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Tuesday, 04 December


ALBUM REVIEW: Colter Wall  Songs Of The Plains "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Country music is so often built on voices, distinctive personalities that convey wisdom and experience. Willie, Waylon, Johnny, Dolly  iconic names that all had their own unique sound. Each new generation throws up one or two artists that join that illustrious company. Sturgill Simpson is a recent one that comes to mind. Another is Colter Continue reading

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Monday, 03 December


Big Coal And Friends On Track To Shut Down Your Climate Activism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A major case opening today in a Queensland court could have profound implications for climate activists around the country. Julie Macken explains.

The term, climate crisis is now the most commonly used descriptor when discussing global warming. Extreme weather events, firestorms, heat waves, flooding rain, loss of ice, snow and species are rightly seen within the frame of an emergent climate crisis. But if we are really witnessing a climate crisis one with the potential to destroy our way of life and end our lives how should we respond as a community?

This is a question being tested in Australias classrooms and Parliament right now and later today, in fact. The Queensland Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether, despite this crisis, it is reasonable for a large corporation to dictate how the community should be allowed to use social media to try and prevent this crisis.

The background to the case is this. Aurizon, the rail freight company formerly owned by the Government of Queensland, has been targeted by a number of individuals and communities because it plays a key role in the coal industry managing the 2,670 km Central Queensland coal network. It is also critical to Indian mining company Adanis plans to ship coal from the proposed Carmichael mine to Abbott Point, as Adani plans to build a 200km line that will connect to Aurizons existing Goonyella and Newlands rail network.

Without Aurizon there is no Adani mine.

One of those groups protesting the proposed Adani mine, and Aurizons involvement in the expansion of the coal industry, is a small community group called FLAC Front Line Action on Coal. Unlike the large environmental NGOs, FLAC is still committed to supporting people who take direct action to prevent the expansion of the coal industry and they have had some serious successes of late.

So much so that Aurizon has taken the extraordinary action of getting interim orders against FLAC. Those orders include prohibiting FLAC from inciting anyone by Facebook, website, and Twitter to enter rail corridors across Aurizons network or interfering with any of the companys coal trains.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shakes hands with Gautam Adani, Port of Townsville, 6 December 2016. (IMAGE: AAP)

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will be asked to make these inte...


Northern Rivers Rally for Rail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last weekend Rally for Rail in Murwillumbah. Photo Supplied.

A Rally for Rail hosts by the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) will be held this Saturday as part of the groups campaign to save the railway transport corridor between Casino to Murwillumbah.

NRRAG is inviting everyone to com along and find out why the Northern Rivers is neglected and how many benefits rail services would bring.

Chairperson of NRRAG Beth Shelley says the as NSW state election is due next March, now is the time to take action before the rail line is lost forever. In all the years since our rail service was closed there has been no community consultation to find out what people want, says Ms Shelley.

I believe the people of this region want trains running but need the opportunity to join together to be heard. NRRAG has petitions with more than 5,500 signatures and recently we have been surveying local businesses and 90% of them want to see trains on our tracks.

Ms Shelley says science is telling us we need to act urgently on climate change. Having railways to get cars and trucks off the road would cut carbon emissions hugely as well as providing much needed transport for our community.

Last Saturday there was a Rally for Rail at Murwillumbah where speakers included Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne, Byron Shire Deputy Mayor Michael Lyons and Bill Fenelon, a new candidate for the Tweed Shire in the State election.

Michael Lyons was very confident that Byron would see a new public transport system as a result of Byron Councils feasibility study and Katie Milne discussed the recent Tweed Shire Councils tendering process for the options of on or off the railway formation for the Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek bike path.

If you want to see trains on our tracks come and show your support at the rally on Saturday. Well be taking a photo of supporters at noon to show state political candidates how much this community wants rail services for the environmental, economic and social benefits they bring.

The rail will start at 10am at the Lismore Quad near the Art Galler...


What have you got in your shorts? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Winner of the 2016 Byron All Shorts


One of the regions iconic events is the annual Flickerfest International Film Festival Tour which includes the Byron All Shorts competition.

Byron All Shorts celebrates the film-making talent of the Northern Rivers region and encourages audiences to experience the many amazing films and local stories that are produced here each year.

Byron All Shorts finalists screening will be on the 26th January at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall alongside the best of short films in Australia and the world on 25-27th January at the 2019 Mullum Flickerfest Australias leading Academy accredited International short film festival.

Filmmakers form across the region are invited to submit their short films of up to 30min in length, from all genres.
Prizes and cash to the value of around $3,000 will be included in awards for the Flickerfest-iQ Best Short Film Award, the SAE Qantm Emerging Talent Award, the Peoples Choice Award and more, recognising the incredible talent in our region.

If you live in the Northern Rivers, or have produced a film in the Northern Rivers, or have made a film about the Northern Rivers you can enter Byron All Shorts.

Entries close Friday 21 December 2018 For entry forms and Info, visit:

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Illegal dumping costs $100,000 a year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With more than 700 recoded incidents of illegal dumping totalling 478 tonnes in 2016/17, the cost to council is more than $100,000 a year.

Byron Shire Council has ramped up its campaign targeting illegal dumping with surveillance and monitoring of hotspot areas now underway.

Staff are patrolling suburbs looking for illegal dumping and rubbish left on kerbsides, or footpaths, and in public areas.

Councils Waste Education and Compliance Officer Kate Akkerman, says that illegal dumping is a significant issue in the Byron Shire.

In 2016/17 we recorded more than 700 incidents of illegal dumping of all sorts of things including household rubbish, furniture, mattresses and garden waste, she said.

Cleaning up rubbish from public areas is costing Council more than $100,000 and that money could be better spent on community projects.

Ms Akkerman says the as well as increased monitoring and surveillance of certain areas, council are expanding their use of surveillance cameras, improving lighting and installing gates in some locations.

People can be fined up to $8,000 for leaving rubbish on the footpath, she said.

Ms Akkerman says the most frequently asked question is why we dont have an annual kerbside bulky waste collection service. While we have offered this service in the past in Byron Shire, it actually led to more illegal dumping.

People were dumping rubbish in large public piles and leaving rubbish on the kerbside for months and it was not only ugly, it was dangerous for pedestrians and harboured vermin such as rats and mice.

It also resulted in the risk of pollution of waterways and the natural environment.

All councils in the Northern Rivers, and many councils across NSW have stopped offering kerbside collection services for these reasons.

We now instead offer people a free annual drop-off of up to 150kg of bulk waste and 500kg of green waste at the Myocum Byron Resource and Recovery Centre in Myocum, said Ms Akkerman.

