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Monday, 01 February


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 5:30pm Feb 4 | Let Them Stay! – Don’t Return Refugees & Asylum Seekers to Abuse on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Snap Protest: Let Them Stay! – Don’t Return Refugees & Asylum Seekers to Abuse on Nauru When: 5:30pm Thursday 4th February Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne We have it confirmed the High Court decision regarding offshore detention on Nauru will be this Wed, SO OUR PROTEST WILL BE THURSDAY. Which ever(...)



> Refugee Action Coalition > MEDIA RELEASE > > MANUS INTIMIDATION STEPS UP; PHONES CONFISCATED, AS COURT DECISION LOOMS > > Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield) and Immigration intimidation of > asylum seekers and refugees at Manus Island, has been stepped-up in > the lead up to Australian and PNG court decisions that could see the >(...)


The Bulli Times: Local park set for make-over "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

obrien reserve bulli

O’Brien’s Reserve, Sandon Point Bulli. Photo: Play Illawarra.

A BULLI playground will be upgraded over the next three weeks, as part of Wollongong City Council’s Play Wollongong Strategy.

The playground in O’Brien Reserve, Bulli, is listed for an upgrade with works expected to start next week.

The removal of the ageing playground equipment and replacement with new swings, slides and climbing frames is part of Council’s annual Capital Works program and continues a focus on play space renewal and improvements.

In the coming months the playground at Pinecourt Park in Austinmer is also scheduled for an upgrade.

Work on Chinnock Park in Wollongong, on the corner of Matthews and Sperry Streets, started on Friday and is expected to take about three weeks, provided there is good weather.


Last financial year Council spent $1.5M on playground renewals and upgrades, and it’s anticipated approximately a further $1M will be spent this financial year.

Recently, playgrounds at Sheargold Park in Cordeaux Heights, Kundle Street Reserve in Dapto and Austinmer Beach Reserve have all been replaced.

For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit our website at



The Bulli Times: Paint ball guns stolen from Otford "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

paintballPOLICE are investigating after 140 paint-ball guns were stolen from a skirmish facility at Otford.

Officers were called to the Lawrence Hargrave Drive facility around 8am on Saturday, after the business owner discovered the property had been broken into.

A number of items were stolen, including:

– 140 x .68 calibre Tippmann Pro-Carbine paint-ball guns;

– 120 x gas canisters;

– 15 boxes of paint-ball ammunition;

– Six hand-held radios; and,

– 11 protective helmets.

It is believed the break-in occurred at some point between January 16 and January 30; the facility was closed for business during this period. Wollongong police are now investigating the break-in and theft, and encourage anyone with information that may assist to contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Andrew Norton: GetUp’s rise to be the biggest third party political spender "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In a past life I wrote a reasonable amount about campaign finance law, particularly as it applied to third parties (organisations active in politics but not standing for office). My interest was sparked by a letter from the AEC suggesting that perhaps I should be making a disclosure. I have followed the issue since, but in less detail as higher education issues consumed more of my time.

Third parties need to disclose their spending on various political activities. As with donations generally, 2014-15 was a low-spending year, as seen in the chart below.

Pol expenditure trends

The main item of interest in recent years is how GetUp has rapidly increased its spending, from $3 million in 2012-13 to $10.5 million in 2014-15. On its own, it was responsible for more than 70 per cent of all the declared political expenditure for 2014-15. As can be seen in the chart below, unions and business groups are traditionally the biggest spenders. Business and union groups spend when they need to; their main purpose is not campaigning to the general public. GetUp’s purpose is campaigning, and it needs to keep finding issues that motivate its donors. So we should expect it to be among the consistent big spenders.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: The Genoa River Sea Eagles (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Trying to take photographs of Eagles in flight is a great challenge that can test your camera skills, fieldcraft, manners and reflexes.

The first trip up the Genoa River had resulted in some nice images of an Azure Kingfisher and a few nice images of the hunting and roosting White Bellied Sea Eagles. On my second trip up the Genoa River during my 2015 Dec trip to Mallacoota, I gave myself a better chance of taking a few good images of the diving Sea Eagles. I arrived early and claimed what I had learnt was the best spot to sit on the boat (front left corner), I knew that I had to pan the camera while the eagle made its approach and start shooting early, I had to remember to adjust or verify my settings constantly (sky shots vs shots against the dark water or forest) and I had to shoot rapidly and with a high shutter speed to make sure I got plenty of clear action shots. Generally it worked. Occasionally I forgot to adjust the exposure and IOS settings which resulted in over-exposed images.

I was much happier with the second trip and look forward to going again at the end of this year for more improvements

White Bellied Sea Eagle, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

A majestic female White Bellied Sea Eagle, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt



Practising Simplicity: 5 ways to work effectively from home "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The school term creates a strict 5-day-a-week routine on the household and it's one I've learned to embrace as a work-from-home mum.

The pace of my early motherhood years was rhythmic; we didn't need to be anywhere at any time so we floated from one activity to the next. At the time it worked wonderfully for us; I was teaching a few yoga classes a week, occasionally blogging and generally just relishing in new motherhood. It was beautiful in theory but not conducive to productivity.

When Che was three I started working from home and productivity was necessary. I may have grieved the loss of spontaneous days when he started school but over the years I've discovered that the 9-3 school day creates a very rigid time frame for me to work. Some may find this rigidity to be stifling but I'm not ashamed to admit that it suits me. In fact, I'm not sure how I would work without it.

My work load has increased significantly over the past year (professionally and domestically) - subsequently I've had to be pretty strict with my time and how I use it. In the process I've accepted that I'm not a Type-A highly organised person. But with realisation comes necessary change and I've discovered a few ways to get the work done without inflicting too much pressure on myself or the family.

Here's how I juggle work and motherhood and manage to make deadline:

- seize free time : regardless of whether it's 10 minutes or one whole, glorious hour, I leave everything else behind and...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: 2016 FOBIF walks start soon "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This year’s FOBIF walks’ program has been finalised and can be viewed here. The first walk  (20 March) will be a combined FOBIF/Connecting Country event. The focus will be on birds and three experts will lead several short walks on Andrew Skeoch and Sarah Koschak’s property near Newstead. The meeting spot is still Continuing Education in Templeton Street (9.30am). However if you would like to meet in Newstead instead, ring Bronwyn Silver 5475 1089 or Tanya Loos 5472 1594 for details about an alternative meeting spot. More information on the walk can be found here.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: CQ Plane Spotting Historic Spot - Rockhampton Airport circa 1974 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Rockhampton aviation enthusiast and plane spotter Travis W has sent us some photos he recently discovered while cleaning-up in the form of some wonderful old images of Rockhampton Airport from what he believes to be around 1974.

There are great photos of the old terminal and air traffic control (ATC) tower.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Time for car-free zones in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Is it impossible to consider a Byron Bay with car-free zones? Couldn’t this amazing place filled with forward thinking people explore the possibility of a place with an alternative transport system?

There are small cities of the world that already operate completely car free – why couldn’t we?

The incoming traffic to Byron will only get worse and worse and worse. Given that there is one road into the place and one road out, surely it’s plainly apparent that a paradigm shift in thinking is required. There is a limit to how many lanes can be added to the Jonson Street roundabout!

Couldn’t we have buses continually looping the town and beaches dropping off and picking up? Lots of them so that every 15 minutes you were on your way. Buses that could easily and swiftly accommodate shopping, suitcases and surfboards. Perhaps each bus could afford a ‘host’ who could say g’day and lend a hand to open the undercarriage and put a surfboard on a rack, or some shopping bags in a safe store?

Couldn’t we have some bike kire stations (as they now do in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) so that tourists and visitors can choose to pick up some wheels on Kingsley Street and drop them off at Main Beach?

Imagine a Byron Bay with some bike lanes, way fewer cars and friendly and plentiful local transport. It’s not a pipedream, it’s so achievable with some will. I have a dream… do we have the will?

Mell Coppin, Byron Bay


The post Time for car-free zones in Byron appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Community Cabinet Brings Hawker 850XP Bizjet VH-SGY and Cessna Caravan VH-PSQ to Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Queensland Government's Community Cabinet meeting was held in Gladstone over the weekend and as a result the Government's (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY touched down at Gladstone Airport early on Sunday 31 January from Brisbane.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Where are they now "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Every month we’ll shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals.

Where are they now

It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life.

We have recently received a  family for our rescued lamb,  Mr Lambert. And what a family. We now have 7 goats and 7 sheep, a family of his own within our family.

They are so amazing, and beautiful. They are all different, very, very smart.

Where are they now

We are so fortunate to have these animals in our lives. They are such a joy. We have an orchard and they have been eating nectarines, peaches, plums and apricots. Jumping and running up and down the dam wall.

I stand at the gate and call them and they run all the way to get to me. A treat or a cuddle. I think they prefer the treats. I don’t know who needs the cuddles more I suspect its me. 

They are all different breeds and live happily together each with there quirky personalities. My only problem is l do not get an...


Motorbike Writer: Adaptive corner headlights for motorcycles "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

J.W. Speaker 8790 adaptive cornering headlights

J.W. Speaker 8790 adaptive cornering headlights

There is no need to buy an expensive BMW or KTM motorcycle to have headlights that illuminate the inside of a corner.

American lighting company of Wisconsin, J.W. Speaker Corporation, has released the world’s first aftermarket motorcycle headlight that fills in the dark void of a corner.

