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Tuesday, 20 September

15:16

Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

New images from northern Great Barrier Reef surveys that reveal long term damage from this year’s coral bleaching are deeply concerning and highlight the need for urgent climate action, said the Australian Marine Conservation Society today.

“Scientists are reporting that parts of Australia’s beloved Reef are struggling to recover months on from the global coral bleaching event. In some parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef, once healthy corals are now dead and smothered in algae”, said AMCS Reef campaigner, Cherry Muddle.

“Digging up new mega coal mines and shipping that coal out through the Reef will only exacerbate climate change, and bring yet more coral bleaching.

“It is the last thing our Reef needs.

“In order to protect our current tourism jobs along the Reef we need our state and federal governments to work together to invest in renewable energy, rather than championing unviable coal mines,” Ms Muddle said.

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12:20

“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock” "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

News laws are being introduced by the Queensland Government that change the way mining companies obtain water licences. This was originally written in the Townsville Bulletin as a “roadblock” for the project, without even naming what the proposed legislation is or about. NQCC responded with this letter to the editor, but under a different headline … Continue reading "“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock”"

11:34

Rehab centre abandoned "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

No more: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre proposed for Loch as been abandoned.

No more: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre proposed for Loch as been abandoned.

A DRUG and alcohol rehabilitation centre will no longer be built at Loch.

The proposal has been withdrawn after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) overturned South Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to issue a planning permit for the proposal.

The site mooted for the centre, in Clarence Street, is now for sale.

Sankar Subramanian, of Australian Addiction Hospitals Pty Ltd, the proponent of the centre, has since withdrawn the application.

His company had intended to buy the site, once the Greenhills Hosted for the Aged, a branch of Korumburra Medical Centre and a respite centre run for accident victims.

The proposal was for a private hospital for alcohol and drug rehabilitation for up to 20 patients.

Up to 20 single occupancy rooms were proposed with a maximum of seven staff during the day and two at night.

Patients were proposed to be admitted for four weeks.

Council voted to approve the proposal in November 2015, despite receiving 34 objections from the community.

The VCAT report stated the proposal lacked adequate detail about how the centre would operate and the works required, and so overturned council’s decision.

Council’s director of development services Bryan Sword said proposals to establish drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities could become contentious planning matters.

“This is demonstrated by the number of applications from around the state which proceed to VCAT for review,” he said.

VCAT found the site was suitable for such a centre and was not persuaded it would have “significant adverse social and economic effects”, but still believed there was insufficient detail to support the proposal.

VCAT made recommendations about what additional information should be supplied if a future application was lodged, but Mr Sword felt these matters could have been addressed by permit conditions.

“Often VCAT will address these issues through the hearing, however as the applicant sought to withdraw the application once proceedings commenced, this was likely a moot point,” he said.

“Council accepts the decision of the tribunal.”

VCAT also stated Loch residents had not given evidence to support their claims the proposal would have negative social and economic effects on Loch, particularly its reputation as a tourist destination.

“Nor is there any evidence available to us that similar uses in other locations have impacted those locations in the manner feared by the objectors,” the VCAT report stated.

The VCAT application was lodged by objecting Loch residents.

The site is now for sale through SEJ Real Estate, Leongatha.

11:22

Ballina prepares to demolish the ‘leaning tower’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Marine Rescue volunteers outside the old 'leaning tower'. (supplied)

Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Marine Rescue volunteers outside the old ‘leaning tower’. (supplied)

With Ballina’s new Marine Rescue Tower nearing completion, the focus is now turning to demolishing the old ‘leaning tower’.

The Ballina Shire Council has announced that the demolition of the old tower, which was deemed unsafe, will begin on 3 October.

As part of the demolition of the old tower, the walkway along the North Wall break wall, adjacent to the tower, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 7am to 4pm each day until 7 October.

The walkway along the break wall will remain open to pedestrians.

The new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina is nearing completion. (supplied)

The new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina is nearing completion. (supplied)

Meanwhile, the construction of the new $2.283 million tower is nearing completion and is expected to be finished next month.

Marine Rescue NSW decided to close the old radio tower building after several accidents over the years, including one where a volunteer was injured and concussed while climbing the stairs.

The new tower is being built by Woollam Constructions, and has a number of funding partners.

They include the Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue fundraising effort of $150,000, Ballina Shire Council ($318,000), the Federal Government ($850,000) and various state government departments ($965,000).

 

 

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11:18

Footy colours fund Christmas wishes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

FOOTY finals are here and Inverloch Primary School got into the footy fever spirit last Friday.

Dressing up as their footy, rugby or soccer heroes, the students donned their colours to raise money for Operation Christmas Child.

The students donated gifts or a gold coin on the day.

Operation Christmas Child helps children around the world who are victims of war, poverty, famine and disease.

Some of the gifts the children could bring included teddy bears, books, pencils, clothing, personal hygiene items, necklaces, sunglasses, balls and skipping ropes.

Supporters: from left, Inverloch Primary School’s Grade 1 students Adam, Miah, Amelia, Jesse and Levi dressed in their team colours to help support Operation Christmas Child on Friday.

Supporters: from left, Inverloch Primary School’s Grade 1 students Adam, Miah, Amelia, Jesse and Levi dressed in their team colours to help support Operation Christmas Child on Friday.

11:13

Solar sparks kinder savings "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Meeniyan Preschool installed a 4.7 kilowatt solar power system on its roof recently, which was officially acknowledged with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13.

The preschool’s committee of management grants officer Katrina Benson said the solar panels were expected to save the kinder at least $1200 per year.

Ms Benson said the preschool was small and run by a volunteer committee of management.

“We don’t have a lot of funds. The solar panels were a good way to reduce our operating costs and allow us to supply more interactive and educational material for the children,” she said.

“Going solar will also reduce our carbon footprint and teaching the children about the environment was an added bonus.”

Ms Benson said the panels were already producing power and returning excess green energy to the grid.

The panels were partially funded with a $4500 grant from the South Gippsland Shire Council community grants program, and by the preschool’s fundraising efforts.

“We had a lot of help from Trulli Pizza, who donated $500 to the project and the Meeniyan Area Community Shop were also a big contributor,” Ms Benson said.

Cr Andrew McEwen helped with the ribbon cutting ceremony and said kindergarten was an important part of the education system.

“What children learn at kindergarten sets them up for a lifetime of learning,” he said.

It’s official: back, from left, Lorraine Gregg from the Meeniyan Area Community Shop, Katrina Benson from the Meeniyan Preschool committee of management and South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Andrew McEwen assisted at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13 to celebrate the installation of solar panels at the Meeniyan Preschool.

It’s official: back, from left, Lorraine Gregg from the Meeniyan Area Community Shop, Katrina Benson from the Meeniyan Preschool committee of management and South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Andrew McEwen assisted at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13 to celebrate the installation of solar panels at the Meeniyan Preschool.

11:11

Scientists on show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

THE great minds of Kongwak Primary School were put to the test at a science expo held last Wednesday.

Each senior student selected a topic to study and created an activity and presentation to showcase.

A diverse range of topics were put on display, including genetics, chemistry, astronomy, nutrition, magnets, the digestive system and zoology.

Model were exhibited and games played by parents, teachers and junior students. Visitors were encouraged to test the students on their knowledge throughout the morning.

“The Grade 6 students were also working on their fantastic racers during this time, which is part of their transition into Year 7,” teacher Anna Wilson said.

“We have five students going off to secondary school next year.”

While the senior students have been busily putting together their science projects, the junior students have had their hands full creating picture story books, which were also shown during the expo.

Students were asked to compose a story, edit it, publish in on the computer, and finish it with illustrations.

Parents were wowed by the creativity of the students and treated to morning tea.

Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix to junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary School science expo.

Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix to junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary School science expo.

11:08

Pirate’s Day bounty at Coal Creel "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TIMBERS were shivering at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day, but it didn’t stop buccaneers of all ages joining in on the treasure hunting fun.

Considering the poor weather it was great to see around 400 people through the gates.

Pirates hunted for treasure, made wooden boats and launched them on the lake, participated in a game of Hero Kids and coined their own special pirate name.

The best dressed visitors were rewarded with bounty and the National Trust singers entertained the crowds on the day.

Pirates were even given the opportunity to walk the plank out over shark infested waters.

Coal Creek will be busy again this Sunday, as it welcomes a huge Model T Ford display.

Killer costumes: from left, Miller and Darcy Harwood from Yinnar and Lachlan and Alannah Judd from Sunbury put on their best pirate faces at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day.

Killer costumes: from left, Miller and Darcy Harwood from Yinnar and Lachlan and Alannah Judd from Sunbury put on their best pirate faces at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day.

11:05

Lyric Theatre’s romantic comedy opens Friday "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LYRIC Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts a cast of 30, including award winning actors alongside blossoming teenage talents and exuberant younger performers.

As in all community theatre, many gifted people have worked behind the scenes creating the set and imaginative costumes, and in this case images for projection, lighting to simulate moonlight and original music.

The members of Lyric Theatre are confident they have prepared a production that will entertain the whole family.

There will be five evening and four matinee performances from September 23 to October 2.

A complimentary light supper will be served after the show on opening night and the bar will be open, giving the audience a chance to mingle with the cast.

Shakespeare was a young man when he wrote this comedy and his youthful love of life is reflected in a script full of romantic intrigue, colourful characters and magical practical jokes.

Director Bernadette Grainger has chosen to set Lyric Theatre’s production of this much loved work in a 1970s Australian rural town, and believes the language and themes of this comedy make the transition seamlessly.

Tickets are $20/$15 and available online at www.lyrictheatre.net.au or the box office at Great Southern Outdoors, 1 Bair Street, Leongatha, from Thursday to Friday 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, 10am to noon. Phone 0490 525482.

Tickets will also be available at Mesley Hall Theatre before each performance.

Dressing the cast: from left, Vicky Bristow created the costumes for Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is with Titania (Christine Skicko).

Dressing the cast: from left, Vicky Bristow created the costumes for Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is with Titania (Christine Skicko).

11:03

College walkathon helps many "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha, raised more than $20,000 following its recent walkathon.

The original target was $18,000, and the extra funds raised meant more money could be given to the school’s chosen charities.

Students chose seven local charities this year and the funds were gratefully accepted at an assembly last Wednesday.

Days for Girls received $5000 to go towards purchasing fabric and materials to construct kits, which will help women in under privileged countries during menstruation.

According to Days for Girls representative Susan Morrow, girls lose 188 school days over three years due to menstruation. The money raised by Mary MacKillop students will go a long way to helping these girls receive a full education.

Local woman Stephanie Hulls received $3000 to purchase fitness equipment to help with muscle coordination.

Ms Hulls is a sufferer of multiple sclerosis and she was appreciative of the school for helping her maintain physical strength.

South Gippsland FOCAS (Focus on Care and Support) received $5000 to further assist the families of those with mental illness.

Representative Nancy Pattinson thanked the students for their overwhelming generosity and said the money would make a difference for many families.

Ella’s Ear received $2000 to help 10 year old Ella Morgan fund her surgery in America.

Ella – granddaughter of Leongatha’s Joy and Jim Morgan – has a congenital ear condition called Microtia Artesia, and the surgery will help correct her hearing and build her undeveloped right ear.

Another local girl Aylah Hengstberger was allocated $3000 to help her family purchase a van to accommodate her.

Aylah has multiple medical needs and the family are in need of a van to accommodate her wheelchair.

Trinity Families Foundation and the Mary MacKillop Foundation each received $1000 to assist families throughout South Gippsland – irrespective of background and beliefs – and to support the work of the Josephite Sisters.

Deputy principal John Ryan congratulated the students on this year’s efforts.

“A great thing we can do as a college community is to show love for others,” he said.

“I hope the money we raised goes a long way to help those charities in their endeavours.”

Contribution: the Hengstberger family Tennielle, Agan, Aylah and Hannah (centre) thanked family friend Luke Ollington (third left), Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s deputy principal John Ryan (far left) and justice captains Bradley Denney, Sinead O’Callaghan and Ebony Sartori for raising $3000 to support Aylah.

Contribution: the Hengstberger family Tennielle, Agan, Aylah and Hannah (centre) thanked family friend Luke Ollington (third left), Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s deputy principal John Ryan (far left) and justice captains Bradley Denney, Sinead O’Callaghan and Ebony Sartori for raising $3000 to support Aylah.

10:59

Dancers just spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

TWELVE talented dancers from Leongatha Secondary College showcased their skills in the Victorian State School Spectacular in Melbourne recently.

They had rehearsed since the start of the year and shared an incredible experience on stage.

“It was amazing when they walked into Hisense Arena and saw the set up,” dance teacher Linda Hamilton said.

“They thought the set up of Grease at school was good. This was brilliant.”

Dancers ranged from students in years 8 to 12, and rehearsed after school and at lunchtime, on weekends in four regional rehearsals in Carrum Downs.

Around 80 schools were involved in the show and the energy throughout the performance was intense.
“The vibe and the atmosphere were incredible. It was amazing to be on stage with so many people,” dancer Nikki Stockdale said.

Year 9 coordinator Sheena Cumming and maths teacher Bron Webster supported students throughout the performance and helped create costumes.

“If you want to challenge yourself, it’s a great idea to audition,” dancer Tilly Johnson said.

The Victorian State School Spectacular will be televised on Channel 7 at 7pm on December 3.

Leongatha stars: back, from left, Isla Hickey, Jordan McFarlane, Tristain Noble, Josh Bracecamp and Evy Nye; middle from left, Krystin Rintoule, Chelsea Deering, Tilly Johnson; and front, from left, Lizzie Harms, Grace Allen, Liz Dunn and Nikki Stockdale represented Leongatha Secondary College by dancing in the Victorian State School Spectacular.

Leongatha stars: back, from left, Isla Hickey, Jordan McFarlane, Tristain Noble, Josh Bracecamp and Evy Nye; middle from left, Krystin Rintoule, Chelsea Deering, Tilly Johnson; and front, from left, Lizzie Harms, Grace Allen, Liz Dunn and Nikki Stockdale represented Leongatha Secondary College by dancing in the Victorian State School Spectacular.

10:57

Ella’s life changing surgery on the way "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

FAMILY and friends of Albury’s Ella Morgan are aiming to raise $110,000 for surgery that will be performed in the United States of America.

Ella requires combined microtia and atresia surgery and the only two surgeons in the world who can perform it are located in California, USA.

The people of South Gippsland raised some of the funds for the surgery by supporting a car raffle organised by Ella’s grandparents Jim and Joy Morgan of Leongatha.

The raffle was drawn last Wednesday and was won by Nar Nar Goon’s Alison Lester, who was thrilled to win the Nissan Micra.

“The Leongatha and Inverloch communities have really rallied around Ella. We couldn’t have done it without Joy and Jim,” Ella’s mum Belinda Taylor said.

“We want to thank them for putting the raffle together, which will take us a huge step forward towards Ella’s surgery.”

