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Tuesday, 19 January


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: More signs Turnbull's political honeymoon is over? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Roy Morgan Research, 13 January 2016:

Roy Morgan Research’s Business Confidence declined by a further 4.2 points in December (down 3.5% to 114.5), following on from the November decline of 0.6 points (down 0.5%). The combined drop of 4.8 points (down 4.0%) over the last two months is a likely indication that the initial burst of confidence following Malcolm Turnbull becoming Prime Minister is beginning to “cool off”, although it still  remains  11.6% above the level prior to his appointment.

These December figures are the results of 1,001 interviews with a cross section of businesses across Australia.

The level of Business Confidence in December is still positive for the economy but the last two months have seen a decline which now puts it below the five-year average (116.9) and is a sign that confidence is very fragile.

The ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence finished the year on 115.4 (12-13th December), up margin...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: So what's happening with the Fair Work Commission's penalty rate review? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By December 2015 the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rates review had generated five days of transcripts and received a large number of submissions from employer groups, unions representing employees and one federal Labor MP, Melissa Price.

This last hearing date in the penalty rates case is scheduled for 15 April 2016.

There will be a good many households in rural and regional Australia where those with paid employment receive penalty rates for working long and/or unsociable hours.

As the two industry groups being targeted are significant employers outside metropolitan areas, perhaps those living in the NSW Northern Rivers region should all be closely watching the Commission at work and the degree to which its final determinations align with the data to which it has access.

The Fair Work Commission in its ...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Culture Guide 18/1/16: Sound Art, Transcendental Visions and Traditional Dance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Our selection of the best events going on around town.
Need Culture?
Need to leave the house? FBi’s Culture Guide has you sorted…

Monday 18th

The NOW Now opens at 107 Projects

The NOW Now

The NOW Now artist run festival of experimental sound art kicks off at 107 Projects! The NOW Now aims to present a showcase of diverse exploratory, outsider and generally ‘othered’ forms of music and sound art.

Monday night you can catch combinations of jazz and synth performances, and see installations by Emily Morandini, and a durational performance by Victoria Hunt Movement.

WHAT: Sound art festival
WHEN: 18 January 8pm-midnight
WHERE:  107 Projects
HOW MUCH: $15 / $10 concession

Tuesday 19th

Visions beyond opens at Kudos Gallery

Visions Beyond


A collaborative group exhibition concentrating on notions of transcendentalism.

Artists Jobe Williams, Campbell Henderson, Bronte Hock, Tess Williams, Jonathon Bolitho, Emily Hana...

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Practising Simplicity: a word on toys "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In my quest to have a good purge before we move, I took to the toys on the weekend and didn't stop till the clutter was cleared.

As I went I discovered little odds and ends at the bottom of the baskets, cars missing wheels and dolls missing clothes. Far too many tiny lego pieces had made their way into the wooden block compartment so I sifted them out - absolutely necessary considering the crawling-almost-standing baby who likes to eat everything he touches.

Toys can be beautiful keepsakes. But you can also get tired at the sight of them and their ability to be spread as far and as wide as the eye can see. Stand barefoot on a few sneaky specimens and you'll curse and yelp like you've never done before.

After eight years of parenting I know exactly which toys engage, inspire and educate my kids. Likewise, I know what will be put to the side, never to be played with again. If my observations count for anything, I know that regardless of how beautiful or colourful my children's toys are, if there are too many of them they'll easily become...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) NO PAPUAN HAS INDONESIAN SOUL : PAPUA GOVERNOR "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Abbott and Turnbull make Howard look compassionate



Motorbike Writer: Aftermarket exhaust not illegal, Barrister "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Aftermarket exhaust

A Brisbane Barrister fined for having an aftermarket exhaust has reviewed the laws and determined that police and authorities do not have the expertise or objectivity to sustain a conviction for the alleged offence.

Levente Jurth says he was fined by Queensland Police for having a non-standard aftermarket exhaust fitted to his 2015 Aprilia Tuono 1100.

He has since researched the issue and produced a lengthy 81-point draft paper based on Queensland’s laws which is printed in good faith at the end of this article for the benefit of readers.

The Barrister says it is not legal advice, but a way to alert authorities and users to the highly complex issue of exhaust noise laws and offer solutions to make it clearer to riders and authorities.

Despite that caveat, he says he would have “no hesitation in making submissions to a Court consistent with such views”....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Queen Kafé at St.George OpenAir Cinema "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You still have up until the 19th of February to enjoy St.George OpenAir Cinema. It should be on everyone’s bucket list and one time is not enough! I had the pleasure of seing last night The Danish Girl and it was #AbFab!

You can get door tickets and a limited number of tickets are available for purchase each night at the Event Box Office from 6:30pm for the same night’s screening. The exact number of tickets is advised at midday on each screening day on the website and Facebook page.

If you would like to know more, listen to the interview I had with Rob Bryant, Managing Director of St.George OpenAir Cinema. To listen, stream Queen Kafé on demand Tuesday 5th of January 2016.

ABOUT ST. GEORGE OPEN AIR CINEMA: Situated on Mrs Macquaries Point against a backdrop spanning the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline, St.George OpenAir Cinema is a premium lifestyle experience, where the allure of film is combined with fine food and wine, and postcard views.

Some of the upcoming film program highlights at the St.George OpenAir Cinema are Oscar nominated and highly acclaimed films screening – Steve Jobs (tonight) and...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Brunswick Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Blind Boy Paxton I feel like the Brunswick Music Festival is the quiet achiever of the folk festival season. Taking place just after the Port Fairy Folk Festival from the 15th to 20th March, the Brunswick Music Festival in Melbourne always manages to mix the best of Melbourne’s folk and acoustic talent […]


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

Wednesday 20th January

11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train

This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents SONGS RUMORED TO CONTAIN HIDDEN MESSAGES

I have just been in my loft and found an old Black Sabbath LP.

I seem to remember hidden messages in their early stuff if you played it backwards.

So I put in on an old deck spun it backwards and low and behold, the message was there.

‘Your album is now wrecked, please buy another copy’

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Sonic Stew "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Monday 18th January

7 – 8pm Sonic Stew
The Stew takes a step back to 1995 to check out what was rocking in a post-grunge, brit-pop world.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": A Snail's Eye View: Nature Photo Challenge #2: Victoria's Riflebird "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Occasionally, birds fly at high speed into the window panes and do themselves a mischief. (Sometimes they do it at low speed, apparently for entertainment. I'm looking at you, white-bellied cuckoo-shrikes.)

On Sunday afternoon, this female Victoria's riflebird smacked into the kitchen window. I picked her up and put her in a quiet spot and then, like the appalling opportunist I am, took a photo of her.

