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Friday, 16 February


Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival is officially less than one week away, and weve still only scratched the surface of whats happening!! Sit back, grab a coffee or beer, and lets take a deeper look into some of this years evening events!

Peter Crawford Exhibition
Presented by Fallen Broken Street
Wednesday 21st Feb 6-9pm
A Spot Of Genius
(7 Marvell street, Byron Bay)

Photos by legendary Photographer & Surfer Peter Crawford. See rare and some of the most popular and iconic images from surfings early 70s and 80s period. Hosted by one of Peters two sons, photographer and FallenBrokenStreet founder, Justin Crawford.

Byron Bay Surf Festival, 22-25 Feb. For further information visit

The post Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Museum of Love & Protest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There was quite a crowd tonight at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney. As part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for 2018, currently underway, theres a terrific exhibition called, The Museum of Love & Protest, which commemorates forty-years since the first ever Mardi Gras. These are some of my favourite photographs []



Theres nothing more charming than a country romance ...

The post FARMHAND POEM (I LOVE YOU, BUT ONLY OUTDOORS) appeared first on The Westsider.


Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.



Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...


Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It's been some week!

I had an excruciatingly painful cracked tooth and a filling done, the humidity has been off the charts in Brisbane, but we got some good stuff done as well. 

In the end, there wasn'tmuch time left for sifting through the week's news.

Fortunately the must read pieces are summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the image below).

Subscribe for the free newsletter while you're there too. 


heatwave (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed"

summer heat, humidity hems us in and we are hostage


Croc shooter fined $10,000 by a Gaia magistrate "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A reader has offered a reward for the identities of the rats who dobbed in the croc shooter. Cairnsnews suggests Mr Orchard should not pay this extortion to a Marxist government which places animal lives ahead of humans.

KAP State Leader and member for Traeger Robbie Katter has pledged to make the first donation to the Go Fund Me page of the Rockhampton man fined $10,000 for shooting a crocodile.

Today in Rockhampton Court, Luke Orchard was handed a $10,000 fine but had not conviction recorded over the shooting of a monster crocodile near Rockhampton last year.

Mr Katter spoke to Mr Orchards father Phil, this afternoon reaffirming the KAPs commitment to put people before crocs in Queensland while also pledging to support the Go Fund Me page out of his..

We remain committed to creating safer waterways for Queenslanders, Mr Katter said.

People have been crying out for help to deal with the expanding crocodile problem. Unfortunately, as a result people are forced to take desperate measures to ensure the safety of themselves and their family and to protect their livelihood.

This is what happens when the Government doesnt act.

Phil Orchard said his son had been shaken up by the incident and was very remorseful.



Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)


Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.


Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.


The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.


Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.


Their drive to amplify this feeli...


National Parks at risk "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Dear Editor, Since 1967, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has looked after our National Parks, their precious wildlife, worked for the conservation of native and threatened species, educated generations of school [more]

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Ryde City Council investments in renewables "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Dear Sir, As an historian I am pleased to see that our Liberal Councillors in Ryde have such respect for the nineteenth century, and its [more]

The post Ryde City Council investments in renewables appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.


Win with TWT: Winchester film passes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ten TWT readers can win double passes to the new supernatural horror film Winchester to be released in cinemas on February 22, courtesy of independent [more]

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All about Februarys Feature Artists "IndyWatch Feed"

The Kurilpa Poets February Feature Artists are.. SIMON KINDT POSEIDON/the sharks This month former Speedpoet maestro, the esteemed Simon Kindt will be presenting his latest poetic/conceptual performance piece for your delectation and delight. The show entitled Poseidon // the sharks Continue reading


Supermax Prisons: Doing More Harm Than Good "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Supermax prisons are the most secure and highly monitored form of incarceration there is. These super-maximum security facilities are designed to house the worst of the worst: your mass killers, top-level gangsters, gang rapists and, more so these days, terrorists. A judge doesnt sentence an offender to a supermax facility. Either an inmate has been

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Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...


Gallery: FBi Presents The Internet at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Here are some photos of Syd & co being talented and beautiful at The Internets show.

All photos by Sophie Hill.


Gallery: FBi Presents Sylvan Esso at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

After Woodes wrote Sylvan Esso a poem, and delivered it via Twitter, they decided to do a show together at Oxford Art Factory. Catch a glimpse of all the loveliness that went down.

Photos by Diabolique


Gallery: FBi Presents Sandy (Alex G) at The Lansdowne "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hes proud of us, and so shared his soul with one of the more packed Oxford Art Factory crowds weve ever seen. Relive Sandy (Alex G) being in the building.

Feels, amiryt?

Photos by Tim Da-rin


Ballinas deputy mayor shocked by residents distress "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Keith Williams with residents Sue Whiteman and Deb Clemonce.

Deputy mayor of Ballina Keith Williams is the latest politician to go into bat for Meerschaum Vale residents whose properties are along the route of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Cr Williams has echoed their call for a low noise pavement to be built to allow residents along the route some relief from the beast.

Residents have been lobbying the RMS for years on issues such as dust, a lack of consultation, noise impacts and a loss of amenity in the area, as well as the impacts on local wildlife.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading the campaign to raise awareness about those issues.

She said the time spent by Cr Williams with residents was the most any politician had spent in her 13 years of lobbying.

He got to see firsthand how intimidated and bullied I am, she said.

Cr Williams said he was shocked to discover deeply traumatised people living in fear of the RMS and the contractors that are pushing the Pacific Highway through their little village.

I expected angry people, but what I saw and heard was people throughout the area pushed to the brink. There were more tears than harsh words spoken, he said.

This goes way beyond callous indifference, what I witnessed more resembled systemic intimidation, being watched every time you left your house, your movements tracked by radio, who were you talking to, whos house did you visit.

Imagine you had the temerity to speak out, then to lose road access to your house, not just for a week or two, but four months. Forced to walk 6kms from the nearest safe parking area. Always promised, itll be done today.

And the artworks of your recently deceased partner, lovingly displayed on your boundary fence. Removed. Never to be seen again. The kind of thing that hurts way more than insults. The kind of things that encourage others to keep their mouth shut.

Cr Williams heard that, in less than a year, there have been three different community engagement officers. With each one, the problems recited yet again. Residents unable to drink their rain water due to dust contamination. The bi...


Splendour festival-site plan a major intensification "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Council has raised concerns to the state government over noise issues and the hike in patron numbers under a $46 million plan for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands cultural-events site at Yelgun for events catering up to 50,000 people.

Councillors last night endorsed council staffs submission to the state planning department, as the development application (DA) for the Splendour in the Grass and other festivals site involves use of Tweed roads surrounding it.

Byron Shire Council has already invited NSW Department of Planning and Environment staff to brief staff and councillors about the DA, classed as a State Significant Development by the government, and which is currently on exhibition for public comment. (See our previous story at

In Tweed submission, council chief planner Vince Connell says the total number of people attending the events is a concern in terms of overall management of the various events and considerations for emergency evacuation etc.

Mr Connell said the trial events were limited to 35,000 patrons per day for large events but questioned the definition of patron which could mean anyone who holds a ticket to attend an outdoor event and as such patron numbers at proposed events will not include other people on site such as performers, volunteers and workers.

Although the SSD [state significant development] does acknowledge additional people for events (i.e. maximum 57,850 people on site for a 50,000 patron event), it is unclear as to whether the assessment and associated management plans/reports have taken into consideration that additional people will be on site and factored these increased figures traffic assessments or flooding/evacuation planning.

In addition, it is unclear as to whether free ticket holders have been included into any assessment, given they are technically not purchasing a ticket and therefore not considered as a patron, nor are they identified in the SSD as potential other people on site for events.

Noise impacts

On the issue of noise, Mr Connell said the proposed use is a significant intensification when compared to the trial period, which was complicated by non-compliances, community concerns and ongoing mitigation after monitoring events undertaken during the trial.

He said event noise monitoring was undertaken during the trial on only three events.

Maximum patronage during the trial period was only 32,500. The proposed maximum patronage is 35,000 with future expansion to 42,500 and 50,...


ALBUM REVIEW: Margo Price All American Made "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Rising through the country and Americana ranks, Margo Price hit pay-dirt with her 2016 album Midwest Farmers Daughter, drawing critical acclaim from all quarters of the country world. Now shes gone one step further on her new album, never pulling punches and wrapping it all up in a wonderfully wide-ranging classic and soulful country palette. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds  The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbournes Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way its a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her Continue reading


1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MS "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
2) Speech by PM O'Neill at MSG Summit, Port Moresby

1) West Papua membership issue still unresolved at MSG
From 6:01 am today 

Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries hav...


Our Bidentity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

You cant be into surfing because youre Asian.

 Oh yes, you got me. Everything I do must actually fit your racist stereotype of what an Asian girl must do. It doesnt matter that you dont know me at all. That I am allowed to be, and am, into surfing. No, Im just Asian.

Growing up in a mainly white Sydney neighbourhood meant that any difference from that profile stood out. As a biracial kid, I was no exception, despite looking more Caucasian than I do Japanese.Little incidents and complications brought about by high school politics made me feel that even though I saw myself as Australian, I would never be socially validated as such because of my heritage.

For those biculture kids Ive talked to, while our experiences have all differed in some regards, weve all had to grapple with the polarity of our cultures. For someone who has parents that intersected from completely separate worlds, the end result is a young adult questioning which one they want to belong to, and what they are giving up if they identify with one more than the other.

During my teen years, I didnt really tell people that I was half-Japanese. I didnt want to be seen as an outsider of sorts. For Jasmine Higgins, a 20-year-old from Sydneys Shire, being Australian-Chinese, her experience was similar. High school for her brought on a brief period of bullying, where she reflects that it only took one person to say something to realise I was different.

This blending in strategy was also relevant to Megumi Wynne Koiwai, a 25-year-old American-Japanese who, on the other side of coin, has lived in Tokyo her entire life.  Her experience of being biracial in Japan was one where kids would bully her for having a sandwich and granola bar for lunch, yet in high school, she would be used for her biracial uniqueness.

