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Monday, 22 October


Mick Pealing & Nick Charles "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Sunday 21st Oct, 3.00pm, Royal Exchange Hotel

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Friday, 19 October


Simmer Town Roots Tour "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thursday 18th Oct, 8.00pm 12.00am, The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine

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Thursday, 18 October


Five charged, drugs seized, police assaulted Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Five people have been charged after police investigating a break and enter were allegedly assaulted at Lismore yesterday.

Officers from Richmond Police District officers have been investigating after cash and other items were stolen during a break and enter on a home in Casino on Sunday, 2 September, 2018.

Following inquiries, officers from the Richmond PD Target Action Group (TAG) attempted to arrest a 16-year-old youth at a bus interchange on Brewster Street, Lismore, shortly after 2pm yesterday (Wednesday, 17 October, 2018).

Police will allege when they tried to search the youth, several people intervened, assaulting the officers, with one officer being spat in the face.

Five people were arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.

Police will allege when the 16-year-old boys bag was searched it contained methamphetamine in a resealable plastic bag.

He has now been charged with break enter and steal, and possess a prohibited drug (methamphetamine). He was refused bail to appear in a childrens court today (Thursday, 18 October, 2018).

A 35-year-old Lismore man has been charged with assault police. He was bailed to appear in Lismore Local Court on Monday, 12 November, 2018.

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with hinder police, resist police, and fail to move on. A second boy, also aged 14, has been charged with assault police.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with assault police, hinder police, and resist police, and fail to move on, while a second girl, also aged 14, has been charged with resist police, hinder police, and trespass.

These four teenagers have been granted bail to appear in a childrens court on Monday 12 November 2018.

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Solar boost for North Coast low income households "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North Coast is one of five regions chosen to participate in a trial scheme to give the benefits of clean solar energy to local households. 

The NSW government is offering a voluntary program for households to exchange their Low Income Household Rebate for a new 2.5 kilowatt rooftop solar power system.

The NSW government has finally listened to households who want to invest in solar power to bring down their high electricity bills, says Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina.

The NSW government is funding a solar program to help low-income households get a solar power system which will bring down their electricity bills long term and help the environment through clean energy generation, said Ms Smith.

Households that are concerned about the environment and about sky high electricity prices want to get solar power in order to bring their bills down and moderate their reliance on fossil fuels, but the up-front investment in a solar power system can make it difficult, said Ms Smith, who is also the Greens Renewable Energy spokesperson.

The rooftop solar trial is expected to lead to an average bill reduction of $300 $600 per year for Ballina and Byron Shire households who are eligible to participate, said Ms Smith.

The $15 million in State funding will be used to provide free rooftop solar to up to 3,400 eligible households across NSW.

The NSW government has finally realised that solar power is key to providing energy bill relief for households and businesses in regional NSW, said Ms Smith.

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Should new Tweed Hospital stay at current site? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North coast Greens MP Dawn Walker presented a petition to the upper house of the NSW parliament this week calling for the  prime farmland on Cudgen Plateau to be protected. Photo supplied.

A petition was presented to the upper house of the NSW parliament this week calling for the prime farmland on Cudgen Plateau to be protected and the new Tweed Valley Hospital to be built on an alternate site. Locals Hayley and James Paddon travelled to Sydney in support of the petition that was presented by NSW Greens MP and Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker.

Site contention

The controversial proposal to build the new Tweed Valley Hospital on the state-significant farmland, supported by current Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest, on the Cudgen Plateau near Kingscliff has generated a strong debate over the decision. Issues have been raised regarding the fact that the land is already identified as state-significant farmland as well as the broader impact the development will have on the local Kingscliff community.

While the Nationals and Labor have been accusing one another of playing to the tune of party donors in relation to the sites they are supporting the Greens have put forward the alternative of re-developing the current site of the Tweed Hospital. They point out that the infrastructure and services are already in place to support the hospital at this site. It has also been highlighted that there are many people who have moved into close proximity to the hospital due to age and health concerns and shifting the hospital site will have a significant impact on them.

Labor have come out in favour of the Kings Forest location claiming that it is shovel ready and that the infrastructure will be able to be developed around the hospital effectively. However, opponents claim that the fact the development is not yet built, the impact on koalas and other native species and the fact significant parts of the site are subject to flooding are detractors for this site.

Clear message



NEW MUSIC: The Gracious Losers  I Can Never Read The Signs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

UK nine-piece The Gracious Losers recently released their debut LP The Last Of The Gracious Losers and it features I Can Never Read The Signs, the closing track on the rich and set of Americana music that draws from gospel, country and soul music. From Glasgow to Woodstock the line is drawn and followed with Continue reading


ALP running scared of new NQ state "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Katters Australian Party says a $70 billion rail proposal for south east Queensland is a slap in the face to North Queenslanders and supports the argument for North Queensland to break away and become self-governing.

 The KAP says the State Labor Government is looking at pie in the sky proposals to save itself at the next state election, funded by the resurgence in coal prices and the likely start of the giant Adani coal mine.

 KAP State Leader and Member for Traeger, Robbie Katter wants $250,000 allocated by the State Government to look at the economic, legal and cultural elements of a separate state in North Queensland.

Robbie Katter pushing hard fo a new state of North Queensland before the south east corner wipes out the north

 I bet this Government is spending a lot more on supporting the Jeff Horn/Anthony Mundine fight later this year in Brisbane, than the $250,000 requested to map out the costs and benefits of North Queenslanders being able to govern themselves, he said.



Qld Premier should be stood down for breaking the law "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has called on the Queensland Attorney-General to refer Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to the Director of Public Prosecutions over her sacking of KAP staff last month.

 Mr Katters calls preceded news that Labor had this week used its numbers in Parliament to vote down an LNP motion that would see a special committee established to investigate the Premiers behaviour.

 Mr Katter said the objectivity of the Ethics Committee that the Premier had been referred to had huge questions around it.

Comrade Premier Palaszczuk should be stood down over public threats she made to Katters Australian Party and the removal of their staff

 Both major parties are compromised in this process, but particularly the Labor Party as each Labor MP on the Committee will be investigating their boss, Mr Katter said.



PREMIERE: Body Types self-titled debut EP is here "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Dakota Gordon 

With their electric self-titled debut EP, the 2017 SMAC Award winners for Next Big Thing are proving our point. Body Type is out tomorrow, but you can hear it here first!

Body Types debut EP is dream-pop impressionism at its best. Lashings of reverb, catchy guitars climbing all over each other, rumbling bass and drums all sprayed across the canvas, and done in three and a bit minutes.

Yep, the inescapable truth about Body Type the EP is that its fun as fuck, but thats not to diminish its emotional depth and sophistication. This EP is a masterclass in marrying a kinetic, deliberation-lite aesthetic with finely-tuned arrangements and lyrics, giving it that elusive quality of being captivating from the get-go but rewarding on repeat listen.

Its also a document which both charts, and draws a line under the bands first act. Early singles Silver and Ludlow (which was re-recorded for this EP) crackle with the excitement of a band discovering their voice, while Arrow breaks into a confident stride with its all-in chug, self-assured sing-speak delivery and weaponised woops. This new gait is developed on super-catchy Teeth and perfected on...


No other nations free trade except for the dummies in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

KAP Leader and Federal  Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today continued his insurgency against the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership-11 (TPP-11) as it heads into the Senate by unleashing a tirade on the Governments claim that Australia will be last in the queue should the bill be shot down.

Most of my last speeches in Parliament have been what Ive hoped are fierce attacks upon the hypocrisy of free trade; upon our industry representative organisations particularly in agriculture. All weve got out of these bodies in Canberra is a clapping of hands for every free trade deal.

The Federal Government couldnt drive the drovers dog to a drink in the Murranji Track, and yet, they live in a world where their peculiar Adam Smith policies eliminate any reference to the assumptions upon which free markets are valid.

Bob Katter delivers a terrible blow to Liberals and Labor in Parliament about the crippling cost  of free trade to the country, such as the TPP

Adam Smith would turn in his grave if his principles h...


NEW MUSIC PREMIERE: Kyle Jenkins Vultures "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Kyle Jenkins of Suicide Swans continues his golden streak of songwriting and prolific releases with this second single from his debut solo LP Meltdown. The track hits a bass-led groove and never lets up. Clever sonic details like a ride cymbal doubling down on the reference to smashing on the keys of typewriters and the Continue reading


It really is OK to be white! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Senator Anning Solid in Face of Anti-White Criticism, Again!

Speaking in response to the hysterical reaction to Senator Hansons motion which said Its ok to be white, Senator Anning stood and defended the position to howls of outrage.

Of course it is ok to be white. There is nothing racist about being proud of whom you are, if Senator Faruqi stood up and said she was a proud Muslim woman she would be hailed as a hero.

Conversely with any discussion or suggestion of being proud of being white, you are labelled a white supremacist or a Fascist- tired old labels the left attaches to anyone they disagree with. Senator Anning said.

The hysterical response to Government support for Senator Hansons motion today proves the point that there is most definitely a rise in anti-white sentiment creeping into Australian society.

Although Senator Hanson attacked my call for a predominantly European immigration programme in my maiden speech, I will always defend anyone who defends our national identity.

 I was the only person who defended her position the government is frantically trying to back pedal and her own senator Peter Georgiou was apparently urgently required elsewhere.

Todays response has shown that there is anti-white racism and what we need in this country is some of my colleagues to grow an actual backbone Senator Anning concluded.


Sylvia McEwan Making a Mark Exhibition at Newrybar Merchants Nov 1 29, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Renowned painter and sculptor Sylvia McEwan will debut her latest works Making A Mark  with an exclusive exhibition at Newrybar Merchants.

Launching with a VIP opening night on Thursday, November 1 from 5pm, McEwans works will be displayed as part of the Newrybar Merchants Pop-Up Artist series a rotating gallery occupying the charming 1850s homestead in the Byron Bay Hinterland.

Making A Mark is a collection of paintings on canvas and paper that reflect McEwans intuitive flair for applying layers of colour and texture in exquisite ways. Drawing on references as diverse as Classicism and Cubism, her work shifts between the figurative and the abstract.


On her inspiration for creating a collection, McEwan says:

Inspiration comes from working each day. Focusing on the painting process, finding new ways of mark making. Over time there are small breakthroughs that enable me to move forward and occasionally something wonderful happens. That makes it all worthwhile and I cant wait to capture that moment in the next painting.

McEwans artistic development has been fuelled...


Contentious sewerage system trial to be decided today: Mullum "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Plans for a controversial and costly sewerage system trial in Mullumbimby could be quietly passed by Byron Shire Council at todays meeting.

Tucked away in the committee minutes section of the agenda for the meeting is the plan to trial a low-pressure pump system at a handful of houses in the town.

Unlike the existing gravity-based system currently being used, low-pressure sewers use a small pump station located at each house to move wastewater through.

The Mullumbimby trial would also involve gathering data from each house about precisely how much sewage is produced each day.

Proponents of the trial say this would allow council to get the clearest indication yet of how much water is getting into the towns aging, earthenware sewers.

But a group of locals living in and around Mullumbimby strongly oppose the trial and are calling on the council to abandon it until it has undertaken a proper comparative analysis of the different possible solutions.

Despite this strong opposition, councils Water Waste and Sewerage Advisory Committee has recommended that the trial go ahead without any such analysis.

Should council adopt this recommendation at todays meeting, as often happens with committee recommendations, the trial would go ahead.

Sonia Laverty, the chair of the Mullumbimby Residents Association said there was a clear need for public consultation before the trial went ahead.

They need to at least have a public meeting so that people can have their say, Dr Laverty said.

We all know that the trial [of the low-pressure pump system] in New Brighton wasnt great. To just put something like this through without talking to residents is very patronising.

This is a big decision. Youre talking about an expensive trial. The public needs to be involved.

A comparative study undertaken by council staff prior to introducing a low-pressure sewer system at New Brighton found that a vacuum-style system and not a low-pressure system was the best option.

Another council report the June 2010 Final Project Review of the Mullumbimby Sewerage System also recommended against implementing a low-pressure system.

The retrofitting of a Low-Pressure Pumping System (LPPS) to the Mullumbimby sewerage reticulation system would have a high capital cost and will not eliminate stormwater inflow and infiltration because defects in the private upstream sewers will continue to be a problem and source of stormwater ingress Implementation of a LPPS is not recommended, the report states.

The report also estimated that the cost of installing low-pressure pump systems would be $19,000 per house.

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Queensland decriminalises abortion "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

When running for election, Labour promised to take abortion out of the Crimes Act. That promise has been shunted off to the Law Commission for the moment, but while Labour is pissing about and covering its arse, over the Tasman Australians have stolen a march on us, with the Queensland state parliament voting for decriminalisation:

Nineteenth-century laws making abortion illegal in Queensland have been scrapped, in one of the state's biggest legislative reforms.

The government's controversial plan to decriminalise pregnancy termination passed through state parliament with a comfortable margin of 50 votes to 41.

The laws mean abortion will be available, on request, at up to 22 weeks' gestation.

It also allows an abortion to take place after 22 weeks if the medical practitioner performing the termination has consulted with a second medical practitioner and both agreed that "in all the circumstances" the abortion should be performed.

So how long will it take in New Zealand? The Law Commission says they will be providing a response to Andrew little "within eight months of the Ministers 27 February 2018 request", which is around the end of this month. Which means we should see legislation passed next year.


Council staff call for Tyagarah Beach nude bathing to be banned "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Enjoying a bit of fun in the sun are some naturists relaxing at the clothes-optional beach, Tyagarah. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Paul Bibby & staff reporters

Nude bathing at Tyagarah Beach could be banned within weeks if councillors support Byron Council staffs recommendation at todays meeting to revoke the beachs clothes-optional declaration.

But Council may look to replace Tyagarah with a different, less-remote nudist beach in the Shire, with Belongil Beach emerging as an early favourite.

Councillor Michael Lyon (Greens) told The Echo that he was leaning toward voting in favour of the staff recommendation.

The idea that children cant walk from Tyagarah to Main Beach and feel safe is obviously pretty concerning, Cr Lyon said.

The isolation of Tyagarah is a contributor to that.

He and the other Greens councillors were considering making one of the Shires more prominent beaches clothing optional because having more people around would discourage lewd and criminal behaviour, Cr Lyon said.

Belongil Beach is being put forward as a possible option.

Passive surveillance

I think that would potentially work well because theres more passive surveillance.

Given that Byrons Greens councillors are in the majority there is a strong possibility that the staff recommendation will be passed.

In recommending that Tyagarah lose its clothes-optional status, staff repeatedly referred to discussions within, and submissions to, the Safe Beaches Stakeholder Group.

During its two years of operation, the stakeholder group has repeatedly heard that the problem of lewd and criminal behaviour in and around the clothes-optional area at Tyagarah was likely to be far worse that the police statistics suggested, owing to underreporting.

Among the main factors contributing to the behaviour was the vast presence of inappropriate lewd social media sites promoting lewd sexual behaviour in the area, and the remoteness and public nature of the area which lent itself to poor passive surveillance and slow police responses to incidents.

The report noted the significant difference in beach visitation between remote and non-remote beaches.

This difference...


Public transport: frequency must improve across the network #MoreServicesPlease "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

If you look at a map of Melbournes public transport network, youd be right in thinking its a substantial service covering most of the city.

But it will only attract people out of their cars if service quality is better.

Frequency has to improve. With most suburban buses running only every 30-60 minutes, and even waits for trains and trams being as much as 20 to 40 minutes outside peak times, people can spend more time waiting for a service than travelling on it.

Running all trains, trams and main road buses at least every ten minutes to everywhere all day, every day, would ensure that all of Melbourne has a turn up and go network that people can use without having to check a timetable first, and that connections are easy.


Small business workshop offers skills and insights "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mark Holden from Sourdough Business Pathways. Photo supplied.

The fourth and final Sourdough lunchtime workshop, as part of the popular 2018 small business series, will be held on Wednesday October 31 at the Elements of Byron Resort.

Organisers say marketing experts Vim+Zest will offer insightful and actionable takeaways to help you and your business attract quality leads and convert them into loyal customers and valuable sales.  

Business insights

Its a perfect opportunity for local businesses to gain valuable skills and insights to help grow their business and get the best out of their online presence. This government-funded workshop is available for small-business owners and their employees at a subsidised cost of $50, which includes workshop, lunch, and invaluable networking opportunities with industry peers.

Sourdough Business Pathways is a not-for-profit joint initiative of the Byron Community College and the Sourdough Business Group on a mission to build a strong economic future for the northern rivers region, through education, mentoring and project support. 

As the year end is steamrolling towards us, this lunchtime investment will enable businesses to end the year with a swathe of practical skills to generate the right kind of leads ready to hit the ground running for 2019.   

The workshop runs from 11 am till 2 pm. For more information visit or call 02 6684 3374.

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Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello all owners of a Melon Baller!

Could we please borrow your gadget for the weekend? 

