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Wednesday, 03 February


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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Greening of Gavin: When Your Old Chickens Stop Laying. What Next? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

So what happens when your old chickens stop laying eggs?  Is it time for the pot, or do you let them retire gracefully and let them continue to be of service in the garden? Well my girls just retire gracefully, and I add in new point of lay chickens to the flock.  The older ones  [Continue Reading …]

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Monochrome Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A walk around the city on a hot summer’s day, watching the lunch crowds and traders along the small laneways off Flinders Lane and finishing off the walk with a few songs from the buskers in the Bourke St Mall.

Lunchtime traders in Centre Place, Melbourne CBD, 4 Dec 2015

Lunchtime traders in Centre Place, Melbourne CBD – a fantastic spot for good food and a great price from a variety of small hole-in-the-wall shops – also has some interesting artwork and graffiti.

Buskers in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD

Buskers in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD – these guys were amazingly good, Spanish style guitar with a modern flair. They were feeling the heat of the mid-day sun – but the show must go on…

Filed under: Black & White, Melbourne CBD, Victoria Tagged: Australia, Bourke St Mall, Buskers, Centre Place,...


Practising Simplicity: one more year before school "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My social media feeds have been flooded with "first day of school" photos this week; sweet, momentous captures of smiling kids and their proud parents. On Monday I witnessed all the newbies in the playground - tiny bodies swamped by big brimmed hats - and I reminded myself that next year, it will be Poet's turn.

I had every intention of sending her to Montessori for four days this year; she loves it there and Daniel and I would benefit from the extra work day. But this week reminded me that it's really not that long till she's in school five days a week - and we'll never get this year of spontaneity back - so I'm changing my plans.

She'll still be at pre-school three days a week and on those days I'll juggle work and Percy so that when she's home, we'll get some special time just the two of us. Even if our plans are simple, stay-at-home ones, she'll be eager to help; she loves a good domestic project, this girl of mine. Of course, there will be mornings at the park, cafe dates and painting sessions, too. And I'm hoping that towards the end of the year, when Percy isn't so needy, that we'll hop on the train to Sydney and have a girl's day in the city.

Do you have a little one in their last year of pre-school?


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

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...


On The Convict Trail: St George's Church, Battery Point "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In April 1834, the residents of Battery Point started collecting donations to help pay for the construction of a church in their neighborhood. Under the provisions of the church building act, the colonial authorities would pay half the cost of the construction of the church if the other half was raised by the public.

At the time, most of the land in Battery Point to the south of Hampden Road was owned by William Kermode and he sold the church trustees a hilltop site on the southern side of Cromwell Street for 250 pounds. The church design was completed by John Lee Archer and tenders from “persons desirous of contracting for the immediate erection and completion of the church†were called for in May 1836.
The ceremonial foundation stone was laid by Lieutenant Governor George Arthur in October 1836. The site was descri...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Indonesia’s secret dossier to suppress Papuan independence movement "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"




"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Mad Racket Day Roll "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Well isn't this lovely. The luminaries of late night dance parties Mad Racket, are replacing the customary throbbing dance floors with a pleasant arvo of music, bowls, beers and food. Chucking a backhand (I tried to craft many bowls, jokes with punny lingo, but, phwoar look at this expansive glossary) in the face of the dum-dum lockouts and nightlife restrictions, they've found a way for you to enjoy their signature vibe without having to agonise about where you're going to bunker down for the entire night. Start here, have a roll, and go out after. Or go home, it may be too blissful a day to ruin with the strains of 2016 Sydney night routines.


Motorbike Writer: Freedom Riders go Mad Max mad! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Freedom Riders Mad Max

Images courtesy of “Some Random Photography

Freedom Riders Australia has raised more than $12,500 for charities and attracted more than 2500 spectators to their Johnny the Boy Lives Tour 2016 to honour the 1979 Mad Max film.

Spokesman Dale Maggs says the event last weekend (January 30-31) was a huge success for their chosen charities and for attracting new members. Freedom Riders, which rides for charity and political causes, now has more than 4000 followers around Australia.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Record Affair "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Record Affair is a new bi-monthly vinyl fair invading Newtown Social Club's Saturday afternoon. Dig through crates in the air conditioned luxury of not a dusty school hall. Take advantage of the fact it's in a pub by having a schooner and a $12 lunch special. You know the drill. Features stalls from 2ser, Lost Paradise, Sydneyxtrax and more.


Tasmanian Times: Safe Haven for some, legal limbo for many "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In October 2015 Tasmania acceded to the Federal Government’s Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) program, becoming only the second state to do so. Premier Hodgman proclaimed at the time that Tasmania was opening its hearts and doors to those in need. However, it seems that Tasmania’s generous spirit and the possibility for the State to derive significant long-term benefits from the SHEV program have been significantly undermined from the outset. • SMH Editorial: No need to trade off children’s rights for border protection So Australia’s offshore detention regime at Nauru and Manus Island is legal, a majority of the High Court has ruled. But is it moral?


