in mid-January. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The backfilling of the defunct commercial slipway  in mid-January by the DPI drew criticism from the owner of the now closed Brunswick Fish Coop, William Silverman. Silverman questioned the DPIs motives in going ahead with filling in the slipway prior to the release fo the draft master plan. He stated that  the DPI are trying to sideline people like ourselves who have something really positive to contribute and that the DPI had excluded them from the masterplan process.

At that point a DPI spokesperson said Removal of the slipway is shown in a stakeholder-preferred l...


MACKAY Thats just dangerous: Mackay truckie flouts fatigue laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Thats just dangerous: Mackay truckie flouts fatigue laws

February 21, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

The 64-year-old appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to two counts of working more than maximum hours as a solo driver. Police pulled over Sarons Kenworth on the Bruce Highway at Childers about 11.45am on November 30 last year, as part of heavy vehicle enforcement

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OMK stumps up $10,400 for McGrath Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jimmy Kyle auctions a Glenn McGrath signed bat for the Pink Stumps Day at Outtrim on Saturday. N20081

THE ladies of the OMK Cricket Club raised an astonishing $10,400 for the McGrath Foundation at an incredibly successful Pink Stumps Day at Outtrim on Saturday.
It was the clubs third annual fundraiser and the biggest to date, with 105 ladies enjoying a two course meal provided by Brent Sinclair.
The event is held to raise awareness of breast cancer and to raise money for the foundation which was established to fund breast care nurses in all corners of Australia.
Guest speakers were Catherine Enter, a womens health and McGrath Foundation Breast Care nurse based at South Gippsland Hospital, who spoke about her role, and Korumburras Tracey Goodwin who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She spoke about her experience battling cancer as a single mum with three children.
Amy White led the organising committee and said she was overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the local community.
We continue to grow bigger and better and on behalf of the OMK Cricket Club we are so proud to be donating this money to the McGrath Foundation.
Jimmy Kyle from SEJ auctioned off 25 items that contributed to half of the money raised.
A portion of the ticket sales from the day, raffle tickets sold prior to the event and on the day, spinning wheels, a lucky dip, the online fundraising page, local business cash donations and our auction was how we managed to raise such a huge amount, Amy said.
In three years we have raised more than $20,000 and will continue to grow this amount in recognition of those affected by breast cancer, especially those in our cricket community.

The post OMK stumps up $10,400 for McGrath Foundation appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


1) Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Lukas-Enembe, John-Wempi to face off in Papua election
1) Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops
The Australian12:00AM February 21, 2018
Indonesia says the US has undertaken to lift the remaining restrictions on engagement with Indonesias Kopassus special forces, ending a 19-year ban on the unit linked to civilian killings and human rights abuses in West Papua, Aceh and East Timor.
Former Indonesian military commander Moeldoko, now chief of staff to President Joko Widodo, said US ambassador Joseph Donovan had confirmed on Monday during a meeting at the presidential palace that the US would gradually lift the last restrictions on the military unit.
This follows a request last month from Defence Minister Ryacudu Ryamizard to his US counterpart Jim Mattis to end the ban, imposed in 1999, on US engagement with the unit.


Comments on BrewDog being lured to Brisbane in the Broadsheet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I was interviewed by Matt Kirkegaard, beer educator and commentator, for his latest article in the Broadsheet:

Is Scottish Superstar BrewDogs Arrival Good for Brisbanes Brewing Scene?

The debate over whether the Queensland Government should have offered financial incentives to lure the Scottish craft beer company to Brisbane was started by my colleague Nick Behrens, Director of QEAS:

Why the State Government is NUTS to offer Scottish beer giant BrewDog industry assistance

Both Nick and Matt were interviewed by 612 ABC Brisbanes drive time presenter Steve Austin on the issue last week:

The Beer Economy: Is BrewDog a good investment for Queensland?

Finally, if youre interested in beer, check out Matts website:

Newstead Brewery

I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Newstead Brewing Co. at Milton last year


Hearts in London, 1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hearts and a woman Ill sing, but first a word
about another woman. I forget her name.
She had progressive aphasia. When I knew her
she hadnt lost speech altogether
but would sing instead in a rough plainchant.

I thought she was being cute, but it was terminal.
She came to mind as I tried to write about Pennys
Connecting Hearts project. My prose wouldnt rise
to the task. So I invoke my late friend
(whose name may have been Joyce) and try again

in rough improvised verse. On Valentines Day
(also Ash Wednesday) Penny and I flew out
with thirty clay hearts in our carry-on. Hearts
are no problem for Border Force (Id worried
theymight look like grenades) and soon

we were in Singapore, wearing red
to usher in the Year of the Dog and reading
our horoscopes writ large: Pennys a Rabbit
and will reap what she sows in her travels.
Im a Pig and should be mindful of my words.

I was reading some Amitav Ghosh, his
cultural mishmash perfect for the place.
We saw Monet and Manet, CornBread and Banksy,
Anish Kapoor and a durian iceblock,
noodles and pratas, hot pots, kopi and heat.

Then with our hearts back into the sky
for fourteen uncomfortable hours
silent spectacular screens on all sides (I cant
or wont use earphones on a plane), to reach
London SE17 at half past one a. m.



Used toothpaste tubes create new playground "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

USED toothpaste tubes will be used to make school playgrounds under a new recycling partnership project between Putney Dental Surgery, Colgate and TerraCycle. The project [more]

The post Used toothpaste tubes create new playground appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Last Allianz derby, W-League title eludes Sydney and three points is the mission in Shanghai "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium Sydney FC will round off a hectic schedule on Sunday with the highly anticipated Sydney derby taking on [more]

The post Last Allianz derby, W-League title eludes Sydney and three points is the mission in Shanghai appeared first on The Weekly Times.


FIFA corruption: A Whistleblowers account "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Win with TWT: Whatever It Takes, by Bonita Mersiades When shady types from footballs corruption-tarnished, world governing body, FIFA, visit a national governing body to [more]

The post FIFA corruption: A Whistleblowers account appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Heels, joggers or cleats lets get you in a saddle! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT doesnt matter what you are wearing heels, joggers or cleats, everyone can exercise. Everyone can celebrate International Womens Day in two wheel style [more]

The post Heels, joggers or cleats lets get you in a saddle! appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Vicki Musical "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two TWT readers have won double passes to this Fridays opening night of Lane Cove Theatre Companys new musical play Vicki at The Performance Space: [more]

The post Vicki Musical appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Winchester film passes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ten TWT readers have won double passes to the new supernatural horror lm Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22, courtesy of independent [more]

The post Winchester film passes appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Anthony Roberts has wheels, will travel! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LANE COVE MP Anthony Roberts launched his new mobile electorate office in Lane Cove Plaza last week. The mobile office replaces Mr Roberts former office [more]

The post Anthony Roberts has wheels, will travel! appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Does Barnaby Joyce actually deliver for regional Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The line being very strongly pushed by the Nationals is that Barnaby Joyce delivers for regional and rural Australia like nobody else. But is it true? After the 2013 election, Tony Windsor spoke to Barnaby Joyce about continuing the campaign for funding for Armidale Hospital.  Barnabys response was informative in showing who he cares about.

The post Does Barnaby Joyce actually deliver for regional Australia? appeared first on The AIM Network.


George Christensen running a little distraction for his 'mate' Barnaby Joyce? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Far-right federal politicians tend to stick together in the face of negative media coverage and on 17 February 2018 thirty-nine year old George Robert Christensen, Liberal-Nationals MP for Dawson, apparently decided to give social media something else to talk about other than his 'mate' Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce.

Unfortunately when picking a topic George showed all the maturity and sound judgement voters have come to expect from members of the Turnbull Coalition Government.

Cristensen's Facebook caption reads "You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?"

Unfortunately for George at least one member of the public reported his Facebook post to the police and the prime minister. So it wasn't that long before he changed the captioning of this gun-totting image.

Some time later he also removed the image with a silly show of petulance.


Speak Up for Battery Hens Before It's Too Late: NSW Government taking submissions on Model Code of Practice for Poultry until 26 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AAP MediaNet Release:

15 Feb 2018 4:00 AM AEST - Australians Urged to Speak up for Battery Hens Before it's too Late

15 February, 2018

Australians Urged to Speak up for Battery Hens Before it's too Late

Australians are being encouraged take part in a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help end the cruel use of battery hen cages by making a submission to the poultry code review.

With polls indicating 8...



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The Music Of James Bond "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rediscover The Music Of James Bond!

For over 50 years, the thrilling exploits of the worlds greatest spy have been accompanied by the worlds finest theme songs: Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and so many more.

Now celebrate these timeless hits with The Music of James Bond in full live symphonic sound. Conducted by Mr 007 himself Guy Noble and sung with soulful power by Australias finest songstress, the multi-award winning Kate Ceberano, and musical theatre extraordinaire, Michael Falzon.


The remarkable music of James Bond has spanned decades and now the next generation can enjoy the sweeping themes and luscious pop classics that accompany each film. Says Michael

Falzon A couple of years ago, Kate and I had the honour of bringing that music to Australian audiences with a full live orchestra. Im so lucky to be sharing the stage again with the inimitable Ms. Ceberano and this time for Sydney audiences. Together we get to go down memory lane and I get to share the stage with one of the truly great voices of a generation. Im chuffed.

Kate Ceberano is one of Australias most loved performers. Her talent and popularity know no bounds. Her career spans three decades and various roles and incantations from the lead singer of Im Talking to an award-winning solo artist and performer, Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival, author, actress and dancer. Kate has won multiple ARIA awards over her career and in 2014 became the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. Joining such luminaries as Don Walker, The Easybeats, LRB and The Angels. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016 for her charitable work and services...


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We have a set of baby gates to give away.

Please contact Becky 0402 300 824 if you are interested.

Pick up from Preston. 


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi folks, I'm wanting to sell (on behalf of my parents) two adult tickets to Port Fairy Folk Festival, 9-12 March 2018. $230 each, which is $30 off the early bird price. 

Pick up Woodend, Preston or Melbourne CBD, or we can post.

Anna 0407 830 820 or


Rainbow Families Playgroup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Due to demand a second Rainbow Families music and playgroup will go ahead, starting on Saturday 24th February,10 12pm!

Share the delights, wonders and challenges of parenting with other queer families in a fun session of play, stories, rhymes and songs.

$45 for the remainder of the term.
Newlands Neighbourhood House, 20 Murray Rd, Coburg North.


Einstein a Go Go - 18 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dr Shane, Dr Catherine. Dr Linden and Dr Elaina discuss Facebook usage, lightning, new exoplanets,  Bornean orangutan population decline and the two guests team up later in the show to discuss the science meets parliament event.

First guest: Dr Clare Fedele, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow and Communications Coordinator, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre tells us about her cancer research which is focused on improving our fundamental understanding of cancers to enable precision medicine and more personalised treatment of people with cancer.

Second guest: Dr Karen Lamb, researcher and consultant statistician at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne discusses how your post code relates to your health and the role of urban planning. Scientists have lacked long-ranging data and the correct data measurements, but Dr Karen's research is developing these for future research.

Remember, Science is everywhere, including:

Program page: Einstein A Go Go

Twitter: Einstein A Go Go


Songwriters Collective "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The next Songwriters Collective meeting is on this Friday evening, 23rd February, 6.30 8.30pm. Its at Newlands Neighbourhood House (see address below).

Do you want to develop your song craft? Come along to share, learn and grow your songwriting skills in a supportive, mentored environment. Meets fortnightly. Next session this Friday 23rd February, 6.30pm.

The group is facilitated by Paul Carey, who is experienced in hosting songwriter groups and welcoming of all levels of experience/ability. Please give Paul a call to have a chat about it if youd like to know more about the group and what to expect. He is very happy to chat with people. 
Ph: 0401 272 510.



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For Free.

I found more!

17 good condition copies of Australian Birdlife magazine (2012 - 2017).

And a couple of The Bird Observer.

Pick up from Thornbury.

