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Wednesday, 06 January


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Cuddle Up Day "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Are you at work still? This could be awkward. Today is Cuddle Up Day, rather than breaking workplace etiquette with unwelcome intimacy and triggering flight zones left and right, you may want to wait till you get home to really get into the spirit of it.

Cuddle Up Day hopes to deliver on a promise to get you cosy and feeling good, so build a love nest and get in it with your favourite person, be they two-legged, furry, feathered or completely stuffed.

Red Baron

Why wait for a special day to show your willingness to cuddle up to your confidant? Take a leaf out of one of our newest friend’s books. In his mind, cuddling is as essential as breathing. Flaunting a blossoming strawberry comb and some of the tiniest feathers we’ve witnessed, Red Baron is slowly growing into his disproportionately long legs.

Red Baron

On his round’s with Pam, Red sometimes gets sidetracked with adventuring, when he realises he’s fallen behind he can be seen aiming his eagle eye for the lady in the hat and running towards her, head bopping and chirping. She picks him up and places him steadily on her shoulder. Red knows as much as anyone, or possibly even more, that love can be found in any shape. It’s not a distinctly human emotion. As we’ve seen here at Edgar’s Mission love, affection and kindness meld together over time and can work to melt the coldest of hearts and gain the trust of the most frightened creatures.

It’s now 2016......


Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: Joy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

JoyIt’s perhaps too flippant to say that this is about a woman who got rich by selling a lot of mops. Any film can be deconstructed to a banal base – but by the same token it can also be overblown into a quasi-Homeric tale of triumph over impossible odds. Which is the case when Hollywood goes into bat for ‘the Great American Dream’. Caressed by the saccharine voice-over of her dead grandmother, we meet the inventive child who will grow up to be our heroine Joy (Jennifer Lawrence). Because overstatement is the only language that this type of movie speaks, the kid announces that to fulfil her dreams she needs ‘no prince’. Good for her. Joy then goes on to have a failed marriage to Tony (Édgar Ramírez), the most likeable character involved in her ascent of ambition’s slippery slope, while being a mother of two and stressed focal point of her de rigueur dysfunctional family.

For the first half-hour the narrative is guided largely by the soundtrack, as songs by Cream, the Bee Gees and Frank and Nancy Sinatra spell out for us the important points we are to understand, but eventually the plot kicks in and, though never surprising, it is well constructed and intriguing in a ‘how bad can it get for poor Joy’ way. Lawrence holds it together superbly as, around her, Robert De Niro, playing her charmless father with weary conviction, Isabella Rossellini as his pantomime lover and Joy’s reluctant backer, and Bradley Cooper impersonating Bradley Cooper, do little more than go through the motions. If it weren’t for Ramírez and a lovely performance from Dascha Polanco as Joy’s loyal friend Jackie, it would be hard to care for any of them.

David O Russell’s insistence on depicting the plebs as dimwitted addicts of TV soapies is anno.....


Echonetdaily: Highway signage debacle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I read the article in The Echo of December 30 about problems arising from the lack of signage on the new highway and as a visitor to the area I completely agree.

We found it difficult to find our way to our holiday accommodation at one of the coastal villages, and at the end of a long frustrating journey from southern NSW it was the last thing we anticipated as we know this area quite well. We sympathise with businesses that have suffered as a result and hope the problem is rectified quickly.

Helen O’Brien, Brisbane

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The Shepparton Adviser: Newspaper industry loss "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Newspaper industry loss

HE WILL BE MISSED… The newspaper industry has lost one of its own with the passing of Chris McPherson, aged 61. Chris helped launch the Victoria Country Press Association Annual Newspaper Dinner in recent years. He is pictured in the front row, fifth from the left among others in the industry at the 2015 dinner. Photo: Supplied.

Chris McPherson 23.9.1954 – 22.12.2015

REGIONAL Australia has lost one of its most progressive newspaper operators with the death of Chris McPherson.
From a family steeped in newspaper history dating back to 1888, Shepparton’s Chris McPherson led the way in many ways in the industry.
His great grandfather, Stanley Roy McPherson, began the family newspaper dynasty and he and his son Donald Roy continued it, as did Don’s sons Chris, Ross and Paul.
The three generation newspaper family (McPherson Media Group) continues as one of the last remaining independently owned daily newspaper operators in the nation, also publishing a number of weekly newspapers and a tri-weekly in northern Victoria and southern NSW.
Chris, was awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA), Victoria’s and Australia’s most progressive and independent newspaper association representing about 80 newspapers throughout the state. He was also awarded Life Membership of Country Press Association (CPA). Both Life Memberships followed many years of service to the industry and as president of both organisations.
Chris was known in the newspaper industry to be a fierce and fair comp...


The Shepparton Adviser: Secret to success is through the stomach "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Secret to success is through the stomach

DELICIOUS SUCCESS FOR DUX… Former student and 2015 Dux of Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Henry Fox has put the secret to his success down to his dad’s special penne bolognaise. Photo: Emma Hillier.

HAVING received the highest ATAR score in the region this year with a score of 99.75, former student and 2015 Dux of Goulburn Valley Grammar School, Henry Fox has put the secret to his success down to his dad’s special penne bolognaise.
The day after receiving his result Henry said his dad, Damien, had joked he might have to get in touch with the CSIRO.
“I don’t like sandwiches and dad would cook me pasta for lunch every day,” Henry said.
“He reckons he’s going to get onto the CSIRO with the Ten Year Pasta Program.”
Henry said he really didn’t do anything in particular to achieve success.
“I studied when I felt like I should study.
“If I felt tired, I stopped. I didn’t make a study timetable. I responded to the circumstances. By the time it came around to exams, I was fairly relaxed.”
Henry is now likely to be flying the coop with Monash University already chasing him over his first two preferences for a Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges, and a Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce.
Henry said, “I did work experience at Monash in one of the chemistry labs, which was great, but I am not interested in that.
“I’m more interested in politics and current affairs and I want my studies to combine these interests with science.”
With the cho...


The Shepparton Adviser: Building hope "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Building hope

LIVING WITH LEUKAEMIA… Leukaemia recovery patient, Tracey Stokes and Leukaemia Foundation Community Relationship Coordinator, Kristin Paton. Photo: Emma Hillier.

ALTHOUGH living with leukaemia is frightening for Tongala resident, Tracey Stokes, she is embracing the change with open arms and appreciates the help and support received by the Leukaemia Foundation. But Tracey is mostly looking forward to the foundation’s new Building of Hope facility that will offer those living with leukaemia even further hope and support.
After being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), through tears of sadness, anger and confusion, Tracey could not help but ask ‘why me?’
After wiping her tears away, Tracey came to the realisation that life was not over. She began to see and appreciate the important things in her life, and was determined to work around her ‘impairments’ and strive to increase her ability to participate in life.
Tracey particularly credits the Leukaemia Foundation for their fantastic support and the way in which they helped to alleviate a great deal of stress from her treatment process through the offer of free accommodation close to Tracey’s hospital for her prolonged treatment. She says this Foundation-provided apartment had become her home-base and being across the road from her hospital, it eliminated the need to travel five hours back and forth between home and hospital.
Tracey said, “Knowing I had a ‘home’ base opposite the hospital made my mind focus on getting well.”
Tracey is excited about the Leukaemia...


The Shepparton Adviser: Asia revisited "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Asia revisited

I’M sitting on the top deck of a luxury cruise liner. A waitress has just bought me a tall glass of iced tea. Sitting next to the swimming pool those crystal blue waters look so inviting. Yes it’s a tough life but somebody has to do it.
Over the coming days we will visit some 20 ports, so it’s certainly a chance to see Asia from the sea.
We started in Singapore. It’s been tens of years since I was last there and how it’s changed. It’s a vibrant exciting city and the food is fabulous.
They say if you want to know anything about the place you are visiting then ask a taxi driver and I did.
Yes sir, Singapore is going ahead in leaps and bounds. We have an unemployment rate of less than 2 percent. Everyone has employment, even the old are encouraged to keep working even if only a few hours a week and the government will look after the rest with pensions and health insurance (sounds like Australia).
But life can’t be all roses. What worries the average person? My taxi driver said it was the world phenomenon of the Islamic group Isis where young people are becoming radicalised and joining this organisation in the Middle East.
Did the taxi driver have a solution? Well yes sir our school system encourages students to do visits to mosques, Christian churches, Buddhist temples etc. so everyone has a basic understanding of each other’s religion, we hope it’s a step in the right direction.
I remember being in Borneo some years ago where a similar program operated. Indeed all school students had to attend...


