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Saturday, 15 September


The Scott Morrison Social Media Experience in 2018: expletives deleted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"QT was on fire today Good work, team."

Three hours after he posted this tweet on 13 September 2018, Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison deleted it;

Some hours later he apologised for the profanity included in the Fat Man Scoop "Be Faithful" hip hop song, part of which he had embedded in video of that afternoon's HoR Question Time - pleading ignorance.

Remove that dodgy tweet from his Twitter account he may have, but the twitterverse being faster than Morrison's digits meant there was still an echo left on that social media platform:
The reason why the government benches were conspicuous for so many arms upstretched in unison in the video is because, in true tent revival-style, Morrison was asking his colleagues to raise their hands:



A sign of increasing desperation on Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton's part? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After threatening to bring into the House of Representatives files he kept on members of parliament when he Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton made sure two particular files were very visible on 11 September 2018.

Images found on Twitter

After he quoted from these files the Opposition requested that they be tabled. A request Dutton refused.


Papua Regional Police: Arrest of KNPB Activists Results of Development of Ammunition Findings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Papua Regional Police: Arrest of KNPB Activists Results of Development of Ammunition Findings

Papua Police Public Relations Head, Kombes Pol A.M. Kamal when showing a photo of the evidence that was mentioned was secured from the KNPB secretariat in the Mimika region - Photo: Public Relations of the Papua Regional Police.

Jayapura - Papua Regional Police (Polda) stated, the search for the secretariat and the arrest of several activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in the Mimika region by a joint police and military team on Saturday (9/15/2018) morning, was the result of the development of RW, youth 20 years, which was secured at Moses Kilang Mimika Airport some time ago because of carrying 153 rounds of ammunition.......


The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested
KNPB, PRD 9/15/2018 11:41:00 am

The Indonesian National Army (TNI) when conducting a raid on the Free Papua office in Timika, Papua (15/09/2019). 

Timika, WANI Tabloid - The brutal actions of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian colonial army (TNI) in Indonesia took place again. Colonial Indonesia carried out the action against the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Timika West Papua, by ambushing the Free Papua office, on Saturday (15/09/2018) around 6:15 AM in the morning, on the old Freeport Road, betel garden dam. According to a report compiled by ...


Here comes Queen's Wharf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

$3bn Queen's Wharf

Big news for Brisbane's economy as the long-awaited Queen's Wharf project gets underway.

And big news too for the future of Brisbane as a capital city.

Significant housing market implications in addition, of course, as the inner city suburbs fill up.

Report from News (click link or image to read).

The mixed-use Howard Smith Wharves project is already well into its construction phase, and will also be a terrific boost for adjacent New Farm, Teneriffe, and Fortitude Valley.

Brisbane, truly, the jewel of Australia!


Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In her maiden speech in federal parliament, Australian Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi warned against the growing culture of online harassment, which she explained specifically targets people of colour and women. The senator is no stranger to this sort of behaviour. Over the five years she served as a member of the NSW Legislative Council, Dr

The post Curbing Rising Racism: An Interview With Greens Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Charges Dropped Against Whistleblower Cop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Charges against a former Gold Coast police officer who reported on corruption in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) have been dropped, after an expert report found the evidence against him had been tampered. The incident has prompted an investigation by the state Ombudsman. Public encounter leads to prosecution Former

The post Charges Dropped Against Whistleblower Cop appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Another whistleblower cop exposes police corruption "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From 11 Sep 2018 by of the headline:

Evidence against former police officer intentionally tampered with, court told

Exclusive: Charge against Paul Carney, who left police after raising concerns about alleged corruption, dropped after ombudsman ordered investigation

Whistleblower Paul Carney claims Queensland police pursued charges against him as a reprisal. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

Evidence against a former Gold Coast police officer whistleblower was allegedly intentionally tampered with, a court was told, amid claims that Queensland police pursued a charge against him as a reprisal.

Paul Carney medically retired from the police service in 2010 after raising concerns about alleged corrupt practices. He subsequently started a website critical of particular police officers and launched a civil court case.

In 2015, Carney had a verbal altercation at a Brisbane pool with a former colleague, who he had criticised on the website. Carney says it was a chance encounter. Police charged him with stalking with violence.

Before Carneys trial, the commonwealth ombudsman ordered an investigation into potential tampering with CCTV video footage from the pool that was used as evidence against Carney.

Paul Carney: Ive been through absolute hell these past three years. Photograph: Paul Carney/Supplied

When Carney turned up to court in August, he was told the Queensland office of the director of public prosecutions had lodged a nolle prosequi notice, indicating they were abandoning the charge.

Ive been through absolute hell these past three years, Carney told Guardian Australia. There was never any evidence to back up this charge. I have been the victim of whistleblower reprisal and some extremely duplicitous conduct by Queensland police.

Carney, wh...


Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTTs Lynda-June Coe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is the only settler colonial nation not to have entered into a treaty with First Nations peoples. While countries like New Zealand and Canada have treaties in place, successive federal governments here have refused to even consider such an agreement. Although, treaty processes have commenced at the state level in some jurisdictions. South Australia began

The post Time for a Treaty: An Interview With FISTTs Lynda-June Coe appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Commissioned bracelet delivered today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bh commission B. B. 2018 one-off handmade solid gold Signature Bracelet for Jo; seven symbol links infinity / spiral / eye / cone / peacock / gate / gems on the table with bar and ring clasp, all as per sketch. Constructed in 18ct yellow and rose gold and incorporating multiple gems; pair rubies cushion cut 2=0.77ct Burma, 2x black diamonds 2=0.09ct, 11x small rubies and sapphires SriLanka, black spinel marquise cut 5.14ct Queensland, yellow sapphires cabochon cut 2=1.52ct Sri Lanka, pink sapphires faceted pear and oval 2=0.66ct Sri Lanka, Tanzanite pear cut 1.28ct Tanzania, Tsavorite Garnet round brilliant cut 26=0.55ct Kenya, topaz faceted oval 4=0.98ct Brazil. Variously textured surfaces contrast with precise minimal forms as per my signature style. 18ct yellow and rose gold. Finished length 210cm

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Friday, 14 September


Seed Packing ready for the Autumn Plant Fair, September 8 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Click to enlarge: Our seeds available at the Autumn Plant Fair

Over twenty members turned up to pack seeds and share plants at our seed packing working bee.

