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Tuesday, 08 December

18:01

Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Year of the Yoni "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Yoni

A few years ago I had a vagina. It was fairly common. All women I knew had one. I was pretty happy with it, I think. Like most, mine was standard issue. It did the job nicely, thank you very much. I never really thought I needed the upgrade, but sometimes you don’t get a say in it.

Like a cosmic cootie coincidence, all at once we had our vaginas upgraded to the new, improved, more spiritual and endlessly more complex model: The Yoni. Who decided this should happen? It’s like I fell asleep with a regulation-issue vag and then suddenly woke up with some sort of spiritual vagina cave womb that now requires massage and worshipping and lots and lots of workshops to keep it happy.

It seems to be very labour intensive. From what I read in The Echo each week and spy on the web, I realise I could devote my entire work week to yoni worship and still not touch the sides. Yep, it’s all about the yoni. In fact, when one looks at word usage over time, it’s clear we are at peak yoni. And in some cases, peaking yoni (that’s if you know the special 15-minute regulation yoni massage). Yes, 2015 was the definitely the Year of the Yoni.

Personally I think the good old-fashioned vagina was a lot easier to manage. It didn’t require quite so much reverence, and it certainly didn’t get its own special pants-off yoga class. Our sexual partners were much more at ease dealing with a vagina. While at times confusing, perplexing and with some startup problems, most had worked their way into a basic level of proficiency.

Not so with the yoni. Yoni work takes mastery. To operate a yoni you need to be certified. It’s like sitting on a temple. Shoes off at the front door of my yoni, thank you very much. And by the way, y.....

17:51

Echonetdaily: Boomerang at Blues "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Archie Roach at Boomerang Festival

Archie Roach at Boomerang Festival

This year the good people of Bluesfest are introducing something very new and very special – a festival within a festival – with the Boomerang Festival and celebration of first nations setting up a precinct onsite.

Boomerang director Rhoda Roberts shared her vision for the precinct.

‘The idea is to move it into Bluesfest so we can get to that broader audience. The music will be embedded across the stages, but it’s at the precinct where you will be able to get to know blackfellas with weaving workshops for adults and kids, lots of talks; you can come along and catch some great talks and panel discussions from boat people to the next voices in comedy, and then we are focusing on the dance ground like a mini-corroborate, lots of workshops that are interactive – the precinct is about cultural traditions. It was such a wonderful event at the first Boomerang, but being within Bluesfest profiles it to a larger audience so we can build our brand and then we become our own brand later down the track.’

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Boomerang director Rhoda Roberts

Located between Jambalya and The Crossroads stages, this is not a separate ghetto stage. Boomerang is part and parcel of the whole environment offering patrons a new depth of programming with insights into living legends such as Archie Ro...

17:23

Echonetdaily: The d’Arenberg Cube "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The d'Arenberg Cube

The d’Arenberg Cube

If you’ve ever visited D’Arenberg’s cellar door in McLaren Vale South Australia, you’ll be in for a surprise on your next visit. A five-storey glass Cube is under construction in the vineyards overlooking the 19th century homestead. With the top two floors turned askew, a folding origami entrance, seven interior bars and what will appear to be a fallen block in the carpark, the Cube will cater to a perceived demand for the wine industry to have more tourist ‘drawcards’.

The post The d’Arenberg Cube appeared first on Echonetdaily.

17:20

Echonetdaily: Caffeinated competition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Barista Skills Under the Spotlight

Vivienne Pearson

Have you ever watched a fashion parade while muttering about how such an outlandish display has no connection to the real world of finding something to wear?

You may have similar thoughts when watching baristas create outlandish signature drinks during a coffee ­competition.

In the coffee world, competitions are big. Two weeks ago, you may have read in this humble section about a gold-medal-winning coffee roaster from our local area. Other competitions focus on baristas, with wired-for-sound competitors, on-the-spot judging and a live audience. Some comps have a very specific focus, such as latte art or the use of coffee in alcoholic drinks (seriously, it’s a thing). Others, such as the new Coffee Masters, demand multi-skilled competitors.

Do coffee competitions have any connection to your daily cup of coffee?

Like fashion shows, coffee competitions reward innovation and the pushing of boundaries within the industry. Though the specific outfits paraded on runways may never be worn by regular folk, the themes and trends that these outfits display do influence your local shop’s next-season collection. Similarly, though a specific signature drink made in a competition may never hit the menu of your local cafe, the ideas behind these creations do (pardon the pun) filter down to everyday coffee drinkers.

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15:35

The Witches Kitchen: Madagascar beans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

madagascar beans

Roots and perennials planting days this week, and when I look back over my “Garden” posts,  I find this planting break is the skinniest of the year, every year.

Partly it is because one of my other lives is teaching vocational education teachers and early summer is end of term madness.  Partly it is because by now the zucchinis and squash and cucumbers have launched a takeover bid on the garden.  Every year I am left wondering why it is so impossible for me to remember that those cute baby seedlings that looked so innocent back in October when I decided to plant out so many of them are really triffids and will leave me with no room for successive plantings of anything.  And partly it is because this time of year is often very harsh gardening conditions in my part of the world – the end of a long hot dry windy spring with the real frizzle days just starting to bite and the water supplies running low.

This year though it has been glorious gardening weather. So far we’ve dodged the “Godzilla El Nino” at is causing starvation level drought through SE Asia, New Guinea and Pacific Island nations. There have been a couple of heat waves but mostly mild days and the tanks and dams are full enough to water.

So this week I’ve planted passionfruit vines and pawpaws and tam...

12:59

Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Teach the children well "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Ivanhoe Gramar

On Friday November 30, Edgar’s Mission hosted a visit from 30 excited young ladies from Ivanhoe Grammar.  Learning lessons of kindness and compassion for all beings, the decision makers of tomorrow happily patted kid goats, squealed (quietly) with delight at meeting a perky pig and rejoiced in meeting orphan baby lambs.  “Kindness truly is a lesson best learned by feel” said Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director Pam Ahern, “and through meeting the many rescued animals here at the sanctuary, children learn first hand that regardless of what another looks like, all have the capacity to feel”.  With so many positive benefits coming from kindness, not only for those on the receiving end it is easy to understand why the Edgar’s Mission humane education program, “Joining the dots” is being to rounding embraced by educational institutions.

Ivanhoe Gramar 

If you know of a school who would like to visit Edgar’s Mission, or you would like us to visit your school please email, info@edgarsmission.org.au to arrange a session.

Ivanhoe Gramar...

12:13

The Star: Sun bakes cookies "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Primary School students put their renewable energy ideas to the test on November 30, in a solar cook off.

Grade Six students have spent the term learning about renewable energy sources, and constructed their own cardboard and aluminium foil solar cookers to heat water and bake cookies.

Grade Six coordinator Tanya Starkey said the project gave students the chance to partake in an international renewable energy project.

“Our school, as well as Mirboo North, are collecting information to submit to the project which is based in Ecuador,” Ms Starkey said.

“The students learn about sustainability and different forms of energy. They are then given the task to construct a cooker which uses solar energy to heat water and bake cookies.”

Students spent the morning in the sunshine testing their cookers to see how hot they could heat 100mm of water by harnessing solar energy.

“Some of the students were very sceptical about it but I think they were pleasantly surprised,” Ms Starkey said.

Leongatha Primary College students will collect their solar cook off data and share it with schools from across the globe.

“This term we learned about different kinds of energy including tidal, solar and wind powered energies,” Grade Six student Harrison said.

