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Tuesday, 19 September

21:26

VOTE YES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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YES!!! - Dont forget to vote!

Greetings Newlanders,

To all of you, a gentle reminder to make sure you post your vote for marriage equality now or as soon as you receive the ballot. 

Please dont leave it to the last minute. Speaking as a well-practised master in the art of procrastination (hmmm!!), I know how easy it is to put off things like this and suddenly the last minute becomes a day too late (especially given AusPosts flexible' delivery times!!).

Phil
0425 748 328

21:20

Foster Pool Needs You! "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire wants feedback from the Foster community by Monday October 2 so they can develop a Master Plan for the Foster Pool. Pool President, Ian Lyon, said that []

The post Foster Pool Needs You! appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:15

Sandy Points Mens Shed Receives Grant "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

ITS absolutely remarkable to get a grant for $60,000, said Mens Shed Secretary, Phil Cornwell. We are really excited. It will be all hands to the wheel. This is the []

The post Sandy Points Mens Shed Receives Grant appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:11

Wild things happening at Stockyard Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

GRANT FLATHER is the curator of Wild Life, an extraordinary group exhibition at Stockyard Gallery in Foster. Originally he organised to do a solo show but realised about 6 months []

The post Wild things happening at Stockyard Gallery appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:06

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Speaking at an event in Sydney, Ms Berejiklian described same-sex marriage as a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

The position has put her at odds with her Armenian Apostolic Church, which claims same-sex marriage would pave the way for radical gay sex education programs to be taught in schools.

Ms Berejiklian, who was born in Australia to Armenian immigrants, is a regular attender of church events and has been to several this year.

Article below

NSW Premier Ms Berejilkian, a single women, who I dont think is a lesbian more an old-maid workaholic says same-sex marriage is a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

So Ms Gladys (quaint old-fashioned name for an old-fashioned gal) Berejilkian has decided:

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

2. same sex marriage is one of the most important human rights issues in our time.

Bravo Gladys Why dont you try reading the Holy Bible your Armenian Church believes in yes, the Holy Bible which expressly forbids homosexuality and lesbianism.

Gladys havent you read Romans chapter one, Revelation 22 and Leviticus?

Gladys havent you understood Genesis 1-3 and how God created male and female to form a family and populate the earth?

Gladys have you swallowed the rainbow pill so bad that the same-sex marriage delusion has gone straight to your head, and now you can no longer see Biblical truths?

ABC News Australia

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey

19 September 2017

 

21:06

Vote for your favourite photos "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

OVER 100 photos were submitted in Prom Country Regional Tourisms winter photography competition. Now its time to vote for your favourites. During winter, photography enthusiasts entered a maximum of three []

The post Vote for your favourite photos appeared first on Foster Community Online.

20:44

Greening the verge at West End State School @KurilpaFutures "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As part of Kurilpa Futures ongoing Youth Engagement Strategy, West End State School (WESS) Environment Club students joined members of Kurilpa Futures (KF) in a collaboration to green the verge in the Hardgrave Rd Greening Project (one of three proposed by KF).   Students from the WESS Environment Club and their families were out in []

The post Greening the verge at West End State School @KurilpaFutures appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

20:27

Win a double gold pass to this years Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.

Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.

Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.

This year, Australian Music Week has also launched The AMW / 301 Music Prize a new award designed to help kick start an emerging artists career, proudly supported by AMW, 301 Studios, MGM, The Right Profile, APRA, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer, AU Review, Leadbelly and Hi Fi Days Festival.

With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.

Enter below to win a double gold pass to Australian Music Week 2017




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20:09

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #560 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online Newsletter | #560 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #560 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 19th September 2017 to Monday 25th September 2017 Royal Melbourne Show 2017 Share an unforgettable day out with family and friends at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show held from Saturday 23 September to Tuesday 3 October at Melbourne Showgrounds. Royal Melbourne Show 2017 | Get Early Bird Tickets Now Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 23 Sep 2017 | Over 50 German beers plus cider, wine, schnapps, popular spirit mixers plus traditional German fare to tantalise your taste buds. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building | Buy Tickets Dachshund Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 23rd September - Hophaus annual Dachshund Race raising money for Dachshund Rescue Australia. Hophaus Dachshund Race | Hophaus Bier Bar Grill AstroLight Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Scienceworks joins forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light. AstroLight Festival 2017 | Scienceworks Tesselaar Tulip Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. September 15th - September 17th - Turkish Weekend September 18th - September 21st - Over the Rainbow Week September 22nd - September 24th - Dutch Weekend September 25th - September 28th - Children's Week #1 September 29th - October 1st - Food Wine & Jazz Weekend October 2nd - October 5th - Children's Week #2 October 6th - October 8th - Irish Weekend Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 Pop-Up Globe Theatre .nobrtable br { display: none } The worlds first full-scale replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, right next door to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This isnt dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party. Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, As You Like It, Othello & Around The Globe In 60 Minutes 21 September 12 November 2017 | Pop-Up Globe Theatre Winter Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } A quirky line-up of entertainers, street food stalls, specialty and design stalls, warm drinks, cold beers and raging open fires. Winter Night Market | Queen Victoria Market Fringe Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 14 Sept 1 Oct | Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase developing championing and celebrating the independent arts. Fringe Festival | 400 events @ 160+ Venues Oktoberfest at Southgate .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 so dig out your lederhosen and dirndl & come down for the fun at Hophaus at Southgate. Saturday 16 September until Sunday 22 October 2017 Hoptoberfest | Hophaus...

18:25

Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 


The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 


Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

17:11

Same to you mate! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With certain publications, you know what you are getting.  You usually know well before you read them.  There are seldom surprises with the ideas or the agenda.  That does not mean that they should not be read.  It also does not mean that what is written is always right or always wrong or not funny.  Think the Sydney Morning Herald.  Think the Guardian.

Think also Front Page magazine which describes itself as a Project of the David Horowitz Freedom Centre:

The David Horowitz Freedom Center is best seen as a School of Political Warfare. The Centers mission is to defend free societies which are under attack from enemies within and without, both secular and religious. The Centers focus and the Schools curriculum have two agendas:

1. Identify the enemy and understand his nature
2. Devise ways to attack and neutralize him

Writing last week on Hillary Clintons new book, What Happened, David Greenfield wrote some classics:

Three creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches and Clintons.

and

But while Democrats wish Hillary Clinton would go away, she embodies todays left better than anyone.  Hillary was Americas First Crybully: the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, Hands up, dont shoot and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.

If I could do only one thing in my remaining days, I would correct Greenfield.  Four creatures on earth are impossible to get rid of: lice, cockroaches, Clintons and that irritating fellow from Queensland who now lives in New York.

The same to you mate!  Shake your own sauce bottle!

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adjusts his glases as he speaks to....

16:36

The rise and rise of the New England Writers' Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Under the energetic leadership of writer Sophie Masson, (web site here), the New England Writers' Centre (NEWC) appears to be going from strength to strength.

It's only a few years'ago that the Centre lost its State Government funding.and was forced to let its full time director go. I joined the Board at the time and remember the feeling of gloom that surrounded the Centre's future. It was hard to be positive.

I am no longer a Board member, but I was there during the beginning of the transformation period that has now made the Centre such a force, This was helped by renewed State funding achieved with local member Adam Marshall's support, but this was only possible because the Centre itself was transforming under Sophie's leadership.

Inland Armidale lacks the sex appeal and reach now attached to Byron Bay. With time, economic and social change its prominence has shrunk from the the putative capital of our own New England state to the point that it is sometimes described as just a country town. And yet, somehow, the city survives as a unique university, educational and administrative centre.

Armidale has always been a writers' hub. Relative to its size, the current population is around 23,000, Armidale has more writers than any place in Australia. It has its own tradition, its own writer schools such as the Armidale poets who form part of the broader web of the New England literary tradition. You won't find this tradition referenced in literary writing with its metro focus, but it exists. Armidale is not alone here, of course. The writers of the Northern rivers are also neglected. I think that you would find the same in North Queensland or the Riverina..

The thing that the NEWC does, I think, par excellence, is that it links local writers into the broader networks required to have a chance in the competitive world of literature. There was a period in the dark days when the NEWC focus narrowed to just Armidale. Now the Centre is again extending its reach beyond the city.

Even though I am no longer a Board member, I am just so proud of what the Centre has achieved in recent years.  Well done to...

16:35

Whats On? City of Ryde presents Tracey Spicer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tomorrow Night at the Ryde Library between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m the City of Ryde present their regular Author Platform, featuring Newsreader/Journalist Tracey Spicer.

 

Tracey reveals the many aspects of her life of a woman, from growing up in the early years living in Brisbane to being inspired by journalist Jana Wendt and working her way into her dream role of being a national news anchor in the TV industry. She also talks about her struggles as a woman in the media industry such as being sacked via email after having a baby. In this frank and funny memoir, Tracey reconstructs the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.

For more info check out the event on the City of Ryde Website 

16:30

FixedIt: Adults cant have sex with 14 year olds. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Since this article was published yesterday afternoon its generated hundreds of comments. Both the reporting and the judges comments have attracted opprobrium. As they should.

Its interesting that the ABC reported on a very similar case in Canberra last year, but had no difficulty clearly labelling that crime as rape.

Theres a couple of reasons the ABC might have chosen to report yesterdays case as sex rather than rape.

The main one would be that there is no offence of rape in the ACT criminal code. There are degrees of sexual assault and Section 92E of the ACT Crimes Act called sexual intercourse with young person with a maximum penalty of 17 years in jail if the child is under 10 years of age and 14 years if the child was under 16.

Sexual intercourse with a young person was the charge the Canberra man was convicted on, so it would not be completely accurate to report that he was convicted of rape.

Defamation might have been another concern, but it seems unlikely. Calling this man a rapist or describing his actions as rape is a realistic description and therefore not subject to a defamation claim.

Jason Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School said, from a defamation perspective, while rape might not reflect language used in ACT legislation, does it reflect the actions of what he did, so its substantially true. Defamation would not be an issue here.

So, while the ABC would have had to specify the charge, they were not legally obliged to describe his actions as sex. They could legally and accurately have called it rape.

The case last year where they did call it rape was very similar to this one. The charge was the same, the victim was 15 year...

16:20

Introduction to Survival for Teens "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

We are excited to be running this fun and interactive one-day workshop for teenagers which will cover what to do in an emergency in the bush, how to manage survival situations and, crucially, how to not get into an emergency situation in the first place! It wont be all talk though, there will be practical []

The post Introduction to Survival for Teens appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.

16:19

Yandina Wetlands surveys "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the sites value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here; https://www.unitywater.com/about-us/projects-in-your-area/major-projects/yandina-creek-wetland

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11thand 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,

Ken
friarbird43@bigpond.com

16:08

Korumburra CWA needs you! "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Korumburra Branch of the Country Womens Association (CWA) needs you.
And if local woman dont answer the call, the 86 year old branch, one of the states oldest, may have to fold.
The handful of stoic women who presently make up the membership of the group say that wont be allowed to happen.
But with some of them in the super senior age bracket, time might be the final arbiter.
In the meantime, they plan to move heaven and earth to introduce a new generation of women to the group and with that in mind, they have organised an Open Day at Milpara Community House in Korumburra on Friday, September 22, starting at 1.30pm.
Everyone is welcome and you dont have to worry about taking office. Theyll simply be happy to see you.
Therell be a nice afternoon tea for any visitors who take an interest and come along.
And theres likely to be scones, jam and cream but as Group President of the Gippsland Hills Group of CWA branches, Jillian Matthies, is keen to stress, CWA is not just there for scones and cream.
Its about friendship, personal development and taking an interest in community issues but above all, its about families really, supporting women and children, Mrs Matthies said last week. We support the community and other service groups too including the local fire brigade, Red Cross etc, she said.
And were good at raising funds, acting president and secretary Norma Head contributed.
When people move to an area, they may not know anyone and if their kids have left school, there may not be an obvious way to get to know people. CWA is good for that, said Mrs Matthies.
We have guest speakers, craft and other activities including computer skills and the like and yes, we do have a lovely afternoon tea.
Whats not to like.
The members of the Korumburra Branch of the CWA have drafted Jillian in to help them breathe new life into the local branch and its all about attracting new members.
Next year CWA in Victoria celebrates its 90th year and Leongatha is going to host the Victorian Creative Arts Exhibition so we wouldnt want to see Korumburra close up in the same year, said Jillian.
That would be a bit embarrassing!
So come on Korumburra. Why not come along and see what you can make out of an established group with fantastic connections.
And be prepared to be challenged in various ways.
It might surprise you to know that CWA Victoria was one of the first community groups in Australia to come out in favour of Same Sex Marriage.
So, the truth of it is, CWA is not just about scones and cream.
Why not come along on Friday, September 22 to Milpara Community House and at least see what can be done to revitalise the group.
For further details you can email Jillian Matthies at: jil...

15:56

Hannah Fiddelaers on the move "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

hannahOur lovely young lawyer colleague, Hannah, is shortly taking her passion for running to extremes by running off on 28 September to join the VLA team in Frankston.

Hannah commenced with us as a paralegal/receptionist three years ago but soon moved into a lawyer role after being admitted to practice. She quickly developed skills in a range of legal areas including family violence and consumer matters and has provided services to the Court and the health service in Benalla as part of our family violence prevention and health-justice activities. Hannahs bright personality and obvious intellect, combined with her culinary skills, added to the pleasure of working with her professionally.

During her time in Shepparton, Hannah has also participated in a number of community activities and organisations, making her also a valued member of the broader community. Her work with youth at the Haven and elsewhere has been particularly appreciated and her presence there will be sadly missed.

We wish Hannah every success with her career and know those wishes will be realised because she will make them happen. Bye Hannah, we will miss you, so please dont forget us up here in Shepp.

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15:00

Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

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

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

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

14:57

First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Bluesfest Were well and truly into festival announcement season with the first huge reveal for Bluesfest 2018. Heading up next years lineup is the one-two punch of musical legends Lionel Richie and Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters. Thats definitely going to make a lot of people excited. Joining them in []

14:27

Sea Eagles thump Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Tom Batholomew marked strongly and kicked a goal in the final quarter blitz. N283817

Assistant coach Dylan Clark, coach Ben Soumilas, president Bruce Keyhole Clark, captain Dale Lawton and assistant coach Tom Wyatt celebrate the drought breaking premiership victory together on the podium. Z313817

Toby Mahoney soccers a beauty off the ground in the final quarter.

INVERLOCH Kongwak has ended its 31 year premiership drought with a staggering 95 point thumping of Cora Lynn on Saturday at Wonthaggi.
The Cobras, who had won the last three premierships in the Ellinbank league, were renowned for their performances in big games.
But Inverloch-Kongwak were like a well-oiled machine as they meticulously dismantled the reigning champs in a near perfect display of football.
The Sea Eagles won the toss and kicked with the slight breeze to the pool end of the Wonthaggi ground which evidently, would set them up for the rest of the afternoon.
Chris Johnson of the Cobras went straight to league best and fairest Andy Soumilas and the niggle began.
Tom Bartholomew registered the first score of the game with a stray kick for a behind which was...

13:57

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hello all and, in particular, birders of Blackall Range,
Recently I have been approached by the Sunshine Coast Council Environmental Dept with reference to their educational displays at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They plan to have different displays there every four months. The next theme display, to run from December 17 until March 18 is Birds.
This is where we [Birdlife SC] come in. Hopefully we can contribute to this theme and encourage folks to learn not only about Birds but birding, bird conservation and Birdlife Australia. Hopefully, too, we can encourage some more people to become members.
They have asked whether we can host some bird walks / talks and contribute to the displays in some ways. I certainly have some ideas
In the first instance though I would like birders to consider volunteering some time to lead a bird walk or three over that four month period. The number of walks would be determined by the number of volunteers but I think the more the better. Ideally it would be great to have at least one weekly walk and perhaps alternate between a mid-week and a weekend.
My suggested programme would include;
1/ intro talk to describe birding [1 minute], key birds within Mary CC [c. 10 minutes] and Birdlife Australia [c. 2minutes]
2/ intro to using binoculars [perhaps using birds within info hall] [c. 10 minutes]
3/ bird walk within reserve [c. 1 hour]
4/ bird call encouraging participants to tick off species recorded on the walk [Mary CC bird list] [c. 10 minutes]
SC Council have agreed to supply a box of binoculars which could be borrowed.
PLEASE let me know if you could assist, in some way, with this project asap.
...

