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Tuesday, 05 January


The Star: Fun in comfort at libraries "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHETHER you are six or 60, Bass Coast and South Gippsland libraries have something for you this summer.
So when boredom strikes, Christmas is a distant dream, and it is 40 degrees outside, take in an event or activity at your local library.
For the less technically minded, Leongatha, Korumburra and Poowong libraries are running a series of get to know your Christmas present sessions in January and February.
If you’re baffled by that new iPad, or you feel like your smartphone is smarter than you, they can help.
For Bass Coast residents, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Phillip Island libraries will continue to provide one on one Tech Talks. Contact your local library for details.
And it need not end there.
For those inspired by their new found mastery over their computerised gadgets, Inverloch will be running an introduction to online resources, providing a taster of the amazing things that are waiting only a click away.
At Leongatha they will be explaining how to get started with researching your family tree.
If you prefer gardening to staring at a screen, then you may want to check out Inverloch Library’s regular produce swaps, which will continue through the summer season, or attend Wonthaggi Library’s backyard chooks and all things chicken session, at the beginning of February, where chicken expert Elise Hoc will explain all things fowl.
What about books? At Wonthaggi there will be a special colouring in for adults session in February, where you can rediscover one of the simple pleasures of childhood.
Or, if you have the next bestseller gathering dust in your bottom drawer, you can book a place on local writer Beth Montgomery’s editing workshop, also at Wonthaggi.
The Phillip Island Library will be holding both a January author talk, where Greg Buchanan will tell all about the Phillip Island penguins’ fight for survival.
Finally, also at Phillip Island, there’ll be a book chat session, where you c...


The Star: New bar stands out "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Wonthaggi Club has a bright new look with the new bar Stage 1 all but complete.
Stage 1 offers a smart and modern dining environment which is casual but chic.
The menu offers a wide range of popular foods including tacos, steak sandwiches, lemon pepper calamari, dips, antipasto, and vegie burgers.
There are a range of beers and ciders on tap – in fact 12 in all – and a bar stocked with everyone’s favourite tipples, whether it is a wine or a cocktail.
The staff at the Wonthaggi Club are known for their hospitality. You will find this extends to the preparation of food where attention to detail makes it anything but your standard pub food.
Here, the food is good and you won’t believe the prices.
When you’re done with food and drinks and it’s time for coffee, here again, the Wonthaggi Club comes good.
Stage 1 doesn’t cut corners; it seems to have everything just right and under the watchful eye of a management that is keen to keep it that way.
The menu includes wagyu sliders, spicy buffalo wings, mixed tacos and range of share plates with their own matching wines, all served in this exciting new space.
This casual bar dining is complemented with a new children’s space adjoining the traditional bistro in the original building. Here you’ll see all the favourites you’d expect, in addition to modern daily specials served from midday up until 8pm. Make sure you book in advance over summer, as the club bistro tends to fill up fast.
The Wonthaggi Club is the perfect place to have a wonderful meal, a quiet drink or fantastic for your next family function.
Or if you’re looking for an alternative, Wonthaggi Golf Club Bistro is also available seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with a picturesque setting looking out over the kangaroo filled course.
Available for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and corporate events, Wonthaggi Golf Club provides a sophisticated venue with a relaxed atmospher...


The Star: Builder notches up 40 years "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA based firm Considine and Johnston had extra cause for celebration recently when the building company reached its 40th birthday.
Celebrations at Ross Considine’s property at Koonwarra were extra big this year when some of the original apprentices returned just before Christmas to mark the occasion.
Many of these apprentices have now moved on to run businesses of their own. The firm prides itself on being able to give young workers the opportunity to enter a trade and develop their skills through the business and create jobs for the district.
The building company known as Considine and Johnston was formed in September 1975, with the partnership of Ross Considine and Phillip Johnston.
Both Ross and Phil completed their carpentry apprenticeship under Stan Stubbs, now residing in Inverloch. When Stan announced his retirement, he also left incomplete some minor building projects. Stan offered the work to Ross and Phil, and so the company began.
In the early days, Considine and Johnston focused on new homes and renovations, with the turnover approximately $350,000 per year. Their first project was in April 1976, which was a new home for Ernie and Mary Thompson at Leongatha North.
By 1980, Considine and Johnston began undertaking commercial projects, specialising in hotel renovations which were completed throughout Gippsland and Melbourne.
Tony Smith joined the company as a director in July 1983. Tony had already completed his apprenticeship with Considine and Johnston, as well as design courses at night school.
In 1988, the company set up separate divisions known as commercial projects, new homes and home improvements. This created a streamlined operation, with each director specialising in a particular field. Current annual turnover at Considine and Johnston is approximately $6 million per year.
Now after 40 years, Considine and Johnston prides itself on quality built constructions, using reliable tradesme...


Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: Freedom! Just $3 an hour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

byron_parking_web Welcome to Byron Bay! The once hippy- but now hipster-infested coastal town marketed here and internationally as the embodiment of a place that embodies the ethos of personal freedom. And yes, it is free, sort of. Well it used to be. We still have freedom, but well, this is embarrassing. You can have our Byron freedom, if you can afford it.

If you want to experience this amazing freedom it will cost you $3 an hour. But then you’ll have to move your car so other people can come and experience the same $3 hourly freedom. From 23 December residents and visitors to the Byron Shire now have to pay for the privilege of parking in a town that is already overpriced, under-serviced and over-utilised. Poor beloved Byron looks like she needs a good wipe down with a Chux cloth.

The goddess turned hooker needs some nurture… fill her potholes, tend to her parks, build a toilet that doesn’t feel like you’re pissing in a giant Tardis-shaped bedpan. Stop milking Byron’s diminishing resources for more cash.

Paid parking is a joke. It doesn’t actually create ‘more’ parking. It just creates a new level of compliance and over-regulation. Which doesn’t make the experience of going to Byron very enjoyable. In fact, it makes me anxious and angry. Somehow I don’t think that aligns with the Byron freedom vibe. In the end it just creates another reason NOT to go to Byron Bay.

A few days after Christmas I decided to take the kids to the movies. I was prepared for the worst: apocalyptic traffic scenes necessitating the need to top up Rescue Remedy stores in the glove box and a mindfulness CD on repeat. I had done my breathing. I had let go of expectations. I was ready.

What I encounter.....


The Star: A show with the lot "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A SUCCESSFUL little country show.
That is the Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show at Wonthaggi in the words of Rosemary Loughnan, secretary of the organising committee.
But the Wonthaggi Show is anything but a little country show.
Visitors to the recreation reserve in Wonthaggi this Saturday will see a high standard of exhibition and a program packed with so much to see and do.
Each and every one of those visitors will come away thinking, that was anything but a little country show.
The Wonthaggi Show is unlike most other agricultural shows in that the town has the sea on one side and over half of the patrons on Saturday will be holidaymakers.
Mrs Loughnan said, “They expect to be entertained.”
And entertainment there will be truck loads of.
While cakes, flower arrangements, horses, cattle and poultry all occupy a central place in any agricultural show, this is a show that offers something to everyone, regardless of age, sex or interests.
Reflecting the show’s proximity to the sea, there is Seaweed Sally’s watery display of live and preserved rock pool creatures found at local beaches. Seaweed Sally is marine biologist and her display is not to be missed.
There are 500 entries in the photography exhibition.
All are by amateurs and the competition stipulates that, to ensure the playing field is level, there can be no manipulation of the original image.
For city kids there is the chance to pat that giant of the equine world, the Clydesdale, and see up close what provided the power on the farm prior to the motorised tractor.
The entertainment area has a fabulous program from 11am until 3.30pm featuring everything from motocross stunt performers, a medieval society parade, a kelpie show and a performance by the Bass Coast Pickers to the hilarity of magician, comedian and musician Mat Woodrow.
It’s all brought together by master of ceremonies, the highly talented Geoffrey W. Graham, an...


