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Monday, 22 January


MACKAY Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Man assaulted pair at servo, followed them in his car

January 22, 2018 at 05:30AM ,

Justin Dean Jones appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock, after being brought up from Mackay Watch-house. The 26-year-old, who had no address listed with Mackay Courthouse, pleaded guilty to five charges dated to Wednesday, January 17. That included two counts of common assault

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MACKAY Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Charges follow aviation incident, Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

He is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community

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MACKAY Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly shone laser in eyes of pilot landing in Mackay

January 22, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

A MOUNT Pleasant teenager has been charged with threatening the safety of persons on board an aircraft after allegedly pointing a laser light in the eyes of a pilot landing at Mackay Airport. Police allege at 8.20pm on Friday, the pilot of a plane carrying 80 passengers was in the process of landing when

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MACKAY West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

West Mackay garage ransacked as resident was gardening

January 22, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

police officer in the performance of their duty, unlawfully possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of a knife in a public place, possess tainted property and failing to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of a syringe. He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning

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MACKAY Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Multiple charges follow investigation into West Mackay burglary

January 22, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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The Hunt Is Now On For 2018s Mr Sportsman Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The search for Mr Sportsman Hotel 2017 is officially on. The annual contest is one of the Sportsman Hotels most popular events, and will be held again at the venue on Saturday, March 10. And aside from the glory and bragging rights that come with winning the title of Mr Sporties, there are also great ...

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Ibrahim's Grill and Transmission Vector "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not being a foot fetishist, I"ve never dreamed of drinking champagne from one of Jimmy Choo"s finely crafted stilettos. I"ve never thought of drinking champagne out of anything other than a champagne flute, or in a pinch, a coupe; one of those shallow, wide-rimmed glasses reputed to have been modelled on Marie Antoinette"s boob.

I"ll allow that taking a sip directly from the royal fun bags might not be terrible. But there I draw the line. I do not want my bubbly wine suggesting a tincture of athlete"s foot. And there"s no way known I"m drinking soup from a shoe. This atrocity was most recently catalogued by the excellent "We Want Plates" campaign and no words can do it justice.

I"ll simply let your eyes feast on what your tummy could not possibly stomach.

At what point in the accelerating collapse of our civilisation did we agree that this bullshit was not just permissible, but worth a business plan? The story of humanity"s climb to the top of the food chain, starts not with our emergence from the primordial ooze, but with our decision to not slurp that ooze from our cupped hands. Anthropologists speculate that we might have started by using sea shells as our dinner bowls, but it was not long before we graduated to agriculture, nation building and dinner plates. Along the way we experimented with eating off rocks and bits of wood or bark, but the inherently superior nature of plates, bowls and cups is shown by the fact that they are found in abundance wherever human beings leave traces of their fallen civilisations. When everything else has been lost to time, a simple porcelain plate endures.

Wooden platters do not endure.

They split and rot and harbour living filth within their cracks and crevices. The term "trench mouth" for ulcerative gingivitis, traces back to the use of wooden trenchers, or shared serving bowls in medieval times. They proved to be excellent transmission vectors for all manner of exciting infectious disease. Our return to these vessels, and worse, is our surrender to entropy. If human progress is no longer possible, why not stick a plastic cup full of tinned soup in a red shoe with a cheese cruller? Nothing matters anymore.

But! But all is not lost.

A restaurant in the UK was recently fined 50,000 (or eighty-six grand in dollarydoos) for serving bad food on worse letters. After poisoning a dinner party of fourteen guests, Ibrahim's Grill and Steakhouse was ordered by local government health inspectors to stop serving food on cracked, dirty wooden boards. Of course, in the restaurant biz cracked, dirty wooden boards are so fucking hot right now so Ibrahim kept right on poisoning those fashion-obsessed foo...


Why It May Be Time For A Rethink Of The Term LGBTI "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Dennis Altman, La Trobe University The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among gay men and heterosexual people. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in ...

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January 26 and the fight for Australian national identity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Marega, New Holland, New South Wales.