13:40

MEET YOUR NEW COUNCILS "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Many new faces have been elected to local Councils as a major rebuff to the NSW Liberal Coalition State Government of Gladys Berejiklian. No Councils in TWT territory will be dominated by the out of favour Liberal Party and none will have a Liberal mayor unlike before the September 9 []

13:40

Students and mentors raise youth empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ryde MP Victor Dominello was the special guest at Marsden High School in West Ryde last Friday to congratulate students and mentors of the school based Raise Foundation Mentoring Program. This is the third year the program has run at Marsden High and is funded and supported by the NSW Government Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program. []

13:39

Diamond Anniversary for Margaret & Robert "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

LOCAL identities Margaret and Robert Malone chalk up a special milestone tomorrow when they celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary. The popular couple are pictured after their marriage on September 21, 1957 in St Josephs Catholic Church at Enfield and lived at Edgecliff, Cremorne and Epping before moving to Queensland in retirement. Margaret and Robert, who []

13:39

Mayor Mark Bennett heads new Hunters Hill Council "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hunters Hill residents will be given a direct say on how they want their council run and what they want it to do, new Mayor Clr Mark Bennett said. Mayor Bennett started work as Hunters Hills fulltime Mayor on Friday and told The Weekly Times he will honour every promise he made as an independent []

13:38

Older Person Day "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Its not only red wine that improves with age HUNTERS Hill Lodge is a retirement community of serviced apartments, nestled beside the Hunters Hill Shopping Village with stunning waterfront views of Tarban Bay. Hunters Hill Lodge Village Manager Margaret Ploskodniak told The Weekly Times the Lodges hallmarks are its friendly and compassionate environment and the []

13:38

NEW LOOK RYDE CITY COUNCIL "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Labors Jerome Laxale, the Liberals Sarkis Yedelian and Independent Roy Maggio have emerged as the front runners for City of Ryde Mayor. The Mayoral election will be held at the new Ryde Council Chambers, above the City of Ryde Library next Tuesday September 26 from 7pm with a vote among councillors. The Labor Party and []

13:37

Lane Cove voters punish chicken hearted Liberals "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lane Cove voters turned on Mayor Deborah Hutchens and her bed wetting Liberals who recently voted against joining Hunters Hill Councils legal action to save local democracy from Premier Gladys Berejiklians threat of abolishing the council in a forced merger. In a massive 10.6 per cent swing against the Liberals and an unprecedented 12.6 per []

13:37

HAPPY DIAMOND ANIVERSARY "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

CONGRATULATIONS to IRT Woolwich residents Margaret and Robert Malone who celebrate their Diamond Anniversary tomorrow (Thursday) September 21.  To mark the occasion, the couple enjoyed an anniversary lunch and game of barefoot bowls last Sunday at the Hunters Hill Club with 28 family and friends. Robert was the founding president of Ryde Eastwood []

13:36

Entries sought for Coal Creek Literary Festival "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival on Sunday, October 8.
The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story.
Entrants can enter as many times as they like and each entry must have a $15 entry fee.
Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground 10 years ago. After he died in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory.
The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a high standard of entries. Now entering its seventh year, the Bert van Bedaf award has proved to be a popular part of the Coal Creek Literary festival with entries coming from all over Australia.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the www.coalcreekliteraryfestival.com or www.coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com websites or pick up a hard copy from Coal Creek Community Park and Museum in Korumburra.
Conditions and entry fees are all on the entry form with tips from judge Peter Sharpe, a keen supporter of the Coal Creek Literary Festival since 2008.
He has been a presenting author, chaired a discussion panel and judged the Bert van Bedaf short story competition last year.
One of the most experienced book publishers in Australia, Peter has worked with and published for many multinational publishers including Thomas Nelson and Prentice Hall. He has served as managing director at the University of New South Wales Press, and has operated his own publishing company.
Peter has also edited and designed books, and has extensive book marketing experience. He has also written several books himself.
The festival will also be running the open poetry competition which offers a $200 prize and entries cost $10 per submission.
Poetry judge is Julie  Maclean who arrived in Australia in 1970 as an English dance and drama teacher, and obtained a position at the Leongatha Technical School.
Now based on the Surf Coast, Julie is widely recognised and is a published poet. Her published poetry collections include When I Saw Jimi (2013), Kiss Of The Viking (2014) and Lips That Did (2017). She has had her work published in anthologies and magazines including the Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, The Bond Street Review and Cordite Poetry Review.
Julie was one of the featured authors at the 2016 Coal Creek Literary Festival, and also judged the Open Poetry Prize that year. The committee of this years festival is delighted she has consented to judge the Open Poetry Prize again this year.
The competition is open to anyone with an imagination, a pen and paper or word processing program. Entry guidelines form part of the entry form which you can access online. Payment can be made by either Paypal, EFTPOS, cheque or by cash at the counter in Coal Creek Community Park and M...

13:36

Priorities for New Ryde Council "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN First Things First! Rydes new City Council will have several major items of urgent importance when it meets for the first time next Tuesday September 26 at 7pm. First on the agenda will be election of Mayor for the next two years with a possible three candidates for the top []

13:36

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []

13:34

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting October 9 at The Eastwood Club, 6A Hillview Road, Eastwood from 6.15pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting []

13:34

Lyric actors to show diverse talents "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF we treat her as a corpse, of course she will die. Try a little kindness, lieutenant.
These are the words of Governor Phillip in Leongatha Lyric Theatres production of Our Countrys Good as he speaks of Liz Morden, played by Leanne Crimp.
Leanne says, Liz Morden is pretty intimidating when she rst joins the cast of convicts rehearsing for The Recruiting Ocer.
Shes had a very hard life. Her mother left when she was young and she had to care for the family, so she took in washing. Shes betrayed by her father who blamed her for a theft to save his own skin.
Publicly beaten and humiliated, she later became a small-time thief who was finally arrested, sentenced and sent to the other side of the world.
However, Liz discovers a hero in the progressive Governor Phillip who believes convicts should be treated humanely and, if treated as rational human beings, are reminded of their own goodness, talent and innate qualities of humanness.
Leanne said she loves Liz.
She has integrity, strength and humour, and shes a survivor. I am loving being in her skin, and I hope youll enjoy meeting her, she said.
In Our Countrys Good, the actors face the challenge of each playing a convict and an ocer. Using dierent accents for each, the actors are also able to show how ocers with power and authority walk and stand with condence, while convicts, no better than slaves, bear the marks of their hard life.
Todd Miller plays the Scottish, bad tempered Major Ross with energy, and then transforms into the servile, much hated Irish hangman, James Freeman.
David Tattersall, as Arthur Phillip, has to inspire all with his vision of a humane society, and then as the convict Arscott, bewails his fate while lying in chains.
Its a great story with all the humour and earthiness youd expect of a play inspired by Australias rst theatrical performance by convicts in 1789.
Our Countrys Good has mature themes. Performances are from September 29 to October 7. For tickets, phone Amy Smith on 0490 525 482 or buy online at www.lyrictheatre.net.au.

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13:31

All You Need Is Love with the Mamas and the Mamas "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

To The POINT with JENNY NYLUND THE MAMAS & the Mamas is a local Hunters Hill community choir based in Boronia Park, consisting of people who love to sing and enjoy performing. The choirs name is a playful nod to the 1960s band The Mamas and the Papas. The group started in 2009 when a []

13:30

App helps children "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS Coast Specialist School was presented with 15 new iPads recently.
The iPads were donated by Variety, and included a specialised app to help students communicate.
The app called LAMP Words for Life is designed for non verbal or limited spoken language students to express themselves and contribute in the classroom.
It is suitable for Preps, as well as the older students. Speech pathologist Zoe Lowe said she had seen a benefit in using the app.
Weve used other apps and paper based systems, but this app has everything and has allowed students to ask for things and make comments on their own. I have noticed a difference; children who cant express themselves often feel frustrated and you start to see negative behaviour. This app helps them to express themselves through words so they dont need to use these behaviours, she said.
Getting these iPads is great because we can work with children who dont have their own device and there is one for each child.
Students began working with this app last year, and enjoyed investigating its features and having the power to communicate their thoughts and feelings. It soon became apparent the school needed the extra technology to use the app to its full potential.
The school applied for a grant valued at $15,000, and found out about their success last month.
At the moment, the iPads will be just for school. However, families are seeing results and have been keen to use this app at home, so we are working on a way for them to do so, Ms Lowe said.

Great app: from left, speech pathologist Zoe Lowe and Bass Coast Specialist School Prep students Oliver, Rhys and Landon explore the LAMP Words for Life app on one of the new iPads recently received by the school.

13:30

Growing up in 1930s & 40s: The Best Years of Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Five TWT readers can win copies of a new book The Best Years of Your Life by local author and international playwright George Hutchinson. George has written The Best Years of Your Life, a memoir that covers the first 15 years of his life from 1930 to 1945. In reading the book, youll learn that []

13:30

Cottage Crafts Exhibition/Sale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Epping Cottage Crafts will hold its 36th annual Christmas Exhibition & Sale from Thursday November 2 to Saturday November 4 in Eastwood Scout Hall, corner Marsden & Lawson streets, Eastwood (entry via Lawson Street). The Exhibition & Sale is open Thursday from 12 noon to 6pm; Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm. []

13:30

An experienced, impressive new Council in Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor MARK BENNETT CONGRATULATIONS to the new councillors Ben Collins, Elizabeth Krassoi, Jim Sanderson and also welcome back Councillors Justine McLaughlin, Zac Miles and Former Mayor Councillor Ross Williams OAM. We are fortunate to have a mix of experienced councillors and new councillors who have an extensive and impressive range of []

13:28

Bass Coast shows future looking shaky "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Bass Coast Agricultural Show is facing an uncertain future.
The show has always been hugely popular, moving from Dalyston to Wonthaggi 40 years ago. It has brought competition, entertainment and fun to the community year in and year out.
However, the Wonthaggi Agricultural and Pastoral Society hit a snag in its funds following the inclement weather at this years show in January.
We were rolling along nicely with great support from Bass Coast Shire Council, the societys Rosemary Loughnan said.
However, mandatory (occupational health and safety) costs go up, and these are things we cant ignore. It has become harder to make a dollar from sponsorships.
This is not the wealthiest of shires and we need to work together as volunteers. We do our very best and have been acknowledged as one of the best ag shows in the state.
This year we had a massive hit; the weather was atrocious. We are so proud of ourselves that nobody and no animals were injured. However, out of that came a massive hit and we count on the money from the gate to keep us in surplus.
Ms Loughnan appealed to Bass Coast Shire Council to review its ongoing support to the show.
The show has been part of a recurring grants program. The grants program allows events that successfully receive grants for two years to receive ongoing support without having to reapply for another grant.
The show has received $5000 from council yearly, but the grants program has never been reviewed.
We currently have around 40 events in the program, but a shortcoming of the program is that there is no review process at the end of each year. Longstanding events have started to fall behind in level of support because something changes during the year and the funds arent reassessed, councils events coordinator Frank Angarane said.
Im in the process of developing a program to review events and increase support where necessary.
Mr Angarane said he expects this process to be finalised in the next month for council to review.
In the meantime, Mrs Loughnan said the society had done what it could to save money for the next show.
Weve ripped the show apart and I believe we have saved where we can, she said.
We have found ourselves on shaky ground, but we are extremely positive we can keep working. We want to work with the shire and review our ongoing grant, which we do not take for granted. We are not ones to jump up and look to take money, but we are struggling at the moment. We have hit a rough patch in this Bass Coast weather.
Despite this, Mrs Loughnan said she hopes to reduce entry fees next year so as many families as possible can enjoy the show.
Its a bit controversial, but weve decided to pull back what we charge. Wed rather have a lot of people there than have people say they couldnt afford to go to the show,...

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13:24

Highway barriers to save lives "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

VICROADS believes the proof centreline flexible safety barriers save lives is in the number of times the barriers have been repaired in Victoria after motorists collided with them.
The barriers are to be installed between Leongatha and Meeniyan, along the South Gippsland Highway, drawing substantial community opposition.
VicRoads has repaired flexible safety barriers in eastern Victoria about 300 times in the past year.
This has without doubt prevented potentially fatal and serious injury crashes from occurring as a result of someone crashing head on into another vehicle or running off the road, director of safe system road infrastructure program for VicRoads Bryan Sherritt said.
VicRoads believed the project would reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes between Leongatha and Meeniyan.
VicRoads said 85 percent of lives lost on country roads are currently the result of a vehicle running off the road to the left or crossing the centreline.
Flexible safety barriers reduce the risk of these crashes as the barriers prevent vehicles from crossing onto the wrong side of the road and crashing head on, or running off the road to the right.
Left hand side flexible safety barrier prevent vehicles from running off the road and hitting an object or rolling.
The project will also include widened and sealed road shoulders, road drainage improvements, and a minimum of 40m breaks in the safety barrier at property access points.
Along with that, included will be safer access to properties adjoining the highway, a sealed bell mouth area where highway and driveways meet, and resheeting/repair work to the existing pavement.
The project is part of the State Governments Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan funded by the Transport Accident Commission.
Towards Zero is a vision for a future free of death and serious injury on our roads.
South Gippsland Highway has been identified as one of the top 20 roads highest risk rural roads.

Spreading word: from left, VicRoads Safer System Roads Infrastructure Program employees Dean Nugent and Rebecca Chase informed people of the reasoning behind the Leongatha to Meeniyan safety improvement project proposal at Leongatha Memorial Hall recently.

13:20

New jetty coming to life "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WORK on the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is progressing well, with contractor SMC Marine already installing concrete decking on the structure.
The inshore 190 metres has been partially rehabilitated to retain the appearance of the existing piles, crossheads and beams, while the decking will be been replaced with precast concrete slabs.
From 190 metres onwards to a distance of around 572 metres, the existing structure will be demolished and replaced.
It will follow the same alignment, with a new structure comprising timber piles and crossheads with a composite steel beam and concrete deck.
The slipway approach will be partially reconstructed in a similar manner to the jetty and the existing winch shed will be restored.
The remaining section of the jetty will be demolished, with the piles being cut off at two metres below low water to be retained as habitat.
The $11 million project is expected to take around 18 months to complete, and the rehabilitated and rebuilt jetty is expected to have a lifespan of at least 40 years.
As the community representative on the projects working group, Welshpools Paul Macphail is pleased to see the project finally underway after campaigning for the works for so many years.
It has been a long, hard, slow and sometimes frustrating road, so it is fantastic to see it happening even though it took so long, he said.
What SMC Marine has done so far looks great.
Peter Rose from Port Welshpool said the restoration of the Long Jetty was positive for locals and tourists.
It is exciting to see it all up and going. We are already getting people asking us to let them know when it is open so they can come down and see it, he said.
Mr Rose said he is looking forward to seeing people on the jetty again, be they on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pram. He said it will be accessible to everyone.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said the project was on track for an October 2018 completion date.
We look forward to ensuring the jetty attracting more visitors to the region, once the project is complete, he said.
It will give the area a big boost in tourism and will provide a benefit to the economies of the small towns in the Corner Inlet region.
Cr Argento said both locals and visitors are keen to see the jetty finished so they can go fishing again.

13:20

Pauls recipe for success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

INVERLOCH is serving up success with the local Seniors football team winning its first premiership in 31 years on Saturday and local bakery Paul the Pieman winning a swag of medals in the 2017 Great Aussie Pie Competition, judged last week.
Footy finals time is the perfect time to hop into some great Aussie fare and Paul and Robyn Woods, owners of Paul the Pieman bakery are thrilled to be sharing their award winning pies and sausage rolls with their customers.
While Paul will tell you their good old meat pie is still their biggest seller many of their adventurous customers are keen to try their award winning varieties so this week they will be busy baking the winning recipes and filling their pie cabinets.
If you would like to sample success then head into Paul the Pieman and try the Gold Medal Gourmet Beef Wellington sausage roll and Paul let out the secret ingredient being a good smear of Maggie Beer pate. Paul is pleased with the gold medal and the fact that it came second overall but next year he is up for the challenge and is looking to take that top honour.
For lovers of pies the Silver medal plain mince, Penang Curry Pumpkin and Chicken Parma are all worth a go.
If you want to head back for seconds then the Choc Chilli Beef, Chicken Leek and Minted Lamb are all proving popular.
Paul and Robyn and their dedicated team are on a high this week after their success but they are all back hard at it in the kitchen to keep up with the increasing demand for their award winning delights.
Paul prides himself on the fact that what his customers are served up out of the pie heater is the exact same pie entered in the Aussie competition and they must be doing something right, serving up a grand total of 167,000 pies last year and the way the pies are rushing out the doors this year they may even top that.
We just try to do our best and we will get the results back this week and we will review these and see how we can improve and do even better next year, Paul said.
We try to offer a big variety so there is always something fresh and new for customers to try but of course we keep our favourites and best sellers too to keep our customers happy.
And their award winning products are all for the meat lovers, Paul and Robyn have come up with some delicious vegetarian pies and generally have five varieties on offer .
As for who comes up with the award winning recipes Paul said he and Robyn are always on the lookout for new ideas.
In the old days it was basically a matter of throwing the ingredients in a pot and adding a bit of thickener but now with all the reality cooking shows Paul said this has influenced major changes in the industry.
Paul enjoys watching Master Chef and getting ideas from the top chefs and still gets a buzz out of creating new recipes and sharing his passion with his customers.
So after...

13:19

9th Birthday Market "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Its our birthday today . or it will be our 9th birthday market on Saturday this week!  Who would have thought that our little market that started off at Mansfield Primary School under the (newly completed) big roof would be the thriving market place that it is today?  We moved to our main street location nearly 4 years ago and have continued to grow since then.  Many thanks to our loyal shoppers who have supported us over the years buying direct from the farmer / producer helps small businesses grow. There are some stalls who started at our market but no longer attend often this is because they used the market to test their product and have now grown and moved onto bigger things!  What a great outcome!