The Shepparton Adviser: Public transport fee rise to hit local residents "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the beginning of the new year now upon us, local residents can expect to pay more for public transport, with fees for Zone One in Shepparton and fares for V/Line services between Melbourne and Shepparton having seen an increase as of January 1.
Zone One bus fares will increase slightly in Shepparton, with the cost of a two hour fare having seen an increase of 20 cents (10 cents for concession).
Fares for V/Line services between Melbourne and Shepparton will increase by around 4 percent, with the cost of an off-peak single fare from Shepparton to Melbourne costing $23.60 ($11.80 for concession).
A Public Transport Victoria spokesperson said, “These increases keep fares adjusted for changes in the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and contribute to ongoing investment in a number of major public transport projects.
In Shepparton, as a result of a Public Transport Victoria initiative to improve regional fares, Zone Two town bus fares have been reduced by around 15 percent, with the cost of a two hour ticket now being $3.20 or $1.60 for concession.”


The Shepparton Adviser: Hundreds expected to watch Big Bash on the big screen "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Hundreds expected to watch Big Bash on the big screen

LAKE’S SHORES TURNED CRICKET PITCH… From left, Cricket Victoria Development Officer and Melbourne Renegades All Abilities Assistant Coach, Alana Baldi, Greater Shepparton City Council (GSCC) Activities In The Park Officer, Kim Mansell, Cricket Shepparton President, David D’Elia, Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club President, Tony Giblin and GSCC Healthy Communities Officer, Carmen Nicholson. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE epic clash between the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder is one not to be missed, but there is one way of making watching the match and taking it to the next level, by heading down and joining the hundreds expected at Victoria Park Lake this Monday, to watch the Big Bash on the big screen.
The northern foreshore of Victoria Park Lake will come alive with activities from 6:30pm, before the big screening of the Big Bash at 7:30pm.
Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club President, Tony Giblin said, “This event has been 12 months in the making and is the brain child of my son, Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club Committee Member and Player, Christopher.
“Cricket Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council (GSCC) were both keen to jump on board.
“Just one of the exciting elements to the evening will be having some of the Melbourne Renegades players at the event, of course they won’t be the ones playing on the big screen. We will also have Cricket Victoria representatives and Shepparton Youth Club U...


The Shepparton Adviser: Holiday season road warning "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Holiday season road warning

THE holiday period is notoriously busy on the roads and a busy road accompanied with fatigue or distracted driving can lead to road death. In 2015, 257 lives were lost on Victorian roads, 12 of those in the Greater Shepparton area, with 23 over the holiday period in Victoria from December 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016, two of those locally.
Shepparton Police Highway Patrol, Acting Sergeant Neil Johnson said, “When it comes to reducing the road toll, our main focus is on speed, alcohol/drug impairment and fatigue. If we can help reduce these, we can help to reduce the road toll.
“One improved statistic throughout 2015 for the Victoria Police’s Eastern Regional Division 3 though was a reduction in the serious injury accidents. In 2015 there were 56 reported compared to 2014, which saw a figure of 78.”
Operation Roadwise, which has been running since December and targeting speed, fatigue, alcohol and drugs and other driver impairments, has already seen 233 offences recorded in total in the Greater Shepparton area. Out of the 2,780 preliminary breath tests and 16 road side drug tests carried out five were processed for drink driving and one came back positive for drugs.
“Operation Roadwise is all about our visible presence on the road. Police units have been conducting random breath testing and random drug testing and enforcing the road safety message.
“We are pretty happy with the results. The figures are good and it’s important to note the lack of serious injuries, because of the operation, has been a positive result.
“The holiday period is still ongoing and we urge peo...


The Shepparton Adviser: New Year’s success rings out in Mooroopna "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

New Year’s success rings out in Mooroopna

CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR… The Rotary Club of Mooroopna’s New Year’s Eve festival was another great success, with more than 800 attending the pre New Year’s celebrations. Photo: Supplied.

A CROWD of more than 8,000 strong helped celebrate the coming of the New Year, flooding the John Gray Oval, Mooroopna Recreation Reserve for the 37th annual Rotary Club of Mooroopna’s New Year’s Eve festival.
Rotary Club of Mooroopna Member, Ken Faulkner said, “The Rotary Club of Mooroopna is very happy with the fantastic turn out for the 37th New Year’s Eve festival. The crowd was a little bigger than normal but were all very well behaved. It was a great family night being enjoyed by all.
“The stage entertainment had both children and adults getting involved.
“This year’s parade was a great success with the number of vintage and street cars up on previous parades. Parade Organiser, Santo Varapodio thanks the GV Vintage Car Club, The Street Car Club, The Custom Car Club, all the local truck owners who participated, the fire brigade, the Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad, local bus company owners and the local panel shop for their participation in the parade. Also, thanks goes to the kids who came with their decorated bikes and the local police for their help and support getting everyone down the main street safe.
“The night finished off with a spectacular fireworks display, which had the crowd cheering and clapping throughout the performance.
“The Rotary Club of Mooroopna tha...


Common Ground North Coast: 30th Year of Woodford Folk Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Having just celebrated the 30th year of Woodford with record breaking box office sales, this year’s

festival saw more than 129,000 people in attendance. And what a way it was to celebrate the
coming of 2016….
With a huge diversity of artists and musicians hidden around each and every leafy corner, there was
something to delight and engage all the ages. Street performers mingled inamongst the circus tents,
art workshops, yoga sessions and multiple music villages, where you would find yourself stumbling
upon a micro-world of something new and inevitably fascinating.
Musically, Kim Churchill set a precedent on the main Amphistage on the Wednesday night, with
what can only be described as an incredible display of musical uber-energy that enchanted the
crowd from start to finish. His mix of folk-pop, combined with anecdotal references to Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan perfectly complimented the Woodford crowd, with his youthful enthusiasm engaging both the younger and older generations.
The Blues Town stage provided a constant supply of soulful, heart-felt musical exploration from the
likes of...


Echonetdaily: California dreaming: is there a right to be a beach? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A seawall in Ventura County, California. Photo Surfrider Foundation

A seawall in Ventura County, California.
Photo Surfrider Foundation

Mary Gardner

California is still setting trends on its beaches and coasts. Okay, the Beach Boys are still playing in Monterey in early January but look behind the scenes.

Dedicated surfers are taking direct action and helping set policies all along the coast. Their Surfrider Foundation promotes ‘managed landward retreat’ and avoiding ‘shoreline armouring’. They paddle out in protest at sandbagging on beaches. To inform the public, their website offers cutting-edge technical publications about these issues.

In pressing situations, the California Coastal Commission may permit a rock wall for a set time period. But in addition to the building costs, the owners also pay mitigation fees. Everyone understands that such works mean the beach will be lost. The argument is how to best calculate a comprehensive penalty rate. Surfrider staff member Chad Nelsen did a PhD investigating this problem.

Nelsen explains that an ‘armoured’ sandy beach is lost in three ways. First, the back of the beach is lost and cannot grow inland as required. Next is the seaward loss, as the sandy area inevitably narrows. Finally, the adjacent beach areas are also considered as losses, exacerbated by the construction.

Beach value

The fee calculations consider the value and loss of ‘consumer surplus’. This is an economic label which requires a bit of double thinking. The surplus is what purchasers are willing to pay over what they...