A long long time ago (since time immemorial, as they say), the first explorers came to Australia. This was the Pleistocene (Ice Age) epoch; when ocean distances were shorter and it was possible to walk from Papua New Guinea to Tasmania. Aboriginal people settled around the continent; setting up over 500 different nations across the many different climates and landscapes.

For somewhere between 40 and 60 thousand years (its hard to be too accurate over that kind of time scale), they lived on the vast southern continent with very little contact from other humans. Slowly though, other nations developed sea transport that enabled them to explore the coastline.

The first visitors were from South East Asia, possibly as early as the 15th century. Chinese people had developed a taste for trepang (commonly known as sea cucumbers); a sea slug that lives on the ocean floor and they felt worked as an aphrodisiac. Fishermen from Makassar (now Sulawesi in Indonesia) were their main trading partners in this field; and the search for resources led them to Northern Australia. They christened the land Marega, or Land of the Sea Cucumber. They returned year after year for centuries, employing and trading with aboriginal people in Arnhem Land.

The beginning of the 17th century saw voyages south from European explorers seeking riches and the mythical southern continent. There is evidence to suggest Portuguese may have been the first to land ashore; though the closest we get in documented voyages is the 1606 voyage led by Pedro Fernandez de Quiroz. Spurred on by missionary zeal, searching for Tierra Austrialia del Espiritu Santo (South land of the holy spirit), de Quiroz made it only as far as Vanuatu; though his first mate Luis Vaez de Torres sailed on and just missed the Australian mainland while navigating the strait that now bears his name.

That same year it was another European empire that would land on the Australian coast, this time the Dutch. Willem Jansz, captaining the Duyfken, landed near Aurukun on the Western coast of Cape York. He had some of his crew killed by aboriginals though, and beat a hasty retreat, naming the place he landed Cape Keerweer (turn back). A slightly better experience was had by Dirk Hartog in 1616, when he landed on Australias west coast. Another Dutchman Able Tasman would land on the island he called Van Diemans Land in 1642 and map the north-western coast in 1644. For the next century and a half; the continent would be known as New Holland.

In 1688, Englishman William Dampier landed near Broome on the west coast. Like all the previous explorers, he wasnt exactly enamoured by the place or its inhabitants. Which maybe explains why no further explorations were made until James Cook, returning to Britain from his voyage t...


Media Release: Prime Minister Must Show Greater Leadership on Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger from climate change and local threats and the Prime Ministers funding announcement today is nowhere near enough to recognise the scale of the threats it faces. 

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is responding to the PMs announcement today of $60 million to tackle the current severe outbreak of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS), agricultural runoff to the Reef and coral bleaching.

To seriously tackle the grave threat of climate change to the Reef, the federal government needs to make an urgent transition to renewable energy and rule out Adanis Carmichael mine and all new coal mines, Imogen Zethoven, Fight for our Reef campaign director of AMCS said.
Funding research is necessary, but it will be a classic case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic unless the federal government moves quickly away from coal and other fossil fuels.

The Prime Minister needs to exert leadership on climate change and the Reef. He is well aware of the problem but his solutions are so far woefully disproportionate to the problem.

The government also needs to dramatically scale up its response to poor water quality. Fertiliser runoff is leading to plagues of coral-eating COTS. It is not enough to continue to fund COTS removal while not seriously tackling the root cause of the problem.

A Queensland government report found that an $800 million investment each year for 10 years would make a dramatic improvement to the Reef. The government must get serious and make investment in this order of magnitude.

The Reef is suffering. If it were a patient, it would be crying out for more help. As our most loved and famous natural asset, worth over $6 billion to the economy every year, Australians must be left wondering why the federal government is not showing leadership in protecting it.

To arrange interviews: Ingrid Neilson, AMCS Communications Manager: 0421 972 731

For comment: Imogen Zethoven AO, Fight for our Reef Campaign Director: 0431 565 495

The post Media Release: Prime Minister Must Show Greater Leadership on Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Fight For Our Reef.


