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Tuesday, 12 January


Echonetdaily: Warning over serial Byron Bay shoplifter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay and Bangalow shopkeepers beware – a shoplifter, with possible accomplices, is making the rounds.

The owner of a local clothing shop, who wished to remain anonymous, told Echonetdaily a woman has been thieving from her shops, as well as others, and then selling the goods at a garage sale from the woman’s home in Byron Bay.

 ‘She is well known to a number of shops in Byron and Bangalow,’ she said.

‘But unfortunately the police have been unable to act, as shoplifters need to be caught in the act.’

‘A woman came to our shop with a pair of shorts that were bought at a garage sale, and she said she was unsure whether they were stolen goods or not.

‘Those shorts had been stolen from our shop during the week. We then went to the garage sale and found several items of our clothing.

‘We made a police report and the police involved told us that there had been numerous similar complaints about this woman from other shop owners,’ the shopkeeper said.

Tweed/Byron local area command (LAC) can be contacted on 07 5536 0999.

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Shepparton Interfaith Network: Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

If India were to have patron saints, then perhaps we might say that Swami Vivekananda is the patron saint - or guru - of Inter-religious encounter, for he travelled to the Americas and participated in the inaugural Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893. We bring you excerpts from his speech on this ... Read more...


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 11.01.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Track Title Artist Album Title
A Foot a’ Tappin’
Cecil B. Fardoulli &
The Big Boo
A Foot a’ Tappin’ Boogie   (new)
Memory Lane Luke Watts Wild Graces   (new)
Junkadelic In Da House Junkadelic Brass Band City Farm Sessions EP   (new)
Wanna Take You Home Christina Crofts Midnight Train
Just The Thought
Of You
Harry Brus Blue Dawn
I Get This Feeling Darren Jack Take These Blues
Shake Your Moneymaker Andrea Marr Band Live Blues Party At
The House Of Blues
Early In The Morning Greg Dodd &
The Hoodoo Men
Movin’ On
Stealin’, Stealin’ Dan Dinnen Last Thing On My Mind
I’m A Stranger Here Fiona Boyes


News: Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener Anniversary Broadcast "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

These portraits were painted by Thomas Bock between 1831 and 1835 and published in James Fenton’s History of Tasmania Hobart, 1884

This year marks the 174th anniversary of the execution of the two Freedom Fighters: Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner. They were executed on 20 January 1842 on the corner of Bowen & Franklin Streets Melbourne. 3CR will again be broadcasting the commemoration LIVE on Wednesday 20 January from 12 - 1pm on 855AM, digital and streaming. There will be special guest speakers hosted by Joe Toscano from Anarchist World This Week, plus a short open mic session.



Echonetdaily: Travelling in your backyard paradise "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Are the school holidays going to end before you run out of kid-friendly holiday ideas? It’s a time when you look around your own region with the eyes of a visitor, hungry for new experience. Whether you’re on holidays in Byron, or ‘holidaying’ in your own backyard paradise, there are plenty of great things to do locally if you have kids, and a lot of them are free.

WALKING: Minyon Falls. Look over the 100m drop from the viewing platform, then hike down to swim in the pool at the bottom. It’s 9km return, so allow about 1.5 hours each way plus some contemplation time at the base of the spectacular falls. Our 6- and 9-year-olds handled it with a bit of shoulder-riding and grumbling. Take food and water. There are picnic tables at the top of the falls, and wonderful natural pools for everyone to play in just upstream.

In roughly the same area:

Protesters Falls is an easy 15-minute walk, with beautiful rainforest falls, and Rocky Creek Dam is a fun picnic spot in the rainforest with lots of open space.

WALKING: Mt Warning. This is a terrific track, a bit strenuous at the top and needs appropriate footwear, but kids love pulling themselves up and the view from the summit is amazing. It’s almost 9km return so allow plenty of time.

In roughly the same area:

Tweed River Art Gallery can be fun for slightly older kids, and has a cafe.



: BAIRD BLASTED By His Own Liberals! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Premier Mike Baird has been attacked by his own Liberal Party Mayors, Councillors and members over his arrogant pursuit of forced amalgamations of local democratically elected Councils. Liberal dominated Lane Cove Council has unanimously carried a motion to seek adoption of a “Preservation of Local Democracy Bill” to be “presented to the NSW Parliament at [...]


: Cycleworld Grand Opening Sale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Cycleworld at 317 Concord Road Concord West is celebrating their opening with up to 30 percent off selected items at their Grand Opening Sale now on. Cycleworld after 20 successful years in Burwood Road Burwood have upgraded to TWT Territory and now offer a unique experience at their new modern location. Their expert staff have [...]


: Special Members Meeting Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Macquarie Community College is holding a special members meeting this Tuesday January 19 at 6pm to discuss the future of the once iconic college now resembling Fawlty Towers. Meeting is the result of a requisition for an Extraordinary General Meeting by members which was postponed but resulted in this Tuesday’s meeting and bringing forward the [...]


: Welcome to 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New Year greetings to all our readers and friends from Cathie’s Column and The Weekly Times. Our office has re-opened and staff are back on deck having enjoyed time off with friends and family. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can pass on notices about events and meetings and details of [...]


: We’re Here to Serve You! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Members of The Weekly Times distribution team who bring readers copies of your Multi-Award winning newspaper each week in festive mood at their Christmas party at the TWT office after delivering the final copies of the newspaper for 2015. They celebrated by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Prosperous New Year 2016. TWT on-the-spot [...]


: Golden memories for Dorothy & John "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Long time West Ryde residents John and Dorothy Brown (pictured) celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last week with family and friends. It was a double celebration for the couple with John also chalking up his 80th birthday. Though coming from the country, Dorothy lived in Hunters Hill and John in Annandale until they met and [...]


: 2016 Oz Day celebrations at Sydney Olympic Park "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Bring your family to Sydney Olympic Park this Australia Day and celebrate our national day with an action-packed schedule of FREE entertainment, activities and fireworks. More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the family-friendly festivities taking place at Cathy Freeman Park and presented by Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Auburn City Council. [...]


: Baird appoints a hit man as execution date looms "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Government hit man The Boundary Commission’s Dr Robert Lang will review public submissions into the forced merger of Hunters Hill, Ryde and Lane Cove councils. Local residents have until Sunday February 28 to tell the NSW Boundary Commission why their democratically elected councils shouldn’t be abolished and forcibly merged into a mega council dominated by [...]


: Santa draws winners in Gladesville Shopping Village Shop ‘n’ Win! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Santa Claus drew the prizes at Gladesville Shopping Village for the Shop ‘n’ Win Christmas Competition on Tuesday December 23. Santa is pictured with the winning shopping docket with his assistant Rita and Gladesville Shopping Village manager David Taitz accompanied by Agi Broholm and Flight Centre’s Kate Rayment, right, Santa’s helpers Cheekie the Clown [...]


: A day of stories and songs for Ryde’s toddlers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Children are invited to the Outdoor Stories and Songs morning at Top Ryde City Piazza on Friday, January 22 from 10.30am until 11am. The Outdoor event follows the success of the recent pyjama story time (pictured) at the City of Ryde Library. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.


Melb Activist Legal: Launching a legal network "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In 2016 Melbourne Activist Legal Support would like to further our aim to support the progressive community in Melbourne by developing and growing a network of legal practitioners to represent activists who have been arrested for political protests relating to social and environmental justice issues. We will be developing systems to ensure that busy lawyers […]


2RRR: Stories from the Sea – Ronnieboy Returns from The Sydney to Hobart "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

– Ronnieboy

Ahoy yâŹ"all


Thanks to everybody who sent me âŹSwell wishes⏠and âŹScongratulations messages⏠prior to me setting sail and then completing the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

I know a lot of you followed Kayles progress via the tracker and then some followed reports on the Sailors with disABILITIES Facebook page and website.

If you didnâŹ"t see the website or facebook pages, check them out there are some great snaps up there.


Race Day came on Boxing Day and although I took it pretty easy celebration wise on Christmas Day and drank tea every time I had the urge for a wine or a beer and went to bed early, I spent all night sailing in my head and was up for about four nervous pisses, so didnâŹ"t get much sleep at all prior to the big day.


Boat call was 8.30 so I was there early to drop my bags off and then to the boat to help rig her prior to the start. That didnâŹ"t take long as we had the full crew of 16 there to rig up all the sheets and safety equipment. The boat was pretty much ready to go by about 9am.


That gave me time to do a quick on air radio interview with Michael Parsons (Rockin‘ Country).


11am came and it was time to go, start time was 1pm, but we had to sail passed the start boat with our storm sails up to show that we had them and get the OK from the starting committee. After that we sailed over to Tailors Bay to put up our racing sails and just cruised around there and...


The Star: Wonthaggi ball a roaring success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THERE are big things coming to Wonthaggi in 2016.

The Wonthaggi Business Association (WBA) farewelled 2015 with a successful ’20s themed Christmas ball.

