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Wednesday, 17 February

00:16

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


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

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": 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 Nsw"


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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Tuesday, 16 February

23:51

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

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!

macgirl running

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

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


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...

22:59

Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 6pm Fri 19 Feb | Speak out in solidarity with Lady Cilento hospital workers. Let baby Asha stay. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Speak out in solidarity with Lady Cilento hospital workers. Let baby Asha stay. When: 6pm Friday 19 February Where: Bourke St Mall, Melbourne Brisbane hospital staff continue to refuse to discharge baby Asha to be returned to Nauru. Join the Refugee Action Collective and the Melb Uni Campus Refugee Rights Club at a speak out(...)

22:32

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

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

Female Leaden Flycatcher

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21:59

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

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

21:36

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Shell Oil Company (Shell Aviation) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet VQ-BSN Pops into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Another nice bizjet has called into Central Queensland with Shell Oil Company (Shell Aviation) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VQ-BSN visiting Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 16 February.


Using the flight number and callsign 'SHE961', VQ-BSN touched down from Brisbane just after lunch time before eventually returning to the capital later in the afternoon.



Of interest, VQ-BSN is noted to have flown from Perth to Brisbane on Monday 15 February after arriving from Don Muang Int'l (Old Bangkok Int'l) in Thailand the previous day.

All photos supplied by Col  ©

21:25

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Visit by the Prime Minister Brings RAAF Bizjets to Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has embarked on a tour of North and Central Queensland and on Monday 15 February a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bizjets of the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra were noted at Mackay and Rockhampton Airports.


Prime Minister Turnbull was believed to have initially arrived at Cairns Airport late on Sunday 14 February from Sydney on board RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 which flew in as "Consort 36". It appears he then flew South on Monday 15 February to Townsville, Mackay and the Rockhampton on board fellow RAAF Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 - which also used the radio callsign of "Consort 36".  A36-001 was due to remain at Rockhampton Airport for the night.



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21:24

Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: Return Of The February Wobbles "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 53.0 to Coalition (-0.3 this week, lowest since early November)
Coalition would comfortably win election "held now", but could lose some seats

Last week, the Coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced to reshuffle its ministry.  This became necessary following the loss of Human Services minister Stuart Robert to concerns regarding an "unofficial" trip to China, the delayed resignation from the ministry of Mal Brough (under police investigation) and the announced retirements at the next election of Warren Truss and Andrew Robb.  While hardly the worst week a sitting government has endured, it's not something they'd want to repeat. The loss of three ministers to scandals since Mr Turnbull took over hardly helps create an image of post-coup stability, let alone the mirage of "good government".  Admittedly, none of them were major figures.  A second problem for the government has been a perception of planlessness in the conversation it started about tax reform.

The four polls in the last week have all suggested the government has come down a little from the cloud that it started the year on.  This week's Ipsos has only 52:48 to the Coalition, down from 56:44 in November.  ReachTEL has 54:46, down from 55:45 a few weeks ago; Morgan is down from 54 to 52.5 by last-election preferences, and Essential is stable at 51 but off marginally worse primaries.

The Ipsos figure is by "overall preference flow" (treating Greens and Others as a single block).  At the last election, Green votes were 41% of all non-major-party votes but in this Ipsos they are 60% of the non-major vote.  On this basis the last-election preference flow of Ipsos' figures with Greens and Others subdivided would be about a point lower than their calculation, so there's a case for treating the Ipsos as 51:49 (if you really believe 15% f...

21:16

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Two More Beaut Bizjets and Alliance Fokker 100 VH-XWS Call into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 15 February, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWS operated a flight into Hamilton Island Airport on behalf of QantasLink flying the morning return service from and back to Cairns as UTY2600/2601.  The QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 that normal operates this flight was cancelled.


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A little later on Monday 15 February, Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-BLM also called into Hamilton Island Airport from its Gold Coast base.  It later departed to Sydney.

Another Challenger 604 bizjet visiting Hamilton Island - 75 Express Inc. Bombardier CL-600-2B16 N75KH which arrived the previous day - also departed on Monday 15 February but to the Gold Coast.

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21:00

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20:43

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Bundaberg Based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron N298WA Spotted at Cairns Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Locally-based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron N298WA was noted departing Bundaberg Airport on Monday 15 February for Cairns where the fantastic Far North Queensland Skies Blog captured its arrival.

Photo taken by Far North Queensland Skies Blog  ©

N298WA seems to be based at Bundy but often spends time across the ditch in New Zealand.

Thanks to the Far North Queensland Skies Blog for sharing their great photo!

20:29

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Australian Helicopters Bell 412EP VH-PXY Passes Through CQ Airports on Flight from Horn Island to Redcliffe "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Over the course of Sunday 14 February and Monday 15 February, Australian Helicopters Bell 412EP VH-PXY was noted transiting several central Queensland Airports while on a flight from Horn Island in Far North Queensland all the way South to Redcliffe in the south-east corner of Queensland.

File photo

At the end of a big day of flying on Sunday, VH-PXY made it to Mackay Airport where it stayed for the night.  Then on Monday, VH-PXY continued South to Rockhampton and Bundaberg before continuing to Redcliffe.

20:09

The Handmade Expo Market: Stallholder Profile Simmply T's Accessories "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile today is Simply T's Accessories


Your name: Natasha Dimitrijevic

Your Business name:
Simply T’s Accessories


The suburb/town you live in now:
Moggill

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19:14

Australian Police News: Rough justice in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Why can't the slime at ICAC make a public apology and offer compensation?  They just cannot admit that they got it wrong

He was once  one of the highest-ranking and most respected emergency managers in the state. He has more than 30 years' crisis and fire rescue management experience and has overseen the response to some of the biggest disasters in the state.

But Steven Pearce, highly decorated former deputy commissioner of the State Emergency Service, lost his position and had his life ruined during an investigation by the beleaguered anti-corruption watchdog ICAC - even though he has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Now he is seeking compensation and acknowledgement for the pain and suffering endured by him and his family.

