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Wednesday, 18 July


Kastoria Music Club "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The great times continue at our very own live music venue, the Kastoria Music Club!


Woolloomooloo paintings "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Old Dairy Cottage $1200

A onetime SP bookies shop aka the old dairy cottage -one of the oldest buildings in the Loo, and currently the home of the Donatos

These are the paintings I currently have of Woolloomooloo as requested by the Woolloomooloo Insider. The prices here are from the catalogue at Streets and Viaducts, my show at the Wayside Chapel recently. If your interested in one talk to Andy Perceval (0431727699) who is dealing with my sales etc to organise a viewing and work out  a deal

They're all small to medium oils on canvas - the Woolloomooloo Viaduct at the bottom is largest, about 80x60cm

Brougham St Cliff $600



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Ikea sofa bed with storage underneath.
Navy blue cover with some fading at back as per photos. 

Cushions not included. $50 ONO. 0408 522 908.


Community Talks Safe Space "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


This special event 'Community Talks Safe Spaces  is an opportunity for conversation and reflection in our community re our concerns about violence and creating safer spaces.

This event has been created by one of the singers in the Trolls Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins together with her partner 

My son Quinn who is a teenager with autism, was beaten savagely outside a Melbourne High school in May by boys with spanners. There is something so sad and very wrong about young boys doing this, what would compel such fear and anger in them?  Everyone has the right to feel safe in the community, but the fact is we dont all feel safe. Women, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ communities, children and the elderly are the groups that are at highest risk of violence in public spaces, let alone in the home. And men are at highest risk of suicide. Is something broken in our communities?

Carmen has invited a panel of amazing speakers (see the link) to discuss these issues - it is a free event so even if you do not feel like singing please come and support the discussion.
 Please tell all your mates and share share share this link on Facebook or via email, help Carmen spread the word - thanks folks!



Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello Newlands Community News. 

To give away -

1) Glass bottles and lids - clean, various sizes. 

2) Magazines - for electronics buffs. 
- Australian Electronics - 1986 editions 
- Silicon Chip (the new name) - editions from 1987 - 2017.


Mums and Bubs Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Mums and Bubs Yoga in Preston.

Starting next Wednesday 25 June.

Mums and bubs yoga is a weekly space to fill your own well and re-center. The practice supports mother and baby bonding and is a way to spend time with other mums in your area. The practice focuses on strengthening and stabilising the core, the pelvic floor, and opening the shoulders and upper back. The sessions are held with the babies on the mother's mat. There are opportunities to playfully interact with your baby during the yoga positions. We may massage the babies, tickle them, chant, sing or rock them.

For any further information contact Melisa Chabierski.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Desk in a cupboard!

Desk in great condition with lockable doors $95. Call 8528 2332. Pick up Newlands.


Inclusive Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Inclusive yoga classes!

Inclusive yoga is suitable for everyone - seniors, people with physical or intellectual disability, those suffering chronic physical illness or mental health conditions and people who prefer a gentle yoga class.

This soothing practice will assist with joint mobility, strength, balance and general health.

Inclusive yoga welcomes people with a disability and those who may find joining a regular yoga class difficult. It can be a useful compliment to ones ongoing medical care.

This is a gentle hatha yoga class for people experiencing chronic pain, disability, anxiety and other related health issues. It is a supportive, physical and mindful practice which can be done seated in a chair.

There are also options to participate in postures to assist balance and relaxation, including standing with a chair and laying supine on a mat.

How can inclusive yoga help you?

Youll learn controlled breathing techniques which help to balance the central nervous system and generate a calm and a mindful approach to self. By directing the blood flow with posture and breath, you will oxygenate your cells. Healthy cells promote health to the body-systems, in particular aiding digestion and circulation.

Realise enjoyment while energy flows through your body as you move.

Is this class right for you?

Initially Simone will privately and confidentially discuss any acute or chronic injury or health condition you may have, in order to offer you the safest and most appropriate yoga practice for your current level of fitness and health.

Elements of the class will be general to all participants and there will be some individual attention and instruction, as required.

About the teacher:

Simone Litchfield is a yoga synergy teacher who has been practicing yoga for 28 years and teaching for the last 8 years.

Simone also has a background in contemporary dance and she works with people of all ages and with various levels of physical and intellectual ability.

Important: Please wear comfortable, modest clothing.



1) Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) ULMWP opens offices in West Papua


1) Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue

11:12 am today 


Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off' "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off'The message at Melbourne's packed #SaveOurABC rally was clear: 'Keep your grubby mitts off OUR ABC'. read now...


Why the alt-right want to call Australia home "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On Friday, Canadian alt-right YouTuber and activist Lauren Southern will host the Melbourne leg of her national speaking tour, alongside fellow alt-right YouTuber and compatriot Stefan Molyneux. Southerns video announcing her tour really tries to bring the drama: You guys are at a crossroads. Do you want to retain your culture your borders, family, identity? Or will the boats keep coming, the no-go zones keep growing and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?


Participants wanted (Australia only): Perceived persuasiveness and reliability of topical news stories "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi, my name is Jai and Im conducting a study about how information is communicated about extreme weather events. If you are interested, please click this link for more information.

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Priming the pump "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

'Declining moderately'

An interesting little snippet from the Reserve Bank's Board Minutes yesterday. 

One might reasonably expect that the Reserve Bank is quite happy with Sydney prices declining by about 5 per cent over the past year, following a strong run. 

There's been a bit of odd discussion and reporting of these trends in recent weeks.

The most expensive sectors of the housing market by price decile do tend to be 'thinner' and more illiquid, and as such they do indeed tend to be more volatile through the cycle. 

But it's worth noting too that if the median price is down by 5 per cent, then that's the change in the median price; it can't all be driven by the top end or 'prime' properties!

The RBA is obviously clear on this point; not so sure about the burgeoning market commentariat, though!

There was also some interesting discussion of household debt trends, a subject that has been of considerable interest, both in Australia and overseas

Jobs preview

A bit of a slow news day, then, evidently!

But a big release is due out tomorrow morning relating to the labour force, with the market anticipating a modest increase in employment. 



When Doves Cry "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

An absolute vow to remain wrong at all times is at the floppy lukewarm core of US Liberalism, but it's a funny thing, because as fanatically pretentious and preposterously full of shit as they are, their extremely pompous fuckwittedness hasn't made me turn to the Right and become a fascist. Maybe it's Being Normal No Matter What that drives these people mad? I am fucked if I care. Fuck off.

The shallowest, psychologically inbred hothouse flowers in all civilisation are of course devastated to see Donald Trump- a man who definitely shits standing up- taking an endless series of leaning forward weirdly shits in the Oval Office. But you just know he could be jailed for multiple offences and that in their hearts his real crime would be that he has clearly never watched The West Wing.

These fucking people.

Obama was cool because he did not give a flying fuck about anyone but himself. Watching him stand by as people's hopes were crushed over and over was amazing. People wanted to believe he had hidden depths because he was cool and he was cool because he didn't give a shit. It's not fair to say he is the perfect American Liberal, he's on another level of self worship, but he to this day is what these fucking idiots believe in, because they believe in surfaces.

I tried watching the West Wing but could not hack it. Jesus Christ. People who believe in America should be shot in the throat and kicked down two flights of stairs so they choke to death on their own blood upside down in a tangle of broken limbs. And as they lock pleading eyes with a homeless person who lives next to the last rat shitted stair at the end of the alley and who lives there because of people who believe in America but know fuck all about society and care less about people? A white dove is released, splattering white shit onto the annoying haircut of the dying Hashtag Resistance terrorist. Don't ask me about the logistics of that, I'm about vision.

People who hero worship Obama and the Clintons were defeated by a fucking moron and they still don't get it. That sort of self absorption is not a mistake though, it's pumped into people's heads by a propaganda machine that has escaped into the wild. The propaganda machine roams the jungle at night, farting it's nightmares into the dreams of the gibbering sleep babies of America. There is no getting through to these people, they are glued to...


Lonely Gay Porn Star Reveals The Impact Of His Career On His Personal Life "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A gay porn star has opened up about the toll that his career has taken on his dating life in a moving video. Blake Mitchell has starred in a number of gay porn films and took to his own YouTube channel to reveal the loneliness he feels in his personal life due to his unique ...

The post Lonely Gay Porn Star Reveals The Impact Of His Career On His Personal Life appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Victoria Police "could" launch investigation into Andrews Govt taxpayer funding rorts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I think I might push a peanut with my nose from Bourke Street to the Sydney Opera House if this gets up. Here's The Australian with Sam Hutchinson's optimistic take on the Ashton sophistry. Victoria Labor could face criminal investigation over Red Shirt rorts Victorian Chief Police...


"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?" "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?"
by Robert Emery and Jim Coan

"When people have their feelings hurt, what is actually happening inside the body to cause the physical pain in the chest?" - Josh Ceddia, Melbourne, Australia

"Robert Emery and Jim Coan, professors of psychology at the University of Virginia, reply: "Terms such as heartache and gut wrenching are more than mere metaphors: they describe the experience of both physical and emotional pain. When we feel heartache, for example, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations in our chest- muscle tightness, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected.

But how do emotions trigger physical sensations? Scientists do not know, but recently pain researchers uncovered a possible pathway from mind to body. According to a study from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, activity in a brain region that regulates emotional reactions called the anterior cingulate cortex helps to explain how an emotional insult can trigger a biological cascade. During a particularly stressful experience, the anterior cingulate cortex may respond by increasing the activity of the vagus nerve- the nerve that starts in the brain stem and connects to the neck, chest and abdomen. When the vagus nerve is overstimulated, it can cause pain and nausea.

Heartache is not the only way emotional and physical pain intersect in our brain. Recent studies show that even experiencing emotional pain on behalf of another person- that is, empathy- can influence our pain perception. And this empathy effect is not restricted to humans. In 2006 a paper published in "Science" revealed that when a mouse observes its cage mate in agony, its sensitivity to phy...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The first trailer for Boy Erased, the emotional drama telling the story of a US gay conversion therapy survivor, has been released. Troye Sivan stars alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton. It tells the story of Jared (played by Manchester ...


Day of Mourning Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees are holding two silent vigils on Thursday 19th July. On 19 July 2013, PM Kevin Rudd said "From now any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees." As a result many people have been kept on Manus Island and [...] full article 


Australian venture taps 'migrapreneurs' for cleantech solutions "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Migrants and refugees often face bleak job prospects in Australia. Sydney-based accelerator programme Catalaysr wants to coach migrant-run start-ups to create employment and deliver solutions the world needs.


Truck crashes through bridge at Bass "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A TRUCK driver aged in his twenties has been taken to hospital in a critical condition, after a truck crashed into the Bass River this morning, off the Bass Highway.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.10am today (Wednesday, July 18) to the incident off the bridge, between Bass School Road and Hade Avenue, Bass.
The truck fell an estimated 20 metres, before hitting the water.
The railing before the bridge has been extensively damaged; appearing as if the truck drove along the steel railing before plunging into the river.
Emergency personnel, including local SES units, assisted in cutting the man free from the cabin.
At around 11.40am, about a dozen SES, CFA, Ambulance Victoria paramedics, police and other emergency services personnel assisted in bringing the man, who was on a stretcher,  up a hill and into an ambulance.
The ambulance then drove to the awaiting Air Ambulance, stationary on Hade Avenue, where he was transported to hospital.
Police have been on scene for some time carrying out investigations and speaking to witnesses. The highway remained open but was closed and open intermittently to allow traffic through at a reduced speed.
Authorities have asked members of the community not to post photos of the actual accident scene on social media until they have completed their work of contacting relatives and carrying out initial investigations.


The post Truck crashes through bridge at Bass appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


Brain Stimulation Could Reduce Likelihood of Offending "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A new study has found that electrical brain stimulation could reduce the likelihood of offending, which researchers hope may help to subdue the violent impulses of psychopaths and other offenders in the lead up to their release into the community. Study dynamics Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Nanyang Technological recruited 86 adult participants.

The post Brain Stimulation Could Reduce Likelihood of Offending appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Lennox Head sand-mining proposal withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of McGearys Quarries existing unremediated sand mine at Lennox Head. Photo No Sand Mines for Lennox

Chris Dobney

A controversial development application (DA) to massively increase the size of a sand mine at Lennox Head has been withdrawn ahead of it being considered by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP).

In a statement the proponent, Owen McGeary, said ongoing opposition to the plan by the group No Sand Mines for Lennox Head (NSMFL), had strongly influenced his decision not to proceed.

He said the group had made it clear they intended to appeal any positive decision made by the JRPP.

Via our planning consultant we reached out to NSMFL to see if there was any room to mitigate our project to accommodate their concerns. Unfortunately, they could not see any way to change or condition the project for it to become acceptable in their eyes, Mr McGeary said.

He added , it is not sensible for us to risk expenditure potentially totalling $1m where no costs are likely to be awarded with a successful outcome of court proceedings.

Victory for people power

Ballinas deputy mayor Keith Williams has welcomed the decision, calling it a victory for people power and has thanked members of the community who have spoken up and voiced concerns.

Cr Williams also explained why he had remained silent over the issue while other councillors were voca in their opposition.

Being a member of the JRPP as deputy mayor, I have found my inability to publicly comment on the application a major frustration.

This is my community, I am their local council representative, and I have spent years trying to improve the health of the Richmond River and North Creek. But if I spoke out, I would have disqualified myself from sitting on the panel to hear the application, he said.

No Sand Mines for Lennox spokesperson Amelia Hicks said the decision was a such a great win for the community: when we stand together we are so powerful.

The profits of one company should never be valued over a commu...


Win A Pop Up Wedding At Brisbanes Same Same Weddings Expo "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The publishers of Australian wedding magazine Same Same Weddings are holding their next same-sex wedding expo next month, and they have a pop-up wedding to give away to one lucky local couple. The team from Paddington Publications held Brisbanes first same-sex wedding expo in April, and it was such a success theyre planning another for ...

