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Saturday, 16 June

17:11

Blessed Are The Cheesemakers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was a beautiful day in Sydney, and so absolutely awesome to hang out with two of my oldest friends (forty years), Sue and Paul, as Paul and (newer friend, fifteen years) Kerry sold their cheese at the Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival 2018 at Centennial Park. Paul and Kerry run Nimbin Valley Dairy http://www.nimbinvalley.com.au/. Are you really from Nimbin?

16:15

North Coast Voices "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The Guardian, 15 June 2018:

An advertising executive and commentator is refusing to delete a social media post mocking the Queensland opposition frontbencher Jarrod Bleijie, despite being referred to the powerful ethics committee.


Bleijie had at the time been arguing against a motion to speed up debate on the Labor governments vegetation management laws so parliament could adjourn at its new family friendly time and avoid sitting into the night.

After seeing the tweet, Bleijie complained to the speaker, Curtis Pitt, who referred Madigan to the ethics committee, because under parliamentary rules vision from the floor of the house cant be used for satire or ridicule.

Pitt said his office also attempted to have the Twitter post removed.

Madigan previously refused to remove the tweet when contacted by the clerk of parliament, and on Friday again tweeted she would be leaving the post up.
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10:11

From Bauple to Burpengary The Game & The Big Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barking Owl - Sheepstation Creek

BirdLife Australia Sunshine Coast, our local birding group, has for some time been running a game on its Facebook page organised by its leader, Ken Cross. One objective is to encourage people to photograph as many species as possible in a calendar year in the Sunshine Coast region. The area extends north to Inskip Point and Bauple; south to Bribie Island; and west to Kilcoy, the Conondale Range, the Amamoor area and Muna Creek-Miva. An outlier to the south, Sheepstation Creek Conservation Reserve near Burpengary, is also included.




I thought it would be fun to join in for the 2018 game, and it's proved quite a challenge. A bit like a big jigsaw puzzle, with all the bits slowly falling into place. A few weeks ago, what I dubbed The Game morphed into a Big Year for me, so I'm keen to see how many species in the region I can photograph this year. As of today (16/4/2018) I'm up to 279, and while it might be nice to hit 300, another 21 is a tall order, especially since I'm away for much of the second half of the year. I've seen but not managed to photograph another 4 species (King Quail, Stubble Quail, Eastern Ground Parrot, White-throated Nightjar). I've seen a total of 344 species in the Sunshine Coast region since time immemorial.
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09:00

VIDEO: D-DAY for Socceroos video chat with PM before facing formidable France "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Socceroos kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against European heavyweights France on Saturday night at 8pm AEST. With two friendly wins under their [more]

The post VIDEO: D-DAY for Socceroos video chat with PM before facing formidable France appeared first on The Weekly Times.

05:12

Domestic Violence Initiative Fails to Identify Those At-Risk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent report has concluded that a key initiative designed to combat domestic violence is failing complainants. The report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) suggests that the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT), is a very poor instrument measuring the risk of repeat domestic violence victimisation, often performing little better

The post Domestic Violence Initiative Fails to Identify Those At-Risk appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:00

Embers and Death at the Victoria Park Hotel: The Anguish for Lost Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We came across a skeleton of a building bristling with warnings: Asbestos, Stay Out; Danger, Do Not Enter. The sense was that entering this site of history in Townsville, North Queensland, would kill you. And damn well it would have, sending you keeling over in fumes, damning you even if, on entering, you had hoped

The post Embers and Death at the Victoria Park Hotel: The Anguish for Lost Buildings appeared first on The AIM Network.

03:38

Tex at the Record Crate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Tex last night at the Crate. They're a two-piece from the 'Gong playing some Hendrix licks and their own material, up in town last night with their manager Liam -  the players names are lost in the the haze


They look like kids to us old reprobates.

Robert(with Nev behind) puts on his best patronising tone - "Now children,..."


Jugs at the bar

01:55

Winter morning antics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its been fun watching the gatherings of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in recent weeks they are such spectacularly beautiful birds!

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Wyndham Street Newstead, 16th June 2018

01:53

MACKAY Mackay magistrate court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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00:28

Glacial improvement "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tightening, slowly

I took a look here at the employment growth figures during the week, which broadly showed that the unemployment rate in Australia is back down to where it was in 2013. 

The number of unemployed persons dropped sharply in the month of May, down by 26,800 to 714,600, taking the unemployment rate down from 5.6 per cent to 5.4 per cent. 

So that's the good news. 

The state making the most substantial inroads lately has been Victoria, with the number of unemployed persons down to 174,400 from 208,500 a year earlier.

Very good news!

The unemployment rate in Victoria has declined accordingly to 5.1 per cent, down from 6.1 per cent a year ago.

So that's getting quite close to the 4.9 per cent of New South Wales. 

Like Sydney before it, Melbourne is enjoying the fruits of its construction boom.

Some progress, then, but overall there are still more than 700,000 out of work, and there remains plenty of slack in the labour force nationally. 

A look at the trend chart for unemployed persons underscores this point.

In October 2014 the two most populous states had a combined 442,900 unemployed persons, a figure that's since fallen by about 60,000 or 14 per cent. 

00:00

June 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1806 - Some convicts decided on a change of scenery so they lifted the brig 'Venus' from Port Dalrymple (in Tassie) and sailed off into the sunset and over the ditch to NZ.

1801 - Lieut William Paterson founded a settlement on the Hunter River. Alas! He forgot the first rule in real estate - location, location, location, and thus it was kicked to the kerb (abandoned to you fancy-pants readers) in 1802.

1806 - Sydney's very first girl's school was opened by Mrs Williams while many parents breathed a sigh of relief and stopped eyeing off the latest line of chastity belts.
An early St Trinian's....?

1807 - The first Russian ship in Australian waters, the trading sloop Neva, 370 tons, popped into Sydney to share a bottle of voddy with the colonials. While anchored in Neutral Bay, Lieutenant Leonid Hagemeister collected Aboriginal weapons, which were sent to St. Petersburg

1828 - John Curtis was hanged at Sydney for the theft of a cow from the herd of William Wentworth, at Bringelly.

1828 - James (or Joseph) Johnson (also called Philip Macauley, Phillip Gawley) was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery and assault of George Tills outside Liverpool.

1857 - Beginning the looong tradition of pollies wasting time & money by "looking into it" Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, headed a select committee established to inquire into federation of the Australia's colonies.

1869 Explorer Charles Sturt dropped off the perch.

1879 - Proving that scratching about in the dirt isn't just a fun hobby prospectors John Atherton and James Robson tripped over tin deposits on the tablelands inland from Cairns, Queensland.

1884 - The Bendigo Railway Line (Vic) was opened from the glorious Castlemaine Station (Maldon Junction) to equally delicious Maldon Station.

1885 - Not to be outdone by Benders transport improvements, Ballarat saw the launch of the Golden City steamer on Lake Wendouree.

