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Friday, 20 July


Ecosystem collapse threatens Alpine Ash and Pencil Pines "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The news is really scary at present. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Climate change has helped melt nearly a fifth of Colombias mountaintop glacier cover in just seven years
  • As a record-breaking heat wave scorches Sweden, dozens of wildfires are raging in parts of the country. At least 11 fires within the Arctic Circle. As one researcher put it: This is definitely the worst year in recent times for forest fires,
  • Meanwhile many places in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest temperatures ever recorded.

Closer to home, research recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia. These changes, caused by the combined stress of gradual climate change and extreme weather events, are overwhelming ecosystems natural resilience.

While coverage of this research has tended to focus on the impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, other examples about Gondwanic forests in Tasmania and Alpine Ash forests in the Australian Alps should be a wake up call for people concerned about mountain environments.

According to a report on the research published in The Independent,

Australias average temperature (both air and sea) has increased by about 1C since the start of the 19th century. We are now experiencing longer, more frequent and more intense heatwaves, more extreme fire weather and longer fire seasons, changes to rainfall seasonality, and droughts that may be historically unusual.

The interval between these events has also shortened, which means even ecosystems adapted to extremes and high natural variability are struggling. As climate change accelerates, the magnitude and frequency of extreme events is expected to continue increasing.

The researchers, who include Rebecca Harris, David Bowman and Linda Beaumont, identified ecosystems across Australia that have recently experienced catastrophic changes. The ones relevant to mountains are:

  • the de...



[ Thursday, 2 Aug; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Dr. Annette Cowie, Principal Research Scientist and Dr. de la Rosa will discuss their biochar project at the next Sustainable Living Armidale monthly forum on Thursday, 2 August, at 7pm, Kent House Land degradation affects 24% of global land area, with 24 billion tons of fertile soil lost annually. The causes of land degradation include unsustainable [...] full article 


Five years too many: a day of vigils for asylum seekers held across Australia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Members of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group combined with the Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children to hold a vigil outside the Federal Member for Lindsay Emma Hussars offices in Penrith on Thursday. The gathering was part of a national day of vigils held around Australia to mark the deaths of 12 young male asylum seekers in permanent offshore detention centres created by the Australian government on Manus Island and Nauru. The vigils, named Five Years Too Many also marked the fifth consecutive year of refugees and asylum seekers being incarcerated in these centres, established on July 19, 2013. Twelve empty chairs and 12 pairs of shoes were placed outside Ms Hussars offices to represent the death of each of the young men.


No injuries in Wollongbar fire "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police attended a fire this morning at Lismore Road, Wollongbar that has destroyed the interior of the house.

Chief Inspector Nicole Bruce said that when the police arrived at the Lismore Road address the house was well alight.

Neighbours had called in the fire and fortunately as no one was home there were no injuries said Chief Inspector Bruce.

Witnesses said that there were sparks coming from the eastern side of the house and at this early stage it is believed that it was an electrical fault.

The fire has been referred to the coroner.

The post No injuries in Wollongbar fire appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Law Firms Warned Against Ambulance Chasing and Claim Farming. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Fiona Mcleay has issued a bulletin warning the states lawyers against engaging in unethical practices such as claim farming and ambulance chasing to obtain clients. Giving lawyers a bad name This paints an appalling picture of how lawyers might appear to operate, explained Ms McLeay. The fact that the vast majority

The post Law Firms Warned Against Ambulance Chasing and Claim Farming. appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Queensland Suicide Prevention Trial To Increase LGBTIQ Community Access To Support Services "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A community-led suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region will provide free support to LGBTIQ community members in a bid to reduce suicide rates. The trial will see psychologists and case managers provide free face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or bereaved members of the community. ...

The post Queensland Suicide Prevention Trial To Increase LGBTIQ Community Access To Support Services appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Protect Our Winters at Mt Buller with Chris Davenport "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Chris Davenport is a Protect Our Winters POW board member and is widely regarded as one of the premier bigmountain skiers in the world today. Among his many mountaineering achievement Chris was the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorados 14,000 foot peaks in less than a year. He has also guided and skied on Mt Everest. This month he visits Mt Buller for the first time.

Chris is visiting Australia to spread the word on why we need winter and will speak at the Mt Buller cinema on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 7pm. The talk will be followed by a screening of the new Teton Gravity Research film Rogue Elements in which Mt Bullers own Mitch Reeves features.

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

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

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

At the heart of it Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action so we can continue to do what we love and live in the communities we care about. We are excited to foster a team of passionate people, athletes and industry professionals to drive this conversation forward in Australia Tony Harrington said.

The Mt Buller and Thredbo events this month are an opportunity to learn more about the POW movement from Davenport who is an inspiring and informed advocate for the POW mission.




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Cold Case: A Deeper Look At The Unsolved Murder Of Brisbane Man Gary Venamore "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Persons unknown brutally bashed local socialite Gary Venamore after a night out, throwing him unconscious into the Brisbane River to drown in 1968. Was Gary bashed to death in an attempted robbery? Was it a poofter bashing? Did his gaydar fail him that night and he ended up dead because of an unappreciated advance? In ...

The post Cold Case: A Deeper Look At The Unsolved Murder Of Brisbane Man Gary Venamore appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Free the Nipple rally for Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Roy Elimelech with Eva Judell supporting the Free Nipple rally taking place in Byron on August 11. Photo supplied.

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Why it is ok for men to go topless while women are shamed into covering up? Confronting this double standard Byron local Eva Judell has decided to hold a Free the Nipple rally in Byron on Saturday August 11 from 11am at Belongil Beach.

I was inspired to organise this protest because of personal experiences and countless stories from other women. Within our culture (yes, even in Byron Bay) there is a hyper-sexualisation of the female body, said Eva.

Myself, my friends and countless women living in this community have experienced being sexualised, harassed and shamed for going topless at the beach. In the larger perspective, this mentality contributes to rape culture and gender inequality. 

Only genitals are illegal to show in public; upper bodies of men and women are technically fine but its more complicated than that. Women still risk being told to cover up by police and strangers. Sometimes men even assume they are asking for sexual attention which is both frightening and sickening.

Topless alternatives

Eva recognises that not everyone will be wanting to go topless at the rally but encourages men and women who support the free nipple to come along nipple free or not.

In fact there is a third solution for those who want the freedom of a little nipple expression but arent quite ready to go fully topless. It is a bikini top with nipples and yes Ive had one in my wardrobe for many years. The Ta Ta top as it is known comes in a three skin tones and nipple shades and as they say on their website it is far more than nipples on a bikini top we work to promote questioning the social norm.

Eva has received plenty of positive support for the rally and is asking men and women alike to demonstrate the absurdity of this double-standard by walking together, topless along the beach from Belongil to Main Beach.



Tackling the taboo: menstruation workshop for men in Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Its fair to say that in-depth conversations about womens menstrual cycles are not common place among groups of men.

In fact, even broaching the topic often leads to an awkward silence or a sudden urge to talk about, well, anything else.

But one local woman is committed to opening up the discussion amongst men, particularly fathers with daughters.

Next month Karin Lucia Gisler will run a workshop for dads (and other men who are interested) about coming of age and menstrual education.

There has been this myth that menstruation is womens business, Ms Gisler says.

But its something that has always had an important role within relationships between men and women and particularly within families.

Unfortunately, because of the taboo around these topics there is a lot of misunderstanding or just lack of knowledge among men.

While most men know about certain aspects of a womans cycle, such as the fact that women often feel tired or depleted while bleeding and emotional or on-edge in the lead up, they are often less aware of the hormonal shifts that occur across the cycle as a whole.

There are moments where shes naturally warm and receptive and other times when shes not, Ms Gisler says.

When shes bleeding her estrogen level is very low, then after a few days it kicks in and thats when shes more caring, more warm and more receptive.

It peaks when shes ovulating and straight after that the estrogen drops. Those lovely feelings can change Its more of a time of reflection, a bit of a reality check.

Men often dont grasp that the changes that occur are, essentially, nothing to do with them. Its not that youre not loveable anymore, or that she doesnt care. For many men thats a big challenge.

The lack of understanding amongst men can have serious consequences for their daughters, particularly when they are going through puberty.

Puberty is a very important time in womens lives where we start realise that we have a role in the world and to step into that role, Ms Gisler says....


Time for a splash in Ballina and Alstonville for free "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Memorial Pool and Alstonville Aquatic Centre are opening their doors for free this weekend. Photo supplied.

Ballina is taking advantage of the lovely warm days that have kept on coming and are reopening the gates to the revamped Ballina Memorial Pool and Alstonville Aquatic Centre this Saturday for free.

Free giveaways, squad and swimming lesson demonstrations plus an aqua aerobic class and the fun water play area are just some exciting things to enjoy over the weekend.

To ensure every community member has the opportunity to view the new and upgraded facilities, Council will offer free entry across the grand reopening weekend, said Craig Brown, Ballina Shire Councils manager of community facilities.

The Olympic water polo players on hand to give a live demonstration of the facilities at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre following the Mayors opening address at 11am.

This will be the perfect opportunity to see the upgraded facilities and our local swimmers in action. There will also be a sausage sizzle available or you can bring your own picnic and be the first to use the new BBQ facilities.

The post Time for a splash in Ballina and Alstonville for free appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Friends Crowdfund Money For Funeral Of Transgender Man Disowned By Parents "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Friends of a transgender man who was disowned by his parents have crowdfunded more than $20,000 to make sure he receives the final dignity of a proper burial. Daine Grey, a student at City College of San Francisco, died by suicide on July 2, and for more than a week the 22-year-olds body went unclaimed, ...

The post Friends Crowdfund Money For Funeral Of Transgender Man Disowned By Parents appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Euro designer arrives for custom Sportster build "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The chief designer of Europes oldest Harley-Davidson dealership is heading to Australias oldest Harley dealership to work on a custom build.

Charlie Stockwell of Warrs Harley-Davidson, in London, will help Nikki Brown-Shepherd, one half of the Brisbane Iron Sisters, to customise her Iron 883 at Morgan & Wacker, the oldest Harley dealership outside the US.

Iron Sisters - Euro designer arrives for custom buildIron Sisters

Charlie has more than 110,000 Instagram followers and was this year invited by Harley to compete in a four-way bike build-off in Milwaukee, customising a Sportster in just two days. His custom build is featured at the top of this page.

Charlie and Nikki will work on the bike alongside Morgan & Wacker techs who will also be completing their custom build for the worldwide Battle of the Kings custom Harley competition.

Charlie Stockwell - Euro designer arrives for custom buildCharlie Stockwell

Build reveal

The two custom bikes, together with another custom project being developed at the dealership, w...


Letter From Jesus Threatens Killer Storms If Same-Sex Marriage Isnt Banned "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A letter claiming to be written by a servant of Jesus has threatened to inflict killer storms on Tasmania if same-sex marriage isnt repealed. The note, which some Facebook users reported discovering in their letterboxes around the city of Hobart, warns locals to repent. Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocate Rodney Croome shared an image of a similar ...

