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Tuesday, 10 July


Finding the Art in Phuket "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Art of Painting Yourself into a Corner

Anthony S Cameron

The wind was howling like a love sick dog, bending the rain sodden trees over so they looked like a line of giants bowing at us as we made our way to the beach. Broken branches lay scattered across the road, street signs and advertising banners lay where they once stood or were hanging precariously out of trees like Cristo had been here in a really, really dark mood. Maailay, my trusty companion and partner in scrounging crimes and general adventures squinted ahead into the squall, her perpetual smile there despite, or even because of, the treacherous conditions. Her smile infected me with the speed of a genetically engineered virus as we rode past Nai Harn Lake and I could feel the rain smashing against my grinning teeth as the foul brown lake beside us gathered all the shit off the streets and spewed it out into the Andaman Sea. I looked at her again, and broke into a hearty laugh as full and satisfying as a good Sunday roast at the local pub.

I am pretty sure my dog is a bit crazy too.

The beach parking area was flooded, usurped by a ferocious ocean, it having deposited several trees into the lagoon along with a tonne or so of plastic, a not so subtle show of strength that had me gulping as I parked on higher ground. Maailay was out of the sidecar before it had stopped and was happily ensconced in the remnants of a fish she had found in the debris, rolling over and over in it like she had found some kind of Nirvana. I tightened the hood of my one dollar rain poncho, leaned into the 50kms/hr wind and headed for what was left of the beach.

I stood on some rocks and surveyed the carnage. The beach was beautifully bereft of people, and awash in debris, just the way I like it. An extra strong gust of wind greeted me by ripping my poncho clean off and depositing it in the nearby trees, which weirdly had me laughing again. It was obviously going to be a ha-fucking-larious kind of a day.

The beach we had walked on yesterday was gone, having been removed by the two metre swell, which was now working on removing the cliffs as we walked towards them, the spray of each wave flying up into the air whilst more trees and enormous balls of tangled rope floated near the surface awaiting their turn to paint the landscape with the discarded human brush.



We made our way along the beach, climbing over mountains of the shit no-one wants, looking for that safe foothold not containing a...


Summary of events in West Papua -June "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua  (11 June-10 July 2018)

New Amnesty International report
A new Amnesty International report claims that the Indonesian security forces have unlawfully killed at least 95 people in little more than eight years in the eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua, with the majority of perpetrators never being held to account for the crimes. 

From AI UK media release (2 July)
The report, Don't bother, just let him die": Killing with impunity in Papua, describes how police and soldiers have shot dead peaceful independence activists and protesters, as well as dozens of other Papuans in non-political contexts, including a mentally-disabled young man. Killings have shown no sign of letting up since President Joko Jokowi Widodo took office in 2014, despite his promises to prioritise human rights in Papua.


1) PNG PM urges Pacific countries to take Papua issue to UN "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) West Papua issue a sensitive subject  
3) Nihopara clarifies MACFest concerns 
4) 95% of Papuans support Jokowis reelection: Enembe-Tinal
1) PNG PM urges Pacific countries to take Papua issue to UN
RNZI 7:43 pm 10 July



Andrew Wurster "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Name: Andrew Wurster Location: Essendon, Victoria In a sentence explain your craft? Urban photography with a focus on capturing evolving neighbourhoods Whats your proudest piece?   Where does your creativity come from? Ive always created, made drawings and lego as a child, as I grew it evolved into painting, sculpture. I went to university and studied design. I []

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LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pops into Emerald and Longreach Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Late on Monday 9 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was noted visiting both Emerald and Longreach Airports after earlier departing its Brisbane base.

File photo

It reportedly completed a medical evacuation flight from Longreach and departed there for Thargomindah before later returning to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, back on Thursday 28 June, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" also called into Roma Airport from Brisbane via Townsville.  It later returned to the capital.

Finally, on Sunday 8 July, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Bundaberg Airport, arriving from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

While as this post is being written, late on Tuesday 10 July, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has touched down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  It is due to return to Brisbane later.

VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" also visited Bundaberg Airport last Thursday 5 July.

Photo taken by The FNQ Skies Blog 


TomboyBill "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

NAME: TomboyBill (a.k.a Dionne Chambers) LOCATION: I live in Banyule and work in Darebin IN A SENTENCE EXPLAIN YOUR CRAFT: I am a fine artist/painter, who in a former life was an illustrator/graphic designer. WHATS YOUR PROUDEST PIECE OF ART: I would have to say   Its 2am Get Out Of My Head  from my last exhibition offcut. It was []

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Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 10 July, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport.

File photo

It looked to arrive from Townsville and later depart to Brisbane.  A40-009 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Warhorse 244".

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


MOUNT BOGONG / A map and topo guide to Ski Touring and Mountaineering "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Mountain Sports Collective has released the definitive skiing and riding guide to Mt Bogong. This is a first edition which will be refined through feedback from users.

It is available for $15 from MSC.

MSC say:

This is the first edition of the Bogong Ski Touring and Mountaineering Guide / Map and its pretty spot on with thanks to everyone who had input into this project. The main objective is to set in place some terrain ratings and associated area names that up until now have made for a mixed bag of reference terms. For you the user this is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the mountain like never before. The Guide consists of two sides of an A3 fully laminated and folded map page with topos on one side and the corresponding map on the back. The legend is an extra seperate page to save space on the map for the all important detail of the mountain.

This is a first edition and users are encouraged to let us know about suggested change...


Stella Windridge "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Name: Stella Windridge Location: Northcote, Melbourne In a sentence, explain your craft: My work comes from using a combination of drawing and digital techniques. Whats your proudest piece of art: Probably Bilby Love Song Dedications 2017 Where does your creativity come from? I grew up in a very arty household, I have always had a love for drawing []

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Highness : Savage Amusement "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

HIGHNESS parades the regal feminine from the famous to the everyday, shape-shifting through a shining array of queen personas.

Highly performative and visually immersive, HIGHNESS richly considers the work of wearing a crown: its freedoms and limitations; its histories of colony, blood and theft; the trick of appearing born to rule; duty, devotion and spectacle.

Artist: Melanie Jame Wolf / Savage Amusement
Australian premiere, 18 21 Jul 2018
Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne (VIC)


July E-News "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Northey Street City Farm publish a free newsletter every month. To subscribe to our monthly free newsletter CLICK HERE. To read this months E-News CLICK HERE

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Australian Designer Unveils Amazing Will & Grace LEGO Set "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An Australian LEGO fan has submitted an incredibly detailed Will & Grace set to the brick companys crowdsourcing platform LEGO Ideas, and he needs your vote. Melbourne marketing manager Mark Fitzpatrick made headlines last year with his RuPauls Brick Race design, which scored more than 10,000 votes. Now Fitzpatrick is back with a new design: ...

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Whats the fuss? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

I was fascinated by the behaviour of these Red-rumped Parrots last week at Cairn Curran.

These images include two separate flocks that I observed whirling in seemingly haphazard circuits, followed by brief touchdowns, and then another burst of erratic flight.

Then a White-bellied Sea-eagle appeared from behind the River Red-gums along the high water mark. Puzzle solved!

Red-rumped Parrots, Cairn Curran, 3rd July 2018


Country atmosphere with two homes "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

At 145 Payne Road, Glen Alvie, an inspection is a must to get a real picture of this place and check out the magnificent views.

UP for sale, hidden in the hills of Glen Alvie, are two beautiful homes and a studio.
Set on 26 acres, this property features a three-bedroom cottage, a two-bedroom cottage, and a two-storey studio. The opportunities here are truly endless.
As you arrive youll meet two friendly goats, welcoming you to the quiet country area.
Priced affordably, this could be your new home or investment property.
Embrace the wildlife, echidnas and kangaroos while watching the birds including black cockatoos, kookaburras and beautiful blue wrens, all in the comfort of your own home.
Its a quiet getaway situated on a secluded road, with only a couple of cars passing a day.
Whether youre a young family, working from home, retired or just love living in a rural setting; this property is ideal.
Arrive and absorb the magical feeling as you make your way up the driveway. The sense of seclusion and the beautiful aspects will make you feel fuzzy straight away.
The large property is ideal for entertaining, with plenty of space.
Get up early to watch the spectacular sunrise and wind down admiring the sunset. The land is beautiful, slightly undulating and very usable.
An inspection is a must to get a real picture of this place.
Heres what this property offers:
Beautiful two-bedroom cottage with views of the valley, wrap around verandah and cosy wood heater;
Adorable three-bedroom cedar cottage, with beautiful features, a wood heater and verandah;
Separate two-storey studio with spectacular views and packed with potential;
All three properties are separated by fencing and there is underground power to the property; and
Plenty of shedding.
For more information, call Victoria Wolk of LJ Hooker Wonthaggi on 0406 087 218.

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Paul Cutlans string project & Simon Barker, double album launch! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Paul Cutlan


Paul Cutlan has always had a spiritual halo around his music Australian Jazz


Paul Cutlan String Project


In 2015, Paul Cutlan launched his first String Project album to a capacity SIMA audience left in raptures. In 2018, Paul Cutlans String Project is back with a new work that reflects on the centenary of the war to end all wars. Imagine the refined sounds of a string quartet improvising exquisite textures alongside the dark ruminations of double bass and bass clarinet, played by two of Australias most experienced jazz musicians.


This is the sound world created by Paul Cutlans String Project.
PAUL CUTLAN composition, bass clarinet
BRETT HIRST double bass



Simon Barker

Join legendary local drummer S...


The Bullet Latte: Embrace Or Abandon? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Paris Newman The French have forever championed the phrase butter makes everything better! I for one could not agree more. Nothing soothes the soul like a fresh, crunchy baguette with a generous spread of good quality butter. However, now people are requesting butter in their morning coffee orders? Could it be possible that people []


Rainbow Families Planning First Camp For Same-Sex Parents And Their Children "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Rainbow Families NSW has announced their first weekend camp for primary school-aged children and their same-sex parents in the state. The groups Resilience Camp will be a weekend away at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre in New South Wales from Friday August 17 to Sunday August 19. The childrens weekend will be packed with ...

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #602 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 10 - 16 July 2018Newsletter | #602 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 10th July 2018 to Monday 16th July 2018 Winter School Holiday Guide The Finders Keepers Market Ice Skating Festival Precarious | Circus Oz Melbourne Magic Festival Espaa | Spanish Music Concert European Night Market Live At London Eleven Bastille Day French Festival Writers Symposium @ Wheeler Centre Enjoy #Melbourne Circus Oz | Precarious 29th June - 15th July | Circus Oz Big Top @ Royal Botanic Gardens A 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem. #Must see! Precarious | The Finders Keepers Market 13-15 July | Friday 12pm-9pm Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm The Finders Keepers markets is a massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls. Finders Keepers Market Details | Royal Exhibition Building School Holiday Guide Saturday 30 June 2018 - Sunday 15 July 2018 Keep the kids busy and warm during the winter school holidays with over 500 events and programs specially for kids. --> Read School Holiday Guide...


Castlemaine Community Lunch starts again "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

After a break during school term 2 due to lack of availability of the Town Hall, Castlemaine Community Lunch will be back every Tuesday in Term 3.  From Tuesday the 17th of July until Tuesday the 18th of September we will once again be offering wonderful 2 course vegetarian meals at 12:30 pm at the Town Hall.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this ever-popular Community House program, please contact us on:, or talk to one of our staff when you drop in to 65 Templeton St, Castlemaine.


Comedy gold "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Just a letter to thank Mr David Vance and Mr Graham Wilson (probably not their real names), for their brilliantly funny, ridiculous letters.
Mr Vances attack on plastic nappies is a wonderful highlight. Blaming climate change on babies and parents is so fabulously inappropriate!
I especially love the comedic hypocrisy of taking, so called Green reusable shopping bags in a climate change making car! Just complete GOLD!
I also loved Mr Wilsons letter from April 17, about his disgust over children riding bicycles on the footpath!
This was totally fantastic, in a time where everyone is concerned about children spending too much time indoors on screens, and dads being unavailable at work.
Mr Wilson flips the reality on is head and writes a passionate rant about the negatives of a father going cycling with his children.
Just wonderful perhaps the Two Ronnies have moved to Inverloch? Just love these absurdist letters, well done whoever you are, just tremendously wrong!
Tom Murray-White, South Dudley

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Help stop planned helicopter tourism in the Walls of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Tasmania is blessed with beautiful and intact landscapes and an impressive network of national parks. However, World Heritage Areas and national parks have long been targeted by developers who want to establish commercial tourist operations in a number of places (check here for a current list of proposed developments). One of these proposals would see helicopter tourism inside the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in central Tasmania at Halls Island in Lake Malbena.

You have a chance to say NO to this development.

At a number of points in Australian history, when state governments have failed to protect local environments, the federal government has stepped in. The campaign to stop a dam being built on the lower Franklin River is a classic example of the federal government showing leadership where the Tasmanian government was supporting environmental vandalism. The federal government is presented with another chance to act, in the case of the current proposal for the Walls of Jerusalem.

Under federal law, wilderness should be protected and the first of many wilderness development proposals for Tasmania have been referred to Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg for assessment. This one is the thin end of the wedge!

Whats proposed?

There is a proposal for the development of a very top-end of the market luxury hut, accommodation buildings and helipad at Lake Malbena in the World Heritage listed Walls of Jerusalem National Park. It is being proposed by a company called Wild Drake. This proposal has only got to this point because of changes to management rules, weak state government policies, and the deliberate exclusion of the public from assessment processes.

But the federal referral provides the community with a chance to have a say on whether the project should proceed. Every approval of private development in a national park sets a further precedent that makes future proposals more likely to be approved.

Please take action

Cut and paste the following letter (making whatever changes you wish to) and email to:

With a heading like: Comment on WILD DRAKE PTY LTD proposal (2018/8177)

Submissions close on 19 July 2018.

This letter...


Wedding cake bigotry is illegal "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

So, some Auckland bigots have decided to try their hand at US-style wedding cake bigotry, and refused to provide a wedding cake for a marriage:

A same-sex couple is "shocked and upset" that their request for a wedding cake was refused by a Warkworth baker who said marriage equality was against her beliefs.

Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick both live in Brisbane, but since Australia had not yet legalised same-sex marriage when they got engaged last year, they planned their wedding at Waipu in Northland for next January.

