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Papa Pilko and The Binrats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 16th Mar, 7.00pm 11.00pm, The Federal Hotel

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Jess Ribeiro Album Preview SXSW Fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thursday 1st Mar, 8.00pm 11.45pm, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine

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Tuesday, 13 February


The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was a time in my life when I thought television equalisation (as it was called) for regional areas was an important issue. Id grown up in Lismore in Northern NSW with just two television stations, and then suddenly there were three, and then suddenly there were four. And now there are many more. And []


Memories Of Mardi Gras 1978 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As we head into Mardi Gras season in Sydney, and in particular the fortieth anniversary (though strictly speaking, its half way through the year), I thought Id re-share an earlier post from 2016. I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating []


Put Away Your Sword repentance, prophecy, arrests and media outrage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The sword and the cross

I have subsequently been told the idea came originally from an event I organised. In November 2016, on the 100th anniversary of Australia voting against conscription in World War I, I put on an event to draw attention to Australias history of resistance to war. The venue I chose was the Temple Of Peace in Toowong Cemetery, built by Richard Ramo in 1924 as an appeal to all nations to cease from war.

That day there were a number of people gathered for the event. Among them was Jim Dowling. Jim has been active in the cause of peace (among other causes) for nearly 40 years. He is also, like me, someone involved in the Catholic Worker movement a tradition of christians who aim to take personal responsibility for creating a better world. Catholic Workers traditionally operate houses of hospitality (like the one I live in in Brisbane and Jims farm just outside the city) where we open our doors to anyone in need. We also tend to live lifestyles of voluntary poverty and engage in public acts of witness like political activism.

As we told stories of creative and courageous resistance to militarism, Jim noticed the war memorial barely 50 metres away from the temple of peace. Also built in 1924, the monument was a large cement christian cross with a sword hanging down its middle.

To Jim, this symbol represented perfectly a christian religion fatally compromised by its cooperation with violent regimes. Jesus message of radical love has been co-opted time and again by kings, warlords and governments seeking to baptise their conflicts as holy wars. And too often, the church has been too happy to acquiesce (plus occasionally wielding a few swords of our own).

The cross in christianity, it should be remembered, is the ultimate symbol of Jesus refusal to violently resist his opponents. Jesus would rather willingly suffer brutal execution than break with his radical message of love for enemies. As he was arrested, he literally told his friends trying to violently resist to put away your sword, for whoever lives by the sword will die by the sword. As he hung there dying, his words were not of vengeance or justice, but father forgive them, for they know not what they do. This was the ultimate example of an ethic Jesus had earlier set out when he said rather than loving our neighbours and hating our enemies we should love our enemies; that rather than taking eye for eye and tooth for tooth we should turn the other cheek.

And yet here was the cross with a sword hanging in the place of Jesus. It was there to commemorate the first world war, that mass slaughter that killed 15 million people for the sake of imperial territories. Werent soldiers on both sides professing christians? Werent all those casualties people made in the image of God? W...


JBs World: Happy Valentines Day amid a busy week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THIS WEEK is busy with Eastwood Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday at Club Eastwood with Epping MP Damian Tudehope guest speaker, Ryde Historical Society AGM [more]

The post JBs World: Happy Valentines Day amid a busy week appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Is Turnbull laying the groundwork to throw Joyce under a bus if it becomes neccessary? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A very careful choice of words on the part of the Prime Minister leaves the door open to walk back support of his Deputy Prime Minister if Joyce is found to be telling the Australian Parliament untruths.

House of Representatives Hansard, excerpts, 13 February 2018:

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:25): The honourable member refers to some statements attributed to a spokesman of mine yesterday. Those statements, I'm advised, followed a background discussion. They were not authorised by me, but I will answer the question. As the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed in his statement of Saturday, 10 February, and again in his statement this morning, The Nationals are responsible for decisions relating to staffing the office of Nationals members. He confirmed that the Prime Minister's office has an administrative role in informing the Department of Finance of changes. All ministers are bound by the ministerial standards.

All ministers are bound by the ministerial standards. The Deputy Prime Minister has today explained his circumstances as it relates to the standards, and I refer you to that statement. I would add that whether somebody is a partner of another for the purposes of clause 2.23 is, of course, a question of fact. The facts of the relationship which you're referring to are, of course, known to the Deputy Prime Minister. It is his responsibility to address it and comply with the standards, and he addressed that in his statement today.  [my yellow highlighting]


Shock, Horror! A Liberal minister finally makes a stab at lessening gouging by payday lending and rent-as-you-buy companies and Liberal MPs have a conniption "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

According to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) this bill has merit.

2. We support the financial inclusion objectives of the Exposure Draft of the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2017 (the Bill). The consumer harms that can be associated with payday loans and consumer leases are a longstanding and systemic feature of these sectors and often fall on financially vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers. We consider that the Bill will provide an effective suite of protections commensurable to the risk of harm to consumers from these products, balanced against the need to ensure that the industry can remain viable.

3 In particular, we support the level of the cap on costs for consumer leases proposed in the Bill. We expect a cap set at this level will address the excessive costs some lessors charge consumers, while still allowing a viable and sustainable consumer lease sector.

4 We also support the introduction of the Bills comprehensive anti-avoidance regime, which will benefit both consumers and compliant businesses...


Climate change sceptics started the ball rolling again in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It would appear that climate change denial remains alive and well, but with the same hearing and comprehension problems it acquired at birth.........

The Daily Examiner and Townsville Bulletin, 10 January 2018:

In todays crazy world, western politicians are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief this will somehow change Earths climate.

Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hellbent on creating global cooling. They should study climate history. It is snow and ice, cold dry air and carbon dioxide starvation we need to fear, not a warm, moist, fertile, bountiful atmosphere.
Climate change is natural and unstoppable. Just 20,000 years ago, Earth was in one of its recurring glacial phases.

A thick massive ice sheet smothered Canada, Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, North Asia and Europe as far south as present-day London.

Much of the animal and plant life of the previous warm era was extinguished. Even in warmer lands not covered by the ice sheet, plants suffered as the cold oceans removed moisture and carbon dioxide plant food from the atmosphere.

Then, because of changing cycles in Earths orbit and tilt, reinforced by changing solar cycles, the sun warmed the frozen lands.


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670 "Dingo 13" Pops into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 12 February, a nice surprise visitor to Gladstone Airport was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670.  It arrived from Townsville.

A32-670 at Gladstone Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

After taking on fuel, A32-670 departed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

A32-670 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Dingo 13".

Photo taken by 'Mick' 


This coming Thursday is D-Day for Leard Forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 15 Feb to Friday, 16 Feb. ] This coming Thursday is D-Day - i.e. destruction day, when the annual bulldozing period commences at the Leard State Forest. We do not have volunteers for the critical days of Thursday and Friday this week. We recognise that it is difficult for people to come here to the frontline, and I admit it is a challenging environment [...] full article 


March forum: Green drinks invitation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 5:30 pm; ] Living up to the motto: connect-create-inspire-act Sustainable Living Armidale are inviting sustainability interest groups together for a social gathering called 'Green Drinks. To be honest this is nothing original, Dave Carr has been organising similar get togethers for the enviro-sector for years. But what is original is the cool new venue for the get together. We [...] full article 


Andrea Keller from saxophone to piano "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pianist, composer and educator Andrea Keller has won just about every jazz award available in Australia. She has won three ARIA Awards, five Australian Jazz Bell Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She has performed in every format from solo piano to big bands. She has played with the absolute greats of Australian Jazz including Bernie McGann, Allan Browne and Ten Part Invention as well as with many international visitors. Originally from Sydney Andrea moved to Melbourne to study in the early 1990s. On September 17th she is back in Sydney to perform with long time collaborator Tim Wilson on saxophone and bassist Christopher Hale. Eastsides Mick Paddon has interviewed Andrea Keller for his show Time and Space talking about everything from how she first made her move from the saxophone section of a big band, to the piano stool, how she got into jazz, why she has been reluctant to call herself a jazz musician and what we can expect to hear from her Tim and Christopher when they perform at Foundry 616. She also selected two pieces of music which are important to her. You can hear the interview with Andrea on Time and Space at 2.30 on Wednesday February 14th. After that it will be posted on the Eastside Radio website as a podcast

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Another piece of good news renewable energy for much less than the wholesale electricity price! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being stunned by the low prices offered after it went to market for proposals last year. We have gotten an overwhelming response from the market, McManus told RenewEconomy. I cant [...] full article 


Expert report: Improve home energy standards or risk bigger bills, more emissions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report The Bottom Line household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements. Improved building energy performance presents a [...] full article 


Friends of the ABC (Armidale) AGM and public talk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 6:00 pm; ] Armidale branch of the Friends of the ABC will be holding their Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm in Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale). We extend an invitation to all those who are interested in the importance of independent public broadcasting. Following the AGM, the NSW President of ABC Friends, Ed [...] full article 


Neighbourhood Houses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Updated program at Coburg Community Houses!


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Great comfy two-seater couch free to good home! 

Some surface wear on the cushions but otherwise in good condition. Would be fine with a cover or perfect for a deck or patio. 

Pick up from Coburg North this weekend. 

Lauren - 0401 635 072.


Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.


Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The post Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and

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PET ANTICS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A showering cat? Fancy that!

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Quite a contrast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At this time of year some areas of the Moolort Plains have an almost outback feel the red dirt and rocks combine to provide a contrast to the surrounding box ironbark country.

The backdrop made a nice early evening setting for these Wood Ducks as they camped beside one of the shrinking water sources that dot the plains.

Wood Duck, Moolort Plains, 13th February 2018


New development plan for Balmain Leagues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Balmain Leagues Club and Grand Rozelle have announced a plan to build a new leagues club at the Tigers spiritual home on Victoria Road, [more]

The post New development plan for Balmain Leagues appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Theyll bring you the world on a plate! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE world of South Gippslands freshly harvested garlic is going to get a whole lot sexier on Saturday, February 17 when two of Melbournes hottest chefs demonstrate their superlative culinary []

The post Theyll bring you the world on a plate! appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Yanakie Camp Draft donates $8,500 to community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PRESIDENT of the Yanakie Camp Draft, Marni Hamilton, presented cheques to Prom Coast Centre for Children, the Foster Historical Society, Prom Country Aged Care, the Youth Assist Clinic and Fish []

The post Yanakie Camp Draft donates $8,500 to community appeared first on Foster Community Online.


1) Indonesia's Papua province children starving in a land of gold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Health Workers Leave Health Centers Empty in Asmat
Note.  Photos in article
1) Indonesia's Papua province children starving in a land of gold
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Bring back the beach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PORT WELSHPOOLs Roger Harvey said that re-establishing a recreational sandy beach between the rock wall and Long Jetty at Port Welshpool has broad community consensus and would be a fine []

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New GMs at Ryde & Canada Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN New General Managers have been appointed at City of Ryde and Canada Bay Councils. GEORGE DEDES is the City of Ryde [more]

The post New GMs at Ryde & Canada Bay appeared first on The Weekly Times.


We Want Action: Nelson Parade radioactive decontamination scandal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MPs ROBERTS & DOMINELLO MUST ACT NOW!BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMANTHE RADIO ACTIVE waste at Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill could be removed within weeks if [more]

The post We Want Action: Nelson Parade radioactive decontamination scandal appeared first on The Weekly Times.


MACKAY Weapons offence, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 13, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Weapons offence, South Mackay

February 13, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

After a further conversation with police the male was served with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on March 5 for the unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs

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Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 2) The operation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 2) The operation40 years on from the Sydney Hilton bombing, Dr John Jiggens examines the evidence in the final of this two-part series. read now...


What, no Tripadvisor reviews? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you are the kind of person who is chilling out with the family in Byron Shire, marvelling at the nature, getting down to the beach with the kids, mixing it with the locals and generally soaking up the Byron region vibe, then you might be surprised to know that the sort of people who submit Tripadvisor reviews have rated Peppers Broadbeach number 24 of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in the World. Yes, World.

Peppers is located on the corner of Surf Parade and Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach. Tripadvisor reviewers like its location near BWS, Woolworths, restaurants, the Oasis shopping centre, Pacific Fair, and the ocean, although opinions are divided on the worth of the ocean view rooms, with one Japanese gentleman feeling that the view from his ocean view room was very bad because of the other two hotels in front of the residence. Thats the Gold Coast for you.

But its also Tripadvisor, where one can only speculate on the circumstances that led a woman from Melbourne, who had stayed at Peppers more than 89 times, stating Service shocking. Never will have us back nor will I EVER recommend. When you fall out on Tripadvisor its very public, but even when its good is it real?

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TAS gov gives OK to start drilling on Mt Wellington/ kunanyi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountain Journal has been covering the long campaign against a planned cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi, in Hobart. In alarming news, the ABC is reporting that Tasmanias State Growth Minister quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called.

The ABC reports:

According to a Hobart City Council memo, it allows the company to:

  • Survey flora and fauna and geotechnical investigations (including drilling bore holes) at three locations (rig and water tank to be transported by helicopter).
  • Construct temporary scaffolds at a site on The Pinnacle.
  • Operate a battery-powered drone in a corridor from The Pinnacle to the lower slopes of the Mountain.

The authority itself was signed by Mr Gutwein on January 25, just before the election was called on January 28.

In a remarkable development, Premier Will Hodgman said he was unaware of the matter when questioned at a press conference in Launceston.

Id need to take advice as to that, I am not aware of that matter, he said. How can a minister responsible for such a controversial project not inform the leader of the state of his decision to allow these works? Given the high level of community opposition to the project, this move can only be seen as an attempt to get things moving before the government goes into caretaker mode.

The ABC report says:

Local group Residents Opposed to the Cable Car spokesman Ted Cutland said the Government had expressed overt support for the cable car proposal. In all of this, the community has not had a say.

The Hobart City Council memo also noted:

It is highly likely that activities will impact on both visitor access and the operation of the Citys works crews.

The Authority is silent on any requirement to survey for cultural/Aboriginal heritage and does not require any consultation with the Aboriginal community.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centres Heather Sculthorpe said the Treasurers actions were a slap in the face.

This government knows the Aboriginal community is against the cable car and they just continue to act in defiance of aboriginal community wishes, she said.

Its an absolute disgra...


Gallery: FBi Presents The War On Drugs at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two headline shows in Sydney and an Australian tour off the back of Laneway festival hasnt slowed down The War On Drugs. Packed with long-running jams, a support set from Sydney darlings Middle Kids, and more textures than you can find at Spotlight, their sold out time at The Enmore Theatre was truly ablaze.

