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Don McGlashan Australian Tour October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Tuesday, 21 August


Drink local. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Whenever I head into the Ducane Range in the southern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national park, I always stash a couple of beers under some rocks in the river at Narcissus hut, where the hikers ferry drops you. There are few things better than a swim and a cold beer after four or five days of camping, hiking and climbing in beautiful mountains.

I have to confess that the best beer I ever drank (so far, anyway) was at Uncle Buds hut, at about 3,400 metres in the central Rockies. It was my first overnight trip in winter in Colorado. Its a long approach around a lake, then a long climb up a ridge, and it was a perfect, mild sunny winters day, but slow going as we broke trail through fresh snow. We got to the hut and Donny produced some beers, including a classic US dirtbag brew, a PBR, and we sat on the verandah looking at the highest peaks in the state as the sun slid behind Galena Peak. We skied some insanely good powder the next day, but thats another story.

Theres nothing quite like a beer after a long days ski, ride, hike, climb or paddle. And of course, if youre out bush or in the hills under your own steam, that means cans. Which recently got me thinking about the environmental impact of cans vs bottles.

So I was interested to read this post from the Beer Cartel, who say:

Cans have a number of environmentally friendly strengths:

  1. Cans have a higher rate of recycling compared to glass. Metal cans are completely recyclable, and able to be recycled again and again without any performance loss. It is reported that the average can today contains around 70 percent recycled metal. A can that is recycled today can be back on shelves in as little as two months.
  2. Recycling aluminium utilises 95% less energy than creating aluminium from raw materials. This provides a great incentive for recycling cans.
  3. Cans can be crushed smaller. Where a consumer has chosen not to recycling, there are still environmental benefits in that the vessel will take up less room in any garbage.

As someone who likes to support independently owned operations, and tries to also be a regional drinker, Im a big fan of the breweries in north east Victoria. (My faves are Sweetwater Brewery in Mt Beauty, Bright brewery, Blizzard Brewing Company, located...


The Weekly Times TWT 22nd August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 22nd August 2018 edition of TWT.

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Red-legged Crake, Blue-winged Pitta in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Red-legged Crake
We had a 3-day stopover in Singapore en route to Africa, staying at the Robertson Quay Hotel. The first morning we hooked up with Martin Kennewell, a well-known local birder, who took us to a spot in north-west Singapore, in Lim Chu Kang. Here we eventually got on to a Blue-winged Pitta that had been hanging around for a couple of weeks in a small patch of regrowth forest. This species is usually rare in Singapore at this time of year and one Bill and I had both missed previously in Asia, so we were pretty chuffed. Unfortunately it didn't pose for an image.

Red-legged Crake
The next morning we were off to Singapore's Botanic Gardens, probably the best place in the world to see Red-legged Crake, another much-wanted bird both of us had missed previously. We found one exactly where Martin said - just south-east of Lake Symphony. It was strutting around among the Heliconia patches between the lake and forest - quite in the open and oblivious to the many passers-by. It was in fact no less shy than the White-breasted Waterhens that were about. Evidently it is only relatively recent years that the crakes have moved in to the gardens.



Reclaiming our sense of collective and community Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My home town (where I was born and still spend a lot of time) is Melbourne, Victoria. It is a glorious place, at least the inner suburbs within about 3-4 kms of the city centre where I hang out mostly. It recently lost its top place in the Economist Intelligence Units Global Liveability Index (most pleasant place to live) to Vienna (Source). One wag thought it might have been because the Economist got confused between Australia and Austria. Economists are easily confused! But the reason I mentioned this is because it is symptomatic of how neoliberalism has reconstructed our realities and degraded our sense of community. The competitive narrative, even though firms go all out to use power and deception to fix and rig markets in their favour, now dominates our perception. While I identify with Melbourne and would think a significant part of my identity is linked to that identification, the neoliberal narrative with its distinctive language, aims to reconstruct the community and communities of Melbourne, not as social and cultural artifacts, but as products competing with other cities of the world for supremacy. I was thinking about this as I scope out the structure of the next book that Thomas Fazi and I will publish next year as a follow-up to our current book Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, 2017). Thomas and I have advanced our ideas and we will, in part, be focusing on how communities and the nation state work together to advance progressive outcomes. In our first book together, we set out how nation states can operate from a technical perspective and what they should do to provide for a progressive future. In the next book, we will dig deeper into the ways people and their communities have to re-empower themselves. Language, construction, vocabulary, and framing are all significant in this regard.

When I was a post graduate student I was often thinking about the idea that technology is more than an engineering capacity. It also has an ideological dimension.

The debates in those days (and the great Austrian writer Andr Gorz was central to them) often were centred on whether a socialist state should use capitalist mass production technology and Taylorism, which alienated the worker from their product.

I disagreed with Gorz over his advocacy of a basic income guarantee. But he knew that these innovations were the key to the capacity of early capitalists to take control of production from skilled labour and increase the exploitation rate.

In turn, it spawned the push for mass consumpt...


Searching For Giants // Big Trees Of Bellingen We Are Explorers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In the lush mountain forests between the Bellinger and Kalang valleys on the Mid North Coast of NSW, lies a patch of old growth trees in all their ancient, 400-year-old glory. Renowned Tasmanian photographer and big tree climber, Steve Pearce of The Tree Projects, and professional arborist, Kai Wild, took a trip to explore and document this incredible (and threatened) area using tree portraits.Steves passion for forests, climbing and photography have seen him adventuring worldwide, taking photos for the likes of National Geographic, and forging new innovations in how we see and appreciate our natural world. He hopes that people will see these magnificent trees and be inspired to visit and protect Australias remaining native forests.

Source: Searching For Giants // Big Trees Of Bellingen We Are Explorers


A proper winter? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Usually when I wake up feeling cold it just means I have kicked off too many blankets while sleeping.  This morning it was still very cold in the family room and when I opened the drapes this is what I saw.

I get very few frosts where I live. After all this is the sub-tropics and I am close to the sea. Since I have lived  here I have only had one frost that damaged leaves of shrubs and trees. This morning was not nearly that severe so my banksia rose was still flowering - even more flowers out since last week. I have a friend that calls this my 'demon rose' because it is so hard to keep it from growing up onto the roof of the house. When that happens ants use the plant as a highway into the house and then I have real problems. The rose has been pruned extra hard this year and I wonder if that has contributed to its extra strong flowering.

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #608 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 21 - 27 August 2018Newsletter | #608 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st August 2018 to Monday 27th August 2018 A Walk In The Park | Parkinson's Victoria Book Week 2018 Chiltern Antique Fair Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show German Auto Show | Deaf Children Australia Hearing Awareness Week Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Open Day Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Paperific Craft Expo Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Fair Rocky Horror Show (last days) Super 70s | Fashion Exhibition Animal Rights March West Projections Festival World Junior Motocross Championship Parma For A Farmer | Victorian Pubs The Australian Creedence Show & Dinner BABBA - Australia's Premier ABBA Show The Shaggy's - Friday Night Live Music Live Jazz: Frances Madden & Band Melbourne's Free Art Galleries Enjoy #Melbourne Paperific Craft Expo Friday 24 August 2018 - Sunday 26 August 2018 Papercraft Lovers set aside a whole day and expect Heaven on Earth. Paperific Craft Expo 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival 24 August to 2 September | Melbourne Get amid the best writers and performers of our generation, as they tackle matters of life and death. See them on stage and in bars, and go with them as they venture into new terrain a cemetery, an animal church, museums and more. Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Sunday 26th August 2018 | 10am - 4pm | Night Market 4pm-8pm Catch a steam train to Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, enjoy a fabulous and extensive array of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2018 Drought Relief Appeal Victorian pubs doing Parma For A Farmer for Rural Aid's drought relief. $1 from every plate will be going to help drought-stricken farmers all over the country. --> Victorian Pub List...


Liverpool Plastered With Women Dont Have Penises Stickers "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has vowed to remove anti-transgender stickers which have been plastered throughout the city. Dozens of the pink stickers with the words Women dont have penises have been placed on Anthony Gormleys famous cast iron sculptures. The group behind the stunt, Liverpool ReSisters, is unhappy about the right of transgender people ...

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A Giant effort leads to flag "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Wonthaggis Hunter Tiziani was named best on ground in the under 14s game, pictured here with Bendigo Bank representative
Michael Scott and coach Neil De Santis. Z093418

Phillip Island Blue defeated Phillip Island Red by 12-points in a closely contested under 12s grand final on Sunday.

Wonthaggi Powers Under 14s team are premiers and champions after finishing the home and away season undefeated and taking down Korumburra-Bena by 40-points in the grand final on Sunday. Z073418

Korumburra-Benas Grace Master was named best on the ground by the umpires after a terrific performance in the ruck. She is pictured with coach Wendi Rahilly. Z083418

THE Korumburra-Bena Giants came from behind to defeat Wonthaggi Power by four points in the nail biting Youth Girls grand final at Bass on Sunday.
A howling wind favoured the Grantville end of the ground and the Powe...


Gay Men Urged To Take Care After Antibiotic Resistant Shigella Outbreak "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Health experts in New South Wales have warned of an outbreak of a multi-drug-resistant strain of Shigella among gay men around the state. Shigella is a bacteria that causes a bowel infection which can result in vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, fever and nausea. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said infection takes place when tiny particles of ...

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The ATAs Cheap Energy Guarantee "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The ATA is inviting coalition MPs to sign up to their Cheap Energy Guarantee.

01 Scrap The Paris Mandate
Utilising Behavioural Economics not mandates to achieve Paris Targets.

It is proposed that the National Energy Guarantee would ensure 18% of energy emissions be sourced from renewable sources and that techniques learned from behavioural economics be used to ensure voluntary compliance to bridge the gap to 28%.

This is a significantly superior model to that currently proposed of leaving emissions reduction quotas to the discretion of future Energy or Environment ministers, a model which puts electricity consumers at risk and causes great investment uncertainty. Households and businesses who have a commitment to renewable energy would be able contribute additional funds to ensure Australia matches or exceeds its commitment under the Paris Accord, thereby offsetting their carbon emissions and even leaving a negative carbon footprint. This is more economically efficient and also matches liberal values of individual choice and personal responsibility.

A model based on the most cutting edge behavioural economics research will facilitate compliance.

02 Provide Certainty For Gas & Coal Investment
Ensuring investment certainty through codifying regulatory compensation.

A key factor in increased prices is the barrier to investment due to regulatory uncertainty. As a result, investments in certain types of power generation is not made, and prices of existing generators are significantly inflated due to a perceived shorter lifespan. Codifying a system of regulatory compensation will guarantee companies significant payouts for losses if the regulatory environment is changed. This will provide certainty and will drive down costs in a manner that remains true to free market principles.

03 Abolish All Green Subsidies
Treat all sources of energy generation equally by 2020.

Levelling the playing field by bringing forward the elimination of market-distorting subsidies and green energy programs to 2020 will save considerable taxpayer funds which may be invested elsewhere, while simultaneously stabilising investment opportunities driving down costs to consumers. While the federal government plans to abolish the Renewable Energy Target and phase out subsidies by 2020, states and territories including Queensland maintain their own Renewable Energy Targets.

These do not just hurt consumers within those jurisdictions, but hurt consumers in other states and territories who share the collective National Energy Market grid and have no say in the matter. Where these policies are proven to negatively impact electricity p...


Now renting "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Starting to see just a bit more of this in Brisbane now.

Source: Harcourts

The coming infrastructure boost will help.


Warning. Social justice warriors at work in our ABC "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A nice pickup from None at 10.57 on the Dutton Challenge thread. History teachers at two Sydney universities contributing to the Religion and Ethics section if you please. Warning, vested interests are misreading modern history and undermining the welfare state. They write:

At a time when conservative governments, the Murdoch press and their corporately funded think-tank supporters run down university departments of history in this country, the need for careful interpretations of the past has never been more evident.



Southern Business Womens Network turns 20 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Southern Business Womens Network celebrated a 20 year milestone on Thursday night.
In 1998, a small group of women developed an idea to support women in business.
This network would be based on similar trade associations.
Now it is 2018 and the network has 300 members.
The network is thriving. It truly was an idea that would flourish through time, network president Dana Hughes said.
Around 180 attended a celebratory dinner at the Inverloch RACV Resort on Thursday night.
As well as local business women, guests included South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt, South Gippsland councillors Ray Argento, Meg Edwards and Alison Skinner, Bass MLA Brian Paynter, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale and sponsors of the network.
The network covers businesses from Phillip Island right through to Welshpool.
Ms Hughes said the network was about forming connections, developing opportunities and stepping out of comfort zones.
Often, members are inspired by guest speakers sourced by the networks leadership team.
We run 12 dinners a year and over the last 20 years we have offered 8000 opportunities to network, she said.
The network has grown steadily over the past five or six years.
On Thursday, those who attended the dinner were inspired by guest speaker Andrew Griffiths.
Mr Griffiths was a member of Richard Bransons Melbourne Dream Team.
He shared a story that started from humble beginnings to success in business.
I have been in business for 35 years. I am here to offer advice for entrepreneurs about how to survive and thrive in business, he said.
Through my story, I share strategies to take on and use in business. I have travelled extensively, recently to London and Iran, and observe what is happening in business internationally and provide advice in forums like these.
Ms Hughes said the network has also been largely successful in providing employment opportunities, and contributing new ideas and concepts for businesses across South Gippsland.

Special occasion: from left, guest speaker Andrew Griffiths, Southern Business Womens Network president Dana Hughes and Bass MLA Brian Paynter were thrilled to celebrate the networks 20 year milestone on Thursday at Inverloch RACV Resort.