$1,000 for a skinny dip: I guess well just have to cop it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve. Photo NPWS

The Brunswick Heads tradition of a quick skinny dip appears to be on the way out after a second pair in their 60s in a fortnight have been slapped with $1,000 in fines.

Jane McLean told Echonetdaily that she and her male partner walked to a deserted stretch of beach for a quick dip in the nuddie on Monday, January 8, as they often do.

But soon after they emerged from the water a police 4WD vehicle drove up and officers issued them each with a penalty notice for offensive behaviour at the maximum fine of $500.

Police now conduct daily patrols of the strip of beach between Elements Resort and Brunswick Heads following complaints about sexual harassment of women on the beach. The area set aside for nude bathing by Byron Shire Council has also been reduced to an 800-metre strip commencing 200 metres south of the Grays Lane car park.

No warnings, no signage

Asked whether police should be issuing warnings rather than infringements for first-time offences, Tweed-Byron inspector Luke Arthurs told Echonetdaily now signage is up, people bathing naked elsewhere will be infringed [sic].

But Ms McLean disputes that there is signage warning that nude bathing is not allowed south of Brunswick Heads or informing of any penalties, saying the only sign she could find in the town that precluded nudity was at Torakina.

She said that she and her partner would pay the fines because youve got to have a lot of money to challenge something like this in court but joked that their only offense was exposing our sixty-year-old bodies.

Ms McLean says she has been bathing naked on isolated beaches since I was taken to one by my aunty when I was four years old.

She and her partner have been living at Brunswick Heads for four years and have been bathing naked regularly undisturbed on quiet sections of beach all of that time.

Its a local thing to go walking along a quiet stretch of beach, take your clothes of, go for a swim and come back, she said.

Before [the incident] Ive never seen police drive past. I had no idea it was illegal to be honest or that it was considered offensive behaviour.

If I had money I would [challenge the fine] because it needs to be done  it needs to be clarified.

So far I haven...


Open Doors Youth Services Trans Support Program Gets $10k Grant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbanes Open Doors Youth Service has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Suncorps Community Giving Program. The services Jelly Beans program was started in 2010 and is a social support group designed for transgender, gender variant and gender queer young people, aged under 24. General Manager Pam Barker said Open Doors was very grateful to ...

The post Open Doors Youth Services Trans Support Program Gets $10k Grant appeared first on QNEWS.


Jessica Watson set to be Ballina Aust Day ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Solo sailer Jessica Watson is coming to Lennox Head for Australia Day. (wikipedia)

Jessica Watson, who sailed around the world when she was just 16 years old, has been announced as the Australia Day ambassador for Ballina shire this year.

Ms Watson captured the hearts of her fellow Aussies when she sailed into Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, having achieved her dream of sailing around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted.

Now she is also a best-selling author, documentary maker, the subject of a feature film and an inspiring and in-demand speaker.

Im looking forward to coming to the beautiful Ballina Shire and sharing my story on Australia Day, Ms Watson said.

The Ballina Shire Council is holding its Australia Day celebrations at the Lennox Community Centre, starting at 10 am.

The day kicks off with a smoking ceremony, welcome to country, citizenship ceremony,
music performances, ambassadors address, and the announcement of the Australia Day Awards.

Nineteen nominations have been received across the categories of Sports, Young Citizen, Senior Citizen, Community Event and Local Hero. The Awards will recognise all nominees as well as the winner for each category before announcing the Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year.

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Cairns is car stealing capital of Australia; 767 stolen in 2017 and police powerless to stop it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police and Civil Liberties Council at a loss in how to deal with rampant indigenous youth crime:

Petford Farm program should be reinstated, demands Federal Member Warren Entsch

by Casey Briggs, ABC and Cairns News

A police operation to photograph and question unsupervised children on the streets of Mount Isa is illegal and should be stopped, according to civil libertarians.

Mt Isa has an enormous problem with young indigenous youths wandering the streets late at night. The Labor Government has no idea how to handle the vandalism and car stealing. In 2017, 767 cars were stolen in Cairns largely by out-of-control indigenous youths, some as young as 12. The Labor State Government is brushing the problem under the carpet and its new MP for Cairns Michael Healy has been told to shut his mouth by the Premier about voicing any sensible solution.