The post Letter From Jesus Threatens Killer Storms If Same-Sex Marriage Isnt Banned appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Defibrillator grants available for Lismore sports clubs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Over 7,000 people experience cardiac arrest out of hospital in NSW every year. The availability of a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death and can increase the chance of survival by up to 75 per cent.

Recognising the need for defibrillators in the local community the NSW government are rolling out a four year program to assist sporting clubs to purchase and maintain an Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Across the state, the NSW government will aim to provide more than 2,500 life-saving defibrillators to local communities and I strongly urge eligible local clubs to consider applying, said local member for Lismore Thomas George.

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the Local Sport Defibrillator Program has assisted over 400 sporting organisations attain the life-saving technology during the first round.

Lismore community sporting clubs are now eligible to apply for the Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program that will supply half the cost of purchase and maintenance of an AED.

In 2018, we hope to increase the availability of defibrillators at community-based sports facilities and improve the likelihood of survival for incidents of cardiac arrest, Mr Ayres said.

Clubs receive 50 per cent towards the funding and maintenance of a defibrillator, with clubs in NSWs Far West region set to benefit from a 75 per cent co-contribution from the program.

Applications close 14 September 2018.

Details about applications and eligibility can be found online.

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Hey @VictoriaPolice - how much have you charged the CFMEU? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Victoria Police has announced it will send a $68,000 invoice to a young Canadian woman who's scheduled to deliver a speech in Melbourne tonight. I've asked Victoria Police to tell us how much they've billed the CFMEU over performances like these.



Victorian Police have just announced that they will charge Canadian speaker Lauren Southern a staggering $68,000 after violent thugs threatened to protest her talk in Melbourne.

Thats right: A law-abiding speaker giving a legal speech is being charged because of threats by rabid far-left activists.

Protecting people from violence literally is the core duty of the police (and one VicPolice seem to be failing at consistently). To charge the law-abiding because of the threats made against them makes a complete mockery of our legal system.

These protests are organised by the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) an organisation started by members of the radical Socialist Alternative, which previously had members arrested for violently attacking attendees at a speech last year  and has already created a Solidarity And Defence Fund to defend members arrested for violence.

It doesnt matter if you agree with Lauren or disagree with her. This goes to the very heart of freedom of speech in Australia. If the police can force someone to pay $68,000 or else be silent, then freedom of speech in Australia is dead.

Make no mistake: The Victorian Police literally want to charge someone $68,000 to exercise the right to freedom of speech because of threats made AGAINST them. If anyone should pay the bill, it should be the protestors who are the once threatening violence.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights state Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

This is the behaviour of tin-pot dictatorships, not a free society like Australia.



Reef 2050 Plan: Action Speaks Louder Than Words "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

For release Friday 20 July 2018

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the government to take immediate action on climate change in the light of todays updated Reef 2050 Plan.

The updated Plan, released today, recognises that climate change is the most serious and increasing threat to the Reef and acknowledges the need to implement the Paris Agreement, limiting the global average temperature rise to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels.

However, while the language on climate change in the updated Plan is notably stronger, it fails to acknowledge the inadequacy of the Federal Governments emissions reduction target, and the proposed actions to achieve this target.

Recognising the threat to the Reef from climate change is a positive step but the next urgent step is for the government to actually tackle the problem, said Imogen Zethoven, Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director for AMCS.

The Great Barrier Reef urgently needs a revised Plan to 2050 that explains how Australia will cut its carbon pollution to give the Reef a future. Right now, we are not pulling our weight in the global effort to cut carbon pollution.

There is still time to protect the Reef from dangerous climate change if we act now. If we do nothing, the outlook, based on current climate change projections, is a catastrophic decline. The Reef is too important to Australia and to the world to lose.

Australias current emissions reduction target is 26-28% but a target in line with the science to limit Reef damage would be 45-65% by 2030, as recommended by the Climate Change Authority -and zero net emissions well before 2050.

UNESCOs World Heritage Committee recently met in Bahrain to reiterate the importance of all countries undertaking the most ambitious implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Federal Government has a responsibility to protect the Reef, yet our representatives continue to support the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and Adanis massive coal mine, said Ms Zethoven.

Coal and gas are causing climate change and thats damaging the Reef. We need to end this dependency and switch to 100% renewable energy.

For interviews with spokespeople from the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), c...


Enquiries of Melbourne's youth as to killing Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Ms Southern's schtick is very popular - this video of her excursion in Melbourne a day or so ago has been watched 207,000 times. She appears to have avoided the "far-right" tag in the press reports I've read and is most often referred to as a professional provocateur. It's quite...


Why Isnt Perth a Ghost Town Yet? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As parts of Australias east coast experience record low temperatures and Perth continues to experience healthy amounts of rainfall, I cant help but remember the time in 2004 when Tim Flannery said that there was a fair chance that Perth would become the 21st centurys first ghost metropolis based on what appeared to be a two month, self-selected crash course in reading some stuff he found and the subsequent soiling of his pants:

Climate change would diminish the environment of Sydney and its hinterland, and it only had to look to Perths experience.

I think there is a fair chance Perth will be the 21st centurys first ghost metropolis, Dr Flannery said. Its whole primary production is in dire straits and the eastern states are only 30 years behind.

He said climate change tended to move in steps. In 1976, when the first step occurred, the south-western corner of Western Australia lost 20 per cent of its rainfall, and its catchment fell from 340 gigalitres to 111 gigalitres. The average is now 160 gigalitres. In 1998, when the second step occurred, the world experienced the worst El Nino effect and the death of 17 per cent of its coral reefs. South-eastern Australia was hit by drought .

Dr Flannery said he had spent the past two months reading everything I can get my hands on about climate change, and had been horrified by what he had learnt.

Three years later in 2007, Flannery was at it again, doubling down on his prediction albeit not quite as confidently this time around because, apparently, desalination plants:

AUSTRALIAN of the Year Tim Flannery is sticking by his warning that Perth could become the first ghost metropolis of the 21st century.

But the outspoken environmental scientist says its our addiction to coal, not just water, that is jeopardising our future.

[TMR: using this logic, I guess this also means that Im addicted to breathing air. On reflection, I have to admit that Im ra...


Judith Sloans Swan and ACTU tirade was a response to a threat to her view of the world "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Judith Sloans article in the Australia (19 July 2018) deserves a response. The piece in question, titled Wayne Swans bizarre speech to a largely irrelevant ACTU, was not only condescending but downright wrong.

It was condescending because, she takes up the high brow label of an economist to tell us that Swan doesnt know what he is talking about. She says any sensible economist would not use the term trickle down economics.

Time here for some basic truths. The term was first used in the United States in 1896, by presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, who in a speech suggested: There are those who believe that you just legislate to make the well to do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through to those below

The theme was later taken up by David Stockman, who was Ronald Reagans budget director and a champion of Reaganomics. With the rise of what became known as neoiliberalism, economists and politicians of this school began to use the term, which meant that if you look after the investors interests, they will put their money in the economy, make it grow, provide jobs and everyone is better off.

Stockman himself later observed that its kind of hard to sell trickle down, so the supply-side formula was used to get tax policy that was really trickle down. Supply side is really trickle down.

Over the years since the Reagan tax cuts at the top end, and the continuing application of a generally similar  economic regimes the term  neoliberalism also came into fashion, not only in the United States, but in other countries, including Australia. As this direction began to bite, both terms became increasingly unpopular, and taken up by opponents to point the finger at those ho brought it about.

There is a simple reason for this. The trickle down didnt happen.

Judith Sloan wearing the title of economics professor at Flinders University, with qualifications from Melbourne University and the London School of Economics does not change this. Although I merely have economics qualifications form La Trobe and Melbourne universities, I know that in terms of the claim of benefiting everyone, her supply side school of economic theory has been a dismal failure in practice.

She uses the name of Thomas Sowell, to claim authority that sensible economists do not use the term Trickle Down Effect. Well he di...


Merri Murnong "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


What is small, green, looks like a Murnong, grows at the Merri Murnong Patch but is not a Murnong?

Come Sunday 22nd of July, 1-3pm meet at bench opposite 103 Connolly Av. for our Walk and Weed Discovery to find out.

Weather forecasted to pleasant and it is a great time of the year o discover what the Murnong Patch is gearing up to for the Wurundjeri season of Early Spring around the corner.


Ecosystems in Australia are being destroyed by climate change "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

It might be too late to save these Australian ecosystems from climate change

A series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem collapses has hit Australia and researchers think they may be irreversible, INDEPENDENT, Rebecca Harris   David Bowman  19 July 18 


New Laws Will Allow the Use of Military to Break Protests "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

 Sydney Criminal lawyers, By Paul Gregoire | 19/07/2018 

The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forceswith public incidents.

The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Currently, the military can only be called upon by state and territory authorities when theyve exhausted all other options. The new bill would allow for a call out request to be actioned, when its decided that ADF personnel can enhance the ability of state police in dealing with an incident.

The new legislation also allows the PM and other authorised ministers to send in the troops when state authorities havent requested assistance, but Commonwealth interests are at stake. And it p...


Putting koalas first: Towards zero deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Opponents of Regional Forest Agreements protested outside sham consultation sessions. Photo NCEC

The Berejiklian government is proposing to open up over 100,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest and rainforest on public lands for logging. The NSW Nature Conservation Council (NCC) are calling for community action in response and are coordinating a series of free workshops, the Towards Zero Deforestation Roadshow, across the north coast and NSW to discuss new laws and help communities work towards restoring environmental protections.

Under the new Biodiversity Conservation Act and changes to other laws, 99 per cent of identified koala habitat on private land can be bulldozed, and eight million hectares of forest and bushland has no protection from deforestation, NSW Nature Conservation Council campaigns director Daisy Barham said.

On the north coast, koala populations are in trouble, and yet premier Berejiklians new laws will push the Australian icon further to the brink of extinction.

New laws are accelerating deforestation and the destruction of wildlife habitat for koalas and many of the 1,000 species of plants and animals facing extinction in NSW.

Campaign Director Daisy Barham. Photo supplied.

Speakers will include Jemilah Hallinan from the NSW Environmental Defenders, Daisy Barham and Shirley Hall from the NSW Nature Conservation.

These workshops empower people to protect the places and wildlife they love by giving them the resources and knowledge they nee...



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Racist dogwhistling over African gangs proves Turnbull is a hollow man "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Racist dogwhistling over African gangs proves Turnbull is a hollow manMalcolm Turnbull's claim African crime gangs are terrorising Melbourne is yet another sign of his lack of spine. read now...