Spring has sprung according to the calendar but we are still experiencing winter like weather.  Our big mountains Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are both experiencing Spring snow falls like they havent seen in many years. Mt Buller has extended their open season until the end of the school holidays and there is PLENTY of snow to ski / board / play in.  Make the most of it and head on up after the market or on Sunday.

A reminder that our market is now SMOKE FREE.  This legislation came into play on the 1st August and covers the whole market area.

We have a great line up of stallholders for Saturday 23rd check the list below.  Remember that many are happy to accept pre-orders and will put your shopping aside for you until you arrive at the market.  A win win!

Stallholders 23rd September (correct as at 19/9/2017)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm Bread & pies
  3. Bottom of the Hill porridge
  4. Chocolaterie RenMar
  5. Earthy Wellbeing teas
  6. Garys veggies
  7. Gregs Seedlings
  8. Greta Valley Eggs
  9. Heirloom Naturally
  10. Jeddas Garden
  11. Jillicious back in October...

13:19

Broiler farm objectors plea to council "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WOOREEN residents are concerned the approval of a broiler farm proposed for their rural district will lead to more poultry farming in South Gippsland.
South Gippsland Shire Council will consider a planning permit application to build a 400,000 bird farm in 10 sheds at 80 Pit Road at its September 27 council meeting.
The recommendation before council is to approve a permit, with a council officer report saying conditions to be applied will address amenity impacts.
The proposal has received more than 120 objections and one submission in support.
Objectors who have dubbed themselves the Wooreen Warriors will present at councils public presentation session tomorrow (Wednesday).
They are concerned about Boyle Creek will be contaminated by run-off, erosion, dust and increased truck traffic.
Dairy farmer Jackie Thorn urged council not to take the areas beauty for granted.
This is a creep of change and once the beautys gone, you cant fix it, she said.
Objector Kath Goller said, More than 12ha of that steep landscape will have to be reconfigured into an industrial landscape.
Its discordant with the character of the place and the current land uses.
She is worried about disease carrying dust landing on her roof and entering her water tank, and others believe such particles could affect the organic status of a nearby farm.
Isabelle Cooper said any contamination of Boyle Creek would end up in the Tarwin River Meeniyan and Dumbalks water supply.
We moved here because the council says to Come for the beauty, stay for the lifestyle and so we did, and now theyre going to stuff it up, she said.
Ms Goller is also concerned about the impact on wildlife in the waterways: freshwater crayfish, blackfish and freshwater mussels.
Tom Daffy and Deb Brown run Black Duck Farm bed and breakfast nearby, and believed the poultry farm would have negative impacts on their business.
Adele Upton and Mark Bradbury also run Waterfall Valley Retreat accommodation nearby and share similar concerns.
Ms Brown said, Were worried about the impact on the environment and also the noise and extra trucks on the road.
Mr Daffy said while the subject land may be zoned farming, he said broiler farms were factory farming.
They can call it rural but its an industrial complex, he said.
Objector Adele Upton said, There have already been landslips in the area because of all the rain.
It could be hard to enforce the conditions (on the permit) if there are any problems.
Peter Cooper believed the broiler farms location at the top of the Boyle Creek valley would amplify smell issues, saying the valley acts like a funnel.
The smell is going to come right down the valley, he said.

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13:18

High pie recognition "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KELLYS Bakery serves mouth watering pies in Korumburra and their recent award proves that.
Bakery owner, Jason Kelly collected a silver medal for his slow cooked pork pie with smoky barbecue flavour at the Great Aussie Pie Competition held in Sydney last week.
Its good to win an award nationwide, Mr Kelly said.
Our pork pie is a new flavour and its quite nice.
Pies at Kellys Bakery are a huge hit with customers; the bakers make around 200 pies per day.
A new pie has been entered into the competition every year for 17 years, and almost every year the bakery has taken home an award.
The competition is judged over a four day period by an elite team of 16 judges from the baking industry.
Ten categories of pies are appraised including plain meat and chunky, gourmet meat/gourmet section including red meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetarian, gluten free, breakfast and apple.

Delicious pies: Kellys Bakery bakers from left, Angus Cooney, David King, owner Jason Kelly and Stephan Williams received a silver award for their slow cooked pork pies with smoky barbecue flavour at the Great Aussie Pie Competition held in Sydney last week.

13:17

Burra Foods praises top farmers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BURRA Foods honoured first class suppliers at an awards ceremony at the Korumburra Showgrounds last Tuesday, September 12.
The Korumburra-based milk processor presented Gold Quality Awards to farmers who had produced A Grade milk all season with average bulk milk cell count of less than 100,000, and Silver Quality Awards to farmers whose milk had a count of between 100,000 and 150,000.
Up to 50 new suppliers attended the open day, which included a tour of the factory to demonstrate the companys capabilities within the manufacturing sector.
Burra Foods Korumburra processing plant creates 50 to 70 products.
Burra Foods chief executive officer Grant Crothers said, It is an introduction to the new suppliers who have joined us recently, and get them to understand Burra more and what we do and how we do it, and give our new and existing suppliers an opportunity to have a look at the factory.
Quality assurance testing occurs on site and the company spends a lot of time refining processes to ensure customers are provided with the product they want.
Water is one of the plants biggest by-products and recovers around 80,000 litres of water per hour, of which around 10 percent is waste.
The plant has two million litres of storage on site, however is unable to operate self sufficiently at this stage as some processes cannot be completed with recycled water.
In terms of water use, the plant is currently about 70 percent efficient, but is working towards getting as close to 100 percent as possible.
This year, Burra Foods will process around 350 million litres, up about 20 percent on the last year and is currently processing around nine million litres per week.
The company now has more than 200 suppliers for the first time in its history.

Talented farmers: from left, Burra Foods Silver Quality milk suppliers, Brendan McGlead of Foster, Dee and Colin Hendrikse of Driffield, Rachael and Klara McGlead of Foster, Joe Meggetto of Warragul South, Graham Wildes of Yannathan, Jason and Zac McRae of Middle Tarwin, Kerrie Redm...

13:16

Health emergency "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

BASS Coast Health is looking to attract State Government support to the tune of $10 million to relocate the emergency department.
Wonthaggi Hospital patients have had difficulty accessing the emergency department in its current location at the back of the building.
The need for a relocated emergency department is more critical than ever, with the hospital seeing a record breaking 1073 patients during the last peak summer period.
Although no election promises have been made, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy toured the hospital last Tuesday, September 12.
Mr Guy said the emergency department needed to be relocated to the front of the building.
The emergency department is at the wrong end of the hospital and it is a rabbit warren. While it is a good hospital, they are doing a huge amount of work with limited resources, he said.
I really cant praise highly enough the staff of the hospital. They are obviously working as hard as they can and its difficult in some of the conditions when they have demand that doubles over summer.
With just six bays in the emergency department, they do the best they can with the resources available.
Mr Guy said the hospital now needs government support to keep up with the increasing population.
Id say Bass Coast is one of the fastest growing shires outside of Melbourne. It has got a huge population projection boom ahead of it. We cant ignore this area. If the services are not updated, we wont be ready for this growth, he said.
Thats why $10 million to do this job now is a better investment than paying $40 million in 20 years when the population wouldve increased exponentially. It makes better financial sense to back the hospital when theyre asking.
A spokesperson from Minister for Health Jill Hennesseys office said the State Government continued to work with hospitals to address demand and cost pressures.
Bass Coast Health alone received, in this years budget, $43.9 million up 14.1 per cent from last year or $5.4 million. Thats a whopping 36.6 per cent or $11.7 million more than they did under the former Liberal Governments last budget, they said.
Mr Guy congratulated the hospitals management and board for developing its master plan.
Theyve got a lot of land, so they have been able to optimise what they are going to do with the site, he said.

 

13:13

Youth unemployment rises "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

YOUTH unemployment in Gippsland is rising as the State Governments regional jobs crisis continues, according to The Nationals Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath.
Australia Bureau of Statistics data for June shows the regions youth unemployment rate is 15.8 percent, compared with the non-metropolitan average of 10.1 percent.
The ABS figures show that youth unemployment in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley is rising, up three percent from June last year and 4.6 percent since Daniel Andrews came to office, Ms Bath said.
Ms Bath said the premier was failing the regions youth when he should be providing critical support so they could get a good start in the workforce.
Labors Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said, Youth unemployment rates often fluctuate. Theres no doubt there are many young people within our regional communities who need to overcome numerous barriers when it comes to finding and keeping a job.
The Andrews Labor Governments pipeline of infrastructure projects across, will offer opportunities for trainees, apprentices and cadets.
We have also invested $63 million in Jobs Victoria for support programs and employment providers to target young jobseekers, and our Jobs Victoria Employment Network is also helping young people from the final years of schooling to access the skills and training they need to land their first job, and set up a meaningful career.
Wendy Major, executive officer at South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network said when unemployment rates increase, young people were always the first to be impacted.
We need to build stronger communities from within that demonstrate young people are a valuable investment in our local economy, she said.
As a community we can support young people by giving them the opportunity to develop real skills through work experiences such as industry placements, school based apprenticeships and volunteering.
Construction, transport, agriculture, health, tourism, education and service industries are all areas of strong growth and youth employment potential across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.

Lucky ones: from left, Kaitlyn Casbolt, Maya Kadarusman, Rhiannon Nicholls and Bec Norman are employed at Paradise Pizza in Leon...

13:08

Costs revealed "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council spent $1.32 million on capital improvements and operation of the Yanakie and Long Jetty caravan parks in the past four years.
But a council report to the September 27 council meeting indicates council has incurred a loss of $335,827 over the past four years across the two parks, with the less popular Long Jetty park at Port Welshpool costing the most.
The report states a small return was prevented by extraordinary operational expenses: legal advice that cost $163,770, provision of bad debt that cost $163,706, and consultancy costs of $52,668 to develop a draft masterplan and business case for each park.
Council took over direct management of the parks in 2013, saying the parks were then in a state of disrepair and required investment to address electrical, fire and public safety compliance needs.
At the time, the parks were mainly occupied by annual siteholders with limited short stay options, and the majority of caravans were in a poor condition with compliance and safety concerns, a council report stated, with siteholders building unlawful structures.
Reportedly more than 150 siteholders left the parks, after council increased site fees and attempted to work with siteholders to ensure their caravans were compliant over two years.
That prompted the siteholders to take legal action against council in the Supreme Court, which was later settled and withdrawn, with both parties covering their own costs.
The council report recommends council now establish a caravan and camping park committee to provide strategic advice to council on the future management and investment options for the Long Jetty and Yanakie caravan parks.
Councillors now hold mixed views about councils involvement in the operation of the parks.
The decision to operate the caravan parks was a decision of the former council.
Cr Lorraine Brunt, who served on that council, said, The caravan parks have been a difficult process to get facilities in our shire that the community and visitors find acceptable.
Once we receive more information I will comment further, but I believe given where we have come from and where we are situated now, we can look forward to the future.
Cr Brunt said over the next three to five years, upgraded facilities would pay back councils investment.
She also expects an independent operator will be prepared to look at the parks as a great investment opportunity, with a lease that keeps the facilities in an achievable condition that meets visitor expectation.
Im rather positive that our investment will be repaid, she said.
Deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said she would form an opinion when she has considered all options available.
Cr Meg Edwards is also yet to make up her mind.
I have certainly seen different perspectives over the time Ive been i...

13:07

TIMBER OUTRAGE "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

VICFORESTS still intends to log approximately 50 hectares of Mirboo North forest despite community opposition.
A large portion of the Mirboo North community strongly opposed VicForests proposal to clear fell Mirboo North forest.
Around 374 people posed their concerned questions and comments to VicForests general manager stakeholders and planning officer Lachlan Spencer at the Mirboo North Hall on Thursday, September 14.
VicRoads still plan to clear fell three coups of remnant native forest identified to VicForests as the Oscine, Doug and Samson coupes.
This is a very extensive project that we are undertaking in good faith, Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said.
What I will do now is have a discussion with minister Lily DAmbrosio next week. Ill take the motion along which has been drafted and distributed by Coal and Coal Seam Gas Free Mirboo North group member Marg Thomas and what Ill do is provide a report back on that motion.
Our next steps as far as the government position on this, we will continue to work through the VicForests engagement.
Member of the Mirboo North Wednesday Warriors Grant ONeill said the meeting went very well and the community certainly got its message across.
The next step for the Mirboo North community is to elect a steering committee of people opposing to the proposal.
The committee will fend off any degradation of any of our bushland around Mirboo North, Mr ONeill said.
The group will have to see if they can get any financial assistance to conduct a survey.
The survey will find all of the living creatures and plants that are currently living in the coupes targeted for logging, as well as trees and plants.
Weve got people coming forward who want to be part of the committee. Were just putting names together now and next week we will announce the members.
These were the only untouched areas during the bushfires; these coupes have been responsible for repopulating everything because its unburnt.
We went spotlighting through all of the proposed logging coupes and we found a Greater Glider which hasnt been spotted since 2012.
Mr ONeill said the committee and community will have enough evidence that VicForests will be fools to even attempt clear felling the areas.
South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said she will give a report to council before taking further action.
Mr Spencer said that VicForests openly encourages input from the public into its operations.
We look forward to working together with the local Mirboo North community and developing our plans in a way that incorporates their feedback, he said.
Mr Spencer said no harvesting will be taking place before June 2018.
The meeting was organised in order to give us an idea of what things are most important to t...

12:59

Jelbarts Caldermeade herd to sell "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Caldermeade Dairy and Cafe, which was owned by the Jelbart family has sold, after around 12 months on the market.
The entire milking herd of around 340 Holstein Friesian autumn calvers will be dispersed at a sale on Friday, October 6 at 10.30am at VLE Leongatha.
Tim Jelbart said the quality of the herd was a reflection of his late father Maxs dedication to using the best genetics to breed the best cows.
Dad was an industry leader and passionate about dairying. He started dairy farming in 1981 with 140 cows and now we milk 1400 cows between two farms, he said.
Tim said Maxs passionate commitment to the dairy industry was outstanding and was heavily involved on the boards of Murray Goulburn, Marcus Oldham College and Australian Dairy Farmers.
Max was also a president of the South Gippsland Branch of United Dairy Farmers of Victoria and a life member of the Nuffield Farmers Scholars Australia.
He was always willing to try new things, which meant he was always using top quality genetics to try and push production and longevity boundaries, Tim said.
He knew how to grow grass, everyone was always amazed at how much grass he could grow.
The herd is currently averaging around 33.5 litres per day, with 3.8 per cent fat, 3.5 per cent protein and a cell count of 100,000.
Sire groups selling include Medallion, Delsanto, Christmas, Gold Crown, Cardinal, Buddha with cows rejoined to Medallion, Royalman and Challenger.
Tim said each cow has been pregnancy tested, has full herd test records and three generations of pedigree reports.
The Jelbarts have been improving their herd through AI and Genetics Australia since the early 1990s.
For the past 25 years Gerard Brislin has worked with the Jelbart family as an adviser across the breeding program at Caldermeade Farm and Pound Creek, sharing ideas and thoughts with Max, whilst also being challenged by Maxs inquisitive mind.
Across the 25 years we have seen lots of changes in the world of dairy genetics, but the thing that hasnt changed was ensuring we maintain a strong focus on maximising productivity and economic returns against investment made around genetics, he said.
The Caldermeade herd is positioned in the top five per cent of the Holstein breed nationally when analysing herd records and data against the industries recognised economic index the Balanced Performance Index.
You dont just buy genetics, you invest in genetics and in the future of your dairy herd and this is very evident around the sale of this herd next month, Gerard said.
It has been a privilege to have played a role in developing this herd to where it is today.
Gerard strongly encouraged commercial dairy producers to get along and secure genetics that rarely come on to the open market.
Tim said the decision to sell the Caldermeade farm wa...

12:58

Introduced Animals in Danger "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia is said to have the largest wild population of camels in the world after being introduced to Australian during the 19th century.

To put it into perspective, in 2008 Australias camel population was estimated at about one million and this was projected to double every 8 to 10 years.

However, camels werent the only introduced animal to Australia that are seen as pests and are at risk of possible eradication.

Dr Arian Wallach, ecologist with the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology in Sydney spoke to Kylie Sturgess on The Mag this morning to tell us more about megafauna and introduced species.

Play Dr Arian Wallach

12:58

Tim shows his auctioneering flair "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TIM Gibson flew the flag for Alex Scott and Staffs Korumburra office in a recent state-wide auctioneering competition.
The livestock agent competed in the 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition at the Victorian Livestock Exchange at Pakenham.
The event was hosted by the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association and saw contestants auction three pens at a live sale.
Mr Gibson, of Bunyip, services Alex Scotts Korumburra office.
The event was won by Murray Bennett of Landmark Wangaratta and runner-up was Joe Allen from Elders Euroa.
I was glad I did it as its given me the opportunity to polish my auctioneering skills, Mr Gibson said.
Looking back to six months ago, I have improved since then.
Candidates were assessed on clarity, introduction, patter and knockdown.
So you have got a lot of things to think about while you are doing it, Mr Gibson said.
The final pool of competitors was selected at an ALPA auctioneers school at Bendigo in June.

