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Wednesday, 13 January


jacksjottings: Elvis Lives. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Elvis The King and an other Elvis.

Elvis The King and another Elvis.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Lives.

Pauline checks them out.

Pauline checks them out.

 The Elvis songs are still popular and the Rock ‘an’ Roll music will live forever. Where did the term Rock ‘an’ Roll originate, I don’t think it had anything to do with ships on the ocean. It was more rocking and rolling around in bed.

Elvis with those gyrating hips would suggest that too.

This is a tribute to the King.

This is a tribute to the King.

 That is probably why parents got up tight about Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 50s. The young innocently accepted it without question as good fun.



Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Jazz Plus playlist "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Jazz Plus” on 30 December 2015.
  1. ROBERT GLASPER ‘Canvas’ Canvas
  2. JAN GARBAREK & THE SWR BIG BAND ‘Resume Variations’ Hommage A Eberhard Weber
  3. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO ‘Airegin’ Where Do You Start
  4. JOHN SURMAN ‘No Finesse’ Brewster’s Rooster
  5. CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT ‘Le Font Cachet Sur Tes Genoux’ WomanChild
  6. HOUSTON PERSON ‘I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over’ Something Personal
  7. PEREZ/PATITUCCI/BLADE ‘African Wave’ Children Of The Light
  8. KRISTIN BERARDI ‘Brad’ Where Or When
  9. TORE BRUNBORG ‘Liquefied’ Slow Snow
  10. ART FARMER ‘Recorda Me’ Soul Eyes
  11. DIANA KRALL ‘This Can’t Be Love’ Stepping Out
  12. MICHAEL WOLLNY TRIO ‘De Desconfort’ Nachtfahrten
  13. MIKE LEDONNE ‘Hadley Joe’ AwwlRIGHT!
  14. RALPH TOWNER ‘Beneath An Evening Sky’ Works
  15. GEORGIE FAME ‘Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid’ The Blues And Me
  16. GEORGE CABLES ‘Daydream’ In Good Company
  17. COUNT BASIE ‘Blues For Little Jazz’ Kansas City 6


The Vociferous Journalist: New research shows family violence knowledge lacking "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new paper has been published examining the current knowledge on the impact of domestic and family violence on parenting. Lisa Hooker, the primary author of the paper, has spoken about what she examined and what it revealed about domestic and family violence in Australia. You can read the paper online here.


The Shepparton Adviser: Ceramic art award applications now open "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Ceramic art award applications now open

GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW… 2014 Australian Indigenous Ceramic Art Award first prize winning entry, Bankstown Koorie Elders Group, After the Rain Bungle Bungle, 2013 © the artists. Photo: Jamie Durrant.

APPLICATIONS for entries for Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) prestigious 2016 Australian Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) are now open, with applicants going in the running to win the $20,000 acquisitive first prize.
The award is open to Indigenous groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to realise at SAM in August 2016.
SAM Acting Director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “The success of this important Award is in part based on the mutual exchange of ideas, stories, expertise and understanding. The other major ingredient of course is outstanding works of art. At SAM, we remain committed to supporting Indigenous artists to create ambitious and exciting new works and projects, either individually or as a group. We are excited to see what this edition of the ICAA 2016 brings forth.”
For further information on how to apply, full terms and conditions and a history of the award, please visit All applications for the ICAA 2016 are to be sent via post and arrive no later than March 15, 2016.


The Shepparton Adviser: The president’s car "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The president’s car

IT has been a dream of local Toolamba resident, Bryce Johnston for many years to own a 1964 Lincoln Continental and finally, two months ago, he realised his dream of owning the car known as the president’s car.
The sleek, black, all electric Lincoln with suicide doors, 430 big block engine, 3 speed auto with six seats and 22 inch wheels is the same type of vehicle that John F Kennedy was being driven in when he was assassinated.
Bryce said, “I’ve wanted one for years and came across one online a few months ago so I went and picked it up.
“It’s a great car to go cruising in with mates.
“It has been painted black and had rims put on, otherwise it is as it was when it came out of the factory.
“You look at it and just go wow it is just a big slab of metal. It’s a very unique vehicle and nowadays you don’t get many unique vehicles being made. It’s one of only three Lincoln’s in Shepparton but is the only 1964 model that I know of in the area.”


The Shepparton Adviser: New graduates start at GV Health "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

New graduates start at GV Health

LATEST INFLUX OF GRADS… From left (back), Medical Graduates, Ron Chan, Patrick Dhar, Alexandru Roman, Alexander Courtney, Paul Machado, Brianna Hatswell, Ja Hyuk (Brian) Koo, Rishi Narenthiran, Rathin Gosavi, Timothy Williamson, Oagile Mogomotsi. (Middle), Qinghui (Paul) Qian, Jad Jurji, Emily Hargreaves, Veronica Stubbs, Marina Caulfield, Xiao (Jack) Liao, Ankita Singh, Ryan Evans, Jithmi Peiris, Sung-Lin Yang, Wilson Yang. (Front), Alfred Yang, Vincent Wei, Caroline Shipley, Hye-Sang Shin, Cheryl Ng, Felanita Hutani, Jia (Sean) Hui, Roshini Nadaraja, Azaliya Abdullah and Juen Nin Woon. Photo: Emma Hillier.

THE latest influx of nurse graduates started their year with GV Health last week, which saw an extra two positions opened taking the number to 32, an increase from last year’s intake. The graduates will be taken through the paces over the coming 12 months, rotating through the surgical, medical and emergency departments.


The Shepparton Adviser: Tatura farmer takes on water services committee role "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Tatura farmer takes on water services committee role

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER… Tatura Farmer, Greg Perry has been appointed as a new member of the Goulburn-Murray Water Central Goulburn Water Services Committee. Photo: Supplied.

TATURA Farmer, Greg Perry is looking forward to gaining more knowledge about issues surrounding water following his appointment as a new member of the Goulburn-Murray Water Central Goulburn Water Services Committee.
The water services committees are a key link between Goulburn-Murray Water and customers throughout the region.
Members also play a vital role in identifying opportunities for system, service and delivery improvements and efficiencies and provide feedback on local water resource management plans, operating policies, procedures and billing arrangements.
The third-generation dairy farmer said, “I just wanted to take an interest and try to wrap my head around what’s involved when it comes to water.”
Mr Perry said he hoped to become a strong representative of GMW’s customer base during his time on the committee.