Ms Taylor said before the raffle, they had another $25,000 to raise.

“The car raffle will be a major contributor to those funds,” she said.

Ella said the support shown to her from both the Gippsland and Albury Wodonga communities has been overwhelming.

“I am speechless, I can’t say enough,” she said at the raffle draw last Wednesday.

“I can’t believe it is happening to me and my family, and I am thankful to everyone for their support and generosity.”

A rare congenital condition, microtia is a term used to describe the malformation of the external part of the ear. Absence of the ear canal is known as atresia.

“Ella has profound hearing loss in her right ear and mild hearing loss in her left ear. The surgery will aim to reconstruct her ear and rebuild her ear canal, meaning she can be totally unaided,” Ms Taylor said.

Ella’s condition has caused her to struggle academically and she also experiences hearing loss in large crowds and other noisy situations.

“After the surgery, that won’t be an issue,” Ms Taylor said.

The family has been fundraising for the surgery for almost a year and have held a gala dinner, a dance, a golf day, movie nights and sausage sizzles.

“Also people have been holding benefits on our behalf. The Albury Wodonga and Gippsland communities have been incredible,” Ms Taylor said.

“We are very lucky to be a part of both communities.”

Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belonging to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.

Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belonging to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.

10:55

Council elections under scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

QUESTIONS about how the scrutineering was going to be handled seemed to be the main concern at a candidates’ information session for the South Gippsland Shire council elections in Leongatha last Tuesday night, September 13.

There’s already a Melbourne Cup type field lining up for the elections, with ballot packs to be sent mailed out to eligible voters between Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 6.

If anyone wants to have a crack at being a shire councillor then they better be quick with nominations closing today (Tuesday, September 20) at noon and costing $250 for the privilege.

While no-one is running a ‘book’ on the election, there is certainly a wide open field trying to wrest the various ward positions from the incumbents, most of whom have indicated they are running again.

Current councillor Don Hill wanted to know how the scrutineering worked and do they have to be there at the post office when the ballots come back.

Returning officer Sheryl Bruce told the good crowd in attendance, which included most of the candidates, that Australia Post sorted out ballot papers at the distribution centre, then delivered them directly to the electoral office which has just been opened in Bair Street, Leongatha.

Scrutineers can be in attendance at the opening at various times in the process.

“Most candidates don’t have a scrutineer; it’s a personal choice,” Mrs Bruce said.

Responding to a question, Mrs Bruce said in three shire elections which she has been involved in, “I’ve never had a vote changed.”

Voters who enrolled to vote with South Gippsland Shire Council and Bass Coast Shire Council as at Friday, August 26 will be sent a ballot pack between October 4 and 6.

Once completed, return the ballot so that is in the mail by 6pm, Friday, October 21.

Votes are likely to be counted from Monday, October 24 and could take several days before the winners are announced.

The nomination period for candidates in Bass Coast Shire Council will also finish today  (Tuesday, September 20) at noon.

The final list of candidates in ballot paper order will be available on the Victorian Electoral Commission website later this afternoon.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be the last chance for candidates to lodge statements and respond to the questionnaire.

The election office for Bass Coast Shire Council is located at Old Wonthaggi Post Office and is open to the public. The office is open from 9am to 5pm weekdays.

Possible runners: from left, Strzelecki Ward candidate Ian Nicholas and possible candidate Viv Pepper with David Amor, right, a confirmed candidate for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire.

Possible runners: from left, Strzelecki Ward candidate Ian Nicholas and possible candidate Viv Pepper with David Amor, right, a confirmed candidate for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire.

10:53

Unity to advance ’Burra "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE new leaders of the Korumburra Business Association will continue to ensure Korumburra remains a vibrant centre in South Gippsland.

The association’s new president Noelene Cosson said the group would work positively with South Gippsland Shire Council to secure the attention the town deserves.

“We need to work together and support each other by building confidence within the community. This not only sends a positive message to our community, but also to council and to other authorities,” she said.

“Korumburra is a great town and has a lot going for it. It is a true country town without all the chain stores, but a unique shopping hub with locally run businesses.”

The association is encouraging businesspeople and residents to take part in council’s OurSay forum that is now seeking suggestions for what the community would like to see $400,000 spent on in Korumburra.

The group is represented in discussions about the future of the Korumburra railway station and now has its own sign on the community town entry sign.

Mrs Cosson was elected president at the association’s annual general meeting at the Korumburra railway station last Wednesday, taking over from Commonwealth Bank manager Steve Bone.

Shirley Arestia of MJA Accounting and Rick’s Hairdressers remains as secretary, with Brian Hess of Korumburra Florist vice president and Trudi Mantell of Tru Business Management the treasurer.

Mrs Cosson said for an affordable membership fee of $50, businesses receive community advocacy and possibly promotion on the association’s Facebook page, as well as access to competitions.

The association is now running a word search on its Facebook page that raises awareness of the variety of businesses available in Korumburra.

Members have also arranged for displays in vacant shop windows. The current show promotes the activities of Coal Creek Community Park and Museum while temporarily filling empty shops.

The annual town Christmas celebration is planned for Saturday, December 17, with entertainment, Santa Claus in the street and a colouring competition to encourage shoppers into town.

“We now have 54 members, which is very encouraging,” Mrs Cosson said.

Mrs Cosson and her husband Rob run dairy business Sure Pulse Australia. They have been in business in Korumburra for 30 years and Mrs Cosson has served with the pool committee and swimming club, and is a member of the Korumburra Roundtable.

They raised their three daughters in town.

Leading the way: from left, promoting the benefits of shopping in Korumburra are Korumburra Business Association’s new president Noelene Cosson and secretary Shirley Arestia.

Leading the way: from left, promoting the benefits of shopping in Korumburra are Korumburra Business Association’s new president Noelene Cosson and secretary Shirley Arestia.

10:51

Council accused of ‘secrecy’ "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

THE integrity of the decision to include Wonthaggi ArtSpace Gallery in the alliance operating out of the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre was called into question last week.

While Bass Coast Shire Council and Wonthaggi Rotary Club agreed having Artspace, the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association and the information centre volunteers working in the facility would benefit the community, president of the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Kevin Griffin claimed the process was flawed.

Since the closure of the Centennial Centre came about, Cr Neil Rankine has had a conflict of interest that excluded him from voting in any decisions relating to the centre.

At community question time last Wednesday, Cr Rankine revealed he had been subsidising the rent for ArtSpace to operate out of a prominent building in McBride Avenue.

“If I had voted, it might have seemed like I wanted to get rid of my tenants or hold them there,” he said.

Mr Griffin felt a commercial property should not be operating from the Centennial Centre.

“We’ve had a councillor charging a fraction of the rent, and from what I can see it appears Wonthaggi ArtSpace is like any other shop,” he said.

“We now have a situation where council have secretly decided what should be done with the information centre and a commercial operation has picked it up for peppercorn rent.

“Now it is in what has been described as a showcase property. The community is questioning the ethics of council and it is fed up. It’s not a good look for this council.”

Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale reminded the gallery ArtSpace is a not for profit organisation, and an expression of interest process went out before the decision was made.

“We had five proposals and we decided which one was the most appropriate with the involvement of Rotary,” she said.

With ArtSpace already receiving a reduced rate at its current site in McBride Avenue, Mr Griffin also questioned the alliance’s request to receive $60,000 of funding per year.

Cr Crugnale said the funding would go towards ensuring the building meets appropriate standards, which is the responsibility of any landlord.

Council is currently in negotiations with the alliance to finalise the memorandum of understanding, which will include options about how to secure the alliance to the Centennial Centre on a permanent basis.

10:47

Sustainable Expo day growing exponentially "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hungry for knowledge: crowds pack out the 2016 Sustainable House Expo at Mullumbimby Civic Centre. Photo contributed

Hungry for knowledge: crowds pack out the 2016 Sustainable House Expo at Mullumbimby Civic Centre. Photo contributed

More than 1,500 people attended the very popular Sustainable House Day Expo and Tiny Homes Design Competition last Saturday, September 17 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

This year’s winner of the $1,000 professional category on the theme of Tiny Homes: A Pocket Neighbourhood was Neeraja Peeret.

‘I am so excited to have won the design competition and am currently looking at building upon this award and showcasing the project further to show that sustainability can be easy, small and cost-effective,’ Ms Peeret said.

Her winning design featured a pocket neighbourhood that enabled many people to live sustainably in small houses with private spaces as well communal areas for social connection.

Coming in second was Baxter & Jacobson Architects, while David Brown and Alfonso Duran Fraile received the sponsors’ highly recommended award.

The winner of the $500 Byron Shire community award was Joe Harvey-Jones with his fantastic design that included rotating house that captures the sun’s rays in every season.

Warren Buys won the $500 Lismore City community award and Margot McCarthy took out the $500 Tweed Shire community award.

Michael Leung from Balanced Earth won the $100 people’s choice award.

A highlight of the Expo was the highly popular ‘speed date a sustainable designer’ session with filled up early.

Also well attended were the informative talks by subject experts, while many stallholders were on hand to provide instant advice.

If you missed out on attending the Expo you can still view all the designs at the various council foyers and the Green Building Centre in Byron Bay from the end of October.

‘It’s a treasure trove of our region’s finest, all available for viewing for free,’ said Sandi Middleton from the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Collaboration.

Sustainable House Day is a joint event by Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, Self Seed, North Coast TAFE and Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre.

 

 

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10:29

Champions Quarry wins three out of four requests "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Champions Quarry. Photo championsquarry.com.au

Champions Quarry. Photo championsquarry.com.au

Champions Quarry near Lismore has been given approval to modify three of four conditions of its approval despite community concerns.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced today that it had ‘partially approved’ the quarry’s application to modify the approvals.

The company had sought to change the frequency of Community Consultative Committee meetings from two to one each year, but the request was denied.

The department did however approve the other three requests.

They were to allow the quarry to water an internal road instead of sealing it in an effort to stop dust from blowing onto neighbouring properties.

Also, the quarry has been given permission to amend boundaries in its Biodiversity Offset Strategy to better reflect  existing vegetation on site.

The quarry has also been given permission to use scales fitted to the front end loaders to weigh materials loaded onto trucks as an economic alternative to installing a weighbridge.

A spokesperson from the Department said consultation with the community is enshrined into the process for assessing applications.

‘The modification application was publicly exhibited for community feedback during March 2016,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Key issues raised during public consultation include dust emissions, the ongoing need of the CCC and the accuracy of using scales as a measurement method.

‘The Department has closely considered potential dust impacts on the local community and is satisfied that watering the internal haul road is a satisfactory and practical alternative to sealing.

‘The accuracy of scales for weighing quarry products has also been considered. The Department is satisfied that accuracy will be maintained provided the company appropriately manages these processes, as outlined in its application, and required by the Department through a condition in its approval.

‘The Department has thoroughly assessed the modification application under clear and consistent rules.’

For more information visit http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/

 

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09:38

North coast unites for massive garage sale day "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

: Getting ready for the Jiggi Uniting Church big Second Hand Saturday garage sale are (l-r) Uniting Council Mid North and Far North Coast Chair Alan Hoskins, parishioner Bill Webb, who first attended Jiggi Church in 1962, and new resident Heather Jeffery. (supplied)

: Getting ready for the Jiggi Uniting Church big Second Hand Saturday garage sale are (l-r) Uniting Council Mid North and Far North Coast Chair Alan Hoskins, parishioner Bill Webb, who first attended Jiggi Church in 1962, and new resident Heather Jeffery. (supplied)

The largest coordinated garage sale day will be held this Saturday across the north coast.

Called Second Hand Saturday, the annual event will be held in the Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed local council areas.

Organisers said last year there were over 900 garage sales and this year was expected to be even bigger.

Linda Tohver from North East Waste says that garage sale registrations have been coming in thick and fast with a huge range of treasures on offer from the Clarence Valley to the Tweed.

“From building materials and caravans to scooters and cars, household goods, antiques and even Elvis costumes, there will be something for everyone,” Linda said.

“We encourage people to shop second hand and take part in this great community event, which aims to give goods a second life and reduce landfill.”

The Jiggi Uniting Church will be holding its first garage sale in the church’s long and proud 111-year history as part of Second Hand Saturday.

Heather Jeffery from the church says it will be worth making the drive out to the Jiggi as there will be plenty of interesting and unusual items for sale including a church organ.

“We have 500 donated items and more coming in – things from farm sheds, furniture, bric-a-brac, homewares, good quality clothing and curiosity items,” Heather said.

“We are raising funds to restore and repaint the church, which is an important piece of local and community history.

“Second Hand Saturday is a great initiative for recycling pre-loved items to happy new owners.”

Keen bargain hunters can find Lismore garage sales listed in The Northern Rivers Echo on Thursday, 22 September and The Northern Star on Saturday, 24 September, as well as online from today at www.secondhandsaturday.com.au.

There will be a second ‘leftovers’ garage sale day on Saturday, 1 October.

Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of its member councils and is funded by the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

 

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09:12

Full inclusion a long way off: Tweed Paralympian "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

aralympic gold medallist Tracey Barrell of Tweed Heads will speak at the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards on November 30.

aralympic gold medallist Tracey Barrell of Tweed Heads will speak at the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards on November 30.

The guest speaker at this year’s Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards says she has seen little evidence that Australians had become more accepting or inclusive of people with disability.

Paralympic gold medallist Tracy Barrell, of Tweed Heads, has spent a lifetime teaching people about acceptance and inclusion.

Back in 1992 Ms Barrell, who was born without legs and with one arm, was dual gold medallist in swimming at the Paralympics in Barcelona.

Since then she has become an advocate for people with a disability and has broken many barriers though her determination to be active in mainstream community.

But Ms Barrell feels progress in Australian society has been very slow.

‘That makes initiatives like the Access Awards all the more important, to change attitudes towards people with disability and the roles they can play in community,’ she said.

Attitude and treatment

‘Accessibility is not all about physical ability, it really comes down to attitude and how people treat anyone with disability. In my 42 years, I’ve experienced all sorts of attitudes and it’s been a real rollercoaster life.’

Ms Barrell attended a mainstream school and was very active in family activities such as horse riding and swimming. She joined the local Venturer group and participated in the camping, abseiling, caving and canoeing.

She went on to receive an Order of Australia medal for her contribution to swimming and later forged a career as a project manager, guest speaker and an advocate for people with disability, particularly for Aboriginal communities.

However, she has still personally experienced how difficult it can be for people with disability to get employment.

‘It’s still really hard for them to get a job or to be accepted as a valuable member of the community,’ she said.

‘That’s why it’s really important for these awards to recognise people going above and beyond to ensure everyone can be included.’

Life of adaptation

Ms Barrell, a member of the Bungdurra mob from Gundungurra country at Goulburn, has now started indigenous cultural tours tailored for people with disability.

It is the latest innovation in a life of adaptation, which began when she was 12 months old and she taught herself to use a wheelchair to move around. The skateboard is still her transportation of choice and has become one of her signatures.