“We had the vintage photo booth, which everybody loved, and the roulette table was hugely popular,” WBA business liaison officer Leah Montebello said.

“We are extremely grateful to Rob Lee, who was a major sponsor of the event and made it possible.”

All funds raised on the night will go towards next year’s big events.

The association will hold a laneway festival in March.

“The concept of the laneway festival is to turn Wonthaggi inside out and traders will work from the back of their shops,” Ms Montebello said.

“We will be implementing a plan for waste management and to fix the laneway before the festival.”

The festival will be held in the Jongbloed laneway, which will become a nice space for people to wander through and explore Wonthaggi’s businesses.

WBA plans to have more laneways brightened up with murals next year as well.

“We are moving forward and there are more big plans to come that I can’t yet reveal,” Ms Montebello said.

The Make It Bake It sale will continue to run in 2016, as it has become a huge success in Wonthaggi.

“It has really taken off. We had five new traders at the last sale and two more will be joining us in 2016,” Ms Montebello said.


The Star: Crowds flock to show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PERFECT show weather helped draw a huge crowd to the Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show, held at the Wonthaggi Showgrounds on the weekend.

This year marked 40 years since the show moved from Dalyston to Wonthaggi.

Bass Coast Summer Agricultural Show Secretary Rosemary Loughnan said the show had great weather, big crowds and a real show day atmosphere.

She said attendance was outstanding on both days.

“Once inside this show, a lot of the entertainment is free,” she said.

Ms Loughnan said across the whole show, entries were on a par if not above previous years, particularly for cattle and horses.

“This was a great achievement, understanding we are in a drought and financially things are tough in livestock and horticulture,” she said.

“This would also include poultry with fabulous feedback for all sections from exhibitors. We can’t keep up with the compliments on Facebook.”

Ms Loughnan said commended Bass Coast Shire Council on its fantastic presentation of the grounds.

“We put on the best event we could. The crowds came, they were entertained and I believe appreciated what this show society, supported by the Bass Coast Shire Council and our generous sponsors had to offer. Not bad for a bunch of volunteers,” she said.

A show competitor was kicked by a horse on Saturday, and was attended by first aid and committee members, before being taken to hospital by an ambulance.

Ms Loughnan said the woman went home later that evening after being checked by a medical practitioner and being cleared of any issues.
She said the show had a fantastic safety team that responded to the incident professionally and quickly.

Pavilion results:

Garden and farm produce: best exhibit, Angus Hales. Aggregate, Amelia Tiziani.

Cut flowers: best exhibit, Margaret Watson. Best dahlia, Yvonne Gilmore. Aggregate, Margaret Owens.





The Star: Sock fun at Coal Creek "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MAKING soft toy monsters from socks appealed to creative minds at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra, last Thursday.

Bradley Simon Denney from Korumburra goes along most weeks to the school holiday activities run at Coal Creek.

“There is always something different,” he said as he was in the process of turning a harmless sock into a something else totally.

Adam Lyman from Kensington in inner city Melbourne was on holidays in Inverloch with his parents when he discovered the Coal Creek school holiday program. He too thought it sounded like good creative fun.

“Why not come and try something you never knew existed!” Bradley said.

Most of the sessions last for two and a half hours, sometimes a little longer and the convenor, Owen Top said he sets up for a maximum group size of 10 so it was also a good chance to make new friends in a small group setting.

The event was held ahead of the much anticipated GeekFest this Saturday, January 16 at Coal Creek.

Come along for Minecraft, role playing, Cosplay, competitions, workshops and Steampunk from 10am to 4.30pm.

There will be a chance to paint and take home miniatures, play floor games and take part in the AnimeLab.

See The Star Queen live show, a Star Wars drag show that will explore classic moments from the films and feature spectacular costumes.

Alison Goodman will teach a Regency and Victorian finishing dance, plus there will be table top games, stall holders and a medieval display.

Workshops will inspire, with such presenters as model maker Craig Fision, animator Shaun Freeman and author Alison Goodman, or take part in a makeup workshop.

In the evening, don’t miss the Kostume Ball and dance to geeky music by DJ Hemphill.


The Star: Surprises intrigue at swap meet "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IDEAL weather and the promise of fascinating finds lured an enthusiastic crowd to the Swap Day at the Korumburra Showgrounds on Sunday.

The event was the 33rd swap day held by the South Gippsland Branch of the Gippsland Historical Automobile Club.

This year’s event attracted plenty of stall holders and bargain hunters, with car parts, tools, golf clubs, toys and plants among the many items offered.

People restoring vehicles were able to find those hard to source parts to enable projects to be closer to completion.

As well as finding a bargain, patrons were able to check out the huge vintage and classic car display, and grab a bite to eat from the Leongatha or Korumburra Lions clubs.

Funds raised from previous events have helped the car club build spectacular clubrooms at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.

Bargain hunting: from left, Tom Rule, Austin Cousins-Earle and Caz Cousins from Somerville found some things to take home at the swap day on Sunday.

Bargain hunting: from left, Tom Rule, Austin Cousins-Earle and Caz Cousins from Somerville found some things to take home at the swap day on Sunday.


The Star: Anything goes at Meeniyan "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IN A great start to 2016, the Meeniyan Art Gallery was overflowing with an estimated record crowd of art lovers from South Gippsland and around Victoria when three exhibitions were opened on Sunday, January 3.

Anything Goes, Green Hills and White Beaches and Coastal Baskets, Wrapped and Woven showcase the works of highly noted local, Melbourne and Victorian artists.

Metal sculptures, photographs, basketry and metal jewellery filled the gallery, providing a complimentary world of colour and texture in a contemporary presentation.

Meeniyan artist Leslie Monahan and her father, Bermagui artist Bill Shaw are currently presenting Anything Goes, which follows on from the huge success of their last exhibition Rust in the Blood held at the Montreal Goldfield Heritage Centre, Wallaga Lake, NSW in April 2015.

“Dad and I are so pleased to be invited back and presenting Anything Goes at the Meeniyan Art Gallery,” Monahan said.

“It will be our fourth joint exhibition at the Meeniyan Art Gallery following on from Nautica in 2013, Fencer and Farrier in 2014 and Rustica in 2015″.

The pair share a passion for metalwork and recycled materials. Their sculptures in the exhibition range from the sharp angles in Gabi to the curves of Ellen, from simple elegance of Pyramid Point to the confusion that is Eclipsed, and to the dreams that conjured Orbital.

Monahan’s metal jewellery is not for the faint hearted as it is bold in both design and shape.

Her photographs also reflect the exhibition’s title. From architectural and still life, animals and insects, and even portraits, the only constant is perhaps the most unusual nature of her abstract images.

“I would like to thank the gallery’s volunteers, the committee and the curator, Glenys Mann, for all their efforts,” M...


The Star: New year baby joy "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


CHARLOTTE Joy Irvin is the first baby born for 2016 at Leongatha Hospital.

She was born on Monday, January 4 to Shelley Price and Grant Irvin of Leongatha, and arrived after her due date on Christmas Eve.

“It is a very exciting time for us,” new mum Shelley said.

Charlotte arrived at 10.30pm, weighing 3650gms.

Federation University second year midwifery student Vanessa Davidson was involved in caring and supporting Shelley during her pregnancy and after the birth.

Ms Davidson has been working for Gippsland Southern Health Service since starting her studies as a midwife at the beginning of last year, having previously worked in general nursing.

“I follow women through their pregnancies. I also attend appointments with them, help with the labour and birth of their babies and also assist with post natal care,” she said.

Ms Davidson devotes two days a week at the hospital and supports mothers during the birth of their baby.

“I have always wanted to be a midwife. It is such a positive environment and atmosphere,” she said.

Leongatha Hospital last year also offered placements to midwifery students Penelope Webb and Dayna Leatham, who have since graduated from their studies to continue their careers in midwifery.

Midwife Linda Fiddelaers said some student midwives are offered employment with Gippsland Southern Health Service.

“There is always a shortage of midwives in the area. We want to encourage students to work here so we can continue to offer services locally, so women do not need to travel to give birth,” Ms Fiddelaers said.


The Star: Students thrive at Kongwak "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KONGWAK Primary School has quashed rumours the school may close by confirming the small facility is still buzzing with activity.

Inverloch/Kongwak Primary School principal Wendy Caple said the primary school was still viable and its bubbly atmosphere was well maintained by its 22 students.

Two teachers work with the junior and senior students, with Inverloch Primary School’s physical education (PE) teacher Jesse Boyd and Spanish teacher Jacqui Castillo also working between both schools to ensure Kongwak students don’t miss out on educational opportunities.

“It is a lovely, family friendly school and the students really benefit from the extra one on one time with their teacher,” Ms Caple said.

“They have an excellent multipurpose facility which includes two large classrooms, a staffroom, an undercover play area, a playground, a fabulous vegetable garden and a chook shed.”

