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Saturday, 30 January


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mr Abbott is more than a lightning rod for internal party dissent; he is an instigator of it and an aggressive leader of the hardline conservatives. 
[Paul Bongiorno writing about former Australian prime minister & current MP for Warringah Tony Abbott in The New Daily, 26 January 2016]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This one was especially tweeted for Liberal MP for Flinders and Australian Minister for against the Environment, Gregory Andrew "Greg" Hunt, by HRH Terry Australis on 25 January 2016:


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Yamba Triathlon Festival and Yamba Colour Run, Saturday 27 February 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This annual triathlon caters for all ages. From 7-9 year old competitors in the miniman up to adults running in standard, enforcer, sprint and enticer distance events.

Details of race event locations and start times here:

A word from the sponsor Elite Energy:

Yamba is becoming NSW’s own North Coast festival with a difference and 2016 will be no exception with the ever popular triYamba returning to Yamba Bay.
With stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants, Yamba is a unique holiday or lifestyle experience for the family. Explore the myriad of waterways, stroll the uncrowded beaches, go swimming, fishing or surfing but most of all discover Y...

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Friday, 29 January


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen: DIY comfortable green living "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LIFESTYLE // MANY people dream of designing and building their own home. Andrew and Kim Musgrove actually did it. First published in the 25 September 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. With a strong desire for sustainable … Continue reading


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Double Treat of RAAF Heavy Transport Aircraft at Rockhampton Airport Friday - C-17 A41-212 & KC-30 A39-001 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Within the space of 30 minutes, local plane spotter 'IAD' was able to capture a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) heavy transport aircraft performing missed approaches at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 29 January.

First, RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 flying as "Stallion 45" was captured completing a missed approach onto Rockhampton's Runway 33.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) FORMATION OF PAPUA BARAT DAYA PROVINCE IS STILL PENDING "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"





Central Queensland Plane Spotting: AMSA (Aero Rescue) Dornier 328-100 VH-PPJ "Rescue 471" Joins Cap Rescue Bell 412 VH-EPR in Task off Gladstone Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Aerorescue (AMSA) Dornier 328 and the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) Bell 412 chopper were tasked to a bulk carrier approximately 80 nautical miles off the coast of Gladstone late on Wednesday 27 January where a 47-year-old male crew member was airlifted to Rockhampton with a medical condition.

VH-PPJ on a training flight at Hervey Bay Airport  (File photo taken by Ben May  ©)

Aerorescue (AMSA - Australian Maritime Safety Authority) / Aero Pearl Dornier 328-100 VH-PPJ "Rescue 471" flew up to the region from Brisbane to co-ordinate the mission.  VH-PPJ eventually returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, the Rockhampton-based Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Australian Helicopters) Bell 412EP VH-EPR "Rescue 300" headed off-shore from Rocky to perform the difficult task of winching of the sailor.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: FBI murders Oregon protestor "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

After the Burns Oregon peaceful armed stand off a Protester was escaping the compound and was ambushed by FBI. While attempting to surrender after plowing into a snow bank next to the FBI road block, FBI agents shoot him. After the first shots he puts his hands down instinctively to the wound site and then is apparently shot in the back by another FBI agent.

Where is the “hands up don’t” shoot rhetoric?

In the USA now there is now a ‘shoot to kill’ policy even for surrendering suspects.

New American revolution when?


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Kefford Corporation Gulfstream IV-SP Bizjet N810LP Calls into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N810LP was noted calling into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 27 January.  It flew in from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

N810LP during a previous visit to Longreach  (File photo)

Of interest, N810LP was recently spotted at Essendon wearing special stickers for an Australian beer promotion - a 'pub crawl' in a plane!

Back at Longreach, N810LP later departed back to Essendon.

Meanwhile, a couple of other visitors to Longreach Airport this week have included Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation Cessna 441 Conquest VH-VED which operated from and back to Brisbane late on Tuesday 26 January.
Air Link Piper PA-31-350 VH-DVR has called into Longr...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: G650 Management Ltd Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI (G650) Bizjet M-PLUS Departs Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The visiting G650 Management Ltd Gulfstream Aerospace G-VI Gulfstream G650 bizjet M-PLUS that touched down over the previous weekend departed Hamilton Island Airport on Wednesday 27 January for Sydney and Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airports.

M-PLUS had arrived from Cairns on Sunday 24 January.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 26 January Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-VPL called in briefly from its Gold Coast Airport base.  It is becoming a semi-regular visitor having called in the previous week as well!

Thanks to our contributor for capturing and sending through these photos of the sleek Gulfstream.

All photos taken by 'AC'  ©


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

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: All-points-bulletin. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Red Baron and Ruby 

Please key your eyes open for a white Mercedes Sprinter van, last seen heading north along Bridies Lane being driven erratically by a cheeky red rooster, aided and a betted by a smiling red kelpie.  Approach with caution, you run the risk of either being licked or pecked to death and please tell Red Baron, no pooping on the seat this time.