The Model 8790 low-beam, PAR56, 7-inch LED headlight uses sensors to calculate bank angles up to 30 degrees and automatically direct a light array angling up or down in the foreground as the motorcycle leans.

It also “tunes” the low beam and banking optics in a way that maximises visibility in corners.

Over 30 degrees the light is still there, but it doesn’t intensify any more.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: RDTRP4WHRVS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

_M8A9842Being a fully independent originals band has struggles – major struggles. Without management, publicity and a recording label, artists are left to their own efforts and finances to record, release, book gigs, organize merchandise, earn fans and build their name from scratch.

Local lads WHARVES have been actively working towards their goals for the past 12 months, and this weekend gone saw them make their way to Sydney for their first show in the city at the Oxford Art Factory. Life on the road has it’s challenges, however this trip went better than most. Family support meaning there was a place to stay, and having an excellent venue with a solid support band meant the show itself went as smooth as could be.

Personally, I have a particular passion for supporting bands at this level and being a part of their journey in whatever capacity that may be. In this instance, it found me in the convoy of cars, photographing and filming their adventure, as well as sharing a small amount of written musings related to the events that ensued. In coming months, we will be releasing a short film, sharing some of the experiences these guys go through to hopefully open a few people up to the world of a small-town band, and give a bit more of a closer look into what it takes to follow your musical dreams.

In the meantime, we have collated a collection of social media posts and photographs to document the weekend gone, for your interest and enjoyment.


Tour Diary, Day 1.

I awoke to the sweet earthy scents of black coffee, brewed using the pour-over method in a purpose designed glass receptacle.
With dreary eyes, the road weary traveller in m.......


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) The Pacific’s state of independence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) A Peaceful Decade but Pacific Islanders Warn Against Complacency
 1) The Pacific’s state of independence
Melanesia is becoming a region of many partners, expanding diplomatic options and a new sense of independence -
Stewart Firth 1 February 2016
Australian policymakers have to adapt to a new reality of national independence among key Pacific island nations,...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: A dump here, a dump there, but rainfall is well down "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A summer storm caused flash flooding in parts of Castlemaine on Thursday, putting the railway station underpass under water, and creating a brief swamp on the Western Oval, but, like its predecessors, leaving plenty of areas dry.

Muckleford Creek at the Pyrenees Highway last Thursday. The creek was off its peak when Alex Wiggenraad took this photo. Parts of the shire got a heavy dump, others barely a drop: but the overall figures for the last 12 months [and the last 16 years] are dismal.

Muckleford Creek briefly risen from the dead at the Pyrenees Highway last Thursday. The creek was off its peak when Alex Schipperen took this photo [the dark line on the pylons shows the high water mark]. Parts of the shire got a heavy dump, others barely a drop: but the overall figures for the last 12 months [and the last 16 years] are dismal.

Figures for 2015, in the mean time, are pretty dismal: 386 mls at the Castlemaine Prison station, against a long term average of about 600 mls. And we’re not alone. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, ‘for most of Victoria, rainfall during 2015 was below to very much below average. The Statewide average rainfall was 505.2 mm, 23% below the long-
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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Kelela on collaborations & being a boss telemarketer with Sweetie & Shag "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


  • Sweetie & Shag :: Kelela interview on Arvos


After bursting onto the scene with her 2013 mixtape-almost-record Cut 4 Me, Kelela has been praised by the likes of Björk, had multiple publications shout her name and had many offers for collaborations – most of which make up her new EP, Hallucinogen. Despite so many collaborators, the EP has a fluidity to it from start to finish; and Kelela and her music have a unique sexiness that, whilst unobtrusive, really stick in your mind.

With a sold-out show at Oxford Art Factory this January, Sweetie & Shag welcomed her to the FBi studios to talk about Hallucinogen, not to mention the various collaborations, which quite frankly proved to be too exciting for Shag.

Regardless of such bright horizons, Kelela is obviously laid back and humble. Whilst getting into the nitty gritty of her workplace life before Cut 4 Me, she even manages to drop some ‘strayan slang as naturally as the Honey Badger throws out an Aussie idiom: “If I could pay my rent I was stoked, you know!”

Before Sweetie & Shag play her song ‘Rewind’, Kelela describes its basis: her friend Danielle’s tale of love-almost-found and love-lost on a San Paulo dance floor –

“‘I’m going back in there and I...


Just Reinvest NSW: Performance targets for prisons a good start; looking at why crime is occurring in the first place is a better bet "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just Reinvest NSW welcomes the NSW government’s announcement that it will introduce performance targets for overflowing prisons while aiming to reduce our prison population – but suggests justice reinvestment is a better and proven approach to curb reoffending and reduce prison rates.   The SMH reports that Premier Mike Baird has staked his government’s reputation on achieving a five per cent drop in NSW’s prison population by 2019, and that one measure to curb this figure is the introduction of prison performance targets. (SMH, 30 January 2016)   Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW says without measures to strengthen communities where there are high rates of offending, the government’s plan will be thwarted.   “We welcome the government’s initiative towards setting targets around reoffending but they need to look beyond Corrective Services,” says Ms Hopkins.   “The government needs to look at what happens when someone leaves prison and returns home to their town, their family, and their local community, and the capacity of a community to support people returning home.   “Pre and post release plans for returning prisoners are purely aspirational if they’re not linked to a community-driven response.   “The NSW government needs to understand what’s […]

The post Performance targets for prisons a good start; looking at why crime is occurring in the first place is a better bet appeared first on Just Reinvest NSW.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Fins recipe of the week – Portuguese-style mussels with chorizo tomato sauce "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Portuguese-style mussels with chorizo tomato sauce

40 black mussels

125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil

1/2 brown onion, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
4 fresh bay leaves
200 g (7 oz) chorizo sausage, cut into 2 mm (1/16 inch) slices
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) white wine
250 g (9 oz/1 cup) tomato sauce (see recipe below)

steamed jasmine rice, to serve

tomato sauce

60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) olive oil

1 brown onion, finely sliced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

300 g (101/2 oz/11/4 cups) tinned chopped tomatoes

1 red capsicum (pepper), seeded, membrane removed and roughly chopped

1 fresh bay leaf

125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) dry white wine

6 drops Tabasco sauce

Makes 2 1/2 cups

To make the tomato sauce, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the tomato and capsicum and cook for 5 minutes, or until the capsicum has softened slightly. Add the bay leaf and wine, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes,...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Summer Swell "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There was some great swell around in the last few weeks and Ryan Kenny from Mocean Media House captured some of our local talent enjoying every moment of it for us.

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--2Sam Macintosh

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--3Riley Laing

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--4Taylor Hession

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--5James Wood

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--6Zak Condon

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--7Adam Melling

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast--8Jay Phillips



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": HIGH TREASON – Defence Force Stuff Up ! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Ben Fordham,2GB Sydney presenter questions – Defence Force Stuff Up

Surely this is high treason and heads should roll!

Who in our government let this happen to our ADF. (I bet this has the fingerprint of a certain Navy CAPT splattered all over it!!)

Listen and make your own mind up to this huge stuff up before it gets pulled for being racist or not political correct…. Opps this copy is out of big bothers reach.


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Figs for picking from our loo with a view "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is the view from our loo.

fig tree

It is one of the advantages of rural life, that you can have a loo with a view.  Figs are now in season, and you can sit on our loo and spot the ones that need picking. Which is a useful thing because figs don’t ripen well when picked green (the main reason they’ve never made it into the standard supermarket array), they ripen daily, and they’re best eaten straight away.

Our loo is a red manure worm processing system, and the resulting worm castings end up in an underground trench that the fig tree’s roots can get into.  That may, or may not,  have something to do with the fact that this year is turning into a very good year for fig harvesting. It’s a relatively new system – we’ve given up on the imperfectly designed composting toilet that always required a bit too much attention and maintenance to work properly on the cool south side of the house in our sub-tropical climate.  The new worm processing system should, in theory, work much better.

I always think that “composting toilet” is a bit of a misnomer.  Compost by rights is a compound that contains big, stable molecules of humic acid created by a particular kind of thermophilic bacteria.  The particular bacteria that make it like about three times as much carbon in their diet as nitrogen, an environment that is moist but not wet,  batch not incremental feeding, and nice insulation to keep warm.  Manure (human and other animals) is nearly all nitrogen rich compounds, much too wet, and you don’t get a batch of it all at once.  Most of the designs I see work on the principle of drying and aging rather than true compost making.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Bad Boy’s Theme Train "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday 3rd February
11pm-12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train 
This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents SONGS WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE TITLE. I’ve bought myself a chinchilla. That should keep my face nice and cool in this warm weather

TonightâŹ"s Event Invitation:
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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: Here's our World Wetlands Day outing "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Tomorrow is World Wetlands Day.  Here is what it's all about. I know most couldn't make it. So I've done some looking for you:



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: The man with the lion-head cane: Norman Jay with Stephen Ferris "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • Stephen Ferris :: Norman Jay interview on Mornings


Norman Jay is more than a DJ. Obviously, he is also a man… but the point is that he, complimented by his knack for good headwear, carries with him an air reminiscent of earlier years in London’s music scene, where pirate radio stations ploughed through stagnant waters to allow a vibrant and experimental flowering of culture and the lifestyle to follow.

