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Wednesday, 17 February

20:23

Echonetdaily: Are geckoes swallowing up native tree frogs? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears we have been invaded by an Asian gecko

The chattering noise, seemingly coming from nowhere inside our houses, confirms their presence

They do apparently do some good by keeping spider numbers down

The concern I have is that they are carnivorous to our native tree frogs and I haven’t seen a green frog at home for some time now

It saddens me that we have yet another attack on our native wildlife and frogs especially are already struggling

Is there anything we should or can do about this?

Graham Truswell, Coorabell

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19:54

Far North Coaster Magazine: Big Scrub makes a comeback at Alpine Nurseries, Alstonville "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A tiny pocket of ‘Big Scrub’ rainforest has been painstakingly reintroduced alongside Youngman’s Creek at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville thanks to the pioneering efforts of employee, Doug Blythe.
Working on days off for almost four years, Doug has successfully restored the former weed infested creek and planted over 6,500 local species to lay the foundations for a lush new rainforest.
Described by employer Peter Knox as a ‘much loved and authentic’ individual, Doug is passionate about regenerating and restoring bushland with plants that are indigenous to the area.
“Doug has really made the creek zone his own, and we are delighted with the result and the way it’s been done. We now have a beautiful area within the nursery that has been restored with biodiversity in mind for the enjoyment of future generations,” Peter said.

“Youngman’s Creek now flows properly during a rain event, with the concurrent construction of wetland zones helping to filter water run off before it enters the creek, which further protects the rainforest,” he said.

“Originally, the creek was overgrown with two metre high Setaria Grass, African Coral Trees and Camphor Laurels. After clearing, we replanted with seconds stock from the nursery, but these have been steadily replaced with species that are indigenous to the Alstonville Big Scrub,” Doug said.

Around half of all the trees planted in the rainforest have been carefully grown from seeds that Doug has collected and propagated while on walks through places such as Minyon Falls and Protestors Falls, and around Alstonville.

Rare gems amongst the rainforest include a Bolwarra, which is an ancient shrub in a plant family all of its own; Gondwana-era Plum Pines, Stringy Bark Pines and Hoop Pine Trees as well as super-distinctive Watermelon Trees.

“You can’t just buy these plants off the shelf. You have to get out there and find the seeds and then work out how to grow them. Even though I have been......

18:02

Echonetdaily: Man charged with Kyogle gun theft "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will face court next month after he was charged in relation to the theft of firearms and other items from a property in Kyogle.

On 31 December 2015 a number of firearms were stolen from a property on Summerland Way, as well as a motorcycle, quad bike, trailer and other personal property .

Following  inquiries  police raided a house in Fairy Hill where they arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with a number of offences including steal firearm, steal motor vehicle and possess unauthorised firearm.

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, March 22.

Inquiries continue.

 

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16:36

cairnsnews.org: Burrumbuttock Hay Runners organiser wants drought-affected farmers prioritised over Syrian humanitarian crisis "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


 Brendan Farrell, the man behind a mercy mission that saw 4500 bales of hay donated to Queensland farmers in need, has taken to Facebook to criticise Australia’s pledge of $25 million in foreign aid to Syria and Iraq.

 

Brendan Farrell, the man behind a mercy mission that saw 4500 bales of hay donated to Queensland farmers in need, has taken to Facebook to criticise Australia’s pledge of $25 million in foreign aid to Syria and Iraq.

A video of the Riverina resident’s attack on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her department was posted to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners page today, where it has received more than 1220 likes and 1670 shares.

In it, Mr Farrell questions what he has described as Australia looking after its “next door neighbour” at the expense of drought-affected farmers across the country.

 “We’re doing these hay runs and raising money and for truck drivers and truck companies to probably get $1500 in fuel each to drive, 1800km to drop hay off to farmers in dire straits,” he said.

“But then I see we’ve just spent – or Julia Bishop [sic] or whatever her name is – has just decided to give another $25 million to Syria.

“That is taxpayer’s money that’s going overseas.

“I think it’s about time that we had a bit of a say where this money go...

15:58

tyto tony: Apostles answer birder's prayers "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Out west in dry country beyond Mt Fox yesterday praying for something to turn up and down from on high come two Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea).

The birds appeared intrigued by the Troopy and keen on sharing strange sounds with the driver. No sign of others in the area but nearby were Pale-headed Rosellas, Magpies and Noisy Miners. Earlier, on drive up to Mt Fox the birds included rainforest Wompoo Pigeons and Noisy Pittas. Land of contrasts!

15:51

The Witches Kitchen: Braised Figs on Toast for Breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

braised figs on toast

Still on figs, and this is just the white figs, the first to come into season.  The brown figs are still to come. This white fig tree was pruned last winter, not too heavily, and this year has been such a good crop I’m thinking that pruning might become much more regular.  Figs are deciduous and this one is on the west-south-west side of the house.  In winter it lets sun and breeze through onto the verandah where we hang washing in uncertain weather. In summer it’s a thick green curtain.

Hardly worth a recipe, but this has been so regular a breakfast, I thought it worth sharing with you: my 11 Grain Sourdough toast with feta cheese and braised figs.

The figs are simply roughly chopped and cooked for a few minutes with a little water just to start them off, till they are soft and the juice reduced to a syrup. You can add a little honey if you have a sweet tooth.

This is why I don’t bother with jam much these days.  By the time the figs finish, the guavas and persimmons will be on, and then the citrus will start, and still have kumquat marmalade on the shelf from last year!

14:00

cairnsnews.org: Atrazine pesticide and Vit A deficiency cause of Zika virus symptoms "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

By Dr. Jim Mercola

syringeIt’s that time again — time for the pandemic outbreak propaganda machine to cry “Wolf!” and justify the mass use of vaccines and the necessity for chemical remediation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared anotherglobal public health emergency.1

We’ve seen a string of these over-hyped virus scares over the past six years, from the bird and swine flu to Ebola — all of which died down as suddenly as they emerged, without causing the predicted widespread catastrophic damage in the real world.

This year, it’s the Zika virus, which is being blamed for a rash of reports of microcephaly2,3 among infants born in Brazil. The condition, in which babies ar...

13:12

Echonetdaily: Sewage problem leaves a bad smell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The letter from Alan Dickens, Sewage overload, is a timely warning that all has not been well in Byron’s sewage management for a long time. As a councillor-member of the sewage and wastewater committee for many years I can endorse Alan Dickens’s claims.

We knew the Mullumbimby sewer mains were polluting the river and were in urgent need of replacement but we did not have the money. Some token repairs to pipes were made and a few residents were forced to repair faulty drains. This had no appreciable effect on overflow.

The new Vallances Road STP gave the opportunity for bigger pumps, which moved the problem from the river to Vallances Road and reduced pump hours. STPs have a limited capacity to handle water and overload results in partial failure like the reports of noxious sludge being produced.

Also, despite claims of available capacity at the West Byron works, there continues to be excess outflow onto farmland and the estuary as well as reports of operational problems with internal processing.

Most councillors could not tell activated sludge from porridge and are happy to accept staff assurances as long as it suits their agenda but it is highly unlikely that the big developments along Ewingsdale Road can be safely accommodated.

Tom Tabart, Bangalow

 

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10:59

Echonetdaily: Bluesfest headliner sweeps Grammy awards "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluesfest 2016 headliner Kendrick Lamar performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Bluesfest 2016 headliner Kendrick Lamar performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Bluesfest is revelling in the outcome of this year’s Grammy awards, with festival acts netting nine awards and headliner Kendrick Lamar scooping five on his own.