The Shepparton Adviser: Mawson’s awarded roundabout contract "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE contract for works including underground pipe works from Benalla Road south to Greater Shepparton City Council’s retardation basin on Doyles Road has been awarded to Mawson’s Construction.
The next stage of the roundabout upgrade began this week, with plans to have drainage works completed by the end of March this year.
The works will also include expanding the existing retardation basin to provide a future wetland system to treat the stormwater from the catchment.
It is expected there will be some traffic delays and detours during this period, primarily due to the VicRoads roundabout duplication works.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure, Steve Bowmaker said, “The works are for the future development of the Doyles Road and Benalla Road roundabout and to provide a high capacity drainage spine for the Shepparton East catchment.”


The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


EVENING AUSSIE CROQUET will commence at Shepparton Croquet Club, Winston Street, Shepparton on Monday, January 11, through to the long weekend in March. 6:45pm for 7pm start. $5 per person each week. Please wear flat soled shoes. All equipment provided. For further information, phone John on 5821 9081.

THE BIBLE JESUS: If you are seeking understanding, clarification and answers to the many bible based questions and contradictions you see in today’s traditional Christian church teaching and preaching. Join us by visiting or phone 0409 953 107.


CAMPASPE REGIONAL LIBRARY are seeking interest for a proposed Computer Group to meet at Echuca Library on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:30am. For more information, call David 0408 101 846, leave your name with library staff, or come along on the day.

SHEPPARTON BRIDGE CLUB meets from 7pm Monday at U3A Hall Esson Street. Members are required to join Goulburn Valley U3A. For more information, phone Derek Poulton 5825 4112 or John Moore 0438 455 741 or refer to the website

SHEPPARTON TOASTMASTERS Want to learn how to communicate more effectively and improve your public speaking and leadership skills? Shepparton Toastmasters meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7pm to 9pm, The Mechanics Institute Hall, 277 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Phone 0421 322 276.

FREE SOUP KITCHEN Available Mon to Fri 5-6pm at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, next to Skate Park, and Wednesdays 5-6pm at North Community House, Parkside Dve, Shepparton; Opportunity Shop, 4 Mill St, Mooroopna; Numurkah Park, Melville St, Numurkah; Hogan St, Tatura; and in Nathalia a...


Echonetdaily: Are Chinese buyers ‘flocking to Byron’? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Real estate agency Corbett and Co recently advertised 23 hectares of Byron absolute beachfront land and had approaches from 14 different buyers from China. Photo Corbett and Co

Real estate agency Corbett and Co recently advertised 23 hectares of Byron absolute beachfront land and had approaches from 14 different buyers from China. Photo Corbett and Co

Real estate in the Byron area is heating up, with the region jumping from 28th most popular location for buying property in NSW to fourth, according to Chinese-language international real estate website

A luxury real estate agency based on the Gold Coast was quoted in today’s Sydney Morning Herald saying 14 Chinese investors had flocked to inspect a 23-hectare block with absolute beach frontage between Ballina and Lennox Head recently.

‘We have seen Chinese buyers in the Gold Coast for years, but they now seem to be looking further afield to the more exclusive Byron surrounds,’ said Dominique Corbett of Corbett & Co.

‘They love the idea of creating a pristine eco retreat with a golf course in a place that is this close to amenities and direct flights to China via Coolangatta,’ she said.

But local agencies on the ground in Byron Bay dispute the claim that the region is awash with Chinese buyers, although they agree the market is the busiest it has been for years.

James Young of Byron Bay First National told Echonetdaily the agency was ‘almost out of stock’ after a big rush before Christmas.

‘We’ve had our best December in years, with contracts being exchanged right up until Christm......


Echonetdaily: Was inquest held into death of Whian Whian forester? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Re your article Seeking justice for Whian Whian

I am the next-door neighbour to the property on which the logging fiasco was conducted.

This was a NSW Government initiative to encourage logging of native forests on private land’. The ‘private land’ arrangement made it clear that rather than ‘look before you cut’ being the legally required approach by the logging contractor in respect of threatened species of flora/fauna (on public-owned land), a ‘keep an eye out’ larrikin-style approach was the modus operandi of Forestry Corporation which was aided and abetted by the NSW Government. Hence the 12 to 18 member police presence every day.

What I have been trying to ascertain is whether a Coronial Inquest was held following the unfortunate death of one of the loggers, an event which caused the immediate closure of the ill-fated logging operation by Work Cover NSW.

My understanding is that the decision as to whether such an inquest should proceed was in the hands of a local Lismore magistrate, but Lismore Court refuses to advise as to whether it was conducted, or to release any information concerning such an inquest if it was so conducted.

My endeavours to acquire FOI documentation from WorkCover were thwarted by the usual requests for more money up front from me to accommodate their ‘costs’, which appeared to be following a very steep upward curve.

The efforts by NEFA in following up the EPA/NSW Forestry Corporation wedding and reception are to be applauded: and the intentions of the NSW Govt are to be castigated to precisely the same degree.

Patrick Tatham, Whian Whian

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Echonetdaily: Top musical director to conduct Australia Day in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian musical director and conductor George Ellis will join the Tweed's Australia Day celebrations this year.

Australian musical director and conductor George Ellis will join the Tweed’s Australia Day celebrations this year.

An award-winning musical composer with countless stage, screen and classical credits has been named the Tweed Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2016.

George Ellis is one of Australia’s top musical directors and conductors, presenting concerts around the globe.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne said Mr Ellis would speak at the shire’s Australia Day celebrations to be held at Kingscliff High School.

‘We are absolutely thrilled to have George Ellis visiting us and speaking about his experiences and pride in being an Australian,’ Cr Milne said.

‘The federal government has named the region as one of Australia’s eight National Iconic Landscapes and some of the best remnants in Australia of our ancient Gondwana rainforests, which date back around 100 million years, can still be found in this shire today.’

‘It is particularly important we acknowledge the local Aboriginal community, past and present, who first walked this land many thousands of years ago and pay tribute to their ongoing cultural connections with this beautiful place.

Mr Ellis, who has been an Australia Day ambassador in other parts of regional NSW, described the experience as ‘extremely memorable’, and said his favourite thing to do on Australia Day was enjoy a barbecue with great company.

‘Serving as an Australia Day Ambassador in beautiful rural NSW these last three y...


Echonetdaily: Federal MP calls for end to Vic duck hunt "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ducks were dumped outside the Victorian premier's office in Melbourne last March by Wildlife activists from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting, in protest to the first weekend of Victoria's duck hunting season. (AAP Image/ Anastasia Cariotis)

Ducks were dumped outside the Victorian premier’s office in Melbourne last March by Wildlife activists from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting, in protest to the first weekend of Victoria’s duck hunting season. (AAP Image/ Anastasia Cariotis)

Federal MP Kelvin Thomson is calling on the Victorian government to cancel the 2016 duck-hunting season amid fears bird populations will struggle to recover.

Mr Thomson, citing a study, says the severe El Nino drought is having a significant impact on bird numbers.

That’s prompted him to pen a letter to the government calling for an end to the “animal cruelty”.

‘Give the ducks and waterbirds a chance to get through what is a particularly tough year in our wetlands without the pressure of being shot at,’ he wrote in the letter to Victoria’s Environment Minister Lisa Neville.

Mr Thomson said an aerial survey from the University of New South Wales’ Centre for Ecosystem Science showed numbers of breeding waterbirds in eastern Australia were at the lowest number recorded.

He said it was time Victoria followed other states in Australia and put an end to duck hunting, which often resulted in the inadvertent death of birds that were protected or endangered.

The Coalition Against Duck Shooting last year dumped 100 birds that were killed in the opening weekend of the 2015 season...


Echonetdaily: Great Ocean Road reopens after Vic fires "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road has been reopened after a devastating bushfire razed more than 100 homes in the area.

Authorities reopened the road, one of the state’s best known tourism drawcards, at 8am on Wednesday.

The move will bring some relief to tourism operators and business owners in the holiday playground after days of major disruption from the blaze, which destroyed 116 homes in Wye River and Separation Creek.

It’s still burning out of control in rugged forest and has burnt 2500 hectares of land, but Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley says it’s safe to reopen the road between Cumberland River and Wye River.

