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Wednesday, 20 January

21:17 Nigel Farage Brisitsh MP warns about Muslims abusing English women "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Nigel just spoke in the European Parliament about the shocking events in Cologne and how David Cameron’s sham ‘renegotiation’ will mean that we still have open borders unless we Leave the European Union.

Watch the speech online





21:08 Wilders says lock up all Muslim male refugees in Europe "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

News Updates from CLG
20 January 2016

Saudi Arabia is buying up farmland in US Southwest | 15 Jan 2016 | [I-CIA-SIS best buds] Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing red. Privately held Fondomonte California on Sunday announced that it bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, California — an agricultural town along the Colorado River — for nearly 32 million. Two years ago, Fondomonte’s parent company, Saudi food giant Almarai, purchased another 10,000 acres of farmland about 50 miles away in Vicksburg, Arizona, for around 48 million…Back in Blythe, the purchase of farmland comes as urban residents of California face state-mandated water cutbacks due to a fourth year of severe drought.

Lock up all Muslim male refugees in asylum centers: Dutch MP | 18 Jan 21016 | Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders says all Muslim male refugees should be incarcerated in their asylum centers in Europe, claiming it to be necessary for protecting women on the streets. Wilders made the remarks in a Monday video for his Freedom Party (PVV) following the recent sexual assaults against women in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve. In the video released in both Dutch and English, he urged the Dutch government to shut the country’s borders to all "asylum-seekers from Islamic countries."



Echonetdaily: Roofing conmen spotted in Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a warning to consumers and businesses in Mullumbimby particularly and the northern rivers generally not to deal with itinerant traders offering roof repair work.

Mr Stowe said Fair Trading had received reports of a man offering and undertaking roof repair work.

‘These reports appear to relate to an individual previously known to Fair Trading and we are investigating,’ he said.

‘The man has been cold calling consumers, entering into agreements and taking money but the actual work is apparently completed by two males with Irish accents.

‘When consumers contact the man, he states that any problems with the work are not his problem, and deflects all complaints to the two male workers but refuses to supply their details.’

Mr Stowe said travelling conmen continue to defraud consumers throughout Australia but regulators across all jurisdictions are maintaining the fight against this scourge of scammers.

‘People should report any sightings to the national Travelling Conmen hotline on 1300 133 408 or to local police,’ he said.

Travelling conmen do not restrict their business to one form of work. They may offer to do bitumen work, line marking, roof repairs, restoration and painting or other general household trades such as concreting.

They often targeting the frail and the elderly and can become quite intimidating and threatening when challenged.

Fair Trading recommends using local, reliable tradespeople who have a stake in maintaining their reputation.

People offering or carrying out home building work valued at more than $5,000 (labour and materials) on residential properties in NSW must be licensed.

Consumers should ask to see a licence, which is similar to a credit card with details o...


A Snail's Eye View: Nature Photo Challenge #4: Fungi "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

When the monsoon trough made a brief appearance at Christmas, the fungi soon followed. Fallen timber sprouted slabs and plates, shelves and brackets, and parasols of little mushrooms. All of them were photogenic. And all of them were less than 20 cm from the forest floor or, as I like to think of it, that damp, decaying carpet of leaves all set about with leeches, scrub itch and ticks.

Frilly gills all in a row

Now were I dedicated, I would have put down a tarp and lain on it to take photos. Or I would have fitted a right-angled viewfinder. But I'm not, so I didn't do either of those things. Instead, I held the camera down low, aimed it in roughly the right direction and hoped for the best. Sometimes that works.


Byron Bay Blog: Dave Hughes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In Byron Bay for ONE NIGHT ONLY!
7pm, Sat 30 January, Byron Bay Theatre

An hour spent in the company of Dave Hughes has one of the highest laugh rates per minute you will ever experience at a stand-up comedy show.

If you haven’t seen Dave on stage yet, you would definitely have seen him as a host of Network Ten’s The Project and Before The Game and this year you can see him as the new host of Nine Network’s Australia’s Got Talent.

It’s an accepted fact that Dave Hughes is a bloody funny guy but you’ll never know how funny until you see him live. Hughesy is unbeatable on stage, mic in hand, telling joke after joke to the rooms he fills across the world. He’s never been better than he is right now.

Ticket available at

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13:03 Petrol drops to 10.1 c litre in Michigan fuel war "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Gas plummets to 46 cents a gallon in small Michigan, US town

Industry experts predict oil could drop even lower to $20 a barrel. Having detrimental effect on economy

by Joshua Krause – Activist Post

January 18, 2016

For those of you old enough to remember a time when gas was cheap, you probably experience plenty of nostalgia every time you watch an old movie, and catch a glimpse of a gas station with sub-dollar prices. Believe it or not, you can experience those prices once again if you happen to be passing through Michigan. For the first time in years, there are several gas stations in the area where you can buy a gallon of gas for less than a dollar.

The slump in global oil prices has already pulled prices down across the country, but three gas stations in Houghton Lake, Michigan are involved in price war that has driven prices even lower. The local Citgo Station is selling for 95 cents a gallon. The Beacon and Bridge gas station is selling fuel for 47 cents a gallon, and the Sunrise Marathon is selling for 46 cents a gallon. Not surprisingly, there have been long lines at these stations all weekend, and police officers have been deployed to direct traffic.

And if you can believe it, oil prices may still have a ways to go, with some experts predicting that it could fall to $20 per barrel or less. One Koch Brothers owned refinery claimed that they would need to be paid...


Sustainable Living Armidale: Expressions of interest to establish a small scale communal living eco housing development near Uralla "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hi interested ones, let me know if you would like to get together to talk about purchasing a small piece of land, near Uralla so as to build a low cost ecologically designed communal home and establish a food forest. Please contact me via email - a brief bio would be appreciated. Looking forward to [...] full article »


The Shepparton Adviser: Beautiful New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Beautiful New Zealand

MORE and more, the hidden beauty of New Zealand is being discovered by travellers from around the world.
For Naomi Szydzik from Euroa this was a chance to experience first-hand stunning natural landscapes of New Zealand and visit the major tourist sights.
First stop was Christchurch. Naomi was unprepared for the devastation in the city following the massive earthquakes there.
About half the city is still flattened, as workers take to the massive task of rebuilding. Tonnes of rock has been brought in to help stabilise the soil and many buildings have been repaired, but the devastation is so great it will take a long time before the city returns to something resembling normal.
Naomi says the city is relying on tourism to help it rebuild and the tourists are coming. Makeshift restaurants have been set up in shipping containers. The food is good and there is excellent accommodation and lots to see.
Naomi hired a car and headed along the west coast to Greymouth. It’s an industrial city and Naomi wanted to be there to get back to nature in the Paparoa National Park.
The park’s limestone caves and caverns are amazing. Formed over millions of years it’s a fabulous feeling hiking between them, and because of the high rainfall there are spectacular waterfalls to be seen.
Back on the road, where the next stop would be Fox Glacier. Naomi had booked a Flying Fox Heli Hike as it is known locally and she was really looking forward to the experience, but that same rain that drove those magnific...


The Shepparton Adviser: A well travelled life "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A well travelled life

GOLDEN CELEBRATIONS… Local resident, Frank Faulkner is celebrating his 100th birthday today and says that he has had a fortunate life with loving family surrounding him. Photo: Emma Hillier.

Frank celebrates a century

TODAY is a very special day for local resident, Frank Faulkner and his family, with the well travelled Shepparton Villages resident celebrating his 100th birthday.
Father to eight, grandfather to 22 and great grandfather to 12, Frank’s story begins in Sandringham 100 years ago. Leaving school at 15 he worked for a newsagency delivering newspapers, before completing an accountant course at night school and picking up a job with Johns and Waygood throughout the years of WWII. In 1952, Frank and late wife of 71 years, Margaret moved to Mooroopna, where he took up a job at the Mooroopna Base Hospital as an accountant, before moving his way up the ranks and becoming assistant manager until he retired at the age of 65.
Frank has been heavily involved in the community throughout his time in the region, being the oldest Rotarian in the district and a charter member of the Mooroopna Probus Club, which he helped to establish. He was an avid sports player, taking to the tennis court and golf course regularly.
But Frank’s life has led him around the world; having not only travelled around Australia twice, but also travelling the globe to places including England, Hong Kong and New Zealand, but he says while there are many beautiful and unforgettable places around the world, there is no place l...


The Shepparton Adviser: True blue celebrations to ring out across region "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

True blue celebrations to ring out across region

INSPIRING AUSTRALIA DAY… Shepparton’s Australia Day celebrations will see local Australia Day Ambassador, Wesa Chau impart her knowledge and skills to locals to inspire them. Photo: Supplied.