Red Baron and Ruby


Motorbike Writer: HOG membership surges on Harley sales "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Adelaide Harley-Davidson Bikeworx dealership starts Bayside HOG Chapter membership

Adelaide Harley-Davidson Bikeworx dealership starts Bayside HOG Chapter

Australian HOG membership has surged off the back of record Harley-Davidson sales and a “new era” of inclusivity, according to Harley-Davidson Australia customer experience manager Garry “Gaz” Luxmore.

The 46th HOG Chapter begins today with a sign-on of members for the new Bayside Chapter at the Adelaide Harley-Davidson Bike Works dealership which opened its doors just before Christmas 2015.

Charter members will receive a free barbecue with sign-on from 9am to 1pm.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: Beach Profiling at St Leonards "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Northern Bellarine coastline is a highly dynamic environment susceptible to coastal processes that drive erosion. In an effort to mitigate the consequences of erosion, Bellarine Bayside implements strategic best management practices across the coastline. Project evaluation is an important component of this work which requires a monitoring program to be undertaken.


Monitoring equipment

A 2014 beach renourishment site adjacent to Bengalat Reserve (formerly Area 3) will provide the setting for the state-of-the-art monitoring program by two independent consultants. Using an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone), photos will be taken of the coastline to build a current beach profile for comparison with the 2014 data set. This assessment will enable Bellarine Bayside and DELWP to better understand the processes that shape our coastline and the efficacy of our management protocols.


Drone to be used

Consequently, the section of beach between Bengalat Reserve and the St Leonards Tennis Club will be closed briefly to the public on Monday, 1 February 2016 from 1:00pm (weather-dependent) in an effort to ensure a safe and successful unmanned aerial vehicle flight.



"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Making tracks - to the goldfields "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

So following on from my previous post, what route or routes did those first gold diggers take on their journey from Geelong to Buninyong and Ballarat following the discovery of  gold in early August, 1851 at Hiscock's Gully? Within only a few months of the find being announced, thousands of diggers had flocked to Buninyong and nearby Ballarat. They came from all over the world, by any means available and to get there in those early days, they followed the old bullock tracks, forged by the squatters and the early settlers of the district.
Immigrants arriving by ship had two choices. Those who arrived in Adelaide faced a lengthy overland trek. The alternative was to disembark at the port of Melbourne, but once on land, the prospectors faced another choice. Did they travel straight to the goldfields - a journey of over 75 miles in the old units - or were they better off to travel by boat to Geelong, leaving only about 50 miles to travel?
Both towns were desperate to reap the benefits of the gold rush, so a fierce battle developed over which was the best route to the goldfields. The newspapers from late 1851 are filled with claims and counter claims about the time taken, the distance travelled and the state of the roads, with The Argus and the Geelong Advertiser taking direct aim at each other in the ongoing dispute. Despite the best efforts of the Melbourne propagandists, thousands chose to take the steamer to Geelong and then make their way to the goldfields as best they could.



"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Making tracks - the early days "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It often seems that every time I talk to a local or read an information sign across the Barwon catchment, I see the phrase "such-and-such a town was on the route (from Geelong) to the goldfields" or "this-or-that road formed part of the old bullock track to the goldfields" or "the old maps show...". The problem as I see it, is that if each of the towns listed were on "the" track from Geelong to the goldfields of Buninyong and Ballarat, it would be a very long and erratic journey indeed!
As a result, I thought I would take a look at some resources from the early days of the gold rush and see what evidence I could find to support any of these claims. What route did they take? How did they travel? Which towns did they pass through? And importantly for this blog, what river crossings did they make?
 On one issue, there was broad agreement. Prior to the work of the government surveyors on mapping out the official roads of the new colony during the 1850s, most traffic used the informal bullock tracks, beaten through the bush by the squatters as they pushed the boundaries of settlement in the Port Phillip District. To a large extent, the geography of the surrounding districts determined the path these tracks would take. Rivers such as the Barwon, Leigh and Moorabool and their many tributaries formed barriers to travel, but at the same time provided much needed water for both stock and travellers. Not only did the early settlers make use of the Wathaurong's fords, but often, the routes they followed were paths which had been used by Aboriginal Australians, who it is also known, used the creeks and rivers of the region as paths and navigational aids.
Where a river or creek crossing was unavoidable, natural fords were used. In many cases, these were crossings which had been used by the Wathaurong people for thousands of years. Both Fyansford and Breakwater and I assume (but can't prove) Batesford are located at crossing points used by the indigenous popula........


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Widen Punt Road!?!? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Daniel Wilson Punt Road has a nickname that denotes the frustration commuters experience when using the arterial. This nickname can’t be published here. An almost constant trickle of social media posts describes the difficulty commuters experience: “Yes fellow drivers u are in hell. #puntroad” Whether you are on a bicycle, a bus, a truck, […]


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Plane crash kills three "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

POLICE have confirmed that at least three people have died in a plane crash near Ocean Grove on Friday afternoon.
The aircraft crashed into the ocean, about two kilometres off Collendina Beach, just before 12.30pm.
The crash was witnessed by a fisherman who was out on the water at the time, and he subsequently called triple-zero (000).
Three bodies have been located among the wreckage and police believe there may be a fourth – a search is underway.
The plane took off from Moorabbin Airport this morning, however police are not releasing further details about the flight or aircraft until the registered owners have been contacted.