The Shepparton Adviser: Know when students return to school "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH just on three weeks left before most of the region’s students return for the 2016 school year, The Adviser is lending a helping hand to all parents with a convenient list outlining when students should return to school.

Bourchier Street Primary School
All students return Monday, February 1

Dhurringile Primary School
All students return Thursday, January 28

Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Years 5, 6 and 7 return Friday, January 29
Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 return Monday, February 1

Gowrie Street Primary School
All students return Thursday, January 28

Guthrie Street Primary School
All students return Thursday, January 28

Kialla West Primary School
Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 return Thursday, January 28
Preps return Friday, January 29

McGuire College
All students return Friday, January 29

Mooroopna Park Primary School
All students return Thursday, January 28

Mooroopna Primary School
All students return Thursday, January 28

Mooroopna Secondary College
Years 7, 10, 11 and 12 return Thursday, January 28
Years 8 and 9 return Friday, January 29

Nathalia Secondary College
All students return Thursday, January 28

Notre Dame College
Years 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 return Friday, January 29
Year 8 return Monday, February 1

Numurkah Primary School
Year 1 to 6 return Friday, January 29
Preps return Monday, February 1

Numurkah Secondary College
Years 7, 11 and 12 return Thursday, January 28
Years 8, 9 and 10 return Friday, January 29

Sacred Heart School (Tatura)
All students return Thursday, January 28...


The Shepparton Adviser: Concern for Shepparton’s health "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Concern for Shepparton’s health

WORRYING DEVELOPMENTS… Shepparton’s wellbeing over the past decade has been portrayed in a worrying light, with the city having had the lowest increase in household incomes, a decrease in the numbers of youths earning and learning, a decline in residents, an increase in welfare dependency, a low number of those with vocational or higher education, a reduction in home ownership and there are more adults who are now smokers. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

A WORRYING appearance of Shepparton’s wellbeing has been revealed in The Yearbook 2015: Progress in Australian Regions, recently released by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
The document exposed our city as having had the lowest increase in household incomes, seeing a decrease in the numbers of youths earning and learning, seeing a decline in residents, had an increase in welfare dependency, having a low number of those with vocational or higher education, seeing a reduction in home ownership and there are more adults who are now smokers, although, on a brighter note Shepparton has had growth in the number of new businesses.
According to the yearbook, the Shepparton region had the lowest increase in median weekly household income in the country, rising by only $11, from $903 in 2001 to $914 in 2011.
Percentages of young people aged 15 to 24 years old who were earning or learning in all parts of regional Victoria fell by 0.7 percent with Shepparton falling by 1.6 percent.
Shepparton also declin...


The Shepparton Adviser: Carols to fall quiet in corridors "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Carols to fall quiet in corridors

RELIGIOUS RUMBLE… The nativity scene put on each year by Bourchier Street Primary School could have become a thing of the past due to the Victorian Government’s introduction of new guidelines for special religious instruction that would mean specific religious teachings could not take place in public schools across the state. Although the school says it will continue its tradition as they are inclusive of all religions. Photo: Madeleine Caccianiga.

THE re-enactment of the birth of Christ and the singing of Christmas carols may soon fall quiet in the corridors of public schools throughout the state, with the Victorian Government releasing their new detailed guidelines for special religious instruction (SRI).
The guidelines, which will see certain religious programs scrapped from mainstream teaching this year, state that government schools must not promote any particular religious practice, denomination or sect, and must be open to adherents of any philosophy, religion or faith.
As part of this, any group seeking to facilitate, lead or provide instruction in programs that are based on distinctive religious tenets and beliefs must conduct the teachings either during lunch time or out-of-school hours, where this is provided by the school and supervised by school staff.
Many schools throughout Greater Shepparton hold annual Christmas concerts, but according to the new guidelines carols including O Holy Night, We Three Kings and Away in a Manger will no longer be able to be...


The Shepparton Adviser: Spotlight on youth hub ideas "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

YOUNG people aged between 15 and 24 in Greater Shepparton are being urged to have their say in the planning of a youth hub for the region.
Greater Shepparton Lighthouse is leading plans to establish a youth hub after it was identified as a priority by many of the people who took part in the recent 1,000 Conversations consultation.
A forum will be held on Tuesday, January 19 from 4pm to 6pm, at Wesley Hall in Maude Street, Shepparton, to give young people the chance to have input into planning for the hub.
Lighthouse Executive Officer, Lisa McKenzie is encouraging young people to come along and have their say on the elements they would like to see in a local youth centre.
“There are so many options and there is the opportunity to create something that uniquely suits our municipality. A place to study and work with tutors and mentors, somewhere to learn and practice music, a centre to access information and services, or a place to relax. The choices are wide and varied and we want to understand what would best serve our young people,’’ Mrs McKenzie said.
She pointed out that there was no funding or site yet identified for the hub but there was a strong desire in the community to bring the project to fruition.
“Where there is a will there is a way and if this is what our young people and their families are asking for, then we will give it our best shot to deliver,’’ Mrs McKenzie said.
For more information, phone Lisa McKenzie on 0427 212 651.


The Shepparton Adviser: Register your pet for less "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Register your pet for less

REDUCED FEES… If you register your pets before the end of the month, Greater Shepparton City Council will offer a reduced fee. Photo: Supplied.

UNTIL the end of January, local residents will have the chance to register their pets for less, with the discounted price ranging from $5 to $40.
Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Citizen Services, Laurienne Winbanks said, “This is a great way to help residents do the right thing and register their animals. If their pet does go missing it has a better chance of returning home if it is registered.
“We hope this one-off discounted fee encourages people to register their cat or dog which is part of being a responsible pet owner.
“The council offers free registration for puppies and kittens under six months of age.”
To register your pet, visit for a registration form and drop it off at council’s Welsford Street office for payment.


The Shepparton Adviser: Vulnerable students to remain a priority in Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Vulnerable students to remain a priority in Shepparton

HELP FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS… Kildonan UnitingCare Team Leader Child and Family Services, Vicki Huggard. Photo: David Lee.