Gate closes on local produce "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A LOCAL fresh produce business has finished indefinitely in the face of challenging barriers to entering a market dominated by major supermarket chains.
FarmGate Online, a local food distribution company which operated from distribution points along the Bass Coast and South Gippsland, ceased operating recently.
Leaving no debtors in its wake, FarmGate Online owners Aladair Moodie and Karen Vincent said they went into the fresh produce industry committed to locally sourced, fair priced produce.
The economics were still tight to be playing a sort of equal game with the major supermarkets that bring stuff in from offshore, Mr Moodie said.
We are closing out of this operation knowing we will pay everybody we committed to. So ethically that sits well with me.
Its certainly not satisfying to walk away but there is a point where you have to say, If I keep doing this Im going to drain my bank account and we just had to make that call.
The end of local coolstores over the years limited options for growers who are limited to selling commercial quantities to supermarket giants who have distribution of scale, and delivery networks well-established and well financed.
Although a small scale operation, FarmGate Online operated on a delivery model whereby people purchased their food from the company website and it was delivered to a farm gate a collection point.
This allowed regional and rural customers to purchase Australian grown produce and a percentage of the purchase was donated to the not for profit farm gates.
This business closure follows a worrying trend in the industry with the sudden closure of Aussie Farmers Direct earlier this year which left franchisees and other debtors severely out of pocket.
Ms Vincent said she had been resistant to closing indefinitely because she could not bear to see that the business could not work.
I really enjoyed putting the boxes together and communicating with customers. I love going to market its a fascinating place to go, she said.
Unfortunately there are so many hurdles especially now with the wholesale market (in Epping) being so far away it proved too challenging, she said.
Mr Moodie said since their move into South Gippsland, the couple would continue to network and seek partnerships in the fresh produce industry.


Crowds rush to Burra Brewing Co. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BURRA Brewing Co. has opened the doors to its brewery on Commercial Street in Korumburra, with its own craft beers on tap.
Burra Brewing Co. is owned and operated by locals Kim Nicholas, Anthony Dempster, Luke Jones, Narelle Jones, Phill Dempster and Ange Dempster.
All the brewing of Burra Brewing Co. beer is done onsite at the Korumburra location by head brewer Phill Dempster.
Currently, the brewery is producing a light summer ale, a mid strength golden ale, a pale ale and a dark ale.
The bar has Burra Brewing Co. beer on tap, as well as several guest taps, which will be used to support other craft breweries.
Beers on tap are Summer Sale, Pale Ale, Dark Ale and Golden Ale, with more speciality beers coming.
The brewery offers a great selection of pizzas, all day dine or take away. Functions are available for parties of 20 to 150 people, and bookings are required.
The beer hall can cater for up to 65 people on share tables, with bookings not required. Growlers and squealers available to take away beer made by Burra Brewing Co.
The brewery uses local suppliers: Gippsland Wine Co for wine, BEANd for coffee and Gippsland Jersey for milk.
Contractors involved in the construction of the brewery were Blogg Bros Plumbing, Wired Up Electrical Contracting, Kyle Constructions, Korumburra Cabinet Makers, ProCo, Taranto Windows and Doors, and Burra Garden Supplies.
All contractors mentioned they enjoyed working with Burra Brewing Co. and wish the brewery every success.
Many of these contractors are long established businesses in Korumburra and are happy to see the town going ahead.

Best beer: Burra Brewing Co. head brewer Phill Dempster was thrilled with the turn out to the official opening on Saturday, August 11.


Stronger demand at store sale "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

YARDING of 1800 head was consigned to last weeks VLE Leongatha store sale from Cooma, Bombala, Bega, Sale, Giffard, Yarram and local areas.
The South Gippsland Stock Agents Association reported demand was generally stronger from local re-stockers and a few domestic lot feeders for a better quality yarding of cattle than the previous sale.
The yarding comprised more better bred types of weaner cattle and less crossbred and Friesian types.
Demand for the steers improved $30 and up to $80 in places. Heavy steers were in limited supply compared to previous sales and sold to firm demand.
Heifers sold to modest competition and were generally firm, however some well bred European cross heifers attracted strong competition from the domestic feedlotters and grass finishers .
Plainer lines were still hard to sell and met limited demand.
In the cow and calf section, young angus cows with autumn drop calves made to a top of $1580. A run of mixed aged Hereford cows with young calves at foot made to $1000.

Taking it in: from left, Kevin Morgan of Traralgon, Alan Fraser of Loch and Eddie Hams of Landmark Leongatha observed the proceedings at VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.


Enova launches microgrid for Byrons Arts & Industry Estate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Energy minister Don Harwin, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and Enova Energy MD Tony Pfeiffer. Photo Chris Dobney

Enova Community Energy today announced it will build a microgrid in the Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate as a pilot project to encourage locally generated, stored and distributed power.

The grid, which will be funded by the state government through an $85 million program for clean energy projects, is expected to involve 20 -30 participants and will take place over approximately two years.

When finalised in October 2020 Enova hopes it will lead to the formation of a wider, self-sufficient microgrid for the entire estate.

Community microgrids such as this are the way of the future, Enova Energy MD Tony Pfeiffer said.

The Byron Arts & Industry Estate Microgrid is the first of what we hope will be many self-sufficient electricity microgrids Enova helps to roll out.

We aim to develop a model that can be replicated by communities across NSW and ultimately Australia starting with industrial estates and similar commercial areas, and eventually residential areas.

Flying in for the announcement at Enovas Centennial Circuit offices, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $30 million program would enable communities across the state to build their own local clean energy projects.

A further $55 million would help the private sector develop and accelerate clean energy technology for regional communities, such as pumped hydro.

Tackling high energy costs is a top priority for our government and this significant investment puts further downward pressure on energy bills for homes in regional NSW, she said.

Energy and utilities minister Don Harwin said the government was lowering barriers for investment for the emerging energy projects of tomorrow.

Participants in the pilot will have individual devices installed to measure power inputs and outputs. The resulting data will help work out a new pricing structure based on sharing locally-generated power.

Mr Pfeiffer said one of the aims of the pilot was to work out just how much cheaper it is to use local renewable power sources rather than bri...


Equipment performance, longevity weigh in Gallaghers favour "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FOR Duaringa Station Grazing Co., detailed records on individual animals is a must.
The Donovan family has run the integrated cropping, commercial beef breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting business for decades, with Bruce and Beryl Donovan taking over in the 1960s.
The operation is spread across three properties in Central Queensland: a property at Gogango runs up to 1100 Droughtmaster breeders, with a backgrounding property north of Dingo, while Duaringa Station Feedlot is ideally situated between the two, just off the junction of the Mackenzie, Dawson and Fitzroy rivers.
Sarah Donovan, who is secretary at Central Queensland Carcase Classic Committee, manages the feedlot that her parents Bruce and Beryl set up in the late 1990s.
Duaringa Station is about 8000 acres (3240 hectares) of cultivation, or cropping country, 4000 acres (1620ha) of tableland country and a 3000-head feedlot. We produce a variety of coarse grains wheat, sorghum, corn and well as pulses, cotton and silage, she said.
My parents built the feedlot in the late 1990s. It was never part of the original plan for Duaringa Station, but when sorghum prices kept falling and went below $100 a tonne, it pushed them to diversify.
The accredited feedlot has a capacity of 3000 standard cattle units and custom feeding now represents, on average, half of their feedlotting operation.
Its our intention to grow enough grain to supply the feedlot, but being a dryland farming operation, the weather really does dictate whether we need to buy in more grain or not, Ms Donovan said.
Predominantly our ration includes dry rolled wheat, but it can also include other grains, such as sorghum and corn, depending on availability.
Running an accredited feedlot comes with a host of requirements.
Ms Donovan said, One particularly is recording the treatments each animal has received, including the dosage and their withholding periods. Administering the correct dosage of each treatment is made far easier by being able to use accurate weights. This, in turn, saves us money and allows the treatment to work well.
To that end, Ms Donovan said Duaringa Station Grazing Co. has used Gallagher weighing systems for many years.
Weve used a Gallagher W810 for quite a while. Its proven to be a very reliable, durable and highly transportable system, which has allowed us to successfully weigh and draft cattle across our three properties including our feedlot, Ms Donovan said.
But after many years of use, we finally needed to replace our W810 towards the end of last year. We didnt really consider looking outside the Gallagher product range, be...


Local volunteer wins state award "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE most outstanding members of Life Saving Victoria have been recognised at the 15th annual Awards of Excellence night, with Kimberly Gee of Venus Bay SLSC picking up a prestigious honour.
Kimberly was awarded Volunteer Training Officer of the Year in her role as director of education and training at the club, something that came as a shock to her.
I was excited but also pretty surprised, Kimberly said. It was great to win but it was even better for the club to be recognised. The award was a really nice one for the team.
Kimberly was credited with fostering a positive environment that allows for personal growth and development. Its the second time in three years that Kimberly has taken out the award after previously being bestowed the same accolade in 2016. That year, Kimberly went on to win the national award, something shes looking to repeat again when she travels to Sydney for the Surf Life Saving Australia awards in October.
I hope I win. Our club did a lot of great things again this year and had some really good statistics.
Venus Bay SLSC president Craig Watson praised Kimberlys efforts during the 2018 season, saying her position is the most important aspect of the whole club.
Our job is to save lives and in order to do that we need our lifeguards to be properly trained, which is where our trainers and Kimberly come in, Mr. Watson said.
Kimberly is very committed and experienced, and we are very lucky to have her here. She was recognised as the best trainer in the whole country two years ago. She has initiated a lot of new projects that other clubs have built around.
In addition to her position at Venus Bay, Kimberly undertook a new role as the training and assessment officer for the Bass Coast in 2018. She was tasked with mentoring, overseeing, and implementing new training strategies across several clubs. Kimberly also worked closely with schools and other organisations to ensure proper beach safety training in the region.

Well deserved: Kimberly Gee of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club accepts he...


Korumburras top guns "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KORUMBURRA Gun Club members Jack Stockdale from Koonwarra and Charlie Cook from Dalyston have returned from the NSW Clay Target Association state skeet carnival on top.
Jack, 18, won the overall 20 gauge skeet title, and came first in the AA grade skeet doubles and second in the AA 100 target skeet championship as well as the overall high gun championship.
At the end of the weekend, Jack also became the ninth person in Australia to achieve the grand slam.
To achieve the grand slam in skeet, a competitor needs to shoot 200 straight in 12 gauge, 100 straight in 20 gauge and 100 in doubles.
I had the 12 gauge and the doubles, and in NSW I achieved the 20 gauge section, he said.
Jacks skeet shooting skills will be tested even more in early October, when he heads to Texas in the United States to compete in the 2018 World Skeet Championships.
It will be Jacks second time competing in America, but his first time wearing the coveted greet jacket, only given to Australias top five skeet shooters.
I am looking forward to the competition and shooting for Australia. Making the Australian team is pretty incredible, they only take the top five people, he said.
My goal when I first started was to get the Australian shooting jacket. In skeet, that is really hard to do.
Jack is the third shooter from the Korumburra club to receive a green jacket.
While there are plenty of competitions between now and then, in November 2019, Jack will head to Christchurch in New Zealand as part of Australias Glenn Trophy team.
The Glenn Trophy is an annual skeet event between Australia and New Zealand.
Charlie, 16, competed in the junior competition of the NSW shoot, winning the junior 410 gauge championship and the junior high gun championship.
Charlie will travel to Tasmania and New Zealand later in the year to compete.
He said his major goal was the make the Glenn Trophy team once he turns 18.
I am also working towards making the open Victorian team next year and want to win the junior high gun championship this year as well, he said.
Charlie recently picked up a sponsorship deal from Perazzi.
He said it was great to have a gun from Perazzi to compete with for the next two years.
I would like to thank Perazzi and Leigh Roberts. Leigh has coached me along the way and helped me get to my best, he said.
I also want to thank mum and dad, Bill and Caroline.
Jack had sponsors Blaser, Briley, Remington and Mialls Gun Shop to thank, as well as his parents, Judy and Tim.
Korumburra Gun Club president Trent Tobias said it was imperative for competitive shooters to get support, because it was an expensive sport.
In a week, they could spend over $100 just in ammunition for practice. Add a competition on top of that and it would easily be doubled,...


Cairns Artist To Share The Art Of Rainbows At This Years Brisbane Pride Festival "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Kuku Midigi man of the eastern Cape York Rainforest, Arones first art training was of a traditional nature, learnt from his grandfather and other elders. The First Nations peoples of the Cape York rainforest lived in the most densely populated area of Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Their numbers were decimated in ...

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Support for families and friends of LGBTIQ community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Same-sex marriage was supported in late 2017 with over 61 per cent of the country voting in favour. For many people it felt like they could now move forward positively accepting each others choices of love and sexual identities. Unfortunately this is always not the case and the revitalisation of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians And Gays) Northern Rivers is highlighting the fact that support and education are still needed.

Originally started in 1998 by Robyn and Richard Grzegrzulka the group has provided a range of support, counselling, education and advocacy over its 20 year history.

While there have been huge changes in attitudes toward LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, intersex, bisexual, queer, transsexual) people in the 20 years since weve had our first stint running PFLAG, its all too easy to assume that its no longer an issue, said Richard.

The Yes vote was a fantastic and positive confirmation of that change. The vote also revealed a very large, active and well-resourced opposition who do not regard gays or their families as fully human. Just recently, a revelation of a church approved to teach scripture lessons at primary school, taught year 3 and 4 children that homosexuality is a sin and sinners deserve death.

PFLAG Northern Rivers will be celebrating 20 years of supporting families and friends of LGBTIQ people this Sunday 29 August at The Tropical Fruits Fruitopia fair at Lismore Showgrounds, 11am till 2pm.

