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Monday, 21 May


MINPAA "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Welcome to the Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academys Winter Holiday Music Program

Join us for an incredible two weeks of music making, from kids songwriting, choir, kids rock band, kids yoga, guitar, piano, drumming and ukulele workshops and instrument making plus so much more!
1-5pm every day of the school holidays!
Registration via email essential

All our teachers are fully qualified with valid Working With Children Checks and First Aid certificates and are dedicated to child-centred, rigorous and nurturing musical learning for all students from the ages of birth to adult.


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hi, I have a stack of about 20 Sanctuary and Green magazines - good for ideas for renovations, ideas for greening your home etc. 

On the front step at 14 Grey court Coburg in an Aldi bag - just grab all of them if you want them.



Family Reunion "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Its so funny meeting people who know people you know, but who not so many people know anymore. Below, youll see the black and white photograph of my mum and my granny I showed to an older, family member I met at yesterdays Rixon-Goodwin Family Reunion at Windsor in Sydneys West. Both mum and granny died back in the 1980s,


Springtime in Paris remembering May 68 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven.

Anything opening with this line by that old romantic William Wordsworth betrays some degree of nostalgie for les temps perdue. And so it is with the many published recollections and reveries surrounding the fifties anniversary of les vnements de Mai 1968. Perhaps we would be better served with Charles Dickens take on an earlier French Revolution:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

To those of us who were young and politically progressive in those dear dead days, the protests, strikes and other forms of civil unrest of that springtime in Paris offered a mix of hope and vicarious adventure.

It was not simply a fight against something, like the Vietnam War that was raging at the time. Rather, It was a fight for something for social change, for new forms of political, economic, social and class relations. We believed change was in the air, and there was a palpable frisson (such a great French word) of excitement.

Wed all read our Communist Manifesto, that mercifully brief and breathless primer for wannabe rebels, and now, to misquote old Karl Marx (ironically, two hundred years old this month), a spectre was indeed haunting Europe. Anything could happen. The future was unwritten. Regimes could tumble, and old ways crumble. Everything was mutable, impermanent an idea that was simultaneously uplifting and terrifying.

We watched these events from across the La Manche with admiration and not a little envy. Our perspective may have been obscured, coloured and tittilated by distance and the biases of mainstream media, and by the pictures and the posters that found their way onto bedsit and bedroom walls. But there was not the 24/7 syndicated saturation th...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The title of this show comes from an article about Louise Hay and the affect of her new age woo on those infected with AIDS at the height of the crisis on the 1980s.

Linda wrote an article about Louise Hay last week and you can hear that during the show.

The brutality of police is addressed once more in Bad Cop No Donut. We also discuss some anarchist film forums happening in Brisbane.

Check out the killer music we played below.

Download from Radio4all



MONKEY MARC     ..     Emergency 

STAR CAPTAINS                           ..        Lightwork

GERALD KEANEY AND THE GERALD KEANEYS          ..            No Guru

PENNY DREADFULS                          .          Straight to the Golden Arches...


Black-browed and Yellow-nosed Albatross, Fairy Prions at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge. on 19-05-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Black-browed (1 imm) and Yellow-nosed (1(ad) Albatrosses, and c. 3 Fairy Prions were the highlight of Saturday's trip. All 3 are very rare in Qld in May. 1 Kermadec Petrel, large nos of Providence Petrels, 1 White-faced Storm-Petrel as well as a variety of common species.


Pope Francis Tells Gay Man God Made You Like This And Loves You "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A gay victim of clerical sexual abuse has claimed he received a moving message of support for his identity from Pope Francis. Chilean man Juan Carlos Cruz met with the leader of the Catholic Church to discuss the abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Fernando Karadima, a Chilean Catholic priest found guilty by ...

The post Pope Francis Tells Gay Man God Made You Like This And Loves You appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Sustainable Salons Supports Those In Need At Eat.Shop.Chop Event! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

More than 300 guests from Sydneys most vulnerable communities gathered at The Addison Project complex in Kensington on Thursday 19 April for free haircuts, food and services at Eat.Shop.Chop, a new event created by Sustainable Salons

The day-long event was designed to make basic necessities easily available to those in need and was supported by OzHarvest, Thread Together, TOGA, Randwick City Council, Orange Sky Laundry, Eastside FM and My Foundations Youth Housing.

Eighty volunteers pitched in to deliver 300+ bags of groceries at the OzHarvest Market, 270 hot meals from the OzHarvest Food Truck, 105 haircuts at the Sustainable Salons Pop-up Salon, and 2,000 items of clothing supplied by Thread Together.

Everyone deserves to feel confident and welcomed, which is what Eat. Shop. Chop is all about; we set out to provide those doing it tough with a sense of self-worth and connectedness to their community. To elevate even one persons quality of life even if thats just with a haircut is what were all about. Said Paul Frasca, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Salons about the initiative

The Sustainable Salons Pop-up Salon had 17 hairdressing volunteers who pampered guests throughout the day. Light refreshments, luxury cutting gowns supplied by Beautique Designs and fresh cuts all made for a welcome street-side salon experience.

Eat.Shop.Chop also coincided with the OzHarvest Markets first birthday since opening, Australias first free supermarket has served over 35,000 customers from all over Sydney. The OzHarvest Market has become a real community hub, where people in need can access rescued food, enjoy a hot drink and a warm welcome from our volunteers, says OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn. Im constantly overwhelmed by the heartfelt stories of compassion and connection generated from the market and there was no better way to celebrate its first birthday than with a community festival alongside the other amazing stakeholders at The Addison Project.

Guests also stepped away from Eat.Shop.Chop with new clothes from Thread Together; the organisation collects excess clothing from fashion retailers and redistributes to those who need it most. The Thread Together team took each guest on a personal shopping experience to ensure they received the right clothes for the current stage in their personal journey.

Eat.Shop.Chop is all about changing the narrative around the homeless and what they deserve, says Thread Together CEO Greg Fischer. Why shouldnt they wear brand new clothes? Why should manufacturers feel concerned about seeing homeless people wearing their clothes? We need to take away the stigmas and shame associated with people in need.

Kudos to the Sus...


Suicidal teens suffer poor sleep, bullying "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Family trauma, bullying, poor sleep and living in a single-parent home have been identified as common risk factors for suicidal behaviour among Australian adolescents.
Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute reviewed all admissions to the mental health unit at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne between October 2013 and September 2014.
In total, there were 271 adolescents admitted during the period, with 212 (78 per cent) due to suicidal behaviours.

Further analysis of clinical reports and past medical history found overwhelmingly the kids who were admitted to hospital for suicidal behaviour came from traumatic backgrounds.Three-in-five had been bullied, more than half reported significant family trauma, such as as witnessing a parent have a drug overdose or being incarcerated, said lead researcher Dr Rohan Borschmann.

Read more at:


Premiere: Neighbourhood Void explore trauma and healing on new single Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Charlie Hardy

Premiering this afternoon on Arvos with Tanya Ali, Sydney gutter rockers Neighbourhood Void have just dropped Cancer, their first new music since last years debut EP.