Norman came in for a morning chat with Stephen Ferris, in the middle of a run of shows in Sydney including Electric Gardens to a sundowner set at Manly Wharf. How good!

He’s very fond of scooters, Norman, and so expressed his pleasure at being in Sydney, where the Vespa and its zippy counterparts provide the smoothest way to see the hidden backstreets of the city.

That smoothness seems to follow him to his shows, where he easily understands the atmosphere and lets his music move through it with surprises along the way.

“I’m a reader of crowds… just as easily as I can play the most obscure thing, on the next track I’m more likely to play a number one. I don’t have those prejudices.”

After working with BBC Radio for many years, Norman left on good terms. He recognised that his best work was done in real time, at live shows where he could cater...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Muzz wants you to look at the ‘Black Hole’ "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A night with Muzz: stories from the front line

Murray ‘Muzz’ Drechsler left his home in the Northern Rivers a few years ago to try to prevent the Leard State Forest from being turned into a massive coal pit: a black hole.

Currently Muzz is getting ready to screen a film called Black Hole to raise awareness of the plight of the Leard State Forest at the hands of the Whitehaven coal mine at Maules Creek.

Drechsler was doing tours around the Pilliga state forest looking at CSG mining when he heard about the Leard state forest and the coal mine. ‘After I got to the Leard, all I knew was there was going to be a bloody great hole in a state forest’, says Muzz.

‘That was really when I started to get to know the enemy. Over time the corruption was unbelievable. What they where getting away with, the government and the mining industry. We are run by the mining industry.’

Muzz has been fighting in one way or another for the safety of the land since 2011. ‘I went to Broome to help fight at James Price Point. I drove there from Mullumbimby, about 10,000 or so kms round trip and stayed two weeks.

‘That two weeks changed my life. Over the years I had picked up many many skills, many tools in the tool box and did not use many of them and certainly never all at once.

‘Then in Broome I found myself using everything I had learned in my entire life at the blockade. My life made sense. I thought...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": NSW has the best judges money can buy "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


There is no evidence more powerful that a crime took place then when a criminal confesses to committing a crime. In December 2015 Justice David Davies of the NSW Supreme Court confirmed that NSW judges had been bribed $2.2 million by the Mafia and also confirmed systemic corruption with NSW Judges refusing to publish reasons for their corrupt secret hearings and court orders.


The above admissions by Justice Davies came to light last year in court on the 30th November 2015 when Kerry Stokes defamation matter against me was before him and Justice Davies subsequent judgment which was published on the 4th December 2015.

Mafia Bribe

In July last year Fairfax Media (The SMH and The Age) and the ABC (Four Corners) reported that a top-secret police report alleged the Mafia bribed NSW judges $2.2 million.

This clearly required an immediate and direct response from our political leaders and authorities. No one has said anything. They all seem to be hoping if they ignore it the scandal will go away and the public will forget.

Kangaroo Courts Australia – Click here to read more

Wait until the Queensland judiciary is investigated, in particular Magistrates for money …



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Manus intimidation steps up; phones confiscated, as court decision looms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield) and Immigration intimidation of asylum seekers and refugees at Manus Island has been stepped-up in the lead up to Australian and PNG court decisions that could see the detention centre closed.

The future of the detention centre, and the fate of 260 people from Manus and Nauru who are presently in Australia, will be affected by the Australian High Court decision to be handed down on Wednesday.

A PNG Supreme Court challenge to Manus that will also determine the legality of Manus detention centre, according to PNG law, will also have its next directions hearing tomorrow, 2 February.

In the last few days, intimidating and violent raids by the Emergency Response Team (ERT) have been carried out in at least two of the compounds in the Manus detention centre. The riot squad says it is ‘looking for weapons’ but seems to be more interested in seizing asylum seekers’ phones.

At least four phones were taken following raids on rooms Oscar compound last Friday night (29 January). In some cases the guards have removed racks from the rooms on the grounds they could be turned into weapons.

The ERT is also openly marching around the compounds as an open show of force. The detainees have been told that the room searches and increased intimidation will continue to the end of February when the PNG Supreme Court Full Bench hearing of the constitutional challenge is expected to be convened.

Detainees have been threatened that anyone who complains or resists will be sent to jail or isolation units in the detention centre itself.

Meanwhile, Broadspectrum’s preparation for an adverse court decision is resulting in deteriorating food quality and out of date food products being used as the company runs down stocks of food. Some Border Force staff have also been told that their future employment contracts cannot be guaranteed.

The PNG administration has also stepped up its refugee determinations ahe....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Vintage Trouble @ The Factory Theatre – Bluesfest Touring "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music. Vintage Trouble will be bringing this and a whole lot more @ The Factory Theatre in Sydney on the 31st of March.


Since their formation in 2010, the self-branded “Trouble Makers” have built an immense, fervent fan base. Music Weekly named them 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year and HMV hailed them as their “Next Big Thing”.

The band has performed on such television shows as Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Later…with Jools Holland as well as supporting Brian May, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones & The Who.

The band’s performance on Later… with Jools Holland was one of the most talked about of the year, blowing up Twitter as the 6th most tweeted topic worldwide just hours after it aired. The very next day, their self-released debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2012), entered the charts at No. 1 R&B Album, No. 2 Rock Album, and No. 13 on iTunes. The Bomb Shelter Sessions also earned praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal & Billboard. Their first video, ‘Nancy Lee’, filmed entirely with an iPhone, won at the Original iPhone Film Fest, not just taking the Music Video category, but the festival’s grand prize as well.

On the back of touring with AC/DC in 2015, Vintage Trouble’s new album 1 Hopefu...


Motorbike Writer: Ducati release prices for 2016 models "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ducati XDiavel S

Ducati XDiavel S

Ducati Australia has kept a lid on most prices for their 2016 models and replaced the Monster 659 with the Scrambler 400 as its only learner model.

However, it’s as hefty price tag for learners to get on to a Ducati with LAMS Scrambler 400 at $11,990, just $1000 less than the 800cc Scrambler Icon and the previous Minster 659.


The Steetfighter and several Diavel models have also been deleted from the 2016 line-up.

While prices have remained stable during a plummeting Aussie dollar (except for the Multistrada Pikes Peak which is up $3000), it should also be noted that some moderate price rises reflect technology upgrades and, in the case of the Panigale 899, it has been replaced by the more powerful Panigale 959.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Inaugural Tweed Coast Pro starts today "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ellie-Jean Coffey of the Gold Coast finished in second at the Burleigh Pro yesterday and will compete at Cabarita this week. Photo WSL/Smith

Ellie-Jean Coffey of the Gold Coast finished in second at the Burleigh Pro yesterday and will compete at Cabarita this week. Photo WSL/Smith

The World Surf League (WSL) have descended Cabarita Beach with Day 1 of the inaugural Tweed Coast Pro kicking off today.

Joining the field of 144 of some of the best male surfers on the planet will be Cabarita local and aerial specialist Chris ‘Chippa’ Wilson who scored himself a wildcard through Cabarita Boardriders Club. Wilson, who isn’t known for competing in WSL events hopes he can use his knowledge of the waves to progress deep into the draw.

‘It’s awesome to see an event like this on my doorstep,’ said Wilson.

‘I know a lot of the local guys from the around the area have been looking forward to it and the opportunity to compete against some of Australia’s best. Hopefully the waves turn on over the four-day window.’

Gold Coaster Ellie-Jean Coffey has spent her fair share of time surfing the pristine waves of Cabarita and is excited at the prospect of competing in familiar surroundings

‘I’m feeling good leading into this event,’ Coffey said.

‘I’ve been training quite a bit lately which helps with confidence and fitness. I have surfed in a number of contests at Cabarita and have always done well so...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Kingscliff residents dudded over parking "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I’m really pleased that Dot Holdom, president of Kingscliff Ratepayers Association, and her family have no trouble parking in Kingscliff. It’s downright unfair however to have so much good luck bestowed on just one family.

I don’t know why the association did not step up and defend residents when Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce president Don Neale, contemptuously described them as – ‘a vocal minority who couldn’t accept change’ – ‘they want to come here and put this place in a coma’ – they’re NIMBYs. All they had dared to do was express their opinions on the Kingscliff parking shortage.

Kingscliff residents have been remarkably tolerant of the growth occurring around them. It’s only when they are dudded by council, and derided by the Business Chamber that they are likely to bristle.

The Kingscliff one-way is a classic example. The council was pushed into the one-way change of Marine Parade by the local chamber. I can only assume that the advice of professional planners’ and engineers’ was suppressed by their superiors to appease the Chamber. The ratepayers association was silent.

Council bureaucrats then set about hiding their bad decision with spin and just plain lies. They inflated the extra parking by 65 per cent. They didn’t tell us that the revamped hotel would take up the extra spaces that were created. They broke their promise to conduct a trial that was always going to expose the faults. And in a breath-taking example of bureaucratic cynicism they trotted out a 20 year old police report to retrospectively justify their poor decision. The ratepayers went along with all this.