The Star: Restoring rivers pays off "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

JUST a few steps away from the lush dairy pastures of Dan and Cindy Knee’s farm is a river environment of rare beauty and genuine significance.
The Franklin River’s journey through the heart of the Toora North farm is just a fraction of a 35 kilometre course that snakes its way down from the Strzelecki Ranges to Corner Inlet in the shadow of Wilsons Promontory.
The reason the Knee family’s stretch of river is so important is that it represents the final link in a 25km long chain of revegetated riparian environment that runs along the Franklin from the forest to the sea.
Once a stand of basket willows is removed and replaced with native vegetation, the dreams and hard work of many people in the catchment will finally come to fruition.
For the young farming couple, it’s the culmination of a community and family effort that started before Dan was even born.
Dan’s parents Bruce and Rae have been working for years with organisations like Landcare and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), as well as GippsDairy’s GipRip project, to turn their once degraded river frontage into something truly special.
Having taken over the farm last year, Dan and Cindy have picked up the torch of responsible land stewardship and are seen as inspiring examples of young, sustainable farmers who are protecting Corner Inlet through best practice grazing, nutrient, effluent and water management on their property.
Dan, named as one of five Young Landcarer recipients as part of the 2015 Landcare in West Gippsland Green Carpet event, said the final stage of the revegetation project was satisfying for all involved.
“Dad was asking five years ago for it to be done, but we didn’t get anywhere until this year, so it’s good it’s happening now. It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
“I guess growing up as a kid we didn’t realise quite what we had. It is a rather nice place to live and it makes you feel great when people come and say t...


The Star: Prepare livestock for fire "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is urging all livestock owners to be well prepared and plan for the possibility of a fire emergency on their farms.
DEDJTR chief veterinary officer Charles Milne said a key factor in minimising the risk to livestock during a bush fire or on extreme fire danger days, was to identify safer areas on the farm where livestock can be moved.
“The area you choose will depend on the type of livestock you are farming and their expected behaviour during a fire,” he said.
“Other factors to consider include the terrain and accessibility of the area as well as the behaviour of the fire itself.
“Having a livestock fire plan that has been carefully thought through and can be quickly executed will minimise the risk to stock and people, especially if it has been practiced.”
Having a firebreak of some sort is imperative, using bare laneways and ploughed breaks can be effective, as can heavily grazed paddocks with low-level vegetation.
Dr Milne said low risk areas should not be next to areas of scrub or bushland and should be large enough to allow livestock to move away from a fire.
“All low risk areas should have sufficient drinking water to enable stock to remain in the area for extended periods of high fire risk and high temperatures, be protected by firebreaks and be free of leaf, twigs and bark build-up,” he said.
“Areas where there are dams and swamps are also safer.
“Stockyards have been known to successfully hold stock during a fire if protected by a firebreak. If this is your preferred option, consider using a sprinkler system because stock held together on a hot day can suffer heat stress.”
Horses should not be locked up in small areas or stables, but moved to an open paddock with minimal vegetation so they can move freely.
Dr Milne said horses are good at moving themselves to safe open areas and usually suffer minimal burns if le...


The Star: South Gippsland Field and Game "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

RESULTS of South Gippsland Field and Game Simulated Clay Target Shoot held on Sunday, January 3, 2016.
Eighty shooters enjoyed a 75 Tgts Sim Grd event which was the first for the new year.
The Leith Johnson Annual Junior Memorial Trophy was awarded to Hayden Hamilton by Mrs Diane Woods nee Johnson for the 2015 year.
The high gun for the day was W. Lieshout 67 with the other placegetters as follows:
AA: W. Lieshout 67, S. Busana 60 and S. Silver 57; A: P. Lee 63, J. Fowler 58 and S. Grattan 56; B: D. Munday 55, D. Chives 53, R. Busana 53; C: M. Huitema 49, R. Pearson 48 and M. Huitsma 47; Vets: G. Hart 55, K. Archiebald 55 and J. Robbins 50; Ladies: M. Hogan 49, K. Strybosh 46 and B. Hart 44; Juniors: A. McKenzie 49, H. Hamilton 48 and C. Bolding 33.
The next shoot will be a 75 Tgts Sim Grd event to be held on Sunday, February 7 starting at 11am at Hallston.
If you are interested in trying simulated clay target shooting just come along, you will be made most welcome.
Also South Gippsland Field and Game will be holding Waterfowl Identification Tests in the new year.
Bookings are essential so get in early and for further information contact Geoff Cooper on 0408 623 738.


The Star: Hard to beat the Tarwin "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AS a setting for fishing the Tarwin River at Tarwin Lower is hard to beat even when the fish aren’t all that interested in taking the bait.
That was the story amongst anglers on Saturday; when the fish are biting it’s great but even when they aren’t there is no better way to unwind and enjoy the company of family and friends.

River time: from left, Lucas Dalle Nogare and his father Matt Dalle Nogare and Marcell Jusfczyk and his father Mark Jusfczyk from Rowville were fishing in the river at Tarwin Lower on Saturday afternoon. The fish were biting but the four weren’t pulling them in. Mr Dalle Nogare said, “Who cares if they bite or not. We’re having a great day.”

River time: from left, Lucas Dalle Nogare and his father Matt Dalle Nogare and Marcell Jusfczyk and his father Mark Jusfczyk from Rowville were fishing in the river at Tarwin Lower on Saturday afternoon. The fish were biting but the four weren’t pulling them in. Mr Dalle Nogare said, “Who cares if they bite or not. We’re having a great day.”


The Star: Meeniyan know how to host "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEENIYAN Golf Club held its inaugural New Year’s Eve ‘bash’ on Thursday, December 31 with the aim of having fun and showcasing our magnificent venue to locals and tourists alike.
To the great delight of the club some 250 people turned up to enjoy a perfect evening.
The free activities – face painting, jumping castle and mini golf – were a great hit with the many children in attendance.
Adults also had a go on the mini golf, some becoming more competitive than their children!
Adults were entertained with a chipping and putting competition, Glow Golf Lotto and enjoyed the barbecue that ran all evening along with the bar.
An impromptu dancing competition for the children was held late in the evening by DJ Dimmy with lots of lollies and free glow sticks being handed around.
A courtesy bus to Meeniyan and Fish Creek ensured that everyone got home safely at the end of the fantastic evening.
The successful evening was sponsored by the South Gippsland Shire and a donation received from Fish Creek JayCees.
The minigolf was generously donated by the Venus Bay Men’s Shed for the evening.
With the volunteer help of golf club members the evening was deemed to be a great success.


The Star: Sailors enjoy perfect weather "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IT is often said that a week is a long time in politics which can produce interesting outcomes.
We could say the same about the sailing and weather conditions on Anderson’s Inlet at Inverloch from the start of the sailing series commencing on December 27 and concluding on New Year’s Eve.
Each of the four sailing days revealed many and varied sailors competing for the well earned prizes on almost perfect sailing days with great beach weather.
Naturally yacht club members were interested in sailing to the best of their ability.
Better conditions could hardly have been ordered: water temperatures 19 to 20 degrees celcius and reasonable winds from the southwest to west, although on the last day, northwest winds prevailed and tried to spoil the party.
Overall, this series attracted around 20 yachts over the four days, including visitors from Black Rock Yacht Club.
It was also pleasing to see many junior sailors either sailing or in training.
The A Division winner was Shaun Freeman sailing a Windrush catamaran with Rob McNair also sailing a Windrush catamaran, second.
The B Division winner was Ivan Abbott sailing an Impulse, second was John Fowler sailing a Laser, third was John Honeybone sailing a Sabre and fourth was Paula Horton sailing a Laser.
Over the next few weeks, SGYC will be continuing with the Commodore’ Cup Series having twilight sails on Tuesday nights at 6pm and the Tarwin River Marathon sail on Sunday, January 17.
New members are always welcome.


Echonetdaily: Seeking Justice for Whian Whian "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Location of an endangered slender marsdenia plant, the victim of a botched forestry operation on private land at Whian Whian in 2013. Photo Dailan Pugh

Location of an endangered slender marsdenia plant, the victim of a botched forestry operation on private land at Whian Whian in 2013. Photo Dailan Pugh

Dailan Pugh, North East Forest Alliance

In 2013 the communities of Terania Creek and Whian Whian were galvanised into action when the Forestry Corporation began logging a private property located on the ridge between them, next to the Nightcap National Park. They knew it was an important area for koalas and other threatened species and yet nothing was being done to protect them.

