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Friday, 12 February


Black Mark: Wurm Haus & clinamen "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Jess Johnson, Wurm Haus and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, clinamen demonstrate two different ways of using imagination and making art. Imagination could be the invention of another world or to imagine another use of existing items in this world to create new beauty. Art as the creation or art as a creative uses.

Both are currently on the third floor the NGV International.


Jess Johnson, Ixian Gate, 2015 video still (courtesy of Darren Knight Gallery)

Wurm Haus is an exhibition a series of drawings and a virtual reality experience, based on the drawings, The Ixian Gate. Johnson’s imagination created both the drawings and 3D VR Oculus Rift VR experience of the planet Ix from Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, Dune.

The VR experience is a five minute magic carpet ride through impressive huge spaces. Five people at a time go through the same experience, each with headphone and headset; the gallery attendant explaining the procedure and wiping down each set of headsets and headphones between each group. The psychedelic intensity of detailed patterns mixed with classical architecture, great multicoloured worms, bat masks, flesh toned figures doing acrobatics.

Clinamen by the French artist and composer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a very different kind of art. White ceramic bowls floating in the round blue pool of water with a current running down the middle driving the bowls around in two loops. Bell-like chimes from the ceramic bowls ring out when two bowls bump. There is a variety of tones created when different sized bowls bumped. Chance encounters in a random univers...



Will Type For Food: Du schmeckst so gut "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Here, with apologies to my vast German audience, is my German verse epic in preparation for Valentine's Day entitled "Du bist mein Lieblingsessen."

Du bist mein Lieblingsessen

Du bist mein Lieblingsessen.
Meinen Obstsalat und Haferbrei
Und (doch, ich habe nicht vergessen!)
Mein Toast mit Butter und ein Ei.

Mein Frühstück, meine Hauptmahlzeit,
Meinen Kaffee, Meinen Porter,
Mein Scheschisches Himmelreich,
Und jetzt, meine Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

Du schmeckst so gut, mein erst, mein Wurst,
Mein Tomate rot, mein Milch und Brot,
Meinen Hunger, meinen Durst
Du bist, immer und so immer fort.


UPDATE! - It has come to my attention that I may have made even more lamentable errors in this than I thought I had originally. I will leave the poem up in its current state but it may require a lot more revision before I take it out in company again. 

20:08 Answer religion question in August census or your town will soon be overrun with Islamics "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Want a mosque next door?

Muslims occupy street outside Lakemba mosque in Sydney, 2013. (ABC file image)

If you don’t want a mosque built next to your place, we suggest you fill in the question asking about your religion in the August census. Do not leave it blank, because the nation’s 450,000 Muslims won’t miss their opportunity. At the very least insert ‘Christian.’

19:56 Australia’s ‘dangerous allies’ ready their forces for war with Russia, China; will we follow along? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The USA and UK—Australia’s “dangerous allies” in the words of the late Malcolm Fraser—have suddenly escalated their preparations for a showdown with Russia and China. The question is: will Australia go along with this insanity?
Two top national security officials of the Obama Administration have just declared war, in effect, against Russia. Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter have both issued high-profile statements during the past fortnight, focusing on Russia as the “mortal enemy” of the United States.
In a 31 January interview with WTOP radio in Washington, DC, Clapper ranked the threat from Russia far above the threat coming from the Islamic State. He termed Russia’s recent advances in its nuclear weapons a “mortal threat” to the United States, whereas ISIS poses no such threat, and listed the greatest threats to the United States as a newly aggressive Russia, a belligerent nuclear-armed North Korea, Iran’s proxy warfare capabilities, and Chinese espionage.
Such explicit targeting of nation-states as declared “enemies” of the United States has not been heard in Washington since George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” rant in his January 2002 State of the Union address. What’s more, Gen. Clapper’s remarks, delivered in preparation for his release of the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment in upcoming Congressional testimony, comes at a time when the United States is directly engaged in combat in the Iraq-Syria theatre, where Russian military forces are also engaged. While the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State John Kerry are attempting to engage with Russia in a peace initiative and, at minimum, “deconfliction” negotiations to avert direct military clashes, Clapper is pushing confrontation.

19:09 Patriots at Oregon standoff about to surrender after FBI shoots a rancher with hands up "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Oregon rancher was shot NINE TIMES, appears stolen 9mm planted on him after the fact

Another day, another horror coming out of our legal authorities in this country.

As previously reported, Oregon rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed in a FBI/OSP operation where it was claimed he “went for” a 9mm in his waist pocket.

Afterwards the FBI spokesman refused to say how many times Finicum was shot, only stating it was in the “single digits”.

Yeah, well, now it’s come out that Finicum was shot NINE TIMES. No wonder they didn’t want to admit how many times he was shot. One more digit and it isn’t single digits anymore. Guess that’s why the FBI tried to paint a pretty face on it with the “single digits” talk.

The whole thing looks like a tot...


The Witches Kitchen: Second Prize for a Biological Garbage Disposal Unit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

wormbedsIn Autumn 2000 I wrote an article for Organic Gardener magazine about worm towers. For years I thought the idea had sunk without a trace. When our daughter moved to a little flat in Brisbane we helped her build a garden with them. It worked so well that it crossed my mind occasionally, I wonder why that idea never caught on?  Maybe I should write about it again in Witches Kitchen.  Then a couple of years ago a worm farmer popped up at our Farmer’s Market selling worm towers and I was so excited to see the concept in production with someone else. In the last little while I keep seeing examples of them everywhere.

This is the article as it was originally published (complete with my dodgily drawn bmp image).  It worked brilliantly, built just like this, for our daughter’s little garden at a Brisbane unit block.


Remember those electric garbage disposal units that they used to put in sinks in the Dark Ages of ecological awareness?  They were obscene – noisy, dangerous, and wasteful – but they did have their attractions.  There are moments when you could almost be forgiven for thinking they weren’t such a bad idea.

Like when you come home after dark and the kitchen scrap bucket is chock-a-block and moving, and there are a couple of container gardens in the fridge.  Or when the neighbour’s dog decides to excavate last week’s spaghetti from your compost pile.  Or when the health inspector spots a very fat brown rat heading in the direction of the compost bins.

Compost is wonderful stuff, but, especially in urban situations, it has its drawbacks. It takes so much work to...


Will Type For Food: Self-Valentine poem "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

"It can be a challenge to wake up on Valentine's Day on your own." 
This weekend two women are doing away with finding love and focusing on self-love. Valentine's Day: Life coach says do away with finding love and instead romance yourself - ABC

A self-Valentine poem

My and myself went out on a date.
He looked in my eyes and he said that "I'm great!" 
I caught at his hand and I whispered "You too!"
So right then I got married to me (as you do).
The wedding was perfect but at the reception
I caught me making love to a mirror's reflection -
We broke up that day. I was sad. He was hot.
And who am I now I'm the man that I'm not?


AWPA Sydney News: 1) Regional Heads Must Not Rely on Provincial Assistance, says Legislator "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Minister Speaks Like an Imperialist, says Legislator
3) Papua Trade and Industry Office to Build Re-Measuring Post at Border Area
4) Sport: West Papua Warriors eye USA 
1) Regional Heads Must Not Rely on Provincial Assistance, says Legislator
1 hair ago Victor Mambor


News: Show us your love as we turn 40 - Subscribe! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Subscriber Drive February 15-21, 2016

Celebrate our 40th birthday by subscribing during Subscriber Drive, February 15-21. 3CR have been broadcasting since 1976 and we still remain true to the aims declared on our very first broadcast on July 3rd that year ‘to enable individuals and/or groups, representing a wide range of community interests and concerns to have regular communications with the Melbourne community.” 



2RRR: Country Roads "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Sunday 14 February
8 – 9am Country Roads
Ronnieboy will be having a chat to Peter Denahy.


Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association: Rumour: Shenhua wants money back "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Very strong rumour Shenhua have met with NSW Government and requested their money back …Gov offered fraction of what was requested

 An interested Tweet from Tony Windsor. You can see the whole conversation on Tony’s page:


Ocean Grove Voice: Surf brings out the smiles "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

VOLUNTEERS will hit the waves this Sunday when the Ocean Grove Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) holds its second session for the year.
The group held its first surfing event on 31 January, which included 48 participants, 41 carers and 196 volunteers.
DSA committee member Ian Boyd, who’s been with the organisation since 2009, said exactly half the volunteers were new.
“They can see they make a difference,” he said.
The sessions cater for a range of abilities – from those who need ventilation to those who don’t need any help at all.
Ian is keen to get as many volunteers as possible to help “put smiles on dials”.
“The smiles are as much on the faces of the volunteers as the participants,” he said.
Registration starts at Ocean Grove Main Beach at 8.30am, while surfing starts at 9am. Rotary Ocean Grove will put on a free barbecue for volunteers.
For information phone 0408 253 206 or search DSA Ocean Grove on Facebook.

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Lot19 Arts: CASTLEMAINE IDYLL "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

sun 20th march 2-9pm

register to sing, more info to follow…

live band, live dancers, famous judges, what could possibly go wrong?


Castlemaine idyll


Lot19 Arts: ARTS OPEN fri 11th -20th march "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

lot19 hosts the official opening fri 11th march from 6pm. live music, art, food available by growing abundance, papas bar open

arts open poster


A5 group show, opening fri 11th 6pm

cobalt collective textile collective exhibition, opening fri 11th 6pm

lot19 open studios, come and meet the artists… there are 28 artists in studios at lot19

CASTLEMAINE IDYLL official closing party sun 20th march 2-8pm $20/10/5. live band, live dancers, famous judges, register to sing

Castlemaine idyll



The Network: In the light of Justin Trudeau and Bernie Sanders - Australia needs a review of what worked well in the latter half of the 20th Century "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Australia in the 21st Century needs to look back at its recent past - say from World War 2 forward - to what policies have succeeded, how they emerged, where are they now and 
how we can re-introduce those fallen by the way, and re-fashion those that we have kept
but could work more inclusively and equitably.  

Australia is a nation who likes to keep up with the Joneses - particularly the North American Joneses.  Here is some of that flavour from Canada and

Why grumpy Bernie Sanders is like sunny Justin Trudeau: Walkom

Canada’s prime minister and the would-be U.S. presidential contender 



Ocean Grove Voice: East Geelong has it all "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

WHY drive into Geelong when you’ve got East Geelong?
A quick spin down the highway from Ocean Grove and you’re there – it’s unique, it’s relaxed and it’s so, so close.
Sitting between Newcomb, Geelong and the bay is the beautiful leafy suburb of East Geelong – coffee shops, hair salons, gift shops, tech, food, fashion, household goods, art supplies and professional services – in fact everything you could ever need is available in this fashionably chic, fast appreciating area – and everyone is so incredibly friendly.
It may be on the edge of a big city yet it feels like a country town.
It’s all too easy to drive straight through this gorgeous little retail precinct on your way in from the coast, but why don’t you try something a little different? Pull over and go for a casual stroll down Ormond Street and around the corner into Garden Street – you are bound to discover numerous hidden gems.
The following are just a few of the shops well worth making your own:
GOOSE lifestyle concept store was established in 1996 and showcases a huge range of fashion, gifts and ‘homewares with personality’ which stand out from the crowd.
44 Frame Factory is a locally owned and operated business that has been providing the area with custom framing services and a wide range of art materials for over 20 years.
Create On Ormond specialises in invitation design and scrapbooking supplies – offering a wide variety of stationary and craft products to accent the glamorous, fun and luxurious nature of your ceremony – it is a true paper enthusiast’s one-stop destination for inspiration and supplies.
Margaret Helman Wigs is a specialist wig supply, fitting and styling store that operates under the banner ‘Wigs that don’t look like wigs!’ – a hairdresser for more than 35 years, Margaret developed a passion for wigs and helping others, following her experience as a cancer survivor.


All in the Name of Liberty: Face - A pastel by Nadine Stransen "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This is a pastel Nadine gave me last year 

Rest in Peace, you are sorely missed


Ocean Grove Voice: Costa’s all class "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


GARDENING Australia’s Costa Georgiadis visited Surfside Primary School last Friday, much to the delight of students, who created “worm hats” for the occasion.
“They are the best worm hats I’ve ever seen!” Costa told hundreds of excited students at a special assembly.
“I’ve never seen worm hats so that’s probably why they are so good.”
Earlier that morning the school captains “were pumped” to show their kitchen garden to Costa, who was quite impressed.
“It’s not just some kumbaya garden with a few herbs to show the kids – this is the Real McCoy!
“And they were showing me around with a real understanding of it.”
The ABC presenter and environmentalist praised the work of the Ocean Grove Rotary Club and other community groups in creating the garden.
“It’s an amazing garden with a great connection to local groups,” he said.
“All the fruit trees are at a point where they are creating viable produce.”
Costa took questions at the assembly on everything from seaweed, maggots and compost, to how to grow carrots worthy of “Bugs Bunny”.
The school is one of four Costa toured that day, as part of Geelong Council’s Sustainable Living Festival.

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Shepparton Interfaith Network: Yorta Yorta going forward: Shepparton Apology Breakfast, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

There is commitment, action and support of the indigenous communities of Shepparton and the Goulburn Murray. Local businesses, local government, the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group are active supporters and participate in the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group. In this article, we consider recent national reports, activities and the Commemoration of the ... Read more...


Ocean Grove Voice: Learning the lay of the land "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


SURFSIDE Primary School’s Djarreeyn Learning Area is beginning to take shape, as the parents behind the project continue their efforts.
One of the parents, Nicole Garnaut, said the Indigenous learning area will include a range of native plants used by Aboriginals as herbs or medicine.
“We want the kids to be able to walk though and identify those plants and learn what they were used for,” she said.
“We’ve put together a book of the design of the garden, all of the plants and their Indigenous uses.”
Earlier this month, Nicole completed the project’s newest addition – a mosaic “fire pit”.
“Because they can’t have fire in school,” she said.
Her group is busy getting the area ready for 200 plants, which Bellarine Landcare will provide on National Tree Day in June.
“We are looking for donations of cement mix, horse, cow and chicken manure, and worm juice or castings,” Nicole said.
The project began as an alternative for students not participating in religious education.
“We proposed Indigenous studies as something they could do instead,” Nicole said.
The group began work on the Djarreeyn Learning Area early last year, after consulting local Wathaurong elder Uncle Dave Tournier.
Nicole and fellow parent Abbey Roe completed a mural for the project last September.
Surfside Primary students left paint handprints on the mural as school concluded last year, which the school’s Preps and other new students added to yesterday.

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Zedlines: Protesters occupy Peter Dutton's office, and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Protesters are currently occupying Immigration minister Peter Dutton's protesting planned removal of asylum seekers to Nauru. Photo: Owen Cosgriff

Protesters occupy Peter Dutton's office

Protesters are currently occupying the Brisbane office of Immigration and Border Protection minister Peter Dutton calling for the minister to stop the removal of 267 asylum seekers from Australia to Nauru.

The occupation comes a day after two protesters suspended a large banner with the words “Let them stay” painted on it and themselves by ropes from a Melbourne bridge.


Fight for the Reef: Christensen attempts to silence concerns of local community and destroy Reef reliant tourism industry jobs in Mackay / Whitsundays "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Members of the local community have expressed concern with the bully boy tactics of LNP Member of Parliament George Christensen trying to deny local community groups the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will be visiting Mackay next Monday to hear the concerns of locals and it is extraordinary that the local Member of Parliament would deny people the opportunity to attend the event.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said that by advocating dredging in the Reef’s waters, Mr Christensen is dividing the community and choosing to back the dying coal industry rather than the growing tourism industry.

“The Great Barrier Reef is this region’s greatest asset. Groups like AMCS, Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping and others have fought tirelessly to protect the Reef from dredging and dumping in the Reef’s waters.

