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Monday, 25 January


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Last chance for Japan Cherry Blossom Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This week is the last opportunity to book for Lydia Scuglia’s personally escorted Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan for 2016. This is a once in a lifetime experience travelling with a small pampered group of happy friendly travelling companions with your every need met by Lydia and special local guides in Japan. Inquire today to [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Environment minister’s cousin protests at Santos’ Pilliga site "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Environment minister Greg Hunt's cousin Jen Hunt in a tree sit at Santos' Leewood site, pleading with him to halt Santos' CSG processing plant there.

Environment minister Greg Hunt’s cousin Jen Hunt in a tree sit at Santos’ Leewood site, pleading with him to halt Santos’ CSG processing plant there. Photo Facebook

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt’s first cousin has taken the extraordinary action of suspending herself 12 metres in the air to block access to construction vehicles and interrupt work at Santos’ controversial Leewood coal seam gas wastewater plant in the Pilliga, north-west NSW.

Jen Hunt is a 51-year-old retired social worker, a mother of two and stepmother of six. She is the latest of a series of people who have taken peaceful direct action and risked arrest to stop the controversial project over the last two months.

Ms Hunt says she wants to send a message to her cousin about the need to protect the Great Artesian Basin. So she suspended herself on a platform hanging from a tree in an effot to halt Santos’ construction work.

She was joined today by 20 supporters including two ‘climate angels’ from Lismore who are part of an international theatrical movement for peaceful climate action. In the past two weeks...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: The East Pointers Add More Dates to Their Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of The East Pointers By now a number of major (and minor) folk festivals have been and gone for the season and some amazing music has been on display. If you’ve been to any of the festivals so far this year you’ve no doubt caught Canadian trad trio The East Pointers and if […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: The only way Tony Abbott will leave the Australian Parliament is if the voters of Warringah kick him out "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Apparently desperate to hang on to his seat, parliamentary salary and entitlements, as well as intent on regaining the prime ministerial position he now recalls he ‘left’ rather than was sacked from – far-right politician Anthony John “Tony” Abbott is renominating in the Warringah electorate as a candidate in the 2016 federal general election.


Practising Simplicity: when the baby becomes a toddler "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

He wakes me every morning in precisely the same way; his belly on my face as he reaches for the glass of water or book or earrings that sit on my bedside table. I promptly lift him off me and he screeches on cue and then I flump back onto the pillow and wallow in the early morning-ness of it all.

The baby became the toddler far too soon.

He's walking from chair to table and back to chair and grabbing things that were out-of-reach not that long ago. Just this past weekend he started climbing, too. He's making his way to the top of the armchair, his little stick figure legs tentatively perched as he leans against the window and leaves kiss marks on the glass, completely oblivious to the fact that he is mere centimetres from falling.

There's not time to dwell on the significant changes that have occurred over the past few weeks because I'm chasing him out of the bathroom and lifting him off the chair and making yet another plate of food for him to smoosh and chew and throw onto the floor. But I am acutely aware of the fact that Percy's babyhood is dwindling. Surely not? But yes, really. He's grown the quickest of the three; he needs to stay up to speed so those little legs of his...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Voices in Harmony "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tuesday 26th January

6 – 6:30pm Voices in Harmony
This week’s program comes with an ‘Australian Made’ stamp! Patricia & Maree will feature choirs, quartets & duets singing songs that’ll spark your Aussie spirit and help celebrate our National Day! And the girls are always looking for local choirs to feature on the program so give them a call!


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Midsummer Planting and My New Beans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

washing machine beans

We bought a second hand washing machine a little while ago, just by chance from a couple who had retired to Lennox Head leaving a family home with a great big garden to move into a beach house with a tiny garden. They were doing spectacular things in a tiny space and we talked gardens over tea for so long we nearly forgot why we came.  As we were leaving we were offered a packet of bean seeds, a variety that had been passed down to this great grandfather from his grandfather, passed down through at least six generations and who knows before that.

They are really long, flat beans with a dark reddish brown seed, so sweet that two-year-old Teo comes out to “help” me pick.  He’s not tall enough to reach them but he knows he will be able to raid them straight out of the basket (and that’s called “helping” in Grandma’s garden). They are stringless and delicious lightly steamed too, and they’ve survived the run of 40°C  days this last week (104°F for friends in USA).  My new favourite beans.  Washing machine beans.

My established garden all survived the heat wave – tomatoes and cucumbers, beans and snake beans, pumpkins and squash, zucchini and tromboncino, eggplants and capsicums, basil and spring onions, leeks and Molokhia, rocket and carrots, and all the perennial and semi-perennials.  But anything I had planted in the last few weeks that hadn’t had time to get roots down deep and wide enough suffered despite all my Frizzle Weather strategies. I had planted out some well advanced beetroot seedli...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Australia Day 2016 We Celebrated! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Locals honoured for Good Deeds Local citizens have been honoured and awarded for many and varied good services to society at Australia Day commemorations around TWT Territory yesterday. Citizens of the Year were named and awarded at ceremonies in Hunters Hill and Ryde plus Young Citizens of the Year and other awards as well as [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Anzac Project was a winner "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Restoration project of Hunters Hill’s trophy cannon won the Council’s Event of the Year award. The cannon was officially unveiled by the NSW Governor and Mayor at Hunters Hill’s Anzac Eve service.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Sydney’s best loved Book Fair returns to Chatswood "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury will hold their 2016 Chatswood Book Fair this weekend January 30-31 in The Civic Pavilion, The Concourse located at 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. The Fair will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm with all money raised to go directly to Lifeline in assisting the community with much [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Christine Jensen’s compassionate life   CAPTION: Huntley’s Point’s Christine Jensen is a strong advocate for families and is pictured holding a beloved family photo. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO. A Huntley’s Point grandmother has been awarded an Australia Day OAM for a life of devotion to women and families – at home and abroad – through one [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Tram Madness Slaughters Sydney Heritage Trees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN In a blatant act of vandalism the State Government is killing hundreds of heritage trees in Sydney and suburbs to waste billions of dollars on replacing bus services with yesteryears tram tracks. When other cities around the worlld are introducing electric environmentally friendly new generation forms of mass transport. See [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Dominello welcomes new doctors in Ryde "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ryde MP Victor Dominello has welcomed 10 medical graduates who are commencing their one-year internship at Ryde Hospital. “It’s a privilege to speak with the interns who will be at Ryde Hospital as they begin their journey as doctors,” Mr Dominello said. “The first days of an internship is a key milestone in the life [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Glowing tribute to Ryde RSL Veteran "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Owen Bennett Farewelled Ryde RSL veteran member Owen Bennett was farewelled at his packed funeral service at Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium last Friday. Service was conducted by Father Paul Monkerud of Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish with RSL tribute conducted by Ryde RSL President Bernie Cox. Owen is pictured above when he was awarded Life [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Dance & Performing Arts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Quality teaching at Vanborough Vanborough School of Dancing students Andrea Yamine (above)and Tina Hazell (below) preparing for their performances in the School’s end-of-year Recital in 2015. Vanborough School of Dancing offers students and their parents high quality teaching by professional teachers with internationally-recognised teaching qualifications in a caring and helpful environment. The tuition offered is [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : From Bad to Worse! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last Tuesday’s Extraordinary Meeting of Macquarie Community College was told that the College will record it biggest loss of all time estimated at $576,500 in 2015 following the last two years of $457,000 and $329,600 losses. This is despite each year the annual meetings have been assured by chairman Sue Murray that next year will [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Culture Guide: Jan 25-31 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.