‘Business and tourism is a crucial part of what makes a community run and particularly in an area such as the surf coast which heavily relies on summer tourism,’ he said.

‘We want everyone to support local businesses and enjoy the area, but to be aware that there is still a fire being worked on so people will see aircraft and trucks and, at times, smoke.’

Cooler conditions have helped firefighters plan ahead in their battle against the fire.

Incident controller Gregg Paterson said fog and low cloud that grounded firefighting aircraft in recent days had cleared long enough to allow aircraft to use infra-red hot-spot detection equipment and perform reconnaissance work.

New hotspots were identified on the northern and southwestern edges, giving vital clues on building and strengthening containment lines.

About 200 firefighters continue working to control the fire, which is expected to burn through the summer.

This includes 20 New Zealand firefighters who specialise in battling fires in dense forest.

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Echonetdaily: Qld one-punch accused ‘devastated’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cole Miller, the 18-year-old killed in a one-punch attack. (AAP)

Cole Miller, the 18-year-old killed in a one-punch attack. (AAP)

The men charged with the deadly assault of Brisbane teenager Cole Miller are said to be devastated, as they face hefty jail terms under tough new laws.

As allegations emerged that alleged attacker Daniel Maxwell thought the assault would be “funny”, Maxwell’s lawyer said his client, behind bars for the first time, wasn’t laughing.

‘He’s devastated by what’s occurred,’ defence counsel Michael Bosscher told reporters after the New Zealand-born 21-year-old faced court on the upgraded charge of unlawful striking causing death.

‘He feels nothing but the greatest sympathy for the family of the victim.

‘He’s only a young man himself. It was his birthday on the evening in question.

‘He has no friends or family really here in Australia, they’re all in New Zealand, so obviously he’s doing it tough.’

Police allege there’s evidence that before Maxwell and friend Armstrong Renata attacked Mr Miller, Maxwell punched another person and tried to assault two others.

He allegedly admitted saying to friends, “do you want to see something funny” shortly before Cole was attacked, according to a sworn police statement filed in court.

Mr Miller died from massive head trauma on Monday, just over 24 hours after the assault in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall early on Sunday.

Renata, 21, is alleged to have delivered the fatal blow after Maxwell challenged Mr Miller and a frien...


Echonetdaily: Port Lincoln father battled mental illness "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A supplied image of the Little family, Damien Little, Koda (older child), Melissa and Hunter (smaller child). The South Australian father drove off a wharf, killing himself and his two young children. (AAP)

A supplied image of the Little family, Damien Little, Koda (older child), Melissa and Hunter (smaller child). The South Australian father drove off a wharf, killing himself and his two young children. (AAP)

Relatives of Port Lincoln man Damien Little have visited the spot where he took his own life and the lives of his two small boys as details of his battle with mental illness emerged.

Early on Monday, Mr Little drove his car off the main wharf in the Eyre Peninsula town and into 30 metres of water, killing himself and his two sons, 10-month-old Hunter and Koda, 4.

His family has now revealed the 34-year-old had suffered with mental health issues for the past three years.

‘We had noticed a change,’ his mother Sue told the Adelaide Advertiser.

‘We tried to help him, we all did. But you can’t help somebody who can’t help himself.’

The revelations of Mr Little’s troubled life came as others who knew him said he was respected and well liked.

‘It’s just a shocking thing to have happen out of the blue and for no reason that we knew of,’ Wheatsheaf Hotel owner Peter Watherston said on Tuesday.

‘He and his brother used to pop out for a beer.’

South Australian Commissioner for Victims’ Rights Michael O’Connell said the heart-wrenching incident had caused anguish for the family and friends.

But he also urged people not to rush to blam...


Echonetdaily: UK wind power shatters energy records "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wind power provided enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than 8.25 million UK homes last year, figures show.

Onshore and offshore wind generated a record 11 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2015, up from 9.5 per cent the year before, as the clean technology also set new weekly, monthly and quarterly generation records, industry body RenewableUK said.

The renewable energy source provided the equivalent of meeting the power needs of more than 8.25 million households, around 30 per cent of all UK homes, up from 6.7 million the previous year.

A new monthly record was set in December 2015, when 17 per cent of demand was met by wind, while a weekly record 20 per cent of the nation’s needs was supplied in the last week of the year, over Christmas, according to the figures from National Grid.

Onshore wind made up 5.8 per cent of the UK’s electricity supply in 2015, while 5.2 per cent came from offshore wind farms.

RenewableUK’s directory of policy Dr Gordon Edge said: “This is a great way to start the new year – the wind industry can be proud that it has shattered weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records in 2015.

‘We’ve had a bumper harvest thanks to increased deployment and superb wind speeds.’

He urged the Government, which has faced criticism for curbing support for onshore wind, to maintain its backing for wind energy.

‘We can continue to increase the proportion of the nation’s electricity which we provide as we move away from fossil fuels to clean sources of power.’

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Echonetdaily: Twitter considering 10,000-character limit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Twitter is considering increasing the number of characters available. (file pic)

Twitter is considering increasing the number of characters available. (file pic)

Twitter Inc is building a new feature that will allow users to post messages as long as 10,000 characters, Re/code is reporting.

The micro-blogging website, which currently has a 140-character limit, is considering launching the service toward the end of the first quarter but has not set an official date, Re/code reported on Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the plans.

Twitter has been experimenting under Jack Dorsey – the company’s co-founder who returned as chief executive in October – to make the website more engaging.

In the few months under Dorsey, Twitter introduced the ‘Moments’ feature, added polls to tweets, rolled out a “buy” button and replaced its star-shaped “favourite” icon with a heart-shaped icon called “like”.

However, some users took to Twitter to express their dissent to the new feature with the hashtag #beyond140.

“Just say no to #beyond140!,” Andrew Wright tweeted.

Re/code reported in September that the new feature was in the works.

Twitter declined to comment.

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Echonetdaily: IS territory shrinks in Iraq and Syria "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Islamic State’s territory shrank by 40 per cent from its maximum expansion in Iraq, and by 20 per cent in Syria in 2015, as international forces pushed it out of several cities, according to the US-led coalition fighting it.

There was no immediate comment from the hardline Islamist group on the estimates from the coalition, made up of countries including Britain, France and Jordan that have been bombing its positions.

‘We believe in Iraq it’s about 40 per cent … And Syria, harder to get a good number, we think it’s around 20,’ coalition spokesman US Army Colonel Steve Warren said on Tuesday in Baghdad.

‘Taking together Iraq and Syria … they lost 30 per cent of the territory they once held,’ he said.

Islamic State swept through a third of Iraq in 2014, seizing Mosul, the largest city in the north, and reaching the vicinity of Baghdad.

Counter-offensives by Iraqi and Kurdish armed forces supported by the US-led coalition, and by Iran-backed Shi’ite militias have forced them out of several cities since, including Tikrit, north of Baghdad, and Ramadi, to the west last month.

In Syria, Islamic State is fighting the army of President Bashar al-Assad and other rebel groups opposed to his rule.

It is facing air strikes by the US-led coalition and by Russia which has sent warplanes to support its ally, the Syrian government.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month said 2016 will be the year of “final victory” on the hardline group.


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Echonetdaily: Obama in new push to tighten gun rules "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

US president Barak Obama has vowed to crack down on gun sales. (AAP)

US president Barak Obama has vowed to crack down on gun sales. (AAP)

Wiping back tears as he remembered children who died in a mass shooting, President Barack Obama has described new steps he is taking to tighten gun rules and urged Americans to vote for candidates willing to do more to prevent gun violence.

As Obama delivered a powerful address in the White House, surrounded by family members of people killed in shootings, his voice rose to a yell as he said the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms needed to be balanced by the right to worship, gather peacefully and live their lives.

Obama has often said his toughest time in office was grappling with the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at a primary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

‘Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,’ Obama said, tears rolling down his cheek.

‘That changed me, that day,’ he said, after being introduced by Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son was killed in the shooting.

‘My hope earnestly has been that it would change the country.’

After that tragedy, the Democratic president failed to persuade Congress to toughen US gun laws.