IMPROVING educational outcomes and helping vulnerable students stay at school will remain a priority in Shepparton following news the state government will continue to fund the School Focused Youth Service (SFYS).
The Department of Education and Training has announced the SFYS, which began in Shepparton in 1998 and is co-ordinated by Kildonan UnitingCare, will be funded again for another two years.
Kildonan’ Chief Executive Officer, Stella Avramopoulos said the funding will allow Kildonan,’ education and community stakeholders to build on their previous work.
“Like many regional communities, there are challenges in ensuring young people remain engaged in education, employment or training.
“Kildonan’s SFYS team has addressed attendance issues by partnering with the Bridge Youth Service to provide tailored support for at-risk young people; we have held forums and provided professional development opportunities for school staff; we have provided transition support for vulnerable young people in Cobram who are starting secondary school this year.
“This funding means there will be ongoing resources to support vulnerable students in partnership with schools and the community, and it will give us the opportunity to develop a new plan focusing on young people who are at risk of disengaging from school.”...


andypaine: My top 10 songs of 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

It was a funny year for me and new music. For various reasons I went to less shows than I have the last few years, and a lot of my favourite musical discoveries were old albums that were new to me. So when it came to making this list I was a bit worried I wouldn’t have 10 new songs from 2015 that I had really loved. So it was nice in the end to realise that actually I had too many songs and would have to whittle down my shortlist. Here are the ten I came up with:


Royal Headache – Carolina

A few times over the last couple of years I’ve run into Royal Headache’s lead singer Shogun. At some point the conversation would turn to his band and he would tell me that he had broken up the band because there were “too many dickheads” at shows. “You look out at the audience,” he told me, “and it’s all the people you hated at high school.”

The hidden darkside of alternative rockstardom. But despite Shogun’s warnings, this year Royal Headache returned with their first album in four years and launched it, of all places, at the Sydney Opera House. The album, of course, is amazing.


mewithoutYou -Red Cow

mewithoutYou are a band that I have appreciated for a dec...


Northey Street City Farm: Farming Manager Position Vacant "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Position:                      Farming Team Manager

Hours:                          24 hours per week

Pay rate:                       NSCF Award Agreement Manager Level, $26.04 per hour excluding entitlements

Contract Position:        Permanent part time

Responsible to:            Management Committee


The Farming Team Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming in the sub tropics, preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.

For more information Click Here


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: 2015 Year In Review "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Click here to view the embedded video.

Looking for an inspirational way to kick start 2016? Then sit back and have a look at just some of what you helped us achieve in 2015. Throughout the year we: achieved, smiled, rescued, delighted, dazzled, enabled, encouraged, sparked, connected, restored, revived, embraced, innovated, improved, illuminated, motivated, captivated, moved, built, nourished, opened, soared, protected, healed and perfected.

And yes that’s right, we did it all with the help of you, our amazing supporters. If you would like to join Edgar’s Mission and help us reach even greater heights in 2016, why not sign up to our monthly donor program, here’s how.


Zedlines: Qld cattle tick consultations continue, and more 11am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The consultation period for an examination of the cattle tick line in Queensland has been extended by one month, according to Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson. Image source: Wikimedia.

Politician pay rise on the books
All Queensland politicians will receive a 1.73% pay rise following a recommendation from the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal.

The move will increase the base salary of an MP by almost $3,000 to $151,000. Additional salaries for ministers, the opposition leader and the premier will also increase, taking premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s salary to $385,000.


Echonetdaily: Shot NSW officer involved in Naden capture "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A file picture of police dog Chuck sitting on the ground after assisting in the capture of fugitive Malcolm Naden on a property outside of Gloucester in 2012. (AP Photo/Simone De Peak, Pool)

A file picture of police dog Chuck sitting on the ground after assisting in the capture of fugitive Malcolm Naden on a property outside of Gloucester in 2012. (AP Photo/Simone De Peak, Pool)

Sydney [AAP]

The police officer shot and critically wounded at a Sydney hospital is reportedly the handler of the dog that helped capture one of Australia’s most wanted men, Malcolm Naden.

Media reports have named the officer as Luke Warburton. He was the handler of police dog Chuck.

In 2012, Chuck brought Naden to heel, biting the murderer on the arm as he emerged from his Hunter Valley hideaway in the dead of night.

Mr Warburton is in a critical but stable condition, after he and a security guard were shot during a scuffle with a man at Nepean Hospital in Sydney’s west.

Police say they responded to reports of a man threatening a doctor with scissors in Penrith just before 10.30pm on Tuesday.

Following a scuffle, the man grabbed the police officer’s gun and both the policeman and security guard subsequently suffered gunshot wounds to the leg.

Mr Warburton, shot in the left thigh, is in a ‘critical but stable condition’ according to NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, while the security guard is stable, after being shot in the calf.

‘My thoughts are...


Zedlines: Victorian Myki system under investigation, and more 10am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Victoria’s Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the enforcement of the myki system, their equivalent of Queensland’s go card. Image source: Flickr.

Qld to erase historic convictions for gay sex
The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will be taking action to expunge historic convictions for gay sex.

The move brings Queensland in line with several other states, including the Victorian government which announced in 2014 that it would be removing historic convictions for gay sex from the record.

The convictions, and associated criminal records, have never affected Australia's lesbian community, as the existence of lesbian sex was never acknowledged by those laws.


Byron Bay Blog: An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Jan Rae "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lone Goat Gallery – Opening 15 January at 6pm

“My artwork is an enquiry into the constantly evolving meeting place of earth and water and represents the geography of the imagination. another dimension. The oil paintings are about mapping a remembered and imagined coastline where the margin between earth and water is lost and re-found. They also refer to a lifetime of experiencing the sublime beauty and tidal fluctuations of my home environment at Belongil Beach” – Jan Rae.


Lone Goat Gallery is located in the Byron Bay Library Building on the corner Lawson & Middleton Streets Byron Bay. Open 10am – 4pm daily during exhibitions. For further information, visit

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Echonetdaily: Ballina trio charged with drugs, assault "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man and two women have been charged over alleged drug and assault offences following a search warrant in Ballina yesterday.

Richmond Local Area Command police had received reports that a 32-year-old woman had allegedly been assaulted by a man using a stun gun.

Police executed a search warrant at a home on Crane Street, where they allegedly located cannabis, methylamphetamine, prescribed medications, cash and a stun gun. All items were seized for forensic examination.