Victoria's riflebird is one of four species of birds of paradise found in Australia. (The others are two more species of riflebird and the trumpet manucode.) Adult males are black and shimmering blue and their wing feathers make the sound of rustling taffeta as they pass. Females (and young males) have more sober plumage. But what they lack in drama, they make up with subtlety: their breast feathers are mottled black and their wing and belly feathers are shades of russet and rust.

This bird flew off a short while later. As a measure of her gratitude, she pooped all over my car bonnet before heading into the forest.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Meet Lauren Hansom: FBi‘s Dance Class trainee "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


“I seem to always narrow it down to the three things. Music, rhythm and movement.”

Meet Lauren Hansom, one of five trainees to take part in FBi’s Dance Class, supported by V MoVement. Already a part of the FBi family as producer of Stolen Records and one of our Allnighter night-owls, Lauren is now making a name for herself as an intuitive, talented DJ. After five weeks of training, a radio residency with Dance Class on FBi Click and her debut gig with Keep It Disco, it’s high time you familiarised yourself with this lady.

Check out her first vinyl mix, full of cracks, pops and skips from much-loved golden grooves, and meet her below.



“I seem to always narrow it down to the three things. Music, rhythm and movement. They have been at the core of everything that I do and have done, whether it be playing the drums and bongos, ice-skating, dancing or working in the film industry. When I heard about FBi Radio’s first female DJ mentorship program Dance Class, I snapped at the opportunity straight away.

Having come from percussion and dance (yes, I was once in a freestyle crew), I tend to be drawn to music that is rhythmic and has a good groove, regardless of the genre. Growing up, I was surrounded by a lot of funk, soul, jazz and disco from my parents, but in later years began exploring genres like house, techno, garage and drum and bass and other dance music sty...


Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Bulldozer Invasion of Lapoinya Forest is 'Bloody-Minded Vandalism': Bob Brown "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Media Release 18 Jan 2016


Today's invasion of the Lapoinya forest region south of Burnie in Tasmania, against the local community's heartfelt pleas, is "a bloody-minded act of political vandalism", environmentalist Bob Brown said in Hobart.

Brown, who visited the coup with Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber last week, said that the Turnbull and Hodgman governments are engaged in the deliberate extinction of vital habitats of threatened species including the Tasmanian devil and the world's largest freshwater crayfish, astacopsis gouldi.

"Within a day or two, Forestry Tasmania machinery, under the licence of Premier Will Hodgman and Federal environment minister Greg Hunt, will be polluting pristine Maynes Creek which is a nursery for the crayfish and then clearfelling the forest beyond which contains a healthy population of devils and tiger quolls. It is as if the global listing of Tasmania's treasured wildlife means nothing. Many months of appeals to reason by the little community of Lapoiyna is being treated with disdain.

"In terms of ecological wisdom, the Lapoiyna logging is a criminal act in the twenty-first century. It is the ministers, not the residents of Lapoiyna, who should be facing fines and jail sentences," Brown said.

“This destruction is in the service of corrupt-in-Malaysia logging company Ta Ann,” Brown said.

See a video of the Lapoiyna forest creek at



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": transitionyarra: Eco-friendly “Great Wall of Australia” Naturally Protects Residents from Sweltering Outback Heat "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Composed of 230m of simple, natural materials, this earthen structure may look unassuming, yet it is actually the longest rammed earth wall in Australia. Built to accommodate cattle workers during mustering season in the scorching Western Australia outback, the eco-friendly formation represents a shift in the approach to architectural design of this sort. Built by Luigi Rosselli Architects and tucked into the edge of a sand dune, this “Great Wall of Australia” is a brilliant example of simple, eco-conscious design.

The wall is constructed primarily using iron-rich, sandy clay obtained from the building site and gravel from a nearby river, which are bound together using water from a local bore (hole). This ancient technique forms the exterior façade, that is then built into a sand dune which forms the rear and roof of the building. Simple in theory, this results in a structure that naturally stays cool, even in the intense heat of the outback. The continuous building contains twelve earth-covered apartments, separated by angled verandas to maintain privacy. Designer Sarah Foletta creates an interior space with a minimalistic yet liveable style, and a central hub on top of the wall provides a place for residents to meet and socialize.

It may seem decidedly elementary, yet this natural, energy-efficient approach towards housing development will save time, money, and resources. The design has been acknowledged by Australian Institute of Architects, and hopefully represents a shift towards similarly eco-friendly architecture in the future.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Israel’s history "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I refer to the letter from Bassam and Anne Shomali (January 12). Their claim that their family has lived in ‘the Bethlehem area’ since ‘before the birth of Christ’ strains credulity. Until relatively modern times, there were no records of births, deaths and marriages, no surnames and no other forms of hard evidence on which a reliable 2000-year genealogy could be constructed. Not even the royal family of Britain, for whom records do exist, can trace its ancestry that far.

The history writers of 2000 years ago – Tacitus, Pliny the Elder, Josephus and the writers of the Christian scriptures – are unanimous in referring to the province around Jerusalem as ‘Judaea’ and its people as ‘Jews’. In the Christian scriptures there is not a single mention of the name ‘Palestine’ or any variation of it, but there are 43 references to ‘Judaea’ and these include references to ‘Bethlehem of Judaea’ (eg Matt. 2:1, 2:5). Elsewhere, the entire land is called ‘the Land of Israel’ (eg Matt. 2:20, 2:21) and ‘the Commonwealth of Israel’ (Ephesians 2:12).

Three Roman emperors – Vespasian, Titus and Domitian – successively ordered special coins to be issued to commemorate the Roman victory over the Jews in 70 CE after four years of fighting, each coin bearing the inscription ‘Iudaea Capta’ (Judaea captive) or ‘Iudaea Devicta’ (Judaea defeated). The Arch of Titus, which still stands in Rome, was erected in 81 CE to commemorate the capture of Jerusalem by Titus’ soldiers. It depicts Roman soldiers carrying a huge golden candelabra taken from the Temple – a conspicuously Jewish symbol. It seems there was no doubt in the minds of the Romans about whose land they had conquered and which people they had defeated.

Bassam and Anne refer to many kinds of restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, but fail to mention the ongoing knife attacks, shootings and car rammings against........


Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Bird Pics 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The following photos have been lifted from our Facebook Page and all are pics from members taken in 2015.
This year the competition continues.....

Birdlife Sunshine Coast 2016, may be of interest to birders, naturalists etc here on the Sunshine Coast Qld. The description is as follows; Participants are encouraged to post pics of Sunshine Coast birds [taken in 2016 only] and title them with ONLY a number and the location. It is for other members to identify the bird species. Using this approach participants are encouraged to get as many ‘clicks’ for the year as possible [and folks will see as much of the Sunny Coast as possible]. Discussions on Bird Id hopefully will occur and members will also learn of new birding locales. Sunshine Coast extends from Rainbow Beach in the north to Bribie Island in the south and west to, say, Kilcoy.... Any arguments will result in me losing. Tthe emphasis is on quantity rather than quality! The winner will recieve nothing save the respect of the other members...
Check it out;


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Radical Face Announces Final Album in The Family Tree Trilogy Leaves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Radical Face Celebrated American indie-folk artist Radical Face is finally bringing his decade long album trilogy project with the announcement of The Family Tree: Leaves. The Family Tree: Leaves is the third and final installment in Radical Face’s The Family Tree album trilogy (which has also sprouted several b-sides releases under The […]


Motorbike Writer: DriRider moves into leather jackets "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

DriRider GT leather Jackets

DriRider GT leather Jackets

One of Australia’s leading motorcycle apparel manufacturers, DriRider, has moved into leather jackets for the first time.