I know most of these negative experiences can be pinned down to immaturity and ignorance. But the way in which people receive you does have an impact. This is especially true when youre young and just as confused as they are about what category you fit into.



Thank Folk Its Friday 16th February "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The Fairbridge Folk Festival announced their second round of artists including The Collingwood Casanovas, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan Parsons, Catherine Fraser Trio, King Arthur, David Milroy, Via Pange, Richard Walley, Martin & Coole with Crystal Jade and Praashekh Quartet. Details []


No bus terminal for Byron market site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

The Byron Bay Community Association has welcomed a state government announcement that there will not be a bus transit centre built on the Butler Street Reserve.

BBCA general manager Paul Spooner has called on the Byron Shire Council to confirm its ongoing commitment to maintaining Butler Street as the site of the iconic markets.

Council now needs to confirm that the Butler Street site is the official ongoing site of the iconic Byron Bay Market, Mr Spooner said.

Echonetdaily has contacted the council for comment.

Byron Bay Community Association general manager Paul Spooner. Photo supplied

Its understood the State Government decided not to go ahead with building a bus terminal on the site because of the construction costs involved in building on the site, which was a former tip.

Mr Spooner said now the decision had been made, the safety of market patrons, stallholders and market staff is very important moving forward.

The council needs to be totally transparent about any potential ground issues that need to be addressed at the site to make it safe and usable, he said.

BBCA calls on council to work with market managers, stallholders and the community to ensure that the Butler Street Reserve is an appropriate site for markets and other low key recreational activities to occur into the future.

I believe council needs to commit to ensuring the site is safe and well looked after. It is now evident that no buildings or carparks will be possible to construct on the site due to the massive expense req...


EPA refuses to act on logging breaches at Limpinwood "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has refused to act on breaches by a landowner at Limpinwood in the Tweed Valley who has cleared large tracts of old-growth forest under a controversial policy, according to anti-logging campaigners.

Environmental activists and neighbours say unauthorised logging and road works by Hewittville Pty Ltd, whose property on Boormans Road borders World Heritage forests, have gone unpunished.

The landowners actions have been subject to recent protests and Tweed Shire Council scrutiny, but because the logging operation was approved under a state-sanctioned Private Native Forestry Agreement, the government has control over logging there.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) says its dismayed by the EPAs refusal to do anything about the breaches, despite the authority confirming they had occurred.

The EPA found that in breach of five conditions of the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice trees were felled across streams, a log dump was constructed too close to a stream, and that snig tracks and roads were inadequately drained to reduce erosion, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

It is disturbing that the EPA were not concerned that the roading and logging had occurred across some 18 hectares of an Environmental Protection Zone without consent, Mr Pugh said.

Its worrying that the EPA can claim that here was no harm to the environment from these breaches when it is evident that they did not investigate the full extent of breaches and made no attempt to assess how much sediment had entered the streams and what effect it has had.

This is the EPAs standard response to all NEFAs complaints, no matter how serious, the EPA always claim no environmental harm even when it is obvious that there has been.

It is clear that the EPA does not enforce environmental laws because they dont believe breaching them has any effect what-so-ever. The best we can expect from the EPA these days are meaningless warning letters.

The EPA confirmed the two Koala High Use Trees that NEFA had reported, though thought nothing of the fact that one had a road excavated up to its base or that they could find no evidence of any koalas remaining in that vicinity.

We wonder where the koalas are now, and what fate awaits them, the EPA obviously dont care, Mr Pugh said.

A neighbouring landowner, Susie Hearder, sid that she had been reporting significant pollution events coming from the property to the EPA since 2013.

Yet the EPA only bothered to come for a token look on Tuesday, Ms Hearder told Echonetdaily.

On showing them one-metre deep mud in a rainforest gully they werent even interested in pursuing the sedimen...


Driver crashed into two cars after speeding from police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 27-year-old Goonellabah man will appear in court today after allegedly leading police on a car chase and then crashing into two cars.

Police allege that at 4pm they had reason to stop a Silver coloured Honda on Terania Street.

Police signaled for the Honda to pull over, which it did. As police left their vehicle to speak to the driver it accelerated away harshly.

A pursuit began and the Honda drove at speeds 60km/h over the limit. Due to the dangerous manner of driving police terminated the pursuit at the intersection of Keen and Conway Street.

Police said a short time later the Honda was observed driving northbound on Ballina Road,approaching the roundabout of Rotary Drive.

It then collided with a vehicle and kept driving. A short time later the Honda collided with another car, causing it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop.

The driver, a 27-year-old Goonellabah man, then ran from the vehicle and was caught by police a short distance away.

He was searched and found to have 5 grams of cannabis in his underpants. A roadside drug test produced a positive detection to methamphetamine.

At Lismore Police station checks on his licence revealed he is disqualified from driving until 2029.

He was charged with Drive Whilst Disqualified 2nd+ Offence, two counts of not Give Particulars to Other Drivers, Drive Manner Dangerous, Police pursuit Drive Dangerously and Posses Prohibited Drug.

A further charge may be laid pending the result of his drug analysis. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning.

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NSW Premier Continues Assault on Civil Liberties "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Berejiklian government is continuing its assault on civil liberties with the implementation of a further range of oppressive national security measures. And this time, Gladys new counterterrorism policy is aimed firmly at teenagers. On February 7, the state Coalition government announced it will be spending $6 million on setting up

The post NSW Premier Continues Assault on Civil Liberties appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Man charged over assault and robbery in Ballina street "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 23-year-old man was charged over the alleged assault and robbery of a man who had been walking along the main street of Ballina on Thursday night.

Police say that around 10.30pm, the victim, a 22-year-old man, was walking along River Street when he was allegedly pushed in the chest by a man walking towards him.

The man allegedly grabbed the 22-year-olds phone and started running down River Street.

The victim chased and caught the man and while trying to get his phone back, was assaulted.

Members of the public intervened and police were called, who arrested the alleged assailant.

He was taken to Ballina police station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and robbery.

He appeared in Ballina Local Court yesterday and refused bail to re-appear in Lismore Local Court on Thursday 19 April.

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Zero G - 12 February 2018 Episode 1171 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1171

Title: Musk Ado About Something Podcast Title: The Cloverfield Podadox

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we pare down the Cloverfield Paradox; farewell composer Johann Johannson; and take flight with Star Trek Discovery and Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy!


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

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

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


St Kilda Comedy Club open mic Tuesdays from 8pm "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

St Kilda Comedy Club open mic Tuesdays from 8pm     St Kilda Comedy Club open mic on Tuesday night at 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda 8pm onwards C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club image by Kerrie Pacholli The wonderful thing with comedy is that you dont need a big []


Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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MACKAY Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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February 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

1804 David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemens Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a ho...


Byron Farmers Market turns 15 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dirtgirl, from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV will be on hand to help celebrate. Photo supplied.

March the first will see the Byron Farmers Market celebrate its 15th birthday at the Butler Street Reserve and there will be plenty of colour, creativity and cake said market organisers.

From 8 till 11am there will not only be the usual array of fresh, local produce direct from local farmers but therell also be entertainment, gifts, free food, and a special guest.

The Emmy award-winning dirtgirl (from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV programs) will be on hand to help us celebrate in style (farm style, that is), said market organiser Kylie McGregor.

Not only is she a favourite with kids both here in Australia and around the world but shes also a champion of sustainability, farmers and growing your own food. Our kinda gal.

There will also be free entertainment for the kids (big and little) with live music and roving acts, a cooking demo (and tastings) from Byron Farmers Market ambassador and chef extraordinaire Gavin Hughes (also Head Chef at the Byron at Byron), a kiddies corner where potential future farmers can get sowing and growing with DIY seedling pots, plus giveaways and finishing off with a cracking birthday cake.

Market organisers are asking everyone to come along and celebrate.

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Later start ideal for the challenge "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Long-time event organiser Ron Nicholson is looking forward to the 33rd running of the Channel Challenge. G110816

Organiser Ron Nicholson hopes to again reach 500 competitors which has been the bench mark for previous years. G080816

The first female over the line last year was Rebecca Henderson (right), also fifth overall, from Berwick with second placed female Kate Murphy from Briar Hill.

The first across the line in last years channel challenge was Nathan Buschkuehl (left) and second overall Kazimir Boskovic.

THE 33rd Channel Challenge is shaping up to be a cracking day, with an ideal start time and a great day of activities planned when it returns Saturday, February 18.
The tide-dependent aquathon will start at 2.05pm and will see competitors swim 550m from San...


Australian Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia's prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM's affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser Vikki Campion. Barnaby, who was also leader of the National Party and married for 24 years, made a "shocking error of judgment", created a "world of woe" for the women in his life and "appalled all of us," said Turnbull.


Reward offered for identity of those who dobbed in crocodile shooter "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

One concerned Cairns News reader has offered a reward for information leading to the identity of those responsible for dobbing in the man who shot a five metre man-eating crocodile in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton in September last year. Any confidential information can be relayed to Cairns News and will be passed on to the concerned reader.

The accused shooter, Luke Stephen Orchard of Etna Creek, has carried out a commendable public service by killing such a menacing reptile. He was charged by police for taking a crocodile without a permit.   Cairns News hopes the shooter does not have to pay any fine.  Cairns News can also report the concerned reader has called on responsible citizens to sort out any members of the PETA crazies interfering with farm animals. The reader said he would look favourably at tanning the hides of PETA agitators and keeping them with the crocodile skins in his trophy room.


A reward has been offered by a Cairns News reader for information leading to the identity of the persons who dobbed in the shooter of this 5.2m menacing and dangerous man eating crocodile in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton last year.



Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders


Kurilpa Poets present SIMON KINDT & CLARE COWLEY "IndyWatch Feed"

Is that the pitter-patter of little paws? Why, so it is! The Kurilpa Poets return! Sunday, 26th February, 2018 with Feature Poet SIMON KINDT presenting his new conceptual/poetic performance piece POSEIDON/the sharks & Mystery Musician PLANET CLARE Meanwhile, hovering in Continue reading


Astronomer Dr. Eamonn Ansbro An Update on Quantum Experiment to Contact ET "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Kerry Cassidy

I will be interviewed scientist and astronomer EAMONN ANSBRO about the status of his quantum experiment to contact ET.