Articulate about traumatic experiences in a way not typically associated with punk or youth, the young trio use music as a cathartic tool. Following up Childhood Trauma, Cancer sees Zac, Gio and Mikey explore themes around depression, mental health and the struggles of adolescence, all with some pretty raw lyrics and catchy hooks.

Building on the high-powered gutter rock sound that previously earned Neighbourhood Void the title of Indie Artist Of The Week, the bands new single has a meditative and affirming quality, despite its subject matter. Between gravelly instrumentals and erratic tempo changes, its apparent that Neighbourhood Void arent just focused on trauma, but the art of healing as well. Could this be a sign of things to come? Well have to wait and see, as the trio continue cooking up their second album in the coming months.

Until then, you can fill the void with their latest offering, below.



WHO: Neighbourhood Void with Concrete Lawn and Cakewalk
WHEN: Saturday June 23
WHERE: Botany View Hotel, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free entry!

The post Premiere: Neighbourhood Void explore trauma and healing on new single Cancer appeared first on FBi Radio.


Help the Salvos in Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Call for help: The Salvation Army is calling for volunteers in Leongatha this weekend, May 26 to 27.THE Salvation Army is calling on Leongatha community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get involved in its annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock to help raise $7.5 million over the weekend of May 26 to 27.

Captain Glenn Smith, of The Salvation Army Leongatha, says the Salvos are aiming to mobilise 70,000 volunteers nationwide for the doorknock to help meet the growing demand on its services.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do. They are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs. These programs include emergency housing for people in crisis, drug and alcohol rehabs, financial counselling services, as well as a host of social programs, Captain Smith said.
We cannot do this alone. We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours over the Red Shield Appeal weekend, you can give hope where its needed most.
The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal doorknock will go towards The Salvation Armys vast network of social services to help those in need. In a typical week, the Salvos provide over 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 40,000 meals for the hungry, over 1400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence.
Captain Smith said every donation to the Red Shield Appeal can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
Hardship does not discriminate. More and more people from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance. We need the publics support now more than ever, he said.
Following last years success, The Salvation Army will once again be rolling out its Donation Tap Points across 400 locations in Australia. This community fundraising initiative, sponsored by Community Sector Banking, was the first of its ki...


MARK ISAACS 60th BIRTHDAY CONCERT "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Jazz Trio Reunion at Camelot Lounge!

Camelot Lounge warmly welcomes back Mark Isaacs and is delighted to host his 60th Birthday Concert. Mark began to perform publicly in his early teens and so is also celebrating nearly half a century on the stage.

For this concert, Mark has arranged a reunion of his acclaimed jazz trio. It is a rare occasion these days that sees Mark playing with a band, making this celebration even more of a special event.

The trio appearing in this performance is certainly well-seasoned. It formed the engine room of Marks acclaimed Resurgence project, which he led from 2006-13. Its four albums attracted two ARIA Award nominations, and the band toured extensively in Australia and Asia, including performing at the Tokyo Jazz Festival and recording a TV special for South Korean national television.

In 2015 the trio, with the support of Queensland Government, and joined by vocalist Briana Cowlishaw, made a 3000km road tour of rural Queensland, visiting many small and drought-stricken farming communities.

Marks other recent projects include composing his second symphony as well as classical recitals.

The Mark Isaacs Trio will work its jazz magic over familiar and not-so-familiar tunes. It will be an occasion to savour some very cool jazz in the intimate atmosphere of Marrickvilles Camelot Lounge.

What : Mark Isaacs 60th Birthday Concert

When : Thursday 21st June

Where : Camelot Lounge Marrickville

To Find Out More Click Here

The post MARK ISAACS 60th BIRTHDAY CONCERT appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


NPWS burning Byron Bay Clay Heath to save it "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay Dwarf Gramanoid Clay Heath. Photo NPWS

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) says it will begin a small fuel reduction burn in Arakwal National Park, Byron Bay, tomorrow morning (Tuesday May 22).

Its intended reduce fuel loads near residential areas and to help save the endangered Byron Bay Dwarf Graminoid Clay Heath.

NPWS Team Leader, Jenny Atkins, said that while the area being burnt is small its a complex task.

This 2.2-hectare burn might seem small but the close proximity to residential areas means there is lot of planning and forethought that goes into such an operation, Ms Atkins said.

Burns close to residential areas are very labour intensive involving many more fire fighters than would be the case in more remote areas.

We will be working very closely with colleagues from NSW Fire and Rescue to ensure the burn goes smoothly.

This is an ecological burn but we are also reducing fuel loads that will assist in limiting the intensity of any future wildfire that might enter the area during the hotter months, she said.

The ecological burns in Arakwal National Park will also work to protect the Byron Bay Dwarf Graminoid Clay Heath.

The Clay Heath is home to threatened species such the Byron Bay Donkey Orchid and the Dwarf Heath Casuarina, which are only found in this vegetation community, Ms Atkins said.

Fire is essential for the long-term survival of the Clay Heath and keeping country healthy and safe for the future.

Many of the plant species in the Clay Heath need fire to stimulate seed release, new growth and to complete their life cycle.

Byron Bay Dwarf Graminoid Clay Heath consists of low-growing (up to 50 cm tall) woody shrubs, grasses and grass-like plants with patches of taller shrubs.

It is classified as an Endangered Ecological Community protected under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and more than 60 per cent of [it] is located within Arakwal National Park.

Our Restoration Management Plan for the Clay Heath guides our program when caring for this important part of country and so far we have undertaken weed control, track works and removal of...


Eggs Are Good for Your Cholesterol "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Dr. Mercola

Chicken as the foundation of a delicious home-cooked meal has been an American mainstay for decades. Not centuries, you might ask? As a matter of fact, up until the 1920s, homesteaders filled chicken coops with chickens to fulfill one main purpose: to produce eggs.

Chickens weren't regarded as much beyond egg production until a new concept featuring chicken as a main course took flight in the late '40s. It was based, not surprisingly, on the food industry's initiative to find more uses for said chickens. Today we have a plethora of chicken recipes, from broth to casseroles to fried, not to mention nuggets. But what happened to eggs?

Eggs became a target based on the faulty premise of the medical establishment that eating too many yolks would drive up cholesterol and pack your carotid arteries with plaque. As recently as 2012, eggs were still being maligned and even deemed as health-damaging as smoking cigarettes, according to a Canadian journal.1 Many still believe this, and it's the misinformation that's damaging health, not egg consumption.

According to a recent study2 led by Nick Fuller at the University of Sydney, Australia, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eggs, despite conflicting evidence continuing around the world, are not responsible for heart disease or high cholesterol. In fact, theyre one of the most nutritious foods in your kitchen. When he led the first portion of the study, Fuller wrote that eggs can support several aspects of health, including eye, blood vessel and heart health, healthy pregnancies and fat regulation, noting:

"Despite being vilified for decades, dietary cholesterol is understood to be far less detrimental to health than scientists originally thought. The effect of cholesterol in our food on the level of cholesterol in our blood is actually quite small."3

Whether Two Eggs or a Dozen, Egg Intake Shows No Negative Results

The latest study notes that people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes ate a dozen eggs a week for a year, at which point a series of tests showed no negative results whatsoever. Study pa...