Photos by Tim Da Rin


Comic Book Dave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not a real thing, sadly. But some cool pen and ink work by Rob Henry.

Available on tees etc at Redbubble too.


Vic Government to log Greater Glider stronghold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seems crazy that Vicforests would log this part of the Strathbogie forest. These ranges are already highly fragmented and remaining forests provide an important sanctuary for flora and wildlife. This forest has the highest documented densities of Greater Gliders anywhere in Victoria, perhaps Australia.

Our Strathbogie Forest

DSCN4632 At 3.5 m dbh, this Messmate is one of the oldest trees weve found anywhere in the forest!

The Victorian Government has given its commercial logging arm, Vicforests, the green light to log part of the Strathbogie forest that has the highest documented densities of Greater Gliders anywhere in Victoria, perhaps Australia. Good one Dan!

In late 2017 government ecologists undertook detailed surveys for Greater Gliders in the Strathbogie State Forest. A report on the findings is being prepared. The project surveyed  a number of 500 m transects, both in coupes and in other areas of state forest. The survey detected 14 Greater Gliders in one of the 500 m transects located in Barjarg Flat coupe! The Greater Glider is a threatened species listed under both Federal and Victorian environmental legislation. Where such detection rates occur in other parts of the state, the government is obliged to create a

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OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #581 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #581 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #581 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018 Valentine's Day: Wednesday 14th February 2018 The day to celebrate our love for one another.. Thing's To Do On Valentine's Day | Petals Online Florist Valentine's at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins .nobrtable br { display: none } Watch the sun go down on level 35 over champagne and dinner for the perfect couple-centric night out. Valentine's Dinner | Sofitel | Melbourne On Collins | Book Now Lunar New Year Festivals .nobrtable br { display: none } Year of the DOG | Chinese New Year's Day - Friday, February 16, 2018 Melbourne plays host to a number of festivals in the CBD and suburbs. Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 Chinatown - Sunday 18 February 2018 Federation Square - Saturday 17 February 2018 Glen Waverley - Sunday 25 February 2018 Melbourne - Crown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Chinatown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Projections - Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday 24 February 2018 Preston Central & Market - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018 Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 White Night | Saturday 17 February 2018 - 7pm - 7am .nobrtable br { display: none } Alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of dark, White Night returns with with Music Exhibition Projection and Performance. White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat Apollo Bay Seafood Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events. 16-18 February 2018 | Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The Viri Experience will engage your senses through an 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | VIRI - Melbourne CBD | Book Online Insomnia Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Insomnia Race is a night time car based team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs. Next: Friday 23rd of February 2018 | Insomnia Race | Book Now Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Sustainable Living Festival - February 2018 Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Festival of Glass (Drysdale) - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa - Saturday 17th of February 2018 Riverboats Music Festival - February 16-18, 2018 Yarraville Festival Sunday 18th of February 2018 Galentines Weekend (Milawa) - February 17-18, 2018 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival - February 14-25, 2018 Melbourne Festival Guide This Week: 13 - 19 February 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } Cupid's Undie Run 2018 Elect...


More Artists Added to the 2018 Gum Ball Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Ben Salter As we make our way into February weve been blessed with another round of artists announced for this years Gum Ball festival in the Hunter Valley. As always the announcement has a healthy contingent of Timber and Steel friendly artists including singer-songwriter Ben Salter (above), 10-piece reggae outfit V Tribe, []


Its Time to Fight for Worker Rights, Again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The blocking of the planned 24 hour Rail, Tram and Bus Unions (RTBU) strike on January 29, along with the halt to its ongoing bans on overtime, are a stark reminder of just how significantly worker rights have been eroded in this country. The Rudd governments Fair Work Act 2009 was supposed rebalance industrial relations laws for

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Ladies dominate on Cup Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Courtney Pace aboard Rileys Rocket won the drag race down the straight against Sommernachtstraum to win the Woolamai Cup. N230718

Fashions on the field judges were impressed at the effort young Samantha Carmichael went to to dress up for Woolamai Cup Day. N350718

There was plenty of action off the track too. Here are the winners of the fashions event, from left, Cheryl Gilchrist, Elly Robertson, Debra Kuklinski, Kirsty Fitzpatrick, Emily Clifford, Julie Pigdon, Denise Reeve and Poppy Trewin. N340718

Jockey Dylan Dean, centre, gave everyone a scare after falling from his mount The Bandicoot 100 metres from the post, but he got up after a few minutes and was all smiles. N240718

COURTNEY Pace celebrated three successive wins at Woolamai on Saturday, culminating in the Woolamai Cup aboard the aptl...


4WD flips on Pacific Highway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Traffic on the Pacific Highway northbound in the Tweed is believed to be returning to normal after a 4WD Dodge or similar flipped earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, February 13), landing on its side.

The vehicle had obstructed one land of northbound traffic just before the Cabarita exit.

Echonetdaily believes the occupants of the vehicle have been taken to hospital but no details are currently available as to their condition.

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Gallery: FBi Dream Wife at The Lansdowne Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since meeting at art school, Rakel Mjll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar and vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals) have been kicking goals as a band and a performance art project. This year alone, theyve taken out our Album of The Week with their self titled debut, played Laneway Festival and packed out a Lansdowne Hotel alongside These New South Wales and Moaning Lisa. Check out the damage below.

Photos by Jake Ollett.


Entries Are Still Open For This Years Mr Sportsman Hotel Competition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Entries are still open for the sexy Mr Sportsman Hotel 2018 contest next month. The annual contest is one of the Sportsman Hotels most popular events, and will be held again at the venue on Saturday, March 10. Aside from the glory and bragging rights that come with winning the title of Mr Sporties, there ...

The post Entries Are Still Open For This Years Mr Sportsman Hotel Competition appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Mr Gay New Zealand: In Time We Wont Need The Phrase Gay Anymore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Personal trainer Ricky Devine White has been crowned Mr Gay New Zealand. The 36-year-old from the New Zealand region of Marlborough took home the title in Auckland on Sunday, and said he wants to use the new platform to advocate for LGBTIQ inclusion and equality. I now can be an ambassador and a voice for ...

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Council needs to be on right track "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Nathan Johnston

WALKING trails and bike paths are an important part of any community for fitness, leisure and to attract tourists.
Thats why its necessary that every community has a share of the action.
Mirboo North has a beauty to Boolarra; Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay are connected by a path along the river and you can ride or walk all the way from Leongatha to Port Welshpool on the Great Southern Rail Trail.
Bass Coast is well serviced with a link from Wonthaggi to Cowes, while work continues to extend the shared pathway in Inverloch.
The big town thats missing out around here is Korumburra, but hopefully that will change soon.
Its clear the train aint coming back even staunch train supporter Max Semken said its time to focus on improving bus services.
So that means the South Gippsland Shire Council can concentrate all of its attention on funding and attracting grants for the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Leongatha to Korumburra, and beyond to Loch and Nyora.
There should be no distractions.
The proposed track from Sandy Point to Waratah Bay, on the farm side of the dunes, seems to have reared its head again, but its a tad unnecessary given theres a vast and spectacular beach on which to walk between the two towns.
The Hoddle Trail near Fish Creek is causing angst between a landowner and path users. But if its going to cost too much to bring it up to standard, forget it.
Korumburra has to be the top job on the list and the State Government needs to get on board post-haste.
A big cash injection will be required as well, to clean up the mess that the rail land has become under its management.

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Vanessa Trump Both Ill And Safe In White Powder Fake News Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But hes right about at least one thing fake news. Its a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it.

Of course, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trumps daughter-in-law, Vanessa was hospitalized after opening an envelope addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jnr, which contained a mysterious white powder.

All of those statements are true and so heres how the Sydney Morning Herald reported it.

Notably, the Herald yarn is a subscribers only story hence, a quick pro tip to Fairfax: 1. Youre not supposed to troll your own subscribers; 2. Youre supposed to make clickbait free. Thats the point of clickbait. Fake news isnt going to viral if you put it behind a paywall. got it right in some of its reporting: She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. It was not immediately clear what the substance was.

But like the Herald, in one iteration of the story, it also couldnt resist the ill word in the headline.

Granted, Fairfax and News are based in Australia, so popping down the road to Trump Tower to check for yourself takes organisation. But a simple check of Donald Trump Jnrs Twitter account would have solved the mystery.

But wheres the fun and fake news in that?

American media responses...


School recognises leaders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Primary Schools captains and leadership students were presented with their official badges at assembly on Friday.
The students were honoured in a special presentation with guest speaker Tim Furlong visiting the campus for the occasion.
A former Leongatha Primary School student, Mr Furlong now works as a general and transplant surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mr Furlong gave a speech to the students about the importance of working hard and being kind.
Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey received the top honour of taking on the role as school captains for the year.
Mia, Sophie, Zavier and Cameron will be Johnston Houses captains while Herold House will be headed by Sienna, Rylan, Kyra and Sophie.
Lachlan, Lucy, Ross and Will are Wightman Houses new captains while Stzelecki house captains this year are Erica, Finn, Rylan and Sienna.
Olivia, Tyson and Ava will be leading the schools creative department as art advisors while ICT (information and communications technology) captains Hannah, Caetan and Tia will take over technology areas.
Music captains Phoebe and Zoe will keep things pitch perfect as Jorja and Kyran will do things by the book as library representatives.
Makayla and Leah are Leongatha Primary Schools new environmental leaders and Sally and Lachlan are taking on the roles of language captains.

School captains: back from left, principal Dot Coghlan and guest speaker Tim Furlong, with front, from left, Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey, who were presented with their Leongatha Primary School captains badges at assembly on Friday morning.


Students to learn cyber safety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College is taking steps to ensure its students are safe online by educating all year levels and parents on cyber-bullying this term.
Author of Sexts, Texts and Selfies and public speaker, Susan McLean, will be visiting the Horn Street campus next Wednesday (February 21) to present a workshop to the senior year levels, while all parents are invited to attend an information session in the evening.
Deputy principal Kieran ODwyer said the workshops would provide resources to students, who spend plenty of time on social media platforms.
I liken the issue of cyber-bullying to the idea that we are caring for our students in an unsupported schoolyard, he said.
When the students are online, we and their parents are not there to support them, and that is where a significant part of bullying occurs. Students and their peers have the abilities to hide behind false pretences on their profiles.
Ms McLeans workshop will be delivered as part of Mary MacKillop Colleges wellbeing program Being Courageous which all students are required to participate in for 50 minutes a fortnight.
The aim of the program is to encourage students participation in enhancing their wellbeing and safety, Mr ODwyer said.
Having Susan as the frontline of the presentation will give our students and our wider school community an opportunity to be educated in matters relating to cyber-bullying and safety.
Mary MacKillop has a zero tolerance cyber-bullying policy in place to ensure any students harassing or offending others online are disciplined appropriately.
Students are not permitted to take their phones into the classroom, however they can be used over recess and lunch times.
Ms McLeans student workshop will focus on how young people can engage in safe behaviours online, while helping them to gain a better understanding about the impact of their digital footprint.
The parents-only workshop will aim to up-skill them following the theme How to keep your child safe in the digital space.
Ms McLean will give parents strategies and skills on how to best safe guard their children.

Cyber students: from left, Tomei, Simone, Elda and Molly will be attending Susan McLeans cyber safety workshop at Mary MacKillop Catholic College next Wednesday (Februa...


Italian Festa draws crowds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UP TO 13,000 people gathered in Mirboo North for the Italian Festa on Sunday.
More than 40 food stalls offered a tremendous variety of cuisine and there were some 70 market and produce stores for people to enjoy.
Event organiser Rosie Romano said the day was fantastic.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with the crowd. It made me emotional, she said.
The feedback we had was incredible and Im very proud of the team and everyone in the community who helped us and supported us.
There were so many amazing Italian food stalls and people came from around the area and far away.
The festa was centred on Baromi Park in the heart of town and also included music, singing, dancing, comedy, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, cars and competitions.
Children enjoyed playing on a jumping castle, inflatable slide, face painting and more.
The festa was preceded by a celebration of the Feast of St Paul, which began with an open air mass in Baromi Park, followed by a traditional procession of the statue of St Paul through the park, just as occurs through villages in Italy.
Crowds gathered for the singing of the Australian and Italian national anthems, and a performance by Mirboo North Primary School children of an Italian item.

Great day: Caitlin McFarlane from Leongatha and Jess Jaworski from Mirboo North tried different foods at the Mirboo North Italian Festa on Sunday.


Council inspires future leaders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coasts brightest young leaders met with councils top representatives to discuss their future ambitions at the annual Young Leaders Workshop last Tuesday, February 6.
Twenty-four students, two representatives from Grade 6 and two from Year 12, were elected from schools across Bass Coast as delegates at the Wonthaggi workshop in collaboration with YLab.
At the workshop, students partook in a number of activities focused storytelling and the role it plays in leadership, YLab facilitator Chelsea Lang said.
YLab is the social enterprise arm of Foundation for Young Australians, which seeks to provide skills and resources to prospective young leaders who show leadership aptitude both in the school and local community.
Members of the Bass Coast Shire Council attended the workshop to partake in a quick minute session where students had one minute to come up with a bunch of questions which had to be answered as quickly as possible, Ms Lang said.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and chief executive officer Paul Buckley responded to students questions.
Cr Rothfield drew from her past career experiences to share her advice when asked about her journey to local governance.
When I was sent overseas to work in the film industry, my boss told me I was going to make mistakes but, in order to avoid big ones, I should listen to both the left and right sides of my brain, she said.
I have doubted myself countless times. But be sure to follow what the right side of your brain says sometimes and follow it with confidence.
Cr Tessari expressed to the young leaders about how important it is to share their opinions in order to enact change.
My dad always said that if you are not going to be quiet, then put yourself out there, he shared.
You do not need an official title to be a leader. It is about how you present yourself to others that makes you a leader.
Mr Buckley agreed and said attitude is the key to his success after having failed Year 12.
I realised that it takes a lot of good attitude to move forward in life, he said.
When you wake up in the morning, the only thing you have control over is your attitude.
The young leaders will work on community leadership projects within their respective schools and will be presented with their award at the Young Leaders Awards at Inverloch RACV later in the month.



