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Thursday, 24 August


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Does anyone have any boxes suitable for moving? Let me take them off your hands!

Please text Clare 0421 442 314.

Thank you!


Tubs and Technology "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi Newlands Community News,

I'd like to promote my local business I run from my workshop in Coburg North.

My business name is Tubs and Technology and I specialise in washing machine, clothes dryer. and technology repairs.  I love working in my local area I have been doing repairs and maintenance in this field since I was 17 years old (that's over 25 years eeps!!).



Elements of Byron takes major UDIA Award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Gala Awards held at The Star in Sydney on August 4th, Elements of Byron took one of the few coveted Major Awards.

The property received the Award for Excellence for development across regional New South Wales and Canberra, beating every other development outside Sydney. Over 1,000 guests were in attendance at the event.

The UDIA Judges stated that they were impressed by the strength of the commitment of the owners and the whole development team to the holistic vision for an authentically Australian experience that harmoniously integrates with the natural features and ecosystems. Other major UDIA Awards went to Barangaroo South and 50 Martin Place.

Jeremy Holmes, Development Director for North Byron Beach Resort (which includes Elements of Byron resort) attended the event with resort owner Peggy Flannery and a number of the development team members. This is a very special award for me personally said Holmes. Elements of Byron has been blessed to receive numerous awards at state, national and international level. This one, however, is for my development team, some of whom have been working on this project for seven years.

The development team has taken the construction of Elements of Byrons second stage in-house rather than hiring an external building company. This unique approach has enabled them to more carefully manage construction impacts on adjoining neighbours and resort guests. We had the experience and the team said Jeremy Holmes. By doing the job ourselves we are able to have more control with work hours, quality and noise impacts. For example we start later in the morning and dont work Saturdays.

This UDIA Award follows a string of major awards the property has received over the past two months, including a major Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects, a Commendation in the Commercial Category from the Australian Institute of Architects and being named Best Large Scale Corporate Retreat in Australia at the Qantas Business Travel Awards. Elements of Byron has also just been announced as a finalist in the Hotel Management Awards in both the Regional Property and Meetings and Conference Property categories.

The post Elements of Byron takes major UDIA Award appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


IncrEdible Food Swap "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Two fabulous workshops on this September simultaneously to celebrate Spring!

-          Book Binding with plant fibres with Rowan Kirby Brown
-          Sustainable Scented Gardens with Yvonne Pecujac


Barbara continues her research into jewellery, bronze and iron materials "IndyWatch Feed"

Inside the ferro battuto studio of Carlo at Civitanova Alta, a third generation regional metalsmith now retired and closing his forge. He has found no one local who is interested to learn the craft and cant compete with the cheap Chinese products flooding Italy. We are hoping that local council can work to house his stock and trade tools. We were overjoyed when staff opened up the museum for us at Monteloupone, as it was holiday season. Invaluable to have access and time with these old makers.


Protect Toolangi's Greater Gliders - email Minister D'Ambrosio "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

AC_GG_IMGP5228_copy.jpgThe Greater Glider is Australias largest gliding marsupial. Once common, Greater Gliders have declined by 80% in the last two decades.  

Logging operations have wiped out large areas of its habitat and it's the latest Victorian animal to become a threatened species.


Government scientists advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider. Unfortunately, Victorias Environment Department has urged the Environment Minister not to follow this advice.

Greater Gliders continue to be killed and their habitat destroyed by logging.

The latest area up for destruction is Glenview coupe (298 516 0001) in the upper headwaters of the Kalatha Creek in Toolangi State Forest.

Please, let the Minister know you expect Greater Gliders in Glenview coupe to be immediately protected from logging.

Send your email below and follow up by calling her office on (03) 9637 9504



Jenny Blackfords Loyalty of Chickens "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Jenny Blackford, The Loyalty of Chickens (Pitt Street Poets 2017)

chickensLike Jenny Blackfords earlier book, The Duties of a Cat, this is beautifully presented collection of poetry. This ones bigger there are more pages and more poems, and it has a broader scope of subject matter and tone.

As in the earlier book, there are sweet celebrations of pet cats (All that he asked / was total control) and a range of animals wild and domestic, including the chickens, which, according to the title poem,

show no loyalty. It seems that any girl
wholl delve a scoop of free-range mix
is She Who Brings the Grain,
or close enough for these
red-feathered hens
to worship her.

Jenny Blackfords biography mentions that her work is published regularly in The School Magazine. One of the attractive features of this book is the way poems that are eminently suitable for children are mixed in with poems of mature sensibility, with no sense of incongruity. The lovely imagistic sweeping (the wind is sweeping / the tide out to sea), is followed by South Steyne, which recalls childhood events from an amused adult perspective (The South Steyne ferry was heaven / for me, though doubtless hell for parents), and then by Some slight redemption, a meditation on Coventry Cathedral as a monument not to war / nor even peace / but to forgiveness.

It seems inevitable that any collection of poems by a person of a certain age that touche...


Alanna and Alicia Announce Album Launch Show in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be []



Ahead of her apperance at Septembers GLOBAL RHYTHMS festival, ALPHAMAMA talks to Eastside Radio about her inimitable style and latest release, revisiting her Indonesian heritage, the way forward for women in music and what you can expect from her performance on September 24th at Bicentennial Park in Glebe. With jazz, soul, hip hop and non-western forms shaping her music, Alphamamas full blown band experience for Global Rhythms festival will be one of the highlights. 

Wow! This year has flow by, says Alphamama, the woman once described by the Purple Sneakers crew as hip and strong [with] one hell of a voice.

Having spent much of 2017 launching her own spiritual clearing/coaching business, writing a book for musicians about income streams and finally clearing six years worth of taxes, Alphamama also found time to release a new single and video clip called Stranger In Asia.

What was the creative spark for the song Stranger In Asia did the idea come out of an experience?

There was a very definite purpose and reason to writing that song. I was in Indonesia and experiencing my own spiritual awakening. I felt very unsafe physically over there as a woman and felt the danger around me because I am a woman. It really woke up the sleeping dragon inside me. My father is Indonesian and I have always loved that part of my heritage, my culture. But in that moment, I was walking down a street in shorts and a T-shirt and I could feel the eyes on me and the danger I was in walking alone. It made me feel very foreign and disconnected to the place I love so much. I suddenly felt so strongly the suppression on female sexuality and womens bodies that religion and culture has afflicted on us. It seemed so wrong to me that the portal through which all human beings come when they are born, are vilified, humiliated, shamed, raped and abused. It dawned on me how much of the feminine aspects of humanity are rejected and denied when it is so divine.

Youve described the song as an ode to the uprising of the divine feminine. Given all the debate around the issue of women being underrepresented on many festival line-ups, what in your opinion is the best way to combat these inequalities?

This is is so deep for me and I could go on all day talking about it. Im really glad that were talking about it here, but also in the media! A lot of great people are doing really great things to change this and I see how the awareness has increased a lot in the last few years. I believe that this change is happening and will continue to shi...


Three arrested, hydroponic set-ups found Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Three people have been arrested after police executed multiple search warrants in northern NSW.

Strike Force Glynn was formed by officers from Richmond local area command to investigate the alleged ongoing supply of prohibited drugs.

Following inquiries, six search warrants were executed this morning (Thursday 24 August) at homes in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino.

At a home in Goonellabah, police located four separate hydroponic set-ups containing a large number of enhanced cannabis plants.

A cannabis plant, along with cannabis leaf, was also seized from a Lismore home.

Three men aged 54, 31 and 24 have been arrested and are currently at Lismore Police Station assisting police.

A 61-year-old man is expected to be issued a future court attendance notice for cultivate a prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.

The search warrants are continuing.

The post Three arrested, hydroponic set-ups found Lismore appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Cliff Munchers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Digging out the cliff for a carpark between McElhone and Brougham sts in Woolloomooloo. Another study while getting started on the Weave canvas


Garden of Delights Artists and Garth's broomdance cabaret "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

We got Mel from Weave to come over and shoot some photos of the finished Garden of Earthly Delights at the Record Crate in Glebe . I'll post those in a day or two. But while we had the furniture out of the way Grace Woods came over and and we had a bit of fun in front of the mural, and Garth did a cool broondance, like vaudeville, stills don't quite do it justice. There's also a couple of movies that I'll upload later where Grace and I point out features of interest in the mural - I bet you can't wait.

Thanks Garth for helping to move the tables and camera work


Smart Arts Podcast 24 August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week, Richard Watts sprukes the Australian Ballet's "Symphony in C" playing at ACM's State Theatre with dancers and choreographers Alice Topp and Richard House, Rollercoaster Theatre company's Artistic director Sarah Sutherland and David Baker chat about their debut musical 'Fish' on at Melba Spiegeltent and Curator Juliette Hanson about "Borderlines", a gallery celebrating the Indigenous Australian artwork focusing on Central Australia, now showing at Domain house in South Yarra.


Inside View on properties "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

One of Australias largest online property portals,, has established a new marketing and sales partnership with the Ocean Grove Voices parent company Star News Group.
Star News Group managing director Paul Thomas was excited to launch the partnership.
Our extensive portfolio of more than 30 weekly and monthly newspapers, and their respective high-performing websites are a vital part of the lives of consumers living in regional markets.
This partnership with allows us to innovate, adapt and stay more relevant to the community weve been serving for many years.
Star News Group is an independent Australian family-owned media company which publishes across Victoria and Queensland. The arrangement with also includes other independent media groups North East Media and Mornington Peninsula News Group.
The partnership is a cross-promotional, commercial arrangement allowing to increase exposure across important, regional community mastheads from Berwick News to the Wangaratta Chronicle.
It provides with a strengthened digital offering and a platform to amplify digital advertising inventory to local real estate agents.
The promotion commenced Monday and readers can now see digital and physical representation of the relationship across all of the groups newspapers and other media assets and key publications.
There will also be an editorial partnership that will allow to provide up-to-date property insights and commentary that are invaluable to regional property investors. chief executive officer Enzo Raimondo agreed the partnership was exciting and would be very beneficial.
We have a very strong, loyal network of regional real estate agents, he said.
This partnership with the regional and community publishers allows us to strengthen our regional exposure even further, and drive more traffic to

The post Inside View on properties appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Mapping the Worlds Most Liveable Cities "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

If you want to move to one of the worlds most liveable cities, pack your bags and book flights to Australia or Canada

Infographic: The World's Most Liveable Cities | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

As Statistas Niall McCarthy notes, The Economist assessed 140 major cities worldwide on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure, declaring Melbourne the most liveable city in 2017 for the seventh year running. Australias second most populous city scored 97.5 out of 100. Vienna, the Austrian capital, came second and three Canadian cities rounded off the top five Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

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As well as those three Canadian cities, a total of three in Australia made the top-10 list (Adelaide and Perth as well as top-placed Melbourne). Interestingly, U.S. cities are notably absent from the top of The Economists list with Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all boasting high liveability scores.

The Syrian capital of Damascus was at the very bottom of the ranking with a score of 30.2, along with Lagos in Nigeria (36.0) and Tripoli in Libya (36.6).

Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.

The post Mapping the Worlds Most Liveable Cities appeared first on LewRockwell.


Young sports gear up for new season "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Another Geelong Little Athletics Centre (GLAC) season kicks off on Saturday 7 October.
The season will begin with its Induction Day/Come and Try Dry at Landy Field, South Geelong, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
Our local squad of athletes is the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics Club, which competes against other clubs in the region on Saturday mornings at Landy Field between October and March.
The Ocean Grove club was established in 1971, and has an outstanding record of personal achievements and team spirit. Little Athletics is not about becoming a champion, although many of our children aspire to this height. It is about doing your best, developing good skills, building self-esteem, becoming and staying fit and most of all having fun and building friendships with other athletes.
Due to the recent grant success from Ocean Grove Connected Communities for the coming season, the club is again able to provide training locally at Barwon Heads Village Park on Sundays, between 4pm and 5pm, this year led by club coach Bec Dalton.
The information session for new and returning members is on Sunday 10 September at Barwon Heads Village Park from 4pm. Its an opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to Little Athletics. On the day, youll find out about the season ahead, show you how to register, and fire up the barbie.
For more information, jump onto the clubs Facebook Page @OGBHLittleAthletics or the website The club is also trialling Team App: OGBH Little Athletics for information updates during the season.
If your child is interested in little athletics, get down to the information session, and look out for promotional flyers and presentations at local schools in the coming weeks.

The post Young sports gear up for new season appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Government Says Tough New Penalties Are All About Road Safety "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Theyre a familiar sight on the road these days. Sometimes alone, other times in pairs or groups. Theres no doubt theres been an upsurge in the popularity of cycling, but having more cyclists on the road has done little to improve the relationship between cyclists and motorists. Like cats and dogs The reason for the

The post Government Says Tough New Penalties Are All About Road Safety appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


3CR advocates for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

3CR is actively advocating for equality in the lead up to the national postal survey on same sex marriage. We provide a media space to enable progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change. As such we will not give airtime to the NO campaign on the basis that it prejudiced, homophobic and harmful to LGBTIQ+ people and our families.

We acknowledge that our community may hold different views on marriage as an institution, yet we stand in agreement that the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is a political stunt, designed to circumvent the legitimate role of parliament, appeasing prejudiced and homophobic views in the process.

3CR will continue to advocate for equality in all areas - to do anything else would contravene our code of practice to not broadcast material that is likely to stereotype, incite, vilify, or perpetuate hatred against, or attempt to demean any person or group, on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, race, language, gender, sexuality, religion, age, physical or mental ability, occupation, cultural belief or political affiliation. At this particular time in our political climate we need to ensure that our LGBTIQ+ members, friends and colleagues know that 3CR is a safe space for all of our community.

For news and views from our LGBTIQ+ community tune in to Out of the Pan, Queering the Air, In Ya Face, and Intersections.



Ruby Fields announces her national P Plates single launch tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.

Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.

Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.

Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.

It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.

On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.

Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,

Ruby Fields P Plates Tour 2017

With Totty

Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)

Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 25th
Brighton Hotel...


Indigenous Nations Secure Their Economic Future "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

While the Australian government continues to be the only Commonwealth nation not to have established a treaty with First Nations people, some Indigenous nations in northern Queensland have entered into a first of its kind international treaty with a Chinese consortium. On August 12, the Wik people of Aurukun in Cape York signed an economic

The post Indigenous Nations Secure Their Economic Future appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


MACKAY Thief ripped off Mackay businesses, then lost her cool "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Have your say: Cairns Shipping Development Project EIS "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Dredging in Cairns is back on the table 

Only 24 hrs left to have your say! Make a submission using the form below.

Its no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the great wonders of our natural world, worthy of our very best endeavours to protect it. It is also no secret that our reef is under enormous pressure following two consecutive years of bleaching.

The cumulative impact of new capital dredging projects proposed along the Queensland coast threatens our already vulnerable reef. So much so the Queensland Government have banned it in most places  including Cairns.

But theres an exception.

Right now, there is a proposal on the table to expand Cairns Port by dredging 1,000,000 m3 from the Trinity Inlet. 

The Queensland government need to hear from the Cairns community who see this project as a lot of risk for little reward. Together, we can protect what makes Cairns a unique destination.

Will you help protect the Trinity Inlet, the Barron River and the Great Barrier Reef from this large, unnecessary and risky project?


Make a submission using form below.

Read the EIS documents here

Find out more about the submission process here

Use the submission guide provided below or:

  • Submit online here using Qld Government online form
  • Email: to
  • Post: Project manager Cairns Shipping Development project
    Coordinated Project Delivery Division
    Office of the Coordinator-General
    PO Box 15517
    City East Qld 4002 Australia
  • Fax: +61 7 3220 6502

EIS Submissio...


Sydney economy back into pole position "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sydney jobs surge

Sydney displaced Melbourne as the economy creating the most jobs over the year to July 2017, at more than +71,000. 

Melbourne created +58,200 new jobs on a net basis, with Brisbane at a more moderate +19,000.

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to trend down, with the monthly unemployment rate in the harbour city well below 4.5 per cent in July. 

Despite this there have been few signs of stronger wages growth in New South Wales to date, with annual wage price rising only by about +2 per cent across the state. 

The below chart hints at a possible reason why - a pullback in the participation rate. 

But stronger wages do look set to return with jobs being created at this pace.


Country Boy Hospitalised After Greeting Every Passerby on Stroll in Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


A man from country NSW is suffering from third-degree vocal cord tears after he personally greeted every single person he walked past during a short stroll in the big smoke today.

To make matters worse, not a single person acknowledged him in return, he told The Sydney Sentinel in an interview conducted via Morse code.

I started out with the classic combo of a gday and a head nod, which is a big hit back home, the man said. After that failed to get a response, I tried alternating between good morning and hows it going for a few hours before stripping things right back to hello. Nothing.

The man estimates that he greeted approximately 12,345 people during his CBD stroll, which is 12,343 more people than he usually passes on a walk of a similar length back home.

The mans luck didnt change on his bus ride to the hospital, where everybody he smiled and nodded at or even just caught the eye of either moved away, got off the bus or asked if he was looking for a fight.

It was almost like nobody cared about anyone, he said. International trends are always a bit slow to come to the country so its not my fault this happened but, when I get home, Ill be sure to tell everyone about the turmeric lattes, strange beards, and rudeness I encountered to ensure no one else suffers these kinds of injuries.



Newtopian Dream "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I'm sleeping outside at Newtown Square on August 29 as part of a funds and consciousness raiser for the Newtopian Dream a project organised by Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to shine a spotlight on homelessness and how our system produces it, and bring out about real social change and eliminate homelessness by providing affordable housing. That's not something available to most people in Sydney right now. And nor is Sydney alone in this

I'm going to take my sketch book along and draw the scene and maybe some portraits which I'll post on the blog later. If I sell any of these I'll donate the proceeds

Please follow the link and make a donation to support the Newtopian Dream


Project Updates August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Weve tapered off a little in the last month or two with regards to active projects, but heres some updates on what weve got on the boil, as well as some info about an upcoming project for the end of the year.