Text Jennie - 0400 675 258. 



Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello, Newlanders!

Does anyone have a ladies pushbike (can be an old style one) they want to offload or sell? I am looking for one for an international student that wants to get around.

Many thanks.


Fosters 111th Show is all about fun and community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ITS all going on at the Foster Show this coming Saturday with live music, Miss Showgirl and MasterTot, the Victorian Sheaf Tossing Championships, the popular Dog High Jump, Childrens Dog []

The post Fosters 111th Show is all about fun and community appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Magical Meeniyan does it again! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Saturday Meeniyan delivered perfect weather and a happy crowd of 67000 to enjoy the colourful second Garlic Festival with its wide range of entertainment for all ages. Attendance statistics []

The post Magical Meeniyan does it again! appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Wind wreaks havoc "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ON a wild and windy Wednesday last week Foster Primary School had no power from 12:15pm when a tree took down power lines. It soon became obvious that the police, []

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Geoffrey Rush defamation case hears allegation he touched actress genitals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ABC News Australia

Geoffrey Rush defamation case hears allegation he touched actress genitals

20 February 2018

Geoffrey Rush

More details have emerged of the allegations against Geoffrey Rush after a judge lifted a suppression order on the Daily Telegraphs defence to a defamation action brought by the Oscar-winning actor.

In its defence filed in the Federal Court, the newspaper claims that Rush inappropriately touched actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who was playing his daughter during a production of King Lear at the Sydney Theatre Company in 2015.

The defence document alleges that Norvill complained to the Sydney Theatre Company that the actor had touched her genitals during the production of King Lear without her consent.

Rush has vehemently denied the claims and is seeking damages, claiming the article portrayed him as a pervert and a sexual predator.

The Daily Telegraph claims in its defence that the touching happened during the final scene of the play, when Rush in the role of King Lear walked onto the stage carrying the lifeless body of his daughter, Cordelia.

In a pre-trial hea...


Sally Field Plays Matchmaker For Son Who Has Crush On Olympic Skater "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hollywood star Sally Field deserves another Oscar for her role as Best Supporting Mum. Fields son, director Sam Greisman, has a serious crush on figure skater Adam Rippon, who won a US team bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Greisman, 30, revealed on social media that not only did he have a crush ...

The post Sally Field Plays Matchmaker For Son Who Has Crush On Olympic Skater appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Geoffrey Rushs co-star visibly upset after confrontation, court told "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian Australia

Geoffrey Rushs co-star visibly upset after confrontation, court told

Documents claim actor entered theatres female bathroom before being told to leave

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush labelled the articles published by the Daily Telegraph as spurious claims with bombastic titles. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was involved in a confrontation that left a female cast member visibly upset at a party following the 2015 Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, according to allegations in newly released court documents.

On Tuesday the federal court in Australia published a previously suppressed document filed by Nationwide News a subsidiary of News Corp in its defence of defamation proceedings brought by Rush against the newspaper publisher.

Rush strenuously denies the allegations made against him and has labelled the articles published by the Daily Telegraph in November and December last year as spurious claims with bombastic titles.



Changes in the air for Ospreys "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Resident Osprey pair and their not-so-immature youngster showing hints of pending changes with minor nest titivating and some shifts in customary feeding and perching positions. Above, male adult rips into fish today, on branch regularly used by female. Top, same bird against a bluer sky a few days ago.

Close by, female, watches warily from uncustomary position close to nest tree after spending a few minutes arranging the scraggly branchlets she had brought in. (Above picture, same bird, same pose as few days ago.)

Immature bird stayed in position on nest tree, seemingly without interest in male's feeding, or female's additions to nest. Might be 'encouraged' to move on soon. (Above picture, same bird, same pose as few days ago.)


Australian University Launches Nations First Open Blockchain Course "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Australian public research university RMIT is launching the countrys first dedicated online short course on blockchain technology, the underlying innovation behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The emergence of blockchain as a disruptive, game-changing technology has spurred Melbourne-based RMIT University to offer Australias first online course on the sector. The 8-week program, titled Developing Blockchain Strategy, will

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1) Indonesia told to respect media freedom in Papua after expelling BBC reporter Rebecca Henschke "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Government prepares sustainable program to address Asmat problems

1) Indonesia told to respect media freedom in Papua after expelling BBC reporter Rebecca Henschke
Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF) 19 February 2018 
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OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #582 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #582 | Whats On this Week Welcome to Newsletter | #582 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 20th February 2018 to Monday 26th February 2018 100 things to do in Melbourne this weekend ENJOY Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow 2018 With fantastic new childrens entertainment, celebrity appearances and a one-night only Twilight event, the show will be an event to remember. Supershow 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Teddy Bears Picnic .nobrtable br { display: none } Grab a picnic, friends, family and most importantly the teddy bears and enjoy a wonderful family day out. Teddy Bears Picnic | Rippon Lea House and Gardens Cinema at the G .nobrtable br { display: none } 2 family-friendly films on the scoreboard of the G for the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund. Friday 23 February - Wonder Saturday 24 February - Remember The Titans Cinema at the G | MCG | Tickets Inflatable Regatta .nobrtable br { display: none } Experience the Yarra River with 999 other inflatable boats this coming Saturday 24 February 2018. Inflatable Regatta 2018 | Book Online Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The VIRI Experience will engage your senses through a fabulous 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | Melbourne CBD | Book Online Festivals This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Check out these family-friendly festivals on this weekend. Eltham Jazz Food and Wine Festival 2018 Western Port Festival Ultra Music Festival Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival Ashburton Community Festival Blues at The Briars Festival Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival Flamingo Festival - Welcome to Thornbury Viva Brazil Carnaval - Queen Victoria Market Lankan Fest | Sri Lankan Festival Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival Pako Festa - Geelong Whittlesea Colour Carnival Holi and Colour Fun Run - Epping St Kilda Latin Festival - 2 Day The Prosecco Festival - South Wharf Big Band Sunsets Festival 2018 - Mordialloc Yarra Valley Film Festival and Market --> Festival Guide...


Outrage Over French Sexual Assault Laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A number of recent age of consent cases in France have triggered public outrage and drawn international criticism of the somewhat murky child sex laws the nation has in place. In response, the Macron government is currently drafting a bill aimed at addressing the issue, along with sexual harassment

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TWT and the Hunters Hill community achieve stunning victory in toxic waste cleanup campaign "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A partnership between The Weekly Times and the residents of Hunters Hill in a campaign demanding the clean up of toxic waste in Nelson Parade, [more]

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MACKAY Mackay man rang in fake suicide threat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Thats three for Amila "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inverlochs Dave Newman made a superb ton against OMK at Outtrim in A1 on Saturday. N220818

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AMILA Ratnaike has hit yet another hundred for Leongatha Town this week against Korumburra.
Since returning from shoulder surgery Ratnaike has played three innings for a whopping 427 runs.
Unfortunately for the Scorpions it wasnt all easy pickings against the Cobras as they were bowled out for 190 late in the day.
Spinner Shane Dole claimed 5/32 from his 19 overs while Ratnaike with 109 was the one man wrecking crew again for Town whose next top scorer was youngster Jack Hume on 39.
A century to skipper Andrew Donohue has led Kilcunda-Bass to a solid first innings score of 5/302 against Glen Alvie.
Donohues 127 featured 11 fours and 1 six and was the highlight of the Sharks innings who will be heading into next week with momentum firmly in their favour.
Englishmen Matt Gill also knocked up a solid 63 pushing the Sharks total past the 300 mark.
For the Alvie it was Daniel Hales who was the soul wicket taker, claiming 5/100 off 19 overs.
Dave Newman led the charge for Inverloch in their match against OMK making a century as the Stingrays finished all out for 249.
Newman 100 and captain Kit Rotthier 51 were the only batsmen who really got going against the Diggers bowling line up who did their best to stem the flow of runs on the small Outtrim ground.
Jesse Van Rooye 4/54 and Jake Cochrane 3/57 did the damage for the Diggers.
Phillip Island has set Wonthaggi Club the tricky total of 9/242 thanks to a solid knock of 72 to inform skipper Eli Richards.
The Island had contributors across the board with Simon Kirton 34 and Lachie Cleeland 30 both getting starts.
For Club it was young Alex Geyer with 3/46 who was the pick of the bunch on what was a long day in the field.

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Friday essay: the Chauka bird and morality on our Manus Island home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michelle Nayahamui Rooney grew up on Manus Island and returned to her home in November 2017. Here is the story of her childhood, what Manus island means to her as she tries to explains what the detention centre has done to this community. "My poem Chauka, yu we? started as an angry reaction to the appropriation of the Chauka and the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As a scholar and as a Manus Islander, I have tried to reason through the historical, political, social and moral issues that gave rise to the detention centre. At the same time I am left angry, sad and guilty..."


Cotton Crush "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its a dull and overcast day in Sydney, so I thought Id brighten it up by showing you my gorgeous new cottons from Bendigo Mills. Look at how pretty they are! Given that I can make ten dishcloths from each 200g ball, I probably didnt need to order five, but I found the colours irresistible. []


For permanent living or holidays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Only a short walk to Cape Patersons amazing beaches, this home is perfect for permanent living or a beach side get away.

THIS immaculate brick veneer family home, situated in a court amongst other modern homes is only a short walk to the Surf beach.
It features open plan living and kitchen with island bench, dishwasher, electric cooking, a walk-in pantry and split system.
There is a second living room, carpeted with split system.
The master bedroom also has a split system, ensuite and walk-in robe.
There are four other bedrooms with built-in robes, the bathroom has a shower and bath with separate WC.
From the family room sliding doors open on to covered alfresco area and overlook spacious manicured yard.
The large single garage with roller door accesses the yard also and there is a garden shed.
Having two living areas, five bedrooms and a large yard, this home is ideal for a large family for permanent living or two families to holiday very comfortably.
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Vacancy rates drop in January "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rental vacancies tighten

I've noticed many rental properties letting much more quickly in Brisbane in recent weeks.

Whether or nor this is the beginning of a trend for 2018 remains to be seen. 

SQM Research reported that nationally vacancy rates tightened from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent in January, partly due to the seasonal variation over the Christmas period. 

In Sydney the vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.3 per cent in the month of January.

However, that's still higher than the 1.9 per cent recorded a year earlier.

Indeed, smoothing the numbers on a 6mMA basis you can see that Sydney's rental conditions have been easing, and rental price growth may now moderate from here. 

Hobart's vacancy rate increased to 0.4 per cent in January, but a severe rental shortage in the Tasmanian capital is putting continued upwards pressure on rents. 

Canberra also recorded a tight vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent in January, with Adelaide at 1.5 per cent, and Melbourne at 1.8 per cent. 

The trend in Perth's vacancy rate, although still elevated, is also improving. 



Culture Guide February 19 25: Pornoagogo, Club 4A, Koori Gras & more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Flautist Melissa and pianist Mark at Hunters Hill Music Concert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three TWT readers can win double passes to Hunters Hill Musics first concert of the 2018 season on Sunday March 4 featuring top flautist Melissa [more]

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Noosas Rainbow River Festival Is Returning Next Month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Noosa on Queenslands Sunshine Coast will again play host to the annual Rainbow River Festival next month. The post-Mardi Gras event is an LGBTIQ-inclusive party which started in 2016 and is now an annual celebration of diversity in the picturesque region. Organisers are excited to welcome locals and visitors to join in the festivities to ...

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This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring exhibition of @ballaratfoto, currently in Sydney for @sydney_festival. The opportunity to realise Avert originally timed with the above statement entering consciousness (whilst camping in the Otways). Manifesting as object, the work sought to bring into question ideas of representation, cultural expression and medium specificity. The video above documents from the final element of the works making an application of light sensitive solution, which as active agent, responds to light / the context / and environment of the works presentation.


