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Sunday, 07 February


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: The strange case of Julian Assange continues..... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Julian Assange has reportedly been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 12 June 2012, a total of 1,328 days since he sought asylum there.

The legal matter which triggered his request for asylum remains unresolved to date.

On 5 February 2016 the Office of High CommissionerHuman Rights, United Nations, issued this statement:

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Deems the deprivation of liberty of Mr. Julian Assange as arbitrary


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: This infantile individual has followers in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is the world according to very infantile Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh creator of Return of Kings:

“1. Men and women are genetically different, both physically and mentally. Sex roles evolved in all mammals. Humans are not exempt.
2. Men will opt out of monogamy and reproduction if there are no incentives to engage in them.

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Saturday, 06 February


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Black Mark: Dada Centennial 1916-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

“Where is the monument to the folk who took a stand against the war rather than those who capitulated to its madness?” Robert Nelson asked in The Age on Remembrance Day, 11 November, 2015

Dear Robert Nelson, the monument exists but it is not in the architecture of state power, the column, the triumphant arch or faux tomb of imperial power dominating territory. It is a single word “Dada”.

Dada, a little word that means everything and nothing. A word like a Buddhist mantra capable of destroying all illusions by using it as a substitute for all other words. Instead of patriotism, dada; instead of reason, dada.

Not that the word works like magic but the question that Dada posed still remains as potent as ever. What is art and culture doing other than making various governments look like a humane and decent society, masking and distracting from the genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes? If this is how much of an improvement the best of art and culture can do then why continue with it?

This is not a joke, this is a serious point.

Dada Zurich

Mark outside the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich

One hundred years ago on the 5th of February 1916 in Zurich three “oriental gentlemen,” as Hugo Ball described them in his diary arrived at the newly formed Cabaret Voltaire. The Cabaret Voltaire was a music and poetry night that Hugo Ball was running at the Holländische Meierei tavern in Zurich. Hugo Ball had had left Germany for neutral Switzerland, he had been an idealistic German patriot before he saw the horror war for himself....


Motorbike Writer: 5 savvy tips to secure your motorbike finance in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Motorcycle finance

5 savvy tips to secure your motorbike finance in 2016

When it comes to riding, most of us are preoccupied with getting out on to the road.

Before you can commit your rubber to bitumen, you’ll need to finance your new (or used!) bike.

Thanks to Savvy Motorbike Finance (recognised by BRW as one of the fastest growing car finance companies in Australia in 2015), here are five tips to make sure you get motorbike finance and find a great deal to boot!

  1. Budget well

There’s no worse feeling than having your heart set on something … and not being able to afford it! You should set a realistic budget for your bike and stick to it. This needs to factor in:

  • Monthly or regular repayments
  • Fuel costs
  • Maintenance and servicing
  • Insurance

You can get a better idea of this by using a motorbike loan calculator – though you’ll have to do the maths around fuel and other particulars yourself. This gives you a starting point for finding a bike that suits your needs and is within a price range.

  1. Check your credit history

Even if you might suspect your credit history might not be all it’s cracked up to be, you should...


Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Bli Bli Outing "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Rain threatened and delivered and yet the birders came! Nearly 40! Against my best expectations and I'm sure more than a few people arrived at Muller's Park this morning convinced that they would be birding alone.

Despite the rain the birding was good with over 80 spp recorded between the two sites; Muller's Park and the Finland Road area.

Muller Park, Bli Bli, Queensland, AU
Tom Corrigan - in action!

Feb 6, 2016 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 kilometer(s)
38 species

Plumed Whistling-Duck  2


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): Turnbull must accept Andrews offer as a first step to closing Nauru and Manus. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Turnbull must accept Andrews offer as a first step to closing Nauru and Manus. ‘The Refugee Action Collective welcomes the Andrews Labor government’s written offer to Prime Minister Turnbull to resettle all children and their families at risk of being sent back to Nauru. Federal ALP opposition leader Bill Shorten should take note and abandon(...)