We are also encouraging our community to try and reduce the volume, and take responsibility for, the waste we generate. This can achieved through buying furniture/items that are made to last, or by selling, reusing or donating old items that still have life left in them

Byron Shire Council has received a $79,000 grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority funded by the Waste Levy to help combat illegal dumping and this will be used for a range of programs including education campaigns.



North Coast big winners at State Tourism Awards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elements Resort won the Gold award in the Luxury Accommodation category. Photo supplied.

The North Coast recently had a night to remember at the NSW Tourism Awards winning eight of the twenty-six categories on offer. In addition, the region collected a host of silver and bronze awards and two North Coast operators were inducted into the awards hall of fame.

Due to the high level of finalists from the North Coast featuring on the night the success was not unexpected.

Chair of Destination North Coast Cameron Arnold, who attended the event along with two other Board Members and the Destination North Coast team, was thrilled at the number and breadth of North Coast finalists.

With 37 finalists across 18 of the submission categories, our region was very well represented, said Mr Arnold. For our industry colleagues to win Gold in eight categories and to be so well represented is a credit to their tireless efforts to deliver outstanding tourism experiences to visitors coming to our beautiful region.

Mr Arnold said the success can also be attributed to the long history of hosting local awards and the reestablishment of the North Coast Tourism awards in July of this year. The North Coast Tourism Awards was a great opportunity for the industry to come together and share our success which in turn has been a catalyst for the strong performance at the state level.

Presented by the Tourism Industry Division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by Destination NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards Ceremony and Gala held last on Sunday evening at Sydneys Luna Park, is the largest and most prestigious event on the New South Wales tourism calendar.

The NSW tourism industrys Gala Event is the night of nights and recognises excellence in tourism and brings together business leaders to celebrate success.

NSW Tourism Awards North Coast Award Winners

Tourist Attractions

GOLD Forestry Corporation of NSW Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest


Major Festivals and Events

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1) Australian caught in west papua crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Profile of West Papua gradually being raised

1) Australian caught in west papua crackdown
Human rights activists have condemned the weekend arrest across Indonesia of hundreds of West Papuan students and activists marking what separatists consider to be the restive Indonesian provinces historical date of independence. 


Having a hard time finding good full time work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im having a really hard time finding a good full time job. I currently work casual as a food and beverage attendant but I miss having a job like I did in the United States where I was a dental receptionist. I even took an Australian medical association reception course to no avail. The people around me with less experience are getting full time jobs that pay really well though, and all of them because they had family or friends that basically got them a ticket in. Being shy and a foreigner, I cant get the same benefits. Any advice on how to overcome this? Do you guys know anywhere that might be hiring or any tips to get the ball rolling?

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Young Australian climate activists interviewed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This 29 November 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands of students join climate protest

Australian students have gone on strike from school and have converged on urban and regional centres demanding the government take action on climate change.

From the World Socialist Web Site in Australia:

Australia: Newcastle participants in high school climate strike speak out

By our reporters

3 December 2018

Last Friday, around 2,000 high school students in Newcastle, a New South Wales port city 160 kilometres north of Sydney, took part in a national strike against the refusal of governments to address climate change.

Like rallies on the same day in Sydney, Melbourne and other areas, the Newcastle protest was attended by high school students of varying ages, along with parents and teachers.

In addition to expressing their anger over environmental destruction, students spoke out against war, social inequality and the turn to authoritarianism. Newcastle has been hard hit by decades of job cuts, and the closure of entire industries. As in other regional centres, youth face a future of insecure and casual work, unemployment and associated social problems.

Part of the Newcastle rally

Campaigners from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Newcastle University distributed hundreds of statements at the protest, explaining that climate change is the product of a systemic crisis of the global capitalist system and calling for a turn to the working class.

The IYSSE stre...



The Liberal Party of Australia continues a prolonged and very public evisceration of its own body "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2018:

Craig Kelly walked into the Engadine Gymnastics Club on Sunday night a man under pressure.

The embattled Liberal Party backbencher spotted a group of local politicians who had also been invited to hand out awards to excited children. The group included Lee Evans, a Liberal member of the NSW Parliament, and Carmelo Pesce, the Liberal mayor of the Sutherland Shire Council.

Kelly put out his hand to greet the mayor. Pesce put his hand behind his back.
"You're a f---ing prick!" Kelly shouted at Pesce. "Are you f---ing kidding me? You're not going to f---ing shake my hand?"

Pesce refused to speak but Kelly - who had spent much of Sunday trying to save his career - didn't take the hint: "What? Do you mean you're not going to f---ing shake my hand."


The Fire Next Time: "Climate is a driver of wildfire and of fire full stop" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image: Green Cross Australia

ABC News, 1 December 2018:

Both the bushfires and the heatwave ravaging parts of Queensland have been described as extraordinary and abnormal.

Bureau of Meteorology Queensland manager Bruce Gunn said records had tumbled in a week of widespread and protracted heatwave conditions, combined with catastrophic fire danger.

"On Wedn...


Sydney unit approvals dropping like a stone "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Approvals drop

Sydney apartment approvals were some 36 per cent lower than a year earlier in October, and are falling away fast. 

With new unit sales to mainland Chinese and other domestic investors now all but frozen up, the construction cycle at Sydney is rapidly coming to an end. 

The Grattan Institute and others have pointed out that with today's higher levels of population growth Sydney may revert to a dwelling undersupply position more quickly than was in the case in previous cycles. 

Sydney drove the weaker unit approvals result for October, but the trend softness is now spilling over to almost every other capital city...

...except for one: Hobart. 

Hobart has a chronically undersupplied housing market - flirting on the verge of a rental crisis - and detached house approvals in the Tasmanian capital have at least risen to the highest level across the data series. 

Even here, though, a lack of investor access to credit has stymied the supply response for apartments. 



Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Free cloth nappies.
Very well used and a lot of the elastics are broken but we were still happy to use them.
Different kind of brands. 

Pick up in Preston. 


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Does anyone know someone handy who could help repair this lovely salvaged lead light door? Its old and the timber is warping and the glass is insecure in places... Im worried its going to fall apart. Its not worth taking to a proper lead-light repairer because its so battered and rustic but it does a wonderful job as my studio/shed door and Id like to strengthen it a bit. or 0400 123 336.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Beautiful Danish style extension table. Solid wood - it looks like silky oak with a teak veneer. 
The screws need a tighten - it has a squeaky wobble. Needs a bit of work.  
Aesthetically beautifully, though does show wear, including colour variation between main table and extension leafs. See photos. 
Size is great for a small house though with the extension you can still fit up to 8 people extended. 
Chairs not included. 
W: 91cm
Length extended: 151 cm

We are asking $70!

