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Thursday, 21 January


Byron Bay Blog: Cunning Stunts presents “Nudge Nudge Wink Wink” "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cunning Stunts presents “Nudge Nudge Wink Wink” – summer sun downs raising well needed awareness and funding for highly deserving northern NSW charities. At The Billinudgel Hotel, Sunday 31st January, 3:00pm-9:00pm.


Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, the summer sundowns 1st event raised much needed funds for House with No Steps. The next events will continue to take place on the following Sunday’s at the Billinudgel Hotel from 3:00pm-9:00pm: 31 Jan 2016 & 21 Feb 2016

Our assortment of internationally renowned and diverse local DJ’s will be dropping the quality records they personally love. DJ’s all playing vinyl for the cause include: Al Royale, Vinyl Junkie, Lippo, Sut, Abel El’Toro, Crucial D, Dale Stephen, Dan Jupiter and Mr Nice.

Cunning Stunts brings together collective artistic skills, knowledge and community spirit to create awareness and generate funds for awesome local charities that tirelessly devote
themselves to supporting and helping Northern NSW residents achieve a better quality of life....


Common Ground North Coast: Dos Enos "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

unspecified-3I’m a believer that January is always full of good things in the Northern Rivers region of the East Coast. After the inevitable craziness that is the Christmas period, everyone comes out of their
temporary state of hibernation. Music, food, wine and love flow freely through the streets and mythical beings ascend into the realm of the Byron shire and beyond.
Que the arrival of South Coast Indie/Psych/Rock trio Dos Enos, who are here with their Wild Unicorns

tour, which features tracks from their first EP Jaspers Brush as well as new music from the up-and-coming EP and the aptly named latest single Unicorns.

Dos Enos worked with Jervis Bay based producer Syd Green on the production of the latest record and alongside fellow Green stable-mates, Nicole Brophy and Shelley-May, delighted an intimate crowd at Brisbane͛s

The Bearded Lady in the West End on Wednesday night in the lead up to their Byron Show on Friday.

Suitably bearded for the occasion, Dos Enos’ contribution to the mid-week Brisbane music scene was
as awesome as any live gig the city has to offer and having never played on Brisbane turf before, the

group were especially enthusiastic to make their mark. Shelley-May kicked off with a provoking, soul-moving performance which proved that physical stature does not account for emotional punch. Her slight figure ever-deceiving the incredible depth and power of her voice. With a body of beautifully written o...


A Snail's Eye View: Nature Photo Challenge #5: Wall of Fern "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I'm not going to say much about today's image, other than it's a tree fern (Cyathea) frond in the morning sun.

12:44 Still standing – SMS images of Billy’s willy terrify women – blackmail charges dropped "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Robert J Lee in Brisbane

Billy Gordon

Billy Gordon MP -invisible  member for Cook

Billy Gordon, the indigenous and invisible Member for the far north Queensland seat of Cook, who shot to notoriety for sending SMS messages of his penis to several women, yesterday withdrew the complaint he made against Cairns woman, Christine Gibson.

In October Ms Gibson, 50, was charged with blackmail by police allegedly for demanding Mr Gordon give her $10,000 or she would show the media images of his penis.

Speaking on ABC radio this morning Mr Gordon said he had withdrawn the charges , in part, so he could “stay off the front pages for all the wrong reasons.”

Christine Gibson

Christine Gibson

After police charged Ms Gibson two other women came forward claiming they too had been sent lewd SMS messages of Mr Gordon’s appendage.

The solicitor acting for Ms Gibson, Paul Richardson, had asked police for copies of the statements from the two women who came forward, because they formed a part of the “factual matrix” of the case.

Mr Richardson said the requested documents had not been forthcoming and he planned to call for a directions hearing, however police offered no evidence at yesterday’s hearing in Cairns Magistrates Court and the case was dropped.

He said Ms Gibs...


Echonetdaily: On which side of the fence does Gilo sit? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In response to Gareth Smith (Echonetdaily January 13), I certainly do not accept the claim that Israel ‘confiscated’ the land on which the Israeli suburb of Gilo is located. Nor do I accept that this area was a part of ‘Bethlehem’s northern lands’. Gilo is located on a hilltop in the southern part of Jerusalem. Bethlehem lies further to the south and is separated from Gilo geographically by a deep gorge.

Archaeological excavations reveal that Gilo was the site of an Israelite village for many centuries from the beginning of the Iron Age onwards. Modern Gilo was built as a suburb of Jerusalem in 1973. According to Jerusalem-born scholar and urban planner Israel Kimhi, Gilo was established on land that had been legally purchased by Jews before World War II, much of it during the 1930s. They were the legal owners of the land when the area was captured and illegally occupied by the Jordanians during the 1948 war. In 1967, after repelling a further attack against it by the Jordanian army, Israel captured the West Bank, including the parts of Jerusalem which Jordan had previously occupied, and Gilo was restored to its Jewish owners. For this reason the Israelis say Gilo is neither illegal nor a settlement, while Palestinians claim that the land on which Gilo is built belongs to the Palestinian villages of Sharafat, Beit Jala and Beit Safafa.