Brisbane Swim Team Aqualicious Unveils Plans For Mardi Gras Float "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious have unveiled their plans for their colourful float in this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The float, titled Lets get physical: exercise your rights, will incorporate fluorescent 1980s colours and pay tribute to gay icon Olivia Newton-John and LGBTIQ history. [The float] brings together themes of fitness, ...

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There is no European citizen cultures and narratives diverge in the Eurozone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have noted before that when someone asks me where I come from I immediately (and innately) respond Australia. If questioned further I might tell them I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. Sure enough, I am a Victorian (with some of the cultural attachments that that denotes) but that affiliation is weak compared to my nationality. That doesnt make me a xenophobe or a nationalist. It just says I am culturally from that geographic area. If I ask my friends from Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, etc the same question, they will answer they are from those nations. They never immediately respond by saying they are European. I can get them to say they are European but that is not their innate cultural association. The point is that there is really no such thing as a European citizen. They are all citizens of their individual Member States with little shared culture and quite diverse histories (not to mention languages etc). An interesting study came out from European economics think tank Bruegel last week (February 15, 2018) Tales from a crisis: diverging narratives of the euro area highlights the consequences of these differences and concludes that it makes for an extremely challenging context within which to conduct a uniform monetary policy across different countries. I would add economic policy in general to that assessment.

The study investigates Who gets the blame for the crisis in the Eurozone. They also were interested in the question: How did narratives of the crisis develop since 2007?

Their approach fell within the area of research known as narrative-building in economics which Robert Schiller described in his January 2017 paper Narrative Economics as involving:

the study of the spread and dynamics of popular narratives, the stories, particularly those of human interest and emotion, and how these change through time, to understand economic fluctuations.

Recessions are obviously about people deciding to spend less, to make do for now with that old furniture instead of buying news, or to postpone starting a new business, to postpone hiring new help in an existing business, or to express support for fiscally conservative government.

These decisions are subject to feedback so as a recession deepens and confidence falters, people will decide to spend less.

But as Schiller notes: why did the recession even start in the first place?

There is a body of literature in the fields of marketing, journalism, education, health interventions and philanthropy that show the people respo...


Police Get Extra Powers and Courts Close for Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that case-activity at Queenslands second busiest courthouse will be significantly reduced during the Commonwealth Games in April, due to traffic and congestion expected on the Gold Coast. Courtrooms shut down Between April 3 and 15, only two courts will operate from a total of ten

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4EB's February 2018 Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Click on the image below, to find out the latest news about Brisbane's one and only multi-language radio station, Radio 4EB:





The records keep coming at Gold Coast Airport, with the busiest day in history landing in January and toppling the previously highest day just 15 days after it was set.
On 7 January, 24,585 passengers arrived and departed the airport, which is a larger number than the population of Maryborough. The previous record of 24,076 was set on 23 December 2017.

The month of January was also the busiest in GCAs history, with more than 650,000 passengers passing through the terminal an increase of 4.2 per cent on January 2017.

Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills said it was a strong start to what would be a momentous year for the companys largest airport.

Both December and January were extremely busy for passenger movements and our ability to handle these peaks have put us in good stead for the thousands of people about to descend on the city for the Commonwealth Games, Mr Mills said.

In March the airport stands up for the arrival of Games athletes, officials, media and spectators, and we expect the arrival and departure periods for this event to be comparable to the usual peaks we see over Christmas and New Year.

The month of January was particularly strong from a domestic perspective, with growth on our core markets of Sydney and Melbourne, and a significant increase in passengers on the Canberra route thanks to re-timing of the service to better suit leisure travellers.
Internationally, Singapore and Tokyo were standout performers.

Mr Mills said delivery of the airports expansion plans were key to facilitating long-term passenger growth.

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Channel Challenge honours inaugural winner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOME 470 San Remo Channel Challenge competitors and hundreds of spectators honoured the 1986 inaugural winner of the event, the late Michael Gordon, on Saturday with a minutes silence before the race started at 2.05pm.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell McMillan paid tribute to his good mate who died on February 3 after he suffered a heart attack while taking part in the Phillip Island Swim Classic event.

Mr Broadbent presented a floral wreath to two of the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club volunteers who transported it out in the channel and laid it in the water as a final tribute to Gordon.

In perfect weather conditions with blue skies, warm weather and calm waters it was smooth sailing for the 33rd Channel Challenge that saw the 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner Mitchell Kibby first over the line again in a blistering time, a good stretch ahead of the strong field of competitors who took to the water for the 550 metre swim and two kilometre run aquathon event.

The hard working Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club and its volunteers do a fabulous job running this event , sponsored by the San Remo Branch of the Bendigo Community Bank and is the clubs major fundraiser for the year and also provides a welcome boost to the San Remo economy.

The daylong event saw San Remo bustling with childrens rides, market stands, various food vendors, a fashion parade, and live music.

Kibby won the event overall in a time of 12:06:04. Luke Plant of 12:58:06 was second and Mark Rowe was third 13:19.1.

Second overall across the line was junior womens competitor Rebecca Henderson 12:50.6, Overall Senior Womens winner was Ashlee Diston in a time of 14:14:6 from Kara Landells, second, and Georgia Key-Helmot, third.

The first place of the junior male returns to Linus Mayes.

The first three overall local males to cross the finish line were Luke Plant, Mark Rowe and Nathan Foote while Inverloch duo Kara Landells and Georgia Kaye-Helmot placed fisrt and second for the locals with Debbi Mahon third.

The swim started in San Remo on the mainland and crossed the Westernport Channel to Newhaven on Phillip Island.

After the competitors completed the swim leg they ran barefoot into the grassy transition area and after donning their running shoes they started the run back to San Remo.

The run back up over the picturesque Phillip Island bridge to the township of San Remo spread the runners out, and made for a spectacular sprint to the finish line in the main street where the large crowds urged the participants on.



Chincogan Lookout "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mt Chincogan from the Chincogan Lookout.

The Byron Shire has some iconic views. One of the most memorable is the view of Mt Chincogan as you drive in to Mullumbimby from Uncle Toms, thanks to a visionary town planner and surveyor who insisted on the current alignment of the road. Michael Abboud is the owner of the new dwellings that have appeared on the north-facing slope near the intersection of Saddle Rd and Mullumbimby Rd, and hes creating a Chincogan Lookout on his property, including a mixture of short-and long-term accommodation. For more info Ph 0421 738 352.

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Pink Stumps raises $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OUTTRIM Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club more than doubled its fundraising goal for the McGrath Foundation at its Pink Stumps Day event over the weekend.

The Club raised $10,400 when 105 ladies attended the luncheon event on Saturday.

The initial aim was to raise $5000. We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the local community, coordinator Amy White said.

We continue to grow bigger and better and on behalf of the OMK Cricket Club we are so proud to be donating this money to the McGrath Foundation.
Brent Sinclair Catering put on a two course lunch for the guests while McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Catherine Enter spoke about her work with breast cancer patients at South Gippsland Hospital.
Korumburra resident and breast cancer survivor Tracey Goodwin gave a moving speech about her battle with cancer while raising three children as a single mum.
Jimmy Kyle from SEJ auctioned off 25 items which contributed to half of the money raised, Ms White said.

We managed to raise a huge amount between ticket sales, raffle tickets, spinning wheels and lucky dips. Local businesses gave cash donations and we also had an online fundraising page.

The Under 16s and A Graders had a chance to hit the Walker Electrical Hitting Breast Cancer for Six sign but although no-one came through with the goods, Walker Electrical donated $500 to the cause.

The Pink Stumps Day committee was made up of Annelise VanRooye, Alma Waetford, Heidi Greenwood, Kerryn Gow, Louise McMeekin, Brooke Elford, Ebony Knox and Ms White.
In three years we have raised over $20,000 and will continue to grow this amount in recognition of those affected by breast cancer especially those in our cricket community, Ms White said.

02 Guest speakers: from left, Catherine Enter and Tracey Goodwin delivered moving speeches at the OMK Pink Stumps Day.


Arts Wednesday 21 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 4 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week she tells us about the Waratah Festival, forerunner of the Festival of Sydney.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Christopher Lawrence, one of Australias favourite radio personalities. His latest book is Symphony of Seduction: Great Love Stories of Classical Composers. ABC has produced a 2-CD set to accompany the book and we listen to tracks from the recording to punctuate our conversation.

In other music , I play songs of love and seduction.

Please join me!

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Yanakie Campdraft roundup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COMPETITORS this weekend at Yanakie Campdraft were treated to great weather and fierce competition with over 120 competitors and their horses coming together to compete in the seven events.

Saturday morning kicked off with the Maiden event.

After 130 runs, 18 horse and rider combinations made it through to the final.

Mat Holz and Grifter eventually came out on top, just one point ahead of Michael Kelly and One Moore Disappointment.

The 13 and under 17 event was won by Trinity McInnes on Action, while Charlie Goff and Maria came second, just one point behind.

The 8 and under 13 event was won by Zoe Adams and Moonshine who shot to the lead, with the closest competitors Cooper Rand and Donari seven points behind.

The Saturday Novice was another closely contested event, won by Mat Holz and Gracie, one point ahead of Charlie Hengstberger and Basalt.

The best of the best came out Saturday afternoon in the open for open event, won by Darren Towns and Bodene, two points ahead of Michael Hiscock and Tip Top and Ken Boulton and D-Max.

Sunday morning started off with the ladies event which was won by Jordi Stockdale on Serene, one point above Marni Hamilton and Blue Denim, Carol Tonkin and Judge, and Vicki Hiscock and Bamalam.

At almost 200 runs, the largest event of the weekend was the Sunday novice. This was won by Mel Towns and Mercury by two points from Lincoln Adams and Dixie.

The last event for the weekend was the Sunday open which ran late into the afternoon. Peter Boddy and Kumar were the winners of this, one point ahead of Darren Bowman and Jet.

With just three campdrafts left in the season before Championships competitors will next week be competing at Powlett River Downs Campdraft near Wonthaggi before a long awaited weekend off.

Camp buddies: from left, Charlie Adams, Zoe Adams and Ellie Bowman of Maffra enjoyed some downtime at the Yanakie Campdraft on Saturday afternoon.


WATCH: John Oliver Roasts Hypocritical Barnaby Joyce Over Affair Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

US talk show host John Oliver has roasted Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the wake of Joyces affair with a former staffer. On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver introduced Joyce as a social conservative and said his opposition to same-sex marriage last year was hypocritical. Joyce is a social conservative ...

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Surfing opens doors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SURFERS of all abilities gathered together on Saturday in Inverloch with support from the Disabled Surfers Association.

Inverlochs Jodie Cvetovac organised the event, now in its second year, and said it was great to see everyone out hitting the waves.

We ran one event last February and we are hoping that given the success of today we may run two events next year, depending on funding, she said.

We had 120 volunteers turn out to assist our surfers which was fantastic to see. There were about 75 surfers out on the water.

Members of the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington came down for the day which also saw the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club host a barbeque for participants.

Committee member Tanya Starkey said it was rewarding to see surfers of all abilities in the water supporting one another.

My husband and I have lived in Inverloch for years and he goes surfing all the time. We are lucky we have this beautiful beach and the opportunity to surf whenever we want. Not everybody has that opportunity, she said.

So it was really rewarding to share this experience with people from across the state. Seeing them feeling supported and safe on the water was fantastic.


Successful surf: from left, Kynetons Karen Hiam, Vivienne Shaw and Brandy enjoyed a day with the Disabled Surfers Association in Inverloch on Saturday.


Students compete at carnival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STUDENTS of St Josephs Primary School Korumburra, St Laurences Primary School Leongatha and Leongatha Chairo Christian School participated in the combined school swimming carnival at the Korumburra pool on Thursday.

St Josephs Primary School congratulated team red house on first place with 437 points, gold house in second place with 415 points and blue house with 373 points.

Maia Whiteside was the junior girl champion and Callum Donohue was the junior boy champion.

Milli MacKay was the senior girl champion and Callum McLeod was the senior boy champion.

The Carmel Kennedy 200 metre individual medley medallion went to Callum McLeod.

