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Tuesday, 05 January


"IndyWatch Feed": Jugglers Art Space Inc: The Stairwell Project Art Auction & Support Gig PLUS Pozible Fundraising Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Stairwell Project Art Auction & Support Gig
Friday Jan 15th – 7pm to 10pm
The Stairwell Project has been a highly successful weekly live music and visual art experiment installation in the foyer and cancer wards of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in the last half of 2015.
You can contribute and support the project by getting along to this gig, purchasing a ticket at the door, buying a beer, listening to the talented musicians and having the opportunity to buy at the auction a piece of art by such artists as;
Nic Plowman,
Sam Eyles,
Colin Passmore (featured in above image),
& Liesl Mott.
For more information please visit the Facebook Event!


The Stairwell Project POZIBLE Campaign
The Stairwell Project is driven by the notion and well researched evidence that live music and art is an essential element in the healing process and general well being of patients, staff and public in hospitals and medical centres.

Beginning in mid 2015, despite financial challenges, this little project has flourished and made significant creative ground for it’s capacity The Pozible Campaign outlines the project’s depth and just how much it has delivered in terms of impact over such a short space of time. We need your assistance to continue this beautiful work. Please take a minute to look over the campaign that has been lovingly created by the Stairwell Project team in collaboration with our passionate director Peter Breen. You can support the campaign by clicking here:...


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


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

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

The post...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Rod Stewart tribute "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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...)







"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: I'm sorry you're so precious "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Took a quick detour from my book deadline today to bang this one out for Fairfax, on apologies which aren't:

Nobody enjoys making an apology. It's an acknowledgment that you screwed up, that you have done harm to someone. That's why some of us find them so difficult and messy, as though saying sorry were akin to birthing one of those Alien chest-bursters the hard way.

Apologising "for any offence" is a popular way of handing off responsibility to the offended party.

The throat locks up, the chest heaves, a few gargling noises emerge and boom! The awful thing erupts into the world and leaves an even bigger mess behind before it escapes in a high speed slither with a phalanx of journalists in hot pursuit.

It's all at The Age.


Motorbike Writer: Simulator designed to improve rider safety "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Motorcycle Accident Avoidance Training Simulator

Motorcycle Accident Avoidance Training Simulator to feature Australian conditions

An Australian computer games production company hopes to develop a Motorcycle Accident Avoidance Training Simulator to help improve rider safety.

Podium Entertainment managing director Chris Wise says the 3D interactive program would challenge motorcycle riders with a range of potentially dangerous scenarios, how to deal with them and how to avoid them in future instances.

“We’re hoping to fund the project via a combination of sponsorship and Government grant contributions, and then provide the simulator to the Australian public free of charge, ensuring it gets to the widest audience possible,” he says.

“There is a need for improved motorcycle rider safety, and if we can use simulator technology to help achieve that, even to help save a single life, then that is all the motivation we need to do this.”

Chris says their simulator would be transportable so it could visit schools and presumably places where riders gather.

It will use the latest 3D technology with the Oculus Rift VR headset, similar to the set-up Victory Motorcycles used in their...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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.


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

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.”


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.

The post There’s money in honey appeared first on South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.


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

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


  • ...


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

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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The post Showtime with Ann Paterson interviewing Fiona McIntosh appeared first on Gippsland FM.


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


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


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

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...


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

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.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Flickerfest celebrates 25 years of shorts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Filmmakers across the country are salivating at the prospect of seeing their work on the big screen as Flickerfest celebrates 25 years of Australian shorts.

Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised short film festival, and the country’s largest Australian and international short film competition, Flickerfest will screen the best of shorts from Australia and around the globe with an A-list short film programme.

Flickerfest is also celebrating 18 years in the Northern Rivers region in 2016 with this year’s tour screening at a new home at the Mullum Civic Hall. A smorgasboard of the best shorts handpicked from a record 2400 entries will screen over one big weekend.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days at Bondi Beach from January 8–17 with selected highlights the most entertaining and innovative short films from around the world touring Australia on a 50 plus venue national tour from January to May, with the Byron shire being the first stop.

Mullumbimby residents Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd and Flickerfest Production and Tour manager Shane Rennie are thrilled to be bringing the festival home to their own town and look forward to sharing some incredible festival highlights with their local region.

Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts runs from January 22 to 24 with a glam catered opening night party followed by the Best Of International Shorts on the Friday night.

Saturday afternoon kicks off with our Byron All Shorts local filmmakers finalists screening showcasing the best from our region, and Saturday night our Best Of Australian Shorts light up the screen. Sunday night catch the Byron All Shorts awards then,...


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

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

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

Dailan Pugh, North East Forest Alliance

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

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

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

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

It is worth reviewing what led to this.

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


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

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.