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

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!...


sunshinecoastbirds: Parklakes: Another Wetland Down the Drain "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Newly "renovated" Parklakes wetland
The Parklakes Wetland near Bli Bli on Queensland's Sunshine Coast had rightly been hailed as a model for private sector environmental responsibility and good corporate citizenship. Two years ago I congratulated the developers of the large Parklakes residential housing estate for establishing in its midst a vibrant habitat for waterbirds of numerous species. Parklakes adopted an illustration of a waterbird as its promotional emblem.

Australian Little Bittern at Parklakes
Among the excellent birds that were found here...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Thank Folk It’s Friday – 29th January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Canberra indie-folk band Pocket Fox released their new single “Kingdom Come”. Details here – Boy & Bear kicked off their national tour this week. Details here – Canadian trad trio The East Pointers have added three months worth of dates to their […]


Tasmanian Times: Basslink: A short summary of risks ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Without warning, Tasmania’s power link to the Mainland suddenly ruptured in December 2015, just as it was being called upon to shore up power supplies. This event has sent shockwaves through the Tasmanian administration. … Tasmania generates approximately 90 percent of its power demand (in average rainfall conditions) thus requiring us to import the remaining 10 percent – so this need can be seen as a necessity in the absence of the state lifting its renewable capacity. By exporting high value peaking power and importing low value base load this gap could theoretically be made up at a profit and with a net greenhouse emissions reduction. Environmental arguments went both ways, but the Tasmanian Greens and the broader environmental movement generally disapproved the project fearing that it would result in a net transfer of coal-fired power from the mainland to Tasmania, thus breaching our valued reputation as an all-renewable electricity island. As it turned out this is, in fact, what has transpired. During the ten years since the project was officially started up in 2006 the net power transfer has been from north to south by a strong margin … • Anne Cadwallader in Comments: Chris, which large industrial consumer is likely (as you write) to pack up and go?  That does, as you indicate, seem to be a massive game changer. Hydro industrialization was a major part of our state’s development, but can’t last forever.  But if we once again become awash with electricity, surely it positions us well for a low carbon world?  I never minded the idea of being Australia’s national park (a lot better than being its disused quarry, as W.A. is rapidly becoming).  But being Australia’s hydro power battery pack sounds wonderful.  We can be both profitable, and a positive force in the world.  Then there will be no more dying old people lying on the floor of the Royal Hobart on towels: • asoka nelson in Comments: on the 28th of ja...


Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria: Mapping Our Future: Maximising the Potential of Multicultural Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Mr Robin Scott MP, will open the inaugural industry event The Art and Science of Communication in Multicultural Victoria, as part of Cultural Diversity Week Celebrations on Thursday 17 March 2016.

The forum, led by Polaron Language Services in partnership with the Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Victoria (ECCV), will explore the evolving communication landscape in Victoria within a global context. It will bring together futurists, lawyers, communication experts, language practitioners, community leaders, service providers and artists.

“The business of translation generates an estimated global revenue of $40 billion a year, growing at a rate of over 6%. Victorians are very well-placed to conquer this market. We speak more languages than there are countries in the world and we have a long-standing commitment to multiculturalism. We could be global leaders in this area, and yet Australia has less than 1% of the market share,” said Polaron Language Services CEO, Ms Eva Hussain.

The forum will serve as a conversation starter, offering a series of snapshots in some of the areas that are going to be crucial for the economic and social development of communications in multicultural Victoria.

“The program will put communications in multicultural Victoria under the ‘microscope’. Its themes will focus on futuristic approaches to language services including new technologies and how to improve interpreting and translating services,” ECCV Chairperson Mr Eddie Micallef said.

“This will be a leading-edge industry forum that aims to help organisations craft strategic responses to the multicultural communication challenges that they face, and to identify innovations with the potential to transform the delivery of communication services to culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians.”

Two pieces of art, a visual collage and an audio installation, ha...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Oliver Burgess – OGSLSC profile "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Name: Oliver Burgess

How many years have you been a surf lifesaver for?
Two years.

What do you enjoy most about being a surf lifesaver on patrol?
Probably just being at the beach.

Favourite beach to do surf patrol at?
Ocean Grove Main Beach.

What is the best thing about patrolling at Ocean Grove Main Beach?
It is a good atmosphere and it is really nice.

Name three items you always bring with you when you are on surf lifesaving duties?
Hat, sunscreen, water bottle.