1887 - Queen's College at Uni of Melbourne (named for the Jubilee of Queen Vicky's reign), was founded by the Reverend William Quick (Founders Day) on the piece of land granted by the Victorian Government to the Methodist Church.

1888 - Melbourne Footy Club were trying to spread the love of the game in Banana Bender country where they played a match against QLD at the Exhibition Ground.
Melbourne 6.16 defeated Queensland 3.5 (Attendance: 5,000)

1903 - The Lake Condah Mission Aboriginals formed an unbeatable football team in 1902, the Darlot Creek Wanderers which the Hamilton Spectator reported on this day having won by 52 points against Condah.

1906 The town of Roma, Queensland became the first town in Australia to be lit and po...

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Friday, 15 June

23:00

1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening
2) Indonesia Must Diversify Its Staple Food to Ensure Food Security for All: UN
3) Indonesia set to provide electricity to PNG border
4) Detection An Issue At Border 

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1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening
JUNE 14, 2018
Publishing a statement on his website today, ULMWP Chairperson Benny Wenda thanked the organisers and people of Aotearoa New Zealand for their hard work in launching the ...

16:16

Filing this one under Things I Never Expected To See In My Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australian troops on active service in Afghanistan flying a Nazi flag circa August 2007....


16:15

The American Resistance has many faces and this is just one of them .......(21) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This is a political cartoon by Rob Rodgers, who until 15 June 2018 was employed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - ciruculation 317,439 - a subsidiary of Block Communication Inc.

On that day he was apparently sacked for being critical of US President Donald J. Trump.



14:26

Cat urgently needing a home! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My neighbours basically forced one of their cats onto me saying she didnt get along with their dogs. Poor girl had been neglected for a while and although I would take her, I already have 4 cats, and don't have the space or money for a fifth. Angel paws is ignoring my requests for help and my money is running out so I am wondering if I will have to take her to city council :(

She is an older girl named Coco. She is very slow to trust, due to her past neglect but when she feels comfortable, she becomes so affectionate. She will play a little bit with some toys and she acts like a kitten again when she is really into it.

She is desexed but that is all I know about her. Age, vaccination history, worming history, and whether or not she is microchipped are all unknown.

She would be perfect for someone who wants a companion to cuddle with. She likes sleeping during the day in a warm corner and will watch outside the window at night.

If you or anyone you know of wants an older, chill cat, please contact me ASAP!

Edit: here is a pic of her https://m.imgur.com/c2VOV6f

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13:49

The Apollo Dinner X The Byron at Byron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are excited to announce a rustic culinary collaboration between The Apollo Restaurant Sydney and The Byron at Byron Join Chef Jonathan Barthelmess from The Apollo Sydney and Our Executive Chef Matthew Kemp and his team for a fabulous evening of Mediterranean share-style feast with a fusion of Byron Bay magic.

Enjoy a four-course affair of rustic Mediterranean dishes with wines from St Hugos and a Brookies Gin on arrival, with the view of the chefs cooking the lamb on the fire!

Find out more at The Byron at Byron.

The post The Apollo Dinner X The Byron at Byron appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

12:55

A cloudy day at Joyces Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A visit to the Joyces Creek arm of Cairn Curran on Monday was a bit of a desperate attempt to satisfy the bird photography addiction (aggravated by the acquisition of upgraded lens and camera) on a cloudy and unpromising day. While I was delighted to see a party of five male and one female Flame Robins, they were a bit reluctant to pose for the paparazzi, as were the many Black -fronted Dotterels.Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) on the shoreline was more accommodating, but still a little coy.

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Red-kneed Dotterel

A group of five Yellow-billed Spoonbills (Platalea flavipes) perched in an old dead River Red Gum were considerably more obliging. A little bit of light breaking through the sombre clouds at the right moment was even better.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill looking rather cool.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

And perhaps tiring of the fool with the big lens

Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Time to move on

As I wended my way back to the car, the Flame Robins were still shy, but a Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) clad in formal attire was happy to pose on a suitably corroded picket.

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Superb Fairy-wren

 

09:46

Threat level raised on Nauru after asylum seeker death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Canstruct, the Nauru detention management company, has declared a threat level 3 (probable) at the RPC 1 and RPC 3 in the aftermath of todays suicide.

RPC 1 is the detention administrative centre and also houses the IHMS clinic, where the brother and the mother of the deceased Iranian man, Farhad (not his real name) were taken this morning.

RPC 3 is the detention centre where around 250 people including children live in mouldy tents. Farhads body was found in a tent in RPC 3.

One man was arrested at the gate of RPC 3 this morning when a large crown gathered waiting for news of Farhads death.

The Nauru government has said that they are waiting for a doctor to come from Australia to perform an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

But we already know that Peter Dutton and offshore detention is responsible for Farhads death, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson from the Refugee Action Coalition.

Farhads death has added to the growing crisis on Nauru.

People are already angry that the Afghan man dying of lung cancer is being prevented from spending his last months in Australia.

Yesterday (Thursday 14 June) afternoon, a two-year-old Iranian girl was urgently medivacced from Nauru to Port Moresby because medical neglect has allowed an infection to spread and put her life at risk.

Mental illness and medical neglect is deliberate government policy. Peter Dutton is quite willing to let people die and pretend that the Nauru government is responsible, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Detention on Nauru has become a life sentence. It is time to call a halt to offshore detention, and bring them here.

[Photos of police at RPC 1 gate, this afternoon, at right and below.]

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

 

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09:23

Barkandji People Proposed IULA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barkandji People Proposed ILUA

Proposed ILUA area roughly centred on Menindee and includes Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and Mildura.

The apical ancestors are listed as follows
Manfred Mary / Mary Johnson / Mary Brodie
Manfred Tommy
Louisa Brown
Cuthero Jack Brown
Susan Webster also known as Annie Webster
Bill Webster
Harry Whyman
Kate Whyman
Louisa McLean
Alec McLean
Nganya
Sarah Cabbage
Harry Mitchell
Daniel McGregor
Lucy Benson
Jack Doctor Benson
Crancey
Jack Tyler
Taylor Matjulum Gibson
Tottie Gibson
Kutyi
Cate Newton / Maggie Tyler
Albert Bates
Fanny Bates
Yancannia Kitty
Judy Quayle
Nancy Watts
Topsie Crowe
Alec Bridge
Olive Barton
Margaret Payne
Kitty Knight
Jacky Knight
Matilda Murray
Paddy Black
Hero Black
Tall Boy Keegan
Kitty Keegan
Fanny Buugali Williams

Appeared in the Koori Mail of June 13, 2018

Some items of interest are

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage of the Menindee Lakes Area
Part 1 Aboriginal Ties to the Land
Sarah Martin 2001

Corner Talk - An Annales Influernced Narrative from the Corner Country of NSW
Sarah Martin 2004

Humpy, House and Tin Shed
Aboriginal Settlement History on the Darling River
Paul Memmott, Published I B Fell Research Centre, University of Sydney, 1991

Menindee Mission Station 1933 1949 and Carowra Tank Aboriginal School
Beverley and Don Elphick 2000

The Tin Camp - A Study of Contemporary Aboriginal Architecture in North Western NSW
Stephanie Diana Smith
Master of Architecture Thesis, University of Queensland, 1996

Mutawintji
Aboriginal Cultural Association with Mutawintji National Park
Dr Jeremy Beckett, Dr Luise Hercus, Dr Sarah Martin
edited by Claire Colyer 2008

09:17

Lithuanian speakers in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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09:15

Leaked Microsoft Documents Describe Plans for Surface Tablets, Xbox, "Andromeda", and HoloLens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Leaked documents have provided details about Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablets, the next-generation Xbox, a two-screen handheld device, and the next HoloLens:

Andromeda, Microsoft's mythical pocketable, two-screen, hand-held device that's supposed to carve out a whole new market for itself, is due for release in 2018. The documents also say that, after Andromeda, Microsoft OEMs will produce their own comparable products, just as they've done with Surface Pro.