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

Dutton should be gone. Yesterday.

Louise Doran, Ocean Shores


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

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

Kind Critter Care

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

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

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


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

Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon. Photo

Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon. Photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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.


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

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

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


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


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


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


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



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

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


Motorbike Writer: Who won our GoPro Hero 4? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

GoPro Hero 4

GoPro Hero 4

Which lucky Motorbike Writer reader has won a GoPro Hero 4 action camera in our giveaway with Motorcycle House?

Byron Coward is the lucky winner! Check your email, Byron, for details on how you will receive your prize.

Thanks to all who entered the competition and stay tuned for more great giveaways.

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

Photo Eve Jeffery

Photo Eve Jeffery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘That includes consultations....


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

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.........


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cricket Australia were quick to respond.

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

Gayle and his side will be spoken to by officials.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police described the deaths as heartbreaking.

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

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


Living and Loving Hobart:: Pancho Villa NoHo "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tequila Tequila Tequila
Hay una fiesta grande en Hobart del norte y su nombre es Pancho Villa. Viva la revolucion!
When the clock strikes midnight, a taxi ride to NoHo will no longer take you to a ghost town. From now on, Cinderella’s staying out and she’s drinking at Pancho Villa.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: O Christmas ham. A tale of love and hatred "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

At Blunty:

Oh Christmas ham, how did it come to this?

Why does it always come to this between us?

How well I recall our early days together. The promise they held. The excitement at just being around you. I said my love for you would never die, Christmas ham, and I spoke the truth as I then felt it. I could speak no other.

And Christmas ham, we were so good together, weren't we? Even now, when everything has gone so wrong between us, I can still recognise that there was a time, there was a place, they mattered and meant that there was love in the world. My love for you, Christmas ham.

Oh yes, I know others said it would not last. Some were even cruel enough to say I was not man enough for you and that you, Christmas ham were … well, let's get it out there. Too big.

Be sure to enjoy the first comment.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essential Energy w...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post Teen dies...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Motorbike Writer: 50-year flashback on helmet safety "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Helmet safety

As international-standard helmets are now approved in most of Australia, we thought we’d look back 50 years to helmet safety standards.

Today’s rigorously tested helmets are made of tough and lightweight materials such as carbon fibre, polycarbonate plastic, fibreglass and kevlar in the shell with a polystyrene foam inner.

Studies show that today’s helmets reduce the risk of head injury by about 69% and death by about 42%. Critics of mandatory helmet laws say they increase neck and spinal injuries in a crash, but there is no evidence to support that assumption.

By comparison, check out these advertisements for helmets from 50 years ago.

Helmet safety Helmet safety

In the 1960s, helmets were made of a variety of materials including leather, wood, canva...


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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… are on the menu for Sacred Kingfishers.

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


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




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



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

2) Stunning Raja Ampat to be proposed as touristic province




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

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 […]


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

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

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

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

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

The charges are expected to be upgraded to murder.

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

The men will have their cases mentioned again in February.

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

They were taking a break from their busy training schedule.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Police this afternoon confirmed he had died.

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

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


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

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.



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

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.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Sydney Festival Interview: Ryley Walker "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Ryley Walker This year’s Sydney Festival is jam packed with amazing musicians, many of which have a folky leaning. Chicago based singer-songwriter Ryley Walker will be making his way to Australia as part of the Sydney Festival so we sat down with him to chat about his live show, his latest album […]


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

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

















"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Gallery: FBi Presents NYD 2016 at The Vic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FBi Presents NYD 2016 at The Vic | Photos by Elisha May

How did you begin 2016? The Vic in Enmore proved that January 1 doesn’t have to be the roughest of the year, throwing a free party with a skate ramp, delicious brews (hair of the dog, mates!) and live music from Dune Rats, Gooch Palms, Skegss and The Persian Drugs.

Photos by Elisha May | 1.1.16

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to the New Isaac Graham Single “Resolutions” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Isaac Graham Folk-punk singer-songwriter Isaac Graham celebrated the first day of 2016 by releasing his upbeat new single “Resolutions”. The track is the first to be taken from Graham’s upcoming album Calendar Year – take a listen to it below:Filed under: News, Week in Review Tagged: folk music, folk punk, isaac graham


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

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


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

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


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


Adult Dusky Moorhen.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, 03 January


On The Convict Trail: The Commandant's House, Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Commandant was Port Arthur’s most senior official. A residence befitting his rank and position was erected on high ground on the fringe of settlement in 1833. The Commandant's House, originally built as a simple wooden cottage, had a commanding view over the rest of the settlement. It evolved over the years to become a many-roomed complex fringed by ornate gardens and pathways and separated from the rest of settlement by high masonry walls.

Commandant Charles Boo...

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