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Tuesday, 11 September


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi there,

I have a lovely timber dining table for sale, made by Burgess, local Preston maker for over a 100 years! The extension mechanism works beautifully, very easy for one person. Sits four normally and comfortably six when extended but you could fit eight. 

Table top has been restored, stripped, sanded and oiled. Dimensions 1200mm(d) x 750mm(h) and when extended 1760mm(l). 

Lovely table edge and leg detail. Stamped on the unders...


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So many chairs! All for little people.

If you would like one, some or all of them, please text Mel on 0404 0430 010.

They'll be going to the tip shop soon so get in quick.


Crash of ANA's Lutana 2 September 1948 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Thursday night, 2 September 1948, the Australian National Airways DC3 airliner Lutana clipped trees on top of Square Peak before crashing into rough country in the  Crawney Range about 16 miles from Nundle. The crash took the lives of 10 passengers and three crew members.Simon Bourke has the story.

Update 11 September 2018

Simon Bourke has a later podcast that provides much more detail on the crash. The dead were buried at the Tamworth cemetery but the location of the graves was lost. Now they have been rededicated. And here.    


Montana "IndyWatch Feed"

I've been learning a lot about Montana, mostly how purdy it is.
For those of you who are following the End of the World Project at Patreon, Montana is my Boulder, Colorado. It's where I've pointed my survivors, good and bad, of civilisational collapse. It's almost Tolkienesque in some respects, but populated by cowboys rather than hobbits.

I won't actually set many chapters in Montana until the second book, since my narrators are busy dealing with the end of all things in the first.

Still, I've learned it helps to sort out a few basics well before you start writing, and so its off to Big Sky country for me whenever I get some down time. One of the geographical features I'm really taken with is the existence of 'island ranges'. These are like isolated, singular outbreaks of mountain terrain, hundreds of miles before before you get to the continental divide. They soar up without warning in the middle of oceans of grassland in the state's east. Think Uluru, but made out of sabre-toothed granite, and surrounded by hundreds of milles of flatland.

It makes for a bit of imagined whiplash though, jumping between this and the research I'm doing on How To Collapse Modern Civilisation Without Really Trying.

That turns out to be surprisingly difficult. I'm having to call on all the Horsemen of the Apocalypse to ride to my help.


The Weekly Times TWT 12th September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 12th September 2018 edition of TWT.

The post The Weekly Times TWT 12th September 2018 appeared first on The Weekly Times.


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #611 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 11 - 17 September 2018Newsletter | #611 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th September 2018 to Monday 17th September 2018 Australian Citizenship Day Australian International Tea Expo Body Worlds Vital Connor's Run Hawthorn v Melbourne | Week 2 Toyota AFL Finals Series Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Montsalvat Arts Festival Mullum Mullum Trail Opening One Fine Baby | Family & Lifestyle Fair R U OK? Day Red Ball Melbourne Sofra | Turkish Festival Spring Clean the City | World Cleanup Day Spring Vegan Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival The Melbourne Collective | Spring Design Market Victorian State Schools Spectacular Wellness Walk & Research Run Enjoy #Melbourne Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 September 15 - October 14 | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland, all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Special Events at the festival Sat 15th - Sun 16th September | Turkish Weekend Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...


Canadian minister talks up benefits of immigration on Australia visit "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Canada's immigration minister is something of a global anomaly at the moment. Not only is Ahmed Hussen a former refugee, but someone who loudly and regularly advocates the benefits of immigration in what he calls a "world of closing doors". Mr Hussen spoke at the University of New South Wales on Friday as part of his multi-city visit to Australia, where he championed a more progressive stance on immigration and refugee policy. And for him, the topic is not just a portfolio, but a lived experience. At 16, Mr Hussen escaped the civil war in Somalia and fled to Canada. He went on to study and practice law, before becoming the country's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship last year. Listen to Admed Hussen's address at the Kaldor Centre


Island fighting for triple crown "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Key forward Jack Taylor has been instrumental in the Islands resurgence in 2018, booting 37 goals and clunking plenty of strong marks. Z273718

Since returning to the club this season, Phillip Island coach Beau Vernon has brought a winning culture back to the kennel and hopes to place some silverware in the trophy cabinet. m732718

PHILLIP Island has the chance to walk away with three of the four football premierships on Saturday, with the Seniors, Thirds and Fourths all fighting it out on that one day in September.
Koo Wee Rup is the only team to defeat Phillip Island twice during the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition senior home and away season in 2018 but the Bulldogs performance in the second semi-final suggests they are the firm favourite for Saturdays grand final.
The Bulldogs under new coach Beau Vernon have been the constant improvers all season, with early losses to Koo Wee Rup, Garfield and Nar Nar Goon all distant memories as they marched into the finals with an eight-game winning streak.
The Island has a great line up right across the ground with league best and fairest Brendan Kimber and club stalwart Jaymie Youle patrolling the midfield, Zak Vernon providing plenty of run and carry off half back and big man Nic Higginson in the ruck.
But perhaps the most surprising combination for the Bulldogs this season has been the work of young guns Aaron Edwards and Jack Taylor up forward.
The pair have kicked 29 and 37 goals respectively and really put their mark on the Demons defence in the second semi-final, Edwards putting on a clinic with a bag of four goals.
The pair were barely 18 when they played in the 2014 Alberton premiership and now maturing in their early 20s the boys will be keen to kick some snags on the big day.
But premierships never come easy and the Demons showed exactly what theyre capable of with a solid 10-point victory in a hard-fought battle with Nar Nar Go...


Democracy vs Government "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Nice try.  Good attempt at sleight of hand.  But Democracy and Government are 2 different things.  Very different things.

Writing in the Conversation, Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne writes:

Reforming our political system is not a quick fix. Heres a step-by-step guide to how to do it.

Dr Triffitt (for a doctor he is) then fails to actually distinguish between democracy and government and politics and policy.  Dr Triffitt suggests that urgent changes are necessary to Australias political system(s) because, in part, public trust in government already in serious decline.  Dr Triffitt then suggests that there are dual crises in play:

The first is a crisis of representation. This results from a fragmented, highly diverse electorate that increasingly fails to connect with major parties. The major parties are left with shrinking, less diverse memberships.

The second is a crisis of functionality. Our democratic system is increasingly unable to deliver good public policy in a consistent or coherent way, and to convince the public to support it.

And so Dr Triffitt recommends:

Major reforms are also needed to make federal parliament more effective and less dysfunctional. These might include eliminating Question Time and mandating a strict code of ethics for MPs aimed at addressing toxic behaviours like the bullying crisis rocking the Coalition government.

Reforms like these would raise the level of decorum in parliament and set a new standard for parliamentary behaviour. This would increase public confidence that politicians both reflect and are accountable to modern values.

Lastly, a Citizens Assembly could be formed of randomly selected citizens to act as a non-partisan check and balance on parliament.

Ahh.  The Citizens Assembly.  Was not that J...


Employment Lawyer joins our team "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TApple treehe Victorian Government recently funded Goulburn Valley CLC to provide employment law services to Working Holiday Makers in our region.

To lead this work, we have appointed Amanda Ferguson as our new employment lawyer. Amanda has previously worked for the Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

The Goulburn Valleys horticultural industry, in particular, relies on an annual influx of Working Holiday Makers who help with harvesting, packing and storage. These workers are primarily covered by 417 and 462 visas. They come from varied ethnic, cultural and language groups, and their poor command of English often opens them to exploitation by labour hire firms and predatory employers.

Our project will work with employees and employers to ensure that workers rights and obligations are understood and followed.

Amanda will educate industry participants about the Fair Work regime. She will also build the capacity of all our lawyers so that we can all provide general employment law advice and casework. Amanda will be supported by a dedicated lawyer based at Melbournes specialist employment law service Jobwatch.



New Guide To Help Queenslanders Navigate Legal Issues Around HIV Disclosure "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new guide to benefit Queensland people living with HIV has been released to help them understand legal issues around disclosure of their HIV status. The Disclosing your HIV status guide, prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) with funding from Queensland Positive People (QPP), contains the most up-to-date and accurate information about relevant law ...

The post New Guide To Help Queenslanders Navigate Legal Issues Around HIV Disclosure appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Ballina bridge jumper found safe and well "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter landing at Gold Coast University Hospital. Photo WRHS

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked overnight (September 10) to Missingham Bridge in Ballina after someone was reported to have jumped off the bridge and not resurfaced.

Surf Life Saving volunteers and police commenced a search as the helicopter was tasked.

Before the helicopter arrived on the scene, the person of interest was located by police safe and well and the aircraft returned to base.

This morning helicopter undertook an inter hospital transfer from Lismore to the Gold Coast University Hospital of a 64-year-old female who had suffered a severe stroke.

The post Ballina bridge jumper found safe and well appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Tasmanian Labor Members Call For Public Funding Of Gender Confirmation Surgery "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tasmanian Labor members have voted at their state conference to call for transgender peoples gender confirmation surgery to be covered by Medicare. Local advocate Dana Endelmanis addressed the conference on Sunday to speak about the difficulty she experienced reconciling her gender identity in her youth, growing up in the states north-west, The Examiner reported. Trans, ...

The post Tasmanian Labor Members Call For Public Funding Of Gender Confirmation Surgery appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Itll Happen: Armie Hammer Teases Sequel To Call Me By Your Name "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Armie Hammer, one of the stars of Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name, has assured fans a sequel to the queer romantic drama is on the way. I would say that itll happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen, he told Variety. It was such a collaborative, ...

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Queensland Drag Queens To Unite For CWC Cabaret Fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed"

A star-studded lineup of Queensland drag talent will again grace the stage at this months CWC Cabaret, Brisbanes longest running fundraiser for people living with HIV. Hosted by Queensland drag legend Betty Nature (pictured, centre) at the Sportsman Hotel, the event will feature performances throughout the night by drag performers past and present, including Dame ...

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Step inside these beautiful, practical and sustainable homes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of the beautiful, practical and sustainable open houses you can visit this weekend. Photo supplied

Four fabulous examples of sustainable housing will be open to the public on Sunday, September 16, as part of the annual Sustainable House Day Open Homes event.

The nationwide event has been running since 2001 and this year three homeowners from Byron and one from Tweed will be showcasing their homes and gardens.

Theyll also be sharing their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.

The open day is a great way to meet like-minded people, see living examples of sustainable houses and learn practical, sustainable solutions and information on how to transition toward greener living, Sustainable House Day Coordinator Andia Cally says.

Rammed earth

Included in this years showcase is Elwood Farm, in Limpinwood, a stunning owner-designed home, designed with self-sufficiency in mind.

The three-bedroom house has been built with rammed earth and an array of recycled building materials. The home contains a number of energy-saving features and an extensive edible garden that includes fruit, nuts and vegies, which the homeowners capitalise on year-round, turning them into wine and pickled goods.

