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Wednesday, 19 September

04:09

Surry Hills Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

If youre visiting Surry Hills (Sydney) for the Surry Hills Festival this weekend, take a look at Marlborough Street, and the terrific stories and photographs of Surry Hills and Valleys, a project Ive been involved with https://surryhillsandvalleys.com/. Awesome work by Karina Kreminski in pulling this together.

00:16

State of Play Australia 2018: 11 per cent of the workforce is unemployed and 8 per cent underemployed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Roy Morgan, media release excerpt, 13  September 2018:

Australian employment has grown solidly over the past year however the faster rate of overall growth in the Australian workforce due to more Australians looking for work means unemployment has increased to a two-year high of 11% in August.

The latest data for the Roy Morgan employment series for August shows:

* 11,940,000 Australians were employed in August, up 255,000 over the past year;

* The workforce which comprises employed and unemployed Australians is now 13,416,000, up 407,000 on a year ago;

* 1,476,000 Australians were unemployed (11% of the workforce); an increase of 152,000 (up 0.8%) on a year ago and the highest level of unemployment for over two years since March 2016;
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00:15

The Morrison Government continues to internally haemorrhage "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On the local scene since the day of winning preselection in 2012, the local, self-determined senior Liberal has been leaking damaging material to the media and having publicity stunts that are completely against federal policy initiatives. And more recently he approached friends asking me to nominate my retirement date and then he'd call off his people.  [Liberal MP for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis in House of Representatives Hansard, 17 September 2018, p.103]

As a Liberal Party candidate Ann Sudmalis was elected to the House of Representatives for Gilmore, New South Wales, in 2013 and 2016.

At 63 years of age with 5 years of parliamentary service behind her, it now appears the boys club has stack her home branch and attempting to squeeze her out as the Liberal Partys preferred candidate at the next federal election in 2019.

The NSW boys club's preferred candidate is former Australian Federal Police sergeant, sometime...

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Tuesday, 18 September

21:55

Andrew Katelaris "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


I went with mum and visited Andrew Katelaris out near Paterson to meet him and start discussing a suitable portrait of the polemicist pot doctor treating epilepsy with cannabis. This is just a quick sketch


Trees behind the carpark at the nursing home where dad lived the last couple of years of his life and where mum still has a few patients


Tree branches in Paterson before we got there

19:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Spotted Passing Back Through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

During Sunday 16 September, the six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that ventured North to Townsville for an exercise during August, were spotted passing back South through Rockhampton and Bundaberg Airports while heading home from Townsville.



Blackhawks A25-111 as "Kopis 111", A25-104 as "Kopis 104"and A25-109 as "Kopis 109" all flew IFR into Rocky from Townsville.



19:27

Seven Myths About the Police "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

This text is adapted from Crimethincs text Seven Myths About the Police.

Police Everywhere Justice Nowhere_Anarchist_Media

1. The police are ordinary workers just like us; they should be our allies.

Unfortunately, theres a big gap between should be and are. The role of the police is to serve the interests of the ruling class; anyone who has not had a bad experience with them is likely privileged, submissive, or both. Todays police officers know exactly what theyre getting into when they join the forcepeople in uniform dont just get cats out of trees. Yes, most take the job because of economic pressure, but needing a paycheck is no excuse for evicting families, harassing young people of color, or pepper-spraying demonstrators. Those whose consciences can be bought are everyones potential enemies, not allies.

This fairy tale is more persuasive when it is couched in strategic terms: for example, Every revolution succeeds at the moment the armed forces refuse to make war on their fellows; therefore we should focus on seducing the police to our side. But the police are not just any workers; theyre the ones who chose to base their livelihoods upon defending the prevailing order, thus the least likely to be sympathetic to those who wish to change it. In this context, it makes more sense to oppose the police as such than to seek solidarity with them. As long as they serve their masters, they cannot be our allies; by denouncing the institution of police and demoralising individual officers, we encourage them to seek other livelihoods so we can one day find common cause with them.

2. Maybe there are some bad apples, but some police officers are good people. Perhaps some police officers have good intentions, but once again, insofar as they obey orders rather than their consciences, they cannot be trusted.

Theres something to be said for understanding the systematic nature of institutions, rather than attributing every injustice to the shortcomings of individuals. Remember the story of the man who, tormented by fleas, managed to catch one between his fingers? He scrutinised it for a long time before placing it back at the spot on his neck where had he caught it. His...

19:04

Bad Cop No Donut "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

What police misconduct have we uncovered BCND?

A man was hospitalised after being shot in the shoulder by Perth.

According to Western Australia police, a police car drove up behind a stolen vehicle in the driveway in Seville Grove, in Perths eastern suburbs.

Police say the car reversed into the police vehicle multiple times, causing damage, in an attempt to get past.

[The officer] withdrew his firearm into the vehicle of interest, the round entered the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder, Inspector Geoff Desanges said at a press conference.

NITV News understands the wounded mans two teenage children were home at the time and witnessed their father being shot by police.

First Nations Deaths in Custody Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Eades, told local media police withdrawing their guns should be a last resort.

The trauma thats gonna be impacted on the children is gonna be massive, he said.

We dont condone stealing cars, we dont condone committing crimes. But we will not condone the police using excessive force upon our people.

Police say the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

A media statement by WA Police says officers on the scene administered first aid, and ambulance attended the scene transporting the man to Royal Perth Hospital.

An internal investigation is currently being carried out by the WA Police, with the officer who fired the gun remaining on active duty.


A Georgia police chief says an officer was justified in using a Taser to stun an 87-year-old woman after she didnt obey commands to drop a knife in her hand.

Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun.

Relatives say Al-Bishara doesnt speak English and was merely out cutting dandelions with a kitchen knife near her home in Chatsworth, about 85 miles north of Atlanta.

An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge told the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton.

There was no anger, there was no malice in this, Etheridge say. In my o...

18:20

Deliver Macaroons to Smithfield "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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18:13

Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said preventative regulation and legislation is required to protect freedom of religion in Australia from future threats. In an interview on Sky News, Morrison said he was concerned about the trajectory of free speech and religious freedom in the last decade and new legislation was needed to protect from threats ...

The post Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom appeared first on QNews Magazine.

17:58

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #612 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 18-24 September 2018Newsletter | #612 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 18th September 2018 to Monday 24th September 2018 Circus in Melbourne Spring School Holiday Guide Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Friday Night Live MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Art Body Worlds Vital Caulfield Cup Carnival Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Chinese Moon Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Melbourne Yarn & Fibre Festival Moon Lantern Festival Oktoberfest Street Party Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Royal Melbourne Show September Latin Festival Spiegel Et Luna | The Famous Spiegeltent St Kilda Art Crawl Sunshine Lantern Festival Yea Garden Expo Sport Richmond v Collingwood | AFL Preliminary Final Storm vs Sharks | NRL Preliminary Final Enjoy #Melbourne Royal Melbourne Show 22 September 2018 - 2 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Showcases excellence in agriculture, attracting close to 500,000 people over 11 spectacular days. 2018 marks 100 years since the first showbags. Royal Melbourne Show | Buy Tickets Circus Its that time of year when the circus hits town including three of our very favourite circus' playing: Silvers Grand Magic Circus, Circus Royale and Circus Oz. Silvers Circus | Burnley - 5 Sept - 10 Oct Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 7 Oct Circus Oz - 11 - 21 October Spring School Holidays Saturday 22 September - Sunday 7 October 2018 Free guide includes over 300 activities and events to keep the kids entertained during the Spring School Holidays. --> School Holidays Guide <-- Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Saturday 22 Sep 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest boasts over 50 German beers, cider, wine, schnapps, oompah bands, folk dancing and an electric atmosphere. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest | Buy Tickets Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 September 15 - October 14 | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Special Events at the festival Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...

17:46

1) Parents in Papua refuse vaccine drive "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



2) Wings of Paradise: Drawing attention to rainforest destruction
3) Indonesian, Australian leaders` close ties key to productive cooperation: envoy
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17:22

The Weekly Times TWT 19th September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 19th September 2018 edition of TWT. TWT190918

The post The Weekly Times TWT 19th September 2018 appeared first on The Weekly Times.

17:18

RUCKUS SLAM "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Ruckus Slam

Its Spring!
The weather is warming and you are ready to come out of hibernation. People are starting to smile again and you are ready for a good time. But where should you go? Beach? Markets? NO! Poetry Slam!
We all know that after winter you have a lot of pent up energy and if you try yelling or heckling at the markets youll just get escorted out. Let us escort you to a stage instead.
What is a poetry slam?
Open sign up with you, a mic, and a room of rowdy strangers. Poem/story/song lyrics/shopping list/ as long as its original, youre welcome to do it.
Audience judges the winner of the night.

PLUS a killer feature set from Ella Fence

Award winning Gold Coast songwriter/performer Ella Fence is a prolific artist in live music venues, in the
studio and on the stage. Ella has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, France, England (including Great
Escape Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well nationally across Australia. 2018
sees Ella releasing new music, touring new destinations and performing at Commonwealth Games Festival
2018 supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and Regurgitator.

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17:00

Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"




Interception is no small problem  but can be done with a kinetic weapon.  You would require multiple platforms packing an arsenal of tethered kinetic weapons with enough control to actually chase and intercept at extreme high speed.

Explosive effects would be limited to producing a focused cloud of material but not even that unless very close.

The speed is huge and any lateral movement by the target will allow evasion.  Such movement every thirty seconds or so would be ample.  Recall it still takes minutes to close the gap and the speed is such that adjustment becomes difficult as well.

At least our sensing tech will now be up to it.


Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done

https://nationalufocenter.com/

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes, Some 35 years after Ronald Reagans famous Star Wars speech, the Pentagons R&D chief said that space-based missile defenses are technically feasible and reasonably affordable.


Hypersonic weapon (Raytheon concept)

Since Reagans day, technology has advanced enough that putting both sensors and shooters in space is not only possible but relatively easy, Undersecretary for Research & Engineering Mike Griffin said. Whats more, past estimates of the cost of space-based interceptors have been unrealistically, even naively high.

Specifically, Griffin told reporters here,


Michael Griffin

The US absolutely needs space-based sensors to detect low-flying hypersonic cruise missiles, a new threat thats much harder to spot from orbit than ICBMs; and We probably need space-based interceptors to shoot down high-flying ballistic missiles during the boost phase, the peri...

16:57

Intervention Orders and love. A zero sum game? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Young woman with the words 'Love shouldn't hurt'on her backAs family violence duty lawyers, we often hear people make excuses for those who have inflicted family violence on them. Some go so far as to resist taking out an Intervention Order or not supporting a police application for an Order.

These cases always stick in our heads. Two recent cases highlight the problem.

The first case concerned a young mother with infant children and a partner in jail. She wanted an Intervention Order to protect her and her children. But she also wanted her partner to be allowed to visit her upon his release as he had nowhere else to go. The Intervention Order application flagged serious concerns about his violent behaviour, and a risk assessment highlighted the dangers. However, she told us that his behaviour wasnt his fault. Despite knowing that she needed protection, she excused his behaviour and was prepared to compromise the Orders ability to protect her and her children.

The second matter involved a mother who had taken out an Intervention Order against an adult son who had assaulted her. Despite his violence, she still wanted him to come home. She told the court that she didnt think she needed an Order to protect her. And she didnt support the police application for an Order. Her excuses for his behaviour exposed her to further violence.

An Intervention Order doesnt necessarily mean that you no longer love the other person. It simply means that you are no longer willing to put yourself or your children at risk. It is not a zero sum game. You can love somebody against whom you have taken out an Intervention Order.

People and relationships are complex. There are many reasons why a victim will excuse or play down a perpetrators violence, not least of which may be the perpetrators controlling behaviour.

Unfortunately, however, when victims excuse their abusers behaviour, the abuser is less likely to take responsibility for their behaviour and address it.

Part of our role as family violence duty lawyers is to encourage victims to prioritise their safety, which sometimes means helping them to distinguish between their feelings and a clear and present danger.

Ultimately, the responsibility for addressing family violence rests with the perpetrator. And it is vital that we do not blame the vic...

16:52

Saints earn flag the hard way "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Nyora players burst through the banner before Saturdays grand final. The Longwarry banner blew apart well before the Crows arrived on the field. S013818

Kall Rigby celebrates with club legend Geoff Glover. N073818

The celebrations begin for the Saints after their win against Longwarry. N033818

Star Nyora forward Ben Schultz didnt have too many opportunities due to the shocking weather. N063818

...