Favourite holiday destination?
New Zealand.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Midday Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Monday 1st February
12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
On Monday 1st February Neil Macbeth will present a mixed program with items from Merle Koch’s Silver Stopes Jazz Band (1981), the Back Bay Ramblers (1993/4) and a few tracks from Paris Washboard and Fletcher Henderson


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Public Inquiry Merger Proposal Ryde, Hunter’s Hill Lane Cove Council’s "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The public inquiry is part of the examination and reporting process conducted by the Delegate and provides an opportunity for members of the public to express their opinions on the proposal to the Delegate.

Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register using the on-line registration form below or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by the Delegate. Registrations to attend and / or speak at the Inquiry will close at 12noon on Friday 29 January.

Ryde Council will be holding two information sessions on the 2nd of February

1 – 5pm

7 – 10pm

You can find more information from the NSW Government Website:


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Light+Shade: Massive Attack emerges from the darkness with an epic EP "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It’s been five long years since we heard anything from Massive Attack, but it’s certainly been worth the wait. A new four-track EP, Ritual Spirit, arrived this week, featuring collaborations with Tricky, Young Fathers, Roots Manuva, and Azekel. Tricky’s track, Take It There, turned up on YouTube, a track produced by one half of the Bristol…Read more Massive Attack emerges from the darkness with an epic EP


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Following the success of last year’s “Ten Artists to Watch in the First Half of 2015” article we thought we’d try our hand again at picking which bands and singers you’re going to be hearing a lot from over the next 6 months. This list is by no means exhaustive (I had to whittle it […]


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

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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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Annual retro surf competition "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Compiled by Gary Stephens

THE 13th Beach Boardriders Annual Retro competition was in full swing after its Australia Day event rocked along to Triple J’s hottest 100.
Boards from Klemm-Bell, Kim Thompson, Doug Rogers, Pat Morgan, the Trigger Brothers, and Bob Cooper from the 1960s and 1970s were there in use.
Unfortunately the surf did not co-operate – with two foot onshore waves – and many of the crew were finding it difficult to ride the classic boards.
Last year’s winner Josh Johnson-Baxter was a surprise exit from the first heat taken out by the eventual winner Henry Hutchins who had been practicing on his dad’s old boards.
There were other stand outs, Mac Taylor handled the conditions well and made it to the final.
Groms Ellie Harrison and Charlie Mahoney ripped as well.
Will Bowers took out the milk and pie challenge to get automatic entry into the final.
Results: 1st Henry Hutchins; 2nd Gus Harfield; 3rd Danny Dales Sutton; 4th Grant Stringer; 5th Mac Taylor; 6th Will Bowers; 7th Charlie Mahoney.
In other news, Josh Johnson-Baxter took out round one of the Victorian State Round Open Division in January.
Held in unruly conditions at Gunnamatta, Johnson-Baxter managed to edge out his fellow competitors by only a fraction of a point.
While Johnson-Baxter has been competing in the Open Division for many years and finished second numerous times, this is his first win in the top division in the state.
His win enables him to bypass the pre-trials section in this year’s Rip Curl Bells Beach Pro.
He made it through the pre-trials a number of times, with his best result a second in the trials.
This might be the year Johnson-Baxter realises a life-long goal and makes it into the main event.
He will miss the next state round at Phillip Island due to a surfing trip to Hawaii.

The post...


Motorbike Writer: Kawasaki W800 recalled over two faults "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kawasaki W800 recall on two faults

Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki Australia has recalled the retro W800 motorcycle from 2011 to 2015 over two faults, both of which can cause engine stalling.

The first defect is improper routing of the electrical wires under the fuel tank which may cause the leads to come in contact with frame edge causing the engine to stall.

Bikes affected are the 2011-13 W800 and the 2013-15 W800 SE.

Kawasaki W800 SE recall

Kawasaki W800 SE

Also, some W800 models (VIN numbers JKBEJCA1?A000108 – JKBEJCA1?A015716) have a problem with the throttle body holder hardening because of insufficient heat resistance.

If it is continuously used the thrott...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: King joins Grubbers pre-season "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

FORMER St Joseph’s GFL player and new Grubber recruit Mick King took part in Ocean Grove Football Club’s first pre-season session for 2016 last week.
King, 30, brother of new Ocean Grove Football Club senior playing assistant coach David King who joined the club late last year, were both members of St Joseph’s GFL reserves’ exciting 2015 premiership triumph.
“It is exciting to get into the Bellarine Football League, I have always wanted to play down here,” King told the Voice last week.
King, an Armstrong Creek resident, brings a wealth of interstate football experience to the Grubbers after a stint at the Mount Isa Tigers Football Club in far north Queensland.
More recently King had a playing stint with the Rovers Football Club in Geraldton in the Great Northern Football League in Western Australia.
Up to 30 players turned out for club’s first pre-season training session of 2016 at Shell Road on Wednesday 27 January.
Ocean Grove Football Club is scheduled to play the first of its three practice matches against Beaumaris on 5 March.
Another two practice games will take place with a clash against Daylesford on 11 March, followed by a twilight night game against GFL club Lara on Thursday 17 March.
All practice games will be played at Shell Road.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grant backs bunny busters "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

