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Tuesday, 17 July


Broadway Food Court ~ Ultimo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We uncover the glorious strangeness of the Broadway Food Court. This isn't the flash new food court in the large Broadway shopping centre. This Broadway Food Court lies behind the strip of stores at the corner of Broadway and Bay Street in Ultimo. Oporto, Pappa Rich and The Hub are visible on the street outside, but behind them is a strange, empty corridor where the stores and the food


Not the Fucking News 17/07/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

33-year old Iranian civil rights activist and dissident Maryam [mary-yum] Faraji [farar-gee] has been found dead after disappearing earlier in July.

Ms Jarajis lawyer says relatives have identified her body which was found burnt near her car and belongings.

Her ex fiancee has been arrested and charged with her murder but because of Farajis involvement in the protests against the regime there are suspicions her murder involved Iranian security forces

On January 2, in the heat of widespread uprising against the Islamic Republics establishment, Faraji had been detained for ten days and gone under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Tehrans notorious Evin prison

New legislation decriminalising abortion will be voted on by Queensland parliament next month.

The proposed laws will make abortion available up to 22 weeks and provide safe access zones around abortion clinics.

In Queensland, women face jail terms up to seven years, and doctors up to 14 years, for terminating a pregnancy, under a law dating back to 1899.

Some abortion clinics do operate currently in Queensland using some legal loopholes to perform the procedure.

Women in remote areas have less access to free safe abortion.

In 2010 a Cairns couple were charged but later acquitted this is the most recent criminal proceedings related to abortion in Queensland.

With the support of minor parties the bill may pass but could be blocked by conservative members of parliament including members of the ruling
Labour party.

The Liberal opposition in Queensland have passed a resolution which is basically an attack on Transgender and gender diverse people.

If elected to parliament they would seek to have

  1. Recording the sex assigned at birth on every Queensland Birth certificate.
  2. Reverse any existing changes of sex for post-op transgender people, with the effect of taking away their legal recognition at...


MACKAY Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield

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a 24-year-old was charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7,

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MACKAY Drug enforcement Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Drug enforcement Bowen

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Both will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 8. The focus on drug related crime will not change. Enforcement action could be

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MACKAY Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield

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The fireworks were seized by police and the 24-year-old was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7, to have the

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MACKAY Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub

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He plead guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to charges of being drunk and disorderly, failing to leave licensed premises and possessing a knife in a

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MACKAY Man found on CBD roof looking for money "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man found on CBD roof looking for money

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AN ALLEGED trespasser found on the roof of a Mackay CBD business claimed he was up there looking for money. In a bizarre incident on Saturday

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #603 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 17 - 23 July 2018 Newsletter | #603 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th July 2018 to Monday 23rd July 2018 Healthy Body and Soul Festival Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 The Nose | Theatre Works Friday Night Live At London Eleven European Friday Night Market Ballarat Winter Festival 2018 Decor + Design 2018 Docklands Firelight Festival Healthy Body and Soul Festival Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2018 Luna Park Hot Dog Eating Competition 2018 Maddies Match | Saints v Tigers Melbourne Tartan Festival Moonee Valley Winter Fest 2018 National Pyjama Day 2018 National Sports Convention Sport and Recreation Expo Series Mania | Television Festival Shot In The Heart Of Melbourne 2018 SpotJobs Career Expo 2018 Stadium Stomp MCG 2018 Enjoy #Melbourne Healthy Body and Soul Festival Sunday 22nd July - 10am to 4pm - Brunswick Town Hall An intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of Exhibitors, Psychics and Therapists. Healthy Body and Soul Festival Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 Free Entry | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Listen to leading industry speakers and exhibitors all under one roof. Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 Theatre: The Nose Tue 31 Jul 2018 - Sun 5 Aug 2018 @ Theatre Works Energetic, hilarious and uncomfortable Winner of the Sydney Fringe Festival Directors Award brings its antics to the free market. Snot for the faint hearted. The Nose | Buy Tickets Friday Night Live Music Live At London Eleven is a licensed venue in Bayswater featuring a variety of great live music shows every Friday night. Friday 20th July - Hard Edge Friday 27th July - Blues Brothers Tribute Show Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here European Night Market Every Friday night in July - 5pm - 9pm Expect to be transported to the finest European hotspots with fabulous food and live entertainment every Friday night. European Night Market 2018 | Madame Brussels Lane Whisky, Wine and Fire Thursday 19th July - Sunday 22nd July | Caulfield Racecourse Melbournes newest festival dedicated to all things malt and grape has just dropped their menu line-up and its a whisky-lovers dream. Whisky, Wine and Fire | Food Festival | Buy Tickets Docklands Firelight Festival Embrace the chill in a month-long celebration of food and fire, music pop-ups and eclectic entertainment. Docklands Firelight Festival 2018 This Weekend Ballarat Winter Festival, Decor + Design Expo, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, Luna Park Hot Dog Eating Competition, Ma...


Letter-winged Kite, Birdsville Track & Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Letter-winged Kite roost at sunrise

Following our visit to Diamantina National Park, we (myself, Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker) headed west towards Boulia, turning south at Springvale Station towards Coorabulka Station. Having had some excellent encounters with Grey Falcon, we were looking forward to another raptor treat. A gathering of Letter-winged Kites had been reported recently (I believe Jannette Manins first found them) at Whitewood Creek, between Coorabulka and the Kennedy Developmental Road.

Letter-winged Kites



July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

via July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

Global Antifa Prisoner List

NYC Antifa is keeping an updated Global List of Antifascist Prisoners in order to facilitate solidarity with antifa prisoners year round. We urge all people to not only write these comrades, but to also continue their work on the outside.

While we will do our best to keep up-to-date information on current and future antifascist prisoners on this list, we suggest that you confirm any address provided here with the support site listed for them, as prisoners often move around.

If you know of an update on a prisoners situation or there is an antifa prisoner who is missing, please e-mail us at with the details. Thank you.

No Pasaran!
Until all are free!

[Note: List was last updated July 2, 2018]

Global List of Antifascist Prisoners


Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Roman Bogdan
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8,
IK-17, otryad 12
213010 Shklov
Mogilevskaya obl.

Vadim Boyko

Vadim Boyko was arrested on March 22, 2016, on suspicion of participating in a fight that took place on June 29, 2014 between anti-fascist supporters of FC Partyzan and right-wing soccer hooligans from FC Torpedo. The arrests in 2014 were not followed up until 2016, when a special political department decided to start the case with a ser...


Spoils shared at 2018 Evans Petroleum Cup "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Gippsland League and Wonthaggi Power under 16 Harrison Dawson got up for this hanger at the Evans Petroleum cup on Wednesday.

The Gippsland League under 18s team claimed the title with another very impressive performance. Despite being defeated by the West Gippsland team, were still able to generate enough percentage to finish the carnival on top.

THE West Gippsland Football Netball Competition secured a famous victory at Wednesdays Evans Petroleum Cup junior representative football carnival at Yinnar.
West Gippslands under 16 team won all four of its games, including the final game of the day against the previously undefeated TRFM Gippsland League team to win the title for the first time.
It marked the first time since 2015 and only the second time in the past nine years that the Gippsland League has been defeated.
West Gippsland ruckman Mitch Nicholas was named player of the carnival, as voted by the umpires, while tall forward Nick Prowd was named West Gippslands best player.
Kye Benson was awarded the medal as Gippslands best player, with Jayden McCormack, Bailey Stephens and Jai Hayward best for the Mid Gippsland, Ellinbank and District and East Gippsland/Omeo District teams respectively.
West Gippsland also came within a whisker of upsetting Gippsland in the under 18 competition.
Gippsland opened proceedings with a 20-point win against North Gippsland, before fighting back from three goals down to defeat Ellinbank and District.
West Gippsland also defeated Ellinbank and District, but a 15-point loss to North Gippsland in its second game proved costly.
Going head to head in the final game, West Gippsland at one stage moved ahead of Gippsland on percentage.
However, late goals to Gippslands Nic Bulmer and Burkeley Macfarlane ensured that while West Gippsland handed the Gippsland under 18 team its first loss in any competition since 2013, the five point final margin...


When is a record not a record? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Its been  cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in  towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and  a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.

All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail  claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.

Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.

To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.




Do you need a free winter jacket? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shanti Town in Mullumbimby are giving away jackets for anyone who needs a little winter warmth. Photo Aslan Shand.

Winter is in full swing and Shanti Town, a local business in Mullumbimby, have put a clothes rack outside the shop with jumpers and jackets on it for people to take for free. Shanti Town owner Leora Sibony put the rack out a few weeks ago so that anyone who couldnt afford a jumper to keep warm could get one for free.

Initially there were only a few jackets, and mostly people were taking them but now more people are bringing jackets in to put on the rack, said Kirsten Burke who works at the shop.

Its not just for people who cant afford a jacket. One day a lady asked how much they were as she had forgotten her jacket. I told her they were free and she asked if she could borrow one while she was in town and bring it back later. I said that was fine.

So if you have a few jumpers or jackets that you no longer need pop them onto one of the spare coat hangers outside Shanti Town for someone who does.

The post Do you need a free winter jacket? appeared first on Echonetdaily.


That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'

My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object mo...


Islams weapon for world dominance is birth control "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Story Source: Ron Owen Gimpy Queensland

This of course is not all of the problems that the Non Muslims will face, as while the Muslims moon and star ascends into dominance the different sects will fight it out for ascendancy in the new world and before 2040 (when Im 92, and if alive, will be past caring much), the world will be ripped apart with the biggest wars that it has ever seen.

Islam family of 19 on taxpayer welfare includes 4 wives

Just one family of 19 supported by our taxes, but the real problem is that like London in 2040 they will be in the majority. What was once your country will be Theirs.

Africa and the Middle East have gone already, Israel will fight hard but eventually will succumb. France and Germany then Britain, then all of Europe will be ripped apart in huge civil wars. Russia will follow, then the United States. Australias only hope will be the Indians and Chinese, but we will have to contend with being on the doorstep of the largest Muslim country, (by population) in the world Indonesia, as well as our own imported problems. Thats why our traitorous politicians are giving them $500 million a year plus all our hand me down defence equipment. Defence equipment for us and war equipment for them, our politicians think they can buy them off.

I have never been a Prepper, I have always campaigned for people to speak out now an alleviate the coming danger, one of the readers of this tome, recently sent me copies of articles that I published in the 1990s. One was called, SOME HAVE CONFUSED ANONYMITY WITH FREEDOM where I advocated people not to bury their guns and heads in the sand but to protest and stand up and be counted against the impending doom. Unfortunately few people took any notice, and semi trailer loads of plastic drain pipe were distributed throughout Queensland. Unless, many thousands of Australians protest and prevent Muslim immigration and stop the free for all encouragement of the Muslim birthrate with out taxpayer welfare paying for Muslim men with sixteen kids and four wives to support, we dont have a chance. If that does not happen, look for a quite defendable spot with its own water, and food sources.

The people in the city and suburbs will suffer the most as soon as the power goes off, the supermarkets will be empty the supply of...