What started as an effort to negotiate with the landowners and the Forestry Corporation to get them to apply the required protections for threatened species, resulted in a month of community angst and blockades, with intimidation, assaults and arrests of forest protectors.

In September 2015 the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) found the Forestry Corporation guilty of constructing an illegal road through what were meant to be exclusion zones around a koala high use tree and eleven threatened plants. They fined them $11,000 for two of the offences.

Now the Forestry Corporation is refusing to pay and the EPA say they can’t make them. The community has been denied justice.

It is worth reviewing what led to this.

On September 19, 2013, the Forestry Corporation was stopped by an adjacent landowner from using an access roa......


Echonetdaily: Dutton’s misogynist attitude the problem "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Much has been said about minister for immigration, Peter Dutton’s misogynist comments about a senior journalist who had the temerity to report on his colleague’s bad behaviour. Most miss the point.

It’s the attitude of a person who thinks it’s okay to call a woman a ‘mad f…ing witch’ just for doing her job, that’s very disturbing. Malcolm Turnbull knows this better than anyone. Turnbull also understands the potency of language.

If Turnbull’s rhetoric about the need to respect women in order to stamp out violence against women is sincere, he must set an example in his own government. People with attitudes such as Dutton’s should not be in parliament, let alone a senior ministry.

It’s frightening that people like this are running the country!

Dutton should be gone. Yesterday.

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores


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Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Kind Critter Care Conference 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Dreaming of a kinder world?  Our Kind Critter Care Conference may be for you.

Kind Critter Care

If you are reading this you no doubt care deeply about animals.  And more than likely are looking to see how best you can advocate on their behalf.  The next most frequently asked question we receive after, “Can you take my rooster?” is, “How can I start a sanctuary for farmed animals?” The answer to this latter question is as complex as it is challenging and is most certainly something that cannot be answered in a 5-minute telephone conversation or a quick FAQ response.  It is for this reason we here at Edgar’s Mission will be hosting our popular Kind Critter Care Conference on Sunday 24th of April 2016. Read more and see photos from our 2015 conference here.

The aim of this day is multifold; to help people determine if running a farm sanctuary is for them, to provide an insight into the many complexities involved in running a farm sanctuary along with the many challenges it presents, to enhance the knowledge of those who currently care for farmed animals or those wishing to take on rescued farmed animals.   Conference program will include topics such as; skills needed to start a sanctuary, sanctuary administration, animal care, husbandry and handling, dealing with burnout, farm/shelter design, emergency planning and more.

Speakers will include Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, Operations Manager, Kyle Behrend, Planning and Development Manager, Kerri Martin. Guest presenter will be the Founder and Head Honcho at one of Australia’s first ever sanctuaries for rescued farmed animals, Bede Carmody.  The indefatigable Bede runs......


Echonetdaily: Universal Medicine founder bequeathed $1 million despite will challenge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon. Photo

Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon. Photo

The founder of the northern rivers-based spiritual group Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon, will receive the bulk of the estate from a deceased devotee’s will, despite a challenge from her two adult children.

The NSW Supreme Court heard in December that Judith McIntyre, who died in 2014 aged 66, had met Mr Benhayon at the Byron Bay Writers Festival in 2011 – just a month after being diagnosed with breast cancer – and had quickly become a follower.

When she died in June 2014, Ms McIntyre left the bulk of her estate to Mr Benhayon directly, apart from $250,000 each for her two children: Sarah, 34, and Seth, 41.

The court heard that just after executing the will Ms McIntyre also gave Mr Benhayon $800,000 towards renovations to a commercial property he owns in Wollongbar.

Ms McIntyre wanted to see the warehouse turned into a teaching centre for Universal Medicine, which it subsequently has become.

In challenging the will, her daughter Sarah told the court, Mr Benhayon was just the latest in a number of spiritual advisors her mother had had since the 1980s.

‘Mum was always following one guru or another,’ the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

‘It just so happened that she was with Universal Medicine when she died.’

Sarah and Seth McIntyre told the court they needed at least $550,000 each to buy homes in Sydney and for personal expenses.

The children said they both earned modest incomes, with Sa...


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Jasper the friendly goose "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


At 15 years of age and blind in one eye, the chances of dear Jasper finding a forever home were sadly as scarce as the proverbial goose tooth! But Jasper is a friendly goose. His kindly human who could no longer care for him most certainly knew this, as this no doubt is the reason they were determined a happy outcome was somewhere out there to be found. Having outlived his previous feathered friends, Jasper looked a sad and lonely fellow when he first arrived at the sanctuary. Yes, geese can not only look sad but also feel sadness—once thought of as solely a human emotion. Thankfully, with the aid of Bendigo Goose, we were able to turn that frown upside down, as Jasper took to loving Bendigo like, wait for it, a goose to water!



Castlemaine Community House: Welcome to 2016! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Happy holidays to everyone in the community! The Community House has reopened as of 9am on Monday 4 January, with the Centrelink agency open as usual. We have lots of plans for 2016, and some of them are in the Autumn Term program, which you can download here.


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: A cow named Phyllis "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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It was with a touch of irony that just a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s corrections centre for women, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, a “rogue” cow wandered the fields of a conservation area. The correction centre is so-named after Dame Phyllis, a who worked tirelessly to improve the conditions for women in prisons. And working to improve the conditions for the dear cow was our rescue team.

It came to pass that her wanderings not only on the conservation reserve but also the nearby busy Western Freeway had earned her the ire of many and could well have landed her in a very bad place. But just as Dame Phyllis recognised all beings deserve kindness, that is just what the black jersey-cross heifer was offered as the call was made to Edgar’s Mission. However, what started out as a simple “come pick up the cow” turned into a most challenging rescue, not only due to the large size of the area but also the poor fencing surrounding it—not to mention the many rocks that littered the paddock, potentially hiding snakes. At first it seemed the cow and cooperation were not on the same page as she quickly fled to the farthest-flung area she could. But life on the run did not become this sweet soul, and inch by painstaking inch she was ushered closer and closer to our makeshift corral.


Holding our collective breaths, we waited while she sniffed this new strangeness in her world and delivered her verdict. Thankfully it was after only the shortest of deliberations that Edgar’s Mission was declared the place she wanted to be.  She zipped up the ramp and into the stockcrate like she had done it every day of the week—or perhaps she simpl...


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: The domino effect "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


The domino effect is best described as a chain reaction of events started from a single action. The time between these cumulative events is usually very small and shows a similar cause and effect (although often magnified). The expression is so named after the falling of strategically placed dominoes—you know, those small black tiles with little white dots. And the domino effect was certainly in place the day a little black and white goat found herself all alone and loveless in an inner Melbourne suburb. Setting off a chain reaction of kindness was the burly police officer who offered his outstretched hand and heart to the frightened creature. Although somewhat reluctantly accepting this gesture, the young kid was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic. She was handed over along with the words, “Can you please see if she can go to Edgar’s Mission?”


And the kindness continued as the vet nurse set about comforting the tiny waif with one hand while reaching for the phone with the other. Not long thereafter, our kindness van was seen heading out our front gate and southward bound. Returning some hours later with our new friend, Domino, the change reaction of kindness was almost complete. After a thorough veterinary examination, including standard parasite control and health checks, little Domino was introduced to three other baby goats who too had recently found sanctuary within our bounds. Whilst the cheeky Pee Wee had to be reminded that “our mission is kindness, and only friendly head butts are allowed”, Domino quickly recognised her own kind and her rehabilitation was underway.



Echonetdaily: Mungo ‘recovering nicely’ after collapse "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Eve Jeffery

Photo Eve Jeffery

Renowned Australian journalist and Echo contributor Mungo MacCallum is recovering after collapsing at Ocean Shores shopping centre yesterday.

Mungo’s partner Jenny Garrett issued a short statement yesterday afternoon thanking those who had helped out at the scene.

‘Mungo and Jenny thank everybody at Ocean Shores Shopping Centre, Rosalind and the other RN nurse, Gaga Cafe and Ocean Shores Medical Centre for taking care until the ambos came,’ she wrote.