DriRider has become an iconic name in the industry and is famed for its all-weather textile gear. Motorbike Writer has several jackets, pans and gloves from their range.

Now the Brisbane designers have turned their attention to leather jackets for the first time.

The GT Jacket is a classic-style jacket with a 3D debossed logo patch and metal waist adjusters to complete the style.

It costs $449.95 which is pretty good for a leather jacket.

DriRider GT leather Jackets

GT jacket in Phoenix brown

It is made of 1.1-1.2mm premium stone wash vintage leather in brown or black.

For protection, it is fitted with CE-approved protectors in the shoulders and elbows with an EVA rubber back pad, high-impact safety stitch seams and high-density sp...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Your deposits are not safe in private Australian banks "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

When the next financial crisis comes – the big banks could save themselves by stealing right out of your checking account. Banking expert Ellen Brown, Public Banking Institute/Web of Debt/The Public Bank Solution will explain how in Conversations with Great Minds.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Plan to Win: Training for Activist Trainers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Trainers and facilitators play a vital role in social movements – helping people to gain the clarity and skills they need to make change in the world.

Plan to Win is offering a 2.5 day train-the-trainer workshop for people keen to facilitate and educate in social movement contexts.

The workshop will focus on developing skills to run effective and engaging activist training sessions and be an entry into an ongoing network. It’s open to people who have experience both as activists (campaigners, organisers, community advocates, and all the many and varied kinds of activism) and with group process (facilitating meetings, decision making, training, team-building etc).

The workshop will be cofacilitated by Karrina Nolan and Holly Hammond. Holly and Karrina are committed change agents with extensive experience, complementary skills, and a fun and dynamic cofacilitation relationship. See below for more information about the trainers.

The 2.5 days will include:

Karrina Nolan (middle) presenting on Indigenous Campaigns and Solidarity at MCN, with Amelia Telford (right) and Clare Land (left).

Karrina Nolan (middle) presenting on Indigenous Campaigns and Solidarity at MCN, with Amelia Telford (right) and Clare Land (left).

  • sharing stories about activist training in many different contexts
  • exploring different approaches to education
  • exploring dynamics around power and diversity in groups
  • techniques for building the group to support learning
  • tips for designing empowering experiential workshops
  • facilitati...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: 2016 Camper Survey link "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Camper Feedback Survey

If you did not get the chance to attend our Camper Connections sessions last week you still have the opportunity to fill in our feedback survey online.

One lucky respondent who provides their phone number has the chance to win a 2-night winter (off-peak) stay in a Deluxe cabin. The survey will close Tuesday 26 January and the prize will be drawn on Monday, 15 February 2016.

Camper Connection Survey Flyer 2016



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Family, Phenomenology, and the Great “Do You Wash the Salt Off” Debate "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jack and Kaela

Sisters and brothers, cousins and second cousins, grandmas and great aunts.  Nineteen of us this time and missing just a few for the annual (most years) few days at the beach.

It was nice this time feeling the change in the generations.  My sister and I firmly in the great aunt’s generation, our daughters stepping firmly into the mothers’ roles, wrangling great gangs of kids, “nobody is coming to the beach until they have a hat and sunscreen on”, “you have to eat something or you’ll get low blood sugar and be miserable and cranky”,  “find an aunt to watch the little kids in the lagoon and I’ll take the big kids out into the surf”.  Grandmothers and great aunts taking long beach walks talking about vocation and staying fit.  Long conversations about the ordinary extra-ordinariness of new babies and teenage angst and aging. Including by proxy ideas from grandad, died this time 5 years ago.

Two year olds and five year olds and twelve year olds and young adults and all the generations of parenthood and grandparent-hood and great grandparent-hood sharing and comparing the challenges of each life stage, and how to live them to the fullest.  I know too many people stuck in one life stage or another – young adults stuck in the dependence of teenagerhood,  Peter Pans in their 40s afraid to become men,  grandparents reverting to sex and drugs and rock and roll, exploring the world and trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up. One of the things I appreciate about my family is its midwi...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: State govt ‘taking an axe’ to native vegetation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The government's reliance on satellite images could lead it to make dangerous decisions say environment groups. Photo Google Maps

The government’s reliance on satellite images could lead it to make dangerous decisions say environment groups. Photo Google Maps

Chris Dobney

A multi-million-dollar vegetation mapping system that has proved overwhelmingly defective is just the latest in a series of threats to the state’s native vegetation, particularly on the north coast, say key environmentalists.

According to an article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, an automated ‘segmentation’ mapping system that uses pattern-recognition technology to identify the location of the state’s 1,500 types of plant communities, and which cost $10 million to implement, had an accuracy of just 17 per cent in determining individual communities in the upper Hunter Valley.

NSW Greens’ environment spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi, who played a key role in exposing the faulty technology, told SMH the NSW government had ‘ignored the concerns of its own experts’ in spending ‘millions of dollars on a mapping system wasn’t accurate’.

Lowest common denominator

And Total Environment Centre’s Jeff Angel told Echonetdaily the process was just the latest blow for the biodiverse northern rivers region as the ‘National Party has taken over control of native vegetation in the entire state’.

The latest move fo...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Seven down, 186 bridges to go "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland and Page MP Kevin Hogan at a previous bridge funding announcement. (Kevin Hogan)

Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland and Page MP Kevin Hogan at a previous bridge funding announcement. (Kevin Hogan)

Page MP Kevin Hogan and Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland. (supplied)

Page MP Kevin Hogan and Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland. (supplied)

More than $2.2 million has been allocated to replace seven wooden bridges across Kyogle shire.

Mayor Danielle Mulholland says the council now has 186 bridges to go.

Under the second round of the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme, Kyogle Shire Council will receive $1,973,400 to replace six single-lane wooden bridges with dual-lane structures on Gradys Creek and Lions Road, and $228,000 to replace the single-lane Barretts Bridge at Old Bonalbo with a concrete and steel bridge.

‘We put in for seven bridges and we got them all. If that trend continues we’ll knock it over in no time,’ Cr Mulholland said.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said the injection of funds was a terrific outcome for the community.

‘This is a great way to kick off the New Year after I announced a $1 million Christmas present for Kyogle in December to reseal the road to Toonumbar Dam.’