Olympian Sarah Cook on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 22 May "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

There arent many athletes that rise through the ranks to compete at international level in two different sports. Olympian Sarah Cook is one of them.

Sarah competed as a dual international in rowing and sailing from 2004 to 2015. She rowed for Australia in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and competed at numerous National and World Championships. After a chance encounter in the airport after the London Olympics in 2012, Sarah decided to switch to sailing. Having never sailed before, she won her first national sailing title just five months after switching, and went on to represent Australia in several World Championships.

Since then, Sarah has worked as a lead commentator for World Rowing and Henley Royal Regatta, as Operations Manager at Australian Sailing, as a Rowing NSW Board Member and as President of Sydney University Boat Club! In the midst of all that, shes chatting to GT this Tuesday at 3pm, covering selection, deselection, life after sport and her new passion as a budding wine maker.

Sarah Cook Eastside

Sarah Cook talks to GT for Crossing the Line.

The post Olympian Sarah Cook on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 22 May appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


This Regional Town Is Holding A Festival Dedicated To Gay Icon Peter Allen "IndyWatch Feed"

Gay music legend Peter Allens regional hometown of Tenterfield will later this year hold an entire festival to celebrate its special relationship with the performer. Allen was born in the northern New South Wales town in 1944, and rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, becoming known for his flamboyant stage persona and lavish ...

The post This Regional Town Is Holding A Festival Dedicated To Gay Icon Peter Allen appeared first on QNews Magazine.


New police team to target drugs, guns, bikies "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At this mornings announcement of the new Region Enforcement Squad, L to R: Acting Superintendent Brendon Cullen, Tweed MP Geoff Provest, Assistant CommissionerMax Mitchell and MLC Ben Franklin. Photo Chris Downey

A new police team to target distribution of drugs and guns and the cross-border movement of outlaw motorcycle gangs was announced this morning at Byron Bay Police Station.

The Regional Enforcement Squad (RES) will be the fourth of its kind to be set up in the state, with the next nearest being in Coffs Harbour.

Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said the new group would not be conducting drug-dog searches at festivals or roadside drug tests; instead their remit will be to tackle the distribution networks for ice and MDMA in particular.

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He added that a third of all drug activity in the state takes place north of the Central Coast.

The staffing for the new squad will come from Sydney, not from the existing police numbers in the area.

Announcing the move, MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals) said the squad was a wonderful outcome for our area and our community a sergeant and four constables who will be entirely focused on a proactive approach to looking at drug supply, organised syndicate crime, property crime and firearms offences.

Mid-level crime

Its going to be a proactive squad, which will allow a focus not just in the Tweed-Byron area but across the Northern Rivers. And this squad will be able to go to the hot spots where its actually required.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Brendon Cullen said now we will have a dedicated group of police concentrating on mid-level crime.

This team of highly trained police will focus directly on those people who are bringing drugs into our communities, bringing firearms into our communities and are involved in organised crime.

We really look forward to them hitting the ground, he added, which he said would take place towards the end of June.

Illegal firearms

Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said, this team will also be working very strongly not only with our own Raptor strike force from Sydney but also with Maxima,...


The unique, unusual and unmissable gigs of Vivid Sydney 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Vivid Sydney is back and even bigger for 2018 but thats not just marketing spin. This year, the festival actually is getting quite a lot bigger, as its X|Celerate program spreads the love across not just the bigger CBD venues, but also the smaller local haunts in the inner suburbs.

The lineup is brilliant and diverse, but the gigs arent blowing the budget (mostly coming in under 20 bucks, with many of them free), and theyll be making their way to intimate venues like the Golden Age Cinema and Bar or Venue 505 in Surry Hills, The Lady Hampshire in Camperdown, Fredas in Chippendale, Oxford Art Factory on Oxford Street, and the Leadbelly in Newtown.

You can catch the full program of X|Celerate here, but weve picked out some of the more unique, unusual and all-round unmissable sets youll be able to catch at Vivid Sydney 2018 in our video below.

The unmissable gigs of Vivid Sydney 2018


Shoes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A nice old pair of shoes that don't fit me. I left them out on a paint table in the studio in case anyone who visits wants them.  Now they have to stay put for a couple of days!

Johno by the Wayside.... I;ve got a show coming up at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, for a few days opening on July 4. I'll work out the details over the next few days with Diane from the Wayside


Govt inaction delays Byron school upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ALP candidate for the state seat of Ballina, Asren Pugh. Photo supplied

On Thursday (May 17) the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) deferred making a decision on the long awaited upgrade to Byron Bay Public School because of a missing government traffic study.

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, said students, parents and staff would be very disappointed by this decision.

The schools mouldy old demountables, with peeling paint and grass growing through the floor are, according to teachers at the school, a nightmare to work in and a completely unsuitable learning environment.

Instead, Mr Pugh said, we need to be giving our students the best learning environment possible.

The $7.6 million dollar upgrade was designed to replace up to six old demountable classrooms with a new two-storey building.

The Development Assessment Report from the JRPP states that the Government as the applicant was asked to provide a Traffic Impact Statement on February 28 but that this was not responded to by the applicants.

It is a shame that governments decision not to provide a Traffic Impact Statement is delaying this project. Such a simple thing that could now mean that students are stuck in old run down demountables, many of them over 20 years old. Mr Pugh said.

A Freedom of Information request by Labor has revealed that the Ballina Electorate has 70 demountable classrooms and the vast majority of those are over 20 years old.

An alternative to doing a traffic study might be to cap the number of students at the school.

With the government waving through massive developments like West Byron we cant afford to be artificially capping the number of students at the school. We need to be able to use all the space available.

It would be great to see the upgrade to Byron Bay Public School get back on track so local students can get into their new classrooms as soon as possible, Mr Pugh said.

The post Govt inaction delays Byron school upgrade appeared first on Echonetdaily.


AGL wont sell Liddell Abbott seethes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

SYDNEY, AAP AGL has refused Alinta Energys $250 million offer to buy Liddell Power Station and reaffirmed its decision to close the plant in 2022.

The power giant says it assessed the offer from Alinta and its Hong Kong-based owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, and that the deal significantly undervalues future cashflow from the NSW site.

AGL said the offer is not in the interest of its shareholders and that it will stick to its NSW power generation plan, which includes repurposing the Liddell site to address any capacity shortfall after its closure in 2022.

The energy company last month announced it will spend up to $400 million to build a new gas-fired power station near Newcastle in NSW as part of a plan to help it address the loss in energy supply that could happen as a result of Liddell closing.

AGL has completed a thorough assessment of the offer and, after careful consideration, has advised Chow Tai Fook and Alinta that it will not proceed any further with the offer, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Alinta made its bid for the ageing Hunter Valley power station in April, describing it as a compelling commercial proposition for AGL shareholders.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has previously urged AGL to accept the offer from Alinta to buy the plant, echoing calls from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who wants the station to stay open until 2025, when the expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme is online.