‘We are both recovering very nicely thank you. We hope not make a habit of it.’

Jenny said Mungo was taken to Mullumbimby Hospital, where he experienced their ‘usual efficient service’.

In 2014 Twitter lit up with tributes to Mungo after he was erroneously reported to have passed away. He subsequently posed for the above photo by The Echo‘s Eve Jeffery.

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Castlemaine Community House: Intaglio Printmaking: An Introduction starts Feb 5th "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Barbara Semler_Grecian Queens Lace _2015_etchingThe next in the series of our popular printmaking workshops running in partnership with Castlemaine Press, we present Intaglio Printmaking! For the absolute beginner with the aim to get you hooked on the magic of printmaking. This course will take you from drawing and design, to making a plate and creating a print. More Details.






Echonetdaily: Council to take Indigo Evolution doof organisers to court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Organisers of the three-day Indigo Evolution New Year’s Eve Arts and Music Festival have been summonsed to appear in the NSW Land and Environment Court on 5 February.

The dance party took place on a private property at Busby Flat, Rapville, about two hours away from Byron Bay from December 31 to January 2 despite court orders prohibiting the event.

Richmond Valley Council acting general manager Vaugan Macdonald said evidence collected by council officers showed that around 2000 people attended the event.

‘Neither the police nor the council had the resources to close it down,” Mr Macdonald told Echonetdaily.

‘A hearing date has been set for February and then it is a matter for the court to determine whether the court orders were breached.’

The court orders, which are available to read on the Richmond Valley Council website, list the property owner James William Campbourn as the first respondent, 3rd Eye Productions as the second respondent, and Nathan Joel Rodgers-Falk as the third respondent.

In the days leading up to the event, Nathan Falk posted notices on Facebook saying that he and 3rd Eye Productions were no longer associated with the event, which ultimately ran under the banner of OneMobCollective.

Mr Macdonald said it would be for the court to decide whether Mr Rodgers-Falk and 3rd Eye Productions were still liable.

He said the Richmond Valley Council was not against ‘these types of parties’, but no approvals were sought or given for the Indigo Evolution gathering.

He said the council had made 11th hour application to have the party shut down after being approached by local police who raised concerns.

‘The council is not against these types of parties. This year we approved Rabbits Eat Lettuce and they have received approvals to hold dance parties because they have gone through the proper channels,’ he said.

‘That includes consultations....


Echonetdaily: Canadian 6-year-old listed as ‘travel risk’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sulemaan Ahmed and his young son Syed Adam, who Canadian officials mysteriously deem a 'safety risk'. Photo CBS news

Sulemaan Ahmed and his young son Syed Adam, who Canadian officials mysteriously deem a ‘safety risk’. Photo CBS news

Toronto, AP – Canada’s public safety minister has promised to investigate the case of a six-year-old boy whose name appears to be on a travel security risk list.

The Ontario boy’s father tweeted a photo from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last week that appears to show his son’s name, Syed Adam Ahmed, with a “DHP” or “deemed high profile” label and instructions on how to proceed before allowing the boy to check in.

“Why is our (Canadian born) 6-year-old on DHP no fly list? He must clear security each time. He is 6,” the father wrote in his tweet to Air Canada.

The father and son were flying on New Year’s Eve to the NHL Winter Classic in Boston.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he’s reviewing the case, and will update the family when he has all the details.

“Canadians expect their government to deliver on two vital imperatives – namely, keeping them safe while safeguarding their values and this country’s fundamental character. That is our constant goal,” Goodale said.

The boy’s mother, Khadija Cajee, said the family has had to deal with the issue in the past.

She said they’ve never been able to check their son in for flights online, and he needs special clearance every time they go to the airp...


Echonetdaily: Cricketer Gayle in hot water over sexist remarks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Out for a duck: former West Indies captain Chris Gayle has been taken to task over sexist remarks he made to a TV reporter. Photo AAP

Out for a duck: former West Indies captain Chris Gayle has been taken to task over sexist remarks he made to a TV reporter. Photo AAP

Hobart, AAP – Cricket superstar Chris Gayle’s attempt to flirt live on air with an TV presenter has backfired and sparked widespread condemnation.

Ten Network reporter Mel McLaughlin was left visibly disturbed on the sideline of Bellerive Oval last night when interviewing the former West Indies’ Test captain, who had just been dismissed for 41 off 15 balls as Melbourne Renegades chased down the Hobart Hurricanes.

‘Hopefully we can win this game and you and I can have a drink after,’ Gayle told the reporter who seemed dumbfounded at the statement.

The laughing batsman said his dismissal allowed him to ‘come to this interview to see you’ and went on to tell McLaughlin there was no need to blush.

Social media immediately lit up, labelling Gayle’s comments as sexist and an affront to women.

It sparked a prompt apology from the broadcaster who said Gayle’s comments were not endorsed and that measures will be taken to avoid future such occurrences.

Cricket Australia were quick to respond.

‘I heard Chris comments and they’re disrespectful and simply inappropriate,’ BBL boss Anthony Everard said in a statement.

Gayle and his side will be spoken to by officials.

‘This league is all about its appeal to kids, families...


Echonetdaily: US files civil lawsuit against VW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Washington, AAP – The US Justice Department has filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen AG for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in nearly 600,000 vehicles.

The allegations in the lawsuit carry penalties that could cost Volkswagen billions of dollars, a senior Justice Department official said on Monday.

‘The United States will pursue all appropriate remedies against Volkswagen to redress the violations of our nation’s clean air laws,’ said Assistant Attorney General John Cruden of the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department.

The Justice Department lawsuit accuses Volkswagen of four counts of violating the US Clean Air Act, including tampering with the emissions control system and failing to report violations.

The lawsuit is being filed in the Eastern District of Michigan and then transferred to Northern California, where class-action lawsuits against Volkswagen are pending.

‘We’re alleging that they knew what they were doing, they intentionally violated the law and that the consequences were significant to health,’ the senior Justice Department official said.

The Justice Department has also been investigating criminal fraud allegations against Volkswagen for misleading US consumers and regulators. Criminal charges would require a higher burden of proof than the civil lawsuit.

The civil lawsuit does not preclude the Justice Department from pursuing criminal charges against Volkswagen, said the Justice Department official.

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Echonetdaily: SA community mourns boys and their father "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The SA community of Port Lincoln is reeling after Damien Little, pictured, drove himself and his two children off a wharf into a deep harbour. Photo Facebook

The SA community of Port Lincoln is reeling after Damien Little, pictured, drove himself and his two children off a wharf into a deep harbour. Photo Facebook

Adelaide, AAP – The South Australian community of Port Lincoln is mourning after a father drove off a wharf, killing himself and his two young children.

The bodies of Damien Little and his children – Hunter, aged about one, and four-year-old Koda – were pulled from the water off Brennen Wharf in the Eyre Peninsula town on Monday.

Police confirmed the car they were in had been deliberately driven off the wharf and into 30 metres of water.

The incident has stunned locals with neighbours describing the two children as ‘vivacious, sensational and beautiful’.

One neighbour told the Adelaide Advertiser Mr Little and his wife Melissa were ‘absolutely doting parents’.

‘I tell everyone how blessed those children were to have such wonderful parents. I could not fault them in anyway,’ the neighbour said.

Mr Little and his wife operated a floor-covering business and he had also played for the Lincoln South Football Club.

Police described the deaths as heartbreaking.

‘It’s a small community. No doubt this will affect a lot of people living in Port Lincoln,’ Detective Superintendent Paul Yeomans said.

Port Lincoln Mayor Bruce Green said he felt ’empty’ after hearin...


Echonetdaily: Dumped rubbish costs Vinnies $200,000 to remove "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vinnies does not accept furniture; mattresses; electrical items; gym equipment; baby equipment including prams and safety seats; bicycles and scooters; medical equipment such as crutches; and household rubbish. (pic supplied)

Vinnies does not accept furniture; mattresses; electrical items; gym equipment; baby equipment including prams and safety seats; bicycles and scooters; medical equipment such as crutches; and household rubbish. (pic supplied)

Vinnies will be forced to spend around $200,000 removing dumped items from outside its shops after the holiday period unless people clean up their act.