Indigenous Round Byron Bay Rugby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Get on down to the Memorial Recreations Fields on Saturday the 28th July for Byron Bay Rugbys Indigenous Round. Between 13:30 & 17:30
There will be live performances from AIME, Welcome to Country, Raffles, entertainment for children, two great games of Rugby, then finishing off with a Live Auction of the players exclusive limited edition Jerseys.
This is a Free event, with all proceeds going toward AIME Mentoring service.
For more information, please email

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Koalas to benefit from new protection grids and fencing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas were taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre last week. Photo FOK

While the Berejiklian government is setting about the destruction of koala habitat with the proposal to open up over 100,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest and rainforest on public lands for logging the RMS and Byron Shire Council are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of koalas being killed on the roads.

The new wooden fencing near the southern entry to Brunswick Heads and the new road grids near the Pacific Highway interchange on Gulgan Road are part of a number of protection measures being delivered by the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) over the coming months to reduce the potential for road strikes on koalas, which are listed as a vulnerable species under threatened species legislation in NSW.

The new road grids near the Pacific Highway interchange. Photo supplied.

The newly installed fence, located at the southern entry to Brunswick Heads, is a noise wall which will be connected to additional fauna fencing north and south of the interchange. The fauna fencing will run about a kilometre north on both sides of the highway and will feature self-closing gates near the interchanges.

The koala protection measures follow RMS investigations and are expected to deliver significant reduction of koala road strikes in this section of the Pacific Highway.

Detailed diagrams of the proposed new koala grids and fencing, as well as the REF (Review of Environmental Factors) and submission...


Birthday suits all the go at Island parkrun party "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Crossing a bubble finish line at the end of the 3rd birthday parkrun around the Churchill Island circuit last Saturday are Jade Bennett and Nicki of Cape Woolamai. M462918

Run director for the Phillip Island 3rd birthday parkrun last Saturday, Kris Harris cuts a specially prepared cake afterwards. M452918

Braving a cold start last Saturday morning
to join the field of runners, walkers and
pushers that arrived in colourful costumes for the Phillip Island parkruns 3rd birthday were locals Sarah and Rick Zolcinski warming up with a run while enjoying the spectacular Western Port backdrop at the Churchill Island circuit. m432918

COLOURFUL costumes were the order of the day at the Phillip Island parkruns 3rd birthday event last Saturday when 102 runners, walkers and pushers braved the cold start to celebrate the occasion in style.
That number wasnt a record, in fact theyve topped the 100 mark 16 times in three years and the 200 mark once in the events 157 race history but it was exactly the same number as participated in the very first run back on July 11, 2015.
Run directors for the day Kirsty Harris and Kris Harris could not have been more delighted with the turn-up and also with the trouble everyone had taken to be suitably dressed for the celebrations.
There were prizes at the start for the King and Queen of parkrun in the past year, Sco...


Incoming! Osprey clutching lively Oz prey "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

One of three resident Ospreys near entrance to Town Common wings in with mightily reluctant Gar. Fish fought on vigorously for several minutes.

Two other recent catches of Gar may indicate change of preferred catch, seasonal fish availability, or immature bird's switch from thicker-bodied fish species caught by parents.
Since all three birds have similar breastbands I've found it impossible to tell male from female from immature. Bad luck for the Gar if it was victim to just one of three predators.


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1) Military could only arise trauma among locals

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Hyde Cafe Bellingen black-bans people: Jenni Bienefelt the owner an Australian Christian Churches Christian black-banned me 4 years ago for writing about their cult "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Jenni Bienefelt the owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen on left. Jenni Bienefelt of Hyde Cafe is a dysfunctional black banner, pretend Fake Christian, Cult member, and errant hypocrite.


Below is an article I wrote and published 4 years ago on this, my personal blog-site , the day Jenni Beinefelt owner of Hyde Cafe, Bellingen, where I live, black-banned me for explaining the errors and faults of the Christian cult the Australian Christian Churches group she is part of in Bellingen called House of Hope, formerly called Christian Life Centre located on Bellingens North Side.


Blog article 1 December 2014

It seems theres no end to the black-bans the cult churches of the Australian Christian Churches linked to Hillsong impose on those who dont agree with their view-point.

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Pastor John Woolhouse of Dorrigo Life Springs Church in Dorrigo NSW black-banned me from his Australian Christian Churches church in March this year.




Trump-Putin Helsinki 16 July 2018 Press Conference: the matter of a curious admission and omission "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The mainstream media carried transcripts of the 16 July 2018 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin joint press conference held in Helsinki, Finland.

Video of this press conference is available online.

There is one specific exchange between President Putin and an American reporter.

It went thus:

REPORTER: Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

PUTIN: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S. Russia relationship back to normal.

The White House also posted a transcript of the joint pr...


Australia Says No to Software Patents "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Summary: Rokt is now fighting the Australian patent office over its decision to reject software patents; Shelston IP, an Australian patent law firm (originally from Melbourne), already meddles a great deal in such policies/decisions, hoping to overturn them

LEAVING aside the EPO and USPTO, two of the worlds largest English-speaking patent offices, there has been some news from Australia, where IP Australia (the Australian patent office) told stakeholders that software isnt really patent-eligible anymore. Weve seen several articles about this lately (we mentioned some a week ago) and Lawyerly is the latest to spread the news and shed light on it. Rokts software innovative but not patentable, IP Australia tells court is the headline. Heres the key part: An invention that simply puts a business method or scheme into a computer is not patentable, the Commissioner of Patents told a court Wednesday on the first day of a highly anticipated trial over a rejected software patent application by marketing tech startup Rokt.

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms.Fantastic! Well done, Australia!

This was achieved in the face of great pressure and constant lobbying from law firms. We wrote about it dozens of times over the years and named some of the culprits. In Australia weve seen Shelston IP quite a lot recently, attacking the policy and smearing officials for doing the right thing. Shelston IP went further than this and attempted the same thing in New Zealand, where software patents have never been allowed.

Earlier this week we saw Shelston IP rearing its ugly head again...


Too warm, too dry as Winter draws closer to Spring in Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Warmer days and nights favoured for AugustOctober

August to October days and nights are likely to be warmer than average for most of the country, with high chances (greater than 80%) in eastern Victoria and NSW, and southern Tasmania.

Days and nights in August are likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia, with high chances (greater than 80%) of warmer days in the southeast.

Historical accuracy for AugustOctober maximum temperatures is moderate for eastern and northern parts of Australia, as well as southern WA. Elsewhere, accuracy is low to very low. Historical accuracy for minimum temperatures is moderate for the northern half of Australia, SA, and Tasmania, but low to very low elsewhere.

Temperature - The chance...


Slowly but surely Russian connections between the UK Brexit referendum campaign and the US presidential campaign are beginning to emerge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We have concluded that there are risks in relation to the processing of personal data by many political parties. Particular concerns include: the purchasing of marketing lists and lifestyle information from data brokers without sufficient due diligence, a lack of fair processing, and use of third party data analytics companies with insufficient checks around consent.We have looked closely at the role of those who buy and sell personal data-sets in the UK. Our existing investigation of the privacy issues raised by their work has been expanded to include their activities in political processes.The investigation has identified a total of 172 organisations of interest that required engagement, of which around 30 organisations have formed the main focus of our enquiries, including political parties, data analytics companies and major social media platforms..Similarly, we have identified a total of 285 individuals relating to our investigation. [UK Information Commissioners Office, Investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns: Investigation update, July 2018]

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Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hardly a day goes by without a newspaper report about the forthcoming ABBA reunion. There are two new songs to be released over the next year; theres a major TV special coming up around Christmas; theres a virtual reality tour on the way; and of course, theres the latest Mamma []


Woman flown to Lismore base hospital after tractor accident "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 58yr old female has been flow to to Lismore base Hospital after the tractor she was driving rolled over her in a paddock near Casino.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene late on Thursday afternoon after her 16 year old daughter alerted emergency services.

The patient was thrown from the tractor suffering a fractured pelvis. Her daughter was walking her dog when she heard her mothers screams about 500 metres from her in the paddock. The patient was treated at the scene by helicopter clinical before being flown to hospital, she is reported in a stable condition.

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Ghosts of privatisations past and future? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Most people wont recognise the name Leo Hielscher unless they regularly cross the eponymous* bridge (better known by its original name, the Gateway). But he is a figure of great consequence in Queensland, responsible for the downfall of two governments. Hielscher ran the states finances for decades, and was the architect of the Bjelke-Petersen strategy of an extractive economy based low taxes, low services and low skill. His proudest boast was the states AAA credit rating

The low point of his career was probably the leadup to the 2009 election when Anna Bligh announced that, rather than cut infrastructure spending or sell assets in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, she would allow the states credit rating to be reduced to AA+. Bligh was re-elected, and promptly announced a massive program of asset sales. This was one of the rare instances where I was directly involved in the policy process, providing advice to the Queensland Council of Unions, and in this capacity I got to observe Hielscher in action. He was very effective in pushing the (economically spurious) case for asset sales and the need to regain the AAA rating.

Bligh, and her Treasurer, Andrew Fraser pushed through the asset sales and pushed the Labor government off a cliff, being reduced to seven members at the 2012 election. Of course, Bligh landed on her feet, ending up as CEO of the Australian Bankers Association. I didnt get such a ringside view of the process that led Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls to adopt their catastrophic Strong Choices asset sales campaign, but I have no doubt that Hielscher played a significant role in the background. Both Campbell and Nicholls have duly been consigned to well-deserved political oblivion.

Now the rightwing Australian Institute of Progress has staged a reunion.

After denouncing the public debt levels sustained by the Palaszczuk Labor government, Hielscher

received a standing ovation from the high-powered audience that included former LNP premier Campbell Newman, former state Liberal leader and treasurer Joan Sheldon as well as former Labor treasurers Keith de Lacy and Andrew Fraser.

Anna Bligh was obviously too busy defending the massive corruption of the banking sector to make it to Brisbane, and Tim Nicholls is still keeping a low profile. Apart from that, though, the whole team was there. De Lacy left politics before the events Ive described, but hes the archetypal  careerist who du...


Nominations Open For Cairns Tropical Prides Community Hero Awards "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Nominations have now opened for the Cairns Tropical Prides Community Hero Awards, recognising the regions LGBTIQ volunteers of the year. Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queenslands largest LGBTIQ festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year, and this years festival will take place from October 12 to 14. Each year, the ...

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David Bidstrup: The clinking sound as the penny drops for AEMO "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The clinking sound we heard this morning was the penny dropping for AEMO. They admit that coal is the cheapest power option, (Australian July 17 2018). As the young folk would say, Duh!!!!

It is amazing that they can come to this conclusion after the propaganda spouted about cheap renewables and the stratospheric heights of power prices, the plunge in reliability and the price gouging in their market that sees generators ripping us off at will.

Its a bit like telling us everyone has a fundamental orifice.