Queenslands Civil Liberties Council will ask the states privacy commissioner to investigate the operation, as politicians suggest the initiative could be expanded to other regional cities.

As part of Operation Tucson,...


Volunteers needed for Riding for the Disabled group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Ballina and Districts Riding for the Disabled group is looking for new volunteers. Photo BLMOregon/

The Ballina and Districts branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association is on the look-out for new volunteers.

The branch, which is located in Teven, helps people with disabilities experience the joy of horse riding in a safe, fun environment.

Volunteer coordinator Deirdre Mikkelson said riders from across the region attended the centre, however more volunteers are needed to meet the demand.

RDA could not provide this service without its dedicated volunteers, Ms Mikkelson said.

Ballina and Districts RDA centre is seeking committed volunteers particularly on Saturdays. Lessons are provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays with most volunteers dropping in one of those days a week between 8am and 1pm.

However, any length of time is fine.

Ms Mikkelson said previous experience with horses or people with disabilities was not necessary as training would be provide by existing volunteers.


If youre interested in volunteering please call Gloria Thornton on 0488 766 721 or drop in to our Term 1 Saturday training day on Saturday 3 February between 9-11am.

The centre is located at Glen Burnie, 377 Houghlahans Creek Road, Teven.

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Sunday, 21 January


LATIN LIVE February 10, Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LATIN LIVE is set to ignite the Byron Theatre on Saturday 10th Feb 2018. Join us for an explosion of Latin music & dance as the Byron Shire dance community and guests come together to dance the night away!

The night will feature:
BACHATA WORKSHOP with Sky Blue (Melbourne)
DJ DANI (Byron Bay)
DJ TARE (Gold Coast)
More TBA soon

** Also , delicious LATIN FOOD available on the night from A CHEFS POCKET **

7.00pm: Workshop + Party $35 online, $40 at the door
8.30pm: Party Only $25 online, $30 at the door

Visit the Latin Live Facebook Event.

Info & enquiries plz call Sky on: 0413146889 or email:

This night is proudly brought to you by Picante Productions & is Supported by the Local Dance Community & the annual Byron Latin Fiesta.

The post LATIN LIVE February 10, Byron Theatre appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Ballina council considers legal action against Wardell Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Wardell Hotel. (Flickriver)

The Ballina Shire Council is considering legal action against the operators of the Wardell Hotel for allegedly failing to provide annual fire safety statements.

In a report to the council, which will be considered on Thursday, staff have recommended that legal action be taking in the local court, which can impose penalties up to $110,000.

According to staff, a requirement to provide annual fire safety statements has been in place since 1988.

The statements provide certification of the ongoing performance and maintenance of the approved and installed fire safety measures and are to be completed on an annual basis.

The proprietor of the Hotel is required to submit an Annual Fire Safety Statement to Ballina Shire Council and NSW Fire and Rescue for the servicing of emergency lighting, fire hose reels and exit signage.

However, the council has been unable to obtain a statement from the hotel since 2014.

According to the staff report, the hotel has already been fined twice for failing to provide the statements in 2013 and 2015.

The hotel has also received a number of formal warnings, with the latest being issued in September 2016.

The councils solicitor wrote to the hotel management last year and provided a grace period to lodge the statements, however that period ran out on 14 December last year.

The Wardell Hotel, also known as Wardell on the River Hotel, was originally constructed in the late 1800s.

Ballina councillors will meet on Thursday to decide the way forward.


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Sam Smith Met Magda Szubanski, And It Was Beautiful "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sam Smith has said he was honoured to meet Australian comedian and marriage equality campaigner Magda Szubanski late last week. The British singer, who was in Australia for two concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, met Szubanski before a concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday night. Sam shared a photo of the meeting on Instagram, ...

The post Sam Smith Met Magda Szubanski, And It Was Beautiful appeared first on QNEWS.


PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to unveil a multi-million-dollar plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef against mass bleaching.

The plan, to cost about $60 million over the next 18 months, will include funding farmers to reduce sediment run-off and innovative research, The Courier-Mail says.

Mr Turnbull is expected to announce the plan in Townsville on Monday, supported by leading scientists.

Last week, the federal and Queensland governments issued an open call to the worlds top scientific minds to help save the reef.

The governments have launched a $2 million challenge to find novel ways to restore reefs and lift coral abundance.

This is an open invitation to our greatest scientific minds, industry and business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs, said Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The reef is the planets greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but its important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere.

The Great Barrier Reef is still reeling from back-to-back coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, while authorities are also dealing with a crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak in southern parts of the reef.

The post PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Golf club, machete and baseball bat used in Wollongbar attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A youth has been charged after allegedly hitting another with a golf club during an altercation at Wollongbar on Saturday (January 20).

Two groups of teenage males arranged to meet each other at Rifle Range Road at about 2am, following a fight in Alstonville during which two girls were assaulted and a car was damaged.

A 16-year-old youth was allegedly armed with a golf club and two other youths were armed with a machete and baseball bat.

During the second fight the 16-year-old allegedly struck a 17-year-old youth in the head with the golf club, causing a deep laceration.

Another male then stomped on the 17-year-olds head.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to a deep laceration and a fractured skull.

About 4.20pm the same day, police raided a home on Opaki Place, Wollongbar, where they arrested a 16-year-old, who was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Ballina Childrens Court on Monday, February 19.

About 5.05pm the same day, police arrested an 18-year-old who was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with malicious damage and breach of bail in relation to the prior incident at Alstonville.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (January 21).

Inquiries are continuing and police say further arrests in relation to the incidents are likely.

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:


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Two cops assaulted during Apex Park melee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two Byron Bay 18-year-olds have been charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and affray after an incident in Apex Park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

About 1:10am, plain clothes police were in Apex Park, at the corner of Bay and Jonson Streets in Byron Bay, monitoring a group of people for what they believed was an unfolding breach of the peace.

The police witnessed a woman, who was being restrained by an unknown male civilian, standing in the middle of Bay Street, screaming profanity and threats of violence in the direction of Apex Park.

The two senior constables approached the woman holding out badges and photo ID cards towards the group. They spoke with the female and male, introducing themselves as police officers.

Despite preliminary attempts to pacify the hysterical female, within seconds of their arrival to assist with the situation, both police were set upon by a group of five or six males who began questioning police involvement.

The situation was becoming volatile and police were quickly surrounded by about six males, plus the accused pair, all of whom ignored police directions to disperse.

The two accused and some of others present then assaulted the officers, who received lacerations to their heads and faces.

The two offenders ran from the scene but were arrested shortly afterwards by a police dog and handler.

One officer had to be treated at Byron Central Hospital for his injuries.

Witnesses are urged to contact Tweed Heads detectives or Crime Stoppers.


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Old growth forest blockade established at Granite Mountain, East Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Forest conservationists from Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) have established an old growth forest blockade this morning at Granite Mountain, near the Errinundra National Park in far East Gippsland. A person is suspended 10 metres above the ground, hanging from a tripod structure that is blocking access to the logging operation.



9 arrested in drug dog swoop on Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nine people have been charged with drug offences following a drug dog operation in Byron Bay over the weekend.

One man, who was arrested as part of the operation at around 1.10am on Saturday (January 20) at the Railway Hotel, was allegedly found with a commercial quantity of drugs.

The 49-year-old was searched after being approached by a drug detection dog.

Police allegedly located 20 x 3,4-MDMA pills (6.29g), 20 x Methamphetamine pills (4.9g), 1x Diazepam pill, 2x Dexamphetamine pills, 1x Sildenafil pill, 0.7 grams of MDMA powder and a knife.

The man was subsequently arrested and charged at Byron Bay Police Station.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Bail Court on January 21.



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January 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....


Protect our soil "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


"A species that destroys the soil, destroys itself."


