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Open Garden Concert With Warragul Municipal Band "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Saturday 4th Nov, 10.00am Sunday 5th Nov, 4.00pm, Rosehill Farm

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Monday, 23 October


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Fowlers bathroom sink.

Range hood stainless steel, approximately 10 yrs old, works fine but been sitting under cover outside for a couple of months so needs a clean. 

Text 0415 675 585.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


For sale instant gas hot water unit.

In good condition, we used it for approximately 15 months and it was almost new when we bought it. 

$300 text 0415 675 585.


Gregg Arthur on The Dialogue Wednesday 25 October "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Smooth. Oh, so smooth. Gregg Arthur is a singer/songwriter and actor who has made the Great American Songbook his own, with his velvety voice and rich tones. A true jazz singer, Gregg Arthur has been attracting a lot of attention at home in Australia,  in Europe and the US, with praise coming from the great Tony Bennett himself.  Gregg chats to Claudia Chan Shaw on The Dialogue about the experience of recording at the legendary Studio A at Capitol Records in LA, and how a broken heart inspired him to write Last Call, the title track of his latest EP. Tune in on Wednesday 25 October at 6pm.

Jazz singer Gregg Arthur with Claudia Chan Shaw

Jazz singer Gregg Arthur with Claudia Chan Shaw

Gregg Arthur

Gregg Arthur

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Community Safety Forum "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Moreland Community Safety Forum

Join us for the first Moreland Community Safety Forum and help prioritise community safety issues in our community. This forum is open to the public but direct invitations are focusing on members of the diverse migrant communities in and around Moreland.

Saturday 11 November 2017; 10 am 1.30 pm.

Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg.


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Free wardrobe. 

Wardrobe in good condition for free. You will need to pick it up from West Preston and you will need a trailer of some sort. 

The dimensions are:
2470 H
1580 W
612 Deep

Pick up only. 

Contact:  0413 835 028....


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Free Ergo baby and bag of cloth nappies and inserts (24 I think). 

Text or call Juan 0415 453 840.


Needed "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


We are looking to borrow a medium or large sized dog cage for our whippet who was injured on the weekend. 

If anyone has a cage they are not using at the moment and are willing to lend out please let me know on 0409 280 931.



Mark and Dominic "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi Newlanders, 
Its Mark and Dominic, your local carpenter, plumbing, and renovation team.
Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! If you want your new bathroom, deck, or renovation done before the festive season hits call now  - our job board is filling up.

Mark 0409 961 525.


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


My partner and I live in Northcote and we are looking for an ongoing trade of Jun (either hibiscus or cacao based) for local & raw backyard honey. Approximately 750 ml for 1/2 cup of honey. Jun is a fermented drink similar to Kombucha but made out of honey and green tea, it also taste 1000 times better  

Please get in touch to discuss! Many thanks (Emmanuelle & John 0420 682 754).


Weekend Thread. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Just when I thought the season was over, i'm pleased to see that the Rugby league world cup is on this Sunday. Sorry if its not your cup of tea, but I'm excited!

Due to the size of this sub, I thought I could start the weekend thread today. What is everyones plans?

I'm looking at a new rental, and of course, heading to the Footy.

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EP 225: FOAM; Morning Harvey "IndyWatch Feed"

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Photo: Stuart Sevastos (F) Linda Dunjey (MH)


Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 15th September 2017

FOAM are a three-piece garage rock band from Perth, WA. Their heavy live performances deliver a filthy wall of sound reminiscent of the alternative rock boom of the late 80s/early 90s. Since the release of their first EP Sarpa Salpa in July of 2012, FOAM have released a total of four EPs, including a split with fellow Perth locals Puck.

During this time they have toured the country on numerous occasions playing festivals such as MATES Sydney,Big Day Out and Groovin The Moo, as well as headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as DZ Deathrays, Wax Witches and Sleepy Sun. In February of 2017, FOAM released their long awaited debut album Coping Mechanisms. The album was written in the basement beneath a toasted sandwich shop in Perth. Its about coming to terms with yourself, the world aroun...


Australian Army CH-47's drop-in! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

CH-47's A15-308, A15-304, A15-307 and A15-305 Townsville-Cairns-Townsville

A15-304 CH-47 at Cairns.


RAAF P-3 Orion A9-664 returns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

STRK67 A9-664 P3 Townsville-Edinburgh, was Atsugi-Andersen AB?-Townsville c/s ASY209 21/10/2017 

A9-664 P3 at Townsville, Photo by Graham.


Contaminated risk for western Sydney water due to poorly planned housing developments "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

POORLY planned housing developments in Western Sydney are contaminating the water supply and could contribute to a citywide shortage in future, NSW government documents warn.

Documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph can reveal WaterNSW and Sydney Water have voiced concerns that Sydneys urban sprawl and booming population are putting increasing pressure on the water system, and steps need to be urgently taken to ensure Sydney is not hit by a water shortage.

WaterNSW has also revealed that housing developments built too close to pipelines and canals in Western Sydney have already resulted in impacts to the water quality. Increasing urbanisation, particularly in western and southwestern Sydney, have resulted in increased pressure on the integrity of critical water supply infrastructure, namely the Warragamba Pipeline and the Upper Canal, the documents state.

They also warn the Upper Canal one of the states most critical pieces of water infrastructure may need to be replaced because of its age.

WaterNSW says that housing and land developments need to start considering the impact building is having on water supply. It is investigating water augmentation strategies to service the booming population.

Sydney Water documents state that it wants utilities to have a bigger say in planning decisions to improve the delivery of infrastructure.

Dr Ian Wright, senior lecturer at Western Sydney University, said that whenever housing developments were built too close to canals there was a risk the water could be contaminated by waste and debris. You want sewage and drinking water far away from each other, he said.



English Broom volunteer weekend "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Parks Victoria is organising a weekend working bee near Omeo to tackle the invasive English Broom, through helping to release biocontrol agents (beetles and mites). It will happen over the weekend of 24th 26th November.

24th 26th November, 2017

  • Arrive Friday 24th November 2017 from 4pm onwards
  • Induction and work Saturday 25th November 2017
  • Half day work, debrief and pack up Sunday 26th November 2017
  • 2 nights camping

English broom is a perennial shrub of the pea family which can form dense thickets and exclude desirable native species. It has invaded approximately 150,000 ha of Victoria and is yet to reach maximum habitat potential. Biological control can reduce the vigour and spread of target species with minimal labour inputs. Two English broom biocontrol agents which can weaken the health and reproductive capacity of broom plants have been successfully introduced in the Eastern Alps: the seed-feeding beetle and gall mites.

Parks Victoria is calling on volunteers to assist in dispersing these two biological control agents to help control the spread of English broom. Participants will collect and relocate the biocontrol agents to identified release sites within the Alpine National Park. There will also be an opportunity for participants to conduct some on-ground control works to treat English broom plants at a known site near Omeo called Burnside Track. This site is home to the protected Burnside Orchid and requires sensitive treatment to ensure there is no off-target impacts to the Orchid.

Where? Camp will be set on at Hinnomunjie Bridge Camping Area on Kellys Rd (19 kms from Omeo). This campground has a drop toilet.

What? Participants will collect biocontrol agents from nursery sites near camp and then navigate to release sites within the Alpine National Park as directed by Parks Victoria Staff.

Participants are invited to utilise their personal 4WD vehicles to shuttle volunteers and biocontrol agents to release sites.

What will Parks Victoria supply?

Cooking facilities, Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday, BBQ dinner for Saturday night, tools for agent collection.

What should participants bring?

Camping equipment, dinner for Friday night, lunch for Saturday and Sunday, drinks.

To express interest or for further information contact: Brenda Skene



XANEMR - NAZL "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


[online survey] Do you have the social support you need to manage your weight? (18+, BMI 25+) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Want to contribute to a good cause by helping us to better understand social support for weight management and to develop a questionnaire for use in both academic and practical settings (e.g., weight management programs)? :) Simply click the link below and participate in a 30 minutes online survey, you may also win a $50 Westfield voucher!

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A Sydney car dealership is hosting a free Shannon Noll gig next week "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

If you dont live in, or anywhere near Sydney, youd better get in your big black shiny car and drive there, because ol mate Shannon Noll is set to deliver one of the best free gigs of the year next week.

Yes, the 2003 Australian Idol contestant and renowned folk-hero, Shannon Noll is set to perform a free concert at the Suttons City car dealership in Sydney on November 4th, as he helps to celebrate the launch of their new dealerships.

Shannon Noll himself shared the event on Facebook earlier this evening, inviting fans to turn up for what is undoubtedly set to be one of the must-see events in Sydney on the day. Guys, Im performing a free concert on Saturday 4th Nov, Nollsie wrote. I will also be taking photos and meeting all fans after the show for a small donation with all funds supporting the Kids Cancer Project.

The Facebook event page points out all the finer details of the affair, noting that theyre set to have plenty of activities and food trucks on throughout the day, with bands playing during the event until Shannon Noll takes the stage at 6pm.

They also do make a point to note that youll need to RSVP, so if you dont want to miss out on grabbing a spot on the day, be sure to head to the page and register your interest.

Of course, Shannon Noll has had a pretty strange one this year, with the infamous strip club arrest in Adelaide, being arrested following a gig in Queensland, and then calling out the fuckin moron who threw a lit firecracker on stage during one of his shows. Needless to say, this free show should serve as a pretty relaxed affair for old Nollsie for a change.

Get yourself in the mood for the gig and check out Shannon Nolls classic track Drive, below.

Shannon Noll Free Show



XANEMR - KELHA BAZD "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Australia to Spend up to $195 Million Housing Refugees After PNG Detention Centre Closes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Protesters from the Refugee Action Coalition hold placards during a demonstration outside the offices of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2016. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

Protesters from the Refugee Action Coalition hold placards during a demonstration outside the offices of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Sydney, Australia, April 29, 2016. Credit: Reuters/David Gray




2) Two Cops Shot in a Papua Shootout Taken to Jakarta

3) Gunmen Open Fire on Police in Papua, Wounding 2

4) Disaster risk reduction event in West Papua a boost for sustainability
5) Pacific expects Australia to advance rights issues


Why I left cryptography "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This blog is a follow-up on my previous blog, How I became a cryptographer, which describes the very long, intense journey I took to get to the state where I could make a living publishing research in cryptography.  A few people have asked why I left, so here I give my reasons.  This blog may be useful to people who are uncertain whether they want to make a similar journey.

Feeling disconnected from the real world

Earlier this year, the great Phil Rogaway published The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work, which is 100% alignment with the biggest reason why I left.  As much as I love the mathematics, algorithms, and puzzle solving, I wanted to work on research that mattered.  But the longer I stayed in cryptography, the more disconnected I felt from the real world.

Truthfully, the restrictions I put on myself limited me: I did not want to leave Sydney and I did not want to spend the majority of my time teaching.  Had I not kept those restrictions, I could have had more chances.  With them, the only job that I found to keep me going was to be a PostDoc research fellow.

As a PostDoc research fellow, you are typically paid by a government research grant that may last a couple years.  When you are paid by such a grant, you need to deliver results that are in agreement with that grant so that in the future, you have evidence that can be used to apply for similar grants to keep you going.  And that cycles.

If you are really good and daring, you might stray from the research grant topic once in a while to see if you can make an impact somewhere else.  But your time for that is very limited.

I started on research grants involving number theory, then moved to research grants about cryptanalysis.  In this time, I got my top two research results, one of which influenced the field but unfortunately will never be used in the real world, the other of which had an important impact on what NIST declares acceptable today.  Also during that time, I did a lot of research that had no relevance to the real world.

While being a PostDoc, I saw a lot of new crypto conferences popping up, and a lot of new crypto researchers publishing at new conferences.  Lets just say that this was not due to an increase in quality in the field.  Instead, there were more opportunities to publish irrelevant research, which a researcher could use as evidence of making an impact.

I wanted to know what were the right problems to work on...