On Monday, former prime minister Tony Abbott said the Turnbull government should buy the power station and then on-sell it to Alinta Energy.

My very strong view given that the federal government has effectively now got responsibility for energy security, the government should compulsorily acquire this power station for the price Alinta were prepared to pay and then it should sell it to Alinta, he told 2GB radio.

AGL chief executive Andy Vesey has previously said the board had not been swayed by criticism from the prime minister and senior coalition figures because the decision to close the ageing power plant was based on a rigorous process.

Investors appeared to be pleased with the news, with AGL shares up 0.9 per cent higher to $21.48 after the first half-hour of trade.

Call to end pro-coal cr...


Bring Back Beatings and Ban Immigrants, demands NSW Liberal Party Branch President "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A branch of the NSW Liberal Party is set to debate proposals which call for the return of corporal punishment, an immediate ban on immigration and the abolition of the judges in the sentencing process. The president of the hard-right wing Carlingford Branch, George Popowski, says he wants to

The post Bring Back Beatings and Ban Immigrants, demands NSW Liberal Party Branch President appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Kia sings her way into history "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kia Wasley launces Australias first mobile recording studio for people with disabilities in Mullumbimby. Photo Aslan Shand.

Kia Wasleys voice launched Australias first mobile recording studio for people with disabilities in Mullumbimby on Thursday morning at local disability services provider RED Inc.

Ive been singing in the shower for a while but this is the first time Ive done it publicly, said Kia  as she prepared to record her song.

I wrote the song myself. It is about disability and bullying. It talks about how you might feel different and dont belong in this world. What I am saying is that youre not alone. I know this because Ive experienced this myself. Ive had people do things like put compost on my head.

The song will form part of the soundtrack for a movie that RED Inc are making on the topic of disability and bullying.

This is going to give our young people an opportunity to realise their dreams, said Jenny London the special projects manger.   

It is a wonderful way to build self confidence and self esteem.

Funding for the studio was provided by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, who provide grants of more than $1.5m a year throughout Australia.

Singing is my therapy if I feel down, said Kia.

I listen and sing, and I want to have this as part of my life. The mobile recor...


20th Anniversary: Remembering Chris Whitleys Dirt Floor "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Blues & Alchemy: Remembering Chris Whitleys Dirt Floor 2000 was a particularly big year for me personally. Id finished high school in rural NSW the previous year and had transgressed to the metropolis of Sydney. I spent the year between two share houses, one in La Perouse, the other in Petersham. Id be embarrassed to Continue reading


Uniting Church Group Helping People Reconcile Faith and Sexuality In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Melissa Krollig is the Treasurer for Uniting Network Australia, the national network for LGBTIQ people, their families, friends and supporters within the Uniting Church in Australia. Melissa is also an out and proud queer woman and a devoted Christian. For many these two identities cant be reconciled, in a lot of churches those who are ...

The post Uniting Church Group Helping People Reconcile Faith and Sexuality In 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Worlds Largest 3D Printer Is Now Able To Print Giant Metal Objects "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By: Markab Algedi / The Mind Unleashed   Melbourne, Australia is now the city that contains the worlds largest known 3D printer. Melbourne based manufacturer Titomic recently displayed their accomplishment by printing a large metal rendering of their corporate logo.

Among the objects listed as capable of being printed by the Australian 3D printer, the CEO of Titomic Jeff Lang reports that it can print a submarine, or wings for an aircraft: soon.

At the Titomic factory in Waverly, Australia in the outer regions of Melbourne, this 9 metre long, 3 metre wide and 1.5 metre tall 3D printer now surpasses the next largest, owned by notorious General Electric. GEs printer is about 5 times less large.

The printer owned by General Electric is capable of printing solid metal objects up to a cubic metre in size, while this Titomic bed can put out parts up to 40 cubic metres in s...


Stopping Adani mine would pose no sovereign risk to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This article by Michael Koziol (The Sydney Morning Herald 20 May 2018), investigates the Adani coal mine and the claim that cancelling it would create a sovereign risk for Australia, according to the view of former chief economist for the ANZ Bank. Given the source, it is worthwhile reading and considering.

Stopping the Adani coal mine would pose no sovereign risk to Australia, and politicians on both sides have willingly misled people into thinking otherwise, says respected economist Saul Eslake.

The former chief economist of ANZ told Fairfax Media the major parties were abusing the term for political gain when in fact there had been no impact on Australias sovereign rating because of decisions taken on environmental grounds.

In a paper commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation, Mr Eslake found there was absolutely no reason the countrys sovereign risk would be affected if a future government stopped the Adani mine proceeding for environmental reasons.

Nor were the banks likely to downgrade Australias risk rating. Banks wouldnt be concerned, because banks dont want to loan to it anyway, Mr Eslake told Fairfax Media in an interview.

The verdict by one of Australias most prominent economists, flies in the face of arguments from Labor and the Coalition.

Before the Batman byelection, at which Labor had to woo left-wing voters in inner Melbourne, it was reported Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had to be talked out of outright opposition to Adani by senior colleagues concerned about sovereign risk.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan accused Labor of seeking to trade off our countrys investment reputation for some cheap votes.

In interviews since, Mr Shorten has argued you cant simply ban it and create sovereign risk and said an incoming Labor government would not rip up contracts made by previous governments.

Mr Eslake pointed out there is no contract between the Commonwealth and Adani. He said the term sovereign risk had a specific meaning the chance that a government will default on its debt and politicians were abusing it to confuse and mislead voters.

You cant describe every time a government makes a decision as sovereign risk, otherwise the term has no meaning, he said.

Sovereign risk is not the risk a government might change its mind or make a decision I dont like.

Governments regularly made environmental decisions that did not affect sovereign risk, Mr Eslake said, such as bans on uranium mining, domestic gas controls and logging restrictions.



The Secret Parlour A Dark Cabaret "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

9 June 7.30pm 10.30pm

Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club 58 Dalley St Mullumbimby


The Secret Parlour is a wild and wonderful evening of dark cabaret combining Brechtian and punk cabaret song, glamorous showgirls, absurd sketch humour, political satire and outlandish, heartfelt characters, woven together with bohemian gypsy swing and jazz.

The door to The Secret Parlour opens for one night only. Get your password and ticket now, before the door closes!