I am the proud owner of one. I have a tribe of kids coming over who have a vision of making a mountain of melon balls. 

Happy to pick up and return to your letterbox.


$500,000 for synthetic greens at Wonthaggi "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A re-elected Liberal-Nationals Government will contribute $500,000 for the installation of new synthetic greens at the Wonthaggi Bowling Club.
The need to change to synthetic has come about as a result of the unforeseen rise in the cost of maintaining and managing the grass greens at the club, and the announcement was warmly received by the Wonthaggi bowlers.
And last Saturday, the Member for Bass, Brian Paynter committed the Coalition to part-funding the work.
According to a statement by the club, the dramatic rise in costs is unsustainable to the club if members are to continue their sport but a new synthetic playing surface will resolve this issue and enable play to continue through the winter months as well.
Mr Paynter made his commitment to the Wonthaggi Bowls Club at the annual Wonthaggi versus Inverloch derby event.
I have raised this issue before in the past to support the local sporting clubs and I am honoured to make this announcement today, Mr Paynter said.
Previously players have not been able to play in winter months and the cost of maintaining the grass was high. With this funding members will be able to enjoy the green all year round.
The new synthetic greens will provide greater participation opportunities for families, school children, women and people with disabilities.
Due to growth in the Wonthaggi area and predicted future growth, the club is looking to provide increased participation in the sport.
Member for Bass Brian Paynter has worked with the Wonthaggi Bowls Club for a number of years in support of the members and the facilities.

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1) Reconstruction is necessary to track the implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Indonesia targets closure of Freeport deal in December -official 

1) Reconstruction is necessary to track the implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua
Published 16 hours ago on 17 October 2018 By pr9c6tr3_juben

Papua Civil Servants held protest in 2016 t...


Festival Queens will star in Grand Parade "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

TWT Festival Queens will star in this Saturdays Granny Smith Festival Grand Parade through Eastwood to the official opening on stage in Rowe Street Eastwood.

The post Festival Queens will star in Grand Parade appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Israeli effort to punish BDS activists for Lorde cancellation is backfiring "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Last year the New Zealand pop star Lorde cancelled her performance in Israel due to the persuasion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists (BDS), sparked by a letter written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are respectively of Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian background. Sachs was offered the full kapo (Nazi-traitor) treatment in the Israeli press .

Meantime, Israeli lawfare organization Shurat Hadin, an NGO, carried out a legal crusade to sue the activists, even though they were not in Israel when they penned the letter, and even though Lorde made up her own mind and was neither forced to perform nor to cancel. Shurat Hadin represented three teenage girls, demanding damages be paid by the activists for bringing about the cancellation.

Lorde at the 2014 St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Sydney, Australia (Photo: Annette Geneva/ Wikimedia)

Last week an Israeli court ruled that Sachs and Abu-Shanab must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totaling more than NZ $18,000 ($11,700). The court found the two New Zealand women damaged the artistic welfare of the three Israeli teenagers, and perpetrated damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting:

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it. 

But Shoshana, Ayelet and Ahuva, whose artistic welfare and good name are now damaged beyond recognition, can apparently go and cry themselves a river because Justine and Nadia are...

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Wednesday, 17 October


Memorial Artwork To Remember Victims Of Gay Hate Violence In Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A permanent memorial artwork recognising the victims of gay hate violence in New South Wales has been given council approval and funding. From the 1970s to 1990s, many gay men were assaulted, robbed and in some cases murdered along the coastal walk from Sydneys Bondi Beach to Tamarama (pictured), including at former gay beat Marks ...

The post Memorial Artwork To Remember Victims Of Gay Hate Violence In Sydney appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Recommendation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


I came across these really beautiful skincare products through a friend and they tick all the boxes!! They are made close by (in Somers), they avoid plastic (I'm really impressed with the moisturising stick made from cardboard), they are made from beautiful ingredients and they smell and feel amazing.


Lost Hat "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi everyone, just wondering if someone found the hat on the photo. My son lost it last Monday (15/10/18) around Urquhart Street and Pentridge Blvd, Coburg.

If someone has it please give me a call, 0409 164 626.

Cheers and thanks, 


Woman dies in Talofa crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman has died following a single-vehicle crash on Bangalow Road at Talofa, east of Bangalow, on Wednesday afternoon (October17).

About 3.30pm emergency services were called to Bangalow Road  after reports a car had left the road and hit a tree.

The driver and sole occupant died at the scene.

She is yet to be formally identified.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have commenced inquiries into the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP Helicopter VH-ZVP Pops into Mackay and Gladstone Airports Heading South "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Sunday 7 October, Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP helicopter VH-ZVP was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports while on a ferry flight South to the Sunshine Coast from its (usual) Cairns base.

It appears to be heading South to Sydney where, on Monday 8 October, it is due to arrive into the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base presumably to take up operations with the service.  VH-ZVP did the same at the end of last year.


Devils & Details: Live and Unleashed! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Devils unplugged

Next month you will have the opportunity to see a handful of Australia's brightest financial and economic minds speaking at a live event at The Ivy in Sydney's financial district. 

I'll also be presenting, lol.

Click on the back of Colgo's head below for details!

Alongside Colgo and Scutty, here's some of the panel...

Awesome panellists - as well as Koukie, Whelan, and Michalakis - so it'll be a great event.

Come for the canaps and adult beverages, stay for the bantz.

Tickets $50 - look forward to seeing you there!



Past two rounds of tennis have resulted in majority washouts in all sections.  The rain is welcome but not on Tuesdays. Ladders after ROUND 11 SECTION 1 Inverloch Sapphires 51.5 []


Takes a Sheila to show Aussie birders Satin rarity "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Oooh, look! What's that shiny black and white bird? It's so smooth and black on back and head. Could it be a rarely seen Satin Flycatcher in the Common today. Yes, it could. And it took a visitor from Wiltshire way, Sheila Ashley, to see it first. Proving that one good turn deserves another, she and husband Paul were being shown around by Len and Chris Ezzy. I tagged along. Lucky all of us.

Not so much luck involved in seeing a few other species commonly seen lately. Rose-crowned Fruitdove seems content to stay forever close to favourite feed trees near Freshwater hide.

Which is close to where immature Australian Raven was today tucking into fish, without parents or sibling trying to cadge a bite.

Not so many Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Pandanus viewing area today, but caught some showing off in recent times.



Here and Now | October 2018 / Dolly Henry "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

an we just all take a deep breath and acknowledge that it is in fact OCTOBER and that clearly some unscrupulous person has stolen 2018 without anyone noticing because last time I looked it was only March!Right, now we have gotten that out of the way, I am convinced the proper authorities will be notified and we can all start looking forward to 2019 at a much more leisurely pace.In an attempt to put the breaks on, I am pausing for a minute to enjoy a little mindfulness and meditation in the form of Here and Now, the monthly link-up by the lovely Say! Little Hen blog.So what is my here and now for October 2018?Loving // The rain, I appreciate it topping up our tank no end. I can stop worrying for a little while that showering every day is a little risky to the household water supply! Thank you rain!!!Eating //  Peanut Butter Cookies that are so delicious, I think they might have inspired the Cookie Monster himself!Feeling // A little out of whack. My Queensland system is not yet used to Daylight Saving and in spite of the many good arguments for it, I am yet to be convinced. I do not like it and I may just well spend my later years being the crazy-hates-daylight-saving-lady that lives on the hill and makes the neighborhood children knock on the door and run away screamingjust saying.Making //  A little doll who has blonde curly hair and is so far namelessopen for suggestions!

Source: Here and Now | October 2018 / Dolly Henry


Diversity Strengthens Education: Why LGBTIQ Discrimination Should Be Banned From Schools "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Emily Gray, RMIT University Over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his government would make amendments to discrimination legislation to make clear no student at a private or religious school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality. This move now has bipartisan support from Greens, Labor and the Liberals. The question ...

The post Diversity Strengthens Education: Why LGBTIQ Discrimination Should Be Banned From Schools appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Pale-vented Bush-hen at Fairfield area (including Brisbane Corso) reported by Rae Clark on 17-10-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Heard calling in mangroves along the river in two areas along the Brisbane Corso. Two birds were seen. Area between Newcastle Street and just past Princess Street but could be anywhere along there.


Scientists Say Theyve Developed A Self-Lubricating Condom "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A team of US scientists say theyve created a self-lubricating condom that they hope will increase the rates of safe sex. The scientists at Boston University have developed a compound that can be applied to the latex of a condom that also holds a thin layer of water. They used it to create a latex condom ...

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White Rock Wind Farm Public Open Day "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 21 Oct; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Local community members are invited to take a bus tour to visit White Rock Wind Farm on Sunday 21st October. Buses will depart from the Old Railway Station Lambeth Street Glen Innes. Buses are scheduled to leave every 20 minutes between 9am and 3pm and the tour will take approximately one hour. The event will align with the [...] full article 


Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Summary and recommendation The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 (the Bill) is to amend the Migration Act to: 1. allow the Minister to determine that an item is a prohibited thing in relation to immigration detention facilities, 2 allow existing screening, search and seizure powers to be used in relation to prohibited things, 3 provide a power to search all areas of immigration detention facilities without a warrant, and 4 enable the use of detector dogs to search facilities and to screen detainees and other persons entering the facilities. This post goes into the details of the Bill, the responses of the main parties and the Government's respond to these comments.



Loft is an exciting new bar, combining food and cocktails soon to open in the heart of Byron Bay.

The vision was to create a cocktail bar with amazing food that taps into the Byron vibe. The concept is a bar that has modern Australian food and a natural atmosphere, a warm, airy and earthy environment. Its relaxing and casual, its where you want to be.

The exciting new space, is the culmination of years of experience in the hospitality industry and true love of Byron Bay that started early in Matt Hunts (the owner) life.

Byron has always had a special place in my heart, Ive been coming here for years with my family. Theres always been a gravitational pull to Byron, something that I cant really explain. After starting businesses in Melbourne I continued to travel to Byron regularly, always dreaming that one day I could focus on my own concept for the town that combined the Byron energy with a holistic approach to a food and beverage experience.

Matt developed the unique Loft concept with the idea that locally supplied food and beverage, as well as the space should be equally considered.

My idea for Loft was to create a large cocktail bar with food, married perfectly to create an unforgettable experience. You can come in at noon and end up being there all day and night. Great cocktails, wines, ten cold beers on tap complemented by an incredible modern Australian sharing menu, which will be available all day. Great food and drinks to engage all your senses, whilst still being fun, approachable and affordable.

The unique approach from Matt was to incorporate sustainable and responsible practices to the design, business and operations of Loft. The concept truly embodies the Byron Bay innovative and sustainable spirit.

We have a big focus on supporting and working with local producers and suppliers. There are a lot of amazing things happening around the Byron Shire and were excited to be a part of that. A big part of our focus is responsibility of waste management; organic waste will be kept separate from other recyclables, with an effort to make Loft a plastic free environment. We are working towards a zero-waste model and will be constantly developing and improving our practices to have a positive impact on the community and environment.

Loft will be a truly...


A Bastard Like Me: Paul Kelly on the release of album #24 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Paul Kelly :: Interview and Performance on Arvos

Bona fide songwriting royalty Paul Kelly dropped in on Arvos to talk with Grace (who was totally keeping it together btw) about 19th Century poetry, putting words first and his new album Nature.

Over four decades and across 24 albums, a little known artist by the name of Paul Kelly, toiling in obscurity, has penned tunes on topics ranging from interstate bus trips to recipes for gravy. His most recent offering Nature truly takes the Australian legend back to his roots breathing fresh air into the words of 19th century poets whilst also finding new inspiration in the world around him.

A lot of songs for Nature were written around the same time as the songs for the last record, over the last three or four years When I went to look at the titles of some of the songs, there was Little Wolf and Seagulls Of Seattle and Morning Storm and so I thought, well maybe I should just call the record Nature.

Hear the full interview up top, where Kelly chats about the one poet he was afraid to put music to and hear the story behind and a stunning live rendition of A Bastard Like Me from Nature.


WHO: Paul Kelly
WHAT: Making Gravy Tour
WHERE: The Domain, Sydney
WHEN: Sat 15 Dec, tickets here.

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Visitors "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

James and Chris on the couch


Authorising the Unlawful: The Powers of Undercover Police in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim An unidentified man was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison last February for his part in the robbery of an Armaguard truck outside a Sydney shopping centre back in March 2013. However, police were initially concerned they didnt have enough evidence to see him convicted. When the man

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CAFNEC AGM 2018 + Green Drinks "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"



Notice of CAFNEC Annual General Meeting: Thursday 25th October

Hello CAFNEC members, 

CAFNEC would like to extend an invitation to you to join the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) next Thursday 25th October which will be coupled with October Green Drinks for an enjoyable evening. 

Well be running the usual Green Drinks agenda (free yummy food, drinks by donation, music and interesting folk) but afterwards please join us for our AGM, where we will be looking back at efforts and successes over the 2017/18 year as well as focusing on the work ahead of us in the coming year. 

When: Thursday 25th October 2016 Green Drinks 5.30 pm, AGM 6.30 pm
Where: Cominos House, 27-29 Greenslopes St, North Cairns.

As a CAFNEC member your presence is greatly valued to participate and vote for the change you wish to see. If you are unable to attend but would still like to vote you can fill out a proxy form to nominate a proxy and send to Marie at by 12 pm on 25th October. 

Is your CAFNEC membership up to date? Only financial members are eligible to vote on the election of members of the Management Committee and other matters necessitating approval of the majority of the members. If youd like to renew online click here. If youd like to check on your membership please call 4032 1746 and ask for Marie. 

AGM Agenda:

1. Introduction and apologies
2. Minutes of the 2017 AGM tabled for adoption
3. Presentation of Annual Report by President
4. Finance Report including

  • Receiving of the Auditors Report and Audited Statement
  • Presentation of the Audited Statement to the meeting for adoption
  • Appointment of an Auditor for 2018/2019
  • Report on public liability insurance & sponsorships over $500

5. Staff presentations
6. Election of members of the Management Committee
7. Any other business
8. Close of meet...


Tina Bikki Getting Ready To Rumble With Aussie Performers At Drag Game Show "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With the success of the monthly live game show Rumble at Heya Bar in Fortitude Valley, the events creator Joel Devereux is looking forward to the upcoming season of the show at Brisbane Powerhouses Wonderland Festival. QNews Magazine asked Joel, exactly what is Rumble? Rumble is a game show like no other! Two fringe artists, typically a ...

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The XXXX-ing Problem With Australias Industrial Relation Laws "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gutting the rights of Australian workers starts with undermining unions, and the right to collectively protest. And the recent experience of Lion Brewery workers is the case in point, writes Giri Sivaraman.

Last week the owners of Brisbanes iconic XXXX brewery at Milton announced redundancies across a range of roles. This decision, which came during a good faith bargaining process, is just another recent example of the crippling of union strength and activism, which has been systematic for many years now in this country.

United Voice called out brewery owners Lion for engaging in a process of casualisation by stealth, but was prevented from protesting and taking industrial action to protect the jobs of existing workers by the Fair Work Commission. As a result, Lion will be allowed to bring on cheap labour hire workers whilst the existing brewery employees lose their jobs.

The ability of unions to advocate for better standards and galvanise support amongst members has been crippled by employers and regulators for decades. Removing the right to strike on fundamental issues like a cap on the use of casual labour or the employment of contractors undermines the existing workforce.

The right to strike and protest unfair treatment is an essential tool used by unions and workers to promote better workplace conditions and take action on key workplace issues. Its a fundamental measure of the democratic values that Australia boasts. However, severe restrictions on this right cast a heavy pall over unions.

Even raising awareness of worker exploitation comes with its own risks as successive conservative governments also moved to enforce prohibitive penalties against unions, their officers and individual employees for sympathy strikes. Just this week construction workers were fined for taking part in a rally about workers rights.

Historically, unions have been instrumental in monitoring and enforcing employers compliance with minimum workplace standards. However, due to continued and sustained attacks from conservative governments, union powers to investigate and prosecute employer contraventions of labour and safety laws have been greatly eroded.

This has been exacerbated by the rigid right of entry laws which continue to operate under the current legislative regime, under which mistakes in giving notice of entry can lead to complete exclusion from the workplace. Stopping work because of a suspected safety breach is also a high-risk activity for unions as fines and damages for unlawful strikes can lead to enormous penalties and damages.

Under national OHS harmonisation unions have lost the right to commence prosecution for unsafe workplaces, and prosecution of underpayment is also a costly and time-consuming process that can take many months or yea...


Larnook man arrested over drugs, guns and stolen property "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The small hydroponic set-up at a home in Larnook found during a police raid last Thursday (October 11). Photo NSW Police

A man has been charged after police allegedly located rifles, drugs, and stolen property at a home at Larnook, about 30km north of Lismore, last week.

Officers from Richmond Police District Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Richmond Target Action Group, raided a home on Cawongla Road last Thursday (October 11).