The post Win A Pop Up Wedding At Brisbanes Same Same Weddings Expo appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne" Sue Rabbitt Roff Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee October 19, 2017 

The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive earthquake six years ago.

It brings to mind the British atomic bomb tests in Australia that continued until a month before the opening of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne  despite the known dangers of fallout travelling from the testing site at Maralinga to cities in the east. And it reminds us of the collusion between scientists and politicians British and Australian to cover up the flawed decision-making that led to continued testing until the eve of the Games.

Australias prime minister Robert Menzies agreed to atomic testing in December 1949. Ten months earlier, Melbourne had secured the 1956 Olympics even though the equestrian events would have to be held in Stockholm because of Australias strict horse quarantine regimes.

The equestrians were well out of it. Large areas of grazing land and therefore the food supplies of major cities such as Melbourne were covered with a light layer of radiation fallout from the...


The Pretty Things (UK) "IndyWatch Feed"


The Pretty Things Farewell Tour 2018

Supported by Golden Age Of Ballooning

After 55 years of live performing, The Pretty Things- the iconic, 1st wave R&B / psychedelic cult heroes,formed by Ex-Rolling StoneDick Taylor and singer Phil May- will retire from electric performances at the end of this year when they play one final show in London on December 18 with special friends including Van Morrison and Pink Floyds Dave Gilmour.

Unbelievably, Australia has lucked out and will be witness to some of the bands final performances. And it may have taken them half a century, but The Pretty Things will be performing for the first time ever toBrisbane, Adelaide, Geelong and Perth audiences. Of course, Sydney gets a show (supported by Pretty Things fans Tumbleweed), and theres three Melbourne shows including a one-off performance of their landmark Abbey Rd. psych classic, S. F. Sorrow

. It cannot be overstated the enormity of the impact The Pretty Things had on the UK music scene when they burst upon it with the dirty garage 1, 2 punch of Rosalyn and Dont Bring Me Down

. Prettier than the Stones and grittier than The Who, the band racked up a huge history of musical and cultural firsts the

longest hair in the world, first ever rock and roll drugs bust, most arrests of any band, first ever rock-opera, arrested for discharging a sawn-off shotgun, first U.K. band to win Rolling Stone Record of the Year The Pretty Things are an indelible part of the fabric of popular music and the social influence that it has created.

With such outstanding classics as L.S.D., Midnight to Six Manand one of the wildest psychedelic singles ever released in Defecting Grey, The Pretty Things proved a huge influence on artists as diverse as David Bowie (who as a teen followed the band around religiously and later covered two of the bands singles), The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Radio Birdman, Aerosmith, The Wh...



Positions vacant on reformed Byron masterplan group "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An image from the Byron Bay master plan, which shows a possible redevelopment of Railway Park. (supplied)

Aslan Shand

The Byron Masterplan Guidance Group (BMGG), which oversees improvements to the town on behalf of Council, will now employ an official executive and publish formal minutes, which will be published on the groups Facebook page and uploaded onto Councils website.

It follows issues which arose late last year; Byron Shire Council staff were caught out when they tried to claim that the masterplan group had supported the removal of the Byron Environment Centres (BEC) rotunda from Railway Park.

This was compounded by the removal of several trees in the park by staff without warning.

The masterplan team insisted at the time that they had no knowledge of either plan, and in fact, are not an approving body for such works or decisions.

Its also been confirmed that developer Graham Dunn is now no longer a BMGG member. His membership to the group was brought into question after he lodged a massive $23.18m mixed residential/commercial DA for the towns CBD.

Meanwhile, BEC president and former councillor John Lazarus told The Echo he has been dissatisfied with Councils transparency over the issues that plagued it late last year.

He said, I have continually asked Council to demonstrate the actual alleged community input that has resulted in the extension of the three storey area, the extension of the CBD to Butler Street, the potential redevelopment of the pool, First Sun caravan park, Lawson Street carpark, and housing development behind the library.

Members wanted

Council staff told The Echo that they will be looking to fill three positions on the BMGG in the coming months.

Members who are interested in joining the group will be required to apply through the councils expressions-of- interest process.



Byron Council considers commercial expansion options "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Byron Employment Lands Strategy is throwing up some new ideas around commercial and industrial expansion in the shire. Photo Byron Shire Council

Paul Bibby

Increasing the height and density of Byron Shires retail centres, and creating a new industrial estate next to the Bluesfest site are among the ideas being considered by Council to increase employment opportunities in the shire.

The ideas contained in the Draft Byron Shire Employment Land Strategy, commissioned by Council, focus on how to accommodate industrial, retail and commercial growth over the next 20 years.

The plan, which goes on public exhibition on August 9, relates to land zoned for employment within the Byron local government area (LGA). It is based on research that shows the current supply of zoned employment land in the shire is insufficient for the future both in terms of industrial areas and business centres.

Delivering employment lands for a sustainable future will require some decisive actions by Council, the report states.

This includes improving the utilisation of existing zoned employment land, and securing a sustainable long-term supply of suitable employment land.

Jane Laverty, the head of the NSW Business Chambers northern rivers chapter, said Byron was desperate for some more industrial land.

There needs to be enough land for some growth and enabling infrastructure to go with it, said Ms Laverty, formerly Byron Shire Councils economic development and tourism co-ordinator.

But it needs to be done in a sustainable way that balances the interests of residents and the environment with the need for growth.

Sites identified for industrial expansion in the Byron Shire

  • According to Councils Byron Shire Employment Land Strategy, lands that could be potentially developed or expanded include the Billinudgel industrial estate and...


Hike for POW with Chris Davenport "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Thredbo, Protect Our Winters and Chris Davenport present a day of raising awareness around POW and the importance of protecting our beautiful and unique environment.

You can join a hike to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko  on friday 27 July at Thredbo, followed by a discussion night with Chris.

Chris Davenport, a two-time World Champion skier from Colorado and a board member of POW is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Chris is visiting Thredbo to help announce that POW is setting up an Australian chapter and to help spread the important message of looking after our beautiful and unique winter environments around the world.

On Friday 27TH of July come join us and Chris for a morning hike to Kozzie for POW, a shred and night of drinks plus inspiring stories to celebrate POW setting up an Australian chapter. On the night Thredbo will also be highlighting some of the significant steps it has taken in the past 12 months to help improve its environmental performance.


8.00am | Meet Kosciuszko Express Chairlift
8.30am | First lifts
9.00am | Start hike

6.00pm | Drinks & discussion night in the Kozzie Room

Full details:

Hike for POW

Come join us for a mass hike out to Mt.Kosciuszko with Chris Davenport to raise awareness around protecting our winters!

  • Where: Meet at the bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
  • When: 8am, Friday, 27 July.
  • Who: Open to all skiers and snowboarders. Please note you must have a beacon, probe and shovel plus hiking equipment to take part in the hike. We will be doing a beacon check on all participants.
  • You must be registered to be part of the action.
  • Entry Fee: $5 donation to POW Australia.

You will be able to register via the Thredbo website soon.



Whos up for a spot of veggie gardening in Suffolk Park? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nicholas Hall with fellow gardener Lesharn Schuler at the Suffolk Park garden. Photo Jeff Garden Beds n Pillows Dawson

Aslan Shand

Creating a community garden and increasing the native trees at 32 Red Bean Close in Suffolk Park is finally coming to fruition for Nicholas Hall, who has been unofficially managing the site for the last four years.

Council is currently accepting submissions on the proposal until July 19 to license the lot for one year for general community use as a natural area to the community regeneration of open space.

The land was originally donated to the community by residents in the early stages of the Suffolk Park development, said Nicholas.

Fruit trees were planted by residents who donated the parcel of land to Council, and we since planted more fruit trees with Councils go-ahead.

Prior to the removal of 60 koala trees for the development of Sea Cliffs, Nicholas said there had been koala sightings in the area and at times 100 to 200 yellow-tailed black cockatoos at the site. Now the cockatoos only appear in numbers of about 10 to 20.

Following the Sea Cliffs development, the developers rehabilitated in the koalas best interest, said Nicholas.

Currently there are six small vege patches approximately 1.5m by 2m, and Nicholas is keen to get other members of the community involved in the project.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact Nicholas on 0448 934 423.

The post Whos up for a spot of veggie gardening in Suffolk Park? appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Same-Sex Couples Wanted For Brisbane Festivals One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbanes King Street in Bowen Hills will transform into a giant garden street party on September 8 when Brisbane Festival hosts the weddings of eight same-sex couples. Radiating rainbows in the electorate that polled the highest yes vote in Queensland in last years marriage equality survey, the Qweens on King wedding event will see the ...

The post Same-Sex Couples Wanted For Brisbane Festivals One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Event appeared first on QNews Magazine.


NRL Couple Open Up About The Emotion Behind That Iconic Kiss "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The two NRL players whose reunion kiss went viral after the inaugural womens State of Origin match last month have opened up about the emotional moment. The viral photo of players Karina Brown, who played for the Queensland side, and Vanessa Foliaki, who played for New South Wales, was posted to the NRLs social media ...

The post NRL Couple Open Up About The Emotion Behind That Iconic Kiss appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Robina Roos AFLW Team Preparing For Queenslands First Pride Cup Match "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Robina Roos AFLW team is getting ready to host Queenslands first ever Pride Cup match this month to help fight homophobia in sport. The initiative sees footy teams don rainbow colours to celebrate inclusion and diversity in sport and send a message to LGBTIQ players and fans that theyre welcome and accepted. The inaugural ...

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Missing woman found dead in Tintenbar "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The body of Patricia Jung, missing from Fernleigh since Monday, has been discovered at Tintenbar following a search. Photo supplied

The body of a woman who was reported missing from Fernleigh yesterday has been located at Tintenbar following an extensive search.

Patricia Jung, aged 65, was last seen exiting a car on Fernleigh Road, near Troughtons Lane, Fernleigh, about 11am on Monday (July16).

Officers from Richmond Police District with assistance from the State Emergency Service (SES) conducted an extensive search for her.

She was located deceased in Tintenbar about 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 17 July 2018).

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the womans death.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

If this report raises any concerns for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

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Forensic data proves DNC was not hacked by Russia, but another inside job "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Julian Assange backs up the evidence Russia is clean

by Alex Bruce

William Binney, former Technical Director of NSA goes over the proof that the DNC emails published by Guccifer 2.0 were downloaded locally and not hacked remotely, as perpetrated by the Establishment politicians, the US Department of Justice and in an Intelligence Community Assessment Report by selected analysts from NSA, CIA and FBI issued in January 24, 2017.

Binney says the highest transfer rate was 49.1 megabytes per second, which is much faster than possible from a remote online connection. He says some colleagues challenged this assumption and ran various tests, from the Netherlands, Albania, Belgrade and in the UK and he says, The fastest rate we got was from a data center in New Jerseyto a data center in the UK and that was 12 megabytes per second, which is less than a fourth of the rate necessary to transfer the data, as it was listed from Guccifer 2.0However, it is the perfect download rate for a thumb drive. He says their findings dont prove who did it but they do prove that the data breach was local and did not consist of an overseas hack.

Technical Director NSA William Binney proves the US was not hacked by Russia but was just another inside job. President Trump would have this information but he has recanted his...


The US Dollar: A Victim of Its Own Success "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Americas most powerful weapon of war does not shoot, fly or explode.

Its not a submarine, plane, tank or laser.

Americas most powerful strategic weapon today is the dollar.

The US uses the dollar strategically to reward friends and punish enemies. The use of the dollar as a weapon is not limited to trade and currency wars, although the dollar is used tactically in those disputes.

The dollar is much more powerful than that.

The dollar can be used for regime change by creating hyperinflation, bank runs and domestic dissent in countries targeted by the US. The US can depose the governments of its adversaries, or at least blunt their policies without firing a shot.

Before turning to specific tactics, consider the following:

The dollar constitutes about 60% of global reserves, 80% of global payments and almost 100% of global oil transactions. European banks that make dollar-denominated loans to customers have to borrow dollars to fund those liabilities.

Those banks do their borrowing in the eurodollar deposit market, or with dollar-denominated commercial paper or notes. Being based in Switzerland or Germany does not allow you to escape from the dollars dominance.

The US doesnt just control the dollar itself. It controls the dollar payments system. This consists of the Treasurys digital ledger of holders of US debt, the Fedwire payments system among US Fed member banks and the Clearing House Association (successor to the New York Clearing House and proprietor of CHIPS, the Clearing House Interbank Payments System) composed of the largest US banks.

A dollar payment going from a bank in Shanghai to another bank in Sydney runs through one of these US-controlled payments systems.

In short, the dollar is the oxygen supply for world commerce and the US can cut off your oxygen whenever it wants.

The victims of financial warfare

The list of ways in which the dollar can be weaponised is extensive.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, IEEPA, gives the president of the United States dictatorial power to freeze and seize assets and block payments.

The Treasurys Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) maintains a blacklist of individuals and companies with whom financial intermediaries, such as banks and credit card companies, are forbidden to transact. Individuals on the OFAC list are like dead men walking when it comes to travel and business.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) can block any foreign acquisition of a US company on national security grounds.



Community Billboard 18th 24th July "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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

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Eskimo Joe talk Brisbane Festival, and the joys of re-imagining their catalogue with an orchestra "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbane Festival is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best showcases of music in Australia this year, with the likes of Sarah Blasko, Eskimo Joe, Polish Club and loads more gracing various stages around the city.

Eskimo Joe in particular are stretching out, performing a special set with Camerata Queenslands Chamber Orchestra. Under the guidance of noted conductor Vanessa Scammell, the three-piece and Camerata will sail through a set made up of their numerous hit singles, as well as a few fan favourites all completely reimagined and rearranged to take full advantage of the immersive experience of such hefty orchestration.