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

Cover Artist: Charlotte's Photography Title: Kissing in the Rain Medium: Photography Contact: CharlottesphotographyCairns I'm a local photographer in Cairns and surrounding areas. I don't have a particular area of photography that I specialise in; instead I like to take on a bit of everything, from weddings and events, to everyday family portraits. I never […]

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Tasmanian Times: As much resemblance to a Festival of Voices line-up as I do to Leonardo di Caprio ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Letter to Tasmanian Times … The dates of the new festival and a couple of elements thereof were mentioned in the Minister’s press release and in the Sydney Morning Herald, but no detailed program was announced. And yet for some unaccountable reason, Mr.Tony Bonney, with whom I am unacquainted, chose to see sinister motives behind the bland details of name and dates. Mr. Bonney, who it transpires is the director of Hobart’s annual Festival of Voices, telephoned the Deputy Arts Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald to accuse me of ‘stealing’ his event. Why did he not speak to me? …


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Cole Classic – Crisis Support "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A father and son duo will hit the waves for the fourth year running in a bid to raise funds for charity organisation Hills Community Aid. Ben Jackson and his son Luke, 15, will once again take part in The (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: HEALTH talk Death Magic, Max Payne and their social media game with Jordan Sexty "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Ahead of their tour with St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, John Famiglietti from HEALTH spoke to Jordan Sexty on Damage about returning with a new album (Death Magic) after a six year absence, working on the Max Payne 3 soundtrack, new and super out-there release formats, and maintaining the best-of-the-worst social media presences in contemporary music scenes.


Jordan: Death Magic was produced by The Haxan Cloak, Bobby Krlic – what was it like working with him?

John: It’s cool, he’s a homie. But the thing is, we were never in the same room, it was all done over email. And we hoped to do more with him, but Bjork called his ass.


He’s had a pretty busy year.

Totally. However, he lives right next to me now, so we have him over for barbecue nights. So yeah, we hope to work some more with him in the future.


In terms of the direction you guys have gone in since your last full-length – which was a while ago now – this album extends on elements of your ‘Max Payne 3’ soundtrack, which is surprising considering that entailed a lot more linear scoring whereas this album is almost dance-pop oriented. What kind of creative push was there between now and then to get to that reference point as a band now in terms of sound?

I don’t know, I mean a lot of the things on that record we’ve been wanting to do since 2010 really, and you can see that with the singles we’ve been putting out in that time. With the soundtrack, though, we got to explore a lot of things we’ve never done before, with very ‘soundtracky’ tendencies and weird noise things that are serving a narrative. By t...


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

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.



"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Making tracks - Hiscock's Gully at last! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For those very first gold seekers who had arrived wet, tired and hungry at "Mother Jamieson's" Buninyong Hotel in the tiny township of Buninyong, there was only one place they really wanted to be: Hiscock's Gully. It was there in August, 1851 that Buninyong blacksmith Thomas Hiscock first found gold.

Plaque erected by the Buninyong and District Historical Society, marking the
site where Thomas Hiscock first discovered gold
Within days of the news of his find reaching Geelong, a stream of diggers began flowing into Buninyong. Whether they stopped or merely passed through, their course took them past the front door of Mother Jamieson's Buninyong Hotel and onto the bullock track which headed west towards Portland Bay.
As discussed in a previous post, the Portland Bay Road was an important route which was already well-established and regularly travelled by 1851. Originally established by squatters as they moved stock between their runs and the markets in Geelong and Melbourne during the early 1840s, this was also the route which had been used by the mail coach from Portland to Melbourne since 1844. A little later, a route via The Leigh (Shelford) and Linton to Buninyong was established as part of a postal route from Portland to Geelong, followed...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: HEALTH (US) with Marcus Whale and James Crooks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

HEALTH are really, really confusing. Writers attempting to describe their particular brand of heavy pop seem to desperately throw some genre names into a scrabble bag and pull out descriptors at random. They're hardcore punks, they're industrial disco, they're grind-core-electro with angelic, supple vocals slinking over aural chaos. So, you know, they're a bit of everything that involves energy. Scrabble bag aside, this mashed potato of styles makes for one carbo-loaded live show (I'm sorry, I'm running out of adjectives).

Supports from fellow unclassifiable yet irresistable performers Marcus Whale and James Crooks.