Text or call 0415 453 840



Conair Aviation (Canada) Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Yet More Photos of Aircraft and Helicopters in Support of Bushfire Fighting Efforts Over the Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over this weekend, local and interstate firefighters continued to battle fierce bushfires in various parts of Central Queensland.  They were again supported by many fixed wing aircraft and helicopters which completed many water-drops over the region and were even credited with saving many buildings.

During the afternoon on Saturday 1 December, Conair Aviation (Canada) British Aerospace BAe 146 / Avro RJ-85 C-GVFK "Bomber 165" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport after flying up direct from RAAF Base Amberley.

In recent days, it has been operating out of Amberley assisting with water-drops over bushfires on Stradbroke Island.

C-GVFK didn't stay in CQ for long - it is photographed departing to its base at RAAF Base Richmond early on Sunday 2 December.



Women's Circle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Thought of joining a women's circle?

I run a circle, monthly on Wednesday evenings in the area.  I both facilitate, lead reflections and meditations and hold space in the group as well as participate in the group. 

Each week we meet over a cup of tea, then we come together in a reflection/meditation, this is followed by intentional conversations (sharing around a topic for the ...


1) 233 Papuans Not Arrested but Protected from Angry Masses: Police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Activist calls for NZ rethink on West Papua after mass arrests
3) Solomons PM says his govt want nothing to do with West Papua

4) Lack of judges, Polishs tourist trial postponed
5) Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia 

1) 233 Papuans Not Arrested but Protected from Angry Masses: Police
Papuan activists march as police keep watch during a rally to commemorate the West Papuan declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule in Surabaya, December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas


FOBIF breakup reminder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The FOBIF breakup for the year is on next Monday, 10 December beginning at 6pm. Further details can be found here. All FOBIF members and supporters are welcome.


The Dunoon Mens Shed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Dunoon Mens Shed is a place for local men of all walks of life to come together every week in a social atmosphere that is supportive of mens health and wellbeing while giving them the opportunity to get their hands dirty with practical home or community.

Give generously at the gate and support their stall at the main shed to help them fund their work.


Home values -3.8pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Home values slide in 2018

When I last appeared on the Business Insider podcast back in May I noted that Sydney houses seemed to be transacting at prices roughly 10 per cent lower than their frenzied peak period of early 2017. 

I've no clue how my smattering of anecdotes translate into a hedonic home value market index, but CoreLogic's monthly result does now show median house prices 9 per cent lower year-on-year for Sydney, and apartments in the harbour city down 5 per cent to a median value of of $721,265. 

So that seems to make some sense. 

The weakest sub-regions in Sydney included Ryde (-12 per cent), Sutherland (-11 per cent), Parramatta (-10 per cent), and the inner south-west (-9 per cent). 

The premium end of the market, which tends to be the most volatile, has driven the bulk of the falls to date. 

In Melbourne house prices are down 6 per cent on the year, with price changes elsewhere relatively modest (booming Hobart excepted).

Nationally home values over the year-to-date are down by -3.8 per cent. 

Source: CoreLogic

The strongest performing regional markets over the past year have been Launceston and Geelong, with price growth of about 10 to 12 per cent. 



Coalition Delays Vote On Labors Bill Protecting LGBTIQ Students From Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Coalition has blocked a vote on Labors bill to repeal discrimination exemptions affecting students at religious schools, likely delaying any action on the issue until 2019. Theres cross-party support for the changes to stop students from being discriminated against for being gay at religious schools, but the Government and the Opposition have been deadlocked ...

The post Coalition Delays Vote On Labors Bill Protecting LGBTIQ Students From Discrimination appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Community Billboard 5th December 12th December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future Sydney 2030 making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 5th December 12th December appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Save Kosci walk to finish next weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since November 3, a group has been walking the 560 km from Sydney to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, to highlight the damage being caused by feral horses. The walk is nearing its end! Join the walkers on the final day 9th December (or the 8th depending on weather forecast) from Charlottes Pass or Thredbo to celebrate the end of the walk and add your voice to the call to reclaim Kosci from feral horses.

Check the Save Kosci website for confirmation of which day it will happen on.

To RSVP, or for further information, contact

Additionally, small groups of bushwalkers are expected to converge on Mt Kosciuszko from Thredbo, Kiandra, Hannels Spur and other directions, aiming to arrive with the main group walking up the Kosciuszko Road.

For background on the walk and why horses dont belong in the Australian Mountains, please check the website.




Interview with Darren Heinrich from Soul Ensemble "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Was the piano your first instrument and if so, how did your interest in the organ begin?

 Yes, the piano was where I started but once I heard Jimmy Smith play the Hammond I was hooked on the vibe of the organ and what is possible on it.

What is it about the Hammond organ that makes it so appealing to jazz/soul musicians given that its not the easiest instrument to lug around?

While the organ is an electric instrument, it adds a sound and feeling that is totally natural. Because the sound is created by moving parts, it is, pun intended, organic. This is why it blends so well with other instruments across many genres.

What are some of the attributes both musical and social you would need to be in a successful music ensemble?

I think a willingness to create something thats worth expressing is high on my list. This in turn is based upon steadily developing instrumental skills that prioritize the traditions of the given musical genre.

What are some of your top reminiscences or stand out moments in your professional musical life?

Being invited to perform and/or study with some of my musical heroes is something I still pinch myself about.

Who is your go-to singer/musician?

Organist Dr Lonnie Smith embodies everything I aspire to be.

What advice would you give potential students who might be keen to enroll in Soul Ensemble? 

If students have an interest in blues-based music and a desire to make the music feel good, then they will develop and have a lot of fun.

How much theory would they need?

 They only need a moderate amount of theory such as major, minor and pentatonic scales and basic 7th chords, as I will be teaching some theory of blues-based music to support their performances a...


Asia markets rally on US-China trade detente "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Equities and renminbi climb, while oil jumps on Russia-Saudi Arabia co-operation

US, China reach 90-day ceasefire in their trade dispute

Donald Trump listens to Xi Jinping speak during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit on Saturday, in Buenos Aires AP

Equities rally on US-China trade detente Oil surges after Putin agrees to co-operate Renminbi jumps, dollar dips Analysts temper optimism Hot topic Asia-Pacific equities rallied, the Chinese renminbi rose and the dollar eased as markets reacted to the temporary truce in the US-China trade dispute struck by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The moves came after the US agreed to not increase tariffs on more than $200bn of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent in January, as had been planned. However, analysts were wary about how long the positive market response will last. Imposition of no new tariffs is not the same as retracing the existing tariffs that have come into play this year, said Kerry Craig, a JPMorgan Asset Management strategist.