Standby Teddy Project

The Standby Teddy Project is still ongoing and crafters are welcome to send teddies along for this project at any time.  Standby 24hr Response Service provides counselling and support to families bereaved by a loved ones suicide.  For more information on the project and how to get involved, check out the project page here.

Many thanks to the crafters of the Holy Cross Primary School Craft Group at Wooloowin, who recently sent along a second batch of teddies for this project (pictured below).



Free busses cost taxpayers $3 million and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Free bus fares offered by Brisbane drivers have cost taxpayers more than three million dollars after more than four weeks of industrial action (image source: flickr Brisbane City Council)

The industrial action was launched last month by stopping services between 4:30am and 6:30am which escalated to six full days of free fares with another scheduled for this friday.

Free bus fares are individually estimated to have cost more than five hundred thousand dollars and mean the financial impact on state government is about to hit more than three point five million dollars. 


Queensland Government to introduce new black-lung laws

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Sleepmakeswaves "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency present:
With special guests Rosetta (USA)


Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.

Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:

This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.

Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.

These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.

Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:

We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.

sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...


Tourism symposium hears calls for more govt investment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Paul Bibby

Basic infrastructure must be improved to support the Byron Shires thriving festival and events scene and its up to the NSW and federal governments to foot the bill, the founder of the Byron Writers Festival has told a tourism conference.

Chris Hanley OAM told the Beyond the Boom tourism symposium on August 18 that it was time for government to reinvest some of the money it had made from the hard work of event organisers.

How about giving us some money back for our infrastructure so that people dont break their axles coming into town? Mr Hanley said to an audience of around 100 local business people gathered at Elements of Byron.

The government makes more money out of this Shire than any other regional shire in NSW.

If you give money to this area, well do more with every dollar because were really good at that.

Mr Hanley also said faster, more reliable internet and IT infrastructure was also badly needed. How do you operate in the modern world without these things? he said.


Sustainability was a key theme at the symposium and, in his opening address, Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson said that this meant being prepared to say no to tourism growth for the sake of the community.

This community is not going to sit by and watch its housing stock disappear, its amenities disappear and its cultural and community integrity disappear, Cr Richardson said. We are a community; we are more than beaches and lighthouses and cafes.

Death by popularity

Continuing that theme, former mayor of Queenstown in New Zealand, Vanessa Van Uden, spoke about the risk of death by popularity, which she said can result from the loss of housing affordability.

Many of our people are struggling to pay the rent, the bills and put food on the table, Ms Van Uden said....


Up among the best "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove star players James Linton and Brent Macleod were standout performers from the BFL Les Ash Medal on 23 August.
Linton came second with 18 votes, while Macleod finished in third place with 17 votes.
Torquay on-baller James Darke was the runaway BFL Les Ash Medal winner with 31 votes.
Linton (ruck-rover), Macleod (half-forward flank) were named in the BFL Team of the Year, while team-mates Andrew Jarvis (ruck) and Jake Carmody (centre-half forward) also made the 22-man side.
Grubber netballer Kylie Collett won the Division 3 league best-and-fairest award.
Ocean Groves Candice Parker made the BFNL Premier Division team of the year, while team-mate Lucy Vercher was the leading vote getter with 11 votes.

The post Up among the best appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Lismore Op Shop battling black mould after flood "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This photo shows an example of black mould. (wikipedia)

This photo shows an example of black mould. (wikipedia)

A Lismore Op Shop is being closed today for a black mould treatment amid allegations that volunteers have been put at risk.

A former volunteer has claimed that volunteers at the the Magellan Street Lifeline store have walked off the job as they are concerned for their health.

This has been disputed by Lifeline Distribution manager Sharon Sawyer, who told Echonetdaily that anyone with an allergic reaction to mould could leave.

We dont force people to stay (working) there, she said.

The former volunteer, Mark Bailey, in a series of Facebook posts last night, claimed that volunteers had asked Lifeline management to guarantee in writing that the store had been cleared of black mould.

A volunteer has alleged that the Senior Manager, Alicia Federer, has stated that she is under no obligation to provide this guarantee in writing, and that it is alleged that Ms Federer has stated that all she has to do is have the store treated, Mr Bailey said.

Ms Sawyer responded saying that the mould was being treated today, and that it was not extensive.

Someone is making accusations that dont have much fact in them, she said.

Weve been acting according to the health department regarding the management of the mould, she said.

We sprayed it at the time during the restoration of the shop but it is starting to come back, she said.

Ms Sawyer said Lifeline was not the only shop in town being impacted by mould, and that the council had been made aware of the issue.

She said she was not aware of any volunteers who had become sick as a result of the mould.

There have been some reports of sinus issues but the health department has advised that it could be an allergic reaction to spores in the air, she said.

Mould will be an issue for many months to come because there was so much moisture in buildings.

There is also likely to be a lot of mould spores in the air but there has been no evidence that the mould is toxic

She urged anyone feeling unwell however to seek medical advice.

The health department...


Roundhouse DA lands in court conciliation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores will soon be a building site after a community action to stop the sale of the blocks failed in court.

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores.


A developers plan to plonk eight dwellings on two Roundhouse lots on prime Ocean Shores land is still being thrashed out with Council, say staff.

The matter is before the Land and Environment Court after Byron Shire Council refused a development application to put eight dwellings on two of the Roundhouse blocks in March 2017. 

Acting legal services manager Matt Meir told The Echo, During the course of conciliation the applicant has revised the number of proposed dwellings to six.

There was a conciliation conference, as part of Land and Environment Court proceedings between Byron Shire Council and an applicant (Glassington) on Tuesday August 15. 

He added, This matter was reported to the Byron Shire Council meeting on August 3 where Council resolved to delegate staff to finalise the matter via conciliation if possible.

Loss of amenity

Its upset longtime Ocean Shores local Karen Owens, who told The Echo she has suffered much stress and a loss of amenity owing to the close proximity of the structures to her home. There are eight townhouses on half an acre! says Karen.

She says that given the very close proximity of the buildings to her home, she has lost her privacy, the sun has been blocked and there are now flooding issues. Her home has been devalued, she says.

I defy anyone to want to live in my house now. For years and years I have had construction metres from my boundary and will have for many years to come. After construction has been completed, I could have eight to ten three-bedroom residences surrounding me within metres on three sides.

Karen added, Till the day I do die, I will never understand why Council fought the community for this Roundhouse land in court for decades only to sell it at arguably half its value.

Formerly Council-managed land, eleven Roundhouse blocks were quickly sold w...


Youth innovation project kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby High School captains Zak Hosking and Ellie Svikis with Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser with principal Donna Pearson. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby High School captains Zak Hosking and Ellie Svikis with Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser with principal Donna Pearson. Photo supplied.

A new initiative that aims to create opportunities for young people is off and running with a focus on inspiring young people to think like entrepreneurs and create their own opportunities.

It is called the Byron Young Innovators project, and Byron Shire Council recently held a breakfast talk with Matt Pfahlert from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) in Victoria.

This was a chance to hear his ideas about successful youth entrepreneurship programs and proven social enterprise models, said Sasha Graham, Byron Shire Councils social innovation officer.

ACRE is running successful programs in northeast Victoria, an area that has similar social issues and untapped economic opportunities to Byron Shires.

It has introduced programs in schools across Victoria. As part of the program students created, developed and ran their own businesses within their school and donated the profits to a social cause they were passionate about.

Byron Young Innovators will include a number of projects to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Byron Shire, which will be aimed at different age groups.

The first project will be aimed at primary school students and will involve a two-day entrepreneurship program. Future events are planned for 2018. For schools and a chance to get involved call Sasha Graham on 6626 7000 or visit

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Lets have a peek at the states first rail to rail-trail legislation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

Hans Lovejoy

According to the recently passed Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line Between Rosewood and Tumbarumba) Act 2017, the corridor will be managed by a rail infrastructre owner yet that authorisation is limited to the land being dedicated under Crown Lands legislation.

According to Fairfax online news site on June 23, the new law clears the way for the construction of a 21-kilometre rail trail in what will be a first for NSW.

The reports, The TumbarumbaRosewood corridor is expected to be declared a Crown reserve, with Snowy Valleys Council appointed to oversee the trail development.

Similarly, the Wagga rail trail group say on their website that the Snowy Valley Council will be appointed to oversee development of the trail.

It reads, This is similar to the process adopted by other Australian states in which rail trails have flourished.

Yet according to, the Wagga Rail Trail draft strategic directions and an implementation plan are yet to be announced.

Local Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith told The Echo that her party and Labor pushed for an explicit statement in the Bill where the line could never be sold off to the private sector.

Greens opposed to track removal

Asked what model she supports for rails, she replied, I support any model that retains the rail corridors in public hands, is managed by a public trust that does not have any member who has a commercial interest in the trail or businesses in close proximity to the trail, and that does not rip up the tracks.

The public trust model is proposed by the Northern Rivers Rail Trail Association...


Real Estate Talk "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Catch me on the Real Estate Talk show here (or click the image below).

If you're in Brisbane you can also catch me on 4BC Radio live this weekend from 8am to 9am on the Real Estate Talk show. 


Bangalow Weir upgrade kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Federal funding has been confirmed for Bangalow Parklands and the local Bangalow community are thrilled to hear that all their hard work is finally paying off.

Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team told The Echo, Since hearing the exciting news of the governments $250,000 grant, the Bangalow Parklands team has been working closely with Byron Council staff on plans to transform the old dip site in the park into a useful carpark, and to create a fabulous new adventure playground for the western end of the park.

At this stage, were discussing the idea of building a tree-house around a couple of huge camphor laurel trees in the park as the focus of the playground.

The project began in 2010 with concern over the collapsing state of the weir in Byron Creek and should result in as an exciting overhaul of this delightful local parkland and waterway.

Byron Shire Council mayor Simon Richardson said, The Bangalow Weir and park is an area that has gone from a tired space to a well-loved place for Bangalow families to gather for play dates and celebrations.

Three new benches were recently installed, thanks to funds donated by the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce, and there are long-term plans by Landcare, who are planting out the creek banks and wetlands.  A mural is planned for the amenities block, rock circles and more.

added Christobel, There are also plans for a new shelter shed that will recall an early settlers cabin, but with new barbecue facilities and a water tank.

Since the work all has to be completed by April 2018, things are moving fast.

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Politics, science and snow! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Snow fun with kids from The Pocket, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul. Photo supplied.

Snow fun with kids from The Pocket, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul. Photo supplied.

Two buses, 93 kids and an 18- hour drive were just the beginning of a wild week away as the kids from The Pocket, Coorabell, Goonengerry, Main Arm and Durrumbul went for a trip they will never forget.

It was a visit to Parliament House and Questicon, and a chance to frolic in the snow!

For most of the children they were seeing snow for the first time and they were screaming with excitement, Durrumbul primary school teacher, Mr Durkin said.

Every two years, the Valley of Small Schools (VOSS) come together and take their students on a mammoth trip via Canberra to the snow.

It was really amazing to see new friendships formed within the valley of the small schools and to see their confidence and ability grow on the trip in such a small space of time, continued Mr Durkin.

Questicon, the national science and technology centre, provided a chance to get hands on in science while Parliament House and the War Memorial highlighted to students why we live in such a beautiful, free country, said Mr Durkin. It was an awesome experience, one I will remember for the rest of my life, concluded 12-year-old Kane from Durrumbul.

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Watch the New Marlon Williams Video Vampire Again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams Celebrated New Zealand born alt-country artist Marlon Williams has just released his amazing new video Vampire Again. Vampire Again is Williams first new material since his 2015 debut album and its quirky, croony and features an amazing video. The germination of this song began in LA last year, Marlon Williams []


Aris on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Young photographer Ari Messina and his subject Mishi Messina, in front of his work, Dark Side of a Girl . Photo supplied.

Young photographer Ari Messina and his subject Mishi Messina, in front of his work, Dark Side of a Girl . Photo supplied.

The list of finalists for the Olive Cotton Award in 2017 features many of the biggest names in Australian portrait photography, but it has also continued the emergence of a talented young local.

In 2014, Ari Messina was a winner in Tweed Regional Gallerys Les Peterkin prize for portraits for local primary school children.

Fast forward just three years and Messina, now aged 12, has become the youngest finalist for the Olive Cotton Award, which has been touted as Australias leading prize in portrait photography.

His piece, Dark Side of a Girl, hangs among the other 71 finalists for 2017, on exhibition in Tweed Regional Gallery until Sunday 8 October.

Messina said his selection as a finalist was a really big surprise.

I wasnt expecting it to be a finalist. I was shocked at first but it felt so good, he said.

At the time I took it, I didnt have any intention to entry it in the Olive Cotton Awards but after I looked at it on the computer, my mum and I knew it would be good to enter.

Messina said he was exposed to photography from a very early age because his grandfather and uncle are both photographers.

Being immersed in it really got me to enjoy taking photos, he said.

Messina said he did not have any particularly ambitions with his photography.

Right now I am just enjoying taking photos and learning how to use my camera.

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Donating to Ballinas community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina RSL has handed out its annual ClubGRANTS for the 11th year running. Photo Supplied.

Ballina RSL has handed out its annual ClubGRANTS for the 11th year running. Photo Supplied. 

Giving back to the community is something Ballina RSL Club is extremely passionate about. 

Since the inception of the ClubGRANTS imitative. Ballina RSL has made an enormous difference to community groups with an extraordinary 4 million dollars, cash and in-kind given out alone to the Ballina Shire Community.

Each year through ClubGRANTS, Ballina RSL Club provide support to around 100 local community organisations, sporting groups and charities that make a difference in the local Ballina Shire region.

This is our 11th year we have had this initiative in place said Bill Coulter CEO Ballina RSL Club.

Giving donations and seeing how the money makes such a difference to the recipients is so rewarding, added Bill.

To be eligible to apply for a ClubGRANT, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website.

Full details on how to apply is on Ballina RSL Website or click here

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23.9 Percent "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

23.9 Percent.  Very specific number.  Ring any bells for anyone?

Well apparently, in his Sydney Institute speech yesterday, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, said:

We wont allow our tax revenue to rise any higher than 23.9 per cent of our economy over the next ten years.

Impressive commitment, especially from a member of a coalition unlikely to be in government for a significant number of years beyond year 2 of this 10.

But still, the precision.  Not 24 percent.  Not even 23.5 percent.  23.9 percent.  It is impressive to be so specific and strick.  Much like the number pi, it carries a magic to it.

Shall it be one of the governments 10 commandments amongst:

  • I, Turnbull shall be your Prime Minister.
  • You shall have no other Prime Ministers before me.

Apart from the 10 year measurement period and the lack of definition of our economy, Spartacus is truly confident that this country is on the right economic track.

As a guide though, perhaps Senator Cormann actually have a look at the budget he co-delivered, oh, less than 3 months ago.  The same budget that projects government receipts as a proportion of GDP hitting 24.4% in FY19, 25.1% in FY20 and 25.4% in FY21.

Amazing that this is claimed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.

PS. Also from Senator Cormanns Sydney Institute speech, herewith is the Governments economic plan.  Dont laugh too hard.


The Government is committed to growing the economy and helping to fund the services Australians rely on now and into the future. To do this, our economic plan puts in place incentives to reward success by:

  • Committing not to increase the overall tax burden in the economy beyond 23.9 per cent of GDP;
  • Having an economic-growth friendly tax system;
  • Pursuing an ambitious free trade agenda to give our e...


Ballina to consider beach clean-up again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo

A group of Ballina councillors will today have another go at making the council clean-up local beaches and waterways after the March floods.

The councillors also want the council to develop  a clean-up policy for future flood events.

Cr Sharon Cadwallader moved a notice of motion for the clean-up at the last meeting of the council but she was unsuccesfull.

Today she also has the support of Crs Eoin Johnson and Sharon Parry.

In a comment to todays motion, the councillors say It is also acknowledged that council did resolve many years ago not to provide a regular beach cleaning service.

There is also a risk in that removing flood debris that further debris may continue to arrive or another weather event, they say.

This is why it is important we have a policy that clarifies Councils level of service which can then be communicated to the community.

We have all been approached by people wanting us to provide this service based on the current condition of our beaches and a policy will help Councillors and staff answer the questions we receive.

We do need to provide some level of service in respect to removing excess debris, as our beaches and foreshore areas are a major attraction for residents and tourists.

Staff have pointed out that funding for beach clean-ups was not available from the Federal .or state government under flood relief arrangements, and would therefore the council would be footing the bill.

Also the clean-up can interfere, to a certain extent, with natural processes as tree debris is a source of habitat for some fauna in the coastal dunes and the flood events are a source of replenishment for this, staff said.

The matter will be debated at todays council meeting, which begins at 9am in the council chambers in Cherry Street..

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Tweed water improves, but residents still urged to limit use "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed water supply has been contaminated with salt water. (file pic)

The Tweed water supply has been contaminated with salt water. (file pic)

Tweed shire residents are being urged to reduce the amount of water they use as the council battles to remove salty water from its water supply.

Council workers last night managed to reduce the salt concentration in drinking water treated at the Bray Park Treatment Plant, but have been unable to produce enough good water to satisfy demand.

A small surface pump was used yesterday to draw the good water from the top strata of the dam, avoiding as much as possible any draw of the heavier salty waters from the bottom levels.

The amount of total dissolved solids in the treated supply fell to within the good range however, a number of reservoirs need to be recharged today.

The council has again urged residents to use as little water as possible while it works to get more good water into the system.

The treatment plant operated all night to treat the water intake but with inflow rates of good surface water at just 128 litres per second, the council says it does not yet have the 20 megalitres of good water it will need today to recharge the reservoirs.

Consequently it will start the main intake pump and run it at minimal capacity to limit the draw of salty water and, together, both pumps should draw a greater volume of a suitable shandy of good to fair quality water to boost production.

Water manager Anthony Burnham said the dredge pumping the salty water from the bottom of the weir was now drawing very salty water from a depth of 8.5 metres at about 160 litres a second and releasing it downstream.