On the advice of these bureaucrats now desperately in damage control, mayor Bagnall’s proposal to hold a public meeting was voted down by Crs Longland, Polglase, Byrne and Youngblutt. Still nothing from the ratepayers association. It fell to the ‘our 490’ group to convene and underwrite a public meeting that was one of the largest in recent times.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to the New Ariela Jacobs Single “Lost” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Ariela Jacobs The new EP from Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs, Yesteryear, drops this week and to give you a final taster she’s just released her new single “Lost”. Take a listen to “Lost” and then make sure you head out and grab a copy of Yesteryear:Filed under: News, Single News Tagged: […]


Tasmanian Times: Tasmanian Liberals disclose origins of less than one-fourteenth of income "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Tasmanian branch of the Liberal Party has disclosed the origin of less than one-fourteenth of the income they received in the last financial year.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Goran Bregovic and his Balkan Party "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Continuing his never-ending world tour of Gypsy-fulled brilliance, the Balkan-fusing party-starter returns with his Wedding and Funeral Band in a celebration ranging from  Underground  to  Champagne for Gypsies .

Transforming the Opera House into a second home full of Gypsy-fuelled frenzy, the Balkan-fusing rockstar Goran Bregović makes his third appearance leading the motley crew Wedding & Funeral Band –  continuing his Dylan-esque never-ending tour celebrating string-swept balladry and raucous brass workouts to profoundly joyous effect.


Once the leader of former Yugoslavia’s biggest band – the multi-million selling Bijelo Dugme – the Serbian-Croatian has led an unbound career where Corsican and Georgian traditions can fuse with the electric guitar, creating a musical world that throws high art-community differences to the wind with infectious results. Drawing a legendary calibre of interpreters including Iggy Pop, Scott Walker, Polish star Kayah and fellow party-starters the Gypsy Kings, the 65-year-old composer is perhaps best known for the heart-wrenching scores written for the Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Emir Kusturica, beginning with 1989’s Time of the Gypsiesand culminating in the instant-classicUnderground (1995).

Entering a banner year that has already seen the French Ministry of Culture honour him with the medal of Chevalier des Arts, the all-white clad Bregović continues to break cultural boundaries in a sonic dream where...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Nahko and Medicine For The People "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bluesfest Touring welcomes back World/Folk/Hip-Hop/Rock music collective Nahko and Medicine for the People, who will be sharing their spiritual, socially conscious message through amazing music with their fervent ‘tribe’, as they call their fans. They’ll perform in Sydney the 30th of March at the Factory Theatre as part of the Bluesfest Touring.


A multi-instrumentalist who considers himself a citizen in service to the planet, armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, Nahko Bear leads the popular group responsible for loved songs such as ‘Manifesto II’, ‘Black as Night’ & ‘Budding Trees’ from the 2013 album Dark As Night, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Alternative Album chart & No. 6 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.

“Beautiful & Stirring” – Huffington post

Inspired by vagabond Americana musicians and storytellers like Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan, and the world-bridging power of music fashioned by Bob Marley, Nahko started playing piano at the age of six, left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self-discovery, and has since been travelling the world spreading the message of social and political change.

Nahko and Medicine For The People are involved in numerous charity and community initiatives, such as ‘Kiss the Ground’ soil restoration program, Climate Change awareness group, sustainable farming, and appear at countless fundraising and benefit concerts.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": KAP moves into Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Robbie Katter (second right) told the newly formed Cairns branch of KAP he would assist Cairns people with infrastructure development provided they supported the party, because he “could not do the job on his own.”

Katters Australia Party is spreading its wings over Cairns at the request of a group of keen supporters who on Saturday formed a branch with the intention of contesting the next federal and state elections.

State leader Robbie Katter, the Member for Mt Isa spoke to the gathering of small business operators and residents at the Shangri La hotel urging them to back the party in state and federal parliament.

“We have had some significant wins in parliament over the past year, particularly with freeing up sugar marketing and introducing a bill to regulate ride sharing company, Uber,” Mr Katter said.

“We have backed the dredging of the port and have listened very carefully to  Cairns business operators and the general community about Labor’s proposed lock out law changes.

“Shane Knuth(Member for Dalrymple) and I are quite agreeable to help the community but we can’t be effective if people don’t support us, and I won’t be around for ever because I might not want to spend the rest of my life in parliament.

“I am concerned that government tenders don’t always go to local firms and we will be doing something about the economic loss to Cairns and other struggling towns when government unnecessarily gives away your jobs.”

A committee was elected and will advertise when the next meeting is called.

Chairman Keith Campbell said he was delighted to be elected to head the fledgling party.

“I have been...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Independent: A ride from the past. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I captured the image included from the weekend’s steam ride to Maldon.


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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Songhoy Blues performing @ City Recital Hall "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Amidst the terror and displacement of war, music has triumphed, and created a beautiful, unique, & powerful desert rock collective.

Following successful North American and African tours, Songhoy are bringing their debut release ‘Music in Exile’ to Australia, and Bluesfest Touring is proud to introduce you. This music will get in your bones, at the City Recital Hall on the 22nd of March.


Hailing from Gao, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré grew up obsessed with hip hop, R&B, and classic rock like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They found a kindred spirit and musical brother in guitarist Garba Touré (son of Oumar Touré, long term percussionist in Ali Farka Touré’s band). When growing unrest in the north of Mali forced the young men and their families to take refuge in the southern town of Bamako, they decided to turn crisis into opportunity by forming a band. They enlisted drummer Nathanial “Nat” Dembele and baptized their band Songhoy Blues in celebration of their displaced people and culture. The ambitious young band was soon a popular fixture on the Bamako live music scene.

Their sound is Rock, RnB, & Blues layered on Malian grooves –It’s infectious, mesmerizing, and layered.

In 2013 Songhoy auditioned for producer/manager Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’Naan) for the extraordinary Africa Express project. From there they recorded ‘Soubour’...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Residents oppose Ewingsdale’s ‘industrial scale’ retirement development "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Part of the controversial 'seniors' housing estate proposed for Ewingsdale.

Part of the controversial ‘seniors’ housing estate proposed for Ewingsdale. The plan has yet to be approved but the proponents are looking to increase housing from 165 to 260 units.

Chris Dobney

Byron Residents Group (BRG) has again taken aim at a retirement development planned for Ewingsdale, which has requested an increase in size from 165 to 260 residences before it has even been approved.

And BRG spokesperson Cate Coorey has described the proposal as ‘a site for “managing” old people on an industrial scale’.

The planned changes, which also include 60 high-care beds and a three-hectare commercial site (the size of the Sunrise IGA complex), are currently on exhibition at Byron Shire Council despite the department of planning having yet to approve changes to the shire’s LEP that would allow it to go ahead.

Ms Coorey has described the proposal as ‘a Trojan horse that should alarm all residents of the shire.’

‘These developers, aided by councillors who have no regard for proper planning processes, intend to just ignore the zoning on this beautiful rural land at the entryway to our town,’ she added.

‘If they succeed then any future developer who fancies plonking a suburb down wherever they like can try to do the same — and if council says ‘yes’ to one developer and ‘no’ to them, what then? Will we b...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Lunar New Year Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The City of Ryde is home to a large and vibrant Chinese and Korean community. In 2015 the City hosted an exciting and colourful event that was widely acknowledged as a big success with a crowd over 10,000 attending during the day.

The equal partnership between the City of Ryde and local Chinese and Korean communities in Ryde in organising the celebrations is unique in Sydney.

In 2016, the local community is planning to stage even bigger celebrations, with the event favourite Cooking Competition on Saturday 13 February, and the flagship event on Saturday 20 February where a large number of performances will be held at Eastwood Mall.

2016 will be the Year of the Monkey.

Come to Eastwood for the annual celebrations!

Cooking Competition

Saturday, 13 February
11 am – 1.30 pm
Eastwood Plaza

A cooking competition, free food tasting, a lion dance and cooking demonstrations.

Grand Celebration Day

Saturday, 20 February
11am – 4pm
Eastwood Plaza

Come and join the party! Music and Chinese and Korean dance performances, high pole dancing lions, food stalls, fireworks and EastwoodâŹ"s longest dragon parade.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: Okto POGAU, ORIGIN INTAN JAYA JOURNALIST DIES "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

May he RIP. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Jayapura, Jubi - Journalist and Editor in Chief, Oktovianus Pogau reportedly died at the Dian Harapan Hospital (RSDH), Waena, on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at around 09 pm local time.

From the information gathered in the room corpse RSDH Jubi, Sunday night, Okto died of lung disease. Mbamogo best sons origin, Intan Jaya district, d...


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

Tuesday 2nd February

This program was scheduled earlier, but postponed because of recent tribute programs. Singing sensation of the early 1950s, Johnnie Ray, has been referred to as the “missing link” between the “easy listening” artists of the 1940s and “rock and roll” artists of the latter 1950s. In our “Three O’Clock Special” this week we’ll cover Johnnie’s early years in Part 1. We’ll hear some of his well-known hits, but also some of his lesser known songs typical of the period.