“We’ve sought to stand up to the massive coal mining industry, who export profits, shed jobs and threaten the future of the Reef.

“The Reef could soon face a coral bleaching event, and Mr Christensen is more determined to shut down local concerns than address the issues to the local economy.

“Banning local people who want to protect their local assets and jobs from meeting with the Prime Minister is offensive but unfortunately to be expected from Mr Christensen.

“Seeking to ban people because you disagree with them is not how democracy is supposed to work. If Mr Christensen can’t accept a diversity of views, and it is pretty clear that he can’t, he should seek to resign his position representing the views of the community.

“Mr Christensen has consistently put the interests of Adani over the interests of the tourism industry or the Reef it relies on.

“We will be writing to Malcolm Turnbull to express our concerns at the arrogant attitude of the local member and his refusal to...


Ocean Grove Voice: Tickled pink "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

OCEAN Grove Memorial Reserve will be awash with pink on Saturday.
The cricket club is staging a Pink Stumps Day to raise money for the McGrath Foundation, which places breast care nurses in communities throughout the country.
The feature game, the A Grade clash between neighbours Ocean Grove and Wallington, starts at 1.30pm and the club will be hosting an afternoon tea at the clubrooms at 2.30pm. Tickets are $20 and includes sparking wine on arrival, nibbles and afternoon tea. Raffles, prizes and silent auctions will be held throughout the afternoon.
After the game, local musician and Ocean Grove Cricket Club player Sam Hanson will perform.
Pink stumps will be used for the game and the Grubbers’ players will wear pink caps.
For more information, contact Fiona on 0458 435 461 for tickets or email
You can also check out

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Zedlines: Oregon occupation ends after 41 days, and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge by armed militants has come to an end after 41 days. Source: Wikicommons

First cyclone of the season forms off Mackay

The first cyclone of the season has formed off the Queensland coast and could cause higher swells off the Southern Coast from Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Tatiana could strengthen to a category two system by early Saturday.

The cyclone has formed 1080 (one-thousand-and-eighty) kilometres north-east of Mackay and is expected to continue moving further away from the coast.

Senate committee to investigate Black Lung


Echonetdaily: Meerschaum Vale man charged with receiving stolen goods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged with receiving stolen goods after a police raid at Meerschaum Vale yesterday.

Following an investigation into a large number of break and enters in the Nimbin area, about 10am (Thursday, February 11), detectives from Richmond Local Area Command raided a property on Wardell Road.

During the raid, police seized a large amount of property suspected of being stolen, as well as a small amount of cannabis and five cannabis plants.

A 45-year-old man was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with three counts of receiving.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 4.


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Echonetdaily: Man charged with attempted machete murder – Goonellabah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 46-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking two people with a machete at a home in Goonellabah last Sunday.

Police say that around 10pm on Sunday, a 51-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were at home on Kruseana Avenue, Goonellabah, when the power in their home was switched off.

They both walked outside where they were allegedly attacked by a man armed with a machete.

During the altercation, the 51-year-old man was struck on the head and face with the weapon, causing deep lacerations.

The woman was then allegedly struck on her left arm and left wrist, also causing deep lacerations.

The armed attacker then fled the scene.

Police say that around 7.25am on Monday, a 46-year-old man was found with serious wounds in the grounds of a cemetery in Arakoon, north of Port Macquarie.

He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment to the wounds, which were believed to be self-inflicted.

At 7.10pm on Tuesday, police attended the hospital and placed the man under arrest.

About 4.30pm on Wednesday investigators from Richmond Local Area Command spoke to the manat the hospital.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of malicious wounding with intent.

Police allege he is known to the victims.

A bedside bail court hearing was conducted with the man refused bail.

He is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on 8 March.

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Echonetdaily: Thousands living in cars, vans because housing unaffordable "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Greens state MP and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.

Greens state MP and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.

Chris Dobney

The far north coast is in a social housing crisis and the state government must commit to increased social housing as a priority, Greens MLC and Byron Shire resident Jan Barham said today.

Ms Barham was responding to news that 71,000 low-income renter households in regional NSW are in housing stress, paying more than 30 per cent of their income on household costs.

She says that for many, this means foregoing other essential goods and services to keep a roof over their head.

The alternative is sleeping in cars or caravans, especially in places such as Byron Shire, where a 2014 Anglicare survey showed just 3.7 per cent of dwellings were considered affordable for a low-income household.

‘It’s unacceptable that in this region we have people living in caravans and cars because of the huge shortage of social and affordable housing,’ Ms Barham said.

‘These circumstances impact on people’s wellbeing as housing stress equates to emotional stress. More must be done with planning rules to support those who are vulnerable in this current housing crisis,’ she added.

In 2014 Ms Barham sat on an upper house committee that examined the state of social and affordable housing in...


Echonetdaily: Tweed mayor alleges developer defamed her "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has been removed from her mayoral role overseeing councillor expense claims after she tried to 'enhance accountability'.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne is suing billionaire developer Bob Ell for defamation.

A defamation action by Tweed mayor Katie Milne against the Tweed’s biggest developer was heard over several days in the Supreme Court in Sydney this week.

Billionaire developer Bob Ell, the owner of the Leda group behind the massive township developments of Kings Forest and Cobaki, is alleged to have made the defamatory remarks about Cr Milne published in the Gold Coast Bulletin soon after he won his defamation case against her.

The Supreme Court found in 2014 that Cr Milne had defamed Mr Ell in an email she sent alleging he had a scandalous association with a murdered Sydney hitman.

The developer was then awarded $15,000 damages, but the court costs for that protracted action, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars, are currently subject to further legal assessment and review by the court.

Echonetdaily was told the Greens mayor this week was cross-examined for more than seven hours by Mr Ell’s barrister.



2RRR: Thematics "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Saturday 13 February
10pm – 12am Thematics
Today on Thematics we will be featuring a Sickness Special.


2RRR: Radio Active "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Saturday 13th February

8 – 10pm Radio Active

Sydney band Slow culture are in the studio



Echonetdaily: Einstein’s gravitational waves detected "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The LIGO’s representation of black holes interacting:

The LIGO’s representation of black holes interacting:

Will Dunham & Scott Malone, RAW

Scientists say they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.

The researchers on Thursday said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein – that orbited one another, spiralled inward and smashed together.

They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.

The scientific milestone, announced at a news conference in Washington, was achieved using a pair of giant laser detectors in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington state, capping a long quest to confirm the existence of these waves.

The announcement was made in Washington by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

Like light, gravity travels in waves, but instead of radiation, it is space itself that is rippling. Detecting the gravitational waves required measuring 4km laser beams to a precision 10,000 times smaller than......


Zedlines: Greyhound trainer pleads guilty on animal abuse charges - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Greyhound trainer Tom Noble has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences. Image Source: WikiCommons

UPF launches political party in designated Refugee Welcome Zone

Anti-Islamic group United Patriots Front has chosen Toowoomba as the town to launch their political party, Fortitude.

Toowoomba is a designated Refugee Welcome Zone, and community leaders in Toowoomba have taken a stand against the group by ignoring their party launch and discouraging any counter protests.


Echonetdaily: Indonesia frees up foreign investment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Indonesia’s trade minister Tom Lembong. Photo from

Indonesia’s trade minister Tom Lembong. Photo from

John Chalmers & Kanupriya Kapoor [RAW]

Indonesia has opened dozens of sectors to foreign investors in what President Joko Widodo has described as a ‘Big Bang’ liberalisation of its economy, Southeast Asia’s largest.

President Joko Widodo’s administration loosened foreign investment restrictions on Thursday, on everything from restaurants and agriculture to health facilities and movie theatres.

‘Today’s revisions represent our largest opening to international investment in 10 years,’ Trade Minister Tom Lembong told Reuters.

‘More international investment will bring more capital, more world-class expertise, more technologies to Indonesia. Domestic players must seize those opportunities.’