Dr. Eamonn Ansbro has a Masters degree in Astronomy from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and an MPhil and PhD (ABD) degree in Astronomy from the Planetary Space Science Research Institute at Open University (UK).

He is director of Kingsland Observatory, one of 5 Observatory research centres in astronomy in Ireland. His main involvement for some years has been in Solar System studies and Instrumentation.

In recent years he has been involved in SETI . He founded SETI Kingsland which has been pioneering a fundamental new approach within SETI.

This new SETI approach has resulted in breakthrough technology for applying it to communications with extraterrestrial civilizations.

Visit Project Camelot to view the full 20 page PDF presentation.

Kerry Cassidy is the CEO/ Founder of Project Camelot. Kerry is a documentary filmmaker/investigative journalist and well known radio talk show host of Project Camelot Whistleblower Radio and Project Camelot TV broadcaster with a weekly live show on Youtube. Her website Project Camelot ( aka ) is a leader in the alternative media sector, with a Youtube channel that has over 57 million unique viewers worldwide and over 185,000 sub...


Dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Incredible footage has emerged of a dust storm currently sweeping over Melbourne. A combination of Victoria's recent dry weather and Wednesday's strong winds have caused a significant amount of dust unearthed and displaced across the city. A severe weather warning has been issued due to a strong cold front which will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon.


A brief history lesson from Labor on the subject of Barnaby Joyce's performance as a federal minister "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Labor MP for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon on his feet in the House of Representatives, listing some of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for  & Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce's many failings.

Hansard, 14 February 2018:

I want to quickly take us to the member for New England's performance. I'm going to read this as quickly as I can. There are so many to talk about. He forcibly relocated the APVMA to his own electoratea disaster for Australian agriculture. He abolished the COAG committee, which was doing so much work to bring the states and the Commonwealth together. He sacked his departmental head, destroying the culture, trust and motivation of those who work in the department. He doctored his Hansard. He ditched drought assistance. He tried to move the Regional Investment Corporation to Orange without any governance, giving him full flight to do whatever he wanted with his pork-barrelling exercise. He's destroyed trust in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, a real threat on the water front and in our food bowl. Biosecurity has been a disaster. He tried to abolish the Inspector-General of Biosecurity. It was only our resistance that prevented that from happening. 



Failed coal seam gas mining company Linc Energy's 9 week trial underway in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

As the story unfolded.........

ABC News, 16 April 2016:

Oil and gas company Linc Energy has been placed into administration in a bid to avoid penalties for polluting the environment, a Queensland green group says.

It was announced late Friday that administrators PPB Advisory had been called in to work with Linc's management on options including a possible restructure.

In a statement to the ASX, the company said after receiving legal and financial advice and considering commercial prospects the board decided it was in the best interests of the company to make the move.

It comes one month after the company was committed to stand trial on five charges relating to breaches in Queensland's environmental laws at its underground coal gasification site.

The state's environment department accused the company of wilfully causing serious harm at its trial site near Chinchilla on the Darling Downs.


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#AskDocQ: Should I Be Worried About This New Mycoplasma STI? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Whats all the fuss about this new STI Mycoplasma? Should I be worried? Mycoplasma genitalium has only recently come to light as an emerging STI. It causes infection in the rectum and both the male and female genital tracts. It is not known what the long-term consequences are (if any) of untreated infection. Symptoms are ...

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-671 "Dingo 27" Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Thursday 15 February, another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft was noted visiting Central Queensland with A32-671 completing airwork around the Fraser Coast before landing at Bundaberg Airport.

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Flying as "Dingo 27", A32-671 was heard to initially complete airwork including a missed approach at Gayndah Aerodrome before landing at Bundaberg Airport.  After a short while on the ground, A32-671 departed Bundy for RAAF Base Amberley.

During the late afternoon / early evening, A32-671 "Dingo 27" was heard to be flying North from Amberley to Townsville.


Comedian Mel Buttle Is Off The Leash For The Brisbane Comedy Festival "IndyWatch Feed"

With an ever-growing list of gay comedians around the country, Mel Buttle is not one who immediately springs to mind. Shes kept her six year relationship with partner Sophie separate from her public life, allowing her to build the solid foundations of a career based on her own professional merits. Michael James sat down with ...

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Queer Toowoomba Play Ghosts of Leigh Explores Gender And Masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Dallas John Baker was born in archly conservative Toowoomba and grew up there in the 1970s and 1980s. It was the peak of the Joh years, under Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson, an era known for police corruption and brutality towards lesbian and gay people. Despite the hostile environment in which he found himself, Dallas refused ...

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Disability and Accessibility: Practical and Political Considerations. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Discussion facilitated by disabled radical Saz, 11am Sat 31st March at the Rattler
11am-1pm Saturday 31st March at the Red Rattler Theater, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. All welcome.

Jura is pleased to be opening up a space for discussion about the politics and practical considerations of disability and accessibility, with a particular focus on concrete ways we can improve our own accessibility at Jura and across radical meeting spaces. We are very grateful to Saz for volunteering to provide resources and to facilitate. We are also grateful to the Red Rattler for allowing us to use their space for this discussion; they are recognised as a radical community space which has had some real successes in terms of making themselves accessible. Information about their venues accessibility can be found here.

This discussion aims to be a starting point on understanding the ways in which Disability Justice fits into anti-capitalist work. It will attempt to lay out some ground work on the specificity of ableist oppression and how it is interwoven through Western capitalist societies, as well as its immediate manifestations within the contexts surrounding us. By drawing lines of connection between the structural and the imminent components, it will seek to push people to consider both what is immediately possible and the scope of work to come.

We want to work out how Jura can begin to invest energy into developing a consciousness around accessibility and a more developed praxis, do solidarity work, and help facilitate the opening of other radical spaces which do meet more accessibility requirements.

This discussion comes partly in response to public criticism made of Jura last year, but also because of our ongoing commitment to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of....


Will we recognise the future? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Every time I drive up the hill from Harrietville to Mt Hotham, I feel a strange mix of joy and sadness. Its always good to get back into the mountains. But those burnt out alpine ash forests break my heart.

People will often say fire has always been part of the landscape. True. But that misses the point that fire intensity and frequency is already increasing as we lurch into the climate change influenced future. In my lifetime it has already transformed many of the landscapes I know and love best. What will the coming decades bring?

In Victoria, the frequency of large fires (greater than 100,000 hectares) has grown significantly over the past century.

  • 19th century 2 mega fires
  • first half of 20th Century 4 mega fires
  • 2nd half of 20th century 7 mega fires
  • In the first 15 years of the 21st century 6 mega fires

This is in spite of massive advances in fire fighting technology.

The Upper Ovens area experienced three major fires in just a decade. This is impacting on the forests, and possibly pushing large areas into a different vegetation pattern. Some scientists have suggested that, without human intervention, the...


Labor grabs power as local government conference blasts forced mergers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

CITY of Sydney Labor Clr Linda Scott has been elected as the new President of the NSW Local Government Association. The Weekly Times Local Government correspondent at the [more]

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Historical Society seeks old photos for scanning this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

RYDE District Historical Society is keen to preserve a record of the area from its early days to the present. The Society was formed more than 55 years [more]

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MSG: REMEMBER YOUR ROOTS "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


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Vanuatu leaders want the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to take a more active role in putting the focus back on the fundamental founding principle of political self-determination of the Melanesian people.
Presenting his statement at the 21st MSG Leaders Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea at 4pm yesterday, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai said the MSG chair would agree the MSG originated from a vision backed by strong political desire to strive for the entire decolonisation of the sub region and freedom of the Melanesian people still under the colonial rule.


Toxic waste has cost us millions, residents tell council "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ANGRY residents from radioactive waste contaminated Nelson Parade and nearby streets in Hunters Hill say their homes have been collectively devalued by an estimated $75 million as a result of the state governments [more]

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Council acts, as tensions reach boiling point in Bonnefin Road "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A NIGHTMARE parking problem on Bonnefin Road looks likely to be resolved through the intervention of Hunters Hill Council. Tensions have reached boiling point on the narrow, [more]

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Pink Stumps Day at North Ryde RSL Oval "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

NORTH Ryde RSL Cricket Club fraternity are on a mission in the lead up to this Sundays McGrath Foundation annual Pink Stumps Day at North Ryde [more]

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VIDEO: Sydney FC trip up in first AFC Champions League outing "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Sydney FC have gone down in their first AFC Champions League game against Korean powerhouse Suwon Bluewings at Allianz Stadium. Suwon notched two second half [more]

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MACKAY Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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UPDATED: Fresh Twist: ABC (Falsely) Reports Charles Waterstreet Has Launched Defamation Action, Amid Q&A Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

UPDATE: Crikey has reported that Charles Waterstreet claims he has NOT launched defamation proceedings against Tina Huang. The original ABC article has a correction at the bottom of the piece which says the report was in error.

The circus that surrounds New Matildas ongoing investigation into Charles Waterstreet just added another ring. Chris Graham reports.

In the space of just a day, Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of a planned and highly controversial appearance on ABCs Q&A program; the NSW Bar Association has issued an extraordinary public statement on the issue; and the ABC is now reporting that Mr Waterstreet has launched legal proceedings against one of his accused, 21-year-old law student Tina Huang, the original whistleblower in the Waterstreet investigation.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Ms Huang is one of three women who have publicly alleged serious sexual harassment by Mr Waterstreet in the workplace 20 minutes into a job interview with the Sydney criminal barrister, Ms Huang says she was shown a video by Mr Waterstreet (from his phone) of him being masturbated by two sex-workers.

Genevieve Wilks, who worked for Mr Waterstreet for 10 months, has made a series of detailed allegations around sexual harassment the full story is available here.



