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Wednesday, 21 September


Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodges appeal against Federal Court’s approval of giant Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

coal CarmichaelMine219 September 2016  “The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

“ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

““This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

““Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

““If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places,they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

““Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef. … “


Barnaby Joyce, acting PM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Barnaby Joyce has been scratching his head in preparation for the big move to Armidale


Dr Alexander appointed GV Health interim CEO "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dr Alexander appointed GV Health interim CEO

TAKING ON LEADERSHIP ROLE… GV Health has appointed Dr Max Alexander as the interim CEO. Photo: Emma Hillier.

AFTER the departure of former GV Health CEO, Dale Fraser on July 1 this year, GV Health has just announced Dr Max Alexander to be its interim CEO.

Dr Alexander will be taking on the leadership role for the next few months, while the hospital continues the recruitment process for the permanent position.

Dr Alexander (MBBS, MBA, FRACMA, GAICD, FRACGP) was chief executive of the Southern NSW Local Health District for the last five years and has a strong record for delivering exceptional financial, clinical, operational and employee performance. He is medically trained and has extensive experience working in senior positions for a range of healthcare organisations, including Western Health, Barwon Health, ACT Health and Bayside Health (Alfred).

GV Health Board chair, Peter Ryan said, “We welcome Dr Alexander to the interim role. His experience and expertise will be invaluable and complement our already strong executive team while the recruitment process takes place.

“He is passionate about leading organisations to achieve high performance and a strong culture – working in partnership with staff and the community.

“The board and I also wish to acknowledge the significant work undertaken by Fiona Brew over the last three months in her role as interim CEO. We are very grateful for the outstanding job Fiona has done, leading the team in the interim period and maintaining high quality service delivery. Fiona is returning to her very important role as executive director innovation and performance and chief nurse and midwifery officer at GV Health – a key position in our executive team.”


A healthy gold star win for Campbell’s "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A healthy gold star win for Campbell’s

ZERO LOST TIME… From left, Campbell’s Soup manufacturing coordinator, Darren Kelly, site coordinator and return to work coordinator, Heather Holmes, canning manufacturing manager, Shane Lowe and Soft Tissue Centre managing director, Dr James Murray. Photo: Supplied.

CAMPBELL’S Soup Australia’s Lemnos factory has won the first Soft Tissue Centre (STC) Gold Star Award for employee health and wellness, with the company having zero lost time injuries for each of the past three years.

Soft Tissue Centre founder and managing director, Dr James Murray said, “The Campbell’s Soup Australia site at Lemnos, in the Goulburn Valley region, had

zero lost time injuries for each of the past three years (no productive work time lost due to injury), and just one reported injury for each of the past two years.

“Our approach is the sports model, keeping everyone on the field for the duration of the game. Campbell’s Soup Australia is certainly doing that. This is an outstanding result and proof that it can be achieved.

“There can be health, wellness and productivity in the workplace. It is achievable. Commercial success does not have to come at the expense of employee health. In fact, employee health and wellness are the key to success.”


Entries coming to a close for prestigious literary prize "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ENTRIES for the 2016 Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize writing competition are coming to a close on October 14, and local writers are being encouraged to get their entries in before they miss out.

Now in its 24th year, the literary prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy. Under the pen name of Tom Collins, Joseph Furphy wrote a number of books and articles. His best known work is Such is Life. The Furphy Foundry Pty Ltd generously donates the prize money for this annual writing competition.

Poetry entries may be on any subject, and in any style, and will be judged in two sections. The youth section is for entrants up to 18 years of age and carries a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines. The open section carries a prize of $150 for a poem of up to 40 lines.

Entries for the short story competition will be judged in three sections.

The junior section caters for entrants up to 12 years of age and carries a prize of $50 for a story of up to 2,000 words. The youth section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, carries a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3,000 words. The open section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3,500 words.

Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from

For further information, contact the event organiser, Jan Sutton on 1300 374 765.


First stage of Byron ‘rainforest estate’ sold out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A shot of the Seacliffs estate provided by developers Unison Projects.

A shot of the Seacliffs estate provided by developers Unison Projects.

Developers of the Seacliffs estate, set in ‘a pristine rainforest just minutes from the beach’ behind Suffolk Park, say the first stage has sold out and they are embarking on developing the second and third.

Unison Projects’ $20 million development boasts 34 elevated lots in the 16-hectare estate, including some with ocean views.

According to sales agents McGrath Byron Bay, three land-only packages are selling for around $600,000.

Aerial view of Seacliffs estate provided by the developers Unison Projects.

Aerial view of Seacliffs estate provided by the developers Unison Projects.

‘Embracing 16 hectares, this prestigious estate is limited to only 34 homesites, leaving the remaining 13 hectares in its natural state,’ the agency’s PR maintains.

Unison Projects’ Jonathan Levy said stage one of eight completed lots on Hayters Drive, Suffolk Park, has been sold while three house-and-land packages are due for completion early in 2017.

‘Seacliffs has been a long time in the making as the project was initially held back by the global financial crisis (GFC) and then had to meet environmental approvals from Byron Shire Council,’ Mr Levy said.

‘But the response to the estate since it was launched has been tremendous and highlights the demand for residential land in Byron Bay.

Mr Levy said 75 per cent of the estate will be maintained as rainforest.

He added that he didn’t expect the eight lots of stage two to stay on the market for very long, with four already sold.

Mr Levy said civil works on stage three of the development have been brought forward ‘to meet the market demand’.

The post First stage of Byron ‘rainforest estate’ sold out appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Soil testing carried out to prepare for new SAM project "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Soil testing carried out to prepare for new SAM project

OVER the coming two weeks, ground condition testing will be carried out at Victoria Park Lake’s Con Palling Reserve, which will form part of the Shepparton Art Museum Architectural Competition stage two design brief.

Subsurface geotechnical investigations are to be undertaken within the area to determine the physical characteristics of the subsoil.

The site works will comprise borehole drilling below the subsurface and soil testing. Boreholes will be undertaken consecutively by a mobile drilling rig and take approximately one to two days each.

Greater Shepparton City Council Acting Manager Projects, Darren Buchanan said, “This information will enable competition entrants to develop their design concepts with as much information as possible about the soil types in the lakeside area.

“To ensure the safety of park users, each borehole site will be established and enclosed by temporary site fencing for the duration of the activity. On completion of the works, each of the boreholes will be suitably and safely backfilled.

“The surrounding trees will not be impacted by the works.

“We aim to keep all facilities, including the barbeque and toilets, open for use but there may be some temporary inconvenience in the area. We ask that the community comply with all signage and instructions from the site manager during the works,” Mr Buchanan said.

If any member of the public has questions, contact project engineer, Saleem Shaikh on 5832 9700.


Wine by Sam takes Wine of Show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Wine by Sam takes Wine of Show

Dookie Wine Show Dinner pays tribute to ‘First people’

A FEELING of a connection to country flowed through the McIntosh Centre last week, as 186 people took in the tastes, sights and delights of the 2016 Dookie Wine Show Dinner.

From the table centrepieces to the decorations, right down to the five course gastronomic Dreamtime menu featuring traditional ingredients such as possum, kangaroo and emu and paired with local wines competing in the competition, the night’s theme was evident. But it was the announcement of 2016 Wine of Show that everyone was anticipating.

With 92 entries this year, it was Wine by Sam who came out on top with their Victorian Shiraz 2015.

Made from fruit grown in the Strathbogie Ranges and them made in Seymour, Wine by Sam’s winning Shiraz was well received by those who attended the dinner.

Dookie Wine Show chairman, Paul Phillips said, “Being a 2015 wine, the Wine by Sam Shiraz is a young, vibrant, fresh fruited red and has plenty of potential in the bottle for years to come.

“This wine goes through a slightly different process to be made. The winemakers used some whole bunches of grapes in the fermentation process, so it gives the wine more depth of colour and softens out the tannins on the back palate.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of the method used to make this wine being done in central Victoria.

“This year’s theme was great. There was a lot of culture and the decorations and table settings set the theme perfectly. It really made you feel as though you were in the bush.

“10 years ago, 80 percent of entries were red, but something we noticed this year is that we were closer to 50/50.

“Overall, the white wine classes are increasing in numbers and also, wine judge, Simon Killeen has noted over the last four years he has been involved with the show, the quality of white wines has risen.

“Traditionally in this area, we have been known for Shiraz and somewhat Cabernet, but white wines are starting to come into their own in the area and consumers are taking note of that, which is very encouraging.”

GOTAFE have been involved with the Dookie Wine Show for the past 12 years, and utilise the event to provide learning outcomes for students who are studying hospitality, tourism, events and cookery.

GOTAFE events trainer, Claire Taylor said, “In developing the concept for this year’s Dookie Wine Show, our students wanted to afford some real change and have acknowledged the winemakers’ connection to country and how it is shared with those of the Yorta Yorta nation in our own community.
“This year we acknowledged, explored and celebrated our ‘First people.’ We sought assistance from local Indigenous partners including artist, Ross A. Morgan, Corey Walker from Academy of Sport Health and Education and Merle Miller from Yorta Yorta Nation, to bring together an event that accurately and respectfully showcased the world’s oldest living culture.

“The event also explored the story of Biami the Creator Spirit, who formed the river Dungala, also known as the Murray River.”


Councillor election race is on "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Councillor election race is on

THE race for the nine seats available as a councillor on Greater Shepparton City Council has begun. Over the coming weeks, The Adviser will be offering each candidate the opportunity to answer four questions on some of the hot topics in the community at the moment, to give the people of Greater Shepparton the chance to get to know their prospective councillors.


Rod Schubert

Campaign message:

To actively connect, engage, listen and learn from ratepayers, whose feedback and input is crucial.


What is your plan of action to give the people of Greater Shepparton the things that they believe are important?

I have personally invited ratepayers to phone me directly with their thoughts and ideas to make Greater Shepparton even greater. The rate money is their money. Ratepayers are actually shareholders in council and therefore must receive a positive return on investment. I will ensure all towns receive their fair share of funding and push for a more ‘can do’ attitude from council.


What is your opinion on the Maude Street Mall?

The mall area is a sleeping giant that we should set alive as the vibrant heart of the central business and retail district. Given the history of the Maude Street Mall, I will seriously and objectively research and examine, in-depth, the pros and cons of the best options available to revitalise not only the mall but the whole CBD. However, it’s not a matter of reinventing the wheel, it’s a matter of cost effectively applying what is proven to work.


Where do you stand with allowing a larger supermarket to be constructed along Numurkah Road?

It is early days. I will wait and consider my point of view if and when rezoning goes ahead. Then, a planning permit will have to be considered by council. I will consider and scrutinise every element to ensure fair, open and honest outcomes in the fairest interests of all parties. However, the North end of Shepparton is growing and we must best facilitate the services that residents and businesses need at this end of the city. We must also protect those who have invested in this area.


What is your vision for Greater Shepparton?

For council to be dynamic, proactive, open, transparent and loved and to provide incentives for business, development, growth and opportunity. Best practice business principals will be a part of council’s operations. Free car parking for shoppers in the CBD is a matter of importance. I would like to see all local roads in good condition, as well as the completion of the GV Bypass and GV Health’s new facilities, including radiotherapy services.

We need improved passenger rail services to Melbourne and inclusion in the high-speed rail service. A thriving Shepparton Art Museum will capture the interest and engagement of all persons. What we don’t need is more expensive investigations or wasteful use of costly consultants.



Bruce Giovanetti

Campaign message:

Cut the waste and cut the red tape.


- What is your plan of action to give the people of Greater Shepparton the things that they believe are important?

To listen to the ratepayers and determine what they consider as priorities for the new council. Over my 35 years in senior management positions, proper planning is the key to any decision being made. This must be a pre-requisite for...


Nominations closing this week on lead up to anticipated gala dinner "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Nominations closing this week on lead up to anticipated gala dinner

WITH nominations for the 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards closing this week, be sure you get in early to secure your ticket for the annual gala dinner night next month, where the prestigious awards will come to a spectacular end for 2016.

This week, Cardamone Real Estate received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign Award category, Wanganui Park Secondary College IT technician, Cody Healey took out a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award category, John Morrow Refrigeration received a nomination under the Customer Service Award – Trade Services category, Corbetts Chartered Accountants & Advisors took out a nomination under the Business Award – Professional Services category, Black Crown Tattoo received a nomination under the Best New Business Award – Under Two Years category, Poolwerx took out a nomination under the Customer Service Award – Retail Services category, Fusion Tinting received a nomination under the Best New Business Award – Under Two Years category, Greater Shepparton City Council economic development officer, Rohan Sali took out a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year Award category, Barbeques Galore Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award – Retail Services category and Australian Hearing manager, Paige Madgwick received a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year Award category.

The 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards will culminate with its 21st annual gala presentation dinner on Friday, October 21 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners from each category will be announced and the illustrious hall of fame winner will be named. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased before 5pm on Wednesday, October 19 through the Riverlinks Box Office at 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton, by phoning 5832 9511 or visiting


“Best new business” in just two months "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

“Best new business” in just two months

OUTSTANDING TRANSFORMATIONS… From left, Vinden Landscaping business partners, Evan Viney and Rod Densworth. Photo: Emma Hillier.

WE only get one life and in that life, it’s hoped that you love what it is you spend most of your time doing. Driven by creative expression, a love of the outdoors and the sheer joy of developing and creating beautiful transformations, Vinden Landscaping was born.

Still in its infancy having started in July this year, Vinden Landscaping has already achieved a nomination for “Best New Business Award – Under Two Years” from the 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards.

Business partners, Rod Densworth and Evan Viney bounce ideas off each other and draw from one another’s area of expertise.

Rod said, “I’m the gardener and Evan’s the landscaper and we work really well together with each of us bringing ideas to the table.

“In our work we aim to achieve outstanding results that not only manage to meet the client’s brief, but results that proudly leave our creative stamp.”

Currently, Rod and Evan are enjoying working on the outdoor play area at Wyndham Early Learning Centre childcare centre and are eager to continue to build their business.

For landscape and gardening queries, contact Evan on 0448 512 811 and Rod on 0418 342 261.


Krueger’s gives back after birth of baby Felix "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Krueger’s gives back after birth of baby Felix

GIVING BACK… From left, Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods co-owners, Martin and Emma Krueger who have just welcomed little Felix into the world, standing with GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson. Leading up to Felix’s birth, Martin and Emma held an in-store competition where customers made a donation of $5 to guess the sex of the baby, with all donations going to the GV Health Children’s Ward. Photo: Emma Hillier.

IT’S one of the happiest moments in life when you welcome a new bundle of joy into the family, and having just welcomed baby Felix into the world, Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods co-owners, Emma and Martin Krueger decided they wanted to do something special to give back.

On the weeks leading up to the birth, the new parents were still unaware of the sex of their baby, and decided to start a competition in-store for customers to guess whether it would be a boy or girl, but to do so they had to make a $5 donation, with all proceeds collected to go to the GV Health Children’s Ward.

Emma and Martin said, “As part of the donation, everyone who was correct in the sex of the baby were offered a $5 discount on their next order. Many said they didn’t want the discount and were just happy to make a donation. We helped raise $560 and 52 people guessed correctly. We are so thankful to our customers for being so generous.

“We decided to donate the money to the GV Health Children’s Ward because it’s a local organisation and we’re all about supporting locals, and of course it made sense to donate it to benefit children.”

And, in keeping in the spirit of the birth of a child, Emma and Martin are reminding customers to start thinking about Christmas, and get in early with orders to avoid disappointment when sharing the wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Emma and Martin said, “Now is the time to start getting prepared for your Christmas lunches and dinners and we have the best quality meats and smallgoods you will need to make it an unforgettable meal.

“With Christmas coming up fast, get in early to guarantee your best quality Christmas meats and beat the last minute Christmas rush.”

To start preparing your family filled, unforgettable Christmas meals now, visit Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods today at 22 Colliver Road, Shepparton or phone 5821 5414.


Choosing preference votes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Choosing preference votes

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES… Better Local Government Association president, Gordon Hamilton is inviting candidates for the Greater Shepparton City Council councillor elections to attend the Council Candidate Forum to be held this Thursday. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CAMPAIGNING is underway for the Greater Shepparton City Council elections and the Better Local Government Association (BLGA) is eager to encourage people to attend their forum.

Candidates for Greater Shepparton City Council’s councillor elections will be attending the BLGA’s ‘Council Candidate Forum’ to share their vision for Greater Shepparton and to learn more about their potential team members.

BLGA president, Gordon Hamilton said, “Preferences will play a huge part in these elections and this meeting will be an excellent opportunity for candidates to share their thoughts and to network among peers.

“Preferences close on September 23 and this meeting will be a great opportunity for candidates to decide who they’d like to preference and who they’d like to be preferenced by.”

The Council Candidate Forum will be held Thursday, September 22 from 7:30pm at the GV Hotel, High Street, Shepparton. For further details contact Gordon directly on 0427 353 265.


Win $5,000 toward a holiday! "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Win $5,000 toward a holiday!

SERVICING THE GOULBURN VALLEY… From left, Landmark Harcourts Land and Water personal assistant, Lauren McCabe, water broker, Simon Weatherald, rural sales consultant, Kynan Onions and real estate agent/water broker, Michael Downie. Photo: Emma Hillier.

WHERE would you go if you had $5,000 to spend on a holiday of your choice? It’s a pretty fantastic amount of money and is up for grabs to one lucky customer who lists their property with Landmark Harcourts Land & Water (LHL&W) between September 1 and November 30, 2016.

Specialising in rural real estate and water broking, LHL&W are based in Shepparton servicing clients throughout the greater Goulburn Valley.

Real estate agent and water broker, Michael Downie said, “We don’t just sell rural properties, we assist both residential clients and farmers with all of their assets including conducting clearing sales and trading of their water entitlements, which they own. Our team has recently expanded and we’re happy to have Simon Weatherald now assisting Lauren McCabe and myself with water trading. We also welcome Kynan Onions as a new member to our real estate sales team.

“Established in 1846, we’re really proud to be a part of Landmark which is one of the largest agribusinesses in Australia. With the combination of Landmark and Harcourts, our clients gain exceptional exposure locally, nationally and internationally. Our company has excellent networking capabilities and widely uses multimedia to help spread the word gaining sales far and wide.”

If you have any interest in listing your property residential or rural, now’s a great time to get in to the draw to win $5,000 toward a holiday of your choice. Drop in to Landmark Harcourts Land & Water at 295 Benalla Road, Shepparton, call them on 5833 0221 or have a look at their website at


A breath of fresh air "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A breath of fresh air

TRANQUILITY SURROUNDS… The serenity at 20 Grinters Road, Nathalia could be yours, with the 57 acre property going under the hammer next month. Photo: Supplied.

OXBOW literally means – “Piece of land surrounded by tranquil water” and that is exactly what you get at Oxbow Park, which is surrounded by the tranquil water and majestic gums of the Broken River.

Featuring 57 acres of creek frontage country divided into seven paddocks, with 52.2ML of high security water, a fully developed flood irrigation system, 10 acres of established lucerne, a barbeque area, shed, enclosed garage area, manicured gardens, a lockable shearing/machinery or workshop shed, bore water at the house as well as sheep yards, cattle yards, a chook house and cool room, this is a must see property that is going to auction soon.

Ray White Rural Southern Riverina rural property specialist, Jason Haines said,

“This beautiful property also features a three bedroom, fully renovated home that is extremely well maintained and a very comfortable place to put your feet up and relax. It has a wood fire, two bathrooms, a dining room, barbeque area and plenty of room to entertain.

The property will be open for inspection on Saturday September 24 from 11am-1pm. If not sold prior, Ray White Rural will be holding an auction on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 1pm at the property, 20 Grinters Road, Nathalia, Victoria, 3638.

For further information on this slice of tranquillity, contact Jason Haines on 0488 594 450.


Far from virtual fun "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Far from virtual fun

ACTIVITIES GALORE… Fun City IT manager, David Jinks with the new virtual reality game. Photo: Emma Hillier.

VIRTUAL reality has hit Shepparton and kids and adults alike are loving the experience. Fun City Shepparton is the largest indoor entertainment complex in Victoria boasting many top class attractions.

Activities include Haunted House, Formula E Go-Karting, Bungee Run, Balladium Ball Blaster, a huge new Darkzone Laser Tag Arena, a Massive 12m high Rock Climbing wall, Motion Thrill Rides and the latest virtual reality experience on HTC VIVE.

Fun City business co-owner, Angie Shaw said, “Our all day pass is available every day of the school holidays from 11am to 5pm.

“For those eight years and over you get two go-kart rides and unlimited use of all our other activities for $55 per person for Non Members and $49 for Members. If go-karts are not your interest we have the all day pass with just activities for $39 per person. We also have our newly extended playground for the little ones at $5 per child and can be used all day long.”

For birthday celebrations, Fun City has six pre-set children parties available in addition to the ‘Fun City Party’ in which you build your own party, choosing games and activities to suit your family.

The new website has all activities, prices and a customable party plan available. Drop in to Fun City at Riverside Plaza, 8025 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla, Next Door to Harvey Norman. Keep an eye out for our school holiday activities by searching for ‘Fun City Shepparton’ on Facebook.


Clean up your act Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) handed out more than $6.5M in fines to more than 15,000 Victorians during the 2015-16 financial year for discarding litter from their vehicles, with 67 offences being recorded in Greater Shepparton.

Of the 67 offences, 36 were for depositing lit cigarettes, 24 were for unlit cigarettes and seven were for small items of litter, with EPA litter fines ranging from $311 for a small piece of rubbish or unlit cigarette, right up to $622 for a lit cigarette.

About 60 percent of offenders reported were male, with the most common names being Michael, David and John respectively. The top reporters of littering to EPA were also Michael and David, who were joined by Andrew in the top three, while John was fifth.

Drivers of Holden, Toyota and Ford vehicles were identified as the biggest culprits during 2015-16, while more than 75 percent of reports made by the public to EPA were for people discarding cigarettes from their vehicles.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio said, “It doesn’t matter what your name is, the car you drive or the suburb you live in, we all have a responsibility to keep Victoria beautiful.

“Victoria’s total litter count is 47 percent lower than the national average but we need to stay vigilant to stay a national leader.”


Get in your high quality spring clean "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Get in your high quality spring clean

SERVICE AND QUALITY… Kärcher Center LTS Equipment sales manager, Brendan Drage. Photo: Emma Hillier.

NOW’S the time for spring-cleaning and if you’re going to do the job, you need to do it right. Kärcher products are backed by a two to five year warranty and the brand has earned a great reputation for their service and quality.

Kärcher Center LTS Equipment (KLTS) is a full Kärcher centre with a huge range of Kärcher domestic and commercial products.

KLTS business manager, Brendan Drage said, “Kärcher is the global leader in cleaning equipment. Most people know Kärcher for their pressure cleaners but they actually offer a huge range of products including steam cleaners, vacuum cleaners, wet and dry vacs, carpet cleaners and more.

“On-site at KLTS we have test tanks and stations for our clients to try out the Kärcher Home and Garden products. This way customers can experience Kärchers simplicity, quality and effectiveness for themselves.”