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

At 10:40 am, Anna Kamaralli continues with Part 3 of Shakespeares Heroes and Villains and this week, the topic is Anti-Heroes.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Michael Atherton, talking about his latest book A Coveted Possession: The rise and fall of the piano in Australia. The fortunes of this instrument start with the arrival of the first piano with the First Fleet and then follow the technology trail.

Music, of course, will feature the piano.

I look forward to your company!

The post Arts Wednesday 19 July 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Report Recommends Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland government is considering a recommendation by former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 12 years. The minimum age that a child can be criminally prosecuted in Australia is currently 10 years, despite psychologists long expressing the view

The post Report Recommends Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Brisbane Pride Festivals Memorial Garden To Be Planted This Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbanes LGBTIQ community are all invited to pay their respects to community members who are no longer with us at the planting of the annual Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden was first launched in 2012, and each year has been a free event allowing the community to come together in remembrance. We will be planting ...

The post Brisbane Pride Festivals Memorial Garden To Be Planted This Saturday appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Fans Campaign To #SaveWentworth After Cancellation Rumours "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Fans of Australian drama series Wentworth have mobilised after persistent speculation the show has been cancelled. Season seven of the prison series will wrap up production in Melbourne on July 27, and screen next year. It was filmed back-to-back with season six, which premiered on Foxtel on June 19. But Foxtel has admitted there are ...

The post Fans Campaign To #SaveWentworth After Cancellation Rumours appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Work commences on Ballina Airport expansion "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Ballina mayor David Wright and Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin launching the start of construction at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal on Tuesday (July 17). Photo supplied

Ballina mayor David Wright and North Coast Nationals MP Ben Franklin were at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this morning to kick off new works that will extend the departure area, with a new caf, bar and retail outlet as well as energy efficient design features.

The project, announced in last months state budget as part of the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, is expected to cost around $6 million.

The NSW Government will spend $4.5 million while the council is putting up a co-contribution of $1.5 million

Size will triple

In 12 months it will be fantastic, Cr Wright told Echonetdaily.

Were tripling size of departure lounge extending out the front moving the undercover drop-off area and, in a separate project that council will fund, looking at covered car parking with solar panels.

Every year were spending a combination of federal, state and council money on what is now the third biggest airport in the state, he said.

Cr Wright added the upgrades were possible because major airlines are committed to being part of it for the long term.

Half a million passengers

Mr Franklin said the airport currently caters for up to 520,000 passengers each year, and this number is continuing to grow.

The airport is the key arrival and departure point for many tourists to our area, as well as an important air travel access point for our community.

We want to ensure passengers can pass through this airport with easy and comfort and can have a memorable start and end to their holiday.

These extra facilities are going to make our airport even better, and I look forward to contraction being complete in 2019, Mr Franklin said.

$6 million fed project

The terminal enhancements will complement the $6 million Airport Boulevard project, which attracted $3 million in federal funding last...


Commonwealth triple jumper Emmanuel Fakiye on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 17 July "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Emmanuel Fakiye Eastside

Emmanuel Fakiye at UTS.

With an older brother in the top eight sprinters in Australia, Emmanuel Fakiye was destined to be athletic. But after driving three hours to Canberra to watch his brother run for 10 seconds, he decided sprinting wasnt for him. Instead, Emmanuel became a triple jumper, combining his love of physics with his love of sport to excel in the required combination of speed, technique and power.

This year, Emmanuel represented Australia in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, and is now eyeing up the 2019 Athletics World Championships and the 2020 Olympics. He combines his intense training schedule with studying for an electrical engineering degree at UTS.

Emmanuel talks to GT about the beauty of triple jump, how he juggles study and training, and the music that helps him focus when he competes.

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FSG collapse leaves disabled clients without carers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The collapse of the disability service provider FSG has led to clients being left without carers over the weekend and Monday. While the administrators, FTI Consulting, and CPL have been working out how to transition both staff and clients to CPL, frontline staff have been left confused about whether to show up for shifts and if they were going to be paid.

According to one staff member, who didnt want to be named, staff received a text on Thursday morning that informed them that if they werent going to accept the offer from CPL they shouldnt turn up to any future rostered shifts. In some cases this meant that staff had less than 48 hours to accept an employment offer.

A CPL spokesperson stated, Our understanding is that some staff did not show up but that didnt mean they were left without care.

Echonetdaily understands that there were clients left without care and in some instances staff who were not accepting CPLs offer nonetheless showed up, even thought they didnt know if they were going to be paid, to ensure clients werent left without care.

CPL and the administrators FTI Consulting have now confirmed with Echonetdaily that FSG will continue to pay staff until midnight on Tuesday 17 July with CPL taking over the payroll on Wednesday July18.

They have until midnight tonight (Tuesday July 17) to progress their employment with CPL, said a CPL spokesperson.

There has been quite a high number of people who have taken up employment with us. There will be further correspondence around pay and how they get paid.


A spokesperson for the administrators told Echonetdaily, Staff who have not had or have declined the offer from CPL will be paid out what they are owed in relation to wages.

However, all other entitlements such as long-service leave (that can also be claimed by casual employees) needs to be lodged with the administrators.

Outstanding entitlements will be paid in due course, continued the spokesperson for the administrators.

Staff will be required to lodge a claim. If the company (FSG) goes into liquidation then staff will be paid via the federal governments Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

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Watch: hundreds of Kate Bush fans recreate the Wuthering Heights video "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

On Saturday (June 14th), hundreds of Kate Bush fans from all around the world gathered in public spaces to recreate the iconic 1978 Wuthering Heights music video.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever 2018 saw fans in Berlin, Sydney, San Francisco, Dublin, Gothenburg, and more all gather together, draped in crimson to perform their best rendition of that unforgettable, flowy choreography. The whole shebang was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release. Its beautiful and wholesome.

Earlier this year Kate Bush celebrated the songs anniversary by writing a tribute to Emily Bront. The singer wrote an inscription for a stone that was placed on the seven mile trail between Bronts family home and birthplace in Thornton.

Watch: Footage from The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever


Grants totalling $250,000 enhance community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than $109,000 was handed out to 21 organisations last Wednesday night, in round two of this years South Gippsland Shire Council Community Grants Program.
The 21 supported applications were chosen from a pool of 40 with a total of around $250,000 handed out across both rounds 2017/18.
The contribution of council funds will support projects with a total value of around $595,000.
South Gippsland mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt was full of praise for the successful community groups.
Congratulations to all the community groups that received funding in what was a highly competitive pool of applications, she said.
The commitment of the South Gippsland community to make this a better place for all of us is outstanding. Everyone should be proud of their efforts.
Over the past 11 years, council has distributed around $3.5 million to community groups through the grants program, with around $290,000 of that given out in 2017/18.
Applications for round one of the Community Grants Program for 2018-19 are open from now until August 31.
Changes have been made to the application process and applicants are advised to take time to read over the guidelines.
If applicants are seeking more than $5000, they must contact a member of the community strengthening team before applying.
For photos of sporting club grant recipients, see this weeks sport pages.
Grant recipients were: $7000 to the Stockyard Gallery for a flooring replacement and upgrade; $10,000 to the Foster Art, Music and Drama Association for retractable seating; $5048 to the Welshpool and District Advisory Group for carpet replacement at the Rural Transaction Centre; $2500 to the Manna Community Garden for water saving disability garden beds; $1800 to the Sandy Point Community Group for a defibrillator cabinet; $3500 to the Poowong Community Consultative Committee Inc for a barbeque shelter extension and community logo board; $5000 to the Loch Public Hall for sealing of car park and crossover at Loch Public Hall; $2000 to the Leongatha Painters Group for a pop up art exhibition; $6000 to the Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library for a nature playground; $4000 to the Leongatha Community Preschool Centres Inc for a solar system at Allora Kindergarten; $5000 to the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Leongatha Daffodil Street Festival; $5000 to the Leongatha Senior Citizens Centre for South Gippsland seniors week activities; $1000 to the Berrys Creek Hall Committee for a laptop; $1000 to the Loch and District Bowling Club for new scoreboards; $5000 to the Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee Inc for the design and specifications for social club and change rooms; $4000 to the Korumburra Cricket Club to replace the cricket wicket; $10,000 to the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club for a storeroom extension to clubrooms; $10,000 to the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve Committee In...


Spending time in the great outdoors "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ANOTHER successful program was run at Allambee Camp these school holidays.
Although it may be winter and a lot of people shy away from being outdoors, last week a number of children were rugged up and ready for activities at Allambee Camp.
The children really thrived in the outdoor environment and there were no requests to go inside, Allambee Camp instructor Vanessa Taylor said.
They zoomed on the flying fox, went high on the giant swing, raced on the billy carts, kept their balance on the low ropes course, painted rocks which they had named, popped balloons on the archery target and did many more fun activities.
When asked on the last day what was the best part of camp the variety of answers was huge.
The variety of activities meant that there was something for everyone. But there was more to camp than the great adventurous activities.
The program also allowed for children to grow in a number of areas.
Many children did not know each other and therefore they really worked on the social skills, everyone was friends by the end of the three days, she said.
For some of the children it was their first time going to a camp, they showed independence and strength when it was lights out time.
A number of children had never roasted marshmallows on a campfire, these children got to learn something new.
Ms Taylor said their imagination through outdoor play increased and we have had comments from parents saying that their children will not stop talking about camp.
Grade 6 students from Trafalgar Primary School who are part of the Rotary Junior Community Awards Program were also invited to come and progress their leadership skills.
These students were given the opportunity to lead a group each, run games with the children, assisting the instructor on activities and helping out with morning and afternoon tea.
It was amazing to see them looking after the younger children of the group and developing their skills, Ms Taylor said.
The camp instructors were sad to see the campers go and are already looking forward to their next visit.


JP honoured for 40 years of service "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

JUSTICE of the Peace (JP) John Fleming was honoured for his 40 years of service at the Wonthaggi Police Station last Wednesday.
An award in recognition of his service was presented.
Born in Essendon and spending his early years in Northcote and Doncaster Mr Fleming eventually found himself in Bass Coast.
His long marriage to Diana resulted in two daughters, and two grandchildren.
He established himself as a motor mechanic, and became a Holden motor car dealer for the district on April 1, 1961.
Mr Fleming had a number of businesses service the community. These included a Wonthaggi taxi service from the close of this dealership in 1983, and a leading gas and plumbing business through to 1994.
Mr Fleming was always socially consious, and was an active member of the community.
He served as mayor for the community and was a foundation member of the Wonthaggi Lions Club.
He held a significant role as senior officer with the Country Fire Authority in 1961, and was honoured with a life membership.
On top of this, Mr Fleming received the National Medal of Australia with three bars.
Through this community service, Mr Fleming became involved with Victoria Police in Wonthaggi.
Mr Fleming was involved in the Bass Coast Safety Ambassadors, where police asked nominated JPs to carry out safety and security assessments of elderly citizens homes and report back.
Appointed an Honorary Justice in 1977, Mr Fleming started bail and out-of-sessions duties at Wonthaggi Police Station.
In 1977, he started sitting on the bench of the second division of the Magistrates Court; a duty he continued through many years.
He eventually became chairman of the bench.
Since the inception of the Department of Social Services, Mr Fleming reliably attended all manner of certification, totalling thousands of instances where the public were served and much police time was saved.
Recently, Mr Fleming voluntarily resigned from attending the roster at the police station, having served both the community and the police service with honour and dedication for 40 years.