This is what happens when you read news reports generated by right-wing politicians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victorians are scared to go out to restaurants because of African gang violence, Peter Dutton has said, in an interview attacking the supposed lack of deterrence of crime in Victoria. The home affairs minister told 2GB on Wednesday that Victorians were bemused when they looked at the jokes of sentences being handed down due to political correctness thats taken hold. Theres no deterrence there at the moment, he said. The federal Coalition government and Victorian opposition have stepped up rhetorical attacks on the Andrews Labor government using a string of high-profile incidents to claim that African street gangs are on the rise because certain nationalities such as Sudanese are over-represented in statistics although crime overall is in decline. The Victorian deputy police commissioner, Shane Patton, has reassured the public the police are taking youth crime seriously and said that networked criminal offenders are not technically gangs because they lack any organised structure. [The Guardian, 3 January 2018]

The reality is, people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night-time because theyre followed home by these gangs.
We just need to call it for what it is African gang violence.


Domestic Violence and the Turnbull Government's Cashless Welfare Card "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 11 January 2018:

Domestic violence has increased significantly in the East Kimberley since the introduction of the cashless welfare card, casting doubt on the governments claims of its success.

Police data obtained under freedom of information law shows domestic-related assaults and police-attended domestic violence reports increased in the Kimberley communities of Wyndham and Kununurra since trials began in April 2016.

Melbourne University researcher Elise Klein, who has studied the cards impact in the Kimberley, said the data showed there was no clear evidence to support making the card permanent.

Klein lodged the freedom of information request for the police data. She said the information had taken too long to be made public.

She believes there is a link between the card, financial hardship, and family violence..


Two for the price of one "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Buloke Allocasuarina luehmannii is an iconic local tree it can be found as single trees (usually) scattered through the box-ironbark country and as isolated and highly fragmented stands across the Moolort Plains. Buloke is listed as a threatened species in Victoria, while Buloke woodlands (as an ecological community) are nationally endangered.

A close looks at this remnant patch of Buloke two living trees and a sadly fallen veteran revealed a number of clumps of Buloke Mistloetoe Amyema linophylla, its glorious crimson flowers in fine display. Buloke Mistletoe is also listed as threatened in Victoria, not surprising given its almost obligate dependence on Buloke and the closely related Belah Casuarina pauper, a tree found in even more arid environments than ours!

Remnant Bulokes @ Joyces Creek, 21st January 2018


Warraguls Green Shed graff "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eastern Parks Green Shed might need a new name thanks to the artistic efforts of local kids.


EP 234: Food Court & Siamese "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photo: Teds Records (Sunscreen), Justin Edwards (SE)

Food Court

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, 15th September 2017

The members of Sydneys Food Court met at a party under the Glebe tram-tracks and started jamming 60s garage blessed with some 90s fuzz bosh. The band features Cristian Campano (ex-Betty Airs) on vocals/guitar, Lewis Mckeown (Pretend Eye) on bass/vocals, Dan De Santis on guitar and Nic Puertolas (ex-Salvagers) on drums.

2013 saw the release of their debut ep Smile At Your Shoes and a string of singles followed. They then followed up with 2014s Big Weak and a full length entitled Good Luck which was released in 2017. The album was the final LP to be recorded by John Castle in his legendary Shed Studios where Castle worked his magic on records from the likes of Megan Washington, You Am I and more recently Jack River.

Food Court bring energy, riffage and a killer live show...


Drouin man charged with drug offences after motel arrest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have accused a Drouin man of trafficking, possessing, and using drugs.


Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 8:05pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This fortnight, I have been mostly working for money rather than knowledge:


Government induced power crisis averted, for now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 12 PM on 19 January the electricity market manager, AEMO, to its own and everybodys great relief announced VIC AND SA ENERGY SUPPLY REMAINS SECURE.

It had been a knife edged couple of days with hot weather bringing high electricity demand (even though much of Australian industry remained on vacation).  As often occurs on hot days, wind velocity was low and this, the fabled modern source of electricity, was feeding in less than half its capacity.   On the spot market, prices reached $14,000, once, as often happens during periods of excess strain on generators, one of the Loy Yang B generating units had to close down.  Here is a graphic of the prices.

