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Wednesday, 19 December


Affordable housing trust launched "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ALP Byron Shire councillor Paul Spooner. Photo Eve Jeffery

A new governance model to deliver affordable housing in the Shire was launched last Tuesday by Cr Paul Spooner.

He addressed the first Byron Community Land Limited AGM at the Community Centre and said a subsidy of roughly 33 per cent is needed to make housing affordable in the Byron Shire.

No current government is willing to commit to that level of ongoing subsidy, he said.

We need to create a different market one that doesnt monopolise property, but rather frees it up for community members to build or rent houses to live in. The aim of the Community Land Trust, he says, is to acquire land and hold it in trusteeship as a common heritage, not as an individual possession.

Land is put to use in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, and leased long term to individuals for housing, production of food and the development of enterprises or activities that support community life.

The lease agreement (up to 99 years) becomes the specific, flexible, legal means by which the interests of the community and the individual leaseholder are explicitly described and protected in accordance with the policies of the trust.

Three types of members are proposed, says Cr Spooner: general, resident and foundation members.

As for governance, the board would comprise at least nine directors, including three public directors.

For more info visit

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IBAC charges - 9 January in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Thank to court watcher Bill Thompson for the tip - after our story about IBAC charges a few days ago! Do you know more? Please let us know too. Bill wonders if there's any connection.


Adani activists drop in on COAG "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Jamie Dunn (L) and Donna Smit (R) bookend Senator Canavan with their Stop Adani signs during yesterdays COAG press conference. Photo supplied

On the first day of the COAG Energy Council meeting in Adelaide yesterday (Tuesday December 18), two citizens entered Senator Matt Canavans press conference and stood either side of him bearing #StopAdani signs. Interrupting his opening statements, they asked him why he supports the Adani coal mine.

One of the pair, Donna Smit, 49, said,I interrupted Senator Canavan because Queensland is burning up and he wants to fuel the fire.

More coal means our bushfires, droughts and storms will be even more deadly. I want to know why Senator Canavan, in all good conscience, supports the Adani coal mine when scientists are clear we must leave thermal coal deposits in the ground.

Senator Canavan hides behind the minimal jobs the Adani mine will create, as if coal is the only way we can provide for our families. The Adani mine threatens farmers livelihoods and the 70,000 jobs reliant on a healthy reef.

The federal government must help communities reliant on coal to transition to a cleaner economy of renewable energy, she said.

Jamie Dunn, 23, who held the other sign, said, as a young person, the opening up of the Galilee Basin to new coal mining will have a catastrophic effect on my future.

Climate change is the single biggest threat to my generation and Senator Canavan is determined to make it worse. I will not stop until the Galilee Basin is protected from coal mining for good, he said.


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Courtney Act Competing To Represent Australia At Next Years Eurovision Song Contest "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian drag star Courtney Act has been announced as one of performers competing to represent us in next years Eurovision Song Contest. Courtney will be one of ten performers to take part in our inaugural Eurovision selection show, which will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 8 and 9, ...

The post Courtney Act Competing To Represent Australia At Next Years Eurovision Song Contest appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Have you seen Aiden? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aiden Olivieri has been missing since Tuesday (December 18). Photo supplied

Police are seeking community assistance to locate 16-year-old Aiden Olivieri from Cedar Point, who has been reported as missing.

He was last seen at 10:30pm on Tuesday night (December 18) and was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and no shoes.

Its believed Aiden may be in the Kyogle area.

If you can help us please call Casino Police on 6662 0099 Police reference is E69959519

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Rooftop of death "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Teenagers had a late night party on a nearby rooftop and I imagined them falling to their deaths then felt bad then felt bad that they were alive.

Bellowing. Screaming. Not even being killed. Teenagers are not human. Going self consciously quiet then arcing up again like human car alarms. I was stripped of all dignity.

Unable to close the window- these shitty apartments have zero ventilation- I listened intently for the sound of a falling body.

No one interrupts teenagers, because if you talk to them you have to kill all of them and then there's the tedium of collecting high-5s from their newly freed parents.

Not all teenagers are the teenagers in the horror movies aimed at teenagers, just the ones who can get rooftop access to a building at 1am on a Tuesday.


The transcendent power of Dance Rites "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Dance Rites Indigenous Enterprise, image by Prudence Upton

Dance Rites is a competition which takes place on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. Aunty Rhoda Roberts (Bundjalung), the head of Indigenous programming at the Opera House, led the event which celebrates the convergence of contemporary Indigenous cultures and traditional customs through dance and song.

Over the course of the weekend Dance Rites moved the audience to tears (several times), introduced us to new languages and customs, celebrated Indigenous cultures and actively filled a space with Blak people. As a Mori Grenadian woman not Indigenous to this land, there is much of this event that I will never be able to fully comprehend, but its important that we create stronger dialogue which recognises Indigenous excellence, so lets talk

Dance Rites Djirri Djirri, image by Anna Kucera

Each competing troupe performs in 3 Heats and is invited to present a Welcome, Farewell and Wildcard dance. The competing troupes represented over 25 nations including the Dharug, Wiradjuri, Yuin, Gumbaynggirr, Djabugay, Ngarrugu, Narrungga, Wirangu, Ngarrindjeri, Adnyamathanha, Yankunytjatjara, Yidinji, Kulkalgal, Ngiyampaa, and Gomeroi; a timely reminder to those of us who are not First Peoples of this land that their cultures are varied and diverse, much more than a tokenistic tick a...


Release- Class of 2018- National Art School undergraduate exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney, held its Class of 2018 Exhibition from 6-16th December 2018. There was some great work and the works were on sale online Here is a selection of works by the talented artists from all disciplines.



Conference of European Churches Differences of religion do not separate us, but rather enrich us in many areas of life. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Cumberland Lodge conducted a conference titled Towards Peaceful co-existence in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities. Co-hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, the gathering drew participants from a broad range of Middle Eastern and European churches. A central issue was how states treat people of different ... Read more...


Stories shared of the people of Shepparton in new book "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


HISTORY DOCUMENTED Lost Sheppartons Geoff Allemand with his latest book, Sheppartonians, which features the people of Shepparton past and present including Raymond West. Photo: Katelyn Morse.HISTORY DOCUMENTED Lost Sheppartons Geoff Allemand with his latest book, Sheppartonians, which features the people of Shepparton past and present including Raymond West. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

THE people of Shepparton past and present are something that quite often draws the attention of any local, and now you have the chance to read about some of their stories in Lost Sheppartons latest book, Sheppartonians.


Adorning the 80 pages are over 100 photos of people who have helped to shape our city, including Sir Andrew Fairley, Sherbourne Sheppard, Raymond West, Noel Hussey, Max and Yvonne Carlos, Darryl Twitt and Ross Freer, the Furphys, John and Agata Anderson and Alan Scott to name a few.

Lost Sheppartons Geoff Allemand worked together with writer, Margaret Marlow (nee Campbell) to create this latest historical book and its one you simply must get your hands on.

Geoff said, We carried out a poll on the Lost Shepparton Facebook page to see what our followers wanted to see in our next book and we had an overwhelming response to them wanting us to focus on people.

The name of the book came from a book called The Big Sheppartonian, A Life of Sir Andrew Fairley. We thought it was fitting because in a way, we are all Sheppartonians.

We tried to choose people who have given something back to the local community and we think we have done that fairly well.

To pick up a copy of Sheppartonians, visit Lost Shepparton at the Shepparton Heritage Centre (across the road from the Shepparton Police Station), visit, or drop into NewsXpress at Riverside Plaza or Focus Cards & Gifts.


Oh my Cod! Excellent fishing event enthrals local anglers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEARNING FROM FISHING GURUS From left, Trellys Fishing and Hunting World Shepparton owners, Steven and Mary Threlfall, angler, Kayla Palanuik, professional fisher and guest speaker, Carl Jocumsen and Trellys team member, Ross Threlfall. Photo: Supplied.LEARNING FROM FISHING GURUS From left, Trellys Fishing and Hunting World Shepparton owners, Steven and Mary Threlfall, angler, Kayla Palanuik, professional fisher and guest speaker, Carl Jocumsen and Trellys team member, Ross Threlfall. Photo: Supplied.

ANGLERS assembled at Sheppartons Eastbank recently for Cod-ference, an annual event celebrating the official opening of the Murray Cod fishing season. The daylong event enabled fishers a great environment to boast about their catches, share stories, and receive top-quality advice from world-renowned experts regarding all things fishing.

Competitive fisher, Carl Jocumsen shared his incredible fishing journey, from small beginnings in Toowomba to competing in his first ever championship in the USA, the Table Rock Lake Bassmaster Open Championship 2018. The crowd were enthralled by Carls inspirational speech, especially considering Carl cut his teeth as a young angler fishing Murray Cod several years ago.

Also in attendance, Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive officer, Travis Dowling explained the existing governments plans to get one million people fishing in Australia by 2020. There was much intrigue surrounding this particular speech, with Victorian fishing a majorly central focus.

Trellys Fishing and Hunting World owner, Steven Threlfall was in attendance and said, Some really great information was gained from this amazing fishing event. It was really handy to receive helpful feedback around the scientific, grassroots and even some of the political elements surrounding Australian fishing.

Carl Jocumsen had audiences captivated with his unbelievable story. He was absolutely the highlight of the event for everyone and we are so grateful for his attendance.


Young mum awarded ambassadorship "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ASSISTING THE YOUTH From left, The Bridge Youth Service CEO, Melinda Lawley, youth ambassador, Lauren Beks, three-year old, Luna Beks and Laurens fianc, Jayme Mathers. Photo: Katelyn Morse. ASSISTING THE YOUTH From left, The Bridge Youth Service CEO, Melinda Lawley, youth ambassador, Lauren Beks, three-year old, Luna Beks and Laurens fianc, Jayme Mathers. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

SOMETIMES in order to assist disadvantaged youth, you need someone who has experienced hardship first-hand to provide the genuine empathetic support needed to enable help and connection.

The Bridge Youth Service in Shepparton have recognised this need, recently announcing the commencement of the Next Generation Leadership Youth Ambassador Program and awarding the first ambassadorship to local young mum, Lauren Beks.

Diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder, Lauren has continually struggled to find her place in the world. However, through the ongoing support from The Bridge Youth Services, particularly from her mentor, Linda King, Lauren has successfully turned her life around and is now keen to employ her experiences of hardship to help and assist others.

Having utilised the service for almost 10 years, Lauren first began attending The Bridge as a teenager after she fell pregnant with her first child, Layne. Throughout this time, Lauren has returned often to The Bridge, seeking support in times of crisis at various points in her life. When she experienced homelessness, The Bridge was there to offer support. She received antenatal support then later, when Laurens second child Luna was born, The Bridge assisted again, attending appointments and helping out however possible.

With Layne and Luna now eight and three years old, respectively, Lauren still returns to The Bridge regularly to assist other young mums through the Young Parents Program and she is excited to utilise her ambassadorship to continue helping well into the future.

The Bridge Youth Service CEO, Melinda Lawley said, We were seeking a young person who has utilised The Bridge Youth Service and who is committed to the...


Staff milestones recognised "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PART OF THE FAMILY Shepparton Villages catering manager, Geoff Scales celebrated more than 25 years of employment with the organisation, joining 22 others who were also recognised for their milestones at the AGM. Photo: Katelyn Morse.PART OF THE FAMILY Shepparton Villages catering manager, Geoff Scales celebrated more than 25 years of employment with the organisation, joining 22 others who were also recognised for their milestones at the AGM. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

TWENTY-THREE staff at Shepparton Villages were recognised for their long service milestones at the organisations AGM this year.

Clocking up 10 years was Wayde Vider, Geoff McKendrick, Glenys McQualter, Jillian Hall, Bryan Wayman, Susanne Taylor, Jackie Nightingale, Edward McNair, Kerri Sitters, Fiona Thomson, Melissa Lepp, Heather Dover and Alisha Brown. Clocking up 15 years was Dawn Rogers, Leanne Hotchkiss, Lynne Coe, Jodie Toohey, Sue Cahill, Joanne Whennen, Anne Maree Bramley and Virginia McPhillamy. Helen Pierce celebrated 30 years of employment and Geoff Scales celebrated more than 25 years.

Starting his stint with Shepparton Villages as second chef on December 21, 1991 and today carrying out his role as catering manager, Geoff Scales said, I have seen a few changes in my time. The stand-out moments would have to be seeing the construction of all the facilities; Mooroopna, the new Banksia and Arcacia and Maculata Place as well as the new production kitchen, which was a big deal for us.

Ive been cooking for 40 odd years and have gone from a pan and wooden spoon to now using a $70,000 Bratt Pan. There have certainly been many changes in technology.

I enjoy doing Christmas for the residents. We make everything ourselves including 3,000 shortbread and 3,000 rum balls, 1,500 Christmas puddings and 40 to 50 Christmas cakes. There is just nothing like putting on Christmas for them.


Road safety upgrades sweep through region "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MAJOR north east Victorian roads have been made safer with critical works undertaken recently through a $51.5M investment into maintenance, resurfacing and rehabilitation on the arterial network.

Regional Roads Victoria north eastern regional director, Nicki Kyriakou said upgrades on the Goulburn Valley Highway, Murray Valley Highway and Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road (also known as Snow Road) would provide smoother, safer journeys for all road users.

We know how important safety is to road users travelling throughout north east Victorian roads each day, which is why weve committed to delivering these essential upgrades, Ms Kyriakou said.

Youll see our crews out this maintenance season, ensuring we provide a reliable road network for all Victorians.

Just under one kilometre of the Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road, Whorouly, has been upgraded between Trakton Road and Barneys Lane, with a further kilometre of road improved on the Murray Valley Highway near Ludlows Reserve, Ebden.

An overtaking lane will be rebuilt by the end of the year on the Goulburn Valley Highway west of Strathmerton, where thousands of vehicles travel each day on one of the regions key freight routes.

To keep track of these projects or check out what other works are underway or planned in your area, visit


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.


KYVALLEY CHRISTMAS DANCES will be held on Saturday, December 22 at 7:30pm, with music by Keith Stockdale and on Saturday, December 29 at 7:30pm, with music by Jos Dance Music. A good program with delicious supper, raffles and promises to be lots of fun. Held at Kyvalley Hall, 534 Scobie Road, Kyvalley. For further information, contact Bev on 0417 360 687 or 5852 1853.


ST BRENDANS CHURCH CHRISTMAS CHURCH TIMES are mass on December 24 at 10pm (with carols starting at 9:30pm) and mass no December 25 at 8am and 11am.



ORCHARD DAY CLUB meets on second and fourth Thursday of each month,

10:30am to 2:30pm at Shepparton RSL for friendly company, gentle exercises, mind games, cards, guest speakers, bus tours and a delicious lunch. All ages and genders welcome. Phone Judy on 5823 5941 or Betty on 5821 3838.