The battle of black and colour "IndyWatch Feed"

Black was ruthless This was not a friend but an enemy, absorbing all colours, pretending to protect but leaving each shade weak and puny, hidden in the depths, breathlessly submissive, dormant the colours rested, exhausted but dogged and resolute, waiting for light to penetrate the dark shield. Then light came a dawning realisation of hope []


Cathies Column: Canada Bay Museum memorabilia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  Range of memorabilia at Canada Bay Museum LOCAL history buffs will have plenty of interesting items to view when they visit the City of Canada Bay Museum [more]

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Tinariwen chat Desert Blues, the Sahara and music as protest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ahead of their Australian shows in March, FBi Radio spoke to Tuareg band, Tinariwen, about music as protest, their latest record Elwan, and their upcoming tour.

Renowned worldwide for their incredible musicianship and powerful rebellion, Tinariwen are a Tuareg band who have been making music since 1979. Formed as a collective around Saharan campfires by young musicians on a mission, their aim was to preserve tradition in the face of modern challenges. Over the course of eight albums, countless world tours and influencing the likes of Thom York and TV On The Radio, theyve become kings of the Desert Blues genre.


Were really excited that youre coming to Australia the last time you were here was a good few years ago. Do any memories from that run of shows come to mind for you?

Its been six years since weve been to Australia, we were there for the Womad in Adelaide and New Zealand. Australia is so far away from where we live, it is always like being in another world. Last time we met Aboriginal tribes and we spent some time with them, it was great to meet people who encounter the same issues as our people in the Sahara.


A big congratulations on your beautiful seventh record Elwan, and also happy birthday to it its almost exactly one year old! The album title translates to the elephant in English. What inspired this title?

Thanks! The title of the album Elwan is a metaphor about the powerful administration/corporation/religious extremists in our world who crush everything under their steps to get more power and who leave the middle class and poor people on the side.


You recorded most of Elwan in a Moroccan oasis what led to the decision to record here? 

When we record, we always look for places where we can find a connection with nature and in particular with the desert. The desert is the place we grew up and live and the wind, the sand and the...


Justice at Last: Good Cop Found Not Guilty! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Queensland jury has returned a not guilty verdict in favour of former Gold Coast Police Sergeant Rick Flori who was charged with misconduct in public office after allegedly leaking footage of his colleagues bashing a handcuffed young man, chef Noa Begic, in the basement carpark of a police

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Arts Thursday 15 February Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Presented by Bronwyn Rennex

On Arts Thursday this week I speak to Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales about the Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.

The exhibition celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the mediums ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries.

This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpes career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New Yorks gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his working methods and life.

It was great to have the chance to talk at length about Mapplethorpes process, his preoccupations and his incredible legacy.

Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J Paul Getty Trust; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, partial purchase with funds provided by The J Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

The exhibition runs until 4 March 2018.

To listen online go to;

 LATEST EPISODE :: 10:30am Thursday 15th February, 2018

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Almost 100 Same-Sex Couples Have Married In Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Nearly 100 same-sex couples have been married in Queensland since marriage equality became legal last month. Queensland Attorney-General Yvette DAth said a total of 96 same-sex marriages almost 20 per week had been performed across Queensland, and more were scheduled in the coming months. Australians voted strongly in favour of marriage equality and ...

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Coming soon to Australia at a school near you "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

This experienced Colorado teacher, Karen Smith, has been charged with child abuse for making a snotty nosed kid stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. How long before this happens in an Australian school when a politically correct, gender confused boy dressed as a girl refuses to stand for the national anthem?

A Colorado middle school teacher is facing child abuse charges for forcing a boy to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, a report says

from Breibart News by Warner Todd Huston

Karen Smith, a physical education teacher at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colorado, is accused of grabbing a student by his jacket and forcing him to stand during the recitation and then forcibly removing him from the classroom afterward. The incident occurred on February 1, Denvers CB affiliate reported.

Smith, a 20-year teaching veteran, turned herself in to police on February 1 to face the charges of child abuse as well as assault in the third degree.

The Boulder Valley School District released a statement saying they were cooperating with authorities:



Two men charged with drug offences Tweed Heads South "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been charged with drug offences in Tweed Heads South yesterday.

About 8.45am on Wednesday 14 February 2018, police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command with assistance from the dog unit, executed a search warrant at a unit on William Street, Tweed Heads South.

Two men were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads police station.

Police located and seized prohibited drugs believed to be methylamphetamine (ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis.

Items including an amount of cash and a prohibited weapon were also seized.

A 54-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug (x3) and possess prohibited weapon without licence.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Tweed Heads local court on Monday, 12 March.

A 24-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (x2), possess prohibited drug (x3), deal with proceeds of crime and carry weapon upon apprehension.

He was refused bail and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court today (Thursday 15 February 2018).

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Did Bowie predict the Valentines Day Massacre? "IndyWatch Feed"

Did David Bowie predict Floridas Valentines Day Massacre in 2015?

When this song was released in 2015 many saw in this piece a treatise for gun control.  While a benevolent interpretation,  I saw nothing of that. Instead I saw a man channelling the dark unconscious impulses that perculate in society and manifest, if not managed wisely, in hideous suffering both for the mental health of the perpetrator and the victims of their projected rage:  teddy and judy down the teachers and the football stars.

Bowie was a visionary artist, deeply into Carl Jung and often manifested the darker side of our collective unconscious, the troubled part of the zeitgeist,  in his work.  Ive written at length how and why here.

While Bowie may not have strictly predicted the massacre strong intuition and logic would presume Valentines Day is always going to be a deeply troubling day to disturbed schoolboys with a vendetta his work is undoubtably prescient and none the less chilling in its capacity to express the darkness of our repressed shadow, and the forces which may seek to exploit it.Like most creative visionaries, psychosis and death were always closely entwined within his oeurve.

Curiously, Jungs star is on the rise again, much like it was amidst the sixties counterculture movement.  The death of Bowie, the avowed Jungian,  brought many of  his ideas to fore as people searched deeper into the layers of symbolism and archetypal imagery surround his last works and death.

Now, several years later Jordan B Peterson has burst onto the public stage, bringing mythos back like its the new black.

This is both  strangely curious and unsurprisingly inevitable.

The principle of enantriadromia holds that whereever there is an overabundance of one force, there will be a compensatory balancing with its opposite.

Jungian Bowie sings of multiple personae and telling lies, of the inauthentic Self and the magic of chaos.  His primary archetypes are the Magician, the Trickster, with a latent archetype of the Sage/Senex.   He has always had a core psychological obsession with the symbolism of the mannequin.

Jungian Petersons speaks of getting your house in order, the supremacy of truth, authenticity and bringing order out of chaos.  His primar...


Four boys and a Tigers mum "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

SOME sporting clubs pride themselves on how many trophies are in their cabinet, but for Lane Cove Tigers Junior Rugby League Club success is being [more]

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Bigotry Rife Within the NSW Police Force "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A recent investigation into the handling of internal complaints against police has revealed further evidence of the culture of sexism and homophobia ingrained in the NSW Police Force. Sexualised comments A NSW police detective, who calls herself Jen for fear of reprisals, has detailed years of sexual harassment that

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AROUND THE WICKETS with Chris Karas: Century maker Robson turns up the heat "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A MAGNIFICENT century by number three Angus Robson propelled Eastern Suburbs into the box seat of their NSW Premier Cricket first grade clash with Sydney [more]

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The Power Of Podcasting Seminar "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The ABC has set aside a $1Million fund to help produce and promote podcasting in Australia thereby setting it up as a media force that is expanding rapidly. This is why every business owner should be focussing marketing dollars and time in this area.

If you are an expert in your field and want to be recognised as well as share your knowledge then Podcasting is the way to go. Its fast, inexpensive and dynamic. You select your pace, guests, topics and how you want to share your expert knowledge. In fact if you dont have a Podcasting strategy your business will almost certainly be left behind.

You might just want to Podcast for yourself because you have a burning passion for sharing knowledge, entertainment and ideas. The best thing about Podcasting is that you get to do it exactly like you want to and thats exciting.

There is a reason why Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk and Mark Bouris create podcast
series! Because podcasts work, they have the power to grow audiences nationally and
internationally and they never have to be archived.

When: Saturday 3 March, 2018 10:30 am 12:30 pm

Where: Double Bay Library

Price: $98 per person

Book a spot...


Alex Laheys Loves "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne musician Alex Laheys been having a ball since the release of her debut album I Love You Like a Brother in 2017.

She jumped on the phone to Breakfast with Caitlin to talk about her love of Perth, her US tour and her upcoming shows in Perth with The Belligerents.

Play Alex Lahey phone interview




1) West Papua MSG Membership Close "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) West Papua MSG Membership Close
2) Indonesia warns MSG members against meddling in other countries` sovereignty

1) West Papua MSG Membership Close


Charles Waterstreet Forgives The Women He Sexually Harassed Amid Growing Q&A Row "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

UPDATE: Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of tonights Q&A. See end of story for details.

Tonight, Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet will appear on a special #metoo episode of ABCs Q&A program. One of the panellists might like to ask him about forgiveness. Chris Graham reports. It takes a certain kind of man to play a video of yourself getting a handjob 20 minutes into a job interview with a young law student applying for a job as a paralegal in your office.

So perhaps we shouldnt be all that surprised that that man Charles Waterstreet, one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television series Rake thinks that the women he has sexually harassed need to be forgiven.

Over the Australia Day long weekend, in a long, rambling post on his Facebook page, Waterstreet offered up this:

[A] stripper told me at a Mind, Spirit Body Conference that I sexualise everything, her criticism was right, I will do better

As #metoo apologies go, its a start. Its also where Waterstreet should have stopped. Unfortunately he didnt.

Whatever grief I caused others, I apologise, Any grievance anyone has for me, I forgive you and ask your forgiveness, I embrace myself sinner and sin eater and part time Saint.

Setting aside the thought of Waterstreet embracing himself publicly any more than he already has, its nice to know that hes been able to find forgiveness in his heart towards the women to whom he showed his beautiful penis, uninvited.

And on that front, theres been a few. Theres Tina Huang, the young paralegal who attended a job interview with Waterstreet, won the job and then resigned a few hours in. Huang didnt get to watch him embrace himself per se instead she got to watch his beautiful penis being stroked by two sex workers in a video on Waterstreets phone.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

And then theres people like Genevieve Wilks, the paralegal (now lawyer) who worked for Waterstreet for 10 months, and was subjected to extreme workp...