“It is better for us to use renewable energies instead of coal because coal leaves a lot of waste and is bad for the environment. We do not need to dig into the ground to find tidal or solar power.”

12:06

The Star: Shape Korumburra’s future "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE public has until this Friday, December 11 to contribute to the future look of the heart of Korumburra.

South Gippsland Shire Council is now seeking the community’s input into a draft streetscape master plan for Korumburra’s main shopping area in Commercial and Bridge streets.

The plan has been on display for four weeks and final submissions must be received before 5pm this Friday.

Residents are invited to comment on three design options for the town’s main retail area that council’s director of development services Bryan Sword said were vital to the future prosperity and liveability of South Gippsland.

“With community input, we will be able to develop a practical streetscape design that can make a real difference to Korumburra and help the growth of the local economy,” he said.

“While this may take a number of years to implement in stages, it will enhance South Gippsland as a fantastic destination.” The draft Korumburra Streetscape Master Plan builds on the findings of the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan of October 2013.

This plan had strong community support for adjusting Commercial Street and the Bridge Street dog-leg to manage vehicle movements more safely by introducing a wider, single through-lane and creating buffered parking areas.

The draft master plan was influenced by four key Korumburra community groups and prepared by Hansen Partnership and Ratio Traffic Engineers on council’s behalf, in consultation with VicRoads.

“Completion of the final master plan is the next step in council’s long term commitment to improving the town centre.”

The plan will help council with funding applications and future budget allocation decisions....

12:02

The Star: Adventurous Christmas awaits "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

WONTHAGGI Motorcycles and Power Equipment is offering some fantastic deals to help you and your family enjoy an exciting Christmas.

At the top of the range is the Kawasaki Fun-Tastic family pack, valued at $500.

Upon purchase from the KLX range, buyers also receive Kawasaki merchandise, including bags, lunch boxes, sunglasses, towels and eskies.

This deal ends on December 31, so get in quick to make sure your Christmas Day is sorted.

Wonthaggi Motorcycles has plenty of KLX stock in store, which is the perfect range for the “motorcyclists in the making” with a multitude of ‘kid friendly’ features.

The standard KLX110 has an electric start so children don’t have to worry about a kick start until they are more advanced. The model is lower to the ground and it comes without a clutch.

It also comes equipped with multiple heat shields for extra safety.

Proving to be a very popular model, the KLX110 has sold fast over the last five years and are rarely available during the Christmas sales.

Now is the perfect time to find a fantastic deal for your aspiring motorcyclist.

Once the child is confident enough to step up to a big wheel model, they will be able to tackle the clutch. Big wheel models have higher ground clearance for next level riders, and though the throttle is restricted, it can be adjusted as they learn how to control it.

There’s a good range of children’s ATVs, which come with an attached lanyard for parents to help their children stay in control. If ATV gets too far from the parent, the lanyard activates the kill switch so safety is guaranteed. This can also be adjusted as the child begins to develop confidence.

The KLX180 is another step up and is a much bigger build and is ideal for those developing their skills for motocross and other bikes with more power.

All motorcycles in the KLX range are low maintenance. Just jump on and ride.

Make sure safety is......

11:57

The Star: Water dries up on coastal farms "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A HUGE turnout at a Tactics for Dry Times event at Inverloch last week reflected the serious concerns of many dairy farmers along the coastal strip.

Seventy farmers filled Warren and Kerrie Redmond’s Bass Highway farm shed on Monday, December 1 as they sought advice on how to tackle water shortages on their own farms.

It was by far the largest crowd of the three Tactics for Dry Times sessions, which had been previously held at Lardner and near Yarram.  

Tactics for Dry Times is a Dairy Australia/GippsDairy initiative that has been rolled out across Gippsland during November and December using dairy service levy funds.

The Redmond farm is seen as reasonably typical of the district, with a reduced silage harvest being followed by a swift drop-off in dam water supplies.

“The season for growing grass was okay. We just managed to get enough rain. We’ve been putting fertiliser on even up until last week,” Warren said.

“I started feeding silage on one of the farms last week and the others won’t be too far away. The main problem is water. We haven’t had any run-off into the dams in at least 14 months.”

A farm walk around the Redmond property highlighted the issues many farmers in the district are facing.

Dry or near empty dams dot the flat landscape, with little hope of solid rainfall to help fill them.

Tactics for Dry Times facilitator Matt Harms said there were no easy answers for local farmers.

“We have a situation in this area, unlike the other two dry times days we have had, in that we have both feed and water as crucial issues,” he said.

“On this particular farm, feed is not such a big problem, but stock water is and it’s a problem that started to develop in the middle of last year.

“The evaporation rate has been quite high, but there has been no run-off down here since the middle of winter 2014.”

GippsDairy projects and events co-ordinator Karen Romano said the water situati...

11:54

The Star: Farmers learn to manage drought "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project recently held a workshop on the drought resilience index, presented by soil scientist and agricultural consultant Graham Shepherd.

The index is a checklist farmers can run through to ensure their lands’ productivity remains satisfactory, even through periods of drought.

The event was held at the Outtrim Hall, followed by an on-farm session at Gordon and Sylvia Vagg’s property in Leongatha South and was attended by around 40 people.

Agricultural climate resilience officer Jill Vella said farmers could test their land for drought resistance, but being able to look at specific indicators and fill out the checklist was helpful.

“It could either prove you’re on the right track or you might have thought you were, but there could be another way to do it better,” she said.

“No one gets it right all the time and you can always pick up things here and there.”

Mr Shepherd said measuring drought could be a tenuous task, but could be easier when looked at from a soil and plant physiology perspective.

He has put together a methodology to assess the potential drought resistance of a farm looking at 18 specific indicators, both soil and plant, broken into various components which can be quantified.

“Once you do this and apply the appropriate reading, you come up with a nice assessment of the potential resistance for drought,” Mr Shepherd said.

The 18 key indicators include residual pastoral levels, soil structures, as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc and iron levels.

“Residual pastoral levels left after grazing are key because if we over graze, we severely affect the ability of the pasture to bounce back,” Mr Shepherd said.

“Iron levels determine the ability of pasture to bounce back coming out of drought, while organic carbon levels are also assessed. Soils with higher carbon have much greater capacity to hold and provide...

11:53

The Star: Green thumbs win national award "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MIRBOO North Secondary College’s Landcare group received high accolades at a national conference in Sydney recently.

Landcare coordinator Allen Riseley represented the group in Sydney at the Banksia Sustainability Awards.

Mr Riseley nominated the hardworking team in two categories: the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment, and the Education and Sustainability award.

Having managed to attain a finalist position in both categories, Mr Riseley made the trip to Sydney for the award ceremony.

“We were announced as joint winner of the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment,” Mr Riseley said.

“The joint winner was a 7000 hectare eco hotel in the Blue Mountains owned by Emirates – a minnow and a whale really.”

Mr Riseley gave a four minute presentation about the Landcare group in front of 300 national delegates and environmental CEOs at the ceremony.

“In a nutshell, our school tree project at Mirboo North Secondary College involves mass population tree production. The lunchtime Enviro Team prepare seed trays with seeds from the South Gippsland Seed bank,” he said.

The project has seen native trees planted on rural properties around South Gippsland to protect native vegetation and absorb water in boggy areas.

“We produce only natives and have around 15 local species. The project has so many positive outcomes. It earns money for the school and the students get a say in how it is spent. After all they do all the hard work. The students really feel they are contributing to the community and environment,” Mr Riseley said.

