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Tuesday, 15 May


Photos Rally at Sydney Town Hall -70 years since the Nakba "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Photos Rally at Sydney Town Hall  15 May -70 years since the Nakba 



Old friends "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

What a thrill to see our Powerful Owls back again!

Breeding will commence again soon wishing them all the best.

Powerful Owls, Loddon River @ Newstead, 13th May 2018


BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors Narrow Application For Media Ban On Cardinal George Pell Trial "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Victorian Department of Public Prosecutions has narrowed its application for a complete ban on media reporting of the trials of Cardinal George Pell, but is still seeking an order that will have the effect of a super injunction.

Yesterday, New Matilda reported than the DPP was seeking a complete ban on any media reportage of Cardinal Pells upcoming trial related to a number of offences. The application was so broad that if granted, it would also have the affect of banning any reporting of the ban itself known legally as a super injunction.

However late this afternoon, the DPP submitted an amended application, which narrowed the ban on media.

Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.

The DPP is currently only seeking to ban media coverage of the first trial, although if granted tomorrow morning, it will still have the effect of banning reporting of the trial and the injunction until the second trial concludes.


At this stage, media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.

The application, to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd, requests that:

Publication is prohibited of any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding.

The order will expire upon commencement of the final trial save that publication of any report of the whole or any part of previous proceedings and any information derived from previous proceedings and any court documents associated with previous proceedings will be prohibited until verdict in the final trial.

For the avoidance of doubt, publication is prohibited of the number of complainants, the number of charges, the nature of the charges and the fact of multiple trials.



Australian PM: Hamas to blame for Gaza deaths "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Terror group pushing people to the border, Turnbull says; Canberra also calls on Israel to avoid excessive use of force

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)

Australias prime minister on Tuesday blamed Hamas for the dozens of deaths in Gaza in violent clashes the previous day between Palestinians protesters and Israeli forces along the border.

It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war, with at least 58 Palestinians killed and more than 2,700 Palestinians wounded, according to figures from the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry. The dead included six minors, the health ministry said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW the loss of life was tragic but that Hamass conduct is confrontational. Theyre seeking to provoke the Israeli Defense Forces.

Turnbull said the terror group was pushing people to the border. In that conflict zone, youre basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at.

Meanwhile Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. She added in a statement that Israel had the right to protect it population and called on Palestinians to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory.

The clashes began before Israeli officials and a White House delegation including US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka formally opened the embassy in Jerusalem, and continued throughout the day. Mondays demonstrations, which were timed to coincide with the move, were also part of the weeks-long March of Return campaign marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, or the Nakba (catastrophe), as Palestinians call it.



Home-Grown Queer Web Series Ding Dong Im Gay Is Here And Its Hilarious "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new Aussie web series titled Ding Dong Im Gay has been launched on YouTube. Created by and starring Tim Spencer, the series follows overachiever Cameron, who since moving to Sydney ten years ago has realised his hopes and dreams of party invitations and square-jawed boyfriends have flatlined. But when his hopelessly naive country cousin ...

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #594 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 15 - 21 May 2018 Newsletter | #594 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 15th May 2018 to Monday 21st May 2018 RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival Law Week 2018 GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 Good Beer Week 2018 Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club This Week in Melbourne Markets and Sales Entertainment Channels Coming Soon Enjoy RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Join over 25,000 people at RSPCAs biggest fundraising event walking at locations across Victoria on Sunday 20 May 2018. RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 | Buy Tickets Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 10am - 7pm Saturday | 10am - 5pm Sunday 2-day festival celebrating Buddhas birthday through traditional arts, music and cultural performances enhancing community spirit and social harmony. Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 2018 | Federation Square Law Week 2018 Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to everyday legal issues through informative and fun events. Law Week 2018 | Courts Open Day GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 18-20 May 2018 | | Royal Exhibition Building With 180 unique festival beers and ciders, GABS brings together the best breweries and cider makers for one specTAPular event. GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 | Tickets Good Beer Week 2018 May 11 - 20 2018 Grab your diaries and join us for Australias biggest celebration of craft beer at the 8th Good Beer Week. The BEST beer week in the world! Good Beer Week 2018 | Whats On Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Join us at 80 Willis Street Portarlington for plenty of free activities refreshments music and workshops that the whole family can enjoy. Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club 2018 is a milestone year for Vaudevillian trickster Mic Conway who is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a performer. Mic Conway | 50th Anniversary Tour | Buy Tickets This Week ATSA Independent Living Expo, Battle Arena Melbourne 10, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, ILLUMIN8: Festival of Light and Peace, Lavandulas Autumn Harvest Festival, Next Wave Festival, Philippine Street Fiesta, Sleep at the G, Stonnington Jazz Festival View Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Footscray Finds Market, Yarraville Village Craft Market, Divine Little Market, Bohemian Bulla Market, Kensington Market, Mulgrave Rummage and Rescue Market, Seaford Handmade and Homemade Market, Pakenham Community Market, Fitzroy Market, Treasures...


Louise Hay: Christian Science Woo "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Mark gave me a Louise Hay book to read last night to help me find enlightenment and clarity.

Like everyones Mum mine had Louise Hay books. Like most feel good things people give me I ruin them with anarchist critical thinking.

This caused some late night controversy with the 1312 Crew ..

I opened the Chapter on relationships and read that the relationships we have with others and inanimate objects are reflections of relationships we have with ourselves. And our parents  Maybe a little bit.

But the real woo appeared when I read that if I have a workmate who is a dickhead its because I attracted that into my life.

Because I think all cops are bastards I should look within. And its because I have a belief that cops are bastards that they are. All Cops Are Bastards but not because I think they are but because they are the armed wing of the state and think they are above the law. They blindly enforce laws which were written to oppress poor people, such as laws against feeding the homeless.

So since Im an anarchist and hate everything I set out to ruin Louise Hay. But of course she was already ruined if people looked into..

I typed Louise Hay into a search engine and added critique a word I frequently add if I think something is a bit waack.

Louise Hay promoted the dangerous idea that you could cure any dis-ease dis-ease see what she did there. One can cure any disease or by extension anything problem one has through positive thinking.

I came across an article called Louise Hay is a dangerous Quack. Theres a number of claims in this article which I have independently verified through a double blind independent peer reviewed study which is more than can be said about Hays claims.

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David Bidstrup: Sydneys doing OK too. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This post follows on from my recent one titled Not much change in 130 years and analyses Sydney max/min temperatures from 1859 to 2017 in blocks of 10 years. The data is from the BoM website.

The method is the same as before. For each 10 year block I find the maximum and minimum temperatures for the period and count the number of days above 38 degrees C as a measure of hot days. The Sydney data is from one source, The Sydney Observatory, and seems to be continuous for the 160 or so years of record.

The table and chart below shows the results of the analysis which, to put it bluntly, shows that nothing has changed much. I need to come clean and mention that there are 3 outliers in the Tmax record that I have not shown on the chart but can be seen in Outliers opposite the yellow highlights. These are the 3 hottest days in the record and vary from the next highest by 3 to 4 degrees, (see T diff column). Remember that these represent only 3 days in a record of nearly 55,000 days. The total of the hottest days represent 0.26% of the record and it is interesting to note that there are times when they number 19 in a 10 year period, (1939 to 1948) while the number in recent times is 11, (1999 to 2008 and 2009 to 2017). Other periods from years ago show more; 15 in 1919 to 1928 and 18 in 1979 to 1988.

In earlier posts I mentioned Dr Darko Butina who has a website called which contains a very interesting discussion about the atmosphere being a heterogeneous mixture of gasses and therefore it is impossible to find a constant temperature anywhere let alone fool ourselves into thinking that average temperatures have any meaning at all. If you look on his homepage there is a section called Reports and the article is titled Why everything is local and nothing is global.

I note comments on my other recent posts where the quality of BoM data is questioned and I am aware of the various articles pointing this out. Perhaps one day we might get a bit of integrity into the debate but it seems unlikely given the attachment our politicians and their scientific advisors have to the climate change hysteria.

What I...


Ramadan 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting to commemorate the best of times. It celebrates the first time the Koran was revealed to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.   The Australian National Imams Council has declared that the holy month of Ramadan for this year (1439H 2018) will ... Read more...


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Ballina, Lismore rate variation decision "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) today released decisions on applications made by 13 councils to increase general income above the 2.3 per cent rate peg from 1 July 2018, including Ballina and Lismore.

The applications made by nine councils including Ballina and Lismore were approved in full.

Ballina applied for a 15.0 per cent cumulative increase over two years to be retained permanently in the rate base.

Lismore applied for a 0.41 per cent single year increase to be retained in the rate base for five years (applies only to business rates).

Also approved were applications from Bellingen Shire, Balranald Shire, Clarence Valley, Hawkesbury City, Kempsey Shire, Randwick City and Shoalhaven City.

Increases requested by Kiama Municipal and Muswellbrook Shire councils have been partially approved, while the applications from Upper Hunter Shire and Willoughby City were not approved.

IPART Chair Dr Peter Boxall said special variations are designed to give councils the flexibility to generate additional income above the rate peg to meet their specific needs, and have a direct impact on the rates paid by land owners.

The rate peg is calculated each year to reflect changes in the standard operating costs of local government such as labour, electricity and construction works, Dr Boxall said.

Councils requiring additional funds to improve services, financial sustainability or to fund new capital works can apply for a special rate variation after consulting with their communities and meeting other criteria set by the Office of Local Government (OLG).

The OLG criteria emphasize the importance of councils communicating their proposed special variations to enable ratepayers to understand and provide feedback to councils on their proposals, Dr Boxall said.

It is a mater for each individual council to determine how it collects rate revenue across different categories of ratepayer, and how the special variation increase is distributed amongst ratepayers.

The impacts on individual ratepayers will also vary due to land re-valuations and the decisions made by councils about how to allocate rate changes amongst their communities.

IPART has attached conditions to the approvals requiring the additional income to be used for the purposes outline...


Ballad of the bold Brolga seeing off the Birder "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Brolga family out for wander
Spy a birder over yonder

No worries, says the mister,
I'll  soon see off this blister.

Up he comes with low hisses
But fearsomeness he misses.

Worry not, says birder man,
Now with pictures in the can

You can forget hokey heroic
And stalk back to mum and chick.

Townsville Common early today


Give Distance to Cyclists or Face the Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Minimum Passing Distance rule has been retained as a permanent road rule in New South Wales, after a trial of the rule was hailed a success. The rule requires motorists to leave a minimum one-metre gap when passing cyclists who are travelling in the same direction. That distance bumps up to 1.5 metres when

The post Give Distance to Cyclists or Face the Consequences appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Celebrates 30 Years "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Lismore-based LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits has come a long way in 30 years. The group are a community not-for-profit organisation delivering inclusive events and social activities to ensure the Northern Rivers LGBTIQ community have a safe, fun and inclusive place to call home. The Tropical Fruits flagship New Years Eve Festival began 30 years ago, ...

The post Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Celebrates 30 Years appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Neighbours Is On Its Way To Its First Gay Wedding "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian soap Neighbours will this week move a step closer to the shows first ever gay wedding. The long-running shows on-again-off-again gay couple Aaron and David will finally get engaged to each other on the beach in this Fridays (May 18) episode. Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron, said it was a step he had wanted ...

The post Neighbours Is On Its Way To Its First Gay Wedding appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Govt accused of creating phoney forest reserves "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North Coast Environment Council says the NSW Governments new so-called forest reserves are a trick. Photo Ta Ann Truths/

So-called forest reserves recently declared by the state government are no more than window-dressing, according to a local conservation group, and could potentially pave the way for more serious and intensive logging in other areas.

Many of the areas chosen are already devastated and no longer suitable for logging, the group says.

And it goes further, accusing the government of throwing money from the Environmental Trust at loggers to subsidise their transport costs.

The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) said it was alarmed that the NSW Government had recently declared that another 18,000 hectares of State Forest will become reserves, and has called on Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to immediately rule out opening up areas currently protected for logging in exchange.


NCEC Vice-President Susie Russell said, If it was any other government, wed be over the moon but we know this is a trick.

What hasnt been announced are which areas of [currently] protected forest will be made available for logging, what new logging rules [will apply], and how much money from the environment funds will be thrown at logging companies to sweeten the deal, she said.

The group says that when the government created 11,000 hectares of reserves near Bega, on the south coast, in 2016 it lead to more intensive logging in other parts of the region and $2.5 million in handouts to the logging industry from the Environmental Trust.

$10m for loggers?