During a search of the home, officers allegedly located a small hydroponic setup with six cannabis plants, cannabis leaf, MDMA tablets, steroids, three rifles, a trail bike, petrol, and credit cards, all believed to be stolen.

Following inquiries, a 34-year-old man was arrested at Lismore Police Station on Tuesday (October 16).

He was charged with cultivate prohibited plant indictable quantity, possess prohibited drug, possess unauthorised firearm, possess unregistered firearm, not keep firearm safely, deal with property proceeds of crime, and possess, anabolic or androgenic steroidal agent

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday (November 19).


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Light Rye Loaf "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Em, can you please send me a new copy of your book? Mine is covered in oil My friend just laughed at me she knows I already have both the paper and digital versions of her magnum opus. If youre a sourdough baker and you havent already bought a copy of Emilie Raffas Artisan []


Rail travel times could be cut by 29 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FASTER RAIL An image depicting the amended travel times for rail with the High Speed Rail network put forward by the Liberal Nationals Government that they would implement if elected in November. Image: Supplied.FASTER RAIL An image depicting the amended travel times for rail with the High Speed Rail network put forward by the Liberal Nationals Government that they would implement if elected in November. Image: Supplied.

RAIL travel times between Sheparton and Melbourne could be cut down by 29 minutes if the Liberal Nationals Government is elected in November.

Currently, it takes 146 minutes to travel between Shepparton and Melbourne, but under the new European-style High Speed Rail plans that time would be cut to 117 minutes.

Reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, Victorias new High Speed Rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victorias current Class 1 track to 200km/h operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

High Speed Rail will almost halve travel times between Melbourne and Geelong and between Melbourne and Traralgon.


Inaugural StepUP! For Down Syndrome walk to hit lake foreshore "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE inaugural StepUP! for Down Syndrome Goulburn Valley will be held on

Sunday, October 21 and aims to celebrate those with Down Syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments.

Starting at 10am and running until 2pm at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton (northern end boat ramp), the event will begin with a walk around the Victoria Park Lake at 10:30am followed by a barbeque lunch and entertainment for the kids and adults.

Register to join StepUP! and celebrate those with Down Syndrome by raising awareness within the community. Visit for more.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


COME AND HEAR FROM ONE OF AUSTRALIAS LEADING ONLINE SAFETY EXPERTS THE OFFICE OF THE ESAFETY COMMISSIONER on empowering young people, parents and carers to manage online issues. The event will be held on October 16 from 6pm to 8pm at the GOTAFE Auditorium, Fryers Street, Shepparton. Registration for this event can be made via


SHEPPARTON COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held on Friday, October 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 at the Shepparton Harness Racing Complex. Walk up artists on Friday from 2pm to 6pm. Dance night from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday featuring guest artists. 10:30am and 10:30pm. Entry is $20 per person or $50 for a weekend pass. For enquiries, phone Joyce on 0408 218 411.


NUMURKAH FOODBOWL FESTIVAL BUSH DANCE will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 1:30pm to 4pm at the Numurkah Town Hall, McCaskill Street. An all ages free bush dance with live band. Dress up, come and have fun with a partner or come solo. Afternoon tea supplied.


BUNBARTHA PONY CLUB COMBINED TRAINING DAY will be held on Sunday, October 21 at Kaarimba Racecourse. Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Phone 5826 9488 for entry form, or email


SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, October 25 at the Welsford Stret centre from 1:30pm with guest artist, Johnny Doyle (a talented violinist, singer and guitarist). Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. Bulk bookings can be made on 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.


GOULBURN VALLEY PRIDE INC. is Greater Sheppartons LGBTI+ social-support group meeting monthly for walks, dinners, brunches, movies and more. Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex community members + allies welcome! SMS or call Damien on 0418 511 562.



SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.


GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday morning at the hill next to Aquamoves at 8:30am to 9:30am. Contact David on 0419 332...


Garden expo success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THAT WINNING FEELING Bill Boyer with his winning entry in the Billabong Garden Expo Potted Succulent Competition, Time For Tea. Photo: Supplied.THAT WINNING FEELING Bill Boyer with his winning entry in the Billabong Garden Expo Potted Succulent Competition, Time For Tea. Photo: Supplied.

GARDENING and garden enthusiasts alike enjoyed the glorious spring weather on the weekend and the inaugural Billabong Garden Expo at Billabong Garden Complex.

Attendees were able to Ask An Expert about all things gardening, plant health, companion planting, decorative screening, edging, garden design, fruit fly identification and control, native bees and bee inns, making natural body products and more.

Nursery manager, Tracy Lamont said it has been wonderful to receive all the feedback from those who attended who were inspired by the displays and in particular by our Le Potager (French Kitchen) display garden.

Tracy said, Our annual Potted Succulent Competition was also a highlight and like our display garden was the source of much inspiration and ideas. Attendees were able to vote on their favourite entry and the entry that was awarded Peoples Choice was by Bill Boyer.

Bills entry titled Time For Tea, was a piece that he mosaiced himself and incorporate china tea pots that were potted with succulents.

Bill said, My piece depicts the joy of gardening going hand in hand with a nice cuppa.

Due to the succuss of the weekend the Billabong team plan to hold the garden expo, incorporating the potted succulent competition, in October next year and encourage people to start on their potted succulent competition entries!


Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Dear Editor,

We held the positions of chair and deputy chair of the board of Goulburn Valley Health from August 2013 until June 2017. The major focus of the board under our leadership was the planning for the future redevelopment of the GV Health (GVH) hospital in Shepparton.

Up until 2013, successive boards of GVH had made significant efforts to redevelop the hospital but unfortunately met with little success. Our board decided to take a start from scratch approach and be pragmatic about getting the job done. The first step was to seek the advice of the senior bureaucrats within the Department of Health as to what was the most effective strategy to achieve the significant funding required for the full redevelopment of the hospital. The advice was simple get the data together to demonstrate the need and get strong commitment from the local community for the project. The department helped fund the data gathering task and the board lobbied the local community. Over a period of around two years in depth studies on the health needs of the Goulburn Valley region serviced by GVH were completed. This work resulted in a Department of Health supported Service Plan which was then the foundation of the development of the Master Plan for the GVH hospital to meet the identified needs. A feasibility study was completed, then a schematic design and an indicative costing. This was a significant work by a huge number of managers and staff of GVH and well supported by the Department of Health.

As this work was continuing the community support for the redevelopment was wonderfully articulated by the Committee for Greater Shepparton and the Greater Shepparton City Council which both had the GVH redevelopment as the number one priority for capital funding in the lead up to the 2014 state election. By election time it was clear that GVH was very high, if not the highest priority, for capital works for the Department of Health, that the data demonstrated an overwhelming case for the redevelopment and the project was shovel ready!

All through this period the board worked closely with the Department of Health and made sure the process was kept on track and moving forward as GVH was getting busier and busier by the day.

Prior to the 2014 State Election the Napthine Coalition Government committed $75M towards the redevelopment of GVH as the full cost of the project had not been determined at this stage.

With the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014 everything was in place for the funding of the project. The funding provided was, at the time, around half of what was required for the full redevelopment. There was no commitment from the government for the funding for the full redevelopment.

In the article in local...


More funding for Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GREATER Shepparton City Council has been successful in receiving funding for Kialla Park Recreation Reserve female-friendly sport facilities.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp announced recently that the State Government is contributing $293,733 from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund towards the renovation, extension and upgrade of existing change rooms to provide  female friendly access, including a female friendly umpires wing and shower/toilet areas.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, This boost will enable Greater Shepparton City Council to progress this project.

The project will provide female friendly change facilities, which will facilitate new programming opportunities for female players and teams. Every player deserves equal access to high quality facilities and these grants will benefit everyone who participates in sport and active recreation in the area.


GMCU supporting the local community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

COMMUNITY MINDED From left, GMCU CEO, Melissa Ralph and The Apprenticeship Factory and Monarch Personnel CEO, Paula Ryan. Photo: Katelyn Morse. COMMUNITY MINDED From left, GMCU CEO, Melissa Ralph and The Apprenticeship Factory and Monarch Personnel CEO, Paula Ryan. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

AS THE weather warms up it is a great time to get out and about to the community events in our local area.  The GMCU is proud to be part of our communities and to support over 100 local sporting clubs, community groups and events each year.

Upcoming events supported by GMCU include the Benalla A&P Society Annual Show, Seymour & District Art Society Beyond the Divide art show, The Apprenticeship Factory Awards Night, Benalla Art Festival, Tatong Art Show, Mitchell Shire Concert Band Armistice Centenary Concert, Kyabram RV Country Music Festival, Numurkah Agricultural Society Show and the Seymour College RACV Energy Breakthrough.

CEO, Melissa Ralph said, The warmer weather is also a great time for entertaining at home, and is often when we start thinking about home renovations.

If you are looking to finance for your next home renovation, pop in and discuss your plans with the team at any of our 10 convenient local branches.

GMCU has branches throughout central Victoria, each with experienced lenders who can help home buyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. GMCU can be contacted in Shepparton on 5821 9033 or at


Update to the seasonal determinations "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE northern Victoria Resource Manager recently updated 2018/19 seasonal determinations.

The Murray system moves from 78 percent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) to 82 percent HRWS. The Goulburn system and the Loddon system increase from 70 percent HRWS to 74 percent HRWS. The seasonal determination in the Broken system increases by 2 percent HRWS to 11 percent HRWS. The Bullarook system increases from 100 percent HRWS and 25 percent lowreliability water shares (LRWS) to 100 percent HRWS and 51 percent LRWS. The Campaspe system remains at 100 percent HRWS.

Resource manager, Dr Mark Bailey said the modest improvements came from a combination of more water reaching the major storages than was estimated and lower than expected system losses in some systems.

While flows into the major storages have been marginally higher than anticipated since the last seasonal determination update, they have been well below-average for this time of season and the catchments continue to dry with very little recent rainfall, Dr Bailey said.

Dr Bailey noted the climate outlooks continue to favour drier conditions.

The latest Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook indicates below-average rainfall is more likely across all of northern Victoria during the October to December period, Dr Bailey said.

The bureau also says there is a 50 percent chance that an El Nio event will develop in spring and the threshold for a positive Indian Ocean Dipole has been exceeded. Both an El Nio and positive Indian Ocean Dipole typically reduces rainfall in south-eastern Australia.


The seasonal determinations for northern Victorian water systems on Monday, October 1 were:


Water System High-Reliability Water Share Low-Reliability Water Share
Murray 82% 0%
Broken 11% 0%
Goulburn 74% 0%
Campaspe 100%


Church grounds ready for parish fair and garden party "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PARISH GARDEN PARTY FUN From left, St. Augustines Church parishioners, Eileen Quaife, Joy Campbell and Rev. Dr. Helen Malcolm. Photo: Nicholise Garner.PARISH GARDEN PARTY FUN From left, St. Augustines Church parishioners, Eileen Quaife, Joy Campbell and Rev. Dr. Helen Malcolm. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THE lawns and gardens surrounding St. Augustines Church in Maude Street, Shepparton, are looking magnificent ready for the annual Parish Fair and Garden Party to be held on Saturday, October 20 commencing at 8am and finishing at 3:15pm.

There will be 24 stalls located both in the parish hall and on the extensive lawns surrounding the church and will offer a range of items from pictures and posters, manchester, toys, handbags, jewellery, craft, china and glass to cakes and pies, Macedonian delicacies, jams, sauce and preserves, greeting cards and plants.

The garage sale/white elephant stall will be located in the Orr Street foyer of the hall, the book stall, also in the hall, can be entered from the church car park.

Children will be kept entertained by the jumping castle, face painting and other fun activities, which will be located on the lawn on the south side of the church. The childrens stall will be on the north lawn adjacent to Maude Street, selling toys, games, books and more.

Parish fair co-ordinator, Pat Gibson said, You can enjoy breakfast and lunch at the barbeque with sausages, hamburgers and onions sizzling from 8am to 1:30 pm or Devonshire tea and gourmet lunch in the parish hall.

View the Goulburn Valley Quilters exhibition in the church between 8am and 12:30pm (no charge).

Attendees can also enjoy the concert in the church from 1:30pm to 3pm followed by tea and coffee in the Narthex. At 3pm, the Priest-in-Charge of the Parish, Rev. Dr. Helen Malcolm, will draw the major raffle and present the prizes, assisted by the Rev. Victor Adams (senior associate priest).

Should the weather be wild and inhospitable, the fair will proceed regardless, undercover (but a little squashy!!).

For further information, phone Pat Gibson on 5831 3080 or the church office on 5821 7630....


New year 7 learning centre for St Mary of the Angels "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

HIGH school students at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College in Nathalia will benefit from a new San Rufino Year 7 Learning Centre thanks to $700,000 in funding from the Federal Government.

Member for Murray, Damian Drum officially opened the new facility last week on behalf of the Minister for Education, Dan Tehan.

It was great to visit St Mary of the Angels Secondary College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students learning potential, Mr Drum said.

These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.

Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities thats why the Federal Government is proud of the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.

Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit


Federal Government Urged To Protect Trans Students From Discrimination In Schools "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A coalition of Australian LGBTIQ groups have urged the federal government to ensure transgender and gender diverse students arent left out of law reform protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual students from discrimination at religious schools. Following the leaking of parts of the religious freedom review, it emerged a little-known exemption permits religious schools to discriminate ...

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TAS and federal govs ignored expert advice in approving wilderness development "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The attempt by some in government and business to open up World Heritage and other protected areas to commercial development has seen a long running campaign by those who fear that individual developments could be the thin end of the wedge and open the door to much greater incursion.

Recently there has been substantial concern about plans to build a fly-in, fly-out luxury camp at Lake Malbena in Tasmanias Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) on the Central Plateau. It is a remote location, to the south east of the famed Walls of Jerusalem area. The plan includes a helipad, accommodation, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Now, leaked documents show that Tasmanias national parks advisory body argued against the controversial development which has been supported by both the State and Federal Governments.

Declan Gooch, writing for the ABC, reports that:

The proposal, by tourism operators Daniel and Simone Hackett, would also allow for 120 helicopter flights each year to access a standing camp on Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

It has been approved by state and federal authorities, and the final say will rest with the Central Highlands Council.

The Greens tabled a submission in State Parliament on Tuesday from the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (NPWAC), the body that provides advice on TWWHA management to the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments.

The submission was made to the Federal Government in July, prior to it approving the project in September.

Concerns about island camp buildings ignored

Among the NPWACs concerns were the permanency of the proposed buildings, the impact of the helicopter flights and the ability of the ecosystem to recover from the use of the site.

The proponent does not address the fundamental concern that the proposal is for a development with several buildings, not a standing camp, the submission said.

The proponent states that the standing camp will be rested from June to September This is not a time when natural vegetation recovery can occur.

Under changes to the TWWHA management plan in 2016, the area around Lake Malbena was changed from a wilderness zone to a self-reliant recreation zone.

The NPWAC said the planned buildings were incompatible for the self-reliant recreation zoning.

Cassy OConnor, the Leader of the Greens in TA...


Hunky Aussie Baritone Duncan Rock Takes To The Stage In Opera Don Giovanni "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With all the buzz around Opera Queenslands upcoming production of Don Giovanni, QNews Magazine sat down with rising international opera star, the chiselled 6 4 Scottish-born Aussie baritone Duncan Rock. Rock takes on the title role role in Mozarts timeless masterpiece for the seventh time in his career, and we asked how a hunky young ...

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Affordable housing proposal for 22ha Mullumbimby site contested "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Up for development by Byron Shire Council and a possible affordable housing provider 22 hectares south of Mullum and next to the community gardens.

Hans Lovejoy

Plans to rezone and develop 22 hectares (54.34 acres) of Council-owned land next to the  Mullumbimby Community Gardens has seen increased resident resistance, and last week Council staff sought to calm the waters by issuing a press release to further explain the plans.

Known as Lot 22, the large flat cleared area is known to be floodprone as most of Mullum is and was earmarked last year by councillors as an affordable housing project.

One flooding solution, according to Councils flood assessment report, is to import 1 2cm of landfill across much of the area.

While that (third) scenario claims the impacts would be negligible, the flood assessment report admits areas to the south will be affected.

Further studies are required to determine other impacts, say staff.

Currently the land is used for cattle grazing and consequently is largely cleared and significantly degraded, according to the 2017 staff report.

Yet Council is yet to establish a framework for how it will roll out for example no joint venture (JV) partnerships with affordable-housing providers has been sought, nor is there a masterplan or indication of what type of dwellings would be constructed.

Director sustainable environment and economy Shannon Burt told The Echo that Council is determined to retain an interest in the land.

Lot size 200m2

And while the proposed minimum lot size of 200m2...