16:29

MACKAY Assault charges following incident in city, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 17, 2018 at 10:00AM ,

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16:06

Wonthaggi gets a mall "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WHAT would a more pedestrian-friendly Wonthaggi look like?
Youre about to find out when the lower end of McBride Avenue is closed off for two days.
Itll instead play host to a pop-up mall with live music and seating.
There will be a temporary stage installed, alongside tables, chairs and plants to create an inviting atmosphere.
Itll be spread over two days September 28 and 29 and include music from buskers and bands.
If its a day like today that would be ideal, co-organiser Peter McKenzie said last Thursday, when there was a glimpse of summer.
The projects part of the councils Woni Proud initiative, to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggis status as the Regional Centre of Bass Coast.
There were all sorts of ideas thrown on the table and then the consultants talked to the community to find out what they wanted, he said.
They chose a project at Apex Park and a pop-up mall. Its very exciting were all looking forward to it.
He said the mall will demonstrate how a pedestrian-friendly, car-free environment within the Wonthaggi town centre could function.
The event will run across the AFL Grand Final weekend, from 10am to 7pm on Friday, September 28 and 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 29.

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15:54

Community Billboard 18th -25th September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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

The post Community Billboard 18th -25th September appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

14:59

Nice Biscuit "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Nice Biscuit
Digital Mountain Album Launch


Brisbane six piece psych-garage outfit Nice Biscuit announce a headline east coast tour this September in support of their debut album Digital Mountain.

Recorded in the rural setting of Boonah in South East Queensland with Alistar Richardson (Zeferelli, Clea and The Cairos), this debut record is a solid DIY endeavour from the Brisbane band.

Nice Biscuit have gained a reputation for a live show that you would not typically expect from a psych band. The twin femme fronted group contrasts heavy psychedelic instrumentals with double barrelled harmonies and disco inspired handmade costumes.

Nice Biscuit will bring their garage-glitz to The Zoo on Friday 21st September.

The post Nice Biscuit appeared first on The Zoo.

14:57

APRadio podcast 18-09-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer speaks on Port Arthur massacre new information to come How new Australians once laughed at themselves until political correctness was forced on us by the establishment that stiffled our freedom we enjoyed. Bob Katter divides the House of Reps in parliament over the TTP with his voting power since Turnbull spat the dummy. Harry and Mike z Chatcovers very explosive topics exposing again the establishment controls they violate our space with now.         Click HERE to listen

14:53

Hannah Gadsby Killed It At The Emmys Now People Want Her To Host "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has stolen the show at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Gadsby is still riding the wave of the worldwide success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette, which covers Gadsbys experiences as a queer woman, homophobia, trauma, sexual violence, mental illness and more. And she took to the stage to present the Emmy ...

The post Hannah Gadsby Killed It At The Emmys Now People Want Her To Host appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:52

PUNKFEST "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

PUNKFEST

Get ready to rattle them bones with Brisbane legends, The Skeletones as they shake the stage at The Zoo on Saturday, October 6th. Joining The Skeletones Shake Them Bones will be an all star cast of (__FAT__)Goldstool and The Glycereens.

Doors 6.00pm (Woodfire Pizza meal deal available till 8pm)

Appprox SET TIMES:

8:20 PM 8:50 PM : The Glycereens

9:10 PM 9:40 PM : Goldstool

10:00 PM 10:40 PM : FAT

11:00 PM 12:00 AM : The Skeletones

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14:51

Sesame Street Writer Shares The Truth About Bert And Ernies Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A writer on childrens television favourite Sesame Street has cleared up years of speculation by claiming that the shows iconic duo Bert and Ernie were written as a gay couple. Mark Saltzman, who joined the show in 1984, told Queerty the two iconic characters reflected his own relationship with his partner at the time, film ...

The post Sesame Street Writer Shares The Truth About Bert And Ernies Relationship appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:42

Guillermo Gmez-Pea & La Pocha Nostra present Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence in collaboration with Public Act Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WHEN:
September 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm 10:00 pm
WHERE:
Byron Theatre 69 Jonson St Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
COST:
All tickets $28 | Ages 18+

Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence
Site Specific Performance Art

Proudly hosted by Public Act TheatreGuillermo Gmez-Pea and the internationally acclaimed La Pocha Nostra troupe will be presenting a highly customized and site specific performance for their return to Australia the first time performing here in 15 years!

La Pocha Nostrathe most influential performance troupe of the last 10 years, is known for its radical interactive performances dealing with issues that equate the human body with the political body and frontally deal with complex gender & ethnic identities, migration, and the politics of new technologies and language.

In urgent focus for La Pocha Nostras 2018 troupe performances are the virulent neo-nationalism and xenophobia emerging throughout the world. This new piece, set to be staged on 30th September in the Byron Theatre, offers a series of live art psycho-magic rituals to combat the culture of hate and provides performative strategies to rebuild across community.

The interactive live art imagery is accompanied by a solo spoken word sermon by Gmez-Pea. The transdisciplinary group devote their performances to erasing the borders between art & politics, practice & theory, and artist & spectator.

La Pocha Nostra
Guillermo Gmez-Pea, Balitronica Gmez, Saul Garcia-Lopez
(Mexico/USA/Canada)

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14:24

DMAS are set to perform on MTV Unplugged next month "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Sydney rockers DMAS are the next band to grace the MTV Unplugged stage, with the group recording their own special next month.

Earlier this year, it was announced that after almost 30 years, MTV Unplugged was finally going to make its Australian debut. With career-defining sets from acts such as Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Lauryn Hill already in the archives, our Aussie artists clearly had some big shoes to fill.

However, stepping up to the plate for the debut episode of the new series was none other than local legends Gang Of Youths, who stripped back their epic sound to give us an incredibly unique performance.

Then, Amy Shark took to the stage, delivering stunning tracks from her debut album, along with a cover of the iconic 00s hit Teenage Dirtbag.

Now, DMAS are set to be the next group to perform on the iconic program.

Having released their second album, For Now, earlier this year, the Sydney trio have been kicking goals all over the place, selling out shows globally and turning themselves into one of Australias most beloved bands.

Were excited to be playing a special set for MTV Unplugged in Melbourne, the group explained. Its great to see Unplugged has launched in Australia were stoked to be a part of it.

Kicking off in just under a month, the group are set to take over St Kildas Memo Music Hall on October 11th, where they will perform a set full of classic bangers in a stripped back style. Considering how popular their acoustic Like A Version performance of Chers Believe was, you better believe this is going to be one to watch out for.

Theres currently no word as to when this performance will be hitting our screens, but you can be sure that well be giving you all the details when they come to light.

Check out DMAS cover of Chers Believe:

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14:16

Eight Manus refugees to the US; hundreds left in limbo; medical crisis continues "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 18 September, to be resettled in the US.

The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyans and one Afghan.

The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far is just 130. Over 600 remain on Manus or in Port Moresby.

The Iranian refugee is the only Iranian from Manus Island that has been accepted by the United States this year. One Iranian refugee was also accepted from Nauru on 29 July.

But the two Iranians are the exception that proves the rule that the Trump travel ban remains in place; every other Iranian refugee on Manus and Nauru considered by the US this year has been rejected.

Todays flight coincides with the announcement that the US will cut its refugee intake for the next year to just 45,000; yet another indication that on top of the travel ban, the Trump administration has made the US a less welcoming place for refugees.

Meanwhile the 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who swallowed the razor blades last Friday is still in hospital waiting for treatment, despite suffering severe abdominal pain. Since Sunday, he has been shuttled back and forward between the PIH (Pacific International Hospital) and the Port Moresby general hospital, after he self-harmed by cutting his head in the bathroom of PIH.

PIH has no facility for acute mental health patients. He has now been sent back to PIH for an x-ray to try and locate the razor blades and nail-cutter that he swallowed.

The medical mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru is an inextricable element of offshore detention, that has to end, said Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.

By bringing the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia, the government could end the crisis on Manus and Nauru and channel the billions of dollars being used to maintain offshore detention to properly fund aged care.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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14:16

Clean out the closet as Second Hand Saturday looms "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Getting ready for the 2016 Jiggi Uniting Church big Second Hand Saturday garage sale are (l-r) Uniting Council Mid North and Far North Coast Chair Alan Hoskins, parishioner Bill Webb, who first attended Jiggi Church in 1962, and new resident Heather Jeffery. (supplied)

Wondering where you can do a bit of guilt-free shopping for a fraction of the usual cost and stop waste going to landfill? It could be as close as next door or just down the road.

The biggest garage sale day of the year on the North Coast Second Hand Saturday  is coming up this Saturday, 22 September.

Coordinated by North East Waste, Second Hand Saturday is designed to keep household items out of landfill and provide a fun and easy way for people to reuse and recycle pre-loved goods.

On 22 September there will be more than 500 garage sales happening across the region in Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed.

There will be a huge number of items for sale: from caravans and scooters to furniture and household goods, antiques, bric-a-brac, plants, collectables, curiosity items and lots more.

An optional leftovers day will also be held the following Saturday, 29 September, so you have double the chance to find a great second-hand bargain.

The event has grown in momentum as people embrace the need to live a more waste-wise lifestyle and continue to see the environmental and economical benefits of buying second-hand, Second Hand Saturday Co-ordinator Linda Tohver said.

Second-hand doesnt mean second best. There are often items you simply cant find on the shop shelves anymore, or you come across items that have had little use by their first owner and simply need to find a new home.

We love the community spirit that Second Hand Saturday inspires too. This years event has its first car boot sales registered, community markets joining in and clubs, schools and other groups registering to hold fundraising events.

Its wonderful to see so many people getting on board, she said.

While many Australians are striving to live a mor...

14:13

Interest boom in sustainable living "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AROUND 1000 people visited Cape Patersons eco village The Cape on Sunday.
Five homes were opened to the public as part of Sustainable House Day.
Two stages amounting to 66 lots have already been completed and the lots are almost entirely sold.
Stage three is on the way, anticipated for summer.
The homes in the eco village have all been designed for comfort and to showcase the best practices for energy efficiency.
The eco village is the first of its kind in Australia. People journeyed from as far as northern New South Wales to participate in the open day.
Each homes energy bill is 20 percent of bills charged to conventional homes, with some zeroing their energy bills.
Designers and contractors were on hand throughout the day to answer questions.
Tad Hendry from Adapt Design Group designed and built his family home in The Cape.
The house has an 8.7 star rated home and features a combination of design choices to maximise efficiency.
The house works with the sun to naturally heat the house during winter, which has the opposite effect to cool the house over summer.
(The estate) is important on a range of levels. It helps to decrease energy bills and its a place we really need to be in on a global level. We need to start living more sustainably for the benefit of the planet, Mr Hendry said.
It also brings us back to the old values. It is a great community to live in and everyone knows their neighbours.
The reception (on the open day) was phenomenal. The scale of interest was incredible.
Experts in sustainable living also presented.
On top of this, people had the opportunity to try out electric bikes and electric cars.
The Cape director Brendan Condon said the electric vehicles were being promoted because the houses were designed with electric vehicles charging points and a solar public electric vehicle charging station would be installed in the estate.
Included in the estate is an innovative community garden.
It is a highly productive food garden fed by surplus rain water harvested from homes in stage one.
The garden is used by 30 gardeners and uses efficient wicking beds.
Another attractive feature of the estate is that it is 50 percent open space.
Interest in stage three of the estate can be registered at liveatthecape.com.au.

14:11

Community to honour Noah "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IN a show of incredible community spirit, local businesses have rallied around the Noahs Gift Charity Ball.
The ball will honour the memory of Noah Jones, whose first birthday is on October 1. He died due to a cardiology condition, aged less than a month.
Parents Emma and Nathan of Cape Paterson organised the charity ball to give back to the cardiology ward at the Royal Childrens Hospital.
The event is set to be held on October 6 at Inverlochs RACV Resort with a something blue theme.
The tickets have already been completely sold out.
We wanted to do something for Noahs first birthday. It is something positive for us to look forward to; holidays and special occasions are difficult for families that suffer loss, Emma said.
This was a good way to honour his memory and give back to the Royal Childrens Hospital.
Initially, the Jones family aimed to raise $10,000. This has been achieved in ticket sales alone and the family is now hoping to donate around $30,000 to the hospital.
The tickets sold for $120 a head. Tickets provided entry, dinner, entertainment and a complementary drink, as well as inclusion in the door prizes.
What has been truly extraordinary is the support from the local businesses.
Around 70 businesses have sponsored the event, resulting in an amazing range of raffle and auction prizes.
The prizes have been sorted into five categories, guaranteed to suit everyone.
The categories are mans cave, female pamper hampers, for the home, mums and cubs, and food and entertainment.
There are 25 hampers in total, all exceeding $500 in value.
Also up for the grabs is a framed and signed 2010 Collingwood premiership jumper complete with a certificate of authenticity, and a framed and signed 2017 Richmond premiership jumper.
Mini fundraisers have also taken place at several local businesses already, with all proceeds to be donated to the hospital.
We were surprised by this incredible support; it is beyond what we expected, Emma said.
The night would not be possible without these sponsors and we have no words to express how grateful we are.
We wanted to do something special for our son and people have gone above and beyond to help us out, which has allowed us to give back to this great cause.
Although tickets to the event have sold out, people can still make a donation and have the opportunity to win a fabulous raffle prize.
There was such a big response to the event that we have decided to open up the raffle to the community and give everyone a chance to be involved, Emma said.
If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket, you can email Emma at emmalouise_jones@hotmail.com for more information.