What's on this week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Whats On in Nimbin

Mon 19 Sun 25 Feb


Nimbin street drummersevery Friday night from 7.30pm


Nimbin Hotel...Wed 21 Trivia Night Thurs 22 David Barbara /

Fri 23 Adam Hole Band/ Sat 24 TBA


Nimbin Fashion Show...Sat 24...School of Arts....featuring designs by Pol, Poppie Rose, Von-We Felted Fashion, Pangaia, The Velvet Wren & The Gypsy Wagon, Maya Krasna, Tree Rivaa & $35 (Greenbank, Mad Hattery & Daizy's or online


Bush Theatre...Fri 23...Dinner Under the Stars with Milton Man Gogh  at 7pm entry by donation

...Sat 24...Entropixx 1pm

...Sun 25...Sonic Bliss 10am/ Sarah Stando 1pm


Blue Knob Hall Gallery & Caf (66897449)

Exhibition The Artists Choicegallery open Thurs-Sun


Weekly Markets:

Wednesday Farmers Market Wed 21 from 3pmThe Green Bank

Farmers MarketSat 24 from 8amBlue Knob Hall



Coming events:


Blue Moon Cabaret...Sat 17 March...School of Arts...featuring  Shelly Brown & Justin Bannistaer, Mrs Miyagi, 'The Runner Up', Deryn Evans, Paul McMahon, Nicole Brophy, Khan & Kiara, Tr...


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Reunion for Birchgrove Scorpions "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

BIRCHGROVE Scorpions Junior Rugby League Club a force to be reckoned with in the Balmain Junior League during the 1970s and early 1980s [more]

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Police News: Man charged with exposing himself in park "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A MAN has been charged with exposing himself in a public park in Epping. The 45 year old man from Glenroy in Victoria was issued with a Criminal Infingement Notice For [more]

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Grub's up for young Great Bowerbird "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Grub's up for juvenile Great Bowerbird (top), being fed, as usual by Mum (above).

As usual because the Old Man's too busy rejigging bower and its attractions.

And showing off not merely nape (nuchal) crest (not visible above) but adding to it with head colour. So he's far to busy to have anything to do with nests or raising young.

Perhaps in 5-6...


Black Rheno "IndyWatch Feed"

Black Rheno  
The Final Cut Tour

Supported by:
Lavidius, Dirty Brew, F.U.C & The Royal Attillery

This March catch Black Rheno taking on their most ambitious headline tour to date with a massive
national tour hitting all major capitols plus a few extra towns in between. As the tour name suggests, this
is the final Black Rheno tour off their debut EP release Lets Start A Cult before the band comes out swinging with their first ever long player later in the year.

With 2017 seeing the guys share stages with a host of heavyweight national and international acts such as
Napalm Death, King Parrot, Iron Regan, Psycroptic, Darkest Hour, Brujeria, Lock Up & Ringworm the
guys are not slowing down heading into 2018 with this huge run of shows and an album in the works.
Black Rheno have certainly made a name for themselves in the two years since the bands incarnation,
packing an undeniably huge wall of sludging grinding grooving sounds from the Sydney 3 piece.
Combined with one hell-raising live show as the band takes to the stage tearing everything to bits while
their frontman craws his way across the stage and in and out of the crowds, its completely confrontational
yet somehow insanely engagingly funny at the same time. Its this mix of a hell for leather and good times
approach that has given Black Rheno such a strong following in such a short period in the Australian metal scene.


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A Trivial Enquiry "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Heres a light-hearted little yarn for the weekend. A Melbourne story. It is true in every way, myself witnessing some of it and having got the details from the mans wife. The last I heard, he was being studied by one of the Melbourne unis as to why he had not yet died from such

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Valentines Day Romance at Boss Kebab Van, Marrickville "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Love is in the air. Or is it avgas? Nothing gets the love juices flowing like the romantically brown interior of the Marrickville Bowlo. Except maybe an alfresco schooner or four overlooking the greens and factories. The landing lights of the A380s twinkle in the sky like the Eiffel Tower at night. The planes come and go but the sweet steamy scent of avgas lingers on. After


Go Behind The Scenes With The Black Divaz At Darwins Drag Pageant "IndyWatch Feed"

A new documentary will follow a group of Indigenous drag queens as they prepare to compete in the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant in the Northern Territory. The drag pageant was held during last years Darwin Pride Festival, and saw six Indigenous drag queens from around Australia compete in gruelling challenges including sewing, lip ...

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Pocket Rocket Teresa Polias reaches 100-game milestone "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  Sydney FCs W-League team captain Teresa Polias became the first womens team player to reach the milestone of 100 appearances. Nicknamed the pocket rocket [more]

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Kathleen Jamies Bonniest Companie "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Kathleen Jamie, The Bonniest Companie (Pan Macmillan 2016)


This book was a Christmas present from a friend who may have thought of me when she read that the book resulted from Kathleen Jamies project of writing a poem every week in 2014. I had a similar project, maybe even that same year.

My resulting rhymes went up on the fridge for a time and then mostly were seen no more, for which the world should be glad. Conversely, the world can be glad that Kathleen Jamies results are collected here though there are slightly fewer than 52, so maybe, unlikely as it seems, there were a couple of duds.

Kathleen Jamie is a Scottish poet. You can read her Wikipedia entry here, and a 2012 article by Sarah Crown in the Guardian here. 2014 was the year of the Scottish independence referendum, and at least one of these poems refers to that explicitly. All the poems have to do with Scotland one way or another: the language moves back and forth between standard English and Scottish; the wild creatures and landscape are always present. But Ill stick to my policy of picking just one poem:



How You Can Support This Rom-Com For Queer Aussie Teens "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A crew of Australian filmmakers are crowdfunding to raise money to make a romantic comedy film for LGBTIQ teens. Ellie, Abbie And Ellies Dead Aunt is based on writer-director Monica Zanettis stage play of the same name, and will follow 17-year-old Ellie Bowden, who has fallen for her classmate Abbie. All she wants is to ...

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Luca Brasi have announced an intimate run of east coast Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hot from the stages of Falls and Splendour In The Grass, Australias champs of all things ultra-emotive punk Luca Brasi are heading back down the east coast for an intimate run of shows.

The Let It Slip tour band will take their sweaty singalongs and nostalgic Aus-punk riffs to small venues like Sydneys Lansdowne to give their dedicated fanbase a taste of what they could be treated to in the latter half of 2018.

Joining Tassies finest will be fellow statesmen, garage punk outfit A Swayze & The Ghosts and singer/songwriter Isla Ka to warm up crowds for a night of heart-on-your-sleeve jams.

Luca Brasi last released the single Got To Give, with a video that summed up their last year of international touring.

Check it out below:


with special guests

Saturday 17th March Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thursday 22nd March Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday 23rd March The Tote, Melbourne

Tickets via


Screamfeeder "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


With special guests:
DEAFCULT & Lexicon


Theyre the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90s and 00s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 25 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage.


2017s surprise comeback album, Pop Guilt, was rapturously received by fans and hailed by critics as one of the bands best; it made ripples around the world, the new songs reconnecting people with the bands peerless back catalogue. Rolling Stone summed it up thusly: 25 years into their career, Screamfeeder are still killing it.. (they) pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.  


Theyve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, theyre a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Deans drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money theyre raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every room with pure radiant youth, and theyll be doing it all over again as they hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hunter Valley in 2018.


Theres more news to come about Screamfeeder in 2018. Watch this space


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MACKAY Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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On Tuesday, the 24-year-old fronted Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison. Brown wore a face mask to protect against a mumps outbreak in Capricornia Correctional Centre. He pleaded guilty to 10 new charges, including five counts of car theft, two petrol drive-offs and one count each of

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Historic environmental protests remembered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Terania rainforest logging protests preceded the famous Franklin River protests in Tasmania. Photo supplied

Trevor Reece

With the 40th anniversary of the historic 1979 Terania rainforest logging protests soon to be celebrated, a project is being launched to commemorate the historic event.

The Terania and Mount Nardi protests resulted in the creation of Nightcap National Park, and hence the naming of the beautiful Protesters Falls within the park. 

The protests changed the environmental and forest protection Australian landscape and preceded the famous Tasmanian Franklin River protests.

The Brunswick Valley Historical Society, the Mullumbimby Museum and Southern Cross University have all put their support behind the Nightcap Monuments Project. 

Many community groups have also indicated support for the project and the legacy created by these historic environmental protection actions.

The Nightcap Monuments Project is aiming to raise funds for some permanent regional monuments to the historic environmental protests and their environmental legacy.

In the coming months, regional sculpture artists will be invited to engage with the project. The project also seeks to gather and consolidate much of the fragmented historical information, surviving images and data surrounding the historic protest period.

At the time of the protests, many people travelled from the Mullumbimby region to support the protests.

Today, a number of the protest campaign veterans have also settled in the Mullumbimby region.

During the Saturday market in March, the Museum and the Monuments Project will have a special gazebo tent with a photographic poster display of scenes from the protest days.

Meeting Feb 22

For those interested in assisting or possibly supporting the pro...


Food Box celebrates fifth birthday today "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Moyna Reay, Barry Lomath, Noelene Ceglinski and the new Executive General Manager of Food Bank NSW, former NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson. Photo supplied.

Turning five often heralds new horizons and the start of exciting times.

And that certainly seems to be the case for the Mullumbimby Food Box.

As the local food charity celebrates its fifth birthday, it is exploring a possible partnership with Qld food distributor Aratara Distributions.

The co-ordinator of Food Box, Gil Lomath, said she and others had recently visited one of Arataras outlets at Loganholme in Qld, with the company expressing the desire to lend a helping hand.

The outlet is very accessible from the motorway and now were looking at how to best freight the goods from there, Ms Lomath said.

We could then tap into some refrigerated items that would be available if suitable transport could be found.

The Food Box also recently hosted the new executive general manager of Food Bank NSW, former NSW Opposition leader John Robertson.

