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Monday, 17 September

21:15

Room Available "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Short term sublet in central Preston $150 p/w.

Hey, so we have a spare room ready for someone in need of short term or temp in our lovely relaxed and welcoming home..

If you're in between or in need, hit us up.

So, the room is medium sized and empty but for a double futon bed looking out on our big backyard; if you're quiet, you'll hear the faint bok bok of our chooks out there..

Our home is pretty cosy and we're currently 2 people...

21:11

For Greg "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi there, does Greg still need junk? I can drop some old electronic things and toys somewhere. Just not sure where....

Cheers,
Anna.

20:12

How to be a decent grower "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Im not talking morality, though I guess there are plenty of garden morals, especially in a community garden. More like growing decent produce; a cauliflower that heads properly (still havent managed it), or a carrot that looks like the textbook one (ditto). I could go on, and on If youd like to grow a Continue reading How to be a decent grower

19:55

1) KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Amnesty for prisoners of conscience is urgent
3) Vanuatu questions West Papua arrests at UN meeting
4) PNG and Indonesia cooperating on border development, says Pato
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1) KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination
Published 12 hours ago on 17 September 2018 By admin



                          KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB....

19:45

UNITY EARTH PRESENTS FIELDS OF HEALING: A JOURNEY OF AWAKENING "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

24-25 NOVEMBER 2018
NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS

A truly historic gathering will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic Convergence of Healing. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place. UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative.

Outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY nominated Rocky Dawuni are headlining the event, as well as amazing local talent Aine Tyrell, Dane Kennedy, Paul Howorth and more. Indigenous Leaders from Mexico, North America and Greenland will join in this historic event. The two-day gathering is designed as both a gathering and a retreat offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along.

It is a not for profit event. UNITY EARTH invites all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.

The post UNITY EARTH PRESENTS FIELDS OF HEALING: A JOURNEY OF AWAKENING appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

17:14

Clivias "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



 

Flowers that have been reproducing in mum's garden



16:55

OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. Theyre also contentious recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into Gay Pride. Indeed, celebrating who we are ...

The post OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever appeared first on QNews Magazine.

16:53

Australian Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However, not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been visiting my yard - I think it is a male.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

For more photos from around the world visit Our World Tuesday.   &...

16:05

Holding Hands "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

After 35 years together, almost to the day, I love that he still holds my hand on the bus. 

15:45

Burger not so lite "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

At some point in the last year or two a couple of discs at the base of my spine began to fuse together. It happens. I wanted to keep up my jujitsu training and, even more importantly, I didn't want to stop doing exercise altogether. There were days when that felt like a real possibility. As the discs grew together, they trapped a couple of nerves between them causing some exciting side effects that felt at times as though one side of my body was on fire.
Anyway this is a long, roundabout way of fessing up that I really stacked on the weight. It was only partly down to physical incapacity. I did a lot of comfort eating after my dad passed away, too. I think I probably wrote about this at end of last year, when the ladies were about to take off for a couple of weeks overseas and I had plans to get to the gym every day.
I managed that. And I lost about 4 kilos. Huzzah for me. But the disc issue never really went away, and I had a couple of months off the mat and out of the gym with illness and more injury at the start of the year.
The weight came crashing back.
It's currently sitting at just over 94 kg. And that is down 2 kg from my peak.
I feel like I'm getting it back under control, however. It's the same old secret formula, exercise more/eat less; especially baked goods and red wine.
The big difference however is my back. I've been using sort of torture rack that I bought online to stretch it out at least four or five times every day, and that's made a big difference. I also got some massage done directly over the affected discs a short while ago and that was amazing. It gave me about two weeks without any pain at all. So I'll definitely be doing that again.
Unfortunately I got the massage on the beach up at Noosa and I can't be driving back and forth to use those guys again.

But there is a spinal massage specialist in my local neighbourhood, so I'm gonna give them a try.
One of the odd problems I've had is that the back stretcher is so effective that after a couple of days of using it I feel fine... and I forget to use it.
You can see where that's going.
So now, I've made the back-stretching sessions part of my work day. When I finish a pomordoro sesh (I'm routinely working 50 minute intervals now), I do a three minute spinal reset.
It seems to work.
I'd happily recommended this thing below for anyone with the same problem as me-fusing of the lower discs. But I don't think it's much good for problems further up the column. It's called a True Back.

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14:48

Girl Who Refused to Sing Anthem Triggers Nationwide Debate "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many Australians, the ideals of freedom and democracy took another turn for the worse last week when a nine year old girl was threatened with suspension from school and criticised by politicians for daring to act in accordance with her convictions when it comes to the Australian national

The post Girl Who Refused to Sing Anthem Triggers Nationwide Debate appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:26

Child dies after being hit by car at Macleans Ridges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Updated: 3.30pm: A young girl is has died in hospital after being struck by a car near Lismore.

At 10am Monday (September 17), emergency services were called to Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, after an nine-year-old girl was struck by a southbound Hyundai station wagon.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily the car was travelling at around 70km/h when it hit the child.

She bounced off the bonnet and was thrown over the car and onto grass, the spokesperson said.

He added the child was bleeding from mouth, and suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest.

Her mother was giving her CPR when help arrived, the spokesperson said.

Five units and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

Emergency services treated the girl before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance in a critical condition.

The male driver was also taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, and to be treated for shock.

A crime scene has been established which is being examined by forensic police.

Officers from Richmond Police District are conducting inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

 

The post Child dies after being hit by car at Macleans Ridges appeared first on Echonetdaily.