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14:10

Matilda gives to hospital "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MATILDA Abraham is a little girl with a big heart.
A Year 4 student at Newhaven College, Matilda recently raised $67.80 for the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary.
An enterprising young lady who was born at Wonthaggi Hospital, Matilda designed her own donation box and appealed to the public to support our local health service.
Last year Matilda donated funds to the Royal Melbourne Hospital but decided this year to donate to the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary, which is raising funds for a much needed ear, nose and throat microscope.
Matilda was thrilled by a surprise visit from Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary members Barbara Hallett and Eileen Ridgley recently, who proudly presented Matilda with a certificate of appreciation and thanked her for her outstanding efforts.
When asked if she might like to join the auxiliary one day, Matilda smiled and said she will think about it.

Caring girl: Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary members Barbara Hallet (left) and Eileen Ridgley (right) present Matilda Abraham with a Certificate of Appreciation for her fundraising efforts.

14:08

Green day a big hit at Inverloch Primary "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ENGAGING with others and learning how to be more environmentally friendly were at the heart of Inverloch-Kongwak Primary Schools Green Day last Tuesday, September 11.
The multi age day program was put together by the Kids Matter Student Action Team and Green Team with a focus on teaching students the importance of being sustainable and environmentally conscious.
With the school awash with green clothes and costumes, students were treated to an array of activities and presentations.
One activity saw students split into teams and race to see who could sort rubbish into the correct bins first, while another presentation demonstrated what can and cant be flushed down the toilet.
The day also ran with support from ResourceSmart Schools, South Gippsland Water, Unwrapped Gippsland, and South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils who held various classes throughout the day.
Inverloch Primary School principal Brett Smith said the day was as much about socialising as it was learning about sustainability.
It being a multi age day involving both Inverloch and Kongwak means students really get to interact and engage with each other, Mr Smith said.
The day helps them learn about the environment and how to be green, but it also fosters a healthy community as well.
With over a dozen classes being run on different environmental topics, students were rotated around the school so they could experience everything the day had to offer.
A select group of students also ventured beyond the school grounds, helping clean up the streets and beaches of Inverloch.
Sustainability is something we try to highlight in our curriculum, Mr Smith said.
Its an incredibly important aspect of life so to be able to instill it in our kids now while also allowing them to have fun and develop friendships is a great thing.

Thinking environmental: back, from left, Sunny, Milla, Archie, Caitlin, Jay and Hamish join Shelley, Lily-Ann, Brock and Oscar brainstorming ideas for the betterment of the environment at Inverloch Primary School last Tuesday...

14:06

Aladdin musical weaves its magic "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than 800 people packed out the Korumburra Indoor Recreation Centre across two shows to take in Korumburra Primary Schools senior production of Aladdin on Thursday.
With students in grades 4 to 6 performing, onlookers were treated to a dazzling display of colour, dance and song as the stage was turned into Arabia.
Grade 6 student Alana Lopez Freeman was outstanding in her lead role as Princess Jasmine, as was her male counterpart Will Roberts as Aladdin.
The show has been planned meticulously over the course of the year, spearheaded by performing arts teacher Tanya Jackson with assistance from the entire Korumburra Primary School community.
Assistant principal Dan Wells said the two shows were a great success and well worth the months of hard work.
To see it all come together the way it did was just fantastic, Mr Wells said.
The students were so engaged throughout the whole process and were really excited to perform in front of their families and friends.
While Mr Wells said the performance had taught students a plethora of dancing, singing and acting skills, it also allowed for much personal growth.
Getting up on stage and performing in front of people is a really difficult thing to do, Mr Wells said.
For every student to get up there and give it a go shows how much confidence and self belief the production instills in them over the course of it all.
The senior performance of Aladdin follows the juniors rendition of Space and Beyond last week, which was also a huge success.

Getting into character: Alyssa, Lily and Grace fully embraced the Aladdin theme as they prepared to perform in front of family and friends at Korumburra Primary Schools production on Thursday.

14:04

Prospect of new councillor is real "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

RATEPAYERS in Leongatha and Mirboo North may have a new shire councillor after the state election in November.
South Gippsland Shire Cr Meg Edwards preselection as a Liberal candidate for Eastern Victoria Region in the Legislative Council will result in a councillor vacancy if shes elected.
The Victorian Electoral Commission said a countback will be held, based on candidates for Cr Edwards Tarwin Valley Ward at the 2016 election.
In a countback, votes for the vacating councillor from the last election are redistributed to unsuccessful candidates according to the voters preferences, a commission spokesperson said.
A candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes is declared elected. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the candidate with the least votes is excluded and their votes are also redistributed. This process continues until a candidate can be declared elected.
Unsuccessful candidates for the ward at the 2016 election included then incumbent councillors Jim Fawcett and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, who received 712 and 558 first preference votes respectively.
Another candidate, Graeme Winkler received 530 votes. They were the candidates to poll the most votes after current councillors Maxine Kiel, Don Hill and Edwards were elected.
The 2018 Victorian State election will be on 24 November 2018.

May leave council: Cr Meg Edwards will leave South Gippsland Shire Council if she is elected to State Parliament in November.

14:03

Community backs Bunurong Inverloch "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AN incredible $12,500 was raised by the Bunurong Inverloch team in the 2018 Outback Air Race and donations are still rolling in.
Inverloch pilot Michael Malone thanked the local businesses and the community for supporting his team.
The money will be donated to the Victorian Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mr Malone embarked on the trip of a lifetime with Western Australian pilots Margaret Halsmith and Dave Jones.
The Outback Air Race is a challenge for pilots to perfectly map out their flight plans.
The race left Brisbane on August 18 and finished in Broome on August 30.
Stops were made along the way. The race reflected who could best estimate their time of arrival at each stop, rather than the fastest.
Bunurong Inverloch ranked fifth in the last leg, but was in the middle of the pack for the overall results.
It was certainly challenging. It was a fantastic experience and we met a lot of great people, Mr Malone said.
Mr Malone enjoyed flying over the mines in Mt Isa and Katherine Gorge.
He also enjoyed making stops in different parts of the country. During the stop in Katherine, Bunurong Inverloch had to wait for F18s to take off before they could go, which was another interesting experience.
The name Bunurong Inverloch also sparked conversation with race pilots and many expressed interest in flying over and visiting Inverloch.
All teams were required to raise $6000 prior to the race, with proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Collectively, well over $1.5 million was raised.
The support we received from friends, family and local businesses was absolutely fantastic. I had no idea we would get anywhere near $12,500, Mr Malone said.

Great achievement: Inverloch pilot Michael Malone in Broome after finishing the 2018 Outback Air Race recently.

14:01

Mattea makes strides in her recovery "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

EIGHT year old Mattea Riccardi of Leongatha played basketball recently. For most primary school children, this would be a normal achievement.
For Mattea though, it served as a special moment that marked her return to health following a car crash that nearly took her life in February this year.
Smiling uncontrollably as she took to the court, Mattea played the game that she loved with her trademark determination and grit, the same qualities that have helped her overcome a broken hip, a dislocated bone in her neck, a punctured lung, internal injuries, swelling on the brain and a slew of other injuries.
Her mum, Anna, who was driving the car as it was struck in the side by another vehicle, watched her daughter play in amazement.
When I saw her play basketball for the first time since the accident, I finally realised everything is going to be good, Ms Riccardi said.
It was a really special moment. Just seeing her play, the smile on her face, it was all just so amazing.
Anna was driving Mattea, her younger son Julian, 4, and her mother Nancy home from a basketball tournament in Warragul when the accident occurred.
Mattea and Julian were airlifted to the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, with Julian having also suffered a broken eye socket, which has since healed well.
Mattea was placed in an induced coma as doctors at the hospital worked to save her life.
Now, just six months later, Mattea is working on recapturing her life that they saved.
Shes doing incredible, Ms Riccardi said.
The bones in her neck have largely healed and her organs are functioning well. With her head, we just need to make sure she doesnt get hit and the screw in her hip still needs to be taken out, but a apart from that its like she is back to normal.
Normal for Mattea included returning to St Laurences Primary School in Leongatha, which she pleaded to go back to earlier than expected.
She only missed about a term and a half, Ms Riccardi said.
Initially the doctors wanted her to only go for an hour each day because of her head injuries, but Id bring her home and she would desperately want to go back. She was determined. When she did go back, she coped really well with it.
Ms Riccardi said the community support she and her family had received during their tumultuous ordeal was overwhelming.
To me, the community genuinely helped us heal, Ms Riccardi said.
We could feel the prayers and the positive energy. People were stopping me and asking me how we were doing and it meant a lot. The Leongatha Basketball Association was so helpful. It organised all kinds of fundraisers and set up donation stuff. We had thousands of kids from Maffra to Cranbourne in the basketball community who bought temporary tattoos of Matteas name.
Ms Riccardi said while its impossible to put into...

13:55

MP sweetens voters with poll promises "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE communities of Mirboo North and Foster can likely expect new fire stations if the Coalition wins the state election this year.
That is the word of The Nationals Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, who said the Liberals-Nationals have promised $2.1 million for a new Mirboo North station and are working on a pledge for Foster.
The MP continues to push for a commitment from both sides of politics for a new primary school at Foster and is also seeking funding for stage two of new works at Korumburra Secondary College.
Councils can expect more roads funding with the reintroduction of the Country Roads and Bridges Program which Mr OBrien said would give South Gippsland Shire Council an extra $1 million a year and reduce rates pressure.
He is hoping council would receive funding for new streetscapes in Leongathas Bair Street and Korumburras central business district from the Coalitions Regional Growth Fund, and police numbers could be increased.
Where there have been new police, none have been allocated to South Gippsland. That is certainly a concern, Mr OBrien said.
With the state election to be held on Saturday, November 24, Mr OBrien is hoping he will have at least one opponent. Labor is yet to announce a candidate but is tipped to do so.
Mr OBrien is just hoping the candidate is local given at the last election, Labor fielded the then personal assistant to the state secretary.

On the ground: Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien in Leongatha recently. He is awaiting the announcement of Labors candidate for the seat, just two months out from the state election on November 24.

13:53

Korumburra business getting stronger "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE Korumburra Business Association has just broken the 100 member mark which is a great sign for business in the town.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Lorraine Brunt was in attendance at last Thursdays annual general meeting at the Burra Brewery and lauded the work that the association has been doing over the previous 12 months.
Being at this meeting last year and compared to this year feels very different, Cr Brunt said.
The Korumburra Business Association has gone from strength to strength and completely re-energised Commercial Street and the community.
Ms Brunt said new businesses like the Burra Brewery were encouraging to see and will inspire others to pursue their dream of owning their own business.
When the Korumburra Business Association and South Gippsland Shire Council work together as friends and not enemies things can really happen for the better, Cr Brunt said.
Some important changes have been made to the committee.
After eight years in the association, holding a range of significant roles including treasurer and most recently, vice president, Brian Hess stepped down to give others an opportunity in power.
Following suit was Adrian Hughes, who left the committee after two years of service.
Kate McDowell Murphy was unanimously voted in to replace the outgoing Mr Hess as the associations vice president while Gil Freeman and Paul Whelan also officially joined the committee.
Taking place at the recently opened Burra Brewery, Korumburra Business Association president Noelene Cosson proudly announced that the association had reached over 100 members fuelled by their partnership with the Prom Country Regional Tourism.
Key projects and areas that were attended to throughout the meeting included the Pick my Project competition and the Karmai worm project.
Secretary Shirley Arestia informed those in attendance to vote for the numerous projects Korumburra has entered in Pick my Project a state wide competition in which towns can earn grants from the state government. Ms Arestia highlighted the Southern Lights Winter Festival and asked attendees to go online and vote for the festival.
President Noelene Cosson also updated members on the latest from the Karmai work project, saying the latest plan is to create a mosaic near the train line.