The post Culture Guide: Jan 25-31 appeared first on FBi Radio.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Boy & Bear kicks off national tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image courtesy of Boy & Bear 2016 is gearing up to be a big year for Boy & Bear. With a National Tour kicking off in Tasmania last Friday followed by Melbourne on Saturday and with another four capital cities to entertain over the coming weeks, they have really laid a solid foundation for a […]


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Alliance Française de Geelong: Films français à Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Several French films will be screened on the first Sunday of the month at Village Cinemas in Geelong.

On Sunday February 7, we are screening The Ultimate Accessory (100% Cachemire)

Our Autumn Season begins on March 6:

Sunday March 6: The Bélier Family (La famille Bélier)

Sunday April 3: Before the Winter Chill (Avant l’hiver)

Sunday May 1: Quantam Love (Une rencontre)

We hope to see you there!


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Alliance Française de Geelong: Term 1 Classes "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The new class flyers are now available on our Classes page.

A bientôt !


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Mr Turnbull goes to Washington "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Mungo MacCallum

Malcolm Turnbull’s ritual pilgrimage to his great and powerful friend went very much according to plan.

Some worried that the handshakes were not quite as effusive that they might have been, but there was no doubting the mutual protestations of undying loyalty.

Our Prime Minister acclaimed America as powerful, effective, a leader in every sphere; he was every bit as compliant and indeed subservient as even his sternest critic (Greg Sheridan, The Australian’s Yankophile foreign editor) expected and demanded.

There had been the merest whisper that Turnbull might be (shock, horror) a touch bolshie – he might display as modicum of independence. After all, his Defence Minister Marise Payne had actually knocked back, in the politest possible way, a suggestion by her American counterpart Ash Carter that Australia might actually increase its grounds forces in Iraq and Syria.

But it turned out that there was no problem at all: Carter, Barack Obama and indeed everyone anyone who could get a word in assured Turnbull that all was well; Australia was doing just as required by the alliance (well, hegemony actually, but we don’t call it that) and was in fact contributing to the cause second only to the United States itself – what could be fairer than that?

It turned out that the Carter request had not been a personal plea, but more in the nature of a form letter to whom it may concern. The Pentagon was keen for everyone, but more particularly the Europeans and the Middle Eastern nations, to lift their game – be in it, you slackers. The exhortation was not aimed at Canberra — heaven forbid. In the circumstances it might have been more tactful to have said so earlier, but no real harm done. The relationship, the partnership as we call it for reasons of diplomacy, was as sound as ever.

And of course, when Liberal Prime Ministers have been involved, it was ever thus. From the days when Rob...


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

Tuesday 26th January
2 – 4pm There Goes That Song Again
ItâŹ"s Australia Day, so of course we have an Australia Day Special, featuring Australian artists popular in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.


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

Monday 25th January

7 – 8pm Sonic Stew

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


Damn the Matrix: “you can only do what you can do” "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Rare Specimen

My interview, in his 90th year, with Sir David Attenborough

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 23rd January 2016


Photo by Nadav Kander

You cannot meet David Attenborough without reflecting on the lottery of life. He bounces into the room unaccompanied, a little stiff in the lower back perhaps, but otherwise breezy and lithe. He is sound in wind and limb, vision and hearing, his eyes sparkle, his face is scarcely rumpled by time. Yet in three months he will celebrate his 90th birthday.

While other people’s worlds tend to shrink with age, his seems to expand. His curiousity ranges as widely as ever. His ability to understand and assimilate new information seems unabated. “Oh, I forget things,” he claims. When I press him for examples, he tells me, “Well, where I put my glasses, I had them about three minutes ago and they have simply evaporated, they’ve dematerialised. Oh yeah, and I forget engagements.”

But these, surely, are afflictions suffered by anyone immersed in the world of ideas. He has no diffulty remembering the things that fascinate him. When I ask him about his new project, his body bundles up with excitement.

“Luminous earthworms! Did you know about luminous earthworms? Aaah, aaah, yes, very interesting. I’m doing a thing on bioluminescence...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed Hospital ‘under siege’ from ice patients "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Staff and medics at The Tweed Hospital are under siege from people under the influence of ice with hundreds of assaults taking place in there past year, according to the state nurses union.

The hospital at times resembles a battlefield with the violence, and riot police were recently called there to restrain a drug-affected man who had broken the hospital’s safe room window with his head.

The news comes as the coalition government defends last week’s revelation that Tweed Hospital was one of seven hospitals statewide at which infants were given to the wrong mothers for breastfeeding, exposing them to serious health risks.

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is calling on the state government to increase staff security at the hospital after more than 2,000 incidents of aggression at the hospital in the past year.

Sheila O’Meara told the ABC this morning that violent episodes usually start in the emergency department and continue in the wards, and that up to five members were off on workers compensation due to attacks.

Ms O’Meara said the union was pushing for protocols to be changed so contracted hospital security staff were able to help restrain drug-affected for violent patients.

NSW Labor says the Baird government has been too slow in responding to the scourge of ice and failed to provide enough treatment beds for ice (methamphetamine) affected patients.

But Tweed MP Geoff Provest says he was assured during a visit on Friday to the hospital that efforts to curb violence there was being improved, ‘bearing in mind’ annual emergency-unit admissions a year of 48,000 was double the average for north coast hospitals.

The Labor Opposition said it will offer its bipartisan support to ‘any sensible proposal’ to respond to the violence when parliament resumes next month.

Labor’s health spokesman Walt Secord said the issue of violence and ice, particularly in rural and coastal areas. was urgent with....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron youth homelessness not a ‘gypsy lifestyle’ "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

Homeless youth in Byron shire do not ‘choose’ a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle, argues Byron Bay youth worker Nicqui Yazdi. Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

A long-time Byron shire youth worker has accused the writer of an article on homeless youth camps in Byron Bay of glossing over the ‘shameful’ truth.

The article Life in Byron’s Squatter Camps appeared in last week’s Byron Shire Echo and Echonetdaily.

It quoted a local former homeless resident Terry as saying, the squatters could be divided into two groups: ‘ones who choose that lifestyle, and ones who can’t genuinely find a place.’

A second commenter, Charlie, suggested, ‘Some are [drugs] them recreationally and for spiritual reasons, like taking magic mushrooms. They’re not just getting out of their heads. They’re making a connection with the infinite.’