Twenty-nine sectors including restaurants and the movie industry were removed from the ‘negative investment list’ (DNI) altogether, meaning that foreigners can operate in those areas without restrictions.

The negative investment list sets out which parts of Indonesia’s economy are partially or fully closed to foreign investors, who in recent years have complained of rising economic protectionism and nationalism as they look to expand into the market of more than 250 million people.

Widodo told Reuters in an interview o...


Echonetdaily: Delhi to limit car use to clean up air "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Delhi traffic at night. Photo Bernard Oh

Delhi traffic at night. Photo Bernard Oh

New Delhi [RAW]

The Delhi government is planning another round of tough measures to restrict the use of private cars and clean up toxic air in the Indian metropolis, the world’s most polluted city.

From April 15, for two weeks, cars will only be allowed on the road on alternate days, going by whether their number plates are odd or even, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.

‘We are seriously considering if we can do this for 15 days every month,’ Kejriwal said. ‘We can’t do this on a permanent basis until we get better public transport.’

The rule hits most of the 2.6 million cars that ply the traffic-choked roads of Delhi and its surrounding areas.

That figure accounts for roughly a third of all the 8.5 million vehicles on the streets, from motorbikes to autorickshaws.

Kejriwal said his plans had overwhelming public support and were necessary to rein in the rising levels of air pollution that regularly cloak the city in smog.

Doctors say Delh...


Echonetdaily: Joyce sees similarities with PM Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Newly elected Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and newly elected deputy leader Fiona Nash at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Newly elected Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and newly elected deputy leader Fiona Nash at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Canberra [AAP]

They have their obvious differences, but new Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce insists there is no gulf between himself and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Joyce, elected unopposed to replace the retiring Warren Truss, believes ‘in a funny way’ there’s a real similarity, given they both made their ‘own way in the world’.

‘That means that both Malcolm and myself see the world through the prism of practicality and making sure we’re not tied to any philosophy but tied to a desire to do the very best for the nation,’ he told ABC radio on Friday.

Mr Joyce acknowledged there would be times when the coalition partners did not agree on every issue.

‘We’re a business partnership, not a marriage,’ he said.

The inco...


Echonetdaily: Chinese thought Robert meet was official "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Minister for Human Services Stuart Robert during Question Time at Parliament House on Monday. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australian Minister for Human Services Stuart Robert during Question Time at Parliament House on Monday. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Karlis Saluat & Paul Osborne, AAP

The prime minister has been accused of sacrificing his own ministerial standards, as it emerged Chinese officials believed they were meeting MP Stuart Robert in an official capacity when he helped a friend sign a mining deal in Beijing.

The opposition insists Mr Robert must go, arguing he breached the code of conduct by helping businessman and Liberal Party donor Paul Marks secure a mining deal with the Chinese in August 2014 when he was assistant minister for defence.

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday again faced demands to sack Mr Robert, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Chinese officials thought the now human services minister was acting in an official capacity at the signing ceremony in Beijing.

‘It’s plain that the company and the Chinese government thought they were dealing with Mr Robert in his ministerial capacity,’ Labor Senator Penny Wong put to senior DFAT official Graham Fletcher during a Senate hear...


Echonetdaily: Koala success story "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Sunday 7 February at 1pm a momentous event occurred at Black Rocks off the access road to the sports field. An 18-month-old female koala juvenile (named Lucia) found just before Christmas 2015 with conjunctivitis and taken into care at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was released, fully recovered, back to the tree where she was found. She is the only sick Black Rocks koala to be treated and released. Several people were there to witness the event including carers from Friends of the Koala and volunteers from Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc.

Why was this such an important event? Lucia is the first female koala at the Black Rocks area that was captured sick but found without cysts in the reproductive area. Black Rocks/Pottsville wetlands is critical to the survival of Tweed Coast koalas. Up to 98 per cent female koalas with chlamydia develop ovarian cysts (which are inoperable) and are euthanased if captured. Lucia was in the ‘lucky’ two per cent without ovarian cysts and was captured in time for treatment. Her future is very important because she has great breeding potential in an area that is desperately needing to build up numbers, especially after the Christmas 2014 fire that severely damaged over 200ha of koala habitat. According to renowned koala expert Dr Steve Phillips 30-60 per cent of local koalas may have perished as a result of that fire.

In the last two years a total of four koalas have been captured at Black Rocks with chlamydia and euthanised. Others have been sighted (such as Lucia’s mother) with symptoms of chlamydia but were not captured and may have died painfully.

What causes chlamydia? In normal populations chlamydia acts as an inbuilt control mechanism limiting the population so trees are not overbrowsed, ensuring only the strongest and fittest survive. However according to Dr Steve Phillips noise and human disturbance causes aversive response up to 725m away. Koalas have long been regarded as...

Echonetdaily: Qld sailors rally against foreign labour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian maritime workers being removed from the MV Portland. Photo MUA Facebook page.

Australian maritime workers being removed from the MV Portland. Photo MUA Facebook page.

Brisbane [AAP]

Sailors are expected to hold a rally in Brisbane in another bid to keep their jobs on board bulk carrier ships.

The Maritime Union of Australia claims large businesses, such as mining giant Rio Tinto, are sacking Australian seafarers and replacing them with cheap foreign labour.

Workers from several unions will take part in a rally outside Rio Tinto’s Brisbane office at midday on Friday.

It comes after five Australian crew members who refused to leave a bulk carrier ship docked in Newcastle were forcibly removed by NSW police earlier last week.

Officers escorted foreign crew on board the CSL Melbourne before removing the five local workers, the MUA said at the time.

The Australian workers had refused to disembark the vessel for nearly a week following CSL’s decision to send the ship to Singapore for international routes using foreign workers.

The MUA claims a loophole is allowing foreign workers to...


Echonetdaily: Successful koala release at Black Rocks sports fields "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lucia, the 18-month-old koala from Black Rocks that was successfully rehabilitated and returned last week.

Lucia, the 18-month-old koala from Black Rocks that was successfully rehabilitated and returned last week.

Chris Dobney

Last week was a rare bright moment for the besieged koalas of Tweed’s Black Rocks sports fields.

Lucia, an 18-month-old female juvenile koala, was released back into her home range surrounding the sports fields after eight weeks in care.

Lucia was first spotted in poor condition by local resident and koala campaigner Dave Norris, who assisted Friends of the Koala’s Sue Johnson with her rescue.

She was found to be suffering from chlamydia-related conjunctivitis, or red-eye.

She was treated for conjunctivitis in both eyes at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and returned to Friends of the Koala’s Care Centre in East Lismore three weeks ago to complete her recuperation.

Now that Lucia has been treated, cleared of her disease and released, her breeding life is in front of her.

Friends of the Koala’s President, Lorraine Vass said, ‘The Tweed Coast Koala Study 2015 released in December notes “some stability” in koala activity in the Black Rocks and Pottsville Koala Activity Precincts and increased connectivity between them, which augurs well for future recovery.

‘To a l...


Westender – West End 4101: Dancing Robot: Huang Yi & KUKA "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

“…a visual masterpiece.” ArtsHub “Utterly new and original.” BlogCritics The art of dance combined with the science of mechanical engineering are set to dazzle Brisbane audiences when Brisbane Powerhouse hosts the Australian premiere of Huang Yi & KUKA from Thursday 18-Saturday 20 February 2016 as part of WTF16. Internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Huang Yi […]

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Westender – West End 4101: “Activity is great. Action is better. “ "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Nicole Lessio, ALP candidate for The Gabba Ward, reflects on the Jones Street brouhaha. The Highgate Hill community’s win in Jones Street shows what happens when local representatives and residents work together to get things done. As I stood with local residents on the Jones Street footpath at 6.30am on Monday, watching the bulldozers move […]

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Zedlines: Endangered tiger cubs born in Australia Zoo - and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The cubs in Australia Zoo will eventually grow up to only 100kg, making the Sumatran tiger one of the smallest subspecies. Image Source: WikiCommons

Eighteen more schools targeted by bomb threats

Eighteen Queensland schools were evacuated yesterday following a number of threatening phone calls including some bomb threats.

