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Monday, 19 February


Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands


MACKAY Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license

February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

A repeat drink driver has been spared his licence in a shock decision in a Queensland Court. Welfare recipient Gavin Keith Stephens kept his licence despite being caught drink driving in the Mackay Magistrates Court. Magistrate Damian Dwyer was concerned he would never be able to get another job

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So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...


Former treasurer Joe Hockey seeks Chinese buyer for his $8m Hunters Hill mansion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

JOE Hockey is trying to flog a Hunters Hill mansion to Chinese buyers in an ironic twist for the federal treasurer who crusaded against foreigners entering our housing market.

The Australian ambassador to the US once even referred a neighbour to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hockey and his investment banker wife Melissa Babbage have listed the $8 million Te Roma federation house on the Chinese website myfun, which showcases prestige Australian listings in Mandarin.

The 40 million offering provides contact details in China to take buyer queries on the historic 1905 home before a March 1 deadline.

Questions put to Mr Hockeys office at the Washington embassy went unanswered yesterday. The former treasurer, like other prestige Sydney sellers, may find it hard to score a great price as the market has cooled, with local buyers facing reduced competition from foreigners.

The slowdown across most markets was largely caused by tightened regulatory measures and higher taxes on foreigners established during his reign as federal treasurer.



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Salsa Dance Night! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We are very excited to invite everyone to come along to our first Salsa Dance Night. 

The weather forecast is looking promising for an evening of outside dancing. 

All families welcome, prizes for best dressed, delicious food available to purchase and one of the best salsa bands in Melbourne is playing live. 

All dance moves taught on the night by the incredible Carlos.

It's going to be wonderful.


Rainbow Music Group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Im so pleased to let you know that the second Rainbow Music Group is now going ahead! It will start this Saturday 24th February.

Here is the link for re-booking for the rest of the term:

The Playgroup runs from 10-11am and then your music session is 11 12.

Please share around your networks as we still have a few places available.


Liz Round.


International Women's Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to participate in a free community event for International Womens Day on March 8. Please see the flyer below for information.

The evening will include activities and discussions on themes that will help us all, as one community proudly diverse, to make local advances on the international theme of Press for Progress. Please come and add your voice, connect with others and enjoy celebrating with your community.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Books 2, 3 and 4 (Eldest, Eragon and Inheritance)  of Christopher Paolini's dragon series. 

Excellent condition hardbacks. 

$10 for the lot.

0405 180 639


Community Houses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello Neighbours,

Were looking for your ideas to upgrade the outdoor space at East Coburg Neighbourhood House.

Please spare 1 minute to complete the survey!
Thank you



Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Free if you can use em!

Can anyone use any of these? Cubby house maybe..? 

Sash windows, no frame, ropes broken.

Aluminium fly screens (fit half window in the red brick houses), one has small tear.



How to get to Sintra from Lisbon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A trip to Sintra is often a highlight of any trip to Lisbon Portugal. Sintra lies just outside of the urban area of the Portuguese capital. Sintra is in the centre of the Sintra Mountains with the Sintra mountains running for 16km from the town of Sintra to Cabo da Roca on the Atlantic Ocean. Sintra today is known for its Castles, Palaces and gardens.

A site as amazing as Sintra is a major tourist centre. Tourist, travellers and day-trippers come in droves each day from the capital Lisbon. Sintra was popular with the Royals and rich families over the years.  This left the landscape with many Royal retreats, estates, castles and other buildings. These include the medieval Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace.

Sintra is today protected by UNESCO as a cultural landscape. Sintra is described by UNESCO as such:

In the 19th century Sintra Portugal became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.

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So lets find out the options on how to get to Sintra from Lisbon.

Lisbon to Sintra Train:

The Lisbon Sintra train runs hourly from Rossio station in downtown Lisbon. The Rossio Lisbon station is a sight in itself. An amazing looking station opened in the 18th century and located just off Rossio square. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket booths or the automatic machines.

  • The Lisbon to Sintra train runs from 6 am till 1 am 19 hours of every day
  • During peak times the Lisbon to Sintra train runs every 10 minutes
  • Departure times vary from every 10 minutes, every 20 minutes and eve...


MACKAY Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft

February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

three counts of fraud dishonestly gain benefit/advantage, possess utensils or pipes and driving of motor vehicle without a drivers licence, licence suspended under s 79B. He appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on March 12.

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Multiple charges, Moranbah

February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Police have opposed the male persons bail and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. Detectives are continuing to investigate a number of offences of copper theft that have occurred in Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah. If anyone has any information they can contact Crime

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W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne City have claimed a third-straight Westfield W-League title, defeating Sydney FC 2-0 in the 2018 Grand Final on the weekend at Allianz Stadium. Both [more]

The post W-League Title Eludes Sky Blues Again! appeared first on The Weekly Times.


1) Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Education is often out of reach for Papuan families
1) Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat
4:56 pm today 


Planning Panels are a rort "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Hunters Hill Council is absolutely right to be concerned by the Liberal State Governments law that deprives local government of any significant decision-making power for development applications (TWT page 7 January 31, [more]

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Byron Bay Surf Festival Artshow returns to Lone Goat Gallery for 2018 with a trio of highly influential artists with wildly individual histories spanning avant-garde surfing, DIY culture, activism, collaborative murals and hardcore & garage punk music.

OPENING 5.30 PM 7.30 PM Friday 23 February
Special Surf Festival Opening Hours:
Open 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February

Gumbaynggirr Bundjalung man Otis Carey is equally renowned for his unorthodox approach to high performance surfing as he is for visual art.