We should be up in arms. They said nothing when Port Augusta power station was trashed by fanatical zealots in some grotesque display of naked political ideology. Likewise with the closure of Hazelwood where an equally fanatical and clueless government facilitated the closure by raising coal royalties and the foreign owners implemented their own twisted green agenda. Easy to do when your home country relies on nuclear power and sells it to Germany as their system falls over from renewables. The generator that is getting out of coal, but isnt, wants to close another one and our ineffectual leaders seem to be powerless, (excuse the pun), to stop them.

Governments both state and federal stood aside because they wanted to show their free market credentials or were rabid dickheads or made a motza from their state owned coal fired stations when the renewable fell in a heap, as they do with monotonous regularity. The Finkel green manifesto told us there is no going back as they told the story that the masters wanted to hear, demonstrating the old adage that you only commission an enquiry when you know that the outcome will be what you want for whatever purpose in this case political expediency.

The story goes on saying that the country needs to spend between $8 and $27 Billion a fair spread and an indication that no one really knows to facilitate an orderly transition to renewables. Why they still try to have us believe that renewables can ever power an industrial economy is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps it is part of the Chinese water torture method of messing with our heads.  First coal is bad and emissions will cook us all. Then there might be a role for coal but no new investment and finally the recognition that they have been barking up the wrong tree and causing economic havoc for the country.

The letters page has more people who are anti renewables than pro and it is heartening for an old twisted cynic like me to see there are still people around with common sense.

Now that the cat is out of the bag the opportunity exists for our leaders to finally do something useful. If we are to spend $8 to $27 billion let it be on new coal fired and nuclear power stations and not further wet the wall with pointless, inefficient and costly solutions like wind...


Recent local shows "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There are two shows within a walk of each other at STACKS Projects and 220 Creative Space, near Kings Cross. The Show at STACKS looks at the alchemy of photography in,       As If By Magic. At 220 Creative Spaces last show, Rita Bila was exploring bag forms made from organic material whilst,Tabula Rasa looked at whats on our plates and where it comes from.



La Boites Fierce New Comedy Brings The Womens March To Rural Australia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A brand new stage production will bring the spirit of the global Womens March protest to a new play at Brisbanes La Boite Theatre Company. Award-winning Queensland writer Claire Christian will makes her mainstage debut as playwright next month with Lysa and The Freeborn Dames. In her play, nineteen-year-old Lysa King has come home to ...

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Thirty Six Women Have Been Violently Killed in Australia This Year "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Last Sunday, two women were killed in acts of violence perpetrated on opposite sides of the country. At around 4 am that morning, NSW police attended a Griffith residence to find 27-year-old Nicole Wetzler dead in a rear shed on the property. A few hours later 35-year-old Ashley Alchin was arrested and taken to Griffith police station,

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My Health Record Opting out "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

People in this country have demonstrated the level of trust they have in government by crashing websites and call systems with 20 000 people opting out of #MyHealthRecord in the first day.

We are providing a round up for you to enable an informed decision. As we support and train advocates and activists we have become more aware of the huge issue of digital privacy and how little the average person seems aware of, let alone the activist community. We want to help improve literacy in this area, and encourage more discussion regarding the extensive surveillance and data harvesting undertaken by government and corporates.

You can check out the huge compilation of concerns we covered during the #CensusFail situation. Regarding MyHealthRecord, you can assume all of the privacy concerns apply but also throw in sexual activity and orientation, gender, stigmatised diseases, prescriptions which could identify your condition, life threatening and chronic health conditions, fertility, reproduction rights and more to get a full picture of concerns.

Oh, and sections of this data is reportedly going to be accessible by NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE. At the minimum all doctors (more than 70,000) and pharmacies (of which there are nearly 30,000) will have access to significant aspects.

TL, DR ~ huge privacy concerns have been raised you can opt out until 15th October 2018.

Here are some considerations:

  • The government is not capable of securing data. This has been proven time, and time again.
  • The government has used personal data for political reasons, giving private Centrelink information to a journalist.
  • The Department of Health last year commissioned the development of the framework for using My Health Record data for purposes other than its primary purpose of providing healthcare to an individual. This could include research and policy analysis (source).
  • ...


Ugandan Social Media Tax Following a tradition of quelling dissent? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Shardha Rajam and Mihika Poddar

On June 1st this year, the Parliament of Uganda imposed a tax on usage of social media and internet messaging platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. The Ugandan Government, which on prior occasions has shut down and regularly censored digital media, claimed that the tax was imposed to raise revenue and to stop the spread of rumours. In a country with a per capita GDP of $615, a $19 tax on access of social media is prohibitive, increasing the digital divide and consequently stifling free speech. Given that Ugandas budgetary expenditure was almost double its revenues in 2016-17, the social media tax has been welcomed by some as a move to bridge the fiscal deficit. Here, we explore how the tax falls foul of some of the basic freedoms guaranteed in international instruments.

The tax was imposed by Ugandas Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 as part of an overhaul of the excise duty law which is to take effect in July. The tax is levied on all over the top (OTT) services, which generally indicates communications services provided over the internet, that run on top of traditional telecommunications networks that are heavily regulated. The bill defines such services as transmission or receipt of voice of messages over the internet protocol network This would include all social media as well as internet-messaging platforms.

While a tax in and of itself may seem justifiable, as a levy on the use of a service, and as not hampering free speech as it is not a complete shutdown, an impact-based assessment would indicate otherwise. Users are already taxed for using airtime and data, and therefore, would in fact be subject to double taxation by the social media tax. The digital divide, especially in the developing world, is troubling, and is mostly attributable to economic barriers to data and services, as well as government policie...


The Longman By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Longman is a federal electorate in Brisbanes north held since the 2016 election by Susan Lamb for Labor. Lamb was born in Mackay, Queensland of a British father and Queensland born mother. Her own legal advice confirmed that she obtained British citizenship by descent at birth. So, she applied to renounce her British citizenship before

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Canberra: its not the new Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The once-obscure bush capital, and its number plates, have been keen to adopt new hipster clothing; to present as something like that cool inland city that your best mate lives in. Yet like every trend that drapes itself in ironic sentiment, theres more than a kernel of serious intent here, as there is to the apparently outlandish claim that Canberra yes, Canberra is now the cultural capital of Australia.


Thredbo Dedicates a Weekend to Environmental Awareness, Sustainability & Education "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Some significant announcements from Thredbo resort:

  • Thredbo Announces 100% of its lifting and snowmaking electricity will be offset for winter 2018 thanks to a unique partnership with Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Project (ALFA)
  • POW Australia to launch with a Hike to Kozzie and an information night lead by international free-skiing legend and POW board member Chris Davenport in Thredbo
  • To support National Tree Day (Sunday 29 July) Thredbo will be encouraging all guests to offset their journey emissions by matching all guest tree purchases / donations over the weekend thanks to Thredbos vehicle offset partnership with Greenfleet

Next weekend, Friday July 27 Sunday July 29, Thredbo will be engaging guests with a weekend of environmental awareness, sustainability and education. The weekend will include Thredbo announcing new partnerships, celebrating the establishment of POW Australia and highlighting a number of its current environmental initiatives. These initiatives are all aimed at protecting winter and the unique snow environments in Australia.

A main feature of the weekend will be Thredbo announcing an exciting new partnership with the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Project (ALFA) which will offset 100% of Thredbos emissions generated by the electricity used on its lifting and snowmaking operations for winter 2018.

Another   highlight of the weekend is a Hike for POW to help celebrate the establishment of POW Australia and raise awareness around protecting our beautiful snow environment. On Friday July 27, the weekend will start with a mass hike to the top of Mt Kosciuszko to celebrate the establishment of POW Australia (Protect Our Winter).

The mass hike to the top of Mt Kosciuszko will be open for all backcountry snow enthusiasts to show their support of POW and will be led by American free-skiing legend Chris Davenport, who also happens to be a board member of POW and will be in Australia to help promote the establishment of POWs Australian chapter.

Thredbo was the inaugural Australian partner of POW and its goal in collaborating is to raise awareness towards the impact of climate change on our mountain environment and to continuously improve Thredbos environmental performance. Since Thredbo joined in July last year it has placed environmental issues at the top of its agenda and implemented a number of initiatives to help reduce the human impact of the environment.

Over the weekend Thredbo will also be celebrating National Tree Day by promoting its long running partnership with Greenfleet. Since 2009 Thredbo have partnered with Greenfleet to offset the carbon emissions from its entire fleet of cars and snow cats. And in 2014, in what was a global first at the...


5 Awe-Inspiring Museums and Galleries to Visit When in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne, Australia

Published July 19, 2018

Known as the second biggest and most populated city in Australia, Melbourne is a must-visit travel destination in the whole world. With its enthralling arts scene, every visitor will surely be in awe. There are tons of awesome spots to check out here, especially for the art and culture lovers.

Melbourne is also called as the Cultural Capital of Australia. With its numerous museums and galleries, one can say that it deserves the title. So, here are a few of the top art buildings you can visit to understand deeper and explore more about Melbournes magic:

National Gallery of Victoria

Pay a visit to the oldest public art gallery in the Land Down Under. It is home to over 70,000 pieces of art in two locations. The Australian collection can be found at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, which features the history of Australian art. One of its highlights is The Pioneer, a huge triptych format by Frederick McCubbin. On the other hand, the international collection is in St. Kilda Road building. This building is known for The Great Hall where you can lie on the floor and see its colorful stained glass ceiling.


Come by Scienceworks to enjoy first-hand science experiences. This interactive science and technology museum offers changing exhibits, demonstrations, and guided tours daily to all visitors. You can check out the Sportsworks exhibit and Planetarium for a more exciting activity. Not to mention, this museum is autism-friendly one with social maps and scripts showing high and low sensory spaces. It is going to be a fun-filled learning day at Scienceworks, for sure!

National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. This is why sports stadiums are one of the citys main tourist attractions. Take a trip down memory lane at the National Sports Museum and learn about the sporting history of the city. Once here, you can also see a lot of memorabilia that will make you remember the significant sporting moments that happened in Melbourne.

Immigration Museum

Head over Immigration Museum to see engaging and special exhibits of the people who call Melbourne their home. Situated in the Old Customs House, this museum tells the real stories of those wh...


Take care warming up this winter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This winter Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging residents to take every precaution to
avoid a fire in the home.

Winter is here and plenty of heaters are being pulled out of storage to warm everyone up. However, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) urges care to avoid a fire in the home.

Winter sees a 10 per cent rise in the number of home fires, with more fires in bedrooms and loungerooms owing to heaters and electric blankets. However, it is the kitchen that accounts for 45 per cent of residential fires.

FRNSW Mullumbimby stations Captain Josh Rushton said Dont put yourself or your family at risk. We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and to keep everything in the house a metre from the heater.

There are a number of simple steps you can take to prepare your home against the risk of fire this winter:

  • Turn off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed
  • Clean lint filters in the clothes dryer before or after each use
  • Dont overload powerboards
  • Keep candles away from curtains and put them out before leaving the room
  • Dont use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors as they can leak and the gas is
  • both toxic and highly explosive
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm

Flames or heat sources being left unattended are the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires, said FRNSW chief superintendent Mick Morris.