"There has never been any public acknowledgement from ICAC or the government that all of the allegations of corruption made against me were intensively investigated, in four separate inquiries, and all found to be unsubstantiated," Mr Pearce told Fairfax Media.

"I also deserve a public apology that I have never done anything corrupt."

Mr Pearce was the subject of an ICAC inquiry after allegations that he had misused an SES credit card and inappropriately dealt with two contracts. The allegations were made against him by his then fellow SES deputy commissioner Tara McCarthy.

He was suspended from his position while the ICAC investigated; the ICAC eventually made no findings of corrupt conduct against Mr Pearce.

The ICAC referred the matter to the Public Service Commissioner, who cleared him of any corrupt conduct. Ms McCarthy was sacked in May 2013, sparking an ICAC investigation into then SES commissioner Murray Kear.

Mr Kear resigned after ICAC found him corrupt for sacking a whistleblower and allegedly failing to investigate corruption allegations against Mr Pearce.

Last week, he faced a committal hearing in...

19:04

Australian Police News: Prosecution of man charged under bikie laws dropped and $30,000 awarded "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Queensland police withdraw charges against Glen Pitt after lawyers allege they fabricated conversations and coerced him into agreeing to a warrantless search

Another prosecution by Queensland police under controversial anti-association laws has collapsed, leading to a $30,000 costs order awarded to a man who faced up to two years’ jail for entering a mothballed bikie clubhouse.

Police withdrew charges against mine worker Glen Pitt after his lawyers, in a pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane magistrates court on Tuesday, alleged detectives had fabricated conversations with the accused Rebels motorcycle club member before he was charged 18 months ago.

Pitt’s lawyers also argued detectives had coerced and induced him into agreeing to a warrantless search by telling him they would stop him attending his daughter’s 21st birthday and that he faced only a fine for an offence bringing a minimum mandatory six months’ jail.

The case, which follows the withdrawal of charges in other high-profile prosecutions including of librarian Sally Kuether last year, marks more than two years without a single conviction under anti-association laws since their introduction in a government campaign against outlaw motorcycle gangs in 2013.

A taskforce led by former judge Alan Wilson is due next month to deliver its review of these and other laws to a Palaszczuk government that has flagged repealing and replacing them. Police and the Liberal National party opposition, which introduced laws in government in 2013, have called for them to remain.

Pitt, 44, whom police alleged was a Rebels member, was found by officers in the yard of a disused Rebels clubhouse in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north, in July 2014 after he noticed tradesmen dismantling a shed.

The property was among 43 clubhouses declared off limits to bikies, who risk a mandatory six months’ jail by setting foot in them.

Pitt was char...

19:02

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Rose coloured glasses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What an absolute disgrace wanting to put a seniors development near a hospital. Imagine how this will destroy the gateway to the Bay, what with its concrete plant, electricity substation and corrugated iron fence already beautifying the entrance.

Imagine having to look at landscaped housing and a small shopping complex – or is it all those old people we can’t look at? Maybe we could give everyone rose-coloured glasses as they drive in.

I’m pretty sure this development is not in anyone’s garden or space, so don’t worry – it won’t interfere with the studios that are springing up in backyards under the pretence of affordable housing.

The so-called outside developers have had interests in Byron Bay longer than most so-called locals have been here, so, no, they are not blow-ins. I think the NIMBYs need to look past their own agenda and see what could actually be good for the whole shire with jobs and facilities.

Or we can just say when you get to retirement age, ‘Fuck off’; we don’t want or need you any more.

Phil & Marie Boyd, Suffolk Park

 

 

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19:02

Queensland Police -- A barrel with lots of bad apples "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Prosecution of man charged under bikie laws dropped and $30,000 awarded

Queensland police withdraw charges against Glen Pitt after lawyers allege they fabricated conversations and coerced him into agreeing to a warrantless search

Another prosecution by Queensland police under controversial anti-association laws has collapsed, leading to a $30,000 costs order awarded to a man who faced up to two years’ jail for entering a mothballed bikie clubhouse.

Police withdrew charges against mine worker Glen Pitt after his lawyers, in a pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane magistrates court on Tuesday, alleged detectives had fabricated conversations with the accused Rebels motorcycle club member before he was charged 18 months ago.

Pitt’s lawyers also argued detectives had coerced and induced him into agreeing to a warrantless search by telling him they would stop him attending his daughter’s 21st birthday and that he faced only a fine for an offence bringing a minimum mandatory six months’ jail.

The case, which follows the withdrawal of charges in other high-profile prosecutions including of librarian Sally Kuether last year, marks more than two years without a single conviction under anti-association laws since their introduction in a government campaign against outlaw motorcycle gangs in 2013.

A taskforce led by former judge Alan Wilson is due next month to deliver its review of these and other laws to a Palaszczuk government that has flagged repealing and replacing them. Police and the Liberal National party opposition, which introduced laws in government in 2013, have called for them to remain.

Pitt, 44, whom police alleged was a Rebels member, was found by officers in the yard of a disused Rebels clubhouse in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north, in July 2014 after he noticed tradesmen dismantling a shed.

The property was among 43 clubhouses declared off limits to bikie...

18:55

Australian Police News: Police sexual assault not investigated "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Owner of 24 Hour Locksmiths Brisbane is siding with Tony Fitzgerald and Independent Commission Against Corruption, David Ipp, for the establishment of a federal anti-corruption agency with the powers of a standing royal commission after what he calls the most repugnant display of police abuse of powers against an employee of his 24 Hour locksmith business in Brisbane

On February 5 2015 one of our senior tradesmen locksmiths was doing a routine call to a customers home for a locksmith service. After completing the job in Keeling Street Coopers Plains, our locksmith was met by a police car screeching around the corner with lights flashing. Our locksmith was ordered to place his hands on his car and was searched.