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

Monday 1st February

7 – 8pm Sonic Stew

First tracks on albums make an immediate impression on the listener, but final tracks can make an even stronger, lingering impact. Well, maybe.. Anyway, tonight on Sonic Stew we exclusively feature a selection of cool last songs from albums.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Lions bring some relief "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LOCAL Lions Club president Lloyd Smith and fellow member Bill Willocks travelled to Lorne this month to donate $7000 to fire-stricken households.
Lloyd said the Lorne Lions Club was delighted to accept the donation from Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
“The money was very gratefully received,” he said.
“It will be put directly into the bank accounts of the 13 permanent households that had their houses totally destroyed.”
The club raised the money in two weeks from plastic lion collection tins placed at businesses around Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Sandi’s ready for life’s next stage "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE Terrace icon Sandi Ward plans to retire this month after three decades working in Ocean Grove’s main stretch.
Sandi, 68, has lived in Ocean Grove since 1984 and opened her children’s clothing store, Sandi’s Spot, in 1986.
“I’ve been here 30 summers – it’s a great little business,” she said.
“I’ve had a great time and I’ve met heaps of interesting people.”
It’s these people she’ll miss the most.
“I’m now seeing mothers come back as grandmothers – which is frightening but great,” she said.
The local grandmother has been involved in the Ocean Grove Business Association for 25 years and has been the group’s treasurer.
“Over the years people have called me ‘the mayoress’,” she said.
Sandi’s has leased the building from the same owner since she started in The Terrace.
“The building sold recently so that’s when I thought I should retire,” she said.
Sandi said she’d found someone to “carry on the store in similar way” after she leaves.
“Which I’m very pleased about,” she said.
“I couldn’t see myself just walking out and leaving an empty shop.”

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Help the bid to stamp out SIDS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

HAYDEN Real Estate is auctioning a brand new Oakdene home this month, in support of Geelong-based Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) charity, River’s Gift.
Ocean Grove director Hugh McKewan said profits from the sale would be donated to the charity’s quest to “Stamp Out SIDS”.
In September 2015, Geelong Homes pledged to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
“Wonderfully, the project is now a reality and the stylish new four-bedroom home is open for inspection and ready for auction on 27 February,” Hugh said.
Hugh said the house is based on Geelong Homes design called the G180.
“The River’s Gift Charity Home is contemporary and stylish, with neutral tones throughout,” he said.
“The four-bedroom home’s welcoming entrance sets the tone for the beautiful coastal abode.”
The house has a master bedroom complete with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, a “modern and functional kitchen” and spacious open-plan living area. It also includes a second lounge, family bathroom complete with bath, separate laundry and double garage.
Hugh said very generous contributions from Geelong Homes sub-contractors and suppliers helped make the house a reality.
“Along with River’s Gift supporters who were more than willing to put their hand up for this worthy cause and contribute their time, products and services,” he said.
For more information contact Hugh McKewan on 0417 538 779 or Jonathan Gill on 00433 707 508.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Freak storms hit Grove "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

FREAK storms hit Ocean Grove last Wednesday with several streets temporarily underwater.
The Terrace Arcade was flooded before store owners quickly mopped the water, according to local shopper Kevin Hampson.
“It was like a little river,” he said. “Someone could have slipped and done extreme damage – they could have done a hip or leg.”
Kevin said the water leaked through the roof, which should not have happened.
“All they have to do is spend a couple thousand to seal it up properly,” he said.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club closed beaches around Ocean Grove due to nearby lightning.
“You can’t be too careful when there’s lightning,” club administrator Michelle Jepsen said.
“It’s better to be out of the water.”

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Keen for the greens "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LOCAL groups will soon hit the greens, with entries opening for the Ocean Grove Bowling Club’s annual Community Bowls competition.
Organisor John McConville said the tournament was open to businesses, clubs, community groups and any non-bowlers who wanted to enter.
“It’s a great opportunity for businesses to have fun and socialise, as well as learn the game,” he said.
Teams of four will play to wrest the Ocean Grove Voice Trophy from the hands of the Collendina Cricket Club team, which won it last year.
The tournament runs each Monday from 29 February to 21 March, starting at 6pm.
Players can be male or female and the cost is $60 per team, which includes dinner. The club will provide bowls.
“So get your team together, fill out an entry form and come enjoy a great evening,” John said.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Path and a half "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


LOCALS will get their say this month on what could be Ocean Grove’s biggest footpath project to date.
Last Thursday Council Senior Strategic Planner, Jessica Hurse, and Infrastructure Projects Engineer, Aaron McGlade, outlined council’s latest draft footpath network.
Ms Hurse said the draft included 18 kilometres of new footpaths.
“To give you an idea of how big this project would be, council builds about two kilometres of new footpath each year in the whole municipality,” she said.
Ms Hurse estimated the draft footpath would cost about $6 million with council and Ocean Grove residents to contribute half each.
Council’s yearly budget for new footpaths is $350,000 and so far it has allocated $75,000 for the planning phase of the project.
Construction of the final footpath network is subject to council funding through a budget bid in the 2017-’18 financial year and subsequent budgets.
Mr McGlade said the network took into account all requests council has received from Ocean Grove residents over the years.
“It’s definitely the biggest footpath project ever in Ocean Grove,“ he said.
Mr McGlade also addressed concerns about the lack of footpaths on Grubb Road.
He explained building a footpath on Grubb Road would be unwise, as the State Government might consider the road for future duplication.
He said an alternate route would be built through the developing estates.
“That connection will be the safest for residents to access Shell Road,“ he said. “It will be a much safer route than a footpath on an 80km/h road,” added Ms Hurse.
“We are currently working with developers on this.“
Ocean Grove Councillor Jan Farrell is keen for local residents to view the draft network and have their say.
“Access to footpaths has been a huge issue for Ocean Grove,” she said.
“This type of extensive footpath strategy is not only a first for Ocean Grove but it’s...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Grubber netballers back at work "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ENTHUSIASTIC Ocean Grove netballers resumed pre-season last month in preparation for the 2016 Bellarine Football Netball League season opener which starts in March.
The local netballers have been in training since mid-January after their Christmas and new year break.
The pre-season work has consisted of two sessions a week, based around all court and fitness work.
Ocean Grove senior grades face Bellarine rivals Drysdale in round one on Saturday 26 March to coincide with the opening of the $6 million Shell Road sports pavilion.
IN other Grubber netball news, the Ocean Grove Netball Club’s junior netball sign up and uniform fitting days took place on Friday 29 January and Sunday 31 January.
The junior netball sign-up and uniform days were held at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Nippers head to Grove for state events "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MORE than 1000 junior lifesaver competitors are expected to compete across two state junior nipper carnivals held at Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club this month.
The one-day state Life Saving Victoria (LSV) nipper carnival held on Saturday 13 February is followed by a state-based western regional surf life saving qualifying event held at Ocean Grove the next day.
Ocean Grove SLSC Junior Activities Manager, Scott McNaughton, said the mid-February weekend date was a massive logistical exercise for the club.
“It is certainly a really big logistical effort – we require lots of volunteers, everything from water safety to setting up the courses, to catering, to officials, so it is a very big weekend for the club,” McNaughton told the Voice.
“It is also a good weekend for the community and we will expect 1000 nippers competing across the two days.”
The LSV junior carnival will get underway at 8.30am on Saturday 13 February with clubs from all over the state competing from Lakes Entrance in Victoria’s far east to Portland in the state’s south west.
“There will be a large contingent of nippers and surf life saving clubs competing on the Saturday 13 February,” McNaughton said.
“The second day is what we called the western regional qualifiers, which is essentially all the surf life saving clubs from Point Lonsdale down to far the south west of the state.”
IN other news, promising Ocean Grove SLSC teenager Tom Kingshott won a gold medal in the 1km beach run at the interstate Manly nipper nationals over the Australian day long weekend surf carnival in January.
Ocean Grove SLSC head coach, Sonia Kinsey, said the first placing for 14-year-old Tom Kingshott was a great result in preparation for his assault on the Aussie titles in April.
“We knew (Tom Kingshott) was going to be up there with (the top place-getters), obviously this is going to be his first Australian titles,” Kinsey said.
“Tom does a bit of e...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Huge Grove presence at Queenscliff swim "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


KEEN Ocean Grove ocean swimmers were some of the 500-plus participants who competed in the annual 24th Queenscliff Blue Water Swim Challenge on Saturday 30 January.
Local Grove competitor and renowned marathon swimmer Mark Stone came away victorious in the 50-59 age group and finished seventh overall in the main 1.2km swim challenge at Queenscliff pier.
The 55-year-old came home in a time of 14:01 to finally edge out his Ocean Grove swimming rival Robin Asher, who came third in the 50-59 age group and finished 11th overall.
Stone said he was chuffed with his result.
“I was quite satisfied with my performance, I was swimming with a wetsuit and I did not have a big swim beforehand,” Stone said.
“That sort of helps a lot whereas when I have swimming against Robin (Asher) I have been swimming without a wetsuit.
The 1.2 km swim challenge was won by star competitor Tristan Read in a time of 12:59.
IN the curtain-raiser to the main 1.2km swim challenge, Ocean Grove local Flynn Kinsey was the first male to cross the finishing line in a time of 05:43 in the 600m race.
Fellow Ocean Grove SLSC team-mate and superstar local Tyler Walsh finished fourth overall in 05:55 in the earlier race.
Queenscliff Blue Water Swim Challenge spokesperson Margie Heffernan said the conditions were for the most part great for competitors.
She said the Bellarine-based small swimming club was very appreciative of the volunteers who helped on the day.
“The day went really smoothly, the conditions were amazing compared to the day before,” Heffernan said.
“It got a bit more choppy as the event went on, so the later the race the rougher the conditions.”