CONNECT MEDITATION GROUP is inviting the community to enjoy the benefits of meditation. One hour sessions are held every Monday at 6pm, Tuesday mornings at 10am and Thursday night from 7:30pm at Harmony Place, 9a Edward Street in Shepparton and admission is $8. For further information, contact Lisa 0419 562 790 or Roger 0427 541 611.


ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at the Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road, Shepparton. Share group meeting will be at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.


SOCIAL BADMINTON players meet at the Shepparton Stadium every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am. New players, beginners to advanced are welcome. Enjoy a coffee and a chat after the game. Phone Julie on 0407 717 265.


ENABLING WOMEN GROUP meets once a month at Rights Information and Advocacy Centre, 190 Benalla Road, Shepparton. For further information, phone Sharon on 0429 621 843.


TRANSPORT TO CEMETERIES on the third Saturday of each month Goulburn Community Transport provides transport to the cemetery to visit loved ones. For more information, contact Vilma Ondrus 5831 3607 or Goulburn Community Transport 5831 8515. Shepparton visits are $3 and Pine Lodge visit $4.


MAINLY MUSIC program is held every Wednesday from 10am t...


Come down and sing a chorus or two "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KEEN FOR CAROLS From left, Sean French, Ruby Davies, Moara Smith and Merdi Yamfu cant wait to perform the childrens entertainment at Carols by Candlelight. Photo: Katelyn Morse. KEEN FOR CAROLS From left, Sean French, Ruby Davies, Moara Smith and Merdi Yamfu cant wait to perform the childrens entertainment at Carols by Candlelight. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

WARM up those vocal cords and adorn your best Christmas outfit; Sheppartons annual Carols by Candlelight event is coming to town.

This Sunday, December 23, the Queens Gardens is going to come alight, with songs of peace and joy echoing throughout the area. The free event is presented by Greater Shepparton City Council and commences at 6:30pm; however, it is recommended that guests arrive early in order to be assured a seat.

The family-friendly event will feature music from local artists and youth performers alongside Shepparton Brass and Wind and Goulburn Valley Pipes and Drums.

Of course, Santa Claus himself will be present at the carols and there will be food trucks, coffee, ice cream and glow sticks available for purchase. The event will conclude with a spectacular pyrotechnic display, presented by GMCU.

It is recommended that attendees bring along low chairs, nibbles, insect repellent, picnic rugs and cushions, to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable evening for all.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, The night promises to be a spectacular event. I look forward to joining many families and friends from around the region who come together to celebrate the festive season in a beautiful setting.

There will be a range of various local performers and entertainers who will showcase a mix of contemporary and traditional Christmas carols who I look forward to seeing.

I hope everyone who is attending has a wonderful evening enjoying all aspects of the festiv...


Blood donors needed for Australias biggest secret Santa "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 180 Shepparton blood donors are needed between December 21 and January 7 for Australias Biggest Secret Santa exchange this Christmas.

The donors are needed to prevent a possible shortage of blood stocks vital to the treatment of cancer patients.

To celebrate this Secret Santa exchange, blood donors who give blood or platelets this December will receive a text message to let them know where their Secret Santa gift was sent. Theyll also receive a Christmas gift tag to give to a loved one saying theyve donated blood on their behalf.

Blood Service spokesperson, Shae Smith urged locals to give blood, saying it was the most important Secret Santa theyll ever do.

If Secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, designed to make someones day, then blood donation really is Australias ultimate Secret Santa exchange.

Blood will be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this Christmas and New Years.

To make an appointment to give blood or find out more about Australias Biggest Secret Santa, call 13 14 95 or visit


Businesses urged to sharpen up on snake bite safety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the summer temperatures already having risen over 30 degrees, the presence of snakes across regional worksites including farms and properties, pose a higher risk of snake bite.

More than 3,000 snake bites are recorded in Australia each year, with up to 500 people requiring antivenom. With Australia being home to around 140 different species of snake, and approximately 100 of these being venomous, its crucial that we are educated and prepared if a snake strikes.

Brenniston First Aid & Workplace Safety director, Pia Abrahams is urging all business owners to take necessary precautions to minimise workplace hazards and provide workers with access to a suitable first aid kit.

Most importantly, outdoor workers should be trained in snake bite first aid, known as the pressure immobilisation technique, and always carry an easily accessible snake bite first kit. First aid should be administered even when a bite appears minor or the patient has no symptoms, Abrahams said.

If a snake bite occurs, speed and immobilisation are vital to impede the spread of venom. Using a compression bandage and ensuring the patient is remaining as calm and still as possible will significantly increase their chance of surviving a life-threatening snake bite.

Snakes may be more prevalent on agricultural, road transport, construction and land management worksites in warm weather.

They are typically found in cool, dark, protected areas such as under buildings and near sheds, around rubble and stored materials, in electrical switch boxes and long grass. Its also not uncommon for snakes to enter unattended open vehicles.

If you or a work colleague is bitten by a snake, dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and then administer first aid for snake bite.



Relieve holiday stress "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

REST AND RELAX Proud Traditional Thai Massage owner, Kathy Khongsthidporn suggests giving the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Photo: Katelyn Morse.REST AND RELAX Proud Traditional Thai Massage owner, Kathy Khongsthidporn suggests giving the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHRISTMAS is the most wonderful time of the year, but sometimes it can be extremely stressful too. Thats why its important to look after your body and ensure you feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the New Year.

At Proud Traditional Thai Massage, staff can assist in loosening muscles and providing much-needed freedom from tension. Whether it is a 30-minute or four-hour session, clients are massaged to release and remove physical tension.

The friendly staff offers a combination of Thai massage and oil massage, all in a nice, clean and relaxed environment. Proud Traditional Thai Massage has also enlisted extra care to ensure maximum relaxation in the Maude Street space.

Treat your loved ones to relaxation this Christmas with one of Proud Traditional Thai Massages excellent gift cards. These can be made up to suit any budget, with $20, $30, $50 and $60 options available and for a limited time, they are running a great deal where you can buy six gift cards and receive one for free!

Proud Traditional Thai Massage owner, Kathy Khongsthidporn said, At the end of another hard year, its best to gift friends and family with a relaxing massage.

This is even the perfect gift to give to yourself! Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and relaxed over the busy time of year.

Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Drop into 272B Maude Street, Shepparton or call 5858 5446 to book a massage.


NEW MUSIC: Wildie  Lights Over Main Street "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Heres a beautifully melodic and melancholic song from Wildie (Sweden). It comes from their album Westbound and finds them dealing in sweet, piano-led Americana. Continue reading


Eco Village proposal back on council agenda "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Area 17 on Saddle Road. While the plan to rezone the entire area was canned by council, it is now looking at other ways to allow an eco village to develop. Image supplied

An eco-village proposal near the Brunswick Heads highway interchange at Saddle Road is back on the table after councillors voted last Thursday to include it within the Rural Land Use Strategy.

The Brunswick Eco Village (BEV) proposal was initially pegged on land owned by Kelvin Daly, but later, plans were expanded to include surrounding lands and a commitment for 20 per cent affordable housing.

Yet the proposal appears to have landowners on the ridgeline divided, and Council eventually rejected the larger proposal.    

Last Thursdays lastminute inclusion was headed by Cr Paul Spooner (Labor).

He told The Echo the resolution removed the BEV proposal from consideration within the draft Residential Strategy.

This was undertaken following advice from the Department of Planning that it would not be supported as it was not in an urban area.

To maintain it there would have effectively stopped it from being considered. A very poor outcome for our community.

The decision on Thursday proposes an amendment within the Rural Land Use Strategy to allow the land to be considered as an intentional eco-community providing at least 80 per cent affordable housing.

This supports Councils strategic planning. It allows the provision of affordable housing where there is none. It supports the intention of responding to the housing needs of residents and workers.

A very big win for our community.

What has been agreed to on Thursday opens up a clear planning pathway but does not ensure the proposal will succeed.

This will be determined when a planning proposal is submitted by the applicant and assessed by Council according to the Rural Land Use Strategy that requires it be amended and supported by the Department of Planni...


All over the globe public housing is under siege "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The following is from Save Public Housing Victoria

Have you seen the ABC documentary about Waterloo called There Goes Our Neighbourhood? 

Quote All over the globe public housing is under siege.

And now its Australias turn.

Whichever major party is in power across Australian states the despicable covert privatisation of Public Housing and public land is likely to continue, because whats driving it is money, power and mega-profits.

Homelessness of course will worsen!! The homeless, to our shame, are our internal refugees

Personal testimonials (1)

At a meeting in Gronn Place in West Brunswick earlier this year, we heard from Louise who spoke about her sisters experience in Millers Point in Sydney.

Here are some extracts from her speech.

When the government said they wanted to renew Millers Point, they said the main reason was that it was costing too much in maintenance. I can tell you right now, they spent nothing on maintenance. People had to paint their own places, had to replace their own stoves. The government spent nothing.

In Millers Point, to get them out, they offered them the world not telling them they were finding them alternative accommodation by throwing those (public) tenants out. The same pretext they said to existing tenants, Youll only be out for 3 monthsand well fix the place up. In the meantime, they brought in people from Millers Point.

Theres two reasons why people live in Public Housing. The first reason is they choose to because of their community. Secondly, they cant afford any other accommodation, either temporarily or permanently. There has to be a place in our society for people who cant afford to buy or pay high rents. Everybody is a citizen. 

Regarding the displacement process underway in Melbournes inner-city under the Labor government

Louise: People have mentioned the government coming along with pieces of paper and smiles on their faces. What happens is they tell lie after lie. The minute people give up their place in Public Housing theyre heading down the road of homelessness for a number of reasons.



Saudi Arabia Prince Alwaleed bin Talal involved in Las Vegas massacre? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) recently released more bodycam footage from 9 officers recorded during the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Five machine gun bursts of 4 rounds each are heard firing at 11:58PM, almost 2 hours after the alleged shooter Stephen Paddock is reported to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

John Cullen of the John E. Hoover YouTube channel joins Jason Goodman to discuss his findings on this latest release. Footage from a police car contains audio from the dispatcher reporting gunfire at the Bellagio Hotel, seen in the cars rear view mirror, followed by these 5 bursts. Bellagio is located 2 miles from Mandalay Bay. These 11:58PM gunshots were definitely not fired 2 miles away from this police car.

Newly released police tapes reveal no shots were fired from the Mandaly Hotel where the alleged shooter was killed. At least three helicopters were involved spraying the crowd along Route 91 with belt-fed machine guns. Bodycam tapes reveal active shooters at the Bellagio Hotel(pic) and 12 other locations on October 1, 2017

The Associated Press (AP) and local Las Vegas media outlets successfully sued the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) for the release of this police bodycam footage and 2,000 pages of information previously withheld from the public about this biggest mass shooting in US history. Despite their win, the AP barely reported on the findings at all!

Each succe...


Man killed in accident with truck on M1 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Traffic queue on the M1 (Pacific Highway) south of Brunswick Heads following a fatal accident on Wednesday (December 19). Photo Eve Jeffery

A man has died after being hit by a truck near Brunswick Heads this morning on the M1 (Pacific Highway) near the Brunswick Heads interchange.

About 6am (Wednesday December 19), the man walked onto the motorway near the Brunswick Heads interchange.

His was hit by an oncoming truck. The man, who is yet to be identified, died at the scene.

The truck driver stopped after the crash and was taken to Byron Central Hospital for further medical testing and checks.


Emergency services staff on the M1 (Pacific Highway) south of Brunswick Heads following a fatal accident on Wednesday (December 19). Photo Eve Jeffery

Highway reopened

The northbound lanes have reopened but traffic is reportedly heavily backed up.

Northbound traffic was being diverted off the motorway at Ocean Shores exit/Riverside Cres to Yelgun before rejoining the motorway.

For the latest on road conditions, drivers should check

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


Timber and Steels Top Albums of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Despite a quiet year on the blogging front from Timber and Steel 2018 was still a huge year for folk, roots, singer-songwriter and acoustic music with some amazing albums and EPs dropping throughout the year. So we couldnt resist continuing the tradition and once again bring you our top albums of the year. 1. Emma []


NEW MUSIC: Dave Ernst Superstar "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Dave Ernst hails from Louisville, Kentucky and this wonderfully bruised slice of Southern country rock comes from his debut solo album Hickory Switch, produced by Peter Searcy (Squirrel Bait) and mixed by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo). You can definitely hear Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Lucero and the like in the sound of this song, Superstar, Continue reading


New lead in missing painting case "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Bibby

Somewhere in the Northern Rivers lies a beautiful, untitled painting of a woman without a face.

Its a stylish work that is striking enough to catch any art lovers eye.

But this meticulously crafted piece isnt where its supposed to be.

On December 5 it fell off the back of local artist Toni Clarkes ute on Main Arm Road, and is now believed to be in the hands of a passer-by.

Local artist Toni Clarkes missing painting. Supplied

I was taking it and some other pieces into the Byron School of Art [BSA] for my graduation, Ms Clarke says.

I didnt notice that the rope had snapped and the painting had flown off until I got to Mullum.

A painstaking search ensued, with Ms Clarkes teachers and husband all involved, but to no avail.

Now, a new lead has emerged in the case.

I got a message from a woman saying I know something about the painting, Ms Clarke says.

The woman had been at a garage sale where, earlier that day, a woman in her 20s had shown up with a bubble-wrapped painting in the back of her ute.

The owners of the house hosting the sale had looked at the painting and seen Ms Clarkes name written on the back along side the $1600 price tag.

The hosts didnt get the womans name, but apparently she said Ill try and find the owner, Ms Clarke relates.

Apparently she was from Uki and she was driving a white ute.

Yet, despite the painting now seemingly in safe hands, Ms Clarke heard nothing.

Im of the belief that the person who found it may not actually want to find me, she says.

If I found someones painting who lived in the Northern Rivers I reckon Id be able to find them in 24 hours.

Its great that they seem to like the painting but I really need it back.

Ms Clarke says she bears has no hard feelings toward the woman, and is happy for the painting to be dropped off anonymously at BSA or Sunshine Traders in Mullumbimby with no questions asked.

Id be more than happy to give her another painting from my collection as a reward, she says.

But that particular painting had hung in my studio for three months. Every week Id just do a tiny bit more because I didnt want to overwork it.

I put my soul into th...


Police officer accused of tricking locksmiths to take possession of houses "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Unfortunately this problem is just the tip of the iceberg, where the entire legal system i.e. from the administration to the judges, is responsible for the fraud, causing harm, defrauding the good people of Australia of their homes and livelihood.

Will the victims ever see 'justice'?

Probably not, as it's not on the agenda of the administration of this colony.

See article from 26 Nov 2018 by The Age publication of the headline:

IBAC charges police officer over alleged 18-month fraud spree

A senior Victorian police officer has been charged over an alleged 18-month crime spree that included claims of fraudulently obtaining six properties, rorting Centrelink, postal theft, making false claims to bank staff and claiming she was someone else.