Awarded: Wonthaggis Senior Sergeant Peter Shallard (left) and coordinator of Justices Gippsland South Terence Shannon (right) thanked Justice of the Peace John Fleming for this 40 years of s...


Teddies explore the Wonthaggi library "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TEDDY bears went on an adventure to the Wonthaggi library on Wednesday.
The library held its first teddy bear sleepover as part of its school holiday program.
Children were encouraged to bring their teddies to the library for an afternoon of fun before leaving their teddies to stay overnight at the library.
During the afternoon, the children sang songs, read stories and enjoyed arts and crafts with their teddies.
The library staff also set up an exciting bear hunt, in which the children and their teddies got to explore the library through forests, seas, mud and snow.
After the bear hunt, it was time for the children to tuck their teddies into bed for the night and head on home.
The children learnt some new lullabies to ensure their teddies were off to sleep.
However, the teddies got up to a bit of mischief overnight, and the children were able to pick up the photo evidence of their teddys adventures the next day.
The photos showed the teddies doing a range of different activities, including enjoying a feast, playing games, playing with the photocopier, playing the Xbox, checking out books, and hiding in the returns chute.
The librarys programs officer Jenny Temple said the sleepover was a lot of fun, and the children were excited to participate.

Songs and stories: Cape Patersons Adelaide, Chloe and Chem Jones sang along together at the teddy bear sleepover on Wednesday.


Theatrical group to celebrate 50 years "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group is turning 50 in 2019.
To celebrate, the group has a massive calendar of events planned.
The milestone year will kick off with a concert and the launch of a history book in February.
Local writer Gill Heal has been working on the book for three years, collaborating with many former and current members of the group.
The history of the group will be presented in the book through personal stories from people with varying levels of involvement in the group.
The book will be launched at a concert set to be held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from February 15 to 17. The concert will reflect the groups past, and will feature a range of performers.
In April, the group intends to run a performance camp at its studio at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.
Professionals from Melbourne will be involved in the camp, which will be a five day experience, free of charge.
The major musical for the year will be Les Miserables.
This production was first tackled by Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in 2008, and is now considered a turning point.
Director Karen Milkins-Hendry, who will also be directing the 2019 production, said she was almost too scared to go through with the performance in 2008.
It was musical director Kirk Skinner who will be filling the post once again who inspired her to believe a performance of this magnitude in Wonthaggi was possible.
Kirk had returned home after his success as a musical director with the Victorian State School Spectacular, and he convinced me that this iconic show was possible, she said.
With his experience, he worked with our group of singers and it was such a success. It was so markedly different to what we had done before.
The information session for Les Miserables will take place on October 11 this year, with the performance scheduled for a season in May and June.
The group will be putting on two plays by local playwrights, and in the July school holidays there will be a costume exhibition at the groups studio.
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the secret behind the groups 50 year success was the valued volunteers.
I have been working with Gill while she puts together the book, and it has been interesting hear the stories, she said.
Our volunteers had the resilience to build us a home, and it has benefitted our community.
The group has a huge skill base as well, and we respond well to each other with our diverse concepts and opinions. We have been able to build and connect well with each other.
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the group had also been greatly assisted by talented powerhouses, who had had professional careers, and have come home to help their community.



Dig deep and support a Korumburra family "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE 2018 Elders Annual South Gippsland Charity Golf Day will be held on Friday, July 27.
This year Elders Korumburra and Leongatha will be supporting a local family who unfortunately have been affected by Leukaemia.
Noah Belvedere from Korumburra is a 10 year old boy who lives at Korumburra with his parents Rob and Deb and his three siblings Evan 8, Flynn 5 and Emily 5.
Noah loves his sport and especially loves playing football, cricket and basketball.
In early June Noah and his family received devastating news that he had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, an aggressive cancer of the blood cells.  Noah commenced treatment at Monash Childrens hospital immediately, which consists of chemotherapy injected intravenously and into is spinal cord, and blood transfusions to increase his blood cells which deplete from his condition and the treatments.
The treatments continue for a minimum of three years to beat this insidious disease.  Noah cannot attend school during this current phase of treatment due to the risk of infection, as he virtually has no immune system, so any infections can be life threatening.  Noah wants nothing more than to beat his leukaemia and return to his normal life and get back to enjoying his sport.
Elders is also looking for your support; so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the family or for the raffles and auction, please contact them.
This annual event is proving to be quite popular and each year Elders have had a full field, so please be quick to book in and make your team payment.
For those not wanting a hit or for those just wanting to come along and support we have limited seats available at $30 a ticket to be a part of the barbecue lunch, presentation and raffles/auction.
Please note: If you require a golf cart please make your own bookings through the Golf Club direct.
This year it is going to be a footy theme, so make sure you wear your teams colours to be in the running to win some of the great prizes on offer for best dressed!
Elders is also looking for sponsors, so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the raffles/auction, please contact them.
Last year Elders and everyone involved raised a massive amount of $16,655.94 and over the last six years of running this event a total amount of $72,058.98 has been raised.
Elders looks forward to great success again this year and to providing help and support to a local South Gippsland family, during this difficult time.
Please contact Elders at Korumburra 5658 1894 or Leongatha 5662 3523, with any questions or if you would like to donate.


Works underway for new youth hub "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IT may not look like much now, but the old Wonthaggi CFA building will soon be transformed into a vibrant youth hub.
Project manager Michael Feehan said it is anticipated the youth hub will be up and running by the end of September.
Young people aged 12 to 25 will be able to access the hub.
There is still work to be done in the lead up to the grand opening.
The centre will be fitted out with kitchen and office space, as well as a disabled toilet and ramps for accessibility.
There is also a lot of painting to be done. Once initial paint works are complete, the experts will be called in to create a mural project.
Local artists Patrice Mahoney, Safina Stewart and Darren Marx will undertake the mural projects alongside a number of talented young artists.
Some of these young artists were involved with the Wonthaggi streetscape project, and helped to paint the murals featured in a number of local laneways.
The youth hub is sharing the space at the old CFA building located in Watt Street with the Wonthaggi Boxing Club.
Already up and running, the boxing club is well supported by locals and has had local builders in to transform the space and increase functionality.
Once the youth hub is operational, it will offer specific programs for different age groups. The hub will be supported by a number of agencies including Anglicare, Salvocare, Yooralla and Maxima.
Young people will be able to receive help in making education and employment decisions, and have access to health and wellbeing information.
There will be a space for homework, and it will be a hang out space.
Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly said it would be great to run movie nights at the hub.
This is a community led project. The young people of Wonthaggi have been saying for a while they need somewhere to hang out, she said.
Its great to see this happening. Its a great central space, and the need is definitely there.
However, Mr Feehan said the hours the youth hub will be open will depend on staffing.
Bass Coast Shire Council has supported us greatly, and provided funding to keep this project going, he said.
We will need to look at options to see how often we can have staff here. Ideally, we will be open before school so we can run things like breakfast clubs.
Mr Feehan said the location of the new hub is ideal given its proximity to the current Wonthaggi Secondary College and the developing education precinct and there has already been a lot of support given by community groups.


Firefighters to honour John Sparks "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Wonthaggi CFA will honour the life of former member John Sparks in France on August 18.
Twelve brigade members and descendants of Mr Sparks family will make the journey next month.
During the move from the CFAs Watt Street station to White Road, the brigade had the opportunity to reflect on its memorabilia.
The captain of the time Kim OConnor took particular interest in a framed photo of firefighter John Sparks, which led to further investigations about Mr Sparks life.
Early on, Mr Sparks lived in Dollar but later made his home in Wonthaggi.
He was a wheeler in the coal mines and a volunteer firefighter in Wonthaggi.
In August, 1914, Mr Sparks enlisted in World War One and was in the 8th Battalion.
He passed away on August 18, 1916.
Mr OConnor asked former CFA captain Bill Watson to bring the project together.
Mr Watson made contact with Mr Sparks descendants, and conversations began regarding a visit to his graveside in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, France, to pay the tribute to him that he never had the honour of receiving.
The 12 CFA members attending will pay their own way to France, and an invitation has been extended to the Albert council and Albert fire brigade to join.
A rehearsal of proceedings will be held on August 17, with the official ceremony to be held on August 18.
We believe from the information we have received from France that they are more than happy to accommodate us. We are likely to hear more from France in the next four weeks, Wonthaggi CFAs Debbie Parkes said.
Mr Sparks medals were donated to the Wonthaggi CFA late last year, and are proudly displayed beneath the portrait of Mr Sparks at the station.

Paying tribute: from left, Greg Parkes, Garry Moz Wilson, Debbie Parkes and Theresa ODea are among the Wonthaggi CFA members who will journey to France to honour former firefighter John Sparks.


Tricky intersection hits raw nerve "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

HUNDREDS of people have commented on a video about the best way to navigate through arguably one of the most confusing intersections in central Leongatha.
The short video on The Stars Facebook page shows traffic plotting its way through the T-intersection of Anderson, Roughead and McCartin streets across from the Leongatha courthouse.
The intersection was constructed last year as part of multi-million dollar works for a heavy vehicle bypass route and the Give Way sign was where Anderson Street formed a T-intersection there.
One Facebook user, Karen Fowles who commented on The Stars Facebook page said she had nearly experienced a collision at the intersection, whereas most users said they avoided the intersection at all costs, citing long waiting times to turn into Anderson Street from the Give Way sign at McCartin Street.
Despite these claims of near-misses and high potential for collisions Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon said according to police data, it is not a high collision intersection.
Anecdotally it appears to me that the rate of collisions has dropped off, he said.
Although not perfect yet and it never will be the number of people not using their left indicator correctly when travelling south and proceeding straight into McCartin Street has improved also.
If people concentrate, obey the big Give Way signs and show some courtesy by using their indicators when approaching the intersection, there is no reason any collisions should occur.
According to data from VicRoads, only one collision that resulted in an injury has occurred since the new intersection was constructed, other data reveals three casualty accidents have occurred.
Data from collisions with no injuries is not collected by police or VicRoads.
The Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate route was estimated to remove about 600 heavy vehicles a day out of the Leongatha Central Business District.
It included works to a number of major intersections including the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Ogilvy Street and the South Gippsland Highway.
VicRoads eastern regional director Scott Lawrence said community concerns regarding turning movements and pedestrian safety were raised following the commissioning of the new signals in 2016.
Changes to the operation of the signals were implemented in 2017 to improve safety at the intersection, he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council is planning future redevelopment to Bair Street. There will be significant changes to the traffic volumes at this intersection following the redevelopment.
VicRoads will reassess the operation and reprogramming of the signals at that time.
Two casualty crashes occurred at this intersection in August 2017.