When they approached Kath's Devine Cakes in Warkworth to make the cake, "Kath" refused, saying despite the New Zealand government legalising same-sex marriage, she believed it was not correct and therefore she would not make the wedding cake.

This is pretty obviously illegal. The Human Rights Act 1993 prohibits discriminating in the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation, just as it prohibits it on the basis of race or disability. While this must be interpreted through the lens of the Bill of Rights Act, which affirms freedom of religion, the consensus when the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was passed was that people had no right to refuse to provide services to gay couples, any more than they would to interracial ones. For that reason, a National MP put up a bigot amendment which would have allowed his fellow bigots to refuse services in exactly this manner. It was voted down, 79-36.

As for what should happen, the Human Rights Commission should take these bigots to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, which should award damages for hurt and humiliation (and pour encourager les autres). And of course, no-one should buy cake from these bigots ever again. Because this sort of shit isn't acceptable, any more than refusing to serve Maori is.


WATCH: Drag Queens Open Up In New Episode Of You Cant Ask That "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A group of Australian drag stars will appear in the new series of the ABCs eye-opening You Cant Ask That to answer questions people are too afraid to ask. The shows simple format sees viewers suggest questions some ignorant, some well-meaning, some both for groups of marginalised, often misunderstood Australians. The new series ...

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Be Seduced By Gender-Bending Cabaret Boy&Girl "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Racy queer cabaret Boy&Girl is coming back to Brisbane for a brand new season. Following several sold-out runs, the Oscar Theatre Company are bringing the home-grown show to The Tivoli in Brisbane with an all-new season of musical theatre, pop music and spectacle bursting with bare flesh, naughty words, bright lights, show tunes, cheap gags, ...

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Solo "IndyWatch Feed"

I know it's late but I finally got to the movies to watch Solo last night. I've missed all of the big releases in the fist half of the year. Haven't caught a single Marvel episode. So it was nice to finally find the time to get out.

I really enjoyed it. Solo is not a perfect film, but it's not deserving of the shit it's had heaped on it either. (Just this morning I saw somebody on the twitterz running it down as bland and pointless - but they were more concerned about the easy ride Alden Ehrenreich got compared to Kelly Marie Tran).

I like space opera. I like westerns. I like noir. And Solo was a mash up of all three. It was action-driven, but it's a space adventure, not a 12 hour character drama on Hulu or Netflix. I dont think Ehrenreich did nearly as good a job of capturing young Solo as, say, Chris Pine did with his varsity Jim Kirk.

But the rest of cast picked up the slack. Woody Harrelson was brilliant. Jane didn't dig on Emilia Cark's Qi'ra, but my problem with her was my own. I kept waiting for the Mother of Dragons to ride in on a wave of fire. It was only in the last part of the film when I relaised the sort of archetypal noir character she was playing that I began to understand Clarke's performance.

Only real quibble I had was the odd choice to wash out the colour palate. You can have a western with vibrant colours but this one seemed to be permanently soaked in sepia tones. It was distracting.

Still, I enjoyed the film and I'm glad I caught it on the big screen.


Mullumbimby group seeks to establish human rights charter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Annie Kia receiving her activist of the year award from Gillian Triggs at Ngara Institutes annual lecture on June 30, with MC Pratima Mumford at the microphone. Photo supplied

Richard Hil

During her recent Ngara Institute annual lecture, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs threw out an intriguing idea.

The good denizens of this region, she suggested, should consider putting together a Mullumbimby Charter of Human Rights, that could potentially lead the way to forming an Australian Charter of Human Rights, which as yet does not exist.

This idea seemed to fire the imagination of audience members and soon went viral on Facebook.

In no time at all, a meeting was called, with prospective participants encouraged to put in their two bobs worth about what should be included in such a document.

Templates already exist and, of course, there will be many competing ideas out there about what should go into this seminal charter.

If youre interested in trying to alter the course of Australian history, head to the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, 6-8:30pm, on Monday, July 16.

Entry is free, with tea/coffee by donation and hot soup available.

For more info go to or the Ngara Institute Facebook page.

Richard Hil is convenor of the Ngara Institute


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Resisting the death penalty: An event with advocate Richard Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Resisting the death penalty: An event with advocate Richard BourkeRichard Bourke, an Australian lawyer working in the United States on death penalty cases, will be speaking in Brisbane. read now...


Labor slams govt over Centrelink, NBN waits "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ALP candidate for the federal seat of Page, Patrick Deegan. Photo supplied

If you dont recognise the face of Labors Page candidate Patrick Deegan, you soon will. Hes out and about around the electorate today, tackling the government over issues including long waits for Centrelink clients, patchy mobile reception and an inadequate NBN rollout.

Hes already been on the beat , in Lismore with shadow minister for regional services, Stephen Jones to condemn what the pair described as Centrelinks staffing crisis.

In the face of planned cuts to Centrelink staff, they called on the sitting Page MP, the Nationals Kevin Hogan, to guarantee no jobs would be lost at the Lismore office.

Mr Jones said figures show that Centrelinks average call wait times for older Australians have blown out to 23 minutes and processing times for the age pension have increased to 49 days.

Yet at the same time, Page MP Kevin Hogan is sitting by while more jobs are being cut from Centrelink offices like this one in Lismore. This is a disgrace.

Despite these waiting times, in this years budget, the Turnbull government announced it would cut 1,280 jobs from Centrelink, and it has outsourced a further 1,250 jobs to labour hire, he said.

27,000 on pension

Mr Deegan said there are more than 27,000 people in this electorate on the age pension one of the highest in the country.

Older Australians who have worked all their lives are being made to wait, on average, for two months just to have their age pensions approved. This an insult to them, Mr Deegan said.

Thats why Im calling on Mr Hogan to give a guarantee there wont be any job cuts to the Lismore Centrelink, Mr Deegan said.

Centrelink centres help people when they need it the most processing aged care pensions, child care support, disability support pensions and carers allowance payments.

Centrelink is a vital regional service and staff here do their best under pretty difficult conditions but this Governments cuts and neglect mean locals arent getting the service they deserve.

It is important that Centrelink has permanent, full-time staff who are properly equipped to manage the complex issues facing income support recipients.

Instead of wasting time on the dist...


Captain, medal No 1 a possibility "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Groves Sam Walsh was named as captain of the Under 18 All Australian side.

Walsh was also the Larke Medallist for the best player of the competition.

Walsh is a certainty to be drafted into the AFL in November, with many pundits saying he is the best midfielder in the draft and some are saying he could be the first name read out on draft night.

Walsh is the son of former Ocean Grove coach Wayne Walsh.

The Geelong Falcons gun said he relished the prospect of going number one.

Ive got to keep working on my game and be the best player I can be, whether thats the No. 1 pick or not Ive just got to keep working hard and that can hold you in good stead, Walsh told

Obviously love my AFL football and I follow it real closely, so it does cross your mind.

But theres nothing you can control. You sort of try not to think about it too much.

Walsh turned 18 on Monday and averaged 29.5 disposals and 7.0 tackles throughout the Under 18 championships 

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Lesbians Report Better Sex Lives Than Straight Women, Studies Show "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Women who sleep with women repeatedly report higher levels of satisfaction with their sex lives than women who have sex with men, according to several studies. A Public Health England survey of more than 7,000 women last month found that half of respondents aged between 25 and 34 did not enjoy their sex life. But ...

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Calls for Convicted Catholic Archbishop to be Sacked "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has appealed his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse. The 67-year old is believed to be the highest ranking Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex offences, after being found guilty last month of failing to report the sexual abuse of two

The post Calls for Convicted Catholic Archbishop to be Sacked appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Lions praise Inverloch icons "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE recent dinner meeting of Inverloch Lions Club turned out to be no ordinary meeting but rather a night of highlights.
Held at the Inlet Hotel, the event was attended by special guests District Governor Andrew McMahon and Kerrie McMahon.
Mr McMahon, in his last official function as district governor, presented Lions member Terry Hall with a Melvin Jones Fellowship, which recognises outstanding Lions or members of the public who have made a significant contribution to Lionism.
Mr McMahon also presented life member certificates to long serving Inverloch Lions Jill and Jim Hill.
Also present to help celebrate the evening were three previous Melvin Jones Fellows: Ian Rasmussen, Neil Everitt and Max Dusting.
A Community Certificate of Appreciation were presented by club president Greg Dyke to Dom and Tracee Brusamarello of Foodworks supermarket in recognition of them supporting the clubs sausage sizzle held every Saturday at the supermarket.
Foodworks contributes bread, onions and storage facilities for tables and the like.
Another certificate was presented to Inverloch Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank for its support, and also to John Hoots McInnes and staff of the Inlet Hotel.
Twice a month, the hotel team caters for Lions dinner or supper at a modest cost, including use of the Cottage Restaurant.

Top left, Movers, shakers: from left, Melvin Jones Fellows, Max Dusting, Neil Everitt, Terry Hall and Ian Rasmussen at the Inverloch Lions dinner meeting recently.


Vote to shape Wonthaggis town square "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHAT elements should revitalise Wonthaggi?
Wonthaggi is growing into a regional centre, and the Woni Proud project aims to develop infrastructure to meet new demands.
A Wonthaggi Town Square Concept Facebook page has been launched with the aim to revamp Apex Park.
There has been a huge response from people wanting to see a playground built in the park.
The page features an online poll to narrow down the type of playground that should be constructed, which is still open for votes.
The poll was created on June 7, and has received 288 responses.
Thirty per cent of respondents the majority have voted for a nature based playground, and a further 20 per cent preferred to see a sensory playground.
An all abilities playground, a recycled materials playground and equipment to combat childhood obesity also received votes.
Most respondents were interested in playgrounds that required balance and climbing elements, instilling a sense of adventure in young children.
Many have also shared other ideas about the future of the town square.
Some of these ideas include an electric barbecue, seating with year round weather protection, solar lighting, garden beds and ornamental trees, pathways, information signage, and bike parking.
It has also been suggested that infrastructure in this area should reflect Wonthaggis mining history.
Jump on the Facebook page to have your say


Revamp for Foster Arts Centre "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford visited the community in Foster on Monday, July 9 to announce $50,000 for Foster Arts, Music and Drama Association to install new seating at Foster War Memorial Arts Centre, so it can continue to be an important cultural and social hub.
The Andrews Labor Government is backing a bigger, better and more accessible arts and community theatre for Foster, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.
This important grant will help breathe new life into the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre so that more people can enjoy the facility now, and well into the future.
We know how important these upgrades are for the community and weve listened because locals know best.
Were working hand in hand with locals to build stronger regional communities.
The current seating arrangements restrict the kind of events the theatre can hold, so the usage of the facility has reduced significantly over recent years.
With the installation of new retractable seating, the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre will be a more flexible space that can accommodate a broader range of activities that include more people in the community.
Once the improvements are complete, the 13 community groups that use the venue will be better placed to raise money from their events and more people will be able to use and enjoy the hall.
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre is the only venue of its kind within 40 kilometres which has the capacity to hold significant events and without the new tiered seating, the community would be forced to leave Foster to hold these events.
The Labor Government announced the funding from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan, which supports community-led initiatives that boost the capability and liveability of regional and rural towns.
Foster community fundraised $41,000 towards the $91,000 project.
If the community sees a project that important they get behind it and show commitment, South Gippsland Shire mayor Lorraine Brunt said.
You can never underestimate the communities commitment and drive.
It is just fantastic to see when they have put this much effort in.
While in town, Ms Pulford congratulated the community on the completion of the Foster Streetscape project.
It looks so fresh and lovely and I gather there has been a lot of effort put in from community members and businesses around the town, she said.


House fire fatal "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Ocean Grove this morning.

Emergency services were called to the Arcturus Road address just after 9pm last night.

The body of a person, believed to be female and not yet formally identified, has been located inside the house.

The fire caused extensive damage to the property and the cause is yet to be established.

Fire investigators and arson squad detectives are still examining the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at 

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Kongwak recycles in name of fashion "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

STUDENTS and staff from Kongwak Primary School brought to life the issue of recycling by dressing up with a recycling theme last Friday.
Students dressed as recyclable bags, trees and made their own clothes from newspapers and plastic bags.
The day started with a visit by Lyndal Peterson from South Gippsland Shire Council.
She organised relay games and spoke to the students to help them understand how to correctly dispose of different types of rubbish.
This visit complemented the recent introduction of recycling and compost bins into the schools classrooms, staffroom and office, set up by senior students.
The compost produced will be beneficial to the great range of fruit and vegetables growing in the school grounds.
Ms Peterson has been helping the Kongwak Primary School community in its journey as a resource smart school over several years and will return to the school in term four to work with staff and students to learn more about the conservation of water.

Fine fashionistas: from left, Kongwak Primary School students dressed in their recycle themed costumes were Riley Matthews, Mikayla Jeffries, Lily-Ann Balfour, Kei Ishald and Isla McLean.


Lyric answers Annies call "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE much loved, family-friendly musical Annie returned to Leongathas Mesley Hall on Friday night and delighted the opening nighters with this bright and joyful revival.
First staged by Leongatha Lyric Theatre in 1985, 33 years on director Kerryn Lockhart has given this legendary musical a fresh new look and her talented cast gave the audience plenty to applaud on opening night. It was traditional Lyric Theatre at its best.
While little has changed in Mesley Hall in that time, the way the set designers, builders and painters have worked to produce this exceptional set is a credit to the hundreds of hours they have put in.
The scenes at the Warbucks mansion, the Hooverville slums and New York City were simply stunning.
Its a classic story, with a happy ending, loads of high spirited children, a fabulous cast, with some great singing and dancing and brilliant sets; there is so much to love about this show.
Star of the show Inverlochs infectiously charming Grace Farmer who plays the title role, Annie had plenty to sing about on opening night including the uplifting Tomorrow, celebrating her 11th birthday on stage and giving a spirited, yet soulful performance backed by her unruly gang of orphans who were all fabulous.
It is clear they have been well-rehearsed by their talented director, musical director, choreographer and production team, they all look like they are having a really good time.
Graces parents Jo and Mark Farmer and her Newhaven College friends would have been very proud of her sweet singing and energetic dance moves.
Grace stays in character, charming adults on stage with that dazzling smile and cheeky wit and no wonder Oliver Daddy Warbucks (Tim Gesell) fell for this diminutive yet strong willed, red-headed power-house, she is a standout.
It has to be said though; the production manager Ann Hemmings cute pooch Sandy (Remmi) did all the right moves on stage; with owner Ann apparently much more nervous on opening night than the dog, hoping all would go to plan!
Well known on local stages, Gesell as Warbucks did a top job creating a strong-minded, gruff, but genuinely kind hearted character.
This is a production heavy on laughs, many instigated by the hilarious and brilliant Michelle dal Masetto as the villainous drunk Miss Hannigan, a comic character who brings a lot of fun to the show.
Certainly Glenys Day, who played Miss Hannigan in 1985 and attended opening night, was one of the first to congratulate Michelle on her performance.
Dal Masetto withBrad Boucher as Rooster and Kiarna Smith as Lily, worked terrifically together, certainly one of the highlights of the show.
Bruce Grainger as President Roosevelt, with his fabulous accent and perfectly timed delivery of lines, was a solid performance.
Another wonderful aspect of the production is the obvious care and attention...