The evacuations are the latest in a series of evacuations coordinated in response to ongoing anonymous threats since the start of the school year.

Police were unable to say if they were any closer to identifying parties responsible for the threats.

Endangered tiger cubs born at Australia Zoo


Echonetdaily: Pottsville student’s work hung in Art Gallery of NSW "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

operation-artPottsville Beach Public School student Taylah Hampson is one of 50 young artists whose work has been chosen for this year’s prestigious ‘Operation Art’ touring exhibition on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The work by 11-year-old Taylah, entitled ‘Same and Different’ was selected from more than 850 entrants across NSW and will be on display at the state gallery from Thursday, 18 February to Sunday, 13 March.

After the tour, the artworks will become part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s permanent art collection, brightening up the walls for patients, their families and staff.

Operation Art co-ordinator, Lisa van den Dolder, said that children’s art can be a powerful tool in aiding recovery and that the 50 selected artworks display an array of talent.

‘Research shows that bright, colourful, optimistic artwork can play a vital role in the healing process, giving children an outlet or distraction during long hospital stays and this year the students have really captured this concept,’ she said.

‘As you walk around the exhibition, you will be overwhelmed with colour, positivity and creativity; it becomes quite clear how these artworks can help improve a child’s mood.’

The Operation Art 2016 exhibition will also tour major regional galleries in NSW throughout the year.

The exhibitions are supported by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

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Echonetdaily: Byron’s pro-development ‘Gang of 5’ selling us out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Thank you Byron shire Cr Duncan Dey for your letter re the CBA fiasco in council regarding costs of future coastal (mis)management, aka the Belongil saga.

What we’ve had in Byron shire for far too long now, is a short sighted majority on council who have failed to listen to the needs and concerns of our community, nor consider expert advice, while pandering to a small handful of business operatives, developers and dune-dwellers.

I noted the other evening that Auburn Council had been sacked, primarily because of the property developers and real estate agents in their midst. Corruption!

Likewise on Byron Shire Council, we have one real estate agent together with four business and pro-development councillors who have hijacked community interests in favour of short term, inappropriate and damaging development together with these so called ‘protection works’ at Belongil. Deadly!

Our shire is being destroyed – our towns, our lands and our unique culture.

With the prospect of increased building heights, poorly designed land development, consequent flash flooding and beach loss, a downturn in business opportunities, a breakdown of basic infrastructure, loss of biodiversity, flora and fauna and a polarised disgruntled community, the sooner we see the back of this rampaging ‘bloc of 5’ the better.

We definitely need visionaries in place, or at least people who can think beyond the term of their elected office and the interests of their backers, and for the greater good. Report card on current council – definitely an epic fail!

Jan Hackett, Sunrise Beach

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Echonetdaily: Latest ‘cannabis eradication’ program claims success "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police claim $1.5 million worth of marijuana was seized from properties in the Brunswick Valley this week. Photo NSW Police Media

Police claim $1.5 million worth of marijuana was seized from properties in the Brunswick Valley this week. Photo NSW Police Media

Chris Dobney

Police have claimed they netted $1.5 million worth of ‘bush’ marijuana in raids on the north coast this week, particularly in the Brunswick Valley.

Ironically, in a week that saw a medical cannabis legislation introduced into federal parliament, here in NSW police continued to trumpet the success of their ‘cannabis eradication program’, the commencement of which prompted the formation of the Byron Shire Echo nearly 30 years ago.

During the operation a total of 759 plants were seized, which police estimate had a total potential street value of $1,518,000.

Cannabis activists dispute the logic of police valuations, which they say value every plant at $2000, regardless of its mature size and whether it is male or female.

But the figures given out each year are the only way the police have in justifying the program’s continued funding.

Ironically, far from ‘eradicating’ cannabis, the annual valuations just seem to continue to rise.

Strike Force Hyperion, as it was named this year, saw the dog squad, polair, local officers and bussed-in police from around the state descend on Main Arm, Skyline Road, Palmwoods, Mullumbimby and the Koonyum Ranges.

In 30 years, community attitudes to marijuana use have shifted dramatically, while police tactics towards (often sm...


Echonetdaily: Bayside DA and sewerage treatment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The ‘Mills Estate’ DA for 50 allotments and a residual lot at Bayside Brunswick raises what could be serious concerns for any DA dependent on the collection system to the Vallances Road STP.

Commissioned in 2011 at a cost of approx $30 million, it lifted Clause 45 ‘Sewerage Moratorium’.  However, Alan Dickens (Byron Shire Echo 10 February) is suggesting that approx five years later the plant  has been showing signs of being hydraulically overloaded in wet weather conditions.

As a former member of the Brunswick Valley Wastewater Steering Committee  we were constantly frustrated by the fact that replacement of the collection system was not part of the brief for the new STP.  We were well aware then of the infiltration problems.

The problem was not solved when the STP came online. Instead, bigger pumps were installed to feed into the STP. They have the effect of pushing influent, which in high rainfall events includes water that has infiltrated into the collection system, into the plant.  The plant can’t cope.

Evidence of this is the spreading of bio solids under the guise of soil enrichment onto the land adjoining the STP. The odour gives it away because the bio solids have not been given the time required to be adequately treated. Correctly treated, bio solids do not give off an offensive odour.

There is no data on Byron Shire Council’s website that Alan Dickens has asked for. Instead what is on the web is data collected for EPA licensing and some maintenance information.  This is not the data that would give the critical information about what is happening at Vallances Road STP.  To refute Mr Dicken’s claim, then daily inflow and rainfall data needs to be made available on the website and in a form that is readily understood.

The aforementioned problem will be aggravated with DAs such as the Mills Estate.  From memory, I cannot recall the committee visioning the rezoning of this G...


Echonetdaily: Cinema Review – Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey first came together in Baby Mama (2008), a funny, intelligent movie about the difficult life choices that women are corralled into making when motherhood and career are in conflict.

Their comic skills complemented each other beautifully, to the extent that in this their roles are seamlessly interchanged; Angie (Poehler) is the staid, daggy one, whereas her sister Kate (Fey) is an out-there gal with a long history of lascivious deeds.

For Angie, who has never had things go her way, and Kate, bringing up a teenage, resentful daughter on her own, there has always been the fall-back of home and hearth in Orlando (Fla).

When their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) decide to sell the property, Angie and Kate are outraged – to them it symbolises the loss of their youth.

Suddenly – and uncomfortably – aware of entering their forties, the girls decide to throw one last party in the house before the deal is sealed with a pair of trendoids from New York.

It is the party that is the centrepiece of the film and, as you’d expect, as many gags fly as hit the ground with a thud.

One of the things that you can’t help respecting about it, however, is the straightforward acknowledgement that grown-ups from all walks of life take drugs.

Director Jason Moore (whose ebullient style was evident in 2012’s Pitch Perfect) does not encourage substance abuse, but neither does he pretend that, contrary to the two-faced deniers in the domain of media commentary, it is not an e...



Offering an unusual and dynamic sound that strays around the realm of pop and indie rock, local band Split Seconds promise a much heavier presence on Melbourne’s music scene in 2016, with a new album due out in late March/early April.

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Echonetdaily: Cinema Review – Dirty Grandpa "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At 72, Robert De Niro can be seen as a man unwilling to meekly allow his date of birth to determine his pursuits.

A lot of people have a sense of identity that is inextricably linked with their life’s work and, in the case of actors, there is also the possibility that they are seduced into believing they are the character they’re playing.

I can think of no other reason that De Niro, who surely can’t need the money, would be involved in a movie as abysmal as this.

For a man of such stature it is undignified – the best thing about it was the air-con in the cinema.

Recently widowed, Dick Kelly (De Niro) embarks on a road trip to Florida with his soon-to-be-wedded grandson, Jason (Zac Efron – who might never be taken seriously).