If we can minimise the amount of water consumed and maintain a higher production level of fair quality water, the situation will gradually improve from here on, Mr Burnham said.

But, if the demand for water is not contained, we will have to draw more salty water into the system to guarantee supply.

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines rule <600mg/litre of dissolved solids is good quality; 600-900mg/litre is fair quality; and, >1200mg/litre is of unacceptable quality. Water produced last night had a dissolved solids concentration of 204mg/litre. By bringing the main pump online the council expects that to rise t...


High Court kicks off MP citizenship cases "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The High Court will give a clearer picture on how long it will take to consider the futures of five MPs when it holds a directions hearing in Brisbane.

It is also expected former independent MP Tony Windsor will seek to make submissions on Thursday in the case of his former rival, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says hes very confident the court will find in favour of MPs such as Mr Joyce, who recently discovered they are dual citizens by descent.

Attorney-General George Brandis has recommended to the court a hearing by the full court be held on September 13 and 14.

He said in a submission to the court there is a compelling public interest to determine the cases as soon as possible.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce, the deputy prime minister, has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, whose mother over a decade ago signed him up to be an Italian resident abroad.

In the cases of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, they were born overseas.

If any of the senators are disqualified from parliament their seat will go to the next person on their parties respective Senate tickets from the 2016 federal election.

Two other senators, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, will soon also be referred by parliament to the court over their UK citizenship by descent.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson defended the fact that taxpayers were funding the cases.

Its a shame it has got to this and its being challenged, she said, when asked about Senator Roberts situation.

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His name is Herb "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Last Friday we shared with you the story of a goat, who, due to no fault of his own, found himself on the wrong side of the law. He had foiled plot after plot to take him down both by gun wielding police and bow and arrow wielding camouflage-clad would-be hunters, who were no match for the handsome wether. Thankfully, what did hit him was the kindness of a very compassionate marksman. His name is Manfred Zabinskas, from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue.

Its no easy task to drop everything in your life at a moments notice so you can go the aid of an animal in dire need. The early mornings and late nights, missing out on dinners and holidays, like Christmas, with family and friends. One thing that people dont realise when they hear the tales of animal rescues from charities such as ours, is the extent of self-sacrifice that goes on behind the scenes.

But thats exactly what Manfred did on Friday he sacrificed something so special to him, and his sacrifice speaks volumes about the person he is. August 13 marked the 15th anniversary of his dear brother Herbs passing, and every year on that day Manfred would make his way to the beach where his ashes were scattered. But this year, instead of making the trek, Manfred responded to our urgent call for help to save the life of this certain goat, who now bears the name Herb.

Wed like to pay tribute to Manfred, and all the other friends to animals out there, who battle through the emotional toll and give up much of what is dear to them to be there for animals. But in saving them, we are also saving a part of ourselves. To know the world is fraught with injustice, saving the life of one truly does make the world of difference, not least for that one animal.

Weve never met Herb, but we wholeheartedly believe he must have been a wonderful human to have a brother like Manfred. As they say, an apple doesnt fall far from the tree.

Footnote: We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the other selfless heroes for animals who made Herbs rescue possible, Cherie, Diana and Liz.



New parking restrictions for West End become possible and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A two hour parking limit may be put in place in West End as businesses and residents express their frustration over commuters using the suburb's residential streets for parking rather than making use of the citys public transport system. (Image Source: Vancouver Courier)

Council says the changes will only be made if overwhelming community support was found, sending out more than six thousand letters asking households and businesses if they want a residential parking area to help solve the areas on-street parking issues.

Councillor Jonathan Sri supports the reform of parking rules and says that if more than 60 percent of respondents supported the idea of a residential parking area by September 22, two hour time limit signs would be put in place for all streets south of Granville Street.


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Our new billboards! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


What the world needs right now is a little more kindness. And who better to promote kindness than a few of our very own animal ambassadors?

Around Australia right now, Panky Calf, Daisy Kid, Brad Lamb and Cookie and Candy are larger than life. Along with their beautiful portraits is our quote, asking onlookers to consider If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others why wouldnt we?

Keep your eyes peeled for our superstars and please let us know if you see any! Find them in your state (sorry NT and Tassie!)

VIC: 313 Kings Way, South Melbourne

VIC: 313 Kings Way, South Melbourne

VIC: Racecourse Rd, Newmarket

VIC: Racecourse Rd, Newmarket

WA: Forrest FWY, Westcoolup

WA: Forrest FWY, Westcoolup



People who think punitive measures help drug addicts havent seen what I have "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The following article was written by Alex Wodak, who is president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and perhaps Australias leading expert and advocate for a different approach to dealing with harm full drug use issues. It was published in the Australian edition of the Guardian (22 August 2017). This is worthwhile reading and the points he raises deserve serious consideration, in any attempt to find answers to what is a complex problem that must ultimately be seen as a health issue. Wodak points out that penalysing the user has brought harm to those targeted and failed to reduce harmful drug use.

Drug testing trials for people on income support have been trialled and abandoned in a few countries. In addition to causing significant harm to affected people and the wider community, they came at an enormous cost to the taxpayer.

In 1986 I was part of a group that resorted to civil disobedience to get needle syringe programs started in Australia. HIV had begun spreading among people who injected drugs in Sydney with a real concern of a major national epidemic. But the NSW government refused to allow even a pilot program. From our office near Sydneys Kings Cross, we handed out clean needles. Breaking the law and helping to halt an epidemic was better than waiting till the government agreed and risking a nasty epidemic in the meantime.

Fast forward 30 years and I had hoped Australia would have adopted a more compassionate, evidence-based approach to drugs where illicit drugs were seen as mainly a health and social problem rather than just a criminal justice issue. And where governments stood up to the drinks industry. But things arent looking good with the government today announcing the first trial site for a new drug testing regime for welfare recipients.

In the May 2017 budget, the Turnbull government handed down a number of changes to our income support system. People with alcohol and drug problems were directly targeted. Plans included stripping people off their disability pensions, removing certain protections for people with alcohol and drug problems, and perhaps most controversially instituting a drug testing trial for new income support recipients.

The objective of these policies is as clear as mud. Malcolm Turnbull claimed it will help people get the treatment they need, saying its a policy based on love. The social...


Students in the coastal classroom "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

IMG_6319Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team


YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camps, Kids Go Bush program loves getting our families out and about in the bush each week during  its Bush Playgroup sessions. Building Cubbies, cooking on the fire, seeking in the Bracken ferns, our rope swing and regular journeys around our special areas of the Anglesea Recreation Camp, providing many and varied educational learning opportunities.

On Monday 14 August, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee joined the YMCA team to enjoy a beach adventure at Point Roadknight beach in Anglesea. It was full of surprises, including seeing some hard-to-spot decorator crabs and a pod of dolphins playing in the waves off the point.  Great Ocean Road Coasts Environmental Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, aka possum Pete (pictured above),  provided some very insightful facts about the local area and showed all the kids a collection of marine treasures.

Anglesea is fast becoming the environmental education capital of Victoria with some of the best in the business, working together to help connect the next generation with the diverse Anglesea coastline.

For more information please email kidsgobush@ymca, or call on 5263 1512 or follow the YMCA Anglesea on Facebook.



A Winning Season! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two goals for joint Golden Boot winner Sam Shepherd. Photo Dog Whistle.

Two goals for joint Golden Boot winner Sam Shepherd. Photo Dog Whistle.

Story and pics by dogwhistle 

The Northern Hotel Rams capped an outstanding season with two solid wins over Alstonville in Saturdays final round of the Football Far North Coast Pointscore competition.

Despite and awkward start and an early own goal, the Reserve Grade boys were once again the dominant force. A hat-trick to Sam Tomlinson and a goal to Golden Boot Will Ennis saw the Ressies hit an incredible 100 goals from 17 games this season and secure the Pointscore Championship for 2017.

A back pass from Alstonville handed an indirect free kick and first goal to Joel Wood in the opening minutes of the Premier Division match. Thirty minutes into the first half a cross from Sam Shepherd and a superb strike from Gianluca Bongiovanni gave Byron its second goal of the match. A defensive error just before half time left the Byron goal open and Alstonville pounced and were back in the game. Villa came out firing in the second half and a swift counter attack saw the underdogs equalise. Fifteen minutes later, Sam Shepherd was brought down in the box and left no doubt about his penalty strike, putting the Rams back into the lead. Another two minutes on and Joel Walker broke through the Alstonville back line to drive home his second. A red card for retaliation sent Emanuele Atarui to an early shower and the Rams pressed on with 10 men. Midway through the half, Aaron Walkers through ball put Sam Shepherd on point for his second goal, taking the final score to 5-2. The Rams attacking team of Joel Wood and Sam Shepherds  two goals apiece gave them each a 17 goal total for the season and  a shared Golden Boot.

The Premier Division Rams also took out the Pointscore Championship for 2017 with an equally impressive 93 goals from 17 games, completing the Club record double.

Both teams now enjoy a week off before their first match of the 2017 finals series.

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Australian Politics: when is a welfare program trial not a trial? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When is a welfare program trial no longer a trial? When the Turnbull Government decides to remove those restriction which made it a trial.

This Bill removes section 124PF of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, which specifies that the cashless debit card trial will occur in up to three discrete locations, include no more than 10,000 people, and will end on 30 June 2018. Removing this section will support the extension of arrangements in current sites, and enable the expansion of the cashless debit card to further sites. Individual sites, once identified, will be determined by disallowable legislative instruments. [Explanatory Memorandum, Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

What the federal government proposes to implement is in practice an open-ended cashless debit card roll-out at the discretion of Minister for Human Services and Liberal MP for Aston, Alan Tudge


Human rights implications
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights conducted a review of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015, which notes that the Cashless Debit Card engages and limits three human rights: the right to social security, the right to a private life and the right to equality and non-discrimination. [Ibid, p. 6]

See Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, ...




There are pioneers among us who have paved the way towards todays burgeoning beer industry Stone & Woods annual limited release is a tribute to these Forefathers.

This year their chosen Forefather is Blair Hayden. A publican and patriarch of one of the oldest pubs in Sydney. Refusing to bow to what beers should line the taps, he built a brewery so he could pour his own. 31 years later, Blairs contributed to the independent beer revolution.

Using the finest English Maris Otter malt, Blair brewed an English Pale Ale. With hints of citrus zest from the addition of bergamot tea, the spicy and floral hop aroma is balanced with a medium bitterness.

Get to know Blair Haydens loveable character and more about the beer by watching their Forefathers video

From Monday 21 August Stone & Woods Forefathers beer is going on tap and hitting shelves at local, independents across the country. Check out their venue listing for where to find it!

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Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The city is approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne, with a population of some 101,686. It is the third largest population for an inland city in Australia. Locals are known as 'Ballaratians'.

Ballarat is arguably the most significant Victorian era gold rush boomtown in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from the state of New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, migrants from across the world had rushed to the district in search of gold.

Unlike many other gold boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades, which can be evidenced to this day in the city's rich architecture. The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat, and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia.

Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens (established 1857), the longest running lyric theatre building (Her Majesty's Theatre, established 1875), the first municipal observatory, established 1886, and the earliest and longest war memorial avenue (the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919).

Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria, as well a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian era heritage, with much of the...

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Wednesday, 23 August


Joe's Market Garden "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Ukuleles & one Big Double Bass play Joe's Market Garden

34 Edna Grove, Coburg 
Saturday August 26th 

It's not cold! If you wear your favourite woollen jumper (they are all the rage at the moment!) and close your eyes you can almost believe the near by traffic is the ocean and the warm fire is the raging sun. To top this all off some tropical sounds of ukuleles will keep you nice and toasted this coming Saturday the 26th!  The farm gate will be graced with lovely locals together with their ripper harmonies and tiny ukes. They are also rustling up a double bass player too! 

Come along and get nicely toasted!


RSL Band Night "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Stationary Suns/V/Qwerty/Cunting Daughters/Rosie Haden/Team Epsilon

Coburg RSL, 323 Sydney Road, Coburg
2 Sept 2017
$5 - includes free hot food!

On September 2nd at the Coburg RSL, a lineup of formidable and audacious bands will be featured:

Stationary SUNS - After taking a break from shows to focus on their debut LP, Stationary Suns will be debuting some new angry post punk tracks.


Coburg Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The Gold Rush Comes to Coburg!

The gold rush of the mid-1800s brought thousands of hopefuls to Victoria. This tour will tell stories of Eureka Stockade rebels, authors, miners and bankers now resting at Coburg Cemetery. 

Sunday 17 September 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Cost: $10 (or $2 for members) includes tour and afternoon tea.



MACKAY Woman accused of dealing ice in the Mackay region "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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And a pergola, in time for summer "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks to Neil Tait and the guys we now have a lovely pergola! It ties in nicely with the central arbour structure and also connects the tank/pizza oven/benches area with the rest of the garden. Just needs the bench seating re instated, some climbing plants, and some warmer weather. Until we get some climbing plants Continue reading And a pergola, in time for summer


The difference between saying and doing "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This evening, your intrepid slave ventured to the Sydney Institute to hear Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate give his (sort of) annual address.

It was so exciting, that the Australian published its story on it about the same time the function ended.

Last year, Senator Cormanns theme was wibble-wobble-wibble-wobble jelly Bill Shorten.  This year it was Shortenomics and the politics of envy.


Just like his wibble wobble effort last year, Senator Cormann regaled the audience with what a Bill Shorten government might do.  Yet, same as last year, Senator Cormann failed to account for what the Abbott and Turnbull governments have done.  The governments in which Senator Cormann was and still is a senior member.

Just a quick list to remind Cats and Corm:

  • Increased regulations on business including the bank BEAR regulations.
  • Increased taxes (bank levy, superannuation taxes, medicare levy, deficit levy, ASIC cost recovery, APRA cost recovery).
  • Record levels of government debt.
  • Gonski 2.0*.
  • $50billion for floating French bath tubs
  • The highest energy prices in the world.
  • Threatened intervention into the LNG export market.

And lets not forget the NBN the No Bloody N-ternet network.

The cherry on top was when mentioning Gonski 2.0, Senator Cormann said that what all parents worried most about when dropping their kids off at school was that the other schools were funded equally and not party to sweetheart deals.  I know thats the main thing I worry about.

Oh and yes.  Apparently (again), the bank levy is good for banking competition and promotes smaller banks.  By that logic, you know what else would be good for banking competition and promotion of smaller banks?  A 100% bank levy.  Hey, why not implement 100% taxes on every part of the economy, it would surely improve national competitiveness.

It used to be said that the  conservatives thought progressives were wrong while progressives thought conservat...


Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.  We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country.  We have further litigation challenging their fake land use agreement in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

There will be no surrender. , Mr Burragubba concluded.

Continue reading W&Js statement here:


Great Victorian bike ride just 4 months away "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

On Sunday 26 November over 3000 bike riders will be staying in Foster! The Prom Country Great Victorian Bike Ride Committee is looking for businesses and community groups who []

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Wordless Wednesday 23082017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Cityscape      Filed under: Architecture, Australia, Photography, Travel Tagged: Australia, Brisbane City, Cityscape, Edits, Filter, Photo Art, Wordless Wednesday


Father bashed unconscious while daughters hid in bathroom during Melbourne home invasion "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Australian Government has banned the right to obtain, carry & use anything for the sole purpose of self defence, & this is the result. Australian homes & law abiding citizens are left defenseless. NO guns, NO pepper spray, NO tasers, NO anything!!! One would have thought that it was a human right to defend oneself & ones family!!! NOT IN AUSTRALIA IT ISN'T!


It's time for Queensland to shine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Queensland picking up

Hot on the heels of the SEEK survey, comes another positive set of job ads figures.

Total job advertisements are now +26 per cent higher than at the 2013 nadir, according to the Department of Employment. 

After a torrid time since 2013, Queensland is now leading the way forward, with the strongest annual increase from around the states. 


Many of the finest opportunities over the decade ahead will be found in the Sunshine State.

Townsville is set for an economic lift following a torrid few years, while Cairns, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast will continue to benefit from the Chinese tourism boom.

Then there is the Commonwealth Games coming up in 2018, which will be another welcome boost for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

Of course, the above figures are only one measure of what's going down (or up) in the Queensland economy.

ANZ's 'Stateometer' covers a considerably broader set of measures, and showed Queensland accelerating back to life in the June quarter.....



Do your self a favour! The COUNTDOWN has begun. Yep its our annual Spring Ball fundraiser time again and this years theme is the  TVs  COUNTDOWN.  Such an incredible era to dig into for costume inspiration and music.  Tickets, bookings and more details here.


Profit over people "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

In November 2015 I made a very serious attempt on my life and ended up in hospital for a period of time.
This wasn't the first attempt. It was simply the most serious.

It was by the doctor's recommendation that I spend a couple of months on a hiatus with my family where I could be monitored, seek counseling and eventually, when ready, move back into normal life.
I was working a casual job in Sydney at the time, living alone in a studio apartment and my family lived 7 hours away.
I did as the doctor suggested (I would not have been allowed out of hospital if I hadn't) and I stayed at my family's house for 3 months - du...


Arts Friday 25 August presented by Bronwyn Rennex "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Today I be talking about making art accessible. I went along on a tour through the Jenny Watson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia that was run for participants with visual impairment as part of the MCAs Bella Program. Ill be playing part of the tour as well as interviews with the artist educators and the participants in the tour. It will be an interesting way for many to experience the work of Jenny Watson.

I also talk about the Making Airwaves initiative. You can find out more about this on the Eastside Website.

Theres also a wonderful program called Gig Buddies thats worth checking out and getting involved with.

There are some tours for people with visual impairment coming up soon at the Art Gallery of NSW too including a tour of the Archibald Wynn and Sulman prizes on Sat 9 September at 11am.

As always, I present lots of sweet tunes.