But youth worker Niqui Yazdi said the article, by Bay FM journalist Anna James, ‘does Byron’s homeless no good whatsoever. It is flowery and fluffy and makes no point at all’.

‘Homelessness is not a “gypsy” lifestyle. There are no gyspy kids in Byron,’ Ms Yazdi wrote in a letter to the editor published today, ‘but there are a shitload of seriously impoverished young people, w...


Tasmanian Times: Professor West and the Lone Soldiers of Lapoinya "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

MONDAY, January 25 ... • Stewart Hoyt, 11.30am: At approximately 11 :30 AM Bob Brown and three others walked into the Lapoinya Forest exclusion zone.  Bob Brown and Roger Bradley from Sisters Creek were arrested, two others were escorted out by Tas Police incurring a fine. Bob Brown and Roger Bradley are currently on their way to the Burnie Police Station where they will be processed and bailed. • 8.30am: Stewart Hoyt: Lapoinya under Seige ... By 8:30 this morning, ten vehicles had entered the Lapoinya Forest Coupe. There are Forestry Tasmania reps, Tas Police and contractors. A grader was seen on Nelsons Road in an attempt to breakthrough to Broxhams road in the heart of the community here and turned back … • Paul Harriss in Comments: …Dr Brown is entitled to his day in court, but the law is clear: No protestor is entitled to interfere with the right of other Tasmanians to earn a living. SATURDAY, January 23 ... Professor Jonathan West was Chairman of the Independent Verification Group of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement. His report is on Tasmanian Times HERE. • Frank again, in Comments: John, Most people are ‘over it’, or we can call it cynical, sad, disappointed, deflated just sick of it all. The rape of the once “working” forests, the plunder and the wanton waste, the mining of the unique commercial, social and environmental forest values Tasmania still possessed when we moved here more than 28 years ago are history now. Right now the terrible fires in the NW in the Dip Falls / Pipeline region there used to be cool, moist Rainforests and wet mixed species forests until 1998 / 99 - 2000. These forests were trashed and replaced with dry, thirsty Eucalypt plantations - what a shame. Now the reality bites - there will be no profits made from these areas for a very, very long time ... • Michael Buky: Dear Friends of Lapoinya ... The road construction and the protests have started. There have be...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Dire plight of Byron’s homeless "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I’m writing in response to the article published in  Echonetdaily: Life in Byron’s Squatter Camps, by Anna James.

I was alerted to this article by one of Byron’s local youth, who wanted to know my opinion on the article.

I struggle to understand the point of this article and how anyone thought it was even important enough to publish. Contrary to what this article says, I would say that very few of those who are homeless and under 25 would be on any kind of ‘spiritual journey’, most have had either long-term issues with family, drugs, alcohol, or mental illness and if they didn’t start out that way, then often these things end up a part of their homeless ‘journey’, as yes, lots of them find their way into little groups, often more so because they feel safer like this, but then, as a group, it also sometimes encourages drug and alcohol-misuse. Homelessness is not a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle, and in fact, I’ve never heard anyone refer to them as the ‘gypsy kids’, including themselves.

Over the years, I’ve seen terrible situations with Byron’s homeless, of all ages, but particularly those who are young and those who are elderly. I’ve seen 14-year-olds, who, even though they are homeless, still try to struggle with going to school, in fact, I’ve personally known many kids who did everything in their power to try to keep learning, some even attending the BCC school at the YAC, yet living in the bush close by. The young people that find their way into learning programs at the YAC are the lucky ones, but even then, there’s only so much that can be done for them, and even trying to get any young people into housing or emergency housing, is so hard, with so many restrictions and so few options, that for most, there are no options. And if they have a drug addiction, or...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Review: Cut The Sky – Marrugeku (Sydney Festival) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Photo credit: Jon Green

Directed by Rachael Swain, ‘Cut The Sky’ describes itself as a “meditation on humanity’s frailty in the face of our own actions.” A cast of 7-8 dancers is accompanied by the live vocals of Sydney soul singer Ngaiire and a bed of sound ranging from the music of Nick Cave to Eric Avery.

The work comes together in five acts (Disaster, Deeply Cut Wounds, The Sun, History Repeats, Dreaming The Future), working through distinct ideas & places in a sense of narrative progression that slowly builds on a sparse stage riffing on the poetry of Edwin Lee Mulligan. Moments of solo storytelling are swept up by ensemble dance pieces that build against motifs of native animals, destructive industry and deep history.

Visually, the stage is a clean slate, bar a couple of oil drums which establish a relatively bleak setting for the work. Enormous rear projections set the Kimberly as our backdrop – and incredibly strong lighting design fill the blanks in setting and are key to the pace of the show. Director Rachel Swain’s program notes reference this as the setting to deliver a message that “fulfilling our responsibility to keep the balance is delicate, but from an Aboriginal perspective there are people in our culture who still hold the knowledge and power to ‘sing the rain’ or ‘cut the sky’.”

The soundtrack mirrors the raw Australian backdrop upon which this is set. The music of Nick Cave sits as a sparse and melancholy reminder of the narrative playing out. Ngaiire’s vocals are a perfect live addition – she’s integral to the show, and whilst familiar to us through her solo work or collaborations with Blue King Brown, Thundamentals and The Tongue, she excels in t...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to the New Pocket Fox Single “Kingdom Come” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Pocket Fox Pocket Fox are an indie-folk group from Canberra who are producing some really sweet pop music at the moment. The band will be launching their new album The Brightest Light on the 6th February and we thought we’d share their brand new single “Kingdom Come” below: To celebrate the release […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Why is RMS stalling on koala highway FOI? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last week Bob Higgins, project manager of the Pacific Highway Upgrade told us via the ABC that the peer review process was the reason for the delay in releasing the Ballina Koala Plan.

All very well, but the material requested by Friends of the Koala under freedom of information was significantly more than the Plan. Amongst other things we asked for the Biolink/Ecosure baseline koala study, the Australian Museum’s genetic study, minutes of the expert panel’s meetings and correspondence between the various parties involved with these studies.

Mr Higgins also said that the Ballina Koala Plan ‘should be completed in the coming weeks’. We assume then that peer review of the baseline studies was completed months ago. Correspondence and minutes of course fall outside peer review.

Following three months of argy-bargy from RMS regarding what we could expect them to release to us, Friends of the Koala instructed EDO on December 8, 2015 to ask for any material not subject to third party consultation, with the rest to come in mid-January 2016. RMS denied that request.

A RMS spokesperson told The Echo that the Plan will be released publicly ‘after it has been submitted [to federal environment minister, Greg Hunt] and the project team will meet with key stakeholders, including Friends of the Koala to brief them on the outcomes’.

Our question is when is ‘after’? Is it the same day as submission? The following day? A week? A month? After briefing? Perhaps after Greg Hunt’s determination?