So if the government has announced 42,000 hectares of reserves we can expect at least $10 million to be announced for the logging industry and the same volume of timber to be supplied from areas that are currently protected but still have good timber volumes.

Stream protection buffers have large, older trees the Forestry Corporation has been trying to get its hands on for the last 20 years since they were put off-limits. The draft cabinet documents we obtained last year show these are on the chopping block.

Besides, most of these reserves are like what the Tasmanian Government calls potential production forests. They are not secure reserves like national parks. They will still be State Forest and can be m...


The stunning numbers behind success of the Tesla big battery "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This article by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson (RE New Economy 11 May 2018), answers the critics to the Tesla battery in South Australia, and shows that it contributes to cheaper sustainable energy.

The Tesla big battery in South Australia has already taken a 55 per cent share in the states frequency and ancillary services market, and lowered prices in that market by 90 per cent, new data has shown.

The stunning numbers on the economics of the countrys first utility-scale battery were presented at the Australian Energy Week conference in Melbourne on Thursday by McKinsey and Co-partner Godart van Gendt.

Speaking as part of a panel on the leading technologies and strategies that will help manage the transition to renewables in Australia, van Gendt said the data was more evidence that battery storage would play a very big role.

He said that a lot of discussion around the success of the big battery the biggest of its kind in the world and delivered at break-neck speed had focused on the fact that we did it, and not on the economics.

So, I thought Id give you a few numbers from the market data, van Gendt said.

In the first four months of operations of the Hornsdale Power Reserve (the official name of the Tesla big battery, owned and operated by Neoen), the frequency ancillary services prices went down by 90 per cent, so thats 9-0 per cent.

And the 100MW battery has achieved over 55 per cent of the FCAS revenues in South Australia. So its 2 per cent of the capacity in South Australia achieving 55 per cent of the revenues in South Australia.

So thats great for the first battery in the market, he added, but if youve already had 55 per cent of the FCAS that are now gone, right and a 90 per cent drop in price, then the business case for the second battery, of course, is a bit less attractive.

So I wish the second battery in South Australia a lot of luck!

Van Gendts calculations are just the latest in a series of assessments that show how the Tesla battery despite being mocked by detractors for its small size compared to the overall grid is having an impact on the market.

Various estimates have put the cost savings to consumers from the FCAS market alone at around $35 million, just in the first four months of its operation.

Thats a pretty good bang for the buck for the estimated $50 million investment by the South Australia government. South Australia is the only state that has experienced a decline in FCAS prices over the past few months.

The fact that the Tesla big battery...


Time for fun with the Brunswick Scouts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunswick Scouts always enjoy a good camping trip and a fire lighting lesson. Photo supplied.

This Saturday head to Brunswick for a fun family afternoon. Brunswick Heads Scouts are hosting a free, family friendly and community event at the Terrace Reserve from 11am till 4pm called Friends for Life. The day will be full of live music, activities and great prizes to delight the young and the young at heart.

Friends For Life is the theme of next years Australian Scouts Jamboree in January 2019, and I think epitomises the significance of the Brunswick Scouts in our community. Its a place for young people to celebrate diversity, culture and most of all friendship, said event coordinator and parent volunteer Sean Tonnet.

The Australian Jamboree is the biggest gathering of Scouts in Australia and is held once every three years. In 2019 it will be held in South Australia.

Having not come from a scouting family, Ive been delighted to see the importance of scouts to our children. They are learning a life span of skills and camaraderie. For most scouts the attendance at the jamboree is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a highlight of their scouting experience, said Scott enthusiastically.

Its been incredible seeing the support of business behind this event and we have amazing support with donations and vouchers; right through to beautifying the Sound Shell stage for us. Really wonderful!

Whether blissed out by the river or more actively involved, come and enjoy some of the highlights including the attendance of the State Emergency Service, the Brunswick Heads Fire Brigade and the Volunteer Rescue Association.

We are so delighted to have the support from the local volunteer emergency services. Its going to be a terrific part of the family activities we have on during the day, complimenting our raffles, prizes and music perfectly.

Families are encourage to bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the fabulous treats, meals and shopping from local Brunswick businesses.

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Foodies Rejoice! The Gluten Free Expo Is Returning To Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The mouth-watering tastes of the Gluten Free Expo are returning to Brisbane this year, bigger and better than ever. The 12th annual Gluten Free Expo offers visitors a great opportunity to discover, taste and buy everything new in gluten-free foods, including dozens of the countrys favourite gluten-free producers, cooking demonstrations, childrens entertainment, as well as ...

The post Foodies Rejoice! The Gluten Free Expo Is Returning To Brisbane appeared first on QNews Magazine.


More than $300k available for Ballina community groups "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Applications are now open for the 2018 Community Building Partnership Program and this year $330,000 is available for projects in the Ballina electorate.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (centre) with members of the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club at their club workshop which $20,000 in the 2017 round of Community Building Partnership grants.

According to Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) this is an increase of $30,000 on 2017.

I encourage local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for the funds they need to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes, Ms Smith said.

A great example of a successful applicant from 2017 is the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club, which received funding to complete their club workshop at Summerland House Farm and also got funding to buy and install solar panels on the club building. Their club supports House with No Steps and assists with community projects such as renovating park seats.

Ms Smith said local sports clubs, school P&C committees, charities, Mens Sheds, Scouts and Girl Guides are among the groups that benefit from this program.

If your organisation or club needs extra funding for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities, then Id strongly encourage you to apply.

This is a great opportunity to get the support your community group needs to make real improvements in the places where you meet, train or create.

Take the time to have a look at the program guidelines and examples of past successful grants on the Community Building Partnership webpage, see if your organisation is eligible, then get cracking on preparing your application so you dont miss out, said Ms Smith.

The Community Building Partnership program has awarded $275 million in funding to 12,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

Applications opened Monday 7 May at 9am, and close at 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information about the NSW Governments 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit:

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Brave New World: #NappyConsent Woman Deanne Carson On What She Meant, And Why She So Passionately Believes It "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Late last week, sexuality expert Deanne Carson became the centre of an international media (and social media) storm. Hundreds of outlets around the world from the UK, Canada, America, Europe New Zealand beyond unleashed a torrent of criticism after an interview Carson gave ABC Melbourne last week about creating a culture of consent.  Here, in her own words, Deanne Carson explains what she meant, and what its like to be in the middle of an international social media pile-on.

Im Deanne Carson, the crazy, pink-haired #nappyconsent woman.

Theres a lot of things I want for this world. One of them isnt babies sitting around in dirty nappies all day. The idea of that is ludicrous.

I was recently asked by the ABC to comment on how we teach consent to children. The request came off the back of the Four Corners episode on incredibly courageous rape survivor Saxon Mullins, and the subsequent announcement by New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman that there would be a review of the consent laws.

I speak for a living but TV isnt my home.

For my television interview I was given a little bit of information before being rushed into a booth minutes before going to air, cabled up with a mic and earpiece by a really lovely tech guy, and told to stare at the light on top of a very large and intimidating camera.

Was I nervous? Yup.

Was my explanation a little clumsy? Probably.

Frankly, I havent watched the interview and probably never will.

When Nappygate hit social media, the reaction was overwhelming. I was ridiculed and harassed. People mostly men inboxed me on Twitter, Facebook and two social media accounts. They wanted to know if I had children, if I was a man, a woman or an it, and whether I would do the world a favour and kill myself.

I wanted to keep my socials open because I was also receiving messages from survivors of sexual trauma who wished they had grown up in a culture of consent. But I couldnt. It just wasnt physically possible to delete the vile messages faster than they came in.


A final message telling me I needed a bullet between the eyes was enough for me to pull the pi...


Some Norco milk comes from Qld: minister "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Unlike the new supplier of milk to NSW hospitals, Norco is 100% Australian owned.

In the ongoing battle about whether North Coast hospitals should receive their milk from a local supplier, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced that some Norco milk comes from Queensland.

Shadow health spokesperson Walt Secord said yesterday, I never thought I would see the day when Lismore Base Hospital gets its milk from interstate that is the way of the NSW National Party. They just do what their Liberal masters in Sydney tell them to do.

In a statement released yesterday Minister Hazzard responded, I am advised by NSW Health that the tender for milk was statewide and Norco was unsuccessful.

I am further advised that Norco did not offer the most economical price for taxpayers.

I also understand that whilst it wasnt a specific request in the tender, Norco didnt state that the milk would be solely from NSW.

NSW Health advises that Norco also has dairy farms in Queensland, Mr Hazzard said.

A spokesperson for the minister told Echonetdaily that tender process was necessary so that theres no suggestion of corruption.

Asked whether she was aware that the successful tenderer was part of a Japanese conglomerate while Norco was owned by local farmers, she responded I dont know about that.

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Crystal 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Crystal For 2018: Peacock Ore Crystal Of Happiness 2018 is being heralded as the year of Mastery, as the numbers add to 11, a master number.  We have spent the past year, 2017, clearing our wounds, letting go of our stories, our victim consciousness and finding our inner roar.  This has prepared us, for []


Queensland Forest Clearings Spell Bad News For Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

After huge amounts of coral bleaching and rising carbon emissions, the Great Barrier Reef could really use some good news. Sadly, that's not what it got this weekend.

A draft report from the Department of Environment and Energy recommends forest clearing should go ahead at northern Queensland's Kingvale Station, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Prospective clearing was first authorised in 2014, and its purpose would be to make way for cropping and other activities.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg will rule on the matter, and if it goes forward it'll mean 2,000 hectares of forest areas right next to the Reef will be cleared. And that would almost certainly mean a soil pollution problem for the Reef.

[...] Not only is too much heat and light a problem, so is lack of sunlight. Sediment washed from the land into the Reef blocks sunlight onto the coral, restricting the necessary process of photosynthesis. It can also damage or kill some of the fauna supporting the ecosystem.

"Declining marine water quality, influenced by land-based run-off, is one of the most significant threats to the long-term health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef." Ironically, that's a quote from the Queensland Government's State of the Environment page.

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Kylie Minogue Tribute Show To Celebrate Pop Icons 30 Year Career "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As Kylie Minogues Australian fans eagerly await the announcement of a local tour, the next best thing is coming to Queensland. For 15 years, Australian entertainer Lucy Holmes (pictured) has toured the world impersonating the iconic singer in her tribute show 100% Kylie, a faithful recreation of an authentic Kylie concert. The 100% Kylie Greatest ...

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Bangalow gets its heritage recycling bins "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The beautiful hinterland town of Bangalow and, in the background, one of its heritage rubbish bins. File photo

Readers who have noticed workmen on Byron Street, Bangalow, this morning and jumped to the conclusion that they were installing parking meters can rest assured this is not the case.

Echonetdaily spoke to one of the men laying concrete foundations in several spots around town who assured us that they were preparing the spaces for the installation of new heritage recycling bins.

As reported last month, while other major towns in the shire recently received smart, modern recycling (and in some cases also green waste) bins, Bangalow did not.

A council spokesperson said at the time, The original heritage-style bins are not manufactured anymore.  Council will be installing dual waste and recycling enclosures that match, as best as possible, the original style of bins.

We have gone so far as to recast the Bangalow Palm emblem on the side of the bins, the spokesperson added.

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ROCK & ROLL ROYAL FAMILY HIT BYRON Free Entry Friday 18, 8:00pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Port Royal Brisbanes rock & roll royal family are debunking any preconceptions about rock & roll in this modern era with their new antithetical single Rock & Roll Is Dead (out April 30th)

It is safe to say that Port Royal are quickly becoming one of most demanded emerging rock acts from Brisbane. The band made huge waves in 2017 with their two single releases. Get Heavy, released March 17 came in at number #2 on the 4ZZZ Hot 100 of 2017, smack bang in between Flangipanis at #1 and WAAX at #3.

Pinch-Hit followed in September which had them receive further praise as they toured interstate for the first time, that was quickly followed up by an 11 date tour fittingly entitled the Dont Stop Movin Tour that stretched from December to February 2018.

Now with their new single Rock & Roll Is Dead, these royals give a nod to everything that was loved about the likes of Jet, the Hives and the Vines in the early 2000s rock revival while never straying far away from the iconic blues formula of the 70s golden age of rock.

In regal form with bustling anthemic choruses, beseeching rock & roll licks and a barrage of hits, Rock & Roll Is Dead is their most comprehensive, fetching and accessible release to date.

The track while being a fun and optimistic anthem it ferments a talking point for todays music industry with the leading chorus lines stating, They say, Rock & Roll is Dead, created to be a completely ironic and ballsy statement to the cynical haters of the genre which theyve confronted.