XANEMR - AGIR "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Zero G - 23 October 2017 Episode 1156 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1156


Podcast Title: Hunt For The Wilderpod 1156

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: a TAIKA WAITITI retrospective in preparation for the almighty THOR: RAGNAROK! And we pay respects to writer JULIAN MAY.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


Tourist Facing Jail For Touching Another Mans Hip In Dubai "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Scottish man has reportedly been sentenced to three months in jail for touching another mans hip in a Dubai bar. In July, 27-year-old Jamie Harron was arrested and charged with public indecency over the incident, in which he said he put his hand on a local businessmans hip to avoid spilling a drink in ...

The post Tourist Facing Jail For Touching Another Mans Hip In Dubai appeared first on QNEWS.


XANEMR - HEKIMO "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Fixing NBN requires tougher rules and stronger watchdog, parliamentary report finds "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Fixing NBN requires tougher rules and stronger watchdog, parliamentary report finds

By James Oaten

A federal parliamentary report has called for an overhaul of how NBN Co is policed, citing regular concerns about the performance of the National Broadband Network and compensation for customers.

Key points:

The report warns a tougher approach is needed to ensure NBN Co meets minimum performance standards
Some Coalition members including committee chairwoman Sussan Ley were angered by the findings
NBN Co says it is already changing the way it operates to help customers
The Joint Standing Committee report was released today, warning a tougher approach was needed to ensure NBN Co met minimum performance standards.

It recommended new regulations be introduced, so the company would bound to service connection and fault repair timeframes, achieve minimum network performance and reliability and provide compensation for customers when such benchmarks are not met.

The report also calls for the industry watchdog, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, to be able to compel NBN Co to resolve internet problems when it is responsible for the outage.

Customers frustrated by lack of policing

Alex Gershenzon was looking forward to being connected to high-speed broadband, but the switch over to the NBN forced the Melbourne resident to struggle for three months without any connection.
Weve had no internet, no home phone and no real prospects of anything being connected, he said. Dr Gershenzon complained to his service provider, but the company could not do anything more than ask NBN Co to investigate. He also went to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, but this did not resolve the matter.



Working in Townsville "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey guys I am thinking of moving to Tville next year and my field of work is GIS and Civil CAD. I have been trying to job-hunt, not seriously at this stage but just putting feelers out. I have come across few roles and interviewed for one (didn't get it) so I wanted to find out what other people who might be in this field think about good companies in engineering/gis to approach in the area? I have been doing cold calling too

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2017 Annual General Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

21 November OCCA 21st AGM Ecological, social and educational values of the Oxley Creek Common

We hope that you will be able to join us at OCCAs 21st AGM on Tuesday November 21st.

For this special night, in the context of the Oxley Creek Transformation, OCCA has invited three Speakers in a succinct 10 minutes, to outline their ideas for the Oxley Creek Common. The Speakers who have accepted this challenge are: Professor Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist of the Nature Conservancy, and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, U of Q; Stuart Halsey, Head of Department Senior Science & Agriculture, Corinda State High School; and Beryl Roberts, historian, member of the OCCA Management Committee manager of the OCCA Community Native Plant Nursery. The speakers will highlight the values that they place on this  special much sought after area.

Following the general discussion, supper will be enjoyed,  and then we will resume for the OCCA Annual Report and Election of Office Bearers.

Location: Corinda Bowls Club, 58 Hall Avenue, Corinda
Date: Tuesday, 21 November. 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.
RSVP: by 17 November to or 3345 5541 for catering purposes

If you would like to become a member of the OCCA Management Committee please fill in and return one of the forms below:

Nomination Form

Proxy Nomination Form


Twilight Markets spread Buy Local message "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Food Connect Foundation proudly invites the Brisbane community to buy really local at a series of Twilight Hub Markets this year. Featuring featuring our incredible food makers operating out of our Community Kitchen as well as other local and talented sellers, with food, gifts and music, the first Twilight Hub Market will be held []

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Listen to the New Single From The Stetson Family, Brother "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of The Stetson Family Melbourne alt-country favourites The Stetson Family have just released their new single Brother. Written by The Stetson Family frontwoman Nadine Budge, the track is filled with the bands signature throwback country and Americana flavour. Take a listen to Brother below: To celebrate the release of Brother The Stetson Family []


MACKAY 20yo caught running from Mackay burglary "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY String of charges include axe attack "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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No Campaign Rally Disrupts Bride And Grooms Wedding "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Sydney bride and groom were reportedly left fuming after a rally against same-sex marriage was held outside the cathedral where they wed on Saturday. A crowd of around 500 people gathered outside St Marys Cathedral on Saturday afternoon, preparing to march through the CBD. The couple told the ABC theyd had no idea the ...

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Oct Nov 17 Edition #141 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Cover Artist: Amber Moon Cover Title: Destiny Medium: Acrylic Contact: 0448 783 877 Email: My subject matter can be anything from detailed sacred geometric mandala designs to large, bold, expressionist styled landscapes. And my medium can be anything from chisels to charcoal. I work with canvas, bone, wood, old musical instruments and anything and []

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Councillor Jess Scully is fighting for Sydneys musicians "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

These days, the last thing we might expect to be told by an elected official is that they consider Sydneys live music scene to be an essential part of the citys makeup. After all, its pretty easy to get jaded; to look around at the state of Sydneys sometimes overtly litigious culture and think that our music scene was enemy number one as far as most politicians were concerned a blemish to be bleached clean. How else could one explain the shows that get shut down; or the perceived lack of financial support for artists; or the devastating effects of the lockout laws?

Maybe Councillor Jess Scully is an anomaly then. Certainly, the Councillor is adamant that our citys battered and bruised music scene isnt just a dalliance, or a charity to be fed handouts by the government, but a source of genuine community spirit and economic heft. The live music scene is so important not only in a financial sense, but in a cultural and social sense too, Scully says. Obviously, looking after musicians is important for the music scene, in that it supports the talent pipeline and helps build careers out of the passion and talents of artists. But its also really important from a social and cultural perspective.

Moreover, Scully uniquely understands the struggle of artists in Sydney. Shes under no allusions, and she knows firsthand from her experience in the visual art world what a drain it can sometimes be to follow ones dreams. It is difficult working in a career that you are passionate about, Scully says.

There are a lot of different challenges. I think because its fun because when were doing something we love, we think, Im happy to be paid less or not even paid at all we see it as being somehow lesser.

Nor, importantly, is all that waffle on Scullys part. She is actively implementing policies that will change the lives of musicians and venue owners working, tirelessly, to ensure that the irritating hurdles creatives have to jump over can be, if not entirely removed, then made that much less daunting.

Part of that is the New Ideas For Old Buildings project, one designed to transform Sydney into a hub of inclusive, safe spaces and venues. Weve said, if people want to adapt existing buildings and spaces say they want to adapt an old shopfront, or a space that they want to turn into a venue for performance we want to work out whats standing in their way.

Are there some old building codes or fire code requirements or security requirements that are stopping them? And then we say, which of these codes are important and safe, and are protecting people, and which ones are probably overkill, and which ones have been put in place long ago, and no longer correspond with the uses that are being requested.

Similarly, Scully is working to tackle the other problem facing ve...


Deaf Caf, Parliament on King, Wednesdays from 10 am until 3pm.Learn to sign for your coffee, or... "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Deaf Caf, Parliament on King, Wednesdays from 10 am until 3pm.
Learn to sign for your coffee, or just have coffee and hang out.

Interested to learn a bit of Auslan from the local deaf Community? Want to brush up on your signing? - The Hand me a Coffee Deaf Caf at Parliament is the place to be on a Wednesday.

You may love it; in fact, this is some of the team making the sign for love.

Sure, its a lot of fun and the coffee is fab, but were also training so the team are picking up skills as they go youd be welcome to join in.

Parliament on King, 632 King St, the Paris end of King on the thoughtful side of the road, just up from the marvel that is St Peters Station. Email 0414 235 325.


Deaf Caf, Parliament on King, Wednesdays from 10 am until... "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Deaf Caf, Parliament on King, Wednesdays from 10 am until 3pm.
Learn to sign for your coffee, or just have coffee and hang out.

Interested to learn a bit of Auslan from the local deaf Community? Want to brush up on your signing? - The Hand me a Coffee Deaf Caf at Parliament is the place to be on a Wednesday.

You may love it; in fact, this is some of the team making the sign for love.

Sure, its a lot of fun and the coffee is fab, but were also training so the team are picking up skills as they go youd be welcome to join in.

Parliament on King, 632 King St, the Paris end of King on the thoughtful side of the road, just up from the marvel that is St Peters Station. Email 0414 235 325.


Students needed for Hazelwood Health Study research "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Hazelwood Health Study researchers are returning to Latrobe Valley schools to explore the longer-term health impact of the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire on school-aged children. This years round of data collection follows on from an earlier release of key findings from the Schools study where researchers investigated child distress, the change in NAPLAN results from []


Special Green Drinks October "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Green Drinks Thursday 26th October  5.00 til 6.00 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

Networking and socialising for our environment Bringing together a lively mix of people in the environment/conservation/sustainability realm of FNQ from local conservation groups to NGOs, academia, government and business.


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WATCH: Queensland Couple Share Their Outback Wedding Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As the marriage equality debate continues across the country, Brisbane couple Luke Murray and Eric Hofmeister decided they werent going to wait any longer. The couple tied the knot last month in front of more than 100 family and friends at a heartfelt ceremony on the shores of Lake Leslie, located west of the regional ...

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The Grapevine - 23 Ocotober 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth about various environmental issues around Victoria and Australia

Then, Dr Lara Anderson from the University of Melbourne comes on the show to talk about the recent attempt of succession of Catalonia from Spain

Finally, The artistic director of the Village festival, Suzanne Kalk, comes on the show to talk about what to expect from the festival.


ICANs Dr Sue Wareham calls on Australia to do more to abolish nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Canberra doctor Sue Wareham part of Nobel peace prize winning team Finbar OMallon, A Canberra-based founder of a Nobel peace prize-winning organisation has called on the Australian government to do more to abolish nuclear weapons.

Cook doctor Sue Wareham is one of the founders of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), who have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

The problem with the Australian governments position is that its two-face, its totally hypocritical, Dr Wareham said. She said Australia argued that allies needed nuclear weapons to protect us but countries like North Korea couldnt have them.  We dont have any credibility on the issue if we say we need them ourselves, Dr Wareham said.

 She criticised Australias boycott of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the United States. Australia was trying very actively to undermine the treaty to ensure it didnt come into existence. Weve got a pretty shameful reco...


Time to nationalise superannuation in Australia even conservatives think so! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In our new book, Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, 2017) Thomas Fazi and I argue that that reversal of many of the neoliberal changes that governments have agreed to over the last three or more decades is not only possible but desirable. While many of our proposals exploit the legislative power that a democratic government clearly possesses (such as reregulating banking etc), other proposals directly rely on the currency-issuing capacity of the government. One such proposal is to create national pension funds (or superannuation funds in the Australian terminology), which provide an efficient and secure vehicle for workers to channel savings while working to improve their retirement prospects later in life. This idea runs counter of the neoliberal myth, which claimed that the market would be a better vehicle for creating institutions to manage workers saving and maximise pension entitlements. In Australia, we are now witnessing the indecent greed and major rip-off of workers that the market solution has delivered. Even one of the architects of privatised superannuation schemes, the former conservative Treasurer Peter Costello is seeing the folly of his work. In the UK Guardian article (October 13, 2017) Peter Costello calls for nationalisation of superannuation we learn that the former treasurer believes that Australias collective $2.3 trillion pension pot would be better invested by a government agency. The natives are getting restless!

I have written about the superannuation rip-off before Eliminating the great superannuation rip off.

The former treasurer told a superannuation conference in Melbourne (October 12, 2017) that in relation to the government running a national superannuation fund instead of the current situation where the big 4 banks (Costello calles them a quadropoly) run the industry and earn an enormous advantage:

There would be huge economies of scale. It would end the fight between the funds that have been unable to attract the money voluntarily

Compulsory superannuation has created an industry and delivered benefits for the young and ambitious and talented Australians work in it

But thats not really why it exists. It exists for those who are forfeiting their wages month-in, month-out on the expectation that 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 years of saving will get them benefits to enjoy in their retirement. As the system mat......


Sam Smith: I Feel Just as Much Woman as I Am Man "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith has suggested he identifies as genderqueer in a new interview. The 25-year-old told The Times newspaper in an interview he doesnt consider himself a cisgender man. I dont know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man, he said. Growing up, he said he ...