PFLAG is aimed at anyone who has a BGILQT family member or friend, said committee member Gordon Haynes.

Although much of the northern rivers population is relatively enlightened and accepting of BGILQT people, and Australia now has legalised gay marriage, since the changes to the Marriage Act there has been reported an increase in homophobic acts perhaps as retaliation by those who lost the gay-marriage vote.

The change in the legislation has not stopped young BGILQT folk from being ejected from their homes, taunted at school and in public, self-harming and even suiciding. In fact, I am aware of three young gay people who, since last November, have committed suicide over their rejection by family and acquaintances so there is still a need for PFLAG, even here in the northern rivers region.

PFLAG is there for any such folk who need information or support in dealing with their feelings, attitudes and b...


Giants win the flag "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls are the first Giants team since the change of club colours in 2015 to bring home a premiership flag after a tough match against Wonthaggi Power on Sunday, August 19.
A blast of winter couldnt hold back the determined, skilful Giants in a 4.4.28 to 4.1.25 victory.
Korumburra-Benas U14 boys team stood strong against its unbeaten Wonthaggi Power opposition.
Korumburra-Bena ranked third coming into the finals but fought their way to grab a spot on grand final day.
The Powers first-class skills were too much for the mighty Giants who were defeated 53:13.
The club returned to Korumburra to hold its annual presentation day to celebrate the endeavours of all its teams, volunteers and supporters.
In the past three years, the Korumburra-Bena Junior Giants have grown from two teams to four teams plus hosting AFL AusKick.
Player numbers have more than doubled to almost 100 players.
During the presentations, club president Gavin Furness pointed out that 50 volunteers were required to operate every home game.
From coaches, runners, trainers, managers to score-keepers, umpires and canteen staff, many hands make light work.
This demonstrates the enormous commitment that parents and supporters make to the communitys youth each week.
Coaches presented medallions and team photos to all U10 and U12 players.
In the Youth Girls, coaches Wendi Rahilly and Mick Whiteside presented awards to Seanan Trewin (best and fairest), Emily Lesjak (runner up best and fairest), Grace Matser (most versatile), Brooke Whiteside (most consistent), and MacKenzie Findlay (most improved).
In the U14s, awards were presented by coaches Craig Walker and Matt Whiteside to Kodie Walker (best and fairest), Joel Cuman (runner up best and fairest), Lachie Smith (most consistent), Luke Walker (best team man), and Alessi Green (most improved).
Korumburra-Bena Junior Football Committee will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, September 10, at 6 pm in the Amenities Complex.

Premiers: Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls won the flag after coming up against Wonthaggi Power in the grand final on Sunday.


Kangaroos through to a fourth straight grand final appearance "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FISH Creek have hopped into the grand final with a dramatic two point win in extra time on Saturday at Meeniyan.
The predicted weather held off and big game was underway under bright sunshine, Fish Creek took the early ascendancy kicking the first two through Hunt and Shaw.
Hargraves for Fishy was repelling Stony Creeks attacks, his ball use dynamite.
Hutchison for the Maroons was composed cutting off the poor entries from the Roos as they cut a path through the middle kicking there first and only goal for the stanza.
Fish Creek had plenty of inside 50s but could not convert.
Stony Creeks defenders in Sigeti and Logan stood tall marking the long bombs in from the Roos.
Fish Creek was up by 14 points at quarter time.
Zuidema v. Manne in the ruck was proving pivotal.
Fishy onballers through Harfield-Park and Ethan Park doing the grunt work seemed to be getting on top willing the ball forward and the Roos kicked goals from Cooper, Wilson and Hunt.
The other big match was Bergles v. Hayes.
Bergles, the five time leading goal kicker, had his ears pricked slamming on two for the quarter.
Fish Creeks inaccuracy at goal was preventing them from kicking away.
A strong Stony Creek defence only allowed the Kangas long shots at goal.
The Roos had Stony where they wanted them going into the second half, 18 points in front.
Its a big ground at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, however and Stony Creek were using it very well, stretching the Fishy boys from side to side.
The Maroons came out with a take the game on mantra and it worked with goals through Bergles and Byrnes that saw the margin trim up.
Hargraves into the middle for Fish Creek gave the Roos a bit more run.
Hutchison with his pin point ball use was setting up the Maroons at will.
The dreadlocked Atkins was becoming busy around the stoppages along with Marriott and Newton receiving a lot of outside ball.
A late goal to Bergles gave Stony a sniff and it was game on at three quarter time with the Roos up by nine points.
Fish Creek attacked time and time again, but Logan for Stony stood tall taking towering marks and with his long kicking set up goals for Bergles and Nolan.
Manne was intercepting everything across half back, but Stony Creeks ability to turn the footy over enabled them to attack kicking three for the quarter.
As scores drew level the bell rang and it was extra time.
Unbelievably this would be the second year in a row the second semi would be decided after normal time.
Harfield-Park received a free kick 60m out and bombed it long to the square where the big man Adlington took a mark and put the Roos a goal in front.
At the change of ends the next five mins would decide who went through to the big dance.
The Roos held...


Phillip Island claim minor premiership "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AIDED with a strong wind in the opening term, Phillip Island opened up an early buffer that would never be bested in its clash with Inverloch-Kongwak to decide the minor premiership.
The Bulldogs managed to secure a 23 point advantage at the first break, with Jack and James Taylor breaking an early deadlock with goals midway through the first term. The Sea Eagles were content to head into quarter time down just two goals after going against the strong wind before a late goal from the Bulldogs via Zak Vernon broke the game open.
The Sea Eagles had opportunities to respond in the second term after locking the ball in their half of the ground but inaccuracies in front of goal cost them. Clint McCaughan got Inverloch on the board with their first goal but the side managed to kick just four behinds the rest of the half. Phillip Island poured on another three majors in the term to head into half time with a 33 point advantage.
With the rain coming down in intervals, the Bulldogs were buoyed by the play of Jarred Andreatta in the middle and Hayden Bruce off halfback. James Taylor kicked another two goals for Phillip Island as the Bulldogs got the opening four majors of the quarter to put the game away for good. Corey Casey was a shining light for the Sea Eagles on an otherwise dreary afternoon, winning the tough ball on the inside and laying an abundance of tackles. Kicking into the wind in the last term, IK managed to hold the Bulldogs to just two points, but managed to kick just 1.8 as the game lost its steam in the wet. Phillip Island went on to claim a 36 point victory and with the win, secured the minor premiership. Inverloch-Kongwak, who started the afternoon in top spot, were relegated to fourth heading into finals.
The day was also marked with a special ceremony remembering the life of Samantha Fraser, who lost her life in Cowes recently. More than 1000 participants from both clubs walked to the ground to raise awareness of domestic violence and shared a moment of silence prior to the match.

Tackle: Inverlochs Matthew Miller and Phillip Islands Alexandrew Redmond battled for the ball on Saturday.


Parrots crunch Bairnsdale "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A NEAR full strength Leongatha outfit went a long way to atoning for its recent shock loss with a huge win over Bairnsdale on Saturday.
The fired up Parrots did not give Bairnsdale a sniff as it went on a goal kicking rampage, kicking 25 goals to the Red Legs five to take out a 131 point win.
Cade Maskell played a brilliant match for the Green and Gold, marking and kicking well finishing with nine goals for the game.
Going into the match Leongatha welcomed the return of Col Sanbrook and Tom Marriott with only Jack Ginnane the only senior player still on the sidelines, but he is expected back as soon as this week.
The Bairnsdale oval was dry and hard. Conditions stayed warm until a big change came through, plummeting the temperature considerably with some rain passing through in the second half.
The Parrots were relentless and charged at the ball hard and entered the forward 50 with regularity.
In the opening term Marriott charged out of the blocks and booted the opening goal in under three minutes.
Julian Lockwood marked and goaled soon after which set the tone for a big afternoon for the Parrots adding further goals through Ryan Olden, Chris Dunne and a second to Julian Lockwood.
Maskell was getting his hands on the ball too but so far wasnt rewarded for effort with three behinds-that would soon change! At quarter time it was Leongatha 5.8 to Bairnsdale no score.
While Bairnsdale hit the scoreboard with three goals in the second term Leongatha showed no mercy bagging 10 goals of its own.
Maskell was awarded a 50 metre penalty and when he goaled it set the tone for the quarter as he kicked four more in a great individual effort.
Ben Willis was doing well in the ruck while Jack Lloyd was getting hands on the footy on the forward line, booting one this term. Half Time saw Leongatha 15.12 to Bairnsdale 3.3.
Brok Davidson was feeding the ball in well into the forward zone this term with Leongatha booting three more as Bairnsdale lifted to kick two even though the match was well and truly iced. Three quarter time Leongatha 18.17 to Bairnsdale 5.5.
The Parrots wanted to finish this game with a huge last quarter and this they did, hammering Bairnsdale seven goals to two behinds.
Leongatha had many good players across the board as the entire team lifted.
Pat McGrath did well across half forward, Brok Davidson linked well, Col Sanbrook across half back and Hayden Browne on the ball all in the play.
The only negative was the head knock suffered by Chris Verboon early in the game. It is expected the knock was minor but the club decided to leave him on the bench for the rest of the game; he should be fit for this Saturday.
The last match of the home and away season takes place at Parrot Park this Saturday in what should be a cracker of a contest which pits second placed Leongatha...


Government Promises Not to Abuse its New Powers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter is adamant that neither the current nor any future government would ever use the proposed expanded Defence Act powers to call on the defence force for domestic purposes. The Defence Amendment (Call out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 was introduced into Federal Parliament

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Baz Luhrmanns Dance Classic Strictly Ballroom Coming To Ipswich Stage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A cast of talented Queensland performers will don countless sequins for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Companys upcoming production of Baz Luhrmann musical Strictly Ballroom. From September 14, audiences will be able to experience the magic of the 1992 romantic drama film on the stage, following the story of Scott Hastings, a maverick ballroom dancer who teams ...

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Abolish the Joint Committee on Human Rights? We should be strengthening it instead "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Adam Fletcher

Last week, Coalition members of the Commonwealth Parliaments Joint Committee on Human Rights called for the Committees abolition. In scrutinising the potential effects of their governments legislation on various groups, the MPs allege that the Committee has elevate[d] the rights of deadbeat dads and child sex offenders while failing to consider the safety of the community.

This call should be resoundingly repudiated by Australians who care about rights.



Participants Wanted For Research Into Trans Experiences In Queensland Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are seeking formerly incarcerated transgender, gender diverse and non-binary people willing to discuss their time in Queensland prisons. The researchers say the project is aiming to identify transgender- and gender diverse-specific needs that are not currently being met and ways to improve access to quality health services and ...

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Govts waterways funding ignores cause of problem: NEFA "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Damage caused to waterways at Gibberagee State Forest. Photo NEFA

The North East Forest Alliance has described as misdirection the claim by the National Party that their spending of $45.7 million under the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy will result in an improvement in the water quality of North Coast rivers.

They say any benefits will be overwhelmed by the deterioration resulting from their intention to open up for logging some 22,000 ha of stream buffers in headwaters north from the Hunter River.

Throwing money at the problem will have no effect until they address the causes, and one of the most significant causes of stream degradation is loss of riparian vegetation, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

The National Party are giving with one hand while taking away with the other. Once again they are using money hand-outs to distract from the real and lasting damage they intend to do to our environment, this time by distracting from the massively increased damage they are doing to our rivers vital headwaters.

There are some 46,000 kilometres of streams on north coast State Forests from the Hunter River to the Queensland border, of which 34,300 km (75 per cent) are in headwater catchments less that 20ha in size.

The governments intent is to reduce already inadequate buffers around headwater streams on State Forests from 10 metres wide down to a measly 5 metres. This will result in the loss of some 22,000 hectares of currently protected stream buffers.

To get access to more timber they are also removing 30 metres of riparian buffers around recorded [habitats of the] threatened Giant Barred Frog, Fleays Barred Frog, Stuttering Frog, and Golden-tipped Bat.

The headwaters of our rivers are vital to their health as this is where most of the interaction between the land and waters occurs. The retention of undisturbed buffers around streams is essential to trap sediments from entering waters, stabilise stream banks, shade waters, provide food and other resources to the aquatic environment, and maintain riparian habitat.

The scientific evidence is that stream buffers should be at...


Motorcyclist dead in Alstonville crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A motorcyclist has died at the scene of a crash with a van at the intersection of Ballina Road and Bruxner Highway, Alstonville, yesterday afternoon (Monday August 20).

About 4.30pm, a Nissan Elgrand van travelling south on Ballina Road and a Triumph motorcycle travelling east on the Bruxner Highway collided at the intersection.

The rider, a 39-year-old man, was thrown from his bike and suffered critical injuries. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he died at the scene.

The driver, a 33-year-old woman, was taken to hospital for mandatory tests.

Inquiries are continuing by officers from the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit.

Police are appealing for anyone with information, dash cam footage or any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or

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The seats youve been talking about "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With the federal election guide now complete, I decided to check in on which seats have been attracting the most comments. Comment sections are now open for all 159 federal contests, and some of these pages have been quite active.

These are the seats with the most comments. Theres some obvious marginal seats but also a few surprises.

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Seat Comments
Hume 49
Ryan 44
Macnamara 39
Lindsay 38
Cooper 36
Cook 33
Brisbane 28
Higgins 27
Lilley 23
Reid 22
Casey 20


From Bangalow to Bingara with love "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The people of Bingara are doing it tough in the drought, so Bangalow residents are digging into their pockets to help. File photo

While the Northern Rivers is technically in drought, Bangalow still has green paddocks and the towns burghers have decided to take some of their generosity out west.