The mobile library also visits the school to keep the students’ reading options broad. All students who attend Kongwak Primary School receive the same school curriculum as other schools in Victoria.

Parent Michelle Matthews said academically, parents could not ask for a better learning environment.

“Riley (Michelle’s son) started Prep at Kongwak in 2015 and has absolutely thrived at the school,” Ms Matthews said.

“The teachers are absolutely devoted to the children’s education and wellbeing. The school offers a real sense of community with close bonds formed between students, teachers and parents.”

Though the transition from primary school to high school can be confronting – even more so after attending a small primary school – Kongwak students are well equipped for the years ahead, as they often attend excursions, camps and other activities with the Inverloch Primary School students.

“Socially, the children benefit from frequent visits to the Inverloch Primary School to join in various celebrations, sporting events and school....


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

Wednesday 13th January

11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train

This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents SONGS ABOUT LOOKING BACK ON FOND MEMORIES

As a boy growing up in the 1960s, I enjoyed pop music and being cruel to insects.

I have particularly fond memories of the stones versus the beetles.

TonightâŹ"s Event Invitation:

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All aboard!!


The Star: Disney dreams come true "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WHEN Wonthaggi resident Chloe Butler began studying patisserie at William Angliss Institute, she had no idea where it might take her.

On Sunday she travelled to Disney World, Florida in the United States of America, where her cooking skills will be put to the test for the next six months as part of the International Disney Program.

“My official title through this program is ‘food and bar attendant’,” Chloe said.

“I will be working in kiosks, and waitressing and cooking. Basically, I’ll be doing anything food related. We have two weeks of training and then our positions will be selected. I will be working a minimum of 30 hours a week.”

The opportunity to work at Disney World presented itself when the program was advertised at William Angliss. The International Disney Program provides job opportunities to students in many fields and Chloe’s cooking background secured her position as a food and bar attendant.

With the support of her friends and teachers, Chloe applied.

“Going to Disney World is the opportunity of a lifetime; it’s something I never dreamed I’d be doing,” she said.

“I’ve never been overseas before, so I’m both excited and nervous.”

Chloe attributed her success to William Angliss for its focus on team building skills.
“To qualify for a position, I had to have studied for at least a year, provide a cover letter and have an interview,” she said.

“It was all very personality based and studying at William Angliss taught me to work in teams and not to be too shy to ask questions.”

Chloe received her acceptance letter three months ago and the race was on to organise the journey.

The price of the adventure began to add up, but her friends and family refused to let the costs stand in the way of her dreams.

“My friend Jasmin Gardien set up a fundraiser on Facebook almost immediately. Through that, my friends and family raised around $1000, which went towards my flights.” C.....


The Star: Bales ablaze "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A HAY shed went up in flames on Tuesday, January 5 after a stack of hay spontaneously combusted.

Leongatha South, Koonwarra, Inverloch, Pound Creek and Tarwin Lower CFA units attended the blaze on Tuesday morning at Nicholas Road, near Koonwarra.

The fire is believed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion, with a majority of the hayshed damaged by the fire. The flames emitted heavy smoke that covered Nicholas Road and nearby land.

CFA operations manager Bill Allard said units managed to keep the blaze contained.

“We sent out an advice warning around the area towards Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, due to heavy smoke on the roads,” he said.

“Fortunately due to cool temperatures we did not need to take plenty of water from the farmers who need it most right now.”

Firefighters hoped to have a majority of the fire cleared by Tuesday evening, even though it was not deemed safe until 7pm Thursday.

Leongatha South captain Gary Williams said it was fortunate the blaze started in relatively mild conditions.

“It was lucky the weather conditions were cool. It would have been a lot more difficult to control the blaze if weather had been similar to how it was at Christmas,” Mr Williams said.

“This serves as a lesson for people to not put hay moist hay in a shed.”


The Star: Disputes fail to quash $52m dream "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE proponent of the $52 million Walkerville Village proposal is still hoping the 88 lot subdivision will proceed, despite being embroiled in disputes with South Gippsland Shire Council.

That includes a matter with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks that could escalate into legal action.

The proponent, Jeremy Rich, has called on the Victorian Ombudsman to investigate his claims of poor governance within council that led to council refusing to approve his Walkerville Village proposal.

Asked if he felt the village would still proceed, Mr Rich said, “Yes, if it was evaluated on its merits.”

He said he had asked his family to invest in the project and “I feel that pressure”.

In October 2015, council rejected Mr Rich’s proposal for a planning permit for the village on the grounds it was not consistent with local and state planning policy that specified Walkerville could not expand.

Mr Rich said he was told by council staff a third recommendation had been included in the report to council that stated council could alter local planning policy to allow the village to be considered.

But Mr Rich said that third option was removed from the report and council was instead given the option of either supporting or rejecting the village.

Council CEO Tim Tamlin said he had removed the third option.

“If we review our strategies every time a planning permit application came up that did not meet our strategy we would be reviewing our strategies all the time,” he said.

“To rewrite the strategy would cost ratepayers a heap of money.”

Mr Tamlin said Mr Rich could have achieved the same outcome had council referred the permit application to the Victorian Planning Minister.

Mr Tamlin said he supported the Walkerville Village proposal.

“From an economic development point of view I thought it was a wonderful proposal but unfortunately it does not meet our policies,” he said.

Mr Rich has contacted the....


Echonetdaily: Feedback sought for north Byron flood study "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A study which predicts, maps and discusses flood behaviour for the entire Brunswick River catchment, including Marshalls Creek and Simpsons Creek, goes on display from Monday for community feedback.

The Draft North Byron Flood Study also addresses climate change effects and flood planning levels for a 100-year event, in order to assess future development.

Byron Shire Council’s flood and drainage engineer, James Flockton, said the flood mapping within the draft flood study includes flood levels, depths, hazard and velocities for a number of sized events.

‘Input was sourced from prior mapping plus input from local residents,’ Mr Flockton said.

Once finalised and funding has been obtained, council will use the flood study to develop a floodplain risk management study and plan for the Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Ocean Shores areas.

The study is on exhibition from 18 January and available at Council’s Mullumbimby offices, Ocean Shores and Brunswick Heads community access points and on Council’s website

Formal submissions should be lodged in writing by Monday, 29 February. They will be considered by council when adopting the study.

For further information Call Mr Flockton on 02 6626 7158.

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Echonetdaily: Lismore Nanna locks on in Pilliga forest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Louise Somerville locked on. (suppied)

Louise Somerville locked on. (suppied)

A 51-year-old Knitting Nanna from Lismore has spent this morning ‘locked-on’ to the gates of Santos’ Leewood wastewater facility, which is part of the company’s plans to develop 850 gas wells in the Pilliga forest near Narrabri in North West NSW.

Louise Somerville told Echonetdaily that it was important that ‘Australia wakes up’ to the potential damage of the gas industry on the environment.

‘Santos plans to use 400,000 litres of water per well. With 850 wells this will greatly de-pressurise the underground water system,’ she said, prior to being removed by police this morning.

‘I’m locked on to this gate to peacefully protest which is my right as an Australian citizen, because I would like to see this country looked after.

‘I have four children who will be here long after I die and I believe we all have a right to clean water air and land.

‘Our water is our most precious resource and the Narrabri Gas Project threatens the recharge functions and pressure of our largest aquifer, the Great Artesian Basin.

‘I’ve seen the spread and impact of the CSG industry in QLD and I’m determined to do my part to prevent Santos wreaking the same havoc across NSW.

‘On my visit to the QLD gasfields I met families with sick children. One of the children’s noses started bleeding while I was there which was a highly distressing sight as a mother.’

The Leewood facility is designed to treat toxic coal seam gas wastewater from...


Echonetdaily: Bad weather may harm WA fire recovery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Photo Flickr/bertknot

A return of dangerous weather conditions may hamper early work to help Western Australia’s Harvey Shire recover from its bushfire disaster, the local mayor says.

The blaze in the state’s South West region, sparked by lightning on Wednesday, has killed two people, burned more than 71,000 hectares, destroyed 128 homes and wiped out most of the town of Yarloop.

Harvey Shire mayor Tania Jackson says residents still reeling from the disaster are anxious about forecast deteriorating weather.

‘We’ve had a couple of days of mild weather and we appear to be on top of the fire, which is contained but not controlled, and in the meantime we are getting people back to the community and doing assessments on the emergency area,’ Ms Jackson told AAP on Monday night.

‘But just when we think we’re moving into recovery we’ve had spot fires today and we’ve got looming bad weather – high winds and thunderstorms – coming in by the end of the week, so we might be repeating what we had last week.’

Fears about asbestos contamination and damaged trees have prevented some people from returning to homes that were spared from the flames, she said.

‘There are people in limbo now, and that’s really hard to take,’ she said.

Ms Jackson said the community had received donations from across Australia and around the world, but the region is counting on political leaders to provide long-term financial assistance to rebuild.