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Timber and Steel Video Premiere: Something to Lose from Rachel Baiman "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Rachel Baiman American folk and old-time singer Rachel Baiman has been getting a bunch of buzz lately following the release of her excellent album Shame. I wasnt necessarily trying to write songs that would be easy to listen to, Baiman explained on Shame. I wanted to write about reality, in all of []


Same-Sex Marriage Debate Harming LGBTI Youth, Experts Warn "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Pediatricians and childrens health experts say the same-sex marriage debate has harmed childrens health, as they release a new Australian study found children raised in same-sex-parented families do just as well as children raised by heterosexual couple parents. The papers authors said they wanted the research to quash misinformation about children of same-sex couples that ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pete Cullen  No Way Out "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

With two new albums out this month, Pete Cullen is laying out two sides of himself in song. One Way In is decidedly high throttle rockabilly, and while there is some overlap, here Cullen strips it back, opens his shoulders and sings a batch of decidedly more alt-country songs. The mix of acoustic and electric Continue reading


Should Complainants Have Access to Paid Domestic Violence Leave? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

An average of one woman per week is killed at the hands of their present or former partner in Australia. With reports of domestic violence at an all-time high, there are calls for paid domestic violence leave to become standard in all Australian employment contracts. Victims groups and health workers believe such an entitlement would

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ALBUM REVIEW: P.C. & The Biffs One Way In "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Pete Cullen has doubled down on releases in 2017 with the more alt-country album No Way Out also being released at the same time as One Way In. The difference is that this one is firmly in the rockabilly camp. Electric guitars bristle and distort, drums stomp and hit a heavy shuffle while the bass Continue reading


New Zealand students hope university fees reduce and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The New Zealand elections leaves university students hopeful that tertiary fees will be reduced under New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Arderns Labour Party campaigned heavily on education reforms,which includes a three year plan to phase in free tertiary education by the year 2024 and boost student allowance benefits.

Psychology and criminology student Jordan Butler says when he finishes his dual degree, hell be left with a $30,000 debt which he says will prohibit him from purchasing a house in the near future.


Watch the New Great North Video Better Days "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Great North New Zealand based folk duo Great North have just released their latest single and video Better Days. The track is taken from Great Norths album The Golden Age, released last Friday 20th October. It was really tough coming up with a video that suited Better Days, Great North frontman Hayden []


Brazilian design meets Aboriginal Art and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Designers from Brazil are collaborating with Aboriginal artists for the National Gallery of Victorias first international Triennial.

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, the gigantic soft sculpture is beginning to take shape, with the piece welcoming visitors to the Gallery's first international Triennial of contemporary art and design, opening in December this year.

The sculpture is to be shipped to Melbourne in the coming weeks, where visitors will be presented with a seven-metre-dome structure that is made with steel and embroidered panels.


Queenslands Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australias largest pumped hydro storage project has taken a step forward, increasing its storage potential to 2000 megawatts hours.

Genex Power has completed a technical feasibility study into stage 2 of its Kidston project, slashing construction time and changing its design to increase operational capacity to eight hours of 2000 megawatt hours of continuous generationThe pumped hydro storage project will likely begin construction next year. The Kidston renewable energy hub is currently the most advanced, lowest-cost large-scale energy storage project in the country, Genex Power managing director Michael Addison said.

The optimisation study outcomes have been developed in response to direct feedback from potential energy partners amid the ongoing backdrop of the national debate on energy policy, and the importance of ensuring dispatchability of renewable energy via energy storage, he said.Genex executive director Simon Kidston and Energy Minister Mark Bailey sign the Palaszczuk governments first Solar 150 formal deed of agreement.

The pumped storage hydro project can provide up to 250 megawatts, ramping up to full generation capacity in less than 30 seconds

Genex Power director Simon Kidston told Fairfax Media: This project is shovel ready, and is the only large-scale pumped hydro energy storage in the country at thi...


Public health care forum in Lismore tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

A NSW parliamentary committee will hold a public forum in Lismore on Tuesday (October 24) following the death in care of Miriam Merten in the Lismore Base Hospital mental health ward in 2014.

The forum follows calls by nursing staff, local politicians and the Labor opposition, after horrifying CCTV footage released by a coronial inquiry last year showed showed Ms Merten had numerous falls while being held in a seclusion cell, naked and with no access to water for almost six hours.

She spent more than 30 minutes covered in her own faeces before her eventual collapse in a corridor of the facility.

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed the announcement that the Public Accounts Committee was finally coming to Lismore, more than three years after the events occurred.

Ms Smith said the committee, which has been conducting an inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW was re-opened and extended due to concerns about the treatment of Ms Merten

I am glad to see that the Committee is holding a public forum in Lismore so that they can hear first-hand from people in the Northern Rivers region about their experiences with the health system, Ms Smith said.

The inquiry will examine whether health practitioners and administrators have sufficient information to deliver high quality services and whether patients and their carers are also provided with reliable information to make informed choices about accessing the health system.

If you would like to make a contribution to the inquiry, or if you have made a submission and would like to participate in discussion on the issues, please come along to the forum which will be held in the Lismore Workers Club, Ms Smith said.

The public forum will start at 2pm, Tuesday 24 October 2017 at the Lismore Workers Club.

It will be f...


What should we do with dead whales on beaches? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Locals at Casuarina beach surround the beached pilot whale. Photo Department of Primary Industries

Locals at Casuarina beach surround a beached pilot whale. Photo Department of Primary Industries

A Ballina Shire councillor wants the state government to review the way it deals with dead whales following the recent burial and then removal to landfill of a whale at South Ballina.

Cr Sharon Cadwallader has lodged a notice of motion for Thursdays meeting which calls on the council to write to the NSW Government with a request for the Government to review the procedure to manage marine carcasses on beaches.

Cr Cadwallader said some people were concerned that burying dead whales on beaches increased the risk of attracting sharks to an area.

Similar concerns were voiced when a whale was buried at Port Macquarie recently, resulting in the carcass being dug up and transferred to landfill.

A review would provide the opportunity for the Government to inform the community in respect of the scientific information that is available assessing the likely risks and consequences of beach burials, Cr Cadwallader said.

The Port Macquarie incident resulted in significant public funds being used for the exhumation and disposal of the large whale.

The source of these funds was from Government and council. Therefore it is important under any process to consider the scientific information or risk analysis for the local community to be aware there is a potential financial liability to council if we were to be involved in an operation of this type in the future.

She said a review would ensure that it was clear who was responsible, and who bears the costs.

It may be the case the current practice of burial is retained as the preferred policy direction, however in light of the elevated concerns within the community about the risks of shark attack, it is timely for the procedure to be reviewed and assessed against contemporary community expectations, she said.

The post...


Is the #metoo hashtag a trigger for you? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If the #metoo hashtag is a trigger for you, if you are feeling overwhelmed, if it has brought back memories you had long buried, and if it is too much, it is okay to seek help; this is big.  Should... Continue Reading


Pilot project could see recycled tires turned into roads and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have been working on a pilot project that could see old tires being turned into permeable road surfaces.

Permeable pavements made from recycled tires is already a popular paving option, and is flexible, resilient, and reduce stormwater runoff and the subsequent waterway pollution.

While previously, permeable pavement was not able to be used for roads due to its inability to support heavy loads, researchers have developed a combination of tire particles, rock aggregates and binder that could support cars, trucks and buses.


Open day for Nippers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The major focus of Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs annual Open Day was Nippers and Nipper parent engagement on Sunday 22 October.
Ocean Grove SLSC president David Pavia said it allowed management committee and volunteer personnel to welcome non-members and their families expressing interest to join club.
The emphasis was certainly on Nippers (and parents) and Nipper Surf Sport, it was a Nipper open day, Pavia said.
Darren Ball, our Junior Activities Manager organised it, he gave a very comprehensive talk about the Nipper program.
There were also beach demonstrations with Belt and Reel training and the IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat), while onlookers could watch the clubs popular Sunday Nipper Surf Sport Training program.
A survey was also conducted with The objective to use the Open Day as an opportunity to talk to members and non-members about what they think the Club does well and what could be improved, said Ocean Grove SLSC vice-president Stephanie Asher said.

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'Walk This Way' a huge success for our Sustainable Cities campaign launch "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

2 weeks ago FoE Melbourne launched a new Sustainable Cities Campaign with #WalkThisWay - a 15km community walk following Melbourne's iconic Capital City Trail.

Community members are concerned about another massive toll road through the middle of Melbourne, causing more traffic, creating more air and noise pollution, destroying the local environment and allowing more transport emissions locking us into extreme climate change.

Participants joined the walk to raise awareness about the proposed Westgate Tunnel toll road development and the climate change threats set to impact Melbourne.

Walk This Way saw 100 people get together to walk through where the Westgate Tunnel development could be built, hear about what some of the other FoE campaigns have been up to, and share their vision for a sustainable city. Participants also raised over $23,000 for Friends of the Earth through sponsorship for their walking efforts! Check out our VIDEO from the event, HERE.


Disappointing loss to Grubbers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Groves heart-breaking last over loss to Drysdale on 22 October was compounded with an injury to star recruit Sam Jubber at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval.
Jubber injured his quad while batting on day one and he took no further part in the game.
He was forced to hit out with a cameo innings of 23 with the bat a day earlier.
Jubber, a key all-rounder, is expected to be side-lined for a month with his bowling and will miss his sides Round 3 clash against Portarlington this Saturday.
Losing him (Sam) during his innings from a bowling point of view was significant we were pretty disappointed, coach Paul Jubber said.
Losing Sam with injury didnt allow him to bat freely and bat properly it certainly put our backs against the wall.
Jubber paid credit to Drysdale with their talented batting line-up chasing down the runs on day two.
The Hawks finished at 6/235 from 74.1 overs.
Losing in the last over it was devastating especially when we achieved all that we wanted to do from the start of the game, he said.
Credit to Drysdale they have played to their strength and batting is definitely their strength.
Hawk opener Jason Malcolm top-scored with 65, while Shane Cutajar (40), Nick Hallam (43) and David Hambrook (50 not out) all made valuable contributions.
Paul Jubber had an outstanding game with bat and ball.
After his unbeaten 149 against Queenscliff in Round 1, Jubber top-scored with 70 on day one and then claimed 4/92 from his 27 overs on day two.
The Grubbers could not have started better batting first on day one with a fine half-century from opener Huon Bertino (65).
At one stage Ocean Grove looked in control at 1/103.
The Hawks fought back with the ball as the Grubbers lost their last five wickets for 62 runs.
Drysdale bowler Dylan Justice claimed 3/51 from 18 overs on day one.
Ocean Grove finished at 9/232 from its 75 overs, a defendable total according to Jubber.
A score of 230 on that ground is very competitive, he said,
Youngsters Noah Cunningham and Nathan Scarpa made their A Grade debuts for the Grubbers.
Ocean Grove B Grade suffered a 30-run loss in their one-day game against Drysdale at Drysdale Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Batting first, the Hawks made 5/143 from 40 overs, Drysdale opening batsman Gavin Humphrey the standout with the bat after he made 73.
Grubber junior Matthew Stanic was his sides most successful bowler with 3/20 from six overs, while team-mate Troy Wiseman took 2/22 from eight overs.
In reply, Ocean Grove were all out 113 from 33.3 overs.
Drysdale bowler Bailey Sykes dominated with the ball and finished 5/25 from eight overs.
Drysdale won its C Grade one-day clash by 68 runs again...


Port Fairy Adds Three More Artists to 2018 Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival The Port Fairy Folk Festival continues to drip feed additions to its 2018 lineup and with each artist announcement were getting more and more excited. This time around Port Fairy has added three more artists acclaimed singer-songwriter Archie Roach, Americana favourites Jordie Lane & The Sleepers and []


Dear RACV "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

FOBIF has written to the RACV asking for clarification on its view of 4WD practices, in particular the practice of driving along beaches and other off road places [see our post].

In connection with the article we complained about in the July issue of RoyalAuto, we asked:

  1. Where is the apology/retraction of the offending parts of the article?
  2. What do the editors of RoyalAuto understand by the word pristine, when they can apparently accept that it applies to a scene with a car and numerous tyre marks on the ground?