Thrive On News Spiritual Awakening Magazine: 4 Crystals 4 Healing Powers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Utilize the healing power of quartz crystals, the spiritual and energetic meanings and how to use and work with the healing power of 4 quartz crystals. by psychic medium Ian Scott.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": NQCC: Qld government approves Carmichael "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Water Dragon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There's a lot of very tame water dragons at the Flynn's Beach caravan park in Port Macquarie. This one came and had a look at my paints and stuff



Refugee Action CoalitionMEDIA RELEASEAFTER HIGH COURT RULING:SYDNEY PROTEST TO CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO LET NAURU AND MANUS ASYLUMSEEKERS STAY IN AUSTRALIAThe High Court decision that detention of asylum seekers on Nauru andManus is lawful has again revealed the fundamental flaws in theAustralian law.Just as the High Court has found that indefinite detention inAustralia is lawful,(...)


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): Refugee advocates undeterred by high court decision- Melbourne protests tomorrow to “Let them Stay”. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee advocates undeterred by high court decision- Melbourne protests tomorrow to “Let them Stay”.  The high court has found that offshore imprisonment of refugees is technically valid, but advocates warn the Turnbull government faces broadening community opposition to Nauru and Manu.  “There is massive opposition to asylum seeker removals to Nauru. The high court maintained the legal(...)


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: 35 Years Service at Portarlington Holiday Park – Wayne Trewin "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



In July 2015 our Caravan & Camping Manager at Portarlington Holiday Park, Wayne Trewin (affectionately known as Pud), clocked up 35 years service working for Bellarine Bayside and it’s predecessors. Wayne started with the organisation as a fresh-faced 17-year-old. He has grown up in the park alongside many of our long-term campers and has watched the park go through many changes. Pud has seen staff come and go but his mullet has remained firmly intact! To celebrate Pud’s achievement we have been running a #selfiewithpud campaign over summer on our Holiday Park Facebook page and Instagram (@bellarinebayside). Join in the fun and upload your #selfiewithpud today! Don’t forget to subscribe to our e-News for all the latest and greatest updates from Bellarine Bayside direct to your inbox each month!



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

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 »


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

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 »


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

[ 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 »


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

[ 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 »


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Friends of the Earth Australia: Tassie Forest Fires - a climate wake up call "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Burnt cushion plants and pencil pine at Lake Mackenzie after bushfires tore through the area in Tasmania’s Central Plateau. Picture: ROB BLAKERSFires have raged across Tasmania since lightning strikes ignited more than 100 spot fires on January 13. Since that time, about 14,000 hectares of World Heritage Area forests and other vegetation have been incinerated, with almost 100,000 hectares of land burnt in total.

IMAGE LEFT: Burnt cushion plants and pencil pine at Lake Mackenzie after bushfires tore through the area in Tasmanias Central Plateau. Picture: ROB BLAKERS

Overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the fires, the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) initially – and understandably - concentrated on human assets like towns and infrastructure. As TFS workers fought a heroic campaign against fires that threatened communities, a series of wildfires burnt huge areas in the north-west and on the central plateau. It was the arrival of milder weather as well as additional fire-fighting crews from interstate in the second week, especially teams of remote area fire fighters, which allowed serious operations to occur to slow the fires in mountainous and forested regions.

Please sign our petition to the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, requesting him to establish an independent inquiry into the fire. The letter is cc’d to th...



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to the New Treetop Flyers Single “31 Years” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Treetop Flyers London nu-folk five piece Treetop Flyers will be releasing their brand new album Palomino on the 11th March this year. The record comes over two years after their acclaimed debut album The Mountain Moves and following on from some personal trials is probably their most honest and raw recording yet. […]


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Gippsland FM: 21 Years for Ann Laidlaws Daniel O’Donnell and Friends "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

21 Years for Ann Laidlaws Daniel O'Donnell and Friends draws to a close. The last broadcast was on Friday January 29th 2016.

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": The Network: Exploited Labour: no accurate time sheets: no award rate of payment: no penalty rates: no union membership: not a thing to build a life on "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I am listening to Kelly O'Dwyer rabbiting on at the National Press Club of Australia. She paints an economic wonderland of retirement income products, taxation incentives so that people with work.... All very well, but I wonder when I will hear an NPCA host a speaker on exploited labour in Australia. There is a wide range of labour exploitation in Australia and yet it seems to be treated as an occasional aberration. And it is happening in all sorts of ways to all sorts of people. One of the largest sectors of exploitation is based on gender. Women with low skills, women being discriminated against, women getting fewer promotions, women getting lower wages and salaries and.... And then there is the class/education divide and the multitude of people in lower-skilled jobs such as cleaners and look at what MYER has done with them ... and they are not the only employer into sham contracting. I have a friend whom I would...


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

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.”


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

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...


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

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.


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

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.”


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

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....


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

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...


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

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.”


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

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


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...


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

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.


Motorbike Writer: Sikh Motorcycle Club rides for charity "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sikh Motorcycle Club rides for charity

The first Sikh Motorcycle Club in Australia was formed in April 2015 and already has 30 members and their first female member.