It can take just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one, he said.

To avoid kitchen fire catastrophes, we urge people to keep looking when cooking. Its a simple way to avoid losing your home or even worse, your loved ones or your own life.

FRNSW recommends the following simple safety checklist for home cooks:

  • Never leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove. It takes just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one.
  • ...


Splendour in the Grass gets underway "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Getting set up for Splendour in the Grass is now in full swing. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Splendour in the Grass is underway and the traffic is building as people line up to get their campsite in order and prepare for a weekend of fun and festivities. In the mean time local residents have either picked up their tickets or bought their ear protectors to block out the noise.

While there are many engaging in the fun activities including the science tent and picking up free condoms from PASH the Positive Adolescent Sexual Health police and surf lifesaving NSW are reminding festival goers to stay safe.

Police are highlighting that there is a high-visibility police operation targeting illegal drug use and supply, alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour throughout the three-day festival.

With the warm day-time weather surf lifesavers NSW are reminding festival goers that alcohol, drugs and swimming are a deadly combination.

For those looking to cool off following a day listening to music and enjoying the festivities, Byron Bays Main Beach is the place to be, said a local lifesaver spokesperson.

Flags will be flying at this pristine location with lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service on patrol from 9am5pm.

Community hotline

In the mean time local resident have been supplied with a community hotline they can ring if there are issues with the event. Other members of the community can also send enquiries or concerns to the Splendour in the Grass team via email on

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Top Tips for Gold Coast Theme Parks "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Use your time wisely at the Gold Coast theme parks with our top tips!

Every kids dream is to have as many days as they can at the Gold Coast theme parks. Well, it was for my girls anyway when our Gold Coast holiday was announced. There were so many questions that I wanted to be answered and I couldnt seem to find answers about the Gold Coast theme parks anywhere. My brother had recently been to some of the Queensland theme parks but his daughter is much younger than mine are so while he gave me some good starters there were still so many things I wanted to know. So here I have put together the things I think everyone should know before they go to save some money, time and to have the best experience during their Gold Coast holiday!

Getting Your Gold Coast Theme Parks Tickets

There are so many ways that you can save money on your theme park entry tickets to any of the Gold Coast Theme Parks. Some are:

  • Your membership with the RACV
  • Kiosk sellers on the Gold Coast
  • Webjet or Groupon discounts

Whatever you decide on make sure it is the best deal for you. We got a 7 day super pass so then we could have extra days of rest as I thought 3 or 4 Gold Coast theme parks in a row would be too much for us (and I was totally right, we needed that time to recover!)

Because we got the 7-day pass we had cards that were printed out for us (like a credit card) These were our entries to all the Gold Coast theme parks so you must not lose them. Keep them in a place that is safe as you cant get them done again. They have your picture on them with your name as well so you are unable to transfer them to other people either.

Movie World

I honestly found that Movie World was not really the best theme park for us. You had either older kids rides (15+) or the younger kids areas like the Nickelodeon section. Mark and I are larger people and fitting into the harness made for a pretty uncomfortable ride once you started getting thrown about. Marley wanted desperately to go on some of the huge rides and it was so hard to see her disappointed little face. I am just not into rides and I was uncomfortable with her going on them by herself so there was not much for us to do there. *The Wild West section of Movie World was closed on the day we went and three rides were also closed for maintenance.

The Good
  • There was plenty of chances for the kids to meet their favourite characters. The girls had pictures taken with a heap of characters that they liked....


Cher Announces Second Brisbane Concert On Upcoming Tour "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Cher has announced a second Brisbane show on her upcoming Australian tour. This September and October, the singer will be bringing her Here We Go Again Tour to arenas in several cities around the country. And with her Brisbane show on September 28 now sold out, a second and final show has been added at ...

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Indigenoise off to Burning Man, with a little from their friends "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It is a massive moment in the musical evolution of local hip-hop group, Indigenoise.

After months of hustling and hard work, the five young performers have scored a gig at Burning Man, the worlds biggest alternative festival held every year in the Nevada desert.

Singer Roslyn Barnett and the crew will perform on three stages during the week-long festival next month, bringing their raw, conscious hip-hop to thousands of people from all over the world.

My partner and I went a few years ago and I just said this is the year, Ms Barnett says.

I just hustled and hustled and eventually we got it.     

After securing the gig, Indigenoise quickly realised they were going to need a new rehearsal space, somewhere that would allow them to hone the dance and movement they were bringing into their show.

After a quick search,Ms Barnett, settled on Mullumbimby dance studio and performance space WeMove.

Rehearsal spaces can be pretty dark and cramped but this one is such a beautiful space and has a really nice vibe, Ms Barnett says.

And I instantly had a connection with [WeMoves co-owner] Meggie [Danielson].

The group booked in for six sessions, but a couple of sessions in, Ms Danielson and her fellow owner Alona Rosenberg decided to let the group use it for free.

After I got to know what they were doing I really felt that I wanted to gift them the space, Ms Danielson says.

I just felt it was great to see young people in our community in the arts, which is not the easiest thing to do.

We felt it was a great way to give back to the community.

Indigenoise represents four different cultures within its ranks, from indigenous Australia to the vikings of the far north.

Our name comes from asking the question, what would the entire world would sound like if it made sound?, Ms Barnett says.

We also see ourselves as giving a voice to indigenous youth from different backgrounds.



The Ocean Shores Art Expo celebrates being a teenager "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Juan Carlos Camacho is spicing up this years Ocean Shores Art Expo as they celebrate 15 years. Photo supplied.

The Ocean Shores Art Expo has invited Juan Carlos Camacho to bring a little extra verve into this years celebrations. Turning 15 this year the expo is celebrating being a teenager with its first ever Youth Street Art Project plus a surprise projection installation.

The Youth Project will give teenagers an opportunity to get involved in creating an outdoor canvas mural as an entrance feature to this years expo, said Juan.

If you are 14 to 17 years old and would like to be part of the Youth Street Art Project you can email Carlos and get involved in the free workshops that are running over three Saturdays on July 21, 28 and August 4.

Alex Moss will be also be designing the interactive sound and visual installation to the exterior of the expo building, as part of the Awards Night extravaganza.

With this years expo getting closer and registration closing on Tuesday 24 July, Carlos encourages artists to register for this years exhibition and explore the deeper meaning to this years theme Treasures. There are prizes in six categories, with over $5,000 in prize money, including the $1,000 Vale Award.

This years expo will be a three day event and runs from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August, with the awards night from 7pm Friday 24 August. The expo will be held at Ocean Shores Public School.

For artists registration and more information, please visit the Ocean Shores Art Expo website .

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start - [Talks] added Malcolm to 2018-06-25 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Next Meeting 30th July 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569


Indictable Drug Supply Cases Can Now be Finalised in the Local Court "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Until recently, cases of drug supply which involved more than the indictable quantity but less than the commercial quantity could not be finalised in the NSW Local Court they were strictly indictable which meant they had to be committed to a higher court such as the District Court to be dealt with whether by

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Martins Blues a bush odyssey "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

You cannot stop the birds of sadness from passing overhead, but you can sure as hell stop them nesting in your hair. 

It is late summer in 1806, in the colony that would be one day be New South Wales, after he loses everything in a disastrous flood, former convict, failed farmer, and all-round no-hoper and neer-do-well Martin Sparrow heads into the wilderness that is now the Wollemi National Park, in the unlikely company of an outlaw gypsy girl and a young wolfhound.

But first, a little background history
Between 1788 and 1868, about 162,000 convicts were transported by the British government to various penal colonies in Australia. It had began transporting convicts to the American colonies in the early 17th century, but the American Revolution put an end to this. An alternative was required to relieve the overcrowding of British prisons and the decommissioned warships, the hulks, that were used to house the overflow. In 1770, navigator Captain James Cookhad charted and claimed possession of the east coast of Australia for Britain, and pre-empting French designs on Terra Australis, the Great Southern Land was selected as the site of a penal colony. In 1787, the First Fleetof eleven convict ships set sail for Botany Bay, arriving on 20 January 1788 to establish the first European settlement on the continent. Botany Bay, named by Cook for its abundant and unique flora and fauna, was deemed unsuited, and six days later, the fleet hove to In the natural harbour to its north and established Sydney, named for the fleets commander. Other penal colonies were later established in Tasmania Van Diemens Land in 1803 and Queensland I...


Swim Team Aqualicious Holding Fundraiser Screening Of New Mamma Mia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious are holding a fundraising screening of musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again to raise money for their upcoming swim meet. Aqualicious is Brisbanes Masters swim team open to friends and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. The team welcomes new members of all age and ...

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Northbound lanes now open at Ewingsdale "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The St Helena Tunnels the day they opened, Friday December 18, 2015. Photo Jeff Tunnel Vision Dawson

All northbound lanes have reopened on the M1 Pacific Motorway in Ewingsdale after an earlier car crash approaching St Helena Tunnel.

Emergency services and traffic crews were on site working to free a trapped person.

Northbound traffic on the motorway remains heavy so motorists are advised to allow additional travel time as conditions return to normal.

For the latest traffic information, visit

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

Sunday 5 August


Sunday promises to be just as stimulating. Morality, democracy and the progression of the free world are arguably the main tenets of Western values; public intellectual Clive Hamilton, former President of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs and German author Bernhard Schlink discuss the threats to our way of life in Are Western Values Under Siege?

The Role of Humans in the Technological Age falls under the microscope with scientists Elizabeth and Alan Finkel, economic thinker Jennifer Rayner and Artificial Intelligence ethics expert Ellen Broad.

Finally, for a powerful insight into contemporary indigenous identity, join Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung woman Delta Kay, Wiradjuri author Anita Heiss and Murawari investigative journalist Allan Clark as they share stories of what it was like Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.



New Laws Will Allow the Use of Military to Break Protests "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Turnbull government recently introduced legislation into parliament designed to lower the threshold for calling out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to assist state police forces with public incidents. The Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 revises Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act 1903, which was inserted into the Act in the lead

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Tyred of illegal dumping Lismore Council appealing for help "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tyres dumped illegally at Eltham Road, Bexhill. Photo supplied.

Lismore City Council is once again appealing for public help to catch illegal dumpers.

Hot on the heels of Council discovering a load of dumped asbestos in North Lismore, officers have now found around 150 tyres dumped on the side of Eltham Road near Bexhill.

The tyres are believed to have been dumped sometime over the weekend and Councils Environmental Compliance Officer Stuart Thomson said initial investigations suggest they may have been dumped by someone who deals in large-scale tyre replacement.

Its disgusting. Waste tyres are classified by the NSW EPA as Special Waste which like asbestos is a class of waste that has its own regulatory requirements due to the potential environmental and human harm the product can cause if it is not disposed of in a proper manner, he explained.