Closer to home, former Lismore musician and SCU graduate Joshua Blair was part of the team of musicians, producers and engineers who helped secure Record of the Year for Mark Ronson.

Eight Bluesfest 2016 Artists were nominated for a total of 22 Grammys and won a total of nine Grammy Awards between them.

Bluesfest headliner Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album release To Pimp A Butterfly, which incorporates elements of jazz, funk, soul, spoken word, and hip hop, saw him take out all four rap categories he was nominated in.

Kendrick’s win for Best Rap Album saw him nominated against Dr. Dre, Drake, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole and according to Rolling Stone the win makes Kendrick the first LA Rapper to win Best Rap Album in Grammys history.

D’Angelo won two Gramm...

10:23

Echonetdaily: Doug digs his rainforest trees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Doug Blythe uses his day's off work to plant rainforest trees. (supplied)

Doug Blythe uses his day’s off work to plant rainforest trees. (supplied)

A tiny pocket of ‘Big Scrub’ rainforest has been painstakingly reintroduced alongside Youngman’s Creek at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville thanks to the pioneering efforts of employee, Doug Blythe.

Working on days off for almost four years, Doug has successfully restored the former weed infested creek and planted over 6,500 local species to lay the foundations for a lush new rainforest.

Described by employer Peter Knox as a ‘much loved and authentic’ individual, Doug is passionate about regenerating and restoring bushland with plants that are indigenous to the area.

“Doug has really made the creek zone his own, and we are delighted with the result and the way it’s been done. We now have a beautiful area within the nursery that has been restored with biodiversity in mind for the enjoyment of future generations,” Peter said.

“Youngman’s Creek now flows properly during a rain event, with the concurrent construction of wetland zones helping to filter water run off before it enters the creek, which further protects the rainforest,” he said.

“Originally, the creek was overgrown with two metre high Setaria Grass, African Coral Trees and Camphor Laurels. After clearing, we replanted with s...

10:00

Echonetdaily: Greens back pill testing at festivals to save lives "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Greens want the NSW Government to rethink its approach to pill testing at festivals. (file pic)

The Greens want the NSW Government to rethink its approach to pill testing at festivals. (file pic)

The NSW Greens have called on the premier Mike Baird and police commissioner Andrew Scipione to allow pills to be tested at festivals to prevent overdoses.

Police with sniffer dogs are a constant presence at music festivals around the northern rivers region, and elsewhere in the state.

Critics argue that young people using drugs are likely to consume what they have if they see police testing, and are also often unaware of the potency of the drugs they are consuming.

The Greens call follows a Four Corners episode this week indicating that heavy handed policing and a zero tolerance approach has no deterrent effect on drug taking.

Greens MP David Shoebridge....

09:47

Echonetdaily: Koalas in highway’s path ‘dying anyway’, says RMS "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Koalas are known to have been killed by being thrown out of trees during highway clearing. Photo Friends of Ironbark Forests

Koalas are known to have been killed by being thrown out of trees during highway clearing as happened on work for the T2E upgrade. Photo Friends of Ironbark Forests

Chris Dobney

NSW Roads and Maritime Services has released its long awaited koala plan of management for the remainder of the colony it plans to route the Pacific Highway through south of Ballina.

The plan has drawn the ire of supporters of the endangered marsupial, who say that it is a recipe for managing the local colony into extinction.

They add the authority has ignored an opportunity to reroute the highway through flatter, existing farmland that would have left the colony intact.

But, in a startling irony, the RMS argues that as the colony is already in decline its plan to fence in the sections adjoining the new freeway and provide a series overpasses to prevent total isolation of the animals will benefit them, despite swathes of their range being clear-felled.

Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins said the Ballina Koala Plan and Population Viability Analysis (PVA) prepared for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade has been endorsed by the Koala Expert Advisory Committee and submitted to federal environment minister Greg Hunt for approval.

Mitigation measures

‘The PVA found extra mitigation measures on existing roads near the project would offset any impact of the upgrade on the local koala population and furth...

09:09

Echonetdaily: Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died. (AAP)

Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died. (AAP)

Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whose term was marked by war in the former Yugoslavia, famine and genocide in Africa and confrontation with the United States, has died aged 93.

He died at Al Salam Hospital in Cairo on Tuesday, an official at the hospital said.

An Egyptian, Boutros-Ghali served as UN chief from 1992 to 1996, and was the first secretary-general from Africa.

Boutros-Ghali associated himself with the famine in Somalia and organised the first massive UN relief operation in the Horn of Africa nation.

But success eluded him there and elsewhere as the UN tottered in an increasingly disorderly post-communist world, with the world body and the big Security Council powers underestimating the deep animosity behind many conflicts.

Boutros-Ghali, who had a reputation for being proud and prickly, took on the daunting task of reorganising the UN bureaucracy by slashing posts and demoting officials at a pace that earned him the nickname “the pharaoh.”

But Washington had wanted him to do more to reform and the US would not pay more than $US1 billion ($A1.4 billion) in back dues while he rema...

09:04

Echonetdaily: Lifestyle terror "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The police are still drug testing, knowing that they are not looking for impairment in your driving abilities, and the judges are still disqualifying drivers from driving, which might cause you to lose your job, impacting on families and the development of children, etc. I call that lifestyle terror.

How can anybody with a real brain be part of this criminal behaviour?

‘In June 2011 a prestigious Global Commission stated that the 40-year “War on Drugs” has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. It urged all countries to look at the issue anew.’ – quote from www.australia21.org.au and their report ‘The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen’.

In January 2012, Australia 21 convened a meeting of 24 former senior Australian politicians and experts on drug policy, a former senior prosecutor, a former head of the Australian Federal Police, etc. Is anyone listening to their conclusions? Please have a read!

We are moving further backwards on this issue, even further behind Howard’s ‘Tough on drugs’ policy. How can we call ourselves a Christian society while we are trying to criminalise more and more people with a drug test based on minuscule amounts?

We are presently in the midst of a jail crisis with nothing short of criminal conditions in our prison system. Suspending drivers’ licences for up to 12 months or handing out three-year good behaviour bonds is simply insane if there is no proof that the driver was impaired by drugs.

Is there a Christian conspiracy happening to clean up humanity in NSW? Where is the test for cocaine or on-medication cocktails?

Please sign the petition on change.org.

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

 

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08:57

Echonetdaily: Australia violated Hicks’ rights: UN panel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A May 2011 photo of David Hicks with his supportive father Terry Hicks. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

A May 2011 photo of David Hicks with his supportive father Terry Hicks. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

The Australian government violated the rights of former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks by keeping him in jail for months under a transfer deal with the US, UN human rights experts say.

The jailing was despite the fact the sentence imposed on him as the result of a “flagrant denial of justice”, Fabian Salvioli, chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The findings by the committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, came after considering a complaint brought by Hicks specifically regarding his treatment by Australia.

It found a violation had occurred but ruled that the Australia government was not obliged to make reparation payments to Hicks.

“Transfer agreements are important because they allow prisoners convicted abroad to serve their sentences in their own country.

“But states should not carry out a sentence if there is ample evidence that the trial clearly violated the defendant’s rights, as was the case with Mr Hicks,” Salvioli said.

The decision to continue to jail Hicks as a result of the transfer deal “constituted a disproportionate restriction of the right to liberty” in vio...

08:53

Echonetdaily: Cells may protect against cancer for life "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A new study raises the prospect of vaccine-like treatments that protect against cancer for life.

Scientists have identified and tracked rare immune system cells that could be programmed to keep cancer at bay over a period of many years.

The “stem memory” T-cells would keep patrolling the body looking out for enemy tumour cells.