13:31

Friendship "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

The plane touches down in Sydney. Its been a long time since Ive been on a plane. Its a little reminder of my old life; the one where the airport felt like a second home and I was constantly on the road. I see Laura. A week ago I was laying on a beach in Fremantle imagining this moment. Now here she is and I want to drink in all of her hilarity and wit and affection.

Its dark and we walk to a pub where people drink ciders on the concrete with their dogs. I get a pint of cider. Anxiety hits. The waves are too big. I think Im too anxious for this, I say. Laura gets it. We walk home.

Georgia arrives with her bleached peach hair, Doc Martens and contagious laughter. Wed booked her a flight for her birthday. Were all together. Its incredible. Im with two of my best friends and we all live in different states but its okay because right now were all in the very same place.

We eat delicious things from food trucks at the Marrickville Markets. I run into an old friend of my little brother. He talks about Zake. Grief sways me. We watch Planet Earth and order three pizzas and soft drink like were at a slumber party. We all squish into Lauras bed and sing along loudly to our favourite songs.

Ive been telling Georgia and Laura how alike they were long before they ever met. Theyre both so extroverted and confident and funny, the kind of people everyone wants to befriend and date and be. Theyre protagonists. I soak in all of their stories. I feel so lucky.

I walk through the Newtown graveyard with my mother and little sister Pixie. Mum tells us stories of her youth. I imagine her at my age as totally free in the world. Reading the books at the bookstore where she worked, writing poetry in her journal from park benches and having love affairs with all kinds of interesting people. It hurts me to think of what she faced from my father and stepfather after that, the challenge of raising my little brother in a world that didnt understand him and then losing him.

Shes changed since Zake died. Become softer somehow. More loving. My sister is pregnant with a little girl, at the same age I fell pregnant with Alba. Our mum jokes that she warns those who come to her for parenting advice that shes had two daughters drop out of school and become teenage parents and a son who committed suicide. We share a dark sense of humour. Im glad theyve left our hometown to move here. I never thought they would. They had a lot...

13:31

A small structured object follows a car - Dargo, Victoria, 1976 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Reading pleasure

I have recently had the pleasure of reading a great number of editions of the 'Australian UFO Bulletin' published by the Victorian UFO Research Society.

I picked up a few new pieces of information about the 1972 Frankston, Victoria,  Maurren Puddy case of which I had previously not been aware; some sightings I hadn't heard of before, and various other bits and pieces.

Car pace with small structured object

One of the sightings which intrigued me, was an example of a car pacing; but in this case, instead of a nocturnal light, the small object involved had some structure.  In the May 1976 edition of the 'Bulletin' there was detail about the sighting, investigated by Dan Haylock. The sighting took place at Dargo in Victoria. Dargo is a small Victorian town located 348 kilometers east of Melbourne, and is in the foothills of the Dargo Plains. Latitude 37deg 28mins south; longitude 147deg 13mins east.

Note the location of Melbourne and Bright

Note location of Bright and Dargo

The following is the text of the article fr...

12:45

Featured Dish: Dear Liza "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Featured Dish: Shroom Season Waffle Dear Liza, a caf and bar in the heart of St Kilda, is offering a simple yet mouth-watering solution by transforming one humble spud at a time. Crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside, Dear Lizas potato waffles are gluten free and vegan, and satisfy the taste buds in the same way as a hash brown or []

The post Featured Dish: Dear Liza appeared first on St Kilda News.

12:39

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 10 to 16 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Claims of a Sudanese Crime Wave: Political Point Scoring at its Worst The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese gang crime wave is unfounded. Click here to read the article Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean

The post Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 10 to 16 September 2018 appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:25

Bruns parks should be an election issue: Pugh "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh (centre), wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve. Photo supplied

Chris Dobney & Aslan Shand

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.

And he has called on Byron Shire Council to make no long-term decisions about southern Terrace Reserve that would stop it being handed back to the community after the state election due in March next year.

Mr Pugh has been running a campaign and community petition to stop the privatisation of the Brunswick Holiday Parks and calling for southern Terrace Reserve to be handed back as community space.

This weeks Byron Shire council agenda includes a recommendation from council staff to approve a licence application from the state-owned holiday-park conglomerate Reflections, which would allow camping on southern Terrace Reserve and could potentially allow the destruction of an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines.

Mr Pugh is calling on councillors to reject the application.

If council approves this license at Thursdays meeting it could make it harder for a new Labor government to open this space back up to the community. Council can still approve the camping license for the other parts of Terrace Reserve to operate and reject the application to operate in this sensitive area.

We need to listen to the community and save our public green space in Brunswick Heads.

I am determined to make saving the precious public space in Brunswick Heads and stopping the privatisation of the parks an election issue, he said.

Heavy pruning of the historic cypress trees which drew the ire of locals as far back as 2014.

Campaigner...

12:16

Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread ...

The post Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:52

EP 256: Regurgitator & TV Haze "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

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Photos: Tracie Tee (R) Zo Damage (TVH)

Regurgitator

Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Brisbanes own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EPs before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The Gurge solidified themselves as Australias premier alternative rock band.  

A slew of ARIAs, a new drummer (Front End Loaders Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis...

11:52

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk Winning Streak "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin, honky tonk dance-floor. Its a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the Continue reading

11:50

GT and Rupert Guinness with the latest sports stories, on Crossing the Line Tuesday 18 September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

In a bit of a twist to our usual format, GT and sports journalist Rupert Guinness discuss the latest stories hitting the sports headlines this week, including Grand Final season, the Aussie and Irish wins at the World Rowing Championships, the blistering new marathon world record, and updates from the endurance cycling event Race to the Rock.

GT and Rupert will also be playing a selection of their favourite Aussie hits. Join them live at 3pm.