13:51

Labor: no fracking forever "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A SUNNY day on a green hill in Moyarra surrounded by sheep set the backdrop for the State Governments promise to ban fracking forever in Victoria.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio, Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas and Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale were on hand to make the announcement.
It comes a week after Bass MLA Brian Paynter dismissed Labors claims a mistake he made in Parliament meant he supported lifting the fracking ban in Victoria.
At Moyarra, Mr Pallas said at the federal level the Liberal Party was resolutely committed to the idea of ending a fracking ban and seeking to put at risk the states agriculture industries.
Here we are two years into the guarantee through legislation that Victoria will forever be fracking free. We will not be fracking gas and putting at risk 190,000 agricultural jobs, he said.
Weve listened to farmers in Gippsland and across the state, who have made it clear they dont support fracking.
Our ban will protect the clean green reputation of Victorias agriculture sector and the 13 billion dollar industry.
Two years ago the State Government passed legislation banning this unconventional gas extraction process which involves injecting a combination of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth, breaking up rock to allow gas or oil to flow to the surface.
Research indicates the process can contaminate water tables and drinking water, releasing dangerous compounds into the atmosphere affecting public health and the environment.
Also on the day, Prom Country Cheese owners Bronwyn and Burke Brandon were also made recipients of a $5000 energy audit grant from the government.
Ms Lily DAmbrosio said the grant would allow the business to rely on the production of more clean energy to run the farm and would provide greater energy security during power outages.
Upon receiving the energy audit grant, Mr Brandon said it gave him and his wife the confidence to make investment decisions on energy efficient operations, including an upgrade to their existing solar array.

Clean and green: from left, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio, Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan...

13:49

Fix life-risking road "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

MT ECCLES residents are still waiting for South Gippsland Shire Council to uphold a promise the former Woorayl Shire Council made in 1973 to seal a narrow, winding road at a rate of a mile a year.
More than 40 years on, the unsealed section of Canavans Road after rain is riddled with potholes, has soft edges and at intersections with side roads, becomes a rutted mess.
Unsuspecting motorists either damage their cars driving into the potholes or swerve to avoid them, risking becoming caught on damp roadsides or running down one of the many steep embankments. Locals have even been bogged on the roadside after pulling over to let passing traffic through.
Resident Charlie Tumino is frustrated after years of lobbying council and being given promises.
In the mean time, Canavans Road is becoming busier, with more people moving to the district leading to 26 houses between the end of the bitumen and the Grand Ridge Road intersection, Mr Price. He said more tourists using the road since the sealing of the Grand Ridge Road.
Its the safety of the visitors that most worries resident Len Price.
Theyre probably driving a bit faster than what the locals do and they hit the potholes, and sooner or later someone is going to go over the edge and its a long way down, he said.
If the locals see someone coming then they will stop but this road carries a fair bit of tourist traffic which is not accustomed to the road and the conditions.
There is a school bus route on this road and there is nowhere for anyone to go because of the potholes.
Many locals live on small acreages and commute to jobs via Canavans Road, at the same a school bus uses the road. B-double milk tankers, and livestock and stockfeed trucks also traverse the road.
The shire rates are going up and we get nothing for it, Mr Tumino said, with Mr Price adding he pays nearly $10,000 in rates a year.
Mr Price, who has damaged two tyres after hitting rocks on the corner of potholes, is calling on council to apply more material to the road surface in the short term, but ultimately he wants the entire length of Canavans Road sealed a distance he said is of approximately seven kilometres.
Council sealed a section of Canavans Road in 2000 but stopped short of its promised target of sealing to McKeans Road.
Canavans Road was graded last week, and further major drain maintenance is schedule for summer, with a major re-sheet next winter.
Councils director of infrastructure Anthony Seabrook said, There are also a couple of places where driveway runoff and cattle crossings are impacting on the road condition. These will be addressed by councils assets team.
Mr Seabrook said the road is generally graded twice a year in autumn and spring but there were no plans to seal the rest of Canavans Road at this stage.
He said there is no ris...

13:48

Ill wind blows at Bald Hills "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council may not accept there is nuisance noise generated by turbines at Bald Hills Wind Farm, despite an independent consultant confirming turbine noise is stressing neighbours and impacting their health.
Council CEO Tim Tamlin last Thursday told The Star the only party who can determine if there a nuisance noise was council, by law, as it has authority for enforcing wind farm planning permit conditions, including noise.
He said the consultant, James C. Smith and Associates, had just perceived there is some sort of nuisance at two of the properties (owned by wind farm neighbours), but that does not mean there is nuisance noise.
Its very subjective, Mr Tamlin said.
The CEOs view comes despite reports of wind farm neighbours suffering headaches and interrupted sleep, and not even being able to hold a conversation in their own homes without being disrupted by turbine noise.
The consultant was appointed by council at the order of the Supreme Court, after council environmental health officers claimed there was no nuisance noise at the wind farm after responding to complaints by wind farm neighbours.
Council was taken to the Supreme Court by the neighbours in a bid to force action that would mitigate the noise and improve their quality of life.
Council will determine its next move after receiving a response to the noise report from Bald Hills Wind Farm and the neighbours legal firm DST Legal of Melbourne.
The matter could be debated by councillors at the October council meeting.
Mr Tamlin said he felt the initial investigation by council officers was adequate.
Our staff went out there and did their report, and the wind might have been blowing differently. Its so subjective, he said.
Mr Smiths report cost council $33,600, with additional legal and sundry costs to be determined.
Council could face further costs if the court orders council to pay the neighbours legal fees.
Mr Tamlin said while council was obliged to follow State Government acts relating to wind farm compliance, he did not personally feel that spending tens of thousands of ratepayers dollars on the legal action and subsequent report was the best way to use that money.
Mr Tamlin said the consultants report showed an apparent disconnect between the Planning and Environment Act and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
He said while wind farm operators may comply with their obligations under the Planning and Environment Act, nuisance noise could still be perceived by neighbours an issue covered by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
I think the two pieces of the State Government legislation need to be looked at and in the future when a wind farm is approved in the planning scheme, the public health and wellbeing impacts should also be considered, Mr Tamlin said.
I would sugg...

13:45

Road carnage "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FRIDAY mornings horror smash on the Bass Highway west of Inverloch involving three vehicles necessitated the jaws of life and investigations by the Major Collision Unit (MCU) from Melbourne.

Three motorists were airlifted to Melbourne with two of them sustaining life-threatening injuries, while two were taken to Wonthaggi Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Both have since been discharged from Wonthaggi.

The incident occurred at about 10.45am involving a silver Hyundai, a grey Ford Everest and a blue Ford sedan.

According to acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Milbourne, Road Policing Advisor to the Bass Coast region, preliminary observations suggested the silver Hyundai rear-ended a Ford Everest waiting to turn right adjacent to the Goorabil cattle property entrance, catapulting it into the path of the oncoming blue Ford.

The driver and passengers of the Falcon are from Venus Bay, the female driver of the Hyundai is from Inverloch and the driver of the Ford Everest is from Drouin.

As of going to print there were no recorded fatalities; the female driver of the silver Hyundai is still critical, while the condition of the male driver of the Ford Falcon has improved.

Police road blocks were in place from Ullathornes Road to Kirrak Road, diverting Wonthaggi bound traffic via Cape Paterson. Witnesses reported that road blocks were removed at around 7pm that night.

It took about three hours for local SES and fire services to retrieve those involved from the wreckages.

Acting Sergeant at Inverloch, Kevin Lister, said on busy roads in particular people need to be very vigilant for cars turning off the highways into driveways.

If drivers of cars turning right can be on their side of the line and have their wheels pointing straight so as not to potentially impede on vehicles coming the other way, Sergeant Lister said.

Three car pile-up: there was carnage on the Bass Highway when three cars collided, closing the road for around seven hours.

13:16

Riding the crest of a wave "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.

The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.

The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Andrew Stephenson gave the Waves the premiership.

For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.

 

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13:14

Alex on a high "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Key defender Alex Trezise was crowned the inaugural Ocean Grove Football Club womens football best and fairest winner at the club presentation night on Friday 14 September.

Trezise was a runaway winner with 99 votes to finish ahead of Ariane Lefevre (56 votes) and Candace Harrison-Smith (53) who rounded out the top three.

Trezise played all 16 games with the Grubbers in 2018.

Its an absolute honour to be the inaugural winner, Trezise told the Voice.

Im very fortunate to have been a part of the first ever womens team and Im incredibly thankful to the club, the coaching staff, and my teammates for giving me that opportunity.

Trezise is the partner of Ocean Grove senior backman Justin Carey, who finished third in the club mens best and fairest award.

IN other developments, Candace Harrison-Smith won the clubs most consistent player award, while the best clubperson award went to Bri Doolan.

Midfielder Luke Cartelli and star defender Kelsey Ollis took out the football and netball best and fairests. 

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12:24

Pulling together for drought relief continues "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kimberlee Thompson and Suzy Webber, Gwydir Shires Social Services Manager. Photo supplied.

Locals are continuing to fundraise to support drought affected communities with Bangalow and Mullumbimby having a particular focus on the Gwydir Shire.

Kimberlee Thompson, a local community support worker from Mullumbimby, is now out in Bingara getting hands on to assist Suzy Webber, Gwydir Shires social services manager.

Suzy has a big job ahead of her as the drought doesnt seem to be breaking anytime soon, said Kimberlee.

Suzy is working with and regularly consulting with the school, community members, farmers and community services organisations to offer support throughout the Shire.

Cattle feed, powdered milk for calves, working dog food and money to buy essentials are just some of the things that have been sent out to the drought affected communities from Mullumbimby and Bangalow.

We are still collecting money so that we can buy the things theses communities need, said Jenelle Stanford from the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.

We are currently raising money to send out horse feed for the working horses that are droving the cattle. When they eat the same feed as the cattle it gives them issues with their digestion and other problems with their liver and gums.

We will be organising some fund raising 

There are a range of donation tins at Mullumbimby shops including the Mullum Co-op who have been helping coordinate multiple truck loads of cattle feed being sent to farmers.

We should be really proud of our local Co-op company, said one local Marion Toms.

They have organised a massive series of feed drops into the drought stricken areas, even as far as Cobar-Pilliga. Local farmers who have donated feed from their paddocks include...

12:13

Spend Snowy cash on regional jobs: Saffin "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin. Tree Faerie

Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has challenged locals to come up with employment opportunities that could be funded by a $4 billion spending splurge in the regions by an incoming ALP state government.

Ms Saffins comments followed the announcement by NSW Labor leader Luke Foley that a $4.1 billion windfall from the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme to the Commonwealth would be spent on transformative projects that will leave a lasting legacy in rural and regional NSW if the party wins government.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

It is a once -in-a-lifetime opportunity to do a new thing for the prosperity of our towns and jobs for our people if projects are carefully chosen, Ms Saffin said.

We know that over the past five years as 324,000 jobs came online in Sydney we in regional NSW lost 17,000 jobs.

In his address to the annual NSW Country Labor Conference on Saturday Mr Foley said all proceeds from the sale would be spent in rural and regional NSW through the establishment of a Regional Job Fund. As well as looking for employment opportunities, the fund would promote decentralisation and new renewable energy supplies.

Ms Saffin said she would begin discussions with local stakeholders including mayors, chambers of commerce, TAFEs, farmers and the renewable energy industry to begin establishing priorities.

Transport plan

One such project is the Regional Integrated Transport Plan that I previously advanced and shall continue to promote as one of our regional priority needs.

We have the right priorities that will deliver real jobs, better health and hospitals, upgraded schools, rebuilding TAFE and transformation to a renewables future, Ms Saffin said.

Whatever state money we have been given (and some is being splashed about now) has been catch-up money at best or to improve chances at the coming election.

Of, course, that money is welcome and important, but in Tenterfield, Kyogle, Lismore and Murwillumbah, we need more.

The Regional Jobs Fund announcement has ope...

12:11

British India "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

British India

NIC THE POET TOUR 2018

 


Guitarist and founding member of British India, Nic Wilson has announced he will retire from music at the end of this year, finishing up with one final tour the Nic The Poet farewell tour spanning 24 dates thatll see the iconic Melbourne rockers kick off at The Basement in Canberra on November 2, before swinging through Albury, Perth, Margaret River, Freo, Bunbury, Townsville, Cairns, Bendigo, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Southport, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Shoalhaven and finishing up at Port Macquarie to play Westport Park on January 27, 2019.

 Formed at St Bedes college in Melbournes eastern suburbs, British India burst onto the scene in 2007. A love of music and a driving determination was the key ingredient that turned four budding musicians into a fierce garage band, who quickly gained a reputation for explosive live shows and the ability to write great pop songs.

A chance meeting with legendary producer Harry Vanda and future manager Glenn Goldsmith resulted in their debut album Guillotine being released independently in July 2007. Supported by triple J radio and relentless touring the album would go onto sell 20,000 copies and the band won the AIR award for best new Group in 2007.