We caught up with Stu MacLeod from Eskimo Joe to discuss the bands storied career, how they approach the monumental task of reinventing their catalogue, and whats next for the band.


How do you guys generally find Brisbane audience respond to Eskimo Joe?

Theres subtle differences around Australia; its not like playing in South Korea or something, but I do find that people in Brisbane genuinely are music people, they do love to participate when theyre watching a band. Some places youll go to where its more about being there, rather than being invested in the music, which is one thing I love about Brisbane audiences.

Its been five years since your last record came out. Where are you at with the next one?

Weve done a couple of little things over the past few years. We were writing for a mini-series which never ended up happening, and then weve just started reissuing previous albums with a few outtakes and rarities. But in terms of new material, were all kind of in a different phase of our lives if you will. Joels living in Melbourne, doing producing, Im managing a radio station, and Kavs doing solo things so I think were just going to let that breathe for a little bit before we jump back into the studio.

Whats it been like revisiting all the old recordings?

It was pretty amazing actually. Being the more tech-savvy person in the band, I was tasked with the daunting task of grabbing all the old hard drives and computers and backing them all up in a central location, and going through and seeing what we had their that we could use. So as much as that was a huge task, it was pretty amazing too, to go back and listen to all the old demos and just where the songs had had their first inspiration, and what that turned into. It was a really cool process. Weve tried to include as much of that as we can on these reissues, too.



Red-lored Whistler, Murray-Sunset & Werribee "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Red-lored Whistler

Following the visit with Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker to Diamantina National Park and our travels down the Birdsville Track and through the Flinders Ranges, we moved on to the huge expanse of mallee in the Murray-Sunset National Park on the Victoria-South Australia border. We set up camp in a spot the guys knew of at the junction of Pheeneys and Old Bore tracks in remote, old growth mallee deep in the national park. I've always loved the mallee and it was a joy to be back in it.

Camping in Murray-Sunset National Park
Red-lored Whistler is one of the more difficult Australian birds to see and photograph so was high on our wishlist. I found a male whistler three kilometres north of the camp in almost exactly the same spot where Scott saw one many years previously. This was just the second time I've seen this species. At the same time, Scott fou...


Roadworks a focus for Byron Council budget "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Plenty of good news in Byron Shire Councils 2018 budget says general manager Mark Arnold. Photo supplied

Major roadworks and construction are the focus of Byron Shire Councils recently endorsed budget, with $41.3m being invested in infrastructure over 12 months, say staff.

Newly appointed general manager Mark Arnold said there was plenty of good news in the $120 million budget.

Our plan delivers on what the community told us its vision is and the Community Solutions Panels infrastructure priorities, Mr Arnold said.

This years budget puts these priorities into action youll see an increased investment in road reconstruction, renewal and maintenance. 

Its also a great win for the environment, with funding for clean-energy projects and initiatives that will create a sustainable future for us all.

The budget is explained in a Community Update being sent out with the next rates notice and it is also available on Councils website.

Staff have broken the budget down into 12 main areas of spending to show the breadth of works and services and what the costs are.


The major spending commitment is clearly on infrastructure and the breakdown of every $100 spent by Council is:

$34 to major road works and construction

$10 to sewerage operations

$9 to parks, sportsfields, beaches and bush regeneration

$8 to maintain roads, bridges, footpaths and drains

$8 to recycling and waste services

$7 to water operations

$7 to natural environment, planning and development

$7 to community buildings and pools

$5 to community services, libraries and childcare



Western Sydney Uni solar car wins first leg of American Solar Challenge RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Students from Western Sydney University Solar Car Team have won the first stage of the biannual American Solar Challenge race.

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Letter-winged Kite, Birdsville Track & Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Letter-winged Kite roost at sunrise

Following our visit to Diamantina National Park, we (myself, Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker) headed west towards Boulia, turning south at Springvale Station towards Coorabulka Station. Having had some excellent encounters with Grey Falcon, we were looking forward to another raptor treat. A gathering of Letter-winged Kites had been reported recently (I believe Jannette Manins first found them) at Whitewood Creek, between Coorabulka and the Kennedy Developmental Road.

Letter-winged Kites



Media release. AWPA urges Julie Bishop to raise human rights situation with Jakarta "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) 

18 July 2018

Media release. AWPA urges Julie Bishop to raise human rights situation with Jakarta

AWPA has written to the Australian Foreign Minister concerning recent worrying events in West Papua (letter below).
Joe Collins of AWPA said "we are very concerned about the security operation in the Nduga regency.  There has been a number of shootings in the past few weeks and as a result of these incidents extra security forces have being deployed to the area and are conducting a security operation to find those responsible for the shootings. Local people have reported that indicate that a police helicopter supporting the sweep was used to attack villages in the area. Large numbers of local people have fled because of the security operation. Up to 1000 security personnel are reported to be involved".

AWPA is urging the Foreign Minister to not only raise the ongoing human rights abuses committed by the Indonesian security forces in West Papua with the Indonesian Government bu...


Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] Remembering Dark Town: Experimental History, Decolonisation and Archival Activism at Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden Presented by Dr Kate Wright Date: Thu 19th Jul 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE, Building E22 Contact: Dr Sophia Waters {local landline prefix}3 3318 The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden was established in 2015 as an experimental research site, and a decolonising activist platform, [...] full article 


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Many people in the community have often asked me why we continue to use the black crate recycling system instead of moving to the co-mingled yellow lid recycling bins used by many other jurisdictions. At Council and with the support of our recycling contractor Armidale Recycling Services, we have continued to advocate the benefits of [...] full article 


Q&A to broadcast from Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Jones will be bringing Q&A to Lismore in August. Photo supplied

Popular ABC TV talk show Q&A has announced it will be broadcasting live from Lismore on the night Monday of  August 6

Producer Sophie Zoellner  told Echonetdaily, We expect to discuss a range of local and national issues, including perhaps agriculture/farming, development in the area, environmental issues, but adding the direction of the show really depends on what the audience want to ask.

Popular presenter Tony Jones will be travelling to the region for the broadcast.

Two panellists so far confirmed for the program are agriculture minister David Littleproud and his ALP counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon.

Join the studio audience by registering online here:

In the How did you hear about us section, write ECHONET DAILY

It is free to attend but be quick seats fill fast.



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Plastic straw free Bello Winter Music Fest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bellingen went plastic straw free for the Bello Winter Music weekend thanks to the efforts of Waste Not Bellingen. Thanks to all the amazing businesses that have pledged to reduce their single use plastics! full article 


An American pute politique went to Helsinki in July 2018...... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Putin's putain is the one on the left in this picture, 16 July 2018

US National Public Radio, Transcript: Trump And Putin's Joint Press Conference, 16 July 2018, excerpts from President Trumps remarks:

During today's meeting, I addressed directly with President Putin the issue of Russian interference in our elections.

I felt this was a message best delivered in person. I spent a great deal of time talking about it and President Putin may very well want to address it and very strongly, because he feels very strongly about it and he has an interesting idea..

And that was a well fought, that was a well fought battle. We did a great job. And frankly, I'm going to let the president speak to the second part of your question. But just to say it one time again and I say it all the time, there was no collusion. I didn't know the president....


UN condemns 'indefinite separation' of refugee family "IndyWatch Feed Sydney" // UN condemns 'indefinite separation' of refugee family: Thileepan Gnaneswaran, 30, faces permanent separation from his wife and daughter after he was denied a temporary protection visa and issued on Friday with a removal notice by the Department of Home Affairs.

After being detained at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney, he was scheduled to be deported to Sri Lanka on Monday. The Tamil Refugee Council confirmed he had been deported.


Future Learn: Volunteering with Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I have done a free online course offered through Future Learn that I found very interesting and useful. While I have not done Volunteering with Refugees, I believe it will certainly have something helpful for those who choose to do it. It is a commitment of only a few hours per week. By: Susan M full article 


Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Karan Adani. Photo Studycopter

BRISBANE, AAP Adani is close to locking in the finance for a rail line to service its $16.5 billion proposed Queensland coal mine, the son of the companys owner says.

Karan Adani, who is the CEO of the Indian groups ports business, made the revelation during a video interview with The Economic Times of India.

We have completed the financing of the mine, the port is already operational. Now we are just closing on the financing on the rail part, he said on Tuesday.

So once that is done we will start.

Mr Adani stressed the company had all of the necessary government and environmental approvals related to the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

The rail financing for the project was almost $US1 billion, he said.

The rail line is needed to move coal from the mine to Abbot Point port, which is being expanded.

There had been questions over the rail financing after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year vetoed a $1 billion federal government loan to Adani for the project.

Previously, Australias big four banks refused to put up money for the mine, forcing the company to look for funding overseas.

The state Labor government has imposed more than 240 conditions on the Carmichael coal mine project, 132 of which relate to water conditions.

A month ago, the government also insisted Adani find the source of local groundwater before it signs off on the water management plan for the mine.

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WATCH: Rami Malek Looks Just Like Freddie Mercury In New Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A full-length trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been unveiled. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, is playing the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens in November. The film takes place over the course of 15 years, from the bands formation ...

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"No puppet. No Puppet. You're the puppet!" "IndyWatch Feed"

I haven't yet read the indictments that Mueller filed against those 12 Russian military intelligence officers, but I was surprised at just how much detail is revealed by the filings.

This piece over at Politico, is kind of eye-opening:

An advanced investigation of an advanced hacking operation requires significantly more than just access to servers. Investigators want access to the attack infrastructure-the equivalent to a chain of getaway cars of a team of burglars. And the latest indictments are rich with details that likely come from intercepting command-and-control boxes (in effect, bugging those getaway cars) and have nothing to do with physical access to the DNC"s servers.

The FBI and Robert Mueller"s investigators discovered when and how specific Russian military officers logged into a control panel on a leased machine in Arizona. They found that the GRU officers secretly surveiled an empoyee of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee all day in real time, including spying on her individual banking information and other personal topics. They showed that Guccifer 2.0, the supposed lone hacker behind the DNC hack, was in fact managed by a specific GRU unit, and even reconstructed the internet searches made within that unit while a GRU officer with shoddy English skills was drafting the first post as Guccifer 2.0. None of this information could have possibly come from any DNC server.

With help from the broader intelligence community, the FBI was able to piece all these details together into the bigger picture of the GRU"s vast hacking effort. The complexity of high-tempo, high-volume hacking campaigns means that attackers can make myriad mistakes; Mueller"s latest indictments reveal just how successful American investigators have been at exploiting those repeated errors and uncovering more and more information about what Russia did.

It also puts into perspective the real tragedy of what happened at the Trump-Putin Summit. The US intelligence commuity handed Trump a loaded gun to point at the Putin. And instead the tangerine traitor stuck it into his own mouth and pulled the trigger.

Seriously, go read it.


Another Byron growth forum planned "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Excerpt from the cover of the Byron Draft Residential Strategy 2016. Source Byron Shire Council

Another forum to inform and discuss Byron Shires population and development growth will be held when the draft Residential Strategy goes on exhibition later in the year, according to Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) president Matthew Cleva OReilly.

OReilly told The Echo the July 7 forum at the Byron Community Centre Cavanbah Room was well attended with around 100 people from all different political and social groups represented.

The three hours allocated were simply not enough to cover all the issues and there was strong support for a follow-up forum, which will be focused on solutions.

Urban planner and policy analyst professor Nicole Gurran, realtor Chris Hanley and environmentalist Dailan Pugh all presented to the group at the July 7 forum.

In Pughs presentation, he claimed that the dwelling targets of 104 per annum had been well exceeded since 2006/7. He said, In just five years we have provided over half our 25-year target. Who in their right mind would think we need more land releases? Byron Council, thats who.

Pugh says than in 2014, Council amended its Local Environment Plan (LEP) to allow secondary dwellings on all rural and urban lots (5,000 rural lots greater than one ha).

Then in 2016, the draft Rural Land Use Strategy proposed another six rural areas (2,732 ha) for large lot residential, multiple occupancy and community title developments. The result was 415 to 815 dwellings (370 740 around Main Arm and The Pocket).

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Victorias Coast: preparing for the future "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The title of this recently published paper indicates clearly that it is concerned with change in the future and the language, such as is likely to have is commensurate with this. But there is the problem that climate change is already happening now and not just something that may or may not happen tomorrow. The paper does note however that Victorias climate is warmer and drier than it was in previous decades, and the rate of warming has increased since 1960. (p.3)

There is also the problem of treating coastal matters and in particular sea level rise in isolation as I have mentioned elsewhere. However p.3 is general and lists 11 different impacts of climate change including fewer frosts and harsher fire weather and longer fire seasons. The report also notes that the changes wont always happen individually. Events may compound. For example heavy rainfall may create flooding at a time when there is a coastal storm surge resulting from strong onshore winds or reduced atmospheric pressure.

With regards the coast the report on p.5 lists 8 measures of warming including sea-level rise, ocean current changes and ocean acidification and then gives a large number of impacts from these changes including 12 significant ones. The report concludes with recommendations to fill the knowledge gap and suggests 5 areas for further research including 3. Which species are candidate indictors, or sentinels of climate change impacts? I would suggest that I have already identified a number of these including the black marlin (see here and here) now inhabiting our warming seas and a number of avian and land based species have also been identified. A blog by a Gippsland Naturalist has identified a number of changes in snake species probably attributable to climate change.

Finally it has also neglected to mention the possibility of s...


National triumph for tug of war club "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Korumburra Tug of War Club had unprecedented success at this years National Championships in Evans Head, NSW, taking home gold and silver medals in 10 events.