Sergeant Rosa Catherine Rossi, 56, has been charged by Victoria's corruption watchdog.

The sergeant from Corio did not face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday when the extent of her alleged offending investigated by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission was revealed.
Sergeant Rosa Rossi handing out "Dont make it easy for the Thankful Thief" brochures during a promotional event in Wyndham in 2016Credit:Damjan Janevski

Sergeant Rossi is accused of deceiving locksmiths to fraudulently take possession of houses in Malvern East, Chadstone, Brooklyn and three rural properties in Willaura, about 230 kilometres west of Melbourne.

On January 4, 2017, Sergeant Rossi allegedly wore her police uniform to the offices of Hobson Bay Council, where she allegedly induced a council employee to provide personal details of an alleged victim.

She also allegedly accessed the police database LEAP, without authorisation, to acquire information about the owner of a Malvern East home in October 2016.

A month later, she allegedly obtained the property by deception after telling a locksmith it was a deceased estate and she was the owner, according to charge sheets obtained by The Age.

An IBAC investigation dubbed Ope...


Morrison Protects Religions, While Discrimination Against LGBTQ Students Remains Possible "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

At around this time last year, then Australian treasurer Scott Morrison stated in an interview with Fairfax media that hed be playing a leading role in the push to pass further religious protection laws in 2018. Now prime minister, Morrison announced last Thursday that his government plans to introduce religious discrimination legislation into parliament with the aim

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Bus stop will result in reduced amenity: residents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The proposed bus interchange is pegged for the rail corridor. Indicative plans are available at Councils Mullum office. Image supplied

Transport for NSW have declined to provide any details on the recent announcement of a proposed Byron bus station within the rail corridor and proposed Butler Street bypass.

The announcement was part of the NSW governments $9.5m bypass funding, which Council staff say is the amount needed to complete the long-awaited project.

But according to Butler Street resident and president of the Butler Street Network, Paul Jones, despite formal requests, there has been no consultation with locals on the bus interchange.

Jones told councillors last Thursday in morning public access that there will be adverse impacts on amenity given the size and scale of this proposal. He also refuted the mayors response concerning legal intimidation launched by former GM Ken Gainger:

The following questions were put to Transport for NSW but there was no reply:

Who did Transport for NSW consult with apart from Council staff in the lead up to this decision? Who made this decision, and What is the expected cost of this project and is there any documentation available?

A Transport for NSW spokesperson only answered the question: Will Transport for NSW be consulting with residents on these plans?

They said, The Byron Bay community will soon be able to provide feedback to the proposed transport interchange on the NSW Environment and Heritage website when it goes on public display.

Plans for the proposal will be held at the Byron Shire Council office, and available to view the same day comments are [accepted] by NSW Heritage.

The Echo asked Nationals MLC Ben Franklin, who made the interchange announcement, why wasnt there any consultation...


Remembering the Victims of WWII Plane Crash at Canal Creek near Rockhampton "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On the morning of 19 December 1943, a USSAF Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Dakota transport aircraft VH-CHR (S/N 43-30742) of the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron of the 374th Troop Carrier Group, crashed en-route from Garbutt Airfield in Townsville to Archerfield Airfield in Brisbane. It was scheduled to make a short stopover at Rockhampton (approx way).

All 31 souls onboard perished in this incident. The passenger complement was a mix of US and Australian personnel. A new memorial was unveiled this year to recognise and remember the victims of what is still today, Australias 2nd worst aviation disaster.

The disaster occurred six days before Christmas, where the troops on board were coming home.  It was just a routine flight, and their parents, their families, their wives, their girlfriends were waiting for them.

From substantial research undertaken by a Yeppoon historian, it would appear that this aircraft a reasonably new one suffered an engine fire while overflying an area of fairly rough terrain, some 60 kilometres North of Rockhampton. Rockhampton is approx 750 kilometres South of Townsville.

The location of the crash, on the remote and isolated Canal Creek Cattle Station, approximately 50 kilometres North of Rockhampton would suggest the pilot had selected a clay pan in preparation for an emergency/forced landing. However witness reports indicate that while on descent, an explosion occurred, and the burning wing parted from the aircraft. The plane did reach the lightly treed flat plain but was already doomed due to its uncontrollable, unflyable condition.


Third day of searching for man missing from North Coast beach "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The search is about to resume for a man swept out to sea, at Moonee Beach, on Monday (December 17).

Two men, aged 35 and 45, died after a group of six people got into difficulties in the surf at Moonee Beach, 23km north of Coffs Harbour, about 6pm.

Two girls, aged 15 and 17, and a 15-year-old boy, were rescued; however, a third man, aged 28, could not be found.

A search operation continued yesterday until it was suspended due to fading light.

Todays search resumed at 7am (Wednesday December 19), and involves officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District, NSWPF Marine Area Command and Marine Rescue.

The Westpac and Polair helicopters will also re-join the search this morning.

All six people are believed to be from Sydney.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


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Free Speech, One Each "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At the root of all this is freedom of speech. If we wish to preserve and extend our liberties or maintain our democracies, we need to understand this. We must equip ourselves to practice it well, educate our young to understand how unusual such liberty has been in human history and how difficult it is to maintain.  Paul Monk

Every once in a while, The Australian commissions an articulate and respected conservative commentator to pen a piece on a topic dear to its editorial heart. He (these worthy souls are invariably old, white blokes) duly oblige, for kudos or cash or both, and yet are careful not to become ensnared in the NewsCorp echo-chamber that houses the more virulent and predictable of its opinionistas. Historian Geoffrey Blainey recently managed such as arabesque when writing about the controversial Ramsay Centre (see The Ozs Lonely Crusade). Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson did likewise in a tribute to Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn (see Ghosts of the Gulag).

Australian author Paul Monk has done likewise when invited to ruminate on free speech in western universities. Instead of laying into left-wing uni students and the so-called Green Left, the btes noir of columnists like Chris Kenny, Gerard Henderson and Janet Albrechtsen, Monk refused to sing their song. Instead, he reminds us of our history and of our responsibility as democrats and reasonable folk to maintain dialogue with and endeavour to understand the reasoning (or its dearth) of our ideological opponents. History has shown us that once the shouting stops, the shooting often starts.

Often, I am disappointed, saddened even, by the ignorance, naivety, and self-absorption of electorates, left and right: their lack of historical knowledge and of curiosity, an unhealthy and self-defeating habit of accepting facts, narratives and theories based upon their preconceptions and prejudices.

Nowadays, it often seems as if the reasonable middle has been excised from political discourse, drained out by the shrill voices of the extremes with their identity politics, virtue signalling, and vested interests. Social media has exacerbated the situation as folk lock themselves into their own echo chambers, listening only to those with whom they agree, ignoring or even avoiding contrary opinions and perspectives. It is a self-defea...


Summer shark safety campaign launched "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Smart drum lines deployed off the coast of Ballina. (Picture DPI)

Two additional drones will complement the NSW governments shark-mitigation measures, which will roll out for summer. Existing measures include helicopters, drones, 35 SMART drumlines and VR4G listening stations, shark alarms, PA systems, megaphones and lifesaving heavy-duty trauma kits.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair (Nationals) made the announcement on Monday.

The drone trial will be at nine beaches, including Kingscliff, Main Beach Byron Bay, The Pass, Suffolk Park, Lennox Head, Sharpes Beach, Shelly Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Evans Head.

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Santa coming to collect Byron councils bins "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Call it Byron Shire Councils present to residents and ratepayers.

There will be extra urban and rural residential bin collections over the Christmas period from Monday December 24 till Friday January 4, 2019, to help residents manage extra waste and recycling during the festive season.

During this time, residents can place all of their bins at the kerbside on their normal collection day. This includes red, yellow and green bins for urban residential households, and red and yellow bins for rural residential households.

Recent changes

Also there have been recent changes to what can be recycled. Council only accepts hard plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans, paper and cardboard.

Recycling bins should not contain any soft plastics, including any type of plastic bags. Rinse any excess food and drink from all bottles, containers and tins. Additionally dont bag, box or contain recyclable items for the recycling bins. Other non-organic items should go in the red bin.

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Carols bring community together "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Jeff Dawson

Youngsters Allarahj and Matayo took part of the large turn-out for Carols by the seaside, held at Main Beach in Byron Bay on Friday.

Photo Jeff Dawson

Mullum residents held their Christmas Carols on Sunday at the High School auditorium owing to inclement weather. 

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Federal inquiry into Qld Labors iniquitous Vegetation Management Act "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources today launched a new inquiry(Dec 7) into the impact on the agricultural sector of vegetation and land management policies, regulations and restrictions, and called for submissions.

The Committees Chairman, Rick Wilson MP, acknowledged that the impact of land management and vegetation policies can be significant on the agricultural sector.

Bushfires, expanding land use, and hazard management can dictate the future of regional, rural and remote land areas. The Committees inquiry into these issues is timely, given the current and impending natural disaster probability.

The Committee will be inquiring into these impacts, with particular regard to:

  • Past and current practices of land and vegetation management by the agricultural sector and regional industries;
  • The science behind activities such as back burning, clearing and rehabilitation;
  • The economic impact of vegetation and land management policies, regulations and restrictions;
  • The impact of severe fires on the agricultural landscape, agricultural production and industry in regional, rural and remote areas;
  • Factors that contribute to fire risk in regional, rural and remote areas; and
  • The role the agricultural sector has in working with emergency services and forestry management officials in managing fire risk.

The Committee will be accepting submissions until Friday 25 January 2019.

Media enquiries:
Mr Rick Wilson MP (OConnor, WA), Chair of the Agriculture and Water Resources Committee

(08) 9021 2044

For background information:
Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources

(02) 6277 4500,


Labors Lima Agreement betrayed Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letter to the Editor

Dear Prime Minister,

 I write with concern and trepidation, with regard to the published Lima Agreement signed off on by Australia in 1975 by (the late) Labor senator and Foreign Affairs Minister Don Willesee and successive governments on both sides of the house have been complicit in betraying Australia. Yes betraying Australia, until we are at the point where our economy will implode. We have appeasers soothing over our questions and calling us nay-sayers.

(Television personality Mike Willesee is a son of Don Willesee-Editor)

ALP Foreign Affairs Minister Don Willesee signed the notorious Lima Agreement in 1975 which stripped Australia of its manufacturing ability and handed it to third world countries. Neither the ALP nor the Liberals have made any attempt since to repeal this treacherous law.

Well Winston Churchill once said, an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. How true.



Serious truck and pedestrian crash at Oceans Shores "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The M1 Pacific Motorway is blocked northbound approaching Orana Road and the Brunswick River in Ocean Shores on the NSW Far North Coast following a serious truck and pedestrian crash.

Diversions are available via the Ocean Shores Exit, Riverside Crescent, Brunswick Valley Way to Yelgun and then rejoin the motorway.

Southbound lanes remain open and are not impacted by the crash.

The motorway may remain closed northbound for several hours as investigations take place into the crash.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, and factor in additional travel time.

For information regarding this crash and others on the NSW Road Network visit

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The Tree Vandals of Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Massive trunk of Yellow Box between Ensay and Swifts Creek. (Ros Crisp)

Twice every day for the last 8 years of my life as a shopkeeper I drove past a magnificent old yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora) near the crest of Connors Hill. Many years earlier when returning from a party we stopped there and three of us joined hands around this great specimen measuring its circumference at roughly 24 feet. The age of the tree was not known but as a slow growing species it almost certainly was there when Angus McMillan journeyed down the Tambo Valley in 1840 and was quite possibly there well before the first Europeans landed at Botany Bay. Now it is gone.

A number of estimates of the amount of carbon stored in its body were made. A local Ros Crisp, who worked hard to save the tree from the Vic Roads chainsaws, measured the tree accurately in July before it was cut down. It was exactly 6 metres in circumference measured 1.4m above ground level. Calculations varied according to what calculator was used but it stored between 15-30 tons of carbon with a 50-100 ton CO2 equivalent. Using the top estimate and an arbitrary value of $30 per ton of CO2 gave the tree a monetary value of $3000.

Unfortunately the tree vandals are in charge in a number of government departments DELWP in particular as well as Vic Roads and tree removals continue unabated in Gippsland justified under various headings including public safety and fire prevention. Massive clearing along roadsides in the bush has been ongoing for a number of years as was detailed by Deb Foskey at Dellicknora nearly 3 years ago.

Deb noted: People who live in the border region of Far East Gippsland Bonang, Dellicknora, Tubbut were shocked to see what has turned out to be hundreds of trees felled on the Dellicknora road. On inquiry to DELWP we were told that these were hazardous trees The trees may have been felled for no purpose, equating their demise with extreme environmental vandalism. In any case, the entire concept of hazardous trees deserves close scrutiny.

More recently a block of Native Forest at Mt Alfred near Bairnsdale was logged for firewood. See the Gippsland Environment Groups website for more detail. As well a recent private survey of regional Australia found the logging industry had very little public support.

The whole operations of DELWP need a thorough reorganisation. Trees should be prot...


Korumburra water kills pet fish "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Thirteen large koi and goldfish swum happily in a manmade pond at the back of Peter and Susan Greenwoods Korumburra home until last week, when Peter refilled the pond with tap water supplied by the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant.

A KORUMBURRA couple have been left heartbroken after chloraminated water from the newly completed Lance Creek pipeline killed their 13 pet fish.
Peter and Susan Greenwood woke up last Monday morning (December 10) to find the dead koi and goldfish floating on the surface of their outdoor fish pond, and a horrendous chemical odour in the air.
Shocked and at a loss to explain the deaths of the well cared for fish, Peter and Susan could only attribute the cause to the tap water Peter had used the day before to refill the pond after cleaning it, as hed done at least five times since moving into the Mine Road residence 18 months ago.
Upon contacting their water supplier, South Gippsland Water, the Greenwoods suspicions were confirmed, with the corporation informing the couple of the need to condition tap water before use in an aquarium, due to the recent addition of the disinfectant chloramine to the town water supply as a result of Korumburras connection to the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant.
Still in disbelief over the deaths, Peter and Susan said on Friday they had been totally unaware of the extra steps required to make tap water safe for use in aquariums, and that the deaths could have been prevented if only [theyd] known.
We feel awful, said Susan.
People say oh theyre only fish but they were beautiful fish and wed promised their previous owner wed look after them. We inherited the pond and the fish when we bought the house and we thought of ourselves as their custodians, so if only wed known, we wouldve taken precautions, she said.
I feel particularly bad because it was me that inflicted it, said Peter.
And when we found them, their mouths were wide open, like theyd been gasping for breath. It looked like theyd died a horrible death.
The Greenwoods hope their story will serve as a compelling warning to others to take the dangers of chloraminated water seriously.
I just hope it doesnt happen to anyone else, said Susan.

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Climate Change: the power of one, the power of many "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By 2012 over half the world's population was estimated to be under thirty years of age, with around 16 per cent being under 15 years old.