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NEW MUSIC: The High Ceilings Poppy Won "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Sydney trio The High Ceilings have released a new single, the precursor to a full length album theyve been working on, with the majority recorded in a community hall on the South Coast of NSW. Poppy Won has a wonderful blend of the slacker delivery of Dylan, the weary, ragged strum and melancholic vibe of Neil Continue reading



JUSTIN TKATCHENKO WAS STILL MP AND GOVERNMENT MINISTER WHILE HOLDING ONTO HIS AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Where is the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)? If you are a foreigner and trying to purchase your first property in Australia, your application to purchase is strictly processed by that Board. Ted Taru a PNG National went thru the process, paid a nonrefundable fee of $15,000 to instigate the process. You are asked all sorts of questions like, where did you get the money, how you get it, contract documents, bank accounts etc.....very very scary but he did get his approval and bought the property in Cairns eventually. Now the question is.....was that Gardener cum MP an Australian citizen when he bought those properties? If that was the case he wasn't questioned because he doesn't have to go thru the FIRB as an Australian citizen, and on the other hand, was he qualified and eligible to contest the National Elections if he can easily acquire those properties with ease!? He circumvented laws and regulations here and in Australia! Investigations is a must The owner of a Brookfield property is battling Brisbane City Council and a local residents group to build an aviary big enough to house 600 finches alongside her home. Catherine Tkatchenko, whose husband is Papua New Guinea cabinet minister Justin Tkatchenko, paid $1.77 million for the 34,470sq m Brookfield Road site in 2015. The couple also own a $1.1m house at Fig Tree Pocket, in Brisbanes west. Plans lodged with the council in 2016 proposed a 320sq m house almost 11m in height, 30 aviaries over 380sq m, plus a lake, fountain, pool and small animal stables. In response to the plans, 178 residents lodged objections that raised concerns about noise and odours from the aviaries and stables, and described the buildings as an eyesore. A seven-page submission from the community-based Rural Environment Planning Association said the scale of an...


No plan to move Byron markets: Spooner "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A staff recommendation to activate the Byron Bay rail corridor that is due to go before Byron Council this week includes a recommendation to allow development for markets with development consent, much to the consternation of the Byron Environment Centre and some stallholders.

But the monthly Byron Bay community markets have no plan to move either permanently or temporarily to the railway corridor according to their ultimate manager Paul Spooner.

The GM of Byron Community Centre and Byron Shire ALP councillor was batting back concerns expressed by Byron Environment Centres John Lazarus about the appearance of the option on the staff recommendation, which also includes the option of development for the purposes of a community facility, including commercial activity undertaken by a not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise with development consent within the station building, previously used as a ticketing office for the rail station, and the adjacent railway platform.

But Cr Spooner said the use of the site would be a fall-back option only if use of Butler Street Reserve became untenable during the building of the Byron Bay Bypass.

He told Echonetdaily that the Byron Bay Community Association was committed to the community markets staying at Butler Street Reserve.

No approach is proposed or has been made by myself (or anyone else) to facilitate a move of the community markets to either the railway corridor or the beachfront, he said.

As I understand it, the proposal for the corridor enables one-off events (e.g. Soul Street or the like) and if any circumstance arose where it is required to move the markets, eg: for the temporary relocation of the existing markets due to Butler Street Reserve not being useable. Without this option the only other viable location would be the beachfront.

Cr Spooner also pointed out that the planning proposal does not provide any approval for ongoing markets to operate in the corridor. A formal DA would still need to be lodged and the community given the opportunity to make submissions. Under what is proposed this could only happen when existing markets need to relocate. No new markets could be established there.

He added the BBCA was committed to working cooperatively with stallholders to ensure the Butler Street Reserve is the home of the Community Markets.

I will work both as a GM and as a councillor to ensure Council keeps the community informed of any issues that would impact on the operation of the markets at the Reserve.

This includes ensuring the current council investigations into the historical ground contamination is fully understood by stallholders and the community, he said.

Acting GM Mark Arnold made similar po...


How do you achieve tax reform when the government are more interested in name-calling than honesty? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Rather than prosecuting the case for their policies, such as they are, the Coalition have decided their best chance of re-election lies with their Kill Bill strategy where they try to convince us, mainly through puerile name-calling like Unvelieva-Bill, that Bill Shorten says one thing in Canberra and another thing in Queensland/Victoria/Western Australia. Considering their

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MACKAY Multiple charges linked to break and enters, Sarina "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Queer Youth In Regional Victoria To Celebrate At New Rainbow Ball Event "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Young LGBTIQ people in the Victorian city of Bendigo will celebrate diversity at an inclusive Rainbow Ball event later this year. The Rainbow Ball is being organised by Bendigo Polices Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers in conjunction with a number of youth and other community groups, and will be held at Ulumbarra Theatre on September ...

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Join a free Star Party in Cairns - Esplanade, Kewarra Beach & White Rock and help smash a world record on Wednesday 23rd May. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 23rd May people all around Australia will be gathering at local parks, beaches, observatories and schools to break the Guinness World Record attempt for the Most people stargazing.

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Live sheep exports to be banned by treacherous Liberals, cattle next "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


by Gil Hanrahan

The farming industrys beloved Liberal National Party is about to betray them again when Liberal MP Susan Ley will today introduce a private members bill into the Lower House that would ban live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer months in 2019 and close the sector down entirely in five years.

The last major double-cross for agriculture by the Liberals was in 1999 when PM John Howard introduced the Environment and Biosecurity Conservation Act which was the key for the states to introduce severe vegetation management laws.

How much more government intervention the industry can take is anyones guess but soon over-regulation will choke all primary industry to a standstill regardless of the political hue in Canberra.

The last bastion of neo-liberalism, the National Farmers Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia have committed their final Judas act by rolling over whenever pressure is applied by activists.



Nippers celebrate season "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Junior Nippers celebrated their end-of-season-awards presentation day in fine style on Sunday 20 May.

The clubs outstanding Nippers were crowned State champions at the Life Saving Victoria Junior Championships held at Warrnambool in March.

Up to 150 people attended the awards ceremony including enthusiastic Nippers, age group managers, coaches and family members to recognise its state achievement honour and individual accolades during the 2017/18 summer held at Shell Road sports pavilion.

The OGSLSC clubrooms were unavailable with works commencing on its multi-million dollar building renovation which began earlier this month.

Ocean Grove SLSC is widely considered one of Victorias most popular and busiest surf life saving clubs the recent summer saw more than 100 participants regularly compete at state junior carnivals.

Ocean Grove SLSC Surf Sport Coordinator Shane Bird praised former Junior Activities Manager Scott McNaughton who has worked tirelessly to support the club junior surf life saving surf education development program.

Bird said McNaughtons long-term vision in 2013 helped oversaw Ocean Grove SLSCs Nippers transformation as the best in Victoria in 2017/18.

I still remember sitting at Warrnambool around the firefox five years ago.and Scotty was saying We can win this thing, Bird said in his speech.

I just looked at him and said mate you are absolutely mad .there is no way we can compete with these bay clubs (from Melbourne).

We just simply dont have the numbersyes we were great in the water but we were just blown away (in) the beach (events).

Scott had that vision back then five years ago and we just slowly progressed and developed and that was driven from there.

I reckon Scott took this Nipper program from a bit of funand Scott really changed that mindset and started talking professional and you get down to arrive 15 minutes before training, cans are out and flags are up on the beach.

What we achieved this year didnt happen by accident, it started five years ago.

The end-of-season presentation saw winners and placegetters from Under 8s to Under 13s age groups accept their individual awards.