This latest dumping will cost Lismore ratepayers in excess of $1000 to collect and dispose of. All automotive retailers charge customers a fee to dispose of their used tyres which in turn is paid to licenced tyre recyclers for the correct disposal of those tyres. If this dumping has been carried out as a profit-making scheme it is a bitter pill for ratepayers and motorist to swallow.

Council is appealing to anyone who may have seen a large truck on Eltham Road at Bexhill acting suspiciously between 6pm on Friday, 13 July 2018 and 8am on Sunday, 15 July 2018.

I would be very interested to speak to any person who has had what appears to be the two front tyres off a large 4WD that were completely bald on the inside of both tyres replaced recently. The tyres were Maxxis 980 Bravo A/T tyres, he said.

Stuart said that often people complain that tip fees are too high as an excuse for illegal dumping, but he assured residents these fees are in place with good reason.

The fees people pay for the disposal of hazardous waste is for the extraordinary process involved in disposing of this kind of waste. Labour costs are generally higher as is the cost to recycle or safely dispose of the materials, Stuart said.

If you are dealing with hazardous materials, whether its old tyres, asbestos or paints and chemicals, you have a legal responsibility to do the right thing and dispose...


Are you prepared to stand up to protect old-growth forests? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mapped old-growth in Clouds Creek State Forest that the Natural Resources Commission has remapped as no longer being old-growth, this is rejected by NEFA. Photo supplied.

Are the states forests, protected for the last 20 years, still worth protecting? This is the question that the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is asking. If you think they are then NEFA is asking you to hold your elected politicians to account.

NEFA is calling upon the public to demand that all candidates for the March state elections declare where they stand on the Berejiklian governments proposal to open up over 100,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest and rainforest on public lands for logging.

A keystone of premier Berejiklians draconian changes to the logging rules for public forests is that some 58,600ha of high conservation value old-growth and 50,600ha of rainforest in north-east NSW may be made available for logging, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

These forests were protected over 20 years ago as part of NSWs reserve system because they are the best and most intact forest remnants left on state forests. As logging intensity has increased around them their environmental importance has escalated.

Intensify logging

North East NSWs forests are one of the worlds centres of biodiversity and now premier Berejiklian wants to extend her increased logging intensity into the jewels that the community saved.

The community stood up and stopped this 20 years ago. We are asking the community to stand up for our forests again and make it clear that they will not vote for any candidates who support a return to old-growth and rainforest logging, Mr. Pugh said.

Revoking parliamentary protection

In 1998 the government, with expert advice, identified and protected protected 103,000ha of HCV old-growth and 81,567ha of rainforest on state forests in north-east NSW. These were counted as part of the State-Commonwealth Comprehensive Adequate and Representative reserve system, with those old-growth forests north of Coffs Harbour included on the NSW Heritage List. They were identified as Special Management Zones requiring agreement of parliament to revoke their p...


1) Tommy Soeharto Listed for the Papua Legislative Candidacy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Indonesia, PNG foreign ministers to discuss border issues

3) Answers by Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok to questions on the Amnesty International  article 

1) Tommy Soeharto Listed for the Papua Legislative Candidacy

TEMPO.COJakarta - Berkarya Party Chairman and late-Soehartos youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or ...


The African gangs issue is driven by a political agenda "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed from Victoria

The good thing is that there is rising concern, especially in Melbourne, over the claim by certain politicians and sections of the media, that African gangs have made this city unsafe. It has been said  that that it is so bad, that people are too afraid to go out for a meal at night.

As someone who lives in Melbourne, gets about and knows a lot of people here, this is not our experience.

There have been some violent incidents. What city with a population of four and a half million doesnt have them? The trouble is, when it comes from the hand of an African, it is reported as African crime. When it comes form the hand of a non-African, it is just crime. No one has presented evidence that the rate of incidence between the two is any different. Why is this happening?

One problem for the Africans is that having a different colour skin makes them stand out from the crowd. And this can tap into latent discrimination. For instance, the It did not stop this from being used to portray an image of African violence.

shot of Channel 7 beat up story

There have been other armed robberies in Melbourne committed by people from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. They do not fit into the narrative and are therefore  not treated in the same way.

When an Anglo Australian commits the crime, it is never presented as proof for the need to impose law and order on the Anglo Australian community. The same applies when there is a brawl at a pub, or when a gang of young white skinned teenagers pounce on someone.

Despite the emotive and fraudulent and unethical nature of the reporting by Channel 7 and the usual News Corp cabal, and repeated by Channel 10, politicians lo...


RAAF Hawk aircraft demonstration at aviation expo "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) HAWK 127 jet aircraft soars through the air during an air warfare exercise with the participating warships of Exercise KAKADU 2014.

In a major coup for the Lismore Aviation Expo on July 29, organisers have announced that a RAAF Hawk 127 will be performing a flying demonstration as well as being on static display at the annual event.

The Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 is the lead-in fighter plane that prepares Air Force pilots for flying F/A-18 Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets.

Graduates learn general flying, instrument flying, formation flying, night flying, navigation, air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons training in the Hawk 127.

Lismore City Councils business development coordinator Danielle Hanigan said at the Lismore Aviation Expo people will have the rare opportunity to get a close-up look at the Hawk 127.

She said it was a major drawcard for the Lismore Aviation Expo and thanked the RAAF for agreeing to show off their aircraft.

Last year we were meant to have a flypast from a RAAF Globemaster, but when we had to reschedule the event due to poor weather, we missed this opportunity due to operational requirements, Ms Hanigan said.

To have the Hawk actually land in Lismore and to give local aviation enthusiasts the chance to see these aircraft in the flesh is really exciting. We are so thrilled and encourage everyone to come and explore this amazing aircraft.

The Hawk 127 weapons and equipment systems allow for the carriage, aiming and release or firing of practice weapons, conventional and laser-guided bombs, Sidewinder missiles, and a 30mm cannon.

The aircraft stands at 4.1 metres high with a wingspan of 9.39m and has a Rolls Royce engine. Its top speed is an incredible 1207km/h.

The RAAF is also supporting the Lismore Aviation Expo by bringing their band to the event, which will roam around creating a fabulous musical backdrop.

The Lismore Aviation Expo is on Sunday, July  29 from 9am to 4pm at the Lismore Aviation Centre in Three Chain Road, South Lismore.

Entry: $5 /children under 16 free.

Please note: No parking on site except disability parking permit-holders.

Shuttle buses from 8.45am picking up at Oakes Oval, Lismore Lake and Lismore Airport termi...


Ballina anglers re-snag Emigrant Creek "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Emigrant Creek. Photo Rous County Council

A project that aims to restore Ballinas Emigrant Creek after ongoing erosion and to support healthy fish habitat is underway, says Zilla Gordon from OzFish Unlimited.

OzFish Unlimited describe themselves as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping millions of Aussie recreational fishers take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries and shore up the future of the sport that we all love.

Gordon says to combat decades of fish habitat loss, the creek will be re-snagged, which will produce more fish.

The re-snagging project involves introducing trees, branches and root mass back into Emigrant Creek that over time grow algae, which helps support and attract crustaceans and, in turn, fish.

Richmond Chapter president John Larsson said as snags are critically important for healthy fish communities the work is incredibly overdue.

For fish, this means the area is not suitable to rest, breed or live, Mr Larsson said.

With studies indicating that up to 70 per cent of the Richmond Rivers fish habitat has been destroyed, OzFish Unlimited will be working hard to re-stabilise the riverbank, which is prone to slumping.

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Brisbanes Tim Roberts To Compete At London Powerlifting Championship "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbane athlete Tim Roberts will be one of four Australians to compete in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships in London later this month. Roberts (pictured), an art historian, said he accidentally discovered the sport of powerlifting in 2014 and has been training since then at a gym in Fortitude Valley. Id been training there for ...

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City takes the honours against Lang Lang United "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Korumburra U12 Patrick Morris played a fantastic game. Photo credit Rose Hurst.

IT WAS Round 13 of the 2018 season last Sunday and Korumburra City was up against Lang Lang United at Korumburra.
Here are the match reports:
U12 Mixed Korumburra Under 12s started off with a flyer against Lang Lang, scoring 2 goals in the first two minutes. The second by Zane Brady was his 100th since he started with Korumburra. Patrick Morris, who normally plays in goal, kicked a third goal (his second) before Lang Lang came back with 2 goals. Zane Brady again scored before Lang Lang came back with 2 late goals. The scores were tied at 4-all at half time. Lang Lang came out in the second half and caught Korumburra by surprise with 2 quick goals. The ball moved freely up and down the pitch, finally Zane Brady scored his 3rd goal followed with a goal by Callum Olden. With scores tied both Korumburra and Lang Lang had opportunities to score. Korumburra missed a number of chances before Lang Lang in the dying seconds scored the winner, a thrilling 7 goals to 6. Most pleasing for Korumburras coach Jodie Olden was the improved level of passing during the game.
Reserve Mens Korumburra fronted with only 8 players to match up against a full complement of Lang Lang players. It would be a tough game for the home side, keeper Davin Nicholas having to work very hard for the entire game. Although three men down and without interchange, Korumburra can stand tall; keeping Lang Lang to a 4 0 win was quite an achievement. A mixture of veteran players and some young under 16s played well.
Womens Korumburra started slowly and conceded an early goal from a penalty however were never matched on the day. Some well acknowledged passages of play would see the home side find the net no less than 5 times in the first half, opening the scoring for Burra was Milly Hurst, Dakota Decarlo sealed the next, followed by two in-a-row from Kristen Turrell. A fresh leg substitute, birthday girl Jodie Olden managed to score her career first goal prior to the half time break. First year player Tahli Swain held strong in the midfield and at the half time break, Korumburra leading convincingly, 5 1. Lang Lang not once dropped their heads during the game and after many forward runs, Burras solid defensive line of Jess Halkett, Ellen Jephcott and Rose Hurst continued t...


Is Philip Gaetjens the consummate public servant or in 2018 has he devolved into a right-wing ideological warrior? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 31 July 2018 Philip Gaetjens will become Secretary to the Australian Treasury reporting to the Australian Treasurer.

Now from 2011 to 2015 he was head of the NSW Treasury under a Baird Coalition Government and before that did a stint at the SA Treasury in 1995 to 1997 spanning the terms of two Liberal premiers, so he will bring some experience to the position.

However, he has also been both chief of staff to former federal treasurer and Liberal MP Peter Costello during the Howard Coalition Government and chief of staff to current federal treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison in the Turnbull Coalition Government.

There is a question this curriculum vitae raises Is Philip Gaetjens the consummate public servant or in 2018 has he devolved into a right-wing ideological warrior?

Will treasury advice still be seen as authoritative during his tenure?

With Treasury already gaining a reputation as an enabler of Scott Morrisons worst partisan public pronouncements in election years will Gaetjens make the situation even more difficult for ordinary voters trying to decipher truth in the midst of relentless political spin?