Come on Bob, Friends of the Koala has shared its data and samples with RMS’s consultants, at least give us the baseline reports and the expert panel minutes. What is there to fear?

Lorraine Vass, president, Friends of the Koala, Inc.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New York travel ban lifted after storm "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

People work on digging out their cars following the recent snow storm in Brooklyn, New York. Photo EPA/Justin Lane

People work on digging out their cars following the recent snow storm in Brooklyn, New York. Photo EPA/Justin Lane

New York [RAW]

A travel ban for the New York area has been lifted but Washington is still at a standstill after a blizzard paralysed the northeastern United States, killing at least 19 people.

The storm was the second-biggest in New York history with 68 centimetres of snow in Central Park by midnight on Saturday, just shy of the record 68.33cm set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia on Saturday.

One person died in Maryland and three in New York while shovelling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said.

By early on Sunday the storm had moved off the coast, with remnants trailing over parts of Long Island and Cape Cod.

Much of the northeast was expected to see a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday with temperatures just above freezing.

Washington streets were...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thai co-operation vital on terror: Keenan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan (L) talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok on January 22. Photo EPA/Narong Sangnak

Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan (L) talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok on January 22. Photo EPA/Narong Sangnak

Ron Corben, AAP

The Asia Pacific faces a long-term threat posed by terrorist networks supporting Islamic State, the ‘menace stalking the region’, Australian justice minister Michael Keenan said.

Mr Keenan, in Thailand for talks with local government ministers and police officials, said stepping up regional co-operation was ‘vitally important’ to meet the increasing security challenges.

‘We know we’ve got a big regional challenge – that’s been brought home to us with the [January 14] attacks in Jakarta over the past fortnight,’ he said in an interview with AAP.

The attack in the central business district of the Indonesian capital left eight people dead – including the four attackers – and 20 wounded.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review : Goosebumps "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By John campbell

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a reviewer’s comp, paying to see a flick on the big screen (which is the way filmmakers always want their work to be seen) is a bit of a wallet-gouge (especially when you factor in a couple of mandatory choc-tops). Understandably, you become selective in your visits to the cinema, waiting for Judi or Meryl, gorgeous George or jokey Johnny, or, if you’re into the cult of the director, Quentin, the Coens or some unpronounceable Euro or Korean master. Meaning that a lot of unpretentious but clever and highly entertaining movies pass you by until you catch them on late-night, slug-out, free-to-air TV. This is one such semi-precious gem that you might enjoy in the dim and distant future…

Teenaged Zach (Dylan Minnette) has just moved to a daggy town in Delaware where he will attend the high school at which his recently widowed mum has been appointed deputy principal. Next door, behind a high-picketed fence, cute Hannah lives with her bad-tempered, mysterious dad (Jack Black), who happens to be the reclusive horror author, RL Stine.

Inadvertently, Zach opens a book in their library and scary creatures come alive from the pages. It’s a neat idea that trades on kids’ love of fantasy. Following a standard, easily comprehended intro of who/what/where, director Rob Letterman plays his first fright card with the sudden appearance of an eye-catching and remarkably life-like Abominable Snowman. Letterman, however, is cluey enough to appreciate that it’s the ventriloquist’s dummy, the pointy-hatted gnomes and the bad-trip clowns that send the iciest shivers down the spine. Pretty soon, all of Stine’s creations are free...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: UK knew of Guantanamo torture: ex-spy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

London [RAW]

A former senior British intelligence officer wants to give evidence that the country’s security services knew about the torture of inmates at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported.

The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being tortured in December 2002, the Sunday Times said, quoting senior security sources.

Details of torture were disclosed during meetings held at the London headquarters of Britain’s MI5 in 2002 and the evidence is believed to include claims that British officials witnessed inmates being chained, hooded, waterboarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, the report said.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Palmer out on his ear: poll "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Brisbane [AAP]

A new poll suggests Clive Palmer shouldn’t bother trying to keep his Sunshine Coast seat.

A new Galaxy poll published in The Courier-Mail shows voters in his seat of Fairfax are ready to dump him, amid anger over the axing of 237 jobs at his nickel refinery.

Mr Palmer’s primary support is sitting at just two per cent – down from 26.5 per cent when he narrowly won the federal seat on preferences at the 2013 election.

The poll shows 83 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with his performance and just 7 per cent believe he’s doing a satisfactory job.

Galaxy polled 506 Fairfax voters on January 21, six days after Mr Palmer’s company Queensland Nickel sacked 237 workers at its Yabulu refinery near Townsville.

He’s since had to defend more than $20 million in donations the company made to bankroll his Palmer United Party, and the company is now in voluntary administration as wor...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed Hospital welcomes trainee doctors "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The intern group with Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo supplied.

The intern group with Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo supplied.

Tweed Hospital has 18 new trainee doctors walking its corridors.

The 18 medical graduates began their internships at the hospital last Monday and were welcomed by Tweed MP Geoff Provest, on Friday on a visit there to meet them.

The MP wished them well ‘as they begin of their journey as doctors’.

Mr Provest said NSW was the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates undertaking their internship.

with Dr GeneOver the two years, the junior doctors rotate through a network which includes metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals training in medicine, surgery and emergency treatment.

He said t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld domestic violence order breaches rise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Queensland crisis service DV Connect also runs a hotline for men.

Queensland crisis service DV Connect also runs a hotline for men.

Alexandra Patrikios, AAP

Court orders to protect victims of domestic violence in Queensland were breached almost as many times as police applied for them in 2015.

Statistics obtained by AAP show police made a total of 19,708 applications for domestic violence protection orders last year.

But in the same period, there were almost as many breaches of orders sought by police and private applicants granted by the courts – a total of 19,405 contraventions.

Since January 2013, the number of both applications and violations of protection orders has climbed steadily by thousands each year.

DV Connect chief executive Di Mangan concedes the figures raise the question of what else can be done to protect victims of family violence.

‘Many women are protected by those orders,’ she told AAP.

‘But some men won’t take notice of those orders because their sense of entitlement won’t abide by any law.’

If anything, she said the data drives hom...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Republic ‘inevitable’, FitzSimons says "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Peter FitzSimons pushes for a republic on his Twitter page.

Peter FitzSimons pushes for a republic on his Twitter page.

Canberra [AAP & other sources]

The head of the Australian Republican Movement believes there is widespread support for a republic, calling on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to ‘seize this moment’.

‘We could actually do this now,’ Peter FitzSimons told ABC TV on Monday.

It comes after seven out of eight state and territory leaders signed a declaration calling for an Australian head of state.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a supporting statement, ‘I firmly believe Australia is ready to have an Australian as our head of state. We lead the world in so many areas, it’s about time our country is led by one of our own.’

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles said, ‘There is a lot to be said for tradition, but there is even more to be said for progress.

‘Isn’t it time we said to Indigenous Australians “we’re proud of you” in the Constitution? Isn’t it time we said to Territorians “yes, you live in your own State”?