One of the founding members, Daljeet Singh, says the aim of the club is to “just enjoy Australia”, but they also attend a lot of charity rides and have contributed thousands of dollars to diverse charities.

“As new immigrants over the past eight to 10 years we are so busy in our lives making a living and paying the bills that we tend to forget about ourselves,” he says.

“So we are getting people out and enjoying the roads and beautiful weather.”Sikh Motorcycle Club rides for charity

Daljeet says he was riding on his own and was introduced to some other Sikh riders who then decided to organise the club which has no single leader but is run by a...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: After High Court ruling: Sydney protest to call on government to let Nauru and Manus asylum seekers stay in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The High Court decision that detention of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus is lawful has again revealed the fundamental flaws in the Australian law.

Just as the High Court has found that indefinite detention in Australia is lawful, the High Court has found that Australian law allows the government to send asylum seekers to be detained on Nauru and Manus Island.

The High Court decision hides behind a legal technicality. It avoided the substance of the challenge by finding that the asylum seekers on Nauru are detained by the Nauruan government.

This is a legal fiction. Detention on Nauru only exists because of the Australian government. It is maintained at the behest of the Australian government. Its funding and management is maintained by the Australian government.

The UN Committee on Torture last year declared that under international law, Australia could not escape its responsibility for the offshore detention centres it maintains on Nauru and Manus.

The High Court also maintained the legal fiction that the asylum seekers would not be sent back to detention because of the “open centre” arrangements put in place by the Nauruan government.

But the so-called open centre arrangements have changed little in practice. Asylum seekers are still searched going in and out of the camp. They are still not allowed to bring anything, even food, back into the camp.

In any case, Nauru itself is a prison.

“The government cannot hide its responsibility for Manus and Nauru behind the High Court decision. In the higher court of public opinion, everyone knows that Australia is responsible. The fate of the 260 people presently in Australia is with the Minister for Immigration. The government has always had the power not to send asylum seekers back to offshore detention,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Protest: The Refugee Action Coalition has called a protest, 12.30pm Thursday 4....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Australian New Wave Cinema: The Man From Hong Kong "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jay Katz and Miss Death go back to the grass roots of Australian filmmaking with a screening of the 1975 Asian-Western co-produced action film The Man From Hong Kong.

They'll be holding a special Q&A after the film and delving into the schlocky joy of Ozploitation cinema. The Man From Hong Kong is a particularly juicy one, with rumours of the lead actor being impossible to work with, multiple injuries clocked on set and a memorable kung-fu fight scene set in Uluru.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Chocolate Decaf Coffee Beans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I have a problem with coffee. You see, I love the stuff. But it makes me quite sick. A couple of espressos a day will give me heart palpitations, raise my blood pressure, cause my hands to tremble, and interrupt my sleep. Even just one full strength coffee a day will make my joints ache. Apparently it’s an […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Andrew Norton: 18 year olds or politicians: who makes the better course choices? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Former Greens higher education adviser Osman Faruqi thinks that it is time to reconsider the demand driven system, in light of the annual ATAR controversy and mediocre employment outcomes. It is the usual story of good intentions turning to not-so-good outcomes:

There was an opportunity for universities to work with policymakers and industry, identify economic trends and skills gaps and use their new-found flexibility to provide students with a rigorous learning environment.

While university managers might have convinced themselves this is what has occurred, the numbers tell a different story. Enrolments shot up across the board — but particularly in relatively profitable courses such as business, commerce and media. As more students with lower ATARs gained entry into university, attrition rates increased alongside them. One in seven students currently drop out by the end of their first year, the highest level in a decade. Graduate unemployment is at its highest level since records began in 1982.

The demand driven review I did with David Kemp is the main analysis of how the system is going, but it is now two years old. It’s worth looking at a few statistics to update trends.

The actual enrolment increases for domestic bachelor degree students are a little different to Osman’s take, and can be used for and against in the debate about different systems. The chart below shows the disciplines with at least 2,000 EFTSL enrolment increases between 2008 and 2014. Law and business are on the list, but not at the top, and below the average in percentage terms.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Catherine Traicos Announces Album Launch Shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Catherine Traicos Over the weekend celebrated indie-folk singer-songwriter Catherine Traicos released her brand new Brave The Good Dark, her first release in two years. To celebrate the record Traicos has announced album launch shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The Sydney show will be an intimate solo affair while Catherine Traicos will be […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Film Review TRUMBO "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Miriam Wollner – Eastside Radio Intern

Last Monday, Eastside Supporters had the chance to watch the American film TRUMBO in the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington.TRUMBO is a biographical movie based on the story of 20th century Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

In the late 1940s, Trumbo is one of Hollywood’s best regarded screenwriters. While having a life in prosperity, he and some of his fellow colleagues are organized members of the communist party. It is the time of the “Iron curtain” and the beginning of the Cold War. The anti-Soviet approach in large parts of American society is steadily increasing. Trumbo and other similar minded artists do not only have to face the blaming conflicts with public persons like anti-Soviet columnist Hedda Hopper and actor John Wayne, but are also summoned and interrogated  by the United States Congress for allegedly spreading communist propaganda in Hollywood movies. They refuse to answer the questions about their participation in the communist party, claiming that the court simply has no right to ask about and to condemn them for their political opinion. Nevertheless, they are sent to jail and their names are put on a Blacklist, with an aim to make it impossible for them to gain a foot in their industry again.