He has blamed lawmakers for being in the thrall of the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby group.

The stocks of gunmakers Smith & Wesson Holding Corp and Sturm Ruger & Co Inc have climbed since the announcement.

On Tuesday, Smith & Wesson jumped 12 per cent to $US26.10 ($A36.34) a share and Sturm Ruger was up nearly 7 per cent at $US65....


Natural Newstead: An evening stroll along the Loddon "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A selection of images from a short stroll along the Loddon last evening. I was taken by the number of small birds using the Cane-grass areas for feeding – Clamorous reed-warblers, Superb Fairy-wrens, Red-browed Firetails and White-browed Scrub-wrens were all abundant and vocal. Blackwood Wattle flowered well last year and many specimens are festooned with beautiful orange-pink seed pods, while in the water and in the drying mud, Water Plantain Alisma plantago-aquatica, is producing spectacular flower spikes with masses of tiny pink flowers.


Blackwood Wattle seed pods, Loddon River @ Newstead, 5th January 2015.


Brown Treecreeper.


A few drops from a passing shower produced...


Echonetdaily: Burleigh Heads open for single fin business "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Tree Faerie.

Photo Tree Faerie.

Growing to legendary status, the second weekend of January is now well known as the time for the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival.

The natural amphitheatre that is Burleigh Heads is lined with thousands of people checking surfing, not pro-surfing but awesome 1970s style surfing on surfboards more than 35 years old, and just how they used to be with one single fin.

The 19th Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival will start this Friday and is the first surfing event of the year. Surfers will be competing on vintage single fin boards which must have been made no later than 1981 – some of the boards surfed are of late 1960s and early 70s vintage.

Over the years surfers have travelled from Western Australia, Victoria, NSW, all the way up the east coast of Australia to the Sunshine Coast to compete in this iconic event.

Photo Tree Faerie.

Photo Tree Faerie.

The Festival begins at the Burleigh Bears Leagues Club, with the Annual Charity Luncheon. Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett, internationally renowned Mutai boxer,...


Echonetdaily: Tweed to celebrate becoming Refugee Welcome Zone "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Shire Council, which last year voted to become a ‘Refugee Welcome Zone’, will formalise its status at a free public screening of the documentary Mary Meets Mohammad, at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on February 7.

A Refugee Welcome Zone is a local government area that has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative began in June 2002 as part of Refugee Week celebrations.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne said the motion to declare the shire a Refugee Welcome Zone was passed unanimously at council’s September meeting..

Byron and Ballina councils also made the pledge last year, and Lismore has been a part of the initiative for a number of years.

Cr Milne said the council was ‘pleased to extend a very warm welcome those who have been granted refuge in Australia’.

‘Showing the hand of compassion and friendship to those who have been through such terrible times is a fundamental expression of our humanity,’ Cr Milne said.

‘Even simple gestures of welcome can make an incredible difference to people’s lives and makes us all better people,’ she added.

‘I encourage the community to get involved with this great program and spread the word,’ she said.

The matinee screening will include an official signing of the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration.

Entry will be free to the 2pm screening of the feature-length film, which tells the story of Tasmania’s first detention centre and the bond that formed between local Christian woman Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad.

Mary is a staunchly Christian pensioner, and did not welcom...


Echonetdaily: North coast events score $30K in funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow Music Festival 2015. Photo Jeff Dawson

Bangalow Music Festival 2015. Photo Jeff Dawson

North coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has announced that three north coast events will receive NSW government funding under the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program. Among the grants was $10,000 for Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival, $10,000 for Bangalow Music Festival, and $10,000 for Byron Spirit Festival.

Mr Franklin said the program provides regional events with support for marketing and advertising, which aims to increase visitation to festivals in regional NSW.

The 2014 Ballina Fine Wine & Food Festival. Photo Sharon Shostak

The 2014 Ballina Fine Wine & Food Festival. Photo Sharon Shostak

‘Events play an important role in the north coast economy, helping to attract people to our beautiful area and showcasing what is unique about our region,’ Mr Franklin said.

‘These three events draw extraordinary crowds and the recent grants will help them boost the number of attendees.’

NSW minister for trade, tourism and major events Stuart Ayres announced that 36 events and festivals across the state will receive funding from the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program, which is administered by D......


Echonetdaily: Brunswick warms up for annual chop champs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Champion Western Australian axeman Brent Rees at the 2015 Fish ’n’ Chips festival. Photo Jeff Dawson

Champion Western Australian axeman Brent Rees at the 2015 Fish ’n’ Chips festival. Photo Jeff Dawson

This week Brunswick Heads will be hosting the annual Festival of the Fish ’n’ Chips, which attracts champion axe-wielders from across Australia and from overseas.

To get things warmed up, the festival will stage a family fireworks display in Banner Park at 9pm on Saturday (January 9).

From Wednesday January 13 to Sunday 17 the 56th annual woodchop carnival will see the chips flying. Some 80 axemen, women and juniors will contest the 34 events.

They are coming from all of the eastern states and WA, New Zealand and Canada. To foster the family atmosphere, women, junior boys and girls compete in single and mixed events alongside the men and veteran men.

The festival will be presenting two Australian woodchop titles – the Australian 375mm Standing Block and 275mm Underhand Championships. Defending titleholders Chris Owen (Grafton NSW) and Brent Rees (WA) will be competing.

Once again Brad De Losa (Lithgow) and Jason Wynyard (NZ) will be competing, having recently returned from Poland. There Jason won the Single competition in the Stihl Timbersports Championships for the seventh time. Brad and Mitch Argent (Qld) were part of the five-man team that won the Team Championships in a record 47.22 seconds.

The women will be represented by Jodie Beutel, the Women’s Champion of Champions 2015 and Overall Handicap Points winner 2015 Jillian Stratton, both defending their titles...


Byron Bay Blog: A Family Focused Market for Mamas and Babes of Byron and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Mama + Me Markets will be a showcase of the very best in sustainable products and services created by families, for families on Saturday the 16th of January 2016. Set in the hinterland of Byron Bay, this will be the ultimate event for families on the east coast.
The Mullumbimby Leagues Club will be transformed into a completely family focused festival-like space. From 9am – 2pm we will have the highest quality market stall holders, a jumping castle, face painting, yummy market food and family entertainment. All in a safe, welcoming environment.

We have over 35 stall holders selling the most stylish kids, baby, maternity and home ware products in the area

  • stylish yet sustainable kids clothes
  • wooden toys
  • baby carriers
  • skin care products
  • cloth nappies
  • prams
  • birthing pool hire
  • organic tea and coffee
  • gourmet spices
  • retro wooden speakers
  • hand made dolls
  • nappy bags
  • local art
  • kids hats
  • girl hair accessories
  • teething jewellery
  • candles

And so much more! There will even be a pop up photography studio hosted by Flick Photography to grab a mini portrait session of your baby bump, your little cherubs or your whole family! For more info about each of our stall holders head to our website at

Entry to the event is free. There will be ATM facilities, clean toilets, change tables and plenty of parking for only $2 per car. We will have a chill out space for nursing mamas and sleeping babes, plus a play space to tire out the kids featuring a jumping castle and craft space.

Singer, songwriter, Miss Universe Australia finalist and feature artist of The Voice Australia, Eleea Navarro will be making an appearance at The Mama + Me Markets to serenade us with her soulful vocals and beautiful......


Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – Wednesday 6 January, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jan Rae’s Shifting Sands – her exhibition Coast – Line on show at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron 15–27 January

Jan Rae’s Shifting Sands – her exhibition Coast–Line on show at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron 15–27 January

Observing our beloved coastline

Coast – Line is an exhibition of new work by local Byron Bay artist Jan Rae. Jan has been exhibiting her artwork for many years in Byron Bay, Sydney, Brisbane and Buenos Aires.

She is a long-term local Byron resident and is well known for her mural work and tango paintings.