 

Within 12 months British India released their 2nd album Thieves to great fanfare. The album debuted at No 5 and was nominate for 3 ARIA awards. By the end 2008 British India had become one of the biggest young rock bands in the country. They continued to assent, releasing Avalanche in 2010, yet another Top 10 debut.

The band turned a new corner in their career in 2012 signing with Liberation Records and Mushroom Music.

At Liberation, British India would release their most successful albums to date, Controller & Nothing Touches Me. They also scored their first Gold Record with the hit I Can Make You Love Me. In 2017 they released their 6th studio album Forgetting the Future again...

12:01

RuPauls Drag Race Just Made Herstory At This Years Emmys "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Drag juggernaut RuPauls Drag Race has won Best Reality Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards, its first win in the category. Thank you so much! RuPaul emoted, picking up tonights Emmy for best in genre. This is so lovely. To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show and ...

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11:59

OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. Theyre also contentious recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into Gay Pride. Indeed, celebrating who we are ...

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11:29

Byron volunteering expo hits the road "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Volunteers at the Rotunda in Railway Park, Byron Bay. Photo supplied

The annual Byron Shire Volunteering Exhibition, which showcases more than 50 local organisations that use volunteers in their work, will this year hit the road for the first time.

The exhibition will be on display for three weeks: starting at the Ocean Shores Shopping centre on Monday and Tuesday September 24-25; then moving to Mullumbimby at the Byron Shire Council Chambers on October 1-2; and ending up in Byron Bay at the Community Centre on October 8-9.

We are community-minded folks in this area: the Byron Shire has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the country.

The Byron Community Centre runs a volunteer referral service with more than 55 organisations, representing the diversity of our society.

There are volunteering opportunities in many areas of life, including wildlife, pets, conservation and environment, aged care and disability, youth services, community transport, homeless outreach, the arts and recreation.

Pippy Wardell, Byron Community Centres volunteer hub co-ordinator, told Echonetdaily, each year we refer more than 200 people to interesting volunteer jobs, with most of the volunteers say that volunteering has benefited them in many ways.

Cindy, a volunteer, says that volunteering has given me a sense of belonging in the community and I always looks forward to my days spent at her volunteer job.

Other people find that they gain new skills, confidence and beneficial community connections.

Engaging in volunteer work is a very satisfying and interesting pastime, says Pippy.

It creates community, introduces you to new adventures, gives you opportunities to learn new skills or utilise existing skills in a productive way for the community.

The exhibition showcases the wonderful work these organisations do for the community as well as listing the volunteer positions that are available at the different organisations.

Qualified volunteer staff will be onsite at the exhibition to sign people up and refer them to an organisation of their choice.

It is always exciting to do something different, come and check out the exhibition, you just might find something that really picques your interest, says Pippi.

The post...

10:59

STREET LEVEL BRINGING US TOURING ARTISTS BYRON BAY BREWERY SEPTEMBER 20TH "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

WHAT: Goozebumpz and Canadian act Super Glue

WHEN: 20 SEPTEMBER 2018

WHERE: Byron Bay Brewery

WEBSITE

$5 BEFORE 7PM, $10 AFTER

The Street Level crew are once again bringing high calibre touring acts to the Byron Bay Brewery. This Thursday, 20th, Aussie artist Goozebumpz and Canadian act Super Glue are set to perform as part of the biweekly event.

Goosebumpz is an electronic music producer and live act, with roots in the Australian outdoor dance party scene. Known for his eclectic assortment of original bass heavy, broken beat jams and party antics at festivals around the world, Goosebumpz continues to push the envelope sonically, blurring the lines between the mainstream and underground scene. Working alongside people such as Mac Miller, and remixing tracks from from Radio Head, Hermitude and K-Lab, this Aussie producer will make you lose it on the dance floor.

Goosebumpz will be supported by Canadian bass-heavy artist, Super Glue. Expect a mash of sounds from drum and bass, grime and bass heavy grooves. All the good stuff to get your Thursday night jumping.

Check out Street Level this Thursday, from 7pm, at Byron Bay Brewery.

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10:48

UNESCO Rings Warning Bell on Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef: Time for Urgent Climate Action Now "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

UNESCO has sounded the alarm over the impact of climate change on World Heritage-listed coral reefs, including our own Great Barrier Reef, in a new report that stresses the importance of delivering on the Paris Agreement.

This comes hard on the heels of a warning issued by UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres on 10 September: If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.

The UNESCO report, an update to the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs, finds that if the world limited global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial temperature, and achieved the target of 1.5C, then the worst impacts of climate change on these global treasures could be avoided.

Dr Scott Heron, of NOAAs Coral Reef Watch program and lead author of the report, said: The Great Barrier Reef and all other World Heritage-listed coral reefs are predicted to avoid the devastating bleaching and mortality from annual severe heat stress if Australia and the rest of the world take immediate and decisive action on climate change.

However, four World Heritage-listed coral reefs[1] are still predicted to experience twice-per-decade severe bleaching stress, even under the Paris Agreement scenario. This would lead to impacts not only on the ecosystems but also on the communities and industries that depend upon the goods and services provided by healthy vibrant reefs.

This updated assessment shows how urgent it is for Australia and the world to stabilise carbon emissions by the end of next year, and then continue to reduce emissions. This is essential to avoid the worst impacts of global warming on coral reefs, Dr Heron said.

Imogen Zethoven, Great Barrier Reef campaign director at the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) said: The report offers some hope for most World Heritage-listed coral reefs, provided that Australia and other countries rapidly shift away from coal and other fossil fuels.

Local management efforts are essential to enhance reef resilience, but they cannot offset the impacts of climate disturbances. Climate change, mainly driven by mining and burning coal, is the biggest threat to the Reef but the government has walked away from dealing with it.

Since Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, Australias carbon pollution levels have been on the rise.

Prime Minister Morrison has said we will achieve our Paris commitments in a canter, however, even if this state...

09:40

Wilsons Creek Telstra tower recommended for refusal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Locals from Wilsons Creek objecting to the installation of a Telstra tower in their area. Photo supplied.

Chris Dobney

Byron Shire Council staff have recommended that a controversial application from Telstra to build a 4G mobile phone tower on Wilsons Creek Road be refused.

Wilsons Creek residents have been running a strong campaign against the tower, including launching a nationwide class action against Telstra, citing safety issues around electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The DA proposed a mobile phone telecommunications facility including a 35-metre-high monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment.

In making its recommendation, Byron Council staff took into account the potential impact of EMR on wildlife as well as its planned location in an area of high biodiversity.

The proposal raised a significant level of objection from the community in terms of siting, environmental impacts, health and amenity impacts, electro magnetic radiation, visual impacts, proximity to power lines and surrounding residential properties, staff wrote in their recommendation.

It is considered that the development does not meet Councils planning controls or standards, having regards to the height provisions within Byron LEP 1988, and the objectives of the 7(c) Water Catchment Zone. Further having regards to the number of objections it is considered the proposed telecommunications tower is not in the public interest.

Byron councillors will make the final decision at their meeting on Thursday (September 20).

Members of the group Environment and Community Safe from Radiation will address councillors during public access.

But they still have a plan to continue with the court case if the decision goes against them.

The group told its supporters in a recent email that in the unlikely event the councillors approve the tower DA we ask that you please forward a copy of all corresponde...

09:17

LGBTIQ Young People To Showcase Art In Exhibition At Open Doors Youth Service "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The young people from Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service are hosting an art exhibition to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane. The organisations Odyssey Art Exhibition and Fundraiser will be held at Bettys Espresso and Bar in South Brisbane on Thursday (September 20) to raise money for Open Doors PRIDE Art Therapy Program. The PRIDE ...

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09:13

Two Die at Defqon 1, But NSW Government Still Refuses to Allow Pill Testing "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Tragically, this years music festival season has begun with two suspected drug-related deaths at a festival in southwestern Sydney. And this incident is all the more appalling as these deaths could have potentially been prevented if the NSW government was more forward-thinking. At around 9 pm on Saturday night, 23-year-old Joseph Pham from Edensor Park and

The post Two Die at Defqon 1, But NSW Government Still Refuses to Allow Pill Testing appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:41

Splendour awarded for helping homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Splendour in the Grass has been awarded for its work in helping the homeless. (file pic)

Organisers of the popular music festival Splendour in the Grass were recognised for an innovative homelessness partnership at an awards presentation last week.

Ten awards were presented by the non-profit Momentum Collective to community sector volunteers, workers, clients and organisations.

Splendour in the Grass won Fundraiser of the Year for its work with local community groups to collect unwanted camping gear, donated by festival-goers, to be distributed to homeless people across northern NSW.

Momentum Collective CEO Karen Murphy said the partnership with Splendour in the Grass was an example of the extraordinary, innovative work in the community sector.

Our clients, volunteers and partners inspire us every day they dont expect awards or recognition but they deserve it because they make a practical, positive difference to our communities, Ms Murphy said.

Around 37,000 people across northern NSW are homeless and often have no other choice but to sleep rough.

While a tent and a sleeping bag is not a long-term solution, it can certainly provide warmth and comfort on a cold winters night and we commend Splendour in the Grass for their contribution to improving the lives of our most vulnerable people.

The Momentum Collective was previously known as Third Sector Australia (3SA), with the name change announced as part of last weeks awards ceremony.

For more than 30 years, our services have provided housing, employment, education, independence and security for people in northern NSW and Queensland, Ms Murphy said.

Our new name reflects our ongoing commitment to bringing positive momentum and change to peoples lives.

 

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08:40

Jamie Duries Amber Collection Blends Australian Nature with High-Quality Furniture "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

When it comes to TV horticulturalist, interior designer and eco-conscious warrior Jamie Duries latest foray into furniture, the phrase grass roots has multiple applications. Collaborating with established high-quality brand Natuzzi Italia, Jamie has designed the stunning Amber collection to reflect his values as an homage not only to his Australian heritage, but to the landscape ...

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08:32

Sections of Alpine National Park to be closed for deer cull "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Parks Victoria have announced that sections of the Alpine National Park in north east Victoria will be closed between October 8 and 26 to allow for aerial hunting of deer.

It will include the entire Feathertop/ Razorback ridge from Diamantina hut and extending north of the Feathertop summit, and areas to the north west of Dead Timber Hill, into the Cobungra River valley, almost as far as Derrick hut. Check the attached map for full details.

Trail heads will be sign posted if the areas are closed.

08:31

Take a walk on the sculptural side in Bruns "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This outdoor sculpture by Allen Horstmanhof (pictured) is coming to Brunswick Heads Nature Sculpture Walk this year. Photo supplied

By Prudence Clark

If you havent already cleared space in your diary for this years Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, (BNSW) then its about time you crossed out whatever youve got on and ensure you dont miss the biggest installation of outdoor sculptures Brunswick Heads has ever seen.

This free event opens with a bang on Friday, September 28, the BNSW will not only feature more than 40 artworks that integrate with the natural environs of Brunswick Heads, but will also be running a number of workshops and masterclasses. If that isnt a busy enough day for you, the official opening is at 6pm at the Brunswick Picture House, and you can continue the celebrations with The Cheeky Cabaret show on afterwards.

Over the weekend and on Monday, October 1, there will be guided walks around the sculptures, additional workshops and master classes, such as lantern-making, weaving and sandcastles, (all open to the public), as well as yoga, interactive performances, music and artist interviews.

A weaving Workshop with Anaheke Matua using Bangalow palm fronds will be one of many tak...

08:22

The Laneway Festival 2019 lineup has arrived "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

St. Jeromes Laneway Festival has just dropped its massive 2019 lineup. This year will see the festival celebrate its 15th birthday, hitting up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February 2019.

Spearheaded by Australian legends Gang Of Youths and Courtney Barnett, the lineup will also see a bunch of awesome, international acts like Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County and Mitski. Full lineup and ticket information below.

Watch: Ruby Fields Dinosaurs

Laneway has also released this awesome graph that breaks down their diverse lineup.

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Laneway Festival 2019 Lineup

Gang of Youths
Courtney Barnett
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Baker Boy
Camp Cope
Charlie Collins (East Coast Exclusive)
Clairo
Cosmos Midnight
Crooked Colours (East Coast Exclusive)
Denzel Curry (East Coast Exclusive)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
G Flip
Jon Hopkins
Jorja Smith (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
KIAN
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Masego
Methyl Ethel
Middle Kids
Mitski (East Coast Exclusive)
Parquet Courts
Ravyn Lenae
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
Skegss
Smino
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)

Tickets and Dates

Visa pre-sale begins 9am Thursday, 20th September

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September

Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday...