The ideology behind the trade tensions is still about strategic positioning of the two economies, which means until issues around technology transfer and IP [intellectual property] are resolved, nerves will persist, Mr Craig added. According to ING economist Iris Pang, an escalation in trade tension was the key risk to China in 2019 and still seems like the most probable scenario.

This will hurt exporters, manufacturing and logistics services, therefore slowing economic growth directly, Ms Pang said.

Equities Equities rallied across Asia on the news of the US-China trade detente, and got an additional boost by a surge in oil prices after Russia signalled it would continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia on managing production.

In China, the CSI 300 index of major stocks in Shenzhen and Shanghai climbed 2.7 per cent, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng index gained 1.9 per cent and the Hang Seng China Enterprises index of major Chinese stocks listed in the city was up 2.3 per cent.

The S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney was 1.5 per cent higher while Tokyos Topix added 1.4 per cent. Forex The dollar lost ground to its Asia-Pacific peers. The onshore Chinese renminbi exchange rate, which moves within a trading band of 2 per cent either side of a daily mid point set by the Peoples Bank of China, was up 0.4 per cent at Rmb6.9254 per dollar.

The offshore rate was 0.4 per cent higher at Rmb6.9210.

The Australian dollar, which is seen as exposed to regional trading volumes, gained 0.6 per cent to $0.7356 a...


Does anyone live in the apartments where the old Hospital used to be? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I just want to know if theres any strange shit that goes on? Idk but I dont think I could stay there knowing how much death was in that place.

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Heres The First Four Acts Competing To Represent Australia At Eurovision 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first four acts in the running to represent Australia at next years Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been announced. Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, Brisbane band Sheppard, operatic pop star Mark Vincent and electro-soul duo Electric Fields (pictured) will compete against six other acts in the inaugural Eurovision Australia Decides selection show on the ...

The post Heres The First Four Acts Competing To Represent Australia At Eurovision 2019 appeared first on QNews Magazine.


FEVER 333 have announced their Download Sideshow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FEVER 333  have just announced a one-off Brisbane sideshow ahead of their appearance at Download festival. The trio, compromised of former letlive. frontman Jason Aalon Butler, ex-The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and Aric Improta of Night Verses. They will be bringing their politically infused rap-rock gems to The Brightside stage.

FEVER 333 are set to release their debut record Strength In Numb333rs on January 18 2019.

Fever 333 Made An America






LGBTIQ Ally David Pocock Officially Weds After Vowing To Wait For Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rugby player and LGBTIQ ally David Pocock has officially married his long-time partner Emma on the weekend. The Wallabies star and his partner Emma held a commitment ceremony in 2010, but vowed they wouldnt officially marry until their gay friends were also able to. On Monday, Pocock posted three photos to social media from the ...

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Work Experience at Eastside Radio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello! My name is Jemma and i will be doing work experience at Eastside Radio from the 3rd 7th. I wanted to do work experience here as I wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes at a radio station. Music has and always will be a passion of mine, through creating way too many playlists, buying too many vinyls and participating in multiple bands, which range from jazz, rock, folk, classical and more. Overall, I am excited to work here at Eastside Radio and gain experience which cannot be found within the pages of a textbook. 

The type of music that I like to listen to is alternate indie rock and I also love blaring out a bunch of 70s and 80s hits. On the other hand, when playing my main instrument (clarinet), Jazz is my favourite style. However, I do tend to come across some random tracks, which does not belong to any these genres, that tend to be my favourite song for a couple of weeks. 

youtube clips:

These songs are just a few of the quirky tracks that I love to have on loop throughout the day. More songs that I love to listen to are on my vinyls, which tends to make the music sound even better than it already is.

Other than listening to music, I love to play instruments, including clarinet and drums (the main ones) and a little bit of bass, piano and the new addition, ukulele. With the bass, piano and Uke, I have been attempting to teach myself, but have also had help from my friends who also play a bunch of different instruments.

Anyway, why would I come to Eastside Radio? For years and years the one question that haunts me is what do you want to do when you grow up?. instantly the...


MusicNSW is turning 20 so we made them a playlist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MusicNSWs Women in Electronic Music initiative / Photo: Nick McKinley     

FBi Radio s the heck outta MusicNSW, and Assistant Music Director Reg Harris has put together a ripper playlist of Sydney-centric jams to soundtrack your MusicNSW 20th birthday celebration BBQs!

For two decades MusicNSW has been empowering this states musicians and industry professionals to make valuable connections, upskill and get tf funded. Theyve also advocated tirelessly in the corridors of power for a strong, sustainable industry; efforts which are starting to bear fruit.

With a stakt new website fully loaded with info and resources, plus a string of exciting and progressive initiatives already on foot, MusicNSW is an agile force for good in challenging times truly the hero we need. Hit play on Regs Sydney Selects 2018 playlist below and head over to MusicNSWs site and become a member its free!


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Presenting the Works of Acclaimed South African Photographer David Glodblatt! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Opening 19 October, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will present a major retrospective of internationally-renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt, featuring 357 works spanning seven decades of his photographic career. As part of the Sydney International Art Series, this will be the largest presentation of his work to be seen in Australia!

Photographer David Goldblatt was one of the greatest photographers of our time, noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the rise and dismantling of Apartheid. With their intense human focus, his photographs offer powerful reflection and insight into South Africas turbulent history.

One of the 357 works of David

One of the 357 works of David

I suppose at best, I had hoped we might see ourselves revealed as it were, by a mirror held up to ourselves.David Goldblatt

This exhibition looks back across his career through key photographic series, as well as Goldblatts only Australian work exploring the asbestos mining industry in the West Australian ghost town of Wittenoom.

NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin MLC said: This landmark exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable life and legacy of David Goldblatt. Throughout his career, his photos were the sobering display of racial divide in South African society, capturing everyday life throughout the traumatic decades of apartheid. The NSW Government is proud to support this exhibition as part of the Sydney International Art Series 2018-2019.

This exhibition, curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent in close collaboration with the artist, marks over seven decades of Gold...


Striking school students are more likely to have successful careers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

School strikers are going places but the dole queue isnt one of them,, By Clive Hamilton 2 December 2018 The resources minister, Matt Canavan, last week told students that the only thing theyd learn by skipping school to protest over inaction on climate change wou...


New Farm Holiday Closures "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and the Coffee Cart will be closed over some of the Christmas and New Year break.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday!


Alleged Child Sex Offender Faces Life Imprisonment if Convicted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Sydney man is facing a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 10 years. 54-year old Kogarah resident Anthony Peter Sampieri is charged with 11 offences relating to the alleged sexual assault of a seven-year old girl in a

The post Alleged Child Sex Offender Faces Life Imprisonment if Convicted appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Queensland AIDS Council Appoints Rebecca Reynolds As New CEO "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Queensland AIDS Council has announced the appointment of Rebecca Reynolds as their new Chief Executive Officer. Reynolds (pictured, second from left) was appointed Interim Executive Director of QuAC in August, and joined the organisation from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, the peak body in Australia for organisations and individuals working to improve health outcomes ...