‘I fought hard to ensure Kyogle g...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": New X Files Mulder and Scully to take on NSA spying, FEMA prison camps and Chem-trails "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

New “X-Files” Will Take On 9/11 Conspiracy, World Government And NSA Spying

By John Vibes

Government corruption was always one of the main themes that played out in the classic television show X-Files, and it was typically shown in the form of UFO and alien cover-ups. However, the show’s creator said in a recent interview that the new revival of the series will also touch on some of the more political conspiracies that take place in our world.

X-Files creator Chris Carter said Edward Snowden and issues like the 9/11 conspiracy will be fair game in the new revival of the show. The new series will feature the same classic characters, David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully.

“A lot of the rights and liberties that were signed away [with the Patriot Act] are being abused now, and no one seems to care,” Carter said.

“We see the admitted spying by the government. These are not things we’re making up and it informs everything Mulder and Scully are doing,” he added.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Boomerang Festival needs your help "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Boomerang Festival is in its final weeks of a crowd-funding campaign and is hoping the northern rivers public will contribute.

Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has just joined with Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, and Troy Brady in doing a video of support.

The Boomerang Festival is an Indigenous arts and culture festival in Byron Shire.

The festival includes dance, weaving, carving, talks and ideas, workshops, music and authentic cultural exchanges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Originally running as a stand-alone festival, Boomerang organisers were dismayed in 2013 when the federal government made funding cuts to its arts and Indigenous programs.

The crowd-funding campaign aims to raise $100,000.

Arakwal dancers at the 2013 Boomerang festival. Photo: Evan Malcolm.

Arakwal dancers at the 2013 Boomerang festival. Photo: Evan Malcolm.

Boomerang artistic director Rhoda Roberts said without adequate funding, Boomerang must raise funds to grow into a stand alone festival, and a major contributor to the north NSW cultural landscape, tourism and economy, as well as a landmark event for Australia.

‘NSW has the largest population of Aboriginal Australians than any other state in the country, and less fiscal support than othe...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Matt Bauer Video “What The White Book Said” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Matt Bauer American indie-folk singer-songwriter Matt Bauer released his gorgeous new album Dream’s End towards the end of last year. The album is definitely a big step forward for Bauer’s sound with the production adding a sumptuous element to his sparse folk songs. The latest single from Dream’s End is the beautiful […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Islamic State abducts 400 Syrian civilians "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jordanian soldiers carry Syrian refugee children stranded in a makeshift camp into Jordanian territory through the Hadalat border crossing on January 14. AP Photo/Raad Adayleh

Jordanian soldiers carry Syrian refugee children stranded in a makeshift camp into Jordanian territory through the Hadalat border crossing on January 14. AP Photo/Raad Adayleh

Ramadan Al-Fatash, DPA

Islamic State fighters have abducted at least 400 civilians in eastern Syria after an attack by the terrorist militia in which at least 135 people were killed, a monitoring group says.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said the jihadists had moved the seized people from a regime-held village of al-Baghaliyeh, outside of Deir al-Zour city, following a major assault on Saturday.

The attack resulted in the militants’ capture of the village, said the watchdog, which relies on a network of activists inside war-torn Syria.

‘We fear that the 400 will be executed or enslaved by the organisation on the pretext that they are loyal to the regime,’ the Observatory head, Rami Abdel-Rahman, told the news agency DPA.

He added that the abducted people were mostly families of paramilitaries loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The abductees have been taken to Islamic State-controlled areas in Deir al-Zour and the province of al-Raqqa in north-eastern Sy...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: China warns Taiwan against independence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, raises her hand in victory in the election on Saturday. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, raises her hand in victory in the election on Saturday. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Taipei [AAP]

Taiwan is an internal matter for China, there is only one China in the world and the island’s election neither changes this reality nor international acceptance of it, China’s government has said after the pro-independence opposition won a landslide.

Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party won a convincing victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday.

President-elect Tsai pledged to maintain peace with giant neighbour China, which claims Taiwan as its sacred territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control.

Shortly after her victory, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office warned it would oppose any move towards independence and that Beijing was determined to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In a short statement released just before midnight on Saturday, China’s Foreign Ministry said no matter what changes there may be on the island, China would never change its policy of opposing Taiwan’s formal independence.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: American prisoners leave Iran after deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference in Tehran on Sunday. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference in Tehran on Sunday. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Bosorgmehr Sharafedin & Lesley Wroughton, AAP

Three Iranian-Americans have left Tehran under a prisoner swap following the lifting of sanctions on Iran that is likely to thaw ties further with the United States as Tehran emerges from years of international isolation.

A US official said the Swiss plane had left on Sunday carrying Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief, Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Idaho and Amir Hekmati, a former Marine from Flint, Michigan, as well as some family members.

One more Iranian-American released under the same swap, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, was not aboard the aircraft.

A fifth prisoner, the American student Matthew Trevithick, was released separately from the other four on Saturday, a US official said.

‘We can confirm that our detained US citizens have been released and that those who wished to depart Iran have left,’ a senior US administration official said.

Several Iranian-Americans held in US prisons after being charged or convicted for sanctions violations have also been released, their lawyers told the news agency Reuters on Sunday.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Ballina prepares for wooden boat regatta "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Barry Kean and Paul Webb at work on their wooden boat. (supplied)

Barry Kean and Paul Webb at work on their wooden boat. (supplied)

By Val Hodgson

Wooden boat fever is again sweeping the Northern Rivers as Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club is hosting its 3rd Annual Wooden Boat Regatta on Sunday 24th January.

Open to all wooden boat owners and enthusiasts, this regatta features sailing dinghies and trailer sailers, hopefully some rowing skiffs, and last year, a classic wooden speedboat.

For the past 2 years Barry Kean, semi-retired Goonengerry boat builder, and Paul Webb, Meerschaum Vale woodworker and woodwork teacher, have collaborated to build a 10 foot six inch gaff-rigged clinker sailing dinghy, working together one day a week at Paul’s shed in Ballina.

‘The lines of the dinghy are taken from a Port Phillip Bay crabbing boat, so this boat is a replica of a true working boat,’ Mr Kean said.

‘We went to the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart and were enthused to build a wooden boat,’ he said.

‘I did my apprenticeship building wooden boats and I want to pass on the skills.’

The yet to be named boat will be on display on Sunday, along with many others, equally as lovely.  All wooden boats and rowing skiffs are welcome.

Enquiries to Graeme Fleming 0414281699

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Turnbull briefed on Afghanistan efforts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for photos with LCPL Blaire Harris (left) and PTE Georgia Gilbertson (right) during breakfast at Camp Baird in the Middle East ahead of his visit to Iraq to meet with troops involved in Operation Okra. AAP Image/Fairfax Pool, Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for photos with LCPL Blaire Harris (left) and PTE Georgia Gilbertson (right) during breakfast at Camp Baird in the Middle East ahead of his visit to Iraq to meet with troops involved in Operation Okra. AAP Image/Fairfax Pool, Alex Ellinghausen

Paul Osborne, AAP

Malcolm Turnbull has completed his global security homework ahead of his first White House meeting, visiting Australian troops in Afghanistan a day after touring Iraq.