‘We have had so much support. We just know that if we can get through th...


troublemag: David Bowie: The Man Who Fell to Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Inga Walton
(originally published Trouble isn 128, October 2015)

“We keep talking about Bowie, and actually we’re talking about ‘the myth of Bowie’. I’m not sure he even knows who he is anymore, rather like some actors … because they’ve played the same parts so often, we confuse them with the person they are playing. Bowie has played lots of parts, but we always talk about him as if they exist. I don’t know what lies behind those parts. All I know about is the myth, because that is what we are presented with.”
– Professor Sir Christopher Frayling.1

Making its only stop in the Southern hemisphere, David Bowie is … (until 1 November, 2015), has been one of the most anticipated exhibitions to be held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Curators Geoffrey Marsh, Director of the Department of Theatre and Performance at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and his colleague Victoria Broackes were granted permission to trawl through Bowie’s beautifully maintained archive in New York.

“I think the important thing to stress is that it’s about David Bowie, it’s not about David Jones. So the real person, the person born in London in 1947 is David Jones, the archive is about David Bowie who is a creation of David Jones, performer, artist … So there’s nothing in the archive about David Jones”, says Marsh. “What he’s collected, or recorded, is the story, the history, of himself as a performer. What’s extraordinary about it is that he’s kept so much stuff, and from quite an early age, and because it’s not very rock ‘n roll! I mean most rock stars tend to just move on to the next thing, or give away their clothes for charity dos … There are very, very few major stars who have archives like this, but David kept it all”.

Of his an...


Echonetdaily: Bring it on: Lazarus, on election threat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Independent senator Glenn Lazarus . Photo AAP

Independent senator Glenn Lazarus . Photo AAP

Crossbench senators are not concerned about the threat of a double-dissolution election over proposed laws to crackdown on union misconduct.

Legislation to create a Registered Organisations Commission and re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission will be re-introduced to parliament when it resumes next month.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus is willing to change his mind over the latter, but isn’t worried about the potential for the government to call an election if it fails.

‘As far as I’m concerned bring it on,’ he told ABC radio on Monday.

‘I’m not going to be blackmailed, nor are the people of Queensland going to be blackmailed over a double-dissolution.’

Senator Lazarus, who voted against the ABCC bill last year, said he wanted access to a sixth confidential volume of the royal commission into trade union’s report.

‘It’s going to help make our decision a lot quicker and easier.’

Instead of a building and construction commission, Senator John Madigan wants a national corruption watchdog similar to ICAC.

‘If the government came to me and genuinely said you know we’re about to weed out corruption wherever it is … I would support that 100 per cent,’ he said.

‘But … it’s disingenuous of the government to only target one area of society and that being the union movement.

Senator Madigan said it would be the government’s call to go to a double-dissolution over the changes.



Echonetdaily: Rally for Qld teen who was about to shine "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A supplied image of Cole Miller. AAP Image/Facebook

A supplied image of Cole Miller. AAP Image/Facebook

It should have been Cole Miller’s time to shine, but instead thousands turned out in Brisbane to mourn a young life cut short by a single punch.

And the 18-year-old had much to look forward to.

The promising water polo player had just graduated from high school with a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship ahead of him.

‘It was about to be Cole’s time to shine,’ Billy Miller said at a rally to honour his little brother on Monday.

‘Cole was about to live out his dreams with his family and friends by his side.’

Tears flowed as Billy spoke, with father Steve at his side, before more than 2000 people at a public rally for Cole on Monday.

The gathering came a week after the Millers made the heart-wrenching decision to turn Cole’s life support off due to brain trauma he’d suffered in a one-punch attack a day earlier.

The crowd paid tribute to Cole and joined in the call to end street violence, with rugby league legend Wally Lewis leading the charge.

‘There’s certainly no place whatsoever in this city or anywhere else for senseless act(s) of violence in our community,’ he told the crowd.

Billy, an Australian Olympic water polo player, said too many families had lost loved ones from violent, random attacks.

‘Sadly our family is not alone in losing a loved one in tragic circumstances,’ he said.

‘We should not and never have to worry about a loved one going out and having a good time with friends.’

But those at t...


Echonetdaily: North Korea holding US citizen for spying "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with his generals and other officers. (AAP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with his generals and other officers. (AAP)

If confirmed, Kim Dong Chul, who CNN said was 60 and formerly of Fairfax, Virginia, would be the second Western citizen known to be held currently in North Korea.

He was being held for spying for South Korea and asked the South or the US government to rescue him, CNN said.

Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian who was the head pastor at one of Canada’s largest churches, has been held by the North since last February.

Lim, who was 60 at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to hard labour for life in December for attempting to overthrow the North’s regime.

‘I wasn’t originally a labourer, so the labour was hard at first, but now I’ve gotten used to it,’ Lim told the broadcaster in Korean through an interpreter.

He works eight hours a day, six days a week digging holes in an orchard at a labour camp where he has seen no other prisoners.

The charges against Lim lacked specifics, but he said it may be related to his open criticism of the North’s three generations of leaders.

‘I admit, I’ve violated this government’s authority, system and order,’ Lim said in the interview aired on Monday...


troublemag: Masayoshi Sukita: Photographing the Starman "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Inga Walton
(originally published Trouble isn 94, September 2012)

“It’s very hard for me to accept that Sukita-san has been snapping away at me since 1972, but that really is the case. I suspect that it’s because whenever he’s asked me to do a session I conjure up in my mind’s eye the sweet, creative and big-hearted man who has always made these potentially tedious affairs so relaxed and painless. May he click into eternity.”

– David Bowie, 2011

Masayoshi Sukita was never going to be a typical candidate for the monicker of ‘Rock Photographer’. Entirely devoid of the self-importance, arrogance, or swagger that seems to so characterise the profession, the genial and quietly spoken 74 year-old positively beams, rather than boasts, when reminiscing about his extraordinary career.

Visiting Australia for only the second time since 1988, Sukita was in Melbourne [August/September 2012] for a capsule exhibition of photographic works printed to accompany the launch of his new book Speed Of Life. The event was opened by the Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne, Hidenobu Sobashima-san, and saw Sukita subjected to the level of clamour and flash bulbs usually reserved for his famous subjects. The beautifully produced and sizeable tome documents his nearly forty year professional collaboration with David Bowie; over eighty percent of the images selected have never been seen or published before.

Oh, and it took seven years. “One of the reasons why it took so long to complete is because we were thinking that, since the photographer is Japanese, we wanted it to reflect a kind of Japanese style with the design of the book. In the middle we … my staff and I, reconsidered what is the best concept and decided to go with a more ‘Western’ style, so that is the main reason for the len...


Echonetdaily: Playboy mansion for sale for $US200m "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner poses with a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Anna Nicole Smith as Playmate of the Year, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

In this April 5, 2007 file photo, Playboy Enterprises founder Hugh Hefner poses with a copy of Playboy magazine featuring Anna Nicole Smith as Playmate of the Year, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

The iconic Los Angeles mansion of Hugh Hefner, the founder of the Playboy empire, is being put up for sale for $US200 million, Playboy Enterprises said, one of the highest asking prices for a private residence in the United States.

The Gothic Tudor-style mansion, which has an area of nearly 1,860 square metres and boasts 29 rooms, sits amid half a hectare in Holmby Hills west of the city.

In addition to amenities such as a tennis court and a free-form swimming pool, the estate is home to the infamous Playboy grotto, which over the years served as the setting for some of Hefner’s most lavish, hedonistic parties.

The mansion, in which Hefner still lives, also has a zoo licence, the company said in a statement announcing the sale.

‘The Playboy Mansion has been a creative centre for Hef as his residence and workplace for the past 40 years, as it will continue to be if the property is sold,’ the statement added.

Representatives did not specifically say why the company had decided to sell the property, which was built in 1927 and purchased by Playboy in 1971 for a reported $US1.1 million, a figure property agents said was the largest real estate transaction in Los Angeles......


Echonetdaily: Ringling circus to retire elephants early "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ringling Bros Circus is retiring its performing elephants.

Ringling Bros Circus is retiring its performing elephants.

The elephant acts that have been part of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows for more than a century will end in May, earlier than their previously announced retirement, the circus’s parent company says.

Last March, Feld Entertainment said the 13 Asian elephants used in its travelling shows would be phased out by 2018.

The company accelerated the retirement plan after concluding its Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida had enough barn space, water and waste disposal capacity to hold the 11 elephants still on tour, spokesman Stephen Payne said.

The circus has been targeted by animal welfare groups who accused it of mistreating the elephants, a key symbol of the spectacle billed as The Greatest Show on Earth.

Many local governments also have added regulations making it harder for the circus to tour with the animals.

Calls by activists for the animals to be phased out more quickly did “absolutely” not factor into the company’s decision, Payne said.

The company said it is committed to saving the endangered species through breeding and medical research.

Fewer than 40,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild.

About 250 are in captivity in the United States, 26 of which were born in the past 20 years at Ringling facilities.