BELLARINE Landcare recently secured about $5000 from the Victorian Rabbit Action Network, to help rid the Peninsula of its furry pests.
Rabbits cause more than $206 million in damage to Australia agriculture each year and for the Bellarine farming community, the impact is fierce.
Local farmer Graeme Brown said the problem was worse than ever.
“In all my years of farming on the Bellarine, I have never seen rabbits as bad as they are this summer,” he said.
“This is having a detrimental effect on agricultural production in the region.”
Bellarine Landcare facilitator Emma Camilleri said the number of rabbits in the Bellarine Peninsula had been a concern for years.
“Many have tried and failed to rid the Peninsula of these pesky European invaders,” she said.
“But now, with a new community led working group, we are hoping to tackle our furry friends head on.”
Bellarine Landcare has formed a Rabbit Action – Bellarine group to rid the Bellarine of rabbits and is identifying “cluster leaders” in the Peninsula’s “hotspots”.
The project is funded until June, and Bellarine Landcare hopes to secure further ongoing funding after this date.
“The group’s project is simple – to increase engagement in pest animal issues, while developing the community’s sense of ownership for their patch,” Emma said.
“Our working group will support each cluster leader, in providing technical and practical advice and support in engaging with their neighbouring properties.”
For further information on the Bellarine Landcare Groups campaign, contact Emma on 0413 768 819 or email

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Plover message hits the road "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

TWO Geelong buses are taking the important hooded plover message to the streets with new signage this month.
Featuring a photo of a hooded plover chick, the message is clear: “I need a little space to raise my family”.
Councillor Andy Richards, portfolio holder for Environment and Sustainability, said this was another way the council could spread the message to look out for “hoodies”.
“The Bellarine Peninsula has the last major population of hooded plovers until Warrnambool,” he said.
“So it is actually a national priority to protect this threatened species.”
Residents can help hooded plovers survive by being aware of beach signage and following dog regulations at all times between August and April.
The birds lay their eggs in a small scratching in the sand.
Once hatched, chicks need to get to the water’s edge to feed, but they won’t do this if people or dogs are nearby.
“We’ve only had one chick reach the flying stage this season,” environmental project officer Rebecca Koostra said.
“So we really need our community’s help in being aware of the hoodies and giving them the space they need for survival.”
The City of Greater Geelong is running a competition to raise awareness of the hoodies.
Locals can enter before 2 February to win a $100 voucher. Find out more at

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Viet Cong on exploring new sounds, a new album and new name "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


  • Jordan Sexty :: Viet Cong interview on The Playlist


Scott “Monty” Munro and Danny Christiansen from Canadian post-punk group Viet Cong came down to the FBi studios for a bit of banter with Jordan Sexty on The Playlist. Ahead of their gig at Newtown Social Club, the pair discussed everything from the group’s beginnings as a Black Sabbath cover band to spending seven weeks living together in a Toyota Echo.

“We usually just drink a lot of white wine in boxes… grandma juice, we call it.”

Unafraid of putting their group dynamic to the test, they speak about launching into a trans-American and Canadian tour within weeks of forming the band. After all, isn’t that how bands get better?

“We dressed up as the ninja turtles [in] one of those hippie towns [and played] with dogs in the audience and dancing girls with hula hoops.”

Having recorded most of their debut album in a barn miles off the grid out of Toronto, the band shed some light on a new record they’ve been working on, to be released later this year. More synths and electronics, but “there’s still some rock songs”, and yes – it will be released under a different band name...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Shooting the breeze "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

SCORES of Ocean Grove children braved strong winds on Australia Day to fly a kite with the local Lions Club.
OGBH Lions Club president Lloyd Smith said kids made about 150 kites at Main Beach on the day.
“There were pretty strong onshore winds there so people didn’t stay around for long,” he said.
“We had a steady stream of people throughout the day.”
Despite numbers being down a bit on last year, Lloyd said the kids and club members had a great time.
“It’s always a great day – the little kids all have a chance to help make the kites,” he said.
“It’s a very old design but it’s been proven – even in windy conditions.”
The club held a sausage sizzle on the day for the first time, which along with donations raised $380.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Pumped with new gym "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

BELLARINE Aquatic and Sports Centre (BASC) opened its new fully-serviced gym to the public this month.
Ocean Grove councillor Jan Farrell was at the opening on 18 January and said the gym would help the centre expand the fitness activities it provided the community.
“Many of our members have been keen to see a fully serviced gym at BASC,” she said.
“We’re thrilled to now be able to offer that to them and to the wider community.”
After a month of construction, the centre now has a range of cardio, strength and functional training equipment with qualified staff.
Members can book in to receive a free assessment and personalised program, designed to help them reach their health and fitness goals.
With capacity in the gym for up to 50 people at any time, centre users will benefit from an updated multi-purpose group exercise room and new indoor cycling studio.
Cr Farrell said the centre helped make the Shell Road precinct a sporting and social hub for local residents and holiday-makers.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Ty’s going for growth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