Rocking horses lead lifestyle "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BLOCKBUSTER film sets and London theatres could not keep this local away from her home in the rolling, green hills of South Gippsland.
Working for a year and a half in the film and theatre industry put Olivia OConnor off the trail of scenic art and prop-making and into the wooden rocking horse trade.
According to Ms OConnor, it wasnt a calling from childhood as with many of her artisan friends but a realisation after her final assignment in her course at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts, where she was required to make a rocking horse.
Developing a severe allergy to the toxic resins used in prop-making combined with the industrys unsustainable practices pointed Ms OConnor towards something where she had more control over where she lived, what products she used and ultimately her art.
I really liked the work but in theatre you make something and its used for six weeks. Then they put it in the skip, she said.
For a film, a prop or scene youve made, it might be used for about half an hour and then its disposed of for legal or copyright laws and never used again.
Something I really like about making rocking horses is that you make it and people expect to keep it for generations in the family.
Ms OConnor only uses natural and where possible, Australian products with the exception of the horse hair which she sources from the USA because her fathers horses couldnt keep up with demand.
There are a lot of different craft skills you need like hand carving, leatherwork and airbrusing, but I think people really underestimate time planning and management, she said.
There is a lot of business skills in it if you want to make a living from it. There are hours of business stuff, which I hate, but who doesnt?
Having a strong online presence has been really important, especially through my website, and people watching the projects progress through Facebook and Instagram.
Working on her parents property, Ms OConnor said she plans on moving on to her own, larger workshop but continuing to do wood carving demonstrations such as at the recent Mudgeerabah Show in Queensland and holding classes in traditional rocking horse making.


Ship gives Sarah hope "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SARAH Hogan is used to helping people.
She is the student welfare officer at Foster Primary School, the school nurse at Leongatha Secondary College and an operating theatre nurse at the South Gippsland Hospital.
In May, Sarah put all of her amazing experience and skills to use on the Africa Mercy ship, a floating hospital that this year, was anchored off the coast of Cameroon, Africa.
For two weeks, Sarah worked in the ships operating theatre recovery rooms.
I wanted to do some volunteer work and the Mercy ship looked like an amazing thing to do, she said.
I applied two years ago, so it took me a while to get over there.
The former large cargo ship was converted into a floating hospital and is staffed wholly by international volunteers.
While in Cameroon, ship staff provided life changing surgery to children and adults with mass facial tumours, congenital deformities, restrictive burns scarring, cleft palates, obstetric fistulas, extreme malnutrition and other conditions.
A lot of the medical conditions we treated were not things we would see in Australia, Sarah said.
The ship provides healthcare to people in African countries like Cameroon, where many people cant afford to access medical treatment.
Around one third of the country survives on less than $1 a day. They just cant afford health care, Sarah said.
The ship is located in the same place for around 10 months, before it sails to its next destination.
There are four operating theatres on the ship, so being docked in the country for 10 months means it can provide a significant amount of help, Sarah said.
One of the most incredible moments Sarah experienced during her time on the ship was seeing the transformations in people she helped treat.
She was aware people would undergo physical changes, but the psychological changes she saw in the patients were quite unexpected.
It was shocking and heartbreaking to see the patients before their time on board the ship, Sarah said.
But it was miraculous to see their transformation as they headed back home. I was truly blessed to be part of it, even if it was only for a few weeks.
Paul came onto the ship at four months old and weighing just two kilograms.
He was so malnourished, Sarah said.
By the end, he was a chubby baby and strong enough to have the surgery he needed. If the Mercy ship hadnt come along when it did, he would have died.
After experiencing the amazing work of the Mercy ship, Sarah said she was keen to volunteer again when it docked in Senegal in 2020.
I will need to find some other volunteer opportunities between now and then, she said.



Maddies vision for a cure "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FEW five year old boys can claim to not have slept at home for more than a year.
Thats been the reality for Leongatha boy Elliot Vanderland but it has not been a decision of his making.
The past 12 months have been challenging for the smiling boy, who has endured two bone marrow transplants and celebrated his fifth birthday in hospital as he fights two types of bone marrow failures: Dyskeratosis and Aplastic Anaemia.
He has returned to Leongatha but home does not feel like home after so long living at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne.
His mum Elissa said, For so long we have talked about going home and the things he can look forward to about going home, but because it was new to him, nothing is familiar to him in town.
We cant change it and we do not want to waste time by being depressed about it, and we just want to make the most of what we have.
Doctors are now watching Elliots recovery from the second transplant, monitoring his organs, watching for signs of cancer and lung fibrosis, and other potential complications.
It just takes the smallest little thing to upset everything, Elissa said, adding the family has come close to losing Elliot many times.
To look back now at everything that has happened, it is very overwhelming. Just seeing the boys playing together, you just burst into tears because we never thought they would have that time to be together.
Given his low immunity, Elliot is unable to mix with children other than his brother Ashton, continues to receive food and water through a nose tube, and is taking a considerable amount of medication.
The marrow is taking a lot of time to grow and we have to make sure he has all his electrolytes in balance, Elissa said.
Elliot has become the face of the campaign to raise more funds for research into bone marrow failures.
On Friday, July 20, he will again run on to the ground at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, for the AFL match between St Kilda and Richmond the annual Maddies Match in support of Maddie Riewoldts Vision, a charity that raises funds and awareness for bone marrow failures.
The charity is named after the late Maddie Riewoldt, the sister of former St Kilda Football Club captain Nick Riewoldt, who died in 2015 as a result of Aplastic Anaemia.
Elliot ran on to the ground with Nick in front of 45,000 footy fans at the 2017 Maddies Match. This year, the Vanderland family will watch the match from a corporate box.
Nick said, Elliot is now five years old and still going through so much every day. He is a hero in every sense of the word. The ongoing uncertainty for Elliot, his parents Ian and Elissa and Ashton is devastating.
We urge everyone to get behind his family and attend this game as a sign of support in a very fragile road for families facing this disease.
Nick chairs Maddie Riewol...


Black Spur visions unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

VICROADS has released artists impressions of how the Black Spur realignment of the South Gippsland Highway may look between Koonwarra and Meeniyan.
Construction of the $50 million project is due to start by early to mid 2019, and is set to finish by mid to late 2021.
The project is being undertaken to improve safety and efficiency by removing a series of winding bends that have been the scene of many accidents over the years, and also slow highway traffic, hindering the transport and tourism industries.
Earlier this year, the Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) asked VicRoads for more information to assess the likelihood of the project having a significant impact on Strzelecki Gum trees and the Australian Grayling fish.
VicRoads is now compiling the additional information requested and it is expected this documentation will be advertised in coming months for public comment.
Extensive cultural heritage investigations have also been completed and a cultural heritage management plan has been submitted to Aboriginal Victoria for approval. Once approved, significant salvage works of aboriginal artefacts will be undertaken before works start.

New look for region: artists impressions of how the Black Spur realignment of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan may look. Images courtesy of VicRoads.


Chamber to rebadge "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

LEONGATHA Chamber of Commerce and Industry topped off a busy year of community events, projects and a change of name with a successful annual general meeting at the Leongatha RSL on Monday, July 2.
The meeting featured Saputos regional operations manager Steven Dyason as guest speaker.
The chamber board now comprises 12 members, and includes president Brenton Williams from BJ Earthmoving, vice president Anthony Walls from Phone Rite, secretary Jodie Clarkson from Sweet Life Cakes and treasurer Kristie Walls from Phone Rite.
Committee members include Brian Hogan, Cam Chapman, Matt Holt, Geoff Clarkson, Peter Watchorn, Shane Commadeur, Shane Jenkins and Tony Giles.
Mr Williams reported on achievements the committee has completed throughout the year.
The chamber will officially change its name to the Leongatha Business Association this month.
Hopefully by changing the name it will generate more interest from the community and more local businesses, Mr Williams said.
We are planning on dedicating around $6000 into new Christmas decorations for the town to get it looking more festive at that time.
Mr Williams discussed the idea of the Leongatha Cycling Carnival and the Leongatha Daffodil Festival.
The velodrome is run down so we are looking at getting a grant to bring it back up to scratch before planning the event, he said.
The Leongatha Daffodil Festival already has 64 four market stalls booked in, five food vendors booked in and we have added a bucking bull to the free activities.
General business discusses includes talk about the Bair Street redevelopment project and the Leongatha rail yards project.
Committee member Brian Hogan is concerned funding for the Bair Street project might not be available for another four years. If it is not received in four years, he is concerned the project could be pushed out to eight to 12 years.
The committee will advocate for angle parking to be installed in Bair Street in the meantime.

Dedicated team: from left, Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry committee member Geoff Clarkson, president Brenton Williams, vice president Anthony Walls, committee member Peter Watchorn, secretary Jodie Clarkson, committee member Cameron Chapman, committee member Matt Holt...


NAIDOC in Caboolture "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Coast2Bay is a proud supporter of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. Council acknowledges the importance of NAIDOC Week and supports a variety of events held throughout the Moreton Bay Region through the NAIDOC Week Fund.

The NAIDOC Week theme for 2018 is Because of Her We Can. This years winner was Barbara Hubbert who proudly accepted the award with some of her family

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Risky intersections need safety overhaul "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

DANGEROUS intersections in South Gippsland risk causing more injuries and even fatalities without roadworks to improve public safety.
There are 18 intersections in South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires where three or more crashes occurred between 2013 and 2017, according to VicRoads.
Intersections with restricted visibility are posing a danger, with limited sight distance leaving little to no room for driver error.
Numerous incidents have occurred at the Leongatha South intersection of Leongatha South-Outtrim Road, Rougheads Road and Bass Highway intersection over the years
The intersection of Andersons Road and Bass Highway at Leongatha is worrying locals. Leongathas Darryl Hunt recently had a fright when two cars overtook him on both sides while he was on the highway, ready to turn into Andersons Road.
They shot past me at a high speed. If I didnt see them, they would have taken me out, he said.
Just out of Leongatha, the intersection of Bass Highway and Simons Lane is near a crest, and was labelled dangerous by Simons Lane resident Phillip Hopwood.
Ive never had any hassle with it but when Im driving out of Simons Lane onto the Bass Highway heading into Leongatha, I have to take off really quick because vehicles come fast over the hill, he said.
You have just got to go fast once you get out onto the highway and give yourself a bit of time.
Police would like to see the number of collisions at intersections drop further.
Bass Coast Highway Patrol Sergeant Peter Pearce said any road safety improvements would be welcome and urged drivers to remain vigilant behind the wheel.
Whilst we acknowledge that at times the environment can play a part, and we are always working with our road safety partners to improve in this area, we must stress the vast majority of collisions are avoidable and the most common cause of collisions are human error, he said.
A recurring theme with many collisions is they involve local people on local roads getting injured or killed, as complacency and the tendency to zone out due to familiarity occurs.
We also see some drivers that are distracted by phones or other devices that take their attention away from the main task of operating the car safely.
Sgt Pearce urged drivers concerned about the safety of intersections to report them to VicRoads.
VicRoads said South Gippsland accounted for only 12 percent of all road trauma in Gippsland from 2013 to 2017 and Bass Coast accounted for 10 percent.
VicRoads Eastern Region director Scott Lawrence said, Improving road safety across Gippsland is our priority.
We have either completed, are in the process of completing or are currently planning improvements on a number of intersections in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland council areas.
South Gippsland Shire Councils manager i...


A hundred houses for Burra "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SPURRING a construction boom on the outskirts of Korumburra, a residential development plan of more than 100 lots is up for public consultation.
Waiting for eight years for rezoning and regulation changes by the South Gippsland Shire Council, the owner and property developer Vic Properties general manager Livio Cellante said he hoped the next stages would not take as long.
The bigger the town becomes the stronger it becomes. We have builders coming from Melbourne for our Daisybank estate because there arent enough in the area, he said.
If Korumburra and the council dont take advantage of this while it lasts they will miss the boat. Stock needs to be available otherwise people will go elsewhere.
The timeline is too long for approvals and we have experienced that with other shire councils. I can understand one or two years but this has become quite a time consuming process.
Subject to planning approvals, the 105 lot residential development 1.2 kilometres from the towns centre sits on the southern side of Jumbunna Road abutting Korumburra Secondary College on the west and Summers Crescent on the east.
Korumburra resident Alan Winterholter whose property is adjacent to the block said he had received a letter from council in late June about the proposal.
He said he had no real objections about the development but was concerned about the level of traffic because there would be only one access to the site through Sommers Crescent.
I think it would be better to have two outlets rather than the single one that has been proposed, because there will be a hell of a lot of traffic coming out onto Jumbunna Road, he said.
A source in the South Gippsland construction industry said currently there has been extremely high demand for building construction.
Although not aware of the development, the source said activity was in an upwards trajectory with main areas of development in Fish Creek, Foster, Leongatha, Korumburra and Toora.
This was reflected in observations from Coldon Homes operations manager James Goldsmith who said the company was extremely busy at this time.
With a focus on construction in towns in the Bass Coast Shire, Mr Goldsmith said he would love to see more land developed in the area.
We have potential clients calling in looking for land daily as they want to build with us and are unable to find vacant land, he said.
We are still finding inquiry strong at the moment so based on this I believe it is still on an upward trajectory.
Mr Goldsmith said he was not aware of the proposal at Jumbunna Road Korumburra.
South Gippsland Shire Council planning manager Paul Stampton said the development is within the existing town boundary.
This land was approved for residential zoning by Council who also approved the Development Plan Overlay provisions under which...