Chamber president Jo Millar says that rather than scatter the towns charity to different places, we thought Bangalow should adopt another town, Bingara (5.15 hours south-west of us). This way we can apply all our efforts to supporting one farming community, in an ongoing basis.

Initially this will consist of a convoy heading west to Bingara on this coming Sunday.

We envisage a convoy of two trucks, and a number of smaller 4wd/vans with trailers and floats to fill. Anyone in the local community happy to pay for their own fuel and accommodation is welcome to join us. The group will not only deliver much needed assistance stay in the town, supporting the local businesses by their visit there.

The Bangalow Lions club are working with us on this initiative and will be responsible for distributing money to the families in need in Bingara and surrounds.


The Bangalow Chamber of Commerce has set up an account for this fundraising, Ms Millar said..

We would like to continue this relationship for at least the next six to 12 months. We believe regular animal feed convoys, and cash donations are needed, along with community spirit measures.

Bangalow Public School are currently having all classes write letters of encouragement to farmers, which we will deliver in our convoy to the town to be despatched to farmers.

The group will conduct a Christmas present drive in early December to donate to Bingara.

They have also invited Bangalow residents in October to a jazz by the river evening with farmers and anyone who wishes to travel out, to mingle our communities in an uplifting event.

Its another opportunity for our community to spend money in theirs as well., Ms Millar said.

Other initiatives include Sparrow Coffee giving 50 cents from every coffee served on Tuesday, August 21, and donation tins being placed in shops all over Bangalow.

We would really love to pull together as many of the charitable hearts c...


Engage with the Hazelwood Health Study 22 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Hazelwood Health Study is inviting Latrobe Valley and Sale residents to participate in an upcoming community engagement session. The engagement evening will be held at the Morwell RSL, 52 Elgin Street Morwell VIC 3840, on 22 August 2018, commencing at 6.30pm. Community member and chair of the Community Advisory Committee, Carolyne Boothman, encourages locals []


Peter Dutton challenges Malcolm Turnbull for leadership "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Its on.

Liberal leadership declared vacant

PoliticsNow: Malcolm Turnbull has declared the leadership of the Liberal Party vacant in this mornings partyroom meeting.

UPDATE: Malcolm Turnbull wins partyroom ballot against Peter Dutton 48 35


Queer Eyes Antoni Porowski Marched With Justin Trudeau In A Pride Parade "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has marched in his hometown of Montreals pride parade alongside Canadian Prime Minister and Justin Trudeau. Foodie Antoni took to social media to share photos of himself and fellow Internet heartthrob Trudeau waving rainbow flags in the streets during the parade on Sunday. Thank you Montreal for opening your streets ...

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Democracy and rights under threat in corporate police state "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Its time we had a good hard talk about the corporate assault on democracy that is unfolding all around us. Globally, democracy is not faring well, with emergent authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China gathering strength whilst existing democratic states in Australia, US and Europe and UK struggle against a persistent attack [...]


Wheels coming off out west "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One wheel off/axle broken

Sharper dwelling value falls now happening in a Western Sydney near you.

Chart art brought you via Cameron Kusher of CoreLogic.

Source: CoreLogic

Follow @cmkusher for top draw analysis.

I discussed the risks of Blacktown, Parramatta, the Hills District, and some Western Sydney suburbs in a bit more detail in this February 2017 podcast special with Business Insider. 

Prices are now down by more than 10 per cent in the Hills District SA4.

Median prices are also down by 8 per cent in Blacktown, and 7 per cent in Parramatta. 

More to follow...


Four major fires burning in Northern Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The fire at Ellangowan, near Casino. Photo NBN news

Of four bushfires burning in the Northern Rivers since the weekend, just one has been contained.

Two others continue to rage out of control, each having burnt out thousands of hectares.

And because of the cold weather, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) says smoke is trapped at low levels, causing potentially hazardous levels of smoke in some areas.

Ellangowan fire

One fire at Mothersoles Road, Ellangowan, 17 kilometres south-east of Casino, has burnt 3,047 hectares.

The fire remains out of control, according to the latest RFS report, despite earlier advice that it was being controlled.

The RFS has been working on strengthening and consolidating containment lines and says the immediate threat to properties has reduced overnight.

But the fire service adds, Winds are forecast to strengthen today, which could see gusts of 30-40kph across the fireground.

Buccarumbi fire

A fire burning in the vicinity of Old Glen Innes Road, Buccarumbi, about 30km south-west of Grafton, has burnt 1,582 hectares and is out of control.

The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction along Old Glen Innes Road. Firefighters are working to protect isolated properties near Setters Road, Weasel Road, Doboy Road and Glens Creek Road.

Firefighters are in attendance and are working with local residents. Waterbombing aircraft have been assisting firefighters on the ground.

As conditions allow, backburning operations will be undertaken by firefighters to build and consolidate containment lines. This will result in an increase in fire activity and smoke in the area.

Old Glen Innes Road is closed at the Doboy Road intersection.

Kippenduff fire

A fire burning in the Brewers Road, Kippenduff area, about 35km south-west of Casino, has burnt 255 hectares and is out of control.

This fire continues to burn in a west to north-westerly direction towards a number of isolated rural properties.

Firefighters remain on scene and continue to work on strengthening and consolidating containment lines overnight.

Winds are forecast to strengthen again tomorrow, which could see gusts of 30-40kph...


Papua military command beef up security after two soldiers killed "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Papua military command beef up security after two soldiers killed

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Frogmouth action "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Photographing Tawny Frogmouths during daylight hours rarely requires a fast shutter speed!

Our favourite local pair surprised me with an unexpected burst of action when I popped by to see them at the weekend.

Tawny Frogmouths, Newstead Natives, 19th August 2018


William Fraser Anning - an ugly aspect of far-right politics in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Sydney Morning Herald, Fraser Anning

William Fraser Anning then a member ofPauline Hansons One Nation Party was declared elected to the Australian Senate on 10 November 2017,as a replacement for the recently disqualified dual citizen Malcolm Ieuan Roberts.

Less than seven months later he had joined Katters Australian Party.

In the 2016 general election Anning had received a grand total of 19 votes (59 if transferred votes are counted) out of a possible 2.72 million Queensland ballots cast. The Queensland electorate had firmly rejected him.


Great Barrier Reef: $487.63 million to do little more than sit by the bedside of a dying reef system? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has had some good fortune that few environmental NGOs could count on. The $444 million it was granted by the government earlier this year dwarfs its previous budgets by a large multiple. Having worked in two small environmental charities of a similar operating budget and staffing to the pre-windfall foundation, I can confirm getting so much money without even applying for it is far beyond anyones wildest dreams.

Still, the biggest questions about the GBRF windfall dont relate to its good luck in an opaque government decision, or even its connections to the fossil fuel industry. 

These are entirely valid concerns, but they risk eclipsing the bigger significance of the governments move.

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John Constantine: Great Safe Cow Cull "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

How the Cull of grazing animals to meet turnbulls Paris treaty will work.

In Australia, stocking rates depend upon the access to water, the original settlers drove their herds from water source to water source, and the expansion of grazing enterprises always depended upon innovation and infrastructure making water supplies more plentiful and reliable, even in desperate times.

Only under our New Class has Australia turned its back on abundant and cheap water supplies, and began the long march returning to the dry and dusty rewilding of the interior, just like our back has been turned on cheap and reliable electricity as we walk away from industry.

Central planning control of the rivers of the Murray Darling Basin now sits in Canberra, and Turnbull has borrowed billions to buy central planning control of the water of the Snowy River for Canberra as well. Plus the treaties to save the Great Barrier Reef, which open the way for central planning control of the waters that flow from Queensland farmland to interact with the Reef.

The State will not send squads to shoot the sheep and cattle, when the time comes, they will simply squeeze the supply of water off, and market forces will respond with a slow and remorseless destocking.

Control the water supply and you control the number of stock that can be depastured.

Australias livestock drinking and fodder growing water is now centrally controlled by a New Class that has the political will to use this control as a tool to enforce their transnational treaties.

The rainfall deficiency created droughts can be managed, but the lefts treaty and paperwork created droughts will be inescapeable and eternal.


Greg Chapman: Mornings with Jon "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Good morning this Monday morning the 18th of August. This is Jon Fabian, and what a morning for news we have today. The tragic shootings in the Sydney gay nightclub over the weekend by a man identified by police as Hasaan Ali, who apparently was draped in an Islamic State flag and who shouted Allah Akbar before firing on the crowd, and left behind a note that said homosexuality is a sin against Allah, but as the police minister said, we must not jump to conclusions about the motives behind this attack. Indeed, I think we will never know the motives since this person of interest was shot dead by police.

In light of this attack, we are very fortunate to have Waleed Ali, an expert on terrorism, not that we know that this was an act of terrorism. Waleed will share his favourite halal recipes, and will be able to answer all your questions on how to prepare them. If we have time, he may also provide us with an opinion on whether the police allowed this man, Hasaan Ali, his human rights. I should mention, that Waleed isnt related to the terror. sorry the alleged person of interest in the Sydney attack.

Also today we will be looking into the unprecedented heat wave in the UK with a palaeontologist who has literally written the book on giant wombats, Professor Tim Flannery. This month they had temperatures as high as 35 degrees, not seen since 1976. Isnt this proof of climate change? And just to have a balanced debate on this matter here at the ABC, Tim will be debating with fellow climate expert, Sarah Hanson-Young, two people with strong opinions on this topic. I will do my best to moderate this discussion as objectively as I can. It likely to get very heated.

Then of course we had the launch of a missile by North Korea sinking a Japanese navy frigate in the Sea of Japan. I will be speaking with our special geopolitical correspondent Yassmin Abdel-Magied who has been following this story closely, and has written in the Guardian today how this is the fault of President Trump and why he should visit Pyongyang to apologise to the North Koreans.

Look, I have just received breaking news from Sydney at the Premiers press conference on this weekends events. While the conference was mostly to do with the weekend attack, our reporter was able to ask a question of the Premier I am sure will be of great interest to ABC listeners and I can reveal that the Premier has indicated that Parliament will be considering introducing laws that will allow gays to adopt children, providing important context to the news today since this anti-gay discrimination may be a contributing factor to the tragedy yesterday, something that has been totally ignored by all other media at the press conference. All the news you want to hear, only on your ABC.

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As is common for academics of a certain age, Ive been writing lots of book chapters lately, and several of the books have come out recently.  They include:

Wrong Way: How Privatisation & Economic Reform Backfired, edited by Damien Cahill and Phillip Toner, which is going to be launched at Gleebooks in Sydney on Friday 21st September. I have contributed chapters on electricity reform and productivity.

The Coal Truth, by David Ritter  This isnt an edited volume but a great piece of writing by David, with additional contributions from lots of people including Tara Moss and Berndt Sellheim, Adrian Burragubba, Lesley Hughes ,Hilary Bambrick, Ruchira Talukdar, Geoffrey Cousins and me.

The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism, edited by  Damien Cahill, Melinda Cooper, Martijn Konings and David Primrose. I have a chapter on Neoliberalism: Rise, Decline and Future Prospects. Given the pricing, this is a book for libraries and academic specialists only.

I hope to be back with more regular mailings once Ive finalised the manuscript of my new book, Economics in Two Lessons.

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1) Vanuatu could be alone on West Papua bid at UN "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Separatist Group Members Killed 2 Military Officers in Papua
3) Papuans feel differently about Indonesia's Independence Day
4) PNG Will Not Back Vanuatu Push For WPapua
5) Special envoy confident of support for UN resolution on West Papua
Vanuatu could be alone on West Papua bid at UN
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The winter that keeps giving "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

With many areas now pushing beyond 200 cm of snowpack (and Mt Buller calling it the best snow since 2004), the rest of August and early September is looking spectacular. Although Im hearing a few nay sayers suggesting that we have seen the best of winter 2018, the famed Grasshopper is a little more upbeat: We are now midway through the southern hemisphere season with the best part still to come.

However, The Grasshopper does also suggest that it will taper off after the next band of fronts: Both climate drivers and models arent working in our favour for epic snowfalls during the second half of the season. However, snowfalls over the next week or two will provide ample fresh powder.

But there is little doubt that winter 2018 has been amazing, especially on top of 2017 which had been billed as the best since 2000.

Hopefully we will still be wandering around in the backcountry, finding turns, long after the resorts have closed.

In the meantime, heres some backcountry style events you may want to get along to.


One Step at a Time: Trekking Kokoda at Age 15 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Long days. Cold nights. Fatigue and loneliness. Standing in the harsh sun, Im surrounded by walls of tall jungle. Staring ahead at a steep overgrown path that never seems to end, I hyperventilate. Time passes with each step. My breathing softens as we make it to the summit. I wonder whether Id be better off dead.

The Kokoda Track (or Trail) campaign of World War II took place in Papua New Guinea. The campaign involved a series of battles between the Japanese and Allied forces throughout the second half of 1942, during the Pacific War. The Allies prevailed in pushing the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea, at a substantial cost of lives.

Tourists now flock to Papua New Guineas capital, Port Moresby, for yearly dawn services of ANZAC Day and other war memorial events. I was never really interested in war, but I was up for the challenge.

The track itself has become a novelty excursion for war enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. Its a single-file foot thoroughfare of 96 kilometres through the Owen Stanley Range. From Owers Corner roughly 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda in the Oro Province, we venture predominantly through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.

If the rugged terrain wasnt enough of a selling point to the adventurous hiker, the tropical climate and risk of disease on the fabled expedition should be the cream. Picture luxuriously humid days dragging your feet through ankle-deep mud for eight hours, before settling in to a gourmet dehydrated meal. Enjoy a freezing nights rest in a makeshift tent; doze off to the sound of torrential rain seeping through to your inflatable mattress, as the early morning sun signals the start of another day.