We also pointed out that the Code of Conduct for off road driving for Four Wheel Drive Australia includes the following points:

3. Respect our flora and fauna. Stop and look, but never disturb. 4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks. [our emphasis]

And we asked: does the RACV not endorse these protocols? Ninety percent of 4WD drivers are sensible and law abiding. It is a source of great irritation that advertisements for these vehicles regularly show them plunging recklessly through creeks or churning through vegetation: this encourages the minority of cowboys who think that trashing our environment is great fun. Its a pity that in this case the RACV seems to be on their side.

Well let you know if we get a response.


Casey Arnaud, STILL "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It is hard work in here (in this head of mine) of constant chatter, overthinking and
sensitivity to excessive stimuli. Resisting the instinctual urge of disconnection, can be
a tireless daily challenge.

My work is a means to resolve this overstimulation, a way to shut down the mind to
be present and in this time stillness arrives in the silence. It is my quiet, meditative
time to explore sensitive surfaces, playing with forms, loose rhythmic lines, muted
colours, marks and layers to capture a feeling. Embracing materiality, my work is
about nurturing the surface, textures & the physicality of paint layers whilst
exploring themes of vulnerability, memory and temporality.

This body of work STILL. explores the contrast of opposing states and the potency of
removing excess motion, noise and clutter. Playing with spaces at capacity, slowly
subtracting the overload whilst highlighting the delicate relationships and
connections between forms and layers to evoke a sense of STILL.

BSA Project Space
112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby
opening night Friday 3rd November 6-8pm
exhibition open 4th 15th November
Tues Sat 10-2pm (or by appointment 0431 034 892)

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Lambs five wickets destroys Seagulls "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

Collendina won a low scoring contest over rivals Barwon Heads in their back-to-back two-day game at Collendina.
It was a vital game for Collendina after its six-wicket loss to Anglesea in the season opener on 14 October.
Collendina coach Corey Walter said it was a critical victory early in season in the expanded 12-team BPCA A Grade competition.
I said to the boys before play on day two it is pretty much a 12-point game, Walter said.
It was huge for us and it was pleasing to get a win on the board.
Batting first, the Cobras were bowled out for 148 from 64 overs on day one.
Corey Walter top-scored with 54 and shared in a 71-run third wicket stand with younger brother Nathan (48).
Seagull Michael Fallon was the pick of the bowlers with 4/39 from 19 overs.
Resuming on day two at 1/10, the Cobras rolled Barwon Heads for only 85 from 60.3 overs.
It was deja vu for the visitors after Barwon Heads were bowled out for 91 chasing 101 for victory against in the last seasons A Grade grand final at Portarlington.
Cobra stalwart Charlie Lamb was the chief destroyer with 5/24 from 22.3 overs.
Fellow Collendina opening bowler Jye Hearps took 2/38 from 25 overs, including the prized scalp of Seagull captain Sam Schaller for a duck.
Corey Walter finished with 2/14 from eight overs.
Seagull opening batsman Sam Herbison top-scored with 32.
Collendina were without star pair Ben Ricardo (back injury) and Andy Higgins, who was unavailable.
The Cobras will now meet Inverleigh in Round 3 in a two-day game at Inverleigh on Saturday.
The winless Barwon Heads face Jan Juc at home this Saturday after their 0-2 start to season.
Collendina B Grade captain Eddie Ellwood scored a timely half-century in his sides narrow nine-run one-day victory over Barwon Heads at RT Fuller Oval on Saturday 21 October.
Ellwood made 64 as the Cobras were all bowled out for 147 from 38.2 overs after Collendina won the toss and batted first.
Craig Goodger contributed 22 with the bat.
In reply, Barwon Heads fell 10 runs short of victory after they made 8/138 from 40 overs.
Ryan Binder top-scored for the home side with 26.
Cobra bowler Daniel McManus was the leading wicket taker with his figures of 4/31 from eight overs.
Barwon Heads defeated Collendina by seven wickets in their C Grade one-day match at Bellarine Secondary Colleges Ocean Grove campus on Saturday.
Batting first the Cobras compiled 5/161 from 40 overs, Matt Gibbon top-scored with 53.
In reply, Barwon Heads finished at 3/174 from 37 overs and won with three overs to spare.
Seagull batsman Ande Santilli guided his side to victory with an unbeaten 80.
In D Grade Collendina 1 defeated Barwon...


Mac DeMarco, The Internet & more announce Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Great news for anyone who cant manage (for whatever strange reason) to make it to Laneway Festival 2018, or maybe just wants to double up on their favourite headliner, as Mc DeMarco, The Internet, Slowdive and Loyle Carner have all announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne next January.

London rapper Carner has been in the ascendancy for a little while now, having already played his first Australian dates earlier this year, while The Internet of course blew us away at Laneway just a couple of years back. This time around, their show will see each member of the band take to the stage on their own to play solo and band material, making for a nice accompaniment to the festival set.

Mac DeMarco has also been a Laneway regular, and a local favourite too, with his third album This Old Dog copping the triple j Feature Album spot earlier this year, as he gears up to release his next record with The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne.

Better yet, DeMarco will be teaming up with local larrikin Kirin J Callinan, while some of the most exciting news comes as U.K. shoegaze pioneers Slowdive return from their two-decade hiatus to play their first ever Australian shows, having released their fourth album earlier this year.

Billie Eilish, Dream Wife and others will also be playing sideshows, so check out the hype reel below, and full details at the Laneway website.

Loyle Carner Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows

Wednesday 31st January Oxford Arts Factory

Tuesday 6th February 170 Russell

Mac DeMarco Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows

With Special Guest Kirin J Callinan

Monday 5th February Enmore Theatre (All Ages)

Wednesday 7th February Forum Theatre

Slowdive Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows

With Special Guest Kane Ikin

Wednesday 31st January Metro Theatre (All Ages)

Thursday 8th February Forum Theatre

The Internet Laneway Festival 2018 sideshows



Police arrest man eating leaves off tree in Byron car park "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed-Byron police have arrested a man in Byron Bay on drugs charges after he was allegedly spotted eating the leaves off a tree at a car park.

And a man in Pottsville, who drove his car into a tree in April has been charged with driving while affected by a range of prescription drugs.

About 1.30am on Saturday, October 21, police were called to a car park in Jonson Street, Byron Bay because a man was allegedly drug affected and eating leaves from a tree.

On arrival, police witnessed a 24-year-old man from Victoria eating leaves from a tree.

The man was searched and police allegedly located two capsules containing MDMA.

The man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and was bailed to appear at Byron bay Local Court on November 2.

Man who crashed car into tree was on multiple drugs

About 5;10am on Sunday, April 23, it is alleged a 44 year old man from Pottsville was driving a large 4WD vehicle when it side swiped a parked car in Border Street, Pottsville and failed to stop.

The vehicle continued on and at about 5;20am the 4WD veered off the road in Cudgera and drove directly into a large tree.

Emergency services were contacted and attended the scene a short time later.

The man was seen near his car and allegedly told police he was looking for a child to take to school.

Police had to point out it was a Sunday in the school holidays.

The man was taken Tweed Heads Hospital with minor injuries due to 4WD deploying its airbags during the collision with the tree.

Blood and urine were taken from the man to check for alcohol and drugs.

An examination has allegedly revealed that the man had codeine, cocaine, benzoylecgonine, tramadol, doxylamine and zolpidem in his system.

On Saturday the 21 st October the man was charged with drive under the influence of drugs and was bailed to appears before Tweed Heads Local Court 4/12/17.


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Like it or not, youre getting the NBN, so what are your rights when buying internet services? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Like it or not, youre getting the NBN, so what are your rights when buying internet services?

Jeannie Marie Paterson, University of Melbourne

Complaints about the national broadband network (NBN), involving connection delays, unusable internet or landlines and slow internet speed are on the rise.

Read more: When it comes to the NBN, we keep having the same conversations over and over

Most Australians will be forced to move onto the NBN within 18 months of it being switched on in their area, and that means navigating what can be confusing new contracts.

So, what are your rights regarding landline and internet connections?


Many consumers can and do manage without a landline. But particularly for those without a reliable mobile service, a landline can be essential. It is included in many phone and internet bundles offered by internet service providers.

Standard telephone services (primarily landline services) are subject to a Customer Service Guarantee enshrined in law under the Telecommunications Act 1997.

This means that standards apply to common services such as connection of a phone line, repairs of that line and attending appointments on time. The provider will have to pay compensation to the customer if the Customer Service Guarantee standards are not met.

Despite this, some providers suggest a customer waive his or her customer service guarantee rights. There...


Family speak after Ballina beach rapist gets minimum 3 years jail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The family of a woman who was randomly raped in a daylight attack at Ballinas Angels Beach in 2016 has spoken after her attacker was sentenced to a minimum three years jail.

Michael Allan Jeffreys was charged with sexual intercourse without consent over the attack on a 29-year-old local woman on Sunday July 3.

The Lismore Distirct court heard the woman, who was preparing to study nursing at university, was approached by the 35-year-old drug addict about 10.30 am.

In the four months leading up to the attack, Mr Jeffreys had been smoking ice heavily and had not slept for three or four days.

Just 20 metres from a public pathway, Mr Jeffreys jumped on the woman, after first walking past her, and pushed her head down into the sand with his body while raping her.

When a witness who heard screams came running to the womans aid, Mr Jeffreys ran to the Coast Road and tried to hail down a motorist, before trying to get help from a resident.

Both the resident and the witness chased Mr Jeffreys and performed a citizens arrest.

In her summary, Judge Laura Wells said it was possible the offence occurred as a result of a delusion to Mr Jeffreys multiple psychological and cognitive problems plus his drug use.

She said Mr Jeffreys was certainly setting out that day to have sex with someone and when he saw the woman on the isolated beach he decided it would be her.

He persisted despite the complainant making it clear by screaming that she did not want to participate.

Judge Wells said the victim had a complete change in her life both physically and emotionally since the incident.

While relieved Mr Jeffreys had been jailed, the victims family said there were no winners in the case.

Although we are relieved the perpetrator has been sentenced to a prison term and the community will be protected from the danger he poses, there are no winners here, the womans family said in a statement.

Several lives have been significantly damaged and the victim will live with this trauma forever.

Judge Wells sentenced Mr Jeffreys to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years in Lismore District Court.

Due to time already served in custody, Mr Jeffreys could be eligible for release in September 2019.

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In conference with lawyer "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On Thursday evening I was a little surprised to hear from my Australian lawyer - calling from Sydney airport with a boarding pass in hand. We'd been trying to schedule a few days together in preparation for my private prosecution. He'd had a cancellation on Friday which freed him up,...


Have a say about waste "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The State Government is currently running a number of online public consultations under its Engage Victoria process. You can sign up for this easily by going to

Two current consultations are of interest to us: one is on the decision to phase out single use plastic bags, and the other on the banning of e-waste from landfill. Both are on the face of it good policies, but as in everything the implementation could make or break them. For example, the government has allocated d $15 million to design and implement a program to upgrade Victorias e-waste collection network, and $1.5 million on public education on e- waste. Is this enough, or will we see an increasing number of TV sets and computers dumped in our bushlands?

When you register, you can find out about current consultations at

Consultations on these matters close on January 25.


Great start to season by Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Collendina vs Ocean Grove
The Collendina Under 15s hosted crosstown rivals Ocean Grove to kick off season 2017/18 in a one day clash. Cobras captain Xavier Norman won the toss and elected to bat on a perfect morning for cricket. Norman and Izaak Terhorst opened the batting and were very solid. They put on a 58-run opening stand before Terhorst was dismissed for a fine 28. This was the only wicket to fall in the Cobras 25 overs. Norman was eventually retired for a well made 31. Sam Donegan contributed an aggressive 10 runs before the Cobras innings was closed with a score of 1/92.
Ocean Groves opening stand was also strong along with the Cobras bowling. Brodie Muscat and Charlie Every opened the bowling and were good but without success. Sam Donegan got the first breakthrough with the score on 67, then Muscat in his second spell took one wicket. Ocean Grove passed the Cobras total in the last over ending on 2/99. A solid first up performance from the Cobras with room for improvement.
Collendina vs Corio
Collendina played host to Corio in this Round 2 one-day grading game. A win was needed by the Cobras after a first round loss. Xavier Norman won his second toss in a row and elected to bat. The runs flowed early against an under-manned Corio. Norman had to be retired again for a well-made 32. Norman was well supported by Sam Donnegan (34 ret), Max Mclachlan (22 no) and Ollie Northam (21). The Cobras reached a very competitive 4/143 after their 25 overs.
The defence of that score started well with all bowlers being very economical. Nick Gibbon took 2/2, Sam Donegan 1/10, Max McLaclan 1/8, Spencer Bryan 1/10 and Xavier Norman 1/0. Corio was dismissed for 54. A great win as they head into town next week to take on Manifold Heights.