Something to add? Call 02 9331 3000 or Tweet @gearoidtowey with your questions and comments.

GT and Rupert Guinness

GT and Rupert Guinness fueling up for this weeks show!

 

The post GT and Rupert Guinness with the latest sports stories, on Crossing the Line Tuesday 18 September appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

11:22

Nude Not Lewd rally a cold clothes option "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jenni and Dazee wanted to send a strong message. Photo Tree Faerie.

A cool blustery day did little to dampen the determination of protestors at Tyagarah as almost 100 supporters visited the Nude Not Lewd beach rally throughout Sunday morning.

Though naturalists at heart, clothes were the days option for many as a chill wind blew along the beach, but their message was fiery hot.

Nude is not lewd.

Council is currently debating the future of clothes optional beaches in the Shire and naturists from the Byron area and beyond say they are fighting for their right to have clothes optional beaches. The protestors are adamant about everyone being able to enjoy the beach in a safe community environment.

Several speakers had their say during the morning and all agreed that there is sometimes an unpleasant element who are attracted to the nude beach, but working together, the community could address those issues.

A spokesperson for the Byron Naturists said that the main focus of the days rally is to keep the beach open.

Theres a small number of local residents who have been very vocal about trying to close the beach.

They have claimed that police statistics are up. That is true, but that is since the size of the [nude] beach has been reduced a lot of those statistics have been about people who have been naked outside of the signposted area. A lot of those statistics are also what they call bona fides they are doing daily patrols and they are asking people for ID.

So they are minor issues. What the police have said is that there havent been any major issues in the signposted area.

Photos Tree Faerie

11:19

Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...

The post Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:17

Britain May Ban Secret Facebook Groups "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

British Labour Party MP, Lucy Powell, has introduced a bill into parliament which seeks to outlaw secret online social media groups. The proposal The basis of the proposal is that these hidden groups are fertile ground for unchecked hate speech, bigotry and what has become known as fake news. The bill also seeks to ensure

The post Britain May Ban Secret Facebook Groups appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:11

Sydney Contemporary, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A selection from this years Sydney Contemporary Australias Premier International Art Fair that ran from 13-16 September 2018.

The Field Patricia Piccinini.

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10:55

Young snappers whip photo wins award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The youngest ever overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Photo Competition, Sophia Dadon, is just nine.

With a photo of some young kids eating whipped ice-cream, nine-year-old Sophia Dadon will go down in history as the youngest overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photo Competition.

Sophias photo Ice Cream Love was the 2018 overall winner.

Keeping in mind this years theme Loving Bruns Sophia snapped her young friends loving the whipped ice-cream from Bernardis on Mullumbimby Street.

In its 14th year, the competition winners were announced at a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday afternoon.

With the Tamara Smith MP, Peoples Choice and Instagram awards, judges chose 17 finalists and five winners from 135 print and almost 500 instagram entries.

From those entries a wonderful selection of photos are now for sale in the 2019 Simple Pleasure calendar.

For more information visit: www.brunswickheads.org.au.

 

10:28

Meet the bands playing the 2018 VB Hard Yards Tour "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane LanePaper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names.  Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

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VB Hard Yards Tour 2018

Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.

Tone Deaf

If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!

www.victoriabitter.com.au/hardyards

VB HARD YARDS TOUR 2018

Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs

October 3 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne 
w/ Alex Lahey

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10:04

Creatures photos "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The closing date for entries to the FOBIF Creatures project is 1 October so there is still time to send us your photos. The exhibition at TOGS cafe will open on 12 October and finish at the end of November. You can find all the project details here.

To have a look at the 69 photos in our Flickr Creatures album, click here.

Swift Parrot. Photo by Debbie Worland

09:52

Nothing of environmental significance at Tweed Hospital site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists impression of the new Tweed Hospital on the Kingscliff site.

NSW Health Infrastructure has repudiated claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) that the Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital, announced by the state government, would need to be assessed by the federal environment department.

Last week, Ms Elliot, whose husband Craig is running for the state seat of Tweed against sitting member Geoff Provest (Nationals), ran a series of ads and issued a media release saying Mr Provests decision to impose a hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands could be breaching Commonwealth law.

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

Ms Elliot argued that the proposed Tweed Hospital site near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.

Mr Provest responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.

Now the state body tasked with building the hospital, NSW Health Infrastructure, has announced that it, too, believes there is no requirement to refer the $534m new Tweed Hospital to the Commonwealth under the [act].

Detailed site investigations and advice from an independent environmental management expert has confirmed that there is no significant impact on any Matters of National Environmental Significance, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson told Echonetdaily.

The environmental area running along the northern boundary of the project site will be preserved outside of the development area to protect the environmental biodiversity and provide views and amenity for the hospital campus.

There is...

08:04

NSW Premier Ends Music Festival Overdose Tragedies With Stern Drugs Are Bad Mmmkay Speech "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.

NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.

A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.

Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.

The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.

Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.

That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.

Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.

Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.

I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.

Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.

In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.

Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.

The post...

08:01

Raptor portraits "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Of all the birds, raptors are perhaps the most thrilling to observe from close range.

The Little Eagle, pictured below, allowed me to approach to within ten metres or so I think the closest Ive ever been to this magnificent bird. All of the shots are virtually full frame.

Black-shouldered Kite, Newstead, 8th September 2018

07:45

Castillo Copper Limited's Jackadgery Project: has spinning the truth already begun? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 15 September 2018 The Daily Examiner reported that:

Concerns  about the health of the Mann and Clarence rivers have been raised by community members following explorations by Castillo Copper at Cangai, near the historic copper mine.

Its the high grade of the finding that has some community members concerned, with the prospect of a mine opening in the area becoming more likely.