It's business as usual as Trump appointees dismantle US environmental law and regulations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

5 July 2018:

Scott Pruitt, whose tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was tarred by corruption scandals and hostility to environmental regulation, offered his resignation today, effective July 6.

The EPAs new interim administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is a former coal lobbyist, 
profiled by DeSmog.

DeSmog's prior profile of Wheeler reports:

Wheeler is the...

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Priming the pump "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

'Declining moderately'

An interesting little snippet from the Reserve Bank's Board Minutes yesterday. 

One might reasonably expect that the Reserve Bank is quite happy with Sydney prices declining by about 5 per cent over the past year, following a strong run. 

There's been a bit of odd discussion and reporting of these trends in recent weeks.

The most expensive sectors of the housing market by price decile do tend to be 'thinner' and more illiquid, and as such they do indeed tend to be more volatile through the cycle. 

But it's worth noting too that if the median price is down by 5 per cent, then that's the change in the median price; it can't all be driven by the top end or 'prime' properties!

The RBA is obviously clear on this point; not so sure about the burgeoning market commentariat, though!

There was also some interesting discussion of household debt trends, a subject that has been of considerable interest, both in Australia and overseas

Jobs preview

A bit of a slow news day, then, evidently!

But a big release is due out tomorrow morning relating to the labour force, with the market anticipating a modest increase in employment. 



The Story of a Professional Delusion: Do Psychiatrists Believe Their Own Words? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On February 24th of this year, a conference was held in Sydney, Australia which featured a number of prestigious local and overseas speakers as well as former psychiatric patients. Titled Mental Health in Crisis, it was intended to provide a forum for well-researched alternative views on the state of modern psychiatry. The next week, most of the speakers went to New Zealand for further seminars in five cities. During that week, a newspaper published an article quoting Prof. Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, whose research showed that antidepressants are a dangerous and relatively ineffective class of drugs, and who recommended they should be severely restricted. In his view, general practitioners should not be authorised to initiate them, and they should not be given to children or adolescents. On March 9th, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a press statement strongly criticising the article. In particular, it stated:

The prescription of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits (emphasis added).

As described on MIA, I lodged a lengthy complaint with the RANZCP, alleging that, as the responsible officials, the president and board had breached their own code of ethics at a number of points; in particular, the claim about prescribing habits was patently false. This has gone back and forth and, predictably, my complaints have been dismissed. On June 29th, the incoming president of the college wrote to me:

The (original press) statement also acknowledges the careful consideration given when prescribing medications.

That is, he essentially repeats the false claim that drugs are only ever prescribed after a friendly discussion between the caring doc and the grateful patient. Some months ago, I published the results of a pilot study on my 176 active files, which showed that psychiatrists hardly ever give information to patients regarding the risks of their drugs (I would have thought that any psychiatrist who was still breathing would know this: patients are routinely thrown to the ground and jabbed despite their furious objections or tearful pleading. Part of his defence was that psychiatrists have good intentions).

This reminds me of another rather fractious interchange I h...


Thank God It's Yelling "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern are two extremely ordinary individuals who have tried to overcome their lack of talent and to the bone mediocrity by becoming full time haters. Lauren has a Stupid Person Deep Voice and Stefan is unattractive in the way of a creepy office worker with a secret life that is unfortunately jogging. Both of these almost humans make a living cranking out repellent theories so in need of correction I wonder if they're middle siblings, because the resentment that fucks out of their pores is wet to the touch even just watching them. He's a whiner, she's an oaf and together they're coming to Melbourne to speak from their ghastly word holes at the fucking unlucky fans tragically drawn into their web of dried dog shit.

I watched some of their video bullshit and edited that down into short snippets to make them look as stupid as possible, because no blow is too low to throw at these two scumbags. They are both extremely racist, he is extremely sexist and it's amazing she puts up with being around his tiny dick energy, but denial and neediness is how this nauseating world of wannabe fascists works. It's people who would normally avoid each other, but like the emotional lepers they are, all they have is each other. People like you and I will hang out with people who have different hobbies than us, but in this world ultra Zionists will work side by side with Nazis. Because they're all horrific specimens of moral decay, they all magically believe they've got the drop on each other so they're happy to hang out.

I could be wrong about some of this, but unlike these fuckwits I am a human who is allowed to make mistakes, while these people are dogs working desperately to bring evil into the world, an evil that will accept them because deep down they are actual demons. Maybe their fans can be deprogrammed but these people aren't just interested in bad ideas they don't understand won't help them, they are the peddlers of hate and long gone from human help.

We don't yet know the location of Friday's toxic speech event. Why? Because a publicised location would mean a a big effort to force the venue not to let it go ahead, an effort that would work.  They have to tell the punters eventually though, so on Friday we'll know at some point and people will descend on the joint to shut it down, or if there are too many cops, make it very uncomfortable with a lot of noise. I will be there as part of Yelling At Racist Dogs Bloc and we will heap abuse on the punters arriving for the show. The abuse will feel very real and like the dipshits they are they will make a show of laughing it off, but we will know, for we will feel their shame.

We don't give a fuck what any of these ticket buying turkeys have to say about literally anything. Our shared opinion is that these racist fuckheads need to be yelled at with full force. I must add that we find the usual...


Kastoria Music Club "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The great times continue at our very own live music venue, the Kastoria Music Club!


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Ikea sofa bed with storage underneath.
Navy blue cover with some fading at back as per photos. 

Cushions not included. $50 ONO. 0408 522 908.


Community Talks Safe Space "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


This special event 'Community Talks Safe Spaces  is an opportunity for conversation and reflection in our community re our concerns about violence and creating safer spaces.

This event has been created by one of the singers in the Trolls Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins together with her partner 

My son Quinn who is a teenager with autism, was beaten savagely outside a Melbourne High school in May by boys with spanners. There is something so sad and very wrong about young boys doing this, what would compel such fear and anger in them?  Everyone has the right to feel safe in the community, but the fact is we dont all feel safe. Women, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ communities, children and the elderly are the groups that are at highest risk of violence in public spaces, let alone in the home. And men are at highest risk of suicide. Is something broken in our communities?

Carmen has invited a panel of amazing speakers (see the link) to discuss these issues - it is a free event so even if you do not feel like singing please come and support the discussion.
 Please tell all your mates and share share share this link on Facebook or via email, help Carmen spread the word - thanks folks!



Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello Newlands Community News. 

To give away -

1) Glass bottles and lids - clean, various sizes. 

2) Magazines - for electronics buffs. 
- Australian Electronics - 1986 editions 
- Silicon Chip (the new name) - editions from 1987 - 2017.


Mums and Bubs Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Mums and Bubs Yoga in Preston.

Starting next Wednesday 25 June.

Mums and bubs yoga is a weekly space to fill your own well and re-center. The practice supports mother and baby bonding and is a way to spend time with other mums in your area. The practice focuses on strengthening and stabilising the core, the pelvic floor, and opening the shoulders and upper back. The sessions are held with the babies on the mother's mat. There are opportunities to playfully interact with your baby during the yoga positions. We may massage the babies, tickle them, chant, sing or rock them.

For any further information contact Melisa Chabierski.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Desk in a cupboard!

Desk in great condition with lockable doors $95. Call 8528 2332. Pick up Newlands.


Inclusive Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Inclusive yoga classes!

Inclusive yoga is suitable for everyone - seniors, people with physical or intellectual disability, those suffering chronic physical illness or mental health conditions and people who prefer a gentle yoga class.

This soothing practice will assist with joint mobility, strength, balance and general health.

Inclusive yoga welcomes people with a disability and those who may find joining a regular yoga class difficult. It can be a useful compliment to ones ongoing medical care.

This is a gentle hatha yoga class for people experiencing chronic pain, disability, anxiety and other related health issues. It is a supportive, physical and mindful practice which can be done seated in a chair.

There are also options to participate in postures to assist balance and relaxation, including standing with a chair and laying supine on a mat.

How can inclusive yoga help you?

Youll learn controlled breathing techniques which help to balance the central nervous system and generate a calm and a mindful approach to self. By directing the blood flow with posture and breath, you will oxygenate your cells. Healthy cells promote health to the body-systems, in particular aiding digestion and circulation.

Realise enjoyment while energy flows through your body as you move.

Is this class right for you?

Initially Simone will privately and confidentially discuss any acute or chronic injury or health condition you may have, in order to offer you the safest and most appropriate yoga practice for your current level of fitness and health.

Elements of the class will be general to all participants and there will be some individual attention and instruction, as required.

About the teacher:

Simone Litchfield is a yoga synergy teacher who has been practicing yoga for 28 years and teaching for the last 8 years.

Simone also has a background in contemporary dance and she works with people of all ages and with various levels of physical and intellectual ability.

Important: Please wear comfortable, modest clothing.



1) Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) ULMWP opens offices in West Papua


1) Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue

11:12 am today 


Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off' "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off'The message at Melbourne's packed #SaveOurABC rally was clear: 'Keep your grubby mitts off OUR ABC'. read now...


Why the alt-right want to call Australia home "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On Friday, Canadian alt-right YouTuber and activist Lauren Southern will host the Melbourne leg of her national speaking tour, alongside fellow alt-right YouTuber and compatriot Stefan Molyneux. Southerns video announcing her tour really tries to bring the drama: You guys are at a crossroads. Do you want to retain your culture your borders, family, identity? Or will the boats keep coming, the no-go zones keep growing and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?


Participants wanted (Australia only): Perceived persuasiveness and reliability of topical news stories "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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When Doves Cry "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

An absolute vow to remain wrong at all times is at the floppy lukewarm core of US Liberalism, but it's a funny thing, because as fanatically pretentious and preposterously full of shit as they are, their extremely pompous fuckwittedness hasn't made me turn to the Right and become a fascist. Maybe it's Being Normal No Matter What that drives these people mad? I am fucked if I care. Fuck off.

The shallowest, psychologically inbred hothouse flowers in all civilisation are of course devastated to see Donald Trump- a man who definitely shits standing up- taking an endless series of leaning forward weirdly shits in the Oval Office. But you just know he could be jailed for multiple offences and that in their hearts his real crime would be that he has clearly never watched The West Wing.

These fucking people.

Obama was cool because he did not give a flying fuck about anyone but himself. Watching him stand by as people's hopes were crushed over and over was amazing. People wanted to believe he had hidden depths because he was cool and he was cool because he didn't give a shit. It's not fair to say he is the perfect American Liberal, he's on another level of self worship, but he to this day is what these fucking idiots believe in, because they believe in surfaces.

I tried watching the West Wing but could not hack it. Jesus Christ. People who believe in America should be shot in the throat and kicked down two flights of stairs so they choke to death on their own blood upside down in a tangle of broken limbs. And as they lock pleading eyes with a homeless person who lives next to the last rat shitted stair at the end of the alley and who lives there because of people who believe in America but know fuck all about society and care less about people? A white dove is released, splattering white shit onto the annoying haircut of the dying Hashtag Resistance terrorist. Don't ask me about the logistics of that, I'm about vision.