Saffin hits out at dwindling role for Mbah Courthouse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Austin Curtin, Mark Speakman and Thomas George make their promise to keep Murwillumbah Courthouse open on the steps of the, er, Lismore Courthouse. Photo supplied

Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has hit out at the Nationals incumbent, Thomas George, and Attorney-General, Mark Speakman, who she said didnt even bother to visit Murwillumbah in their recent bid to reassure residents the towns Courthouse facilities wouldnt be further reduced.

In 2015, the government cut the courts four sitting days and two hearing days per month to one sitting day and one hearing day per month, while two registrars were replaced with one part-time registrar.

In June Ms Saffin warned that the slashing of frontline services at the Courthouse threatens the eventual closure of the Court.

I believe the reduction of services in Murwillumbah was the first step in seeking to close the Court and funnel matters to Tweed and Lismore, she said at the time.

This week Messers George and Speakman, together with the Nationals aspirant for the seat, Austin Curtin, mounted courthouse steps in an attempt to hose down the debate.

But they were photographed at the Lismore Courthouse, prompting Ms Saffin to respond its a bit sad and a bit ironic that they chose to drag the NSW Attorney General onto the steps of the Lismore Courthouse in order to offer the meaningless and inappropriate comment that the doors will remain open at the Murwillumbah Courthouse Registry services.

Let them be upfront about their intentions and let them make those intentions specific and clear and let them make their announcements in Murwillumbah, not on the steps of the Lismore Courthouse at the other end of the electorate.

The local member and the Attorney General should consider the fact that the people advocating services and jobs for Murwillumbah still live here and are watching whether your words in Lismore will be translated immediately into transparently improved services for the people of Murwillumbah, Ms Saffin said.

Mr George said Labor needed to stop scaremongering.

The Attorney General has visited the electorate and restated the NSW Governments commitment to providing registry services at Murwillumbah Courthouse, he said....


Unionising democracy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Last week, people gathered around the Opera House in Sydney, disgusted by how politicians had allowed a World Heritage public space to be sold off to the destructive and predatory gambling industry. As the protest swelled, it was reported how the whole kitchen staff from the Bennelong restaurant gathered at their windows and gave the protesters a standing ovation. While a worker takeover of the Opera House seems unlikely, it also seems instinctively no less fair to give them a say in how their workplace is run.


Beyond the Bars CD Launch 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Beyond the Bars 2018 CD launch

Join us for the Beyond the Bars 2018 CD launch, Thursday 1 November 6.30-8.30pm at Maysar, Fitzroy Stars Gym (upstairs - accessible) on Gertrude Street. Guests, music and discussion on justice, incarceration and prison radio. All welcome. Light refreshments, beverages and free CDs. See you there!


Byron Bypass costs blow out by $13.5 million "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The approved Byron Bay bypass, aligned with Butler Street. Source Byron Shire Council

Hans Lovejoy

Plans to create a Byron Bay bypass along Butler Street, into wetland habitat and then joining Jonson and Browning Streets at Mitre 10, appear to be held up by the state government, as Byron Shire Council awaits determination for a $9.5m grant.

Responding to a status update request from local NSW MP Tamara Smith (Greens), Councils director infrastructure services manager Phil Holloway said, All relevant approvals are in place for the bypass to proceed. All that is required is the funding.

$13.5m blowout

Funding sources, according to Mr Holloway, will also come from Roads and Maritime Services ($10.5m), while Councils own contribution is $4m. The current blowout has increased $5m since The Echo reported the total was $19m in November 2016.

Originally the state governments contribution was to be $10.5m, and The Echo understands it is tied to a volunteer agreement with West Byron developers.

Yet the contentious bypass plan which has been on the table for decades has fierce resistance from Butler Street residents, who have long campaigned for the rail corridor to be used instead.

Butler Street Community Networks Paul Jones told The Echo the strict consent conditions for the bypass may prove to be very onerous.

Council need to achieve a zero effect on floodwater levels and groundwater flows in the wetland, he said, adding that fauna (wildlife) will be required to move under the roadway, which could mean a bridge would need to be built.

A bridge structure may be the likely outcome the wetlands section is 400 metres long including a roundabout.

Polluted water also needs to be treated and discharged into the wetlands off the roadway. Council will require acid sulfate soil management and there will likely be challenging ground geotechnical conditions....


Mullum man hospitalised after cooking accident "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Mullumbimby man has been hospitalised after a cooking accident.
File photo

A 23-year-old Mullumbimby man has been hospitalised with burns after a cooking accident at his Morrison Avenue home overnight.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said the man slipped while cooking, resulting in 10 per cent partial facial burns.

Paramedics found the man conscious and breathing.

They stabilised him and transported him to Brunswick Heads Sport Oval where they were met by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The patient was flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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Australian Muslim Cleric Says Gay Teachers Have A Mental Illness "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A senior Australian Muslim leader has said gay teachers are mentally ill and contradict nature amid the debate about whether religious schools should be allowed to sack LGBT staff. The debate around religious exemptions in Australian law has ramped up after the recommendations into Philip Ruddocks religious freedom review were leaked last week. Sheik Taj ...

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Lighthouse run lights up Sam "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Diallo, Kailani and Lisa Parkes with Samantha Bulmer and River. Photo Eve Jeffery

After another successful Lighthouse Run last weekend, Diallo, Kailani and Lisa Parkes (who co-organises the run), met one of this years fundraiser recipients, Samantha Bulmer and her bub River.

Sam had an undiagnosed arteriovenous malformation attached to her spine from birth which didnt become apparent until it ruptured at full term when she was pregnant with her daughter.

Sam is now permanently paralysed from T8 down and having to rearrange her life accordingly. Sams stay was sponsored by Byron@Byron. 

Those who missed the Lighthouse run can still donate to help Sam and River at  

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1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle ~ Chinese, Ashfield "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lanzhou beef noodle is one of most treasured of all Chinese noodle soups. It's a magic mix of gentle, subtle, soothing broth, and chumpy noodles handmade just minutes ago. Seems we're not alone, there's a monster queue on opening day. (We wish the awesome Lanzhou beef noodle joint in Dixon House received such deserved attention, it might still be open). It's super casual order at


Uyghur cuisine is grand "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Karlaylisi Restaurant, 4/203 Ballarat Road, Footscray. Phone: 0413 955 515 Dont let the Ballarat Road address mislead Karlaylisi is situated on Gordon Street. In fact, it occupies the exact same premises as the sadly short-lived Spice Klub and its Indonesian offerings. Karlaylisi delivers Uyghur cuisine the food of the Uughurs, who live mostly []


Council considers disaster dashboard and climate emergency "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Townsvilles disaster dashboard website.

Paul Bibby & staff reporters

Byron Shire Council will tomorrow (October 18) consider how to keep residents better informed about natural disasters and whether it needs to expand existing climate-change mitigation strategies.

A website providing up-to-date, local information about storms, floods and other potentially dangerous events could be created by Byron Shire Council under a proposal to be voted on at its next meeting.

The so-called disaster dashboard would provide locals with a single site where they could get information relating to emergencies, roads and weather from a range of sources.

Greens Byron councillor Michael Lyon, who has put forward the proposal, said it had the potential to address the communication difficulties experienced during the floods in May last year.

Conflicting reports

Locals reported that they received conflicting reports and inaccurate information during that incident, which made it difficult to make informed decisions.

Cr Lyon said, One of the problems we had in the last flood was all the different information seemingly available from different sources and the fact that people didnt know where to get the right information.

This website would seek to bring all of the relevant information from agencies like the SES, the Bureau of Meteorology and Roads and Maritime and put it all in one place.

You could potentially have live camera feeds of busy roads so people can get a sense of the traffic, and there would also be a list of evacuation routes if that becomes necessary.

Lismore Council recently launched a similar site, which provides links to information about power outages, road accidents and up-to-date information about the height of the Wilsons River.



What the people need to know about emissions and unreliable energy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The climate wars go on but they do not engage the median voter who has work to do, family responsibilities and the usual range of social and sporting interests.

The median voter just needs to know two things.

1. We could cut our emissions to zip without making a scrap of difference to the weather.
2. Increasing the capacity of Wind & Other will inevitably increase the cost of power and reduce the reliability of supply.

There is no need to convince 100% of the electorate or even 51%. There is no need to convert or convince people who are rusted onto one side or the other of the debate or people who are rusted onto their political preference.

To avert the risk of a CFMEU/Green government we just need to convert 3% of the people who are likely to carelessly vote Green or ALP (not rusted on) but are not fully aware of the two key things.

Some people and groups are especially vulnerable to rising power costs all the big and small operators who run ovens and freezers, low wage earners, pensioners and the self-funded retirees.

What is to be done to get to these people with a simple and clear message, leaving aside the froth and bubble about the science of warming and saving the planet?

People who are not well informed and can be kept interested for more than three minutes may be interested to learn a few more things in addition to the big two points. Like the way the big CO2 producers have a licence to do what they like for years to come (incidentally burning our coal), there are hundreds of coal-fired power stations in the pipeline worldwide and virtually no nations have got near their Paris promises.

Wind and Other doing 5.5% of demand at 8.30 in NSW. The Data Dashboard appears to be on Queensland time.


Draft Bangalow plan prioritises walkability over development "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalows latest glossy document for outlining resident aspiration.

Hans Lovejoy

A draft plan for Bangalow village will be on the table at Thursdays Council meeting, and aims to set out residents aspirations for the village over the next 15 years.

If adopted, this forward planning strategy would sit beneath state government legislation and other council polices such as the LEP and DCP.

And for those curious as to whether that means anything, it does a multitude of clear Council policies for its towns and villages provide a better legal defence from inappropriate development.

The draft Bangalow village plan was prepared by Council staff in conjunction with the Bangalow guidance group, comprising 19 community members.

The vision statement has been carried over from the 2003 settlement strategy, and reads: A healthy environment to live, work and raise a family. A village rich in history and heritage. A socially resilient community. An economically viable centre, providing a range of services to the people of the community and the surrounding area. Nestled in the hills, surrounded by natural beauty.

The plans main aspirations include tree-lined streets, attractive parks and public spaces to reinforce the rural village feel.

Staff applauded

Bangalow Chamber of Commerce president and guidance group member Jo Millar told The Echo, There was a great commitment from Council staff to keep us informed Theyve been really good and the process was fantastic.

Sometimes the length of times between meetings was longer than ideal, she said. Ms Millar also questioned whether all the experts who were employed were necessary. But staff really want this process to work, she said.

It was abundantly clear that there are a number of things...


Which Cases Are Heard in the Childrens Court? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (the Act) sets out many of the rules relating to criminal and traffic law proceedings involving those under the age of 18 years in New South Wales. Section 5 of the Act provides that no child under the age of 10 can be guilty of an offence. This is

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Fumeless fun at Maca Castle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Luke Young from Sunshine Solar Cycles, renewable energy showcase organiser Alice Moffett and renewables advocate and Maca Castle king Tony Gilding take in the future with a Tesla. Photo Jeff Battery Operated Since 1986 Dawson

The weekend wet didnt dampen the enthusiasm for Saturdays Renewable Energy Showcase, held at the Macadamia Castle.

Apart from getting a ride in the Tesla Model X, around 120 punters got informed about solar and battery technology with a presentation by Macadamia Castle owner Tony Gilding.

Giles Parkinson from clean technology and climate website was also a guest speaker.

Information stalls by Enova Energy, COREM, Zero Emissions Byron and the Office of NSW Environment & Heritage were also on display.

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Newlands Fringe and Trivia! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Everyone in the Newlands community (and beyond) is invited to a night of entertainment and laughs at our very first Newlands Fringe and Trivia night.

Held in the beautiful hall at The Cretan Brothers (near CERES) on Friday October 26 you will be treated to a night of performances, dancing, games and trivia. Hosted by DJ Eddy and Nancy Bangles!

There will be a silent auction, two bars (no BYO), food platters that can be pre purchased and a table of decorations. 

Dust off your dancing shoes and dress up as a musical subculture and decorate your table to match.


Emus in the wild "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

There was a time, not that long ago, when Emus roamed wild in central Victoria.

That time passed with the advent of closer settlement, perhaps in the late 1800s. Could they make a comeback? I think so.

What might it take? Despite their habit of laying eggs on the ground in conspicuous locations and the obvious threats this poses (think cats and foxes), this is not the major hurdle to an emu revival in this part of the world. Human persecution of emus is a historical fact but times and land use are changing. With a few wild emus in the district, leftovers from recent enthusiasms with emu farming, it may not be long before we can enjoy these wonderful birds in our midst again.

Emu @ Muckleford, 12th October 2018


Docherty to share Blues leadership "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FORMER Phillip Island and Gippsland Power star, Sam Docherty, will now lead the Carlton Blues into their newest era under senior coach Brendon Bolton.
Right at this moment, it makes four ex-Gippsland Power players in top roles.
Docherty and Patrick Cripps were announced as co-captains of the club at recent John Nicholls Medal presentation night.
With the appointment, Docherty and Cripps join a revered group of champion Carlton captains including Marc Murphy, Chris Judd, Anthony Koutoufides, Craig Bradley and Stephen Kernahan.
A Blues supporter from birth, Docherty made an immediate impact at Carlton since arriving from the Brisbane Lions in 2013.
A key cog in the Blues backline, the 24-year-old won his first John Nicholls Medal in 2016 and was runner-up to Murphy in 2017.
In the same year, he became Carltons first All-Australian selection in six years before being elevated to the position of Vice President of the AFL Players Association at the start of 2018.
The Phillip Island product said it was a lifelong dream to be named co-captain of the club he grew up supporting.
Its a big club with such a rich history, with some legends who have been captains of the club themselves and were lucky enough to now join our names to that list of leaders, which is an incredible privilege, Docherty said.
Clearly the joint captaincy is a new direction for the club, but both Crippa and I have sat down and had really honest chats about how were going to take this group forward together. Despite our various differences, in personality and approaches to leadership, we complement each other well and the main thing for us is our common goal to take this club back to sustained success.
We will also be aided by the wealth of knowledge Murph has hes been our leader in some pretty tough times for our footy club and this year again led so strongly on game day and during the week, so hell be someone we bounce ideas off and use as a resource throughout the year and we will be indebted to him for that.
I want to thank the football club for this immense opportunity. Were ready for the challenge and ready to lead this club back to where it should be.

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More on Kalbar Resources Rare Earth Claims "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Last week I wrote* generally and critically about Kalbar Resources Rare Earth (RE) claims for their Fingerboards Mineral Sands project. In short their website claimed that REs were an essential component for permanent magnets in both wind turbines and electric motors. Their promotional material implied, but did not state outright, that the revolution in wind generation and electric vehicles could not occur without the Fingerboards mine. I disputed this but did not provide much detail.

So having published the blog I continued the search for more evidence and came across an Amory Lovins article published last year. Entitled Clean Energy and Rare Earths: why not to worry the article focusses mainly on supply and demand of REs and to a much lesser extent on their specific interest to us. In this article Lovins is most enlightening.

The myth that REs are essential to the renewable energy revolution as permanent magnets in wind turbines and electric motors appears to have originated in 2015 [when a] MIT Technology Review asked, What Happened to the Rare-Earths Crisis? [and]  misleadingly called rare earths crucial to the permanent magnets used in wind turbines and motors in hybrid or electric cars

Lovins expanded: Some such reports persist even in 2017. But theyre nonsense. Everything that such permanent-magnet rotating machines do can also be done as well or better by two other kinds of motors that have no magnets but instead apply modern control software and power electronics made of silicon, the most abundant solid element on Earth. The first kind is the induction motor, invented by Nikola Tesla 130 years ago and used in every Tesla electric car today. The second kind, less well-known despite origins tracing back to 1842, is the switched reluctance (SR) machine, likewise made of just iron and (less) copper, but using a different geometry and operating principle.

It is clear that the rapid adoption of renewable energy is the first step to mitigate global warming. This includes the widespread, if not universal, adoption of both wind generation and electric motors. Kalbars intention is to exploit this but their claim for REs and permanent magnets is both incorrect and misleading. One wonders how many of their other claims will stand up to close scrutiny.

*In this I noted my intention to do a future blog on Kalbars car...


Australia needs political courage, will and leadership to realise the SDGs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The theme of this years International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (on 17 October) is Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. This mirrors the language and ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 17 October also coincides with the first day of a two-day Melbourne symposium co-hosted by Future Earth Australia and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/NZ/Pacific on research for SDG achievement.

Since Australia and 192 other countries committed to the SDGs in September 2015, countless Australians still dont understand what needs to be done, have not heard of the SDGs, or question why they even matter. This applies to many colleagues in Australian research, teaching and learning environments. For those colleagues, a good place to start is the guide on how local universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector can get started with the SDGs. Its crucial that Australias educators and the institutes they work for are SDG-cogent, as realisation of the SDG promise will require the harnessing of interdisciplinary critical thinking and research, as well as cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder planning for inclusive development change-innovation (to support intergenerational equity and prosperity within and beyond Australias borders).