Get in to Kärcher Center LTS Equipment at 72 Mitchell Street, Shepparton to give Kärcher a try.


Your home, your mindset "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Your home, your mindset

EXPRESSION THROUGH DÉCOR … Provincial Home Living can help you express yourself through decorating your living space. Photo: Supplied.

THE way in which we decorate and arrange a living space is not only a potential form of expression, our home environment can nurture mindsets and attitudes, moods, emotional wellbeing and clarity of thought.

Provincial Home Living CEO, Jade Kammergruber said, “We believe your home should be a place that evokes pride and passion, as well as a place that invites relaxation and harmony. Provincial Home Living helps you create your sanctuary with homewares and furnishing that is distinguished by its reliable quality at an affordable price. We pursue timeless style that transcends any passing fashion or trends from provincial destinations around the globe. Designed in Melbourne, manufactured around the globe, Provincial Home Living will nestle in your heart.”

In just 13 years, Provincial Home Living has grown from one small country store to a large business with 29 stores in four states of Australia and the aspiration to open more superstores – and proudly, still family owned and managed. Inspiration for the evolving range of furniture, accessories and home wares is taken from around the world, focusing on enduring classics and timeless, understated elegance to design pieces that transcend oceans and centuries to fit into modern lifestyles. The pieces are beautiful but not precious, designed to be used and enjoyed daily by the whole family.

Drop in and explore Provincial Home Living’s beautiful creations at 290 Benalla Road, Shepparton.


Dodger’s ‘Black Beauty’ "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dodger’s ‘Black Beauty’

LOCAL resident, Len Welsh’s (Dodger’s) 1951 Ford Custom is a real beauty, in fact it’s a ‘Black Beauty.’

From the grunting rev of the engine to its side valve V8, beautifully designed dash, American sun visor and Ford twin spinner on the bumper, the Custom’ certainly is something to treasure.

Dodger said, “I got her 14 months ago from a women who owned it in Sacramento in America. It had been in her family since it was rolled out of the factory and they called it Black beauty, so I kept the name.

“This is the second one I have owned. It’s a really nice looking model and very rare to find in original condition like this.

“The 1951 Ford Custom was the last one made with a side valve V8 before Ford went into releasing cars with an overhead valve in 1955. They only made this type of car for eight months. It was the side valve V8 that really made old Henry Ford.

“It’s the only black one in the Goulburn Valley and she’s my pride and joy.”


New police highway patrol vehicles being ‘rolled out’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Police highway patrol vehicle. Photo Police Media

New police highway patrol vehicles have been ‘rolled out’ to crash hotspots across NSW, including Tweed, Lismore and Byron. Photo Police Media

Speedsters watch out!

Byron, Tweed and Lismore police have each recently received new highway patrol vehicles intended to crack down on speeding and dangerous drivers.

The $4.8 million statewide fleet of 28 vehicles is funded through the Community Road Safety Fund where speed and red light cameras fines go.

North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has welcomed the move, saying the new high visibility vehicles are being deployed to ‘key crash hotspots on major routes and highways’.

‘We’ve lost more than 280 people on our roads so far this year because of speed related crashes,’ Mr Franklin said.’

‘This is an investment in greater safety for our community and additional resources for our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers.

‘We are seeing an increase in fatal crashes right across the state, and in particular on regional roads.

‘To address this spike, many of these vehicles will be rolled out to the regions.

‘Drivers who continue to disobey the law while families are torn apart by loss of life on the road will have no excuse when they are caught – irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated on NSW roads.

‘The high visibility cars will be out on highways right across NSW where speeding is most likely to have devastating consequences.

‘Speeding kills and now those who flout the law have another 28 reasons to think twice about their driving behaviour or risk being caught,’ Mr Franklin said.

The new Highway Patrol fleet will include seven brand new 4WD vehicles which will be used further afield on regional roads, where standard highway patrol vehicles cannot go.


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Preparing for some time away "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Preparing for some time away

EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE… Solar City Caravan Services service man/mechanic, Leo Langdon. Photo: Emma Hillier.

SOLAR City Caravan Services pride themselves on their extensive experience and knowledge on caravan repairs, maintenance and safety.

Owner, Craig Collins and the team can carry out all facets of maintenance and repairs to your RV and are also authorized service agents for Jayco, Dometic, Thetford and many more companies.

When contemplating your next outing, call the team at Solar City Caravan Services for your peace of mind and happy motoring.

Solar City Caravan Services can be found at 25 to 27 Apollo Drive, Shepparton or can be reached on 5831 4712.


Bushrangers charge into TAC Cup grand final "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Bushrangers charge into TAC Cup grand final

VICTORY PUTS BUSHRANGERS IN FINAL… After coming out on top against the Oakleigh Chargers at the weekend, the Murray Bushrangers are going up against the Sandringham Dragons at the 2016 TAC Cup grand final this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

THE Murray Bushrangers (15.12.102) have charged into the 2016 TAC Cup grand final after a brilliant 44 point victory over the Oakleigh Chargers (8.10.58) during the preliminary final at IKON Park, Carlton on Sunday.

The Bushrangers’ conceded the first goal of the game and from that point, took control of the contest, kicking 12 of the next 14 goals to book a grand final berth against the Sandringham Dragons.

The first term saw Trent McMullan and Nick Richards kick goals after Oakleigh’ kicked the match opener. The quarter time break saw the Bushrangers’ lead by seven points. The pressure the Bushrangers’ were applying across the ground forced errors from the opposition and the pace and run of the Bushrangers’ were a highlight for the large crowd of supporters in attendance.

The second term belonged to the Bushrangers,’ with Todd Marshall superb in his marking efforts. Damon Hemphill kicked a goal following three on the trot from Lachlan Tiziani, which saw the Bushrangers’ bow the lead out to 30 points in 21 minutes of play. The half time scoreboard saw the Bushrangers’ lead out to five goals with superb defence and rebound from Ryan Garthwaite and Daulton Langland’s spring board to the midfield run of Fletcher Carroll, Isaac Wallace, Will Brodie and Ben Paton drive the ball forward with pace.

The third term saw Oakleigh’ open the scoring but Max Lynch in close to his best game, as the Bushrangers’ stretched the margin again after superb marking up forward complemented his grunt work in the ruck. The Bushrangers’ extended the lead to 50 points after 16 minutes with contributions from every player in the team. The lead for the Bushrangers’ at the last change saw them lead by 55 points, with a spot in the grand final within reach.

While Oakleigh’ kicked the first goal of the final term, the Bushrangers’ were able to counter when Tiziani kicked his fifth goal and then sixth to shut Oakleigh’ out of the contest. Although Oakleigh’ kicked the next four goals, Damon Hemphill added the icing to the preliminary final to see the Bushrangers’ win by 44 points.

The Murray Bushrangers will play Sandringham Dragons in the 2016 TAC Cup grand final this Sunday morning at Etihad Stadium starting at 11:05am.


Jacobson scores three out of three "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Jacobson scores three out of three

A CLEAN SWEEP… Local motor racing driver, Garry Jacobson has come away from the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with a clean sweep, winning all races. Photo: Supplied.

SHEPPARTON based motor racing driver, Garry Jacobson has made an outstanding cameo appearance in the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit over two big days.

After setting pole position by more than a second over the entire field, the Dunlop Supercar Series front runner then continued his outstanding maiden Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series form with a storming victory of the opening 10 lap race, setting a new lap record on his way to an unchallenged victory in the MW Motorsport prepared McQuinn Electrical FG Falcon.

Jacobson’s victory on Saturday, September 10 ended a nine race winning streak by regular Australian V8 Touring Car Series driver, Taz Douglas. It follows Jacobson’s double race victories at Phillip Island and overall round win of the Dunlop Supercar Series round held there in mid April.

On Sunday, September 11, Jacobson’s two races saw another two superb victories, making his island visit a clean sweep. Race two on Sunday was faultless from pole to the chequered flag, but the third and final race of the event came with its challenges. Jacobson spun after running off the road on the second lap at the high speed first turn. Despite this foray costing him the lead and three track positions, the Dunlop Supercar Series title contender spent the next seven laps (out of 13) working his way back into the lead and going on to score the perfect Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series trifecta.

“Competing at this event was a great opportunity to get back into the racing mode again and at a fast and exciting circuit that has been extremely good to me. The varying weather and track conditions of the weekend were ideal preparation for Sandown. It was humbling to be back on the top step of the podium again and to have set new Phillip Island lap records in both the Dunlop Supercar Series and the Kumho Australian V8 Touring Car Series this year.

“I am more than ready for the Sandown Dunlop Supercar Series round this weekend and can’t wait to get back behind the wheel again. Thanks to McQuinn Electrical for the opportunity and to the team at MW Motorsport for giving me such a great car for my first Australian V8 Touring Car Series race,” Jacobson said.


Artefacts moved from quarry site: opponents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Yillah, Malakai Williams and Rob Williams. (Photo Leisa Webb)

Yillah, Malakai Williams and Rob Williams. (Photo Leisa Webb)

Opponents of a basalt quarry near Kyogle are visiting the Kyogle museum today after being told Aboriginal artefacts were donated by the quarry landowner.

An archeologist and Robert Williams of the Githabul Elders Tribal Council will inspect the artefacts after being told by the landowner yesterday that he removed them from the site and donated them to the museum.

The NSW Land and Environment Court last week granted an injunction to allow for the archeologist to inspect the quarry site after appeals from the Aboriginal opponents who claim the site is highly significant.

EDO solicitor Sue Higginson told Echonetdaily that the injunction meant that no further work could take place at the site until November to allow for a proper archeological assessment to take place.

Opponents contend that the quarry was granted permission to operate without the proper assessments taking place.

The controversial quarry has been the site of ongoing protests in recent weeks, with tempers boiling over recently when a security guard allegedly removed an Aboriginal flag from the gate and doused it with diesel oil.

In another incident, Robert Williams was arrested by police after the landowner accused him of trespassing on the site.

The Githabul tribal elders and the Save the Cedar Point group believe that proper procedure was not followed in the approval of the basalt quarry in 2012.

They also claim that the scars on trees at the site are evidence of where, for thousands of years, boys-turning-into-men made their first axes out of basalt. Previous excavations have shown that the hill also contains water, and opponents believe there may be buried sites which would be disturbed if the quarry owners were allowed to carry out blasting.


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Titans’ Bird in alleged drunken incident at Bruns pub "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Greg Bird of the Gold Coast Titans. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Greg Bird of the Gold Coast Titans. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

The NRL career of Gold Coast star Greg Bird is under a cloud after revelations he is being investigated over an alleged drunken incident at the Hotel Brunswick.

The Nine Network reported on Tuesday evening that Bird was refused entry at the pub last weekend and had an altercation with security staff.

The Titans have confirmed the governing body has begun looking into the incident, which is believed to have occurred during Titans winger Anthony Don’s bucks party.

‘The club is aware of an investigation currently underway by the NRL integrity unit regarding an alleged incident at a hotel in northern NSW last weekend,’ the Titans said in a statement.

‘At this stage, those investigations are yet to be completed so the club is not in a position to comment further until the outcome has been determined.”

The NRL said the Titans would decide on a course of action for their player.

‘Integrity unit investigators will prepare a report on the incident and provide it to the Gold Coast Titans, who will determine what, if any, actions is required,” a NRL spokesperson told AAP.

The latest drama could be another strike on a long list of off-field indiscretions involving Bird, which includes being stripped of the Titans’ captaincy in 2014 for urinating beside an unmarked police car.

He was also one of seven Gold Coast players charged with, but later acquitted of, possession and supply of cocaine early in 2015.

Bird, 31, is contracted to the Titans until the end of 2017 however has been linked with moves in the off-season to Newcastle and Manly.

He has denied any wrongdoing in an Instagram post.

Bird said footage shows he left the premises after he was part of a group that was refused entry, before a person from his party got into a physical altercation with security.

‘Me along with everyone else in the group ran into separate the two involved and no one else threw any punches,’ Bird posted.


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Flaming guitars not on band’s playlist "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Thousands of dollars of musical equipment went up in flames when this ute caught on fire last Sunday. Photo contributed

Thousands of dollars of musical equipment went up in flames when this ute caught on fire last Sunday. Photo contributed

While driving back from a gig in Stanthorpe last Sunday, and en route to their next gig in Billinudgel, Heartworn Highway band members Diego Zaragoza and Trent McNamara suddenly felt an intense heat on their backs. They turned around to see the tray of Trent’s ute engulfed in flames.

Quickly pulling off the highway, the boys jumped out of the ute, rang triple zero, and frantically began pulling flaming guitar cases from the tray. Within seconds the flames hit the fuel tank, and minutes later the ute was gone.

Local business owners Diego (Valiant Music, Brunswick Heads) and Trent (Little Pocket Vintage, Mullumbimby) were travelling with thousands of dollars worth of stock for their respective businesses, which the fire claimed, including extremely rare and treasured musical instruments and equipment.

A fundraiser gig will be held this Sunday September 25 at the Brunswick Picture House 1–4pm featuring a one-off reunion show by the Starboard Cannons as well as performances by Andrew Morris and Heartworn Highway. Tickets $20, available at the door or through Valiant Music, 33 Fingal Street, ­Brunswick Heads.

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Paula scoops Simple Pleasures’ big prize "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Winner of the Children's category Jayalilly Haim with Poeple's Choice and overall winner Paul May. Photo Tree Faerie.

Winner of the Children’s category Jayalilly Haim with People’s Choice and overall winner Paula May. Photo Tree Faerie.

Over the years the judges of the Simple Pleasures Photo Competition have seen more sunsets than a summer of Sundays so it was bound to happen that one year one would win – 2016 is that year.

Reflecting Into Another World was the only frame taken by Paula May Humphries on her Nikon D610 after a disappointing result at Brunswick Heads. ‘I was in the right place at the right time’, she says.

‘I originally went down to the beach to take photos of the sunset but there were too many people about to get the right shot. So I started walking back to town and I saw the sunset reflecting on the water and had to stop to get a shot!’

Paula’s photo won her both the People’s Choice award and the overall competition prize, which were awarded during a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday.

Paula’s shot was one of over 150 entered into this year’s comp, the standard of which was particularly high. Categories winners were: School – Sam Pfeil; Children – Jayalilly Haim; Youth – ­Keshava Prema Head; Adult – Daniela Andre and the Mayor’s Choice – Shey Ivanov.

To see more of Paula’s work visit her website:

Below is a gallery of finalist’s and winner’s photos.


Landholders wanted to enhance koala habitat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore City Council wants to hear from property owners who are interested in improving koala habitat. Photo

Lismore City Council wants to hear from property owners who are interested in improving koala habitat.

Landholders in the north west of the Lismore local government area are being invited to take part in a project aimed at improving koala habitat.

The landholders will be assisted to manage, enhance and protect biodiversity on their properties as part of the ongoing Rural Landholder Initiative, which is a key part of Lismore City Council’s biodiversity management strategy.

The council is calling for expressions of interest from property owners in the Nimbin, Stoney Chute, Blue Knob, Georgica, Mountain Top and Terania Creek areas.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Angie Brace said the council wanted to hear from landowners in koala corridors, or who have evidence of resident koalas.

‘We are offering people in the north west of the LGA the chance to improve habitat for local koalas by planting trees on their property or by having work done in areas where weeds are restricting the ability for koalas to access food trees,’ Ms Angie Brace said.

‘Doing this targeted tree planting and weed removal allows us to link up existing habitat and create corridors for the local koala population.’

Successful landholders will have koala habitat on their property improved through work undertaken by contractors that would be supported by a Green Army team made up of 10 participants and one qualified team leader.

The Green Army is a six-month program for 17-24 year olds to train and work in the environment.

For more information phone 1300 87 83 87 or to complete an expression of interest, visit

Applications close at 4pm on Wednesday, 5 October.

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Qld court hears Dufty ‘withered away’ before disappearance "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service


A friend of Greg Dufty says the father of two physically ‘withered away’ in the weeks leading to his disappearance and suspected murder in July last year.

Mr Dufty’s body has never been found, despite a search at a property at Rappville, south-west of Casino.

Brothers Lionel and Nelson Patea were on Tuesday committed to stand trial for the suspected killing of Mr Dufty in July on the Gold Coast.

The Pateas are among six people who have been charged with murdering the 37-year-old, and faced Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday in a brief committal hearing.

Reece Price, a friend of Mr Dufty’s for more than a decade, told the court while he never witnessed Mr Dufty use drugs, his appearance and behaviour had changed dramatically.

‘I noticed he was looking a bit skinnier and drawn,’ Mr Price said.

Police suspect Mr Dufty was murdered over an unpaid drug debt.

Mr Dufty’s de-facto partner Sharni Miller said she had once witnessed Mr Dufty using the drug ice.

Ms Miller said she’d split with Mr Dufty after leaving their Darwin home last January and had also witnessed a change in the time leading up to his disappearance.

‘He wasn’t sick but he wasn’t the way he used to be,’ Ms Miller said.

Tuesday’s committal means four of the six accused are now set to stand trial.

The remaining two accused – Aaron Crawford and Ethan Clarke – have had their matters adjourned until later in the year.

Lawyer Campbell MacCallum said outside court the Pateas intended to fight their charges and would most likely seek a separate trial from their co-accused.

‘Our view is the evidence against the Patea boys is particularly weak,’ Mr MacCallum said.

‘It relies on statements given by others who are obviously in a position where they’re trying to get sentences for their involvement which would be lighter than normally imposed on them.’

A date for the Pateas trial at Brisbane’s Supreme Court is yet to be determined.


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Community groups benefit from Splendour funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Splendour in the Grass' annual distributions to community groups this year totalled more than $30,000.

Splendour in the Grass’ annual distributions to community groups this year totalled more than $30,000.

Eight north coast groups have received over $30,000 in funds from the Splendour in the Grass festival producers.

In Byron Shire, funds went to Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre  $8,000; Mullumbimby Showground Trust $4,750; Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Service $3,500; Brunswick Nippers Junior Surf Life Saving Club $2,000; Byron Youth Theatre $1,000; and Ocean Shores Primary School $5,000.

Each year Splendour provides cash donations to worthy local community groups, totalling over $450,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire since 2000.

Some of the previous recipients have included Shara ­Community Gardens, Byron Community Centre, Billinudgel Pets For life Animal Shelter, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue and  Mullumbimby High School.

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Northern Rivers Big Band in Concert "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Northern Rivers Big Band in Concert at Park Lane Theatre

Saturday 22 October 2016

Who’s coming along for a swing dance with the very fabulous Northern Rivers Big Band?

Appearing in concert at the Park Lane Theatre in Lennox Head on Saturday 22 October commencing at 7.15 pm the evening will feature cabaret style tables and a big dance floor.

We are excited to bring these classic and sublime melodies to a local audience; it is some of the best examples of music created in the 20th century. It will be a real pleasure to experience the sound of a large big band performing the best arrangements ever produced, so we encourage everyone to tell their friends and share a table for a fantastic evening of entertainment.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at

For table reservations telephone Sue Brennan on 0409 728 814

Tickets are limited. BYO food and drinks.

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Law Council of Australia: further parliamentary scrutiny necessary of new counter-terrorism laws "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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15 Sep 2016 4:37 PM AEST - Special advocate regime a vital inclusion in new counter-terrorism bill, but further parliamentary scrutiny necessary

The Law Council of Australia has commended the Government for including a special advocate regime in new counter-terrorism laws introduced to the Senate today....


Upfield Bike Path Graffiti "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Upfield bike path goes through Brunswick and Coburg before running out at the northern end of Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park. There has been graffiti along the bike path for decades. It is interesting to observe the urban real politics of competing uses of this stretch of land that is maintained by Moreland City Council.


The city council built the bicycle track on land that is bounded between the train line controlled by VicTrack and the backs of private property.

Private property owners with walls backing on the bike path have been upgrading their property; the old corrugated iron sheds are being replaced with walls of concrete. This has created more and better walls for the graffiti writers extending further north. (See my post on The Commons Graffiti.)

The areas around the tracks controlled by VicTrack are the most neglected. This is not entirely due to utilitarian considerations and derelict railway buildings are allowed to decay without allowing them to be used as surfaces for graffiti.

The graffiti writers were there first, making use of the walls beside the train tracks. Their work has been slowly accumulating until it covers about six kilometres of walls on both sides of the tracks. Sometimes the same graffers will paint the same walls years later.

Then came the bike path and the cyclists and in the last couple of years the guerrilla gardeners.

If you want a way to prevent graffiti, the solution is to plant trees and vegetation in front of the wall. This has worked at Brunswick Station where all the graffiti is more than two years old now due to extensive planting by the “Friends of the Upfield Linear Park”, who have more extensive ideas for the whole area on their website.

Further north along the bike path the graffiti and the guerrilla gardening create a beautiful combination, growing simultaneously along the Upfield bicycle track just north of Moreland Station. Here a back laneway has blossomed, the colour of flowers mixing with the paints. Further enhancing this area is the solar powered lighting built into the fence separating the bike track from the railway. At this point there appears to be a balance between the competing interests but the situation is dynamic.

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Filed under: Coburg, Street Art Tagged: bike track, Brunswick, Coburg, graffiti, guerilla garden, Moreland City Council, VicTrack


DYI biohacking rears its ugly head in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gene Ethics, 8 September 2016:

DIY biohack threat

US biohacker Ellen Jorgensen, of Genspace New York, toured Australia in Science Week to promote DIY gene hacking, in informal labs, and to encourage untrained nerds to do genetic manipulation. The OGTR promised to tell her audiences that Australian GM laws require training, contained labs and expert supervision, but did not. The OGTR has also failed to define new 'gene editing' techniques and their products as GM, so they remain unregulated. We advocate tough laws banning any DIY genetic manipulation of living things. Humans invented computer programs but they fail, are hacked and virus infected for fun. Untrained, risk-takers, aspiring to be the next bio-Gates or Jobs, must be stopped.

University of Sydney, Faculty of Science:

Biohacking events at Sydney Science Festival
Get down with DNA
10 am, Thursday 18 August, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Stage 6 biology students and their teachers will meet Dr Ellen Jorgensen and spend the day exploring exciting DIY bio techniques and the amazing things biohackers do. The DIY bio movement gives bio-entrepreneurs low-cost access to facilities for proof-of-concept experiments. Hands-on science workshops will be delivered by Sydney’s leading science organisations including the Royal Botanic Garden, Taronga Conservation Society, UTS Centre for Forensic Science and the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics. Students will also experience a behind the scenes tour of the Royal Botanic Garden’s Plant Pathology...

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Tuesday, 20 September


Tallis Foundation, architecture, gardens and music/theatre. Melbourne is beautiful! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Within two hours of his ship (SS William Nicol) landing in Australia in Feb 1842, James Butchart had seen enough of the recently planned City of Melbourne to be confident about his future. He quickly wrote an excited letter to his father, back on the family farm in Fifeshire, Scotland.

Butchart certainly did well and built Beleura (c1860-1864) on land he purchased in Mornington, then just outside the edge of Melbourne. It still looks like a classical Italianate villa, designed for a Scotsman in semi rural Australia. Further Italianate elements came later eg the Corinthian colonnade veranda and balustrade parapet.