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Changes to recycling to roll out this week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Seven Northern Rivers councils are launching a new regional campaign called Recycle Right this week which will see some significant changes to recycling practises for everyone in the Shire.

One of the biggest changes, is that soft plastics can no longer be accepted for recycling in councils yellow bins. This includes all plastic bags, even if they have a recycling symbol, are degradable or compostable, as well as other soft plastics including cling wrap, chip packets and bread bags.

Byron Shire Councils Resource & Recovery Education Officer Lucy Wilson says that the reasons for the change are that there are limited markets for soft plastics at the moment. Ms Wilson says they also come loose in collection trucks and get caught in other recycling streams which causes contamination. We understand that this will be disappointing news for many people in our community who work hard to recycle as much as possible, she said.

While soft plastics need to stay out of Councils yellow recycling bins, the good news is that you can continue to collect and recycle your soft plastics through supermarket soft plastic recycling programs such as Redcycle. Collection bins which are located at participating Coles and Woolworths stores in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores.

Wilson says that Byron Shire Council, along with four other Councils from the Northern Rivers send recycling collected in the yellow bins to the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre where it is sorted, bailed and sold to local and international recycling markets.

Wed like the community to understand that the recycling industry is currently facing some challenges as result of Chinas National Sword Policy, which has placed much tighter restrictions on the levels of contamination they will accept in our recycling streams.

Unfortunately these changes are entirely out of c ouncils control and we are working hard to find new markets and recycle as much as we can, as we always have.

In order to ensure the contents in our yellow bins continues to be recycled, we are asking that people keep it simple and clean. Its really important our recyclables are clean so we can send them off for remanufacturing in Australia and overseas. mIts much better to have a clean and simple recycling stream that will be recycled, rather than sending it to landfill because its too contaminated.

Ms Wilson says the another change is that people can no longer recycle takeaway coffee cups or meat and biscuit trays.

The linings in takeaway coffee cups make them difficult to recycle and they are often dirty and will contaminate the rest of the recycling load.

Meat trays are made from more than one type of plastic and we cant recycle mixed plastics at this time.



NORPA: 2019 Tickets Now On Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Spring is a glorious time in the Northern Rivers flame trees and jacarandas, daylight savings, afternoon swims in the ocean. Its a time of new growth

Weve just announced our 2019 Season, including a re-imagining of our sell-out show Dreamland and the premiere of Fold: A Domestic Circus directed by NORPA Associate Artist Darcy Grant. Were looking for emerging artists to join us in the Indigenous Makers Studio, a new NORPA initiative, and this week we welcome Idiot Savant Theatre Company from Japan and Belloo Creative for our second INFORM workshop-lab in partnership with Critical Path.


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So Frenchy So Chic 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Frances one-woman riot leads a program that spans genres and generations from the infectious dance-pop of Yelle to soulful electro-diva Clara Luciani and Cla Vincents breezy, jazz-infused club pop showcasing the depth and diversity of the French pop renaissance. So Frenchy So Chic has always surfed the zeitgeist and never more so than 2019, says founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux. France has become one of the worlds most vibrant contemporary music centres and women artists are at the forefront of that revolution.

Eight years after the immersive French pop garden party kicked off in Melbourne, the 2019 festival will launch in Adelaide on Friday 11 January, before travelling to Melbourne (Sunday 13 January) and Sydney (Saturday 19 January). The one-day festival is a chance to experience the most innovative riffs on classic traditions, from new twists on French chansons to the latest wines and culinary delights. So, whether you come with family or friends or both, dont miss the opportunity to share the joie.


Australia has been in love with Camille Dalmais since her 2006 Triple J Hottest 100 hit, Ta Douleur, from her Victoires de la Musique Award-winning album, Le Fil, which marked her arrival as a solo artist after a highly successful stint fronting seminal French band Nouvelle Vague. Like Le Fil (girl/string), her fifth album, 2017s OU (yes/hear), is a highly evocative play on words from a woman who uses words to create worlds and her body as an instrument. Recorded in a fourteenth-century monastery, OU is an emphatically life-affirming statement of confidence: in community, the present, the future.

Parisian pop experimentalist Camille sounds awed by language as a brilliant, living thing on her latest album, Pitchfork said of OU. Inspired by the psychedelia of motherhood, she doubles down on her sharp playfulness. Those who saw her 2011 Australian appearances will not forget live sets The Guardian has since hailed as extraordinary experiences. Triba...


Fake Queenslander Scott Morrison misses the bus on the bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fake Queenslander Scott Morrison misses the bus on the bushfiresAs their State burns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has counselled Queenslanders to obey bushfire warnings. read now...


Big Scrub Landcare awarded $554k for forest conservation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Justin Mallee and Di Brown from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage with Dr Tony Parkes from Big Scrub Landcare. Photo supplied.

Under the NSW Governments Saving our Species Conservation Co-Funding Scheme, Big Scrub Landcare have been awarded $290,400 for a project to conserve and facilitate the recovery of critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and its many landscape-managed threatened species. 

Big Scrub Landcare and its sister organisation the Big Scrub Foundation are providing another $264,000 in cash co-funding, resulting in $554,400 being available for this vitally important conservation work over the next four years.

This landscape-scale project will continue Big Scrub Landcares long-term program to restore lowland subtropical rainforest that is listed as critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Forty-five flora species and thirty-four fauna species that occur in lowland subtropical rainforest are listed as threatened under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

Big Scrub Landcare President Dr Tony Parkes says that Big Scrub Landcare is delighted to be partnering with the Saving our Species program for this project. The Big Scrub Foundation is providing most of Big Scrub Landcares contribution to $264,000 to the project, he said.

This is a great project because it will provide continuity of funding over four years that will enable Big Scrub Landcare to continue to progress its vitally important work in rehabilitating and providing ongoing care of the remnants of critically endangered rainforest in the Big Scrub, which will enhance the habitat of the many threatened species in the remnants.

For more info about this project email or visit

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Make your vote count for trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North East Forest Alliance has called the process used by the Commonwealth and State Governments to adopt new Regional Forest Agreements as a superficial sham simply intended to lock-up public native forests for private sawmillers at significant environment cost.

North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Dailan Pugh says there has been no attempt to assess or review environmental, industry or social data, instead they are relying on incomplete and out of date assessments undertaken 20 years ago.