The Ringling herd at the conservation centre in Florida will total 42 once the travelling elephant shows cease.

Animal welfare groups are pressing Ringling Bros to e...


Echonetdaily: Nestle suffers loss in child slavery case "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Nestle SA, the world’s largest food maker, and two other companies to throw out a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa in Ivory Coast.

The high court left in place a December 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Nestle, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co and Cargill Inc filed by former victims of child slavery.

The plaintiffs, who were originally from Mali, contend the companies aided and abetted human rights violations through their active involvement in purchasing cocoa from Ivory Coast.

While aware of the child slavery problem, the companies offered financial and technical assistance to local farmers in a bid to guarantee the cheapest source of cocoa, the plaintiffs said.

The case focused in part on how lower court judges have interpreted a 2013 Supreme Court decision that made it harder for plaintiffs to sue corporations in US courts for abuses alleged to have occurred overseas.

In its 2013 ruling in the Kiobel versus Royal Dutch Petroleum Co case, the court unanimously threw out a lawsuit by 12 people from Nigeria that accused British and Dutch-based Royal Dutch Shell Plc of aiding state-sponsored torture and murder.

The court said the law under which the Nigerians brought the case, the 1789 Alien Tort Statute, was presumed to cover only violations of international law occurring in the United States.

Violations elsewhere, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, must “touch and concern” US territory “with sufficient force to displace the presumption”.

US companies facing similar suits have had considerable success fending off such cases by citing the ruling, although judges have differed in how they have interpreted it.

In the Nestle case, the appeals court said the plaintiffs could update their lawsuit to see if they co...



After celebrating its 30-year anniversary in September, the Koorie Heritage Trust will launch its second exhibition in a matter of months with the Koorie Art Show on December 5.



Natural Newstead: The chat and the falcon "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

It pays to be in the right place at the right time … the thing is, that when you are, it’s often a complete fluke!

Sunday afternoon out on the plains, I was watching a male White-fronted Chat, perched on a gate. This same spot is often a good place to observe Zebra Finches and I’ve seen a Black Falcon on more than one occasion.


Male White-fronted Chat, Moolort Plains, 10th January 2015.

Suddenly the chat and a bunch of other small birds scattered in all directions as a dark shape propelled into sight, at eye-level, along the fence-line.


Fence-line with Gorse and Tree Violet.

An immature Peregrine Falcon, one of the world’s swiftest birds in level flight, headed directly towards me and then banked abruptly to reveal its wonderfully patterned undercarriage. This hunting technique is typical of falcons and very often successful – this time the chat and its companions were lucky – as was the photographer. You don’t get many chances like this to capture such an extraordinary raptor.



Byron Bay Blog: Pure Pleasure – An Art Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Join the East Coast’s finest as we celebrate the conception and consumption of art. Peruse a diverse collection of works from a selected group of over 30 emerging creatives; from photographers and fine artists to illustrators, graphic artists and multidisciplinary designers. Pure Pleasure exhibits the driving force that inspires artists to create, no matter what their medium or style.

Sip on the sweet nectar of Stone & Wood Beer and Batlow Cider and move to the tunes of Riki Eketone, Salvador Dali Llama and The Ruiins as you bask in the Summer night air and enjoy some quality art and creativity.

6PM – 10:30PM

For further information visit and

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AWPA Sydney News: 1) Infrastructure development in Papua needs good approach: LIPI "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Child mortality in Mbua Continues, Papua Provincial Health Director Apologizes

1) Infrastructure development in Papua needs good approach: LIPI

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Echonetdaily: Israel’s treatment of Christians appalling "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

During the past 20 years, living in Byron Bay, my wife and I have been amazed and impressed by the letters sent into the Echo by Gareth Smith.

He wrote what we were too scared to put in writing for fear of reprisals on my family who live in the West Bank (occupied Palestinian territory).

We met Gareth about five years ago and have found him to be a compassionate, intelligent man with a generous heart, who stands strong against injustice, and we applaud and highly respect him for that.

After reading the letter of response dated 6/01/16  from Vic Alhadeff to Gareth’s last letter we can no longer remain quiet.

As a Christian born in Bethlehem  I was an altar boy at the Church of Nativity,  and lived my childhood in the Shepherds Field town of Beit Sahour.
My cousin is Professor of Palestinian Culture and History at Bethlehem University, and after many years of research has found that my family have lived in that area since before the birth of Christ, and at that time were shepherds. My other cousin is Bishop of the Latin Patriarch, Jerusalem. We are one of the first Christian families to live in Palestine.
The majority of my male cousins have been arrested, imprisoned, tortured, put into exile or shot over the years, and eventually have returned home unable to work or live life as they used to.
Having visited my  family there in  2010, 2014 and recently Oct-Dec, 2015 my wife and I have witnessed and experienced the following:
The kindness, softness and respect shown to us and each other by both Christian and Muslims, young and old, who live peacefully together in that area. There is no drunkeness, swearing or aggression, they are all just thankful each day for family and the Grace...


Bellingen Seed Savers: Garlicky marrow rings- Using zucchinis & carrot top pesto "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Says Jack: This is one way to cope with a glut of marrows(overgrown zucchinis/courgettes). Why not try this with cucumbers.

Garlicky marrow rings… that actually taste good!

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Preserving Courgette Gluts For Winter






North Coast Voices: A Trans Pacific Partnership negotiated for Australia by the Coalition Government? Well, what did you expect! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It seems that the Australian Liberal-Nationals Federal Government laboured to bring forth a puny bundle of little joy.....

World Bank, Global Economic Prospects, January 2016:

On October 4, 2015, 12 Pacific Rim countries concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest, most diverse and potentially most comprehensive regional trade agreement yet. The 12 member countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 January 2016:

Australia stands to gain almost nothing from the meg...


Home: Triple H 100.1 FM says goodbye to DJ Chunky P "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Triple H 100.1 FM is sad to say goodbye to DJ Chunky P, Marcus Purnell, from the Audio Dynamite show on Thursday afternoons. After a long illness, Marcus passed away on the 8th of January. 

From all the members at Triple H 100.1 FM, we wish Marcus' family the best and are sorry to lose such an important member of our team. 



Echonetdaily: Where are Tweed’s rangers? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

If there are signs prohibiting alcohol in Robert Dixon Reserve on Kingscliff’s Sutherland Point; why are there beer bottle tops all over the grassed area and the bins full of beer bottles and cans every week?

If there are signs prohibiting camping anywhere on Sutherland Point; why were there caravans and camper vans there overnight continually from Christmas Eve until January 11.

Does the Tweed Shire Council have any active rangers anymore?

Jeremy Cornford, Kingscliff

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Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Poll pundits start frothing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Mungo MacCallum

So with the sillier bit of the silly season behind them, some, at least, of the pundits are drifting back to what they consider their real task – which will consist largely of febrile speculation about the election date.

It is, of course, Malcolm Turnbull’s call, and he is clearly not too keen on following the urgings of some of his supporters to go early, go hard.

With overweening self-confidence and considerable justification, he believes he can beat Bill Shorten (or any one else for that matter) any time, any place, so there is no hurry. He is rather enjoying settling in to the Prime Ministership, and an election would be more of a distraction than a vindication; he has all the vindication he needs in the polls and public plaudits he has been accorded.

But his superego is not entirely shared by many of his colleagues; while they agree with the leader’s conviction that the election itself is pretty much in the bag, history proves that there will be a few of their seats lost, and the fewer the better. Their feeling is that this is just about as good as it will get and there are some reasons to believe that they may well be right.

The overriding worry is the economy. China is still a big unknown – there is no guarantee that it will continue to underpin Australia indefinitely, and the mood among both consumers and investors is fragile. The debt and deficit situation is deteriorating and that infallible index of greed and fear, the stock market, is described, delicately, as volatile – meaning that it could crash at any moment.

The new treasurer, Scott Morrison, has been a bit of a disappointment: nothing is actually being achieved and most of his statements sound a trifle Hockeyish – the ultimate put down. His forthcoming tax manifesto is a source of apprehension, but the May budget will be, as The Australian would no doubt describe it, the real test; if it tanks, or even if it i...


Echonetdaily: Police in accident must be drug tested too "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I hope Echonetdaily will push to find out what drugs the police were tested for after the recent accident in the Casino park where a sleeping man was ‘rolled over’ (hit) by a police van in broad daylight.

I would expect they would be tested for every drug that it is illegal to have in your system whilst driving.

Name and address withheld

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North Coast Voices: Tony Abbott makes a joke "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This has to be former prime minister Tony Abbott displaying a sense of humour or him well on the way to becoming the butt of another joke.

The politician who could never enunciate a genuine plan to “repair the budget” is now giving advice to the current prime minister. *cue laughter*


North Coast Voices: Liverpool Plains community getting the "Wrong Mine, Wrong Place" message out to China "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The people of the Liverpool Plains in NSW Australia have a message for the Shenhua Group in China, who want to build a massive coal mine in the middle of their farmland.