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Few Light General Aviation Aircraft Come and Go From Maryborough Airport Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Wednesday 3 February seemed to be a busy day at Maryborough Airport with a few light General Aviation (GA) aircraft noted coming and going, from and to various places.

Locally-based Mile High Aviation Cessna 172 VH-DZW was noted departed to the Sunshine Coast.

File photo taken by Brendan Berry  ©

Cessna 210-5 VH-RYB visited for part of the day from its Gold Coast base.

McNab Aviation Cessna 414A VH-FKH called in from Gympie and later departed to Toowoomba.

File photo taken by Michael Fleetwood  ©

Bundaberg-based CromAir Cessna 414A VH-CBT called in for part of the day from the Sunshine Coast.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Minister playing loose with Nauru asylum and self-harm figures "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The attempt by the Immigration Minister and The Weekend Australian (February 6-7) to link self-harm on Nauru with family members being brought to Australia is another shameful effort to cover up the real conditions on Nauru.

The people who have been brought to Australia have been brought because there was no adequate medical treatment for their physical and mental damage available on Nauru.

Refugee and asylum seekers have been brought to Australia to give birth, for kidney and heart disease, burns, bullet wounds and other physical injuries suffered in their home countries, back injuries, cancer, sexual assault and rape victims.

“The Minister will not release figures about the self-harm cases because he knows they would put the lie to any idea that self-harm is a major reason anyone has been brought from Nauru to Australia. Let alone the idea that family members have come with them. It is just not true,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Peter Dutton has also had another ‘Scott Morrison’ moment, suggesting that children were being coached into self-harm. Just as Scott Morrison had no evidence against Save the Children workers or anybody else, Peter Dutton has no evidence of his coaching allegations.”

The Minister’s concern that ‘self harm was a way of getting to Australia and appealing for residency’ is a complete fiction.

Similarly, it is absurd for Minister Dutton to suggest that the alternative to sending people to Nauru is to send them to their home countries.

“The Minister’s comments do reveal the motivation behind government policy; to use confinement on Nauru to create insufferable conditions that could force asylum seekers to consider return to persecution,” said Rintoul.

“The Minister knows that refugees cannot be sent to their home country. Most of the 267 presently in Australia are still waiting for their refugee assessment more than two years after being on...


Motorbike Writer: Helmet laws delay Skully head-up display "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The changing helmet laws in Australia have caused a delay in the delivery of the Skully AR-1 head-up display (HUD) helmet.

The Californian makers of the world’s first commercially available motorcycle helmet with HUD say they have received more than 100 orders from Australia.

While they originally said they would apply for the lengthy Australian approval process, they have changed their minds after seeing the changes in the laws allowing the sale federally of UNECE 22.05 helmets and the approval of their use in all states and territories except WA, SA and Tasmania which are expected to follow suit soon.




Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Cessna 525 Citation M2 Bizjet VH-WMY Calls into Roma Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A nice surprise arrival into Roma Airport early on Wednesday 3 February with Cessna 525 Citation M2 bizjet VH-WMY of Mitchell Water Australia calling in from Melbourne (Moorabbin) Airport.

VH-WMY at Clermont last year  (File photo)

At the time of writing, it appeared that VH-WMY remained at Roma with a scheduled departure yet to be confirmed.

UPDATE!  VH-WMY departed Roma for Archerfield during the late afternoon on Thursday 4 February.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 Jet VH-ZPI Spotted at Gladstone Airport Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Local plane spotter Anthony S braved the continuing inclement weather in CQ to pop out to Gladstone Airport on Saturday 6 February to capture some photos of the visiting Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPI.

VH-ZPI touched down from Brisbane as VOZ1709, and after a quick turnaround, departed back to the capital as VOZ1712.