THE KORUMBURRA Tug of War Club has had its most successful year ever at the Australian Nationals, coming home from the Evans Head (NSW) event in May with six gold and four silver medals.
Competing in teams of eight, the club won gold in the Mixed 600kg and Mens 640kg indoor events, and the Mens 600kg, Mens 640kg, Mens 680kg, and Mens Interstate 680kg outdoor events.
Treasurer Dana Wyhoon says the club has always done well at Nationals, but had unprecedented success this year after adopting the European style of carrying the rope.
Club member Geoff Findlay will now be heading off to represent Australia at the World Championships in South Africa in September.
Dana said the Nationals highlighted what a great, family-orientated sport tug of war was, with club president Bryan Rowe and his 13-year-old son Jamie winning gold together in one of the mens events.
Its great to go away together to competitions. The team really supports each other, Dana said, encouraging anyone aged 13 and up interested in trying out a different way to keep fit to come along to one of the clubs Tuesday or Thursday night training sessions at the Korumburra Showgrounds.
We welcome new members, male and female, of all shapes and sizes. You dont have to have big muscles. There are different weight divisions and mens and mixed events. Often the better competitions are in the lighter weight divisions.
If youre interested in having a go or finding out more, contact Bryan Rowe on 0400 717 141, or head down to the Korumburra Showgrounds at 6.30pm on Tuesday or Thursday.

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MACKAY Local News Headlines, 18th July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Local News Headlines, 18th July 2018

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Three men have faced MACKAY Magistrates Court after allegedly travelling across the country with dark web credit cards. Detective Inspector

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MACKAY Mackay Police arrest three members of alleged fraud syndicate "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 11:09AM ,

Mackay Police arrest three members of alleged fraud syndicate

July 17, 2018 at 11:09AM ,

Deng Guot, 19, of Tasmania, Zenawi Gebreselassie, 24, from Western Australia, and a 17-year-old boy appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court

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Helping the homeless have warmer nights "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tents and bedding from Splendour campers that would otherwise go to waste can now be donated to help the homeless. File photo

A campaign underway for Splendour campers to donate their unwanted camping gear at the end of the festival to those who can use it is being eagerly supported by Social Futures and On Track Community Programs (OTCP).

Social Futures and OTCP will collect the donations, ensure they are cleaned, and distribute them to organisations who work with people experiencing homelessness in the northern rivers.

Festivalgoers can donate unwanted items including tents, sleeping bags, camping tables, blow-up mattresses, blankets and pillows at clearly marked drop-off points in the campground. Items that are in good condition, but are no longer needed, will be given a new lease on life, says Cathy Serventy from Social Futures.

Every year the number of donations has been growing, said OTCP Homelessness Service manager Sarah Walker.

More and more socially conscious campers are leaving their gear packed up and ready to be re-homed, Walker said.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing or at risk of homelessness, contact Connecting Home on 6620 1800 or OTCP 1300 355 305.

To donate to Connecting Home go to

Its estimated 43,500 teenagers and young adults are homeless in Australia.

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1) Indonesia a step closer to controlling Grasberg mine "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1) Indonesia a step closer to controlling Grasberg mine

New agreement values mine's assets and provides a path for US miner Freeport's divestment but issues of management, arbitration and environment are still unresolved


Christopher Pyne off script on "the gangs, the violence" in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

REPORTER: Are you afraid to go out to restaurants in Melbourne? PYNE: No, why? Should I be? REPORTER: Well the PM says colleagues have told him PYNE: Oh, because of the gangs, the violence Henry Belot (@Henry_Belot) July 17, 2018


MACKAY Mackay magistrate court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 12:27PM ,

Mackay magistrate court

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He was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland on 11 May 1833. au Mackay Magistrates Court 12 Brisbane Street Mackay Magistrates Courts

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NSW Northern Rivers koala deaths continue at an alarming rate in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Echo NetDaily, 12 July 2018:

Friends of the Koala reports that despite its campaign to prevent koala extinction on the North Coast, 12 sick, injured and dead koalas were brought to i...

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TWT EXCLUSIVE: PANTHER POWER! Ryde Hockey celebrates new home ground win "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

RYDE HUNTERS HILL Hockey Panthers are celebrating one of the greatest wins in the clubs history with a new two field home ground announced last [more]

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Broadway Food Court ~ Ultimo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We uncover the glorious strangeness of the Broadway Food Court. This isn't the flash new food court in the large Broadway shopping centre. This Broadway Food Court lies behind the strip of stores at the corner of Broadway and Bay Street in Ultimo. Oporto, Pappa Rich and The Hub are visible on the street outside, but behind them is a strange, empty corridor where the stores and the food


Not the Fucking News 17/07/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

33-year old Iranian civil rights activist and dissident Maryam [mary-yum] Faraji [farar-gee] has been found dead after disappearing earlier in July.

Ms Jarajis lawyer says relatives have identified her body which was found burnt near her car and belongings.

Her ex fiancee has been arrested and charged with her murder but because of Farajis involvement in the protests against the regime there are suspicions her murder involved Iranian security forces

On January 2, in the heat of widespread uprising against the Islamic Republics establishment, Faraji had been detained for ten days and gone under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Tehrans notorious Evin prison

New legislation decriminalising abortion will be voted on by Queensland parliament next month.

The proposed laws will make abortion available up to 22 weeks and provide safe access zones around abortion clinics.

In Queensland, women face jail terms up to seven years, and doctors up to 14 years, for terminating a pregnancy, under a law dating back to 1899.

Some abortion clinics do operate currently in Queensland using some legal loopholes to perform the procedure.

Women in remote areas have less access to free safe abortion.

In 2010 a Cairns couple were charged but later acquitted this is the most recent criminal proceedings related to abortion in Queensland.

With the support of minor parties the bill may pass but could be blocked by conservative members of parliament including members of the ruling
Labour party.

The Liberal opposition in Queensland have passed a resolution which is basically an attack on Transgender and gender diverse people.

If elected to parliament they would seek to have

  1. Recording the sex assigned at birth on every Queensland Birth certificate.
  2. Reverse any existing changes of sex for post-op transgender people, with the effect of taking away their legal recognition at...


MACKAY Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

a 24-year-old was charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7,

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MACKAY Drug enforcement Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Both will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 8. The focus on drug related crime will not change. Enforcement action could be

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MACKAY Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

The fireworks were seized by police and the 24-year-old was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7, to have the

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MACKAY Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub

July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

He plead guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to charges of being drunk and disorderly, failing to leave licensed premises and possessing a knife in a

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MACKAY Man found on CBD roof looking for money "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man found on CBD roof looking for money

July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

AN ALLEGED trespasser found on the roof of a Mackay CBD business claimed he was up there looking for money. In a bizarre incident on Saturday

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This Week in Melbourne: What's On #603 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 17 - 23 July 2018 Newsletter | #603 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th July 2018 to Monday 23rd July 2018 Healthy Body and Soul Festival Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 The Nose | Theatre Works Friday Night Live At London Eleven European Friday Night Market Ballarat Winter Festival 2018 Decor + Design 2018 Docklands Firelight Festival Healthy Body and Soul Festival Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2018 Luna Park Hot Dog Eating Competition 2018 Maddies Match | Saints v Tigers Melbourne Tartan Festival Moonee Valley Winter Fest 2018 National Pyjama Day 2018 National Sports Convention Sport and Recreation Expo Series Mania | Television Festival Shot In The Heart Of Melbourne 2018 SpotJobs Career Expo 2018 Stadium Stomp MCG 2018 Enjoy #Melbourne Healthy Body and Soul Festival Sunday 22nd July - 10am to 4pm - Brunswick Town Hall An intimate and boutique event connecting you with the finest selection of Exhibitors, Psychics and Therapists. Healthy Body and Soul Festival Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 Free Entry | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Listen to leading industry speakers and exhibitors all under one roof. Melbourne Property Buyer Expo 2018 Theatre: The Nose Tue 31 Jul 2018 - Sun 5 Aug 2018 @ Theatre Works Energetic, hilarious and uncomfortable Winner of the Sydney Fringe Festival Directors Award brings its antics to the free market. Snot for the faint hearted. The Nose | Buy Tickets Friday Night Live Music Live At London Eleven is a licensed venue in Bayswater featuring a variety of great live music shows every Friday night. Friday 20th July - Hard Edge Friday 27th July - Blues Brothers Tribute Show Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here European Night Market Every Friday night in July - 5pm - 9pm Expect to be transported to the finest European hotspots with fabulous food and live entertainment every Friday night. European Night Market 2018 | Madame Brussels Lane Whisky, Wine and Fire Thursday 19th July - Sunday 22nd July | Caulfield Racecourse Melbournes newest festival dedicated to all things malt and grape has just dropped their menu line-up and its a whisky-lovers dream. Whisky, Wine and Fire | Food Festival | Buy Tickets Docklands Firelight Festival Embrace the chill in a month-long celebration of food and fire, music pop-ups and eclectic entertainment. Docklands Firelight Festival 2018 This Weekend Ballarat Winter Festival, Decor + Design Expo, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, Luna Park Hot Dog Eating Competition, Ma...


July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

via July 25, 2018 Fourth Annual International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

Global Antifa Prisoner List

NYC Antifa is keeping an updated Global List of Antifascist Prisoners in order to facilitate solidarity with antifa prisoners year round. We urge all people to not only write these comrades, but to also continue their work on the outside.

While we will do our best to keep up-to-date information on current and future antifascist prisoners on this list, we suggest that you confirm any address provided here with the support site listed for them, as prisoners often move around.

If you know of an update on a prisoners situation or there is an antifa prisoner who is missing, please e-mail us at with the details. Thank you.

No Pasaran!
Until all are free!

[Note: List was last updated July 2, 2018]

Global List of Antifascist Prisoners


Roman Bogdan

Roman Bogdan was arrested on April 15, 2015, as part of the long-going state repression of anti-fascists in Brest, stemming from a fight between anti-fascists and fascists on May 8, 2013. In October, Roman was sentenced to 8 years in a penal colony and must pay 3500 Euro in damages. On December 15, 2015 a regional appellate court commuted his sentence by 2 years.

He can read Russian and simple English phrases.

Roman Bogdan
ul. Pervaya Zavodskaya, 8,
IK-17, otryad 12
213010 Shklov
Mogilevskaya obl.

Vadim Boyko

Vadim Boyko was arrested on March 22, 2016, on suspicion of participating in a fight that took place on June 29, 2014 between anti-fascist supporters of FC Partyzan and right-wing soccer hooligans from FC Torpedo. The arrests in 2014 were not followed up until 2016, when a special political department decided to start the case with a ser...


Spoils shared at 2018 Evans Petroleum Cup "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Gippsland League and Wonthaggi Power under 16 Harrison Dawson got up for this hanger at the Evans Petroleum cup on Wednesday.

The Gippsland League under 18s team claimed the title with another very impressive performance. Despite being defeated by the West Gippsland team, were still able to generate enough percentage to finish the carnival on top.

THE West Gippsland Football Netball Competition secured a famous victory at Wednesdays Evans Petroleum Cup junior representative football carnival at Yinnar.
West Gippslands under 16 team won all four of its games, including the final game of the day against the previously undefeated TRFM Gippsland League team to win the title for the first time.
It marked the first time since 2015 and only the second time in the past nine years that the Gippsland League has been defeated.
West Gippsland ruckman Mitch Nicholas was named player of the carnival, as voted by the umpires, while tall forward Nick Prowd was named West Gippslands best player.
Kye Benson was awarded the medal as Gippslands best player, with Jayden McCormack, Bailey Stephens and Jai Hayward best for the Mid Gippsland, Ellinbank and District and East Gippsland/Omeo District teams respectively.
West Gippsland also came within a whisker of upsetting Gippsland in the under 18 competition.
Gippsland opened proceedings with a 20-point win against North Gippsland, before fighting back from three goals down to defeat Ellinbank and District.
West Gippsland also defeated Ellinbank and District, but a 15-point loss to North Gippsland in its second game proved costly.
Going head to head in the final game, West Gippsland at one stage moved ahead of Gippsland on percentage.
However, late goals to Gippslands Nic Bulmer and Burkeley Macfarlane ensured that while West Gippsland handed the Gippsland under 18 team its first loss in any competition since 2013, the five point final margin...


When is a record not a record? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Its been  cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in  towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and  a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.

All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail  claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.

Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.

To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.




Do you need a free winter jacket? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shanti Town in Mullumbimby are giving away jackets for anyone who needs a little winter warmth. Photo Aslan Shand.

Winter is in full swing and Shanti Town, a local business in Mullumbimby, have put a clothes rack outside the shop with jumpers and jackets on it for people to take for free. Shanti Town owner Leora Sibony put the rack out a few weeks ago so that anyone who couldnt afford a jumper to keep warm could get one for free.

Initially there were only a few jackets, and mostly people were taking them but now more people are bringing jackets in to put on the rack, said Kirsten Burke who works at the shop.

Its not just for people who cant afford a jacket. One day a lady asked how much they were as she had forgotten her jacket. I told her they were free and she asked if she could borrow one while she was in town and bring it back later. I said that was fine.

So if you have a few jumpers or jackets that you no longer need pop them onto one of the spare coat hangers outside Shanti Town for someone who does.

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That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'

My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object mo...


Brisbane Fest is delivering the music goods with their 2018 lineup "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbane Festival have unveiled a mammoth lineup for their 2018 run and its their heaviest one yet. The lineup is full of acts like Violent Soho, Waax and Eskimo Joe that will be shredding solos and delivering face melting choruses, watch a video here:

Watch: Brisbane Fest is delivering the music goods with their 2018 lineup

The festival kicks off with a massive opening night concert on September 8th where youll get sets from Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Ruby Fields, and Tia Gostelow. Canadian band Destroyer are making their way to the festival as part of their first ever Australian tour. Expect it to get loud when they take to the Spiegeltent on the 23rd of September.