Beleura veranda

Beleura gardens

Beleura dining room

After Butchart’s death in 1869, the home was called the finest mansion in the colony and sold to Charles Edward Bright, son in law of Sir John Manners-Sutton, Viscount Canterbury  Governor of Victoria 1866-1873. Beleura thus became the unofficial summer retreat for the Governor and his family. Later the house was owned by a succession of rich, powerful and successful families.

Theatrical entrepreneur George Tallis purchased the property in 1915 as a summer retreat, was knighted in 1922 and , on retirement, developed it as a stud. Sir George was the first owner to add land to Beleura, giving it an estate sufficient to support a fine house. Lady Tallis died in 1933 so a very sad Sir George decided to use Beleura only as a summer retreat. He died at Wagga Wagga in 1948. Within a year, the estate was taken over by John Tallis, George's son. He soon dedicated his life to the preserv­ation of the estate. John Tallis died in 1996 and bequeathed Beleura and its considerable contents to the State. The property is now managed as a house museum by the Tallis Foundation.



A Gentle State of Mellow "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Life is gentle and mellow at the moment. After a fairly tumultuous few years, it’s a joy to be able to kick back and take things a bit easier. Big Boy and I have started walking each morning – it’s amazing how interesting and beautiful our neighbourhood is at ground level… My aim is to get to 8,000 steps […]



RAAF Challenger Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Wedgetail A30-003 Completes Airwork at Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 19 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Emerald Airport.

A37-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Consort 25" and was believed to have brought acting Prime Minster Barnaby Joyce to town for some engagements.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 20 September, A37-003, again as "Consort 25" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It looked to fly from Townsville into Mackay Airport during the late afternoon.

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday 19 September, RAA) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-003 - was noted flying north as "Mitchell 01" and was intending to complete airwork at Rockhampton. However due to traffic, it turned back towards Gladstone and instead completed at least one missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.  A30-003 then returned to the south.

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©


Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters A15-303 & A15-305 Back at Rockhampton Airport as "Chainsaw" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After passing through Rockhampton Airport earlier in the month, on Tuesday 20 September, the pair of Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters - A15-303 and A15-305 - were again photographed passing through Rocky.

This time, the two Chinooks, which are both operated by the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment (5 Avn Regt) 'C' Squadron based at Townsville, touched down from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley.

They then took on fuel and later departed home to Townsville.  As with their previous visit, they two Chinooks were noted to by flying together using the radio callsign of "Chainsaw".

Meanwhile, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops were noted completing airwork at a couple of CQ Airports also on Tuesday 20 September.  A32-437 - flying as "Dingo 36" - was noted departing Townsville and completing airwork at both Mackay and Biloela / Thangool Airports before landing at Amberley.  While A32-436 - flying as "Hudson 7" completed airwork at Mackay Airport after flying North from the Gold Coast.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Ha...


Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned

Area Dipa The Jakarta Post
Tangerang, Banten | Tue, September 20 2016 | 05:23 pm
    The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of media assistance groups, is drawing attention to the Indonesian government’s policy to restrict foreign journalists from covering Papua. This concern is related to Indonesia’s appointment as the host country for World Press Freedom Day in 2017.
    “Papua is actually one of the issues that is on the list of issues that could be addressed, in which all access of foreign reporters should be better. Actually, it’s very interesting that local authorities are more nervous about journalism than authorities at the central government,” GFMD chairman Leon Willems said after the opening of the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at the Nusantara Multimedia University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday.
    He said the presence of journalists in a country or area is important to help the public in carrying out social control. In a democratic system, public control through media is a fundamental prerequisite, he went on.
    Speaking on restrictions for the presence of journalists in a country or area, Willems said: “[With such restrictions] you cannot have accountability, you cannot have human rights, press freedom, freedom of expression or citizen rights to express themselves.”
    Willems further said international cooperation and pressures against restrictions of journalists to ruling governments could become an important part of efforts to realize the freedom of the press.
    He referred to the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova, a Free Europe Radio journalist who also worked for Azerbaijan Liberty Radio. She was arrested by her country’s government in December 2014 for airing corruption-related news involving Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s family. Since her release in the middle of 2016, Ismayilova had not been permitted to travel abroad until today.


    Sat 24 Sept 2016 – Launch of local eucalyptus identification guide "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    cover-single-page-euc-book1On Saturday 24 September, the new Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park, well known local environmentalist and author of the Natural Newstead blog.

    From the FOBIF website, “This 90 page guide aims to help the beginner train the eye to see the differences between eucalypts – and to appreciate how spectacular they sometimes are. It presents the commonest species of the Mount Alexander Region, generously illustrated, and clearly described in plain language. Though firmly based on one local area (the forests and reserves around the town of Castlemaine), it describes species common to the whole Box-Ironbark region, and would be useful to any enthusiast in that region, from Ararat to Chiltern.” (Click HERE and HERE to see further info from FOBIF on this topic).  For anyone living near or visiting the forest of central Victoria, this will be an valuable addition to their library or field kit.

    The CFNC has provided support towards the publication of this book, and one of the authors is CFNC life member Ern Perkins.  Of the other authors, Bronwyn Silver is also a CFNC member, and Bernard has given two popular talks at CFNC general meetings in recent years.

    The book’s cost is $10 and people buying it at the launch will receive a selection of free tree-related bookmarks and a FOBIF fungi poster. Proceedings will start at 10.30am sharp in the Castlemaine library foyer. Refreshments will be served.  No RSVPs are required, and everyone is welcome.


    CFNC Wednesday Wildflower Walks – Spring 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    Each Spring, the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club hosts a series of Wednesday afternoon wildflower walks.  With all of the rain over recent weeks and months, this is shaping up as being one of the best wildflower seasons in many years.  There are three more walks being held this year, all departing at 4pm sharp from the Octopus building car-park (Duke St, opposite the Castle Motel).  Members and visitors are welcome.

    Wednesday 21 Sept – Location: Pipeline Track.  Leader: Geraldine Harris

    Wednesday 28 September – Location: TBD.  Leader: George Broadway

    Wednesday 5 October – Location: TBD.  Leaders: Peter and Rosemary Turner


    OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #507 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Read Online What's On this Week | 20 - 26 September 2016Tuesday 20th September 2016 to Monday 26th September 2016 Go DOGGIES!!! School Holidays September 17 to October 2 2016 School Holiday Guide Royal Melbourne Show 2016 .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday 17 to Tuesday 27 September at Melbourne Showgrounds Royal Melbourne Show | Buy Tickets Affordable Wedding Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } Sunday 25th of September 2016 | Malvern Town Hall Book Now Oktoberfest at Hophaus .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne: 16 September > 23 October 2016 Hophaus Bier Bar Grill | Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct Australian Creedence Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Ramble Tamble Certified Gold Show Upcoming Show: Fri Oct 7th - Sandown Park Hotel | Book Online Gangsters and Flappers Ball .nobrtable br { display: none } A fabulous evening of 1920's stage shows and interactive theatre. Saturday 22nd of October 2016 | Ladies Love Bier Lunch .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus Bier Bar Grill Thursday 6th of October 2016 | Bookings Essential Markets This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Art Craft and Produce Markets open this weekend Market Guide Newsletter Read Online | SmartPhone Version | Last Week's Newsletter Calendar | Dining & Drink | Shopping | Things To Do Advertising | | Privacy Policy | Contact Us All Content Copyright © 2016 RIPEFRUIT. All Rights Reserved.


    Crows "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Some crows I've been drawing working up to a commission - which will hopefully adorn a craft beer


    Holy Balm album launch with Enderie, Phone and Sex Havers DJs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

    Takes a special talent to get the rudest settings on a synth to work for you. Holy Balm have it. In fact their latest album Activity might just pitch-shift ya right into a glorious mind squiggle. Support from Enderie, Phone and Sex Havers DJs


    Trip to Newcastle "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Trees from mum's backyard


    Waiting for a train to leave Sydney

    Corella and wood doves feeding


    Twisted Audio Crew Takeover "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    The cutting edge Melbourne crew Twisted Audio are no strangers to the broken beat scene with their all-star lineups feat drum & bass, glitch and dubstep royalty. Be sure to catch them taking over the Yellow Sunshine Stage at earthcore on Sun 27 Nov from midnight till 6am


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    Bank Australia one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    Bank Australia is one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives

    About Bank Australia

    As a customer owned bank we see the business of banking a little differently. We believe that banking can create mutual prosperity - for our customers, the communities they live in, and the planet we all live on.

    Being a 100% customer owned bank means we are able to put profits back into providing competitive rates and fees. Not having external shareholders means we are always looking to act in the long term best interest of our customers. We are also committed to keeping jobs in Australia and more than half of our staff live in regional towns such as Bendigo, Morwell and Moe – where we have a strong presence.

    Our Community Investments

    The Bank Australia Impact Fund distributes 4% of our after-tax profits to projects that create measurable outcomes in areas of interest for Bank Australia customers. Our cornerstone project is the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve - a 954 hectare property in Victoria's Wimmera region that provides a home for several endangered native species.

    We are also supporting a range of smaller projects through our Small Investments initiative such as the following:  

    • Lara Secondary College – The funding will be used to send six students to a cultural immersion program in Arnhem Land
    • Bendigo Sustainability Group – The funding will be used to install community owned solar PV on Bendigo Archives Centre
    • Hindmarsh Landcare Network – The funding will be used to deliver a planting project in collaboration with a local disability services organisation in the Nhill region.

    To read more about our commitments to people, planet and prosperity visit


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    2) Benny Giay: Indonesia Should Reflect on Papua Human Rights Issue  

    3) How the UN Failed West Papua


    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police

    Thousands of Papuans rallying yesterday across Indonesia were reportedly dispersed by police and at least 75 were arrested.

    Photo: Supplied/ Whens Tebay


    Craft Xcellence- Celebrating 110 years of craft! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

    Craft Xcellence

    The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW is celebrating 110 years since their foundation in 1906 with a special exhibition at the Society’s gallery, Craft NSW– an artist-run gallery where visitors can meet the makers of a diverse range of high quality Australian craft.

    As Australia’s oldest continuously running craft organisation, The Society has been located in The Rocks for the past 40 years.


    To mark the event, Craft Xcellence will showcase unique works which push the boundaries of craft techniques in fine jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and more. The exhibition also includes a display of work from previous decades.

    The exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 September from 6 to 8 pm and from then on will be open everyday from 9.30 am to 5:30 pm until the 20 October!

    Craft Xcellence 2

    Pat Hayward, ceramic vessel

    What: Craft Xcellence Exhibition

    When: Tuesday, 20 September to 9 October, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (7 days a week)

    Where: Craft NSW, 104 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney

    For more information click HERE.

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    BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


    Join us on 20th September for a very special BuzzConf Night…

    The Annual BuzzConf Technology Festival is just weeks away, so we’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of some of the amazing sessions to expect over the festival weekend. For the full festival lineup and more information check

    Held in The Savoy Tavern in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!

    RSVP on


    6pm – Drinks and socialising
    7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
    8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party


    Previews of the following sessions…

    No More Free – a future of paid content enabled by blockchain – Nic Hodges

    Could blockchain technology enable a new model of media that shifts revenue from platforms to creators?

    The Future of Space Exploration: The next 400 years – Paul Fenwick

    Despite numerous technological advances, space exploration is often viewed as an academic endeavour. Not any more! Paul Fenwick will lead a discussion on the future of not just space exploration, but also industry and habitation.

    Preparing to be makers in a consumer-focussed world – Matthew Cengia

    In a world where everything is happening online, how do we facilitate our youth to take control of their technology and become hackers

    Biomedicine highlights of 2016 – Jacinta Richardson

    This talk will give you a walk through of some of the fascinating things that have come out of medicine in 2016.

    3D modelling, sculpting, and printing – Adam Purdie

    3D modelling using Blender, then you’ll have the opportunity to print your model!

    … and more to be announced soon …

    RSVP on

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    Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    West Coolum Wetland
    While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial parcel of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

    Google Earth image of West Coolum Wetland
    I stumbled across the area, located between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and Coolum Creek Reserve, while kayaking along Coolum Creek. I walked a somewhat overgrown track extending from an old cane train bridge that crosses the creek to the motorway.

    Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

    I discovered that there are some nice birds in the wetland. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

    Spotless Crake
    I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along wit...


    Soapy Rocks restoration enters next phase "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    A $7,500 Coastcare community grant will allow restoration and rejuvenation works to continue at Soapy Rocks in Anglesea.

    soapy rocks 3
    The major weed infestation along the difficult coastal terrain has been awarded funding for a contractor to remove the large woody weeds to allow for the revegetation of the area with indigenous plants.

    ANGAIR applied for the Coastcare Community Grants Program which aims to fund projects with clear environmental benefits and supports the conservation of habitat preservation and revegetation.

    soapy rocks 2

    This grant is part of the ongoing coastal management works at Soapy Rocks outlines in the Anglesea Ecological Management Plan report in 2013.

    The Soapy Rocks coastal area has major weed infestations in difficult terrain which includes landslip areas.

    soapy rocks 1

    Contractors have removed large areas of Coastal Tea-tree and Sallow Wattle which will allow for indigenous revegetation in the area.

    Students from St Bernard Catholic College will continue to assist ANGAIR with the restoration of the Soapy Rocks area including tasks such as mulching and planting.

    Interested in joining the volunteering community? Check out what group is in your local area on our website! 


    Bruce Highway Upgrade-campaign update "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Motorway project

    Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey MP unveiled the final design and tender for this project on the Sunshine Coast on Friday 16 September. The efforts of the Minister and the Main Roads project team and their willingness to engage with the community to listen to and address justified concerns has seen an innovative, Australian first design which is a significant improvement on previous versions.

    Minister Mark Bailey-Environmental stakeholders briefing

    Minister Mark Bailey MP- briefing with environmental stakeholders

    One critical improvement is the reduction of clearing for the infrastructure footprint from 100ha in the Beerwah State Forest (the Mooloolah Logging Area section, locally known as the Steve Irwin Way Forest) just 3 years ago, to now between 6-8ha. However, environmental impacts which include the loss of core tracts of critically endangered lowland sub-tropical rainforest and 35ha of koala habitat cannot be ignored. Given the project has been granted state and federal environmental approvals, SCEC will continue to scrutinise compliance with the approval conditions to ensure these impacts are meaningfully compensated for and conservation gains achieved. Important cultural heritage matters are also finally being given the respect and consideration they deserve.


    Turnbull can’t hide Australia’s shame – Nauru fathers arrested following kids’ protest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Nauru’s detention regime has plunged further into crisis with the announcement that Connect will not re-tender to provide refugee services on the prison island. But the announcement is just one small symptom of a dysfunctional regime.

    The daily protests in the family camp have continued since 20 March and escalated on Sunday night, 18 September.

    Four men, fathers of asylum seekers and refugees, were arrested by Nauruan police last Sunday night following a protest by children who put rubbish on the road and threw stones at a bus going along the road between the family compound RPC 3 and the refugee camp, Anuiju.

    Around 25 Nauruan police descended on the family compound to arrest the children but after determined resistance from pregnant wives and families in the RPC 3, and children chanting, “Stop Torture. Freedom Forever”, police left the children, but arrested four men.


    Nauruan police car in Anuiju

    Refugee and asylum seekers who attempted to take videos or photographs of the police were threatened with arrest.

    It is understood that the men were released on the Sunday night after they signed an undertaking at the police station.

    “The incident points to the far wider issue of Nauru and offshore detention. In the guise of service providers, Connect has already been complicit in Australia’s systematic mistreatment of asylum seekers on Nauru. Connect have often used the police themselves rather than protect refugees from the arbitrary and often brutal treatment of an unaccountable police force,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition

    “But many refugees see the Connect decision as the end game that started when they were arbitrarily separated from family and other asylum seekers on Christmas Island in 2013.

    “Despite Turnbull and Dutton’s posturing in New York, the government will finally be faced with the need to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The sooner, the better.”

    Refugee groups in Australia will hold solidarity vigils and protests to coincide with 200 days of protest on Nauru on 5 October.

    Sydney Solidarity with Nauru rally, Wednesday 5 October, 5.30pm. Town Hall. Supported by Refugee Action Coalition, Mums 4 Refugees, Teachers for Refugees, Doctors 4 Refugees, Australian Women Supporting Women on Nauru, Grandmothers Against the Detention of Children, People Just Like Us, Love Makes A Way.

    For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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    Mums give relay a run for their money "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    THE Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Supermums are at it again.
    The group of local women are again entering a team in the annual 24-hour Relay for Life, which will be held at Collendina Recreation Reserve from noon on 5 November through to noon on 6 November.
    It will be the fourth year that the Supermums will amble their way around the reserve for the relay, which raises funds for cancer.
    “We are a group of approximately 30 local mums wanting to raise money for cancer research, support and celebrate those in our team who have had cancer and to those who are still fighting their fight as well as remembering those we have lost,” Supermums team captain Rebecca Condon said.
    “I overcame Hodgkin’s Disease nine years ago so this event is very special to me as it brings our community together to stand tall against this dreadful disease.”
    The group got together and decided that they would have a second-hand clothes sale to begin the OGBH Supermums fund-raising campaign.
    This year the Supermums raised more than $1000 to kickstart the team’s fund-raising campaign.
    In 2015 the OGBH Supermums Relay for Life grand fund-raising total was $7800, qualifying them to a research award where they proudly put their efforts towards the Forgotten Cancer Project, supporting cancers such non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukaemia and brain cancer.
    Anyone who would like to join this year’s Bellarine Relay For Life as a participant or a new team, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit

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    Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

    New images from northern Great Barrier Reef surveys that reveal long term damage from this year’s coral bleaching are deeply concerning and highlight the need for urgent climate action, said the Australian Marine Conservation Society today.

    “Scientists are reporting that parts of Australia’s beloved Reef are struggling to recover months on from the global coral bleaching event. In some parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef, once healthy corals are now dead and smothered in algae”, said AMCS Reef campaigner, Cherry Muddle.

    “Digging up new mega coal mines and shipping that coal out through the Reef will only exacerbate climate change, and bring yet more coral bleaching.

    “It is the last thing our Reef needs.

    “In order to protect our current tourism jobs along the Reef we need our state and federal governments to work together to invest in renewable energy, rather than championing unviable coal mines,” Ms Muddle said.

    The post Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action appeared first on Fight for the Reef.


    National nod for our soccer ace "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    By Justin Flynn

    OCEAN Grover Caitlin Pickett’s soccer talents are about to take her on a journey of a lifetime.
    The 17-year-old Geelong Galaxy striker/winger, who started her career at the Surfside Waves, has been chosen in the Under-19 Australian Schoolgirls team to tour the UK and Ireland in January.
    It’s the result of a lot of hard work from the Sacred Heart College Year 11 student, who has rapidly progressed from a bench player to a vital member of the starting side in the Galaxy’s inaugural season.
    “It’s a massive jump and it was so great to play at such a good standard,” Pickett said.
    “To even sit on the bench was a privilege but when I got to start, it was so good. I’d like to go all the way, but it’s a dream at this stage. I’d love to make the W-League.”
    Pickett was chosen for the squad after impressing selectors in the Australian Schoolgirls Championships in Perth in August.
    “At the end of it they announced the Aus team and my name was read out and I was stunned. My confidence is not that great. It’s something I’m working on and trying to improve on.”
    She has a simple message for young women and girls in Ocean Grove.
    “I’d like to get it out there and to show girls in Ocean Grove that it is possible if work at it,” she said.
    “It can be done. You’ve got to start somewhere. Go down to the Waves and have a go. I definitely recommend the club. Football is the best sport.”
    Pickett got involved in indoor football at the age of nine, but didn’t enjoy it.
    “It was so intimidating and I hated it – it was all boys and I was always the last picked,” she said.
    “I did cross-country running for a while, but found it focussed too much on the individual and then I moved to outdoor soccer and I knew straight away that it was my sport.”
    Pickett’s trip to the UK and Ireland depends on her ability to come up with $6900. The tour includes visits to English Premier League games and 10 games against local sides. She has a Go Fund Me page, which has raised just over $4500 so far. Go to

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    Parrots fly into grand final "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

    By Mitch Guy

    Mercurial forward Chris Dunne slides for a chest mark in the Parrots’ preliminary final win. Dunne responded with four goals after a quiet semi-final. rg673816

    Mercurial forward Chris Dunne slides for a chest mark in the Parrots’ preliminary final win. Dunne responded with four goals after a quiet semi-final. rg673816

    Leongatha’s Pat McGrath holds onto a strong mark despite being crunched in Saturday’s preliminary final against Traralgon. McGrath played his best game of the season as the Parrots bounced back to book a spot in the grand final. rg663816

    Leongatha’s Pat McGrath holds onto a strong mark despite being crunched in Saturday’s preliminary final against Traralgon. McGrath played his best game of the season as the
    Parrots bounced back to book a spot in the grand final. rg663816

    LEONGATHA has bounced back in fine fashion with a commanding 54-point win against Traralgon to book a spot in Gippsland League grand final.
    In fine conditions at Traralgon on Saturday, the Parrots made a statement and put its mediocre semi-final performance against Maffra behind them with a four-quarter team effort.
    Brenton Fitzgerald came into the Parrots’ side for Lochie Dumont, and the minor premiers looked focused from the opening bounce.
    Dale Hoghton got his side away to a flying start when he slotted a set shot after a free kick and Leongatha forward Chris Dunne looked lively early after a quiet semi-final.
    Traralgon hit back via Rohan Hildebrand but the Parrots remained on top in general play.
    Two quick goals by Dunne had the Maroons on the back foot as quarter time approached.
    The first came from a beautiful set shot, and the second saw the exciting forward run back with the flight of the ball, hold onto a chest mark and finish from a tight angle.
    Traralgon’s Tim Johnston showed the Maroons were up for the challenge when he kicked a magic goal from close to the boundary, before fluent ball movement through the midfield by Hoghton saw Shem Hawking spot up Pat McGrath with a tidy pass and he made no mistake from long range to give the Parrots a 13-point buffer at the first break.
    The Parrots started the second term with plenty of run, and Josh Hopkins looked set to finish a superb team play in the opening minutes, but crossed the goal line before his kick for a behind.
    The speedster quickly made amends when he sent a wide...


    Chopped 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    Chopped is drag racing where it started, in the dirt! 

    A throw back in time to a 1950s/60s HopUp Carnival! Hundreds of cars and bikes rattled by the sounds of 25+ bands playing to thousands of Rockers, Petrol Heads, Hipsters & Greasers.

    September 30 - October 2, 2016.  Newstead Racecourse.

    See for details and tickets.