Unlike Mr Smith, I do not propose to act as judge and jury over what appears to be a complex legal dispute over private ownership of land. What is beyond dispute is that in every proposal and counter-proposal that Israel and the Palestinians have discussed for a two-state solution, the major settlement blocs that are contiguous to the pre-1967 armistice line, including Gilo, have been included within Israel, and that Israel has offered to include an equivalent part of its pre-1967 territory in t...


Fight for the Reef: Adani’s failure to disclose past environmental disasters shows we must not go ahead with Abbot Point coal port "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has questioned how the Federal Environment Department overlooked the fact that Adani’s Australian chief executive failed to disclose running a mining company in Africa that caused serious environmental harm.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director, said there is no way this project should be allowed to proceed, given the threats posed to the Great Barrier Reef and the tourism industry and the environmental record of Adani overseas.

“The Department of Environment appears to have failed to adequately check whether the head of Adani in Australia had a record of serious and significant environmental harm.

“Fast tracking of this project threatens the Great Barrier Reef by allowing a risky project to go ahead without thorough assessment. This is the sort of special treatment has seen this project held up in the courts.

“The Carmichael mine, facilitated by port development along the Reef, will lead to increased shipping and dredging in the Reef’s waters and dramatically increased mining and burning of coal which contributes to global warming.

“Global warming is the greatest threat to the fragile Reef’s future.

“Environment Minister Greg Hunt claims to have the world’s strongest conditions on the Abbot Point port approval. What good are conditions if no one is even bothering to properly check the environmental record of the CEO of the company who is seeking to dredge the Reef’s waters?

“If this project is allowed to go ahead it will put the Great Barrier Reef and thousands of tourism jobs at risk.

“The approval for Abbot Point now lies with the Queensland government and it’s critical the state government doesn’t allow this environmentally damaging project to proceed” said Ms Zethoven

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Echonetdaily: Activists prepare to protest drug-driving laws "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A protest will be held outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office on Monday.

A protest will be held outside Lismore MP Thomas George’s office on Monday.

Activists are questioning police results that indicate one in four drivers tested for drugs in the region had tested positive.

Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone has called for a breakdown on the results to find out which drugs are being detected.

‘Is is cannabis, amphetamines or MDMA?’ Mr Balderstone has asked.

‘I bet it’s mostly cannabis … and there is no evidence at all that small amounts of cannabis in your saliva impair driving.’

APN media reported this week that statistics from the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command revealed the Richmond LAC had one of the highest rates of positive tests in the state, while in the adjoining Tweed Byron command almost one in five drivers tested positive for illicit drugs.

Inspector Stephen Blair of the NSW Police Random Drug Testing Unit told APN that Richmond LAC officers conducted over 5,200 roadside drug tests (RDTs) resulting in 1270 drivers returning a positive result.

That equates to 24.42 per cent of drivers, or almost one in four, returning positive tests for illicit drugs.

Mr Balderstone described the testing regime as a scam designed to stop people from using drugs, which had nothing to do with driver impairment.

He has raised the issue in the lead-up to a protest that will take place outside Lismore MP Thomas George’s office on Monday at 11am.

‘We plan on presenting him with a letter and a copy of the book Chasing the Scream......


Echonetdaily: Plan for 84 more houses at Brunswick Heads on display "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An aerial view of the site. Image Planners North

An aerial view of the site. Image Planners North, showing the site in Bayside and the ‘unhealthy building land’ to the north: the sports fields which were once a landfill site.

Luis Feliu

The popular tourist town of Brunswick Heads is set to get bigger, with a plan to develop land just south of the village for more than 80 house lots.

Last week a development application (DA) to subdivide land at 35 Bayside Drive into 34 lots and a second-stage concept plan to add 50 lots was placed on public exhibition, with submissions closing next Wednesday (27 January).

The 6.64 hectare block of land in the urban enclave of Bayside about 2.5 kilometres south of the town is owned by longtime Brunswick Valley locals John and Gloria Mills. Their existing home on the block is proposed to be retained and become part of the subdivision, known as ‘Mills Estate’.

A wholesale nursery still operates on the land which is bounded on the east by Simpsons Creek.

Project consultant Stephen Connelly told Byron Shire Council planners in his DA that his clients were also hoping the state government would rezone currently environmentally-protected land on the eastern part of the site for more housing there at a future stage.