From upcycling to award winning

In Mullumbimby, the Repurposed Shed is a great example of how to upcycle an existing building in an affordable way. The owner/builder from Balanced Earth has given a new lease of life to an 80-year old farm shed, converting it into a gallery and one-bedroom home using non-toxic recycled materials.

Balanced Earths healthy hempcrete home in Possum Creek will delight sustainability stalwarts with its innovative energy efficiency features, including underground cool tubes to make fridge run more efficiently.

This low-footprint home won the Masters Builders Associations Energy Efficient Building Award in 2017.

Fig House in Bangalow was inspired by a 150-year old strangler fig that offers natural shading in summer and a wonderful sense of privacy and welcome haven for wildlife. The solar-powered home offers a multitude of water-saving features, passive design and recycled building materials and its north-facing aspect and outdoor ar...


The Hidden Lanes Festival (Free Event) "IndyWatch Feed"

The Hidden Lanes Festival

The Hidden Lanes Festival 2018 is the culmination of Winn, Bakery and California lanes coming together to celebrate its collective tenants, that will wet the palette of its patrons in a festival celebrating fashion, food, music, art, and entertainment.

The festival has curated a range of discovery trails in Music, Heritage, Food + Wine, Fashion + Beauty, and Art that will showcase culinary creations, wide-ranging fashions, and exciting national acts including the headline performance from THE DELTA RIGGS.

First announcements (more to be announced)
The Delta Riggs*
Astro Travellers*
Ben & Anouk Ely
Danny & India Widdicombe
Future Haunts*
Graham Moes
Guy & Walt
Hannah Rosa
Hope D
McDermott & North
Minor Premiers
Salmon & The Peaches
The Moving Stills*
Tones & I

*Over 18 venue


A Love Supreme featuring Ben Chiu, Jak Beevor, Thirsty Paul, Sean Bate, Nate Sellin

Licensed event, minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No BYO alcohol.

Stand by for details on our discovery trails, 2nd music announcement, food & wine, fashion & beauty, heritage trails, the arts, and our tenant masterclasses!

The post The Hidden Lanes Festival (Free Event) appeared first on The Zoo.


$200k for sick kids in cyclists sights "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On yer marks: cyclists line up for the start of the 2108 Northern NSW Ride for Sick Kids in Grafton. Photo supplied

Some 20 cyclists have set off on a 500-kilometre trek to raise much needed funds for the families of sick children.

While the tough-bodied athletes dont look like they subsist on MacDonalds fare, they departed from the golden arches in Grafton this morning (Tuesday September 11) with the aim of raising the money for Ronald MacDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the region.

From there they will travel south, navigating through tough terrain over the next five days to raise vital funds for the charity.

The ride will finish on Saturday, September 15, at the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle.

Last year Ronald McDonald Houses across northern New South Wales provided over 15,900 nights of accommodation to more than 690 families of sick children.

RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, who is one of the riders says, over the past two decades, Ive got to know many families who stayed at the Houses while their child received treatment.

During this time, Ive heard countless inspirational stories and have seen how valuable the charitys work has been to the community.

The funds generated from Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW will play an instrumental role in helping families stay together in their time of need and ensure the fantastic work of RMHC can continue, he said.

For those who wish to support Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit their website for more information and details on how to make a donation.

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Uni students supported "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

NEW initiatives may help more people in Bass Coast complete tertiary qualifications.
A forum run by The Star and Bass Coast Shire Council in Wonthaggi last Tuesday, September 4 identified life skills programs and a remote university hub located in Bass Coast as priority projects.
Twelve secondary school students, two trainees and two tertiary students attended the forum and presented to Bass Coast Shire Councils mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and CEO Paul Buckley.
As well as life skills, finances, support and distance from home were identified as key barriers into tertiary education.
Students intending to leave the shire and move into the city suggested they lacked the life skills and experience to confidently make the lifestyle change.
Other students said they would prefer to stay local if given the option. This launched the topic of remote university hubs, like the model operating in Cooma, New South Wales.
Newhaven Colleges Azul Sibly said she would use the hub if it were developed.
I dont like to be away from the ocean for too long, she said.
My family has a farm, so I have a dual connection with the land and the water. I would prefer to stay with my family.
Those looking to move away gravitated towards a program soon to be launched by youth advocate Josh Baker.
Mr Baker intends to run a summer program for Year 12s transitioning to the city for further education.
The program will cover a range of topics including cooking and cleaning, budgeting, how to use public transport and what scholarships to apply for.
The life skills program is perfect for me. It would be incredible to be able to go to university confident in those skills, Wonthaggi Secondary College student Jack Mendes said.
Education is one of the key priorities listed in councils advocacy strategy and council was responsive to the students concerns.
These students give me so much faith in our future. They are articulate and bring so much to the table. We need to listen to this generation and let them lead us, Cr Rothfield said.
I found the life skills discussion was interesting and it was nice to hear not everyone wants to move away from their community. We need to do something now to retain our youth and give them options.
Council has a role to advocate for the right solutions to help people achieve their tertiary qualifications.
The students said they appreciated having their voices heard in a formal setting and would like to see more forums held in the future.


Libraries cater for youth "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LOCAL libraries are supporting youth experiences.
A series of programs called Meet Up 2018 was launched recently.
Over two weeks, libraries in Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Mirboo North, Phillip Island and Warragul will hold a range of information sessions.
These sessions cover topics such as gap years, buying a car and public speaking.
The recent session was all about gaming.
Leongathas library set up an Xbox sampler, with new games to try out every half hour.
Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Warragul also set up a Minecraft network.
For younger participants, Leongatha library set up educational programs on iPads.
These programs taught children coding, mathematics and creative arts.
This was the first use of these iPads and programs. We will catalogue these in the future and the community will be able to come in and use them, Leongatha librarys Michael Hogan said.
Another session was held on September 3 at the Leongatha RSL.
This session taught participants about buying first cars, collecting and trading cars, and the automotive industry.
On September 15, Leongatha and Wonthaggi libraries will hold a session on robotics.
Nao the Robot will be introduced at these sessions. Nao is 58 centimetres tall, autonomous and fully programmable.
Participants will be able to work in a group to program Nao to operate a service situation, such as taking coffee orders.
On September 17, a gap year session will be held at the Leongatha RSL.
Apprenticeships, pathways into uni and ways to plan a gap year will be discussed.
Bookings are essential for some sessions. Bookings can be made at

Fun program: Leongathas Daniel Watson, Jemimah Watson, Rhianna Gray, Ben Watson and Lotte Pattison (front) had fun using the iPads at Leongatha library as part of the Meet Up 18 program.


Funding to recognise war heroes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI RSL is seeking $40,000 to honour local war heroes.
Partnered with Friends of the Wonthaggi Cemetery, the RSL applied for funding in the Pick My Project campaign.
The project is a Wonthaggi Cemetery Veterans Memorial Wall. Many veterans are in unmarked graves and the wall would honour their services respectfully. Initially, the groups want to develop a wall to commemorate World War One. Future funding will establish walls for other wars. The wall will note the veterans names and grave locations.
One idea could be to make the tiles available for families and the community to sponsor. Research for the project was driven by Renee Loeckenhoff and Noelene Lyons. Some 980 men and four nurses have been identified as World War One veterans in the Bass region.
They have located 447 ex-servicemen and women from different wars including 13 prisoners of war and a high percentage of unmarked World War One graves at the Wonthaggi Cemetery.
It was a hard time. People were dying of the flu and veterans were buried without proper recognition. To walk through the cemetery now, you would find it difficult to tell which graves belong to veterans, Mrs Loeckenoff said.
Mrs Loeckenhoff and Mrs Lyons have been re-listing burials for the past three years.RSL project coordinator Mark Stephenson said, There were the people who contributed to the fabric of our community by establishing the central business district and agricultural enterprises. Indeed, Edward Beard MM became a councillor and mayor of Wonthaggi.
A website will be developed to help people navigate through the cemetery.
Voting will close for the Pick My Project campaign at 5pm on September 17. Search online. People can contact RSL or the Friends of Wonthaggi Cemetery to offer sponsorship.

Respectful project: Friends of the Wonthaggi Cemeterys Renee Loeckenhoff and Wonthaggi RSLs Mark Stephenson have identified this lawn area near the flag pole as an ideal location for the potential Veterans Memorial Wall. They have applied for $4000 through Pick My Project to build the wall.


Beautiful orchids on show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A STUNNING 29th Annual Orchid Show took place in Wonthaggi on Friday and Saturday.
Held at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, the event attracted more entries and a larger crowd than last year.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari opened the show on Friday morning.
This is the 29th year and I would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Orchid Society for continuing to grow. There are a few people who also won awards at the Victorian Orchid Society Show. I would like to congratulate them, as well as everyone who presented in this years display, he said.
Cr Tessari presented the mayors award on behalf of mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield to Julie Kilgour.
Jim Foster-Johnson presented the best novice exhibit award to Inverlochs Trevor Smith.
Mr Foster-Johnson is the son of Horrie and Myrtle, who were foundation members of South Gippsland Orchid Society.
Society president John Betts said the turnout was fantastic, which produced amazing orchid sales.
The displays were just magnificent. It was an excellent show, he said.
Nine judges travelled to Wonthaggi on Thursday night to choose the winners. There were 13 categories that received ribbons.
Mr Betts said the show is well loved locally and the South Gippsland offers great growing conditions for orchids.
Id like to thank Bass Coast Shire Council and our sponsors for their wonderful support, he said.
Mr Betts said there are no details yet, but next years show will have a point of difference to mark its 30th year.

Outstanding: Enring Smith of Wonthaggi won Champion Orchid of the Show at Wonthaggis Annual Orchid Show on Friday.


New experience for Leongatha theatre-goers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Lyric Theatres next production is not only an intense, psychological drama, it is also being acted on a traverse stage.
A traverse stage is one where the audience is seated on either side, instead of in front of, a rectangular stage.
I have known about traverse staging for many years and long had a desire to direct or act in a play on a traverse stage, said David Tattersall, director of the upcoming Lyric production, Death and the Maiden.
I have acted in and directed plays and a musical (Godspell) with the audience seated on three sides, so I was confident the traverse layout could work given the audience is able to see and hear all the action, particularly if all the action takes place in one room.
I had the opportunity to see a production of Death and The Maiden about five years ago and thought it might be a play that could be performed by Lyric Theatre.
I discovered the author would like the audience to see themselves in a giant mirror which descended on the stage in the final scene of the play so they could all reflect on how they might be capable of the excesses he writes about, and think about how they might judge others who are caught up in the violence of war and repression.
As a one set play, Death and the Maiden works best with a small, intimate audience. Although Lyric Theatre could not afford the giant mirror, as a play where the author wanted the audience to see themselves to lend weight to his message, I figured this play would be a perfect use of transverse staging.
Death and The Maiden is a tense psychological drama, so I have used tiered seating to heighten the drama, with the audience looking down on the stage, and deliberately limited the seating to 35 people on either side of the stage so no one is more than seven metres from the action and everyone has an unobstructed view.
Rehearsals have been quite intense due to the nature of the script so, given their proximity to the stage, audience members can expect to be fully immersed in a drama which not only features strong adult themes and language, but also has subtle twists and turns in the plot which will have them drawing and changing conclusions as the play unfolds.
Death and the Maiden runs from September 28 to October 6 at Leongathas Mesley Hall. Bookings through the Lyric website:


Leongatha property fails to sell at auction "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A PROPERTY on the edge of Leongathas central business district failed to sell at auction on Friday, with no bids for the house.
The property, located at 53 McCartin Street, was passed in by Alex Scott and Staff auctioneer Alan Steenholdt after receiving no interest above the starting price of $320,000.
Prior to auction, Mr Steenholdt lauded the property for its location, saying that positioning is what real estate is all about.
He made note of the propertys size and access to a lane at the rear of the house, while also highlighting the stable nature of Leongatha.
The 1000 square foot block is both commercially and residentially zoned, with Mr Steenholdt asking onlookers to consider the plethora of options that the block brings.
Despite this, the property received no interest from the 30 people in attendance and was passed in.