    Image by Caprice Photography

    Sep 30 - Oct 2 2016



    Kids craft with attention to detail "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    TAMARA Bell, architect and creative behind the newly established MAKE Art Room, ran a series of architecturally inspired art and design workshops for children these holidays at her new studio in the heart of Ocean Grove.
    From her background as a practicing architect, Tamara has long harboured a passion for bringing high quality design to everyday facets of life. Whether working on architectural projects large and small, or tutoring and lecturing at Deakin University, Tamara has always loved the process of design and the physical act of making things.
    It is this passion that has led her to establish a studio aimed at igniting and nurturing creativity in kids of all ages.
    “Children have an in-built curiosity and desire to explore, and at MAKE Art Room we will encourage them to engage their imagination and innate artistic skills and to translate their ideas into reality. And have fun.” Tamara said.
    Make Art Room will be a space where children are given the chance to explore, create and most of all, make.
    “We take principles of architecture and apply them in fun and practical ways to small scale art projects which aim to develop and broaden kids’ understanding of structure, form, pattern, light, colour, texture and how different materials go together”, Tamara explains.
    “Learning to see the world in this way can open up young minds to new possibilities and new ways of understanding, appreciating and engaging with their environment.”
    The beauty of MAKE Art Room’s unique setting on the Bellarine Peninsula will form an integral part of the program. Discovering natural materials, and working with recycled, repurposed and found objects connect the lessons to the natural world and foster an appreciation of environment. Nature is often the greatest teacher and classes will explore how the natural world can inform all aspects of design.
    To find out more, see

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    Tom Griffiths’ Art of Time Travel "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

    Tom Griffiths, The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft (Black Inc 2016)

    For transforming young minds there is probably nothing more powerful than history in the hands of a charismatic teacher.

    1863958568.jpgThat’s a quote from Don Watson in the current Quarterly Essay, Enemy Within. It could have been an epigraph for The Art of Time Travel, which tells the stories of fourteen charismatic teachers, practitioners of the craft of history in Australia. Most of them are or were university lecturers; all of them, individually and collectively, have transformed minds both young and old.

    From Tom Griffiths’ very readable, richly anecdotal and often personal accounts of these careers, there emerges a fascinating story of how the mainstream understanding of Australia has expanded, deepened and, yes, transformed over the last three quarters of a century. Australian history, which used to be seen as a short, derivative footnote to the history of England, or occasionally as a collection of beautiful lies that happen to be true(as in Mark Twain’s famous quote), is now something quite different. No one could have imagined 75 years ago, for instance, that the Sydney Morning Herald would be reporting on a local Council being called on to defend its refusal to acknowledge that the Council meets on Darug land. Griffiths offers this summary of the changes:

    Australians discovered that the New World was actually the Old, and that the true ‘nomads’ were the colonisers. The nation continent was reimagined as a jigsaw of bioregional countries, which had for so long been its state. The biological cringe about ‘monotonous gums’, ‘songless birds’ and ‘fossil animals’ was replaced by a deep historical narrative about the continent’s southern organic genesis. Australian history became as much about ecological, social and technological discontinuities as about the political stability and continuity for which the European settlers first celebrated it. British colonisation was seen as both an invasion and an awesome social experiment; there was dancing with strangers and there was war. Historians ventured to the other side of the frontier and peered back at the ‘white men’s eyes’, and Aboriginal people were compelled – and some chose – to cross the beach in the other direction. In remote parts of Australia, the Indigenous inhabitants became the custodians of white history as well as black, because they stayed on country while the whites moved away. In the coastal cities Aboriginal people were found to have always been part of Australia’s modern urban history. Indigenous scholars studied the nation’s unending frontier and the intense colonial revolution into which they had been thrown.

    Most literate Australians will be aware of these changes. This book gives something of the nuts and bolts of how they came about, through the changing concerns of historians, the new resources (such as carbon dating) available to them, and a shake-up of historians’ methods to include sources other than official written records...


    Stars on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    TWO young former Surfside Waves footballers are excelling for Geelong-based Galaxy United.
    Ciera Major and Ash Pickett, both from Ocean Grove-based Surfside Waves Soccer Club have successfully stepped up to the WNPL club.
    At the recent Galaxy United presentation night, both received awards, Ciera Major won the inaugural season’s golden boot and Ash Pickett claimed the best-and-fairest award.

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    Make the move and check it out "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    POLITICAL intrigue, romance and a crowd-pleasing soundtrack combine to produce a match-winning night of theatre in GSODA Inc’s upcoming production Chess.
    Featuring music by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by musical theatre legend Tim Rice, Chess is the allegorical tale of a Cold War-era chess tournament and the fierce rivals who battle not only over the game but also their love of the same woman.
    GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre will be transformed into a giant chess board and performers become the story’s pawns, setting a spectacular scene for a tale of politics, love and East-West intrigue, featuring players, politicians, the CIA and KGB.
    Matthew Bradford, Sally-Anne Cowdell, Jules Hart and David Mackay head a stellar cast of some of Geelong’s finest theatre talent, led by renowned director Debbie Fraser, with the help of vocal director Adelle Gregory and Hart, who doubles up on his on-stage performance in the role of choreographer.
    The pulsating rock score, musically directed by Damien Montalto, includes well-known songs such as I Know Him So Well, Anthem and the chart hit One Night in Bangkok, providing an infectious soundtrack to the gripping onstage action.
    The combination of politics, romance, a breathtaking set and amazing local talent makes Chess a winner for theatregoers of all ages and interests. Be sure to make your move before it’s too late.
    GSODA Inc will stage Chess at the Playhouse, GPAC, for six shows only from October 7 to 15. Tickets range from $35-$45 and are available now from GPAC on 5225 1200 or at

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    Open Voice Q&A Port Phillip "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    GIVING THE COMMUNITY AN OPEN VOICE   This is your chance to support a Q&A event on a community scale called Open Voice, based on the popular ABC Q&A format.   Please support this event by  going to the Pozible campaign link     THE EVENT         OPENvoice Q&A is an […]


    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos "IndyWatch Feed"

    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos

    We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.

    Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.

    “Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.

    “Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”

    While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.

    Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.

    Kudos Plucker Single Tour

    Supported By DJ Lickweed

    Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
    Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
    Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
    Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
    Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
    Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray


    Sisters of St Joseph celebrate 150 years of community service "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    HUNTERS HILL’S Sisters of St Joseph are celebrating their sesqui-centenary this week. The Josephite Sisters were founded by St Mary McKillop in 1866 and their hospice at St Joseph’s Aged Care in Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill was purchased by Saint Mary McKillop a few years after the Order’s foundation at the request of The Vatican. […]


    Hunters Hill shocked by Ryde Mayor’s speech "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN A shocked Coalition representing Hunters Hill ratepayers has accused Ryde’s new Mayor Clr Bill Pickering and his Liberal team of putting politics before people. Mayor Pickering was elected to his second term in Ryde’s top job on Friday night and his victory speech declared Baird’s forced merger of Ryde, Hunters Hill […]


    Controversy at Ryde City Council election night "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Ryde Liberal leader Bill Pickering was elected as Mayor of City of Ryde last Friday night with Liberal Clr Jane Stott elected as Deputy Mayor. Barely five minutes after being elected by seven votes to five, Mayor Pickering controversially described BairdÕs proposed forced amalgamation of Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove as ‘inevitable’ and said […]


    Puzzles and Paints in Field of Mars Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Ryde Hunters Hill Flora & Fauna Preservation Society Activities committee have organised a Family Afternoon this Sunday September 25 in the Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Road, Gladesville from 2pm to 4pm. Bring the children along to Puzzles and Paints – fun activities for kids of all ages. Activities will include Treasure Trove: Follow clues […]


    Epping Boys High cater for Karonga Party "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Epping Boys High School students personally catered for Karonga Special School students at their annual Musical Concert entertainment at the school last Wednesday. The Epping Boys High volunteers made and prepared the after concert party refreshment with the help and guidance of their teacher Nadine Koff.  PICTURED in the Karonga School kitchen serving refreshments are […]


    Victor Dominello reveals kindy fees discount "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Ryde MP Victor Dominello has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent. Mr Dominello said the funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from […]


    Teaching new sailors how to sail on famous Sydney Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    To The POINT with ANDREW CURTIN MY INVOLVEMENT with the Hunters Hill Sailing Club began over ten years ago when I met Bruce Lucas, former Hunters Hill Mayor and Club Life member, by the flag mast down by the water at Clarkes Point. He explained how I could start my eldest boy in a Learn […]


    Helping Clean-up World Day "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Bennelong MP John Alexander OAM was on hand last Saturday morning helping the Clean up the World effort on the Parramatta River at Meadowbank pictured with Austin Kim and Kenny Lee.


    Laxale put people before pomp "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    City of Ryde’s former Mayor – Councillor Jerome Laxale – has hit back at Liberal allegations he let Ryde down by abandoning the city’s mayoral pomp and ceremony. Liberal voters were angry that Mayor Laxale didn’t wear the Mayoral robes and chains at citizenship ceremonies which has prompted new Mayor Bill Pickering to declare that […]


    Historic wedding dresses at Festival of Marriage in Hunters Hill’s Anglican Church this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Wedding dresses that date back to the 1880’s will be on display at All Saints Anglican Church this Saturday. The historic dresses are part of a display of bridal wear from Hunters Hill’s heritage Anglican church for the Anglican Parish’s Festival of Marriage, to be celebrated inside the church from 10 am until 3 pm. […]


    “Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock” "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

    News laws are being introduced by the Queensland Government that change the way mining companies obtain water licences. This was originally written in the Townsville Bulletin as a “roadblock” for the project, without even naming what the proposed legislation is or about. NQCC responded with this letter to the editor, but under a different headline … Continue reading "“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock”"


    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now

    Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.

    The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.

    Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.

    The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.

    Tash Sultana National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 15th September 2016
    The Borderline, London

    Saturday, 17th September 2016
    7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Sunday, 18th September 2016
    Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Thursday, 22nd September 2016
    The Northern, Byron Bay

    Friday, 23rd September 2016
    Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

    Friday, 30th September 2016
    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

    Thursday, 6th October 2016
    Mojos, Fremantle

    Friday, 7th October 2016
    Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

    Thursday, 13th October 2016
    Baha’s Tacos, Rye

    Friday, 14th October 2016
    Torquay Hotel, Torquay

    Saturday, 15th October 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide

    Thursday, 20th October 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Thursday, 27th October 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 11th November 2016
    Kings Arms, Auckland


    Rehab centre abandoned "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    No more: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre proposed for Loch as been abandoned.

    No more: a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre proposed for Loch as been abandoned.

    A DRUG and alcohol rehabilitation centre will no longer be built at Loch.

    The proposal has been withdrawn after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) overturned South Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to issue a planning permit for the proposal.

    The site mooted for the centre, in Clarence Street, is now for sale.

    Sankar Subramanian, of Australian Addiction Hospitals Pty Ltd, the proponent of the centre, has since withdrawn the application.

    His company had intended to buy the site, once the Greenhills Hosted for the Aged, a branch of Korumburra Medical Centre and a respite centre run for accident victims.

    The proposal was for a private hospital for alcohol and drug rehabilitation for up to 20 patients.

    Up to 20 single occupancy rooms were proposed with a maximum of seven staff during the day and two at night.

    Patients were proposed to be admitted for four weeks.

    Council voted to approve the proposal in November 2015, despite receiving 34 objections from the community.

    The VCAT report stated the proposal lacked adequate detail about how the centre would operate and the works required, and so overturned council’s decision.

    Council’s director of development services Bryan Sword said proposals to establish drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities could become contentious planning matters.

    “This is demonstrated by the number of applications from around the state which proceed to VCAT for review,” he said.

    VCAT found the site was suitable for such a centre and was not persuaded it would have “significant adverse social and economic effects”, but still believed there was insufficient detail to support the proposal.

    VCAT made recommendations about what additional information should be supplied if a future application was lodged, but Mr Sword felt these matters could have been addressed by permit conditions.

    “Often VCAT will address these issues through the hearing, however as the applicant sought to withdraw the application once proceedings commenced, this was likely a moot point,” he said.

    “Council accepts the decision of the tribunal.”

    VCAT also stated Loch residents had not given evidence to support their claims the proposal would have negative social and economic effects on Loch, particularly its reputation as a tourist destination.

    “Nor is there any evidence available to us that similar uses in other locations have impacted those locations in the manner feared by the objectors,” the VCAT report stated.

    The VCAT application was lodged by objecting Loch residents.

    The site is now for sale through SEJ Real Estate, Leongatha.


    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip

    Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.

    “I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”

    The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.

    You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.

    Ball Park Music National Tour Dates
    w/ The Creases & Sahara Beck

    Thursday 22 September

    Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

    Friday 23 September

    Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

    Saturday 24 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Sunday 25 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Thursday 29 September 

    ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

    Friday 30 September 

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)

    Tuesday 4 October

    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

    Wednesday 5 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

    Thursday 6 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC 

    Friday 7 October

    170 Russell, Melbourne VIC 

    Saturday 8 October 

    The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS

    Thursday 13 October 

    The Gov, Adelaide SA

    Friday 14 October

    The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)

    Friday 21 October



    Ballina prepares to demolish the ‘leaning tower’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Marine Rescue volunteers outside the old 'leaning tower'. (supplied)

    Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Marine Rescue volunteers outside the old ‘leaning tower’. (supplied)

    With Ballina’s new Marine Rescue Tower nearing completion, the focus is now turning to demolishing the old ‘leaning tower’.

    The Ballina Shire Council has announced that the demolition of the old tower, which was deemed unsafe, will begin on 3 October.

    As part of the demolition of the old tower, the walkway along the North Wall break wall, adjacent to the tower, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 7am to 4pm each day until 7 October.

    The walkway along the break wall will remain open to pedestrians.

    The new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina is nearing completion. (supplied)

    The new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina is nearing completion. (supplied)

    Meanwhile, the construction of the new $2.283 million tower is nearing completion and is expected to be finished next month.

    Marine Rescue NSW decided to close the old radio tower building after several accidents over the years, including one where a volunteer was injured and concussed while climbing the stairs.

    The new tower is being built by Woollam Constructions, and has a number of funding partners.

    They include the Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue fundraising effort of $150,000, Ballina Shire Council ($318,000), the Federal Government ($850,000) and various state government departments ($965,000).



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    Footy colours fund Christmas wishes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


    FOOTY finals are here and Inverloch Primary School got into the footy fever spirit last Friday.

    Dressing up as their footy, rugby or soccer heroes, the students donned their colours to raise money for Operation Christmas Child.

    The students donated gifts or a gold coin on the day.

    Operation Christmas Child helps children around the world who are victims of war, poverty, famine and disease.

    Some of the gifts the children could bring included teddy bears, books, pencils, clothing, personal hygiene items, necklaces, sunglasses, balls and skipping ropes.

    Supporters: from left, Inverloch Primary School’s Grade 1 students Adam, Miah, Amelia, Jesse and Levi dressed in their team colours to help support Operation Christmas Child on Friday.

    Supporters: from left, Inverloch Primary School’s Grade 1 students Adam, Miah, Amelia, Jesse and Levi dressed in their team colours to help support Operation Christmas Child on Friday.


    Solar sparks kinder savings "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    THE Meeniyan Preschool installed a 4.7 kilowatt solar power system on its roof recently, which was officially acknowledged with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13.

    The preschool’s committee of management grants officer Katrina Benson said the solar panels were expected to save the kinder at least $1200 per year.

    Ms Benson said the preschool was small and run by a volunteer committee of management.

    “We don’t have a lot of funds. The solar panels were a good way to reduce our operating costs and allow us to supply more interactive and educational material for the children,” she said.

    “Going solar will also reduce our carbon footprint and teaching the children about the environment was an added bonus.”

    Ms Benson said the panels were already producing power and returning excess green energy to the grid.

    The panels were partially funded with a $4500 grant from the South Gippsland Shire Council community grants program, and by the preschool’s fundraising efforts.

    “We had a lot of help from Trulli Pizza, who donated $500 to the project and the Meeniyan Area Community Shop were also a big contributor,” Ms Benson said.

    Cr Andrew McEwen helped with the ribbon cutting ceremony and said kindergarten was an important part of the education system.

    “What children learn at kindergarten sets them up for a lifetime of learning,” he said.

    It’s official: back, from left, Lorraine Gregg from the Meeniyan Area Community Shop, Katrina Benson from the Meeniyan Preschool committee of management and South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Andrew McEwen assisted at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13 to celebrate the installation of solar panels at the Meeniyan Preschool.

    It’s official: back, from left, Lorraine Gregg from the Meeniyan Area Community Shop, Katrina Benson from the Meeniyan Preschool committee of management and South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Andrew McEwen assisted at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, September 13 to celebrate the installation of solar panels at the Meeniyan Preschool.


    Scientists on show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


    THE great minds of Kongwak Primary School were put to the test at a science expo held last Wednesday.

    Each senior student selected a topic to study and created an activity and presentation to showcase.

    A diverse range of topics were put on display, including genetics, chemistry, astronomy, nutrition, magnets, the digestive system and zoology.

    Model were exhibited and games played by parents, teachers and junior students. Visitors were encouraged to test the students on their knowledge throughout the morning.

    “The Grade 6 students were also working on their fantastic racers during this time, which is part of their transition into Year 7,” teacher Anna Wilson said.

    “We have five students going off to secondary school next year.”

    While the senior students have been busily putting together their science projects, the junior students have had their hands full creating picture story books, which were also shown during the expo.

    Students were asked to compose a story, edit it, publish in on the computer, and finish it with illustrations.

    Parents were wowed by the creativity of the students and treated to morning tea.

    Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix to junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary School science expo.

    Genetics: Jamieson (centre) explained the double helix to junior students Lucas (left) and Rowan at the Kongwak Primary School science expo.


    Pirate’s Day bounty at Coal Creel "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    TIMBERS were shivering at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day, but it didn’t stop buccaneers of all ages joining in on the treasure hunting fun.

    Considering the poor weather it was great to see around 400 people through the gates.

    Pirates hunted for treasure, made wooden boats and launched them on the lake, participated in a game of Hero Kids and coined their own special pirate name.

    The best dressed visitors were rewarded with bounty and the National Trust singers entertained the crowds on the day.

    Pirates were even given the opportunity to walk the plank out over shark infested waters.

    Coal Creek will be busy again this Sunday, as it welcomes a huge Model T Ford display.

    Killer costumes: from left, Miller and Darcy Harwood from Yinnar and Lachlan and Alannah Judd from Sunbury put on their best pirate faces at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day.

    Killer costumes: from left, Miller and Darcy Harwood from Yinnar and Lachlan and Alannah Judd from Sunbury put on their best pirate faces at Coal Creek on Sunday for Pirate Day.


    Lyric Theatre’s romantic comedy opens Friday "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    LYRIC Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts a cast of 30, including award winning actors alongside blossoming teenage talents and exuberant younger performers.

    As in all community theatre, many gifted people have worked behind the scenes creating the set and imaginative costumes, and in this case images for projection, lighting to simulate moonlight and original music.

    The members of Lyric Theatre are confident they have prepared a production that will entertain the whole family.

    There will be five evening and four matinee performances from September 23 to October 2.

    A complimentary light supper will be served after the show on opening night and the bar will be open, giving the audience a chance to mingle with the cast.

    Shakespeare was a young man when he wrote this comedy and his youthful love of life is reflected in a script full of romantic intrigue, colourful characters and magical practical jokes.

    Director Bernadette Grainger has chosen to set Lyric Theatre’s production of this much loved work in a 1970s Australian rural town, and believes the language and themes of this comedy make the transition seamlessly.

    Tickets are $20/$15 and available online at or the box office at Great Southern Outdoors, 1 Bair Street, Leongatha, from Thursday to Friday 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, 10am to noon. Phone 0490 525482.

    Tickets will also be available at Mesley Hall Theatre before each performance.

    Dressing the cast: from left, Vicky Bristow created the costumes for Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is with Titania (Christine Skicko).

    Dressing the cast: from left, Vicky Bristow created the costumes for Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is with Titania (Christine Skicko).


    College walkathon helps many "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha, raised more than $20,000 following its recent walkathon.

    The original target was $18,000, and the extra funds raised meant more money could be given to the school’s chosen charities.

    Students chose seven local charities this year and the funds were gratefully accepted at an assembly last Wednesday.

    Days for Girls received $5000 to go towards purchasing fabric and materials to construct kits, which will help women in under privileged countries during menstruation.

    According to Days for Girls representative Susan Morrow, girls lose 188 school days over three years due to menstruation. The money raised by Mary MacKillop students will go a long way to helping these girls receive a full education.

    Local woman Stephanie Hulls received $3000 to purchase fitness equipment to help with muscle coordination.

    Ms Hulls is a sufferer of multiple sclerosis and she was appreciative of the school for helping her maintain physical strength.

    South Gippsland FOCAS (Focus on Care and Support) received $5000 to further assist the families of those with mental illness.

    Representative Nancy Pattinson thanked the students for their overwhelming generosity and said the money would make a difference for many families.

    Ella’s Ear received $2000 to help 10 year old Ella Morgan fund her surgery in America.

    Ella – granddaughter of Leongatha’s Joy and Jim Morgan – has a congenital ear condition called Microtia Artesia, and the surgery will help correct her hearing and build her undeveloped right ear.

    Another local girl Aylah Hengstberger was allocated $3000 to help her family purchase a van to accommodate her.

    Aylah has multiple medical needs and the family are in need of a van to accommodate her wheelchair.

    Trinity Families Foundation and the Mary MacKillop Foundation each received $1000 to assist families throughout South Gippsland – irrespective of background and beliefs – and to support the work of the Josephite Sisters.

    Deputy principal John Ryan congratulated the students on this year’s efforts.

    “A great thing we can do as a college community is to show love for others,” he said.

    “I hope the money we raised goes a long way to help those charities in their endeavours.”

    Contribution: the Hengstberger family Tennielle, Agan, Aylah and Hannah (centre) thanked family friend Luke Ollington (third left), Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s deputy principal John Ryan (far left) and justice captains Bradley Denney, Sinead O’Callaghan and Ebony Sartori for raising $3000 to support Aylah.

    Contribution: the Hengstberger family Tennielle, Agan, Aylah and Hannah (centre) thanked family friend Luke Ollington (third left), Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s deputy principal John Ryan (far left) and justice captains Bradley Denney, Sinead O’Callaghan and Ebony Sartori for raising $3000 to support Aylah.


    Dancers just spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


    TWELVE talented dancers from Leongatha Secondary College showcased their skills in the Victorian State School Spectacular in Melbourne recently.

    They had rehearsed since the start of the year and shared an incredible experience on stage.

    “It was amazing when they walked into Hisense Arena and saw the set up,” dance teacher Linda Hamilton said.

    “They thought the set up of Grease at school was good. This was brilliant.”

    Dancers ranged from students in years 8 to 12, and rehearsed after school and at lunchtime, on weekends in four regional rehearsals in Carrum Downs.

    Around 80 schools were involved in the show and the energy throughout the performance was intense.
    “The vibe and the atmosphere were incredible. It was amazing to be on stage with so many people,” dancer Nikki Stockdale said.

    Year 9 coordinator Sheena Cumming and maths teacher Bron Webster supported students throughout the performance and helped create costumes.

    “If you want to challenge yourself, it’s a great idea to audition,” dancer Tilly Johnson said.

    The Victorian State School Spectacular will be televised on Channel 7 at 7pm on December 3.