The big question for Andromeda is the same as it has always been: why? To define a new hardware form factor, as appears to be the intent, its design needs to be particularly suitable for something. Surface Pro, for example, has appealed particularly to groups such as students (taking notes with OneNote) and artists, thanks to its form factor and multimodal input support. To succeed, Andromeda needs to offer similar appealit needs to enable something that's widely useful and ill-suited to existing hardware. But presently, there are few ideas of just what that role might be.


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08:47

MACKAY Drug arrests Mackay District "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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08:44

Honorary membership for Allen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Allen Cover was presented with honorary membership for the rest of his life at Ocean Grove Golf Club.

The soon-to-be 99-year-old Mr Cover won the Baker & Blair Trophy at Sorrento in 1935 and donated the trophy to the local golf club around 10 years ago.

Mr Cover still plays and golf club president Peter Cullen presented him with his membership.

I know his family is very proud of him and I know we at the club are very proud of him, Mr Cullen said.

To honour Allen, we want to make him an honorary member for the rest of his life.

Mr Cover was grateful.

Life is full of surprises and this one of the most pleasant surprises, he said.

I love this club, but today I think I love it even more.

I want to commend the committee for nurturing the young golfers. Were seeing the benefits of wisdom being applied to our young golfers.

This is one game where you can go on and on on. My boots are never going to be hung up.

The post Honorary membership for Allen appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

08:43

Mentor the key for OAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Find a mentor thats the advice Wallingtons Peter Tanner would give to anyone who asks.

Mr Tanner, from Wallington, was awarded an Order of Australia at the recent Queens Birthday honours and said the value of a good mentor couldnt be understated.

Go and find a mentor someone who lights the flame and fans it, he told the Voice.

Mr Tanner and the Reach Foundation helped countless children and young adults for a decade.

Alongside late Melbourne Football Club champion Jim Stynes, he chaired the Reach Foundation and learned a lot about himself.

Reach empowered young people from all walks of life, not necessarily those from low socio economic backgrounds, he said.

They learnt that they had a voice, to use that voice and that they were loved.

The best job I had at Reach was that I was chief giver of hugs.

Now 67, Mr Tanner came from a housing commission area of Thomson and went into the navy.

I had this macho life and then Reach taught me to open up, he said.

Mr Tanner has given a decade of his life to not-for-profit organisations and now manages a successful recruitment business, Tanner Menzies.

Ive been really humbled by the amount of people I havent heard from for a long time saying thank you for helping me in my career, he said.

Its all taught me a lot about my fellow man.

 

The post Mentor the key for OAM appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

08:10

Trio Not Guilty of Breaking Anti-Protest Laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes Mudgee Local Court magistrate David Day has dismissed the proceedings against two women and a man who were arrested and charged last year while protesting against the expansion of the Wilpinjong coal mine, near the town of Wollar where they live. Bev Smiles, Bruce Hughes and Stephanie Luce, known as

The post Trio Not Guilty of Breaking Anti-Protest Laws appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

07:44

More paintings from the studio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A few more paintings that will most likely be in the Wayside Exhibition. I've still got some more to take shots of, and then I'll start looking through the drawings I have here

When I have some time I'll find links to the original posts when I was doing these pieces

 

Carpark next door


Green Bananas


AA

07:25

We Dont Give Up On Those We Love "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Edgars Mission -_-26

We dont give up on those we love. We fight like hell until there is nothing left to give. This is how we should love each other. Kiana Azizian

To which we wish to add, And then we dust ourselves off and fight some more. This is what all gentle, emotional and intelligent beings like Hip Hop Bob deserve. Its been another intense week of rehabilitation for our beloved Hip Hop, who underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her spinal cord and although progress, as can be expected, is still slow, Hip Hop is most certainly taking some steps (metaphorically speaking of course) to recovery.

Two hourly rehab sessions in which Hip Hop is carefully lifted whilst scratch foot exercises are performed on each hind limb are beginning to bring back some movement to her legs. We can now feel her placing pressure on our hands as this exercise is performed and every now and again a twitch of the hoof or a lift of the leg of her own accord has us feeling this may just be one obstacle our beloved girl can overcome.

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Combined with ongoing veterinary outpatient consults by the ever kind and knowledgeable Sabine, therapeutic laser therapy and of course, her very own iPad playing an endless stream of Hip Hops favourite shows, we, along with our Five Dollar Friday community are truly leaving no stone unturned for this brave and resilient girl.

If you too would like to be a part of Team Edgar and right now, Team Hip Hop, please consider joining our Five Dollar Friday Community today. For just the price of a soy latte each week you can truly change lives. Find out more at www.fivedollarfriday.com.au.

06:42

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australias parliament.  Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the eyes of Beijing are getting beadier by the day.

The seedy involvement of Australia in the Solomon Islands, ostensibly to block the influence of a Chinese companys investment venture, is simply testament to the old issues surrounding empire: If your interests are threatened, you are bound to flex some muscle, snort a bit, and, provided its not too costly, get your way.  Not that Canberras muscle is necessarily taut or formidable in any way.

The inspiration behind Canberras intervention was an initial contract between Huawei and the Solomon Islands involving the Chinese giant in a major role building the high-speed telecommunications cable between Sydney and Honiara. Even more disconcerting might be the prospects that it would work, supplying a cable that would enable the Chinese to peer into the Australias own fallible network.

What made this particular flexing odd was the spectacle of an Australian prime minister congratulating himself in securing tax payer funding for the building of a 4,000 kilometre internet cable even as the domestic National Broadband Network stutters and groans.  Another juicy point is that Huawei was banned from applying for tendering for the NBN in 2012.

As the worlds second largest maker of telecommunications equipment was told, there is no role for Huawei in Australias NBN. The then Attorney-General Nicola Roxon explained that the move was consistent with the governments practice for ensuring the security and resilience of Australias critical infrastructure more broadly.  Better an incompetent local provider of appropriate values than a reliable foreign entity.