$3.6m pool a win for Mirboo North "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has committed $3.6 million to the redevelopment of the Mirboo North Outdoor Pool. Council will refurbish the existing pools and amenities to increase accessibility and refresh the pool grounds.
A considerable amount of community consultation has been completed as part of the project and the Mirboo North community has demonstrated its commitment by fundraising towards the project.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt congratulated the community.
It has been fantastic to see the Mirboo North community come together for the project and work hard to ensure the pool is redeveloped, she said.
The Mirboo North Outdoor Pool Redevelopment is one of the largest capital works projects ever funded by South Gippsland Shire Council and we are proud to provide our support.
Friends of Mirboo North Pool Committees Fred Couper was thrilled with councils decision.
This is such a great moment for our community. Our pool has been with us for over 100 years and now its future is well on the way to being secured for another 50 years, he said.
It is hard to describe how important it is to us. The level of commitment by the shire reflects what a significant community asset the pool is. Their support for the project at all levels has been amazing.
Weve still got some community fundraising to do but this decision by the shire will underpin everything that happens from this point on.


Snap! Its sold "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A LOCAL real estate agent has been swamped with enquiries for farms for sale in what has been a particularly good selling season in the rural property market.

An auction on Friday for 196 acres of cultivation land at 9400 South Gippsland Highway in Ruby saw 70 people in attendance and 49 bids placed for the successful purchase above the propertys reserve of $8700 per acre.

The property sold for just under $2 million.

The successful bid of $9800 per acre ($1, 920, 800) by Frank Condoluci for the South Gippsland Highway property will see the family run business, Condoluci Produce expand across the road from their current property.

Landmark Harcourts Leongatha owner and sales manager Barry Redmond said he had not seen this kind of interest and sales in farming properties in more than 40 years in the industry.

Most of the rural property sales Mr Redmond had undertaken were for farming enterprise rather than rural properties for potential residential development.

Theres a lot of Melbourne money, theres a lot of local money. Farms are getting bigger and enquiries are the strongest Ive ever seen them, he said.

We havent had many dairy farms for sale. We have had a couple going on the market now because of the uncertainty of the factories but its mainly been the larger grazing properties.

Normally I would have a hundred properties for sale but Im running out because we have sold so many.

Mr Redmond said the 562 hectare Goorabil property in Inverloch was recently snapped up for $10 million with another property in the Inverloch area going for auction in coming weeks.

The Condolucis started 67 years ago in the table pea industry carrying 400 bags of peas to the local market, Mr Condoluci said he was pleased with the purchase.

Condoluci Produce supplies snow and sugar snap peas to Footscray, Sydney and Adelaide markets and employs more than 25 people.

Happy buyer: from left, Landmark Harcourts sales manager Barry Redmond with property buyer Frank Condoluci, and sons Frank junior and Loui Condoluci.


Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018: Hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Exploring the issues that shape our world

A swathe of conversations at the 2018 Festival will discuss some of the most important issues facing the modern world. Here are just a few of the hot-topic sessions you wont want to miss each day

Friday 3 August


Fridays program will delve into How Immigration Influences Our Culture; the good, the bad and the necessary with Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) founder Kon Karapanagiotidis, theatrical heavyweight Future D. Fidel, first Muslim federal parliamentarian Anne Aly and Irish immigrant and crime author Dervla McTiernan.

Foreign Correspondents Peter Greste, Chris Hammer and Debbie Whitmont will be talking about the world at large and the delicate and sometimes dangerous work of reporting news from afar.

For matters we can take into our own hands, we ask economist Richard Denniss, Woman in the Wilderness Miriam Lancewood and Christine Milne How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World.



How One Man Accidentally Found A Loophole in the ATM and Stole a Total of $500K "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

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Dan Saunders was a lonely bartender with $3 to his name. He was penny pinching every single day of his life because he had to. When he really needed the extra cash, he would use his credit card. That was his life he couldnt afford to splurge. Life was expensive and he had no choice but to watch what he spent on. Then in February 2011, he decided to let lose one night and have a drink or two with his friends.

This was when fate took a turn for the often hard-up 29-year old. He stumbled upon an ATM loophole that changed his life

Running Out of Cash

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Saunders was throwing back a few drinks with some of his buds at the Bulls Head Hotel in Wangaratta, North-Eastern Victoria. They were having fun, but as always, he didnt have enough cash on him. So, he decided to leave the bar for a moment to withdraw more cash from the National Australia Bank (NAB) ATM. Then, he realized that he only had $3 left, which meant that he didnt have enough to buy one more drink. So, he resorted to another method.


Plastic Free July Green Drinks Special "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"



This month were shaking up Cairns Green Drinks into a Plastic Free July special event not to be missed!

Well be running the usual Green Drinks agenda (free yummy food, drinks by donation, tunes and interesting folk) but with an added Plastic Free July flair:
Plastic Free made food
Demonstration of how you can run events plastic free
Find out how you can join our Plastic Free network and keep the momentum going!

What is Green Drinks?
Cairns Green Drinks is an informal, monthly social event for people who care about conservation, sustainability and all things environment ran at the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC). Hosted on the last Friday of every month the idea is for anyone interested to come along, relax and enjoy some good company. The aim of Cairns Green Drinks is to encourage networking, creativity and thought on environmental issues and projects. Green Drinks are agenda-free, non-politically aligned and everyone is welcome.

Free yummy nibbles are provided and drinks are available by donation.

Friday 27th July
5.30 pm 7.00 pm
At CAFNEC 27-29 Greenslopes St, North Cairns.

Check out the FB Event :

We hope to see you there

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Is Australia Racist? Today Show Trolls Everyone, Pleases No-One With Worlds Dumbest Question "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

You might think it was all supposed to go another way or you might not, depending on your perspective, of course.

Overnight, the Today Show warned viewers via its Facebook page that it would be asking if Australia is a racist country on this mornings show.

Its always good to warn your audience when youre about to do something especially stupid gives them time to switch off. or switch on. Again, depends on your perspective. Its also a curious question from a show quite renowned for its casual racism but well bite is Australia a racist country?

Well, people of colour (and many whiteys) are overwhelmingly claiming yes in the comments that follow the post. And those claiming no usually go on to explain why while saying something ignorant and racist.

This is one of the better ones, from a muppet called Callan Kennedy: No were just frustrated at the amount of people Australia lets in. Causing extremely bad traffic and making it hard to find a job. An MCG amount of people every year into Melbourne. By the way how bad are Asian drivers?


In any event, the answer if youre interested is clearly Yes but its actually just all about the clicks. But it begs an even better question literally as in, what would be a better question?

Pretty clearly thats this: Is the Today Show A Steaming Pile Of Poop?

Comment below.

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A Plastic-Free Evening: Workshops, Discussion & Support "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


This year CAFNEC is holding a Plastic Free Evening to bring to you a night of workshops, discussion and support for your plastic free journey.

Plastic Free July went off with a bang the last two years as scores of Far North Queenslanders pledged to break old habits by choosing to refuse single-use plastic, and we are doing it again.

The evening will be divided into three hours.
1. Our first Workshop we will be introducing Carmel from No Waste, No Worries. Carmel is a Cairns local who has transitioned to a plastic free life. Carmel has a wealth of knowledge to share and will give you an insight into her journey and tips and tricks on what you can do.
2. The second workshop we will be taking out our beeswax, ironing boards and graters, and get hands-on making Beeswax Wraps with you. You will each get to take your own beeswax wrap home with you!
3. The last part our evening is designed to bring us all together to share stories, discuss ways we can continue to reduce our plastic consumption, and how we can keep fighting against the problem. Bring along any plastic dilemmas you have and as a group we can share solutions!

Plastic Free food, tea and coffee will be provided throughout the evening.
Thanks to the support and generosity of The Source Bulk Foods for providing delicious snacks.

FREE event, places are limited! Head to Eventbrite to register your name.

We look forward to seeing you for this wonderful evening planned!

An event supported by:
Cairns Regional Council
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre
The Source Bulk Foods
Cafnec Marine Response Team


Got A Pulse, A Conscience And A Funny Bone? Then You Need To See Hannah Gadsbys Nanette "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

If you have Netflix, and a beating heart, then set aside an hour and watch Australian comedian Hannah Gadsbys new special, Nanette.

Were not going to review it for you. Were not going to spoil any of the punch lines. Were just going to tell you Nanette is some of the best, most powerful comedy ever produced. Its also probably the bravest comedy ever made, and will make you laugh and cry at the same time a craugh.

It will also likely inspire the absolute shit out of you, which helps explain why the performance has received five star reviews across the globe, and has won Best Show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Gadsby herself also won Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards.

You can find out more details by clicking here.

And heres the official trailer.

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Should We Be Allowed to Carry Prohibited Weapons for Self-Defence? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Queensland senator recently called upon the Federal Government to allow Australians to import and buy pepper spray and Tasers for self-defence. Katter Australia Partys Fraser Anning, who moved the motion in the upper house, argued it is the governments duty to ensure innocent victims are protected from harm

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Koalas destined for extinction unless we do something "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Friends of the Koalas new media campaign.

Lismores Friends of the Koala (FoK) says its not too late to prevent koalas going extinct in the wild on the North Coast but our window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

Australia has one of the worlds worst records of modern extinction (54 species) and longest lists of threatened species (909).

And with koalas listed as vulnerable to extinction, FoK says it is human actions that perpetuate this shameful situation and human actions that can halt it.

The registered volunteer group, which is arguably rescuing more koalas than any other in NSW, warns that koalas will disappear from this part of the world unless behaviours change.

Group president Dr Ros Irwin is calling one a community effort to help us prevent a local extinction.

Dr Steve Phillips, one of Australias leading Wildlife Ecologists who has studied koala populations extensively, said vulnerability usually precedes the inexorable slide towards endangerment and the chance of a localised extinction event, the rate of which is only determined by societys willingness to intervene and demand the necessary change.

Plummeting populations

Habitat loss is a core driver of the koalas march to extinction. In north east NSW, koala populations have declined by approximately 50 per cent due to residential, commercial and infrastructure development.

Look at the enormous development planned for West Byron, Dr Irwin said.

Theyre talking about a huge increase in Byron Bays population with a development facilitated by legal amendments to prevailing land-use planning on primary koala habitat. Thats happening in a coastal strip which is home to a dwindling population of less than 240 koalas. Going ahead with this development will support an ongoing litany of habitat clearing and fragmentation thats slowly driving koalas to extinction.

Other coastal estimated populations under pressure include Tweeds now less than 100 koalas and Ballinas 285-380.

Even Lismores estimated population of around 1,800 is following suit.

Every tree counts, according to Dr Phillips.

With 0.34 koalas per hectare, south-east Lismore has the highest density of koalas weve recorded anywhere on the far north NSW coast, and a very high occupancy of up to...


UK grime star Skepta has announced a 2018 Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

British grime superstar Skepta has announced his debut headline tour of Australia, unveiling a slew east coast dates in conjunction with his appearance at Listen Out festival. 

The Shutdown rapper will be making his way to Melbournes Forum Theatre and Sydneys Opera House concert hall in late September, where hell be performing tracks of his massive 2016 album Konichiwa. 

Skepta was scheduled to perform in the country in 2016 following Konichiwas release, however, cancelled due to unexpected personal reasons. The rapper has received a multitude of critical acclaim, winning the 2016 Mercury Prize and is widely regarded as a central figure of the modern British grime scene.

Skepta will appear at this years instalment of Listen Out festival alongside the worlds best in hip hop and electronic, including ASAP Rocky, Brockhampton and Skrillex.

Listen to Skeptas Pure Water:

Skepta 2018 Australian Tour Dates

Tickets on sale 12pm AEST, Thursday, 12th July

Wednesday, 26th September

The Forum, Melbourne

Tickets: The Forum

Thursday, 27th September

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney

Tickets: Sydney Opera House

Also performing at Listen Out festival


Byron raises almost $50k for Cancer Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stars of Byron Shire Dance for Cancer: Michael Berti and the Byron Bay Nippers. Photo NSW Cancer Council

Byron Shire community fundraising efforts in 2018 helped the Cancer Council take us one step closer to a cancer free future.

At the very least, people in treatment will now have more efficient and comfortable transport options than they have until now.

Over 250 people were involved in the councils key local fundraising effort, the 2018 Stars Of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

Thanks to their efforts and the wider community the local Cancer Council office is able to begin implementing a Ballina to Lismore Transport to Treatment Service. This service will aim to fill gaps in current transport services to meet the needs of people who are affected by cancer who are transport disadvantaged.

The stars of the gala fundraiser are business owners and other Byron celebrities dancing with some of our local and fabulously talented dance teachers!

The whole community kicked off their heels, had a laugh and enjoyed a sparkling night of entertainment, excellent company and great food!

Hannah Brooks, Cancer Councils community relations coordinator in the Far North Coast said the group aims to lessen the burden for people affected by cancer by providing information and support when they need it most.

Thanks to everyone involved in this years event, we are able to continue in our mission, she said.


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Your old rags can become Vinnies riches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cutter and sorter Kaylene Rugendyke, Lismore and operations manager Angelo Grande pictured at the Matthew Talbot Clothing Recycling Centre, Goonellabah.

Robin Osborne. Photos: Jacklyn Wagner

Some workplaces, like Southern Cross Universitys School of Arts, get through less than one pack a week, others, like Lismore Nissan & Kia, use nearly one per day, preferring flannelette because its ideal for removing the polish from their spotless vehicles.

Whatever the purpose, from polishing cars and high-class furniture, to mopping up paint or grease in workshops, or cleaning valuable plates used in print-making, recycled rags made from donated clothing are prized by North Coast businesses.

Marketed as Vinnies Bag O Rags, they are also an important fundraising source for St Vincent de Paul Society, which processes and packs huge quantities of them in its clothing recycling centre in Goonellabah. The 1600-square metre centre is named after Matthew Talbot, a 19th century Dublin ascetic who is an inspiration for ex-alcoholics worldwide.