Strong swimmers: from left, St Josephs Primary School Korumburra student Cecily and St Laurence Primary School students Lydia and Audrey participated and placed in the under 14 freestyle race at the joint school swimming carnival held at the Korumburra outdoor pool on Thursday.

Good effort: from left, St Laurence Primary School students Mitch, Jett and Reuben participated and placed in the under 11 freestyle race at the swimming carnival held at the Korumburra pool on Thursday.


Olympics support from Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SINCE the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 9, Leongathas Norma Bellingham has been soaking up the coverage of the games and its athletes.

The volume of the television is noticeable as Norma waits to see her grandson Phillip Bellingham at the start of the cross-country skiing race.

Its very difficult for me to know when my grandson will be on television as I do not want to miss it!  My technique is to let the television stay on all day to be sure to be there at the right time she said.

At just 26 years old, Phil is participating in his second Winter Olympics. Going in he is confident of his medal chances in the discipline.

On Normas coffee table, family photos are everywhere, in the middle are newspaper articles about her grandson.

Of course, I am very proud of him, and if my husband was still there, he would have been very proud too!  Immersed in old family albums, Norma remembers the beginnings of her grandson in the discipline.

Phillips father, Russell, is a instructor at Mount Beauty School Camp at the base of Falls Creek ski fields, Its thanks to his fathers job that Phillip was able to grow up in the mountains.

Russell has always done cross-country skiing, Phillips mother Anne too. Phillip started skiing at age 3, or even earlier!  We can really say that he has skied all his life she said.

After competing at his first World Championships in 2013, the athlete participated a year later in the Sochi Winter Games.

On Friday, February 16 while Bellingham missed a medal he was ranked 77th out of more than 120 athletes at the Mens 15km free.

Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie congratulated  Phil, who finished above his World Cup rankings in Fridays event.

We wish him the best for the future!

Huge support: Norma Bellingham, grandmother of Olympic Winter Games participant Phil Bellingham, was watching keenly as Phil competed in the mens 15km cross country free ski event.


Dairy industry on show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Australian Dairy Conference tour travelled through Gippsland last week, with 30 farmers and service providers from around Australia enjoying insights into the regions production systems.

The tour took in some of the most productive and attractive farmland in the region as it headed towards Mondays first stop in the heart of the Strzelecki Ranges at Ellinbank, where the Victorian Governments National Centre for Dairy Research and Development is located.

From there, it moved into the rolling hills of West Gippsland where a visit to Tarago River Cheese offered participants the chance to see a working dairy farm combined with a specialty cheese production facility.  They also had the chance to taste some of their wonderful cheese.

The final stop of day one was at Willow Grove, where Ian and Kerry Cougle have set up a large herd dairy business, with an associated beef operation.

The tour dinner that night saw Macalister Irrigation District farmers Michael and Sarah OBrien share their journey through the industry. Agriculture Victorias Alexis Killoran also spoke about innovations in the irrigation sector.

Day two took participants through the heart of Victorias power generation industry to south east Gippsland where Won Wron farmers Paul and Lisa Mumford have a Jersey herd that is a showpiece of genetic investment

Later that day the tour moved to the property of Fish Creek farmers Graeme, Jenny and Shaun Cope, who run a large herd operation in one of the most reliable rainfall areas in Australia.

GippsDairy regional extension co-ordinator Tony Platt said the tour was a success, with participants eager to learn from successful farmers running unique farming systems.

The best indicator of interest in these sort of events is the number of questions being asked and it was often difficult to get the participants back on the bus because they were so engaged with the farmers they were visiting, he said.

Id like to thank all the farm businesses involved for sharing their stories and opening up their farms to a busload of complete strangers.

It was a really worthwhile exercise and a great way to kick off the Australian Dairy Conference.





Dairy industry students get training boost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FEDERATION Training and GippsDairy have jointly announced that dairy industry training programs will be offered in Gippsland during 2018.

The announcement will provide certainty to former GOTAFE students after GOTAFE ceased its training delivery in Warragul and Leongatha at the end of 2017 to focus on northern Victoria.

Federation Trainings executive director, strategic engagement, Tim Weight, said Federation Training had the infrastructure and processes in place to offer a seamless transition for agriculture and dairy students who were enrolled in the GOTAFE courses.

We are delighted that Federation Training is helping to honour the original commitment to these existing agricultural and dairy students to enable them to complete their studies, Mr Weight said.

Federation Training is the local TAFE. We are fully committed to Gippsland and we are very keen to work with our agriculture and dairy industry connections to identify the future student training needs in the region.

Mr Weight said discussions would take place during 2018 with farmers, business groups and key training stakeholders in the sector to determine their needs and to plan future training accordingly.

GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron said anyone who had been enrolled in GOTAFE courses in 2018 would now be able to complete their studies with Federation Training.

Mr Cameron said GippsDairy and Dairy Australia are now working with other registered training organisations in the Gippsland area to further bolster the training options available to locals working in dairy.
With Federation Training locked in as a training provider for 2018, we can now work with all local registered training organisations towards building on existing programs and developing new training initiatives to grow the capability of everyone in Gippslands dairy sector, Mr Cameron said.

* GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron.


Track quality can impact cows feet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AROUND 10 per cent of Australias dairy cows suffer from lameness each year.

Economically, the results of foot disease are much greater than the treatment costs. Reduced milk yield, lower reproductive performance, increased involuntary cull rates, discarded milk, and the additional labour costs to manage these cows accounts for the largest monetary loss.

Poor track maintenance and design can be a factor, but not the only one. A poorly maintained track does not guarantee you will get a high incidence of lameness.

In pasture based systems, a factor associated with an increased incidence of lameness is poor maintenance or condition of farm tracks. As dairy farms become larger, there is increased pressure on tracks, particularly those near the milking shed. Ideally, the milking shed would be located at a central point on the farm so as to minimise the distance the cows have to walk, but this is not always possible.

Many of the farm tracks used today were designed for herds that were much smaller than the current herd size; they are often too narrow, poorly drained and require excessive maintenance.

Cows would prefer to walk on a softer surface than a hard compacted clay-rock surface.

We can a better job of constructing practical farm tracks made of material that is readily available to us. Farm track construction is expensive, but it is better that the job be done correctly the first time so that subsequent maintenance costs are reduced and we build a surface that meets the needs of dairy herds.

Cow numbers will, in part, determine the type and extent of the work needed to build sound farm tracks. The bigger the herd, the greater the amount of work required to construct successful farm tracks.

When designing the layout of farm tracks, care should be taken to avoid right angle bends as these tend to slow cow movement. Similarly, gateways through which cows must pass, or culverts over which they must cross, must be of sufficient width so as to minimise any disruption with cow flow.

Steep gradients reduce the pace of stock movement. Excessive gradients also complicate design and construction of laneways, and increase the cost of construction and maintenance.

The layout of the farm track should be such that trees do not cause shading of the farm track. In such areas, drying does not occur and track breakdown is more likely.

Tracks require a relatively impermeable surface and transverse crown, so that rainfall is shed from the trafficking surface as quickly as possible. Table drains, culverts and bridges isolate the road surface from water flows. When the purpose of the track is to carry cows, an additional requirement is that it should not cause damage to the cows hooves.



ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots Dont Talk About It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since her 2014 debut album Solitude, Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) received the Australian Governments Council for the Arts Nashville Songwriter Residency grant, packed up her belongings, headed to the USA, wrote her new album and recorded with the Texas Gentlemen as her backing band. Dont Talk About It is a leap forward for Chilcott, both Continue reading


Learning and growing with Noahs Ark "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGIS Noahs Ark is dedicated to helping local children develop the skills they need to grow.
The team provides therapy and education for children up to eight years old with a disability or additional needs.
Noahs Ark specialists, also known as Key Workers, visit you at home and can help build the skills and participation of your child.
Key Worker Ashleigh Wilson recently helped out local parents Andrea and Nick Cole with their daughter Bridget.
The four-year-old has Cornelia de Lange syndrome (Mild phenotype with associated microcephaly). She has expressive language delay, some saliva control issues, some conductive hearing loss and until recently had trouble toilet training.
We have also needed help with behavioural things like dressing and eating and getting in the car, said mum Andrea.
Our key worker Ashleigh has come up with many strategies that we have tried over the last year to try and help Bridget with her communication and toilet training.
They have been the most important goals, she said, adding that Ashleigh has also visited Bridgets day care to see the four-year-old in a different environment.
Shes also trialled different routines for Bridget to help her feel more in control of her environment.
She (Ashleigh) really helps me to face the challenges that Bridget presents me with but she also helps me to keep organised and on top of all of the appointments we have.
The key worker also helps Andrea to minimise her stress, often reminding the mother of four to take care of herself as well.
I really value Ashleigh and not only her care of Bridget but of our whole family, she said, adding that shes very grateful for the service from Noahs Ark.
Bridget has made some amazing progress in the last 12 months and I dont think I would have managed without Ashleighs help, she said.
The next 12 months are going to be full of challenges and Im glad that we will Ashleigh to support us.
Ashleigh, reflecting on her role at Noahs Ark, enjoys that she can witness the growth and development of children over time.
As the mother of four children, Andrea already has plenty of knowledge and skills about raising children, Ashleigh said.
So often we have focussed more on problem-solving together and how we can adapt the things she already knows in a way that will be most beneficial for Bridget.
She recalls trying many methods to toilet train Bridget. Then when she and Andrea decided maybe it was time to have a break from it, they say something just clicked for Bridget and she was soon fully day-time toilet trained.
The Wonthaggi team work with families across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires.
For more information, call 1800 819 140 or go to
You can also visit their Wonthaggi office at 152 G...


Brisbane Dance Company To Spotlight Next Generation Of Dance Talent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Four emerging and established choreographers are set to take centre stage in Brisbane next month when the Expressions Dance Company presents their new show Converge. The choreographers Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China will build daring new works with the award-winning dancers at the Queensland ...

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MacKillop encourages courage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College students were inducted into their leadership roles at the Ash Wednesday mass last Thursday.
The commemorative mass saw students in years 8 to 12 celebrated for their roles in the school community, while the whole school took time to consider its values for the forthcoming year.
Principal David Leslie congratulated students who were receiving honours and said they are an asset to the school.
We have a student mission team which comprises of Year 11 and 12 students who come up with a theme for the college every year. This year they have chosen the theme let our courage rise, he said.
The wider South Gippsland community will also have an opportunity to gain an insight into the teachings at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College at its open day on Friday, March 9.
We are inviting people to come into our environment and get a better feel for what it is like here at the college, Mr Leslie said.
Prospective students and parents can take a peak in the classrooms while our staff are at work and all are welcome.

Year 8 leaders: back, from left, Jordan Thomas, Oscar Plenkovich, Luca Bobe and Archie Brewer, and front, from left, Ella Tough, Jessica Harvey and Sandra Gibbins following Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional Colleges assembly and mass last Wednesday at the Leongatha school.


Raising funds for refugee friendship visits in Uki "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Locals and visitors have fun canoeing together as part of the refugee friendship visit. Photo supplied.

The Uki Refugee project is continuing to support refugees in Australia through their refugee friendship visits that they have been running for several years.

The next visit will take place on the weekend of March 24 and they will be having two fundraisers to generate the funds to support the project in early March.

A film night will take place at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm with the special screening of Chauka, please tell us the time   this will be the first time it will be screened in regional Australia.

The documentary was shot by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island. The footage was sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani to be turned into a documentary.

This will be followed by a fundraising concert on Saturday, March 17 featuring  Kim Banffy and the Songbirds at the Uki Anglican Church. There are only 80 tickets available so organisers are recommending that you pre-purchase tickets. Tickets for both events are available through the try booking site.

The friendship visits have been taking place since 2014 and have provided a great opportunity of connection between the local Uki community and refugees.

We had one Kurdish woman who was very depressed as several of her sons were lost in the fighting in Iran presumed dead, said one of the organisers Bryan McClellan.