No interest: from left, Alex Scott and Staff representative Andrew Newton joins auctioneer Alan Steenholdt at the auction of 53 McCartin Street, Leongatha, on Friday.


Workmens Club recognised for charity efforts "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI Workmens Club has been recognised as one of the top fundraisers for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal this year after raising $42,000.
The amount ranked the club third in the list of the most money donated by any hotel or club in Australia.
Club president Kevin Williams said, Being recognised for our efforts is nice but we dont do it for the recognition. We do it because its right. This is the twentieth year that we have raised money for the Royal Childrens Hospital and the last few years we have gotten around $40,000 each time.
The club supports the appeal through raffles, auctions and events.
The club has been a prolific donator to the appeal, placing in the top 10 of hotels and club based donations most years for nearly two decades.
Terry Bird, committee member at the Workmens Club, said, We are a community based club and its part of our charter to give back to others.
As well as the Royal Childrens Hospital, we do other projects including donating to our local hospital.
Jac Fletcher, fundraising coordinator for the Good Friday Appeal, said the work done by the club over the last 20 years has been astounding.
Its a small group but a great establishment, she said.
Ms Fletcher said the money raised goes towards research endeavours, new equipment and care for family members of hospitalised children.
Ninety cents of every dollar raised from the Good Friday Appeal goes directly to the hospital itself which is world class standard, Ms Fletcher said.
So the work the Wonthaggi Workmens Club does really does make a difference.

Deservedly recognised: from left, Wonthaggi Workmens Club staff member Trish Brushneen, fundraising coordinator for the Royal Childrens Hospital Jac Fletcher, Workmens Club staff member Patricia Hayward, club president Kevin Williams, member Terry Bird, and the Royal Childrens Hospitals Liz Jones celebrate the fundraising efforts of the club.


Huge fundraiser to aid farmers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHEN Mirboo East residents Brenton and Kat Gration joined on to assist charity group Aussie Helpers in delivering much needed supplies to struggling farmers, little did they know how much of an impact they would have across the country.
An endeavor that started with making several deliveries a week across Victoria quickly turned into supplying more than 50 loads of necessities to desperate farmers as far away as Queensland.
Now Mr and Mrs Gration, owners of Gration Transport, are putting on a fundraiser at Mirboo North on Saturday, September 22 where people can donate anything from money and water, to canned goods and dog food.
Our plan is to park our B-double truck in Mirboo North and hopefully have people fill it entirely with supplies, Kat Gration said.
Its going to be a whole event. We have the Mirboo North scout group putting on a sausage sizzle, the Mirboo North Pony Club will be offering rides, the local CFA are bringing the fire truck for the kids and there will be live music as well.
Money donated from the event will be split between Aussie Helpers and the Gippsland Farmers Relief, while supplies will go to the two charities, plus some of the Grations struggling customers. While the event is being held in Mirboo North, the Grations are hoping to encompass residents all across Gippsland.
Its been a whirlwind six months for the Grations, who have appeared on Channel Sevens Sunrise program and in newspapers across the country for their charitable efforts including supplying watermelons to farmers.
We came across an opportunity to buy watermelons in bulk and I thought it may be a good idea to feed them to dying livestock, Mrs Gration said.
Its obviously not perfect, but at the very least the livestock can get some basic nutrients and moisture to survive off for a while. Its not about fattening the animals up; its simply about keeping them alive.
Mrs Gration said while the watermelons had been useful, their supply has started to dry up, along with other traditional food sources like hay and grain.
Most people dont realise just how dire the situation truly is, even with all the reporting on the news, Mrs Gration said.
We are out of hay, out of grain, and pretty much out of watermelons and other vegetables as well. Thats why we are doing this fundraiser, because farmers lives depend on it.
Mr Gration said farmers barely have enough water to offer him a drink.
When I drop supplies off its not uncommon for them to say Id offer you a coffee or water but we dont really have any. Ive seen farmers forced to drink and bathe from troughs, and kill off hundreds of their livestock and bury them in massive holes because they simply cant keep them from starving, he said.
The work the Grations have done over the previous six months has taken a toll on both their business and the...


Nurse wins state award "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A SIMPLE solution by a passionate nurse at Gippsland Southern Health Services Koorooman House aged care facility has sped up treatment and diagnosis for its residents.
Enrolled nurse Faye Hancock, whose career in aged care has spanned more than 12 years, was recognised for her professionalism and initiative last week at the Victorian Healthcare Association Annual Awards.
To reduce delays in treatment and clinical review of skin tears and pressure injuries, Mrs Hancock developed the practice where she would take a picture of the wound on a mobile device and send those images directly to a specialist.
This initiative combined with her professionalism and concern for residents resulted in her receiving the VHA Celebrating Aged Care Passion for Aged Care Award.
Mrs Hancock, who said she regards working with aged care residents as a privilege, was at the aged care forum on Thursday where the winners were announced.
To be honest I was blown away and very honoured to be receiving this award. I work with a team of passionate people and we love what we do, she said.
My philosophy for our aged care residents at Koorooman House is to treat them how I would like to be treated.
Gippsland Southern Health Service invested in us to gain our qualifications as enrolled nurses and had faith in us. I also feel very lucky that I love everyday that I go to work.
This week marks Celebrating Aged Care Week which along with the Victorian Healthcare Awards, acknowledges the contributions of Victorias thousands of public sector aged care workers.

Privileged to serve: Gippsland Southern Health Service Koorooman House enrolled nurse Faye Hancock received the Celebrating Aged Care Passion for Aged Care Award last Thursday.


New school promised "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A NEW junior secondary school will be built on Phillip Island.
Both the State Government and the Opposition have committed to the school.
The governments election promise came last Friday, with a total of $24.7 million promised, which would build the new campus and a new gymnasium for Cowes Primary School. The Coalition promised $25 million yesterday (Monday).
Fridays announcement was made by Premier Daniel Andrews, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino.
Wonthaggi Secondary College principal Darren Parker was thrilled and said the school would support a campus on Phillip Island. It is uncertain whether the school will be a new campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The new campus would reduce travel time to our junior campus, particularly for those students coming to us from beyond Anderson. We believe Wonthaggi Secondary College could support this campus in a practical and meaningful way, he said.
It would be a fantastic opportunity for us to be flexible with where we appoint our teaching staff and would ultimately feed into our new sensational senior campus facility.
Wonthaggi Secondary College is anticipating 750 students at its junior campus in 2019, with 1400 across the entire school. The new campus would ease some of the pressure on the Dudley campus and would be closer to home for students living in Phillip Island, San Remo, Coronet Bay, Corinella and Grantville.
Having 1400 students across three campuses would allow us to have the numbers to run significant programs without losing sight of individual needs, Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker said San Remo or Newhaven would be an ideal location for the new campus to increase convenience for students from the Waterline area. The Victorian School Building Authority and the community would be consulted before a site was chosen.
Bass MP Brian Paynter said, The funding for this new school campus is a massive boost for local education so I will ensure we get it right. Ive been working hard with local families to provide better education opportunities, including arguing the case for a new Wonthaggi secondary school. The Coalition also promised to build a new indoor facility at Cowes Primary School.


MP clarifies gas stance "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

BASS MLA Brian Paynter has rejected claims by the State Government that the Coalition will permit fracking if elected at the November state election.
He told Parliament last Wednesday, It is clear that Victorian gas consumers are now paying the highest prices in the country because of the Premiers mindless bans on conventional and unconventional gas exploration.
The government yesterday (Monday) issued a statement saying Mr Paynters statement indicated the Liberal would allow fracking a method of extra coal seam gas with possible environmental impacts.
But Mr Paynter told The Star yesterday, Im completely 100 percent against fracking and always have been and will be, and so have the Liberals and Nationals.
The only ones who have issued a fracking licence are the Labor Party.
Mr Paynter said while in Parliament, he mistakenly read a direct quote from the former federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg.
Mr Paynter said, The Liberal-Nationals do not support fracking and in fact placed a moratorium on fracking licences in Victoria when they came to government in 2010. The Liberal-Nationals support the ban on fracking in Victoria.
He said a Coalition Government would support and maintain the existing ban on fracking.
Mr Paynter said all governments, including Victorian Labor, were looking at onshore conventional gas.
The cost of living electricity and gas is a massive issue for all of my constituents, he said.
We do need to look at safe, conventional means of extracting gas. The government is looking at it and we will look at it.
Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas said, Labor introduced the fracking ban, and only Labor will keep the ban in place.
The Liberals have always been soft on the ban and once again theyve confirmed theyll reverse it if given the chance.
Anna Hall, of Coal and Gas Free Mirboo North, asked if the community could trust the Liberals to respect the fracking ban legislation.
Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has declared that he wants to see as much gas exploration and mining as possible. We need to value our agricultural land and keep it safe from this dangerous industry, she said.
Do we want our beautiful, precious part of the world to become like Queensland where there are now over 7000 gas wells?


Rates bills burn wallets "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE latest council rates bills have sparked cries of exasperation in households and businesses, leaving ratepayers frustrated by rising rates and claiming they see nothing extra for their money.
South Gippsland Shire ratepayers reported rates increase of up to $1000 in 12 months.
Changes in property valuations are responsible for most of the rates changes, said Faith Page, South Gippsland Shire Councils director of corporate and community services.
The latest rates notices to hit letterboxes are the first to use the 2018 property valuations on which rates are based. Valuations will now be undertaken annually instead of every two years, meaning ratepayers can expect even higher bills.
South Gippsland council increased rates by two percent this financial year, less than the rates cap imposed by the State Government of 2.25 percent. Bass Coast rates lifted by 2.25 percent.
Korumburra ratepayer Cheryl Denman is on a disability pension and said her rates bill had increased by $100 this financial year to $2238.55, for her four acre property and house. In 2008, her rates for the same property were $1400.
How do I find the money to pay these exorbitant rate rises? she said.
Ms Page said council offers a hardship policy and encourages ratepayers facing financial difficulty to contact it. Council also offers payment options to assist ratepayers.
Ms Page said in South Gippsland, the fewer properties results in a higher proportion of rates being distributed amongst ratepayers, adding the only way to lower rates would be to reduce services and/or spend less on capital works.
Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley said councils capped average rate is the third lowest across the group of 19 large rural councils in Victoria.
Some ratepayers will pay more and some will pay less, depending on the value of their property relative to the other properties in their municipality, he said.