At a meeting attended by about 20 people, NSW Parliament Greens candidate for the Clarence Greg Clancy and John Edwards from the Clarence Valley Environment Centre explained their concerns with mining so close to the river.

After having trouble getting in contact with Castillo through its website, Mr Edwards took his inquiries about the exploration to the mining regulator.

I got an email from their managing dir...

07:34

Indecent assault in Byron Bay pub "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 41-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 16.

Police allege that at about 1.15am a man came up behind a woman while she was dancing with friends and pushed his penis in to her back .

Security detained the man until police arrived.

He was arrested and conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was refused bail. He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court later in the day and was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 20.

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07:22

Rotacyclists donate to Ride Against Drought "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500. 

Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.

Click here for more details on how everyone can join the Ride Against Drought and help our farmers.Ride Against Drought Rotacyclists IFMR donate to Ride Against Drought Rotary

Humanitarian aid

Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.

Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service. 

Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.

A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.

A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.

Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....

06:55

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

Published 9 hours ago on 16 September 2018 By admin




Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Jubi / Doc.


Jayapura, Jubi  The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo i...

06:50

Thieves stoop to stealing grog from caravans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park. Photo weekendnotes.com

Police are warning residents in the Tweed to be especially careful to lock cars, homes and caravans following a recent spate of thefts.

During the evening of the September 15-16 alcohol was stolen from fridges in two caravans in the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park.

Police are asking campers to ensure all their property is safely secured.

Police will be reviewing all CCTV within the park to try and identify the offenders.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson said police have seen an increase in stealing from motor vehicles, stolen motor vehicles and break and enter offences in Banora Point and Tweed Heads South.

The entire community need to ensure nothing of valuable is left in their cars, and to ensure your motor vehicles are always locked when there is not and adult within three meters of the vehicle, the spokesperson said.

Dont give opportunistic thieves the chance to take your property.

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06:43

It's showtime "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Showtime for Brisbane

Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.

Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...



And now it's getting underway...



Exciting times for Brissie.

And not a winking kangaroo in sight.

Chartfest

Also an exhilarating week ahead, including an Aussie residential property prices Chartfest on Tuesday wherein I'll take a look in some detail at what has played across across the 8 capital cities over FY2018 by dwelling type. 

Fair warning for Tuesday: you can take any media report that mentions a 'record crash' in dwelling transactions and stuff it directly into the thunderbox.

Annoyingly this happens every quarter, of course, because the reported numbers are preliminary and thus incomplete (as anyone with a brain that analyses numbers would intuitively know). 

I have quite a significant international blog readership these days, so I'll try to add a bit of texture too, to explain why the different capital cities are behaving as they are. 

Stay tooned!

06:34

Liberty, freedom and civil rights? Do any of us understand these things anymore. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Words like freedom, rights and liberty are values that the vast majority of people aspire to for themselves and others yet they remain poorly understood and as a result vulnerable to being manipulated.

When we think of the word liberty or libertarian, sadly many of us we quickly picture gun-toting rednecks from the [...]

06:30

Indias Gay Sex Ban, Now Repealed, Was Britains Anti-Gay Colonial Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, Indias highest court affirmed that whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which ...

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05:00

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

Photo by Anibal Tafur 

Formed in response to dire statistics for women in both punk rock and their home country generally, Perra Vida are resisting preconceptions and the patriarchy through their feminist punk, all the way from Lima, Peru.

Perra Vida arent here to mess around. After realising that there were practically no punk acts in their hometown which consisted of both women and men, the quartet decided it was time to change that. Not only that, but lyricist and singer Diana Matos wanted to use their music to highlight and address government corruption and the treatment of women in Peru, a country which has a history of femicide and violence towards women.

It was just April when a 22 year old woman was burned alive on a rush hour bus in Lima by her former male colleague wanting to crush her ego. Its unfathomable injustices like this that fuel Perra Vidas fury and inspire their writing.

In June they released their self-titled EP, a collection of relentless, authentic feminist punk that wastes no time in getting to the point, whether it be violence against women, corruption, drug abuse or organised religion. Tracks barely scrape the two-minute mark but leave nothing to be desired theyre visceral, punchy and primo examples of DIY dexterity.

Punk has long been a weapon of the marginalised and if Perra Vida manages to use that weapon to expose the horrors in their home country to people oceans away, then what better way to wield it.

 

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

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00:15

Will Dutton face the High Court? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 23 August 2018 sixty-nine members of the Turnbull Coalition Government voted down a Labor motion to refer the Minister for Home Affairs and MP for Dickson, Peter Dutton, to the Court of Disputed Returns.

Included in this sixty-nine was Peter Dutton himself and most of the forty-five MPs who a day later refused to support Dutton's second leadership bid, as well as some reported to now be keeping their options open concerning referral to the Court. 

It seems that another motion is being prepared and there is no guarantee that the vote would go Dutton's way in a Morrison Coalition Government

News.com.au, 15 September 2018:

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been dealt another legal blow as constitutional law expert Anne Twomey says her advice for his referral to the High Court is "stronger" than ever.

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23:09

Darwin Photo Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Im back in Sydney after a couple of weeks in Darwin for work. It was an awesome time to be there, as the wet season hasnt arrived yet. However, there were a couple of days of high humidity combined with high temperatures. On two separate days, I arrived at work with a slightly damp shirt. When I wasnt at work,

22:18

New Campaign Aims To Educate Young Queenslanders About HIV Prevention "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new social media campaign is in the works to help young LGBTIQ people in Queensland fill in the gaps in their knowledge of sexual health and better understand the risks of HIV. Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service is working with researchers from the University of Queenslands School of Public Health to develop the ...