We will be labelling the seed packets in a weeks time. Volunteers are required to staff our plant stall on September 8.

 As usual we shared a meal at the end of seed-packing although some members had to be persuaded to stop packing.



Kryal Castle Ballarat: Australias only Medieval Castle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kryal Castleoh there some amazing memories from my childhood from this place. I think most Victorian kids and probably plenty of interstate kids will have memories from here. I remember my mum taking me when I was younger and Mark also remembers a visit to Kryal Castle Ballarat with his family.

I must admit though it has changed from what I do remember. The focus of Kryal Castle Ballarat is even more family-friendly now and I can tell you there is no longer the whipping of the wench! When we announced on our facebook page that we were visiting it was a memory that plenty of people had. I can guarantee you, you will not see that when you visit Kryal Castle now.

Kryal Castle Ballarat Australia

There are not many castles in Australia, actually, Kryal Castle is Australias only castle and the only medieval theme park as well. We have been to some of the biggest castles in the world but it was going to be a huge weekend when we finally got there. I wanted to give my girls the opportunity to have the same amazing childhood memories of Kryal Castle that I had and it did not disappoint. If you are going to visit Ballarat then Kryal Castle is one of the best Ballarat activities for families.

Where is the Kryal Castle Ballarat

You will find Kryal Castle just outside of Ballarat in Victoria Australia.

The address for Kryal Castle is 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek Victoria. 3352. (You can put this address into your navigation device and it will help you get there)

Kryal Castle Prices

There are plenty of ways that you can get Kryal castle tickets. You can purchase your Kryal castle tickets on the day at the castle ticket office or you can purchase them online through the Kryal Castle website.



Pacific Beat -Vanuatu to lobby countries around the world for support on West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Vanuatu to lobby countries around the world for support on West Papua
By Catherine Graue on Pacific Beat
Vanuatu says it will continue to lobby countries around the world as it tries to find backers of its push on 
West Papuan self-determination.
It's been trying to get support from other Pacific countries on a proposed resolution it wants to take to next 
year's UN General Assembly - and started at last week's leaders meeting in Nauru.
But as anticipated, Vanuatu won't be getting the support of PNG, which along with Australia and Fiji, has had 
longstanding reservations on the issue.
That's irked at least one outspoken PNG politician, Gary Juffa, who, just days out from PNG'...


1) West Papua Catholics demand their bishop's removal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Enembe plans to review autonomy funds distribution

1) West Papua Catholics demand their bishop's removal
Inaction by Bishop Hilarion Datus Lega allowed dispute between two priests become an ethnic feud, protesters say


Fraud kingpin ran multi-million dollar ops from inside Australian immigration detention center "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It started with the arrest of 36-year-old woman in Sydney on suspicion of laundering more than $480,000 gained by hacking multiple business emails; within a week, police had taken down a $3 million international crime syndicate. "We can't establish at this stage who it's gone to or what it's being used [for]," Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis told reporters in Sydney on Friday, adding that an international investigation to track the money down was already under way. After interrogating the woman for several hours, police launched multiple raids on several properties across the city, seizing a Land Rover, several computers, phones, SIM cards, stolen financial and personal identification documents as well as methamphetamine. Two additional suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of identity theft and money laundering among other charges. Members of Strike Force Woolana had managed to locate the crew behind the spate of identity theft, romance scams and phishing email schemes, but had yet to zero in on the ringleader. However, evidence gathered soon led investigators somewhere they may never have considered: a high-security immigration detention center.


How much plastic is too much plastic for sea turtles? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a video that went viral in 2015, researchers spent nearly 10 minutes pulling out a 10-centimeter (4-inch) plastic straw from the nostril of a male olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) off the coast of Costa Rica. For the entire duration of the extraction, the turtle writhed in pain. Plastic straws are just one among the trillions of pieces of plastic trash that have ended up in the ocean, many sinking right down to the deepest, darkest depths. Past research has found that about half of the worlds sea turtles may have ingested some form of plastic. Floating pieces of plastic and balloons can resemble jellyfish or squid foods that turtles eat out in the sea. Not all turtles that eat plastic die because of the plastic, though. Some die after getting entangled in fishing nets, while others are struck by ship propellers. Do all age groups of turtles consume plastic? And how much plastic is lethal for a sea turtle? A new study has some answers. Green turtle at North Stradbroke Island, off the Australian state of Queensland. Image by Kathy Townsend. Researchers in Australia examined the digestive tracts of 246 dead sea turtles collected from along the coast of the state of Queensland, and found that 58 individuals had plastic in their guts, with the number of pieces ranging from one right up to 329. Younger turtles, both post-hatchlings (or a baby turtle that has started feeding in the ocean) and juveniles, were found to have consumed considerably higher


Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

And here they are at Property Update - or you can click on the image below.

Note my piece on Brisbane's rising house prices, which is an interesting bucking of recent trends. 

You can subscribe for the free Property Update newsletter here


How to Photograph Bioluminescent Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are certain natural phenomena that most photographers would love to capture. Aurora, eclipses, meteors, rainbows, eruptions, lightning and tornados all present challenges to the photographer, not least of which is (with the exception of eclipses) having a camera pointed the right way when they happen. Bioluminescent algae is no different in this regard. Like all the most incredible natural spectacles it is hard to predict and tricky to capture.