Johns visit was a hands-on look at how together we can maintain a regular supply of essential food items and how we can best support Food Banks breakfast in schools program.

Ms Lomath and the Food Box team hope Mr Robertson will return on February 15 to take part in their fifth birthday celebrations.

The festivities, to be held at the Mullumbimby Uniting Church from 9am till 11am, will include guest musicians including members of the Dustyesky mens choir, morning tea and a sausage sizzle.

Groceries, free bread and vegetables will be available as usual.

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Police discover 58 cannabis plants in Tyagarah Nature Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police removed 58 cannabis plants from a national park near Byron Bay yesterday.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command with assistance from the Dog Unit, attended bushland adjacent to Grays Lane, in the Tyagarah Nature Reserve about 1pm yesterday.

Police located and removed 58 cannabis plants and a camera from the area.

Police said the estimated potential street value of the plants was $250,000.

Investigations into the plants have commenced and inquiries continue.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately.

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Pearls and Wallabies at Hunters Hill Come & Try Tag Rugby Clinic "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

AUSTRALIAN Sevens Rugby superstars Shannon Parry and Emma Tonegato are heading to TWT territory this Sunday February 18 when Hunters Hill Junior Rugby Club hosts [more]

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Letters to the Editor: Golden Girls sad memorial "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Dear Sir, After having eaten at the shopping precinct in Ermington, I went to dispose of my rubbish only to find the receptacle had no opening.  A passerby alerted me to [more]

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Delegated authority now implied "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Greens mayor and MLC Jan Barham says prior to 2012, Council operated with a greater degree of transparency and a focus on legal matters.

Aslan Shand

Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.

Prior to his departure, The Echo asked Mr Gainger, Did the GM have the delegated authority to spend $450$500,000 defending the Butler Street bypass case brought by residents without referring it to Council at the time he made that decision? 

Mr Gainger replied that The delegated authority was provided by the council by resolution.

He went on to say that the decision to defend the legal action was based on a series of Council resolutions supporting a bypass constructed on the Butler Street alignment and that councillors had been kept up-to-date about the case and its growing legal costs.

However, it has now emerged that there was no specific delegated authority provided by councillors to pursue that case to that level of expenditure.

Council staff have confirmed that With respect to legal proceedings for the Butler Street bypass, the general manager acted under general authority delegated by Council. There was not a separate delegated authority specifically for the Butler Street case.

According to Councils delegated authority document, the GM is able to spend up to $50,000 on commencing a case without seeking further Council approval.

When asked if the delegated authority to defend the Butler Street bypass court case was implied, Mr James agreed.

He said the GM relied on a series of approvals and resolutions to commence proceedings.

They include Councils approval of the development application, resolutions to progress with the bypass and the setting aside of land for biobanking. Th...


Community Billboard 14th February 20th February "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

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Growing corruption scandal around Netanyahu and weird connection with James Packer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My story in todays Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

Israels Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in trouble, and it partly stems from his close relationship with Australias most recognisable billionaire, James Packer.

The countrys second longest-serving Prime Minister is facing potential charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust after an extensive investigation by Israeli police. They accuse Netanyahu of accepting nearly $US300,000 ($A380,000) in gifts over 10 years.

Case 1000 which is also known as Cigars and Champagne, revolves around alleged bribery and paying for favours. Packer, along with Hollywood producer and former secret Israeli agent Arnon Milchan, are alleged to be those behind the payments.

Its now up to the countrys Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide whether the police evidence is strong enough to indict the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu does not deny accepting huge gifts from both men, but refutes allegations that he granted them any favours.

Milchans personal assistant, Hadas Klein, told Israeli police in November that, there was an understanding that Arnon had to supply the Netanyahu couple with whatever they wanted. The cigars were requested by Netanyahu personally.

The Prime Minister alleges that pink champagne and expensive jewellery requested by Netanyahus wife, Sara, were tokens of good friendship with Milchan.

Israeli police claim that Netanyahu pushed for the Milchan law, cutting taxes for returning Israelis who have spent time overseas, helped Milchan get a 10-year US visa and assisted the producer in furthering his film work. Israeli police have also recommended charging Milchan.

Packers relationship with the Netanyahu family is also under scrutiny (though he is not facing charges). According to testimony released by Israels Channel 10 in late 2017 after Packer spoke to Australian Federal Police agents in Australia on behalf of Israeli investigators, the casino mogul said: I admire Prime Minister Netanyahu and am happy that I was given the opportunity to be his friend. I was happy to give him presents, many times at his request and his wife Saras request.

At the time of the interview, a spokesman for Mr Packers Crown Resorts said: There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr Packers behalf The Israeli and Australian police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect.......


Railway supporters to rally at Tweed council meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

Railway supporters will today demand that the Tweed Shire Council refrain from making any decisions regarding a rail trail that would result in the ripping up of railway tracks.

Members of Reinstall Murwillumbah Rail and the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) will meet at 3pm to march from Murwillumbah railway station to the Tweed Shire Council public access at 4pm.

The Tweed Council has received $13 million in funding for a rail trail.

NRRG spokesperson Beth Shelley said the community wanted any rail trail to run beside the railway instead of ripping up the railway tracks and losing the option of trains in the future.

This rally will demonstrate that the community questions the need to close the railway in order to develop a cycling and walking tourist attraction. If the funding was used to build the path beside the track then we could see if it actually does draw tourism to the area without risking the loss of future rail options, Ms Shelley said.

Since the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah line Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT) and NRRAG have collected over 18 thousand signatures demanding reinstatement of train services. The groups argue there is no social licence to create a recreational bike track which causes the destruction of local rail infrastructure.

Tweed Daily News (Council could derail trail project, 12th Feb) states that Tweed Shire Council asked in September last year for a report into community consultation about the divisive project and the issue was set down for debate at this Thursdays council meeting. Previous councillor Barry Longland was quoted as saying that the costs of returning trains to the line priced at almost $1 billion would be prohibitive.

Ms Shelley refuted that claim saying the  figure of $1 billion was to be found in a report by the Arup group who a month ago was subjected to a $2.2 billion lawsuit.

In an article from the Financial Review (Dec 27 A stretch too far: how Arup was brought to the brink by Airport Link) it states Arup was sued for misleading and deceptive conduct,...


Peak hour traffic jams at Uncle Toms caused by road works "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Traffic was highly congested this morning coming into and out of Mullumbimby as two sets of road work collided reminding locals of what it used to be like getting in and out of the Uncle Toms turn off before the Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo supplied.

Traffic is currently backed up both coming into and leaving Mullumbimby at the Uncle Toms turn off. Traffic is back up at least two kilometres heading out from Mullumbimby to the Uncle Toms while it is backed up about half a kilometre as you come towards the Uncle Toms turn off from Brunswick and is also slow as you approach froth Byron direction according to road users.

There are two sets of road works one between Uncle Toms and Mullumbimby  and the other between Uncle Toms and Brunswick Heads that is reducing the traffic to one lane, said one road user.

The biggest problem is that the two back ups have collided so anyone trying to exit in either direction, to Brunswick or Byron, from the Uncle Toms turn off have very little opportunity to turn.

There was a significant amount of traffic coming into Mullum and leaving Mullum for work and the combination of the two sets of road work created significant delays. I would have though it would be better to schedule these road works for a less busy time of day.

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Crooners Uke Night Club Mullum Thu 22 Feb from 6:30pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Miss Amber and Stukulele are back at Club Mullum on Thursday 22 Feb from 6:30 with a tribute to the great crooners.

Expect tunes made famous by Old Blue Eyes, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Col, The Carpenters and heaps more.

Always a great nights entertainment and you can strum your uke and sing along or just enjoy the loving vibes.

Come on Monday nights to the Mullum Uke Club in the ex-services to learn and practice the tunes. Join the mailing list at for the monthly songbook. Entry Adult $12.50 kids under 16 $2.50

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Opponents say NBN tower construction has unearthed Aboriginal artefacts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An NBN tower at another location. Photo Marie Cameron

Bundjalung Elders Council chairman Mickey Ryan will today examine what has been claimed to be Aboriginal artefacts unearthed during the construction of a wifi tower at Stoney Chute, near Nimbin.

A fixed wireless Telstra 45 meter monopole tower Radio Base Station with Antennas and a dish is currently being constructed at 1 Stangers Road, Stoney Chute.

Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network spokesman Al Oshlack contacted the contractor yesterday requesting that all work stop until todays inspection takes place.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

The Elders have received a report that Aboriginal artefacts have been disturbed on the proposed NBN tower site on Stangers Road via Nimbin NSW, Mr Oshlack said.

The report states that an area of approx 500 square meters has been cleared with the topsoil being stockpiled. Additionally, the report indicates that following the clearing, a number of subsurface artefacts have been exposed.

The Elders Council Chairperson and Secretary have informed me they are visiting the site for an inspection on Thursday 15th February in the afternoon following a funeral they are attending in Lismore.

In consideration of the above and the statutory requirements under the National Parks and Wildlife Act we request that no further work on the site be undertaken until such time the Elders have carried out their inspection.

Meanwhile, Nimbin area resident Rusty Harris said a group of people opposed to the construction of NBN towers in the area would be gathering at the proposed tower site at Lilyfield near Lillian Rocks on Saturday.

Mr Harris said they planned to release a series of attached balloons to illustrate just how big the proposed tower would be.

Opponents of the towers have spoken out against the visual impacts and possible health risks associated with wifi.





To The POINT with JENNY NYLUND: Encouraging creativity and innovation through the arts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Encouraging creativity and innovation through the arts I HAVE been a creative arts educator in drama and music for over 20 years and can attest [more]

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Incandescent vocalsguitar brilliancerare language "IndyWatch Feed"

Award winning artists from WA Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse at the West End Sessions February 23 Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are one of those rare acts which connect and capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences through the power and pure emotion of song. They bring a fresh, modern take on ancient []

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Tom Daley And Dustin Lance Black Share Exciting Baby News "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have announced they are expecting a baby. The Olympic diving champion, 23, and his filmmaker husband, 43, confirmed the happy news with Valentines Day Instagram photos. Tom shared a snap of the couple cosying up for the camera while holding an ultrasound scan, before Dustin shared a similar photo ...