‘Isn’t it time we say to our children “yes, you could be President of Australia when you grow up?”’

The petition in favour of a republic is at...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Shark patrols to continue until Easter "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

North coast aerial shark patrols, which were due to finish after Australia Day, will now continue up until Easter, according to parliamentary secretary for the north coast, Chris Gulaptis.

The patrols will, however, only be conducted over the weekends.

But shark ‘eco-barriers’ (new generation shark nets) that were meant to be in place at two Ballina beaches soon have been delayed by a month.

‘Recent aerial surveillance programs conducted in our region have shown to be an enormous success, helping alert authorities and the general public when a shark is posing danger to swimmers or surfers,’ Mr Gulaptis said.

‘Having that extra eye in the sky over our beaches during this time will give swimmers and surfers extra confidence when hitting the water,’ he added.

Surveillance flights will continue from Byron Bay to Evans Head, as well as in areas further south.

Mr Gulaptis said a delay in the completion to the eco-barriers had contributed to the extension of the flights.

‘The eco-nets have been specifically made – it’s not a one-size fits all, clearly – and every beach is different,’ he told ABC.

The nets will cover Lighthouse Beach at Ballina and Lennox Head.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Bay girl killed in Thai motorbike accident "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Christine Willmott

The enjoyment of a holiday in rural Thailand was tragically cut short for a Byron Bay family of four when their youngest child Sonya, aged five, was involved in a motorcycle accident on January 18.

George and Somepong Davis and their children, Justin, six, and Sonya, five, had been experiencing Thai village life while staying on Somepong’s parents’ farm in Northern Thailand.

On the morning of the day they were due to fly back to Australia, Sonya accompanied her Thai grandmother to the local market on the family motorbike when they were struck by a car travelling at speed from behind. Sonya’s grandma died on impact.

Sonya survived the crash but was critically injured and was put on life support. She died five days later on January 22.

Her mother, father and older brother, Justin are utterly devastated. Somepong’s grief is doubled, having lost both her mother and daughter in the tragic accident.

Sonya was a sparky,...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Album of the Week – ‘Garfish Volume 1′ By Garfish (O’Town Records and Earshift Music) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

‘Garfish Volume 1′ (O’Town Records and Earshift Music) by Garfish is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.

The album, held together by original compositions from trumpet organ and keyboard player Nick Garbett amalgamates the signature soundscapes of Jamaican roots and jazz stylings. Garbett along with his outstanding assembly of musicians explores a myriad of influential artists sounds from Tommy McCook to Sly Robbie and The Skatalites.  The album cruses from track to track creating a hypnotic 11 tracks slowjam experience. Jelling the entire album is it’s hardworking engine room a.k.a Paulie Bromley on Bass, Declan Kelly on Drums and Percussion and Carlos Adura on Percussion. The groove of the album  Stand out tracks include ‘Matty Meets the Mouse’ (track 8), featuring an extended jarring distorted and reverb filled solo from guitarist Matt Smith. Along a similar vain is Peter Farrar‘s raspy melodic feature on ‘El Ultimo Hombre’ (track 11). What really stands out is Garbett’s ability to write sympathetically toward each individual artists unique approach to his sonic vision, with each song paired with the perfect featured soloist. For the ultimate listening experience you will need to find yourself a serious subwoofer to really be able to appreciate the dedication to the groove of Jamaican rhythms this album embodies (at least put it on your bucket list). The album also features Matt Keegan and James Greening.



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

Jo Rittey finally gets to Industry Beans in Rose Street, Fitzroy and wonders why she hasn't been there before.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: REVIEW | MJR TOM "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

With a new menu, Taco Wednesdays, F.A.T.W (Forget About The Week) Fridays and a keeping-it-local Australia Day BBQ, why aren't you already down at Mjr Tom in Collingwood?

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Tasmanian Times: FSC International’s puerile, spurious excuse ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear FSC International and Others (as per list in our attached letter) Please find attached our representation, objection and complaint opposing Australian Forest Managers FSC Highly Hazardous Pesticides Derogations 2015, re-presented and reiterated to ensure there can be no doubt about our disdain for the FSC process and the propositions including those of FSC International which derailed the so called national process in Australia. • Mongabay: Is eco-certification the solution to forest destruction?


Tasmanian Times: He’s not Kevin, says Eric ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tony Abbott’s supporters are moving to crush comparisons with Kevin Rudd after the former prime minister revealed he will be recontesting the federal seat of Warringah at the next election. … … Former employment minister Eric Abetz was quick to defend the move, denying Mr Abbott was like Mr Rudd, who returned to the prime ministership three years after he lost the leadership to Julia Gillard. “Tony Abbott is absolutely no Kevin Rudd,” Senator Abetz told AM. “Kevin Rudd was always about one thing only, Kevin Rudd, whereas Tony Abbott has always been about one thing, namely the Australian people” … THE QUESTIONS have never been answered ... John Hawkins five years ago on Tasmanian Times ... • Abetz and Channel Highway land deals • Keith Antonysen in Comments: ”...Tony Abbott has always been about one thing, namely the Australian people.” Tony Abbott’s first budget was an attack on defenceless people;  driven by an extreme ideology. Abbott has been generally about the big end of town. He supported the coal industry to the hilt at the expense of tax payers; yet, pushed out the motor vehicle industry. Any promise he made was worth nothing. Every week there was at least one stuff up. Abbott was a man of his time…that is…1950s. There was a palpable sense of relief when he was ousted by Turnbull. • John Hawkins in Comments: Dear Editor, It was just over 5 years ago that I wrote up the seemingly suspect Land deals of Abetz on the Channel Highway. Since then for over 5 years in order to keep the matter in the public eye I have paid for an advertisement on TT which your readers may click on to read all about it. I ask Senator Abetz who seems happy to spew out his bile on most subjects: Has the matter of your Channel Highway land deals been investigated and audited by the Tax Office if so what was the result? If not why not?


Tasmanian Times: NATION: The People’s Messiah ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A man in love with himself may have no rival, but it doesn’t stop him seeking approval.


Tasmanian Times: Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities ...  (3) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The last article touched on the 2013 Legislative Council Select Committee on Rural Road Speed Limit Reduction from 100kph on Sealed Roads ( HERE ) that changed the previous policy from a reduction to 90kph maximum on rural roads.  The first finding in this report determined “support of the decision of the Government not to proceed with the proposed reduction in speed limits to 90 kph on non-urban sealed roads and believes that the decision reflects strong community opinion on the issue.” This will be challenged within these articles through surveys undertaken on residents of Huon Road and businesses located along the Huon Trail … … Why the resistance? Why do the local and state authorities and politicians refuse to accommodate the wishes of local residents? Is it due to a backroom deal with a lobbyist like the Wrest Point-sponsored Targa, Motorcyclist Association or RACT? Is it an unspoken Liberal Party policy and the government fears a precedent? Is it just a macho resistance to change or the need for speed?