The Governments chose to ignore the recommendation of their own reviewer for a contemporary review that included an assessment of the effects of climate change, he said.

By rejecting the recommendation of their own review and proceeding on incomplete and out of date assessments the National Party have once again proven that their intent is to lock up public resources for private companies irrespective of the environmental costs and community interests.

Mr Pugh says NEFA are disgusted that the Governments have not publicly released their new RFAs, so it is not possible to know what changes they have made. They are keeping us in the dark, he said. The only document they have released is their resource commitments which show they are increasing the cut of high quality logs in north-east NSW by at least 10,000 cubic metres to 230,000m3 per annum, at the same time they are fraudulently claiming a shortfall of 8,600m3 per annum to justify opening up protected old growth and rainforest for logging.

Due to their increased logging intensity they are intending to more than double the cut of small and low-quality logs from 320,000 tonnes per annum to 660,000 tonnes per annum.

The increased logging intensity and significant reductions in protections for most threatened species and streams is an environmental crime.

Mr Pugh says that out of more than 5,400 public submissions on the proposed new NSW RFAs, only 23 supported the RFAs. There is no social license to continue the degradation of our public native forests.

Plantations already provide 87% of our sawntimber needs, it is time to complete the transition to plantations and establish more plantations on cleared land, while we actively rehabilitate our public native forests to help them recover from past abuses and restore the full suite of benefits they can provide to the community.

Despite the rapidly escalating environmental costs, the National Party are hell-bent on ignoring climate change, increasing land clearing and increasing the degradation of our public native forests.

Mr Pugh says that with State elections in March, and Federal elections likely in May, its time to speak up and make your voice heard. It is time to make a difference and vote to stop this a...


Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey A Queensland woman has decided to launch a private criminal prosecution against her former partner after police refused to charge him over an incident where he allegedly brought a can of petrol into their home, doused her with petrol and held a lighter at her feet. Dani (not her

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Gippsland in flower "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mashas Legacy End Of Year Concert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mashas Legacy are proud to present their end of year concert for the first time at the iconic Bondi Pavilion Theatre at 8pm on 8 Dec 2018.

Featuring our unique stellar cast of musicians and dancers, we are happy to announce special guest singers renowned Diva Fay Sussman, Lebanese-Australian superstars Ghada Daher-Elmowy and Christopher Moussa will join us for this special concert event. Were also delighted to announce dancers Jrisi Jusakos and Jordan Galliott (Qld) for this show, plus special guest drummer Deva Permana.

Now celebrating its 8th year, Mashas Legacy is a unique intercultural performance ensemble featuring celebrated international performers from countries spanning the Middle-East, South America and beyond, all of who are proud to call Australia home. With pluralism as a central pillar of our strength, we are proud to include members from a broad range of backgrounds who co-collaborate to create extraordinary original music and movement pieces.

The ensemble features:

Elsen Price double bass Adem Yilmaz percussion Nicholas Southcott keyboards Mohammed Lelo-Qanun and Stuart Vandegraaff reeds plus more special guests to be announced.

The original music draws from our vast wealth of heritage and culture, as well as deep experience in mainstream artistic and commercial styles including jazz, European classical, flamenco, klezmer and Arabic music. The vocal repertoire also draws upon original arrangements of...


What is the city becoming? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In just this last week we have had a heat wave.

We have had a stolen car, yet again, speeding down the road I drive to take my kids to daycare that crashed into another pregnant mother with her kids in the car. (this car has been left as a nice decoration on the side of the road too BTW).

We have had a lady find her dogs with stab wounds and the other beaten to death.

This morning, at my local shopping center (relatively "safe" suburb), there is a lady stuffing her bad full of deodorant cans and just walking out. She is a regular according to staff member.

Is not a good place for families anymore..

This was only 1 week. In what used to be average suburbs. Not Vincent. Not condon. But family suburban areas.

UPDATE: Someone took a shit behind red rooster. Public toilets available, but decided to do a big dump next to the bins out the back. How do you like your chicken?

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Exclusive Screening of Green Book "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

During our 2018 Xmas Radiothon all new and renewing supporters will be invited to an exclusive preview screening at The Chauvel on the 16th of January 2019 of Green Book the true story of world-class African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirleys concert tour in the Deep South in 1962.

Award winning actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship. In need of a driver for his 1962 concert tour, world-class black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) recruits Tony Lip (Mortensen), a tough-talking Italian-American from the Bronx.

As this mismatched pair set out on their journey, they must rely on the Green Book to guide them to safe establishments in Americas segregated south but theyll need more than a book to understand each other. Winner of the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, Mortenson and Ali make a winning double act in this humorous and heartwarming film.

What: Green Book Exclusive Advanced Screening for Eastside Supporters

When: Wednesday 16th January 

Where: Chauvel Cinema Paddington Town Hall

To Sign Up As A Supporter Click Here

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FFI News: December 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 26 November to 2 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Teacher Pleads Guilty to Persistent Sexual Abuse of Student The court heard the teacher exploited her teenage students caring nature, stole his innocence and left him ashamed and used. Click here to read the article Sydney Man Sentenced to Death

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NEW MUSIC: Philippe Bronchtein  Me And The Moon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Phillipe Bronchtein recently released Me And The Moon, his first album under his own name but not his debut solo LP, hes previously recorded as Hip Hatchet. Bronchtein has lived all over the place, he was born in Montreal, raised in New Jersey, went to college in Vermont, and relocated to Portland, OR before settling Continue reading


Mountain Goat Valley Crawl (Free Entry) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



February the forgotten month shall be forgotten no more! The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back and better than ever, now announcing its largest and most adventurous bill to date. Transforming Brisvegas Fortitude Valley precinct into one massive multi-venue festival, Saturday 16 February, 2019 will be nothing shy of G.O.A.T. status.

Held across 10 of Brisbanes favourite venues, all located within two square blocks of each other, Australias next favourite artist is literally just around the corner. With a whopping 51 acts performing, fans are treated to a jam packed, choose-your-own-adventure style night of music discovery.

Now in its fourth year, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl has consistently been admired for its attention to detail in terms of musical curation and taste-making, playing host to a number of now familiar faces like Mallrat, Polish ClubWAAXCarmouflage RoseBugs and so many more. This year is no different, attracting from artists all across the country, fans can expect an array of talent that is tipped by music lovers and industry nuts alike to be the next big thing.

Head bang to the sounds of Newy heroes RAAVE TAPES, swoon to the sounds of Melbournes IV League, mosh to pop-punkers Between You And Me, cool off to the sweet electronic sounds ofSan Mei  really, the possibilities are endless. In addition to the 50 acts on the line-up this year, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl team have added a 51st. Enter local hip-hop collective Rap Kitchen.Theyll bring a smorgasbord of beats and bars to The Brightside beer garden on the night.