People who hero worship Obama and the Clintons were defeated by a fucking moron and they still don't get it. That sort of self absorption is not a mistake though, it's pumped into people's heads by a propaganda machine that has escaped into the wild. The propaganda machine roams the jungle at night, farting it's nightmares into the dreams of the gibbering sleep babies of America. There is no getting through to these people, they are glued to...


Lonely Gay Porn Star Reveals The Impact Of His Career On His Personal Life "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A gay porn star has opened up about the toll that his career has taken on his dating life in a moving video. Blake Mitchell has starred in a number of gay porn films and took to his own YouTube channel to reveal the loneliness he feels in his personal life due to his unique ...

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Victoria Police "could" launch investigation into Andrews Govt taxpayer funding rorts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I think I might push a peanut with my nose from Bourke Street to the Sydney Opera House if this gets up. Here's The Australian with Sam Hutchinson's optimistic take on the Ashton sophistry. Victoria Labor could face criminal investigation over Red Shirt rorts Victorian Chief Police...


"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?" "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?"
by Robert Emery and Jim Coan

"When people have their feelings hurt, what is actually happening inside the body to cause the physical pain in the chest?" - Josh Ceddia, Melbourne, Australia

"Robert Emery and Jim Coan, professors of psychology at the University of Virginia, reply: "Terms such as heartache and gut wrenching are more than mere metaphors: they describe the experience of both physical and emotional pain. When we feel heartache, for example, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations in our chest- muscle tightness, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected.

But how do emotions trigger physical sensations? Scientists do not know, but recently pain researchers uncovered a possible pathway from mind to body. According to a study from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, activity in a brain region that regulates emotional reactions called the anterior cingulate cortex helps to explain how an emotional insult can trigger a biological cascade. During a particularly stressful experience, the anterior cingulate cortex may respond by increasing the activity of the vagus nerve- the nerve that starts in the brain stem and connects to the neck, chest and abdomen. When the vagus nerve is overstimulated, it can cause pain and nausea.

Heartache is not the only way emotional and physical pain intersect in our brain. Recent studies show that even experiencing emotional pain on behalf of another person- that is, empathy- can influence our pain perception. And this empathy effect is not restricted to humans. In 2006 a paper published in "Science" revealed that when a mouse observes its cage mate in agony, its sensitivity to phy...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The first trailer for Boy Erased, the emotional drama telling the story of a US gay conversion therapy survivor, has been released. Troye Sivan stars alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton. It tells the story of Jared (played by Manchester ...


Day of Mourning Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees are holding two silent vigils on Thursday 19th July. On 19 July 2013, PM Kevin Rudd said "From now any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees." As a result many people have been kept on Manus Island and [...] full article 


Australian venture taps 'migrapreneurs' for cleantech solutions "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Migrants and refugees often face bleak job prospects in Australia. Sydney-based accelerator programme Catalaysr wants to coach migrant-run start-ups to create employment and deliver solutions the world needs.


Truck crashes through bridge at Bass "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A TRUCK driver aged in his twenties has been taken to hospital in a critical condition, after a truck crashed into the Bass River this morning, off the Bass Highway.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.10am today (Wednesday, July 18) to the incident off the bridge, between Bass School Road and Hade Avenue, Bass.
The truck fell an estimated 20 metres, before hitting the water.
The railing before the bridge has been extensively damaged; appearing as if the truck drove along the steel railing before plunging into the river.
Emergency personnel, including local SES units, assisted in cutting the man free from the cabin.
At around 11.40am, about a dozen SES, CFA, Ambulance Victoria paramedics, police and other emergency services personnel assisted in bringing the man, who was on a stretcher,  up a hill and into an ambulance.
The ambulance then drove to the awaiting Air Ambulance, stationary on Hade Avenue, where he was transported to hospital.
Police have been on scene for some time carrying out investigations and speaking to witnesses. The highway remained open but was closed and open intermittently to allow traffic through at a reduced speed.
Authorities have asked members of the community not to post photos of the actual accident scene on social media until they have completed their work of contacting relatives and carrying out initial investigations.


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Brain Stimulation Could Reduce Likelihood of Offending "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A new study has found that electrical brain stimulation could reduce the likelihood of offending, which researchers hope may help to subdue the violent impulses of psychopaths and other offenders in the lead up to their release into the community. Study dynamics Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Nanyang Technological recruited 86 adult participants.

The post Brain Stimulation Could Reduce Likelihood of Offending appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


NRL Couple Open Up About The Emotion Behind That Iconic Kiss "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The two NRL players whose reunion kiss went viral after the inaugural womens State of Origin match last month have opened up about the emotional moment. The viral photo of players Karina Brown, who played for the Queensland side, and Vanessa Foliaki, who played for New South Wales, was posted to the NRLs social media ...

The post NRL Couple Open Up About The Emotion Behind That Iconic Kiss appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Robina Roos AFLW Team Preparing For Queenslands First Pride Cup Match "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Robina Roos AFLW team is getting ready to host Queenslands first ever Pride Cup match this month to help fight homophobia in sport. The initiative sees footy teams don rainbow colours to celebrate inclusion and diversity in sport and send a message to LGBTIQ players and fans that theyre welcome and accepted. The inaugural ...

The post Robina Roos AFLW Team Preparing For Queenslands First Pride Cup Match appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Town in mourning "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

An Ocean Grove woman who died in a house fire last week is being remembered as a dedicated mother who brightened the lives of everyone she met.

Dawn Webster died when flames engulfed her Arcturus Road home on Monday night.

Ms Websters 16-year-old son Xepheren described his mother as a mystical, marvellous and absolutely ace woman who will remain in the hearts and minds of those she loved and those who loved her.

The world is now a whole lot less glittery, Xepheren told the Voice.

Xepheren, a student at Bellarine Secondary Colleges Drysdale campus, posted a picture of his mother on his Facebook page as a tribute.

Always. RIP my dear sweet magical beautiful Dawn!, one poster replied.

She was an amazing woman, another wrote.

The Ocean Grove community is mourning the mother and grandmother, who was a drama and psychology teacher at Bellarine Secondary Colleges Drysdale campus.

Police are not treating the fire as suspicious, but are yet to determine the cause.

More than 20 firefighters were called to the property.

Mourners placed floral tributes to Ms Webster outside her Arcturus Road rental home.

One local decided to pay her own tribute to Ms Webster on her Facebook site by tying a yellow ribbon outside her home and business.

Yellow ribbons are a sign of remembrance, she wrote.

I will be tying a yellow ribbon at our home and business to let the family know that we are thinking of them.

I do not know the family, but I want to let the family know that we care, that we are sorry and we acknowledge someone has passed.


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The US Dollar: A Victim of Its Own Success "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Americas most powerful weapon of war does not shoot, fly or explode.

Its not a submarine, plane, tank or laser.

Americas most powerful strategic weapon today is the dollar.

The US uses the dollar strategically to reward friends and punish enemies. The use of the dollar as a weapon is not limited to trade and currency wars, although the dollar is used tactically in those disputes.

The dollar is much more powerful than that.

The dollar can be used for regime change by creating hyperinflation, bank runs and domestic dissent in countries targeted by the US. The US can depose the governments of its adversaries, or at least blunt their policies without firing a shot.

Before turning to specific tactics, consider the following:

The dollar constitutes about 60% of global reserves, 80% of global payments and almost 100% of global oil transactions. European banks that make dollar-denominated loans to customers have to borrow dollars to fund those liabilities.

Those banks do their borrowing in the eurodollar deposit market, or with dollar-denominated commercial paper or notes. Being based in Switzerland or Germany does not allow you to escape from the dollars dominance.

The US doesnt just control the dollar itself. It controls the dollar payments system. This consists of the Treasurys digital ledger of holders of US debt, the Fedwire payments system among US Fed member banks and the Clearing House Association (successor to the New York Clearing House and proprietor of CHIPS, the Clearing House Interbank Payments System) composed of the largest US banks.

A dollar payment going from a bank in Shanghai to another bank in Sydney runs through one of these US-controlled payments systems.

In short, the dollar is the oxygen supply for world commerce and the US can cut off your oxygen whenever it wants.

The victims of financial warfare

The list of ways in which the dollar can be weaponised is extensive.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, IEEPA, gives the president of the United States dictatorial power to freeze and seize assets and block payments.

The Treasurys Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) maintains a blacklist of individuals and companies with whom financial intermediaries, such as banks and credit card companies, are forbidden to transact. Individuals on the OFAC list are like dead men walking when it comes to travel and business.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) can block any foreign acquisition of a US company on national security grounds.



UN condemns 'indefinite separation' of refugee family "IndyWatch Feed Sydney" // UN condemns 'indefinite separation' of refugee family: Thileepan Gnaneswaran, 30, faces permanent separation from his wife and daughter after he was denied a temporary protection visa and issued on Friday with a removal notice by the Department of Home Affairs.

After being detained at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney, he was scheduled to be deported to Sri Lanka on Monday. The Tamil Refugee Council confirmed he had been deported.


WATCH: Rami Malek Looks Just Like Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A full-length trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been unveiled. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, is playing the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens in November. The film takes place over the course of 15 years, from the bands formation ...

The post WATCH: Rami Malek Looks Just Like Freddie Mercury In Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer appeared first on QNews Magazine.

Tuesday, 17 July


SCG appearance for Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

A large group of local junior footballers and family members were lucky enough to step foot onto the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

A total of 140 players and parents from Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras and Glebe Greyhounds got to do a lap of the SCG and then form a guard of honour for the Geelong Cats AFL players as they entered the playing field to take on the Sydney Swans.

The excursion was for local charity, Rivers Gift, which is the largest source of funding for sudden infant death syndrome research in Australia.

Glebe Greyhouds are based in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe and came down to Ocean Grove last year for a match against the Cobras.

The Cobras returned the favour this year with two games against the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds formed a guard of honour for the Swans players, while the Cobras enjoyed getting high-gives from the Cats players as they entered the SCG.

Rivers Gift general manager Karl Waddell says it will be massive to have the Greyhounds and Cobras bring in the Swans home game.

To have presence on the AFL stage is really big for us, Waddell said.

Weve built a charity from scratch and six and a half years on were going to have presence on a national football stage, which is just massive for us. Its great coverage and to have the young kids fundraising on our behalf and honouring our little man and our charity is really special.

The fundraising is the bread and butter. Its what keeps us driving our initiatives. Weve raised more than a million dollars in six and a half years and thats not with any government funding. Its all community-based charity-giving.

Rivers Gift was founded in 2011 after the passing of the son of Waddell and his wife Alex.

River Jak Adam was born in July of 2011 and passed away in his cot in November later that year.

His parents established Rivers Gift off their own bat and have since held a number of marquee fundraising events, invested in SIDS research and raised a wealth of awareness.


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