CEREMONIES, events and entertainment will be held in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Tatura, Dookie, Arcadia, Toolamba and Murchison this Tuesday, January 26 to mark the true blue day that helps to celebrate what it means to be Australian.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said celebrations around the region will feature flag raising ceremonies, guest speakers, Australia Day Ambassadors, entertainment and the presentation of the 2016 Australia Day Awards.
“Australia Day a is fantastic opportunity for all citizens, regardless of their background to come together to celebrate our country.
“I encourage all residents to take pride in their country and reflect on who we are as a nation.
“Australia Day is a day for people from every walk of life to celebrate the things we love about our country.
“It is time to celebrate our freedom as individuals and as a nation, our lifestyle and culture, our land and its beauty, our history and our Indigenous past and our opportunities and future.”
Shepparton’s celebrations will see local Australia Day Ambassador, Wesa Chau impart her knowledge and skills to locals to inspire them. An insightful speaker, strategic thinker, advocate and consultant, Wesa is current director of cultural intelli...


The Shepparton Adviser: Mercy Place residents begin virtual reality treatment "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Mercy Place residents begin virtual reality treatment

LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY… Mercy Place resident, Frank Davies testing out the new virtual reality glasses, which began being used on 15 residents who suffer with dementia as part of a six month research program. Photo: Emma Hillier.

STEPPING into a virtual reality environment is hoped to become an effective treatment for sufferers of dementia at Mercy Place in Shepparton, with the aged care facility becoming the first in Australia to trial the state-of-the-art treatment.
From yesterday, 15 residents began taking part in a six month treatment program where they will use the virtual reality glasses daily and be transported to a different place or taken on a new adventure including helicopter rides over France, Iceland and Africa, all from the comfort of their own room.
The 360º simulated 3D environment treatment is hoped to bring many benefits to participants including improving their wellbeing, fulfilling ‘bucket list’ items, stimulating positive memories and enjoyment and encouraging storytelling and engagement.
Mercy Place Lifestyle Coordinator, Nicole Raditsas said, “This technology has been used in gaming and real estate and is very new for use in aged care, so we are hoping the benefits will be numerous.
“This is the first time in Australia that this research is being carried out in a residential aged care facility, so this is pretty special for us.
“Mercy Health will be recording the resident’s...


The Shepparton Adviser: Stitching for first place "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Stitching for first place

EMBROIDERY WIN… Local resident, Katalin Yeoman has placed first in the Melbourne Show’s Victorian Agricultural LTD Embroidery 2015 State Final with her Hardanger stitching table centre piece. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“IT was very much a surprise,” is what local resident, Katalin Yeoman said on her first place win at the Melbourne Show’s Victorian Agricultural LTD Embroidery 2015 State Final with her Hardanger stitching table centre piece.
The winning piece, stitched using coffee, light olive and dark olive colours took Katalin four months to complete, which she did in the company of others as part of the Granelen Hardanger Group who come together each week in Shepparton to work on embroidery pieces.
Katalin said, “I started embroidery because I do a bit of caravanning and it was something I could just potter around with and it grew from there.
“I think it was the dimension of the colours that helped me win.
“An achievement like this makes you think, where do I go from here?
“The group is currently stitching a quilt that will be raffled off to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation. Each member has made one block and tickets will be on sale from March 1.”


The Shepparton Adviser: Business wants a solution "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Business wants a solution

MALL MATTER REVISITED… Maude Street Mall Property Owner, Ian Bugg says that Greater Shepparton City Council have not done enough to look into what the best way forward is with the Maude Street Mall, with Greater Shepparton City Council’s, Cr Jenny Houlihan stating council has no immediate plans to re-open it to traffic as it would not be cost effective. Photo: David Lee.

Councillor says opening mall not cost effective

CONTROVERSY has been a word to describe the Maude Street Mall and what should be done with the street for many years, and while property owners and some business owners in the area continue to voice their desires to re-open the mall to traffic and parking, Greater Shepparton City Council says they have no immediate plans to do so.
According to Greater Shepparton City Council’s, Cr Jenny Houlihan it would cost the city $4M to return to allowing traffic through the mall, which she says is not a cost effective move forward. But, in her 10 years with council, Cr Houlihan says the mall has undergone many changes including the improvement of the playground area, removal of a stage, grassy areas installed and the outdoor roof near Jesses was removed, all of which she says has been brought about by council acting on the community’s improvement suggestions for the mall since it was officially opened on November 9, 1989. The total project cost of building the mall was $2.1M.
“Evolution and gradual improvement of our CBD is council’s policy and I am satisfied that this is the...


The Shepparton Adviser: Desperate plea to find father "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Desperate plea to find father

CAN YOU HELP FIND MY DAD?… Kirstie Stephenson is currently searching for her father, Donald David Jeffery Stephenson after having been estranged from him for 21 years. It is believed that Donald is currently working in the Shepparton area as a truck driver. Photo: Supplied.

Kirstie’s search leads to Shepparton

A DESPERATE plea for the whereabouts of Donald David Jeffery Stephenson has been made by his daughter, Kirstie Stephenson after the 24 year old’s search has led her to believe that her father is in the Shepparton area.
Having not seen her father for 21 years, after her parents separation, Kirstie began making enquiries into Donald’s whereabouts, recently making contact with Donald’s sister, Josephine and two older brothers, who had no knowledge of Kirstie and her sister, Jessica.
Donald’s family did pass on one piece of information that has given Kirstie hope; that her father was last known to be living and working as a truck driver in the Shepparton area and had remarried.
Kirstie said, “I want to know the other half of me and know if I have any other siblings out there. Both my sister and I have children.
“If I found him I would want to meet him and get to know the father I never had the chance to know. It would be nice to also know if there are other siblings so I can also get to know them. Life is too short not to know the truth.
“I live in Maryborough in Queensland where I was born. I have three children and a fantastic...


The Shepparton Adviser: Ladson aims to put a leash on council spending "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Ladson aims to put a leash on council spending

NEW CANDIDATE… Local resident, Ben Ladson has put his hand up to run as a candidate for this year’s Greater Shepparton City Council councillor elections. His drive to run came from his passion in wanting to cut back council spending on unnecessary projects, such as on the demolition of the Queens Gardens toilets. Photo: Emma Hillier.

IT was local resident, Ben Ladson’s drive for a more efficiently run council that led him to make the decision to run as a council candidate in the elections later this year.
In describing his snappy slogan, ‘It’s time to put a leash on council spending,’ Ben explained to The Adviser that the current council’s priorities are in the wrong place.
“It was Fern Summer who questioned me on putting my hand up to run as a candidate after she saw my and Facebook campaign against the proposed Shepparton Art Museum (SAM),” Ben said.
“I have a passion for wanting to help get Shepparton on the right track and the impractical spending of local rate payer’s money is not the way forward.
“The new SAM will require ongoing investment once $42M has been spent to build it, and how do they plan on funding this? Through rate payer’s dollars?
“There was no money put aside in the last government budget for the hospital and our train services continue to disappoint despite endless surveys, so it doesn’t make sense why council would be pushing for funding from the government for a ne...

10:48 Whooping cough extreme outbreak caused by vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

HSI eAlert

774a3-vaccine-620x400It was one of the most frightening whooping cough outbreaks in years — and it should be a wake-up call to every parent and grandparent in America.

Just three years ago, whooping cough tore through a Tallahassee, FL preschool, infecting one out of every four kids. Even their family members and staff came down with the disease in droves.

And the epidemic wasn’t even over before the mainstream started blaming the whole thing on parents who don’t vaccinate their kids.

But it looks like they were dead wrong.

Because a new government report is finally admitting something you never thought you’d hear come out of Uncle Sam’s mouth.

It’s not anti-vaxxers who are causing the dangerous spread of whooping cough all across the country.

It’s the vaccine itself.

A shot of truth

You don’t need to be a doctor or an infectious disease expert to know that the whooping cough vaccine is a dud.

You just need to look at the numbers.

According to the government’s own data, 95 percent of kids are getting the DTaP vaccine, which is supposed to protect them from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). But there are more whooping cough cases now than there were in 1955.

In fact, over just the past few years there have been more whoopi...


The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


COUNTRY MUSIC FOR CHARITY will be held on Sunday, January 24 at the GV Hotel from 12 noon to 5pm. Guest artist is Fiona McGee with walk up artists welcome backed by Paul Zito’s Band. Entry is $7 and includes tea/coffee. Bistro meals are available. Proceeds go to GV Hospice Care Services. For enquiries, contact Joyce on 0408 218 411.

38 ARMY CADET UNIT SHEPPARTON will be conducting an information night on Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm at The Army Reserve Hall, 112 Sobraon Street, Shepparton for prospective new members 13 to 16 years of age. Prospective new members must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For further information, contact 0481 286 842.