Other highlights include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jen Cloher, Polish Club, and Eskimo Joe. The huge closing party will feature Violent Soho, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel, and WAAX on the 29th of September.

Tickets are available now Brisbane Festivals official website.

Check out the entire lineup below.

Watch: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Cant Keep Checking My Phone

Brisbane Festival 2018 Music Line-Up

Saturday, September 8th
Opening Night Concert@ Riverstage

Ball Park Music
San Cisco
Ruby Fields
Tia Gostelow

Sunday, September 9th
Gratitude & Grief Katie Noonans Elixir, Michael Leunig and Camerata @ QPAC

Wednesday September 12th
Pub Choir @ The Tivoli

Saturday, September 15th
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The Tivoli

Saturday, September 15th
Tkay Maidza @ The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent

Sunday, September 16th
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project @ The Tivoli

Saturday, September 22nd
Touch Sensitive/CC:Disco B2B @ The Cou...


Islams weapon for world dominance is birth control "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Story Source: Ron Owen Gimpy Queensland

This of course is not all of the problems that the Non Muslims will face, as while the Muslims moon and star ascends into dominance the different sects will fight it out for ascendancy in the new world and before 2040 (when Im 92, and if alive, will be past caring much), the world will be ripped apart with the biggest wars that it has ever seen.

Islam family of 19 on taxpayer welfare includes 4 wives

Just one family of 19 supported by our taxes, but the real problem is that like London in 2040 they will be in the majority. What was once your country will be Theirs.

Africa and the Middle East have gone already, Israel will fight hard but eventually will succumb. France and Germany then Britain, then all of Europe will be ripped apart in huge civil wars. Russia will follow, then the United States. Australias only hope will be the Indians and Chinese, but we will have to contend with being on the doorstep of the largest Muslim country, (by population) in the world Indonesia, as well as our own imported problems. Thats why our traitorous politicians are giving them $500 million a year plus all our hand me down defence equipment. Defence equipment for us and war equipment for them, our politicians think they can buy them off.

I have never been a Prepper, I have always campaigned for people to speak out now an alleviate the coming danger, one of the readers of this tome, recently sent me copies of articles that I published in the 1990s. One was called, SOME HAVE CONFUSED ANONYMITY WITH FREEDOM where I advocated people not to bury their guns and heads in the sand but to protest and stand up and be counted against the impending doom. Unfortunately few people took any notice, and semi trailer loads of plastic drain pipe were distributed throughout Queensland. Unless, many thousands of Australians protest and prevent Muslim immigration and stop the free for all encouragement of the Muslim birthrate with out taxpayer welfare paying for Muslim men with sixteen kids and four wives to support, we dont have a chance. If that does not happen, look for a quite defendable spot with its own water, and food sources.

The people in the city and suburbs will suffer the most as soon as the power goes off, the supermarkets will be empty the supply of...


Arts Wednesday 19 July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

At 10:40 am, Anna Kamaralli continues with Part 3 of Shakespeares Heroes and Villains and this week, the topic is Anti-Heroes.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Michael Atherton, talking about his latest book A Coveted Possession: The rise and fall of the piano in Australia. The fortunes of this instrument start with the arrival of the first piano with the First Fleet and then follow the technology trail.

Music, of course, will feature the piano.

I look forward to your company!

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Report Recommends Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland government is considering a recommendation by former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years to 12 years. The minimum age that a child can be criminally prosecuted in Australia is currently 10 years, despite psychologists long expressing the view

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Brisbane Pride Festivals Memorial Garden To Be Planted This Saturday "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbanes LGBTIQ community are all invited to pay their respects to community members who are no longer with us at the planting of the annual Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden was first launched in 2012, and each year has been a free event allowing the community to come together in remembrance. We will be planting ...

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Fans Campaign To #SaveWentworth After Cancellation Rumours "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Fans of Australian drama series Wentworth have mobilised after persistent speculation the show has been cancelled. Season seven of the prison series will wrap up production in Melbourne on July 27, and screen next year. It was filmed back-to-back with season six, which premiered on Foxtel on June 19. But Foxtel has admitted there are ...

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Work commences on Ballina Airport expansion "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Ballina mayor David Wright and Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin launching the start of construction at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal on Tuesday (July 17). Photo supplied

Ballina mayor David Wright and North Coast Nationals MP Ben Franklin were at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this morning to kick off new works that will extend the departure area, with a new caf, bar and retail outlet as well as energy efficient design features.

The project, announced in last months state budget as part of the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, is expected to cost around $6 million.

The NSW Government will spend $4.5 million while the council is putting up a co-contribution of $1.5 million

Size will triple

In 12 months it will be fantastic, Cr Wright told Echonetdaily.

Were tripling size of departure lounge extending out the front moving the undercover drop-off area and, in a separate project that council will fund, looking at covered car parking with solar panels.

Every year were spending a combination of federal, state and council money on what is now the third biggest airport in the state, he said.

Cr Wright added the upgrades were possible because major airlines are committed to being part of it for the long term.

Half a million passengers

Mr Franklin said the airport currently caters for up to 520,000 passengers each year, and this number is continuing to grow.

The airport is the key arrival and departure point for many tourists to our area, as well as an important air travel access point for our community.

We want to ensure passengers can pass through this airport with easy and comfort and can have a memorable start and end to their holiday.

These extra facilities are going to make our airport even better, and I look forward to contraction being complete in 2019, Mr Franklin said.

$6 million fed project

The terminal enhancements will complement the $6 million Airport Boulevard project, which attracted $3 million in federal funding last...


Commonwealth triple jumper Emmanuel Fakiye on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 17 July "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Emmanuel Fakiye Eastside

Emmanuel Fakiye at UTS.

With an older brother in the top eight sprinters in Australia, Emmanuel Fakiye was destined to be athletic. But after driving three hours to Canberra to watch his brother run for 10 seconds, he decided sprinting wasnt for him. Instead, Emmanuel became a triple jumper, combining his love of physics with his love of sport to excel in the required combination of speed, technique and power.

This year, Emmanuel represented Australia in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, and is now eyeing up the 2019 Athletics World Championships and the 2020 Olympics. He combines his intense training schedule with studying for an electrical engineering degree at UTS.

Emmanuel talks to GT about the beauty of triple jump, how he juggles study and training, and the music that helps him focus when he competes.

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FSG collapse leaves disabled clients without carers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The collapse of the disability service provider FSG has led to clients being left without carers over the weekend and Monday. While the administrators, FTI Consulting, and CPL have been working out how to transition both staff and clients to CPL, frontline staff have been left confused about whether to show up for shifts and if they were going to be paid.

According to one staff member, who didnt want to be named, staff received a text on Thursday morning that informed them that if they werent going to accept the offer from CPL they shouldnt turn up to any future rostered shifts. In some cases this meant that staff had less than 48 hours to accept an employment offer.

A CPL spokesperson stated, Our understanding is that some staff did not show up but that didnt mean they were left without care.

Echonetdaily understands that there were clients left without care and in some instances staff who were not accepting CPLs offer nonetheless showed up, even thought they didnt know if they were going to be paid, to ensure clients werent left without care.

CPL and the administrators FTI Consulting have now confirmed with Echonetdaily that FSG will continue to pay staff until midnight on Tuesday 17 July with CPL taking over the payroll on Wednesday July18.

They have until midnight tonight (Tuesday July 17) to progress their employment with CPL, said a CPL spokesperson.

There has been quite a high number of people who have taken up employment with us. There will be further correspondence around pay and how they get paid.


A spokesperson for the administrators told Echonetdaily, Staff who have not had or have declined the offer from CPL will be paid out what they are owed in relation to wages.

However, all other entitlements such as long-service leave (that can also be claimed by casual employees) needs to be lodged with the administrators.

Outstanding entitlements will be paid in due course, continued the spokesperson for the administrators.

Staff will be required to lodge a claim. If the company (FSG) goes into liquidation then staff will be paid via the federal governments Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

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Watch: hundreds of Kate Bush fans recreate the Wuthering Heights video "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

On Saturday (June 14th), hundreds of Kate Bush fans from all around the world gathered in public spaces to recreate the iconic 1978 Wuthering Heights music video.

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever 2018 saw fans in Berlin, Sydney, San Francisco, Dublin, Gothenburg, and more all gather together, draped in crimson to perform their best rendition of that unforgettable, flowy choreography. The whole shebang was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release. Its beautiful and wholesome.

Earlier this year Kate Bush celebrated the songs anniversary by writing a tribute to Emily Bront. The singer wrote an inscription for a stone that was placed on the seven mile trail between Bronts family home and birthplace in Thornton.

Watch: Footage from The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever


Grants totalling $250,000 enhance community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MORE than $109,000 was handed out to 21 organisations last Wednesday night, in round two of this years South Gippsland Shire Council Community Grants Program.
The 21 supported applications were chosen from a pool of 40 with a total of around $250,000 handed out across both rounds 2017/18.
The contribution of council funds will support projects with a total value of around $595,000.
South Gippsland mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt was full of praise for the successful community groups.
Congratulations to all the community groups that received funding in what was a highly competitive pool of applications, she said.
The commitment of the South Gippsland community to make this a better place for all of us is outstanding. Everyone should be proud of their efforts.
Over the past 11 years, council has distributed around $3.5 million to community groups through the grants program, with around $290,000 of that given out in 2017/18.
Applications for round one of the Community Grants Program for 2018-19 are open from now until August 31.
Changes have been made to the application process and applicants are advised to take time to read over the guidelines.
If applicants are seeking more than $5000, they must contact a member of the community strengthening team before applying.
For photos of sporting club grant recipients, see this weeks sport pages.
Grant recipients were: $7000 to the Stockyard Gallery for a flooring replacement and upgrade; $10,000 to the Foster Art, Music and Drama Association for retractable seating; $5048 to the Welshpool and District Advisory Group for carpet replacement at the Rural Transaction Centre; $2500 to the Manna Community Garden for water saving disability garden beds; $1800 to the Sandy Point Community Group for a defibrillator cabinet; $3500 to the Poowong Community Consultative Committee Inc for a barbeque shelter extension and community logo board; $5000 to the Loch Public Hall for sealing of car park and crossover at Loch Public Hall; $2000 to the Leongatha Painters Group for a pop up art exhibition; $6000 to the Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library for a nature playground; $4000 to the Leongatha Community Preschool Centres Inc for a solar system at Allora Kindergarten; $5000 to the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Leongatha Daffodil Street Festival; $5000 to the Leongatha Senior Citizens Centre for South Gippsland seniors week activities; $1000 to the Berrys Creek Hall Committee for a laptop; $1000 to the Loch and District Bowling Club for new scoreboards; $5000 to the Nyora Recreation Reserve Committee Inc for the design and specifications for social club and change rooms; $4000 to the Korumburra Cricket Club to replace the cricket wicket; $10,000 to the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club for a storeroom extension to clubrooms; $10,000 to the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve Committee In...


Spending time in the great outdoors "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ANOTHER successful program was run at Allambee Camp these school holidays.
Although it may be winter and a lot of people shy away from being outdoors, last week a number of children were rugged up and ready for activities at Allambee Camp.
The children really thrived in the outdoor environment and there were no requests to go inside, Allambee Camp instructor Vanessa Taylor said.
They zoomed on the flying fox, went high on the giant swing, raced on the billy carts, kept their balance on the low ropes course, painted rocks which they had named, popped balloons on the archery target and did many more fun activities.
When asked on the last day what was the best part of camp the variety of answers was huge.
The variety of activities meant that there was something for everyone. But there was more to camp than the great adventurous activities.
The program also allowed for children to grow in a number of areas.
Many children did not know each other and therefore they really worked on the social skills, everyone was friends by the end of the three days, she said.
For some of the children it was their first time going to a camp, they showed independence and strength when it was lights out time.
A number of children had never roasted marshmallows on a campfire, these children got to learn something new.
Ms Taylor said their imagination through outdoor play increased and we have had comments from parents saying that their children will not stop talking about camp.
Grade 6 students from Trafalgar Primary School who are part of the Rotary Junior Community Awards Program were also invited to come and progress their leadership skills.
These students were given the opportunity to lead a group each, run games with the children, assisting the instructor on activities and helping out with morning and afternoon tea.
It was amazing to see them looking after the younger children of the group and developing their skills, Ms Taylor said.
The camp instructors were sad to see the campers go and are already looking forward to their next visit.


JP honoured for 40 years of service "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

JUSTICE of the Peace (JP) John Fleming was honoured for his 40 years of service at the Wonthaggi Police Station last Wednesday.
An award in recognition of his service was presented.
Born in Essendon and spending his early years in Northcote and Doncaster Mr Fleming eventually found himself in Bass Coast.
His long marriage to Diana resulted in two daughters, and two grandchildren.
He established himself as a motor mechanic, and became a Holden motor car dealer for the district on April 1, 1961.
Mr Fleming had a number of businesses service the community. These included a Wonthaggi taxi service from the close of this dealership in 1983, and a leading gas and plumbing business through to 1994.
Mr Fleming was always socially consious, and was an active member of the community.
He served as mayor for the community and was a foundation member of the Wonthaggi Lions Club.
He held a significant role as senior officer with the Country Fire Authority in 1961, and was honoured with a life membership.
On top of this, Mr Fleming received the National Medal of Australia with three bars.
Through this community service, Mr Fleming became involved with Victoria Police in Wonthaggi.
Mr Fleming was involved in the Bass Coast Safety Ambassadors, where police asked nominated JPs to carry out safety and security assessments of elderly citizens homes and report back.
Appointed an Honorary Justice in 1977, Mr Fleming started bail and out-of-sessions duties at Wonthaggi Police Station.
In 1977, he started sitting on the bench of the second division of the Magistrates Court; a duty he continued through many years.
He eventually became chairman of the bench.
Since the inception of the Department of Social Services, Mr Fleming reliably attended all manner of certification, totalling thousands of instances where the public were served and much police time was saved.
Recently, Mr Fleming voluntarily resigned from attending the roster at the police station, having served both the community and the police service with honour and dedication for 40 years.