The move against Huawei has largely centered on fears voiced by the intelligence community in various states that Beijing might be getting a number up on their competitors.  In February this year, the FBI Director Chris Wray expressed the US governments concern about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that dont share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.  Doing so would enable them to maliciously modify or steal information and provide the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.

Such comments tend to suggest envy; the US intelligence community chiefs know all too we...

06:02

The Biggest Event of Your Investing Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The good news in the mining sector just keeps rolling in

Today, management at BHP Billiton Ltd [ASX:BHP] announced that theyve given the go-ahead to the $4.5 billion South Flank iron ore mine in Western Australia.

Thats a fair chunk of capital spending in anyones book.

Its also going to lead to 2,500 construction jobs and 600 operational roles.

The project will produce for 25 years, replacing an ageing mine thats come to the end of its economic life.

One wonders what the world will look like when South Flank shuts down in 2043. You would think its safe to assume theres going to be a lot more middle-class Chinese citizens.

That number could be as large as 500 million by 2026, according to fund manager Charlie Aitken. The Australian reported today on the presentation he gave this week to the Livewire Live conference in Sydney.

Hes quoted as saying that the rise of Asias middle class is the biggest opportunity in our investing lifetime.

I agree wholeheartedly.

The only mystery is why so many people think the world is going to collapse at the same time that all this is playing out

Aitken mentioned something Ive often wondered myselfand thats just how high meat and dairy prices are going to go as the Chinese adopt a more Western diet.

If you think lamb is expensive now, just wait until we Australians are competing with this monstrous Chinese market.

Maybe become a farmer while you can. This development certainly has the potential to send agricultural land values soaring.

But the easier play on China for investors could be to hold its giant tech firms like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [NYSE:BABA] and Tencent Holdings Ltd [HK:0700]. This is where technology and population growth collide, according to Aitken.

Adjacent to this huge Chinese expansion is oil demand. China is not only consuming large amounts of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, its also building up a huge petrochemical industry. This provides the feedstock for plastics, fertilisers and beauty products.

As you know, demand for oil goes up alongside a rising consumer base.

Its also partly why the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects demand for crude oil to grow by 1.4 million barrels a day in 2019. Thats on par with this year.

The signs are good.

There was actually a surprise this week when it became apparent that US crude stockpiles fell.

An analyst cited in the Wall Street Journal put it down to soaring US oil demand (I keep emphasising that its a hot economy in the US...

05:31

A second car gets a new life and finds a new home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Once again the Year 11 Manual Arts Students at Blaxland High School, under the guidance of automotive teacher, Shaun Halden have restored a car which would have otherwise be destined for the scrap heap and donated it to a refugee. The old Volvo known as Goldie which was donated by Rose Wilesmith of Warrimoo, was handed over to BMRSG on 8 June and will now be owned by refugee Hadi, who will use it to get to his work and also to the metal fabrication course he attends at Ultimo TAFE three nights a week.

04:57

Another asylum seeker dies on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In tragic news from Nauru, a 26-year-old Iranian asylum seekers has been found dead, believed to have suicided, this morning.

He was found dead in his familys tent in the RPC 3 compound around 9.00am, Sydney time.

His death comes only three weeks since a Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island.

It brings the tragic toll of deaths in offshore detention to 12.

In late April the younger brother of the dead man made a plea for help for his mother, Fazileh (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/25/asylum-seeker-boy-on-nauru-pleads-for-medical-help-for-his-mother).

Like the others, the death of this young man lies at the feet of Peter Dutton, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, There have been so many warnings, but the toll mounts day by day; the neglect continues. So many cases of medical neglect.

Peter Dutton must bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The US deal is a farce that is now excluding Iranians and Somalis. Dutton has nowhere to settle the people who have been dumped on Nauru, and are now dying of despair.

News of the mans death has shattered the asylum seekers and refugees Nauru. He was a well known, well liked, athletic young man who did everything he could for his brother and mother.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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04:26

Graham Readfern exposes the climate denial group The Australian Environment Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inside the AEF, the climate denial group hosting Tony Abbott as guest speaker, Guardian 15 June 18 

The Australian Environment Foundation has secured a former prime minister to speak. But what does it actually do?

Securing a former prime minister to speak at your organisation is no doubt a coup for many groups.

Singapores Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy recently got Kevin Rudd. Australias Nelson Mandela Day committee has snaffled Julia Gillard for their next annual lecture.

What about our most recent former PM, Tony Abbott?

Next month, Abbott will deliver the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture to the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF), where...

04:15

Tasmanians Mourn Death Of Longtime LGBTIQ Ally Mary Binks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tasmanias LGBTIQ community is mourning the death of one of its greatest allies and supporters, former Mayor of Devonport, Mary Binks OAM, who died on Tuesday at age 84. Mary Binks was horrified by the pain and trauma experienced by young LGBTIQ people on Tasmanias North West Coast during the bitter debate around the decriminalisation ...

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04:09

Cheap Fakes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cheap Fakes

TOUR | DEEP SPACE

Redefining an already well established and well-respected sound is a risky thing to do. Cheap
Fakes have done it with nothing but absolute authenticity and sophistication. Their new album
Deep Space is one that has inspired audiences to fall in love with their music all over again.
Deep Space magically weaves seductive brass lines through intricate melodies and infectious
grooves. Infused with elements of Ska, Funk and something that can only be described as
late-night Cactus-Jazz. The band have thrown in some Latino and Americano zest. Then, to
complete the album, they gave it a psychedelic squeeze before pouring it into an 8 track vinyl
pressing. Now taking this long-awaited album to the nation, Cheap Fakes will tour extensively in
2018 to bring their new aural heart-breaker to their fans Australia wide.

ALBUM | DEEP SPACE

Try to define an album that magically weaves seductive brass lines through intricate melodies
and infectious grooves. Infuse that with elements of Ska, Funk and something that can only be
described as late-night Cactus-Jazz. Throw in some Latino and Americano zest. Then, to
complete the album, give it a psychedelic squeeze before pouring it into an 8 track vinyl
pressing. Cheap Fakes have created an authentic and sophisticated sound with their new
album Deep Space. The album challenges listeners to engage in its complexity and diversity,
...

03:54

People Spot Wild Kangaroo In Ocean Then Realize She's In Trouble "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A wild kangaroo hopping along the coast of Queensland, Australia, got a surprise. 

The kangaroo had been exploring just behind a seawall in the town of Sandgate on Thursday morning when suddenly there was less ground to hop on and less, and still less. 

The tide was rising and soon the little kangaroo was knee-deep in water. And then she was neck-deep. 

Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency

Thankfully, people spotted her. She was peeking over the wall, looking totally at a loss. 

"What's that Skippy?" Queensland Fire and Emergency Services wrote on Twitter. "The tides on the up and youre stuck behind Sandgates seawall, needing our crews to save the day?"

A couple firefighters teamed up with a policeman to help hoist the kangaroo up out of the water by her arms. 

Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency

Rescuers were sure to snap a few photos of their wild citizen in need as she hung out beside them, drying off on dry land. 

Credit: Queensland Fire & Emergency

This isn't the first time Australians have jumped at the chance to save their unique wildlife from trouble. In April, another kangaroo stuck in mud got a nice helping hand from a couple of teenagers who happened to be bicycling by.

Its a pretty patriotic thing to do,"  one of the teenagers ...

03:53

Lennox Head Community gets hands on "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The kids were enjoying the good weather and getting involved at the Lennox Head tree planting this year. Photo supplied.

Coinciding with World Environment Day the annual Lennox Head Community Tree Planting Day had around 150 people come along to plant trees on the Lennox headland.

This popular community event continues its goal of reinstating the Lennox headland back to the way it was in the 1880s and, through the planting of littoral rainforest species, creating a lasting natural legacy for generations to come. A large area has been planted since the events inception in 2003, but there is still a lot more work to be done, said Elise Ross from GeoLINK who organise the event with Ballina Shire Council.

Enjoying the good weather around 150 people got involved at the Lennox Head tree planting this year. Photo supplied.

Now in its 16th year around 90 children from from Lennox Head Public Schooland Xavier Catholic College joined in the planting of around 1,000 trees.

The kids were entertained with tree planting and presentations from Jali (Local Aboriginal Land Council) representative and Dr Robert Kooyman from Rainforest Rescue with a side show of a passing procession of whales, finished Elise.

The post...

03:48

Our World Cup star "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Star Ocean Grove junior Agnes Emma-Nnopu is off to the FIBA under 17 basketball World Cup.

Emma-Nnopu, 17, a former Bellarine Storm junior, was selected as part of a 12-player Australian roster to compete at junior basketballs pinnacle event in Minsk, Belarus from 21 to 29 July.

The selection adds another feat to an already impressive resume for Emma-Nnopu having won a gold medal at the Under 16 Asian championships with the national team, gold and bronze medals at the Australian under 18 championships with Victoria Country and earning a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in the past 18 months.

The former Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School student is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

When the Australian team was announced I was so excited and honoured, Emma-Nnopu told the Voice.

The trials leading up had been quite stressful as I was injured and the talent that was on the court was outstanding but to be able to be selected to go and represent my country at a world championships still leaves me speechless.

Emma-Nnopu returned to Geelong on Friday night to play for the Centre of Excellence against the Supercats.

It is a bit strange to come back to my home town and play against people I used to play with rather than for them, as these are some of the people Id say helped get me where I am today, she said.

But it is a great feeling being able to come back to where youre from and see those who got you where you are now.

Despite the distance between Canberra and Ocean Grove, Emma-Nnopu said life at the elite training academy was good.

I do miss ocean Grove and my family but I really love it in Canberra its so quiet and peaceful, she said.

Life at the AIS has been great so far, its such an elite environment that just motivates you to get better every day. The girls that I live with and train with are more than teammates, they are my family, we push each other hard at training but when it comes to it everyone is there for you.

Emma-Nnopu has high hopes of progressing further with her basketball career.

I just love the sport and would like to take it as far as possible, she said.

I am currently in Year 11 and after completing Year 12 I want to head to the States to play college basketball. After that I just want to keep implementing my name in the sport and hopefully one day have the chance to represent my country as an Opal.

 

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03:36

Forest destruction coming your way: Lismore public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Logging Dieback the Premiers Department does not want to see. Photo NEFA

Proposed changes to the NSW logging rules will remove protections for most threatened species, open up protected old-growth forest for logging, allow intensified logging, establish a clear-felling zone, and reduce buffers on headwater streams.

Tens of thousands of hectares of our precious public forests are already suffering from ecosystem collapse, being converted into seas of lantana overtopped by dead and dying trees. Their biodiversity and timber values are being destroyed, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

The dieback is so severe that five State Forests* around Woodenbong are considered impractical to manage for commercial purposes. There are many others similarly degraded.

We need to stop the Forestry Corporation from perpetuating their degradation and begin rehabilitating these valuable public assets before it is too late.

Get informed

The North East Forest Alliance, North Coast Environment Council and local groups have been hosting a series of public meetings to inform the community about the NSW and Commonwealth governments proposals to change the rules governing logging of public lands to remove protections.

With a new Regional Forest Agreement and Wood Supply Agreements the governments are intending to lock up our public forests for loggers for another 20 years, and they are proposing to slash environmental protections to increase logging volumes, Mr Pugh said.

This is the last chance that the community has to have a say in the management of our public forests for the next 20 years.

We have so far hosted successful public meetings at Port Macquarie, Bellingen, Kyogle, Murwillumbah, Nimbin and Coffs Harbour. On Thursday night in Coffs Harbour 100 people were shocked to hear what the NSW and Commonwealth governments have...

03:35

Our World Cup star "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Star Ocean Grove junior Agnes Emma-Nnopu is off to the FIBA under 17 basketball World Cup.

Emma-Nnopu, 17, a former Bellarine Storm junior, was selected as part of a 12-player Australian roster to compete at junior basketballs pinnacle event in Minsk, Belarus from 21 to 29 July.

The selection adds another feat to an already impressive resume for Emma-Nnopu having won a gold medal at the Under 16 Asian championships with the national team, gold and bronze medals at the Australian under 18 championships with Victoria Country and earning a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in the past 18 months.

The former Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School student is currently at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

When the Australian team was announced I was so excited and honoured, Emma-Nnopu told the Voice.

The trials leading up had been quite stressful as I was injured and the talent that was on the court was outstanding but to be able to be selected to go and represent my country at a world championships still leaves me speechless.

Emma-Nnopu returned to Geelong on Friday night to play for the Centre of Excellence against the Supercats.

It is a bit strange to come back to my home town and play against people I used to play with rather than for them, as these are some of the people Id say helped get me where I am today, she said.

But it is a great feeling being able to come back to where youre from and see those who got you where you are now.

Despite the distance between Canberra and Ocean Grove, Emma-Nnopu said life at the elite training academy was good.

I do miss ocean Grove and my family but I really love it in Canberra its so quiet and peaceful, she said.

Life at the AIS has been great so far, its such an elite environment that just motivates you to get better every day. The girls that I live with and train with are more than teammates, they are my family, we push each other hard at training but when it comes to it everyone is there for you.

Emma-Nnopu has high hopes of progressing further with her basketball career.

I just love the sport and would like to take it as far as possible, she said.

I am currently in Year 11 and after completing Year 12 I want to head to the States to play college basketball. After that I just want to keep implementing my name in the sport and hopefully one day have the chance to represent my country as an Opal.

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03:26

Local guest houses under threat from proposed short-term letting laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local guest houses could go the way of the dinosaur if the State Governments short-term holiday letting bill passes without amendment, guest house operators say.

The operators are meeting with local Greens MP Tamara Smith at the Cavanbah Centre this morning to talk about the proposed changes, which are expected to be debated in State Parliament next week.