The LPP community have spent $750,000 fighting this madness so far! There are more battles to come before we can save our water and precious Ag land – for more information on how you can add your support, visit: 
http://www.friendsoftheliverpoolplain... and help us win this fight....

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Wild BNE: Beauty out of the blue at Strathpine. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A male indigo flash, patrolling his territory at Pine Rivers Park.
A butterfly survey I conducted in the first week of 2016 acquainted me with a little-known species I had not encountered before, the indigo flash (Rapala varuna).

This species is a predominantly Asian butterfly, found in tropical areas of countries such as India, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, but it also extends patchily down the Queensland coast.

The individual I found was a male that was patrolling his territory in a rainforest regeneration area of Pine Rivers Park, in the Moreton Bay suburb of Strathpine.

Identifying features include the iridescent blue colouring of the upper wing surface just visible in the above photo, as well as the solid band running underneath both wings.

The Atlas of Living Australia shows only a handful of records in Brisbane of this species, centred around the western suburbs of Long Pocket and Corinda.



Gippsland FM: Showtime with Ann Paterson and Tim Ryan interviewing Josh Bryce "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Showtime with Ann Paterson and Tim Ryan interviewing Josh Bryce, talking about about his new book Beaut Aussie Utes. This Wednesday at 12pm on 104.7 Gippsland FM.

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AWPA Sydney News: 1) MSG Chair calls for Forum mission to Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Extra police sent to Papua
1) MSG Chair calls for Forum mission to Papua
Updated at 1:37 pm today
The chair......


Echonetdaily: The world pays tribute to David Bowie "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

David Bowie performs during a concert in Hartford, Connecticut. in1995, (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

David Bowie performs during a concert in Hartford, Connecticut. in1995, (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

London [PAA]

National leaders, celebrity musicians and actors around the world have paid tribute to the rock music legend David Bowie who has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

The singer died surrounded by his loved ones, a statement on his Facebook page said.

It read: ‘David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.

‘While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.’

His son, film director Duncan Jones, tweeted: ‘Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.’

Bowie re...


North Coast Voices: Did Clarence Valley Council attempt to pull the wool over Iluka residents' eyes? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Recently I received a ‘phone call from an Iluka resident which began along the lines of: I met you once at the bus stop in Maclean and I wonder if you know…

What this very concerned person from the opposite side of the Clarence River then told me was that Clarence Valley Council chose to advertise an approx. 19ha 162 lot low density residential subdivision with 10 new roads within Lot 99 in DP 823635 Hickey Street, Iluka on 24 December 2015 – Christmas Eve – and also to start a 28 day exhibition period from Boxing Day, 26 December. [Clarence Valley Council, block_ad_

From my experience, local government only acts in this manner if both it and the developer of record do not want informed community scrutiny of a ‘favoured’ development application (DA).



Echonetdaily: Club cleaner kidnapped in robbery at Casino: police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Five men have been arrested after an armed robbery and a kidnapping at a golf club at Casino over the weekend.

Police say that around 4am on Saturday, a 30-year-old cleaner at a golf club on West Street was pounced on by the men, two armed with knives, as he opened a door onto the balcony area.

While one of the men restrained the cleaner, the others grabbed alcohol and cash from the premises.

One of the men guarding the worker threatened him with a golf club and dragged him around the club, as the other men searched rooms.

The men fled, taking the proceeds and the cleaner with them.

He was eventually released, made his way back to the club and drove to the police station to report the robbery.

About 1.30pm on Sunday, police from Richmond Local Area Command arrested an 18-year-old man in Casino. A short time later a second man, 16-years-old, was also arrested and taken to Casino police station.

The two men were charged with kidnapping/detaining for advantage and refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court and a Children’s Court today (Monday).

Three other men were arrested today and taken to Casino police station where they were being interviewed by police.

Police urge anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or who had been offered discounted alcohol to contact Casino police on 66 620099.

They’re also urging anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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It was a languid Sunday afternoon on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street. The sun beat down, relentless. Drifting lazily from open windows above at Dangerzone Tattoo was the steady, familiar buzz of tattoo machines. However, what was going on in that lofty first floor studio on the 13th of December was anything but an ordinary day of tattooing.



Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Urgent Action for Rudolph "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"



Despite a Christmas Eve plea for a reprieve by Premier Daniel Andrews, Rudolph the deer is still wound up in bureaucratic red tape that threatens to strangle him. The only person with the power to save him was Jaala Pulford, the Minister for Agriculture, who is responsible for the Game Management Authority. But she was on leave.

This meant the matter was handballed to the acting Minister, Jacinta Allen. Clearly with priorities other than saving Rudolph on her list, the decision has now been handballed back to Minister Pulford, who has returned from holidays. With time ticking away Rudolph is languishing we don’t know where as our numerous requests to visit him are being denied. He still desperately needs our help.

The next court date is set for February 18th this year, but a safe outcome for Rudolph is all but a stroke of a kind pen away. The offer of a lifetime for him to live at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary remains firm, which is cost neutral to both the government and taxpayers. Please help us add your voice to the growing number of people who see the madness (and waste of taxpayers’ dollars) in this fiasco and let’s get Rudolph home where he belongs.

Here’s what Rudolph needs you to do:

Please call, write or email, requesting Rudolph not be killed and surrendered immediately to Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary (it is essential all correspondence is polite, despite our increasing levels of frustration. Anything short of this will not help dear Rudolph).

Hon. Jaala Pulford, MP

Minister responsible for the Game Management Authority

Level 16, 8 Nicholson Street

East Melbourne, VIC.....


No Frills Art : Blog: Welcome to 2016! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ah, time flies when your busy. So what has been happening in the second half of 2015 i hear you ask…

Well I was flat chat working on works to be presented up in Mildura as part of the emerging artist exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial. This was a massive undertaking as i produced six screen prints resulting in around a hundred artworks as each one had an individually painted background.

Below: My install at Deakin 25, Mildura for APTmildura.

APT Mildura

On top of this i took part in Boom Gallery’s pop up gallery at Austin’s Winery as a part of toast to the coast. I also spent a fair bit of time putting together a mural for Deakin University where i was collaborating and mentoring young Jack Herd.

Below: Alfred Deakin mural at Deakin University, waterfront campus.

Alfred deakin mural

towards the end of the year also got my hands on a copy of Street Art Australia by Lou Chamberlin, which has a few street pieces of mine included. It is a really great book if your into Aussie street art. See it below:



Bellarine Bayside: Summer Activities 12-18 Jan 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

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

IMG_4186_1Thurs 14 January: Coastcare Enviro Games & Rockpool Ramble @ Indented Head (Half Moon Bay), 11.30 AM – 12.30 PM.

Fri 15 January: Pt Richards Night Stalk @ Pt Richards Flora and Fauna Reserve, 7 – 8.30 PM.

Port mini railwayDon’t forget the Portarlington Miniature Railway at Point Richards is open EVERY Sunday in January from 11 AM -4 PM. $3 per ride or 4 rides for $12.

night carnivalAnd the Portarlington Charity Carnival is open nightly from 7-11 PM until 26 January 2016.

Dionne’s food van is selling bread, milk, ice and newspapers in the Portarlington Holiday Park  and you can grab a coffee from Peter’s Coastal Coffee Van.

Our summer food vendors will also be in Portarlington Holiday Park throughout the week including:

  • Tropical Sno shaved ice (Wed 14, Sat 16, Mon 18)
  • Geelong Wood F...


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

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

The following tracks were played on Al Hensley’s “Blue Monday” on 11 January 2016
  1. ALBERT COLLINS ‘My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me’ Don’t Lose Your Cool
  2. CLARENCE ‘PINE TOP’ SMITH ‘Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie’ Encyclopaedia Of Boogie Woogie
  3. SLIM HARPO ‘I Got Love If You Want It’ The Best Of Slim Harpo
  4. LONG JOHN HUNTER ‘Tell Me’ Ride With Me
  5. CLARENCE ‘GATEMOUTH’ BROWN ‘Got My Mojo Working’ Standing My Ground
  6. SUGARCANE COLLINS ‘Baby It Must Be Love’ Going Back To Clarksdale
  7. KATIE WEBSTER ‘After You Get Rid Of Me’ The Swamp Boogie Queen
  8. REBIRTH BRASS BAND ‘Why Your Feet Hurt’ Rebirth Of New Orleans
  9. BOB MARGOLIN ‘Low Life Blues’ My Road
  10. INA FORSMAN ‘Pretty Messed Up’ Ina Forsman
  11. THE LONNIE BROOKS BAND ‘TV Mama’ Turn On The Night
  12. KEVIN SELFE ‘Virginia Farm’ Buy My Soul Back
  13. FENTON ROBINSON ‘The Getaway’ Somebody Loan Me A Dime
  14. BIG MAMA THORNTON ‘Down Home Shakedown’ Blues Harp Women
  15. TERRY LEONINO ‘Meet Me Where They Play The Blues’ Blues Harp Women
  16. JUNIOR WATSON ‘Special Lesson No. 1′ Long Overdue
  17. ALLEN TOUSSAINT Chokin’ Kind’ The Real Thing 1970-1975
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16:06 Backpackers’ tax hike will hurt industries and communities, says Katter "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Unemployed people don’t have to work to collect entitlements

11 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called on the Federal Government to reverse its decision to remove a tax-free threshold for working holiday makers, saying that the change would hurt both the fruit and vegetable and tourism industries which are heavily reliant on backpacker labour and trade.