Awarded: Wonthaggis Senior Sergeant Peter Shallard (left) and coordinator of Justices Gippsland South Terence Shannon (right) thanked Justice of the Peace John Fleming for this 40 years of s...


Teddies explore the Wonthaggi library "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TEDDY bears went on an adventure to the Wonthaggi library on Wednesday.
The library held its first teddy bear sleepover as part of its school holiday program.
Children were encouraged to bring their teddies to the library for an afternoon of fun before leaving their teddies to stay overnight at the library.
During the afternoon, the children sang songs, read stories and enjoyed arts and crafts with their teddies.
The library staff also set up an exciting bear hunt, in which the children and their teddies got to explore the library through forests, seas, mud and snow.
After the bear hunt, it was time for the children to tuck their teddies into bed for the night and head on home.
The children learnt some new lullabies to ensure their teddies were off to sleep.
However, the teddies got up to a bit of mischief overnight, and the children were able to pick up the photo evidence of their teddys adventures the next day.
The photos showed the teddies doing a range of different activities, including enjoying a feast, playing games, playing with the photocopier, playing the Xbox, checking out books, and hiding in the returns chute.
The librarys programs officer Jenny Temple said the sleepover was a lot of fun, and the children were excited to participate.

Songs and stories: Cape Patersons Adelaide, Chloe and Chem Jones sang along together at the teddy bear sleepover on Wednesday.


Theatrical group to celebrate 50 years "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group is turning 50 in 2019.
To celebrate, the group has a massive calendar of events planned.
The milestone year will kick off with a concert and the launch of a history book in February.
Local writer Gill Heal has been working on the book for three years, collaborating with many former and current members of the group.
The history of the group will be presented in the book through personal stories from people with varying levels of involvement in the group.
The book will be launched at a concert set to be held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from February 15 to 17. The concert will reflect the groups past, and will feature a range of performers.
In April, the group intends to run a performance camp at its studio at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.
Professionals from Melbourne will be involved in the camp, which will be a five day experience, free of charge.
The major musical for the year will be Les Miserables.
This production was first tackled by Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in 2008, and is now considered a turning point.
Director Karen Milkins-Hendry, who will also be directing the 2019 production, said she was almost too scared to go through with the performance in 2008.
It was musical director Kirk Skinner who will be filling the post once again who inspired her to believe a performance of this magnitude in Wonthaggi was possible.
Kirk had returned home after his success as a musical director with the Victorian State School Spectacular, and he convinced me that this iconic show was possible, she said.
With his experience, he worked with our group of singers and it was such a success. It was so markedly different to what we had done before.
The information session for Les Miserables will take place on October 11 this year, with the performance scheduled for a season in May and June.
The group will be putting on two plays by local playwrights, and in the July school holidays there will be a costume exhibition at the groups studio.
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the secret behind the groups 50 year success was the valued volunteers.
I have been working with Gill while she puts together the book, and it has been interesting hear the stories, she said.
Our volunteers had the resilience to build us a home, and it has benefitted our community.
The group has a huge skill base as well, and we respond well to each other with our diverse concepts and opinions. We have been able to build and connect well with each other.
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the group had also been greatly assisted by talented powerhouses, who had had professional careers, and have come home to help their community.



Dig deep and support a Korumburra family "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE 2018 Elders Annual South Gippsland Charity Golf Day will be held on Friday, July 27.
This year Elders Korumburra and Leongatha will be supporting a local family who unfortunately have been affected by Leukaemia.
Noah Belvedere from Korumburra is a 10 year old boy who lives at Korumburra with his parents Rob and Deb and his three siblings Evan 8, Flynn 5 and Emily 5.
Noah loves his sport and especially loves playing football, cricket and basketball.
In early June Noah and his family received devastating news that he had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, an aggressive cancer of the blood cells.  Noah commenced treatment at Monash Childrens hospital immediately, which consists of chemotherapy injected intravenously and into is spinal cord, and blood transfusions to increase his blood cells which deplete from his condition and the treatments.
The treatments continue for a minimum of three years to beat this insidious disease.  Noah cannot attend school during this current phase of treatment due to the risk of infection, as he virtually has no immune system, so any infections can be life threatening.  Noah wants nothing more than to beat his leukaemia and return to his normal life and get back to enjoying his sport.
Elders is also looking for your support; so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the family or for the raffles and auction, please contact them.
This annual event is proving to be quite popular and each year Elders have had a full field, so please be quick to book in and make your team payment.
For those not wanting a hit or for those just wanting to come along and support we have limited seats available at $30 a ticket to be a part of the barbecue lunch, presentation and raffles/auction.
Please note: If you require a golf cart please make your own bookings through the Golf Club direct.
This year it is going to be a footy theme, so make sure you wear your teams colours to be in the running to win some of the great prizes on offer for best dressed!
Elders is also looking for sponsors, so if you would be generous enough to donate money or prizes for the raffles/auction, please contact them.
Last year Elders and everyone involved raised a massive amount of $16,655.94 and over the last six years of running this event a total amount of $72,058.98 has been raised.
Elders looks forward to great success again this year and to providing help and support to a local South Gippsland family, during this difficult time.
Please contact Elders at Korumburra 5658 1894 or Leongatha 5662 3523, with any questions or if you would like to donate.


Works underway for new youth hub "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IT may not look like much now, but the old Wonthaggi CFA building will soon be transformed into a vibrant youth hub.
Project manager Michael Feehan said it is anticipated the youth hub will be up and running by the end of September.
Young people aged 12 to 25 will be able to access the hub.
There is still work to be done in the lead up to the grand opening.
The centre will be fitted out with kitchen and office space, as well as a disabled toilet and ramps for accessibility.
There is also a lot of painting to be done. Once initial paint works are complete, the experts will be called in to create a mural project.
Local artists Patrice Mahoney, Safina Stewart and Darren Marx will undertake the mural projects alongside a number of talented young artists.
Some of these young artists were involved with the Wonthaggi streetscape project, and helped to paint the murals featured in a number of local laneways.
The youth hub is sharing the space at the old CFA building located in Watt Street with the Wonthaggi Boxing Club.
Already up and running, the boxing club is well supported by locals and has had local builders in to transform the space and increase functionality.
Once the youth hub is operational, it will offer specific programs for different age groups. The hub will be supported by a number of agencies including Anglicare, Salvocare, Yooralla and Maxima.
Young people will be able to receive help in making education and employment decisions, and have access to health and wellbeing information.
There will be a space for homework, and it will be a hang out space.
Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly said it would be great to run movie nights at the hub.
This is a community led project. The young people of Wonthaggi have been saying for a while they need somewhere to hang out, she said.
Its great to see this happening. Its a great central space, and the need is definitely there.
However, Mr Feehan said the hours the youth hub will be open will depend on staffing.
Bass Coast Shire Council has supported us greatly, and provided funding to keep this project going, he said.
We will need to look at options to see how often we can have staff here. Ideally, we will be open before school so we can run things like breakfast clubs.
Mr Feehan said the location of the new hub is ideal given its proximity to the current Wonthaggi Secondary College and the developing education precinct and there has already been a lot of support given by community groups.


Firefighters to honour John Sparks "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Wonthaggi CFA will honour the life of former member John Sparks in France on August 18.
Twelve brigade members and descendants of Mr Sparks family will make the journey next month.
During the move from the CFAs Watt Street station to White Road, the brigade had the opportunity to reflect on its memorabilia.
The captain of the time Kim OConnor took particular interest in a framed photo of firefighter John Sparks, which led to further investigations about Mr Sparks life.
Early on, Mr Sparks lived in Dollar but later made his home in Wonthaggi.
He was a wheeler in the coal mines and a volunteer firefighter in Wonthaggi.
In August, 1914, Mr Sparks enlisted in World War One and was in the 8th Battalion.
He passed away on August 18, 1916.
Mr OConnor asked former CFA captain Bill Watson to bring the project together.
Mr Watson made contact with Mr Sparks descendants, and conversations began regarding a visit to his graveside in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, France, to pay the tribute to him that he never had the honour of receiving.
The 12 CFA members attending will pay their own way to France, and an invitation has been extended to the Albert council and Albert fire brigade to join.
A rehearsal of proceedings will be held on August 17, with the official ceremony to be held on August 18.
We believe from the information we have received from France that they are more than happy to accommodate us. We are likely to hear more from France in the next four weeks, Wonthaggi CFAs Debbie Parkes said.
Mr Sparks medals were donated to the Wonthaggi CFA late last year, and are proudly displayed beneath the portrait of Mr Sparks at the station.

Paying tribute: from left, Greg Parkes, Garry Moz Wilson, Debbie Parkes and Theresa ODea are among the Wonthaggi CFA members who will journey to France to honour former firefighter John Sparks.


Tricky intersection hits raw nerve "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

HUNDREDS of people have commented on a video about the best way to navigate through arguably one of the most confusing intersections in central Leongatha.
The short video on The Stars Facebook page shows traffic plotting its way through the T-intersection of Anderson, Roughead and McCartin streets across from the Leongatha courthouse.
The intersection was constructed last year as part of multi-million dollar works for a heavy vehicle bypass route and the Give Way sign was where Anderson Street formed a T-intersection there.
One Facebook user, Karen Fowles who commented on The Stars Facebook page said she had nearly experienced a collision at the intersection, whereas most users said they avoided the intersection at all costs, citing long waiting times to turn into Anderson Street from the Give Way sign at McCartin Street.
Despite these claims of near-misses and high potential for collisions Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon said according to police data, it is not a high collision intersection.
Anecdotally it appears to me that the rate of collisions has dropped off, he said.
Although not perfect yet and it never will be the number of people not using their left indicator correctly when travelling south and proceeding straight into McCartin Street has improved also.
If people concentrate, obey the big Give Way signs and show some courtesy by using their indicators when approaching the intersection, there is no reason any collisions should occur.
According to data from VicRoads, only one collision that resulted in an injury has occurred since the new intersection was constructed, other data reveals three casualty accidents have occurred.
Data from collisions with no injuries is not collected by police or VicRoads.
The Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate route was estimated to remove about 600 heavy vehicles a day out of the Leongatha Central Business District.
It included works to a number of major intersections including the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Ogilvy Street and the South Gippsland Highway.
VicRoads eastern regional director Scott Lawrence said community concerns regarding turning movements and pedestrian safety were raised following the commissioning of the new signals in 2016.
Changes to the operation of the signals were implemented in 2017 to improve safety at the intersection, he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council is planning future redevelopment to Bair Street. There will be significant changes to the traffic volumes at this intersection following the redevelopment.
VicRoads will reassess the operation and reprogramming of the signals at that time.
Two casualty crashes occurred at this intersection in August 2017.



House prices grow with demand "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

STRONG demand from buyers wanting a quieter lifestyle has seen median property prices lift in South Gippsland and Bass Coast significantly in the past 12 months.
People are flocking to rural towns like Korumburra, Kilcunda, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Venus Bay, with demand often outweighing supply.
Adam Leys from Stockdale and Leggo Inverloch said since the start of 2017, median house prices in Inverloch had increased by over $100,000.
He said there were a number of factors driving the price increase.
One significant factor is an influx of buyers coming from the Mornington Peninsula who are seeing great value in our market, he said.
They are tired of the traffic and general crowding on the peninsula and prefer the more relaxed vibe of Inverloch.
Mr Leys said another factor was a shortage of vacant land, making homes in new estates hard to find.
This drives people to buy in more established areas which come with higher price tags, he said.
Mr Leys said a consistent decline in available properties had caused a degree of urgency among buyers.
Buyers in our market are used to having plenty of time to consider purchases, but now they are seeing the places they like sold before they are in a position to make an offer themselves, he said.
This results in a shorter time on the market than we have seen in previous years. I dont see this situation changing in the near future.
Anything within two hours drive of Melbourne is highly sought after.
Alex Scott and Staff Venus Bay director Daniel Lawrie said the median price for property in Venus Bay had increased by around $35,000 in a short period of time.
He said with a median price of around $310,000, Venus Bay was still very affordable compared to other coastal locations such as the Mornington Peninsula and Inverloch.
It is good news for the area, our permanent population is building and that means more people to be active in the community and down the track, could mean more infrastructure, he said.
It is very positive news for us down here.
PBE Wonthaggi director Adam Mabilia said the whole Bass Coast region was benefitting from real estate demand.
With an increase to the median property price of around $28,000 in Wonthaggi and $51,000 in Kilcunda, he said buyers from Melbournes south east still find properties in Bass Coast affordable.
There is a big wave at the moment and there is no sign of it slowing down in the future, he said.
Stock levels are short through every town in Bass Coast at the moment and that is not likely to change. It is healthy for the region.
Real estate manager at Elders Korumburra Don Olden said the median property price in Korumburra has lifted around 10 percent in the last 18 months.
He said strong demand means that properties are selling shortly...