OCEAN Grove Business Association recently elected its new president – Driftwood Cafe owner Ty Simons.
Ty has been in the business association since he opened his cafe two years ago. He spoke to The Voice last Thursday.
“There are a lot of businesses not involved in the group,” he said.
“But we want to be for all local businesses – which benefits all of Ocean Grove.”
Ty said the first thing he wanted to do is ask businesses what they want from the association.
“We want to get more people involved,” he said.
Along with the new position, Ty is expecting his fourth child in just a few weeks.
“I’ve got a busy year ahead,” he said.
Outgoing president Helen Butteriss will stay involved in the association as its treasurer.
“Helen’s done a great job but she’s got a lot on her plate,” Ty said.
“She’s also part of Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine – so she’ll bring that knowledge with her.”

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Dip in for fitness "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


THE Bellarine Paddlers are encouraging locals to jump in a kayak this summer, as they seek to bolster numbers.
“It’s great exercise and we’ve got one of the best stretches of river you could imagine,” club secretary Ralph Wright said.
Ralph said 12 people had joined the club since it began in August last year, with several others participating irregularly.
The non-profit club has a collection of privately owned kayaks and surf skis stored with the Coast Watch.
“We provide everything,” Ralph said.
The paddlers meet each Sunday at the boat ramp near the Ocean Grove Golf Club – 7.30am for the serious kayakers and 8.30am for those who just want to have a go.
Club president Terry Poole competed at the Canoe Marathon World Championships in Hungary last September.
Terry, who is the Australian champion for his age category, makes his own kayaks out of Huon Pine.
Ralph and fellow paddler Jo Davis competed at a state level race in Footscray last November.
“We are aiming to paddle together at the Australian championships during Easter this year,” Ralph said.
“It’s a great feeling racing kayaks when you get them moving – it’s quite exhilarating.”
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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Black Mark: 1000th Blog Post "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is my 1000th Black Mark blog post. That means approximately 4,000,000 words and 1,400 photographs. There has had 495,000+ views from 155 countries around the world (still no views from Greenland, Cuba, Iran, South Sudan and various central African countries, you get the idea).

Mark @ Sweet Streets

I started this blog in on February 16 in 2008. My first Black Mark blog post was about the painting of the wall of Faster Pussycat and actually includes a video of several notable Melbourne street artists, including Phibs and Deb painting a wall in Fitzroy.

When I started writing this blog it gave me a new reasons and motivation to look at art and Melbourne. I started to look around in a new way. James Gleeson suggested that the role of the art critic is that of an explorer, leading others to new and interesting discoveries. Every week I try to see several exhibitions, walk the streets of Melbourne, as well as spending time reading and researching. I would like to see more art exhibitions but I can’t be everywhere; there is so much to see and Melbourne’s vast geographic sprawl does not make it easy for me.

Between the art galleries I am looking for graffiti, street art, ghost signs, urban design and public art. Other things that have caught my interest from the design of micro-parks to drinking fountains.

It was not just ‘paintspotting’, craning my neck to look down every lane that I passed in I case I spotted some graffiti or a ghost signs. Writing the blog gave me a reason to think more and follow up with further investigations into what I had seen. That...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Sam Newton Announces East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Sam Newton Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newtown has announced that he’s hitting the road next month to support his latest album Set In Stone with a string of east coast dates. Newton will be joined on stage by a bunch of amazing artists including Gretta Ziller (Melbourne), Mogadishu Family Band (Coogee), Kyle […]


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

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Daniel Andrews in Wonthaggi today, snubs school "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

daniel2THE Premier Daniel Andrews is in Wonthaggi today, visiting a local business, the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club and meeting with the Bass Coast Shire Council behind closed doors.

But he has reportedly missed a chance to visit the dilapidated Wonthaggi Secondary College’s senior campus. It’s redevelopment is the region’s most pressing issue.

With heavy rain falling, it would have been a good opportunity to see how poorly the aged infrastructure copes with bad weather.

It may be that a Bass Coast Shire Council delegation will raise this school funding issue, and that of the hospital redevelopment plans with the Premier.

Details in next week’s Sentinel-Times.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Proud Foot Words: The more you know…The Author-Narrator-Character Merge "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  I’m in my happy place when I’m with a good book on writerly devices, and I love to experiment with what I have learnt and attempt to incorporate that into whatever I’m working on, just for the fun of … Continue reading


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

[ 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 »


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

[ 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 »


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: Have your say on our Bay! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan

The Victorian Government’s new Environmental Management Plan for Port Phillip Bay is part of the Government’s commitment to enhance and protect Victoria’s marine and coastal environment. The new Plan will be developed throughout 2016.

Informed by community and stakeholder feedback, the new plan will seek to address key aspirations and respond to challenges to the future management of the Bay, protecting it for generations to come.

How can you get involved?
To inform the preparation of the Environmental Management Plan, community and stakeholder input is sought in the following ways:

You can find out more about the Plan by visiting

Community and stakeholder comment will be received until 29 February 2016.