“We have sold 30,000 trees over five years to around 40 properties within the shire. We have supplied trees to South Gippsland Water grants, to a $10,000 bequest for koala habitat and sold many privately. We are looking at selling trees at the Mirboo North market also.

“There was great interest in our Mirboo North Secondary tree project initiative a...

11:46

The Star: City spurs local club "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IN April of this year Korumburra City Soccer Club, Joined the Melbourne City FC / City clubs program. Since joining the Melbourne City Football Club clubs’ program back in April, the Korumburra City Soccer Club has been spurred on by some great events.

Korumburra City SC has taken part in Junior Clinics, played a Mini Roo half time game and will play a role on February 13 at the final Melbourne derby in front of a packed AAMI Park when Melbourne Victory plays the Melbourne City FC.

Korumburra City Soccer Club vice president Michael DuVe was also chosen to award the man of the match award when City hosted Glory on November 27.

DuVe and another club person Dave Hurst attended the Manchester City Trophy Tour earlier this year which included a talk by Mark Williams who was a goal keeper for Manchester in the 1980s.

Williams spoke about the community programs he was involved in at Manchester City with the less fortunate people who live in their community.

He talked about the impact and knowledge gained from the people who lived on the harsher side of reality.

Manchester City has learnt to be successful by involving everyone as part of the club community regardless of class or income.

That attitude, Mr Williams told his audience, rewarded the club.

It is partly the influence of this outward looking mentality and openness that has Melbourne City reaching out to country as well as metropolitan soccer clubs.

Korumburra City Soccer Club invites all people in our community to become involved with soccer in South Gippsland and also anyone who is looking to play or coach in 2016 come and join in with a club that shares City’s attitude towards the community.

11:44

The Star: Running into parkrun summer "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SIXTY two runners including nine first timers enjoyed a gentle introduction to summer at Inverloch parkrun event number 66 on Saturday.

Personal bests were hard to come by in the humidity.

Tony O’Connell was paced by Glenn Sullivan to break the 20 minute mark, coming across the finish line in 19:54.

Tony spoke highly of the support on the course and said, “Every single parkrunner I passed encouraged me, it felt amazing.”

The Month for November parkrunner was awarded to Bill Barry who has been with Inverloch parkrun since the course was first tested 15 months ago and it is a pleasure to finally recognise his commitment.

He crossed the line in a blistering 19:45 at event number one and as of today has attended 47 parkruns, 38 of them at Inverloch.

In addition he has contributed nine volunteer stints.

Bill Barry consistently finishes in the top three and currently has an impressive PB of 18:26.

He is always encouraging of other runners and walkers and regularly contributes to our family event by attending with his daughter Paige.

The volunteer of the month was Mark Ryan.
Event number 66, December 5. 2015

Male placings
Bill Barry of South Coast Athletics was first over the line in 18:33 (11th time in 38 appearances).
Cade Whitbourn was second over the line in 19:32 and Tony O’Connellof TXR Runners was third over the line in 19:54.

Female placings
Sarah Lewis of South Coast Athletics was first (fifth overall) over the line in 19:58 (ninth time in nine appearances).
Georgia Burns of Little Athletics was second (eighth overall) in 22:15. Burns has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Heather Lindsay was third in 24:32.

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Inverloch parkrun internet page.

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11:41

The Star: Mirboo North basketballers shoot high "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LAST Tuesday night the Mirboo North Junior Basketball Association held its grand final night for three of the six age

groups.

 

U10 Girls Black 7 defeated Orange 5 with Hayley Eden voted the MVP.

U10 Boys, Orange 13 defeated Green 10 with Jesse Chila voted MVP.

U12 Girls, Blue 18 defeated Pink 17 with Meg Harris voted MVP.

U12 Boys, Yellow 41 defeated Black 31 with Jack Couper voted MVP.

Thursday night on December 3 saw the older age groups contest the flags.

U17 Girls, Black 47 defeated Yellow 26 with Jamie Chila voted MVP.

U17 Boys, Green 50 defeated White 28 with Jayden Hohmann voted MVP

The association committee would like to express our sincere thanks to all the parents, coaches, players, scores, referees, top washers and co-ordinators for all the support they give this wonderful competition we have in Mirboo North.

Please keep a look out for our autumn season commencing in March.

Registrations will have to be completed online in February.

Also a very special Thank you to Pam Pincini and her crew which once again fed all our hungry basketball families on the night with her chaplaincy barbeque.

Premier: U10 Boys Orange, back row from left,Will Mc Donald, Sam Bradley, Jake Stothart, James Mc Donald and coach Shona Chila. Front row from left, Jesse Chila, Logan Anders and Isak Hose.

Premier: U10 Boys Orange, back row from left,Will Mc Donald, Sam Bradley, Jake Stothart, James Mc Donald and coach Shona Chila. Front row from left, Jesse Chila, Logan Anders and Isak Hose.

11:38

The Star: Inverloch turns it on "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

INVERLOCH turned on great surfing weather on Saturday for over 50 girls who participated in the Surfing for Girls program.

Blistering sunshine greeted the girls who were all there for a day out at the beach.

The Surfing for Girls program that has been running for 16 years and heads to seven locations across the state.
Lead coach Ruby Campbell was rapt with the turnout.
Campbell said, “It was awesome to see so many girls at the beach today!
“They were all having so much fun and enjoying the time in the ocean.”
The day included a water safety lesson, how to complete a board rescue and a surf lesson.
Each participant walked away from the day with a presenter’s t-shirt and prize pack and there were many spot prizes throughout the day.
The 2015 Surfing for Girls is presented by GHANDA and supported by HIF Australia, Cancer Council Sunscreen and VicHealth.
Program Dates: Saturday, November 28, Warrnambool; Sunday, November 29, Ocean Grove; Tuesday, December 1, Cape Conran; Thursday, December 3, Sandy Point; Friday, December 4, Female Elite Session at Phillip Island; Saturday, December 5, Inverloch; and Sunday, December 6, Phillip Island.
Participants will need to organise your own surfing equipment before the day but Surfing Victoria can provide details of hire companies in your region.  
For more information and to register online, head to www.surfingvic.com

Summer fun: over 50 girls competed in the program at Inverloch learning great skills with summer heating up.

Summ...

11:09

Echonetdaily: Boomerang Festival returns in style "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Peter Noble (centre) and Rhoda Roberts (top right) with Boomerang Festival team (Dhinawan, Delta and Belle) at the crowd-funding event held at the Harvest Cafe last Friday night. Photos Tao Jones

Friends of Boomerang held a successful crowd funding launch on Friday night at Newrybar’s Harvest Cafe.

Boomerang Festival organiser Rhoda Roberts joined Bluesfest’s Peter Noble to thank all who attended the launch in which, according Rhoda, ‘we all shared something truly special’.

‘We feel very moved and honoured to be part of such an important, positive and landmark movement for our region, and ultimately, the country,’ Ms Roberts said.

The two also thanked Tristan, Jess ‘and the entire Harvest Café team’ as well as well-known indigenous locals Dhinawan, Delta and Belle who provided Welcome to Country and entertainment and shared insight into their culture and stories behind their traditional dances, which the entire audience was moved by.

‘The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to forging more friendships and working partnerships in this united journey toward authentic reconciliation in action with each of you,’ Ms Roberts said.