Time for action "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

AFTER making the Leongatha Bair Street Development Project a big deal, South Gippsland Shire Council is unlikely to start construction of the development of one of Leongathas major commercial streets until 2019-2020.
That delay is frustrating the community.
Im sceptical as to whether it will even happen, Leongatha business owner Anthony Walls said.
Council needs to pick just one project, come up with a short term plan and do it.
They spend too much money on feasibility consulting and were frustrated that its all talk.
Council has prepared a master plan for Bair Street that guides road and footpath improvements, new landscaping, street furniture and other upgrades to revitalise the town.
We want things to happen in this town, Leongatha business owner Kristy Walls said.
Its just disappointing.
Councils major projects and emergency management coordinator Penni Ellicott said council is actively campaigning for funding for the project.
The project is now listed in the 2019-2020 Capital Works program and even if funds were approved in the coming months, it is unlikely construction would commence until 19-20, she said.
Mr Walls said he would like to see some form of development to Bair Street in the meantime, such as 90 degree parking spaces, similar to McCartin Street.

Disappointed community: Leongatha business owners Kristy and Anthony Walls are frustrated by the uncertainty of the wait the community is enduring for the start of the Bair Street Development Project.


Enova launches share offer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Enova Community Energy has launched a crowdfunding campaign to branch out into other states. File photo

Locally based and community-owned renewable energy retailer, Enova Community Energy, says it has partnered with one of the countrys first equity crowdfunding platforms, Crowd88, to fund its expansion across NSW, Qld, Vic and SA.

Enovas managing director Tony Pfeiffer says the appetite for renewables across Australia continues to grow rapidly and provides a strong business case for investors looking share in and support Enovas expansion plans to meet this demand.

Right around the world people are taking back their energy sources and we know that Australian consumers and investors want to be part of Enovas community-driven clean energy transition, says Pfeiffer.

A future powered by renewable energy, shared within communities and generated locally to minimise waste and costs is possible for every Australian. Were currently developing a solar garden which will enable renters and other householders who cant have solar panels on their homes to purchase them in a community-owned set-up.

The July Enova shareholder newsletter says, Our intention is to target $3m. The shares issued will be $1 each, with a minimum purchase of $100 This will make it easier for many more members of the Enova community to participate and make Enova the true community-based organisation we want it to be.

Enova Energy MD Tony Pfeiffer.

Existing class A shares split

Consequently, the Board...


$50m Burra boost "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"


A BUSINESS park in Korumburra worth in the vicinity of $50 million could create 200 jobs.

The energy of Korumburra businessman John Kennedy coupled with the experience of his business partner Alistair Jack are behind the purchase and development of the new industrial site.

With the ink barely dry on the sale contracts, the Korumburra Gardens Business Park is expected to be the new face of industry for the area.

The site covers almost 20 hectares (47.9 acres) of land at the western end of the existing industrial estate in the town, accessible via 5 Adkins Street.

Mr Kennedy said the site will be developed into an attractive, sustainable and carefully designed location for enterprise.

As the owner of the Korumburra Bicycle Fitting Store and developer of The Borough cafe and food store, Mr Kennedys vision is to make full potential of Korumburras proximity to Melbourne.

There are so many people moving to this area but there are no jobs. The businesses on the existing industrial estate have already got all the people they need, he said.

Youve had three shops open on the main street in the past few months that are creating new jobs but there are no heavy duty jobs in the area.

On the completion of the business park, we estimate 200 jobs will be created and many more during the construction period.

The property has two creek systems which will be cleared of environmental weeds and designed with walking tracks and ponds for public use.

According to the business park development manager Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, the layout design and new permits will be obtained following expressions of interest from end users.

Feedback from real estate agents in the area is that there is not a lot of industrial land available in Korumburra, he said.

We are approaching universities who may need research facilities and government departments, as well as businesses in Melbourne seeking development in regional areas.

Whats important is that we will be using local trades wherever possible in the construction phase.

It is understood South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin has been briefed on the development to request the site be given priority and council resources due to its potential for significant economic impact to the area.

Committee for Gippsland chief executive officer Sophie Morell, who visited the site last week, said it was exciting to see a local business person driving development in the area.

When development is driven by locals, it is more likely to create long term sustainability for the region and that is really encouraging,...


Uki water mining operation approved "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Water, water everywhere (and every drop for drink): Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property. His plans for a bulk water operation and transport facility have been approved by Tweed Shire Council. File photo

Hans Lovejoy

A majority of Tweed Shire councillors voted last week to allow a former Labor MP to operate a water mining operation, which would see a maximum extraction volume of 24 megalitres (roughly ten Olympic sized swiming pools) per year.

The contentious development application (DA) from Jack Hallam has seen strong opposition from residents and is located 4.4km south of Uki on Rowlands Creek Road.

According to the agenda minutes, the bulk loading/delivery of extracted water and roadworks DA was supported by Crs Warren Polglase, James Owen, Pryce Allsop, Reece Byrnes, while mayor Katie Milne, Crs Chris Cherry and Ron Cooper were against.

While there are strict consent conditions on the development, a rescission motion was lodged from councillors Milne, Cherry and Cooper. The rescission motion will be dealt with at the planning committee meeting of October 4.

Report ignored

Resident Jeremy Tager claims a report supplied to councillors, called the Potential Impact of Groundwater Pumping on Rowlands Creek, was ignored.

Tager says, It directly contradicts the conclusions of the pumping study and makes it clear that Council cannot be satisfied that there will be no adverse impacts.

These findings were ignored.

The Echo asked Labor councillor Reece Byrne if that claim was correct, and if so, Why was this report not considered?

Instead, Byrne told The Echo, The matter of water licensing and water extraction activities remains a responsibility of the NSW state government, as Councils role is limited to essentially the approval of truck movements on our local roads.

The Echo also asked Byrne, Why do you support this DA? Do you consider Mr Hallam, a former ALP minister, a personal friend? Is there a conflict of interest in this vote and if not, why not?

He replied The advice from Tweed S...


Arts Wednesday 12 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Professor Geraint Lewis continues with The Science of Science Fiction at 10:40 am and this week the topic is The Science of Aliens.

My special guests this week are Catherine and Michael Atherton. Michael is the editor and adaptor of In Exile From St Petersburg, about the life of Catherines grandfather, Abram Saulevitch Kagan. Abrams life follows the vagaries of the history of the first half of the twentieth century, as we follow his exile from St Petersburg, to Berlin, to Brussels and via France and Spain, finally to New York. What a story!

Music this week will all be Russian:  by Russians or about them.

I look forward to your company!

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Abbott calls for return of North Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former PM Tony Abbott loves his shark nets. File photo

Never one to stand in the way of antiquated technology, fossil fuel-supporting former prime minister Tony Abbot has now turned his attention to shark nets, calling for them to be reinstated on the NSW North Coast.

A third trial of the nets, due to start this month, was cancelled by DPI amidst a groundswell of public opinion against them.

In two trials they were shown to have an unacceptably high level of bycatch, including endangered species, many of which were found dead.

But the Warringah silver surfer told Sydneys radio 2GB the Coalition state governments decision was one he would expect from the Greens and demanded that the nets be returned.

If the meshing nets, which have done such a great job of Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle beaches for about 80 years are good for those beaches, Mr Abbott said lets see those beaches er those meshing nets extend to the North Coast.

North Coast beaches are currently protected by the vastly superior new technology of smart drumlines, which allow sharks to be tagged and re-released, while causing minimal damage to other marine species.

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FixedIt: alleged sexual assault is not the same as being kissed "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The ABC reported that a Sydney man was charged with stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause fear, trespass and common assault after he allegedly broke into the ABC Sydney studios, grabbed and assaulted presenter Genevieve Fricker.

Kissing someone can be romantic, passionate, affectionate, sexual and loving. Assaulting someone is none of those things and is in fact a crime. These are not words that can be used interchangeably.

Its both abhorrent  and inaccurate when news outlets describe an alleged assault using language that indicates romance, but its even more staggering when they do it about one of their own staff members. Genevieve Fricker is not alleging the man kissed her, she is alleging that he assaulted her and she should at the very least be able to rely on her employer to understand her allegations as a claim of violence.

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Goonellabah man pleads guilty over ATM thefts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of the stolen ATMs, which was recovered by police from the Tweed River. Photo NSW Police

A man will face sentencing after pleading guilty to the thefts of ATMs from businesses on the NSW North Coast and South-east Queensland between August 2016 and March 2017.

Craig Connell pleaded guilty in Lismore District Court yesterday (September 10) to multiple offences, including the theft of three ATMs and property valued at more than $100,000.

The 51-year-old from Goonellabah will be sentenced in November and has had bail refused.

Strike Force Fedore, established to investigate the offences, has so far resulted in four search warrants and seen the recovery of one ATM from the Tweed River using NSW police divers.

Strike Force Fedore is continuing to investigate the whereabouts of the stolen proceeds. No money has been recovered.

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Planning panel announced for new Tweed Valley Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists impression of the proposed Tweed Hospital on the Kingscliff site. Image from A Current Affair.

A community panel has been formed to to help shape the vision for the new $582 million Tweed Valley Hospital, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals).

The planning process for the new hospital continues apace despite ongoing controversy surrounding its greenfield site on the protected red soil farming land of the Cudgen plateau.

Rebecca Wark, executive director, rural & regional for Health Infrastructure NSW, said the Consumer and Community Reference Panel consists of about 50 community members and will play an important role in the planning and design of the regional referral hospital.

Establishing the panel is a significant milestone, and we are excited to see the energy and passion of the members during recent orientation sessions and a master planning workshop, Ms Wark said.

Panel members will provide valuable input throughout the planning and design stages by representing the views of patients, carers and the local community, and we look forward to their contribution.

Panel member Lyn McInerney said she enjoyed participating in the master planning workshop for the new hospital, adding she was looking forward to sharing this information with other people.

Fellow Panel member and former Tweed Shire Councillor Dot Holdom said, Consideration of community is the most important part of building a hospital. I can now see the vision for the hospital and Im excited.

Lynne Weir, acting CEO of Northern NSW Local Health District, said panel members would be invited to participate in a range of ongoing workshops, focus groups and meetings, and contributing to both the clinical and physical design of the new hospital.