In contrast to this, the track touches on throwing away their money on something that poses a risk and never switching off from what they truly desire. The lengths in which the band went to to get this new single together is a clear example of this. In the recent month, a conflict surfaced which delayed the release of the track initially to be released in March between Lawson Doyle and an outside co-writer, where the two parties were arguing their own direction of the song.

Fortunately for the band, this song-writing attribute has been resolved before it could elevate into a legal battle which was threatened. Regardless, the matter has highlighted a deeper and darker element of the music industry where Port Royal, feeling burnt and sapped, are now extremely cautious of outsiders, the importance of contracts vs friendships, and the obstacles that will challenge them as a collective throughout their careers.

Port Royal have undoubtedly faced struggles but will continuously, like any hard-working team, hurdle these brick walls that get in their way of releasing rock & roll. Moving forward, they are excited to be finally be releasing Rock & Roll Is Dead and announce their 15-date tour through May and June. You can catch Port Royal at Byron Bay Brewery on Ma...


RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport as Consort 50 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 14 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 of the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra was noted arriving into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

File photo

It looked to touch down directly from Cairns.

After a short time on the ground, A37-003 continued further South to Brisbane.

A37-003 was heard to be using the radio callsign of Consort 50.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 


A FUNKY SATURDAY NIGHT WITH NOMIKA Free Entry Sat 19, 7:00pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Riding high on the success of a mountain-fresh rebrand and banging new single, Nomika is proud to announce the launch of their debut EP, Motion. The Brisbane band, formerly His Merry Men, have produced a five track EP that they are taking on tour through May and June of this year.

Nomika frolics through the sonic gardens of soul and funk and picnics on the stately grounds of technicolour jazz. The band draws inspiration from the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy and Anderson .Paak. In the last year, under their former name, they have played at Caloundra Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival and Concrete Jungle.

Drink deep from the funky well with Nomika and their partner in crime, Jabberwocky Down, at Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday from 7:00pm. Free Entry.

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Broom, broom, its Lamborghini "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


In 1963, Italian manufacturing magnate, Ferruccio Lamborghini, decided he wanted to build sophisticated cars, cars that would be defined by their elegance, power and comfort. History reveals that Ferruccio admirably achieved his goal. Today, Lamborghini is synonymous with style, head-turning grace and a distinct turn of speed. But for us at Edgars Mission, when we think of the word, what comes to mind is an adorable and cheeky little orphan lamb who goes by the name of Lamborghini, who also has style and head-turning graceas well as a cute little jump of glee producing a distinct turn of speed when the word bottle is mentioned.


Race into our hearts has this tiny Merino lamb, who was found by kind-hearted travellers as they drove (carefully) along the major highway linking Adelaide and Melbourne. Navigating their course with rest stops and kindness, they came upon the wee lamb, who was also coursing his way along the busy highway, albeit doing it rather poorly. Luckily, it was into the vision of the Good Samaritans he came, kind hearts who refused to leave the tiny waif behind. Barely days old, little Lamborghini was soon putting his uncertain future aside, replacing it for a car ride to Edgars Mission with his new-found friends.



Lismore Basketball Stadium goes green "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (right) with members of Lismore Basketball. Photo supplied

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals) today announced the official opening of the Greening of the Stadium project at Lismore Basketball Stadium.

Our community is very aware of the need to be environmentally friendly. This is why I was very happy to provide a $12,000 grant to Lismore Basketball Association, he said.

The state government ($20,000), Lismore City Council ($25,000) and the Lismore Basketball Association ($13,000) also contributed to the project

This allowed them to install a grid-connected solar system with 40 panels, new efficient gas hot water and drop hammer fans at either end of the stadium.

Every light at the stadium totalling 195 lights inside and out has also been replaced with low-energy lighting, which will reduce the associations power bill.

My congratulations to Cheryl Amor and her hard-working team at the stadium they have done a terrific job, Mr Hogan said.

Projects under the Stronger Communities Programme, like this one, are selected by a community consultation committee that assist with identifying potential projects.

The greening and cooling of the popular Basketball stadium will provide an important boost for our local community, delivering lower operating costs and a healthier environment, he said.


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What now? A lamb named Zucchini! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Rounding out our lamb clan of 2018 to six has been a tiny ewe lamb named Zucchini. With so many lambs arriving very early this season, anyone could be forgiven for thinking it was raining lambs! And whilst orphan lambs may have been in abundance, rain of late has not. Such a dry season placed an unwanted burden on pregnant and lactating ewes, who were already struggling to cope on poor pastures. These babes are indeed lucky, for they have escaped the rigours of a brutal winter that so often claims the lives of millions of lambs each year, but they nonetheless suffer the trauma of losing their mothers. Snuggled up now in warm jackets on cold nights, with bellies full of sweet formula, our lamb clan is proving resilient. Their now cherub-like little bodies are testament to our expert care, sweet formula, the watchful eye of Vet Nurse Ruby and kindnessoh, and not to mention some pretty cute names: Beanie, Deanie, Weanie, Tweanie, Lamborghini and Zucchini!

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And then there were fourmeet Tweanie. "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


With a Facebook post alerting one of our supporters to the plight of the day-old little Dorper lamb we were to name Tweanie, our lamb clan of 2018 quickly rose to four! Feeding times now consist of four little dancing tails matched by the dexterity of our carers as they juggle four bottles and monitor intakes. When feeding orphan lambs, it is critical not to overfeed the hungry babies, tempting as their little bleats are for more. The resulting scours from overfeeding such immune-compromised babies can often proof fatal; hence our diligent recording of each feeding, all logged with love regardless of the hour of day (or night).

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It started with a pig "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


On the 10th of May 2003, I set off on an adventure, one whose outcome I could never possibly have imagined. Rendezvousing at the prearranged time, I met my accomplice and a piggery worker in the parking lot of a pub in central Victoria. Moments later, I was to meet the being who was to change my life in ways I would never have thought possible and inspire me to do things I would have otherwise never dared. And whilst it was love at first sight for me, it was not so for he. The drive back home in my little car with that poop-covered piglet was a cacophony of noisean eclectic mix of my out-of-tune voice singing with wanton abandon, the whinings of my little dog ET (who too was overjoyed with his newfound friend) and the occasional grunts and farts of Edgar Alan Pig. My memory holds dear this day as one of the happiest and most joyous of my life. Im beaming from ear to ear just typing these words, as the thoughts of that day come flooding back: a tsunami of jubilation, a deluge of possibilities and a mountain of love.

But oh, my heart missed a beat when I arrived home and raced to open the pet carrier that contained my beloved Edgar, last seen sitting in wide-eyed wonder, staring out from his straw bed with the apple I had brought along as a peace offering lying in front of him. Hes escaped!! I cried, as before me inside the pet carrier was the straw bed, the apple, sans a poop-covered piglet. But how he could have simply Houdinied his way out I struggled to comprehend. Turning to ET for an explanation, he too looked equally perplexed. Just as I was about to call in the National Guard, from the depths of the straw came these little tiny nuff, nuff sounds as a snout appeared, followed by the most glorious, dashingly adorable piglet I have ever laid eyes upon. Oh my, dont do that to me, little guy, I said as I bundled Edgar up and went inside trying to figure out just how I was going to explain my quarry to my then-partner and my dear mum. Whilst the former was never to be convinced this was a good idea, thankfully the latter was. So much so, she readily agreed to assist in washing Edgar for his photo shoot the very next day.



Tamworth attracts migrants "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Interesting piece in the Northern Daily Leader (1 May 2018) by Jamieson Murphy and Grace Ryan Tamworth growth trends revealed by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The overall growth in population for the Tamworth Local Government Area in 2017 was positive  at just under one per cent, although this is too low to allow the City to easily achieve its 100,000 growth target.  However, what was positive and quite important was that of the net increase of  556 people, 379 (68%) came from overseas migration.

The propensity of Australia's new settlers to flock especially to Sydney and Melbourne has been one of the drivers of Australia's growing population imbalance. While the movement of migrants to Tamworth is still small in absolute numbers, the positive ratio means that international migration is now making a positive contribution.  .

Outside Tamworth, Armidale LGA grew 0.8 per cent to 30,552, while Gunnedah Shire grew by 0.6 per cent. Walcha Shire increased by 0.4 and the Liverpool Plains grew by just 0.2 per cent. Inverell showed no growth, with Moree down 1.3% over 2017, Narrabri and Uralla down 0.7%, Tenterfield down 0.6% and Gwydir Shire and Glen Innes Severn down 0.2%.

One of the things that we need to be thinking about in inland New England is how we get a better population balance across areas. This requires the bigger centres to support the smaller centres. It also requires us to put aside the parochial competition that so bedevils cooperative action.


NSW Government Says its Hidden Cameras Reveal Shocking Driver Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Last month, the New South Wales government announced it would be trialling high-tech cameras capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far away as a kilometre, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. The crackdown came after two police officers were injured when a van crashed into an RBT site earlier this year.

The post NSW Government Says its Hidden Cameras Reveal Shocking Driver Conduct appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Catalyst workshop "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Very recently, we had the absolute pleasure of hosting a visit from Young Voices for Animals Catalyst partakers here at Edgars Mission. How very lucky we were to meet this group of inspiring young people, who will be the voice for farmed animals in the not so distant future.

We took them under our wing and provided them with knowledge from Founder and Director, Pam Ahern about how to accomplish their aims of turning their compassion for animals into direct action. Kyle Behrend, our Operations Manager, lead the young voices through a workshop on leadership.


These kind souls, went on an adventure. An adventure which included many of our rescued residents here at the sanctuary. Watching these wonderful young people hand feed our chickens and cuddle up to Beanie and his friends, we felt hope in our hearts that these compassionate souls will lead the future, to a kinder world for all.

An endless thank you, to Young Voices for Animals offering us to the opportunity to spread our message of kindness, to the youth of the future.



Croc fisherman dragged back to court: $7000 fine demanded by State ALP "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Jim OToole

The Queensland Police Service, under pressure from the Labor Party is attempting to crucify a 69 year old Cairns resident, Errol Copley, for catching a 3 metre crocodile on a 68lb mackerel fishing line. The croc eventually died.

Wildlife officers from the Environment Department came across the dead croc when looking for illegal fish nets in a creek running through Mr Copleys farm at Deeral, south of Cairns

The officers set up a covert camera which caught Mr Copley disposing of the dead croc on January 18.

He was subsequently fined $500 in the Cairns Magistrates Court.

Mr Copley said he had no intention of catching such a large croc on a set, light line but due to its short length the croc was unable to return to the water after the hook pierced the gut wall and lodged in the reptiles heart.

The semi-retired cane farmer and commercial fisherman removes mangrove shoots on mud flats near the Cairns Esplanade as a part-time job.

Cairns farmer Errol Copley was surprised when he caught a 3m crocodile on a 68lb line. Photo: Cairns Post

Police want to make an example of Mr Copley by dragging him back to the Magistrates Court arguing his original $500 fine and  no conviction would not deter farmers from slaughtering crocs.

Police and the Labor Partys environment department want the fine increased to $7000.

Herein lies Mr Copleys defence.

Ever since former Premier Peter Beattie in 2001 unlawfully altered the Queensland Constitution...


MACKAY Boozy night leads to trouble for travelling boilermaker "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Man arrested with drugs, ice pipes and stolen goods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police searched the car of a qualified driver in Casino on Monday, revealing ice pipes, drugs, a large knife and stolen goods.

They allege that about 9.30am they police stopped the car on Hotham Street, knowing that the driver was disqualified.

While speaking to 28-year-old Casino man, police observed drugs, an ice pipe and a large machete-style knife on the passenger seat of the car. A search of the vehicle revealed another large knife, a further seven ice pipes, a laser pointer and cannabis.

Police then raided the mans a Canterbury Street address, seizing 25 brand new leather jackets and vests, another laser pointer, two deep cell batteries, an inverter and an oxy-acetylene welding kit with a total value of about $10,000 all of which they allege to have been stolen.

The man has been charged with driving while disqualified, possessing a prohibited weapon, having a knife in a public place, possessing a prohibited drug, possession of equipment to administer a prohibited drug and goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

He has been bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court Tuesday, May 15.


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May 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1788 - The foundation stone for Government House was laid, not on the Hell Mouth as some in the UK would have us believe but in Sydney.
The convict builder James Bloodworth laid the foundations for a two-storied, six-roomed brick house destined to become the residence of all the early Governors of New South Wales, and the first permanent building to be erected in Australia.