The film largely follows Trumbo’s life after his time in jail, showing his work as an anonymous screenwriter because being blacklisted forbids him to deliver scripts with his real name credited. In addition to him getting mad about writing script after script in order to be able to earn money for his family (affecting his family life and his relationship to his children and wife negatively the film also shows how the American Government was trying to punish...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Helen Ryder Album Launch "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Helen Ryder’s debut album Someday Love is eleven tracks of lush country and soul infused pop.

“The voice is exquisite…wistful and moving, and the playing is beautiful.” – The Music / ABC Radio.

From the mid-70’s cowboy psychedelia of Lady Bird to the country soul groove of True Love Travels On A Gravel Road and the haunting orchestrated ballad Hushabye Mountain the album melds Helen’s rich distinctive vocal sound with

“a beautiful selection of songs interpreted with great feeling and backed by some of Australia’s finest musicians. – Off the Record / RRR Radio.

Helen Ryder released Someday Love in September 2015 at The Toff in Town, Melbourne and comes to Sydney for harbour city Album launch at Django Bar, Camelot on Saturday the 13th of February.

Who: Helen Ryder Someday Love Album Launch

When: Saturday 13 Feb 2016

Where: Django Bar Camelot Lounge

To Find Out More Information Click Here

Artist Bio

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Fuscous congregation "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

What welcome rain!

While in town we had ~ 25mm over the weekend some areas nearby copped at least twice that amount. The Muckleford bush to the north of Newstead looks extraordinary at the moment – full dams and brimming waterholes have brought new life to the landscape. This beautiful waterhole along Mia Mia Track is one lovely example – stay tuned for further posts from this spot over coming weeks.


This beautiful little pool along Mia Mia Track is proving very attractive to birds following the weekend downpour.


Juvenile Fuscous Honeyeater, Mia Mia Track, 1st February 2016


Juvenile (at top), immature (middle) and adult Fuscous Honeyeaters


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

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": city of tongues: Locus Recommended Reading List "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

LocusJust a quick post to say how delighted I am to discover Clade is one of the titles selected for Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading List for 2015. You can check out the full list over at Locus, but needless to say I’m completely thrilled to be on a list that features books by Ann Leckie, Kim Stanley Robinson, Adam Roberts and Dave Hutchinson, and by the incredibly generous comments about the book in the issue itself. My sincere thanks to all concerned.



Filed under: Books, Writing Tagged: Adam Roberts, Ann Leckie, Books, Clade, Dave Hutchinson, James Bradley, Kim Stanley Robinson, Locus Magazine, Science Fiction ...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Pop Heads Hour of Power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Friday 6th February
The Best of the Vinyl Years
Great Live Albums of the 1970s Part 2


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

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......


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Environment East Gippsland Inc: Legally exempt extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Our state and federal governments signed away our native forests exactly 19 years ago today (3rd Feb 1997). They were deemed exempt from commonwealth environmental laws. Ever since our forests have fed a massive overseas woodchip market.

This immunity from the law will end next year and the Turnbull Government wants to roll over this special treatment without pause or scrutiny.

Much of our wildlife is now critically endangered due to ongoing destruction of habitat. Thousands of hectares of our original rich forests have been and are still being converted to uniform single species tree crops across the country; a desert compared to the once diverse forests brimming with birds and wildlife.

The Leadbeaters Possum, Swift parrot, Greater Gliders, Quolls and so many others are now on a downhill path yet there is no let-up in the destruction.

To roll-over these 20 year exemptions from the law would be a deplorable act, more so because our timber and woodchip needs are almost exclusively met by plantation wood supplies today. 

Why is this destructive, archaic, unpopular and uneconomic industry so protected and favoured? Forests are now widely recognised as being more valuable for water, clean air, climate moderation and habitat than as a cheap export com...


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

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.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Arts Open: Meet the Makers: Fringe festival is joining Arts Open "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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

Message from Scott Sanders from Fringe Inc.

Fringe is back on for 2016 with the first festival of our new format – that is, running performance events during the Arts Open open studios festival, and visual arts exhibitions during the Castlemaine State Festival.

Hence the theme this year – Breakout – breaking out of the old mould to maintain a presence each year.