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Finals nearing for Grubbers juniors "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Compiled by PAUL MADDEN

OCEAN Grove Cricket Cricket Club juniors head to the business end of the season leading into finals with all teams coming back from break with a vengeance.
A fantastic century to Logan Taylor in the Under 17 combined team last Saturday has given them every chance of getting in the finals but they must win the next two games.
Both under 15 teams have consolidated their spot in the finals with good wins and an outright which will probably give them both a home final.
Similarly the Under 13 Swans are set in the top four and a couple of good wins by the Grubbers may see them get into the finals.

Under 15 OG Red D’Arcy Division
Round 8
OG Red versus Barwon Heads at Wallington
OG Red lost the toss and went in for a bat in the one dayer, making 5/105 with Charlie Walter making 30 not out and Matthew Stanic getting 29 not out. They then went in for a bowl, getting Barwon Heads 6/91 with Liam Mullen getting 2/16 and Matthew Stanic yet again performing and getting 1/2. It was a good win for the boys.

Round 9
OG Red versus Leigh Districts at Memorial Reserve
OG Red lost the toss again but went in for a bowl this time, getting Leigh Districts all out 7/38 with Charlie Walter getting 3/7 and both Noah de Bruijn and Matthew Stanic getting 2/5 each.
They then went in for a bat, passing Leigh Districts score easily with 1/81 with Brad Walder getting 30 not out and Nathan Scarpa getting 29.
They then sent Leigh Districts in for another bat, getting them all out 10/45 with Noah de Bruijn shining again and getting 4/4 from his 5 overs and supported by Liam Mullen getting 2/4.
They then went in for another bat, yet again easily surpassing Leigh District’s score by making 6/56 with Will Richardson getting 12. It was a great game by the boys and an amazing outright win to consolidate their finals position.

Under 15 OG White McMahon Division
Round 8
OG White...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed residents want inquiry into airport land deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Questions are being asked about how the Gold Coast Airport has secured a lease over NSW Crown Land. (file pic)

Questions are being asked about how the Gold Coast Airport has secured a lease over NSW Crown Land. (file pic)

Tweed residents and the Greens want a public inquiry into how public land is being transferred to the Gold Coast Airport, allowing the runway to be extended.

They say a Federal Government approval of an ‘Instrument Landing System’ at the airport is an ‘act of subterfuge’ that is all about the twice defeated plans for a runway extension.

Richmond Greens candidate Dawn Walker said she was concerned that a runway extension had been written into the lease granted to the airport for the NSW Crown Reserve at West Tweed.

‘This lease was signed between the Government and the airport without public consultation and I stand with the community in asking for the protection of public land for recreation and environmental conservation, not given away on our behalf to private interests,’ Ms Walker said

Greens MP and Crown Lands spokesperson, Jan Barham said the approval of the ILS by the federal government was a sleight of hand that would impact dramatically on protection of NSW crown land and the wellbeing of many people in the Tweed and the Gold Coast.

‘This process is one of deception,’ she said.

‘The airport wants to extend the runway...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron’s ‘surfing lawyer’ Lester Brien dead at 71 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lester Brien during his competition career. Photo Facebook

Lester Brien during his competition career. Photo Facebook

Byron Bay has lost one of its larger-than-life identities, the surfer turned lawyer Lester Brien, who died peacefully at home on the weekend aged 71.

Lester came to Byron Bay in the l960s to surf and began working as a lawyer in the 1970s, including defending many local surfers who ran foul of drug laws.

According to the Facebook page Century of Surf (COS), Lester was a top competitor of the day, a finalist at the 1968 Australian titles, and a part-time Surfing World correspondent.

When he moved to Byron he soon became the lawyer of choice ‘for every surfer who was busted for drugs on the north coast – of which there were plenty,’ the website says.

‘I was well known around then because I had all these drug cases. If there was a drug case in the northern rivers I was the one acting, and that was simply because I was a surfer and I was known, and it was surfers getting busted for marijuana,’ he recalled in an interview.

In 1977 Lester was summoned before Woodward Royal Commission into the NSW drug trade, which demanded he hand over all his client files.

When he refused he was jailed for six months w...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Did dredging sludge attract sharks to Evans Head? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sludge being released into the ocean at Main Beach, Evans Head last year. (supplied)

Sludge being released into the ocean at Main Beach, Evans Head last year. (supplied)

Darren Coyne

Contaminated spoil from the dredging of the Evans River may have contributed to attracting sharks to the area, according to an Evans Head residents group.

In a letter to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Evans Head Residents for Sustainable Development group has blasted the Crown Lands department for the quality of spoil dumped on Main Beach last year during dredging operations.

Group spokesperson Dr Richard Gates said ‘In my view the whole dredging process has damaged the beach and the contaminated spoil has probably acted to attract sharks to the area via direct or indirect means’.

Dr Gates said photographic evidence showed that Crown Lands and other departments had failed to ensure that the quality of spoil dumped on Main Beach was consistent with the natural sands of the area.

Photos show black sludge containing material such as oyster shells being dumped on the beach, or being released into the ocean.

Richmond Valley Council has been left to clean up the mess left by dredging in the Evans River last year. (supplied)

Richmond Valley Council has been left to clean up the mess left by dredging in the Evans River last year. (supplied)

He said the Richmond Valley Council had been left to try clean up the mes...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Announce New Album PersonA "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Last November Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros gave us the first taste of their forth album with the release of sprawling track “Hot Coals”. Two months later we’re finally getting more details on that album. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (yes, they’re now crediting […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tanzanian manhunt for killers of UK pilot "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The wreckage of Roger Gower’s helicopter. Photo from Pascal Shelutete’s Facebook page.

The wreckage of Roger Gower’s helicopter. Photo from Pascal Shelutete’s Facebook page.

Dar Es Salaam [RAW]

Tanzanian authorities have launched a manhunt after poachers shot down a helicopter and its British pilot during an operation to track down elephant killers, officials say.

British pilot Roger Gower was tracking poachers on Friday in the Maswa Game Reserve when his helicopter was hit by bullets from an AK-47 rifle fired from the ground, Tanzania’s tourism and natural resources minister Jumanne Maghembe said on Sunday.

Gower died in the crash and a second person in the aircraft is being treated for minor injuries and shock.

The mission had been a collaboration between the Friedkin Conservation Fund and the Tanzanian government, which has struggled to respond to what conservation groups say has been an explosion of ‘industrial-scale’ poaching in recent years.

‘The government has launched a manhunt to find those responsible for this attack,’ Maghembe told reporters.

Maghembe’s deputy at the ministry, Ramo Makani, told Reuters that five suspects had been arrested since Gower’s death and th...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: China condemns US for sending warship "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The USS Curtis Wilbur, object of China’s wrath. Photo US Navy/Chief Photographer’s Mate Mahlon K Miller

The USS Curtis Wilbur, object of China’s wrath. Photo US Navy/Chief Photographer’s Mate Mahlon K Miller

Gerry Shih, AP

China has strongly condemned the United States after a US warship deliberately sailed near one of the Beijing-controlled islands in the hotly contested South China Sea to exercise freedom of navigation.

The missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 22km of Triton Island in the Paracel chain ‘to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands’, without notifying the three claimants beforehand, Defence Department spokesman Mark Wright said in Washington.

The operation drew Beijing’s ire. Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun issued a statement saying the ‘unprofessional and irresponsible’ US action ‘severely violated Chinese law, sabotaged the peace, security and good order of the waters, and undermined the region’s peace and stability.’

In an opinion published by the official Xinhua news agency, China descri...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Journalists soft targets for killers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Journalists at work on the front line. Photo from

Journalists at work on the front line. Photo from

Brussels [AP]

In the last quarter century, at least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed for doing nothing more than trying to inform the world on war, revolution, crime and corruption.

The annual total stood at 40 in the federation’s first year of counting, 1990, but has not dipped under the 100-mark since 2010, the International Federation of Journalists reveals in a new report.

‘The last ten years were the most dangerous,’ said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger in an interview, with 2006 the worst year of all with 155 killed.

And despite vows of protection from as high as the United Nations, the IFJ said it produced the report to underscore a worsening climate of impunity which has helped killers get away with murder and turn journalists into soft targets.

‘The IFJ estimates that only one of ten killings is investigated,’ the report said, with actual convictions lower still.

The 79-page report will be made public next week, but The Associated Press obtained a copy ahead of a debate on Monday at the British Parliament on ‘deaths of professional and citizen journalists in conflict zones’.

The IFJ will also take the report to a major UNESCO meeting in Paris on Thursday devoted to the same issue....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Reviews : The Hateful Eight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By John Campbell

This is Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film. We know this because it’s the first thing we read in the introductory credits. Even by Hollywood’s immodest standards, such hubris is laughable. Further, as an act of self-reference – if not self-reverence – the auteur has included that number in the title, presumably having pre-determined that his work will be held in the same high regard as John Sturges’s The Magnificent Seven (1960).

You can make up your own mind, but what the movie is most assuredly not is unpredictable, concluding in celebratory death and bloodshed. His acolytes, those who see Tarantino as a counterculture hero (even though he still flies in the pointy end of the plane), argue that he is being ironic, but I just wish he’d grow up.

His story is set in the deep winter of Wyoming shortly after the Civil War. A stagecoach, an enduring icon of the Western genre, features prominently in the beautiful opening sequences as it makes its way through the snow to the staging post of Minnie’s Haberdashery. On board, the bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) has handcuffed his captive outlaw Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh). In transit, they pick up Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson), a veteran of the Union army, and shortly after Chris Mannix (Walter Goggins), the new sheriff of Red Rock. Overtaken by a blizzard, they hole at Minnie’s with a handful of suspicious strangers, including the wonderful Tim Roth as Mobray the hangman.

