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Tuesday, 22 May


Seeking Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Hello, we are looking to open up the kitchen area of our brick duplex. The aim is to stay within the current footprint and incorporate the great north facing aspect with a passive solar design. The trick is where to place the loo, aside from in the tiny bathroom. 

If you know/are an architect/draughtsman who likes the challenge of small spaces, please get in touch.

If you have a duplex and have discovered an inventive way of placing the loo and would be willing to share your design, I would love to bake you a cake/pie and come for a tour.

Cheers, Melisa.

0407 934 525



Thank you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



A big thank you to everyone who reached out to support my dear neighbour a few weeks ago. Your generosity contributed to easing the pressure in a most difficult time. At present, the family has put everything into storage, they are staying with a relative and still applying for rental properties. Thanks again.


Fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


(end of White Quartz Road, Fryerstown - 15mins from Castlemaine).

A cosy night by the fire in the beautiful Fryers Forest with a meal cooked in the ground (Papuan mumu style with hot rocks and leaves in the earth) with a live acoustic set from the Black Orchid Stringband (featuring members of the Melbourne West Papuan community).

Tickets $30 adults/$15 under 18


Eat Your Greens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Moreland "Eat Your Greens' Local Food Network Event Wed 30 May.


Lost "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


My daughter left her school bag at Cox Reserve Tuesday after school. If anyone has found it, could you contact me on 0432 361 038?

I have a photo of a similar bag but hers is black.


New England, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While this YouTube video was published in February 2018, I hadn't seen it before. It tells something of the story of the Hinton Collection at the New England Regional Art Museum and in so doing showcases some the paintings themselves. Enjoy.


Bad Cop No Donut 22/05/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saatchi Art Artist Matt Denison; Painting, Bad Cop, No DonuSaatchi Art Artist Matt Denison; Painting, Bad Cop, No Donut

Newly released body camera footage is reigniting police brutality claims where a Fort Collins Police officer is seen body slamming a female Colorado State University student.

Officer Randall Klamser is  recorded throwing 22-year-old Michaella Surat face first into the pavement during the investig...


2018 Human Rights Dinner keynote address by Behrouz Boochani "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Standing up for human rights is about picking the battles that are long and exhausting precisely because they are the ones that matter the most. Even after five years of misery and oppression, Behrouz Boochani hasnt given up. So how on earth can any of us? As he said in his keynote address via video from Manus island last night at the Annual Human Rights Dinner in Sydney: Our advocacy will be acknowledged as truly valuable and worthwhile only when we can secure the release and safety of the refugees imprisoned on these islands. Never give up. We wont.


MACKAY Plasterer begs for mercy after raid uncovers illegal crop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Protecting Victoria's Biodiveristy in East Gippsland's Emerald Link "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today is International Day for Biological diversity. As a conservation group campaigning for the protection of East Gippsland's forests, we know a thing or too about the value of East Gippsland's biodiversity.

Today we're celebrating it and campaigning for its protection through the creation of East Gippsland's Emerald Link 


Chauka, Please Tell Us The Time | RAC film screening fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday June 15, 6:30 8:30pm RMIT University, Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne Link to Facebook Event: Refugee Action Collective Victoria presents: Chaulka, Please Tell Us The Time, a documentary co-directed by Behrooz Boochani and Arash Kamali Sarvestani. This incredible and deeply moving documentary captures life inside the Manus Island immigration detention centre.(...)


WATCH: Martin Is Living Proof Its Never Too Late To Come Out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hes old and hes proud and hes finally out. For Martin, an 86-year-old photographer, learning to live as his authentic self didnt have an age limit. He opened up about his decision to come out as gay as part of 5 Gums No Regrets online short film series, saying concealing his true identity for ...

The post WATCH: Martin Is Living Proof Its Never Too Late To Come Out appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Archbishop Guilty of Covering up Child Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim One of Australias most senior Catholics has been found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse and faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison. 67-year old Archbishop Philip Wilson was charged in March 2015 with one count of concealing a serious indictable offence under section 316 of the

The post Archbishop Guilty of Covering up Child Sexual Abuse appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Remembering Indigenous LGBTIQ Activist Rocky Malone, One Year On "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our community remembers you Rocky Malone. You were a strong Leader in our communities, a quiet achiever, a loyal friend. Thank you Rocky for your kindness, caring heart and passion. Rocky Malone showed inspirational leadership and direction in working with LGBTIQ youth at risk through her role as the General Manager at Open Doors Youth ...

The post Remembering Indigenous LGBTIQ Activist Rocky Malone, One Year On appeared first on QNews Magazine.


RuPauls Drag Race Introduced Its First Trans Pit Crew Member "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RuPauls Drag Race has welcomed its first trans male member of the shows Pit Crew. In the shows most recent episode, eagle-eyed fans noticed that transgender model Laith Ashley had joined the Pit Crew, the team of shirtless hunks that assists the competing queens in various challenges. Laith appeared during the episodes Pants Down Bottoms ...

The post RuPauls Drag Race Introduced Its First Trans Pit Crew Member appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Gippsland footy teams do the job "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The successful Gippsland League under 18s side who defeated the Murray Football League by six points featured five local Leongatha players and were coached by the Parrots own Kristian Pistol Gray.

In a throwback to the golden age of Australian rules football some Gippsland League players swapped jumpers with their Murray Football League opponents after a solid victory. The team were coached by former Morwell premiership coach Harmit Singh and captained by Leongathas Cade Maskell.

THE Gippsland football community is celebrating a wildly successful weekend of representative football at the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.
The regions three participating leagues recorded a clean sweep of seven wins from as many games.
The Gippsland Leagues senior team recorded its first win since 2015 with a comprehensive 62-point win over the Murray Football Netball League at Moes Ted Summerton Reserve.
The home team started strongly, with a pair of contested marks in the goal square to vice-captain and ruckman Bob McCallum and Morwell tall Ryan Hearn setting the tone for the 15.19 (109) to 7.5 (47) victory.
The team was loaded with star power and it showed, with crisp ball movement end to end making their opponents look second rate.
Some missed opportunities in the first half made the scoreboard a lot closer than it deserved to be but the Gippsland team still led by 20 points at the long break.
Leongatha duo Cade Maskell and Chris Dunne were lively up forward providing great hit up options and most importantly finding the big sticks by foot.
An eight goal to one third quarter was where the game really blew out, the Gippsland midfield were in elite form with ruckman McCallum feeding the ball to the likes of Eddie Morris and Leongatha pair Tom Marriott and Luke Bowman.
Dunne nailed his third goal of the game right on the brink of t...


Mullum2Bruns not for protesters, say organisers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Now in its eighth year, the Mullum2Bruns Paddle returns May 27. Photo supplied

Organisers of the Mullum2Bruns Paddle, which takes place this coming Sunday (June 27) say they want to avoid the event becoming a platform for protest or activism.

Campaigner Gareth Smith, who has regularly joined with his Palestine Flotilla said, however, he will not be deterred.

Mr Smith told The Echo he had received a call from one of the organisers who told me that the purpose of the day was for people to have an enjoyable time on the water and that it was a family event.  He did not think the event should be used for any other purpose.

Mr Smith added, I told him that I will be behaving in exactly the same way as I have always done over the years and I would be representing the people of Gaza, particularly now after so many of them have been slaughtered and badly injured by the Israeli military.

Gaza Aid Flotilla paddlers have always enjoyed positive support both from fellow paddlers and from audiences on the shore and this is the first time that organisers of the paddle event have raised any objection, he said.

Mullum2Bruns Coordinator Jo Spiteri told The Echo, We informed Gareth that this is an eco-friendly, family event and we requested Gareth not to use this event as a platform for protest or activism as we dont want issues on the day.

For more details on the paddle see the special feature in The Echo, out Wednesday.

The post Mullum2Bruns not for protesters, say organisers appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Arts Wednesday 23 May 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40 am, Andy Bromberger joins us for Part 3 of Atonalism, Alienation and Appeasement. This week, Andy looks at politics in the twentieth century and its impact on music and musicians. Stalin, Hitler and McCarthy all had very well-defined and strong views on what sort of music was acceptable and which musicians.

At 11:00 am, Dr Brandon Gien joins me in the studio. He is CEO of Good Design Awards and the winners for 2018 have just been announced. This year the awards are 60 years old, so its a good time to look back at past winners as well as to learn about this years winners.

Music this week reflects my conversation with Andy. I will be playing music by those musicians who were banned by political regimes.

Do join me!

The post Arts Wednesday 23 May 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Turnbulls Reef rescue plan must address deforestation and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday, 27 April 2018 - 2:42pm


  • Turnbulls Reef rescue plan must address deforestation and climate change to help save Great Barrier Reef
  • Deforestation threatens Great Barrier Reef40% of Qld clearing is in Reef catchments
  • Turnbull Government has failed to control deforestation with EPBC Act powers
  • $400 million Reef fund could be undone by scale of deforestation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls rumoured Reef rescue package must address Queenslands deforestation crisis and climate change if theres to be any hope in saving the Great Barrier Reef.

Today The Australian reported that the Turnbull Government was proposing a $400 million Reef rescue package in the next Budget after Fairfax revealed on the weekend that Turnbull Government reef funding had dropped $58 million.