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Refugees on Nauru forbidden to be present at the birth of their children and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian immigration authorities have refused to allow an Iranian refugee to travel to Brisbane to be with his sick and heavily pregnant wife.

Iranian Kurd Mohammad Fa-rahi is currently held by Australia on Nauru, while his wife is in detention in Brisbane, being treated for dengue fever.

Australian authorities have allegedly told Mohammad that he will not be allowed to support his wife as she gives birth, or see his baby.

Mohammad is 1 of at least 5 fathers on Nauru who have not seen their infant children, another one of whom was encouraged to give up custody of his daughter so he could be resettled in the US.


Twilight Markets promote local produce


Juniors hit the tennis courts "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Voice sports photographer Jamie Cullum was at Ocean Grove Tennis Club on Saturday morning to capture some junior tennis action. The season is underway and Ocean Grove is fielding 20 junior teams comprising 105 players. Teams comprise four to six players, with four players rostered to play each week. Each player competes in one set of singles and one set of doubles.

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Drug seized after prime mover tailgated car "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Drugs including methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia seized from the driver of a truck later charged with menacing driving at Casino on Saturday (October 21). Photo NSW Police

Drugs including methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia seized from the driver of a truck later charged with menacing driving at Casino on Saturday (October 21). Photo NSW Police

Drugs have been seized after Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers responded to a driving complaint about a truck on the road from Lismore to Casino on Friday night (October 20).

Just before midnight , a call was made to 000 about a truck being driven in a menacing manner, including tailgating a vehicle.

Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped a prime mover at Johnston Street, Casino, just after midnight and spoke to the 39-year-old driver.

He returned a negative result for a roadside breath test but a drug test gave a positive indication. The results have been sent for further testing.

Police then searched the truck, seizing about 5g of whats believed to be methyl-amphetamine as well as various drug paraphernalia.

The man was placed under arrest and taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug, knowingly driving motor vehicle in menacing manner, operating vehicle in a matter that caused concern for others safety, and driving behind other vehicle too close to stop safely.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Casino Local Court on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and issued a prohibition notice which prevents him from driving for 24 hours.

Inquiries continue.

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Spring is "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

the call of the Sacred Kingfisher returning to its local nesting grounds. What a brilliant bird!

Sacred Kingfisher, Loddon River @ Newstead, 20th October 2017


Proud honour for Demon rookie Anna "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

New Melbourne player Anna Teague became the first Ocean Grove-raised female footballer to earn a prized AFLW rookie contract last week.
Teague, 29, said it was an honour to be drafted as the first AFLW player from Ocean Grove.
I hadnt thought of it in that sense that I am the first Ocean Grove AFLW female footballer, Teague told the Voice.
Now that you verbalise it, it feels pretty damn special it is quite an honour now that there is going to be a senior Ocean Grove womens team coming up next season.
Teague, a primary school teacher, described the moment on Friday, October 20, when she phoned Melbourne AFLW List Manager Todd Patterson, a call which changed her life. At the time the Grade 3/4 teacher was teaching a maths class at Holy Spirit School in Manifold Heights.
I was aware I would be getting a call either way if I was drafted or not, Teague said.
I let the kids know I was waiting for some important phone calls.
My kids were sitting down to do a maths test and I raced out to get another teacher to come in.
Yeah I gave Todd (Patterson) a call and he asked me if I had been following the rookie draft I hadnt been obviously I was in class.
He just said to me Welcome to the Melbourne Footy Club and I was in shock and shaking.
Teague joins her Geelong VFLW team-mates Lily Mithen, Richelle Cranston and fellow Demon rookie Erin Hoare at Melbourne AFLW in 2018.
She finished third in the Geelong VFLW best and fairest this year.
It is a remarkable transition for Teague, who only switched from basketball to football less than 12 months ago.
She is a former Geelong Supercats basketball captain and the youngest of seven children who started playing basketball with the Ocean Grove Breakers at age 11.
Her brother-in-law is former Melbourne AFL coach Mark Neeld, a four-time premiership coach at Ocean Grove from 2000-03.

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Grove bowlers remain undefeated "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove thrashed Lara in Round 3 of the Geelong-Ballarat Premier Division bowls league on Saturday.
The 120 to 61 victory sees Grove undefeated on three wins and on top of the ladder.
The Matt Flapper skipped rink of young star Kira Bourke, Faye Richardson and Ken Thomas had a mammoth 42 to11 win while Tony Joel skipped his rink, comprising Linda Flapper, Gary Burkett and Hannah Callum, to a convincing 33 to 13 victory.
Michael Wests rink of Thomas Warren, Rick Webb and Rod Brehaut were challenged, but still ran out 21 to 17 winners.
Craig Hodges rink of Brett Irvine, Chris Price and Shaun Myers also had to fight hard to win, eventually getting up 24 to 20.
Grove has an away clash at Eastern Park this Saturday before hosting Ballarat-based Victoria the following Saturday.

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Key Liberal seats back clean energy target "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

A majority of Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbotts constituents support a 50 per cent renewable energy target and dont believe the federal governments new energy policy will lower their power bills.

Polling conducted by ReachTEL for left-leaning think tank The Australia Institute also found a majority of voters surveyed in Mr Turnbulls electorate of Wentworth and Mr Abbotts Warringah, as well as Energy Minister Josh Frydenbergs Kooyong, supported pricing carbon.

About 60 per cent of respondents in Wentworth and Kooyong said they would be more likely to support the governments new national energy guarantee if it ensured Australia would have at least 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

The figure was slightly lower in Mr Abbotts electorate on Sydneys northern beaches, but almost two thirds of people quizzed in Warringah dont believe power prices will fall under the new plan.

The federal government is confident economic modelling will back up its claim households will save up to $115 a year on their bills.

A majority of voters in Mr Turnbull and Mr Frydenbergs electorate also dont think power prices will decrease as a result of the governments new energy policy, which is again set to dominate debate in Canberra this week.

Under the governments new energy policy, Mr Turnbull ditched Chief Scientist Alan Finkels proposal to have a clean energy target.

Instead, energy retailers would need to meet guarantees on reliability and emissions but how they do it would be up to them.

Labor remain committed to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

The new polling comes after Mr Abbott ramped up his climate change rhetoric and advocated for subsidies for coal-fired power.

Mr Frydenberg said the governments new policy had nothing to do with Tony Abbott.

Its got...


Sydneys future: three major centres "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lucy Turnbull.

Lucy Turnbull.

In four decades Sydney will be transformed into three distinct but connected cities under a plan headed by Lucy Turnbull.

Public transport will allow people in the eastern, central and western cities to live within 30 minutes of work and services.

The three cities will each have improved transport connections and will be linked to each other through a technology-focused plan, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says.

It includes proposals for a potential train link to Parramatta from Kogarah, plans to link Norwest and Parramatta by train and potential light rail extensions across Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle.

The three-city concept was first established by the Aboriginal people, who saw Sydney as a land of three regions the salt water region of the eastern harbour city, the muddy water country around Parramatta and the clear water country around western Sydney.

This plan, a collaborative effort between the NSW governments transport and planning departments and the independent Greater Sydney Commission, modernises the concept, Ms Turnbull said.

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Search resumes for missing trawler crew "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fisherman Ruben McDornan was the sole survivor. (facebook)

Fisherman Ruben McDornan was the sole survivor. (facebook)

One of the men who helped rescue fisherman Ruben McDornan from turbulent seas off the central Queensland coast says his survival is nothing short of remarkable.

New details have emerged of Mr McDornans unlikely salvation, as authorities continue searching for the bodies of four of his crew mates.

The bodies of two others were found on Saturday when divers searched their fishing vessel, which capsized and sank in wild weather last Monday night.

Search crews will on Monday continue scouring the coastline near the town of 1770, hoping to return the remains of the missing four to their grieving families.

Mal Priday was one of four people aboard the catamaran that plucked Mr McDornan from heavy seas on Tuesday morning.

He said the fisherman was resting below deck when the Dianne overturned.

He managed to escape by squeezing through a gap in a door but his crew mates were trapped.

He said he doesnt know how he got out through a gap that small, but he got out, Mal Priday has told The Courier-Mail.

It was a very dark night with no moon. It was rainy and cloudy. He could hear his mates inside trying to get out.

Mr McDornan managed to clamber onto the capsized vessels hull, but was repeatedly knocked off before it sank, Mr Priday said.

The fisherman was injured and had nothing to help keep him afloat when the catamaran chanced upon him, floating 5.6km from shore on Tuesday morning.

He only had the pair of shorts he was wearing. Not even a piece of debris to hang on to. Its a remarkable tale of survival. The odds are incalculable. We were the only boat out there, Mr Priday said.

Skipper Ben Leahy, 45, and crew members Adam Hoffman, 30, Eli Tonks, 39, Adam Bidner, 33, Chris Sammut, 34, and Zach Feeney, 28, died in the incident.

Members of the local community have started a flower memorial for the men at 1770s Round Hill Headland, overlooking the water.

Mondays search will involve crews searching the shore in vehicles and on foot, with the support of a spotter plane.

The post...


Ignition MTB festival at Falls Creek "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Ignition is the launch event for the summer mountain biking season at Falls Creek. Its aim is to celebrate all things MTB.

Its a huge event, with rides, a bus shuttle service, backcountry rides and skills workshops, music, food and local craft beer.

It will happen at Falls Creek over the weekend of November 18 and 19.

It books out, so make sure you get in soon if youre planning to attend. Details here.



This gin is pink and it's awfully good. Available at Dan Murphy's and various discerning Northside bars, it sits firmly on the gins to drink list this summer.



Surfer confirmed drowned at Fingal Head "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fingal Head rock platform. Photo

Fingal Head, where treacherous surf conditions took the life of a surfer on Sunday, October 22. Photo

A man has tragically drowned after he went missing while bodyboarding at Fingal Beach near Tweed Heads on Sunday.

It is understood that the local man aged in his early 20s was bodyboarding with a group of friends at the northern headland at around 11:30am when got into difficulty.

Police have been he lost his board and attempted to climb onto the rocks.

This prompted a large-scale multi-agency rescue operation with the State Operations Centre co-ordinating the tasking of NSW assets.

Surf Lifesavers from Cudgen Headland, Fingal Rovers, and Cabarita emergency callout teams all volunteered their services and manned inflatable rescue boats (IRB) during the operation, which was led by NSW Police, and also included Marine Rescue craft.

At the peak of the search, there were five IRBS on the water, along with jet skis from the Far North Coast Support Operations Branch and from Queensland.

Additionally a helicopter from Queensland was also tasked to assist in the search and it was from there that they were able to locate the missing man.

At around 1:30pm, some two hours after the incident began, the man was located approximately 200 metres north of the headland and 100 metres out to sea.

He was pulled into an IRB and transported to shore where CPR was commenced but unfortunately all attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

At the time of the incident conditions were described as challenging with a strong wind onshore and consistent waves of around 1.5 metres.

Surf Life Saving NSW state duty officer Jimmy Keogh praised the efforts of all those involved in the rescue effort and noted the outstanding support from Queensland ahead of what is shaping up to be a busy summer.

All the lifesavers involved went above and beyond in their efforts to both locate and then try to save the missing man.

What was really pleasing was how well all the agencies co-operated in what was a challenging and emotional situation as there were a lot of assets out on the water. I know they worked really hard to get a positive outcome.

Unfortunately we didnt have the outcome we wanted and our sincere condo...