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21:59

Dr Kerryn Phelps Confirms Bid For Malcolm Turnbulls Sydney Seat Of Wentworth "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

City of Sydney Councillor Kerryn Phelps has confirmed she will contest former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls seat of Wentworth as an independent. Professor Phelps, a former Australian Medical Association president and now GP in the electorate, was a high-profile backer of same-sex marriage and was heavily involved in the yes campaign during the postal survey ...

The post Dr Kerryn Phelps Confirms Bid For Malcolm Turnbulls Sydney Seat Of Wentworth appeared first on QNews Magazine.

20:49

Dog Found "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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FOUND LARGE BROWN AND BLACK DOG. 

Has anyone lost or know someone who has lost a large dog? We found him wandering around the Coburg basketball court. 

He has no collar. If you recognize him or have any info please call me on 0451 865 236. 

William.


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20:25

Shannon Noll is facing drug possession charges in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Shannon Noll is set to appear before the courts next month after being charged with drug possession last week.

As The Sydney Morning Herald reports, officers from the Sutherland Shire were conducting a search at the Caringbah Hotel on Thursday night when they allegedly found a bag of white powder on Shannon Noll.

About 8.15pm yesterday (Thursday 13 September 2018), officers from the Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, along with Public Transport & Public Safety Command and the Dog Unit, were conducting a drug operation at a licensed premises on Port Hacking Road at Caringbah, explained a spokesperson for NSW Police on Friday.

A 42-year-old man was arrested by police after allegedly being detected with white powder, believed to be cocaine.

At this stage, Shannon Noll is set to appear at the Sutherland Local Court on October 11th, where hell face charges of drug possession.

Of course, this isnt the first time that Shannon Noll has made headlines for a bit of rowdy behaviour.

Most notably, the Australian Idol runner-up had charges of assault dropped last year after he hit a member of security while trying to gain entrance to the Crazy Horse, a strip club in Adelaide, in January.

More recently, the singer ended up receiving widespread criticism for an onstage rant In July that was deemed foul-mouthed and misogynistic by many of his critics.

The incident in question occurred at the Duck Creek Races in New South Wales in July, and was spurned by a member of the crowd throwing a can at Nolls head while performing on stage.

Soon, the singer appealed for the audience member to come up onstage, calling them that fucker in a tie, and a fucking maggot.

Hey, who thinks he should come up, Noll asked the crowd at the time. Shame that prick, shame that motherfucker right there. Fucking private school stupid fuckhead motherfucker. Have some balls and get up here and...

20:20

Eminem Admits Homophobic Slur On New Track Went Too Far "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Rapper Eminem has suggested he regrets directing a homophobic slur at fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator on his latest album Kamikaze. Eminem surprise-released the album two weeks ago but the track Fall caused a backlash because he raps, Tyler create nothin, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch. Tyler hinted that he identifies ...

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19:11

A Fair Trial Catch-22: The Problem With The Teachers Pet Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One of the worlds hottest podcasts right now has helped shed light on the disappearance of a Sydney woman. But at what price of a fair trial, asks Hannah Marshall.

The best way to dispose of a body, if you live in the bush, is to put it in the bush, and thats what I think he did on the Friday night.

There is a problem with The Teachers Pet. The podcast and the slew of surrounding media could be so sensational and prejudicial that if he is prosecuted, Chris Dawson cant get a fair trial.

The podcast is a true crime story about a woman, Lyn Dawson, who disappeared from Sydneys northern beaches in 1982. Her body has never been found. The investigating journalist accuses her husband, former Newtown Jets player Chris Dawson, of murdering her. He denies it.  Two coronial inquests have recommended prosecution but none has ensued.

The picture painted of Chris Dawson is not good. Theres his affair with a schoolgirl, allegations of physical abuse, allegations of an attempt to hire a hitman, inconsistent statements, and two small daughters left without their mother.

The Teachers Pet is compelling and sad and reveals some great injustices; to the two daughters, the schoolgirl, and Lyns family as well as to Lyn Dawson herself.

But in its eagerness to seek justice for her probable murder it risks doing exactly the opposite. It could result in Chris Dawson avoiding facing a jury, or even avoiding a murder trial altogether, regardless of the strength of any evidence against him.

The obvious upside to this kind of investigative journalism is the chance that new, meaningful evidence could be found that will help get a conviction. But that has to be balanced very carefully against the risk involved in broadcasting information that is prejudicial and unlikely to be admissible as evidence in court.

To be fair, a lot of the information presented in The Teachers Pet is unproblematic. Written statements and evidence from the coronial inquests for example. But a lot of other parts of the podcast are prejudicial and prejudge Dawsons guilt. Here are just a couple of examples.

A new witness alleges that she saw Chris Dawson assault his wife twice, well before Lyn disappeared. The inference is that he is a violent person and therefore more likely to have killed his wife. Courts call this tendency evidence and treat it with extreme caution. It is only admitted in very particular circumstances. Whether this new testimony would be admitted into evidence is highly uncertain. But the podcast doesnt tell you that.

Then theres the treatment of a claim that Chris Dawson said he tried to hire a hitman to kill Lyn, but didnt go through with it. The allegation comes from Dawsons schoolgirl lover, and later...

19:06

Riding the crest of a wave "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.

The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.

The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Tom Andrews gave the Waves the premiership.

For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.

 

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18:03

One For The Ladies: UNSWs Helpful Guide On How Not To Get Raped "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Heres some tips on how to stay safe, along with other stupid things men say to women after someone is sexually assaulted. Note to readers: this story contains a confession by writer Chris Graham, and another epiphany.