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Korumburra Show results "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Max Griggs

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 29. Vegetables. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Krista Evans

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 30 43. Fruit. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Geoff Trease

Class 45       Collection of Vegetables

1st Prize $15Max Griggs

2nd Prize $5Rhonda Street

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra


Class 46         Collection of Fruit

1st Prize $15 No entries

2nd Prize $5

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra




Margaret Brown

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 17.  Donated by Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown


Prizes: 1st $10Ross Crawford

2nd $5Maisie Brooks

Donated by Syd Whyte






Prizes: 1st $30 Koringal Womens Service Club

2nd$10   Bena CWA

3rd  $5  Yarra Valley Bakers

BEST PRESENTED ENTRY $5 Donated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Yarra Valley Bakers

Classes 1-8     BEST INDIVIDUAL ENTRY  TrophyDonated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Natalie Oprey


Prizes: 1st $30    Ross Crawford

2nd $20     Jessica Ekins

3rd $5Anne Hopwood

Prizes Donated by Kellys Bakery, Korumburra


SECTION V                           PRESERVES


Dawn Wylie

Class 10            Jam, 2 kinds 1stPrize    $10Donated by Korumburra Lions Club



Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was...... Read more


Very High Tide 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These are the photos I took of the very high tide around at Mullens. I had hoped to go back and get some photos of the same places when the tide was out - but -  the temperatures this week are too high to make it comfortable to wander around during the day time. 39 Centigrade  is over 100 Fahrenheit - just too hot for me!This extreme heat is predicted to last for another week but after that I shall go down to Mullens again and take some nice sandy photos to show what it is usually like.
This is the boat ramp where the bigger boats are launched,

This is the area immediately down from the car park.
Looking south across the creek where the boats go out onto the bay,
The same area but looking up towards the bank where cars usually park to be close to the water but not right in it!  All the leaves under the trees get picked up on a high tide like this.
With the tide this high more of the mangroves close to the sea are right in the water and with no wind look very beautiful.


New owner plans expansion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NEW owner of Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota, Warren Stewart, aims to grow the business during his time.
Mr Stewart purchased Wonthaggi Toyota and Holden in August, and since then has kept all current staff and employed five new staff.
Were planning on growing Leongatha but also keeping all of the current staff. We have already hired two new staff since Ive been here, he said.
I plan to grow the business through community engagement, sponsorships, staff engagement and best practices.
Mr Stewart is in a partnership with James Bergmuller and their company is called PM Regional.
Mr Berguller is also the owner of Preston Motors.
Moving to Inverloch in July last year, Mr Stewart has been playing cricket for the Inverloch Stingrays and said he believed in strong community engagement.
The new owners are strong on used vehicles, with more than 500 used vehicles available for customers to select from at any time.
If its not in stock, we can get any used vehicle through our networks, Mr Stewart said.
Were very fortunate to have all of the top selling vehicles in Australia such as the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger.
We also have a great range of all commercial vehicles, all at great prices.
Mr Stewart said he was committed to looking after current customers and new ones.

New start: Warren Stewart recently took over Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota and is planning on expanding the business further.


SIMAS Summer Jazz Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SIMAs Summer Jazz is excited to announce coming Saturday, February 17th, three of Melbournes finest young jazz musicians along with Laurence Pike will be at Foundry 616 for a great night of jazz music!

Laurence Pike 8 p.m.

One of the most creative drummers of his generation, Laurence Pike is best known for his duo albums with Mike Nock and his groups PVt and Triosk. Laurence has recently been developing a singular language alone at the drum kit, using the sampler to expand its sonic potential. This has culminated in his forthcoming solo album, Distant Early Warning, due for international release in 2018. Discard conventional notions of the role of the drummer, and explore an ecstatic music...


Edneys has a deal for you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IF you are in the market for a new vehicle, then Edneys Leongatha has some great deals on offer.
The reputable dealership is offering significant savings on all 2017 plated vehicles from Hyundai and Nissan, with a variety of quality new and demo models on offer for February only.
Just look for vehicles with a star sticker in this massive clearance sale.
If you buy a car in February, you will go into a draw to win a $1000 travel voucher from Leongatha Travel and Cruise, Edneys dealer principal Darryl McGannon said.
There is limited stock available and among them are Nissans Navara dual cabs, X-Trails and runout Qashqai, and from Hyundai, there are the i30, Kona and Tucson.
All demo models have low kilometres and the 2017 plated offering includes vehicles in a variety of colours.
Both Hyundai and Nissan offer driveway deals on many vehicles, with Hyundai even including a five year warranty.
This is the time to buy a new or demo car. There are good deals to be had, Mr McGannon said.

Price is right: Edneys Leongathas sales consultant Heather Walker and dealer principal Darryl McGannon with a Hyundai i30 that is among the 2017 plated vehicles on offer in the special clearance sale for February only at the Leongatha dealership. Just look for vehicles with star stickers.


Martys successful hospitality journey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEENIYANS Marty Thomas has made a huge impact on the small county down since opening Moos at Meeniyan nine years ago.
Mr Thomass journey started in Melbourne when originally, his dream was to become a chef.
I wanted to become a chef because my mum was one, but then I decided I wanted to be around people more and socialise with guests rather than the be in a kitchen, he said.
He studied Hotel Management at William Angliss Institute at age 18 and from there decided he preferred small businesses whilst working in restaurants and bars.
Mr Thomas ran a nightclub in London for a few years and the came back to Melbourne for the cafe scene.
He was in Mornington Peninsula running vineyards for a little while before making the move to Meeniyan to start his venture with Moos.
Mr Thomass role involves running duties, customer service, making coffee, ordering stock, training staff and menu planning, to name a few.
Its a very rewarding job but its hard work and the hours are unsocial, he said.
My main passion for owning a restaurant is to train young locals. My restaurant is a training ground for locals to learn communication skills.

Successful man: owner of Moos at Meeniyan Marty Thomas has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Nine years ago he settled in Meeniyan to start his own restaurant.


Your help is needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is on the lookout for new volunteers.
Now, 27 people volunteer at the Leongatha centre.
Were always looking for new volunteers to join our nice little family of people here, volunteer Jan Byrne said.
You dont have to be from Leongatha to volunteer. You can be from anywhere in South Gippsland to volunteer. You learn things along the way.
Volunteers are required to complete a six week community support work course one day per week through the Salvation Army.
The course will start on Wednesday, April 4 and finish on Wednesday, May 16.
The role requires helping the community as well as tourists navigate throughout South Gippsland, helping people send faxes and using the photocopier, and giving people the appropriate flyers.
You will be required to volunteer a minimum of three hours per week.
If you feel like this is something you might be interested in, call into the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau at the Leongatha Memorial Complex, Michael Place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday to obtain an application form.
Applications close on February 28.

Time and effort: Jan Byrne and Jenny Draper volunteer as often as they can at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau in Leongatha.


Strong words spoken at Word in Hand at The Red Rattler Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WORD IN HAND REVIEW Tuesday 6th February

by Lauren OMachel

Located in Marrickville, The Red Rattler might not be your typical theatre, but it holds the power and spirit of any other large theatre you may have experienced. In an intimate setting, The Red Rattler held their monthly event Word in Hand on the 6th of February that introduced both first-time poetry readers and experienced poets such as Omar Musa, Nancy J. Denis and LEWA. All of which brought their own style and energy to the stage that instantly grabbed the attention of the audience.

With a room filled with over 200 people, coordinator Candy Royalle took over Word in Hand starting back in January of 2017. With the event about to disappear, Royalle couldnt let that happen. So, she took matters into her own hands and decided relaunch Word in Hand to be a safe place where people of all different backgrounds could come express themselves or just enjoy the poetic atmosphere.

Royalle enjoys many parts of Word in Hand but her favorite part has to be the audiences reactions.

Seeing the joy that they experience and their responses to the artists, Royalle says. I dont know how else they would be exposed to them [poets] if it werent for groups and people like us.

An overwhelming supportive crowd came to support this event but two attendees Gabe Gasparinatos and Moreblessing Maturure are well-versed in this kind of scene but encourage those who want to take the chance to experience something like this to just go for it.

Utilize the amazing safe spaces to attend cultural events to really learn something and surround yourself with great people, said Gasparinatos.

Find a friend that wont unfriend you, buy them a ticket as well and tell them, Were doing this thing., Maturure explained. Even if you dont want to engage with it, be in the room and see how it happens and feel the vibe. And if youre interested, then come back.

Word in Hand is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month at The Red Rattler Theatre. And listen to Bibi & The Big Blue every Wednesday at 11 p.m. for Something Old, Something New, Queer Funk, Soul, Jazz, Dance & Blues!



Join V Day and end violence against women and children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VDay Byron Bay By Photo-Tree-Faerie

A V Day flashmob dance is taking place at 7am tomorrow morning on Main Beach in Byron Bay to raise awareness of the need to end violence against women and children around the world.

Its a chance for local people to connect to the global movement that is committed to reducing violence against women and children, said local organiser Zenith Virago.

This action here in Byron is to empower local women to find their voice.

V Day started on Valentines Day in 2012 and was based on the fact that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. This adds up to more that one million women and girls being subjected to violence in their lives. In Australia approximately 100 women have been murdered in the last 12 months by their intimate partners.

Vagina Conversations

V Day will cumulate with a celebration of the vagina though the ever popular Vagina Conversations that will be held at the Byron Theatre from 7.30pm on February 14 and 15.

This year, with the #metoo campaign, and women individually and collectively exposing the magnitude of sexually abusive behaviour by many men this show is particularly relevant, said Zenith.

Woman are standing up for themselves, for others, and against the patriarchy and its control of women and their bodies.

Having sold out shows for the last two years you will need to pick up tickets early on if you want to have a chance to enjoy the hilarious, challenging and celebratory stories that will be being told by women from 22 to 81 years old about their lives and vaginas. Speakers will include Mandy Nolan, Feather, Moana Pearl, Gopi Lev Dupain, and Sarah Temporal among many others.

The event is sponsored by the Community Centre and all proceeds go to support women from Byron Shire who are escaping from intimate partner violence.

The Escape Fund finances women in crisis to pay for emergency accommodation, get locks changed, keeps women and children...


Facial eczema warning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland farmers are being urged to consider zinc oxide supplements with reports of alarmingly high spore counts that could quickly lead to facial eczema outbreaks.
One farmer in the Macalister Irrigation District reported 55,000 spores per gram of pasture a number that should have every farmer across Gippsland talking to their vet or feed supplier about prevention options.
In other recent counts from MID farms, there were several reports of 20,000 spores per gram of pasture, while one topped 30,000 and another was above 35,000. In West Gippsland, a Yannathan farm reported 25,000 spores per gram of pasture.
These figures suggest conditions are ideal for facial eczema outbreaks. Above 20,000 is worrying above 30,000 (let alone 55,000) means it is time to act.
Farmers are being urged to do their own pasture monitoring to ensure any localised rise in spore counts is quickly identified. Recent warm weather and rainfall have combined to create ideal conditions for spore growth.
Farmers can view spore counts on each of the 31 sentinel farms at
Spore counting commenced in December 2017 on sentinel farms across Gippsland and the Bega region.
The facial eczema webpage has current spore counts for your area and allows you to sign up for alerts.
Remember early intervention is critical to prevent facial eczema as there is no effective treatment. Seek expert advice on prevention programs from your vet or feed supplier.
The project is funded by Dairy Australia and is managed by GippsDairy.
Any enquiries about the Facial Eczema pasture spore count monitoring program should be directed to Karen Romano, regional extension officer, GippsDairy at or on 5624 3900.

Up close: spores in ryegrass litter can cause facial eczema when digested by cows and other grazing animals.


The Waifs make magic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Waifs played on a perfect summers day at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on Sunday, February 4.
Predictions of catastrophic weather forced the Lyrebird Arts Council to postpone this event originally scheduled to take place on December 2, but the forecast weather never eventuated.
A near capacity crowd of 2500 people danced and swayed and made a joyful celebration of a superb summers evening in one of the most picturesque setting in Australia.
Months ago, The Waifs organised their national tour to end in their hometown Perth on Saturday, February 3. The Lyrebird Arts Council was humbled by The Waifs and special guest Yirrmal agreeing to fly back for this one performance.
Feedback from the audience has been both overwhelming and ultimately touching, with such comments as, Thank you for this gift of an experience and What a great easy, relaxed event.
The audience ranged in ages from children through to a lady in her nineties, who was offered a seat while dancing and responded, God no, just give me a guitar.

Memorable show: The Waifs performed to 2500 people at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on February 4.


Rehabilitated turtles set for Valentines Day release "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Will Smith, another turtle rehabilitated by Australian Seabird Rescue. (supplied)

Two turtles that have spent months in rehabilitation at Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina will be released at Byron Bays Main Beach tomorrow, just in time for Valentines Day.

And the group is using the event to promote a crowd funding campaign for Dolly, the largest turtle the ASR has ever had in care.

In late November, ASR received a phone call from north coast emergency vet about a sea turtle that had washed up at Lennox Head Surf Club.

The green sea turtle was floating and unable to submerge and had a small about of barnacle cover.

Named Elsie after a volunteers daughter, she was placed into intensive care and put on a course of antibiotics.

Soon after, Elsie went into ASRs tanks for some well-deserved Vitamin D before going into the pre-release tank were she was able to get rid of her float, and pigged out on some fresh squid. She is now two kilograms heavier that when she first came into care!

On December 9, Bruce from Brunswick Heads delivered a green sea turtle to ASR, which had been stranded on the beach.

Halsey was suffering from severe floating syndrome to the extent that she was actually on her side. She was incredibly lethargic.

But after a course of antibiotics, she started eating and her float slowly disappeared. Halsey shared the outside tank with Elsie and was placed into the pre-release tank shortly after and continued to pig out on squid with Elsie.

Australian Seabird rescue is a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations to keep rehabilitating sea turtles and seabirds. They currently have 10 turtles in care, including a 70-kilogram Hawksbill turtle, Dolly, one of the biggest sighted on the east coast of Australia.

The group needs to raise $7,000 for a satellite tracker that will provide data and help Dollys survival.


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Arts Wednesday 14 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 3 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week we look at NAIDOC Week.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Jackie Dunn, curator at AGNSW, to talk about the impossibly beautiful Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, just opened at the gallery. Learn about the layers of meaning within the tapestries and hear our special tips on what to look for things you may not have noticed unless they were pointed out to you. (They were pointed out to me!)

Music is mostly 16th century French.

Please keep me company!