She is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Fine Art at UNSW Sydney, and this is her first show in Byron since 2012.
Of her work she says, ‘my artwork is an enquiry into the nature of erosion and the constantly evolving meeting place between earth and water. They also refer to a lifetime of experiencing the sublime beauty, tidal fluctuations and storm surges of my home environment at Belongil Beach, Byron Bay.’

Opening at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron on 15 January and running through to 27 January. The work can also be viewed at

Basking in Starlight

The Starlight Festival attracts men and women of all ages and is a family-friendly event that welcomes all. With renowned practitioners and specialists across a variety of fields including massage, yoga, natural products, beauty, sustainable goods, soulful food, healing, music and much more, ther....


North Coast Voices: Tony Abbott's propaganda machine running at full throttle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Federal Member for Warringah Tony Abbott’s personal website is up and running again – with its entire history before 15 September 2015 conveniently wiped from memory and, at the timing of writing, there is only limited pre-prime ministership access to this site via the Wayback Machine.

Here is a transcript of that page with my annotations in red for your enjoyment:

Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister by the Australian people on 7 September 2013 and served for two years. Prime ministers and parliamentary party leaders are not elected by the people but by government MPs & senators. His time as prime minister commenced on 18 September 2013 and he was sacked as party leader and prime minister by Liberal Party MPs & senators on 15 September 2015 so he was not prime m...


North Coast Voices: NSW Rental Tenancy Law Review community consultation closes 26 January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW Government is reviewing the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (the Act). The Act establishes a comprehensive set of rights and obligations for:   
 * tenants
 * social housing providers
 * real estate agents who act for landlords.    
As part of this review, you are now invited to view a Discussion Paper to help you consider improvements to the current laws. This consultation closes on 29 January 2016. Read more about how you can have your say below.  


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Autonomous Action Radio: Pilliga: North coasters join CSG protest as women lock on the gates "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


pilliga221 Dec – Anti-CSG campaigners from the northern rivers have joined an escalated protest against coal-seam gas mining in the Pilliga Forest at which two Coonabarabran women locked themselves by their necks to the gates of two sites near Narrabri owned by miner, Santos, at the weekend.

Scores of supporters at each site have interrupted construction at the Leewood wastewater treatment plant of Santos’ Narrabri CSG project and prevented movements in and out of the operations centre containing company equipment.

And, according to Ocean Shores anti-CSG campaigner Iris Ray Nunn, who is at the Pilliga, local Aborigines have also locked onto mining vehicles owned by Santos.

Ms Ray Nunn told Echonetdaily the action by the Gamilaraay people ‘on their sacred land’ was ‘historical’.

‘Pilliga is a recharge zone for the GAT, and the Liverpool Plains is the major food bowl for NSW that the Pilliga supports,’ she said.

She said…

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onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.470 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

View Online What's On this Week | 5 - 11 January 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 5th January 2016 to Monday 11th January 2016 Our first newsletter for 2016 looking forward to another wonderful year. This week it's all about summer, water and music. Stay hot! MelB FedSquare Festival Latin Summer Festival FREE annual event, with over 40.000 people attending every year, created to include all categories of art, culture and entertainment. When: Saturday 9th January 2016 Where: Federation Square Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Greek Orthodox Blessing of the Waters The promise of a year's good fortune enticed scores of young Greek Orthodox men to try their luck in the annual Blessing of the Waters Ceremony. The ritual commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom. Frankston - Wednesday January 6 2016 Rye - Wednesday, 6 January 2016 Port Melbourne - Sunday 10th January 2016 French Festival So Frenchy So Chic French-inspired niceties — think gourmet picnic hampers, tortes and terrines, offensively good wine, furious outdoor chess, casual gypsy beats. When: Sunday 10th January 2016 Where: Werribee Park Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Wedding Expo Docklands Bridal Expo Features over 100 wedding professionals to help you plan your perfect wedding day. When: Sunday 10th of January 2016 Where: Etihad Stadium Links: Free Entry | Desktop | Smart Phone Mornington Peninsula Peninsula Summer Music Festival Join us for 10 days of music from Australia, the UK, Malta, Israel, India, France and Italy. When: 1-10 January 2016 Where: Mornington Links: Desktop | Smart Phone 300 Metre Slide Slide The City Lansdowne Street will be transformed into a water-lover’s oasis as participants ride inflatables down this giant slide, which spans three city blocks. When: Sunday 10th January 2016 Where: Lansdowne Street East Melbourne Links: Book Tix | Desk...


Echonetdaily: Dutton must go or Turnbull will "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Open letter to the prime minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Is your position untenable?

For the last month you have as our leader in government had the following issues placed upon you namely:

  • Mal Brough MP who by all accounts has either lied to Nine Network or the cabinet;
  • Jamie Briggs MP who had some sort of scandal in Hong Kong whilst on diplomatic business with a female; and
  • Immigration and border protection Minister, Peter Dutton MP who ‘mistakenly’ sent an offensive text message to a journalist being key points:
  • Dutton called  The Sunday Telegraph’s political editor Samantha Maiden a “mad f***ing witch” in a text message sent intended for Briggs.

Given the magnitude of the perverse actions, especially a minister that has a responsibility for his staff and in particular, refugees and border protection, gaffs like these are either deliberate to unsettle your future ability to be the leader of the nation or total stupidity on behalf of your government members of parliament.

To this end, I see no reason as a voter considering the LNP as my preferred vote to the elections this year given that you can’t control your parliamentarians shooting off at the mouth or worse, being discriminatory towards the opposite sex.

There is no room for any form of domestic violence in the public, especially in government and as your aware, domestic violence is not only physical but mentally abusive.

Minister Dutton must resign as he has squandered all of his resources of being totally incompetent in his position as minister.

As the Prime Minister of Australia, you need to desperately reign in these factional bodies and bring intelligent harmony to the position of leadership by all members of the LNP.

Roger Graf, Fingal Head

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matthew schiavello: photos and words: matthewschiavello: ‘Self portrait in Brussels, smoking an... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


‘Self portrait in Brussels, smoking an Oscuro Cigar. ’


This seems to be getting a couple of  random and very appreciated reblogs of late….. This is a bit of a personal fav of mine.


Alive 90.5: Rod Stewart tribute "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Rod Stewart first came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then a group simply called ‘Faces’. He tentatively launched his solo career in 1969 – but it took a couple of (More...)







ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub - did it survive? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Pubs were once the social centre of many British (and Australian) communities. When spouse and I lived in Britain, we were paid so poorly by the National Health that we could not afford to go to restaurants or on cruises. The local pub became the meeting place of all our colleagues, for a drink or two after work to be sure, but mainly for socialising, being entertained and keeping warm.

All that has changed. In 2014 The Guardian wrote that the rate at which British pubs are closing down has accelerated to 31 a week. Closures are being blamed on factors such as high taxes on beer, competition from supermarkets selling cheap alcohol and changing demographics in cities where some migrant communities won’t tolerate alcohol in their midst. And there is something else. According to most 20-Somethings, the pub has not kept pace with social change! Once the heart of the local community, young people would rather be working their technological devices at home, drinking beer in front of the tv or computer.

And sometimes there was a very local economic catastrophe. Twenty-five years ago, the Marston's pub chain operated twelve pubs in Kidderminster, the home of the carpet trade. After the carpet trade disappeared, there were only three pubs left standing.

Pubs have been built and demolished in the past, of course. There were 99,000 pubs in 1905 but just 77,500 by 1935, as a result of a series of government policies including deliberate suppression, restrictive opening hours, stringent regulations and higher taxes. The industry saw a temporary recovery after the Second World War. By 1969, there were 75,000 pubs in the UK, a number that fell gradually to 69,000 by 1980, then rather tragica...


you said it...: Capt Shindy versus the Fascists: extreme, ill-informed fringe group menaces pioneering naval officer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

You may recall we recently republished a Daily Telegraph article on the groundbreaking work of RAN Captain Mona Shindy in her role as Chief of Navy’s Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs.

However this is but one of Capt. Shindy’s many achievements after 26 years of service in the ADF. Last year she was named as 2015 Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year. She was on active service during the 2003 Iraq War. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and is Head of the Guided Missile Frigate System Program Office. In the 2015 Australia Day Honours she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross.