08:15

Will Morrison stop any scenes like this? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Coming soon to an Australian city near you compliments of the ALP/Greens and the LNP. (Pic-Owen Guns)

07:48

Yom Kippur "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Yom Kippur will be observed by the Jewish Community on Wednesday, 19 September. It is a day of fasting and atonement. Yom Kippur, which dates from biblical times, is referenced in three separate passages in the Torah. The Torah refers to Yom Kippur as Shabbat Shabbaton, a Sabbath of complete rest, while the Talmud denotes ... Read more...

07:12

Our new Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Somebody planted this very official looking sign in Belmore Park. These are all excellent rules and would make a much better Constitution than the load of old cods we have now.

06:56

Theres a whole new world out there "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Frogs have never been my forte. The variations in the colour and texture within a species can make identification difficult. And I never get to see them. Even the stealthiest approach to a dam turns the deafening frog chorus to silence. However with my new technique of using eye-shine to locate the critters at night []

06:32

Critical problems in the integrated power grid "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Recycling a comment from RobK in a previous thread on the renewable road to ruin. He reports a talk by an electrical engineer, Kate Summers of Pacific Hydro. She has excessive enthusiasm for renewable energy, especially hydro (which is cheating), but the most important take-home that I can understand is the massive spinning turbines are under huge mechanical stresses due to fluctuating voltage that is not being controlled properly in the integrated system. This will increase downtime and unscheduled outages and shorten their working lives.

Comments and further explanation are invited from qualified Cats, I took several pages of notes but will not take the time to listen again or attempt to improve on RobK and any others who are prepared to help.

Part of the problem that will appeal to students of catallaxies is her claim that the centralised control and monitoring in the integrated system fails compared with the decentralised controls in stand-alone systems.

Another vital take-home from the first or second question was the observation that among the 33 senior managers of the four regulatory agencies there are 3 with science or engineering qualifications.

Kate Summers Power system control or market control of a power system: Is there a fundamental loss of power system control?

On Wednesday 15th August 2018 I was happy to speak at University of Melbournes Climate and Energy College about a topic that I see as a very important one to the ongoing stability of the electricity grid (and hence to the continuation of the energy transition).

As I note during my presentation, it seems to me that we have moved from centralised planning but distributed control, to a market with decentralised planning but centralised control. This is apparent, for instance, in market provisions for ancillary services. I am not sure that we all understand the implications of this.

This is the commentary by RobK.

An interesting 60min presentation looking at an aspect of FCAS dealing with hunting of frequency control partially caused by poor integration of digital and rotory manchine control. Some interesting comments on the lack of engineering input to system design.

Presented by a power engineer with RE background. There are many other issues than mentioned here but interesting insights into the systems workings.

It seems worse than I expected.

At 6am Wind and Other were delivering 13% of t...

06:03

Former BLF assistant secretary Norm Wallace has passed away "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Norm Wallace passed away yesterday (17 September 2018). He was a well known and respected union figure, shaped by the 92 years of his life. His was a life lived well.

Norm lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. Events that shaped the way he saw the world and drove him to act against injustice and the exploitation of working men and women. His was a generation at learned from the school of hard knocks.

I first got to know the man, when I became a young official of the Builders Labourers Federation in Melbourne. This was a place where the demands of work were immense, and as a greenhorn trying to find his way, he was the one I could turn to for help. Norm was always there for you with his characteristic smile.

Norm Wallace was the kind of leader wo won people over through his capacity to see the good side of someone and show them friendship and trust. He was easy to get along with, and it won them over to him.

Norm the fighter was the other side. On seeing an injustice, he couldnt help but to take a stand against it.

These two sides of him, a compassion for people and a hatred of injustice, are what drove him and the reason why he became a union official.

Under the wing of the legendary Paddy Malone, he and Norm Gallagher had been recruited into the unions Committee of Management in the early 1950s. Before long, both became organisers. These early days were the time when the organisation was taken out of the control of gangsters and put back into the hands of its members. They did it in Victoria, while Joe Owens and Jack Mundy did it in Sydney.

Although the teams in each state were destined to fall out, they had much more in common than their differences.

Norm Wallace became the Assistant Secretary of the union. Through it all, he always remained true to his convictions.

The deregistration of the union and the subsequent lack of funds forced Norm into an early retirement. This did not stop him from being involved in the cause.

His greatest legacy is all those he mentored, and continue to put their shoulder to the wheel, not only in the union movement, but also out there in the broader community. He lives on through all of us.

Norm Wallace was one of those who passionately held that unions and their leaders should be concerned about more than the bread and butter issues of wages and working conditions and be concerned about the just causes of all sections of society. The wider political arena is also union business.

He may have left the room. But I for one am one of those who consider themselves lucky to have been inspired and influenced by him. He will be missed. Especially by his family. But also a...

01:55

North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The northern part of the Australian state, Queensland, is bustling with cryptocurrency energy. The region is extremely passionate towards one specific decentralized peer-to-peer electronic currency bitcoin cash (BCH). 

Also Read: Netherlands Largest Bank ING Group Fined $900M for Money Laundering

North Queensland Bitcoin Cash Merchant Adoption Expanded 52% Last Month

North Queensland is Becoming a Hub of BCH Accepting BusinessesOver the last few months, a few bitcoin cash proponents have been spreading a lot of BCH adoption in the North Queensland region in Australia. North Queensland is a very large area with its own distinctive regional character within the massive state of Queensland. Anyone who frequents the Reddit forum r/btc, have probably noticed many posts showing BCH adoption taking place in the region. 

North Queensland has its own Bitcoin Cash meetup, its home to the countrys first BCH-only automated teller machine, and right now the area has a lot of BCH accepting merchants. This week, using the mobile application...

01:51

Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles.  The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.

The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years.  A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets.  Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers.  There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds.  This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.

The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion.  It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator.  Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider.  Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter.  This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.

Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found.  Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected.  Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.

Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers.  Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...

00:16

Prime Minister Shouty McShouty is just being his normal obnoxious self "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


There has been some advice offered to Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison by mainstream media.

Some journalists are suggesting that he should shout less.


Here are videos of his performance in the House of Representatives as Treasurer to demonstrate that he had little volume control even then :



00:15

When a prime minster fails to grasp the basics of climate change policy..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Australian Prime Minister for Fossil Fuels and Liberal MP for Cook, Scott Morrison, has been repeatedly insisting since he came to office on 24 August 2018 that Australia is on target to meet its Paris Agreement greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Apparently he is telling journalists that the business-as-usual model gets us there in a canter.

Business-as-usual of course includes those cuts to climate change mitigation programs Morrison made as federal treasurer - including no further funding for the Abbott Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which has so far failed to purchase enough abatement to outpace Australia's emissions growth.

Those agencies outside of Morrison's magic circle are quite frankly contradicting his prediction of success.......

The COAG Energy Security Councils Energy Security Board expects that Morrisons refusal to revive National Energy Guaranteelegislation will see the electricity sector fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels.

According to Dept. of Environment and Energy  ...

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21:57

2018 Freedman Classical Fellowship Concert "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

After a nation-wide search for the Australias best young classical musicians aged 30 and under, the three finalists violinist Courtenay Cleary, percussionist Thea Rossen and clarinettist Oliver Shermacher will compete live in concert for the title of 2018 Freedman Classical Fellow, and the career-changing $20,000 cash prize to undertake a proposed creative project. The winner will be announced by the panel of judges on the night.

Courtenay Cleary recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. Courtenay is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and also plays casually with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

Thea  Rossen  is  a  percussionist,  creator  and  educator  based  in  Melbourne.  She  is  director  of  the  Ad  Lib  Collective,  an  ensemble  focused  on  concert  curation,  commissioning  new  Australian  works  and  community  engagement.  Her  work  with  the  group  has  recently  taken  her  to  a  residency  at  the  Banff  Centre  for  Arts  and  Creativity  in  Canada  where  she  developed  a  program  of  works  dealing  with the  issues  surrounding  climate change.

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21:17

The Tivoli In The Round is taking over Brisbane Festival "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Music fans are currently descending on the Queensland capital for the stunning Brisbane Festival, and theyre undoubtedly seeing some pretty amazing shows.

With numerous acts performing at a number of different venues, its iconic venue The Tivoli that is definitely the place to be.

With the likes of Polish Club, Sarah Blasko, and Gareth Liddiard performing intimate shows as part of The Tivoli In The Round, music fans are set to get an experience like no other at famed venue later this month.

Check out The Tivoli In The Round:

The Tivoli In The Round @ Brisbane Festival

Tuesday, September 25th
Polish Club @ Tivoli In The Round

Wednesday September 26th
Sarah Blasko @ Tivoli In The Round

Thursday, September 27th
Gareth Liddiard @ Tivoli In The Round

21:15

Room Available "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Short term sublet in central Preston $150 p/w.

Hey, so we have a spare room ready for someone in need of short term or temp in our lovely relaxed and welcoming home..

If you're in between or in need, hit us up.

So, the room is medium sized and empty but for a double futon bed looking out on our big backyard; if you're quiet, you'll hear the faint bok bok of our chooks out there..

Our home is pretty cosy and we're currently 2 people...

21:11

For Greg "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi there, does Greg still need junk? I can drop some old electronic things and toys somewhere. Just not sure where....

Cheers,
Anna.

20:12

How to be a decent grower "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Im not talking morality, though I guess there are plenty of garden morals, especially in a community garden. More like growing decent produce; a cauliflower that heads properly (still havent managed it), or a carrot that looks like the textbook one (ditto). I could go on, and on If youd like to grow a Continue reading How to be a decent grower

19:55

1) KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Amnesty for prisoners of conscience is urgent
3) Vanuatu questions West Papua arrests at UN meeting
4) PNG and Indonesia cooperating on border development, says Pato
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1) KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination
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                          KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB....

19:54

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 16, 2018 at 06:46PM ,

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19:45

UNITY EARTH PRESENTS FIELDS OF HEALING: A JOURNEY OF AWAKENING "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

24-25 NOVEMBER 2018
NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS

A truly historic gathering will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic Convergence of Healing. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place. UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative.

Outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY nominated Rocky Dawuni are headlining the event, as well as amazing local talent Aine Tyrell, Dane Kennedy, Paul Howorth and more. Indigenous Leaders from Mexico, North America and Greenland will join in this historic event. The two-day gathering is designed as both a gathering and a retreat offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along.

It is a not for profit event. UNITY EARTH invites all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.

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17:38

Protected: The debut album from B Wise is a love letter to Western Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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16:58

Drunk on Homesickness "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.

One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.

The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head.  She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.

I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.

So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.

Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.

Oh what a fool I was.

Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).

The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.

With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.

As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.

When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...

16:53

Australian Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However, not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been visiting my yard - I think it is a male.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

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16:05

Holding Hands "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

After 35 years together, almost to the day, I love that he still holds my hand on the bus. 

15:45

Burger not so lite "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

At some point in the last year or two a couple of discs at the base of my spine began to fuse together. It happens. I wanted to keep up my jujitsu training and, even more importantly, I didn't want to stop doing exercise altogether. There were days when that felt like a real possibility. As the discs grew together, they trapped a couple of nerves between them causing some exciting side effects that felt at times as though one side of my body was on fire.
Anyway this is a long, roundabout way of fessing up that I really stacked on the weight. It was only partly down to physical incapacity. I did a lot of comfort eating after my dad passed away, too. I think I probably wrote about this at end of last year, when the ladies were about to take off for a couple of weeks overseas and I had plans to get to the gym every day.
I managed that. And I lost about 4 kilos. Huzzah for me. But the disc issue never really went away, and I had a couple of months off the mat and out of the gym with illness and more injury at the start of the year.
The weight came crashing back.
It's currently sitting at just over 94 kg. And that is down 2 kg from my peak.
I feel like I'm getting it back under control, however. It's the same old secret formula, exercise more/eat less; especially baked goods and red wine.
The big difference however is my back. I've been using sort of torture rack that I bought online to stretch it out at least four or five times every day, and that's made a big difference. I also got some massage done directly over the affected discs a short while ago and that was amazing. It gave me about two weeks without any pain at all. So I'll definitely be doing that again.
Unfortunately I got the massage on the beach up at Noosa and I can't be driving back and forth to use those guys again.

But there is a spinal massage specialist in my local neighbourhood, so I'm gonna give them a try.
One of the odd problems I've had is that the back stretcher is so effective that after a couple of days of using it I feel fine... and I forget to use it.
You can see where that's going.
So now, I've made the back-stretching sessions part of my work day. When I finish a pomordoro sesh (I'm routinely working 50 minute intervals now), I do a three minute spinal reset.
It seems to work.
I'd happily recommended this thing below for anyone with the same problem as me-fusing of the lower discs. But I don't think it's much good for problems further up the column. It's called a True Back.