The key element of the bill for the owners of local guest houses and other licensed accommodation providers is that property owners living locally or externally will be allowed to let their houses and apartments on Airbnb and other platforms with very few restrictions.

While Byron Council can apply for the power to limit property owners who live outside the Shire from letting their properties for more than 180 days a year, many expect this will have little or no practical impact on short-term holiday letting in the area.

Victoria McEwen, the spokesperson for the accommodation operators, said youth hostels, apartments and larger hotels would all be affected by the legislation, but that small to medium sized guesthouses that would be the worst hit.

If this Bill is passed we will almost certainly witness the extinction of some of these compliant operators within months because many cannot compete, said Mrs McEwen, who is a guesthouse owner/operator.

We pay significantly higher commercial rates, developer contributions for roads, fire safety and food safety audits, provide disability access, car parking contributions, not to mention the initial upfront costs to lodge a Development Application with Byron Shire Council which is in the tens of thousands of dollars, and often more.

Registered operators have spent many years complying with government and Council standards, and yet we are all competing against residential properties who dont have to meet any of these standards or have any of these extra costs.

The operators are calling on the government to allow regional councils to to restrict people renting out their houses or rooms to as little as 30 nights a year.

They are also calling on the State Government to require all accommodation providers, including Airbnb hosts, to obtain a Development Application.

At the moment, we have an unbalanced industry with a different rule book for different operators, Mrs McEwen said.

Tamara Smith said the Greens would be pushing for similar amendments to the legislation, with greater powers for councils to set a maximum letting day limit according to the needs of their community.

The one-size-fits-all approach ignores the unique challenges of short term holiday letting presents to certain communities like ours, she said.

This is another example of...

03:00

HIV Research Pioneer Professor David Cooper Remembered As Global Hero "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hundreds have gathered to remember immunologist Professor David Cooper as a pioneer and global hero in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Credited with diagnosing some of the first cases of HIV in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 in Sydney in March. Professor Cooper was appointed the inaugural director of the Kirby Institute ...

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02:04

The Superjesus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Superjesus

 

 

Twenty years on from their platinum-selling album Sumo hitting number two on the ARIA Chart (and with a few ARIA Awards in the trophy cabinet), The Superjesus are back with an anniversary edition of their celebrated 1998 debut, set for release on August 17. As well as seeing the original album reissued on vinyl, the CD edition of Sumo 20 th Anniversary features bonus material sourced from triple js Live At The Wireless archive, as well as a never before heard studio recording: a Superjesus cover of Kylie Minogues Confide In Me. Supported by Triple M and New World Artists, The Superjesus will be hitting the road with an EPIC stack of gig dates in the second half of 2018 fans had better get ready to get Down Again to the sounds of Adelaides finest 90s alternative rock band!

Initially known as Hells Kitchen, The Superjesus received national radio play with their debut 1996 EP Eight Step Rail and became a festival favourite at Big Day Out throughout the 90s. Inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2017, The Superjesus have much to celebrate and celebrate they will with this extra-special edition of Sumo. Reflecting on the life-changing record, frontwoman Sarah McLeod says, (When Sumo came out)everything went big time. It was terrifying and exciting all at once. We worked so hard on that album To be sitting here talking about it 20 years later, knowing that it was an important part of Australian music history and affected so many people
along the wayit feels like an incredible achievement. We had no blueprint of how we wanted to sound of course we had our influences, but it was the combination of those influences that made us become The Superjesus.

02:03

Self Defence. Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. "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 & 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
...

01:28

Shearwater students swarm Bitou Bush site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A group of 50 students from year 9 at Shearwater School cleared the last patch of Bitou Bush, at the Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare site at the south end of New Brighton Beach. Photo supplied.

Like grasshoppers, a group of 50 students from year 9, Shearwater School, swarmed into the last patch of Bitou Bush, at the Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare (BSCFL) site, south end of New Brighton Beach.

Geared up with gloves and loppers, they spent last Tuesday morning enthusiastically removing the plant from the dunes, leaving behind only chopped branches for mulch. BSCFL has been caring for this crownland under Byron Shire Council management since late 2016 when the group was invited to work on a little over a quarter hectare of dune that was densely covered by Bitou Bush, a weed of national significance.
We had a dead line for June 30 and we are so pleased it is done there was no need to spray, explained Nadia de Souza Pietramale, project coordinator, adding that the volunteers are committed to protect land from contamination by pesticides, a common tool used to control environmental weeds in all ecosystems, including sensitive wetlands and creek lines.  

Volunteers a the site were under pressure to finish the work by June 30, the date set by Rous County Council who enforce the Biosecurity Act. This act determines a containment zone in which all Bitou Bush must be removed north of Cape Byron to the Queensland border by the set date.

Ellen White, the project mentor, spoke with the students about the history of this coastal area, and explained how this plant became a problem after sandmining when it was used as a sand stabiliser on the dunes. Nadia also identified Bitou Bush and native plants for the students and showed them the simple crowning technique for the removal of the Bitou Bush. 

Thank you for chemical free bush regenerators Brigid Prain and Judy Patterson and Thiago Barbosa, from Syntropic farming, that came to assi...

01:20

New Programme Helps Skilled Migrants Obtain Appropriate Work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since the end of the second world war in 1945, about 7 million people from overseas have settled in Australia, around 18,000 of which are refugees. Many highly skilled workers struggle with language barriers and cultural differences, which can impede their ability to gain employment in their area of expertise. But one organisation has run

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01:01

Wilsons Creek residents opposing Telstra tower "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wilsons Creek Hall was brimming with the 70 strong crowd who came to find out about the proposed Telstra tower currently being considered for the valley. Photo Mike Stavro.

A crowd of over 70 concerned Wilson Creek residents packed the local hall on Wednesday night to hear about and form opposition to Telstras plans for a 35 meter microwave tower in the bottom of the valley located at the exchange.

Several residences will be located in close proximity to the tower and as such will be subjected to levels of microwave radiation scientifically proven to cause biological effects the meeting was told.

Geological stability of the site came into question as according to locals sink holes are known to appear in the road in front of the site after heavy rain.

Being an environmentally sensitive area the meeting heard from a recent report to UNESCO which detailed the decline and disappearance of birds, insects and animals in the vicinity of the Mt Nardi transmitters with the introduction of 3 and 4G.

Telstra has given no indication to residents that it has public liability insurance for damage or injury caused by electromagnetic radiation. The meeting was told that it is known insurers wont provide it.

A Development Application is currently on exhibition (DA 102018.233.1).

Residents have asked for and received  a two week extension to the exhibition period which now closes on July 4.

Many locals consider this to be one of the few habitable areas of the shire remaining for people to avoid microwave radiation, those present were urged to make strident opposition.

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01:00

LGBTIQ Rights Activist Arrested For Protest In Russia As World Cup Begins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

British LGBTIQ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been arrested and charged by Russian police after holding a one-man protest near the Kremlin during the FIFA World Cup. The 66-year-old attempted to hold a peaceful one-man protest to draw attention to human rights abuses reportedly committed against gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya. In ...