In my view a key reason for any misconception, inertia, or complete lack of researcher or institutional awareness around the SDGs three years on is the absence of a national action plan. Submissions to the DFAT-led Parliamentary Inquiry into the UN SDGs of 2018 show that actors are crying out for the Australian Government to develop an overarching governance, policy and planning framework for SDG roll-out at home and as part of the nations international development and humanitarian assistance efforts from now until 2030. Australias first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the SDGs, lodged by the Government at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in July, is a good start. But a national action plan it is not: the S.M.A.R.T goal logic that many government age...


Australia mulls moving embassy to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

General news

Australia considers recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital
SYDNEY/JERUSALEM (Reuters) Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and shifting its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Australias Prime Minister said on Tuesday. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital. Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem, enraging the Palestinians and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. Australia was firm in its refusal to follow suit at the time, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in parliament he was now open-minded about doing so, while not changing Australias policy of support for a Palestinian state. The orthodoxy thats driven this debate which says issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo. I think we have to challenge that, Morrison said.   The whole point of a two-state solution is two nations recognised living side by side, he added, saying he was open to the suggestion from Dave Sharma, Australias former ambassador to Israel, that Australia support West Jerusalem as Israels capital and East Jerusalem as Palestines.

Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahus statement on Bethlehem and Palestinian Christians is another attempt at distorting the reality of Israeli occupation
IMEMC/Agencies 16 Oct Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman , said, in response to Sundays statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have had on the Palestinian Christian community since 1948. If Mr. Netanyahu was concerned about the situation of Palestinian Christians, particularly in the Bethlehem area, he would return the 22,000 dunams of Bethlehem land illegally annexed to Israel for expansion of colonial settlements. He would dismantle the annexation wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem, for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity, and would stop imposing restrictions to Palestinian movement, including the thousand of Palestinian Christians living in exile and whose return is impossible due to th...


Will Scott Morrison Move Australias Embassy to Jerusalem? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Like the United States, Australias Prime Minister announced today that his country is considering the possibility of transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement has been said to be geared towards internal elections in Canberra, an attempt to win the votes of Jewish voters in the district.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press conference that he was open to proposals to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move his countrys embassy there, just as the United States did in May. Hours after announcing the idea, Morrison said he wanted to poll the views of the regions leaders on the resolution before the government took a specific stance on the issue.
Although the prime minister said his country was committed to a two-state solution, his move was seen as a breach of the policies pursued by successive Australian governments for decades.

Following the announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chirped through his Twitter account:

Morrison said: Frankly, things are not going well (with the two-state solution), there has not been much progress, and we should not continue to do the same thing and expect different results. His controversial move, as he himself stated, was sparked accusations by some of his opponents  who accused him of using the announcement at this time to win votes in sub-legislative elections in a circle dominated by Jews in Sydney. Opinion polls indicate that Morrison, the Liberal Party candidate, has lost popularity and, if defeated, will lose the majority seat in parliament.

Against this background, the spokesperson of the opposition Workers Party, accused Morrison of announcing his decision to entice more voters.

Scott Morrison is so desperate to stay in office that he is willing to say anything...


Deep Trouble #4: Uncle Rick Nelson "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

with Dr Mark Halloran

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Uncle Rick Nelson is a Jaara Jaara Elder whose homeland is the land of Dja Dja Wurrung people. Uncle Ricks father is Uncle Brien Nelson, who is a significant figure in the Dja Dja Wurrung community. Uncle Rick is also a direct descendent of Henry Harmony Nelson, who is an apical Elder of the Dja Dja Wurrung. Uncle Rick first begins with a Welcome to Country ceremony, or what early settlers called Freedom of Bush, before discussing his role with the water pipeline that runs from the Grampians through central Western Victoria, where he acts as an advisor in regards to the protection of local Aboriginal sites. Uncle Rick also discusses the nuances of the Dja Dja Wurrung language and the importance of the two moieties, Bunjil the Eagle and Waa the Crow, to the cultural life of the Dja Dja Wurrung, as well as the mythology behind these moieties. He also tells the story of the devastating effects of early colonisation on the people of the Kulin nation as well as the country, with the introduction of 100,000 head of sheep and the same number of cattle, and the arrival of 60,000 white men within four years of European settlement. We then discuss the protectorate system that was set up in Victoria in an attempt to protect the Aboriginal people from the early settlers and how the descendants of Dja Dja Wurrung can trace their ancestry back to the Franklinford protectorate, which at the time was described as a successful failure.
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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #616 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Read Online This Week: 16 - 22 October 2018 Newsletter | #616 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 16th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Garage Sale Trail Weekend Main Street Mornington Festival Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo Royal Geelong Show Shot in the City of Port Phillip Spooktober Spring Fling Street Festival The Finders Keepers Market Weekend Wrap Enjoy #Melbourne Garage Sale Trail Weekend Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 2018 Join the movement along with 400,000 Australians by hosting a sale or shopping the trail. Garage Sale Trail 2018 | Trail Map Festival Melbourne 2018 3 - 21 October 2018 The Melbourne Festival encompasses dance, circus, theatre, contemporary and classical music, visual arts, film and more. Festival Melbourne 2018 | What's On The Finders Keepers Market Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October | Royal Exhibition Building A massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls. The Finders Keepers Market Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Shot in the City of Port Phillip Saturday October 20 and 27 | Sunday October 21 and 28 Melbourne Camera Club - South Melbourne Photography exhibition celebrates the human and geographical diversity of a local municipality through the lens of the Melbourne Camera Club. Entry is FREE Shot in the City of Port Phillip | Photography Exhibition Spooktober 2018 Oct 31 - Nov 4 | St Kilda Town Hall Melbourne's biggest and spookiest 5-day Halloween Festival Spooktober Spooktober 2018 | Buy Tickets Yarra River Self-Drive Boat Hire Self drive boat hire cruise packages offer you the opportunity to rent one of our signature vessels with no boat license or experience required. Melbourne Boat Hire | Rates and Book Online Pentolina Fresh Pasta and Bar Melbourne's new shrine to pasta in the heart of the CBD. Fresh pasta made in-house daily Mon - Sat 11am 10pm | 2, 377 Little Collins St, Melbourne Pentolina | Review Weekend Wrap Alibaba E-Commerce Expo Archibald Prize Exhibition Arms and Militaria Fair Australian Hi-Fi and AV Show Bendigo Uncorked Week Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Buddy Run Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Main Street Mornington Festival...


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Mountain of yukka offcuts our the front of 19 George St Preston- come help yourself. 

They grow into biggish trees! 


MACKAY Dog cops blame for P-platers power pole smash "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Dog cops blame for P-platers power pole smash

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MACKAY Andergrove Convenience Store Break In "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Andergrove Convenience Store Break In

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stealing and possession of cannabis and a utensil. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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Friends of Edgars Creek "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,

How sweet it has been to hear rain falling today! Hopefully we can get some more tonight and over the next few days; gee it has been dry!

We have a scheduled maintenance activity for ...


Lamington National Park shines bright on a grey morning "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Morans Creek, O'Reilly.

On a cool and overcast morning last Friday, I headed down to Lamington National Park and walked two tracks in the Green Mountains section near OReillys.

The main purpose of my visit was to search for a particular fern I had been learning about, but my curious mind soon enough found other things to focus on as well.

Fairy bonnets (Coprinellus disseminatus), O'Reilly.

One of my favourite moments of the day occurred on the Python Rock track, when I took a closer look at a pool of rainwater that had collected inside a tree trunk. 



The Weekly Times TWT 17th October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT171018

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Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 Departs Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After arriving the previous day from Townsville and then seemingly suffering a maintenance issue after departing of Oakey, causing it return to Rockhampton Airport, on Tuesday 16 October, the visiting Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was photographed completing a test flight before it eventually departed back to its Townsville base.


A Quick Fleet Update of Flyon Helicopters at Mackay Airport Operating Agusta A109 Helicopters "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Mackay Airport-based Flyon Helicopters has recently undergone some changes to their fleet with their Agusta A109 helicopters.  A109E VH-ZCF - which has previously operated for the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter Service - returned to Mackay Airport after being repainted at Melbourne (Essendon) over the previous couple of months.

VH-ZCF was noted returning to Mackay Airport on Saturday 8 September from Redcliffe, Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Gladstone Airports.  It had left Essendon the previous day.  It looked to complete its first flight back with Flyon Helicopters on Sunday 9 September when it completed a flight from Mackay Airport to the Blossom Banks and back.

Another Agusta A109E, in the form of VH-RUA, was noted departing Mackay Airport on Saturday 29 September for Gladstone Airport and Redcliffe.  It is assumed that it has entered the maintenance hangar at Redcliffe.

While after arriving in July and being operated by Flyon Helicopters on their flights to the Blossom Banks and back to Mackay Airport, Aviation Utilities (New South Wales) Agusta A109S helicopter VH-XPB was noted heading South from Mackay Airport to the Gold Coast via Gladstone Airport and the Sunshine Coast on Saturday 6 October.  It continued to Bankstown the next day.



Paint our Town Community Art Project in Toora "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SUNDAY October 14 saw the completion of the Paint our Town Art Project in Toora. Under the expert direction of lead artist Leila Boakes and Liz Zanella, 60 energetic volunteers []


Bank comes back to Meeniyan "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

MEENIYAN celebrated last Friday, with the opening of a Bendigo Bank outlet at the IGA Supermarket. Its been a long time coming, with many a hurdle along the way. But []


Making Foster shine "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FOSTER businesswoman Shelley Brewer believes a plan to see the town covered in gold stars this Christmas would be a perfect celebration of community. The Foster Chamber of Commerce member []


Air Alsie Dassault Falcon 8X Bizjet OY-SKK Departs Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Saturday 13 October, the visiting Danish registered Air Alsie Dassault Falcon 8X bizjet OY-SKK was noted departing Hamilton Island Airport for Cairns.

It had arrived into Hamo on Tuesday 9 October after a big day of flying all the way from Billund Airport (Denmark) via Don Muang International Airport (Thailand) and Darwin.  OY-SKK was again heard using the flight number and callsign of 'MMD22' / "Mermaid 22".

Meanwhile, on Thursday 11 October, Homada Pty Ltd Cessna 560XL Citation XLS bizjet VH-XCU was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Moorabbin) via Melbourne (Essendon).

UPDATE!  On Sunday 14 October, VH-XCU returned to Moorabbin via Essendon.

And back in the early hours of Wednesday 10 October, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to Townsville.

Finally, on the lighter side of some interesting movements, also at Longreach Airport, also on Saturday 13 October, AirServices Australia / Pearl Aviation Hawker Beechcraft B300 Super King Air VH-FIY "ADA 3" called in while returning to Brisbane from RAAF Base Tindal near Katherine where it appears to have spent most of last week operating.

While at Emerald Airport, also on Saturday 13 October, Wettenhall Air Service (of Deniliquin in New South Wales) AeroCommander 500-S VH-MAV called in from Bowen Airport before later departing to Bourke and Deniliquin.  It looked to fly North earlier in the week and operate in Far North Queensland before flying from from Cairns to Bowen Airport on Friday 12 October.


1) News Focus - Papua, West Papua remain at risk of elephantiasis l "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Thought extinct for 90 years, rare tree kangaroo photographed in West Papua Province

1) News Focus - Papua, West Papua remain at risk of elephantiasis l
Reporter: Otniel Tamindael  3 hours ago

Jakarta,  (ANTARA News) - Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, has been a public health problem in Indonesia for a long time, with the ea...


Movies, Food, Friends and Travel "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Im normally asleep before take-off. Within seconds of switching off my mobile phone, my head can normally be found bobbing from side to side, probably to the annoyance of the person sitting next to me. And there is always only one, as I have a preference for aisle seats. I dont want to be the []


NEW MUSIC: Emma Miller  Merry Go Round "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

UK singer/songwriter Emma Miller has released the first single from her debut EP due out in the new year. Merry Go Round is a rich swoon of a song that showcases her wonderful voice. It has hints of someone like Courtney Marie Andrews in its tone but its placed in more of an English folk Continue reading


Those Two Vietnamese Bachelor Contestants Are Now In A Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The two female contestants on Vietnams The Bachelor who made global headlines when they chose each other instead are now in a relationship. Last month, contestant Minh Thu told the shows bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung at a rose ceremony that she had to leave the show because she was in love with fellow competitor, Truc ...

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NEWS: Take Me To Town launched in NSW, Melbourne and Brisbane are next "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

It was huge weekend in NSW with the launch of the Take Me To Town: An Australian Alternative Country Compilation launched in Newcastle, Sydney and Cronulla over three consecutive nights. It was a real thrill to see plenty of people turn out across the weekend to support and celebrate the release of what we feel Continue reading


Community Billboard 16 October 23 October "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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

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Why Pauline Hanson is Wrong and Its Not Okay to Celebrate Being White "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Like a redneck cockroach in a white hood, Pauline Hanson has well and truly crawled out of the woodwork, and continues to spout bile about how threatened she, as a white person, is by anyone who doesnt share her lack of melanin. In case you missed it, yesterday, she moved a motion in Parliament claiming the Senate acknowledge the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation and that it is okay to be white.

The latter phrase is deeply rooted in neo-Nazi and other white supremacist organisations: in fact, Klan groups have used the hashtag #IOKTBW on Twitter since 2012. Numerous Liberal, National and One Nation Senators backed Paulines motion in fact, it was only narrowly defeated by 31 votes to 28. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called it regrettable that his Senators showed their support for her, and the Coalitions Finance Minister says the motion was backed by mistake (but we call bullshit). Channel 7 News is in the midst of conducting a poll at the time of writing, nearly 65,000 people had voted, and 62 per cent of them had done so in favour of the One Nation Senator.

Whilst some voters may hold these views due to deep-seated notions of white supremacy and a sense of entitlement to what has been well-established to be stolen land (Im actually from the First Fleet), we at Global Hobo like to believe that others are just misinformed. Accordingly, we reckon if everyone was just better informed, they too would be shaking their heads at Pauline and telling her to return to her fish and chip shop (provided a migrant hasnt taken her job).

So here you have it a quick and easy guide to what the hell is the go with reve...............


Rhythms & Beats Drum up Community Connection in Hurstbridge "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When Annie Fletcher and her family moved back from WA to Melbourne, Hurstbridge seemed a nice spot at the end of the train line. It wasnt until theyd been living there a few months that Annie realised the rich arts community theyd been fortunate to move into.

Keen to get into more hand-drumming, Annie decided to hook into the local scene, in particular the regular jamming sessions at St Andrews market, which at that time had a weekly drum circle. This lead to a conversation with the local neighbourhood house about starting a beginners group and, fourteen years later as Drum Connection, the beat goes on.

I wasnt a particularly experienced drummer at that time but, because Id been a teacher for many years, I used my teaching skills to work out what I wanted to teach and how and it just grew from there. My intrinsic love of rhythm had also been honed over many years with my passion and tertiary study in Dance.

Numbers were low to start with, but running the group gave Annie an opportunity to assimilate into the community, it helped me find my place and it was just so rewarding.

Participation in the new group continued to grow with spots of natural fluctuation, but the community music experience continued as a weekly dose of positive good fun.

I always say there are no mistakes in the drumming, there are just variations on a theme and a bit of jamming is fine. People like that and if they struggle with a particular rhythm, they can just play the first beat of each bar or the main beats of the rhythm and when the finishing call comes, they can whack the drum again and finish with the group, so its accessible to all.



Calving out careers in dairy "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

STUDENTS from Poowong Consolidated School took out some of the top prizes at the annual Cows Create Careers Presentation Day in Warragul last week.
Primary and secondary school students, teachers and dairy farmer mentors from across Gippsland gathered at the Warragul Country Club last Thursday to celebrate their participation in the Dairy Australia program, which aims to increase awareness of dairy industry careers in a fun, hands-on way.
Over three weeks, students reared and cared for two three-week-old calves at their school, with a local dairy farmer assigned to teach them how to care for the calves, and an industry advocate visiting the students to speak about their career in the dairy industry.
Students were required to form teams to complete assessments based on the dairy industry, and at last weeks presentation day, Poowong Consolidated School was announced as the top performing junior school in the region.
Poowong students Bonnie Crawford, Holly Hallyburton, Zinnia Jackman-Riches from team Milkyway and Sam Wallace, Jordon Foote and Moneve Egeberg from the Flamin Farmers also won prizes in the junior section for outstanding results on assessment tasks.
Bass Valley Primary School, Newhaven College and Chairo Christian School (Leongatha) also participated in the program, and each schools top performing team received a commendation.
The Cows Create Careers program was established by the Strzelecki Lions Club in 2004, with nine Gippsland schools participating.
With support from Dairy Australia, regional development programs, dairy farmers and sponsors, the program has now expanded to 244 schools across Australia, with 13,163 students completing the module in 2017.
Dairy Australias Workforce Development program manager Sally Roberts said it was encouraging to see students passionate about Cows Create Careers and Australias vibrant dairy industry.
The aim of Cows Create Careers is to increase the students awareness of the diversity of educational pathways and career opportunities in Australias dairy industry, she said.
Its great to see enthusiastic students getting involved and learning about the industry, while making important connections with their local dairy community.
Ms Roberts said the project had received strong support from dairy farmers and advocates across Australia, with 466 volunteers giving 2330 hours of their time across 23 Australian dairying regions in the past year alone.
The projects passionate volunteers are vital to the continued success of Cows Create Careers, Ms Roberts said.
They speak to the students about their experiences in the industry, they support student career decision making, and they have important links to education and employment sectors.

