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Wednesday, 03 February

21:07 A weird twist in a murder investigation, better than Agatha Christie "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anyone want to take a shot at the odds of this ever happening again?

For those who have served on a jury, this one is something to think about.

Just when you think you have heard everything!

Do you like to read a good murder mystery?

Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess.

This is an unbelievable twist of fate!

At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science (AAFS), President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death.

Here is the story:

On March 23, 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus, and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head.

Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide. He left a note to that effect indicating his despondency.

As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers, and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.

The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.

When one intends to kill subject ‘A’ but kills subject ‘B’ in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject ‘B.’

When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit to t...


Beeuniversal: February 2016 and March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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16:46 Sandpit view of the Afghan war zone "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan: From the Sand Pit

It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar’yoi Pamir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack. The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.

I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the hand held, and shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, and then I track and record the new movement. It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin. But you know me; I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country. There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government.



NQCC: Qld government approves Carmichael "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In an expected but infuriating and unreasonable move, the Queensland government yesterday approved an environmental authority (EA) for Adani in relation to what is being referred to as ‘the $16 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project’. The obvious flaw … Continue reading


Sustainable Living Armidale: Lesser of Two Weevils Co-Op — Organic produce buying group "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lesser of Two Weevils Co-Op is a buying group that has been operating in Armidale for the last 18 years. We co-ordinate the ordering of organic produce at wholesale prices both locally, from Bellingen and from United Organics in Brisbane. Members of the co-op take turns to order, bookkeep, host and sort a $35 [...] full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: Rocket’s Resources — Armidale’s resource recovery centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Armidale’s resource recovery centre is next to the Armidale and Region Waste Transfer Station along Long Swamp Road. Drop things off or just come in and have a browse. Open Monday to Friday 8am–5pm Open Saturday, Sunday 12pm–5pm Phone:{local land line prefix}29518 | Facebook Group | Email full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: Bimblebox: Art – Science – Nature is opening this Friday night at 6.00pm at NERAM "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Friday, 5 Feb; 6:00 pm; ] Just a reminder that our new exhibition Bimblebox: Art – Science – Nature is opening this Friday night at 6.00pm at NERAM and the curator Beth Jackson will be presenting a tour of the exhibition on Saturday morning at 10.30am and it would be great if you could come along.   full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: Working bee to plant Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass following approved community grant "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 14 Feb; 8:30 am; ] The AURG is holding a Working Bee on Sunday 14th February, 2016. Small Community Grants Funding has been approved and Bruce Whan and Gordon Bell have been busy preparing sites for planting. The working bee will involve planting of Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass. Details of the working bee are as follows:- Time: 8.30 am Date: Sunday 14th February, [...] full article »


The Shepparton Adviser: Dr Coates’ artistic vision for SAM to continue "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dr Coates’ artistic vision for SAM to continue

DIRECTING ART’S FUTURE… Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) acting director, Dr Rebecca Coates will be taking on the role as director of the museum. Dr Coates is shown with the current installation at SAM, ‘Vessels of Life, 2015’ by artists Cythia Hardie, Naomi OTA, Eva Ponting and Lyn Thorpe. Photo: Emma Hillier.

HAVING been acting director of Shepparton Art Museum since August last year, Dr Rebecca Coates will continue providing her expertise and artistic vision, having been appointed director.
Dr Coates is eminently qualified for the role as an established curator, writer and lecturer, with over 20 years professional art museum and gallery experience in both Australia and overseas.
She has also curated numerous exhibitions and edited and contributed to exhibition publications.
Dr Coates says she is pleased to continue in the director position at SAM. “It’s a great institution, with a strong team of staff and supporters. SAM has presented a really interesting and dynamic series of contemporary and historic exhibitions over the last number of years.
“SAM is at an exciting point in its development. It’s known for its collection focus on ceramics, and has exciting plans for a new building. This is a significant opportunity to continue to work with the Greater Shepparton community to ensure SAM’s central place and role in this region. I look forward to continuing to work with the SAM staff and council at this dynamic point in SAM’s development.”


The Shepparton Adviser: Cricket for all abilities "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cricket for all abilities

EVERYBODY WELCOME… From left, Shepparton Access support worker, Arlene McGregor, Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club club member, Chris Giblin, ConnectGV support worker, Jack O’Brien with participants of the All Abilities Cricket Initiative. Photo: Emma Hillier.

SPORT is a pastime enjoyed by many people in the community and to show how inclusive the game of cricket can be, an All Abilities cricket event will be held this weekend, with the hope to see an all abilities cricket team created locally.
Running on Saturday, February 6 from 5:30pm at Princess Park in Shepparton, the All Abilities Cricket Initiative GV Harmony Cup event has been brought about through a partnership between Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club and several disability support services around the Goulburn Valley including ConnectGV, Sheparton Access, Verney Road School as well as Shepparton Skin Clinic, Valley Sport and Rossignoli Real Estate.
Cricket Victoria community programs coordination, Aaron Wharton said,
“This is a local community driven event and a number of disability support services have come together for this gala event, to showcase the fact that cricket is a game for every person, regardless of ability or skill level.
“Cricket Victoria has a long-term commitment to being inclusive across the whole of Victoria cricket business.
“What we are hoping to get out of this event is to see a club take on an all abilities team moving forward.
“Cricket Victoria would like to thank the Shepparton...


The Shepparton Adviser: Councillor investigation outcome "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GREATER Shepparton City Council, Cr Les Oroszvary and Cr Kevin Ryan have been determined not to have a case to answer with regards to alleged breaches of the Local Government Act and Councillor Code of Conduct by an independent investigation.
Former chief executive officer, Gavin Cator made a complaint in March last year against Cr Patterson, Cr Oroszvary and Cr Ryan for failing to provide and maintain a working environment that is safe and without risks to health under health and safety obligations.
The investigation into the councillors commenced in March and was completed towards the end of December.
Of the 19 allegations investigated, four were referred to the Councillor Conduct Panel.
At a special council meeting held last week, council considered the results of the investigation and passed a recommendation to note the advice from Maddocks Lawyers and make an application to a Councillor Conduct Panel under section 81B of the Local Government Act 1989 in relation to Cr Patterson only.


The Shepparton Adviser: City sees $2.5M economic boost "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Thousands flock to Shepparton for tennis carnival

MORE than 3,200 players and spectators travelled from across the globe to Shepparton to take part in the two week long Tennis Seniors Australia Australian Teams Carnival, which brought an estimated $2.5M economic boost to the region.
During the first week 800 players in 89 teams played at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Courts and at 28 temporary courts set up at Mooroopna Rec Reserve, with the second week seeing almost 400 players take to the courts at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Courts. Players came from all states of Australia as well as from Japan, Canada, Ireland, Thailand, America and the UK.
Greater Shepparton City Council team leader tourism and events, Anthony Nicolaci said, “Some visitors stayed up to 14 nights, most stayed at least seven nights, so it was a real boom for local industry including accommodation, hospitality, entertainment venues and retail.
“The city was sold out for four nights in a row during the second week, where there was no accommodation available up to an hour’s drive of Shepparton.
“January is generally a quiet month for events, so to have these key events is a real added bonus for Shepparton.
“This was the second time over 40 years this event was held regionally, so it’s a real coup for the region.
“We found the visitors really enjoyed the regional atmosphere and everybody said they were welcomed really well.”


The Shepparton Adviser: CBD through the eyes of a student "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

CBD through the eyes of a student

Potential seen to revitalise Shepparton’s centre

IT’S not only locals who see the potential for Shepparton’s CBD. Monash University student, Hilary Sleigh completed her final year of a Masters of Architecture last year, which saw a focus put on five areas that could help to revitalise Shepparton’s centre.
As part of an overarching investigation into the future of regional towns, Hilary chose to look at ways in which architecture could act as a mediator between socially, economically and racially different groups within Shepparton.
Hilary’s vision focused on how artistic impressions could help bring the community together in spaces dispersed across Shepparton’s CBD, with host structures including the Stewart Street car park, the Maude Street Mall, the Telstra communications tower, a vacant lot and the Monash Park underpass.
Hilary said, “I was drawn to Shepparton’s rich history and diverse community looking to channel the current assets of the town into its future potential.
“For me these sites stood out as areas with potential and the challenge during my studies became using an architectural intervention to transform them so that they might become a real asset and work towards the revitalisation of Shepparton’s centre.
“The first site in front of the Stewart Street car park would see a small building connected with the circulation tower. It would include a...


The Shepparton Adviser: Residents dump proposed resource recovery sites "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Residents dump proposed resource recovery sites

DUMPING DISASTER… From left, Murchison residents, Douglas Costello and Peter Shearer at the Upper Mosquito Depression Rehabilitation site, which is only metres downhill of the proposed 133ha resource recovery precinct site on Punt Road. If allowed to go ahead, the precinct could create an environmental disaster in a flood event and cause issues due to its proximity to residential land along Channel Inlet Road. Photo: Emma Hillier.