Were the largest such facility in regional NSW, handling one-fifth of the states total clothing donations, says Vinnies recycling and waste manager Angelo Grande. He explains that while the pick of the donations are sold in Vinnies bargain shops, the lesser quality wearables are exported and the remainder turned into usable rags.

Its the ultimate recycling operation, he says, proudly, adding that his team of 20 remove all buttons and zippers You wouldnt want to polish your car with a zipper!  and then blade-shred the rags for compacting into packs weighing from 5kg up to 200kg pallets.

Materials are mixed cotton, flannelette, cotton t-shirt and the top of the range, white cotton, that retails for $16 per 5kg pack.

Long-time users like Lismores McKeeCo General Engineering and Lismore Nissan & Kia speak highly about the humble product that supports local workers as well helping Vinnies community projects and local people doing it tough.

SCUs artists are other fans, using the pure cotton on easily damaged copper pla...


Jessica Morgans enthusiastic endorsement of ANSTO and the nuclear waste dump plan for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Jessica Morgan. Submission to Senate on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. (Submission no. 37)

My husband and I live and work in Hawker and are raising our three children here, our two oldest attend Hawker Area School and our youngest will be three this year. I have lived here for ten years and my husband over 20, we welcome this project. We believe it is a wonderful opportunity for our community and believe firmly in the benefits of increased employment. We also believe that this facility will ensure other essential services in our town, such as the hospital, police, and improved mobile phone coverage. We also hope that this project may assist in increasing student numbers at the school. In June 2016 when on a personal trip to Sydney I had the benefit of visiting ANSTO, I was taken on a tour which included going to level 13 and visiting the waste storage areas. I have stood next to and touched the canister containing the intermediate level waste with my 9 month old baby in a carrier on my chest, feeling totally confident of my own safety and that of my child. I left ANSTO very impressed not only in their contribution to our first class medical system, which Australia is so fortunate to have, but also the work in other areas of science and technology. Having seen the waste storage areas I saw first hand the need for the national waste facility to be located at another site. I also learnt the vast difference between the reactor at Lucas Heights and nuclear power reactors in other countries, with the main reactors coming to mind being Fukushima and Chernobyl. Nuclea...


Mosquito experiment could save lives "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Photograph by James Gathany, Center for Disease Control Public Health Image Library.

SYDNEY, AAP A successful mosquito experiment in northern Queensland could hold the key to saving millions of people from being infected with diseases including the deadly Zika virus.

Australian scientists have wiped out more than 80 per cent of the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) population in three locations around the sugar town of Innisfail during a three month trial, the CSIRO announced on Tuesday.

The Aedes aegypti is responsible for infecting almost 400 million people globally with diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya.

The landmark research involved the release of three million sterile male mosquitoes that mated with females who laid unfertilised eggs, causing the population to crash.

A group of CSIRO researchers worked with an international team using technology from Verily, an American organisation, to breed mosquitoes and infect them with a bacteria that doesnt allow them to produce offspring.

Its an exotic mosquito, we want to get rid of it. Its not an important part of the environment and its a major spreader of diseases around the world, CSIROs Paul De Barro told AAP.

Dr De Barro, Research Director in Health and Biosecurity, said the team had to work closely with the local community to gain their support.

Thats as much an achievement as working out how to use the technology, he said.

In densely populated urban areas, the research could be crucial in the event of an outbreak, especially as climate change and warmer temperatures mean mosquitoes are no longer bound to tropical areas.

We are now looking at where we would apply it in a real context, Dr De Barro said.

One of the ideas is to potentially use it in the Torres Strait to eradicate yellow fever mosquitoes and the Asian tiger mosquito and we could also create a wider buffer around Brisbane by using it in parts of Queensland.

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Vale Edith Franks a great environmentalist "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Edith Franks at her last Landcare planting bee. Photo supplied

Edith Evelyn Franks nee West (1926 -2018) has passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of all her family.

At 92, she died of having lived a life long enough, although not long enough for the many people who loved her. Her three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren will miss her beyond description, as will many others.

Edie arrived in Byron Bay on a steamship during the great depression as a baby. Her family, like many others, were very poor, times were hard and family life even harder.

After a brief time in the flood prone end of Lismore, Edies family relocated to Brunswick Heads where she spent her early years living in hessian-sack housing behind the dunes. These were the happiest memories for her and the place where her deep love of nature began.

Eventually the family moved back to Lismore where she attended high school and stayed until joining the navy late in WWII. Following the war, Edie spent a few years travelling up the east coast to Cairns, partying and working as she went.

Always ahead of her time she then travelled to her mothers birthplace of Denmark in the early 50s, an epic journey for the time, but one of many she would embark on in her long life.

She also lived in PNG for a few years in the 1950s, stories from those days were eye opening to say the least.

She married late, became mum to three beautiful children and raised her family in the suburbs of Brisbane, a place that stifled her spirit. Her marriage ended in the early 70s so Edie moved back to Byron where her mother still lived.

She set up the first youth hostel, Edies Place, in her home on Burns Street in the late 70s, a place where she befriended many travellers. This time opened doors to many more travels and adventures, all of which she embraced fully.

Edie spent the rest of her life fighting for the environment. A few of her big fights were helping to stop the Byron jet port and the Broken Head Academy. She then turned her sights on uranium mining and got herself to the Jabiluka blockade, getting arrested at 71 for protesting she is still wanted in the NT!



Open Letter to the University of Wollongong Re the Universitys Censorship of the Academic Debate on Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Cc: Aaron Oakley; Adam Hodgkins; Alison Jones; Amanda Lawson; Andrew Herring; Andrew Whelan; Andy Davis; Anne Cusick; Antoine van Oijen; Benjamin Marwick; Brian Martin; Bridget Kelly ; Chao Deng; Chris Cook; Danielle Skropeta; Darryl McAndrew; David Garne; Dianne Jolley; Dominique Parrish; Eleanor Beck; Elizabeth Neale ; Flynn Hill; Glenn Mitchel ; Glenn Salkeld; Grapham Williams; Heather Yeatman; Helen Rienits; Ian Ring; Ian Wilson; Ian Wright; Jennifer Beck; Joanna Russell; Joanne Braithwaite; Judy Mullan; judy raper; Julie Steele; Justin Yerbury; Karen Charlton; Karen Walton; Kate Manderson; Kathleen Clapham; Kathy Eagar; Kylie Mansfield; Linda Tapsell; Louella McCarthy; Louise Wright; Lyndal Parker-Newlyn; Martin Engel; Martina sanderson-Smith; Michael Zancko; Michelle Moscova; Nagesh Pai; Nicholas Dixon; Peter McLennan; Robert Gordon; Roger Lewis; Ronald Sluyter; Russell Pearson; Sal Sanzone; Sharon Robinson; Shev Christian; Simon Eckermann; Teresa Treweek; Tim Marchant; Trish Mundy; Vinod Gopaldasani; Will Price; William Buttemer; Xiaoqi Feng; Yasmine Probst
Subject: FW: The Censorship of the Australian Vaccination Debate Conference in Sydney

Open Letter
9 July 2018

To UOW Vice- Chancellor, Paul Wellings, UOW academics and the concerned Australian Community,

Dear Professor Wellings and UOW academics/staff,

You can choose not to read this email but as many of you have already signed your names to the promotion of the governments claims about vaccines on the UOW website a misuse of the UOWs logo then you are already part of the debate and I would hope willing to provide the evidence or scientific arguments to address the communitys concerns. However, to date I note your silence to our concerns about the health information you are providing.

The promotion of government vaccination pol...


Queensland tourist industry joins opposition to coal "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed from Queensland

Opposition to Adanis Carmichael coal mine and associated coal threat to the Great Barrier reef, has been given a boost by tour operators.  They have called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.

In an unprecedented declaration, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO), together with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), has urged the phasing out of fossil fuel.

The declaration states, The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, and that Its not too late to save our Reef, but time is critical.

Having the usually controversy avoiding marine tourist industry peak body staking a stand, means that the feeling of frustration and desire for some action must be very strong among its membership.

Dozens of tour operators have already put their names to the declaration and it is expected many more will soon do likewise.

Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, says, basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.

Although the declaration does not explicitly target the Adani project, the implication is clear.

The embattled Carmichael mine and associated Abbot Point terminal are now in an even more difficult position. Tour operators have a first-hand appreciation, not only in seeing the extensive bleaching of the reef, but also of the threat to Queenslands number one tourist industry attraction. In addition to the environmental threat, the economic cost is clear.

This runs counter to the claim that the projects will provide a boost to the regional economy.

The greatest impact however, may be that his signals the entry of at least a portion of the business sector into openly campaigning for sustainable development. Such is the depth of a movement, looks to be entering a new phase of its growth. An important part of this is the campaign to stop Adani.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for Adani continue to insist that the company remains as committed as ever to the projects, and that the required finance is going to be secured, even if no banks, are seeing that it in its interests to come up with the money.

This is testimony to  strength and reach of the opposition to Adani.

When even Ian Macfarlan...


Pro-democracy activists hold event in solidarity with Papuan students "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Pro-democracy activists hold event in solidarity with Papuan students
Jakarta | Mon, July 9, 2018 | 04:44 pm
Pro-democracy activists held an event campaigning for freedom of expression and assembly over the weekend, amid recent reports that public discussions were being dispersed either by the police or by opposing groups of people.
The Solidarity Action: Why Should We Fear Discussion? event was held on Sunday at Aspiration Park near the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta, following a report that a discussion at a dorm for Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, was under heavy police guard on Friday.
We want to protect the narrowing democracy in Indonesia. We also want to pressure the government and the state to stop dispersing discussions and art exhibits, because such events are necessary to foster critical thinking, said Helena, a university student and an organizer of Sunday's event.
Helena said they had recorded several incidents w...


John Pilger On The Hidden History Of The Women Who Rose Up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous aunts who had irresistible bourgeois ambitions Mary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hanged except Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convicts and there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of small pox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no-one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of mosquitoes.

There was no division by age or crime. Mary and the other women were called the intractables. With a mixture of horror and admiration, the Attorney General at the time, Roger Terry, described how the women had driven back with a volley of stones and staves soldier...


Where Is the Spirit of Rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Editors note: Journalist John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, Sydney, a prison where intractable female convicts from mostly Ireland and England were sent to Britains Australian colony in the early 19th century.

Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called bad stock was a secret.

Bad stock meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823.

According to nonsense spun by numerous auntswho had irresistible bourgeois ambitionsMary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety.

In fact, Mary was the youngest member of a gang of wild young women, mostly Irish, who operated in the East End of London. Known as The Ruffians, they kept poverty at bay with the proceeds of prostitution and petty theft.

The Ruffians were eventually arrested and tried, and hangedexcept Mary, who was spared because she was pregnant.

She was just 16 years old when she was manacled in the hold of a ship under sail, the Lord Sidmouth, bound for New South Wales for the term of her natural life, said the judge.

The voyage took five months, a purgatory of sickness and despair. I know what she looked like because, some years ago, I discovered an extraordinary ritual in St. Marys Cathedral in Sydney.

Every Thursday, in a vestry, a nun would turn the pages of a register of Irish Catholic convictsand there was Mary, described as not more than 4ft in height, emaciated and pitted with the ravages of smallpox.

When Marys ship docked at Sydney Cove, no one claimed her as a servant or a skivvy. She was a third class convict and one of the inflammable matter of Ireland. Did her newly born survive the voyage? I dont know.

They sent her up the Parramatta River to the Female Factory, which had distinguished itself as one of the places where Victorian penal experts were testing their exciting new theories. The treadwheel was introduced in the year Mary arrived, 1823. It was an implement of punishment and torture.

The Cumberland Pilgrim described the Female Factory as appallingly hideous the recreation ground reminds one of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Arriving at night, Mary had nothing to sleep on, only boards and stone and straw, and filthy wool full of ticks and spiders. All the women underwent solitary confinement. Their heads were shaved, and they were locked in total darkness with the whine of....


MACKAY Two arrested over McDonalds attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Jon Rappoport -- Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as it is a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom...

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to "Crazzfiles [dot] com". The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there.


March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

"Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced."

"'Out of sheer necessity we've created a community base to support families - we've had no choice other than to start our own social services'."

"Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream."

"'We organise group childcare arrangements and we're now devising our own combined homeschooling system,' she said."

"'We use health practitioners within the anti-vaccine networks around Australia and 'anti-vaccination-friendly' doctors in the community'."


Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Were always impressed by the way David Zarrouk (a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev by way of UC Berkeleys Biomimetic Millisystems Lab) manages to extract a ton of functionality from the absolute minimum of hardware in his robots. In the past, weve seen clever designs like a steerable robot that only uses a single motor, and a multi-jointed robot arm that uses a traveling motor to actuate all of its degrees of freedom.

At the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Zarrouk presented an update to STAR, the Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot that we first wrote about in 2013. Called Rising STAR, or RSTAR, it takes the sprawling wheel-leg mobility and adds another degree of freedom that allows the body of the robot to move separately from the legs, changing its center of mass to help it climb over obstacles.

RSTAR is the latest in Zarrouks series of sprawling robots, designed to handle all kinds of terrain obstacles while minimizing cost of transport. Sprawl in this context refers to the robots legs, which are angled (adjustably) downwards and outwards from the body. RSTAR has an added degree of freedom in that its body is able to change its location relative to the legs, altering the robots center of mass.

It seems like a simple change, but it enables a bunch of new behaviorsnot only can the robot climb over larger obstacles without flipping over, but it can also climb vertically up closely spaced walls and crawl through narrow gaps by adopting a legged walking gait.

While the adjustable center of mass helps keep the robot more stable, as the video shows flipping over can actually be useful, since it enables the robot to switch between faster and more efficient round wheels and more capable spoke wheels (whegs). RSTARs top speed is about 1 m/s on hard flat surfaces, although its turtle gait means that it can handle extremely soft or
granular surfaces (like thick mud or sand) without getting stuck.

At this point, none of what were seeing in the video is autonomous, although it sounds like theyre working on itso for more det...



#Unity4J Online Vigil in support of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I was honoured to take part in the third online vigil for Julian Assange. Hes been shut off from the world since March 22nd. No internet, no phone calls, no visitors. Not even family or friends. Its torture.