1803 - The first public Mass under the new regulations was celebrated in Sydney, taken by Father James Dixon .

1804 - Lt-Colonel David Collins wrote to Gov King saying that in his view, 'there certainly can be no longer any advantage in maintaining an Establishment at Risdon Creek, as I am in a much more eligible situation'. Still Navy Lieutenant John Bowen continued to linger on in Hobart, and apparently rather enjoyed his last weeks there. In fact Knopwood, says that Bowen spent his time exploring, hunting and staying overnight with Martha Hayes his mistress at her farm at New Town.

1808 - Convicts seized the Harrington during the evening while the vessel lay at anchor in Port Jackson. The convicts numbered about fifty. The vessel was boarded whilst the master was on shore and the mate and twenty three of the crew were made prisoners. The ship's cables were cut, and passing the fort in the darkness the convicts cleared the harbour successfully.The Pegasus was sent in pursuit but failed to secure the pirates and returned to Sydney after an exhausting search. The names of the Harrington pirates seem never to have been identified nor the final number of those who escaped.

1809 - The Sydney Gazette resumed publication (lack of paper; no Gazette during Rum Rebellion on which overthrew Governor Bligh).

1815 - The Supreme Court unanimously adopted a rule that no attorney who had been struck off the roll should be admitted to practise before it.

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn got flung into gaol for not having the correct credentials for a priest.
Hmmph, his robes mustn't have flowed the right way or he liked the altar wine a little too much.

1819 - Lachlan Macquarie was getting his knickers in a twist when he penned;
It having been reported to me that a Banditti of about Twenty Armed Runaway Convicts had within the last two days made their appearance near the Stone-Quarry-Creek in the Cow-Pastures, I this day at 1. P.M. Sent off a Detachment of 22 Soldiers of the 48th. Regt., Commanded by Lieut. Close, with 7 days Provisons in pursuit of this Banditti, with Instructions to scour every part of the Cow Pastures, and to apprehend or destroy these Violators of the Public Peace.

1820 - Rev. John Joseph Therry wrote to Guv'ner Macquarie;
As I intend with your permission to celebrate Divine Service in Parramatta on Sunday next, and as I am....


Police catch up with crim who removed ankle bracelet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested and charged a man wanted on outstanding warrants, who had allegedly cut off an ankle bracelet and moved interstate.

About 9am on Monday (May14), police were called to Marine Parade, Kingscliff, after reports of persons attempting to gain access to several mail boxes in unit blocks along the street.

Police attended and spoke to two men, including a 37-year-old man, who allegedly provided false details to police.

Officers searched the man and located a knife and Queensland drivers licence in a different name.

He was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where after further inquiries, his true identity was discovered.

Police discovered the man had two outstanding warrants, relating to domestic violence offences. The man had allegedly removed his ankle bracelet and relocated to Queensland.

The mans two outstanding warrants were executed and he was also charged with goods in custody and custody of knife in public place.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Tuesday, May 15).

Superintendent Wayne Humphrey, Operations Manager for the Northern Region, says the arrest shows police will eventually catch up to anyone who tries to avoid detection by using false details.

Someone who removes a monitoring device and tries to use a false identity is clearly of high risk to the community and police will take all steps to locate and arrest them.

We will ensure your past will catch up with you eventually, Superintendent Humphrey said.

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1) Abusers against Jubi journalists will be prosecuted "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Scientists highlight 9 new reef fish species off West Papua
1) Abusers against Jubi journalists will be prosecuted
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Jayapura, Jubi  Two police officers of Nabire Police, who mistreated Jubi journalist Abraham Amoye You while covering the candidate debate of Deiyai election in Nabire on Saturday, 5 May 2018, will be prosecuted.


Nakba Day: The Palestinian Slaughter Goes On But A Path To Peace Is Still Possible "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We need to hear less from liberal Zionists about how pessimistic they are, and more about the urgency of justice for Palestine, says Nick Riemer.

Today is Nakba (catastrophe) Day, when Palestinians commemorate the cataclysm of their expulsion from their homes in 1948. The most important voices to hear today are theirs: before they read Western commentators, anyone who cares about the tragedy of the Middle East should read Palestinian ones. There could be few better places to start than this powerful meditation by Randa Abdel-Fattah on loss, rage and hope.

But it is also important for those of us not directly affected by the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine to show that we will not be silent: attending the demonstrations taking place around the country (in Sydney and Brisbane tonight, in Melbourne and Canberra on the weekend) are one obvious way to do so.

Protests are necessary, but they can seem a weak gesture in the face of the carnage on the Gaza boundary. Since the first Great Return March a month and a half ago, around ninety people have been killed by IDF snipers. The victims include at least two journalists and five children. As of midnight Sydney time on Monday, no less than 40 protesters had been killed, and over 900 injured in Gaza on that day alone.

As well as these assassinations, thousands of overwhelmingly peaceful Palestinian protesters have been deliberately shot, often causing devastating injuries, by members of the most moral army in the world. In at least 17 cases, amputations have been necessary. With mass crossings of the Gaza fence expected this week, the death toll can only mount tragically higher.


Israels actions have been documented and denounced by organisations like Medicins Sans Frontiere and Human Rights Watch. Yet, true to form, Western leaders, Australias included, ha...


It doesn't pay to tell outright political lies on national television.... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

.... because there are bound to be old election campaign warriors watching.

Australian Treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison, ABC Insiders interview, 13 May 2018, telling an untruth:

You tell me when a government in their budget has ever provided detailed costings, post the forward estimates up to the medium term. Its never happened.
..we don't provide within-year estimates on the cost of expenditure items 

Hawker Britton Managing Director Simon Banks, Twitter, 13 May 2018, showing Coalition Government costings in 2014-15 Budget:
It is amusing to note that Scott Morrison was a member of the Coalition Government when that 2014-15 Budget was handed down. 

In fact he was a Cabinet Minister being then the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, so he would have more than a passing understanding of what went into those particular budget papers....


The reason Peter Dutton is looking so smug lately "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Peter Dutton, 4 May 2016
Photo: Stephanie Peatling

Already a sitting member in a predominately 'white bread', somewhat politically disengaged Queensland electorate with a relativley large workforce and a stable employment rate, Liberal MP for Dickson, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton is exuding confidence bordering on arrogance.

Well he might - the Liberal Party having strongly lobbied the Australian Electoral Commission in last year's redistribution thereby slightly increasing the slim margin by which he holds the seat of Dickson, with ...

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Rooms to Rent "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi Folks,

I have a couple of rooms to rent, one furnished the other not. Open to short or long term rental. Great location with parkland on the doorstep, bike paths and PT close by. There is an ever-evolving veggie patch, heaps of space, a sleepout ideal for music, yoga, art...and a delightful inside outside dog. 

I am moving out in early September so there will be the opportunity to take over the lease as well.

Give me a ring on 0438 507 694 if you are interested. 

Someone called a couple of weeks back re the sleepout, sorry lost the number so give me a call if you are still interested.


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Fellow Newlanders, 

Ive got two good sized yukkas that need a new home rather than a spot at the tip. They are a cool looking plant and would suit a landscaped front yard. Just need digging out. Nice wet soil at the moment

Please call Bridget - 0419 090 519.



Sewer Tour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Do the unemployed take enough drugs, or eat enough shit? What about the good old Aussie battler mum and dad investor? After much debate and delay the much anticipated national LNP sewer tour is underway, taking gourmet samples from outlets around Australia and providing sober analysis

Barnaby Joyce has a keen whiff of the nation's shit in his nostrils. Of course he wants more. He wants to understand what's in that stuff, and send it emojis

The Prime Tax Evader Minister smells his finger. What gravity?! Call a Royal Commission into Bill Shorten! And give me some of that shit

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Hunter St Dongas "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Today I was going to start a painting of the empty Sirius flats from the walkway on the Harbour Bridge approach. As I mixed some paint I noticed a security guard on his radio. He came and told me it is illegal to sit there. Not that I would be sitting much- you have to stand up to see the view. 

At least he was trying to be polite -" It would please me very much if you would paint on the street below.." Anyway the encounter with the riot squad that would surely follow did not appeal, especially alone("Is painting on the bridge a terror offense now?", that would go down well), so I went down into the city and started a painting at a spot i"d noticed on the way there - where yet more old buildings have been demolished while the city is cut off with maladministered public works, this time near the corner of Castlereagh and Hunter Sts.


Brisbane Pride Choir To Celebrate 20 Years At Anniversary Concert "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Past and present members of the Brisbane Pride Choir will reunite to celebrate the groups 20th anniversary with a special performance this Thursday. The group will celebrate both their milestone and last years yes vote for marriage equality at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the MELT queer arts festival. The choir will be joined ...

The post Brisbane Pride Choir To Celebrate 20 Years At Anniversary Concert appeared first on QNews Magazine.


The man with the plan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

All that was old is new again with the potential re-emergence of the US Cold War strategy of offshore balancing
Commentator and counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen is always worth reading. Here is his latest piece  for The Australian on this subject.
It is a well-tried and well-documented strategy whereby an offshore power counters a rival by backing opposing coalitions in a region of strategic competition, supporting local allies indirectly (with weapons, money, advisers intelligence or diplomatic cover), and using proxy military muscle, regular and irregular, to prevent any one rival dominating the region.

Maritime powers (including Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the US for much of its history until 1945) historically used offshore balancing to counter land-based rivals while lowering their own costs and avoiding decisive commitment. To succeed, the offshore power does not need to control a region itself, merely to prevent a rival doing so. As such, this is a low-cost approach something military planners call an economy of effort strategy that reduces exposure and preserves freedom of action.

This comes in the wake of hugely expensive and largely unsuccessful efforts by the US to dominate a region directly through direct military intervention and subsequent entanglement that left it neck deep in the big muddy to quote political activist and balladeer Pete Seeger. It was a maximalist approach that had adverse consequences in terms of lives lost, funds wasted, credibility eroded and loss of freedom of action (particularly after 9/11, as the US became bogged down in self-inflicted wars of occupation).

But, offshore balancing requires a cool nerves, a steady hand and deft footwork.

Bad timing and miscalculation can increase the risk of wars that the US neither wants or is prepared for. And in inexperienced, needful, and impetuous hands, it could render the US vulnerable to being played by its partners. Kilcullen notes that a body of opinion in the US intelligence community,  and also, within Israeli intelligence,  holds that the threat from Iran has been overstated, that Irans ability to dominate the so-called land bridge from Afghanistan to the Golan Heights is overblown, and that no regime in Tehran would be suicidal enough to consider a nuclear strike on Israel, Saudi Arabia or any of its other regional rivals.

But it would appear that Israeli Prime Minister Ben...


At last, comprehensive traffic and mobility study for #WestEnd "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Kurilpa Futures welcomes Brisbane City Councils announcement of traffic improvements along Montague Road and congratulates the Little Streets group and our Councillor Jonathan Sri on their campaign to improve the safety and reduce traffic impacts in this area. The proposed measures, including traffic lights at Vulture Street, kerb build outs with pedestrian refuges at Harriet []

The post At last, comprehensive traffic and mobility study for #WestEnd appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Moths of the Box-Ironbark Forests "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Steve Williams has been studying local moths for over a decade and will be sharing some of his fascinating findings at Newstead Community Centre this Thursday 17th May at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the one-hour talk which will be followed by a cuppa, hosted by Newstead Landcare Group. A gold coin donation will help cover costs.

Plume Moth on Shiny Everlasting at Strangways by Patrick Kavanagh


Plastic bag ban is coming "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Did you know that the Plastic Bag Ban is on its way?

Victoria is in the process of phasing out plastic bags, with many supermarkets setting dates to officially say no to plastic bags! Did you know that that over fifty million plastic bags make their way into our precious environment! Not only do plastic bags have devastating effects on our environment, but they never truly disintegrate. Plastic bags can hang around for 1000 years!

What can I do to help?

Well, this is where we can all make a difference. A simple change can make a huge impact. Consider replacing your plastic bags with a reusable bag on that can be can be used as many times as you would like, maybe even forever?  You can also fit heaps more goodies in on reusable bag, compared to a plastic bag.

For as little as $5, you can purchase a one of a kind Edgars Mission reusable bag. Each bag is made from recycled materials, as a result are totally unique! There are heaps of different colours and patterns, and each includes our thought-provoking quote. By purchasing an Edgars Mission boomerang bag, not only do you help the environment, but you also help another compassionate organisation Boomerang Bags. Lets all do our bit to gradually shift our worlds throwaway mentality to a more kind and sustainable one.