Ive been lucky enough to witness bioluminescent algal blooms on several occasions and have had a camera to hand when it has occurred. Of all the photographs Ive taken they are easily the most popular and generate more interest (and copyright theft) than anything else Ive ever photographed. So I thought Id give everyone the low-down on this amazing natural occurrence, from a photography perspective, in order to answer everyones questions about it.

Where to find it

The main issue with photographing bioluminescent oceans is finding the algal blooms in the first place. Ive had emails from people in places like Japan and America who admired my images and then asked me where and when it occurs. They seemed to believe that this was a regular occurrence, like the tides, that could be easily predicted and viewed from specific locations. Unfortunately that is most definitely not the case and far and away your biggest problem will be finding the algae in the first place.

There are some locations worldwide where bioluminescent algal blooms have been known to appear and visiting one of these locations is definitely the best way of maximizing your chances of viewing it in the wild. It has been regularly seen in Puerto Rico, the Maldives, and America (particularly Florida) and also in several hot-spots around Australia. Here in Oz, the bioluminescence has been seen in Tasmania, Cairns, Port Lincoln, Port Phillip Bay, and the Gippsland Lakes but Im lucky enough to live a very short drive away from one of the most reliable hot-spots Jervis Bay.

The common link between these locations is that they are at the end of a tidal circulation area, in which flotsam and jetsom traditionally wash up. The dinoflagellates in the water accumulate and get deposited in these areas on an incoming tide. In the case of Jervis Bay, the natural circulation of the bay often leads to the depositing of ocean matter on the beaches on the southern side.

The primary source of flow-agitated bioluminescence is dino...


Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Real power is I dont even want to use the word fear  [Then presidential candidate Donald J. Trump in a 31 March 2016 interview with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa at the Trump International Hotel, Washington DC]


Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

* Between 28 October 2014 and 20 August 2015, 2GB Radio and Alan Jones published 30 broadcasts. Twenty-seven of these broadcasts conveyed 76 defamatory imputations of and concerning the Wagner brothers according to the Court*


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Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82046 Touches Down at Rockhampton Airport with Four RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A great morning for aircraft enthusiasts and many other curious onlookers as right at dawn on Thursday 13 September, Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82046 touched down at Rockhampton Airport.  It flew in directly from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA3194.  


Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82046 Departs Rockhampton Airport for Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After making a spectacular arrival the previous day and spending the night parked on the Rockhampton Airport parking apron, on Friday 14 September, the visiting Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82046 departed Rocky for Cairns as VDA3195. 



1) Kanaks urged by West Papuan body to vote for independence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Amnesty International Demands Jokowis Promise on Human Rights
3) Avoiding conflicts of interest on indigenous land mapping


1) Kanaks urged by West Papuan body to vote for independence

The West Papua National Committee has urged New Caledonia's indigenous Melanesians to vote for independence during the upcoming referendum.



Keating deboned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

5 years of supping on Australia's sewage, to keep us safe, draws lines in your face. Peter Dutton has just realised something tastes like shit


Tom at the Mission "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the little courtyard outside Newtown Mission where everyone chats while they drink tea and smoke cigarettes. I'll also post this on the Newtown Last Supper blog which shows the creation of my murals there


Serena cartoon fuels debate about racist Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is by most measures one of the worlds most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist.

Australia should be a poster-child for diversity: One-in-two Australians has a parent born abroad. The economy has been growing for 27 straight years. Crime is barely a worry. Melbourne and Sydney dominate rankings of the best places in the world to live.

Visit any medium-size human habitation on the mind-bendingly large continent and its obvious that Australia is the proverbial melting pot Kiwis, Chinese, Irish, Filipinos, Brits, Vietnamese, Italians, Indians, Greeks and Lebanese at every turn.

AFP | Photo illustration shows the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper, featuring a cartoon of US tennis player Serena Williams (lower R)

But this racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity contrasts sharply with a lingering image of Australia as an angry white country stuck in the past.

It was an impression underscored by foreign outrage about an Australian cartoonists depiction of a fat-lipped and masculine Serena Williams, and the collective shrug it prompted Down Under.

After the drawing was published, a CNN opinion piece described Australia as the nicest racist country you will ever see and the New York Times thundered that Australia has never fully confronted its own history of racism.

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Many Australians admit there is a problem.

The legacy of European settlers terrorising Aboriginal communities looms large, and inequality between the two groups remains staggering.

Racial epithets are still tossed around in a way that makes visitors jaws drop. A White Australia immigration policy, only fully dismantled in the 1970s, and more recently off-shore migrant detention centres have also done much to frame the modern image of Australia abroad.

But many Australians also believe the problem can be overstated.

There is an element in Australian society that is racist, said John Blaxland, a professor of International Security at the Australian National University. But every country has them. Name a country that doesnt.

He insists the reality of modern Australia is a vibrant, booming, multicultural society that integ...


Neuroplasticity and musical taste "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Neuroplasticity is a ten buck word for a simple idea; the brain is designed to keep learning things.

That seems pretty fucking unremarkable. A brain that won't learn new stuff is pretty useless. But it does fly in the face of our very human habit of refusing to learn anything that conflicts with whatever ignorant codswallop we stuffed into the old wrinkly grey head-pudding first.

I'm not specifically thinking about politics here, but rather music.

There's a wealth of anecdata about people giving up on new music from their late twenties. One study of Spotify users nailed the exact age as 33. That research, written up in NME, found that, while teens" music taste is heavily dominated by popular music, this influence drops steadily through their 20s, before their tastes "mature" (read: turn to stone) in their early 30s. "For the average listener, by their mid-30s, their tastes have matured, and they are who they"re going to be.

The study also shows that there"s a slight gender gap at play (Women show a slow and steady decline in pop music listening from 13-49, while men drop precipitously starting from their teens until their early 30s, at which point they encounter the "lock-in" effect), also stating that becoming a parent has an equivalent impact on your "music relevancy" as aging about 4 years.