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Joyce survives but faces Labor grilling "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Labor is seeking to ramp up pressure on Barnaby Joyce as the deputy prime minister appears to have warded off a push by a small number of Nationals to oust him.

The Nationals leaders relationship with his pregnant partner Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds, after she was shuffled around jobs in other senior MPs offices.

A rent-free townhouse provided to him by a businessman friend also became the subject of Labor questions in parliament on Wednesday.

And Labor has demanded to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Mr Joyce and Ms Campion took in 2017 setting a deadline of 5pm Thursday for the release of documents.

Malcolm Turnbull and senior Nationals on Wednesday expressed confidence in Mr Joyce, despite a handful of Nationals MPs agitating for him to consider his future.

The prime minister reaffirmed his deputy would act for him while he visited the White House next week.While Nationals deputy Bridget Mackenzie was also giving Mr Joyce her whole-hearted backing.

Ill give you my solid, rolled-gold guarantee here that come tomorrow, come Friday, Barnaby Joyce will be leading the National party, Senator McKenzie told Sky News on Wednesday.

Nationals whip Michelle Landry said the party room sorted out their issues in a get-together on Tuesday night.

Obviously some of the guys were upset with what has happened but theyre prepared to give him another chance, she told ABC radio.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relatives or partners or get them work in other ministerial offices without the prime ministers express approval.

He argues Ms Campion was not his partner when she worked in his and Matt Canavans office.

Damian Drum was not a minister when she transferred to his office.

Labor also attacked Mr Joyce, who once said city-dwellers should move to Armidale because houses were cheaper there, for living rent-free for six months in an Armidale townhouse belonging to his friend, multi-millionaire businessman Greg Maguire.

Mr Joyce declared the townhouse rent on his members interests register even though he said he did not need to do so.

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campions special purpose travel and any international flights.

Senator Canavan was also grilled over whether he or his office recommended Ms Campion for departmental jobs.

Ms Campion is due to give birth in mid-April.Mr Joyce late last year separated from his wife Natalie after 24 years of marriage.......


Labor moves to force councils to fluoridate water "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shadow minister for health and the north coast Walt Secord. Photo AAP Image/Mark Graham

On Tuesday (February 13), Labor introduced legislation in the NSW Parliament to create tough new fluoride laws it claims would override the anti-fluoride movement and effectively force councils like Byron Shire to fluoridate their water.

The laws would give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.

It would enable the health minister to direct a water supply authority to add fluorine to its public water supply, increasing tenfold the maximum penalties for failure to do so (from $5,500 to $50,000).

Like anti-vaxxers

NSW shadow health minister Walt Secord, who introduced the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Amendment (Community Water Protection) Bill 2018 into the NSW Parliaments Legislative Council, has likened the resistance to water fluoridation to the anti-vaxxer movement

Of 53 non-fluoridated water supply systems in NSW with a population of at least 500 people, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby are among the top 10.

Mr Secord cites the World Health Organisation, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Dental Association together with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as supporting fluoridation.

But he claims local councils and local water authorities are becoming reluctant to combat or confront the anti-fluoride activists.

Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements, he said, adding, it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction.

We are seeing a repeat of the same tactics being used by the anti-vaxxer movement now occurring in the area of fluoride. They are irresponsible and irrational views.

Communities want fluoride

The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fluoride into the communitys drinking water.

The communitys views are very clear on this issue. They want fluoride in their drinking water and a tiny group of conspiracy theories should not hold the whole community to ransom.

Fluoride protects our teeth and overall dental health leads to a healthier overall person.



Amnesty International: Indonesia Must Protect Its Transgender Community "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Indonesian authorities are failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty International interviewed some of the victims in a ...

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The 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute additions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute addition of celebrated Soul singer Leon Bridges and a handful of other gifted artists.


Since arriving on the scene with his Grammy nominated album Coming Home in 2015, Bridges has become one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed singers of his generation. With two sold out Australian tours under his belt, there is no doubt audiences here are hungry for more of his incredible talent.

Hes an up and coming rock star with the voice of an angel, who counts Ed Sheeran among his biggest fans, so its with great excitement that Bluesfest welcomes Ryan McMullan to the festival in 2018.

The huge voice of Clarence Bekker is heading back to Bluesfest in 2018! Bekker is a singer and songwriter of Soul and Reggae music; and a vocalist in Playing for Change. From 2009, he had toured the world with a message of peace through music in more than 300 concerts, including many celebrated performances at Bluesfest.

Tay Oskee won the Byron Bay Busking comp in 2017, so organisers are delighted to welcome him back with a spot on their line up in 2018. Tay is a multi-instrumentalist playing a variety of guitars, banjo, harmonica and percussion. With a musical style that is wide and varied Tay can take you on a journey from chilled beach tunes to punchy riff driven roots music with distinctive multicultural influences.

She wowed everyone who saw her Busking Comp sets and went on to take the Grommet Busking Prize home in 2017, there is no doubt Molly Millington is a force to be reckoned with! Molly fuses country and folk with a little quirky pop to create dark, yet playful tunes

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM on the festivals most recent announcement

Here goes. Today is a special day we are having another Bluesfest announcement.
This has become such a special year full of amazing artists, Grammy Winners past and present plenty of great female artists, like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, First Aid Kit AND Australias wunderkind Tash Sultana just to name a few.

We have got it covered from the Legends to the latest contemporary artists Lionel Richie and Robert Plant to the John Butler Trio and Ms. Lauryn Hill from Boomerang, our indigenous festival within a festival, to just about the best artist bill we have had so far. Its not hard to see why we have been nominated Best International Music Festival by the American Pollstar Awards SIX TIMES IN A ROW.



[$] DIY biology "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation.


Govt misleading the public over koala feed tree planting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A sign claiming koala feed tree planting was in process, with no feed trees in sight. Photo Sue Arnold

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of misleading the public over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.

In recent weeks both roads minister Melinda Pavey and north coast MLC Ben Franklin have made public statements regarding the re-vegetation of koala habitat at Meerschaum Vale to compensate for the damage caused by the highway upgrade construction.

On February 3, Minister Pavey said in a press release that the government had re-vegetated 130 hectares of land with 95,000 koala feed trees.

Then on February 9, Mr Franklin said that about 110 hectares, equating to 80,000 koala food trees had so far been planted and there were plans to plant another 20 hectares as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade.

Empty paddock

But co-ordinator of Australians For Animals, Sue Arnold, told Echonetdaily she took a field trip to the re-vegetation site earlier this week, which revealed an empty paddock with no koala feed trees planted in spite of a sign indicating that the planting was part of a 130 hectares of Koala Food Trees planted.

Ms Arnold said she was unable to find any other planting sites in the vicinity.

An area along the new Pacific Highway route south of Ballina supposedly set aside for koala feed trees showing none in the ground. Photo Sue Arnold


Not only has the public been mislead over the supposed re-vegetation, but the minister and Mr Franklin have failed to indicate that any planting is comprised of tube stock and that it takes seven years before any surviving tube stock is suitable as a feed tree, Ms Arnold said.

In the very hot summer were experiencing, tube stock needs to be regularly...


Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Sydney" MerJa Media


XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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


Andrew Blanch Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Promotional video for classical guitarist Andrew Blanch. Featured on Sydney Opera House Website.


NSW government presses on with WestConnex despite public opposition "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Contributed from New South Wales

As Sydneys population rises and the roads become more congested, the new South Wales government continues to build the WestConnex project. It is now pushing Stage 3.

Meanwhile, the public transport system goes from bad to worse. The fiasco in the underfunded, overcrowded and unreliable rail network is testimony to this. While most other cities around the world have discovered that the only effective way to meet the growing demand for transport and have a clean city, is to rely on the building of public transport and reducing road traffic, the New South Wales government marches in the opposite direction.

For instance, Shanghai, a city of some 23 million inhabitants, now enjoys an extensive rail, trolleybus tram, bus and taxi system. Free rail travel is now going to be introduced. The plan is to markedly reduce the use of fossil fuel driven vehicles to clean up the air. Bus , taxi fleets and vehicles in general, are been transferred to electric power. Other cities around the world are also making positive changes and this includes Amsterdam. London and New York,which are also extending to make public transport faster and more reliable, and  shifting to electric power.

Although the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has raised serious concerns about the level of pollution that will be emitted close to schools and populated areas, Gladys Berejiklian and her government, remain bent on pushing through stage 3.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has ignored 13,000 objections to the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Planning, has gone along with this.

At least $17 billion has been tied up with building WestConnex. Much of this money, which could be put to much better use, is coming from taxpayers. A part of it will be raised through the imposition of tolls.

So far, the project has failed to reduce congestion and its continuation is unlikely to make any improvement. Commuters seeking to avoid tolls are crowding alternative routes.

Stage 3 is the most destructive part of the project. Its purpose is build a new link between the first stages (M$ and M5). Construction will cause major damage through the North Shore and South Coast.

But the government faces a formidable list of community groups that are fighting back. The WestConnex Action Group...


February 15 On This Day In Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and  Bennelong.

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield).

1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased.

1804 - David Collins and his party for a 3 course sit down bang up meal, arrived at the Derwent River in Tassie after a sailing jaunt from Port Phillip.

1823 - Keeping more than his hair under his hat, surveyor James McBrien found that glittery gold stuff at Fish Creek but wasn't made public.

1836 - Robert Duffy was Hanged at Sydney for the stabbing murder of his wife Mary Duffy in Phillip St.

1837 - Andrew Gillies wasHanged at Sydney for the murder of James Kelly near Yass.

1840 - Strzelecki went for a wander after a heavy lunch and climbed a hill he then dubbed Mount Kosciusko.

1841 - Edward John Eyre, with John Baxter and three Aborigines, did a bunk from Fowlers Bay, SA, in an attempt to cross the Nullarbor Plain to King George Sound, WA.