You can purchase your very own Edgars Mission reusable bag today, and tomorrow we will be well on our way to a kinder world for all.


Kalimna Park burning postponed: what now? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Readers of the local press will be aware that the 171 hectare management burn planned for the town side of Kalimna tourist road has been postponed.

The postponement came after a group of local naturalists raised the inconvenient fact that the burn site contained colonies of the Eltham Copper butterfly. This is listed nationally as an endangered species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation act.

Inside the proposed burn zone: the challenge for DELWP is to protect public safety AND the environment. To achieve this officers need the best and most up to date information on land they manage.

DELWP fire managers had planned this mosaic burn with some diligence, with plenty of time put into local consultation: but they did not have access to important survey information held in the Departments own archives. This seems to be a case of inadequate communication between fire officers and the Departments Terrestrial Biodiversity unit. Fundamental to this communication fault is the fact that much of the information collected in surveys funded since the Royal Commission has not been entered into Department data bases, and is therefore not easily available to managers.

For years FOBIF members have joked cynically that the Department frequently conducts monitoring surveys, then puts all the resulting information into a filing cabinet in an unknown location, never to be accessed. Inaccurate and unfair? Yes, but with a degree of uncomfortable truth.

The management burn has been postponed to Autumn 2019. The challenge for the Department between now and then is to develop a fuel management strategy which ensures safety for the communities of Castlemaine and Chewton without threatening one of Australias most endangered species.


Bendigo: The Jade Buddha at the Great Stupa "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Bendigos Great Stupa of Universal Compassion will play host to the consecration of the Jade Buddha on Friday 18 May 2018; on the days following there will be the Illumin8 festival at the Great Stupa, Bendigo.   The statue has spent the past decade on a world tour, visited by more than 11 million people. ... Read more...


Indigenous joint management? Come and find out "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

An interesting additional factor in DELWPs challenge in Kalimna is that the recent state budget allocated $2.05 million for biodiversity work in the Greater Bendigo NP and Kalimna Park.

At the time of writing its not clear what this money is for, but one outcome of the funding will be the employment of traditional owner rangers to work in these parks. It remains to be seen whether indigenous input into management will influence approaches to fire in Kalimna.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Country Plan, published in 2017, has an interestingly positive approach to land healing. If you want to find out more on this, therell be a drop in session next Sunday in Castlemaine to inform the public about the draft co management plan for Dja Dja Wurrung parks in the box ironbark region. The session will be held in the Ray Bradfield room, next to Victory Park, from 10 am to 12 noon.

Preparation of the Draft Joint Management Plan for the Dja Dja Wurrung Parks was supported by a CSIRO-led consortium including Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises, and Conservation Management in consultation with Parks Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).

Aboriginal joint management of six Box Ironbark parks was proclaimed in 2016. The parks in question are Greater Bendigo National Park, Kara Kara National Park, Hepburn Regional Park, Kooyoora State Park, Wehla Nature Conservation Reserve and Paddys Range State Park.

None of these parks is in the Mount Alexander region, but the management strategies proposed for them will surely be of interest to us. Rock up and find out.


Haitian Jazz Latin Party in Sydney! Live Music, Food & Dancing 31/05/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Haitian Jazz Latin Party in Sydney! Live Music, Food & Dancing 

By popular demand, Haitian French Canadian singer Athsia is organising a Haitian party in Sydney. Escape the cold and warm yourself up to the aromas of Haiti. Discover Haitian music and dance on the rhythms of Compas, Mini Jazz, Twoubadou, Zouk and Meringue to name a few. Enjoy some Cocktails, beers & delicious Haitian Fusion Cuisine provided by catering.

Athsia invites the public to an enchanting evening. Singing Haitian Creole songs and her own compositions from her latest albums with The Gentlemen: Michael Coggins (Guitar), Giorgio Rojas (Percussion/Drums) and Yannick Koffi (Bass), Danny Junor (Saxophone). Come and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on Thursday 31st of May 2018 at the Estonian House in Surry Hills. The doors open at 7pm and the live performance starts at 8pm.

Only 10 minutes walk from Central or Museum station. This might actually be the first Haitian party open to the public in Australia, so come and discover Haiti without leaving Sydney.

The venue (Estonian House) Map from Central here or Museum here

If the answer is yes, pre-order now your 1 or 2 courses meal. Discover the menu here

WHAT: Haitian Latin Jazz Party (Live show & Food)

WHEN: Thursday 31st May 2018

TIME: 7pm

WHERE: Estonian Ho......


Tax Tweaks Cant Solve Stagnant Wages "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The governments hoped for budget bounce has not transpired. Economist with the Australian Institute Jim Stanford explains why.

As the country gears up for a federal election, a diffuse but powerful sense of discontent has settled over middle Australia. For several years now, millions of lower- and middle-income Australians have confronted a gritty, precarious labour market. Its a painful change from the heady 2000s, when jobs were plentiful and wage gains reliable.

Indeed, the unprecedented stagnation of wages since the investment boom peaked in 2012 is the most potent indicator of the sea change in fortunes for Australias battlers. Real wages have not grown at all since then and for those in insecure jobs (including part-timers, casuals, and nominally self-employed gig workers) incomes have declined. Its been the worst five-year period for labour incomes since the Great Depression. And its the crucial ingredient in a simmering, volatile brew that will decide the outcome of the next election.

The potent politics of working-class disaffection were demonstrated by Donald Trumps election and the Brexit vote in the U.K. And strategists of all political stripes are now casting wary eyes on how that latent frustration will be expressed here.

From the left, its fuelling the most ambitious wave of grass-roots activism since the protests that ushered John Howard from office in 2007. Last weeks mega-rally in Melbourne to Change the Rules is a taste of whats ahead, as unions and Labor both work to channel simmering anger among working class households.

But conservatives also see potential, and danger, in this mainstream disaffection. In fact, this was the main motivation for a clear rhetorical shift in Treasurer Scott Morrisons 2018 federal budget delivered last week. Morrison knows working Australians are losing faith in the supposed trickle-down benefits of business tax cuts, budget restraint and free trade agreements. So he opted for a more direct appeal: the centrepiece of his budget is a plan to deliver some monetary relief directly to lower- and middle-income workers.

The optics may be politically astute. But Morrison has a fundamental problem: there isnt nearly enough real value in his tax measures to meaningfully repair the ongoing damage of stagnant wages and job insecurity.

Treasurer Sc...


Call for photos! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The theme of the next FOBIF photo exhibition is Creatures.

TOGS Cafe in Castlemaine will host the exhibition in November 2018.

So if you have a favourite photo/s of wildlife in our region send them along to FOBIF ( There is also plenty of time to take new photos: the closing date for the submission of photos is not till 1 October 2018.

We will place all photos in a designated album on the FOBIF Flickr site. A FOBIF sub-committee will then select approximately 18 photos to be printed and framed for the exhibition. As you can see from the wildlife photos below there is plenty of scope for variety.

If your photo is selected, as well as being included in the exhibition, you will receive a free copy of your photo.


  1. Photo to include Creature/s within the Mount Alexander region. 
  2. A small file size is fine for Flickr but the photo will need to be at least 3 mg to be printed and included in the exhibitions. (At this stage only send files under 1mg).
  3. Include the photos location, date, identification of flora and fauna and any extra information you have about the phot0.

Contact Bronwyn Silver at or 0448751111 for further information.



Prosecutors Seek Complete Ban On Media Reporting Of Cardinal George Pell Trial "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

After Wednesday you may not hear about the trial of one of the worlds most senior Catholic Church officials again, until its over. And you wont even hear about why youre not hearing about it. Chris Graham reports.

On Friday, the Victorian Department of Public Prosecutions lodged an application with the Country Court of Victoria for a super injunction against media coverage of the trial of Cardinal George Pell, who is accused of a number of historical sexual offences.

Cardinal Pell the Vaticans treasurer and the third highest ranked Catholic in the world was committed to stand trial a fortnight ago.


The orders being sought by the DPP, which will be decided on Wednesday morning in the County Court in Melbourne before Chief Judge Peter Kidd, are:

(1)      Publication is prohibited of any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding.

(2)     The prohibition on publication applies within all States and Territories of Australia and on any website or other electronic or broadcast format accessible within Australia.

(3)      For the purpose of this order, publication has the meaning attributed to it by s3 of the Open Courts Act, that is to say, it means the dissemination or provision of access to the public by any means including, publication in a book, newspaper, magazine or other written publication, or broadcast by radio or television; or public exhibition; or broadcast or electronic communication.

(4)      The order will expire upon a jury verdict in respect of the charges on the final indictment, or by further order of the court.

Ordinarily, an injunction against media reporting of a trial prevents outlets from reporting the details of the trial. But they can report the existence of the injunction and explain to readers why theyre not reporting the matter.

The order that the DPP is seeking in the Pell matter is so broad that it will operate as a super injunction. The suppression order would be any part of the proceedings, meaning the trial could not be reported, nor could media report the fact theyre not allowed to report. If Wednesdays application for a super injunction is successful, this story will have to be removed from publication.

While ...


Your Most Misunderstood Organ "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Of all the organs inside the human body, the most misunderstood one is probably the appendix. Its often described to be useless and unimportant, and is thought to be a remnant of human evolution. Charles Darwin concluded that it may be an organ that cavemen used to digest tree bark and other fibrous plant materials.1

Today, when talk of the appendix arises, most people tend to think of it as a good for nothing body part that may potentially lead to painful inflammation. But theres actually more to this organ than what most people think.

What Is the Appendix and What Does It Do?

The appendix is found in the lower right portion of your abdomen. This slimy, finger-shaped organ is attached to the cecum, a small pouch thats part of the intestines (the cecum is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine) and is part of your gastrointestinal tract.2

The appendix is thin and small, measuring only 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long.3 For a long time, the appendix has been regarded as an organ that does not serve any function, and that removing it will not harm a person. But now, research has made it clear that it may be useful after all.

According to scientists in France and Australia, the appendix may actually play a role in your immunity, as it has an important function for your gut bacteria.

Published in Nature Immunology, their study showed that the appendix with the help of white blood cells known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) works as a reservoir for good bacteria, which are essential for good gut health and healing from infections.4 When certain diseases eliminate the healthy bacteria in your gut, the appendix works as a safe house for some of these probiotics.

The researchers say that these findings should make people rethink whether the appendix is irrelevant to their health.Once the bodys immune system has gotten rid of the infection, the bacteria will emerge from the biofilm of the appendix, and then recolonize your gut, bringing it back to its healthy state.5 According to Gabrielle Belz, a professor at Melbournes Walter and Eliza Hall Institute:

Weve found that ILCs may help the appendix to potentially reseed good bacteria within the microbiome or community of bacteria in the body. A balanced microbiome is essential for reco...


2018 Art Music Fund Matt Keegan "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


The vegetarian, vegan and gluten free catering menu from Parliament on King. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Social enterprise catering made with love, by our asylum seekers and refugee team.

Weve launched a new menu, of vegan and vegetarian dishes from the countries of origin, of our asylum seekers and refugee chefs if youre not vegetarian dont worry, we still offer everything on our original menu, this second new menu is just for our vegan, vegetarian and gluten free friends.

And its just gorgeous.

From vegan Burmese noodle salads to rich Srilankan coconut milk curries, each dish is a amazing; they may change the way you think about vegetarian, vegan and gluten free cuisine. The flavours rich, bright and deep, the produce seasonal and fresh.

Our chefs will cook for you the same way they cook it at home.

The food is home style, its not exactly fashionable, but it is what our team eat at home and make for friends and family.

If you want to know what it tastes like to be part of an extended Burmese, Iraqui, Somali, Pakistani, Persian family, you can find out (theres actually a few more than this  to discover)..

Hungry for change? Let us cater for your next event.
Weve done everything from corporate lunches, conferences and conventions to birthday parties, formal dinners and weddings.

We specialize in local vegan and vegetarian favourites from the countries of origin of our staff we can provide everything from Burmese Red Pepper Noodles, Persian Ados Polo (a Persian style rice with sultanas and fried onion) Somali soups and Srilankan curries all made the way its made at home.

A private vegan or vegetarian dinner in the caf.
If youd like, private dinners are available in the caf, you can book the entire caf for you and your group. Contact us for details.

Our story
The social catering is an initiative of a small caf on King Street, Parliament on King, you may have heard of us  we even won the Good Food Guides Food For Good Award 2017.