Tourist rail may make comeback "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

TRAINS could run between Korumburra and Leongatha within 12 months, as the Southern Rail Preservation Group plans to invest $5 million to reinstate the tourist railway.
Eventually, the group plans to return a rail service along the full 58 kilometres of line between Leongatha and Koo Wee Rup.
Southern Rail president Stuart Gilbert said the project was in its early stages, but was hoping the model they were planning to adopt would ensure its success.
He said the funding needed to get the project started was being provided by a private investor.
The tourist railway that operated previously between Korumburra and Leongatha stopped running around two years ago.
It will be more community focussed this time around, we want the local businesses to get involved to provide services for passengers, Mr Gilbert said.
There will be a consultation process with interested businesses to get their input.
Mr Gilbert said the railway line between Koo Wee Rup and Leongatha was one of the most scenic in the country.
He said coupled with the decent infrastructure already in place, it could become the longest, most scenic heritage railway in the world.
That is a great selling point, he said.
Mr Gilbert said the group is currently knee deep in paperwork, but was positive any hurdles will be overcome and work should be able to start soon to get the track up to standard.
He said the railway was in good condition between Leongatha and Korumburra and would need minimal work to get it up and running.
We have been talking to a large rail maintenance contractor who is keen to give us a hand, he said.
We are working on striking up a deal with training rail workers to get the work done at a discounted rate. We get the work of a main line standard and they get certified.
The proposed extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail could be impeded by the return of trains, but Mr Gilbert said he didnt see any reason the trail couldnt be built alongside the railway line.
We see the benefits of both, he said.
It seems ludicrous to pull up decent infrastructure. Once it is removed, it will never return.
Once the trains are running between Leongatha and Koo Wee Rup, Mr Gilbert said it could create up to 40 jobs.
Initially most of the work will be done by volunteers, but we will be pushing towards employing people, he said.
How long that takes will depend on how popular the service is. With the marketing model we have, there are enough attractions down here to warrant it.
Mr Gilbert said their marketing model was largely aimed at tourists from Asia.
The group plans to run both steam and diesel engines on the line, starting with diesel and eventually, the line could incorporate a passenger service as well.
Mr Gilbert said they had all but secur...


Wooreen to remember 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOON it will be 100 years since the Wooreen community planted 35 oak trees in memory of the local soldiers who served in World War I.
Although nearly half of the trees didnt survive, 15 were replanted at the 90 year anniversary of the Wooreen Avenue of Honour 10 years ago.
Wooreen Avenue of Honour organising committee member Nicole Pouws said the community had worked tirelessly to ensure the small area of Wooreen continued to be recognised and for its avenue to be restored.
Its a beautiful place to drive through and to live in. The committee has been making sure we are prepared to mark the upcoming centenary commemoration, she said.
The South Gippsland Shire Councils parks and gardens coordinator Steve Missen and his team has been very proactive in the planting 10 years ago and also for getting it ready for the centenary.
It really has been a group effort and its very exciting to hold this commemoration.
The public is invited for the solemn commemoration on July 29 at 9.30am at the Avenue of Honour on Leongatha Yarragon Road, Wooreen and for a gathering afterwards at the Hallston Hall at 10.30 for light refreshments.
Former Victorian RSL president Major General David McLaughlin (retired) will return for the event, having visited 10 years ago to mark the planting of the saplings at the avenue.
Committee member and retired commander Matthew Ferguson who is researching soldiers who enlisted for WWI from the area, said it was a lengthy process but at this stage he had found four names of people who had served.
For more information on the event or to attend, please contact CMDR Ferguson on 0402 671 221.

Honoured: Wooreen Avenue of Honour committee members from left, Matthew and Denise Ferguson, Deb Brown, Nicole Pouw and Tom Daffy who made the daffodils for the event.


Saputo chief fronts farmers "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SAPUTO has explained its low opening price to suppliers in a series of meetings held across the region last week, which company CEO Lino Saputo Jnr came from Canada to attend.
In what was the first round of supplier meetings since the company made its opening price announcement, the Leongatha meeting was held last Tuesday.
Mr Saputo said the main purpose of the meeting was to explain why Saputo opened at $5.75 per kilogram of milk solids.
The meeting covered why we chose that price and what our expectations are for the balance of the year, he said.
Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg said the meeting on Tuesday was quite good.
Mr Saputo explained why it wasnt the best opening price. He explained he doesnt take gambles and wanted to show that Saputo was a stable company, he said.
Mr Vagg said it was great to see Mr Saputo come from Canada to attend the meetings and thought he put forward an interesting message.
He talked about loyalty and balancing out the needs of all the stakeholders in the business, not just the shareholders, he said.
I think the Murray Goulburn board got one thing right, it sold to the right company.
Saputo now operates the former Murray Goulburn factory in Leongatha and Mr Saputo said the company planned to invest capital in the plant.
He said expansion of the Leongatha facility was possible.
Right now, the Leongatha processing facility is being underutilised. Once it is running at a higher capacity, we can consider (investing in the factory), he said.
In order to increase the utilisation of the Leongatha factory, Saputo needs to increase milk supply.
It will take time for us to get suppliers back on board. While the (opening) price is important, at close we have had the leading price for the past five years, Mr Saputo said.
The opening price is just an indication of the season ahead, it is the closing price that matters.
Mr Vagg said many in attendance at the meeting wanted to know how Saputo planned to increase its milk supply.
One guy said Saputo didnt open high enough to get suppliers back. Mr Saputo said the only way to get suppliers back was by restoring trust, he said.
Mr Saputo said it was more responsible than opening high. He said the worst thing would be to open too high and be unable to maintain that price.
Mr Saputo said he agreed farmers were not being paid enough for their milk.
Suppliers inputs are going up, yet their revenue is going down. We want to take a leadership role in the industry and encourage suppliers to grow our base.
Once the balance between supply and demand is there, the economy will be much better for dairy farmers.
The future of the dairy industry is good all over the world. Consumption is consistently growing 2.5 percent per year, dairy is in g...


Local councils escape fast-track townhouse code for now "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Medium-density housing developments on the North Coast, such as this one, will be fast tracked in 20 days once a new code comes into effect. Image NSW Dept of Planning & Environment

Three North Coast shires have avoided being required to implement a new state-based housing code that would require them to fast-track two-storey apartment and townhouse proposals in urban residential areas within 20 days.

Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires have been given a 12-month period of grace until July 1 next year.

For all other local government areas, including Lismore, the Low Rise Medium Density Housing (MDH) Code commenced on July 6 this year.

Under the new code, low rise medium density housing becomes a complying development where if it is already permitted under a councils local environmental plan (LEP).

The delay in implementation will give councils time to re-examine their LEPs and make changes if necessary.

For example, dual occupancy, manor house and multi-dwelling developments are currently permissible in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone in the Tweed Shire.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said this would have been a significant departure from the current levels of consultation and assessment for these more intense developments.

No chance for comment

I think anyone would be shocked to find a multi-dwelling apartment going up next to them without having a chance to comment or raise concerns about impacts on their amenity, Cr Milne said.

The deferral provides councils with 12 months to consider the application of the code in their residential areas and, if necessary, to pursue amendments to their LEPs to regulate or prohibit medium density housing in locations where they do not want to the Code to operate, she added.

The deferral of the MDH Code and the resulting effect that all medium density development in Tweed, Ballina and Byron shires still requires development consent from Council until such time as the MDH Code becomes operational in those local government areas.

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Horsing around "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A PROPOSAL to build a new exhibition and equestrian centre at Stony Creek has been turned on its head.

The South Gippsland Shire Council has resolved to consider other locations within the shire for an exhibition/equestrian centre, despite years of campaigning for a facility to be built at Stony Creek.

After changes were made to the council plan at a special meeting on May 30, the council will abandon the progression of a business case to assess the establishment of a centre at Stony Creek.

It will now undertake a feasibility study into establishing a multipurpose exhibition/equestrian centre within the shire.

This is despite a 2016 South Gippsland Shire OurSay forum showing the idea garnered the most community support with over 500 votes, 300 clear of the next suggestion.

Former council manager sustainable communities Chris Van Der Ark said at the time The OurSay responses are extremely useful. Council will use these to inform its decision making on future capital works programs and applications for funding.

Stony Creek Exhibition Centre committee member Janine Bullock said it was a shame council had decided to look elsewhere within the shire, after so much work had been done on the Stony Creek proposal.

Stony Creek is central. A facility such as this needs to be in the centre of the shire so the entire region benefits, she said.

The economic benefits of an undercover facility will be the highest if its located in the centre of the shire. There is no use putting it on the fringe.

Ms Bullock said there was a strong case to build an exhibition centre at Stony Creek due to existing facilities and utilities.

Power and water are already available at Stony Creek, she said.

It is not just about horse events, everyone in Meeniyan is for the facility because it would be a multipurpose building.

Ms Bullock said there had already been interest from different industries, which would benefit from an undercover location to hold events.

She said things like cattle shows, judging competitions, working dog trials, markets, machinery demonstrations and field days are just some of the options for the facility, if built.

These sorts of things need an undercover facility to run, particularly during South Gippsland winters, she said.

The original plan also featured conference facilities, and the proximity of Stony Creek to the Great Southern Rail Trail is a huge benefit.

A council spokesperson said the council plan amendment requires a different scope of works to the consultancy tender recently advertised and a suitable consultant will be sought to complete the feasibility investig...


REVIEW: Moody Norwegian Lesbian Drama Thelma Echoes Carrie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A coming-of-age tale but not as we traditionally know it, Thelma places a fresh, dark twist on the genre to dazzling effect. At the core of Joachim Triers seductive film lies a recognisable story one of sexual awakening and discovering ones true self but a haunting supernatural element placed on the material allows ...

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Sydney vacancy rate jumps "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sydney vacancies rising

The latest building activity figures confirmed that the record number of apartments under construction in Sydney is now morphing into a surge in completions.

June is always a seasonally soft month for rental markets, but the latest release from SQM Research recorded a vacancy rate jumping all the way to 2.8 per cent for Sydney.

That's well up from 2 per cent a year earlier.

Vacancies were very high in the Hills District at 4.9 per cent.

But the inner suburbs have by no means been immune as apartments complete across the city. 

Melbourne's vacancy rate was just 1.6 per cent in the month of June 2018.

However, Melbourne now has more dwellings under construction than at any time in its history, as well as a range of transport, infrastructure, and commercial projects. 

Nationally, the vacancy rate declined from a year earlier from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent, representing a decline from 78,314 to 75,757 vacancies. 

There were year-on-year declines in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, and even Brisbane as more interstate migrants head north (as yet not fully recorded in official guesstimates, which have more lag than my Grandad's boiler).

You can find SQM's more detailed commentary in its always-excellent media release...


Have you seen Patricia? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Patricia Jung, missing from Fernleigh since Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo supplied

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman reported missing from Fernleigh, near Newrybar since Monday (July 16).

Patricia Jung, 65, was reported missing after she was last seen getting out of a car on Fernleigh Road, near Troughtons Lane, at about 11am.

Despite a search of the area, she has not been located.

Mrs Jung has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of a slim build, with blonde/grey hair tied in a ponytail, and with blue-green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved bright red shirt, track pants, zip-up short boots, and a green shoulder-length bag.

Anyone who sees Mrs Jung or has any information on her whereabouts are urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:


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Australia rallies to Protect Our Winters "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

An Australian chapter of Protect Our Winters (POW) will be officially launched this week, with a visit from pro skier Chris Davenport.  Chris is a POW board member and will be visiting Thredbo and Mt Buller as part of his trip.

Chris will speak at Mt Buller on July 24 and at Thredbo on Friday July 27. There will also be a Hike for POW to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko during the day on the 27th.

The following media release comes from POW Australia:

With snow flurries across the Australian Alps this week its an apt time for the launch of the Australian chapter of the global environmental group Protect Our Winters (POW).

The official launch of POW Australia this week will be followed by a visit from two-time world champion pro skier Chris Davenport.  Davenport is a POW board member and is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today.  Among his many mountaineering achievement Chris was the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorados 14,000 foot peaks in less than a year.  He has also guided and skied on Mt Everest.

Chris is visiting Mt Buller and Thredbo resorts during his time in Australia, spreading the word on why we need winter and will speak at the Mt Buller cinema on Tuesday 24th July 2018. The talk will be followed by a screening of the new Teton Gravity Research film Rogue Elements in which Mt Buller Mitch Reeves features.

Thredbo will then build on the program with a Hike for POW to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko on Friday 27 July  and a speaker program that evening in resort.

Protect Our Winters activity in Australia started in 2017 when professional snowboarder and POW Founder Jeremy Jones and his family were invited to Mt Buller by long-time friend Tony Harro Harrington. The Jones family came to Mt Buller and Thredbo where Jeremy established the first Australian POW resort alliance at Thredbo.  This kicked off the the charge towards positive climate action within the snow industry with Falls Creek now also involved and more resorts expected to formalise their participation in the program.

Since founding POW 10 years ago, the organisation has grown to a global network of over 130,000 supporters and engaging with 60 million+ snowsports enthusiasts across the world, a following that is fast growing momentum in Australian alpine communities.

Leading the campaign in Australia is a passionate group of advocates including Tony Harro Harrington, Rhylla Morgan, Josh Fletcher and Kerris McLiver based at Mt Buller, all who have extensive experience in the snow and outdoor sports industry.

At the heart of it Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry br...


Arts student helps to highlight science festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Charly Crossing, winner of the 2018 Arts Vs Science Festival poster design competition. Photo supplied

Out of eighty colourful posters created by Southern Cross University design students, one eye-catching design has been chosen as the official poster for Augusts upcoming Arts Vs Science Festival.

The festival brings together artists and scientists, and everyone in between, from some of the Northern Rivers leading education, research and action institutions for Lismores big National Science Week event in August.

Winning entrant Charly Crossing, who is in her first year of digital media and communications at Southern Cross, responded to the news enthusiastically.

Now I have had my poster chosen I will definitely have to attend the festival! Charly quipped.

Southern Cross University visual communication lecturer Dr Louise Kolff said students responded in so many different ways, producing wonderful posters for the Festival, while learning a lot about design principles along the way.

Three exhibitions across Lismore will feature these posters leading up to the Arts Vs Science Festivalon Saturday August 18 at The Quad.

Posters will be exhibited at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus Library from August 20, and in the Lismore Regional Library from July 30. Then shortlisted posters will be featured in an exhibition on the day of the Festival in the Lismore Regional Gallerys event space.