"The backpacker industry brings a hell of a lot of glamorous looking young people who enjoy our beaches, waterfalls and jungles, our crocodiles and spear throwers, our great art including our unique first Australian art, as well as some of the most exciting places and experiences on earth.

“Taxing them at higher rates, on top of the falling Australian dollar, means less real wages for them.

“It creates a huge disincentive to come and work on our farms, where their employment is desperately needed.

“We have previously requested the Government to reduce the requirements for backpackers’ superannuation to remove some small burden from our farmers.

“And I remain confident that not a single Australian resident job will be lost as a result of any of these measures.

“But without more backpackers, more jobs will be lost in the tourism industry, particularly in regional tourism in Far North Queensland.”

Mr Katter also said that the privatisation of the welfare job allocation system had had the effect that people claiming their full welfare benefits have no real requirement to take a job, meaning a shortage in people working on fruit and vegetable farms in his North Queensland electorate.

“The loss of the backpackers would spell disaster for fruit and vegetable growers, particularly in industries like bananas, mangos and blueberries.

“Section 457 visa workers are of very limited value to the local economy but the loss of the backpacker s417 visa worker would be a very serious blow to the whol......


2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Wednesday 13 January
5 – 6pm Real World Gardener 
If you grow any fruit tree, what do you with surplus summer fruits? ThereâŹ"s more to preserving than just making jams and chutneys on the Good Earth segment with permaculture guru, Margaret Mossakowska. ThereâŹ"s still time to grow zucchini if you hurry in Vegetable Heroes; find out if just green is good enough as a colour scheme in Design Elements and one of the giant ferns that will look stunning in your garden in Plant of the Week.
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darkly wise, rudely great: 'brief eruptions of much deeper concerns' "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My latest Canberra Times column is a brief introduction to Nein: A Manifesto, by Eric Jarosinski. A sample:
Anyone expecting Jamesian paragraphs will be disappointed, as Nein is just over a hundred pages of sparseness: aphorisms, definitions, quips. What began as Jarosinski's distraction from academe, as the Twitter personality @NeinQuarterly, has become a job of its own: an oddly nihilistic persona with the face of philosopher Theodor Adorno. 
Jarosinski takes the gloomy analyses of Adorno and his Frankfurt School comrades, along with the greats of German philosophy and literature, and combines them with deliberate sentimentality, conflicted desire and oddly relaxed ennui. Take the first aphorism from Nein
Only two problems with the world today.
1. The world.
And 2. Today.
Three, if you count tomorrow. 
It begins with a seemingly consoling fact, then turns this into an indictment of everything we have. But wait, there's more: this everything will continue, and there's no hope. But there is hope of a stripe, because we're laughing. Many of Jarosinski's aphorisms have this quality, of...


Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Great response to our call for photos "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

We started off with 17 photos on our new Flickr page, Trees of the Mount Alexander Region, and after our call for photos in December we now have 73. The quality of the photos submitted has been impressive and, as you can see from the composite image below, there has been an amazing range of approaches to the subject of local trees.

There is still time to be part of this FOBIF venture. (If you do send photos though could you make them less than 1mg if possible.) Guidlelines for submission are here.

Click on the composite image below to view the Flickr website.

web photos flickr trees

12:40 Violent winds in England killed 8000 in 1703 – contemporary weather records irrelevant "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Don Aitkin

“…..Daniel Defoe had given up counting the fallen trees in Kent when he reached 17,000. He wrote a book about it, The Storm,” featured below. There was no mention of global warming then……

I don’t want to write so much about ‘climate change’, because I feel I have said everything I want to say about that issue, which doesn’t seem to alter much. The Paris Agreement has disappeared from sight, and while extreme weather events have been occurring in the UK and the USA, and we have had fires here, the clamour that these events must be caused by greenhouse gas emissions seems to have subsided. More about extreme weather in a moment. I intend to develop a place on the site for my position on ‘climate change’, so that I don’t have to repeat myself. I’m not quite sure how this will work, but stay tuned.

At the time of writing only Roy Spencer has published a piece about whether or not 2015 was the warmest year ever, or since some kind of previous record was established. I understand that the land and sea data on temperatures will be released about January 20th. The UAH satellite data (along with those from RSS) show 2015 to have been the third warmest year, after 1998 and 2010. But there were certainly many claims that the year would ring that particular gong. The main cause for the warmth is hotter sea surface temperatures, themselves the result of the prevailing el Nino in the Pacific, which may have peaked. Floods and storm in the USA and the UK have occurred, and have produced familiar claims that these extreme weather events are examples of ‘climate change’ providing additional reasons why the climate models are right, and we must get rid of fossil fuels.

The difficulty with this sort of claim is that...


Zedlines: Complaints stream in over New Years Eve assaults - and more 11am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Women have faced the brunt of the assaults in Cologne on New Years Eve with migrants due to face the fall. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

No pants Sunday?:

Commuters received a little more for the price of their fare on Sunday afternoon as 150 people ditched their pants in a planned stunt on the city’s rail network.

Organiser Adam Spencer was pleased with the turnout and called the event a celebration of silliness and a way to make people smile and relax during what is a stressful time of year.

Police and Queensland Rail were notified in advance to ensure things ran smoothly.


Mountain Journal: National Parks Association calls for release of Brumby Management Plan "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Wild horse (brumby) populations are causing major environmental damage across the Alps. But as a charismatic animal with strong cultural connection for some groups, the question of population control is a vexed and and emotional one.

Recently, the National Parks Association NSW has called on the NSW Government to release its plan for managing wild horses in the Snowy Mountains.

A draft plan of management due for public exhibition last year was delayed until December, and has again been postponed until early 2016.

The Canberra Times reports that the National Parks Association NSW chief executive Kevin Evans says consultation for the plan has been extensive. “We fear that will be wasted if we don’t start to implement clear recommendations that came from that consultation,” he said.

Researchers say numbers of horses in the national park could be as high as 14,000. Supporters of the horses say the actual number would be no where near this number.

“And on this occasion successive governments sort of shirk their responsibilities and we are finding the problem is getting worse and worse through in-action.”

Mr Evans said the association did not have a problem with horses, and understood the sensitivity around horses and the Australian landscape.



The Witches Kitchen: Tomato Salmorejo "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


I have tomatoes.  Tomatoes for giving away.  The brandywines are still fruit fly free, this late in the season.  Up here in northern NSW, I can usually get them fruit fly free for a few months, but often by now it is one for us and one for the chooks.  I love giving them to people who don’t have a garden and watching that moment of stunned surprise as they taste them.

Tomatoes for drying.  The Principe Borghese make the best dried tomatoes.  They’re small enough to sun dry in one hot day on the dashboard, large enough to be not too fiddly to halve, dense and fleshy without being too juicy. Fully dried they go in a jar covered in olive oil for storing, semi-dried they go in the fridge in olive oil with some garlic and oregano, for adding to pizza or pasta or on crackers or made into tapenade.

Tomatoes for eating fresh, in salads, on sandwiches or as my current favourite breakfast, soft boiled egg and tomato mash on toast.  The yellow cherries are great for this.  They are sweet and not too acid, and they pick without splitting which means I can keep a bowl on the kitchen bench.

Tomatoes for passata and tomato sauce. The little cherries that split easily are great for this.  They are juicy and flavoursome and you don’t need to worry about splits or go to tedious work cutting them.  But I have enough passata on the shelf, and still lots of cherries.

So Salmorejo is a favourite lunch lately...


Echonetdaily: Tweed Coast koala deaths and disease raise alarm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

'Sandy, a five-year-old female koala from the Tweed Coast, had to be put down at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital recently after suffering from various diseases. Photo supplied

‘Sandy, a five-year-old female koala from the Tweed Coast, had to be put down at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital recently after suffering from various diseases. Photo supplied

Luis  Feliu

A longtime campaigner for the protection of the dwindling Tweed Coast koala population says there has been an alarming rate of death and disease of the animal around the Pottsville wetland area in the past year and is calling for urgent action to stem the decline.

Four koalas from the Black Rocks sportsfield area south of Pottsville have been put down (euthanased) in that time, one was found dead, while several sick animals have been sighted and still roaming untreated, according to local Dave Norris.

Mr Norris, the president of the Threatened Species Conservation Society, has been monitoring and recording koala movements in the area around Black Rocks, where he lives, for years and urged authorities including Tweed Shire Council to do more to protect them.