Three people were at the scene at the time of the search warrant.

A 43-year-old woman was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for possess prohibited drug. A court date is yet to be determined.

A second woman, aged 22, and a 42-year-old man, were arrested at the scene and taken to Ballina Police Station, where the woman was charged with assault.

She will appear at Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 13 January 2016).

The man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possess prohibited weapon, possess prohibited drug, possess prescribed restricted substance, and deal with proceeds of crime.

He has been refused bail, to appear at Lismore Local Court today.


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Zedlines: Bill to take away corruption watchdog powers in Indonesia - plus more 9am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is under pressure to oppose a restriction of anti-corruption powers (image: creative commons)

Funding boost for Qld community legal services

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a short term funding boost for several Queensland community legal services, equaling nearly 3 million dollars.

The funding targets shortfalls in services for families, domestic and family violence, child protection, as well as disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

The funding was provided by the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services, and is available until mid-2017.


Echonetdaily: Tweed newsletter inspiring shire’s sustainability "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed Shire Council's acting director community and natural resources, Jane Lofthouse, takes a look at the new Sustainability E-Newsletter that can be subscribed to or accessed online. Photo supplied

Tweed Shire Council’s acting director community and natural resources, Jane Lofthouse, takes a look at the new Sustainability E-Newsletter that can be subscribed to or accessed online.

In a first for the Tweed Shire, an online newsletter aimed at informing ratepayers on sustainability and local environmental issues has been launched by Tweed Shire Council.

Council’s first issue now online has articles on Murwillumbah’s new seed library, tips on recycling wrapping paper and products at Christmas, how to join council’s Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program and how council has been saving on electricity throughout the year.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne said the release of the first e-newsletter was another step on the path to spreading the word about sustainability and environmental stewardship.

‘We are very lucky to live in the Tweed and what everybody loves about the region is its astounding environmental values,’ Cr Milne said.

‘The Tweed community is very savvy and understands the imperative and financial benefits of being sustainable, so it’s great that the Sustainability and Environment E-Newsletter is focused on providing our community with more information about ways residents can take action.

‘As residents of the Tweed it is important we educate ourselves, and each other, to inspire local communities and agencies to preserve and enhance environmental values for the future.

‘This first......


Echonetdaily: Byron cinemas to close for a year "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artist's impression of what the new cinema complex will look like from outside. (supplied)

Artist’s impression of what the new cinema complex will look like from outside. (supplied)

The Palace Byron Bay cinemas have announced they will be closing for a year to enable the redevelopment of the site.

The cinemas will close on 27 January, and are expected to be reopened early in 2017.

Palace Cinemas chief executive Benjamin Zeccola said all existing Byron Bay cinema staff would be considered for roles once the cinema reopened, and with the expansion comes the requirement for new positions, creating employment opportunities for the shire..

The redevelopment will provide six more auditoria, making of total of nine screens.

‘This will give patrons the opportunity to enjoy an even wider range of independent and mainstream films, as well as continuing the cinema’s alternate content program of theatre, opera, ballet, concerts and the ever popular international film festivals,’ Mr Zeccola said.

‘The timetable for reopening will be shared with the community as soon as plans are available and Palace Cinemas look forward to offering our patrons a second-to-none entertainment and hospitality experience at the home of quality cinema in Byron Shire.

Mr Zeccola said existing Movie Club members would automatically have a 12 month extension added to their memberships to cover for the closure.

‘We understand that the upgrades may inconvenience you and as we are dedicated to offering a premium cinematic experience we would love to offer you a twelve month extensio......


Echonetdaily: Australia’s largest uni goes smoke free "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Melbourne [AAP]

Smoking has been banned on all campuses of a major Victorian university.

Monash University announced that smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, would be banned from every campus, including grounds and vehicles from January 2016.

The university said it was part of a broader commitment by all Victorian universities to provide healthier smoke-free environments.

‘There is clear evidence to show that smoke-free environments increase the rate of quitting and reduce the amount of people taking up smoking,’ the university said in a statement.

Students, staff and visitors will need to leave the campus to light up and those caught smoking on university grounds may face ‘disciplinary action’.


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Echonetdaily: German tourists killed in Istanbul bombing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

People believed to be German tourists that were targeted at an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district are escorted back to their hotel in Istanbul, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

People believed to be German tourists that were targeted at an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district are escorted back to their hotel in Istanbul, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Istanbul [RAW]

A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has blamed on Islamic State.

All of those killed on Tuesday in Sultanahmet square, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia – major tourist sites in the centre of one of the world’s most visited cities – were foreigners, Davutoglu said.

A senior official said nine were German.

Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said the bomber was believed to have recently entered Turkey from Syria but was not on Turkey’s watch list of suspected militants.

He said earlier that the bomber had been identified from body parts at the scene and was thought to be a Syrian born in 1988.

Davutoglu said he had spoken by phone with German chancellor Angela Merkel to offer condolences and vowed Turkey’s fight against Islamic State, at home and as part of the US-led coalition, would continue.

‘Until we wipe out Daesh, Turkey will continue its fight at home and with coalition forces,’ he said in comments broadcast live on television, using an Arabic name for Islamic State.

He vowed to hunt down and punish those lin...


Zedlines: Harsh new refugee laws in Denmark and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Development near Customs House under fire from UQ, call for herpes virus to be used on problem carp in Murray-Darling, harsh new refugee laws in Denmark and more 8am Zedlines (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Brisbane MP new office selection process comes under fire

Liberal MP for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro has drawn criticism for moving her office into a building whose ownership is linked to former Queensland Liberal leader Terry White.

The revelations about Ms Gambaro’s move to Newstead prompted federal Labor MP for Griffith Terri Butler to call for more transparency in the process.


Echonetdaily: Canadian pilot dies in Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Davis station from the air, Antarctica. An injured pilot medically evacuated to Australia's Davis station after falling into a crevasse on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica. (AAP Image/Australian Antarctic Division)

Davis station from the air, Antarctica. An injured pilot medically evacuated to Australia’s Davis station after falling into a crevasse on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica. (AAP Image/Australian Antarctic Division)

Melbourne [AAP]

A Canadian helicopter pilot has died after falling down an icy crevasse near an Australian research station in Antarctica.