When any are encountered, they would be recognised and attacked.

Lead researcher Professor Chiara Bonini, from the University of Milan in Italy, said: “T-cells are a living drug, and in particular they have the potential to persist in our body for our whole lives.

‘Some of these memory T-cells will persist through the entire life of the organism … Imagine translating this to cancer immunotherapy, to have memory T-cells that remember the cancer and are ready for it when it comes back.’

For such an approach to work, the memory T-cells would have to be primed by genetic modification to attack the target cancer.

But the first step is to single out those cells with the ability to persist for a long time.

Bonini’s team studied 10 cancer patients who underwent bone marrow transplants and were infused with T-cells that were tagged so they could be tracked.

Small numbers of the cells were still found to be circulating in the patients’ blood streams after 14 years.

The research was described at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science taking place in Washington DC.

Commenting on the study, British immunologist Professor Daniel Davis, from the University of Manchester, said: “These T-cells, the stem memory T-cells first identified in 2011, have stem cell-like properties and are thought to be important for long-lived immune responses.

‘The implication is that infusing genetically modified versions of these particular T-cells … could provide a long-lasting immune response against a pers...

08:47

Echonetdaily: Crowdfunding helps victims to hear Pell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Victims are heartened a crowdfunding effort has already raised $30,000 to get them to Rome for Cardinal George Pell’s evidence about the Catholic Church’s handling of child sex abuse by clergy.

Whether representatives of Ballarat abuse survivors go depends on the Rome venue being open to the public when Cardinal Pell gives evidence via videolink to the child abuse royal commission.

The Ballarat and District Child Abuse Survivors group says the nation’s most senior Catholic should still be subjected to a courtroom-style setting even though he is not returning to Australia, meaning interested parties should be able to be there with him.

Cardinal George Pell at a press conference on March 31, 2014, in the Vatican. AFP Photo/Andreas Solaro

Cardinal George Pell at a press conference on March 31, 2014, in the Vatican. AFP Photo/Andreas Solaro

Spokesman David Ridsdale said the community support had given so much hope to so many survivors who just wanted to be heard.

‘It’s just given hope – not the fact that we might go to Rome, just that so many people care,’ he told AAP.

A crowdfunding effort on Go Fund Me had raised $30,000 by 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The fundraisers ar...

08:31

Echonetdaily: Greenpeace hits Coke in NSW recycling push "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Greenpeace has has released a video targeting the soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, urging

Greenpeace has has released a video targeting the soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, urging “Don’t recycle in the Coke way”. (AAP)

Greenpeace is urging the NSW government to keep its promise to deliver a can recycling scheme the state deserves, and not give in to lobby group pressure.

The environmental group has released a video targeting the soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, urging “Don’t recycle in the Coke way”.

Greenpeace says it’s time NSW had an effective drink container return scheme such as that used in South Australia, where 10 cents is returned for every bottle or can recycled.

‘If (NSW Premier) Mike Baird breaks his promise it will be because the government put Coca-Cola before the community and before clean beaches and parks,’ Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Nathaniel Pelle told AAP.

The video starts like many signature Coke ad campaigns but takes a dark twist as beachgoers lie down surrounded by discarded bottles, and a dead bird falls from the sky.

Mr Pelle said drinking containers made up 44 per cent of all litter in NSW.

The beverage industry’s proposed recycling scheme – called Thirst for Good – was...

08:29

Echonetdaily: Koalas hit by mass land clearing: WWF "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

More than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat in Queensland has disappeared since the state’s land clearing controls were weakened, a conservation group says.

World Wide Fund (WWF) Australia has warned the vulnerable species will continue to decline unless the controls are strengthened as soon as possible.
The group’s scientist,

Dr Martin Taylor, said his mapping of koala habitat loss illustrated what was a “cruel blow” for the species.

He said his analysis showed 40,312 of habitat disappeared between the Newman government’s weakening of land clearing controls in 2012 and 2014.

“The area is the equivalent of nearly one million house blocks – gone in just two years,” he said.

“That’s more than 1300 house blocks per day of koala habitat being bulldozed.”

He said 200 threatened animals, including the Greater Bilby and Northern Quoll, and plants lost 211,820 hectares of habitat following the reduction in tree clearing controls.

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08:10

Echonetdaily: Cannabis cops seize Mullumbimby Showgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A police officer with cannabis photographed during a previous northern rivers raid. (supplied)

A police officer with cannabis photographed during a previous northern rivers raid. (supplied)

Hans Lovejoy

As part of the NSW government’s seemingly endless war on a plant with proven medicinal benefits, NSW police took control of the Mullumbimby Showgrounds on Thursday and Friday. The police based a helicopter on the grounds, along with personnel for the Byron Shire annual ‘cannabis eradication’ festivity.

Harry, the Mullumbimby Showgrounds manager, told The Echo that police did not previously advise of their intention, or ask if they could use the grounds.

$1.5m plants seized

While costings on the operation are unavailable, police claim that more than $1.5 million worth of cannabis plants were seized. They say a total of 759 plants were found, with a potential street value of $1,518,000. That values each plant at $2,000, regardless of its size.

Additionally, no one was charged. Police say the helicopter searched Main Arm, Skyline Road, Palmwoods, Mullumbimby and Koonyum Ranges.

And while police say the plants were destroyed on Friday, February 12, there is no confirmation of that claim from an independent body.

The Echo ask...

07:54

Echonetdaily: Building of Ocean Shores sportsfield set to start "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artist's impression of the new Ocean Shores Sportsfield building. Image Byron Shire Council

Artist’s impression of the new Ocean Shores Sportsfield and building. Image Byron Shire Council

Families and sport lovers in north Byron Shire will soon see a start to construction of the long-awaited sportsfield on Shara Boulevard, according to Byron Shire Council. Council yesterday announced last week it was ‘full steam ahead’ for building the new facility, with a start set for later this month.

Mayor Simon Richardson welcomed the tender being awarded for the building of the sportsfield and said there would be some very happy residents in the north of Byron Shire.

‘The community has been waiting a long time for this project and we are on the way to delivering the new facility,’ Cr Richardson said. ‘It’s fully funded and will become a central hub for the many families who support healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities.

‘Site establishment has been completed and we’re looking forward to the kick-off later in the year.’

The tender has been awarded to Brisbane company Main Constructions Pty Ltd, a contractor experienced in the delivery of sporting fields and facilities.

Council’s director of infrastructure services Phil Holloway said construction was due for completion in August this year.

Mr Holloway said that subject to favourable weather, the amenities building, carpark and associated infrastructure were planned to be completed by June, with the field being playable by August following the required turf establishment and maintenance period.

President of th......

07:33

Echonetdaily: Bruns life savers rescue woman during competition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brunssurf rescue

Last Saturday, while hosting the Masters Surf Lifesaving competition, Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club was called by police to help search for a young woman missing overnight and who was last seen along the western shore of Marshalls Creek.

Having been briefed by police, club president Craig Reid gave the go ahead for the inflatable rescue boat (IRB) to be launched in heavy surf off the beach while he launched the rescue watercraft (jet ski) into the river at the Brunswick boat ramp.

Braeden McHugh, the club’s vice-president, powered upstream on the jet ski while David Griffiths and Sam Atkins negotiated the challenging swell at the mouth of the river in the IRB and headed up Marshalls Creek. With the tide ebbing, the IRB had limited time to search the shallow estuary.

Braeden completed his sweep upstream and joined the search along Marshalls Creek just as David and Sam delivered the missing young woman to the waiting ambulance at the head of the creek.