All around the world those who govern are considerably older on average.

Yet it is thee yound people who willl be forced to endure the worst impacts - the life changing, life threatening impacts - of climate change.

The young have begun to speak up in defence of their future.

This is Greta, she is fifteen years old...........

TRANSCRIPT: Greta Thunbergs Speech to COP24 UN Climate Summit, Katowice, Poland, December 2018

GRETA THUNBERG: My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old, and Im from Sweden. I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now!



Facebook Inc still getting caught out spreading fake news and breaching users' privacy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 13 December 2018:

Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation.
Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platforms collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that theyve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebooks hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk should be a deal-breaker.

Theyve essentially used us for crisis PR, said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years. Theyre not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck They clearly dont care..



New home sales bounce "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

New home sales up a bit

Some brighter news for builders in the last monthly Housing Industry Association (HIA) release of the year, as new home sales increased 3.6 per cent.

Still comfortably lower than a year earlier.

The HIA included cautionary comments about credit becoming too tight.

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5G network actually a defensive weapon "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

There is so much mind-blowing original content coming out on YouTube lately, it was hard to choose one that best represents the zeitgeist of the day but I settled on this very odd broadcast by the Leak Project with Clif High, in which the latter speaks in a kind of code in order to ward of the censorbots of Google-YouTube, referring to this episode as a LARP (live-action role playing).

Clif says that a million people are being abducted by aliens around the world every year, mostly outside the US and that beneath the political theatrics, the US, Russians and Chinese are working together to manage what they perceive to be a threat. He believes that something akin to what happened when Neanderthals were replaced by Homo sapiens is under way right now, where we are being replaced.

Blanket 5G coverage might save humanity from alien hybrids

Clif says, Im also quite convinced that some odd things are involved in our war against the aliens. One of these odd things is the 5G network. So, 5G is gonna roll out all around the planet. Its gonna roll out and there isnt anything any human can do because we need that 5g as a very large at least in the minds of the military strategic weapon against the space aliens.

Clif then explains that the millimeter wave band used in 5th generation (5G) communications technology was originally used in scanning near-field microscopes, whose resolution he says is perfect for examining DNA. The TSA scanners at the airport also use the millimeter band in their scanners. Clif...


Looking for a cuddle buddy "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hello! Ill be in Cairns for the next few months. Ive recently gotten out of a long term relationship and miss having someone to cuddle up against while watching movies or sleeping. Thats really all Im looking for, nothing more sexual. If youre interested, we can go out a couple of times and get to know each other a bit more!

About me

Im a 28 yo female, 162cm, 57kg, and love to travel, hike, watch movies, and laugh at myself.

What Im looking for

27-35 yo single male that takes care of himself, is hygienic, and in decent shape (doesn't have to be fit), living nearby, respectful of my boundaries, laid back, and has a sense of humour.

Send a pm telling me more about yourself, how old you are, and a picture!

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AWPA letter to Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088

Senator the Hon Marise Payne 
Minister for Foreign Affairs
PO Box 6100
SenateParliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

18 December 2018

Dear Foreign Minister,

On behalf of the Australia West Papua in Sydney, I am writing to you concerning an ongoing Indonesian security force operation that is taking place in the Nduga region of West Papua. The sweep is in response to the killing of 16 construction workers who were building bridges on part of the 4,300-kilometer Trans-Papua road project (from Strong to Merauke) which is expected to be completed next year. 



Doctors waiting room "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Iwas waiting around in the Broadway Medical Centre waiting room yesterday, and as ever in waiting rooms, I got out my sketchpad to draw the scene.


Criminalising Dissent: Turnbulls Attack on Protesters and Journalists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Originally published by Paul Gregoire at Sydney Criminal Lawyers on July 5th 2018 but given the recent uprising in France its about time I shared this. Its as though our so-called leaders got wind of what was in the works in France with the yellow vest movement as it was started back in may! This []


QGAir Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-ESB at Emerald and Roma Airports - Plus Other Helicopter Movements Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 17 December, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-ESB was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Emerald and Roma Airports.  It is unclear for the reason for the flight.

Sistership and fellow Bell 412 VH-ESD continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 18 December, VH-ESB continued South from Roma Airport to Moree then Mudgee on New South Wales.

Meanwhile, another helicopter to visit Emerald and other CQ Airports also on Monday 17 December was Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP.  It was originally noted calling into Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Southport before it continued to Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  VH-EQP then continued to Emerald Airport where it looked to be spending the night.

Other helicopter movements heard on Monday 17 December included Calibre Aviation (Webb Helicopters) Williams UH-1H "Huey" VH-UEE "Helitack 422" and Aerial Agriculture (Heli Fleet) of Armidale Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III VH-ONR which were both noted departing Rockhampton Airport.  While Stirling Helicopters Eurocopter AS.350 Squirrel helicopters VH-WHW and VH-AGL, along with Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXI as "Helitack 229", all arrived into Rockhampton Airport.

McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Helicopters Bell Textron Helicopter 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter VH-SEK reportedly also remains at Gladstone Airport.

Finally, an interesting aircraft that was noted ferrying North via Emerald Airport last Tuesday 11 December was Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL VH-ZVM which arrived from Port Macquarie and then departed to Innisfail.

The aircraft is usually utilised as a parachuting aircraft and has recently been operating out of Elderslie Airport in New South Wales with Skydive Elderslie - Newcastle Sport Parachute Club.

VH-ZVM ha...


Celebrate five years of Bloods with a look back at their music videos "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

For half a decade now, Sydneys Bloods have been dishing up ferocious live shows featuring some of the best tunes youll hear anywhere. In the process, theyve become one of the most beloved bands on the scene, and their fanbase only continues to grow.

Having released their second album  Feelings back in August, the group managed to once again take things up a notch, recording with producer Liam Judson (Cloud Control, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever), and even scoring some love from US station KEXP for their song Step Back.

With five years of rocking out under their belt, we caught up with the band to have them take us through their music video history as we celebrate five years of Bloods.

The music video history of Bloods

Back To You

We filmed this video in the same place we recorded our Golden Fang EP! We came up with the concept pretty much on the spot and that sweet jigsaw puzzle backdrop just happened to be in the warehouse randomly.

Dirk edited the whole thing and added the colour switch that I think really made the whole clip in the end!


Into My Arms

This one was such a fun clip to make! I had this concept for ages and our friend Gus, totally made it come alive. We shot everything on the stealth with no permits, so it was all done in one or two takes max! It was all shot in and around Chinatown in Sydney.



Dirk made this video out of a collection of footage our mate Gus shot of us while we were (meant to be) recording Golden Fang. We had rented this AMAZING (except for the leeches) house out in Kangaroo Valley for the long weekend, and the plan was to put all the beds for our EP down.

Instead, we got drunk and cooked meals for about 80% of the stay, and only managed to put down the...


1) Indonesian infrastructure isnt quelling desire for independence in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Sacked Freeport workers in Papua take case to Jakarta
3) ESDM: IUPK Draft for Freeport Completed
4) Papua Customary Council: Indonesia and Papua Free Movement must sit together
5) The story of those whose forest got robbed

1) Indonesian infrastructure isnt quelling desire for independence in...


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #625 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 18 - 24 December 2018 Newsletter | #625 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 18th December 2018 to Monday 24th December 2018 Christmas Festival 2018 The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom Christmas Lights Search Carols By Candelight Christmas Day Dancing In The Street - A Tribute To Motown School Of Rock | The Musical Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Peter Pan Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema Guide New Years Eve Parties Markets This Weekend Merry Christmas #Melbourne Christmas Festival 2018 The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style. Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Gingerbread Village at Federation Square. Santas House Spectacular Projections and Light Show Melbournes Christmas Festival The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Daily in December @ Federation Square The perfect pit stop on a family day out with everything the little ones love - were talking yard games a ball pit sweet treats ice cream and loads more plus Santa Claus on weekends. The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom 23 November - 23 December 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santas Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land. Santas Magical Kingdom 2018 | Ticketmaster Christmas Lights Search The Melbourne Christmas Lights Guide will help you and your family plan to see all of Melbournes best Christmas Light displays. Melbourne Christmas Lights | Search Carols By Candelight Head out with family and friends for a wonderful night of carol singing. Carols on Southbank - Friday Carols by Candlelight | Vision Australia - Monday --> Carols By Candelight...


The Weekly Times TWT 19th December 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 12th December 2018 edition of TWT. #TWT191218

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Erich Kstners Emil and the Detectives "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Erich Kstner and Walter Trier (illustrator), Emil and the Detectives (1929; translation by Eileen Hall 1959; Puffin 1984) My virtual To-Be-Read pile includes innumerable childrens literature classics. Emil and the Detectives is one of them. I have somehow come to own a copy of Continue reading



Get set for set times! You can now view who, when and where each artist will be playing at Falls Byron this year and grab yourself a 3-day or 1-day ticket! Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals will ring in the New Year on the main stage and Toto will bless the rains down in Africa with a sunset set on the last day so start setting your planners in the official Falls app for your daze and nights. Not long now, Falls kicks off in just over one week! Download for iPhone and Android now.

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Local artist Amac has lovingly curated an arts and culture extravaganza for Falls Byron this year. At La Henge arts precinct a cavalcade of delights awaits, including cardboard battlefields created by Boxwars, a rip snorting punk showcase of 10 local bands programmed by local DIY legends Howl & Moan Records, the inclusive dance stylings of Bring A Plate and daily comedy and workshops curated by the infamous troublemaker Mandy Nolan.

Jack Daniels will be hosting an intimate lineup at their purpose-built Barrelhouse venue onsite at Falls Byron! Get yourself front row with the likes of The Vaccines and Cub Sport, Hockey Dad (DJ set), West Thebarton, Tia Gostelow and heaps more!




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NEW MUSIC: Eric Long To Dream Again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

A really nice sound from San Francisco resident Eric Long on this sparse acoustic folk track. The fiddle works beautifully, as does Longs weathered voice that keeps the song firmly in the soil and hot sun of an American countryside, as he searches for optimism. The song comes from his 2018 LP A Long Way Continue reading


What is the Law on Offensive Language in NSW? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Earlier this month, a jury in the state of Michigan acquitted a man of violating a noise ordinance after he allegedly blasted the NWA song Fuck tha Police when pulled over by a Sheriffs Deputy in front of a petrol station. A witness to the incident testified that after the man was pulled over, he

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Community Billboard 18 December to 25 December 2018 "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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Explainer: why is Australia adopting the global refugee compact but not the migration compact? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Azadeh Dastyari

File 20181210 76989 11v0lv9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A young girl protesting at a rally to bring refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia.
Photo: AAP/Penny Stephens


Australia was one of 176 countries to vote in favour of the Global Compact on Refugees (refugee compact) in mid-November this year. The United Nations General Assembly will adopt it by the end of 2018.

However, Australia did not join the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (migration compact) at a conference in Morocco on December 10-11.

What are the compacts and what do they aim to do?

There is much confusion about the two compacts, with commentators often conflating the two documents. However, they are distinct agreements with differing subjects.

The term refugee used in the refugee compact has a specific meaning under international law. It refers to a person outside their own country who fears persecution because of their race, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

As a signatory to the Refugee Convention and Refugee Protocol, Australia has particular obligations to refugees under these two treaties. The refugee compact does not replace these obligations. Instead, it is a non-binding agreement that intends to provide a basis for predictable and equitable burden- and responsibility-sharing.

The Refugee Compact lists four objectives. They are to:

  1. ease pressures on host countries
  2. enhance refugee self-reliance
  3. expand access to third country solutions
  4. support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity

Unlike the term refugee, the term migrant does not have a precise meaning under international law. Australia does not have any specific international legal obligations to migrants beyond respecting their human rights under the human rights treaties to...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Support and wellbeing of survivors is, and always should be, at the heart of this issue, said Anna Brown, incoming CEO of Equality Australia and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

It is imperative that there are stronger laws and support for survivors, and also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities.

Its fantastic that the ALP has listened to survivors and researchers. Changing their policy to reflect that gay conversion is broader than therapeutic practices and acknowledging that the ideology behind gay conversion is also harmful, is an important step toward protecting the community, said Mr Csabs.

The changes in the ALP platform reflect a key recommendation of the Human Rights Law Centre and La Trobe University Report ...


Last girder laid on Richmond River bridge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The final girder is installed on the Richmond River bridge at Broadwater, part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. Image supplied

The last girder has been installed on a new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater, part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

But if you are getting excited about the prospect of driving over it any time soon, you will need to cool it: The new bridge will not open to traffic until 2020, weather permitting.

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals) said the new bridge, which is the second-longest of 170 bridges on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, provides a critical link for the 155 kilometres of new dual carriageway and I am glad to see it getting closer to completion.

This is the first time a bridge this wide has been built in Australia with a single precast headstock, meaning that there is a shell for each column to support the load of the girders, he said.

This has reduced the need for temporary construction work, eliminating 20,000 hours of working, which has not only saved time but also improved safety for workers.

NSW roads minister Melinda Pavey (Nationals), said the

project team had made impressive progress to successfully install all 234 girders, weighing 80 tonnes each.

This included safely installing nine girders above the existing Pacific Highway at night and installing 81 girders from a barge in the river, Mrs Pavey said.

Deputy PM Michael McCormack (Nationals) said the installation represented a momentous achievement.

The placement of the final girder is a significant and positive milestone to end the year on, he said.

National Party Ballina candidate Ben Franklin said the project team would be using 43,000 tonnes of concrete, 3,500 tonnes of asphalt and 2,500 tonnes of steel to build the bridge.

Piling work was completed earlier this year and the bridge deck is already more than 70 per cent complete, Mr Franklin said.

The bridge will be a unique visual landmark, creating a new connection between the Richmond Valley and Ballina Shire council areas.

The $4.3 billion Pac...


MACKAY Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court

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In Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, Magistrate Mark Nolan noted Brown would be required to serve time related to the escape lawful custody

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Bass Coast heroes in Bali Hope Swimrun "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Nina and Kara in action in Bali.
Puja and Nina made a poster on recycling.

TWENTY heroes racing to save one small island are the words etched into the back of the medals Kara Landells and Nina Barry-Macaulay recently received for being the first amateur team to cross the finish line in South East Asias first ever Swimrun on Saturday, December 8.
The Bali Hope Swimrun was an event aimed to raise funds towards improved recycling infrastructure for the Island of Nusa Lembongan and improved waste management education, as well as raising awareness on the global issue of plastic pollution.
Unlike triathlon or duathlon, Swimrun is completed as a team of two and comprises multiple legs of swimming and running at various distances.
The Nusa Lembongan event involved 3km of swimming and 18km of running. It started with a boat dropping teams off 500m from land to begin the first swim leg and ended with a 2km uphill run.
Team Bass Coast (Nina and Kara) raised more than $10,000 which will go towards buying recycling equipment and implementing education in the local schools.
Nina and Kara visited one of the schools during their visit and worked with the children to make recycling posters.
They also visited the recycling plant to see how basic the facilities are and how important the new equipment will be.
On the last day, the Bali Hope teams joined forces with 60 students from the local school for a clean-up.
They sorted and collected rubbish and recyclables from an open space which is currently being used as an informal dump site.
Key stakeholders, including the Mayor of Nusa Lembongan and the landowner, attended the event.
Kara and Nina said the clean-up lead to a formal agreement between the landowner and recycling plant.
The landowner agreed to donate a small part of his land for the recycling plant to build an enclosed waste disposal point, which will be emptied daily by the recycling plant, Kara said.
Locals can continue to deposit their waste at this location, but in an organised and sustainable way, where rubbish cant be easily swept into the ocean.
This will be a great example for other landowners t...