David Wood, 62, fell 20 metres into the crevasse after landing on a remote ice shelf near Australia’s Davis station on Monday evening.

Mr Wood is a contracted employee with the Australian Antarctic program at Davis station.

He was rescued by an emergency response team after lying in the crevasse for at least two hours.

The Canadian was then flown to a medical facility at the nearby station, where he died.

Australian Antarctic Division director Nick Gales expressed the division’s sincere condolences to Mr Wood’s family.

‘Mr Wood was a respected colleague and friend to many in the Australian Antarctic program, with which he has been involved for a number of years,’ Dr Gales said in a statement late on Tuesday.

Mr Wood had more than 30 years’ experience as a pilot and had worked extensively in the Antarctic and Arctic, Dr Giles said.

He said Mr Wood had received the best possible medical care from highly trained doctors at the base, supported by an ‘enormous’...


Echonetdaily: White supremacists barrack for Trump "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Right-wing billionaire and Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Photo AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

Right-wing billionaire and Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Photo AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

Washington [RAW]

A white supremacist group says it has placed thousands of automated phone calls in the US state of Iowa urging voters to back billionaire Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination because ‘we don’t need Muslims’.

The telephone campaign is led by the American Freedom Party, which on its website says it ‘shares the customs and heritage of the European American people’.

The calls featured the spokesman of a white supremacist group that Dylann Roof, who is accused of gunning down nine people at a black church in South Carolina in June, had reportedly cited as inspiration.

‘We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture,’ Jared Taylor, editor of the supremacist magazine American Renaissance, says on the call.

Taylor is also spokesman of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a supremacist group with historic links to the White Citizens Council, a segregationist organisation set up in Mississippi in 1954.

The group also attempted to buy radio time in Iowa but was rebuffed.

The group has placed about 200,000 ‘robocalls’ in Iowa and may also target New Hampshire, organisers said. The American Freedom Party published an audio recording of the call on its website.

Iowa kicks off the voting in the nominating contests leading up to...


Echonetdaily: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall to wed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall arriving for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA. last week. EPA/Paul Buck

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall arriving for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA. last week. EPA/Paul Buck

London [PAA]

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall have announced their engagement.

The Australian media mogul, 84, and the 59-year-old model placed an advert in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the Times newspaper, which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corporation.

The pair reportedly begun their relationship in the (northern) summer of 2015 and became engaged at the weekend, during which they attended the Golden Globe awards ceremony.

The notice reads: ‘Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement.’

A spokesman for the Murdoch family told the paper: ‘They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future.’

Murdoch has wed three times before, while it will be US-born Hall’s first official marriage, although she had a long-term relationship with rocker Mick Jagger.

The pair were first spotted together in public at the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand in October.

Murdoch was previously married to Wendi Deng, mother to two of his children, but they split in June 2013.

He re...


Echonetdaily: Fires getting worse in changing climate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fires continue to burn in the shires of Harvey and Waroona in Western Australia. The bushfire has destroyed 143 properties and killed two people. (AAP image/WA Department of Parks and Wildlife)

Fires continue to burn in the shires of Harvey and Waroona in Western Australia. The bushfire has destroyed 143 properties and killed two people. (AAP image/WA Department of Parks and Wildlife)

Adelaide [AAP]

Bushfires have destroyed more than half a million hectares of land since October in what firefighters says is a sign of heightened catastrophic fire weather conditions across Australia fuelled by climate change.

The Australian Climate and Firefighters Alliance says fire events are becoming more frequent and harder to predict due to changing weather patterns and increasing fuel loads.

Since October, major fires in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia have claimed eight lives and have destroyed 222 homes along with hundreds of other buildings, leaving a damage bill of more than $280 million.

‘While it is impossible to put a price on a human life, the cost of property and livestock destroyed in these fire events alone is staggering,’ alliance spokesman Paul Gray said in a statement on Tuesday.

‘When coupled with the devastation to communities and the families and friends of those lost, it’s obvious that we need to be doing as much as we can to ensure our own government and those overseas commit to stabilising global temperatures before it is too late.

‘The danger to communities and the risks to civilians and the firefighters employed to protect them are too grea...


Echonetdaily: Trapped Syrians tell of starvation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

People wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria, on Monday. (AP Photo)

People wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria, on Monday. (AP Photo)

Beirut [RAW]

Residents of a besieged Syrian town have told UN investigators how the weakest in their midst, deprived of food and medicines in violation of international law, are suffering starvation and death, the top UN war crimes investigator has told the news agency Reuters.

An aid convoy on Monday brought the first food and medical relief for three months to the western town of Madaya, where 40,000 people are trapped by encircling government forces.

But Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN commission of inquiry documenting war crimes in Syria, on Tuesday said his team remained ‘gravely concerned’ about the humanitarian situation there.

‘As part of our investigations, the Commission has been in direct contact with residents currently living inside Madaya,’ he said in an emailed reply to Reuters questions.

‘They have provided detailed information on shortages of food, water, qualified physicians, and medicine. This has led to acute malnutrition and deaths among vulnerable groups in the town,’ he said in the email sent from his native Brazil.

Rebel forces are also besieging the government-held villages of Foua and Kafraya in Idlib province, where UN supplies were also delivered on Monday, Pinheiro noted.

Aid workers who reached Madaya spoke of ‘heartbreaking’ conditions being endured by emaciated and starving residents, with hundreds in need of specialised medical he...


Echonetdaily: Fluoride plant failures prompt closure calls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Protestors at the entrance of the fluoride dosing plant at Corndale, which has been shut down on a number of occasions after leaks were discovered. (Pic supplied)

Protestors at the entrance of the fluoride dosing plant at Corndale, which has been shut down on a number of occasions after leaks were discovered. (Pic supplied)

Anti-fluoride activists are calling on Rous Water to shut down its fluoride dosing plants and hold a public inquiry following a series of shutdowns.

Members of the Fluoride Free Northern Rivers group say the Corndale plant that provides fluoridated water to Lismore and Goonellabah has broken down at least twice since it was commissioned in September last year.

They say documents obtained through Freedom of Information also indicate that overdose spikes had occurred at both the Clunes and Dorroughby plants, forcing emergency shutdowns at each plant.