Deforestation is Australias greatest hidden environmental crisis, said Wilderness Society Nature Campaigner Jessica Panegyres. It is a big contributor to the declining health of the Great Barrier Reef. When forests are bulldozed, soil is eroded, runs down rivers and smothers the Reef. This damaging process has worsened on the Turnbull Governments watch.

Queensland has seen a huge surge in deforestation in recent years to about 400,000 hectares a year due to the combination of weakened laws in Queensland and systemic inaction by the Turnbull Government. This clearing releases 45 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, when climate change is the greatest long-term threat to the Reef. Forty percent of this deforestation is happening in Great Barrier Reef catchments, directly threatening our already struggling natural treasure. Clearing in Reef catchments has increased almost 50 per cent in 2015-16 to 158,000 hectares.

This is despite a promise from the Turnbull Government to UNESCO to use federal laws to protect the Reef from excessive land clearing and arrest the decline of water quality. The government has powers under the EPBC Act to control this destruction, but whenever these powers look to be used, you see aggressive meddling and threats from the National Party and land clearing lobbyists. The result is a massive escalation of deforestation in Reef catchments that the Federal Government has failed to stop.

The Liberal National Party is desperately split over this issue. On the one hand the Queensland LNP and prominent Nat...


Queensland parliament passes new deforestation laws: good step forward for nature, climate and Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 2:30pm


  • New laws vital first step for tackling Queenslands deforestation crisis
  • Laws end HVA clearing; curtail thinning and increase Reef catchment protection
  • Laws do not protect all rivers or threatened species habitat and exemptions remain

The Queensland Parliaments new deforestation laws are a vital first step to ending the states deforestation crisis, the Wilderness Society said after the legislation was passed late tonight.

Today the Queensland Government showed leadership in passing new laws to tackle the states deforestation crisis, which is seeing a Gabba-sized area of forest and bushland bulldozed every three minutes, said the Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman.

Queenslands deforestation rate puts us on a list of global deforestation frontsmaking Australia the only developed country on that list. The deforestation of 395,000ha in 2015-16 had a devastating impact on wildlife and the climate, with nearly 45 million animals killed; thats one animal killed every second. That deforestation created 45 million tonnes of carbon emissionswhich is like adding more than 10 million cars to Australias already crowded roads.

These laws are a vital first step in stopping Queenslands globally significant deforestation crisis, but there are some loopholes in the legislation that need to be closed if these laws are going to truly end Queenslands deforestation crisis. We would like to see the protection of all threatened species habitat and vegetation around all rivers, as well as the curbing of deforestation in Category X exempt areas. There is more work to be done.

But, right now, we can all celebrate the fact that a decisive first step has been taken to ending Queenslands deforestation crisis.

More information

For further comment, please contact Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman on 0423 044 431.

Click here for photos, videos and a brief about deforestation in Queensland.

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For Weight Loss, Better Eyes, Good Cholesterol "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Dr. Mercola

Chicken as the foundation of a delicious home-cooked meal has been an American mainstay for decades. Not centuries, you might ask? As a matter of fact, up until the 1920s, homesteaders filled chicken coops with chickens to fulfill one main purpose: to produce eggs.

Chickens werent regarded as much beyond egg production until a new concept featuring chicken as a main course took flight in the late 40s. It was based, not surprisingly, on the food industrys initiative to find more uses for said chickens. Today we have a plethora of chicken recipes, from broth to casseroles to fried, not to mention nuggets. But what happened to eggs?

Eggs became a target based on the faulty premise of the medical establishment that eating too many yolks would drive up cholesterol and pack your carotid arteries with plaque. As recently as 2012, eggs were still being maligned and even deemed as health-damaging as smoking cigarettes, according to a Canadian journal.1 Many still believe this, and its the misinformation thats damaging health, not egg consumption.

According to a recent study2 led by Nick Fuller at the University of Sydney, Australia, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eggs, despite conflicting evidence continuing around the world, are not responsible for heart disease or high cholesterol. In fact, theyre one of the most nutritious foods in your kitchen. When he led the first portion of the study, Fuller wrote that eggs can support several aspects of health, including eye, blood vessel and heart health, healthy pregnancies and fat regulation, noting:

Despite being vilified for decades, dietary cholesterol is understood to be far less detrimental to health than scientists originally thought. The effect of cholesterol in our food on the level of cholesterol in our blood is actually quite small.3

Whether Two Eggs or a Dozen, Egg Intake Shows No Negative Results

The latest study notes that people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes ate a dozen eggs a week fo...


Fijis LGBTIQ Community Celebrated Its First Pride Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fijis LGBTIQ community has made history with what local activists say is the countrys very first pride parade. Local LGBTIQ group Rainbow Pride Foundation organised the event, held on this years International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBT), on Thursday last week. The group decided to hold the parade in Fijis second biggest city, ...

The post Fijis LGBTIQ Community Celebrated Its First Pride Parade appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Holiday Park managers push for camping around damaged protected pines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

The CEO of Reflections Holiday Parks (the renamed North Coast Holiday Parks), has dismissed resident Patricia Warrens assessment of their arborist report regarding proposed works within the Coastal Cypress Pine forest community at the Terrace Holiday Park, Brunswick Heads.

The long standing issue has seen a decline of the health of the protected trees over many years, and the latest proposal by the government run corporation suggests using concrete pads, called load cells, to distribute the weight of campervans and cars.

The upcoming Council agenda this Thursday tables the proposal, and staff have recommended deferring the matter and seeking an urgent meeting with holiday parks managers, their consultants, as well as Robert Kooyman and two representatives from the Brunswick Community.

Ecologist Robert Kooyman provided an independent report to Council, which suggested the best way to let the trees recover and gain health is to leave them alone.

Yet Reflections Holiday Parks own report, by an arborist, suggests that camping can continue in the park if managed.

Reflections CEO Steve Edmonds told The Echo, The load cells are designed to take a point load and distribute it across a wider area which results in reduced compaction of the tree root systems. The combination of load cells, revegetation, reduced number of sites, less vehicles and smaller campervans and tents are all aimed at enhancing and improving the welfare of these trees.

Edmonds did not address the question of whether the load cell trial would even be successful, given there is no evidence that this has worked previously.

Warren says, Parking vehicles on load cells would be in conflict with the space required for the natural branch growth and maturation of any in-situ plantings.

Not qualified

Edmonds said, The Trust acknowledges and appreciates Ms Warrens passion and concern for the southern en...


CPK McLaren MotorBody named a national finalist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CPK McLaren MotorBody is a 2018 finalist in the 100th Anniversary Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce VACC Industry Awards.
The business was also back to back finalists in 2016 and 2017.
CPK McLaren MotorBody, 17-19 Roughead Street, Leongatha, is a finalist in the Best Body Repairer Passenger Vehicle Large Business Category.
It is the only vehicle body repairer to become a 2018 finalist in Gippsland and one of only five regional finalist body repairers statewide.
Its a special year for VACC marking its centenary year and it is fantastic to be a part of Australias automotive achievement history.
Since December 2005 the business has been a family owned and operated motor vehicle body repairer based in Leongatha, South Gippsland.
Constantly evolving and developing, CPK McLaren MotorBody enjoys an award winning reputation as the premier Gippsland body repairer.
The exceptional staff of seven full time highly qualified technicians also hold many advanced I-Car Australia certificates and accreditations in all aspects of body repair applications; specialising in all vehicles, including prestige. Vehicle safety, value and integrity is never comprised with unfair, unreasonable, patch up quick fix alternatives. Repairs are carried out utilising vehicle manufacturers factory repair procedures, methods and systems, ensuring all vehicles are reinstated to correct specifications.
CPK McLaren MotorBody utilises the latest diagnostic, fault discovery and safety restraint system equipment. It only uses world class environmentally responsible Glasurit 90 Line automotive refinishing technologies with all current and advanced refinish equipment.
The company uses only new genuine, Australian delivered and complied vehicle parts, including genuine car glass.
The entire facility has undergone major new building works and renovations, now in the final stage. Its been an organisational triumph with new building works taking place now for many months and work flow not hindered during this process; testament to incredible professional project management by Lumel Pty Ltd, and its very organised, hard working staff.
CPK McLaren MotorBody is very proud of its achievements and growth as it continues to provide outstanding motor vehicle body repair excellence.
This industry is changing as vehicles are more sophisticated than ever before. Body repairers are no longer just panel beaters and spray painters. They are highly qualified vehicle technicians.
Correct quality repairs are essential and possibly even life saving. Make it your business to know how you are insured.
The business urges everyone to read insurance product disclosure statements to properly consider both who you are insured with and what you are insured for. The insurer may not be the actual insurer you think.
You need to insist on a full choic...