Much thanks Kim Dotcom and the tech team, and congratulations to Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D and Elizabeth Lea Vos @ElizabethleaVos from for organising these outstanding events. HT to their knowledge of the subject matter, insight and passion. They brought out the best in their guests, as did Cassandra Fairbanks and Tim Foley, when the girls were getting a bit of shut-eye.

There may have been other helpers. I havent got through it all yet. The first vigil was 10 hours; the second 25; and the third 35, so a few more binge-viewings to go. The plan is to continue the series until Julians human rights are restored; once a month and they keep getting longer. This is what I had to say as a citizen journalist.

But what a line-up of distinguished guests! Daniel Ellsberg, Slavoj Zizek, John Kiriakou, William Binney and Ray Mcgovern have all come forward to share their perspective on this development, and plead the case for Assange and Wikileaks. Likewise, comedian-journalists Jimmy Dore and Lee Camp; former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Australian political advisor Felicity Ruby, Australian citizen-journalist Caitlin Johnstone, former British Ambassador Craig Murray, British politician George Galloway, legendary activist Cairon OReilly

Weve also heard from former workers in the intelligence community; journalists; historians and academics, including a professor of propaganda! The series of one-hour interviews has been as emotionally charged as it has been enlightening. As one viewer aptly commented:

so many astute observations and political nouse.

The next #Unity4J vigil is on August 4th. It will be followed on August 9th by a live and online event coming from Sydney Australia. Im organising that one. Ill be joined by Suzie Dawson and if all goes well, Cynthia McK...


ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging. A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). University of Queensland []

The post ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth appeared first on Health Nut News.


New Book: The End of Ice coming to a planet near you! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

New book available December 2018

The End of Ice Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption

The Author is Dahr Jamail, The New Press, Available December 2018

The author who Jeremy Scahill calls the quintessential unembedded reporter visits hot spots around the world in a global quest to discover how we will cope with our planets changing ecosystems

A superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft. Howard Zinn

After nearly a decade overseas as a war reporter, the acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering, only to find that the slopes he had once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. In response, Jamail embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of this crisisfrom Alaska to Australias Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforestin order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.

In The End of Ice, we follow Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal waters of the Pacific only to find ghostly coral reefs, and explores the tundra of St. Paul Island where he meets the last subsistence seal hunters of the Bering Sea and witnesses its melting glaciers. Accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have fished, farmed, and lived in the areas he visits for centuries, Jamail begins to accept the fact that Earth, most likely, is in a hospice situation. Ironically, this allows him to renew his passion for the planets wild places, cherishing Earth in a way he has never been able to before.

Like no other book, The End of Ice offers a firsthand chronicleincluding photographs throughout of Jamail on his journey across the worldof the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.


See also: Area of Global Dead Zones Doubling Every 10 Years, Dahr Jamail, Truthout, June 25, 2018

See also:...


NSW Berejiklian Government 2018: How not to conduct a community consultation in the Clarence Valley, NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 10 July 2018, p.13:

So Road and Maritime Services intends to establish a temporary asphalt batching plant at Woombah with a heavy truck access road crossing Iluka Road approximately 230 metres from the Pacific Highway T-intersection.

One couldnt choose a site more unsafe for private vehicles and more disruptive to tourist traffic. One that also is less than 500 metres from a waterway which empties into the Clarence River Estuary.

One couldnt find a more inadequate approach to community consultation.

The Pillar Valley community were given an RMS community information session scheduled to last one and a half hours in May 2016 ahead of construction of a temporary batching plant there.

In September 2016 the Donnellyville community received a detail...


WHat did the IPA do with all those millions? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018, p.23:

a mysterious foundation, CEF, which received $4 million from Hancock Prospecting in the year to June 2015, and the conservative Institute of Public Affairs think tank, which received $4.5 million from Hancock Prospecting. The Institute did not declare Hancock Prospectings donation in its annual report, and after receiving the funds awarded Mrs Rinehart life membership. [my yellow highlighting]

So one of the big donors to that lobby group passing itself off as a public policy think tank, the Institute Of Public Affairs Limited endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient since 30 March 2006 - has been revealed.

I wonder what the Institute of  Public Affairs Limited or the The Trustee For Institute Of Public Affairs Research Trust did with all those millions?

Because IPA annual reports do not show a $4.5 million spike. By 30 June 2015 its revenue which is primarily derived from membership fees and donations stood at $3.24 million (down from $3.47 million in June 2014) and only rose by $1.75 million as at 30 June 2016. In fact between June 2015 and June 2017 IPA revenue only rose by a total of $2.86 million.


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Australian anti-vaxxers provide new model for the world "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

by Jon Rappoport

July 9, 2018

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As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).

March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, which has already grown to 800 members. As ABC (Australia) reports:

Sunshine Coast vaccine refuser and leader of the Natural Immunity Community, Allona Lahn, said her anti-vaccine network had grown to 800 members and was becoming stronger since the regulations were introduced.

Out of sheer necessity weve created a community base to support families weve had no choice other than to start our own social services.

Ms Lahn said the network with like-minded families included their own childcare, schools and health services away from the mainstream.

We organise group childcare arr...


Up and down Mt Juliet "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It took my legs a week to recover from the climb up and down Mt Juliet. Ugh, age is catching up with me.

Just outside Healesville, an hour and a bit east of Melbourne in the Yarra Ranges, Mt Juliet is 1120m high. The walk to the top is only 4.5km. Its steep. Very steep.

The day I did it was a rainy, cold winters day.



A Couple of Plane Spotting Photos from Mackay Airport - Incl Broken Down Army Tiger ARH Helicopter! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We spent a night in Mackay this week and of course, we paid Mackay Airport a visit.  In fact, we stayed at Mackay Airport at the Ibis Mackay which is situated right across the road from the Mackay Airport terminal building so plane spotting was a breeze!

As shown above on Tuesday 3 July, perhaps the most visitor for me was parked on the Western General Aviation Apron (WGA) in the form of Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter A38-020 which appears to have suffered an engineering issue and was unable to leave Mackay Airport.

Several Army Tiger ARH helicopters were noted and spotted passing through Mackay Airport over the weekend, returning to Townsville following their participation in the recently completed joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018 which was held in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Nearby to the Tiger, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was parked and appeared to being personnel down from Townsville to work on.....


Sweden v England "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

About a decade ago, probably much longer, I remember a friend, Declan, declaring he was supporting England in the World Cup. He was a born and bred Irishman, who concluded that, since Ireland had been eliminated from the World Cup, he should probably support England instead. Dont you remember what the English have done to us over hundreds of years?,


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Brisbane Same-Sex Couple Refused Wedding Cake By Baker "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Brisbane same-sex couple planning to wed in New Zealand have had their request for a wedding cake refused by a baker who told them same-sex ceremonies are against her beliefs. Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick got engaged last year and had planned a wedding for the small northern New Zealand town of Waipu next ...

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What's the best place for a Eureka Stadium Station? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Eureka Stadium (aka Mars Stadium) in Wendouree has had a lot of upgrades over the last few years, and they've recently started playing AFL matches there. It's great to see this kind of thing happening in Ballarat, but it's clear that in order to run something like an AFL match you need more than just a good oval and a big grandstand - you need a lot of surrounding infrastructure to get all the punters to the ground before the game, and away afterwards.

The second AFL match had much smaller attendance than the first.
Streets up to 1km away from the ground were nonetheless lined with parked cars
It's an absolute nightmare if everyone tries to drive - the roads become clogged and you have to park hundreds of metres away from the ground. So it's really important to allow and encourage people to take public transport to events like this - and if you want people to use PT, you have to make sure it's good. It needs to be fast, convenient, comfortable, and with enough capacity to handle the crowds. It is possible to do this with buses and coaches, but it's undeniable that trains are better on all these counts and would be much more attractive to the average driver. They are, however, a lot more expensive - buses and coaches can run on existing roads, but trains need tracks and stations.



1) The Monday Extract: New Zealands disgraceful role in the slow genocide of West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Police allegedly committed sexual harassment in Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya
3) KOMNAS HAM Papua: AI is influential in the United Nations
4) Two young Papuans, selling newspapers for study
5) Where does Rp 9.56 billion for Panggama Airports construction go?


1) The Monday Extract: New Zealands disgraceful role in the slow genocide of West Papua

 Marie Leadbeater | Guest writer The Monday Extract



Anti-Trans Activists Slammed For Disrupting Pride Parade To Protest Lesbian Erasure "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A group of activists have been slammed for disrupting the Pride in London parade on Saturday with a protest against transgender women. At the parade a group of eight protesters held up signs with anti-trans messages including lesbian not queer and trans activism erases lesbians. The group briefly lay on the ground to physically block ...

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INTERVIEW: Iron & Wine "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

SMART CARS, COSMIC FOLK AND BIRDS Iron & Wine are returning to Australia where theyll play the Opera House for the second time. The bands sole proprietor, Sam Beam, talks with Chris Familton about writing and performing his new album Beast Epic. Im still in the past, says Iron & Wines Sam Beam, down the Continue reading


Chinese Property Buys in Australia Plummet on Capital Controls "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Chinese investment in Australias commercial property has plummeted to the lowest level in six years as mainland capital controls bite.

South African players are keen to invest in Australian commercial property.

Direct investment fell 81 percent to A$250 million ($187 million) in the first half from a year earlier, property brokerage CBRE Group Inc. said in a report on Monday.

If these restrictions continue, we expect Chinese investment into Australia to record its lowest year since 2012, said Ben Martin-Henry, associate director of capital markets and forecasting. The capital controls are having a meaningful impact globally, he said.

A crackdown by Chinas government has reined in deal makers such as Dalian Wanda Group Co., Anbang Insurance Group Co., Fosun International Ltd. and HNA Group Co. that once had an insatiable appetite for global assets. The unwinding of their spending spree included HNA selling a Sydney office tower in January. Chinese spending on commercial property in Australia is down from a A$2 billion high in 2015, when capital from Asias biggest economy accounted for 43 percent of all foreign investments, according to CBRE.

The biggest foreign buyers of Australian commercial property in the first half were the U.S. (A$994 million), Singapore (A$626 million) and Hong Kong (A$560 million), according to CBRE, which said the report was based on its own and external data. Development sites werent included in the numbers, only finished buildings.

With assistance by Emily Cadman


Interview: The Hon Linda Burney on Mornings "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • The Hon Linda Burney :: Interview with Bridie Tanner

Inspirational Federal Member for Barton the Hon Linda Burney spoke to Bridie Tanner on Mornings, ahead of her keynote speech at Sydney Universitys NAIDOC celebrations.

As the first Aboriginal person elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives, Linda has plenty of connection to this years NAIDOC week theme Because of Her, We Can!

She talked about the resilience and generosity of Indigenous women, the importance of respecting the wisdom of Elders and her message for the next generation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women entering politics find your narrative and let it define your voice.

Listen in above.

WHAT: Keynote, University of Sydney NAIDOC Week Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday 11 July 2018 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm
WHERE: MacLaurin Hall, The Quadrangle, USYD

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They go together Like Broccolini, Tahini, Bambini and Bikini "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Bikini, lamb, Ray Ray

Well, at first it may have sounded like the ingredients for a good recipe but this ini quartet will never end up on anyones plate. Stepping tiny hooves into our nursery and our 2018 Lamb Clan are dear little Broccolini, Tahini, Bikini and tiny Bambini.

Edgars Mission - Bikini, lamb

Found by neighbours, suffering from dehydration and a bad case of entropian (where the eyelids turn in and lashes irritate the eye) was Bikini. With mum nowhere to be found and the owners not wanting the day-old lamb, the call to our sanctuary was made.

Edgars Mission - lamb, Tahini

Tahini sounds nice was our thought as yet another baby in need landed in our care after the threat of divorce saw a husband make the drive to Edgars Mission to safely deposit the orphan with his wife away interstate.



Two quick reads "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ian McPhedran, The Smack Track: Inside the Navys war : chasing down drug smugglers, pirates and terrorists (HarperCollinsAustralia 2017) Dervla McTiernan, The Rin (HarperCollinsAustralia 2018) This blog post is an exercise in completism. I read The Rin and The Smack Track last year but didnt Continue reading


Courageous by Nature and now, Courageous by name! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Captain Courageous, Sheep-2

Making good his escape from a grisly fate recently was a handsome Merino whether we have christened Captain Courageous. Whether he had escaped from the abattoir by which he was found or leapt from an abattoir-bound truck we may never know, however one thing we do know for certain is whatever made this dear boy flee a situation that was unlikely to end well for him indeed sealed his fate. Some may say it was instinct as, being a prey animal, a sheeps defence is often to flee. However, those who know sheep as we do, as individuals with unique characters and an intense love of life, may call it something different. They may call it bravery. Or courage. And after meeting this dear boy we would have to wholeheartedly agree.

Edgars Mission - Captain Courageous, Sheep

Now busy suburban roads are also no place for a sheep and so this wandering boy soon found himself at The Lost Dogs Home, where he was treated for extensive injuries to his horn and mouth as well as a deep wound on one of his front limbs. After serving the required amount of time, Captain Courageous was then Edgars Mission-bound!

After stoically withstanding treatment to his many painful injuries, we are pleased to report that Captain Courageous has since made a full recovery and joined our main sheep flock, where he fast made friends with Fifi and Harry. And we are sure, if you peer just close enough as this handsome boy wanders the hills of our sanctuary, you can make out the faintest flutter of a cape as Courageous by name and Courageous by nature Captain Courageous will be forevermore.



Elvis Piglsey We Cant Help Falling in Love With You! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Elvis Pigsley, Pam, pig-2

There was no Return to Sender note left alongside a wayward young pig who found himself on the doorstep of a kind-hearted Samaritan recently. Asking, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and bundling the dear boy up like a Teddy Bear, our porcine pal then made his way to a nearby animal shelter.

Edgars Mission - Elvis Pigsley, pig-10

This kind-hearted Samaritan could well be this little piggys Good Luck Charm because he was then bidding his neighbouring Hound Dogs goodbye as he was on his way to Edgars Mission and into our Lovin Arms.

Christened Elvis Pigsley upon his arrival, this Little Darlin quickly danced his way into our hearts, with his joyful exuberance and squeals of delight. Even though he had every reason to be All Shook Up, Elvis Pigsley is, as Lyall Watson once said, like all pigs, an eternal optimist.