Otis infuses his own traditional indigenous culture with contemporary Australian surf. I paint contemporary indigenous art, Otis says. The way I can best explain it is, its a broken-down form of traditional symbols and stories that arent giving all of it away but just enough for people to understand.

Based in Austin Texas, Tim Kerr became involved musically and artistically with the early stages of the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk/hardcore/self-expression movement in the 1970s.

The idea that anyone could, and should participate in self-expression is key to Tims approach to music and visual art. He was a founding member of influential bands The Big Boys, Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose, Lord High Fixers and Monkeywrench that have made recordings for record labels Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy for The Record Industry, In The Red, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars. Tim has also produced and recorded bands for all the labels above, both in the US an...


Any day but January 26 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, Change the date. I write that as an Anglo-Celt Aussie. January 26 was the beginning of a story of a quite brutal dispossession [more]

The post Any day but January 26 appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Olympian Gus Kenworthy Kissed His Boyfriend And People Are Loving It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The moment US skier Gus Kenworthy kissed his partner Matthew Wilkas on live TV before he competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has gone viral. The kiss was screened live on US television and a screenshot the 26-year-old athlete uploaded to his Twitter account has been liked more than 50,000 times. I didnt even know ...

The post Olympian Gus Kenworthy Kissed His Boyfriend And People Are Loving It appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Would You Pay This Much For A Meet & Greet With Kylie Minogue? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kylie Minogue is launching her upcoming new album Golden with shows at intimate venues across the UK and Europe next month. But fans eager to attend the singers London concert at the exclusive Cafe De Paris nightclub were left fuming at the price for a coveted Meet & Greet ticket to the show, which included ...

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Courthouse from Courthiuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Darlinghurst criminal courts from outside the Courthouse hotel on Taylor Square, Darlinghurst 

I want to put a few figures in this one, ghosts of Gilligan's Island


I started this a while ago and got back onto it today, but I only painted the sky and a bit more before the rain came and drove me away.


Libby vs Requin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Requin are a four piece act from Brisbane.  They have released only two songs, one six months ago, and one a few days ago. We talked with guitarist/vocalist Fionn and multi instrumentalist Keely. Keely kicked off our discussion by sharing how it had all started.

Play Libby vs Requin


Tree of Hope aids animals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Editor, On behalf of The Petbarn Foundation, Greencross Vets, City Farmers, Petbarn Gladesville and Petbarn West Ryde, I would like to express my sincere [more]

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Zero G - 19 February 2018 Episode 1172 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1172

Title: I PANTHER ABAMINYAM Podcast Title: Black Podther

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Black Panther Special!


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

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

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


Filling up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cranewatch redux

I've done lots and lots and lots and LOTS of posts about the statistics behind Brisbane's apartment building boom.

When all's said and done Brisbane construction and apartment pre-sales are slowing up, while population growth into Brisbane is picking up strongly.

All that remains to be seen is how quickly or otherwise the new supply is absorbed. 

Here's a short blog with no statistics at all, just some photos from a major construction hotspot: Newstead. 

What was previously a great big planning hole, is now home to apartments, a supermarket, shopping centre, bars, and restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the Teneriffe ferry terminal, and a very short distance of the Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane. 

I go to Newstead for a coffee most mornings these days - there's quite a bit going on around the gasworks area, not least in terms of cranes and construction! 

While other cities already have many attached dwellings, this style and scale of development is relatively new for Brisbane, and is resulting in a record uplift to apartment stock. 

There is still a fair amount of construction work ongoing, although the bulk of the new volume is either now completed or close to being completed. 

The large tower block in the centre of shot - Haven Apartments - only completed in October, so there are still plenty of rentals available here.  



Flood of road repairs in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Manns Road at Rowlands Creek Road was closed owing to this massive landslip during the March 2017 flooding. Photo Will Matthews

Almost a year after the catastrophic March 2017 floods, Tweed Shire Council has finally awarded the first bundle of major-sized flood repair road packages and the last of its minor to medium-sized repair packages to the value of about $1.9 million.

Design and construction of repairs at major slips on Clothiers Creek Road, Nunderi; two sites on Kyogle Road, Kunghur; two sites on Urliup Road, Urliup; and one on on Numinbah Road, Numinbah, will be undertaken by Australian Marine and Civil Pty Ltd.

All works require slope stabilisation repairs using soil nail or other anchor technology and have been grouped based on type of work to maximise gearing-up efficiencies.

Works will also include repairs to damaged items such as guardrails, road surfaces and stormwater drainage.

Clothiers Creek Road is the priority site for this bundle but detailed design work will take about two months before on-the-ground repairs can start. So far, geotechnical investigations have been completed, options analysed, concepts prepared and Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) funds secured.

Medium size repairs

The fourth and final contract for minor to medium-sized repairs was awarded to Coastal Works.

This package of work has been mostly bundled according to location to maximise travel efficiencies. This package comprises repairs on 26 roads in Back Creek, Mebbin, Mount Burrell, Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon, Burringbar, Brays Creek, Kunghur Creek, Fernside, Tyalgum, Limpinwood, Rowlands Creek, Uki, Numinbah, Cudgera Creek and Upper Crystal Creek. It involves replacing more than 65 damaged items and is worth about $1.13 million.

Coastal Works is expected to mobilise within weeks to begin repairs.

More major road repair contracts are expected to be awarded at next months Tweed Shire Council meeting, including Cudgera Creek Road, Cudgera.

Tweed Valley Way nearly complete

Meanwhile, work to permanently repair the catastrophic failure of Tweed Valley Way at Blacks Drain, South Murwillumbah, is nearing completion.