NZ dairy tour opens Rhiannons eyes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Australian dairy industry could benefit from the management structures employed by dairy farms in New Zealand, according to a young South Gippslander.
Rhiannon Parry of Wonthaggi North took part in a New Zealand Study Tour organised by the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
The dairy farmer was impressed by the management structures on Kiwi farms that gives a defined pathway from entry level to management positions.
School leavers start as apprentices and then move up to general farm hand, then second in charge and then manager, and then you can own your own farm, Ms Parry said.
Its something that should be in place here because I find the younger generation here think they can go straight out of school and into management. Some farms do it (ladder structure) but its more of the corporate farms.
Ms Parry found Kiwis do not focus on genetics as much as Australians think they do, but noted the New Zealand farmers concentrate on milk solids instead of volume, as is typically the way in Australia.
Its the quality they focus on, rather than the quantity of it, she said.
Theyre a lot more technologically advanced than we are here. Their dairy farms are relatively new because it was all sheep grazing in previous years. They do like their robotics and they like to have large scale dairies.
Ms Parry said the tour provided into insight into where the Australian industry could be headed, with more technology, large scale operations and even greater concern for biosecurity.
Corporate farms are more prolific in New Zealand given land is expensive. The countrys consistently high rainfall enables grass to be produced year round to give reliable milk production.
The tour took in the South Island of New Zealand, starting at Christchurch and moving to Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown.
Participants inspected farms from family operations to corporations and an organic property, and met sheep and beef farmers, and representatives from Dairy New Zealand and the Federated Farmers of New Zealand.
Ms Parry and her partner Cameron Schellekens run his familys dairy farm.
When we took over the farm, I did not know a lot about the industry. I wanted to learn as much as I could as quickly as possible, Ms Parry said.
I also wanted to try to bring home new farm practices we might be able to implement.
Ms Parry also works part-time with herd recording and genetics cooperative HICO in customer service.


Polaris dominates off-road vehicle market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AUSTRALIAS number one off-road vehicle brand, Polaris Industries, continued its outstanding growth trajectory in April to be named market leader in Australia year to date 2018.
Coming off a dominant 2017 where it finished the year as Australias number one off-road vehicle brand, Polaris was again a clear market leader in April for the fourth consecutive time in four months so far this year.
In an ATV and side x side market which is now down 2.2 percent year to date, Polaris has grown sales by 2.2 percent versus the January to April period last year, a positive growth swing of 4.4 percent.
Boasting an industry leading range of 23 models with Roll-Over Protection Structures (ROPS), Polaris is dominant in the growing side x side market with 44 percent share of the utility side x side market year to date and 58.2 percent share of the sport side x side market.
Polaris dominates the big bore ATV market with 16 percent sales growth in a 551cc and above ATV market which is down 12 percent year to date.
The dominance of Polaris is pronounced in Victoria with 41.2 percent market share in April and 34 percent year to date.
Whilst market conditions have softened somewhat, we are buoyed by our growth and the overwhelming consumer response to our industry-leading product range, particularly our 23 models with ROPS, Polaris Australia country manager Alan Collins said.
With the government set to extend its $20,000 instant asset write-off for small businesses and safety rebates continuing through WorkSafe Victoria for ATV users to transition to a side x side or Polaris ACE vehicle, we are confident the prospects for both the Australian off-road vehicle market and Polaris as a brand look bright for the remainder of 2018.
Polaris is also seeing strong growth on the back of new 2018 models, including Ranger XP 1000 HD EPS and Sportsman 570 HD EPS, along with continued success of its unique single-seat, ROPS-equipped Polaris ACE and Polaris UTE ATV with a rear dump box.
Mirroring the growth of Polaris off-road vehicle sales is the growth in genuine Polaris accessories, which offers literally hundreds of options for consumers to easily and quickly customise our vehicles to their own wishes, Mr Collins said.
More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found online at
Marriotts MPE in Leongatha stocks the Polaris range of vehicles and staff are willing to help you find out how a Polaris can benefit your business and lifestyle.


Towards more energy efficient farms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Energy Innovation Co-operatives information session at Outtrim on Sunday, May 27 aims to support farm businesses in their unceasing search for more energy efficiencies.
Energy and fertiliser prices are continuing to rise. There is help available. Bob Davie will share his experience and his vision to see a zero emissions beef industry. He and his family have an award-winning lifetimes experience growing Angus at Bimbadeen on Phillip Island. Since 2014 the farm has been a carbon positive enterprise. He aims to see his soil carbon sequestration program rolled out across Gippsland.
Participants in the session will also hear how to access Agriculture Victorias free on farm energy assessments which provide tailored advice on energy efficiency and generation opportunities.
People will also have a chance to try out the EcoCharger electric quadbike and the Latrobe Valley constructed Grid Edge/ Earthworker Voltswagon, a transportable solar/battery storage trailer.
We know farmers invest a lot of time and dollars into maximising their efficient running, coop secretary Susan Davies said.
There is help available and Id encourage people to attend, whether they are from big or small farm businesses.
To RSVP phone 03 5657 3108, email Peter on or see the website

Inspirational talker: Bob Davie and a prize bull on his Phillip Island property, Bimbadeen. Hear him speak at Outtrim on May 27. Photo courtesy Ralph Alphonso/Australian Geographic.


Andrea Thorson takes championship "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANDREA Thorson has reclaimed the Meeniyan Golf Club ladies championship for 2018.
Having won the championship before, Andrea regained the title after Dot Christie took out the championship in 2017.
Going into the final round Thorson was three shots ahead of Christie and it was anyones title. With a good front nine Thorson extended her lead. Despite a close back nine Thorson maintained her lead to win.
Christie told The Star Andrea played a good game and congratulated her on her win.
Andrea reminds me a little of how I was 20 years ago, Christie said.
But Ill be back again, all going well, to have another go next year.
Christie has won the Meeniyan Golf Club ladies championship 45 times and she has competed in more than 50 championships in a row!
The final round of the Club Ladies Championships last Wednesday was played in perfect weather and with the golf course playing well.
Winners on the day were Andrea Thorson 74 (9) Susan Straw 74 (29) and Nancye Hammet 83 (36). Putting was won by Dot Christie 25 putts.
The winner of the Championships was Andrea Thorson with total aggregate of 249 gross. B Grade was won by Faye Lepage with 292 gross and C Grade was won by Jenny Cope 343 gross.
Handicap winner was Andrea Thorson 222 net and Senior Champion was Dot Christie with 229 net.

Champions for 2018: from left, B Grade Faye Lepage, Kaelene from IGA, Club Champion Andrea Thorson and C Grade Jenny Cope.


Another refugee dies on Manus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 32-year-old Rohingyan refugee has died on Manus Island.

Reports indicate that the refugee was killed after he jumped from a moving bus and was struck by its wheels of the bus, around 11am very near to West Haus refugee compound.

Most refugees on Manus believe that the mans death was suicide.

The Rohingyan refugee had suffered for a long time with a medical problem, for which had previously been medivacced to Australia for treatment.

This refugees death is one more reason to evacuate Manus Island and bring all refugees and asylum seekers to Australia, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition

He should never have been on Manus Island. He should not have been sent there in 2013. He should not have been returned there after he was brought to Australia for medical treatment in 2014.

Peter Dutton is responsible for yet another death in offshore detention.

This death brings the total deaths on Manus Island to seven. Another three have died on Nauru.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Another refugee dies on Manus appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


LDNA shoots for new courts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN $800,000 redevelopment of Leongathas popular netball complex is proposed to bring the facility into the modern age.
Leongatha and District Netball Association (LDNA) officials have revealed plans for seven new courts at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.
The existing eight courts need re-surfacing and do not comply with safety standards. Netball Victoria requires bigger courts with adequate surrounding space for umpires and players to run-off without colliding with obstacles such as seating.
New courts also have the potential to attract even more people to netball.
LDNA president Anna Patterson last Wednesday urged South Gippsland Shire Council to seek funding of $500,000 on the LDNAs behalf, from the State Governments 2018-19 Female Friendly Facilities Fund.
Council has been asked to contribute $150,000 and the LDNA is able to also pay $150,000.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt was delighted by the proposal.
Im certainly saying yes, I would love to support this project, she said.
Mrs Patterson told council, LDNAs current court setup is not compliant.
We want to provide a safe environment to reduce the potential for injury, she said.
This project will improve the experience for women and girls, and will encourage greater senior and junior participation.
The project will feature seven new asphalt courts on the site where eight courts now exist. The additional space required to meet Netball Victoria requirements and to extend the courts will result in the loss of one court.
New bright competition 200 lux lighting, fencing and retaining walls will be built, new goal posts installed and there is potential for an acrylic surface coating of the courts, pending funding.
Spectators and officials will have improved visibility. The complex could be expanded to the east and south-west in the future.
The LDNA proposes to have access to the two new courts to be built by the Leongatha Football Netball Club on the reserve site.
A survey by the LDNA found the surface of the LDNA courts and run-off space to be the top concerns of 304 people asked.
That study also found that just as many LDNA members lived within 25km of the courts as within five kilometres.
Consultant Michael Dawson of Sustainability Business Works has prepared a business development plan for the court redevelopment project on behalf of the LDNA.
He found the LDNA is a most popular competition, with seven clubs and 95 teams in 2017, up from five clubs and 48 teams in 2010, including twilight competition.
Clubs from adjoining leagues enter teams of players surplus to their home competitions, in which clubs can only field one team per age group.
For example, Inverloch-Kongwak Football Netball Club has five teams and Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club has one team in the LDNA


