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Friday, 29 January

19:59 Parasitical receivers , FTI, take over Palmer’s Queensland Nickel "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Government warned to buy time for Qld Nickel or foot the bill

29 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has used the first Creditors’ Meeting of Queensland Nickel to urge both the Federal and State Governments to guarantee more time for the Townsville Refinery to find a buyer – warning otherwise they would foot huge bills if the refinery closed.

The first Creditor’s Meeting was held in Townsville today and attended by over 1,000 people including creditors, former workers and members of the public. At the company’s principal asset the Yabulu Nickel Refinery nearly 240 workers have been laid off and the jobs of hundreds of others are uncertain. A vast number of those employees live in Mr Katter’s electorate of Kennedy.

As well as calling on State and Federal Governments to guarantee time to find a buyer for the Refinery, Mr Katter reiterated his concerns about the appointment of FTI Consulting (FTI) as Administrators – who have charged creditors $10.5 million in fees in the case of another failed venture, Kagara Mine.

“My knowledge of how FTI operates is that they will just close the refinery and we don’t want to be hit with a fait accompli from FTI – because it’s 1,000 jobs,” Mr Katter said.

“So we want the Government to give us an assurance that we can buy time – because my experience is that every time the refinery’s gone broke, give it two to three years and you can always find a buyer.

“In the 50 years that I’ve been in politics and in mining, I’ve seen this 100 times – the metal prices will come back.

“But to lose a Refinery of this significance because of a quick, short, jab in the market would be a colossal stupidity by the Governments of Australia.

“I can understand the Government not wanting to create precedent, but there is the little matter of the cleanup bill.

“When Century Mine in NW Queensland shut its pipeline the cleanup bill for the...

15:54 Compulsory vaccination is illegal and is linked to autism "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Letters to Editor

Dear Sir,

Re the ‘no jab, no pay’ policy.

The government is “using the stick” of no childcare subsidies, to coerce parents to get their children vaccinated.

It seems to be this is a clear violation of the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia, Section 51, 23a because it appears that they are withholding entitlements in order to conscript for a government program.

The Commonwealth shall legislate for …. (xxiiiA) the provision of maternity allowances, widows’ pensions, child endowment, unemployment, pharmaceutical, sickness and hospital benefits, medical and dental services, but so as not to authorise any form of civil conscription, benefits to students and family allowances;

Not only that, they are violating our common law right to informed consent to medical treatment. In other words they are punishing people for exercising a right.

Would you agree?

But the big question is, how do we enforce this?

*The Australian Vaccination Network are seeking a barrister or QC to advise on this and are also looking for funding pledges.

Anyone with doubts that vaccines cause death and injury should download vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline’s own report on the issue. There is a massive list of reported injuries and some deaths, but “a few deaths” (at least those that are reported as vaccine related and not all the SIDS “unexplained” baby deaths) are a “satisfactory risk/benefit” outcome.

According to GlaxoSmithKline a few deaths and injuries is for “the greater good”!. Tough luck if your baby draws the death and injury lottery!...


Echonetdaily: My pothole’s bigger than yours "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

13Whose potholes are bigger? The ones on the northern entrance to the Ocean Shores Shopping Centre or those on the lesser roads in the Byron shire?

It is a close contest but in both instances the potholes are deep and exceedingly dangerous when cars either hit them or swerve to avoid them.

Let it be known to both Byron Shire Council and the owners of the Centre that if these pot holes are not fixed soon they are likely to be liable for any property damage or personal injury caused by the presence of these known potholes.

Dinny Mandalis, Ocean Shores

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Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Reports and Updates: The week that was "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

It’s been a real mix of fishing opportunities up here this past week. The Goulburn has seen some ups and downs with great fishing on Tuesday afternoon followed by heavy rains that turned the river the colour of concrete less than 12 hours later. Yesterday it cleared up and we again had some amazing fishing; today we are back to solid rain. While definitely not the norm for the end of January; it is nonetheless a most welcome respite from the heat that we usually expect to be belted with at this time of year.

This water falling from the sky means that we are in for some stellar fishing opportunities in the coming weeks. Many of our smaller streams have been fishing well even before the rain; they will only be better once things settle again. Also the Goulburn has been difficult at 3000-4000MLD. The crystal clear flows combined with the lower water levels and the unusual amount of boat traffic has made for very spooky fish. Of course there are times of day that you can fish when the fish are not so on edge and when the boat traffic (mostly kayaks/canoes/punts) subsides, but I am speaking of the main part of the day when most of us are out their sight fishing.


Our guides have been out walking the banks every day with at least one on foot and me in my boat looking for fish. Bank fishing has trumped boat fishing for numbers and opportunities whereas boat fishing has allowed me to find some great fish for my clients, even on the most difficult days, simply because we know where the vast majority of the fish are at any given river height. Knowing the river so well we know which banks to scoot by, which ones to scour; which ones to blind fis...


Sustainable Living Armidale: February Forum: Beth Jackson previews the environmental art exhibition – Bimblebox "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 4 Feb; 7:00 pm; ] Beth Jackson will present a preview of Bimblebox: art – science - nature, at our first open forum of 2016. Bimblebox is an exhibition that showcases artists interpretations of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge which is currently under threat from coal mining. Inspired by the unique ark of life found at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, a group of [...] full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: EcoArts Australis 2016 conference program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 14 Feb to Tuesday, 16 Feb. ] Dear friends I am writing regarding the forthcoming EcoArts Conference. Over the last few months I have been previewing the presentations for the conference and I have been very excited about their by quality and range. They are a visual and aural feast! Ecoarts Australis Conference 2016 draft program 14Jan2016 I hope you may still be persuaded to [...] full article »


Echonetdaily: Motor boat drifts ashore at Byron bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The stranded boat on Main Beach at Byron Bay. (supplied)

The stranded boat on Main Beach at Byron Bay. (Photo: Tao Jones)

A 20-foot motor boat came adrift from its mooring off Byron Bay last night and ended up drifting onto Main Beach.