After forty years of being faithful to his wife, Dick (the name gives you some idea of the witless nature of the script) is as horny as anything – he’d root a rattlesnake if he could hold it still long enough.

They meet a couple of girls on the way, one of whom takes a shine to Dick while the other hits it off with Jason during a series of misadventures with a screwball dope dealer, a pair of bent yokel cops and a crew of bad-ass n—–s (‘You can say nigger when we let you’).

If you’re unable to figure that Jason will renege on the stifling marriage that awaits him in favour of the sweetie who has won his heart… well, I guess you don’t get out to the flicks much.

The dialogue is heavily sprayed with the f-word (...


Echonetdaily: Look out AFL, here come the Byron girls! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogyn, Charlie and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

Byron Junior AFL Girls Imogyn, Charlie and TJ. Photo Tree Faerie.

The Byron Magpies Junior AFL Club will field its first all-girls teams this year.

The Club is calling on girls in Byron Bay to join their club and become a part of Australia’s fastest-growing female sport. 

AFL Northern Rivers began their girls competition in 2015 with four clubs entering the league. 

After seeing so many sisters having a kick on the sidelines while their brothers played, the Byron club has decided to field two girls teams this year, in the under-9s and under-13 age groups. 



Echonetdaily: Who will you vote for? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

sport-equipment-shutterstock_116262151The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is calling on the nation’s sports fans to vote for their favourite athlete and team as part of its annual awards ceremony, the AIS Sport Performance Awards.

A public vote will determine the ABC Sports Personality of the Year and the Destination NSW Team of the Year for 2015, with the winners to be announced at a gala ceremony at Star City in Sydney on 24 February.

The AIS Sport Performance Awards – or ASPAs – are a celebration of the nation’s sporting achievements and will see winners crowned in a number of categories including: male athlete; female athlete; para-performance; and emerging athlete of the year.

AIS director Matt Favier said the people’s choice awards were a great way to get the nation’s fervent sports fans involved in the action.s

‘It was an extraordinary year for Australian sport in 2015 with so many triumphs in the international arena at world championships and some stunning feats in our domestic competitions,’ said Favier. ‘This year promises to be even more exciting, with many of our athletes focused on the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

‘Sport inspires so much debate and is a great talking point; people are passionate about the teams they support and athletes they admire. I urge all Australian fans to become a selector for a day, cast your vote and help us choose Australia’s favourite team and personality for 2015.’

Voting h...


AWPA Sydney News: 1) KNPB Denies Gun-Wielding Man its Member "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Three Inmates Escape from Wamena Prison 
3) YAPKEMA Introduces Local Meeuwodide Coffee to Global Market
4) Indigenous Papuans Should Decided Freeport’s Future, says Legislator 
1) KNPB Denies Gun-Wielding Man its Member
1 hair ago Victor Mambor


Natural Newstead: The garden in February "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Our home garden in central Victoria, like many other I’m sure at this time of year, is an oasis for the local bird life. The daily procession of birds is a constant source of joy and illumination.

Here is a selection from earlier in the week.


Grey Shrike-thrush, Wyndham St Newstead, 10th February 2016


Male Superb Fairy-wren in partial eclipse







Byron Bay Blog: Bluesfest Playing Schedule Times and Stages Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 27th Annual Bluesfest held over Easter (Thu 24 March–Mon 28 March 2016) at its own event site just outside of Byron Bay, releases the long awaited playing schedule containing performance stages and times for the five major stages of Bluesfest–Mojo, Crossroads, Jambalaya, Delta and the Juke Joint.

Featuring a lineup that Tonedeaf—one of Australia’s leading music blogs, recently described as “the finest lineup of 2016 so far” it has become clear that Bluesfest is the only place to be this Easter, and festival goers can now prepare their festival itinerary down to the minute.

The big news coming out of the playing schedule announcement is that most festival headliners are doing full 90 minute sets and not scaled back festival performances. This includes D’Angelo, The National, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Jackson Browne, City and Colour, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Melissa Etheridge, The Cat Empire and Jason Isbell to name a few.

A number of artists are even performing a solid 120 minute set at Bluesfest including D’Angelo at his second performance on Saturday 26th March, Tedeschi Trucks Band on Thursday 24th March, Joe Bonamassa on Saturday 26th March and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue on Sunday 27th March.

Further substantiating that Bluesfest is the only place to be at Easter, there are a mighty amount of artists performing exclusively at Bluesfest in 2016 including The National; UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue; Joe Bonamassa; Graham Nash; The Original Blues Brothers Band; Janiva Magness; Con Brio; Kaleo; The Word; Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real and Fantastic Negrito.

View the playing schedule here.

All 5, 3 and 1 day festival and camping tickets are selling fast and are on sale......


North Coast Voices: Setting the record straight on one of Tony Abbott's phantasies in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Malcolm Turnbull’s first official visit to the U.S. since becoming Australian Prime Minister occurred this year. He met with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington DC on 19 January 2016.

The occasion was attended by an obligatory White House press release and photo opportunities:

At the end of January sacked former prime minister Tony Abbott hotfooted it to Washington and then briefed News Corp to the effect that on 30 January he attended...


North Coast Voices: Minister for Human Services & Minister for Veterans' Affairs showing his contempt for the Australian electorate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Liberal MP, Minister for Human Services & Minister for Veterans' Affairs, lobbyist and professional investor, Stuart Robert, elevates the non-answer to an art form in an effort to keep the Labor Opposition, mainstream media and voters in the dark – as evidenced by these examples of his answers to questions without notice in the House of Representatives.

Question Time, House of Representatives Hansard 9 February 2016:

Mr DREYFUS: My question is to the Minister for Human Services. I refer to the minister's trip to China in August 2014 and the statement from the minister's office in The Courier Mail:
Mr Robert was on approved leave and attended in a private capacity.
Minister, is this accurate?


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Wild South East: The secret life of the paddock tree. "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The majority of prime agricultural land in southern Australia was once densely vegetated with scrub, woodlands or forests, typically dominated by eucalypts. In Victoria’s Gippsland region, one of Australia’s most fertile areas, most of the land has been so highly modified from clearing it is often difficult to determine what the original vegetation communities were. The only way to do this is to observe the handful of remnant species remaining to work out the original EVC (ecological vegetation class) and this vegetation is often in the form of the paddock tree.



This drastic change to the landscape is unfortunately typical of a lot of agricultural land in Australia. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century the clearing of vegetation in southern and eastern parts of the continent was on such a grand scale and in such a relatively short period of time that many species, both plant and animal, had no time to adapt to this change and an extraordinary amount of species became extinct or threatened. According to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council VEAC Report 2011 it has been estimated that 30% of Victoria’s native fauna and 44% of native flora have become extinct or threatened with extinction.


White-footed Tree-rat Conilurus albipes, a species once widespread in south-eastern Australia but now extinct, probably due to land clearing and predation by foxes...


matthew schiavello: photos and words: matthewschiavello: matthewschiavello: Southbank Bridge at... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Southbank Bridge at twilight (16/04/12)

Another early photograph.. i love how the slow shutter speed makes the people on the bridge look like ghosts!



MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Geelong Visual Diary: St Leonards "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Today a writing/art colleague and I drove down to Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards for a picnic of sandwiches and coffee, etc. to do some sketching, feel the fresh sea breeze and yarn a lot. It was a splendid refreshing time together. Some places I'd never stopped at before such as the labyrinth made by children at the spot where Batman met up with William Buckley. Below the pictures include a painting showing Buckley meeting up with the settlers, and then other picture below is a painting I made at Edwards Point (south of St Leonards) some time ago where the houses are almost right on the beach.