However, arguably her source of greatest satisfaction is raising two sons as a single parent.

‘I take pride knowing I am raising two well-adjusted children who have a great ability to accept anyone and everyone,’ she said. ‘Every day I motivate them to be the best they can be, as they see me getting on with life with a smile on my face and my can-do attitude.’

Tweed mayor Katie Milne, said, ‘Tracey’s life is such an inspiration to us all. To have achieved all the things she has is just incredible.’

‘I want to know how she has done it and I encourage everyone to come along to hear her speak...

09:05

Reef spill payout ‘inadequate’: activists "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

The federal government’s acceptance of less than a third of what it was seeking in compensation for a coal carrier accident on the Great Barrier Reef has left conservationists outraged.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg this week announced the government had reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement from the operators of the Shen Neng 1, which ran aground 100km east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal in 2010.

The money will be used to remove polluted rubble in a clean-up operation expected to begin next year.

But the government had been seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd.
Greenpeace Australia say the settlement is inadequate.

“While we welcome the end of this six-year saga, it has to serve as a reminder that accidents happen,” spokeswoman Shani Tager said.

“It’s clear that coal and the reef don’t mix and the government needs to do more to protect this precious place.”

Maritime insurer The London P&I Club again expressed regret over the spill and said it had always wanted to reach a “fair and justifiable settlement”.

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08:15

Which Byron resort is among the world’s 25 coolest? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Suvira McDonald's hanging metal sculpture Khorus separates the lobby-lounge from the dining areas. Photo contributed

Suvira McDonald’s hanging metal sculpture Khorus separates the lobby-lounge from the dining areas. Photo contributed

A Byron Bay resort has been named one of the 25 coolest on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. It’s in rarefied company, with only one other Aussie resort included.

The winner is the new Elements of Byron resort, which shares the accolade with the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.

It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the hotel design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards.

Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry.

Elements also received a highly commended award in the hotel interior design category at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 2nd September.

‘It’s lovely to receive accolades from the design and hotel industries’ said Elements’ GM Michael Skinner. ‘These go to the team that planned and designed the resort over six years and to our amazing staff, most of whom come from the local area’.

Interior designer Rowena Cornwell worked closely with local artists to bring the vision for the resort to life.

‘Byron Bay is such an exciting place’ said Ms Cornwell.

‘There is a strong entrepreneurial youth culture. I wanted to create environments that were sexy, with a sophisticated edge but still very accessible’.

Mullumbimby Artist Noel Hart spent months studying species found on the property to produce four layered oil-paint, pigment and charcoal-on-jute paintings to adorn the private dining room. Celebrating the four unique ecologies on the site – eucalypt, wetland, rainforest and dunal – the paintings are reinterpreted in works throughout the 94 villas.

The black cockatoo, a strong totem for Elements of Byron, is acknowledged through five blown glass works by Noel Hart in the lobby.

07:52

Nominations open for Tweed elections "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nominations have opened for candidates in the Tweed Shire Council election, which will be held on Saturday

, October 29. Nominations close at 12pm on Wednesday September 28.

The election, which was set for 10 September along with most other NSW shires, was postponed following the death of candidate Ken Nicholson.

Under the Local Government Act all nominations had to be cancelled and a new election called.

All candidates who nominated for the failed September 10 election will need to renominate for the October 29 poll.

More councillors?

As well as voting for the seven councillors for the period 2016 – 2020, voters will be asked – through a constitutional referendum – if they support an increase in the number of Councillors from seven to nine. If there is majority support for the proposal, the changes will take effect from the 2020 Local Government Election.

The election is being conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission on behalf of the council.

A special website has been set up for the Tweed Shire Council election, which is www.elections.nsw.gov.au/elections/tweed_shire_council_election_29_october_2016 If you wish to nominate as a candidate, you must first register through this website.

Other key dates:

Monday 17 October – Pre-polling and postal vote applications open

Friday 21 October – Registration of electoral material closes

Monday 24 October – Postal vote applications close

Friday 28 October – Pre-poll voting closes

Saturday 29 October – Election day

Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 and over who are resident in the Tweed Shire Local Government area.

For more information – including pre-poll locations – see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/election

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06:06

About face in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In preparation for the warmer months Osprey Spa at Elements of Byron has a suite of special events and treatments to help us feel our best.

Open since February as a sanctuary for wellness within Byron Bay’s new world class beachfront resort Elements of Byron, Osprey Spa comprises five therapy suites with private courtyard gardens, including a couples suite with double shower and round outdoor stone bathing tub. There is a stillness and recovery zone, a light filled mani pedi courtyard, an Issada make up station and a retail space where you can sample or purchase natural treats like Dr Jean D Laing’s hydraceutical range developed for LaGaia and Issada’s treatment make-up range.

Designed by Rowena Cornwell from Coop Creative, the Spa features giant pots aged under the Aegean Sea from the set of the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean Dead Men Tell No Tales movie and custom built timber furniture reflective of driftwood on the adjacent beach. “The palette is bleached and sun kissed” outlined Cornwell. “Overlaid with a soft pinky haze like the sunset across Belongil Beach”. And with a menu covering pranayama and meditation, yoga, crystal bowl healing, make-up application, a plethora of massage, body therapy and facial treatments and spa rituals such as Soul Temple and Oceanic Destress, Osprey Spa has become a destination in itself for locals and visitors to Byron Bay.

On Friday 23rd September join Australian mineral make up label Issada for make up Masterclasses at Osprey Spa. The focus will be on creating a fresh daytime look using techniques of contouring, highlighting, bronzing and face sculpting to achieve complexion perfection. Classes will run for 90 minutes at 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Sip champagne, nibble on cheese platters and learn from those in the know. A booking fee of $45 is required however this fee is redeemable upon purchase of Issada product on the day. Loved by women who value the health of their skin including Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow, Issada contains pharmaceutical grade minerals, organic botanicals, collagen and peptides to treat the skin.

For Osprey Spa bookings and enquiries contact 66391555 or spa@elementsofbyron.com.au

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00:38

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump – JUICE RAP NEWS (Special Edition) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Ladies and homies, the wait is over. RAP NEWS is back for a special report on the 2016 USA Election!

I’m stoked to be able to bring this amazing series back to life for this historic event; I wasn’t sure we would be able to make another Rap News video, but thanks to the countless emails and messages, as well as threats to nuke Australia, I decided it was better to give it a go. It’s an experiment, and its success will depend in great part on your response. So I’m curious to see what you think! 

I know it won’t be the same without Robert Foster, but hope you’ll find the same spirit and juice alive and well. And hey, if you like this new episode (and leave lots of loving comments for the awesome team who joined me to make this possible – nudge-nudge!), we might come together again and bring you more Rap News videos in the future.

Time for some shout outs: I couldn’t have pulled this off without help from some of the dopest rappers in Australia: Mantra, Class A and Grey Ghost. It was a real pleasure working with this awesome crew.

Massive gratitude to the awesome Juice team who came back together to make this episode (credits below). A special mention goes to Mantra who took on the mammoth task of making the episode rhyme, and pulled it off like the champion he is.

CREDITS:
– Written & directed by Giordano
– Rhymed by Mantra
– Featuring guest artists:
Class A as Hillary Clinton & Jill Stein
Mantra as Donald Trump & Gary Johnson
Grey Ghost as Vermin Supreme
– Beat produced by D-Rush
– Additional epic orchestrations by Adrian Sergovich
– Make up by Rosie Dunlop
– Artwork assistance by Zoe Tame at VisualTonic
– Thanks to DBot Rawlinson for valuable input into writing this episode
– Thanks to Lucy Cahill and Louis Gundermann for production assistance
– Thanks to Lucy, Adso, Ben Erwin & Louis Gundermann for moral support!
– English captions created by Koolfy
– Video and audio edited by Giordano

Huge props to Hugo Farrant, with whom I created the original Rap News series. I know many of you will miss his amazing presence on this video. You can follow Hugo’s new work at Hugo The Poet

Lastly, a very heartfelt thanks to all the people who chipped in to cover production expenses (credits in the video) – Thank you so much folks, this was the first crowdfunded Rap News video… history happened!

I hope you enjoy, and I’ll see you for the next upload

Giordano <3

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00:16

Refugee children need protection now "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Lancet, editorial, 17 September 2016:

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In a new report—released on Sept 7, UNICEF paints a grim picture. Worldwide, an estimated 50 million children are refugees or migrants, with the number of child migrants having doubled and the number of refugees having increased by 21% in the past 10 years. The most vulnerable of these children are unaccompanied, and have often fled war, insecurity, and poverty under harrowing circumstances. They might be alone or they might have lost or become separated from their family during their journey.

In one terrifying account, published on Sept 9 (Why are you keeping me here?) Human Rights Watch describes how unaccompanied migrant children are detained in police custody in Greece in unsanitary and degrading conditions. Germany's national investigative police agency, the Bundeskriminalamt, has admitted in new figures that by the end of August almost 9000 unaccompanied children who were registered entering the country are officially missing. And while some of these children may be safe with relatives somewhere, there is the very real danger of exploitation and abuse. The UK has only managed to extricate 50 of 220 unaccompanied children stranded in the camp in Calais and who have a legal right to be reunited with families in the UK. This delay and inaction is unexplained and shameful.

We agree with Zulfiqar Bhutta and colleagues' strong plea in a Correspondence letter, published online on Sept 5, that it is now time “to take the strongest action possible to protect children”. The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, announced in this week's issue, promises to tackle key issues that affect the health and wellbeing of migrants, including unaccompanied children. Children not only need safe environments and access to health care, they need education and special psychosocial attention to mitigate the atrocities of war and persecution, including experiences of being uprooted into d...

00:15

This is how Senator Pauline Hanson loves her country "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Liberal Senator for WA and Minister for Women embracing Senator Hanson after her first speech in the Senate


On 14 September 2016 Hansard recorded that Senator Pauline Hanson ‘loves’ her country.

She has an odd way of showing it.

Endorsing a compulsory national identity card complete with an identification chip, photo and electronic fingerprint. Demonising single mothers and women who divorce. Condoning the murder of women by husbands/ex-husbands. Supporting penalising the young unemployed. Calling for a ban on the burqa and the building of new mosques. Calling for a halt to immigration to Australia by people professing Islam as their religion.

Excerpt from the Senator for Queensland’s first speech in the Australian Senate:

I love my country, culture and way of life. My pride and patriotism were instilled in me from an early age when I watched the Australian flag raised every morning at school and sang the national anthem; watching our athletes compete on the world stage, proud to salute the Australian flag being raised to honour them as they took their place on podiums. It is about belonging, respect and commitment to fight for Australia. This will never be traded or given up for the mantras of diversity or tolerance. Australia had a national identity before Federation, and it had nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with belonging. Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. If you are not prepared to become Australian and give this country your undivided loyalty, obey our laws, respect our culture and way of life, then I suggest you go back where you came from. If it would be any help, I will take you to the airport and wave you goodbye with sincere best wishes.
Australia is predominantly a Christian cou...

00:05

Fishing Report Mon 20 SEP "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Bo nymphing some fast water on the upper Rubicon at Kendalls'camp ground.

Bo nymphing some fast water on the upper Rubicon at Kendalls’camp ground.

Another week has passed but you’d never have guessed it if you had driven over the Goulburn seven days ago and today; as not much has changed. The water is still dirty and other than in a few select places where a clear watered tributary is having an effect, it’s visibility of about 1-2 feet at the most.

This hasn’t stopped us from fishing it, as we have clients who are time-poor and have to come when they get the chance and are ‘fishing tragics’ ourselves; but it’s definitely not the low water Goulburn that we all anticipate and have come to love each spring.

Nothing much will change the situation in the foreseeable future as it’s kinda like the perfect storm or coming together of a particular set of environmental circumstances. The huge volume of rain that we had last week actually discoloured much of lake Eildon where the water coming off the steep much edges has created a lot of cloudy water. On top of this we have every gully and gutter spewing dirty water into the river and it only gets worse the further downstream from the pondage that you go.

Of course with so much water falling on the state there is little demand from farmers for irrigation releases. More likely that they’d probably pay to keep the river low right now instead. This means that we are stuck with murky water until we get one of those ‘dreaded’ environmental releases or we get a burst of warm weather that the farmers so often want to utilise and convert to dramatic and rapid growth in their crops/pastures.

While this is a PITA for those of us that love fishing the river when it’s low, being a fly fisher and therefore a supreme optimist, I am left to mull the positives to the situation. For me they rank in order of importance:

  1. It means we are storing more valuable water in the lake for the summer fishing ahead. Yeehaa.
  2. That the fish have effectively been given a time-out just after the season opened, with every tough day that goes by resulting in another 20 fish that will make it through until the summer and maybe even spawning time.

That being said we have been getting fish on most outings. You just have to modify your techniques (and expectations!) to give yourself the best chance of success. You also have to concentrate and fish with a diligence not generally required in a few weeks’ time when the hatches are in full swing. An example of this can be seen in my drift boat client yesterday who fished carefully and with great enthusiasm, in the wind and rain, right up until the end of the drift; for only two short takes.

I then twisted his arm into staying out an extra hour, even though it would put him back in Melbourne later than he had planned, and we finally got a fish in the boat with little more than a kilometre to go. Not a big fish, but definitely worth the effort and illustrative of my point.

There are a lot of smaller fish getting about and those who wish to complain about it can contact me for email address of the cretin to blame. But it is definitely giving people a catch rate in what are otherwise challenging , and if I’m going to claim to be an optimist, then I must salute said cretin and just go with the flow.

But. Anything deeper than two feet, is, if you’ll indulge me my favourite saying at such times; ‘too thick to drink, too thin to plough’. Once you get into the shallower water the visibility is quite good and it is here in these places that there have been a number of fish taken on...

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23:23

Spring Faeries "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hundreds enjoyed Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Fair on Saturday. Performance, crafts, workshops and food kept everyone thoroughly entertained.

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Oscar, in the Wishing Tree.

 

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To young to remeber Scott McKenzie, but not too young to enjoy having flowers in their hair.

 

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Willow, wishes.

 

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Frankie and Coco, creating with colour.

 

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Corrina head gardening.

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wishing tree.

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22:59

Einstein A Go Go - 18 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Einstein A Go Go - 18th September 2016

Chris KP, Andrea from the BOM & Dr. Shane

News items:

The processes involved in gastro enteritis, mite mitigation with chickens using sandboxes and chasing tornadoes in the USA.

First Guest:

Kathryn Snow School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne

The emphasis of the importance of follow up testing after a positive testing for viral hepatitis. Currently there is no current established retesting regime.

More here and here

Second guest

Katie Buckley Associate Lecturer College of Science Health and Engineering La Trobe University.

Up to 50% of the workforce couldn’t do their job tasks without their voice. Proximity and body fatigue changes the ability to use the voice in the workplace and the sports field. Why is the voice important and how should we be facilitating our voice? Specialist speech pathologists are an excellent resource as is The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre (MVAC) The voice is an occupational health issue.