The boat’s skipper Michael Hadlow said he and his son-in-law had been travelling from Horizon Shores near Stradbroke Island to Ballina on Tuesday when they experienced electrical problems.

They contacted the Volunteer Marine Rescue unit and were transferred from the boat to shore, leaving the boat moored to an anchor.


Sustainable Living Armidale: Solar Supercharge: the program is out! 13–15th Feb in Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Saturday, 13 Feb to Monday, 15 Feb. ] I'm thrilled to announce that the Solar Supercharge program is out! Click here to view the program in full. Solar Supercharge is a 3-day national action summit for clean energy happening in Brisbane, 13-15 February. It's the moment when leaders and volunteers from across the clean energy movement all come together to hear from expert speakers, [...] full article »


Echonetdaily: Driver with machete and drugs arrested on four flat tyres "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 30-year-old Molendinar man allegedly driving a stolen car managed to evade NSW police despite having four flat tyres but was arrested soon after crossing the state border yesterday afternoon (Thursday, January 28).

Gold Coast police were alerted that the man was heading north from Tweed Heads and swooped on him at Tugun.

Police allege he had four mobile phones in his possession as well as drugs, drug paraphernalia a machete.

The man was charged with 13 offences including unlawful and dangerous use of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence and dangerous driving, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia (ice pipe), trafficking and supplying, and receiving tainted property.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

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Echonetdaily: Lake Ainsworth road to be removed despite petition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic

The Ballina Shire Council will proceed with its plans to remove the road along the eastern side of Lake Ainsworth despite pressure from more than 1300 residents to retain it.

A notice of motion from Cr Ben Smith to create a concrete pathway along the lake to allow access for elderly and disabled residents was defeated at yesterday’s meeting.

The motion followed a petition organised by the Stop the Road Closure committee, which was formed followed the council’s decision to close the road and turn it into open space.

The council wants to redevelop the area alongside the lake as a passive recreation area with no cars or parking, and will now push ahead with its plans.

To compensate for the loss of around 60 car parking spaces along the eastern side of the lake, the council is constructing car parks near the surf club.

The new carpark will include disabled parking, and access ramps will be installed near the lake to improve access for those in wheelchairs.


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Echonetdaily: Lismore-raised footy player Martin Kennedy banned for two years "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Martin Kennedy at a training session in Brisbane in 2014. Kennedy, who was raised in Lismore, has been banned for playing until December 2017 after being convicted of attempting to use performance enhancing drugs. Photo AAP Image/Dan Peled

Martin Kennedy at a training session in Brisbane in 2014. Kennedy, who was raised in Lismore, has been banned for playing until December 2017 after being convicted of attempting to use performance enhancing drugs. Photo AAP Image/Dan Peled

Sydney, AAP – Deleting evidence of his attempted drug use has resulted in Lismore’s son and former Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy being suspended until December 2017 under the NRL’s anti-doping policy.

The NRL Tribunal found Kennedy guilty of attempting to use four banned substances in the 2012 off-season: SARMS S22, growth hormone, chorionic gonadotrophin and insulin.

The penalty requires a mandatory two-year ban, but the tribunal threw the book at Kennedy, adding an extra nine months after discovering he had deliberately erased the contents of his phone.

‘This was a disturbing course of action by a player in one of Australia’s popular sporting codes,’ ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said in a statement.

Kennedy’s suspension will be backdated from his provisional ban on March 19, 2015, meaning it will expire on Decembe...


Echonetdaily: WIN tickets to see Kate Miller-Heidke "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kate Miller-Heidke. Photo supplied

Kate Miller-Heidke. Photo supplied

Welcome to Echonetdaily’s Free Friday. Each Friday we give away free tickets or other prizes to lucky subscribers.

Kate Miller-Heidke has spent the last year spreading her wings into new creative fields – like composing and starring in the Helpmann-Award winning opera The Rabbits, and filming her television acting debut in the musical mini-series The Divorce, which aired on the ABC in December – and now she is back on the road performing material of her own.

Kate will be performing at the Byron Theatre on February 11 and we have a double pass to give away to an Echonetdaily subscriber.

Subscription to Echonetdaily is still free, and means you’ll receive a daily dose of our local, independent journalism directly to your inbox (if you don’t already).

To enter the draw to win, simply email your name and postcode to


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Echonetdaily: Wooden boat regatta huge success "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wooden Boat Regatta at Ballina.

Wooden Boat Regatta at Ballina.

Val Hodgson

Over 20 wooden boats took to the water last Sunday to celebrate the third Annual Wooden Boat Regatta at Ballina.

Full moon and unusually high tides conspired to hide the sandy beach in front of the Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club during the morning, forcing most of the sailing boats to rig up on the grass.

This made for a spectacular display for the many spectators and wooden-boat enthusiasts who came to admire the variety of boats.

Some of the older boats presented were raced on the Richmond River more than 30 years ago.  One VJ on display won the 1968 Australian Championship.

Motor vessels were represented by a 1950s open racing boat, and a diesel-powered putt-putt. Two NS14s were present that were designed by Malcolm Eggins, renowned Grafton builder of NS14s.

The overall winner of the day was the newly launched and named Storm Bird, a gaff-rigged clinker sailing dinghy, built in the traditional style by Goonengerry’s Barry Kean and Meerschaum Vale’s Paul Webb.

More than 100 people enjoyed the sensational sausage sandwiches, as well as beautiful weather, for the fun-filled day of wooden boats.

Well done, Richmond River Sailing Club!

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Echonetdaily: Cinema Reviews : The Bélier Family "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By John Campbell

Set in provincial France, Eric Lartigau’s endearing coming-of-age movie begins with a song of thrilling expectation and ends with one of heart-breaking resignation. Gigi (Karin Viard) is the teenaged daughter of deaf parents – her younger brother is similarly afflicted – and we encounter her riding her bicycle to the school bus stop while listening to the rambunctious pop of the Ting Tings’ That’s Not My Name.