The January 18/19 prices averaged over $1,000 per megawatt hour compared to the regular price of under $50 in the days before government subsidies forced the closure of two major power stations, Hazelwood in Victoria and the Northern in South Australia.  In the past, the loss of one generator unit, as occurred with Loy Yang B, would have opened the way for another but we are now at the bottom of the barrel. Even on hot January days, if the closed the coal generators were still operating, prices would likely have averaged less than $100 per megawatt hour.  Paul Miskelly and Tom Quirk (with the encouragement of Jo Nova) produced the following table estimating the market costs ($387 million) resulting from the heat wave.

In addition, the market manager, AEMO, on behalf of customers contracted stand-by power (mainly ancient gas and diesel generators) and, as in Third World countries, paid some major users to shut down to suppress demand.  The Market Manager claims this additional support totals some 2,000 MW (ostensibly an increase of 4.5 per cent) across the National Electricity Market

The $387 million extra ene...


HIV Positive Pilot Can Now Pursue His Dream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An HIV positive man can now pursue his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. Anthony (not his real name), from Glasgow, said he was elated that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now reversed a decision not to grant him a medical certificate. As QNews reported last month, he was hoping to become a pilot ...

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Ski resorts cling on against climate change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountain Journal often covers developments in the snow industry relating to climate change both in terms of the expected impacts of global warming on snow and resorts, and positive responses by resorts to reduce their emissions.

As we know, action here in Australia by resorts is sketchy at best and most are still in denial about the reality of the change that is coming.

This recent piece by Bob Berwyn from Deutsche Welle (Germanys international broadcaster) looks at the limitations of relying on artificial snow making as a buffer against climate change. Looking mostly at Europe, the key message is really just common sense it will be the lower altitude resorts that will be hit first. Thats directly applicable to the reality that Australian resorts face given our low elevation mountains and moderate latitudes.

The story notes:

Ski resorts around the world have already installed miles of water pipes and built reservoirs and pumps so they can make their own snow. Water is vaporized by thousands of high-pressure nozzles and freezes into a crystalline form thats almost like the real thing.

Ski area operators have become snow farmers. Before the season starts, they use the snow guns to make big piles of snow in strategic spots on the mountain. Later, snow grooming machines distribute and smooth it out.

Conservation organizations like the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA), have fiercely criticized snowmaking because of its energy consumption and disruption of ecosystems like tundra and streams.

And some sustainably oriented mountain resort communities have rejected it in favor of a soft tourism.

The story also contains some great quotes and some truth from Jamie Shectman of the Mountain Riders Alliance. MRA describes itself as group of like-minded people dedicated to making a positive change in the ski area industry, as well as supporting the environment and surrounding communities. Its most recent project is the Mountain Playground Group, designed to assist community and independent ski areas to be more viable. This entrepreneurial and collaborative approach will allow stand alone ski areas a better chance of survival by working together.

Jamie says:

Climate change is probably outpacing our technical capabilities to adapt, so slowing and stopping warming should be the priority.

Theres a total disconnect between our sport and whats happening with climate change, Shectman told DW. We know its...

Saturday, 20 January


Venus, Gippsland and the Greenhouse Effect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have not left the Bay out of the header, as in Venus Bay (named in 1798 after the evening star by George Bass) in South Gippsland. I am referring to the companion planet of Earth, sometimes also called the morning star that has, because of its size, an atmosphere and a greenhouse effect. In fact Venus has experienced a runaway greenhouse effect where the average temperature of the planet is over 400 degrees C where solids or earth such as lead are in liquid form and the planets atmosphere is mainly composed of carbon dioxide identified as the main greenhouse gas on Earth.