Remember Eurydice Dixon. How could anyone forget, right? And remember the backlash when, following Eurydices brutal rape and murder, Victorian Police issued a timely reminder to women in Melbourne to take greater care with their personal security? How could anyone forget that either, right?

Well, it seems the folks over at the University of NSW did, because on Friday afternoon, following reports of a sexual assault near the campus, an executive from UNSW sent all staff and students an email headed Safety and vigilance on campus. The message sought to provide women, well over to UNSW

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Lets see if we can break down what UNSW is really communicating here.

Someone got raped last night, but it wasnt on our campus. That said, it was near our campus, and we really should say something, because if we dont and the next rape actually occurs on our campus, we can point to the email we sent to all our staff and students and say Its very sad but we did kinda warn you. That lessens our moral culpability, but most importantly it will also help us seriously mitigate any reputational damage the rapist and his victim might cause us. Thus, what were going to say is this: While we do what we can to make you safe, your personal safety is still your personal responsibility. Follow these helpful tips so you dont go and get yourself raped.

Or words to that affect. Because while that might not be how the email is intended to be read, its certainly open to interpretation to be read that way. And at this juncture, I should offer a confession. My spin on the UNSW email is obviously quite provocative, but its not what I thought yesterday.

On Friday afternoon, I was sitting in a caf with two female colleagues (plotting the downfall of a government), when one of them received the email, from a distressed UNSW staff member.

A discussion of mutual exasperation ensued, whereupon I entered it by saying words to the effect of, OK, I understand the frustration and anger of women at this, and Im not suggesting UNSW cant do more to make women feel safe, but is it really that unreasonable for UNSW to remind people about their safety? Where is the actual harm in the email?

Well heres the harm (and thanks to my colleagues for gently explaining it to me).

The problem with telling grown w...

17:14

Australia: Drug Overdoses Prompt Shut Down of Sydney Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Defqon. 1 festival, the police said. Two of the 13 hospitalised people remain in critical condition, while about 700 sought help on site.

The police has charged 10 people with drug supply offences, including two teenagers who allegedly carried 120 capsules to the festival, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.

Im absolutely aghast at what has occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said.

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman died on Saturday after collapsing at the Def...

16:53

Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 4:53pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This week, I have been mostly reading comics:

15:06

Manus mental health crisis as refugee swallows razor blades "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Refugee advocates have called for urgent medical attention for a 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who has been hospitalised in Port Moresby after swallowing razor blades.

The refugee has swallowed a total of eight blades six last Friday morning, 14 September, and then two more after he was admitted to hospital.

On Saturday morning, 15 September, still in the hospital, he swallowed a pair of nail clippers.

He has had one scan to locate the blades and nail clippers, but there has been no more treatment. He is now passing blood.

Since being on Manus, the man has been sent to Port Moresby three times for treatment. This time, he has been in Port Moresby for 17 months, waiting for treatment for an intractable stomach ailment.

His case has highlighted the lack of medical or mental health care available for refugees in Manus or Port Moresby.

There are numerous cases of refugees waiting for months in the Granville Motel for treatment that they never get, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, who recently visited the Granville Motel and Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

While the recent attention has been on Nauru, where legal action in Australia has forced the government to bring refugees to Australia for medical treatment, there are just as many cases in PNG. One man I saw has a letter indicating that IHMS has referred his case to Border Force in July 2017, and he is still waiting for urgently needed surgery that cannot be done in Port Moresby.

The Iraqi refugee decided to try and end his life to put an end to his suffering. The government has a duty of care to those they have illegally dumped on Manus Island. They cannot provide medical care; there is no third country to resettle them; they need to evacuate Manus and Port Moresby and bring them here.

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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15:04

Two dead following suspected overdoses at Sydney dance festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Two people are confirmed to have died, with others being treated for drug-related issues, following the Sydney dance festival Defqon.1 yesterday.

Saturday afternoon saw the 2018 edition of the dance music festival Defqon.1 take place at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

Sadly, as the ABC reports, two festivalgoers have passed away following suspected overdoses at the festival, with three others in critical condition at a local hospital.

While police have reported that a further thirteen attendees are currently receiving treatment for treatment for drug-related issues, over 700 punters reportedly sought help from medical personnel at Defqon.1.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has condemned the event, vowing to ban Defqon.1, and firmly stating that pill-testing is not the answer to the issue of drug use at festivals.

I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again we will do everything we can to shut this down, she explained.

I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event, she continued. Clearly it wasnt when so many people have succumbed.

Anyone who advocates pill-testing is giving the green light to drugs. There is no such thing as a safe drug and unfortunately when young people think there is, it has tragic consequences.

As the ABC notes, police charged ten people at the festival for drug offences, including two 17-year-old girls, and a 22-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of 20 packets of GHB.

Organisers of the Defqon.1 festival released a statement earlier today, noting that they were deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of the festival patrons, and expressed their condolences at all those affected.

We are disappointed at the number of reported drug related incidents, we have a zero-tolerance policy in relation to drug use at the festival, they explained.

Festival organisers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is currently underway.

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12:30

Grassy Plains conference "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A conference for the community, professionals and all who share an interest in conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains.

The conference will explore the three themes of Respect, Protect and Reconnect Melbournes Grassy Plains.

Friday 12th October (9am 5pm) and
Sat 13th October, 2018 (1pm-5pm, lunch 12pm-1pm)
At Wyndham Council Chambers,
45 Princes Highway, Werribee.

This is a free event thanks to our sponsors. 

Book your place.

Presented by the Grassy Plains Network: an alliance of community-based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains and ecosystems.  The Grassy Plains Network is working in partnership with Naturewest Inc

For further information email: grassyplainsnetwork@gmail.com or check the website.