The prime minister’s weekend visits to Iraq and Afghanistan – both of which are being helped by the ADF to battle Islamic extremists – have given him a firsthand insight into developments as he prepares to meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington.

Mr Turnbull met on Sunday with Afghanistan president Dr Ashraf Ghani, and the country’s chief executive officer Dr Abdullah Abdullah who with Dr Ghani formed a national unity government in September 2014.

The Afghan president accepted an invitation to visit Australia this year.

Mr Turnbull spoke with a number of the 250 defence personnel involved in Afgh.......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Perth couple abducted in Burkina Faso "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo of Dr Ken Eliot from Facebook.

Photo of Dr Ken Eliot from Facebook.

Perth [AAP]

A Perth doctor and his wife, abducted by suspected Islamist extremists in West Africa, have ‘dedicated their lives’ to helping people, a family spokesperson says.

Dr Ken Elliot and his wife Jocelyn are believed to have been abducted in the north of the country following an attack on the capital of Ouagadougou on Friday that killed 28 people.

The couple, in their 80s, moved to Burkina Faso in 1972 to set up a medical clinic in the northern town of Djibo.

The Elliots ‘dedicated their lives’ to helping the people of the region, according to a family statement released through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Sunday.

‘Recent news from the country indicates an alleged abduction of Ken and Jocelyn on Friday night, however no reason is yet given for this and their whereabouts is still unknown,’ a family spokesperson said.

‘Their commitment to the local people is reflected in the fact that they have continued there with only a few holidays since 1972.

‘They are held in high esteem by the local people.’

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore confirmed on Sunday that two Australians had been kidnapped near the border of...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Smartphones lead in news growth "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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More Australians than ever are getting their news via their phone, with smartphones the fastest-growing platforms for news consumption last year, figures show.

The use of smartphones to read and watch news media grew eight per cent in the year to November, 2015, the latest emma (Enhanced Media Metrics Australia) media survey shows, with readership on mobiles rising to 3.6 million.

The figure for tablets was slightly lower, at three million readers in November – unchanged year-on-year.

PCs and laptops still dominated the digital news space, with 9.8 million readers, but were down three per cent over the year.

Newspapers remained the most popular news medium, with 13.8 million people reading papers in November, although readership fell six per cent over the year.

Newspaper Works CEO Mark Hollands said the growth in smartphone readership showed no signs of stopping as newspaper publishers continued their focus on delivering stories to mobiles.

‘I expect we’ll see this trend continue well into 2016,’ Mr Hollands said.

‘Despite the ongoing growth of digital, print newspaper readership remains strong, with 77 per cent of Australians reading a print newspaper every month.’...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Nick’s triple crown "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


OCEAN Grove champion runner Nick Wightman will shift his focus to track for Olympic trials after he claimed a rare historic triple fun run crown on 15 January.
The star local powered home in 24 minutes flat in the 8km Bells Bash last Friday evening, which added to his Mountain to Surf and Rip to River Classic victories earlier this month.
“It had been frustrating not getting the win in the Mountain to Surf over the last couple of years, so it was good to get all three wins in the one year,” Wightman said.
Wightman, an engineer, will compete in the 1500m and 5km events at the National Championships and Olympic trials in March and April.
“Yes that is the main aim just on the track,” he said.
“I have qualified for the trials, so it is just about keeping fit here – it would be good if I came top 10, top five is my aim.”
LOCAL Ocean Grove runner James Dalton produced his first podium finish in the summer fun runs after coming third in 24.37 in the 8km Bells Bash.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Second stage of Byron Bay paid parking up and running "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Byron-Bay-paid-parking-mapThe second stage of Byron Bay’s controversial paid parking scheme was rolled out over the weekend, with four-hour and all-day parking meters now operational in the town centre.

The final machines were installed in the outer areas of the CBD including: along the beachfront at Lawson Street through to Massinger Street; the remainder of Jonson Street; Shirley Street (east of Milton St); the north side of Somerset Street and Butler Street (to Somerset St).

Butler Street Reserve has also been opened and will provide parking from 6am to 1am daily.

Byron Shire Council’s transport and traffic planner Simon Bennett said the free parking spaces in residential areas adjoining the pay parking zone would now have either a two-hour or four-hour time limit restriction put in place.

‘The new time limits in residential areas are being put in place to help ensure residential amenity and to stop these areas becoming packed with parked cars,’ he said

‘Residents who live in the time-limited residential streets will receive in their letterbox a permit to display on their dashboard and a letter explaining how the permit will work.

‘Basically, their car or visitor’s car will be exempt from the time limit introduced and allow them to continue to park all day, as per normal,’ Mr Bennett said.

The areas affected are outlined in blue, purple and orange on the map (pictured).

Council warns that motorists parking in residential streets must check the signage and adhere to the new time limits.

‘When your time is up in the residential streets, motorists need to leave the area, otherwise you could be fined,’ Mr Bennett said.

He added that......


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Too trusting "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Young birds tend to be much less wary than their wily and experienced parents. As a consequence the survival rate of nestlings and fledglings is rarely high.

These young Brown Treecreepers have been out of the nest for some time now, assuming almost adult-like plumage, the pale gape gives them away as juveniles. I spotted them feeding on a large, fallen log on Mia Mia Road last evening – two of the juveniles were inquisitive and came to investigate my ‘pishing’ calls as I stood quietly close by.


Juvenile Brown Treecreeper, Mia Mia Road, 17th January 2016.











"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Album of the Week – ‘Bays’ by Fat Freddy’s Drop "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

‘Bays’ by Fat Freddy’s Drop (Remote Control Records) is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.

This long awaited and critically acclaimed release is the must have for any music enthusiasts playlist that showcases an innovative hybrid of soul, funk and jazz. The album, in part, is the group returning to their roots. Having been recorded in the hallowed halls of the very studio they created the highly successful ‘Blackbird‘ (2013) release, the seven-piece felt right at home to record a new chapter in their collective careers. Bunkering down in the space for 12 long months, the group got reacquainted with each other and gave the record as much time as they could to create a release that embodied where they’ve all come from and the new horizons they were and continue to explore sonically. The group’s vocalist Joe Dukie (Dallas Tamara) says, “It’s been a more creative process writing this album in the studio rather than recording songs which have been well road-tested.” ‘Novak‘ remains the most bluesy of tracks, and in terms of funk there’s ‘Wairunga Blues’ , but what’s most interesting about the release is when the guys band together to amalgamate genre’s in their signature style such as ‘Slings and Arrows’, ’10 Feet Tall’ and ‘Fish in the Sea’. It’s these tracks that shine with a mixture of Dukie’s irreverent vocals and the groups familiar horn section and rhythmic manipulation that we remember once again just why we fell in love with them all those years ago.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | CHAI "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

With a lack of espresso available in Rajasthan, the northside of India, Jo Rittey discovers masala chai and investigates where she can get some spice in her life once back in Melbourne.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Kingscliff must not become another Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The concern with Kingscliff’s future runs deep.