12:57

Expo excitement builds "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Strzelecki Lions Club is proud to be hosting the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra on September 27 and 28.
The event will open at 9am and close at 3.30pm on both days.
Entry is $10 per person and children under 16 are free.
The Dairy Expo started in 2000 with the committee having a core objective to deliver a one stop shop to local farmers so that if they were busy they could visit, do their business and leave after a valuable couple of hours of researching.
This years event will have the same focus.
The Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for members of the dairying fraternity to be able to showcase the latest in dairy innovation and technology to local farmers.
The Dairy Expo could not happen without the loyal support of major sponsor Murray Goulburn and MG Trading.
This relationship has been in place for 17 years, and everyone is encouraged to call in and visit their hospitality area and have a chat with the enthusiastic team.
South Gippsland is lucky to be home of some exceptional dairy farm enterprises which form a significant part of the rural community.
The Dairy Expo would not be an 18 year success story without the tremendous support and help from its community and volunteers.
The Korumburra Rotary Club will be in charge of the Kids Activity Pavilion.
This will include some farm animal pens, cow moulds for painting, a dairy dress up corner and much more, so be sure to bring the children along to enjoy these free activities.
A big thank you goes to Parmalat, that sponsored the Kids Activity Pavilion and offered this free entertainment for the children.
The Dairy Expo is an event organised and run by volunteers. Each year, enthusiastic parents and volunteers from the Poowong Kindergarten organise the catering for all attendees.
The Strzelecki Lions Club would like to thank the other community volunteers who assist with the event each year.
Matt Harms will be hosting a session sponsored by South Gippsland Shire Council and Rabobank on September 27 at 11am.
The session is titled Our prediction for the coming season is unpredictable.
The session will cover milk prices, season, illnesses and other external factors that are highly unpredictable, and attendees will hear how others have previously managed these pressures. When thrown an unpredictable event, how have they persisted and strengthened their business to withstand future events?
Panel members will share their experiences, how their businesses have performed under pressure, and how they have come out trumps.
The panel members include Yannathans Dean Turner, Inverlochs Warren and Kerrie Redmond, South Gippsland Shire Councils Penni Ellicott, Rabobanks Jamie Murphy and Outtrims Andrew and Sue Lamers.
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12:53

Knights stay strong against Lang Lang "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Knights Reserves took on Lang Lang United in a replay of last years Reserves grand final.
Knights and United last played out a four all draw.
The Knights had regular Reserves keeper Shem Murphy in goal and he was tested early when a clearance ricocheted off a Lang Lang player and looked like going in.
Shem was tuned in and was able to make a great save.
Knights started the match with Tom Barker, Tom Rycks, David Simon and Curtis Rintoule in defence.
This represents the strongest defensive four that the Knights team have fielded.
The Leongatha side was able to get the first goal of the match when the Lang Lang keeper came out to a long ball but was only able to clear the ball back into general play, whereby Stuart McNaughton was able to run onto the ball and make a strike that beat the scrambling defenders.
Chris Gale was substituted for Sean Villasevil the Knights attack started to fire.
Matt Wardle and Sean caused some problems for the Lang Lang defenders.
Captain Brian Gannon received the ball in the midfield, quickly turned his marker and put through a long ball for Sean to run on to.
The shot beat the keeper for the Knights second goal of the day.
Knights had a Stuart, Brian, Wade Bashaw and Chris Wightman holding the midfield and utilising their passing game to allow Sean and Matt to run onto a number of balls, but the United keeper was able to continue to get a hand on the ball.
The second half saw the introduction of Paul Wynne, with Leongatha looking to continue to hold the ball and attack the Lang Lang goal.
The Knights day looked complete when Stuart took a run down the left wing and on his left was able to put the ball high in to the Lang Lang net.
Lang Lang started to respond and when an attacker made a run down the right wing he was able to cross it for a regulation goal.
The Knights were able to get the score back on their side when Chris Gale took a corner only for Lang Lang to clear it out to Brian who was waiting at the top of the square.
His left foot shot through the heavy defence had the keeper unsighted and rebounded in off the left hand goal post.
Brian was taken down inside the box and given a penalty, though the United keeper was able to get a hand on the shot and parry it wide.
Lang Lang found some run, with all out attack they pushed nearly everyone forwards
The long ball in behind the defence allowed the United side to score against the flow and suddenly they had their backs up.
Again the Lang Lang side surged forward and with a long throw down the line, a cross and a goal meant that suddenly they had tightened up the game.
It wasnt long before the whistle blew for full time.
It was four to three in favour of the Knights.
Lang Lang again proved what a tough side they are...

12:52

Gymnasts shine, both young and old "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TERM 3 has been a successful one for Leongatha Gymnastics Clubs competitive gymnasts.
Head coach Miranda has competed at two Masters events on the July 8 and August 27.
Masters gymnastics is open to anyone over the age of 18.
Miranda did an amazing job finishing first on all events and first overall at the Wesley Competition and finished with five firsts, three seconds and second overall at the Knox Masters competition.
Miranda now has her sights set on the Australian Masters Games in Tasmania in October.
The club wishes her the best of luck.
Leongatha Gymnastics Clubs junior and senior gymnasts have also started the competition season with great results at the Energetic Cup held in Maffra on Saturday, September 2.
For many of the gymnasts this was their first competition ever.
Level 1s did extremely well to overcome nerves and had a great time coming 11th.
Level 2 blue team came sixth overall with a fifth place on bar, green team came 10th.
Level 3 came 12th overall with a third on vault.
Level 4 came fourth overall with a fifth of beam and floor, third on bar and first on vault.
Level 5 came third overall and third on each apparatus.
Gymnasts attending Leongatha Gymnastics Club come from all over South Gippsland and Bass Coast, including Phillip Island.

Great job: Leongatha Gymnastics Club was well represented at a recent competition.

12:51

Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

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Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...

12:49

Swimmers amaze at championships "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A DEDICATED team of 18 swimmers from South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club joined the best swimmers from all over country Victoria in Wangaratta for the 2017 Victorian Country Short Course Championships recently.
An all round effort across the two days of racing culminated in a sixth place overall finish.
This is the clubs best result at a Victorian Country Championship.
An exceptional result for the club was the boys category, where it finished second overall.
The 2017 South Gippsland Bass Victorian Country Short Course Championship team comprised the following swimmers; Belinda Baird, Tomei Dal Pozzo, Locke DeGaris, Elle Douglas, Nathan Foote, Riley Harris, Oscar Hughes, Freya Liepa, Sophie McKenzie, Dylan Muir, Trinity OKeefe, Isabelle ONeill, Cooper Quaife, Hannah Simmons, Jordi Vanderkolk, Mayson Vanderkolk, Joshua Wight and Nicolette Wight.
The coaches were Brett Kerr and Dylan Muir.
An outstanding medal haul was led by captain Nathan Foote, who dominated with three gold, one silver and one bronze.
Cooper Quaife excelled with one gold and three bronze and Locke DeGaris brought home two silver and two bronze.
Sophie McKenzie, Nicolette Wight and Dylan Muir secured a silver medal each, whilst Trinity OKeefe and Joshua Wight came away with bronze.
Eleven swimmers had top eight finishes spread over 40 races.
The club now looks ahead to the Victorian Age and Open Short Course Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, where the swimmers will continue to extend themselves and excel.

Medal haul: captain Nathan Foote and Locke DeGaris impressively represented South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club at the 2017 Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Wangaratta recently. The club was represented by a team of 18.

12:48

Thrilling grand final results on the courts "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A Grade
WITH Korumburra Bena undefeated all season, accounting for the Dalyston in both home and away game and Dalyston losing the first week of finals, the Giants came in as heavy favourites.
However, Dalyston thrive on the underdog status and love nothing more than taking on Korumburra Bena in big finals.
The crowd must have known this too, as they were packed in five and six deep around the courts, in anticipation of a great game.
Dalyston came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.
They jumped to a five to one lead, making much more out of their opportunities than the Giants.
Giants coach Christie Hillberg (GA) opted to make no changes at quarter time, backed her starting seven in and looked to be the right choice, grabbing the first two goals of the quarter but thats when the momentum swung in Dalystons favour.
Dalyston had the Giants rattled and half time couldnt come quick enough for Giants girls, Dalyston nine up at the main break.
There was expectation in the air that this would be quarter the Giants would get back into the game.
However it was Dalyston who took the initiative at the start of the quarter, getting the first two goals and the lead out to 11.
It was the massive work rate and pressure of the Dalyston midcourt that was keeping the Giants at bay.
Dalyston had a steely look of determination at start of the last, personified by Alana McRae and her repeated efforts in defence and chasing down numerous loose balls.
Dalyston had it in the bag with half the quarter left to play.
Best on court: Jarney Thomas (Dalyston).
B Grade
WITH the Giants giving Dalyston a 35 goal trouncing in the second semi final, it was going to be very interesting to see how they would respond.
It was a fast start to the game, the ball whizzing up and down the court.
The Giants up four at the first break.
The Giants controlled the momentum of the game, doubling their quarter time score to lead by eight at half time.
It is said the third quarter is the premiership quarter and it certainly was the case here; the Giants winning all positions on the court.
It was going to take a big effort for Dalyston to get back into the game and they certainly gave it a shake.
The Giant settled with number of goals of intercepts and the game was well out of Dalystons reach, taking the win by 10 goals and making it back to back premierships for Giants.
Best on court: Jamie-Lee Jeffs (Korumburra Bena).
C Grade
WITH Koo Wee Rup causing an upset in the second semi, beating Dalyston by three goals, the stage was set for a Dalyston come back.
The game was a scrappy start; a heavy shower didnt help the situation, both teams with a number of unforced errors.
The Demons were up one at the main break.
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12:45

IK bring home the cup "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Sea Eagles ran away with a premiership win, thumping new rivals Cora Lynn in the all important grand final clash.
From Clint McCaughans first goal six minutes into the opening quarter, IK had full control of the game.
With the wind advantage in the first quarter, IK kicked four goals through Tom Bartholomew, Tom Hams and Toby Mahoney.
Mahoney had an extraordinary game, picking up the best on ground medal at the end of the match and kicking a whopping four goals for the day.
The Cobras were silenced for the opening quarter, kicking one behind.
Supporters were keen to see what the second quarter would bring, expecting the wind advantage would give the Cobras the break it needed to catch up.
However, IK was hungry for its first premiership victory since 1986, and kept the Cobras to a low two goals.
IK was looking to remain scoreless for the quarter, but Mahoney and William Hetherington kicked two late goals to see out the quarter.
IK retained a four goal lead heading into the long break.
After recharging the batteries, IK was back at it, slamming four more goals past the sticks.
Meanwhile the defence worked hard to ensure the Cobras stayed down, only allowing one major for the quarter.
IK really drove the win home in the final quarter. Giving their all and inspiring their supporters, IK finished the game off with a massive eight goal haul.
Adam Cross kicked off the barrage of goals 47 seconds into the last quarter, opening the flood gates for Shem Hawking, Mahoney, Tom Wyatt, Daniel Houston and Dylan Clark to follow his lead.
Corey Casey solidified the win with one final goal at the 16 minute mark, 10 minutes before the siren.
IK celebrated a massive 95 point premiership win.
Back in the rooms, coach Ben Soumilas encouraged his team to be humble in their win, and to share the moment with all the people who supported them through their footy careers.

Massive moment: Inverloch Kongwak captain Dale Lawton and coach Ben Soumilas raised the premiership cup in victory on Saturday.

12:41

Vernon leads Parrots into third grand final battle "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the grand final showdown less than a week away, Leongatha Parrots Seniors coach Beau Vernon is hoping third time is a lucky charm for this team.
Since Vernon took on the coachs role in 2015, the Parrots have featured in the grand final dance. However, they are yet to take home the silverware.
Vernon is waiting on Saturday with high anticipation.
Im excited; finals season is a great time of the year, he said.
Im a Richmond supporter so Im up and about at the moment. The team has a good clean bill of health and they are ready to go.
When asked if he believed the team had a shot at taking home the premiership win, Vernon said he would be taking the match quarter by quarter.
We arent looking at the final outcome just yet. We are just going to go out there and enjoy it for what it is, he said.
This year has been exciting for us. Weve got a lot of really good young players. Theyve come up from juniors and developed through to the Seniors. They have great energy.
Vernon said there was no doubt his coaching technique had changed over the years.
You learn a lot about footy and yourself (when youre coaching), he said.
The game and the techniques are always evolving, so youre always going to grow and find different aspects to try.
Leongatha will be coming up against Maffra this weekend, which has been a strong contender all year.
Both teams have won a game against each other this year, making the grand final the ultimate decider.
In the lead up to the game, Vernon said the boys would continue to train as normal.
Off the field, Vernon has continued to do public speaking, and recently finished his business degree. Between family and football commitments, this time of year has been full on.
I dont have any special techniques for juggling it all, I just take it as anyone else would, he said.
While no decisions have been made as to whether he will return to the coaching position next year, he has enjoyed his time and the support from the club.
To help get the boys ready for the big game, the community is invited to join the Parrots for a club dinner on Thursday night.
Its $15 for meals and dessert, which kicks off at 7pm.
The club would appreciate the support and to see the community getting behind the grand final teams.

12:29

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever. Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters return to thrill audiences with their much loved music. 2018 is the 50 year celebration of Led Zeppelins first ever performance. This milestone event will be celebrated at Bluesfest when they perform a number of Led Zeppelin classics. International superstar Lionel Richie will bring his full arena spectacular to Byron Bay this Easter. Local legends The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana head up the Australian contingent, and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers and The New Power Generation will bring the funk during their electric, high-energy sets.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble comments on the announcement:

Well here it is, the first of our announcements for Bluesfest 2018, and what an announcement it is! Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Jose Gonzalez, First Aid Kit plus two of Australias greatest artists The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana, who is on fire right now.

There is lots more from Morcheeba, the amazing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real! Eric Gales and the California Honeydrops returning by popular demand from the last festival. We have lots of Blues in this announcement too and we are just getting started. We are going to have a great festival in 2018! Hope to see you there.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29 th March to Monday 2 nd of April 2018) for the 29 th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on site
camping in a range of accommodation options.

THE 2017 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through...

11:37

Beach Hotel in Byron sold to investment company "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of Byron Bay's Beach Hotel, which is for sale for $75 million. Photo supplied

Aerial view of Byron Bays Beach Hotel, which has sold for an estimated $70 million. Photo supplied

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay is once again changing hands with The Australian reporting that it has sold for $70 million.

Impact Investment Group, a Melbourne based firm, has confirmed to Echonetdaily that they are expecting that contracts for settlement will be exchanged in around six months some time in February 2018.

We have a strong network in Byron Bay and will be working with the current tenants, said a Spokesperson for Impact Investment Group.

The community can take confidence that working with the community is something that Impact Investment has done and will continue to do.

Its an iconic and much loved hotel. We are really excited about the possibilities to rejuvenate the hotel.

According to their website their mission is to shift capital towards investments that blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact, and to lead by example in using all of our resources to create the world we want to live in.

The Australian reported that Impact Investment is a private equity firm believed to be backed by the wealthy Liberman family that has more than $400 million in funds under management. Investors include wealthy individuals, families, institutional investors, corporations and foundations.

Amusingly the owner, racing car driver, Max Twigg, had a week earlier denied to The Australian that he was selling the hotel stating that, I am a happy owner, I have been for ten years.

Echonetdaily contacted The Beach Hotel but no comment will be available on the sale until General Manager, Elke van Haandel, returns from her overseas trip in late September.

The post...

11:35

Fortitude Valley to house states first vertical high school and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The location of the former Brooke Street state school in Fortitude Valley will likely become home to the states first vertical high school by 2020 (Image Credits: JAM project).

Last month, Education Queensland began investigating a vertical high schools policy. High-school cramming in inner-city school necessitated the need for a new model for school development.

 

The Fortitude Valley location is one of two proposed vertical high school schools in Brisbane, with the second slated for the inner south.

 

A planning day run by the Department of Education in November will develop concepts for the Fortitude Valley proposal.

 

The schools will accommodate between 1200 and 1500 students each.

 

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10:57

Change the world one action at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishop's house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishops house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Have you been wondering how to take action on climate change and reduce your carbon footprint? Repower Byron Shire, launched on Sunday 17 September, is helping the Byron Shire community do just that.

ENOVA, Zero Emissions Byron and COREM have come together with Byron Shire Council to encourage people in the shire to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy use.

Two streets have been selected, one in Mullumbimby and one in Byron Bay that will be run pilot program beginning in late September that hopes to see the entire street reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning to renewables.

These locals have already embraced the concept and street champions have been identified. Once we have had a chance to see how the program can run practically on a small scale, it will be launched into the wider community, says Byron Shire councilor Jeanette Martin.

Repower Byron Shire Launch From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch
From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

The campaign will focus on three st...