Inaugural Diversity Walk comes to Tweed and Coolangatta "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Diversity Walk organising committee from Compass. Photo supplied.

The Diversity Walk organising committee from Compass. Photo supplied.

Celebrating love, headspace Tweed Heads and the Compass LGBTIQAP+ Youth Network are hosting Tweed and Coolangattas inaugural Diversity Walk on Saturday, October 28.

Event organiser Claire Cottone, from headspace Tweed Heads said: The idea for the Diversity Walk came from a group of young people from the Compass network, which is a group run by headspace Tweed Heads that started earlier this year to provide support for LGBTIQAP+ young people in the Tweed Shire and Southern Gold Coast.

We noticed a lack of spaces and services specifically tailored for LGBTIQAP+ young people in this area, and formed the Compass network to help build a community that embraces and celebrates LGBTIQAP+ young people, Claire said.

Everyone is welcome to join in the walk  just dress to express and bring placards, picnics and positive vibes. Tweed Heads police have closed off the streets for the event, which will cross the NSW/QLD border between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.

The purpose of the walk is to provide visibility, social inclusion and celebration for not only LGBTIQAP+ young people but all people! Thats why weve called it a Diversity Walk, so that all people within our community feel invited, included and celebrated. We acknowledge and respect the traditional owners of this area who will be leading the walk and our opening ceremony, continued Claire

The easy 1 km walk kicks off at 11:30am at 1 Bay St, Tweed Heads (gathering from 11am).  The parade will then head up Wharf St to the Boundary St roundabout, and finish at Chris Cunningham Park for a community BBQ and picnic with a traditional Welcome to Country, local Aboriginal dancers, and live music featuring local artists Essie Thomas and Salt & Steel. The walk is also supported by the Tweed Mayor Katie Milne, who will...


Negative skew "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

First-timers surge

It's been obvious that first homebuyers have been pouring back into the major housing markets since the beginning of July.

The housing finance figures, although to date only running to the end of August, confirm as much.

The September and October figures will warrant watching closely when they are finally reported. 

This is potentially only part of the story, though, with many parents now helping their offspring onto the housing ladder. 

Some parents may be cash buyers, while others may simply be financing purchases themselves. 

'Negative skewness'

It was pointed out on the Property Chat forum that although the median auction result in Sydney remained very high on Saturday at $1,295,000, the average or mean result was considerably lower at a shade under $1 million. 

Compare this with the same weekend last year when the mean value of properties sold at Sydney auctions was far higher at well above $1.3 million.

There's a similar trend afoot in Melbourne, albeit not nearly as pronounced.

What gives? 

When the mean is lower than the median - such as was the case in Sydney's auction results this weekend - this indicates a left...


12th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta Welcome Party "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

12th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta 3rd 5th November 2017

The 12th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta will be held at the beautiful BYRON THEATRE, in the heart of Byron Bay for all the main workshops & parties plus CLUB BYRON for the pre-party and the dedicated Beginners workshops. Well also have the famous after parties at GUZMAN Y GOMEZ!


Byron Latin Fiesta Workshops
Byron Latin Fiesta Workshops
2nd November: Pre-Party (Byron Bowlo)
3rd November: Opening Night Party 7pm 12am
4th November: Day time dance workshops 10am 5.30pm + Night time parties
5th November: Day time dance workshops 10am 5.30pm + Night time parties
Also Master Classes with the international instructors, and a new Talk Series!

* EDWIN & DAKOTA from NY/Dominican Republic (back by popular demand!)
* MIKE & MACARENA from France / Spain (International Kizomba Instructors)



Styles include: Cuban Salsa, LA Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Reggaeton, Afro, Samba, Zouk & more

Go to the Byron Latin Fiesta website for Full Program

Buy tickets at

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It was a frocking good night "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Louise Avery    When an invitation pops into your inbox mentioning Dior and cocktails in the same sentence there is no hesitation that I would be there.   It would possibly have been my perfect Ab Fab moment except that I had just started a new job and it was a Tuesday night.   Nevertheless, I []


Mantis in wonderland: Leroy on Acland St "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Mantis Kane What do ketogenic diet organic food, astro-turf and pansies have in common? They all feature heavily in Leroy cafs menu. If you are not familiar with the ketogenic diet, its the new paleo, which involves starving yourself of carbohydrates, eradicating sugar and ultimately reaching the high ground of ketosis, where your body []


That Burger Joint, Barkly St "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

D Crumb   It was Sunday night and the cupboards were bare. Hungover and unable to muster the effort to forage around the supermarket for supplies, I opted for take away. The hangover demanded something substantial, meaty, indulgent, unapologetic something to absorb the backwash of cheap beer and wine languishing in my gut. Burger []


Bolivian Majadito Rice Recipe "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Mantis Kane @uflava  James Healey is a co-founder of Uflava, a new start-up food video platform. In spearheading the transition from static food photography to moving food imagery, James is no stranger to all things culinary. But when he puts the camera down and dons the pinny, what does he cook? Heres his go-to []


Independent Artist of The Week: Swamp Fat Jangles "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

South West Sydney five piece Swamp Fat Jangles create the kind of melancholic, bluesy folk thatll make you want to curl up and settle in for the night.

Made up of Nes Cassey (vocals, banjo), Jessica Fitzpatrick (vocals, guitar), Jack Isackson (bass) and Hollie Matthew (vocals, drums), the delicate chords of Swamp Fat Jangles evoke good ol fashioned feelings of nostalgia. Think three part harmonies layered with whiskey-tinged banjo.

Over the last few years Swamp Fat Jangles have played across venues in Sydney, as well as hitting up stages at Vivid Sydney, Subsonic Festival, Newtown Festival, Nimbin Festival and Peats Ridge. Exploring the themes of gothic imagery in Australian landscapes, folklore, the highs and lows of modern society through their songwriting, the bands latest track You Only Say I Love You When Youre Drunk is a graceful little ditty about good times with good mates what more could you want?

Treat your ears to their latest tune, below:


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

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48H Pizza & Gnocchi Bar "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Mantis Kane @uflava  Claiming to be a genuine Italian restaurant used to be as simple as hiring a few Mediterranean backpackers, dressing them in white overalls and serving thin crust pizzas.  For most, these touch points will suffice, after all, we live in a world of imitation: digitalised music, chemically flavoured drinks, Facebook friends []


Worlds longest-running rollercoaster back on track at Luna Park "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Selby Stewart   St Kilda residents will again hear the familiar sound of screams from Luna Parks iconic Scenic Railway rollercoaster when it rolls back into action after a five-month break.  Currently the worlds longest continuously running wooden rollercoaster, it was taken off the track for repairs.  Luna Park general manager Matthew Butta said []


Boobook owls: St Kildas silent assassins "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Fam Charko  Silent death may not be the first phrase that comes to mind while watching an unassuming boobook owl sitting on a tree branch in the St Kilda Botanic Gardens. They do not have attention grabbing features like some other owl species that may have protruding ears, immaculately snow-white plumage, and/or an impressive []


TEDxStKilda 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

After sold-out events in 2015 and 2016, TEDxStKilda is coming to town once more.   The event will take place on 11 October 2017 from 7pm at our local iconic live music venue, Memo Music Hall.   An independently-organised event based on the famous TED conference format and ideals, TEDxStKilda has its own local flavour.   Dealing with []


Photographer Captures the Diverse Beauty of Naturally Colorful Birds "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Superb Fruit Dove

In 2013 we introduced you to Leila Jeffreysthe Sydney-based photographer with a love for wildlife, especially colorful birds. Jeffreys specializes in capturing the unique personalities of each feathery friend through a series of up-close studio portraits, with a goal to portray birds in a way that display[s] their incredible beauty and diversity, and to inspire a deeper concern for their well-being.

Following on from her earliest work, which captured colourful portraits of budgerigars and wild cockatoos, she has continued to photograph birds from all over the world. A series from 2014 conveys the intense character of birds of prey, many of which seem to face the camera without fear. In one shot, Trinity (the brown goshawk) stands fiercely with a puffed out chest, while in another, Mulga (the black-breasted buzzard) crouches angrily. The owls in this series appear to be a little more timid and sullen; in one image, Tani (the masked owl) stands with her back turned, rotating her head only halfway to partially face the camera.

In her most recent workentitled Ornithurae (meaning bird tails in Greek)Jefferys focus is on multicolored pigeons, doves, and cockatoos. These vibrant creatures originate from exotic lands, such as the Australasia rainforests. The Superb Fruit Dove stands proudly wearing his purple crown, and the Emerald Dove exhibits lush green wings against a plumage of dusty pink.

If you love these colorful, feathery photos, you can see them for yourself at Jeffreys current exhibitionentitled Ornithurae Volume 1 at the Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City. It is open until November 12, 2017.

You can find more of Jeffreys work on her website and Instagram.

In Leila Jeffreys newest seriesentitled Ornithuraeshe captures the vibrant beauty of multicolored pigeons, doves, and cockatoos.



Photos from Spain "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The problem with modern photography is that its sooooo easy to take soooo many photographs. Unlike the old days where film afforded you at most 36 photographs before you needed to change, the modern slide night could end up lasting several days and several nights. To make it easier when I catch up with friends []


Deputy Prime Minister & Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce in real trouble in his own electorate? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is allegedly a genuine National Party of Australia document. However, to the chagrin of many it has been revealed to be a fake.

Leaving aside the fake poll, the truth is that it is not just Barnaby Joyce's inappropriate dual citizenship which is a problem.

There is another issue which is not being denied at this stage......

According to News Corps Herald Sun on 21 October 2017:

Colleagues have told the Herald Sun they are worried the public figure has been punted out of the family home, which doesnt exactly coincide with their, er, political beliefs.



There is more than one path to academic success and a job you love "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sharna Clemmett on Facebook:

On Friday I gave a speech at my old high school, for the year 12 final assembly. I was asked to publish it, so here it is.

1. I am a former Kadina student. I was in year 12 in 1996.

2. It is 21 years since I last attended this fine school. That makes it 21 years since I dropped my bundle, dropped out of school, and spent about a year on Centrelink benefits, wondering what life was all about, what to do with it, and why.

3. There you have it: the thing that for years I felt was something of which to be ashamed: I never obtained a Higher School Certificate. I am a high school dropout.

4. At your stage, I didnt have a plan. My plan fell apart in year 12. I moved out of home when I was almost 17. I was sharing a house with a fellow Kadina student and her 6 month old baby. We had very little money. It was tough. Centrelink, in its wisdom, gave me a choice, which was the choice required by the rules: either study full time, or look for work full time. You are not eligible for out-of-home benefits if you study part time.



Australian politics, law, justice and eligibility to sit as a federal parliamentarian "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Excerpt from Ingrid Matthews article in Independent Australia, Hurrah! It's Section Forty-Forganza Week!, 12 October 2017:

There are two other general points to make about the media framing of this case. 
The first is the oft-foreshadowed possibility that those MPs who have not done so may be "forced to resign". This is supremely irritating, because no force is involved (unlike, say, how police handled a child here). Any resignation would be a function of the MP failing to comply with our Constitution and of the High Court doing its job.
The absence of force is important, because the biggest claim that common law liberal democracies like Australia make for our system is this: legal and political conflicts are settled in a "civilised" manner. With words, not fists. With elections, not coups. Using evidence and argument, not violence and vigilantism.
The rituals of legal process are imbued with this pretension to courteous resolution. But that is not how the law looks to Black people in prison cells and their families. Or to welfare recipients sent AFP-branded debt notice...


Aesthetic Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Alexander Averin, Saying Goodbye to the Day

Aesthetic subjectivism, or relativism, is the view that beauty is solely in the eye of the beholder. The term relativism is sometimes used to indicate that beauty is relative to each person with no objective standard by which to adjudicate assertions concerning beauty or its lack. This means that a person cannot be wrong unless he incorrectly describes his opinion. Statements about beauty might then be thought of as statements about feelings; the way something makes a person feel, rather than statements about the world.

Aesthetic subjectivism is closely related to moral subjectivism. Both deny the existence of moral and aesthetic realities; hence the notion that everyone is entitled to his opinion. Opinions being much in favor. Opinions thought of in this way have the handy feature of not requiring justifications or reasons and...