Going against the popular practice of colour-by-numbers filmmaking, Gigi’s family is not dysfunctional. Her mother Paula (Louane Emera) makes cheeses, her father Rodolphe (François Damiens) tends to the cows and all is warm and jolly in their stone farmhouse. Clouds gather, however, when the music teacher Fabien (Eric Elmosnino) discovers Gigi’s rare singing talent and urges her to apply for a position at an exclusive Paris academy.

Gigi’s domestic idyll is further confounded by the arrival of her first period (she seems a bit old to only now begin menstruating, but that’s neither here nor there). Coping with change is never easy, but the potential upheaval of the Béliers’ lives is even more stressful because Gigi is the conduit through which her unhearing parents connect with the outside world.

A not altogether convincing sub-plot concerned with Rodolphe running for mayor is only a minor distraction from the torment that tears at Gigi’s heart. For Paula, the prospect of losing her daughter provokes near hysterical anger – in a remarkable and, you suspect, perspicacious outburst she admits to hating people who can hear – while Rodolpe is reduced to stony grief.



Echonetdaily: Luis Tamani’s Amazon Visions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


There are many who believe that the jungle has medicine for the whole world.

Whether it is the immense wealth of medicinal plants, its powerful ability to sequester carbon from our atmosphere, its biodiversity of plants and animals, or a spiritual destination where travellers reconnect with the divine in nature, the Amazon is a global treasure filled with inspiration.

This wisdom is conveyed in explosive colour with sublime representations of real and other-worldly creatures in the artwork of Luis Tamani. 

Luis’s paintings are an encyclopaedia of mystical wisdom – incorporating plants, spiritual deities, and swirling energies in a rich, lush jungle-scape full of waterfalls, colourful birds, and elders in ceremony allows the viewer to step into another world. Tamani studied Art at the Eduardo Meza Saravia Escuela Superior de Formación Artística located in his native city of Pucallpa. Meza was one of the great proponents of neoamazónico, figurative, surreal and shamanic styles of painting. During five years of attendance, Luis received both rigorous academic training and training in the techniques of the master after whom the school is named, including synthesising reality through metaphor and symbols on the canvas.

Luis is also influenced by the sacred cere...


Echonetdaily: Shores United they stand with all seniors in finals "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shores United Under-16s played in the grand final of their division last year. Photo Tree Faerie.

Shores United Under-16s played in the grand final of their division last year. Photo Tree Faerie.

This year promises to be a very exciting time for the Shores United Football Club, with the long-overdue Shara Boulevard sportsfield approved and out to tender in February.

The club aims to build on a strong showing – last season when the U16s appeared in the Grand Final and all three senior teams made the semifinals.

Shores United have secured the services of Dave Burgener, a talented international coach, who will be coaching the first division Brown Snakes in 2016.

The club now boasts teams from U6 to First Division men, will have at least three senior mens teams and for the first time a senior womens team is proposed for Shores United.

The club is calling all past, present and future, junior and senior players to register online as fast as you can as numbers are expected to be up. Shores United are also especially  keen to invite boys aged 14–16 to return.

Online registration has begun at


Byron Bay Blog: LATIN LIVE Valentines Edition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

LATIN LIVE Valentines Edition, an exciting weekend of Dance Workshops & an electric Party Night at the Byron Theatre, Byron Bay. A great way to enjoy the Valentines weekend!

Sat Night we will host LATIN LIVE featuring live band Bombolaye (Bris) as well as some fantastic Performances & Latin DJs.  Guest dancers include: Gabrielle Cardenas with Samba and Arturo & Madalyn (Mexico/ Bris) with funky Salsa & Cha Cha Cha plus we have Latino DJ Julio Cardenas Casallas who will play a great selection of hot tracks to keep you dancing all night long!Local schools will also be showcased including Sassy Salsa, La Salsa, French Connection Dance & Tumbao Latino dance.

There are also a variety of Latin Dance Workshops for all to enjoy on Saturday & Sunday! Challenge yourselves, try a different style or expand your existing skills.

This weekend event is brought to you by Picante Productions & supported by the annual Byron Latin Fiesta along with the local Latin dance schools.



Echonetdaily: Ballina paving and mowing the way for disc golf? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cr Jeff Johnson, disc golf player Jesse Amos and course designer Andrew Ferguson from DiscGolf Australia.

Cr Jeff Johnson, disc golf player Jesse Amos and course designer Andrew Ferguson from DiscGolf Australia.

Disc golf is a popular sport in Europe and the US and is gaining momentum in Australia. Back in November last year, Ballina Council supported a proposal by Cr Jeff Johnson to investigate the establishment of a course at Bicentennial Gardens.

This week a representative from DiscGolf Australia visited Ballina to start the process of designing a professional course.

US-born Byron resident Jesse Amos has been playing disc golf most of his life and has been the driving force behind establishing the sport locally.

‘I’m thrilled to see Ballina lead the charge with the region’s first professional disc golf course,’ he said. ‘I hope this leads to more courses being established in the northern rivers.

‘With the support from Cr Jeff Johnson it didn’t take long for the proposal to be approved. It’s amazing to think we’re now out here designing a professional course.

‘Bicentennial Gardens is one of the most beautiful locations in which I’ve had the...


Echonetdaily: Sweden mulls expulsion of 80,000 migrants "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In this January 8, 2016 file photo, migrant children Nor, Saleh and Hajaj Fatema from Syria sleep outside the Swedish Migration Board, in Marsta, Sweden. Photo Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via AP

In this January 8, 2016 file photo, migrant children Nor, Saleh and Hajaj Fatema from Syria sleep outside the Swedish Migration Board, in Marsta, Sweden. Photo Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via AP

Stockholm [DPA]

Sweden is considering the expulsion of up to 80,000 immigrants who have seen their asylum applications refused, interior minister Anders Ygeman says.