Recently I tweeted a brief review of episode 2 of Stephen Hawkings Favourite Places. The review noted:

NASA explains that for up to 2 billion years of its early history, Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures. However, due to its position to the sun, the planets water eventually evaporated. With no water left on its surface, carbon dioxide built up in the atmosphere and led to a runaway greenhouse effect that created Venus present hellish conditions and This is what happens when greenhouse gases are out of control, Hawking said, implying that our own planet could also meet the same fiery fate. He then [amusingly] quipped, Next time you meet a climate-change denier, tell them to take a trip to Venus; I will pay the fare.

The atmosphere of Venus was the subject of early study by James Hansen who has often been called the father of climate science. Hansen applied his models of the Venutian atmosphere to Earth and has been warning of the threat of global warming since 1988. Amongst his many other achievements he is the author of Storms of My Grandchildren (Bloomsbury, 2009) is a founder of Citizens Climate Lobby and  advocate of the fee and dividend  alternative to the carbon tax.

Whilst the planet most Gippslanders can see in the early mornings and evenings is otherwise seemingly remote its importance in this context is that it verifies the science of the greenhouse effect and shows why it is necessary to act to curb our carbon dioxide emissions as soon as possible. It is another way of looking at the greenhouse effect that I have not described before.



7 Day Workshop Basics in Metal Smithing in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Every Saturday for 7 weeks 9-4pm (ends on 17 March) you will learn all the basics you need to make your own jewellery.

We will be doing bezel and pedestal prong settings, making link chains, use cold connections, you will learn different soldering techniques and how to do metal forming by using stakes and anvils. You will make overall five different jewellery pieces either out of copper or recycled sterling silver.

You will also craft one of your own designs.

For registration please send an email with your full name, address to or book straight here on Eventbrite.

Workshop at Hammer & Hand Metal and Jewellery Collective, located at 4 Ti-Tree Place, Byron Bay.

Each class consists of maximum four students, so you will get all the attention you need.

Courses are for beginners and do not have prerequisites.

Price of $1590 is including all materials, tools, workbench use, morning tea and an extensive work manual.

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South Pacific Cruise The Seabirds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Red-footed Booby
We've just returned from a week-long South Pacific cruise aboard P&O's Pacific Dawn. Gusty northerlies in Brisbane delayed departure from the Hamilton cruise terminal by 7 hours which meant missing our first port of call, Noumea in New Caledonia - no great loss as we've been there before. Our two other landings the New Caledonian island of Lifou and Port Vila, Vanuatu are the subject of a separate post.

Red-footed Booby

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Melbourne Water about to de-tree Koala corridor in Frankston "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne Water is about to de-tree Frankston koala corridor by removing mature trees from banks of a huge park with a water retarding basin in it at Lee Street Frankston 3199. They are claiming that the trees are 'destabilising' the banks. But of course the trees are holding the banks together and keeping the water-table down. Who is accountable for these kinds of decisions that are based on what sound like lies that make no sense? Frankston Council is apparently going along with this. It seems totally insane and anti-life and nature. Inside is a video alerting us to the details.

This is a link to a facebook video:

The person speaking in the video is Michele Thomas, of Animalia, who is a well-respected wildlife carer, who knows what she is talking about regarding koalas. See "Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue".

Mad tree removal excuses

This tree removal with barmy excuses seems to be a new trend. Recently they machine-ripped out trees all along the sides and median strips of a shady Mornington Peninsula highway, one of few relatively pleasant highways to travel on, due to the shade and green. See The reasons given were that cars might run into them and that they were for eliminating all risks. (Not risks of depression leading to suicide in those who were revolted and felt powerless, of course.) AWPC managed to stop them from ripping them out quite so fast, but the kept on with a different machine at a different pace and they paid for a few possum boxes (not enough for all the possums and other wildlife that were and continue to be displaced.)

The overpopulation link

We know that trees are being ripped out for more houses and more roads to squeeze in the invited economic immigrants that make up over 60% of population growth in Australia. This is obvious with the road widening in Hoddle Street and in the destruction of Melbourne...


Passer-by finds missing person near Walhalla "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Dandenong person who went missing on their trip to Wonthaggi last week was found safe near Walhalla.

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