Interleague domination for Gippslands leagues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Gippsland football community is celebrating a wildly successful weekend of representative football at the Worksafe AFL Victoria Community Championships.
The regions three participating leagues recorded a clean sweep of seven wins from as many games.
The TRFM Gippsland Leagues senior team recorded its first win since 2015 with a comprehensive 62 point win over the Murray Football Netball League at Moes Ted Summerton Reserve.
The home team started strongly, with a pair of contested marks in the goalsquare to vice captain and ruckman Bob McCallum and Morwell tall Ryan Hearn setting the tone for the 15.19 (109) to 7.5 (47) victory.
McCallum and skipper Cade Maskell (three goals) were among the standout performers on the day.
Gippslands under 18 team was given a sterner test but stuck to its task and eventually emerged on top, 10.12 (72) to 10.6 (66).
Cam Olden was named best on ground, with Jordan Hill and Bailey Quaife also prominent.
The Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competitions senior side secured its maiden championships win, defeating Maryborough Castlemaine District
Dynamic midfielder Zak Vernon received the AFL Victoria Medal, with Rylan Smith and Shem Hawking others to catch the eye in the 11.18 (84) to 5.10 (40) win.
Earlier, a best on ground performance from Brayden Weller led the West Gippsland under 18 side to a comfortable 16.11 (107) to 4.5 (29) victory.
AFL Gippsland region general manager Travis Switzer was pleased to see Gippsland teams performing strongly on the big stage.
The Gippsland region has a proud and decorated history when it comes to representative football and seven wins from seven games is an outstanding achievement, Mr Switzer said.
Theres no doubt our results have been a little disappointing in recent years but hopefully these are the first steps to moving our teams back up the rankings.
Interleague football provides leagues with a great opportunity to showcase the talent their clubs possess and gives players a chance to test themselves at a higher level.
Success breeds interest and these wins will hopefully ensure the representative football program is well supported in each of our leagues moving forward.
Mr Switzer also thanked the dozens of coaches and support staff and volunteers at host clubs Moe and Garfield for their invaluable contribution.
While interleague games rarely attract large crowds, social media engagement in the week leading up to, and on, game day showed interest in the concept remains high.
Facebook posts from the TRFM Gippsland League Facebook page reached more than 94,000 people and attracted more than 29,000 engagements, while posts from the Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition and EDFL pages reached 47,000 and 35,000 people respectively.


Mirboo Norths emphatic victory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MIRBOO North celebrated star 2017 premiership defender, Jacob Blairs 100th senior game with a crucial, no nonsense 64 point victory over Hill End at Tigerland on Saturday.
The final scores were Mirboo North 13 19 97 d Hill End 5 3 33
It was the mighty Tigers third consecutive win, after dropping their first four games of the season against Yinnar, Trafalgar, Morwell East and Thorpdale.
With seven rounds of Mid Gippsland football completed, reigning premier Mirboo North remains in sixth spot on the ladder with a healthy percentage of 132.39.
The Tigers are now one game behind Morwell East, which lost to Thorpdale by 16 points at Thorpdale Recreation Reserve.
Mirboo North opened but despite doing most of the attacking, the wayward Tigers could only manage one point eight against the visitors two behinds in the first quarter.
Accuracy in front of the big white sticks was a challenge for Mirboo North, with only Jake Nash finding the wide opening after Lloyd Powell and Brayden Wilson linked up to deliver the footy to him.
Luke Palmer kicked the Tigers second major 20 seconds into the second quarter, but it was quickly answered by Hill Ends strong-as-an-ox and highly talented onballer, Amburupa Uliando.
Frequently productive performers for the Tigers were playing coach Josh Taylor, Nash, Zac Kilgower, Joe Brooks and Hudson Kerr.
With a focus on moving the ball quickly, Uliando, Josh Hecker, Simon Fairbairn and Sven Batten were going in hard for the Hillmen.
Pressure was mounting on all ball carriers as repeatedly rugged tackles created energy sapping significance for victims across the midfield and inside both forward 50s.
Mirboo North broke the game open in an eight-minute purple patch that produced four goals, when match-ending injuries to Dylan Brooks and Gerhard Egerer threw the Hillmens match-ups and rotations into confusion.
Kerr drove a raking 40 metre left footer home at quail height, Daniel Taylor added two more inside a minute from free kicks and Nash successfully converted after climbing high above the pack for a lovely mark.
With Brooks giving his runners an armchair ride at the centre circle clearances, the Hillmen were so befuddled they didnt know which way was up or whether they were east of the sun or west of the moon.
Hill End eventually recovered its equilibrium and finished the term on a positive note when Ben Rotheram marked and kicked truly from 40 metres on a tight angle, as the halftime siren sounded.
Immediately after the main break, Mugsy Mooka and Rotheram came to the fore with a goal each into the wind for the Hillmen.
Hill End had temporarily closed the cracks that Mirboo North opened in its back half during the second quarter and lifted its intensity and work rate accordingly.
The Tigers seemed to have hit a flat spot, but their pers...


Stony Creek throttles MDU "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STONY Creek took home a whopping 151 point win against MDU on Saturday at the racecourse.
The end of the days play saw the score 158 to seven.
From the first bounce, Stony completely dominated the match.
Kael Bergles was the star of the match, kicking an impressive 10 goals, while Jackson Nolan played his part kicking four.
Bergles played a very good game up forward and Nolan played a very good game down the backline, spoiling by punching the ball back into play for the on ballers.
Half back, Jack Soroczynski ran the ball well coming off the back line, wingman Max Homer played really well through the middle, running all day, as did Hayden Egerton who worked hard.
Darcy Atkins looked best on ground. He was right in the middle, controlling the play with very good work with hands and feet.
Each quarter worked really well for Stony, there was a very solid team effort across the whole game.
The Lions seven goal first quarter set it all up and took any chance away from MDU.
During slight little lack of concentration from Stony at the beginning of the second quarter, MDU attempted to take control of the play but Stony bounced back and dominated the rest of the game.
The match highlights were undoubtedly Bergles 10 goals but from Stonys point of view, it was happy with the whole team and happy to come out with no serious injuries.
Stony is set to play Fish Creek in the next game and is expecting a close and good game.
Fishy defeated Stony last time but Stony is looking forward to the challenge.
MDUs Dean Thorson was the only single goal kicker.
MDU will face Foster that is just one above them on the ladder after it has a week off.

Battle for possession: Stony Creek and MDU players including Kael Burgles, Michael James, Tony Dyke and Brenton Arnup attempt to control the play. Photo courtesy Gerard


Trap shooter claims championship "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FORMERLY from Leongatha, Mount Eliza trap shooter Andrew Fiek was crowned the Commonwealth Champion at the Commonwealth Trap Carnival held in Tasmania recently.
Held from May 11 to 13, Fiek won the handicap event, shooting 50/50, the point score event, shooting 150/150 and became the overall Commonwealth Champion with a score of 455/475, 12 points clear of the closest competitor.
I started shooting on our farm in Leongatha back in 1982 and enjoyed shooting at the South Gippsland Field and Game range at Hallston, he said.
I attended Leongatha Technical School which had a shooting elective, where we learnt firearm safety, reloading ammunition and shooting skills out at the Hallston Gun Club.
Over the years, Fiek competed in inter-school shooting sports at Korumburra, Wonthaggi and Rhyll clay target club ranges.
I continued to shoot beyond school because I loved duck hunting, but unfortunately the seasons became so short, so I continued clay target shooting to keep up my skills, he said.
I enjoy the socialising and the friends I have made along the way as well as teaching new members and juniors to the shooting sport.
The sport does come with its challenges though, including the cost of ammunition, expensive firearms and all the travel.
To date, Fiek said his greatest achievements have been winning the FITASC (Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse) 2012 US Open in Minnesota.
In 2015 I went back to the United States and won the FITASC Grand Prix English Sporting, again in Minnesota, he said.
In 2015 I decided to give trap or down the line (DTL) shooting a try and have a break from the Sporting Field and Game discipline.
This was mainly due to joining the Melbourne Cricket Club Clay Target Club.
Fiek competes on a regular basis as part of the MCC team in the south east zone of Victoria, which includes clubs from Werribee through Melbourne and across to East Gippsland.
Last year our MCC team won the Morwell and Frankston zone shoots and the zone series for 2017, he said.
My recent achievements in DTL shooting include second place in the double barrel event and third place in the single barrel event at the Australian National Championships at Wagga Wagga in March.
I qualified for the 2018 Australian National Mackintosh Team.
From here, Fiek said he would like to qualify to compete on the Australian trap team again in 2019 and possibly the Australian Olympic team in the future as well.
I also enjoy teaching new shooters and juniors shooting and hunting skills through the State Governments shotgun education program, he said.
The South Gippsland Field and Game Range at Hallston closed down last year but I return to Korumburra, Morwell and Wonthaggi to compete in the south east zone events.
On occasion, I return to Ry...


New look arts centre dazzles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE $2.2 million refurbishment of the much loved Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is complete and impressed people who joined an official tour of the new centre on Saturday.

Bass Coast Shire Council invited the community to come and have a sneak peak at the centre before it officially opens its doors for Wonthaggi Theatrical Groups Boy from Oz production.

The renewal works were funded through Bass Coast Shire Councils 2017-2018 renewal program.

It is so much more user friendly for audiences and for people who will be using the stage, Wonthaggis Dorothy Fitzgerald said.

They have done a few things that needed to be done. The toilets have been completely renovated which is great.

Wonthaggis Keith Ritchie said, They removed the ventilation cowls from the roof which needed to be done so now we dont need to compete with the noise of them when it is windy.

Bass Coast Shire Councils coordinator of recreation and culture Mark Lindsay led the grand tour and was amazed by the amount of people who came to the tour.