Current Club Junior Activities Manager Darren Ball helped organise the day and distributed awards alongside Bird with the support of age group managers.

IN other club developments Ocean Grove SLSC senior presentation night takes place this Saturday night 26 May at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club from 6:30pm.


Under 13s...


May 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1804 - James Bevan (known as 'Warminster') was hanged at Sydney for the rape of eight-year-old Elizabeth Douglas.

1814 - The Van Diemen's Land Gazette on this day listed John Pascoe  Fawkner as aiding and abetting the escape of seven prisoners. Fawkner and Santos, who was apparently the convicts' leader, were tried before three magistrates in August and each sentenced to 500 lashes and three years labour.

1836 - The Stirling Castle, under Captain James Fraser, bound from Sydney to Singapore was wrecked on Swain Reefs off the Queensland coast. In August news reached Moreton Bay that the captain's wife, Eliza Ann, and others of the ship's company were being held captive by Aboriginals. A rescue party that included John Graham, an escaped convict who had lived for six years with the Aborigines, brought her back to Brisbane in August.

1840 - Captain Hobson was feeling his oats on this day when he claimed British sovereignty over the whole of The Land Of The Long White Cloud (NZ for those uneducated yokels) even though the haggling, bartering and compromises weren't yet done with.

1842 - Henry (Harry) Power, bushranger, also known as Johnson, was transported for seven years for stealing a pair of shoes, and arrived at Hobart Town in the Isabella.

1851 - William Collins' application for publican's license for the Racehorse Inn at Maitland was refused by the Bench after Major Crummer examined the premises and found them too small.

1853 - William Blandowski ( leaving no stone unturned in his career as expeditionist, geologist, goldminer, inventor, natural history collector, naturalist, public servant, and zoologist ) asked Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe for an 'allowance' to enable him to complete his 'Illustrated Natural History of the Colony of Victoria'. Impressed by further correspondence La Trobe wrote to the colonial secretary that immediate steps should be taken to open a museum and stating that Blandowski was the 'most suitable person to employ'.

1856 - The world's first 8 hour working day was carved in stone by the marches and vocal noise of the stonemasons of Victoria.

1861 - William Landsborough was chosen by the Victorian and Queensland governments to lead a search for Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills from the Gulf of Carpentaria southwards; when they  reached Williams's station on this day they learned that Burke and Wills had perished. With bulging tucker bags Landsborough continued his journey south and in October delivered the horses and gear to the authorities in Melbourne. He was fted as the first explorer to cross the continent from north to south.

1863 - Nathaniel Pepper, Aboriginal evangelist and teacher, at Ebenezer mission, near the Wimmera River married Rachel Warndekan, an 18-year-old, Christian Aboriginal girl....


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2) WWF promotes customary map in Tambrauw

3) Using intelligence for election


1) Papuan Voices promotes indigenous Papuans in film festival


Bikie vilification hurts all riders IRG "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Bikies have long been fighting police discrimination and resultant public vilification as the above 1960s Brisbane bikie protest photo shows, but in recent years they have faced tougher laws including even associating with them.

Now the vilification is stepping up as Tasmania and Victoria appear set to toughen anti-association laws.

Longtime motorcycle campaigner, Motorcycle Riders Association founder, Moto Guzzi V7 MK3 rider and now Independent Riders Group spokesman Damien Codognotto has written the following impassioned plea to Victorian Government and Opposition members which we have published in full.

bikie vilification huts all ridersDamien with his Moto Gzzi and author Heather Elllis pose for his 2017 Christmas card photo

We would appreciate your comments on this volatile and divisive issue from a sometimes equally divisive rider representative who believes this vilification could be the beginning of the end of motorcycling for all:

Vilification kills sales

The Hobart Mercury recently published one of many articles on how evil outlaw motorcycle gangs were. From memory, The Mercury wrote that there were about 275 full-coloured gang members in Tasmania and about 5000 nationally. Add associates and hangers-on to those with colours and there may 10,000 Australians in and around outlaw motorcycle gangs. The point is that the number of violent crims who ride motorbikes is way less than the teen/ethnic gangs doing car jackings and home invasions in Victoria in 2018.

Please note, not all patch club members have criminal records. In fact, there are a lot more police and X police with serious criminal records in Australia than bikies with records. But bikies are an easy target for professional, taxpayer funded spin doctors.

For arguments sake, lets say there are a million Australians riding road bikes regularly. In general the car driving public see them as bikies. So the...



Independent Artist Of The Week: Air Max 97 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Hannah Wickramsuriya

From the Netherlands via New Zealand to Melbourne, meet nomad DJ, producer and label head: Air Max 97.

Music autodidact Oliver van der Lugt began DJing under the cult shoe moniker five years ago. With a sound self described as distressed but lustrous, think remixes with deep and full sounding atmospheres, textures and percussion. Fast forward to now and Air Max 97 has found himself sitting in a pretty interesting space in the creative landscape, with a regular presenting slot on Londons Rinse FM. The multidisciplinary artist won support worldwide through magnetic sets that contrast dark and light with hypnotic blends of edited and unreleased tracks.

Following a move to Melbourne, van der Lugt wanted to deliver music to move people and set up the record label, DECISIONS. Its home to acclaimed EPs by some of our favourite independent and local artists, Jikuroux, DJ Plead and Chunyin. In between Australia and touring Europe, van der Lugt wrote and mixed his most dynamic and vibrant musical statement to date: his upcoming debut album Nacre, out June 1st via DECISIONS.

Like its mother-of-pearl namesake, Nacre is inspired by organic-inorganic material. On his most recent single, drones sound like the hum of a UV light on steroids behind a syncopated percussion. Torpedo wind noises break and pulsate like a kid playing with the window of a moving car on the M4 and vocals are muted like an extra terrestrial character from Twin Peaks: The Return. 

Intrigued? Listen to Mirrored Gate below.


Nacre by Air Max 97 is available for preorder on Bandcamp.
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!


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Worlds Largest 3D Printer is now Able to Print Giant Metal Objects "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne, Australia is now the city that contains the worlds largest known 3D printer. Melbourne based manufacturer Titomic recently displayed their accomplishment by printing a large metal rendering of their corporate logo.

Among the objects listed as capable of being printed by the Australian 3D printer, the CEO of Titomic Jeff Lang reports that it can print a submarine, or wings for an aircraft: soon.

At the Titomic factory in Waverly, Australia in the outer regions of Melbourne, this 9 metre long, 3 metre wide and 1.5 metre tall 3D printer now surpasses the next largest, owned by notorious General Electric. GEs printer is about 5 times less large.

The printer owned by General Electric is capable of printing solid metal objects up to a cubic metre in size, while this Titomic bed can put out parts up to 40 cubic metres in size.

Heres where this story gets realistic: you know their ability to develop this technology came with strings attached.

A government agency in Australia gave out a significant portion of funds to create this 3D printer. It was CSIRO who supplied the funds, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Remember, Australia is still fully a Commonwealth nation, under the control of Britain in more respects than one may care to admit....