1855 - The Iron Age ( a ship in this case, not how old your author feels) was tripping the light vesper fantastics from Liverpool to Portland with a general cargo when she was blown ashore near Cape Banks, SA. Running before the wind she ploughed across a reef and remained intact long enough to enable the crew to reach safety. Divers who visit the wrecksite have recovered bricks from her cargo and a few fittings.

1860 - Keen to keep the yoof off their skateboards, a volunteer militia corps was cobbled together in Qld.

1872 - Charcoal was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1872 - Tommy was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1873 - The colonies agreed to a Border Customs Treaty.

1876 - The railway line from Ararat to Scallan's Hill (1.6kms east of Stawell) opened.

1884 - The railway line from Branxholme to Henty, a hearty 37.5kms, was opened.

1907 - Queensland allowed Italian migrants to replace (kidnapped) Kanaka labour (called slaves in any other language) on sugar plantations.

1930 - One poor bugger had a shit of a day when he was taken by a shark whilst he was diving off the Middle Brighton Pier and treading water.

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to rea...


Gas industry finally admits that its lobbying spin contains untruths? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tucked into the wall-to-wall spin of this media release is a tacit admission that safe aquifer recharge with treated water is little more than a convenient deception offered up to governments and citizens in the gas industry's drive to create more gasfields and extract more water from the natural environment in the mining process.
Research into the effects of the Coal Seam Gas industry on groundwater is continuously improving our understanding about underground water movements and implications for coal seam development.
Scientists from Queensland's independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) and the University of Queensland Centre for Coal Seam Gas have been wading through an enormous amount of data being contributed by landholders, government, industry and other research projects to build up a better understanding of groundwater movements.
Early studies suggest that the recharge of underground aquifers may not be as effective as once thought and recharge flow paths may not be what we first thought.
Research indicates that much of the rain recharging the Hutton and Precipice Sandstone aquifers in the North-East Surat Basin is discharging into the local low topography of the Dawson River.


Well its definitely on the record now, Barnaby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A wander through mainstream media reports - on a subject Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce had been determined to hide from the national electorate.


The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018:

A senior adviser to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was warned that Barnaby Joyce had allegedly misbehaved at an awards night, according to a series of text messages seen by Fairfax Media.
The text message warnings came from John Clements, a former chief adviser to Tony Windsor, the former independent MP and Mr Joyce's political enemy.
They were sent on December 30, 2015, to Sally Cray, who serves as Mr Turnbull's principal private secretary.
Fairfax Media has been told the "Qld senator" referred to in the text exchange was Mr Joyce. Fairfax Media also understands the texts related to alleged misconduct at a 2011 Rural Women's Award dinner.
"I might add he was reminded of his behaviour the following year in a speech," Mr Clements said in one message. He also described Mr Joyce as having been in "full flight"...


Celebrating 60 years of womens golf "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Laura McBride and Master of Ceremonies, Beryl Brown, at the celebrations to mark 60 years of womens golf in South Gippsland.

Celebrating womens golf last week were (L to R) Maree Anderson, Gwen Evison, Gayle Tyers and Anne Walker.

ALL golfing roads for South Gippsland ladies led to Lang Lang Golf Club on Friday, February 9, for the districts opening event of the season. The day was a significant one for two reasons.
Firstly, it was the first conducted under the new auspices of South Gippsland Golf Inc, the SGGI, following the mens and womens district associations coming together late last year to form one committee. Throughout these years, it was evident from the presentations that the individual clubs, Korumburra, Foster, Lang Lang, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Phillip Island, Wonthaggi, Welshpool and Woorayl, prepared for the day, and that in all aspects of golf the dedication, pride and passion shone through for South Gippsland.
Secondly, it also marked the 60th year of the formation of South Gippsland Womens Golf Association, which continues now under the newly formed SGGI. Over time there have been a couple of name changes. In 1986 it was known as SGLGA, the South Gippsland Ladies Golf Association, and then in 2013 it became SGWGA, the South Gippsland Womens Golf Association.
The long-standing sponsorship support of over 20 years from, first, Ray and Maree Anderson, and now Scott and Sharon Anderson, from Handley and Anderson Funeral Directors Wonthaggi, was acknowledged and appreciated by all.
It was a day of celebrations on and off the course as 96 players, in 48 teams, participated in the 4BBB Stableford shotgun event. It was a fabulous turnout of ladies for this extra special day. The course was in tip top condition and the weather did not disappoint either with a perfect day presented for golf.
Whilst the ladies were out on the course, in the clubhouse...


1) ULMWP Leaders welcomed to Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) MSG to process West Papua membership bid
3) Top UN Human Rights Official Completes Mission to Indonesia
4) China remains biggest market for West Papua`s exports
5) Mongabay Series: Indonesian Forests  

1) ULMWP Leaders welcomed to Port Moresby

ULMWP Executive member Andy Ayamiseba signs final declaration witnessed by Rex Rumakiek for TPN (military wing)


Rethinking Closing the Gap: An Interview With NCAFP Co-Chair Rod Little "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Close the Gap Statement of Intent was issued by the Rudd government in early 2008 with bipartisan support. Its stated aim is achieving equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030. The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) launched the Closing the Gap

The post Rethinking Closing the Gap: An Interview With NCAFP Co-Chair Rod Little appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer

 FEB 14 2018
Malka Leifer

Media Release

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council is very pleased to see the arrest of former Melbourne school principal and accused sexual abuser Malka Leifer by Israeli police yesterday, and the subsequent court hearing alleging she had faked mental illness to avoid extradition back to Australia.

This is a matter which AIJAC has pursued with Israeli authorities for some time, with National Chairman Mark Leibler twice meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to discuss this case. AIJAC has called on Israeli authorities to do their utmost, consistent with the rule of law, to fully investigate Ms Leifers claim of being too ill to stand trial and appreciates that they have done so. Mark Leibler will again be seeking to discuss what can be done expedite Ms. Leifers extradition with Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel next week.

AIJAC is hopeful that these latest developments will lead to Ms. Leifers speedy extradition back to Australia to face a long-overdue trial at last bringing some measure of closure and justice to her alleged victims.

Mark Leibler, AC
National Chairman

Colin Rubenstein, AM
Executive Director



Malka Leifer Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ABC News Australia

Former principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test

15 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Alleged Melbourne sex offender who faked mental illness re-arrested in Israel

Malka Leifer, a Melbourne school principal wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, has been sent for a new psychiatric examination after Israeli police accused her of faking mental illness in order to avoid extradition.

Key points:

  • Malka Leifers will undergo tests to determine her mental state as prosecutors argue her illness was faked
  • The judge acknowledged Ms Leifer had never attempted to run away or depart the country
  • The court will decide whether Ms Leifer was too ill to be extradited to Australia

After three years of avoiding extradition hearings, Ms Leifer appeared in the Jerusalem district court on Wednesday morning, her second court appearance in just two days.

Australia has been trying to extradite the woman since 2013, but the 54-year-old has refused to front court, with her lawyers claiming she has panic attacks, anxiety and is too unwell to face extradition hearings.

Israeli police re-arrested her on Monday, accusing her of faking a mental illness to avoid extradition.

Prosecutor Matan...

Wednesday, 14 February


Finding Your Feet Film Review "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Finding Your Feet Exclusive Eastside Screening

Reviewed by John Brewer

Eastside Radio 89.7 FM hosted its Supporters on Monday night 29 January 2018 to a free viewing of the new movie Finding Your Feet at the Chauvel Theatre (owned by Palace Cinemas) in Paddington and a glass of wine.

Finding Your Feet is a heartwarming comedy-drama directed by Richard Loncraine from an original screenplay by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard. It has received critical acclaim, opening the 35th Torino Film Festival in December 2017 and being named as one of the best of the fest at the 29th Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 6th, 2018.

Richard Loncraine has a long history of successful film directing, but is perhaps best known for his film Richard III (1995) which won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival, and My House in Umbria (2003).

The film starred Imelda Staunton as Sandra, a wife struggling to redefine her life after breaking up with her wealthy and influential husband of 40 years. After living in a grand mansion with her husband, she suddenly shares a Council flat with her (partly estranged) sister Bif (played by Celia Imrie). Sandra starts to build a new life. Her fun-loving sister gradually shows her how to throw off her former snobbish ways and embrace a more fun-loving existence with Bifs dancing friends. These are all free spirits, outwardly happy with their lot but with each in their own way coping with loneliness, loss and lifes vicissitudes. Joanna Lumley as Jackie plays that classic English character we know so well from her appearances in features including The Cats Meow and Ab Fab.

When Sandra decides to accept her husbands invitation to get back together, she quickly finds that she has changed so much into a happy-go-lucky individual that she can no longer remain in such a stuffy marriage. The movie ends with her running off for a life of adventure along the canals of Europe on the barge of newfound friend Charlie (Timothy Spall).

The director skilfully uses a range of sets to frame the characters. Sandras spacious, period home full of designer furnishings and tasteful bric a brac contrasts with Bifs cramped and idiosyncratically furnished flat, and highlights the differences be...


Burger Lite: Back from the dead "IndyWatch Feed"

Dragged my worthless arse back to the gym today. I haven't exercised since mid-December. In my defence, I did manage to pick up a case of something called 'walking pneumonia' just before Christmas and have only just got the all clear from my doctor last week. It was a helluva thing. Hacking, coughing, spluttering, fever, chills, the whole ninety-nie snotty yards, for seven weeks.

I did a couple of courses of antibiotics, none of which seemed to help. In the end it sort of just burned itself out. Funny thing is, I'm still coughing. The doctor told me that my body has forgotten how to stop. Been taking some cough suppressant trying to give myself a break from it.

I got into a pretty good groove before all this too. I'd just finished the second bar of my brown belt grading for jujitsu. The ladies were travelling overseas. Apart from looking after Thomas all I had to do was write some words and look after myself.

Anyway, seven weeks later, I haven't stepped on the scales yet but I feel like I'm about three or four kg heavier.

Took it pretty easy today, on doctor's orders. Just half an hour on the elliptical trainer and a pretty mild session at that. I felt fine afterwards. We'll see how I shape up tomorrow. I'm really getting to that point in life where, when I put weight on, it really wants to stay.

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