Echonetdaily: Nesting boxes ‘won’t save endangered species’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A handmade nesting box of a type recommended by Ecocitizen Australia. The federal government is to install 700 of varying shapes and sizes to replace the thousands of trees to be removed for the Broadwater to Coolgardie Pacific Highway duplication.

A handmade nesting box of a type recommended by Ecocitizen Australia. The federal government is to install 700 of varying shapes and sizes to replace the thousands of trees to be removed for the Broadwater to Coolgardie Pacific Highway duplication.

Chris Dobney

One of the region’s key wildlife groups has responded with dismay to yesterday’s announcement that the federal government will splash out on 700 ‘nesting boxes’ for native animals displaced by the encroachment of the Pacific Highway into the Blackwall Range.

The controversial Broadwater to Coolgardie stretch of the highway duplication is currently still awaiting approval from federal environment minister Greg Hunt after the revelation that it will split the northern rivers’ last remaining intact koala colony.

But the Coalition state government has steadfastly refused to consider relocating the highway through cane farmland, away from native habitat.

Instead, federal Page MP Kevin Hogan yesterday announced a ‘business opportunity’ for the installation and maintenance of 700 nesting boxes, which the government hopes the endangered species will relocate to before...


Echonetdaily: Byron resort train ‘another nail in coffin’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

So our philanthropic benefactors the Elements Resort are about to gift the shire a three-kilometre rail service enabling their guests to travel into town avoiding the traffic jam.

How’s the irony in that those who derived their wealth from coal mining in NSW are being permitted to impose an antiquated and polluting diesel loco on the residents.

Driving into Byron suffering the crawl to turn left at Bayshore (ozigo), secure a park and meet the proposed hourly train service only to be dropped off at Simmo’s Caltex servo and to repeat the procedure on the way home is ludicrous!

Why not create a walkway/cycleway with solar powered lighting for all to use 24/7, being greener and cheaper and supply the Element’s guests with a fleet of new cycles or heaven forbid, electric bikes.

Alas, another nail in the coffin of the goose that laid the golden egg.

Ron Land, Ocean Shores

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Echonetdaily: 2015 was hottest on record globally "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Last year’s global average temperature was the hottest ever by the widest margin on record, two US government agencies say, adding to pressure for deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts scientists say are needed to arrest global warming.

Data from US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that in 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 0.90 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average, surpassing 2014’s previous record by 0.16 C.

This was the fourth time a global temperature record has been set this century, the agencies said in a summary of their annual report on Wednesday.

‘2015 was remarkable even in the context of the larger, long-term warming trend,’ said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The sharp increase in 2015 was driven in part by El Nino, a natural weather cycle in the Pacific that warms the ocean surface every two to seven years.

But scientists say human activities – notably burning fossil fuels – were the main driver behind the rise.

‘We would not have seen the record warming without the long-term trend,’ Schmidt said.

The latest El Nino started in late 2015 and will last until spring 2016.

It is among the strongest ever recorded but Schmidt and others say the weather phenomenon played just a supporting role in the earth’s temperature rise.

The 2015 data underscores the urgency of cutting greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to hold temperature increases to well below 2 degrees C, the target agreed to by more than 190 countries at climate talks in Paris last December.

Schmidt said the fact that the world is now halfway to the UN goal has led many scientists to argue that even that target is too high and more stringent goals are needed.


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Echonetdaily: Dick Smith eyes Bronwyn Bishop’s seat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dick Smith. (AAP)

Dick Smith. (AAP)

Entrepreneur Dick Smith is reportedly eyeing the Sydney north shore seat of former federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop in a bid to push through aviation reform.

The well-known businessman and philanthropist is considering challenging the 73-year-old politician, with polling indicating he could “romp it in” in Mrs Bishop’s Mackellar seat, Fairfax Media reports.

It comes after Mr Smith, who would run as an independent, last year flagged running against former prime minister Tony Abbott in his north shore seat of Warringah.

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Echonetdaily: Men die in surf at Broken Head, Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An 81-year-old tourist, who was visiting Byron Bay with family, disappeared in the water at Broken Head yesterday.

Family members raised the alarm around 5.30pm after he failed to return from a swim and beachgoers reported finding his body in the water soon after.

He was unable to be revived.

Further south, a male surfer in his 50s believed to be from Lismore was pulled unconscious from the surf at Turners Beach, Yamba at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.

He had sustained injuries to his head and face, possibly by a surfboard, when he was found north of the patrol area.

The single Australian Lifeguard Service lifeguard on duty conducted CPR on the man until paramedics arrived but was unable to revive him.

The man was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Northern Lifeguard Coordinator Scott McCartney said the lifeguard responded quickly to administer vital first aid to the patient until paramedics arrived.

‘Our thoughts are with the patient’s family,’ Mr McCartney said.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.


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Echonetdaily: Here & Now # 141 Love is a river "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Here & Now 141 picS Sorrensen

Newcastle. Monday, 7.20pm

Let’s talk about love. I want to know what love is.