Following the successful search both crews returned to Brunswick beach to continue their voluntary patrols.

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07:33

Echonetdaily: Woman runs over girl getting off school bus "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman has been charged after she was allegedly driving a vehicle that collided with a young girl at Cumbalum, near Ballina, on Monday.

Just after 4pm (February 15), a 9-year-old girl got off a school bus that had stopped on The Ridgeway.

The girl attempted to cross the road but was struck by a vehicle travelling east on The Ridgeway, being driven by a 55-year-old woman.

The girl suffered head and chest injuries and remains in Lismore Base Hospital.

The driver submitted to a roadside breath test which allegedly provided a positive reading.

The woman was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where she was submitted to a breath analysis that allegedly provided a mid-range reading of 0.103.

The woman has been charged with mid-range PCA, and has had her licence suspended.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on 31 March 2016.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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07:28

Echonetdaily: Bangalow bandstand to open with a splash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lynn Smith and Terry Bleakley of the Bangalow Parklands team get in the mood for Sunday’s musical launch of the bandstand. Photo Jeff ‘Banned Headstand’ Dawson

Lynn Smith and Terry Bleakley of the Bangalow Parklands team get in the mood for Sunday’s musical launch of the bandstand. Photo Jeff ‘Banned Headstand’ Dawson

The Bangalow Parklands team has announced that The Waterfront bandstand building will be officially opened by Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson at a family fun day from 11.30am on Sunday February 21.

‘We’re very happy to have our old friend, journalist and raconteur Mick O’Regan, to be master of ceremonies at our launch event,’ said Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team. ‘Included in the program are several live acts to illustrate how the bandstand can be used.’

‘Acapella group Choir Baby, rock and roll dancers, classical guitarist Nick Repin and flautist Loani McRae will all be performing, with the Welcome to Country to be given by Delta Kay. We’re suggesting anyone wanting to come along could BYO picnic, but if that’s not possible, no one need go hungry as Bangalow Historical Society’s Museum and Tearooms will be holding a barbecue’.

The Waterfront bandstand was built thanks to a Community B...

06:48

Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup: Wednesday 17 February, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

fred-langFred Lang at the Big Gig

A comedian’s material is only ever as good as her or his insights.

Comedian Fred Lang has led an interesting life. Couple this with a strong sense of the ironic and you have comedy gold. Fred draws his material from those everyday experiences, whether it’s his interest in immigration (both his parents escaped from eastern Europe after WWII). Or his belief that youth gets its way too easily nowadays. (He has no children, automatically making him an authority!)

Fred’s comedy is, and always will be, pertinent, insightful, clever and funny.

His humour has been described as: ‘Forged in the furnace of current affairs and sharpened nightly against the steel of public opinion, Fred’s irreverence is razor sharp. Before your very eyes, Fred masterfully sews into the complacent and contented cloth of public life a thread of colour bright enough to light the way to the nearest psychiatric ward!’ Storyteller, comedian, raconteur, Fred Lang is in demand for sportsmen’s luncheons around the country and even old Kevin Rudd couldn’t resist his charms: ‘Your performance was the perfect way to end the speeches of what has been a successful evening’.

Fred Lang is the feature comedian at the monthly cult comedy event The Big Gig at the Ballina RSL.

With Paul McMahon as MC and Nick Penn as support this is sure to be a night of mirth and merriment!

(Mandy Nolan will be in Adelaide at the Fringe Festival with Ellen Briggs but...

00:16

North Coast Voices: Job losses on NSW North Coast signals Essential Energy privatisation move by Baird Government? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Even though Essential Energy was not included in Baird Government plans to privatize state electricity supply assets, the company's decision to cut its workforce and enter into an enterprise agreement which pares down its wages bill is looking less like a response to changed financial circumstances and more like an effort to make this business a more attractive privatization prize should the NSW government change its mind.

The Daily Examiner 15 February 2016:

ELECTRICITY provider Essential Energy wants to cut 800 jobs from regional New South Wales by 2018 under a draft workplace agreement.

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00:15

North Coast Voices: As Malcolm Turnbull faces his first national budget as prime minister the right-wing nutters start to crawl out of the woodwork "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


First cab off the rank is the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with a Let’s Make Aged Pensions Repayable Loans! statement on 14 February 2016:

The Federal Government must use May’s Budget to demonstrate it remains committed to reducing government spending as a share of the economy or else we risk consigning future generations to the painful readjustments that have taken place in southern Europe, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

The Australian Chamber has released its Pre-Budget Submission, which outlines a series of reforms that can curb runaway spending in areas including the age pension, family tax benefits and childcare.

Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “Unless public spending is brought under control, the Australian economy will gradually be...

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23:51

Bellarine Bayside: Bellarine sunset run – race recap "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A recap of the recent Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run….proud to be a partner in such a great event! Special thanks to Dion & Liberty for a fantastic event that was extremely well-organised and to all our staff who maintain such a wonderful coastal trail for everyone to enjoy!

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I’m not normally a big fan of late starting events so it shows the power of persuasion that my running friends hold over me that saw me sign up for the Bellarine sunset 10km run which we ran yesterday.

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I headed down to the staging area to pick up my bib and meet up with the crew. Most of them were running the half marathon option but, as it had turned out quite warm, I was glad to have chosen the 10km. They all started at 5.30pm so I waved them off for their briefing, cheered them over the start line then waited for the bus to take me to the start of the 10km in St Leonards. We were greeted aboard the bus by a pirate – you don’t get a better start to an event than that!

The bus trip was great, taking in the course that we’d…

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23:34

Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 15.02.2015 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Track Title Artist Album Title
Jumpin’ From 6 To 6 Lemon Squeezin’ Daddies Jumpin’ From 6 To 6 (EP)   (new)
Long Time Coming The Vibrolators The Vibrolators featuring
Miss Peta Lee   (new)
Bloodless The Fumes Bloodless   (new)
Alone Blue Eyes Cry Pull Me In
Dirt Road To Paradise Lloyd Spiegel Double Live Set
King With No Crown Lloyd Spiegel Double Live Set
Sally Mae Greg Dodd &
The Hoodoo Men
Movin’ On
Tired Of My Tears Kate Lush ( self-titled )
Set It Off Jesse Valach Presents… Blues Mountain
Down To The River Hall and Dow Hard Working Man Blues
Don’t Run Don...

22:32

The Gap Year and Beyond: Frogmouth, Whipbirds and a Pure White Raptor "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Whenever I visit Mallacoota I try to get to the Double Creek area several times a day. There is always a good variety of bird species (local and migrating through) and several vegetation types to explore from creek side vegetation, wetlands, woodlands, rain-forest and ridge-lines with tall forests. It is a compact site with four paths to wander down.

Along one of the creek sides I found a pair of Leaden Flycatchers singing away declaring their territory while above I spotted a white morph Grey Goshawk. The white/grey Goshawk is the only pure white raptor in the world. I knew that a raptor was cruising above by the danger calls of all the nearby birds. The bird alarm gave me just enough time to get the camera pointed skywards and set for a bright sky. The Goshawk cruised just above the trees.