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14:48

Girl Who Refused to Sing Anthem Triggers Nationwide Debate "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many Australians, the ideals of freedom and democracy took another turn for the worse last week when a nine year old girl was threatened with suspension from school and criticised by politicians for daring to act in accordance with her convictions when it comes to the Australian national

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14:26

Child dies after being hit by car at Macleans Ridges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Updated: 3.30pm: A young girl is has died in hospital after being struck by a car near Lismore.

At 10am Monday (September 17), emergency services were called to Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, after an nine-year-old girl was struck by a southbound Hyundai station wagon.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily the car was travelling at around 70km/h when it hit the child.

She bounced off the bonnet and was thrown over the car and onto grass, the spokesperson said.

He added the child was bleeding from mouth, and suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest.

Her mother was giving her CPR when help arrived, the spokesperson said.

Five units and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

Emergency services treated the girl before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance in a critical condition.

The male driver was also taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, and to be treated for shock.

A crime scene has been established which is being examined by forensic police.

Officers from Richmond Police District are conducting inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

 

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13:31

Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The plane touches down in Sydney. Its been a long time since Ive been on a plane. Its a little reminder of my old life; the one where the airport felt like a second home and I was constantly on the road. I see Laura. A week ago I was laying on a beach in Fremantle imagining this moment. Now here she is and I want to drink in all of her hilarity and wit and affection.

Its dark and we walk to a pub where people drink ciders on the concrete with their dogs. I get a pint of cider. Anxiety hits. The waves are too big. I think Im too anxious for this, I say. Laura gets it. We walk home.

Georgia arrives with her bleached peach hair, Doc Martens and contagious laughter. Wed booked her a flight for her birthday. Were all together. Its incredible. Im with two of my best friends and we all live in different states but its okay because right now were all in the very same place.

We eat delicious things from food trucks at the Marrickville Markets. I run into an old friend of my little brother. He talks about Zake. Grief sways me. We watch Planet Earth and order three pizzas and soft drink like were at a slumber party. We all squish into Lauras bed and sing along loudly to our favourite songs.

Ive been telling Georgia and Laura how alike they were long before they ever met. Theyre both so extroverted and confident and funny, the kind of people everyone wants to befriend and date and be. Theyre protagonists. I soak in all of their stories. I feel so lucky.

I walk through the Newtown graveyard with my mother and little sister Pixie. Mum tells us stories of her youth. I imagine her at my age as totally free in the world. Reading the books at the bookstore where she worked, writing poetry in her journal from park benches and having love affairs with all kinds of interesting people. It hurts me to think of what she faced from my father and stepfather after that, the challenge of raising my little brother in a world that didnt understand him and then losing him.

Shes changed since Zake died. Become softer somehow. More loving. My sister is pregnant with a little girl, at the same age I fell pregnant with Alba. Our mum jokes that she warns those who come to her for parenting advice that shes had two daughters drop out of school and become teenage parents and a son who committed suicide. We share a dark sense of humour. Im glad theyve left our hometown to move here. I never thought they would. They had a lot...

13:31

A small structured object follows a car - Dargo, Victoria, 1976 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Reading pleasure

I have recently had the pleasure of reading a great number of editions of the 'Australian UFO Bulletin' published by the Victorian UFO Research Society.

I picked up a few new pieces of information about the 1972 Frankston, Victoria,  Maurren Puddy case of which I had previously not been aware; some sightings I hadn't heard of before, and various other bits and pieces.

Car pace with small structured object

One of the sightings which intrigued me, was an example of a car pacing; but in this case, instead of a nocturnal light, the small object involved had some structure.  In the May 1976 edition of the 'Bulletin' there was detail about the sighting, investigated by Dan Haylock. The sighting took place at Dargo in Victoria. Dargo is a small Victorian town located 348 kilometers east of Melbourne, and is in the foothills of the Dargo Plains. Latitude 37deg 28mins south; longitude 147deg 13mins east.

Note the location of Melbourne and Bright

Note location of Bright and Dargo

The following is the text of the article fr...

12:45

Featured Dish: Dear Liza "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Featured Dish: Shroom Season Waffle Dear Liza, a caf and bar in the heart of St Kilda, is offering a simple yet mouth-watering solution by transforming one humble spud at a time. Crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside, Dear Lizas potato waffles are gluten free and vegan, and satisfy the taste buds in the same way as a hash brown or []

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12:39

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 10 to 16 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Claims of a Sudanese Crime Wave: Political Point Scoring at its Worst The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese gang crime wave is unfounded. Click here to read the article Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean

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12:25

Bruns parks should be an election issue: Pugh "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh (centre), wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve. Photo supplied

Chris Dobney & Aslan Shand

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.

And he has called on Byron Shire Council to make no long-term decisions about southern Terrace Reserve that would stop it being handed back to the community after the state election due in March next year.

Mr Pugh has been running a campaign and community petition to stop the privatisation of the Brunswick Holiday Parks and calling for southern Terrace Reserve to be handed back as community space.

This weeks Byron Shire council agenda includes a recommendation from council staff to approve a licence application from the state-owned holiday-park conglomerate Reflections, which would allow camping on southern Terrace Reserve and could potentially allow the destruction of an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines.

Mr Pugh is calling on councillors to reject the application.

If council approves this license at Thursdays meeting it could make it harder for a new Labor government to open this space back up to the community. Council can still approve the camping license for the other parts of Terrace Reserve to operate and reject the application to operate in this sensitive area.

We need to listen to the community and save our public green space in Brunswick Heads.

I am determined to make saving the precious public space in Brunswick Heads and stopping the privatisation of the parks an election issue, he said.

Heavy pruning of the historic cypress trees which drew the ire of locals as far back as 2014.

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12:16

Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread ...

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11:52

EP 256: Regurgitator & TV Haze "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

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Photos: Tracie Tee (R) Zo Damage (TVH)

Regurgitator

Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Brisbanes own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EPs before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The Gurge solidified themselves as Australias premier alternative rock band.  

A slew of ARIAs, a new drummer (Front End Loaders Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis...

11:52

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk Winning Streak "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin, honky tonk dance-floor. Its a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the Continue reading

11:50

GT and Rupert Guinness with the latest sports stories, on Crossing the Line Tuesday 18 September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

In a bit of a twist to our usual format, GT and sports journalist Rupert Guinness discuss the latest stories hitting the sports headlines this week, including Grand Final season, the Aussie and Irish wins at the World Rowing Championships, the blistering new marathon world record, and updates from the endurance cycling event Race to the Rock.

GT and Rupert will also be playing a selection of their favourite Aussie hits. Join them live at 3pm.

Something to add? Call 02 9331 3000 or Tweet @gearoidtowey with your questions and comments.

GT and Rupert Guinness

GT and Rupert Guinness fueling up for this weeks show!

 

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11:22

Nude Not Lewd rally a cold clothes option "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jenni and Dazee wanted to send a strong message. Photo Tree Faerie.

A cool blustery day did little to dampen the determination of protestors at Tyagarah as almost 100 supporters visited the Nude Not Lewd beach rally throughout Sunday morning.

Though naturalists at heart, clothes were the days option for many as a chill wind blew along the beach, but their message was fiery hot.

Nude is not lewd.

Council is currently debating the future of clothes optional beaches in the Shire and naturists from the Byron area and beyond say they are fighting for their right to have clothes optional beaches. The protestors are adamant about everyone being able to enjoy the beach in a safe community environment.

Several speakers had their say during the morning and all agreed that there is sometimes an unpleasant element who are attracted to the nude beach, but working together, the community could address those issues.

A spokesperson for the Byron Naturists said that the main focus of the days rally is to keep the beach open.

Theres a small number of local residents who have been very vocal about trying to close the beach.

They have claimed that police statistics are up. That is true, but that is since the size of the [nude] beach has been reduced a lot of those statistics have been about people who have been naked outside of the signposted area. A lot of those statistics are also what they call bona fides they are doing daily patrols and they are asking people for ID.

So they are minor issues. What the police have said is that there havent been any major issues in the signposted area.

Photos Tree Faerie

11:19

Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...

The post Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:17

Britain May Ban Secret Facebook Groups "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

British Labour Party MP, Lucy Powell, has introduced a bill into parliament which seeks to outlaw secret online social media groups. The proposal The basis of the proposal is that these hidden groups are fertile ground for unchecked hate speech, bigotry and what has become known as fake news. The bill also seeks to ensure

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11:11

Sydney Contemporary, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A selection from this years Sydney Contemporary Australias Premier International Art Fair that ran from 13-16 September 2018.

The Field Patricia Piccinini.

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10:55

Young snappers whip photo wins award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The youngest ever overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Photo Competition, Sophia Dadon, is just nine.

With a photo of some young kids eating whipped ice-cream, nine-year-old Sophia Dadon will go down in history as the youngest overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photo Competition.

Sophias photo Ice Cream Love was the 2018 overall winner.

Keeping in mind this years theme Loving Bruns Sophia snapped her young friends loving the whipped ice-cream from Bernardis on Mullumbimby Street.

In its 14th year, the competition winners were announced at a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday afternoon.

With the Tamara Smith MP, Peoples Choice and Instagram awards, judges chose 17 finalists and five winners from 135 print and almost 500 instagram entries.

From those entries a wonderful selection of photos are now for sale in the 2019 Simple Pleasure calendar.

For more information visit: www.brunswickheads.org.au.

 

10:28

Meet the bands playing the 2018 VB Hard Yards Tour "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane LanePaper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names.  Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

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VB Hard Yards Tour 2018

Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.

Tone Deaf

If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!

www.victoriabitter.com.au/hardyards

VB HARD YARDS TOUR 2018

Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs

October 3 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne 
w/ Alex Lahey

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10:04

Creatures photos "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The closing date for entries to the FOBIF Creatures project is 1 October so there is still time to send us your photos. The exhibition at TOGS cafe will open on 12 October and finish at the end of November. You can find all the project details here.

To have a look at the 69 photos in our Flickr Creatures album, click here.

Swift Parrot. Photo by Debbie Worland

09:52

Nothing of environmental significance at Tweed Hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists impression of the new Tweed Hospital on the Kingscliff site.

NSW Health Infrastructure has repudiated claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) that the Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital, announced by the state government, would need to be assessed by the federal environment department.

Last week, Ms Elliot, whose husband Craig is running for the state seat of Tweed against sitting member Geoff Provest (Nationals), ran a series of ads and issued a media release saying Mr Provests decision to impose a hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands could be breaching Commonwealth law.

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

Ms Elliot argued that the proposed Tweed Hospital site near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.

Mr Provest responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.

Now the state body tasked with building the hospital, NSW Health Infrastructure, has announced that it, too, believes there is no requirement to refer the $534m new Tweed Hospital to the Commonwealth under the [act].

Detailed site investigations and advice from an independent environmental management expert has confirmed that there is no significant impact on any Matters of National Environmental Significance, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson told Echonetdaily.

The environmental area running along the northern boundary of the project site will be preserved outside of the development area to protect the environmental biodiversity and provide views and amenity for the hospital campus.

There is...

08:04

NSW Premier Ends Music Festival Overdose Tragedies With Stern Drugs Are Bad Mmmkay Speech "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.

NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.

A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.

Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.

The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.

Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.

That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.

Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.

Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.

I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.

Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.

In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.

Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.

The post...

08:01

Raptor portraits "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Of all the birds, raptors are perhaps the most thrilling to observe from close range.

The Little Eagle, pictured below, allowed me to approach to within ten metres or so I think the closest Ive ever been to this magnificent bird. All of the shots are virtually full frame.

Black-shouldered Kite, Newstead, 8th September 2018

07:45

Castillo Copper Limited's Jackadgery Project: has spinning the truth already begun? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 15 September 2018 The Daily Examiner reported that:

Concerns  about the health of the Mann and Clarence rivers have been raised by community members following explorations by Castillo Copper at Cangai, near the historic copper mine.

Its the high grade of the finding that has some community members concerned, with the prospect of a mine opening in the area becoming more likely.

At a meeting attended by about 20 people, NSW Parliament Greens candidate for the Clarence Greg Clancy and John Edwards from the Clarence Valley Environment Centre explained their concerns with mining so close to the river.

After having trouble getting in contact with Castillo through its website, Mr Edwards took his inquiries about the exploration to the mining regulator.

I got an email from their managing dir...

07:34

Indecent assault in Byron Bay pub "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 41-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 16.

Police allege that at about 1.15am a man came up behind a woman while she was dancing with friends and pushed his penis in to her back .