‘How exciting for our region to be leading the charge in positive change! We applaud all of you for recognising the importance of supporting our Indigenous arts, culture and heritage.’

10:26

Echonetdaily: Billinudgel identity honoured with bridge naming "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lloyd Poynting's widow - Gloria Poynting about to cut the ribbon dedicating the bridge. Photo supplied.

Lloyd Poynting’s widow – Gloria Poynting about to cut the ribbon dedicating the bridge. Photo supplied.

Billinudgel’s landmark pedestrian bridge over the old and new Pacific Highway has been named after the late Lloyd Poynting, who ran the village’s general store for almost 50 years and was a founding member of the Billinudgel RSL Sub-branch.

The Lloyd Poynting Bridge was dedicated last Tuesday, on the 88th birthday of Lloyd’s wife Gloria Poynting.

Their son Robert told Echonetdaily he was pleased the bridge finally had a name and it had taken five years of  dealing with ‘red tape’ to achieve it.

He said he put in a submission to the Roads and Maritime Service in 2010 for the bridge to be named after his late father (1922 – 2004).

‘My father was a Billinudgel identity and a person I believe worthy of such recognition,’ Robert said in his submission.

The pedestrian bridge over the old and new highways is now called the Lloyd Poynting Bridge.

The pedestrian bridge over the old and new highways is now called the Lloyd Poynting Bridge.

‘Lloyd was born in Murwillumbah a...

09:59

Echonetdaily: Day Of The Dead "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sunday’s Day Of The Dead observance under the guidance of Death Walker, Zenith Virago gave the 80 or so participants a beautiful, supported, chance to reflect  on the inevitable destination of life.

Held next to the Crystal Castle’s Tibetan Stupa, people wrote messages of love and remembrance to departed love-ones they made offerings, reflected and celebrated.

09:55

Echonetdaily: Smart drum-lines for sharks to be trialled at Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The state government will today begin trialling 'smart drum-lines' to catch and tag sharks off the Ballina coastline. (Pic: Wikipedia)

The state government will today begin trialling ‘smart drum-lines’ to catch and tag sharks off the Ballina coastline. (Pic: Wikipedia)

The state government is set to begin trials of ‘smart drum-lines’ off the coast of Ballina today in an effort to stop shark attacks in the area.

The lines use GPS buoys to send alerts when sharks have been hooked, so they can be tagged and released away from the shoreline.

Their introduction follows two fatal attacks and three maulings since September last year.

An eco-barrier is expected to be installed at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach early in the new year.

Far North Coast Shark Action Group spokesperson Don Munro, recently told media he was in favour of drums lines as a short-term measure.

Mr Munro recently told a government inquiry that he had “never seen a community so shaken up and cautious about entering the ocean”.

Mr Munro said it was time for positive action to rebuild confidence for the tourism industry, adding that he had “friends in the industry” who felt a financial impact with each shark sighting.

Not everyone is happy with the introduction of drumlines.

Sea Shepherd Australia national shark campaign coordinator Natalie Banks said a scientific review had raised questions about the effectiveness of the lines to catch white, tiger or bull sharks.

‘Smart drum lines which have been used in Le Reunion, France have not been independently tested regarding t...

09:16

Echonetdaily: Bishop heads climate talks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop used her few moments on the world stage at major climate talks in Paris to spruik the federal government’s new innovation package.

Despite being thousands of kilometres from Australia, Ms Bishop wrapped some domestic politics into her national statement to the United Nations climate change conference on Monday night (AEDT).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday revealed the $1.1 billion innovation package to encourage entrepreneurship and promote science, maths and computing in schools.

‘Today in Australia the prime minister launched a new national innovation and science agenda to place innovation at the heart of our economy,’ she told delegates in Paris.

‘By supporting and rewarding creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship Australia will lead by example in the way we invest in and use technology.’

It would be technological breakthroughs that would ultimately be the “game changers” in dealing with climate change, she said.

Ms Bishop also announced $625,000 in funding out to 2017 to promote women from the Pacific region into leadership roles in climate action.

‘Australia believes that harnessing the talents and abilities of this and the next generation of female leaders is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,’ she said.

She used her statement to spruik Australia’s renewable energy target – which requires 20 per cent of the nation&#821...

09:07

Echonetdaily: Refinery fears after Palmer court loss "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Clive Palmer's company has lost a bid to force a Chinese company to make payments. (file pic)

Clive Palmer’s company has lost a bid to force a Chinese company to make payments. (file pic)

Clive Palmer’s private company Mineralogy has lost its bid to force millions of dollars in “outstanding royalty payments” out of its estranged Chinese joint venture partner, casting doubt on the future of Queensland Nickel’s Yabulu refinery.

Mineralogy and CITIC Pacific remain embroiled in a dispute over royalties from the massive Sino Iron project in Western Australia, with Mr Palmer’s company claiming it is owed millions by the state-owned miner.

While that battle continues, Mineralogy has applied to the Supreme Court of WA, seeking an immediate payment of $48 million, saying it and five other entities including Mr Palmer’s Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd would suffer “irreparable harm” if the request was refused.

The company’s Yabulu refinery, which processes nickel laterite ore imported from New Caledonia, employs about 800 people.

On Monday, Justice Paul Tottle dismissed the application.

‘I am prepared to accept that there is a risk that QN may be placed into administration … the New Caledonian interests are not at risk to the extent that is contended by Mineralogy,’ Justice Tottle said.

He said there was some evidence to suggest National Australia Bank could give Queensland Nickel a loan, but “the avenues of finance that the bank was prepared to consider do not appear to have been pursued”.

A CITIC spokesman said outsi...

09:01

Echonetdaily: Positive drug results stand for Perth cops "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Methylamphetamine 'ice' crystals. Photo NSW Police

Methylamphetamine ‘ice’ crystals. Photo NSW Police

Three Perth police officers face the sack after their positive drug tests were confirmed.

The officers, two male and one female, were among 200 who were tested for drugs last week, with indicative results showing they had methylamphetamine and amphetamine in their systems.

The samples were sent to the ChemCentre for analysis, with Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan revealing the tests came after information was received about the trio.

He also said there was a “99.9 per cent” chance the officers, who had been stood down, would be fired if the analysis confirmed their drug use.

On Monday, a spokeswoman for Mr O’Callaghan said the analysis had been completed.

‘I am advised tests have confirmed the three officers tested positive to illicit substances,’ she said.

‘They will be subject to a loss of confidence process which is ultimately determined by the commissioner.’

The trio had reportedly attended the Stereosonic music festival the day before the tests.

Mr O’Callaghan also confirmed last week that one of the male officers had fatally shot a Staffordshire terrier dog named “Biggie” for behaving aggressively in Kinross last month, but had tested negative for illicit drugs the next day.

 

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08:58

Echonetdaily: Hockey set to be named US ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Former treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Former treasurer Joe Hockey will be named Australia’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday.

Mr Hockey retired from parliament in September and a by-election was held in his seat of North Sydney at the weekend.

AAP understands the appointment will be announced via a media statement on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC’s 730 program on Monday he would not comment on the appointment.

‘Joe is a great Australian and I look forward to him serving Australia in other capacities,’ Mr Turnbull said.

‘Any announcements will be made in a more formal and appropriate manner.’

The current ambassador, former Labor leader Kim Beazley, starts a new role with the Australian Institute of International Affairs in January.

 

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08:54

Echonetdaily: Kirkpatrick denies abusing fan in 1984 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Maggie Kirkpatrick in her role as The Freak in the long-running TV show Prisoner.