Nine's Kate McClymont reports NSW ICAC raid on Labor HQ in Sussex St "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has raided the NSW Labor Party headquarters in Sydney on Tuesday morning. The Herald understands investigators arrived at the Sussex Street offices, looking for records as part of an ongoing investigation. Senior union and Labor Party officials are in Adelaide for the ALP National Conference...


A Note On Timber and Steels Artists Top Albums of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

For almost as long as Timber and Steel has existed Ive brought you an annual Timber and Steels Artists Top Albums list, where we ask the community of artists we cover from across the folk spectrum to name their favourite album or EP from the year. Heres last years list if you havent had the []


Accused Murderer Granted Bail "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Former high school teacher Lynette Dawson disappeared in 1982, just two weeks before her daughter was due to commence kindergarten. The mother-of-two was last seen at the Bayview home shared with her husband, Chris Dawson. Mrs Dawsons body has never been found. Mr Dawson has consistently and vehemently denied any involvement in his wifes disappearance.

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New South Wales Man Jailed For Grindr Extortion Plot "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A New South Wales man has been jailed for impersonating a police officer and extorting money from a man he met on gay hookup app Grindr. Jayson Hastie contacted the victim on Grindr using a fake profile under the name of Alex and spent two weeks exchanging sexually explicit messages and phone calls with him, ...

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Commodores Cup excites the sailors "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

RACING on December 16 for the yacht clubs Commodores Cup race three and four had something for everyone.
Race three consisted of two triangles and a windward return, with shifty wind coming out of the north west.
With 15 boats on the water the race started on time at 11 in the morning and consisted of three laps around the course. In Division 2 the monohulls had some tight racing with Matt Kiely and Toby Leppin tussling for the lead. In the end it was a close finish with Matt getting over the line first with Toby hot on his tail and Steve Horton coming in third making up a trifecta of Impulses taking the podium places.
In Division 1, Rob McNair to snuck over the line with 1st place honours and Pete Kiely coming in second with Shaun Freeman in third place.
Race 4 had weather for everyone, with a brisk 12 knot breeze getting boats around the course and a good rate of knots. The rain came in, the wind picked up and then died off, with the last leg of the race turning into a drifter.
Pete Keily came in through in first place after trailing for most of the race, with Shaun Freeman coming in second and Rob McNair third.
In division 2 Toby Leppin beat Folkert and Sara Janssen on handicap with Matt Kiely coming through in third place.
Racing in the rain had smiles on everyones faces with all agreeing that next time the Officer of the Day needed to organise the wind to stay in at least until the last boat made it over the line.
Sailing is held at the South Gippsland Yacht Club every Sunday with races starting at 11am.
This year the Boat Shed is running training courses for beginner sailors, going from January 2-5. Tackers 1, 2 and 3 courses will be run for kids aged 7 -12, with training for older beginners sailors also available on the larger Pacer boats.
For more information visit the SGYC website ( or head over to the boatshed website ( for more details.

Steady as she goes: Vice Commodore Francis Sullivan on a reach in his Sabre. Photo courtesy Louise Janssen....


Vu makes Victoria proud "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI athlete Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery competed at Cairns last weekend in the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships.
Tevuro competed in the U14 age group in both the 80 metre hurdles event and the javelin.
She ran well in the qualifying heat of the hurdles to make the final later in the day where she ran 13.20 to come fifth overall.
On the following day in torrential rain, she threw herself into the top three places to claim bronze with a throw of 38 metres.
These results establish her in the top five of both events, Australia wide.

Bronze medallist: Wonthaggis Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery (left) displayed her medal after representing Victoria in the U14 girls javelin in Cairns last weekend.


South Gippsland Midweek Ladies Tennis "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LAST Tuesday, the grand finals in all sections were played in glorious conditions at Wonthaggi.
All sections had very close games.
Congratulations to all the players and of course the umpires.
The next season of tennis begins in early February.
If you would like a game or can enter a team, please let your local club know or contact the association on the Facebook page South Gippsland Midweek Ladies.
The association covers from Phillip Island to Foster including Korumburra, Grantville and Nyora areas.
Results of grand finals:
Section 1: Inverloch Diamonds 4-37 defeated Bena 2-30.
Section 2A: Bena 4-38 defeated Invy Chicks 2-27.
Section 2B: Grantville 3-36 defeated Nyora 3-29.

Section 1 premiers: from left, Liza Burrows, Lisa Butcher, Jen Scott and Brooke Scapin from the Inverloch Diamonds won the premiership.


Stony Creek hosts season opening trials "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GROUP 1 winning trainer Peter Gelagotis and his brother Manny sent horses around the track at Stony Creek at last weeks official trials.
Stony Creek Racing Club president Michael Darmanin said it was a terrific opportunity to test out the track with nearly 50 horses making the trip down to Stony Creek for the trials.
The fact that so many horses and trainers travelled from near and far for these trials is a great reflection on the facilities and training opportunities Stony Creek can provide for country racing, he said.
It was also terrific to hear the feedback from assistant trainer Manny Gelagotis that he thought the track was in great condition, and that the trials at Stony Creek were a good training exercise.
We often hear from trainers and jockeys that one of the things they like about the Stony Creek course is the rise in the course over the back that makes a good challenge for the horses.
The track renovation we undertook earlier this year is paying off, with jockeys and trainers pleased with its preparation for the coming season.
With our first race meet for the season coming up in less than a fortnight, we are looking forward to a fantastic racing season at Stony Creek and with our new track renovations we are ready to go.
Our Family Day of Racing will be on December 29 with a full fixture of family friendly entertainment including the day of racing for members and visitors to enjoy.
For more information on race days at Stony Creek or to become a member, call the club on 5664 0099.


Bass Coast heroes complete Bali Hope Swimrun "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TWENTY heroes racing to save one small island are the words etched into the back of the medals Kara Landells and Nina Barry-Macaulay recently received for being the first amateur team to cross the finish line in South East Asias first ever Swimrun, on Saturday, December 8.
The Bali Hope Swimrun was an event aimed to raise funds towards improved recycling infrastructure for the Island of Nusa Lembongan and improved waste management education, as well as raising awareness on the global issue of plastic pollution.
Unlike triathlon or duathlon, Swimrun is completed as a team of two and comprises multiple legs of swimming and running at various distances.
The Nusa Lembongan event involved three kilometres of swimming and 18 kilometres of running.
It started with a boat dropping teams off 500m from land to begin the first swim leg, and ended with a two kilometre uphill run.
Team Bass Coast (Nina and Kara) raised over $10,000, which will go towards buying recycling equipment and implementing education in the local schools.
Nina and Kara visited one of the schools during their visit and worked with the children to make recycling posters. They also visited the recycling plant to see how basic the facilities are and how important the new equipment will be.
On the last day, the Bali Hope teams joined forces with 60 students from the local school for a cleanup.
They sorted and collected rubbish and recyclables from an open space which is currently being used as an informal dump site. Key stakeholders, including the Mayor of Nusa Lembongan and landowner, attended the event.
Kara and Nina explained the clean up lead to a formal agreement between the landowner and recycling plant.
The landowner agreed to donate a small part of his land for the recycling plant to build an enclosed waste disposal point, which will be emptied daily by the recycling plant, they said.
Locals can continue to deposit their waste at this location, but in an organised and sustainable way, where rubbish cant be easily swept into the ocean. This will be a great example for other landowners to follow as the Island works towards a more sustainable future.

Awesome effort: Nina Barry-Macaulay and Kara Landells ran 18 kilometres in the Bali Hope Swimrun recently.


LECC recommends cop who hit teen in Byron lane be charged "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A screen grab of the A Current Affair footage, which was taken by Byron locals who witnessed the incident. (Channel Nine)

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has recommended that the police officer at the centre of an investigation into police use of force against a naked 16-year-old boy in a Byron Bay lane in January be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

It ruled that Officer E, as he has been identified, used undue force against the teenager, who was naked and disorientated when approached by police in Lateen Lane, outside Nomads Backpackers in the early hours of January 11.

The LECC found Officer E used a baton to strike the teen some 19 times, constituting an inappropriate use of excessive force.

The LECC issued its ruling in September, following its Operation Tambora investigation. It has now delivered a Brief of Evidence to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions together with its recommendation to press charges.

It is now up to the DPP to determine whether to proceed.

The senior constable was one of five officers involved in the youths arrest.

No charges were recommended against any of the other officers.

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Cricketers share experience "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MADURA Weerasinghe has taken up his brothers legacy to help Sri Lankan cricketers connect with local cricket teams.
Udara Weerasinghe played for Korumburra in 2012 and recommended other Sri Lankan players join the competition, including Madura.
Madura played with Leongatha Town for six years and organised several players to travel internationally to play for the team.
This season, he is playing four games for Wonthaggi Miners and has introduced Yashas Alwis and Dinesh Indika to the side.
As all teams, we want to win this season, but I am also here to share my experience with the boys, Madura said.
I want to do for this club what I did for Town and organise players.
He was also an agent for other Sri Lankan players who have joined local teams this year.
Madura said the Miners had been extremely responsive, and he was appreciative of its commitment to helping the boys with accommodation and payment.
Madura brings a wealth of experience for the Miners.
He has played in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association for eight years and was named in the Victorian Team of the Year for 2013.
He also played in Dandenong and in Perth.
Now a permanent resident in Darwin, he has played in Darwins premier cricket competition and was picked up for the NT Strike Team.
Madura said he had enjoyed working with the Miners so far and the aim was to get the A2 side in the top four for Christmas for a chance to contend in the finals series.
The Miners are sitting sixth at the moment, but percentage is all that is standing between fourth and sixth.
Yashas and Dinesh said they also looked forward to sharing their experience with Miners.
Yashas was named captain and coach for the Miners in A2. He has 16 years worth of experience and is now playing in his second season with the Leongatha and District Cricket Association, having played for Town last season.
It can be a bit stressful (to take on a leadership role) but I am enjoying it, Yashas said.
Yashas trains his team on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but is also available for players to arrange one on one coaching with him.
Dinesh also has 16 years of experience and is playing his first season in Australia this year.
Yashas described himself and Dinesh as the branches of Maduras root initiative.
Madura said the indirect objective at Miners was to rebuild the team and attract future players to keep the club running strong.
I would like to thank the club officials the president (Matthew Donohue) and secretary (Brendon Thomas). They did a fantastic job with the paperwork and giving this opportunity to the boys. It was all done really well, he said.
We hope to bring this club to a higher level and help give direction for others.



Wonderland at Mesley Hall "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 50 children from across South Gippsland were involved in an exciting performance incorporating film, dance and music called Alice in Venus.
Created as a pilot program by Venus Film and Dance Performing Arts for the second stage of an ongoing project to develop regional childrens performing arts touring company, the show at Mesley Hall in Leongatha recently was breathtaking in its depth and creativity.
The tale of Alice In Venus is a journey about life and shadows which the children can pick up and accumulate or choose to leave behind; revealing how everyone is really Alice and can live their own wonderland.
Venus Film and Dance Performing Arts secretary and artistic director Paula Falovic said the production provided children in regional areas the opportunity to stage multiple performances in full production format.
This was also a great opportunity for the audience and the childrens peers to be inspired by this captivating form of art, she said.
Being part of a film, dance and music production is an excellent way for children to build confidence and work as a team.
Alice in Venus is about having fun, but being in dance and production helps reduce social stress and anxiety. This is about giving children a unique experience of growth and development through art.
Funded by South Gippsland Shire Council, Artists for Kids Culture, The Leongatha Lyric Theatre, and the Mirboo North District Community Foundation the film and dance of the production included classical dance, LED glow equipment, film and music.
The performers included students from Mirboo North Primary School and Secondary College, Leongatha Primary School and Secondary College, Inverloch Primary School, Tarwin Lower Primary School, Fish Creek Primary School and Koonwarra Village School.

Junior stars: from left, Lillith Gration, Isla Holm and Guinevere Gooda dressed in their tutus to perform in Alice in Venus, a dance production at Mesley Hall, Leongatha, recently.


Cupboards bare at Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHILE most families are planning a Christmas with stockings full of gifts and a table brimming with food, many others are struggling to put a meal on the table.
Local community organisations are witnessing an increase in demand for food and services and emergency relief is expected to cater for hundreds of people in Korumburra and Leongatha.
According to Salvation Army Leongatha Corps officer Glenn Smith, there are 160 families already accessing food hampers and toys for Christmas with the expectation that figure will more than double.
The Salvation Army Leongatha Corps and Uniting Gippsland collaborate at Christmas to distribute hampers and toys to families who would otherwise go without.
It is understood Uniting Gippsland has also experienced an increase in demand for services.
Captain Smith said it would be amazing if he was done out of a job because there was no more homelessness or poverty.
We havent done more than in previous years to advertise the service. I think more people are really in need of help, he said.
The cost of living is getting higher and from what Ive heard time and again, the increase in rates as well as access to affordable rentals is adding a lot of pressure.
The community has stepped in to give us some fantastic support. Groups such as the Leongatha Australia Post staff, Woorayl PROBUS, Leongatha Senior Citizens and Inverloch RACV resort have donated.
Hampers contain Christmas fare including a roast chicken, mince pies, roasting vegetables and a pudding.
Capt. Glenn said the look of relief on peoples faces when they knew there would be something under the tree for their child at Christmas was very humbling.
In Korumburra, Milpara Community House runs as a distribution point for Christmas hampers by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Korumburra and the Rotary Club of Korumburras wishing tree gifts.
Milpara House manager Jenni Keerie said anyone accessing the emergency foodbank was informed of the hamper service.
Theres about 25 families who will need food at Christmas in Korumburra, that means there are more than 100 people needing support, she said.
We have been doing this for a number of years and during our emergency relief day more people will access the food hampers.
From our work throughout the year as a foodbank, I know there are a lot of people doing it tough.
St Vincent de Paul in Leongatha secretary Anne Vaughan said the society is experiencing greater demand for help.
We have probably doubled our assistance this year. Part of the extra was that we have also been looking after the Korumburra area while Korumburra Conference was in recess. It has now got going again and will be in full swing next year, she said.
The society has been providing Christmas vouchers, hampers and pamper gifts.
This year ou...