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Beef prices low on last year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHILE beef prices are not what they were this time last year, local agents hope a wet autumn will change the dynamic in the oversupplied market.
Leongatha Landmarks Terry Ginnane said many factors pointed to why beef prices are low.
Beef has less demand on the world market right now. In New South Wales it has been very dry so there are a lot more cattle on the market than we have seen, he said.
One of our major abattoirs in Murray Bridge, South Australia also recently burnt down, so the killing capacity has been reduced. There are many more factors though.
Store market prices have eased through the month with steers making $2.90 to $3.30 per kg.
Heifers are currently selling at $2.60 to $2.70 per kg while the best vealers are making at most $3 per kg.
Phelan and Henderson and Cos Simon Henderson agreed dry conditions in NSW had had an impact.
It has been dry up there and if we could receive some monsoonal weather it could turn a lot of sellers into buyers, he said.
The market is being oversupplied by more cow beef than our suppliers can handle, hence the drop in price.
Mr Henderson said while beef prices have dropped an average of 10 percent, the annual influx of bullocks has already started at Leongathas Victorian Livestock Exchange.
We have gone from having about 400 bullocks yarded to about 800, he said.
We had a very kind December which prolonged the spring grass, so farmers have the opportunity to hold their cattle a little longer before moving them on and replacing them with suitable restocks.
Mr Ginnane said while the extra grass was welcome, farmers had to ensure cattle did not gain excess weight.
The higher supply of cattle currently on offer has cut back the potential for price increases and it does not look like we will see the same high levels we have had over the past two years. There has been a big correction on the market, he said.
Mr Henderson said prices did not live up to January 2017s record figures, and the discrepancy between store and fat prices was making it difficult to trade.
Store prices are currently high while fat prices are low so it is tricky. The most successful breeds constantly making $3 per kg are the prime European crosses and British bred or crossed prime bullocks, he said.
Friesians and Friesian cross bullocks are currently quite cheap, as is the cow market at the moment.
Export orders have brought in some money to local farms, with offers on steers and heifers reaching up to $3.40. Unjoined Angus are faring the best with 250kg heifers going for around $1100.


Emily receives life changing gift "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE South Gippsland community has rallied around eight year old Emily Rainbow in order for her to receive expensive but lifesaving surgery this month.
Emilys family had been concerned about a tumour in her throat for more than a year and were told she would need $15,000 surgery in order to have it removed.
Emily had a biopsy on her tumour 12 months ago and it was left inconclusive for the past year. We took further tests and last Thursday we were told it was stage three cancer, family friend Stephen Bover-Groen said.
Monash is trying to get a specialist to fly in from the US to perform Emilys surgery by the end of the month, however if they cannot get him to come over, we are going to have to go to Sydney to see a specialist.
Either way the surgery is going to cost a fortune, so Jim Pickersgill and Associates Leongatha generously donated $1000 towards the medical costs yesterday (Monday).
It is always more we than I, where we as a group can achieve so much together. We instil that and it is our mindset here, Mr Pickersgill said.
The Long Street business also bought a toy bunny, named Jimmy, for Emily.
This hit close to home with me due to some personal experiences. But when I saw Emilys picture in the paper and read her story, it struck my heart, Mr Pickersgill said.
She looks so much like my granddaughter and I thought how would I feel if this was happening to my granddaughter. It is so obvious that right now we all need to do what we can to help Emily.
Mr Bover-Groen said he was impressed by the communitys support.
Emilys mother and I have been applying for Make a Wish and when I asked Emily the other day what she wanted, all she said was to stay alive, Mr Bover-Groen said.

Generous gift: from left, Jim Pickersgill Associates Karen Newton with Stephen Bover-Groen, Emily Rainbow and Jim Pickersgill yesterday (Monday) when the Leongatha business gave $1000 towards Emilys surgery.


Breakers enjoy first training "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Bass Coast Breakers first training session went really well with more than 30 there.
There were a mixture of existing players, new players who have never played before and girls who have moved up from youth girls.
As the Breakers push for two teams, they are still looking for more players and we encourage anyone who has ever wanted to play footy to come to training and give it a go.
Just come as you are, no boots required and youll be supplied with a warm- up singlet featuring the team sponsors.
To cater for players from all over the shire pre-season trainings will move around.
Trainings will be at Dalyston every Wednesday and Friday, sessions will alternate between Inverloch and Newhaven Rec Reserves.
Training is this Friday, February 16, at Inverloch and all sessions start at 6pm.
At the end of training coach Steve Kenny said; I was really impressed with the turn out for our first session.  There was a good mix of new, existing players and youth girls.
The girls hit the track at a high level with many playing AFL 9s before Christmas and competing in events like the Cape Aquathon and Tetrathlon over summer.
During preseason, the team is focusing on recruiting new players, coach and support staff, sticking together and supporting each other and having fun and improving.

Growing team: youth girls recruit Jaz Garry joins senior players Chelsea Connell and Tess Angarane in the Breakers this year.


Beach battle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A BRING Back the Beach campaign has been launched in Port Welshpool, initiated by town planner Roger Harvey.
He believed the beach has been degraded over the years and wants improvements.
Mr Harvey has owned a holiday house in Port Welshpool since the early 2000s and has also developed land in the area for houses.
He has been long been involved with the campaign for the reopening of the Long Jetty, and designed a poster campaign that became well known in and around the town.
The recent marina proposal prompted him to write a detailed submission to South Gippsland Shire Council objecting to the proposed location next to the Long Jetty, which he believed seemed a most poorly conceived location, duplicating the marine precinct already available at the eastern end of the town.
After so many years of campaigning, Mr Harvey holds the view that the Long Jetty should be allowed to tell its own story and form a passive recreation area, free of the ugliness and disturbance a marina and car park brings.
Now he is concerned about the Port Welshpool beach.
The ugly material deposited there by Gippsland Ports following a dredging exercise is now most visible, he said.
The sand has been eroded such that the drop from the seawall is now quite marked, presenting a dangerous situation.
I know the beach is artificial in the sense that the area used to be mangroves, but I really dont see the relevance of this.
Mr Harvey said a sandy beach was a beautiful place for people to enjoy passive recreation.
From the time my family first started visiting in the early 2000s, the beach has been eroded and ruined, he said.
The best value improvement to the town is to reinstate and maintain the beach.
Given the beach area is Crown land in the control of the State Government, Mr Harvey wrote to Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, setting out some of his ideas.
Within the letter, the stand out, non-contestable idea was to reinstate the beach.
It be could assisted by beach groynes to resist erosion, he said.
It would provide a wonderful complement to the Long Jetty when it is reopened, and surely, it cant be that hard to do.
A revamped beach would be a great attraction and also complement the Long Jetty.
I hope the petition will demonstrate local community and visitor support.


Woolamai hosts big Cup day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Woolamai Cup Day was a huge hit on Saturday with crowds larger than anticipated.
Woolamai Races secretary Bev Carmichael said the day was hectic.
It was probably a bit bigger than what we expected and slightly larger than last year, secretary Bev Carmichael said.
Overall everything went very well and I was very pleased with the crowd.

Great achievement: from left, Woolamai Cup winner Courtney Pace with horse trainers Heidi and Paul Kramper from Garfield at the Woolamai Races on Saturday.


Councillors to be investigated "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has confirmed it is conducting an investigation to determine who leaked an internal email to councillors to the public.
The email, from chief executive officer Tim Tamlin, explained the reasons for a delay in council finding a suitable consultant to test noise levels produced by the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower.
The email explains that two months after an order from the Supreme Court to do so, he requested an investigation plan from an independent expert in the field.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt recently used her Mayors Message column in the press to say she was disappointed a councillor may have leaked the email. Mr Tamlin said council was now looking into why the email was leaked.
The mayors statements were criticised by some councillors, who said she used her column inappropriately, with suggestions she should resign.
But Cr Brunt said she would stand firm in her role.
The Mayors Message is the mayors message, she said, noting concerns were raised by a minority of councillors and their allies in the community.
I intend to lead from the front with strong leadership.
Neighbours of the wind farm claimed turbine noise was affecting their health and engaged law firm DST Legal to call for council to act. Council is responsible for monitoring wind farm noise.
In August last year, the court ordered council to undertake a proper study after council officers initially assessed noise levels by using their ears only.
Mr Tamlin will now face the Supreme Court on March 20 to explain councils actions in complying with the courts order from August.
Speaking to The Star on Friday, Mr Tamlin said he had hoped to have a costed investigation plan to the December council meeting for council to approve, but the consultant was unable to give that information due to previous work commitments.
He said the investigation plan would now come before the February 28 council meeting for council deliberation.
We have to establish if the wind farm is causing a nuisance and if that nuisance is adversely affecting peoples health and wellbeing, he said.
Mr Tamlin said he believed independent auditors appointed by Bald Hills Wind Farm as per its planning permit requirements had found no noise issues, apart from one turbine that was located away from houses.
The CEO said he did not see the value of calling an extraordinary meeting of council in January to discuss the investigation plan, saying councillors needed to have time off. He was also on leave then.
Mr Tamlin said he was concerned about the cost to ratepayers of the legal action, but said had council found noise to be a problem, Bald Hills Wind Farm would have likely appealed, also resulting in legal costs to ratepayers.


Queensland Drag Icon Sybil Von Thorndyke Honoured "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Laurence Deane best known as Queensland drag legend Dame Sybil Von Thorndyke has been honoured by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for his contribution to Queenslands LGBTIQ community. Deane, a veteran of the Brisbane entertainment scene, is a founding member and driving force behind the annual Queens Birthday Ball event. After its humble beginnings ...

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Strategies to boost councils performance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ARTS and culture, tourism, economic growth and supporting the shires ageing population will be some of the key elements in South Gippsland Shire Councils 2018-19 Council Plan.
Council discussed its plan with the public at drop in sessions outside Leongathas Memorial Hall and at Mirboo Norths Italian Festa in the past week.
The sessions will continue in Foster on Thursday and Friday. Alternatively, people can post their ideas on councils OurSay forum.
Councils coordinator for corporate planning and council business June Ernst said there had been a lot of interest around increased support for the arts, including the development of a Leongatha arts centre.
Many also wanted council to lobby the State and Federal governments more for major projects.
Stony Creek resident Robin Smith said while there were initiatives he was looking forward to, he would have liked to see more being done for children, education and recreation.
I hope my feedback will enable council to gauge where its culture is at, and look at broadening their perspectives. For example, objectives and initiatives targeting children, education, recreation and a more critical approach to governance is lacking, he said.
Mr Smith said he supported the initiatives and strategies that looked at improving governance, refining councils business unit and sewerage.
On the OurSay forum, some of the most popular submissions included a focus on cutting down waste, reducing services not regularly used by ratepayers, encouraging investment in big industries and retailers, and maintaining Home and Community Care Services.
A lot of people have been interested in the Active Ageing strategies. We live in an ageing community, and these strategies keep people active and help them to stay independent in their homes for longer, Ms Ernst said.
Reducing rates, streamlining business productivity, advocating for critical infrastructure like water and energy, continuing to support the foodmap, road maintenance, and digital strategies were also initiatives identified by council.
The OurSay forum will remain open until February 18. The feedback will be collated and finalised by February 21.
Council will be asked to endorse the plan at its ordinary meeting in the middle of March, after which the document will go out for formal consultation with the community.
The plan will be completed by the end of June.
There are already heaps of ideas on the OurSay forum. We are really trying to reach out to different people to hear the range of feedback in our community, Ms Ernst said.


Quake shakes Prom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale occurred west of Wilsons Promontory yesterday (Monday).
The quake occurred at 1.14am at a depth of 10km, below the sea.
Geoscience Australia did not receive reports of damage or of how far the earthquake was felt.
Duty seismologist Marco Maldoni said, When we get an earthquake in an area, it increases the risk of another one occurring.


Shire serves up sand to Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE value of South Gippsland Shires sand resource was highlighted by the launch of a pilot project near Nyora on Friday.
The State Government has joined with South Gippsland and Wyndham councils to unveil a pilot project to undertake geoscientific investigations and identify high quality extractive resources.
An inventory of natural, cultural, community and other land uses including rail and road transport routes will also be compiled.
The information gathered over the next 12 to 18 months will be assessed to determine the best way to secure extractive resources and quarry operations, while maximising liveability with local neighbourhoods.
Minister for Resources Tim Pallas launched the project with South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt at Hanson Quarry.
South Gippsland Shire has 27 per cent of the states sand resource, in the north-west of the shire between Nyora and Lang Lang, and is ranked the most critical quarry resource location in the state.
Cr Brunt said, Its about putting some sort of planning around the area for sand mining and its how you consult with the community so that people understand what this mining is about.
A report published last year projected Victorias population growth and urban development would nearly double the demand for rock, gravel and sand by 2050 above recent levels of production.
The pilot project will help ensure quarries can supply these raw materials well into the future, unimpeded by conflicts with urban encroachment.
South Gippsland Shire is expected to supply 22 per cent of Victorias sand and gravel and 34 per cent of its hard rock to 2050. Eighty per cent of South Gippslands quarry supply goes to areas of high demand in greater Melbourne.
The City of Wyndham is currently the largest producer of hard rock in Victoria.

Valuable sand: at left, at Hanson Quarry near Nyora for the launch of the Victorian pilot project relating to sand and rock supplies were Dr Elizabeth Gibson, general manager Construction Material Processors Association (CMPA); South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt; Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas; Brian Houser, state director Cement Concrete and Aggregate Australia; and Andrew Ritchie, operations manager of Hanson.


Catholic Church: $30 Billion But Wont Pay Child Sexual Assault Victims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Wealthy, ruthless and immoral: these are some of the words used to describe the Catholic Church during the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Despite its wealth being comparable to some of Australias largest corporations, the Church has fought for many years against compensating victims

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Farmers dirty over mud rules "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FARMERS have been left feeling dirty after South Gippsland Shire Council announced it may look to fine drivers whose tractors and other vehicles leave mud on the roads.

Council claimed farmers muddy vehicles were contributing to unsafe roads in the region and said it will look to find a cleaner solution with everyone working together.

In a press release, council claimed it would work with farmers in taking preventative steps to avoid losses to both their farm and public.

This will reduce the need for any litter abatement notices, fines or charges for the cost of clean-up and damages, the council statement said.

South Gippsland Shire Councils manager operations Fred Huitema said necessary measures would be taken to make roads safer for all residents and visitors.

Council appreciates the hard work farmers do for our community, which is why it is important for us to work with them to find solutions to reduce the amount of mud on our roads, he said.

We are hoping these measures will ensure our roads are safer for the community to utilise.

Allen Van Kuyk previously received a litter abatement notice from South Gippsland Shire Council for letting his cattle cross Cassons Road. Attached was a warning of a hefty $3000 fine should he continue to do so.  The Agnes resident is concerned similar fines could apply in this situation.

At any stage if I do not meet their expectations they could fine me, he said.