Alive 90.5: Winston Hills Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Here is the Winston Hills Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for the December 2015: NHW2015DecemberNewsletter


Ocean Grove Voice: Sports pavilion finalised "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


LAST minute preparations are being finalised for the state-of-the-art $6 million Shell Road sports pavilion precinct official opening next month.
The Voice took a sneak peek inside the modern two-storey sports complex development last week.
Shell Road Pavilion Board of Management president Phil Emery and secretary Ian McTaggart met with Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Tony Potter to discuss next week’s key handover from the City of Greater Geelong, which contributed $2.5 million towards project.
The City of Greater Geelong confirmed a key handover would occur on Monday 22 February, while the official Shell Road sports pavilion opening is set down for Sunday 13 March.
“We anticipate the key handover will occur the week starting 22 February,” City of Greater Geelong General Manager Community Life spokeswoman Linda Quinn said.
“The keys will be handed over to the Shell Road Reserve Pavilion Board of Management.
“The official opening is set for Sunday 13 March.
“Federal, State and council representatives are expected to attend the official opening.”
Potter said along Ocean Grove Cricket and Surfside Waves Soccer Clubs, the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club, all co-tenants of the sports pavilion, were looking forward to using the facilities.
“It is super, really good, it is going to be fantastic, we can’t wait for the keys to be handed over,” Potter told the Voice.
The exciting sports pavilion has two football changerooms, two netball changerooms, four netball changerooms, umpires room, public toilets, function room, board room/meeting room, first aid and medical rooms, three canteens, can bar room, timekeepers box, upstairs bar and an eastern-facing balcony.
The $6 million project was jointly funded by the Federal Government, which contributed $3.5 million.

The post...


Ocean Grove Voice: Star golfers hit up Ocean Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


INTERNATIONAL and interstate professional and amateur golfers took in the sights of Ocean Grove this month after competing in the Vic Open at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.
Canadian pro golfers Jessica MacPhee, Kyla Inaba and Eileen Kelly spent the week on Bellarine’s coastal surrounds thanks to housing assistance from two Ocean Grove Golf Club families.
The female trio stayed with Ocean Grove golfer Janine Fitzpatrick, while Western Australian pro Jarryd Felton and partner Hannah Green, an amateur, stayed with members Ian and Cynthia Berry.
Eileen Kelly, from Victoria in British Columbia, admitted she had fallen with love with Ocean Grove.
“It is really wonderful getting to stay with the host families and for them to take us in because we get to experience more of the Australian culture,” Kelly said.
“Ocean Grove is a beautiful area and it is a wonderful place to kind of see the ocean and I like that stuff.
“We’ll be definitely coming back to Ocean Grove.”
Kyla Inaba, who hails from Kelowna in British Columbia, said it was great to experience the local community surrounds.
“Love it, it is beautiful and it is great to get to know some of the community and get to know some of the people,” Inaba told the Voice.
Kelly said residing with the Fitzpatrick household helped the trio eliminate expenses flying solo on the expensive world golf tour.
“It saves on expenses, we are chasing a pretty difficult dream, but we love it,” she said.
Despite their busy golf schedule the three international golfers managed to fit in time to visit the stunning Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.
Unfortunately the Canadian trio failed to make the cut and missed out on playing the final two days of the Vic Open.
Meanwhile, Felton, 20, shot five under the card after the completion of his four rounds at the Vic Open.
He fired his best round on opening day 4 February with a sizzling 69...


Ocean Grove Voice: Waves leaders announced "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

SURFSIDE Waves Soccer Club’s Men’s Division One side announced the captain and vice-captain for the 2016 season.
Playing-coach Luis McClelland will again be at the helm for his fourth consecutive season, and is hoping to build on the success of a runner-up finish and grand final berth that the Waves experienced in 2015. Adrian Bond will again captain the squad in his second season with the side. Jack Pedler will deputise as vice-captain, rounding out the leadership group which possesses a nice amount of skill and experience.
“We are very lucky to have both Bondy and Peds not only playing at the club but filling leadership roles, they are two absolute quality players and people,” McClelland said.
“This season, our squad shouldn’t change too much, but we are hoping to get one or two new faces in to strengthen the group.”
The Waves have been fortunate enough to be representing the Sunday League in the Morris Finance Cup, which has them testing their skills against the some of the best players that the Geelong region has to offer.
“It has been a wonderful experience so far, and a great challenge for our players,” Bond said.
“We have learnt a lot so far and as a group, we feel we have been able to play some pleasing patches of football against quality opposition.”

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Ocean Grove Voice: Hundreds set to tri their luck "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


SOME 750 people will compete in the first ever Barwon Heads Triathlon this Sunday, including 115 from Ocean Grove.
The event is brainchild of Ocean Grove local Lincoln Beckworth and Jan Juc’s Pete Currie.
“We sold out five weeks before the event as we had no more room left in transition,” Lincoln said.
“It’s been awesome to see so many people willing to get involved and getting excited about the event.”
The run leg of the event will pass through Ocean Grove after crossing the Barwon Heads Bridge.
Competitors will run along the sands of RAAFs Beach and climb the stairs just before Ocean Grove Main Beach, before running back to Barwon Heads.
Apart from being local, Lincoln said the best thing about the event was getting so many new people into the sport.
“More than half the field are doing their first triathlon ever,” he said.
Lincoln was a triathlete himself and competed in the Gatorade Triathlon Series in his teens.
“Back then I was in the elite junior category,” he said.
Now a PE teacher at Newcomb Secondary College, he’s looking forward to getting involved again.
“I haven’t competed for 10 years due to injury,” he said.
“It’s exciting to be back involved in the sport.”

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Ocean Grove Voice: Konrad’s paddle against cancer "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


OCEAN Grove’s Konrad Slavinskis was one of seven friends from Geelong who raised $11,500 to fight cancer, in the Paddle Across the Bay this month.
Konrad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer a year and half ago and lost his dad to a similar cancer when he was young.
“I was determined not to become another victim,” Konrad told the Voice last week.
“I totally changed my diet and lifestyle to help give me the best odds in beating this thing.”
Konrad, who’s been cancer free for one year, joined more than 120 stand-up paddlers who paddled 10km from Port Melbourne to Brighton on 6 February.
“The paddle was perfect timing, as it marked the day I was discharged from St Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne,” he said.
Konrad said his friends, family and Ocean Grove community played a major role supporting him through his treatment.
“(The community) is pretty amazing and we feel very lucky to be part of it,” he said.
One of those friends was Barwon Heads resident Aaron Smith, who was later diagnosed with cancer himself.
“When he was diagnosed we couldn’t believe how cruel life could be,” Konrad said.
“Our attention turned to him and his family and supporting them through their treatment.”
While Aaron was not fit to paddle in the event, doctors declared him cancer-free a few weeks ago.
“I’m sure next year he will be fighting fit and it will be his turn,” Konrad said.
“I might even make it twice as hard and jump on his board for a ride.”
Konrad said paddling for the Cancer Council was his way of giving back.
It was his was of thanking the doctors, nurses, family and friends, who helped in him “in a bid to help stamp out cancer for good”.
Konrad’s donation page will be open until 29 February. To donate visit

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The Andrews government has unveiled plans to remove level crossings in Preston and Reservoir as part of an election commitment to remove 50 of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested intersections.



Radio Blue Mountains 89.1: Centsable – wealth of resources "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

slide-legal Centsable is an excellent site for women (really for anyone) and contains a wealth of resources on debt, financial planning, renting, budgeting as well as heath and wellbeing and domestic violence.

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Byron Bay Blog: Valentine’s Day at The Byron at Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bring back the romance with special set menus available on Valentines Day.

The Byron at Byron restaurant has put together a special set menu for lunch and dinner on the day, consisting of oysters, Ballina trawlers and French chocolate, it is a sure fire way to get loved up on the dedicated day to a martyr.

A voucher at The Byron at Byron Spa also offers the ideal last minute pampering gift for that special someone in your life.

Check out the set menu here.