LOCAL residents are declaring the proposed resource recovery sites close to Murchison, as part of Greater Shepparton City Council’s Draft Resource Recovery Precinct Feasibility and Site Selection Study, could lead to an environmental risk if either of the sites are chosen for a planned resource recovery precinct.
The draft study, which council is currently calling for community input on, will look into potential locations for a new biological waste and material recycling site including at Cosgrove Landfill (205 Quarry Road, Pine Lodge), adjacent to Cosgrove Landfill (sites 2A and 2B on Quarry Road and New Dookie Road), 2100 New Dookie Road, Cosgrove, the Polan Road former landfill (286 Polan Road, Dookie), as well as sites north of Murchison (1275 Punt Road, Dhurringile) and west of Murchison (5585 Bendigo-Murchison Road, Murchison).
Murchison residents, Peter Shearer and Douglas Costello are two locals with land on Channel Inlet Road, close to the proposed sites in Murchison, and say that if allowed to go ahead the introducti...


The Shepparton Adviser: Local discovers he was the first "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Local discovers he was the first

FIRST AUSTRALIAN BORN… Having just celebrated his 80th birthday, local resident, David Jafer discovered he was the first Albanian born boy in Australia in 1936. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CELEBRATING your 80th birthday is an achievement all on its own, but local resident, David Jafer has also found out he was the first Albanian boy born in Australia.
Born on January 17, 1936 in Queensland, David and his family moved to Shepparton in 1946 where they bought an orchard in Shepparton East. David went to Shepparton East Primary School and helped his dad on the orchard and now has four sons, one daughter and eight grandchildren.
Just before 1975, the local Albanian committee started looking into those who were Albanian and born in Australia and discovered that David was the first.
David said, “My dad moved to Australia in 1927, moved home for seven years and then came back to Australia in 1935.
“It was hard when we moved to Shepparton. I couldn’t speak English, but learned within a year of attending school.
“Learning I was the first Albanian born in Australia wasn’t a big deal to me. I just take it as it comes.”


The Shepparton Adviser: Birrell to lead C4GS into future "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Birrell to lead C4GS into future

NEW CEO FOR COMMITTEE… The Committee for Greater Shepparton has just appointed Sam Birrell as their new CEO. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“IT’S a fantastic honour to be appointed CEO of the Committee for Greater Shepparton,” Sam Birrell said last week, after being appointed to the role, which he will take up from March 1.
Having completed an Agricultural Science degree through Melbourne University at Dookie, before working in the local horticultural sector, Sam has more recently been employed by a multi-national irrigation business leading him to an understanding of the pressures facing the region.
Committee for Greater Shepparton chair, David McKenzie said, “Sam has a deep understanding of the local economy and community and is absolutely passionate about contributing to a positive future for our region.”
David said in a Federal election year, it is important that we work closely with all stakeholders to present a strategic articulation of the key areas where Government can make a difference to this region.
“There is plenty on the list including Murray Darling Basin outcomes, Shepparton Art Museum funding, CBD revitalisation funding and the much needed Shepparton bypass stage one.
“We have already put a lot of work into helping position several of these projects, and will ramp up our advocacy efforts over the next six months with Sam leading the way.”
Sam said, “Shepparton is a place with wonderful assets in its people, agricultural productivity, cultural life and amenities. It has however, the potential to re...


The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


FREE OPEN HOUSE CAFÉ will be held at the Uniting Church, Mooroopna, corner of Alexandra and O’Brien Streets, every Wednesday, commencing Wednesday, February 3 from 2pm to 4pm and continuing every Wednesday during school terms. All welcome. For further information phone Jeanette on 0421 809 939.

CRAFT AND PRODUCE MARKET will be held at the Queens Gardens on Sunday, February 7 from 9am to 1pm. For further information, contact Greg Barnes on 0438 569 611.

JUST DINNER will run on Saturday, February 13. A social evening for singles and couples, aged 45 to 70. All are most welcome to come along, meet others and enjoy dinner. Please phone Marg on 5825 1114 or Vicki on 0427 251 274 for venue and time.

ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at The Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road. The next meeting will be held on February 15, with guest speaker Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone. The share group will meet at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.

NORTHEAST HEALTH WANGARATTA FRIENDS OF THE HOSPITAL are holding their February cake stall on Wednesday, February 17 at the hospital café from 8:45am until sold out. All proceeds go toward urgently needed clinical equipment for the hospital. For more details, contact Nadia on (03) 5722 5069.


KYABRAM AL-ANON FAMILY group meetings are held Mondays from 10:30am to 12pm and Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 6:15pm. Alateen Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:15pm. Held at Salvation Army Hall, 24 Unitt Street, Kyabram. Enquiries 5853 1344 or 0407 522 496.

ARE YOU A SINGLE OR STAY AT HOME DAD? Would you like to meet new people and build close friendships for you and your children? Do you enjoy a beer and barbeque with the boys? If yes, show your...


The Shepparton Adviser: Put on your dancing shoes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Put on your dancing shoes

GET ROCKING WITH COOL CATS… Cool Cat Rockers can help you have a rocking time, with their beginner dancing classes for people of all ages starting next week on Tuesday, February 9. Photo: Supplied.

THE Cool Cat Rockers can help teach you all you need to know to tear up the dance floor, with their beginner’s lessons kicking off from next week.
This year, beginner’s classes commence on Tuesday, February 9 from 7pm at Wesley Hall on Maude Street, Shepparton and even if you don’t have a partner the Cool Cats’ friendly social group of like-minded people will ensure a ‘rocking time’ will be had by all.
Kaye Rossignoli from Cool Cat Rockers said, “There is nothing more satisfying than taking to the dance floor and knowing exactly what to do. Rock ‘n’ Roll is a style that can be fun for all ages and is a great way to keep fit.
“We have the first of our big dances for the year coming up on Saturday, February 20 from 8pm until late, which will be held at the Shepparton High School Hall and feature top Melbourne band, Who Was That Cat. We encourage people to come along for an enjoyable and rocking night,” Kaye said.
For further information, contact Kaye on 5821 5465 or drop into Wesley Hall at 7pm from Tuesday, February 9.


Echonetdaily: Drug-driving acquittal in Lismore puts law in limbo "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The ministers pushing the controversial roadside drug-testing laws: NSW premier Mike Baird, left, police minister Troy Grant and roads minister Duncan Gay, right.

The ministers pushing the controversial roadside drug-testing laws: NSW premier Mike Baird, left, police minister Troy Grant and roads minister Duncan Gay, right.

Controversial roadside drug-testing laws in NSW have been left in legal limbo following the acquittal by a Lismore magistrate of a man who tested positive for cannabis he had smoked nine days before he was pulled over by police.

The decision by magistrate David Heilpern on Monday was seized on by the Greens, who have been campaigning against the contentious law, saying they want drivers to be tested for impairment levels rather than just the mere presence of cannabis in saliva.

MLC David Shoebridge said the judgement was significant and had thrown the government’s roadside drug-testing campaign into disarray.

The magistrate found Joseph Ross Carrall not guilty of driving with an illicit drug in his blood because he mistakenly believed that he would no longer test positive to the drug.

ABC North Coast reported that Mr Carrall was pulled over for random drug tests in May last year when the police officer testing him told told him he should wait at least a week after smoking cannabis bef...


Echonetdaily: Lismore mining for new ideas on quarry "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Blakebrook Quarry. Lismore City Council is looking for expressions of interest regarding its future operation. Photo contributed

Blakebrook Quarry. Lismore City Council is looking for expressions of interest regarding its future operation. Photo contributed

Lismore City Council is looking at ways to improve returns and reduce risk in its Northern Rivers Quarry & Asphalt business and is calling for expressions of interest as to how its operations could improve.

The multi-million dollar Blakebrook Quarry is owned and operated by the council with an annual turnover of around $12 million and a licence to extract 600,000 tonnes of aggregate per annum until 2039.

While the quarry is profitable, council says it is concerned about its ‘sustainability in the long term’ and is looking to the business sector to see whether the business can be improved, leased or sold.

Last year the council faced a $300,000 clean-up bill after it admitted supplied substandard asphalt from the quarry to neighbouring Richmond Valley Council.

Lismore now admits the old plant is no longer viable and is currently leasing an asphalt plant until August to maintain supplies.

Commercial Services Manager Phil Klepzig said that proposals ‘could range from the purchase of more efficient machinery right through to sale of the business.’

‘Basically we are asking people to come to us with ideas and we will put all options on the table. This is part of a greater push for Lismore City Council to become financially sustainable.

‘We need to look at all our operations and see where we can save money and improve ef......


Fight for the Reef: Great Barrier Reef: Fitzroy Delta to be spared from coal ports and dredging under protection plan "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement to fulfill their election promise and to seek public comment on a proposal to declare a fish habitat zone for the Fitzroy Delta and Keppel Bay Area.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director said the government’s proposed fish habitat zone is welcome news as it will protect local fish nursery areas, support local recreational fishing and prevent port development, shipping and dredging from a beautiful part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, home to the unique snub fin dolphin.

“We’ve seen plans for coal ports on Balaclava Island and Port Alma, and proposals for mid-Reef transshipping, millions of tonnes of dredging and hundreds more coal ships ploughing through the Reef. They were opposed by the majority of Australians.

“Local heroes and a grassroots effort around Australia have stood up to the previous state government and the coal industry arguing they need to protect the Reef, making it a massive issue at the last state election.

“This is the next step in ensuring that comes to pass with the state government announcing the second round of community consultation for the plan.