‘I think it is in any event 60,000 people, but it could be up to 80,000,’ Ygeman was quoted as saying by the Dagens Industri paper.

‘We have a large challenge ahead,’ he said.

Police and migration authorities had been ordered to prepare the expulsions, the report said.

‘We must increase resources and improve the cooperation between authorities,’ Ygeman said.

Around 160,000 migrants applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015, the report said, with an estimated 45 per cent refused.

Sweden would try to pro...


Echonetdaily: 4m Zika cases a possibility: WHO "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Public health workers participate in a day of fumigation to stop spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 28. Photo EPA/Miguel Gutierrez

Public health workers participate in a day of fumigation to stop spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 28. Photo EPA/Miguel Gutierrez

Geneva [AAP]

Zika virus – linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil – is spreading ‘explosively’ and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Director-general Margaret Chan told members of WHO’s executive board in Geneva on Thursday that the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

‘Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively.

‘As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,’ she said, promising that the WHO would act fast.

Argentina confirmed its first case of the virus on Thursday....


Echonetdaily: Aust, NZ slip in global corruption index "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Transparency International Russia chief Elena Panfilova speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday. The anti-graft watchdog group says corruption continues to be a problem for Russia. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Transparency International Russia chief Elena Panfilova speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday. The anti-graft watchdog group says corruption continues to be a problem for Russia. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Berlin [RAW]

Denmark has retained the top spot on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index while Australia and New Zealand slipped two places.

TI’s annual report measures perceptions of public sector corruption rather than actual levels due to the secrecy surrounding most corrupt dealings. The index is based on expert opinions, looking at factors like whether governmental leaders are held to account or go unpunished for corruption.

Denmark scored 91 points out of a possible 100 to be the least corrupt while North Korea and Somalia remained at the bottom with unchanged scores of eight.

Brazil suffered the sharpest deterioration, tumbling to 76th place out of 168 countries, down seven positions from 2014. Australia and New Zealand both fell two places...


Echonetdaily: Logging plans could ‘wreck’ Richmond, Clarence rivers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fleay’s Barred Frog (this one spotted in Koreelah State Forest), is one of those species requiring expanded riparian zones around records to better accommodate their foraging needs. Photo Dailan Pugh

Fleay’s Barred Frog
(this one spotted in Koreelah State Forest), is one of those species requiring expanded riparian zones around
records to better
their foraging
needs. Photo Dailan Pugh

One of the region’s key environmental groups has warned that the precious habitat in the Richmond and Clarence river valleys could be ruined and endangered species lost if Environment Protection Authority (EPA) plans to loosen logging rules are allowed to proceed.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) has called on NSW environment minister Mark Speakman to prevent the EPA changing the rules for logging on public land, which the group says would ‘open up over 15,000 hectares of protected stream buffers and exclusion areas for threatened animals in the Clarence and Richmond River valleys for logging’.

According to the group minister Speakman promised NEFA last July that ‘he was determined to pursue’ the commitment that ‘any changes will not erode environmental values’.

But NEFA says the changes would do ju...


Echonetdaily: Brisbane warned of ‘super cell’ storm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

One of Brisbane’s storm drains, known as Burford’s Bat Cave. Photo darkday

One of Brisbane’s storm drains, known as Burford’s Bat Cave. Photo darkday

Brisbane [AAP]

Southeast Queensland is braced for three days of thunderstorms, including a potential Brisbane ‘super cell’, which are expected to roll through the region.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasters say storm cells with heavy rain, strong winds and possible hail are likely to cover most of the state’s southeast over the weekend.

The bureau also says temperatures will soar into the mid 30s before dangerous storms hit, including the prospect of a ‘super cell’ in Brisbane on Friday afternoon.

‘We’re looking at some falls in excess of 100mm, which can lead to some flash flooding,’ BOM forecaster Gordon Banks said.

‘Friday and Saturday are looking particularly active.’

Areas near Roma and Charleville have already received a deluge, with falls of 140mm since Wednesday morning, but there was less rain than expected on Thursday.

A maxi...


Echonetdaily: Aust police help smash drug ring: FBI "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An unnamed agent and instructor at a shooting range. Photo FBI

An unnamed agent and instructor at a shooting range. Photo FBI

Peter Mitchell, AAP

The FBI and US prosecutors have praised Australian authorities for helping smash what they allege was an international narcotics trafficking and illegal gambling ring.

Owen Hanson Jr, a former college gridiron player already wanted in Australia for money laundering through Sydney and Las Vegas casinos, was named on Wednesday in the US as the ringleader of a violent criminal enterprise dubbed ODOG.

The organisation allegedly sent a DVD of a beheading and a photo of a customer’s family gravestone in an effort to collect an alleged $US2 million ($A2.84 million) debt.

Hanson, 33, a former member of the elite University of Southern California football team, was one of 22 people charged in an indictment unsealed in San Diego.

Former San Francisco 49ers’ running back Derek Loville, 47, was also charged with distributing drugs for ODOG in Arizona.

Hanson has been locked up in California since his arrest in September after a NSW Police and FBI sting that also led to the arrest of Australian music promoter Andrew Mc...


Echonetdaily: Prioritise Indonesia economic ties: Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen at the beach with his new beard. Photo from Mr Bowen’s Facebook page.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen at the beach with his new beard. Photo from Mr Bowen’s Facebook page.

Lisa Martin, AAP

If Australia doesn’t urgently ramp up economic engagement with Indonesia it will be the biggest missed opportunity of the decade, federal shadow treasurer Chris Bowen is warning.

In a keynote address to the Australia Indonesia Business Council in Brisbane on Friday, Mr Bowen will vow to prioritise increasing business ties between the two countries if he becomes treasurer after the next election.

Indonesia is about to overtake Russia, Germany and France in economic size.

Australia’s share of Indonesian imports was a tiny 3.2 per cent in 2014 and only 250 Australian businesses have a presence in the archipelago.