This year is different in some other ways too – our major sources of funding have been displaced with the Mount Alexander Shire community grants approvals moving to May, we can’t rely on their support for this festival. Also, as this is a performance-based event, our other major fundraiser (the arts and services auction) didn’t seem quite fair this year.

So membership for 2016 is even more important to help us cover our costs. We’re keeping the membership the same at $20 for full membership, or $10 for anyone participating in the festival as an artist, performer or volunteer. And members get the same great discounts to any Fringe event, or for Fringe merchandise.

This year we’ve made it easy with a paypal option, at the Fringe website
For cash, cheque or in-kind barter please email us back here or call me on 0401 411 881 to arrange to meet up.

If you’re a performer and would like a spot, now is the time to let us know! We definitely have timeslots at the Old Gaol and a stage at the Art Gallery confirmed, just waiting to be filled up with performance. Music, of course, but also poetry, comedy, spoken word, mime, workshops, theatre, improv… I’m sure you get the idea.

Email us, call me or speak to a Fringe volunteer to pass the message on – we’ll release the schedule soon and fill it up as we go.



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

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.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Brendon Moon Video “Wandering Boy” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Brendon Moon Sydney based singer-songwriter Brendon Moon has just released his stunning new video “Wandering Boy”. Moon has one of those voices that is just so captivating and “Wandering Boy” is a wonderful example of how far he’s come as a songwriter. Watch “Wandering Boy” below:Filed under: News, Video News Tagged: brendon […]


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

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...


Damn the Matrix: Energy storage for the Tasmanian Project "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I’ve done it.  I’ve ordered my Nickel Iron batteries and Victron charger/inverter. Once I’ve ironcore ascertained whether or not I can afford it, I will purchase a second Victron for future backup, fingers crossed the economy (and our funds!) hold out long enough.  The batteries, a 48V 200Ah bank, won’t get here from Russia for another six or so weeks, and when they do, I’ll post more about the installation.


Victron inverter/charger

What really got me started re posting this was the extraordinary episode of Catalyst aired on ABC TV last night….

Anyone watching this will have been totally taken over by techno utopianism of the highest quality.  Dr Jonica Newby is a veterinarian, and unfortunately doesn’t seem to know the difference between power and energy, but maybe I’m just splitting hairs….. it was nonetheless frustrating to constantly hear battery banks rated in kW rather than kWh, big difference….

The “we’ll be saved by these batteries” gushing coming from everyone’s mouths in this show was only interrupted for a few seconds when one commentator expressed his doubt over the financial viability of the very first Tesla power wall installed in Australia.  He asked how this was remotely viable when the payback was 23 years, and the equipment was only warranted for 10? Which was swiftly glossed over for the remaining 25 minutes and never mentioned aga...


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

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.



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

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...


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

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.



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


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....


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

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.



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

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...


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


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...


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

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: REVIEW | CASA CIUCCIO "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jo Rittey has lunch on Gertrude Street at newly renovated and reopened Casa Ciuccio and plots a return evening visit.

The post REVIEW | CASA CIUCCIO appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.


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

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...


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

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...


Motorbike Writer: Could auto indicators save riders’ lives? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We’ve said it before, self-cancelling indicators can save riders from motorists driving right out in front of them thinking the rider is about to turn because their indicator is still on from a previous turn.

All cars have self-cancelling indicators as standard equipment, yet only expensive motorcycles fit them.

However, Slovenian company ABCS Sistem is planning to market their Smart Turn System (€149, A$228, US$160) to put this safety feature in the hands of riders on all bikes.

Will self-cancelling indicators save lives? Smart Turn System

Will self-cancelling indicators save lives?

Dr Ross Blackman, research associate at the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) at the Queensland University of Technology suspects that riders who have forgotten to turn off their indicators could be involved in crashes when motorists mis-read their intention to turn.

“I dare say that there is not a rider on earth who hasn’t forgotten to cancel indicators for at least a short perio...


Tasmanian Times: Zero tolerance of fires in Australia: a new paradigm for want of new technology and tactics? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Enough is enough. • Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies in the School of Land and Food at UTAS, Mercury Opinion: Charred heritage the burning issue … It is easy to rapidly rebuild houses and bridges. It is impossible to rebuild the Huon pine and King Billy pine forests that make Tasmania so special and attract people from all over the world to admire their beauty. The East and West of Tasmania are different worlds, but in both areas our floral natural heritage is in danger. In the grasslands, heaths and dry forests of eastern Tasmania, a reduction in fire frequency has resulted in local losses of biodiversity, while protections against clearing and degradation of significant places for threatened vegetation types and plant species have been politically subverted. Forest and woodland dominated by black gum picks out the most fertile and moist ground in eastern and northern Tasmania, so only 4 per cent of its original area was uncleared in 1997, the time of the Regional Forest Agreement, which therefore “protected” it. Yet a casual perusal of the reports from the Forest Practices Board, which monitors forest clearance, reveals a continued substantial attrition of this vegetation type, all politically approved, if not encouraged, as in the case of the Meander Dam. The smoke screen of offsetting has been used with much of this clearance. … • Isla MacGregor in Comments: I applaud Lyndall and Jamie for speaking out about this devastating problem of fires in our landscape and agree enough is enough with prescribed burning. • WATCH Wandering Foxbat’s aerial pictures of the fires, captured February 1:


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

The Tasmanian branch of the Liberal Party has disclosed the origin of less than one-fourteenth of the income they received in the last financial year. • ABC: Political donations: Here’s what the latest data doesn’t tell us The Australian Electoral Commission has released its annual figures on political donations but much of the real action remains hidden due to Australia’s political donations laws, which are among the most lax in the Western world. So why don’t the figures tell the full story, and what can be done to change that? … • Funding and Disclosure Inc. in Comments: One almost has to start by defining the word ‘donation’. When does a ‘donation’ become a ‘bribe’? … This is what Funding and Disclosure (Inc) is lobbying for. For more information: • Mercury: Tasmania’s political parties see dip in donations for last financial year ONLY small percentage of donors who contributed to Tasmanian political parties last year have had their identity made public …


Tasmanian Times: NATION: Soft-and-cuddly Sco-Mo resets to Rottweiler ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Don’t tell waste your breath telling the Federal Treasurer his tax plans are unpopular. Being unpopular will only serve to flatter his colossal ego.  Don’t ask how he can ignore the will of the people. Or delay the hundreds of submissions to his green paper on tax reform options. ScoMo knows what’s good for us. He’s about to launch a 15 % GST hike upon us. … A democratic government respects the will of the people. It does not trash popular opinion to follow its own agenda of protecting privilege by offering tax cuts to its mates. It cannot merely be the servant of entrenched division and inequality. It cannot seek tax reform submissions and just sit on them. It cannot offer slogans instead of explanation of its aims. If it seeks more tax revenue it must make its case for increased prosperity for the common good.  … • SMH: Paul Keating slams a bigger GST as faux reform but admits hospital funding crisis


Tasmanian Times: SUNDAY: Albatrosses latest victims of Geelong Star. WEDNESDAY: More wildlife victims ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

WEDNESDAY February 3 ... • Rebecca Hubbard in Comments: More Wildlife Killed by the Geelong Star Super Trawler as Fisheries Management Continues to Fail the Australian Public ... SUNDAY January 31 ... BirdLife Tasmania has condemned the news that the factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has recently killed seven albatrosses, including 5 in a single shot of their net. “Albatrosses are already under pressure globally from fisheries by-catch, “ BirdLife Tasmania convenor, Eric Woehler, said. “They are amongst the most threatened of seabirds anywhere in the world”, he added. “The killing of these iconic seabirds by this trawler is completely unacceptable,” Dr Woehler said.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Nature Surveys 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": troublemag: The Forever Princess "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

by Inga Walton

(re-edited article originally published in Trouble October 2009)

A long time ago, in a film franchise not too far away, the Museum of Science in Boston and Lucasfilm conjured up an exhibition …

It is fair to say that George Lucas’ Star Wars films revolutionised modern cinema. This despite a virtually unparalleled merchandising juggernaut, with endless spin-offs and tacky tie-ins; the interminable re-packaging and re-issuing of all the films; the widely held view that the prequel Episodes I-III of the saga were too long in coming and ultimately disappointing; the risible, clunky dialogue; and one of the most loathed characters ever to besmirch the screen (wesa hates Jar Jar Binks). The original trilogy received seven Academy Awards, and a further three for Special Achievement. The technological advances developed in order to realise Episodes IV-VI indelibly changed audience expectations, and spawned Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Skywalker Sound, and the high-fidelity sound reproduction standard, THX.

The touring show, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, was presumably aimed at today’s tech hardened children and teenagers for whom it probably lacked the wonder felt by previous generations who grew up with the original Star Wars films. The exhibition was staged in Melbourne at Scienceworks (2009), and ran for nine years, visiting twenty international venues and receiving over three million visitors before concluding in October, 2014.The painstaking and meticulous work of model-making, animation, creature design and puppetry, the intricacies of sound effects editing, motion control photography, and blue-screen compositing might conceivably be rather a yawn if all you’re interested in is playing computer games (though Disney soooo has that covered too) and watching YouTube.

Amidst the interactive exhibits, audio-visual compon...


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

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.  