I'm not gonna put myself out there as a counterpoint. They totally got my number. With tens of millions of songs on the Fruit Company's streaming service, I find myself defaulting again and again to stuff I've listened to before.

I do make an effort. Most weekends I'll flick through the new music playlist and save the tracks that really grab my attention, moing them to a separate playlist that I usually listen to as I drive around in the car.

It's a long list and it's got some great tracks on it now.

But I couldn't tell you the name of the songs or their artists who performed them if my fucking life depended on it.

Even more telling, if I really like a single I'll add the album to my library and give it solid flogging, just like I used to when I could only afford a couple of albums a year.

While I'm actively listening to this discovery, I'm all over it, thinking "Yeah! Look at this guy, listening to new music."

And two weeks later I've usually forgotten to play the new thing and it recedes into the fog of lost memories, only ever to be recalled by accident, usually on shuffle play.......


Share Your Views To Improve Access To Mental Health Services For LGBTIQ Community In Brisbane South "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Would you like to be a part of the redesign of mental health support services across the Brisbane south, Logan, Beaudesert and Stradbroke areas? Brisbane South Primary Health Network (PHN) is seeking representation from a diverse range of voices in recognition of the higher rates of mental health issues, suicidality and/or alcohol and other drug ...

The post Share Your Views To Improve Access To Mental Health Services For LGBTIQ Community In Brisbane South appeared first on QNews Magazine.


MACKAY Free clinic to train domestic violence support services "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 13, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Free clinic to train domestic violence support services

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MACKAY Drug Enforcement Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Discovery of abandoned car leads to arrest and multiple charges, Paget "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Helen Razer On Making Australia Racist-er Again #MARA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As the furore over an Australian cartoon about American tennis player Serena Williams rages on, Helen Razer calls game, set and match on the low hanging fruit of racial outrage.

Is Australia Racist?

Great, and at last. A fresh question for our debate-o-tainment.

Is Australia Racist??

Let the contest of ideas begin.

Of course, the answer will be NO.  Few of us suspect a nation established in violent, racist theft might have some lingering issues with racism. (You touch up a brutal invasion with the frail colonial lie that they cannot possibly be human ONE TIME.)  But, to truly learn if Australia, whose immigration policies are openly championed by Europes hard-as-hate anti-immigration right-wing, is racist? What a thrill ride this will be. Are there one or two racist items left in Australias shed of crazed denial (shed next to figurines of much-adored concrete native, not shed still holding Aboriginal children in torture conditions) we must debate.

This important debate was provoked by a drawing. Claimed as a likeness of Serena Williams, the alleged drawing gave me no visual hint of that great athlete at all. For a time, I did not know what this object might be and then I recognised it as the work of a traumatised patient.

My particular guess: the artist was a teen newly rescued from a Gippsland supremacy-and-baking cult and the art was produced when Nurse asked him to draw his feelings about Grand White Guru Wizard Tim. New Matilda notes that reports have since emerged that a Murdoch pissdrip called Mark or Sharlene or similar shat the thing out after eating a full box of Faber-Castells in one of her many office attempts at self-harm. We may never know the truth.

What do we know? That THIS is a spanker of a question. Is Australia Racist? Or, better: can we Make Australia Racister Again? #MARA

Important White Australians consider such questions today, as they are legally obliged to do. They will soon Start the Conversation on breakfast television, they will next Raise Awareness on Q&A and in time will make the very prudent choice of Steve Honk if You Heart Ethno-nationalism Bannon for moderator in chief.

Sure. You may not agree with Steves efficient and colossal distribution of explicitly racist lies about the Blacks, the..........


Major accident closes Bass Highway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

POLICE and emergency are currently on scene at a three car collision in Inverloch this morning.

It is believed the three car collided on the Bass Highway just west of Inverloch shortly before 10.45am.

Two people have been airlifted and a third is expected to be airlifted to Melbourne shortly.

Two of those have life threatening injuries.

Another two people have been transport by road ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The Bass Highway is currently closed, and expected to remain closed for another four hours (6pm).

Major Collision investigation Unit investigators are en route and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The post Major accident closes Bass Highway appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Cher Hints At An Appearance On RuPauls Drag Race "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cher has hinted she could be set for an appearance on RuPauls Drag Race. Last season, the drag TV juggernaut paid tribute to the gay icon with a musical challenge where the queens each sang live in a performance of Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical. And in a new interview with Attitude magazine, Cher has teased ...

The post Cher Hints At An Appearance On RuPauls Drag Race appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Update on Assaults, Murder, Rapes, Car Jackings & Home invasions as of May 2018. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.

Home Invasions, Murder & Assaults 2018.
MAY 31 2018 - 2:47PM
Teens arrested over Tahmoor home invasion.

Teen arrested over two 'frightening' attacks on women in Sydney's west
11 May 2018 4:58pm


Chinny Charge success again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Abelia Hissink was awarded The Kevin Moran memorial shield. This shield is awarded for special effort and encouragement of others. It was donated in his memory by his closest friends and adopted family the Davis family of Main Arm.

While the skies were letting the rain fall las Saturday morning organisers of the Chincogan Charge had to make the tough call to cut out the final section of the run to the top for safety reasons.

The last section is quite rocky and steep, said the president of Mullumbimbys Chamber of Commerce Jenelle Stanford who organised the race.

Fortunately by the time the junior runners were ready to take their places at the starting line the skies had cleared and around 30 young runners took off.

Max Bower was the first junior runner over the line while all the young runners were presented with with medals for their achievement of completing the race by Meadows Medical Centres Dr Peter Bowles and his wife Paula.

At 2pm 250 racers and walkers were again on the starting line in front of the Mullumbimby Fire Station for the 12+ race.