His locksmith car was searched, but the officers on the scene were not happy at that! They called in more officers, and more officers and even more officers! They all came and searched the tradesman’s car in search of something? Our locksmith asked over and over, what they were doing and what they were looking for and got no response from Tamryn Ellingworth, the officer who appeared to be in charge. More then 7 officers were called in to search our locksmiths car!

This went on for over two hours out the front of our clients home. Our locksmith asked the police if this had anything to do with the client, which the police answered no.

The police called in a police dog and put it through our locksmith car! Our locksmith asked them not to put the dog in the car, but they didn’t listen.

The police took sensitive business records from the locksmiths car, still with no explanation. They then attempted to hack our locksmiths phone!

After this horrendous ordeal, they then called in another officer from the Mount Gravatt police station to sexually assault our locksmith! This happened in the middle of the street in suburban Coopers Plains.

After our locksmith had been raped, he was...

18:52

Queensland Police -- A barrel with lots of bad apples "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



Police sexual assault not investigated

Owner of 24 Hour Locksmiths Brisbane is siding with Tony Fitzgerald and Independent Commission Against Corruption, David Ipp, for the establishment of a federal anti-corruption agency with the powers of a standing royal commission after what he calls the most repugnant display of police abuse of powers against an employee of his 24 Hour locksmith business in Brisbane

On February 5 2015 one of our senior tradesmen locksmiths was doing a routine call to a customers home for a locksmith service. After completing the job in Keeling Street Coopers Plains, our locksmith was met by a police car screeching around the corner with lights flashing. Our locksmith was ordered to place his hands on his car and was searched.

His locksmith car was searched, but the officers on the scene were not happy at that! They called in more officers, and more officers and even more officers! They all came and searched the tradesman’s car in search of something? Our locksmith asked over and over, what they were doing and what they were looking for and got no response from Tamryn Ellingworth, the officer who appeared to be in charge. More then 7 officers were called in to search our locksmiths car!

This went on for over two hours out the front of our clients home. Our locksmith asked the police if this had anything to do with the client, which the police answered no.

The police called in a police dog and put it through our locksmith car! Our locksmith asked them not to put the dog in the car, but they didn’t listen.

The police took sensitive business records from the locksmiths car, still with no explanation. They then attempted to hack our locksmiths phone!

After this horrendous ordeal, they then called in another officer from the Mount Gravatt police station to sexually assault our locksmith! This happened in the middle of the street in suburban Coopers...

18:00

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

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.

Nigel (left)...

17:22

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

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.

RP1

Rotunda Park Newstead, 13th February 2016

RBF1

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

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17:16

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: No Refunds #6 with Bed Wettin' Bad Boys and Point Being "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This week No Refunds pulls out another pearler with the stadium qualities of Bed Wettin' Bad Boys and the second to last show of Sydney's own candles in the wind Point Being.

Entry is zero dollars and there's really cheap food and booze. There really needn't be anymore coercing, this is an alarmingly generous event for people who enjoy music and drinking on a Thursday.


17:13

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

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

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


2) West Papuan Liberation movement opens office in Wamena

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

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17:00

Motorbike Writer: Riders protest footpath parking ban "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Footpath Parking protest

Melbourne has been at the forefront of footpath parking for motorcycles, but now footpaths around St Kilda have been ruled out for a six-month trial ban even though it is the site of a popular annual motorcycle Toy Run.

Rider Darren Carson is organising a protest park in St Kilda for this Sunday, February 21.

He says the protest is to make a stand against the footpath parking ban becoming permanent and spreading across the city.




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16:58

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Picnic Social with FBi's Dance Class "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After you've decried a plague on the state government's decisions at the Keep Sydney Open rally you should then take your fiery passion to one of the many dance parties around town. Coz, what else are you fighting for if not the right to go party whenever you choose (oversimplification, but you know).

Picnic's weekly shindig lives on at Harpoon Harry and this round sees a roster of acts from FBi radio's female talent fostering program Dance Class. Featuring sets from the trainees Genie, Sports, Mirä Böru, Ellie Locke and Lauren Hansom alongside more stellar gal DJs, Andy Garvey, Valerie Yum, Adi Toohey and Kali.

16:02

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

Wednesday 17th February

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

15:22

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The ninth life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

CatAngelToday I started crying in the cat-food aisle at Woolies. Not just a little bit. But those big gulping sobs that make your face screw up all weird and snot come out. John had said, ‘while you are out, grab some dog food’. The dog food is in the same aisle as the cat food. Usually I don’t cry over pet food. It’s just that today we’d had our scrappy old ginger euthanised. And not for scratching up the good couch like I’d threatened him once.

Over the past few months he’d started to waste away. Over the last two weeks he couldn’t eat or drink. He couldn’t clean himself. He couldn’t swallow. He had diarrhoea. I guessed that at 13 it wasn’t something he was going to get over. It looked terminal.

Turns out he had Cat AIDS. The diagnosis shocked me. There I was thinking he was just a big orange furball asleep on the lounge, but the moment my head was turned he was living his double life. Sweet cat by day, by night a promiscuous IV drug user. What else was he up to? Gambling? And there I was naively thinking lizards and birds were his weakness.

It was explained that he probably caught the virus in a fight with another cat. Being desexed and unable to load a syringe without assistance, any other form of transmission seemed unlikely. We decided to do it at home. The thought of putting it him in a box and taking him to the vet seemed a cruel end for a good cat. Ever since his three days of solitude in the neighbour’s downstairs cupboard h...

15:14

Public Transport Users Association (Victoria, Australia): PTUA Calls for Fairer Fines "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has presented the results of a recent passenger survey on public transport fines. The survey results form the basis of the PTUA’s submission to the State Government review in Public Transport Enforcement Fares, which is currently underway.

PTUA President Dr Tony Morton said “we were overwhelmed with the response of almost 500 passengers providing their feedback over the month of January.

“The results showed that many people are trying to do the right thing, but often let down by system issues or simple errors and human mistakes.