Honour for rescue hero "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A MAN who rescued a drowning stranger from Western Port Bay has been awarded for his bravery.
Benjamin Dennis of San Remo recovered fisherman Ilija Pirvac in 2016 and received a bronze medal from The Royal Humane Society of Australasia at Government House, Melbourne, last Thursday.
Im proud that I saved the guy but its embarrassing as well, he said.
It was nerve racking going into the water but I couldnt let him die.
Mr Dennis was concreting during construction of his Saltwater Phillip Island restaurant at Newhaven on the evening of December 11, 2016 Mr Pirvacs birthday.
At 7pm, Mr Pirvac, of Melbourne was fishing when he fell into the water, off Newhaven jetty. He could not swim and was swept away by the strong tide.
Mr Dennis, a surfer, jumped into the water with one of the fishermans eskies and swam to him. But the man became difficult for Mr Dennis to hold as he tired and as the esky had filled with water and sunk.
He was fully clothed and he was going under, Mr Dennis said.
The water was still cold and I thought I would be floating up the bay with a dead body.
He tried to hold Mr Pirvacs head out of the water as Mr Pirvac was losing consciousness.
Mr Pirvac soon passed out as saltwater filled his lungs. Mr Dennis screamed for help, alerting nearby fisherman, Vaughan Platt of Cape Woolamai, who was a friend of Mr Dennis. He came to the rescue in his boat, accompanied by Chris Chudmore, who was eating tea nearby at the time.
By the time the boat arrived, the men in the water were several hundred metres from shore.
They were lifted into the boat and a Triple Zero operator instructed in the administration of first aid.
Everyone thought he was dead, Mr Dennis said.
There were no signs of life for ages. He had blood all over him and his blood was all over me.
Mr Pirvac later regained consciousness and began vomiting. Paramedics arrived and took over his treatment.
I just went back to work and had to keep going because I had some concrete setting, Mr Dennis said.
To thank Mr Dennis, Mr Pirvac, a steel fabricator, worked at his restaurant after the incident to repay him. Last Saturday evening, Mr Pirvac and 25 of his friends came to Mr Dennis restaurant for a meal.



Teens create arts vibe "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TEENAGERS in South Gippsland are bringing live music and arts to the region while developing valuable life skills.
They are members of the South Gippsland FReeZA committee aged 12 to 25 that works with South Gippsland Shire Council to present live music and arts events, and create opportunities for youngsters to perform.
The current FReeZA committee has presented 25 events over three years and the State Government will give $73,500 to council over the next three calendar years to continue FReeZA.
Committee member Hannah Perry of Leongatha said, Its a great opportunity to meet with like-minded youth and hang out in a friendly environment.
Another committee member, Laura Brennan, also of Leongatha, has enjoyed being involved in songwriting and event management workshops, and skate, music and art competitions, as well as being involved in music festivals and the Leongatha Daffodil Festival.
She even met Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Committee member Isla Hickey of Leongatha said in the next three years, the committee would run outdoor films, a hip hop lab, video workshop, and skating and arts events.
Councillors were impressed by the young peoples enthusiasm for their roles when they briefed council last Wednesday, with mayor Cr Don Hill saying, The skills you are learning you will take through your whole life.

Movers, shakers: from left, Isla Hickey, Hannah Perry and Laura Brennan, all of Leongatha, are members of the South Gippsland FReeZA committee that organises arts events for South Gippsland youth.


Fences to stop erosion eating road "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE impact of soil erosion on the Inverloch coastline has spurred an inter-agency group to construct fencing on the beach.
At a drop-in information session recently, the community heard from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Regional Roads Victoria, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council.
As the lead agency, DELWP has been coordinating a plan for the pinch points of coastal erosion at the Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road where it intersects with Surf Parade and also at the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club.
The eroding edge is almost six metres from the road intersection, where the coastline has retreated 35.6 metres since 2012.
The foreshore next to the surf life saving club has seen 33.5 metres of coastline retreat since 2012, leading to the clubs patrol house to be moved to higher ground earlier this year.
To prevent and ideally grow the sand coastline, the multi-agency working group has decided to build two rows of 1.2m high fencing installed at the two pinch points.
The area will be renourished with sand reconstructing the fore-dune to 1.5m above the current beach level and five metres wide.
Funded by the Bass Coast Shire Council and the Victorian Government, detailed design of the fencing is currently underway with on-ground works to commence in either February or March.
Wet sand fencing was successfully used at a coastal erosion site at Port Fairy in 2014 and has successfully retained sand in the area to allow for revegetation.
South Gippsland Conservation Society president Dave Sutton, who attended the drop-in, said the wet sand fencing was a short term measure that would protect the existing infrastructure, the surf club patrol house and the road.
The society has received funding from the Lord Mayors Charitable fund to undertake a Bass Coast Climate Resilience project which melds in with what is proposed by DELWP, he said.
The societys project is expected to further inform coastline planning to include soft engineering, whether it is revegetation options, and look at the natural value that the dunes provide.

Collaboration: Bass MLA Jordan Crugnale (left) dropped into a recent multi-agency information session about Inverloch coastal soil erosion hosted by Depart...



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Life savers plea for more time "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

NEW clubrooms for Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club are still proposed only just later than planned.
Club president Craig Watson last Wednesday asked South Gippsland Shire Council for more time to build the new complex.
Council promised the club it would allocate $150,000 to the new clubrooms, but the club has not been able to source $2.5 million from the State Government in the mean time.
Councils funding pledge was conditional on the club obtaining the required funding by June 30, 2019.
Mr Watson asked council to rollover the funds for a further 12 months. Council will consider the request in 2019.
Mr Watson is confident of securing state funding, saying the process of seeking funds had taken longer than he expected as the club was lower on funding priority lists than other clubs.
The building itself is in very good condition and we are being punished for how well we have maintained it, he told council.
The new clubrooms will not only service the club but also provide a larger venue for the community to use. Cr Jeremy Rich felt any caf at the clubrooms could be an ideal venue for selling local produce.
Mr Watson said more Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay residents had joined the club, which continues to set new records for patrol hours, number of beach users and fewer first aid cases.
The club now has a record 546 members who in 2018 patrolled for 3335 hours and serviced 14,197 beach users.
The club welcomed a record 181 Nippers in 2018, won a record 34 medals at Victorian championships and also received 216 new lifesaving awards.
The current life saving season started on December 1 and will continue until Easter. Nippers starts on December 27 and the clubs Tarwin River Marathon to raise awareness of river safety is on December 28.
A local business owner is set to join the clubs board and take responsibility for fundraising.


Forward thinking: an artists impression of how the new Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs clubrooms may look.


Mayor holds out hope on supermarket "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Don Hill said the door is still open for council to resume negotiations with Michaels IGA to buy council land and develop an $18 million supermarket in Korumburra.
Cr Hill said, He (Michaels IGA owner Michael Lorenz) can come along at any time and sign a contract.
Michaels IGA recently revealed it had abandoned plans for now to build the new supermarket at the corner of Commercial and King streets, Korumburra, after negotiations with council to buy council-owned buildings on the site broke down.
Councils final offer was a bank guarantee of $400,000 and a six percent deposit to ensure Michaels IGA delivered the supermarket in a timely manner. Michaels IGAs offer was $300,000 to be held in trust and a 10 percent deposit.
Cr Jeremy Rich has also defended his role in bringing Michaels IGAs latest offer to a closed special council meeting on December 5.
That meeting followed a meeting on December 2 of Mr Lorenz, Crs Hill and Rich, and councils development services director Bryan Sword, after discussions between Cr Rich and Mr Lorenz at the recent Christmas function of Melbourne law firm, Wisewould Mahony.
Both men were at the function as they are clients of the firm. Cr Richs brother Adam Rich is a partner in the firm.
As a result of his brothers involvement with the firm, Cr Rich said he was absent from the December 5 meeting where councillors rejected the latest proposal from Mr Lorenz, which came about at the December 2 meeting.
As for the conversation between himself and Mr Lorenz at the Christmas function, Cr Rich said, We said hello and we talked about regional produce as we always do.
Cr Rich also said, I have the best interests of South Gippsland in mind, as Im sure that Michael (Lorenz) and the shire do too, and I hope everyone can find a path forward that works for all.
Michaels IGA general/operations manager Len Morabito said the men discussed Mr Lorenzs frustrations with the state of negotiations. Mr Morabito did not believe the discussion between them was inappropriate because of Cr Richs brother being a partner in the law firm.
You cannot ignore the guy (Cr Rich). He is a councillor in one of the places where we have our stores, Mr Morabito said.
The Star understands Cr Rich urged Cr Hill to simply resume negotiations about the sale of the land and therefore ensure Korumburra received a new supermarket.
That resulted in the meeting of December 2 and the subsequent closed meeting on December 5.
Mr Morabito said the company still did not propose to develop a new supermarket on the corner of King and Commercial streets.
He said many Korumburra people and customers had expressed unrest on social media about the news and were holding the shire responsible for in-action again.
Korumburra Business Association pr...


Students celebrate ATARs "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

TUDENTS from across the region received their ATAR scores from 7am onwards on Friday, December 14.
Leongatha Secondary Colleges 64 Year 12 students were congratulated for their VCE efforts this year by principal Wayne Chester.
From everybody here at the college, we are very proud of this years Year 12 group. They received excellent scores, all their hard work paid off and it is very pleasing to note they now have plenty of options going forward into the future, Mr Chester said.
Dux of Year 12 was awarded to Grace Thorson who attended Leongatha from years 7-12.
She attained an ATAR score of 94.5, completing English, specialist mathematics, chemistry, biology and history of revolutions.
Year 11 student Maddi Brew attained a perfect score of 50 this year for outdoor education. She looks forward to studying English, further mathematics, health and human development, biology and physical education next year.
Mary Mackillop College celebrated Year 12 results, with all 53 students satisfactorily completing VCE exams.
The top three scores were all above 90, with dux awarded to Molly Clark with a score of 93.9.
Ellie Homes and Emma Carlisle scored 91.25 and 90.0 respectively. The top five scores were 93.9, 91.25, 90.0, 86.1 and 85.05.
The highest individual study score was obtained by Tomei Dal Pozzo scoring 48 for health and human development.
The college reported initial calculations indicated 19 percent of ATAR scores above 80, 23 percent were in the top quarter, 34 percent were above 70, 3.3 percent of study scores were above 40 and 11 percent of students attained a study score of 40 or above.
A very big thank you to the teachers who have worked so well to get the most out of their students this year. A particular feature is the depth of performance with a solid spread of scores in the 70s and 80s, principal David Leslie said.
We are proud of our 22 Applied Learners too. Six are in apprenticeships, 10 have places in their preferred TAFE, 6 are already employed, all successfully placed.
Congratulations to all students and teachers on your results for 2018. Mary MacKillop College is proud of you and of your achievements.
The depth of the 2018 Mirboo North Secondary College cohort was highlighted with 93 percent of year Year 12 students attaining an ATAR above 50 and all students satisfactorily completing their VCE.
64 percent attained an ATAR above 70, with 29 percent above 80.
Dux was awarded to Lucy Palmer whose ATAR score of 97.7 placed her in the top three percent.
The hard work and dedication of our students has been rewarded with excellent results, senior school coordinator Marina Bruzzese said.
Seven students will additionally receive the VCE Baccalaureate award as a result of achieving scores above 30 in English whilst successfully completing Ma...


Operation safe plate success "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

OPERATION safe plate took place on Sunday in the car park of Bunnings in Wonthaggi.
Operation coordinator, Senior Constable Dengerink stated that the event was a huge success with over 150 vehicles fitted with anti-theft number plate screws.
He thanked local SES and Bunnings Wonthaggi for assisting on the day.
For those who missed out, stay tuned for details of another Safe Plate Operation in the New Year


Traffic fix "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WITH car parking at a premium as Christmas shoppers flock into Leongatha, a plan for a traffic overhaul of the CBD to improve public safety and the towns economy and vibrancy is being put forward.

The plan is being devised by a visiting environmental consultant surprised by the dangers motorists and pedestrians now face in town.

The consultant, James Hickey, has what he says are solutions for Leongathas traffic woes after working in town for several months.

He called for heavy vehicles to be removed from McCartin and Bair streets, reverse parking to be created in McCartin Street, and the confusing intersection near the courthouse addressed by directing the heavy vehicle alternate route down Turner and Hughes streets an idea already supported by many locals.

In the long term, McCartin Street could be a cul de sac ending at Bair Street or a 25km/h speed limit imposed, Mr Hickey said.

A vast improvement will be felt once the vibrations from B-Doubles no longer tumble lattes off coffee tables, he said.

Mr Hickey said reverse 60 degree parking would reduce the incidences of cars reversing out of parking bays and into other vehicles, with such parking used in other regional towns.

Ironically, soon after Mr Hickey shared this idea with The Star, a driver reversed into a car behind.

South Gippsland Shire Councils manager infrastructure delivery John Moylan said, The standard practice for angle parking in the state of Victoria is based on reversing out of parking spots. To change this practice in one town or municipality would create confusion.

Mr Hickey also called for zebra crossings in McCartin Street between Bair and Peart streets to increase safety and entice more shoppers.

The greatest risk is at the corners of Peart and McCartin streets, where drivers tear around onto McCartin Street and give pedestrians crossing the road at these points very little time to reach the relative safety of the small median strip, he said.

Mr Hickey said McCartin and Bair streets are the heart of Leongatha and tankers, cattle trucks and tractors should be barred from them.

This is an extremely dangerous situation and it also degrades the amenity and customer experience, he said, suggesting

alternate routes north and south of Leongatha.

The north route would redirect heavy vehicles along Turner Street and then to Hughes or Roughead streets, depending on where traffic needed to go.

The south route would be along an extension of Parr Street from South Gippsland Highway to Bass Highway.

Mr Moylan said heavy vehicles cannot be removed from Bair Street as truck access is required for...


Arts Wednesday 19 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

At 10:40 am, we continue with Part 4 of the repeat series on Beauty and this week, make-up artist and body builder, Rachel Darbon is the guest.

At 11:00 am, social analyst Neer Korn makes his annual return to Arts Wednesday, talking about the major studies he conducted during the course of 2018. We talk about Doing Good a guide for corporate giving, Switching Off and Who We Are, which explores Australian identity.

Music this week is all personal favourites.

As always, I look forward to your company.

2018 trends clothespin

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Best Books 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

xthe-overstory.jpg.pagespeed.ic.9cGSJd7DGBAs promised the other day, I thought Id do a quick roundup of some of the books I enjoyed most this year. Right at the top of my list are two books I loved quite immoderately, Richard Powers The Overstory and Michael Ondaatjes Warlight. The former is just astonishing a seamless synthesis of science and fiction that manages to make the ecological crisis surrounding us viscerally real the latter is a book that ranks with Ondaatjes best work.