I cant say that I expected luxury upon my arrival in Papua New Guinea. As restrictions and standards to who can attempt this trek are strict, Id been training with a Victoria Police facilitated program for nearly a year. The trek was the end-game of a 12-month-long community engagement program for young people in Melbournes west. Id been hand-selected alongside my peers, deemed future leaders by their schools and based on their merit.

Yep, thats me. A future leader. A young lady with a bright future and the weight of the world on her shoulders, heading into battle. Yet, Id been fighting a battle in my own head in the lead-up. A battle that was much bigger than Id given credit.

At 15, in the depths of the Papa New Guinean jungle, came my first mental breakdown.



FOBIF AGM: Monday 27 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Ian Higgins, well known local landcarer and co-founder of Friends of Campbells Creek Landcare, will be our speaker at the upcoming FOBIF AGM on August 27.

In an article about Ian after he received the Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award in 2017, the Victorian Landcare Magazine wrote:

Higgins early interest in native plants has continued through his life. He developed a remarkable knowledge of indigenous flora species, their propagation and revegetation, leading to a 30-year professional career during which he has contributed significantly to revegetation and environmental planning in Victoria, in both professional and voluntary capacities.

You can find out about Ians history of involvement in environmental projects here.

Topics he will cover in his FOBIF speech will include:

  • Changes in our landscape and vegetation since colonisation, including the profound local impacts of gold mining and the consequences of a European mindset
  • A short history of rehabilitation efforts, including the contribution of landcare groups
  • Is aiming for something more like the pre-European condition viable?  Given that weve already lost many components of the ecosystem, together with massive invasions of exotic species and climate change, what should our local landscape and vegetation management goals be?  

The meeting will start at 7.30 in the Ray Bradfield Room, Castlemaine (next to Mostyn Street IGA supermarket). Information on how to nominate for the FOBIF Committee can be found here. All welcome and supper will be served. 


New Sustainable Australia election policies video "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Sustainable Australia Party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than divide Australians: secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.
Related policies feature in the video.

Why vote for Sustainable Australia?

In short, our party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than divide us: secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.

We've featured these four issues in our new video:

We need your help

One of the unique selling points of our party is a genuine sustainable population policy. First and foremost, rapid population growth is an environmental problem, but it also impacts on our ability to achieve secure jobs, affordable housing and better planning.

For example, without slowing population growth, desperately needed housing affordability policies around taxation, bank lending practices and overseas buyers are negated by continued rapid growth in domestic demand.

Mainstream media

Unfortunately, when it comes to the mainstream media, our voice is drowned out by the extremes - pro-big Australia and anti-immigration forces. For a combination of commercial and ideological reasons, perhaps the mainstream media wants it that way.

Despite a series of uncontested pro-big Australia articles and opinion pieces in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian, none of these publications will print an evidence-based opinion piece I offered rejecting big Australia on environmental and infrastructure grounds.

Getting around mainstream media barriers in order to reach voters is one reason why it is so important that you watch and share our latest video.

We need rational voices to rise above intolerant ones. The alternative is even more polarised political discourse. Suppression of moderate voices simply drives people into the arms of extreme parties.

Sharing is caring

Please share our video via social media (Facebook, Twitter, online forums, etc).

Can you also forward it on to relevant family and friends?

Thanks for any help you can give.




What its like being poor in Australias crazy housing bubble "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Most of the debate about housing is framed around the recent realisation that younger middle class people are now worried they may not be able to afford to buy their own houses, shock horror! Contrasted with this view is the story of what the poor (who have never had access to the property market) are faring.

This picture of me at a hackfest from a few years ago shows no sign of the difficulties I was (and still am) experiencing trying to make a living for myself after decades spent raising and educating a special needs child. I spent the weekend hacking for free for Random Hacks of Kindness in Sydneys swish Commonwealth Bank offices. At the time I had temporarily rented someones laundry. The room was still being used as a laundry, unfortunately, with people from the flat wandering in and out at will to do their washing while I tried to sleep, work or relax.

Random Hacks of Kindness team working on open data site for Ocius Chief Exec Robert Dane


Unless youre unlucky enough to be really struggling with housing you may not be aware of the ways the housing market is straining to deal with record demands now placed on it. You may think this picture below is some kind of joke but its just the extreme end of the overcrowding and exploitation of vulnerable renters that is is going on nation-wide.

The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre maintains a list of what it calls low cost housing, that is, properties that rent for under $250 a week or 100% of what Newstart recipients receive. One day when Im rich enough, I hope to be able to afford their low cost housing options!

For cheaper accommodations, a quick search on Gumtree shows a large number...


NSW Judge Expresses Concerns about Adequacy of Defendants Meals "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The rights of inmates in correctional centres is always a contentious issue. Many believe that those convicted of crimes, or even suspected of them, should be denied all rights while they are behind bars. However, the fact of the matter is that people are sent to prison as punishment,

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A walk in the winter sun "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Occasional violent gusts of cold wind didnt change the basic picture: Sunday was a bright winter day, perfect for a brisk stroll over to the Welsh Village from Chinamans Point via the Garfield Wheel and Sailors Gully, with a return along Forest Creek. Wattles are getting into their stride, and Dusty Miller was flowering abundantly along Sailors Gully.

Walkers take a break in Sailors Gully. Photo by Bernard Slattery

The village is at its atmospheric best in winter, and a strong group on FOBIFs September walk enjoyed that atmosphere to the full: the forest setting, the abandoned buildings and mine works, and the dramatic nearby slate quarry walls made for an exhilarating experience.

Our thanks to Barb Guerin and Lionel Jenkin for guiding the group through the labyrinth of tracks around the village.

Next months walk is in the Fryers Rangessure to be abundant with wildflowers. Check the program for details.


Wave Of Support For Transgender 12-Year-Old Threatened With Violence At School "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

More than $20,000 has been raised through a crowdfunding campaign to support a 12-year-old transgender girl threatened with violence by parents at her small school in Oklahoma. A group of adults took to a private Facebook group for parents at Achille Independent School District to unleash vicious threats and hateful comments at 12-year-old Maddie complaining ...

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Fires: the themes are getting familiar "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Fires have ravaged Greece, and are still burning California. Gippsland has had a large bushfire in the dead of winter, and NSW has had its earliest ever total fire ban day. Were bracing for another serious fire season.

If you have the nerve, a bit context on this contentious issue can be found in California burning, a long and provocative article in the New York Review of Books. The article can be found here. Familiar themes abound in the international story: poor forest management, climate change, arson, flammable weeds, unwise urban development at the forest interface, poor understanding of fire ecology. Heres a sample:

In the United States, exurban and rural property development in the wildland-urban interface has been, perhaps, the final strawor at least another lighted match tossed on the pile. Most wildfires that threaten or damage communities are caused by humans. Campfires, barbecues, sparks from chainsaws, lawnmowers, power lines, cars, motorcycles, cigarettesthe modes of inadvertent ignition in a bone-dry landscape are effectively limitless. Lets say nothing of arson. Houses and other structures become wildfire fuel, and vulnerable communities hugely complicate forest management and disaster planning. In his panoramic 2017 book Megafire, the journalist (and former firefighter) Michael Kodas observes pithily that during the century in which the nation attempted to exclude fire from forests, [those forests] filled with homes.

Interestingly, the article suggests that old growth forest is more resilient to fire than the even aged stands resulting from clear felling, and notes that the current US administrations policy is to respond to fire with more logging, which may well result in less resilient forests and, of all things, more fire.



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Coming Out A Work In Progress For LGBTIQ Employees "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The vast majority of LGBTIQ Australians are not comfortable coming out to their work colleagues. The Out at Work: from Prejudice to Pride report released last week suggests 25 per cent of employees were out to some people and almost 40 per cent were out to most people at work. The joint Royal Melbourne Institute ...

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September Trivia at The Taproom "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

This month we have amazing quiz masters: Melissa Scott from Main FM Hello Darling and her mate Jan!

4-6 people per team!

Every third Thursday of the month- MainFM hosts a fundraising trivia night presented by MainFM presenters

$5 on the door for subscribers
$10 on the door general public
All fund raised go to assist your local radio station to stay on air!

craft beer and home-made pizza available come on down!

More infohere


REVIEW: Give Yourself A Queer History Lesson With Podcast Queer As Fact "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As with any marginalised people, the dominating conversation on queer identity and rights is often the challenges faced from systemic oppression. While we must continue to identify and fight discrimination, there seems a generation of queer people without knowledge of the struggles of those whose existence has made our many liberties possible. These arent histories ...

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Northern Rivers LGBT group still shines after 30 years "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tropical Fruits street parade. Photo Melissa Hargraves

The Northern Rivers own LGBTIQ support and social group Tropical Fruits is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a New Years festival thats set to Shine.

However you choose to interpret that theme, Tropical Fruits Chair Brett Paradise says, we truly dance upon the shoulders of giants, so come celebrate with us and be part of the ongoing history of Tropical Fruits and our LGBTIQ community.

The Tropical Fruits New Years Festival is a four-day LGBTIQ celebration held in Lismore, with the New Years Eve Party and the New Years Day Recovery Party at the showgrounds, which are lovingly transformed by hundreds of volunteers.

Kristy McNeil, this years event coordinator says, Our New Years festivals would not be possible without the generous contribution of our dazzling array of volunteers.  Our vollies bring their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to helping us create the wonderland we immerse ourselves in each year.  In this, our sparkling 30th year, we invite all our vollies past and present to reunite and Shine as only you can.

The festival we kicks off on December 29 with a street parade through the Lismore CBD ending at Lismore City Hall for an Opening Soiree.

Dykes on Bikes Sydney are also celebrating their 30th anniversary and will be roaring up the Pacific Highway to join in the parade for the first time.

Lyn Doherty, Sydney Dykes on Bikes president says, Dykes on Bikes are absolutely chuffed at the idea of spending the New Years break with Tropical Fruits. What a fantastic way to celebrate both our birthdays, and dont we look fabulous for our age.

Festival events include three main parties: the New Years Eve party, New Years Day Pool Party and New Years Day Recovery Party.

NYE will include four feature dance floors with headliners DJs Grind and Toy Armada (direct from the USA) as well as top Australian DJs Sveta, Sandi Hotrod, Les Smith, DJ Ruby in the Dome and many, many more.

The main NYE Party also will feature radiant performances from the cabaret and glimmering works of LGBTIQ artists on exhibition.

Tickets go on sale from September 1...


Two dead in Grove house fire "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove has been left reeling after its second fatal house fire in six weeks.

A father and son is believed to have died in the fire on Powell St West.

Emergency crews were called to the address around 4am today.

The remains of a 90-year-old man and a 57-year-old man have been found in the house, but neither have been formerly identified.

Neighbours said they heard the sound of shattering glass after the blaze started.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and arson squad investigators are at the scene.

Police have not said they are unsure whether the fire is suspicious or not.

In July, a woman was found dead following a house fire on Arcturus Road.


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Rupert Guinness on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 21 August "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Rupert Guiness on Crossing the Line

Rupert Guinness pictured during his ride across Australia.

Few people decide to cycle across a continent. Sports journalist and endurance athlete Rupert Guinness has made that decision twice. His first attempt, as part of the IndiPac Wheel Race in 2017, was tragically cut short after the death of fellow cyclist and competitor Mike Hall. His second attempt, along with 50 other intrepid cyclists, saw him complete the 5470km route from Freemantle to Sydney in 28 days.

Endurance cycling isnt just a physical sport, its a psychological one as well. Rupert embarked on his Big Ride to test his physical and emotional courage. Hes now written a book about his experiences,  Overlander.

Rupert joined us to share some of the many reasons he undertook the journey, the mental challenges he faced along the way, and what he learnt about himself, his mental health and what makes us human imperfections and all.


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Rupert Guinness joins us on EastsideFM.

P.S. Overlander One mans epic race to cross Australia is available in all good book shops now!


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In which the pond does the Major and a crash course in great books ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The pond is struggling to keep up with the reptiles today, but this offering from Stephen Brook is irresistible as a starter

Note that reference to "off reservation."

No, that's not Faine's crime, that's stupid Stephen Brook, who doubled down in his actual report ...

It looks like ABC Melbourne Mornings presenter Jon Faine has wandered off the reservation again. Aunty has been forced to apologise on behalf of the radio presenter over an out-of-character ethnic slur he made against Indian NBN technicians. The apology follows a year of highs and lows for the ABC veteran. His spectacular take-down of managing director Michelle Guthrie for failing to defend the ABC against the government was well received at the Melbourne Press Club in June. Faine acidly pointed out Guthries dignified-silence approach failed to stop the government freezing indexation in the next budget, which will cost Aunty $84 million. But Faines frank interview with a disability activist in March was labelled insensitive and bizarre.

"Wandered off the reservation again"?!

And Brook thinks he's being superior to the offensive Faine? How else to put it than to say than to put political correctness aside and call Brook a fuckwit of the first water? Unless of course he intends a meta-level of irony, and a deep sympathy with Faine, and a willingness to go there with him ...

There's plenty more at NPR here

Uh huh, and now for that apology from the lizard Oz for the scribbling of babbling Brook ...



Eight is enough! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Eight is enough were the exact words we muttered as we clambered down the hill with a carry cage laden with hens.  Eight being the exact number of hens to fill the carry cage and the exact number of hens who needed our assistance. Through a tragic chain of circumstances, these girls and their human carer found themselves in urgent need of assistance. Providing just that, the girls were ferried from their predicament and to our sanctuary where their necessary vet work was carried out, nourishing food delivered along with the tastiest of treats. Now bouncing back to good health the girls have all happily found new coops to call home sweet home.