> Refugee Action Coalition > MEDIA ALERT > > MINISTER PLAYING LOOSE WITH NAURU ASYLUM AND SELF-HARM FIGURES > > The attempt by the Immigration Minister and The Weekend Australian > (February 6-7) to link self-harm on Nauru with family members being > brought to Australia is another shameful effort to cover up the real(...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Noma Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As we entered Noma (Sydney) for lunch yesterday, there was a real sense of “showbiz”. As we were shown to our table, the four of us were greeted by probably twenty or thirty staff. “Hello, hello, welcome”. Having lived all my life in Australia, I often feel cynical about such displays of hospitality. Though such displays often feel contrived, this seemed to me very genuine. Over the next two and half to three hours, as we enjoyed our meals, and chatted with the staff, it became pretty obvious the staff were, too, lovers of fine food.

Though I’ve visited Copenhagen a few times, I’ve never been to Noma. Their seasons are always sold out weeks/months in advance. But I have read about Noma, and its reputation as a world class restaurant. In particular, I’ve been interested in the work done by the chef and co-owner, René Redzepi in re-inventing Nordic cuisine, and by his innovative use of unusual/interesting ingredients. When they announced a ten week season in Sydney, I was certainly interested, though not confident I’d be lucky enough to secure a seat/table. There are still 27,000 people (or something like that) on the waiting list. Thanks to the perseverance of Damien (running a couple of computers simultaneously) we were lucky enough to secure a table. And so yesterday, after months of anticipation, four of us sat down and enjoyed a remarkable lunch.

From the opener (macadamia in a spanner crab broth) to the closer (a fresh take on bon bons), everything was a surprise and a delight. There were many highlights. For me, they included the “dumpling” of marron and magpie goose (eat it like a taco), the sea urchin with tomatoes and berries, and the marinated fresh fruit (which included teaming up watermelon with a very bitter native plum). There were thirteen courses in all, and absolutely no sense of “I’m still hungry, let’s get some Maccas on the way home”.



Infinity in Hand: fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Skipping a stone on water requires a... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Skipping a stone on water requires a flat, disk-like stone thrown at a shallow angle, but elastic spheres are remarkable skippers, too, even at higher impact angles. Researchers at the Splash Lab have just published their work on why these balls skip so well. As seen in the top animation, the elastic spheres deform on impact, flattening to a more disk-like shape that rides at an angle of attack relative to the air-water interface. Both features are important to the spheres’ enhanced skipping. By flattening, the sphere comes into greater contact with the water and by orienting at a larger angle of attack, the sphere increases the vertical component of force the water generates on the sphere. It’s this vertical force that lifts the sphere up and lets it keep bouncing.  

Because the ball is soft, it keeps deforming after its impact and bounce (see top animation). For some skips, the timescale of the sphere’s elastic waves is smaller than the length of time the sphere is in contact with the water. When this is the case, the sphere’s elastic waves will affect the impact cavity in the water, forming what the researchers call a matryoshka cavity, after t...


Infinity in Hand: kaijuno: kaijuno: Observation: I have never broken a boneHypothesis: I am bonelessData: I appear... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

kaijuno: kaijuno: Observation: I have never broken a boneHypothesis: I am bonelessData: I appear...


Community Music Victoria: 2015: CMVic’s blog roll in review "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Thank you to everyone who read, commented and contributed to Community Music Victoria’s Blog, over the course of 2015!  The stats elves prepared an annual report for this blog, and it’s a heartening read.

Please keep your community music making stories flowing into the blog throughout 2016. By sharing inspiration, being honest about the challenges, and celebrating the high points and benefits of our experiences with each other, we not only strengthen our existing networks, we offer a way to encourage and engage even more people in the joy and fun of making music together; building strong, healthy, connected and harmonious communities.