Maggie Kirkpatrick in her role as The Freak in the long-running TV show Prisoner.

A judge will rule on Prisoner star Maggie Kirkpatrick’s appeal against her conviction for indecently assaulting a young fan in 1984.

The NSW actor, 74, told the Victorian County Court on Monday she did not touch the 14-year-old girl who she invited to her then Melbourne home for dinner to give a disturbed person “a little home life”.

She said she had the girl over for dinner as “a kindness”, but that she put the girl in a taxi and sent her back to the psychiatric hospital where she was a patient after finding her stealing alcohol.

A Melbourne Magistrates Court heard previously that Kirkpatrick had taken the girl upstairs to a bedroom and indecently assaulted her.

In August, she was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of committing a gross act on a person under 16.

Judge Geoffrey Chettle will rule on the matter on Tuesday.

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08:51

Echonetdaily: US rejects challenge to assault weapon ban "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The US Constitution's Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but there is a longstanding legal debate over its scope.
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The US Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but there is a longstanding legal debate over its scope.
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The US Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by gun-rights activists to a Chicago suburb’s ordinance banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.

The 2013 ordinance passed by the city of Highland Park, Illinois will remain in place.

By opting not to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling that upheld the measure, the justices on Monday declined to take up what would have been a high-profile gun-rights case following a succession of mass shootings, including one last week in San Bernardino, California.

The Highland Park measure bans various semi-automatic weapons, including well-known guns such as the AR-15 and AK-47, in addition to magazines holding more than 10 rounds of bullets.

Two conservatives on the nine-member court, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, said the justices should have taken the case.

Thomas wrote a six-page dissent in which he said that, despite recent pro-gun rights rulings by the conservative-leaning high court, several lower courts “have upheld categorical bans on firearms that millions of Americans commonly own for lawful purposes”.

The US Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but there is a longstanding legal debate over its scope.

Semi-automatic rifles are popular, with the vast majority of...

08:46

Echonetdaily: Fossil fuel emissions may decline: report "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On the way out: a coal mine and power station. Image econews.com.au

On the way out: a coal mine and power station. Image econews.com.au

The world’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels could decline this year for the first time during a period of strong economic growth, new research shows.

The latest report by the Global Carbon Project, co-authored by CSIRO scientist Pep Canadell, found emissions from fossil fuels could decline by 0.6 per cent in 2015.
It follows a 0.6 per cent increase last year and would break a decade-long phase of emissions growth.

Dr Canadell put it down to China’s decreased coal consumption, with the nation’s emissions growth slowing to 1.2 per cent in 2014.

Australia was responsible for more than one per cent of the world’s total carbon emissions from fossil fuels, placing the country 17th on the list of largest contributors.

Per person emissions in Australia remain high but are dropping in line with recent years, the report found.

Director of Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Richard Black, said the report suggested an “uncoupling” of economic and emissions growth.

‘Only a year ago people were assuming that economic growth and emissions growth were as inextricably coupled as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin,’ he said.

‘Last year we saw signs that growth and emissions were uncoupling, and the new research suggests that’s set to continue and even accelerate.

‘The global projections for 2015 are estimates and could range from an increase of 0.5 per cent t...

08:41

Echonetdaily: Japan’s whaling plan on agenda "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean. (AP Photo/Tim Watters, Sea Shepherd Australia)

Three dead minke whales lie on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean. (AP Photo/Tim Watters, Sea Shepherd Australia)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expects to discuss Japan’s decision to start whaling again during a meeting with the Japanese environment minister in Paris.

Ms Bishop is holding a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of major United Nations climate talks in Paris.
She’ll meet with Japan’s Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa on Tuesday (AEDT) and suspects the country’s resumption of whaling will be a pressing topic.

“Given that Australia has put out a public statement in opposition to the decision … I anticipate that that will be a matter of discussion between us,” she told reporters ahead of the bilateral meeting on Tuesday.

Ms Bishop and Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Monday issued a warning to Japan via the public statement, saying Australia was looking into possible legal action over the deeply disappointing decision.

Japan decided to commence whaling this summer despite advice to the contrary from the International Whaling Commission.

‘The science is clear: all information necessary for management and conservation of whales can be obtained through non-lethal methods,’ the joint statement said.

Ms Bishop is heading the Australian delegation in Paris for the second week of high-level negotiations at the UN summit, which is...

08:18

Natural Newstead: It depends on the angle "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Sacred Kingfisher is a bird of many subtly different hues and tones. These shots are of the same individual, keeping watch over its nest site on the Loddon. The tunnel has been used before – one of my Xmas traditions is attempting to photograph the adults as they feed the youngsters. I suspect the eggs are yet to hatch – the large, black cicada was gobbled up eagerly by the adult from its riverside perch.

Sacred Kingfisher nest, Loddon River @ Newstead, 11th December 2015. ...

07:57

Echonetdaily: Kingscliff’s foreshore facelift funded by feds "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Kingscliff is a growing tourist town.

Kingscliff’s CBD foreshore area is set for a major facelift with almost $10 million in federal funding announced toward a $21 million project to protect and revitalise the area and build a new central park.

Works under the project include the building of a permanent seawall to protect the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club from erosion caused by storm events and projected sea level rises.

Tweed Shire Council’s general manager Troy Green welcomed the $9.81 million funding for the foreshore upgrade under the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), saying it would enable council to forge ahead with a project that had been 10 years in the making.

‘The $21.2 million Kingscliff Foreshore Project will establish essential protection for infrastructure along a section of the coastline, redevelop and modernise the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and create a central park to become a real social hub for the town,’ Mr BGreen said.

‘Council has liaised closely with the public, particularly during an engagement campaign in 2011, to identify community priorities for the foreshore redevelopment and help design the central park. However, these visions could not be realised without a major injection of government funds, so we are thrilled by today’s news.’

Mr Green said the project would feature best-practice design to protect the natural environment, while protecting the foreshore buildings and seamlessly linking the be...

07:19

Echonetdaily: Lismore’s cultural future looks brighter with gallery boost "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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An artist’s impression of the proposed Lismore Regional Gallery, part of the Lismore Quadrangle project which the federal government has given a funding boost to. Image Lismore City Council

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell has welcomed federal funding of $2.85 million for the Lismore Quadrangle project, which will see the long-awaited Lismore Regional Gallery become a reality.

Page MP Kevin Hogan yesterday said Lismore City Council would receive the money as one of five major projects in his electorate which have been funded with more than $12.6 million under the Australian government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

The other projects are the upgrade of the Casino cattleyards ($3.5 million), the Ballina Marine Tower reconstruction ($850,000), roadworks for the Toonumbar Dam (about $1 million), and upgrades for the Harwood Mill and refinery ($4,150,000).

Mayor Dowell said the Lismore Quadrangle project, costing a total of $5.8 million, will include a relocated gallery in the old C Block building as well as a public piazza and new car parking.

She said council’s contribution would be funded by $120,000 from the Lismore Quadrangle Pledge Campaign, $300,000 from the sale of the existing building, $126,800 in other public donations, a $110,000 Arts NSW grant, and $500,000 donated by a private foundation.

Council will fund the remainder with borrowings of up to $1.9 million, and Friends of the Gallery will work to boost fundraising to help minimise council borrowings.

‘This is an absolutely momentous occasion – it was quite overwhelming to receive the news and o......