REVIEW: Enjoy The A-List Treatment At The Star Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sometimes I really need to escape, just for a night to get away from the everyday and enjoy the finer things in life, but it can be a tricky finding somewhere not too far from home while feeling like youve had a relaxing escape. Ten years ago, a night away at the casino might ...

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Celebrity reality TV show achieves museum status "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some of the props featuring in the Im a CelebrityGet me out of Here! display at the Tweed Regional Museum

In 2018 the TV show Im a CelebrityGet Me Out of Here! celebrates 16 years of filming in the Tweed Shire. The Tweed Regional Museums latest Collectors Cabinet display takes a look behind the scenes of the production.

While most people are interested in the famous celebrities who appear on the show, the stories of the crew behind the scenes are also fascinating.

Up to 700 people work internationally to produce this live reality television show, with the film crew operating out of an extensive rainforest camp.

The battle of working in difficult terrain, the feats of engineering, and logistical challenges needed to produce the show watched by up to 12 million viewers in the UK alone is stunning.

More than 120 cameras roll 24 hours a day, capturing footage from camps on the ground as well as on some of the half- kilometre of suspension bridges.

The exhibition includes props from the show alongside stories from the crew. Museum staff have worked hand in hand with the productions community liaison team to put it together.

One of the challenges most feared by celebrities the notorious Hell Hole into which celebrities put their hand, braving whatever they find inside is also featured in the exhibition.

The Im a CelebrityGet Me Out of Here! exhibition runs from August 21 until March 2019 at the Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah.

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Prom Coast MTB Club "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

We are a not-for-profit organisation based in Foster, Victoria, Australia run by volunteers working to improve cycling in our region. We love new members so view our membership benefits and sign up  []

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Australian Teenager Pleads Guilty to Hacking Apple's Network "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne, reports The Age newspaper.

It says he stored the documents in a folder called 'hacky hack hack'.

Apple insists that no customer data was compromised. But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.

In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats. In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement. We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised."

Also at Reuters.

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Danish Women Defy Burqa Ban "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A 28-year-old woman has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for wearing a face veil in a public place. The woman was approached by another in a shopping centre who assaulted her and ripped off her face covering. When police arrived, they fined the veiled woman

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How Crowns New Skyscraper Explains the Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Its a big week for Aussie stocks.

Im not much of a horse racing fan, but were basically coming around the bend and into the last straight for the earnings reporting season.

Things have gone smoothly until now. 48% of the companies that have reported earnings so far have beaten their estimates. Whats more, profits and dividends look strong.

One stock that caught my eye was Goodman Group [ASX:GMG]. The Age reported over the weekend that it plans to extend its warehouse to cater for booming logistics demand from e-commerce.

However, land values and rents are high in the areas they need to build. The solution? Go higher by building on top of the existing warehouse.

Ive reported previously on the same thing happening in New York. Its another example of how property values can keep rising where this type of development happens.

If you can draw more income from the same amount of land, that can only capitalise into the selling price.

In order to capitalise into the selling price, you need to be able to get financing for a development.

Thats not a problem for Goodman Group, but is proving somewhat harder for Crown Resorts Ltd [ASX:CWN].

It has plans in place to develop a luxury hotel and apartment complex in Melbourne. This is a major project it would be the tallest tower in Melbourne if built.

However, Crown says that it is struggling to find a development partner around the residential component of the project. Thats presumably because of the fear of apartment oversupply in the city.

Crown is supposed to have the project underway by February. If the project gets pulled, we can assume the property and credit cycle is finally weakening. Conversely, if it goes ahead, perhaps we can all keep dancing a little while longer.

Or maybe the finance team at Crown could give financial services company ING a call. The Australian reports ING has raised $1 billion via an Aussie dollar covered bond issue. The suggestion is that theyre going after the market share of the Big Four Aussie banks while they remain under pressure.

Thats a familiar theme if youve been reading The Daily Reckoning Australia for a while. But the suggestion of an Aussie property credit crunch, however much discussed, has yet to come to pass.

Much of what happens from here will of course depend on China. The Financial Times says Beijing continues to order its state-run banks to lend to infrastructure projects and exporters.

Well have to see how this shows up in the numbers. But theyre already looking good. New loans were up 75% in July from the same time last yea...


MACKAY Assault charge follows head-butt at licensed venue, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Police allege cocaine, cash, weapon parts found in mans car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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ALBUM REVIEW: The San Sebastian Alive On The Black Sea "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The brothers Crannitch were  the core of the band Leader Cheetah who achieved a modicum of success and critical acclaim across two albums close to a decade ago. Now, after years spent living in different countries, the pair have reconvened as The San Sebastian. Fans of the former will find to still plenty to love Continue reading


Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 13 to 19 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Community Correction Orders Community Correction Orders are expected to replace Community Service Orders and Section 9 Good Behaviour Bonds in NSW on 24 September 2018. Click here to read the article Sydney Man Faces Prison

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INTERVIEW: Eilen Jewell "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

PAYING HOMAGE TO OBSCURE BLUES Eilen Jewell recently visited Australian shores for a run of shows showcasing her album Down Hearted Blues, but as she reveals to Chris Familton, shes already been in the studio working on her next album of original material. Its an overcast spring evening in Boise, Idaho when Eilen Jewell answers the Continue reading


Solar hot water cash splash for Victorians "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Victorian government is sponsoring households to take up solar hot water. File photo

MELBOURNE, AAP Victorians who swap their old hot water system for a solar one can get a $1,000 rebate under a $60 million program.

The 10-year program starts immediately, premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday at solar hot water manufacturer Rinnai at Braeside.

It follows on from his Sunday announcement that a re-elected Labor government would pay for 650,000 homes to get solar panels under a $1.24 billion plan where owner-occupiers would repay half the cost through their bill savings.

Were putting solar panels and hot water systems on Victorian homes to help families save hundreds of dollars a year on their electricity bills, Mr Andrews said in a statement.

The government predicts the systems will save households between $160 to $400 a year in electricity bills.

The rebate is available to households with a combined income of up to $180,000 who live in their own home valued up to $3 million.

Houses can take part in the half price solar panels program or the $1,000 hot water rebate, but not both.

The rebate has been created so houses who cannot get solar panels because of roof design or shade can still get a reduction in energy bills, the government says.

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Rainbow Road Unveiled In St Kilda Near Site Of Victorias Pride Centre "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Local councillors have launched a rainbow road to celebrate diversity and inclusion in St Kilda, close to the site of Victorias Pride Centre. Port Phillip Council Mayor Bernadene Voss said the rainbow landmark ran for 35 metres along Jackson Street to the Fitzroy Street intersection and was a fitting curtain-raiser to the Pride Centre around ...

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Federal election guide finalised "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

For those who havent already noticed, I wanted to let you know that the guide to the next federal election is now finished and up on the website in total.

The guide includes profiles of all 151 House of Representatives races, and all eight Senate contests.

You can use these links to see a full list of lower house links:

Or you can use this map to navigate to any seat of interest. Click on the seat and a pop-up box will appear, including a link to the guide.

And here are links to the eight Senate contests:

Please let me know if there are any errors by commenting on the relevant post or by filling out the contact form on the front page of the guide. I will make some small changes as the election gets closer, and will occasionally do updates of candidate lists.

Meanwhile I am now posting one seat per day for the Victorian state election.


New projects help save threatened species in Nightcap National Park "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Difficult terrain: Wanganui Gorge in Nightcap National Park. Photo supplied

Maree Thompson

Two new projects have been launched which are helping save over 28 threatened plant and animal species in Nightcap National Park.

Large areas of lantana and other weeds have blocked regeneration of critically endangered lowland rainforest. Weeds are a major threat to rainforest survival. The rainforest provides habitat for threatened species including frogs, birds, reptiles, beetles and many rainforest plants.

Bush regenerators at Wanganui Gorge in Nightcap National Park. Photo supplied

Envite Environment hosted the launch to recognise funding from both the Australian and New South Wales governments. The projects build on a decade of successful rainforest and threatened species habitat restoration. The major source of funding has been NSW Environmental Trust through its restoration and rehabilitation program.

Bush regenerators are working in Wanganui Gorge and the Minyon Falls area. They are controlling weeds which degrade rainforest and invade gaps, limiting rainforest regeneration.

Iain Stych, Envite Environment bush regeneration team leader said The work is challenging but very rewarding. We work in steep, rocky terrain and contend with ticks, leeches and heat. Once weeds are controlled, rainforest is regenerating strongly and taking the place of weeds.

Fauna ecologist, David Charley...


Why the food movement is unstoppable! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

What makes an ethical food future? What kind of agriculture can our planet sustain? How can we reduce demand on global resources? How can you be a change-maker in the unstoppable food movement?

Industrial food systems are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Farmer and author of Call of the Reed Warbler Charles Massy, US crop scientist and director of the Poison Papers, and farmer, meatsmith, and president of AFSA Tammi Jonas discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australias ecologies and economies around, revitalizing rural communities while nourishing land, animals, and people.

Join us in Daylesford on Thursday 30 August for an inspiring and activating evening, or if you cant make it to the central highlands of Victoria, catch Jonathan and Charlie elsewhere on The Food Equation tour of Australia.

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NAB Executives May Face Criminal Prosecution "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The National Australia Bank (NAB) is the latest financial institution to come under fire during the Banking Royal Commission over its alleged part in the estimated $850 million fees-for no service scandal, whereby financial institutions systematically charged their customers fees for services that were never provided. Money for nothing

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Still tangled up in Bob "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bob Dylan is currently criss-crossing Australia on yet another circuit of his globe-trotting, decades-long Never Ending Tour. He played Sydneys gorgeous art deco State Theatre the other night, at oure one-time local venu, the small but venerable Enmore Theatre in Newtown, to acclaim from fans young and old.

At a Bob Dylan concert and Ive been to many we hear what we wish to hear, filtered through the memory of how we heard him all those years ago when we were young and idealistic and our world was new. To this day, I can never get enough of Bob in all of his many guises. I listen to at least one or two of his songs every week and always discover something I hadnt heard before. He has been a constant soundtrack to my ever-evolving, often revolving sense and sensibility. I wish that Id been there in Newtown on Sunday night.


Major Grant To Fund Research Into Indigenous LGBTIQ Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A major grant received by the Telethon Kids Institute will be used to fund research into the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). The $716,000 grant for the Institute was announced in the latest ...

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The Rise Of The Far-Right Demands An Urgent Progressive Response "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over. 

Australia is a nation-state founded on white nationalism. The white supremacist roots of Australia are undeniable. In 1901, Australias brand new parliament passed the notorious Immigration Restriction Act in its first sitting, inaugurating the legal basis for the White Australia policy. 

The White Australia policy was formally abolished in 1973, and the Whitlam government went further by enshrining racial equality in law with the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975.  The Fraser government also notably freed up migration settings, showing genuine leadership in settling south-east Asisan migrants in the late 1970s. For many, this was the beginning of a more pluralistic and liberal nation, embracing a multi-hued democracy of genuine tolerance and diversity.

Both major parties have since celebrated their role in the creation of a modern multicultural Australia. At least, so the story goes. 

But the progressive view of Australian politics cant paper over the fact that racism remains a potent force in our democracy. Despite genuine progress and reform in the 1970s and 80s under Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke, a residual strain of white nativist politics has always lingered, never quite extinguished. 

Looking at Australian politics this past few weeks, the question needs to be asked: how far have we come? 

Not very, if last weeks first speech by Katter Australia Senator, Fraser Anning is anything to go by. Annings speech made worldwide news because of his calculated use of the phrase final solution to describe his plan for a plebiscite on Australian immigration policy. 

Both Labor and Liberal rushed to condemn Anning, and his views received widespread approbation in the media. But few have bothered to listen through to Annings speech, or read it in full. Thats a shame, because a close reading provides us with many clues to the development of right-wing thinking in this country. 

In many ways Annings inaugural speech is quite a traditional address.....


From a Harbourside Mansion - Turnbull's blog on energy & Abbott "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Harbourside Mansion Sydney Harbour 9 December 2009 While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few...


ABC gets egg over its face from its own immigration poll "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Gil Hanrahan

The concerted campaign by the ABC against Senator Fraser Anning and federal MP Bob Katter over Muslim immigration has left the public broadcaster with egg all over its collective face.

According to an ABC poll held on August 15, in an attempt by the left wing of the ABC to further subvert Katter and Anning, 75 per cent of 38,400 respondents said Anning should not apologise for his speech.

The left wing of the ABC has egg all over its face after Brisbane polling shows 75% support for Annings speech

Significantly the poll was taken in the south east corner of Queensland, taking in Brisbane.

All the usual detractors from the Liberal, Labor and Greens have been left floundering in the wake of Annings dialogue which the majority of Australians were waiting for a politician to air.

Another similar poll, according to KAP staffers, shows 98 per cent support for Annings speech.

Cairns Liberal politician Warren Entsch, known locally as the father of the gay marriage debacle, was critical of Katter exposing the flaws in the Liberal immigration policy.

Entsch described Katte...


Wangan and Jagalingou leaders call on Queensland Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

18 August 2018  In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA,   Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely
confirms the limitations of the native title system, and fails to address their right
as Indigenous people to free, prior and informed consent,
which is at the heart of their action.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, one of five applicants in the case, and W&J cultural leader says: 
We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out
extinguishing our native title in any part of our land.

Once native title is gone, it is gone forever.
It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani.
If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money,
or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land.
They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense,
based on discriminatory laws.

The Queensland Government has a clear choice here, and yesterdays ruling
in no way forces them to proceed to extinguish our native title.
Dont be fooled, it is up to the Government what happens next.

Adani cant be trusted; how can they say they respect
the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the traditional owners?