Some people reckon you can fall in love at first sight.

I’ve done that.

But, it wasn’t with a human; it was with a building. (Come on, the Sagrada Familia is an attractive piece of eye candy. Like a drunk punk priest with strawberries in her hair, she beckons you from across Barcelona with her dribbly bits. Sure, it may be a church, but it feels like a safe place for poets and children.)

I have been attracted to people at first sight. I’m not sure if that’s love but there is certainly a chemistry – which may be amphetamine-based or it may be the precursor to true love. Ah, true love: the holy grail of modern existence; the nirvana of conscious coupling; the heaven attained through domestic suffering.

I am, of course, talking about romantic love. Apart from an expanding investment portfolio, romantic love is the prize we seek in contemporary society. It’s all we have left in a world strip-mined of mystery and magic. It’s our last hope.

Religion is kalashnikovs and dress-ups; spirituality is non-ego workshops for the spray-tanned; and government has so twisted and contorted truth, compassion and other human virtues that they have stopped breathing, their corpses floating on the flood of advertisements and political speeches.

Yes, Jesus died for nothing. Money trumps honour. Happiness depends on an algorithm.

The last refuge of human magic is romantic love. We’re desperate for it. I want to run towards my soulmate through a field of millet, in slow motion...


Echonetdaily: Medical cannabis gives new hope to kids living with epilepsy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I would like you to take 12 minutes from your busy lives to watch the following mini-documentary, concerning a novel treatment for the management of children with intractable epilepsy.

CBD cannabis has given new hope to children and families afflicted with this condition, although our current governments are content to let them suffer for several more years while additional trials are conducted.

In this time many of these children will have died or be further damaged by uncontrolled seizures.


If you have been impressed by what you have seen, kindly consider a generous donation so that we may continue and expand this work.


CBD cannabis is proving valuable in a wide range of human ills apart from epilepsy, including inflammatory bowel disease, autism, neurological disorders and some cancers. Do your bit to assist this valuable work.

Dr Andrew Katelaris MD, Nimbin


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Echonetdaily: Community volunteer deserves reward not censure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Angela Dunlop’s contribution to South Golden Beach (SGB) has been wide ranging and significant. As a longstanding member of SGB community hall management committee, she was the driving force behind the recent hall renovations – pushing the project along at every level for many years.

To describe Angela’s role as ‘tasked with helping the recent SGB hall renovations’ (13/1/16) fails to encompass the vital job undertaken by this unpaid, undervalued volunteer in getting the project off the ground, in developing plans, her push for funding and through Byron Shire Council’s intricate planning and deliberations processes, and the eternal vigilance, keeping an eye on schedules, implementation and sites works.

When council failed to provide essential information (i.e. starting date for the proposed works) after repeated requests, Angela went directly to the source, the building contractor, to enable effective management of hall bookings.

Byron Council’s GM Ken Gainger gives no explanation for why he decided to ‘censure’ Ms Dunlop for this rather trivial ‘breach’ to the code of conduct – when his staff was unable to provide the necessary information to SGB management committee in a timely manner.

While council claims Ms Dunlop’s efforts and contributions were ‘greatly appreciated and acknowledged’, it appears she was treated in a very shabby and disrespectful manner by the GM.

Community consultation and participation is far more than a box-ticking exercise, we demand the right to be involved in the spending of our public funds and the development and implementation of worthwhile projects in our communities.

Council’s GM may feel threatened by the talents, skills, expertise and commitment of voluntary workers, but I can assure the GM we are far from impressed by the ineptitude and non-performance of council staff.

It is increasingly difficult to find volunteers willi...


North Coast Voices: Japanese whalers active again in Antarctic waters "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Snapshot, Google Earth image of Antarctica, 14 December 2015

Sea Shepherd Australia, Monday 18 January 2016:

Sea Shepherd’s Flagship, the Steve Irwin, has departed Fremantle, Western Australia for the Southern Ocean. The ship’s departure marks the official commencement of the organization’s 12th Southern Ocean Defense Campaign, Operation Icefish 2015-16.

Led by returning Captain, Siddhar...


North Coast Voices: Clarence Valley Council in residents & ratepayers' bad books "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It's a local government election year in the Clarence Valley (unless the NSW Boundaries Commission decides otherwise) and locals are getting restless as Saturday 10 September is marked in red on many a fridge calendar.

A vague suspicion is developing that a whole lot of payback may be going down at polling booths across the valley on that date.

Clarence Valley Independent, 14 January 2016:

Forum campaigns against CVC's 'secrecy'
Story By: Geoff Helisma
Convenor of The Clarence Forum lodges a petition with Clarence Valley Council last week. It asks the counc...