The first man across the line was Nathan Powell in 25.15 minutes and the first woman woman was Sophia McCarthy in 31.44 minutes.

Wed like to thank the land owners for opening up their land to this annual event, said Jenelle.

It is also really important to recognise that this event wouldnt be possible without the support of all our local businesses including Mullumbimby Ex-Services club who were our major sponsor, The Byron Shire Echo, Chincogan Mechanical, Mullumbimby Newsagency and Stewarts Menswear and of course the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.

A really big thank you needs to also go out to Mullumbys Fire and Rescue for the preparation and hard work they put in before and on the day from first aid to water stations on the mountain. Without a...


Summary of events in West Papua (9 Aug -14 Sept 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua  (9 Aug -14 Sept 2018)

The 49th Pacific Islands Forum was held in  Nauru  from 3 to the 6th  September 2018. This years theme was Building a strong Pacific: Our Islands, Our People, Our Will. 


The Free West Papua Campaign called on people all across the Pacific to help amplify the voices of West Papuans by raising as much awareness as possible and directly engaging your representatives on the issue of West Papua. There is only one key message for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders: West Papuas fundamental right to self-determination must be brought back to the United Nations agenda.



A chat with imbi the girl about their new EP For Me "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today marks the release of For Me, the debut EP from Sydney R&B artist imbi the girl. Tone Deaf had a chat with imbi ahead of the release about the EP, touring, and what is next for the rising artist.

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TD: For Me is your debut EP, what can new listeners expect from your music?

imbi: They can expect a slow moving journey through some relatable feelings.

TD: Your lyrics are incredibly personal and discuss some heavy subjects, do you ever get anxious about sharing the music with the world because of that?

imbi: 100%, definitely. I share my music in hopes of getting folks grooving, showing people they arent alone in their struggles and sharing a little bit of love. The reality is, I cant see or feel everyones reactions to my tracks. Its less about whether people will like the music and more about how it will make them feel. For all I know one of my tracks could be really triggering for someone and that shit keeps me up at night.

You released your first track last year, since then youve performed at VIVID, Groovin The Moo, BIGSOUND, and are about to play at Listen Out. Whats been you favourite gig so far?

Id have to say my favourite gig so far was this little charity ball I did early this year for my siblings roller derby league (USRDL). It was a really intimate, beautiful event filled with close friends and queer comrades which made for a super special, connected energy the whole night. I felt so heavily supported and connected to the crowd at that show, it was pure love.

Your live show has a lot of buzz behind it, what can festival-goers expect to experience at Listen Out?

My live set is my attempt at broadcasting love and positive energy to any and all who attend. I set an active intention before every show, I bring my crystals up with me to help amplify my energy and try to project it to anyone whos heart is open and willing to receive. Festival-goers can expect a chill groove and hopefully a big smile on their faces by the end of it.

Watch: imbi the girl V.I.P



Byron Bay koala found dead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The dead koala found this morning on Jonson Street Byron Bay. Photo Marcus Thornton.

Even in the urban sprawl of Byron Bay it is important to remember that there are still koalas that are moving around looking for a meal and a mate.

At 5.30am this morning one local was surprised to see a koala lying in the middle of the southbound road of Jonson Street Byron Bay opposite the Byron Bay Ex-services club. Stopping to check on the koalas condition he said the koala was still warm but was no longer breathing.

It was only just getting light and I moved it off the road when I realised it wasnt breathing, he said.

Ive lived in Byron for 20 years and Ive never seen one here before.

Echonedaily understands that there is koala habitat located behind Woolworths, the Mercato development and the Byron Bay Ex-Service Club and there was a a previous reported a koala in a tree outside Woolworths in Byron that drew crowds in 2014.

The dead koala found this morning on Jonson Street Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

On the move

Ros Irwin from Friends of the Koala told Echonetdaily that breeding season has started early this year and that the juvenile males, who have been kicked out of the colony by the dominant males, are moving around as they look for new homes.

They are on the ground more at this time of year and are more vulnerable to attacks by dogs and being hit by cars.

Just slow down, Ros reminds drivers.

Keep your eyes open for koalas and wildlife and if you see a koala stop and escort it off the road. If it has b...


Protecting our playground means action on climate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Weve on the tail end of an awesome winter. But the fact is that climate change poses an existential threat to the winters we love.

Yet again, climate scientists have warned that we are running out of time to cut greenhouse emissions. Yet the federal government has dropped the ball on climate action, so we need everyone to put their shoulder to the wheel and remind them that the community wants to see meaningful action on climate change. Please send a message to the PM, Scott Morrison, that our winter landscapes are at threat, and that we expect his government to act.

The outdoor community and the outdoor industry have enormous political power. But only if we choose to flex our muscles.

Heres two really simple ways you can get climate change on the radar of the PM:

1/ Please take a photo of yourself in your favourite place and remind the PM that these are #PlacesWorthProtecting and post on any social media platform. Tag in the PM.

Some examples:

The community wants you to #ActOnClimate @ScottMorrisonMP. Action now will help protect the places we love. [insert your favourite place] is worth protecting. #PlacesWorthProtecting


The community wants you to #ActOnClimate, @ScottMorrisonMP. Action now will help protect the places we love, and the tourism that depends on them: $55 billion to the national economy each year. #PlacesWorthProtecting

Instagram post here.

Twitter post here.

2/ sign the open letter to the PM here.

Skiers and climbers, riders and hikers, paddlers and trail runners. Together were a force to be reckoned with.


Protecting our playground means transforming our energy system

Climate change poses an existential threat to the wild ecosystems that skiers and snow boarders, hikers, climbers, paddlers, trail runners, and mountain bike riders rely on for adventure. It also poses an equally grave threat to the businesses that rely on wild nature for their existence.

Tourist operators on the Great Barrier Reef are shifting their stan...