She has two younger children here with her and her teenage daughter persuaded her to have a go on a flying fox at a playground we were visiting.  It was a real breakthrough moment for her and she began to smile as she flew on the flying...


Swatting Leftists in 6 Easy Steps: Part One Read and Prepare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TMRs special on swatting leftists begins in earnest with Part One: Read and Prepare. In case you missed the foreword, its here.

For obvious reasons (to non-leftists), reading and preparing are arguably the most important things you can do when it comes to debating and you need to get started on both of them long before you go leftie hunting.

Reading without preparing is similar to having strategy without tactics (i.e. the slowest route to victory) a principle often attributed to Sun Tzu. Preparing without reading on the other hand would make you a leftist.

It feels a bit silly recommending obvious things like reading. However, the simple fact is that people simply do not read stuff, let alone the stuff theyre going to mouth-off to other people on. Given that were supposed to be experiencing the age of information, it amazes me how little interest people actually have in helping themselves to some of it. I guess some things will never change which creates a big opportunity when it comes to the next self-righteous leftist that comes preaching your way.

By reading and preparing, I dont mean cram a few articles just before a debate like a university student does to pass an exam. I also dont mean read The Sydney Morning Herald every day (and nothing else) and then call yourself informed. If all you do is watch either or both Sunrise and the 6.00 nightly news, then please stop reading here. This article is not for you. I think Millionaire Hotseat might be on. Off you go.

When it comes to reading, I mean:

  • stop scrolling through your social media news feeds and informing yourself about what people (who you dont even make the time to see anymore) ate for dinner last night;
  • read, re-read, watch videos, listen to radio shows and podcasts and any other forms of media you can sensibly learn from and immerse yourself in a wide variety of opinions (including some phenomenally moronic ones) on whatever it is you are going to have a debate on; and
  • check and re-check the opinions by looking up basic and non-negotiable facts on the topic.

On top of these things, you must also:

  • understand how leftists form their o...


E mail addresses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our system for e mails are made a lot simpler by the change in regard to e mails being posted.


No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.

Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.

If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.

There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.

Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.

The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.

Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.

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Storm leaves massive clean-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SEVERE winds felled trees across South Gippsland last Wednesday, closing roads and forcing the cancellation of Stony Creeks horse racing meet.
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were busy across the region, with 85 jobs responded to by 17 units within 24 hours.
A strong cold front crossed the region during the morning, bringing damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h, with gusts of 90 to 100 km/h.
It was an eventful 24 hours for South Gippsland units, with 27 jobs:
Leongatha Unit responding to five trees down over roads, and one damaged building;
Foster Unit responding to nine fallen tree jobs, with many of these blocking roads and hindering traffic flow;
Inverloch unit responding to three tree down jobs and one damaged building; and
Wonthaggi unit responding to eight calls for assistance with four fallen trees and four damaged buildings.
Leongatha Unit controller Matt Saario said, Our SES volunteers worked well under pressure to assist the community and other units across the shire under such difficult conditions.
South Gippsland Shire Council crews attended to 70 requests for trees over roads, including roads managed by VicRoads. The first request was attended to at 5.45am and crews worked until 9pm.
Bass Coast Shire Council had 48 requests for trees or branches down. Eight of those blocked roads and driveways. The main areas were Grantville, The Gurdies and Inverloch-Outtrim Road.
At the Stony Creek Racing Club, racing was called off before racing started, for the safety of horses and riders.
All SES personnel who attended incidents as a result of the wind event are volunteers.
VICSES advises that recent events are a timely warning to be prepared for any future severe weather by ensuring loose items such as outdoor settings and trampolines are safely secured, and being aware of road hazards, such as debris from trees.
If you need assistance with trees blocking roads or causing building damage, call SES on 132 500. For all life threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).


Lismores Tatts Hotel forced to the wall by insurance rejection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The New Tattersalls Hotel in Lismore has been forced to close its doors. (picture Paul Connelly)

The heart of live music in Lismore has stopped beating for now.

The  devastated publicans of the New Tattersalls Hotel in Keen Street, Rod and Kim Bradbury, yesterday announced the sudden closure of their business via a Facebook post, citing last years flood, insurance problems and landlord issues.

What a bastard of a is with broken hearts that we have had to close our doors today, they wrote.

After fighting the battle that was Debbie, we have been defeated by our insurance company and unforgiving landlords.

This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do. Our hearts go out to our staff for they are truly amazing.

To our patrons, whom are like family, we are sorry. We have tried our damndest to make it work but just cant. Watch this space though, we could be back with a vengeance.

Following the March floods,  the publicans and staff battled to get the hotel back running, and it was indeed the first hotel in the CBD to be be back serving meals and providing entertainment.

When a fundraiser was organised to help them get back on their feet following the flood, an amazing 50 acts offered to play. A one night event turned into a three day event, showing the love that the music industry and its patrons have for the pub.

But a fundraiser was never going to cover the high cost of keeping the pub running, and the publicans were banking on their insurance company to do the right thing and pay their $750,000 claim, or at least a good portion of it.

They explored options to sell the lease but each offer was rejected by the property owners.

So despite paying around $37,000 in insurance cover each year, they ran out of options when the insurance company, AssetInsure, declined their claim last week.

And although the publicans business model was based around live music and top class meals, Mrs Bradbury said the dozen or so poker machine entitlements had kept the ledger happy prior to the flood.

We have lost $180,000 in revenue because we have not had eight poker machines on the floor since the flood, she sai...


Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform bill to get rid of GetUp "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Letter to the Editor

GetUp gears up to stop legislation designed to get rid of them. Campaign starts to ensure the ALP opposes it

Great, at last somebody has found some political guts to get rid of GetUp. George Soros, their main financier, will be livid; he has been funding terror campaigns world -wide including the ragtag Marxist GetUp mob in Australia.

George was found contributing towards Hilarys anti-Trump campaign and Obamas 30,000 strong mob of mad women and malcontent men trying to usurp the legitimate election of Trump by staging womens marches consisting the communist, atheist, anti-family horde of dykes, trannies and a few poofter terrorists thrown in.

George Soros, financial backer of GetUp which will be targeted by legislation forcing it to disclose its financial backers

Then there also is the other mob of anarchists Soros is funding in a direct attempt to overthrow Trump and his far stronger tens of million supporters. GetUp features in similar anti-Christian, anti-social activities across Australia usurping traditional ways of life practiced by the majority of Australians.

Look at what this bunch of anarchists did to Tony Abbott.

It propagates phony global warming and climate change theories when we are act...


Preserve the reserve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RESIDENTS of Inverlochs Albert Ruttle Estate want to see the integrity of estates wetland reserve preserved.
The residents say they were blindsided when two large blocks encompassing the wetlands were sold recently. They believed the wetlands were public land.
An online petition, containing more than 1570 signatures, was presented to Bass Coast Shire Council at the community connection session on February 14.
The petition called for council to show evidence of how the open space contribution can become housing lots, and to replace a public access sign to the wetlands, which disappeared just weeks before the blocks went up for sale.
In 1992, the Victorian Planning Panel supported a proposal to develop the land into housing lots. However planning controls were put into place to protect the wetlands as common property.
Resident Peter Ghys said the sale came as a shock, but he hoped it would not come as a detriment to the environment.
The original planning permit for the estate approved 30 housing blocks, and the private sale would directly affect the common property status.
The new owners bought both blocks. We believe the new owners are environmentally conscious and will abide by the covenants. What worries us is that if they later sell one of the blocks, we dont know what could happen, Mr Ghys said.
If the reserve is developed as housing lots, then the number of housing lots within the estate will unlawfully increase to 32. We are swinging on the hope that there is supposed to be an endorsed plan for the whole subdivision. This document may not exist, as (Bass Coast Shire) council cant locate it.
Councils acting manager strategy and growth Noel Creed said the endorsed plan formed part of the 2002 planning permit.
I can advise that a search of councils archive record system has failed to locate the 2002 endorsed plan, he said.
The site is under private ownership and any future development must consider the applicable planning controls and restrictions as detailed on the properties title document.
If a future development triggers the necessity for planning approval, the application will be assessed in accordance with relevant legislation.
Dog walkers and walking groups frequent the wetlands, and it is the perfect place for birdwatchers, as there are more than 45 species of birds living on the reserve. It is also home to mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
It would be terribly sad if people lost access to it, Mr Ghys said.
This sale was against the spirit of the subdivision, and I feel it was mismanaged by the council. Council has been unable to provide any evidence that suggests our interpretation of the planning controls that protect this land from development is incorrect.
Under the designated 173 agreement, the public can currently come on to the property between...


Crightons Hill claims another driver "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EMERGENCY services responded to two car accidents in South Gippsland last week.
Leongatha Police attended an accident at Crightons Hill on the Strzelecki Highway, Leongatha on Wednesday morning.
A 40 year old Korumburra man lost control of his car on the way to Mirboo North around 10.40am.
Police said the driver crossed over the right side of the road and hit the guard rail. The car bounced off the rail and hit the back of a milk tanker.
The truck received only minor damage, however the Korumburra man sustained minor injuries and was taken to Leongatha Hospital for observation but was not admitted.
The cause of the accident is unknown, however wet and windy conditions may have been a factor in the crash, police said.
Police said the car was not roadworthy. Police are investigating whether or not its condition may have played part in the crash.
Police also attended an accident on Friday morning when a 19 year old Waratah North woman crashed her car on Commercial Street in Korumburra.
The driver lost concentration while driving at 7.45am and hit the median strip outside The Middle Hotel, taking out a street sign before running into a tree.
Police and paramedics attended the scene. Police said while the young driver did not have any injuries, she did return a blood alcohol reading of .067.
The P plater was fined $467 and has had her license suspended for six months.

Crightons crash: a Korumburra man crashed his car on Crightons Hill, Strzelecki Highway, Leongatha North, on Wednesday during wet and windy conditions.


Highway upgrade one step closer as service road opens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aerial view of part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo RMS

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Naitonals) said a new service road opening on Thursday will give traffic a safe and efficient bypass of the Pacific Highway upgrade works between Woodburn and Broadwater for the next two years.

This is a significant day for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, as moving traffic onto this service road will allow work to continue on the new highway. Separating traffic will help minimise the impact of work and improve safety for workers and highway motorists, Mr Hogan said.

The opening of the 3.5 kilometre service road represents a years worth of work and is a significant milestone for the overall upgrade, which is progressing well towards its planned 2020 completion, Mr Hogan said.

State MP for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis (Nationals), said the service road would remain as a local road between Woodburn and Broadwater following the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

The new road will better connect locals in the area when the main upgrade opens to traffic in 2020, Mr Gulaptis said.

Fauna crossings

The service road also considers local wildlife, with six fauna crossings providing safe passage underneath the highway.

This is a key wildlife corridor, so six fauna crossings which support the migration and colonisation of native wildlife have been included in the design, Mr Gulaptis said.