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

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Blindman Death Stare "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
ENTRY: $12

Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to

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Yes, I know I should be ashamed of myself. But I'm not "IndyWatch Feed"

Because nobody else was brave enough to tell the truth about cannibal sea lice. In less than one week. With no editing. Or cover artist.

Available where all good books are sold, even though, you know, it really shouldn't be.


Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Northey Street City Farm Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner This event is for Northey Street City Farm Members Only and for those wanting to become members. It will be a great opportunity to: Meet members of The Farm See what The Farm has acheived in the last year Give Feedback about The Farms future Cost: []

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Movie Vaxxed gets up Qld Health Ministers nose "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Movie Vaxxed exposes CDC research fraud and cover-up

By Brent Melville

QUEENSLAND Health Minister Cameron Dick was either seriously misinformed, ignorant, or flat out lying when, in response to the touring movie Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, he said there is no shred of credible scientific evidence to support claims that vaccinations are dangerous (Gold Coast Bulletin, 15/7/17).

The same with Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy who stated on Seven News in February last year: There are no risks in vaccinating your children the science is really clear.

From left, Meryl Dorey of Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network, research scientist Dr Brian Hooker, UK parent Polly Tommey (both parents of autistic children) and US nephrologist (kidney specialist) Dr Suzanne Humphries.

Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe traces the case of UK gastroenterologist Dr Andrew Wakefield who, in the 1990s, discovered 10 of his patients developed health problems following MMR vaccines. His...


The Coalitions energy policy where is it? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

opportunity-cost.jpgThe Victorian government has announced that it will aim to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).

This measure has been widely welcomed by the environment movement, businesses and the broader community.

The hostile reaction by the Victorian Coalition highlights the negative attitude of the Opposition towards policy action on energy and climate change. They have been 'road testing' anti renewables messages in recent weeks. The following is our response.


LNP leaves the crocs to eat Far Northerners and their animals "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Young dog taken by huge croc near Innisfail

 Two days after a huge crocodile devoured a six-month-old puppy in North Queensland, the major parties have refused to declare KAPs Safer Waterways bill as urgent.

 KAPs Shane Knuth today sought leave to fast track the Safer Waterways bill so it could be voted on by October. Labor and the LNP ganged up to block Shanes request, meaning Queensland will have to wait until at least the end of March next year for a vote.

 In seeking leave, Shane read out a letter from a constituent (who did not want to be named):

LNP an ALP refuse to fast track KAPs crocodile legislation, leaving more North Queenslanders to be eaten by crocs

 We live on the banks of the South Johnstone River in Mourilyan, North Qu...


Peace Pilgrims a Pine Gap tour diary "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.

But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.

So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.

For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.

As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.

The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New Zealand; his previous act of anti-war civil disobedience in Australia led to him being assaulted, stripped naked and threatened by SAS soldiers at Swan Island in Victoria. Undet...


DANCE & THEATRE: Khon Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

KHON: Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand

Free public event: Celebrating 65 years of Australian-Thai bilateral relations, Khon, Esquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand will soon arrive in Sydney to present one of the countrys most significant dance performances.

Having toured internationally, the Sydney Khon performances will consist of a special presentation and workshop at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Wednesday 30 August).

For one night only, the audience will get a chance to see this Thai extravaganza, as well as the performers glittering handmade costumes and tantalising live music.

Traditionally performed exclusively at significant royal functions, Khon performances depict the story of the Ramakien. The story follows Phra Ram, an incarnation of the god Phra Narai, who is assisted by monkey warriors that help him rescue his wife, Sida, from the demon king, Tosakanth. The story presents the universal belief that virtue always wins over evil.

Khon is a complex Thai classical dance whose history dates back hundreds of years. The masked dance drama is the most refined of Thai theatre forms, requiring strict training from childhood, and combines
music, martial arts, painting and elaborate costumes.

Presented by aMBUSH Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Assajan Collective, the special presentation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will be a free public event, and include an opening.

Dont miss this rare opportunity! There are only 100 seats available, all free of charge, but registrations are essential.

DATE: Wed. 30 August 2017
TIME:2:00 pm 4:10 pm AEST
WHERE:  Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, NSW 2170

To reserve your place at this historic event, register now at




Corporation-v-Walter court dates "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

David Walter has sent advice regarding his next court appearances.

Cairns Magistrate Court October 16, 2017 to face charges of failing to submit a form relating to his bankruptcy action

Cairns Magistrates Court October 30, 2017  to face an assault charge against a court protection officer

We suggest anyone with an interest in the bogus charges against Walter listen to the Australian Patriot Radio podcast on Cairns News.



La Trobe and council to work closer together for better outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

La Trobe and council to work closer together for better outcomes

COMMITMENT MADE From left (back), La Trobe University council member, Adam Furphy, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem, La Trobe University pro vice chancellor (regional), Richard Speed and La Trobe Univeristy Shepparton head of campus, Sue Nalder. (Front, Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott and La Trobe University chancellor, Richard Larkins at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between council and La Trobe University last week. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

LA TROBE University Shepparton Campus and Greater Shepparton City Council will be working even closer together to achieve better outcomes for the local community, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last week.

The signing is a public commitment from both organisations to maximise higher education opportunities, enrolments and research opportunities in Shepparton.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said the MoU sets out the joint aspirations for tertiary education in Shepparton.

Im really pleased that in principle we were able to set out and agree to some long term proposals for our great city.

Council continues to pursue the expansion of tertiary education in the Goulburn Valley and it is fantastic to see La Trobe University shares our vision. Council has a long-term strategy for tertiary education in Shepparton and La Trobe Universitys presence in our city is a major part of that.

Our collaboration also supports regional economic development through the promotion of and participation in Work Integrated Learning and internships for La Trobe University students in the Greater Shepparton region, Cr Adem said.

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott said tertiary education has definite economic benefits for the region.

This is a great opportunity for exchange students to be part of our region.

Council and the community have been instrumental in securing government funding for the La Trobe University Shepparton Campus. We look forward to working closely with La Trobe in this important development, Mr Harriott said.

As part of the collaboration, a new La Trobe University Mooving Art cow was also launched, which can be found at the Sheppa...


Notes from focus group and strategy discussion pro-gay marriage activists in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One of our readers was sitting next to a group of gay marriage activists in an inner-Sydney cafe. They were talking strategy and focus group outcomes and our reader made some notes: Campaign needs to: - inject more guilt - "guilt will win this for us" - push polling -...


Charity event full of variety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Charity event full of variety

HELPING THOSE IN NEED From left, Variety Bash participant, John Mcrae, Shepparton Access service users Chris, Daniel, Jason, Aaron and Anthony and Variety Bash participant, John McCarroll. Photo: David Lee.

SERVICE users at Shepparton Access received a bit of a thrill last week, when they spotted two participants of this years Variety Bash, local residents, John McCarroll and John Mcrae with their decked out car just out the front of the business premises on Wyndham Street.

Kicking off the journey from Epping in Melbourne on Friday last week and set to finish the journey to Fraser Island on Friday this week, the locals, who are joined by Kevin McCarroll and Garry Lynch had helped to raise $15,500 for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs before leaving on their journey.

John McCarroll who has been taking part for eight years said, It was great for the service users at Shepparton Access to come out and see the car. This is what its all about, helping these locals.

The car we are taking the journey on is co-owned by myself and Peter Foott from Foott Waste, and we are all pleased to once again be taking part in this years bash.

Id like to thank all the supporters and local businesses who have sponsored us. Without them this couldnt happen, John said.


Dont miss your chance to nominate a deserving business "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dont miss your chance to nominate a deserving business

THERE are just three weeks left to get your nominations in for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards, and this week, seven more local businesses have received a nomination.

Tis Hair & Beauty owner/hairdresser received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Trade Services category, Rituals of Self Love received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Trade Services category, Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, SPC Kids Town Adventure Playground received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, Next Office Tech received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, Charlottes Lab owner, Charlotte White  received a nomination under the Entrepreneur of the Year category and PJM Landscaping 3rd year apprentice landscaper, Seth Maher received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category.

All businesses within the Greater Shepparton City Council boundary are eligible to be nominated for an award with each award categorys individual set of criteria available on the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.

Nominations can be made in-store at participating businesses, online at or via post by sending a completed nomination form to Business Awards, PO Box 364, Shepparton 3630.

All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.


An invitation to the community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AN INVITATION is extended to all readers who are following the progress of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

Visitors to the current museum will be familiar with the Giving Tree, attached to the wall in the entry foyer, and will note the additional leaves, and reserved places for leaves, on several branches. These new contributions to the building appeal follow from the publicity given to the tree in The Adviser in recent weeks.

The Giving Tree is an opportunity for individuals and families to demonstrate their support for this exciting community building initiative. While the building will house and exhibit the outstanding collection currently housed in storage in SAM, it will also provide a safe, welcoming and open space for gatherings, festival events, picnics and many, many other activities in the beautiful and central surrounds of the lake. It will offer a space for everyone, no matter the degree of interest expressed in the art and art objects held inside.

The SAM Foundation was established to undertake fundraising, and is gratified by the response from major Melbourne-based philanthropists, as well as local generous donors. The Giving Tree is the opportunity for local people to record their support and enthusiasm by naming individual leaves in a way that can be seen by all visitors to the SAM, in both old and new locations, now and into the future.

Do feel free to come into the Welsford Street, SAM, take a Giving Tree brochure and choose your own branch or twig as the place for the recognition of your contribution.


Meet you at the square "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Meet you at the square

COMFORTABLE, SAFE AND RELAXING ENVIRONMENT DESIRED From left, local resident, Nicholas Bamford, Wyndham Street trader and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD Revitalisation Sub Committee chair, John Anderson and Fryers Street trader and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member, Wendy Crow enjoying a coffee and a chat in what could become a town square in Sheppartons Fraser Street. Photo: David Lee.

A town square for Shepparton

WITH tenders for options of redeveloping the Maude Street Mall having been considered at a special council meeting yesterday, there is hope that a town square could be introduced as a part of the mall plan to breathe new life back into Sheppartons CBD.

The square would be a family friendly, safe space for socialising, enjoying food and drink with entertainment where people of all ages could congregate.

The idea, which was included in local business owner, Wendy Crows mall concept would also include a playground and landscaping to beautify the area.

Wyndham Street trader, John Anderson said, History shows that the town square was a meeting place for all members of the community.

A town square is alive during the day with people shopping and relaxing in the area and activated at night by local food outlets creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Shepparton has an out-dated mall which does not have the intimacy and warmth of a town square.

Lets have our own town square with all the advantages the cities and towns across the world offer their residents.

Lets make Fraser Street with its northern area and elegant trees our town square located from the Telstra building to the existing mall. This town square could rejuvenate the centre of our town.

Slow moving traffic with free parking available in the mall would allow immediate access to this exciting precinct. Any car parks taken from Fraser Street to enhance the square would be relocated in the vicinity.

The new toilet block under the tower is perfectly placed to provide a convenient amenity to this area.

The previous civic buildings were located on the corner of Maude and Fraser Streets.

What better historic location could there be for a town square for the modern Shepparton, John said.



A collection of the regions success stories to hit the streets "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A collection of the regions success stories to hit the streets

OUR REGIONS SUCCESSES The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams is eager to see the positive reaction from the community when they get the chance to read the 2017 Our Goulburn Valley magazine when it hits letterboxes next week. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THERE are an abundance of success stories about local businesses that have helped to shape the Goulburn Valley and continue to help the region thrive, and you can read all about them in this years Our Goulburn Valley magazine.

In one weeks time, 92 pages of success stories from across the region will be delivered to letterboxes across the region, promoting the local residents and businesses that have helped the regions total Gross Regional Product reach $7.517B.

From the primary industries and consumer goods sectors and engineering and manufacturing through to infrastructure and construction, transport, education and the arts and services, there are many businesses that have shared their storiessome of which have never been heard before.

As part of the magazine, The Adviser has gathered messages from dignitaries and visions from notable locals on the future success of the Goulburn Valley, including Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO, Sam Birrell.

Sams story within this years magazine is an inspiring look at the future of Greater Shepparton. The following is a snapshot of Sams piece. Where is Greater Shepparton going to be in twenty years time? Here are a few ideas

Industry: Fresh produce is being exported in great tonnage to China, flying from the new Shepparton airport. Goulburn Valley apples, pears, peaches and milk are in such demand in the supermarkets of Beijing and Shanghai that producers are struggling to keep up with demand.

Population: The population of Greater Shepparton is now 125,000, enabled by high-speed rail connectivity and the de-centralisation policies of government and major manufacturing companies.

Environment: The Goulburn River is back to near perfect health. Murray Cod, once a declining species are now plentiful, and carp have been eradicated....


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"



TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET WINTER EDITION will be held on Saturday, August 26. This is an indoor/outdoor market and is held from 9am to 1pm at St Marys, Hogan Street, Tatura.


THE SHEPPARTON SPIRITUALIST CENTRE next service will be on the August 27 starting at 12:30pm for meditation and 1:30pm for the service. The speaker and mediums for the day will be the Reverend Lorraine, Lee Tet and will be followed by the AGM. Everyone welcome. Please bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. The venue is at 23 Alexandra Street. Mooroopna. For further information phone 0432 088 501.


BLUMES FASHION PARADE will be presented by the Catholic Womens League on Monday, September 11 at St Brendans Parish Centre (behind the church) at 10am. Everyone is welcome. $5 entry. For further information, phone Judith on 5822 0545.


THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 2 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jos Music. There will be a program of old time favourite dances, lucky spots, door prizes and raffles. Proceeds go to Shepparton Uniting Church Building Fund. All welcome. Admission is $8. Please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, contact Ted on 5822 0424.


FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT GROUP meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at Primary Care Connect. The support group is for carers who have a loved one with alcohol or drug addiction. All welcome. For further information, contact Tina on 5823 3205.


THE 2018 MS 24 HOUR MEGA SWIM $24 FOR 24 HOUR PROMOTION kicks off on August, 24 where participants can register for just $24. The actual event will be held on February 17 and 18. For further information, or to register, visit


KINDLING WOOD FOR SALE. Approximately 10kg for $5 from 42 Drummond Road. Available Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm and Saturday between 8am and 12 noon. All proceeds to charity. For more information, phone 5821 3215.




HOLISTIC WELLBEING HUB: Drop in and join us every Thursday morning and enjoy a relaxed morning with other women in the community. Open from 9:30am to 12 noon. Listen to conversations provided to guide you on your life journey. Guest speakers attend between 10am and 11am. Morning tea and activities available. Held at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. For more, phone 5823...


Earth Kids Programs "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Monthly Program for homeschoolers: One-off sessions. Second Friday of the month: September November Spring School Holiday Program:  September 25th to 29th NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting kids to become nature smart to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world in a fun and interactive way. []

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Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Dear Editor,

The Goulburn Valley Environment Group (GVEG) calls on the Turnbull Government to initiate a judicial inquiry into issues uncovered in the recent ABC Four Corners program which demonstrated what happens when a lack of compliance and monitoring is exacerbated by bad policy.

If allegations raised by the Four Corners Program are accurate, rogue irrigators and their political backers are harming the health of the entire basin and all communities

The NSW governments actions are having an impact on Victorias share of Darling inflows and water availability for both our irrigators and the environment.

Of particular concern is evidence of political collusion surrounding the 2012 Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan and questions over the recent Northern Basin Review processes.

GVEG does not consider the current Government response to call on the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to undertake an independent inquiry adequate in relation to the severity of the allegations which include roles and responsibilities of the MDBA.

We cannot let the implementation of the Basin Plan be undermined by a few irrigators and corruption with-in the NSW water industry.

Only a judicial inquiry with the ability to call witnesses and provide protection for whistle blowers will be capable of investigating issues arising from the Four Corners program and subsequent allegations involving the NSW Nationals and the NSW Government.

Yours sincerely,

John Pettigrew

GVEG president


Lovell welcomes fire services bill select committee final report "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEMBER for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has welcomed the tabling of the Fire Services Bill Select Committee Final Report,which was lodged with the Clerk of the Legislative Council last week.

In its report, the Legislative Council Select Committee has made 10 findings and 10 recommendations including recommending the bill should be withdrawn or rejected by the legislative council, findings welcomed by Ms Lovell.

These recommendations reinforce the Liberal Partys view that this proposed legislation is flawed and was formed without proper consultation with Victorias fire services, Ms Lovell said.

In addition the report recommends that legislation relating to firefighters presumptive rights compensation be reintroduced to parliament as a standalone bill.

The Coalition fully supports the firefighters presumptive rights compensation part of the bill and we have always maintained that it should never be lumped with proposed restructure legislation, Ms Lovell said.

Presumptive rights compensation for firefighters has broad support across the parliament and should be reintroduced as soon as possible to become law.

It is interesting that even the Labor Party and The Greens members of the Select Committee agree or agree in principle with the majority of the reports recommendations.

Now the ball is in Daniel Andrews court to take heed of the Select Committees recommendations and scrap his proposed flawed legislation, Ms Lovell said.


Rate payment options have changed "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF YOU pay council rates in Greater Shepparton then you need to be aware that payment methods have changed.

You can now pay by four instalments or 10 monthly direct debits.

For the 2017/2018 financial year, council will not raise penalty interest on outstanding lump sum payments until after the gazetted due date of February 15, 2018. This is to assist ratepayers transition to quarterly instalments.

In future, if residents wish to pay their rates in full, this can still be done by pre-paying the four instalments at once prior to September 30 of that year.


The Weather Station Announces Self Titled Album "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of The Weather Station Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station, AKA Tamara Lindeman, has announce plans to release her forth studio album on the 6th October. The self-titled album sees The Weather Station channelling a new, more energetic sound. I wanted to make a rock and roll record, Lindeman explained, but one that sounded []


Unbreakable with Jane Caro "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Jane Caro was Sylvias guest on Arts Wednesday 23 August 2017 to talk about her new book, Unbreakable: Women share stories of resilience and hope. Jane edited this sometimes confronting series of contributions, from mostly professional writers, telling storied they have never told before. Janes passion and compassion make for  compelling listening.