‘Deeper economic engagement with Indonesia is frankly one of the most important economic opportunities that Australia faces over the next decade,’ Mr Bowen says.

‘If we get it wrong it will be one of our most significant missed opportunities.’

Part of the problem was the bilateral relationship was often transactional, thrown off c...


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

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


Echonetdaily: Prison truck rolls over near Grafton with inmates inside "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Yesterday's (Thursday, January 28) prison van rollover at Waterview, near Grafton. Photo Nine News

Yesterday’s (Thursday, January 28) prison van rollover at Waterview, near Grafton. Photo Nine News

Three prison inmates have been taken to hospital after a Corrective Services truck rolled onto its side on the Gwydir Highway just before 1.15pm yesterday (Thursday January 28).

The accident about 10km west of Waterview, near Grafton.

Police from Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance Paramedics, and Rural Fire Service attended the scene.

The vehicle, which was carrying five people including three prisoners, rolled onto its side.

The three prisoners were trapped inside. Two were released a short time later, with minor injuries. The third was trapped for a period of time before being released. They were all taken to Grafton Hospital.

The driver and escort were not injured.

A crime scene has been established and Crash Investigation Unit will investigate the incident.


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North Coast Voices: Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan makes a bit of a dill of himself over NSW North Coast petrol prices "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 23 January 2016 Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan was in The Northern Star newspaper crying foul with regard to a 20 cent difference in unleaded petrol prices between Ballina and Casino on the NSW Far North Coast.

He also complained that: while crude oil prices had fallen 20% this year to about $28 a barrel and were almost at a 15-year low, the cost wasn't being passed on to consumers.

Hinting at local collusion Hogan stated he had written to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) seeking an official inquiry.

The first point to remember is that by June 2015 there were only an est. 6,000 service stations across Australia, down from 20,000 in 1970, and the average customer base per service station is around 2,000 people in regional areas (and well below in many towns) whereas metro/city sites have a customer base of around 4,000 to 5,000.



the food eXchange radio show: 22 January 2016 food eXchange radio show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

We Linger on the Pulse in the International Year of Pulses—Australia. We also catch up with Sam from The Winery Kitchen to congratulate him on winning an Australian Good Food & Travel Guide award on episode 22/1/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at


the food eXchange radio show: 15 January 2016 food eXchange radio show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

It’s a brand new year for the food eXchange radio show. Cynthia discusses the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation on episode 15/1/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at or on ‪#‎iTunes‬


James O'Brien: Dinner at Aria "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A few months ago I was lucky enough to be on a table that won the “Lucky Door Prize” for a dinner at Sydney’s Aria Restaurant. Along with ten others, I enjoyed a wonderful night this evening of great company, great conversations, delicious food and wine, and great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Though the servings look small, they were very filling and very, very enjoyable. We were treated to matched wines chosen by the son of one of our hosts. We also had a visit to our table by the restaurant’s owner, Matt Moran. Feeling very, very fortunate/privileged tonight, so I thought I’d share a few of the lovely photographs I took. Very grateful.

DSC_2571 DSC_2568 DSC_2567
Filed under: Blogging Tagged: aria, Food, food-wine, Sydney ...


North Coast Voices: An examination by Dr. Sophie Lewis of Tony Abbott's climate change denialism first as a shadow minister, then as Opposition Leader and finally (albeit briefly) as Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In addition to showing that the perception-based understanding of climate change and extremes adopted by Abbott (i.e., the Natural Variability Concept) is not fully consistent with the observed time series, I also show that it cannot be internally consistent….
It should however, be noted, that I have taken a subset of representative quotes by Prime Minister Abbott to constitute a simplified mental model of climate change, and Mr Abbott has provided many opinions of the physical science behind climate change in addition to the small selection of quotes used here.
[Lewis, S.C., Can public perceptions of Australian climate extremes be reconciled with the statistics of climate change? Weather and Climate Extremes (2015),

Some of the Abbott quotes discussed at length in the study and set out briefly here:

* During the record-breaking spring t...

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Barwon Blog: Making tracks: Mother Jamieson's legacy "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Of course, nothing lasts forever and people were quick to realise the commercial opportunities of the gold rush. As a result, it was only a matter of months before competition for the Jamieson's arrived in the form of Sellick's Crown Hotel which opened in 1852. Situated almost opposite Jamieson's, on the corner of the newly-surveyed Learmonth and Warrenheip Streets, the Crown was in prime position to catch the passing trade from all directions.
Jamieson's however, which had been situated at the old intersection (see map below), was now stranded around a hundred metres from the corner and still operating from the timber building erected by John Veitch ten years earlier. It was also obstructing the new road and at some point would have to go.

Crown Hotel, Cnr Learmonth and Warrenheip Streets, Buninyong today
A traveller to the region in March, 1853 compared the two premises, deeming the Crown to be the "least worst" of the two. It was noted however, that the landlady at the Buninyong Hotel had a cottage nearby where the ...



Fleayes Barred FrogThe North East Forest Alliance is calling on the NSW Environment Minister to intervene to stop the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) changing the logging rules on public land to open up over 15,000 hectares of protected stream buffers and exclusion areas for threatened animals in the Clarence and Richmond River valleys for logging.

NEFA today released the report 'New IFOA Changes in Forest Protection, In the Clarence and Richmond River Valleys'.