The caf and all its facilities are often used to train asylum seekers and refugees in the basics of hospitality. The idea is to get people work ready. Weve been running the program for nearly two years and trained over 300 people, with many going on to their first Australian jobs the cafs even won a Humanitarian Award for the work.

Food prepared with love
Everything is carefully and thoughtfully made; its true and authentic to the way they make it back home.  Its all meticulously done to the highest standards and made with love.
That love extends beyond the food, its in the kitchen. In the kitchen theres a spirit of friendship its a ha...


Lake Macdonald "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Well it is more than time to put up another post but I just can't get motivated unless I have a series of good photos that makes a coherent story. So it takes me awhile to get going again!!
Last week I had to visit the eye specialist I see on the Sunshine Coast but this time it was only for a series of tests and not any 'nasty' injections with the associated medications that alleviate the pain but make me almost blind for a few hours. The good friend who drives me down for the injections suggested we have a few hours doing what we wanted to around that area. It was lovely! She knows the area well and drove me through areas I had known many years ago so I could see how everything has  changed! It is now so 'built up' and I am not sure the changes are for the better. - so many people and so many cars!! Oh well - I guess it's called "progress!
The one beautiful highlight of the morning was a visit to Lake Macdonald and the Fearnley Bird Hide. Lake Macdonald is located in the Noosa hinterland and is part of the South east Queensland's drinking water supply.  The part we visited looks just as if the water filled up the lower parts of  valleys and is now perfect habitat for all birds that love water! Much of the water is covered with lots of water plants - and the birds make use of these to hide! The lists of birds that have been seen there are fantastic - but as ever! - we should have been there the other day!!
These photos were taken from close to the bird hide. There were lots of birds around but most of them were away on the other side.

Ducks? No - Eurasian Coot - but still beautiful in that water.


New Book To Explore History Of Queenslands Queens Birthday Ball "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The authors of a new book immortalising the history of Brisbanes long-running Queens Birthday Ball have asked for community contributions. After its humble beginnings at a house in Mt Tamborine, the Queens Birthday Ball has become the longest-running continuous gay event in the world, held in Queensland every year since 1962. Involved in the books ...

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Art and protest If a tree falls "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Eloise joined our team this year, and writes about her experience as an invited artist, to Tarkine in Motion

This year I attended Tarkine in Motion, ran by the Bob Brown Foundation, who are campaigning for 450 000 hectares of forest and coast to be declared a National Park and World Heritage Area. The event, now in its fourth year, sees artists venture into the north west corner of Tasmania, to document, experience, and be inspired by the beautiful wilderness that is the Takayna/Tarkine.

At the Arthur River camp the first thing I can hear is the distant roar of the ocean. Its the end of the day and sunset isnt far off, but I really want to go down to the waves. Slipping away before anyone can follow me, I crawl through the knotted scrub near the camp, climb over a fence and start following a freshly cleared fire track. In my heavy steel cap boots I run towards the sound of the waves, feeling energised but  also worried that its getting dark. Im not sure if Ill even make it down to the shoreline, the ocean could be much further away than I think, and the fire track seems to be turning away from the beach. I keep running until the short trees give way to low scrub and grass, and then eventually to huge sand dunes, and Im sure that Ill make it. I scare birds and wallabies hiding in the scrub as I run, sending them flying away. I tread a little lighter, listening for the birds whistling away in the tall thick grass. There is a little fresh stream of of water appearing out of nowhere, its course covered in bright green water weed and moss, and I follow it down to where it trickles out onto the beach, running under a huge pile of drift wood. I leap across the pile from trunk to trunk and jump off onto the flat smooth beach, walking down to where the water licks at the sand. Waves are crashing past mammoth boulders far out in the surf,  and the wind roars with the waves. I watch a tiny sand piper shuffle comically along the shoreline, stopping every few meters and eying me off. I feel absolutely joyous, and a laugh escapes me. I walk a little further up the beach to inspect an oddly coloured rock that looks like a seal. I want to stay to play on the piles of massive drift wood piled up at the high tide line, explore the little streams of water running across the sand and sit still for a while to wait for whatever creatures will come by. But its getting close to sunset, and I dont want to be the idiot who gets lost in the dark on day one of Tarkine in Motion.

The main reason I chose to be based at Arthur River, along the coast, was because of the opportunity to connect with the indigenous heritage and culture there, and learn from some Palawa women. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to visit...


Tweed holiday-let owners claim discrimination by council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

La Masion Pacifique (aka 6 Beason Court, Casuarina) has closed its doors to short-term holiday-let tenants following a Tweed Shire Council action. Photo

Owners of a Casuarina property that bills itself as offering private beach-front luxury for the discerning traveller are shutting their doors, claiming they have been specifically and unfairly targeted for legal action by Tweed Shire Council (TSC) as a result of complaints.

Sally and Chris Johannsen, owners, La Maison Pacifique, say their property at 6 Beason Court is one of 15 that TSCs May 3 Planning Meeting identified as short-term holiday lets (STHL) operating without approval.

Of these, the Johannsens say only their property has been targeted for legal action to end their operation.

We are devastated to advise that the Tweed Shire Council has issued us with a prohibited use notice as a short-term holiday let . We will be closing, effective immediately and permanent letting our beautiful property, they said in a statement last week.

We have been specifically (and we feel unfairly) targeted for legal action by TSC as a result of complaints, they wrote.

By way of clarification, our complaints have been unable to be substantiated by either any police action, (including noise or parking infringement notices), nor (in the case of noise) been outside the allowable hours set by TSC.

We employed Tweed Coast Security to monitor our property and guest behaviour (since December 2014) and no adverse reports have been filed by them ever. We are the victims of a vexatious campaign by two neighbours who are vehemently opposed to STHLs in their street.

We are at a loss to understand TSCs actions given that STHLs allow them to follow their own policies in relation to tourism and employment and are an excellent way for them to meet their strategic goals particularly given it appears that no new large tourism accommodation infrastructure projects appear to be on the horizon. Tourism is the largest industry in the Tweed Shire, they wrote.

Separately, why are Tweed Shire Council acting now, in the full knowledge that the NSW Parliamentary Enquiry into Short Term Hol...


ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews  May Your Kindness Remain "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

I like you honey, being with you is like being alone. Its a line in Ive Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to Continue reading


BFU presents: Race, colonialism & the politics of representation "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

When? 6pm 7.30pm, Wednesday 23 May

Where? Bunyapa Park, West End

What? Critical conversation and public discussion

Join us to hear Dr. Chelsea Bond and Dr. Paige West in conversation about racism, colonialism, representation and violence in Australia and PNG.

About the speakers
Dr. Chelsea Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a Senior Lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. Dr Bond has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for the past 20 years and has a strong interest in urban Indigenous health promotion, culture, identity and community development. Dr Bond is also a board member of Inala Wangarra (an Indigenous community development association), and Screen Queensland, an affiliate member of UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Research and regular guest host of 98.9FMs Lets Talk program.

Dr. Paige West is the Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. Her broad scholarly interest is the relationship between societies and their environments. More specifically, she has written about the linkages between environmental conservation and international development, the material and symbolic ways in which the natural world is understood and produced, the aesthetics and poetics of human social relations with nature, and the creation of commodities and practices of consumption. Since the mid 1990s she has worked with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea. In addition to her academic work, Dr. West is the co-founder of the PNG Institute of Biological Research, a small organisation dedicated to building academic opportunities for research in PNG by Papua New Guineans. She is also the co-founder of the Roviana Solwara Skul, a school in PNG dedicated to teaching at the nexus of indigenous knowledge and western scientific knowledge.

As usual, the event is free and open to everyone.

We acknowledge that we gather on unceded Aboriginal land, on the territories of Jagera and Turrbal peoples. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Accessibility information for this event:

  • The venue is a park. The event is child-friendly, and we welcome families to attend. However the park is not fenced and there will not be a separate space for children. We can provide some engagement materials (drawing supplies etc) on request.
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible, although much of the park is grassed
  • There is an accessible ambulant toilet with a change-table.
  • Some comfortable seating is provided, and priority w...


Testicles May Have Caused Symptoms After Crash, Not Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A NSW judge who sentenced a man to a minimum of more than two years prison for causing a fatal car crash, says she could not be certain that illegal drugs caused his erratic driving, despite a blood test establishing the presence of THC and Amphetamines in his system. Guilty plea 34-year old Stephen Farquhar

The post Testicles May Have Caused Symptoms After Crash, Not Drugs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


BFU presents: Art, politics & public space in the New World City "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

When? 6pm 7.30pm, Wednesday 25 April

Where? Bunyapa Park, West End

What? Brisbane Free University kicks off the year with a juicy public conversation on the politics and practices of participatory public art. And alliteration.

Shane Sugrue is one-fifth of Unqualified Design Studio, a collective of partially-employed architects, artists, and designers based in Brisbane. His work examines the potential for unsolicited and participatory spatial practices to trigger altered relationships with public space. He lives in East Brisbane with three chickens and four people.

Aleea Monsour is a community theatre-maker and facilitator. She is interested in thinking about the role of theatre in engaging and empowering communities to share and hear their stories.

Shelley Cheng is sometimes an artist and lives on the stolen Aboriginal land of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples. Shelley is currently completing her undergraduate studies in law/ journalism and is interested in critical race theory, decoloniality, transformative justice and community building. Shell be speaking about her experiences of presenting interactive art pieces/ installations which allowed audiences to write and draw responses to her work, choose the direction of incomplete work, and interact with other members of the audience.

Each speaker will present for 10 minutes or so, and then well open up for questions and broad community conversation.


BFU acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we gather, the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, and their Elders past, present and future. Sovereignty over these lands was never ceded.


Art Meditation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

NEW Creative Meditation Workshops in St Kilda Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Just relax they say Take deep breaths they say Be mindful they say Great So now you have mindfully hyperventilated Relaxed? Nope  So, you try another approach and finally make it to that Yoga class, or youre soaking up a sunrise view in []


MP calls for permanent protection of Brunswick Heads pines "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens), is calling on the state government to take action to protect the iconic Coastal Cypress trees on crown lands at the Brunswick Heads Terrace Holiday Park.

Locals have long disputed the holiday park trusts use of the area for camping and its claims the trees are being responsibly managed.

In the face of a recent report that claims some of the trees could be up to 400 years old, Ms Smith has called on the state government to, step in and take charge of a fiasco that is unfolding in the holiday park.

She has called on Lands Minister Paul OToole and Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to step in and save the trees, and use Save Our Species funding to ensure their ongoing protection.

It is now clear that there has been historical damage to a stand of trees that includes some that may be 400 years old and many aged at least 200 years.  The Coastal Cypress Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) is identified in NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and must be protected according to the governments own legislation. The Crown land park is managed by a State-appointed trust that intends to continue destroying and endangering this rare stand of trees, said Ms Smith.

A report undertaken last year by local ecologist, Dr Robert Kooyman, identified the value of the EEC and noted that the Brunswick trees represent a significant continuous stand of this poorly represented species and it is therefore critically important that it be protected and made recommendations for the ongoing management.

Dr Kooyman has advised that the most ecologically sound management of the area would include the removal of all camping and infrastructure in the south of the park and restrict all activi...


Zines "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Zines: Punk Publishing Comes To St Kilda By Robert Scholten @robobop Sipping a frothy latte on a perfectly vintage crate in a perfectly vintage cafe, I realised something. I was tired. Tired of the carefully created and curated content dominating my vision: social media feeds, billboards, movies, newspapers and books. An endless stream of perfect []


Religious Exemptions Allowing LGBTIQ Discrimination Widely Opposed: Poll "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Four out of five Australians oppose laws that allow gay, lesbian and transgender students and teachers to be expelled or fired by religious schools, according to a new poll. The YouGov Galaxy poll, commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group Just.equal, found that 82% opposed existing exemptions in anti-discrimination law that allow the expulsion of gay and ...

The post Religious Exemptions Allowing LGBTIQ Discrimination Widely Opposed: Poll appeared first on QNews Magazine.


NEW ALBUM REVIEWS: MAY 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


To listen or purchase a release click the  or the albums artwork

Showcase [Bassplate Records] 
Review by: Paris Pompor 

Back in 2009, I was completely besotted with a dub-reggae re-recording of Miles Davis Kind Of Blue. The woozy-boozy meeting of languid jazz and dub FX can be an intoxicating one, as was the case with the aforementioned unearthing of Jeremy Taylors long-lost Jamaican version of Davis classic Blue Note LP. Its also the case on this newie by a bunch of Italians. Producers Herbie D. Faders and Michael Bass dont so much rerecord a jazz LP, but instead take a bunch of jazz recordings into their echo chamber and apply classic dub delays and studio trickery to turn out something fresh. The 1981 Jeremy Taylor album had a terrific, almost unbelievable backstory to assist its resurfacing after almost 30 years, while this newie called Showcase tells the story in reverse.  It traces its inspirations back to the foundations of reggae in Kingston jazz and those who studied at the famous Alpha Boys School in the Caribbean island capitals South Camp Road where legendary Skatalite skankers Tommy McCook (sax), Johnny Dizzy Moore (trumpet)  and Don Drummond (trombone) honed their craft.