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00:46

Community groups say no to TPP-11 at Farrer Place, Sydney, 12.30 pm today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media release, Friday June 15, 2018:
 
Unions, aid and development groups, health, environment and other activists are protesting at Farrer Place today outside the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties public hearing on the controversial TPP-11 trade deal being held at 1 Bligh St Sydney.
 
This inquiry and a Senate Inquiry will report on the deal before Parliament considers the implementing legislation in September. The government lacks a majority in the Senate and these groups are calling on the ALP, Greens, Centre Alliance and other cross-benchers to block the implementing legislation.
 
AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said: The TPP-11 without the US is still a bad deal because it would increase corporate rights at the expense of peoples rights. It still includes special rights for global companies to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over health, environmental and industrial laws. 
 
Andrew Dettmer, National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said: The TPP-11 is bad for workers because it has very weak commitments to labour rights that are not enforceable and does not even ban the products of child and slave labour. It would allow more temporary migrant workers who are vulnerable to exploitation, without first testing whether local workers are available.
 
Lucy Manne, Head of Campaigns, Action Aid Australia said: In low income countries, the TPP-11 would put pressure on sectors like the garment industry that are dominated by women, meaning that women could face lower wages and an erosion of their rights at work. The deal could also drive the privatisation of services, like healthcare and education, that are essential for achieving gender equality.
 
Michael Whaites, Lead Organiser, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association said: The TPP-11 is bad for health services because it entrenches medicine monopolies and delays the availability of cheaper medicines. It also restricts future governments from introducing new regulation to address changing health needs and from reversing failed privatisations, like hospital privatisations. 
 
Jonathan Moylan, Greenpeace Australia P...

00:01

Kingscliffs Lions Park is set for a makeover "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The refurbishment plans for Lions Park, Kingscliff. Image supplied.

The Kingscliffs Lions Park is set for a makeover, to improve the functionality of the park while also improving accessibility and recreation facilities for residents and visitors.

The park the foreshore area immediately south of the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club is a much-loved gathering space for many. The refurbishment is designed to complement its current use around markets, surf events and community get-togethers.

Unfortunately, two of the old Norfolk Pines in the park are in a state of serious decline resulting from previous root and trunk damage and will need to be removed.

There is no likelihood of the trees recovering and they are presenting a risk of failure and possible injury, said Councils manager of recreation services, Stewart Brawley.

These trees were originally planted by the Lions Club in the 1960s, and at the Lions Clubs request, they will be replaced with the same species.

The work is the next component of the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation Project (KFRP), which included the establishment of Rowan Robinson Park, a seawall to protect from erosion and a major upgrade of the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.

The old shelters will be replaced in a central location allowing for a larger, clear open space to accommodate these activities, with a second family barbeque facility installed at the southern end of the park.

The plan was completed in consultation with the main park stakeholders/users the surf club, the market operators and the Kingscliff Lions Club and also Councils Community Development Office Ageing and Disability.

While we would like to complete the full scope of works in the draft plan in one go, the extent of w...

00:00

June 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1795 -  Captain William Paterson tattled to the Home Office in London that there were now 400 settlers, with their families, on land extending 30 miles along both banks of the Hawkesbury River

1795 - Collins referred to the hostilities at the Hawkesbury as an open war between the settlers and the Darug, who carried off the ripe corn in blankets and nets. William Rowe and his son were killed at Richmond Hill. Within a few weeks five people have been killed and several wounded, Colonel Paterson advises London.
Paterson, who had led expeditions against the Hottentots at the Cape of Good Hope, despatched 60 New South Wales Corps troops from Parramatta to the Hawkesbury River. They were ordered to destroy as many as they could meet of the wood tribe (Be-dia-gal); and in the hope of striking terror, to erect gibbets in different places, whereon the bodies of all they might kill were to be hung.
In Sydney, Pemulwuy, or some of his party wounded a convict near the Brickfield Village huts.

1798 - The Norfolk, a sloop built on Norfolk Island, arrived at Port Jackson.
This may not excite you but the convicts were simply overjoyed!

1804 - The Sullivan Cove settlement wasn't happy with it's title so it changed into something more comfortable, Hobart Town.

1821 - Alexander McDonald of the Field of Mars received permission to cut 10,000 feet of cedar and employ David Anderson, William Davis, free, James Perry, T of L, and William Clarke, prisoner.

1838 - Bryant Flannigan was hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Nagle, "Big Mary" Nagle and Patrick Riley at Bunbejong, near Mudgee.

1838 - Daniel Maloney was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Mahoney at Hassan's Walls.

1838 - Dennis Haberlin (Haverden) was hanged at Sydney for robbery at the house of John and Sarah Rawles and the attempted rape of Sarah Rawles, at Woodford Bay, Longueville.

1838 - Thomas Ribbands was hanged at Sydney for putting in fear and burglary from the house of Ann Jones, at Taree. Ann's husband John had been stabbed to death by one of their servants, Edward Tufts, earlier that year.

1839 - NSW was getting too big for it's boots so it pushed the boundaries out to include "portions of NZ that The Crown might acquire". So shove over and give us room to stick our aching feet in your hot springs.

1843 - The first elections for the NSW Legislative Council were held.

1845 - The Mitchell River, in QLD discovered explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

1862 - 150 years ago saw the largest gold robbery in Oz history when that gang of naughty lads Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert and Dan Charters held up the Lachlan Gold Escort at Eugowra Rocks.

1874 - Brisvegas's first 'permanent'...

Thursday, 14 June

23:04

Womens football takes off in Nyora "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Members of Nyoras first ever womens footy team, pictured with Trent from the teams major sponsor TSM Plumbing, were presented with their guernseys last week.

IF youve never considered playing womens footy, now might be the perfect time to start.
Nyora Football Club is seeking more players for its first ever womens team, which is off to a very successful start in AFL Gippslands Womens Development League of seven teams.
With three wins and one loss four rounds into the season, Nyoras side is performing well, and Nyora Football Netball Club president Gavin Doig says current numbers are looking good.
But he says the club is determined to do as much as it can to encourage participation and develop womens footy in the region.
Were averaging 20 to 24 women, whereas some of the other teams are only getting around 15, so weve got pretty good numbers. But we dont want to rest on our laurels. We want more and more people to come and enjoy it. Wed like to develop it and really champion womens footy within our region, Gavin said.
Theres much to be gained from being part of the team, says Gavin, even beyond the obvious health and fitness benefits.
Its also about community and comradery: getting together with like-minded women and playing a sport thats traditionally been male-dominated.
Theres a really good feeling and a positivity among the players that comes from doing something unique and brand new. Not all clubs are celebrating that but I think its important that we do.
Gavin says any women who want to try playing footy but dont know where or how to start should come down to a training session at Nyora and see what its all about.
The more the merrier. Well welcome anyone. You dont need experience. Thats the beauty of it. You dont need to have ever played before. We have some women in the team whove been playing for 10 years and others whove never played before.
You can be any shape or size. Theres a role for everyone. And theres no pressure on having to perform. As a club, were just happy if people are enjoying it and having a go.
If youre interested in trying out womens footy, contact Nyoras womens coach Brett Kelly on 0447 802 700.