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[online survey] Do you have the social support you need to manage your weight? (18+, BMI 25+) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Want to contribute to a good cause by helping us to better understand social support for weight management and to develop a questionnaire for use in both academic and practical settings (e.g., weight management programs)? :) Simply click the link below and participate in a 30 minutes online survey, you may also win a $50 Westfield voucher!

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Kuark forest old growth about to be logged "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FRCF022280_copy_2.jpgVicForests will target some of the most spectacular old growth forest remaining in Victoria this spring.

A road has been pushed into the forest and logging could commence any day.

The forest has never been logged and is part of one of the most significant remaining stands of old growth forest left in Victoria.


Community Houses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


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Free white desk in good nick. 

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For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hi Newlanders.

Great Ikea futon chair for sale in very good condition. $60.00.
Comfy chair that folds out into a single bed.
The cushion has some staining on one panel that is not visible if you fold it under.
You can even have the cushion cover I made out of a single doona cover too!

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For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



PICK UP ONLY from Coburg North.

$450 (negotiable) excellent condition. 

Bought from True Blue Gates in Lancefield, Victoria for $595.00. 

Contact:  0412 322 483.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Paint for sale approx 9 litres.

Bought at Bunnings, painted a small part of wall and changed our minds. 9 litres left, cost $130, sell for $80. Bought last weekend. Colour is just off white. British paints interior water based top coat low sheen. Text 0415 675 585.


Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run Being Held in Shoalwater Bay Training Area - Multiple MRH-90s Arrive as "Apocalypse" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Over the course of this week, as many as three Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters looked to fly together in and out of, and then back into The Glen Airfield (Camp Growl) as the Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run kicked off in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). 

File photo

They initially flew in from Townsville on Monday 16 October before returning North on Thursday 19 October and finally returning to Camp Growl on Friday 20 October.  On each occasion, the three MRH-90s, which are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th Aviation Regiment based at Townsville, were heard to use the radio callsign of "Apocalypse".

Meanwhile, as mentioned below, also currently based within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in a support role during the Exercise, is Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA.  It is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia for the RAAF and has been noted using the RAAF Support radio callsign of "Choppa 82".

Of interest, Exercise Diamond Run is the largest military exercise of the year for the Army's 7th Brigade.  It will be the first time the Combat Brigade live fires its new M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, which it received in September, marking the realisation of the Australian Armys Plan Beersheba. 

The exercise will also see 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment put through its paces on its road to becoming the Australian Armys Ready Battle Group for short notice operations next year.

Exercise Diamond Run involves over 1600 soldiers from 7th Brigade and supporting units as well as 40 personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces who are taking part in bilateral training with the Brigade.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


XANEMR - GULANA MI "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


XANEMR - AZADBE ROK and Band Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


XANEMIR - GIDEN KUSLAR "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


XANEMR - XOZAN DAX "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


XANEMR - SEYRAN MANG "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


XANEMR - ALAGYAS "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Chinese developers buy one-third of Australias sites in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Chinese developers bought almost 40 per cent of the total $5 billion spent on Australias residential development sites in 2016, with a clear trend towards buying up land in far-flung Sydney and Melbourne suburbs, new research shows.

Knight Franks report, The Rise of Chinese Developers in Australia, found Chinese developers bought $2.4 billion of residential development sites in 2016, or 38 per cent of the total value of sites sold.

n 2015, Chinese developers bought 12 per cent of the total value of sites, Knight Frank head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said.

Overseas investment in Australian development sites has evolved away from high-rises and towards house and land estates. Photo: Supplied

Despite overall total sales falling during 2016, and sales to Chinese developers and investors still being 11.2 per cent lower than the market peak recorded in 2014, their influence has grown, she said.

Since 2012, the size of the average development site bought by a Chinese developer has increased more than 18 times to 21,045 square metres in 2016, largely due to developers moving into lower-density developments.

Chinese developers initially came into Australia looking at a similar product to what they built in China  high-rise developments  theres a perception that Chinese developers only build high-rise projects but were now seeing them buyin...


RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LAH at Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 20 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LAH was spotted high above Bowen as it headed South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.  It was also noted calling into both Mackay and Gladstone Airports where it is believed the Sikorsky took on fuel.

VH-LAH is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue missions. On this ferry flight, it was noted using radio callsign of "Choppa 42".

As mentioned, when it flew North through CQ at the start of October, it appears that "Choppa 42" has been in Townsville to provide support for RAAF F/A-18 Hornets from Number 3 Squadron and PC-9/A aircraft from Number 4 Squadron during the RAAF's Exercise Black Dagger which has just completed.

File photo

Exercise Black Dagger is a field training exercise that was held at RAAF Base Townsville and surrounding airspace.  The Exercise is the culmination of Number 60 Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) course designed to produce combat-ready JTAC-qualified personnel.

Meanwhile, fellow RAAF Search and Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-VAA "Choppa 82" was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport for fuel on Monday 16 October.  It is presently based within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in support of the current Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run.

Photos taken by James Kirk and Leroy 


Two Brimob Personnel Injured During Crossfire in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2017 | 09:54 WIB
Two Brimob Personnel Injured During Crossfire in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - Two members of Mobile Brigade (Brimob) were injured during a crossfire with an armed separatist group in Mt. Sangket area, Kalibua, Utikini village, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua Province on Saturday evening (21/10).
The crossfire took place as Brimob personnel led by First Inspector Taufik chased after an armed separatist group that shot two operational vehi...


Opportunity knocks with Wolf at the door "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Fell into little trap upon seeing rounded white 'door' flap open and shut before vanishing in spiky tuft of coarse grass yesterday. Trapdoor Spider or Funnelweb, mistaken conclusion.

Back this morning with macro lens and flash at ready, gently poke soft straw down funnel/tunnel and suddenly there's a Wolf Spider at the door. She's not alone. Web ball of Wolves-to-be tagging along tied to her stomach.

She seemed more curious than furious at the intrusion and turned back into her tunnel after putting up with some wrangling for the camera. All going well she'll bite the ball open and carry her young on her back till they get hungry and go their way.

Those wanting to make a name for themselves - and for many other things - might consider looking in their own backyards. There are thousands of things living there yet to be described fully and named precisely. Which Wolf Spider is that knocking at the doo...



Cory Bernardi Says No Voters Are Pretending They Voted Yes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Cory Bernardi has dismissed opinion polls showing a strong lead for the yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey and suggested some respondents in the polls are lying. The Australian Conservatives leader told Sky News he believes people feel pressured by political correctness and were telling pollsters theyd voted yes even if theyd voted ...

The post Cory Bernardi Says No Voters Are Pretending They Voted Yes appeared first on QNEWS.


Missing bushwalker found safe near Baw Baw National Park "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A bushwalker who did not return to their north east Baw Baw campsite yesterday has been found safe.


The diaries of Peter Beatties mistress "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, recently returned to the fray over concern that news sources are being threatened by the Gillard Government.

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[Accuracy of the following report cannot be assured beyond doubt. Material that could not be corroborated has been deleted. Information in these diaries is more an indictment on Kevin Rudds judgment than the ethics of Peter Beattie. Rudd, as an ALP and Premier Wayne Goss confidant, would have been privy to the following information.]On June 15, 2006 Andrew Bolt reported: EX-PREMIER Peter Beattie is embroiled in a war of words with a Nationals MP after claims he had an affair with a cabinet minister were referred to the CMC.

A furious Mr Beattie yesterday hit out at Burnett MP Rob Messenger, who has referred a complaint that disgraced former Tourism Minister Merri Rose forced her electorate staff to falsify and shred documents to cover up an alleged relationship with Mr Beattie.

This may be true but Pickering Post has been reliably informed (and it is widely held to be true among ALP insiders) that Peters transgressions extende...


Jamaica Music and Food Festival 2017! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


This year, CaribVic Cultural Day 2017 is in conjunction with the Jamaican Musica and Food Festival!

Sunday November 12, 2017 11am 9pm

Seaworks, Williamstown

Click here for tickets on sale now

Watch reggae legends, and an international reggae superstar as The Jamaican Music & Food Festival returns with a huge celebration of roots music, culture & real Jamaican food. Returning to Seaworks, Williamstown on Sunday 12 November, it features sound systems fit for reggae Kings & Queenz, world-class DJs spinning reggae, dub, and dancehall classics for those who know their Buju from Bob, and over twenty food stalls serving up all kinds of Jamaican spice.

Join us for One day, as the Melbourne dockside comes to life with the colours and sounds of Jamaica. With four bars serving up Red Stripe & Rum, plus bass, bass and more bass. Tickets on sale NOW full line up and International headliners soon to be revealed.

The post Jamaica Music and Food Festival 2017! appeared first on Caribbean Association of Victoria |


Walter to appear on October 30 to face assault charges against court protective officer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Gil Hanrahan

Embattled former policeman David Walter will fight on at the Cairns Magistrates Court on October 30 and 31 against trumped up assault charges laid by two court protective officers.

On Friday Walter summonsed the Magistrate, Jane Bentley, to appear as a witness. This Magistrate unlawfully jailed him for one month for contempt in May this year.

So far his defence has eight witness statements which allege Walter did not assault the two burly protective officers when they threw him to the floor and handcuffed him. The Court Protective Service is a private company owned by Queensland Police Service, contracting to Queensland Courts.

David Walter will appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on October 30 and 31 to defend vexatious assault charges laid by court protective officers.

Walter said the police have tried to have the charges dismissed but so far had failed to do so.

He is calling on all patriots to attend the court to witnes...


TATTOO Festival Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The Rites Of Passage Festival is an event that showcases tattoos as a form of art and self-expression. This years line-up features over 250 of the best tattoo artists from Australia and the world in an action-packed weekend of live tattoos, body art, food trucks and entertainment. Visitors can catch up with the latest trends, get inked on the spot, and shop for everything from tattoo supplies to the latest in street wear and alternative fashions. Tattoo competitions will see artists battling it out for points in the different categories, as well as the Miss Rites of Passage competition in which women of NSW compete for the Miss Rites of Passage title.

Kevin Mack, Director of Australian Tattoo Events, is my guest today.

The Rites of Passage Festival: Friday 27th Sunday 29th October 2017

Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

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Soleil-Megan Allard

Soleil-Megan Allard

Megan Allard is a Canadian custom tattoo artist who specialises in black-and-grey, realism, and watercolour. Megan incorporates her formal training and skills in painting and fine arts into her tattoo designs. Megan Allard is currently working at The Tattoo Movement in Sydney and is a celebrated artist. Megan is commissioned by individuals and institutions across the world and her artworks and fine art prints are held in Australian and International collections.

Megan Allard, custom tattoo artist, is my guest today.


Government Refuses to Pay Victims of Police Brutality "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Western Australian government has been criticised for appealing a District Court decision to award $1.1 million in damages to a couple who were illegally Tasered, wrongfully arrested, unlawfully detained and maliciously prosecuted by police after they stopped to help a stranger. The incident Catherine Atoms and Dr

The post Government Refuses to Pay Victims of Police Brutality appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Fake news or lousy reporting "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A few weeks ago, there was another mass murder in the USA. This time the shooter, a 64-year-old male, holed himself up on the 32rd floor of a casino hotel complex in Las Vegas, Nevada and massacred 60, including himself, and injured more than 500 (at the time of writing). All the victims did wrong was attend a country music concert along with 22,000 or so other people on the Las Vegas casino strip.

While some may consider country music a crime, most Australians consider the apparent ease of gun ownership in the USA pure insanity. Both of these subjects have been done to death in the past and the reality is that even if the entire 24 million or so of us on this side of the Pacific told the USAs lawmakers they were crazy to allow the current lax gun laws to continue, it wouldnt make a scrap of difference. All we can really do to avoid a perceived safety risk is to choose to holiday in an area that you would feel safe in such as North Queensland or Tasmania, New Zealand or Canada the land of unarmed Americans with universal health care. (No, its not original, you can get the coffee mug or t-shirt here). As for country music well it aint gunna kill you!