Tasmanian Times: Fires in the Wilderness - the Long Hot Summer Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmania’s precious World Heritage forests are currently facing the worst crisis in decades. • Bob Brown’s letter to Malcom Turnbull ... • Carol Rea in Comments: Why isn’t there an Aircrane deployed here. Two of these could have made all the difference a few days ago. Now there is a window of opportunity.  Greg Hunt and Malcolm Turnbull need to step up to protect our WH and Tarkine reainforests. There are 6 Aircranes in Australia - three in Victoria. The S64 Aircrane can drop 2,650 gallons (7,500 liters) of water on fires in a single pass. With specialized snorkels, the Aircrane can also refill the tank in nearby bodies of water in less than 30 seconds. Fire Aviation HERE


Tasmanian Times: The Western Fires ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) view to western fires area tonight (Friday January 22, 2016).


Tasmanian Times: The greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The figures are horrific: today, the world faces the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War. • James Dryburgh, Right Now: Australia, Becoming the Other ...Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński spent his life immersed in human conflicts all over the world. Reflecting upon decades of observation, he concluded that the Self is not a solitary individual – its composition includes the Other. In simple terms we use the concept of “Other” to distinguish between ourselves and those of different traits – such as nationality, religion, gender, or ethnicity. Since the Howard era, collective Australia, “public Australia”, has been obsessed with negative perceptions of the Other and in doing so has damaged the Australian Self. Heading toward the 2001 federal election and fearing defeat, Prime Minister John Howard embedded a strong concept of the Other into our public language with the now infamous words: “We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.” We heard the clear implication that “boat people” (they) are not like us. The Other was demonised with parroted lies about children being tossed overboard by “the kind of people we don’t want in Australia.” At least since the time of Plato, it has been understood that for politicians it is easier to pander to our inherent vices than to harness our virtues. It is also well known that when fear increases, society becomes more conservative …


Tasmanian Times: More plastic in the ocean ... by weight ... than fish ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

According to a report released yesterday, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish.


Tasmanian Times: Racial Reflection Rewritten "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Every generation rewrites its history as if this time it is the final word.


Tasmanian Times: Marriage ... as an institution of unique value "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Although expensive, it is now clear the same-sex marriage debate will be resolved by a national vote at or after the next election. The polls, together with experience in the UK, France, Ireland, Norway, Belgium, New Zealand and Canada, suggest the law will change. There are, however, many people, including those with religious convictions, who are undecided or strongly oppose reform.


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (3) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, Some events, or series of events, can shape who you are without you even realizing it.


Tasmanian Times: Port Arthur archaeological dig uncovers prisoner tokens for gambling "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

THE first physical evidence of illicit gambling by convicts has been uncovered at the Port Arthur Historic Site.


Tasmanian Times: Tasmanians’ outpouring of grief for Hobart family after pregnant young woman’s death "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

FRIENDS have shed tears, as have complete strangers, united in their grief and shock at the tragic death of Sarah Paino, the pregnant Hobart woman killed in a late-night, high-speed collision in the city. • The Tragedy on Facebook ... how you can help ...


Tasmanian Times: Taking back control ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The concept of 100GMW was born from a simple thought that I had one morning ... “what Australia needs is “100 good men and women” to stand up and take back control of the country” …  

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: matthewschiavello: ‘Melbourne now #81: underneath it all,... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


‘Melbourne now #81: underneath it all, underneath all of the different colours that flesh comes in, we are all the same’


Something from 2013



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign Bizjet VH-PYN Calls into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Spotted making a brief visit to Gladstone Airport on Sunday 24 January was Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN.

I believe that it called in from Normanton and a short time later it departed to Archerfield.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fluoride is killing our kids in the north "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Letters to editor

Dear Sir,

water-tapI keep reading about the benefits of fluoride in water supplies and how it is supposed to be good for teeth. It is unusual that I often read this in the Cairns Post and the Courier Mail that are both Murdoch newspapers.  I wonder why they push fluoride and vaccines? It is easy to find scientific publications that say fluoride is killing us slowly and causing a lot of medical problems.  I have had a first hand experience with the problems related to toxic fluoride being added to drinking water. In 2004 when Mareeba had fluoride in the water, we had to send our son to primary school. He had been home schooled or on school of the air for most of his life on a cattle property and was drinking rainwater.

When he went to school in town he had to drink town water.

After being at school for about a year, we noticed his teeth were becoming quite motley with patches of white like staining and he complained of soreness. I asked a dentist what could be causing this and he said straight away, fluorosis!

He asked if we were giving him fluoride tablets which no sane parent would ever do. Of course we were not doing that.

Then I contacted the local council who told me the amount of the dose of fluoride going into the water, and when I checked it up it was quite high compared to other places like Townsville that I checked.

I also found out the fluoride the councils use is a very toxic by-product of aluminium production and comes from the refinery at Gladstone. It is not naturally occurring fluoride.

We then sent him to school with rainwater bottles and told him not to drink the tap water and put him on a course of anti-oxidant supplements.  A few months later the symptoms disappeared and his health improved.

His sister attended the same.......


Motorbike Writer: Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer now open "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Black Dog Ride

If you’d like to support the annual Black Dog Ride but can’t afford a week off work for the epic ride, then try the one-day ride in March.

Last year nearly 7000 Black Dog Riders nationwide hit the highways on one single day to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Since April 2010, the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer has raised more than $530,000 for mental health services and spread the message of depression and suicide prevention awareness.

Registrations for the 2016 Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer on Sunday, March 20, 2016 are now open.

To find your nearest Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer and register online, click HERE.

The annual Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre began in 2009 as a solo motorbike ride around Australia by Steve Andrews to raise awareness of depression.

BDR founder Steve Andrews Black Dog

BDR founder Steve Andrews



On The Convict Trail: Lake Frederick Inn, Oatlands "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Lake Frederick Inn was built by George Aitchison in 1833. Aitchison orginally came to Van Diemen's Land as a convict in 1819. He was a stonemason by trade. The Lake Frederick Inn was built from stone and 50.000 locally made bricks. By the time Aitchison began construction of the Inn in 1833, he had completed his convict sentence and was considered a fine "mechanic" as tradesmen were known at the time.

In fact, Oatlands owes much to George Aitchison as by 1829, he h...


Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Urgent Letter to Malcolm Turnbull from Bob Brown "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Hon. Malcolm Turnbull,

Prime Minister of Australia.


Dear Prime Minister,

The bushfire threat in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is extremely alarming. If between now and the end of April Tasmania experiences a heat wave with strong winds some of the most beautiful places on the high Central Plateau and in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and beyond will be incinerated. They would take centuries, if ever, to recover.

The heart of the Tarkine wilderness to the west of the World Heritage Area but containing its own World Heritage values is also alight and similarly threatened.

Urgent national assistance to douse the current fires before catastrophic conditions arise is warranted. Tasmania's resources are already stretched to the limit.