00:49

Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Turnbull wary of the Abbottistas "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Mungo MacCallum

As the pollies flee from Canberra in the hope (or fear) of embracing their far-flung families for the festive season, there will be many ready to celebrate. The turkey has been despatched and Santa Claus has delivered the pudding and the polls.

But some may pause to muse about the old yarn about the father who wanted to prove to his over-optimistic son that even at Christmas there can be let downs. So instead of leaving the boy a present to wake up in the morning, he left a load of horse manure. But the lad was, as they say, undeterred: ‘With all that shit,’ he enthused,’there must be a pony!’

Well, perhaps; but the reverse may still apply. Even with the very best show ponies, there will still be excrement. And so it has proved in what was supposed to be a euphoric couple of weeks.

The recalcitrant Abbottistas, of course, were always going to play the Grinch: they could and would grumble about everything, but they could basically be ignored. The public protestations of no wrecking, no sniping, no undermining quickly reverted to a litany of insinuations about the wimpishness of the messiah in refusing to follow their own gung-ho exhortations to cleanse the temple of ISIS. This was distracting and irritating, but predictable.

However, the last few days brought something a little more alarming down the chimney of the Turnbull’s waterfront mansion. One was the Ian Macfarlane dummy-spit; having been dumped from the industry ministry, the crusty banana bender made it clear that he was not ready to move on, but was determined to try again with a new club, the National Party. And he may not be the only one; there is a well-founded rumour that Scott Bucholz, who briefly served as Tony Abbott’s chief whip, is ready to join him.

Now it is easy to dismiss that as just another Queensland aberration; although the Libs and Nats have theoretically united as a single party in the...

00:43

Echonetdaily: Wool industry’s bloody image exposed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The latest video exposé of abuse in the wool industry released by PETA US reveals shearers on a massive Australian farm a few weeks ago hurling sheep in the air, slamming them to the floor, kicking them, stamping on a sheep’s face and more.

In the aftermath of the release of the exposé, the wool industry is trying to clean up its bloody image by claiming that it’s spending big money on training and research.

But all this ‘training and research’ doesn’t seem to be achieving much: investigations of wool farms have revealed the same systemic abuse at shearing sheds around Australia.

The wool industry should stop treating sheep like punching bags – and fire the workers who engage in such cruelty.

And if it wants to spend money on something that would make a difference for sheep, it should install web cameras in areas where shearing and mulesing take place so that everyone could see how sheep are violently handled and have chunks of their flesh cut from their backsides without painkillers.

That isn’t likely to happen, of course, so I invite readers to visit PETA.org.au to view our wool investigation footage and decide for themselves whether this cruel industry is one they want to support.

Jason Baker, campaign director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia

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23:46

Byron Bay Blog: Bangalow Designers’ Market – Sat 20 December "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

8am – 3pm, Bangalow Public School Grounds

Bangalow Designers’ Market is passionate about promoting design in the Byron Shire community – to showcase innovation in local fashion, arts and crafts, food and music. Here are a few of the region’s designers whose work will be on display;

Jane Postle Textile Artist

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Specializing in the Japanese art of Shibori. She secures fabric using Shibori techniques and then dyes the fabric in an indigo vat. From these textiles she hand crafts a range of “unique and individual” homewares, clothing and accessories.

ROVE

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A Byron based bohemian clothing and accessories label. Inspired by worldwide travels and an endless longing for adventures, these pieces are perfect for the globetrotting gypsy in all of us. Learn more at www.rovedesigns.com.

The Unexpected Guest

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Make extraordinarily delicious breakfast products and homegoods with spirit.They are passionate about using authentic materials, light-hearted original design and giving the details the attention they deserve.This collection of handmade goods was created to celebrate the unplanned...

23:09

troublemag: SALON December 2015 / January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

MONTALBETTI+CAMPBELL, Andy Thomas 2002, type C photograph on polyester-based paper. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by the L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002. Uncommon Australians: The Vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, a National Portrait Touring Exhibition, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (VIC), 13 December 2015 to 21 February 2016.

COVER: MONTALBETTI+CAMPBELL, Andy Thomas 2002, type C photograph on polyester-based paper. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by the L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002. Uncommon Australians: The Vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, a National Portrait Touring Exhibition, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (VIC), 13 December 2015 to 21 February 2016 – mcclellandgallery.com
 

Kate Gorringe-Smith, Wings over water. The Flyway Print Exchange, Community Gallery, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne (VIC), 1 December 2015 – 28 February 2016.

Kate Gorringe-Smith, ‘Wings over water’. ‘The Flyway Print Exchange’, Community Gallery, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street Melbourn...

22:25

troublemag: Wood & Tradition: Joined at the Hip "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Gordon Dowell
 

Sitting on a shaving horse (aka The Pleasure Pony) and armed with a razor-sharp drawknife, Lachie Park is using the centuries-old method of green woodworking known as ‘bodging’ to produce two hundred wooden pegs. He is adamant that his pegs should be made from the ‘traditional’ English Oak (Quercus robur).

Lachie has managed to source his wood from a place close to home, using a tree garnered originally from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, which he discovered lying in a Daylesford timber yard. The skill and knowledge to make the pegs, however, was learned many miles away while he was studying in The Scottish Borders in 2010.

Lachie’s two hundred pegs are the essential component used to bind a traditional post and beam barn, a feature of which is the complete absence of modern metallic fasteners. Lachie is using the English building method of scribe rule construction for his barn, which now dominates the skyline in his home town of Newstead in central Victoria.

The scribe rule tradition reached its zenith in the 16th and 17th centuries, through the provenance of log cabin construction. The pegs are tapped into the holes through both mortice and tenon, thus bringing the joint together. This process is known as ‘drawboring’. Lachie described the advantages of this method of building as: “… trees can be felled and framed up in one day, while the pegs allow the construction to be taken apart if required”.

Though the mind does boggle – considering the weight and size of this thing – at the thought of Lachie’s deconstructed barn becoming a ‘pop up’ in another location, it is an intriguing idea. These are not piddling sticks of lumber. The green timber posts are recently harvested Murray Pine (Callitris glaucaphylla) from Injune in Queensland measuring 250mm square, and the beams not much smaller. At 12 x 5 metres in area, 5.7 metres high, and weighing 10 tonnes minus t...

22:20

Lot19 Arts: “A Road Trip, A Camera and A Cloud” "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

booklaunch sat 12th dec 2-5pm

 

“A Road Trip, A Camera and A Cloud”

book 4 book 3… is a beautiful coffee table photography book compiled by local photographer and community development facilitator, Deanna Neville. Deanna’s aim is to produce the book using Crowd Funding so she can further pursue her community photography projects. Called “Focus on Community, Deanna works with amazing people using photography, portraiture and story-telling to make books that help people experiencing life challenges and supporting them, and us, as a community, to heal.

booklaunch sat 12th dec 2-5pm

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To see Deanna’s Crowd Funding Pozible Campaign, see below:

 

Go to: www.pozi.be/focusoncommunity

 

18:56

The Greening of Gavin: Learning to Grow Mushrooms "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

After my dismal failure of growing white button mushrooms last year, I decided to seek some expert advice.  Expert advice on learning to grow mushrooms without too many issues. Luckily, my friend Amanda Woods had just started teaching a Grow Your Own Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms for Beginners at Goonawarra Neighbourhood House in Sunbury, Victoria. The  [Continue Reading …]