House prices grow with demand "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

STRONG demand from buyers wanting a quieter lifestyle has seen median property prices lift in South Gippsland and Bass Coast significantly in the past 12 months.
People are flocking to rural towns like Korumburra, Kilcunda, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Venus Bay, with demand often outweighing supply.
Adam Leys from Stockdale and Leggo Inverloch said since the start of 2017, median house prices in Inverloch had increased by over $100,000.
He said there were a number of factors driving the price increase.
One significant factor is an influx of buyers coming from the Mornington Peninsula who are seeing great value in our market, he said.
They are tired of the traffic and general crowding on the peninsula and prefer the more relaxed vibe of Inverloch.
Mr Leys said another factor was a shortage of vacant land, making homes in new estates hard to find.
This drives people to buy in more established areas which come with higher price tags, he said.
Mr Leys said a consistent decline in available properties had caused a degree of urgency among buyers.
Buyers in our market are used to having plenty of time to consider purchases, but now they are seeing the places they like sold before they are in a position to make an offer themselves, he said.
This results in a shorter time on the market than we have seen in previous years. I dont see this situation changing in the near future.
Anything within two hours drive of Melbourne is highly sought after.
Alex Scott and Staff Venus Bay director Daniel Lawrie said the median price for property in Venus Bay had increased by around $35,000 in a short period of time.
He said with a median price of around $310,000, Venus Bay was still very affordable compared to other coastal locations such as the Mornington Peninsula and Inverloch.
It is good news for the area, our permanent population is building and that means more people to be active in the community and down the track, could mean more infrastructure, he said.
It is very positive news for us down here.
PBE Wonthaggi director Adam Mabilia said the whole Bass Coast region was benefitting from real estate demand.
With an increase to the median property price of around $28,000 in Wonthaggi and $51,000 in Kilcunda, he said buyers from Melbournes south east still find properties in Bass Coast affordable.
There is a big wave at the moment and there is no sign of it slowing down in the future, he said.
Stock levels are short through every town in Bass Coast at the moment and that is not likely to change. It is healthy for the region.
Real estate manager at Elders Korumburra Don Olden said the median property price in Korumburra has lifted around 10 percent in the last 18 months.
He said strong demand means that properties are selling shortly...


Tourist rail may make comeback "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

TRAINS could run between Korumburra and Leongatha within 12 months, as the Southern Rail Preservation Group plans to invest $5 million to reinstate the tourist railway.
Eventually, the group plans to return a rail service along the full 58 kilometres of line between Leongatha and Koo Wee Rup.
Southern Rail president Stuart Gilbert said the project was in its early stages, but was hoping the model they were planning to adopt would ensure its success.
He said the funding needed to get the project started was being provided by a private investor.
The tourist railway that operated previously between Korumburra and Leongatha stopped running around two years ago.
It will be more community focussed this time around, we want the local businesses to get involved to provide services for passengers, Mr Gilbert said.
There will be a consultation process with interested businesses to get their input.
Mr Gilbert said the railway line between Koo Wee Rup and Leongatha was one of the most scenic in the country.
He said coupled with the decent infrastructure already in place, it could become the longest, most scenic heritage railway in the world.
That is a great selling point, he said.
Mr Gilbert said the group is currently knee deep in paperwork, but was positive any hurdles will be overcome and work should be able to start soon to get the track up to standard.
He said the railway was in good condition between Leongatha and Korumburra and would need minimal work to get it up and running.
We have been talking to a large rail maintenance contractor who is keen to give us a hand, he said.
We are working on striking up a deal with training rail workers to get the work done at a discounted rate. We get the work of a main line standard and they get certified.
The proposed extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail could be impeded by the return of trains, but Mr Gilbert said he didnt see any reason the trail couldnt be built alongside the railway line.
We see the benefits of both, he said.
It seems ludicrous to pull up decent infrastructure. Once it is removed, it will never return.
Once the trains are running between Leongatha and Koo Wee Rup, Mr Gilbert said it could create up to 40 jobs.
Initially most of the work will be done by volunteers, but we will be pushing towards employing people, he said.
How long that takes will depend on how popular the service is. With the marketing model we have, there are enough attractions down here to warrant it.
Mr Gilbert said their marketing model was largely aimed at tourists from Asia.
The group plans to run both steam and diesel engines on the line, starting with diesel and eventually, the line could incorporate a passenger service as well.
Mr Gilbert said they had all but secur...


Wooreen to remember 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOON it will be 100 years since the Wooreen community planted 35 oak trees in memory of the local soldiers who served in World War I.
Although nearly half of the trees didnt survive, 15 were replanted at the 90 year anniversary of the Wooreen Avenue of Honour 10 years ago.
Wooreen Avenue of Honour organising committee member Nicole Pouws said the community had worked tirelessly to ensure the small area of Wooreen continued to be recognised and for its avenue to be restored.
Its a beautiful place to drive through and to live in. The committee has been making sure we are prepared to mark the upcoming centenary commemoration, she said.
The South Gippsland Shire Councils parks and gardens coordinator Steve Missen and his team has been very proactive in the planting 10 years ago and also for getting it ready for the centenary.
It really has been a group effort and its very exciting to hold this commemoration.
The public is invited for the solemn commemoration on July 29 at 9.30am at the Avenue of Honour on Leongatha Yarragon Road, Wooreen and for a gathering afterwards at the Hallston Hall at 10.30 for light refreshments.
Former Victorian RSL president Major General David McLaughlin (retired) will return for the event, having visited 10 years ago to mark the planting of the saplings at the avenue.
Committee member and retired commander Matthew Ferguson who is researching soldiers who enlisted for WWI from the area, said it was a lengthy process but at this stage he had found four names of people who had served.
For more information on the event or to attend, please contact CMDR Ferguson on 0402 671 221.

Honoured: Wooreen Avenue of Honour committee members from left, Matthew and Denise Ferguson, Deb Brown, Nicole Pouw and Tom Daffy who made the daffodils for the event.


Saputo chief fronts farmers "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SAPUTO has explained its low opening price to suppliers in a series of meetings held across the region last week, which company CEO Lino Saputo Jnr came from Canada to attend.
In what was the first round of supplier meetings since the company made its opening price announcement, the Leongatha meeting was held last Tuesday.
Mr Saputo said the main purpose of the meeting was to explain why Saputo opened at $5.75 per kilogram of milk solids.
The meeting covered why we chose that price and what our expectations are for the balance of the year, he said.
Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg said the meeting on Tuesday was quite good.
Mr Saputo explained why it wasnt the best opening price. He explained he doesnt take gambles and wanted to show that Saputo was a stable company, he said.
Mr Vagg said it was great to see Mr Saputo come from Canada to attend the meetings and thought he put forward an interesting message.
He talked about loyalty and balancing out the needs of all the stakeholders in the business, not just the shareholders, he said.
I think the Murray Goulburn board got one thing right, it sold to the right company.
Saputo now operates the former Murray Goulburn factory in Leongatha and Mr Saputo said the company planned to invest capital in the plant.
He said expansion of the Leongatha facility was possible.
Right now, the Leongatha processing facility is being underutilised. Once it is running at a higher capacity, we can consider (investing in the factory), he said.
In order to increase the utilisation of the Leongatha factory, Saputo needs to increase milk supply.
It will take time for us to get suppliers back on board. While the (opening) price is important, at close we have had the leading price for the past five years, Mr Saputo said.
The opening price is just an indication of the season ahead, it is the closing price that matters.
Mr Vagg said many in attendance at the meeting wanted to know how Saputo planned to increase its milk supply.
One guy said Saputo didnt open high enough to get suppliers back. Mr Saputo said the only way to get suppliers back was by restoring trust, he said.
Mr Saputo said it was more responsible than opening high. He said the worst thing would be to open too high and be unable to maintain that price.
Mr Saputo said he agreed farmers were not being paid enough for their milk.
Suppliers inputs are going up, yet their revenue is going down. We want to take a leadership role in the industry and encourage suppliers to grow our base.
Once the balance between supply and demand is there, the economy will be much better for dairy farmers.
The future of the dairy industry is good all over the world. Consumption is consistently growing 2.5 percent per year, dairy is in g...


Local councils escape fast-track townhouse code for now "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Medium-density housing developments on the North Coast, such as this one, will be fast tracked in 20 days once a new code comes into effect. Image NSW Dept of Planning & Environment

Three North Coast shires have avoided being required to implement a new state-based housing code that would require them to fast-track two-storey apartment and townhouse proposals in urban residential areas within 20 days.

Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires have been given a 12-month period of grace until July 1 next year.

For all other local government areas, including Lismore, the Low Rise Medium Density Housing (MDH) Code commenced on July 6 this year.

Under the new code, low rise medium density housing becomes a complying development where if it is already permitted under a councils local environmental plan (LEP).

The delay in implementation will give councils time to re-examine their LEPs and make changes if necessary.

For example, dual occupancy, manor house and multi-dwelling developments are currently permissible in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone in the Tweed Shire.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said this would have been a significant departure from the current levels of consultation and assessment for these more intense developments.

No chance for comment

I think anyone would be shocked to find a multi-dwelling apartment going up next to them without having a chance to comment or raise concerns about impacts on their amenity, Cr Milne said.

The deferral provides councils with 12 months to consider the application of the code in their residential areas and, if necessary, to pursue amendments to their LEPs to regulate or prohibit medium density housing in locations where they do not want to the Code to operate, she added.

The deferral of the MDH Code and the resulting effect that all medium density development in Tweed, Ballina and Byron shires still requires development consent from Council until such time as the MDH Code becomes operational in those local government areas.

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Horsing around "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A PROPOSAL to build a new exhibition and equestrian centre at Stony Creek has been turned on its head.

The South Gippsland Shire Council has resolved to consider other locations within the shire for an exhibition/equestrian centre, despite years of campaigning for a facility to be built at Stony Creek.

After changes were made to the council plan at a special meeting on May 30, the council will abandon the progression of a business case to assess the establishment of a centre at Stony Creek.

It will now undertake a feasibility study into establishing a multipurpose exhibition/equestrian centre within the shire.

This is despite a 2016 South Gippsland Shire OurSay forum showing the idea garnered the most community support with over 500 votes, 300 clear of the next suggestion.

Former council manager sustainable communities Chris Van Der Ark said at the time The OurSay responses are extremely useful. Council will use these to inform its decision making on future capital works programs and applications for funding.

Stony Creek Exhibition Centre committee member Janine Bullock said it was a shame council had decided to look elsewhere within the shire, after so much work had been done on the Stony Creek proposal.

Stony Creek is central. A facility such as this needs to be in the centre of the shire so the entire region benefits, she said.

The economic benefits of an undercover facility will be the highest if its located in the centre of the shire. There is no use putting it on the fringe.

Ms Bullock said there was a strong case to build an exhibition centre at Stony Creek due to existing facilities and utilities.

Power and water are already available at Stony Creek, she said.

It is not just about horse events, everyone in Meeniyan is for the facility because it would be a multipurpose building.

Ms Bullock said there had already been interest from different industries, which would benefit from an undercover location to hold events.