We are Traditional Owners, we are the people from that land,
and they have never respected our decisions, or our right to free prior informed consent,
or our aspirations to care for our ancestral country.
They split our people for their own ends and then try to claim they care.
They should walk away in shame for all the damage they have done.

Ms Linda Bobongie, another applicant and chairperson of the Traditional Owners Council, says:

While we respect the decisions of the courts, we arent satisfied by this judgement
and will work with our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court.

We know the Queensland Government has no obligation to act on extinguishment for Adani.
They should wait until all our appeals are exhausted.

We held out hope for this legal avenue, but anticipated a conservative judgement
within the Native Title system, and were prepared for the decision.
Our Council has vowed to continue to defend our lands and waters from Adanis destruction.

We call on Adani to immediately withdraw from this damaging project on our land.
No administrative decisions that block our rights will stop us standing our ground
to defend and prote...


Teen arrested over copycat fire "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Saturdays (August 18) fire at Tabulam burnt out more than 175 ha before being brought under control. Photo RFS

An RFS fire truck has been damaged and an estimated 175 hectares of land has been burnt out in a deliberately-lit fire near Tabulam on Saturday (August 18).

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in what appears to be a copycat arson attack, after a 52-year-old man was charged with lighting a different fire in the same area on Wednesday (August 15).

Emergency services were called to a property on Plains Station Road at Tabulam, 65km west of Casino, about 12.30pm following reports of an out-of-control fire.

The RFS responded with five ground crews and five aircraft while residents of the Tabulam township were put on standby for evacuation.

The Bruxner Highway was closed when the Tabulam Bridge caught alight, and the Tabulam RFS tanker was damaged before the fire was brought under control about 6pm.

An estimated 175ha of land has been burnt out with fences, power poles and sheds destroyed.

Investigators from the Richmond Police District initiated inquiries and arrested the 14-year-old boy.

He was initially conveyed to Tabulam Police Station but due to the fire, the station had no power or internet facilities so he was taken to Casino Police Station and charged with intentionally causing a fire and being reckless as to its spread, as well as leaving fire alight in the open air without extinguishing it.

The boy was granted conditional bail to attend a childrens court on Wednesday September 5.


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California wildfires unlike any others "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

On-the-ground reports from California are surreal. Its hard to know what to make of them from 3,000 miles away and especially in light of the undeniable correspondences between images we see here and images seen around Ground Zero in Dr Judy Woods book, Where Did the Towers Go? where she outlined her hypothesis that Directed Energy Weapons were involved with the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers. This is also what some people are alleging has occurred to cause the wildfires in California.

Observers say cars burned in these wildfires, yet sheets of paper alongside did not burn. Is it Gods wrath or some sinister operation by the deep state?

A subscriber sent me this video with the message, I personally went to Santa Rosa and saw all the devastation and spoke to at least 20 construction workers onsite. I asked them if there were any anomalies regarding the fires and several said that theyd never seen steel melt, aluminum engine blocks melting, with molten aluminum running into the gutters and that almost all the trees and landscaping were still there.

The video is from APlaneTruth.Info, who has been on a relentless tear, uploading videos and commentary about the Santa Rosa fires, non-stop. The photos show many anomalies but the ones that really give me pause are of the toasted cars. Im immediately reminded of the work of...


Woman airlifted from Mt Warning after fall "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed at Uki Oval on Friday (August 17) after airlifting a woman off Mt Warning. She was transferred to Murwillumbah Hospital for treatment. Photo WRHS

On Friday, August 17, a 61-year-old woman had to be airlifted from near the summit of Mt Warning (Wollumbin) after falling while climbing down the mountain with a relative.

The accident is the fourth on the mountain this year, including two in one week last month.

According to police, the woman fell at around 12.30pm approximately 400 metre from the summit at an area known as the lower chains.

The fall caused pain, such extreme swelling and soreness to her right ankle that she was unable to continue down the mountain.

The relative contacted emergency services who attended and set up a command post at the car park at the base of the Mountain.

Ambulance, VRA and SES personnel climbed the Mountain to the victim.

She was assessed by Ambulance and the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter was called in and winched the Victim into the helicopter.  She was air lifted her to the Uki show ground where she was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Murwillumbah Hospital in a stable condition for treatment.

Fishermen found

Around 7.30pm on Saturday night the helicopter was tasked by Aussar to search for a boat after a marine safety beacon was activated about three nautical miles east southeast of Evans Head.

The chopper identified a small fishing boat with three males on board having engine trouble.

Evans Head marine rescue attended and towed the boat back to Evans head where the men where treated for mild hypothermia by paramedics.


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Spring bird photography workshops book now! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Chris Tzaros and I are running our Spring 2018 bird photography workshops in Newstead on 24th November.

Please contact me via email, if you would like to book a place. For further information click here.

A selection of Chriss images from further afield are shown below.

Comb-crested Jacana


Lee Rhiannon and communism "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A terse commentary on the life and times of Lee Rhhiannon and the communist contribution to peace, freedom and prosperity in SE Asia.

Support for socialism in general and communism in particular appears to be on the rise in the West more than a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This is reflected in the advent of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in Britain and the support gained by Bernie Sanders in his unsuccessful campaign to win the Democratic Party nomination to contest the 2016 US presidential election.

The Australian politician who sounds most like Corbyn and Sanders is Lee Rhiannon (nee Brown), who is stepping down as a Greens senator for NSW at the end of this months sittings.

The evidence suggests that from her late teenage years until the collapse of European communism two decades later, Rhiannon was supportive of communist dictatorships. However, on Monday she offered no apology to the victims of regimes she backed. Instead, she attacked her critics, whom she accused of McCarthyist tactics.

BTW which is that political party that wants us to have 100% renewable energy?


Pick My Project "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


PICK MY PROJECT - vote for your fave idea to improve our local community
Please support community members by voting for these two projects on the Vic Governments Pick My Project website: 

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1) Freeport, the entrance to evaluates all investments in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Women protest the electricity cut off

3) Authority close the Illegal mine site in Korowai


1) Freeport, the entrance to evaluates all investments in Papua



Independent Artist of the Week: Laik Afe "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by CAIT 

Pronounced lake ee-fa, Newtowns Laik Afe is responsible for electric indie folk that transports you to distant, cinematic scenery while remaining confrontingly present.

For Laik Afe, aka Brit Sheahan, making music seemed always to be in her stars she was dux of her music high school, and a two-time Conservatorium student. First time round, Con life didnt gel so well with Sheahan, but some change-up time in London gave her the space and perspective she needed to return home and for a second dig.

Her life experience tour OS appears to have been fundamental to the growth of her confidence and songwriting. On the trio of singles shes released, Sheahan artfully bares her soul with very few words, captivating listeners with her emotive vocals and transportive indie folk instrumentation.

Go Mad, a bluesy country track overflowing with worry, fraught harmonica and wailing guitar, instantly takes you to the harsh bush and red dirt of the country. On Mother (written under mentorship of Paul Mac btw), poignant guitar arpeggios and sparse keys deliver a vision of spectacular, mountainous pine forests while addressing the vulnerability of reaching outward for safety, instead of inward.

Laik Afes debut LP drops in the next few but trust us let her quietly draw you in and then knock you out with that rich soprano, and you wont regret it.

WHO: Laik Aife
WHERE: Gasoline Pony
WHEN: Thursday August 30
WHERE: Newtown Hotel
WHEN: Friday August 31

Mother is available on Spotify.

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

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Medicare Australia State of Play 2016-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Australian Minister for Health and Liberal MP for Flinders Greg Hunt tweeted this on 16 August 2018:

So what is all this self-congratulatory chest-beating about?

According to the Department of Human Services in 201617 a total of 24.9 million people were enrolled in Medicare.

In 2017-18 Medicare recorded a total 419,852,601 Schedule Items on which Medicare benefits were paid.

This figure represents on average 1,672,091 items per 100,000 people.

According to Heath Minister Hunt the Medicare bulk billing rate in 2017-18 stood at 86.1 per cent of the total number of Medicare benefits claimed, leaving 13.9 per cent of Medicare benefits to be claimed by the patient.

Based on 2016-17 figure...


Clarence River Estuary communities need to remain both alert and alarmed as NSW Berejiklian Government seeks to expand exposure to international cruise ship industry "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In July 2018 the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government released the document NSW Cruise Development Plan to the delight of the international cruise ship industry.

This plan confirms that Berejiklian ministry - sitting in offices over 670kms south of the small towns of Yamba and Iluka on the banks of the Clarence River estuary - is still pursuing the idea that the Port of Yamba is a potential official cruise ship destination.

The state government also obviously expects that Clarence Valley local government will both accommodate the needs of the plan and contribute to the cost of meeting this aim if it is progressed.

To further the Berejiklian Governments aim to make as many small ports or undeveloped harbours/inlets capable of use by cruise ships the NSW Cruise Development Plan states that:

A regulatory framework that fosters the competitiveness of ports, encourages the expansion of the tourism sector, minimises environmental impacts, protects the community, and supports jobs growth is required for the NSW cruise industry.
National regulatory barriers currently inhibit the cruise industry, including the small expedition and luxury cruise markets, access to NSW coastal ports.

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Sunday, 19 August


Police charge teen pair, alleging involvement in Eastwood shopkeeper assault "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A Sydney teenage girl and boy have been arrested and charged over the assault of an Eastwood shopkeeper on August 6.

The post Police charge teen pair, alleging involvement in Eastwood shopkeeper assault appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Borrachero at the Crate "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A metal band I chanced on at the Record Crate on Saturday afternoon


Passing Of Laurie Moretti "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of our station long serving members.
Laurie along with Rossco & Jamie have run our Fishing Show on Thursday nights.
He will be sorely missed.R.I.P. Laurie.


Senator Keneally says something fishy about Turnbulls $444M grant to Barrier Reef Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from the Australian Morning Mail

The Clintons and Turnbulls

One cant escape that the two families seem to like foundations, it has a cozy sound, one of philanthropy through the pure heart of a samaritaneven Mother Theresa like. Past Australian governments simply adored the Clinton Foundation to the tune of more than $400 million. Gillard is in there somewhere also. Perhaps foundation was the lure for Malcolm? The Great Barrier Reef Foundation sounds regaldont you think? The Clinton Foundation $400 million odd. The GBRF $444 millionnot too much and not too little. Gee, big Mal has a lot of good friendstoday. TomorrowI dunnow!

Malcolm Turnbulls office has confirmed that two of the directors of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation the recipient of a $444 million grant from his government awarded without tender may have been hosted at the Prime Ministers home by wife Lucy.

Source: News Corp

PM fends off Lucys links to $444m reef grant recipients

The Australian can reveal the head of the Great Barrier Reef Foundations philanthropy committee, Stephen Fitzgerald, a one-time head of Mr Turnbulls former investment bank Goldman Sachs, was on the board of the European Business Advisory Council at the same time as Mrs Turnbull.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with wife Lucy

Mr Fitzgerald...


Pick My Project "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Digitising_our_photos (while we can still talk about them)!
The task of digitising photos is extremely time consuming so we often put it off until its too late. Our photos end up packed in boxes from which they hardly ever emerge. But it so important to preserve these precious photographs where we can easily look at them and share them with our family and friends for generations to come.

Digitising_our_photos is a project by Casa Cultura to run a series of pop-up high-speed scanning stations. Our plan is to gi...


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Mobile and Home data plan - Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey guys n girls. I'm helping out one of my technologically challenged gfs. She is a FIFO worker like myself, is currently using a prepaid sim with little to no data on her sim. She doesn't have home internet, but has just built a house in an NBN only area.

She only plans to use the internet every other week to watch Netflix at home in Cairns, but plans to use her phone at work in the mine which requires the Telstra network (only decent infrastructure in Moranbah). She wants to be able to FB video call her family and friends while away at work, but wants to do so when home on wifi =)

Since her new house has been built, she's probably looking at an initial infrastructure setup fee (Optic to home etc). I have had a pretty lazy look online myself... But was hoping someone in the Cairns area could help me out with this? She doesn't need high speeds or anything, just a consistant connection. She needs a home and mobile bundle. She's no CSGO player =P


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Whats all that intensely green stuff? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

We havent had a huge season for rain. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Statewide rainfall was 33% below the long-term July mean of 70 mm, the driest July since 2002, and large areas in the north and east of Victoria, and to the north of Melbourne had rainfall totals in the driest 10 per cent on record for July. This follows a dry autumn, with rainfall almost 40% below the long term average.

Tayloria octoblepharum, Spring Gully road, August 14: a characterful history.

But weve had plenty of dampish days: very good for moss, which has given much of our bushland its intense green winter tinge. Get down and enjoy it!

The picture shows a patch of Tayloria octoblepharum, a characterful plant with cigar shaped spore heads. It favours rotting matter. A gruesome detail: the moss was first described for modern science from a sample collected from the decaying remains of a Tasmanian bushranger! You can find this and other edifying details from FOBIFs Mosses of dry forests of south eastern Australia. The second edition of this book is almost exhausted, and a third printing is planned for the coming months.


Late Cork and Forkers better hurry "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Putneys Kissing Point Park on the beautiful foreshore of the Parramatta River will be the place to be this Sunday for the Cork and Fork Festival. 

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A Parting Glass farewell to an old friend "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
TS. Elliot, Little Gidding

One of those days in England, with a sword in every pond, sang Roy Harper, the high priest of anglo-angst. And so it was when we looked out on England and imagined a wider world. Our journey took us to this farthest shore on the brink of the mighty Pacific.

This month saw the passing of a fine old friend whom Id first met fifty years ago this September when we arrived as young freshmen at the provincial red-brick University of Reading in Berkshire,  and boarded at the same hall of residence.