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Wednesday, 20 January


Media releases - North East Forest Alliance: ENVIRONMENT MINISTER MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ILLEGAL LOGGING "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Onion Cedar debris

The NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman must accept responsibility and intervene to force the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to do their job, after yet another failure by the EPA to properly investigate breaches of logging conditions by the Forestry Corporation.

While the EPA found the Forestry Corporation guilty of "picking" 8 vulnerable Onion Cedars, it ignored evidence that another 18 plants were affected and that the offences occurred when the Forestry Corporation bulldozed an illegal road through an Endangered Ecological Community Lowland Rainforest, said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.


89.3 FM 2GLF: Programming Update "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Natural Newstead: The brilliant parade "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

I spent a remarkable hour beside a small, drying dam in the Mia Mia last evening.


Bush dam, Mia Mia Track, 19th January 2016

Sitting quietly, I witnessed the following procession of birds and mammals. The need for water exceeded the fear created by my intrusion. A number didn’t pose for the camera – Grey-shrike-thrush, Black-chinned Honeyeater and Willie Wagtail from memory. The highlight was a family of Grey Currawongs – a wary species that can be notoriously difficult to photograph.

What a brilliant parade!


Common Bronzewing


White-winged Choughs




Juvenile Eastern Rosella


21:17 Nigel Farage 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."



Autonomous Action Radio: Border Fascist Update "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

According the the Operation Sovereign Borders December Update there were no so called illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.
And no illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres. This doesn’t confirm whether any people attempted to seek asylum in Australia by boat.
The report also mentions the 2 year anniversary of the policy to turn boats back to their country of origin. It claims 695 people on 23 boats have been returned to their country of origin (the country the boat left from most likely Indonesia).
Of course they claim this is saving lives at sea. But this logic is nonsensical.

How can you save lives at sea by keeping boats at sea? Do they know what happened to the people when they returned to Indonesia? Did they even get back to Indonesia?

I’ve read reports of boats washing up on remote islands and people dying trying to get to a habitated area..

There’s also the claim that refugees on Nauru are ‘free’ because they are no longer in detention centres. And that sending 72 children, who are in detention in Australia, to Nauru will be freeing them from detention.


Mountain Journal: Decade-long effort begins to replace Eucalyptus tree “graveyard” on Monaro Plains "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Mountain Journal has previously reported on the extensive dieback of eucalypts that has happened across much of the Monaro Plains in southern NSW. Previous reports have suggested that the dieback is related to climate change.

This article is from the ABC, and the reporter is Alice Matthews

A decade-long effort has begun to regrow and replace dying Eucalyptus trees on the Monaro Plains in south eastern New South Wales.

The dieback spanned about 2, 000 square kilometres, an area larger than the Australian Capital Territory, and baffled scientists.

“It really does look like a tree graveyard,” Nicki Taws from Greening Australia said.

The Government has committed almost $500, 000 towards a 10-year conservation project investigating the dieback.

“The trees seem to be killed off by a Eucalypt Weevil… It’s a native insect and we really don’t understand why it proliferated to such an extent that it can now kill the trees it’s feeding on,” Ms Taws said.

She added the two native species, the Eucalyptus tree and the Weevil, should be able to coexist together.

“It suggests there’s some other underlying cause that’s stressed the trees to the point they can’t survive the insect attack.”

Greening Australia in concert with the CSRIO and Local Land Services will target 24 sites with trials, cultural burning and planting incentives.

Plans to find resilient species

Ms Taws said the mass loss was devastating and ecologically disastrous.

“It’s literally an area where woodland and forest have been t...


Andrew Norton: ATAR and higher education admission "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In this morning’s papers, there is controversy over the declining proportion of Victoria universities publishing ‘clearly-in’ ATARs – the ATAR above which all applicants are admitted. In Victoria, the share of courses with a clearly-in ATAR has declined from 40% last year to 25% this year.

Some universities say that ATARs, and especially ATAR cut-offs, can be misleading. ATARs are not necessarily the basis of admission or the only basis. As the chart below shows, in the lower ATARs a significant minority of recent school leavers are admitted to university on some basis other than their secondary education. More will be admitted based on secondary education but without relying on ATAR.

ATAR school leavers

The overall admission process is larger and more complex than for recent year 12 students. For 2014 commencing undergraduate students at public universities, people who had completed school the previous year were around two-thirds of those with ATARs in the enrolment data. The remainder wer...


News: Invasion Day Live Broadcast Jan 26, 11am-2pm "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Stolen Wealth Games 2008, photo by Denis Evans

Tune in to 3CR's annual Invasion Day broadcast on 26 January and hear the truth about Australia's colonial past and present and the current campaigns to right these wrongs.  Join 3CR's indigenous broadcasters Gilla McGuinness (Precious Memories), Robbie Thorpe (Fire First), Viv Malo (The Black Block) and Johnny Mac (Koori Survival Show) for commentary, interviews, music, and updates from rallies and actions across the country on Tuesday 26 January from



All in the Name of Liberty: BRAINBEAU, ICKI SWEET, OH FEMALE, NEON HEXES, FRONTIER DOMINION ! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Bands last night at the Record Crate. 