(image is Fleay's Barred Frog, one of the threatened species that will be affected)


The Greening of Gavin: Dolls Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Our dogs have been a bit rambunctious of late and have been playing tug of war with their toys.  Naughty doggies! We bought them some tough organic cotton eco-toys to play with for Christmas, this one stuffed with recycled fleece made from PET bottles.  Inevitably, with enough tugging, the fabric tears. So what to do?  Well  [Continue Reading …]

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Autonomous Action Radio: I don’t care for your brand of racism. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

a dingo named gerald

This morning started like any other. I woke up with my 5 year olds foot in my face and my 2 year old buried up against my chest. I extricated myself and got up. Today I was heading out to work on one of my pieces of street art for the Little Rundle Street Arts Project. I’ve been lucky enough to try my hand at some work at an epic scale and I’m stoked to say that my first piece came together beautifully and somehow I pulled it off. I’m going back today, kids in tow, to work on my second piece. I get dressed in my best, paintiest clothes and chase the kids around getting them dressed: “Mum I’m hungry!” exclaims Min. “Let’s stop and get something on the way – it’s Tuesday – let’s stop at the bakery!” “It won’t be open….. It’s a public holiday.” My husband…

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AWPA Sydney News: 1) Indonesia: Staying Calm and Carrying On "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) AUT Pacific Media Centre launches news website
3) Images: People of Baliem

1) Indonesia: Staying Calm and Carrying On



Natural Newstead: Pink and grey hold sway "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

One of the lovely sights of summer is that of a flock of Galahs, wheeling low over the stubble. The pink and grey hues against the remnants of harvested crops are magic in the late afternoon sun.


Galahs over stubble, Moolort Plains, 21st January 2016.






Juvenile Galah, Moolort Plains, 21st January 2016



Westender – West End 4101: Three newcomers to contest the Gabba Ward in March #bccvotes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

At the Brisbane City Council 2012 elections, sitting Councillor Helen Abrahams secured 45.12 percent of the vote (a swing of 5.3 percent to Labor) from the LNP’s Francis Quinlivan (37.18 percent). The Greens candidate, Gary Kane, garnered 17.70 percent of the vote. The Gabba was one of only three Wards in 2012 to gain a […]

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Westender – West End 4101: Jonathan Sri – Greens Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Do you live in the Gabba Ward? Briefly, outline your history in the Ward. Yep. Currently living in an East Brisbane sharehouse with six people and four chickens. Until early 2014 I lived in West End on the corner of Montague Road and Vulture Street. Before that I was living in the heart of Boundary Street […]

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Westender – West End 4101: Nicole Lessio, ALP Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Do you Live in the Gabba Ward? Briefly, outline your history in the Gabba Ward. Yes, I live in Highgate Hill with my husband and four children – all of whom were born in The Gabba Ward.  I am on the P&C of West End State School and Brisbane State High, am the immediate past President of […]

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Westender – West End 4101: Sean Jacobs – LNP Candidate for The Gabba Ward #bccvotes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Do you live locally? Briefly outline your history in the Ward. Yes! I’ve lived in Kangaroo Point for a number of years now, but, as former national water polo champion, I began playing for Queensland at West End’s Musgrave Park Pool in 2000. I also started uni studying a Diploma in Liberal Arts at the […]

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Ocean Grove Voice: A different and exciting yarn "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


THIS is a different story for me, and an exciting one as it’s had some input from some very knowledgeable experts in the field.
In November 2015, I was walking with Kevin in the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve and we came across a flock of yellow-tailed black cockatoos (YTBC) near the west dam. I wrote in ‘The Voice’ the following week that I thought that one of the birds was a young female cockatoo, and I also wrote that it was great to see that the birds had been breeding locally. I thought that it was a young bird as it had patchy yellow feathers on the breast and spots of yellow feathers on the crown and face. In my experience birds with spotty and streaky plumage are often young, so I assumed that this was a young bird.
I then received an email from ‘Voice’ reader Richard Weatherly regarding this bird. Richard is an internationally recognised artist and environmentalist, and you can check out his amazing work at Richard wrote that “my interest in the young black cockatoo was because I have been puzzled for some time by birds of that species with additional patches of yellow in the plumage. Your premise that juvenile birds have wider yellow feather margins is correct, but they are not spotty like the one you photographed. I attach a much yellower bird photographed (badly!) in the Grampians. I had known of its presence for two and a half years (if it was the same bird) ranging from Glenthompson over to the Victoria Range. It appears to have perished in the 2013 fires. My understanding is that feather colour is made up like a printer’s machine with four colours, red, blue, yellow and black. However, in feather colour, blue is normally a structural colour derived from the molecular design of the feather (hence ‘Tindall Scattering’ can occur in blue plumage), while red and yellow are pigments that are predominantly determined by diet. National Geographic produced an interestin...


Ocean Grove Voice: Something for everyone "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

SITUATED on the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove Bowling Club is one of the most modern and family-friendly bowling and hospitality complexes with its wide range of areas to suit every need.
The Lounge Bar hosts a fully functional TAB lounge and sports bar. Equipped with two electronic betting terminals and one manned terminal, along with its trademark television wall, The Lounge Bar continues to cater to every punters need.
Complete with Foxtel and over 10 screens to choose from, patrons are sure to stay up to date with all of their favourite sporting events in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying one of eight delicious tap beers or something from the fully stocked bar.
The Members Lounge is home to the bistro dining room. With its diverse range of low cost affordable meals, operating seven days for lunch and dinner, The Members Lounge continues to grow in popularity. Boasting a 10-metre bar and pool table, customers can be sure to enjoy a fun night out with members draws on Thursday nights, Friday night raffles and free live entertainment on Saturday nights.
The club’s award winning Leleans Restaurant is one of the premier restaurants on the Peninsula. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Leleans’ extensive menu caters to all tastes. The menus are updated regularly, with fresh, seasonal local produce complemented by daily specials and a diverse wine list. Complete with its Children’s Play Room, patrons can be sure to experience a fun night out in a cosy relaxed atmosphere while Leleans’ courteous and attentive staff provide full table service. In addition, Leleans Restaurant can be found in The Entertainment Book allowing customers to further their dining experience by receiving 25 per cent off their total bill.
Whether meeting friends for a casual catch up or celebrating something special, the Ocean Grove Bowling Club surely has something for everyone.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Hat’s off to our Joe "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