 

12:23

The ECOSS Spring Fest Extravaganza! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

ECOSS is about providing opportunities for people to express their sustainable ideas and creative skills through various programs and projects. It is located in the Upper Yarra catchment at Wesburn, near Warburton.

Each year it holds a Spring Fest as a fundraiser. This year it will happen on Saturday September 22, from 10am til 4pm.

Wake up and Bloom for Spring.  This years abundant festivities include The Great Ecological Race- wheelbarrow race between Middle years kids and their parents, MCd by the Fabulous and Fantastic Will Tait.

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin- (Wandoon), local Wurundjeri Elder.

Multicultural performances from Chin Community Dancers, Aztec Dance, Sarita McHarg- Sitar Player and Singer,  Zaar Belly Dance, Tomi Muramatsu, Gustavos Drummers, Tuvaluan Dancers, MOOP Officers: Will Tait and Brendan Jones, Black Bug City,  Stage MCd by the charismatic and talented Simon Oats.

Tiny House talks and tours, Bio-dynamic Farm tour, Yarra Valley Bee Group Talks, ECOSS projects tour, and GRAND OPENING OF RELAB- (rehab for old items- up cycling and boutique craft centre!).

Eco Market with delicious local, healthy food and drinks!

Meet- Yarra Valley Bee Group, Kids Clay play in the Community Pottery Studio, LGBTQI+ rainbow flag painting, apple peeling and loads more activities underway.

STALLHOLDER APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW- email: ecotopiastalls@ecoss.org.au

To enter the Great Ecological Race, email: eartheducation@ecoss.org.au

The Spring Fest is ECOSSs largest fundraising event in the year.  This is how we keep ECOSSs activites low cost and accessible for the whole community. ECOSS supports many Not for Profit groups throughout the year, and here is your chance to support ECOSS.  Please come along with generous limbs and help to make this the most successful fundraising event it can be!

 

For further information about ECOSS, its vision and its programs, check here.

12:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 14th September "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Breathe Harp Samuels iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Folk by the Sea Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September Kiama, NSW Gigs Next Week Alannah Russack w/ Josh Shipton, Hobo Juju Friday 21st September []

10:07

Next stop Woy Woy - Heads on a Train "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Travelling to Newcastle from Central yesterday after a ruckus where 2 idiots fought over a seat and managed to fall over onto a pair of old ladies

09:23

Top 10: Feed "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

Skunkhour were everything I was looking for in a band when they came to my attention in 93.

They played the funk music thatd started shaking Sydney with hiphop influences and a distinctively Australian delivery.

I think the Larkin brothers, Aya and Del, are criminally overlooked as lyricists, and Del also did beaut illustrations for releases by other bands in their cohort, such as Swoop and Juice.

The self-titled Skunkhour debut showed they were able to sing about admiring arses (Bootyfull) and also to consider gender roles (A Cow and a Pig), as well discuss the heroin epidemic of the early 90s (Horse).

Then the follow-up album Feed in 1995 expanded their focus musically and lyrically.

McSkunk was released as a single well in advance of the album and runs through a critique of capitalism exploiting natural resources. (Its a theme they would later explore as the ballad Tomorrows Too Soon and thats one of those songs that I love for making my eyes water.)

The track State then slipped out on an EP and, as a first-year Philosophy student, I appreciated the parallels with Platos writing for comparing divisions in the soul with those in society.

Id begun writing for Canberras BMA Magazine and spoke with guitarist Warwick Scott for a couple of interviews, as well as having opportunities to quiz the band after their shows.

Ahead of the release of the album Feed I got a promotional three-song cassette, which included Treacherous Head and Strange Equation.

The former addresses our human impulses and their potential to undermine our best intentions, while the latter rhymed the song title with race assimiliation to discuss the hollow words that all men are created equal in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Ive picked Feed as my favourite Skunkhour album as it showed the band hitting their stride and broadening their sound, literally with the addition of keyboardist Paul Searles.

Green Light is a phenomenal track to hear live as the Sutherland brothers lock in their bass and drum parts.

Sunstone speaks of driving Australias back roads with wry observations that feel like an aural equivale...

08:59

THE OCEANS AND CLIMATE CHANGE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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08:06

Lets live a day at a time for the Lord "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I met a man last night aged 61, my age, from New Zealand originally like me, who is has four cancers and has been given 2-6 years life-expectancy.

We were watching the All Blacks play South Africa in rugby union at my local pub In Bellingen in Mid-Coast, New South Wales, Australia.

We shared how wed both had friends die in their 50s. Ive lost three friends aged in their 50s. One in 2004 aged 53 and the other two last year. One was Trevor Tree a Bellingen local who I was friends with for almost thirty years. He was a Christian, and fit, so his death was unexpected.

The man I met last night seemed quite reconciled to the situation. Hed just retired and was doing a motorbike trip with some male friends. He shared he is married.

So lets live a day at a time for the Lord. We dont know which day in our future will be our last, no matter how old we are.

08:00

Further notes on an offensive cartoon "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Further notes on an offensive cartoonThere is something stupefying, depressing and yet familiar about Mark Knights Serena Williams cartoon in the Melbourne edition of the Murdoch gutter press a few days ago. read now...

07:58

Sea anemones plentiful in Sunshine Coast rockpools "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

LEFT: decorated anemone, RIGHT: green anemone.

Last Wednesday I went searching for sea anemones on a rocky shoreline south of Coolum Beach, and found five different species in the rock pools there.

My first sighting was of a decorated anemone (Oulactis muscosa) in a sandy, wave-exposed pool, which is a typical microhabitat for this species.