10:50

Ballina Ocean pool design being considered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballina's Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballinas Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The prospect of swimming in a shark-free ocean pool at Shelly Beach has moved a step closer after the engineering design brief for the Ballina Ocean Pool was sent out to a number of consultants recently.

The assessment will look at the coastal processes involved in the construction and operation of the pool, including the impacts of wave action on the pool, possible changes to sediment movement in the area, water quality inside the pool, wave overtopping behaviour and pool flushing.

Ballina Deputy Mayor and committee member Jeff Johnson said the purpose of the report is to provide an understanding of the performance and behaviour of an ocean pool at Shelly Beach and the impact, if any, on the ocean processes nearby.

This will help in the assessment of how well an ocean pool at Shelly Beach will work and will influence the final design chosen, Mr Johnson said.

The Ballina Ocean Pool Committee has been putting this brief together for some time now and it is the culmination of lots of preliminary research, he added.

Other reports underway include an assessment of the marine ecology on the Shelly Beach rock shelf and whether the pool can provide an enhanced environment for the existing flora and fauna, said Cr Johnson.

These studies are being undertaken by Professor Peter Harrison and the Marine Ecology Department at Southern Cross University.

Our intention all along was to design an ocean pool that is interactive with the ocean and has minimal ongoing maintenance. Those two elements will form a key part in the final design, Cr Johnson said.

Local structural engineer and Ballina Ocean Pool Committee member, Peter Lucena has been working on the design brief in conjunction with internationally renowned coastal engineer, Doug Lord, who has been providing assistance on a voluntary basis. Hes an expert in his field and has also held senior government positions and been on numerous advisory panels.

Its a real boost for our committee to have that expertise onboard to help e...

10:44

Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Dragonfruit

Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.

They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane! International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
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10:41

Local Jobs First Roundtable to be held in Cairns and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Cairns is set to host a Local Jobs First Roundtable today, bringing both government and industry officials together to improve the employability of local young people in the tourism industry. (image credit: wikimedia)

Employment Minister Grace Grace will lead the Roundtable, with the goal of maximising employment opportunities for locals in Queenslands ever-growing billion dollar tourism industry.

In the past years, tourism contributes $11.5 billion to Queenslands economy, making up 5.8 per cent of Queenslands workforce.

Full-time effort to coordinate management of feral pigs in north Queensland introduced

10:35

Tamara to take police petition to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith met with Alstonville community representatives over the weekend to receive their petition for police officers to be stationed permanently at Alstonville.

Ive met with members of the community, our new permanent Alstonville police officer Sean Daley and Inspector Bill McKenna to discuss the impacts of youth crime in Alstonville, she said.

An elderly resident was terrified during a recent robbery and as far as Im concerned we need a zero tolerance on crime in our peaceful village and the police agree. This has gone well beyond vandalism and graffiti.

Thankfully we now have a dedicated police presence and hopefully before Christmas the second officer will be appointed and take up residence in the station, said Ms Smith.

I will present this petition to the NSW Parliament this week. I am thankful to the business owners and community members who have signed the petition. It will bring attention to the fact that NSW Police are hamstrung by their human resources policies which do not allow them to replace officers who are on sick leave, maternity leave or other long term leave.

Our police are taking the issue of youth crime in Alstonville seriously. Once again I ask anyone who feels unsafe or in danger to please call 000 and they will be responded to, said Ms Smith.

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10:34

Festival extension approved at Parklands "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18 event will not be able to operate at the North Byron Parklands site unless the operators receive an extension to their trial. Photo David Lowe

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18. Photo David Lowe

North Byron Parklands, home to Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass, has been granted a 20-month extension to its five-year trial by the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

The original five year trial period ended on December 31, 2017, leaving two days of the Falls Festival without permission to go ahed.

The approval now means that the Byron leg of the Falls Music and Arts Festival 2017/2018, Splendour in the Grass 2018, Falls 2018/2019 and Splendour 2019 will go ahead at North Byron Parklands, organisers said.

Other than the extension of time, there were no additional changes sought in the application.

North Byron Parklands general manager Mat Morris said, The decision provides certainty, not only for the two world class festivals held at this site, but for hundreds of local businesses and individuals who generate income from these events. The decision also reflects the ongoing improvements to performance across a range of key areas such as traffic and noise.

Community association unhappy

However, the South Golden Beach Community Association vice-president, Denise Nessel said, The PAC ignored major concerns about ecological and social impacts, accepting Parklands claims that the events have only a negligible effect on the sensitive ecological area and that they are appropriately managing all the social impacts.

The PAC appears to have spent minimal time reviewing the detailed submissions sent by objectors. The quick decision strongly suggests that they had made up their minds to approve the extension before the public hearing.

Land swap

North Byron Parklands is now in the process of putting together its final application to become a permanent music, arts and community events...

10:20

Murdered Sydney mum grew up in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo Facebook

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydneys northern beaches. Photo Facebook

A former Byron Bay resident who was stabbed to death at her home on Sydneys northern beaches is being remembered as ethereal, funny, kind and gentle, by those close to her.

Lanell Latta, 50, was found dead at a house on Marine Parade in Avalon on Monday morning.

Ms Latta grew up in Byron Bay before moving to the home in Avalon, which she reportedly rented from supermodel Gemma Ward.

Her 25-year-old son was arrested in nearby Ruskin Rowe and taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.

He was charged with her murder as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.

Friends and family of the hairdresser have taken to social media to express their grief, saying they were speechless and heartbroken.

The world has lost a beautiful soul in Lanell she was taken from us way too early, in tragic circumstances, and Im sure all of us who knew her will miss her dearly, one friend wrote.

What a loss my beautiful friend ethereal, funny, kind and gentle. I have wonderful memories of you, and I wish you eternal peace now that you are home, another wrote.

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10:05

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []

09:21

Community input sought on Casino to Mbah rails "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

The question of community input into if, and how the train or rail trail should proceed is being questioned by Tweed Shire Council mayor Katie Milne at the next council meeting on September 21 in Tweed Heads.

I have a notice of motion on this Council agenda regarding my concerns about whether the community as a whole has had much involvement or input into this very expensive project, said mayor Milne.

The Greens mayor will then also be speaking at an open public forum about the rail corridor from Casino to Murwillumbah, to be held at the Murwillumbah Community Centre from  6pm on Monday September 25.

Beth Shelly from the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRG) said, We are not aware of any consultations that have taken place with the community and there are issues that many people are not aware of and this is an opportunity to share this information.

Other speakers who will address the forum include  NSW Greens transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi and  Northern Rivers Railway Action Group member Geoff Reid.

Come along and grab the opportunity to discuss real public transport options for the future. An eight train a day commuter rail service that extends to the Tweed and Gold Coast is the big picture for this region. Connecting cycleways with rail and buses to develop an integrated plan to get cars off the road will cut transport emissions and deliver real transport and ecotourism outcomes for all people, continued Shelley.

We are totally supportive of having both the rail trail and the train. In Victoria there are areas where they have rail trails beside the trains that works well.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi says, I would like to talk about the shambles that is transport planning from this government as well as the need for a sustainable...

09:00

Winning Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Short provocative sessions for strategists, campaigners and organisers.

Does your team need some fresh ideas to inspire your campaigning, organising and movement building?

These short taster sessions are designed to enliven team meetings, giving you new perspectives and frameworks to apply. Each session is a conversation guided by Holly Hammond, drawing on the source book and making connections with your work.

Book an exploration of one of these books, or a series of all four:

  • Jonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To: A Roadmap for Radicals
  • Mark & Paul Engler, This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
  • Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
  • Patrick Reinsborough & Doyle Canning, Re:Imagining Change: How to use story-based strategy to win campaigns, build movements, and change the world

Sessions will be one to three hours long, depending on the focus and the size of the group. Community of practice gatherings, such as cross-organisation networks, book clubs or groups of friends, are also welcome to book a session. If youre intrigued but you cant gather a crew theres potential to book a one-to-one session.

These sessions will be available from October to December so get in touch to book in.

Its like bookclub but you dont need to have read the book Holly definitely has! See below for more information about each book.

HegemonyHowToJonathan Mathew Smucker, Hegemony How To

A roadmap for radicals. Hegemony How-To is a practical guide to political struggle for a generation that is deeply ambivalent about questions of power, leadership, and strategy. Hopeful about the potential of todays burgeoning movements, long-time grassroots organizer Jonathan Smucker nonetheless pulls no punches when confronting their internal dysfunction. Drawing from personal experience, he provides deep theoretical insight into the all-too-familiar radical tendency toward self-defeating insularity and paralyzing purism. At the same time, he offers tools to bridge the divide between anti-authoritarian values and hegemonic strategies, tools that might just help todays movements to navigate their obstaclesand change the world.

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08:51

Lismore among top 10 for rooftop solar in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

More than 11,000 households and small businesses in Lismore have made the switch to renewable energy, making it the postcode with tenth most solar panels in the country.

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme postcode data released yesterday by the Clean Energy Regulator reflects a geographically diverse spread of installations, particularly in suburban, regional and rural areas of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

The postcodes of Bundaberg (Qld), Werribee and Hoppers Crossing (Vic) have accumulated the highest number of small-scale renewable energy installations since the scheme began in 2001, each reaching around 17,000 installations as at 1 September 2017.

Lismore Community Solar Project 's solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

Lismore Community Solar Project s solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

In fact, over the last 10 years, 23 per cent more Australians have embraced rooftop solar. Thats one in five homes and businesses now generating their own renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions through rooftop solar.

Last month, Australia hit a milestone of 6,000 megawatt capacity across 2.8 million small-scale installations of renewable energy systems such as solar PV systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. Thats enough to power 1.8 million homes.

How to participate

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme provides incentives for households and businesses to install small-scale power generation or reduce electricity use through energy efficient hot water systems. It works by creating a market for renewable energy certificates. For m...

08:50

Street Art around the world. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

As our world gets smaller and smaller and we travel more we are always looking for something else to see. Huge cities such as London, Melbourne, Rome and Paris can cost you a small fortune to visit and as we all know we all try to get as much as we can from our money. We all want to see the most popular sites but there are some days that we are short of funds. You can wander a city and find free things where ever you go and I must admit I forget about the amazing street art that is now popping up all over the world. From city to city all different types are on show. From alleyways to whole sides of a building there is always something interesting to see and the best is that it is free!

So if you are looking for a free activity and to see some amazing free art here are some places that have brilliant street art that you should check out if you are visiting!

London, England

From Kerri of Beer and Croissants

London has become well known for street art, with locations in Shoreditch and Camden leading the way. Street art tours are conducted regularly and a visit to any of these locations will see lines of people stopping to take their own photos of the vivid art work emblazoning the walls.
Street Art around the world by Wyld Family Travel
 
When I was last in London I uncovered a spot that is well hidden and quite unknown. This is especially ironic given it sits underneath Waterloo Train Station, one of the busiest commuter hubs in the city.
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08:42

Rally at Queensland Labor Headquarters and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Citizens will hold a picnic and rally at Queensland Labor Headquarters today, to demand Labor sack Adani lobbyist Cameron Milner from their re-election campaign. (image credit: flickr)

Jonathan Sri, Anne Gardiner, Michael Crook are scheduled to speak at the event in South Brisbane.

The organisers hope that the event will make Labor listen to the 75% of people who do not  want a billion dollars of public funds being gambled on Adani.

Ipswich has new deputy mayor and vows for tough conflict of interest laws

Former Queensland Labor MP Wanye Wendt is set to take over from former deputy mayor Paul Tully. Mr Tully stepped aside from his role after handing over his resignation early last month.

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08:38

Tweed marriage equality banner erected "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.

Tweed Equality Campaign spokesperson Peter Waters said, Our message is that LGBTI Australians live, work and participate in regional and rural areas. We are your neighbours, friends, employees, employers and customers.

When Tweed locals drive through town they will be reminded that this is not a faraway campaign in the big cities, but that we are asking for their support as locals. We believe that our gay and lesbian community members, family, friends and neighbours should have the same opportunity to marry as everyone else.

Cam Hogan, the North Coast Equality Campaign spokesperson, added, Were encouraging everyone to open their mail today, tick YES and send it back as soon as they can. We hope that the banner reminds people driving home tonight how it important it is that they vote now, and vote YES.

This postal survey is about one thing only, and that is giving every Australian the right to marry the person they love.

We want this banner to show LGBTI people across Tweed that they are not alone during this challenging time and encourage everyone to vote YES.

Tweed residents can support the YES Campaign for Marriage Equality by:

  1. Pledging their YES vote
  2. Host a calling party!
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08:17

Govt faces fresh calls for sugar tax "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

SYDNEY  [AAP]

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax as part of a plan drawn up by a coalition of health and community groups which want urgent action to tackle Australias obesity problem.

The eight-point plan includes a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, restrictions on TV junk food ads, the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, and mandatory health star ratings for food packaging by mid 2019.

The plan has been drawn up by a group of 34 leading health and community groups led by the Obesity Policy Coalition and includes the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, several universities and Nutrition Australia.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said while 63 per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of children were either overweight or obese, there is still no national strategy addressing the issue.

It just doesnt make sense, she said on Tuesday.

Without action, the costs of obesity and poor diet to society will only continue to spiral upwards.

The policies we have set out to tackle obesity therefore aim to not only reduce morbidity and mortality, but also improve wellbeing, bring vital benefits to the economy and set Australians up for a healthier future.

The OPC estimates that the annual cost of overweight and obesity in Australia between 2011 and 2012 was about $8.6 billion in direct and indirect costs including GP services, hospital care, absenteeism and government subsidies.

Ms Martin said kids were being bombarded with ads for junk food and high-sugar drinks that are cheaper than water.

Many so called healthy foods were also being laden with sugar and saturated fat.

Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult, she said.

Professor of epidemiology and equity in public health at Deakin University, Anna Peeters, said the government could no longer afford to do not...

08:11

MACKAY Mother-of-seven to stay in jail after string of crimes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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08:05

Qld LNP/ALP joined forces to stop farmers from having guns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

THE LNP and the ALP have once again teamed up to defeat a common sense measure put forward by the Katters Australia Party; this time in relation to primary producers who need to use handguns for their work. The Motion, which called for the parliament to support the rights of Primary Producers to own handguns, was voted down by the Government and LNP.

The Government has continued its attack on regional Queensland and the LNP has supported them. These city based politicians really have no understanding of what life is like west of Ipswich, Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter said.

Currently Weapons Licencing are rejecting applications and renewals by primary producers who have legitimate reasons to own a handgun. This attitude does nothing to reduce risks to the public. A farmer can still own a handgun to shoot at the pistol club in town but they cant own one to use for their business. It makes no sense.

Lets be clear here you still need a licence to apply for category H. The claims from the LNP that everyone would have access are ridiculous as there is a fit and proper person test to gain a licence in the first place. Robbie said.

Firearms on properties are a specialised tool. Like most specialised tools, its not every day you need to use them. They are vitally important to rural familys safety, especially if youre miles away from the house or being bailed up by a pack of wild dogs as happened to Ms. Katie Casey on her property near Hughenden recently.

The LNP and ALP have voted together in Qld Parliament to prevent farmers from o...

07:36

Weve turned our unis into aimless money-grubbing exploiters of students "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Perhaps not everyone will agree with everything Ross Gittins (Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2017) has to say in this article about cuts to university funding in Australia. Nevertheless, he raises some very important points that should be noted by all of us.

Of the many stuff-ups during the now-finished era of economic reform, one of the worst is the unending backdoor privatisation of Australias universities, which began under the Hawke-Keating government and continues in the Senate as we speak.

This is not so much neoliberalism as a folly of the smaller-government brigade, since the ultimate goal for the past 30 years has been no more profound than to push university funding off the federal budget.

The first of the budget-relieving measures was the least objectionable: introducing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, requiring students  who gain significant private benefits from their degrees  to bear just some of the cost of those degrees, under a deferred loan-repayment scheme carefully designed to ensure it did nothing to deter students from poor families.

Likewise, allowing unis to admit suitably qualified overseas students provided they paid full freight was unobjectionable in principle.

The Howard governments scheme allowing less qualified local students to be admitted provided they paid a premium was problematic, as the academics say, and soon abandoned.

The problem is that continuing cuts in government grants to unis have kept a protracted squeeze on uni finances, prompting vice-chancellors to become obsessed with money-raising.

teaching staff to go easy on fee-paying overseas students who dont reach accepted standards of learning, form unhealthy relationships with business interests, and accept soft power grants from foreign governments and their nationals without asking awkward questions.

They pressure academics not so much to do more research as to win more research funding from the government. Interesting to compare the hours spent preparing grant applications with the hours actually doing research.

John Howard continued the Hawke-Keating push on universities.

To motivate the researchers, those who bring in the big bucks are rewarded by being allowed to pay casuals to do their teaching for them. (This after the vice-chancellors have argued straight-faced what a crime it would be for students to be taught by someone who wasnt at the forefront of their sub-sub research speciality.)

The unis second greatest crime is the appalling way they treat those of their brightest students foolish enough to aspire to an academic career. Those who arent part-timers are kept on serial short-term contracts, leaving them open to exploitation by a...

05:32

Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in economics and politics. Here is the summary from the website:

In-conversation with Andrew Leigh and Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow of the Lowy Institute, followed by a Q&A.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?