I was a bit pissed and in a cloud so I didn't get the names of the acts sorted out, and the drawings are a bit rougher than I'd like. If anyone knows the names could you post the names in a comment here or when I post the link on facebook


Jefferson Sky Chariot looking a bit like Lawrence of Arabia in a chador

 Girl with a green mullet playing synth sequences[name?], and a member of the crowd



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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Bellarine Bayside: FREE Film Night @ Indented Head Community Hall "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Come along and enjoy a free film night

6:00 – 7:30 PM, Thursday 28 January 2016.

Come and see the wonderful underwater film Melbourne Down Under at the Indented Head Community Hall on The Esplanade, Thursday 28 January.  Directed by Jarrod Boord this 42-minute documentary takes you on a journey of discovery through the vibrant and dynamic marine environment of Port Phillip Bay.  Jarrod will be available after the screening to answer any questions about the film or the marine environment.

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The Vociferous Journalist: Living fossils discovered in the Osprey Reef "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

An investigation of previously unexplored depths of Australia’s Coral Sea has revealed living fossils, rare corals and sponges, and ecosystems that have remained largely unchanged for millions of years. A team of Australian and German researchers have published their analysis of data, specimens, photographs and video footage collected in 2009, when they sent a remotely operated vehicle out Osprey Reef off the far north Queensland coast. Dr Rob Beaman was involved in this research, and spoke to me about what it means.


Zedlines: PM Turnbull meets U.S President Obama to talk econemy and terrorism - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has met with U.S President Barack Obama to discuss terrorism and the struggling economy.

Fedral government may help Queensland Nickel employees

Queensland MP Ewen Jones has indicated that the Federal Government will announce some form of assistance for the workers laid off at Clive Palmer's’ Queensland Nickel.

Mr Jones, whose electorate includes Queensland Nickel, says the refinery still had a future, and he has backed calls for an investigation into the finances of Mr Palmer’s refinery.

Mr Jones says he and Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will be making an announcement later today regarding this issue.



AWPA Sydney News: 1) New Freeport boss must obtain government approval - "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) No Building Market, Mama-Mama Paniai Sell on Roadside
1) New Freeport boss must  obtain government approval - 
Ayomi Amindoni,, Jakarta | National | Tue, January 19 2016, 8:35 PM - 
Gold mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) has been reminded that it must report any changes in its board of directors to the government and seek its approval.
"In accordance with the contract of work, any change in directors must be approve...


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

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

Kind Critter Care

If you are reading this you no doubt care deeply about animals.  And more than likely are looking to see how best you can advocate on their behalf.  The next most frequently asked question we receive after, “Can you take my rooster?” is, “How can I start a sanctuary for farmed animals?” The answer to this latter question is as complex as it is challenging and is most certainly something that cannot be answered in a 5-minute telephone conversation or a quick FAQ response.  It is for this reason we here at Edgar’s Mission will be hosting our popular Kind Critter Care Conference on Sunday 24th of April 2016 (Sunday the 24th is now sold out but due to popular demand we are now taking bookings for Saturday the 23rd of April) . Read more and see photos from our 2015 conference here.

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

Speakers will include Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, Operations Manager, Kyle Behrend, Planning and Development Manager, Kerri Martin. Guest presenter will......


Mountain Journal: Ski resorts and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

As climate change bears down on us, winters become ever more erratic. This impacts on the economic viability of ski resorts and the jobs of people who rely on them.  In their quest to remain commercially viable, most ski resorts are adopting the double edged strategy of claiming a space in the ‘green season’ tourism market while also investing in snow making technology. A small number are also showing leadership in terms of grappling with the actual problem of climate change. Sadly, no Australian resorts are in this category.

As was reported earlier in the year, Hotham resort has announced it is investing $4.4m in snow making for winter 2016. The includes 18 Techno-Alpin fan guns and a new pipline network around the mountain. These are often said to be amongst the most efficient that are available. The company claims that in the last “ten years we have been able to decrease energy consumption by 30%, or, leaving energy consumption static, increase snow production by 30%”.

As with every major piece of infrastructure, snow making comes with its own environmental footprint.

One of the problems with snow making technology is that no one talks about it, except to boast that it makes for more ‘snow-sure’ seasons. In some places there are concerns about where the water is sourced from, where natural streams are diverted or heavily tapped. There are fewer concerns about where the water goes once it ends it’s life as human made snow. Much of the water that is turned to snow flows into the watersheds they would have gone to (although there are some losses through evaporation). The larger issue is energy use. Making snow is a very energy intensive operation.