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Insectivores in the forest "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A couple of snapshots from over a week ago. Both species were photographed from the same spot in the Mia Mia first a White-browed Babbler that had just captured a centipede and then lovely views of a woodland favourite, the White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike.

White-browed Babbler, South German Track, 7th October 2018


The Foetal Manslaughter Debate. Should Unborn Babies be Separately Protected? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Currently in New South Wales, a person who destroys a foetus can be charged with causing grievous bodily harm against the mother, but not with a separate crime such as manslaughter or murder against the unborn baby. However, a recent collision which caused the death of a 23-year old

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Ford Raptor coming soon to Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The new Ford Raptor is on its way to Leongatha.

LEONGATHA Ford is preparing for the launch of the highly anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor truck, the first arriving at the dealership very soon.
The Raptor is a high-end off-road performance vehicle based on the popular Ranger series of trucks and has been reengineered from the ground up for off-road
On top of a reinforced chassis, the Ranger Raptor includes a 2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine, FOX Racing Shocks suspension and 33-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres and a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift thats also used on the Mustang and F-150 Raptor.
Leongatha Ford welcomes you to call and book in a test drive with a demo model.
The truck is something Australia has never seen before and comes from the same Ford Performance factory that produces the Mustang and F-150 for the United States.
The Ranger is designed and engineered out of Melbourne. Its home-grown and its been taken worldwide and been phenomenally successful.
The Ford Raptor will be priced at $74,990 plus on road costs which take the drive away price to around $79,000.
While options only include colours and Raptor decals, genuine Ford accessories can still be fitted to the truck.
There has been a lot of interest since it was announced. Nationally, most dealers have already sold out of all their initial allocation.
They are going to be a limited product so the market isnt going to be flooded.
Call in to Leongatha Ford today, 1 Hughes Street, Leongatha, or call 5662 4144, email: LMCT 8179.

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Tropical Fruits identity Tony Allison remembered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Allison. Image Tropical Fruits

Two events are planned in coming weeks to celebrate the life and work of Lismore resident and longtime Tropical Fruits production manager Tony Allison.

Tony (aka Toe Knee) Allison passed away peacefully on Friday September 21 at home from a suspected heart attack.

He worked as a production and site manager on numerous events starting with the Brisbane World Expo in 1988 and including Big Day Out, Lismores Lantern Parade, Coffs Harbours Coast Out Festival and many others.

Tonys other great love in life was the orangutans of Borneo.

In 2012 he was involved in the powerful production Rise of the Eco-Warriors, filmed in Borneo in 2012 and screened at the 2014 Byron Bay International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Paul Daley wrote, When the cameras stopped rolling after the 100 days Tony stayed on and weaved his magic behind the scenes returning annually to Indonesia for half of each year donating his time, energy, love and passion to what he believed in.

Tropical Fruits memorial

For their part, Tropical Fruits are organising a tree planting day at the paddock behind their Lismore clubhouse on Sunday, October 21, from 2pm.

A portion of his ashes will be interred together with a native tree in his memory.

Friends are encouraged to attend and bring a plate.

Details are on the events Facebook page.

Contact Tropical Fruits at for directions.

Bellingen final bump out

Meanwhihle, family and friends will be saying their final farewell to Tony with an ashes ceremony by the Bellinger River, followed by a celebration of his life at the Bellingen Showgrounds on October 27.

Food, music, lights and projections of his photographic journey will all be a part of this celebration.

Anyone who has something to offer or contribute is encouraged to get in touch via the events Facebook page.



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Queenslands North Shines At This Years Cairns Tropical Pride "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

LGBTIQ Australia descended on North Queensland over the weekend for this years Cairns Tropical Pride. The festival kicked off with Friday nights Community Heroes Awards, hosted by festival headliner Matthew Mitcham at the Tanks Arts Centre. The Pat OHara Award for Lifetime Achievement was accepted by Dave Weston on behalf of his late partner Brendan ...

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Online renewable marketplace aims to help business cut power bills "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australia will look to replicate US success by creating an online marketplace for businesses to buy renewable energy, helping to them to reduce high power bills


Traditional owners to tell Origin Energy it has not gained consent for fracking on their land "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ABC,  By Jane Bardon 16 Oct 18 A group of Indigenous traditional owners from remote parts of the Northern Territory will travel to Origin Energys annual general meeting in Sydney on Wednesday to tell shareholders they have not given permission for the company to frack their land for gas.

Key points:

  • A group of Indigenous traditional owners will soon tell Origin Energy shareholders they did not give consent for its planned developments
  • They will ask the company to review consent agreements
  • But the company is confident traditional owners already gave consent

Origin Energy gained official approvals for gas exploration, including test fracking, in the gas-rich Beetaloo Basin, both from traditional owners through the Northern Land Council, and the Northern Territory Government.

But some of the traditional owners plan to tell the shareholder meeting they oppose fracking, and did not give their free, prior and informed consent.

They hope to tell the meeting when permission for fracking was sought by Origin Energy, they did not fully understand the companys explanations of processes, or the potential size of developments potentially numbering hundreds of wells.

The letter that were bringing up to Origin, we want that to be recognised, and to be respected for who we are, Alawa traditional owner Naomi Wilfred said.

The Alawa traditional owner, whose country includes Nutwood Downs in the northern part of Origin Energys EP98 permit area, said she is worried about potential environmental impacts if production goes ahead..


Police search for missing boy Ethyn Moshoudis "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

CAN YOU HELP FIND ETHYN?... Missing Doreen boy Ethyn Moshoudis.. Photo: Supplied.CAN YOU HELP FIND ETHYN? Missing Doreen boy Ethyn Moshoudis.. Photo: Supplied.

POLICE are searching for missing Doreen boy Ethyn Moshoudis.

The 12-year-old was last seen getting onto a train to Flinders Street Station from near his South Morang school about 11am yesterday.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due to his age.

Ethyn is described as 130cm tall, with a slim build and olive complexion.

He was last seen wearing black jacket, black and white runners, a black Adidas hat with white stripe and he was carrying a black Adidas backpack.

He is known to frequent the Shepparton, Mooroopna and Melton areas.

An image of Ethyn has been released in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Ethyn is urged to contact Mernda Police Station on 9216 1200.


How The New Lady Gaga Remake Honours The Long Queer Legacy Of A Star Is Born "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new iteration A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and directed by Cooper, will be released this week. Its the third remake of the original 1937 film of the same name, which itself plagiarised 1932s What Price Hollywood? The story has a long history with the queer community, both in its ...

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Religious Freedom Laws: PM Proposes Schools Can Sack Teachers, but Not Expel Students "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Following the leaking of a section of the Ruddock religious freedoms review last week, Scott Morrison spoke out in support of recommended strengthening and clarification of federal laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of their sexuality. Indeed, Morrison appeared in a clip where he smugly reiterated a total of

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Bangalow Road reopens after firey truck crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One lane of Bangalow Road has been reopened after a truck crash and fire at Bexhill this morning (Tuesday, October 16).

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily that one of the two trucks, a prime mover, jack-knifed and caught on fire.

The driver, a 41-year-old man, was found to be conscious and breathing but suffering facial burns, the spokesperson said.

He was transported to Lismore Base Hospital at about 10.20pm by road ambulance.

Its planned to stabilise the patient at Lismore Base Hospital and fly him to a Brisbane hospital for burn treatment by Westpac Rescue Helicopter, the spokesperson said.

Stop/slow traffic control is now in place at Eltham Road to allow motorists through one direction at a time.

Local diversions have been lifted for all vehicles.

Emergency services and traffic crews remain on site as the clean-up continues.

Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time, exercise caution and follow directions of emergency services.

For the latest traffic information, visit


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Kids off, everyone off rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Rally 2pm Saturday 27 October, Hyde Park north

Invite your friends to the Facebook event

Speakers include:
GEORGE NEWHOUSE Principal solicitor, National Justice Project, involved in legal action to get children and adults off Nauru
NICOLE JUDGE Manus whistle blower & star of former Go Back To Where You Came From series
FR ROD BOWER Gosford Anglican Church
NAJEEBA WAZEFADOST Afghan refugee and President, Hazara Women of Australia

In recent weeks the mental health crisis on Nauru has escalated. Children on Nauru have been consumed by despair and are refusing food and water. Dozens of other adults and children have been moved to Australia, as a result of court action opposed by Border Force, to get them help. Around 80 children remain there.

Pressure is building with three Liberal MPs, Craig Laundy, Russell Broadbent and Julia Banks, breaking ranks to call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton to get all the children off Nauru.

The situation is growing more and more urgent. The doctors peak body, the AMA, has called the situation on Nauru a humanitarian emergency...


Seventeen Manus refugees fly to US for resettlement "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Seventeen refugees, held on Manus Island for almost five years, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 16 October, to be resettled in the US.

The seventeen are single men, six Afghans, five Pakistanis, five Rohingyans, and one Bangladeshi.

The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US in the last two years is now just 167. Over 600 remain in limbo on Manus or in Port Moresby. Around 800 (including around 80 children) are on Nauru, with little prospect of resettlement.

The composition of the group confirms the pattern of the nationalities being accepted to the US from Manus and Nauru, this year. Again, there are no Iranians, Somali, Sudanese, Iraqi or Syrian refugees in the group for resettlement.

The number of refugees from Manus being rejected by the US is growing.

The failure of the US deal exposes the humanitarian crisis that has been created by the Australian government on Manus and Nauru, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, A very similar medical emergency to that on Nauru, is unfolding on Manus. Severe medical and mental health cases are left without help.



MP: chance to grow horticulture "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

HORTICULTURE could be expanded in South Gippsland if redundant water reservoirs are used for irrigation, Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien said.

He has called on the State Government to consider the future irrigation needs of South Gippsland as the government ponders future use of redundant water supply dams.

South Gippsland Water is undertaking consultation on the future use of the Little Bass, Belleview Creek, Coalition Creek and Ness Gully reservoirs.

With the forthcoming completion of the Lance Creek connection project which will shore up the supply of town water for Korumburra, Loch, Nyora and Poowong, these dams are no longer needed by South Gippsland Water, Mr OBrien said.

We in South Gippsland have a great opportunity to encourage further horticultural development in our region.

Weve already seen a significant horticultural firm move out of the Cranbourne/Clyde area into our region and there is the prospect that more will come as urban pressure unfortunately encroaches on the south east.

However, we will need to ensure that any businesses wanting to come to South Gippsland can have access to good quality irrigation water to supplement our wonderful natural rainfall and environment.

Im calling on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure that these four reservoirs are considered for future irrigation use.

Mr OBrien said he understood there were some issues with respect to dam safety standards applying to the four dams but that irrigation use is something that should be considered.

These dams are relatively small from an irrigation perspective but could provide valuable storage and supply options for new horticultural entrants coming to our region, he said.

Horticulture provides significantly more return for water and land used than many other farm uses and often brings with it greater employment opportunities, particularly if we can achieve critical mass and also attract large processing facilities.

Mr OBrien said he has toured the dams previously and notes that some would also make fantastic recreational areas for the South Gippsland community.

There is good opportunity for us to ensure that we get the best economic and social use out of these dams now that they are no longer needed, he said.

I have already raised this issue with my colleague the Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan and will be happy to pursue it further if we are elected to government on November 24.





Tidy win for Coal Creeks Rowena "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ROWENA Ashley has won the Dame Phyllis Award in the 2018 Tidy Towns Awards run by Keep Victoria Beautiful.

The award recognises her contribution to Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra, where she is park coordinator.

She developed a passion for history, tourism and the community after moving to Korumburra in 2000.

Ms Ashley quickly became a volunteer curator at Coal Creek and shortly after became employed by South Gippsland Shire Council as the park coordinator.

After 16 years, Ms Ashley is still involved in the community and has contributed by identifying the gallery space at Coal Creek for local and emerging artists to exhibit.

She has also been committed to attracting worldwide exhibitions such as the Anne Frank Amsterdam Travelling Museum Collection and the Aboriginal Children from Hermannsburg Exhibition.

Ms Ashley also organised a Chinese delegation to understand better the coal mining heritage of the region.

Rowena is a wonderful example of how leadership and guidance of others within and outside their community can achieve a positive community outcome, the Tidy Towns Committee 2018 stated.

On behalf of Coal Creek, Ms Ashley has submitted numerous projects that have seen Coal Creek as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns- Sustainable Communities Award for the past 11 years.

Due to this, Korumburra has also been nominated as a Tidy Town for the past three years.

This year Coal Creek Community Park and Museum was awarded The Keep Victoria Beautiful Gift Fund to initiate a new project about children helping Coal Creek examine the health of its waterways and lakes.



First class: Coal Creek Community Park and Museum coordinator Rowena Ashley is congratulated on her Tidy Towns award by South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin.


The Duty of Disclosure in Criminal Cases "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Under both the common law and professional conduct rules, Australian prosecutors are required to serve upon the defence all material in their possession that is relevant to determining the guilt or innocence of the defendant. That requirement extends to material that is adverse to the prosecution case, and is

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Literary festival inspires "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE 11th annual Coal Creek Literary Festival held at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra last Sunday showcased nine speakers and inspired audiences with the festival catch phrase the magic of words.

In conjunction with speakers, the literary festival includes the Bert Van Bedaf Short Story and Open Poetry prizes. This years winner of the Open Poetry prize was Elizabeth Sweeney of Outtrim with Devon, a reflective poem about walking in Devon.

The Short Story winner was Scot Gardner of Yinnar, with Love, a love story with a twist alluding to love of a cow.

Speaking of writing, the open forum question was I have written some. What do I do next?

The event included talks from writers, artists and social workers with a light lunch break included with the ticket price. Comments from attendees noted they drew much inspiration and gained insight into their own writing craft and pathway.

This years festival was a success in terms of ticket sales, notably up from previous years. According to the Coal Creek Information Centre, 56 passes were sold on the day but this does not include pre-purchased ticket sales.

The Star newspaper is a major sponsor of the annual event and honours the life of the late Bert van Bedaf, previously a journalist at The Star.





Wise words: Nicola Epps of Traralgon with her book purchases at the festival.

Judge: Chloe Kent of San Remo judged the short story entrants.



Community banking comes to Meeniyan "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Meeniyan Bendigo Bank branch officially opened inside IGA supermarket last Friday, celebrating the towns first bank with the banks mascot Piggy and a sausage sizzle from local CFA volunteers.

Four staff members will look after local banking needs where customers can open accounts, make deposits, conduct general transactions with the bank and also cater to mobile lending needs after hours, if need be, branch manager Sharon Demaria said.

An ASIC registered board of directors manages the business side of the bank, where community bank branches are managed by a public company, Promontory District Finance Group Ltd (PDFG), in turn owned by the local community.

In recent times the board has donated about $1.1 million towards annual grants and scholarship programs to assist first year university students.

Community banking and being part of something bigger are mantras the bank hold dearly. Revenue from the banking operation is shared equally between Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and the local Community Bank, where the local Community Banks share of revenue meets the branchs costs for day to day operation.

Post-profits made after costs are then re-invested back into community projects.


New bank: the faces behind the new Bendigo Bank branch at IGA, Meeniyan, from back left, board chairman Robert Liley, Kerri Mangiafico, Ineke Degraaf, risk and compliance manager Louise Gavros, regional manager Gerry Marvin and Michael Shervell. From front left, branch manager Sharon Demaria, Piggy, Tara Hollier and IGA owner Kaelene Shervell.


100 years of Armistice "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Inverloch Community Hub hosted a living tribute performance by Cultural Infusion and the Wonthaggi Citizens Band to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, last Saturday.

The tribute began at 10am at Inverloch Community Hub with about 20 spectators absorbing cheeky theatrics and brass band music.

There were two further performances held for the celebration in Wonthaggi, at the Apex Park, with the final presentation held at Town Square on Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

The musical and acrobatic story portrays some of the lesser known heroes from World War One. Between 1914-66, Australian military musicians had two roles, namely band members but as stretcher-bearers, too.

The Inverloch Remembrance Day celebrations will commence at the war memorial in ABeckett Street on Sunday, November 11 at 10.45am.

All are welcome to attend for wreath laying or provision of tokens of remembrance either as a group or individuals. The HMAS Cerberus members will also be forming a catafalque party.

Light refreshments will be made available at the Inverloch RSL at the conclusion of the ceremony, located at 13-15 Bolding Place.


Cheeky theatrics: Cultural Infusion performers stand on their hands in front of applauding spectators.