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17:11

Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Blue Monday playlist "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Al Hensley’s “Blue Monday” on 7 December 2015
  1. TOM WAITS ‘$29′ Blue Valentine
  2. TAB BENOIT ‘Golden Crown’ Fever For The Bayou
  3. IRENE SCRUGGS ‘The Voice Of The Blues’ I Can’t Be Satisfied Vol. 1- Country’
  4. SLY & THE FAMILY STONE ‘Thank You (Falettininme Be Mice Elf Again)’ Anthology
  5. JAZZ GILLUM ‘Woke Up Cold In Hand’ Take One More Chance With Me
  6. STEVE ILES ‘Shadow Cross My Heart’ Blues From The Fringe
  7. SUGARCANE COLLINS ‘Creole Belle’ Going Back To Clarksdale
  8. SNOOKY PRYOR ‘Bottle It Up And Go’ Too Cool To Move
  9. DIANA KRALL ‘Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby’ Only Trust Your Heart
  10. WILLIAM CLARKE ‘Trying So Hard’ Blowin’ Like Hell
  11. JOHNNY HEARTSMAN ‘Got To Find My Baby’ The Touch
  12. JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON ‘I’m Her Man’ Tengo Blues
  13. REBIRTH BRASS BAND ‘AP Touro’ Rebirth Of New Orleans
  14. LUTHER ALLISON ‘Middle Of The Road’ Soul Fixin’ Man
  15. HADDA BROOKS ‘Stompin’ The Boogie’ Boogie Woogie Gals
  16. TINA DIXON w/THE GENE NERO SEXTET ‘Parrot Bar Boogie’ Boogie Woogie Gals
  17. ROBERT NIGHTHAWK ‘Black Angel Blues’ Ramblin’ Bob
  18. JUNIOR WATSON R...

16:31

: Xmas Carols on the Common "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

All roads lead to TWT Macquarie Park and North Ryde Rotary Carols Spectacular on the Common on Sunday December 20 with an exciting night of family entertainment assured. Performing on the night is Music Director & Chairperson Roseanna Gallo, John Smolders, Cheryn Vlazny, Nata Forte, Eleanor Taig, Stefan Sojka, J Dance Performing Studio Marsfield, Macquarie [...]

16:19

2RRR: Bad Boy’s Theme Train "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Wednesday 9th December

11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents ACOUSTIC SONGS.  I serenaded a girl with an acoustic guitar once.  It all went great, until I played “You Are Beautiful” and she had me arrested for assault with a Blunt instrument.

TonightâŹ"s Event Invitation: http://on.fb.me/1QIEBal
Find us on Facebook facebook.com/DjBadBoyBede
Email us: badboybede@gmail.com
All aboard!

14:48

Zedlines: Investigation launched into labour hire laws - and more 11am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Companies are being accused of exploiting seasonal workers across the fruit and vegetable industry (Image source: Flickr)

Investigation launched into labour hire laws:

A series of investigations have been launched in North Queensland looking at labour hire laws.

With some companies being accused of exploiting seasonal workers across the fruit and vegetable industry.

Authorities are also working to deal with the policing of overcrowded share houses owned by employers.

Farmers are calling for changes in legislation surrounding new mining projects:

14:45

2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Wednesday 9th December
5 – 6pm Real World Gardener
Herb specialist Ian Hemphill fromwww.herbies.com.au to talk about all types of Basil; thereâŹ"s more than you think, and weâŹ"re growing melons in Vegetable Heroes. Glenice Buck is a consulting arborist is talking preserving trees in the final on stewardship of trees  series in Design Elements; and the plant panel is talking about flowers that really do look like butterflies to add to your garden in Plant of the Week.

If you like gardening, like our pagewww.facebook.com/RealWorldGardener. For all show information visitwww.realworldgardener.com

14:23

Zedlines: Pig head found in Mosque - and more 10am zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A pig head has been found in the bathroom of a mosque on a University campus in WA (Image Source: Flickr creative commons.)

CFMEU calls for funding for coal miners affected by black lung:

Union officials are calling for the creation of a fund for coal miners affected by black lung similar to the fund set for workers exposed to asbestos.

The CFMEU’s calls follow the confirmed diagnosis of three cases of black lung this year.

According to the Mine Inspectorate’s report 60 per cent of mines exposed operators to coal dust levels “equal to, or greater than” the adjusted regulatory exposure limit in 2014.

14:13

Mansfield Farmers' Market: Christmas shopping – locally! "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Support a local business and producer by doing your Christmas shopping at the farmers’ market! Our Christmas market has snuck in a week early (19th December) so that you can stock up the fridge and pantry for the big day but also tick off that present list.  We have a number of hamper options already made up – but there are also plenty of different items that you can pull together to create your own basket.

Jump over to our Producers page to make contact with your favourite stallholders.

a collection of items from mansfield producers

Mansfield Producers

Products from the wonderful growers, producers and wine makers of the Mansfield region are put together in hampers showcasing some of the fantastic and diverse produce of the region.

...

14:03

Zedlines: The Australian Defence Force takes responsibility for anti malarial drug side effects - and more 9am zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Australian Defence Force has, for the first time, taken responsibility for the side effects seen in soldiers who used anti-malarial drugs. (Image source: Flickr)

Calls for amnesty from family for Ashley Dyball:

The family of a Brisbane man who has returned from fighting in a Kurdish military campaign against the Islamic State has appealed for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to grant their son amnesty.

Ashley Dyball was arrested in Germany this week while on break from fighting and was questioned for several hours by Australian Federal Police officers upon landing in Melbourne last night.

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13:42

Zedlines: Marine life parks falling short - and more 8am zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Jellyfish washed up on Australian beaches (Image source: Flickr creative commons.)

Corruption watchdog rules in mines favour:

Queensland’s corruption watchdog has found no evidence to support claims the former Newman government’s decision to reverse opposition to the Acland Mine expansion was due to political donations.

Anti-mining group, Lock the Gate Alliance lodged a complaint with Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission in August saying the LNP Government’s decision to approve the expansion was influenced by gifts and donations.

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12:34

Black Mark: Tethya & Public Art "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Alex Goad’s Tethya is a new public sculpture on the corner of Fitzroy and Jackson streets in St. Kilda’s restaurant strip. Tethya is a biomorphic post-minimalist sculpture. Being biomorphic and post-minimalist actually work very well together because multi-cellular organisms, like sea sponges of the genus Tethya, are made of smaller units that are basically the same. This reference to sea sponges with the smell of the cool sea air blowing in from the bay connects the sculpture to its location.

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Alex Goad, Tethya, 2015

Alex Goad is a sculptor and industrial designer who knows both about post-minimalist sculptures and marine organisms. He has won an award for designing a modular artificial reef system, as well as, sculpture prizes.

Incorporating lighting into public sculpture has returned now that the new LED lights have allowed this to be done safely with minimum maintenance, unlike earlier modern art attempts/experiments. In daylight, without its purple LED lights, the 2.7 metre high sculpture is not that exciting but the sculpture of fibre-reinforced concrete is not intended to be monumental but public art to create a hub, to mark the intersection between two roads and potentially a meeting point.

How the public will use this sculpture may be different from its intended function. It is a bit too lumpy to sit comfortable on but it will certainly tempt some people to attempt to climb it and this was the only interaction that I observed at the sculpture. The round forms don’t allow enough surface in an...