What are the next steps?
Feedback from consultation will inform the preparation of a draft Environmental Management Plan. This is scheduled for release for public comment in mid-2016.

If you would like further information, please contact Jeremy Hindell from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 03 9637 9814.



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

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.


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

[ 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 »


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Watch out for the Muscleman "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

by Patrick Kavanagh

This summer has been a bit light on for invertebrates willing to pose for photos at our place. I assume that numbers are down due to the dry spring. Muscleman Tree Ants Podomyrma adelaidae however have been very active, pouring out of their nest in a Grey Box stem and foraging on the branches and foliage. The ants get their common name from their well-developed limbs.

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Muscleman Tree Ant, Strangways, 23rd January 2016

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

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

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

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...


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

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

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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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Bluegrass @ Yulli’s Returns for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of The Sweet Jelly Rolls Having taken a well deserved break in January Sydney’s favourite Bluegrass night is back in February. Bluegrass @ Yulli’s is unique in the local scene, providing players the opportunity to jam together for a couple of hours before a feature act plays an intimate bracket of tunes and […]


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

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.



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


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...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Chewton Pool: Pool closed today Friday 29 January "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The pool is closed today due to cool temperatures. Let’s all enjoy some much needed rain for a change!


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

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


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

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.



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

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...


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

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...


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

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....


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

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...


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

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...


Damn the Matrix: How my life has changed…… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It never ceases to amaze me these days when I think about the things I now do as compared to what I used to do, or even what I thought I might one day do…. Yesterday, I went shopping for a plough.  Yes dear reader, he who believes in no till farming went looking for a plough. And drove 550km, wasting a tankful of petrol and a whole day to no avail…

You have to understand why I want a plough first…. apple orchards (in fact, all orchards) are planted in wind rows. This is all done for practicality’s sake, it makes it easier to drive mowers and sprayers and harvesting equipment between the rows, and that’s fine I guess (yes, even organic growers spray).


Here you can see the old windrows and furrows

I can understand why on very steep ground such rows may be set up perpendicular to contour, as tractors might overturn when driven across the slope, but really, why plant there in the first place? Windrows that are planted straight up and down slopes, when it rains, such as it is finally doing here right now after the driest (and probably hottest) January on record, encourage the rain to run straight down the hill instead of being retained such as a swale would do. Because of such silly methods, orchardists have to irrigate more, wasting water, which is currently at a premium.

My block was completely planted with apples like this once, and even though most of the trees except for the single hectare left have been removed, the windrows and resultant furrows remain. This makes it very difficult to drive over for one thing, but worse, it goes



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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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 »


Motorbike Writer: Indian goes well with Jack Daniels and BBQ "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Project Scout Jack Daniels

Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniels have come together in a barbecue custom build outfit and a limited-edition Indian Chief Vintage which could be coming to Australia.

An Indian Scout has been turned into a Jack Daniels barbecue outfit in the first Indian Motorcycle global dealer custom build competition.

It’s called Project Scout and dealers around the world have been invited to enter their modified Scouts to showcase their talents.



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 • Guardian: World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania A global tragedy is unfolding in Tasmania. World heritage forests are burning; 1,000-year-old trees and the hoary peat beneath are reduced to char. Fires have already taken stands of king billy and pencil pine – the last remaining fragments of an ecosystem that once spread across the supercontinent of Gondwana. Pockets of Australia’s only winter deciduous tree, the beloved nothofagus – whose direct kin shade the sides of the South American Andes – are now just a wind change away from eternity. Unlike Australia’s eucalyptus forests, which use fire to regenerate, these plants have not evolved to live within the natural cycle of conflagration and renewal. If burned, they die. To avoid this fate, they grow high up on the central plateau where it is too wet for the flames to take hold. But a desiccating spring and summer has turned even the wettest rainforest dells and high-altitude bogs into tinder. Last week a huge and uncharacteristically dry electrical storm flashed its way across the state, igniting the land. While these events have occurred in the past, says David Bowman, a professor of environmental change biology at the University of Tasmania, they were extremely rare, happening perhaps once in...


Tasmanian Times: Recommendation to Raise Quota for Super Trawler Fishery "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A stakeholder forum heard yesterday that the newly appointed scientific panel for the controversial Small Pelagic Fishery in which the super trawler Geelong Star operates, is recommending an increase in the total catch despite ongoing concerns from recreational fishers and conservationists that it will cause localised depletion, impact on protected species, and the operations are shrouded in secrecy.


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

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


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

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

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Thursday, 28 January


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...


"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Let the kids get themselves ready for school - free printable daily to-do list "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Today is the first day back at school for my girls and I was so surprised that their brand new lunchboxes initiated enough excitement them to make their own lunches (hallelujah!).

Last term, I also started a checklist that they ticked off each morning (in rainbow-coloured pens of course), to help them become more responsible for being ready on time (and to stop me from repeating myself a thousand times). It worked a treat!