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23:00

Tweed Shire Council recognised for its leadership "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Receiving the Highly Commended award at the recent 2018 Local Government Excellence Awards from the General Manager of Tamworth Regional Council, Paul Bennett (right) were Tweed Shire Councils Director Engineering, David Oxenham (left) and General Manager, Troy Green. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council has been recognised for its leadership in responding to the 2017 March flood event at the 2018 Local Government Excellence Awards in Sydney.

Recognising the leadership role that Tweed Shire Council played in responding to the 2017 March flood event, ex-Cyclone Debbie, they have been awarded a Highly Commended award in the Special Project category.

Recognising the leadership role of Tweed Councils Councils Critical Incident Response Group in responding to the 2017 March flood event, Ex-Cyclone Debbie, they have been awarded a Highly Commended award in the Special Project category.

In the Highly Commended award in the Special Project category (population 60,000 and above) they were up against 16 other council projects from across the state.

Tweed Shire Councils leadership in responding to the immediate flooding, the clean-up, repairing the damage left in Debbies wake and preparing for future events has been well-planned, executed and innovative, said one of the judges.

Many of the initiatives and learning arising out of the Tweed emergency could be implemented by other local government authorities in emergency situations.

The Critical Incident Response Group managed the emergency response for Council, implemented business continuity plans for the inundated main depot staff and provided numerous additional services to support community residents and businesses at a time when many felt overwhelmed. The group itself operated from two offices, in Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah, using video conferencing technology, which was essential for a number of days as many roads were cut by floodwaters or impassable due to damage.

...

22:44

How Singapore, Astana and St. Petersburg view a new world order "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about. The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney. Diesen, a Norwegian who studied in Holland and teaches in Australia, is the author of a must-read book, Russia's Geoeconomic Strategy for a Greater Eurasia, in which he analyzes in excruciating detail how Moscow is planning "to manage the continent from the heartland by enhancing collective autonomy and influence, and thus evict US hegemony directed from the periphery." In parallel, as Diesen argues, Moscow aims "to ensure the sustainability of an integrated Eurasia by establishing a balance of power or 'balance of dependence' to prevent the continent from being dominated by one power, with China being the most plausible candidate." In a nutshell; this New Great Game installment revolves around "Russia's strategy to enhance its bargaining power with the West by pivoting to the East."

21:40

11 great stops Barcelona hop on hop off bus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barcelona is a big city with many attractions to visit. The Barcelona hop on hop off bus is an amazing way to see the city. Hop on hop off Barcelona bus tickets can be purchased when boarding the bus. You will receive a Barcelona Tourist Map. The Barcelona tourist map will help you plan the best stops for the day. You cant miss the Barcelona city tour bus as they are red in colour.

You may even see some things to do in Barcelona at night.  The hop on hop off Barcelona bus gives you the choice of two great routes.  The East/Green Route and West/Orange Route. These two routes cover the main highlights of the city. The Barcelona bus turistic as its known in Spanish has over 35 stops. This allows you easy access to most Barcelona attractions. There are many things to do in Barcelona with a family. Travelling on the bus makes it easier than using Barcelona public transport.

 

Highlights of the Barcelona hop on hop off bus.

Barcelonetta:

Barcelonetta is an amazing area that was reshaped for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the beach. The beach area of Barcelonetta is characterized by the bay like swimming areas that have been developed and kilometres of white sand. A wide boulevard for walking and bike riding allows you to stroll along the Mediterranean coast enjoying the Barcelona sunshine. For many, the sun and beach are big Barcelona attractions. The Barcelona Bus Turistic stops at the beach for you.

Passeig Colomb:

statue of Columbus in Barcelona

 

This stop on the Barcelona hop on hop off bus is located at the port end of The famous La Rambla. From here you will see the statue of Christopher Columbus with him pointing to the new world. Spain and Columbus were instrumental in discovering new world lands ( for those touring Spain, Seville Cathedral contains the Columbus Tomb). This stop allows you access to the port where you can take a cruise and see the sights of Barcelona from the water.

You can also visit Maritime Museum...

20:07

Eastwood St Andrews celebrates the beautiful game and its 60th anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN EASTWOOD football club conceived in 1958 in the middle of the Indian Ocean is celebrating its 60th Anniversary on Saturday. St Andrews was the [more]

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19:55

Back to Eastwood Day for Eastwood St Andrews AFC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 16th June is the annual Back to Eastwood Day for local soccer club Eastwood St Andrews AFC. The club invites all past and present [more]

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19:47

MACKAY Ballistic knife and haul of ice allegedly uncovered "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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19:32

Australian High Court rules man can sue Google for defamation over search results "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Australian man who alleges Google defamed him on Wednesday won a court battle to sue the search engine giant. Milorad "Michael" Trkulja was shot in the back in 2004 in a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city. The Australian High Court unanimously ruled in favor of Trkulja, supporting his allegation that a Google search of his name could indicate to an ordinary person he was "somehow associated with the Melbourne criminal underworld." Trkulja had successfully argued in the Victoria state Supreme Court in 2012 that Google defamed him by publishing photos of him linked to hardened criminals of Melbourne's underworld.

19:05

The Kurilpa Poetry Cup, Sunday 24th June, featuring JDUB & Jeff Usher "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The KURILPA POETS present THE KURILPA POETRY CUP Sunday, June 24th, 2pm The Croquet Club, 91 Cordelia Street * and also appearing FEATURE POET JDUB & Musical Blues legend JEFF USHER Unsuspected Artist Philip Guston And so the esteemed, if Continue reading

18:58

JBs World: Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres Battlefields commemorations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ONE HUNDRED YEARS on and Villers-Bretonneux in France and Ypres in Belgium still remember and honour the Aussies who served and the many who died in [more]

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18:00

Qantas Los Angeles to Melbourne flight sent into 10-second nosedive due to vortex caused by another aircraft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Passengers have described the terrifying moment a vortex sent their Qantas flight into a 10-second "nosedive." Hundreds of horrified travelers held hands believing they were about to die as the aircraft suddenly dropped over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. The dramatic ordeal afflicting passengers on the QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne is understood to have been caused by the vortex, or "wake turbulence" caused by another aircraft which took off just two minutes earlier. QF94 passenger Janelle Wilson told The Australian the "three-quarters-full" plane suddenly entered a "free fall nosedive ... a direct decline towards the ocean" for about 10 seconds. "It was between 1 and two hours after we left LA and all of a sudden the plane went through a violent turbulence and then completely up-ended and we were nosediving," Wilson told the newspaper yesterday.

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