RSL members: from left, RSL Inverloch member Bruce Corrigan, Inverloch RSL president Robert Sutton, assistant secretary Lindsay Guerin, and chairperson and events coordinator Jan Millington at Saturdays event to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.


Crowds enjoy Meeniyan Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEENIYAN Square hosted its first Farmers Market last Sunday, with stunning weather and scrumptious produce.

Regional Farmers Markets have given quality local producers a chance to meet the public since 1999. The popularity of the events is emphasised by great crowds who enjoy the community market feel.

On show for Meeniyans first market were many artisanal producers, including Grand Ridge Organics, Blue Tree Honey Farm, Cafe Escargot and Fox Force natural milkshakes.

People queued for milkshakes, while others walked away with armfuls of wonderful produce and delicious, healthy food and baskets brimming from the market.

Beautiful sunny spring weather drew the crowds from the local area and others from as far away as Daylesford, Melbourne and Warragul.

Stallholders did a roaring trade with shoppers enjoying the fabulous array of fresh produce, fresh juices, sorbets, eggs, farm fresh fruit and vegetables, spring flowers, organic meats and of course fresh garlic.

Organisers were thrilled with the first market and praised the stallholders who kept the eager crowns happy with the wonderful fare on offer.

There were happy shoppers too, with one commenting on the lovely family friendly atmosphere and was most impressed she could bring along her dog as well.

Meeniyan Square is also a designated dog friendly zone and the market was the perfect excuse to tuck into local foodie delights.

Our first market in Meeniyan was a smashing success and we were thrilled with the turnout, Regional Farmers Market co-director Melissa Burge said with glee.

We got excellent feedback with people commenting about the exceptional variety on offer. People were very vibrant on the day and they positively embraced the experience. We estimated seeing about a 95 percent presence from locals on the day.

Sales were positive and the organic vegetables sold exceptionally well from Grand Ridge Organics and Paddle Wheel.

The next market is confirmed for Sunday, November 11.


Drinks break: from left, Jett and Sienna Van Lieshout of Korumburra enjoying a well deserved milkshake from Fox Force Natural Milkshakes.



Flower show celebrates 31 years "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Leongatha Recreation Reserve hosted the annual Native Flower Show last weekend, October 13-14, inside the South Gippsland Historical Automobile Clubrooms.

The Australian Plants Society hosted the sunny weekend, perfect for the saturated floral displays. Plentiful crowds attended on the Saturday although numbers were a little lower the following day.

Many local nurseries provided native plants for purchase in conjunction with the event, including Melaleuca Nursery of Inverloch, Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery of Sandy Point, Blue Gum Forest Nursery of Korumburra, Dryandra Nursery of Bear Gulley and Deep Creek Nursery of Foster.

Flowers on display included many from Western Australia in addition to beautiful banksias, waratahs, eucalypts, grevilleas and boronias. The local native plants on display were said to have grown within a 25km radius from Leongatha.

Interstate guest: The Dendrobium Speciosum, otherwise known as the Sydney Rock Orchid, held with proud hands by Inverlochs Paul Sierakowski volunteered time for the day at the annual Native Flower Show last Sunday.

Native delights: Anne Somerville of Cape Paterson in love with the beautiful orchid-like Eremophilia Miribalis.


Store market rebounds "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By South Gippsland Stock Agents Association

A yarding of 1600 cattle came forward at last weeks store sale, consisting of 1080 steers, 320 heifers, 160 cows and calves and 40 springers.
Cattle came from the local area and once again from East Gippsland .
The market was strong for all classes of cattle and prices recovered all of the previous sales fall and maybe even a little dearer on the smaller and dairy cross types.
With a little rain falling over some parts of the country in the past week and the possibility of more falls for next week and prices for cattle in the north improving a little seemed to have a positive influence on the market.
Most of the regular feedlot buyers were in attendance and operating with the rest of the cattle being purchased by the locals.
Thursday, October 11
Steers: Baillie Bros, 2yo, 10 Ang, 627kg, 267c, $1720; 2yo, 18 Ang, 687c, $1800; 2yo, 16 Ang, 614kg, 285c, $1750.
N. & B. Wynne, 2yo, 8 Ang, 604kg, 274c, $1660, P. Chisholm, 20mth, 11 Ang, 443kg, 316c, $1400; R.M. Agostino, 20mth, 9 Ang, 493kg, 273c, $1350; C. Farr, 18mth, 8 Ang, 464kg, 289c, $1340; Netherwood Past, 12mth, 18 Ang, 384kg, 313c, $1200; T.L. Venning, 14mth, 25 Ang, 278kg, 270c, $1021.
A. Conisbee, 15mth, 17 Ang, 344kg, 322c, $1110; 15mth, 17 Ang, 328kg, 332c, $1090; 15 mth, 18 Ang, 334kg, 311c, $1040.
A. Brown, 12mth, 18 Ang, 343kg, 300c, $1030; I. & R. Hengstberger, 12mth, 15 Ang, 334kg, 296c, $990; D. McAinch, 14 mth, 17 Hfd, 345kg, 275c, $950; Westley Inv, 12mth, 6 Ang, 349kg, 272c, $950; C. Farr, 12 mth, 12 Ang, 336kg, 280c, $940; F. & L. Cosella, 16mth, 51 Ang, 309kg, 282c, $872; Pilkington & Toohey, 12 mth, 68 Ang, 289kg, 305c, $880.
R.M. Jennings, 9mth, 20 Char, 280kg, 231c, $690; 9mth, 10 AAX, 350kg, 230c, $805; 10mth, 12 AAX, 290kg, 248c, $720.
R. Stampfli, 2yo, 14 Fries, 428kg, 193c, $830; G. Beveridge, 2yo, 58 Fries, 410kg, 172c, $705; R. & C. Bright, 18mth, 11 Fries, 405kg, 158c, $640.
S. Derrick, 4mths, 16 Fries, $270; 3mth, 10 Fries, $180.
Heifers: M. & K. Smith, 20mth, 5 ang, 493kg, 231c, $1140; Westley Inv, 12mth, 6 Ang, 336kg, 259c, $870; Golden Gully Farm, 12mth, 14 Ang X, 327kg, 211c, $690; G. Cook, 12mth, 12 Ang X, 315kg, 215c, $680.
Cows and calves: M. Mann, 10 x 10 Hfd, $1170; W. & E. Foreman, 16 x 16 Ang, $1150; Lortan Nom, 22 x 22 Hfd, $1150.


Australian Jews Condemn Morrisons Plan To Move Our Embassy To Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australian rights group Jews Against The Occupation has strongly condemned yesterdays announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia would consider moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The announcement was made as Morrison tours the electorate of Wentworth, which heads to a by-election on Saturday following the resignation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Wentworth is a wealthy electorate, and also has a high proportion of Jews around 13 percent of the electors.

The highly provocative move would align Australia with the United States, which moved its Embassy in May, but put us out of step with the rest of the world the international convention has been to locate embassies in Tel Aviv, a recognition of the contested status of Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine.

In a written statement, Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against the Occupation a Jewish-based Pro-Palestinian organisation based in Sydney said Morrisons move was an insult to the Jewish community of Wentworth, and predicted the stunt would fail.

Jews against the Occupation absolutely condemns the Prime Ministers raising the possibility of moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, Ms Porzsolt said.

This is a provocative move which reveals complete disregard for international law and for efforts to achieve justice for Palestinians and a peaceful resolution of the conflict for both Israelis and Palestinians.

In the last-minute dash for the imminent Wentworth by-election, it is a blatant appeal to the so-called Jewish vote.

This is an insult to the Jewish community which encompasses a much broader range of views than is reflected in the pronouncements of the Jewish leadership in lockstep with the State of Israel.

Such transparent electioneering is an abuse of policy-making processes. It should persuade the voters of Wentworth to support any other candidate to send a message of No Confidence to the current government.

Currently, only the United States and Guatemala house their embassies in Jerusalem, recognition of the fact that when Israel was established in 1948, the United Nations resolved Jerusalem would be given the status of special international city, with future plans for it to be jointly controlled by Israel and Palestine given its importance to Islam, Christianity and the Jewish people.

A succession of wars between Israel and its neighbours has delayed the foundation of the Palestinian state, and East Jerusalem (Palestinian land) has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six War Day.

Under international law, it is illegal for an occupying power to move their own citizens into occupied territory. Israel has already established more than....


Men In Pink Tights Brings Drag Comedy To Classical Ballet Routines "IndyWatch Feed"

The hilarious comedy ballet Men In Pink Tights wants to inject a bit of humour into traditional ballet when it comes to Brisbane early next month. Growing up in the United States, Les Ballets Eloells artist director Victor Trevino was passionate about ballet and in his early twenties his skills won him a place dancing ...

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NEW MUSIC: Jim Clements  Not A Lot Of Blood "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Jim Clements is set to release his new album A Failure next Friday (Oct 26th) and heres a first taste of it with the track Not A Lot Of Blood, a beautiful, poignant song that is light of touch but heavy in emotional weight. To these ears he sounds like a blend of Cohen, Cave Continue reading


A major Aussie band has ruled out a Splendour In The Grass performance "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

It feels like Splendour In The Grass was only yesterday, but the lineup speculations have already begun. One massive Australian act has already ruled out an appearance at the festival.

Sydney-bred EDM superstars RFS DU SOL have confirmed that they will not be appearing at the Byron Bay festival.

The band recently hosted an Instagram Q&A, in which a fan asked whether they could expect an appearance at Splendour. RFS confirmed that they wouldnt be featured on this years lineup, but hinted that Aussie shows are in the works for Summer.


RFS DU SOL are gearing up to release their new album Solace which is set for release on October 19.

Watch: RFS DU SOL Innerbloom


South Gippsland promoted to Division 2 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Country Week Golf Competition took place on metropolitan golf courses for teams from all over Victoria on October 1 to 3.
The South Gippsland mens team competed in the Bowl section or Division 3.
After wins on the first day of seven nil over Northern, a six to one over Wimmera at The National (Long Island), a five and a half win to one and a half over Kara Kara District at Spring Valley, followed up with a three and a half to three and half draw with Dalhousie on the last day at Rossdale, South Gippsland gained promotion to the Plate or Division 2.
Next year in the first week of October, South Gippsland mens team will play alongside the womens team.
Well done to the nine representatives of the team.
Congratulations also to the womens team for its two wins and two losses, which consolidated its position in Division 2.

Congratulations: Damien Symmons (Woorayl), Mark Boulton (Phillip Island), Michael OKeefe (Leongatha), James Bain (Phillip Island), captain Steve Bromby (Korumburra), Michael McGrath (Leongatha), manager Steve Kane, Chris Buckland (Meeniyan), Isaac Batty (Phillip Island), Michael Thomas (Leongatha) and Ian Balfour (assistant manager) represented South Gippsland exceptionally well at the Country Week Golf Competition recently.


Outstanding service honour awarded to Wonthaggi Pony Club members "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI Pony Club associate members Emily Davey, Ryanston and Madeline Chalmers, Fish Creek received prestigious awards during the Pony Club Association of Victoria- West Gippsland Zone Annual General Meeting at Leongatha RSL on September 26..
A highlight of the evening Emily and Madeline were awarded the prestigious Pony Club Association of Victoria Award of Merit for giving outstanding practical assistance to their club.
Donna Murley, Wonthaggi Pony Club life member, spoke on behalf of the club about the girls and their achievements.
They were presented certificates and badges by West Gippsland state councillor Laurie Cruise.
To receive the award at the same time made the honour extra special for the girls, as they are great friends who met at pony club.
To be considered worthy of this award, the associate member must have always been helpful and thoughtful of others and genuinely interested in seeing that the aims of the pony club movement are upheld in the club.
The award is to be considered the highest honour for service.
The inaugural award was first given in 1967 and was then known as the Shell Award.
From 1985 it became known as the Award of Merit.
Emily has been a member of Pony Club Association Victoria for 15 years.
She has contributed many hours of work to Wonthaggi Pony Club over numerous years along with her family, assisting with help such as erecting fences with her dad on the front arena, regularly attending working bees and cleaning up the cross country area especially when a grant was obtained to help clear the back area.
Emily has assisted with setting up for many events over the years such as erecting dressage arenas, showjumping courses and canteen preparation.
She thoroughly enjoys being part of Wonthaggi Pony Club, and she is well liked and respected by all.
When asked to step in as club secretary in 2016, Emily did not hesitate to help out the club and did a brilliant job getting all the club records in order.
When the Burns family first joined the pony club there was only a shed and dirt arena out the back of the shed and a cross country area that was very over grown.
Now with all the hard work of all club members, Emily has been involved in four arenas being built, kitchen upgrade, cross country clean up working with the shire to clear the area near water jump.
Emily has not been riding over the last few years due to her horse being injured, attending and completing university, working full time and also being recently married; although this has not stopped her actively being involved and making an outstanding contribution to Wonthaggi Pony Club.
She is lucky to have made lifelong friends and have some great instructors helping her along the way.
Madeline has been a member of the Pony Club Association Victoria for 17 years....


School speed zone success "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

BASS MLA Brian Paynter visited Bass Valley Primary School, Corinella, during a peak morning period after receiving an email from school principal Leanne Edwards highlighting the dangerous traffic situation the school community faced daily.
Ms Edwards said, Once I opted for Brian to become involved, he immediately took action.
Mr Paynter witnessed firsthand the cars backing into oncoming traffic, cars backing onto the other side of the road, cars doing u-turns in front of traffic, and school buses and delivery trucks all blending at dangerous levels with parents and children.
Ms Edwards said, Brian didnt just come out as a courtesy visit. He really did push things so strongly and put the safety of our students first.
Mr Paynter said, The Bass Valley Primary School students deserved to be presented with the same set of road safety measures as students in the more built up areas.
Ms Edwards said, We quickly saw a result after Brian stepped in, considering we were trying for a number of years but were told we werent entitled to have the speed reduced.
The end result was that during school times, the 60km/h speed zone was reduced to a new 40km/h limit, and flashing speed signs were installed, valued at $80,000.
The speed zones have been running since June.
This was a matter of urgency for Mr Paynter and a great result for the primary school.
I am just delighted with the result of Brians work, Ms Edwards said.

Safer location: Bass MLA Brian Paynter at Bass Valley Primary School, Corinella, where he successfully lobbied for safer traffic conditions.


Inverloch joy flights to take off "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

NEIGHBOURS of the Inverloch airfield welcomed conditions put into place for a new joy flight business.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) approved the use of Bunurong Field for joy flight subject to conditions on September 17.
The approval came just days after a serious car accident close to the airfield, off the Bass Highway between Inverloch and Wonthaggi, just days earlier.
For this reason, neighbours have commended VCAT for the condition stating the entrance and driveway into the airfield must be upgraded.
This is a significant condition, as the highway can be dangerous for cars turning right from Wonthaggi, resident Ross Smith said.
Cars, lorries and buses come from both sides at 100 km/h. We commend VCAT for taking the accident into account and for ordering the upgrades.
Operator Michael Malone said he was happy to comply and plans are going ahead to upgrade the driveway.
Weve spoken with two asphalt companies and we are waiting on quote, he said.
We think these conditions are not unreasonable and we are starting to work towards getting Inverloch Joy Flights going before Christmas.
Other conditions limit the airfield to just one plane taking off from the site.
This is a four seater Cessna that can carry three passengers.
Mr Malone must also keep a Fly Neighbourly Manual. This will keep a record of recognised routes and procedures, and will be enforced by council.
Flights are restricted to 10 per day between 8am and 5pm. This includes warm ups and all flights must begin and end at Bunurong Field; passengers are not to be transported.
All flights must take off from the north and come in from the south. The circuit during landing must also be made from the west, unless there is an emergency. This ensures the flights do not go over residents houses.
In keeping with the character of the land, the shed and hangar must also be neutral tones.
Mr Malone was thrilled with the VCATs outcome.
Not only is he hoping Inverloch Joy Flights will become a tourist attraction, he wants to inspire young people to fly.
Its something young people dont often get to do or see, so its something I want to achieve, Mr Malone said.
For the tourism side of things, I am happy to give people the chance to see the beauty of Inverloch and Cape Paterson. When people come to Inverloch, they have reached their destination. They are not passing through and they need something to do.
Mr Malone will offer 15 minute flights over Anderson Inlet and along the Bunurong cliffs, 45 minute flights along the coast to Phillip Island and over landmarks like the race track and San Remo bridge, and one hour flights over Wilsons Promontory.
The visual over the race track is just fantastic and Wilsons Prom is stunning, Mr Malone said.