FFNR public officer Lisa Connell said the Corndale plant was shutdown for almost five weeks as a result of failures.

‘Over a five-day period in early October breakdowns of an inlet pump join and screw feeders caused highly concentrated fluoridated water to leak over the floor of the plant,’ she said.

‘Workers were put at extreme risk and had to wear full protection suits to clean up the water and the plant was immediately shutdown for another four to five weeks so as contractors could be found to make repairs.

‘When the plant became operational again another similar leak appeared and fluoridation was again suspended for a number of weeks.’

Ms Connell said the breakdown...


Focus On Fauna: Grand design "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Downsizing a bit from Kevin McCloud’s usual offering, this Common Mud-dauber (Sceliphron laetum) nest is nonetheless an impressive build. Working alone on a minimal budget with no advice from architects, the mud-dauber completes its structure in just a few days.   Shaunna and Chris from Strath Creek sent us a photo of a “waspy-thingy” and […]


Echonetdaily: David Ades Life In A Day in a night at the Bangalow Bowlo "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

DaveAdesOnSaxPassionate, haunting, unforgettable, the album is testament to the spirit of a man who shared his heart through music and scored a 5 star Jazz Album of the Year rating from The Australian.  Fellow musicians and friends Zac Hurren and Julien Wilson are touring the album, which has been released on Lionshare records, an indecent Australian Jazz Label.

On the eve of the album launch at the Bangalow Bowlo, Julien Wilson spoke with The Echo about David Ades, his music, and his influence.

Tell me how you Zac Hurren came to know Dave and his music?

As I said at Dave’s funeral, Byron locals all know who Dave is and how great he is, but are they really aware just what an incredible musician he is on a global level? In the early 90s when I was 18 I heard Mark Simmonds (another frighteningly good Australian saxophonist) and through their association together stories of the legendary Dave Ades started to seep in to my consciousness. Friends and mentors played me videos of them both playing with Phil Treloar’s band from the Beyond El Rocco sessions. It really took my breath away. For me, this was the Aussie equivalent of John Coltrane with Pharoah Sanders or Cannonball Adderley. Really – it was THAT heavy for me!! It wasn’t until 99 that I finally met Dave at Scott Tinkler’s house in Byron in the FATS days. It was instant brotherhood. But everyone says that about Dave. After that we played nearly every time we met. Dave had such a passionate burning hunger for music. He didn’t play the music. He was the music. The saxophone was just the tool that helped him manifest and release it.

What is it do you think that is unique about Dave’s work? What does he d......


Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – Wednesday 13 January, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Subotika – Land Of Wonders – (Best Of International) screening at Flickerfest 22–24

Subotika – Land Of Wonders – (Best Of International) screening at Flickerfest 22–24

HOT SHORTS for Mullum!

Celebrating its landmark 25th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy Award-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short-film festival, and the country’s largest Australian and international short-film competition, screens the best of shorts from Australia and around the globe; ensuring the presentation of A-list short film programs recognised among the best in the world. Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach over 8–17 January 2016, with selected highlights the most entertaining and innovative short films from around the world touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour over Jan–May 2016, with Byron Shire being the first stop. Flickerfest is screening for its 18th year in the northern rivers region in 2016 and will celebrate its landmark 25th birthday since the festival’s first ever screening in Balmain Sydney back in 1991.

The Flickerfest 2016 tour will take place at the new home of the air-cooled Mullum Civic Hall, screening a smorgasboard of the world’s and Australia’s best shorts, over one big weekend, handpicked from a record 2,400 entries. Along with the Byron All Shorts finalists screening, audiences will experience the best of short films from the Byron region, Australia and around the world over three cinema-packed days.

Come celebrate amazing independent filmmaking in Mullumbimby over 22–24 Januar...


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).



onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.471 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

View Online What's On this Week | 12 - 18 January 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 12th January 2016 to Monday 18th January 2016 January means summer, night markets, festivals and exhibitions. MelB Summer Night Markets Warm nights are best spent eating, drinking and shopping. Check out these fabulous night markets open during the week around Melbourne. Summer Markets Guide | Market Calendar Night Markets Now Open Queen Victoria Summer Night Market Every Wednesday night 5pm to 10pm | Queen Victoria Market Now in its 18th year, the Summer Night Market attracts over 200 stall holders and showcases some of Melbourne’s finest artisans, producing locally made clothing, jewellery, prints and an array of cultural goods. Blender Lane Artists' Market Every Wednesday night 5pm to 10pm | Blender Lane CBD Take a walk through the quirky and colourful market stalls showcasing a variety of art, illustration, craft, design, textile and jewellery. South Melbourne Night Market Every Thursday night 5.30pm to 9.30pm | South Melbourne Market The city’s oldest Market transforms at twilight into a magical night market, offering street food, copious stalls, eclectic entertainment and music in one big cultural feast. St Kilda Twilight Market Every Thursday night 5pm to 10pm | O'Donnell Gardens, St Kilda An array of artworks, vintage wear, craft, hand designed fashion and jewellery, exotic clothes, produce, emerging designers and foods of the world. Supper Market Every Friday night 6 - 10pm | Abbotsford Convent Foodies will love the delicious food, shoppers will love all the quality products on offer, entertainment, circus performers and acoustic music. The Age Lunar Markets February 4 - 14, 2016 | Harbour Esplanade Docklands 11-day pop-up food and drink market with great Asian food, music, bars and contemporary culture. Summer Markets Guide | Market Calendar Italian Fare Melbourne Tomato Festival...


Echonetdaily: Palestine occupation facilitating land theft "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vic Alhadeff  (Byron Shire Echo letters, January 6) does not dispute Patriarch Michel
Sabah’s claim that ‘Israel confiscated part of Bethlehem’s northern
lands and approved the expansion of the illegal settlement of Gilo –
built on privately owned lands of Bethlehem – by 891 new housing

Does Mr Alhadeff and the NSW Board of Jewish Deputies endorse
this theft?

In 2012 former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr,
stated, ‘The government has repeatedly urged Israeli leaders to cease
settlement activity. In the communiqué of the Australia-UK
Ministerial meeting in January this year, for example, we called for
an end to Israeli settlement activity, noting that it was illegal and
undermined the prospects for peace’.