“It will ensure there is no repeat of the mistakes of Gladstone Harbour, where massive amounts of dredging and dumping caused an environmental disaster that caused serious harm to the local fishing industry.

“If adopted, this protection plan will ensure that people can come from around Australia and the world to experience the Great Barrier Reef in all it’s majesty.

“These types of regulations exist to protect the places we love and value in a variety of ways.

“The Fitzroy Delta is the Sistine Chapel of estuaries. It’s one of the biggest river systems in the world and it feeds the famous Keppel Islands and Great Barrier Reef. We welcome greater protection of this magnificent natural area from the coal industry.



Fight for the Reef: Adani’s latest approval reveals a disregard for the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has today expressed deep concern about the Queensland Government’s environmental approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, which will adversely impact the Great Barrier Reef.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director said today that the decision demonstrated that the Queensland Government is putting the interests of the coal industry ahead of the interests of the Reef and a sustainable economy.

“The mining and burning of coal is the leading cause of global warming. It causes the waters of the Reef to warm and coral to be bleached. Global warming is the greatest threat faced by the Reef.

“The Queensland economy and the tourism industry rely on a healthy Reef. It provides 70,000 jobs and billions to the state’s economy.

“Approving this mine is madness. There’s hardly a profitable coal mine in Queensland. Workers are being laid off. The mines can’t pay for their rehabilitation bonds.

“Adani has failed to secure finance. Banks think this is a project that doesn’t offer viable returns.

“But it is the Reef that will be hardest hit. The Reef’s waters will be dredged, there will be hundreds more coal ships and damaging port infrastructure will be built along the coastline.

“Top coral scientists are saying quite clearly, you can have the Reef, or you can have coal but you can’t have both.

“Economically, environmentally, rationally or emotionally, there is no choice. The Reef should be here for future generations. And future generations power should come from renewable sources,” said Ms Zethoven.

The post Adani’s latest approval reveals a disregard for the Great Barrier Reef appeared first on Fight for the Reef.


Echonetdaily: Protection urged for Tweed catchment ‘treasure’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cobaki Lakes west of Tweed Heads is part of the Cobaki broadwater catchment which the Greens have called for protection under the international treaty for wetlands.

Cobaki Lakes west of Tweed Heads is part of the Cobaki broadwater catchment which the Greens have called for protection under the international treaty for wetlands.

Luis Feliu

The NSW Greens are calling on the Baird government to protect wetlands across the state, including international  protection for the Cobaki catchment in the Tweed, recognised as a world-class ecological and cultural site.

The Cobaki wetland area west of Tweed Heads has come under extreme pressure from major housing development surrounding it over recent years and faces even more impacts from the approved massive urban precinct of Cobaki estate for around 5,000 new homes.

The call for protection was made on World Wetlands Day this week which commemorates the signing of the Ramsar Convention, the international treaty for the conservation of wetlands.

Byron-shire based MLC, Jan Barham, said she would move a motion to the state parliament when it resumes later this month for the Cobaki Broadwater catchment to be nominated by the NSW government for protection under the convention.

’The Cobaki catchment is a world class ecological and cultural treasure that is deserving of...


Echonetdaily: Clinton beats back Sanders to take Iowa "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hillary Clinton speaks as her husband Bill and her daughter Chelsea look on, during the Democratic Caucuses night campaign rally at Olmsted Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, on February 1. EPA/Craig Lassig

Hillary Clinton speaks as her husband Bill and her daughter Chelsea look on, during the Democratic Caucuses night campaign rally at Olmsted Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, on February 1. EPA/Craig Lassig

MANCHESTER –  [AP] Hillary Clinton narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.

The former secretary of state and first lady edged past the Vermont senator in a race the Iowa Democratic Party called the closest in its caucus history.

The party said on Tuesday it would not do any recount of the close results, and a spokesman for the Sanders campaign said it does not intend to challenge them.

Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats descended on the tiny New England state of New Hampshire, which votes next Tuesday.

For the Republicans, Ted Cruz, a fiery, conservative Texas senator loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa over billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.



Echonetdaily: Byron council’s legal expenses plummet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hans Lovejoy

From more than $1 million in 2009/10 to $115,500.50 in 2013/14 – how and why did Byron Shire Council’s legal expenses decrease so dramatically?

Either there’s been a great performance from council’s legal team, the pressure on council to defend its planning policies has decreased or council is now not rejecting developments as much.

Regardless, legal expenses have been trending downwards, with costs in 2010/2011 totalled $734,912, in 2011/2012 $385,033 was reported and in 2012/2013, $216,269 was spent.

And in 2014/2015, the total provided to The Echo by council staff is $111,969.17

Council’s annual legal reports reveal that various subdivisions and DA refusals all contributed to the high legal costs during 2009 and 2010 under the previous council. A standout cost in 2009/10 was $369,068.31 in defending against Woolworths building in Mullumbimby.

Another long-running cost to council over the years were the ongoing court battles with Belongil resident John Vaughan, who had disputes over ‘protection works’ at his Manfred Street home.

Those costs, along with other challenges from Belongil residents, evaporated after the right-wing council majority recently erected a 105-metre rock wall with nearly a $1m of ratepayer funds next to his home.

The higher legal expenses were incurred while Greens Jan Barham was mayor; from 2004 to 2012, she served two terms as the popularly elected mayor of Byron Shire.

History of court wins

She told The Echo, ‘One of the main and overlooked issues is how and why council ends up in court – the reasons are important.’

‘Council has a history of defending and winning in court.

‘This has always been important for Byron Shire, as it represents an investment in the priority given to planning rules and environment protection policies.

‘Most often, decisions of council that are consistent with...


Echonetdaily: High-level defence cover-up: Lambie "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Palmer United Party senator, and now independent, Jacqui Lambie. Photo Crikey

Former Palmer United Party senator, and now independent, Jacqui Lambie. Photo Crikey

CANBERRA –  [AAP]  Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has accused the Australian Defence Force top brass and politicians of abuse cover ups.

Senator Lambie launched the blistering attack under parliamentary privilege in the Senate adjournment debate overnight, while SAS trooper Evan Donaldson and former Army officer Marcus Saltmarsh watched on from the public gallery.

‘The cover up in this matter has been at a very high level, spectacular and absolutely deliberate,’ she told the chamber while describing Mr Saltmarsh’s case.

She said Mr Saltmarsh had been the ‘subject of extraordinary abuse of office by senior members of the Australian Army’.

The senate heard he should be awarded the immediate classification total permanent impairment for post traumatic stress disorder after being sent 28 autopsy photos of his best mate.

While serving in East Timor in 2000, Mr Saltmarsh’s rifle independently discharged accidentally killing Corporal Stuart Jones, Senator Lambie said.

A military court found he had no case to answer, she said.

Meanwhile, trooper Donaldson had been the victim of brutal sexual abuse and other assaults during secret training exercises run by the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

‘Evan was bashed, bound, bagged, blindfolded, stripped naked, placed in stress positions, deprived of sleep and food for 96 hours and during that time he was sexually assaulted and left bleeding,’ she said.



Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – February 3, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Ellen Briggs

Something Funny this Way Comes!

Things get funny at the Court House on Thursday when open mic comedy kicks off 2016 with Ellen Briggs as MC. Catch this marvellous mouthy Mullumbimby mama telling it how it is – and heading up a brand-new crop of comics on the talking stick. Thursday 4 February at 8pm. Free entry.

Rebellious Flower

The story is a bouquet of handpicked flowers from the garden of an unending celebration. Inspired on the life of Osho it’s a first feature film on the spiritual guru – Rajneesh Osho.
This film narrates life of Raja in his adolescence and youth and, moreover a rebellion in him; he is keen to unearth the answers beneath the surface of facts that are acceptable to others. It beautifully narrates the transition Raja goes through in the phase of enlightenment and sanctity.

His childhood mentor his maternal grandmother called as Nani by him, who nurtures his childhood and is a strong pillar in his learning phase, is very well depicted in the film. Rebellious Flower is an anecdote that takes on the path of beliefs that Raja resolves to walk on. In retrospect he surmises that existence is inevitably attained by purely accepting the simplicity of subconscious with the help of his mentors – Magga Baba, Paggal Baba and Masto Baba.

He embarks on a journey to understand the beauty that lies....


Echonetdaily: Lady Gaga to perform Bowie tribute "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lady Gaga at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. She will perform a tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards later this month. Photo Jonathan Short/Invision/AP

Lady Gaga at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. She will perform a tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards later this month. Photo Jonathan Short/Invision/AP

LOS ANGELES –  [RAW] Lady Gaga will lead what organisers called an ‘experiential tribute’ to late British singer David Bowie at the Grammy Awards this month.

The Recording Academy said Gaga would perform three or four of Bowie’s songs in a ‘multisensory testament’ to Bowie’s creativity as a musician whose work constantly evolved over five decades.

Bowie’s unexpected death at age 69 in January after a secret cancer diagnosis shocked fans around the world and came just two days after the release of a critically-acclaimed new album Blackstar.

Gaga, a six-time Grammy winner, is also known for reinventing herself many times since she rose to fame in 2008.

She had already been booked to perform at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 15.