Weighed down by dense verbiage to begin with, the dialogue gets even wordier as the players cleave off into alternating groups to do set pieces in which long-winded exchanges thic...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Confusion, anger over abuse redress "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) founders Joanna Penglase (left) and Leonie Sheedy (right) outside the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney on February 28, 2014. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) founders Joanna Penglase (left) and Leonie Sheedy (right) outside the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney on February 28, 2014. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Peter Trute, AAP

Anger and confusion has followed a federal government announcement indicating it is not likely to implement a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission that it establish a national redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

Support groups for survivors of child sexual abuse have given different interpretations to the announcement on Friday that the federal government will lead development of a nationally consistent approach to redress but that responsibility should rest with state and territory jurisdictions where the abuse occurred.

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) executive officer Leonie Sheedy said the commonwealth’s position that states and territories would bear responsibility for abuse that happened in their jurisdictions would be unfair...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Keep vigilant about asbestos, doctors told "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Asbestos being removed. Photo from

Asbestos being removed. Photo from

Belinda Merhab, AAP

Australians embarking on DIY home renovations are increasingly becoming the victims of asbestos-related disease and doctors are being warned not to become complacent when looking out for it.

Rates of malignant mesothelioma have levelled off in Australia, with around 50 cases per million each year in men, and tenfold less in women.

But the pattern of asbestos exposure among patients with the disease is changing, warns Professor Bill Musk from Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Asbestos-related diseases are increasingly occurring in people who have carried out home renovations without taking proper precautions and unless doctors elicit a history of asbestos exposure from the patient, they may misdiagnose, he says.

‘The production of asbestos has stopped happening and the importation of asbestos has stopped happening so it’s sort of tended to fall off the radar,’ Prof Musk told AAP.

‘But there&...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Baird pitches for GST that voters reject "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW premier Mike Baird confronted by protesters against forced council amalgamations in NSW in Sydney on January 18. AAP Image/Paul Miller

NSW premier Mike Baird confronted by protesters against forced council amalgamations in NSW in Sydney on January 18. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Rashida Yosufzai, AAP

NSW Premier Mike Baird is renewing his pitch to hike the GST despite indications voters would reject the plan.

Mr Baird wants the consumption tax raised to 15 per cent by July next year to pay for health and education spending.

He believes $32 billion a year could be raised in 2017/18 to deliver the states $7 billion to cover funding gaps, including the final two years of the Gonski education agreements.

It would also include compensation for low income families and reductions to company and income taxes.

Mr Baird says his ‘modified consensus plan’ is the start of a process to bring the GST campaign together.

‘I think that is a good deal,’ he said in a video message posted on Twitter on Monday.

However, a new poll shows the public believes oth...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: More on sparrowhawks "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The family of Collared Sparrowhawks at the end of the street have been clamouring out for attention – I think they are worth another look.

Here you go!


Collared Sparrowhawk (juvenile), Wyndham Street Newstead, 24th January 2016








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

Maker is all about taking your time and enjoying the coffee. Find your way to North Street, Richmond today and allow goodness to envelope you.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Consider this miscarriage of justice… ! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This situation is a pathetic example of our leaders morality

The Australian Armed Forces


Consider this…….

No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women

Serve in the Australian Armed Forces for up to 20 years, risking their lives & limbs,

Protecting our freedom, and only get percentage of their pay on Retirement;

While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines

Of the Nation’s Capital, protected by these same men and women,

And receive a good pension …. After serving only two terms.

It just does not make any sense!!

If each person who receives this, will forward it on to 20 people, in 3 days,

Most people in Australia , will have got the message … Including

The politicians “!!

This is one message that really should be passed around.

I just passed it on ….. Will you?

“If you choose not to pass it on, you still have made a choice,



Motorbike Writer: Indian Motorcycle powering ahead in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2016 Indian Scout Sixty

2016 Indian Scout Sixty

Indian Motorcycle has experienced a massive surge in Australian sales, more than doubling last year, while a slump in sales at sister company Victory Motorcycles has partially offset the results.

The Indian Scout has led the surge to 734 bikes, up 117.8% from 337 in 2014, while Victory dropped 10.8% to 381.

Still, the two brands together sold 1115 motorcycles, up 45.9% from 764 which compares favourably with a 3% increase in the Asia/Pacific region but down on the global upward trend of 67%.

Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle Australia country manager Peter Harvey says the Indian Scout has been very successful for them, selling 422 which was 57% of Indian sales.

Indian Scout Sixty

Indian Scout Sixty

“Scout has taken the market by storm and the Scout Sixty will carry that through,” Peter says.

The 999cc Scout Si...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Diggers launch a petition calling for Morrison to resign as Australian of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Sign this petition to demand the resignation of Australian of the year -click the picture

Letters to editor condemn Morrison:

David Morrison in my experience serving under his command when he was Deputy Chief of Army around 2009-2010 and the Chief of Army’s Office itself, have previously shown a severe lack of oversight in the management, welfare and wellbeing of soldiers and Officers under his and their command. In particular Soldiers and Officers affected by Defence Abuse, a dysfunctional military justice system, poor complaints resolution system and defective defence administration system.

The written response I received from David Morrison with respect to the above defective processes was totally inadequate and unacceptable. It took an impartial Defence Abuse Response Task Force in 2013-14 to look into my complaints and submission to determine that I had been wronged through abuse and defective administration and military justice system between 2002 – 2009 whilst I was serving in the Army.

My ongoing complaint into these matters is something David Morrison could have addressed in his posting tenure as Deputy Chief of Army but he and the Chief of Army’s office chose not to admit that I had been wronged or show moral leadership, compassion, give me a fair go or assist in righting the wrongs.

Instead they “The army” dragged my official complaint on for 4 years with no positive outcome. The lengthy...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Genetically modified mosquitoes could be cause of Zika outbreak, critics say "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

World News Updates from CLG
31 January 2016


Previous edition: Air Force officials won’t say if radioactive material was released when nuclear missile was damaged

Genetically modified mosquitoes could be cause of Zika outbreak, critics say | 30 Jan 2016 | The latest contagious virus freaking out the globe, particularly women worried about birth defects, may have been caused by the presence of genetically modified mosquitoes (GMMs) in Brazil. With international health experts convening in Geneva to discuss the outbreak of and possible cures for the Zika virus, questions are being raised as to whether the GMMs are to blame. In mid-2012, British biotech company Oxitec released the super bugs with the aim of reducing the overall mosquito population that spreads dengue fever, the Zika virus, and chikungunya in northeast Brazil.

Japan’s lead negotiator for the TPP quits over bribery charges –Resignation ‘may also raise further opposition within Japan to the TPP’ | 28 Jan 2016 | Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari has said he is resigning amid corruption allegations. Mr Amari unexpectedly made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday. But he again denied personally receiving bribes from a construction company, as had been alleged by a Japanese magazine…As Japan’s lead negotiator for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) [corporate takeover] agreement, Mr Amari was expected to travel to New Zealand next week to sign the agreement.

Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Rele...


Tasmanian Times: First Day ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On the first day of every month we celebrate the beauty and wonder of the natural world of Tasmania ...


Tasmanian Times: John Lawrence: FT directors quit ... and ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

• FT directors quit ... … Directors come and go but Boards work best if there’s some continuity. The three replacement directors are mainly from forestry academic backgrounds. Which is a little strange given that FT is chronically insolvent. Reconstruction and marketing skills might’ve been handy around the Board table? Instead Minister Harriss has stacked the Board with forestry academics and is proceeding with his plan to sell immature hardwood plantations to cover operating expenses for the next 2 years so that it can concentrate on unprofitable native forest operations. It does suggest the impotence of the Board given Mr Ferrall’s role as de facto Voluntary Administrator. … • Are Forestry Tasmania’s losses even greater? • Ta Ann dossier ... • Mercury Talking Point: … The loss of Bob Annells, who decided not to seek another term as FT chairman, needs to be viewed alongside the investor confidence trashing actions of Mr Harriss in revelling in an old-style “greens versus loggers” fight over a forestry coupe that no one thinks is particularly important, except the locals who live alongside it. Mr Annells is a highly experienced and politically savvy director with a strong track record in Victoria and Tasmania of understanding how government enterprises work. He has said nothing about his decision not to seek another term. Sometimes silence is the statement itself. Other directors who retired at the same time as Mr Annells include highly capable businessman Rob Woolley. The FT board has lost serious intellectual horsepower when it most needs it. What led to this untidy state of affairs? … • Mike Bolan in Comments: 20 years ago Tasmania’s forestry leaders were being heavily buttered up, flown around the world and congratulated on their ‘world class’ operations by Nordic hustlers for pulp mills. Harriss, Lennon, Gay, Gray and others were all in the conga line for international strokes. Supporters of ‘industria...