We try to manage it as best as we can, but if the shire decides they want to fine us, theyll catch us sooner or later. It is something that can affect so many people. A $3000 fine to anybody is substantial.

Mr Van Kuyk said he does all he can to ensure his cattle and tractors do not leave mud on Cassons Road, however it can be almost impossible given muddy conditions on his property.

It is totally impractical to expect us to clean a tractor every time we go in and out of a paddock, he said.

They have got have to a little bit of common sense on what they want us to do and it is practically buck for their poor maintenance and it is partially fundraising.

We are an easy target for them, but what they have proposed is not workable and there is no common sense to it.

Many locals expressed their concerns on The Stars Facebook page.

It is a bit harsh considering our roads are absolutely terrible around our farm and they only fix it every so often,

Tooras Jess Thorne commented.

How can we stop our utes from getting muddy tyres on council roads? It is not like theres a car wash in every town either.

Council said...


Medical rush "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippslands health services are thriving with an influx of staff joining the ranks at hospitals and clinics across the region.

Rising population and subsequent demand for healthcare has seen the employment of new doctors, registrars and specialists across healthcare providers in Leongatha and Wonthaggi.

South Gippslands lifestyle opportunities and proximity to Melbourne has resulted in the region bucking the trend of a shortage of doctors in other parts of country Victoria.

Leongatha Healthcare practice manager Judy Robb said, There is such a growth happening in the area with plenty of people buying houses, so we are doing all we can so that our services are keeping up with demands for healthcare in the region.

Leongatha Healthcare has four additional staff at the practice with two registrars and two general practitioners on hand.

Working on call at Leongatha Hospital, the general practitioners will service patients across the region.

Gippsland Southern Health Services acting chief executive officer Vicki Farthing said the influx of medical staff would contribute to the regions strong healthcare system.

We are fairly lucky in the breadth of specialists we have who are very skilled, and complement the GPs and doctors we already have, she said.

I think we are doing very well in terms of the number of GPs we have in this region, especially in comparison to areas like Yarram where they only have one general practitioner.

Ms Farthing said while the influx of registrars and clinical doctors would serve the population well, more medical physicians were still needed in the region.

We do not currently have anywhere in our subregion where a physician would work in intensive care, she said.

They are mainly in hospitals like Latrobe Regional Hospital and Warragul. But Bass Coast Health is working to open up that level of specialisation to the region.

General practitioners Sarah Beck and Ben OLeary have moved to the area and are working at Leongatha Healthcare. Ms Beck is an obstetrician and general practitioner, and Mr OLeary is an anaesthetist and general practitioner.

Dr Tim Mulherin will be joining the team as a general practitioner, obstetrician and anaesthetist, while Dr Neetu Grover will also be in the clinic as a general practitioner and obstetrician.

Dr Fatima Momtaz will also be commuting from Warragul after she moved from West Gippsland Healthcare to join the Leongatha clinic.

It is a very fascinating clinic to work at as it is quite procedural here. It is a good place to be on rotation at, she said.

Leongathas Long Street Family Medical has also receive...


WATCH: Cher Says Shes Ready To Celebrate At Mardi Gras 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Music icon Cher has said shes ready to celebrate Mardi Gras 40th anniversary next month. Less than three weeks ahead of her arrival in Australia, the legendary singer has filmed a video message to tell Australian fans shes also thrilled with the result of Australias marriage equality postal survey. I know its been a big ...

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MACKAY P-plater used ice to keep awake and pot to manage pain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Jadie Ellen Ward lives with Sleeping Beauty syndrome, which causes excessive sleep and altered behaviour, according to her defence solicitor Jordana Abela. Ms Abela told Mackay Magistrates Court that Ward would use ice to keep awake and cannabis to manage pain and help keep her calm.

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MACKAY Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas

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Mum accused of burglary refused bail Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court. West Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes

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MACKAY Mum accused of burglary refused bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 8. Trevor Veale. by Luke Mortimer. A WEST Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes has been refused bail after she was arrested on a warrant. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29

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Saddle Road landowners meet over planning proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Echonetdaily understands that the planning proposal study area of 315 hectares covers a much larger area than what is proposed for residential use, meaning that cane fields for example will not be rezoned residential. This is owing to a range of elements such as access options. 475 dwellings are proposed. Image from Saddle Road Planning Proposal.

A meeting last week with Byron Shire Council staff, councillors and Saddle Road, Mullumbimby, landowners has been reported differently by a proponent and opponent.

The contentious planning proposal and the staff recommendation against were removed from the December 14, 2017 Byron Shire Council meeting by senior staff to allow more consultation between planning staff and the proponents and the objectors.

The meeting comes after the council last year invited a planning proposal for Saddle Road land, known as Area 17 for affordable housing solutions.

The planning proposal for the entire ridgeline between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads also includes an intentional community called Bruns Eco Village.

Matthew OReilly, representing Saddle Ridge Community Action Group (SRLAMPA), said there was little support for the planning proposal and that 26 landowners representing 17 different properties affected by the Planning Proposal were in attendance.

Mr OReilly says, The three property owners who have lodged the planning proposal also attended, but did not speak at the meeting. When a show of hands was called for those who support the proposal, no one put up their hands including the three land owners behind the proposal. By comparison, when a show of hands was called for in relation to those who opposed the planning proposal, almost the entire room put up their hands.

Bruns Eco Village have hijacked this process and have jumped on the affordable housing band wagon to push their development through...


Watch The New Brad Butcher Video Crawl, Beg & Cry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher Queensland based singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has kicked off 2018 in a big way, taking out the Best New Talent gong at the Golden Guitars in January. And now Butcher is releasing his brand new single and video Crawl, Beg & Cry. The track is the third single from Brad Butchers []


Man charged with $1.2m fraud from medical supply company "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squads Corporate Corruption Team commenced an investigation following reports payments had been made to various personal bank accounts after fraudulent and altered invoices were submitted between July 2015 and February 2017.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives met with a 25-year-old man at North Melbourne Police Station in Victoria yesterday (Monday 12 February 2018).

The South Yarra man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 39 counts of fraud.

Police will allege in court the man used his position of trust and managerial responsibilities to create fraudulent invoices or fraudulently alter invoices for payment into bank accounts he controlled.

He also allegedly used a company-issued credit card to make unauthorised and fraudulent payments to another company of which he was the sole director.

The total amount of the payments was $1,237,806.

He is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Malaysian Newspaper Publishes How To Spot A Gay Checklist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A prominent Malaysian newspapers checklist for identifying potential gay and lesbian people has been slammed by local activists. The article in the Sinar Harian newspaper, as translated by The Guardian, featured bullet points of various attributes that supposedly reveal LGBTI-identifying people. The newspaper wrote that gay men were easy to spot because of their love ...

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New research demonstrates singing benefits Parkinsons sufferers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elizabeth with her father Ron Lord. Photo supplied.

Singing for people with Parkinsons disease (PD) has been shown to have a number of therapeutic benefits including an increased sense of well being, reduced stigma and providing greater opportunities for social engagement according to new research by from Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) and Griffith University. People in China, South Korea and Australia participated in the Sing to beat Parkinsons research project. Seventy-five Australias participated in three of the groups held in Toowoomba, Kalangur and Brisbane City over a six month period.

As part of the Sing to Beat Parkinsons research Elizabeth Lord successfully facilitated the Brisbane at Southbank choir and found that she was able to co-create a repertoire with the group that we would add to each week, along with a range of fun and dynamic vocal warm up exercises and rounds.

Following on from this experience Elizabeth is now looking to start a local singing group for people with Parkinsons.

My hope is to establish fun and interactive singing groups in the northern rivers for people with parkinsons and their carers, said Elizabeth.

Previous singing experience is not necessary, the groups would run for weekly one-hour sessions in eight week blocks from March 2018. I am still looking into venues but anticipate this beginning in the Brunswick/Ocean Shores area and extending into other areas if the interest is there.

Elizabeths interest in PD is deeply personal as her father Ron Lord was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.

I have seen the impact that this progressive neurological disorder has had on his physical and mental state. The one thing Dad continues to enjoy is singing as it allows him to have some temporary respite from the symptoms of PD.

If you are interested in finding our more you can contact Elizabeth at or phone 0426807260.

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Police deny assaulting woman during Byron Bay arrest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Screenshot from the footage of the arrest shared to Facebook, which has led to further allegations of police brutality in Byron Bay. Photo Facebook/Jaicey Revelle

Tweed-Byron police have been forced to deny assaulting a woman they arrested at a Byron Bay beach yesterday (Monday, February 12) after mobile phone footage of the altercation was posted to social media and screened on TV.

The video appears to show a woman shouting and resisting arrest and a man shouting Zoe, just settle as police make several, increasingly forceful, attempts to arrest her under a casuarina tree on the beach near the Wreck.

As the police lead the woman away, she collapses on the beach steps after trying to break free from the two officers who are escorting her.

The man runs up behind the two officers and shouts, get the fuck off her; you just knocked her out.

Another man, possibly an off duty doctor or paramedic, kneels over the woman checking her vital signs.

The woman comes to and starts calling for Jesse before being led away.

Jaicey Revelle, who posted the video to the Byron Bay Community Board, said the woman, was hit with a closed fist by the female officer and was knocked unconscious for 30 seconds or more.

She added that the man who ran to defend her was hit by female police officer then pepper sprayed by male officer.

The video can be viewed in its entirety on our Facebook page.

TV coverage disappointing: police

Tweed-Byron detective superintendent Wayne Starling told media he was, disappointed in a story run on one of the local television networks with mobile phone footage indicating that police assaulted a woman at Byron Bay.

In reality the policewoman has advised me that the woman was trying to bite her and she pushed her away.

This story has given the police haters in the community the opportunity to latch onto this story and could put our local community and police at risk, he said.

Police report

Police spoke to a number of people to identify those....


Yonder comes Turnbulls republic; Bill of Rights on the bar table "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How many people know there is a Bill of Rights bill sitting on the table in the House of Representatives in Canberra which already has survived a first reading.

It is called the Bill of Rights Act, 2017, tabled by Tasmania Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie.

According to Mr Wilkie it is a bill for an Act relating to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Australians and all people in Australia, and for related purposes.

This bill paves the way, setting the framework for Turnbulls republic.

Mr Wilkie is obviously unaware we already have the inalienable Bill of Rights 1688, which cannot be altered by any parliament.

If you were not worried before you need to be very concerned now

The objects of this Act are:

15 (a) to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human

16 rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons without

17 discrimination; and

18 (b) to that end, to enact an Australian Bill of Rights giving effect

19 to certain provisions of:

20 (i) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

21 done at New York on 16 December 1966; and

22 (ii) the International Covenant on Economic, Social and

23 Cultural Rights done at New York on 16 December

24 1966; and

25 (iii) the Convention on the Rights of the Child done at New

26 York on 20 November 1989;

27 being guided by:

28 (iv) the Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded

29 Persons; and

1 (v) the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons; and

2 (vi) the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of

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FREESTYLE & STOKE !! *surf sessions and board displays* "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


On Sunday February 25th Byron Bay Surf Festival is setting its compass to Australias most easterly point the tropo-dreamy shores of Wategos Beach, for a froth-filled day of sun, surf and salt water for the entire family! Once again, this years Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions will feature some of surfings best and most eccentric sliders, brand new progressive wave-riding categories, and for the second consecutive year, BBSF will host one of last years crowd favouritesthe McTavish Trim!!

So load up the groms, grab your boards and brolies and lets dive right in to this years breakdown


Our Freestyle & Stoke categories are progressively one-of-a-kind, with a strong focus on artistic interpretation and style. These non-competitive events are decided by peer vote, with advantage awarded to those presenting their surfing with style, wave and equipment adaptability, flare and freestyling fun during each session! Invites are sent out for most sessions and fill quite fast. If an invitee doesnt show on the day, that invite goes open to the beach. So be ready!!

Registrations open on the beach at 7:00am with the first session kicking off at 8:00 am sharp!

8:00 8:30 am: Torpedoes (surfing the body)
8:30 9:00 am: Wood Sniffers presented by Wood Surf Co
9:00 10:00 am: McTavish Trim -presented by McTavish Surfboards
10:00 10:30 am: Finless Slide presented by RVCA
10:30 11:00 am: The Extraterrestrial Soft-board Experiment
11:00 11:30 am: Log invitational Invite only
11:30 am 12:00 pm: Mermaid Party presented by Atmosea.
12:00 12:30 pm: Ying/Yang
1:00 1:45 pm: Festival Party Wave Open to one and all!



Young Aussies spread the e-waste recycling message "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2017, TechCollect sent out a call for primary and secondary students across Australia to help spread the e-waste recycling message in its third annual search for a national Young E-Waste Hero Hamish Holt, a four year old boy from Hemmant. won second place in TechCollects Young E-Waste Hero competition. His winning response was: A []

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We can do more to Close the Gap Rudd, Trad "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A minutes silence for the Stolen Generations formed part of an emotional memorial in West End recently with elders, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. The event ahead of the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australias Indigenous Peoples was held to commemorate the milestone, but also to []

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February 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13 February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in London. Bennelong
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.

1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.

1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.

1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."

1858 - The Eli  Lafont was a  French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.

1861 -  The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.

1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.

1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.

1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.

1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date.  The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.

1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.

1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.

1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...


Sydney FC ready for Asian Champions League action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney FC has named a 26-man squad its supremo, Graham Arnold, believes gives the reigning A-League champions a fighting chance to claim the 2018 AFC [more]

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Ballinas deputy mayor throws hat in the ring for state seat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Acting General Manager at Seabird Rescue, Keith Williams with a rescued pelican. Photo supplied.

Deputy Mayor of Ballina, Keith Williams, has announced he will seek pre-selection for the Labor Party to contest the State seat of Ballina.

Cr Williams, well known for his work with local conservation groups, said he was concerned the obvious failings of the current Greens Party MP could see the seat slip back to the National Party, unless there was a strong alternative candidate with impeccable environmental and community credentials.

Ive been actively involved in conservation and community efforts since my university days studying Environmental Science. I have been a professional advocate for community legal centres, mental health and palliative care services and have worked in the ecotourism industry and as a professional yacht Captain. Since living in Ballina I have planted more trees, eradicated more weeds and rescued more wildlife than any current MP in State Parliament.

Cr Williams described claims by the Greens that only they could protect the environment as absolute rubbish.

If this was true, why have we seen environmental protections wound back, National Parks gutted and planning laws become a plaything for mining companies and property developers? The strategy of turning every environmental problem into a partisan political issue has actually taken us backwards over the last twenty years.