I've just put together this year's checklist with every step to get ready (including some pocket money duties), and included an area for extra things to take for school by day (such as news, homework, sports clothes), and after school (activities, afternoon tea, change of clothes etc). You can download it and customise it for yourself, for free, right here! (.xls file)

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"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Martyr Privates with Police Force, 100%, Corporate Vibes and Teva "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Love distorted guitars, drawling vocals and Brisbane? This gig combines those things into a killer line-up, with not just one but five local bands taking to the stage for only ten bucks. The Martyr Privates are testing out their forthcoming LP with support from heaps of other local popstars, including Police Force, 100%, Corporate Vibes and Teva.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Leena Riethmuller, 'Body Information Workshops' "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Local artist Leena Riethmuller is taking interactive art to a much more intimate space than your standard exhibition. In her 'Body Information Workshops', Leena challenges attendees to tasks such as brushing each other’s teeth, and even using a neti pot.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: #APT8 Live "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

No doubt you’ve popped by The GoMA over the last couple of months to experience the Asia Pacific Triennial 8. This Sunday marks the beginning of the series of monthly live events happening from January to March.

Events for the day include curator highlights, live music, workshops and a discussion forum about performance in the museum context. You can read more about the events in-store on The GoMA’s website.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Jordan Azcune, 'Raw Prawn' "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Artist Jordan Azcune creates strange and mesmerising sculptures, as you may have already seen at the GoMA and QCA. His latest exhibition at Cut Thumb, ‘Raw Prawn’ showcases his newest body of work. This round of sculptures are influenced by German romanticism and expressionist theory, and their absurd nature is sure to have you enthralled. The exhibition will be up for four hours only this Friday night so set the time aside in your calendars.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Girlpool at The Brightside "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The punky harmonies of USA's Girlpool reverberated through The Brightside this weekend. Joined by local legends Major Leagues it was an unmissable 'girls to the front' affair. Sav was there to capture the frothing fandom.


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

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.


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

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.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Room "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Jack, aged five, lives in hell. He doesn’t know it yet though because he’s being kept in the dark, literally and figuratively. His ferociously protective guardian, Ma, is the only other human he has properly come into contact with since birth, and because of her the 100 square feet in which they live doesn’t seem so small. From womb to 'Room', Jack is a bright-eyed, adorable kid, stuck in a heavily locked shed in the middle of Normalsville, suburbia.

Lenny Abrahamson’s (Frank) intensely good Room is based on a book by Emma Donoghue (Donoghue also adapted it for the screen), and stars Brie Larsen as the exhausted but courageous Ma, and Jack Tremblay as her young son (child actor Tremblay is, like, Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon good). Both film and novel spin on the clever conceit that, in order to protect her child, Ma has invented a different world for Jack to live in, one that can transcend the utter grimness of their situation. Ma, kidnapped while still a teen, endures nightly visits from her gruff captor/abuser, with Jack hidden away in a cupboard, counting the seconds till he can come out again. Until Jack turns five, he and Ma essentially live in two different universes, unified by the fact that they’re at the mercy of a monster.

And were they to get out? What then? How would the world have changed in seven years, and how would your new world have changed you? Would your parents be able to look at your son, knowing who the father is? This is worst nightmare territory, of course, but thanks to the ability to burrow into Jack’s childish sense of acceptance and wonder, Room manages to not dwell too long in the dank ripped-from-the-headlines netherworld, alleviating potential panic attacks in the cinema. Split in two sections, I'm still not sure which part of the film is more claustr...


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

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.


"IndyWatch Feed": The Thousands: Brisbane: Yowie #13 - Sui Zhen with You and Glacier "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Melbourne lady Becky Sui Zhen has been in the spotlight for the last few months. If you’ve listened to her you’d understand why: her music is a synth paradise, her videos are visually flawless, and her live performance features background visuals of her walking around shopping centres, wearing blonde wigs and eating. If you missed her at BigSound, now’s your chance.


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

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.

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Monday, 18 January


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

Media Release 18 Jan 2016


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

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

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

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

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

See a video of the Lapoiyna forest creek at


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Sunday, 17 January


On The Convict Trail: Green Ponds Probation Station "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

At least as early as 1828, a military station was established at Green Ponds as part of Governor Arthur’s chain of military posts to protect European settlers from the increasingly hostile Tasmanian Aboriginal tribes. Also it is very probable that a road station was established at Green Ponds around the same time while Major Bell was completing his line of road from Hobart to St Peters Pass (the fore runner to the old Hobart – Launceston highway).

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Friday, 15 January


Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Brown expresses alarm over proposed logging at Lapoinya "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Media Release 14 Jan 2016

Tasmanian environmentalist Bob Brown has expressed alarm at the impact which logging, due to start on Monday, will have on a crucial nursery of the world's largest freshwater crayfish.

Former Senator Brown visited Lapoinya with his Foundations campaign manager Jenny Weber yesterday.

See the film at this link

High definition film available on request.

Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

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