Male Leaden Flycatcher, Double Creek Nature walk, Mallacoota

Male Leaden Flycatcher, Double Creek Nature walk, Mallacoota

Female Leaden Flycatcher, Double Creek Nature walk, Mallacoota

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21:59

onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.476 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

View Online What's On this Week | 16 - 22 February 2016 Dining ák Under The Stars | Sidney Myer Free Concert Into The Mystic The Music of Van Morrison | Thornbury Theatre Sale Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair 2016 View Shopping & Business | View Shopping Channel Sport Black Caviar Lightning Day Jeep Ladies’ Day at the Polo Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United Theatre Ghost | The Musical View By Date | View All Shows | Theatre Restaurants Markets This Weekend 4 Computer Markets 75 Garage Sales Baby & Kids Market | Malvern Beachcombers Pop Up Market | Frankston Bohemian Bulla Market Bruthen Village Market Flemington Racecourse Market Makers Market Abbotsford Melbourne Frock Swap Fashion Market View Markets Calendar Trending Events Open Garden | Melbourne Club Run for Hope | supports women with breast and ovarian cancer Tomato Battle 2016 | Southbank Coming Soon The Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Walk & Fun Run 2016 4.5km or 9km walk or run fundraiser towards critical areas of need within The Royal Melbourne Hospital. When: Sunday 6 March 2016 Where: Princes Park Links: Register | Desktop | Smart Phone Featured Business CTRL I.T. | I.T. Support Melbourne Herbalife | International Independent Member Discerning Daters | over 35's events Quick Links SmartPhone Newsletter Last Week's Newsletter Subscribe | UnSubscribe Melbourne Calendar Garage Sales Advertising Short All Content Copyright © 2013 OnlyMelbourne. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Advertising | Contact Us

21:00

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19:15

Far North Coaster Magazine: Crowd welcomes Tweed’s declaration as Refugee Welcome Zone "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Approximately 200 people have welcomed Tweed Shire’s declaration as a Refugee Welcome Zone, by attending a recent free movie screening in Murwillumbah.

“It was really heart-warming to see so many people fill the Regent Cinema to support the initiative,” the Chair of the Refugee Council of Australia, Sonia Caton, told the event.

“One of our big initiatives to achieve social cohesion is to get councils on board through this program,” Ms Caton said.

She said this backing was “absolutely critical” because it created a level of community support that was impossible for governments to ignore.

Tweed Shire Council joined a number of local governments, including Lismore City, Coffs Harbour City and Port Macquarie-Hastings councils, in aligning with the Refugee Council of Australia initiative.

Tweed Shire Council resolved in September 2015 to join the program.

Sunday’s ceremony featured the screening of the feature-length film Mary Meets Mohammad, which tells the story of Tasmania’s first detention centre and the bond that formed between local Christian woman Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad.

A DVD copy of the film is now available to borrow from the Richmond Tweed Regional Library, to give more residents a chance to watch the documentary.

Tweed Mayor Councillor Katie Milne said she was extremely pleased the Tweed councillors resolved unanimously to declare the Tweed a Refugee Welcome Zone, sending a strong and symbolic message.

Cr Milne, who signed the declaration aligning Tweed Shire to the program, was unable to attend Sunday’s ceremony but had a prepared speech read to the crowd.

Cr Barry Longland, who read the speech and who initiated Tweed Shire’s move to join the program, said multiculturalism enriches a community and should be embraced.

“It’s no secret the issue of asylum seekers does create d...

18:00

ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Brothers in Arms, WW1 - a book by Louise Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We know what the senior politicians and military men thought about WW1. But what did the ordinary Allied soldier think? Undoubtedly most British, Belgian and French soldiers saw the German threat as very real. For ordinary soldiers in 1914, few really thought that the war would be over quickly, at least after the first few months. Many served to protect their famil­ies, to show loyalty to their country or to earn a regular salary. But soon the soldiers began to despise the flag-wavers and white-feather brigade back home.

It was only with hindsight that Erich Maria Remarque and the war poets were proved correct. The horrors of the trench, rotting horseflesh, mud, poor food, shoddy weapons, poison gas and the sheer terror of waiting for death, these were the Big Lie futilities of the Great War. [Perhaps read How Did Soldiers Cope With War by Matthew Shaw at this point].

Ordinary soldiers were too cold, too hungry, shell shocked in trenches, too illiterate or too wounded to write detailed analyses. And in any case, mil­itary censorship would have deleted any proper information that soldiers wrote. Yet as Louise Wil­son wrote, many WW1 soldiers did send postcards home. What is diff­erent about her book, Brothers In Arms (BookPOD 2015) was that this long and literate set of letters from the Boulton brothers survived intact.

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17:52

The Vociferous Journalist: ACOSS says 2016 budget must reassess priorities "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Australian Council of Social Service, or ACOSS, released its submission to the Federal Budget on Tuesday morning, and is calling on the Government to set a new course. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie says the government must realign its spending priorities and strengthen the tax base.

17:22

Natural Newstead: Rotunda Park – a place for birds and people "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Newstead locals and visitors alike have long enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of our Rotunda Park. It’s small area of public land situated on the eastern edge of town. Amongst numerous other important values it boasts a wonderful grassy woodland remnant … Alluvial-terraces Herb-rich Woodland/Creekline Grassy Woodland EVC is the technical term! It’s always been a fertile site for birds and I’ve compiled a handy list there over the years, including some notable local species such as Powerful Owl, White-browed Babbler, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail and Owlet Nightjar. The Mount Alexander Shire is currently seeking public comment on how the area should be managed and used into the future. To have your say click here.

It’s such a special area that I’ve decided to devote the rest of this week to a series of posts featuring some of the birds currently using the park.

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Rotunda Park Newstead, 13th February 2016

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Red-browed Firetail at Rotunda Park, 13th February 2016

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17:13

Ocean Grove Voice: Council confident of Karingal sale process "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE City of Greater Geelong Council will tonight, Tuesday 16 February, vote on the proposed sale of 77-79 Draper Street, Ocean Grove, to Karingal for supported accommodation for people with disabilities.
Council’s CEO Kelvin Spiller says the council has followed all due process and is acting within its legal and community remit to consider the sale of the land, as recommended in tonight’s council meeting agenda.
“I am assured that the council has followed all required processes to investigate and report on this matter – including the implementation of an approved Expression of Interest Process (to establish) Community Based Support Accommodation, overseen by a probity plan and a probity advisor,” Mr Spiller explained.
“The council also has a Sale, Exchange, Transfer and Use of Council Land Policy that makes reference to land sales at ‘less than market value’ for ‘community benefit’.”
Mr Spiller said the council’s original resolution of 10 March last year to sell the Draper Street property fell under the above policy, by stating: ‘That Council, having considered all submissions made in response to the notice of intention to sell the land at 77-79 Draper Street (”the land”), Ocean Grove, offer the land for sale by expressions of interest at nil consideration to a provider of supported accommodation for people with disabilities’.
“I remain satisfied that the council has the power to dispose of the Draper Street land to Karingal, if it votes to do so.”
The council’s General Manager Community Life Linda Quinn also noted that the $10 million Sector Development Fund mentioned today in local media was established to meet the objectives of the Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative, but that this funding was not available to NDIS trial sites – which includes areas in the Barwon Region.
“Our local media also referred to a pilot project to ‘fast track the development of innovative disability housing’,” Ms Quinn s...

17:06

AWPA Sydney News: 1) 5000-PEOPLE ATTEND OPENING AN OFFICE IN Wamena ULMWP "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) West Papuan Liberation movement opens office in Wamena

3) Impact of forest fires on Papua on climate change agenda

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16:51

The Vociferous Journalist: Gravitational waves: confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Scientists and astronomers announced they have confirmed a prediction made nearly a century ago, regarding the very fabric of our universe. Researchers at the LIGO institute in the US observed ‘gravitational waves’ using two 4km long laser detectors. Alan Duffy, a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, spoke about this discovery and what it means.

16:02

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

Wednesday 17th February

11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week we present songs featuring orchestras.