Border Force Randomly Seizes and Searches Citizens Devices at Sydney Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 16 August, British Australian Nathan Hague was making his way through Sydney airport as he regularly does, when he was randomly stopped by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers who demanded he hand over his smartphone and laptop computer. The 46-year-old software developer was detained for 90 minutes while officers took his electronic devices into a

The post Border Force Randomly Seizes and Searches Citizens Devices at Sydney Airport appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Mary Poppins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a world first premiere, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is performing the entire musical score of the Disney classic Mary Poppins. Conductor Erik Oschner will be directing the live orchestral performance accompanying the five-time Oscar-winning film on the big screen. Erik spoke with Nick Terry on Thursday Drive about the incredible energy and difficulty of the live film score, and gave an intriguing insight into working with the acclaimed Sydney Symphony. Listen to the entire interview below.

Find tickets and more information here. Performance times: 7pm Friday 14th September,  2pm Saturday 15th and 7pm Saturday 15th.

Find more interviews from Thursday Drive.



John Butler Trio & Missy Higgins announce massive nationwide tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two of Australias music tour de forces John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins have just announced a massive nationwide tour, the Coming Home tour.

The tour kicks off in January and will see these legendary acts tackle huge venues, including the Sydney Opera House forecourt, and Melbournes Myer Music Bowl. They will be supported by a bunch of celebrated Aussie artists like Stella Donnelly, Baker Boy, Dan Sultan, The Waifs and The Teskey Brothers. Check out full tour dates and ticket information below:

Watch: Missy Higgins Futon Couch

John Butler Trio & Missy Higgins 2019 Coming Home Tour

* Dates Missy Higgins will not appear.

Tickets on sale 12pm local time Friday, 21st September

Friday, 25th January
Wignalls Winery, Albany (With Carla Geneve)
Tickets: John Butler Website

Sunday, 27th January
Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River (With Carla Geneve)
Tickets: John Butler Website

Friday, 1st February
Kings Park, Perth (With Stella Donnelly)
Tickets: John Butler Website

Thursday, 7th February
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (All Ages) (With Stella Donnelly and Dan Sultan)
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 9th February
All Saints Estate, Rutherglen (A Day On The Green) (With Stella Donnelly and Dan Sultan)
Tickets: John Butler Website

Sunday, 10th February
Stage 88, Canberra (With Stella Donnelly and The Waifs)
Tickets: John Butler Website

Thursday, 14th February
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney (All Ages) (With Stella Donnelly)
Tickets: Sydney Opera House



Accusations heat up over Tweed Hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

National Party member for Tweed, Geoff Provest.

The gloves have been taken off between Labors local federal MP Justine Elliot and Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest following Ms Elliot drawing attention to the fact that the proposed Tweed Hospital site at Cudgen near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Under the EPBC Act, a proponent must refer a project to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment if it will or is likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance.

Mr Provest has responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.

Mr Provest said this blatant disregard for the law is completely unacceptable and he is calling for all matters to be referred to authorities for investigation.

Ms Elliott has today shown complete contempt for proper processes when it comes to developments, which begs the question why?

Never in my time have I seen someone so adamant to avoid proper planning processes including circumnavigating Health Infrastructure, and NSW planning legislation.

We are fully aware of the reasons for the Labor Party to push the Kings Forrest site and frankly, this is why the NSW Labor Government was voted out in the first place, Mr Provest said.

The people of the Tweed are crying out for a new hospital and yet they are constantly faced with the blatant lies from the Labor party who will stop at nothing to delay the project.

Labor have a hidden agenda with delaying the building of a new hospital in the Tweed and they will not rest until they have moved the development to land owned by a major Labor Party donor.

Mr Provest was also critical of Ms Elliots advertising campaign on behalf of the NSW Labor party and her husband.



Dusky Moorhen stands out after owl's no-show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dusky Moorhen pauses while attending to morning toilette in Townsville Palmetum. Not my target bird, but couldn't find Rufous Owl reportedly returned to former roosting spot near front gate.

Another consolation prize after mystery shorebird vanished, Black Kite gets glowing makeover from rising sun on sands beside the Ross River.

Struck gold with Golden-headed Cisticola against golden background (distant dry grasses) in the Town Common.

Crested Pigeon sits in tiny patch of green grass (from leaking pipe) amidst otherwise bone-dry blocks along beside the Ross River Dam.

Apology: Bit of a limp blog. Dropped soap on foot last week. Haematoma: big bleed under skin. RICE: rest, ice, compression, exercise. Exercise too soon. Extend rest, compression. Blog on.


Earth headed fortipping point where global warming will become irreversible "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Earth could enter permanent hothouse state, scientists warn 

The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a lasting and dangerous hothouse state, researchers warned on Monday.

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs as they currently do each year the Earth will pass a tipping point.

Crossing that threshold guarantees a climate 4-5 Celsius (7-9 Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial times, and sea levels that are 10 to 60 meters (30-200 feet) higher than today, cautioned scientists in .

And that could be only decades ahead, they said.

What is Hothouse Earth? 

Hothouse Earth is likely to be uncontrollable and dangerous to many, said the article by scientists at University of Copenhagen, Australian National University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

Rivers would flood, storms would wreak havoc on coastal communities, and coral reefs would be eliminated all by centurys end or even earlier.

Global a...


Morrison to Enact Discriminatory Laws under the Guise of Religious Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scott Morrison indicated in an interview last week with Fairfax Media that enacting laws to protect religious freedoms is an important part of his agenda. This means the new prime minister wants to pass laws that would enable Christians to discriminate against members of the LGBTIQ community. Religious protection laws have become a priority issue for

The post Morrison to Enact Discriminatory Laws under the Guise of Religious Freedom appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Hendra virus confirmed near Tweed Heads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is urging horse owners to remain vigilant, following confirmation of Hendra virus infection in an unvaccinated horse near Tweed Heads.