The contractor, Skeen Constructions Pty Ltd, has advised Council to expect that....


COVER UP! The dark past of disgraced Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in The Valley of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]


Revisit The Birth of Sydney Mardi Gras In TV Movie Riot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The ABCs long-awaited LGBTIQ rights telemovie Riot will screen this weekend, as the historic 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations continue. The movie follows key figures who were part of Sydneys first gay rights activist group CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on June 24, 1978 that would ...

The post Revisit The Birth of Sydney Mardi Gras In TV Movie Riot appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Thando on Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne-based musician Thando is making her way to Western Australia at the end of the month in celebration of her latest single Numb featuring Remi.

She jumped on the phone with Caitlin Nienaber on Breakfast to talk about chance collaborations, musical theatre and the importance of representation.

Play Thando Interview


How To Come Out Of Your Shell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great ...

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$195 for "An evening with Hillary" Clinton in Sydney. Want more? Pay more..................... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...


Defending Turnbulls bonk ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday I was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to write an opinion piece on the PMs bonk ban  in it I argue the new requirement reflects modern workplace standards and the communitys expectations.     Dont forget you can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to []


The Grapevine - 19 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Dr Sarah Hayes Research Fellow in Archaeology and History at La Trobe University about the history of prostitution in 19th century Melbourne.

Then, author and humanitarian aid expert, Dennis Dragovic, comes onto the show to discuss his new book No Dancing, No Dancing: Inside the Global Humanitarian Crisis.

Finally, former Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs returns with Sally Rippin for the Reading Room.



MACKAY Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute

February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

But there was no proof the people McCann attacked had anything to do with the car theft or subsequent crash, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday. McCann, 43, appeared in the court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of common assault. Magistrate Mark Nolan was provided

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Jacinda Ardern First New Zealand PM To March In Auckland Pride Parade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become the countrys first leader to march in the annual Auckland Pride parade. Ardern (pictured, centre) cut a rainbow ribbon to officially open the event on Saturday, which reportedly attracted a crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 people. She said she had participated in the parade numerous times ...

The post Jacinda Ardern First New Zealand PM To March In Auckland Pride Parade appeared first on QNews Magazine.


See (hear) CC:Disco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbournes very own CC:Disco has teamed up with label legends Soothsayer to bring a collection of new music from emerging and underground artists across boogie, balearic, funk, disco and house. Talking about her passions of community radio and getting Australian artists out there in the international music sphere. CC:Disco Firstlight compilations.

Play Vishnu x CC Disco 16.02.18



Anthony Mundine Says His Anti-Gay Rant Was Taken Out Of Context "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Boxer Anthony Mundine has claimed his anti-gay rant after leaving reality TV series Im a CelebrityGet Me Out Of Here was taken out of context. Mundine was filmed saying he believed capital punishment would deter the problem of homosexuality, which he said should be kept behind closed doors, how it used to be. If we were ...

The post Anthony Mundine Says His Anti-Gay Rant Was Taken Out Of Context appeared first on QNews Magazine.


ANZ Unveils Its New GAYTMs For Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ANZ Bank have unveiled a new batch of GAYTMs to mark this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Each year the bank transforms several ATM machines in or around Sydneys CBD into elaborate works of art to celebrate Mardi Gras, with a different theme each year. This years GAYTMs are covered in light reflecting ...

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The Mt Wellington/ kunanyi cable car and the Tasmanian election "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With a state election happening in Tasmania on March 3, the Liberal government quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called. Plans to build a cable car up Mt Wellington/ kunanyi are being resisted by many in the Tasmania community.

Residents group opposed to the cable car (Respect the Mountain. No Cablecar) have put out a call for people to contact the ALP, to encourage the party to clarify their position on the cable car. They are also calling on people to lobby the brewery CUB, which has land at the base of the mountain, and who has been approached by the developer to be involved in the project.

Respect the Mountain says:

Right now we need you to join with more than 2000 others and sign the petition to the owners of Cascade Brewery urging them to not support the desecration of the organ pipes.

We also ask that you contact the Tasmanian Labor Party leader Rebecca White on (03) 6212 2225 and ask her to clarify if Labor support the desecration of the organ pipes.


Tweed Council gives rail trail go-ahead despite some concerns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Murwillumbah Station will soon be the starting point for the North Coast Rail trail after Tweed Shire Council voted to go ahead with the project. Photo Flickr/RailWA

At its meeting last week, Tweed Shire Council resolved to accept the offer of $6.5 million in federal grant funding to construct the 24-kilometre long Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek section of the rail trail project.

But a council spokesperson said a number of safeguards had been put in place to ensure the rail corridor remains.

The council will also explore whether it is economically viable to build the trail beside the existing track and whether additional opportunities such as driverless electric carts could be used to make the trail more palatable to staunch train enthusiasts, who have campaigned for more than a decade for the return of rail services.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said she was very pleased that we will be getting an opportunity to go to the market to also see if the trail could be built next to the track.

There would obviously be a greater range of opportunities for transport and tourism if we could utilise both the track and an adjacent trail, she said.

The council also resolved to seek an annual contribution from the state government to fund operations and maintenance of the regional tourism facility and is proposing a Trust be established to oversee governance and management of the trail, which could eventually extend all the way to Casino.