Gold Coast style development, especially high rise, became an issue in the early 1980s.  Two rather sedate members of the community were elected to Council on the back of that protest.

The largest survey ever of Kingscliff residents and visitors has shown that an overwhelming 97 per cent wished to retain the existing character of Kingscliff and the three storey height limit.

The Council executive and development-at-any-cost councillors appear to be hell bent on giving us another Gold Coast.

Their consultation practices seem designed to minimise resident participation in decision making.  Council consults mainly with ‘stakeholders’.  Their definition of stakeholders in Kingscliff at least, includes individual businesses but not residents.  It’s as if residents have no financial or social investment in the Tweed.

Council needs a real shake-up if the Tweed is to have any chance preserving its character.  We can’t let the Gold Coast roll over the Tweed on the back of big money and an out-of-control growth mentality.

Ron Cooper, Our 490, Kingscliff

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Damn the Matrix: The unraveling is going global…. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

You never hear about markets outside of New York, London, and Australia…….. but, as seen here from a Zerohedge article by Tyler, the rout is global.  And because these countries are at the core of our hydrocarbon energy sources, if they don’t recover……?

Broad Middle-East and African stock markets crashed over 5%, erasing any gains back to November 2008 as the carnage from last week continues. From Kuwait (-4.3%) to Qatar (-8%) it was a bloodbath as Saudi Arabia Tadawul Index plunged 5.4% – the most since Black Monday (now down over 50% from their 2014 highs). These losses are far in excess of US ‘catch-up’ moves and suggest a dark cloud over Asia this evening.


It’s been a bloodbath in the Middle-East since the year began…


Africa/Middle-East Stocks crashed 5%…


Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul Index is down 5.4% on the day – the worst since August’s collapse and has lost over 50% since its exuberant peak in 2014…



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Image released of man wanted over Coffs abduction "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An EFIT image of the man police believe may have been responsible for an abduction at Coffs Harbour.

An EFIT image of the man police believe may have been responsible for an abduction at Coffs Harbour.

Police have released an EFIT image of a man who may be able to assist with inquiries after a teenage girl was forced into a car in Coffs Harbour  last week.

About 7pm Thursday  (January 14), a 16-year-old girl was walking along Shepherds Lane when she was approached by a man who pulled up in a car next to her.

Police have been told that the man forced the girl into the car before driving to Don Patterson Drive where he took her into bushland.

The man drove the girl back to Shepherds Lane and left her.

He man was last seen driving west on Shepherds Lane.

Investigators have released a computer-generated EFIT image of a man they believe can assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with tanned skin, a medium/muscular build, and blond hair. At the time he was wearing a black bandanna, a black long-sleeved shirt and dark jeans.

Investigators are also seeking assistance to identify the car the man was driving, which has been described as being similar to a black Holden Commodore sedan.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist inquiries, is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Police investigate fatal crash at Mummulgum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Mummulgum, about 30km west of Casino.

About 5.30pm Saturday (January 16), a white Ford Festiva, travelling east along the Bruxner Highway, and a red Toyota Aurion travelling west, collided.

Emergency services attended and officers from Richmond Local Area Command established a crime scene.

The Festiva driver and sole occupant, a 46-year-old Bonalbo man, died at the scene.

The Toyota driver and sole occupant, a 73-year-old Bonalbo man, sustained serious injuries and was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

Specialist officers from Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit examined the area and are continuing their inquiries into the incident.

Investigators are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen the vehicles involved before the crash occurred.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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Motorbike Writer: Woolshed Classic Motorcycle Rally returns "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Woolshed Classic Motorcycle Rally

2015 Woolshed Classic

The Woolshed Classic Motorcycle Rally returns in 2016 after unseasonal floods dampened the inaugural event in 2015.

The event at the historic Jondaryan Woolshed on Queensland’s picturesque Darling Downs will be held from April 20 to May 2 and bookings for trade and club stalls and camping are now open.

Organiser Mark Morrissey says the event will become the “must do” rally for every kind of motorbike enthusiast in the country.

Woolshed Classic Motorcycle Rally

Mark in the woolshed hall

Club stalls are free and Mark, or one of his organising group, have offered to speak at your club meetings about the event...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) A decade on, asylum-seekers’ struggle for West PapuaA decade on, asylum-seekers’ struggle for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Civil Resistance in West Papua
1) A decade on, asylum-seekers’ struggle for West PapuaA decade on, asylum-seekers’ struggle for West Papua


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: V Day – One Billion Rising Annual Byron Event "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.

In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalised women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.

V-Day DANCE Byron Main Beach
Sunday 14th FEB at 6.30am for a 7am DANCE

For further information visit and join the Byron One Billion Rising Facebook Event.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: Daddy’s Home "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


There’s a lot to be said for a good low-brow comedy, especially when it pairs the likes of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The upshot often turns out to be smarter than your high-brow cinephile anticipates and, best of all, funny. Before continuing, however, I should come clean – I’ve been a fan of Ferrell’s flabby-gutted iconoclasm since Talladega Nights (2006). Here he has built on the tradition of Clark Griswald’s self-deluded, all-American idiot family-man, without relying quite so heavily as Chevy Case did on transparent goofiness. As Brad, he is the doting stepfather of Sara’s (Linda Cardinelli) two little kids. When Dusty (Wahlberg), the children’s biological father, unexpectedly comes to town the two men find themselves in a battle to be numero uno in their shared family’s hearts. It’s a premise that results in a screenplay that wavers between slapstick and sharp insight to explore the accepted if sometimes silly ideas of what it is that makes a man a man.

Brad is four-square reliable, whereas irresponsible Drew rides an enormous Indian motorbike and looks fab without a shirt. Brad’s toolbox consists of a hammer, but Dusty can do anything he puts his hands to. Inevitably, the two arrive at a matey détente, but not before a succession of edgy conflicts; challenging Brad to break out of PC’s straightjacket, Dusty tells him he’s racist if he doesn’t sack a handyman (Hannibal Buress) just because he’s black, but when Brad sacks the handyman he is then accused of racism.

There are enough cleverly constructed sight gags to keep things zappy – Brad being briefly pronounced clinically dead after a misadventure on his old skateboard is a......