COOL CAT ROCKERS SHEPPARTON INC will be commencing beginners rock n roll dance classes from 7pm to 8:15pm on February 9 at Wesley Hall, Maude Street, Shepparton. No partner is required. An all progressive, friendly social atmosphere. For further information, contact Anne on 0429 956 177 or Kaye on 5821 5465.

COOL CAT ROCKERS SHEPPARTON INC will hold their dance on February 20 at Shepparton High School hall from 8pm. The playing band is Who Was That Cat and there will be break music for partner dancing. BYO supper. Lucky door prizes and a raffle. Pre-book tickets with Kaye on 5821 5465.

NUMURKAH FRUIT AND VEG – TABLE are seeking growers to donate their excess produce to the ‘Fruit and Veg – Table’ and take what they need in return, while also offering produce from the table to everyone who needs it. Located at the Numurkah Visitor Information Centre, anyone can come along during business hours to donate or take produce.

LYMPHOEDEMA: local support and education is available for those diagnosed with either Primary or Secondary Lymphoedema. For further information, contact Jeanette Th...


Echonetdaily: Suicide prevention "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In June 2013 I put my first Suicide Prevention Advertisement (SPA) in a Barossa newspaper, thinking I would do only one. I’ve just written my seventy-seventh ‘long’ SPA. They’ve gone into local papers now in two states, I’ve had much positive feedback, was nominated (2014) for a national award from Suicide Prevention Australia, and not had one single complaint.

All these SPAs are on my media and information site, along with suicide statistics commencing 1921 and road fatalities from 1970. Also a graph, other relevant figures, the original source of government expenditure figures on national infrastructure and Beyondblue, relevant comment from then minister Catherine King and a chilling call to all Australians from the then CEO of Beyondblue Kate Carnell (2014).

You don’t have to be a Rhodes scholar in emotional mathematics to work out that if our governments spend $5.5 billion/year on infrastructure/road safety for three decades, and yet less than one per cent of this figure, currently a paltry $41m/year on our ‘emotional roads’ (Beyondblue), it’s hardly surprising road fatalities have reduced by 77 per cent while suicides have shown no reduction at all. There are now two suicides for every one road fatality.

Shame on each and every Aussie politician who allows this situation to continue.

I’m looking to get my little SPA messages into as many hearts and minds as possible. They are currently available to any Aussie community for the price of the advertising space, paid directly to the newspaper, not to me.

I’m not a complete stranger to our big circulation print media and ABC Radio National over past environmental and reconciliation issues but when I want to debate prevention policy, their doors suddenly shut very tight.

Tim Barritt, Barossa Valley


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The Shepparton Adviser: Local bridges to be upgraded in Murray "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Murray electorate has secured $250,000 in funding under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program, which will be used to support vital upgrades of local bridge infrastructure.
Cullens Road Bridge in Euroa will receive a full replacement and come to a cost of $390,000, with $195,000 coming from the Bridges Renewal Program. A 68t bridge will replace the current 10t limit bridge providing access to heavy vehicles and emergency services.
Curries Road Bridge in Euroa will receive an upgrade to re-deck the timber bridge, increasing the load limit from 15t to 30t, with a total cost of $60,000 with $30,000 coming from the program. Nelsons Road Bridge in Euroa will get a replacement abutment to increase the load limit from 2t to 30t, for a total cost of $50,000 with $25,000 coming from the program.
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone said, “It is clear that councils have thought seriously about how well their proposal addresses the objectives of the program and, in many cases, have taken the time to consult with local industry on their needs and priorities.
“These upgrades mean local communities within Murray will have access to safer and more reliable roads. This will not only reduce the time taken to transport freight from farms and local industry, but increase productivity and economic gains.
“These projects were identified as priorities by local government and the works will be managed by the Strathbogie Shire. More on the Bridges Renewal Programme is available online at,” Dr Stone said.


jacksjottings: Conservation Is Not Rubbish. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Want a good tip for the human race.

Want a good tip for the human race.

 Is My Writing Useless Rubbish?

You will not get better than this.

You will not get better tip than this.

 Why make a new New Year Resolution? What was wrong with the old one? Didn’t last years work?

 Entering to the Tip Shop, Hobart Tasmania.

Entering the Tip Shop, Hobart Tasmania. Note the gate made from scrap.

 I suggest there was nothing wrong with it. The fault lay with you. The old one was still ok you just decided you wanted a new one.

It is history now.

It is history now.



Echonetdaily: Life in Byron’s squatter camps "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

Anna James

The gypsy kids’ campground would be beautiful, if not for the debris.

A baked-bean can, water bottle, and a dog bowl are scattered on the dirt among three deflated tents and piles of soiled blankets. There’s a pink massage claw, a tabloid magazine and liquor bottles.

The squatter camps like this one in the hinterland surrounding Byron Bay are illegal, but easy to find; behind the main strip, Jonson Street, walk a few metres inland, and tents appear. Neon-green, foliage-topped rosewood trees join baby blue sky; the salty summer air steadies and waves tumble nearby.

‘Sometimes the police ask you to move on, only if you’re being disrespectful to nature and trashing the place,’ says 20-year-old Kai, who’s been living out here for three years.

Kai, like the other people interviewed for this article, didn’t offer his last name, as illegal camping is punishable by fine, or worse — disdain from his peers for opening their secret world to the media.

‘At least someone is interested in us,’ says Kai, when approached for an interview.

Kai is a typical Byron Bay gypsy kid; under 25, impassively homeless, and living in a tented community with his peers on the fringes of one of Australia’s richest towns.


Echonetdaily: Scientific progress a disaster: Hawking "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

British physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking at The Royal Society in London, Britain, in December 2015. He toldl London’s London's Royal Institution that destruction of the Earth by human hand is ‘almost inevitable’. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

British physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking at The Royal Society in London, Britain, in December 2015. He told London’s London’s Royal Institution that destruction of the Earth by human hand is ‘almost inevitable’. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

London, PAA

Scientific progress is almost certain to bring disaster to planet Earth within the next few thousand years, according to top cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking.

He predicts that as new technologies are developed, the number of threats to the human race will increase until some kind of global cataclysm is virtually inevitable.

In the time period before humans manage to escape to the stars, they will have to be ‘very careful’, he says.

Hawking’s warning came during a question and answer session at the BBC Reith Lectures at London’s Royal Institution on January 7.

His prophesy of doom came when a member of the audience asked him: ‘Do you think the world will end naturally or will man destroy it first?’

The professor, research director at Cambridge University’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, replied: ‘We face a number of threats to our survival from nuclear war, catastrophic global warming, and genetically engineered viruses.

‘The number is likely to...


Echonetdaily: Aussie Day lamb ad pokes fun at vegans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An advertisement encouraging people to eat lamb on Australia Day criticised for inciting hatred towards vegans has been given the all-clear.

The ad from Meat and Livestock Australia, starring popular SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin and long-time lamb consumption advocate Sam Kekovich, was cleared by the Advertising Standards Bureau during an ‘extraordinary meeting’.

The bureau said in a statement that a scene depicting a blow torch being applied to vegan food was an ‘exaggerated and humorous’ response to alternatives to lamb and did not discriminate against vegans.

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Echonetdaily: Pilliga pushers are sticking around "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Peter Humphriss ws the center of the action this morning. Photo Tree Faerie.

Peter Humphriss, who was the centre of action this morning in Narrabri, prepares for a ‘stick-on’ at the Santos office. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

After hitchhiking for four days from Broken Hill, 29-year-old Peter Humphriss used superglue to stick on to the Santos offices in Narrabri at around 9am this morning in an effort to highlight the coal seam gas work that is being done in the area.

Protector Peter Humphriss 'stuck-on' the Santos office window in Narrabri. Photo Tree Faerie.

Protector Peter Humphriss ‘stuck-on’ the Santos office window in Narrabri. Photo Tree Faerie.

The 850-well Narrabri Gas Project and the construction of the Leewood facility, which is designed to treat up to one million litres of coal seam gas wastewater and then use it to irrigate crops on site, is a cause for serious concern to the people in the region and others who are worried about underground water.

This is Peter’s first action in support of the land. He says he is distressed by the destruction of the area and water – he fears a future...


Echonetdaily: Community brekkie reopens panoramic Tweed Heads lookout "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


1. A special place for all ages … (from left) Taneesha Buxton, Tweed Heads Historical Society President Joan Smith, Tiani Browning-King (holding Bohdi Browning-King), Work for the Dole team Leader Peter Dillon, Council's Manager Recreation Services, Stewart Brawley, Jackie McDonald, who spoke about Joongurrabah's significance for Aboriginal culture, Work for the Dole Coordinator Chris Muldoon, Council Acting General Manager Tracey Stinson, Tursa representative Lance Penfold, Grant and Lily Buxton and Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean. 2. Frank and Christine Healy were thrilled when Tom Beatson Outlook reopened so they could resume their regular walks to the top of Razorback.