According to a...


Zedlines: ADF facing over 100 claims for sexual and physical abuse - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The ADF is facing over 100 claims of abuse, possibly resulting in millions of dollars in compensation.

Premier says Palmer needs to give answers

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says Federal MP Clive Palmer has a moral duty to tell his recently laid off employees if they will get their entitlements.

Ms Palaszczuk has flown to Townsville after Mr Palmer's Queensland Nickel enterprise went into voluntary administration, with 237 employees left without a job.

Ms Palaszczuk says it is simply not good enough for Mr Palmer and Queensland Nickel to sit by and not communicate with the workforce.


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: They never made it to Bunnings … "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


A trip to the local hardware store took a decidedly different direction when a young couple came across a little lamb in distress. By the side of a busy major highway, Primrose was where no happy, healthy and much-loved lamb should be. And it was soon clearly and painfully obvious that she was none of these three things. Highlighting just how poorly protected farmed animals are is Primrose’s story. With calls to the local council, RSPCA, police and other government animal welfare organisations, the sum total of assistance offered was zip. So what exactly happens to animals like Primrose and the people who come by them?


This is a question we are increasingly being faced with as we field calls from concerned members of the public who come by animals in distress and urgent need of help. We are so thankful we were able to provide the comfort and veterinary assistance this little lamb needed, but we also know we did more than that, for we ensured hearts would not be hardened as good people were not forced to simply leave Primrose where she gingerly stood.


With wounds akin to having been taken by a bird of prey and suffering a broken front leg, the sweet speckly-faced Suffolk lamb has well and truly fallen on her dainty little hooves (well, all three of them at the minute). Warming our hearts and broadening our smiles each day as she downs her formula and begins to blossom, Primrose is growing more c......


Zedlines: The dangers of the Brisbane River - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A hydrologist has warned of the dangers of swimming in the Brisbane River

The dangers of the Brisbane River

A hydrologist has warned of the dangers of swimming in the Brisbane River, while police continue their search for a man who jumped from the William Jolly Bridge earlier this week.

Dr Andrew Markham of Hydrobiology says people underestimate the power of the river, stating the river is quite deceptive as the conditions are highly variable.


Zedlines: Aboriginal Rights campaigners demand change - and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbane Aboriginal rights campaigners want justice after arrest video posted online

Aboriginal Rights campaigners demand change

Brisbane Aboriginal rights campaigners are calling for a Royal Commission into Police across Australia after a video of an arrest in Brisbane emerged online.

Veteran rights campaigner Sam Watson says the family in the video had done not broken any law which required police attention.

Mr Watson also claims the young aboriginal man in the video appears to have suffered a broken arm.


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

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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...


All in the Name of Liberty: PRISON PLANET "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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The Vociferous Journalist: Knitting Nannas charged in Narrabri for anti-CSG activities "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Police have charged three members of the Knitting Nannas anti-coal seam gas protest group after they chained themselves by their necks to a wastewater plant gate in northern New South Wales. The three women; Dominique Jacobs, Angela Dalu, and Therese Mason, locked themselves to the gate of the Santos Leewood CSG facility near Narrabri and were arrested for obstructing traffic and not following police instructions. Dominique Jacobs says that despite the charges, in her heart she knows she hasn’t done anything wrong.

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Tuesday, 19 January


Zedlines: Foodbank call’s for donation’s for the most important meal of the day - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Foodbank is asking for donations of items such as Vegemite, jams, muesli bars, preserved fruit and juice poppers to assist its breakfast program which is now in more than 200 schools.

In local news…

Whale carcass moved over fears of attracting sharks

A sperm whale carcass buried in the dunes of Casuarina Beach will be relocated amid fears oils leaking from the beach animal may be attracting sharks.

The animal will now be unearthed and either taken to a tip, released into the ocean or blown up.

The Tweed Shire Council announced they will be reviewing their whale disposal policy following the incident.

Foodbank call’s for donation’s for the most important meal of the day

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Zedlines: Bernice King highlights ongoing injustices as the US marks 30th Martin Luther King Day - And more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

he United States is celebrating the 30th Martin Luther King Day as his daughter Bernice highlighted continuing injustices against African-Americans at a service in the Atlanta church where her father was a Reverend. (image sourced: creative commons)

Queensland Nickel asked federal government for money: Frydenberg

Federal Resources minister Josh Frydenberg says Clive Palmer asked the federal government to bail out his Queensland NIckel refinery after the state government refused a similar request.

Documents obtained by the ABC over the weekend revealed Queensland Nickel had donated 21 million dollars to the Palmer United Party, now facing mass layoffs as the company entered voluntary administration yesterday.