Our modern day heroes are Brothermartino (flute/sax) and Mirko Cisilino (trumpet/tr...


Tommy Langra "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Tommy Langra, artist, poet and mystic Image & text by Kerrie Pacholli @ St Kilda Artist Thomas J. Barker-Webb, also professionally known as Tommy Langra and Tomb was born into a loving home where formal education mattered. At the age of 4, upon reading a library book introduced to him by his mother referencing []


On money-laundering, ABC double standards and Sudanese welfare recipient's $1.5M house "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This story published by their ABC raises some questions beyond that posed in the ABC's opening paragraph: How did then 22-year-old Ngouth Oth Mai manage to buy a $1.5 million property in Melbourne upfront in 2014 when he had only ever earned welfare payments and lived in housing commission? The...



Market Expansion

2018 is an exciting year for The Handmade Expo with 4 new locations opening!!

April saw the new Brisbane Northside location in Strathpine at the Strathpine Community Centre open and sites were booked out within 4 weeks of releasing the application form creating the largest waitlist we've seen in a long time. After closing our Morayfield venue back in 2015 there had been numerous requests to reopen on the northside as handmade businesses were seeking quality avenues to sell their wares at.

July sees the grand opening of our Mackay location which will run twice a year at this stage and will be held at the Mackay PCYC on a Saturday. We had been toying with the idea of opening a market in the Mackay region for some time since Airlie Beach first started and with the success of that market location we decided that now was time to do it. So far since announcing the new venue and putting the application form on the website the response has been fantastic with many of our current Airlie Beach stallholders keen to expand their client base plus loads of new and exciting businesses joining The Handmade Expo family. 

Proserpine won't miss out either with a market date booked for November at the Proserpine Cyclone Shelter! With no completely handmade market in the area our mission is to promote handmade products from the local area as well as from the surrounding region.

After 10 years of holding markets in Queensland The Handmade Expo is extremely excited to be expanding into Northern NSW!!

August is set for our grand opening in Lismore at the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. This area has an amazing assortment of creative artisans and we are looking forward to having them all in the one place in a fully indoors venue.

You can find all the dates and locations on our website at 


The Vines original lineup is reuniting to support Jet in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Sydneys very own garage rock legends, The Vines are set to reunite for two special performances on Jets upcoming Get Re-born tour. This year marks 14-years since the bands fateful show at Sydneys Annandale Hotel in which bass player Patrick Matthews walked off stage mid-set and into a cab, never to play with the band again. 

The band will be joining Jet during the Sydney leg of their upcoming tour, in celebration of the 15 year anniversary of their landmark album Get Born, playing shows at the Enmore and Metro Theatre.

The two bands shared the stage together back in 2004, touring through the USA and bonded over their penchant for garage rock rowdiness were sure this show will prove ultra-nostalgic for fans of early 00s Aussie music.

The Vines will perform tracks off their much loved first two albums,  Highly Evolved and Winning Days, featuring some of their biggest hits including Get Free. 

The Vines frontman Craig Nicholls took to the stage with the Killers in Sydney last week to assist in a rousing performance of When We Were Young and Get Free. A release date for the bands follow up to 2014s Wicked Nature,  In Miracle Land is still unknown and, celebrated Highly Evolveds 15th-anniversary last year with a vinyl re-release.  

Jet Get Re-Born Tour 2018


Tuesday, May 29th
NEX, Newcastle, NSW (18+)


Thursday, May 31st
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (18+)


Saturday, June 2nd
UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT (18+)


Monday, June 4th
The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD (18+)


Thursday, June 7th


Mothers Day Durrumbul style "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Celebrating Mothers Day at Durrumbul Public School. Photo Aslan Shand.

Durrumbul Public School enjoyed a sunny Mothers Day morning tea in their beautiful playground on Friday morning with mums, dads and grandmothers all showing up to enjoy pancakes, tea and a chat as they met the new relieving principal, Janet OShannessy.

Janet has 20 years of experience working in a variety of schools, in the Northern Rivers as well as in western areas such as Bourke and Dubbo. Her previous school was Ballina Public school where has been the assistant principal for seven years.

I feel very much at home and everybody has made me feel so welcome, said Janet.

Although her previous school was much larger, Janet said she has settled into the routines of a small school beautifully. She is teaching the Echinda room with K1/2/3 students and they too have adjusted to the change with ease.

The school wish departing head teacher Brev Belleville, who has moved to Crabbes Creek as principal, all the best with his new appointment and thanked him for his many years of dedication to the school said vice president of the P&C Ewan Willis.


PNG miners to present in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Drilling at Edie Creek

RAPID-FIRE presentations by four companies with interests in Papua New Guinea will be delivered in Australia on Thursday at the inaugural ResourceStocks Sydney conference.

PNG Industry News | 14 May 2018

Kingston Resources is first up at 11.45am, followed by Geopacific Resources, Kalia and Niuminco Group. Each company has a 15-minute slot at the event, which is to be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre over two days, May 16 and 17.

Kingston Resources has the advanced exploration Misima gold project which has 2.8 million ounce resource which Kingston aims increase. Misima Island is 625km east of Port Moresby in the Solomon Sea and was operated as an open pit gold mine from 1989 to 2004, producing 3.7Moz gold at an average cost of $218/oz. Kingston owns 49% of Misima and is earning in to 70% and the joint venture partner PPC, is owned by JX Nippon Metals and Mining (66%), and Mitsui Mining and Smelting...


Norco milk off the menu in local hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Locally produced Norco milk has been replaced in North Coast hospitals by the foreign-owned brand Dairy Farmers. Photo

Almost all of the 17 hospitals on the North Coast have severed their contracts with locally based milk producer Norco in favour of a company that sends its profits to Japan.

The move follows a tender by NSW HealthShare, which runs the kitchens of most of the local hospitals, in which Norco lost out to the overseas-owned Dairy Farmers.

And while the dairy co-operative says it wont affect its viability, CEO Greg McNamara said he was gutted it had lost the contract.

It makes me disappointed that we cant supply those people in hospital when they are at their lowest point, he told local media.

The company has said it would fight the decision but Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals) said its a done deal but he will lobby the health minister to change the tender process for the future.

What Im asking the minister to look at, the possibility when any tenders go out from government by HealthShare or any other department that we do provide a local weight for local companies to apply for these tenders and [they be] looked at with a favourable decision, he told ABC radio.

But opposition North Coast spokesperson Walt Secord and shadow Primary Industry Nick Veitch (Labor) have slammed the new arrangement.

We have the worlds best milk produced on the North Coast by the worlds best farmers from the worlds best cows; and the state government decides to buy its milk from across the border rather than from just up the road, Mr Secord said in a statement.

Mr Veitch said the National Party should be putting local jobs first and showing their solidarity with farmers and local Norco workers.

Lismore is proud of its heritage as one of the nations best known dairy regions; and we should be supporting local products.

Norco is selling its milk and ice cream to China,...


May 14 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1794 - On the 14th a party of two soldiers and an Aborigine set off from Sydney on an excursion south of Botany Bay, returning on the 20th. They travel to a small harbour "about twenty miles to the south of Botany Bay". It is unknown whether they reach as far south as Illawarra, though the report states: "The country they described as high and rocky in the neighbourhood of the harbour, which, on afterwards looking into the chart, was supposed to be somewhere about Red Point." Red Point, modern day Hill 60 at Port Kembla, is actually located about 50 miles south of Sydney. The party may actually have visited Wattamolla Bay, north of Stanwell Park.

1798 HMS Nautilus arrived in Sydney, carrying missionaries from the London Missionary Society.

1803 - Sir Henry Browne Hayes held a meeting on this day which is regarded as the foundation day of Freemasonry in Australia.

1809 - Viscount Castlereagh to Governor Macquarie 14th May 1809 -
It has been represented to me that upon the arrival of a ship with female convicts in NSW the unfortunate females have been given into the possession of such of the inhabitants, free settlers, and convicts, indiscriminately, as made a demand for them from the Governor. If a practice so extraordinary and disgraceful has not been abolished, you will be no means suffer it to continue, and I am to desire you will take the proper means for having the female convicts upon their arrival, kept separate till they can be properly distributed in such a manner as may best encourage attention to industry and character....The female convict, it is stated, is seldom apprenticed, and she lived indiscriminately, first in one family, then in another.

1814 - First issue of Van Diemens Land Gazette and General Advertiser.

1814 - Gov Macquarie offered an amnesty to all bushrangers in Van Diemen's Land if they surrendered before December 1st...coz the Apple Isle was simply bursting at the seams with the lawless buggers...or so popular rumour said.

1829 Aboriginal mission on Bruny Island was opened by George Augustus Robinson.

1838 -  Convict John Hayter was killed at New England by Aboriginals.

1853 - Alexander Stuart was directed by the board of the Bank of NSW to head to Maitland as manager taking with him a clerk, a supply of notes and coin plus office supplies.

1855  - Australia's first branch of the Royal Mint (London) commenced operations in Macquarie St, Sydney.

1858 - Explorer John McDouall Stuart set out with an assistant, an Aboriginal tracker and provisions for four weeks to explore beyond Lake Torrens and Lake Gairdner and to look for grazing land.

1859 The Melbourne Football Club, Australia's oldest football club was founded.

1861 - The Moreton Bay Courier b...


The Rights of People Who Use Drugs: An Interview With INPUDs Judy Chang "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The war on drugs has failed. This is a reality thats increasingly being acknowledged around the globe, as communities start to realise that the outcomes produced by this intensification of drug law enforcement have been overwhelmingly destructive. The close to fifty years of the drug war has seen the mass incarceration of people for merely using

The post The Rights of People Who Use Drugs: An Interview With INPUDs Judy Chang appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Colour and movement "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Adult Eastern Spinebills have moved into the garden over the past week or two. They are colourful and energetic birds.

With a number of different Grevilleas and Correas starting to flowers they will hopefully linger right throughout winter.

Eastern Spinebill (female), Wyndham Street Newstead, 13th May 2018


MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accomplice avoids being sent to jail "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Burglary accused denies spate of property crime allegations "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Book on the campaign against Adani coal megamine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Just four citizens: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference Guardian, Geoff Cousins, 12 May 2018

In this book extract, Geoff Cousins describes how the farmer, the activist, the tourism operator and an old bald man with hope in his heart travelled to India to protest against Adani..

The campaign against the Adani mine is unique in my experience of major environmental battles. Most are place-based campaigns in one way or another: dont dam this river; dont pollute this groundwater reserve; build this gas hub somewhere other than in a wilderness area. The Adani proposal is different and touches on all the major environmental issues of our time, from climate change to global warming, from shifting from fossil fuels to renewables to the direct and indirect impacts on the Barrier Reef.

It has become a symbol of what is wrong with so much of the government policy in this country and elsewhere and that is why the campaign has attracted such widespread and passionate support. The central question that has focused the minds of all involved has become: if we cant stop this mine at a time in history when urgent action is needed on all these issues, what can ever be achieved by the environment movement?.

In discussions with traditional owners in Australia, it has been powerful to be able to describe first-hand the mistreatment Adani has meted out to Indigenous groups in India. The same promises are b...


Deanne Carson Has Pink Hair. How Dare She Advocate For Consent! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ANALYSIS | Chris Graham

The internet has been in meltdown for days, as Nappy Consent-Gate rebounds around the world.

In case you missed it, last week ABC television in Melbourne featured an interview with sexuality expert or sexuality expert in scare quotes if you work for one of the major media outlets Deanne Carson on the issue of creating a culture of consent.

It was in response to an ABC 4 Corners episode on Tuesday night which profiled the ongoing furore around the sentencing of a young Australian man, Luke Lazarus, who was jailed for rape, and subsequently released amid a debate about sexual consent.

By the weekend, the story had appeared in newspapers from the UK to the US, Canada and New Zealand and most western speaking countries in between. Even Breitbart News, once edited by the extreme right-wing Trump adviser Steve Bannon and the original home of fake news, has taken up the issue, in the style you might expect.