Visitors had the opportunity to speak with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group vice president Wayne Moloney.

It was a very ambitious program to complete in four months and we value the asset we have here, Mr Moloney said.

The stage has been painted and new acoustic panelling has been fitted throughout, including cabinetry and linings to bathroom areas.

An improved orchestra pit access and framework has been fitted, new air ducting and electrical and data cabling installed, and light and sound equipment has been fully revamped.

Wonthaggi builders, TS Constructions, located at 4 Mortimer Street, did an excellent job with the new stage flooring.

There has been a stage roof replacement, 35 year old seating was replaced with completely new seating, the bathrooms have been fully renovated and several improvements to the foyer have been completed, including a history information feature wall.

New flooring and seating bring double the amount of comfort to the centre.

There are now six spaces for people using a wheelchair in prime positions in the centre and an access lift to the second tier of seating into the auditorium.

The centre plays an important role in the community, offering arts, culture and entertainment.

With its new look and improvements, the centre is set to offer upcoming comedy shows, productions and films throughout the year.

The works have been done to promote greater use of the art and cultural community infrastructure and meeting place, for a wide range of arts and cultural activities and to encourage lifelong learning and....


Wonthaggis pop-up square success "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A POP-UP town square, including free play areas and activities, was the focus of the first Woni Proud project held at Apex Park in Wonthaggi on Saturday.

Woni Proud, an initiative of Bass Coast Shire Council, aims to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggis status as the regional centre of Bass Coast.

Community members have been working with council to develop plans to revitalise spaces and places in Wonthaggi, with Apex Park being the first of the Woni Proud projects to come to fruition.

Wonthaggi residents have been coordinating the Wonthaggi Town Square project.

They are looking forward to seeing how the space can be energised to better meet the needs of the community.

We planned a day where people could come along and see what could be done in Apex Park, group member Karen Thorp said.

Its a pop-up, but it will help the community visualise and imagine how we can activate that space, and make it useful all through the year, more attractive, and community friendly.

Additions included signage, pathways, active play area for all ages, landscaping, extra seating and a better defined space.

Another member of group, Jacqui Paulson, was impressed by others enthusiasm.

The businesses are all saying its exactly what Wonthaggi needs. Our town needs the sense of community that a town square would provide, she said.

In a world where community and inter connection is being lost, helping to re-establish it is important. It brings safety, especially for our children.

Another highlight was the local artists who shared songs, offered music workshops and provided opportunities for everybody to make music.

There were performances from local groups including Wont

Family fun: from left, Indy, Bree and Mia Glenweston from Wonthaggi North had a fabulous time playing games at the Wonthaggi Apex Park pop-up town square event on Saturday.


Tea pots rug up in Fish Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE fourth annual Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival was a huge hit on Saturday with 183 tea cosies on display.

The nine day festival theme is TEAnational and the event highlights the many cultures where the making and taking of tea are symbols of hospitality.

Around 1000 people from within the shire and beyond attended on Saturday.

I just love the tea cosy festival, South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Alyson Skinner said.

Ive been to every tea cosy festival every year in Fish Creek and I love the fact that it is quirky and wacky and it just works.

Its great how the community just comes and works together.

Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien officially opened the festival on Saturday morning.

The tea cosy festival is part of a growing, artistic framework here in Fish Creek, he said.

It was a fantastic festival and a great event that puts Fish Creek and South Gippsland on the map.

The festival runs for nine days, ending on Sunday evening.

Festival events include the tea cosy exhibitions, high tea with entertainment by Ciao Bella and tea cosy demonstrations and workshops with Loani Prior.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit the Bendigo Bank market day for entertainment on Saturday.

The Tea Trees Talking felted art installation was open all day in the community garden and will be open throughout the festival.

The unique Fishy galleries, cafes and shops will be open for visitors to explore and a delicious Devonshire tea was held on Sunday in the Fish Creek Hall for everyone to enjoy.

It went fantastic. We had as huge crowd of people despite the cold weather. It didnt deter people, event volunteer Jose Goossens said.

The opening went really well and the response was amazing. Its growing and it has become more creative so were really pleased with that.

President of the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival committee Marge Arnup said she was blown away with the response from the public.

People were happy with the variety and quality of work on display and the diversity from children to really crafty people, she said.

We had people come down especially for the Tea Trees Talking felted art installations done by members of the Lothian community.

It is a really community based festival with different members of community taking on different events.

It is a big for a town the size of Fish Creek.

There will be a Devonshire tea at the Fish Creek bowling club on Tuesday, an international tea day on Wednesday at the hall, the biggest morning tea in the hall on T...


Nothing to hide "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

South Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen has questioned the tactics of the state agency tasked with investigating councils after his home was searched by police on Friday.

Cr McEwen proclaimed his innocence after police executed a search warrant at his Meeniyan home in the dark on Friday morning.

He said while police had the right to conduct the search on behalf of the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, he did not understand why the inspectorate issued a press release about the search on Friday.

He is considering lodging a complaint with the State Government over what he sees as a possible abuse of process.

Police executed the warrant in connection with the inspectorates investigation into South Gippsland Shire Council relating to an alleged leak to a third party of an email from council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin to councillors.

Police seized computer equipment and electronic storage devices from Cr McEwens address for the purposes of forensic examination of that material. Cr McEwen said they took two computers councils and his own and 15 data sticks.

He said he had not been asked to hand over equipment in the past and said police had to execute a search warrant to obtain his personal property.

Cr McEwen said, There have been complaints to the Local Government Inspectorate about leaking documents and while they are doing their job, its just interesting to me that the document (email from Mr Tamlin) was not confidential it was just a memo and I did forward it on to my personal computer, but I find it interesting that they have issued a press release.

Why would you issue a press release in the middle of an investigation before a conclusion has been drawn?

There have been a range of complaints to the Local Government Inspectorate in regard to the current...


Woman survives crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A WOMAN is lucky to be alive following a vehicle rollover incident in Inverloch last Thursday.

The 26 year old woman from Inverloch was travelling along Cape Paterson Road in Inverloch at 1.30pm when she lost control of her vehicle.

The car landed on its side in a bush beside the road.
Bass Coast Highway Patrol and Wonthaggi Police attended the incident.

The woman was not injured and was not taken to hospital. The road remained open.

Police believe the rain and wet road contributed to the incident. Investigations are ongoing.



New skate park coming to Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE new Korumburra Skate Park will be developed following Victorian Minister for Sport John Erens approval of $100,000 in funding through Sport and Recreation Victorias Community Sport Infrastructure Fund.

The funding complements South Gippsland Shire Councils allocation of $50,000 through the Community Budgeting process, along with an additional $100,000 in council funding.

The project is the result of the Korumburra Skate Park Planning Study with the advice, design and costings provided by Enlocus.

More than 50 young people were included in consultation, with Korumburra Lions Club and supported by Milpara Community House.

The skate park will be developed in the Korumburra Railway Station precinct and form part of the master plan for the overall site.

This location provides skate park users access to public amenities, shops and ample parking.

This new park will be designed as a beginner to intermediate level skate park and will be directly aligned with the Victorian Skateboard Association.

Due to the success of the newly developed Leongatha Skate Park, which has held Victorian State League Regional events, the association has identified growth in the sport within the region.

The design is aligned with the South Gippsland Health and Wellbeing Plan which provides for safe and accessible infrastructure, and promotes physical activity for all residents and visitors.

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said, The centrality of Korumburra and the new skate park site will help give younger community members a space for physical activity and encourage sport in the area.

Working with the Milpara Community House and the young people of Korumburra, we look forward to seeing the realisation of this new park.

Korumburra Milpara Community House manager Jenni Keerie, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt and Cr Andrew McEwen visited local youngsters at the Korumburra Skate Park to acknowledge the $100,000 in funding from Sport and Recreation Victorias Community Sport Infrastructure Program for the skate park on Tuesday.


Visitors explore Newhaven College "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PROSPECTIVE families and students visited Newhaven College at the schools Phillip Island Road campus open day on Saturday.

Parents had the opportunity to discuss their childs future with the teaching staff, take a guided tour with student leaders and wander through their state of the art learning centres.

In addition to a comprehensive academic program, Newhaven College offers challenging co-curricular opportunities to inspire young people to discover their passions. These opportunities were on display throughout the day.

Visitors explored the 82 acre campus, and toured the facilities including the new art, science and technology wing and senior school.

A walk up the hill to the Year 9 Environmental Centre with its spectacular view over Westernport Bay was a must.

Back to school: from left Newhaven College students from the 2008 class Madeline Thurgood, DArcy Van den Bossche, Justin Bertuleit and Liam Van Grondelle enjoyed the special High Tea reunion and were greeted by college principal Gea Lovell (centre).

Class of 1998: from left Newhaven College Board chairman Greg Price attended the Newhaven College Reunion during the schools Open Day on Saturday and welcomed former students Daniel Kallstrom, 1998, Mat Bowtell,1998, Felicity Kallstrom, Jess Ashbury, 1998, Peta Strachan, 1998 and front Jacqui Greco, 1998.


Renew Fest inspires reflection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Over 100 presenters and a thousand or so curious minds gathered at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds over the weekend for Renew Fest.

With a sonic installations in the large fig trees ringing in a minute of reflection on the hour, every hour, Renew Fest created a space to drop into the depths of our challenging times.