Zedlines: New program to reduce feral pigs - And more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new program to reduce the number of feral pigs in Queensland is underway in Mackay after the animals caused seven million dollars in damage to sugarcane crops in the region last year. (Image source: Sunshine Coast Daily)

In local news…

Queensland government urged to increase air-quality controls in mining towns

Environmental Justice Australia is calling for more stringent air quality testing in central Queensland mining towns saying five to ten new stations should be set up to monitor the prevalence of toxic dust.

The law firm are urging the state government to do more to inform communities about levels of PM10 which has a range of effects from allergic reactions to cancer.


Zedlines: New program to reduce feral pigs - And more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new program to reduce the number of feral pigs in Queensland is underway in Mackay after the animals caused seven million dollars in damage to sugarcane crops in the region last year. (Image source: Sunshine Coast Daily)

In local news…

Queensland government urged to increase air-quality controls in mining towns

Environmental Justice Australia is calling for more stringent air quality testing in central Queensland mining towns saying five to ten new stations should be set up to monitor the prevalence of toxic dust.

The law firm are urging the state government to do more to inform communities about levels of PM10 which has a range of effects from allergic reactions to cancer.


Zedlines: Surfers pay tribute to murdered surfers. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

HUNDREDS of surfers have paid an emotional tribute in the hometown of two West Australian friends killed in Mexico last year. (image source:

Police investigating Facebook footage of north Brisbane woman being shoved by officer

Police are investigating footage of an officer shoving a First Nations woman in her home after responding to a domestic violence callout from a neighbour at their Zillmere property.

Natasha King was asking officers to move away from her son as they handcuffed him when video footage shows an officer pushing Ms King several times.

Four members of the family were later issued notices to appear in court for obstructing justice.


Jims-Life-Log: These are a few of my favourite things "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Over the last weekend, which we extended to 4 days (including travel), I got to indulge in some of my favourite things:

  • Small towns
  • Mountainous / rugged scenery
  • Hiking

There is something about small towns that I find very appealing. Some have a slightly run-down look, they tend to be unpretentious, laid-back, life seems a little slower and gentler than in the large towns and cities, and they tend to be sorounded by some beautiful landscapes. Jindabyne, one of my favourite towns, is probably not exactly like that as it is a major tourist centre and gateway to Thredbo and Perisher and the southern half of the Kosciuszko National Park. But it small enough to be a relaxing place to visit, and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, in my opinion.

There is nothing quite like mountainous and rugged scenery to generate a sense of ‘wow’! And the area around Jindabyne has plenty of it, whether it’s rolling hills and farmland, rugged peaks and steep valleys, beautiful lakes and rivers. And what better way to see and explore those things than to hike some of it. So it was Rebecca, Eliana, and myself that set out for Jindabyne for the weekend to explore the region.

Before the sunlight of Sabbath peaked over the hills, while the girls slept in, I went for a walk along the Lake Jindabybe foreshore trying to get to a location where I could get some good photos of the sunrise over the lake. The foreshore has a good track from the town centre in both directions. After enjoying the sunrise, I headed back to the motel for some breakfast. By this time the girls were up.


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Saturday, 16 January


North Coast Voices: Electoral redistribution in federal seats and what it might mean on NSW Far North Coast in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Proposed redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions, October 2015:

A total of 944,592 electors or 19.42 per cent of electors in NSW would change from their current federal electoral division under the proposed redistribution. Once a redistribution is final, the AEC automatically transfers existing elector enrolments, where required, to the correct electoral division.

The augmented Electoral Commission has adopted boundary changes* in the Cowper,Page, and Richmond electorates proposed by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales.

Electoral boundary changes on NSW Far North Coast according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC):



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Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis.

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.



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Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis. 

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

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Friday, 15 January


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Common Ground North Coast: Fins Recipe of the week! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Baked Snapper with Garlic and Smoked Paprika Crust

1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) whole snapper, cleaned and
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon butter
11/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
300 g (101/2 oz/11/4 scant cups) tinned chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian
(flat-leaf) parsley
150 ml (5 fl oz) olive oil
2 large brown onions, sliced into rings
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) new potatoes, peeled
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) dry white wine

Serves 2
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/Gas 4).

On each side of the snapper, make three diagonal cuts through the thickest part of the fish to the bone. Then, using a large mortar and pestle, crush together the garlic, butter, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Add the tomatoes and parsley and crush to create a paste. Season with cracked black pepper, to taste. Rub the paste all over the fish, ensuring the cuts and stomach cavity are well coated.

Put the olive oil and onions in a shallow roasting tin and place the fish on top. Arrange the potatoes around the fish and scatter with sea salt. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Pour the wine over the fish, return to the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until just cooked, basting often with the pan juices until the flesh
is opaque — it should flake easily with a fork when pressed into the widest part of the fish.

Serve the fish and potatoes straight from the oven or arrange on a platter.

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