More here and here

Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts

and every Sunday at 11a.m AEST on RRR 102.7mHz FM

22:00

21:41

Calls of the forest "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Walking through an Eastern Australian eucalyptus forest, one of the loudest natural sounds a visitor could hear would be the White-throated Treecreeper. While a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo could be louder when heard close-up, (and they are very loud), shear decibels for size would have to go to the treecreeper. I found this one in its usual position – climbing vertically up the side of a tree, and occasionally stopping and calling. The small orange marking indicates that it is a female.

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White-throated Treecreeper – Point Addis Ironbark Basin walk, Anglesea, Victoria

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Moving around the tree and working her way up the trunk looking for insects, ants and grubs. 


Filed under: Birds, Victoria Tagged: Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Point Addis, Point Addis Ironbark Walk, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Victoria, White Throated Treecreeper

21:22

A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

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And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.


VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.



On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...

21:16

Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

West Coolum Wetland
While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial area of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

Google Earth map of West Coolum Wetland
I stumbled across the land between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and the Coolum Creek Reserve while kayaking along Coolum Creek, finding a slashed but somewhat overgrown track that extended from the old cane train bridge crossing the creek to the motorway.


Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

What's more, there are some nice birds there. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

Spotless Crake
I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along with a Buff-banded Ra...

20:14

Kevin Bloody Wilson Club Mullum Fri 23 Sept – 8pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kevin Bloody Wilson Club Mullum Fri 23 Sept – 8pm (Rated R 18+)

It can’t be ignored that the sometimes crude and often vulgar Kevin Bloody Wilson is an international star. Some say no-one tells Australian stories better – “The world’s funniest Australian” Billy Connolly “I love Kev. My favourite is Livin’ Next Door To Alan.” Paul Hogan “Hello John, is the funniest song I’ve ever heard in my entire radio career.” John Laws

Without traditional media support, all of Kevin Bloody Wilson’s albums and DVDs have achieved Gold Sales status globally, with many reaching Platinum, and one, ‘Kev’s Back’, awarded an amazing quadruple Platinum. Ironically, twenty-five years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson was arrested for performing his songs in public, yet on Australia Day in January 2010, he was officially nominated for Australian Of The Year for doing exactly the same thing.

Don’t miss your chance to see Kevin Bloody Wilson in your own back yard – Club Mullum @ The Ex-services, Friday 23 September, 8pm. Tickets $55 available now online at www.clubmullum.com and at the door.

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19:25

evolution events crew takeover "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Evolution Events is proud to present the Sanctuary Stage at earthcore in the licensed area (Kinky Karnival) from Thursday 24 November.

From the team that brought you Transmission and Subculture; EVOLUTION EVENTS is Melbourne’s premiere trance promotion team, responsible for running the ultimate showcase of production combined with a powerhouse troupe of international artist including the likes of Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, Simon Patterson, for the trance community in Melbourne.

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19:03

Sophie Hutchings is Wide Asleep "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Sydney musician Sophie Hutchings writes tragedies with a piano, strings and a ghostly voice.

It’s the kind of music that draws comparisons to Max Richter and Nils Frahm — rooted in the classical tradition and imbued with the introspection of modern ambient composers.

On her debut album Wide Asleep, Sophie Hutchings crafts breathtaking and heartbreaking melodies, rich with nuance and emotional complexity.

Will Backler of Out to Lunch caught up with Sophie over the phone started off by asking why she chose to name the album Wide Asleep.

Play Sophie Hutchings Interview

18:35

Confluence Gala "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

You may (or may not) have heard of Confluence, the Festival of India in Australia. It’s a three month long cultural festival which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). That’s why I was invited to the Festival Gala, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

And what a treat it was to be invited. The Gala combined traditional and contemporary music and dance from India and Australia in a way that spoke of genuine collaboration, involving performers from India, as well as local performers including those of Indian heritage, Indigenous performers, and a regular check list of some of all Australians from a range of cultural backgrounds. Best of all? Totally entertaining. Here are some photographs I snapped of the show.

 

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18:29

Smart Arts - 15 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week Richard talks with Jess Love about her new show for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Notorious Strumpet & Danger Girl

Then Kingston Arts Exhibition curator, Hannah Presley and Kingston Arts Visual Arts coordinator, Justin Gaynor talk about the new exhibition "I Never Painted My Dreams, I Painted My Reality"

Finally, the director of the Fringe show 'The Boardwalk Republic', Frank Minitti comes on the show with performers Anna Murray and Jonathan Morgan

18:12

Reminder: Launch of FOBIF Eucalyptus ID book on 24 September "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Next Saturday (24th September) the new FOBIF publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park in the Castlemaine Library foyer at 10.30. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.

The book is a community project that has been two years in the making. See our earlier post to find out more.

For a preview of the book, have a look at the double page spreads below on Grey Box Eucalyptus Microcarpa. Click on each one to enlarge.

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17:59

More arrests of Papuans planning to rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/313683/more-arrests-of-papuans-planning-to-rally

More arrests of Papuans planning to rally

4:33 pm today
Indonesian police in Papua region have made more arrests of people planning to rally in support of international advocacy for West Papuans.
Over the weekend 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested by police in Yakuhimo regency as they distributed leaflets about a planned peaceful rally to be held today.
KNPB chairman Victor Yeimo said the rally was to show support for the Pacific countries who were members of the Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua.
The coalition plans to raise issues of human rights abuses in West Papua, and Papuans' self-determination struggle, at the United Nations General Assembly.
Local media reported over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.
One protester was taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a police officer.

This year has seen a series of public demonstrations by West Papuans in support of various international representations on their plight.
These include...

17:49

start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks Monday 26th September, 2016

17:43

workshops:exwm_and_3d_printing "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Topic Speaker Slides exwm - tiled windows manager Michael Pope [slides] 3d printing Frans

17:40

workshops:start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Here is the list of workshops which we have completed at MLUG 30th August 2016exwm and 3d printing25th July 2016CHIP, BOINC and tox27th June 2016Xdmx & shared library paths30th May 2016Datascience & Syncthing18th April 2016Cyanogenmod & Linux on cheap notebooks21st March 2016VMware performance and photography29th February 2016docker-compose & post motion detection25th January 2016Raspberry PI security camera & Linux under windows30th November 2015System Z, OpenStreetMap and Linux under window…

17:28

Recent utube clips re West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Recent utube clips re West Papua

The Year 5 Students at St Francis of Assisi would like you to view the website www.freewestpapua.org and register to receive more information about this social justice issue.



Politics in the Pub
PROSPECTS FOR PAPUAN AUTONOMY UNDER PRESIDENT WIDODO - Joe Collins - 8/9/16


PROSPECTS FOR PAPUAN AUTONOMY UNDER PRESIDENT WIDODO - Sister Susan Connelly - 8/9/16


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17:23

Shen Neng compensation offer too little, too late for priceless Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The compensation agreed between the Federal Government and owners of the Shen Neng 1 for the clean-up from their oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef falls way short of the $141 million estimated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park authority earlier this year.
Great Barrier Reef campaigner Shannon Hurley said the Reef generated at least $6 billion in reef-related tourism to the economy, and makes a priceless contribution as a global icon and integral part of the Queensland coastal lifestyle.
The Federal Government has sold the reef short and failed to recognise prevention of shipping accidents is the best way of protecting the priceless natural wonder, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“The Shen Neng 1 is a reminder of the vital importance of protecting the fragile marine environments of the Great Barrier Reef from shipping accidents and spills,” she said.
“The grounding of the Shen Neng 1 off the coast of Queensland in 2010 severely damaged or destroyed a massive 115,000m2 of habitat in the Douglas Shoal, pulverised marine life and released toxic paint that will stunt coral re-growth for years to come.
“No one who saw the dramatic media images of the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 can forget what’s at stake when shipping goes wrong on the Reef, damaging coral and marine life in its wake.
“The Shen Neng may be long gone from our waters but we must not forget what is at stake from shipping through the Reef – precious marine life, local tourism and fishing industries and a coastal way of life much loved by Queenslanders.
“At the time, marine experts estimated the reef could take up to 20 years to recover from the Shen Neng incident. Clearly Australia can’t afford the damage that one ship, the Shen Neng 1, caused to the Reef.
“The Reef is under existential threat from global warming, coral bleaching and poor water quality, it cannot take on the additional risk from oil spills and other incidents.
“We simply can’t risk letting it happen again,” she said.

The post Shen Neng compensation offer too little, too late for priceless Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Fight for the Reef.

17:11

The Grapevine - 19 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week Dylan speaks with Julian McDonald, a solicitor with the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre about the first statewide police complaints clinic

Then Josh Earl stops by to talk about his new show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Oliver Up A Tree 

Finally, Dan Musil calls in to talk about Walk with the Valley which is an event that is used to support the La Trobe Valley

16:44

Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3

Not sure what's going on in US politics anymore? You're not alone! That's why 2SER has teamed up with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and The Conversation to bring you 'Race to the White House', which will keep you updated on the Presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump right up until election day!

Race to the White House airs on 2SER 107.3FM Wednesdays 7:30-8pm and podcasted on the 2SER website here.

16:17

Divestment – what is it and why it works "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Divestment Day 2016 is coming up! Here’s a quick guide to what divestment is, the successes that divestment campaigns have had so far, and what we are doing this year. What’s divestment? Divestment is the opposite of investment. It’s rearranging your finances so that you aren’t supporting the fossil fuel industry through your bank, investments, … Continue reading "Divestment – what is it and why it works"

15:47

Ball Park Music: ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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Brisbane five-piece indie rock band Ball Park Music are back with their new album ‘Every Night The Same Dream’. Tune in to Brekkie and Youth Jukebox all week to hear the 2RRR Feature Album!

They will be playing in Sydney on September 30 for an ALL AGES show at Enmore Theatre!

15:40

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

“We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

Sunday, 27th November 2016
Live At The Orchard, Perth

Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney

Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

15:14

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

Hold On

This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

Dirty Man

The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

Left It

Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

The Gold

The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

Offered it up

This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

Position Steppers

This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

In a memory

The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

Too many words

Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

Water Running

This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.

Aftermath

The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

Kingfisha Tour Dates

30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...

14:48

Brilliant walk despite the weather "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Our September FOBIF walk was led by local environmentalists, Elaine Bayes and Damien Cook, in the Chewton area off Dingo Park Road. Although the weather didn’t look promising, the rain held off and walkers enjoyed slowly wending their way through masses of Early Nancies and other flowering plants. The damp conditions made the fungi, moss and lichen look especially colourful.

Among the highlights was finding at least a dozen orchid species including several Castlemaine Spider-orchids Caladenia clavescens. Orchid expert, Geoff Neville, was able to give a detailed account of the pollination of these orchids.

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Two Castlemaine Spider-orchids discovered during the walk.

Ant nests Map lichen Early Nancies Plains froglets Aboriginal well Bracket fungi

Photos are by Win Jodell and Bronwyn Silver.

Thanks to Elaine and Damien for once again leading a terrific walk and sharing their extensive knowledge of plant life and the environmental history of this area of our Box-Ironbark forests.

The last walk for the year will be led by Alex Panelli in the Fryers Ranges.

12:33

ACF appeals Federal Court decision on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Media Release from The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF):

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MEDIA RELEASE

19 September 2016

ACF appeals Federal Court decision on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

“This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

“Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

“If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places, they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

“Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef.

“The science is clear that we can have coal or the reef – but we can’t have both.

“In our original legal challenge, Justice Griffiths recognised that there was considerable public interest in ACF’s case and we are in no doubt that we represent the concerns of the majority of Australians.

“In a ReachTel survey of 2,600 Australians at the end of August, 81 per cent said they would support stronger federal environment laws to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“And 75 per cent support environment groups’ right to use legal avenues to uphold existing environmental laws.

“It comes down to this. The planet warming pollution from Adani’s coal mine threatens the reef and all living things. The Australian Conservation Foundation does not accept this future – and we will take all reasonable steps we can to stop this mine.”

11:43

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

This November, Victoria’s peak policy advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities and organisations across Victoria - The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, along with the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council - is excited to be hosting The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria  -  Intergenerational Perspectives Conference in the historic town of Ballarat, the fastest growing regional city in Victoria.

For over 40 years, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community. It is the Voice of Multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural organisations, proudly advocating for culturally diverse communities, government and the wider community.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said: “The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria and generational transition, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future. The aim of the Conference is for ECCV, individuals and organizations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.”

Pre-Conference Events on Thursday November 10 will include:  Diverse, Delicious, Nutritious – A cooking demo and lunch of multicultural tasters and workshop on the benefits of multicultural “tucker” for a diverse and ageing population. Afternoon Mayoral Reception, and evening Pre-Conference Dinner - ★Guest Speaker Peter Khalil, MP for Wills and former SBS manager.

Confirmed Facilitators, keynote and guest speakers will include:

★The Hon. Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs  ★ Helen Kapalos VMC  ★Peter van Vliet  Department of Immigration and Border Protection ★Colleen Hartland Victorian Green MP ★  Carmel Guerra  Centre for Multicultural Youth ★ Aleem Ali  Welcoming Cities, ★Amy Hubbard  Capire Consulting Group, ★Anthea Hancocks  Scanlon Foundation ★Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa & Professor Susanna Scarparo  Monash University, Bachelor of Global Studies ★ Nyok Gor South Sudan Australia Peace Initiative ★ Professor Andrew Markus Monash University ★Jessica Williamson  Migration Lawyer ★ Mark Karlovic Sovereign Hill Museums Assoc. ★ Tasmeen Chopra Cultural Curator, Author ★ Kelly Talagan Code Club Australia ★ George Fong Lateral Plains ★ Nivy Balachandran Juris Doctor  ★ Jenny Taing Vanguard ★ Lorraine Ngwenya Useful Link (subject to change &  more to be announced … )

Hosted by James Liotta Actor and Entertainer - and also featuring entertainment and inspirational speakers throughout the day - this promises to be the multicultural event of the year!

MORE INFORMATION and REGISTRATION DETAILS

The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference

Mercure Convention Centre, Ballarat

11 November 2016

PROGRAM at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2On0UnlI7aqZFo5WWY0bXRQQk0  (*subject to change)

Conference Registrations are NOW OPEN!

-          Private and Public Sector:  $150 / person

...

11:32

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA - INTERGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.

CONFERENCE

WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.

PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector

REGISTRATIONS: here 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: here

Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at conference@eccv.org.au or (03) 9349 4122

 

 

11:25

National indigenous photomedia works on show in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Albert, Brothers (New York Dreaming) 2015, pigment inkjet print, stickers. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy the artist and Conceptio Unlimited Limited

Tony Albert, Brothers (New York Dreaming) 2015, pigment inkjet print, stickers. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy the artist and Conceptio Unlimited Limited

Work by some of the most significant Indigenous photographers and multimedia artists in the past five years have gone on a show in a travelling exhibition which opened at the Tweed Regional Gallery this week.