The holistic program included everything from community-owned renewable energy to breaking the stigma around mental health.

Another first for the festival and the area was the adoption of the cultural awareness protocol, which aims to ensure elders and indigenous cultures are not exploited for monetary gains.

Renew Fest director Ella Goninan said, I particularly want to thank everyone for embracing our zero-waste agenda, and dropping deep with us into the minutes of reflection. It felt like a potent mix of dreaming into and making real the future that is calling to us.

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#AskDocQ: Why You Shouldnt Put Off That Flu Shot Any Longer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Did you know that the influenza world pandemic of 1918 killed more people than the entire First World War? Nearly 40 million people died from the flu virus and its complications, and most of the victims were young people, because they were the people most likely to catch it, being out and about. You see, ...

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Call to scrap Monash honour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INDIGENOUS groups are calling for the McMillan electorate not to be named after Sir John Monash but rather Aboriginal leaders.

The Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Bunurong Land Council and Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group welcomed the decision by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to remove the name of McMillan.

The electorate was named after explorer Angus McMillan but he massacred Indigenous people in the area.

But the groups want the AEC to name the electorate Bunjileene-Purrine after Indigenous leaders, instead of Monash as the AEC proposes, in recognition of Sir John Monashs founding of the State Electricity Commission.

Monash is a revered figure to many Australians, and has thus been appropriately recognised already with the naming of a university, a scholarship, a hospital, a freeway, a municipality, and now the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux, and, inappropriately, in a new political forum, the indigenous groups said in a combined statement.

While confusion may be created in whether a new Monash civic centre is in Glen Waverley or in Moe, that is not really our concern.

Our concern at the overlooking of the Aboriginal name is two-fold. First, that the enduring trauma associated with McMillan that has been imposed on Aboriginal people deserves recognition and a just response. Secondly, that the collaborative and truly representative process undertaken by Gunnaikurnai and Bunurong People to find a name was an act of reconciliation offered to the Gippsland community, and has been declined.

While the groups say the length of Bunjileene-Purrine may pose a difficulty, they said the electorate of Carpentaria is equally long, with five syllables.

McMillan MP Russell Broadbent supports the renaming of the electorate and approved the name Monash.

There were a number of people concerned about Angus McMillans involvement in the settlement of Gippsland, he said.

The electorate is to be redistributed, with Pakenham to go and more of the Latrobe Valley falling under the seat.

The current McMillan electorate is well above the allocated number of constituents and with the proposed redistribution, around 35,000 people will be removed from the McMillan electorate.

The boundaries of the proposed new seat of Monash will make the new electorate a more regional electorate with Pakenham shifting into La Trobe.

Ive represented Pakenham since Ive been in the electorate and have seen Pakenham change significantly to what is now more likely considered part of suburban Melbourne.

Mr Broadbent lives in Pakenham and will not need to move to recontest the seat.



Rails return no pie in the sky "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TALK of trains returning to Leongatha is gaining momentum, with The Nationals Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien and South and West Gippsland Transport Group Committee chair Andrew McEwen jumping on board.

Mr OBrien maintains a dedicated rail line for Gippsland would bring South Gippsland a step closer to the return of train services.

Mr OBrien has welcomed the commitment by leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh to a dedicated Gippsland rail line.

Gippsland rail travellers know that congestion in the south eastern suburbs is what causes our biggest delays on the Gippsland line, Mr OBrien said.

I am also conscious of community interest in returning rail to Leongatha as well. I think that will be viable again in the medium term, but it cannot proceed at all unless there are more slots available on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line to accommodate a South Gippsland train. A dedicated line would deliver that.

With rapid growth continuing throughout the south-eastern suburbs of Cranbourne and Clyde, and the prospect of a new commercial airport near Koo Wee Rup, we must plan for the future.

More and more people are relying on public transport and some parts of my electorate such as Nyora, Poowong, Loch and even Korumburra are becoming an extended part of the commuter belt.

Mr OBrien said while he had been calling on Labor to undertake work on the Gippsland line, he had also been working with his Gippsland colleagues and the Shadow Cabinet on the project.

I look forward to additional announcements prior to the election that will put meat on the bones and ensure a better service for Gippsland passengers, he said.

Mr McEwen said he has had talks with Mr OBrien and is heartened the timeframe for the return of rail to Leongatha had been reduced.

Originally Danny was saying it could be about 20 years off but more recently he was talking 10 to 20 years for the return of rail, he said.

Mr McEwen suggested the timeframe for the return of rail could be only seven to 10 years away.

The return of rail to regions is an economic driver and both parties have a commitment to see the rail extended from Cranbourne through to Clyde, he said.

This line would be extended to Lang Lang to cater for the proposed ($7 billion) airport and this would already reduce the cost of bringing the line through to Leongatha as a third of the line would already be built.

So the $130 million estimated cost of returning rail to Leongatha would be reduced to some $90 million if the line was extended through to Lang Lang.

Some 10 years ago, the former Brumby Labour Government did a back flip on its promise to return rail from Cranb...


Mrs Potter to star on national stage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEANNE Potter describes herself as a just a girl from the country, but come November, she could be representing Australia on the world stage.

She is a national finalist in the Mrs Australia Continent Pageant and will vie for the title of Mrs Australia in Sydney on November 10.

Mrs Potter, from Budgeree east of Mirboo North, is the first Gippsland contestant in the competitions 10 year history.

Unlike most pageants, Mrs Australia is not completely based on your looks. Its more about the contribution you make to your family, your charity and your community, Mrs Potter said.

Mrs Australia is for all married woman. There are no age, weight or height restrictions, and the concept behind the pageant is that everyone has their own kind of beauty.

It promotes empowering women of all ages and stages of life to see their own inner beauty, to develop confidence, self-worth, and allows women to be seen as positive role models in their community and across Australia, Mrs Potter said.

It is a truly equitable tournament that ensures everyone is included and focuses on connection and community before competition.

Mrs Potter said she joined the pageant as a chance to express herself and build her identity after years of being a mother, career woman and wife.

Somewhere along the way you sort of lose yourself in all the responsibilities you take on, she said.

This pageant is my way of forcing myself to open up, step up and challenge myself. The Mrs Australia pageant allows married women and mothers to be recognised as beautiful, intelligent women, role models in their communities while they still juggle family life, farming and careers.

The 50 year old said she is not immune to the pressure to look good at the competition, particularly as contestants must parade in a swimsuit and evening gown.

I have been working out, eating well and getting plenty of sleep. I want to give this the best shot I have, she said.

Supporting ones community is a big part of the pageant. Mr Potter is supporting three major charities: Lifeline Gippsland, the oncology unit of the Westmead Childrens Hospital in Sydney and Heart Health.

Lifelife Gippsland is close to her heart. She has been a telephone crisis counsellor for many years and recently trained to be a supervisor.

My personal mission is being an advocate for farming communities, giving an ear and voice to the social and emotional issues faced by families and individuals living in rural areas, reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and contributing to positive outcomes, she said.

Its country men who are a big suicide risk and we need to have those conve...


Vivid Ideas 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Vivid Ideas will captivate Sydney over 23 days and nights from 25 May to 16 June.

Dare Jennings Game Changer

Dare Jennings is one of Australias global success stories. He is the founder of Mambo clothing, Phantom records and Deus Ex Machina, yet according to Dare, he has no business knowledge to share. So how do you create cult brands that cut across age and lifestyles? You toss out the rule-book and follow your instincts.

What started with stripping back and customising motorcycles in a gritty inner-west Sydney workshop along with screen printing a few t-shirts has morphed into the multi-faceted beast that is Deus Ex Machina turning over $60 million in apparel, accessories and dead-cool bikes as well as running publishing projects, recording deals, cafes, festivals and retreats from Sydney to Milan to LA to Bali. The cornerstone? Everything is built on coveted experiences.

Dare will be joined by his good friend James Valentine host of Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney. Expect a broad ranging conversation touching on politics, music, surfing and those bikes with a few tips and tricks for success thrown in for good measure.

What: Vivid Ideas

Who: Dare Jennings

When: 27 May 2018

Where: City Recital Hall

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Peggy Oki and Laura Wells Change agents.

Are you ready to be an agent for change? Join two pioneering women in arts and the environment to hear how they campaign to protect oceans. Learn tips about turning your passion into action and explore what part you can play to have an impact. This talk is part practical and part inspiration. Peggy has always been a pioneer as the only female member of the iconic Z-Boys skateboard crew and...


Byron council has 180 holiday-lets in its sights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Manager of Santos Organics and Greens councillor Michael Lyon. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Shire Council is currently monitoring 180 holiday-let premises in the shire and has already issued notices to two of them advising them to cease, according to Cr Michael Lyon (Greens).

Council staff have been working hard to progress two cases and have now issued notices of proposed orders, with development control orders to soon follow to require the ceasing of the activity, Cr Lyon said.

Separate to this, prosecutions under a different arm of the EPA act are being pursued for past breaches and the hearings are expected to be held shortly, he added.

In a 2014 case involving an unauthorised holiday-let property in Gosford, the court ruled its use was prohibited and constituted development without consent in breach of s 76B of the EPA Act.

In Byron Shire, Cr Lyon says there are currently over 180 properties that we are actively looking into which are suspected of unauthorised STHL.