Lismore Central Council executive officer Michael Timbrell, who oversees stores from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie, said illegal dumping was particularly bad during January.

‘January has become our peak dumping month as a number of households use the summer holidays to clean out after Christmas and get things organized and tidy at home for the year ahead,” Mr Timbrell said.

But while one person’s trash can be another’s treasure, Vinnies is particular about the items it receives.

Mr Timbrell said for legal, health and safety reasons, the Vinnies Lismore Central Council cannot accept furniture; mattresses; electrical items; gym equipment; baby equipment including prams and safety seats; bicycles and scooters; medical equipment such as crutches; and household rubbish.

Yet every year, those items turn up outside closed Vinnies stores, while the volunteers enjoy their holiday break.

‘Unfortunately, rather than taking damaged, soiled or unwanted items to the local tip, goods are frequently dumped ou...


Echonetdaily: Rescuers give young kookaburra a happy new year "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The young kookaburra shortly after it was rescued from the ground. (Barb Wilkins)

The young kookaburra shortly after it was rescued from the ground. (Barb Wilkins)

A young kookaburra had the best possible start to the new year after being reunited with its parents after falling from its nest.

The drama unfolded after Sydney tourists, Geoff and Peter, found the young bird at the bottom of a tall Bangalow palm outside their holiday unit.

The could see the nest, and the parent birds flying in an out, but it was too high to be reached, even with the help of a ladder loaned from neighbours.

They put the young bird in a safe spot on the deck and called WIRES for help.

A temporary nest is placed in a nearby tree. (Barb Wilkins)

A temporary nest is placed in a nearby tree. (Barb Wilkins)

The WIRES rescuer placed a temporary nest for the chick lower down in a nearby tree, where the mother was able to reach its baby and feed it.

Early the following day, the rescuer returned with a builder and long ladder and pole, but it was still not enough to reach the nest.

At that point, the chick was brought into care until a way could be found to reunite it with its family.

Essential Energy w...


Echonetdaily: Danes, Swedes impose new border checks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Danish police on patrol on highway E45 close to Padborg, Denmark, near the border with Germany, January 4 after Denmark introduced temporary controls along its border with Germany. EPA/Claus Fisker

Danish police on patrol on highway E45 close to Padborg, Denmark, near the border with Germany, January 4 after Denmark introduced temporary controls along its border with Germany. EPA/Claus Fisker

Copenhagen, Reuters – Denmark has imposed temporary identity checks on its border with Germany following a similar move by Sweden, dealing a double blow to Europe’s fraying passport-free Schengen area amid a record influx of migrants.

Sweden began checking documents of travellers from Denmark on Monday for the first time in half a century, causing delays of up to 50 minutes for trains and buses crossing the 7.9km Oresund Bridge, Europe’s longest combined road and rail bridge. However private vehicles were exempt from the checks.

Denmark’s prime minister said Sweden’s move gave his country no option but to impose its own border controls and he appealed to the European Union to take ‘collective decisions’ to better protect its external borders against the tide of migrants.

‘The Swedish ID checks can increase the risk of a large number of illegal immigrants to accumulate in and around Copenhagen,’ Lars Lokke Rasmussen told a news conference in Copenhagen, justifying the new controls on the German border.

Last year some 163,000 refugees sought asylum in Sweden, the largest number for any EU country relative to its population....


Echonetdaily: Teen dies after Brisbane one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brisbane, AAP – Two men remanded in custody over the alleged one-punch death of Brisbane teenager Cole Miller on the weekend will front court on upgraded charges.

Cole Miller, who died after a one-punch assault in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley on Sunday morning (January 3, 2016). Photo Facebook

Cole Miller, who died after a one-punch assault in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Sunday morning (January 3, 2016). Photo Facebook

Armstrong Renata and Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell, both 21, will face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday on charges of unlawful striking causing death.

The new charges come after 18-year-old Cole Miller’s life support was turned off in the Royal Brisbane Hospital on Monday.

The promising water polo player was allegedly struck in a random, unprovoked attack in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall early on Sunday morning.

It’s alleged the blow caused massive, and ultimately fatal, brain trauma.

The teen was on track to follow in the footsteps of his Olympian brother Billy before his death, and was praised by his father Steven as a “beautiful, brave young man”.

On Monday, Magistrate Terry Gardiner refused Maxwell bail, citing an unacceptable risk he would flee or reoffend, while Renata didn’t apply for bail.

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Echonetdaily: Fifth gunman killed at India air base "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Indian army soldiers sit in an army vehicle outside Pathankot Air Force base following an encounter with militants on January 4. At least seven soldiers and four gunmen have been killed in the fighting that erupted at the air force station at Pathankot early Saturday. EPA/Sanjay Baid

Indian army soldiers sit in an army vehicle outside Pathankot Air Force base following an encounter with militants on January 4. At least seven soldiers and four gunmen have been killed in the fighting that erupted at the air force station at Pathankot early Saturday. EPA/Sanjay Baid

Pathankot, Reuters – A rapprochement effort between India and Pakistan appears to be in jeopardy, as Indian security forces battle for the third day to clear out militants who attacked one of its air bases and killed seven soldiers.

The foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed neighbours are due to meet for talks on January 15, building on a thaw in relations after a surprise visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif last month.

But an Indian government official said India was now considering whether to go ahead with the talks or not, and that a final decision will be taken once the operations to secure the Pathankot Air Force base in Punjab state are over.

The government official, who requested anonymity, said it could take another 48 hours for the base to be secured, and by then the government hoped to have more information about the attackers and what links they may h...


Castlemaine Community House: ‘Talking to Kids about Sex’ Workshop – 26 February "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

parent and childThe Community House are very excited to have experienced sex educator, Dr Linda Kirkman, facilitate another workshop designed to assist parents with navigating sex education with their children. This two-hour workshop will help you ‘give the talk’, deliver strategies to keep communication channels open and to ensure your kids have good information to stay safe.  More Details.







Echonetdaily: Three arrested after man dies in Sydney house fight "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are investigating the death of a man during an altercation at Claymore overnight.

Officers from Macquarie Fields Local Area Command were called to a home on Leigh Street about 9pm (Monday  January 4), after receiving reports a number of people were fighting.

A 33-year-old man was found unconscious and taken to Campbelltown Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A crime scene was established and an investigation into the incident commenced.

Two women – aged 33 and 32 – were arrested at the scene and taken to Macquarie Fields Police Station where they are continuing to assist with inquiries.

A man was also arrested at the scene and taken to Campbelltown Police Station; however, the 34-year-old was later taken to hospital for treatment. He remains under police guard.

Inquiries into the incident continue, with local police being assisted by officers from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad.

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: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Castlemaine Community House: Felt Making in Taradale – Saturday March 5 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

IMG_4653We’ve had a lot of interest from people wanting to learn felt making so we’ve got the wonderful Janine Clark on board to teach a 3 hour workshop. This one will be run in Taradale at the Primary School and bookings are essential. You will make a range of items and the cost is $60 which covers all materials.  Bookings essential for this one!  Book here or phone 5472 4842.






Echonetdaily: Man and woman charged over Casino, Kyogle break-ins "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man and woman have been charged following an investigation into two break-ins at Casino and Kyogle during the last month.

About 9pm on December 12, three men allegedly broke into a home on Centre Street at Casino. One of the offenders was allegedly armed with a syringe and another with an axe.

The offenders allegedly demanded money from the 42-year-old resident and assaulted him. The men allegedly stole cash and a gold watch before leaving.

Between 2pm on December 30 and 5pm on December 31, a shed at a property on Summerland Way, Kyogle, was allegedly broken into. Several items of property including a quad bike on a trailer and three firearms with ammunition were taken.

Just after 10pm on December 31, police stopped a Toyota Landcruiser on the Summerland Way at Kyogle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, a number of items allegedly connected with the break-in at Kyogle – including the quad bike and trailer and two firearms – were located in the car.

A 40-year-old woman driving the vehicle was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station. She was later charged with break and enter – accessory after the fact, and goods in custody (x3). The woman was granted conditional bail to appear before Casino Local Court on January 27.