    Leongatha stars: back, from left, Isla Hickey, Jordan McFarlane, Tristain Noble, Josh Bracecamp and Evy Nye; middle from left, Krystin Rintoule, Chelsea Deering, Tilly Johnson; and front, from left, Lizzie Harms, Grace Allen, Liz Dunn and Nikki Stockdale represented Leongatha Secondary College by dancing in the Victorian State School Spectacular.

    Leongatha stars: back, from left, Isla Hickey, Jordan McFarlane, Tristain Noble, Josh Bracecamp and Evy Nye; middle from left, Krystin Rintoule, Chelsea Deering, Tilly Johnson; and front, from left, Lizzie Harms, Grace Allen, Liz Dunn and Nikki Stockdale represented Leongatha Secondary College by dancing in the Victorian State School Spectacular.


    Ella’s life changing surgery on the way "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


    FAMILY and friends of Albury’s Ella Morgan are aiming to raise $110,000 for surgery that will be performed in the United States of America.

    Ella requires combined microtia and atresia surgery and the only two surgeons in the world who can perform it are located in California, USA.

    The people of South Gippsland raised some of the funds for the surgery by supporting a car raffle organised by Ella’s grandparents Jim and Joy Morgan of Leongatha.

    The raffle was drawn last Wednesday and was won by Nar Nar Goon’s Alison Lester, who was thrilled to win the Nissan Micra.

    “The Leongatha and Inverloch communities have really rallied around Ella. We couldn’t have done it without Joy and Jim,” Ella’s mum Belinda Taylor said.

    “We want to thank them for putting the raffle together, which will take us a huge step forward towards Ella’s surgery.”

    Ms Taylor said before the raffle, they had another $25,000 to raise.

    “The car raffle will be a major contributor to those funds,” she said.

    Ella said the support shown to her from both the Gippsland and Albury Wodonga communities has been overwhelming.

    “I am speechless, I can’t say enough,” she said at the raffle draw last Wednesday.

    “I can’t believe it is happening to me and my family, and I am thankful to everyone for their support and generosity.”

    A rare congenital condition, microtia is a term used to describe the malformation of the external part of the ear. Absence of the ear canal is known as atresia.

    “Ella has profound hearing loss in her right ear and mild hearing loss in her left ear. The surgery will aim to reconstruct her ear and rebuild her ear canal, meaning she can be totally unaided,” Ms Taylor said.

    Ella’s condition has caused her to struggle academically and she also experiences hearing loss in large crowds and other noisy situations.

    “After the surgery, that won’t be an issue,” Ms Taylor said.

    The family has been fundraising for the surgery for almost a year and have held a gala dinner, a dance, a golf day, movie nights and sausage sizzles.

    “Also people have been holding benefits on our behalf. The Albury Wodonga and Gippsland communities have been incredible,” Ms Taylor said.

    “We are very lucky to be a part of both communities.”

    Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belonging to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.

    Winning ticket: Darryl McGannon from Edney’s Leongatha and Ella Morgan from Albury with the winning raffle ticket, belonging to Alison Lester from Nar Nar Goon.


    RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.

    The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.


    Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.

    The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).

    The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.

    Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.

    “ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.

    “I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.

    Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.

    “ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.

    The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.

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    Council elections under scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    QUESTIONS about how the scrutineering was going to be handled seemed to be the main concern at a candidates’ information session for the South Gippsland Shire council elections in Leongatha last Tuesday night, September 13.

    There’s already a Melbourne Cup type field lining up for the elections, with ballot packs to be sent mailed out to eligible voters between Tuesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 6.

    If anyone wants to have a crack at being a shire councillor then they better be quick with nominations closing today (Tuesday, September 20) at noon and costing $250 for the privilege.

    While no-one is running a ‘book’ on the election, there is certainly a wide open field trying to wrest the various ward positions from the incumbents, most of whom have indicated they are running again.

    Current councillor Don Hill wanted to know how the scrutineering worked and do they have to be there at the post office when the ballots come back.

    Returning officer Sheryl Bruce told the good crowd in attendance, which included most of the candidates, that Australia Post sorted out ballot papers at the distribution centre, then delivered them directly to the electoral office which has just been opened in Bair Street, Leongatha.

    Scrutineers can be in attendance at the opening at various times in the process.

    “Most candidates don’t have a scrutineer; it’s a personal choice,” Mrs Bruce said.

    Responding to a question, Mrs Bruce said in three shire elections which she has been involved in, “I’ve never had a vote changed.”

    Voters who enrolled to vote with South Gippsland Shire Council and Bass Coast Shire Council as at Friday, August 26 will be sent a ballot pack between October 4 and 6.

    Once completed, return the ballot so that is in the mail by 6pm, Friday, October 21.

    Votes are likely to be counted from Monday, October 24 and could take several days before the winners are announced.

    The nomination period for candidates in Bass Coast Shire Council will also finish today  (Tuesday, September 20) at noon.

    The final list of candidates in ballot paper order will be available on the Victorian Electoral Commission website later this afternoon.

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, will be the last chance for candidates to lodge statements and respond to the questionnaire.

    The election office for Bass Coast Shire Council is located at Old Wonthaggi Post Office and is open to the public. The office is open from 9am to 5pm weekdays.

    Possible runners: from left, Strzelecki Ward candidate Ian Nicholas and possible candidate Viv Pepper with David Amor, right, a confirmed candidate for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire.

    Possible runners: from left, Strzelecki Ward candidate Ian Nicholas and possible candidate Viv Pepper with David Amor, right, a confirmed candidate for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire.


    Unity to advance ’Burra "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    THE new leaders of the Korumburra Business Association will continue to ensure Korumburra remains a vibrant centre in South Gippsland.

    The association’s new president Noelene Cosson said the group would work positively with South Gippsland Shire Council to secure the attention the town deserves.

    “We need to work together and support each other by building confidence within the community. This not only sends a positive message to our community, but also to council and to other authorities,” she said.

    “Korumburra is a great town and has a lot going for it. It is a true country town without all the chain stores, but a unique shopping hub with locally run businesses.”

    The association is encouraging businesspeople and residents to take part in council’s OurSay forum that is now seeking suggestions for what the community would like to see $400,000 spent on in Korumburra.

    The group is represented in discussions about the future of the Korumburra railway station and now has its own sign on the community town entry sign.

    Mrs Cosson was elected president at the association’s annual general meeting at the Korumburra railway station last Wednesday, taking over from Commonwealth Bank manager Steve Bone.

    Shirley Arestia of MJA Accounting and Rick’s Hairdressers remains as secretary, with Brian Hess of Korumburra Florist vice president and Trudi Mantell of Tru Business Management the treasurer.

    Mrs Cosson said for an affordable membership fee of $50, businesses receive community advocacy and possibly promotion on the association’s Facebook page, as well as access to competitions.

    The association is now running a word search on its Facebook page that raises awareness of the variety of businesses available in Korumburra.

    Members have also arranged for displays in vacant shop windows. The current show promotes the activities of Coal Creek Community Park and Museum while temporarily filling empty shops.

    The annual town Christmas celebration is planned for Saturday, December 17, with entertainment, Santa Claus in the street and a colouring competition to encourage shoppers into town.

    “We now have 54 members, which is very encouraging,” Mrs Cosson said.

    Mrs Cosson and her husband Rob run dairy business Sure Pulse Australia. They have been in business in Korumburra for 30 years and Mrs Cosson has served with the pool committee and swimming club, and is a member of the Korumburra Roundtable.

    They raised their three daughters in town.

    Leading the way: from left, promoting the benefits of shopping in Korumburra are Korumburra Business Association’s new president Noelene Cosson and secretary Shirley Arestia.

    Leading the way: from left, promoting the benefits of shopping in Korumburra are Korumburra Business Association’s new president Noelene Cosson and secretary Shirley Arestia.


    Council accused of ‘secrecy’ "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


    THE integrity of the decision to include Wonthaggi ArtSpace Gallery in the alliance operating out of the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre was called into question last week.

    While Bass Coast Shire Council and Wonthaggi Rotary Club agreed having Artspace, the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association and the information centre volunteers working in the facility would benefit the community, president of the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Kevin Griffin claimed the process was flawed.

    Since the closure of the Centennial Centre came about, Cr Neil Rankine has had a conflict of interest that excluded him from voting in any decisions relating to the centre.

    At community question time last Wednesday, Cr Rankine revealed he had been subsidising the rent for ArtSpace to operate out of a prominent building in McBride Avenue.

    “If I had voted, it might have seemed like I wanted to get rid of my tenants or hold them there,” he said.

    Mr Griffin felt a commercial property should not be operating from the Centennial Centre.

    “We’ve had a councillor charging a fraction of the rent, and from what I can see it appears Wonthaggi ArtSpace is like any other shop,” he said.

    “We now have a situation where council have secretly decided what should be done with the information centre and a commercial operation has picked it up for peppercorn rent.

    “Now it is in what has been described as a showcase property. The community is questioning the ethics of council and it is fed up. It’s not a good look for this council.”

    Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale reminded the gallery ArtSpace is a not for profit organisation, and an expression of interest process went out before the decision was made.

    “We had five proposals and we decided which one was the most appropriate with the involvement of Rotary,” she said.

    With ArtSpace already receiving a reduced rate at its current site in McBride Avenue, Mr Griffin also questioned the alliance’s request to receive $60,000 of funding per year.

    Cr Crugnale said the funding would go towards ensuring the building meets appropriate standards, which is the responsibility of any landlord.

    Council is currently in negotiations with the alliance to finalise the memorandum of understanding, which will include options about how to secure the alliance to the Centennial Centre on a permanent basis.


    start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks Monday 26th September, 2016


    Sustainable Expo day growing exponentially "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    Hungry for knowledge: crowds pack out the 2016 Sustainable House Expo at Mullumbimby Civic Centre. Photo contributed

    Hungry for knowledge: crowds pack out the 2016 Sustainable House Expo at Mullumbimby Civic Centre. Photo contributed

    More than 1,500 people attended the very popular Sustainable House Day Expo and Tiny Homes Design Competition last Saturday, September 17 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

    This year’s winner of the $1,000 professional category on the theme of Tiny Homes: A Pocket Neighbourhood was Neeraja Peeret.

    ‘I am so excited to have won the design competition and am currently looking at building upon this award and showcasing the project further to show that sustainability can be easy, small and cost-effective,’ Ms Peeret said.

    Her winning design featured a pocket neighbourhood that enabled many people to live sustainably in small houses with private spaces as well communal areas for social connection.

    Coming in second was Baxter & Jacobson Architects, while David Brown and Alfonso Duran Fraile received the sponsors’ highly recommended award.

    The winner of the $500 Byron Shire community award was Joe Harvey-Jones with his fantastic design that included rotating house that captures the sun’s rays in every season.

    Warren Buys won the $500 Lismore City community award and Margot McCarthy took out the $500 Tweed Shire community award.

    Michael Leung from Balanced Earth won the $100 people’s choice award.

    A highlight of the Expo was the highly popular ‘speed date a sustainable designer’ session with filled up early.

    Also well attended were the informative talks by subject experts, while many stallholders were on hand to provide instant advice.

    If you missed out on attending the Expo you can still view all the designs at the various council foyers and the Green Building Centre in Byron Bay from the end of October.

    ‘It’s a treasure trove of our region’s finest, all available for viewing for free,’ said Sandi Middleton from the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Collaboration.

    Sustainable House Day is a joint event by Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, Self Seed, North Coast TAFE and Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre.



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    Plains raptors "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens to the numbers and species of raptors on the Moolort Plains over coming months. With so much water around I expect to see a surge in the availability of prey. A visit over the weekend didn’t produce a lot – I was hoping to spot a Black Falcon or Spotted Harrier but struck out. I did however get a distant view of a Swamp Harrier near the Havelock Road wetland, as well as the ‘usual suspects’ pictured below.

    Brown Falcon, Moolort Plains, 16th September 2016

    Brown Falcon, Moolort Plains, 16th September 2016


    Black-shouldered Kite


    Nankeen Kestrel




    Champions Quarry wins three out of four requests "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    Champions Quarry. Photo

    Champions Quarry. Photo

    Champions Quarry near Lismore has been given approval to modify three of four conditions of its approval despite community concerns.

    The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced today that it had ‘partially approved’ the quarry’s application to modify the approvals.

    The company had sought to change the frequency of Community Consultative Committee meetings from two to one each year, but the request was denied.

    The department did however approve the other three requests.

    They were to allow the quarry to water an internal road instead of sealing it in an effort to stop dust from blowing onto neighbouring properties.

    Also, the quarry has been given permission to amend boundaries in its Biodiversity Offset Strategy to better reflect  existing vegetation on site.

    The quarry has also been given permission to use scales fitted to the front end loaders to weigh materials loaded onto trucks as an economic alternative to installing a weighbridge.

    A spokesperson from the Department said consultation with the community is enshrined into the process for assessing applications.

    ‘The modification application was publicly exhibited for community feedback during March 2016,’ a spokesperson said.

    ‘Key issues raised during public consultation include dust emissions, the ongoing need of the CCC and the accuracy of using scales as a measurement method.

    ‘The Department has closely considered potential dust impacts on the local community and is satisfied that watering the internal haul road is a satisfactory and practical alternative to sealing.

    ‘The accuracy of scales for weighing quarry products has also been considered. The Department is satisfied that accuracy will be maintained provided the company appropriately manages these processes, as outlined in its application, and required by the Department through a condition in its approval.

    ‘The Department has thoroughly assessed the modification application under clear and consistent rules.’

    For more information visit


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    North coast unites for massive garage sale day "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

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

    The largest coordinated garage sale day will be held this Saturday across the north coast.

    Called Second Hand Saturday, the annual event will be held in the Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed local council areas.

    Organisers said last year there were over 900 garage sales and this year was expected to be even bigger.

    Linda Tohver from North East Waste says that garage sale registrations have been coming in thick and fast with a huge range of treasures on offer from the Clarence Valley to the Tweed.

    “From building materials and caravans to scooters and cars, household goods, antiques and even Elvis costumes, there will be something for everyone,” Linda said.

    “We encourage people to shop second hand and take part in this great community event, which aims to give goods a second life and reduce landfill.”

    The Jiggi Uniting Church will be holding its first garage sale in the church’s long and proud 111-year history as part of Second Hand Saturday.

    Heather Jeffery from the church says it will be worth making the drive out to the Jiggi as there will be plenty of interesting and unusual items for sale including a church organ.

    “We have 500 donated items and more coming in – things from farm sheds, furniture, bric-a-brac, homewares, good quality clothing and curiosity items,” Heather said.

    “We are raising funds to restore and repaint the church, which is an important piece of local and community history.

    “Second Hand Saturday is a great initiative for recycling pre-loved items to happy new owners.”

    Keen bargain hunters can find Lismore garage sales listed in The Northern Rivers Echo on Thursday, 22 September and The Northern Star on Saturday, 24 September, as well as online from today at

    There will be a second ‘leftovers’ garage sale day on Saturday, 1 October.

    Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of its member councils and is funded by the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.


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    Tuesday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have defended Australia’s border protection policies at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    South Australia Police have revealed that 12 drivers tested positive to illicit drugs near schools yesterday.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud.

    Adelaide City Council has resisted a push from the State Government to redevelop some of North Adelaide’s landmarks and institutions.

    In Sport…

    The Paralympics have come to a close with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    Sturt Football Club has made a remarkable turnaround after finishing in 8th place last season to now scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    Study shows mass premature deaths due to Indonesian smoke haze and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Last years smoke haze in Indonesia’s was responsible for over 100,000 deaths, a report compiled by Columbia and Harvard researchers estimates.

    Outrage at Brisbane restaurant’s glorification of British empire

    A new restaurant in Brisbane has sparked outrage over its glorification of British imperialism.

    The bar and restaurant named British Colonial Co has marketed itself as celebrating “the empirical push into the developing cultures of the a safari style setting.”


    Full inclusion a long way off: Tweed Paralympian "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    aralympic gold medallist Tracey Barrell of Tweed Heads will speak at the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards on November 30.

    aralympic gold medallist Tracey Barrell of Tweed Heads will speak at the Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards on November 30.

    The guest speaker at this year’s Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards says she has seen little evidence that Australians had become more accepting or inclusive of people with disability.

    Paralympic gold medallist Tracy Barrell, of Tweed Heads, has spent a lifetime teaching people about acceptance and inclusion.

    Back in 1992 Ms Barrell, who was born without legs and with one arm, was dual gold medallist in swimming at the Paralympics in Barcelona.

    Since then she has become an advocate for people with a disability and has broken many barriers though her determination to be active in mainstream community.

    But Ms Barrell feels progress in Australian society has been very slow.

    ‘That makes initiatives like the Access Awards all the more important, to change attitudes towards people with disability and the roles they can play in community,’ she said.

    Attitude and treatment

    ‘Accessibility is not all about physical ability, it really comes down to attitude and how people treat anyone with disability. In my 42 years, I’ve experienced all sorts of attitudes and it’s been a real rollercoaster life.’

    Ms Barrell attended a mainstream school and was very active in family activities such as horse riding and swimming. She joined the local Venturer group and participated in the camping, abseiling, caving and canoeing.

    She went on to receive an Order of Australia medal for her contribution to swimming and later forged a career as a project manager, guest speaker and an advocate for people with disability, particularly for Aboriginal communities.

    However, she has still personally experienced how difficult it can be for people with disability to get employment.

    ‘It’s still really hard for them to get a job or to be accepted as a valuable member of the community,’ she said.

    ‘That’s why it’s really important for these awards to recognise people going above and beyond to ensure everyone can be included.’

    Life of adaptation

    Ms Barrell, a member of the Bungdurra mob from Gundungurra country at Goulburn, has now started indigenous cultural tours tailored for people with disability.

    It is the latest innovation in a life of adaptation, which began when she was 12 months old and she taught herself to use a wheelchair to move around. The skateboard is still her transportation of choice and has become one of her signatures.

    However, arguably her source of greatest satisfaction is raising two sons as a single parent.

    ‘I take pride knowing I am raising two well-adjusted children who have a great ability to accept anyone and everyone,’ she said. ‘Every day I motivate them to be the best they can be, as they see me getting on with life with a smile on my face and my can-do attitude.’

    Tweed mayor Katie Milne, said, ‘Tracey’s life is such an inspiration to us all. To have achieved all the things she has is just incredible.’

    ‘I want to know how she has done it and I encourage everyone to come along to hear her speak...


    Reef spill payout ‘inadequate’: activists "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

    Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

    Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

    The federal government’s acceptance of less than a third of what it was seeking in compensation for a coal carrier accident on the Great Barrier Reef has left conservationists outraged.

    Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg this week announced the government had reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement from the operators of the Shen Neng 1, which ran aground 100km east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal in 2010.

    The money will be used to remove polluted rubble in a clean-up operation expected to begin next year.

    But the government had been seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd.
Greenpeace Australia say the settlement is inadequate.

    “While we welcome the end of this six-year saga, it has to serve as a reminder that accidents happen,” spokeswoman Shani Tager said.

    “It’s clear that coal and the reef don’t mix and the government needs to do more to protect this precious place.”

    Maritime insurer The London P&I Club again expressed regret over the spill and said it had always wanted to reach a “fair and justifiable settlement”.

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    Help Edgar’s Mission help animals and create a kinder world for all. "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


    Vote for Edgar’s Mission in the Voiceless People’s Choice Award – Capacity Building category. Please remember you can only vote once, so make your vote count. Many thanks in advance of your support.


    Tuesday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    A Whyalla man is to be released on parole without supervision with a high risk of re-offending.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud charges.

    Adelaide City Council has resisted a push from the State Government to redevelop some of North Adelaide’s landmarks and institutions.

    New research suggests that Australia’s eucalypt population could decrease by NINETY PERCENT over the next SIXTY years as a result of climate change.

    In Sport…

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent this year, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    The paralympics closing ceremony took place in Rio yesterday with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    Sturt Football Club have made a remarkable turnaround after finishing 8th place last season to scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed"

    DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates

    Hot on the heels of a much talked-about BIGSOUND performance and still riding a wave of momentum from this year’s mammoth WACO tour with Dune Rats and Violent Soho, Bundaberg’s favourite sons, DZ Deathrays, are back with a new single and fresh tour dates.

    ‘Pollyanna’ is the latest killer number from the Queensland duo, who are now set to hit the road this December for their biggest headline tour to date, playing a string of all ages and 18+ shows around the country with their good mate Ecca Vandal.

    Ecca Vandal hit the stage with DZ Deathrays during BIGSOUND for a raucous performance of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’. Everyone who was there agreed it was a highlight of the conference and everyone who wasn’t was having some serious FOMO.

    The band’s latest Australian tour also comes just weeks after they announced a co-headline tour of North America and Europe with buddies Dune Rats. Rest assured, the pair’s live chops will be sharper than ever when they make their way back to Aussie shores.

    Check below for all the dates and details.

    DZ Deathrays National Tour Dates

    Friday, 9th December 2016
    The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    YMCA HQ, Leedervile (Under 18s)

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth (18+)

    Thursday, 15th December 2016
    The Factory, Sydney (AA)

    Friday, 16th December 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide (AA)

    Saturday, 17th December 2016
    The Croxton, Melbourne (Under 18s)

    Saturday, 17th December 2016
    The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)


    Which Byron resort is among the world’s 25 coolest? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    Suvira McDonald's hanging metal sculpture Khorus separates the lobby-lounge from the dining areas. Photo contributed

    Suvira McDonald’s hanging metal sculpture Khorus separates the lobby-lounge from the dining areas. Photo contributed

    A Byron Bay resort has been named one of the 25 coolest on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. It’s in rarefied company, with only one other Aussie resort included.

    The winner is the new Elements of Byron resort, which shares the accolade with the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.

    It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the hotel design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards.

    Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry.

    Elements also received a highly commended award in the hotel interior design category at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 2nd September.

    ‘It’s lovely to receive accolades from the design and hotel industries’ said Elements’ GM Michael Skinner. ‘These go to the team that planned and designed the resort over six years and to our amazing staff, most of whom come from the local area’.

    Interior designer Rowena Cornwell worked closely with local artists to bring the vision for the resort to life.

    ‘Byron Bay is such an exciting place’ said Ms Cornwell.

    ‘There is a strong entrepreneurial youth culture. I wanted to create environments that were sexy, with a sophisticated edge but still very accessible’.

    Mullumbimby Artist Noel Hart spent months studying species found on the property to produce four layered oil-paint, pigment and charcoal-on-jute paintings to adorn the private dining room. Celebrating the four unique ecologies on the site – eucalypt, wetland, rainforest and dunal – the paintings are reinterpreted in works throughout the 94 villas.

    The black cockatoo, a strong totem for Elements of Byron, is acknowledged through five blown glass works by Noel Hart in the lobby.


    New safety initiatives introduced to protect Queensland hospital staff and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    As part of the new measures, CCTV cameras will be upgraded at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Logan Hospital, staff will wear body cameras at Royal Brisbane Hospital, and extra security officers will be added at selected hospitals around the state.

    New safety measures for health care workers

    Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced a raft of new safety measures to protect healthcare workers from violence and abuse in Queensland hospitals and health care centres.