Please join us for the launch of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australias past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.

Such a discussion is especially needed in Queensland at the moment, given the recent adoption of the Buy Queensland procurement policy, one of the most illogical and misguided pieces of policy implemented in recent times in this State. Recall this is the policy that massively favours local firms in procurement processes, risks a blowout in government expenses, and has upset the New Zealand Government, causing a trade policy headache for the federal government. I strongly suspect Buy Queensland is inconsistent with the views that will be advanced by Dr Leigh in his Choosing Openness paper. I hope that the policy is discussed in either the conversation or Q&A component of the evening.

My previous posts on the new Buy Queensland procurement policy include:

Comments to Radio NZ on Buy Qld policy

Protectionist Buy Qld policy unlikely to survive in current form

Interview on Buy Qld with Dave Pellowe

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01:22

Trend new motor sales hit record "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Car sales power on

The so-called "canary in the coalmine" that was falling new motor sales has turned out to be another rubbish indicator.

The canaries have long since carked it, but the trend result for new motor vehicle sales was 100,809 in August 2017, which was the highest ever.


Selfish Urban Vanity

Sports utility vehicles continue to drive the record results, although in reality today's small SUVs, such as the one I drive, is probably more akin to a passenger vehicle rather than anything more rugged. 


Alas, production levels domestically are destined continue their precipitous decline as the industry departs Australian shores. 


Finally, the state level data shows that Melbourne's burgeoning economy continues to power new car sales along.

New South Wales also saw nearly 398,000 units shifted over the past year, for yet another annual record. 

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00:45

Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance - interim report concerning theft and corruption allegations published 8 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


It took a public airing of the issues by ABC TV Four Corners in its Pumped: Who is benefitting from the billions spent on the Murray-Darling? program on 24 July 2017 to force the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australian National Audit Office, Commonwealth Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government into investigative action.
The NSW Government has now published its initial 78-page report into allegations of theft and corruption in the management of water resources in the MurrayDarling Basin.


On 11 September 2017, Ken Matthews issued a statement regarding the delivery of his Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance. The focus of his interim report was to assess whether the department's policies, procedures and actions were appropriate, to recommend whether further actions should be undertaken, and to identify opportunities to improve the departments future compliance and enforcement performance.

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23:37

Australian Politics Is Suffering a Death by Boredom "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian.

It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the

22:50

Surfer bitten by shark in Ponce Inlet, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A shark bit a man surfing in Volusia County on Saturday. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said a shark bit a 28-year-old man Saturday afternoon. Advertisement The Melbourne man was surfing in 8-foot deep water near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he was bitten on his left foot, officials said. The man was taken to Halifax Hospital with several lacerations to the top and bottom of his foot. Officials did not release the name of the man injured.

21:38

Fly Corporate's growing New England network "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It's been interesting watching the growth of Canberra based airline Fly Corporate within New England.

Whereas most previous airline attempts have focused on the Sydney market, Fly Corporate has focused on the Brisbane linkage, progressively adding flights to Brisbane from Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Tamworth, Narrabri, Moree and Inverell. Within Queensland, they also added the Biloela (Thangool) service when Qantaslink pulled out, making Brisbane a key hub. Now the company has added Narrabri-Sydney to their route, marking their first Sydney connection.

There are a number of interesting features about Fly Corporate's growth within New England. Whereas there used to be connections between New England ports and Brisbane, they struggled to survive in the face of thin traffic and rising costs, including those imposed as a consequence of changing regulatory structures, ultimately closing. This had adverse effects. In Armidale, for example, it meant that Queensland students attending school or university did not have direct flight connections.

It seems the economics may have changed a little. It's always seemed to me that Brisbane rather than Sydney was a logical destination for many services, but it was one difficult to access because of uncertain connections. Now, once again, we have a Northern network to Brisbane.

It was also great to see Inverell again get an air service. This gives Inverell people a choice of Brisbane as opposed to an hour half drive to Armidale and then a flight to Sydney. In the days of East West Airlines, both Inverell and Glen Innes had Sydney connections.  

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20:54

RSL boss let son use presidential suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - all on the RSL credit card "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

How could anyone do this to his own, particularly to veterans. Throw the book at him. He's lucky not to be fragged. Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe allowed son to use Presidential Suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - paid for by RSL Former NSW RSL president Don...

19:23

1) Indonesia offers increased assistance to Samoa and Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans
3) Oceania bishops want sustainable development
4) West Papuan independence founder dies


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18:58

SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Shortages 

SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in August.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  


Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn is finally over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 


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18:12

Yothu Yindi, The Herd, and Baker Boy are playing a one-off Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

A triple-header of Aussie talent is set to take over Sydneys Enmore Theatre in January, when Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, The Herd, and Baker Boy unite to perform one phenomenal show.

Coming along for the ride will be critically-acclaimed Aussie hip-hop group The Herd. Despite not having released an album since 2011s Future Shade, The Herd are still going strong, with some members of the group, such as Urthboy, having released solo records in recent times. For this performance, The Herd are set to be joined by Nooky & Radical Son, who will aid the group in delivering a blistering set full of old and new hits.

Rounding out the evenings entertainment will be Baker Boy, who has had a banner year, having taken out triple j Uneartheds 2017 NIMA competition, and having scored an array of wins at the NT Song of the Year awards in July. A rising star of the Aussie music scene, Baker Boy is set to be in fine company when he takes the stage with this lineup of Aussie legends.

Tickets to Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Projects Enmore Theatre show go on sale at 9am, on September 21. So make sure you get in early to secure your ticker for what will truly be a unique experience of Aussie music from the past, present, and future.

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

(With The Herd & Baker Boy)

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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17:57

FOBIF September walk "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Damien Cook with Crocodile Reservoir in the background.

The sunny forecast for last Sunday meant a big group came to our second last FOBIF walk for 2017. We set out from near the corner of Spring Gully Road and Fryers Road and proceeded across country to Crocodile Reservoir before turning back to the starting point.

Leaders Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes once again provided an informative and entertaining commentary on interesting features of the landscape and local flora and fauna. Julian Hollis helped out with geological information as did Frances Cincotta with plant identification..

As you can see from the photos below there was a spectacular display of spring flowers. Click on photo to enlarge. Photos were contributed by Ruth, Rosemary and Bronwyn.

Our last walk for the year on 15 October will be in Muckleford Forest led by local Geoff Nevill. The focus will be on orchids, other wildflowers and some mining remains.

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17:24

Sichuan Street Food Pilgrimage - Zigong "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Our next stop on our Sichuan feeding frenzy is Zigong, another buzzing little one horse Chinese town of 1.3 million people, or 2.7 million outer boondocks inclusive. Here's the main drag, on this side of the river anyway, well, the start of the hill leading up to the main street. There's a whole other city across the river that we only got to glimpse out of the car as we arrived slightly

16:48

Tough New Laws for Child Sex Offenders "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Federal government has announced tough new laws for sex-offenders purported to be the harshest since the establishment of the Criminal Code Act in 1995. The proposed legislation, called Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill, will make it more difficult for alleged child sex offenders to be granted

The post Tough New Laws for Child Sex Offenders appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:39

Dont miss this show "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Mountains and Waterways, our latest photographic exhibition at TOGS cafe, finishes on Thursday 28 September. Photos range from a closeup of leaves underwater to landscapes of Mount Alexander and Mount Tarrengower. There are also 5 terrific birds on water images by Patrick Kavanagh, Damien Kelly, Geoff Park and Mitchell Parker. The response to the show has been very positive with a number of people commenting that the photos remind them of why they live here. 

All photos are for sale for under $100 including frames. Proceeds of sales go to FOBIF to cover costs. You can see more Mountains and Waterways photos on our Flickr site and on previous posts here and here.

We would like to thank TOGS once again for their support in mounting this exhibition. This is our fourth show at the cafe and our eighth in total. 

Harcourt reservoir. Photo by Frank Foster. The reservoir is not on most peoples list of local picturesque spots, but this photo makes a claim for its charms.

16:37

Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith Universitys Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). []

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15:53

South-East Oz Part 2: NSW Riverina "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Superb Parrot
We had a Pink Cockatoo in the camping ground on our last morning at Lake Cargelligo (see following post) and two more at the treatment works, where Swamp Harrier and Spotted Harrier also showed. We headed south through the NSW Riverina to the rice town of Leeton, known as a birding hotspot, for a 2-night stay at the showgrounds.

Superb Parrot pair
It wasn't long before the first Superb Parrots flew overhead and I was soon enjoying close encounters with several birds of this aptly named species on the well-wooded golf course adjoining the showgrounds.


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15:39

Cobargo Folk Festival Announces First Headliners for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle Wait, were talking about 2018 festivals already? Where has this year gone! The Cobargo Folk Festival, held in the NSW south coast village of Cobargo, has already revealed a bunch of their headliners for next years event. Australian folk music legends Eric Bogle (above) and Neil Murray head up the []

15:14

Ibrahims face court over drug ring "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

riends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47 who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8 in a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai. The pair will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Friends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8, will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

SYDNEY [AAP]

Michael Ibrahim, the youngest brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, will face a Sydney court in November with other co-accused over their alleged involvement in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy.

He and older brother Fadi Ibrahim, 43, were arrested in Dubai about six weeks ago and arrived in Sydney on Sunday night after being extradited.

Also returning to Sydney under police escort were Mustapha Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, arrested alongside the brothers on August 8 during a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai that resulted in 18 people being charged.

The Ibrahims and Dib were netted as part of Operation Veyda, while Jomaa, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, was arrested as part of Operation Astatine.

Michael Ibrahim, 39, and Dib are charged with conspiring to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, and attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

If convicted they could face life imprisonment.

The pair did not appear at Central Local Court on Monday where their lawyers did not apply for bail.

They are due to face th...

15:03

To Malcolm Turnbulls government, climate change is a joke "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Coalition MPs giggle, cackle, smirk and laugh in Parliament over climate change, Independent Australia , Simon Black 16 September 2017 Many of our current crop of conservative politicians laugh like naughty children whenever climate change is brought up. This cant be how the world ends 

NERO NEVER FIDDLED while Rome burned.

It is a popular myth, but its simply not true there were no fiddles back in Roman times.

Nero is, however, reported to have sung a song about the sacking of Troy while watching as 70 per cent of Rome was swallowed by flames in a single blistering gulp.

Some of our current crop of politicians have gone one better they now laugh like small children whenever climate change is brought up.

This week, the conservative side of politics continued what seems to be the running gag of climate change for the during a motion by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson calling for recognition of Australias climate scientists.

Whish-Wilson told the floor and later posted on social media, that it was the angriest I have ever been in the Senate as he watched members of the house openly mock climate scientists.

Liberal Senator James McGrath stood to read what appeared to be his partys talking points in a deadpan monotone stopping a number of times to smirk and chuckle.

Leader of the Australian Conservatives Party, Cory Bernardi, rose to make a point of order, informing the house that it was, in fact, he who had been raucously laughing.

Presumably, he was concerned the people who voted him in would be upset if he wasnt earning his base pay of $199,040 a year by chuckling his way through Senate motions.

Nice work if you can get it.

Its part of a trend in Australian politics for conservatives to openly mock, laugh and ridicule climate change, even as the Great Barrier Reef bleaches and dies, even as we notch up record hot year after record hot year, even as....

A mathematician warns "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Coalitions pro-coal policy likely a vote loser; optional voting in plebiscite helps Yes, The Conversation, Adrian Beaumont  Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of MelbourneSeptember 16, 2017  Recently the Coalition and its media supporters have condemned the SA and Victorian Labor governments for allowing coal-fired power plants to close. The Coalition is trying to extend the life of the Liddell power plant in NSW, and is considering building a new coal-fired power plant. This is an attempt to portray Labor as the party of intermittent, unreliable and costly power.

The Coalition has been in office for four years. In July 2014, they repealed the carbon price that Labor had introduced. Many people would now ask why energy prices have kept increasing in the three years since this repeal. In a mid-August Essential poll, 59% thought they were paying a lot more for electricity and gas than two or three years ago.

In February, 45% in an Essential poll said that recent blackouts were mainly due to failures of the energy market, 19% blamed privatisation and just 16% blamed renewables.

In mid-August an Essential poll gave the Coalition a net -34 rating on providing affordable and reliable energy, their worst score from a list of 12 issues. In last weeks Essential, 49% blamed private power companies most for rising energy prices, 22% blamed the Turnbull government, 9% environmentalists and 5% renewable energy companies.

People who blame private power companies are more likely to trust Labor than the Coalition to get tough, given the Coalitions pro-business reputation. [lots of figures given here]

As a result of the Coalitions pro-coal policy, some Abbott supporters could return, possibly boosting the Coalitions primary vote at the expense of One Nation and Others. However, respondent allocated preferences are currently more friendly to the Coalition than the previous election method, and this could change. The Coalition risks losing more centrist voters to Labor.

In some parts of the country, such as NSWs Hunter Valley, coal is important to the local economy, and the Coalition is likely to benefit. In most of the country, being pro-coal is likely....

14:31

The Genuine Article in Australian Politics "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian. It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the leader of the Australian Labor Party and contender for the Prime Ministership of Australia, was nursing

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14:27

Gordi Hosts The Bridge: a birthday playlist with some of Sydneys finest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Gordi :: The Bridge - Guest Host - August 29, 2017

As part of our monthly artist takeover series, Lachlan Wyllie handed over our Sydney music show, The Bridge to Singer-songwriter Gordi to play some local tracks. On the same day the station celebrated its 14th birthday, the folktronica artist selected an eclectic mix of of indie and electronic music, including two tracks off her recently released album Resevoir. Although the resulting playlist is a far cry from her early influences she admits her first records were Linkin Park and Wheatus jams it still features a ton of local talent, including Gang of Youths, Middle Kids, Alex Cameron, Mansionair, and more.

Check out the playlist below, and listen to the full show above.

Playlist:

Gordi Myriad

Gang of Youths Say Yes to Life

Middle Kids Never Start

Little May Home

Alex Cameron ft. Angel Olsen Strangers Kiss

Anatole ft. Olafurs Arnalds Like Deep Water

Willaris K. Alchemy

Mark Harding Say It Too

Julia Jacklin Dont Let the Kids Win

Kirin J. Callanan S.A.D.

Mansionair Easier

Gordi ft. S. Carey Im Done

For all the details on Gordis new album, visit her website.

 

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14:17

MCN: Critical Consciousness Building "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

MCN Critical ConsciousnessHow do we get woke and stay woke?

This Melbourne Campaigners Network session looks at a key issue in organising: how do we become aware of oppression and motivated to do something about it, and how do we support others on the same path?

Critical consciousness, or consciousness raising, is a practice for building analysis and awareness of systemic oppression.

In this interactive session Jolene Elberth will draw on community organising theory and her own experience organising undocumented workers in New Orleans. Youll leave with a greater understanding of critical consciousness techniques and how to apply them in your organising.

MCN sessions are open to campaigners, organisers and activists from all social movements, paid or voluntary. This workshop will be especially useful for organisers working with a membership base or for anyone interested in building critical awareness with others.

Location: 60L Building, 60 Leicester St Carlton

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Wednesday 11 October

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

RSVP: Facebook

Further info: Enquire via the Contact page.

14:07

Centipede in midnight bed - should one leg it? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

What to do when Scary Thing turns up in bed with you after midnight? Grab it inside fistful of sheet and reach for the bedlight, mumbling 'Bloody Geckos (Asian House variety) and reach inside sheet ready to hurl intruder back outside.

Ouch, intruder bitey. Fling on to carpet and see many legs in motion. Upturned microwave bowl stops runaway Giant Centipede - all 46 legs, two of them adapted as venomous black fangs (on show above) - in tracks. Pop into fridge. Return to sleep. Take pictures as Mr Scary warms up later in morn. Return to leaf litter under back hedge.



13:59

New Development "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hiya fellow Moreland residents please submit an objection ASAP to this massive development that will tower (11 storeys) over Bridges Reserve cutting out sun for large parts of the day.

I live opposite so it will directly affect me all the time, but because of the negative impact on the amenity of our scarce public open space I encourage all Morelanders to also object.

Thanks Sieglinde 0408 144 430.


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13:44

Mirboo North mobilises against logging "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

mirboonorth.jpgWell over 300 people turned out on a freezing night to stop logging in Mirboo North in Gippsland on the 14th of September. Local resident Marg Thomas said "Vic Forests (VF), were ill prepared for the well informed and vehement community opposition to logging the community's local forests".

"The people attending voted unanimously that logging not proceed and established the "Preserve our Forests Campaign". This small community's indomitable spirit is something VF will find hard, if not impossible, to counter. Mirboo North residents will never give up and are determined to preserve their forests".

Mirboo North mobilises against logging "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

mirboonorth.jpgWell over 300 people turned out on a freezing night to stop logging in Mirboo North in Gippsland on the 14th of September. Vic Forests (VF), were ill prepared for the well informed and vehement community opposition to logging the community's local forests.

The people attending voted unanimously that logging not proceed and established the "Preserve our Forests Campaign". This small community's indomitable spirit is something VF will find hard, if not impossible, to counter. Mirboo North residents will never give up and are determined to preserve their forests.