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Wind farm study to cost council $33,600 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is proposing to spend $33,600 on an independent assessment of noise produced by the turbines at Bald Hills Wind Farm.
A report before the February 28 council meeting recommends councillors approve the appointment of consultants James C. Smith and Associates to undertake an investigation detailed in a confidential plan.
The action was ordered by the Supreme Court, after neighbours of the Tarwin Lower wind farm were dissatisfied with council officers initially assessing noise levels with their ears only and finding no noise issues.
Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin has been ordered to address the Supreme Court on March 20 and explain what action council has taken so far to comply with a court order to investigate noise levels at the wind farm.
The report to next weeks council meeting states that on September 14 last year, council instructed its lawyers to identify a suitably qualified independent investigator to undertake the investigation.
On 2 November 2017, the investigator suggested by councils lawyers was briefed and an investigation proposal and quote were requested, the council report states.
Unfortunately due to the investigators prior commitments, these were not forthcoming in time to be received by council at its December 2017 Ordinary Meeting of Council, as was originally intended.
A draft plan was received in December 2017 and instructions were given to proceed to a full investigation plan with an articulation of costs to undertake the work detailed.
The proposal and quote have now been received and are presented to council for endorsement.
The report stated the recommendation before council ensured a comprehensive investigation process that will be undertaken by a highly experienced independent public health consultant.
The importance of an independent process cannot be understated. Ratepayers, the complainants, the wind farm operator and ultimately the council have an interest in the outcome of the investigation.
Mr Tamlin told The Star the plan was determined as confidential under s.77(2)(c) of the Local Government Act 1989, on the grounds that it relates to s.89(2)(f) legal advice. This is to protect the confidential information of the legal matter.
Once the investigation is complete, council will receive a report on the outcome. Its form is yet to be determined, he said.
Cr Don Hill said the confidential report needed to be confidential due to it containing quotations.
There is nothing else of interest to ratepayers that is not contained in the open report in the agenda, he said.
An advertisement in last weeks Star by Bald Hills Wind Farm stated its noise assessment had found turbines complied with daytime noise regulations as outlined in its planning permit.
The wind farm is also compliant with noise regul...


Cannabis captured "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A RESIDENTIAL home in Leongatha was raided last Tuesday, February 13 when police seized a crop of marijuana.
Leongatha and Wonthaggi Police attended the Shingler Street address around 9am with a warrant to seize the drugs.
Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit said hydroponically grown plants were found on the property and people did appear to be residing within the home.
We attended the scene in the morning and did not leave until 1pm, Sergeant Michael OBrien said.
We cannot say how many plants were found at the address as it is an ongoing investigation.
Police are urging the public to assist with the investigation and anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Shingler seizure: Police attended a property on Leongathas Shingler Street last Tuesday, February 13, to seize a crop of cannabis.


Garlic hit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THOUSANDS gathered together to enjoy gastronomic delights and a family fun fare at the Meeniyan Garlic Festival on Saturday.

Almost 7000 people descended on Meeniyan Recreation Reserve for the festivals second year, which boasted celebrity cooking demonstrations, local producers and market stalls to get all tongues salivating.

Over 30 percent of patrons travelled down from Melbourne for the event while another 35 percent ventured from outside of South Gippsland, providing a massive boost to the local economy.

Festival chair David Jones said the day drew a fantastic crowd and spirits were high at the fast-growing event.

Naturally we love to create for our local crowd, but we also market widely to attract newcomers to showcase our amazing land of plenty, Mr Jones said.

Our beaches are well known and with the growing group of quality food producers, we are proud to promote our position as a major food bowl and diverse tourism destination.  It is great to see that surrounding towns have collaborated and enjoyed the economic flow on from the festival as well. We also used social media in new ways this year which reached different demographics.

The event saw Pastuso Restaurants Alejandro Saravia and CODA Restaurants Adam DSylva put on cooking demonstrations for the large crowd, while local musical entertainment provided food for ears across the day.

Local food companies also banded together to create original products for the event.

Prom Country Ice Creamery made a limited edition garlic and salted caramel ice cream while Gippsland Jersey mastered its garlic milkshake recipe for punters.

Loch Distillery also came to the table with its smoked garlic beer.

Children were spoilt for choice with the addition of balloon soccer proving to be a huge hit.

Age old favourites like billycart races, sack races and treasure hunts were popular while both young and old joined in the community project of making garlic lanterns under the guidance of international festival artist Amanda Diamond.

Visitors took advantage of the free parking and shuttle buses at Stony Creek and spilled into the main street where the Market Square housed an arts and craft precinct.

As with all community events, they would not exist without the amazing support of local volunteers and generous sponsorship from local businesses, Mr Jones said.

We are grateful to all those who helped make Saturday a success.


Tweed Council fined over Terranora sewage spill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Terranora Inlet. Photo

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Tweed Shire Council $15,000 after it allowed partially treated sewage from Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant to spill into Terranora Creek last year.

The council holds an environmental protection licence that allows the release of treated wastewater into Terranora Creek.

But it discharged partially treated wastewater that exceeded the limits into the waterway between 5 8 November 2017.

The councils engineering director David Oxenham said that as soon as our staff became aware of this issue, they worked immediately to limit the release of effluent and implemented an emergency response.

The council also undertook significant operational works to ensure that all subsequent effluent released was compliant with licence requirements, he added.

He says that since the event the council has undertaken an incident cause analysis and has implemented key findings to reduce the risks of a similar event in the future.

We have made improvements to our mechanical and electrical controls at the site as well as delivered additional training to operational staff.

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Board Of Directors. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Board Of Directors nominated the following for the current term
John Elias (Chairman)
Ian Page (Deputy Chairman)
Ian Page (Secretary)



By Kelly Kayne Many of us dream of changing careers and pursuing a passion project, Williamstown local and reading advocate Susan Spelic has done just that, leaving a long-term job in literacy teaching to become an author of childrens books. I was raised in large family in West Footscray and am passionate about kids and []

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MACKAY Mans jewellery draws attention of anti-bikie taskforce "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mans jewellery draws attention of anti-bikie taskforce

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A MACKAY man has drawn the attention of Queenslands anti-bikie taskforce by wearing cool rings linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs. Alec Vincent Coulahan avoided the maximum penalty for wearing the prohibited jewellery adorned with the 1% insignia when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court.

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MACKAY Woman says drug-drive test wrong, magistrate rejects claim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Woman says drug-drive test wrong, magistrate rejects claim

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Whitty faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving while methamphetamines were present in her saliva, at Eton, on May 26, 2017. The 37-year-old, who was not represented by a lawyer, was applying for a work licence to be granted to allow her to drive while disqualified.

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Deep State has total control of the US and Australia is involved "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Kay Griggs, a US Colonels wife reveals all about the Deep State. This incredible, in-depth interview exposes how the Deep State operates, how the CIA is a sham with little power. The army has all the power and has trained mercenaries killing people across the world. She names every powerful person involved from former presidents down to low ranking Marines.

If you can spare an hour do not miss this powerful disclosure of the Deep State and Australias involvement in it.


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Cubby house ordered to be removed by Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mellanie Coppins treehouse is considered a permanent installation by Council staff. Photo Jeff Dawson

What is public art? This is the question that local resident Mellanie Coppin is planning to ask Byron Shire Councils public art panel as she looks for a way to redefine the cubby house that was installed on the road reserve near her home in Massinger Street, Byron Bay. 

After being told by the council to remove the cubby house in August 2017, Mellanie has asked if there was a way to keep it there, as she says it is loved by both children and adults as well as locals and tourists. 

Virtually every day people stop in their tracks or in their cars to take photos of this treehouse. Neighbours have instagramed it, kids play in it and the positive feedback has been curiously overwhelming, said Mellanie.

Melanie has asked council if the cubby house could be considered amongst the public art features of our town rather than an encroachment?

However, the councils tourism and projects officer Joanne McMurtry said that while she was empathetic to the idea of the cubby house being art, a treehouse/cubby doesnt fit with our definition of public art and Mellanie has now been given 28 days to remove it. 

According to the vision of the councils own draft public art strategy, public art should be vibrant, contemporary public art that reflects and promotes the unique character and life-style of the region.



Byron Council takes action against caf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Habitat car park on a typical Saturday night. Photo David Dixon

Chris Dobney

Byron Shire Council is taking compliance action against the popular Barrio caf in Bayshore Drive after ongoing complaints from neighbours that it is noisy and operating outside the terms of its DA (development application).

Echonetdaily understands the venues owners have been served with a Penalty Infringement Notice.

Not a canteen

Barrio was approved as a canteen for workers and residents of the still incomplete Habitat development on Bayshore Drive but neighbour Dave Dixon says the number of cars parked outside the venue in the evenings belies this status.

Mr Dixon told Echonetdaily, Barrio was only approved as a low-key canteen but has been operating as a fully-fledged restaurant less than 50 metres from homes since they opened in December 2017.

Council officers met with Habitat developer Brandon Saul in January over excessive noise generated by Barrios exhaust fans, which engineers are still trying to determine how to fix.

Then, late last month, neighbours complained about patron noise at night and Barrio management responded by closing the doors to the caf at 10pm.

But neighbours said this did little to improve their situation, as there are large plate glass windows facing directly onto Bayshore Drive.

At the time Barrios owner/manager Dan Wyllie told Echonetdaily the caf averaged 120-150 patrons a night but Mr Dixon says this proves it is anything but a low key canteen for locals.

At present, there are only a dozen or so businesses operating at Habitat (and some of these are temporary, summer pop-up shops) and only about 20 completed dwellings.

This is an insufficient customer base to underpin such buoyant patron numbers and such an elaborate canteen, he said.

Out of area patrons

Mr Dixon said t...


NORTEC small business incubation site sold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jewellery maker Adelaide Friday, who moved onto the NORTEC site, with her business Pirates Dreaming. Photo Aslan Shand.

Aslan Shand

NORTECs small business incubation site in Byron Bay industrial estate has been bought by a local developer and builder who is keen to create a hub for successful local businesses.

Some of the businesses who were at the location and under the auspices of NORTEC will be remaining and Noel Cratchley is looking at upgrading the site to give it a new vibe and create a successful local business space. 

As previously reported, NORTEC have yet to comment publicly over their liquidation of their property assets, which has left many small businesses in the lurch. 

Noel Cratchley says he wants to create a shopping precinct for local businesses.

There is a lot of work to do the gutters dont work, the site floods and it is generally run down, Noel continued. 

Having built the trip-a-deal and surfboard agency buildings, among others, Noel is keen to keep things local and good quality. 

Im going to do a full renovation of the building block, then I will be looking at create a strata for a few of them, selling a few and keeping some.

Jewellery maker Adelaide Friday, who moved onto the NORTEC site, with her business Pirates Dreaming, as a small business looking to develop h...


Celebrating the new Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Celebrating the opening of stage one was a huge success and everyone is invited back to celebrate stage two this Sunday. Photo supplied.

Waterlily Park in Ocean Shores is celebrating the completion of its second stage on Sunday 25 February from 3 till 6pm and are inviting everyone to come and join in the fun.

Ocean Shores Public School are planning games, a treasure hunt, stalls and live performances for everyone to enjoy.

To realise this stage, quite a few locals came together in a joint effort, said stage two coordinator Tina Petroff.

They have installed a shelter, new picnic area and a BBQ creating new spaces for families to enjoy a relaxing day at the park.

Volunteers are rarely acknowledged for their hard work and the value they add to a project and Waterlily Community Playscape could not continue to grow without these dedicated helpers. Many thanks to Yoram (Tiny), Stan, Fabricio, Jason, David, Orit, Omri, Helen and Tom.

In 2016 the Waterlily Playscape Committee received $50K funding from a successful grant to

community building partnership announced by Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina and they have worked hard to create an inclusive space with full wheelchair access BBQ and picnic area.

The committee co-funded a vivid mural with the Ocean Shores Tennis Clu drawn on the external Tennis clubhouse walls by Daniel Hend, a local artist, extending the nature theme of the park.They will also be continuing to develop the site with plantings of established trees, and park benches.

Unfortunately alongside new interest in the park, locals notice more bad behaviour onsite. The

Waterlily Playscape committee is calling for a community action, encouraging locals to report to the police observed inappropriate behaviour while at Waterlily Park on 131444 or 000.

For more details about the community celebration event see their Facebook page.

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Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands


MAINfm TRIVIA with Jim, Dean, & Jim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join us for another brilliant quiz night at the Tap Room.  This time with your hosts, Jim, Jim, and Dean. Triple the fun!

Thursday 15th March. 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

$10 to enter.

Raffle. Spot prizes. And a $50 bar tab to be won!

All proceeds go to MAINfm.

For more info


Why retire when you could have an encore career? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Older workers can be a significant asset in the workplace. Photo LinkedIn

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when Im 64? wrote Paul McCartney all those years ago. Ironically, hes still working, well beyond that age.

And so will many Australians, either by choice, because pension ages have risen or because their superannuation doesnt match their needs in an area of rampant cost of living increases.