‘But when David passed – almost in a single moment – we knew we had to change direction,’ Grammy ceremony executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement.



Echonetdaily: High Court to rule on legality of Nauru detention "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nauru Detention Centre. Photo AAP

Nauru Detention Centre. Photo AAP

CANBERRA –  [AAP] Scores of asylum seeker families might be sent back to Nauru if a High Court challenge against the legality of Australia’s involvement in the immigration detention centre there fails.

The court will hand down its ruling on Wednesday.

The test case focused on the plight of a Bangladeshi pregnant asylum seeker brought to Australia from Nauru because of serious health complications.

She is now facing return to the Pacific island with her one-year-old child.

The ruling will have implications for more than 267 people including 37 babies and 54 older children who were brought to Australia for medical treatment.

Of the 54 children, 36 are attending Australian schools.

The Commonwealth’s case in part hinged on a sudden decision last October by the Nauru government to allow asylum seekers to roam around the island at will.

That policy change means the woman, if returned, would not be detained, Commonwealth lawyers argued.

The federal government, with Labor’s support, retrospectively changed laws to shore up the Commonwealth’s ability to pay for the offshore facilities.

The Human Rights Law Centre ran the legal challenge and says the government shifted the goal...


North Coast Voices: A profile of personal incomes in the Northern Rivers region is a lesson in the unequal distribution of wealth "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 28 January 2016 the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, 2012-13.

These estimates show that for Australia, the median total personal income in 2012-13 for people lodging tax returns was $44,940. The top 10 per cent of earners received 33.7 per cent of the total income and the median age of an earner was 42 years of age. Also, 77.9 per cent of earners reported employee income as their main source of income.

In NSW the per cent of total income (from wages/investments) held by the top 1% of earners  is 10.5% - with the top 10% having 34.9% of total income.

In NSW the median total income from all sources for individuals was $44,780 (excluding government pensions/allowances), in Greater Sydney it was $47,281 and in the rest of NSW it was $40,702, both with the same exclusions.

In the Northern Rivers region the median total income from all sources for individuals was less than $...


Echonetdaily: Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Graham Nash express "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Photo: Amy Grantham

Legendary singer/songwriter Graham Nash is a freakin’ god of song – he is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a Grammy award winner, AND… he’s coming to Bluesfest.

Eve Jeffery, filling in for Mandy Nolan, almost (maybe she did!) wet herself when she found out she was going to interview one of her all-time favourite songwriters. Here’s what happened:

Where are you and what time is it?

10.30 in the evening in Florida – Ponte Vedra, which is a couple hours from Orlando.

I have to say I am a huge fan and have been over 30 years. Are you finding that your fanbase is ageing or are you reaching a younger audience?

It’s really strange and I check this constantly – the demographics of people who come to see us are across 14–70. It’s fantastic and I think what is happening is brothers and sisters are turning their younger siblings on to the music, having been turned on by their parents, so that’s the age spread of people who come to see us.

I was 16 when No Nukes (MUSE) came out – it changed my life. Do you feel it’s important for artists with a high profi...


Echonetdaily: SA doctor’s daughter murdered in UK "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Adelaide doctor's daughter India Chipchase has been murdered in Northampton, UK, where she was working as a barmaid. Photo Northampton Police

Adelaide doctor’s daughter India Chipchase has been murdered in Northampton, UK, where she was working as a barmaid. Photo Northampton Police

NORTHAMPTON – [PAA] A man accused of the strangling murder of the daughter of a respected Adelaide doctor has appeared in court in England.

Edward Tenniswood, 51, is charged with murdering 20-year-old India Chipchase in Northampton over the weekend.

He was remanded in custody following an appearance at the English town’s magistrate’s court.

Ms Chipchase, the girlfriend of Evaan Reihana, the son of former All Black Bruce Reihana, was last seen alive early on Saturday morning.

Her disappearance was reported later that day after she failed to turn up to her work as a barmaid at The Collingtree pub and restaurant.

An investigation into her disappearance led local police to Tenniswood’s home on Stanley Road, where her body was discovered on Sunday night.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday confirmed she died from pressure to the neck.

Her father, obstetric...


Echonetdaily: Country halls star in new arts initiative "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artists collaborating to reveal the history hiding in our local halls in the Arts Northern Rivers initiative If These Halls Could Talk. Photo Jeff Dawson

Artists collaborating to reveal the history hiding in our local halls as part of the Arts Northern Rivers initiative If These Halls Could Talk. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local artists gathered last Friday at the Ewingsdale Hall to kick off a two-year arts project entitled If These Halls Could Talk, which aims to celebrate country halls and the role they play in our communities.

The halls from across the region are located in Tumbulgum, Eureka, The Channon, Eatonsville, Broadwater Riley’s Hill, Bonalbo and Meerschaumvale.

Show and tell

Arts Northern Rivers creative team, in collaboration with the artists, will be creating a site-specific work inspired by the unique narrative of each hall.

Over the next two months, Arts Northern Rivers and the artists/artistic teams will be holding ‘show and tell’ events at each of the seven halls.

Anyone with stories, photos, memorabilia or a connection to the halls listed is encouraged to participate and attend the upcoming events.

Some of the artists and artistic teams teamed up with the halls include Opera Queensland, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), Spaghetti Circus and Roundabout Theatre, Grayson Cooke, H.W. Collective, Craig Walsh...


Echonetdaily: Nene King tells court former friend fleeced her "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Australian Women's Weekly editor Nene King leaves the Melbourne County Court. Monday, Feb 1. 2016. She is expected to give evidence soon in the trial of Colin Hahne, a former friend who allegedly defrauded her while she was vulnerable. Photo AAP Image/ David Crosling

Former Australian Women’s Weekly editor Nene King leaves the Melbourne County Court. Monday, Feb 1. 2016. She is expected to give evidence soon in the trial of Colin Hahne, a former friend who allegedly defrauded her while she was vulnerable. Photo AAP Image/ David Crosling

MELBOURNE [AAP] Former magazine editor Nene King is expected to return to the witness stand when the trial of a man accused of fleecing her of more than $40,000 resumes on Wednesday.

Her former friend Colin Hahne is standing trial on 49 deception-related charges allegedly involving withdrawing thousands from her accounts and using her bank card to pay for hotel bookings in 2009 without her permission.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Ms King, Hahne and his partner Larry Sutcliffe lived together in Ms King’s Caulfield South home between 2007 and 2009, the County Court of Victoria has heard.

Ms King, a former editor of Woman’s Day and the Australian Women’s Weekly, said she ‘paid for everything’ while t...


Echonetdaily: North Korea plans satellite launch "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States' advanced defence system THAAD, a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, on Korea Peninsula, near the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to the US. Photo AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

South Korean protesters stage a rally to oppose the possible deployment of the United States’ advanced defence system THAAD, a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, on Korea Peninsula, near the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile, according to the US. Photo AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

SEOUL – [AAP] North Korea has told UN agencies it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country’s long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on January 6.

News of the planned launch between February 8 and February 25 drew fresh US calls for tougher UN sanctions already under discussion in response to North Korea’s nuclear test. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United Nations needed to ‘send the North Koreans a swift, firm message...


Echonetdaily: Kayaker missing from Gold Coast canal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Supplied image obtained Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 of a 31-year-old kayaker reported missing after his kayak was located unattended at Broadbeach Waters. (AAP Image/Queensland Police) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

This 31-year-old man was reported missing after his kayak was located unattended at Broadbeach Waters. Photo Queensland Police

Police will resume the search for a man reported missing after the discovery of a distressed dog on a kayak floating on a Gold Coast canal yesterday (Tuesday February 2).

The 31-year-old kayaker set out for a paddle with his pet dog about 7am (AEST) at Broadbeach Waters.

A woman walking along the shore spotted the dog on the kayak on the canal about an hour later and alerted police.

The kayaker was reported missing and a major air and sea search launched along the canal.

There has been no sign of the man who suffers an unspecified medical condition.

Police suspended the search late Tuesday afternoon but will resume it at first light on Wednesday.

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Echonetdaily: Gold Coast Airport’s lease over Crown wetland a sham "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On the eve of Australia Day 2016, when our communities were gearing up to celebrate this day, the Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the National Party approved the Gold Coast Airport (GCA) Instrument Landing System (ILS).

In the minister’s statement there is not a dot on the permanent and irreversible destruction of critical ecosystems of the lower Tweed River system and its adverse economic impacts to the Tweed and NSW Far North Coast region.

Nor is there any recognition of the significance of this area that meets Ramsar criteria and the Indigenous cultural heritage landscape, Murraba, of National significance.

Communities impacted by aircraft noise and toxic emissions is very real but has been treated with contempt – an un-Australian attack on the Tweed/Gold Coast communities.

At this same time Tourism Australia launched its ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ campaign in New York with Australia’s natural assets the stars of the campaign. But our governments are destroying these very same natural assets at a rapid rate.

The minister has parroted the same claims in the Major Development Plan (MDP) and public notices which were false/misleading and not supported by formal records indicating there has been no objective assessment, simply towing the same misinformation line and totally ignoring the many very serious concerns of the community.

Prior to Xmas there was much fan-fare by the Prime Minister announcing the nation would become one of innovation. The minister’s con continues stating the approval of the ILS ‘is appropriate for GCA to function as a world-class facility’.