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

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



"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Things to do in Canberra with kids in 48 hours "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

What better way to spend the Australia Day weekend than in our nation's capital? Our girls have become really great at road trips (thanks to our Roald Dahl cd book collection), so we decided on a quick last-minute trip to Canberra last weekend. Read on for all the activities that we managed to cram into 48 hours, and some of things we have popped on our to-do list for next time:

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"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: First of the freebies roll out "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After test firing the system early this week, I pushed the big red button on the mailing list today. Everyone who signed up for it should be getting their first letter with a link to a free copy of Here be Monsters over the next day or so. The release is staggered because Mailchimp's software decides when you are most vulnerable to my approach.

It's nice to see the book out in the wild, even though the story has been published before. It's not just a tease for the mailing list. Monsters was a test run for me, to shake out the process of releasing titles without a major publisher behind them. I learned something at every stage.

The next big step is to release Cairo. I'm looking at mid-March for that and then monthly releases of the other Stalin's Hammer titles and the new Dave Hooper books through until September.

I do have some real anxiety about this.

Not so much about the whole scheme failing. I have readers. They buy my books. I love them with a deep, physical intensity for this. But I also have trade publishers who are important, and I hope they can see the sense in me walking this path. By building the list I build a marketing machine to sell their books. By publishing new works in the original trilogies, they'll sell more of their backlist too.

And bottom line, I just couldn't make ebooks work across multiple contending publishers. The slot machine only pays out when you have one title released by one publisher, globally, simultaneously, at the same price. It really wasn't fair to my local ebook publishers either. Momentum, the Pan Mac imprint, would do all the work on a manuscript, take all the risks and then find themsevles locked out of 97% of the English language market.

I felt guilty even sending them manuscripts.

So, bottom line,....


"IndyWatch Feed": Jugglers Art Space Inc: Shadows Beyond Illusion by TONY LAMONT "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Jugglers Art Space Inc. invites you to ‘Shadows Beyond Illusion’ – an exhibition with TONY LAMONT. This exhibition of digitial prints uses elements of black and white chest X-rays as a jumping off point for highly coloured abstract images – both meaningful and decorative.

“To be meaningful art should give a sense of where an artist is now, where they have been in the past, and a view of the history in which, willingly or otherwise, they have been a part.” – T.Lamont.

Exhibition Opening 6pm – 9pm Friday 5th FEB
Exhibition Duration 3rd FEB – 12th FEB
Visit XRAYPICS.WORDPRESS.COM for more information on Tony’s work.


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

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



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

TUESDAY February 2 ... • Mike Buky ... Dear Friends of a Dying Lapoinya ... • Bob Brown ... … These were also the first arrests under the Hodgman government’s draconian anti-protest laws, specifically designed to stymy people from peacefully defending Tasmania’s forests and wildlife. Minister for Forests Paul Harriss’ bullying and counter-productive invasion of Lapoinya may not be unrelated to the resignation of Forestry Tasmania’s CEO and 3 board members this week. FT’s efforts to get green certification risk being scuttled by Harriss’ wanton destruction of this protected species’ habitat. But the invasion of the Lapoinya Forest is far from over. I was arrested on Monday for making a stand with the local community. More arrests are occurring. But you can help save Lapoinya and all Tasmania’s life-filled forests too, without being arrested … • The Japan Times: Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests • SMH: ‘Like losing the thylacine’: Fire burns Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area • CNN: Did ancient Egypt suffer from climate change? ”(It was) a crucial period when the Old Kingdom started to face major critical factors: The rise of democracy, the horrific impact of nepotism and the role played by interest groups,” he says, adding that climate change also played a role in bringing an end to not only the Old Kingdom empire, but those in the Middle East and Western Europe at that time. Within 200 years of the Queen Mother’s death, the Nile no longer flooded and drought consumed the kingdom. • ABC: Tasmania fires: First images of World Heritage Area devastation emerge, show signs of ‘system collapse’ • ABC iView: Earth On Fire: A Catalyst Special MONDAY February 1 ... • FT directors quit ... … Directors come and go but Boards work best if there’s some continuity. The three replacement directors are mainly from forestry academic backgrounds. Which is a little strange given that FT...


Tasmanian Times: Huon Council to review credit card payments "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… Mayor Coad said he had endeavoured to obtain the credit card information from the General Manager, but had been denied, the GM arguing that it was not within the role or functions of the Mayor to obtain this information. He said approval of Cr Mackintosh’s motion was a positive step by Council towards becoming more open and transparent. It was not about whether things had been done inappropriately, he said. Rather, it was about Council meeting its fiduciary responsibilities under the Act. Cr Mackintosh’s motion was supported by Mayor Coad and Crs Lydia Eastley, Bruce Heron and Liz Smith. Deputy Mayor Ian Paul and Crs Pav Ruzicka, Ken Studley and Mike Wilson voted against the motion.

Monday, 01 February


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



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

Surely this is high treason and heads should roll!

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

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


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Tasmanian Times: List of properties to be de-registered from Tas Heritage List "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The list of properties to be de-registered from Tas Heritage List ...

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