This animal has greyish-white tentacles and a dark red section inside its oral disc, and gets its name from the way it decorates its margins with sand and pebbles in order to better camouflage itself.

This species can often appear almost entirely buried by sand, but I found one specimen in a calmer rock pool that allowed for the good view shown above.

Next up was a green anemone (Aulactinia veratra), and this proved to be a common and variable species at this location.

It was most frequently found deep inside crevices, including some narrow and shallow ones that barely held any water at low tide.

The colour of this creature was not always the vivid green shown in the photo here, and it was quite often a muddy brown hue instead.

Encountering the decorated and green anemones at the start of my search made my eyes grow accustomed to typical anemone shapes and hiding spots, so much so that seeing the next wildly atypical species came as quite a surprise: I suddenly realised that stretching out over the rocks and pools before me lay a vast colony of tiny anemones that I had read about in the Queensland Museums...

07:46

Congratulations to the people of PNG on their 43rd anniversary of Independence from Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Congratulations to the people of PNG on their  43rd anniversary of Independence from Australia.


PNG achieved its Independence on the 16 September in 1975.

The PNG people are also great friends of West Papua given thousands of West Papuans fleeing Indonesian oppression,  ...

07:37

1) Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Authorities Arrest 8, Seize Hundreds of Ammunition in Papua
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1) Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua
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06:00

Completing the cuckoos "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Rounding out the focus on cuckoos in recent weeks, here are the two species that havent featured so far.

Pallid Cuckoos have been around in good numbers for at least a fortnight, while Black-eared Cuckoos are doing well in the bush along the Mia Mia. The least common of all the migrating cuckoos, its been great to see and hear them on most visits to this area since early September. On a warm Friday evening I was a little surprised to see a small flock of woodswallows near South German Track White-browed and at least one Masked Woodswallow a very early record.

Pallid Cuckoo, Green Gully, 7th September 2018

04:48

Full interview with UK writer Johann Hari on his vital messages around depression "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Back in May, I interviewed UK journalist Johann Hari at the Sydney Writers Festival about his new book, Lost Connections, on fresh ways to see depression and anxiety. It was a sold-out event and the full audio is now available:

03:55

Here comes Queen's Wharf "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

$3bn Queen's Wharf

Big news for Brisbane's economy as the long-awaited $3 billion Queen's Wharf project gets underway.

And big news too for the future of Brisbane as a capital city and major player.

Significant housing market implications in addition, of course, as the inner city suburbs fill up.

Read the attached report from News (click link or image to read).


The mixed-use Howard Smith Wharves project is already well into its construction phase.

And it too will also be a terrific boost for adjacent suburbs including New Farm, Teneriffe, and Fortitude Valley.


Brisbane, truly, the jewel of Australia!

01:21

A sign of increasing desperation on Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton's part? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


After threatening to bring into the House of Representatives files he kept on members of parliament when he Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton made sure two particular files were very visible on 11 September 2018.



Images found on Twitter

After he quoted from these files the Opposition requested that they be tabled. A request Dutton refused.


01:19

The Scott Morrison Social Media Experience in 2018: expletives deleted "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


"QT was on fire today Good work, team. https://t.co/M6UWcQO0HU"

Three hours after he posted this tweet on 13 September 2018, Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison deleted it;

Some hours later he apologised for the profanity included in the Fat Man Scoop "Be Faithful" hip hop song, part of which he had embedded in video of that afternoon's HoR Question Time - pleading ignorance.


Remove that dodgy tweet from his Twitter account he may have, but the twitterverse being faster than Morrison's digits meant there was still an echo left on that social media platform:
The reason why the government benches were conspicuous for so many arms upstretched in unison in the video is because, in true tent revival-style, Morrison was asking his colleagues to raise their hands:

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Saturday, 15 September

21:57

Papua Regional Police: Arrest of KNPB Activists Results of Development of Ammunition Findings "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Papua Regional Police: Arrest of KNPB Activists Results of Development of Ammunition Findings



Papua Police Public Relations Head, Kombes Pol A.M. Kamal when showing a photo of the evidence that was mentioned was secured from the KNPB secretariat in the Mimika region - Photo: Public Relations of the Papua Regional Police.



Jayapura - Papua Regional Police (Polda) stated, the search for the secretariat and the arrest of several activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in the Mimika region by a joint police and military team on Saturday (9/15/2018) morning, was the result of the development of RW, youth 20 years, which was secured at Moses Kilang Mimika Airport some time ago because of carrying 153 rounds of ammunition....

20:48

The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested
KNPB, PRD 9/15/2018 11:41:00 am

The Indonesian National Army (TNI) when conducting a raid on the Free Papua office in Timika, Papua (15/09/2019). 



Timika, WANI Tabloid - The brutal actions of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian colonial army (TNI) in Indonesia took place again. Colonial Indonesia carried out the action against the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Timika West Papua, by ambushing the Free Papua office, on Saturday (15/09/2018) around 6:15 AM in the morning, on the old Freeport Road, betel garden dam. According to a report compiled by ...

11:00

2018 TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Entries are now open for the 2018 TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest, to headline this years annual Festival in Eastwood on Saturday October 20 before settling in for a year-long royal tenure.

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Friday, 14 September

13:30

JBs World: Its Granny Smith time "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

GRANNY SMITH Festival time is fast approaching and so we're launching our 2018 TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest.

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Thursday, 13 September

23:43

Join us to hear from Gabrielle Chan, author of Rusted Off "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Voices for Indi is proudly hosting Gabrielle Chan, author of Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up.  Events are planned in Mansfield, Albury, Violet Town, Wangaratta and Shepparton. 

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