A special place for all ages (from left): Taneesha Buxton, Tweed Heads Historical Society president Joan Smith, Tiani Browning-King (holding Bohdi Browning-King), Work for the Dole team Leader Peter Dillon, council’s manager recreation services, Stewart Brawley, Jackie McDonald, who spoke about Joongurrabah’s significance for Aboriginal culture, Work for the Dole coordinator Chris Muldoon, council acting general manager Tracey Stinson, Tursa representative Lance Penfold, Grant and Lily Buxton and Tweed Regional Museum director Judy Kean. Photo supplied

A community breakfast last Friday celebrated the reopening of the popular Tweed Heads landmark known as Tom Beatson Outlook on the top of Razorback, which has undergone a $100,000 facelift.

The park, with its panoramic views of the Tweed and Gold Coast, was closed last April because of safety concerns abo...


Echonetdaily: Giving movies the flick "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Flickerfest-2016-Launch-Bronwyn-KiddAustralia’s leading Academy-accredited short-film festival turns 25 this year and, after its premiere at the Bondi Pavilion, makes its first stop on the 50-plus-date tour to Mullumbimby. The Echo spoke with festival director Bronwyn Kidd about this iconic event.

What are the challenges in mounting an event such as Flickerfest?

Always in the arts, arts versus commerce is the biggest challenge and it becomes harder every year to stay true to our vision of independent cinema. Like all arts organisations in an era where there is a multitude of film festivals and events on each week I guess remaining unique and committed to our vision of presenting truly spectacular shorts is one of our biggest challenges. Some of our challenges are in fact in part owing to the festival’s ongoing growth, which is all very positive! With the growth of the festival we get more and more entries to view each year – almost 2,500 for this year’s festival – so getting through the sheer volume of entries to select our world-class competition takes many, many months and loads of manpower from our 50-person-strong industry selection committee! The ongoing growth of Flickerfest’s national tour to 53 venues Australiawide this year also means a lot of effort from a very small team to bring the festival to the far reaches of Australia and we are very much looking forward to bringing the films to our home town of Mullumbimby this year.

Are short films like the green frogs? How is the quality and inno......


Echonetdaily: Together we’ll fight IS tumour: Obama "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

US President Barack Obama listens as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Photo AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

US President Barack Obama listens as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Photo AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Washington, AAP – US President Barack Obama is keen to pick Malcolm Turnbull’s brain regarding ongoing efforts to combat the ‘parent tumour’ of Islamic State extremism, following the prime minister’s weekend visit to the Middle East.

Mr Obama on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEDT) expressed immense gratitude for the strong and steadfast US-Australia alliance at the start of a bilateral meeting with Mr Turnbull at the White House in Washington DC.

‘The friendship between the Unites States and Australia is not only based on commerce and economics, geopolitical interests, but it is also based on an extraordinary affinity of shared values,’ the president told reporters in the Oval Office.

There were very few countries that had as much in common as the US and Australia, Mr Obama said.

He thanked Australia for its hospitality during his past visits and declared he was happy to reciprocate.

‘(But) it’s a little bit colder here than it was Down Under,’ Mr Obama joked in the Washington winter.

The president flagged the pair would discuss globa...


Echonetdaily: Teen attacked on way to Melbourne’s Midsumma gay festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Revellers at the 2015 Midsumma Festival Pride Parade. A teenage boy was bashed on his way to the opening of the 2016 festival on Sunday (January 18). AAP Image/Newzulu/Courtney Biggs

Revellers at the 2015 Midsumma Festival Pride Parade. A teenage boy was bashed on his way to the opening of the 2016 festival on Sunday (January 18). AAP Image/Newzulu/Courtney Biggs

Melbourne, AAP – A teenage boy has been hospitalised after a violent attack on the opening day of the Midsumma Festival, the Victorian capital’s flagship gay and lesbian pride event.

Police say the teen and a friend were making their way to the festival through the Alexandra Gardens on Sunday when he was approached by a man, believed to be known to him, and assaulted.

Numerous passers-by intervened, holding the man so the two teens could leave and report the matter to police.

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Echonetdaily: Tax breaks to increase US deficit to $A793 billion "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Washington, RAW

The US budget deficit will grow sharply to $US544 billion ($A793 billion) in 2016 after six years of declines, the Congressional Budget Office says.

The new projection makes it harder for Republicans who control Congress to demonstrate election-year fiscal restraint. Meeting past goals of passing a budget that reaches a surplus in 10 years would now require deeper cuts to politically sensitive benefits programs and perhaps military spending.

The non-partisan CBO said the fiscal 2016 deficit will swell by 2.9 per cent of US economic output from $US439 billion in fiscal 2015.

The deficit peaked at about $US1.4 trillion in 2009 during the deepest recession since the 1930s.

The projected fiscal 2016 deficit is $US130 billion higher than the CBO’s last estimate for this year made in August 2015, a forecast based on tax and spending laws then on the books and an expectation faster US growth would bring in more revenues.

Since then, Congress passed a year-end spending bill that included making permanent and expanding several major temporary tax breaks for businesses and individuals, including credits for research and development expenses, families with children and the working poor.

The CBO’s preliminary estimates, which start Washington’s annual budgeting process, also show that deficits will grow steadily over the next decade, reaching $US1.37 trillion, or 4.9 per cent of US GDP, in 2026. This is due to costs associated with the rapidly retiring baby boomer generation and a downgrade in the budget referee office’s economic projections.

Over the 2016-2025 period, the CBO estimates that the government will add $US8.5 trillion to the federal debt, about $US1.5 trillion more than its August estimate.

CBO said it forecast US real gross domestic product growth this c...

08:23 Queensland police violence – in wrong house according to owner "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Submitted story

Thugs in uniform dealing with the public in Queensland. Did you see the threat posed from that tiny woman being thrown around? What do you think Mr Commissioner, you must be so proud of your officers handling the public in such a way?

Editor: Retired or former police officers have told Cairns News for years that the police trainees are good citizens when they enter either of the two state training academies, but undergo a transformation during their training from having been conditioned to believe the public, whom they are supposed to serve, are the “enemy”. Nevertheless policing is a stressful job and officers continually attending often horrific road accidents takes its toll. It is quite clear that officers at the sharp end do need counselling from time to time. Another policy of the Queensland Police Service  and their union is not to conduct random drug and alcohol testing of operational police.  There is much anecdotal evidence doing the rounds suggesting that police officers should be tested for illicit substance abuse. Every other workplace in Australia, under the OHS policies of each state allows for random testing. Any moves to introduce this reform will be strongly defended by their union and no doubt individual officers.

Another burning issue is the strained relationship between police and indigenous people, including troublesome Pacific Islanders and Maoris. Police every day in Cairns, Townsville and indigenous settlements like Aurukun, have to deal with these people whose inherent desire is to bash a police officer. This festering sore...


Echonetdaily: Probe into fatal shooting at Sydney police station "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police officers stand outside of the Quakers Hill Police Station in Sydney on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, where a knife-wielding man was shot dead by officers. Photo AAP Image/Paul Miller

Police officers stand outside of the Quakers Hill Police Station in Sydney on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, where a knife-wielding man was shot dead by officers. Photo AAP Image/Paul Miller

Sydney, AAP – A man who was shot dead after allegedly threatening officers with a large kitchen knife in a Sydney police station is yet to be formally identified.

A sergeant with 24 years’ experience fired a single, fatal shot following a short confrontation with the man inside the foyer of the Quakers Hill police station on Tuesday morning.

A 12-year-old boy and several other officers were inside the foyer when the man entered, allegedly threatening the officer.

Police have not yet formally identified the man, believed to be in his 40s, and say his motive is not clear.

Quakers Hill police station will remain closed while investigations continue.

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Echonetdaily: Lismore scores home run with national baseball titles "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Announcing Lismore as the host of the Australia Little League and Senior League Championships until 2020 were (l-r): Lismore shire deputy mayor Simon Clough, Lismore City Council general manager Gary Murphy, Lismore MP Thomas George, Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro, Baseball Australia chief operating officer Justin Drew and Far North Coast Baseball’s Melinda Clark. Photo supplied

Announcing Lismore as the host of the Australia Little League and Senior League Championships until 2020 were (l-r): Lismore shire deputy mayor Simon Clough, Lismore City Council general manager Gary Murphy, Lismore MP Thomas George, Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro, Baseball Australia chief operating officer Justin Drew and Far North Coast Baseball’s Melinda Clark. Photo supplied

Lismore has secured the rights to host Baseball Australia’s junior and senior championships until 2020, bringing more than $13 million into the local economy.

Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro made the announcement at the Albert Park Baseball Complex yesterday morning along with MP Thomas George and representatives from Baseball Australia and Lismore City Council.

The Australia Little League and Senior League Championships championship events will be held from 2016 to 2020 and will generate significant economic benefits, according to Mr George.

‘This is a great opportunity for tourism in Lismore, providing us with an opportunity to showcase Lismore’s accommodation, fantastic restaurants and local attractions as well as attracting visitors to the wider NSW North Coast region,’ he said.



Echonetdaily: Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey dead at 67 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, dead at 67. Photo supplied

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, dead at 67. Photo supplied

New York, AAP – The Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67.

The US band announced the news on its website stating the founding member died on Monday in New York city after complications from a number of illnesses.

‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,’ the band wrote.

‘Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.’

‘The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.’

The band included the lyrics of the song It’s Your World Now from the Long Road Out of Eden album along with the announcement.

Frey’s bandmate Don Henley said the guitarist was like a brother to him, regardless of The Eagle’s fractious relationship over their 45-year history and he gave him credit for starting the group.

‘He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But the bond we forged 45 years ag...


Echonetdaily: Aboriginal death in custody ‘swept under carpet’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mourners at yesterday's funeral of Grafton Aboriginal man David Dungay Hill Jnr, who died in police custody, wearing matching memorial T-shirts. Photo Facebook

Mourners at yesterday’s funeral of Kempsey Aboriginal man David Dungay Hill Jnr, who died in police custody, wearing matching memorial T-shirts. Photo Facebook

The funeral of David Dungay-Hill Jr was held yesterday in South Kempsey.

Mr Hill died just before New Year’s Eve at Long Bay under suspicious circumstances. The family understood that he was due for parole in a matter of weeks.

A large funeral procession blocked local traffic for over 100 metres and police were required to direct vehicles.

In a statement, George Newhouse, the solicitor representing the Dungay-Hill family, accused Corrective Services NSW of ‘distracting from the real cause of death’.

‘The family are concerned that Corrective Services NSW may be sweeping their son’s death under the carpet by suggesting that there are no suspicious circumstances or that the death was linked to his medical condition.

‘The events of the day are the subject of a serious police/correctional investigation.

‘Serious questions must be asked of the NSW Department of Corrective Services about their treatment of Mr David Dungay-Hill Jr on that day,’ said Mr Newhouse.

Family members wore matching T-shirts commemorating Mr Hill. Flowers in red, black and yellow were carried by mourners.

Mr Hill’s coffin was decorated with a dot painting motif selected by the family.


The post...

07:48 One of two Queensland Nobel Prize winners born at Atherton 1916 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letters to editor

Queensland’s first Nobel Prize winner was born in Peeramon (near Atherton) in 1916.  He attended Butcher’s Creek School and later Atherton State School.  In 1923 the family took him to Russia where he continued his education.  He was a distinguished student and he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964 for his work on Lasers and Masers.  There has only been one other Nobel Prizewinner in Queensland and that is Peter Doherty who shared the Nobel Prize in 1996.


Alesandr Prokhorov, born at Atherton, Far North Queensland, won the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964

I first got to know of Alesandr Prokhorov when I was reading about him as we were setting the questions for a Trivia Night at the Mareeba Bowls Club. We decided to set the information on him as a ‘Who am I’?  The first question was; ‘ I was born in 1916 in Peeramon’.  This was followed by: ‘I shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964’.   No one in the hall had heard of him and no one won that ‘Who Am I’.  At the end of the evening many people wanted to know his name and Alesandre began his journey from obscurity.  I read in the Tablelander later that a plaque had been placed in Butcher’s Creek School and then later another one had been erected in Atherton Primary School.  It was a lovely outcome to know that Alesandr and his achievements were becoming known in the place of his birth.

I intend further research in this Centenary year of his birth and would be very happy to have help from anyone who knew of the Prokhorov family in Peeramon.

Thank You.

Irene Shanks

Mareeba, 4880




Echonetdaily: Man charged following raid near Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 32-year-old man was arrested near Lismore yesterday afternoon after police found a large amount of property at his home in Monaltrie, including power and gardening tools, a television and other items.

The man was charged under an outstanding warrant for breaking his parole after Richmond Local Area Command police searched the property at Donlon Road, Monaltrie, at around 3pm.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Echonetdaily: Big Tweed developer fined over Cobaki estate breaches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An aerial view of Cobaki, a new development near Tweed Heads, which has been the subject of several environmental infractions. Photo Leda website

An aerial view of Cobaki, a new development near Tweed Heads, which has been the subject of several environmental infractions. Photo Leda website

Developers of the Cobaki housing estate on the northern Tweed-Gold Coast border have been slapped with ‘the maximum possible fine for failing to protect environmentally sensitive areas as required by its conditions of approval.’

The Department of Planning and Environment says Leda Manorstead ‘was required to fence environmentally sensitive areas during earthwork activities to protect them from any work associated with construction of Cobaki Estate.’

A spokesperson for the department said that the breach was assessed as having a high impact.

‘The company is now required to pay a $15,000 fine, construct the fence and remediate the affected areas,’ the spokesperson said.

‘The issuing of this fine should serve as a deterrent to all companies in the state…

‘In August last year, the NSW government introduced five-fold increases in penalties for companies that breach conditions.’

This has given NSW the toughest penalties in the country for planning offences, say the department.

‘Companies can also be prosecuted in court for breaching conditions, with the most severe breaches attracting fines of up to $5 million.

‘The department has doubled the number of compliance officers in the field across NSW to monitor and enforce the conditions placed on developments of state significance such as residen...


Echonetdaily: Where art and nature converge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Orly Faya’s infused artwork. Photo supplied

An initiative by artist Orly Faya in partnership with local Mindjinbal man Gavin Ivey has produced some stunning images.

Orly says the idea was to ‘… creatively recognise the intrinsic connection between human and earth, specifically in acknowledgement of Australia’s first peoples, the diversity of country, as well as highlighting our shared responsibility to care for country.’

Orly says the first creation took place on December 7 last year at The Pinnacle in the Border Ranges.

‘We awoke at the crack of dawn and with a crew of five people we ventured on a five-hour return trip, to arrive at the tip of The Pinnacle.

‘They were Gavin, his partner Mohammed, Dianna Rivers of the Rainforest Project and filmmaker Sharon Shostak.

‘An extraordinary day took place that we will never forget, an honouring of our first people of Australia, a recognition of the spiritual depth that has been so long hidden beneath layers of Anglo culture.

‘This project requires funding and support to continue. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please contact’

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Echonetdaily: Minister’s verbal abuse of women a disgrace "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Complaints about Peter Dutton calling a female journalist demeaning names because he was unhappy with the article she’d written about the bad behaviour of his colleague have nothing to do with political correctness (PC).

His verbal abuse is a deliberate tactic used to try and silence women when they dare to speak out.

The PC furphy is continually rolled out by unreconstructed males in an attempt to trivialise the very serious issue of endemic violence against women, which starts with language, then too often, escalates into brutality and murder.

That anyone would try and justify verbal abuse and bad behaviour with the claim that ‘some women actually enjoy an uncomplicated encounter with a famous confident and experienced male’ shows a complete lack of respect and ignorance of appropriate behaviour.

To a modern educated, confident, independent, professional woman, the above translates as ‘I find it highly offensive to be mauled, abused and harassed by repulsive, unreconstructed (usually old) men, and I will not tolerate it’.  Women are no longer the chattels of men to do with as they please.

It speaks volumes about Malcolm Turnbull’s credibility that he tolerates Dutton in the ministry.  Would he have been so tolerant if the demeaning name calling had been directed at his wife or daughter?

David Leser spells it out very clearly in his article in the Sydney Morning Herald on 11.1.16 (see link below)

David is spot on when he asks ‘is it because… a brutal misogyny actually permeates every culture and society in the world?  That burning witches in medieval times and ditching witches (or calling a female journalist a “mad witch”) in modern times, are simply the opposite points on the same spectrum?’

David also quotes Everyman: ‘If you won’...


Echonetdaily: Assisted suicide should be legalised "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

There is no better measure of individual freedom than having the right to decide what to do with our own bodies. When the law prevents us from making free choices about our bodies, then we are not really free at all.

For this reason, I believe the legalisation of assisted suicide is long overdue. Opinion polls show more than 80 per cent of Australians are in favour, across all political parties. It is high time governments accepted that their intrusion is not warranted in this deeply personal matter.

That’s why I have introduced a Bill to Parliament that, if passed, would allow the ACT and NT to legislate to allow assisted suicide. Its passage would send a strong signal to state and territory governments to change their laws to reflect public opinion.

Readers have the power to help pass this Bill. I encourage everyone to contact their political representatives and make known their support for giving Australians the right to assisted suicide in 2016.

Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democrats NSW), Drummoyne

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Women falling pregnant or due to give birth after 30 June 2016 are not going to be amused when they realize exactly how much harder their lives might become under the Federal Coalition Government.

Especially when they realize that Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull was a successful barrister who inherited an est. $2 million in the same year his first child was born and, would have little to no understanding of the predicament in which he is placing many low-income families.

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The Gap Year and Beyond: Compass Tour of Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Over the Xmas break I planned and completed a compass tour of Victoria. It covered Mallacoota and various other spots in the far east of the state, the North East/Central covering the Grampians, Little Desert and Wyperfeld National Park, the far West including Nelson and the The Lower Glenelg National Park as well as a few spots on the way home, and finally the South – Mornington Peninsula. I am finally back at work – resting from all the driving, mozzie bites (and three ticks), early starts and the heat of the desert country. I am already thinking about the end of year trip and what new spots I can discover or visit.

Below are a few photos of the Cabbage Tree Palms from the Cabbage Tree Creek area, located along the Princes Highway on the way to Mallacoota – The Cabbage Tree Palm is Victoria’s only native palm species and are found in a few locations. The picnic ground has a lovely short rainforest walk with many bird and animal species. I saw my first lifer (lifer = first time seeing a bird species) of the trip –  a TopKnot Pigeon.

The Topknot Pigeons are often found in this reserve feeding on the fruit of the palm. I saw a flock of around 10 flying across the reserve – they are a very nervous species and will flush and fly off even when I was quite far away. I will have to try for photos the next time I head to Mallacoota.

Cabbage Tree Palm, Cabbage Tree Creek...


onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.472 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

View Online What's On this Week | 19 - 25 January 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 19th January 2016 to Monday 25th January 2016 A week full of rods, tennis and paddling leading to Australia Day, public holiday full of fun activities and free events on Tuesday 26th January 2016. Love Melbourne MelB Reclink The Great Peninsula Paddle A race between Sorrento & Portsea to raise funds for the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club and Reclink, and raise awareness about people living with disadvantage. When: Sunday 24th of January 2016 Where: Sorrento Boat Club - 3154 Point Nepean Rd, Sorrento Links: Donate | Desktop | Smart Phone Tennis Australian Open 2016 Join the biggest names in tennis as the world’s top tennis players fight it out for the first Grand Slam® title of the year. Federer, Djokovic, Williams and Sharapova – the stars of the sport make Melbourne Park their own as the on-court action and off-court entertainment of Grand Slam® tennis take over the city. Watch all the action of the Australian Open live and free on Channel 7. When: 18th - 31st January, 2016 Where: Melbourne Park Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Hot Rod Heaven Victorian Hot Rod Show 2016 51st annual show will include displays of classical and converted automobiles and the latest Hot Rod information. When: January 22 to 24, 2016 Where: Royal Exhibition Building Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Australia Day 2016 Tuesday 26th January 2016 On the 26th of January each year we celebrate our National Day with a public holiday full of fun activities and free events. The 26th of January refers to the First Landing Day or Foundation Day, in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove. 21 Gun Salute AusFest 2016 | Cider Festival Australia Day at Docklands Australia Day events in Melbourne Australia Day Fireworks at Docklands Australia Day Parade Dandenong Au...


AWPA Sydney News: 1) PUNKS FOR WEST PAPUA INTERVIEW "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Papua ESDM Fine with Freeport Indonesia CEO Resignation
3) Robert Schroeder interim  Freeport Indonesia boss



Will Type For Food: From the 10 habits of highly effective Business-Bonobos... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

... 11. The Business-Bonobo knows the value of money well. As soon as he or she comes into a little money, they roll all over it to ensure their pheromones are all over their savings. Also acceptable: pissing, spitting, shitting on the money. This way, potential competitors are deterred from taking a share.

12. A Business-Bonobo is never without their banana telephone. That way, they can stay in touch at all times with other Business-Bonobos. Also, they're good for snacks.

13. Work disputes are easily resolved. Sex. Also, disputes with technology. Sex. Also sexual feelings for fellow department members. Sex, obviously. Also H & S disputes. Sex. Sex. Sex....


Will Type For Food: Today, I observed a sporty girl bear an oversized test tube containing what looked like water with what appeared to be pond scum in the top of it "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Today, I observed a sporty girl bear an oversized test tube containing what looked like water with what appeared to be pond scum in the top of it. She took a pointlessly big plastic straw, and proceeded to stir the appeared-to-be-pond-scum into the what-looked-like-water, and then plonked the straw right in and took a big contented slurp.

Our interest in health has given the world some very disturbing foods in the past hundred odd years, but none, I submit, quite so disturbing as a test tube full of appears-to-be-pond-scum on top of what-looks-like-water. The adage 'If it tastes good, it can't be good for you' these days seems to submit itself to some flexibility these days: 'If it tastes yuck and looks disgusting, it must be brilliant for you', perhaps. Certainly, I never thought I would see the day when people would present themselves in front of me drinking gigantic beakers full of pond scum. What happened to friendly old men drinking unknown substances out of brown paper bags, for heavens' sakes?

I blame Tony Abbott. Or Malcolm Turnbull. Or Daniel Andrews. Or whoever it is one blames for such things at the present time. Whatever. I blame them all.


Bluestone Magazine: Women’s art prize unveils guest judge "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

he new director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery Vanessa Gerrans will judge this year’s South West International Women’s Day Art Prize. Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, which is organising the prize for a second year, said it was delighted to secure Ms Gerrans as this year’s judge for the event, following in the […]

19:37 Cosmic cycles, not carbon dioxide, control climate. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Cosmic Cycles Control Climate

by Viv Forbes, Science writer

Those who think a war on carbon energy will lower Earth’s temperature need to study climate history.

Temperatures on Earth dance to a cyclical rhythm every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles.

These cycles interact to produce a wide range of ever-changing temperatures. Even at the same moment, temperatures vary dramatically from the equator to the poles and from the surface to the stratosphere. For would-be climate “managers” to claim they can calculate a mythical “global temperature” with precision greater than thermometers can measure is statistical nonsense.

It is even sillier for people who cannot accurately forecast next weekend’s weather to claim they can regulate the temperature of the globe by bashing industry and taxing carbon.

What is the role of carbon dioxide in climate? Al Gore did a great job to dramatise the recurring glacial cycles revealed by ice cores in his widely acclaimed work of science fiction. But he missed two inconvenient truths.

First, ice cores show that in the glacial spring-time the temperature rose BEFORE the CO2 levels rose. Therefore the rising CO2 cannot be a CAUSE of the warming – it is a RESULT of CO2 being expelled from the warming oceans.

Second, at the top of every warm cycle, high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere were unable to prevent Earth from cooling into the next cycle of ice.

We are fortunate to live in the Holocene Epoch, the latest warm phase of the Pleistocene Ice Age. The climate history of the Holocene, and its predecessor the Eemian, are well documented in ice core logs. These show that today’s warm Greenhouse Earth is probably nearing its end. It will be followed by Icehouse Earth.

There is no ev...

18:43 Katter urges PM to save Queensland Nickel "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Queenslanders living in an economic backwater

19 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has written to the Prime Minister today urging him to intervene in the situation concerning Queensland Nickel, owned by a Clive Palmer company and provide bridging finance to the company until the market recovers.

The company employs nearly 1,000 direct jobs and according to Mr Katter is now in grave jeopardy unless the Government intervenes.

Mr Katter said in his letter to the Prime Minister that the industry was going through the standard ‘boom and bust’ cycle.

“For the past fifteen years the price of nickel has averaged $25,000 per year, it is now $8,000 per year.

“China is suffering a normal ‘boom and bust’ cycle; minerals live with a ‘boom and bust cycle’.

“Nickel is used in the production of stainless steel and in turn these alloys are used in the production of many electronics, power tools, transport and emergency power supplies.

“Nickel is of immense commercial value. Its long term outlook is solid.

“World bank projections are for $20,000 per tonne within the next few years,” Mr Katter said.

Clive Palmer says the placing of Queensland Nickel into receivership has “nothing to do with me.”

Mr Katter said that in the 1980s the Queensland Government had no hesitation in providing a loan guarantee for $40 m (the equivalent of nearly $100 m now) to get Queensland Nickel running.

“The tax revenue from an operation bringing, we are informed $800 m per year, generates a tax revenue of at least $200 m.

“The loss of one of the bigger nickel refining plants in th...


ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: History Carnival is coming soon!! "Twilight Over Berlin" German art 1905-1945 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I will be hosting the History Carnival for January 2016. Although all history blog posts may be nominated and will be welcome, my theme will The History of the Visual, Musical, Performing and Literary Arts. You can find the nomination form here which will need to be submitted by 31st Jan.