She said things like cattle shows, judging competitions, working dog trials, markets, machinery demonstrations and field days are just some of the options for the facility, if built.

These sorts of things need an undercover facility to run, particularly during South Gippsland winters, she said.

The original plan also featured conference facilities, and the proximity of Stony Creek to the Great Southern Rail Trail is a huge benefit.

A council spokesperson said the council plan amendment requires a different scope of works to the consultancy tender recently advertised and a suitable consultant will be sought to complete the feasibility investig...


REVIEW: Moody Norwegian Lesbian Drama Thelma Echoes Carrie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A coming-of-age tale but not as we traditionally know it, Thelma places a fresh, dark twist on the genre to dazzling effect. At the core of Joachim Triers seductive film lies a recognisable story one of sexual awakening and discovering ones true self but a haunting supernatural element placed on the material allows ...

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Sydney vacancy rate jumps "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sydney vacancies rising

The latest building activity figures confirmed that the record number of apartments under construction in Sydney is now morphing into a surge in completions.

June is always a seasonally soft month for rental markets, but the latest release from SQM Research recorded a vacancy rate jumping all the way to 2.8 per cent for Sydney.

That's well up from 2 per cent a year earlier.

Vacancies were very high in the Hills District at 4.9 per cent.

But the inner suburbs have by no means been immune as apartments complete across the city. 

Melbourne's vacancy rate was just 1.6 per cent in the month of June 2018.

However, Melbourne now has more dwellings under construction than at any time in its history, as well as a range of transport, infrastructure, and commercial projects. 

Nationally, the vacancy rate declined from a year earlier from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent, representing a decline from 78,314 to 75,757 vacancies. 

There were year-on-year declines in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, and even Brisbane as more interstate migrants head north (as yet not fully recorded in official guesstimates, which have more lag than my Grandad's boiler).

You can find SQM's more detailed commentary in its always-excellent media release...


Have you seen Patricia? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Patricia Jung, missing from Fernleigh since Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo supplied

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman reported missing from Fernleigh, near Newrybar since Monday (July 16).

Patricia Jung, 65, was reported missing after she was last seen getting out of a car on Fernleigh Road, near Troughtons Lane, at about 11am.

Despite a search of the area, she has not been located.

Mrs Jung has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of a slim build, with blonde/grey hair tied in a ponytail, and with blue-green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved bright red shirt, track pants, zip-up short boots, and a green shoulder-length bag.

Anyone who sees Mrs Jung or has any information on her whereabouts are urged to come forward.

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


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Australia rallies to Protect Our Winters "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

An Australian chapter of Protect Our Winters (POW) will be officially launched this week, with a visit from pro skier Chris Davenport.  Chris is a POW board member and will be visiting Thredbo and Mt Buller as part of his trip.

Chris will speak at Mt Buller on July 24 and at Thredbo on Friday July 27. There will also be a Hike for POW to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko during the day on the 27th.

The following media release comes from POW Australia:

With snow flurries across the Australian Alps this week its an apt time for the launch of the Australian chapter of the global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW).

The official launch of POW Australia this week will be followed by a visit from two-time world champion pro skier Chris Davenport.  Davenport is a POW board member and is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today.  Among his many mountaineering achievement Chris was the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorados 14,000 foot peaks in less than a year.  He has also guided and skied on Mt Everest.

Chris is visiting Mt Buller and Thredbo resorts during his time in Australia, spreading the word on why we need winter and will speak at the Mt Buller cinema on Tuesday 24th July 2018. The talk will be followed by a screening of the new Teton Gravity Research film Rogue Elements in which Mt Buller Mitch Reeves features.

Thredbo will then build on the program with a Hike for POW to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko on Friday 27 July  and a speaker program that evening in resort.

Protect Our Winters activity in Australia started in 2017 when professional snowboarder and POW Founder Jeremy Jones and his family were invited to Mt Buller by long-time friend Tony Harro Harrington. The Jones family came to Mt Buller and Thredbo where Jeremy established the first Australian POW resort alliance at Thredbo.  This kicked off the the charge towards positive climate action within the snow industry with Falls Creek now also involved and more resorts expected to formalise their participation in the program.

Since founding POW 10 years ago, the organisation has grown to a global network of over 130,000 supporters and engaging with 60 million+ snowsports enthusiasts across the world, a following that is fast growing momentum in Australian alpine communities.

Leading the campaign in Australia is a passionate group of advocates including Tony Harro Harrington, Rhylla Morgan, Josh Fletcher and Kerris McLiver based at Mt Buller, all who have extensive experience in the snow and outdoor sports industry.

At the heart of it Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry br...


Arts student helps to highlight science festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Charly Crossing, winner of the 2018 Arts Vs Science Festival poster design competition. Photo supplied

Out of eighty colourful posters created by Southern Cross University design students, one eye-catching design has been chosen as the official poster for Augusts upcoming Arts Vs Science Festival.

The festival brings together artists and scientists, and everyone in between, from some of the Northern Rivers leading education, research and action institutions for Lismores big National Science Week event in August.

Winning entrant Charly Crossing, who is in her first year of digital media and communications at Southern Cross, responded to the news enthusiastically.

Now I have had my poster chosen I will definitely have to attend the festival! Charly quipped.

Southern Cross University visual communication lecturer Dr Louise Kolff said students responded in so many different ways, producing wonderful posters for the Festival, while learning a lot about design principles along the way.

Three exhibitions across Lismore will feature these posters leading up to the Arts Vs Science Festivalon Saturday August 18 at The Quad.

Posters will be exhibited at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus Library from August 20, and in the Lismore Regional Library from July 30. Then shortlisted posters will be featured in an exhibition on the day of the Festival in the Lismore Regional Gallerys event space.

Cultivating the collaborations that form the core of The Quad and the Northern Rivers Science Hub, the...


Cher Says Shes Done An Entire Album Of ABBA Covers "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Cher has revealed shes recorded an entire album of ABBA covers, after performing the groups classic Fernando for the Mamma Mia sequel. After I did Fernando, I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did, she told US Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford. But she teased ...

The post Cher Says Shes Done An Entire Album Of ABBA Covers appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.


Why were highway subcontractors left without pay for almost a year? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some subcontractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade have remained unpaid for almost a year following the collapse of contractor Oswald Bros. Photo RMS website

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, has welcomed reports that Pacific Highway subcontractors affected by the collapse Oswald Bros last year would finally be getting financial assistance from the NSW Government for work they did on the upgrade.

But he has lashed out at the amount of time it has taken the government to organise the payout.

These 23 local subcontractors were left over $7.2 million dollars out of pocket when Oswald Bros collapsed into administration. Some have already lost their homes, jobs and businesses, Mr Pugh said.

They were left unprotected after the NSW Government and the Nationals failed to fully implement the recommendations of the Collins inquiry.

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier, John Barrilaro, met with the group yesterday, promising financial assistance.

Mr Barrilaro admitted to local media there had been delays but blamed them on legal complexitites.

The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency, chaired by Bruce Collins QC, was released in January 2013.

But Mr Pugh says the government has yet to commit to fully implementing recommendations that would have protected small businesses.

This announcement has been a long time coming and it should never have come to this. I am glad that these small businesses will be getting some financial assistance and I will be following up to make sure they are happy with the outcome. Mr Pugh said.

This stuff up by the Government has already cost many of these businesses too much, with some forced to sell machinery on the cheap, some forced to sell their homes and others put under extreme financial hardship. It has now cost the NSW taxpayer too.

Labor has stood by these subbies until they got paid, taking their plight up in the media, running a community petition and meeting with them in parliament. This is what effective oppositions do, they stand up for those that are dealing with an uncaring and incompetent government.

It is now time for the Nationals to make sure this never happens again. It is time to change the law to protect subbies like these, Mr Pugh said.

Speaking on...


Symmetry of sorts "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

These images were made last week in a nice patch of bush that I havent visited before, an area of public land just to the east of Green Gully. Birds were scarce Scarlet Robins and Varied Sittellas were the highlight but I suspect there is more to be discovered.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Green Gully, 12th July 2018


Wu-Tang Clan announce 2018 Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Wu-Tang Clan have announced two Australian shows at the Sydney Opera House for the 25th Anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)The shows will take place on December 8th and 9th, 2018.

The Australian shows will feature RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA and Cappadonna performing their iconic debut album in full.

Ahead of performing at Sydney Opera House, RZA says: The Sydney Opera House is one of the worlds most iconic venues. Its architecture and acoustics are inspirations for various genres of artistic expressions.

Wu-Tang Clan is cooking up something special for Australia. The Opera House will be infused with a dose of real hip hop thats sure to rock from bottom to top. We cant wait to perform there.

Wu-Tang Clan announce Australian showsWu-Tang Clans Australian shows will happen at the Sydney Opera House on December 8th and 9th.

Wu-Tang Clan Australian shows

Sydney Opera House pre-sale  Wednesday 18 July 2018 9am AEST

Tickets on sale to the general public  Thursday 19 July 2018 9am AEST


Make the switch and ditch the plastic "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Are you ready to become a Plastic Free Champion?

It is time to Make the Switch. Byron Shire his leading the charge and is encouraging businesses to become plastic free with Plastic Free Byron leading the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the Shire.

Currently, Plastic Free Byron are working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream, said campaign co-ordinator Coral Latella.

Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags are all being targeted for removal.

All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, our job is to work with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them.

In collaboration with Plastic Free Byrons 31 Actions in 31 Days initiative for Plastic Free July, Make the Switch encourages individuals and businesses within the Byron community to take action against single use plastics and sign up to the program today.

Bayleaf caf in Byron has already become a Plastic Free Champion. Photo supplied.

Plastic Free Champion



Miracle: dog saves joey instead of attacking it "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Atlas (right) with Isla, in the care of WIRES after being found in his dead mothers pouch by a dog. Photo Tricia Griffin

WIRES all too frequently receives calls about wallabies that have been attacked by dogs. Sadly, the outcome is almost always tragic. So in March this year when the WIRES Hotline was phoned about a joey that had been brought in by a dog, WIRES expected the worst.

Dubbed Atlas after the dog that found him, the little swamp wallaby was delivered by the caller to a Byron Bay vet, who called WIRES. He was flat and non-responsive, and neither the vet nor the WIRES carer expected Atlas to last the night.

But this little joey was a fighter and, after a week of intensive care, he started to turn the corner.

Once he was on the way to good health, his WIRES carer contacted the member of the public whose dog had brought the joey in to update them on progress and to find out what really happened. Only then did the miracle of the story become clear.

As it transpired, a dead wallaby had been seen some four or five days beforehand on the periphery of the callers property. Their dog, a Belgian Shepherd named Atlas, had been seen sniffing at the body days before, but it was assumed the wallaby was long dead and no one went to check.

Far from attacking the joey, Atlas the dog was curious about the small joey that was no doubt struggling and calling inside its mums pouch. In a remarkable show of compassion, Atlas finally took the joey out of his dead mothers pouch and carried it to his humans, laying him at their feet. In fact, Atlas the dog saved this little joeys life, as without him the joey would perished unfound in the pouch.