This year The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl also expands its community by partnering with what organisers are referring to as a bunch of good eggs AKA a selection of iconic Brisbane music and cultural entities. Theyll activate innovative spaces at a number of ven...


INTERVIEW: Matt Joe Gow (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BEYOND THE BORDERS OF ALT-COUNTRY From alt-country to blues to soul, Matt Joe Gow covers all bases on his third album. Across his first two albums, Matt Joe Gow laid down some accomplished alt-country, the kind that showed a lifetime growing up on the songs of Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks and Wilco alongside his parents record Continue reading


Metal-Based Field Emission Air Channel Transistor (ACT) Could Keep Moore's Law Going 20 More Years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New Metal-Air Transistor Replaces Semiconductors

[Researchers] at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, believe a metal-based field emission air channel transistor (ACT) they have developed could maintain transistor doubling for another two decades.

The team has developed a functional proof of concept and is currently working to improve stability and efficiency.

"Unlike conventional transistors that have to sit in silicon bulk, our device is a bottom-to-top fabrication approach starting with a substrate. This enables us to build fully 3D transistor networks, if we can define optimum air gaps," says Shruti Nirantar, lead author of a paper on the new transistor published this month in Nano Letters [DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02849] [DX]. "This means we can stop pursuing miniaturization, and instead focus on compact 3D architecture, allowing more transistors per unit volume."

[...] Looking further ahead, she points out that the theoretical speed of an ACT is in the terahertz range, some 10 thousand times as fast as the speed at which current semiconductor devices work.

The approach also has a number of compelling advantages over traditional silicon semiconductors including far fewer processing steps, simpler fabrication on any dielectric surface, and better resistance to radiation.

Narantir concludes:

"With [industry] help and sufficient research funding, there is the potential to develop commercial-grade field emission air-channel transistors within the next decadeand that's a generous timeline. With the right partners, this could happen more quickly."

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West Papua flag raised in Port Vila "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in partnership with the Vanuatu West Papua Association and the South Moluccas association have joined in with West Papuans around the globe to commemorate the West Papua Day, celebrated annua...


No Double Life: Pope Francis Says Actively Gay Priests And Nuns Should Quit "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gay people should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy and priests who are gay must be impeccably responsible or leave, Pope Francis has said. Francis says in a new book The Strength of Vocation, to be published in several languages this week, that homosexuality in the Church is something that I am concerned about, ...

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Little Corellas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The loud, screeching calls of flocks of corellas are a feature of the natural soundscape of the summer months around Newstead.

Increasingly its Little Corellas that are forming these flocks along with their larger relative, the Long-billed Corella. Little Corellas can be distinguished by their handsome crest and lack the extensive pink colouration around the face and neck.

Little Corellas, Loddon River @ Newstead, 2nd December 2018


Last week Australias kids unleashed a political shock wave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Joe Montero

When on Friday 30 November, big numbers of Australias school kids didnt turn up for class and tens of thousands of them marched in the streets of 30 cities and regional centres, demanding the politicians act on climate change, it sent a shock wave through the corridors of power.

Life for the big polluters and those who cover for them has bee made that much more difficult.

The government is acutely aware of the implications of the young turning against it. This is why prime minister Scott Morrison came out and patronisingly spriuked that kids should be at school and not protesting. By doing this, of course, he inadvertently made sure the effect was the opposite to what he intended. The word got around, went down the wrong way, and made sure more took part than may otherwise have.

Although the strike was initiated by students at Castlemaine in Victoria, the organisational force was provided by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, which has an incredible 150,000 members. Many more than any political party. But it was the school students from primary and secondary schools that did the work to pull it off.

Kids rally in Sydney

So many taking part suggests that this age group as a whole, cares deeply about the issue, and this is creating a new generation of activists.

Morrisons inept display took place, because the spread and strength of the passion coming from Australias school kids has caught him and his people by surprise, and because the crisis ridden government heading for an election, is increasingly reacting in panic mode, rather than a worked out strategy.

Kids walking out and protesting in such numbers has a longer term and more serious implication. They are the future and what they are doing is an indication of a seismic shift in generational political attitudes. a sign of what is coming.

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Solar Tuk Tuk to tour Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The RMIT crew and their solar tuk tuk will visit Byron on Thursday. Photo supplied.

Loud, dirty, small and often fun, tuk tuks are used by millions of people around the world for their daily commute and for tourist joy rides.

What they are not known for is being part of a sustainable transport future, or the vehicle of choice for a long-distance expedition. Until now.

Created by engineering students and educational professionals at RMIT, the tuk tuk is on a journey around the world starting with a 3000km plus trip south to north of Australia, including Byron Bay. This is a world-first journey across the Australian continent by a solar electric tuk tuk. The crew then aim to complete a lap of planet earth, circumnavigating the globe powered by the sun.

The vehicle, a second-hand Thai-made vehicle from the Tuk Tuk Factory in Bangkok, Thailand, was upgraded including the addition of a photovoltaic solar system from the engineering team at RMIT University in Melbourne.

You wouldnt think of a tuk tuk as being part of a sustainable transport future or a vehicle of choice for a long distance expedition, says expedition leader, Julian OShea. Until now.

Locally the team will be hosted by Zero Emissions Byron. Our mission is to engage and inspire communities, businesses and individuals to take action for positive change and accelerate the move towards a sustainable, electric and low-carbon future, says Julian.

As well as travelling through Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, we are stopping over in any solar-friendly neighbourhoods, such as Byron.

The Tuk Tuk is a standard vehicle that seats a driver and four passengers, it weighs 900kg, can get up to 50kph and gets about 300 km per charge.

Chair of Zero Emissions Byron Limited Vicki Brooke says they are organising a Solar Tour de Byron so the solar tuk-tuk can drive through the community, with local electric bikes and vehicles supporting its mission. The to...


537 Papuan arrested before and after Dec. 1 rallies in various cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

537 Papuan arrested before and after Dec. 1 rallies in various cities
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The Jakarta Post/Jayapura/Surabaya | Sun, December 2, 2018 | 02:04 pm

Hundreds of Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) in Surabaya march to commemorate Dec. 1, a day they consider to be West Papua liberation day, on Saturday. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

More than 500 Papuans in several cities were arrested following rallies on Dec. 1 to commemorate what some Papuans claim to be the birth of West Papua nation in 1961.
The lawyer of the arrested Papuans, Veronica Koman, said in a statement on Saturday that 537 people were arrested in Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, Ternate in North Maluku, Manado in North Sulaw...