Twilight Over Berlin, which continues at the Israel Museum Jerusalem until 9th March 2016, is an important exhibition for people wanting to understand modern German art (1905-1945). Some of the material in this blog post has come directly from the New Media Dept of the Israel Museum - many thanks.

My favourite German art started with the establishment of Weimar Republic and of the Bauhaus (both in 1919), as you can see in the post on the London Exhibition of German Art in 1938. But Expressionism actually started earlier in Germany. Expres­s­ionist artists strove to overcome the rigid traditions of the states’ art academies, as well as the Impressionists' naturalistic rendering of transient phenomena. The new style, which flourished in the German-speaking nations from 1905 on, was characterised by distorted forms, sharp colour contrasts and rapid brush strokes.

German society in the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II (1888–1918) was seen by many as authoritarian and ossified, so freedom-loving intellectuals wanted it radically transformed. Several groups of German artists organised exhibitions of avant-garde art to break away from the established academies. Die Brücke/Bridge was a group of Expressionist artists founded in Dresden in 1905. Influenced by late medieval German art, the Brücke painters created unrefined figur...


All in the Name of Liberty: We know what "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We know what kinda shit goes on and we don't forger 

But for. Now , we prefer to play with colours rather than mud 
For the moment u don't take seriously our individual attempts for real freedom of expression and u even Use us and our media as baits for other poor silly buggers that think of West as the land of the Free ......
And , Good , Great ! This is good 
We want u to see us as a Non serious danger because We know what happens  when u do ( Mc Arthy -ism ) happens 
  This is Now 
But. Nothing is static , Everything flows 
   The " static electricity " think is a great mistake  Mismomer 
Electrons run to in the state of electrons called static 
The whole , Flows 
Energies are in constant motion and the Natural state of all is in constant change 
Life changes continuously and the fads  come and go
We know it 
U know it 
U try your best to avoid or at least soften or take some control over your Unavoidable Fall 
U are in Free Fall now and u know it 
This is why we see u opening your parashuites , para-fives and para-military tools all over the world .
Desperate attempts to soften the Landing
So , this is why we are content in painting the colours the sounds and the odor of your long defeat 
Observe how the mighty fall , how the petty aspire power and how all together embraced In a Crasy colourfull dance drug each other down into the Abyss of Unexistance by self anihilation .
Bon voyage ! 


Gippsland FM: Showtime with Ann Paterson and guest Jason Singh "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A Melbourne based singer and songwriter. Interview starts 12pm on January 20th on 104.7 Gippsland FM.

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: Australia Day 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Crackup Sisters Epping residents can celebrate Australia Day with the Crackup Sisters comedy act at Hornsby Park. HUNTERS HILL Council will host its Australia Day celebration at the Deckhouse in Woolwich from 9am until 12 noon. The event will be hosted by Mayor Richard Quinn and will include Australia Day Awards for the Citizen [...]


: Balmain Tigers welcome future guarantee "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Balmain Tigers Football Club has welcomed this week’s news that the Rozelle Village will not end the club’s lease at the vacant, destitute Balmain Leagues Club site on Victoria Road, Rozelle. Spokesperson Ian Wright from Pacific Investments has advised the club the agreement to lease ‘will not be terminated’ and that ‘we have waived [...]


: Hunters Hill Council calls Extraordinary Meeting to discuss forced mergers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hunters Hill Council has called an Extraordinary Meeting of Council this Monday January 25 at 7.30pm to discuss the Baird State Government’s latest moves on forced amalgamations of Councils. General Manager Barry Smith says the purpose of the meeting is to consider and adopt an information campaign relating to the forced merger of Hunters Hill [...]


: School Anzac Commemoration Ryde Event of Year "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The year long commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac by Meadowbank Public School and The Weekly Times has been hailed by Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale as the Local Event of the Year for the City of Ryde. The commemoration by staff, students and parents was supported by the Ryde RSL sub branch and exclusively promoted [...]


: Australia Day Family Concert & Fireworks "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ryde City Council will stage their FREE Australia Day Family Concert & Fireworks next Tuesday January 26 at North Ryde Common, corner Twin and Wicks roads, North Ryde from 5pm to 9.30pm. There’s plenty of room for everyone with entertainment, kids’ rides, hot food and refreshments. Performance schedule kicks off at 5am with members of [...]


: Community grants up for grabs in Ryde "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Information sessions will be held by Ryde City Council next month to help community groups prepare their submissions for the 2016 round of City of Ryde Community Grants. City of Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale said the aim of the information sessions are to help community groups identify the best grant for their needs. “These [...]


: Village idiots trash pre-school banner "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Riverside pre-school Director Lynda Sillick is furious her school’s banner has been trashed. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO A small non-profit pre-school in Henley is furious its bridge banner has been trashed. Riverside Preschool educates dozens of children aged between three to five years of age and had relied on the banner to attract enrolments and income. [...]


South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Sun shines on Cape Aquathon "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Among the first locals across the line in the Cape Aquathon were Rob Fleisner Phillip Island (first over 50s), Luke Plant Woolamai SLSC (2nd overall) and Mark Rowe Bass Coast Barracudas (3rd overall) with son Dane. M700316

Among the first locals across the line in the Cape Aquathon were Rob Fleisner Phillip Island (first over 50s), Luke Plant Woolamai SLSC (2nd overall) and Mark Rowe Bass Coast Barracudas (3rd overall) with son Dane. M700316


These Wonthaggi Power players; Dom O’Connor, Aiden Lindsay and Fergus O’Connor took a bit of an edge in the fitness stakes by competing in the Cape Aquathon last Sunday. M790316


: Ambassador Cindy at Parramatta Park "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Dr Cindy Pan (pictured) is City of Parramatta Council’s Australia Day Ambassador next Tuesday at 2016 celebrations in Parramatta Park.


: Dance & Performing Arts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Raising the Barre at Stepaside Studios In it’s seventh year of business, Stepaside Studios are set to open their doors in 2016 with more excitement and opportunity than ever before. Local schoolboy Callan MacKenzie, who attends classes at Stepaside, was thrilled with the news of receiving Stepaside’s Dancer of the Year Scholarship in 2015. “Winning [...]


: BAIRD’S SNEAKY MEETINGS "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Dictator Premier Baird and his sidekick henchman minister for Mega Councils Toole were not content with announcing the death of Local Government on the eve of Christmas when Parliament was in recess but have followed up with another scam. They’re really scraping at the bottom of the barrel. How low [...]


2RRR: Jazz & Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Friday 22nd January

12 – 2pm Jazz & Beyond

In this weekâŹ"s program the Limelight shines the spotlight on singer and actress Julie London. In Retrospective, we delve into the English pop/rock group The Hollies. The group were known for their pioneering and distinctive three part vocal harmony style and became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s. In RayâŹ"s Selection we feature the music of multi award winning George Shearing best known for his composition âŹÜLullaby of BirdlandâŹ".              Jazz and Beyond ⏠jazz with a twist!


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 18.01.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Track Title Artist Album Title
Dust My Broom Kate Lush Kate Lush   (new)
Can’t Cut Big Willie Down Nick Wildgoose Dilettante Bluesman   (new)
Two Lucky Stars Mike Elrington Two Lucky Stars   (new)
Riders Groove Foreday Riders Herding Cats   (new)
Watching Billy
Play The Blues
Nick Charles The River Flows   (new)
Illawarra Train The Arc Riders The Arc Riders   (new)
I Go Crazy Mitch Anderson
Organic Orchestra
Volume One   (new)
Let Your Waves
Wash Over Me
Harry Brus Blue Dawn
Blues In My Heart Simon Kinny-Lewis Behind The Blue Mask
Escape To Blue Christina Crofts Midnight Tr...


News and Events - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM: Do You Know a Quiet Achiever in Your Field or Community? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Do You Know a Quiet Achiever in Your Field or Community?

There are people day in day out who are doing extraordinary things.. but we simply don't hear about them.

Whether it's working on a cure for a terrible disease, welcoming refugees or even just buying beds for the homeless.. 2SER Breakfast will be profiling a few quiet achievers over the next couple of weeks. If you know someone who makes a difference, but doesn't receive any of the fanfare let us know! Email us at or call us on 9514 9500

To see some of the Quiet Achievers we've had on the show so far, look no further than here!


Ross House: BUILDING CLOSURE: Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Ross House will be closed on Tuesday 26 January 2016 for Australia Day.  The building will re-open on Wednesday 27 January 2016. 

If you wish to access the building during this period of closure - please make sure that you have your swipe key to enter and exit the building. Your swipe key will only give you access to one particular floor. You will not be able to gain entry into Ross House without a swipe key. 

If you don’t have a swipe key and need to use the building during this time, please arrange to pick one up from reception by 4:45pm on Monday 25 January 2016. 