Residents who are concerned about unauthorised short-term holiday letting (STHL) can visit the Council web page on STHL and report it, and staff will follow up.

Estate agents, platforms may be liable

Cr Lyon says letters have also been issued to real estate agents in the area, after Council received legal advice suggesting that agents may also be liable for the use of the property if they facilitated a breach of the EPA act.

What is also potentially exciting, is that the reasoning in the case the advice, also suggests that we can target the online platforms too if they facilitate breaches of the EPA act, he added.

Cr Lyon added that in Byron, it is essential that entire homes where there is not normally a permanent resident must be returned to the pool of long-term lets.

This pool has become more of a puddle in Byron, he added.

Ripping community apart

Only last week, a family I know that needed to move, with two full-time working parents, has had to relocate out of the Suffolk Park area due to the lack of availability and affordability of suitable housing.

He said that a call by the minister for more research across...


Yemen Blues @ The Metro "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yemen Blues intoxicating music merges West African rhythms, influenced by Yemeni culture and melodies with jazz and funk to evoke a connection to places you may have never visited.

Sitting in a musical crossroads of Middle Eastern traditions, the group paints a musical canvas with deep laments and jubilations to present a complex and resolutely modern offering.

The group are known for their energetic and powerful live performances with hypnotic percussion beats and multi-layered sounds created by instruments from bass, percussion, brass to oud and strings. Led by Jewish Yemenite vocalist Ravid Kahalani, with a soaring three octave range, his mesmerising vocals alongside a superb lineup of talented musicians from New York, Israel and Uruguay make this one of the most engaging and exuberant acts on the world music scene.

Since their critically acclaimed breakthrough at 2012 globalFEST, to Roskilde Festival Denmark and concerts all over Europe and the US, they have collected a devoted family of fans.

Who: Yemen Blues

When: Friday 8 June @ 7pm

Where: Lair Theatre @ The Metro

To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here

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Brad bodyboards his way to Bali "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Murwillumbah High student Brad Harringtons bodyboarding skills are taking him all the way to Bali.

Murwillumbah High School student Brad Harrington recently won the 2018 R/U Open Mens Queensland State Bodyboard Championships.

As a three-time WA Under 18 State Champion he competes at the national titles every year and has also landed a number of sponsorship deals.

He is about to travel to Bali to make some promotional video footage for his sponsors.

In Bali, Brad will be going on a number of surfing trips with World Champion Ryan Hardy and professional coach Aiden Salmon, who co-own Bali Bodyboarding School.

Brads ultimate goal is to compete on the world tour. He is one step closer to his dream as he is due to compete at Kiama in July at the world tour qualifying trials.

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Ramadan: Whirling Dervishes come to Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hijackd, a Shepparton based food truck and social change movement, is excited to be working with Multicultural Arts Victoria to present a special free Backyard Iftar at Queens Gardens as part of Hijackds Ramadan Sessions.   This unique event will provide an opportunity for local people from all cultural backgrounds to have a taste of ... Read more...


Muslim bikie gangs toss a grenade and NSW govt demands honest people hand in their guns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

filed by Jim OToole in Sydney

Melburnians can thank former Labor and Liberal Prime Ministers for allowing Muslim gangs to terrorise Melbourne and often Sydney after a hand grenade attack two days ago in Lalor wrecked property but did not harm any occupants of the targeted unit.

Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Juliar Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull can share the blame for allowing tens of thousands of mad Islamic immigrants to come to our country then live in enclaves in all capital cities.

Mad Islamic bikie gangs now have hand grenades in their arsenal and the silly NSW govt demands honest people hand in their guns?

Muslim bikie gangs terrorise suburbia with drive by shootings. The NSW firearms registry has been infiltrated by gang supporters as attested by a number of targeted homes being burgled where only concealable firearms were stolen.

The homes belonged to registered members of pistol clubs in Western Sydney.

Now the emerging fascist, NSW Liberal government is calling for unregistered firearms to be handed in at an amnesty.

Only honest but foolish citizens would give up their guns. The stupid Cabinet must believe in the tooth fairy if they think the Muslims will give up their Chinese military SKK semi-auto rifles or now hand grenades and other military armaments.

The Islamists prey on the welfare system stripping mon...


Fix NBN, youth unemployment: Pages ALP candidate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ALP candidate for the federal seat of Page, Patrick Deegan. Photo supplied

Successful Labor candidate for the seat of Page, Casino resident Patrick Deegan, may not have had the high profile of fellow contender Isaac Smith but what he does have in spades is a passion for helping the disadvantaged.

Mr Deegan manages a regional service supporting families that are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, mental health issues and financial stress.

He told Echonetdaily that his current role has given him a good understanding of communities adding his first focus is to get out there and talk to voters and really hearing from them about what they think the issues are.

Disappointed in Hogan

But its clear that Kevin Hogan has left a lot of people disappointed, that thats certainly what Im hearing from people already.

In voting against the banking royal commission, in supporting cuts to penalty rates that really hurt hard-working people in the Page electorate. Hes also taken funding from schools, hospitals, universities and TAFES in particular, he said.

Labors already put a plan in place for 100,000 free TAFE places and that will have a big impact on the young people and people re-entering the workforce in our electorate, he added.

Mr Deegan said that his existing role, that sees him range between Lismore, Tweed and Grafton stands him in good stead when it comes to traversing what has become a very large electorate.

Its very diverse, its a large area and has a lot of different communities although its smaller than the area I work in and much of it overlaps that area so Ive got a good understanding and I travel around the electorate regularly already.

Youth training and employment

Asked what areas in particular he felt needed addressing urgently, Mr Deegan pointed out the needs of youth and the NBN as being two that stood out.

I think its really important that young people are focussed on, that theyve got hope for opportunity within the electorate: post school options with a variety of vocational pathways and access to jobs.

Certainly building the NBN properly is one way of opening up those oppourtunities for young people in the electorate.



Anthony Callea To Bring New Tour To The Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He is one of the most recognisable voices in the country, can deliver a power ballad like no other and has covered some of the most iconic songs in the world throughout his music career. From humble beginnings on Australian Idol, Anthony Callea has proven himself a force to be reckoned with, with a string ...

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Rise of Airbnb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Short stays

Australia is becoming more and more...and more popular with tourists and short-term visitors to see family and friends. 

The trend is predominantly being driven by Chinese and Asian tourism.

The same trend is also been pushed along by the lower dollar since the peak of the mining boom.

In New South Wales annual short-term visitors are fast closing in on 3.5 million. 

This potentially has some significant implications for the dynamics of the housing market.

Hotels are typically very expensive in cities such as Sydney - certainly in the areas close to the city.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see more landlords turning to Airbnb to maximise rental income, in turn absorbing some of the rental supply through this cycle.

Sydney's estimated resident population is also now growing at faster than 100,000 per annum for the first time.

There are now more than 5.1 million residents in the harbour city. 

The long term fundamentals of Sydney land and dwelling prices are arguably stronger than ever before, at least in the landlocked and more desirable parts of the city. 



Is Cairns ever sunny? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We got here a week ago and it's been overcast the entire time!

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Reef money for foundation with mining industry links "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

We always knew that there is a connection between the promotion of climate denial and it is always useful to be armed with evidence, showing that these are peddlers of lies for short-term greed.

It is well known that specialist public relations firms that were once engaged to build public opinion around the belief that there is no proof that smoking is bad for you. They also worked for oil. now they have turned their talents, to saying there is no proof that the worlds climate is rising.

Any connection between interests standing to gain from polluting the Great Barrier Reef and and the need to protect it, should concern everyone.

Of the recent$500 million provided in the recent budget for the reef, $144 million of it will be going  to a partnership between the government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The trouble with this, is that the foundations , major patron was by Peabody Energy, which had been heavily involved in funding the climate change denial campaign. This corporation went into receivership and no longer exists. But there are others, including Mitsubishi, Rio Tinto, BHP, Origin Energy, AGL and ConocoPhillips Australia. This is enough to suggest that the Great Barrier Reef fondation is compromised. This sort of patronage does not exist without reason.

We know that the Turnbull government is under immense pressure, to look like its doing something to protect the Reef. This certainly fits the bill, with the added benefit of providing a cover for what it really wants to do.

Perhaps there are those within or associated with the foundation, who genuinely want positive action. But this does not get away from the fact that it is compromised by its ties.

The funding is said to be marked for improving water quality, tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish, and expanding reef restoration, and to develop coral that is more resistant to high temperatures and light stress.

There is concern that there will be a new emphasis on promoting solutions through management, without having to do anything about the threat of global arming.

Behind all the fanfare about a newly discovered concern for the future of the worlds biggest reef system, nothing has been done to stop exploration for mineral and gas resources. The danger is that the companies patronising the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, stand first in line to benefit from any discoveries.....


Out of the Blue fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Out of the Blue fundraiser

It's back! The team from Out of the Blue are holding their fourth annual Fundraising Trivia Night on Wednesday 23 May at 6pm. Get a team together, big or small, and join us at Highlander Bar, 11A Highlander Lane in the city, for delicious food, a cold bevvie and some healthy (or not so healthy) competition. Be sure to bring your A game, a creative team name and your mad trivia skills. All money raised will help to keep Out of the Blue running for another year. For more information and to book your tickets head to our Facebook page or email us at


NZ wont pay for homeless in Aust: Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo EPA/Felipe Trueba

WELLINGTON, AAP New Zealand will keep pushing for benefits for homeless Kiwi youths living in Australia but it wont pick up the bill, Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says.