As a community sector worker for more than twenty five years and a councillor for the last five, I know the value of working together, of finding common ground and seeking positive solutions.  Whether the issue at hand is renewable energy, funding for our schools and hospitals, making housing more affordable or creating sustainable employment opportunities, we need to bring the talents and expertise of our community together and support them with good policy and the resources available to State Governments.

I want to represent the Labor Party because first and foremost, I care about people.

He dismissed the Nationals as more akin to a protection racket than a political party.

Its a game of mates for them. Back your donors and supporters and bugger...


Invasion or settlement, no land rights for militant Aborigines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Sherry Sufi

January is here and gone and the invasion versus settlement debate is back making news headlines.The Prime Minister wants to keep Australia Day as it is while the Greens are calling for the date to be changed.

Weve all heard the generic talking points.

Team Invasion Day says 26 January is offensive to some Australians. Team Australia Day says 26 January is a day for all Australians regardless.

Yet there is a fundamental point which goes to the heart of this debate that literally no one, to date, seems to have picked up on. Hence, this article.

Former Liberal Party adviser Sherry Sufi says if militant Aborigines insist that Australia was invaded in 1788, then they cannot have their cake and eat it too. Land rights cannot be claimed if Australia was invaded.

Native title can only exist if Australia was settled, not invaded.

Why? Because international law recognises all territories acquired through invasion and annexation by force, prior to World War II, as lawful conquests.

This Right of Conquest doctrine was first conceived by the International Law Commission of the United Nations and later adopted as UN General Assembly Resolution 3314.

Provided that all citizens of a lawfully conquered territory are granted equal rights by the local law, international law doesnt consider the descendants of the conqueror and the conquered as two separate peoples.

This in turn invalidates any claims to separ...


1) Papua priest puts life on the line to fight injustice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) 21st MSG Leaders Summit set to go in PNG  
1) Papua priest puts life on the line to fight injustice

Death threats don't deter Father Djonga from defending the poor or acting as a broker between the army and insurgents
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta Indonesia
February 12, 2018



Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It appears Malka Leifer, an alleged sex-offending school headmistress at a Jewish School in Melbourne Australia, who fled Australia ten years ago before Australian authorities could jail her, will be extradited to Australia to face court.


ABC News Australia

Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia

13 February 2018

Israeli police have re-arrested Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, alleging she faked a mental illness in order to avoid extradition to Australia.

Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing several pupils while she was a teacher and principal at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school in Melbourne.

In 2008, when the allegations were first raised, Ms Leifer fled to Israel. She was then arrested by Israel police in 2014 when Australia filed a request for her extradition.

Ms Leifer was released on bail and managed to avoid every single one of her extradition hearings in the last three years, claiming she suffered from panic attacks and anxiety and was too unwell to face the court.

Two weeks ago, she again claimed mental illness during her most recent appearance before a psychiatric review board.



Malka Leifer- Female pedophile headmistress who preyed on a secretive Jewish community in Melbourne and has fled to Israel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Most pedophiles are men. Women pedophiles are rare.

The case below in Melbourne, Australia is ongoing and I thought Id bring this case to the attention of my readers because it shows how a female pedophile exploits their position of trust and how they groom their victims.

ABC New Australia

7 April 2016

Malka Leifer manipulated us: Alleged paedophile who preyed on secretive Jewish community

Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.

By Sophie McNeill


Acidification could leave oceans uninhabitable for cold-water corals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The worlds oceans could become uninhabitable for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests.

Ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater takes up CO2 from the atmosphere, could threaten around 70% of cold-water coral living below 1,500 metres in the North Atlantic Ocean by 2050, the research finds.

Acidified waters that accumulate in the North Atlantic could then be circulated to the global seas via a system of ocean currents, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, which could have consequences for reefs across the world.

The findings reiterate how many coral reefs could dissolve and crumble as the world continues to warm, another scientist tells Carbon Brief.

Cool corals

Cold-water corals make up more than half of known coral species in the world. They are found in deep, dark parts of the worlds oceans in both the northern and southern hemisphere. They can thrive at depths of up to 2,000 metres and in water temperatures as low as 4C.

Unlike tropical corals, cold-water corals do not rely on colourful algae for their food. Instead, cold-water coral feed on floating plankton.

This means they are unaffected by coral bleaching, a process which is heightened by climate change and poses a great threat to the survival of tropical reefs, such as the Great Barrier Reef.

However, both tropical and cold-water coral species are threatened by a process known as ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.

The oceans have absorbed around 30% (pdf) of the CO2 released by human activity since the industrial revolution. This has caused oceans, which are alkaline, to become more acidic over time. The overall pH of seawater has fallen from around 8.2 to 8.1 from pre-industrial times to the present day.

This change has altered the levels of a type of calcium carbonate known as aragonite in seawater. Some types of coral, known as hard coral, have tough outer skeletons that are made out of this substance.



Another how low can they go moment courtesy of the Catholic Church in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018:

The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the countrys biggest non-government property owners, and massively wealthier than it has claimed in evidence to major inquiries into child sexual abuse.

A six-month investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald has found that the church misled the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by grossly undervaluing its property treasures in both NSW and Victoria while claiming that increased payments to abuse victims would require cuts to its social programs.
The investigation was based on intricate data from local councils that allowed more than 1860 valuations of church-owned property in Victoria. That showed that across 36 municipalities - including nearly all of metropolitan Melbourne - the church had land and buildings worth almost $7 billion in 2016.

Extrapolated nationally, using conservative assumptions, the church owns property worth more than $30 billion Australia-wide.



There is no good news when it comes to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

University of Colorado Boulder, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), media release, 5 February 2018:
Scientists find massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost
Researchers have discovered that thawing permafrost in the Northern Hemisphere stores twice as much mercury as the rest of the planet's soils, atmosphere, and oceans. The finding has significant implications for human health and ecosystems worldwide.
In a new study, scientists measured mercury concentrations in cores of frozen groundor permafrostfrom Alaska and used the data to estimate how much mercury has been trapped in Northern Hemisphere permafrost since the last Ice Age.
They found that Northern Hemisphere permafrost regions contain 1,656 gigagrams of mercury (32 million gallons, or enough to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools), making them the largest known reservoir of mercury on the planet. This amount is nearly twice as much mercury as all soils outside of the northern permafrost region, the ocean, and the atmosphere combined.
The researchers also found that of the 1,656 gigagrams of mercury, 863 gigagrams lie in the surface layer of soil that freezes and thaws each year (27 Olympic-sized swimming pools), and 793 gigagrams are frozen in permafrost (23 Olympic-sized swimmi...


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Does anyone know where I can hire out a registered commercial kitchen by the hour? If so, I would love to hear about it! You can call or text Jess on 0403 909 755.


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FREE Netball Event this Week! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Thursday Netball Victoria through Rock Up Netball will host a NETBALL FESTIVAL.  

There are a number of family-friendly activities for all ages. 

Netball Victoria will be delivering NetSetGO (Ages 5-10), Drills & Skills (Ages 10-15) and a Play Festival (15+). Melbourne Vixens player Khao Watts will be attending from 6pm. There will also be plenty of giveaways on the night!

For the Play Festival (15+), a participant will win a Samsung Gear Fit2, so please encourage any of the parents at the club to get involved! 


Pilot Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello, Newlanders!

I am running a workshop pilot for new and expecting parents in late Feb and looking for interested participants. It's about the Transition to Parenthood and how to rock it! And because it's a pilot it is really cheap! ($50) per couple.
If you know a couple who would be interested in working through steps to explore their expectations, develop a personalised toolkit to help them through the transition to parenthood, learn strategies to help them face the changes and challenges and deepen their relationship at this ripe time, then please share!
Participants will be learning from an evidence-based model based on over 15 years of research, guided by two inspired and passionate facilitators. 
This is the stuff we wished we had learned before becoming parents and we are so excited to bring this work out into the world!
Note: this is a workshop on parenthood not parenting, but sets you up well for parenting as a team.

Please feel free to email or call me for more info and please share!



Indonesian soldier shot dead by Papua separatists: military "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesian soldier shot dead by Papua separatists: military


JAKARTA (Reuters) - Armed separatists shot dead an Indonesian soldier on Monday during a gunfight at a market place in the remote easternmost province of Papua, a military spokesman said. 
Papua has suffered a simmering separatist conflict since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized U.N.-backed referendum in 1969 and remains one of the poorest regions in Indonesia.

Five members of the separatist criminal group, armed with pistols and machetes, attacked members of the Indonesian military, Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said in a statement received by text message. 
One soldier was killed in the attack at a market in Sinak, Puncak Jaya regency, it said. 
Rights groups have urged Jakarta to end rights violations and improve media access to the area, where a group linked to the Free Papua Movement recently targeted mining operations of Freeport McMoRan Inc. 

Members of Indonesias security forces have been accused by rights ac...


Anyone new to Cairns wanna hang out? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yo so I just moved to cairns last week and walked around a bit, but would really like some new friends. Bored as hell.

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MACKAY Drink driver caught without mandatory interlock blames judge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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February 12, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Ward appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5, pleading guilty to driving a car not allowed under an interlock condition at Benholme on January 21. Prosecutor Anna Ellis said Mirani police were patrolling as part of a statewide traffic operation when they came across Ward. Officers found the

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1) What to expect at the Melanesian Spearhead Group summit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 2) Imakulata Emakeparo was shot, the quality of police personnel questioned 
The Interpreter
1) What to expect at the Melanesian Spearhead Group summit
By   Tess Newton Cain
12 February 2018 14:59 AEDT
The last time the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) got together was in 2016, for a special leaders summit held in Honiara. A number of key issues were left unresolved after that meeting, most notably whether to endorse the next iteration of the MSG Trade Agreement, and who should qualify as group members.


10 great castles in Europe i have been to! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There is just something that draws me to castles. The first place we went to after landing in Munich was Nymphenburg Palace. I remember driving up to it and watching it all come into view. Its red roof towering above it just made me say wow.

I think that was when my love affair started with them and I have not been to one that has made me love them less. Wherever we are in the world if there is one near we try to go. The girls love them so much as well. I feel sometimes I am not doing us any favours by taking them to visit these magnificent buildingsthey get so many ideas on how their bedrooms should look.

So here are my top castles that we have been to. Some are famous castles some not so famous. Some may be a grandly furnished building and some may be ruins but to me, they are all as majestic as the next. And I can tell you this was one hard list to put together!

Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany.

Nymphenburg Castle was the first castle I ever went to and it is my favourite to this day. I loved the beautiful red roof that it had and the white buildings surrounding it. The canal that leads up to it feeds the fountains that are in front of it. You can walk along it and see the duck and fish in the water. After I had seen it in both autumn and summer the next season was winter and I love it just as much covered in snow.

Scholl Nymphenburg on dusk

The inside was stunning and was so beautifully designed. The amount of gold and the paintings were stunning. Originally built in 1664 it seems that all following monarchs added more to the original building making it what it is today. Now the gardens out the back of the Palace are some of the most beautiful we have ever seen and you will see joggers, families and just about everyone enjoying them even if the weather is not that great. Some of the outer buildings also now house items that they royal families used to use in their daily lives. The Marstall Museum is not to be missed if you are planning a trip to this beautiful palace....


LISTEN: The UKs Eurovision 2018 Track Was Written By A Queenslander "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The song the UK is taking to this years Eurovision Song Contest was co-written by a Queenslander. Queensland songwriter Nicole Blair (pictured) is behind the pop ballad Storm which British singer SuRie will perform at the contest in Portugal in May. Blair told The Music she co-wrote the song with Gil Lewis and Sean Hargreaves ...

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Citizen Science conference hears about air pollution in NW NSW mining towns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Citizen Science group based in Maules Creek, near Narrabri, has been in Adelaide presenting at the national Australian Citizen Science Conference about the air pollution problems in coal mine affected communities in the NorthWest.

The Leard Forest Research Node has conducted dust monitoring in the vicinity of Maules Creek coal mine and Boggabri township, concluding that the current self-reporting by Whitehaven Coal does not reflect the lived experience of residents who experience excessive dust from open cut coal mines and uncovered coal train wagons.

Like other environmental groups, the LFRN has been critical of the high number of negative dust readings reported by Whitehaven Coal at its Maules Creek monitoring station, sometimes being up to 30% according to LFRN researcher Ms Amelie Vanderstock who last year won the University Medal for Science at the University of Sydney for her work on mine dust pollution in the Maules Creek-Boggabri area.

My research revealed that more dust was deposited on the leaves of tomato plants along a 12 km transect closer to the Maules Creek, than was deposited further from the mine, she said. Yet Whitehaven argues that the dust is coming towards the mine from farms, forest and the outback.

Another controversial aspect of Maules Creek mine reporting is the very high number of negative dust readings, which the NSW EPA appears to condone.

The excuse for this high number of negative readings is that the air is too clean and causes the equipment to malfunction, said Ms Vanderstock. However the number of negative values at Shenhuas Breeza proposed mine where there is currently no mine is less than half of that at Maules Creek. Obviously the air too clean theory requires further investigation

The 24-hour average PM10 concentrations self-reported by the company are often significantly low. Looking at all the monitoring data collected by the EPA in 45 locations around NSW, there are very few 24-hour average PM10 concentrations as low as Maules Creek, even in agricultural regions that have no open cut coal mines, said Ms Vanderstock.

There are many troubling question marks about the companys self-reporting. The community has taken matters into its own hands and is now obtaining answers via the independent community science we do at Leard Forest Research Node, said Ms Vanderstock.

Keynote Speaker at the conference was the Australian Chief Sc...


Dollarbird launches into feeding flurry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Watch out, insects, here I come!

Young Dollarbird sets off after aerial prey. Bird was one of four in feeding flurry with several other species near Townsville Common gate yesterday.

All the Dollarbirds showed the dull plumage of immaturity, with more colour to come before they head off to Papua New Guinea about April.

Fiendishly difficult trying for flight pictures as the birds zigzgged the sky chasing their invisible (to me) food. One fuzzy image from hundreds of shutter clicks.


Tiny Little Houses prove its okay to be uncool with the video for Short Hair "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Just a couple of weeks ago, Tiny Little Houses finally released their highly-anticipated debut album Idiot Proverbs. Now, the Melbourne group have released the brilliant video for their newest single, Short Hair.

With the groups past tunes featuring rather introspective themes, Short Hair is no exception, and is undoubtedly set to become the anthem of the outcast.

Inspired by an anecdote shared by the uncle of singer Caleb Karvountis girlfriend, in which he picked on an uncool friend by saying he likes to let his short hair down, the tune relishes in the idea of not being popular.