15:10

Bendigo Sustainability Group: Bendigo Sustainability Fair @ PepperGreen Farm – 09 April "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The 2016 Bendigo Sustainability Fair is set to be held at PepperGreen Farm on the 09th of April. The fair is a celebration of all the wonderful sustainable things happening in the region. The fair will feature a sustainable living market with everything from Solar PV through to homemade soaps. There will be workshops and demonstrations throughout the day with plenty of activities for the kids. There is something fun for the whole family. So save the date in your diary!

 

 

14:55

cairnsnews.org: Police seize weapons in UK mosque raids "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Muslims on the street in front of Lakemba Mosque in Sydney

Anti-terrorist police who burst into the Finsbury Park mosque in north London early yesterday found weapons including a stun gun and hundreds of suspected forged or stolen passports, identity and credit cards.

 They also found a CS gas canister and a blank-firing imitation firearm at the building, which security forces believe has been used as a haven and base for Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. 

About 150 Metropolitan police officers, many in body armour and supported by a helicopter and specialist firearms teams in surrounding streets, used a battering ram as they stormed the building at around 2am. 

They met no resistance. Seven men – five Algerians, a Somalian and an Albanian – were arrested under the Terrorism Act as officers searched for several suspects and evidence of what they believed was an operation to provide terrorist groups with false identity papers and travel documents.

 Police received unqualified backing from David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, who said at the weekend that they should take “whatever steps are necessary” to track down foreign terrorists.

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14:40

Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Innovation Day: From Little Things "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Innovation Day

To innovate means to change something which is already established, to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things. Once upon a time, communication only took place face to face, travel was by foot and bed rest was the remedy for all ailments. In Australia, centuries of innovations shared the world over have enhanced our lives far beyond the realm of any one person’s imagination.

Together, humankind has built the most amazing infrastructure and social systems to protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable. Ambulances, hospitals, prosthetic limbs, spectacles and wheelchairs all transpired to give people the best chance at life, and an enhanced life worth living at that. Get to know some of our residents who are pushing the boundaries of innovation.

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We will never know when or how, but this brave and gentle old sheep had become blind and was abandoned on a property. With no place in this world to belong, he made his way to the refuge of Edgar’s Mission, where he will live out the rest of his golden years. Once given the clean bill of health, we then had to put on our thinking caps, how the Dickins were we to give him the happy life he deserved? Queue Joe Cocker: “I get by with a little help from my friends”.

We set up 64’s water and food bowls in his stall, they’re always put in the same place so he knows exactly where to find them. We then asked his friend Annabelle Sheep if she would mind wearing a bell on her collar, so that wherever she walked she would light a safe path of kindness for the sweet wether to follow, and she jumped at the chance to help her friend.......

14:09

South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Tristan shoots for the green and gold "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

By Mitch Guy

The 6’ 5” guard dunks while playing for the Victorian Country side.

The 6’ 5” guard dunks while playing for the Victorian Country side.

Tristan Lloyd has drawn the attention of scouts for his power, explosiveness and athleticism.

Tristan Lloyd has drawn the attention of scouts for his power, explosiveness and athleticism.

COWES basketballer Tristan Lloyd is on the pathway to his dream of a US college basketball career, with the 6’ 5” guard in contention for selection in the Under 19 Australian team.
The talented player, who began as a nine-year-old at the Phillip Island YMCA, will head to the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra shortly on a visiting scholarship, in the hope of gaining a full scholarship in July.
Since deciding to play for Eltham six years ago, his basketball has taken off.
He has become a regular participant in Victoria Country teams and played for the Dandenong Under 18s in recent years.
Faced with limited training facilities and regular trips to Melbourne for matches and training, Tristan heads...

14:04

: Eastwood charity celebrates its 50th Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

FLASHBACK: Buddha’s Birthday (Vesak Day) was celebrated at the Tzu Chi Temple in Glen Street Eastwood with 400 dignitaries, guests and Tzu Chi Foundation members culminating in a traditional ceremony called The Bathing of the Buddha. Official dignitaries are pictured in this TWT exclusive on-the-spot PHOTO. Eastwood’s Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation is celebrating its 50th [...]

14:00

: COLLEGE CRISIS CALL "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New Board Essential to Prevent Closure By The Weekly Times Special Team of Investigative Reporters (TWT STIR Team) Macquarie Community College is in dire straits and heading for absolute disaster and bankruptcy unless there is a complete change of management and a new board of directors elected. We wonder if the College can wait until [...]

14:00

: New Gladesville RSL Youth Club "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

State of the art Youth Centre Plus Seniors residential and Club members parking Gladesville RSL Community Club is planning to redevelop its famous Youth Club premises with a new state of the art Youth Centre on its Jordan Street and Western Crescent site. Development Application has been made this week to Ryde City Council for [...]

14:00

: Hunters Hill to host an old fashioned church picnic "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Picnics at All Saints Anglican Church in Hunters Hill are always populare and this year Reverend Michael Armstrong from All Saints Anglican Church in Hunters Hill invites readers of The Weekly Times to have fun at a good, old fashioned church picnic. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO All Saints Anglican Church in Hunters Hill is hosting an [...]

14:00

: Police capture suspected fire bug "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A SUSPECTED fire bug believed to have lit a spate of fires across northern Sydney was captured by Ryde Police this week. Ryde Police report the 45 year old woman suspect was arrested around 4.30pm on Freeman Drive, Carlingford last Tuesday following investigations assisted by the State Crime Commands Property Crime Squad Arson UnitÕs Strike [...]

14:00

: Celebrating ten years in love with Hunters Hill ! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Discover Hunters Hill group is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The group was founded by local people with the aim of encouraging local people to network, to promote the historic municipality and to organise tours to give residents and visitors an appreciation of what it has to offer. Discover Hunters Hill Chairman and former Mayor [...]

14:00

: Where is he NOW?! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Roberts Gone Missing! Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts who boasts the title of Leader of the House in NSW Parliament as well as cabinet minister told a packed crowd at Hunters Hill Town Hall June 6, 2013 “there would be no forced amalgamation between Hunters Hill and neighbouring councils. “I give you my commitment tonight, [...]

14:00

: And the winner is . . . Clr Craig Chung "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Community Cooking Competition on the Eastwood Plaza Eight contestants competed for the 2016 Eastwood Lunar New Year Cooking Competition Champion on Eastwood Plaza last Saturday morning. Winner was proclaimed Ryde City Councillor Craig Chung, pictured holding the winning trophy aloft with runners-up Indonesian Welfare Association with Sambal Prawn and Vegetables and Eastwood Police Constable Natalie [...]

14:00

: Take a ride into history at Vintage Tramway Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  18th Battalion, Great War Living History Group pictured above and below Sydney Ambulance trams No. 31 and 44 – built in 1915 to carry sick and wounded soldiers from Ambulance Ships berthed at Woolloomooloo to the Military Hospital at Randwick. OFF to War is the theme for this year’s Sydney Vintage Tramway Festival to [...]

14:00

: Keith and Pam Dadd celebrating Diamond Wedding Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

KEITH and PAMELA DADD of Denistone East celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary tomorrow Thursday February 18 with family and friends. Keith of North Road Ryde and Pamela Maloney of Cammeray met at North Sydney’s St Thomas Church Youth Fellowship and settled at Denistone East. They have two children Janelle and Bruce and grandchildren Jared, Rhys, [...]