Although his early morning chorus and daily oinking commentary sometimes have our staff asking Elvis for A Little Less Conversation, we certainly all have A Thing Called Love for our newest resident.

And while we are sure little Elvis is busy saying, Thank you, thank you very much, to all those who secured his safety, there is one more thing we would like to add Dont be Cruel, please remember pigs are for lovin and not the oven.



ABC is deliberately misleading "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There has been a great hullabaloo surrounding Chris Berg and my book Against Public Broadcasting:  Why and how we should privatise the ABC.  Even before it was published The Guardian and Senator Kristina Keneally began pushing the line that this book was part on an IPA attack on the ABC. To be clear, this is the IPA view of the ABC:

Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.

This is what Chris and I recommend in our book:

Our view is that the ABC should be given away to the ABCs current and past employees. Again this could be done on some pro rata basis. This achieves two goals: it effects the privatisation, and vests control of the new private firm with those who have the most incentive for it to succeed. Many employees would of course choose to trade their shares and take their windfall gains. ABC employees are the people who have built up the ABCs brand value (such as it is) and the people best placed to realise any value within the ABC. The employees as shareholders would have a strong incentive to realise efficiencies and develop and grow revenue streams.

Those two proposals are quite different. But that has not stopped the ABC from also arguing that Chris and I are simply pushing an IPA proposal. Here is the ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie (misrepresenting us on two levels):

The anti-ABC case has been crystallised in two recent developments the launch of a tome by two people associated with the IPA calling for the sale of the national broadcaster, and last weekends policy motion at the Liberal Party federal council meeting in Sydney demanding the privatisation of the ABC.

The day before Chris had appeared on several ABC radio stations and was introduced each time as being a RMIT University staff member maybe she gets her news from non-ABC sources. To be fair Guthrie may have been confused after all Chris had been a long-time IPA empl...


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Ex-footballer Andrew McDermott on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 10 July "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Ex-Footballer Andy McDermott pictured playing for West Bromwich Albion

Andrew McDermott is a former Australian footballer. Primarily a defender, Andrew spent his career playing for English Premier League clubs Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion and Notts County. He made a total of 136 appearances and scored 9 goals (not bad for a defender!) over his 10-year career. 

Since retiring from football in 2004, Andrew has built a successful career as an award-winning real estate agent in the Hills District of Sydney. He now runs his own company, Belle Property, in Castle Hill, as well as nurturing a new passion for Ironman triathlons. 

Andrew chats to GT about his career as a professional footballer, his transition to life after sport and his personal goal to qualify for KONA (the Ironman World Championships)!

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Locals urged to take advantage of gun amnesty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

If you have any old guns lying around that you dont use and/or arent registered, nows the time to hand them in without penalty. Photo supplied

Tweed MP Geoff Provest has urged anyone in the local community with an unregistered or unwanted firearm to take advantage of the NSW Firearm Amnesty, which began on July 1 and closes September 30.

Last years National Firearm Amnesty was extremely successful, he said, with the NSW Police Force netting nearly 25,000 firearms from 7,277 individuals during the three-month campaign.

Tweed residents have another chance to do the right thing and either surrender unwanted or prohibited weapons or become a responsible firearm owner and register their gun or rifle, Mr Provest said.

Whether the firearm was inherited or found, the three-month amnesty period will allow them to come forward and legally dispose or register it without penalty.

Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.

Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into public places including police stations, he said.

Anyone with concerns about handling firearms or safely transporting them, can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 for assistance.

For more information visit


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Transgender Model To Contest Miss Universe Pageant "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Angela Ponce will make history when she becomes the first transgender contestant to compete at the Miss Universe competition. Ms Ponce, 26, from Seville, will be representing her country at the global competition in the Philippines in December after beating 22 other contestants for the Miss Spain crown. Bringing the name and colours of Spain ...

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Traverse Hotham cross country and snow shoe tours "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Traverse Hotham is offering cross country (XC) and snow shoe tours at Mt Hotham. The aim is to make both these activities accessible to a new generation of people by offering tours of the trail network, scenic snowshoe walks and introductory lessons in XC skiing.

Hotham has a great network of XC trails but many visitors to the mountain are unaware of them. These are largely centred on the Wire Plain area including the unique Brabralung Trail right through to Dinner Plain and can be accessed via XC trail from Davenport Village or via the village bus network.

Glen Clark is the person behind the idea:

I suppose I came to XC skiing via a non-conventional route being originally from Queensland a long way back, I didnt discover snow until living overseas in my twenties. Initially I took up snowboarding, which I still love today. It was mainly my love of hiking and nature which encouraged me to give XC skiing a go via a recreational XC ski touring club starting out with daytrips to Lake Mountain, I was hooked in no time. These days Im officially based in Tassie but split my year mostly between winters at Hotham and Nozawa Onsen, Japan.

He explains the original vision for Traverse Hotham:

Hotham has a wonderful range of well-maintained XC ski trails with varied and interesting touring options to suit all ability levels but its a secret too well kept. Too few visitors are aware of Hothams extensive network of groomed XC ski trails, let alone the joys of gently gliding through snowgum forest away from the crowds. Of course those in the know get a lot of enjoyment out of the trails, but anecdotally the barriers to first time participation in XC skiing at Hotham have long been too high and an impediment to getting more people out there.

The following is the main body text from and summarises whats on offer:

Traverse Hotham is dedicated to introducing more people to the joys of cross country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing in our magnificent alpine environment.

Beginner XC ski lessons follow a tour teaching methodology subject to skier ability and snow conditions, the aim is to learn basic and/or improved XC ski techniques while discovering some of the scenic groomed trails Hotham Alpine Resort has to offer. Perhaps skiing isnt for you? Snowshoe tours are an easy way to get out among the snowgums and appreciate the beauty of our high country away from the crowds.

Scheduled XC lessons operate Wednesdays and Saturdays we offer separate Intro to XC for those coming over from downhill skiing or who may have tried XC before and Absolute Beginner for those who ma...


MACKAY Police arrest two in Bakers Creek "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Two men arrested for attempted armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Adorable Story Of Two Dads Behind This Award-Winning Portrait "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbane celebrated its diverse queer community last month through a series of visual and performance art during the annual MELT Festival. The festival, presented by the Brisbane Powerhouse, invited visual artists from all backgrounds to enter the annual MELT Portrait Prize, with shortlisted entries displayed at the Powerhouse throughout May and June. The winner of ...

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INTERVIEW: Iron & Wine "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

SMART CARS, COSMIC FOLK AND BIRDS Iron & Wine are returning to Australia where theyll play the Opera House for the second time. The bands sole proprietor, Sam Beam, talks with Chris Familton about writing and performing his new album Beast Epic. Im still in the past, says Iron & Wines Sam Beam, down the Continue reading


Same-Sex Couples Wanted For Brisbane Festivals One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbanes King Street in Bowen Hills will transform into a giant garden street party on September 8 when Brisbane Festival hosts the weddings of eight same-sex couples. Radiating rainbows in the electorate that polled the highest yes vote in Queensland in last years marriage equality survey, the Qweens on King wedding event will see the ...

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All stars, Smash Mouth have announced a 2018 Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed"

Generation defining rockers Smash Mouth have announced their triumphant return to Australian shores after a lengthy five-year wait. The hitmakers, responsible for anthems like All Star, and Walking On The Sun will be making their way to Sydney, Brisbane, Albury, Canberra, Wollongong and Melbourne this November.

Back in 2013, the band took their catchy as hell sound to the Leagues clubs and RSLs of the country, now, theyll be graduating to rooms like Sydneys Enmore Theatre. Ah, the power of millennials, and memes.

In the last two years, All Star has been meme-fied to the nth degree its presence in pop culture has been basically inescapable. From Seinfeld theme-song remixes to covers from EDM superstars The Chainsmokers, All Star has renewed its meaning for a whole generation of internet addicts.

If youre sick of hearing half-baked All Star covers, nows your chance to hear it from the purveyors of pop rock themselves, with tickets going on sale Friday, July 20th.

Watch Smash Mouths All Star:

Smash Mouth 2018 Australian Tour

Thursday, 8th November

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 9th November

Twin Towns Services Club, Gold Coast

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 10th November

Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane

Tickets: Oztix

Wednesday, 14th November

Albury SS&A Club, Albury

Tickets: Eventopia

Thursday, 15th November

Canberra Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 16th November

Anitas Theatre, Wollongong...


1) FESTIVAL ANGER "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

2) Indonesian Man Launches Air Charter Company in Oklahoma

West Papua activists stopped by police        
Police clarifies incident, action
09 July 2018

Local West Papua Activist Ben Didiomea, questioning members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) why they confiscated teh Morning Star flag.


New Tasmanian Lobby Group Calling For Transgender Law Reform "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new group has been launched in Tasmania to call for overdue law reform in the state to provide equality and dignity for transgender, intersex and gender diverse Tasmanians. The groups formation comes as the Tasmanian government plans to remove a legal requirement that transgender partners must divorce before their gender can be officially recognised. ...

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Tea tree lakes nude bathing case thrown out of court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Maxine Hawker at the tea tree lake where she was charged on January 20 with offensive behaviour for bathing naked. Photo Jeff Dawson

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Non-mainstream lifestyle choices arent axiomatically offensive, Magistrate Dunlevy told Byron Bay local court on Friday, ruling that Sunrise resident Maxine Hawker had no case to answer for bathing naked at the tea tree lakes at Grays Lane in January.

The magistrate said that the police had failed to prove Ms Hawkers actions were calculated to wound feelings, or arouse anger, disgust, resentment or outrage.

Ms Hawker, who represented herself at the hearing, told the court she had no idea she was breaking the law and had not seen a sign near the entrance to the lake, which had been recently installed, warning of penalties.

But within minutes of arriving and entering the water, she was issued a $500 fine for bathing naked, which she chose to fight, telling the court, Im not a criminal, Im a law-abiding person.

Therapeutic dip

Ms Hawker went with a male friend to the lake on a whim in the early afternoon of January 20 and decided to take a dip. Having recently had a shoulder operation, she told the court she thought it would be therapeutic.

She stripped off and her male friend, who was wearing board shorts, helped her into the water.

She said there were a few other people about, none of whom appeared the slightest bit perturbed that she was naked.

Senior Constable Michael Chaffey and Constable Timothy Hayes, of Brunswick Heads Police Station, told the court they witnessed Ms Hawker very slowly and gingerly entering the water from about 40 metres away.

Reports of sexual assaults

Cross-examining Snr Const Chaffey, Ms Hawker asked him why he was patrolling the lake that day.

We had received reports of sexual assaults, he said, adding police were targeting naked people as well as more lewd activity, as they had been asked to conduct high visibility patrols.

Do you think a 56-year-old woman naked next to a man clad in shorts is going to be engaging in lewd activity?, Ms Hawker asked.

Thats not what we were there for, he replied.

Cross examining Timothy Hayes she as...


Night birds by day "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Even in the depths of a central Victorian winter there are is plenty of activity in the bird world to be enjoyed.

This Australian Owlet-nightjar was snapped enjoying a brief burst of sunshine at the entrance to its roosting hollow, while Powerful Owls are clearly keeping the local Galah population in check.

Australian Owlet-nightjar, Rise and Shine, 8th July 2018


Beware! Police are Accessing Commercial DNA Databases "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Aussies are being warned about the risks of providing DNA to map their family histories, after it recently emerged that genealogy companies are increasingly providing police with access to their DNA databases. Tens of thousands of Australians have already provided their forensic samples to commercial operators like, My

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MMVLLEN is helping youth take careers for a test run

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Mullumbimby museum enjoys some winter warmth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Volunteers for the Mullumbimby museum were joined by Greens MP Tamara Smith to launch their new climate control system. Photo Aslan Shand.

The Mullumbimby Museum has entered the 21 century with a ducted climate control system recently installed and launched by Greens MP Tamara Smith last Thursday. As much as they love their museum pieces they were happy to take their beloved, traditional kerosene heater and consign it to history and a featured position within the museum.

Not only is the heating and cooling important to keep volunteers and visitors at just the right temperature but the climate control is also important for the preservation of many items within the museum, said Stephen Hall president of the Brunswick Vally Historical Society (BVHS) that runs the museum.

The BVHS received a NSW government grant for $10,000 through Community Building Partnerships funding towards the installation that they topped up with $7,000 to facilitate the installation.

The museum is based in Mullumbimbys first Post Office that the historical society saved from demolition in the early 80s when the current Post Office was being proposed. They moved the building from the corner of Burringbar and Dalley Streets in 1984 to Summers Park on the corner of Myocum and Stuart Streets.

The historical society collect and preserve local documents, objects, records and photographs as well as support projects like Sharon Shostaks documentary film series Mullumbimby Magic that is currently in development.

The monthly Mullumbimby markets are held at the museum site and help support and maintain the museum, its collections and ongoing projects. 

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Adelaides Crimes Are Unraveling. Vietnam Vet Spills the Beans "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Jim Beaumont and his three children, L to R, Grant, Jane, Arna, missing for 52 years (Insert photo

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On October 23, 2015 I attended my first hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.  That led to my writing several reports for GumshoeNews, and eventually these formed part of my book, Deliverance, which is now in a revised edition.

Paedophilia is not a subject I wish to pursue further, but three in the know people have contacted me in the last month and are perhaps willing to talk about certain crimes after they get a promise of protection. This is about members of the establishment being involved in child murder.

My message to those members of the establ...


We must get justice: slain teens sister "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Slain 16-year-old Sandgate girl Larissa Beilby. Photo Facebook

BRISBANE, AAP The heart-broken sister of slain Queensland teenager Larissa Beilby has told a memorial service that justice must be served.

Deanna Beilby says the horrific death of her 16-year-old sister, whose body was found in a barrel south of Brisbane last month, has left an enormous hole in her heart.

As a nation weve been brought together under the most horrific circumstances and I hope we stand together until justice is served, Ms Beilby told 100 mourners at a service to honour the teenager on Sunday, according to the ABC.

Ms Beilby remembered her sister as a funny, smart and cheeky girl, with Larissas family urging people to honour her by carrying out a random act of kindness to a stranger in the week ahead.