The clip for Short Hair features a large-eared protagonist attending a pretty swish house party, in which he finds himself rather out of place. It doesnt take long for him to realise that pretence wont help him fit in, and decides to just be himself by dancing and having the time of his life.

Tiny Little Houses are also set to hit the road in a matter of days for their Idiot Proverbs album tour. With dates all over the country, theres no excuse for not heading out to see one of Australias best indie-rock bands of the moment.

Check out the video for Short Hair below, or head over to Apple Music where you can grab the tune all for yourself.

Check out the video for Tiny Little Houses Short Hair:

Tiny Little Houses Idiot Proverbs Album Tour 2018

Saturday, February 24th
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Friday, March 2nd
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, March 3rd
Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thursday, March 8th
Strawberry Boogie @ Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday. March 9th
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, March 10th
The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

Friday. March 16th
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Saturday, March 17th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA


New Green shoots beginning to emerge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If dying rock stars was the worst thing about 2016 then things must have been very comfortable back then. 2017 has been a bit of a shocker. It could not have been a worse start really with the hapless Trump maladministration getting underway. Trump and his rapidly disintegrating band of cronies has been [...]


Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 1) The bomb and the bin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 1) The bomb and the bin40 years on from the Sydney Hilton bombing, Dr John Jiggens examines the evidence, frame-ups and conspiracy theories.  read now...


Alexa in the house "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's hard to believe I got an Echo before an Apple Homepod, but I did. The Echo is now sitting in our kitchen, where I would never dare put a Homepod. I've had a Bose bluetooth speaker in the kitchen for a couple of years now and it's given sterling service. But it's getting old, the charging brick has fallen apart, (I shudder to think how much it would cost to replace that sucker) and the whole unit looks like shit. Over the years it's picked up a second skin of cooking grease, microscopic organic debris, oily particulates and crap.

There is no way I want to drop $500 on a piece of Sir Jony Ive's handiwork in that environment.

The Echo, however... meh.

It's a fraction of the price, a literal fraction, about 1/5 I think, and it's not going to look any better once it's been exposed to a couple of weeks worth of cooking, but it's not going to break my heart either. Also, to be honest, the Echo is likely to be a lot more useful in the kitchen. The Homepod's inability to settle multiple timers has already been noted by most reviewers, as has Siri's constrained functionality compared to Alexa (and Google's eponymous AI). I think that misreads the purpose of Homepod, which is a mid-range premium speaker first, and a smart speaker a distant second.

Still, it creates an opening for Alexa. I've had her parked on the kitchen bench for a few days now and I'm getting used to the syntax and constraints native to Amazon's lady in a can. Because Alexa's APIs were opened up to developers immediately, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of 'skills' she can learn that are completely beyond Siri and probably Google.

I've taken to asking her for the surf report from Bondi every day.

Not having listened to the radio anywhere but the car for nearly a decade, I found myself listening to news bulletins again to start the day, because it's such a simple matter to ask Alexa to bring you up to speed. There are cocktail recipes, bus and ferry timetable information, cooking suggestions, podcast players, dictionaries, weather reports, all sorts of useful shit. It's a device focused on very broad but low-level functionality. That makes it a perfect fit for the kitchen. Or maybe just a very good fit. I don't find Alexa to be any more intelligent or responsive than Siri. There were some hilarious misfires when asking her to play music from an Internet radio service. (It's better now I've picked up an Amazon Music subscription on a free trial for three months).

I suspect the functionality will also greatly improve when Amazon Prime launches locally, and the Beast of Bezos starts competing with Coles and Woolworths for the food delivery market. The ability to ad...


Video: Ficifolia Festival 2018 parade and interview! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ficifolia Festival's 80s-themed parade was totally wicked!


TWT Cat of the Week: No Valentines sweetheart? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

. how about a cutie thats desexed, micro-chipped and vaccinated? THIS weeks Valentines Day TWT Cat Of The Week is Wess described as a [more]

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Interviewing Pink Floyds Roger Waters about Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).

The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Unsurprisingly, Australian, pro-Israel politician Michael Danby condemned the event, including my involvement, but got both my names wrong in his press release.

Full video of the evening is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11:

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.

Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.

Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.

In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).

During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.

Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig.



Swimmer rescued from Brunswick rip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve at New Brighton. Photo OEH

A lunchtime swim nearly ended in disaster on Monday after a woman was caught in a powerful rip before being rescued by lifeguards north of Brunswick Heads.

Two women believed to be in their 30s were swimming at New Brighton Beach when they got into difficulty shortly before 12:30pm.

One of the women was able to scramble back onto the bank and make her way to shore but the second was not so fortunate and was carried out almost 150 metres by a powerful current.

The first swimmer who had escaped the rip was able to raise the alarm by contacting emergency services, with the State Operations Centre notified of the incident shortly afterwards.

Lifesaving assets were immediately tasked to the scene including the Australian Lifeguard Service jetski from Byron Bay, the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) from Brunswick Heads SLSC, the Far North Coast Support Operations jet ski, as well as police and paramedics.

Lifeguards were able to locate the woman and get her back to shore safely.

She was assessed by paramedics but did not require further treatment and emerged from her ordeal relatively unscathed.

Conditions at the time have been described as potentially unstable with the moderate swell a challenge for swimmers.

Far North Coast Duty Officer Jimmy Keough praised the responding agencies for their prompt response, and said lifesavers are bracing themselves for a busy week

With the hot weather expected over the next couple of days our lifesaving assets are on standby for a busy time on our beaches.

We would like to encourage everyone thinking about making the most of the conditions to swim at Main Beach Byron Bay, Lennox, or Kingscliff which are the only three Far North Coast beaches currently patrolled by lifeguards during the week, Mr Keough said.

How to spot a rip current?

  • Rips are complex, can quickly change shape and location, and at times, are difficult to see. The things to look for are;
  • Deeper, dark-coloured water.
  • Fewer breaking waves.
  • A rippled surface surrounded by smooth waters.
  • Anything floating out to sea or foamy, disco...


Courtney Act To Host Gold Coast Commonwealth Games LGBTIQ Pride Event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian drag star Courtney Act will host a special LGBTIQ pride event on the beach of Surfers Paradise. The Sparkle in the Sand event will celebrate the diverse LGBTI community and promises song, dance, laughter and delight for Gold Coast partiers, with performers, athletes and other speakers taking part. The free event will be held ...

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Dungeon and Dragons group? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi all, so before I left Melbourne last week to live here permanently I played a game of D&D with some friends, and it was hella fun.

Just wondering if there are any D&D groups here that wouldn't mind a noob joining in? Or maybe start one of our own?

Bit about me:

  • 23 year old male

  • mixed as fuck

  • social drinker

  • Pretty chill

  • noob at D&D

Any and all comments are welcome, my body is ready.

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Tweed council staff injured by toxic rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed council is urging people to dispose of their toxic waste at the tip.

Three Tweed Shire Council workers received minor injuries while picking up dumped toxic rubbish last month, prompting an appeal from the council for people to do the right thing with their rubbish.

The workers were splashed with and inhaled fumes from a chemical, thought to be hydrochloric acid, while removing an illegally dumped pile of rubbish along Clothiers Creek Road.

The chemical involved in the incident was stored in a plain, white, 5L plastic container with no warning labels.

On inspection after the incident the container was found to be bubbled and showed signs of chemical reaction.

The councils Manager Infrastructure Delivery Tim Mackney said the incident, which occurred just prior to Christmas, could have resulted in tragic outcomes for those involved.

Thankfully on this occasion these workers avoided severe injuries but that doesnt alter the fact that this substance could have been taken to the tip by the residents and disposed of safely for free which would have avoided all risks, Mr Mackney said.

He pointed out that Tweed residents can take up to 20L of household chemicals to the permanent chemical collection facility at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre for free, all-year-round.

Products such as pesticides, herbicides and poisons, solvents and household cleaners, pool chemicals, acids and alkalis and hobby chemicals, are accepted at Stotts Creek and then sent away to be processed safely, with some broken down and recycled for use in other products.

The councils Coordinator Waste Management Rod Dawson said the number of illegal dumping issues they have been dealing with were stretching the council resources.

We dont have crews standing by to pick up illegally dumped rubbish which means these workers are pulled off other jobs, Mr Dawson said.

Im sure the ratepayers of Tweed Shire would rather they were doing what they are being paid for than picking up rubbish and causing delays to community projects.

He said households with red wheelie bin services which require a kerbside bulk rubbish collection can call 02 6670 2400 or book online at

A full list of ma...


The Electricity of Attractor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesias tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australias leading dance companies for Perth Festival, 8th-10th February at the State Theatre Centre.

Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful, contemporary ritual. As the performance unfolds, their unusual fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with operatic melodies and heavy metal vocals slowly builds to a euphoric pitch while the dancers are propelled into ecstatic physical abandonment.

Each performance, 20 unrehearsed participants join the performers on stage dissolving the distinction between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer in a cross-cultural, shared ritual.

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Theres Still Places Available On Queenslands PrEP Trial "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Queensland AIDS Council has urged at-risk Queenslanders not to wait for cheaper PrEP through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and to sign up for free medication through places still available on the states QPrEPd trial. PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been ...

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Sampling Sampology "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Amidst his DJ Australian Tour, Sampology stops by to chat vinyls, touring and Brisbane.

Starting off his career as a producer with an ear for sampling records, he has come full circle, finding the perfect balance sampling new sounds, field recordings and live instrumentation. Whether played by himself or his peers that hes invited into his home studio to collaborate, the method has been central to Sampologys evolution as an artist and purveyor of new music and emerging local talent.

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REVIEW: How Does Black Panther Compare To Other Marvel Blockbusters? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At this stage its becoming predictable to claim [insert title here] is the greatest Marvel movie yet as each new film is released. And though some of the entrants in this expanding cinematic universe are arguably worthy of such praise (last years Thor: Ragnarok a recent example), and Black Panther is indeed a strong picture, ...

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MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 12th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 12, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 12th of February, 2018

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The man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. He allegedly broke into the home in eye-me-oh on Saturday night assaulting the occupant and threatening him with a knife. A Mackay man corners councilors over the lack of a swimming enclosure at Bucasia Beach. The man questioning

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MACKAY Whipped partner with soiled underwear "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A BLACKS Beach man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a deplorable assault against his former partner and a neighbour who intervened to help her while he was on parole. John Rex Palmer, 34, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, contravening a domestic violence order

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Teacher Loses Her Catholic School Job After Marrying Female Partner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A teacher has been fired from her job at a Catholic school just days after marrying her female partner. Grade 1 teacher Jocelyn Morffi was sacked from Saints Peter and Paul school in Miami, Florida last week. Morffi wrote on her social media accounts: This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately ...

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BARRISTER GOES BERSERK! Elite Melbourne lawyer under police investigation over alleged homophobic rage at cabaret club "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCLUSIVE: A high-profile Melbourne barrister and member of the Victorian Bar, Peter H Clarke, is currently under police investigation while a restraining order has also been sought against the lawyer following an alleged homophobic assault last December, a day before new laws were enacted in Australia allowing gay people to get married. As well as

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Residents rally against West Byron development "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

It was just after 10am on Saturday and around 150 protestors were assembling to make their voices heard to what can only be described as a catastrophe in waiting the massive West Byron development, which would be located opposite the Arts and Industry estate.

A car screeches to a halt on the always busy Ewingsdale Road after local journalist-activist Jim Beatson sat down, obstructing traffic.

The driver of a shiny, dust free large late model SUV with QLD number plates begins honking. Then in a fit of rage, the driver jumps out of his expensive spotless car and screams, Im a local too! Beatson asks him to drive around him, which he then does, aggressively.

Such a scene sums up how divisive the West Byron project is, and later on protestors gathered on the road to remind motorists what they could expect when the development is approved.

A development application (DA) by a group of local and QLD developers to plonk a massive high density suburb on wetlands has been roundly criticised there are no assurances by the developers own traffic report that Ewingsdale Road will not become more congested as a result.

Additionally, many key principles of Byron Shire Councils planning have been ignored says former mayor and MLC Jan Barham. Those planning instruments were remarkably over ridden by the state government in an attempt to give the developers a clear passage to completion.
There has been no investigation yet into the relationship between the developers and the NSW state government.

Local MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals), whose government interfered against community wishes, is yet to reply to Echonetdailys questions.

The two development applications (DAs) on public exhibition for the West Byron have been extended by Council until March 30.

One DA is from local landowners, while the other is from QLD-based corporation Villaworld, whose DA was previously rejected.

Submission on DA 10.2017.661.1 and on the re-exhibited Villaworld DA 10.2017.201.1 need to be made by March 30. Submissions should also be clearly marked with the DA number. Email

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Tyagarah residents pleased with response to nude-beach policing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tyagarah residents at the beach. Gwen Gould, far left, says she still gets hassled going skinny dipping, even though shes about to turn 77. Photo Jeff Dawson

Tyagarah residents told a meeting on Thursday they are pleased to see the change in behaviour at the areas clothing-optional beach, which they say had become a hotspot for sexual predators.

But activist Dean Jefferys, who organised the meeting with police, residents, naturists and Byron Shire Cr Sarah Ndiaye, said the police needed to show more tolerance towards people skinny-dipping outside Byrons only clothing optional area.

Skinny dippers hassled

Tyagarah resident Gwen Gould, herself a skinny dipper, told Echonetdaily, Im 77 in two weeks and I get hassled.

The police presence and actions have improved things majorly. We as locals all feel really grateful to the police for the job they are doing. People are asking for discretion  but then that makes [the police] judge and jury, she said.

Nude aint rude but sexual harassment is unacceptable.

Since becoming clothes-optional Tyagarah beach has become a parade ground of overt aggressive sexual display and harassment, unsafe for ordinary folk just wanting to enjoy time at the beach.

Ms Gould said police were now making every effort to make it safe again and have the support of the Tyagarah residents.

We want our beach back again free of predators.

As locals we need to respect what the police are doing for us, she said.

Right now they have to come down hard because of the history of the area and even thought it is so much better there are still sexual predators there.

It will take time to resolve all these issues and make the are safe for everyone again and the police are doing a great job, Ms Gould said.

Mr Jefferys said police indicated they had to come down hard early on to make an impact.

Weve heard they dont want to be arresting people naked on the beach but they want to create the biggest possible impact, letting the perpetrators know that they wont tolerate it anymore, he told Echonetdaily.

I wouldnt be surprised if they back down a little bit.