The real-life and local experience that panel members bring to the planning and design of the new hospital will be invaluable in delivering a hospital that best meets the needs of the Tweed-Byron region, Ms Weir said.

Applications for membership on the panel will remain open throughout the project.

Please visit the project website for application forms, as well as all the latest project information, at...


Youre Invited To Our Pride Art Exhibition This Friday "IndyWatch Feed"

Looking for a locally-produced piece of queer art for your wall? QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists work to celebrate Pride Month this month. The first Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and ...

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My sweaty buttcheeks look nothing like Nick Earls' "IndyWatch Feed"

From today's Blunty:

"I"m pretty sure the only reason I don"t have a perfect five star Uber rating is because sometimes people get me and Nick Earls mixed up and Nick is notorious for getting underpants-literally-on-his-head drunk and that Uber guy who gave me less than five stars must have had Nick in the back seat, drunk as a lord, undies on his bonce, and sweaty buttcheeks smearing up the leatherette interior."

You might probably not be surprised to learn that our lawyers insisted I get Nick's okeldokely for this.


Silencing Dissent: Morrison Threatens to Deregister Trade Union "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Reigning Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has threatened to close down the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), following a union boss tweet that the head of the executive said was the last straw that broke the camels back. On Fathers Day, Victorian state secretary of the CFMEUs construction and general division John Setka

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Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Ted& Phil pram (double).

Well loved. Needs a very good clean, the lower strap on the back is broken and one or two tyres have a slow leak. Break is working fine and safety straps too. We used it as a second pram at nanas at the beach.   

If you are interested email:

We are in 3072 Preston. 


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


These three items are free to anyone who has a use for them. The refrigerator is very large and old and a little worse for wear but in working order. Both the freezer and the washing machine are in better condition and in working order.
Please text Gillean if you are interested in them.

0402 123 881 


Free Classes "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Dear Newlanders,

To celebrate Spring the Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is offering free individual classes, one per family each Wednesday between 2-4pm or between 5-8pm.

Bookings are essential and are for 20 minute blocks.



Weeding at the Patch "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Glorious weeding! Thursday 13/9 2-3 pm at the Merri Murnong Patch, along Connolly Avenue.

This is the time of the year when weeds but also pretty wilflowers are plenty.

The reason we have so many special wildflowers at the Merri Murnong Patch is because we have been hand weeding (no herbicides) for over 10 years now. 

If your mind brings on visions of boring and destructive weeding, think again. We practice the gentle art of mindful weeding that allows us to see so much more of the treasures the Merri Murnong Patch offers. 



You are not alone "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I have recently purchased a new LED head torch which is so bright I reckon it could scorch the fur off a koala at 1000 paces. Walking at night I can now locate arboreal mammals at a great distance by their reflective eye-shine. In the eyeball there are structures that detect light called photoreceptors. In []


1) What do people expect for elected Papua Governor? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Bali, Papua and West Papua become a pilot project for drafting regulations on communal land

1) What do people expect for elected Papua Governor?



The Boys From Queer Eye Celebrate The Shows First Emmy Award Wins "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The cast of Netflixs Queer Eye have celebrated the shows first three Emmy Award wins. The acclaimed makeover show took home the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. This show is so important, thank you for what this fab five are doing to help the LGBT movement, creator ...

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Walking the adaptive talk "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Aid programs are increasingly called on to be flexible, adaptive and to think and work politically. In DFAT, barely a program is approved without this terminology being peppered through the design document. But what do these ideas mean in practice? How can implementers, tasked with bringing designs to life, deliver on their promise meaningfully? And how do donors need to manage adaptive programs differently to conventional ones?

In a series of three blogs over the coming weeks, the Institute for Human Security and Social Change will set out some ideas about what it take to program adaptively. These are drawn from our experience of working alongside primarily DFAT and DFID funded programs in the Pacific, Africa and Southeast Asia that have sought to integrate adaptive ways of working. Most recently, this includes working with the PNG-Australia Governance Partnership and the Solomon Islands Resource Facility, but also extends to domestic work with organisations like the Central and Northern Land Councils.

Each blog will deal with a different component of the challenge first adaptive implementation; then adaptive monitoring and evaluation; and finally the role of research and learning.

A lot has been written already on what examples of adaptive programming look like (see here, here and here, for instance). In requires hiring the right staff, putting in place regular sessions to reflect and redesign, increased risk appetites, and so on. But when the rubber hits the road, programs that seek to be adaptive run into several areas of confusion, which we try to clarify here.

  1. Adapt theories of change, not (just) activities

There is often confusion about the level at which adaptation is to occur. Often, programs point to changes in their activities as demonstrating adaptation. For instance, participant fee...


Perfectly Healthy Man Dies After Flu Shot, Doctors Admit To Covering It Up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.

Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.

According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.

However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.

After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.

The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.

Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.

Lindsey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He was just really active. Always doing his lawns, he even did my lawns.

He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on....


Kevin Hogan's political backflip "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Thursday 23 August 2018 Kevin Hogan MP for Page announced that; This constant rotation of Prime Ministers by both the Labor Party and the Liberal party, I cannot condone. I am announcing today, that if there is another leadership spill for the position of Prime Minister prior to the next Federal election, I will remove myself from the government benches and sit on the cross benches.
A second leadership spill occurred on Friday 24 August 2018 and parliament went into recess.

Kevin Hogan was nowhere near the cross benches when the Australian Parliament resumed on Monday 10 September 2018.

He is still a fully-fledged member of the Parliamentary National Party.

Still a National Party Whip.

Still Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives.

This was Kevin Hogan on the morning of 10 September firmly ensconced in the Speakers Chair.



New Holland Publishers picked a lemon in the MP for New England Barnaby Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 September 2018:

Back in the day, estimates of book sales were just that estimates. These days, courtesy of the Bookscan system, which measures sales from nearly every book store across our brown and pleasant land, you can be very accurate at least if you have a 'Deepthroat' high up in the publishing world like I do. I can report thus, that after being on sale for four weeks, Barnaby Joyces memoir, Weatherboard and Iron, has sold 1570 copies.

Yes, notwithstanding the general publishing rule that with the notable exception of John Howards Lazarus Rising  right-wing memoirs dont sell well, those numbers are proof positive that whatever hunger there has been for details of Joyces personal life has been sated. 

Having gone from being priced at source for $32.99 a copy, it had been reduced to $24.99 by QBD books after only 3 days.

It should be in the $10 bin at local book stores by the beginning of October 2018.

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Birthday message from The Hut founder Rendra Freestone "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

If you missed the beautiful message from The Rhythm Hut founder Rendra Freestone heres the message Lou read at The Huts 5th Birthday To my dearest Rhythm Hut community, Im... Read on


Brisbane median house price rises to $673,000 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbane closes the gap

The ratio of Sydney to Brisbane house prices recently came off a record high of 2.2, depending upon your preferred data source.

As this cycle progresses it wouldn't be surprising to see that ratio close back towards 1.

The REIQ reported today that Brisbane's median house increased by 0.9 per cent over the quarter and 2 per cent over the past year to $673,000.

That's the highest ever figure for Brisbane.

Brisbane's median house price has increased by just over 20 per cent over the past five years.

The figure for the Brisbane LGA was closer to 30 per cent. 

The median unit price increased by a somewhat slower 1.4 per cent over the most recent 12-month period to $405,000. 



Brian C Houston of Hillsong on Instagram: I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

POPE BRIAN HOUSTON OF HELL666$$$ONG: I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church.

I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church.


The Animal House Awkward Rewatch "IndyWatch Feed"

Animal House popped up on one of the streamers a few weeks ago-just checked, it was Netflix-and I started it rolling for no reason other than a quick nostalgia fix. I think I first watched that movie in Canberra when I was working for defence and sharing with a couple of other blokes, one of whom nowadays might not be a million miles removed from the office of the Secretary of the Department of Defence.
We were all newly stranded in Canberra, first year out of uni, and most Saturday nights we'd get a few beers on board and rent some video tapes.
That's how long ago this was.
No DVDs, just tapes.
I knew about Animal House of course. It'd been out for a years but was already a pop cultural touchstone. We watched it and probably watched it again before returning the tape. I rewatched it many times afterwards and retained fond if slightly hazy memories decades later.
It was kind of odd going back.
It was still funny in parts, but the humour felt more elegiac - funny because I recalled that it had been funny once upon a time. There was a sort of naive quality to it, which was only partly a function of setting the story in 1962 before the violent atomisation of the later Sixties. There was also something new. Real awkwardness. Not so much with the white monocultural cast. That was historically on point, although I doubt any film maker would get away with it now.

Rather, the sexual politics of Animal House feel... a little uncomfortable. There are no outright rape jokes, unlike a period 'classic' such as the original Ocean's Eleven, for instance.
But jeez, there's some problematic content, as the kids might say... If the kids are into policing the boundaries of acceptable discourse.
The racial inequities of the time, especially the clueless liberalism of the monied elites, are actually well neatly caught in the byplay between the Delta's and Otis Day and the Knights.
But in the #MeToo era its the film's gender biases that strike a loud, discordant note. Two moments in particular; chapter president Robert Hoover's winking joke at 'taking a few liberties with their dates', and Eric Stratton's gross seduction of the hottie from Emily Dickinson College. There are more, and the movie is doubtless a pale reflection of a much darker reality... but I was struck by how differently it played now than when I first watched it all the back in the 1980s.


Are You Fully Informed About My Health Record? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Is your My Health Record private

My Health Record putting your health information on a database on the internet what could go wrong?

We know a lot these days about how much data is worth to companies insurance marketing etc.

My Health Record and how to opt out of it is something you need to be fully informed about.

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APRadio podcast 10-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer comments on Prime Minister Morrisons move to stop the projected 70 years of age to receive the aged pension when his government condones the  welfare Juggernaut Centrelink employments agencies cash in on the over 40s inability to obtain full time employment from the academic fiction engineers Harry also covers the climate change  fiction machine exposed yet again by Viv Forbes. Mike and Harry this week dismantle the Wagga Wagga by-election 29% annihilation of the NSW LNP by an independent showing the establishment they are under threat from people who have had it with duopoly dictators.  Ben Robert Smith our VC winner had a chat with Mike regarding the unfounded allegation of war crimes out there initiation from the GREEN camp,.. Take note WE do not condone the non payment of fines but let the courts know you are aware they are violating your space .

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Community Billboard 11th-17th Sept "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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

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Shakti Womens Empowerment Festival Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September at The Byron Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Shakti Womens Empowerment Festival
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018
The Byron Theatre 
at Byron Community  Centre
The Festival is an initiative of ARD(Australia)Inc, a local charity that has been supporting women in rural India since 2005 and is currently running a Reproductive and Child Health programme and has established eight Literacy Centres for adolescent girls who otherwise would receive no formal education.

The aim of the festival is to Explore, Celebrate and Promote womens empowerment and to bring active awareness regarding the strengths of women in our society today, while at the same time supporting a local programme that is empowering women in rural India.