    As part of the new measures, CCTV cameras will be upgraded at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Logan Hospital, staff will wear body cameras at Royal Brisbane Hospital, and extra security officers will be added at selected hospitals around the state.


    Nominations open for Tweed elections "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    Nominations have opened for candidates in the Tweed Shire Council election, which will be held on Saturday

    , October 29. Nominations close at 12pm on Wednesday September 28.

    The election, which was set for 10 September along with most other NSW shires, was postponed following the death of candidate Ken Nicholson.

    Under the Local Government Act all nominations had to be cancelled and a new election called.

    All candidates who nominated for the failed September 10 election will need to renominate for the October 29 poll.

    More councillors?

    As well as voting for the seven councillors for the period 2016 – 2020, voters will be asked – through a constitutional referendum – if they support an increase in the number of Councillors from seven to nine. If there is majority support for the proposal, the changes will take effect from the 2020 Local Government Election.

    The election is being conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission on behalf of the council.

    A special website has been set up for the Tweed Shire Council election, which is If you wish to nominate as a candidate, you must first register through this website.

    Other key dates:

    Monday 17 October – Pre-polling and postal vote applications open

    Friday 21 October – Registration of electoral material closes

    Monday 24 October – Postal vote applications close

    Friday 28 October – Pre-poll voting closes

    Saturday 29 October – Election day

    Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 and over who are resident in the Tweed Shire Local Government area.

    For more information – including pre-poll locations – see

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    Tuesday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter has declared that a ‘revolutionary change’ must occur to break the ongoing cycle of welfare dependency across Australia.

    Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has dismissed calls for an upheaval of Australia’s current inflation-targeting regime.

    A Whyalla man is to be released on parole without supervision with a high risk of re-offending.

    New plans to introduce French into the Australian school curriculum will see the language taught at Highgate Primary School and Unley High School for students in years reception to 12.

    3 Eden Hills residents have been arrested and charged with fraud charges.

    In Sport…

    An all-Sydney AFL grand final is looking imminent this year, if the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney Giants make it through their preliminary finals this weekend.

    The paralympics closing ceremony took place in Rio yesterday with festivities highlighted by a giant conga-line of athletes dancing to Brazilian funk music.

    Sturt Football Club have made a remarkable turnaround after finishing 8th place last season to scoring a spot in the 2016 SANFL grand final.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    1) Police Disband Disappearance Papua People’s Action in Yakuhimo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    2) KNPB: In Three Days Indonesian Police Arrest 75 People Papua

    3) Support PICWP Discuss Issues at the UN Papua, the Papuan People Protest in 13 Cities
    4) Besides PICWP, Hope Support Other Countries in the UN
    Below are google translates of 4 articles in Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa links above articles.

    1) Police Disband Disappearance Papua People’s Action in Yakuhimo

    Author Otopina Surabut -September 19, 2016

    Thousands of Papuans who mediated KNPB Yakuhimo region title peaceful demonstration under the pressure apparatus despite disbanded and suppressed, 19/09/2016. (Oktopina Surabut - SP)

    Yakuhimo, police dispersed thousands of Papuans degree peaceful demonstration mediated West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Yakuhimo territory by force, by reason of disturbing the peace on 19 September, 2016.

    Aminus Balingga, Chairman of the PRD Yakuhimo to said, KNPB Yakuhimo mediate region of West Papuan peaceful demonstrations in accordance KNPB notification center.

    "We the people of Papua in Yahukimo ULMWP which fully supports our leaders in particular to discuss the issue of human rights violations in Papua at the UN. We urge the United Nations to immediately intervene issue of West Papua. Because if the people of Papua is still in Indonesia tells us the Papuan people will be depleted or extinct from our own land, "he told in Dekai, Monday (09/19/2016).

    He asked the UN to see the humanitarian crisis occurring in West Papua. He said, the Papuan people want the UN intervention in Papua.

    Field coordinator of the action, Yallenang Wakla explained, the action today starting from the three-point kupul mass. Jalan commercial, Mountain Road and Jalan Seradala kilo 2. However, he said officials first with full force already on standby at every point of the mass gathering.

    "At any point in the mass gathering, the security forces of Police, Brimob and Koramil were go ear...


    “Not all men” "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


    There are some people who have always been there - always in Tumblr terms of course. People, who belong to my daily dashboard. With most of them I don’t even remotely talk every day, or “like” or reblog each other a lot. But we know the other person is there. And that is comforting. On some occasions we were seeking advice from the other, most of the time we just had fun.

    One of these people will probably have to leave Tumblr soon. Because she was severely attacked, offended, insulted, and threatened. On Tumblr and on Instagram. Some people found out her phone number and left voice mails, using voice-changers. The reason? She doesn’t fit the picture of a “normal” cisgender, heterosexual person. That is it. That is the reason. Who was attacking her? Heterosexual cis men. People like me.

    My friend messaged me last night, telling me about it. That she probably has to leave this place, and also has to leave Instagram. Not only because this all really affected her deeply, but also because she has to protect herself and the people in her life. She also did it to assure me that the statement on her blog that she doesn’t want any cis male following her blog anymore doesn’t include me.

    NOT ALL MEN are like that. Well… obviously not. NOT ALL MEN are sexist, offensive, abusive, misogynist, ableist, cissexist pieces of shit.

    NOT ALL M… Oh… wait… Moment! Who are ALL MEN? The collective of male people on this planet? Where are ALL MEN? What do ALL MEN do?

    Rarely ever do I see het cis males standing up against this. Rarely ever do I see het cis males supporting women’s or gay’s rights. Rarely ever do I see het cis males standing up against (cyber-) bullying.

    What I see online everywhere are attacks from cis het males. Attacks against women. Attacks against non-heterosexual people… Attacks.

    And I see a gray, silent mass who doesn’t do anything. Who leaves the spotlight to the abusers and harassers, who silently agrees by not speaking up and fighting. But then complains that … not all men are like that.

    Obviously ALL MEN are.

    ALL MEN are. As long as those who abuse and harass are the ones who are the visible majority.

    ALL MEN are. As long as those who say that this is not okay remain silent and enable that harassment takes place.

    I refuse to be one of them.

    Stop sexism, stop misogyny, stop ableism, stop harassment, stop bullying!

    Speak up, stand up!

    Your words are meaningless without your actions!


    About face in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    In preparation for the warmer months Osprey Spa at Elements of Byron has a suite of special events and treatments to help us feel our best.

    Open since February as a sanctuary for wellness within Byron Bay’s new world class beachfront resort Elements of Byron, Osprey Spa comprises five therapy suites with private courtyard gardens, including a couples suite with double shower and round outdoor stone bathing tub. There is a stillness and recovery zone, a light filled mani pedi courtyard, an Issada make up station and a retail space where you can sample or purchase natural treats like Dr Jean D Laing’s hydraceutical range developed for LaGaia and Issada’s treatment make-up range.

    Designed by Rowena Cornwell from Coop Creative, the Spa features giant pots aged under the Aegean Sea from the set of the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean Dead Men Tell No Tales movie and custom built timber furniture reflective of driftwood on the adjacent beach. “The palette is bleached and sun kissed” outlined Cornwell. “Overlaid with a soft pinky haze like the sunset across Belongil Beach”. And with a menu covering pranayama and meditation, yoga, crystal bowl healing, make-up application, a plethora of massage, body therapy and facial treatments and spa rituals such as Soul Temple and Oceanic Destress, Osprey Spa has become a destination in itself for locals and visitors to Byron Bay.

    On Friday 23rd September join Australian mineral make up label Issada for make up Masterclasses at Osprey Spa. The focus will be on creating a fresh daytime look using techniques of contouring, highlighting, bronzing and face sculpting to achieve complexion perfection. Classes will run for 90 minutes at 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Sip champagne, nibble on cheese platters and learn from those in the know. A booking fee of $45 is required however this fee is redeemable upon purchase of Issada product on the day. Loved by women who value the health of their skin including Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow, Issada contains pharmaceutical grade minerals, organic botanicals, collagen and peptides to treat the skin.

    For Osprey Spa bookings and enquiries contact 66391555 or

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    Many accounting & financial services businesses being held back by poor understanding of laws of success "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Last Wednesday, at the Brisbane offices of Macpherson Kelley Lawyers, I attended a presentation by Macquarie on its 2015-16 Accounting and Financial Services Benchmarking Report, which is based on survey data collected from 355 accounting and financial services firms across Australia. I was stunned that fewer than half of respondents considered that new client acquisition is an effective strategy to improve profitability in the current market (see chart below). Instead, most respondents favour adding value for existing clients and finding efficiencies, which are both admirable goals, but are unlikely to result in startling business growth and profits.


    Source: Macquarie, 2015-16 Accounting and Financial Services Benchmarking Report, p. 17.

    I would suggest that many accountants and financial advisers would benefit from reading The 10X Rule by US sales guru Grant Cardone, in which he notes (in Chapter 19):

    Customer satisfaction doesn’t concern me very much! Why? Because I know that we over-deliver to our clients and provide customer service that is well beyond “satisfactory”…

    …I am most worried about noncustomer satisfaction; that is, the people who are dissatisfied because they do not have my product and may not even know that they are unhappy…

    …It is impossible for a company to create success by just focussing on customer satisfaction. I believe that the trend of focusing on customer satisfaction has been detrimental to customer acquisition. Companies become so consumed about their current customers’ “satisfaction” that many are failing to aggressively acquire and expand their market share.

    These are very wise words, and I hope to see an improvement in the proportion of accounting and financial services businesses that believe new client acquisition is an effective profitability lever in Macquarie’s next benchmarking report.


    Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump – JUICE RAP NEWS (Special Edition) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Ladies and homies, the wait is over. RAP NEWS is back for a special report on the 2016 USA Election!

    I’m stoked to be able to bring this amazing series back to life for this historic event; I wasn’t sure we would be able to make another Rap News video, but thanks to the countless emails and messages, as well as threats to nuke Australia, I decided it was better to give it a go. It’s an experiment, and its success will depend in great part on your response. So I’m curious to see what you think! 

    I know it won’t be the same without Robert Foster, but hope you’ll find the same spirit and juice alive and well. And hey, if you like this new episode (and leave lots of loving comments for the awesome team who joined me to make this possible – nudge-nudge!), we might come together again and bring you more Rap News videos in the future.

    Time for some shout outs: I couldn’t have pulled this off without help from some of the dopest rappers in Australia: Mantra, Class A and Grey Ghost. It was a real pleasure working with this awesome crew.

    Massive gratitude to the awesome Juice team who came back together to make this episode (credits below). A special mention goes to Mantra who took on the mammoth task of making the episode rhyme, and pulled it off like the champion he is.

    – Written & directed by Giordano
    – Rhymed by Mantra
    – Featuring guest artists:
    Class A as Hillary Clinton & Jill Stein
    Mantra as Donald Trump & Gary Johnson
    Grey Ghost as Vermin Supreme
    – Beat produced by D-Rush
    – Additional epic orchestrations by Adrian Sergovich
    – Make up by Rosie Dunlop
    – Artwork assistance by Zoe Tame at VisualTonic
    – Thanks to DBot Rawlinson for valuable input into writing this episode
    – Thanks to Lucy Cahill and Louis Gundermann for production assistance
    – Thanks to Lucy, Adso, Ben Erwin & Louis Gundermann for moral support!
    – English captions created by Koolfy
    – Video and audio edited by Giordano

    Huge props to Hugo Farrant, with whom I created the original Rap News series. I know many of you will miss his amazing presence on this video. You can follow Hugo’s new work at Hugo The Poet

    Lastly, a very heartfelt thanks to all the people who chipped in to cover production expenses (credits in the video) – Thank you so much folks, this was the first crowdfunded Rap News video… history happened!

    I hope you enjoy, and I’ll see you for the next upload

    Giordano <3

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    Refugee children need protection now "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    The Lancet, editorial, 17 September 2016:

    Amel Emric/AP 
    In a new report—released on Sept 7, UNICEF paints a grim picture. Worldwide, an estimated 50 million children are refugees or migrants, with the number of child migrants having doubled and the number of refugees having increased by 21% in the past 10 years. The most vulnerable of these children are unaccompanied, and have often fled war, insecurity, and poverty under harrowing circumstances. They might be alone or they might have lost or become separated from their family during their journey.

    In one terrifying account, published on Sept 9 (Why are you keeping me here?) Human Rights Watch describes how unaccompanied migrant children are detained in police custody in Greece in unsanitary and degrading conditions. Germany's national investigative police agency, the Bundeskriminalamt, has admitted in new figures that by the end of August almost 9000 unaccompanied children who were registered entering the country are officially missing. And while some of these children may be safe with relatives somewhere, there is the very real danger of exploitation and abuse. The UK has only managed to extricate 50 of 220 unaccompanied children stranded in the camp in Calais and who have a legal right to be reunited with families in the UK. This delay and inaction is unexplained and shameful.

    We agree with Zulfiqar Bhutta and colleagues' strong plea in a Correspondence letter, published online on Sept 5, that it is now time “to take the strongest action possible to protect children”. The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, announced in this week's issue, promises to tackle key issues that affect the health and wellbeing of migrants, including unaccompanied children. Children not only need safe environments and access to health care, they need education and special psychosocial attention to mitigate the atrocities of war and persecution, including experiences of being uprooted into d...


    This is how Senator Pauline Hanson loves her country "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

    Liberal Senator for WA and Minister for Women embracing Senator Hanson after her first speech in the Senate

    On 14 September 2016 Hansard recorded that Senator Pauline Hanson ‘loves’ her country.

    She has an odd way of showing it.

    Endorsing a compulsory national identity card complete with an identification chip, photo and electronic fingerprint. Demonising single mothers and women who divorce. Condoning the murder of women by husbands/ex-husbands. Supporting penalising the young unemployed. Calling for a ban on the burqa and the building of new mosques. Calling for a halt to immigration to Australia by people professing Islam as their religion.

    Excerpt from the Senator for Queensland’s first speech in the Australian Senate:

    I love my country, culture and way of life. My pride and patriotism were instilled in me from an early age when I watched the Australian flag raised every morning at school and sang the national anthem; watching our athletes compete on the world stage, proud to salute the Australian flag being raised to honour them as they took their place on podiums. It is about belonging, respect and commitment to fight for Australia. This will never be traded or given up for the mantras of diversity or tolerance. Australia had a national identity before Federation, and it had nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with belonging. Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. If you are not prepared to become Australian and give this country your undivided loyalty, obey our laws, respect our culture and way of life, then I suggest you go back where you came from. If it would be any help, I will take you to the airport and wave you goodbye with sincere best wishes.
    Australia is predominantly a Christian cou...


    Fishing Report Mon 20 SEP "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

    Bo nymphing some fast water on the upper Rubicon at Kendalls'camp ground.

    Bo nymphing some fast water on the upper Rubicon at Kendalls’camp ground.

    Another week has passed but you’d never have guessed it if you had driven over the Goulburn seven days ago and today; as not much has changed. The water is still dirty and other than in a few select places where a clear watered tributary is having an effect, it’s visibility of about 1-2 feet at the most.

    This hasn’t stopped us from fishing it, as we have clients who are time-poor and have to come when they get the chance and are ‘fishing tragics’ ourselves; but it’s definitely not the low water Goulburn that we all anticipate and have come to love each spring.

    Nothing much will change the situation in the foreseeable future as it’s kinda like the perfect storm or coming together of a particular set of environmental circumstances. The huge volume of rain that we had last week actually discoloured much of lake Eildon where the water coming off the steep much edges has created a lot of cloudy water. On top of this we have every gully and gutter spewing dirty water into the river and it only gets worse the further downstream from the pondage that you go.

    Of course with so much water falling on the state there is little demand from farmers for irrigation releases. More likely that they’d probably pay to keep the river low right now instead. This means that we are stuck with murky water until we get one of those ‘dreaded’ environmental releases or we get a burst of warm weather that the farmers so often want to utilise and convert to dramatic and rapid growth in their crops/pastures.

    While this is a PITA for those of us that love fishing the river when it’s low, being a fly fisher and therefore a supreme optimist, I am left to mull the positives to the situation. For me they rank in order of importance:

    1. It means we are storing more valuable water in the lake for the summer fishing ahead. Yeehaa.
    2. That the fish have effectively been given a time-out just after the season opened, with every tough day that goes by resulting in another 20 fish that will make it through until the summer and maybe even spawning time.

    That being said we have been getting fish on most outings. You just have to modify your techniques (and expectations!) to give yourself the best chance of success. You also have to concentrate and fish with a diligence not generally required in a few weeks’ time when the hatches are in full swing. An example of this can be seen in my drift boat client yesterday who fished carefully and with great enthusiasm, in the wind and rain, right up until the end of the drift; for only two short takes.

    I then twisted his arm into staying out an extra hour, even though it would put him back in Melbourne later than he had planned, and we finally got a fish in the boat with little more than a kilometre to go. Not a big fish, but definitely worth the effort and illustrative of my point.

    There are a lot of smaller fish getting about and those who wish to complain about it can contact me for email address of the cretin to blame. But it is definitely giving people a catch rate in what are otherwise challenging , and if I’m going to claim to be an optimist, then I must salute said cretin and just go with the flow.

    But. Anything deeper than two feet, is, if you’ll indulge me my favourite saying at such times; ‘too thick to drink, too thin to plough’. Once you get into the shallower water the visibility is quite good and it is here in these places that there have been a number of fish taken on...


    Australia Keep Your Hands Off Syria! End the Sanctions! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.

    Rally at 1:30pm

    This Sunday 25 September 2016

    Martin Place (railway station,
    outside MLC Centre)

    Sydney City

    HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour, Syria.

    US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
    used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.

    People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".

    Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
    like ISIS.

    Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate.

    1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.

    2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.

    3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.


    WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm

    WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre

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    Low berry prices hurting farmers and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Big supermarket chains blamed for recent drop in strawberry and blueberry prices hurting farmers.

    Moreton Bay Council urges State and Federal Government to take over Flying Fox management

    Moreton Bay Regional Council has tabled a motion to the Local Government Association of Queensland requesting the State and Federal Governments to take over the management of flying fox colonies.

    The region has struggled with flying fox colonies for some time, with the council drafting the same motion last year.

    Councillor Adam Hain says State and Federal Government influence would streamline management of the flying foxes, which cause noise and mess concerns.

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    Maranguka Demonstrating how we can create brighter futures for Aboriginal young people "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which featured on the latest edition of Four Corners, is already making progress in the community, and is demonstrating how justice reinvestment approaches can reduce prison populations, save money and build stronger communities.

    Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW says: “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. A smarter approach is urgently needed – and that is what justice reinvestment provides.”

    Since 2013, Just Reinvest NSW has been working in partnership with the Bourke community to develop a justice reinvestment framework. The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.

    “What is different about what is happening in Bourke is that decisions about what needs to happen aren’t being made in Sydney or in regional offices. They are being made on the ground in Bourke. Community leaders have made decisions about what needs to happen, informed by data and research, and most importantly, broad community input.,” Hopkins says.

    The facts:

    • The overall prison population, and the rate of over-representation of Aboriginal young people in our prisons are both rising, yet property and violent crime rates are going down. Something isn’t working.
    • In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
    • The NSW Government has just announced plans to spend $3.8 billion on new prison beds over the next four years. This money could be better spent elsewhere.

    Justice reinvestment recognises that there is a strong correlation between areas of disadvantage and high rates of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and supports. It is about addressing the underlying causes of crime and preventing it from happening in the first place.

    “We are in the early stages, and there isn’t a magic wand, but there is a shift. We are seeing optimism, and a real sense of momentum. I encourage people to watch Four Corners online, share this story with their networks and get behind this important initiative. We need to spread the word about justice reinvestment and demand meaningful change,” Hopkins says.

    Prof. Tom Calma AO, a supporter of the Bourke project and a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW says: “The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures that the community is involved and committed to not only taking ownership of the problem, but also ownership of the solutions. Importantly, it has been proven to work.”

    “The time has come for a smarter approach. We need a dedicated focus on reducing incarceration, including addressing social and cultural determinants of incarceration, from all levels of government, and done so in real partnership with communities. The time has come for a roll out of justice reinvestment initiatives across Australia,” Prof. Calma says.

    Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to develop and implement a justice reinvestment policy as a matter of urgency.  In particular, we are calling for the NSW Government to:

    • investigate how current prison numbers can be reduced,
    • redirect a portion of the $3.8 billion earmarked for prisons over the next four years into community-based justice reinvestment solutions, and
    • assess how.........


    Einstein A Go Go - 18 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Einstein A Go Go - 18th September 2016

    Chris KP, Andrea from the BOM & Dr. Shane

    News items:

    The processes involved in gastro enteritis, mite mitigation with chickens using sandboxes and chasing tornadoes in the USA.

    First Guest:

    Kathryn Snow School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne

    The emphasis of the importance of follow up testing after a positive testing for viral hepatitis. Currently there is no current established retesting regime.

    More here and here

    Second guest

    Katie Buckley Associate Lecturer College of Science Health and Engineering La Trobe University.

    Up to 50% of the workforce couldn’t do their job tasks without their voice. Proximity and body fatigue changes the ability to use the voice in the workplace and the sports field. Why is the voice important and how should we be facilitating our voice? Specialist speech pathologists are an excellent resource as is The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre (MVAC) The voice is an occupational health issue.

    More here and here

    Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:

    Website, Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts

    and every Sunday at 11a.m AEST on RRR 102.7mHz FM



    Calls of the forest "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Walking through an Eastern Australian eucalyptus forest, one of the loudest natural sounds a visitor could hear would be the White-throated Treecreeper. While a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo could be louder when heard close-up, (and they are very loud), shear decibels for size would have to go to the treecreeper. I found this one in its usual position – climbing vertically up the side of a tree, and occasionally stopping and calling. The small orange marking indicates that it is a female.


    White-throated Treecreeper – Point Addis Ironbark Basin walk, Anglesea, Victoria




    Moving around the tree and working her way up the trunk looking for insects, ants and grubs. 

    Filed under: Birds, Victoria Tagged: Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Point Addis, Point Addis Ironbark Walk, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Victoria, White Throated Treecreeper


    A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

    Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

    On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

    And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

    At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.

    VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

    Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.

    On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

    Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...


    1pm 5 Nov | Rally: Close Manus, Close Nauru #BringThemHere "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    When: 1-4pm 5th November 2016 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne Save the date and join us on Nov 5 to demand the government bring the refugees here, and close all the offshore processing camps. Following the release of the Nauru files and Wilson security pulling out, now is the time to(...)


    6:30pm 3 Oct | Discussion & debate on Strategy for the Refugee Movement "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    When: 6:30-8:30pm 3rd October 2016 Where: Multi-Cultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne with ROBERT MANNE Emeritus Professor of Politics, La Trobe UnIversity & CHRIS BREEN Refugee Action Collective Robert Manne argued in the Age that ‘supporters of the asylum seekers face a difficult choice. Either they must acknowledge that their heartfelt advocacy will not be able(...)


    evolution events crew takeover "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Evolution Events is proud to present the Sanctuary Stage at earthcore in the licensed area (Kinky Karnival) from Thursday 24 November.