“Passengers reported feeling Authorised officers and the Department officers reviewing their case had little sympathy for their situation and treated people as guilty until proven innocent.

“The PTUA believes that the focus should be on helping passengers to do the right thing, rather than scaring and intimidating them, or maximising the number of fines issued.

“The survey shows that 46% of passengers who contested their fines either had the matter eventually withdrawn by the Department or rejected by the Court. Only 2% of people surveyed having to pay the fine if they took the matter to court.

“Alarmingly a third of people felt pressured to pay the on-the-spot fine by Authorised officers and 19% of people surveyed said they received a fine due to issues with Myki equipment”, said Dr Morton.

15:10

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

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!

 

 

15:02

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Freda's, OTIS and Yevu presents Sweet Echoes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As far as threesomes go, this one has it all. Join Freda's, OTIS and Yevu in Sweet Echoes. It's the aurally galvanising extravaganza that unites the traditional sounds of Ghana's Karifi Ensemble, Australia's mesmeric Prophets as well as the dancing disco vibes from Andy Webb & Jimmy Sing and 'Jon & Hugh.' Eargasms are a side to this main meal of awesome.

14:49

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Inner West art and design market "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sure, the likes of Etsy and Big Cartel have made online shopping ever so eclectic and pleasantly artisanal. But, nothing beats a real live marketplace, where you can chat to creators as they reveal their unique talents and knowledge.

Spend your day of rest among local artists and artisans like Haus of Dizzy, Ellen Macintyre, Chloe Joyce and Tit 4 Tat. Pick up some handmade goodies and learn a crafty new skill with a badge workshop from I Heart Gallery.

14:40

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

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........

14:29

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: In search of Harvest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With interstate guests visiting for my birthday last week, I was after good quality north coast venues to impress my big-city friends. Their favourites were a long lunch at the excellent Fleet in Brunswick Heads, and also a lovely Friday afternoon spent drinking rosé on the deck at Harvest in Newrybar, where I was surprised to find that only one of our vehicles had successfully made it to Harvest by the shortest route.

Embarrassingly, as a 50-year-old bloke coming from Mullumbimby, I had confidently ignored the absurd suggestions from my onboard navigation to turn left for Newrybar at Ewingsdale onto something called the Hinterland Way, preferring to barrel directly through the tunnel and take the ‘southbound Bangalow exit’.

Of course there is no such thing – I would saved 4–5 minutes and 11km of driving if I had taken the Ewingsdale exit, then driven to Harvest through Bangalow and then along the old highway.

Instead, I had to drive south to the Lennox turnoff and backtrack, but the sting of my shameful blunder soon faded once I realised that almost everyone else had done the same thing. Jess Howard from Harvest says that she spends a fair bit of phone time each week giving directions!

Other Harvest news

Harvest have also changed their cafe weekday opening time to 9am. The takeaway coffee counter has been relocated to the Harvest deli and is open for takeaway coffee and bakery treats from 7 till 11am. As of this week, Harvest will also be very proud to call their wine list Australian. The bar team have worked hard to find the best that our country’s most exciting and conscientious growers have to offer, and look forward to sharing this with you.

14:16

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Rainbow Dragons awash in Penrith gold "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Deborah Gibson, Mark Bellman and Val Bezuidenhout and their booty at the NSW Dragon Boat State Title in Penrith.

Deborah Gibson, Mark Bellman and Val Bezuidenhout and their booty at the NSW Dragon Boat State Title in Penrith.

Last weekend, three members of Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club, as members of the Northern Pride, won gold, gold, gold at the NSW Dragon Boat State Titles, Penrith.

Leaving nothing in doubt they won all their heats, then the finals.

Rainbows Sports members Mark Bellman (open and mixed), Val Bezuidenhout (women and mixed) and Deborah Gibson (women and open) worked hard to make the Northern Pride team.

They all undertook rigorous fitness and strength testing for the hotly contested seats.

Paddlers from as far south as Port Macquarie vied for the coveted spots in the Northern Pride squad. They then spent weekends driving to Mylestom for training. An intense two-day weekend of training at Grafton left them aching and exhausted with blisters in some interesting places.

Northern Pride led from the beginning in all their races against the Southern and Western teams. Mark and Deborah now go on to r...

14:13

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Pop Culture Trivia Night: The Nanny "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who doesn't love a little trivia, and with the lady in red no less… so please put on your Fran Fine-est 'The Nanny' themed costumes aka huge hair and animal print (or simply come with a feather duster as your best Niles) - because you could win big. Snack on Belly Bao treats and Plan B cocktails as you answer some serious mind bogglers…

How did Fran become The Nanny?

a) She had style
b) She had flair
c) She was there
d) All of the above

14:09

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

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...

14:05

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Arts Wednesday 16 February 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At about 0:40 am, Laila Ellmoos joins with Part 3 of Sydney and Water and this week we learn about Baths and Swimming Pools.

My special guest at 11:00 am is artist Janet Laurence, talking about her latest installation, H2O:Water Bar at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens, as part of City of Sydney’s Art and About. Janet is a passionate artist and you will share that passion when I play the conversation I recorded with her this week.

Music – you guessed it – is all about water!

As always, I look forward to your company!H2O Water Bar

14:04

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

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

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : COLLEGE CRISIS CALL "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : New Gladesville RSL Youth Club "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Police capture suspected fire bug "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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, [...]

13:52

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Heartbreaker Sessions Returns for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of A Man Called Stu Popular Sydney Americana and alt-country night Heartbreaker Sessions returns this week on a whole new night and with a killer lineup. The fortnightly event at Freda’s in Chippendale which began in 2015 is moving to Thursday’s with their kickoff this week on the 18th February. The lineup this […]

13:27

Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: 2016 Closing The Gap Report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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http://apo.org.au/resource/closing-gap-prime-ministers-report-2016 The 2016 Closing the Gap report shows, as in previous years, that there have been mixed levels of success in meeting the targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008.