Despite his promise in 2009 not to build more settlements, Netanyahu has overseen a 40 per cent increase in settlement building in 2014-2015 alone and 68 per cent of that lies in land
slated for the foundation of a Palestinian state.

No doubt Netanyahu and the 580,000 settlers in 123 government authorised settlements, 100 unauthorised outposts and 12 major neighbourhoods in illegally annexed East Jerusalem don’t give a damn for Palestinian rights or the opinions of Australia and the international community.

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre

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Echonetdaily: Fines, fines, everywhere fines "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fines will soon be increased for bicyclists not wearing a helmet from $71 to $319. This is really sad. Australia is so very boring.

In the Netherlands, it is not mandatory to use a helmet and yet they have the highest concentration of cyclists in the world. If I had to guess, the fact that Dutch politicians ride bicycles daily to the shops and work means they actually understand the issue.

Here in Australia, they think bicycles are toys. They expect cyclist to get out of the way of cars, councils often direct you on the footpath and even the riders themselves don’t seem to have any sense of road rules.

Riding bikes you’ll hear people yelling at you from passing cars… unbelievable. The pure ignorance around bicycles in Australia is shocking.

If you ride a bike, now you must carry photo ID or face another fine. So much for jumping on the bike and going to the beach with nothing but your swimmers. You’ll have to bring your valuables and leave them on the sand. Oh wait, that’s probably another fine-able offence.

Every month the government ladles over us more and more laws. Common sense and personal risk are not acceptable.

You are guilty if you drive with your arm out the window, you park a car with the window partly open, you walk a dog anywhere off a leash, and you’re seriously screwed if you smoked some marijuana days before getting stopped at a random roadside check point… despite having zero impairment.

So many laws; everyone is guilty of something. Basically, we are all going to be fined if the men in blue happen look our way. We hope our status; newish car, nice clothes, age and so forth will leave us unchallenged… we hope. Like wildebeest in the herd hoping the lions don’t look at us.

I’m a good guy who is being called a criminal and I don’t like it. Where does this end?

Mark Oliver, Byron Bay

The post...


North Coast Voices: Last week Michael Pascoe started the 2016 political year off with his tongue-in-cheek and gave readers a good belly laugh "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Age newspaper along with Fairfax journalist & BusinessDay contributing editor Michael Pascoe deserve a hearty round of applause for this effort on New Year’s Day 2016, Crystal ball reveals 2016's highs and lows in business:

Senator Eric Abetz declares a Day of Shame over Tony Abbott not being named Australian of the Year. "Monckton warned me – it's the United Nations World Government again," the Tasmanian senator says.
At his first official function as Ambassador – an Australia Day barbie – Joe Hockey lauds the McDonald's all-day breakfast as the sort of innovation Australia needs. Embassy staff quietly ask guests not to tell him it's already available here.


North Coast Voices: Sixteen parternalistic buybodies delivered a report to the Turnbull Government which may change your relationship with your GP "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2016:

LAST year was the year we avoided a $7 GP fee and a $5 prescription medicine price hike but six major reviews are plotting other major changes to the health system for 2016.

Primary health care, Medicare rebates, private health insurance, prescription medicine payments, mental health care and electronic health records are all slated for major changes under these reviews.

These and other health reforms, to be rolled out from 2016, will push up the cost of blood tests and scans, change your relationship with your GP, see you dragooned into an e-health record and increase your private health insurance costs — but might save you $1 on your prescriptions.

Seven million Australians with chronic and complex illness like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma and mental illness will be asked to enrol with a single GP practice.


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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...


The Vociferous Journalist: A Little Liberty or A Little Security? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Today sees the launch of the Campaign to Secure the Internet, an online campaign supported by nearly 200 international experts in the fields of IT, communications and systems. They are calling upon governments across the world to reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies. Academic expert in computer security and hacking, Dr Suelette Dreyfus from the Department of Computing and Information Systems spoke to me about this campaign. To find out more about this campaign, check it out at


tyto tony: Cassowary surprise on Mt Fox road "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Out into drought country today for look at Ingham's modern(-ish) volcano, Mt Fox.

Road up the range runs through patches of rainforest. What else runs through rainforest? Big birds with big built-in helmets. Young male Cassowary feeding on seeds (and ignoring sweet lemons on ground nearby). Tried for close-up, but passing truck spooked bird.

What sits on dead branches above rainforest and dry-country trees alike? Rollers, or Dollarbirds (because of their big wing windows). Couldn't cash in on flight pictures because bird took off and didn't return.



ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Did Germany really make a serious peace proposal in Dec 1916? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I am very grateful to Britain At War, Illustrated History of the Third Year of the Great War: 1916, without which I would not have sought out, and found the speech offering Germany’s peace proposal in Dec 1916. Thanks to Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914–1918 by R Chickering.

The intolerable strains of the war showed on all sides. Britain, the only major nation that had been at war without conscription, introd­uced it in early 1916. Depleted manpower resources forced governments throughout Europe to begin deploying women in various hitherto male-only jobs on the home front. Signs of popular disillusionment with the ongoing conflict, such as labour unrest and food riots, were more common. By 1916 End-The-War voices had been everywhere.

Although their armies were killing each other’s young men by the mil­lions, the warring sides in WW1 remained in almost constant diplomat­ic contact. How bizarre! As early as Feb 1916, newspapers were des­crib­ing an attempt by German chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg to make a peace proposal through Pope Benedict XV. His proposal and its stipulations were further explained by Count Julius Andrassy in Budapest in April, but the Allies dismissed it out of hand because of it was fundamentally calling for a return to pre-war boundaries, leaving only the fate of Germany’s overseas possessions in dispute.

In Nov the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne circ­ulated a letter calling for a negotiated peace in the name of saving civil­is­ation, but it was loudly damned by most British statesmen. One other proposal followed the death of Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef I in Nov 1916, when Kaiser Charles I took over. The new Emp­er­or’s offer interested American President Woodrow Wilson enough to remain strictly neutral until April 1917, when it became clear that Austria-Hungary would not break its alliance with Germa......