What we should be concerned about is the reporting of the Las Vegas massacre as it does affect us and how we live. As you would expect, Facebook and Google reported the Las Vegas massacres on their newsfeed, as obviously, people were reporting the incident live on their social media accounts. Media outlets would also be looking at this traffic along with the reports from the police in the Las Vegas area. In this world of instant communication, there is an imperative to be first with the news in this case who was the person that committed this heinous crime and why did they do it?

Both Google and Facebook promoted incorrect information including the incorrect identification of the murderer.

Police have identified Stephen Paddock as the suspect who opened fire from a high-rise hotel room, killing scores and injuring hundreds more. But before authorities named the 64-year-old Nevada man, some on the far right falsely identified the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history as Geary Danley. Its unclear where exactly the hoax originated, but right-wing users aggressively pro...


Back from the north "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The first warm days of spring bring waves of migrating woodswallows into the district from the north. In some years these flocks, which consist largely of White-browed with smaller numbers of Masked Woodswallows, contain hundreds of birds usually the numbers are more modest.

These two species of woodswallow regularly breed locally but they are fickle in their habits, sometimes building nests and even laying eggs before mysteriously disappearing virtually overnight if conditions are not suitable. Last year very few visited the Newstead area and I found no evidence of breeding.

On Friday I cam across a small flock along the fence lines on Mia Mia Road, after hearing them overhead earlier in the day. A number of were dropping to the ground in search of insects. I wonder if this is their method of assessing the local conditions to decide if its worth hanging around?

White-browed Woodswallow (male), Mia Mia Road, 20th October 2017


Ritual Spirit, White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Im always a bit conflicted when I post photos that Ive taken at the White Rabbit Gallery. On the one hand, I really want to encourage everyone in Sydney who has an interest in contemporary Chinese art to visit, and I dont want my photos to gazump the magic of seeing an incredible piece for []


Challenging Conservative Populism: The Quest for Attainable Solutions "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Denis Bright The appeal of conservative populism has certainly gained momentum. It is hardly the shock of the new in mainstream Australian politics. Way back in 1998 at the Queensland state elections, One Nation won eleven seats with an unexpectedly high primary vote of 22.68 per cent. One Nations objective was to share power

The post Challenging Conservative Populism: The Quest for Attainable Solutions appeared first on The AIM Network.


Man in Hospital After Early Uber Arrival Forces Him to Skol 400 Beers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


A Sydney man is in hospital with chronic drunkenness pains after the Uber he ordered to take him to the pub arrived four minutes early, forcing him to drink 400 of his 680 pre-drinks beers in under 30 seconds.

A government health spokesperson has slammed Uber, calling for an urgent review of the ride-sharing service.

What a horror story. My thoughts and prayers are with this man who was trying to do the right thing by not driving after 680 beers and avoiding arriving at the pub feeling a bit awkward because he hadnt consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol, he said. Its irresponsible of the Uber to put people in this position and its happening far too often. Punctuality can be deadly.

The victims friends, who are also in hospital recovering from the evening, said they werent concerned when the man failed to turn up at the pub.

Hes a light drinker anyway so we thought he simply skipped the pre pre pre pre drinks. Who would have thought the poor bloke had to drink 400 beers in under 30 seconds? one friend said. I know that doesnt sound like much, but 400 beers has a lot of sugar and that cant be good for you.

A NSW taxi spokesperson said this was just another example of the way Ubers consistent over performance was dangerous.

If you book with a taxi, you can be confident well be late or not come at all, so youll always have plenty of time to finish your pre-drinks drinks, he said. Were proud of our motto, Better late or never.



Tasmania + summer = water adventures "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

I prefer my water frozen. But rivers are still pretty cool and as spring and summer comes into focus, so does water related adventure.

And Tasmania has it all: tarns, huge lakes and dams, impressive rivers, incredible coastal inlets and harbors like Port Davey on the west coast.

Heres a few obvious thoughts about the options on offer if youre looking for an adventure:

Paddling Lake St Clair. Heres some notes on one of the great feshwater adventures in Australia, paddling around Lake St Clair / Leeawuleena in central Tasmania. You can combine this with some fantastic walking and climbing side trips. Its a flatwater paddle, suitable for rigid canoes like a Canadian, but winds can cause considerable wave activity so you need to know what youre doing.

Paddling the Franklin (of course). There are various guiding companies (such as Tasmania Adventure Holidays) that offer trips. Personally Id just do some research, get some rafts, and go with some buddies. Ive done the trip a couple of times and can attest to the wonder and adventure of (not really knowing) whats coming up next (although there are some potentially deadly rapids so you at least need the river guide notes so you can plan for those bits).

A new area of adventure is canyoning around the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national park. Cradle Mountain Canyons runs day trips.

Sea kayaking on Bathurst and Davey Harbour on the west coast. There are a number of tour operators that run trips, such as Roaring 40s.  Another option is sea kayaking around the freshwater Lake Gordon.

Tasmania has seemingly endless glacial lakes and tarns. One of my absolute favourites would be Lake Rhona in the Denison Range. A dark, deep lake with a brilliant white sand beach that sits under an impressive rocky mountain called Reeds Peak. Its a minimum of a 2 day walk, but Id recommend you take longer and enjoy the alpine terrain on the Denison Range. And the Central Plateau supposedly has around 4,000 natural lakes (I havent counted them). There are various ways you can traverse the fabulous lake country, my favourite is from Lake Mackenzie to the Walls of Jerusalem (some notes here). Take your time and camp by some of these amazing lakes.



1)Police investigate shooting incident near Freeport "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Freeport vehicles shot at by unidentified assailants

1) Police investigate shooting incident near Freeport

Minggu, 22 Oktober 2017 00:13 WIB - 304 Views
Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The police is investigating a shooting incident of an operational car of PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura, 67.5 mile point, on Saturday morning.

The joint team of security personnel of police and Indonesian Military was on the lookout for the armed crime group, the Head of Timika Resort Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Victor Dean Mackbon stated here on Saturday.

"The shooting damaged the front window and right front door of the car," Mackbon noted.

The security officers found a bullet projectile in the area, he added.

"We will investigate the evidence and the type of weapon used," Mackbon remarked.

The incident occurred when a car driven by Jamil Lampung down the hill was shot at. Additionally, another car, driven by Joe Hatch, was also shot on the left side.

Jamil continued to drive his car to Tembagapura hospital to get medical treatment. According to police, Hatch was not injured. (*)
Editor: Heru


Community Renewable Energy Meeting in Bairnsdale "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The second meeting to discuss various community renewable energy proposals for the East Gippsland Shires Bright Futures program was held in Bairnsdale on Tuesday night (17.10). Co-ordinator Martin Richardson gave a summary of the work done so far. He emphasised that they were concentrating on projects that were feasible and could be implemented at short notice. This excluded most large-scale projects that required substantial organisation and planning such as wind farms. This narrowed the options down to rooftop solar.

The results of the Bright Futures renewable energy survey were summarised. It was pointed out that the survey was biased in favour solar with about half the 250 odd respondents having rooftop solar on their residences. Even so 88% want the shire to turn to renewable energy and 76% support the region moving to renewables. Martin also reported that Shire councillors were enthusiastic about the progress so far.

Consultant Rob Passey presented a more technical report outlining a range of choices within the solar strategy.  These included solar panel bulk buys to bring down the price of panels, assistance to low income earners to overcome the high capital cost of installation (a targeted form of loan being gradually implemented across the state), and importantly, helping businesses struggling with large power bills.

Using donations to finance solar arrays on community and private buildings was also considered, as was the option for locals to invest in local renewable projects. In the case of the latter Rob thought the Repower Shoalhaven model the best to adopt. He also emphasised the need to adopt projects that can be implemented quickly with a strong effect on local employment. He preferred projects of a small scale as the best means of reducing greenhouse gases, and mentioned the whole shire could retain up to $11 million with widespread adoption of renewable energy.

I support the adoption of the Repower Shoalhaven model or something similar as a financial means of dramatically boosting the adoption of solar energy. The ingredients are all here: an aging population most likely to have savings which are generally earning a very low rate of return, a community that is generally enthusiastic towards renewable energy, high power prices, and a demand for rooftop solar by individuals and businesses that is restricted by lack of finances.

What is needed is...


Italy, its woven into my heart beat "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

              I needed to go back and to find a piece of my heart. It was still there where I knew it would be, I just needed to go back and find it again.  Continue reading


Gizza job! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

How low can you go?

The New South Wales economy has added a stunning +123,800 full-time jobs over the past year.

And how low is the New South Wales unemployment rate now?

The answer is: very low at 4.6 per cent.

That's now equal to the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in 9 years for the Premier State.

And the way things have been tracking, it may not be all that long before the unemployment rate across across the state approaches the lowest level on record, across decades of data.

In February 2008 the state's unemployment rate fleetingly plummeted to just 4.2 per cent, if only for a month.

Casting one's mind back, that was an extraordinary time in Sydney's labour market.

With the mining boom in full swing, there was such a shortage of skilled labour that it felt at times you could get paid a bonus just for turning up to work, so fearful were employers of losing qualified staff.

Certainly pay rises were expected for tenure, while employees could easily leave a job in the full expectation of sourcing another position comparatively easily.

We're not seeing conditions anything like that just yet.

However, the Jobs Vacancies figures for New South Wales recently soared to the...


Im Just a Scientist Maybe I See Things Different to You "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Des Pensable copyright 2017

Im just a scientist maybe I see things different to you. So Im going to tell what I see.

When I walk into a forest I dont just see trees. I see individual living creatures different from us but living none the less.

I see them constructed of leaves that harvest the sunlight, turning it into sugars that they use to grow and form their structure which is their flesh. I understand that they dont need to move as everything they need it supplied free where they live.

When I see a leaf I think of the complexity of the chemical factories in it producing the sugars. I can take a leaf and break it and smell the aroma that it gives and immediately have an idea of the chemicals it has produced. I think of how the chemicals change between night and day and between seasons and whether it is sunny or wet or cold and whether there are more or less of some important trace mineral in the soil.

If it was a gum leaf I can smell the eucalyptus and it reminds of camping when I was a child.  I remember the characteristic smell of the smoke of burning eucalyptus leaves. It also remind me of bush fires and how the burn very hot with the eucalyptus oils.  I remember that the blue haze we see when we look at the Blue Mountains near my home in Sydney is from the eucalyptus oil vapour above the trees.

I look at the leaf and see it has a circular piece cut out. I imagine what sort of insect had eaten that piece of leaf. I wonder why it didnt eat all the leaf. Was it a bird that came along and ate the insect or was it that the eucalyptus oil was toxic to the insect and it fell off to die and be eaten by another creature or did it just lie there dead until a fungus grew over it and it was absorbed into the earth.

I think about all the hundreds of insects that live in and on the trees bark. Families of them live their whole lives on the tree. I think of the lizards and spiders that prey on the insects and the birds that prey on the lizards,  spiders and insects.

I think of the trees flowers that produce the nectar to attract the birds and insects that help the plant spread its seeds so that other trees may have life and those trees will give life to other insects, and spiders and birds and lizards.

I think of the tree breathing in carbon dioxide, using the carbon to construct its body and breathing out oxygen that all animals need for life. I see an intricate web...


Castle Hill, Townsville carries the message "STOP ADANI" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A major heritage-listed landmark shows that not everyone in Townsville, Queensland, appears to be happy with becoming a mining FIFO dumping ground hub for the financially dubious multinational Adani Group 

Castle Hill aka Cutheringa Mountain est elevation 264 metres
Image: Townsville Bulletin, 16 October 2016


Saturday, 21 October


AYCC grossly understates livestocks climate and reef impacts "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The latest campaign by Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) maintains the groups almost complete lack of interest in the massive contribution of animal agriculture to: (a) climate change; and (b) destruction of Great Barrier Reef corals.

The latest campaign

Title: For the love of the reef

The campaign is being run in conjunction with an AYCC branch known as SEED, which describes itself as Australias first Indigenous youth climate network.

Related campaign

Title: The 3 degree challenge

While also focusing on the Great Barrier Reef, the page...


Marriage Equality Rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hows it going for you at the moment?, a friend asked me, as we sat under a tree in Victoria Park, and waited for speeches at todays marriage equality rally. The last time Id seen her was at the last marriage equality rally Id attended, about a month ago. Shes a heterosexual woman with a []

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