Following further investigations, detectives from Richmond Local Area Command raided a house in Fairy Hill on January 1.

During raid, police allegedly seized a third firearm and ammunition and several other items suspected of being stolen.

About 8.40am the same day, Casino Highway Patrol officers sighted a white Holden Commodore sedan travelling towards Casino along the Summerland Way. As the Holden passed them, officers allegedly noticed a man attempting to hide in the rear of the vehicle.

Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the two break-ins. He was taken to Casino Police Station and charged with eight offences:

– Brea......


Natural Newstead: Lizards and spiders … "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

… are on the menu for Sacred Kingfishers.

It also seems to be a good year for cicadas so I expect to capture some portraits of some less than fortunate insects over the next little while.


Sacred Kingfisher with a skink, Loddon River @ Newstead, 4th January 2015.




This time with a huntsman spider … it looks like it might have had a brief fishing excursion too!



North Coast Voices: How will Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce & Nationals MP Kevin Hogan handle local opposition to Turnbull Government's move to lower penalty rates? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Electorates in Northern New South Wales, such as Page and New England have an long-established tourism component in their local economies.

Both full-time, part-time and casual retail and hospitality workers play a big part in the tourism industry in these rural and regional areas, so it is interesting to note that local opposition to the Turnbull Government’s less than subtle move against weekend penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors is obviously on the radar of local voters.

Polling in key Liberal and National Party seats shows strong opposition to reducing Sunday penalty rates for retail workers, according to new ReachTEL polling commissioned by The Australia Institute.
Polling conducted across the electorates of Page, New England, Warringah and Dickson on 17th December shows that between 65% and 79% of people in these electorates want Sunday penalty rates in...


North Coast Voices: Stocktake of waterbirds in eastern Australia has shown the lowest breeding level on record "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ABC News 27 December 2015:

A stocktake of waterbirds in eastern Australia has shown the lowest breeding level on record.
The annual aerial survey, conducted by the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW, confirmed a dramatic long-term decline in the number of waterbirds.
Director Richard Kingsford said that over 33 years of counting, average numbers had fallen more than 60 per cent.
The trend continued in 2015 with a further drop compared to the previous three-to-five-year period.
"This is the second lowest number of waterbirds we've seen in that 33-year period and it's symptomatic of the real impacts of this drought that's occurring across the eastern half of the continent," Professor Kingsford said.
The survey covered all the major rivers, lakes and wetlands from Queensland down through New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, including the Murray-Darlin...

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AWPA Sydney News: 1) Success with Din Minimi, BIN to Approach Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Papua to Have 7 Airports Next Years



Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Over 203 special deliveries- BMRSG and MYST’s very own Christmas story "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Annabelle and Alana, two inspired young women from Winmalee High, conjured up the brilliant idea of the Mountains Youth Shoebox Project whilst on Work Experience with Sue Campbell-Ross at the Mountains Youth Service Team. Sue then contacted BMRSG and a great partnership was formed. Over 203 Welcome Shoeboxes were delivered to children and young people from refugee and asylum-seeking families living in the community in Western Sydney. Extra special seasonal deliveries were also made to those in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre to help brighten their Christmas.


Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Summer equals free coastal fun "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The iconic Summer by the Sea program is back on the Surf Coast from 2-26 January with an exciting line up of free activities including popular stand-up paddle boarding and fossil hunting activities.

The 2016 program, hosted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) and Parks Victoria will showcase the diversity of the Victorian coastal environment through more than 250 free activities.


GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma is ready to lead fun, free activities over January including the popular Beach Treasure Hunt.

Locally, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is funding and leading 20 free activities in Torquay, Jan Juc, Anglesea and Lorne with options ranging from outdoor explorations for the adventurous to craft activities for the creative.

GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft said the Summer by the Sea program is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to have fun while learning about the coastal environment.

“The activities are a great way to encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the unique coastal environment the Great Ocean Road has to offer.

“Summer by the Sea is an opportunity to explore and learn about the natural wonders of our spectacular foreshore and GORCC’s 2016 activities include something for everyone.

“Participants can gain an in-depth understanding of what lives on the coast,” he said.




Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Know your plovers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

There are many different types of plovers and it can often be difficult to distinguish between them. Below are a few tips to help you recognise your local birds and turn you into a bird watching expert!

Hooded Plovers

Hooded Plover family - Frankzed (Flikr must credit)

A Hooded Plover family with a juvenile. See the presence of the white nape, and the difference in colour. Photo: Frankzed

The Hooded Plovers have two unique features to look for:

  • A black ‘hood’ (this doesn’t appear until adulthood)
  • A white nape (back of the neck)

The Hooded Plover lives on sandy beaches on the eastern and southern coast lines of mainland Australia and are also found in Tasmania.

Other features include:

  • Hoodies are around 19 – 23 cm in length
  • Hoodies weigh approximately 100g.
  • Adults have a grey upper body.
  • Juveniles have sandy-brown colouring on their head and body.

Red-capped Plover

Red-capped Plover

Red-capped Plover. Photo: Frankzed

The Red-capped Plover is the most similar shorebird to the Hoodie and a very common and widespread beach-nesting bird.

Features include:

  • Bright reddish-chestnut crown...


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 4 January 2016
  1. JOE WILLIAMS & COUNT BASIE ‘Confessin’ The Blues’ Every Day I Have The Blues
  2. ARTHUR CONLEY ‘Sweet Soul Music’ All About Soul
  3. CHARLIE SAYLES ‘Down And Out’ Night Ain’t Right
  4. LUTHER ALLISON ‘Nobody But You’ Soul Fixin’ Man
  5. INA FORSMAN Hanging Loose’ Ina Forsman
  6. JIMMY JOHNSON ‘Little By Little’ Bar Room Preacher
  7. WILLIAM CLARKE ‘Drinking By Myself’ Blowin’ Like Hell
  8. ROXY PERRY ‘Roadmaster’ Blues Harp Women
  9. MARION TURNER ‘He’s Gone’ Blues Harp Women’
  10. BLIND BOY FULLER ‘Heart Ease Blues’ 1935-1938 Remastered
  11. ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES Half The City’ Bluesfest 2016
  12. ALLEN TOUSSAINT ‘Sweet Touch Of Love’ The Real Thing 1970-1975
  13. JOHNNY HEARTSMAN ‘The Butler Did It’ The Touch
  14. KEVIN SELFE ‘Pig Pickin’ Buy My Soul Back


Sandy Straits and Beyond: Australiana "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

This title seemed appropriate for a first post in 2016. I hope it is going to be a good and productive year with fewer eye problems than last year. My specialist reminds me that I still have sight and anything else is really secondary!
These flowers are an Australian native commonly called Kangaroo Paws - from the species Anigozanthos. I think the more common one is red colored but these plants were given to me and they have grown with very little care. All the honey-eaters (birds that feed on nectar) like them and often the birds are so much bigger than the flowers that the stems are bent right over to the ground.

This flower head was growing under a palm leaf and I think that is why it has grown in this rather different shape.

The fresh flowers have this little red center but most of the ones left on my plant have dried out and are forming seed heads,


Bellarine Bayside: Activities 5- 11 Jan 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Come and join us for some fun summer activities this week:

Tues 5 January: Coastcare Enviro Challenge @ Portarlington, 4-5 PM

SBTS-2016-banner-LRThe Coastcare Enviro Challenge is an interactive children’s game that allows participants to learn about the environment whilst navigating through a series of challenges. This activity is part of the Summer by the Sea program of events.

Thurs 7 January: Coastcare Enviro Challenge @ St Leonards Pier, 4-5 PM
Kelly Sports Kids Activities in Port Holiday Park, 12-2 PM

logoKelly Sports Kids Activities include:
* Crazy Games
Tug of War
Parachute Activities
Sack Races
Horse Race
Sponge Racing (weather dependent)
Water Bomb Fight
* Arts & Crafts
Face Mask Decorating
Colouring Competition
Jewellery Making
Giant Jenga

Sat 9 January: ...