 If you have any questions, please visit the Ross House Front Desk or call 03 9650 1599.


Black Mark: Recent Walls "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Everything in the city is competing to be the spectacle and all that Situationalist shit.


Lush reading my mind in Hosier Lane

Lush is Melbourne’s piss take king, taking the piss out of street art and graffiti. Lush appears to have made Hosier Lane his own arena for his spray up comedy, ever since he staged his “secret show” there last year. Lush is full of extra confidence because he was the Melbourne street artist chosen by Banksy to exhibit at Dismaland. This is not surprising given that both Lush and Banksy produce easy to read work with a similar sense of humour.

In the visually dense jungle of the city there is an ecology of images. Different styles of street art compete for attention in the streets as they also compete for likes online. La Lune cuts paper and does paste-ups, filling a gap in the aesthetics of the street left by Miso and Suki.


La Lune, Moreland

Looking at my recent photos I ask myself if there currently a return of the stencils or do I have a selection bias? But it is not just me, a reader sent me a photo of a whole wall of stencils something that I hadn’t seen in six or seven years. Even a new Jamit stencil appearing recently on the street; Jamit claims to the first artist on Melbourne’s streets...


Friends of the Earth Australia: Let's ban onshore gas and grow renewables "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Big energy companies have sought to "open up" Victoria to onshore gas drilling and fracking--putting prime farmland and water resources at risk. Regional communities around the state have said "no" to risky unconventional gas extraction. 

On the other side of the coin, the Federal government has sabotaged our renewable energy sector by cutting the national Renewable Energy Target by 20%. The federal government's attack on renewables has resulted in a 90% decrease in investment and 2,500 people losing their jobs.
In the first half of 2016, the Victorian government will need to decide whether to lift the current ban on onshore gas drilling. They will set the state Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 and 2025 (the VRETs).

The community has waited too long for the Parliament to resolve these issues.

Join us on the steps of the Victorian Parliament on the first sitting day of 2016 to put the ban on onshore gas and call for ambitious Victorian Renewable Energy Targets on top of the political agenda.

Meet at 11:30am on the steps of Parliament House on Spring St in Melbourne. Speakers from 11.45. Photo event at 12:10. Speakers to be announced shortly.

We need the Andrews government and Parliament to stand with the community on onshore gas and renewable energy. 

It's time to put an end to the uncertainty hanging over communities from gas development. And it's time grow renewables to see more wind farms and solar built, grow jobs, and cut pollution.

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Ben Cruachan - natural history: Odonata notes. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Normally, the most numerous damselfly along the Macalister River at Bellbird Corner Reserve is the Common Flatwing, Austroargiolestes icteromelas, and when cutting the river walking track they usually fly up in front of the mower in abundance. For some reason this season has been different, there has been no flood to disrupt their life cycle, but I’ve been seeing very few. Similarly, some other species of Odonata usually seen in numbers are also sparse, although that could be due to the fact that the neighbouring billabongs are dry. Two of the less common species of damselfly found in the reserve are the Orange Threadtail, Nososticta solida, and the Bronze Needle, Synlestes weyersii. The former is generally found by the river bend at the picnic area, and the latter seemed to be restricted to a short stretch of the Newry Creek. When checking the reserve for a possible grass cut I made the usual visit to the river at the bend, and was pleasantly surprised to find good numbers of both species inhabiting the riverside herbage, with Bronze Needles also out on snags mid stream. I had the camera with 100 macro lens with me, but found the needles very hard to approach, although the threadtails were much more cooperative.

orange threadtail

Over the next two days I made visits with the 200 macro and managed to get more acceptable pictures of the needles, this male changed perches several times before it finally allowed me to photograph it.

bronze needle

Females were still difficult though, preferring to perch out over the water.



Alliance Française de Geelong: La Chandeleur "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

To celebrate La Chandeleur and to launch our social events and classes for 2016, we will once again be making crêpes!

Quand :             Sunday, 31 January, Midday until 3pm

Où :                   The Heights, 140 Aphrasia St, Newtown

Comment :        Book in through Jacques on 52 444196

Combien :         $20 adult non-members, $15 adult members, $10 children

Quoi :                a savoury crêpe, a sweet crêpe and a glass of non-alcoholic cider

Please book by Wednesday, 27 January


Mountain Journal: Ski resorts – safety in numbers? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Here in Australia our resorts tend to be corporate owned. For instance Mt Hotham is owned by Merlin Entertainments Group, and Thredbo is owned by Kosciuszko Thredbo, which holds the lease for the areas of Thredbo Village and Thredbo Resort and runs a number of hotel and cinema operations around the world. US-based Vail Resorts has recently bought Perisher ski resort (this includes Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega). Some are run by boards (for instance Mt Buller).

The Thredbo example is indicative of a global trend, where smaller, sometimes community- or locally-owned resorts are either going under or being bought up by larger corporations.

The Mountain Riders Association (MRA) was founded in North America 2010 with the mission to “develop values-based, environmentally-friendly, rider-centric mountain playgrounds that encourage minimal carbon footprint business practices, while making a positive impact in the local community”. It has focussed on helping smaller resorts to survive and thrive rather than be consumed by larger corporations.

Obviously if a resort or ski area is locally owned it is most likely to be connected to the local community and thinking about the long term viability of the area and encouraging development that will be acceptable to locals. In contrast, where resorts are part of a much larger conglomeration (eg the parent company owns a range of resorts) then the financial ‘bottom line’ can often become the dominant force in how resorts are managed and developed.

Now the MRA has helped establish the Mountain Playground Group, a collection of community and independently owned ski areas that “offer an authentic skiing and riding experience, not found at corporate ski resorts”.

The MRA says:

“Through the years, we have studied the inner workings of community and independent ski areas extensively and have i...


Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Upcycling Leftovers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The word “upcycling” is very in vogue at the moment (even if the expression “in vogue” isn’t), but until Fiona’s comment last week, I’d never thought of it in terms of food. It’s something that we’re slowly getting better at – for example, my stale sourdough loaf became garlic bread, which was then turned into crispy croutons […]


Natural Newstead: A tough time for kids "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

I was slightly surprised last evening to find a family of Jacky Winters, the parents and two young, in the company of the Brown Treecreeper family that featured yesterday. The two juvenile flycatchers were quite different in appearance – it’s possible that one may have been from an earlier clutch.

Times are tough in the local bush – it’s drier and more desolate than I can recall, but I guess insectivores can still make a living from what’s on offer. I’m hoping for a wet autumn that might produce a ‘bounce back’ in diversity and abundance of woodland birds.


Juvenile Jacky Winter, Mia Mia Road, 18th January 2016.


Note the spotted underparts and striking on the neck and crown.


I think that’s an adult at left and an older juvenile at right.


Juvenile silhouette....


AWPA Sydney News: 1) West Papua independence leaders plan to open an office in Honiara, Solomon Islands. "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) BREAKING: Freeport Indonesia’s Chief Maroef Sjamsuddin Resigns
3) Freeport Indonesia boss  resigns
4) LP3BH Executive Director meets the Ambassador of the USA
Published On anuary 18 2016 Posted by PNG Today



andypaine: Introducing Woolloongabba "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

For many non-Queenslanders, Woolloongabba is probably one of the few Brisbane suburbs they could name. When the footy or cricket is on, it is the destination for thousands of people from around the country, but the rest of the time it is a pretty unglamourous place. The intersection of all those major roads means it is constantly bombarded with traffic noise, there are no parks, and no real central downtown area for people to congregate – the cul-de-sac at the end of Logan Rd is full of cafes but is hardly a social hub, same goes for the shopping apartment complex on the other side of Ipswich Rd.

The Gabba is a geographically big suburb where lots of people live; but carved up by the freeway and the busway, full of big warehouse style shops; it almost seems more like a thoroughfare than a place of its own.

Woolloongabba was apparently a gathering place for aboriginal people because of ready access to food. The name is said to mean “Whirling Waters”, so named because its series of hills and creeks would flood when it rained. Which early white settlers found out the hard way, hence the fact that the main horse and cart road from the farms of Ipswich into the city (what we now know as Annerley Rd) was given the name Boggo Rd.

That name these days is most linked with the prison whose buildings still stand in Woolloongabba – the place that erupted into a riot in 1983 when a protest against prison food led to Prisons Minister Geoff Muntz saying that if prisoners didn’t like the food “they can starve for all I care”. A friend who moved into the area in the late 80’s has told me that as well as hosting the city’s prisoners, Woolloongabba was known as “the murder capital of Brisbane.”

That’s hard to imagine these days, but still the suburb carries a touch of urban neglect. The ornate Broadway Hotel burnt down 10 years ago and has sat empty ever since, slowly accumulating mo...

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

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...

Wednesday, 13 January


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.

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