It was there that John and I bonded through folk music. I had a battered Spanish guitar that Id strung  with steel strings, and had started writing songs and playing them to our friends. I took off one weekend to visit friends in the north and left my guitar with John. When Id returned, hed not only mastered the instrument, but was able to play me a couple of his favourite songs Ralph McTells Streets of  London and Michael Chapmans One Time Thing (see below). Very soon, he could play them note-perfect from just listening to the vinyl. And instead of me showing him chords and finger picking, he was teaching me.

With a bunch of university friends, we later flatted in London whilst they earned enough money to get themselves overland to Australia. There, two of the fellowship settled down, built families and careers, and raised a mob of clever, creative and beautiful children. I was never born to follow; but life seeks out its own highways and byways, and in time these led me also DownUnder.

Though his later life rendered him victim to a treasonous DNA, he fostered and followed through a passion for the wide, dry flatlands west of the Great Divide. He would undertake long-distance solo driving tours beyond the Black Stump (which is to say the back of beyond, or more prosaically,  to buggery); and would send us dispatches of his journeying, with beautiful photographs and stories of shooting the breeze with the locals and playing his guitar in pubs and by camp fires. When driving was physically no longer an option, hed catch the train to outback Broken Hill.

Like Banjo Paterson, one of our national bards, and his poetic alter-ego ...


More photos for Creatures project "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Newstead photographer, Patrick Kavanagh, has generously contributed many of his terrific nature photos to our FOBIF exhibitions. Here are five of Patricks most recent offerings. 

Click on each photo to enlarge. You can see our Creatures Flickr page here and find out how to contribute to our Creatures project here.


ABC poll >100,000 people on Anning speech - majority say nothing to apologise for "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

From Senator Fraser Anning today: ABC News and ABC Brisbane did recent polls with 65,000 and 38,400 people voting respectively. The overwhelming majority of people (60% and 75%) agreed that I have nothing to apologise for in my recent speech which called for an immigration plebiscite. I think the Canberra...


Tales from the woodpile #8 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Winter is the season in which tales from the woodpile abound who in their right mind would be rummaging through a woodpile in summer! This time the woodpile is not mine but Kens from Whanregarwen. The Huntsman-looking spider is a Ground or Flat Spider (Hemicloea sp.). They live in leaf litter (or woodpiles) and []


Blink and youll miss it! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Courtship feeding in Eastern Yellow Robin happens during nest-building, incubation and nestling feeding stages.

It is always a fleeting event, with the male drawn to the begging female, either on the nest or a favourite perch nearby, carrying a tasty morsel, In this instance a colour-banded male arrived at the nest where the female was sitting on two eggs. I was fortunate to capture the female in focus but the male was just too fast.

Female Eastern Yellow Robin arriving at the nest, Rise and Shine, 18th August 2018


Hydrogen, Electric Vehicles and Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Hydrogen has certainly been in the news in Gippsland the last few months. In this column there have been two articles on the partially government funded coal to hydrogen pilot plant (see here and here ), an article on the chemistry of the process, another  on the Carbon Capture and Storage from the process at Golden Beach, and one on the proposed use of Hastings as a hydrogen port.

Recently there has been substantial publicity on CSIRO technological advances to convert ammonia to hydrogen. An ABC article highlighted that this would make the hydrogen powered car cycle much safer and user friendly. Another in the Melbourne Age linked this to the Coal to Hydrogen Gippsland Plans. The ABC article made much of the fact that this combustible fuel could now be produced and transported as benign ammonia and converted to the combustible hydrogen at point of use. However there are several aspects of this that the media may have missed.

One is that coal is not necessary to the process, that the ammonia can be readily produced by renewable energy anywhere where it has access to water and air. Long-time advocate of ammonia as a transportable form of hydrogen retired CSIRO scientist Barrie Pittock wrote It is great news. The technological revolution is upon us. And we will see renewables taking over rapidly. There are already at least two major hydrogen/ammonia projects started in the Pilbara and north of Adelaide. Fossil fuels are rapidly becoming a stranded asset, and just as well! So much for the NEG it is almost irrelevant now.

The other question is the relevance of this process is to automobiles. In this instance it would seem that the electric vehicle (EV) has already won the race. The EV has so many advantages over the internal combustion engine (including hydrogen powered ones) such as longer life, reduced maintenance and home and solar charging. And the cost of transporting...


The first unintended consequence of Malcolm Turnbull's perverse $487M grant to the small Great Barrier Reef Foundation surfaces "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Turnbull government's claim its $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation would spur private donations has been disputed by a leading coral scientist who says funding for his own venture has dried up in the wake of the cash splash.

Charlie Veron, a marine biologist dubbed "the godfather of coral" for discovering more than one-fifth the world's coral species, said US donors to his Corals of the World website dropped plans to donate $60,000 once they saw "the Australian government was going to pour a fortune" into reef projects.

"My source of funding has completely stopped," Dr Veron said.

Dr Veron said his website, a decade in the making, would be crucial for any future recovery work on the reef, such as the $100 million reef restoration and adaptation program that will now be under the foundation's stewardship.

Dr Veron said he met last week the foundation head, Anna Marsden, who said she "didn't have any money that could go" to his project despite it needing $200,000, or one-quarter of 1 per cent of the government's largesse, to survive.



Once more a Coalition federal government is promising savings on household electricity bills "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Throughout the 1980s, '90s, and most of the 2000s, electricity prices tracked fairly closely to general consumer price trends. In the past decade, however, electricity has shot off the charts. Since 2008 power prices have risen 117 per cent, more than four times the average price increase across sectors. [ABC News, 18 July  2018]

All three major NSW political parties - Liberal, Nationals and Labor - along with their federal counterparts drank the Kool-Aid when it came to the alleged desirability of privatising state assets in the electricity and gas sectors of energy supply.

Here is a brief outline of the how and why...... 


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Saturday, 18 August


Things to do in Amsterdam with teenagers "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Amsterdam is an amazing city to visit. As the capital of the Netherlands, there are many things to do in Amsterdam with teenagers. Amsterdam has a population of a little over 850,000 people. 3.5 million people visit Amsterdam every year.

Amsterdam is a city rich in history, Art, Culture and fun. Home to two of the most famous museums in the World.  The Rijksmuseum Museum and the Van Gough Museum. This makes finding things to do in Amsterdam for teens and families easy. As family travellers, we like to find a mixture of experiences for everyone. Its important for us to learn about culture and history as an educational experience for the kids.


Things to do in Amsterdam with Teenagers


Vondel Park Amsterdam

Vondel Park is Amsterdams main city green space. Its located just over the bridge in a west direction from the Leidesplein. Vondel Park covers an impressive 47 Hectares of land. Vondel Park Amsterdam is a great place to enjoy the slower pace of Amsterdam. Take a frisbee or football.

Spend some time chasing the frisbee on the green wide open spaces of Vondel Park. Kids and teenagers in Amsterdam will like hiring a bike in Vondel Park. The paths in the park are well signposted and wide for bike riding. The park and its paths are used by cyclists getting from one part of Amsterdam city to the other. The paths in the park are not as crowded as the city centre. Its a more relaxed environment as you pass the ponds and sites of Vondel Park

Vondel Park Amsterdam with Teenagers

How to get to Vondel Park Amsterdam.

To reach the park from Dam Square, take tram line 1 and get off at J.P. Heijestraat. Alternatively, it is a half-hour walk from Dam Square if you fancy the fresh air. If you are near the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum then the Vondelpark is just a few minutes walks away.


The Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience might sound like a strange choice for a teenager in Amsterdam to do. We think it...


Egret monochrome "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

I enjoyed a few quiet moments in fading light last evening with the Great Egret at Joyces Creek.

The egret was resting in shallow water just upstream of the bridge and making occasional lunges at water life as the light disappeared.

Great Egret, Joyces Creek, 17th August 2018

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Friday, 17 August


Cork and Fork Festival will be a classic "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Putneys Kissing Point Park on the beautiful foreshore of the Parramatta River will be the place to be this Sunday for the Cork and Fork Festival. 

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Thank Folk Its Friday 17th August "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Elio Villafranca Album Launch Cinque "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


Hailing from Cuba via New York, Grammy-nominated pianist/composer Elio Villafranca returns to Australia to launch his latest and most ambitious project to date, Cinque. The album has just received a glowing 4.5 stars review from Downbeat Magazine with Villafranca named in the Downbeat Critics Poll as one of the Rising Stars of 2018.

This exceptional body of work is Inspired by the story Joseph Cinque who, in 1839, led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad. The five-movement suite combines jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, powerful narration and song to tell stories of rebellion and determination in the pursuit of freedom. This performance will give Australian audiences a unique opportunity to hear and see two nearly extinct music forms: Tambor Yuka and Gang.

What: Cinque Music of the Caribbean by Elio Villafranca

When: Wed, September 12, 2018 @8:00 PM

Where: Darlinghurst Theatre Companys Eternity Playhouse

To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here

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Concerned about feral horses in Kosciuszko? Get walking "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

On the 3rd November, a bunch of bushwalkers will start a 35 day walk from Sydney to the summit of Kosciuszko, to highlight the damage being caused by feral horses.

They are looking for walkers to join them for all or some of the walk. The route will follow main and secondary roads, via Camden, Mittagong, Goulburn, Canberra, Cooma and Charlotte Pass.  With the support of the National Parks Associations of NSW and the ACT, and Bushwalking NSW, they are expecting large crowds at the start and finish of the walks. More detail is available on the Save Kosci web site (

Youll be able to register as a walker or non-walking helper from early September. Watch this page for further news, or contact Linda Groom,

Tuesday, 14 August


Stopping litter in its tracks "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Great Ocean Road Coasts conservation team recently undertook works to address an old overgrown drain at Torquays back beach, emptying into the sea near Voss car park.

Conservation Worker Scott Hives set about designing a solution.

We needed an innovative solution to prevent rubbish flowing into the sea.

His first infrastructure design project, Scott carefully considered the site and came up with a design that is sympathetic to the environment but effectively captures waste. With the help of a civil engineer, Scotts waste trap design does not require digging to construct, is easy to empty, and will handle a lot more waste than is anticipated to flow through the site.

The waste trap system will make a big difference to the amount of litter flowing out to sea in this area, and it is hoped that the design may be replicated at other coastal sites around Australia to help to stem the flow of waste from storm-water drains to our precious waterways.

Great Ocean Road Coasts conservation team has recently completed the installation of the litter trap. With all ground works now complete the site has been cleared of weeds and revegetated with indigenous ground covers and shrubs to restore the areas native plant species.

To learn more about the conservation works undertaken by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, visit our website:



Arrest for theft of 91-year-olds wallet "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A 19-year-old Marshall man has been charged with theft and related offences after allegedly stealing a 91-year-old mans wallet and watch from an Ocean Grove gym.

The man entered the gym, on The Terrace, on 6 August and went through the elderly mans bag before walking out with his wallet and watch, Bellarine Police Senior Sergeant Adrian Bickley said.

The man then used the 91-year-olds credit card to make purchases at three retail shops on The Terrace.

Senior Sergeant Bickley said the new CCTV cameras on The Terrace assisted in the arrest of the man on 10 August.

The Marshall man has been bailed and will appear at Geelong Magistrates Court on 31 October.

Because of the City of Geelongs CCTV cameras, we were able to identify and track the offenders movements, Senior Sergeant Bickley said.

These CCTV cameras are fantastic in identifying persons of interest.

The CCTV cameras have assisted in identifying this offender and assisting us in getting an early arrest.

It has also given the victim peace of mind.


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Grove must up the ante "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Tony Potter says its senior football side must keep pace with the BFLs elite teams to push for finals in 2019.

It was the second year in three seasons the Grubbers had missed senior footy finals.

Ocean Grove (10-8) scraped into fifth spot in 2017 and was bundled out by Modewarre in last years elimination final under first year coach Paul Lynch.

This season the Grubbers (10-8) won the same amount of games but finished in sixth spot.

Potter said despite two wins from the last two matches, it was a disappointing end to season.

Very disappointing, but it just shows the quality of the opposition in the Bellarine got a lot stronger, Potter told the Voice.

We have to get stronger with it.

The Grubbers started the season well and by Round 7 had a 5-2 record, but big losses to Torquay and Modewarre in the back half of season inevitably killed off their finals hopes.

A loss to Drysdale in Round 8 at home by 13 points also did not help the clubs finals aspirations.

Between Round 12 and 16 Ocean Grove lost three out of four matches.

Prior to losses to Torquay in Round 15 and Modewarre in Round 16, the Grubbers average losing margin was under 30 points.

Despite two defeats to BFL ladder leader Barwon Heads in 2018, the Grubbers were competitive against the Seagulls with a 21-point loss in Round three and 26-point loss in Round 14.

On the flip side Ocean Grove defeated this years finals contenders Geelong Amateur and Queenscliff twice in 2018.

Ocean Grove coach Paul Lynch said the development of senior youngsters Isaac Wilkins, Riley Maloney and Mitch Lindkvist was a pleasing sign.

All three players came from the Grubber juniors. .

Rising forward Matt Caldow finished with a surge with four goals in Round 17 and three goals in Round 18.

I reckon Rizzer (Riley), Isaac and Mitch have all improved on last year thats where your improvement has got to come from the kids coming up through the system, Lynch told the Voice.

Theyre are all close mates and have come up together and they are doing the work and they are starting to get the rewards now, which is good.

The Grubbers are expected to have a battle on their hands to keep key ruckman Andrew Jarvis after his inclusion in the Vic Country squad in 2018.

I have no doubt he is attracting attention, Lynch said.

Obviously with a man that is in the Vic Country squad there is going to be plenty of phone calls come his way we understand that and if he wants to play GFL footy we are not going t...

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