More than three dozen Australian organisations have written to Ms Ardern calling for her to push a Trans-Tasman solution to the plight of New Zealand teens left on the streets because they are unable to claim benefits in Australia.

They say family violence and breakdowns often lead to homelessness and leave 15-to-18-year-olds vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, with reports some are turning to prostitution.

Under the current law, Kiwis that came across after February 2001 arent eligible for the benefits given to homeless Australian youths.

Ms Ardern on Tuesday said while the stories she had heard were stark the issue had been consistently raised with the Australian government.

We have continued to maintain the rights of Australians in New Zealand. We continue to seek from Australia that they do the same, she told Radio NZ.

All we are seeking is equity in the relationship that we used to have and thats a point well keep making.

If given out at the same rate as to Australians, the benefit would help about 160 New Zealanders at a cost of about $2 million.

Ms Ardern said while the New Zealand government would be happy to provide support to the youths back home, it wouldnt be paying Australia to extend the benefit to them.

Theres no country in the world that funds another government to make welfare payments, she said.

Melbourne community lawyer Shorna Moore said many of the teens had only ever known a life in Australia and that the consequences of homelessness especially for young women were horrendous.

These kids are falling through the cracks and the governments of New Zealand and Australia must step in, she said.

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Seeker.Keeper.Lover Natalie Grono Photography Exhibition 26 May 24 June "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An exhibition documenting the unique and diverse events, movements, rituals and rites of passage that allow members of the Northern Rivers community to unite and find corresponding purpose, symbolism and meaning.

Lismore Regional Gallery Gallery 5

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Could new images shed light on fatal Ballina attack? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Have you seen this man? Police would like to speak to him in relation to a fatal incident in Ballina last week. Photo NSW Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to and a car that was seen in the vicinity of where a man died after an attack in Ballina last week.

About 2am on Sunday May 13, emergency services were called to River Street, Ballina, after a member of the public found a man unconscious on the footpath.

Aaron Marks, 38, from Iluka, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he died from serious head injuries three days later

Officers have released CCTV images of a grey/silver Nissan Skyline and a man both on River Street, Ballina, in the early hours of Sunday 13 May 2018 which may assist in their investigation.

Strike Force Bulgundara is investigating the incident and detectives are urging anyone with information on the man or the car or anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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May 22 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1823 - William Poole was hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally sentenced to death for leading a party of convicts in escape into the hinterland, in the hope they could walk to Timor.

1824 - At the Newcastle Police Court  - William Moore, overseer of the mines. Charged with stolen property in his possession.
The Chief Constable stated - I received an information on Sunday that some of the property lately stolen from Mr. Henry Dangar was in the possession of Moore. I accordingly searched him and found the pair of worsted stockings now produced. I also searched his house but did not find anything that looked suspicious except a pair of duck trousers made in Kings canvas which I also brought away. Mr. Henry Dangar states.....I was robbed some time since of various articles of wearing apparel amongst which were some stockings. Those produced are of the same pattern with some I have by me. I have not any doubt but that they belong to me....The prisoner in his defence stated....I bought the stockings from James Usher for three shillings. I also got the trousers from John Thomas the sail maker. They are both free men and have lately been sent to Sydney....William Moore sentenced to sleep in barracks till further orders and to have his government man taken from him

1831 - Perhaps in response to earlier grievances, a group of Aborigines mounted an attack on the Johnsons' hut at Dairy Plains near Deloraine on this day while the mother (Aboriginal matriarch Dolly Dalrymple) was alone with her children. Armed with a musket, she held off the attack for six hours until help arrived. As a reward, the government granted her twenty acres (8 ha) of land at nearby Perth, where her husband Thomas Johnson erected a dwelling.

1833 - Midgegooroo was executed at the Perth Gaol by firing squad on a death warrant issued summarily by Lieutenant Governor Frederick Irwin, for the murders of Thomas and John Velvick at Bull's Creek.

1840 - An Order-in-Council was issued, removing New South Wales from the list of places to which convicts could be sent.
In lay persons words transportation of convicts was halted, ceased, desisted.

1851 - Those who would squeeze blood from a stone declared from the rooftops of NSW that any and all gold on both public and private property was ultimately owned by The Crown and should anyone have the urge to dig and delve they would be lightened of 30 shillings each month for the privilege.

1852 - James Barlow was hanged at Melbourne Gaol for murder by stabbing William Jones at a boarding house in Flinders Street, Melbourne.

1855 - Captain Sir Charles Hotham became the first Governor of Victoria under
( ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh stop it, my sides are aching) Responsible Government.


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Byron Youth Theatre treating themselves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The cast of Byron Youth Theatres new production Treat Yourself. Photo supplied

The cast of BYTs latest production Treat Yourself are all dressed up and have plenty of places to go.

Their fun, action-packed production will be seen by Year 8 students at Shearwater Steiner school and Year 7 students at Mullumbimby High this week.

Hot off their success at The Planting Festival, the cast have been putting in extra rehearsal hours to get ready for this tour.

Weve had so much fun with this production, its high energy with lots of great messages about health and wellbeing says Millie Harman, who joined BYT this year.

I love this company we get to create original plays through a really interesting process and team up with other local groups, businesses and organisations.

After a short break the dynamic company will be devising a new production on issues of racism and prejudice as well as bringing back their powerful productions Mind Made Me (on mental health issues) and So What about Sex for conferences in NSW and QLD.

Funded my Santos Organics and donations through the Australian Cultural Fund by some very kind community members, BYT have collaborated with Damon Gameau of That Sugar Film, Lisa Parkes of Ninja Play Academy Byron Bay and Leah Laureau of Byron Yoga Organic Retreat.


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Ways to save money on your Gold Coast family holiday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You guys are going on a Gold Coast family holiday? Why dont you just go overseasit is just as cheap. Its too expensive to holiday in Australia.

There were so many people telling us we were mad to even consider a holiday in Australia especially a Gold Coast family holiday. As some of you may know Marley has had this as her bucket list destination for so many years that even though so many people said we were mad it was a place we had to do. It was also a promise that I made to my mum before she passed away that if we planned on long-term travel we had to take the girls before we went.

But I must admit I was very surprised at most peoples reactions to our Gold Coast holiday plans. So I set out to make sure we could prove to our friends that you could have an amazing, affordable, holiday right here in Australiaand on the Gold Coast. One friend told me if I could get away with it for under $5000 I was doing wellI had to recover from the shock. $5000 for 8 days, was this a joke? My mind was made upI was going to do the lot AND for plenty less than that.


Gold Coast family holiday Accommodation

There are so many accommodation options on the Gold Coast for your family holiday. You can stay in a hotel or you can have nights at a self-contained apartment, there are so many different Gold Coast deals. Whatever you do chose it should be best suited for you. We choose to rent an apartment for the week that we were there as there were so many options for us to do things close to the city but we had also hired a car so we wanted a place for it to be parked safely. We searched for a long time to find the best Gold Coast accommodation specials for us and our needs.

For 8 nights we paid $898 for a 2 bedroom apartment.
  • Meters from the beach (one road was all we had to cross and we were there)
  • Fully self-contained with a laundry as well.
  • Undercover and secure parking
  • Indoor and outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Bbq facilities
  • Free wifi
  • Short walk to the centre of town

The apartment was fantasti...


Creatures update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here are two beautiful photos that have been submitted to FOBIF for our November Creatures show at TOGS. Keep them coming! You can now view our Creatures Flickr photo album.

I believe the butterfly is an Orchard Swallowtail. The picture was taken on our lemon tree just a few minutes after it emerged from its cocoon. Its wings are still folded and it hasnt taken its first flight as a butterfly yet. (Mac Schlachter)

Mudeye (Dragonfly larvae) Castlemaine (Vivienne Hamilton)


That time of the year again. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

May means Compost. Thanks to Gen for organising the poo and spelt hull runs (and to Ben, Jo, Andrew and Jenny for allowing us to collect it). All we need now are greens and the gardeners to make it. Come down this Saturday from 11am to help build the heap. Bring greens or get Continue reading That time of the year again.

Sunday, 20 May


Grey skies, perfect walking conditions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A cloudy day provided perfect conditions for FOBIFs May walk on Sunday. A group of 17 negotiated obscure tracks in the back country of the Poverty Gully race under the leadership of Richard Piesse and Elaine Bayes. The nooks and crannies of this area have many fascinations, cultural and natural, and there were frequent pauses to explore them. The tunnel of the Crocodile Reservoir water race in its deep cutting proved particularly interesting: fortunately none of those who peered over the edge needed to be rescued.

What are they looking at? Walkers check out the northern entry to the Croc Res water race tunnel.

Our thanks to Richard and Elaine for a stroll in air fresh enough to be invigorating without being uncomfortable!

Next months walk will be led by Jeremy Holland into the Tarilta Valley. Check the program for details.


This is not a swift parrot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Adult Crimson Rosella, Wyndham Street Newstead, 19th May 2018

but there are Swift Parrots about.

Yesterday, around noon, I spotted a small flock of seven high up in the Yellow Gums above the old Newstead Courthouse. Keep your eyes peeled!


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