Radio 4EB - Community Ethnic Radio: Global Digital - Woodford Folk Festival Broadcasts "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Following several years' success at one of Australia's largest music and culture festivals, 4EB and 4ZZZ are again journeying to the Woodford Folk Festival (WFF) to produce several special broadcasts. Year in, year out the Festival is renown for an immense lineup of folk, pop, indie, blues, and various other artforms, attractions and side-shows. This year's drawcard acts include Australia's Courtney Barnett, American Michael Franti, San Cisco, and Lanie Lane. Click here for more details.


Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The universe, roadkill couture and me "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mandys-cozzyThe universe provides. That’s what hippies with moon calendars in their toilet and a copy of The Secret by their bed have always told me. To a small extent I agree, but the universe is not some sort of online shopping site. I don’t think you can order specific items or experiences. Things occur randomly; it’s up to you whether or not you are willing to accept the unexpected and sometimes unwanted gifts of the cosmos.

I had one such experience the other day: I was busy with my sledgehammer and road signage for an upcoming comedy night, erecting the hand-painted marine ply that I like to think of as my low-carbon Facebook. I had turned up to remove an out-of-date sign, and noticed what looked like a scrunched up muddy pair of men’s boardies hanging on the corner of my stake.

Maybe it wasn’t even mud. Maybe it was shit. Maybe some bloke shit himself on the way home from the pub and then threw his pants on my sign. Maybe it’s not random at all. Maybe the dude really hates me. If these signs are my Facebook, then the poo-covered swim shorts were like a nasty comment. This was his way of saying ‘fat bitch’.

I picked up a stick and carefully removed the offending item, holding it as far away as I could. As I lifted the boardies they unfurled a little. I’m like, hang on, that’s not boardies. That’s a woman’s swimsuit. On closer inspection the clumps of brown seemed to be more consistent with mud than faeces. The cozzies had unravelled some to reveal a neat little black-and-white gingham check. Hang on, that could be a vintage ladies’ swim costume. I’m not throwing that back.

So I transfer the muddied clump to the hood of my car where I used the stick to perform an impromptu roadsi.....


South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Strong prices at first sale for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Dowel family celebrated the start of the year with a good sale at Leongatha VLE on Thursday. There to watch the sale of their 84 steers were, from back left, Robert, Zak and Maddison. Front, Jaya, Vera, Natasha, Leesa, Harper and Bee. Bee was out visiting the family from Manchester, UK, and was delighted to spend part of her holiday at the saleyards on a good day for the family. D110216.

The Dowel family celebrated the start of the year with a good sale at Leongatha VLE on Thursday. There to watch the sale of their 84 steers were, from back left, Robert, Zak and Maddison. Front, Jaya, Vera, Natasha, Leesa, Harper and Bee. Bee was out visiting the family from Manchester, UK, and was delighted to spend part of her holiday at the saleyards on a good day for the family. D110216.

During the school holidays there are always lots of kids at the saleyards there to see the finished product of the family’s business. Klayton McGrath, Liam Meyer with uncle Brendan McGrath, were at the saleyards to watch ‘Pa’ buy some steers. D120216.

During the school holidays there are always lots of kids at the saleyards there to...


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.



Zedlines: Fifth Queensland coal miner diagnosed with black lung - And more 11am Zedlines. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A man from Middlemount who wishes to remain anonymous has become the fifth Queensland coal miner to be diagnosed with black lung. (image source: creative commons)

Fifth Queensland coal miner diagnosed with black lung

A man from Middlemount who wishes to remain anonymous has become the fifth Queensland coal miner to be diagnosed with black lung.

The man has been working as a coal miner since the early 1970’s and stopped going underground after he received the diagnosis last week.

By June this year it is expected that a sample of hundreds of x-rays of coal mine workers will be examined for black lung.

Fresh calls for settlement in Queensland dam class action


Zedlines: Proposed nuclear waste facility attracts spray-on protest - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Opponents of the proposed nuclear waste facility southwest of Warwick have taken their protests to the streets with graffiti, spray-painting roads and industrial bins with their message. ( image source: Warrick Daily News)

In local news…

Proposed nuclear waste facility attracts spray-on protest

Opponents of the proposed nuclear waste facility southwest of Warwick have taken their protests to the streets with graffiti, spray-painting roads and industrial bins with their message.

Police are investigating the incident in Oman Ama, where the facility is under consideration, with Sergeant Tim Hoffmann acknowledging the issue has raised a passionate response.


Zedlines: Mobile phone coverage in rural Queensland to be fixed - And more 9am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Bad mobile phone coverage in Esk, Coominya and Toogoolawah is set to be fixed due to Blair MP Shayne Neumann lobbying in Canberra for reception issues to be fixed urgently (image source: creative commons)

In local news…

Mobile phone coverage in rural Queensland to be fixed

Bad mobile phone coverage in Esk, Coominya and Toogoolawah is set to be fixed due to Blair MP Shayne Neumann lobbying in Canberra for reception issues to be fixed urgently.

Mr. Neumann previously lobbied for Somerset Dam, Moore and Linville to receive better phone coverage which has resulted in towers and base stations being built.


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...


Zedlines: Nearly 25,000 animals surrendered to RSPCA - And more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The RSPCA Queensland says nearly 25,000 animals were surrendered to the organisation in 2015(image, creative source: creative commons)

In local news…

Nearly 25,000 animals surrendered to RSPCA

The RSPCA Queensland says nearly 25,000 animals were surrendered to the organisation in 2015 which spokesperson Michael Beatty has described as depressing figures.

Centres in Wacol and Dakabin received almost half of the animals, and combined, this is 600 more than in 2014.

Mr Beatty says centres across the state were close to bursting and owning a pet isn’t a right but a privilege which comes with the responsibility to care for the animal for the rest of its life.


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...


Sandy Straits and Beyond: On The Bay "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I always enjoy kayaking around the bay - and even more so when it has been some time since I have been able to get out there. The other morning it was nearly perfect. There was almost no wind which makes it all so much more beautiful. This is an opening through the mangroves that many of the boats use to get out in the deeper water of the creek.

These boats have been sitting here for months. I have seen the one with the mast and sails move out every now and again but not the other one. When the tide goes out they are resting on the sand.

This is not where I expect to see fishermen. When I first saw them they were out beyond the mangroves and in waist deep water.  As they came in past me I asked if they had caught anything and they said they had.

These birds were strung out along the sand at the Airport Roost.

Friday, 08 January


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