The National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia brings together, according to its director, critically acclaimed artists with emerging talent reflecting the diversity and dynamism of contemporary practice.

NGA chief Gerard Vaughan said that over the past 30 years, the NGA has developed one of the world’s great collections of Indigenous photomedia.

Resolution reflects our continued engagement with this vital aspect of contemporary art,’ Mr Vaughan said.

‘The foundations of contemporary Indigenous photography were laid in the late ’80s, with a generation of politicised and provocative artists documenting their experiences of the Bicentennial marking 200 years of European settlement.

‘The last 30 years has seen the emergence of artists who engage critically and thoughtfully with the present and the past and continue to layer their artistic identity with challenges to contemporary culture.’

Christian Thompson, Gods and kings 2015, from the series Imperial relic, chromogenic colour photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney

Christian Thompson, Gods and kings 2015, from the series Imperial relic, chromogenic colour photograph. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2016. Courtesy of Michael Reid, Sydney

Resolution will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until 4 December and will travel to Australian venues over the coming 18...

10:43

ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

 

THE NEXT GENERATION OF MULTICULTURAL VICTORIA - INTERGENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.

CONFERENCE

WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.

PRE-CONFERENCE DINNER

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector

REGISTRATIONS: here 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM: here

Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at conference@eccv.org.au or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at conference@eccv.org.au or (03) 9349 4122

 

 

 


10:22

$500/week for demountable housing in Bangalow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

These dwellings at 12 - 14 Ballina Road, Bangalow, were approved by Byron Shire Council staff as two houses and two granny flats. Photo Chris Dobney

These dwellings at 12 – 14 Ballina Road, Bangalow, were approved by Byron Shire Council staff as two houses and two granny flats. Photo Chris Dobney

Chris Dobney

[Updated] Residents of Bangalow’s sleepy Ballina Road are up in arms against four prefabricated dwellings on two subdivisions they say set a shocking precedent in housing approvals.

Referred to by neighbours as ‘horrible structures’ and ‘hideous tin sheds’ the dwellings were erected on former farmland towards the end of the no-through road.

Byron Shire Council approved the buildings at 12 and 14 Ballina Road as two houses and two granny flats, although from the outside they all appear the same.

They front a gravel lane running parallel to the road, each one flanked by a zincalume carport.

According to neighbours the dwellings are each advertised for lease by McGrath for $500 a week.

Approved by staff

Local resident David Wood was one of a number of neighbours who sent in submissions regarding the DA for the dwellings, which was approved by council staff.

Residents only found out after the fact that the housing had been approved without them being advised.

Mr Wood added, ‘It took me a long while to get a response. I ended up writing to the mayor, who handed it on to the general manager.’

‘It was only after I wrote to the mayor a second time that I got a response at all.’

A letter dated August 25 from council’s director of sustainable environment and economy, Shannon Burt, confirmed that ‘two separate DAs were lodged last year for a house and secondary dwelling on each property.’

‘These DAs were notified and submissions received including your own’ she wrote.

‘The DAs were presented to Council’s Planning Review Committee who resolved that they be determined under staff delegation. The DAs were subsequently determined.

‘Please note that Council does not send out further notification to persons that made a submission to a DA determined under delegation. Advice to submitters in the acknowledgement letter directs submitters to a web link to the Eservices page to monitor the status and progress of the DA,’ Ms Burt wrote.

But the council’s response failed to mollify Mr Wood, who told Echonetdaily, ‘The development applications relating to the lots clearly state “house and secondary dwelling” – this is not the case.

‘What has been placed on the property are four Colourbond demountable cabins as seen in caravan parks.

‘I understand the need for affordable housing* but this surely does not comply with council standards in that regard. Further to this, For Lease signs have been erected at a rental price of $500 per cabin per week, surely this does not represent affordable housing,’ Mr Wood said.

Indeed Ms Burt confirmed the nature of the construction in a further letter dated September 8, although insisting each consisted of ‘house and secondary dwelling’.

‘The development consent granted is for the construction of a dwelling house, a secondary dwelling, and associated carports on each property.

‘The developer i...

10:18

Men’s shed at Tweed Coast sports field gets green light "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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The latest incidence of vandalism occurred just last week at the Black Rocks sports field.

A longtime opponent of a proposed men’s shed to be built in at an isolated sports field at Black Rocks south of Pottsville says giving the facility a five-year licence to operate there is a devastating blow to local koalas.

Tweed shire councillors last Thursday voted to grant the licence to the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed (Inc.) for the use of the area (mayor Katie Milne and deputy mayor Gary Bagnall against).

Black Rocks resident and koala campaigner Dave Norris says the temporary men’s shed would be built just 20 metres from primary koala habitat and 350 metres inside a koala corridor, ‘which is ‘against recommendations by koala expert Dr Steve Phillips and concerns expressed by the Office of Environment and Heritage’.

Mr Norris said that an alternative centrally-located site for the shed in Pottsville on crown land which had recently been canvassed as a possibility for locating the shed was also ignored by councillors supporting the Black Rocks option.

The proposal for the licence was moved by Cr Warren Polglase and seconded by Cr Barry Longland, and supported by Cr Carolyn Byrne.

A proposed amendment by Crs Milne and Bagnall to defer the item until council considered further advice from the lands department over future requirements by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES), which use the crown land site, was also defeated along the same 3-2 vote (Crs Milne and Bagnall in the minority).

Cr Milne later also unsuccessfully moved to bring forward a report to the next council meeting on the proposed future use of the Crown land areas behind the existing RFS and SES ‘and the potential of all parties to work together to provide for a site for the Pottsville Men’s Shed in this location’.

She said this was ‘in accordance with council’s previous resolution of 21 August 2014 “to pursue alternative sites”’ including future development or appropriately zoned sites that could accommodate the men’s shed in the longer term on a permanent basis’.

Mr Norris, a Black Rocks resident who for years has campaigned against the shed, is on Cr Milne’s election ticket for the 29 October poll, as her No. 4 candidate. He spoke against the shed at length during public access before last week’s meeting.

Cr Byrne told Echonetdaily the mayor should have abstained from voting on the issue given the conflict of interest with the candidacy. Cr Milne is yet to respond on whether she should have done so.

10:00

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

Commuters from the Sunshine coast and Brisbane’s north will face a week of disruptions and up to a 90 minute delay with train tracks shut down until Friday.

More than 200 buses have replaced the trains in both directions between Zillmere and Caboolture to Boondall station, running every 10 minutes during peak times and every 15 minutes in off-peak.

09:49

UQ Gatton solar facility to test RedFlow battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.

09:40

Shriver, Abdel-Magied, and writing fiction. "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

    I’ve spent the last few days thinking about cultural appropriation and the writing of fiction, as a consequence of the controversial keynote speech given by author Lionel Shriver at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and the distress expressed by Yassmin Abdel-Magied that caused her to walk out of Shriver’s presentation. Briefly, Shriver stated her hope […]

09:38

Monday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

Police this morning are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred last night in Clearview.

In Sport…

Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

09:19

Building a home of earth "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

It promises to be a bumper season for swallows and martins. Small colonies of Fairy Martins are building (or refurbishing) their wonderful adobe nests throughout the district, collecting mud pellets from roadside puddles. Locally they prefer to attach their nests to artificial structures, such as bridges and culverts, but will happily use eroded gullies as well. Tree Martins on the other hand, favour tree hollows – I expect to see them in good numbers on local wetlands over coming weeks.

Fairy Martin @ Joyce's Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

Fairy Martin @ Joyce’s Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

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This image shows off the chestnut crown and streaked throat makings of the Fairy Martin

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A precision aerialist!

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My favourite martin …


09:00

Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands including police, politicians and emergency services

Simone Vogel cold case: Brother of brothel madam 'threatened by senior police officer' in 1977

The brother of a missing Queensland massage parlour boss has revealed he received a death threat from a senior Queensland police officer, after making inquiries into her disappearance.

Bob Beniston, whose sister  Simone Vogel disappeared in 1977, has just revealed to the ABC that he received a threatening call from the Police Officer at the time, when he was working for the Commonwealth Police.

08:58

Turf thief hits Pottsville koala-zone site for third time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The koala crossing at Pottsville. Thieves have been targeting the work site, stealing 10 cubic metres of turf. Photo supplied.

The koala crossing at Pottsville. Thieves have been targeting the work site, stealing 10 cubic metres of turf. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council is appealing for public help to stop the ongoing theft of freshly laid turf on roadside verges at Pottsville where a second koala crossing has been built.

Over the past month, the thief has taken up to 10 cubic metres of turf from the Coronation Drive work site three times.

Council crews have completed work on the site, its second Koala Zone in the Tweed, but cannot call the job finished as the thief continues to steal the turf.

Council has asked if anyone sees people acting suspiciously or a vehicle stopped at the work site at night, to take note of the make and model of that vehicle and number plate and report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Council on 02 6670 2400 or after hours on 1800 818 326.

The koala crossing in Coronation Avenue, Pottsville, is the second in the shire branded with the distinctive green and yellow markings.

It has been applied to the new surface of a 300m stretch of road that passes through a low-lying area in Pottsville, separating two known koala habitats along a narrow vegetation corridor.

The decision to install the koala zone coincided with the scheduled upgrade of that section of road.

Council installed its first koala zone on Clothiers Creek Road, Clothiers Creek, in November 2014 and has since collected evidence that shows they do work.

The effectiveness of that zone has been measured via traffic counters recording the speed of motorists.

A council spokesperson said that since installing the branded koala zone, there has been a positive trend of proportionally fewer motorists travelling at speeds above the posted limit: 60 per cent in January 2016 as opposed to 75 per cent before the zone was created.

The Koala Zone branding was paid for via a one-off offset contribution of $50,000 for the removal of some trees in Pottsville by a private developer some years ago.

The road upgrade included construction of a slow point median to force traffic to reduce speed at that critical koala crossing point. The speed limit on the section currently is set at 50kph.

Two solar street lights are yet to be installed to assist motorists to see any koalas that may be on or approaching the road.

 

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08:42

Monday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

In Sport…

Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

08:37

The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows

The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.

With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.

Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.

Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.

The Avalanches

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
w/Grandmaster Flash

Thursday, 5th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
w/Grandmaster Flash

Saturday, 7th January 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
w/Bad//Dreems

AlunaGeorge

Friday, 6th January 2016
The Corner, Melbourne

Grouplove

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
w/Phantogram

Friday, 6th January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Jamie T

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Thursday, 5th January 2016
Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Modern Baseball

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)

Friday, 6th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

Lemaitre

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Friday, 6th January 2016
Howler, Melbourne

Catfish & The Bottlemen

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

Friday, 6th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)

Thursday, 5th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

RY X

Friday, 6th January 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Saturday, 7th January 2016
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

08:16

08:00

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | HIGHER GROUND "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Higher Ground is a whole new world of cool as far as eating out goes. Take the higher ground and you'll feel a lot better for it.

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07:56

...and up they rise! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Friday 9th September, 2016 a large rain band was moving across Victoria and over the next several days, heavy rains hit the Barwon Catchment. River levels began to rise and by early Wednesday morning the Upper Barwon was in flood as was the Leigh River at Shelford. By Wednesday evening the combined floodwaters from the Upper Barwon, the Leigh and Moorabool Rivers reached Geelong. With the rising water levels came the usual increased interest in the Barwon.
So, before all the excitement of the past few days dies down and the river heights return to more normal levels, it is probably worth posting a few flood photos for posterity as I have done during other flooding events on the Barwon. I won't go into too many facts and figures as I have done that previously. For those interested this post from September, 2011 looks a little at the causes of flooding on the Barwon.
For comparison purposes, here is the post from a small flood event in August, 2012 and this from the January, 2011 flood which always proves remarkably popular when river levels rise.
The current flood event by comparison reached "moderate" levels on both the Upper and Lower Barwon as well as on the Leigh River at Shelford which peaked mid-afternoon on Wednesday at a height of 7.22m. Through Geelong, the flood level peaked over night Thursday at a height of 3.29m, having earlier reached a peak of 6.13m on the Upper Barwon at Rickett's Marsh at around 5:30pm Wednesday.

Moorabool River
Batesford, 8:15am 15th September, 2016


Fyansford, 9:45am 15th September, 2016

07:42

Monday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department made mistakes in its handling of contracts for offshore detention centres.

A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

SA Health is currently re-testing over 2,000 women after manufacturer Siemens issued a re-call of their cytomegalovirus testing kit.

Adelaide’s Elder Park has hosted Oz Asia’s annual Moon Lantern festival.

In Sport…

Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.

07:35

Policeman abseils down cliff to retrieve dog "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Senior constable Stirling brings Stella the dog to safety. Photo NSW Police

Senior constable Stirling brings Stella the dog to safety. Photo NSW Police

On Saturday (September 17) police were called out to an unusual rescue after a dog fell over the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head, onto an inaccessible rock ledge.

About 9.30am (September, 17) Stella the dog was going for a walk along a track at the top of the cliff with her owner.

At a point in time Stella got ‘a little over excited’, according to police and took a wrong turn that resulted in her falling down the headland on to a rock ledge about 10 – 15 metres down.

Stella’s owner contacted 000 and as a result the Ballina SES and the Police Rescue Squad from Lismore were activated.

A short time later, senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff and, with a dog harness kindly provided by a member of the public, Stella was lifted and hauled back up the cliff to a very relieved owner.

Senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout to save a dog. Photo Police Media

Senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout to save a dog. Photo Police Media

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07:06

Police rescue man from burning crashed car "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A car crashed into a tree and burst into flames after driving over a police officer’s foot during a pursuit on Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were patrolling Shirley Street at about 3.30am (Saturday September 17), when they tried to stop a Subaru Liberty being driven without headlights.

They allege the vehicle drove off, reaching an estimated 100km/h in a 50km zone.

Police initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle to Skinners Shoot Road where the car stopped in a driveway and turned around.

As police approached the car, it allegedly accelerated again, running over a police officer’s foot. The officer was not injured.

Police lost sight of the car but it was located a short time later crashed into trees nearby with flames coming from the engine bay.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, was pulled from the vehicle by police via the driver’s side window and the fire was extinguished.

The driver was taken by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to a number of injuries as well as mandatory blood and urine tests.

 

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06:43

American-Australian-Queensland government tyranny and spying on citizens "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Number plate readers are rampant in Queensland thanks to the former LNP Corporate Government. Every time you drive, every time you pass a stationary or mobile camera your car, its occupants, its direction and time are photographed and recorded in real time in a massive data bank monitored by Qld Police Inc. and the Main Roads Dept Inc. What are our elected representatives going to do about it?  

Here’s an A-to-Z primer to spell out exactly what government tyranny means post 9/11.

A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. A police state “is characterized by bureaucracy, secrecy, perpetual wars, a nation of suspects, militarization, surveillance, widespread police presence, and a citizenry with little recourse against police actions.”

B is for our battered BILL OF RIGHTS. In the cop culture that is America today, where you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is rarely held accountable for violating your rights, the Bill of Rights doesn’t amount to much.