    From the team that brought you Transmission and Subculture; EVOLUTION EVENTS is Melbourne’s premiere trance promotion team, responsible for running the ultimate showcase of production combined with a powerhouse troupe of international artist including the likes of Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, Simon Patterson, for the trance community in Melbourne.

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    Sophie Hutchings is Wide Asleep "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Sydney musician Sophie Hutchings writes tragedies with a piano, strings and a ghostly voice.

    It’s the kind of music that draws comparisons to Max Richter and Nils Frahm — rooted in the classical tradition and imbued with the introspection of modern ambient composers.

    On her debut album Wide Asleep, Sophie Hutchings crafts breathtaking and heartbreaking melodies, rich with nuance and emotional complexity.

    Will Backler of Out to Lunch caught up with Sophie over the phone started off by asking why she chose to name the album Wide Asleep.

    Play Sophie Hutchings


    Confluence Gala "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

    You may (or may not) have heard of Confluence, the Festival of India in Australia. It’s a three month long cultural festival which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). That’s why I was invited to the Festival Gala, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

    And what a treat it was to be invited. The Gala combined traditional and contemporary music and dance from India and Australia in a way that spoke of genuine collaboration, involving performers from India, as well as local performers including those of Indian heritage, Indigenous performers, and a regular check list of some of all Australians from a range of cultural backgrounds. Best of all? Totally entertaining. Here are some photographs I snapped of the show.


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    Filed under: Blogging Tagged: confluence, festival of india, india, theatre ...


    Smart Arts - 15 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    This week Richard talks with Jess Love about her new show for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Notorious Strumpet & Danger Girl

    Then Kingston Arts Exhibition curator, Hannah Presley and Kingston Arts Visual Arts coordinator, Justin Gaynor talk about the new exhibition "I Never Painted My Dreams, I Painted My Reality"

    Finally, the director of the Fringe show 'The Boardwalk Republic', Frank Minitti comes on the show with performers Anna Murray and Jonathan Morgan


    Reminder: Launch of FOBIF Eucalyptus ID book on 24 September "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


    click to enlarge

    Next Saturday (24th September) the new FOBIF publication, Eucalypts of the Mount Alexander Region, will be launched by Geoff Park in the Castlemaine Library foyer at 10.30. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome.

    The book is a community project that has been two years in the making. See our earlier post to find out more.

    For a preview of the book, have a look at the double page spreads below on Grey Box Eucalyptus Microcarpa. Click on each one to enlarge.

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    More arrests of Papuans planning to rally "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    More arrests of Papuans planning to rally

    4:33 pm today
    Indonesian police in Papua region have made more arrests of people planning to rally in support of international advocacy for West Papuans.
    Over the weekend 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested by police in Yakuhimo regency as they distributed leaflets about a planned peaceful rally to be held today.
    KNPB chairman Victor Yeimo said the rally was to show support for the Pacific countries who were members of the Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua.
    The coalition plans to raise issues of human rights abuses in West Papua, and Papuans' self-determination struggle, at the United Nations General Assembly.
    Local media reported over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.
    One protester was taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a police officer.

    This year has seen a series of public demonstrations by West Papuans in support of various international representations on their plight.
    These include...


    start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks Monday 26th September, 2016


    workshops:exwm_and_3d_printing "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Topic Speaker Slides exwm - tiled windows manager Michael Pope [slides] 3d printing Frans


    workshops:start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Here is the list of workshops which we have completed at MLUG 30th August 2016exwm and 3d printing25th July 2016CHIP, BOINC and tox27th June 2016Xdmx & shared library paths30th May 2016Datascience & Syncthing18th April 2016Cyanogenmod & Linux on cheap notebooks21st March 2016VMware performance and photography29th February 2016docker-compose & post motion detection25th January 2016Raspberry PI security camera & Linux under windows30th November 2015System Z, OpenStreetMap and Linux under window…


    Recent utube clips re West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Recent utube clips re West Papua

    The Year 5 Students at St Francis of Assisi would like you to view the website and register to receive more information about this social justice issue.

    Politics in the Pub




    Army of Dancing Robots Queue Politely to Get Their Clamps on the Iphone 7 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    The iPhone 7 is now available for sale in Australia. The flagship Sydney store kicked off a day of rolling launches around the globe.

    We've taught them to move like humans, play games like humans, and now, robots are experiencing one of the last true joys of being a real person: queuing!

    A phalanx of mini robots were among the first in the world to get their metal claws on the brand new iPhone 7 when it launched in New Zealand on Friday. Thanks to the country's proximity to the international dateline, NZ got a few hours' head start on Australia's early launch, and the Kiwis weren't going to pass up that opportunity, using robots to spruik the iPhone launch.

    [...] This year, New Zealand carrier Spark used 100 Alpha 1 robots, created by Chinese company UBtech, to stand in line on behalf of customers. Each robot was controlled with a phone app and programmed to dance and move, and they were also fitted out to live-stream the queue.

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    The Grapevine - 19 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    This week Dylan speaks with Julian McDonald, a solicitor with the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre about the first statewide police complaints clinic

    Then Josh Earl stops by to talk about his new show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Oliver Up A Tree 

    Finally, Dan Musil calls in to talk about Walk with the Valley which is an event that is used to support the La Trobe Valley


    Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Race to the White House launches on 2SER 107.3

    Not sure what's going on in US politics anymore? You're not alone! That's why 2SER has teamed up with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and The Conversation to bring you 'Race to the White House', which will keep you updated on the Presidential race between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump right up until election day!

    Race to the White House airs on 2SER 107.3FM Wednesdays 7:30-8pm and podcasted on the 2SER website here.


    The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

    The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman, Joyride & More Say ‘F**k You’ To Pokies

    Some of Sydney’s most notable artists and musicians have banded together to give a big F-U to the pokies. The Whitlams chief Tim Freedman, One Day-er Joyride, and more will help launch the new Proudly Pokies Free campaign with a one-off gig at the Oxford Art Factory.

    “It’s time for the young people of Sydney to learn about the scale and harm of the pokies and to make better informed decisions regarding their nights out,” said Tom Lawrence, director of the Proudly Pokies Free campaign, in a statement.

    “The pokies have become an unnecessary fixture of the Australian pub and we want to promote an alternative vision for our nightlife, one that thrives on innovation, live music and true hospitality.”

    Proudly Pokies Free draws attention to and celebrates venues in Sydney who’ve decided to ditch or avoid the pokies, whilst highlighting and reducing “the massive harm that pokies cause in Australian communities”.

    “I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities,” said Freedman.

    “It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” The Proudly Pokies Free campaign launch event will also feature appearances from Wild Honey, electronic duo Left., and Bad Deep DJs, as well as secret guests and special speakers.

    Proudly Pokies Free Campaign Launch

    Tim Freedman
    Wild Honey
    Bad Deep DJs

    Plus: Secrets Guests & Guest Speakers

    Sunday, 23rd October 2016
    Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
    Tickets: Moshtix


    What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest […]

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    Ball Park Music: ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


    Brisbane five-piece indie rock band Ball Park Music are back with their new album ‘Every Night The Same Dream’. Tune in to Brekkie and Youth Jukebox all week to hear the 2RRR Feature Album!

    They will be playing in Sydney on September 30 for an ALL AGES show at Enmore Theatre!


    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

    Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

    Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

    It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

    “We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

    Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

    Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 24th November 2016
    The Gov, Adelaide

    Friday, 25th November 2016
    The Pretoria, Mannum

    Saturday, 26th November 2016
    Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

    Sunday, 27th November 2016
    Live At The Orchard, Perth

    Friday, 2nd December 2016
    Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

    Saturday, 3rd December 2016
    Solbar, Sunshine Coast

    Sunday, 4th December 2016
    Soundlounge, Gold Coast

    Thursday, 8th December 2016
    48 Watt St, Newcastle

    Friday, 9th December 2016
    The Factory, Sydney

    Saturday, 10th December 2016
    The Street Theatre, Canberra

    Thursday, 15th December 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 16th December 2016
    Corner Hotel, Melbourne


    Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

    Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

    Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

    After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

    “We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

    You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

    Hold On

    This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

    Dirty Man

    The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

    Left It

    Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

    The Gold

    The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

    Offered it up

    This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

    Position Steppers

    This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

    In a memory

    The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

    Too many words

    Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

    Water Running

    This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.


    The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

    Kingfisha Tour Dates

    30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
    1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
    7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
    8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
    15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...


    Brilliant walk despite the weather "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    Our September FOBIF walk was led by local environmentalists, Elaine Bayes and Damien Cook, in the Chewton area off Dingo Park Road. Although the weather didn’t look promising, the rain held off and walkers enjoyed slowly wending their way through masses of Early Nancies and other flowering plants. The damp conditions made the fungi, moss and lichen look especially colourful.

    Among the highlights was finding at least a dozen orchid species including several Castlemaine Spider-orchids Caladenia clavescens. Orchid expert, Geoff Neville, was able to give a detailed account of the pollination of these orchids.


    Two Castlemaine Spider-orchids discovered during the walk.

    Ant nests Map lichen Early Nancies Plains froglets Aboriginal well Bracket fungi

    Photos are by Win Jodell and Bronwyn Silver.

    Thanks to Elaine and Damien for once again leading a terrific walk and sharing their extensive knowledge of plant life and the environmental history of this area of our Box-Ironbark forests.

    The last walk for the year will be led by Alex Panelli in the Fryers Ranges.


    Courtney Barnett Says Her “Darker” New Album Might Be “Just Me & A Piano” "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Courtney Barnett Says Her “Darker” New Album Might Be “Just Me & A Piano”

    Courtney Barnett has unveiled more details regarding the progress of her eagerly anticipated follow-up to her breakthrough debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, which dropped to critical acclaim last year.

    Speaking to NME, Barnett revealed that her sophomore effort is already “half-written”, i.e. she has a lot of half-written songs, and not only are they darker in tone than her output thus far, but they are largely piano-based.

    “One day I hate everything I’ve written, the next it seems alright. When I get home from touring, I’ll be able to think about it logically. So far, the new songs are a general reflection on the meaning of life, our purpose for being here and all that rubbish,” she said.

    “I’ve been writing on piano a lot. It’s darker and more melancholy, probably as a reflection on politics.” She continued: “I’m really bad at decision making. For me, finishing a song takes so much more effort than starting one.”

    “I’ve got some good half-songs for the next record, and maybe they’ll turn into great full songs.” Barnett said she wasn’t sure if her backing band, the CB3, would be making an appearance on the second album.

    “I don’t know. It could just be an album with me and a piano, so who knows?” she said. “If I knew how the album was going to sound so far in advance, I wouldn’t bother recording it. But I love those guys, they’re the greatest musicians.”

    Speaking at Coachella earlier this year, the Melbourne singer-songwriter revealed she hasn’t stopped writing songs since the release of Sometimes I Sit and Think. “I’ve been writing since the last one I guess,” she told interviewers.

    “A lot of the new songs I haven’t even shown the band yet, I’m still trying to write them… It’s a vulnerable time,” she continued. “I get nervous showing them to anyone in case they suck or something.”


    Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

    Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

    2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

    “What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

    As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

    “When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

    Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

    Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

    Image credit: Kaye Harrison

    Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

    February 3rd

    Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

    Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

    February 4th

    Sydney, Enmore Theatre

    Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

    February 10th

    Melbourne, The Croxton

    Special guests: X.


    This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours

    Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music fan to come knocking.

    Our regular Music Jobs column is the place where we’ll help you grab the proverbial handle and walk on through, as we take the pain out of scrolling through endless (and sometimes shady) job listings to provide you a selection of killer career opps in the music world.

    No free work or internships here, just authentic chances to break into the music industry. So update your CV, brush up your cover letter writing chops, stop dreaming, and start doing what you love for a living.

    Recorded Music Manager at Unified

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “UNIFIED is the soundtrack of good people working together to achieve extraordinary results. We exist as an artist services company; giving choice and freedom back to our artists on how they manage their career and music. One such way we achieve this is by creating artist owned and led record labels.

    “The newly created position of Recorded Music Manager will oversee our artist led labels including ONETWO (Illy’s label), NLV Records (Nina Las Vegas’ label) and House of Beige (Remi’s label) as well as the other labels in our group – Hopeless Records and UNFD.”

    More info can be found here.

    Touring Coordinator at Unify Presents

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “UNIFIED’s newly created Touring Department, UNIFY Presents, was launched in 2016 and already boasts successful tours by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Northlane and many more.

    “As the department expands, UNIFIED is looking to hire a co-ordinator to help operate its tours and build the brand awareness and social media strategy.”

    More info can be found here.

    Ecommerce Manager at Universal Music Australia

    Full-time / Sydney, NSW

    “As part of the wider eCommerce function, the eCommerce Manager champions an innovative and inclusive culture that seeks out new opportunities to develop digital marketing strategies to grow an engaged audience/fan base to maximise engagement.

    “Plan, develop and deliver new online revenue generating opportunities across bespoke store plays along with ensuring existing online stores revenue/product development is maximized.”

    More info can be found here.

    Project Coordinator at Melbourne Uni (VCA & MCM)

    Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

    “The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) offers programs in music, visual arts, performing arts and film to emerging artistic practitioners in the midst of one of the world’s most vibrant arts precincts at Southbank.

    “You will be responsible for identifying and leading a program of key projects and business improvement initiatives across the Faculty to deliver process and system improvements in priority areas. You will be the Faculty expert in process improvement and liaise with the University’s Continuous Improvement Centre to adopt and train staff across the Faculty in Agile and Lean Six Sigma solutions. You will also act as the Executive Assistant to the Faculty Ex...


    The C-Word: Its Manners, Customs and Many Varied Uses "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Last week, a protestor crashed a stage with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and dropped the c-bomb. Intrepid New Matilda columnist Dr Liz Conor asks the age old question: Is using a female body part as a term of derision misogynistic? And a language warning… there’s quite a bit of it to follow.

    Last month a group of protestors intercepted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he fronted the Committee for Economic Development (CEDA) in Melbourne. They sought to publically shame him for the abuse of refugees in indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island.

    Waving a placard, ‘FFS Close the Bloody Camps’, one of the protestors mounted the stage and hurled ‘Cunt’ through her teeth at a dumbfounded Turnbull.

    When one of the group was later interviewed on The Project, Waleed Aly pointedly asked whether swearing at the Prime Minister was the most effective way to get their message across.

    Samantha Castro, of WACA (Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance) replied their main message had indeed been communicated and the use of language was proportionate to the substantive issue to hand – the exposure of vulnerable asylum seekers, including children, to sexual and physical abuse in these negligently mismanaged tropical gulags.

    Feelings ran high. The Nauru papers, detailing over 2,000 incident reports of abuse, including assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm between 2013 and 2015 (now the subject of a Senate inquiry) had been published by The Guardian. Adrenalin was pumping. Appalled, incensed and no doubt jittery, the intrepid interceptor spoke for many of us when she reached for The Very Worst Word to hand. That is Cunt.

    It comes up a lot, Cunt: its appropriate uses, its acceptable invocations. Since half of us are literally hinged by this soft and slippery assemblage of intensely attuned tissue, it’s been a matter of feminist consternation that it’s the best worst descriptor for derision.

    Given what a great source of pleasure it is for women (albeit periodically high maintenance) why should Cunt signify tyrant and tormentor, despot and bully, liar and narcissist, namely all the foulest, basest traits to which, I note mostly men, can be ascribed.

    For is Cunt not Origin of the World, life-giving, incarnate sensuality, a circlet of steeped, clasping flesh, orgiastic rapture, ardent enclosure, we could go on and on… with so much to recommend it, you do gotta ask, why be so negative?

    Because it is at the apex and core of human experience. No other body part brings forth life. Its capacity for pleasure and pleasure-giving has made it a focal site for commodification, medicalization, regulation, warfare, but also for destabilising heteronormativity and radical feminist reclamation.

    It has been mythologised with teeth (Vagina Dentata), monologued, squatted over mirrors, plaster moulded, and Toys actually R US women, ‘fraid.

    Because it is ineluctably the custody and experience of the feminine. It is ours, despite the zealous, at times fanatical attempts of patrio-nazis to take possessi...


    Bob Brown Foundation presents 5th Annual Environment Awards "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

    Media release 19 September 2016


    The Bob Brown Foundation is presenting its 5th annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.

    These awards recognise environmental activists who have been prepared to ‘step off the footpath’ to defend the natural world, often at great personal, physical and legal risk.

    The 2016 Environmentalist of the Year, with $5000 prize money, is Peter Owen, Director of The Wilderness Society South Australia. Over the past decade, Peter has been instrumental in the protection of large areas of land and seascape including the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia’s Offshore Islands, the Arkaroola Mountains, the Mawson Plateau and the declaration of the State’s 19 marine parks – Australia’s first representative marine park network outside of the Great Barrier Reef.

    In January 2016 Peter spearheaded the formation of the Great Australian Bight Alliance, a platform for people and organisations to stand together against fossil fuel mining in the Bight and prevent a Gulf of Mexico scale oil spill which would decimate the marine environment from Western Australia to Tasmania and beyond.

    “Peter Owen is in the front rank of ecological achievers world-wide.”

    “Thanks to Peter’s tireless campaigning over more than a decade, vast swathes of South Australia’s unique landscapes, islands and marine environments have been protected.”

    “This South Australian environmental champion is now determined to see the Great Australian Bight rid of the threat of fossil fuel mining. Peter is leading the campaign to drive BP, and other would-be environmental despoilers, out of the Bight’s wild and pristine waters once and for all”, Bob Brown said.

    The 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year, with $2000 prize money, is Josh Creaser.

    A 25 year-old born and bred Canberran, Josh is Australia's Frontline Projects Coordinator, working on national campaigns to stop the expansion of the coal and gas industry and support a rapid and fair transition to a fossil free energy system.

    “The climate action movement is a powerhouse of young activists and Josh Creaser is one making a huge impact.”

    “Josh has helped organise some of the most inspirational direct actions of the last few years, involving thousands of people in creative, peaceful protests against the coal and gas giants responsible for dangerous climate change”, Bob Brown said.

    “Young, articulate and with a vision for a clean energy future backed by science and public opinion, campaigners like Josh must be a nightmare for the coal and gas industry”, Bob Brown said.

    The 2016 Community Environment Prize, and $2000 prize money, goes to Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).

    GECO is a grass roots community group based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland, Victoria. GECO have been campaigning for protection of East Gippsland’s forests since 1993.

    Using a variety of strategies including education, political lobbying, non-violent direct action, citizen science and forest monitoring, GECO have successfully protected a number of important forest habitats for a range of threatened species.

    “Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) are local environmental heroes. Time after time, the authorities have failed to enforce their own laws designed to protect forests and their wildlife, and this brave band of activists have stepped in to ensure the law is upheld.”

    “Thanks to GECO’s persistent and innovative campaigns, hundreds of hectares of habitat for threatened species like the Greater Glider and Long-footed potoroo have been saved from destruction.”

    “Incredibly, GECO’s activists have....


    ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    This November, Victoria’s peak policy advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities and organisations across Victoria - The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, along with the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council - is excited to be hosting The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria  -  Intergenerational Perspectives Conference in the historic town of Ballarat, the fastest growing regional city in Victoria.

    For over 40 years, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community. It is the “Voice” of Multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural organisations, proudly advocating for culturally diverse communities, government and the wider community.

    ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said: “The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria and generational transition, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.”

    “The aim of the Conference is for ECCV, individuals and organizations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.”

    Pre-Conference Events on Thursday November 10 will include:  Diverse, Delicious, Nutritious – A cooking demo and lunch of multicultural tasters and workshop on the benefits of multicultural “tucker” for a diverse and ageing population. Afternoon Mayoral Reception, and evening Pre-Conference Dinner - ★Guest Speaker Peter Khalil, MP for Wills and former SBS manager.

    Confirmed Facilitators, keynote and guest speakers will include:

    ★The Hon. Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs ★ Helen Kapalos VMC  ★Peter van Vliet  Department of Immigration and Border Protection ★Colleen Hartland Victorian Green MP ★  Carmel Guerra  Centre for Multicultural Youth ★ Aleem Ali  Welcoming Cities, ★Amy Hubbard  Capire Consulting Group, ★Anthea Hancocks  Scanlon Foundation ★Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa & Professor Susanna Scarparo  Monash University, Bachelor of Global Studies ★ Nyok Gor South Sudan Australia Peace Initiative ★ Professor Andrew Markus Monash University ★Jessica Williamson  Migration Lawyer ★ Mark Karlovic Sovereign Hill Museums Assoc. ★ Tasmeen Chopra Cultural Curator, Author ★ Kelly Talagan Code Club Australia ★ George Fong Lateral Plains ★ Nivy Balachandran Juris Doctor  ★ Jenny Taing Vanguard ★ Lorraine Ngwenya Useful Link (subject to change &  more to be announced … )

    Hosted by James Liotta Actor and Entertainer - and also featuring entertainment and inspirational speakers throughout the day - this promises to be the multicultural event of the year!


    The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference

    Mercure Convention Centre, Ballarat

    11 November 2016

    PROGRAM at:  (*subject to change)

    Conference Registrations are NOW OPEN!

    -          Private and Public Sector:  $150 / person

    -          ECCV members, Concession and Community Sector: $120 / person

    -          Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75 / person

    REGISTER at:




    ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"



    The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

    Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

    Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

    Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

    Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.


    WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

    Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

    • Private & Public Sector: $150
    • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
    • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.


    WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

    WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

    DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector



    Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at or call (03) 9349 4122. 

    Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

    All Conference enquiries to Toula at or (03) 9349 4122




    ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"



    The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

    Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

    Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

    Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

    Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.


    WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

    Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

    • Private & Public Sector: $150
    • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
    • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.


    WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

    WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

    DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector



    Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at or call (03) 9349 4122. 

    Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

    All Conference enquiries to Toula at or (03) 9349 4122





    The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

    Bluesfest is just around the corner, with a huge line up including the likes of Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith and The Lumineers to name just a few. With tickets to the festival not far off selling out, the crew are announcing sideshows for those fans who can’t quite make it out to Byron Bay next Easter.

    Organisers have announced a slew of sideshows along the East Coast for some of Bluesfest’s biggest names, a boon for fans looking for a more personal time with the likes of Patti Smith and her band, The Lumineers, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others.

    Check the list of all the currently announced Bluesfest 2017 sideshows below, and keep checking in for more updates, with more dates no doubt soon to be announced.

    Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

    State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Sun 9 April 2017

    Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Sun 16 April 2017

    The Lumineers

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney Nsw – Mon 17 + Tues 18 April 2017

    State Theatre, Melbourne Vic – Wed 19 April 2017

    Metro City, Perth Wa – Sat 22 April 2017

    Bonnie Raitt

    State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Fri 7 April 2017

    Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Act – Sat 8 April 2017

    Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Mon 10 April 2017

    Snarky Puppy

    Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – Sat 8 April 2017 *Two Shows Announced* 4pm + 7.30pm

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Mon 10 April 2017

    Andrew Bird

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – Sat 15 April 2017

    Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tues 18 April 2017


    Greens parliament funding activist thugs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

    This email was sent to the Greens on 6th June 2016 yet to receive a reply.