The target to halve the gap in child mortality by 2018 is on track. Over the longer term, Indigenous child death rates declined by 33% and the gap narrowed (by 34%) between 1998 and 2014. Immunisation rates for Indigenous children are high – by the age of five a higher percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are immunised compared with other Australian children.



While total Indigenous mortality rates have declined over the longer term, particularly from circulatory diseases (such as heart disease and stroke) the target to close the gap in life expectancy is not on track, based on data since the 2006 baseline.



In remote areas, 85 per cent of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander four-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 2013. In December 2015, COAG renewed the early childhood education target, aiming for 95% of all Indigenous four-year-olds enrolled in early childhood education by 2025.



There is mixed progress on the target to halve the gap in reading and numeracy for Indigenous students by 2018. Across the 8 areas (reading and numeracy for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9), the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving national minimum standards is on track in 4 of these 8 areas.



In May 2014, COAG agreed to a new target to close the gap in school attendance by the end of 2018. In 2015, the attendance rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students was 83.7%, little change from the rate in 2014 (83.5%). Progress will need to accelerate f...

13:17

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: FIDLAR talk rowdy crowds, acronyms & growing up on Mornings with Alex Pye "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FIDLAR

  • FIDLAR :: Interview with Alex Pye

All four band members of FIDLAR crammed into the studio to chat with Alex Pye after the Sydney leg of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. They spoke about the occasional perils of wild audiences, working with a producer for the first time and the origins of their acronymic band name.

Their second album, Too, is more reflective than their self-titled first record.

“When that first record was being made, we were a lot younger, it was five years ago… so we were all being stupid, because that’s what we were doing. But then the band sort of started becoming the thing that we were doing – our career, our outlet, our everything. We’ve also been touring so much that we’ve grown up.”

They also played a couple of tracks – listen back to the full chat above!

 

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13:09

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Yeo – Ganbaru "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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*....

13:00

Motorbike Writer: Barry Sheene movie goes into production "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The wild and crazy life of two-time world champion motorcycle racer Barry Sheene is being developed into a feature-length film by a joint British-Australian film production.

Simply titled “Sheene” it should be a funny, dramatic and exciting film depicting the funny, dramatic and exciting life of the racer.

Even though the above teaser video has been released on YouTube, filming has not yet started, there is no timeline yet for the film’s release and no announcement about who will play the lead character.

Who do you think should play Sheene in the film? Leave your comments below.

Sheene” is based on his biography “Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene” by his teammate Steve Parrish and MotoGP commentator Nick Harris.

IO Films Australia and Deep Spring Pictures UK are still developing the film with a script from Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement who previously scripted “The Commitments,” “The Bank Job,” “Flushed Away” and “Across the Universe” and TV series “Auf Wiedersehen Pet” and “Lovejoy.”




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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to The New Radical Face Single “Secrets (Cellar Door)” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Radical Face We’re a month out from the new Radical Face album The Family Tree: Leaves (due on the 25th March) and we have another taster to share with you. Below is a stream of “Secrets (Cellar Door)” which we think you’re going to enjoy:Filed under: News, Single News Tagged: folk music, […]

12:23

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Kindness builds vegie garden "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

FRIENDS have united to give a Waratah Bay woman access to fresh vegetables in her backyard.

Rory Challis is battling multiple sclerosis (MS) and the disease prohibits her from bending low to tend to typical garden beds.

But on the first weekend in February, friends, including neighbours Jeff and Claire Buckland, built a raised garden bed in her backyard, courtesy of supporters, including South Gippsland Shire Council and AW Smith Timber and Hardware, Leongatha.

The working bee was organised by her friends Joanne Thompson of Food4Good, Marie Wilson and Jacki Ames.

“It’s been brilliant. Everything has been donated,” Rory said.

“The garden bed was fenced off, it has heaps of mulch and I love it.”

The garden spans 10m long by three metres wide, and has such herbs as basil, coriander and mint, as well as lettuce and tomatoes.

“I was amazed when the girls told me about the garden. For people to think of helping Nat and I is amazing,” Rory said.

She appreciates food grown without chemicals and said the garden was a way of bringing people together.

“It will be nice for me in the winter when it is quite isolated and I can get a few people together and talk about what we can plant,” Rory said.

Her twin sister Nat also has MS. Rory was diagnosed two years ago and Nat has been living with the disease for 15 years.

“The chance of twins getting MS is three per cent,” Rory said.

The project was overseen by Food4Good, which provides initiatives to help create sustainable practices in communities by helping people adopt simple approaches to living.

12:20

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Mary MacKillop names school leaders "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College students gathered to celebrate the initiation of the school’s leaders for 2016 on Wednesday.

College principal David Leslie said all students have had a stellar start to the new school year.

“The event marked the formal start of the school year which also marks 30 years of Catholic education at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College,” he said.

“The students have had a terrific start to the year. They are a credit to themselves and to our school.”

Mr Leslie announced the new college captains of the year as Janie Gordon and Kaj Patterson, who will receive help from vice captains Matilda McNeil and Anthony Argento over the course of the year.

“The badges they were presented with will serve as a reminder of the roles of responsibility they have accepted in taking up these positions,” Mr Leslie said.

The dux of 2015, Sarah McCahon, also spoke to students about what it takes to achieve success in Year 12.

“At the end of Year 12 your success is measured by a final score however you must remember that a single score does not define you. Personal achievements made over the course of the year are much more important,” she said.

“It is important to establish a realistic study plan. Your year should not be horrid. Never feel like you are alone.

“Listen to your teachers. They are dedicated and they want to help you. Spend time with friends occasionally away from study and do your best. If you do your best, you will be proud of yourself regardless of your score.”

12:13

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Bike pumps serve coast "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

CYCLISTS are free to explore local rail trails with bike pumps available in three Bass Coast locations.