Cops seize 70kg of pot at Sleepy Hollow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Carrying a few grams more than what could be claimed as being for personal use, a man who was stopped after driving erratically along the M1 Motorway near Tweed Heads, has been charged after police found 70kg of cannabis in the boot of his sedan.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Target Action Group (TAG) stopped the Holden Commodore at Sleepy Hollow, about 35km south of Tweed Heads, about 3.15pm on Friday (30 November 2018).

Police will allege the driver, a 27-year-old man from Mount Tamborine in Queensland, had been seen driving erratically speeding up then slowing down in northbound traffic.

When the vehicle was searched, 70kg of cannabis was found packed in four sports bags in the boot.

The drugs have an estimated potential street value of $600,000.

The man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with supply a prohibited drug (commercial quantity), and deal with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail before his appearance in Tweed Heads Local Court today (Saturday 1 December 2018), where he was once again refused bail to re-appear in the same court on Monday (3 December 2018).

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Man charged after dog dies in locked car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The public are reminded to be aware of the heat and the leave pets at home over the summer months after a man was charged following investigations into the death of a German Shepherd in a car last week.

Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, about 2pm on Wednesday (28 November 2018), after members of the public saw a deceased dog in an unattended Holden utility.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended and commenced inquiries.

Its alleged the owner of the one-year-old German Shepherd left him in the vehicle for a number of hours while he attended a nearby licensed premises.

The vehicle was locked, and the dog allegedly had no access to water.

Following inquiries, a 45-year-old man was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for commit an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal.

The Queensland man is due to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 4 February 2019.

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Independent Artist of the Week: Rachel Maria Cox "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Diego Esquivel  

Singer-songwriter Rachel Maria Coxs powerful emo pop feels confessional, while still remaining dynamic and hopeful.

Newcastle-based artist and professional feelings-haver Rachel Maria Cox promotes a message of radical acceptance on their new single Time. The non-binary singer songwriter has spent the last few years building a name for themselves at home and abroad with their unique flavour of emo-pop. Rachel is also the founder of Sad Grrrls Club, an events agency and record label that aims to promote gender diversity in the music industry. In 2017, they released their debut album Untidy Lines. This year, RMC signed to Sydney label The Harbour Agency, just days before dropping Time.

On Time, Rachel sings candidly about their experience recovering from an eating disorder. I think all too often we can get caught up in should thoughts about our life I should be thinner or I should be able to just get over being dumped. Time is about getting rid of those ideas of what should be and accepting what is it can be really scary to try and accept that maybe youre just fine the way you are! Maybe its fine to weigh what you weigh and to look how you look and to cry all the time when youre feeling sad!

Check out Time below, and catch Rachel Maria Cox alongside La Dispute and Sports Bra on December 12th

WHO: Rachel Maria Cox, La Dispute, Sports Bra
WHERE: Factory Theatre, Marrickville
WHEN: 7pm, December 12th
HOW MUCH: $55.70 more details here


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Why is Scott Morrison protecting Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Why is Scott Morrison protecting Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and his mentor, Pentecostal Hillsong Church Leader Brian Houston (Screenshots via YouTube)

The PM remains mute as his mentor, Pentecostal Pastor Brian Houston, is investigated for covering up child sexual abuse but demands Muslim leaders take responsibility for their communities criminal behaviour, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.

IN HIS MAIDEN SPEECH, current Prime Minister Scott Morrison referred to evangelical Christian and Hillsong Church leader, Brian Houston, as his mentor.

The Prime Minister thanked Houston for his support and encouragement.

While Morrison no longer attends Hillsong, he does attend Horizon  another Pentecostal church that along with Hillsong is affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Australian branch of the.........


Journey into Obsolescence: Australias Adani Carmichael Mining Project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation.  On paper, it is hefty to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one

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Australian Parliament Should Back Refugee Emergency Care Bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Expand Protesters holding banners march in Sydney to urge the Australian government to end the refugee crisis on Manus Island on November 4, 2017. 2017 PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images Australian members of parliament (MPs) have the chance before year's end to address one of most egregious impacts of Australia's harsh border policies by backing a bill to give [...]


The Dept.of Youth sends a clear message to all those climate change deniers in the Morrison Coalition Government & those elsewhere in state governments and Australian industries "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

activism  is  like  the  immune  system  it rises  in  response  to  the  threat  [Aidan Ricketts by way of Jane Caro, Twitter, 1 December 2018]


2018 Xmas Radiothon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Its been another jam-packed year here on Eastside Radio with many milestones achieved and still more planned for 2019.

We now broadcast more than 91 programs a week, the highest number of shows on any community radio station around the country! Our love of podcasting continues to grow as many shows select the best interviews from their programs and make them available for download.

We continue to provide opportunities for new volunteers, overseas and local interns and work experience kids to step into the world of media and kick start their career. Occasionally they remember us and share such special messages like:

Thank you genuinely for everything! I never would have dreamed to have a job in media and something radio related just by having a show here on Eastside. I also never thought that when I first turned up to volunteer three years ago, just how much it would change the course of my life; what I was passionate about, what I studied, and my future career endeavours. 

Thank you for providing me with the space and freedom to learn, express myself, and be creative on the air. I never would have gotten here without your initial belief in me.


Its been encouraging to see so many shows recognise as Finalists in the CBAA Awards such as Crossing the Line (Tuesday 3pm) and Mick Paddons National Features and Documentary Series Finding Voice. Special congratulations to Another World (Sunday 2pm), which won Best News and Current Affairs Program and to Siobhan Moran-McFarlane for all her hard work and determination. Were pretty proud that for all our unique music its one of our talk shows that won big in 2018!

And so, once again were teaming up with Barnardos Australia to make a difference to children in need this Xmas. For every new or renewing supporter of Eastside Radio well give a gift to one of the kids of Barnardos. You support us and we support them. Its that simple but important.

Weve still got plenty of tickets to Bluesfest, WOMADelaide, Monkey Baa Theatre, Event Cinemas and gifts from Australian Museum, Audio Technica, Woolys Wheels, Cozbar, The Owl House and The Coffee Roaster to name a few for many lucky supporters

PLUS all supporters will be invited to an exclusive preview screening at The Chauvel on the 16th of J...


NEW MUSIC: Siobhan McCrudden Following You "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This track caught our ear this week as we trawled the internet to find some new and compelling music. Siobhan McCrudden is a Cardiff-based singer songwriter with a new album, Icarus Girl, coming out in a weeks time. Heres a taste of it with the single Following You, a dark smoky folk song that has Continue reading

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Walking Together: Remembering William Cooper "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria invite you to their Remembrance Walk at Flagstaff Gardens on evening of 6 December 2018. This will be followed by a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting at Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens.   Remembering William Cooper Recommitting To His Legacy! As members ... Read more...


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