He says koalas in the wetland corridor there ‘needs to be afforded greater protection from disturbance associated with the use of the Black Rocks sports field’, and recent evidence of more death and disease has made the issue urgent.

Mr Norris this week made his plea to state government ministers and agencies, councillors, shire staff and local MPs.

But he takes aim squarely at council for its recent approval of a controversial Men’s Shed for the sportsfield and de......


Zedlines: Peanuts or pine nuts? - and more 10am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Peanuts are hardly pine nuts, however a case of mistaken identity has created a potentially fatal dilemma. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Grandfather pleads for death penalty:

The 52 year-old Grandfather responsible for the stabbing death of his two-month-old granddaughter Queenie has pleaded for the death penalty.

The man was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder at a bedside hearing on Friday where he told his lawyer he did not know his granddaughter had died until he was charged.

He will remain under police guard and was remanded in custody. He did not apply for bail.



Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Gadget Grill Playlist for January 10 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In our first show for the year, we remember the wonderful voice, and the stagecraft of Stevie Wright from the Easybeats. Sadly, we lost him when he was way too young, and this week’s show was our first chance to remember his great work.

The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind

Stevie Wright – Evie

Brishen – Blue Drag

Carole King – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Poncho Sanchez – Yumbambe


2RRR: There Goes That Song Again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Singing sensation of the early 1950s, Johnnie Ray, has been referred to as the “missing link” between the “easy listening” artists of the 1940s and “rock and roll” of the latter 1950s. Popular in the early 50s, he’d faded by the 1960s.

Coinciding with 89th anniversary of Jonnie’s birth on 10 January in our “Three O’Clock Special” this week we’ll cover Johnnie’s early years in Part 1. We’ll hear some of his well-known hits, but also some of his lesser know songs typical of the period.


2RRR: Sonic Stew "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Monday 11th January

7 – 8pm Sonic Stew
Features the amazing Music Machine, a Los Angeles band that existed from 1966 to 1969. Their small but impressive body of work is more than worth of review.


2RRR: Midday Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Monday 11 January
12 – 2 Midday Jazz
This week we feature tracks from swing era vocalist, Martha Tilton and items from the various versions of the Louis Armstrong All Stars.


Zedlines: Beer economy rules in Central Queensland - and more 9am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Beer is good for the economy according to billboards, while it can be its very own economy according to those living in Central Queensland. (Image Source: Flickr creative commons.)

Calls for Dick Smith to honor gift cards already purchased:

An Ipswich councillor is running a petition to force Dick Smith to honour gift cards issued before its collapse.

Paul Tully started the petition after receivers this week said they would not honour vouchers or refund deposits, angering thousands who received the gift cards over Christmas.

Woolworths and Coles have offered to exchange the vouchers bought at their stores.


Wild BNE: January Wildlife Report "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Blue Swarms of Summer

Above: Blue Blubber swarm off Surfers Paradise. Photo by Grahame Long.
Below: Blue Tiger, Ferny Hills.

South-east Queensland has had a wet, warm and humid start to 2015, receiving twice the average amount of monthly rainfall for this time of year. A well-nourished landscape is currently allowing our wildlife to flourish; a casual walk in a National Park, suburban reserve or even your own garden will reveal huge numbers of insects, birds, reptiles and frogs.

Australia offers a harsh environment for our wildlife to live in, so when conditions become as favourable as they are right now, some species seize the opportunity in a very noticeable way. Earlier this month, I had several people contact me on one particular weekend to enquire about the huge numbers of butterflies they were seeing in Brisbane's suburbs. The species I believe they were referring to - and that I saw myself - is the Blue Tiger (Tirumala hamata). This is a tropical species that visits South-east Queensland each summer and is regarded by the Queensland Museum as uncommon in a normal y....


Zedlines: Remembering the Charlie Hebdo attacks - and more 8am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

One year on from the Charlie Hebdo attacks Paris remembers. (Image Source: Flickr creative commons)

Hay runners provide much needed relief:

A convoy of 120 trucks drove 1,800kms to deliver about 5,000 hay bales to drought affected graziers.

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners left Darlington Port in southern New South Wales last Thursday and arrived in Ilfracombe in western Queensland the next night.

The run took over five months to prepare and provided hay for some 270 graziers.

Five years on from devastating South-East Queensland floods:


89.3 FM 2GLF: Program Vacancies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We currently have the following timeslots available to trained presenters: Tuesday 9 – 11am Tuesday 3 -4  pm Tuesday 4 -6 pm Tuesday 11pm – 1am Wednesday 10 – 11pm Sunday 9 – 10 pm Saturday 5 – 7pm Applications close Sunday 17th January 2016 and should be e-mailed to Click here for an application form. The timeslot will be filled ...



Breakfast, lunch and Code Black coffee in a 1900s building that housed Melbourne's first switchboard, Operator 25 is a little off the beaten track, but worth the diversion.



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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00:25 Queensland’s Keystone cops "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


“It was scary as hell”: Kids terrified as cops storm Gold Coast home by mistake but they could not care less.

This is what happens when the Oxley Police Academy trains recruits to regard the public, whom they are supposed to serve, as “the enemy”

Jaydan Duck

January 9, 2016 1:45 am


FIRST ON MYGC: A Gold Coast mother-of-two says her children were too traumatised to sleep last night after half-a-dozen police burst into their home and detained their father by mistake.

Kristy Stewart told myGC a squad of officers stormed her Coombabah home along The Esplanade at around 9.30pm on Friday after allegedly mistaking her address for another in the street.

Mrs Stewart, 35, says her two children, aged 10 and eight, were shaking in terror as they watched police order her out of the house and rush inside to detain their innocent father.

“My husband was out on the back patio with the kids and I was in the kitchen when I looked outside and seen an officer approach the front patio,” Mrs Stewart recalled.

“I opened the front door and five or six police officers and two police dogs started coming from the front.

“They yelled ‘step out from the door and put your hands to the front’.

“I stepped to the side and they yelled at me to stay put.

“I kept repeating that...

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News: Comrade Bill, Fundraising for Solidarity Breakfast Still.... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Bill Deller - A Journey as told by Billy and Maggie

A new illustrated book by Alina and Bruce MacDonald stars our beloved comrade Bill Deller as the protagonist in a journey that stems from Ballarat to Humpty Doo and features all the lefty issues that were dear to Bill's big heart. 3CR has a few precious copies of this beautiful book for sale at $20 pick up or $25 posted to you. All proceeds go to the Solidarity Breakfast program's Radiothon fund.



Common Ground North Coast: Falls Music and Arts Festival Music Wrap-up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Another gorgeous year’s Falls Festival at Byron Bay is done and dusted, but festivals are a dime a dozen these days with some being better than others, so how did this one stack up?

From the time we drove North from Byron Bay to the North Byron Parklands up the Pacific Highway, there was an atmosphere of calm contrary to what one would expect whilst a world class festival is being held.
The parking situation was easy – almost too easy – and the volunteers were kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Security was much the same.

Entering the festival grounds we noted that they were busy, but not crowded. There appeared to be a distinctly different crowd than another festival earlier in the year – friendly, happy, chilled – which is a testament to the type of event Falls Festival is.

A world class medley of acts spread across two stages over three days was more than enough to keep us entertained, highlights of this particular author being found in Art Vs Science, The Maccabees, Børns, Halsey, Birds of Tokyo and The Rubens.

The Wrap-up: Falls Festival was extremely positive, well organised, and wholesome. We give Falls a 10/10.

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Geelong Visual Diary: A poem about grief "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I'm trying to write a poem about how I feel but I can't say it directly so used the metaphor of a bushfire down the Great Ocean Road. First draft and I'll do some more work on it. The painting is of Urquart's Bluff after a bushfire many years ago.

A tree clings to the cliff face

after searing fire rushed towards the sea

until there is no colour

only line after line of blackened trees

and grey ash for ground.



North Coast Voices: Release of the ALRC Freedoms Report is something to look forward to in March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By early March 2016 the Turnbull Government is required to table and release the Australian Law Reform Commission report of the Freedoms Inquiry findings.

The Interim Report published in August 2015, Traditional Rights and Freedoms— Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws, can be found here.

This interim report states:

1.87 Throughout this paper, the ALRC highlights certain laws that may merit closer review. These are laws that have been criticised for unjustifiably limiting common law rights or principles. This report highlights some of these criticisms and some of the arguments that may be relevant to justification. However, for most of these laws, the ALRC would need more extensive consultation and evidence to justify making detailed recommendations for reform.108 1.88 Therefore, rather than make detailed recommendations for reform based on insufficient evidence, the ALRC has highlighted laws that seem to merit further review. These laws are identified in the conclusion to each chapter. The highlighted laws have been selected following consideration of a number of factors, including whether the law has been criticised in submissions or other literature for unjustifiably limiting one or more of the relevant rights and whether the law has rece...

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