Got a story taking shape in your head right now, that you’d like to share? Don’t hold back! Email Deb and the CMVic Communications team here. And if you’re more of a talker than a writer, that’s fine too. Call us on 03 9662 1162 and we’ll do the wordy bit for you.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Aleksandr Prokorov born in Far North Queensland, developed laser technology "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Letter to the Editor

Alesandr Prokhorov, Queensland’s first of two Nobel Prize winners, begins to emerge from his obscurity due to much research and he begins to take a more prominent place in Queensland’s history.

This is the Centenary of his birth in Peeramon, he began his thirst for knowledge at Butchers Creek School with his three sisters. His wife has remarked that all his life he said his destiny was shaped by his first seven years in Australia. His eldest sister Clara died from pneumonia in Herberton in 1921 and is buried there, Shaaron Lindwood has discovered Clara’s grave well done Shaaron. After my first letter was published, I had a phone call to tell me that CSIRO in Atherton had a plaque for Aleksandr in the garden, I look forward to seeing it soon. Friends hope to go to Moscow later this year, and will take photos of Clara’s grave to give to the Russian authorities and hopefully take a few photos of Aleksandr’s grave. Aleksandr, who died in 2002, is in very good company surrounded by all the famous Russians, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Khrushchev.

Aleksandr has to shoulder a lot of the praise for the discovery of masers and lasers together with his Nobel Laureates. What goes around comes around so they say. The laser was a fantastic invention made by a brilliant scientist born in Peeramon up here in the mountains behind Cairns. Millions of people the world over who were blind can now see because of laser surgery. Lasers are used in dentistry, by teachers, in CDs. and supermarkets around the world as the laser scans the goods, beep beep! And interspace communication, needs lasers and the most important of all the Atomic Clock which keeps the world’s time – that needs lasers.

The wor.......


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": AGL gas company, the LNP’s major financial backer pulls out of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

CSG opponents claim a scalp, but battle far from over, says Katter

6 February 2016:   Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said today that coal seam gas opponents had claimed a ‘scalp’ in their ongoing war against CSG – as AGL Energy this week made a decision to cease its coal seam gas operations in Australia.

Mr Katter paid tribute to the tireless individuals who had fought against coal seam gas projects – from radio personalities, to Lock the Gate, to farmers, to knitting Nannas – but said the battle was far from over.

“Just this week I had a meeting with Dr David Pascoe and his wife Heather about this very issue – as early as four or five years ago they told me the issue of coal seam gas was so serious and so frightening it had the potential to redefine the political landscape of Australia.

“So we pay tribute to all of these people in having a very small win, but a win nonetheless.

bob-katter-001“The CSG industry has treated land owners – and I don’t just mean farmers – but land owners of Queensland with absolute contempt.

“They have jeopardised the water supply for vast areas of Queensland – and all for an industry that does not give two bob to the Australian economy.

“We have always been proudly a mining state but coal seam gas has, and is, seriously damaging the mining industry.

“When the construction and development phase is over the industry comes back to 2500 jobs, and almost its entire $25,000 million a year income will then line the pockets of rich foreign CSG giants,” Mr Katter said.

Mr Katter has constantly warned of the potentially catastrophic social and economic costs of coal seam gas aquifer drilling which threatens to contaminat........


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 10-11 Feb | Teachers say #letthemstay ! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Teachers say #letthemstay! When: 10-11 February Where: Your school It’s time for teachers and educators to add our voices to the campaign demanding the 267 refugees from Nauru be allowed to stay in Australia. On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of Feb, gather a group of colleagues together and take a group photo with signs(...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Chinese New Year Fans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Chinese New Year is on Monday 8th February, and I’ve been crafting! This year I’m just making fans, as I still have boxes of lanterns ready to go up next week (here are the instructions for a very simple one). The fans are great fun to assemble, and they sit flat against a wall, rather than […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Govt considers amnesty request from Papuan separatists "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Island in focus: Papua  police seize ammunition,  firearms -
3) Seta claims innocence  in Freeport scandal

1) Govt considers amnesty  request from Papuan separatists | National | Fri, February 05 2016, 2:16 PM -


Motorbike Writer: Win a keyring in our motorbike quiz "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bico Keyklipz platinum keyrings

Bico keyring

We would like to reward our smartest readers with prizes in our weekly Motorbike Writer trivia quiz and we start this week with a Bico Bikeklipz motorcycle keyring.