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Elephant Sessions Announce Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Elephant Sessions Scottish indie-trad five piece band Elephant Sessions are heading our way for festival season and theyve just announced a bunch of headline shows while theyre in the country. Known for the high energy shows and ability to blend traditional and modern indie-folk sounds, Elephant Sessions are gearing up to be []


Vale Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie AC, OBE - Wallaby skipper, Lord Mayor of Sydney and old school gentleman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman. He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar. 1/2 Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February...


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How much is free speech and free expression worth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How much is free speech and free expression worth?  USD$17,000 apparently.

It seems that charging university associations for the cost of security is an increasingly common phenomenon.  Its not just a University of Sydney thing or an Australian thing.

Yes the University of Sydney charged the Conservative Club a security fee to protect them from the individuals trying to stop the gathering.

Yes the University of Washington charged the College Republicans $17,000 for a similar security fee.

Yes the Victorian Policy charged the promoters of the Milo Yianopoulos performance for security.

Its not exactly clear where or when this practice started, but there is a clear asymmetry in its application.

Were the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance charged for public security during their performance.  See the police in the picture?  Who paid for that?

It cannot be that expression is only free, free from security charges, if you are of the left.

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North Lismore Plateau developer still waiting for ecology report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A view of the North Lismore Plateau. (Darren Coyne)

The Lismore City Council is keen to progress the development of the North Lismore Plateau but one of the two other private development groups are slowing up the process.

In a report to the council to be considered at tomorrows meeting, staff point out that while the council has provided the water and sewerage infrastructure to service the development, its internal infrastructure must be developed with agreements with the other two developers.

And while the Winten Group has lodged a development application for 433 residential lots and agreed to the proposed voluntary planning instrument required for the development to proceed, The Plateau North Group (TPNG) has not lodged a DA, and has not agreed to the voluntary planning instrument.

In correspondence between the councils solicitors and TPNG, the developers have been warned that the council will compulsory acquire easements for water and infrastructure if an agreement is not reached.

TPNG have responded saying they need more time to prepare their ecological report.

In the meantime, staff have recommended the voluntary planning instrument agreed to by the Winten group be placed on public exhibition to demonstrate a commitment to its previous resolutions regarding infrastructure provision for the NLP.

The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm in the chambers in Goonellabah.



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Pokies Control Pollies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim New South Wales is second only to Nevada in the USA as the state with the most poker machines in the world. Our state has over 95,000 poker machines, generating hundreds of millions of dollars every year for the state government. Indeed, the gaming industry has been referred to

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OG bowlers bag T20 win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove has bowled its way to a fifth T20 premiership, defending a miserly total of 109 in the grand final on Sunday.
Linden Giuffrida and Tom Kent stared with the ball for the Grubbers, who bowled out Barwon Heads for 70 to clench the trophy.
Giuffrida took 5-23 from his four overs to win the Daryl Burns medal for man of the match, while Kent chipped in with 3/18 of four overs.
Ocean Grove had few standouts with the bat after Barwon Heads bowled them out for 109.
Jackson Kent made 31 off 29 at first drop, while Huon Bertino smashed 27 off 17 at number seven, batting with the tail to give the Grubbers some hope.
Barwon Heads Sam Schaller took 4/10 off four overs.
Earlier in the day Ocean Grove made 8/164 to defeat Portarlington in the semi-final.
Paul Jubber made 45 and Michael Thorton 33 to help the Grubbers reach the more impressive total.
In a strong team effort the Ocean Grove bowled Portarlington out for 127.
All the Grubbers bowlers chipped in, with Dan Roddis leading the attack by taking 2/8 off three overs.
Its the Ocean Groves fifth premiership in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Associations T20 competition under the revised rules, according to club secretary Paul Madden.
Barwon Heads defeated Anglesea in the semi-final to book their place in the grand final.

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Lismore Lake Pool back before council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Lismore Lake swimming pool as it was (file pic)

The Lismore City Council will tomorrow consider yet another push to re-open the Lismore Lake Pool, which has been targeted for demolition at a cost of $450,000.

Indeed, if the council votes to re-open the pool that $450,000 could be used as part of the $2,751,000 that a consultancy firm indicated last year it would cost to restore the pool.

Cr Greg Bennett has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrows meeting that calls for the restoration to be completed in the most cost effective manner possible and to the minimum standard required.

Items which are not absolutely necessary like the chemical storage shed shall be excluded.

He also wants the council to investigate outsourcing ongoing maintenance of the pool as a cost saving measure and to seek grants to fund all or part of the restoration.

To pay its portion of the restoration, Cr Bennett said the council could use surpluses, asset sales or in-kind contributions, but not new borrowings.

Lifeguards should only be considered if councils insurer is unwilling to underwrite the activity or standards require them, he said.

Staff have pointed out that if the council backs Cr Bennetts motion then sources of funding would have to be identified.

The most likely source would be the Federal Governments Building Better Regions fund, which would require a 50 per cent contribution from the council.

Finance manager Rino Santin has also pointed out the money earmarked to demolish the pool, $450,000, could be used in the restoration.

The council meets tomorrow evening from 6pm at the chambers in Goonellabah, although the meeting can be viewed online.



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The Steele Syndicate is hitting the road, taking the Funky Trombone for a highly anticipated tour down the east coast. Steele McMahons Brisbane-based octet will be getting down in Byron Bay on February 16. The tour, brought to you by Beats Cartel, is celebrating the Syndicates latest single Funky Trombone.

The Brisbane-based octet has an eclectic, genre-bending sound that reimagines elements of old school funk, reggae, ska and indie rock. Rich vocal harmonies blend with a roaring, four-piece horn section to create music that is energised and emotional, for dancing breathlessly and for pondering deeply.

The 8 piece band will be performing a free show at the Brewery with support by local punk/hip hop act Juxta Thought. Kicks off at 7:30pm.

The Brewery Byron Bay, 7:30pm FRIDAY Feb 16, Free entry

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Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces Second Round of Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Collingwood Casanovas WA based music festival the Fairbridge Folk Festival have just revealed the second round of artists for their 2018 event. Joining the likes of The Lost Brothers, Perch Creek and Mama Kin Spender from their first announcement will be The Collingwood Casanovas (above), Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan []


Have you seen Andy? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police and friends are concerned about the welfare of missing Byron Bay man Andrew Hutchings. Photo NSW Police

Police and friends are concerned about the welfare of missing person Andrew Hutchings, from Byron Bay.

Andy was last seen by friends on Wednesday, February 7, in the Byron Bay area.

Andy drives a four-door grey Toyota Rav4, with NSW registration number CMS76D, and is believed to be driving this vehicle.

Police have received recent information that he may have been in the Ballina area on Friday, February 9, around 3pm.

If anyone has any information please contact Byron Bay Police Station on 02 66859499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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NSW sharks leave beaches after tagging "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

So-called smart drum lines are deployed on the beaches along Byron.

Eighty great white sharks have been caught and tagged over five months during a trial of drum lines on NSW coasts and researchers say most swim away from beaches as a result.

The sharks, which were up to four metres long, were caught after 10 drum lines were placed between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell along with Foster and Tuncurry.

The trial finishes on Tuesday, however drum lines on the far north coast will remain until a similar trial there finishes.

Across NSW 320 white, bull and tiger sharks have been tagged and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the trial has provided invaluable insight for scientists.

We want to make sure we are continually testing the science, trialling world-first technology, while keeping our local communities part of the conversation, he said in a statement.

The trial has shown animals can be caught and released with minimal negative impacts.

The movement of tagged sharks away from the coast after release reduces risk over the following days and weeks, the department said.

Satellite tag data has shown that they mostly move offshore after release for extended periods.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was pleased with the trial.

The new technology is saving lives, but also now we see evidence that its actually preventing or deterring sharks from even coming close to those areas, she told reporters in Sydney.

If we can protect the environment but more importantly protect lives, of course we will look at those opportunities.

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Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victorias largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.

Fairfax estimated the churchs Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.

The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the churchs compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.

These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Churchs wealth and their responses to survivors, Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.

The 600 survivors registered for our foundations services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.

The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.

The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.

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VIDEO: Watch A Brisbane Building Explode (OK, It Doesnt Explode, But It Should Have!) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A spectacular storm swept through Brisbane overnight with more than 250,000 lightning strikes recorded in less than an hour, 130,000 people left without power, a man shocked while he was having a shower, and a building exploding in the CBD (not really).

Who even knew that was possible. Fortunately, the man was only injured in the strike, and Brisbane is back to normalcy (well, its Brisbane, so some sense of normalcy) this morning, although an estimated 60,000 homes were still without power.

One group of folks who didnt lose the lights and were still not sure how were those staying at the Park Regis Hotel on the edge of the Brisbane CBD.

New Matilda editor Chris Graham was filming the storm from his balcony in South Brisbane, when this happened.

Remarkably, the power to the Park Regis stayed on after the strike, although New Matilda was unable to confirm rumours that hotel management had to call in tradies overnight to deal with an overload on the plumbing.

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Couple rescued after kayak capsizes near Julian Rocks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man and a woman in their 30s who went on an early morning kayak trip to Julian Rocks on Sunday are counting their lucky stars after spending 90 minutes in the water without lifejackets when it capsized.

The event could have ended in disaster had it not been for the intervention of surf lifesavers who carried out a dramatic rescue effort.

The couple were part of a group of kayakers departing from The Pass for the short paddle early Sunday.

When the kayak capsized after taking on water, a second nearby kayak went to their aid but despite multiple attempts the group were unable to right it due to the huge volume of water inside.

The second group then paddled to shore to raise the alarm initially with Marine Rescue NSW at around 10:45am.

Lifesavers from Byron Bay SLSC and the Far North Coast Support Operations jet ski sighted the stranded man and woman about four kilometres from shore.

Both plucked from the water while their kayak, which was almost submerged by this point, was towed back to Main Beach.

Despite being in water for about 90 minutes, drifting with their kayak and suffering fatigue, the couple were none the worse for their ideal.

Neither of the kayakers were wearing lifejackets at the time.

NSW State Duty Officer Jimmy Keogh said the incident was a timely reminder about the importance of wearing lifejackets.

I would like to acknowledge the quick response from the IRB crew at Byron Bay who were able to get on-scene within ten minutes of the report coming it.

The two kayakers were extremely fortunate as this incident could easily have escalated had the conditions worsened.

It reinforces just how crucial lifejackets are regardless of the type of water activity youre participating it, Mr Keogh said.

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FAT TUESDAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Put your crpe making hat on and get ready for Mardi Gras.

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Two arrested during drug deal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have been charged with drug offences in Byron Bay on Friday (February 9) while apparently in the middle of a drug deal.

About 3.30pm , officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were patrolling Gilmour Crescent, Byron Bay, when they observed two men at a parked car.

Police approached the car and spoke with the men before conducting a search.

During the search, officers allegedly located cash, scales, snap lock bags and drugs.

The men, both aged 30, were arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where one of the men was charged with possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 12 February 2018.

The other man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, supplying a prohibited drug, dealing with proceeds of crime and an outstanding arrest warrant.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Saturday 10 February 2018).


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How about showing us the TPP we're about to sign? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What's in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal for Australia? There's no way to tell until we've seen the text, and we won't see it until after it's signed, in Chile on March 8. Really. That's the way things normally work.

After that, there's still time to back out if we don't want to ratify it, and there's a precedent. All 12 would-be members signed up to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership in February 2016. Barack Obama found himself unable to get it through Congress and Donald Trump didn't try.

As best as we can tell, the new deal, TPP-11, is the old one with fewer bad bits. Twenty of the most contentious provisions included at the insistence of the US have been "suspended" until the US decides to join. They include enforced protections for the owners of pharmaceutical patents and extensions to copyright law.

There's no guarantee they would come back if the US did decide to join. Each of the 11 other members would have to agree.

Still in the agreement, although somewhat weakened, are the investor-state dispute settlement provisions insisted on by the US and Korea. They will allow private companies to sue national governments in extraterritorial tribunals, as Philip Morris did over Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws using the terms of an obscure Hong Kong investment agreement.

John Howard successfully resisted having them in the US-Australia agreement and the Abbott government managed to avoid them in the Australia-Japan agreement, but we have apparently agreed to them now, for Japan, Korea and eight other nations.

The upside is that our companies will also be able to sue governments.

The best guess as to what the trade and investment concessions do for Australia financially, from the respected Peterson Institute, is "not much". Australia's national income would eventually be 0.5 per cent higher, a gain of less than half of one-tenth of a per cent per year.

The Productivity Commission wants to do the numbers itself, performing a proper cost-benefit analysis. Under Labor it would, for all future agreements. It's hard to think of a good reason why it shouldn't do it now.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald


MSG meeting in Papua New Guinea, will ULMWP win 'full membership'? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MSG meeting in Papua New Guinea, will ULMWP win 'full membership'?

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The MSG Summit is underway in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 10-15 February 2018, ULMWP is optimistic it will win full membership - Photos: Facebook Page The Kreative Savage

Jakarta, Jubi - Updates related to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) membership guidelines will be discussed at the next MSG Leadership meeting on Wednesday (14/2/2018) at Stanley Hotel, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG).



Sitting and waiting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bird photography, at least my approach to it, involves a lot of sitting and waiting.

On warm summer days this is no trial and the rewards are well and truly worth the wait.

Varied Sittella, Rise and Shine, 11th February 2018


Zero G - 29 January 2017 Episode 1170 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1170

Title: A Few Little Things Podcast Title: Journey To The Pod

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Tuning into the buzz about the ANT-MAN AND THE WASP trailer; UPSTART CROW, a sitcom about Shakespeare (truly!); STAR TREK DISCOVERY wrap ups; the NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY, and more!

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

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



Who doesn't have a memory of Festival Hall?

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And Were Back "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our first meeting for what is going to be an amazingly busy year. Planning is well and truly underway for our group exhibition in March, celebrating ten years of adventures in textile arts. For the first two months we have agreed to work on our own projects, some of which will be featured in the exhibition. There was lots of discussion about the year ahead and some show and tell.

Rosalie brought along her paper vessels. They are much smaller than you think. 

These are photos of  Paulines scroll /book, not quite finished but will be for the exhibition.

Laurene had her scrolls.

And Jenny had some pieces that she had been playing around with.


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

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


Frederike Geerdink - Rojava - the most feminist revolution in history "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

International guest speaker: Frederike Geerdink, Dutch journalist, was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled. Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Koban in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day. But as necessary and attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women. Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in womens rights, jineology and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support. Organised by Sydney University Resistance Club, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of NSW, Sydney University Wom*ens Committee, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association

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