Conspicuous Service Cross

The CSC is awarded only for outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgment or dedication, in non-warlike situations.

So it was with a good deal of concern that we read this report in today’s Guardian dealing with the sudden removal of the Navy’s Islamic Twitter account (@navyislamic).


And how and why was the Twitter account removed?

“The head of the ALA (Australian Liberty Alliance), Debbie Robinson, who has previously described Islam as “a dangerous ideology” incompatible with Western society, wrote to the chief of the Austr...


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...


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.


South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: There’s money in honey "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

IT TAKES a special kind of skill to be a beekeeper.
And according to Aris Wolswinkel of Bees Business in Loch, the earlier you get stung by one of these industrious little creatures the better, if you plan a career in the business.
“Of course it’s no good getting stung if you’re allergic to bees but if you do get stung at a younger age, it does tend to help build up your immunity,” said Aris.
“But it’s not something you really worry about.”
Aris has been in the business of honey and pollination for a long time and where farmers and foresters are concerned, the work that the bees do for productivity is essential.
“We tend to have the bees up in the north of the state for the red gum and yellow box flavours.
“There’s also the canola earlier on and the clover when it’s flowering.
“They’re up in Shepparton now. There’s really not enough for them here.”
Aris prides himself on the distinctive flavours coming from his hives and he still does it all the traditional way.
“I’ve seen the ‘flow hives’ in action but they’re terribly expensive and not as easy as they look to manage.”
Part of the business is being ready to act when the bees are swarming, when a young queen breaks away from the home hive, but Aris will often pre-empt that when he sees a new queen active in a hive.
The end result is a number of varieties of the best honey you’re likely to taste and available readily at local markets.

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Bellarine Bayside: Summer Vendors + Food Trucks January 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Come and tuck in to all the delicious food on offer from our summer food vendors!


  • Graeme’s fabulous hot jam donuts (get in before the queues)
  • Vicki’s gelati and soft-serve ice cream (great on a hot day, plus Vicki also drives through the holiday park in the evenings)
  • Mr Mussel fresh mussels and seafood
  • Bella Smoked Fish for everything smoked

donutsgelatiMr MusselBElla Smoked Fish


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Gippsland FM: Showtime with Ann Paterson interviewing Fiona McIntosh "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Showtime with Ann Paterson interviewing Fiona McIntosh. We'll talk about her latest book, The Perfumer’s Secret, based in France. Wednesday 12pm.

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14:26 The Paris Party – our Neck is in the Noose "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Paris Climate Party agrees . . . to have another Party

By Viv Forbes


Premature Celebrations by Sceptics
Many climate sceptics are celebrating that “nothing in the Paris deal is legally binding”. They should look deeper. They have suffered a huge political defeat.

Skeptics are winning the climate science debate, but the main battle is no longer about facts and science – it is about propaganda and politics. There were few scientists at COP21 talking about atmospheric physics – just politicians, bureaucrats and green activists discussing emission targets, carbon taxes, climate reparations and who will pay.

The Paris party organisers managed to assemble representatives of 196 nations with the aim of getting 100% agreement on something/anything that would assist their clandestine campaign for world government and world taxes. This process will cripple the industrial power and political freedom of the Western democracies. They achieved agreement because of leadership by UN loving Western centralists like Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande, Trudeau and Turnbull, helped by misguided theologians, and supported by vested interests in mendicant nations and some powerful competitors of the West. They spent two weeks reworking the draft document until there was nothing in it that offended any nation. Most of them wanted their benefits clauses made compulsory, but the would-be-providers of such largesse dared not sign obviously binding liabilities because the media and their home electorates were watching.

The UN game plan is for this massive global climate circus to...


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 4.01.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Track Title Artist Album Title
S.O.L. Blues The Southern Jazz Group Looking Back   (new)
(The AJC 1946-1969)
Mississippi Mud Graeme Bell’s
Australian Jazz Band
Looking Back   (new)
(The AJC 1946-1969)
Slinky Somewhere
Sideways Man
Brendan Leggatt Paid My Dues
Dixie Girl The Wisemans Circus Lonely Traveller
Feeling Like I’m Drowning Liza Ohlback Give You Hell!
Alone Cletis Carr 35 Years Of Big Rock
Liquorice Stick Rag The Cope Street Parade Volume Three
Little People Minnie Marks Live In Stuttgart
Day To Night Blue Eyes Cry Pull Me In
Bankman Ray Beadle Ray Beadle Live
Hang Down Your Head


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.


OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: Don’t blush, baby. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

More over the top reactions to some minor cheeky behavior. Feminazis have no sense of humor and want to live in a world coated in cotton balls. No word on whether she took him up on the drinks offer.

Maybe we should start a fund for Mel McLaughlin to buy cat food for the 12 cats she will be harboring when she is desperate and dateless the age of 40.

Probably just not grown up enough to do the job.


sunshinecoastbirds: Little Bittern, Spotless Crake at Coolum Industrial Estate "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Magpie Goose
Australian Little Bittern and Spotless Crake have been seen in the recently created wetlands on the Eco Industrial Park near Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. Two small wetlands in the industrial estate deserve to be on the map of local birders. In the absence of any decent freshwater wetland reserves in the region, these artificial wetlands in industrial and residential estates are playing an important role in providing habitat for waterbirds.

Australian Little Bittern
I saw a male Australian Little Bittern today at the best of the two wetlands, located on the corner of Research Place and Quanda Road. The second wetland is about 1...


The Vociferous Journalist: Jamie Briggs saga defines current Australian politics "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Mr Briggs resigned as cities minister after acting inappropriately towards a young woman while drinking in a Hong Kong bar during a ministerial visit in late November. Since then, Peter Dutton sent an insulting and misogynistic text, about a journalist who published details of the event, not to his college Jamie Briggs, but to the journalist herself. I spoke to Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne about this event, and what it demonstrates about Australian politics.


Zedlines: Storms bringing relief to drought stricken parts of Queensland could also bring more pain - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

National Farmers Federation president Brent Finlay says some farmers may look to exit the industry while conditions are favourable.(image source: Public Domain Image.)

In local news…

Queensland farmers mixed response to rain

National Farmers Federation president Brent Finlay says the storms bringing relief to drought stricken parts of Queensland could also bring more pain.

Mr Finlay says producers in central, southern and western parts of the state have had their crops damaged in hail storms, although many have benefited from the rain.

Whilst heralding the New Year as promising for Queensland’s agricultural industry, Mr Finlay added some farmers may look to exit the industry while conditions are favourable.


Zedlines: Hundreds of Armed Right-Wing Militia Members Take Over Federal Building - And more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Police are prepared to wait out armed militia members who have taken over a government building in Harney County, Oregon, and plan to occupy the building for several years and turn it into a safe haven. (Image source:

In local news…

No interested Mayoral candidates: Moreton Bay Regional Council

NO mayoral candidates have declared their interest in running for the top job at next year’s Moreton Bay Regional Council elections, in March.

Queensland University of Technology election expert Dr Mary Crawford said she was not surprised no one had put up their hand to run for mayor with “ugly politics” creeping in during recent State and Federal elections.


Zedlines: Sulphuric acid spill clean up hampered by wet season in North Queensland and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sulphuric acid spill clean up hampered by wet season in North Queensland, Murray-Darling Basin Plan may not be value for money: Farrer MP, Severe snowstorms in Texas devastate cattle population and more 9am Zedlines (Image: Wikipedia)

CBD rally in remembrance of Dundalli

One of the leading Aboriginal warriors in Queensland’s frontier wars will be remembered at a rally in the CBD today.

Dundalli, a Dalambara man from the Blackall Ranges, evaded police for almost 15 years as they tried to link him to a series of crimes based on circumstantial evidence before eventually being caught and hung in front of the Brisbane Gaol, then-located on Queen St.

The remembrance celebration will be held where the hanging occurred outside Post Office Square at 10am today.