C is for CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE. The latest governmental scheme to deprive Americans of their liberties—namely, the right to property—is being carried out under the guise of civil asset forfeiture, a government practice wherein government agents (usually the police) seize private property they “suspect” may be connected to criminal activity <<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428">http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428> . Then, whether or not any crime is actually proven to have taken place, the government keeps the citizen’s property.

D is for DRONES. It is estimated that at least 30,000 drones will be airborne in American airspace by 2020, part of an $80 billion industry <<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7">http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7> . Although some drones will be used for benevolent purposes, many will also be equipped with lasers, tasers and scanning devices, among other weapons—all aimed at “we the people.”

E is for ELECTRONIC CONCENTRATION CAMP. In the electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents and all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

F is for FUSION CENTERS. Fusion centers, data collecting agencies spread throughout the country and aided by the National Security Agency, serve as a clearinghouse for information shared between state, local and federal agencies <<a href="http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Police-use-of-Stingray-device-302348101.html">http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Police-use-of-Stingray-device-302348101.html> . These fusion centers constantly monitor our communications, everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police.

G is for GRENADE LAUNCHERS and GLOBAL POLICE. The federal government has distributed more than $18 billion worth of battlefield-appropriate military weapons, vehicles and equipment <<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1033-program-264537">http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1...

06:00

Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’

No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.

The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:

WHO: The Pretty Littles
WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
WHEN: 3-5th November
HOW MUCH: $12 more info here


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

 

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05:53

Boomerang Festival Launches Year Round Series of Fundraising Events "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Boomerang Festival, Bundjalung country’s very own world-class Indigenous arts & culture festival, is launching a series of satellite events to raise awareness and funds for its long-term future.

Boomerang Festival launched successfully in 2013 only to be hit with cuts to funding for both arts and Indigenous programming for the east coast of Australia, putting it on indefinite hiatus. Boomerang needs upwards of $800,000 to become a stand-alone festival once again, and a minimum of $200,000 each time it presents at Bluesfest.

Last year, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM and Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts AO joined forces to present a Boomerang Festival precinct at Bluesfest to increase audience awareness, and provide access to the profound and beautiful culture of our First Nations people.

The ultimate goal for Rhoda and Peter is to make Boomerang Festival the foremost Indigenous arts and culture festival in the world. The ambition is huge, but Peter, Rhoda and their team believe the time is right and Australia is ready to step out on the world stage and become known as the destination for authentic and quality Indigenous cultural exchanges.
The Northern Rivers and greater community agree, and in a mammoth exercise, a large and diverse group of business and community leaders are uniting with Boomerang and each other, to achieve this goal, together as a community.

Local businesses and individuals are standing side by side with Boomerang, building an exciting, rich program of events that focus on creating access to Aboriginal culture and knowledge, and celebrating a united future together as country.

Boomerang Director Rhoda Roberts says “These businesses are renowned for their standard of excellence, and that they want to partner with us is truly exciting, because excellence is what we stand for too. It’s about sharing and working together to truly close the gap. This is the future of what partnerships looks like, and we’re leading the change right here on my country. It means so much”.

The program is hosted by The Yoga Shack, The Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Newrybar, Earth House Clunes, Byron @ Byron Resort & Spa, Lennox Community Centre, Byron Community Theatre, Byron Bay Tuesday Men’s Club, Ben Knight Photography, Photo Fox Den Lismore, Gold Coast Suns, PS Music, and supported by many others including SAE Qantum, George & Kirsty Negus, Dhinawan, Delta Kay, Rob Appo of Tweed Shire Council, Common Ground, Australian Good Food Guide, Virgin Australia, Jessica Howard, Abbie Gibson, Jim Beatson, and many more.

Jeff Bennett of The Three Blue Ducks, says “We’re so proud to be able to support the Boomerang Festival and help raise awareness of Aboriginal art and culture. It’s great that Bluesfest has given it a home and if 2016 was anything to go by, then 2017 is bound to be another amazing display of cultural performances from around the world”.

Whilst we work toward Boomerang becoming its own event again, Bluesfest is committed to hosting it and building support each year until we achieve our goal. But it cannot proceed without adequate funding. Rather than waiting for government support, were inviting the community to join us making this happen together.

Let’s all work together and make Bundjalung the example of how we work together to affect positive change as an entire nation. Boomerang invites you to the series that will educate, entertain, and enlighten, all throughout our great region, throughout the year.

Details of each event will be released through the year, and information will be available via www.boomerangfestival.com.au

In addition to attending the events, you can donate any amount you chose on the homepage of www.boomerangfestival.com.au or at the time of purchasing your Bluesfest 2017 tickets via...

05:35

Dysphemic & Miss Eliza - Hungarian Dance - Classical Violin Dubstep "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Download for free:http://dysphemic.bandcamp.com/track/hungarian-dance Follow Dys & Eliza:https://www.facebook.com/DysphemicAndMissEliza A MONSTER AND BEAR PRODUCTION http://monsterandbear.com.au/ Director: Ryan Bird Produced by Sarah Hickey and Ryan Bird Director of Photography: Josh Mitchell-Frey Dancers: Angela Mamajama and Martin de Jesus Make Up Artist: Corrine Grbevski Editor and VFX: Ryan Bird Colourist: Josh Mitchell-Frey Violin Dubstep Biography: Ever wondered what a violin making sweet, sweet love to a sub-woofer sounds like? How about Bach on the gear? Or maybe you're partial to manga girls and dope beats hey? Well enter, stage left, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza! Bloomed in Melbourne, Australia from a kiss in the depths of a drum and bass party, D&E's obsession with music and each other spawned an outfit built on melodic complexity, slamming drums, violin virtuosity and double time rap. Also renowned for their 100% live and original stage show, these crowned "pioneers of classical dubstep" (100% magazine) utterly mesmerize and have enough spunk and energy to leave the punters screaming. Want to know more about their cross genre sound? Alllllllrighty then! D&E splice the likes of classical violin, dubstep, glitch hop, drum and bass and hip hop. Their slinky tune 'Tunnel Vision' topped the Kiss FM charts, 'Ramses' was revered as "bass driven ball bearing dubstep" (Beat magazine) and their 2013 debut album 'Synthetic Symphony' has been deemed: "a masterpiece.... the future for next level EDM" (Futurescope) and "a delicate fusion of Classical and Dubstep...the first EP of its kind" (WHOMP TV). They've also toured North America in 2012, and supported Nero, Foreign Beggars, Andy C, Tipper, Beats Antique, Antennae, Dov, ill.Gates, Datsik, Plastician and everyone in between. PA-CHOW! Frequently on the festival circuit and headlining club gigs, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza are a weapon shooting straight into the hearts and ears of dance floors worldwide. The Synthetic Symphony Tour hits Australia (February-April), America (May-July) and Europe (August) and their latest EP 'Only One' out on Muti Music, drops April 16, 2013. Dysphemic (Julian Treweeke) producer/MC for D&E Hailing from The Blue Mountains; Dysphemic - offspring of Vernon Treweeke, the "Father of Australian Psychedelic Art" - started experimenting with music at the age of 10. From humble beginnings programming on an Amiga Commodore computer and playing drums, Dysphemic has established himself as a one of Australia's most unique and prolific producer/MC's. Traversing from jungle, hardcore techno, hip hop, IDM, drum and bass, dubstep and glitch hop, Dysphemic's standout releases ('Sloth', 'Androids', 'Hypnosis' and 'Muthaf#ckn Dinosaur!') have received worldwide attention and a dedicated following after his European tour. Miss Eliza (Eliza Quirit) violinist/producer/singer for D&E A classically trained violinist since the age of 5; Miss Eliza, the "child prodigy" of Filipino sensation Maestro Julian Quirit, grew up in the concert halls of Asia and Australia. With no less than 40 first prizes and scholarships under her belt, she made her professional debut at age 13. Miss Eliza's teen years were then spent touring Australasia as a soloist for symphony orchestras, her performances televised throughout Asia and critiqued as "electrifyingly phenomenal". Renowned for her "fiery", "passionate" and "magnetic stage presence", Miss Eliza can now be found blasting melodies into the electronic dance scene, dropping knowledge on her 'Miss Eliza Violin and Theory School' and supporting the Filipino community in Australia and abroad.

02:01

Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it's adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda)

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it’s adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda, image CATS)

This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

 The opening keynote for the Brisbane Writers Festival was delivered by the American author Lionel Shriver and it caused outrage among those who felt she was dismissive of other cultures in her treatment of minorities. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who is an Australian Muslim, penned a powerful response:

Her question was — or could have been — an interesting question: What are fiction writers “allowed” to write, given they will never truly know another person’s experience?

Not every crime writer is a criminal, Lionel said, Nor is every author who writes on sexual assault a rapist. “Fiction, by its very nature,” Shriver said, “is fake.”

There is a fascinating philosophical argument here. Instead, however, that core question was used as a straw man. Shriver’s real targets were cultural appropriation, identity politics and political correctness. It was a monologue about the right to exploit the stories of “others”, simply because it is useful for one’s story.

Shriver began by making light of a recent incident in the US, where students faced prosecution for what was argued by some as “casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity” at a Mexican-themed party.

“Can you believe,” Shriver asked at the beginning of her speech, “that these students were so sensitive about the wearing of sombreros?”

The audience, compliant, chuckled. I started looking forward to the point in the speech where she was to subvert the argument.

It never came.

Another writer, Suki Kim, also...

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00:16

Australian Psychological Society apologizes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Australian Psychological Society, Media Statement, Thursday 15th September 2016:
Today, the Australian Psychological Society will issue a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, acknowledging psychology’s role in contributing to the erosion of culture and to their mistreatment.
APS President Professor Michael Kyrios said the apology was an important move in redressing past wrongs and ensuring the psychology profession collaborates and appropriately serves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“The apology is only one of many initiatives by the Australian Psychological Society to work together with Indigenous psychologists and communities to meet the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
Professor Pat Dudgeon - a Fellow of the Society and Australia’s first Aboriginal psychologist - said, "This is a tremendous moment for Australian psychology. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and psychologists are delighted that the APS has taken this important step."
The apology will be made at the Australian Psychological Society Congress 2016 in Melbourne at 1.00pm, following a keynote by Professor Pat Dudgeon on an emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychology.
Full apology:
Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from the Australian Psychological Society. Disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians on a range of different factors are well documented. Aboriginal...

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23:23

NICA’s empty bodies "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Louise Avery Our entertainment was waiting as we shuffled into the National Institute of Circus Arts. A girl was sitting high on a trapeze looking down at the audience with what could have been a mocking laugh. With stragglers trying to negotiate a seat a few of the cast wearing unprepossessing street clothes were […]

22:52

On Australia's role in the massacre of Syrian soldiers - Questions to Ms Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state. On 17 September 2016 eighty SAA soldiers were killed in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria. Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia's participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government's condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria. Tim Anderson, speaking for Hands Off Syria Sydney, asks, "Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?"

Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers

Dear Ms Bishop

I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.

Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.

Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.

Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.

How is the following Australian Defence Department's statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation caused by Australia's aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?

[“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation … Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident … While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).â€]

A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.

The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.

Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.

With great pain

Marlene Obeid
Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.

The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney

Sunday 18 September 2016

Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.

Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.
Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.
The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.

Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined b...

22:00

matthewschiavello: ‘Amsterdam Nieuw-West ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



matthewschiavello:

‘Amsterdam Nieuw-West  #101’

(16/09/13)

Something older

21:18

Linden Postcard Show "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

21 October 2016 until 29 January 2017 The Linden Postcard Show is an open entry exhibition for all artists from hobbyist, emerging to established, and celebrates it’s 26th year in 2016. All works entered are small format and measure no larger or smaller than 8 x 10 inches. There are over $10,000 worth of prizes to be […]

21:13

Walkers to take over the streets of Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In five weeks, more than 3000 people from Melbourne and the surrounding areas will put on their sneakers to participate in The Bloody Long Walk, the national fundraising series of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF). The series will take place in capital cities around Australia from August through to November and the Melbourne leg […]

20:47

Filmonik #33 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The next Filmonik is in one week, prepare your edgiest, most twisted, sexy, musical, urban, underground short films because it’s on a Saturday on Saturdays we party. Screening will start earlier at 6:30pm sharp. Loop Lounge Saturdays with Tom Ambroz after the screening.

 

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20:00

EP 178: Edith Thomas Furey; Undead Apes "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 4th March 2016. 

Coming from Brisbane, this one man band is the brain product of Joel Glazebrook. Using an elaborate setup of synths, drum machines, guitars, and loop pedals both in the studio and for live performances, Edith Thomas Furey create catchy new wave post punk with an 80’s feel, with some heavier kind of elements taken straight from the 90’s industrial scene. Since august he has released three singles, with mention of an EP due in the future.

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Fest, 13th August 2016.

 

Undead Apes are the all star team of punk rock bands from Brisbane in the early 2000’s. They feature Simon Graydon from Sekiden, John Mercer from Greig, and Dick Nasty, Adam Scott from Eat Laser Scumbag!, and Renae Elise from Gazoonga Attack. Their live shows are a complete rarity with their bassist Adam living overseas, but they have still found time to write and record three albums over their lifespan, which have all been released on Brisbane label mere noise records. Their latest album ‘Landfill’ was released on the 14th of June 2016 and features lyrical themes such as astrophysics, recreational use of embalming fluid, tofu, communist brainwashing of youth via rock’n’roll, and affairs of the heart. This set was captured at their only live show of 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th September 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


19:19

Point Addis Scrubwren "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

While photographing the Rufous Bristlebird at Point Addis recently, a White Browed Scrubwren decided it was safe enough to feed alongside the Bristlebird. It foraged amongst the leaf litter hunting for small invertebrates. These small birds usually are very timid and are more often heard scolding trespassers than actually being seen. The adult birds have very distinctive brows that always seem to make them look angry…

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria,

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road.

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria,

Turning over leaf litter and small pieces of bark to find invertebrates…


Filed under: Bird Behaviour, Birds, Victoria Tagged: Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Great Ocean Road, Nature Photography, Photography, Point Addis, Pt Addis, Rufous Bristlebird, Victoria, white browed scrubwren

19:08

ASK PETE – SEPTEMBER "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Pete is back! In fact, his insatiable need to solve your first world problems never went anywhere!

The post ASK PETE – SEPTEMBER appeared first on The Westsider.

16:56

More Great Photos as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules Aircraft - A97-467 & A97-468 - Complete 'Community Engagement' at Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As we mentioned below, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft arrived at Gladstone Airport late on Friday 16 September from RAAF Base Williamtown.  They were identified as A97-467 and A97-468 of the RAAF's No. 37 Squadron medium tactical airlift squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, in New South Wales.


On Saturday 17 September, both Hercs were then involved with what was described as community engagement which included an inspection of both aircraft followed by a local flight up and down the Queensland Coast - South to Fraser Island and North to Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast.  Two detachments of local Air Force Cadets were invited to join the inspections and flight.