That was Part 1of the conversation  and here is Part 2:


And now for the final part:


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Transforming trauma: Shoeb Ahmad on Jack Off With Jack Shit "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Shoeb Ahmed :: Interview & Live Songs on Jack Off

Shoeb Ahmad has made some bold changes in the past year somehow transforming the trauma of experiencing a burglary at an interstate hotel (whilst secretly presenting as femme) into a courageous coming out.

This recent interview with Jack Shit is startlingly frank, revealing an extraordinarily brave human being a gifted musician of the Muslim faith, born brown via Bangladeshi parents, then raised in Parramatta transcending multiple levels of discrimination with creativity and grace.

Naturally (given the circumstances) the current attempted sabotage of popular hopes for marriage equality, via the Coalitions cynical and unrepresentative postal plebiscite, was discussed. Neither Shoeb nor Jack were backwards in coming forwards about where responsibility for the harm unleashed by this regressive process will lie. In the days ahead determination of the type displayed by Shoeb will be more vital than ever.

Be organised and ensure that you are correctly enrolled to vote by the cut-off date this Thursday in order to have your say.

Were going to need all the care and kindness our community can muster to endure the hate-speech of reactionary elements who object to the long-overdue extension of equal rights to all loving partners.

If you are looking for a little inspiration right now listen here to Shoebs story and marvel at the two stunningly sincere and plaintive songs (written during all of this upheaval) performed on either side of its telling.


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Providing specialist care under one roof "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Providing specialist care under one roof

MAKING SPECIALISTS ACCESSIBLE GV Specialist Centre, plastic surgeon, Mr Howard Webster is cutting down the waiting times. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

PLASTIC surgeon, Mr Howard Webster could see a big gap in the Goulburn Valleys health care system with a local need for Plastic Surgeons. Mr Webster grew up in Euroa and for 21 years now, Mr Webster has worked part time in Shepparton.

In the early days, typically seeing 80 patients a day during the three days a month that Mr Webster came to town, he got to a point where he understood that the waiting times for patients were too stressful and in 2008 he established GV Specialist Centre.

GV Specialist Centre was purpose built with a commitment to providing the people of the Goulburn and Murray Valleys with a local centre for leading visiting medical specialists.  The GV Specialist Centre offers a continuity of care with nurses and GPs along with specialists under the one roof.

The services include plastic surgery with several plastic surgeons, a GP Skin Cancer Clinic, a Molemap service with trained melanographers enabling early detection of skin cancers and a dermatology service.

Mr Webster said, I wanted to reduce the waiting time for people in need of skin cancer treatment, and now people are being seen quickly and are looked after by an excellent team of people under the one roof.

Located at 20 Wyndham Street in Shepparton, GV Specialist Centre provides a team of GPs and specialists who really know their patients. For more information, phone 5820 0500.


Award nod for our top drop "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Undisputable proof that Bellarine wines are among the nations best with local Yes said the Seal awarded Best Pinot Noir in Australia at the inaugural Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, announced on Saturday 19 August.
Yes said the Seals 2016 pinot noir was awarded 98 points by judges and was the clear winner among more than 250 pinot noirs from all around Australia.
Crafted from handpicked Bellarine fruit sourced from sister vineyard Leura Park Estates Block 9, (clone 115), the result is a serious credit to winemaker Darren Burke who spent many hours nurturing the vines including leaf plucking and shoot thinning during the growth phase.
All here are absolutely ecstatic to be awarded the inaugural trophy at the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, it means a lot on so many levels. It is a credit to the skill and dedication of our winemaker Darren Burke who spent hours personally tending our beloved front block, director Lyndsay Sharp said.
The award is also a wonderful result for Geelong and the Bellarine as a cool-climate wine growing region. Pinot Noir has long been a signature varietal of the region and to be recognised at this level reinforces the fact that this great part of Victoria stands tall on the national stage, Ms Sharp said.
Picked at a baume at around 13, the fruit was naturally fermented with 10 per cent whole bunches before enjoying a natural ferment which was cooled as required to ensure the temperature was never greater than 28 degrees celsius. Total time on skins was 15 days.
The ferment cap was gently submerged once daily and 25 per cent new French oak was embraced as the new wood component.
Elevage of 10 months included a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being assembled for bottling, unfined and filtered.
If thats all too technical, dont worry. It just means that this wine is the best of the best due to keen attention to detail, top winemaking skills and great Bellarine grapes.
Pre-release of the 2016 Yes said the Seal is available online via

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More choice with more services "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FROM Sunday, August 27 there will be a new V/Line timetable and 151 new services every week in regional Victoria.

The new services will run on weekdays and weekends, giving you more choice when you travel on the Geelong, Ballarat, Ararat, Bendigo, Seymour, Shepparton and Traralgon lines.

A Public Transport Victoria spokesperson said, The changes include, 18 more weekly services on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines, to get you home faster on weeknights and improve frequency from 90 to 60 minutes during the day on weekends.

74 extra services will run each week for the Geelong corridor. This includes 30 new services to improve the frequency of weekend trains from 60 to 40 minutes between 7am and 7pm.

Weekday Warrnambool services will no longer stop at Tarneit or Wyndham Vale. Most weekday Warrnambool services will also run express through North Geelong and Lara. 30 new Geelong line trains will stop at stations that Warrnambool trains dont stop at.

18 trains will run every week on the Traralgon line.

41 more services will stop at Richmond Station to get you to the MCG and other events.

19 Ballarat and Wendouree services will be extended to run to and from Ararat each week, including three weekday services and a return service every Saturday and Sunday.

A service to and from Seymour and Shepparton will be added on Saturdays and Sundays, and an extra 219 weekly services will stop at to Deer Park and extra 88 trains will stop at Caroline Springs, thanks to new stopping patterns for off-peak Geelong and Ballarat trains.


The staff car; a real family affair "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The staff car; a real family affair

NOT many people can say that they own a car that has been in the family for over 100 years, but the Nind family can. Having just finished restoring their 1913 TH Schneider, Jack and Scott came to realise the incredible history of the car before they had found it in a paddock at Scotts grandfathers house. While it was a little worse for wear at the time, this particular car was the first vehicle to cross the original Robinvale Bridge when it was officially opened, was in the Sahara Desert Race and survived and was even transformed into a ute at one point during its life.

Scott said, The car was originally owned by my dads grandfather. Its certainly nothing like you see today.

My grandfather turned it into a ute and worked on a vineyard until is was put in a paddock and left to rot. They used to call them the staff car, or a mobster car.

It was pretty much nothing when we got it over 20 years ago.

There is not a thing that hasnt been done to restore it. The timberwork and body work is all new. We rebuilt the enginein fact the chassis is really the only thing that is original.

We decided to restore it because of the sentimental value of it being in the family for so long.

Don Onley in Swan Hill has helped to do most of the work and Mark Healey has also lent a hand.

This car has been in the family for almost five generations now.

Were actually trying to get Joan Rettke, who lives on the east coast of Australia to come down and ride in it now that it is complete. This 90 year old woman was one of the last people to ride in it.


Cruising the Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cruising the Mediterranean

ITS a great way to see the ancient world at your leisure, cursing along on crystal blue waters in a luxury cruise ship stocked with the best of food and entertainment, and thats exactly what it was like.

Aileen and Peter Kemp from Invergordon and their friend, Janet Mills of Shepparton joined forces for this wonderful travel experience.

They Flew to Barcelona for three days before boarding their cruise ship. Aileen says they chose to use the hop-on-hop-off bus to tour Barcelona. It takes you everywhere with full English commentary and you can get off and on as often as you like, or just stay on and watch the world go by.

They loved the atmosphere and the many restaurants and the Paella was just great. On day three they boarded their cruise ship the Royal Princess to begin their tour of the Mediterranean.

First stop was Cartagena Spain and the opportunity to go on a guided Tapas tour. They walked the citys tapas bars and sampled the food along the way. Aileen loved the cobble stone streets the many little shops and the wonderful atmosphere of Spain.

Back on board they sailed to Gibraltar and there was the rock. The ship berthed and all passengers had the opportunity to go ashore and explore.

Then on to Genoa, Florence and Rome. Italy has much to offer; again hop-on-hop-off buses are a great way to go and Rome in particular has it all. If you had the time you could spend weeks there, but on a cruise time is limited so the bus is a great way to go.

Aileen just loved shipboard life. The Royal Princess is a wonderful ship; so opulent. They had a balcony cabin and it was great to relax on and watch the ship arrive and depart port.

The dining facilities are first class the food excellent. You can eat buffet for breakfast or use the dining room where you are served and dinner is a great experience with a number of dining options to choose from. They tried the crab shake and the lobster was wonderful.

Add to all this, the entertainment and you have everything from first class floor shows to movies on the big screen.

Their next stop was Montenegro. They took the ships tenders to go ashore. Its a great place with village life on display. You can just kick back relax, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.



On the trail of elusive rail "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Theres not many birds that are found in these parts that I havent seen, so when I read on Birdline Victoria that Lewins rails were seen at Coogoorah Park in Anglesea on 13 August, I immediately planned a drive down there. Not only were the Lewins rails seen in Coogoorah Park, but they were described as being quite tame and approachable perfect for photos. Lewins Rails belong to the family Rallidae, which includes wetland birds such as rails, crakes, swamphens and coots. Birds of the Rallidae family have stout bodies, short tails, and long toes, and are found in swamps, rushes, reeds, creeks, paddocks; wet heaths and saltmarshes.
The Lewins rail is a tubby, dark rail with a longish pink, dark-tipped bill and chestnut nape and shoulders. The breast is plain olive-grey and part of the wing, underparts and undertail are black with white bars. The Lewins rail is similar to a buff-banded rail but the buff-banded rail has a shorter red-brown bill, a white eyebrow and a buff breastband. Ive never seen a Lewins Rail but apparently it is very obvious when they are around as they have a distinctive, loud call that can sound like a galloping horse.
I drove to Anglesea on an incredibly windy day, so stopped off at Point Addis on the way to look for seabirds. I was lucky to spot a black-browed albatross that came within about 100 metres from shore. The black-browed albatross is around 84-94 cm in length and has the darkest underwing of all the albatrosses. The wings, back and tail are slatey black and the underwing has broad black margins with white central streak. The bill is yellow, tipped pink, and the birds have a small black brow over dark eye. Its always wonderful to spot these magnificent birds.
Once I found Coogoorah Park I wandered around for about an hour, trying to hear clicking noises from the reeds that resembled a galloping horse. I saw many big dogs running riot through the park and I wanted to say to the owners that there were rare birds around, and couldnt the dogs be kept on leads, but I resisted as I wasnt in my patch. I saw a few silver gulls, a few coots and welcome swallows, but alas no Lewins rails.
I thought Id try my luck at finding Lewins rails at Western Treatment Plant a few days later. Once again I lucked out, but did see some spotted crakes, brolga, Horesfields bronze cuckoos and blue-winged parrots.
One day I will spot a Lewins rail (I hope).
Ive been driving home from afternoon shift via Connewarre, and a few times now I have seen an eastern barn owl near the Barwon Heads Airport. I have also seen a tawny frogmouth in the same area.
Its been wonderful to see brolga, albatross, an owl, and a tawny in the one fortnight I couldnt expect much better than that.
Migratory shorebirds should start arriving from the Northern Hemisphere in the next few weeks. I also saw on Birdline Victoria that a Lathams snipe, which migra...


Tallygaroopna celebrates player milestone "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Tallygaroopna celebrates player milestone

TEAM CELEBRATES Tallygaroopna Football Netball Club will celebrate a special milestone for one of its players this weekend, when Helen Down takes to the netball court for her 400th game. Photo: Supplied.

TALLYGAROOPNA Football Netball Club (TFNC) will help to celebrate a rather impressive milestone by one of its players this coming weekend, Helen Down, who is set to take to the court for her 400th club game.

Helen began her time with the club in 1997, moving over to play with Mooroopna in 2002 where she took to the court for two winning grand finals (B grade 2005, A Grade 2008). She was awarded the Best and Fairest Award in B Grade 1998, 2014, 2015, coached B Grade in 2004 and has been in many club roles including fundraising coordinator from 2009 to 2014 and assistant secretary in 2015.

TFNC vice president netball, Madison Brett said, Helen is a great leader in her team and the club, holding the third highest netball games played for TFNC having only spent one season away, to return home in 03.

H, (as she is affectionately known), has also done a lot off the court for the club holding various committee positions.

Congratulations for this weekend H, and thank you for your service to the club on and off the court.


Economic boost as senior tennis hits the court once more "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Economic boost as senior tennis hits the court once more

REGION ATTRACTS ANOTHER BIG SPORTING EVENT The Tennis Seniors Australia, Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships are being held in the region next January. Photo: Supplied.

FOR the second time, Greater Shepparton has been chosen to host the Tennis Seniors Australia, Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships in January next year, which is expected to attract over 1,000 visitors and inject $2M into the local economy.

Held from January 6 to 18, 2019, the championships will see the Australian Teams Carnival team event held in the first week across over 50 courts which will be hosted between the permanent Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club courts with temporary grass courts to be built on the ovals at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve. The Australian Individual Championships will be held in the second week at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This event continues our tradition of hosting major tennis events. Weve recently hosted the 2014 Country Week Tennis, 2015 Asia Oceania Junior Davis Cup and Federation Cup Qualifying Ties and 2016 Tennis Seniors Australia events. The Shepparton Lawn Tennis scene will be buzzing again in January 2019.

This event will be a big win for our tourism and business industry helping create more jobs in the region, Cr Adem said.

As a city we are setting the bar high as we aspire to be Regional Australias sporting event capital.

Tennis Seniors NSW president, Mick Bruton was excited about bringing the 2019 events back to Greater Shepparton after the successful 2016 event.

Tennis Seniors NSW are very grateful to the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club for offering to host the Australian Championships at their popular venue. In 2016, it proved to be a huge success, and we are very thrilled to be returning in 2019.

What impressed us in 2016 was the fact very little travelling from one venue to the other was involved, and the courts were kept in excellent condition. The local community was very friendly, sociable and supportive of the Event which made it very pleasurable for players as well as spectators, Mr Bruton said.

Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club president, Malcolm Thiel said, Wed like to thank Tennis Seniors NSW for c...


Bushrangers show glimpses of matching top team "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AFTER travelling to MARS Stadium in Ballarat for the Country Round Triple Header, the Murray Bushrangers have shown glimpses of elite play that matched the Geelong Falcons and in patches, dominated the top team in the competition.

In the first game of the day, the Bushrangers allowed Geelong to get on the scoreboard early conceding the first four goals of the game. The Bushrangers took until halfway through the second term to score their opening goal and headed into halftime 27 points behind.

However, a six goal burst in the third term including four goals to small forward, Joe Richards ignited the team and trailed at the final break by just 10 points. The final term saw the Bushrangers have control for the majority of the term forcing multiple ball-ups and physically outplaying the Falcons. However late goals in the final two minutes allowed the Falcons to get away with a 22 point win.

The result was disappointing but plenty of positives came from the contest; knowing the teams best play can match it with the top TAC Cup teams. Doulton Langlands kicked three goals including two superb running efforts to be the Bushrangers best player in front of a large crowd including recruiters. From a wing, Langlands running game was brilliant. Joe Richards with four goals was the focal point in a restructured forward line and displayed his full talent in a great game in the air and on the ground. Defender Jordon Butts was again superb, often being manned by two opponents but his ability to read the play and then reset was excellent in the Bushrangers revival.

Ben Paton and Laitham Vandermeer were superb through defence and the midfield winning crucial possessions and using the ball to their teammates benefits and allowed the running game of the Bushrangers to drive forward. While Nick Murray featured in the Bushrangers best players for his fourth consecutive game at TAC Cup level after playing a strong physical role in defence.

This weekend sees, the Murray Bushrangers take on seventh placed Northern Knights at Wangaratta Showgrounds in the last home game for the 2017 season on Saturday, August 26 1pm.


Contender or pretender "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Contender or pretender

ITS a tough call, but this weeks game at Kings Park between Seymour and Euroa has to be one of the most season defining in recent years. The winner finishes third which will give it a final against Benalla (sixth) in the first week of the finals series and a win there is probable which gives a double chance. The loser will play Rochester in week one of the finals series who played in last years grand final and take away their slow start to this season, are one of the form teams this year.

The Lions travelled to Kyabram last week and showed glimpses that they could match it with the mighty Bombers. Rory Scopel, Xavier McMahon, Harry Wheeler and Brent Ryan were good and they will need a few others to step up this week. The Lions are a good side and will be hard to beat at home.

There is no love lost between these old Waranga North East rivals and Euroa had second spot stitched up until recently and now need to win away from home to secure third spot. The Magpies think they can match it with Kyabram and they certainly did in their last encounter against them and nearly got the chocolates. Many say the Magpies are the real contender to Kyabram but a loss here will make it a long road to meet the Bombers in late September. Brad Cunningham is in great form along with Will McFarlane, Jett Trotter and David Mole.

Seymour at home is normally an automatic selection but the Magpies will not want third spot to slip through their fingers so Euroa for mine.


The Protestant Reformation at 500 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

This October, millions the world over will mark the 500th anniversary of what came to be called the Protestant Reformation with worship, music, festivals, gatherings, conferences, books and more. This page lists many resources for the celebration of 500 years of the Reformation.   On Oct. 31, 1517, a dour-faced Catholic monk named Martin Luther ... Read more...