Cultivating the collaborations that form the core of The Quad and the Northern Rivers Science Hub, the...


Cher Says Shes Done An Entire Album Of ABBA Covers "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Cher has revealed shes recorded an entire album of ABBA covers, after performing the groups classic Fernando for the Mamma Mia sequel. After I did Fernando, I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did, she told US Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford. But she teased ...

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Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.


Why were highway subcontractors left without pay for almost a year? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some subcontractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade have remained unpaid for almost a year following the collapse of contractor Oswald Bros. Photo RMS website

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, has welcomed reports that Pacific Highway subcontractors affected by the collapse Oswald Bros last year would finally be getting financial assistance from the NSW Government for work they did on the upgrade.

But he has lashed out at the amount of time it has taken the government to organise the payout.

These 23 local subcontractors were left over $7.2 million dollars out of pocket when Oswald Bros collapsed into administration. Some have already lost their homes, jobs and businesses, Mr Pugh said.

They were left unprotected after the NSW Government and the Nationals failed to fully implement the recommendations of the Collins inquiry.

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier, John Barrilaro, met with the group yesterday, promising financial assistance.

Mr Barrilaro admitted to local media there had been delays but blamed them on legal complexitites.

The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency, chaired by Bruce Collins QC, was released in January 2013.

But Mr Pugh says the government has yet to commit to fully implementing recommendations that would have protected small businesses.

This announcement has been a long time coming and it should never have come to this. I am glad that these small businesses will be getting some financial assistance and I will be following up to make sure they are happy with the outcome. Mr Pugh said.

This stuff up by the Government has already cost many of these businesses too much, with some forced to sell machinery on the cheap, some forced to sell their homes and others put under extreme financial hardship. It has now cost the NSW taxpayer too.

Labor has stood by these subbies until they got paid, taking their plight up in the media, running a community petition and meeting with them in parliament. This is what effective oppositions do, they stand up for those that are dealing with an uncaring and incompetent government.

It is now time for the Nationals to make sure this never happens again. It is time to change the law to protect subbies like these, Mr Pugh said.

Speaking on...


Symmetry of sorts "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

These images were made last week in a nice patch of bush that I havent visited before, an area of public land just to the east of Green Gully. Birds were scarce Scarlet Robins and Varied Sittellas were the highlight but I suspect there is more to be discovered.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Green Gully, 12th July 2018


Wu-Tang Clan announce 2018 Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Wu-Tang Clan have announced two Australian shows at the Sydney Opera House for the 25th Anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)The shows will take place on December 8th and 9th, 2018.

The Australian shows will feature RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA and Cappadonna performing their iconic debut album in full.

Ahead of performing at Sydney Opera House, RZA says: The Sydney Opera House is one of the worlds most iconic venues. Its architecture and acoustics are inspirations for various genres of artistic expressions.

Wu-Tang Clan is cooking up something special for Australia. The Opera House will be infused with a dose of real hip hop thats sure to rock from bottom to top. We cant wait to perform there.

Wu-Tang Clan announce Australian showsWu-Tang Clans Australian shows will happen at the Sydney Opera House on December 8th and 9th.

Wu-Tang Clan Australian shows

Sydney Opera House pre-sale  Wednesday 18 July 2018 9am AEST

Tickets on sale to the general public  Thursday 19 July 2018 9am AEST


Make the switch and ditch the plastic "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Are you ready to become a Plastic Free Champion?

It is time to Make the Switch. Byron Shire his leading the charge and is encouraging businesses to become plastic free with Plastic Free Byron leading the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the Shire.

Currently, Plastic Free Byron are working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream, said campaign co-ordinator Coral Latella.

Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags are all being targeted for removal.

All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, our job is to work with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them.

In collaboration with Plastic Free Byrons 31 Actions in 31 Days initiative for Plastic Free July, Make the Switch encourages individuals and businesses within the Byron community to take action against single use plastics and sign up to the program today.

Bayleaf caf in Byron has already become a Plastic Free Champion. Photo supplied.

Plastic Free Champion



Miracle: dog saves joey instead of attacking it "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Atlas (right) with Isla, in the care of WIRES after being found in his dead mothers pouch by a dog. Photo Tricia Griffin

WIRES all too frequently receives calls about wallabies that have been attacked by dogs. Sadly, the outcome is almost always tragic. So in March this year when the WIRES Hotline was phoned about a joey that had been brought in by a dog, WIRES expected the worst.

Dubbed Atlas after the dog that found him, the little swamp wallaby was delivered by the caller to a Byron Bay vet, who called WIRES. He was flat and non-responsive, and neither the vet nor the WIRES carer expected Atlas to last the night.

But this little joey was a fighter and, after a week of intensive care, he started to turn the corner.

Once he was on the way to good health, his WIRES carer contacted the member of the public whose dog had brought the joey in to update them on progress and to find out what really happened. Only then did the miracle of the story become clear.

As it transpired, a dead wallaby had been seen some four or five days beforehand on the periphery of the callers property. Their dog, a Belgian Shepherd named Atlas, had been seen sniffing at the body days before, but it was assumed the wallaby was long dead and no one went to check.

Far from attacking the joey, Atlas the dog was curious about the small joey that was no doubt struggling and calling inside its mums pouch. In a remarkable show of compassion, Atlas finally took the joey out of his dead mothers pouch and carried it to his humans, laying him at their feet. In fact, Atlas the dog saved this little joeys life, as without him the joey would perished unfound in the pouch.

Atlas the joey is going from strength to strength and in a couple of months will be released back into the wild. He is pictured here (on the right) with Isla (on the left) who came into care about the same time.

Please always check the pouch of any dead wallaby or kangaroo you see on the side of the road, even if you are unsure if it has been dead for a while. You might just be saving a little life. Once you have checked the pouch, drag the body away out of sight so others dont need to re-check.

Of course, not all dogs are as wildlife friendly as Atlas. Please always keep dogs contained and never let them chase wi...


Not dead but not moving either "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Over the years Judy from Limestone has contributed several interesting photos to this blogsite and as previously noted they all involve dead things. Her latest contribution is a photograph (below) of the inside of a wasps mud nest which had accidentally been knocked off a wall. This time the creatures inside are not dead, but []


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1) HoA with Freeport is big step, Jokowi argues against critics



Time for a new US Air Force One "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Air Force One is a fleet of at least two highly customised Boeing 747-200 commercial jets which the US Air Force is currently replacing with 747-8s.

One of the websites illustrators lent a hand with visualizing a more American look.

These new aircraft are actually undelivered planes ordered by bankrupt Rusian airline, Transaero.


Liberals continue to behave badly - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Liberal local government councillor and a Berejiklian Government Liberal MP discovered conducting what appears to be some decidedly unparliamentary business by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption during Operation Dasha.

ABC News, 13 July 2018:

New South Wales Government MP Daryl Maguire has resigned from his role as a parliamentary secretary and will now sit on the crossbench after admitting before a corruption inquiry that he sought payment over a property deal.

Mr Maguire stepped aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party after the revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The corruption watchdog is investigating claims of improper conduct by former Canterbury City councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi and today heard a tapped phone call between Mr Hawatt and Mr Maguire.


Seeking a humanitarian FOSS outreach position "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In 2017 I spent some time working with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). While I developed a number of software tools in that role, what made me truly effective was the fact that I could develop everything open source. The amount of advice, pull requests, and feedback that I enthusiastically received from public experts was tremendous, and Im sure that this was helped in no small part by the fact that I was working for a high-profile humanitarian organisation.

Ever since then, Ive been thinking. What if I could do humanitarian open source outreach as a job?

Theres tremendous appeal to me for a paid outreach position; not only am I able to deliver more value than I could on my own, but theres also opportunities for me to learn, to teach, to further the careers of others, and to build communities. While Ive been privately offered positions as a developer evangelist at a number of companies, working in the humanitarian space is much more in line with my values.

Ive a lot that would qualify me for this role. Ive been writing and speaking about open source for decades. Ive launched and managed numerous successful open source projects in the past, the largest of whichthe Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Networkhas hundreds of contributors and hundreds of thousands of users. I thoroughly enjoy knowledge exchange of all sorts. And finally Im also a prominent public speaker, especially able to draw a large audience when it comes to technical and social matters. Alongside many technical talks, Ive also given presentations on open source and humanitarian efforts, mental health, and whether technology is making the world a better place.

Of course such a role would not be without its challenges. Structuring a project to maximise contributions and community growth often involves using different tools and methodologies than would be used for an internal project. My schedule tends to be choppy, as I travel a lot for conferences, but this also means Im able to do more outreach as I go. Im based in Australia, which can present its own time coordination challenges.

My ideal role would be be half to three-quarter time, based in Melbourne or remotely, and would have me developingand most importantly helping others developopen source tools in the humanitarian sector. Id be particularly happy with a system that involves scalable programmable voice, as Ive been working with that a lot recently, but Im well su...

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Stefan Molyneux & Lauren Southerns hate-speech tour kicks off in Cairns (with a little help from the AFL) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Yeesh. The Australian Football League (AFL) has been combating allegations of racism for some time now. Recent headlines include : Racist slur on footy field still hurts former Freo Docker Scott Chisholm, Steve Butler, The West Australian, July 13, 2018 Continue reading


West Australian Labor Govt set to ban scissors "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


A 19-year-old man has launched into a rambling outburst on his first appearance in court charged with the murders of his 48-year-old mother, her 15-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son in Perths north-eastern suburbs.


Teancum Vernon Petersen-Crofts (left) was charged after his mother, Michelle Petersen, and her son, Rua, were found dead and her daughter Bella was found critically injured at a house in Ellenbrook, about 30 kilometres north-east of the city centre, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers went to the house after they were initially called to a convenience store on The Broadway at 1:30am on Sunday.

Police allege Mr Petersen-Crofts had entered the store and asked staff to call police.

They then investigated the property and found the two bodies, and the teenage girl outside the house fighting for her life.

Later on Sunday morning, officers found a large pair of scissors lying in a verge garden bed about 30 metres from the house.

Investigators photographed the scissors before placing them in an evidence container and removing them from the scene.

Mr Petersen-Crofts was remanded to the Frankland Centre secure mental health facility at Graylands Hospital.

Cairnsnews is appalled at such wanton murders. The alleged culprit is obviously a nut case. His ethnic appearance should shed light on this tragic event. All our thoughts are with the families.




Entrepreneurship, business, & building an empire "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A recent podcast interview I recorded in Sydney with the inspirational Angie Zimmerman, author of Addicted2Success

Listen on i-Tunes here



Howdy Folks! Kurilpa Poets will be back in action on the 29th of July. Come out of the cold and join us in the Musgrave Park Croquet Hall from 2pm-4:30pm. The winter may be long, cold and dark as a hardline sermon, but well Continue reading


APRadio podcast 15 July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Fellow Mushrooms

Harry Palmer- Features in todays APRadio podcast the upheaval with Mark Latham exposing Labor party crooks and criminal dealings sending Shorten into a tail spin with the by-elections just 2 weeks out. Do you know about the Fixated Threat Assessment Centres where anyone over 10 years old can be held for 14 day psychiatrist review if you dare to send letters questioning pollies, police, of public servants ?  Harry and Mike go into detail with the Fixated Persons act to silence you having your say.

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Sunday, 15 July


EP 251: Night Birds & Greenwave Beth "IndyWatch Feed"

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Photo: Kim Anderson (NB) Jake Ollet (GB)

Night Birds

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Hailing from New Jersey, Nights Birds play surfy, punk rock whilst paying homage to the hardcore movement of the 80s. Since 2009 they have released a total of LPs, including their latest effort Mutiny At Muscle Beach through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as a handful of 7 inches. The four piece are known for their extremely energetic live performances and fiercely DIY ethos.  


Greenwave Beth

Recorded  & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Sydneys Greenwave Beth is the musical project of Flowertruck vocalist Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn. They combine restrictive and industrial sounds of midi sequenced drum and b...


Some Gippsland Coastal History "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Following the end of the last ice age the Bass Strait sea level rose on average a metre every 100 years for 12,000 years. As pointed out in my last blog (below) this was a natural change proceeding over time spans difficult for humans to conceive. This warming of our planet also enabled the development of farming and the growth of civilisations. But on the other hand even though this change was natural the average sea level rise over this time was still one metre per 100 years and in some centuries a lot more.

United Kingdom researchers noted that Global sea level rose by a total of more than 120 metres as the vast ice sheets of the last Ice Age melted back. This melt-back lasted from about 19,000 to about 6,000 years ago, meaning that the average rate of sea-level rise was roughly 1 metre per century and Southampton researchers have estimated that sea-level rose by an average of about 1 metre per century at the end of the last Ice Age, interrupted by rapid jumps during which it rose by up to 2.5 metres per century.

The question arises that if sea level with natural warming still rose at this rate what will be the result of the forced human caused warming of the Anthropocene? Other sources have pointed out that when greenhouse gas concentrations were last as high as they are now 3 million years ago sea levels were 20 to 25 metres higher.  This illustrates the conservativism of a recent Victorian Government publication Victorias Coast: preparing for the future.  I will do a brief review of this report in my next blog.

Without going into too many criticisms this publication comes up with two sea level rise predictions for the Victorian coast from 8-20cm by 2030 and 20-59cm by 2070. These predictions imply about 3 doublings of the rate of rise over 40 years or approximately doubling every 15 years from current levels. This would give us a sea level rise of 80-240cm by the year 2100. The top figure being surprisingly close to those rapid jumps measured from earths past. This is while local and government planners are still using a sea level rise prediction for Gippsland of 80cm made in 2008.

Another point that must be stressed is that sea level rise is not happening in isolation and that there are many other deleterious effects of a warming planet. With the warming we will have the predicted heatwaves, b...

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