In a Bass Coast Shire Council initiative to promote healthier lifestyles, the bike pumps were installed in Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Newhaven to ensure cyclists get the most out of their rides.

Council’s recreation and culture coordinator Mark Lindsay said Wonthaggi’s bike pump is located at the visitor’s centre because it’s central to the rail trail.

“Newhaven’s visitor centre was chosen because it is near a shared pathway and the Inverloch Hub was chosen because it is a central location,” Mr Lindsay said.

There are many great trails for cyclists to discover in Bass Coast. In four kilometres, cyclists can travel from Anderson to Kilcunda in a gradual descent through farmlands, past Kilcunda’s largest coal mine, Mitchell Mine.

Travelling from Kilcunda to the Mouth of the Powlett, cyclists can cross the trestle bridge over superb surf and sandy beaches. This ride is three kilometres.

From the Mouth of the Powlett, ride to Dalyston station. The three kilometre trail passes the site of the former Dalyston railways station where the trail is elevated to the level of the former station platform.

Another 2.3 kilometres leads to Lower Powlett Road, a popular fishing location. There is a clear view of the Wonthaggi wind farm from this position.

Two and a half kilometres from Lower Powlett Road is South Dudley Road, which includes views of open farmland and a variety of native plant species. The Wonthaggi State Coal Mine is visible, as well as the mine rescue station.

South Dudley Road takes cyclists back into Wonthaggi in 1.2 kilometres, completing the scenic journey.

With an increased exercise and cycling culture booming in Bass Coast, the council initiative provides additional support and encouragement for bicycle use.

“As far as we are aware the pumps have been used regularly,” Mr Lindsay sa...

12:09

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Show success at Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

NUMBERS may have been down slightly on previous years, but the Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society still managed to put on an excellent show.

Society president Doug Appleton said many events across the weekend competed with the show for attention.

“It was a little bit quieter than last year and we had less rides and sideshows, but the atmosphere was terrific,” he said.

“The heat on Saturday may have kept them away too.”

Mr Appleton said in some sections, entries were up, while in others, entries were down.

“The numbers in the horses on Sunday were good. We had a lot more sheep than in previous years and the woodworking section was good. I think the numbers increased in that section from last year,” he said.

Mr Appleton said the general exhibit shed, with home crafts, knitting, crochet, and cooking were not as well supported as in recent years.

For the first time this year, the South Gippsland Buskers Festival was held at the show.

“There could have been a few more buskers, but there was good quality music played throughout the afternoon,” Mr Appleton said.

Crowd favourite illusionist Lachlan Wilde, who turned 16 on Saturday, was at the show for the third year in a row.

“He is excellent and as always, drew a large crowd of children and adults,” Mr Appleton said.

Something new in 2016 was the dog flyball, which Mr Appleton said went off well.

“They drew a large crowd,” he said.

Work will now start on organising the 122nd Korumburra Show for 2017.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : LIVE NEWS: Heartbreaker Sessions Returns in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We’ve had a break over the New Year period but now Heartbreaker Sessions is back again in 2016. We’re back at Freda’s and continuing to bring you great alt-country, folk and blues music from some of our favourite local and international singer/songwriters. This year we’re shifting to Thursday nights and running from 7pm until late … Continue reading

12:01

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Art show success "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LONG time supporter of the Rotary Club of Korumburra’s art show, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Bob Newton, officially opened the 39th annual event on Friday night.

The opening night attracted an excellent crowd, and many more on Saturday and Sunday who came to see the 234 quality paintings exhibited.

Judge Judith Garde had the unenviable task of choosing the category winners and as there can only be so many winning entries, she encouraged artists to keep persisting by entering art shows.

Prize money worth $6650 was distributed, and the Rotary Club sincerely thanked 34 sponsors for their generous support. A special thank you was given to the Marilyn Sim for her leadership of the Art Show Organising Committee, ensuring another highly successful Rotary Art Show.

There was a special occasion during the evening, when the Best Local Entry Award was named in honour of John and Lynette Kurrle.

Unfortunately, Lynette passed away a few years ago. John has been a member of Rotary since before the art show started 39 years ago.

John and Lynette did an enormous amount of work for the art shows over those years and John is still an important member of the organising committee.

The other major part of the evening was the auctioning of the two Lance Sullivan paintings by auctioneer, Eddie Hams. The first painting, completed in 1938, was sold for $540, whilst the second painting, completed in 1983, sold for $680. It was great to see these paintings go to local people who are passionate about their art collections.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Me fail? I fly!: Overland 221 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jacinda Woodhead (editor), Overland 221 (Spring 2015)

As usual, this Overland is well worth reading. Two articles stand out for me:

  • Transgender justice by Eliora Avraham. Noting that the mainstream media’s fascination with transgender didn’t start with Caitlin Jenner (I remember being fascinated by an article on Christine Jorgensen while my mother was under a dryer in a hairdressing salon in the mid 1950s), the essay moves on to a discussion of economic discrimination against trans people, and makes an interesting contribution to the debate about whether calling an event for women, say, ‘Pussy Power’ is oppressive to those trans women who have penises. The essay makes an excellent companion to the recent episode of the Jill Soloway’s TV series Transparent where the Jeffrey Tambor character is shattered to discover that only ‘women who were born women’ are welcome at the Wimmin’s Music Festival. Apart from occasional moments such as the bald characterisation of some disagreers as purveyors of hate speech, the case is argued carefully and respectfully all round.

11:58

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Locals vocal at gas rally "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

SOUTH Gippslanders were among the 250 people to gather on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne last Tuesday, February 9 to call on the State Government to ban onshore gas.

The group also called for an ambitious Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) to encourage more growth in the renewable energy market.

Among them were members of Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North.

Flanked by politicians, community groups from throughout Victoria were well represented, from western to eastern Victoria, and to South Gippsland.

Contingents from Melbourne demonstrated the growing alliance between regional and metropolitan communities.

“Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North were pleased to join with the Melbourne supporters who did an amazing job organising the rally and attracting high calibre speakers to the event,” Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North member Marg Thomas said.