16:13 Two Islander grubs who punched a Brisbane teenager in an unprovoked attack face murder charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Brisbane youngster Cole Miller passes away in hospital after a “coward punch” to the back of the head

Police today charged islanders Armstrong Renata and Daniel Maxwell, both 21, with grievous bodily harm over the assault of the young water polo player.

The pair faced Brisbane Magistrates Court today and both were remanded in custody.

The charges are expected to be upgraded to murder.

The court heard Maxwell approached Mr Miller and his friend and asked them if they wanted to fight before Renata allegedly punched Mr Miller in the head.

The men will have their cases mentioned again in February.

Mr Miller was a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club and was out with a teammate on the night he was attacked.

They were taking a break from their busy training schedule.

He was due to travel to Adelaide to compete at the national championships on Thursday.

Cole Miller, 18, was knocked unconscious on Duncan Street in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane’s entertainment precinct about 3:35am on Sunday after a night out on the town.

Police said he was struck once in the back of the head and hit the pavement, leaving him with serious injuries.

He was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a life-threatening condition.


Cole Miller, 18, dies after an attack in Fortitude Valley early Sunday morning.

Mr Miller’s father Steven describes son as “beautiful, brave young man”

Police this afternoon confirmed he had died.

Mr Miller’s father, Steven, gave a brief statement to the media this afternoon.

“Cole was a beautiful, brave young man...


Barwon Blog: Making tracks - reaching Buninyong "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

...and so, after many long, weary miles traipsing over hills, wading across creeks and ploughing through the slough of despair, the weary travellers faced a final uphill trudge, crossing the foothills formed over a million years before by the volcanic eruptions of Mt Buninyong. For many miles they would have seen its profile rising before them as they walked or rode, slowly drawing closer. Even for those lucky enough - or rich enough - to travel by coach, the foothills of the mount could pose a problem as it was not unheard of for the coach driver to ask his passengers to get out and walk up the steeper sections of the track.

Looking towards Mt Buninyong from the approximate location of Scott's Swamp
A look at an 1855 survey map (see composite image below) shows the track at this point splitting in two just before the crest of the final rise. The two tracks were less than 150m apart and converged again after about a kilometre, near where Mt Buninyong Rd joins the Midland Highway today. Whether this reflected a need for different tracks in varying weather conditions or had some other purpose I do not know.
Reaching the top of the final rise, the diggers would no doubt have been very relieved to see the land falling away before them with the track meandering d...


The Witches Kitchen: Davidson Plum Sauce "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

davidson plum sauce

It has been a great year this year for Davidson plums.  We planted dozens of them as part of our riparian rainforest regen project from 2000 to 2003.   I don’t know whether it is just because they have now hit their stride, or if the unusually wet spring has something to do with it, but this year they have been laden.

There’s quite a lot of edible plants native to my part of the world but not so many of them that are abundant and really delicious.  The range that I look at from my bedroom window goes all the way up to the Bunya Mountains in Queensland along ridgelines. It was likely a route that Bundjalung people took to travel to festivals and feasts, and Bunya pines (Araucaria bidwillii) grow well here, so it is a bit strange that they don’t seem to have been naturalised. We have feasting quantities planted but you couldn’t really call them a native bush food.

But macadamias (Macadamia tetraphylla) and Davidson plums ( Davidsonia jerseyana) are endemic to right here, real bush foods.  We have re-established populations now that should reproduce on their own (climate change allowing) and provide foraging for generations to come. That’s a nice feeling.

The plums are sour, so sour that your eyes cross, but they cook up into the most glorious fruity and aromatic and tart jams and sauce and syrup.  They contain really high levels of anthocyanins, phytonutrients that are really strong antioxidants, and lutein which is one of the compounds that gives kal...


Castlemaine Community House: Make your own Skincare workshop: Saturday March 5 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

imagesCome and learn how to make your own skin care products that are all natural without all the chemical nasties. You will take away new skills, recipes and learn how easy it is to make what you need at home.  We continue to run this workshop because its so popular so grab a friend and make a booking. More details.

















Byron Bay Blog: Buddhist monks of Tibet visiting the Crystal Castle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Buddhist monks of Tibet from the Ganden Jangtse Monastery will be visiting the Crystal Castle from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th January.

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

From Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th of January, we will be blessed by the visit of three Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Ganden Jangtse Monastery. They have been brought to Australia by dear friend of the Crystal Castle, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal.

Geshe Jampa, Phintsok and Tsundue will be holding a chanting meditation each morning from 10.30 am – 11 am. Then throughout each day they will create a sacred sand mandala, one of the most beautiful artistic creations you can imagine watching unfold.

Come and be touched by the peaceful presence of the monks!

Visit for further information.

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Echonetdaily: Food with a view "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Beach Byron Bay enjoys an unrivalled view over the bay (photo Grant Mcintyre).

Beach Byron Bay enjoys an unrivalled view over the bay (photo Grant Mcintyre).

Vivienne Pearson

January is a special time of the year. The hubbub and rush of the festive season is over and there is a lull before the year’s banalities set in. January is a time for relaxation, reflection and planning. There’s nothing like a wide-ranging, beautiful view to help put your life in perspective and gain a bigger picture of the joys and trials you are facing.

And what better way to enjoy a good view than with a delicious meal? In this region, so blessed with both gourmet delights and abundant beauty, food with a view is surprisingly hard to track down.

Beach views are the pot of gold at the end of the food-with-a-view rainbow. Car parking is a hot topic in Byron at the moment and, sadly, it is cars that get between a few great places and their beach views. Luckily, there are some that avoid this problem.

Enjoy beach views with your steak at Beef+Beach, Lennox Head.

Enjoy beach views with your steak at Beef+Beach, Lennox Head.

Beef+Beach, at the Lennox Hotel, uses height to ens...


2RRR: Pop Heads Hour of Power "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Friday 8th January

3 – 4pm Pop Heads Hour of Power


This week’s Theme:


12″ DANCE HITS OF THE 1980s!


2RRR: Cosmic Cowboy Cafe "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Friday 8th January

5 – 7pm Cosmic Cowboy Cafe

Eddie White will be joined by Tom the Teacher (ret.) as guest programer for their 8th Annual âŹSReview Of The Year That Was⏠They will play and discuss the best releases of 2015 in the Texas Music genre. Check out the cool interactive playlist


2RRR: Jazz and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Friday 8th January

12 – 2pm Jazz & Beyond

In this weekâŹ"s program the Limelight shines the spotlight on Ruth Lee Jones a Jazz, Gospel and R&B artist, but what was her stage name? In Retrospective we are singing the praises of the Pop star of the 60âŹ"s Petula Clarke. While RayâŹ"s Selection segment spends time featuring the American National Public Radio Piano Jazz Icon Marian McPartland. How did someone born in Berkshire England become so popular in America for over 30 years?   Jazz and Beyond ⏠jazz with a twist!


Zedlines: Senate calls for royal commission into treatment of elderly and mentally ill - and more 11am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Disability advocates are backing calls made for a royal commission into the treatment of people with disabilities and the elderly. (Image Source: Public Domain Image.)

Disaster relief funds for state’s north:

The Queensland and Commonwealth governments have released disaster relief funding for communities affected by heavy flooding in the state’s north.

Joint funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements will be made available to local councils in areas such as Boulia, Carpentaria, Doomadgee, and Mt Isa.


Echonetdaily: Byron Falls Festival spreads the good vibe "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vika Bull opened the set for 'Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions' at Byron Falls on New Year's Day. Photo Tree Faerie.

Vika Bull opened the set for ‘Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions’ at Byron Falls Festival on New Year’s Day. Photo (and gallery below) by the Tree Faerie.

Organisers of the the third annual Falls Music and Arts Festival over the New Year holiday break have declared it one of the best they’ve held at the at North Byron Parklands venue.

The sunshine-filled days helped put most of the 16,000-plus young punters in a good mood, with police praising their good behaviour and many commenting on the event’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

It was the perfect background for the surprise wedding of two staff at the festival’s Village Arts precinct on Saturday afternoon in a public ceremony in one of the small theatre venues.

The rings for Benjamin Abeleven and Charlotte Truscott, of Helensburgh, were made on site, and after finding a festival patron who was a registered celebrant, and a bridal dress at a local garage sale, unsuspecting patrons were invited to attend the ceremony that was billed as ‘The Wedding’ on the chalkboard outside the venue.