Zedlines: Palaszczuk Government vows to push through lockout laws following Cole Miller’s death and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Palaszczuk Government vows to push through lockout laws following Cole Miller’s death, Sweden issues border ID controls, Al Qaeda in Yemen stone woman to death and more 8am Zedlines (Image: WikiCommons)

Palaszczuk Government vows to push through lockout laws following Cole Miller’s death

The Palaszczuk Government has vowed to push through liquor licensing laws following the death of 18 year-old Cole Miller after he was king hit in Chinatown over the weekend.

The measures call for a 1am lockout and prevent clubs, bars and venues from serving alcohol past 2am.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’ath says the changes will reduce violent assaults like the unprovoked attack on Mr Miller.

Thai beach swimming tradgedy


News and Events - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM: 2SER Presents: James Chance & The Contortions "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2SER Presents: James Chance & The Contortions

In what will be a blast from the past for some, influential '80s no wave act James Chance & The Contortions(also known as James White & The Blacks) have announced they'll be making their way Down Under for the very first time next year.

The jazz punk New Yorkers have collaborated with the likes of Lydia Lunch and Blondie over the years, but now they'll be in town with the freshly assembled Contortions, featuring members of The Drones and Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes.

The band will be playing at Newtown Social Sunday January 17, info and tickets HERE.


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Snickers and Skittles and a story of hope "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Snickers and Skittles

It was an emotionally charged ride home with a frightened, little, one-time abandoned merino ewe and her lamb recently. Whilst we rejoiced that these two had been saved, as we cast our eyes to the left we were confronted with the most distressing sight of thousands of equally frightened sheep crammed tight into small pens outside a slaughterhouse—each unwittingly awaiting their brutal turn.

Snickers and Skittles

Sometimes it is truly heartbreaking for those of us in the animal protection movement to find reasons for hope amidst what appears to be a sea of indifference and despair. But every now and then a sweet victory comes our way: a heart is awakened, a cruelty-free product is created, or an animal is spared, and these are the things that spur us on. On this day it was Snickers and her baby, Skittles, who had somehow slipped through more than the fence that once contained them, remaining unclaimed in the country pound, a stone’s throw from the local abattoir. Now, not only do they have a name but a future, and although they do not know it yet, they really are in a good place—no, make that a great place.

Snickers and Skittles

We understand the heartache so many feel when we cannot save them all, however if we truly care about animal......

09:14 Oregon armed standoff between ranchers and FBI is all to do with massive mineral reserves "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian mining company Oregon Energy LLC wants to mine uranium and natural gas reserves on Hammond Ranch in Oregon

It has been revealed the US Federal Government jailed the Bundy family ranchers in Nevada and is seeking to remove and jail the Hammond ranchers in Oregon so it can get its hands on rich gold, diamond, natural gas and uranium reserves found on their properties.

Watch the explosive videos showing how Terra Firma researcher Dutchsinse has exposed substantial mineral resources on the two ranches the government wants to get its hands on.






AWPA Sydney News: 1) Railways can solve Papua`s transportation problems "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Stunning Raja Ampat to be proposed as touristic province




Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Browned Butter Friands "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Although Wiki claims that friands are originally from France, very few of my French friends have ever heard of them. Instead, they seem to be a uniquely downunder treat, popular in both Australia and New Zealand. They share a similar ingredients list to French financiers, although they’re made in quite a different way. One distinguishing characteristic of financiers is […]


Autonomous Action Radio: The Tryanny of the Clock "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As heard on today’s show.



George Woodcock

First published in War Commentary – For Anarchism mid-march 1944.

In no characteristic is existing society in the West so sharply distinguished from the earlier societies, whether of Europe or the East, than in its conception of time. To the ancient Chinese or Greek, to the Arab herdsman or Mexican peon of today, time is represented in the cyclic processes of nature, the alternation of day and night, the passage from season to season. The nomads and farmers measured and still measure their day from sunrise to sunset, and their year in terms of the seedtime and harvest, of the falling leaf and the ice thawing on the lakes and rivers. The farmer worked according to the elements, the craftsman for so long as he felt it necessary to perfect his product. Time was seen in a process of natural change, and men were not concerned in its exact measurement. For this reason civilisations highly developed in other respects had the most primitive means of measuring time, the hour glass with it’s trickling sand or dripping water, the sundial, useless on a dull day, and the candle or lamp whose unburnt remnant of oil or wax indicated the hours. All these devices where approximate and inexact, and were often rendered unreliable by the weather or the personal laziness of the tender. Nowhere in the ancient or medieval world were more than a tiny minority of men concerned with time in the terms...

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Barwon Blog: Branching out - silting up "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

On 1st July, 1851 two things occurred which changed the face of the Barwon catchment forever. On that date, Victoria was declared a separate colony from New South Wales and gold was discovered at Clunes on Creswick Creek, a tributary of the Lodden River. Five days later, James Esmond arrived in Geelong with samples of the gold found by himself and his two companions. Two days after that, the Geelong Advertiser published the news. By the end of the month, the Victorian gold rush had begun.

The first gold discovery in the Barwon catchment occurred only days after the initial discovery at Clunes on 8th July.
Information board near the site of Hiscock's first gold
discovery, situated roughly opposite the Buninyong Cemetery.
On that day, Thomas Hiscock - a blacksmith who had migrated from England ten years before - discovered gold in a gully which now bears his name, in the Buninyong Ranges west of the town.
Like the many creeks and gullies in the area, Hiscock's Gully ultimately drains into the Yarrowee/Leigh River and empties into the Barwon River at Inverleigh.



Barwon Blog: Making tracks - to the goldfields "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

So following on from my previous post, what route or routes did those first gold diggers take on their journey from Geelong to Buninyong and Ballarat following the discovery of  gold in early August, 1851 at Hiscock's Gully? Within only a few months of the find being announced, thousands of diggers had flocked to Buninyong and nearby Ballarat. They came from all over the world, by any means available and to get there in those early days, they followed the old bullock tracks, forged by the squatters and the early settlers of the district.
Immigrants arriving by ship had two choices. Those who arrived in Adelaide faced a lengthy overland trek. The alternative was to disembark at the port of Melbourne, but once on land, the prospectors faced another choice. Did they travel straight to the goldfields - a journey of over 75 miles in the old units - or were they better off to travel by boat to Geelong, leaving only about 50 miles to travel?
Both towns were desperate to reap the benefits of the gold rush, so a fierce battle developed over which was the best route to the goldfields. The newspapers from late 1851 are filled with claims and counter claims about the time taken, the distance travelled and the state of the roads, with The Argus and the Geelong Advertiser taking direct aim at each other in the ongoing dispute. Despite the best efforts of the Melbourne propagandists, thousands chose to take the steamer to Geelong and then make their way to the goldfields as best they could.



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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21:31 Pacific Islanders “coward punch” 18 yo elite water polo player, now fighting for his life "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Robert J Lee in Cairns

Four thugs of “Pacific islander appearance” have been named by police in relation to a serious “coward punch” attack in Brisbane City’s seedy Fortitude Valley precinct in the early hours of Sunday morning, that has left an 18 year old fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital.

Again native immigrants from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have featured in violent attacks in Queensland. What heroes these islander bastards have become.

Elite water polo player Cole Miller, 18, punched in the back of the head by Islander thugs

Mr Miller, a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club team, was on a night out with a team-mate, during a break from their busy training schedule.

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

The attack comes as Queensland MPs prepare to vote on legislative changes to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, when Parliament resumes.

The proposed measures include lock-out laws and limiting rapidly consumed drinks, including shots

Recent data released by the federal government shows that these immigrants, by nationality feature well up in the unemployment statistics. It is time to stop any more immigration by these now unwelcome nationalities.

Crime statistics from the Cairns districts shows that any trouble at night spots or public events usually features Pacific Islanders including Maoris. These people seem to think that Australia owes them a living.

On the Atherton Tablelands, west of C...


News: Could this be the door to your new office? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Do you need a small office space and can handle sharing a building with the diverse bunch of radical ratbags at 3CR? We have a small office to rent for $100 per week includes access to facilities.

Friday, 01 January


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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