“It was interesting to see the Liberal Shadow Minister for Renewables David Southwick stand with Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari and the Greens to call for a growth in renewables, although none except the Greens committed to a total ban.”

The Greens were well represented by Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell and Eastern Metropolitan Region MLC Samantha Dunn, who was also on the committee for the Inquiry into Unconventional Gas. Both addressed the rally.

Ms Dunn highlighted her experiences on the inquiry committee, in particular the evidence presented by regional people concerning the immense toll the threat of the onshore gas industry has on the lives of those affected; the uncertainty surrounding their livelihoods, way of life and environment.

She also stated all Greens support a total ban on onshore gas.

Mr Halikari said, “The Andrews Government has the opportunity to put the wind back in the sails by setting an ambitious VRET. It’s the right thing for the environment and the right thing for Victorian workers.”

Mr Southwick sa...

11:55

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Drought relief fun day "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A GROUP of Nyora residents have banded together to put on a huge fundraising day for farmers in Queensland and New South Wales suffering from severe drought.

A small group of friends, including Janie Stace, Jess Trewin and Kerri McFarlane, have been seeing and hearing of the hardship farmers in Queensland and New South Wales have been facing.

In the grip of drought they are struggling to find feed for their cattle and sheep, and are reduced to selling or destroying their stock. Struggling to put food on their table and survive themselves, the three women heard and followed a few drought relief agencies on Facebook and wanted to help.

In the beginning it was going to be a barbecue with a few mates and it has now snowballed into something far bigger and better.

The “Farmily” Fun Day has been organised for this Sunday, February 21 at TGS-Metro Quarries site at Nyora, on the South Gippsland Highway where the working horse and tractor rally takes place near the Lang Lang Golf Club.

There is loads of family fun including a kidz zone with jumping castles, animal nursery, face painting, photo booth, fairy floss and popcorn, a massive silent auction, 25 raffle prizes on the day, whip cracking demonstration, car and bike display, market stalls, working vintage engines, clydesdales, live music including Ruckus, Gary Hunt and Greg Kirkland.

Catering is being provided by Koo Wee Rup and Bass Valley Lions and also Melbourne Spit hire.

The razzle dazzle cinema is showing pictures and stories of how farmers are affected by the drought and also the help they are receiving, the downside and upside of drought.

All proceeds raised at the “Farmily” Day will be donated to Drought Angels, Aussie Helpers, Buy a Bale and Beyond Blue. “All these groups work tirelessly to help farmers and we want to help them as much as we can,” Mrs Stace said.

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11:54

Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: 25 years of health expenditure in Australia 1989-90 to 2013-14 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129554398 25 years of health expenditure in Australia 1989-90 to 2013-14 reveals that health expenditure grew from $50.3 billion in 1989-90 to $154.6 billion in 2013-14 in real terms (adjusted for inflation).

Over the period, health expenditure grew much faster than inflation, the population and population ageing. Health expenditure increased from 6.5% of gross domestic product in 1989-90 to 9.7% of gross domestic product in 2013-14.

11:52

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Teen artist bound for Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THERE are two things Venus Bay’s Jacqui Connell is passionate about – art and surf.

The 19 year old set out to mix her two interests together by turning surfboards into works of art. She was thrilled with the response she received on Facebook and is now busily designing beautiful surfboard artworks.

Her artwork began as scribbling for a hobby but has grown into a love for technical drawing. She studied design in Year 12 at Wonthaggi Secondary College, which helped her excel.

“My nan is pretty artistic and I’ve always loved it. I researched what I should use and different designs before starting work on the surfboards. My mum told me about a shop that sells local artwork, so I’m hoping to make a collection and sell my work there,” Jacqui said.

“I have four surfboards at the moment and I plan to find more.”

One of the surfboards she received was rich with history – it appeared in a surf movie by ACMI, which was produced on Phillip Island.

Signed by locals who attended the premiere, Bass Coast Shire Council’s youth planning and policy officer Geraldine Archibald passed on the surfboard to Jacqui on one condition – she take it with her on her once in a lifetime journey to Fiji.

Jacqui was the recipient of a youth scholarship through council and Foundation for Young Australians. The scholarship was for the Young Australians Experience Asia volunteer placement program, which will give her the opportunity to work with a marine conservation in Fiji for three months.

“Geraldine asked me to take photos of the surfboard in Fiji and put them up on Facebook as part of my journey. This will give the surfboard more significant history,” Jacqui said.

“The plan is to draw a Fijian theme on it while I’m away and ride it over there.”

Jacqui will leave for Fiji in September. She chose the destination because of her love for the water.

“We could go to places like Nepal, Laos and Thailand and there were other...

11:49

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Ratepayers rally around rate cap "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

RATEPAYERS are continuing to demand Bass Coast Shire Council rein in rates, in the wake of a drop in session about rate capping in Inverloch on Monday, February 8.

Bass Coast ratepayers insisted council abide by the State Government’s 2.5 per cent rate cap instead of applying for a 4.7 per cent variation.

“What we have heard is consistent with feedback from the four workshops, one on one discussions and through our online communication channels,” council’s general manager governance and organisation development Mark Brady said.

“A majority of people want council to stick to the rate cap of 2.5 per cent, fund capital works programs, and continue to find efficiencies and savings.”

A community based petition originating in Inverloch showed evidence of ratepayers’ unity against varying the cap.

The petition closed on Sunday and although the number of signatories has not yet been tallied, Inverloch petitioner Mohan de Run expects it to top 2000.

Council’s CEO Paul Buckley reported a small segment of ratepayers have opposed the rate cap, but Mr de Run said the sampling of signatures on the petitions puts the figures at under three opposing persons per 100.

“The absolutely overwhelming response – 97 per cent – on the street in the past three weeks is council must operate with efficiency and stay within the rate cap,” Mr de Run said.

“The response from Phillip Island in particular has been amazing, with people queuing to sign.”