Were entering the era of the encore career.

Want to know how you can make the most of your later working years?

The IRT is holding a Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers in Ballina on 13 March.

The increase in minimum age eligibility for the pension, combined with increasing life expectancy, means mature age workforce participation is a growing issue for policymakers and people approaching retirement, said IRT Foundation Manager, Toby Dawson.

Many people will now need to continue working longer to survive financially, and the Career Check-Up Expo can help them plan their future careers, working into their 60s and beyond, Mr Dawson said.

The reality is that people who fail to plan for an encore career are more likely to end up jobless. Career planning is crucial, particularly for older workers.

This is where IRT Foundations Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers can help. The Expo is a one-stop-shop for people aged over 45 looking for advice on career planning, education and training, financial planning and job seeking services.

This new mature workforce is also creating opportunities for businesses, Mr Dawson said.

Older workers are creating new opportunities for training providers, increasing diversity in workplaces by sharing their experience with younger colleagues and the cohort is one of the strongest drivers of economic activity in the country.

IRT Foundation is putting the call out to businesses across the Northern Rivers region to promote their services to older workers, whether it be in financial planning, training, employment or HR related fields.

The Expo has received funding by the NSW Governments Liveable Communities Grants program in recognition of the importance of a thriving mature age workforce. Australias ageing population, and a declining number of people of traditional working age, mean we need to start thinking laterally about how best to use our e...


February 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1804 - Charles Crump was Hanged in Sydney for the theft of 9 pieces of chintzes and printed calicoes from William Tough in Sydney Cove.

1809 - Poor old Billy Bligh boarded a boat after agreeing to go straight to England,not pop into any part of the colony for a cuppa or pass Go and collect $200.

1835 - Charles Norford was Hanged at Sydney for the attempted murder of Patrick Lynch. Norford was shaving Lynch when he suddenly cut his throat.

1863 - Hendrick Witnalder was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaolm Tassie, for sodomy.

1872 William Lygon, aka the 7th Earl Beachamp, popped into the world today. Willy-boy became Gov of NSW and was a patron to Henry Lawson for awhile. 
Shoved out of the closet by his brother-in-law in 1931, Willy quietly went into exile.

1879 - The Cape Bedford Massacre took place; Cooktown based Native Police Sub-inspector Stanhope O'Connor with his troopers, Barney, Jack, Corporal Hero, Johnny and Jimmy hunted down and "hemmed in" a group of Guugu-Yimidhirr Aborigines in "a narrow gorge", north of Cooktown on, "of which both outlets were secured by the troopers. There were twenty-eight men and thirteen gins thus enclosed, of whom none of the former escaped. Twenty-four were shot down on the beach, and four swam out to the sea" never to be seen again.

1880 - The Newcastle Morning Herald announced that a local Aboriginal woman known as Old Margaret , who was purported to be the last surviving Aboriginal people of Lake Macquarie (along with her children) would be formally offered a grant to the land on which they have resided for years.

1895 - The Timaru Herald declared that those on the Oz side of the ditch were claiming that sharing a treaty over a few bottles of plonk with those on the NZ side of the ditch would 'retard Federation".
How abouts we let those Kiwis piff a few of their apples at the silly Aussies in question...?
1900 - The Taranaki Herald reported that, while two men arguing over the war ended in the murder of one in Charters Towers on the other hand it wasn't Bubonic Plague like they'd suspected on a ship in port.
The Laboratory giveth and the war taketh away.....

1903 - The first design change to the original Australian national flags were made.
For civil use, the British Red ensign and six pointed federation star stayed, but the design of the Southern Cross was changed so that all but the smallest star had seven points, ostensibly to improve the ease of manufacture.
The exact date of this change is not known. The earliest known official use was from the belated Gazettal of the....


Disproportionate numbers of Newstart/Youth Allowance recipients in Far North Qld, Wide Bay-Burnett & Logan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pete Faulkners post Job Seeker data shows little change for Cairns alerted me to the latest data on recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (for young job seekers) from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. These data highlight the ongoing lack of economic opportunity in Far North Queensland (outside of Cairns and surrounding regions) and North West Queensland, which are home to many remote Indigenous communities (see map below). In the Far North ABS SA3 region, job seekers receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance account for over 12% of the working age population. The Wide Bay-Burnett region also has a relatively high incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (at 6-7% of the working age population).


Stark differences in the numbers of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients exist across Brisbane metro regions. The leafy western suburbs have a very low incidence (at 1-1.5% of the working age population) while the Springwood-Kingston area has around four times the incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (over 6%).



HE SAID BOOO-RETURNS! Gay man arrested at gay festival for booing right-wing gays to boo with others next year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCLUSIVE: A gay man recently arrested at a gay festival in Melbourne for "booing" right-wing gays says he is planning to do it all again next year and is now inviting others to join him in his peaceful protest. [READ MORE]


US Dept of Justice-FBI investigation of Russian links to Donald Trump's election campaign inexorably rolls on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 17 May 2017 the probe into Russian influence on US political processes and collusion between the Russian Government and individuals associated with the election campaign of President Donald J Trump became an investigation which would inevitably lead to charges being laid.

To date both President Trump's former campaign manager and campaign deputy-director have been indicted, along with thirteen Russian nationals and three corporations.

Trump's former security adviser, along with a former member of his foreign policy advisory team and an individual who unlawfully supplied US bank accounts to Russians associated with the alleged political interference, have plead guilty to charges.

Current State of Play according to US Dept. of Justice

U.S. v. Internet Research Agency, et al (1:18-cr-32, District of Columbia)
A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment on Feb. 16, 2018, against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes. The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

U.S. v. Richard Pinedo, et al (1:18-cr-24, District of Columbia)


Tiny Graphene Membrane Creates Supercharged Water Purification In One Simple Step "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Kevin Samson

Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.

At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.

Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).

A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at dept...


MACKAY Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license

February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

A repeat drink driver has been spared his licence in a shock decision in a Queensland Court. Welfare recipient Gavin Keith Stephens kept his licence despite being caught drink driving in the Mackay Magistrates Court. Magistrate Damian Dwyer was concerned he would never be able to get another job

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So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...


Former treasurer Joe Hockey seeks Chinese buyer for his $8m Hunters Hill mansion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JOE Hockey is trying to flog a Hunters Hill mansion to Chinese buyers in an ironic twist for the federal treasurer who crusaded against foreigners entering our housing market.

The Australian ambassador to the US once even referred a neighbour to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hockey and his investment banker wife Melissa Babbage have listed the $8 million Te Roma federation house on the Chinese website myfun, which showcases prestige Australian listings in Mandarin.

The 40 million offering provides contact details in China to take buyer queries on the historic 1905 home before a March 1 deadline.

Questions put to Mr Hockeys office at the Washington embassy went unanswered yesterday. The former treasurer, like other prestige Sydney sellers, may find it hard to score a great price as the market has cooled, with local buyers facing reduced competition from foreigners.

The slowdown across most markets was largely caused by tightened regulatory measures and higher taxes on foreigners established during his reign as federal treasurer.



Filling up (Brisbane apartments) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cranewatch redux

I've done lots and lots and lots and LOTS of posts about the statistics behind Brisbane's apartment building boom.

When all's said and done Brisbane construction and apartment pre-sales are slowing up, while population growth into Brisbane is picking up strongly.

All that remains to be seen, then, is how quickly or otherwise the new supply is absorbed. 

Here's a short blog with no statistics at all, just some photos from a major construction hotspot: Newstead. 

What was previously a great big planning hole, is now home to apartments, a supermarket, shopping centre, bars, and restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the Teneriffe ferry terminal, and a very short distance of the Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane. 

I go to Newstead for a coffee most mornings these days - there's quite a bit going on around the gasworks area, not least in terms of cranes and construction! 

While other cities already have many attached dwellings, this style and scale of development is relatively new for Brisbane, and is resulting in a record uplift to apartment stock. 

There is still a fair amount of construction work ongoing, although the bulk of the new volume is either now completed or close to being completed. 

The large tower block in the centre of shot - Haven Apartments - only completed in October, so there are still plenty of rentals available here.  



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Salsa Dance Night! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We are very excited to invite everyone to come along to our first Salsa Dance Night. 

The weather forecast is looking promising for an evening of outside dancing. 

All families welcome, prizes for best dressed, delicious food available to purchase and one of the best salsa bands in Melbourne is playing live. 

All dance moves taught on the night by the incredible Carlos.

It's going to be wonderful.


Rainbow Music Group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Im so pleased to let you know that the second Rainbow Music Group is now going ahead! It will start this Saturday 24th February.

Here is the link for re-booking for the rest of the term:

The Playgroup runs from 10-11am and then your music session is 11 12.

Please share around your networks as we still have a few places available.


Liz Round.


International Women's Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to participate in a free community event for International Womens Day on March 8. Please see the flyer below for information.

The evening will include activities and discussions on themes that will help us all, as one community proudly diverse, to make local advances on the international theme of Press for Progress. Please come and add your voice, connect with others and enjoy celebrating with your community.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Books 2, 3 and 4 (Eldest, Eragon and Inheritance)  of Christopher Paolini's dragon series. 

Excellent condition hardbacks. 

$10 for the lot.

0405 180 639


Community Houses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello Neighbours,

Were looking for your ideas to upgrade the outdoor space at East Coburg Neighbourhood House.

Please spare 1 minute to complete the survey!
Thank you



Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Free if you can use em!

Can anyone use any of these? Cubby house maybe..? 

Sash windows, no frame, ropes broken.

Aluminium fly screens (fit half window in the red brick houses), one has small tear.



How to get to Sintra from Lisbon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A trip to Sintra is often a highlight of any trip to Lisbon Portugal. Sintra lies just outside of the urban area of the Portuguese capital. Sintra is in the centre of the Sintra Mountains with the Sintra mountains running for 16km from the town of Sintra to Cabo da Roca on the Atlantic Ocean. Sintra today is known for its Castles, Palaces and gardens.

A site as amazing as Sintra is a major tourist centre. Tourist, travellers and day-trippers come in droves each day from the capital Lisbon. Sintra was popular with the Royals and rich families over the years.  This left the landscape with many Royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings. These include the medieval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.

Sintra is today protected by UNESCO as a cultural landscape. Sintra is described by UNESCO as such:

In the 19th century Sintra Portugal became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.

Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0


So lets find out the options on how to get to Sintra from Lisbon.

Lisbon to Sintra Train:

The Lisbon Sintra train runs hourly from Rossio station in downtown Lisbon. The Rossio Lisbon station is a sight in itself. An amazing looking station opened in the 18th century and located just off Rossio square. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket booths or the automatic machines.

  • The Lisbon to Sintra train runs from 6 am till 1 am 19 hours of every day
  • During peak times the Lisbon to Sintra train runs every 10 minutes
  • Departure times vary from every 10 minutes, every 20 minutes and eve...


MACKAY Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft

February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

three counts of fraud dishonestly gain benefit/advantage, possess utensils or pipes and driving of motor vehicle without a drivers licence, licence suspended under s 79B. He appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on March 12.

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Multiple charges, Moranbah

February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Police have opposed the male persons bail and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. Detectives are continuing to investigate a number of offences of copper theft that have occurred in Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah. If anyone has any information they can contact Crime

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W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne City have claimed a third-straight Westfield W-League title, defeating Sydney FC 2-0 in the 2018 Grand Final on the weekend at Allianz Stadium. Both [more]

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1) Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Education is often out of reach for Papuan families
1) Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat
4:56 pm today 


Planning Panels are a rort "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Hunters Hill Council is absolutely right to be concerned by the Liberal State Governments law that deprives local government of any significant decision-making power for development applications (TWT page 7 January 31, [more]

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Byron Bay Surf Festival Artshow returns to Lone Goat Gallery for 2018 with a trio of highly influential artists with wildly individual histories spanning avant-garde surfing, DIY culture, activism, collaborative murals and hardcore & garage punk music.