Of interest, the two Hercules' flew together and were heard to be using the callsign "Odyssey" as they completed the local flight.

Later on Saturday 17 September, both A97-467 and A97-468 were photographed by local plane spotter Michael F as they departed in very quick succession to RAAF Base Amberley.






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15:00

“There was a seed” written by Mohammad detained on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There was a seed, fresh and beautiful — it knew nothing of the outside world. .... Poem written my Mohammad, currently detained on Manus Island

13:53

Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.


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13:15

Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed from Victoria The Holden manufacturing plant at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne has been bought by the Victorian Government, which plans to turn it into...

The post Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend appeared first on The Pen.

11:48

Free Family Activities – A New Reason to Come to the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

With a huge line up of amazing films on offer these school holidays and a program full of free activities each day, there has never been a better time to visit your local Event Cinemas during the school break.0040_spring-2016-calendar-teaser_fb_nsw_v2
To keep boredom at bay during the holidays, your local Event, Greater Union or BCC cinema will be hosting a school holiday program full of free activities. The fantastic program includes: face painting, colouring-in, the opportunity to make an origami dog or cat, craft your own Storks mask or a dragon tooth necklace and much more!  Activities run each day of the school holidays (excluding Tuesdays) – be sure to pick up a calendar for activities and times at your local cinema.

“We are delighted to offer families such a great day out at the movies. Not only do the kids get to watch a terrific family-friendly film, but can have fun in one of the wonderful workshops available.” – Richard Morgan, General Manager of Event Cinemas Bondi

There are a number of phenomenal movies on offer these school holidays including those loveable and cheeky pets in The Secret Life of Pets. For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Another must-see movie these school holidays is the reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film Pete’s Dragon.  For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete. Pete is a mysterious 10year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local timber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

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11:38

Homeground – Celebrating First Nations at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

For thousands of years, the land that Sydney Opera House is built on was a gathering place for the Gadigal and Eora people who danced and sang here. This October, Homeground celebrates the very best First Nations artists with free music, dance, food, workshops and markets over two big days.

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During October 8th and 9th, artists from the very heart of Australia as well as from all around the world show their different contributions to this extraordinary event. Featured musicians include East Journey, the winners of the 2015 NT Song of the Year (Rock category), Dubmarine, the 15-year-old Mi-Kaisha Masella of Aboriginal and Tongan heritage, who already wowed audiences on The Voice Kids, and many more. Click HERE to find out more about the event’s music.

In terms of dance, the program offers a variety of interesting groups and single dancers, including Amrita Hepi and the Aboriginal Dancing groups Naisda and Naygayiw Gigi. Click HERE to see all performers.

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But the best is yet to come: Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, returns this year with even more communities across Australia preparing to compete on Sunday 9 October from 5 to 7 pm. A highlight of the Homeground program, Dance Rites aims to safeguard and revitalise vanishing cultural practices – language, dance, skin markings and instruments – to ensure they are shared from one generation to the next. In 2015, the standard of performance was incredibly high – convince yourself:

Moreover, Homeground offers free weaving and dancing workshops: A great option for both children and adults to connect to the country and its original inhabitants themselves.  No bookings required, just show up! The Homeground Arts Market and a food menu created specifically for Homeground by Clayton Donovan, Australia’s most acclaimed and only hatted Indigenous chef, complete the event.

What: Homeground festival

When: Saturday, 8 October and Sunday, 9 October

Where: Sydney Opera House

To register for free tours and Collisions and for more information, visit the website.

The post Homeground – Celebrating First N...

11:25

Amalgamation by Byron Mark – Album Launch "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Byron Mark is a superb, diverse musical talent. Funk, Jazz, Electro-Acoustic Pop, Flamenco and African sounds are all at his fingertips on a number of instruments.

After years of collaborating/touring/performing with many other artists, Byron’s long awaited debut solo album of his own works comes into the world!

‘Amalgamation’ is a collection of compositions created over years with some of the amazingly talented musicians he has been privileged to work with. And you can be part of the launch of this amazing album on 6 October! Tickets are only 20$, grab one as long as they’re still available!

The night will take you on a musical journey around the world, spanning multiple genres reflecting on past experiences travelling, studying and performing music. Accompanied in various formats throughout the evening and featuring more than 20 guest musicians! Including horn section, numerous rhythm sections, six vocalists, a string quartet & flamenco dancers!

Guest vocalists include Michael Duchesne, Rosie Henshaw, Sheena Wilbow and others. Some of the guest instrumentalists on the night will be Luke Koteras, Banel Martinez, Andro Martinez and many more. For an entire list of the guest artists, see HERE.

Who: Byron Mark

What: “Amalgamation” – Album Launch

When: Thursday, 6 October

Where: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

To Find Out More & To Book Tickets  CLICK HERE.byron-mark-music-bands

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11:17

Vaudevillia – A 21st Century Recreation of Vaudeville Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Back by very popular demand, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band presents the third edition of their fabulous new show “Vaudevillia”. Yet again “Everything new will be old again!” with new guests, fresh tunes, and some very well-honed one liners and magical happenings.

The show is based on the old Vaudeville program, originally from Paris, that became popular in the 19th century and intermingles segments of music, magic, dance, comedy, sight acts and more. As a 21st Century recreation of Vaudeville atmosphere and charm, the Junk Band have created a recipe for mirth, mayhem and madness, with special guests as stunning and startling additions to the bizarre and prodigious talents exhibited by members of the Junk Band.

The show’s special guests are the extraordinary tap dancer Glenn Wood and the spiffy circus juggler Rosalita Ole. Rosalita is the daughter of the great Ole Circus Family and brings you as much talent as she can fit into one tiny stage. Hold your breath, and let Rosalita hold your heart, as she tickles your sides with bogus fortunes, dazzling hat tricks and daring hula hoop stunts.

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Who: Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, Glenn Wood, Rosalita Ole

What: Vaudevillia

When: Sunday, 2 October 2016  7:30 pm

Where: Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204

 CLICK HERE to buy tickets

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10:59

Radio Marinara 18 Sep 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Environmental Film Festival kicks off in Melbourne on the 29th of September, and one of the headline films is Sonic Sea, a gripping documentary about the very real impact of human-made noise on the animals that live undersea.  Here's a link to whet your appetitehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-jabL64UZE The film is excellent and we're really looking forward to speaking with film director and producer Daniel Hinerfield,  live from Santa Monica, California. Any questions for Daniel? Send them through to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Marinara/132333556812317 .

Neil Blake, Port Phillip Baykeeper joins us to talk about his team's sandy seabed live mollusc surveys - anyone know anything about the life cycle of Paphies elongata? We want to hear from YOU! Neil will also report on the recent Coast to Coast conference, and his role in the consultation processes currently underway with the new Marine and Coast Act.

And Dr Beach talks about the great Eastern Pacific Blob of 2013-15

10:27

Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia is leading the world in implementing microchip technology as thousands of citizens turn themselves into “super-humans” by implanting RFID chips under their skin.  According to a new report, Australians are willing to embrace microchips so that they can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computer with a wave of their hand. News.com.au reports: Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told news.com.au. “It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it. “With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.” The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer [...]

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10:07

Rainbow Chan - Seaside "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

An intimate performance by Sydney artist Rainbow Chan. Filmed by Rose Chan. Help send her to Iceland by voting for her here: www.fbiradio.com/iceland Free downloads here: www.souncloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

09:39

The grass is singing "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

On the corner of the lake road at Joyce’s Creek there is a small patch of Common Reed Phragmites australis. It is only when the lake is full that the plants become inundated and early last week that looked pretty unlikely. Things can change quickly as locals have witnessed in recent days.

Arriving for a visit on Friday afternoon I was greeted by a cacophony of sound – mainly from the dozen or so Australian Reed-warblers calling from deep in the reeds. This species is damn hard to photograph and I’ll return soon to see if one might perch nicely for me!

It’s extraordinary how such a small patch of habitat can come to life when conditions are right.

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Australian Reed-warbler, Joyce’s Creek, 16th September 2016

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New Holland Honeyeater


09:21

More arrests of KNPB activists in Yakuhimo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release- 18 September 2016

More arrests of KNPB activists -in Yakuhimo





The Yakuhimo Police arrested 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) as they distributed leaflets about a peaceful rally to be held on Monday the 19 September.

8 activists were arrested first, followed by another 13 when over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.


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08:39

READING NOTES FOR NOVEL "FAMILY SKELETON" "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"




FAMILY SKELETON     by   CARMEL BIRD
READING NOTES


ABOUT THE NOVEL
Told from the perspective of the observant and sometimes cynical skeleton in the closet, this novel of manners takes the reader into the emotional depths of the lives of a family of funeral directors in a wealthy Melbourne suburb. The patriarch is a charming and amusing philanderer, his wife is a virtuous philanthropist, his mistress is treated as a member of the family. But the sins of the past are about to surface, with catastrophic results. Dark and hilarious, dramatic and moving, Family Skeleton has been compared to the novels of Fay Weldon, Penelope Fitzgerald, Muriel Spark and Anne Tyler.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carmel Bird has always been in love with the music of language, the rhythms of speech, the possibilities of fiction. She has written thirty books, including nine other novels and six collections of short fiction.

COMMENTS
‘An intensely un-put-down-able novel with a rare pitch perfect ending. What a rich, delicious, suspenseful, witty, sinister, joyous confabulation, wow!’
JAN OWEN
‘Carmel Bird is a literary artist to her fingertips. She writes prose that has the precision of poetry, and that uncanny quality poetry has of making the inner life speak.’
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08:09

Meet Debelle and Lowe, the odd couple who'll be running the Reserve Bank "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

2XX was built on the edge of an indoor basketball court at the unfashionable northern end of Canberra's Australian National University. The brown carpets were mouldy and coffee-stained, the programming resources were vinyl albums in blue milk crates. When it wasn't putting to air foreign language programs, it broadcast talks about Palestine, land rights and trade unions. It was known around town as the "communist radio station", except for when it played music.

In an unusually deep and resonant voice, Guy Debelle would introduce "Velvet Nights", a 90-minute homage to the Lou Reed-fronted band Velvet Underground, leavened with so-called "greasy pop" from Adelaide bands including the Spikes, Exploding White Mice and Mad Turks from Istanbul.

By day a foreign debt specialist in the federal Treasury, at night he would relive his university years in Adelaide rocking to music at the Thebarton Town Hall, the Tivoli Hotel and the Adelaide University Bar where he once lost his voice screaming as Midnight Oil played to an audience of just 100.

He wrote his thesis (on labour economics) to repeated playings of the 11-minute cataclysmic epic The End by the Doors. A science and maths student at school, he might not have studied economics at all were it not for the intervention of a family friend, Richard Blandy, an economics professor who acted as a mentor to him after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

"He was casting around," Blandy tells BusinessDay. "I thought he would do very, very well in economics." His father, lawyer Bruce Debelle, who later became a Supreme Court judge and conducted a royal commission on sex abuse in South Australian schools, suggested law. Debelle told him he would prefer to have weekends.

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Half a continent away and a few years earlier, a small boy with brilliant red hair, the oldest in a family of five, was blitzing two high schools in the NSW regional hub of Wagga Wagga. Philip Lowe was dux of St Michael's Regional High School, which went up to year 10, then dux of Trinity Senior High School in year 12. "He was very popular, the brainiest kid in the school – he stood out because of his red hair, if ever there was an award for maths or science he would win it," says Michael McCormack who followed him at both schools and later went on to edit The Wagga Daily Advertiser.

On graduation day his economics teacher wrote a citation. Lowe would one day be teaching his "latest brilliant theories" which would have "solved the international economic crisis".

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There was more to Debelle than music. He was an extremely fast runner over 800 metres, an impressive AFL player, a swimmer and a distance cyclist. The holder of a first-class honours degree, he left the Treasury to briefly work at the Reserve Bank in Sydney before taking leave to study for a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inadvertently joining what would come to be known as the "MIT crew" who run the Reserve Bank of Australia. The bank's three top economists; Debelle, Lowe and Christopher Kent, who heads the economic division, obtained their PhDs at MIT. It's known for open inquiry, for taking nothing for granted, and for robust exchange of ideas.

By day Debelle worked on his thesis on inflation targeting under Stanley Fischer who later successfully steered the Bank of Israel through the global financial crisis and is now the vice-chair of the US Fed. At night in the seedier parts of Boston he checked out legendary local bands the Pixies (among his all-time favourites), Dinosaur Jr> and Buffalo Tom. He was later invited back to the MIT to lecture, and could have stayed, in such high regard was he held.

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07:53

Meet Debelle and Lowe, the odd couple in charge of the RBA "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

2XX was built on the edge of an indoor basketball court at the unfashionable northern end of Canberra's Australian National University. The brown carpets were mouldy and coffee-stained, the programming resources were vinyl albums in blue milk crates. When it wasn't putting to air foreign language programs, it broadcast talks about Palestine, land rights and trade unions. It was known around town as the "communist radio station", except for when it played music.

In an unusually deep and resonant voice, Guy Debelle would introduce "Velvet Nights", a 90-minute homage to the Lou Reed-fronted band Velvet Underground, leavened with so-called "greasy pop" from Adelaide bands including the Spikes, Exploding White Mice and Mad Turks from Istanbul.

By day a foreign debt specialist in the federal Treasury, at night he would relive his university years in Adelaide rocking to music at the Thebarton Town Hall, the Tivoli Hotel and the Adelaide University Bar where he once lost his voice screaming as Midnight Oil played to an audience of just 100.

He wrote his thesis (on labour economics) to repeated playings of the 11-minute cataclysmic epic The End by the Doors. A science and maths student at school, he might not have studied economics at all were it not for the intervention of a family friend, Richard Blandy, an economics professor who acted as a mentor to him after his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

"He was casting around," Blandy tells BusinessDay. "I thought he would do very, very well in economics." His father, lawyer Bruce Debelle, who later became a Supreme Court judge and conducted a royal commission on sex abuse in South Australian schools, suggested law. Debelle told him he would prefer to have weekends.

****

Half a continent away and a few years earlier, a small boy with brilliant red hair, the oldest in a family of five, was blitzing two high schools in the NSW regional hub of Wagga Wagga. Philip Lowe was dux of St Michael's Regional High School, which went up to year 10, then dux of Trinity Senior High School in year 12. "He was very popular, the brainiest kid in the school – he stood out because of his red hair, if ever there was an award for maths or science he would win it," says Michael McCormack who followed him at both schools and later went on to edit The Wagga Daily Advertiser.

On graduation day his economics teacher wrote a citation. Lowe would one day be teaching his "latest brilliant theories" which would have "solved the international economic crisis".

****

There was more to Debelle than music. He was an extremely fast runner over 800 metres, an impressive AFL player, a swimmer and a distance cyclist. The holder of a first-class honours degree, he left the Treasury to briefly work at the Reserve Bank in Sydney before taking leave to study for a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, inadvertently joining what would come to be known as the "MIT crew" who run the Reserve Bank of Australia. The bank's three top economists; Debelle, Lowe and Christopher Kent, who heads the economic division, obtained their PhDs at MIT. It's known for open inquiry, for taking nothing for granted, and for robust exchange of ideas.