Tasmanian Times: Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities ...  (4) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Channel Highway Confusion and Business Development The Channel Highway is on a published and promoted tourist route known as the Huon Trail. The Huon Trail is a circular drive from Hobart south through Kettering, Cygnet and Huonville and is popular with families, cyclists and motoring enthusiasts on their weekend tours. It is also the access road onto Bruny Island with its international tourism reputation. Unfortunately, as it runs across both the Kingborough and Huon Valley Council regions variable maximum speed limits create uncertainty for motorists. The maximum speeds are 100kph and 90kph for Huon Valley and Kingborough respectively. … In particular, there were three high profile businesses that agreed to support a review of speed zones across the Huon-D’Entrecasteaux region in the public sphere. They are attuned to current tourism trends through their business successes and, as locals in business, recognise the dangers of business accesses from high speed traffic flows. These businesses are the award winning Willie Smith’s Cidery (Grove), Grandvewe Cheeses (Woodbridge) and Home Hill Winery (Ranelagh). Such supportive surveys within the residential and business communities demonstrate how councils and state departments are out of touch with current community sentiments and needs. The perspectives of business are important and a survey where two thirds support a review should be noted in any deliberations by Huon Valley and Kingborough Councils or the Department of State Growth.


Tasmanian Times: Morrison’s fantasy nightmare path to recession "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In the 1990s, when Malcolm was still a merchant banker, the Turnbull family commissioned one of Lucy Turnbull’s father’s artists, Lewis Miller, to paint a portrait of Malcolm.


Tasmanian Times: The Inaugural Le Tour de Cygnet on Sunday February 14th, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

It started as the mere germ of an idea or as the French would say ‘une petite idée.’


Tasmanian Times: Mark Latham: Former Labor leader says domestic violence a ‘coping mechanism’ for men "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Radio network Triple M has come under fire after former Labor leader Mark Latham used his podcast with the station to say men hit women as a “coping mechanism”.


Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (4) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Chilliwops, Today I was reading a web page that delivers the quote of the day.  Today’s “nature quote” said, “Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”  The author was sixteenth century French writer and philosopher Michel de Montaigne.


Tasmanian Times: All five bright planets come together in the morning sky "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

For the first time in more than 10 years, it will be possible to see all five bright planets together in the sky. Around an hour or so before sunrise, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, the five planets that have been observed since ancient times, will appear in a line that stretches from high in the north to low in the east.


Tasmanian Times: Revealed! NZ’s Vegetation Browsing Evolution "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

New Zealand’s half a century of anti-wild animal campaigns and associated hired deer killers and aerial bombardment of forests with 1080 poison for possums may have been a total waste of public money as well as ecologically damaging to the country’s wilderness areas with use of poisons. That is one conclusion to be drawn from recent findings by Canterbury Museum work using “state of art 3D modelling”. The work had given greater insight into New Zealand’s vegetation prior to humans migrating here and how the vegetation had evolved.


Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: Shorten's Latest Shocker - Or Was It? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 53.8 to Coalition (updated to 53.4 on 1 February)
Coalition would win election "held now", probably with increased majority.
(Newspoll update added at bottom 1 February)

Pollsters are gradually emerging from their summer hibernation and over the next few weeks we will get a clearer picture of how the Turnbull Coalition government is placed as it kicks off the election year.  I am not sure exactly when Newspoll will emerge but enough data have come out in the last few weeks to make some quick comments about the overall state of play.  The 2PP estimate above will be updated and any further comments added tomorrow night following Essential, but it never alters the picture all that much.

So far this year we've had two Morgans, one Essential and one ReachTEL.  Morgan and Essential were the most strangely behaving polls late last year, with Morgan showing a massive swing to the Coalition immediately following the replacement of Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull, but Essential showing a much more modest change that other posters soon stopped replicating.  Anyway the first Morgan was 55.5% two-party preferred to the Coalition by last-election preferences while the second was 54% (the closest since just after Turnbull was installed - and this off primaries that would normally have been good for only 53%).  Last week's Essential reading was just 51% to Coalition.  The Morgan had a 15% primary for the Greens, which I'm certainly not taking seriously.

I have been regarding Morgan as skewing to the Coalition and Essential as skewing to Labor compared with other polls in the Turnbull era (while Abbott was PM, Morgan skewed to Labor) and after considering the primaries I counted the Morgans as 53.8 and 52.3 to Coalition and the Essential as 52.7.  As Mark the...

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Autonomous Action Radio: Australia: Statement on the disruption of Melbourne Pride 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Insurrection News


Today at the Melbourne ‘Pride’ March, on Boon Wurrung land, a group of queer and transgender activists staged a peaceful sit-in with the aim of disrupting the march. We drew attention to the ties of ‘Pride’ with environmentally destructive and socially unjust corporations as well as police and political parties that institutionalise oppressive systems.

Our group wanted to remind people that ‘Pride’ is not simply a celebration, but a protest fighting for liberation for everyone harmed by heteronormativity, cisnormativity, misogyny, ableism, racism and other forms of oppression.

Several onlookers – many of whom were drinking alcohol at the adjacent pub – violently assaulted us. They sprayed us with a hose, threw large buckets of dyed yellow water, threw glass bottles and some attempted to violently take a transgender flag. Victoria Police and some Pride attendees also assaulted a physically and visibly disabled…

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Karel Boele, People Decided Candidate for The Gabba Ward #BCCVOTES "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Do you live in the Gabba Ward? Briefly, outline your history in the Ward. Yes, I bought my first home in the Gabba Ward a couple of years ago. In what ways do the policies and principles promoted by the People Decide Party best represent your personal values? I love the freedom and giving EVERYONE […]

The post Karel Boele, People Decided Candidate for The Gabba Ward #BCCVOTES appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Independent: SISTER ACT: FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS RETURNS TO VICTORIA, NEW SOUTH WALES "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Following a fantastic reception for the inaugural Southern run of Festival of Small Halls in 2015, the folk tour returns with a new line-up in March and April 2016.
For most of the 17 date run, which revolves around partner event the National Folk Festival in Canberra, Canadian Acadian trio Vishtén (twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle Le Blanc from Prince Edward Island, and Pascale Miousse from Isle de Madeleine) are joined by Australian folk duo The Little Stevies (sisters Byll and Beth).
The first tour, which took place in Autumn 2015, received a wonderful response from audiences, and producers Woodford Folk Festival are delighted to be able to send such high quality artists on the road into towns where communities really appreciate great music.
‘We presented Vishtén at the Woodford Folk Festival a few years ago, and we know that locations on this tour are going to love them,’ says Halls producer Chloe Goodyear.
‘They’re multi-instrumentalists and come from the French-speaking Acadian tradition in North East Canada. They’re some of the best presenters of a style of music that we don’t see a lot of in Australia and is really unique – whistles, percussion, fiddle, vocals, accordion, guitar, mandolin, jaw harp, and a really interesting and complex foot percussion. Plus, there’s something special about siblings singing together. Having Vishtén and The Little Stevies makes us really happy, and we know that’s something audiences will feel too. We know they’re going to have a ball together.’
Tickets are on sale 20 January at and at select community outlets.
The Festival of Small Halls Victoria, New South Wales and ACT is presented by the Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with the National Folk Festival.



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...

Saturday, 30 January


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Observing the little master fisherman… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Gypsy Point, on the Genoa River, north of Mallacoota, is a small quiet village visited by people interested in nature and those wanting to get away from it all. I visited a few times during my recent stay in Mallacoota. Not only is it a good location for Sea-eagles it is also well known for a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. While photographing the Sea-eagles from the small cruise boat, we came across a tiny Azure Kingfisher – a stunning looking little ambush hunter that works its way along the water’s edge, diving from an over-hanging tree branch down into the shallow water and taking small fish, frogs and aquatic insects.
The Kingfisher photographed below was not overly bothered by the boat and kept hunting along the river’s edge while the Captain tried to ease up and allow me a closer view.

Azure Kingfisher, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

Azure Kingfisher, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

Azure Kingfisher, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

Looking for prey along the water’s edge



Tasmanian Times: Gutwein Huon probe report due Friday "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Huon Valley Guessing Games Unless the two-person board of inquiry into the Huon Valley Council has sought another extension of time, its report should be with Minister for Local Government Peter Gutwein by close of business Friday (January 29). Few think its findings will be a clean-sweep exoneration of all involved. That would be far too embarrassing for Gutwein because he knows he must be seen to be doing something about problems afflicting some councils in the South. FRIDAY January 29, SATURDAY January 30 ... • Bob Hawkins’ Updates ... • Bob Hawkins in Comments: #4 Hi Linda: If I were 20 years younger, and I thought I had any chance of becoming a councillor, I would have stood for election long ago. But I’m nearing the end of my eighth decade; there’s no way I’d get elected without joining a political team; and I can’t find anyone to take on the task of trying to keep our council up to the mark. And, anyway, who would want to be gagged by an establishment-orientated local government act that makes it almost impossible for anyone inside council (elected or staff) to speak out freely should they spot something that is not being done according to the rules? As a citizen of a parliamentary democracy, I’m entitled to an opinion, and — because, at least for the moment, we are still entitled to freedom of speech — to express it. I’ll continue to attempt to bring balance to the political debate in the Huon by offering views that run counter to years of council spin, which the valley’s media have been happy to publish, mostly verbatim, and mostly without question. I receive no remuneration for my articles; I have no business interest in Tasmanian Times; and I do not stand to benefit financially in any way as a result of what I write. Whenever you raise a valid criticism, I’ll do my best to respond fairly, or to concede that you have a point. In the meantime, each of us is entitled to to do our master’s bidding. In my case, I like to think I take orders from m...

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