Water raiders are eyeing the Clarence River - again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In 2007 Clarence Valley communities saw off an Australian prime minister (John Howard) and his water minister (Malcolm Turnbull)  - telling them "Not A Drop".

The issue of inter-basin water transfer became an election issue that year and the National Party lost the seat of Page and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government lost the federal election.

Having learnt nothing from the commitment of local people in the Clarence Valley, including traditional owners, once again the water raiders have raised their heads above the parapet.

The Daily Examiner, letter to the Editor, 19 May 2018, p.14:

Clarence diversion

On April 18, 2018, Toowoomba Regional Council in south-east Queensland resolved to submit a motion to the National General Assembly of Local Government in June this year.

This motion calls for the Assembly to amend Resolution 7...


The Turnbull Government has the solution to its poll number blues already at hand - but will it act? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"
State and federal governments have known for years that there is a correlation between unoccupied residential housing, negative gearing of investment properties and capital gains by individuals in the higher income percentiles.

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Jewish citizenship entitlement could disqualify these federal MPs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letter to the Editor

In 1950, Israels Knesset passed a remarkable law, beginning with a few simple words that defined Israels central purpose: Every Jew has the right to immigrate to this country
With the inception of the State of Israel, two thousand years of wandering were officially over. Since then, Jews have been entitled to simply show up and request to be Israeli citizens, assuming they posed no imminent danger to public health, state security, or the Jewish people as a whole. Essentially, all Jews everywhere are Israeli citizens by right.
In 1955, the law was amended slightly to specify that dangerous criminals could also be denied that right.

The Israeli Knesset(Parliament) allows any Jew an entitlement to citizenship


In 1970, Israel took another historic step by granting automatic citizenship not only to Jews, but also to their non-Jewish children, grandchildren, and spouses, and to the non-Jewish spouses of their children and grandchildren. This addition not only ensured that families would not be broken apart, but also promised a safe haven in Israel for non-Jews subject to persecution because of their Jewish roots.
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EP 245: Bench Press & MOD CON "IndyWatch Feed"

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Bench Press

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

Having burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, Bench Press have earned a reputation for dynamic live performances. The quartet that consists of Lead vocalist Jack Stavrakis, guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks released their self titled debut through Poison City Records in 2017. Since then they have played alongside label mates Clowns and Batpiss as well as Horace Bones, Turnpike and Moody Beaches.


Engineered by Kaite Harrington and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Originally playing as the alt-country band Palm Springs, MOD CON is the...


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjets VH-VVI and VH-CXJ Around CQ Airports on Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The familiar sight of both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjets VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" were both noted calling into various CQ Airports on Thursday 10 May over the latter part of this week.

On Thursday 10 May, VH-VVI was noted departing Brisbane for Longreach Airport.  It then flew across to Rockhampton Airport before heading to Bundaberg Airport and then back to Brisbane.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 12 May, VH-VVI visited Mackay Airport flying from and back to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday 10 May, VH-CXJ was noted also calling into Rockhampton Airport, initially flying in from Townsville before it later departed to Brisbane.  VH-CXJ then returned to Rockhampton Airport before departing to Cairns.


Two cyclists injured by paralytic driver "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after he allegedly sideswiped two cyclists while driving almost five times over the limit near Casino on Saturday (May 19).

About 11.30am , the mans white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about six kilometres east of Drake when he collided with two cyclists, travelling in the same direction.

The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, who were part of a group, both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.

The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both have to undergo surgery.

The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.

He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.243, almost five times the limit.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.

The mans licence was suspended and he was charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; negligent driving; driving with a high-range PCA; and possessing prohibited drug

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (May 20).



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Man bites arresting officer in groin, grabs pistol "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officers Glock 22 pistol, police allege.

About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.

Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.

He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.

During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officers gun from its holster.

He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.

The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.

He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).

One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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Thursday 17th May 2018

On Wednesday 16th May a crowd of more than fifty people gathered outside the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) office at Bairnsdale to protest at DELWPs failure to protect threatened species and ecosystems from the impact of planned burns.

The rally organised by Gippsland Environment Group (GEG) was also attended by various community environment groups and concerned individuals. People come from all over East Gippsland highlighting the widespread concern felt by locals over DELWPs planned burn program. A phalanx of people and placards lined the highway outside the DELWP offices then proceeded peacefully to the main entrance.

Mr John Hermans, President of GEG, read out a letter detailing key concerns and a list of demands and handed it to Mr Chris Stephenson Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gippsland region. The letter has also been sent to the Minister forEnvironment and Climate Change Lily Dmbrosio and Chief Fire Officer DELWP Darrin McKenzie.

In light of the severity of the ongoing dry season experienced by East Gippsland GEG requested that the Minister directs DELWP to halt any further planned burns in Gippsland and East Gippsland this autumn. In addition GEG requested that the State Government:

implements mandatory, consistent state-wide protection for threatened species including the nationally endangered Greater Glider, from the impact of planned burns

undertakes a review of the environmental impact of DELWPs hazardous trees program

increases funding for biodiversity surveying, and updating the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas database

increases numbers of biodiversity staff to conduct on-ground flora and fauna assessments pre and post-burn;

increases numbers of biodiversity staff to conduct on-ground flora and fauna assessments pre and post-burn; and directs the EPA to install air quality monitors in Gippsland and East Gippsland east of the La Trobe valley.

Australia has one of the worst extinction records on the planet, said Mr John Hermans, President GEG. Just last week another 40 species were added to Australias endangered list which now numbers almost 2000 species.

In Gippsland GEGs citizen science surveys repeatedly find threatened species in areas scheduled for planned burns that DELWP were completely unaware of because they simply do not undertake any surveys. When species records are reported to local DELWP little to nothing is done to ensure species are protected

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Disarm Universities "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I spoke to two activists from Lockout Lockheed at the University of Melbourne. They are trying to organise resistance to universities partnering up with companies who make money from killing the poor   The only way to stop global warming, is to disarm immediately. We need to be brave to make the world we want.


Sunday, 20 May 2018 - 11:51am "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This week, I have been mostly reading comics, because reality has been very disappointing:


PICASSO WOULD BE JEALOUS May 25 June 6th Paintings and Ceramics by ZION LEVY STEWART "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

His subjects are rich, unique and evoke optimism.  Regularly seen in an embrace, their hands open and welcoming like beaming flowers calling us in.  Colour comes naturally to Zion, his palette a beautiful array of nave combinations.  Beck Marshall, Paradiso Magazine

A familiar figure in his paint-spattered clothes, local artist Zion Levy Stewarts next solo exhibition Picasso Would Be Jealous, opens at the Project Space, Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby on Friday 25th May at 6.00pm.

Now 39, Zion has been drawing and painting for almost 20 years. This prolific painter creates art every day and loves working with clay, painting and drawing.  His distinctive style captures the people, objects, memories and magic that surround him in his colourful world.  Zions acrylic paintings illuminate local scenes; his quirky portraits overlaid with sketches often depict his characters gender details under their clothes. His ceramics are glazed earthenware, decorated with animals, birds and fish with brilliant underglaze colours.