Future planned for Barwon Heads "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The City of Greater Geelongs Administrators have endorsed the Barwon Heads Structure Plan after more than a year of community consultation, which included input from more than 1000 residents.
The preparation of the structure plan included a rigorous residential and landscape character assessment, which looked at a range of factors and considered Barwon Heads unique coastal character and design.
Under the adopted plan, the existing western settlement boundary, located near the internationally recognised Ramsar Wetlands, will not be extended.
The structure plan has been shaped by significant feedback
The structure plan will include zoning and overlay changes to protect the unique character of Barwon Heads.
In developing the plan, factors considered included changing demographics, development pressures, housing diversity, residential character, climate change, flooding, transport and infrastructure.
The City will ask the Minister for Planning to immediately intervene to protect native Moonah trees in Warrenbeen Court.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment further when a planning scheme amendment is exhibited to incorporate the necessary parts of the structure plan into the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.
The structure plan has been shaped by significant involvement from the community, City administrator chair Dr Kathy Alexander said.
It takes into consideration the overwhelming feedback received from residents about protecting the unique coastal design, atmosphere and environment of Barwon Heads.
The structure plan can be seen at

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High way to stunning shots "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

It seems just about anyone can take a good picture these days.
However with World Photography Day, Saturday 19 August, just gone perhaps for some things only the best photographers should step forward.
Barwon Heads based Great Ocean Air owner Jeff Brooks has taken his love of photography and flight to the sky shooting images from more than 1000 feet above sea level and said many factors affected the quality of his images.
One of my popular shots is of the reflection of cloud on the Barwon River, he said.
The sun was actually below the horizon at that time. So that shot only worked because there were no disturbances in the high cloud or on the water surface to stop the sunlight bouncing from the cloud, to the river and into my camera lens. I also only had about 20 seconds to take the picture as we flew above it.
To counter the unpredictable nature of his subjects Mr Brooks said he would fly over certain points of interest hundreds of times.
Mr Brooks said it also paid to be an early bird with some of his best work coming from shoots which happened before sunrise.
And despite the finicky nature of taking photographs from way up high Mr Brooks said he was lucky to be based on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Geelong and the Bellarine and Surf Coast offers a rich environment of scenery which looks fantastic from the air, he said.
Most people dont appreciate what it has to offer until they see it.

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The ACTU - the harder you fight us, the more you teach us "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A few weeks ago the ACTU boss Sally McManus gave this speech to commemorate the anniversary of the great strike by trade unions in Sydney during the height of World War one. You can never crush a belief - the right to be treated equally & fairly - the act...


Loose Change Smiles "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Yesterday, I walked from from one end of Sydney to the other. I started with lunch at Spice Alley with Big Boy and then walked all the way down George Street to buy a hat at The Rocks. I think its pretty cute As I walked down the main street of our busy city, I []


Timber and Steel Premiere: House of Straw Video from Anna Smyrk "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk Were so proud to premiere the brand new video from Melbourne based folk singer Anna Smyrk, the stunning House of Straw. The song was written by Anna Smyrk while she was staying in a Buddhist monastery guesthouse in Northern India during a backpacking trip around the sub-continent. The track itself []


Callout to young musicians "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Chris Mallory Mentored Monica Brandolini at the Mullum Music Festival, 2016. Photo supplied.

Chris Mallory Mentored Monica Brandolini at the Mullum Music Festival, 2016. Photo supplied.

Creating a connection between young and established musicians is a key part of the Mullum Music Festival and has proven its worth over the last eight years. Highlighting this success is the return of Domini Forster, who sang as a 16 year old at the opening night of the Mullum Music Festival ten years ago, and was the catalyst for the youth mentoring program that has been running since 2009. This year she is returning as a mentor for other young performers following a successful career playing festivals across the country, being a finalist for Triple J Unearthed High, collaborating with renowned Australian songwriter Lior.

The Youth Mentorship Program is at the heart of what we do at Mullum Music Festival, says Festival Director Glenn Wright.

For young musicians seeking to find a path in the music industry, a mentor can be life changing. The connections made between young artists and their mentors often last long after the festival and the Youth Mentorship performances are always a festival highlight.

This years mentors are Husky (Band category), ine Tyrrell (Singer Songwriter), Kodi Twiner from LadySlug (Vocal category) and Domini Forster (Under 15s category).

Domini will be playing at Mullum Music Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shell also be co-hosting a showcase of past Youth Mentorship winners alongside fellow local talent Cecilia Brandolini.

It feels like coming home, playing Mullum Fest again says Domini.

This community was so supportive of me as a young artist And its such a beautifully fitting coincidence that its the festivals 10th birthday this year too!

Applications for the Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program open on 23 August and close on 20 October. With hundreds of applications each year, this is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to make their mark at the fe...


Baby Boomers Bingeing at an Alarming Rate "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Experts from Flinders University have found baby boomers to be the biggest consumers of drugs and alcohol, while binge drinking among younger people is on the decline. (Image: Joint Base Langley-Eustis)

Drug and alcohol consumption has decreased in every other demographic, according to joint research between Flinders University and the South London NHS Foundation.

The researchers warn alcohol misuse may increase further as boomers continue to get older.

Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute says alcohol and drug related problems among the older generation will become a critical public health challenge in years to come.

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Heritage in hindsight at stage show "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Do you remember when Geelongs waterfront was almost totally excavated to create our new tourist precinct only for workmen to discover a forgotten statue of King Edward VII?
Or when the city decided to bury its Sleepy Hollow reputation by holding a New Orleans-style Jazz Funeral as part of a Jazz Festival on the waterfront?
With the mayor, councillors and council officers as pall-bearers?
Colin Mockett does, and he has pictures to prove it.
Theyll be part of a new stage show titled Geelong Pictures Worth 1,000 Words which opens next month.
The show features heritage images and old film clips of Geelong shown on a cinema-sized screen with updated 21st century hindsightful commentary as well as live music of the times.
Its the latest in a series of original history-driven musical shows presented by Mockett and Shirley Power as part of the Citys Morning Showtimes At The Potato Shed.
As well as the waterfront-building images, the show includes film clips of Archbishop Daniel Mannix laying the foundation stone to St Marys Yarra Street church, Colacs first flight, couta fishing at Queenscliff and the boozy, happy cross-dressing dancing celebrations for 1932 New Years Eve which showed that not everybody had a tough time in the 1930s.
Its clear that if you had a regular job, life was sweet and fun in the Geelong region at that time for some.
And a couple of those old photographs have an eerie reflection today.
Take a close look at the pictures of the Jazz Funeral to bury Sleepy Hollow.
Youll notice one of the lead pallbearers was then-Cr Anthony Aitken, with councils then-PR manager David Withington.
Both have recently nominated to become councillors in the CoGGs Spring election.
History has a habit of repeating, in Geelong

Who: Colin Mockett and Shirley Power with old images and film clips of the Geelong region.
What: A New Show titled Geelong- Pictures Worth 1,000 Words
Where: The Potato Shed, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
When: 10.30am Tuesday, 12 September
Book: All tickets $15 at CoGG service centres of phone 5251 1998

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Chincogan Charge spots running out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

More than half the spots are now gone for the Chincogan Charge run on September 16, so if you want to run or walk up the mountain, now is your chance to book your place.

Go to and click on The Chincogan Charge link or click here to register.

This is our first year of having the run again after 16 years, said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

We are really excited and are looking to expanding the event in the future. If the run goes well this year, the landholders are open to the suggestions that next year we might be able to do a run on Saturday and then have a general access family walk up the mountain on the Sunday.

A lot depends on how the race goes this year.

The Chincogan Charge originally began as a fundraiser for the building of the Mullumbimby swimming pool and in the future it may be able to fund the development of a permanent access route to the top.

My dream is to open and maintain a path up Mount Chincogan, said Jenelle. 

For the serious contenders in the race, local Geoff Bensley has recently worn his GoPro as he ran the route to give potential runners and walkers a chance to check out what they are up against.

There are parts of the run that are through bush and steep or rocky, continued Jenelle.

Not everyone will want to do the last part of the run and there will be a spot before the last climb where people can turn around and head back down the mountain.

Must be 12 years and older to run

For this year, the run is limited to 12 years old and up and everyone is racing from t...


Splendour/Falls festival site rejigs permanent venue submission "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff Shizzled Dawson.

On Saturday, Parklands hosted a community information afternoon to share its latest plans to become a permanent home for world-class arts and cultural events in the northern rivers. Pictured are Mullum High School students Marlin, Adel and Nini, who performed with the Parklands crew. The P&C also held a sausage sizzle. Photo Jeff Shizzled Dawson.

North Byron Parklands, home to Splendour/Falls festival in Yelgun, have reduced event days and patron numbers in their submission to become a permanent venue for outdoor events.

General manager Mat Morris said the changes came after constructive feedback from residents during the consultation process.

The proposal now comprises Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron up to 35,000 patrons and a maximum of five days each; three event days up to 25,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events); and five community event days up to 5,000 patrons (event days can be used for single-day or multi-day events).

KPIs must be met

A further component includes an increase of patron numbers subject to meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) for 35,000 event Splendour in the Grass increasing to 42,500 and subject to meeting KPIs for 42.5k event Splendour in the Grass reaching 50,000.

Originally Parklands proposed 12 event days up to 50,000 patrons; four event days between 10,000 and 50,000 patrons; four event days between 3,000 and 10,000 patrons; and unlimited events less than 300 people.

Mr Morris says the feedback proved invaluable in refining our application and preparing our revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

We listened to a wide range of ideas and concerns from the community and have factored these into th...


Yoga fundraiser to help woman access sanitary items "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke. (supplied)

Pottsville yoga teacher Anneliese Simke will be holding a yoga class next month as part of a part of a national fundraiser to help women access basic sanitary items

The inaugural national yoga event, Yoga4Dignity, is being organised by the group, Share the Dignity.

Anneliese will host a yoga class on Saturday 2 September as part of the national fundraiser.

Its expected that hundreds of yoga classes will be held nationwide at 8am on the first weekend of Spring.

The goal is to have 48,000 participants one for every homeless woman in Australia.

Yoga teachers and participants are encouraged to register to participate at

Speaking on the charity event, Anneliese said: I cant imagine what it must be like to deal with the stress of being in a position of not being able to meet my basic needs. Participating in this event is a way to share the benefits of yoga and contribute in a useful way

Yoga has been as exceptional way for me to learn to calm my busy mind; focusing on being able to respond to a stressful situation rather than just reacting.

I sleep so much better; feel stronger, more flexible, and more peaceful and am connected to an amazing array of people all loving their own yoga journeys.

Proceeds from Yoga4Dignity will go towards installing more dignity vending machines in low-socioeconomic areas and schools.

In an Australian first, the machines dispense a free period pack containing two pads and six tampons  enough to manage one day of menstrual flow.

Packs will be dispensed through the touch of a button up to every ten minutes.

Each vending machine costs $9,000 to create and install.

The goal of Yoga4Dignity is to raise enough funds to install a further 100 or more machines nationwide.

Share the Dignity founder, Rochelle Courtney commented on the charity and its inaugural yoga event: Our mission is to enable and empower all Australian women and children to have the dignity they deserve.

To book a spot at Anneliese class at Pottsville, go to

The post...


Staff interfere with Byron markets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

Council staff, headed by general manager Ken Gainger, have taken it upon themselves to prepare a development application (DA) to use Cavanbah Centre on Ewinsgsdale Road as a primitive camping and a market site.

It comes without informing councillors or the agreement of stallholders who operate on Butler Street.

Consultant Mike Svikis, a former Byron Shire Council planner, was paid an undisclosed sum by staff to prepare the 31-page DA, which is on exhibition until August 23.

While the DA attempts to play down any possible competition with the existing markets, Cr Paul Spooner has told The Echo he has concerns it could impact on current stallholders. Cr Spooner is manager of the Byron Bay Community Centre, which manages the markets.

He said, The main problem is that this appears small gain for income; the argument in the DA is about a need for income to cover the large cost of the facility. This small gain may result in a big hit for stallholders and could send some to the wall. This idea is not coming from demand, its from wanting more income.

As for moving the existing Butler Street markets to the sportsfield, Cr Spooner says he hasnt heard one stallholder in favour.

Location is very important. Generally markets are held in towns and are within walking distance. Its more difficult to get to the Cavanbah Centre and it could create more traffic. Its worked well on Butler Street for nearly three decades. 

The Echo understands the genernal manager has long campaigned to move the existing markets from Butler Street to the Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road.

The Echo asked mayor Simon Richardson whether he was concerned that staff have interfered on a political decision.

He replied after print deadline that, I understand the DA is about providing the possibility for more uses. For example, by allowing a glamping option, we may be able to get sporting teams to use the facility over summer pre season et...


Food hub meeting hears of flawed DA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow food hub image from DA

Bangalow food hub image from DABangalow

Hans Lovejoy

It was standing room only in the Mullumbimby Council Chambers last Thursday as Bangalow residents and proponents made submissions about a large-scale food hub proposal on Lismore Road, Bangalow.

Located opposite the Industrial Estate, the contentious development application (DA) by Allan Abrahams Chase Lismore Road Pty Ltd has faced strong opposition from Bangalow residents and a unanimous council.

Greens state MP Tamara Smith has described the proposal as the right businesses on the wrong site.

Local businesses Brookfarm and Salumi, who are pushing for the development on behalf of landowner Mr Abraham, have both refused to comment or take questions from The Echo.

Both businesses told the meeting they are in dire need of a larger factory and cannot keep up with demand.

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) held the meeting, and chair Garry West told the chamber before submissions that their decision on the DA was based on the public interest.

Owing to the estimated $36.9m cost, the JRPP not Council are the consent authority.

The meeting was not to determine the development, said the former NSW Nationals MP, adding that more meetings were planned.

Those who spoke in favour were either the direct beneficiaries of the development or from the NSW Chamber of Commerce or Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers.

Seven spoke in favour, while 20 spoke against.

A recurring theme throughout the two-hour hearing was that the development application, which was prepared by Bangalow town planner Paul De Fina, was completely flawed and inadequate.



Explosive Podcast interview revealing David Walter Kangaroo Court Case "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer from Australian Patriot Radio conducted an interview with John ?? who delivers a mine field of information of how QLD Beaty government manipulated the system to remove all peoples rights without them knowing, they do not even own their own property and that David Walter exposing this and more is being silenced by a corrupt judicial system about to collapse.

There are two parts to this podcast you need to hear to be informed Click the pic below to listen


Melbourne voted most liveable city (again) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been voted the world's most lievable city by The Economist. 

The world's most liveable city without an airport train!


The Important Reason Your Social Media Feeds Will Look Different Today "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


Never before have Australias leading youth publishers joined forces to make an almighty noise about a singular issue. But marriage equality is perhaps the most important social fight weve faced in the last decade, so today, were doing exactly that.

From 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, August 23, FBi Radio, PEDESTRIAN.TV, Junkee, Broadsheet & VICE will turn darkthat means were blacking out our respective social channels and sites to make it very clear the time is now for you to take action and enrol or update your details for the upcoming postal vote on marriage equality.

The Australian Electoral Commissions deadline to enrol for this vote is midnight on Thursday, August 24, so were down to the wire on this one. And if you think most people have already done their bit, youd be wrong. According to the AEC, more than half a million people between the ages of 18 and 39 arent even on the electoral role. This is alarming, for obvious reasons.

So, please, take the time youd otherwise spend enjoying our content to make sure youre in the best possible position to Vote Yes when the time comes. That means giving your family and friends a nudge too, by sharing with them either this story or a link to the AEC.

Because granting our LGBTQIA+ friends the basic human rights theyve been denied for far too long is in your hands.

Check or update your enrolment now

FBi Radio, PEDESTRIAN.TV, Junkee, Broadsheet & VICE

PS- Today Arvos will sound a bit different. Its ArVOTES!

Tune in from 3pm to hear from some key voices campaigning for marriage equality including Heaps Gays Kat Dopper, Independent Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich, GetUp! Marriage Equality campaigner Sally Rugg, Buzzfeed Reporter Lane Sainty, VICE Features Editor Maddison Connaughton and musician Jack Colwell.


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Tweed salty-water crisis getting worse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

A release of water from Clarrie Hall Dam yesterday has failed to flush salt water from the Bray Park Weir, resulting in Tweed Shire Council asking all residents to minimise their use of water to limit the amount of salty water entering the Tweed reticulation system.

The councils water manager Anthony Burnham said the water release from the dam had limited success.

The wave that went down the river yesterday evening prevented further salt water getting into the weir from another higher-than-predicted tide overnight, Mr Burnham said.

But the salt levels in the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant are higher than yesterday and more residents will have salty water in their taps today.

The salt concentration will spike shortly and then we will see a gradual decrease in the salinity over the coming days. So it is important that the residents work with us and limit their use of water to minimise the quantity of salty water being drawn into the system. Basically all the salty water drawn in will have to be released via household taps so the less drawn in, the quicker this situation can be resolved.

A large release of water from Clarrie Hall Dam yesterday refreshed the top strata of water in the weir but the heavier salty water had sunk to the bottom of the pool.

Our tests have confirmed that the water being drawn into the Bray Park Treatment Plant is saltier than the water we tested yesterday morning, Mr Burnham said.

We have closed the deeper baffles where the water intake occurs to limit the draw of salt water from the lower water stratum within the weir pond and are only drawing from the top strata, which was refreshed by yesterdays release from the dam.

Today we will begin a continual release from the dam of 50 megalitres a day to maintain that refresh as we bring in a dredge to draw the salty water from the bottom and pump it out directly over the weir wall.

However, the salty water already within the reticulation system is going to spread beyond Murwillumbah today and over the coming days.

Tides up to 380mm higher than predicted pushed over the weir wall on Monday night.

Since Saturday, all the high tides have been greater than predicted but the last of these occurred overnight. While the spectacular solar eclipse in...