ICONIC Aussie music legend Joe Camilleri and his band the Black Sorrows will perform at Bellarine Estate winery on Valentine’s Day, but the day is not just for couples.
The entire family can enjoy the day, which kicks off at 10.30am. It kicks off with the Mik Maks, which the kids will love, and then an array of local artists culminating with the Black Sorrows.
Camilleri, 67, was born in Malta, but is as iconic an Aussie as anyone in the music industry after migrating here with his family at the age of two.
Camilleri has performed as a solo artist as well as part of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and the Black Sorrows. Most people know the Black Sorrows’ ‘Chained to the Wheel’ hit, which peaked at No 9 on the charts in 1989.
On the day, there will be a kids play area, food vans, beer wine and cider – no need to bring anything other than a rug to sit on and sunscreen.
Laze the afternoon away among the vines at Bellarine Estate, enjoy the company of friends. Want to sit in a bit more comfort? Book a seat in the reserved seating area up close to the stage.
There are also fully catered VIP packages available for those who want the full experience without having to do anything.
There will be car displays throughout the day and helicopter rides over the Bellarine Peninsula.
The day is raising funds for Ten02 Incorporated and the proceeds from the event are being used for youth services on the Bellarine.
Ten02 Incorporated is a registered charity whose Vision is “to encourage the youth to work alongside adults in our community so they can learn vital life skills, while giving back to the local community. Barwon Water is also on board, sponsoring the event.
You can win one of eight double passes at and you can purchase tickets at

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17:13 Eyewitness Account of FBI Bundy Takedown "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Audio testimony of Victoria Sharp, who was in the vehicle ambushed by the Feds, and who watched La Voy Finicum get shot with his hands in the air!
James White                NorthWest Liberty News
I received a call late last night from a trusted friend, Bill Kosloskey, who had just got off of the phone with his friend, Victoria Sharp. Bill was obviously moved as he spoke to me, as his friend Victoria Sharp was in the vehicle ambushed by the FBI last evening; an ambush that resulted in the arrest of Amman Bundy, and the death of patriot, La Voy Finicum.
For now, I will not add my personal commentary on this matter, but instead let the eyewitness testimony of someone who is probably grateful to still be living about now do the talking. Our prayers go out to the family of La Voy Finicum who, as you will hear, was shot down like a dog with his hands in the air. After he fell, they pumped up to 6 more rounds into him for good measure.
To hear Victoria Sharp’s testimony, I have linked to my friend Bill’s YouTube channel below and have uploaded the interview to create a podcast which you can also listen to below.      See above video/audio.
All of the above breaking news found at :


16:55 Election fraud engineers target Trump "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Voice of the people be damned

With a week until the Iowa caucuses, it would appear that the fix is in – at least if you take the words of some of the world’s most elite to heart.

It is perhaps no surprise that the Davos elite – which just converged in the snowy Alps – have it out for Trump. Reuters reported that the “Davos elite [are] alarmed at prospect of nominee Trump,” whom they consider “dangerous.”

Now, one of their attendees, Martin Sorrell – who heads WPP Group, a very powerful advertising and marketing firm that steers hundreds of entities who represent top corporations around the globe – is boldly predicting that Donald Trump will fail, regardless of his overwhelming support from voters.

In fact, Sorrell and other elitists insiders are snickering and chortling about the demise of his campaign, even as the real estate mogul’s name dominated Davos discussions this year.

DC Whisper reported on the comments, raising the possibility that Fox News is conspiring to deliver a “kill shot” against Trump:

Read the full story atThe Daily Sheeple



Larktalk's Blog: Festival of Sydney -Ephemeral City "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Olivier Grossetête, Ephemeral City, lasted just a few weeks. It must be one of the most successful community, performance installations ever devised. Tucked away in the secretive bunker of the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, it was truly like discovering a pirate’s treasure. Epic-sized cardboard towers, loosely based on local architecture, slowly arose, constructed by the participating community. There was a flying-fox whizzing through which gave a daring birds’s eye view of the city and Shaun Gladwell’s latest video artwork, Skateboarding vs Minimalism on the back wall of the cutting.



All in the Name of Liberty: Martin Place, continued, again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I'm selling this piece to an old mate and attempting to finish it a bit while I'm in Port Macquarie.

Older images of this painting and some of the dramas and weird circumstances involved in its creation can be found here


CAFNEC: World Wetlands Day 2015 – Mangroves Matter "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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DATE: Tuesday 2 Feb 2016

TIME: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

LOCATION: On the grass between the Fig Tree Playground and Mondo’s

CAFNEC are encouraging the people of Cairns to join in a community picnic this World Wetlands Day to celebrate the magnificent wetlands and mangrove communities we have right here on our doorstep.

Bring a plate (and your stories) to help spread the word that the Nationally Important Wetlands of the Port of Cairns and Trinity Inlet are an asset to our region and are an important part of building a sustainable future for Cairns .

Before the event:

Head to the Jack Barnes Memorial Boardwalk, take a happy snap of yourself and share on social media using:






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Sunshine Coast Environment Council: Planning seminar-presentations "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

EDO Banner-planning reform

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland and SCEC hopes you managed to make it to the recent seminar on the supporting instruments, and that if you did, you found it interesting and informative. If you weren’t able to attend, this update should put you in the picture and assist in preparing a submission and help spread the word!

The EDO Qld presentation is now available on the EDO Qld website, as well as the Department’s presentation from the Brisbane seminar (which covered substantially the same material as the Sunshine Coast one)

We’ve also put together a glossary of ...


2RRR: Accidently Curley’s Treat "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Friday 29th January

10pm – 12am Accidently Curley’s Treat
Special guest A Man Called Stu, prior to his Sydney shows, with music chosen by Stu. #AManCalledStu


Zedlines: US considers fresh military action in Libya and more 11AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Pentagon officials are currently reviewing their military options in Libya, as they brace for an IS attack.

Child abuse survivor blames Brisbane Archbishop

A witness at the child sexual abuse royal commission has blamed current Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall for the abuse he suffered from a convicted paedophile.