13:21

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association Americana fans rejoice Australia is about to get its very own Americana Honours Night this October. The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the []

13:16

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hello Newlanders, I'm selling my industrial overlocker and Singer sewing machine as I've moved and don't have the space for these beauties. 

The overlocker is working but probably needs rethreading. I have the instructions and tools for this. The sewing machine is a trusty old one, nothing fancy but a good workhorse! 

Take one or both, the overlocker is very heavy though and built into the table, so requires a trailer or ute for transporting. 

$250 for both or I'm open to offers :)

Clare 0421 442 314.


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13:12

YES appears in sky after Vote NO complaint rejected "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

CANBERRA [AAP]

The electoral watchdog has received complaints about marriage survey no case skywriting over Sydney on the weekend not being properly authorised.

But soon after it announced it would allow the practice a Vote Yes response appeared in the sky.

A campaigner against same-sex marriage commissioned a pilot to write Vote No.

The skywriting, which was not organised by the key no case group Coalition for Marriage, attracted much discussion social media, and the website from which it was crowdfunded was inundated with comments.

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

The Australian Electoral Commission has received a number of complaints regarding the skywriting.

But an AEC spokesman told AAP on Monday the safeguards laws passed by parliament did not apply to this type of communication.

It is only material that is capable of containing authorisation details that is regulated by the Act, the spokesman said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is encouraging a yes vote, told reporters people were entitled to express their views.

If you want people to respect your point of view youve got to be prepared to respect theirs, Mr Turnbull said.

The Coalition for Marriage updated its website over the weekend to comply with the need for authorisation under the safeguards laws, but wont face any penalty.

As the legislation only came into operation late last we...

13:01

Vacationing in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

So, I see that you guys a new thread like this often, so sorry for the repetition... Anyways this is my first actual vacation and first time out of the U.S. A few things that I've already planned on doing while I down there is skydiving over the reef, scuba diving, going through the kuranda, hot air ballon ride, and surfing. Is there anything I should add, any places I should check out, bars or restaurants that are a must?

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12:12

Along the Roads to Gundagai "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Theres an old Australian folk song called Along the Road to Gundagai, and it lyrics are

Theres a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai.

Where the blue gums are growing
And the Murrumbidgees flowing
Beneath the sunny sky,

Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me
And the pals of my childhood once more I will see.
Then no more will I roam when Im heading right for home
Along the road to Gundagai.

Apart from the lines Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me, and the pals of my childhood once more I will see the rest of lyrics indicated above were my experience over the last week, especially when home is where the heart is (ie, anywhere my darling wife happens to be). But Gundagai was the end, the destination, of a cycling adventure.

September 11th, 2017.

The cycling adventure started on the date that has unfortunately etched itself in the Western pysche September 11th. But the events of many years ago were furthest from my mind as I left Henty bound for Wagga Wagga via Mangoplah in NSW. This was day one which involved a long 70+ km bike ride, with my Topeak rack and bag on the back of the bike and a back pack on my back. Those bag and pack had in them everything I thought I would need for 5 days of cycling, minus sleeping gear as that was provided at the various places I stayed. The weather was good, but I did have a headwind for pretty much the whole ride so it was hard going and by the time I got to Wagga Wagga I was really looking forward to some lunch and a well earned rest. The cycling for day one was over roads I had travelled before on a number of occasions so it was all pretty familiar. I knew where all the hillss and all the major landmarks were. So that was more a re-acquainting that a true adventure, although it was the first time I was kitted out for a multi day ride along those roads. Wagga Wagga is a large town nestled along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, which is also the river that the township of Gundagai is on.

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12:00

Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

  • Jennifer Loveless :: Picnic

Over the past few years Jennifer Loveless has been steadily building what is now a truly faithful Australian house & techno following.  Hailing from Toronto originally, she has become a staple across Melbourne clubs like Boney, Lounge and New Guernica and lines up each Monday for her show, Weatherall, on Melbournes Kiss FM (not to be associated with the Sydney station of the same name.). The radio hour highlights much of the variety we see in our national electronic music landscape and is a testament to the breadth of her musical interest.

Kali had her come through for a mix on Picnic ahead of a recent Sydney date and it is succinct, varied and pleasurable. Check out the tunes below.

Tracklist:

NConduit MMO803
KB Project Feel It
Station to Station Bjorn Torske
Computer Liebe Kraftwerk
Freestyle Man On Vibes
Round One Im Your Brother (Quadrant Dub II)
Clara Intellecto Contact
Alex Danilov Midas Touch 
Helena Hauff c45p

Catch the full show with Kali here or tune in next time between 8pm-10 on Fridays for Picnic!

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11:50

Elsie & the Vibe S/T EP "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

 2RRR Feature Album this week comes courtesy of Melbourne R&B queen Elsie and the Vibe.

Occupying the intersection of soul, Motown, R&B and pop, Elsies explosive tracks are lined with modern references to vintage sounds and sit somewhere on the spectrum of Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys and The Supremes.

Featuring members of Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins, Lanks, Oh Pep!, the OMGs and Noah Earp, The Vibe are a force to be reckoned with.

Highlight tracks: Riverside, Naked, & Stop.

Tune into Breakfast & Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more!

11:49

Coast Guardians Forum a day of learning and fun "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The 2017 GORCC Coast Guardians Forum was a day of celebration and inspiration for the 140 year 9 students, teachers and staff from the four local schools who attended at the Surf Coast Shire Grant Pavilion in Torquay. The weather was not in our favour, but the spirits were high for a fun-filled day with delicious food, wonderful donated goods as prizes, local coastal expertise.

Students were treated to a moving Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony provided by the local Wathaurung representatives, Corrina OToole and Norm Stanley. Norms didgeridoo playing provided a magnificent addition to the smoking ceremony which welcomes all people to the Wadawurrung area for a day of clean and clear hearts and thinking. The students listened and absorbed the atmosphere respectfully and joyfully.

Welcome to Country2Norm Stanley played the didgeridoo as a part of a Welcome to Country Ceremony with the assistance of Corrina OToole.

Corrina also conducted workshops for the students to learn of Wadawurrung culture and practices to care for the coast, including painting with clay and weaving plants for hair decorations, which the students really enjoyed.

Further workshops were conducted for the students by local award-winning film maker Jarrod Boord who facilitated making a stop moti...

11:33

Complaint to ABC Chairman re airtime for state election candidates and population matters "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees." [...] "the Earth adds approx. 225,000 mouths to feed EVERY DAY. Australia adds approx. 1000 to its population each day. The implications of this are enormous, and yet it is very clear to me that the ABC soft pedals the matter. To be more specific, it is very common that, when an issue of national importance such as housing affordability comes up, there is very little mention of the influence population growth is having on the matter. The interviewers commonly host guests from the property industry to put their views, but people from such bodies as Sustainable Population Australia never seem to be asked to comment."

Mr Justin Milne
ABC Chairman
Box 9994
Sydney NSW 2001

Dear Chairman

I am writing to you instead of ABC Management because I lack confidence that the content of this letter will be taken seriously by that management. This lack of confidence is based on the fact that a complaint I lodged with the ABC in September 2015 was not answered until April of the following year, and then only after I wrote a personal letter to every member of the ABC Board.

There are 2 matters I wish to raise - firstly, ABC policy regarding airtime given to state election candidates. And secondly, ABC bias in relation to covering the issue of population growth in Australia.

Airtime given to election candidates

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees.

However, in the lead up to that campaign, Matt and Dave on 891 Adelaide chose to interview a selection of candidates for Fisher on their morning program. They comprised Liberal, Labour, G...

11:13

NO Vote attacked by radical YES thugs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A brilliant expose of the stand-over merchants out of control YES voters captured on video giving the NO vote a massive boost from concerned Australians. The audio has been substituted with captions to indentify the comments from the background screaming and chanting by the YES rabble.

Mirranda Devive wrote:
SO now we see why rainbow warriors didnt want a peoples vote on same-sex marriage.

It was because they knew wed see their true, intolerant colours.

Yes campaign HQ knows thuggery wont win over Middle Australia, but their foot-soldiers are revealing themselves as fascistic bullies who vilify and intimidate anyone who dares to disagree.

Last weeks abusive exhibition by same-sex marriage activists at Sydney University was the clearest example yet.

On Thursday, about 15 students, including members of the unis Catholic Society, set up an information table on the main campus thoroughfare with placards saying: Its OK to Say No.

They offered free kebabs and two large bowls of delicious Lebanese hummus made by one of their mothers.

It was the first time the No campaign has had a presence on campus where Marriage Equality stalls have featured almost every day this semester.

The idea was pretty much to give the No campaign perspective on campus, said 21-year-old IT student, Francis Tamer, one of the organisers.

The message was that its OK to vote No. We werent looking to convince people how to vote. Were just saying its OK to have your own opinion.

After an hour 40 to 60 activists arrived with a megaphone, led by Queer officers of the Students Representative Council, which has an annual budget of $1.7 million. Read her full story [HERE]


11:10

National Party Lismore candidate claims homophobic smear "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rod Bruem. Photo YouTube

Rod Bruem. Photo YouTube

One of the unsuccessful candidates in the first-stage preselection for the state seat of Lismore believes homophobia was behind a series of bizarre and inappropriate questions that he was asked during a party meeting on Saturday.

Rod Bruem was one of three candidates interviewed at a meeting of around 80 party faithful who were not selected to be part of a community-wide preselection process on November 18.

A further three candidates have gone through to the second round.

But Mr Bruem has appealed to the Partys State Director to suspend the result pending an investigation by the National Party Ethics Committee.

Very personal

Mr Bruem told Echonetdaily that the format of the meeting involved five set questions that every candidate was asked, after which it was thrown open to the floor for people to ask whatever questions they liked.

Each candidate was asked whether there was anything that could be embarrassing the party in their past, which I answered, he said.

But then I kept getting a series of more questions along those lines, one of which was there is something in your past that youre not revealing, will you tell us about it?

Another one was I received a phone call from someone saying you know this Mr Big in Sydney. Would you mind telling us who he is and what your relationship is?

Then there was a question along the lines of, Your gay male partner is not a member of the National Party, why not? How are you going to be able to rely on your partner to support you?

It was very personal and Ive had several members call me since the meeting to say that the personal line that was taken was over the top and wasnt fair in what really should have been a discussion around policy and my views on policy.

Corrupted from the start

Mr Bruem said he believed the community preselection process had been corrupted from the start.

We were under firm instructions not to speak to the media but one of the candidates has been giving regular updates to the media throughout the whole thing. I raised this with head office. They said they would take action but they did not.

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11:01

NAI PALM "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

 

Nai Palm, a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation.

She is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world. It is a world she has travelled many times over with her live band project Hiatus Kaiyote, who along with Nai Palm have become household names since they first began playing together in Melbourne in 2011.

Championed the world over by musical icons including ?uestlove, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and the late Prince, 2017 has seen Hiatus Kaiyotes album sampled on two of Hip-hops biggest releases, opening Drakes project More Life, and closing Kendrick Lamars album Damn.

This success has set the stage for Nai Palms first solo release Needle Paw.

Needle Paw is Nai Palms self-imposed challenge to explore the potential for immortality and timelessness within her music by stripping away the produced layers to focus on the element that is closest to the source of the human soul, the voice.

Compromised almost entirely of her guitar playing and vocal arrangements Needle Paw is the most honest glimpse into Nai Palms musical world. It is dreamlike, honest, beautifully transparent and reveals her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity.

I want to remind people that there are humans behind the music. Not just compression and reverb. The urgency for accuracy is not human. The exposed process is human, without the cheat codes.

 

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11:01

All revved up for the Chinny Charge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In it for fitness and fun, Mullum run enthusiast Kim Smith had a great time on the mountain and came away grinning. Photo Jeff Dawson.

In it for fitness and fun, Mullum run enthusiast Kim Smith had a great time on the mountain and came away grinning. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Close to 500 runners and walkers took the rare opportunity to scale Mount Chincogan on the weekend for the reawakened Chincogan Charge.

It was the first time the event had been run in 16 years and at a warm 27 degrees the Charge wasnt for the faint hearted.

Starting from the Mullumbimby swimming pool that was built with the funds from the first Chinny Charges  the race took the runners up to the top of the mountain and back down to cross the finish line at the post office in Mullumbimby. 

The previous fastest record of the Chincogan Charge was 29 minutes and 51 seconds by Matthew Kaluda from Manilla in 1994. It was broken on Saturday by Benjamin Duffus who ran the race in a mere 29 minutes and 11 seconds, taking out the first prize of $500 donated by the Mullumbimby ex-services club. 

It was a great day, said organiser said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

Everyone did such an amazing job,

Second place in the mens competition went to Mark Bourne with a time of 30.13 and third place went to local Suffolk runner Matt Slee with 31.28. Matt also took out first place as first local male runner to cross the line, second local place went to Simon Peter-Burn followed by Ferris Gump as the third local male runner.

The first female to cross the line was Holly McKarthy from Geebung who at the age of 15 managed to come in at 46 minutes and 38 seconds. Hollys grandfather and family are...

10:52

Anti Adani coal project- action is seriously hotting up in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anti-Adani protesters promise week-long action against Queensland mine https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/qld-adani-protesters-promise-week-long-action-20170916-p4yvy9.html 16 September 2017 

By Sonia Kohlbacher Anti-Adani protesters are preparing for a week-long demonstration against the Indian mining giant in an attempt to stop initial works going ahead on its Carmichael coal mine.

Tycoon Gautam Adani last month announced the company would break ground on the $16.5 billion central Queensland mine in October.

Demonstrators from the Frontline Action on Coal and Reef Defenders groups were undergoing training on Saturday and Sunday ahead of a planned week-long protest kicking off at Yasso Point in Bowen on Sunday night.

Whitsunday tourism operator and farmer Paul Jukes will be among the protesters.

He said governments were prioritising the international mining behemoth over thousands of north Queensland business owners who relied on the Great Barrier Reef.

Deloitte Access Economics report released in June put the value of the Great Barrier Reef at $56 billion, more than twice that of t...

10:50

Independent Artist Of The Week: GAUCI "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Sydney trio Gauci create seriously smooth Italo disco. Soaked in synth and charming melodies, its expertly produced with a refreshing post-punk twist.

The brains behind these nostalgic dance anthems are no strangers to Sydneys stages. Gauci is made up of siblings Antonia Gauci (Leftenent, Producer/Engineer) and David Gauci (Las Vagueness, Death Bells), with Felix Lush (Felix Lush, Publique) rounding out the dream team. Its likely this mix of musical backgrounds thats landed them with such a unique and infectious sound.

Gauci first graced us with their debut single Hurry in late 2016. Unlike its title suggests, they didnt quite rush to deliver us their next, but Taking Over was well worth the wait. From the very first moment the bongos kick in, you know youre in for a good time. The intricate layers slowly build to reveal Antonias heartfelt vocals, while the breezy guitars simmer below. Its an irresistible groove that you wont want to miss live.

They play the launch of Cobra Club on 19th September and theyll be supporting Wafia at OAF 29th September and Donny Benet at OAF on 19th October.

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10:47

Renowned author Tim Winton on how Malcolm Turnbull betrayed our ocean s "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

How Malcolm Turnbull has trashed the Liberal Party record and betrayed our oceans, SMH, Tim Winton , 17 Sept 17

Australians have always loved the ocean, but now, more importantly, we understand how vital the seas health is to the future of our island home.

In 2012, after an exhaustive scientific process and wide community consultation, Tony Burke declared a system of marine national parks, one of the biggest and best in the world, the most significant conservation gain in Australian history.

That took courage. Because it put science before politics, prudence ahead of expediency. And it was popular. But as soon as he came to power in 2013 Tony Abbott announced an immediate moratorium on these parks and instigated a review. The purpose was purely political. To delay implementation, corrode consensus and deny the science. A move straight out of the culture warriors playbook.

After decades of forward-thinking leaders, the nation had fallen into the hands of a man whose loyalties were only to the past. It was a low moment. But Abbotts reign was as brief as it was fruitless. It was a relief to see him replaced in 2015 by a man whod actually done things, who believed in the future. Malcolm Turnbull did not scorn science. He seemed to understand the value and fragility of our natural estate. So there was new hope the marine parks review would now be expedited and redirected towards real conservation outcomes. With coral reefs bleaching and miners pressing for even more coal ports and seabed to drill, the need for protection had only grown more urgent.

Well, that moment of promise is long gone. Turnbulls period in office has basically been a hostage drama. The bargain he made with powerbrokers rendered him captive to the partys most illiberal wing, and if his performance on climate, energy and marriage equality arent evidence enough, last months announcement that marine parks would be slashed beyond all recognition puts it beyond dispute.

The draft management plans recently released for consultation by Josh Frydenberg dont just signify the gutting of the national system, they represent the largest removal of protection for Australian wildlife in our history. What the government is proposing is a nihilistic act of vandalism. Forty  million hectares of sanctuary will be ripped from the estate. Thats like revoking every second national park on land. Under its new plan, 38 out of 44 marine parks will be open to trawling, gillnetting and longlining, 33 will be open to mining, and 42 exposed to the construction of pipelines. In total defiance of the scientific advice upon which the original system was designed, 16 marine parks will now have no sanctuary zones at all.