Sanctuary offers health, relaxation "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A chronic fatigue diagnosis has provided a Barwon Heads-based spa owner with a renewed sense of business purpose.
After time off work with the condition and successful treatment of a myriad of its symptoms with practices such as mindfulness and use of services offered at Chi Sanctuary, formerly Lotus Spa, the path for Lyndal McKechnies business was clear.
Lotus Spa always had a focus on offering treatments which provide relaxation and the benefit of increased wellbeing through a mindful practice, she said.
However, after my own successful use of mindfulness practice and our own infrared sauna to treat symptoms of an illness which was debilitating for me, I realised I wanted to increase that focus so much more.
Since coming back to work, Lyndal has named the spa Chi Sanctuary, to emphasise services such as new massage Cloud Hands which seek to correct clients energy imbalances as well as provide relaxation.
She has also sought out practitioners such as Chinese medicine specialist Petra Joly, wellbeing coach and kinesiology specialist Jenny Hunt and children and adult art therapist Emily Cardell.
Im excited to offer our clients much more than they can get at many day spas in the region, she said.
And while some things have changed at the popular Barwon Heads spa, others remain the same.
I worked at the The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in the UK for a number of years, she said.
Its a top spa there, and I think its standing largely comes from the fact that it has a huge focus on providing attention to individual client needs.
I was attuned to every different element of the client experience such as whether they were warm enough, whether the room was too light or dark and how they were responding to the volume of any music playing.
That was extremely formative, and that attention to client care is a huge focus at Chi Sanctuary which we will always have.

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Andrews govt announce big solar and auctions to kick off legislative push on Vic Renewables Target "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Lily_VRET_announcement_August_2017.jpgMEDIA RELEASE - 23 August 2017

"A vital stepping stone towards 10,000 jobs"

The Andrews government have this morning announced the first big solar farms in the state as well as auctions to bring 650 megawatts of new projects online to kick off the legislative push on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. 

Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement and say its a vital stepping stone for the Andrews government towards its commitment to deliver 5,400 megawatts of solar and wind by 2025--taking Victoria to 40 percent renewables.


Man accused of Grafton school teacher murder terrorised in jail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Murdered Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

Murdered Grafton school teacher Sharon Edwards.

The husband of a Grafton school teacher charged with her murder says he is being terrorised, assaulted and stood-over in jail, but he was again refused bail.

John Wallace Edwards appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday afternoon, his 61st birthday, via videolink from Cessnock jail.

The disappearance of 55-year-old Sharon Edwards attracted national media attention when she went missing on Saturday March 14, 2015, and again when Mr Edwards was arrested at Redcliffe in June and charged with her murder.

Before the luncheon adjournment, Magistrate David Heilpern was given a 19 page statement of facts relating to the case to read before considering bail.

Barrister Peter OConnor applied for bail for Mr Edwards, stating cause could be shown to justify his release based on three factors; the strength of the bail application, the lack of strength of the prosecution case and medical reasons.

The accused says he has absolutely no involvement whatsoever in the disappearance of his wife, Mr OConnor said.

Aware he was a suspect in the investigation into Mrs Edwards disappearance, Mr OConnor said his client had given police a detailed interview and twice approached them with information.

He has continued, on a number of occasions, to provide police with information, Mr OConnor said.

There have been no attempts on his part to flee or conceal his whereabouts.

The court heard Mr Edwards had worked as a teacher for the NSW Education Department until he was medically retired.

Mr OConnor said he suffered from a number of medical conditions including vitamin B deficiency, chronic emphysema, a pre-cancerous condition, and a growth that had developed in his testes since he had been arrested.

Currently in the high-care unit at Cessnock jail, Mr OConnor said Mr Edwards was assaulted four weeks ago and terrorised by threats from inmates.

Persons in the custodial institution believe he has funds in his annuity and he is being stood over for money, Mr OConnor said.

Since his arrest, Mr OConnor said Mr Edwards had not been able to exercise or get sunshine.

Mr O&#821...


Former Police For Cannabis Legalisation: An Interview with Weeded Warriors Damon Adams "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Growing concerns over the opium trade were central to the League of Nations establishing the 1925 Geneva Convention, which imposed global restrictions on the production and use of opium and coca. Cannabis was added to the agenda at the last minute. After the meeting, the Commonwealth of Australia wrote to the state governments, requesting they

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Casino man jailed over Bangalow Road crash that killed Booyong woman "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kenneth John Roberts wept as he was sentenced to 12 months jail over the March 2015 death of a Booyong woman on Bangalow Road at Howards Grass.

The 44-year-old Casino man appeared in Lismore District Court last Friday, August 18, when guilty pleas were confirmed to charges stemming from the collision between his Nissan Navara and a Hyundai I30 Virginia Hanlon was a front seat passenger in.

Officers from the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene of the fateful March 13 incident that claimed Ms Hanlons life.

Following the investigation, Mr Roberts was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death, exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 km/h and not keeping left of the dividing line.

After leaving home at 4.45 am that morning and driving to Stapylton, north of the Gold Coast, Mr Roberts attended an 8.45 am job interview and drove straight back home suffering a headache, the agreed statement of facts said.

Mr Roberts stopped for 20 minutes rest at Chinderah after purchasing and taking two panadol for his headache.

He continued driving home and on Bangalow Road a motorist following Mr Roberts in his blue Nissan Navara near Clunes told police he was veering to one side of the road then correcting himself and speeding up and slowing down.

As he rounded the end of a long bend just east of Howards Grass Road, court documents stated Mr Roberts Nissan crossed the centre lines and collided with the Hyundai, which had swerved to avoid him.

Both Mr Roberts and the driver of the Hyundai were able to free themselves from the wreckage and were treated at the scene before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital with minor injuries.

When the collision occurred, roadworks were underway on Bangalow Road and the speed limit had been reduced to 60 km/h.

The statement of facts about the case revealed during the crash investigation, police calculated Mr Roberts Nissan was travelling between 72 km/h and 80 km/h in the 60 km/h zone.

Judge Laura Wells adjourned Mr Roberts matters for sentencing until Tuesday, August 22, when he sat in the dock with his head down, clearly emotional.

In sentencing Mr Roberts, Judge Wells said he had made substantial progress rehabilitating his lifestyle and managing his fragile psychological state.

Despite finding special circumstances in Mr Roberts case and considering him unlikely to reoffend, Judge Wells said a period of full time custody was necessary as nothing could negate the impact of his actions and their result on Mrs Hanlons family and friends.

Mr Roberts was sentenced to a non-parole period of 12 months and was di...


Chris Hemsworth is Austs $31 million man "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.

The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.

Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.

Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.

The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.

Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.

Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.

Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.

It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.

Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).

The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.

Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...


NSW top poker machines' revenue revealed and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Western Sydney dominates the list of highest-profiting machines, with 13 of the top 25 most profitable pokie-hotels located in the Fairfield and Canterbury/Bankstown regions. (Image: Flickr/Denni Schnapp)

Topping the list is The El Cortez Hotel in Fairfield, which made a profit of 13.9 million dollars in the 2016/17 financial year. The statewide revenue figure exceeded 250 million dollars over the same period.

Suburbs in Western Sydney are some of the most disadvantaged in New South Wales, and these figures have prompted calls for the state government to do more to protect vulnerable community members.

Lord Mayor rules out encouraging yes vote

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will not be calling on Brisbanites to vote yes for marriage equality.


Facebook, Google put on spot over revenue "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Facebook and other tech companies will be grilled about their tax. Photo EPA/Luong Thai Linh

Facebook and other tech companies will be grilled about their tax.
Photo EPA/Luong Thai Linh

Internet giants Facebook and Google have been grilled about how much they really earn in Australia during a parliamentary inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, amid concerns about an extraordinary discrepancy.

Representatives from both companies gave evidence on Tuesday that they had restructured their operations in order to comply with multinational tax avoidance laws recently passed by the Australian parliament.

But crossbench senator Nick Xenophon said evidence to a separate Senate committee in Sydney on Tuesday into the future of journalism from academics at the Melbourne Business School suggested an extraordinary discrepancy between what Facebook and Google say their revenues are in Australia.

The evidence suggested half of Australias $18 billion advertising market was digital, with Facebook and Google accounting for 75 per cent, putting their revenues in Australia around $6 or $7 billion.

Asked by Senator Xenophon whether Facebooks numbers accurately reflected the advertising revenue received in Australia, the companys vice president of tax and treasury Ted Price insisted the figures were very credible.

He said advertising on Facebook processed by the companys Sydney or Melbourne offices generated revenue of $327 million in 2016, with the company paying $3.3 million in tax.

That compared to a revenue of $33.6 million before the new tax avoidance laws came into effect, with tax payable of just $815,000.

Google said its Australian advertising revenue was $1.14 billion in 2016, with director of international tax, Damon Richardson, insisting that figure was audited by an external firm.

Were paying the appropriate amount of tax that we believe is correct here in Australia, he told the committee.

Both companies are currently being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

Meanwhile, Apple told the committee its tax arrangements in Australia had been given the tick of approval by authorities following a long-running audit.

The companys managin...


ADF says determined to stamp out abuse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

The Australian Defence Force will not forget its past failures in its determination to stamp out abuse, its vice chief says.

The child abuse royal commission has found the Navy and Army failed in their duty of care to junior recruits and apprentices, who were sexually and physically abused decades ago.

The commission also said Defence has not been entirely successful in preventing child sexual abuse within the ADF Cadets despite a number of reviews since at least 2000.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, who apologised to victims during the commissions public hearing, said the courage of the abuse survivors and their families has been an important catalyst for change in the ADF.

What happened to them was wrong, Vice Admiral Griggs said after the commission released its findings on Tuesday.

However, their stories of personal suffering have helped change the ADF and strengthened the resolve of the senior leadership to stamp out abuse in Defence.

Vice Admiral Griggs said the victims who had come forward to the royal commission, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and Defence more generally were owed a debt of gratitude.

The failures of the past will not be forgotten; but it is reassuring that the royal commission has acknowledged the significant work that has been undertaken by Defence to create uniformed child safety procedures and protocols.

He said that did not mean Defence could relax its commitment.

The safety and wellbeing of children involved with, or working within, Defence is paramount, which is why significant resources have been committed to embedding an enduring youth safety culture within the organisation.

The commission found the management systems at HMAS Leeuwin in Western...


The Hurtful Side of the Marriage Equality Vote "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Critics of the federal governments twice blocked marriage equality plebiscite which has now morphed into a non-compulsory postal vote have long warned that such a move would unnecessarily subject the LGBTIQ community to a hateful and discriminatory no campaign. On Monday morning, the ugly side of the

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The Preatures Girlhood "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Girlhood, the latest album from The Preatures, is full of songs about growing up in Sydney as a young woman

Expect to hear frontwoman Isabella Izzi Manfredi more vulnerable and exposed than ever before, her voice floating over emotive instrumentals, and delivering some of her best songwriting to date. The rest of the band producer and guitarist Jack Moffitt, drummer Luke Davison and bassist Thomas Champion inject the new album with a palpable energy.

Girlhood is a well-executed album with a strong concept, and this weeks Feature Album on 2RRR.

Highlight tracks: The First Nigh, Lip Balm, Magick, Your Fan and Cherry Ripe.


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



Hanson speaks the truth about Muslims taking over Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Speech in the senate August 9, 2017

Senator Pauline Hanson sorts out the haunting Muslim problem facing all Australians

I am well known for speaking up about immigration, but what isnt well known is that I am not anti migrant. In 1996, I spoke out about the high rate of immigration from Asia that would have put us on a trajectory of losing our Australian identity. I support immigration when it is in the best interests of Australia, but we have made a mistake in accepting high levels of migrants from countries where democracy is unknown and accepting people who follow Islam and its political ideology.

One of the reasons we dont know enough about the extent of the problems with Islamic immigration is that political parties dont want to upset the Muslim vote. There is plenty of information collected, but it is not published and it is not available to senators like myself. In hiding the evidence of high unemployment and high dependence on social welfare, the government hopes you wont discover the problems associated with Australian Muslim communities.

Despite the best efforts of Labor and the coalition, we have found some reliable information. The unemployment rate amongst Australian Muslims is more than double the average rate and it is m...


PATIENT WOLF GIN OPEN DAY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It's been 6 months since Patient Wolf launched their premium dry gin in Brunswick. This Saturday, the 26th August, they are opening the distillery doors to the public for the first time. They are putting on tours, free tastings, G&T specials and there'll be a cellar door so people will be able to grab bottle from the source.

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The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.


UFO Blows up satellite rocket launch "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

This is footage of the September 1, 2016 failed launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9. In this footage, which is slowed down and zoomed in, showing what appears to be a very

fast-moving sphere passing by the rocket at the very moment that it exploded on the launch pad.

The official statement was, SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for todays standard pre-launch static fire test, there was an anomaly on the pad, resulting in the

loss of the vehicle and its payload. Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries.

The rocket was carrying a satellite commissioned from French satellite operator Eutelsat by Facebook to expand broadband Internet service in sub-Saharan Africa.


Muskies and elms "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

At this time of year the flowering of the English Elms around Newstead provide a late winter treat for lorikeets.

Musk Lorikeets are by far the most common diners, but if youre lucky both Little and Purple-crowned Lorikeets can also be seen.

Musk Lorikeets, Wyndham Street Newstead, 20th August 2017


In Praise of Trees "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Tree Planting Diary 2009

In 1999 I wrote an article with the same title for a different publication.  This article listed food production, windbreaks and six other benefits that trees provide for us. It concluded: Planting and nurturing a tree is a positive act in terms of humanity (as others will benefit from your act), the environment and even in personal power. It is an act of love for the earth, nature, your fellows and yourself. The article was primarily about planting and reafforestation though it did mention our native forests as a thing of beauty.

However it just made a single mention of perhaps the most important benefit forests as a carbon store. Growing trees as a carbon sequestration is, as various memes in the twittersphere point out, the only form of carbon capture and storage that actually works. For some years whenever I found a massive tree I would measure its circumference and make a rule of thumb calculation as to how much carbon was stored in that particular tree. The calculation was done by measuring the tree circumference at shoulder height then applying this figure to a table to give a return of carbon in kilograms stored. For example a young hardwood tree with a circumference of one hand (28cm) indicated a carbon storage of 33 kilograms; a circumference of 4 hands (100cm) more than 1 ton of storage and a very large tree with a circumference of 3 arms widths (5m) stored about 90 tons of carbon. It is easy then to comprehend that mature ash forest store more than 1900 tons of carbon per hectare.

Shade from trees and their cooling effect is another aspect relevant to a warming climate. Using trees in towns to help mitigate warming is something I hope to look at soon. In the meantime various government departments appear to be doing their best to destroy and remove these precious assets. I have blogged on the need to cease the logging practices of this government which destroys large areas of these stores and produces prodigious amounts of greenhouse gases. This is done to protect a small number of jobs making clear fell logging doubly damaging to our climate. Other departments are clearing trees such as those along little travelled roads fo...


Is a leather seat better than vinyl? "IndyWatch Feed"

Is leather better than vinyl when it comes to choosing the best seat for your motorcycle?

We asked longtime motorcycle seat upholsterer John Moorhouse of Ergo Seats in Brisbane for his advice when we dropped off our Ducati GT1000 seat for a new cover and comfortable foam.

Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsJohn with our Ducati GT1000

The seat will be ready in five days and it will apparently take about 1000km to bed in, so we will give you a full review of the performance level in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, theres that issue of whether to go for leather or vinyl.

John talked us into leather, although he says customers are split about 50/50 on the choice.

Leather looks great and, if you look after it, I wont see you back, he says.

Thats not good business but they last 30 years or more if looked after.

He suggests dressing the leather with lanolin or a special crocodile oil mixture.

That makes sense as Ive never seen a croc with old-age wrinkles!

Crocodile seat Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsCroc skin seat

John says he mainly works with cow leather, but he gets requests for croc skin, kangaroo, emu, snake and even stingray which has an unusual finish.

I havent used stingray yet as you need special...


Turnbull government moves to slash chemical safety testing regulations "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The following article by Nicole Hasham (The Sydney Morning Herald 20 August 2017), about the proposed relaxation of assessment of toxic chemicals for public threat is extremely worrying, when even the existing laws have meant that we are forced to love in an environment that is compromising the health of the population. Further relaxation is bound to impact further into the health risks face by Australians. The bill is being examined in the Senate and as more people become aware of its existence, the opposition to it is growing.

A Turnbull government move to slash industrial chemical regulation could create toxic chemical disasters and leave the public and officials oblivious to the risks, critics have warned.

Cancer Council Australia, unions and public health advocates have expressed alarm over the proposed changes, which mean more than 99 per cent of new industrial chemicals will not be officially assessed for threats to public health and the environment before being introduced to the public.

Industrial chemicals pervade our daily lives they are present in cosmetics, fragrances, paint, petrol, cleaners, dyes and plastics, and are used in mining, construction and manufacturing.

Under a bill introduced by Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie, industry would be allowed to self-assess whether a chemical new to Australia was low-risk and therefore exempt, meaning it could be brought to market without being reported to the regulator or having its safety assessed.

About 10,500 new chemicals were reported to the regulator, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), last financial year.

Under the proposed regime NICNAS would assess just 0.75 per cent of new chemicals before they are used by industry down from the current rate of 3.3 per cent.

The government said the proposal would reduce red tape and save industry about $23 million a year. It said cuts to the assessment of low-risk chemicals before use by industry would be balanced by increased post-market monitoring, to ensure that health and environmental protections are maintained.

But chairman of the Cancer Councils occupational and environmental cancers committee, Terry Slevin, said while a chemical might be considered safe today, in 10 years time we might have evidence to suggest we were mistaken.

He pointed to toxic compounds used for decades in some firefighting foam, and tattoo inks, one in five of which have been found to contain carcinogenic chemicals.

If a chemical did become problematic, under the new regime the regulator may have no mechanism to identify where that chemical has been in use, where it might currently be in use and the quantity of that chemical in Australia, Mr Slevin...


Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lone Goat Gallery presents

Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop

Coordinated by Myo Yim &
Monkey Monkey Shake Shake

Workshop & Performance 12 3PM Saturday 26 August

Let Monkey Monkey Shake Shake show you how to channel your inner Grizzly Bear!

Work with MMSS artist and costumier Myo Yim, and take home your own Grizzly Bear felt hat.

Adults and kids (or two adults) can work on a hat as a team or pair, its more fun that way!

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Assistance and guidance will be provided by workshops hosts.

This workshop is suitable for all crafty adults and children at any level of experience, but young children will be best served working with an adult or older child as a team.