However, the fact is the ILS is an antiquated radio system developed in the 1930s and in the near future will be obsolete. To be a nation of innovation and to develop aviation of the future the $10 million needs to be invested in 21st century satellite technology – not outdated systems of a past century for the future.

The minist...


Echonetdaily: Tweed Valley Relay for Life making a difference "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On behalf of the Tweed Valley Relay for Life 2016 committee, I would like to express our thanks to your paper in assisting us in helping to inform your readers of our 2016 Relay for Life event.

It is through your medium that we are able to provide the many residents of our shire with information about the Tweed Valley Relay, to be held at the Merv Edwards Field Wommin Bay Road Kingscliff starting at 4pm (DST) on 12 March 2016.

By the good works of our Relay teams, our supporters/sponsors, our wonderful Tweed Valley residents and volunteers, we can continue providing practical support and resources in the oncology ward at The Tweed Hospital, assisting nurses to support up to 200 patients and carers a week.

The Cancer Council will also be expanding this support into the Murwillumbah oncology unit within the next year.

Some of your readers may be surprised to learn that the Cancer Council is the only charity working across every aspect of every cancer. The Tweed Valley Relay for Life and Cancer Council strive to lead, empower and mobilise the community to make the biggest possible difference.

Cancer Council prevention programs such as Eat It To Beat It, Sun Sound and Sun Smart focus on changing lifestyle behaviour, through prevention and education campaigns. The success of past programs such as Sun Smart and Sun Sound prove this, however there is more work to be done to assist our community in fighting back in preventing cancer.

Did you know that there is a campaign called Lifestyle Behaviour Campaign – Men’s 40? A first in NSW and happening in our backyard! Men between 40 and 64 are twice as likely to be diagnosed with melanoma and three times as likely to die from it as women of similar age.

This is why in 2016 the Cancer Council are partnering with the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club to implement a lifestyle behaviour change program among men of that age demographic. If this proves successful then Can...


Bendigo Community Farmers Market: Ghost Writer Schweiz . ch – Traditionell gut funktionierende Schweiz Verlag Lösung "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Mein Name ist Alexander, ich bin der Student des vierten Studienjahres der Humboldt Universität. Am Ende des zweiten Studienhalbjahres brauchte ich eine Semesterarbeit in der Literaturwissenschaft. das Werk sollte 50 Seite liegen. Außer der Lehre mache ich noch und für Schreiben meiner Semesterarbeit hatte ich keine Zeit. Ich habe meine Freundeum Beihilfegebeten und sie haben mir einen Kundendienstim Rahmendesfachwissenschaftlichen Schreibens angeboten. am Anfang habe ich eine Anzahl Misstrauen dazu, aber nach dem ersten Anruf wird meine meine Unsicherheit nicht mehr enttäuscht.

Aufsatz Schriftlich Hilfe

Der Kundendienst funktioniertim Bereich des fachwissenschaftlichen Schreibens bereits mehr als 5 Jahren und hilft den Studiker bei der Fertigung des fachwissenschaftlichen Arbeiten. Hier bietet man eine große Listevon Sortimente und extra Offerten an. Das Objektiv dieser Hilfsquelle ist 100% erstklassigen, einzigartigen und nicht kopierten Schrifte zu schaffen. Ich möchte sagen, dass die Unternehmung dem Ziel Tausendprozent entspricht. Meiner Semesterarbeit war greifbar, richtig und korrekt geschrieben, und alle meinen Instruktionen entsprach. Der Kundendienst hat eine gute Kenntnis in der Fertigung der akademischen Semesterarbeiten.

ghostwriter osterreich

Nach meiner ersten Kenntnis der Gruppenarbeit mit, beordere ich regelrecht meineakademischenWerke und bin dazu sehr glücklich. Ich habe keine Furcht für Studium, weil ich ständig für Hilfe bieten kann und sicher bin, dass ich 100% exzellenten und, was am wichtigsten ist, plagiatsfreien Fassungen bekommen wird. Dank diesem Service habe ich noch freier Zeit für Erholung und Job. Ich habe verschiedenartige Schrifte bestellt, und bekam allezeit nur schöneErgebnis. Bei gibt es eine Eventualität von kleinen Text oder......


North Coast Voices: Abbott the hysterical historian "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

There’s no doubt about Tony Abbott – he’s the gift that keeps on giving

Matt Golding cartoon.
This is Tones the historian giving a definition of marriage though the ages.

Forget cultures which practice polyandry or polygamy. Ignore “walking marriage”, “fixed term marriage”, “ghost marriage”, “marriage to a deity”, “woman-woman marriage” and marriage involving a “two spirit” person.

No, it has definitely been lifetime monogamous marriage between one man and one woman since time immemorial, according to the MP for Warringah.

*Sound of  thousands...


Wild BNE: Nature Surveys 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Location: Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre, Burpengary, Moreton Bay Shire
Date: Wednesday 21st January 2015; 20:45-21:15
Habitat: Riverine forest
Weather: Warm and cloudy night, 25C, light breeze. Light showers (<1mm) during the day
Focus: Mammal survey

(*) Exotic

Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus)

Total species: 1

Other interesting sightings:
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) *

Location: Cabbage Tree Creek, McDowall, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 12th February 2015; 10:45-12:15
Habitat: Slow-flowing freshwater stream with deeper pools

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troublemag: Ben Quilty: Spoils of War "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

by Steve Proposch

It is tempting to label Ben Quilty’s latest works in After Afghanistan, at Castlemaine Art Gallery until 15 April 2016, ‘super’ expressionist. The subjects of these portraits are vulnerable, yet powerful. They leave you with no doubt that Quilty has fulfilled his role as Official War Artist admirably.

This exhibition is the result of the artist’s three-week tour across Afghanistan in October 2011. While Quilty’s purpose was to record and interpret the experiences of Australians deployed as part of Operation Slipper in Kabul, Kandahar, and Tarin Kot in Afghanistan and at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates, the artist soon discovered that his conversations and experiences with many Australian servicemen and women left him with an overwhelming desire to tell their stories.

Quilty’s tribute on ANZAC Day 2015 is an indicator of how personally this experience has affected the artist. He spoke not only to those who did not return from Afghanistan and their grieving families, but also to “the young men and women who live amongst us who have paid so dearly and will quietly wear the thick cloak of trauma for many years to come …”.

Ben Quilty, 'Captain S, after Afghanistan' painted in Robertson, New South Wales, 2012 oil on linen, 140 x 190 cm acquired under the official art scheme in 2012



troublemag: 市场 TO MARKET "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

摄影师 (photographer) Scarlett Casciello

美发师 (stylist) Sabina Vitter
发型和化妆 (hair & makeup) 王红 Wang Hong
时装模特 (fashion model) Juan Zhao
@ Longteng Beijing






troublemag: Comics Face February 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


This comic first appeared in Trouble May 2011

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troublemag: R’ART "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

by Jim Kempner

Never look a gift horse in the eye.


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onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.474 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

View Online What's On this Week | 2 - 8 February 2016 Dining Zhngguó xnnián kuàilè MelB Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Festival 2016 Expect fireworks, food and spectacular dragons to take over Melbourne as the city celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Monkey. When: 6 - 21 February, 2016 Where: Melbourne Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Chinese New Year at Federation Square Join a Chinese New Year celebration with live music, multicultural entertainment, food and light displays. When: 6 + 7 February | 10am – 9pm Where: Federation Square Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Golden Age Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival 2016 Featuring various Asian culinary delights, cultural displays, arts and crafts, merchandise and more. When: Saturday, February 6 (1pm) - Sunday, February 7 (1am) Where: Main St & Market St Malls, and along Whitehorse Road, Box Hill Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Chinese New Year’s Eve Countdown The New Year’s Eve countdown will start with lion dancing and drumming, before a broadcast of the China CCTV’s national New Year’s Eve gala program ‘Chun Wan’. When: February 7 - February 8, 11:00pm - 2:00am Where: Federation Square Stage Links: Desktop | Smart Phone The Yaks Barbecue Festival Melbourne Barbecue Festival Teams from around Australia battle it out in the Southern Hemisphere's first American-style cook-off. When: Saturday 6 February 2016 Where: Flemington Racecourse Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Women's Expo GO Festival 2016 GO Festival is a celebration of all Women! GO Festival is an opportunity for girls of all walks of life to enjoy a fun day out. When: February 6 & 7 2016 Where: Melbourne Showgrounds Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone Stop Dreaming and Start Swimming Pool & Spa + Outdoor Living Expo 2016 Join the backyard revolution and update the outdoor living area for all year around entertainment. When: February 5 - 7, 2016 Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Links: Boo...


Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Working on Relaxing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


So I am about to go on a holiday. Hawaii. For a whole two weeks. I haven’t gone away for that long for 18 years. I have had a week here and there, but not two weeks.

There was a week in a caravan at Evans Head that was so exhausting it left me in hospital with cardiac arythimia. It was possibly the shock of losing my showering thongs. But this is two weeks away. Two whole weeks without working. It seems dangerous.

What do people do when they are not working? Generally when I am kicking back at home I like to clean stuff. Like cupboards. Or under beds. What do you do when you don’t have to do anything? The whole two weeks thing feels a bit over-indulgent.