Larissas body was found in a barrel in the back of a ute near Logan last month, sparking a manhunt for 34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky.

Sikorsky was arrested after a 28-hour standoff with police at a Sunshine Coast unit and charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.

Police later charged him with attempting to murder another woman.

His lawyer Brendan Ryan has told reporters Sikorsky intends to defend the charges relating to Larissas death, suggesting she died as a result of misadventure.

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Nats set to lose Page: poll "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could lose his seat at the next election based on figures released by a Fairfax/Ipsos poll. Photo AAP Mick Tsikas

Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could be looking for a new job next year if the results of a Fairfax/Ipsos poll, announced today, were replicated at the upcoming federal election.

The poll showed the Coalition on the nose across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria, with Labor leading on 53 per cent and 56 per cent respectively in two-party preferred terms.

The swings against the government in NSW, if replicated at an election, would see it lose the seat Page, along with Gilmore, Robertson and Banks.

At the 2016 election Mr Hogan retained the seat he won from Labors Janelle Saffin in 2013 on a 4.6 per cent margin despite a 2.15 per cent swing against him.

All in all, the Coalition would lose as many as 18 seats if the latest poll was reflected at a general election, including Peter Duttons Queensland seat of Dickson.

By-election woes

But more imminently concerning to the Coalition will be the pronouncement that it has a tough battle ahead in the upcoming federal by-elections.

The Liberal and National parties have been boosted by a recent Newspoll claiming they were closing the gap on Labor, particularly in the marginal seats of Longman (QLD) and Braddon (TAS).

Todays poll paints a very different picture, however.

Labors Susan Lamb won Longman with a 7.71 percentage swing against former LNP sitting member Wyatt Roy in a seat with a significant (9.4 per cent) One Nation vote.

But Ipsos pollsters say even if she directs all of her preferences to the LNP, which she has threatened to do, Labor would still be likely to hold the seat given a significant statewide swing to the party.

The Tasmanian seat of Braddon would be a much closer call, however, with pollsters predicting there is only one percentage point between the two parties.

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5Zero new social cycling challenge aims for zero emissions event "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Conquer the 50km gravel ride from Bright Brewery to Clear Spot and back with zero emissions this September! Your entry will help build more mountain bike trails around Bright.

Discounted early bird tickets are now available for 5Zero  the new social cycling challenge to conquer in beautiful Bright, North East Victoria, with the inaugural event to be held on Saturday 8th September 2018.

5Zero stemmed from a desire to bring together a great charitable cause with the amazing views and experience provided by riding the trails around Bright.

Organisers and supporters of the event have long valued Bright for its natural beauty and pristine environment and wanted to help promote sustainable event practices and a zero-carbon footprint, whilst also creating a non-competitive social cycling event that is fun for all participants and abilities.

5Zero will combine many of the core elements that make for a great experience when visiting Bright epic cycling, craft beer, gourmet local food, live music and family fun.

100% of profits from the event will be donated to ACP (Alpine Community Plantation).

ACP are a community-led not-for-profit body which allows recreational activities to take place within the HVP pine plantations of the Alpine Shire, where the 3 course options (13km, 38km, 53km) of 5Zero will take place. This donation will help ACP build more mountain bike trails around Bright.

Whether you have a mountain bike, CX bike or recreational bike, gather your friends and family and head to Bright this September for a fresh adventure on two wheels with zero environmental impact.

The carbon neutral aspect of the event comes from the fact that the entry fee includes a carbon offset to cover your travel, stay and organisation of the event through the QANTAS Future Planet Scheme.

They are striving to host a lowest possible impact event:

Zero is our goal for environmental impact as a result of running the event.

  • No maps (GPS/STRAVA nav only)
  • No course signage or zip ties
  • Keep cups for coffee/beer
  • Non-packaged kitchen made food at food-stations
  • E-Bike course marshals
  • Qantas carbon offset program = $10 to projects in NE Victoria
  • No gels
  • BYO bidons, free tap water!

To learn more and enter, head to the ...


Police call for witnesses of Tweed Heads hit and run "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for public assistance after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash in Tweed Heads South overnight.

About 8pm Sunday (July 8), emergency services were called to Minjungbal Drive, following reports a utility had struck a pedestrian and the driver failed to stop to render assistance.

On arrival, officers found a 59-year-old woman suffering head and leg injuries.

She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Crash Investigation Unit officers wish to speak with the driver of a white late model single-cab utility with a steel tray who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

Police also wish to speak with the driver of a dark grey Ford Festiva and the rider of a white sports motorcycle seen in the area at the time as they may be able to assist in the investigation.

Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash is urged to come forward.

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



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Chopper rescues man injured in quad bike rollover "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The site of a quad bike rollover near Tenterfield on Sunday (July 8). Photo WRHS

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out late Sunday (July 8) to an area north west of Tenterfield, near Back Creek, where a 70-year-old male was found trapped under a quad bike on a remote rural property.

The driver had been reported missing for approximately three hours before family members located him on the property.

The helicopter was able to land within 100 metres of the scene of the quad bike rollover and the critical medical team treated the man for multiple injuries before he was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

It was the first of three missions for the chopper last night.

The second involved a search in the Tucki Tucki area, south of Lismore, for a 60-year-old male who had been reported missing on a rural property.

The helicopter conducted a short search of the area; the man was meanwhile found by locals in the Tucki Tucki area.

The third mission required the transport of an 18-year-old male injured in a motor vehicle accident in Goonellabah.

The man was a back-seat passenger when the car collided with a power pole.

He was transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital and then later transferred by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.



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Kingfisher catch one in a 1000 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

One picture's worth  a 1000 words? Well, here's one worth 1,000,000. It's taken roughly 1000 failures to nail a Forest Kingfisher creating splash on Ross River at Aplins Weir, Townsville, and emerging in sharpish focus with catch, albeit ill-defined.

Here's one of six birds sporadically trying their luck yesterday from high perches in paperbarks edging the riverbank close to the weir wall. Forest Kingfishers don't in my experience dive deeply, preferring to splosh on fish. Most dives are aborted without strike and anyway aim for insects above the surface rather than fish under it.



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

Photo by Robin Hearfield

Maroubra rapper Kobie Dee reps the Lexo area as proudly as he wears the Aboriginal flag tattooed on his forearm.

Gamilaroi man Kobie Dee is one of the many fast Indigenous artists commanding your attention right now. His origin story is one thats synoymous with hip hop itself growing up in an area where violence, drug and alcohol abuse were constants, dealing was considered normal and overcoming the poverty cycle was an ever-present preoccupation.

All cliches aside though, you cant deny Kobie Dee his underdog status. Writing lyrics from the age of nine years old, he often catches himself reflecting on the parallels between his story and those of hip hop icons (and his inspirations) Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. But it was boxing that took Kobie out of the struggle and led him to triumph. Hes held the NSW featherweight champion title and gives back to his community as a high school mentor, through NSWs Just Reinvest initiative.

KDs biggest win to date though? Being heard through music. Its no secret that Indigenous voices often go unheard, so the avid wordsmith considers it a blessing to be given the opportunity on his break out single, Right Now. On top of a trap beat is Kobie Dee quite frankly telling it how it is:

Shits getting hard for a young black man, Centrelink dont quite fit the demands.

The young boy from the S-y-d asks for patience though, and promises more to come soon. Check out Right Now by Kobie Dee below.


WHAT: NAIDOC Week Block Party feat. Kobie Dee, Nooky, Rebecca Hatch, Mi-Kaisha, Dobby, Lilla Lowanna, Muggera Dancers plus more
WHERE: Landsdowne Hotel, Chippendale
WHEN: 5pm Sunday July 15
HOW MUCH: $10 Tickets available here.
Tune into Up For It every monday to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Man dies after falling 300 meters from Australia's Sydney Tower 'skywalk' "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One of Australia's most dizzying tourist attractions, the Sydney Tower, has been shut down after a man reportedly jumped to his death from the 305-meter skyscraper. Famed for its observation deck and skywalk tours, the Sydney Tower is the second tallest building of its kind in the southern hemisphere. According to Australia's Seven News, a man took his own life at the high-rise building on Sunday evening. Local police say the unidentified person "jumped" and investigators are not treating the incident as suspicious, reported The Australian.


What you see is what you get from the shallow depth that is Senator David Ean Leyonhjelm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The politician who this week called Network Tens Angela Bishop a bigoted bitch on air and last week implied during the Sky News "Outsiders" program that Senator Sarah Hanson-Young had multiple partners, then added that "she has a right to shag as many men as she likes" and, now appears to have posted that film clip online.

It may be a little too hard for the Senate President to admit that this self-described political "alpha male" has gone completely off the rails or for the mainstream media to resist allowing him air time to defame, insult and incite at will, however the Australian Medical Association is made of sterner stuff., 4 July 2018:

Rowan Dean off medical journal board.



How can you spot an uncharitable charity? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On 3 July 2018 Liberal MP for Warringah and former sacked Australian prime minister Tony Abbott gave the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture  titled Time to pull out of Paris at an Australian Environment Foundation event at CQ Functions in Melbourne.

So who and what is the Australian Environment Foundation(AEF)?

AEF is registered as a charity and its current board comprises:

MORAN, ALAN Director
OXLEY, ALAN Director

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Sunday, 08 July


EP 250: Helmet "IndyWatch Feed"

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Photo: Allan Allport


Recorded  & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Brightside, Brisbane, 30th April 2017

The original Helmet line up, consisting of Page Hamilton on guitar and vocals, Brisbane-born Peter Mengede on guitar, Henry Bogdan on bass and John Stainer on drums, formed in 1989 in New York City. Quickly signing to Amphetamine Reptile Records, they release their debut album Strap It On the year after.

This led the band to be signed by Interscope Records in early 1992, with label mates including Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Their first Interscope release Meantime   (1992) was certified gold and remains Helmets biggest commercial success to date. Betty (1994) soon followed, bringing the band to our shores to play the now legendary Livid Festival 1994 line up featuring Beastie Boys, Superchunk, Frank Black and Tumbleweed.

A falling out...


Great Barrier Reef: Tourist industry wakes up to reefs climate risks "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Tourist operators on the Great Barrier Reef are shifting their stance on climate change, with the peak industry body opposing Adanis mega coal mine, and acknowledging fossil fuel use has to be phased out.

In an unprecedented declaration, a year in the making, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.

Image may contain: plant, outdoor and natureGreat Barrier Reef tour operators are shifting their stance on climate change, and the threat it poses for corals in Australia and around the world.

Photo: Dean Miller, Great Barrier Reef Legacy

The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, the statement said, noting the record marine heatwaves in 2016 and 2017 had damaged coral reefs worldwide. Its not too late to save our Reef but time is critical.

On climate change, Im sold, Col McKenzie, AMPTOs long-serving chief executive, told Fairfax Media. Its a man-made issue.

By Peter Hannam

The declaration has already drawn dozens of signatories among tourist businesses and adds to local calls for climate action from local government such as Douglas Shire council.

Imogen Zethoven, the societys reef campaign director, said the tourism industry had been in a state of shock after the first bout of mass coral bleaching in 2016, and had resisted discussing climate change.

But a second bout in 2017 brought a recognition that a warming planet is an existential threat to the reef and the tourism industry, Ms Zethoven said.


Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, called AMPTOs shift a huge step.

Its overdue but it is happening, Mr Fontes said. Basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.

How far the tourist industry push dovetails with the anti-Adani campaign remains to be seen.

Bob Manning, Cairns Region...



Emerald Link film launched "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The idea of the Emerald Link a park that would connect the coastline of far East Gippsland with the mountains in the Errinundra Plateau has been around for a while now. This week a film on the vision was launched.

You can watch the film here >>

You can get involved and active to make the Emerald Link a reality. Join us at this information night on August 15th in Melbourne. Info here


Three of each "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Nothing terribly original here but these two species have been lining up in front of the camera in recent days, demanding to be seen!

Jacky Winter, Newstead Cemetery, 6th July 2018


2018 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Shock Results! "IndyWatch Feed"

Kurilpa Poetry Cup Results & Photos The day of the long-awaited Kurilpa Poetry Cup opened to the sweet swell of good-times music, as our June Mystery Musician, the legendary Jeff Usher himself, cracked open the keyboards and began to play. Continue reading

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Saturday, 07 July


Muskies up close "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Lovely close-up views, earlier this week of Musk Lorikeets at the Welshmans Reef Caravan Park.

Higher up in the flowering Yellow Gums were a small number of Purple-crowned Lorikeets they remained hidden amongst the foliage and impossible to photograph. Theyll be worth another try at a later date.

Musk Lorikeet, Welshmans Reef, 3rd July 2018

Friday, 06 July


Marvellous Mildred! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Edgars Mission - Mildred, Sheep

Benefitting from the kindness of our Five Dollar Friday community is Mildred, a brave ewe who found sanctuary at Edgars Mission a little over four years ago. Dear Mildreds back still bears the scars of the Mickleham bushfire which saw her and her companion Mavis on the run, with nowhere to call home in a country town devastated by the inferno. Since her rescue, Mildred has lived a life filled with love, friendship and, of course, wheet bix treats in our sheep flock.

However, we recently detected an abrasion on Mildreds nose, which did not respond to treatment. We had no history of this area of Mildreds nose being scarred from her past experiences and when the skin took on an appearance that healthy tissue never should, a biopsy was performed by our wonderful vet, Sabine. We soon received the news we were fearing as the sample returned a positive result for squamous cell carcinoma.

We rarely think about the sensitive pink noses of our sheep all over our country that are exposed to the harsh Australian sun and that are indeed susceptible to sun damage and cancers. With the positive result returned, Mildred was scheduled for surgery to remove the offending tissue.

One week on and we are pleased to report that at this stage Mildreds surgery appears successful and her nose, albeit with a part of it missing, is healing well. With her stitches removed and a new friendship forged with Melody the sheep, Mildred has now ventured outside with our special needs sheep flock where her recovery will continue.

It brings us great joy to be able to provide animals like Mildred with the care and expert veterinary treatment they so deserve. And this arm of our work is made possible by the kindness of our Five Dollar Friday Community.

If you too would like to be a part of marvellous stories like Mildreds, please consider signing up for Five Dollar Friday today 

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