Tasmanian Times: TODAY, Lapoinya: The Bulldozers move in ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

MONDAY, January 18, 2016 ... • Dr Frank Nicklason … In his letter of rejection Mr Hodgman made at least two claims which require clarification. Firstly, Mr Hodgman states that the sawlogs and peeler logs “are required by NW mills”. Mr Hodgman is aware that the peeler logs are to be supplied to Ta Ann Tasmania (TAT). Ta Ann is owned by a parent company which has been described as “one of the most corrupt Asian timber families”. How TAT came to achieve a long-term supply contract for peeler logs with FT is another unedifying episode in the long-running Tasmanian forestry saga. Secondly, Mr Hodgman believes the advice of Minister Harriss that the clearfelling of the Lapoinya forest “will be profitable”. It seems unlikely in the extreme that the Tasmanian public will be provided with the accounts which would verify of refute this claim. • John Hawkins in Comments: TGC #31, For a change let me ask you a Question: Which Minister in any Tasmanian Government past or present has been a standout out as being on top of his given portfolio. Then explain to us all how this is so and why? NB you are not allowed to site money in the freezer, a house at Broadmarsh or $50 million to a business from Sarawak. • Robert Vincin, founding member of Kyoto Protocol, in Comments: The serious removal of stored carbon from the forest (en Toto) coupled with perpetual CO2 CH4 release from the disturbed soil UNFCCC 100 year offset accounting must be to State Government account. Add to this the inability to re-grow a full forest and with wash of remaining soil in UN CO2 accounting the wholesale income of timber will not cover total soon to be applied UNFCCC deficit! There seems no accounting for loss disturbance fauna and essential microbes that maintained balance. Robert Vincin, A founding member of Kyoto Protocol (Appointed by UN USG 96-99). • Stewart Hoyt for FLAG … Please be advised there will be a community protest rally in Lapoinya tomorrow between 11...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: PLTS flying high at the Northern "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Following the release of their brand-new single On & On, Byron Bay’s PLTS (Pilots) have unveiled a run of summer dates.

Backing up their recent performances, PLTS will be returning for a set of special co-headline shows with Brisbane rock band Pro Vita. Coming fresh from their performance at Originals Festival, Pro Vita will be launching a new single and road-testing their recently released track Not Gonna Lie. Drummer Harry Deacon spoke with The Echo about the burgeoning career of this Byron band.

Hi. Tell me about your new single On &On – what is it about? What was the feel you were going for in the studio?

On & On  is the first taste of music we’ve released in more than a year. Lyrically, the track evokes a strong sense of nostalgia as it draws inspiration from transitions in life – new places/people/relationships. Sonically, it’s a massive rock-banger, aimed to make you feel good. Instrumentally, it shows the natural progression this band has made over the years. Credit goes to Sydney-based producer JP Fung (Josh Pyke, Last Dinosaurs) who produced, engineered and mixed the track, while maintaining our original vision.

On & On has been called anthemic. What makes a song anthemic, do you think?

I’ve heard that a few times now, and it’s pretty rewarding to hear the connection people are making with the song.

Throughout the writing process we naturally gravitated towards sounds and lyrics that created an uplifting vibe. When I think anthemic I think uplifting, so I guess we ticked that box!

How did you all come to be playing together?

Byron (guitar), Eli (bass) and I grew up i...


Tasmanian Times: Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities ...  (2) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The role of a government in our society is not an easy task. Ministers have challenges where each must balance the business of today against the potential needs of the future. Some portfolios are much harder than others where challenges of community health or education are constrained by the realities of Treasury and a relatively small pool fed by a limited number of tax streams. In contrast, other portfolios like road maintenance and safety appear to suit a Minister with a glazed expression and an empty desk.


Tasmanian Times: VDL in Australian hands: What’s in it for Tasmania? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I have publicly stood up and put my money on the table to front a bid by Australian investors to buy back our nation’s largest and most productive dairy farm, Van Diemen’s Land dairy. I see VDL as a top- shelf acquisition with the potential for this dairy to be one of the most profitable boutique dairy enterprises globally. My bid was launched with the support of six independent crossbench federal parliamentarians including Sen. Nick Xenophon, Sen. John Madigan and independent member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP, who stood with me to launch . Each understands the importance and value of having prime agricultural land in Australian hands, creating premium products true to Tasmania’s clean, green and clever brand. They also understand the benefits to the community that comes with having these assets here in Australia for jobs, building skills and building community. I have a deep love of Tasmania, and that is why I choose to live here. The opportunities in this state for investment with a vision to the long term market for prime products, and brands that guarantee worlds best practice farming and food quality cannot be overstated …


Tasmanian Times: John Lawrence’s wonderful analyses ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

TT’s favourite economist John Lawrence has been hard at work over the Christmas/New Year. Catch up on his analyses ... • HERE, Hobart Airport: A cautionary tale ... • HERE: A Swiss solution? • HERE: Gunns liquidator talks tough • HERE, Poker machines: Super profits or a new way?


Tasmanian Times: NATION: The Silly Season reveals Turnbull’s real agenda "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Widely dismissed or derided as some sort of wacky, tacky political wasteland, The Silly Season is a series of brilliantly improvised theatre events enacted during our pollies’ summer holidays - full of surprises and novel events but packed with all kinds of significance about the direction of politics when parliament resumes in February.


Tasmanian Times: To Slow Climate Change Now?  …  People Power! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… Global reminders have been everywhere … storms much more extreme than ever … extinction of many of our species … major losses of our coral reefs … acidification of our oceans … massive planet-wide disappearance of our glaciers and islands … massive melting of our snow and ice in the Arctic and in Antarctica … all accompanied by the immoral intentional uncaring unrepentant outrageous raping of our environment by many major companies, especially the huge fossil-fuel companies.  All this has resulted in major obliteration of huge portions of rainforests, of crucial importance to our planet … and many other precious portions of our land and ocean environment. …


Tasmanian Times: The zillion year town "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Our cities and suburbs are unsustainable.  Their construction, maintenance, and operation consumes: cement, concrete, steel, aluminium, brick, tile, glass, marble, tarmac, coal, oil, gas, and just about every other non-renewable.  Little is reused, and only a modest proportion is recycled.  Infrastructure Consultant Nick Sharp is suggesting that we live in medium-sized towns which are sustainably constructed and where all buildings would have composting toilets, which would also take all kitchen scraps.  Full hoppers would be swapped out and the material processed and sent to the food and fibre lands.  This saves water and closes the phosphate cycle before we exhaust the phosphorus mineral sources, on which today’s agriculture deeply depends.


Tasmanian Times: From the Berlin Wall to Crony-capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In Max Atkinson’s latest article in the Tasmanian Times ( HERE: Is a plebiscite more democratic? ) he questions democracy and its process in respect to the proposed plebiscite on the issue of same sex marriage, planned by the Turnbull government at the next federal election.


Tasmanian Times: My son got leukaemia ... after catch-up vaccinations ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

My son got leukaemia just a few weeks after a round of multiple catch-up vaccinations ...


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (2) ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, In my last letter I gave you some challenges, the principal of which was to think about what you want and can achieve in life.  Don’t expect others to deliver your aims in life.  It is entirely up to you and I know you are capable of succeeding.