Security detained the man until police arrived.

He was arrested and conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was refused bail. He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court later in the day and was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 20.

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07:22

Rotacyclists donate to Ride Against Drought "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500. 

Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.

Click here for more details on how everyone can join the Ride Against Drought and help our farmers.Ride Against Drought Rotacyclists IFMR donate to Ride Against Drought Rotary

Humanitarian aid

Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.

Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service. 

Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.

A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.

A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.

Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....

06:55

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

Published 9 hours ago on 16 September 2018 By admin




Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Jubi / Doc.


Jayapura, Jubi  The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo i...

06:50

Thieves stoop to stealing grog from caravans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park. Photo weekendnotes.com

Police are warning residents in the Tweed to be especially careful to lock cars, homes and caravans following a recent spate of thefts.

During the evening of the September 15-16 alcohol was stolen from fridges in two caravans in the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.

Police are asking campers to ensure all their property is safely secured.

Police will be reviewing all CCTV within the park to try and identify the offenders.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson said police have seen an increase in stealing from motor vehicles, stolen motor vehicles and break and enter offences in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South.

The entire community need to ensure nothing of valuable is left in their cars, and to ensure your motor vehicles are always locked when there is not and adult within three meters of the vehicle, the spokesperson said.

Dont give opportunistic thieves the chance to take your property.

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06:43

It's showtime "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Showtime for Brisbane

Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.

Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...



And now it's getting underway...



Exciting times for Brissie.

And not a winking kangaroo in sight.

Chartfest

Also an exhilarating week ahead, including an Aussie residential property prices Chartfest on Tuesday wherein I'll take a look in some detail at what has played across across the 8 capital cities over FY2018 by dwelling type. 

Fair warning for Tuesday: you can take any media report that mentions a 'record crash' in dwelling transactions and stuff it directly into the thunderbox.

Annoyingly this happens every quarter, of course, because the reported numbers are preliminary and thus incomplete (as anyone with a brain that analyses numbers would intuitively know). 

I have quite a significant international blog readership these days, so I'll try to add a bit of texture too, to explain why the different capital cities are behaving as they are. 

Stay tooned!

06:34

Liberty, freedom and civil rights? Do any of us understand these things anymore. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Words like freedom, rights and liberty are values that the vast majority of people aspire to for themselves and others yet they remain poorly understood and as a result vulnerable to being manipulated.

When we think of the word liberty or libertarian, sadly many of us we quickly picture gun-toting rednecks from the [...]

06:30

Indias Gay Sex Ban, Now Repealed, Was Britains Anti-Gay Colonial Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, Indias highest court affirmed that whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which ...

The post Indias Gay Sex Ban, Now Repealed, Was Britains Anti-Gay Colonial Legacy appeared first on QNews Magazine.

05:00

Independent Artist of the Week: Perra Vida "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Anibal Tafur 

Formed in response to dire statistics for women in both punk rock and their home country generally, Perra Vida are resisting preconceptions and the patriarchy through their feminist punk, all the way from Lima, Peru.

Perra Vida arent here to mess around. After realising that there were practically no punk acts in their hometown which consisted of both women and men, the quartet decided it was time to change that. Not only that, but lyricist and singer Diana Matos wanted to use their music to highlight and address government corruption and the treatment of women in Peru, a country which has a history of femicide and violence towards women.

It was just April when a 22 year old woman was burned alive on a rush hour bus in Lima by her former male colleague wanting to crush her ego. Its unfathomable injustices like this that fuel Perra Vidas fury and inspire their writing.

In June they released their self-titled EP, a collection of relentless, authentic feminist punk that wastes no time in getting to the point, whether it be violence against women, corruption, drug abuse or organised religion. Tracks barely scrape the two-minute mark but leave nothing to be desired theyre visceral, punchy and primo examples of DIY dexterity.

Punk has long been a weapon of the marginalised and if Perra Vida manages to use that weapon to expose the horrors in their home country to people oceans away, then what better way to wield it.

 

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

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00:15

Will Dutton face the High Court? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 23 August 2018 sixty-nine members of the Turnbull Coalition Government voted down a Labor motion to refer the Minister for Home Affairs and MP for Dickson, Peter Dutton, to the Court of Disputed Returns.

Included in this sixty-nine was Peter Dutton himself and most of the forty-five MPs who a day later refused to support Dutton's second leadership bid, as well as some reported to now be keeping their options open concerning referral to the Court. 

It seems that another motion is being prepared and there is no guarantee that the vote would go Dutton's way in a Morrison Coalition Government

News.com.au, 15 September 2018:

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been dealt another legal blow as constitutional law expert Anne Twomey says her advice for his referral to the High Court is "stronger" than ever.

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23:09

Darwin Photo Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Im back in Sydney after a couple of weeks in Darwin for work. It was an awesome time to be there, as the wet season hasnt arrived yet. However, there were a couple of days of high humidity combined with high temperatures. On two separate days, I arrived at work with a slightly damp shirt. When I wasnt at work,

22:18

New Campaign Aims To Educate Young Queenslanders About HIV Prevention "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new social media campaign is in the works to help young LGBTIQ people in Queensland fill in the gaps in their knowledge of sexual health and better understand the risks of HIV. Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service is working with researchers from the University of Queenslands School of Public Health to develop the ...

The post New Campaign Aims To Educate Young Queenslanders About HIV Prevention appeared first on QNews Magazine.

21:59

Dr Kerryn Phelps Confirms Bid For Malcolm Turnbulls Sydney Seat Of Wentworth "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

City of Sydney Councillor Kerryn Phelps has confirmed she will contest former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls seat of Wentworth as an independent. Professor Phelps, a former Australian Medical Association president and now GP in the electorate, was a high-profile backer of same-sex marriage and was heavily involved in the yes campaign during the postal survey ...

The post Dr Kerryn Phelps Confirms Bid For Malcolm Turnbulls Sydney Seat Of Wentworth appeared first on QNews Magazine.

20:20

Eminem Admits Homophobic Slur On New Track Went Too Far "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Rapper Eminem has suggested he regrets directing a homophobic slur at fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator on his latest album Kamikaze. Eminem surprise-released the album two weeks ago but the track Fall caused a backlash because he raps, Tyler create nothin, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch. Tyler hinted that he identifies ...

The post Eminem Admits Homophobic Slur On New Track Went Too Far appeared first on QNews Magazine.

19:11

A Fair Trial Catch-22: The Problem With The Teachers Pet Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One of the worlds hottest podcasts right now has helped shed light on the disappearance of a Sydney woman. But at what price of a fair trial, asks Hannah Marshall.

The best way to dispose of a body, if you live in the bush, is to put it in the bush, and thats what I think he did on the Friday night.

There is a problem with The Teachers Pet. The podcast and the slew of surrounding media could be so sensational and prejudicial that if he is prosecuted, Chris Dawson cant get a fair trial.

The podcast is a true crime story about a woman, Lyn Dawson, who disappeared from Sydneys northern beaches in 1982. Her body has never been found. The investigating journalist accuses her husband, former Newtown Jets player Chris Dawson, of murdering her. He denies it.  Two coronial inquests have recommended prosecution but none has ensued.

The picture painted of Chris Dawson is not good. Theres his affair with a schoolgirl, allegations of physical abuse, allegations of an attempt to hire a hitman, inconsistent statements, and two small daughters left without their mother.

The Teachers Pet is compelling and sad and reveals some great injustices; to the two daughters, the schoolgirl, and Lyns family as well as to Lyn Dawson herself.

But in its eagerness to seek justice for her probable murder it risks doing exactly the opposite. It could result in Chris Dawson avoiding facing a jury, or even avoiding a murder trial altogether, regardless of the strength of any evidence against him.

The obvious upside to this kind of investigative journalism is the chance that new, meaningful evidence could be found that will help get a conviction. But that has to be balanced very carefully against the risk involved in broadcasting information that is prejudicial and unlikely to be admissible as evidence in court.

To be fair, a lot of the information presented in The Teachers Pet is unproblematic. Written statements and evidence from the coronial inquests for example. But a lot of other parts of the podcast are prejudicial and prejudge Dawsons guilt. Here are just a couple of examples.

A new witness alleges that she saw Chris Dawson assault his wife twice, well before Lyn disappeared. The inference is that he is a violent person and therefore more likely to have killed his wife. Courts call this tendency evidence and treat it with extreme caution. It is only admitted in very particular circumstances. Whether this new testimony would be admitted into evidence is highly uncertain. But the podcast doesnt tell you that.

Then theres the treatment of a claim that Chris Dawson said he tried to hire a hitman to kill Lyn, but didnt go through with it. The allegation comes from Dawsons schoolgirl lover, and later...

19:06

Riding the crest of a wave "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.

The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.

The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Tom Andrews gave the Waves the premiership.

For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.

 

The post Riding the crest of a wave appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

17:14

Australia: Drug Overdoses Prompt Shut Down of Sydney Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Defqon. 1 festival, the police said. Two of the 13 hospitalised people remain in critical condition, while about 700 sought help on site.

The police has charged 10 people with drug supply offences, including two teenagers who allegedly carried 120 capsules to the festival, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Im absolutely aghast at what has occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said.

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Def...

12:30

Grassy Plains conference "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A conference for the community, professionals and all who share an interest in conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains.

The conference will explore the three themes of Respect, Protect and Reconnect Melbournes Grassy Plains.

Friday 12th October (9am 5pm) and
Sat 13th October, 2018 (1pm-5pm, lunch 12pm-1pm)
At Wyndham Council Chambers,
45 Princes Highway, Werribee.

This is a free event thanks to our sponsors. 

Book your place.

Presented by the Grassy Plains Network: an alliance of community-based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains and ecosystems.  The Grassy Plains Network is working in partnership with Naturewest Inc

For further information email: grassyplainsnetwork@gmail.com or check the website.

 

12:23

The ECOSS Spring Fest Extravaganza! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

ECOSS is about providing opportunities for people to express their sustainable ideas and creative skills through various programs and projects. It is located in the Upper Yarra catchment at Wesburn, near Warburton.

Each year it holds a Spring Fest as a fundraiser. This year it will happen on Saturday September 22, from 10am til 4pm.

Wake up and Bloom for Spring.  This years abundant festivities include The Great Ecological Race- wheelbarrow race between Middle years kids and their parents, MCd by the Fabulous and Fantastic Will Tait.

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin- (Wandoon), local Wurundjeri Elder.

Multicultural performances from Chin Community Dancers, Aztec Dance, Sarita McHarg- Sitar Player and Singer,  Zaar Belly Dance, Tomi Muramatsu, Gustavos Drummers, Tuvaluan Dancers, MOOP Officers: Will Tait and Brendan Jones, Black Bug City,  Stage MCd by the charismatic and talented Simon Oats.

Tiny House talks and tours, Bio-dynamic Farm tour, Yarra Valley Bee Group Talks, ECOSS projects tour, and GRAND OPENING OF RELAB- (rehab for old items- up cycling and boutique craft centre!).

Eco Market with delicious local, healthy food and drinks!

Meet- Yarra Valley Bee Group, Kids Clay play in the Community Pottery Studio, LGBTQI+ rainbow flag painting, apple peeling and loads more activities underway.

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW- email: ecotopiastalls@ecoss.org.au

To enter the Great Ecological Race, email: eartheducation@ecoss.org.au

The Spring Fest is ECOSSs largest fundraising event in the year.  This is how we keep ECOSSs activites low cost and accessible for the whole community. ECOSS supports many Not for Profit groups throughout the year, and here is your chance to support ECOSS.  Please come along with generous limbs and help to make this the most successful fundraising event it can be!

 

For further information about ECOSS, its vision and its programs, check here.

06:00

Completing the cuckoos "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Rounding out the focus on cuckoos in recent weeks, here are the two species that havent featured so far.

Pallid Cuckoos have been around in good numbers for at least a fortnight, while Black-eared Cuckoos are doing well in the bush along the Mia Mia. The least common of all the migrating cuckoos, its been great to see and hear them on most visits to this area since early September. On a warm Friday evening I was a little surprised to see a small flock of woodswallows near South German Track White-browed and at least one Masked Woodswallow a very early record.

Pallid Cuckoo, Green Gully, 7th September 2018

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Saturday, 15 September

11:00

2018 TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Entries are now open for the 2018 TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest, to headline this years annual Festival in Eastwood on Saturday October 20 before settling in for a year-long royal tenure.

The post 2018 TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest appeared first on The Weekly Times.

Friday, 14 September

13:30

JBs World: Its Granny Smith time "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

GRANNY SMITH Festival time is fast approaching and so we're launching our 2018 TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest.

The post JBs World: Its Granny Smith time appeared first on The Weekly Times.

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