NSW Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Sarah Britton, said the property near Tweed Heads has been placed under movement restrictions by Local Land Services.

This is the first confirmed case of Hendra virus in NSW this year, Dr Britton said.

Samples from the horse were sent by a private veterinarian for laboratory analysis to Queenslands Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory at Coopers Plains and initial test results confirmed Hendra virus.

The four year old Arab cross was initially noticed by the owner to be lethargic and not eating properly. It deteriorated the next day and was euthanased by a private veterinarian.

Dr Britton said vaccination of horses is the most effective way to help manage Hendra virus disease.

Vaccination of horses provides a public health and work health and safety benefit by reducing the risk of Hendra transmission to humans and other susceptible animals, she said.

Whenever Hendra infection is suspected, even in vaccinated horses, appropriate biosecurity precautions, including personal protective equipment (PPE), should be used.

Horse owners are encouraged to discuss the option of Hendra vaccination of their horse with their veterinarian.

Horses should also be kept away from flowering and fruiting trees that are attractive to bats.

Do not place feed and water under trees and cover feed and water containers with a shelter so they cannot be contaminated from above.

If your horse in unwell, keep people and animals away from the horse and call your private veterinarian immediately.

If your vet is unavailable you can call a District Veterinarian with the Local Land Services or the Animal Biosecurity Emergency Hotline on 1800 675 888.

For more information about Hendra, visit the NSW DPI website.

The post Hendra virus confir...


David Bidstrup: Delusional disorder: The politics of electricity in Victoria. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two stories in todays The Australian, (12 September 2018), caught my eye. They reported on an additional 928 MW of renewable generation that would further impoverish taxpayers and enrich the renewable energy industry.

There are 3 wind farms and 3 solar farms proposed and each of them will be guaranteed a minimum price of $56 per MWh by the Victorian taxpayers. They will also harvest the RET subsidy of $80 per MWh giving a total guaranteed revenue stream that is risk free.

The table below lists the salient points. It is well known that wind operates at around 30% of rated capacity and solar at about 17%. This is due to the intermittency of the wind and the sun.

First thing to notice is the 928 MW rated capacity becomes 245 MW when intermittency is considered. The next is the Victorian taxpayers guaranteed floor price of $56 per MWh which equates to an annual risk free revenue of $120 million/year and the consumers contribution via the RET of $172 million/year.

This allows the operators to bid low to secure the front row at the electricity trough because they already have $136/MWh in the pocket regardless of the market prices.  Under this bizarre scheme they have no responsibility for providing a continuous supply so when nature does not oblige with wind and sunlight some other dispatchable, read coal or gas, power station has to be ready to pick up the load at any time, day or night.

Next lets look at the comparison with the now defunct Hazelwood power station. It had a rated capacity of 1,600 MW at a capacity factor of around 95% and could turn out 13,315,200 MWh annually and it was continuous except for the occasional maintenance outage, ( Hazelwood had 8 units so outages never took the whole station off line). The new renewables can provide 16% of the Hazelwood production, but not continuously. Victoria consumes around 45,000,000 MWh annually, depending on what data is used its a bit difficult to pin it down. This means the new renewables can produce 4.8% of the annual demand, but not continuously. To get 45,000,000 MWh per year from schemes like this would require scaling them up by a factor of 21 with an installed capacity of 19,500 MW and even them the supply would be intermittent.

Apart from the obvious stupidity of schemes like this in terms of lowering prices or providing...


REVIEW: A Moving Hour Of Local LGBTIQ History In Wendybirds Trailblazers Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Listening to TrailBlazers, the brand-new podcast from Brisbane-based social enterprise group Wendybird, I cried. Open, unashamed tears. As with podcasts Queer as Fact and History is Queer, TrailBlazers explores our communitys past, but with a crucial difference the past is local, and told through the lens of memory from those who not only lived ...

The post REVIEW: A Moving Hour Of Local LGBTIQ History In Wendybirds Trailblazers Podcast appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Australia's new police state laws banning travel open to abuse in breach of Section 92? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Think it can't get any worse travelling between the colonies, well you're in for a surprise.

Those pesky people who invented the constitution in Australia, made it difficult for some MPs to be in office lawfully, under what the plebs are now aware of as Section 44.

To make things worse the numbers go all the way up to 128, where section 127 has a bit of liquid paper on it

Why couldn't they just stick with "do no harm", where life so much easier in the 'good ol' days' prior to this pesky occurrence called civilisation or something that has a bit more of a corporate slang like Civil CIVIC COMPLIANCE VICTORIA (ABN: 97 103 604 897)

Some plebs just recently became aware of Section 92 (via social media, of course), and get that wrong, and now even more pesky plebs are going to be aware of this section which talks about intercourse (no, not sexual silly) and get that wrong as well.

Thankfully we have the honest High Court of Australia to interpret Section 92 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK), for those who may want to get there as their final destination.

See article from 12 September 2018 by of the headline:

Fines or imprisonment for travellers if they do not comply with new police powers at airports

Travellers could face fines of up to $4200 or imprisonment if they do not comply with new police powers to request identification at Australian airports, eject people from the premises and ban them from flights.

Under legislation introduced to Parliament by the Morrison government on Tuesday, police will be able to carry out identity checks when they suspect people are involved in criminal activity that poses a threat to the public.

Police will be able to issue a "move on" direction if someone refuses to cooperate or if they believe it will disrupt an imminent security threat. The person can also be banned from entering airports for 24 hours.



How state govt plans to funnel more tourists into Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A beach in the Spanish resort of Benidorm. Is this how Byron could look under the state governments new plan? Photo Newscorp

The NSW government has set new international visitor targets for its Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan (VEIAP).  