The only time I haven’t worked for that long I have generally given birth, and I don’t think you can call that a holiday. Pushing a person out a 10cm exit isn’t called ‘labour’ for no reason.

I’m not complaining. I love what I do and I realise that what I do is not typical work. There’s no digging or bending or lifting. There is however a lot of swearing, like someone who digs or bends or lifts.

Standing up and talking about myself hardly seems like a slog, but its a lot more time consuming than you’d think. There’s a lot of me to talk about. And I have to keep thinking of new stuff.

It’s exhausting finding more and more things wrong with me. You’d think there would be a bottomless pit, but I just don’t have that much insight. If I did, I guess I wouldn’t have anything wrong with me.

So that’s the paradox of the creative process. It’s not all fun fun fun. There’s also a lot of drive drive driving. When I became a comedian I never thought it would involve SO much road time. I th...


The Vociferous Journalist: Return of Kings Australian meet ups met with outrage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Return of Kings is another of the high-profile groups for male pick-up artists we’ve heard about in the last couple of years, which is planning meet ups of its Australian members all throughout this week. Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne spoke with us about the group, the views they hold, and their interaction with Australia.  


Natural Newstead: What I saw in the forest "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The last day of January produced the goods – a short drive through the Muckleford bush was rewarded with some common and not so common sights. Dusky Woodswallows are busy looking after recently fledged youngsters and it seems to have been a productive season for Jacky Winters. I’ve seen ‘spotty’ juveniles in lots of places in recent weeks.

Lastly a small flock of White-throated Needletails appeared above me as I headed home. I’d seen a single bird in town the day before but this was the first multiple sighting for the summer. Unfortunately a dull sky and few gaps in the canopy made it difficult to capture more than some cursory shots.


Dusky Woodswallow (adult)


Dusky Woodswallow (juvenile), Mia Mia Road, 31st January 2016.


Dusky Woodswallows (adult at left, juvenile at right)





Echonetdaily: Belongil resort opens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Staff at Elements of Byron preparing for the arrival of the resort's first guests on Monday.

Staff at Elements of Byron preparing for the arrival of the resort’s first guests on Monday.

After almost six years of planning, design and development, the $100 million Elements of Byron resort opened its doors to the public on Monday.

The splashy opening was a lavish pool party for the Bay’s ‘A’ list, with champagne and a slap-up meal by executive chef Justin Dingle-Garciyya and his team.

There were also tours of the resort, a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, horses, a helicopter, drummers and fire twirlers, musicians all evening and to end the night, a DJ with dancing aplenty.

Located at the end of Bayshore Drive, the resort currently contains 94 villas, with a further 96 being built in stage two, say management.

New restaurants

There are restaurants Graze, Drift Bar, Osprey Spa, Barefoot Bar and a kiosk.

As part of the resort, there is a gymnasium and a ‘state-of-the-art conference wing catering to 450 delegates.’

Management say that over the next few months a private beach club looking out over Belongil Beach will open.

Management say the design pays homage to the resort landscape, ‘which encompasses almost two kilometres of bea...


Echonetdaily: Stone and Wood wins Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer poll "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Voted Best Craft Beer - Stone & Wood's Pacific Ale.

Voted Best Craft Beer – Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale.

Locally based Stone & Wood Brewing have won the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer poll, an annual contest with drinkers voting on their top five beers.

Jasmin Daly from Stone & Wood Brewing said, ‘We are so stoked and humbled to have our Pacific Ale grab the top spot for 2015 and if it wasn’t for the support of our local community this wouldn’t have been possible

‘For us, we just want to brew good beer and we’re so lucky to have a passionate team that come to work everyone day inspired to make this happen. This recognition is a tribute to our team and a reflection of the incredible community we are lucky to be surrounded by.

‘Our Pacific Ale is inspired by our home on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and brewed using all Australian barley, wheat and Galaxy hops.’

The poll is put on by The Local Taphouse, Crafty Pint and Brewsnews.

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AWPA Sydney News: 1) Freeport Asks Indonesia to Cut or Postpone $530m Smelter Bond: Mining Minister "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) 10 former Papuan separatists  request amnesty

3) Indonesia-New Zealand to cooperate to handle disadvantaged region

1) Freeport Asks Indonesia to Cut or Postpone $530m Smelter Bond: Mining Minister
By : Wilda Asmarini | on 12:49 PM February 02, 2016



Common Ground North Coast: Double Barrel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


‘Double Barrel’ is one chapter of a global story. In places like Bali, Fiji, South Africa, even around our own coast, we are seeing the destructive force of development and greed. But, in just the same way, the project and the sustainable redevelopment of Lobitos will pave the way for similar projects around the world. Harold envisages an eco surf community, bringing income back to the struggling town. The Lobitos Project will set the benchmark, bringing acute environmental awareness to the community, including waste management systems, solar energy and, most importantly, an education in sustainability to the local area.

Straight off its global launch in Peru, Double Barrel Film is ready for a line up of worldwide premieres including the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival in the USA.

Double Barrel is a travel and surf documentary that follows Australian journalist Angie Davis and Peruvian surf guide Harold Koechlin to northern Peru. Passionate about surfing and the environment, these like-minded friends share the story of the oil-dominated town Lobitos, with a goal to unite local and international surfing communities to protect the coastline that fringes the region. A story about travel, friendship, the ocean, and change, Double Barrel inspires us all to travel with a conscience and follow our dreams.

Double Barrel will screen its USA premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as part of a special documentary segment ‘Surfing South America’, alongside Chris Malloy’s ‘The Fisherman’s Son’, and Frank Sun’s ‘Thank You, Surf Again’.

World Premiere Dates:

February 4th, Fiesta Theatre 1, 10pm, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA
February 7th, Lobero Theatre, 11am, Santa Barbara Interna......


Refugee Action Coalition: Fifty day hunger strike highlights deliberate visa delays "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Refugee advocates are increasingly concerned for the welfare of a Bengali asylum seeker in Wickham Point, Darwin, who has been on hunger strike for 52 days.

The 37-year-old asylum seeker who arrived in Australia on 15 June, 2013 has not had his claim for asylum processed in over 31 months.

After being transferred from Christmas Island to Wickham Point in August 2013, the Bengali man was told he would be granted a bridging visa, but nothing has happened since then.

The Bengali man has also been assaulted on 5 January by Serco guards when they transferred him from Shark to Sun Compound in an attempt to isolate his hunger strike protest.

He was returned to Shark compound on 7 January. An official complaint has been made regarding the assault.

The Bengali man’s hunger strike is a continuation of the hunger strike protests in Darwin of 18 Bangladeshis in December who had not been processed although some had been in detention for three years.

“There is no excuse for being detained for 31 months. The deliberate bureaucratic delays are a form of torture,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “This hunger strike exposes the government mindset that is behind the recent reports of record levels of long term detention in Australian detention centres.

“It is simply a lack of political will and the ruthless determination to make an example of asylum seekers who arrive by boat.”

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Fifty day hunger strike highlights deliberate visa delays appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.


Common Ground North Coast: People to know – Rhoda Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rhoda RobertsRhoda Roberts is one of the most inspirational women I am lucky enough to have met.

A creative powerhouse, Rhoda grew up in Lismore and attended Richmond River High and Lismore Heights Primary. With her family, as a teenager, she spent a few years in Sydney where she attended Canterbury Girls School. Her father was so homesick off country they returned back to their family home. Rhoda is a 2,000 generation Widjabul woman from the Bundjalung nation.

Along with her partner Steven Field,  she has three children Emily, Jack and Sarah. Rhoda was married for ten years to the late Bill Hunter who passed away with cancer.

Rhoda is one of four children; two brothers and a twin sister, although they were a household of children with Rhoda’s parents raising many cousin as an extended family.

Rhoda’s eldest child Emily is her twin sister’s biological daughter, although she has raised her from birth. Her sister was a hairdresser and had a massive car accident near Casino in the mid 70’s; she received severe brain damage when they were just 20 years old. When they were  40 she went missing. Her murder has not been solved as yet. Her body was discovered in the Whian Whian state forest close to their custodial lands of Nimbin six months after she went missing.

Rhoda graduated in the late 70’s as a registered Nurse and after being the resident nurse on Hayman Island she traveled to London to do another certificate in Accident and Emergency in the early 80’s at Westminster. She spent most of the 80’s travelling the world, volunteering and working in India on her way back. On returning she studied a diploma in the performing arts and was a co- founder of the successful Aboriginal National Theater Trust in the Late 80’s/early 90’s,  which also produced the First, Second...


Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Work of BMRSG 2015 – 1 Successful programs at Fairfield High School "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

BMRSG supported 2 programs run by the Parents' Cafe at Fairfield High School, Healing Through Evan Yako’s Drumming and Preparation in a Work Skills Program


South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Big day for ‘Dutchy’ "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A BUMPER crowd is expected at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve this Sunday for the inaugural Dutchy’s Cup, to commemorate the memory of popular cricketer David ‘Dutchy’ Dutchman and promote awareness of mental health.
The family fun day will kick off at 11am with a 40-over one-day match played between a Wonthaggi Club XI and the Dutchy’s All Stars.
The All Stars will include some of Dutchy’s ex-teammates from Korumburra and beyond for the inaugural match and the side will wear newly-designed black and yellow uniforms – a reference to Dutchy’s love of the Richmond Tigers.
One of the organisers of the event, Shane Dole, said he was hoping to see 400 to 500 people at the ground.
“Weather-wise it’s going to be fantastic and a lot of people have put in a lot of effort, so it’d be great to see the region support the event for such a good cause,” he said.
“He’s touched a lot of people over the journey and a lot of clubs, for and against.
“There’s been other clubs in the association that have postponed social functions to be able attend the day – it’s a great touch.”
Stuart Dixon, Scott Checkley and Sean Donnelly will fly from interstate to play for Dutchy’s All Stars alongside Dole, Jason Wilson, Paul Matheson, Jeff Walsh, Matt Loader, Adam Pyman, Darren Scott, Dean Cuman and Adam Balfour.
Wonthaggi Club will have 18 players participating.
Club’s Rob Geyer said the side is looking forward to honouring their mate.
“Liam Sawyer is captain, Ash Sartori’s coming back from Queensland to play and we’re bringing Gav Bolding out of retirement,” he said.
“It’s mainly guys he was captain of, and couple he played a bit of rep cricket with. I’ll try hit a couple of crowd catches as there’s some money in it if you take a catch in the crowd.”
A guest speaker from Survivors of Suicide (SOS) will address players and spectators in the clubrooms during the break between innings, and kids will be entertained wi...


Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Summer by the Sea success "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

More than 200 beachgoers took part in GORCC led and funded environmental education activities this summer as part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria 2016 Summer by the Sea (SBTS) program.

GORCC funded and hosted 20 local activities as part of the state-wide program,  offering an array of adventures ranging from stand-up paddle boarding to fossil hunting.

GORCC has seen a strong turn out for the free experiences, with the forest adventure walk at Queens Park and the Jan Juc bush food and fossil hunting were as the most popular activities this year.

Check out a gallery of images from the 2016 program below (click on the photos to view larger images).



News: Join us in celebrating 40 years of radical radio "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Happy Birthday 3CR

We're 40, Let's party! Here is a taster of our timeline of events and special broadcasts:
Jan 26: Invasion Day March and LIVE Broadcast
Feb 15 - 21: Subscriber Drive - Show Us Your Love
March 8: International Women's Day - 24 hours of women's programming
March 15 - 18: Sustainable Breakfast Series at Friends of the Earth Food Cooperative
March 18: Where the Heart Is outside broadcast
March 18 - April 23: If People Powered Radio Exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary



: Your Chamber Meets "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting February 8. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting February 16, Inquiries President Yvonne Dornan 9817-3180; Reg Cain 0419 [...]


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Sometimes… "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Sometimes we just want to scream at the top of our lungs, “How could you?” as we try and fathom how any human being could allow a creature to fall into such  dire straits as Posy. When we first laid eyes on the young ewe, our thoughts were that we were too late. Inching closer, the smell of rotting flesh and maggots hit our nostrils while the sight of her stiffened legs and bloated belly said rigor mortis had taken hold, and our hearts sank. Then, “Did you see that?”, “See what?”, “Her leg moved”, “Are you sure?” We picked up both speed and hope and raced even faster to where she lay.

PosyIt was beyond comprehension that any creature could have survived what this dear sheep had endured. Clearly recently shorn and her flystrike treated, it was evident someone had known of her pitifully thin state and with half an eye open and any semblance of smell they too would have known of her maggot-infested hoof. Yet alone she had clearly languished for days under the searing hot sun of near 40 degrees and the heaviest of downpours that had sodden what little fleece she had left. What was surprising above all else was that dear Posy had clung tenaciously to life, reckoning this world was one she still wished to be a part of.


Gently lifting her frail and thin body onto the stretcher, our team set to work, hoping to prove her desire to live well-founded; although they were never voiced, we each had serious doubts she was long for this world. Our......


News: Gardening Show returns for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

3CR's Gardening Show Team: Gwen Elliot, Pam Vardy, AB, and Millie Ross

Hey there green thumbs the Gardening Show is back for 2016. Woo hoo! Tune in this Sunday, 7th Feb, 7:30am - 9:15am. Give us a call on 9419 0155 with all those questions you've been saving up over the summer break. We're ready!



Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: They moved like hairy mammoths amongst the trees—meet the (not so) woolly bottoms… "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Wooly Bottoms

The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) trekked the earth during the Pleistocene era, each thunderous footfall deafening those around them and sending fear into the hearts of many. Today its closest living relative is the Asian elephant, or so we thought until we recently spied four decidedly large and mammoth-like sheep, sans tusks, weaving across not the bitter Arctic tundra but a heavily wooded area of the Macedon Ranges. As their overgrown coats slowly rose and majestically fell almost in slow motion with each arduous stride they took, we quickly realised that their main predator was no fabled sabre-toothed tiger but the very fleece that engulfed them. Sheep of today, unlike the long-gone woolly mammoth, most certainly need regular human contact for survival; shearing, hoof trimming, drenching and vaccinations are right up there with the Good Shepherd. And whilst it was no 8,000kg burden we removed from their backs, it was indeed a much-welcomed relief for the three black Suffolk ewes and their male buddy as they were shorn.

Wooly Bottoms

Quickly christened the “woolly bottoms” for obvious reasons, our new sheepy friends are now acclimatising themselves to an entire new age of kindness. Welcome Warren, Wendy, Winona and Wynnie.

Wooly Bottoms...


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Not so neighbourly love "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


One of the most common causes of disputes between neighbours erupts over fencing. Generally most scenarios can be resolved amicably, while some escalate, landing both parties in court, but rarely do they result in death. Sadly the latter occurred recently when one landowner’s sheep strayed onto the adjoining neighbour’s property, who clearly wasn’t feeling the love. However, rather than racing for the phone or fencing tools to solve the problem, a gun was seized, resulting in the death of two sheep. Such a tragic circumstance saw the remaining sheep surrendered into our care. While Daddy-o, Mummy-o, Bro, Granny-o, Bubby-o and Flo are missing their friends, they now graze safely in the secure pastures of Edgar’s Mission.


Their story is a timely reminder that if you do have animals in your care, please ensure that at all times they are safely contained and that you remain on good terms with your neighbour to prevent any retribution to your animals or property.



Black Mark: Psychogeographical Walk: shoes and artists "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A small group of determined psychogeographers set off heading south from the corner of Illan Lane and Tinning Street. We were examining the transition zone between Sydney Road and the Upfield railway line, exploring some of the streets that running parallel to the railway, before doubling back along Sydney Road for a drink at Edinburgh Castle.


We stopped at Tinning Street presents, the only art gallery that we actually visited on the walk. Michael Thomas’s photographs, Night Works looked as if they had come from Thomas’s nocturnal psychogeographical walks. The huge Duratran colour print photographs mounted in Tasmanian oak light boxes made the suburban look impressive.

Some of us were very familiar with the area but there are always something new to see when you feel like exploring. As well we had several fortuitous accidental encounters with local artists. The first was with Julian di Martino on his bicycle. I think Julian mentioned that he’d been to Soma Gallery, a shop front gallery on Sydney Road. Next we ran into Jon Beinart who was busy preparing to open a pop-surrealism gallery in Sparta Place, it is a great location for a gallery.

Brunswick Kind.. 8:13

Then, and we had just been looking at Brunswick Kind on the Victoria St carpark wall when Trevor ‘Turbo’ Brown came along carrying two paintings. Turbo is a Latje Latje man from Mildura and the winner of the 2012 Victorian Deadly Art Award. He was hoping to raise some money by selling paintings on the street, a tough gig with colourful bold painting...


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Now you see it—magicians, MLA and the art of misdirection "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Dedi got the ball rolling in ancient Egypt in 2700 BC as one of the first recorded magicians, then in 50–300 AD groups of magicians known as Acetabularii performed tricks using cups and balls in ancient Rome. More recently, in 1983, David Seth Kotkin (better known as David Copperfield) made the Statue of Liberty “disappear” in front of a live audience on Liberty Island. In that same year, Dutch magician Richard Ross mystified the world with his flawless linking rings trick. At the heart of these seemingly magical manoeuvres is art of misdirection or sleight of hand. Illusionists throughout the ages have employed it to gain fame, fortune and more recently increased sales of lamb on Australia Day.

Misdirection, Wikipedia tells us, is a form of deception where “the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another”. It goes on: “managing the audience’s attention is the aim of all theater, it is the foremost requirement of theatrical magic. Whether the magic is of a ‘pocket trick’ variety, or, a large stage production in Las Vegas” … or indeed an advertising campaign employed by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

“Operation Boomerang” aims to encourage Aussies, in all their patriotic glory, to eat more lamb—anything less is portrayed as unAustralian. To do this, the advertising campaign establishes a whimsical narrative about wresting Aussies from far-flung corners of the globe and bringing them home to chow down on lamb on Australia Day. In doing so, it aims to unite its target audience, namely meateaters, by t......


2RRR: Youth Jukebox Recognized by the Community Broadcasting Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

For three years, Youth Jukebox – a program presented by high school students from the local area – has been broadcasting every weekday from 4-5pm. Each day of the week sees a different combo of presenters playing their favourite music and chatting your ears off.