Atlas the joey is going from strength to strength and in a couple of months will be released back into the wild. He is pictured here (on the right) with Isla (on the left) who came into care about the same time.

Please always check the pouch of any dead wallaby or kangaroo you see on the side of the road, even if you are unsure if it has been dead for a while. You might just be saving a little life. Once you have checked the pouch, drag the body away out of sight so others dont need to re-check.

Of course, not all dogs are as wildlife friendly as Atlas. Please always keep dogs contained and never let them chase wi...


Not dead but not moving either "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Over the years Judy from Limestone has contributed several interesting photos to this blogsite and as previously noted they all involve dead things. Her latest contribution is a photograph (below) of the inside of a wasps mud nest which had accidentally been knocked off a wall. This time the creatures inside are not dead, but []


1) HoA with Freeport is big step, Jokowi argues against critics "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Government oversells PT Freeport Indonesia agreement
3) Contrasting accounts of Indonesian genocide and betrayal in West Papua
4) Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat
5) SKP HAM urges the government to open democratic space for Papuan students

1) HoA with Freeport is big step, Jokowi argues against critics



Time for a new US Air Force One "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Air Force One is a fleet of at least two highly customised Boeing 747-200 commercial jets which the US Air Force is currently replacing with 747-8s.

One of the websites illustrators lent a hand with visualizing a more American look.

These new aircraft are actually undelivered planes ordered by bankrupt Rusian airline, Transaero.


Liberals continue to behave badly - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Liberal local government councillor and a Berejiklian Government Liberal MP discovered conducting what appears to be some decidedly unparliamentary business by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption during Operation Dasha.

ABC News, 13 July 2018:

New South Wales Government MP Daryl Maguire has resigned from his role as a parliamentary secretary and will now sit on the crossbench after admitting before a corruption inquiry that he sought payment over a property deal.

Mr Maguire stepped aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party after the revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The corruption watchdog is investigating claims of improper conduct by former Canterbury City councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi and today heard a tapped phone call between Mr Hawatt and Mr Maguire.

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Stefan Molyneux & Lauren Southerns hate-speech tour kicks off in Cairns (with a little help from the AFL) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Yeesh. The Australian Football League (AFL) has been combating allegations of racism for some time now. Recent headlines include : Racist slur on footy field still hurts former Freo Docker Scott Chisholm, Steve Butler, The West Australian, July 13, 2018 Continue reading


West Australian Labor Govt set to ban scissors "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


A 19-year-old man has launched into a rambling outburst on his first appearance in court charged with the murders of his 48-year-old mother, her 15-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son in Perths north-eastern suburbs.


Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts (left) was charged after his mother, Michelle Petersen, and her son, Rua, were found dead and her daughter Bella was found critically injured at a house in Ellenbrook, about 30 kilometres north-east of the city centre, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers went to the house after they were initially called to a convenience store on The Broadway at 1:30am on Sunday.

Police allege Mr Petersen-Crofts had entered the store and asked staff to call police.

They then investigated the property and found the two bodies, and the teenage girl outside the house fighting for her life.

Later on Sunday morning, officers found a large pair of scissors lying in a verge garden bed about 30 metres from the house.

Investigators photographed the scissors before placing them in an evidence container and removing them from the scene.

Mr Petersen-Crofts was remanded to the Frankland Centre secure mental health facility at Graylands Hospital.

Cairnsnews is appalled at such wanton murders. The alleged culprit is obviously a nut case. His ethnic appearance should shed light on this tragic event. All our thoughts are with the families.




Entrepreneurship, business, & building an empire "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A recent podcast interview I recorded in Sydney with the inspirational Angie Zimmerman, author of Addicted2Success

Listen on i-Tunes here


Plastic Free July "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Good Newlands folk - wherever you are on your plastic journey come and be inspired and learn a little more. 

Plastic Free July Event at the Merri Clan this Wednesday 7.30.

Have you tasted the best mulled wine in Darebin? This is your big chance. The Merri Clan will be the gathering place for a Transition Darebin midwinter get together. It is Plastic Free July, so feel free to share some of your successes and struggles, or simply come along for a social chat.

We will be out the back in the large room (through the entrance and pub area, past the courtyard, to the gathering space). Dont forget to pick up your mulled wine on the way through!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Merri Clan @15 Gilbert Rd, Preston (just round the corner from Miller St and on the No.11 West Preston tram line)....


Room for Rent "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Room to Rent Coburg- $200 (dog friendly).

Move in 23 August!

Hi, I'm a mature single woman in a long term rental, looking for male or female 30 50 to share my home.

The Space:
The room is light and breezy, polished floor boards, small med size.
Floor boards throughout, it has a spacious kitchen dining and lounge, split system, dishwasher, separate laundry, two toilets, large outdoor living area, large front and backyard with fruit trees, herb/vegie garden and outdoor living area. On a corner block, in Ohea St, on a bike and walking track, bus route and short walk to tram and train. Milk bar straight across the road and OHea's bakery at the end of the street.

I work locally, I like a friendly social home, with enough areas to have your own space.
I intend on adopting a dog in the next 6 months, I'm a chef by trade,  avid 3RRR and PBS listener, love gardening, cooking, live music and a good Netflix series.

Looking for a place to settle for a year or more, dog friendly, enjoys conversation and having a relaxed chilled home life. If you're into gardening, music, cooking thats a bonus!
Someone with an environmental and community conscience would be wonderful.


Energy Comparison Website "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


If you use the Victorian Government's energy comparison website (for gas and electricity providers) between 1 July and 31 December, they'll send you $50.


Common bird not so common views "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If there is one bird that epitomises our garden its the New Holland Honeyeater.

This noisy, bold and aggressive honeyeater can be found year-round dominating the foliage in search of insects and nectar. Ive even see it attempt to chase off Red Wattlebirds no mean feat.

Typical views of this bird will be familiar to readers of the blog this set of images capture some different perspectives.

New Holland Honeyeater, Newstead, 12th July 2018


Anna's table "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I've been making a few tables and benches from the stacks of Australian hardwood and oregon out the back of the Junkyard Gallery. This is one for Anna - a standing desk with an oregon and cedar top (Australian red cedar and western red from old staircases) and red hardwood 4x2 legs

Our kitchen bench


1) Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) West Papuans tired of ongoing political conflict

1) Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga
5:30 pm today 


Opt-Out Period Begins For My Health Record Amid Privacy Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australians are being warned to consider potential privacy issues with the new digital My Health Record system as the three-month opt-out period for the scheme begins. Peoples medical records will be stored on a national database under the federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff. The records will ...

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APRadio podcast 15 July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Fellow Mushrooms

Harry Palmer- Features in todays APRadio podcast the upheaval with Mark Latham exposing Labor party crooks and criminal dealings sending Shorten into a tail spin with the by-elections just 2 weeks out. Do you know about the Fixated Threat Assessment Centres where anyone over 10 years old can be held for 14 day psychiatrist review if you dare to send letters questioning pollies, police, of public servants ?  Harry and Mike go into detail with the Fixated Persons act to silence you having your say.

Click on link below to listen or download...


Northern Territory and ACT Fight to Legalise Euthanasia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Northern Territory and ACT may soon have control over their euthanasia laws, after a motion was recently introduced in the Federal Senate. The motion, brought by Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, would see territory governments free to legislate on euthanasia, rather than being vetoed by the Federal government.

The post Northern Territory and ACT Fight to Legalise Euthanasia appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


FOBIF AGM: first notice "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The FOBIF Annual General Meeting will be held this year on Monday August 27 at 7.30 pm. More details about the location, program and guest speaker are forthcoming.

Do you want to play a role on the FOBIF committee? Or nominate someone else to the committee? All thats needed is a piece of paper signed by the nominee, a nominator and a seconderall FOBIF members. Theres no need of an official form, but for convenience, heres a sample:

I nominate_________________________________

for the position of____________________________



I accept the above nomination


Positions on the committee are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two ordinary members. Nominations should be in before the meeting.


(Video) Dr. Michael Salla -- Deep State Wants Antarctica Aliens to be your New God "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Published on Jun 19, 2018

Who are the Deep State and are they really hiding ancient beings in Antarctica? Join Ben N Rob as we present our 3rd and final interview with Dr. Michael Salla at Contact in the Desert in Indian Wells, California, as we talk about the Deep State, who is Qanon and is he more than just a man behind a computer?

Dr. Michael Salla is an internationally recognized scholar in international politics, conflict resolution and US foreign policy, and is the author/editor of an additional four books. He has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka, and organized peacemaking initiatives involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts.


Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lamas 83rd Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Blue Mountains locals were welcomed to a traditional Tibetan cultural celebration to commemorate the 14th Dalai Lamas 83rd birthday last Friday at the old library in Katoomba. The event gave exiled Tibetans living in the Blue Mountains an opportunity to thank the Blue Mountains community and celebrate the Dalai Lamas birthday with the taste, colour, music and dance of Tibet. There are approximately 50 Tibetan adults and children living in the Blue Mountains and many arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. All of them are refugees or children of refugees who fled Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1950 and made the long trek over the Himalayas to reach safety in Nepal. The first Tibetan refugee settled in Katoomba nine years ago and others arrived after the Dalai Lama visited the Blue Mountains in 2015. In the last six months some families have arrived directly from India on humanitarian visas. Ms Dhongdue praised the local community saying that Tibetan refugees had been embraced with warmth and love.


For the birds "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A large group rocked up to FOBIFs July walk on Sunday, led by Damian Kelly, author of the recently published Castlemaine Bird Walks. The walk covered a section of the north eastern corner of the Maldon Historic area. The weather was fine and cool, and the birds discreetbut they were there to see: the best list for the group was 38 species, and the prize sighting was some nest building babblers.

In the Maldon Historic Reserve yesterday: the birds were discreet, but they were there for the observer.

An interesting feature of this walk, between Muckleford station and the Smiths Reef dam, was the contrast between the quite spindly tree cover in the Historic area and the fine, very old eucalypts on some of the surrounding farmland: a haunting sign of the rashness of past forest management practices. The photos give an idea:

Fine old Red Box on private land alongside the Castlemaine-Maldon trail: its ironic that cleared farmland often has better tree specimens than adjacent public land reserves.


All hat and no cattle "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Stock and flow

A quick shout-out to SQM Research and its excellent range of data series! 

As the Royal Commission approaches its interim report, fewer vendors are listing their homes and investment properties for sale in Sydney. 

The number of new listings for this time of year is now tracking at the lowest level since 2013. 

However, those properties already on the market are taking longer to sell.

And so total number of listings is at the highest level in Sydney since 2012 (while acknowledging that the population of Greater Sydney has swelled by about  million since that time, depending upon where you draw the boundaries). 

It's bittersweet to read these statistics as a property buyer. 

In the suburbs where we normally buy houses such as Bondi Junction I take a sideways glance at the online listings to find that there are - wait for it - a grand total of three houses to choose from (including a tiny 2-bedroom cottage, and a house on the modern day car park that is Bondi Road). 

Family-appropriate houses: one. 