For further information visit

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The Network "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


All in the Name of Liberty: At Bunny "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Guy playing guitar

Xanth and Tim

Dinner preparations


All in the Name of Liberty: No Through Road "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A drawing I did on the train from Sydney to Port Macquarie


All in the Name of Liberty: At Flynn's Beach, Port Macquarie "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Rachel's breakfast coffee and Newspaper in the backyard

View from the Westport Club


All in the Name of Liberty: Bodgy Dendy drawings "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I put the feet sticking out a brick too high, which really put me off on this busking sketch from Newtown sometime in January


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

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, and posed for some photos

Preliminary drawings - water dragon and an enormous huntsman patrolling the caravan I stayed in at Bundagen last week



All in the Name of Liberty: Nambucca Mermaid "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa of Nambucca heads




The Vociferous Journalist: Housing body calls for urgent reform "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

National housing policy body National Shelter has called for urgent action on affordable and liveable housing through the upcoming Federal Budget. National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski says a lack of affordable rental supply is creating increasing inequity and disadvantage in Australia.


political geometry: Assange takes the long view "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Julian Assange of a few years ago looks into the far distance from a small room, contemplating his, and our,  future



The Pop-Up Garlic Farmers course started with an overall organisation called Farmer Incubator. Farmer Incubator exists to find ways to help future farmers - to give them access to land, tools and mentors.



matthew schiavello: photos and words: Sketching valentines day card ideas. AK hates lovey-dovey stuff,... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sketching valentines day card ideas. AK hates lovey-dovey stuff, but likes death! So this may be a good compromise!
#cards #valentinesday #valentine #instaart #drawing #sketch #workinprogress #wip #matthewschiavello #melbourne #melbourneartist #death #skull #love #heart #loveheart


The Network: Dale Hess Calendar - Dates for your diary "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thursday 18 February – Thursday 3 March: Transition Film Festival. The Transitions Film Festival is visionary program dedicated to spotlighting the complex challenges, cutting-edge ideas, creative innovations and mega-trends that are redefining what it means to be human. We present positive, solutions-focused films and showcase cutting-edge ideas from around the world, along with the creative, academic, governmental, community and business leaders who are creating change locally.


The Channon Craft Market: Tuntable Creek Landcare & Tuntable Creek Hall. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tuntable Creek  area is a vibrant rural community just up the road from The Channon.  The Tuntable Creek Landcare Group works to restore and maintain the biodiversity of  Tuntable Creek. The Tuntable Creek Hall is community hub for the surrounding area and is the venue for social gatherings, workshops and dances. Both organisations are run by local volunteers. Please support them generously via gate donations and their stall at the main shed.


The Channon Craft Market: Kerrianne Cox "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kerrianne Cox is powerful singer-songwriter from Beagle Bay in Western Australia. She has toured widely around Australia and toured USA and South Africa and appeared in the musical Bran Nue Dae in 1996. Kerrianne was nominated in the Deadly Awards for Best Emerging Artist (1998) and Best Female Artist (1999, 2000, 2001), winning in 2001. She won a WAMi in 1997 as Best Indigenous Artist Of The Year and in 2002 she received another nomination. In 2000 she was NAIDOC’s Female Artist Of The Year.


Streams & Desolations: 2016 – Update. A loooong overdue update. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hello, both new and faithful blog readers! It’s been a long time – I apologise for that. In Victoria, Australia the summer school holidays only came to an end a little under two weeks ago. I chose to spend the holidays as I so often do: grappling with pointless drama as Christmas throws us back […]


Zedlines: Students face huge upfront costs - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Students face huge upfront costs because their course is less than five years old.

Students left facing huge costs

Changes to education loan schemes have left some local students facing upfront costs for tens of thousands of dollars.

Students at the Australian Institute of Advanced Studies in Mt Gravatt may have to pay $21,000 upfront to complete an Advanced Diploma of Engineering.


Zedlines: Graziers lose access to national parks - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Proposed changes to the Queensland Nature Conservation Act could see state graziers lose access to national park land.

Greyhound live baiting around for 10 years

Queensland greyhound trainer Tom Noble has admitted to live baiting, but said “everyone was doing it” 10 years ago.

Noble pleaded guilty to 15 counts of serious animal cruelty in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday.


Zedlines: Bureaucratic bungle over mining operations - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Eight years’ worth of approvals for sensitive marine gas and oil operations are now invalid after a bureaucratic error.

Demolition of houses put on hold

The State Government has temporarily stopped the demolition of three inner Brisbane houses.

Heritage Protection Minister Steven Miles said he has lodged a stop work order in response to local concerns.


Zedlines: Barnaby Joyce looking to become next Deputy Prime minister and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will likely become the next Deputy Prime Minister after Nationals leader Warren Truss retires from politics.

QLD contracts Zika virus

A pregnant Queensland woman has contracted the Zika virus, according to the state’s health authority.

The South-east Queensland woman has recently returned from an overseas trip, although Queensland Health has not confirmed where the woman has travelled from.


Natural Newstead: A feast for the eyes "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Raptor numbers have dropped to low levels across the plains it seems. My last few excursions have shown up largely Brown Falcons and Nankeen Kestrels, while Black-shouldered Kites appear to have moved off to more fertile hunting grounds. Nonetheless there is always something to tempt the eyes. This juvenile Little Eagle has been hanging around at Joyce’s Creek for a few weeks now. It’s a very handsome bird. The Nankeen Kestrel was one of a family party of three at Rodborough.


Juvenile Little Eagle, Joyce’s Creek, 9th February 2016








It's time to say 'cheese!' once again at the third annual Fromage à Trois festival in the grounds of Werribee Mansion in March. Oh là là!




“Money” is a scarily restrictive word when you think about your dream project. Thankfully, the abundance of Crowdfunding platforms breaks the shackles and gives your dream a very real chance.



AWPA Sydney News: 1) Mappi declares state of emergency over dengue "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


1) Mappi declares state of  emergency over dengue
Nether Dharma Somba,, Jakarta | Archipelago | Wed, February 10 2016, 8:45 PM - 



the food eXchange radio show: 5 February 2016 food eXchange radio show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

From kale to kohlrabi or taters to tommies, whether its stick or carrot, it’s time to veg out with Farmer Robbie from Somerset Heritage Produce on episode 5/2/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at or on ‪#‎iTunes‬

Wednesday, 10 February


Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Take ACTION! Write to your politician #LetThemStay "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

TAKE ACTION to help stop babies and families being returned to Nauru. Sample letters you can cut and paste to contact our politicians. Hints for contacting politicians and their contact details.
Start writing NOW.


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Lights, action, shears! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Shining the kindest light on two most dishevelled alpacas has unearthed one of the most dramatic makeovers not-for-profit animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, has ever seen. Director Pam Ahern explains: “I was shocked beyond belief when I first saw the girls, although I couldn’t even determine what gender they were because of the overgrown fleece that burdened them. Not only was their matted fleece covered in sticks, twigs and leaves, but several pieces of barbed wire had become entangled as well.”

Alpaca Rescue

The Macedon Ranges Council had earlier discovered the two abandoned alpacas on council land. Fearing for their welfare, they contacted Edgar’s Mission to assist. Days later Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall (as they have been christened) were whisked away to the safety of the local animal charity where a set of shears was on hand to greet them. Pam said: “The transformation has been dramatic and clearly shows the dire state into which they have fallen.”

Alpaca Rescue

“It is incomprehensible how anyone could allow this to happen to an animal, they rely on us for everything. Sadly we saw evidence that a third alpaca had died some time earlier. Their heavy fleece is a burden in so many ways and could well lead death.” Local alpaca shearer, John Tully, who expertly shore Grace and Lauren, trimmed their overgrown toenails and administered vaccinations and vitamin shots, estimates the alpacas had not been shorn for up to four......


AWPA Sydney News: Summary of events in West Papua for January "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088

         Summary of events in West Papua for January (-8 Feb). 2016

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The Channon Craft Market: Double Bass Ray "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ray is a Double Bass virtuoso, he is one half of the band SamMurri. Ray plays a diverse range of styles and his use of electronic effects to enhance the musical journey will  give you a taste of something unique.

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