In July 2014, Mason Smith took on the position of Youth Coordinator. He has seen firsthand the success of the program – the volunteers “have gained self-confidence and enthusiasm for civic participation”.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation recently interviewed Mason about the program, and its success in getting young people engaged with the community. The article is being used to encourage other community radio stations to foster youth involvement in community media.

Check out this article by The Community Broadcasting Foundation.


2RRR: Jazz & Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Friday 5th February
12 – 2pm Jazz & Beyond
In this weekâŹ"s program the Limelight shines the spotlight on Australian Jazz vocalist Kerrie Biddell who had an amazing career both in Australia and overseas. In Retrospective, we will be playing music from the beat band Gerry and the Pacemakers who were serious contenders against the Beatles in the 60âŹ"s. And in RayâŹ"s Selection we introduce relative new-comers to the Australian Jazz scene the James Osbourne Jazz Collective – Jazz and Beyond ⏠jazz with a twist!


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 2.02.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Track Title Artist Album Title
Lucky Joe’s Wine Hussy Hicks Lucky Joe’s Wine   (new)
Take Me To The Water Irish Mythen Irish Mythen   (new)
Blues Is A Stranger Bondi Cigars Child In The Desert
Devil On My Back Ali Penney &
The Money Makers
And On It Goes
Boom Boom (Live) Chris Harland Blues Band A Long Time Coming
I Don’t Need You Know Chris Harland Blues Band A Long Time Coming
Devil Got My Man Chris O Peckman’s Plateau
We’re Still Changing Clayton Doley Bayou Billabong
Too Late The Lachy Doley Group Conviction
Lucille The Lachy Doley Group Conviction
Skydive 8 Ball Aitk...


darkly wise, rudely great: Can technology save us? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I've an essay in the latest New Philosopher magazine: 'Can technology save us?'

Remember when the internet and world-wide-web were doing to democratise things? THE RHIZOME IS COMING TO SAVE US.

I'm looking into the nature of our tools, and the dubious belief that they necessarily make life better. A sample:
Technology is about problem-solving. As Aristotle revealed in his study of techne, or craft, its rationality is instrumental. Technology realises possibilities which would not otherwise be, and it does so reliably—or is supposed to. It is a specific means to specific ends. 
But it is naïve to believe that technological innovation always embodies the ends we desire, or will achieve only those ends. Most obviously, engineers and scientists do not always make objects because they care about the outcomes. David Hume noted in his Treatise of Human Nature that experts sometimes labour because they enjoy their work, not because they esteem the welfare of their community.  
This is no attack on so-called ‘blue sky’ research, which is vital to the enrichment of knowledge. What’s dubious is the belief that widgets exist because they are helpful—sometimes their genesis is curiosity. 
More often, other motives drive novelty. The businesses that fund and hype technology often have very different ends to those of the bu...


Ben Cruachan - natural history: A few things from the world of invertebrates. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

It’s the time of year when Garden Orb Weavers have got their webs strung from every suitable anchor, trees, shrubs, buildings, the rotary clothes hoist etc. etc. A torch is essential for a night time ramble, to watch them building their wonderful constructions and to avoid blundering through them. They generally consume the webs in the morning and hide in their daytime retreat, which may be a secluded spot, or in this case a shelter made by silking two leaves together. The spider is in typical daytime pose in the second image.


orb weaver

We’ve watched this one with white markings on the body grow to a good size with web to match. She was photographed while putting the finishing touches to her web.

orb weaver

All sorts of creatures come to the moth light as I’ve said many times, and the last outing was no exception. Two specimens of this large antlion lacewing, Heoclisis fundata came in.


Crane flies too, featured many times but still good for a showing, the second image is possibly a crane fly in the long-palped group, but I haven’t been able to confirm it.

crane fly



AWPA Sydney News: 1) Sago Forest in Papua Needs Preservation "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Indonesia spying on West Papua advocates in Australia
3) Government introduces a maritime toll, but who is it for?

SUNDAY, 31 JANUARY, 2016 | 12:40 WIB
1) Sago Forest in Papua Needs Preservation

07:04 Firearms industry and gun owners claim NSW Firearms Registry has been compromised leading to gun theft "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

More than 2300 registered firearms have been stolen from private residences across NSW since 2009, prompting calls from the industry that the thefts were more than coincidence.

Fifty firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were stolen from registered NSW gun owners in one period of 16 days, with claims the firearms registry has been compromised.

guns-2One robbery victim had eight guns stolen within months of being audited by police and his new address added to the registry.

“I was audited by police in May last year and robbed in October. I had eight weapons stolen from a secure safe,” the victim said.

“I live in an estate of 70 homes and was the only place robbed. To me it was obvious I was targeted with information from somewhere.

“Call me cynical but it is too much of a coincidence.

“I have been in the same shooters club for years and never had a problem.”

In a number of cases since May 14, when the robberies began, entire gun safes have been removed from properties with weapons inside.

Officers said criminals could access the information through a variety of sources – not just the registry.

However dealers are not buying the explanation from police saying the registry would be a gold mine to criminals as it contained details of the types of weapons, where they were stored and addresses of owners.

“We have no evidence to suggest the information has come from the registry,” head of the firearms and organised crime squad Detective Superintendent Ken Finch said.

He said ther.....


Natural Newstead: Eucalypt Tip-wilters "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

by Patrick Kavanagh

One group of insects around in good numbers at our place despite the dry season are the Eucalypt Tip-wilter bugs (Genus Amorbus). These insects suck fluid from eucalypt leaves, hence the name. We seem to have several stages of nymph development present simultaneously. I’m not sure if all of these instars are of the same species. The adult male has thick hind legs with spines. All of these insects were pretty relaxed about having a lens close to them, presumably as they trusted their capacity to produce noxious emissions to protect them if necessary. I recently learned that the bright colours on the back of the nymphs persist in the adult, but are hidden under the wings.

Tip-wilter adult fem Amorbus_16-01-30_2

Tip-wilter adult female Amorbus, Strangways, 30th January 2016

Tip-wilter adult male Amorbus_16-01-30_2

Tip-wilter adult male Amorbus sp.



ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: History Carnival Jan 2016. Architecture, the visual arts and literature "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We often assume that hist­ory can only be analysed via near-contemporary texts, so the theme of this month’s carnival was "the use of the visual, performing, musical and literary arts".  We can analyse history via these modes that did not come from official royal, church or military sources.

First architecture. Nick V at Intelliblog wrote Ephesus was a populous C10th BC Greek city. Town planning made the city famous; the Temple of Artemis c550 BC was one of the 7 Ancient Wonders, but it was Emperor Constantine who rebuilt the public architecture.

Adrian Yekkes' fine example of Russian art nouveau was the 1902 Ryabushinsky Mansion in Moscow. Now the Maxim Gorky House Museum, visit the rooms used to exhibit paintings, Gorky's library and his furnishings. The house also tells the history of the Old Believers sect.

Heather Cowper in Heather on Her Travels saw Venice's  St Mark’s square, Doge’s palace and the Basilica, San Georgio Maggiore Island & Palladio's church, Murano's glass industry and Madonna dell’Orto Church with Tintoretto art and the Old Customs House with golden Fortuna. 

C18th Venice was a city famous for high quality art, music and fest­iv­ities. Masked revellers att­ended the opera. Vivaldi was maestro di concerti at the Pietà, responsible for composition, rehearsal and performance. But artistic reputations come and go, as Venetian Cat showed.


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15:37 HIGH TREASON – Defence Force promoting government overthrow in Muslim training guide ! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"



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 brothers reach.


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Barwon Blog: Making tracks - all roads lead to the Green Tent "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

As I set about trying to determine the exact location of Green Tent for my last post - either the actual tent or the settlement which developed - I began to form an idea as to why it was there at all. In the earliest days of the Port Phillip District, settlement focused on the homesteads of the squatters. Routes of travel developed as stock and supplies were moved between squatting runs and to the ports of Melbourne and Geelong. The need for effective communication soon followed. As coaching routes were established, so were staging points which allowed for a change of horses and a break for weary travellers. A supply of water was also crucial, not only to travellers, but to anyone moving stock.
Prior to the gold rush, there were no villages between Geelong and Buninyong, just the occasional inn which was often built at the intersection of two tracks or near a reliable source of water. The former was the case for the Separation Inn (est 1843), situated where the tracks to Buninyong and the Leigh (Shelford) diverged. The next licensed premises along the route however was the Golden Fleece Inn on the Coolebarghurk Creek (later Meredith), a distance of over 17 miles - a very long, dry stretch indeed.
With the arrival of the gold rush, walking distance became important too.
Batesford - located about 7 miles from Geelong - as well as being a key crossing point of the Moorabool River, was also the site of two of the earliest inns in the region - the Marrabool Inn (est 1842) and the Traveller's Rest (est 1849) and eventually developed into a town. For those not heading to Bannockburn or The Leigh, the Separation Inn was a further 4 miles along the Buninyong road and Lethbridge a further 8 miles beyond that, close to Bruce's Creek. Each was a reasonable walking distance between breaks. The distance to Meredith with its Golden Fleece Inn however was somewhat further......

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