Keyklipz keyrings are designed and made in Australia and cost $49.95 for the darker stone tumbled finish and $55 for a lighter hand-brushed finish. 

Shop for Keyclipz

To win, do the test, then share your score on Facebook by clicking on the button at the end of the quiz as proof. Then find our post on the MotorbikeWriter Facebook page to add your score or leave it in the comments section below.

The highest score wins, but if several people score the same, it will be the first to post the highest score.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Finding some specials #2 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

My rich vein of form in the Mia Mia continues unabated.

This immature Red-capped Robin was a nice observation – an indication of successful local breeding from a species that is thinly spread throughout the Muckleford bush.


Red-capped Robin (immature), Mia Mia Track, 3rd February 2016

Australian Owlet-nightjars are supposed to be nocturnal – this one may have been disturbed as I passed nearby. They often sit at hollow openings throughout the day and I’ve frequently disturbed individuals of this species on my wanderings. This one was very cooperative, albeit a bit higher up than I would have preferred. Owlet nightjars are extremely common, but most of them see us I’m sure from their cryptic vantage points without being observed.


Australian Owlet-nightjar, Mia Mia track, 3rd February 2016


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Inch Kenneth (Island) in the Scottish Hebrides "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The island of Inch Kenneth lies a short distance off the west coast of Mull, not far from Ulva. Note Mull, Arran, Kintyre, Jura and Islay on the map.

Inch Kenneth is has typical Hebridean setting complete with sea cliffs, but its fertile soil promotes flower-rich grassland. Less than 2 ks in length and 1 k at its widest, the island provides easy walking surr­ounded by some wonderful scenery on the Isle of Mull.

The island might be tiny, but it has had four events in history of note.

Firstly the arrival of Christianity. The island was named after Saint Kenneth (c525-600) who was Irish abbot & miss­ion­ary. A contemporary of Columba, the two men started converting the Picts together. Pictish king Brude Mac Maelchon was one of Saint Kenneth’s success stories; he and his kingdom were converted to Christianity, either voluntarily or otherwise. Kenneth was one of the most popular Celtic saints and he clearly loved Scotland, but I am not sure why he chose a minutely small northern island to found monastery on.

warrior chief Hector McLean’s grave stone


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Are Cardinal George Pell & the Vatican flipping the bird at Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Is Cardinal George Pell really so ill he genuinely cannot travel? Or is it a smoke screen allowing him to hide from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse?

Only his doctors would know with any certainty, because his very active life in Rome gives no indication.

What Pell and the Vatican are saying.....

The Guardian, 28 January 2016:

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, is still too unwell to fly and will address a philanthropic Catholic organisation in the US on Thursday via video link from Rome.

It comes days before Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse is d...


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

Abbott  was born in England in the 1950s and he is still a creature of it. He represents a narrow strand in Australian culture which is in many ways more British than Australian, and that is part of the reason why he was unsuccessful.
[Author Aaron Patrick in The NewDaily, 29 January 2016]

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Friday, 05 February


"IndyWatch Feed": Live Delay: EP 151: Horris; Feathers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, December 26th 2015.

Horris have been kicking around the local scene since 2011, demonstrating their high energy performances that involve a heavy element of crowd participation. Their debut EP ‘You Can’t Do Anything And Life Will Disappoint You’ is a 7 song compilation of their ability to combine chaotic drums, buzzing guitars, and scratchy vocals to make a high energy record that is sure to get the heart beating.


Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Trainspotters, Brisbane, December 12th 2015. 