Its difficult to track where the meltdown began, but as early as Wednesday last week, sacked right-wing shock jock Michael Smith was covering it on his website after it was brought to his attention by contributor Jill Jacks.

Below is an edited, 30-second clip of the lengthy interview Carsons comments about asking consent for babies to change their nappies are what have sent the globe into a spin. What a lot of media havent reported is that Carson prefaced the comment with we teach parents from birth. It was clearly intended as a way to start parents thinking about how to create the culture of consent.

On the upside, its sparked some pretty extraordinary discussions around consent. Social media has lit up with the story trending on Twitter and Facebook, and while much of the commentary focusses on Carsons appearance she has pink hair, shock horror fascinating debates about issues like bodily autonomy are springing up everywhere.

Its not all that different albeit more intense in an age of social m...


Last-minute funding call for billy cart derby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalows billy cart derby is on again this Sunday (May 20). Photo Eve Jeffery

Bangalows annual Billy Cart Derby is on for young and old again this Saturday but extra costs have prompted the towns Lions Club to set up a crowdfunding campaign.

Organiser Chris Hayward told Echonetdaily that while a few sponsors had dropped away the main reason for the $1740 fundraiser was to extend the safety barriers running down the side of the street.

For the safety of the derby weve extended the fenceline this year, he said.

Its so natural for onlookers to sit on those bales of hay, which are actually put in place to protect the riders.

If you have an accident, with the barriers down there are potentially a whole heap of hassles.

Mr Hayward hastened to add that the site is covered by the Lions Clubs insurance but we dont want to have trouble with injury.

The GoFundMe campaign is currently halfway to target. You can donate here.

Mr Hayward said any extra money raised on the day will go back into the community.

People can enter right up to the morning of the event. All the rules are on the website.

Entrants assemble in hotel lounge. Every cart is scrutinized before they are allowed to run, he said.


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Cairns LGBTIQ Community To Gather To Recognise IDAHOBIT 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A number of events are planned for Cairns to mark this years International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), on Thursday, May 17. IDAHOBIT is a day to acknowledge the discrimination and violence experienced by LGBTIQ people locally and around the world, Ben Dawson from QuAC North Queensland said. The day is also ...

The post Cairns LGBTIQ Community To Gather To Recognise IDAHOBIT 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Drug-dog search leads to stolen goods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police conducting a drug-dog search at the Chinderah Bay Hotel on Saturday (May 12) got more than they bargained for when they searched one customers car.

Officers say that the 28-year-old Chinderah males behavior during the drug-dog search is what led them to use his keys to also search his white Suburu Impreza in the nearby car park.

Inside the vehicle they allegedly found a quantity of methyl-amphetamine, power tools, knives, a knuckle-duster, computer equipment as well as various forms of identification in other peoples names.

The man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a knife, goods in custody suspected of being stolen and possessing ID with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (May 14).

Hoodie bandit nabbed

It was a case of third time lucky for Tweed police on Sunday (May 13) when they finally nabbed a hooded man they suspect of stealing from several properties in the area.

The 24-year-old male from Banora Point first caught their attention at about 11pm on Saturday (May 12) when they spotted him entering the driveway of a Banora Point property.

The man, who allegedly had a hoodie over his head and was wearing dark clothing, fled on seeing the police.

About 45 minutes later the same male was seen walking along Johnson Street, Banora Point, pushing a small motorcycle. Upon seeing police the male again ran off, leaving the motorcycle behind.

At about 2.15am Sunday (May 13) the male was spotted walking from a property in Banora Boulevard.

He was arrested and a search allegedly revealed he had a mobile telephone, an amount of cash and an iPod.

Police searched the yard of the nearby property he had allegedly come from and located a laptop computer and a Canon SLR camera.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (May 14).

Inquiries are on-going into the owners of the property.


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Gay Man Matthew Shepards Murder Revisited In Brisbane Theatre Production "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Laramie Project is the tragic story of a small American town coming to terms with the violent murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, in October of 1998. Originally written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Company, the play follows Laramies residents as they work through the seven stages of ...

The post Gay Man Matthew Shepards Murder Revisited In Brisbane Theatre Production appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Raising money for Byron Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wayne McInerney, manager of the Woolworths in Mullumbimby draws the Hospital Auxiliary Mothers Day raffle with Jenny Moore, secretary of the Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary. Photo Judy Ryan.

The Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary continues to tirelessly to raise funds for the new Byron Hospital with their latest raffle raising $480.

Wayne McInerney, Woolworths Mullumbimby manager was privileged to draw the Mothers Day raffle last Friday. First prize went to Kylie and second prize to Bev Woods.

Part of the money raised by the Auxiliary will be directed towards buying specialist stethoscopes for the Byron Hospital midwives to use. 

We really appreciate all the local support that we get in raising money to help upgrade the equipment at the Byron Central Hospital, said Jenny Moore, secretary of the Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary.

Later in the year the Mullumbimby Hospital Auxiliary will be looking at running a garage sale to raise money to support the new Byron Central Hospital.

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Comedian Josh Thomas Is Working On A New Show "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Aussie comedian Josh Thomas is working on a pilot episode of a new comedy series. Called Everythings Gonna Be Okay, the show is created, written by and stars Thomas himself, just like his critically acclaimed show Please Like Me, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But the shows only been commissioned for a single pilot episode ...

The post Comedian Josh Thomas Is Working On A New Show appeared first on QNews Magazine.


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

Photo by Yomi

After starting fresh on more than two years of creative work, Liverpool trio Freesouls are going deeper and darker with their own informed hip hop.

From drugs and politics to local social issues, Freesouls are making modern Australian hip hop that doesnt shy away from covering the nitty gritty. Embracing their roots in Sydneys south west, the trio embrace their area and culture both of which help shape their sound. Freesouls is not just music, it is a mind state you live in and a way of life, so no matter what we will always continue to progress through this journey of life, they explain.

After changes to the outfits lineup, Jordan, Jamel and Pep decided to keep working on that journey by starting on a bunch of brand new music. The results can be heard on Freesouls accomplished Modern Day Slaves EP.

Taking influence from heavyweights including Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, Black Star, Flatbush Zombies and Kendrick Lamar, the trio have produced tracks that run deep with conscious, informed lyrics over well-honed beats. Balancing their ideas of light and dark, the EP presents two clear sides tied together with plenty of bars and free flowing rhymes.

Stemming from the first half of the EP, Voodoo Child is the groups first offering of new, darker tunes. Eerie beats and sinister bass play out under a dialogue between Jordan and Jamel discussing the state in which we are all living today, a state of modern slavery.

Take a trip with Freesouls, below.

Modern Day Slaves by Freesouls is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

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Killary bitches to Aussie crowd: 'In my country' there is fear and rage when women seek power "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke in Melbourne Thursday with Australia's first female prime minister Julia Gillard. The two discussed misogyny in politics and Clinton yet again blamed sexism for her 2016 loss, implying that the U.S. just couldn't handle a leader who is a woman. "There is still a very large proportion of the population that is uneasy with women in positions of leadership," Clinton told Gillard, "and so the easiest way to kind of avoid having to look at someone on her merits is to dismiss her on her looks." Gillard compared the chants of "lock her up" that Clinton faced during the election to "the Salem Witch Trials." "There is this fear, there is this anger, even rage about women seeking power, women exercising power and people fall back on these attacks like you're a witch or you should go to prison," Clinton agreed. "It's not a majority, thank goodness, it's not, but it's a very vocal minority at least in my country. And sometimes these tropes are very much part of the press coverage." Clinton continued to insist that her opponents who claimed not to be against women have since shown that they are misogynists.


Here we are on the NSW North Coast living amid remnants of the splendor that was Australia in 1788..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

....and it is fading and dying before our very eyes, while the Turnbull Coalition Government follows in the footsteps of the Abbott Coalition Government by turning its back on us and our concerns.

North Coast Environment Council, media release, 7 May 2018:


Malcolm Turnbull's Government has launched yet another offensive on the environment, with the announcement it was sacking dozens of scientists.

The rivers of cash that the government has to splash around don't extend to environmental protection, said Susie Russell, North Coast Environment Council Vice-President.



Aboriginal elders calling for NSW Berejiklian Government to commit to expanding the youth Koori court program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 7 May 2018:

Aboriginal elders have called for the NSW government to commit to expanding the youth Koori court program after an evaluation found it halved the amount of time young people spent in detention. The court began as a pilot project at Parramatta childrens court in February 2015 but has not received ongoing funding. A University of Western Sydney evaluation has found it cut the average number of days spent in youth detention, as well as helping address underlying issues such as unstable accommodation, lack of engagement in education and employment, and disconnection from Aboriginal culture. Elders said it reached children who had little family support and were isolated from the community. 

Sunday, 13 May


Danchi Dreams "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

by Cody Ellingham
I shot the series at night time, the time of the dreams. I wanted to evoke this with the iconic look of windows illuminated from the inside, only hinting at the existence of people.







Shibazono Danchi This photograph was taken on the 12th floor of Shibazono Danchi in Kawaguchi. The marks on the ground are where a playground used to be, now long gone. | Toei Hongo 1-chome Apartment The hypermodern form of Tokyo Dome theme park contrasts with the harsh concrete hallway of a danchi. | Kawaramachi Danchi The vast interior courtyard space inside a danchi. | Nakanoshima Tamagawa Danchi The new concrete communities of danchi replaced the wood and dirt of Old Japan. | Shirahige Danchi The distinctive aesthetic of massive inner-city danchi in Tokyos old district emerged in the same era as 2001: A Space Odyssey, a terrestrial kind of spaceship that embodied a bright vision for the future. | Suwa Danchi By day these buildings have a certain kind of nostalgia, but by night they take on a different aura, quiet and sombre.

All images by Cody Ellingham.

DANCHI Dreams, at Atelier Takiguchi, Koto-ku, Tokyo (JAPAN), 1219 May 2018


Happy Birthday to Us "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A chilly autumn day didnt deter gardeners, nor musos. We had a fine arvo tea with the usual very tasty offerings (you will never go hungry at a garden event!) accompanied by tunes from local musos (and they kept coming!) and a warming brazier. Welcome to new members Peter, Michael and Maggie, and hello and Continue reading Happy Birthday to Us


The Intentions of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Trailer) "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Directors: Shaun & Jay Perry | Featuring: Lawrie Fildes, Glenn Luck, Mark Reed & Alfred Nicado

The Intentions of F. Scott Fitzgerald is a dark existentialist comedy that follows two weary hitmen on a routine clean up job. Whilst in a meaningful conversation about The Great Gatsby the two find themselves in a panic as their victim makes a run for it.

Screening as part of the St Kilda Film Festival
22 MAY 2018, from 8pm at the St Kilda Town Hall
Running time: 17 minutes |

Also screening as part of the Revelation Perth International Film Festival
5 18 July 2018 |


This parrot is no more* "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A quiet drive through the Mia Mia yesterday afternoon got off to an exciting start.

This accipiter Im pretty sure its a Brown Goshawk, was spotted in characteristic post-kill pose, guarding an unlucky male Red-rumped Parrot.

The raptor was on the ground with one wing extended in a curtain around the parrot as it made a feeble attempt to escape. It ceased to struggle and the goshawk made off with its prey.

Nature red in tooth and claw as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote in 1850.

Brown Goshawk with Red-rumped Parrot prey, Mia Mia Road, 12th May 2018


A Mothers Love "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


A mothers love is nothing short of magical. A mother is strong, a mother is resilient and a mother never gives up.

Mothers come in all shapes and species. Our mums, your mum and mums from all over. They are all unique, but there is something they certainly share and that is a Mothers Love.


Dairy cows are farmed for their milk, but did you know to produce milk, they must also be mothers. A dairy cow, endures pregnancy just as we humans do, 9 months of emotions and looking forward to introducing her baby to the world. However, unlike us humans, a dairy cows baby is taken away from her shortly after birth so her milk can be harvested for human consumption. Sometimes its easy to forget that Mothers truly do come in all glorious shapes and species. And they too are seeking a kinder world for the ones they love.


Clarabelle is one of many wonderful ex dairy cows who was impregnated and her loving baby was taken away from her shortly after birth. Clarabelle has every reason to be happy as a couple of months after arriving at Edgars Mission, Clarabelle gave birth to her sweet darling, Valentine. However, unlike the countless times she would have given birth to only have her babies taken away, this time Clarabelle is delighted to be showing her baby off to the world.

In honour of the love between mother cows and their babies, we hope you have a lovely Mothers Day.

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