    Dear Senators Lee Rhiannon and Richard Di Natale,

    It has come to my attention that there are TWO community groups in Australia that are currently being supported financially (via poster printing) by Senator Lee Rhiannon that could be considered unworthy of any style of support in a civilised society.

    The activities of these groups, which share the same logo and most likely the same people, fall so short of community expectations as to be regarded as scandalous.

    The activities of these two groups are -slander, theft, assault and attempted murder.

    Posters bearing the words “authorised by Senator Lee Rhiannon” & “printed by Senator Lee Rhiannon – Parliament House, Canberra ACT…..” have been seen and photographed around numerous suburbs, not only myself and people I am associated with but also by members of the general public for both groups.

    The posters from the second group I have only recently had confirmation of, which is the reason in the delay in dealing with this matter.

    The first group is anti fascist action sydney, who have a web page which is comprised of smear and rather feeble attempts at Alinsky style ridicule.

    Because WordPress is in the US, legal action would be difficult.

    If it were an Australian IP, slander charges would have a good chance of success.

    Although the web page could be regarded as childish, and probably anyone with a bit of intelligence would see it as baseless smear and deliberate tarnishing of reputations, it does breach what normal people would regard as falling within societal norms.

    In particular, myself being accused of assault, when in fact ( and it is a matter of police record), it was in fact MYSELF who was assaulted, is totally unacceptable slander.

    Please explain: – Why has Senator Lee Rhiannon NOT checked the activities of this group, to ensure they fall/operate within the expectations of the broader community before providing taxpayer funded support?

    I do recognise that it is all lawful that political groups can provide some material support for community groups who are on their wavelength.

    However, to the normal reasonable thinking person, if anti fascist action sydney are on the wavelength of ANY member of the Australian Parliament, this should certainly be sounding the alarm bells.

    The second group that has had posters authorized and printed by Senator Lee Rhiannon is the group Antifa. This group CLAIMS to fight racism and be anti-fascist.

    These two claims are quite dubious and their modus operandi is even more dubious.

    A quote – attributed to Sir Winston Churchill –“The fascists of the future will call themselves anti fascists” well describes the violence with facial/ identity concealment that this group is well known for. This is a matter of video record by Channel 9 news from both the recent Bendigo and Coburg rally events.

    The behaviour of Antifa is what one would expect from Hitler’s Brownshirts.

    The anti-racism guise:- Antifa typically attacks persons/groups that oppose the influence of radical Islam in Australia. The guise of “racism” is spurious.

    Please explain- What race is Islam?

    This is a crucial question-...


    Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

    Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

    Commuters from the Sunshine coast and Brisbane’s north will face a week of disruptions and up to a 90 minute delay with train tracks shut down until Friday.

    More than 200 buses have replaced the trains in both directions between Zillmere and Caboolture to Boondall station, running every 10 minutes during peak times and every 15 minutes in off-peak.


    UQ Gatton solar facility to test RedFlow battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.


    Shriver, Abdel-Magied, and writing fiction. "IndyWatch Feed"

        I’ve spent the last few days thinking about cultural appropriation and the writing of fiction, as a consequence of the controversial keynote speech given by author Lionel Shriver at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and the distress expressed by Yassmin Abdel-Magied that caused her to walk out of Shriver’s presentation. Briefly, Shriver stated her hope […]


    Effective Altruism Australia conference – videos online "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    If you didn’t attend the Effective Altruism Australia conference (EAGxAustralia) in Melbourne earlier this year, the videos of panels and keynotes are now online. The event attracted one of the biggest names in effective altruism – Peter Singer – as well as a range of other presenters on topics such as indigenous health, animal rights and more.

    Our Director Stephen Howes also spoke on foreign aid policy – you can see his presentation below.

    The full playlist of videos is available here.

    The post Effective Altruism Australia conference – videos online appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.


    Monday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

    A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

    An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

    Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

    A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

    Police this morning are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred last night in Clearview.

    In Sport…

    Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

    Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

    Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Crowded House Return To Sydney For Two ‘Encore’ Shows

    In 1996 the world bid farewell to Crowded House on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. This November, nearly 20 years to the day, the trans-Tasman band are reforming for two anniversary encore shows on the 25th and 26th of November – their only shows for 2016.

    The timing could not be any better, as November will also see the band’s back catalogue reissued in time for their induction into the ARIA hall of fame.

    “I am excited to announce two ‘Encore’ performances on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House,” announced Nick Seymour, bassist and founding member of the group. “The shows will mark the 20th anniversary of our break-up concert. ‘Proper order!’

    “So please join us for a f*ck off sing song, an off-piste jam session, a toast to absent friends and NO RAIN.”

    The band’s back catalogue reissues will come packed with various unreleased material including rareties and demos, all set to be released on November 4th on just about every format you can think of, including 180-gram vinyl, just in time for the shows.

    In an interesting pairing, Kirin J. Callinan will be playing support for both nights, Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26, with tickets on sale 10am Monday September 26.


    Building a home of earth "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    It promises to be a bumper season for swallows and martins. Small colonies of Fairy Martins are building (or refurbishing) their wonderful adobe nests throughout the district, collecting mud pellets from roadside puddles. Locally they prefer to attach their nests to artificial structures, such as bridges and culverts, but will happily use eroded gullies as well. Tree Martins on the other hand, favour tree hollows – I expect to see them in good numbers on local wetlands over coming weeks.

    Fairy Martin @ Joyce's Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016

    Fairy Martin @ Joyce’s Creek collecting mud pellets, 17th September 2016


    This image shows off the chestnut crown and streaked throat makings of the Fairy Martin


    A precision aerialist!


    My favourite martin …


    Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands including police, politicians and emergency services

    Simone Vogel cold case: Brother of brothel madam 'threatened by senior police officer' in 1977

    The brother of a missing Queensland massage parlour boss has revealed he received a death threat from a senior Queensland police officer, after making inquiries into her disappearance.

    Bob Beniston, whose sister  Simone Vogel disappeared in 1977, has just revealed to the ABC that he received a threatening call from the Police Officer at the time, when he was working for the Commonwealth Police.


    Monday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he regrets the loss of life in Syria, after an air strike involving Australian aircraft.

    A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department has made mistakes in its handling of contracts, for offshore detention centres.

    Online job marketplace Airtasker, has been accused by the New South Wales Workers Union of eroding workers’ rights.

    A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

    An Adelaide man has been hospitalised after a home invasion in Henley Beach.

    Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

    In Sport…

    Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

    Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second Paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

    Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

    The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows

    The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.

    With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.

    Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.

    Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.

    The Avalanches

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
    w/Grandmaster Flash

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney
    w/Grandmaster Flash

    Saturday, 7th January 2016
    Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide


    Friday, 6th January 2016
    The Corner, Melbourne


    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

    Jamie T

    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Enmore Theatre, Sydney

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

    Modern Baseball

    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne


    Wednesday, 4th January 2016
    Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Howler, Melbourne

    Catfish & The Bottlemen

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
    Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)

    Thursday, 5th January 2016
    170 Russell, Melbourne

    RY X

    Friday, 6th January 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Saturday, 7th January 2016
    Northcote Social Club, Melbourne



    Female nurses at higher risk of suicide "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

    Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

    Melbourne [AAP]

    The rate of suicide among Australian women is double for those working as health professionals, with nurses and midwives most at risk, a study has found.

    A University of Melbourne and Deakin study of close to 10,000 suicides by employed adults between 2001 and 2012 found 3.8 per cent of them were health professionals.

    Long working hours, exposure to trauma and the fear of making a mistake may increase rates of suicide in those working in health professions, the study says.

    Dr Allison Milner found the age-standardised rate of suicide for female health professionals was 6.4 per 100,000 person-years, while nurses and midwives were even higher at 8.2.

    The average suicide rate for women in other professions was 2.8.

    While men working in nursing and midwifery also had a higher rate of suicide, the overall rate for male health professionals was similar to other occupations, according to the study.

    Men’s risk of suicide was overall higher than women’s, at 14.9 per 100,000.

    ‘Qualitative research has found that some male nurses experience anxiety about the perceived stigma associated with their non-traditional career choice,’ the authors wrote.

    ‘These anxieties may constitute a risk factor for suicide for men in these occupations.’

    The authors said that women in male-dominated areas of medicine may struggle, feeling there are barriers holding them back from career advancement.

    ‘Female professionals may still feel pressure to undertake child care and household roles, leading to considerable gender role stress,’ the report said.

    Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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    Higher Ground is a whole new world of cool as far as eating out goes. Take the higher ground and you'll feel a lot better for it.



    Monday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

    A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department made mistakes in its handling of contracts for offshore detention centres.

    A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.

    Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.

    SA Health is currently re-testing over 2,000 women after manufacturer Siemens issued a re-call of their cytomegalovirus testing kit.

    Adelaide’s Elder Park has hosted Oz Asia’s annual Moon Lantern festival.

    In Sport…

    Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.

    Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.

    Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.

    News Reader: Chloe Holmes. Sports Reader: Georgia Roberts. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


    Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"


    Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’

    No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.

    The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:

    WHO: The Pretty Littles
    WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
    WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
    WHEN: 3-5th November
    HOW MUCH: $12 more info here

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


    The post Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles appeared first on FBi Radio.


    Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed"

    Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it's adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda)

    Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it’s adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda, image CATS)

    This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

     The opening keynote for the Brisbane Writers Festival was delivered by the American author Lionel Shriver and it caused outrage among those who felt she was dismissive of other cultures in her treatment of minorities. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who is an Australian Muslim, penned a powerful response:

    Her question was — or could have been — an interesting question: What are fiction writers “allowed” to write, given they will never truly know another person’s experience?

    Not every crime writer is a criminal, Lionel said, Nor is every author who writes on sexual assault a rapist. “Fiction, by its very nature,” Shriver said, “is fake.”

    There is a fascinating philosophical argument here. Instead, however, that core question was used as a straw man. Shriver’s real targets were cultural appropriation, identity politics and political correctness. It was a monologue about the right to exploit the stories of “others”, simply because it is useful for one’s story.

    Shriver began by making light of a recent incident in the US, where students faced prosecution for what was argued by some as “casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity” at a Mexican-themed party.

    “Can you believe,” Shriver asked at the beginning of her speech, “that these students were so sensitive about the wearing of sombreros?”

    The audience, compliant, chuckled. I started looking forward to the point in the speech where she was to subvert the argument.

    It never came.

    Another writer, Suki Kim, also...

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    Sunday, 18 September


    On Australia's role in the massacre of Syrian soldiers - Questions to Ms Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state. On 17 September 2016 eighty SAA soldiers were killed in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria. Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia's participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government's condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria. Tim Anderson, speaking for Hands Off Syria Sydney, asks, "Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?"

    Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers

    Dear Ms Bishop

    I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.

    Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.

    Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.

    Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.

    How is the following Australian Defence Department's statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation caused by Australia's aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?

    [“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation … Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident … While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).â€]

    A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.

    The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.

    Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.

    With great pain

    Marlene Obeid

    Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.

    The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney

    Sunday 18 September 2016

    Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.

    Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.

    Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.

    The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.

    Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determine...


    EP 178: Edith Thomas Furey; Undead Apes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    Edith Thomas Furey


    Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
    Mixed by Branko Cosic
    Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 4th March 2016. 

    Coming from Brisbane, this one man band is the brain product of Joel Glazebrook. Using an elaborate setup of synths, drum machines, guitars, and loop pedals both in the studio and for live performances, Edith Thomas Furey create catchy new wave post punk with an 80’s feel, with some heavier kind of elements taken straight from the 90’s industrial scene. Since august he has released three singles, with mention of an EP due in the future.

    Undead Apes


    Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
    Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
    Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Fest, 13th August 2016.


    Undead Apes are the all star team of punk rock bands from Brisbane in the early 2000’s. They feature Simon Graydon from Sekiden, John Mercer from Greig, and Dick Nasty, Adam Scott from Eat Laser Scumbag!, and Renae Elise from Gazoonga Attack. Their live shows are a complete rarity with their bassist Adam living overseas, but they have still found time to write and record three albums over their lifespan, which have all been released on Brisbane label mere noise records. Their latest album ‘Landfill’ was released on the 14th of June 2016 and features lyrical themes such as astrophysics, recreational use of embalming fluid, tofu, communist brainwashing of youth via rock’n’roll, and affairs of the heart. This set was captured at their only live show of 2016.

    Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th September 2016.

    Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


    Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.

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    Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Contributed from Victoria The Holden manufacturing plant at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne has been bought by the Victorian Government, which plans to turn it into...

    The post Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend appeared first on The Pen.


    Community Fund Nominations Open! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

    In 2014 we started the Rainbow Community Fund to extend our community spirit to worthwhile projects within the Pyrenees and Ballarat Shires.


    Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Australia is leading the world in implementing microchip technology as thousands of citizens turn themselves into “super-humans” by implanting RFID chips under their skin.  According to a new report, Australians are willing to embrace microchips so that they can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computer with a wave of their hand. reports: Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told “It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it. “With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.” The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer [...]

    The post Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse appeared first on Your News Wire.


    Rainbow Chan - Seaside "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    An intimate performance by Sydney artist Rainbow Chan. Filmed by Rose Chan. Help send her to Iceland by voting for her here: Free downloads here:


    Never retrospective, the super changes are a win for Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    Limiting the amount anyone could contribute out of their own money into tax-advantaged super on top of employer contributions was never retrospective, but those who thought it was can relax.

    The government is imposing a limit by another means.

    The plan was to impose a lifetime limit of $500,000 - a figure so large as to be of use to less than 1 per cent of the population. How many of us know someone who can afford to pay money into super over and above their employer contribution and has half a million to spare?

    It was said to be retrospective by many on the Prime Minister's own side because high earners might have planned for something else. Which makes it about as retrospective as a tax cut, or a price rise: it applies to future actions, but someone might have planned for something else.

    The replacement regime will be just as (non) retrospective, but it'll be harder to paint as retrospective. Anyone who wants to put extra into super from their own funds will be able to do it up to $100,000 per year, down from $180,000 per year. Because only the size of the limit has been changed rather than its form, it'll be harder to claim that the nature of it has changed.

    Of course, not many of us have a spare $100,000 to put into super over and above our employer's contribution, so for almost all of us, there will effectively be no limit.

    Even if we came into a windfall and wanted to put it into super, the rules will allow us to use three years' worth of the limit at once, as they do now.

    To pay for the extra generosity to Australia's richest, the government will delay for one year until 2018 a change that will allow people who have gone a year or so without making contributions to "catch up" by having their employer take out extra to compensate when they are back at work.

    It will also shelve a plan that would have made it easier for Australians aged 65 to 74 to make extra contributions even though they are not working, something most wouldn't have been able to take advantage of in any event. It's hard to make extra contributions when you're not working.

    Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison are set to achieve what they wanted. All up, the package will save what it would have before: $6 billion over four years, with the key features still in place. There will still be a limit of $1.6 million on what you can put into super to earn income tax-free in retirement, the amount you can put in per year will fall from $30,000 ($35,000 for ages 50 and over) to $25,000, and very high earners on more than $250,000 will pay 30 per cent tax on their contributions instead of 15 per cent.

    Labor supported the package apart from the question mark over retrospectivity and will feel duty-bound to support this. Turnbull and Morrison will have taken a small step towards making Australia's super system fairer, the biggest in its 25-year history.

    In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

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    Saturday, 17 September


    Does Donald Trump actually want to win the election? Backchat explores the Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

    hanson trump milo

    “You should see some of the e-mails that I get from people in Australia. The alt-right exists in Australia. Look in the comments section man, it’s there.”

    With polls tightening, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a close battle for the US presidency. But what if the Oval Office isn’t Trump’s goal?

    Political pundits have been abuzz with speculation that Trump doesn’t really care if he wins or loses, and is instead focused on making his campaign the basis for a new alt-right TV empire.

    But how likely is “Trump TV”? Who are the alt-right, and do they exist as a movement in Australia?

    Backchat reporter Oscar Coleman took a closer look, speaking to Trisha Jha from the free-market Centre for Independent Studies and Dr Peter Chen, Senior Lecturer in media politics at the University of Sydney.

    According to Trisha Jha, the alt-right appeals to conservative-leaning young people because of their tactics and fresh, aggressive style they have pioneered.

    There’s something special about the alt-right in terms of the kinds of tactics they adopt, the language they use, their strategy, their branding. Milo Yiannopoulos is a good example.

    I think there is a tendency particularly among…pre-eminently young men to wear some of the alt-right branding because it’s trendy and because it’s cool. And honestly it’s quite fresh but I wouldn’t necessarily say that everyone who kind participates in the signs and symbology is necessarily someone who signs up to the ideology.

    While I think aspects of the alt-right do include things like white supremacy, hatred towards women, homosexuals and trans people, that’s not necessarily the entirety of the alt-right.

    Dr Peter Chen sees “Trump TV” as a possibility due to Trump’s close personal friendship with former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon, who’s now CEO of the Trump campaign.

    Chen is sceptical of media narratives drawing parallels between the growing populist movements across the world. Nevertheless, he sees elements of the alt-right existing in Australia in the form of One Nation and Reclaim Australia.

    As a non-white person in Australia, I actually see a lot of the alt-right in Australia. I think it’s a sloppy term but I see a lot of it.

    Reclaim Australia is this incredibly mainstream organisation in many ways. I think about George Christensen, who theoretically is part of the Liberal Party of Australia – this mainstream political party – but he’s also actually a member of Reclaim Australia, as is Pauline Hanson.

    These people are kind of the alt-right in Australia. Mainstream political figures who are dominating th...


    Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.

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    Friday, 16 September


    Caloundra Music Festival Is Leading The Charge For Eco-Friendly Aussie Music Events "IndyWatch Feed"

    Caloundra Music Festival Is Leading The Charge For Eco-Friendly Aussie Music Events

    We can all agree that camping festivals can be a fantastic way to spend a few days, but we’ve probably all felt those pangs of guilt as we’ve piled back into the car on the final day only to look around at an apocalypse of rubbish that’ll take days to clear.

    Since 2013, Caloundra Music Festival have been doing their bit to lessen the environmental impact of their event as much as possible, introducing a series of smart initiatives aimed at avoiding those huge piles of rubbish, protecting the nearby beach and waterways – and even avoiding that third-day festival stink.

    Step one for the organisers is elimination of all disposable water bottles. The past two festivals have stopped roughly 60,000 plastic bottles from making their way to landfills, ending up in waterways, or creating greenhouse pollution.

    In a very reasonable solution, Caloundra fest simply ask festival goers to bring their own water bottles, and their team of dedicated, likeminded volunteers will ensure you get the chilled, filtered, fresh water you deserve from tanks that are scattered all over the site. We can probably all admit that we’ve gotten a little lazy and purposefully ignorant of the environmental impact we’re having on a daily basis – and the amount of money we spend on overpriced bottles of Mount Franklin.

    Along with the ban on disposable water bottles, vendor stalls will only use biodegradable corn starch, paper, or cloth carry bags instead of plastic. Similarly, cutlery, plates and straws will also go biodegradable – no glass will be used and only environmentally-friendly detergents and cleaners as well. Food vendors have ensured that all produce will remain local and fresh, sourced from nearby precincts such as Sunshine Boulevard, Soul Food and Beachside Court.

    Not stopping with food and drinks, reclaimed, reused and recycled materials have even been employed for everything from bunting and flags to the stage setup and signage, while disused shipping containers will be put to use for their merchandise and ticketing booths, coffee shops, and site offices.

    Punters can get involved in the clean initiatives, too. Teaming up with the Queensland-based compost technology company OSCA, Caloundra are bringing in an automated system that will turn landfill and organic waste into odourless compost. The process is said to use minimal energy to process the waste, producing high-quality, safe and usable compost within two weeks.

    With this sort of technology being so readily accessible, it seems like a no brainer that most, if not all, festivals should look into these sorts of environmentally-sustainable solutions. Not only does it halve waste disposal costs by half and limit onsite pests, it also gets rid of those infamous festival odours.

    If a guilt-free beachside getaway sounds right up your alley, check out the lineup below, and read more about the green initiatives on the website – and don’t forget to bring your water bottle.



    Bon Iver Recruited Aussie Singer Gordi For His Jimmy Fallon Performance "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

    Bon Iver Recruited Aussie Singer Gordi For His Jimmy Fallon Performance

    It’s not often that our dreams become the real deal but in this case triple j-approved, Aussie-grown 22-year-old muso Gordi (Sophie Payten) bedazzled the people of America on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And that’s not the best part – Bon Iver recruited the Sydney singer to join the band in the big NYC.

    You read it right, one of our Unearthed favourites turned US label artist was spied lending her vocals as part of the ‘Fallon Choir’.

    Usually one would think scoring a gig like this would be one hell of a process, lucky for Gordi, Bon Iver is actually signed under the same US label, Jagjaguwar.

    All it took was for management to reach out and pitch the idea, though a bleary eyed, post-Melbourne gig Gordi totally misinterpreted the offer at first.

    “We’d just played a show in Melbourne and had quite a big night. Got home at 5am and my manager said ‘I just got this email from Bon Iver’s management’. I read it and I was like ‘what’s a Fallon choir?!” she told triple j.

    After sleeping off the big night and sleeping on the proposition for a little more clarity, all arrangements and decisions were made quick smart.

    Diving head first into flights, rehearsals and recordings, a nice tab was supplied for the Gordi and friends to enjoy the Jimmy Fallon Show which was to air a few hours after they left the studios.

    Let’s hope the unexpected networking leads Gordi to a spot on Bon Iver’s album tour…

    Bon Iver is due to release 22, A Million September 30th and Gordi’s EP, Clever Disguise, is out now.


    Chilled and skilled – The Lulu Raes talk success and perform a live rendition of Never Leave "IndyWatch Feed"


    • The Lulu Raes :: Never Leave (Live)
    • The Lulu Raes :: Interview with Lucy Smith

    Chilled and skilled – this was the mantra repeated by The Lulu Raes when chatting with Lucy Smith. It’s a simple belief from an anything but simple band, and it’s proving to be The Lulu Raes’ key to success. Performing a live rendition of their track titled ‘Never Leave,’ the band asserted themselves as an act worthy of attention.

    From the latest EP titled All Our Parents Are Divorced, their latest song really showcases The Lulu Raes potential. Throughout the interview, the band thanked those who helped them in their early days.

    “[Little Bastard] We’re close mates and they’re the reason we got our first gig and that’s how our manager met us. We played the Bright-side with them.”

    Currently touring across the nation, The Lulu Raes show no sign of slowing down. When revealing their key to success, the importance of maintaining and developing connections proved to be important.

    “Just be friends with Sticky Fingers [laughs]…get those connections out there. Nah, but it’s really tricky because there’s so many bands out there but none of them get noticed. You have to join a bit of a community. A lot of bands, they get together and you get to know other bands and then you meet new people – sort of like a cascading effect.”

    “You’ve just gotta get out there, you can’t spend all your time in your room.”

    When seeing what’s coming up within their live shows, The Lulu Raes, have a few new songs to share.

    “We’re doing five new songs…we’re doing songs from the upcoming album and it sounds way more dynamic.”

    You can check out the Lulu Raes live track and full interview above.

    WHO: The Lulu Raes
    WHERE: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
    WHEN: September 30th
    HOW MUCH: $15

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