By day Debelle worked on his thesis on inflation targeting under Stanley Fischer who later successfully steered the Bank of Israel through the global financial crisis and is now the vice-chair of the US Fed. At night in the seedier parts of Boston he checked out legendary local bands the Pixies (among his all-time favourites), Dinosaur Jr> and Buffalo Tom. He was later invited back to the MIT to lecture, and could have stayed, in such high regard was he held.

****

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07:37

Never retrospective, the super changes are a win for Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Limiting the amount anyone could contribute out of their own money into tax-advantaged super on top of employer contributions was never retrospective, but those who thought it was can relax.

The government is imposing a limit by another means.

The plan was to impose a lifetime limit of $500,000 - a figure so large as to be of use to less than 1 per cent of the population. How many of us know someone who can afford to pay money into super over and above their employer contribution and has half a million to spare?

It was said to be retrospective by many on the Prime Minister's own side because high earners might have planned for something else. Which makes it about as retrospective as a tax cut, or a price rise: it applies to future actions, but someone might have planned for something else.

The replacement regime will be just as (non) retrospective, but it'll be harder to paint as retrospective. Anyone who wants to put extra into super from their own funds will be able to do it up to $100,000 per year, down from $180,000 per year. Because only the size of the limit has been changed rather than its form, it'll be harder to claim that the nature of it has changed.

Of course, not many of us have a spare $100,000 to put into super over and above our employer's contribution, so for almost all of us, there will effectively be no limit.

Even if we came into a windfall and wanted to put it into super, the rules will allow us to use three years' worth of the limit at once, as they do now.

To pay for the extra generosity to Australia's richest, the government will delay for one year until 2018 a change that will allow people who have gone a year or so without making contributions to "catch up" by having their employer take out extra to compensate when they are back at work.

It will also shelve a plan that would have made it easier for Australians aged 65 to 74 to make extra contributions even though they are not working, something most wouldn't have been able to take advantage of in any event. It's hard to make extra contributions when you're not working.

Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are set to achieve what they wanted. All up, the package will save what it would have before: $6 billion over four years, with the key features still in place. There will still be a limit of $1.6 million on what you can put into super to earn income tax-free in retirement, the amount you can put in per year will fall from $30,000 ($35,000 for ages 50 and over) to $25,000, and very high earners on more than $250,000 will pay 30 per cent tax on their contributions instead of 15 per cent.

Labor supported the package apart from the question mark over retrospectivity and will feel duty-bound to support this. Turnbull and Morrison will have taken a small step towards making Australia's super system fairer, the biggest in its 25-year history.

In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

07:10

Trusting "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

It’s always nice to feel you’re trusted, and our resident pair of Eastern Spinebills certainly gives us that impression. They have decided to nest in a Sweet Bay bush (Laurus nobilis) just a couple of metres from our house and constantly used garden path. They are so trusting that the sitting bird appears oblivious to […]

07:00

Best (yet) Buckwheat Pancakes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

When a gluten free diet was suggested by my well loved professional holistic caregiver, there might have been a slight whimper on my part. Gluten, there’s no denying it. It’s delicious. Not the actual glutenous fibres themselves but the food … Continue reading

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23:01

Malaysian student makes possible breakthrough in war on superbugs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A 25-year-old Malaysian studying at Melbourne University has made a game-changing discovery in medicine on a possible alternative to antibiotics. Reports said that Shu Lam, who’s a PhD candidate at the Australian varsity, has developed a chain of star-shaped polymer molecules that can kill superbugs, which are bacteria resistant to antibiotics, after three-and-a-half years of […]

18:22

1) Winds of change for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

2) Pacific forum reveals regional geo-strategic tensions

3) Black brothers Add Flavour to Independence Celebrations
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1) Winds of change for West Papua

NCD governor Powes Parkop has described the Black Brothers’ concert last night as “winds of change”.

BY: Gloria Bauai
16:44, September 17, 2016

Governor Parkop, who has been vocal about West Papua’s fight for freedom, was behind the band's performance as the final activity of PNG’s 41st independence celebrations in Port Moresby. 

Black Brothers’ is a well-known W...

16:59

Does Donald Trump actually want to win the election? Backchat explores the Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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“You should see some of the e-mails that I get from people in Australia. The alt-right exists in Australia. Look in the comments section man, it’s there.”

With polls tightening, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a close battle for the US presidency. But what if the Oval Office isn’t Trump’s goal?

Political pundits have been abuzz with speculation that Trump doesn’t really care if he wins or loses, and is instead focused on making his campaign the basis for a new alt-right TV empire.

But how likely is “Trump TV”? Who are the alt-right, and do they exist as a movement in Australia?

Backchat reporter Oscar Coleman took a closer look, speaking to Trisha Jha from the free-market Centre for Independent Studies and Dr Peter Chen, Senior Lecturer in media politics at the University of Sydney.

According to Trisha Jha, the alt-right appeals to conservative-leaning young people because of their tactics and fresh, aggressive style they have pioneered.

There’s something special about the alt-right in terms of the kinds of tactics they adopt, the language they use, their strategy, their branding. Milo Yiannopoulos is a good example.

I think there is a tendency particularly among…pre-eminently young men to wear some of the alt-right branding because it’s trendy and because it’s cool. And honestly it’s quite fresh but I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone who kind participates in the signs and symbology is necessarily someone who signs up to the ideology.

Whi...

16:44

Riverfire 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

The Collective Market will be closed the weekend of the 23, 24 & 25 September due to the Riverfire event. The Market will recommence as per normal the following week. For more information about Riverfire 2016 go to: Riverfire 2016 Enjoy the Fire Works

09:18

Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.


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00:10

Australian Psychological Society issues apology to Indigenous people for decades of mistreatment and exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Apology acknowledges exploitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and silence in face of forced removal of children The Australian Psychological Society has made a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for decades of mistreatment through exploitative and disrespectful practices that contributed to the erosion of Indigenous culture. The apology, delivered by director of the society's board, Tim Carey, acknowledged exploitation of Indigenous people by psychological researchers and "inappropriate use of assessment techniques and procedures that have conveyed misleading and inaccurate messages about the abilities and capacities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people". Carey, speaking at the Australian Psychological Society Congress in Melbourne on Thursday, said treatments were developed that "both implicitly and explicitly, dismissed the importance of culture in understanding and promoting social and emotional wellbeing".

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Friday, 16 September

14:53

Oh Pep chat their debut album and play live versions of Wanting and Trouble Now "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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  • Oh Pep :: Interview with Alex Pye
  • Oh Pep :: Wanting (Live)
  • Oh Pep :: Trouble Now (Live)
 

Before they take off to conquer the world on their huge North American and European tour, Melbourne duo Oh Pep made a pit stop to Sydney to chat with Alex Pye and play two live songs ‘Wanting’ and ‘Trouble Now’.

After recently releasing their debut album Stadium Cake, which was recorded on a frozen lake in Canada, the duo gave us a run-down of how that experience went down:

“It was all consuming at the time. We were actually over there twice, so the first time we were there it was the middle of winter and everything was iced over and there was so much snow. There was a steep driveway and it was so dangerous to get into the studio. You kind of would walk out the door, plant your feet and slide down to the house. It was really, really full on and Australians, we hadn’t had much exposure to that.”

On working with Dan Ledwell while in Canada to produce the album, they explained:

“Dan was really great. We tracked the whole album which we’d never done before on a recording, so it meant we could kind of go crazy and use these incredible instruments and gear that he had there. So you can hear lots of keys and effected guitars and drum pads, whi...

13:42

Caloundra Music Festival Is Leading The Charge For Eco-Friendly Aussie Music Events "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Caloundra Music Festival Is Leading The Charge For Eco-Friendly Aussie Music Events

We can all agree that camping festivals can be a fantastic way to spend a few days, but we’ve probably all felt those pangs of guilt as we’ve piled back into the car on the final day only to look around at an apocalypse of rubbish that’ll take days to clear.

Since 2013, Caloundra Music Festival have been doing their bit to lessen the environmental impact of their event as much as possible, introducing a series of smart initiatives aimed at avoiding those huge piles of rubbish, protecting the nearby beach and waterways – and even avoiding that third-day festival stink.

Step one for the organisers is elimination of all disposable water bottles. The past two festivals have stopped roughly 60,000 plastic bottles from making their way to landfills, ending up in waterways, or creating greenhouse pollution.

In a very reasonable solution, Caloundra fest simply ask festival goers to bring their own water bottles, and their team of dedicated, likeminded volunteers will ensure you get the chilled, filtered, fresh water you deserve from tanks that are scattered all over the site. We can probably all admit that we’ve gotten a little lazy and purposefully ignorant of the environmental impact we’re having on a daily basis – and the amount of money we spend on overpriced bottles of Mount Franklin.

Along with the ban on disposable water bottles, vendor stalls will only use biodegradable corn starch, paper, or cloth carry bags instead of plastic. Similarly, cutlery, plates and straws will also go biodegradable – no glass will be used and only environmentally-friendly detergents and cleaners as well. Food vendors have ensured that all produce will remain local and fresh, sourced from nearby precincts such as Sunshine Boulevard, Soul Food and Beachside Court.

Not stopping with food and drinks, reclaimed, reused and recycled materials have even been employed for everything from bunting and flags to the stage setup and signage, while disused shipping containers will be put to use for their merchandise and ticketing booths, coffee shops, and site offices.

Punters can get involved in the clean initiatives, too. Teaming up with the Queensland-based compost technology company OSCA, Caloundra are bringing in an automated system that will turn landfill and organic waste into odourless compost. The process is said to use minimal energy to process the waste, producing high-quality, safe and usable compost within two weeks.

With this sort of technology being so readily accessible, it seems like a no brainer that most, if not all, festivals should look into these sorts of environmentally-sustainable solutions. Not only does it halve waste disposal costs by half and limit onsite pests, it also gets rid of those infamous festival odours.

If a guilt-free beachside getaway sounds right up your alley, check out the lineup below, and read more about the green initiatives on the website – and don’t forget to bring your water bottle.

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13:31

Bon Iver Recruited Aussie Singer Gordi For His Jimmy Fallon Performance "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Bon Iver Recruited Aussie Singer Gordi For His Jimmy Fallon Performance

It’s not often that our dreams become the real deal but in this case triple j-approved, Aussie-grown 22-year-old muso Gordi (Sophie Payten) bedazzled the people of America on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And that’s not the best part – Bon Iver recruited the Sydney singer to join the band in the big NYC.

You read it right, one of our Unearthed favourites turned US label artist was spied lending her vocals as part of the ‘Fallon Choir’.

Usually one would think scoring a gig like this would be one hell of a process, lucky for Gordi, Bon Iver is actually signed under the same US label, Jagjaguwar.

All it took was for management to reach out and pitch the idea, though a bleary eyed, post-Melbourne gig Gordi totally misinterpreted the offer at first.

“We’d just played a show in Melbourne and had quite a big night. Got home at 5am and my manager said ‘I just got this email from Bon Iver’s management’. I read it and I was like ‘what’s a Fallon choir?!” she told triple j.

After sleeping off the big night and sleeping on the proposition for a little more clarity, all arrangements and decisions were made quick smart.

Diving head first into flights, rehearsals and recordings, a nice tab was supplied for the Gordi and friends to enjoy the Jimmy Fallon Show which was to air a few hours after they left the studios.

Let’s hope the unexpected networking leads Gordi to a spot on Bon Iver’s album tour…

Bon Iver is due to release 22, A Million September 30th and Gordi’s EP, Clever Disguise, is out now.

12:41

Chilled and skilled – The Lulu Raes talk success and perform a live rendition of Never Leave "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

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  • The Lulu Raes :: Never Leave (Live)
  • The Lulu Raes :: Interview with Lucy Smith

Chilled and skilled – this was the mantra repeated by The Lulu Raes when chatting with Lucy Smith. It’s a simple belief from an anything but simple band, and it’s proving to be The Lulu Raes’ key to success. Performing a live rendition of their track titled ‘Never Leave,’ the band asserted themselves as an act worthy of attention.

From the latest EP titled All Our Parents Are Divorced, their latest song really showcases The Lulu Raes potential. Throughout the interview, the band thanked those who helped them in their early days.

“[Little Bastard] We’re close mates and they’re the reason we got our first gig and that’s how our manager met us. We played the Bright-side with them.”

Currently touring across the nation, The Lulu Raes show no sign of slowing down. When revealing their key to success, the importance of maintaining and developing connections proved to be important.

“Just be friends with Sticky Fingers [laughs]…get those connections out there. Nah, but it’s really tricky because there’s so many bands out there but none of them get noticed. You have to join a bit of a community. A lot of bands, they get together and you get to know other bands and then you meet new people – sort of like a cascading effect.”

“You’ve just gotta get out there, you can’t spend all your time in your room.”

When seeing what’s coming up within their live shows, The Lulu Raes, have a few new songs to share.

“We’re doing five new songs…we’re doing songs from the upcoming album and it sounds way more dynamic.”

You can check out the Lulu Raes live track and full interview above.

WHO: The Lulu Raes
WHERE: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
WHEN: September 30th
HOW MUCH: $15

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10:23

Cobargo here we come! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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On October 7, eight female crime and mystery writers will converge on Cobargo, just inland from Bermagui on the NSW coast, to take part in their inaugural crime convention.

http://fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/sisters-in-crime/

The writers are an eclectic mix, from a gynaecologist living in far north Queensland, Caroline de Costa, to a former member of the RAAF, who also has a BA in medieval history, Ilsa Evans, to a writer of historical crime (Sydney/1930s), Sulari Gentill, to yours truly, author of a Canberra-based quartet, now embarked on a sea-change mystery series.

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One of the festival organisers, in a welcoming email, said that they were washing the streets of Cobargo in honour of our arrival. Thank you, Louise!

While this is an attractive idea, I wonder if it really fits a collection of crime writers, who might be more comfortable with dirty streets, even blood-stained ones?

Jennifer Rowe once referred to crime writers as ‘good housekeepers’, by which she meant that we like to tidy things up, which has an element of truth in it, at least for some exponents of the genre. But even PD James said that order is never really re-established at the end of her novels.

My approach to clean streets is that I like to dig beneath them – ha...

Thursday, 15 September

08:02

Great Barrier Reef to get health check from NASA and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

New NASA technology will be used over the next month to document large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, allowing researchers to compare the health and development of reef systems. Image Source: Flickr, Kyle Taylor

Great Barrier Reef to get health check from NASA
New NASA technology will be used over the next month to document large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, allowing researchers to compare the health and development of reef systems.

CSIRO scientists and the University of Queensland are also engaged in the project that involves a sensor mounted on a jet plane which can take pictures in 250 different colours in an effort to research factors like atmosphere above the water and content of the reef.

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