The resolution also included the following wording about safeguards:

To ensure that appropriate legislation is in place that would:

  1. Maintain the corridor in public ownership in perpetuity for exclusive use as a rail Ttrail, for the return of rail or public transport
  2. Allow under lease or license to the Trust uses complementary to the success of the rail trail (for example rail carriages used on parts of the disused line that would add character and services to the rail trail such as a coffee cart, art and craft, bike hire, accommodation, etc)  and that income derived from these be quarantined for maintenance of the rail trail, corridor and associated infrastructure (former stations).
  3. Require an Act of Parliament as oppose...


female Mandarin Duck (assumed escape) at Brisbane River, between Aranui St and Esplanade, Yeronga reported by Rob Elvish and M Hurwood on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]


Golfers to take a swing at raising cash for cancer charity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jodie McRae, the founder of cancer charity Jodies Inspiration. (Facebook)

A Lismore cancer charity that has raised close to $160,000 since its inception will be kicking off its fundraising efforts this year with its third annual charity golf day next Sunday.

More than 200 golfers will drive Jodies Inspiration Ltd into its 2018 fundraising season at the Lismore Workers Club.

The charity was founded by Lismore woman Jodie McRae, who passed away from breast cancer in 2016.

It has continued to raise funds for the cancer care centre at the Lismore Base Hospital, and last year secured $84,000.00 worth of scalp cooling machines for the centre.

The annual golf day event will see over 200 players take to the pristine Lismore course as they compete in a four-player ambrose. The two shotgun starts will occur at 7.00am and 12.30pm.

Players will be treated to a complementary BBQ and will be able to participate in various on-course fundraisers, such as a hole in one competition on the par three 8th hole, a longest drive for both male and female players on the 9th hole, plus a buy a birdie putting competition on the 13th hole.

Organisers have thanked the generous support of sponsors, particularly major sponsor the Lismore Workers Club.

Players on the day will walk away with over $5,000.00 worth of prizes, ranging from new golf bags, shoes, complementary rounds of golf at some of the best courses on the Gold Coast and much more.

Holes on the course have been sponsored by generous local businesses, with money donated going directly towards supporting the work of Jodies Inspiration in the area of local palliative care services.

Charity chairman Jess Smith said the golf day was shaping up to be another wonderful community fundraising event.

We will be launching our 2018 Major Raffle at this weekends golf event and yet again we have some wonderful prizes to give away this year.

First prize is an Australian built 7 x 4 on road camper trailer suitable for four persons, donated by WOW Campers & Trailers Superstore. The second prize is a 4 Night P&O Cruise on the Pacific Aria departing Brisbane on 17 May 2019, visiting Hamilton Island.

The lucky winner of our third prize will take home a CHiQ 70 LED HD U70G8 Smart Television. Collectively over $12,000.00 worth of prizes will be won in this years Major Raffle.



Byron lookout reclaimed by community activists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The sign proclaiming the lookout reclaimed for the community. Photo supplied

Iconic Scarrabelottis Lookout on Coolamon Scenic Drive has been reclaimed by community activists after Byron Shire Council placed a number of boulders at the site recently.

The boulders placed at the Scarrabelottis Lookout site by Byron Shire Council. Photo supplied

According to the council, the rocks had been placed there to control ongoing illegal camping at the site.

A spokesperson for the group, Chris Turnbull, contacted Echonetdaily with a statement and photos of new signage and rehomed rocks at the site, following a community action there last week.

We have reclaimed Scarrabelottis Lookout. Any attempt from the council to intervene will be met with prosecution of the ranger and the general manager, the statement said.

The rocks that were placed have been moved, for many reasons, safety being the paramount reason, illegal behavior by the ranger and the general manager also a paramount reason, it continued.

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Adani protest film to be shown in Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A documentary highlighting the power and passion of those taking action agains the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland will be shown in Nimbin on Thursday.

The film, #StopAdani: A Mighty Force, will be shown at the Birth & Beyond building at 54 Cullen Street at 6.30pm, and will be followed by pictures and stories from members of the Front Line Action Against Coal group.

The free event will be one of dozens simultaneous screenings in communities around Australia.

Organisers said the film shows a young Aboriginal woman standing up for her country; A Melbourne Rabbi putting pressure on his MP; Sydney volunteers calling voters during an election, and a Queensland farmer leading a massive protest.

The #StopAdani campaigns first documentary, Guarding the Galilee, screened over 400 times to around 10,000 people across Australia, bringing communities together to build a movement that now has well over one hundred active groups across the country.

Organisers said the combined membership of these groups and the organisations of the Stop Adani Alliance well and truly tops two million Australians.

In 2017, the movement pushed Australian and Chinese banks to say no to funding the mine, pressured the Queensland government to veto the $1 billion loan, and saw engineering firm Downer break $2 billion in ties with Adani, they said.

So far in 2018, rail operator Aurizon have withdrawn their application for taxpayer funds to build Adanis railway.

Yet with Adani having sunk billions into their QLD mine, and ongoing political support for the project, Adani arent just going to walk away. The fight to stop Adani is not over, but as Juru Traditional elder Carol Prior says in the film, Adani are dealing with a mighty force, and the more it grows, the harder well be to beat.

Alan Roberts whos back from two trips up north and will be showing pictures of the proposed Adani mine site, said the documentary  was inspirational.

This Mighty Force is encapsulated by the character, humanity, determination and selflessness of the people turning up on the front line and implementing the direct actions against Adanis operations. They come from all around Australia. Youll see just a few of them in my pictures,&#821...