We urge you to take immediate action to send to Tasmania the necessary equipment - there is no shortage of water in these fires' localities - and personnel to bring the situation under control before it is too late.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Brown.

Pencil Pine at Lake Balmoral. Photo: Geoff Law

Here's how you can help!

Call or write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Contact your local federal Coalition MP. Tell friends who have seen the glories of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area or Tarkine.

Thank you all,

Bob Brown.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Travelling north "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Rainbow Bee-eaters have left their breeding grounds and starting to gather in preparation for the annual trip north. At this time of year you’re likely to come across small flocks in the bush, hawking for insects from high perches. They are family groups, often comprising a number of pairs of adults and juveniles – the products of a successful summer nesting effort. While not always, the groups tend to be seen heading in a roughly northerly direction. By autumn many of these birds will have traversed the continent to arrive in northern Australia or even New Guinea. The stragglers are gone from the Newstead area by the end of February. Safe travels!


Rainbow Bee-eater (adult), Mia Mia Road, 21st January 2016.


Adult and juvenile.


This juvenile was chasing insects on the ground


Juvenile Rainbowbirds are much duller than the adults and lack tail streamers.



Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: King Quail at Great Sandy National Park reported by Paul Newman and Jean Newman on 22-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Pair flushed twice early morning then left for an hour. Male not seen again. Female returned to track and fed for 30 minutes, gradually working towards my position. Unfortunately I accidentally disturbed the bird and it was not seen again.


Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: King Quail at Great Sandy National Park reported by Paul Newman and Jean Newman on 23-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Following on from yesterday's sighting of the female, we returned to the site at dawn. A long and patient wait was rewarded with three sightings of the male dashing across the track at cartoon-like speeds. We probably missed other crossings! A short while later the bird appeared at the margins in a little more relaxed manner, but very vigilant. It retreated into cover several times when spooked by Peaceful Dove and Red-browed Finch. It gradually worked it's way toward my position while foraging but, despite using a longer lens than the previous day, it was not possible to get a better image than we achieved. This lifer was most rewarding and a delight to watch

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Gould's Petrel at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 23-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The highlight of Saturday's trip was a single Gould's Petrel. Also c10-15 Tahiti Petrels, Wedge-tailed (many), Hutton's (a few) and a single Short-tailed Shearwater and a Common Noddy.


Thrive On News Spiritual Awakening Magazine: 3 Minute De-Stress At Work Meditation "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A 3 minute meditation and music designed to relieve one quickly of stress at work in-between important tasks. Relax yourself into optimum performance. by psychic medium Ian Scott.


Living and Loving Hobart:: Lunch with Mrs Smyth "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Two Girls Made This
Podcast is a smartphone app. Apart from that The Two Girls didn’t really have a clue. But that didn’t stop us from jumping at the chance to have a go at one.
Before we knew it, we had packed a two-course lunch for a day in the country and a stint in a home recording studio.
Mrs Smyth from Mrs Smyth Made This is a Tassie blogger from way back and a one time recording artist. More recently she’s taken to podcasts as a new blogging medium. Unsurprisingly, for someone unafraid of microphones, sound levels and editing software.



Please download this poster and promote The Freedom Ride. 
This event is significant 
and we need to mass as many people as possible for the sake of the children. 
Australia has gone down a path of shame with the indefinite detention of refugee children - 
no matter what successive Australian Governments have said.
Free the children.
Do your best to overcome Australia's shame.



Motorbike Writer: Buell may be resurrected yet "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Buell customised by Ronin Motor Works

Buell 1150 customised by Ronin Motor Works

The continuing saga of American motorcycle manufacturer Erik Buell Racing (EBR) seems to have taken a new twist with hopes the brand may now survive.

In April 2015, the innovative bike builder ceased operations.

Since then, the company has gone to auction and been withdrawn on several occasions and there have been rumours of partial sell-offs to Indian manufacturers and to Polaris.

Then, the company was sold to a scrap merchant amid fears it would itself be scrapped.

Now Liquid Asset Partners (LAP) of Michigan has acquired the assets of the Wisconsin company.

While that may seem like another dead end for Buell, LAP plans to find a buyer to carry on manufacturing EBR bikes, then it will sell off any excess assets.

Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190 SX

EBR 1190 SX

LAP CEO is talking up EBR to potential buyers in the company’s latest pr...


Tasfintalk: Forestry profitability "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Forestry Tasmania’s revenue from timber sales barely covers the costs of harvest and cartage let alone other costs.

The following short film discusses FT’s assertion that the Lapoinya coupe due to be logged now will be profitable.

What constitutes profitability?

The link is HERE .

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Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Cloncurry Based PC-12 VH-MDH - Plus a Few Other Lighties - Also Call into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A couple of interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft have been noted calling into Rockhampton Airport over the last couple of days including Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH which was spotted resting on the Rocky Airport GA Apron after arriving from Devencourt Station and Kierawonga Airport on Thursday 14 January.

On Friday 15 January VH-MDH departed back to Devencourt.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 15 January, Julia Creek-based Beech A36 Bonanza VH-BZY arrived at Rockhampton from Emerald, Consolidated Pastoral Company Beech 95-B55 VH-KET arrived from Tartrus before later departing to Archerfield, and Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi VH-VWG arrived from its Toowoomba base.


"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Bondville does Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We're in Canberra this weekend! It's our first time here as a family (and my first since I was about 19) and we're having a ball seeing all the national buildings. 

So far we have had an amazing lunch at wholefood cafe Local Press, an afternoon  at the National Gallery of Art and sculpture garden, and Mr Papa Peruvian food truck for dinner. We're planning on the Arboretum and Questacon. See all our pics over on Instagram - @sbond.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Arts Open are proud to be teaming up with the Castlemaine Art Gallery this March

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan is an extraordinary Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition by one of the nation’s most incisive artists, and is of great relevance to all Australians. The exhibition officially opens at Castlemaine Art Gallery on Friday 15 January 2016.

The exhibition itself was the result of the Archibald Prize-winning artist’s three-week tour across Afghanistan in October 2011. Engaged as an Official War Artist, his purpose was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates. In fulfilling his brief, Quilty spoke with many Australian servicemen and women, gaining an insight into their experiences whilst serving in the region, and ultimately leaving with an overwhelming need to tell their stories.

Quilty recently spoke on ANZAC Day 2015 and paid tribute not only to those who did not return from Afghanistan and their grieving families, but also to “the young men and women who live amongst us who have paid so dearly and will quietly wear the thick cloak of trauma for many years to come, after Afghanistan.”

The exhibition is a must see as Quilty is arguably one of Australia’s greatest living painters, and this exhibition, with its intense and emotional subject matter is particularly important to Castlemaine, a town with a history of young men and women serving their country far from home.