It follows an independent review of the plan, which outlines aggressive targets to keep the state number one in the country for overnight visitors and accelerate growth to deliver maximum economic benefits through our visitor economy.

NSW tourism minister Adam Marshall (Nationals) says, International visitor markets like China and India represent significant growth opportunities for Sydney and rural and regional NSW, which is why were working on campaigns and strategies to fly more tourists to the state.

We want to make tourism an engine industry for rural and regional NSW thats why weve also, for the first time ever, created a regional NSW target of $20 billion by 2020 and $25 billion by 2030.

According to the plans key themes and actions Sydney features prominently, yet there will be increased funding and accountability for Destination Networks and  renewed engagement with local councils.

One stated focus is to Put the visitor first, while another is removing barriers to business. 

As for infrastructure investment, the NSW government plans to streamline the processes for state-significant developments, and focus on new regional flights.

The Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan is available at

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Dua Lipa Horrified After Fans Waving Rainbow Flags Were Removed From Concert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Singer Dua Lipa was left in tears after fans were reportedly forcibly removed from her concert in Shanghai on Wednesday night. Witnesses alleged people were forcibly dragged from their seats by security for standing up and dancing while others said people were ejected for waving rainbow flags during her show in the citys Qingpu district. ...

The post Dua Lipa Horrified After Fans Waving Rainbow Flags Were Removed From Concert appeared first on QNews Magazine.

Thursday, 13 September


Waking from the long sleep and still needing a sleep "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Although a few hardy invertebrates stayed active during the winter at our place at Strangways, its been a lean time for the macrophotographically obsessed. With the warm weather, some are waking from their long sleep.

Even so, ubiquitous in the animal world is the need for regular sleep and a venture into the bush means some of those emerged from the long sleep are easily photographed during their over night naps. On a branchlet of a Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) a sleeping wasp is undisturbed by the bright lights and camera.


Wasp on Drooping Sheoak

On a Golden Wattle, what I think might be a wingless Coreid bug rests.

Coreid bug_18-09-10_1

Coreid Bug?

Coreid bug?

And from the side.

Since the Golden Wattles have been flowering, there have been many tiny flies feeding on their blooms. Ive found them very hard to get a decent photo of, but at night they are much more amenable.

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A tiny fly sleeps on a Silver Wattle leaf.

Not all insects in our yard are asleep. Little Notoncus nocturnal ants are busy at night and have been throughout the winter cold. This tiny lady is on a blooming Silver Wattle.


Notoncus ant on Silver Wattle

By day I have been photographing Tall Sundews. Even though they have only just started setting their tiny traps, many have already caught some insects. On one I found this hapless fly, which looks like the...


Council decision led to flooding issues: historian "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image from a 2017 presentation to Byron Shire Council by Cr Alan Hunter.

Former councillor and local historian Frank Mills AOM has supported claims that past actions of Council over forty years ago contributed to current flooding issues.   

The Echos August 8 story, Flood mismanagement blamed on decades-old Council decisions, details longtime local Jim Manglesons claims that Council at the time were liable for increasing flooding in the area by breaching development consent conditions.

Mills says he agrees with the assessment and says, In 1976, I was a councillor of Byron Shire and, following a request from the fishermen of Brunswick Heads, I was one of the councillors who voted to close the ocean outlet north of Fern Beach.

Ocean outlet closed in 1976

This decision was made in good faith.

However, it is regrettable because the development has changed dramatically over the years and this action would increase the flood heights.

Mills says another outlet, just north of the Byron Shire boundary, belonged to his great uncle James Murnane and also had a large outlet to the sea and was closed when the sand mining was being carried out on the Tweed and Byron coast in the 1930s.

It must be remembered always that when it floods, the waters objective is to get to the ocean, and to close off two outlets must increase the flooding.

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Whats next for Mid Gippy? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mirboo Norths Brooke Taylor played a brilliant game in defence for the Tigers in the Youth Girls grand final on Sunday. Her strong tackling was a feature. N123718

Mirboo Norths Ainslee Logan wraps up Newboroughs Madison Mitchell in a strong tackle in the Youth Girls grand final at Moe on Sunday. N113718

Mirboo Norths 17 & under netball team that reached the Mid Gippsland grand final on Saturday, back, from left, Gemma McCormack, Miki Hilliar, Shona Chila, Melissa Blackshaw, Chloe Maxwell, Taleisha Snell, Chloe Palmer; front, Sharon Slane, Maddi Knowles, Jaime Chila and Lucy Edmondson.

By Rover

AFL Gippslands imminent death wish for the 83-year-old Mid Gippsland Football League, couldnt dissuade droves of supporters paying a record gate of $37,500 at Morwell Recreation Reserve, to see Trafalgar defeat Yinnar by 16 points in the 2018 seniors grand final on Saturday.
It appears certain all MGFLs 10 clubs will join as one in a fervent attempt to stave off AFL Gippslands proposed amalgamation of Mid Gippsland Football League and Alberton Football Netball League into a newly-named 15-team Central and South Gippsland Competition.
AFL Gippsland has called Mid Gippsland and Alberton club presidents to meet with it on Wednesday evening at Morwell RSL, to further discuss the draft amalgamation.
AFL Gippslands request...


Like Sweden, were ripe for the anti-immigration vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today in The Australian

Like Sweden, were ripe for the anti-immigration vote

After repeated rampages in Melbourne by African gangs, Australians are hardly likely to find the election results in Sweden surprising. With a sharp rise in violent crime, including a wave of attacks using hand grenades, since the country received an influx of refugees, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats emerged this week as the kingmakers in what is certain to be a hung parliament.



Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery in Arakun FNQ. Thanks for your service! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WO1 John Franklin and I joined the army together in January 1978 and have kept in touch (along with about 500 other blokes in various regimental associations) ever since. For the past two weeks John and the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery based in Enoggera Barracks Brisbane...

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