The festival hosted a mix of international and national acts including UK band The Wombats bringing in the New Year, Bloc Party, Foals, Paul Kelly and The Merri Souls and Disclosure, who closed the festival.

Organisers told Echonetdaily that new features of this year’s festival which included the Palm Springs water park with its 20-m...


Zedlines: Calls to reopen bidding for 2018 Commonwealth Games ceremonies - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Bidders have expressed concerns over the Commonwealth Games ceremonies and a local businessman is now urging the state government to reopen bidding for the 2018 event. (Image Source: Commons.wikimedia)

Cabinet documents released:

Queensland cabinet documents from 1985 revealed how a decision in the final Bjelke-Petersen years led to the historic Mabo decision in the High Court.

The papers were under a 30-year embargo and have revealed the detailed deliberations of the Queensland cabinet that year.


Zedlines: Women’s only buses in Port Moresby - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

No men allowed on new buses in Port Moresby in a bid to increase safety for women in the city. (Image Source: Wikipedia (labeled for reuse.))

Legionella case at Wesley Hospital:

Patients at the Wesley Hospital are being monitored after one palliative care patient tested positive to the deadly legionella pneumophila bacteria.

Hospital CEO Terence Seymour says it could take weeks to determine the source of the contamination after the bacteria was found in an ice machine in the patient’s ward.

A 2013 scare saw one patient die of the lung infection, effectively closing the hospital for two weeks.


darkly wise, rudely great: "Chewie, we're home": on Star Wars and nostalgia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Just after Christmas I had a piece in the Canberra Times, "Welcome back, Star Wars crew". I was talking about the new franchise film, and the power of nostalgia. A sample:
"Chewie, we're home." So proclaims Han Solo in the new Star Wars blockbuster, currently making the Kessel Run to franchise billions (Official Star Wars apples, anyone?). 
In ancient Greek, the homecoming was nostos, and the nostoi were men like Odysseus: agonised by longing for home. It is also the root of our modern word, nostalgia, which is like homesickness for the past. 
I recently saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my oldest friend, and it was an exercise in nostalgia. His wife and young daughters were cool to the franchise, and only I was able to comprehend the full Proustian measure of the evening: our childhood on the screen, updated and upsized, but otherwise left in all its kitschy glory. 
As an action film, The Force Awakens is exemplary popcorn stuff. Gorgeous visuals, perfect casting, and pacing that refuses to let you stop and think – all the hallmarks of a J. J. Abrams behemoth. But it is also a play of very familiar tropes, which work precisely because they are safe: characters and plotting that give the same old layer cake a dusting of the new. 


Zedlines: Dinosaurs on the move to Roma - and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Could 3D printing bring Dinosaurs back to their final resting places in a bid for tourism? (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

3D Dinosaurs for Roma:

A town in South West Queensland is looking to use 3D printing to build a replica dinosaur.

The bones of a Rhoetosaurus, discovered in Roma in 1924 are currently being kept in the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, however Maranoa Council want to replicate the large herbivore to attract tourists.

A printed dinosaur would enable more interactive learning experiences for young children.

Oman Ama residents reject nuclear facility:


Natural Newstead: Not so observant! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Despite regular visits in recent weeks to a couple of the deeper pools along the Loddon I’ve completely overlooked a couple of very obvious Dusky Moorhen nests. I’d noticed the recent appearance of a family (featured a few days back), with  four tiny young that apparently belong to the nest in the photograph below.


Dusky Moorhen nest , Loddon River @ Newstead, 2nd January 2015.


Adult Dusky Moorhen.

Further upstream, another pair have nested a little earlier in the season, and also produced four young. The family, together in the middle of the pool, became separated on my arrival – one adult taking two ‘chickens’ into the rushes on the east side of the river, while the rest of the family tucked themselves out of sight from my observation point. I sat and waited for about twenty minutes, by which time the inhabitants of the east bank made a cautious re-entry into the water allowing some reasonable shots.


08:39 UK enforces law which bans public from criticising the govt "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

books3Last year we exposed how the Justice and Security Bill gives British courts the mandate to hold both criminal – and civil – cases in private and prevent suspects from hearing the evidence against them. It also enhances the powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee – which was established by the Intelligence Services Act in 1994.

It effectively makes them exempt from having to supply documents under the Freedom of Information Act and extends their right to conduct surveillance on the internet.

Suspects who have been excluded from secret court proceedings would be represented by a ‘special advocate’ – a security cleared lawyer chosen by the government or prosecutor, who is appointed on their behalf.

At the end of court hearing, the person being tried may win or lose their case without knowing why, as the court’s reasoning will likely be “classified”.

In fact, suspects don’t even have to be told there is a trial taking place against them, until they are arrested by police to begin their prison sentence. The legislation effectively marked the start of tyranny and ‘disappearing’ in the UK, which is usually seen in countries like North Korea or Zimbabwe.

Last year, we revealed how new laws were being introduced to allow for the use of secret courts in the UK for criminal and civil cases. The law effectively makes it “legal” to hold a court case against someone without their knowledge, detain them and penalise them – without telling them why, and without giving them access to a lawyer.

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North Coast Voices: Peter Dutton - the gods' gift to the Labor Party in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This has to come under the heading ‘You couldn’t make this up”, as yet another Turnbull Government minister reveals his contempt for women:

Twitter, 3 January 2016

The Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2016:

PETER Dutton, the minister who once resigned from the frontbench via SMS, yesterday labelled a female journalist a “mad f ... king witch” in a text — and then sent it to the journalist instead of the colleague it was intended for.
The Immigration Minister last night outed himself as the MP who had sent the blistering text about Sunday Telegraph political editor Samantha Maiden after reading her coverage of the Jamie Briggs affair.

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Sunday, 03 January


Media releases - North East Forest Alliance: FORESTRY CORPORATION MUST PAY FOR ILLEGAL WHIAN WHIAN LOGGING "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is outraged that the Forestry Corporation is refusing to pay fines of $11,000 for bulldozing a road through exclusion areas for Koalas and threatened plants, and that the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will not make them pay.

NEFA is calling on Premier Baird to intervene to provide justice to communities traumatised by the Forestry Corporation's construction of an illegal road under the watch of the EPA and police guard.

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Friday, 01 January


Castlemaine Community House: Get That Job! – resume and job search skills March 4 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

writing a résuméFine tune your job search and resume skills with careers coach Genevieve Ward and get the job you want! This workshop will be essential to anyone wanting to learn how to stand out from the crowd when applying for work. More Details.










Nimbin HEMP: HEMP Embassy Headlines 183 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Operation Cash Cow

Laws are very dangerous when they are used to ‘protect and serve’ the best interests of company profits. Winning government contracts to supply testing equipment is akin to winning a defence contract to supply weapons. The measurement of impairment should be the primary concern for ‘driving under the influence’ rather than being in possession of criminal saliva. Prohibition is a lawful method of discrimination and raising revenue.

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

Drug-driving law fails justice test [echo]

We are a highly regulated country. If a company here tried to launch a product that was defective in its operation, based on dubious science and caused severe damage to the lives of the people it was supposed to serve there would be swift action, and probably severe penalties. Unless of course it were a government product. Then the perpetrators would line up to take credit, and spin their misinformation and dodgy statistics to the credulous media.


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Monday, 28 December


News: Relax this summer with 3CR "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

3CR summer programming
Escape the cricket and tune in for a great selection of community radio treats and an eclectic range of Summer Specials on 3CR. Check out our Summer Specials page for a list of what's coming up and who is filling in for whom. Catch up with past favourite programmers as they return for the summer including our own Wayward Girl, Lotti Stein.

Friday, 25 December


News: Want to work at 3CR?! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Position Vacant - Current Affairs Coordinator

We have a position available as 3CR's Current Affairs Coordinator! The role of Current Affairs Coordinator is to maintain and resource current affairs programming blocks and special broadcasts at 3CR as detailed in the attached position description.  This is a part-time (25 hours per week) position until April 2017. Applications close 9am Monday 18th January. Check out the attached position description.


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