Friday 21st September
7:00 9:30pm Women in Concert
Featuring Meninas da Lua, Sarah Temporal (Poet), Parissa Bouas, Sharny Russell, Clancy Menzies, Sophie Ozard, The Loveys and Abbie Cardwell, including a Presentation Womens Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV)
10pm Close

Saturday 22nd September
8:00 9:00am Gentle Yoga Stretches by the sea, with Grace Benn
10:00 12 noon The Art of Expression Forum
with Karena Wynn-Moylan, Donna Jacobs Sife, Laurel Cohn, Liat Sokal and Catherine Marciniak
12:00 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 2:30pm Women for Environmental Justice Forum
with Sandra Heilpern, Sue Higginson, Annie Kia, Mary Gardner and Nan Nicholson, with Storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong
4:00 5:30pm Women for Social Justice Forum
with Melanie Lotfali, Delta Kay, Deborah Pearse, Wendy Royston, Ella Goninen and Tamara Smith, with Storyteller Donna Jacobs Sife
6:00 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 7:30pm Presentation Womens Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV)
7:30 9:30pm Indian Classical Dance featuring Karma Dance from Melbourne
10pm Close

Catering by With a Spoon

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Riverside students give up social media to help farmers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

RIVERSIDE GIRLS HIGH students have reached out to help drought stricken farmers with a fundraising initiative that will require students to give up social media next week.

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Find the Music in You! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Conservatorium Open Academy Find the Music in You!

Music is an extraordinary thing, it brings us joy, engages the little grey cells just as well as any crossword and does no end of wonderous things for mental health and wellbeing. It is for everyone, young and old, experienced or novice; there is a musical path to be trodden by all. But how do you find it? I hear you ask?

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, known as to its familiars as The Con is that castle-like building in Macquarie Street, down near the Sydney Opera House. It is renowned for turning out many world class musicians. But what most people dont know is that The Con also offers a short course program for adults who want to learn music basics or to extend their musical knowledge in group leisure classes. Run by the Conservatorium Open Academy, these classes range from complete beginner levels through to some that are auditioned.

All courses are held at the Conservatorium over an eight week term two hours per week with some day and some evening class options. Spring Term starts 15 October and courses on offer cover; Music theory, Music appreciation (The Enquiring Listener), Singing (options for beginners and advanced in classical or contemporary styles), Jazz piano, flute or guitar, Jazz Impro Basics, Composing for film and Ensemble classes.

The Open Academy short courses are fun group learning experiences. Students come back again and again once theyve started.

Absolutely LOVED this program. Really condensed good quality information into a short time, havent found any comparable program in Sydney.  Jazz Harmony student


Just what I have been looking for music theory demystified.  Music Fundamentals Student

This course is a great blend of voice exercising and training and learning to follow sheet music. I was astounded how simply and quickly Cathy and Nadia brought newcomers up to speed on reading music. Both of our tutors were just great. Heaps of fun and laughs. When we werent singing we were exercising our vocal chords laughing! Cathy and Nadia were very generous with guidance. Top course!  Vocal Fundamentals Student

Some of Sydneys top musos teach in this program, including; Andrew Dickeson (jazz drummer), Roy Issacs (guitarist), Sally Marett (vocalist...


ETHIOPIA PART C Lake Langano and the Rift Valley "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Black-winged Lovebird

Following our visit to Awash National Park (see following post) we continued south to the very nice Harro Langano lodge on the south-east shore of Lake Langano for a two-night stay. Early the first morning we saw a pair of Yellow-fronted Parrots in the tall fig trees outside the lodge restaurant.

Yellow-fronted Parrot
We headed around to the west shore of the lake to check out the compound of the largely disbanded Simbo Lodge. Here were loads of excellent birds including Gymnogene, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Rufous Chatterer, Red-necked Wryneck, Bare-faced Go-Away-Bird and White-bellied Go-Away-Bird.


Brisbane Pride Festival 2018: Eight Brisbane Same-Sex Couples Tie The Knot At Public Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed"

Eight Brisbane same-sex couples have tied the knot in a history-making public ceremony kicking off both the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Pride Festival last weekend. One of the couples who took part in the event is Christian Leatherbarrow and Brad Hicks, who said I do on stage dressed in drag at the Qweens on King ...

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Woman dragged by hair in Gbah domestic dispute "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court after allegedly attacking people at a house in Goonellabah, including dragging a woman around by the hair and pushing another person through a window.

Police will allege that at 1:30am this morning (Monday, September 10 ) the 21-year-old Lismore man went to a Goonellabah home and started arguing with people known to him.

Police say he pushed a woman to the ground and dragged her by the hair around the house.

When another person intervened the accused allegedly pushed them through a window, causing three major lacerations and major bleeding.

Police and ambulance arrived soon after and placed the 21-year-old under arrest.

Police say they had to wrestle him out of the house and again at Lismore Police Station.

He has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and resisting police.

He was bail refused and is due to appear in Lismore Local Court today.


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Cunning Stunts proudly presents CURIOUS evenings of Cosmic Osmosis Spring Edition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When: Saturday 15th September, 6:00pm Midnight

TICKETED ENTRY limited tickets available
Where: The Byron Bay Brewery
What:   CURIOUS A new concept night from the team behind Nudge Nudge Wink Wink. Taking over the outside and indoor spaces of the Byron Bay Brewery.

DJ Kylie Rose and SHE J (percussion)

Brisbane based DJ Kylie Rose has been kicking around and moving dance floors for over 15 years. Lover of disco, soulful house and dirty tech house, shes played big rooms and small including: Tropical Fruits, Mardi Gras, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, Sleaze Ball, Queens Ball and many, many more, always keeping the vibe upbeat and fun.

World renowned DJ / Percussionist / Producer SHE J will be joining Kylie on percussion. Locally based, SHE J currently plays with Tijuana Cartel and has also played with Ash Grunwald and Deya Dova. Talented across multiple genres, SHE Js repertoire of Afro, Electronica, Deep House, and Tech house will join forces with Kylies selections and send us all soaring to the stars.

DJ Lord Sut with Dave Wray (saxophone) and Jed Stone (piano)



Gay Ski Festival Rainbow Mountain Took Over Thredbo, And It Was Amazing "IndyWatch Feed"

The queens well and truly conquered Thredbo in the late during the sparkling and glittery inaugural Rainbow Mountain festival. From August 29 to September 2, the LGBTIQ community took over the mountain with a huge line up of events, parties, live concerts, cocktails, champagne lunches, and plenty of skiing and snowboarding. Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps ...

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September 9 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

World: Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Organised by New York-based group, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after Frances environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC] Dirty Reality Catching []

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What Weed?! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thanks to Dawn we had a very informative session on weeds yesterday. There is no shortage of sample material at the garden! Dawn began by introducing us to the idea of a weed. Every plant has the potential to be a weed and many are useful its all about context. A weed is a Continue reading What Weed?!


In which the Oreo shows her sensitive, caring side and mocks the bleeding heart wimps, cry babies, grim weepers and pussies ... "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Terrorists started off the day with an astonishing realisation via the use of the royal plural

At last the Terrorists have bravely suggested that they, and Gladys, are out of touch "we're for Sydney, we're for New South Wales"? Perhaps not Wagga Wagga ...

Meanwhile, madness continues at the lizard Oz there's continued doubling up of the Oreo and the Caterist on a Monday

The pond decided to draw a line in the sand, and settle for enjoying undiluted essence of Oreo

The Oreo was ready to show all the sensitivity to be expected from a lizard Oz scribbler

Ah, the white feather syndrome is alive and well



Multi-media work for Quad highlights Lismores indigenous history "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals), Lismore Quadrangle place making officer Marisa Snow and Professor Norm Sheehan from Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples.

A $100,000 grant will see a large-scale digital work projected in the Lismore Quadrangle, providing a multi-sensory experience of Bundjalung language, history and story.

Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals) said the money from the NSW Governments Heritage Near Me project would go towards Talk to Me, a major feature of the 2019 Quadrangle program.

The Quadrangle site is heritage listed due to the Lismore Library and Conservatorium of Musics buildings sitting on the original site of the Lismore High School.

Using 3D animations projected on the Quadrangle buildings, digital artist Craig Walsh will work closely with Southern Cross Universitys Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples to research and record stories of significant Elders who attended the original school, Mr George said.

The event is free and will run for several days including an opening ceremony and celebration of Bundjalung culture on the first night.

The Quad is a new cultural precinct located in Lismore which connects Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore City Library, and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. The activation of The Quad as Lismores creative playground is a strategic partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council.

For more information on the Heritage Near Me program, which offers a range of grant programs to assist local communities, owners and managers of heritage items, visit



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Hannah Mouncey Slams AFL After Withdrawing From AFLW Draft "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hannah Mouncey has said she will not nominate for the upcoming AFLW draft, citing the ongoing enormous toll the process has taken on herself and her friends and family. The 28-year-old transgender footballer made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday night. There are a number of things I cant risk by continuing this fight, which ...

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 3 to 9 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Do I have to attend the court if subpoenaed? Those who are subpoenaed to attend court or produce materials have certain rights and obligations. Click here to read the article Appeals Court Finds Sentence for Drug Offences to be Manifestly

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison Flags Law Change To Protect Religious Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

LGBTIQ advocates have said they will lobby the Senate to block any move by the federal government to weaken existing anti-discrimination protections under the guise of religious freedom. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated his support for introducing laws to protect religious freedom in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Morrison said a ...

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Australia's Home Affairs minister in office unlawfully? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

From the article of  9 Sep 2018 by of the headline:

Labor push to refer Peter Dutton to High Court

Labor will attempt to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court when Parliament resumes this week with new legal advice suggesting he faces constitutional difficulties on not one but two fronts.

Constitutional experts have previously raised questions about Mr Dutton's eligibility under section 44 because of a childcare centre run by Mr Dutton's wife. Mr Dutton is a beneficiary of the family trust that runs the centre.

But fresh legal advice by Matthew Collins and Siobhan Kelly suggests the thousands of decisions Mr Dutton made as minister from October 2016 onwards could be subject to legal challenge because of the questions surrounding his eligibility.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during question time last month.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The legal advice, which was commissioned by the Labor Party, says "Mr Dutton's eligibility to sit as a member of the House of Representatives in the current Parliament has not been determined."

"Until those questions are authoritatively determined, the validity of every decision made by Dutton pursuant to the exercise of a power conferred on him as a Minister of State, and by his delegates, after 19 October 2016 will be attended with uncertainty....It seems to us that, while the present uncertainty subsists, further challenges are all but inevitable."

Melbourne's Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, confirmed to Fairfax Media last month that it was considering a legal challenge on behalf of its clients.