13:09

2RRR: Yeo – Ganbaru "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Following up lead singles ‘Icarus’ and ‘Quiet Achiever’, Melbourne artist Yeo’s latest record is brimming with unabashed pop and soaring synths. If you haven’t seen him live then there’s a good chance you can see him very soon, wherever you are. For Sydneysiders he’ll be at the Word Bar on the 26th of February. Check out the full dates below and keep on listening to Ganbaru, all this week on 2RRR – Your Local Sound:

26th Feb – World Bar, Sydney
4th  March –  Pirie Social Club, Adelaide
10th March – SCU Uni Bar, Lismore
11th March – The Foundry, Brisbane
12th March – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast
18th March – Settlers, Margaret River
19th March – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth
24th March – Howler, Melbourne
26th March – Transit Bar, Canberra

13:04

Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Volunteer chick protection effort "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Local volunteers are working around the clock in an effort to help recently hatched Hooded Plover chicks survive on busy Surf Coast beaches this breeding season.

Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast (FHPSC) volunteers, in partnership with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, Parks Victoria and BirdLife Australia are monitoring and wardening nesting sites, urging beachgoers to give the fragile little ‘hoodies’ space.

FHPSC Site Coordinator Julian White said volunteers were working long hours to help ensure the hoodies have the best chance of survival.

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FHPSC Site Coordinator Julian White demonstrates how to install the ‘hoodie shelters’ to help protect vulnerable chicks and parents.

“We have volunteers at nesting zones between 8am and 6pm monitoring the chicks, helping to raise awareness in the community and protecting the birds from threats posed by beachgoers and their pets getting to close.

“Part of our role as Hooded Plover wardens is to talk to beach users, especially dog owners, and educate them about the risks they can unwittingly pose to these threatened shorebirds,” he said.

 

Hooded Plovers are easily distressed by humans and off leash dogs which can result in the parents and/or chicks becoming too frightened to feed or return to their nests.

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One of the many ‘hoodie shelters’ in use by Hooded Plover chicks at Eastern View last breeding season*....

11:50

Zedlines: Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha, 45 000 people with disabilities to stay in unsatisfactory housing and Germany to see 500 000 more refugees this year as EU migrant crisis talks stall (Image source Wikicommons)

Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha

The rally to keep an asylum seeker infant in Australia received the support of over 15 unions last night, who pledged their support to staff at the Lady Cilento Hospital where baby Asha is treated for burns.

Queensland Nurses Union Secretary, Beth Mohle, says federal border control policy is compromising the ability of medical staff to do their jobs.

11:11

Zedlines: Biosecurity Queensland cleared of wrongdoing in false detection of disease on North Queensland banana farm - And more 10am Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Biosecurity Queensland have been cleared of wrongdoing after an unreliable test was blamed for temporarily shutting down a banana farm in North Queensland last year. (image source: Creative commons)

In local news…

Biosecurity Queensland cleared of wrongdoing in false detection of disease on North Queensland banana farm

Biosecurity Queensland have been cleared of wrongdoing after an unreliable test was blamed for temporarily shutting down a banana farm in North Queensland last year after the Panama fungus was falsely detected.

The government agency and the owner of the farm Mark Reppel have failed to reach a compensation agreement to reimburse Mr Reppel for the forced halt in production.

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Zedlines: Biosecurity Queensland cleared of wrongdoing in false detection of disease on North Queensland banana farm - And more 10am Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Biosecurity Queensland have been cleared of wrongdoing after an unreliable test was blamed for temporarily shutting down a banana farm in North Queensland last year. (image source: Creative commons)

In local news…

Biosecurity Queensland cleared of wrongdoing in false detection of disease on North Queensland banana farm

Biosecurity Queensland have been cleared of wrongdoing after an unreliable test was blamed for temporarily shutting down a banana farm in North Queensland last year after the Panama fungus was falsely detected.

The government agency and the owner of the farm Mark Reppel have failed to reach a compensation agreement to reimburse Mr Reppel for the forced halt in production.

11:00

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: Philip Morris loses plain packs battle, but the war continues "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Professor Mark Davison

Just prior to Christmas, 2015, the Australian government received the gift of a decision that Philip Morris Asia’s Ltd’s action pursuant to the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Australia and Hong Kong against Australia’s measures for plain packaging of tobacco was not within the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

The facts leading to that conclusion have been explained elsewhere but, briefly, the Philip Morris group of companies re-arranged its corporate structure so that its Hong Kong company, Philip Morris Asia Ltd, acquired an interest in the Australian tobacco market after the Australian government announced its intention to introduce plain packaging. Shortly after that re-arrangement, Philip Morris Asia Ltd instituted proceedings pursuant to the Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses in the BIT. While the full decision of the tribunal will not be released until confidential information has been redacted, the tribunal has announced that the attempt by Philip Morris Asia Ltd to claim that it is within the jurisdiction of the BIT has failed.

The remaining action against Australia’s plain packaging measure is underway at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and a decision of the Panel is not expected before the first half of 2016. While numerous provisions of TRIPS and the TBT agreements have been alleged, one of the key aspects of the dispute is the interpretation of Article 20 of TRIPS which provides, in part, that

“The use of a trademark in the course of trade shall not be unjustifiably encumbered by special requirements …”

The Panel’s decision will necessarily involve a decision about the extent to which public health considerations may override the obvious desire of trademark owners...

10:58

Refugee Action Coalition: Nurses, teachers, doctors, academics… How can we get in the way to #LetThemStay? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The #LetThemStay movement has seen a wave of grassroots action to stop the removal of the 267 asylum seekers. Alongside churches, Victorian Trades Hall declared it will offer sanctuary to the refugees. The pressure saw Victoria’s Labor Premier Daniel Andrews break ranks with Bill Shorten and offer to settle the 267 in Victoria. Other Labor premiers have followed suit. Now health workers at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane are openly defying the federal government by keeping baby Asha in their care until the government undertakes not to send her to Nauru, and instead settles her family in the community where she can be safe and healthy.

Teachers for refugees grows

12647501_688924507916461_193579663450004933_nLast week, teachers in over 70 schools gathered to take group selfies with the slogan “Education Not Detention” and called on Turnbull to #LetThemStay. This movement started with one Melbourne teacher initiating action in December last year. Then 36 schools participated; now the number has doubled and has extended to universities and preschools. The next step is to bring all those who participated to the Pa...

10:39

sunshinecoastbirds: Hervey Bay, Maryborough & Great Sandy Strait "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Greater Sand Plover
Three Asian Dowitchers, 150+ Grey Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Brolga, loads of Greater Sand Plover in breeding plumage and Beach Stone-Curlew were the highlights of birding around Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait in south-east Queensland. We camped for 3 nights by the beach at Pialba in Hervey Bay where we camped at this time last year. Of interest was a flock of 50 Greater Sand Plover on the rocks at Pt Vernon. Most birds were in full or partial breeding plumage and unusually, no other species (including Lesser Sand Plover) were with the flock.

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Sooty Oystercatcher

10:21

The NORTHSIDER: A THOUSAND WORDS | THE FITZY BOWL "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Focusing on the world of skating and the people for whom this is a way of life, Adam captures the action as well as the personalities aroundThe Fitzy Bowl, showing his own passion for this activity in each of his images.

The post A THOUSAND WORDS | THE FITZY BOWL appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

10:18

Zedlines: Pesticide used by local councils probably causes cancer says WHO - And more 9am Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Roundup is used by councils, households and farms, and was upgraded by the World Health Organisation to “probably carcinogenic to humans” last year. (Image source ABC News)

 

In local news...

Mt Isa mayor says four year fixed terms will help voters and business

Mt Isa mayor Tony McGrady says introducing four year fixed terms to state parliament would protect business and ensure voters get the most out of their MPs.

Mr McGrady is part of the bipartisan committee pushing for Queensland state elections to be held in October every four years, saying people are tired of being called to the polls.