I also loved a number of other novels, in particular the final volume in Rachel Cusks astonishing Outline Trilogy, Kudos, Miriam Toews Women Talking, Tommy Oranges There There, Leila Slimanis brutal po...


NEW MUSIC: Dialup Ghost P.P.S.S.P. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Heres a nice slice of slacker alt-country from Nashville, TN, courtesy of the group Dialup Ghost. Its a tasty amalgam of The Replacements, Pavement and Silver Jews. It comes from their 2018 album Im Fine, Im Fine which has a nice lo-fi, ramshackle, lazy and wistful streak running through it. Continue reading


Bruns hit with illegal campers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Illegal camping in Brunswick Heads

A spike in illegal camping in the nature reserve next to Brunswick Heads Surf Club is taking a toll on native plants and animals there, with some campers bringing cars, dogs and petrol-powered generators into the pristine spot.

Despite Council attempts to block vehicle access to the sprawling reserve, multiple campsites remain, with some campers driving over native plants and shrubs to enter the area.

Rohan Stewart from the Brunswick Bush School said that in the four-and-a-half years he had been coming to the reserve he had never seen so much illegal camping.

Theres always been a few long-term campers in there, but in the past six months its gone crazy, Mr Stewart said.

Its not just people at the low end of the income spectrum.

It looks like word has gotten around that theres this great spot here where you can camp next to the beach and the river, with public toilets nearby and free meals at the community centre.

Mr Stewart supplied The Echo with pictures of two large and elaborate campsites in the reserve that included generators, fires and dogs.

Once you get people driving in theyre able to bring in a whole lot more gear, he said.

Youre getting cars driving over plants that took quite a while to grow, people cutting off branches for firewood or access.

Bollards needed

This is an area where youve got swamp wallabies, echidnas, goannas.

This would definitely be having an impact on the native wildlife.

He said a couple of well-placed bollards in the carpark would make it much harder for people to get their cars in.

Nadia de Souza Pietramale, who has spent nearly nin...


Animal rights protesters crash sick children with Santa's reindeer at Children's Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

"Protester Daniel Heggie said the reindeer were being exploited". By sick children and their families at the Brisbane Children's Hospital. Charming people. Animals rights protesters fronted a group of sick children and their families who were meeting a pair of Santa's reindeer on Monday afternoon. Police were called to remove...


Airbnb attacks mooted NSW holiday-let controls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ALP candidate for the state seat of Ballina, Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

From its Ireland headquarters, Airbnb has launched a campaign to stop NSW councils from taking control of short-term holiday-let policy, as advocated by Labor and the Greens.

Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh has slammed the Airbnb campaign, saying his partys plan would bring short-term holiday letting in Byron Shire under control.

Mr Pugh added that if we are elected next year we will govern in the interests of every person in NSW, not a $40 billion multinational corporation.

Shadow minister for better regulation, Yasmin Catley, recently met with local businesses in Byron Bay to confirm Labors policy on short term holiday letting. This policy includes:

  • Local councils being best placed to determine the cap on the number of nights a property can be let short term
  • A register of short term holiday let properties so we can get rid of the destructive party houses
  • The freedom for those who live in their house to rent out a spare room or the whole house

Over the weekend Airbnb launched a campaign that included emailing their property hosts across NSW. The campaign specifically attacks Labor support for a registration system and Labors position that councils are best placed to determine annual caps.

The email from Air BnB is signed off Sent with love from Airbnb Ireland.

Airbnbs campaign letter against Labors planned holiday-let controls.

I have advocated strongly for our community and we now have a policy that allows flexibility for local councils to deal with short term holiday letting properly. I will not be bullied by a massive corporation sending emails from Ireland. Mr Pugh said.

I am asking for the communitys support to push back against this campaign by Airbnb.

I have already been contacted by a number of people who received this email from Airbnb. But ra...


Gay Couples Viral Barbie Same-Sex Wedding Set Catches Mattels Attention "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An engaged gay couples customised Barbie same-sex wedding set for their eight-year-old niece has gone viral and caught the attention of toy company Mattel. To celebrate their niece Natalies birthday, Arizona couple Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio were looking for a doll set that tied in to the theme of the couples upcoming May wedding, ...

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LGBTIQ Australians Surveyed On Workplace Sexual Harassment For National Inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

LGBTIQ Australians have been invited to share their views and experiences of sexual harassment at work in a new survey that will inform a national inquiry into the issue. The survey was started by the LGBTIQ Legal Service, part of the St Kilda Legal Service in Victoria, and survey responses will form the Centres submission ...

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Grays Lane access to Pacific Highway to be closed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Traffic will no longer be able to directly access Grays Lane from the Pacific Highway as of Thursday, December 20, 2018. Image RMS

Tyagarahs Grays Lane will no longer be directly accessible to vehicles from the Pacific Highway from this Thursday (December 20) outside of festival times.

Yarun Road will remain open (except during events held at the Bluesfest site) and access to the Pacific Highway will be via the Gulgan Road interchange.

Pedestrian and cyclist access to Grays Lane will be provided via a self-closing gate to one side of the koala grid.

The closure is the result of a 2015 Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) investigation which examined crash history between Ewingsdale and Tyagarah and projections for 10-year growth in traffic volumes.

The investigation recommended a series of safety improvements, such as the closure of direct access to the Pacific Highway from a number of local roads, including Grays Lane.

The turn into Grays Lane from the northbound lanes of the highway has been blocked off for several years. Now direct southbound entry and exit will also be terminated.

Access gates will be installed at the end of Grays Lane and Yarun Road.

Changed conditions

The gate at Grays Lane will be closed at all times, except during events held at the Bluesfest site. Access will be via the Gulgun Road interchange.

During these events, however, the gate at Grays Lane will be opened to allow local residents to access their properties directly from the Pacific Highway as they currently do.

The gate at Yarun Road will only be closed during events held at the Bluesfest site to stop event traffic accessing Grays Lane.

Residents are advised to contact their local public transport provider for information about changes to pick up / drop off locations for Grays Lane.

Installation of the gates will take place on Thursday (December 20) between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting. The access closure will be effective immediately.

Traffic control and a reduced speed limit will be in place while the work is carried out to ensure the safety of workers, motorists and other road users.

Electronic messagin...


Victoria 2018 Greens vote, mapped "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Todays maps focus on the performance of the Greens, who went backwards in terms of votes, yet managed to win a record number of lower house seats at a general election.

This first map shows the primary vote swing for the Greens in the 88 electorates.

Seats coloured dark green or bright green mostly swung to the Greens. Pale green seats had a small negative swing, with the brown seats doing worst.

In the recent past weve seen the Greens gain swings in the inner city while losing ground in regional parts of Victoria, but the picture from this election isnt quite as clear.

Yes there was a big increase in the Greens vote in Northcote, Prahran and Richmond (the last helped by the absence of a Liberal candidate), but the Greens vote went slightly backwards in Melbourne and Albert Park, and barely increased in Brunswick.

This second map shows the two-candidate-preferred vote by booth in non-classic seats. This includes five Labor vs Greens races, one Labor vs independent race and one Liberal vs Greens race, all in a contiguous area in the inner city stretching from Prahran to Pascoe Vale.

The map also shows the map data for Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton and Geelong, but you have to zoom out to see those areas.

You can also toggle the map to see the swing by booth, but only for four inner-city Labor vs Greens races for some obscure technical reasons.

Thats about it for today. Ill have more maps tomorrow.


Two dead, one missing on North Coast beach "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have drowned and one remains missing at a North Coast beach during heavy weather on Monday night (December 17).

At about 6.15pm, a group of six people, including three teenagers, got into trouble in the surf at Moonee Beach, north of Coffs Harbour.

The group of swimmers got into trouble some 300 metres from shore at the southern end of Moonee Beach.

Off-duty Coffs Harbour Lifeguards responded promptly along with the Surf Life Saving North Coast Duty Officer and Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.

Lifeguards identified six people in the water as they conducted the mass rescue with rescue boards.All six are from Sydney and are known to each other.

Two men, aged 35 and 45, were rescued from the water but were unable to be resuscitated. A third man, aged 28, remains missing.

Two girls, aged 15 and 17, and a 15-year-old boy, were rescued from the water and taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, where they remain in a serious condition.

An air and water search was then conducted and continued until dark.

Police Marine Area Command along with Surf Life Saving assets including jetskis, IRBs and the SLSNW UAV team commenced a search for the missing person again at 7am on Tuesday morning.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family of the victims and to the brave lifeguards that responded and tried valiantly to save everyone, said SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce.

This terrible tragedy highlights the importance of swimming at patrolled locations and understanding how to identify rips and the dangers they present. An event like this unfolding so close to the festive season only magnifies the grief and devastation.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District are investigating 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


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1) Military to continue crackdown on rebels in Papua despite local criticism "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Bishops from New Zealand and Polynesia issue joint protest on West Papua abuses
3) Indonesia never compromises in tackling armed criminal group

1) Military to continue crackdown on rebels in Papua despite local criticism

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 17, 2018   /   07:24 pm
The government is maintaining its security focused approach as it hunts down members of an armed rebel group believed to have been responsible for the killing of dozens of construction workers on Dec. 1 in Nduga Regency, Papua, despite local figures' plea for the government to end the armed conflict in the easternmost province. 
"The laws, [even] international law, allow us to do that. When there are people who declare hostility against the government, it is justified to carry out military action [to address the issue], Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said in Jakarta on Monday.


Arrivals hit the highest level on record "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Record high arrivals

The ABS reported last week that births in Australia remained very high in 2017 at 309,142, just below the record high of 311,104 recorded for the preceding year. 

Yesterday morning the bureau also reported that permanent and long-term arrivals hit another record high of +825,480 over the year to October 2018.

This represented a strong +6.1 per cent increase from a year earlier, and was a world away from the +709,110 for the year to October 2015.

Substantial numbers, indeed.  

Education arrivals were also tracking at levels suggesting that international student enrolments will remain an ongoing force for demographic trends. 

There were also 9.2 million short-term arrivals over the year, comfortably up from 8.8 million a year earlier, as the tourism boom powers on.

Rental market lags

Record high arrivals into a period where it's rarely been tougher to get an investment loan across the line, then.

My admittedly somewhat flaky models suggest that housing markets could swing towards a rental shortage at the national level ex-Sydney by the time of the election next year, once the seasonally soft Xmas period has passed.



Morrison's election campaign battle plan 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Apparently Australia's interim prime minister, Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison has a prepared 'battle' plan for the May 2019.

* Ministers need to portray gravitas and confidence.

*Don't let backbench MPs open their mouths without a central office minder. 

*Give prepared statements and don't answer journalists questions about said statements.

*Freeze out mainstream news outlets other than News Corp, Sky News, 2GB Radio and its Macquarie Media stablemates.

* Stay on message and repeat, repeat, repeat - Liberal Good, Labor Bad!

* Praise Supreme Leader Scott Morrison.

The Plan...........



Scott Morrison's secretive new public sector corruption division with no teeth - not even a set of badly fitting dentures "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Alan Moir Cartoon

A federal statutory body, the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) has been in existence since December 2006 and is headed by the Integrity Commissioner. The current Integrity Commissioner is Michael Griffin AM.

There is also a Parliamentary Joint Committee on the ACLEI.

The Morrison plan for a new Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) intends to retain the ACLEI as one of two divisions within the CIC and expand the number of government agencies within this first divisions jurisdiction from twelve (12) to sixteen (16) otherwise it is business as usual for the multi-agency ACLEI.

At the same time the Morrison Government intends the over-arching CIC to have a second division the Public Sector Division - without the full powers of statutory anti-corruption commissions.

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Re-Registered Kefford Corporation Gulfstream IV-SP Bizjet N7DK (ex N810LP) Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

An interesting visitor to Hamilton Island Airport as the sun was setting on Monday 17 December with Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N7DK noted touching down from Melbourne (Essendon) via the Gold Coast.

The sleek Gulfstream, which is a familiar visitor to Central Queensland, has recently been re-registered from N810LP and was photographed above in late November outside the hangar at its Essendon Airport base.

After a short time on the ground, N7DK departed Hamo for Sydney.

Meanwhile, on both Monday 17 December and Sunday 16 December,  LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has been noted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.

On Sunday, it arrived from Townsville and departed to Brisbane, while on Monday it did the opposite, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville.

Sincere thanks to Melbourne-based plane spotter Troy H for allowing us to share his photo!

Photo taken by Troy Hartmann 


1) Call for govt to review position on West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Trial of Polish man begins in Papua
3) Economic factors influencing Papuan women to become sex workers in Manokwari
4) 6.1-magnitude quake causes brief panic in Jayapura


1) Call for govt to review position on West Papua
December 17, 2018The National
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop is renewing his call on the government to review its position on West Papua.
He wants it to support a legally supervised referendum for local Papuans to decide to remain part of Indonesia or become an independent state.
His call comes amid the escalation of conflict 10 days ago in Papua province, which was sparked off by the jungle-camp killing of 16 labourers the West Papua National Liberation Army said were soldiers....


5 things to do on Kangaroo Island South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Many creatures of the creatures of the animal kingdom are facing an uncertain future even extinction. However, there is an island off mainland South Australia whose people are dedicated to preserving their wildlife animals such as koalas, sea lions and various bird species. This island is called Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island was discovered by British explorers who were stunned to see that animals on the island were very approachable. Kangaroos in the mainland are usually very wary of humans but the island had no human inhabitants for nearly two thousand years so animals who lived there were not as terrified of our kind.

Since its discovery, Kangaroo Island has become a prime tourist attraction. Over 140,000 tourists visit the island each year. Lets have a look at how to get to Kangaroo Island.

Visiting Kangaroo Island

Adelaide in South Australia is the closest Australian mainland capital city to Kangaroo Island. Driving time, Adelaide to Kangaroo Island is 3 hours and 49 minutes and around 210 kilometres.  

The trip to Kangaroo Island includes the need to take a ferry from Cape Jarvis to the Island. The price of the ferry i must say is very steep.

  • $89 return for an adult
  • $50 return for a child  (3-14 years)
  • $196 return for a car.

The Cape Jarvis to kangaroo Island ferry takes 45 minutes. The ferry has cafe facilities, inside TVs and outside seating for panoramic views of Kangaroo Island.

If you plan to visit the island any time soon, here are five must-dos in Kangaroo Island:

Flying to Kangaroo Island

Both Qantas Link and REX fly to Kangaroo Island. Rex flies twice daily from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. Flights take place one in the morning and one in the evening. 

Qantas flies direct to the Island from both Melbourne and Adelaide.  Depending on the season to how many times a week Qantas flies into the island.

Watch the sunset at Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park is known for its natural wilderness. Its coast boasts beautiful rock formations sculpted naturally by the Southern Ocean. The remarkable ones have been named Admirals Arch, which is a large arch-shaped rock and the Remarkable Rocks, which are large boulders of granite rocks. Watching the...


Cash being demonised for greater control of the serfs in the colony called Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Governments and corporations are now demonising cash, under whatever pretext the corporations think of this month, in order to gain full access to the tax slaves movements, which then can be used to control their lives.