"This advice shows just how big the risk Scott Morrison is taking by keeping Peter Dutton in place as Home Affairs Minister while his eligibility is in doubt. If Mr Dutton is declared ineligible, thousands of decisions he has made as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection should be open to challenge and the entire immigration system could be thrown into chaos," Labor's attorney-general spokesman, Mark Dreyfus, told Fairfax Media.

"The decisions open to challenge could include deportation of criminals convicted of serious crimes. Is Mr Morrison really willing to take this risk? He has no choice - he must refer Mr Dutton to the High Court t...


Claims of a Sudanese Crime Wave: Political Point Scoring at its Worst "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Lawyer and social justice advocate Nyadol Nyuon recently asserted on a breakfast news program that media reports of a Sudanese gang crime wave in Victoria are unfounded, as crimes committed by that section of the community represent a drop in the ocean when it comes to overall violent crime.

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Nigel Farage, Melbourne, Australia! Pts 1& 2 (Videos) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Nigel Farage, Melbourne, Australia! Pts 1& 2 Videos Part 1 Part 2

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Laneway have just announced their 2019 dates and venues + lineup info "IndyWatch Feed"

Laneway Festival have just announced all the important dates and venues for their 2019 event, theyve also revealed when they will be announcing their lineup.

The touring festival will hit up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February.

The lineup will be announced in little over a weeks time on Tuesday the 18th of September. 2019s edition of Laneway festival will mark the festivals fifteenth anniversary. Dates and venue information below:

Laneway Festival 2019

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September

Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney

Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide

Saturday, 9th February
Footscray Park, Melbourne

Sunday, 10th February
Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle



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Rescue helicopter visits Mullum PS "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo David Lowe

Residents in Mullum would have been forgiven for thinking there was an emergency last Friday, as the Westpac helicopter circled overhead before landing in town.

Medical flyers Dr Keira Hazen and paramedic Ryan Salter were on hand to talk to students at Mullumbimby. Photo Tree Faerie.

On an occasion too exciting for words, the entire Mullumbimby Public School cohort were squeals of joy as crews from the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and the Little Ripper Drone Patrol dropped-in for a visit during the morning.

The four person team including two flight crew and two medical personal, arrived at the school grounds in a helicopter after a ten minute flight from the base in Lismore.

Mullumbimby Public School was selected from more than 4,600 primary schools across Australia to learn about the importance of safety, and local emergency services, from the WLRHS crew.

The landings are rewarded to schools who have been actively engaged in the WLRHS Schools Program which...



From: plantyhamchuk


The study found the Sierra Mixe corn obtains 28 to 82 percent of its nitrogen from the atmosphere. To do this, the corn grows a series of aerial roots. Unlike conventional corn, which has one or two groups of aerial roots near its base, the nitrogen-fixing corn develops eight to ten thick aerial roots that never touch the ground.

During certain times of the year, these roots secrete a gel-like substance, or mucilage. The mucilage provides the low-oxygen and sugar-rich environment required to attract bacteria that can transform nitrogen from the air into a form the corn can use.

Our research has demonstrated that the mucilage found in this Sierra Mixe corn forms a key component of its nitrogen fixation, said co-author Jean-Michel An, professor of agronomy and bacteriology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UWMadison. We have shown this through growth of the plant both in Mexico and Wisconsin.

Researchers are a long way from developing a similar nitrogen-fixing trait for commercial corn, but this is a first step to guide further research on that application. The discovery could lead to a reduction of fertilizer use for corn, one of the worlds major cereal crops. It takes 1 to 2 percent of the total global energy supply to pr...


Severe storm brings Sydney's wettest day in 2 years, flash flooding, traffic chaos and 1 000 lightning strikes per hour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A cold front swept through parts of Australia's New South Wales on Friday afternoon (local time), September 7, 2018, producing severe thunderstorms with 1 000 lightning strikes per hour and dropping heavy rain and a lot of hail. For parts of Sydney, it was the...... Read more


Neophema chrystoma "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrsyostoma is an uncommon visitor to this part of central Victoria. In recent years Ive seen them a few times on the Moolort Plains, but never in box-ironbark country. A beautiful small parrot, its a relative of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. which it can easily be confused with in the field. Parrots in the genus Neophema are characterised by their slender profile and combination of blue, yellow and green hues.

Blue-winged Parrots (like all Neophemas) feed largely on fallen seeds of grasses, especially native species of Poa, Austrodanthonia and the like. Over the weekend I photographed a single bird feeding on moss beds in the Mia Mia on successive days. At least one more was heard calling. While their stronghold is Tasmania and coastal Victoria it is not impossible that they might nest locally. This sighting has been a real highlight of 2018.

Blue-winged Parrot, South German Track, 8th September 2018



Hazelwood Health Study completes an investigation of the impacts of the Hazelwood mine fire on a specialist school which relocated during the smoke event "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Hazelwood Health Study has completed an investigation of the impacts of the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire on wellbeing, educational outcomes, and teaching practices for students and staff at a specialist school which relocated during the smoke event. We would like to thank all teachers and administrative staff who gave their time to describe their []


Escaped crims may be hiding out in Casino "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Escaped criminals Phillip Sampson (L) and Kurt Reynolds may be hiding out in the Casino area, police say. Photo NSW Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate two prisoners who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility on the Mid North Coast and may be heading towards Casino.

Phillip Sampson, 35, and Kurt Reynolds, 40, escaped from the Aldavilla facility about 10.45am  on Friday (September 7).

The men are believed to be travelling in a stolen black 2005 Toyota Camry Sportivo sedan, with NSW registration plates JM677.

Phillip Sampson has been described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 181cm tall, of a thin build, with black hair and brown eyes.

Kurt Reynolds has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, 187cm tall, of a large build, with brown eyes, short brown hair and a receding hairline.

Both men were last seen wearing winter green tracksuits, one with white running shoes and the other with black running shoes.

Its believed they may be headed for the Newcastle, Toronto or Casino areas.

Police are warning members of the public not to approach the men, but instead call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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

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#RiseForClimate rally in Lismore and the world "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Greens Candidate for the Seat of Lismore, Sue Higginson spoke passionately at the Lismore Quad. Photo David Lowe.

On Saturday there was a planetary rally as thousands of protesters at 850 events in 95 countries joined to #RiseForClimate.

Aunty Dorrie Gordon gave a heartfelt Welcome to those gathered in Lismore. Photo David Lowe.

In Australia from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and from Darwin to Hobart, more than 40 events were held in state capitals, regional and rural towns, organised by local communities demanding real action on climate change. Similar events were held on Friday at Australian university campuses.

An alliance of Australias environment and social justice groups, including, Get Up!, Greenpeace, Solar Citizens, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Climate Action Network, Stop Adani, The Nature Conservation Council, Tipping Point and more, joined forces to target Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In Lismore around 200 dedicated environmentalists came out to the Lismore Quad, despite the rain, to add the...


Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


If anyone is in the Goulburn Valley this coming weekend (near Echuca, Shepparton, Rushworth, Kyabram), my AMAZING drumming teacher is conducting a workshop on Sunday 16th Sep. 


Is the Langogo the best translator device? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

With many months of travel in foreign countries coming up fast in 2019 one of our main worries was being understood and understanding others. This is hugely important with everything from ordering food, taxis, booking hotels, train tickets and especially getting a toilet for our youngest. Travel can be stressful, but feeling stranded and not understood can make this much worse. To help us out with all of this we were on the lookout for the best translator device for travel.

When I came across the pre-advertising for a new product called the Langogo, I was intrigued, to say the least. The Langogo pocket translator was boasting a myriad of features that seemed too good to be true. Such things as

  • 60 different languages to translate
    • Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hindi, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese
  • Langogo access 24 different translation engines to get the best results
    • Langogo adopts Neural Machine Translation (NMT) Technology and Fusion Translation Engines to optimize the process of speech recognition and translation between the languages, ultimately providing a fast and accurate solution to translations.
  • Translates in 1 second
  • Real-time display
  • Superior voice recognition
    • Langogo adopts Neural Machine Translation (NMT) Technology and Fusion Translation Engines to optimize the process of speech recognition and translation between the languages, ultimately providing a fast and accurate solution to translations.

Can the Langogo be the best translator device?

All this is exactly what we need. What really attracted me to the Langogo is that it does not need to run through a mobile phone app, it runs independently. Langogo will connect to 3G/4G networks as well as wifi in up to 72 countries. Just switch it on and it will automatically connect to the best local network with its built-in Cloud-Sim Card. This is amazing, it will allow us to use just about anywhere from the beaches of Krabi to the footsteps of the Great Wall of China to Ancient sites in Greece. I am hoping this could be the best translator device we could use.



MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

Photo by Vape Dadz

Self-proclaimed audio wellness experts Vape Dadz present Whiskey Priest, their latest take on crunchy dance music for misfits

Sydneys Vape Dadz formed on Christmas 2016, when three dads (who, despite the name, do not vape) came together to escape the tyranny of the holidays for a few hours of making music in a tiny one-bedroom apartment. What followed was two years of intense studio sessions, attempting to recreate that Christmas miracle. The result is their debut album, Give Up The Darts, an experimental journey of found sound, organ madness, and glitched noise.

With an aesthetic thats clearly indebted to Office Space, vaporwave, and ironic internet memes, it would be easy to mistake Vape Dadz for a group only cynically interested in their musical points of reference. On their album, however, the Dadz betray a serious engagement with the disco, house, and hip-hop sounds that form the canvas for their experiments.

Whiskey Priest, the third single from Give Up The Darts, is a relaxed, moody, electro-inspired track, and a perfect example of Vape Dadz self-described crunchy dance music for misfits. Channelling the late-80s electronic weirdness of acts like the KLF and 808 State, Whiskey Priest is an atmospheric trip through a retro-futuristic cyberspace.

Check out the video for Whiskey Priest below: made by Brisbane video artist Michelle Brown and available in flat 2D video or as 3D VR experience.

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


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ETHIOPIA PART B Gelada Baboons to Awash National Park "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gelada male
Following our twitch of the restricted Ethiopian endemic, the Ankober Serin (see following post) at Gemessa Gebel, we chanced upon three fair-sized troops of Gelada Baboons on the edge of juniper forest near the cliff edges. This species, endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, has long been high on my wish-list. We watched them for some time, noting that they seemed largely unconcerned by us but quickly scurried off into the forest when herdsmen with goats appeared.

Gelada family group


Under Morrison's prime ministership will church and state begin to regressively merge? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Liberal MP for Cook, former Australian Immigration Minister and former Treasurer, Scott John Morrison, is being marketed as Australias first Pentecostal prime minister.

Right from the start of his parliamentary career Morrison politicised his own faith and made sure he identified as a Pentecostal Christian in his First Speech in the House of  Representatives on 14 February 2008.

This month the Pentecostal ministry returned the favour by commencing his re-election campaign.

The Guardian, 7 September 2018:

Pentecostal leaders have warned their congregation that darkness will spread across Australia and Christians will be persecuted if Scott Morrisondoes not win the next election.