Saturday 26 August 12-3pm
$65 (plus booking fee) per hat
Bookings strictly limited
All materials supplied
Afternoon tea Grizzly Bear Picnic!
Hosted by MMSS costumier and collaborator MYO!

The post Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


EDFL: Catani beats Ellinbank, plus Round 18 scores "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Catani defeated Ellinbank 10.9.69 to 7.8.50 in their EDFL Round 18 Seniors game on Saturday.


MACKAY Naked violent crim on rooftop a waste of time "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

Drunk man licked stranger, then punched a hero

August 22, 2017 at 11:52AM ,

been in a bar with a friend and the defendant walked up and licked her on the cheek, prosecutor Shelby Larcombe told Mackay Magistrates Court.

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Who's Who in Charlottesville "Unite The Right" Rally litigation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Eighteen far right groups and every single person who marched as part of the Unite The Right Rally on 11-12 August 2017 is being sued by two female Charlottesville residents injured when a car allegedly driven by a rally participant crashed into the back of their car.

This driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was charged with second degree murder, malicious wounding and hit and run by Charlottesville police on 12 August 2017.
This may not be the last lawsuit in relation to this violent white supremacist rally.


Things are crook at Tallarook for the Turnbull Government in August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 21 August 2017 The Australian published the 18th Newspoll in a row with negative numbers for the Coalition Federal Government:

The Turnbull government has taken a battering after a week of turmoil over the citizenship of key ministers, with the Coalition trailing Labor by 46 to 54 per cent in another brutal verdict from voters.

Labor has climbed to its strongest primary vote this year, with its core support at 38 per cent, giving it a convincing lead that would see it form government with a gain of 20 seats if the trend held at the next federal election.

The latest Newspoll, conducted exclusively for The Australian, shows the governments primary vote has fallen from 36 to 35 per cent over the past two weeks, amid internal rows over same-sex marriage and the storm over the foreign citizenship of three cabinet ministers.

Malcolm Turnbull has lost ground to Bill Shorten in his personal standing with Australians but has held his lead as preferred prime minister, favoured by 43 per cent of...

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Tuesday, 22 August


BACCHUS MARSH "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Bacchus Marsh is a rural centre and regional locality in Victoria, Australia located approximately 57 kilometres north west of the state capital Melbourne and 15 kilometres west of Melton at a near equidistance to the major cities of Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong. The population of the Bacchus Marsh urban area was 20,345 at the 2016 census. The State Suburb by the same name is home to 6,394 people and contains the central business district.

Bacchus Marsh is the largest rural area in the local government area of Shire of Moorabool. Traditionally a market garden area, producing a large amount of the region's fruits and vegetables in recent decades it has transformed into the main commuter town on the Melbourne-Ballarat corridor with its affordable starter homes proving popular. It was named after one of its original inhabitants, Captain William Henry Bacchus, who saw the great value of this locality as it was situated on two rivers the Lerderderg and Werribee.

One of the first white men to reach the Bacchus Marsh valley was pastoralist Kenneth Scobie Clarke (c. 180679), a native of Sutherland in Scotland. Clarke was a manager for the Great Lake Company of Van Diemens Land and arrived in the Port Phillip District from George Town on 25 March 1836. Captain Bacchus credited Clarke as being the first man to shear sheep in Victoria, although the Hentys had arrived in Portland with their sheep some two years earlier.

On 29 November 1836, Clarke headed west from Port Phillip with a large flock of sheep, arriving in the Bacchus Marsh district a few days later. He built a hut on the west bank of the Lerderderg River near Darley, and lived there until early 1838. According to pastoralist George Russell, Clarke had acted on information obtained from Mr Aitken, an Edinburgh man, who was most put out when he discovered that Clarke had beaten him to the Pentland Hills run.

In 1838, Englishman Captain Will...


Trip Report - Esk Weekend Away "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Black Falcon [Steve Popple pic]
Another successful weekend away for our group with good company and good birds and wildlife.

Blue billed Duck [poor pic by Ken Cross]
The weekend started at 5-30pm on the friday afternoon or it was going to start then however one of our number was delayed by a massive fire which caused a chaos that in turn caused massive traffic delays. It was soon forgotten though as we drove up over the Blackall Range through Mapleton and Maleny before dropping down west of Peachester enroute to Kilcoy and our evening meal. Next stop was our digs for a two night stay - Esk Caravan Park.


Moving Boxes "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Free moving boxes along with packing material (paper and bubble wrap).

Sms 0449 708 565 for the address.



Weed Out African Weed Orchids "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Weed out African Weed Orchids before they invade the whole of Merri and Edgar's Creeks!

These invasive plants spread thousands of seeds - we need to get them before they start!

This Saturday 10-12 in Reservoir.

Ngarri-djarrang (Central Creek Grassland) Davidson St Reservoir, Melway 8 B12



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Wooden cot & mattress for sale.

127cm in length.

One side has height adjustment to easily lower in baby.

Roller wheels attached to legs for convenient movement.

Thick comfortable mattress comes with, so you dont have to look for mattress separately.



Writers Block and Regional Galleries "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 24 August focuses on regional galleries in NSW and the psyche of creative people..

Firstly, we explore why so many creative people suffer anxiety and self-doubt.

peta landman for publicationPsychotherapist Peta Landman, herself an arts practitioner, author and former arts manager speaks to us about some of the issues creative individuals face in their work.

Whether this is writers block, procrastination or self-denigration, Peta works to assist each individual to understand the cause of their concerns and advises on ways to overcome these problems and move forward in their work.


john Cheeseman for publicationThen follows a conversation with John Cheeseman, both President of the Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW and Director of Mosman Art Gallery who speaks with us about regional galleries in NSW, their role and importance.

If you love art and are travelling around the state then you should be aware of the many regional galleries you can visit.


For further information on Peta Landman go to:


Four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Also at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Also popping into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 22 August was four Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.  They looked to fly in together from the North and were heard to be using the one radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

They four MRH-90s are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville.  They were identified as A40-009, A40-013, A40-019 and A40-035.


Cliff Dwellings "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This cliff is going to play a starring part in the right side panel of the weave painting. Louis Nowra told me, the cliff between Potts Pt and the Loo has been hacked away over the years. Even now a development is chopping away at the rock between McElhone and Brougham Sts for a carpark, One day Bob Askin's DMR will have achieved its dream of converting Woolloomooloo and the Cross into a flat plain


1) No deal yet on Freeports 51% share divestment: Luhut "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) They asked the UN to hand in hand to Deiyai case

1) No deal yet on Freeports 51% share divestment: Luhut
Jakarta | Tue, August 22, 2017 | 10:27 am

Last week, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the government had agreed to extend PT Freeport Indonesias contract to 2041 in exchange for the companys agreement to divest 51 percent of its shares and to construct smelter, but on Monday he made different statement.  
"[The negotiation] is still ongoing, but an agreement is on the way. Our requirements [] cannot disputed, he said.
"Our stance is fixed. We will never back down. The current contract will end in 2021, [but after that] we will not just do what they tell us to."


Christian teaching removed from schools "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter on Thursday afternoon questioned the Minister representing the Attorney General on the eradication of Christian moral grounding in Primary Schools across Australia.

Attorney General, secularist attacks upon Christianity inundate Nativity scenes gone. Star removed from Christmas trees. Now QLDs government eradicates Christian moral teachings from schoolyards.

Chairman Mao killed millions due to humanism which is replacing Christianity in State Schools. Charles Darwin was a fraud admitting on his death bed that he had been wrong about evolution

Can we be assured that the replacement wont be humanism to quote Lenin, Communisms father and mother, Stalin Mao 72m dead or Charles Darwin Adolf Hitlers master race 26m dead?

And that education in Australia tells of Pax Romanus replacing Roman tyranny.  Bishop Langstons Magna Carta, the abolition of slavery, the collapse of communism and historys 6 greatest scientists all this from the carpenter preacher from Nazareth?  

The question is in response to a report auditing religious instruction curriculum in public schools  issued by the Queensland Department of Education and Training which noted that students should not be encouraged to evangelise to other students at school and referenced that schools should take appropriate action if a student is found to be doing so.

Mr Katter said Judeo-Christian was the motivating force of some of the most prominent names in our history books.

Pasteur, Newton, Einstein, Galileo, Mandell and Faraday all practiced Judeo-Christianity and the three...


Caught in a canyon "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

ON Thursday August 17, a Welshpool man was taken to La Trobe Hospital after surviving a horror crash. Sergeant Barrie McCoy was on the scene for several hours and explained []

The post Caught in a canyon appeared first on Foster Community Online.


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #556 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Read Online What's On this Week | 22 - 28 August 2017Welcome to Newsletter | #556 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 22nd August 2017 to Monday 28th August 2017 Melbourne Day Family Festival Melbourne Day invites all Melburnians to celebrate 182 marvellous years on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in the lead up to the citys official birthday on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Melbourne Day Family Festival & Concert | Melbourne Day Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } A fabulous festival of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival | Night Market | Steam Train European Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Every Friday night (4-10.30pm) in August transforms into a wonderland of European fare quirky stalls and entertainment. European Night Market | Madame Brussels Lane Forever Crazy by Crazy Horse .nobrtable br { display: none } Celebrating 65 years of Parisian Glamour and inspired by the endless theme of femininity and sophistication. Forever Crazy | The Palms at Crown St Kilda Winter Music Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } A week of FREE Live Music returns to the streets of the City of Port Phillip. Saturday 19 to Saturday 26 August 2017 Live N Local 2017 Model Train Exhibition 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 26-27 Aug | Australian Model Railway association presents Victoria's premier model train exhibition. Model Train Exhibition | Caulfield Racecourse Paperific Craft Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } Friday 25 August - Sunday 27 August | Heaven on Earth for Papercraft Lovers! Paperific Craft Expo 2017 | Melbourne Showgrounds Australian Professional Photography Awards .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbournes Largest Photography Awards & Trade Show is free 25-27 Aug at the Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre Australian Professional Photography Awards 2017 More On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } A Walk In The Park for Parkinsons Victoria, Artists on Were Street, Bendigo on the Hop, Craft Cubed Festival, FRAMED Photography Exhibition, German Auto Show for Deaf Children Australia, Hearing Awareness Week, I Do I Do Wedding Expo, Indian Film Festival, National Op Shop Week, Top Dog Film Festival, Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest View Event Details Markets This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Check Out these markets Really Really Free Market Preston, Re New U Healing Market, Market on Manuka, WAM Pop Up Makers Market Thornbury, A Plus Market Coburg, Hurstbridge Night Market, Melbourne Mamma's Market, Nic Nac Paddy Whack Market Berwick, Taralye Market Day, The Creators Market Prahran, Batman Night Market, Sisters' Market @ Brunswick, Somers Winter Market, Docklands Sunday Market, Flemington Racecourse Craft Market, Computer Markets This Weekend + More......


A Brisbane venue refuses entry to Denmarks Prince Frederik over his I.D. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Many Brisbane venues havent exactly been stoked about the mandatory introduction of the I.D. scanners that are apparently intended to keep the city safe, and one venue has just had a particularly embarrassing issue as a result of the new tech, causing them to turn away Denmarks Crown Prince (and husband of former Aussie Princess Mary) because of his I.D.

As Fairfax reports, the 49 year old royal was declined entry to the Eagle St Piers Jade Buddha bar just before midnight on Friday, as he didnt have any sort of identification compatible with the scanners an issue that is causing problems for many tourists as well.

The understandably shocked prince and his group left the area, but came back 15 minutes later with the 7 Queensland police officers assigned to his dignitary protection unit, who explained to the venue manager that the I.D. requirements didnt apply to foreign royals, as theyd been granted the authority of the Office of Liquor and Gaming to let the poor bloke in.

Brisbane I.D. laws a nightmare

Venue co-owner Phil Hogan eventually made his way to the front of the venue to try to save everyone from further embarrassment summed up how a lot of locals feel about the scanners, which cost $8000 each to install, and became mandatory for anyone operating within the citys Safe Night precincts after 10pm, with the only alternative an option to shift closing time from 2am or 3am to midnight.

Its a stupid law. We always thought it was going to be a nightmare, Mr Hogan said. Its happening all the time and the whole thing has been a nightmare from a tourist point of view. Its just a nonsense. Its a real over-reaction.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with the Prince, he continued. Its happening all the time with normal people.

The introduction of I.D. scanners has been on the table for years, with many arguing that their introduction would create a nightmare in terms of logistics and privacy, and as Fairfax notes, Brisbane venues have reported having to turn away everyone from respected foreign business people to backpackers and tourists often in large numbers and causing significant losses to the venue owners.

While anyone with a less conventional form of I.D. is at risk of being turned away, Fairfax reports that Attorney-General Yvette DAth has described the issues following the July 1 introduction as teething problems, and will be consulting with venues as the rollout continues.

Perhaps theyd best ask the Crown Prince of Denmark for his thoughts on the matter....



Ryde Liberals Launch The Ryde Liberal team officially launched their campaign at Anzac Park West Ryde last weekend featuring Trenton Brown and Amy Lee (West Ward); Sarkis Yedelian and Chris Moujalli (Central Ward) and Jordan Lane and Brigid Meney (East Ward). Ross Williams team launches campaign A packed house attended the launch of the Ross []


Man killed as wind brings down wall "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

THIRTY year old construction site worker Thong Tran was killed in Carlingford last Wednesday when high winds brought a brick wall crashing down on him. Fellow workers and ambulance officers were unable to save Thong Trans life after the wall collapsed on him around 10am. Police will make inquiries into the incident and will prepare []


Three ways Madeca can bring out the inner you "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

MADECA in Blaxland Road Ryde has everything you need to renew yourself from our award-winning facials, hair treatments, tanning, waxing, to IPL laser hair removal, makeup services, manicures, pedicures and body treatments. The two storey one-stop beauty salon features a hair salon, manicure and pedicure service, a makeup studio and beauty therapy rooms designed for []


The Peoples Mayor trains for election challenge of a lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

City of Ryde Independent candidate Roy Maggio is keeping fit for the upcoming September 9 local government election with the help of Creative Fitness master trainer Aleisha Cossettini. Aleisha and Roy are pictured at Yamble Reserve in North Ryde yesterday where the pair went a few rounds in the open air boxing ring. Creative Fitness []


Make your own skincare Saturday September 9th "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

imagesCome and learn how to make your own skin care products that are all natural without all the chemical nasties. You will take away new skills, recipes and learn how easy it is to make what you need at home.  We continue to run this workshop because it is so popular so grab a friend and make a booking. More details.





WIRES invites you to go 'wild' for a night at the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On October 3, Sydneys newest luxury hotel - Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour - will open its doors to WIRES and 27 other deserving charities.

As part of the Sofitels gala pre-opening night, WIRES has been given 15 overnight stay packages to auction in an online fundraiser.

We expect this will go a long way to raise much-needed funds for emergency wildlife rescue and care, said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor.

We rely on donations to keep our organisation running and this is a unique opportunity to offer our supporters a once-in-a-lifetime experience in return for their kind support, she said.

Those lucky WIRES supporters who are successful in bidding for each of the packages on offer, will have the opportunity to be the first to stay at the new Sofitel - the only new build, five-star hotel developed in Sydney since 1999.

This is a first in many ways, said Ms Taylor. Its a first for Sydney, having such a magnificent new hotel and a first for WIRES in being able participate in this charity opening night.

We cant thank the Sofitel enough for making this possible, she said.

Ms Taylor encourages everyone who supports wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to register for WIRES online auction which will commence on Monday 4 September and close on Friday 8 September, 2017.

Each package being auctioned by WIRES will be named after a much-loved animal native to New South Wales, including: Bandicoot, Blue-tongued Lizard, Cockatoo, Eagle, Echidna, Glider, Kangaroo, Koala, Kookaburra, Platypus, Possum, Python, Wallaby, Wombat.

You can bid to be our official Wombat VIP or our Bandicoot VIP, just bid for whichever animal you love the most, said Ms Taylor, adding that WIRES cares for all these species and many more.

Each of the packages up for auction has the same inclusions:
- One nights stay at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour on 3 October (for two)
- Complimentary breakfast for all hotel guests
- An exclusive invitation to the Gala Ballroom Event (for two)
- The chance to explore this luxurious hotel for the first time offering

All 590 rooms at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour have stunning views of Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour. Guests can also experience a........

Monday, 21 August


PRACTICING JOY IN THE APOCALYPSE part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

We can approach connecting to joy and to our wild roots through the physical body as discussed in part one [below]. But the practice continues as we connect all the fragmented parts of ourselves body, mind, heart/soul.

Wild Mind

When you see the words wild and mind together your first thoughts may be of a mind that is uncontrollable and untameable. But by the term wild mind I mean quite the opposite. A wild mind is at ease, not involved as much in doing as in being. A wild mind is present and connected and not caught up in the ego driven project of list-ticking and achievement making. A wild mind is in a state of flow as opposed to stagnation. A wild mind is not rushing, projecting, planning but is in the state of effortless awareness.

Meditation practice cultivates the wild mind as we settle into our awareness. The practice is simple: Sit, be still and focus. The object of focus can be anything. In Jivamukti Open classes we link the mantra Let Go, with the breath. Another way to approach sitting practice is to take it outside into nature and have your focus be to watch the world around you with care and attention to simply be present in the world around you.

Wild Heart

A wild heart is in love with the Earth. A wild heart loves freely and fiercely. A wild heart feels connected to sacred life, all life. A wild heart is protective and caring and compassionate and reverent.

My favourite poem is Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver. The first few lines cut-through. She writes,

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

We focus so much of our saving-the-world efforts on behaviour change, and when we fail in aligning our actions with our vision for a better world perhaps we chide ourselves, when we, for example forget our reusable coffee cup or shopping bag. Behaviour change is important, however, we cant neglect the source of where these acts of care come from. When we cultivate love and connection with the Earth our actions evolve organically. We align more effortlessly with our caring, altruistic and cooperative nature. And we protect what we love. Our primary focus then, n...

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