Horse cull to be banned, horses to be built in to future planning for Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

In a bizarre and disappointing move, the New South Wales government has announced that a proposed cull of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park will be scrapped, and any future cull will be outlawed.

The enormous damage caused by wild horses to the high country is widely documented. It is estimated that around 6,000 wild horses live within the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. Plans to cull them have been supported by scientists and environmentalists but opposed by people who claim they represent part of the cultural heritage of the mountains. While this is certainly true, they are also massively destructive and a responsible government would be working to reduce their numbers.

Now the NSW government is moving to rule out any culls in the park.

In 2016, a draft Wild Horse Management Plan for NSW recommended reducing the number of horses in the park by 90 per cent over 20 years, primarily through culling, which would have left roughly 600 horses within the park. This plan was considered a difficult compromise as it would still leave significant numbers of the animals in the park and hence sustain their damaging impact. But pro brumby groups refused to accept this compromise.

Following a major campaign by groups opposed to the cull, the ABC is reporting that the plan will not go ahead, and the Government will instead look to pass legislation to protect the animals.

Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro said the cultural significance of the brumbies needed to be recognised.

Wild brumbies have been roaming the Australian alps for almost 200 years and are part of the cultural fabric and folklore of the high country, Mr Barilaro said.

He said the Brumbies Bill would put an end to any suggestion the animals should be culled.

The heritage management plan will specifically prohibit lethal culling of the brumby, aerial or otherwise, and will identify those areas in the park where brumbies can roam without causing significant environmental harm, Mr Barilaro said.

If brumbies are found in highly-sensitive alpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park, resources will be allocated towards relocation first, followed by re-homing, should population numbers grow too high.

I have always opposed cruel forms of culling and have advocated for non-lethal ways of managing brumby numbers.



May 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for Botany Bay.

1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.

1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".

1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....

1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts)  with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.

1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."



The Climate Emergency, Conflict and the Triage System "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

As I have pointed out before there has always been some conflict in the environmental movement over various issues. The Green party grew out of the campaigns to stop the damming of the Gordon River and the flooding of Lake Pedder an idyllic setting I visited in 1969. But now Tasmania (along with South Australia) is the leading light in low carbon, renewable energy in Australia and that energy is mainly hydro-electric. There is, in short and in this instance, a conflict between no dams and a low carbon economy future.

I was reminded of this conflict following feedback on Paul Treasures pumped hydro blog  which required a new dam to be built near the Baw Baw National Park in the headwaters of the Thompson River. The proposal compared favourably with our Prime Ministers Snowy 2.0 project both financially and in terms of energy stored. Negative feedback that came from several quarters was either opposed to new dams, concerned with the health of the Gippsland Lakes or the survival of the rare Baw Baw frog.

A substantial part of the environmental or green movement either does not understand the basic physics of climate change or they are motivated by narrow and specific aspects such as localism (which, somewhat ironically in most cases I would support and is one of the basic tenets of this blog). Like most of the populace many also fail to recognise the urgency of the problem, the need for concerted action on many fronts and that it is an existential threat to all life. As Julian Burnside noted If we cant fix climate, nothing else matters. In other words we are in a climate emergency.

The triage system was developed during the Napoleonic Wars as a means of maximising the survival of casualties and dealing with the predicament of treating huge numbers of wounded soldiers deciding who to treat, who had the best chance of survival etc. and so establishing a priority of action. It was designed as a response to an emergency situation. Perhaps triage will eventually be applied to climate solutions to get the best gain in carbon reduction for the least expenditure of energy and to minimise any deleterious environmental effects of which there will always be some.

Two negative aspects of Pauls pumped hydro plan are the effect that the plan would have on the Gippsland Lakes and on the endangered Baw Baw frog. No doubt there are other downside aspects. This hardly fits the t...


Catching Up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

How old do you think Tony Sheldon is?, we asked each other during half-time yesterday in the latest production of Priscilla, Queen Of The Dessert, currently playing at Sydneys Capitol Theatre, which I attended with my friend Sue, and her mum, visiting down from the country. It turns out hes 62, and in remarkably good shape as a performer, playing


A call to arms in support of Our ABC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Guardian, 17 May 2018:

The announcement in last weeks budget that the ABCs funding indexation will be frozen for three years from July 2019 is the latest in a series of extraordinary attacks by a government that displays an unprecedented level of hostility to the national broadcaster. It represents a real cut to the broadcasters operating costs of $84m.

Added to the $254m cut over five years announced by then-communications minister Malcolm Turnbull in November 2014, and a ...


Once a banker always a a banker "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


There are currently fifteen [15] members of the Turnbull Government who formerly worked in the banking, finance, insurance, and/or for-profit superannuation industries and three [3] who worked for large accountancy firmss or lobbying groups.


Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.  

In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.

The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical Princess Sunmiles southeast of Singapore.

Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.

A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years. 

This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014. 

The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.

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Paedophile Alan Jones took bribes off Qantas now he accuses Qantas CEO Alan Joyce of taking bribes off the Wagner family "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by []


MINE "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Eric Badly-Trousered goes back for more

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Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box  together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion

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Kurilpa Poets present; ATMOSPHERICS, Sunday, 27th May "IndyWatch Feed"

The Kurilpa Poets present Sunday 27th May, 2pm, 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane ATMOSPHERICS! ..And these our Actors fade into the Air..into thin Air W. Shakes-speare * This month the Water Rats take flight as we present the Fourth Continue reading


Video Friday: Andy Rubin on Robotics, Dynamic Exoskeleton, and Two Robot Heads "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
Dynamic Walking Conference  May 21-24, 2018  Pensacola, Fla., USA
RoboCup 2018  June 18-22, 2018  Montreal, Canada
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand
ICARM 2018  July 18-20, 2018  Singapore
ICMA 2018  August 5-8, 2018  Changchun, China
SSRR 2018  August 6-8, 2018  Philadelphia, Pa., USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesnt disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Sons 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMinis butt-cam.

[ TC Sessions Robotics ]

Playground founder and CEO Andy Rubin...


ABC star Annabel Crabb not happy about the view from her Royal Wedding hotel "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The ABC does not have enough money to cover Australian news in Gosford, Geelong, Parramatta etal ... but does have enough money to splurge on tabloid wedding coverage that every other network also provides. The lack of self-awareness is simply staggering. G C (@GrayConnolly) May 17, 2018

Friday, 18 May


First Stop "IndyWatch Feed"

I had a few weeks to recover before leaving for 4 weeks of touring around parts of Queensland. If youve experienced broken ribs youd know that sitting can be uncomfortable and bumping around in a 44 towing a caravan in Continue reading


This Years MELT Festival Has Launched With A Feast For Your Senses "IndyWatch Feed"

The inclusive spirit of the MELT Festival and its celebration of queer diversity is reflected by the variety of artistic forms in the line-up. The MELT programme, running until Sunday, May 27, proves that queer art is no longer simply a shorthand for presenting the tortured soul of the white gay man onstage. Queerness at ...

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