Others have been told that Morrisons rise to power was a miracle of God that answered three days of prayer and fasting. They have been told that Morrison has made a public stand for Christian freedoms, and has promised to keep doing so, so God intervened to ensure he beat the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, ...


Darwin Tourist "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Outside working hours, Ive been doing a few tourist things, during my stay in Darwinm including a sunset cruise and a trip to Litchfield National Park. On Tuesday, Kate and I went on a sunset cruise around Darwin Harbour. As theres quite a few to choose from, I did some research, and settled on a cruise with Sail Darwin, on

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Sunday, 09 September


If Chinas on the rise, why do many want out? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

For 33-year old Shanghai-resident Lucy Lu, it is her childrens education thats driving her towards Australia.
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Key points:
A recent vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents in China to express a lack of faith in the countrys inoculations
The Chinese Yuan has depreciated 6 per cent since June
Residents are only allowed to move more than $US50,000 out of the country each year
I feel Chinese education doesnt let people breathe. The pressure is huge, she said.

The mother of two, along with her husband, have employed a migration lawyer to plan a move to Australia, possibly to Melbourne.

They are attracted by the good environment, the more laid-back school culture and they have a relative who has lived in Australia for 20 years.

Lucy Ly sits next to her husband, who wears glasses. Two young children sit, one on each of their laps. 

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PHOTO: Shanghai resident Lucy Lu and her family are considering moving to Australia. (Supplied: Lucy Lu)

But they are also seeking respite from a country where tremendous economic progress has not always meant improvements in other areas.

Even though Chinas economy is very good, there are other aspects where we feel the flaws and holes are still quite large, Ms Lu said.

Ms Lu cites the hyper-competitive education system known for rote-learning rather than encouraging critical thinking and air pollution as her major concerns.

But in recent months, a vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents across China to express a profound lack of faith in the ability of authorities to ensure their children receive safe inoculations.



National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I spent a couple of hours today wandering around the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, home of the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Even though Ive been to the museum a couple of times before, and I think its a wonderful museum, especially their Cyclone Tracey exhibition, today my focus was purely on


Parking, Metro Quarter, Trucks + Traffic = ARAG Meeting, Wednesday 12 September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This months meeting will be held at:

  • 7pm, Wednesday 12 September
  • Alexandria Town (73 Garden St)

The agenda for this meeting is:

  • Parking
  • Metro Quarter Update
  • Trucks invading Alexandria
  • Council Traffic Study  next steps

Please bring your positive suggestions on what can be done to improve the situation.

PS. ARAGs submission to the Impact of WestConnex Inquiry is available here.



AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 7 September, AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Bankstown via Cessnock in New South Wales. 

After spending a couple of hours on the ground, VH-NEQ returned South to Maitland before heading back to Bankstown.

VH-NEQ usually calls into CQ Airports operating medical evacuation flights but on this occasion it was heard using its registration as its callsign suggesting it may have been operating a training or closed charter flight.

Meanwhile, over the course of Friday 7 September and Thursday 6 September, a corporate turboprop in the form of Edwards Coaches Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-OXY was noted visiting several CQ Airports (amongst other places).  On Thursday, it called into Emerald Airport from Cobar and Bankstown in New South Wales before departing to Biloela / Thangool Airport, Baryulgil and then the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.  Then on Friday, VH-OXY reversed its journey except it departed Emerald Airport for Roma Airport before it ended a busy few days of flying back at its Armidale base.

Finally, before dawn on Thursday 6 September, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ once again, calling into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'JM' 


Also Completing Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Australian Army MRH-90 A40-009 & RAAF Super King Air A32-426 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A little earlier in the day, also on Wednesday 5 September, another pair of Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft were also spotted visiting or completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 is pictured above arriving into Rocky from Brisbane as "Destrier 119".  After taking on fuel, it continued to Townsville.

While Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-426 "Beaufort 76" was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport, looking to fly up from (or around) Tamworth and then continuing further North towards Mackay.

A32-426 "Beaufort 76" was also noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 4 September with it coming down from the North and then flying onward to the Sunshine Coast.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


Archers point (Cooktown) fishing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Does anyone know much about fishing at archers point? Looking to head up for a weekend and wouldnt mind a run down on what to expect or take.

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Man hospitalised after M1 motorway crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The scene at Sundays (September 9) accident on the M1 at Cudgera Creek. Photo WRHS

A man in his 40s has been airlifted to hospital after the VW Tiguan he was driving collided with a Kia Sorento in the southbound lane of the Pacific Highway around 2.30pm Sunday afternoon (September 9).

The accident, which happened at Cudgera Creek around five kilometres south of the Pottsville exit, caused the Tiguan to roll a number of times.

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter transported the male driver to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Two children, aged six months and four years, who were travelling with him in the vehicle are reported to be uninjured.

The female driver of the Kia wasnt injured and has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Southbound traffic remained congested for the remainder of Sunday afternoon and well into the evening.

At one stage it was queued back around 4.5 kilometres.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District and the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.


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Man shot in Tweed Heads West break-in "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are appealing for the publics assistance after a man was shot by an unknown intruder at his home at Tweed Heads West in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 8).

About 4.45am, a 76-year-old man went to the garage of his home on Piggabeen Road after hearing noises.

When he opened the garage door the man was shot in the leg by an unknown person, who then left the scene.

The injured man was treated by paramedics before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

A 73-year-old woman, who was also home at the time, was not physically injured during the incident.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Police District have established Strike Force Dural as investigations into the incident continue.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have dashcam or mobile phone footage and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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


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NEW MUSIC: Altameda Rolling Back To You "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Theres something about this lead track from Altamedas (Edmonton, Canada) sophomore LP Time Hasnt Changed You, due out in March, 2019 via Pheromone Recordings. It cuts across a bunch of different sounds 70s FM rock, a country swing and strut and a big horn-led chorus, draped in gang backing vocals. It has that soul thing happening too, making Continue reading


Details of Dove Lake development revealed. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

There has been a long process which will see a major development in the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lakes St Clair national park in Tasmania. The state government has now released the Dove Lake Viewing Shelter Development Proposal and Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for public comment.

This is the first release of plans for the shelter which is planned for Dove Lake. Other key components of the proposal are a redevelopment of the tourist gateway facilities to the north and the building of a gondola/ cable car between the new tourist centre and Dove Lake (the cable car component of the plan got the green light in May when former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced $30 million for the project). The DPEIS will be on display for six weeks. According to the government, feedback from the community will help refine the Development Approval that will be submitted to the Kentish Council. Once all approvals have been obtained, the construction works will be tendered late this year.

The DPEIS can be found here. The consultation period closes on 21 October 2018.

The DPEIS covers proposed improvements to the Dove Lake experience include a new viewing shelter blended into the landscape at Dove Lake, a kiosk and associated infrastructure at the northern end of Dove Lake, within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

The Advocate reports that:

The viewing platform has been designed to blend into the Cradle Mountain landscape and features earthy colours, seating and wall-to-ceiling glass panels.

The structure will be joined by a new bus shelter and amenities building, outdoor viewing area, parking, turning circle and connections to the Dove Lake walking tracks and Glacier Rock viewing platform.


Some recent excursions "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

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Inverloch Straw-bale Sustainable House by Catherine Watson* "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The walls of Cait and Peter Ghyss straw-bale house are half a metre thick and it has just received a 10-star energy rating.

As Cait and Peter Ghys approached retirement, they decided to fulfil a long-held dream and build a straw-bale house. Next week they will join more than 200 homeowners nationwide in opening their home to the community as part of Sustainable House Day. They will pass on tips and advice, including on solar power, straw-bale building and design. The house, which was designed by their friend and architect Sue Mitchell, has a passive solar design and is rated at 8.3 stars. It has just been evaluated against the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, and received the maximum rating of 10 stars.

Peter says the house is not just energy efficient but beautiful to live in. Its lovely and cool in summer and warm in winter. Theres no cooling other than ceiling fans, and the only heating we have is a wood heater, which we largely use because we like looking at it!

We wanted to minimise our ongoing costs as we get older Im retired, whilst Cait is still working. We also wanted a house that was environmentally responsible.  Some things are easy; correct orientation of the house means the sun does a lot of the hard work in winter to keep the house warm.  Some things are harder, but worth it; the windows and doors are all double glazed uPVC, which were expensive, but wonderful and Ill never need to paint them!  We are very proud of the ten star rating that we got recently!

We started thinking about building with straw bales soon after we met in the early 90s, but didnt really do anything until we bought our retirement block outside Inverloch. Not sure if youve been in a straw bale house, but they are beautiful.  The external walls are around half a metre thick, allowing us to have very deep rounded reveals around the doors and windows.  The walls are lime washed on the inside. This looks really beautiful sort of like buildings on the Greek Islands, or on the west coast of Ireland.  Being so thick, and dense, they provide fantastic insulation a big reason why the energy rating is so high.  Its warm in winter and cool in summer.  I could go on

I learned how to do straw bale at a workshop in Natimuk, so it was natural that we would use the same option for our...

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Friday, 07 September


No New Womens Prison: Meg Rodaughan "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

No Gatton Women's Prison Logo

On Monday September 3 newly formed group No Gatton Womens Prison staged a small protest which aimed to bring the issue of women in prisons to the fore.

Four women blocked the access road leading from Southern Cross Correctional Centre.
Women are currently being transferred to this new womens prison which will be privately run most likely by Serco.
Linda Rose spoke to Meg Rodaughan from the group about the group and the issues they seek to address.



Tuesday, 04 September


Homes Not Cells: Stop Gatton Womens Prison "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Release from No Gatton Womens Prison

Stop Gatton Women's Prison

[Yesterday morning] a group of four women blocked Millers Rd leading from Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, stopping the transfer of prisoners from the facility.

They are calling on the Queensland Government to stop transferring women to the 300 cell Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. The newly formed group, No Gatton Womens Prison, want the Queensland Government to stop the prison transfers and rethink the need for another womens prison.

It is estimated 40% of women in Brisbane Womens Correctional Centre are on remand, meaning they are yet to be sentenced.

No Gatton Womens Prison say the Government should increase funding for diversionary programs to stop women entering the prison system; and place a greater emphasis on health, housing and education funding for women who are being released.

The group say that the establishment of another womens prison in Queensland could be avoided, and overcrowding concerns addressed, by better supporting women who are eligible for bail.

Philip Marrii is a member of No Gatton Womens Prison and one of the people blocking the road.

Philip said It costs the government $107,000 per woman imprisoned in Queensland, per year. A large proportion of women are incarcerated because of poverty and homelessness. Instead of paying multi-national companies like Serco to run prisons, that money could assist women to pay for rent, care for their families and connect with support services in the community, completely avoiding prison.

Serco operates the Gatton facility currently and has applied for the tender for the womens prison. If Serco is successful, Southern Queensland Correctional Centre will be the first womens prison under its control in the world. The group holds grave fears for the welfare of the women given...

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