The witness claims that Mr Aspinall encouraged him to go and sleep in the bed of clergyman Gareth Hawkins.


Andrew Norton: Low ATAR offers result in few low ATAR completions "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The SMH has lots of NSW university offers data to contribute to the annual ATAR controversy. It’s the usual story of students being offered places with very low ATARs.

There are always lots of threads to this controversy. Are low-ATAR admissions a sign of declining academic standards? Do we place too much emphasis on ATAR anyway? Should universities be more open about their admission practices? Do low-ATAR enrolments risk putting incompetent professionals out into the workforce?

While there are real issues here, some numbers are useful for putting things into perspective. I’m using 2014 numbers because I have enrolment data for that year but not yet 2015.

The first three columns in the chart are from tertiary admission centre data. The first thing to note is that in 2014 about 60% of very low ATAR – 50 or below – applications did not result in any offer. Of the applications that did result in an offer – the issue in the news this week – about half resulted in the prospective student rejecting it. The offer might have been for a course that was not their first preference, or possibly they only applied to keep options open, without having a firm intention to go to university.

diminishing ATARs

The next bar on the chart is enrolments of students who reached the HELP census date, usually around the end of March. It shows that about a third of below 50 acceptances leave before the census date, presumably having decided that higher education was not for them, at least not at this time. The low-ATAR issue is sta...


Zedlines: Dogs left in cars while owners visit theme parks "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Queensland RSPCA has said that theme park patrons are pushing up the number of emergency call-outs to dogs locked in cars.

Street artist defended by former deputy mayor

Renowned street artist Anthony Lister pleaded not guilty yesterday to willfully damaging publicly visible walls in Brisbane.

Lister was defended by former Brisbane Deputy Mayor David Hinchcliffe, who said he should be celebrated as an internationally-acclaimed Brisbane artist.


Zedlines: Public hospitals are suffering under poor conditions, lack of funding and more 9AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Australian Medical Association says public hospitals are facing a "funding black hole" unless the government reforms taxes. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Inner-city boom for high-rise living

Around 50, 000 new inner-city units are set to be built in Brisbane, following the current high-demand trend.

Industry experts say the apartment boom is part of the city’s recovery from the global financial crisis, with 10, 000 apartments already under construction in the CBD.


The Network: Paul Keating and The Redfern Park Speech - 10 December 1992 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Posted previously below is the Stan Grant speech which was given last year
but released on Australia Day 2016.

The video has gone viral and the speech is being compared to
  "The Redfern Park Speech" delivered on 10 December 1992.  

For those who have never heard this oft-quoted landmark speech
by one of Australia's finest Prime Ministers, Paul Keating -

for the transcript of Keating's speech



The Network: Stan Grant's speech : seen as a book-end to Paul Keating's Redfern Speech "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A powerful speech by Indigenous journalist Stan Grant in which he says the "Australian dream is rooted in racism" has gone viral.

Key points:

  • Grant spoke about the impact of colonisation and discrimination in Sydney
  • He said when ...


Zedlines: Public transport overhaul proposed by Labor and more 8AM Zedlines! "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A South-east Queensland public transport overhaul has been proposed by Labor's mayoral candidate Rob Harding. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Possible public transport overhaul

Labor’s candidate for lord mayor of Brisbane, Rob Harding, says he wants to overhaul south-east Queensland’s public transport fare structure.

In a submission to the Fare Review Taskforce, Mr Harding proposed the city should be consolidated into two zones, instead of the current five.


Ben Cruachan - natural history: A Rarity. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

It’s not often nowadays that I have bird photos to post, but that suddenly changed. Looking idly out into the paddock we noticed a corella, and I thought what the heck, I’ll get the camera and take its picture, thinking it was only a common Little Corella. as I got closer I could see that it was digging enthusiastically, and on viewing the first shots on the camera monitor I could see that we had a Long-billed Corella, the first we’d seen in this part of the state. Littles are now here in flocks of hundreds, it will be interesting to see if the Long-billed species follows suit over the next few years or if this individual was just a one off sighting. They are very partial to onion grass corms, (Romulea rosea) and later on in the day a party of Galahs were in the same area, also digging for their supper. Those corms must be tasty, I was able to walk to within four metres of the Galahs without them paying any attention to me.

long-billed corella

long-billed corella

long-billed corella

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AWPA Sydney News: 1) No ‘magic bullet’ "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Indonesia misses opportunities  to protect rights: HRW -

3) Hundreds of former separatist members employed in Papua

4) World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights




ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Modern design - Charles & Ray Eames, and the Bauhaus "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I was at least an average art history student at university, so I could certainly identify the work of Christopher Dresser, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Peter Behrens, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer and Marcel Breuer. After university I could identify Robin and Lucienne Day’s work with my eyes closed. But not Charles and Ray Eames.

Now an exhibition of Charles and Ray Eames’ work is on at the Barbican (Oct 2015 until mid Feb 2016), and I knew nothing about them. So I am citing the home page of the exhibition called The World of Charles & Ray Eames at the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

Eames House Living Room, 1948 
Credit: Barbican Art Gallery
Nature comes from the outside, into their living room

The husband and wife are more famous now than when they were alive, their work the ultimate examples of mid-century style. But Catherine Ince, curator of a retrospective show at the Barbican, said: “A mid-century lifestyle choice is not what they were. Their pioneering and influential work was about much more. It covered not only furniture, product design, architecture, exhibition and interior design, but graphics, photography, film, multi-media inst...

Wednesday, 27 January


Will Type For Food: To do list for Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

To do list for Australia Day

Take the notes off your echidna
Polish up your kangaroo
Update your dingo's rego
Plug in your wombats, too. 

Put your ocker through the washer. 
Hang it on the windowsill. 
Give marsupials an extra pouch.
Give a platypus the bill. 

Wear pavlova to a party - 
Say it's just fancy dress. 
But most important, don't forget -
Repaint your OH&S.

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