Liberal Federal MP Warren Entsch urges Queensland Govt to promote renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hope for regions energy options
Federal MP Warren Entsch has urged the state government to open up the Far North to alternative energy retailers after the countrys biggest solar and storage project was connected to the grid north of Cairns. .. (subscribers only)


Police discover cannabis plantation at Wadeville "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the cannabis plants police allegedly seized from a Jiggi property on Friday, February 16. Photo NSW Police

Two 24-year-olds have been charged with cultivating cannabis after almost running into a police vehicle on an isolated track at Wadeville on Sunday.

Nimbin police allege they were driving along the track when a 4WD drove straight at them, forcing the police to reverse to avoid a collision.

The police then blocked the vehicle and apprehended the two occupants a 24-year-old Queensland man and a 24-year-old Wadeville man.

Police searched the 4WD and located freshly cut cannabis.

The 4WD tracks were followed for a short distance and police located 50 mature cannabis plants, some over three metres tall.

Police also located a well established watering system with weed sprayers, a petrol water pump and irrigation piping throughout the site together with fertilizer, water containers and buckets.

The Wadeville man was charged with Use Offensive Weapon to Prevent Lawful Detention, Cultivate Cannabis Greater than Indictable Quantity and Possess Prohibited Drug.

The Queensland man was charged with Cultivate Cannabis Greater than Indictable Quantity. Both were released on conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court in March.

14 plants discovered

Meanwhile, in Casino on Sunday, police made an easy arrest after being called to a a minor domestic incident at a Casino address between a man and a woman.

While speaking to the couple the man casually mentioned there were 14 cannabis plants growing in the back yard.

Permission was given to enter the back yard where police saw 14 cannabis plants growing. The woman then handed police a bag of cannabis and a bong.

The man and woman were both issued Future Court Attendance Notices for Cultivate Prohibited Drug and Possess Prohibited Drug. They will appear in Casino Local Court in April.


On the return journey? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

White-browed Woodswallows have been conspicuous by their absence all summer, that is until I came across a small flock yesterday morning in the Rise and Shine.

I observed a few birds passing through the Mia Mia in late October but apparently conditions didnt inspire them to linger and breed. I suspect the flock encountered yesterday are heading north on their return journey. They are fussy and mercurial in their breeding habits but a beautiful bird nonetheless.

White-browed Woodswallow, Rise and Shine, 18th February 2018


Man hospitalised after ute and B-double crash at Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter landing at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo WRHS

The driver of a utility was trapped for 30 minutes following a crash on the Pacific Motorway near Brunswick Heads on Sunday morning (February 18) before being airlifted to hospital.

The crash occurred about 2am, when a northbound B-double and a southbound Mitsubishi utility collided in the northbound lanes near the Gulgan Road interchange.

The B-double then continued onto to wrong side of the road and rolled. The driver escaped injury.

The driver of the utility, a 38-year-old from Possum Creek, was trapped in the vehicle for about 30 minutes before being released.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene and landed on the motorway with the crew treating the man for head, arm and chest injuries.

He was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition..

The southbound lanes remained closed for some hours while the salvage operation was underway.

Police inquiries into the incident continue.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Plea to help find missing North Coast teenagers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Missing North Coast teenagers Georgina Hills, Tyson Giles and Alex Cupitt.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate three teenagers who may possibly be in the Byron Bay or Lismore areas.

The two boys and a girl, Tyson Giles (13), Alex Cupitt (13) and Georgina Hills (14), are from Alstonville, Lismore and Kyogle respectively.

Georgina was last seen attending school in Lismore on Monday, February 5, and was reported missing to police the following day.

Tyson and Alex were last seen attending school in Lismore on Friday, February 2.

They were reported missing to police last Friday, February 16.

It is now believed the three are travelling together in the Byron Bay or Lismore areas and are refusing to contact family or carers.

Police have concerns for their welfare and would like to speak with the three children to ensure their wellbeing.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is urged to contact Lismore police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information can be given in confidence.



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February 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...


WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rene McCready shares why she sees a plant-based, or vegan, diet as so important for a personal and more global sustainability.

The post WHY PLANT BASED AND VEGAN? appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

Letters to the Editor: More or less tax income "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Tax, Tax, Tax. No one wants to pay more tax, including me. Like most other people, I want and need the services I [more]

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1) Papuan Liberation Movement hopeful over MSG process "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) The strategic holiday is over (part 1)
3) Indonesia stock exchange targets 2 thousand investors from W Papua
4) BPS: Papua Exports Drop 50.80 Percent
1) Papuan Liberation Movement hopeful over MSG process
6:40 am today 


Rhianna who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant denied support by Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Queensland

Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.

The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant.  She has been on the waiting list since then.

I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.

I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.

At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.

She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately,  she began to deteriorate again after a while.

Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.

I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.

For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.

This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.

But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.

Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.

The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.

Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent.



Man charged over Mullumbimby home invasion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have charged a Mullumbimby man in relation to an alleged home invasion last week. But two others have so far evaded them.

At 8.40pm on Sunday, February 11, three men allegedly armed with handguns, a rifle and a sword entered a house on Poplar Street, Mullumbimby, and threatened the occupants a 60-year-old man, his two sons aged 22 and 13 and two friends.

The incident was reported to police on Wednesday, February 14.

The following day, a home on Azalea Street, Mullumbimby was searched, and a number of items, including a replica pistol, were seized.

A 23-year-old man was charged with aggravated entry of a dwelling with intent, affray, breach of bail, and breaking and entering with intent.

He was refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court last Friday (February 16).

Investigations are continuing the identity of the two other unknown men.


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Independent Artist of the Week: Milan Ring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.

As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.

Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.



Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Surprise, Surprise. Nationals appear to be telling pork pies to voters on the NSW North Coast yet again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Echo NetDaily, 15 Februaty 2018:

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of 'misleading the public' over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.
In recent weeks both roads minister Melinda Pavey and north coast MLC Ben Franklin have made public statements regarding the re-vegetation of koala habitat at Meerschaum Vale to compensate for the damage caused by the highway upgrade construction.
On February 3, Minister Pavey said in a press release that 'the government had re-vegetated 130 hectares of land with 95,000 koala feed trees.'


Global fires affect Earth's methane emission levels "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), 4 January 2018:

A reduction in global burned area in the 2000s had an unexpectedly large impact on methane emissions.

A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation of emissions from global fires. The new study resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explanations for the increase.

Methane emissions have been rising sharply since 2006. Different research teams have produced viable estimates for two known sources of the increase: emissions from the oil and gas industry, and microbial production in wet tropical environments like marshes and rice paddies. But when these estimates were added to estimates of other sources, the sum was considerably more than the observed increase. In fact, each new estimate was large enough to explain the whole increase by itself.

Scientist John Worden of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and colleagues focused on fires because they're also changing globally. The area burned each year decreased about 12 percent between the early 2000s and the more recent period of 2007 to 2014, according to a new study using observations by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer satellite instrument....


Wakeboarding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey guys, got a wakeboard boat and looking for places to go in Townsville. By the looks of it Loan Island is my best bet and the Black Weir. Is there any other spots close with freshwater where I can go or are they the only two. Thanks

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Death after Princes Highway crash near Gumbuya World "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One person has been killed and another airlifted after a crash near Tynong North's Gumbuya World today.


Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


My daughters have moved out of home and left behind lots of no longer wanted stuff from the last several years, which I'd love to find new homes for.

There's a friendship bracelet kit, balloon animals, chocolate fountain, range of stationary items including good quality colour pencils, cork board,  pink wooden heart, door hanger, selection of A4 folders, folder paper, dividers and document wallets, collection of make up purses, skipping rope - see photos below.

I'll leave it all out on our nature strip at 10 Rasmussen Court Coburg for the next few days (weather permitting) so come and help yourself to anything that takes your fancy!



Save Clump Point "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ACT NOW: Make an urgent submission to GBRMPA on the proposed marine infrastructure development at Clump Point, Boat Bay, Mission Beach. DUE 5pm MONDAY 19 Feb 2018.


This is Clump Point, Boat Bay, Mission Beach, situated at the meeting point of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas.

For decades there has been pressure to enclose Boat Bay at Mission Beach to create a marina. There is now a new proposal on the table for a safe boating facility at Clump Point.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to construct a new detached breakwater (145 m rock wall) in the Marine Parks, supporting a jetty, 2 berthing pontoons, 5-6 pen berths (for commercial lease) and 5-6 swing moorings (4 commercial, 2 for visiting recreational), and the upgrade of the existing Clump Point boat ramp to provide a third lane and additional floating walkway. The boat ramp is to be designed for infrequent barge use.

Impacts of the development include:  

  • permanent loss of mangroves, healthy inshore reef and benthic habitat,
  • increased risk to seagrass meadows and megafauna due to expanded commercial operations,
  • increased risk to the numerous sensitive receptors in the immediate vicinity due to refueling operations; and
  • ...


FEBRUARY 24 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello all,

Please join us for our first Saturday 24 February Club Outing at the SC Councils Scarffe Road Reserve at Glenview. Please meet at 7am and join Ken Cross & John Birbeck who will lead the walk.

One of the Councils new reserves - Scarffe Road Glenview. This reserve is fenced off and not open to the public, it includes a large quarried lake including adjoining maintenance roadways and is surrounded by riparian rainforest. It also adjoins existing Mooloolah River Esplanade Reserves. The entrance gates are located at the end of Scarffe Road before the bridge (private property), there is plenty of parking along Scarffe Road.

To get there:
Enter Mooloolah Connection Road off Steve Irwin Way, then enter Scarffe Road (WHICH IS NOT SIGNPOSTED) off Mooloolah Connection Road at Glenview. Scarffe Road is the first road on your right. If you have reached Stevens Road you have gone approximately 300 metres too far. Public toilets are located about 1.3 kilometres down Mooloolah Connection Road at Ewen Maddock Dam Reserve.



EP 237: Violent Soho "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Photo: Matt Walter


Violent Soho

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017

The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.

The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirts Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Dont Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the ba...


Tourists on Scooters: Why So Many Dickheads? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.

I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.

A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.

This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.

Its a common enough story for young travellers.

Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!

Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.

It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.

An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.

For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.

As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...


NSW Police to Target Potential Lone-Wolf Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A new unit of the NSW Police Force has been created which is ostensibly aimed at combating lone-wolf terrorism by closely monitoring fixated persons. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has told the media that the unit will focus on the intersection between radicalisation, mental illness and lone-wolf attacks. However,

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Gay Christian Spreads The Word During Epic World Journey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A gay Christian has stopped off in New Zealand on his mission to break an epic world record. Mikah Meyer, 31, is paying tribute to his late father by attempting to be the youngest person to visit all 417 American national parks, aiming to beat current record holder Allen Hogenaeur, who finished at age 39 ...

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Score A Bargain Frock At The Sportsman Hotels Next Drag Swap Meet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Want to pick up a bargain frock or wig for your next drag or theatre show? Brisbanes Sportsman Hotel will hold another of their successful Drag Swap Meets next month. Therell be a wide range of pre-loved glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewellery and makeup on offer, as several local drag stars and vendors come ...