Starting off in 2006, this psychedelic witchgaze group have released a full length album through record label bon voyage, and accumulated a mountain of support slots for international bands like Best Coast, Earthless, and Vivian Girls. Their album ‘Hunters Moon’ was recorded over three hours in the now defunct Tribal Theatre, and their sound is a perfect balance of 60’s psychedelica and jangly 80’s pop.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 5th February 2016.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Environment Council: Maroochydore CBD update "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Public realm with transport

What will become the ‘new’ Maroochydore CBD is moving ahead. What will be its’ ‘look and feel?’

The opportunity to incorporate fundamental and necessary sustainability, livability and design features cannot be missed if this development is to contribute in a practical, visual and meaningful way to the Sunshine Coast’s sustainability vision.

Such elements are critical for a development of this scale and the population it is projected to support.

To have a healthy society and environment in the future, we need to objectively consider planning decisions in the face of increased population growth with outstanding urban planning providing social and green infrastructure.

To achieve this, there needs to be exceptional intra-regional public transport such as light rail and rapid bus, low levels of pollution and waste, localised renewable energy, ambitious energy and water conservation programs, a focus on local food production , urban biodiversity and an inclusive community-orientated culture.

It’s time for the region to raise the bar and demonstrate leadership in innovative planning for both commerical and residential development which respects our natural environment,...


"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: How to quickly change out artwork with Flat Pack Frame "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

If you're anything like me, you've got a stash of wall art that you'd like to swap out more often, but the hassle of taking down the frame, dealing with those hard little metal pieces at the back, and getting the positioning right makes it too much of a headache. I recently came across these Australian-made all-timber frames that connect with magnets, making it super fast and easy to change out artwork. Introducing Flat Pack Frame...

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Spain reports first European Zika virus case - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Spain has reported the first Zika virus case in a pregnant woman in Europe. Image Source: WikiCommons

BOM warns of heavy rainfall in central QLD

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that parts of central Queensland are set to receive the equivalent of their entire February rainfall in the next 24 hours.

There has already been some flooding in parts of Central Queensland and Wide Bay areas, with Rockhampton experiencing almost 100 milimetres of rains since Thursday morning.

A bureau spokesman said a trough is unlikely to move off shore until Tuesday.

Crash on Pacific Motorway causes major delays


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Julian Assange cleared in UN ruling - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Julian Assange has been ruled to be arbitrarily detained in contravention of international agreements signed by the UK. Image Source: WikiCommons

One in six Brisbane offices empty

One in six Brisbane offices are sitting empty and a rate more than double that of Sydney, according to a new report from the Property Council of Australia for the six months to January showing vacancies at 14.9 percent.

The report shows a worsening of the 14.7 rate recorded in 2014 when Brisbane had the worst office vacancy rates since the 1990s recession.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio Blue Mountains 89.1: RMS Community Information Sessions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

RMS Katoomba to Mount Victoria safety upgrade Community Information Sessions will be held in Phillips Hall, Blackheath Community Centre (NOT at BANC as advertised!) on Monday 15 February, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and on Tuesday 16 February, from 1pm to 4pm

Walk through The Gardens – enter the Hall through the double glass doors

roadworksFor more information:
1800 035 733 (toll free)

The post RMS Community Information Sessions appeared first on Radio Blue Mountains 89.1.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Brisbane hospital legionella scare, and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Staff at the Mater Private Hospital have been told to prevent at-risk patients using showers and sinks amid a legionella detection. Source: Wikicommons

Legionella scare at Brisbane hospital

At risk patients at a Brisbane hospital have been told not to use showers or sinks after signs of legionella were detected in the water system.

The warning to staff and patients at Mater Private Hospital come a week after a patient tested positive to the bacteria.

If inhaled, the bacteria can lead to Legionnaire’s Disease which can progress to kidney failure and death if left untreated.