11:18

NQCC: COP21 explainer – 5 much watch videos "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A blog post on The Climate Reality Project website is really useful for understanding the importance of COP21.  And its in a video format Want to have an understanding of what you need to know about COP21? Watch these FIVE short clips! The … Continue reading

09:30

Streams & Desolations: Video: Emerging Christianity "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This quote grabbed my attention (transcribed by me as well as I could from this video, around the 18-19 minute mark): “We are this unique period of history that has benefited from this marvellous gift called the written word. We’ve got to know that that has not been true for most of history. And we’re […]

09:17

Friends of the Earth Australia: Chain Reaction magazine out now "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Chain Reaction #125 − November 2015

National Magazine of Friends of the Earth, Australia

Read online at foe.org.au/chain-reaction/editions/125 or subscribe (details below).

CONTENTS:

Challenging the privatised university:

Emerging technology and challenging the privatised uni

What's wrong with privatising universities?

How corporate investment corrodes the public research environment

Why do universities still invest in fossil fuels?

A shift towards industry-relevant degrees isn't helping students get jobs

Nuclear power's long farewell?

Nuclear, climate, energy:

Should Australia become the world's nuclear waste dump

Summing the health effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Shenhua Watermark Coal – the fight for the Liverpool Plains continues

The fantasy of cheap, safe nuclear energy

The renewable energy revolution

Eight things Malcolm Turnbull should do on climate, renewables

Geoengineering: Striking targets or miss...

...

07:26

Natural Newstead: At the sitella nest "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The art of nest-building doesn’t come much finer than that practised by the Varied Sitella. This nest, apparently with recently hatched young, was discovered in a striking location – wedged at the junction of a small, dead vertical fork on a Grey Box. The nest was quite exposed, but the brilliant work of the sitellas meant that it was wonderfully disguised – the location only revealed when one of the parents returned to sit.

Click on the images below to view a gallery from my visit.

Varied Sitellas, Muckleford State Forest, 10th December 2015. ...

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15:21

sunshinecoastbirds: Birding Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Puerto Rican Tody
Following our 3-week tour of Panama, Bill and I were joined by Sandra and Glenn for a month-long Caribbean sojourn. We flew to San Juan via Bogota for a six-day stay on the Greater Antillean island of Puerto Rico, where we would see all 22 possible target species. For convenience due to late arrival, our first night was spent in the overpriced Airport Hotel. We drove for just over 2 hours on our first morning to our accommodation for the next 3 nights – the delightful Mary Lees by the Sea apartments near Guanica in the island’s south-west.

Black-faced Grassquit
In the afternoon we drove a short distance west...

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troublemag: Trent Parke: the camera is god "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

ALL IMAGES: Trent Parke, courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery (Sydney) – Trent Parke: the camera is god, Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill (VIC), 26 November 2015 to 21 February 2016 – mga.org.au
 


 

 

 

 

In order of appearance: Bathurst races, NSW 1999, from the series Minutes to midnight 1999-2004, gelatin silver print; 30.0 x 45.0 cm. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Catfish and turtles, Roper River, Northern Territory 2011, from the series The black rose, pigment ink-jet print, 98.0 x 147.0 c...

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troublemag: Greetings From Beyond the Pale: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Ben Laycock
 

A long days journey into night finds me stranded once more. Far from home, far from civilisation, far from certain of my place amongst this motley crew of cowboys, tomboys (Carol), ferals and hippies.

The camp is primitive to say the least, but they have managed to construct a dwelling of sorts, utilising the surrounding timbers and some corrugated iron. Although lacking walls it does boast a loft with a rather novel corrugated iron floor covered in cow hides where the gang bed down for the night. l am left to share the ground with a plethora of creatures of the night including scorpions the size of tarantulas (l kid you not), and tarantulas the size of dinner plates (only kidding). l sleep like a log, a log that is temporary lodgings for said uninvited guests.

I wake to the sweet, sweet sounds of the wild. Maybe, just maybe, l have arrived at the destination of my destiny. My hosts, however, don’t seem to be grooving on the ambience. They are shifty and taciturn, tense and edgy, and guarded. The leader of this little gang struts about in Cuban heels muttering to himself, and he wears a pistol on his belt, a la The Lone Ranger, which l find a little unsettling. When I innocently enquire what in the fuck they are all doing out here squatting in the middle of nowhere, twelve hours from the nearest town, l am given some lame story about experiments with seeding pearls in fresh-water muscles and farming blubber-mouthed-sooty-grunters. This is not an entirely unheard of idea, though somehow these people don’t strike me as scientists; but l do not quibble. To tell you the truth, l don’t want to know the truth. The truth hurts. Every morning they head off to some unknown destination, leaving me and Carol behind. Carol being the only woman, though a very manly woman, she is naturally assigned the job of cook. They may be a bunch of ferals but certain aspects of civilisation must be maintained, lest we all des...

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sunshinecoastbirds: Panama Trip Report "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

September 29 – October 24, 2015


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New Farm Neighbourhood Centre: Public Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre will be closed from Wednesday 23 December until Wednesday  6 January 2016. The last day at the Centre is Tuesday 22 December 2015 and we reopens on Thursday 7 January 2016.
The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and Communify wishes all its stakeholders, volunteers and staff a very merry christmas and a happy new year in 2016. Thank you for all your help during 2015 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016.

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Saturday, 05 December

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The Witches Kitchen: Celeriac Latkes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

celeriac laktes

There’s usually a reason why popular vegetables are popular, and ones nobody has ever heard of are ones nobody has ever heard of.

If you were starving celeriac wouldn’t make it into the garden – five months to harvest a root the size of a beet from a plant that takes five times as much room. If you were broke celeriac wouldn’t make it into the garden – an ugly knobbly hairy root that can’t be cleaned up for sale without the cut surfaces oxidising.  If you were on subsistence rations celeriac wouldn’t make it into the garden – even though it’s loaded with good fibre and minerals,  it is only about a third of the kJ of potatoes.  But hey, I have enough time and space, I’ve learned not to judge a vegetable by its cover, and I’m not in any great need of calories!

I plant celeriac same time as celery, from early autumn till mid-winter.  They both have a long slow start, the plants staying small and very vulnerable to drying out for a couple of months.  So it is  May before the first of them get out of the shadehouse and into the garden and August before the first harvest.  Those late winter harvests go wonderfully well as mash with stews and caseroles – a mild creamy sweet flavour perfect for soaking up rich sauces.

celeriac

These ones were the last of the harvest, cleared out of a bed that the chooks will be going into this we...

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Thursday, 03 December

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Beeuniversal: December 2015/ January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

COVER ARTIST: Michelle Toohey COVER TITLE: Forever Young MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas CONTACT: chellesartworks@gmail.com www.chellesartworks.com NEW Gallery open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm  9/471 Varley St, Yorkeys Knob. Phone: 0407 959 280         With the often hectic pace of modern life, and our collective struggle to make sense of the […]

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NQCC: Update from Paris "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

An update from the Climate Council following the first 48 hours of the UN conference on climate change in Paris. Originally published on the Climate Council’s website here.  We’ve copied it to our blog as it provides clarity on the situation … Continue reading

Wednesday, 02 December

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Castlemaine Community House: Maine Song and Corker Orchestra unite! Monday 14 December "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

3MainesongOn Monday 14 December, Maine Song, one of Castlemaine’s very talented choirs, will be singing as guests of the Corker Orchestra, another wonderful community ensemble of around 20 instrumentalists.  Please come to this wonderful first celebration concert at the Castlemaine Town Hall, 6.30-8.30pm $4 including supper. More about Maine Song here.

 

 

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