Tasmanian Times: Teflon’s toxic legacy "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

For more than half a century DuPont hid information that a chemical it was using to make Teflon might be making people sick.


Tasmanian Times: The lessons for Tassie from New Zealand ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Revealed! NZ’s Vegetation Browsing Evolution … “Whether animals or birds, matters little. Browsing was commonplace for millions of years,” he said. “Much of New Zealand’s so-called conservation efforts of the last 80 or so years, have therefore been mistakenly directed at getting rid of ‘pests,’ a tag applied by departments and the vocal Forest and Bird Society, to mammals such as deer and possums. Even schoolchildren in the class-room have erroneously been taught such flawed doctrines.” …


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: How the export boom is shaking up Australia’s gas market "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tim Forcery, University of Melbourne

You might have missed it, but last month something unusual happened in Australia’s eastern gas market. Gas in a major pipeline that normally flows from north to south started flowing in the opposite direction for the first time.

This seemingly small change reflects big upheavals in Australia’s gas market as exports expand significantly.

At Gladstone, Queensland, coal seam gas companies have invested around A$80 billion in equipment to chill gas to -160℃ and convert it to liquefied natural gas (LNG). This liquefied gas is then loaded onto ships and sold to overseas customers. Exports are well underway with over 80 70,000-tonne LNG cargoes loaded in 2015.

Eventually three times as much gas will be exported from Queensland in the form of LNG each year as has historically been used in all of eastern Australia.

In 2012, the head of a major Australian gas retailer famously referred to the planned Queensland coal seam gas export projects as ‘a giant vacuum cleaner for the East Coast gas market’. This vacuum has now been switched on – and it’s sweeping up gas not just from coal seam gas producers, but conventional gas producers too.

Domestic gas consumers – renters, homeowners, commercial building managers and industry – were warned they would see gas prices rise as the attractive Asian market opened up for previously landlocked eastern Australian gas.

Producers such as British Gas, Conoco Phillips, Origin and Santos pioneered coal seam gas technology to liquefy gas ‘liquefaction-and-export’ as a way to monetise their vast resources in Queensland and New South Wales.

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Creatures of the night "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Burton's snake-lizard, Seven Hills.

Balmy mid-summer nights are a great time to spot reptiles in South-east Queensland, and some interesting sightings are happening at the moment.

Burton's snake-lizard, Seven Hills.
On a nocturnal walk through Seven Hills Bushland Reserve last week, I was delighted to find several Burton's snake-lizards (Lialis burtonis) scattered throughout the reserve.

This creature is a member of...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association: The Bulga Bugle 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


17 January, 2016, link to PDF document BulgaBugle2

Topics discussed in this issue:

Singleton Council

Saving Bulga was not a priority for Singleton Council
The case to defend Bulga was not sup-ported strongly by Singleton Council and by negotiating an early Voluntary Planning Agreement prior to the PAC decision, Council certainly undermined the case for Bulga and the environment.
The Voluntary Planning Agreement which they negotiated did not involve the people most impacted by an expansion, the residents of Bulga. Agreement was reached between Rio Tinto and Council to provide water and sewer, spending half the value of the $11,000,000 agreed under the VPA but without proper consultation with the residents. ‘Placemaking’ is not proper consultation when it comes to selecting projects and service for a VPA.

Water and Sewer no compensation

Why doesn’t the VPA clean roofs and tanks

VPA to finance other Council projects not impacted by Warkworth Expansion

Wallaby Scrub Road

The Underground Alternative

The future for Bulga

Future for the Hunter Valley

Breach of Bund Wall at Rio Tinto’s Warkworth Mine


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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Cathar history, Cathar architecture "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

11th century records from the Roman Catholic Church described how Catholic theologians were debating amongst themselves whether Cathars were Christian heretics or whether they were not Christians at all.  As Dualists, Cathars believed in two principles, a good creator God and his evil adversary Satan. These Good Christians maintained a Church hierarchy and practised religious ceremonies, but rejected the idea of priesthood. Vegetarians, the Cathars led very ascetic lives, working for their living in itinerant manual trades like weaving. They were strict and literal about biblical injunctions.

In the Languedoc, known at the time for its high culture, tolerance and liberalism, the Cathar religion took root and bloomed during the C12th. By the early C13th Catharism was probably the majority religion in the area, supported by the nobility as well as commoners. This was yet another annoyance to the Roman Church which considered the feudal system to be divinely ordained as the Natural Order.

In open debates, the Cathars character­ised the Catholic Church as the Church of Wolves. On the other side, Catholics acc­us­ed Cathars of heresy and said they belonged to the Syn­agogue of Satan. The Cathars seemed to have come out on top and as a result, a number of theologic­al­ly literate Catholic priests become Cathar adherents. The Catholic Church and its richest bejewelled men were being ridiculed! Worst, Cathars declined to pay tithes to the Catholic Church.

As a result the Catholic side created striking propaganda and when the propaganda failed, there was only option left - the Albigensian Crusade. Pope Innocent III called a formal Crusade against the Cathars of the Languedoc, appointing a series of military leaders to head his Holy Army, including Simon de Monfort. This Languedoc Crusade continued for two generations. In time, the Kings of France took over as leaders of what had now become a "royal" crusade..........



Tasmanian Times: Tasmania’s Power Crisis ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

JANUARY 16, 2016 Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... Sacked staff have been hired and the plant taken out of mothballs in order to restart the Tamar Valley Power Station. I believe we have been and/or still are paying for Take or Pay contracts for the gas even when the power station is closed; the contracts being protected under commercial-in-confidence legislation. Will the Premier elucidate? At least with the reopening of the power station we will now use the gas we pay for. How did the Bass Link Cable get damaged? It has been suggested in jest to me that it was ripped up by the factory freezer trawler? Well, the depth of Bass Strait is just a very shallow 50m, so it is very possible. Now that would be an Act of God ... A God who exerts his vengeance on Tasmania for wreaking havoc over the land, sea and air in this most beautiful realm! • Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station • ABC: Tasmanian Government examines long-term green energy options after power woes • Mercury Editorial: Double crisis pushes limits • Richard Barton in Comments: The state of Tasmania can now be seen in the Examiner’s article on government salaries ( HERE: Sky-high incomes just don’t add up ). We are clearly being ripped off by third rate bureaucrats and politicians who don’t have the capability to assure security of basics like power, water, food, medical services, education and transport. We’re all working harder to sustain incompetent governors and managers and to pay even more to help recover from their hopeless efforts. • Steve in Comments … The basic reality is that the hydro ran the dams low to cash in prior to the abolition of the carbon tax. The moment the tax structure changed, they should have been firing up the gas turbines. The gas bill should have been covered by the windfall profits just made and the dams allowed to refill. Instead, like any surplus money in Ta...

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Saturday, 16 January


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


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


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


Friday, 15 January


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


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


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