The issue will be put to a referendum next month.

09:41

cairnsnews.org: ‘TRUMP IS RIGHT’ Thousands Take to The Streets in Anti-Islam Protest Across Europe and Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Bill Shorten your political monopoly is showing severe cracks in this election year

A special report by the Bertelsmann Foundation, complimented by a TNS Emnid survey, showed that a majority of German citizens considered Islam dangerous. Consequently, there seemed to be a “strong sympathy“ for “Pegida paroles“. In absolute numbers, 57% of all surveyed thought of Islam as a danger. 40% felt like “foreigners in their own country“, while 24% stated that they would like to prevent further Muslim immigration.

The Australian duopoly party faithful are breaking ranks across Australia daily clearly indicating patriotic resistance to the parliament’s ISLAMIC capitulation dismissing immigration requirements to observe our laws and the Australian culture.

Passive removal of that political power has begun with people awakening to the lies and deceit gushing from Canberra. With Internet being the vehicle and the polling day pen being the sword we are offered a ray of sunshine into the black hole we have tolerated far too long.

 

Thousands of Europeans throughout the continent protested against the Islam and Syrian refugee program. This caused them to clash with riot control police and groups that are pro-immigration.

In Dresden, Germany, there were around 2,000 people protesting at a rally that was created by “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West,” which is a far-right group that is condemning the Syrian refugee resettlement program. This demonstration today in Dresden is the biggest amongst all the other demonstrations that the group has put together in cities across Europe.

 

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09:30

Zedlines: Rate of Queensland cancer cases more than triples - And more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A rise in the state’s general and aging population are attributed to the increase in cases with half of Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with a form of cancer before reaching 80. (image source: creative commons)

 

In local news…

Rate of Queensland cancer cases more than triples

The Cancer Council says the rate of Queensland cancer cases has more than tripled over a 30 year period.

A rise in the state’s general and aging population are attributed to the increase in cases with half of Queenslanders expected to be diagnosed with a form of cancer before reaching 80.

09:08

Chewton Pool: Pool closed Tuesday 16 February "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The pool is closed today due to cool temperature.


08:53

AWPA Sydney News: 1) Who is this expedition for? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Expedition in West Papua, State Efforts To Build Military Base in Papua
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1) Who is this expedition for?
From the Executive Director of the LP3BH

  During the last few days here in the Province of West Papua, Manokwari, there has been a great deal of
information about an expedition organised by the NKRI (United State of the Republic of Indonesia) about which the majority of the Papuan
people know very little about regarding what its purpose is. People are wondering what this expedition is all about.   Nor can the people 
here imagine what the purpose of the expedition is for or how long it will last.

   According to the remarks by the Commander of the Sorong Regency 1704, Lieutenant  Colonel Aulia  Dalimunto S.Sos to the mass media  a
few days ago, namely that the main purpose of the expedition is to collect data and draw up a map of the natural resources and the
availability of people  as well as various other things here in West Papua, regarding which the people here know almost nothing about.

  This would seem to mean t...

08:00

The NORTHSIDER: GAME PLAN STRATEGY FOR SPORTING DIVERSITY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Centre of Multicultural Youth has partnered with the Collingwood Basketball club in an effort to get children from refugee backgrounds involved in local sports.

The post GAME PLAN STRATEGY FOR SPORTING DIVERSITY appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

06:00

Natural Newstead: Golden moments #2 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

While the gold in these two species is more subdued than that of the Eastern Yellow Robin, they nonetheless qualify for a series on golden moments.

Fuscous Honeyeaters are ever-present in the local bush, their sweetly melodic trills accompany me on most of my walks.

Fuscous

Fuscous Honeyeater, Rise and Shine, 14th February 2016

Striated Pardalotes are much quieter now that the breeding season is over. It was lovely to spot this one as it took a break from gleaning lerp higher up in the canopy of a River Red-gum at the Rise and Shine.

SP1

Striated Pardalote

SP2

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01:35

Bendigo Community Farmers Market: Pluses and minuses of Using an Essay Writer Service "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

As being a learner, you’ve in all likelihood regarded employing an essay writing service plan at least once. Will it be properly? Surely, it can be. Even though you might not be using it, you will still are not able to minimize the risk of oneself from reasoning and picturing the way would come to feel to buy your papers as a substitute for creating them.

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01:28

Bendigo Community Farmers Market: Exactly What Do Expert Essay Freelance writers Do in your case? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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19:14

Far North Coaster Magazine: Bridging old and new with a tale you’ll dig "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

For visitors to Murwillumbah late last year, it wasn’t hard to notice the major road works taking place along the length of Main Street in the historic town centre.

What they might not have noticed was the project provided an opportunity to dig into the past of the central business district and uncover a few interesting finds.

Museum Director Judy Kean said Excavating Main Street was a small display that documented the project and featured some of these finds, on exhibition until 15 July this year.

“We are delighted to be able to add the wealth of significant information assembled during the project to the Tweed Regional Museum’s extensive collection, particularly for an area already recognised for its heritage value,” Ms Kean said.

“The replacement of major drainage provided an opportunity to re-examine some of the early infrastructure in the area, in some cases dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.”

She said historic photos and maps already in the Museum’s collection provided important points of comparison for those working on the project.

“For example, the 1929 concrete road and associated drainage was uncovered, as well as wooden foot bridges dating back to the late 1800s,” she said.

“One of these showed clear evidence of damage caused by the great fire of 15 September 1907, which became known as Red Sunday.

“By adding this next generation of documentation, and an intriguing selection of finds to the Museum collection, we are making sure that in 100 years’ time the story of Murwillumbah Main Street drainage 2015, and the earlier story of this historic precinct, can be easily discovered.”

Murwillumbah-based archaeologist Cosmos Coroneos, who completed research and documentation of the historical aspects of this project, will present a free talk about his work at Tweed Regional Museum on Wednesday 17 February.

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Friday, 12 February

19:09

Far North Coaster Magazine: Kingscliff ranked among top 10 seachange towns in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kingscliff is officially on the map after being ranked number four in a list of top 10 seachange towns. ‘Trading Places –the Best Australian Seachange Towns 2016’ features in Melbourne-based national online newspaper The New Daily.

The results were:

  1. Noosa Heads, Queensland (43.25 points)
  2. Terrigal, New South Wales (42.25)
  3. Warrnambool, Victoria (41)
  4. Kingscliff, New South Wales (40.5)
  5. Byron Bay, New South Wales (40)
  6. Port Douglas, Queensland (40)
  7. Lennox Head, New South Wales (39)
  8. Busselton, Western Australia (38.75)
  9. Albany, Western Australia (38.5)
  10. Geraldton, Western Australia (38.5)

Two expert consultants – a town planner and an urban geographer – weighed up the merits of large regional hubs or hidden coastal gems across Australia located close to a capital city. They whittled down the options using 11 criteria, including beach quality, house prices, infrastructure, climate and job prospects.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, was not surprised by Kingscliff’s appeal as a seachange destination.

“Kingscliff is much-loved by locals, who are passionate about preserving the natural environment as well as the laid-back and friendly nature of the town,” she said.

According to the article: “Residents describe the town as having the ‘best of both worlds’: a peaceful, picturesque community that’s just a 15-minute drive to Gold Coast Airport, and a 90-minute trip to Brisbane.”

“It boasts several stunning beaches cradled between headlands, and luscious rainforests on its doorstep.

“Foodies take note: the main street offers tantalising cafes and restaurants, and the Kingscliff markets
brim with gourmet food and fresh local produce, as well as crafts, art and fashion.”

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council

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