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10:41

Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []

10:36

View from the Junkyard Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


The view from the from porch of my new home and studio and occasional exhibition space in Forest Lodge. Thanks to Andy Perceval for organising the space and putting so much work into realising it. We're still busy painting and fixing the kitchen, and clearing out some residual junk.

There'll be a housewarming and a bit of an informal show soon

10:24

New government plans remove protections for marine life "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Federal Governments new plans for 44 marine parks have left conservationist groups outraged.

Under the Governments proposed developments, more areas will be opened for commercial fishing and protection zones will be downgraded to allow for more trawling operations.

Environmentalist Michelle Grady says these proposed changes are completely contrary to public consultation and the removal of our current marine protections would constitute world first.

The Government says that these allegations are false and that these new plans have considered both biodiversity and local industries.

 

Qantas set to fly global entrepreneurs to Brisbane

09:55

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441 Completes Airwork at Fraser Coast Airports - Plus an Army MRH-90 Pops in! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

On Monday 11 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 was noted completing airwork around Bundaberg Airport.  It looked to fly North from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Trojan 20".

A97-441 taxis in at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017  (File photo)

After it had finished at Bundaberg Airport, A97-441 then ventured to Maryborough Airport where it was seen to complete a missed approach.  It then continued back to Amberley.

Meanwhile, on Friday 8 September, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-018 was spotted calling into Maryborough Airport.  It's exact movements are not known but local aviation enthusiast David G reports that the crew enjoyed the brief 'comfort' stop!



Thanks mate!

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop and David Geck  

09:50

Shooting Bruns is a Simple Pleasure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Always a treat to see your work in print, these were some of the lucky photographers to get their snaps in the 2018 Simple Pleasures calendar.

On Sunday the winners of the 2017 Simple Pleasures Photo Competition were announced during a ceremony at the Bowlo with seven photographers winning eight prizes in the annual event.

This year again, the four judge panel of Ros Goodchild, Billy Wrencher, Eve Jeffery and rookie David Lowe, had a tough time choosing the winners from the criteria of artistic and technical merit while keeping in mind this years theme  Postcards from Brunswick Heads.

Some of this year's winners, Scout Bee Jones, Yindi Morrisey, Elliot Kirkwood who won two categories, and Lyrdhan OReilly.

Some of this years winners, Scout Bee Jones, Yindi Morrisey, Elliot Kirkwood who won two categories, and Lyrdhan OReilly.

The 2017 photos were of a high standard and in particular, the talent and ingenuity of the children...

09:50

Man in court over Mullumbimby intimidation, weapons charges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today facing intimidation and weapons charges after being arrested in Mullumbimby on Friday (September 15).

About 3:15pm police located the 43-year-old male from Penshurst near a white van in Eugenia Street after receiving information that he was possibly armed with a gun.

On searching the van, police found a firearm, ammunition, handcuffs, knives and prohibited drugs.

The man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with possessing an unauthorised pistol, possessing ammunition without a permit, custody of a knife, driving whilst disqualified, possessing a prohibited drug and using intimidation/violence to unlawfully influence a person.

He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on Saturday (September 16) where he was refused bail to reappear today.

 

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09:40

Processing centres in North Africa are not the answer for EU refugees "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron invited his counterparts from Libya, Niger, Chad, Italy, Germany and Spain to Paris to discuss ways of stopping the flow of irregular migrants and refugees through transit countries. The leaders explored the possibility of establishing processing facilities in North Africa to identify refugees and turn back anyone who does not qualify for resettlement.

The talks come two years after approximately one million people arrived by boat in Europe, 75% of whom came from some of the worlds top refugee producing countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The numbers in 2017 are very different. As of September 12, 129,002 people have attempted the sea journey to Europe this year. But the drop in the number of people arriving is not enough for the EU. The pressure to stop the arrival of refugees and irregular migrants is becoming overwhelming in many European countries, where the rise of the extreme right has been linked to concerns over the lack of border protection and an unwarranted linking of terrorism with irregular migration.

Processing centres in North Africa

Macron first proposed the idea of processing centres or hotspots in Libya in July, stating that France would be willing to set up the centres itself if the EU was not interested in funding the project. The validity of the idea was immediately questioned by NGOs such as Oxfam, and angered other European leaders such as Italys foreign minister, who criticised France for improvising policy without due consultation. The backlash led French officials to backtrack on the idea of hotspots and distance France from the proposal. This time, Macron is enlisting t...

09:29

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CLEARED TO RUN A CHILDCARE BUSINESS "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A convicted sex offender who has faced allegations of domestic violence from two ex-partners and one of his children has been cleared to run a childcare business.

The man, who 4ZZZ cannot name for legal reasons, failed a working with children check after a two month period in 1982 saw him commit various offences against women when he was still a teenager.

The court found that the man, who has since become a successful businessman, was no longer a risk to children.

SURGE IN ICE USE IN BRISBANE

The number of ice addicts seeking treatment in Brisbane has increased dramatically.

08:36

Man with mask at Melbourne rally charged under new laws "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

MELBOURNE  [AAP]

A man who refused to remove his mask at an anti-fascism rally in Melbourne over the weekend has been charged as police enforce Victorias new anti-face covering laws.

The man was among hundreds of anti-racism and anti-fascism protesters who gathered at the State Library in Melbournes CBD on Sunday.

The protesters then marched to state parliament to confront a small right-wing group who say they were rallying to make Victoria safe again.

The man had most of his face covered as he stood silently among left wing protesters before police swooped in and asked him to remove his mask, which was in breach of new anti-face covering laws.

He refused and was dragged from the crowd to a side street where he was handcuffed and searched.

This is not ethical, it is not ethical journalism what youre doing. Youre invading my f***ing privacy and my right to f***ing be here and conceal my identity for my own private reasons, he yelled at journalists recording his arrest after his mask was removed.

The man has been charged on summons, a Victorian Police spokesperson told AAP on Sunday night.

A young woman was also arrested by police after she trampled through a garden to attack photographers.

She hit the camera of an AAP photographer and spat on another before police arrested her and put her into the back of a police van.

The anti-racism rally was dubbed From Charlottesville to Melbourne: Unite to Fight the Far Right.

Dozens of police escorted up to 300 protesters as they marched to parliament and several people were told to remove face coverings by officers.

The two groups were separated by barricades and scores of armed police.

The state governments new public order laws came into effect on September 13.

They give police power to conduct weapons searches and requ...

08:32

ReCollection "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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As part of the Coburg Carnivale, I'm doing a local history project called ReCollection. It's about celebrating the history, faces and places of Moreland.
There will be local history exhibit and documentaries and an opportunity for people to share their stories and memories as part of a filmed oral history collection. 

The event is free. People can book a recording session online or just show up on the day.
There's more information about the project here: http://mementomedia.com.au/index.php/project/recollection/


The Carnivale is on Sept 22nd (3pm - 7pm) and Sept 23rd (11am - 3pm).

08:30

Music & Performing Arts Holiday Program "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Dear Parents & Caregivers.


We are now taking the final enrolments for our Music & Performing Arts School Holiday Program.

Children will engage in some lovely activities including:

Piano/keyboard, guitar/ukulele, drums/percussion, violin, circus/drama, music theory, music games & more!

Please contact us by visiting our website http://www.melbourneinnernorthperformingartsacademy.com.au

08:30

Campfire burns two hectares at Tallow Creek "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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A campfire is suspected to be the cause of a blaze on Saturday evening which burnt out around two hectares at Tallow Creek.

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The illegal camp-out at Tallow Creek didnt go as planned as the fire got out of control.

Fortunately for the surrounding bushland and residents beyond that, there was a mild wind blowing the fire towards the beach, though the fire was slowly moving down the spit southwards towards Suffolk.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service staff and volunteers along with NPWS staff spent Saturday night, and most of Sunday putting out the fire started by illegal campers. They are currently patrolling the fire perimeter, extinguishing any flare ups and hot spots, with the ongoing dry and windy weather conditions predicted over the coming days.

Even though spring has just begun, fires have been burning up and down the coast for several weeks and visitors and residents are asked to adhere to fire restrictions.

Residents are reminded to ensure they have a current Bush Fire Survival Plan, which can be downloaded from the NSWRFS website.

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08:30

PRESTON MARKET, GEM OF THE NORTH "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Jo Rittey   For the past 45 years Preston Market has been the fresh food and multi-cultural hub of Melbournes North, with over 6,000sqm of market tenancies ranging from fresh produce to supermarkets and variety stores. The market continues to evolve and the recent addition of new traders and product offerings makes this hidden gem a destination equally suited for []

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08:28

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hello Newlands People.

I'm after someone to mow and whipper snip.

If you know of a local person can you let me know. 

Thanks Brenda 0419006478

08:15

Powering up for Teslas at Knockrow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Licia Cooper made sure to get a power top-up and a cuppa when she stopped off in Knockrow for a $0 refill on her car. Photo Tree Faerie.

Licia Cooper plugged in for a power top-up and a cuppa when she stopped off in Knockrow. As an early adopter, the car Licia is driving is good for $0 refills for life. Photo Tree Faerie.

If youre a Tesla car driver on the road between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, stopping off at Macadamia Castle at Knockrow is a must-do in your travel plans.

Since opening just after Christmas last year, the power station has seen up to 60 cars a week stop in for an electric powered refill of at one of the Castles six Tesla power pumps.

Up to 60 vehicles a week are stopping in at Knockrow.

Up to 60 vehicles a week are stopping in at Knockrow.

The Tesla chargers can power up a car very quickly as they are massively powerful. At 120,000 watts per transformer, a Tesla driver can charge in 20 to 30 minutes and then get close to 500 kilometres travel.

The cars are using 25 percent of the fossil fuels of a regular vehicle and they create zero emissions.

Castle owner Tony Gilding says that the opening of the facility at Knockrow means that drivers can now travel from Brisbane to Melbourne on electricity with each charge delivering between 450 and 500 kilometres of travel.

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08:02

Police officer assaulted following Tweed Heads pub brawl "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A police officer has been injured following two separate brawls by the same men at two Tweed Heads pubs on Saturday (September 16).

At about 6pm two men at a pub on Minjungbal Drive allegedly assaulted other patrons and damaged a vehicle.

Police were called to the location, but the men had fled before officers arrived.

Later in the evening it is alleged the two men became involved in a brawl outside another pub on Wharf Street and, when police were called, one of the men assaulted a female officer.

Officers arrested the two men. A third man was also arrested when he allegedly approached one of the arrested men and assaulted him.

All three were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

A 51-year-old man was charged with affray and common assault.

A 24-year-old man was charged with two counts of affray.

Both men were granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 9 October 2017.

A 23-year-old man was charged with assault police officer in execution of duty, two counts of affray and malicious damage.

He was refused bail and appeared in Tweed Heads Local court on Sunday where he was granted conditional bail and will next appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday, October 3.

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07:30

Monday Maker - Macandroma "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Say hello to Fiona, the creative brain behind the label Macandroma.

Do you come from a creative family Fiona?

As a child my mother had a workroom. It was a room full of craft, sewing, knitting, spinning, crocheting, doll making and crammed with things! I would watch and assist her in creating whatever project she was working on at the time. Regularly, she would be sewing and I was allowed to help with the sewing machine, then create something out of the scraps.

I made little sleeping bags for my dolls, blankets, pillows for my teddies, occasionally clothes for my dolls, but they weren't the best! Mum still has a workroom today in a different house, and it is still brimming full of things and she still sews.

My Dad has always been creative too. He is lucky in the sense that when he sees something, he can normally create it. More in the line of construction or electrical engineering. Dad is also a great trouble shooter when it comes to creating things. He created my keyring racks from his own design.
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00:46

Australian Politics in 2017: Financial Fog Unlimited "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Oh dear, its the Liberal Party of Australia once again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

This is a return appearance* by multimillionaire, former merchant banker and life-long silvertail Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull.

BuzzFeed News, 11 September 2017:


.BuzzFeed News can reveal the prime minister never disclosed to parliament that Lucy purchased the $1.55m USD New York apartment in the Century Condominium building more than four years ago.

All you'll see on Malcolm Turnbull's previous and most recent parliamentary disclosure is a reference to a single "New York city apartment" owned by his wife.

Federal politicians are required to declare the interests they and their spouses hold, and gifts they receive. This is an important transparency measure to avoid any potential conflicts of interests.

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21:55

Im Not As Okay With Being Gay As I Thought I Was "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Queer identity in the age of a same-sex marriage postal survey life was hard enough, but right now it feels a whole lot harder for Gene Smith.

For many people of my generation, the same-sex marriage postal survey is our first taste of active state-sanctioned discrimination. Were dealing with this whilst still coming to terms with our identities, and what it means to be queer.

If any of you boys came home and told me you were gay, Id probably disown you, says Mum casually as we are watching the Sydney Mardi Gras on TV, her brow furrowed in mild disgust.

I am 13 and think I might be gay; her words are like a bomb going off, the ringing in my ears drowning out the TV.

We love you, no matter what. And who knows? Maybe its just a phase. My grandfather embraced me after I told him I was gay.

What? Mums eyes widened and her hands jerked the steering wheel of the car, sending us swerving. Im never going to have grandchildren she later cried.

Faggot! someone screamed from a passing car. I pretended I didnt hear, but thought about it for weeks after. Sometimes I still think about it.

Since when did you start sounding so gay? my best friend laughed, having not seen me for a few months.

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I dont like him hes a poof, quipped my brother about a boy he doesnt like at school. Whats wrong with being a poof? I quipped back.

Marriage should be between a man and woman! Being gay is unnatural! reads a comment on an online article. I clicked on the womans name, and discover she lives in my hometown.

Shes Facebook friends with members of my family.

I had probably been with Mum down the main street as they smiled at each other in passing.

You can never be too careful, said a boy I dated once, after he snatched his hand from mine as we were walking down the street.

I probably feel a bit threatened, chuckled Tony Abbott, on screen and in front of the nation, in answer to a question about how homosexuality makes him feel.

Im not as okay with being gay as I thought I was, admitted the boy I like, my shoulder wet with his tears.

Hes been out for less than a year. His mother, for religious reasons, is voting no in the marriage survey.

He loves her, and I have no doubt that she loves him. Its complicated.

Above are a just a few of the words said to me over the course of m...

19:41

17:47

When zero waste makes business better "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Our guests in the Sustainable Studio on 13 September 2017 are Barbara Ferrante, owner of Salon Eve in Geelong, and Krystina Birch, Sustainable Salons Australias Victorian representative. We visit Gayle English and Phil Slocombe at Its Only Natural, an eco-friendly dry cleaning shop in Yarraville. And over the phone we talk with Tamara DiMattina about Buy Nothing New Month in October.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 186 on 94.7 The Pulse:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/sustainablehour186_032kbps.mp3

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12:24

Victoria and Albert "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Seidel's farm - the subject of my last post - was not the only vineyard sketched by Eugene von Guerard during his travels in and around Geelong and the surrounding districts. During one of his stays in the area he also visited (and of course, sketched) what was, even then, one of the region's best-known vineyards: Pettavel's Victoria Vineyard.

Undated sketch of Victoria Vineyard by Eugene von Guerard looking south
west across Waurn Ponds Creek from what today would be private land to
the west of Cochrane's Rd, Waurn Ponds (click to enlarge)
David Louis Pettavel was born in 1817 at Boudry in the Swiss canton of Neuchtel. He arrived in the Port Phillip district in 1842 on the Platina  and was amongst the earliest in a string of Swiss vignerons to migrate to the Geelong region in the mid-nineteenth century, encouraged to do so by Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe.
In 1842 Pettavel along with Frdric Breguet - another Swiss immigrant - established the earliest vineyard on the Barwon River at Pollocksford. As foreign citizens, they could not purchase their own land, instead leasing 25 acres from squatters William Haines and John Highett (John Ttaz, 1995, From Boudry to the Barrabool Hills: Swiss vignerons in Geelong). They called their vineyard Neuchtel.
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Friday, 15 September

13:20

Diary of Death: 15 September 22 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.


FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Luke Million, Nocturnal Tapes Oxford Art Factory
PVT, Nico Niquo, Dongelis  Lansdowne Hotel
Jack Shit  10PM til 3AM Lansdowne Hotel FREE
Ha The Unclear (NZ) Old Manly Boatshed
Wolf & Cub, The Dead Love, Moon Brain Coogee Diggers
Patrick James Leadbelly
Katchafire (NZ), Ria Hall (NZ) Max Watts
A Celebration of Pete Jones music/tribute 6pm Marrickville Bowling Club FREE

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

The Creases-The Lair
Le Pie, Egoism, Moody Beach-Lansdowne
Scattered Order, Astral Skulls, Dracopede 107 Projects
Ha The Unclear (NZ) The Bearded Tit FREE
Ha The Unclear (NZ), Rufflefeather Leadbelly
Bus Vipers9PM  Golden Age FREE
Jack Shit-8PM til midnight  Go...

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