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For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I have a few things I'd like to sell. 

Make me an offer - anything considered! 

Pick up or view in Coburg North (Newlands Estate). 

Gretchen 0427 203 030. 


Asa's Totally Rad and Narly Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello friends,

I'm having my first solo exhibition in about 15 years and would love to see you all there to help me consume a shitload of FREE Hawkers beer and DeBortoli wine! 

It's kid friendly! 

March 2nd 6.30pm at 550 Swan St Richmond.


First time home buyer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi all, looking to buy somewhere in TSV in the next little while. Any advice for areas to buy, don't want to be out in the burbs. In between domain and city would be ideal but open to suggestions. Looking to rent the place out after a while as well, anything to aim for? How is the market just now? Ive heard it's picking back up and on the turn?

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Madge Digest #149 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Many thanks for your submissions on WAs Farmer Protection Legislation and for signing Stop GM Golden Rice letter asked for in the previous digest. They make a huge difference!

  1. Your help is needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb. 

  2. GMO food labelling a possibility in South Australia!

  3. Keep yourself grounded and happy with others who care.

1)Your help needed again to get new GMOs regulated by this Wednesday 21st Feb

Put in a brief submission by Wednesday 21st February (suggested content below). Some scientists and industries see New GM as a bonanza for their careers and profits although it is only five years old and has no history of safe use. We suggest mentioning:

  1. The techniques (CRISPR, RNAi, gene drives and all other new techniques mentioned in this Friends of the Earth GM 2.0 Australian Regulators Engineering the Truth report) are GM.
  2. The new  GM techniques need safety assessments, regulation, labelling and monitoring. The developers of these techniques must be fully liable, including financially, for their products and actions.
  3. The Australian Department of Health has advised the World Trade Organisation* of its proposal to change the Gene Technology Act. I am concerned this may remove the opportunity to acknowlege these new technologies are GM and will close down public discussion of precaution and alternatives. 

If you add a sentence or two of your own it gives your submission much more power.

GM, old and new, thrives on secrecy, manipulation of science, exclusi...


Crystal cascades are paradise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im from the UK visiting austrlia based mostly on reddit recomendations. The highlight of the trip was Crystal cascades. Gorgeous rain forest; no crowds; birds; waterfalls and cool water. I sat on the bottom of the creek watching the fish through my snorkle watch me. Im in love. Thankyou reddit for the tip.

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Eat It - 18 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Have you ever heard of a condition called Orthorexia? We hadn't until recently, so we chatted to Dr Rosemary Stanton about what it is (a compulsion to only eat "clean" food) and how it's developed since the 1990s.

Victor Persinette is man who spends a lot of time underground at the Spring Street Grocer's cheese room. He popped in to speak about how to best mature cheese, how blue cheese is formed, and some of the history of various cheese varieties.

To finish today's show we spoke to the man behind Duckboard Place's Lee Ho Fook, Victor Liong. Originally from Sydney we chatted about how Melbourne is perhaps more open to progressive intepretations of Chinese cuisine, and also how he cooks his simple (but delicious) egglant dish.


Canadian Couple Continues Fight To Have Their Marriage Legally Recognised "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Winnipeg couple has hit another roadblock in an ongoing 40-year battle to have their marriage legally recognised. Chris Vogel and Richard North were married in a Unitarian church in 1974, but what is now the Manitoba Statistics Agency refused to register the marriage because they were both men. At the time, they were only ...

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Shortens breath-taking hypocrisy accusing Joyce of misconduct "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Larry Pickering at his best

Cairns News cannot believe the breath-taking hypocrisy of Bill Shorten when he asked Turnbull in Parliament if he would sack Barnaby Joyce over his pregnant girlfriend. We read about Shortens widely-reported extra-marital dalliances and rape allegations which leave him with no feathers to fly with. He really is a grub, according to readers, whose expertise would be better applied to being a brothel manager.


Too many questions over Florida shooting official narrative "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Aaron Kesel

Activist Post  

Port Arthur parallells

Anytime a shooting happens, its a tragic event whether it was a false flag or a legitimate mass shooting by a lunatic; but just because people died doesnt mean we shouldnt question the veracity of the events reported. Here are 5 reasons why you should question the recent shooting and remain vigilant.

  1. There was a drill planned the day of the shooting.

Coincidentally, earlier on the day of the shooting, teachers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill, to practice their response to an immediate threat, Miami Herald reported.

  1. The shooter claims he heard demonic voices.

Alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz. Three eyewitnesses claim there were three shooters. Armed policeman/security guard on grounds at the time of shooting did not see or hear shooters

The shooter Nikolas Cruz is claiming to have heard demonic voices, like previous mass shoot...


Dressed to impress "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At some point in our lives we have all dressed to impress a potential partner. Combed the hair (a dim, distant memory for me!), polished the shoes, put on sharp threads. Surprisingly some birds do the same thing (not the shoes though). The bird pictured left is an Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) formerly Ardea []


A favourite place on the hill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Like people, birds have favourite places too.

On Friday evening I visited the western side of Spring Hill that has been a wonderful place for birds over the years. Its here that I captured my best ever photograph of a male Crested Bellbird, where White-backed Swallows have congregated atop a prominent dead tree and where I glimpsed a Black Honeyeater the year the drought broke.

I was not disappointed on my recent visit Rainbow Bee-eaters were gathering on that same dead tree as a flock of Varied Sittellas foraged along the bare trunk. I must return again soon.