OPENING 5.30 PM 7.30 PM Friday 23 February
Special Surf Festival Opening Hours:
Open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February

Gumbaynggirr Bundjalung man Otis Carey is equally renowned for his unorthodox approach to high performance surfing as he is for visual art.

Otis infuses his own traditional indigenous culture with contemporary Australian surf. I paint contemporary indigenous art, Otis says. The way I can best explain it is, its a broken-down form of traditional symbols and stories that arent giving all of it away but just enough for people to understand.

Based in Austin Texas, Tim Kerr became involved musically and artistically with the early stages of the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk/hardcore/self-expression movement in the 1970s.

The idea that anyone could, and should participate in self-expression is key to Tims approach to music and visual art. He was a founding member of influential bands The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers and Monkeywrench that have made recordings for record labels Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy for The Record Industry, In The Red, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars. Tim has also produced and recorded bands for all the labels above, both in the US an...


Any day but January 26 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, Change the date. I write that as an Anglo-Celt Aussie. January 26 was the beginning of a story of a quite brutal dispossession [more]

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Would You Pay This Much For A Meet & Greet With Kylie Minogue? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kylie Minogue is launching her upcoming new album Golden with shows at intimate venues across the UK and Europe next month. But fans eager to attend the singers London concert at the exclusive Cafe De Paris nightclub were left fuming at the price for a coveted Meet & Greet ticket to the show, which included ...

The post Would You Pay This Much For A Meet & Greet With Kylie Minogue? appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Courthouse from Courthiuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Darlinghurst criminal courts from outside the Courthouse hotel on Taylor Square, Darlinghurst 

I want to put a few figures in this one, ghosts of Gilligan's Island


I started this a while ago and got back onto it today, but I only painted the sky and a bit more before the rain came and drove me away.


Libby vs Requin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Requin are a four piece act from Brisbane.  They have released only two songs, one six months ago, and one a few days ago. We talked with guitarist/vocalist Fionn and multi instrumentalist Keely. Keely kicked off our discussion by sharing how it had all started.

Play Libby vs Requin


Tree of Hope aids animals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, On behalf of The Petbarn Foundation, Greencross Vets, City Farmers, Petbarn Gladesville and Petbarn West Ryde, I would like to express my sincere [more]

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Zero G - 19 February 2018 Episode 1172 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1172

Title: I PANTHER ABAMINYAM Podcast Title: Black Podther

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Black Panther Special!


For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


Flood of road repairs in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Manns Road at Rowlands Creek Road was closed owing to this massive landslip during the March 2017 flooding. Photo Will Matthews

Almost a year after the catastrophic March 2017 floods, Tweed Shire Council has finally awarded the first bundle of major-sized flood repair road packages and the last of its minor to medium-sized repair packages to the value of about $1.9 million.

Design and construction of repairs at major slips on Clothiers Creek Road, Nunderi; two sites on Kyogle Road, Kunghur; two sites on Urliup Road, Urliup; and one on on Numinbah Road, Numinbah, will be undertaken by Australian Marine and Civil Pty Ltd.

All works require slope stabilisation repairs using soil nail or other anchor technology and have been grouped based on type of work to maximise gearing-up efficiencies.

Works will also include repairs to damaged items such as guardrails, road surfaces and stormwater drainage.

Clothiers Creek Road is the priority site for this bundle but detailed design work will take about two months before on-the-ground repairs can start. So far, geotechnical investigations have been completed, options analysed, concepts prepared and Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) funds secured.

Medium size repairs

The fourth and final contract for minor to medium-sized repairs was awarded to Coastal Works.

This package of work has been mostly bundled according to location to maximise travel efficiencies. This package comprises repairs on 26 roads in Back Creek, Mebbin, Mount Burrell, Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon, Burringbar, Brays Creek, Kunghur Creek, Fernside, Tyalgum, Limpinwood, Rowlands Creek, Uki, Numinbah, Cudgera Creek and Upper Crystal Creek. It involves replacing more than 65 damaged items and is worth about $1.13 million.

Coastal Works is expected to mobilise within weeks to begin repairs.

More major road repair contracts are expected to be awarded at next months Tweed Shire Council meeting, including Cudgera Creek Road, Cudgera.

Tweed Valley Way nearly complete

Meanwhile, work to permanently repair the catastrophic failure of Tweed Valley Way at Blacks Drain, South Murwillumbah, is nearing completion.

The contractor, Skeen Constructions Pty Ltd, has advised Council to expect that....


COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]


Revisit The Birth of Sydney Mardi Gras In TV Movie Riot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ABCs long-awaited LGBTIQ rights telemovie Riot will screen this weekend, as the historic 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations continue. The movie follows key figures who were part of Sydneys first gay rights activist group CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on June 24, 1978 that would ...

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy Kissed His Boyfriend And People Are Loving It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The moment US skier Gus Kenworthy kissed his partner Matthew Wilkas on live TV before he competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has gone viral. The kiss was screened live on US television and a screenshot the 26-year-old athlete uploaded to his Twitter account has been liked more than 50,000 times. I didnt even know ...

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Thando on Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne-based musician Thando is making her way to Western Australia at the end of the month in celebration of her latest single Numb featuring Remi.

She jumped on the phone with Caitlin Nienaber on Breakfast to talk about chance collaborations, musical theatre and the importance of representation.

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How To Come Out Of Your Shell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great ...

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$195 for "An evening with Hillary" Clinton in Sydney. Want more? Pay more..................... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...


Defending Turnbulls bonk ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday I was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to write an opinion piece on the PMs bonk ban  in it I argue the new requirement reflects modern workplace standards and the communitys expectations.     Dont forget you can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to []


The Grapevine - 19 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Sarah Hayes Research Fellow in Archaeology and History at La Trobe University about the history of prostitution in 19th century Melbourne.

Then, author and humanitarian aid expert, Dennis Dragovic, comes onto the show to discuss his new book No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis.

Finally, former Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs returns with Sally Rippin for the Reading Room.



MACKAY Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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But there was no proof the people McCann attacked had anything to do with the car theft or subsequent crash, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday. McCann, 43, appeared in the court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of common assault. Magistrate Mark Nolan was provided

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Jacinda Ardern First New Zealand PM To March In Auckland Pride Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become the countrys first leader to march in the annual Auckland Pride parade. Ardern (pictured, centre) cut a rainbow ribbon to officially open the event on Saturday, which reportedly attracted a crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 people. She said she had participated in the parade numerous times ...

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See (hear) CC:Disco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbournes very own CC:Disco has teamed up with label legends Soothsayer to bring a collection of new music from emerging and underground artists across boogie, balearic, funk, disco and house. Talking about her passions of community radio and getting Australian artists out there in the international music sphere. CC:Disco Firstlight compilations.

Play Vishnu x CC Disco 16.02.18



Anthony Mundine Says His Anti-Gay Rant Was Taken Out Of Context "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Boxer Anthony Mundine has claimed his anti-gay rant after leaving reality TV series Im a CelebrityGet Me Out Of Here was taken out of context. Mundine was filmed saying he believed capital punishment would deter the problem of homosexuality, which he said should be kept behind closed doors, how it used to be. If we were ...

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ANZ Unveils Its New GAYTMs For Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANZ Bank have unveiled a new batch of GAYTMs to mark this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Each year the bank transforms several ATM machines in or around Sydneys CBD into elaborate works of art to celebrate Mardi Gras, with a different theme each year. This years GAYTMs are covered in light reflecting ...

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The Mt Wellington/ kunanyi cable car and the Tasmanian election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With a state election happening in Tasmania on March 3, the Liberal government quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called. Plans to build a cable car up Mt Wellington/ kunanyi are being resisted by many in the Tasmania community.

Residents group opposed to the cable car (Respect the Mountain. No Cablecar) have put out a call for people to contact the ALP, to encourage the party to clarify their position on the cable car. They are also calling on people to lobby the brewery CUB, which has land at the base of the mountain, and who has been approached by the developer to be involved in the project.

Respect the Mountain says:

Right now we need you to join with more than 2000 others and sign the petition to the owners of Cascade Brewery urging them to not support the desecration of the organ pipes.

We also ask that you contact the Tasmanian Labor Party leader Rebecca White on (03) 6212 2225 and ask her to clarify if Labor support the desecration of the organ pipes.


Tweed Council gives rail trail go-ahead despite some concerns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Murwillumbah Station will soon be the starting point for the North Coast Rail trail after Tweed Shire Council voted to go ahead with the project. Photo Flickr/RailWA

At its meeting last week, Tweed Shire Council resolved to accept the offer of $6.5 million in federal grant funding to construct the 24-kilometre long Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the rail trail project.

But a council spokesperson said a number of safeguards had been put in place to ensure the rail corridor remains.

The council will also explore whether it is economically viable to build the trail beside the existing track and whether additional opportunities such as driverless electric carts could be used to make the trail more palatable to staunch train enthusiasts, who have campaigned for more than a decade for the return of rail services.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said she was very pleased that we will be getting an opportunity to go to the market to also see if the trail could be built next to the track.

There would obviously be a greater range of opportunities for transport and tourism if we could utilise both the track and an adjacent trail, she said.

The council also resolved to seek an annual contribution from the state government to fund operations and maintenance of the regional tourism facility and is proposing a Trust be established to oversee governance and management of the trail, which could eventually extend all the way to Casino.

The resolution also included the following wording about safeguards:

To ensure that appropriate legislation is in place that would:

  1. Maintain the corridor in public ownership in perpetuity for exclusive use as a rail Ttrail, for the return of rail or public transport
  2. Allow under lease or license to the Trust uses complementary to the success of the rail trail (for example rail carriages used on parts of the disused line that would add character and services to the rail trail such as a coffee cart, art and craft, bike hire, accommodation, etc)  and that income derived from these be quarantined for maintenance of the rail trail, corridor and associated infrastructure (former stations).
  3. Require an Act of Parliament as oppose...


female Mandarin Duck (assumed escape) at Brisbane River, between Aranui St and Esplanade, Yeronga reported by Rob Elvish and M Hurwood on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]

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Dressed to impress "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At some point in our lives we have all dressed to impress a potential partner. Combed the hair (a dim, distant memory for me!), polished the shoes, put on sharp threads. Surprisingly some birds do the same thing (not the shoes though). The bird pictured left is an Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) formerly Ardea []

Saturday, 17 February


A Smash-ing new product "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We love a good road trip, and living in country Victoria to go to the city or sometimes in places right near us we need to do just that. Other times it is just great to pack up the car and see where the open road will take you. Having the girls makes things a little more complicatedthere is extra to think about before we jump in the car and take off.

One of those things is making sure that we have snacks and drinks for them to make the day run much smoother. Luckily we have the amazing Smash Lunch Box range to test drive for our summer road trips before they are really put to the test at school.

When I am looking for a school lunch box, school drink bottle, cooling pack and the all-important travel mug I look for leak resistant, products that will help the food stay cooler for longer and they are BPA free. Smash Lunch Box products tick all the boxes for us and one morethey look good!

The Bento Switch Up Lunch Box

Marley is very into reducing waste at the moment due to learning about the number of products that take a long time to degrade in class at school. She loves the Bento Switch Up lunch box as she can have her lunch in it and I dont have to use cling wrap on all the items in there. It also has a removable tab within the school lunch box for the days she has a long bread roll in it. The sections are great to fit all of her essentials in it.

The Important Technical Info:

  • Features a detachable insulated cool skin to keep your lunch cooler for longer
  • The removable cool skin makes for easier cleaning
  • You can switch it up with movable dividers
  • The Bento Switch Up lunch box is leak resistant
  • The dividers are also leak resistant to prevent cross-contamination within the compartments
Marley's lunchbox ready to got o schoolWhat Marley said:

I love my new school lunch box. When we took it on road trips it was just in the car in the esky or a cooler bag but now I can take it to school. It keeps my lunch cold and all my friends think it is a great lunch box because...

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