Wildlife bears the plastic burden "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

PLASTIC debris on beaches is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, as locals try to keep the pollutant at bay to save wildlife.
For Inverloch resident Robin Morris Gow, an afternoon walk on the beach last Wednesday turned unpleasant when she discovered a dead seal on Inverloch beach.
Upon closer inspection by Ms Gow, the seal had what appeared to be a tight plastic ring which had left significant chafing on the seals neck.
It is understood Bass Coast Shire Council officers removed the seal and there are no identifying features to identify where the seal came from.
Ms Gow said she posted a photo of the seal on Facebook because she wanted to bring the issue of plastic debris in the ocean to the attention of the community.
Every time I go to the beach and I know a lot of residents who do this I am picking up plastic debris from the shoreline, she said.
I was devastated to find that on my local beach. I mean you see seagulls with things wrapped around their feet, but to see a seal with plastic around its neck locally, I was very shocked.
It feels like plastic pollution is never ending. We are causing these deaths.
Ms Gow said she encouraged everyone to be more mindful of their plastic pollution because it is accumulating in the oceans and destroying wildlife.
Another Inverloch resident, Steve Dunn, said the problem lies with the huge amount of plastic rubbish society produces and puts in the ocean.
We are now 7.4 billion people who have consumerism shoved down our necks from every angle. At a time when we talk about the remaining numbers of most of our large mammals in the thousands, we continue to think we can endlessly consume and increase GDP, he said.
All animals depend on a clean environment including us. If people are too selfish to realise the problems of plastic in the ocean it will come back to them as diseases as the fish continue to eat plastic, accumulate it and toxins in their body and then we will eat the fish.
What we see on the surface is a small part of the problem. Ive seen dynamite fishing in Indonesia and spent time on isolated beaches with no people but a beach covered in plastic.
We need to use much more glass that has deposits on the bottles so they are returned. We need to stop making so much plastic.
Consumers should walk into a shop, buy the product, unwrap it and say we only want the product not the waste. Just leave it at the shop.
Its like climate change, nobody wants to know about it or really act.


Candidate: ban glyphosate "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A CANDIDATE in the November state election is calling for the immediate ban of glyphosate.
Geoff Pain, the Health Australia Partys (HAP) candidate for the Legislative Council seat of Eastern Victoria Region, said despite a US jury granting a terminally ill retired groundskeeper US$289m in damages for his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which was attributed to herbicide glyphosate, the Australian Government has taken no precautionary measures to protect its citizens.
Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient in the commonly used herbicide marketed as Roundup.
Many concerned citizens around Australia are questioning why local and state governments are lagging so far behind countries such as Canada where most provinces have introduced cosmetic pesticide bans in urban areas, he said.
This is not only for glyphosate/Roundup but on a range of harmful pesticides with known links to cancers, neurological and autoimmune diseases.
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists glyphosate as being probably carcinogenic to humans and there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate animal carcinogenicity.
Research also indicates that glyphosate is a bio-accumulative residue in soil and food, and can now be measured in the general population via blood, urine and breastmilk.
As well as being an endocrine disruptor, glyphosate is also a neurotoxin and is causing the breeding of increasingly resistant weeds.
Also notable is the massive decline in global bee populations, reducing pollination and crop yields attributed to use of glyphosate.
When alternative non-hazardous measures such as steam treatment and non-toxic products approved for organic farming already available, it makes little sense that the precautionary principle isnt applied.
When elected, the HAP will call for an immediate ban of glyphosate use in all public areas, particularly around schools and parks. In addition, the use of glyphosate in farming should be eliminated, with a transition period to ensure that farmers are not disadvantaged during the change.
The HAP will strongly encourage the use of other non-hazardous methods in farming practises as a matter of priority.
Mr Pains career included many years as an environmental consultant with specialist interest in toxicology.


Police: slow down "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A DOUBLE three-car incident near Ruby last Thursday has prompted police to reiterate the message that drivers need to slow down near emergency vehicles with lights flashing.
Motorists are still not heading the message, after police, standing without protection on roads, reported cars travelling at about double the legal limit of 40km/h that applies to when police vehicles are parked with emergency lights flashing.
The first minor incident involved three cars and occurred shortly before 3pm on the South Gippsland Highway at Ruby, between Potters and Bellingham roads.
Inverloch Police said painting equipment fell from the back of a ute, causing a following vehicle to stop.
A vehicle collided with the rear of the vehicle that stopped and then a third vehicle collided with the second vehicle. No one was injured.
A Buffalo woman in her twenties received a penalty notice for failing to secure her load.
A second three car incident then occurred in the same vicinity.
With traffic slowing and bottle necks created, police believe a car then rear-ended another, in turn causing minor damage to a third car in front.
According to police, a female driver from Leongatha, driving a grey Volkswagen Golf allegedly rear-ended a Foster couple, driving a white Subaru Outback. The Subaru then caused minor damage to a Korumburra womans white Toyota Prius.
The Foster couple was taken to Leongatha Hospital for observation while the Korumburra woman did not sustain major injuries and subsequently drove away.
On-scene, Sergeant Steve Regnier of Mirboo North Police said, People need to pay more attention, especially around accident scenes. Our officers are vulnerable when directing traffic, standing in the middle of the road without protection.

The cleanup: the airbags on this car were activated in a crash at Ruby last Thursday, with the front sustaining a serious crumple. Cleaners mopped up the aftermath.


Libs say they will protect Mornington Peninsula from overdevelopment "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.

"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.

Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."

He adds his opinion that,

"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."

Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.

He concludes,



Chicken pox outbreak "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE painful and highly contagious viral disease, chicken pox (varicella) is spreading across the community in one of the largest outbreaks seen by doctors in years.

Leongatha Healthcare GP Chris Webster said in the past three weeks, more than 40 confirmed cases had presented to the clinic mostly in children.

He said if an adult had chicken pox as a child, the virus lay dormant in the body and could be reawakened as shingles, which can be a very painful condition.

We havent seen much for several years so it must be a strain that is more resistant to the protection the vaccine confers, Dr Webster said.

Vaccines are never 100 percent effective but from what I have seen, the severity and the transmission of the disease has been tempered by vaccinations.

Both St Laurence OToole and Leongatha primary schools reported confirmed cases of students with chicken pox absent from school.

About 15 students were absent from Leongatha Primary School in the past month, according to principal Dot Coghlan who said relevant Department of Education exclusion guidelines were being followed to limit contagion.

A notice was sent out by Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association president Cathy Garnham last week notifying members of two confirmed cases of basketballers with chicken pox.

It is also understood there had been confirmed cases of chicken pox within local child care centres in Wonthaggi.

Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child said BCH has had no outbreaks or increased reports of chicken pox.

Chicken pox is a Group B-reportable disease, requiring written notification to the Department of Health and Human Services within five days of initial diagnosis, she said.

Chicken pox is a vaccine-preventable disease and vaccinations are provided to children through Bass Coast Shire Councils Immunisation Program.

As chicken pox is spread via airborne transmission, patients presenting to BCH with chicken pox who require inpatient care would generally be transferred to another hospital, as BCH does not currently have negative pressure isolation rooms required to contain the disease.

A common childhood illness, chicken pox outbreaks have become less severe in the community due to protection from vaccines administered free to children aged 18 months old under the National Immunisation Schedule.

The Department of Health and Human Services has been notified of 33 cases of varicella zoster (chicken pox) and varicella zoster (unspecified) in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires in the past three months.

A DHHS spokesman said children with chicken pox should not go to school, kindergarten or childcare until the last blister...


Sydney producer CLYPSOs eclectic style is the sound of summer "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Rekorderlig Sauna Sounds are all about embracing the unique, quirky and innovative together, were presenting some of countrys most trailblazing up and comers, getting them sweaty and ready to show off what makes them so special. 

Sydney producer CLYPSO is one of the more vibrant artists to emerge in the last year or so, the kind of artist who has been impossible to ignore. Crafting infectiously catchy, tropical electronica, the musician draws in equal measure from glitchy synths, grimy basslines, and afropunk-influenced beats.

There have been frequent comparisons to the likes of M.I.A. and Santigold since she began to catch peoples attention, but theres something notably distinctive to the music CLYPSO is making too.

With all this in mind, one might be surprised to learn that a young CLYPSO was first compelled to make music by way of theatrical acrobatics. As a kid, I would always play keyboards: my mum got me into that. But I think the first thing I thought I really wanted to write music was when my mum brought me to a Cirque du Soleil show, and I was just looking at the band the entire time.

I thought they were the coolest thing ever, composing for acrobats; it was just such an eclectic sound that I really love. Theyve got the band to the side and its so great to see that happening; its instruments that as a kid you dont really know of  bongos and middle eastern drums.

Apart from that formative experience, CLYPSO says many of the elements that characterize her distinctive sound are drawn from a more subconscious level, and shes influenced by the kind of sounds she was exposed to as a young person. Its all things Ive heard for many years, that have just seeped into my whole entire being. From my experiences growing up, its just become a part of the fabric.

Youth is, of course, a particularly impressionable time for ones musical framework to develop, and thats certainly true in CLYPSOs case. [When youre young] you link music with an experience or a feeling, and thats really the main thing for me. Its a vibe, she explains.

What might be a little surprising when one first hears her music, is that a lot of it has been carefully written with live reproduction in mind. Theres a kind of frenetic energy underlying tracks like YOLO and Pop Roll Flow that makes them feel almost purpose-made for the dance floor.

100 per cent, thats exactly right, she says. Im always thinking about the performance side of things; I think thats a huge thing for me. When I go to shows I just really want to be taken somewhere else, I just want to be immersed, so Ive always had that in mind. I suppose I just think about what I would enjo...


Newstead Landcare AGM and presentation on ECHIDNAS "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Newstead Landcare are delighted to have Dr Kath Handasyde from the University of Melbourne to speaker at their AGM this Thursday 18 October at 8 pm at Newstead Community Centre. The AGM will be speedy then everyone can all enjoy Kaths presentation about one of only two Australian egg-laying mammals the Echidna.

Echidna by Patrick Kavanagh

Echidnas are our most widely distributed mammals, occurring in all regions of Australia. They are classified as myrmecophages, feeding extensively on social insects, such as ants and termites. These are a rich and abundant food resource for which echidnas have clear adaptations, such as a long narrow snout, sticky tongue and powerful digging abilities. Echidnas are one of the relatively small number of Australian mammals that undergo hibernation.  Please come along to hear some more about these extraordinary animals in a presentation about their ecology and behaviour. Supper provided afterwards. 

All welcome. A gold coin donation will be appreciated to help cover costs.


Tsundoko "IndyWatch Feed"

Nice piece in the New York Times about my teetering stack o' shame, which the Japanese apparently call a tsundoku: a stack of books that you have purchased but not yet read.

The sight of a book you"ve read can remind you of the many things you"ve already learned. The sight of a book you haven"t read can remind you that there are many things you"ve yet to learn. And the sight of a partially read book can remind you that reading is an activity that you hope never to come to the end of.


Life rarely goes according to plan "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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If youre reading this now chances are you re nodding your head in agreement, just when you think youve got things figured out, life seems to toss you a curve ball. But does she? Have you ever wondered that perhaps there is a grander plan? And that things do happen for a reason, guiding you to just where you need to be. Its not a case of luck or even serendipity, rather, that we are presented with enormous opportunities to learn important life lessons, helping us to evolve to be better versions of ourselves. On Friday just past I had the good fortune (there I go slipping to the default of luck), or should I say pleasure, of hosting a visit to the sanctuary by the journalist who required a pig for a photoshoot way back in 2003. And yes, you know what happened next.

It was so much fun catching up with Chris Beck and taking a trip down memory lane as we both mused, Who would have thought all this could happen just because one lets a pig into their heart and home?


Ministers offer to meet hospital site opponents empty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Craig Elliot, ALP candidate for the seat of Tweed at the 2019 state election. Photo supplied

An offer by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to meet with opponents of the planned Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital has been described as an empty gesture by Labors contender for the state seat of Tweed, Craig Elliot.

Yesterday Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) told Echonetdaily he had arranged for Mr Hazzard to meet with members of the Relocate group, who support Labors plan to move the hospital to Kings Forest, provided they could get themselves down to Sydney within the next two weeks.

But Mr Elliot said the meeting would be simply a half-hour window for the Liberal Health Minister to repeat that Cudgen is their site.

This remains a bad decision that will hurt our region forever and confirms Mr Provest is not listening and has the wrong priorities for Tweed, he said.

Everyone acknowledges that we deserve and need a new hospital but, lets be clear, the current Tweed health crisis is a result of Geoff Provests inaction and neglect over the last 12 years in office.

Labor is listening to locals and if elected we will build a new public hospital at Kings Forest and in doing so save Kingscliff and Cudgen from Gold Coast-style overdevelopment and congestion, Mr Elliot said.

He added that the March 2019 NSW state election would be a referendum on the hospital site  as a vote for Labor is a vote for the hospital to be built at Kings Forest; better, faster and on budget.

The Kings Forest site is an 860 hectare shovel ready development and building can start immediately at the time of the election.

Kings Forest will be the only site ready to go.

In comparison, Geoff Provest and his Sydney Liberal government have decided to impose a hospital on inappropriate protected farmlands at Cudgen which has not even been purchased or zoned appropriately.

If this Liberal government will not change the hospital location then it will be up to locals on March 23 to throw Geoff Provest out to save Cudgen and Kingscliff from the National Partys overdevelopment agenda, Mr Elliot said.




Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...


GTA Cheat Developers Have Homes Searched and Assets Frozen "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Over the past year there has been a wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against alleged cheaters or cheat makers.

More than a handful have been filed in the US, but theres also been some action in Australia recently.

In one case, filed last month, GTA V developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are going after several people believed to be linked to the popular Infamous cheat.

This lawsuit is notable because the Federal Court of Australia has signed off on several broad enforcement actions. Not only are the defendants restrained from any cheating related activity, they are also the subject of a search and assets freezing order.

The orders are issued against the person or persons known as Christopher Anderson, Cycus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson, and Koroush Jeddian. Per the courts order, all are prohibited from cheating and can be imprisoned if they refuse to comply.


The associated search order identifies two Melbourne premises. It allows a search party to enter the buildings and search, copy, or remove relevant evidence including any computer, electronic storage device, or documents related to Infamous. Any cars that are located at these locations can also be searched.

In addition to the search order, the Federal Court also issued a freezing order preventing the defendants from taking out more money than needed for regular expenses.

You must not remove from Australia or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of your assets in Australia (Australian assets) up to the unencumbered value of AU$286,609.80 (the Relevant Amount), the order states.

This freezing order also applies to any cryptocurrency and other digital currency, including the money stored in the PayPal account thats assigned to Christopher Anderson.

It is likely that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive will try to obtain copyright infringement related damages, and with the freezing order they can make sure that the money isnt spent beforehand.

The orders in question were initially not disclosed, but that restriction has now been lifted. From the information we have available the searches were carried out late last month. In a follow-up order, the federal court ruled that the freezing and other orders should remain in place for now.

The defendant(s) have yet to file a defense, which is expected later...


Gay penguin couple breeds egg "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

Sphengic on the ice Sphen and Magic

Same-Sex [gentoo] penguin couple at Sea Life Aquarium Sydney

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The gay couple were first given a fake egg in their nest, so they could practice breeding. That went so well that they got a real egg. That egg came from the nest of another penguin couple that had two eggs.

Natural talents

In the wild, gentoo penguins can usually only raise one youngster. So, the chick from the second egg will die. The biological parents did not even realize that an egg had been taken away by the caretakers, says [keeper] Hannan.

According to Hannan, Sphen and Magic are real natural talents as future parents. They change jobs on a daily basis, says Hannan. One of the two is sitting on the egg and the other bird makes sure nobody can get around to steal stones from the nest.

This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:

#LoveWins Sphen and Magic Penguin Couple

Penguins Breeding at Sea Life Sydney 2018

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Eminem announces 2019 Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed"

Eminem has announced a 2019 tour in support of his latest album Kamikaze. It is the rappers first tour of Australia since 2014.

The Rapture tour will see him play a slew of arena dates, at Brisbanes QSAC, Sydneys ANZ Stadium, Melbournes MCG and Perths Optus Stadium.

Kamikaze dropped without warning and debuted at #1 in Australia, it was his ninth album to do so. The album was met with controversy and criticism for its use of homophobic language. Check out the tour dates below.

Watch: Eminem Fall

Eminem 2019 Australian Rapture Tour

Tickets on sale 2pm AEDT Monday, 22nd October

Wednesday, 20th February
QSAC, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 22nd February
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 24th February
MCG, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 27th February
Optus Stadium, Perth
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 14 October


Kurilpa Poets Open Mic Sunday, 28th October "IndyWatch Feed"

Thats right, folks! Truly, its the gig that will never die! Adventure! Romance! Raw, unadulterated emotion! These things and many more await all those who attend our open mic on Sunday, 28th of October, 2pm at the West End Croquet Continue reading


Gold Coast To Host Eurovision 2019 Selection Event In Australian Shake-Up "IndyWatch Feed"

Australians will get to vote to choose our entry in the next Eurovision Song Contest at a special event held on the Gold Coast in February, SBS has announced. SBS and production partner Blink TV will host the national contest Eurovision Australia Decides to select the artist and the song well be sending to ...

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