Ambos say no to violence


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Priest offers sanctuary for asylum seekers - and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Anglican Dean of Brisbane has offered St John's as a place of sanctuary for asylum seekers who may be deported. Image Source: WikiCommons

AGL ceases CSG operations in NSW & QLD

Energy giant AGL has announced it will cease all coal seam gas operations in Queensland and New South Wales.

AGL has announced no changes to its commercial and retail gas activities and will pay a six-hundred and forty million dollar after-tax impairment charge.

Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said it is smart and strategic for AGL to get out of a fossil fuel industry that was floundering in the face of public opposition.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Ben's Blog: Fire in the Henge "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Henge Fire
Fire in the Henge
– Where two hapless hengemakers face the full force of the law

This story involves little drama but much melodrama.
Either a great calamity is averted due to scrupulous adhesion to the letter of the law, or a great deal of time effort and water is wasted due to a failure to apply just a modicum of good old fashioned common sense.
You be the judge.
The story begins right here in Sleepy Hollow, just across the road from our brand spanking new fire station. It is mid-March 2015. The Fringe Festival is taking shape. My contribution is a henge of fridges.
After much wrangling and cajoling and begging and pleading l finally wrestle 40 fridges from the clutches of the Lords of the Landfill, who are reluctant to part with them for reasons l cannot not fathom.
Studious students from all the local schools except South School have gone to great effort to adorn the fridges with pictures of food and filled the shelves with mock food; good food, bad food and absolutely rotten food.
Before we have even begun to arrange them, all hell brakes loose, a hue and cry from all corners of the shire.
The council, who see their primary role as keeping us all safe from harm, is flooded with distress calls laden with angst and anguish concerning the danger of the little kiddies becoming trapped inside the fridges and slowly being asphyxiated. Many old people still alive today vividly remember such horror stories from their youth, indelibly etched in their consciousnesses.
I try to reassure the agitated officer not to fret, modern fridges do not have latches or catches, any child can open them with ease. But he is not to be reassured. The fridges must be lain down lest a someone climb inside, rock the fridge till it falls on its door...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Finding some specials #1 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

While birding is almost the complete antithesis to shopping, there is one similarity – from time to time you come across some irresistible specials. When you spot one it makes the whole exercise seem like an absolute bargain.


Chestnut-Rumped Hylacola, Mia Mia Track, 2nd February 2016






Male Speckled Warbler, Mia Mia Track, 3rd February 2016


Thursday, 04 February


Motorbike Writer: Japanese motorcycle helmet has cat ears! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

If you crashed wearing this Japanese Neko (cat) helmet with ears, would you land on your feet?

We’ve seen some bizarre motorcycle helmets in our time (Storm Trooper helmets, helmets with hair and even shaved heads!), but nothing as ridiculous as the Neko-helmet from Nitrinos motostudio in Japan.

Neko-helmet with cat ears

The helmets have fibreglass cat-like ears which don’t seem to serve any purpose at all except to satisfy the Japanese penchant for cats and cartoon characters.

Neko-helmet with cat ears

Neko cartoon character

The first Neko-helmet was produced for a festival of Japanese culture in 2011, but it proved so popular, it is now available for sale from US$495 to $660, depending on clouds and graphics which include a...


"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Bondville 6 year old Puppy Party "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We usually only have a day to pull together our youngest's birthday party each year as it's just after the festive season, but that is a great excuse to keep things sweet and simple which to me is perfect. Miss Six loves all things puppy, cuddly, and animal-related, so we found this super-cute invitation by Meg Bartholomy, and emailed it out over the holidays. I used the chocolate, pink and orange colours from the invites as the basis for the party decorations and food. I had also spotted fun puppy cakes in BreadTop, but on my small budget I decided I could make them myself, and with the flavours I wanted. Read on for all my tips for creating a sweet puppy/animal party on a budget!

Party: Our six year old's birthday party
Organised by: Me! (Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville)
Location: at home in Sydney
Theme: Loosely puppy/animal themed - based on this invitation

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