Super Fairy-wren, Spring Hill, 17th February. 2018

Saturday, 17 February



Edge Bookings & Bassic Records are very excited to bring Byron Bay one of
the most talented and popular techno acts on the planet, Victor Ruiz. Its the
Brazilian superstars maiden NSW appearance and exclusive show in the

Victor will be performing on Thursday Feb 22 at Byron Bay Brewery with support
by local acts Taya, ZigMon, Jimmy D, Webber, Martin Bale, Loopbass
and 3 Days Deep.

Limited tickets remaining so get in quick to be sure not to miss out on Brazils
premier techno producer live!

Tickets and further information, visit

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Lone Goat Gallery is excited to announce a new program of offsite projects in collaboration with Top Shop, showcasing new works by artists from the Northern Rivers region, featuring Lone Goat Gallery alumni.

Curated by Lone Goat gallerist Andrew McDonald, the program will feature bi-monthly exhibitions throughout 2018, with Mahala Magins now showing as the inaugural feature artist.

6.30am 4pm Monday to Sunday

Mahala Magins visceral paintings encompass her travels while exploring the affected and affective nature of encounters with place through a considered and emotive material response. Magins chooses not to replicate the landscape around her but let it in through thoughts and the edges of her vision, until the paintings find their own life and direction, separate from but informed by their initial inspiration.

Learn more at

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Royals at Rest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent dash to Sale had me killing a little time at an old haunt - Lake Guyatt.

Amid the Royal Spoonbills was an occasional Auatralian White Ibis



Kermadec and Gould's Petrels, Masked and Red-footed Boobies and a Buller's Shearwater at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A good day - lots of Tahiti's performing well + single Kermadec and Gould's Petrels, Masked and Red-footed Boobies and a Buller's Shearwater on the way in. More Flesh-footed Shearwaters than we've had in many months and some great views of Pomerine Skuas and Sooty Terns.


February 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.

1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.

1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.

1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.

1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.

1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.

1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.

1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.

1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.

1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.

1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania.  In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.

1874 -  I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.

1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.

1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...


Cost of tax breaks soars on profits selling homes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion this year, largely as a result of an explosion in the value of concession for the family home.

Treasury's Tax Expenditures Statement required under the Charter of Budget Honesty and released quietly after the close of business on Thursday puts the value of the exemption from capital gains tax for owner occupiers at $74 billion this financial year, up from $66.5 billion last financial year, which was itself $5 billion more than Treasury had forecast.

Four years ago, before house prices shot up, it was worth $46.5 billion. Treasury says by 2020-21 it will be worth $91 billion.

The exemption releases owner occupiers from the obligation to pay capital gains tax on profits made from the sale of their primary residence. Those profits have soared in recent years as prices have climbed, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Investors pay capital gain at half the income tax rate, a concession the Treasury costs at $10 billion, up from $4.4 billion four years ago.

The cost of tax expenditures is tabulated so that the government can compare the budgetary impact of direct spending in the form of grants with indirect spending in the form of tax breaks.

The government costs assistance to the aged at $64.3 billion and assistance to the unemployed and the sick at $10 billion.

The concession tax treatment of superannuation contributions is costed at $16.9 billion. The concessional treatment of super fund earnings is costed at $19.25 billion. The two figures can't be added together to get a total for super tax concessions, because if contributions were fully taxed the funds would earn less.

The exemption of so-called fresh foods from goods and services tax costs $7 billion per year. Among the items exempt because they are used to prepare food at home is sugar, although commercially prepared products containing sugar such as soft drinks are subject to the GST.

The GST exemption for education services including private school fees will cost $4.55 billion in 2017-18 and $5.65 billion in 2020-21. The exemption for medical services costs $4.1 billion.

The cost of the farm management deposit system, which gives tax advantages to qualifying farmers, is is expected to double from $245 million in 2016-17 to $560 million in 2017-18.

The figures come as the government attempts to find savings to fund personal income tax cuts in the May budget and reduce the deficit of $21.4 billion.


Tax Break Top 10

The 10 biggest tax expenditures identified by the Treasury



A Smash-ing new product "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We love a good road trip, and living in country Victoria to go to the city or sometimes in places right near us we need to do just that. Other times it is just great to pack up the car and see where the open road will take you. Having the girls makes things a little more complicatedthere is extra to think about before we jump in the car and take off.

One of those things is making sure that we have snacks and drinks for them to make the day run much smoother. Luckily we have the amazing Smash Lunch Box range to test drive for our summer road trips before they are really put to the test at school.

When I am looking for a school lunch box, school drink bottle, cooling pack and the all-important travel mug I look for leak resistant, products that will help the food stay cooler for longer and they are BPA free. Smash Lunch Box products tick all the boxes for us and one morethey look good!

The Bento Switch Up Lunch Box

Marley is very into reducing waste at the moment due to learning about the number of products that take a long time to degrade in class at school. She loves the Bento Switch Up lunch box as she can have her lunch in it and I dont have to use cling wrap on all the items in there. It also has a removable tab within the school lunch box for the days she has a long bread roll in it. The sections are great to fit all of her essentials in it.

The Important Technical Info:

  • Features a detachable insulated cool skin to keep your lunch cooler for longer
  • The removable cool skin makes for easier cleaning
  • You can switch it up with movable dividers
  • The Bento Switch Up lunch box is leak resistant
  • The dividers are also leak resistant to prevent cross-contamination within the compartments
Marley's lunchbox ready to got o schoolWhat Marley said:

I love my new school lunch box. When we took it on road trips it was just in the car in the esky or a cooler bag but now I can take it to school. It keeps my lunch cold and all my friends think it is a great lunch box because...

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