If you look with a magnifying glass, you might just be able to make out an increase in the number of eastern suburbs houses listed for sale.




People power "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Bridging the gap

While there's been much talk of 'cuts' to the annual rate of immigration, the number of people heading to Australia appears to be as strong as ever, with record high temporary and bridging visas helping to, erm, bridge the gap.

Annual permanent and long term arrivals hit a record 803,030 over the year to May 2018, which is considerably higher than the 708,910 of only three years earlier. 

There was, furthermore, a record number of seasonally adjusted short-term resident returns in May.

Asian tourism and education boom

Meanwhile, short-term arrivals hit a record seasonally adjusted high of 728,600 in the month of May 2018.

Over the year short-term arrivals now exceed 9 million, also a record.

Sydney retains its position as by far the biggest drawcard for overseas visitors. 

Most short-term visitors intend to stay in New South Wales (3.42 million), Victoria (2.27 million), and Queensland (1.95 million). 

The ABS notes that caution should be applied to the place of intended stay for the months of April and May, with an unusually high number opting for Canberra (shome mishtake, shurely!), so any blips relating to the past month or two should be interpreted accordingly. 



Open House Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Open House 2018

Would you like to come on a tour of the station at 21 Smith Street, Fitzroy? 3CR is part of this year's Open House Melbourne on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. We're throwing open our doors to the public, so make sure you secure a ticket online now. Come and see programming in action, jump behind the mic and meet some of our volunteers. 



Stallholder Profile for Rustic Urban Soap Co

Your name: Bek
Your business name: Rustic Urban Soap Co
Facebook/website name and link: and
The suburb/town you live in now: Fraser Coast
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Handmade cold processed soap mostly, although I do also make soy candles, wax melts, bath bombs, and natural skincare including creams, lotions and oils, I've even been known to make natural mineral make-up from time to time. Throughout the years I've studied chemistry, and have a background in aromatherapy, naturopathy, nutrition and healthcare. 



Family Shooting Raises Concerns About Gun Ownership "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

It has been reported that last week, handgun permit holder John Edwards shot dead his two teenage children at West Pennant Hills in North-Western Sydney, and later took his own life, because he was denied contact in a child custody battle. Its yet another family violence tragedy to hit the media headlines with faces,

The post Family Shooting Raises Concerns About Gun Ownership appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Plastic-free July sees clean-up of Byron beaches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local volunteers helped clean 15 litres of plastic rubbish from Apex Park on July 9. Photo supplied

The month is barely half-way done and already there have been two major clean-ups of plastic residue on Byrons beaches.

The first event on July 9, hosted by North East Waste and local community group Positive Change for Marine Life featured a Pick it up and Bin it clean-up in busy Apex Park.

In less than an hour the volunteers collected around 15 litres of mostly small plastic based items including more than 160 cigarette butts!

People often dont realise cigarette butts are made of plastic.

North East Waste litter project coordinator Karen Rudkin said it was a very busy time at the popular foreshore park and the clean-up really gave maximum exposure to the litter issue. We engaged locals and visitors alike in taking responsibility for litter, whether their own or littered by others, to help reduce the negative impact it has on our precious coastal environment.

Its Plastic Free July so the perfect time to make the switch from those single use plastic items and help put a stop to the damage that land based litter is causing to our ocean both here at home and across the world Karen said.

On Saturday (July 14) Positive Change for Marine turned their attention to Torakina Park Brunswick Heads.

They were joined by local group Mullum Cares, who are running their own Plastic Free July campaign Bunting Love to encourage paper and fabric buntings as an alternative to balloons.



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Melbourne's Sudanese Ring-leader sticking it to Channel 7 over Sudanese gangs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Here's their logo: Apparently it's the Sudanese way to gang up when you want to have a go at someone. Here's the video - thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip!


Back to Brunswick hot rod show shines again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photos by Jeff Dawson

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Back to Brunswick Hot Rod Run, in memory of Pete Chapouris.

This year, Petes son, Pete Chapouris IV was a special guest.

Last weekends event featured daily lunchtime cruises on Friday and Saturday followed by the annual Show & Shine- complete with trophy presentation in the park opposite Hotel Brunswick on Sunday (15 July).

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LGBTIQ Teachers Face Discrimination At Work, Study Finds "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQ teachers in New South Wales is relatively widespread and taking a toll on their psychological wellbeing, according to new research. Of the just-over 1000 LGBTIQ teachers who participated in the study conducted by Western Sydney University and the NSW Teachers Federation trade union, 42 per cent of them reported experiences of ...

The post LGBTIQ Teachers Face Discrimination At Work, Study Finds appeared first on QNews Magazine.



Meet new 'Westie', actor Gregory Caine

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Something obvious "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

On the subject of old trees, and the lack of them, its worth drawing attention to a recent article in the Conversation website on their value:

In urban landscapes, many consider large and old eucalypts a dangerous nuisance that drop limbs, crack footpaths and occupy space that could be used for housing. But when we remove these trees they are effectively lost forever. It takes at least 100-200 years before a eucalypt reaches ecological maturity.

As trees mature, their branches become large and begin to grow horizontally rather than vertically, which is more attractive to many birds as perches and platforms where they can construct a nest.

Ravenswood interchange, May 2016. The number of native birds in an urban park or open space declines by half with the loss of every five mature eucalypts. 1800 such trees were destroyed in this exercise. Is there a better way of getting safety?

Wildlife also use cavities inside ageing eucalypts. These are formed as the heartwood the dead wood in the centre decays. When a limb breaks it exposes cavities where the heartwood once occurred.

This is such a ubiquitous process in our forests that around 300 of Australias vertebrate species, such as possums, owls, ducks, parrots and bats, have evolved to use these cavities as exclusive places to roost or nest.

Mature trees also support high concentrations of food for animals that feed on nectar, such as honeyeaters, or seed, such as parrots.

One study found that the number of native birds in an urban park o...


Sculpture taking centre stage in Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Raven Esque finishing off his sculpture that now forms the second part of the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. Photo Aslan Shand.

Sculpture is taking root in Mullumbimby with the $30,000 Spirit of Chincogan commission currently seeking submissions and the inaugural Ingenuity Community Sculpture Festival set to take place during the Mullum Music Festival later in the year.

Both the Spirit of Chincogan and the Ingenuity Sculpture Festival are currently open for artists in the Northern Rivers to submit ideas to exhibit. Supporting the requests for submissions of public art the Byron Community College is running a course on Producing Public Art in Byron on July 21 and 28.

This is an opportunity for artists who are wishing to hone their skills for producing art in public places, said Suvira McDonald from Creative Mullum who are coordinating both the Spirit of Chincogan commission and sculpture walk.

The course will equip aspiring public artists to prepare submissions for future projects in the Shire, said Suvira.

The Spirit of Chincogan sculpture is being funded by Creative Mullum and the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and they are looking for a sculpture that explores the histories and mythical interpretations of Mullumbimbys landmark formation, Chincogan.

With rumours that Chincogan represents mens genitalia to it being the vantage spot that was used to sight approaching supply ships as they entered the Brunswick River you can find out more about this local landmark online at the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk website. Expressions of interest (EoI) for the sculptural piece can be submitted up until July 31 online. Three to five concepts will be shortlisted and have $500 to...


Dust Hustle 7 tickets on sale for amateur riders "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

If you are interested in dressing up and riding an inappropriate bike sideways around a dirt track, then you should get in quick and grab your tickets for the seventh Ellaspede Dust Hustle at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway, Brisbane, on 1 September 2018.

Tickets for the fun event go on sale online tomorrow (July 18) from 6pm for riders.

Cost is $95 and only 140 tickets are available.

Ellaspede spokesman Hughan Seary says rider tickets last year sold out in under 30 minutes.

So were hoping to go faster this time around, he says.

Amateur fun

As the video shows, its a fun amateur event.

Hughan calls it Australias biggest inappropriate dirt day.

This year were building on the successful format from last year as we think it worked really well.Ellaspede Dust Hustle

Features include:

  • The Food Truck Roundup with 10+ gourmet trucks;
  • Trade stall alley;
  • Open pits;
  • Trackside bar;
  • Spectator raffle; and
  • Pro riders including Geoff Ballard plus more to be announced in the next few weeks.

The event is held at the Mick Doohan Mick Doohan Raceway in north Brisbane on 1 September 2018.



Club legends nominated "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Drysdale Soccer Club has nominated not one, but two, of its stalwarts for the prestigious Viva Energy Club Legend award.

Drysdale Soccer Club has put two names forward Nicole Carter and Andrew Shears.

Nicole Carter has been the clubs secretary for two years and before that was a general committee member.

Nicole has also performed other roles amongst the community including being on the GRFC womens task force and also piloted the Female Friendly Clubs program working with FFV.

Nicole has been the clubs Division 1 captain for the past two years and was a runaway best and fairest last season.

Nicole played a major role in helping the club get new facilities in Drysdale itself after years of being football nomads. Sponsorship numbers have increased tenfold since Nicole came on board.

Andrew Shears has been involved with Drysdale Soccer Club for four years.

Shearsy looks after more than 260 players each year as the clubs registrar and is team manager for the two womens teams.

Andrew is the friendly guy who is always about the club and will have a chat with anyone. He makes everyone feel welcome and included and is huge ambassador for womens soccer in the Geelong region, always looking for opportunities to promote the game at a local level through media articles he writes and connections he has made in the game.

A perfect example of Andrews thoughtfulness is when he brought oranges to a womens game. One player had a skin condition on her hands, and Andrew knew this beforehand and had cut up oranges on toothpicks for that one player so she didnt miss out.

Nicole and Andrew will vie for $5000 each for themselves and Drysdale Soccer Club in Viva Energys 2018 Club Legend Award, which has a total prize pool of $50,000 for local clubs and their volunteers.

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Media and trashed home-owners to blame says Sudanese Ring-leader "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

From The Australian And here is the tally of crimes committed - according to Melbourne's leading South Sudanese figure - by the media and the owners of trashed houses.


NSW premier puts pressure on disgraced Liberal MP "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Shady dealings: Disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire. Photo AAP

SYDNEY, AAP The NSW premier is urging disgraced state MP Daryl Maguire to consider quitting politics after he was caught discussing the size of his cut from the multi-million dollar sale of a Sydney property.

Gladys Berejiklian said she felt deep disappointment after learning about phone recordings played at a corruption inquiry on Friday of the Wagga Wagga MP trying to strike a deal in 2016 with then-Canterbury City councillor Michael Hawatt.

Mr Maguire quit the Liberal party on Friday night after the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard the recordings.

The conversation revolved around the MP trying to arrange with Mr Hawatt the dividend theyd get for helping arrange the sale to a Chinese developer.

Mr Maquire also quit as the governments parliamentary secretary for counter-terrorism, corrections, veterans and the Centenary of ANZAC but currently plans to remain in parliament as an independent.

Hes denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with Mr Hawatt.

The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an appropriate new candidate could be preselected.

While it was up to Mr Maguire to decide if he would stay on until the March state election, she encouraged him to think carefully about whether he could effectively represent the people of Wagga Wagga in the meantime.

Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey has also called on Mr Maquire to seriously consider quitting parliament.

Acting NSW Labor opposition leader Michael Daley said Mr Maguire shouldnt be allowed to remain on the crossbench as a lame duck wrongdoer until the state election.

Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, has apologised for causing distress and embarrassment to the party.

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Big public meeting in Melbourne defends the ABC "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed by members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 15 July), two thousand people came to a public meeting organised by the Friends of the ABC at Melbourne Town Hall. They came to voice their opposition to the defunding of the public broadcaster and the threat of its privatisation.

The level of passion that compelled so many to take part, is best summed up in a series of polls over the last few years, which show the public broadcaster is trusted more than any other institution in Australia. The ABC is trusted far more than any other media (80 percent), and its services to the community are valued (80 percent again).

A small part of thew crowd at the Melbourne
Town Hall meeting

The meeting was chaired by Professor Peter Greste, whose freedom from Egyptian detention for reporting on events there, was won through an international campaign. A range of celebrities spoke to the audience, in person, or through video or written message.  The Greens and Labor expressed support and objectives of the Friends of the ABC.

While many do have their criticisms of the ABC, few would deny that it at least does provide some capacity for other points of view, plays a keys role in the promotion of Australian culture and the training of talent, and its role in providing communications and information in times of great need.

These are precisely the reasons why there are those who have taken on the mission to get rid of it. And the defenders understand this clearly. This was shown at the Town Hall, where special attention was given to the Institute for Public Affairs (API), which has been at the head of the drive against the ABC, to Rupert Murdoch, who seeks to complete his hold over Australian media.

A relentless war is being waged on the back of arguing that government should not be involved in media and that public funding gets in the way of market competition. Neither argument hold water. The control of the government on what the ABC broadcasts is limited. Otherwise governments would have silenced it long ago. Although there ids control over the budget,...


Not everyone was impressed by NSW Roads and Maritime Services temporary asphalt batching plant "drop-in information session" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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The Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina is being progressed by the Pacific Complete consortium composed of NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), UK multinational Laing O'Rourke and Canadian multinational WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff.

On 11 July 2018 this consortium held a drop-in information session on the subject of the proposed temporary asphalt batching plant at Woombah, a small village in the Clarence River estuary.

This batching plant servicing the Pacific Highway upgrade for the next two and a half years will see up tp 600 heavy and light vehicle movements each day at the Pacific Highway turnoff to Woombah and Iluka - up to 500 heavy vehicle and 100 light vehicle.

Residents from Woombah and Iluka attended the information session.

It was a masterpiece of information sharing a...


Two Gay Men Publicly Caned In Indonesias Aceh Province "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Two men accused of having gay sex have been publicly caned 87 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh. On Friday, Aceh officials staged the public canings of the two men and 13 others in front of a crowd of 300 people who jeered during both of their punishments, CNN reported. Aceh is the ...

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Byron train wins major sustainability award solar train "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At Melbournes Crown Casino last Thursday night a small not for profit heritage rail operator from Byron Bay took the Rail Sustainability Award at the Australasian Rail Association Awards.

It is fantastic to see the Byron Bay Railroad Company receive this Award for converting a 1949 heritage diesel rail car into the worlds first solar powered conventional train said Danny Broad, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association. This is leading the way in the use of sustainable energy resources in the rail industry.

The solar train project was a collaborative effort delivered in conjunction with Lithgow Railway Workshop, Nickel Energy and ELMOFO. A lot of different people have been involved and it was a hard fought battle said Jeremy Holmes. So its nice to be recognised by the rail industry for what we have achieved in firstly delivering a heritage railway service and secondly showcasing where sustainability can have an impact in the rail industry.

The Byron Bay Train was launched on 16 December 2017 and operates daily services on the 3km coastal track between the North Beach Station at the end of Bayshore Drive in the Byron Arts Estate and the Byron Beach Platform at the Shirley Street level crossing in Byron town centre. The two carriage train seats 92 passengers with room for bicycles, luggage and surfboards. Since commencement not one service has been missed.

We truly are sustainable in that we are generating more energy than we are using said Rail Safety Manager Geoff Clark, who has guided the project for the past five years. We have focused on reuse of old rail assets as opposed to new build. People said it couldnt happen and it wouldnt work. Yet it does. Its quiet, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

This award follows two recent wins at the Good Design Awards held at the Sydney Opera House in May, where Byron Bay Railroad Company was both a Good Design Award Gold Winner in the Product Design category and a Good Design Award Winner in the Engineering category, in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

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Drunk driver caught 87km/h over limit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged with drink driving after allegedly being detected travelling at more than 180km/h near Byron Bay on Sunday (July 15).

About 8.45am, Traffic & Highway Patrol officers were operating a speed radar on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah when they allegedly detected a Honda Civic travelling north at 187km/h in the 100km/h area.

Whilst attempting to catch up to the Honda, officers saw it overtake seven cars and a semi-trailer at an estimated speed of 185km/h.

Officers stopped the Honda near Tandys Lane where the driver and sole occupant, 34-year-old man, was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken Brunswick Heads Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis that allegedly returned a reading of 0.152.

The Queensland man is due to appear at Mullumbimby Local Court on Monday August 27 charged with driving recklessly/furiously or at a dangerous speed/manner, high range PCA, and exceed speeding the speed limit more than 45 km/h.

His licence was also suspended.

Duty officer Detective Inspector Matthew Kehoe said the message that drink-driving and speeding kills is not getting through.

Its quite simple: people are dying on our roads because of poor decisions made by drivers and riders.

We will continue to take people off the roads who choose to drink and drive, or who cant stay within the speed limit, Det Ins Kehoe said.


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Rescue chopper called to Mt Warning again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The rescue helicopter winches a 17-year-old male teenager to safety from the Mt Warning track. Photo WRHS

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to Mount Warning (Wollumbin) on Saturday (July 14) to rescue a 17-year-old male who had got into trouble on the track.

The teen was reported to have been walking with friends and family when the incident occurred.

It marks the second rescue at the mountain in three weeks, after a 14-year-old boy got into trouble and had to be winched to safety on June 26.

The medical team were dropped onto winch point no: 4, which is just below the summit.

The helicopter critical care medical team stabilsed the teen, who they treated for a suspected leg fracture and transported by helicopter to Tweed Hospital.

On Sunday (July 15) the helicopter was called to a rural property near Mongogarie, west of Casino, following reports that a 60-year-old male rider had suffered severe injuries after falling from his horse.

The man was treated for chest and back injuries and transported to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

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Police seek help to find woman missing for 8 months "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are seeking help to find Deborah Cox, who has been missing for more than eight months in the Murwillumbah area. Photo supplied.

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman believed to have gone missing on the North Coast.

Deborah Cox, aged 59, was last seen by her family about eight months ago when she was living in the Murwillumbah / Cabarita area.

Her family reported her missing to police on Saturday (July 14).

Officers from Tweed / Byron Police District have now commenced inquiries into her disappearance and have concerns for her welfare.

Theyre appealing for public assistance as they attempt to locate her.

Deborah is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 170cm to 175cm tall, with a thin build, brown eyes and short dark/grey hair.

Anyone who sees her or believes they know her whereabouts is urged to contact police.

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Daily Telegraph Slammed For Transphobic Headline On Scarlett Johansson Story "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sydneys Sunday Telegraph newspaper has been criticised after publishing a transphobic slur in a headline over the weekend. The newspaper was reporting actor Scarlet Johansson withdrawing from the film Rub & Tug, following a backlash against her casting in the role of a transgender man. The Sunday Telegraph published the story in the early edition ...

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Sea Levels and the NSW Coastine in 2018: Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A recent study estimates that the pace of global sea-level rise has nearly tripled since 1990 (Dangendorf et al. 2017). More than 50% of the Australian coastline is vulnerable to erosion from rising sea levels.As sea levels continue to rise, coastal flooding during high sea level events will become more frequent and more severe (CSIRO and BoM 2015).  [Climate Council, 2018, ICONS AT RISK: CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENING AUSTRALIAN TOURISM]]

New South Wales has est. 2,109kms of open coastline and 40 per cent of this is considered vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.

Ballina is a coastal town in the NSW Northern River region. Its CBD is on the banks of the tidal Richmond River where it empties into the sea.

Sea level rise is something Ballina has been discussing for many years because for the Ballina community the evidence is right before residents eyes.

This was Tamar Street in the CBD in January 2018 at high tide.

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Some Gippsland Coastal History "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Following the end of the last ice age the Bass Strait sea level rose on average a metre every 100 years for 12,000 years. As pointed out in my last blog (below) this was a natural change proceeding over time spans difficult for humans to conceive. This warming of our planet also enabled the development of farming and the growth of civilisations. But on the other hand even though this change was natural the average sea level rise over this time was still one metre per 100 years and in some centuries a lot more.

United Kingdom researchers noted that Global sea level rose by a total of more than 120 metres as the vast ice sheets of the last Ice Age melted back. This melt-back lasted from about 19,000 to about 6,000 years ago, meaning that the average rate of sea-level rise was roughly 1 metre per century and Southampton researchers have estimated that sea-level rose by an average of about 1 metre per century at the end of the last Ice Age, interrupted by rapid jumps during which it rose by up to 2.5 metres per century.

The question arises that if sea level with natural warming still rose at this rate what will be the result of the forced human caused warming of the Anthropocene? Other sources have pointed out that when greenhouse gas concentrations were last as high as they are now 3 million years ago sea levels were 20 to 25 metres higher.  This illustrates the conservativism of a recent Victorian Government publication Victorias Coast: preparing for the future.  I will do a brief review of this report in my next blog.

Without going into too many criticisms this publication comes up with two sea level rise predictions for the Victorian coast from 8-20cm by 2030 and 20-59cm by 2070. These predictions imply about 3 doublings of the rate of rise over 40 years or approximately doubling every 15 years from current levels. This would give us a sea level rise of 80-240cm by the year 2100. The top figure being surprisingly close to those rapid jumps measured from earths past. This is while local and government planners are still using a sea level rise prediction for Gippsland of 80cm made in 2008.

Another point that must be stressed is that sea level rise is not happening in isolation and that there are many other deleterious effects of a warming planet. With the warming we will have the predicted heatwaves, b...

Saturday, 14 July


Madge Digest #151 July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

  1. Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash, in Australia in August. #RoundupExposed 

  2. Monsanto on trial in US for Roundup's link to cancer #NonHodgkinsLymphoma.

  3. Mark Lynas is still getting his facts wrong.

  4. Help a farm stay in business.

1) Carey Gillam, author of Whitewash, in Australian in August. #RoundupExposed

Carey Gillam worked as an agricultural journalist for Reuters for over 20 years and reported on the GM revolution in the US. What she saw led her to write "Whitewash: the story of a weedkiller, cancer and the corruption of science."  Roundup, the weedkiller, is sprayed on most GM crops and its use has skyrocketed. It has been found in food, water, air, rain, alcoholic drinks, human urine and breastmilk. It is linked to cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and birth defects. It is likely most of us have it in our bodies.


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