The exhibition has been very well received across the country with over 70,000 visitors attending the works when on display most recently in Darwin. Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial believes Quilty should be considered one of Aust...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Roger McKindley on ABC Open "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Broken & discarded objects: Roger McKindley

Roger McKindley lives on the banks of the Loddon River in Newstead, in a small cottage lit by candlelight. No power needed. By day he turns salvaged scraps into sculpture. He works with the found objects of stone, wood, bone, iron and glass. He salvages these from the local tip or collects them on his travels. Sometimes people drop things in. He then arranges and rearranges them into sculptural pieces.

At the age of 15 Roger began his career as an apprentice landscape gardener in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Through his work he discovered his love for playing with the formations created when building stonewalls. He could see patterns and objects. From here on in he realised he could create and play with anything.

And so it began, his crazy beautiful passion.

Roger: Broken & discarded objects from ABC Open Central Victoria on Vimeo.

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Arts Open: Meet the Makers: David Frazer in Conversation "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Artist to Artist is a series of conversations between participating artists about their work and life as an artist in the Mount Alexander region.

Dean Smith talks to David Frazer

Dean Smith, ceramist talks with David Frazer, printmaker about his background, his time in China and his personal connection to the arts.

DEAN SMITH – Where did you grow up? How did it shape you into becoming an artist?

DAVID FRAZER – I grew up in my primary school years in a little country Victorian town called Murtoa, which is wheat country in the Wimmera. It had a big impact on me and sort of became the setting for my art. I loved the melancholy of the flat landscape. I used to sit on the roof of our house a lot or up a tree and dream of flying away to somewhere more exciting (and to be someone more exciting).

DS – Did you chose your art subject/muse or did it choose you?

DF – I chose it. It took me a while to find my subject. I wasn’t compelled to make art but I did want to communicate something somehow to people. I tried music and show biz but that didn’t work so I got back into art. It was a career choice really. My attempts at show biz though had given me a subject. I struck upon the narrative of yearning for love and success and of failed ambition. I really wanted to write songs so I looked at art in that way. Luckily I had by then discovered printmaking, which was a medium much better suited to narrative and story telling.

DS – Your paintings often depict old houses, caravans or streetscapes, rendered very neatly and precisely, what is it that attracts you to this subject?

DF – I like making art of crappy s***, stuff that’s modest and landscapes th...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Debra Goldsmith talks to Eliza Tree "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Makers.

Artist to Artist is a series of conversations between participating artists about their work and life as an artist in the Mount Alexander region.

Debra Goldsmith talks to Eliza Tree

Debra Goldsmith, painter talks with Eliza Tree, painter about how the early exploration of Central Victoria inspire her to create her visual narratives.


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Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: Coalition Equals Term High "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 52.8 to Coalition (+0.1 in a week, +0.4 in two weeks)
Coalition would easily win election "held now"
(Article also includes comments on the voting age)

Eight weeks into the Turnbull Prime Ministership, we're still yet to see any lasting reversal in the polling trend towards the Coalition.  This week Newspoll, which in its new Galaxy-run incarnation has displayed a slight Labor lean, came out with a headline 53:47 in the Coalition's favour, the Coalition's best Newspoll 2PP since November 2013.  We also had a 53 last week and a 52 this week from Essential and a 55 last week from Morgan (56.5 by respondent preferences).

After considering the primary votes and Morgan's current house effect, I counted the Newspoll as 52.9 to Coalition, last week's Essential at 52.8, this week's Essential at 51.9 and last week's Morgan at 53.1.  This took my aggregate from 52.4 ("Newspoll Smells The Coffee") to 52.7 by the end of last week, and then to 52.8 now. On the assumption that no more polls are released this week, that will be the equal high for this term.  (Early in the Abbott era I did release a figure of 53.1 at one stage, but it was later revised after more accurate preferences were available).  The figure after Newspoll, 52.9, was also the equal highest point the aggregate has reached partway through a week in this term.  Here's the smoothed tracking graph:


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": The Vociferous Journalist: More Aussies heading online after GP visits "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Five million Australians pay for a doctor’s visit in an average four week period—but an increasing proportion of them are also going online to look up health and medical information themselves, Roy Morgan Research shows. Roy Morgan communications writer Shaun Ellis says that Queenslanders are among the most likely to access the internet after a doctor’s visit.

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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Kagara Zinc and now Queensland Nickel – hopeless receivers FTI questioned by Katter "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

bob-katter-122 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today raised his concerns over the appointment of FTI Consulting as the administrators of Queensland Nickel with the Federal Treasurer’s office, in light of their disastrous appointment to another failed North Queensland venture, Kagara Mine.

Kagara Mine at Mt Garnet went into voluntary administration in April 2012 owing an estimated $100 million to North Queensland employees, contractors and businesses. The impact on local contractors and workers has been wide-spread and devastating.

“We have demanded that the Treasurer’s Office make ASIC once again look into FTI’s administration of Kagara Mine – particularly in light of the worst news I’ve heard in the last month – that FTI have been put in as the administrator for Queensland Nickel,” Mr Katter said.

“If their handling of Kagara is any indication then it will not be good news for the Townsville workers.

“The latest development (in Kagara) is that workers were advised they would be paid divided payments in mid-January, but now they’ve been advised they’ve been postponed for another two months.

“Kagara had $42 million come through in November of which $17 million was to go to employees in January, which has not occurred.

“The reason given by FTI is that tax returns have not been filed, well what have they been paid millions of dollars to do if they can’t even meet their responsibilities to lodge tax returns?

“This is just another blow to the Kagara workers and a very worrying sign for the Queensland Nickel workers,” Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter has spoken with the Federal Treasurer’s office and raised both the conduct of FTI Consulting and the inadequacy of ASIC as a monitoring body, particularly in the Kagara matter.

“ASIC’s performanc.......


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Grenfell and Ivanhoe recorded 122 degrees F, Charleville 126F, in 1896, where to now Greens? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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‘Global warming’ or is it ‘climate change’ recorded temperatures not in 2015, but 1896 in southern Australia. This data makes Greens Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson- Young (pictured)  look like even bigger idiots than those already confirmed.  



 1896 statistics

Yalgoo W.A. Dec  25 1895 122° or 127° F “the Emerald Hotel, an iron structure” or at the Court House ” The latter structure is a ” wooden frame with duck covering.”;  Marra station N.S.W. 130 F on Jan 21. The link shows a full months record. “The figures were the readings of three different glasses, which were hung in the front verandah at the Marra, station, and were placed out from the wall on a frame to allow the air to get round them, thereby preventing the heat from the wall affecting the instruments.”; Berlino  S.A. 130° F  Jan 22. The thermometer “hangs on a stone house with a thickly thatched verandah facing West” … “never reached by the sun“. From Jan 5 to Jan 13, Berlino recorded many temperatures of 118° – 130° F; Kopperamanna Bore, via Hergott Springs S.A. “under date of January 23 : — ‘For the last month the heat here has been excessive. The lowest the glass has registered in the shade, a good canegrass shed...

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