Apparently now, if you save money for a 'rainy day' (plenty of those in Melbourne), then you're branded with a negative connotation that being of a hoarder.

Many humans from the herd population love the (digital) slavery they're in, i.e. being a 'product' that gives data way to corporations for very little reward, like $2 for every 50 litres of fuel purchased, for surrendering their docket, which contains the purchaser's history within that docket.

The forcing of people to go cashless is not for the benefit to those people, but rather government and corporations, although there are many arguments put forward, where convenience is pushed as the main selling point.

Forget about the farcical excuse of security.

Going cashless gives rise to more credit card fraud as mentioned in mainstream media news articles;

You are demonised for hoarding cash, where you are told that it's fine being in the bank, but 'fine' for who?



In which BBC Radio 4 re-divides Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.

Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...


Bike helmet crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Bellarine Police will ramp up efforts to reduce the number of bicycle and scooter riders who are not wearing safety helmets.

Bellarine Police have recently observed an increase in penalty notice fines.

The current fine for not wearing a securely fitted and approved bicycle helmet is $205 for a person 14 years of age or older.

The offence also relates to persons who are riding a scooter or other wheeled recreational device or power assisted bicycle.

We dont want to be giving these fines out to kids, but its getting to stage where we have to or else there will be some serious injuries, Sergeant Shane Connolly said.

There has been an increased observation by local police members who have observed an increase in youths riding electric bicycles.

It is still the responsibility of the rider to have the appropriate helmet and fitted properly.

There has also been an increase in thefts of bicycles in the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads area.

Sergeant Connolly said thefts were mostly from the front of houses or shopping centres.

Local police have been able to locate a lot of the bikes as they are often dumped by the thief once that person has reached their destination, he said.

To prevent further thefts, bikes should not be left in view at the front of their premises and if left for even a short period of time, a lock be placed.

Bellarine police station is equipped with quad bikes, which will be used this summer.

The bikes enable police to get into areas that are hard to patrol, such as bike tracks, car parks and parks, Sergeant Connolly said.

We have recently used them to locate missing persons, patrol for suspicious behaviour and suspected thieves in the beach car park areas.

The quad bikes are able to assist in patrolling the beach due to increased complaints in poor dog behaviour or control on the beach areas.


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FOBIF breakup in Walmer "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

About 20 people gathered at Walmer last Monday for the FOBIF end of the year BBQ. It was perfect weather for a relaxed and enjoyable end of the year celebration.

Looking north-west at Walmer. Photo by Harley Parker

Lynette, Harley and Rex relaxing.

The FOBIF committee wishes all friends of our forests a happy Christmas and a great new year. Our 2018 walks program will soon be available. Well see you in the bush in the new year!


Last weekend for nature photography show at Newstead "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

This weekend (22-23 December) is the last one for the Nature Photography in the Goldfields exhibition by Patrick Kavanagh, Geoff Park and Bronwyn Silver at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub. The Hub will be open from 10am 4pm.

Dusky Woodswallows. Photo by Geoff Park

Echidna. Photo by Patrick Kavanagh

Emerging Yellow Gum blossom. Photo by Bronwyn Silver


NEW MUSIC: Jacob McCoy  Rear View Mirror "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hailing from Amarillo TX but now Nashville-based, Jacob McCoy excels at cutting to the emotional core of his songs with concise lyrical elements, lilting guitar phrasing, heavenly pedal steel and piano, and a voice that balances grit and sweetness. Rear View Mirror comes from his 2018 LP Questions. Continue reading


NEW MUSIC: Samuel Herb  Someone Elses Dream "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Im going to quit, just not today. Great sounds from Mr Samuel Herb, a 25 year old singer/songwriter who originally hails from Jacksonville, FL. Someone Elses Dream fuses a swingin honky tonk with soul vamps and a killer New Orleans trumpet sound to wonderful effect. We look forward to hearing where Herb goes next with Continue reading


New Townsville guest post by Colin Dwyer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economys improving prospects. The views expressed are Colins and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

New Townsville

In this essay Founder of Our Fair Share Colin Dwyer identifies over 20 private and public sector Townsville projects, (some potential, many confirmed) worth over $9 billion that are helping Townsville forge a new reputation and a stronger more diversified economic future.

Townsville is Northern Australias largest city, has 300 days of sunshine each year, and has a reputation as a diversified economy.  The North Queensland city once enjoyed 8% GRP growth and 3.5% population increases. The economy is bolstered by the largest regional hospital in Queensland, the largest Army Barracks in Australia and is a major higher education, base metals exporter and transport hub. But in 2016-17, Townsville experienced a deep depression with significant declines in asset values, significant jobs and skills losses and suffered another year of negative net migration. A contributing factor to the length of Townsvilles downturn was minimal public and private investment.

Something has changed in Townsville. Asset prices have stabilised, jobs are being created, there are cranes on the horizon once again and, while the city is not firing on all economic cylinders, in 2019 a NEW Townsville is likely to build on this opportunity and create a new economic reputation.  Over 20 major projects are current, starting or planned for Townsville in 2019.  Their total cost is similar to Townsvilles current GRP, something that should be envied by other cities.

Although some sectors in Townsville are struggling, 2018 seems to be the start of economic recovery. Theres more potential in Townsville with multiple major projects costing over $9 billion, more jobs and improving economic activity in 2019 and beyond.  This is significant for a city with just over $10 billion in GRP.  Some of the projects are large with meaningful enduring operational job outcomes.  Sun Metals recently confirmed its expansion plans with a 350 jobs construction workforce requirement, and more than 150 above average income earning operational staff needed on completion.  In 2019 the federal government will drive the three year $512 million Haughton flood plains Bruce highway upgrade just south of Townsville and Adani will start on its $2 billion Carmichael Coal mine.  The $2 billion Singapore defence project recently announced it had acquired enough land to proceed to the next phase of the project.  In 2020 Townsville will open its new stadium, in time for the NRL season.  These diverse projects will create significant enduring jobs.

Several other organisations have similar reports including QMBA and Townsvil...


Criminal Charges Tarnish Rugby Leagues Reputation "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Australian Rugby League Commission, which controls and administrator the game, has announced a trial of new rules for junior players in a bid to stem the tide of kids leaving the sport. The shake-up is being described as the most radical in the sports 110-year history, as the embattled code tries to rebuild its

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Everyone Wishes For A Happy Ever After A Happy, Healthy Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Abusive partners in LGBTIQ relationships often claim violent or disrespectful behaviour is normal. It is not. A healthy relationship is a healthy relationship regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or hair colour. Unfortunately, sometimes previously healthy relationships deteriorate, and domestic and family violence enters the picture. QNews Magazine asked Krissi and Louise (pictured) ...

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Police Officer Charged With Hacking After Leaking Address of Victim "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey The Queensland Police officer who was found to have unlawfully accessed a police database and leaked a domestic violence victims details to his friend, the womans abusive former partner, has been charged with multiple criminal offences. An internal police investigation found that senior constable Neil Punchard illegally accessed the

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Featured Dish: Babajan "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Featured Dish: 24hr Braised Lamb Shoulder Babajan is a modern Turkish and Middle Eastern eatery situated in Carlton North. Their new summer lunch and dinner menu have a host of sharing and small plates, including Warm Olives, Baba Ganouj with Crispy Sucuk, Pickled Octopus with Marash Chilli & Oregano and Saganaki with Pears. Or head []

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4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)


Featured Dish: Queen Vees "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Featured Dish: Jerk Chicken Queen Vees has just taken over the old Hanoi Hannah venue on High St. Big shoes to fill? Indeed. You might wonder what kind of tactic a restauranteur might deploy to when entering iconic grounds. The answer here is quite clearly to run a mile from any overlap. Caribbean cuisine shares almost []

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A Quiet Revolution: Director Talks Trans Representation In Queer Biopic Colette "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Groundbreaking new biopic Colette details the life of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), her unorthodox marriage, struggle to be recognised as a writer, and her relationship with a gender-defying aristocrat. Peter Gray from QNews Magazine caught up with co-writer/director Wash Westmoreland. Congratulations on the film. You co-wrote the script with your partner Richard ...

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Transgender Advocates Slam Liberal MPs Vow To Block Birth Certificate Reforms "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Federal Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert has said the federal government should intervene to stop state governments from making sex markers optional on birth certificates, but transgender advocates say the MP has misunderstood the legislation. Last month, Tasmanias lower house passed legislation that would make the displaying of sex markers on birth certificates optional. The data ...

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GREAT GABLE "IndyWatch Feed"

Great Gable

Following a huge 2018 which saw them sell out two national tours, play a bunch of festival slots and release two new singles, Great Gable are kicking things off in 2019 with their biggest run of shows to date.

Theyll be hitting the road in February to promote their latest single Cool Mind Blue, due for release early 2019.

One of WAs premier upcoming bands; their music is simple yet layered so cleverly that it punches you in the throat whilst still holding your hand.  Xpress Magazin

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FEATURE: Across The Ditch "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

ACROSS THE DITCH In musical terms, and to Australia audiences, New Zealand may be best known for its indie exports (based around the Flying Nun label), the various pop shapes of Neil Finn and associates and heavier acts such as Shihad. Yet there is, and always has been, a fertile country & folk scene throughout Continue reading


Nationals MP Who Opposed Same-Sex Marriage Resigns Over Sexting Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has resigned from the government frontbench after a magazine alleged he met a woman through a dating website for sugar daddy arrangements and met with her while on an official government trip overseas. The allegations were published in New Idea magazine, who quoted a woman who claimed to have exchanged text ...

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 10 to 16 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: More Music Festival Overdoses, But Still No Pill Testing A 19-year old man is dead and three other young adults are in a critical condition as a result of suspected drug overdoses at a Sydney music festival. But Gladys Berejiklian

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INTERVIEW: Jo Meares "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

TALES FROM TWO CITIES Jo Meares reveals the complicated process of recording his new album and how he learnt to embrace his own voice.  By Chris Familton Over a series of albums, Jo Meares has slowly whittled away at his craft of songwriting and the delicate placement of those songs on atmospheric musical canvases. Dark Continue reading


Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost reported by Elliot Leach on 15-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Buff-breasted sandpiper found by Tina Ellen Rider and Sean Nolan on Saturday and twitched by many people over the weekend. The bird is still present this morning (17th) according to a post from Tina on Facebook. The bird tends to prefer the samphire around the second hide (further from the gate). For those going to see it, please take the track along the fence to the second hide rather than the inside track to avoid flushing the birds.


Heres How To Keep Your Fitness On Track This Festive Season "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I dont mean to alarm you here. But according to Nutrition Australia, the average weight gain for Australians over the festive season is between 0.08kg and 1.5kg. So before we start loosening that belt buckle for the looming Christmas and New Year celebrations, heres a few tips to keep you in shape. Feel less guilty ...

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Independent Artist of the Week: YIBBY "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Aaron Bull  

South East Sydney rapper YIBBY lands with WOAH, his playful debut single.

20-year-old Sydney rapper YIBBY debuts with WOAH, the first single off his upcoming EP Lost in Translation. Born in Ethiopia, YIBBY was adopted and brought to Australia at age 2 after the passing of his parents. His music has a conscious edge, drawing on his experience growing up as an African in Australia. Earlier this year, YIBBY was signed to legendary booking team Niche Productions alongside B Wise, Sampa the Great, and Winston Surfshirt.

On WOAH, YIBBY showcases his playful lyrical style over a swirling organ beat from the team behind Clockwork Odyssey. Explaining the meaning behind the lyrics YIBBY says

Woah is a track about extremities; things that I have caught wind of or experienced that have a lot of the time shocked me and made me want to double take.

Check out WOAH below:

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

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Ep 261 Tom Lyngcoln; Eyes Ninety "IndyWatch Feed"

Ep 261 InDesign

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Tom Lyngcoln

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Our first set is by Tom Lyngcoln and as a punter at this festival was one of my most anticipated acts of the line up. Tom Lyngcoln is a stalwart of the Australian music scene as a member of the beloved Nation Blue, Pale Heads and the phenomenal Harmony.  

A veteran of being in bands, a solo artist is something that Tom never intended to be but came out of necessity. He tells the story that he was performing solo shows to keep sharp and was performing songs from his bands. They didnt really suit a solo performance so he wrote songs to suit a solo act which would then become his debut album Doming Home. An album that is so raw and natural you can hear him walk around the room, its a record that feels alive and his live performance is truly special.


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Christmas for Those Alone 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Christmas For Those Alone is holding its 18th consecutive free lunch this year. Christmas for those alone provides a free lunch on Christmas Day to anybody in the Shepparton District who finds them self alone or unable to have a Christmas meal with family/friends. Transport is available.   Nothing says community like a big Christmas ... Read more...


Carols by Candlelight 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Sheppartons annual Carols by Candlelight will take place on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM 8:30 PM at Queens Gardens, Wyndham St, Shepparton.   Carols by Candlelight is a loved annual tradition where many generations of families and friends gather to celebrate the festive season in the beautiful setting of the Queens Gardens. ... Read more...

Wednesday, 12 December


PTUA welcomes government intervention to save The Overland "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the announcement that the Victorian government will provide additional funding to assist the Overland passenger train to continue running between Melbourne and Adelaide and has renewed calls for the government to support reinstatement of regular passenger trains to Horsham.

The Overland has been supported by the South Australian and Victorian governments for many years; its future was jeopardised when the South Australian government recently announced it would cut its portion of the funding. Todays announcement represents an increase in funding from the Victorian government, with the remainder of the shortfall coming from Great Southern Rail, who operate the Overland.

The Overland runs twice weekly in each direction, and stops at North Shore (Geelong), Ararat, Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill in western Victoria; it is the only passenger rail service that travels west of Ararat, and is therefore a very important link for those communities. The Overland also serves Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

PTUA Ballarat Branch convener Ben Lever praised the Victorian government for working with Great Southern Rail to ensure that the Overland can continue to run in 2019.

The Overland is the only passenger train that runs west of Ararat, and it serves as a vital link for people who live in places like Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill. Not only does it connect these towns to Melbourne and Adelaide, it connects them to each other and to Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Many people in these communities cannot drive, and some struggle to use high-floor coaches its vital to maintain the rail link, and we are delighted to see the Victorian government step up to preserve this service.

While welcoming the news that the Overland will continue to run, Mr Lever noted that places like Stawell and Horsham needed a higher level of service than the Overland currently provides.

While its great that the Overland will still run, there is still a real need to provide regular rail services to Horsham in the very near future. The Overland provides a lifeline service to these communities, but years and years of cuts mean it only runs twice a week, and has a reputation for slow speeds and poor punctuality so its not an attractive option for most trips.

Great Southern Rail have committed to a full review of the Overland service, to determine its future beyond 2019. Mr Lever encouraged the Victorian government to take the opportunity to take a holistic view of rail transport....

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