Mr de Run attended Inverloch’s drop in session and although he appreciated the different arrangement, he felt feedback would have been similar to the ideas presented at the workshops.

“We reinforced the need for council to cut costs and work with more efficiency within the 2.5 per cent rate cap,” he said.

Although only 12 people attended Inverloch’s drop in session, Mr Brady said it was a good opportunity to have some in depth discussions with ratepayers....

11:46

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Train debacle hits home "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

NATIONAL MPs have slammed the State Government for the V/Line crisis by highlighting the human face behind the fiasco occurring on the Gippsland line.

Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath and Morwell MLA Russell Northe questioned the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan in parliament last week over concerns residents with disabilities were not being adequately catered for during the V/Line timetable disruptions.

Ms Bath highlighted the case of Mirboo North resident Taylor Connelly, a regular V/Line commuter with an acquired brain injury who had been significantly affected by the train debacle and unable to attend her medical appointments in Melbourne.

“She suffers from stress and anxiety, and she says she cannot actually cope with sitting inside a replacement bus because she cannot tolerate confined spaces,” Ms Bath told the parliament.

Ms Bath said Ms Connelly was “disappointed and frustrated” and had written to her asking: “I know that we are in the minority but does the Labor Government not spare a thought for the disabled trying to use bus services?”

Both National MPs have called on the minister to immediately put in place arrangements for people who have a physical or mental disability so all passengers can have access to safe and comfortable travel to Melbourne during this time of train service disruption.

11:28

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Local Husk Distillers Release a New Australian Style of Rum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Husk Distillers, the Northern Rivers own craft distillery, have released the very first barrel of their paddock-to-bottle Agricole rum – Husk Virgin Cane Rum. First offered in December just in time for Christmas, the retail allocation sold out in 3 days, with thirty reserve bottles landing in selected venues around the North Coast and Australia this week.

‘The release marks a new chapter for us at Husk Distillers, and also for Australian rum in general,” said Paul Messenger, founder and distiller at Husk. “We started working on a new style agricole rum five years ago and this first release was made from sugar cane harvested at our plantation distillery in North Tumbulgum in 2012.”

Husk Rum is made from first press juice of cane cut and crushed on the same day, together with yeast propagated in the distillery, which is overlooked by Mt Warning. The fermentation takes 5-6 days and is longer and slower than most Caribbean agricole rums. The rum is then double distilled in a unique copper pot still before being aged for a minimum of three years.

‘We use a double barrel ageing process. We first fill new heavily charred American oak barrels for 6-12 months from where most of the colour and much of the flavour is derived. We then transfer the rum to finish in ex bourbon, ex port or old reserve barrels for further flavour development and mellowing.’

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11:00

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

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

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

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...

10:49

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Friends and family paddle out for Jasmin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Family and friends paddled out at Wategos last Sunday to celebrate the life of ‘Jasmin’ Justine Ingledew who died unexpectedly recently. A memorial service at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall last Friday attracted some 150 people. Photo courtesy Critters and Creatures

Family and friends paddled out at Wategos last Sunday to celebrate the life of ‘Jasmin’ Justine Ingledew who died unexpectedly recently. A memorial service at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall last Friday attracted some 150 people.
Photo courtesy Critters and Creatures

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10:39

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

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

10:31

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Torres Strait Air AeroCommander 500-S VH-EXC Passes Through Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H were at the right place at the right time to capture a couple of great photos as Torres Strait Air AeroCommander 500-S VH-EXC passed through Rockhampton Airport on Monday 15 February.




10:21

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

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.

10:07

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Earth Commodities Cessna Citation Bizjet VH-CCJ Back at Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Back in CQ once again on Monday 15 February was the Earth Commodities Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ.


As per usual, it initially flew North from Brisbane and touched down at Gladstone - where it was spotted by Col.



From Gladstone, VH-CCJ continued further North to Mackay before touching the down at Rockhampton around lunch time.

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08:00

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

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.

07:13

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Focus On Fauna: Turtle spotting "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

You may have seen our local turtle species, the Eastern Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) heading overland or perilously crossing the road, usually after heavy rain. But in the water it is far more cryptic, and often all you see is its snout and eyes protruding above the water-line (see photo above), until it sinks to […]

07:00

Motorbike Writer: Austroads says safer speeds are lower speeds "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Austroads Safer speeds study

Austroads has published a major study into speeding which presumes that the public wants “safer speeds” that are lower speeds.

The whole premise for the 161-page report seems to be that lower vehicle speeds means less risk.

It recommends a wide range of campaign strategies including reducing speed limits, more signs showing your current speed, education campaigns and even changing the language of road safety messages such as referring to accidents as crashes.

This change in terminology also reflects an experiment in Victoria to temporarily change the name of the town Speed to Speedkills.

“Changing community perceptions about speeding is an important priority,” the study says.




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06:00

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

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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05:45

Tasmanian Times: This Heritage Horse Trough must be returned ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Sunday night’s ABC News story on the removal of the Heritage Listed Melton Mowbray sandstone horse trough from opposite the Melton Mowbray Hotel in January 2015 poses some serious questions about the actions of the Heritage Council of Tasmania. … This ownership feud highlights the inadequacy of the Heritage Act and its failure to make provision for heritage items or artifacts such as the trough in question.  Tasmanians need to be calling on Heritage Minister Matthew Groom to address these deficiencies retrospectively in the legislation so the trough will be returned to its rightful place.  …

05:15

Tasmanian Times: Why doesn’t TFS management want to put these fires out? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmania Fire Service Public Information Officer Shannon Fox said the purpose of the water bombers was not to extinguish the fire, but rather as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of fire and assist ground crews in impending winds.

05:10

Tasmanian Times: TASSAL’s Plans To Introduce Fish Farming To The East Coast Spells Doom "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Neighbours of Fish Farming will vehemently oppose plans by TASSAL to establish on Tasmania’s east coast without adequate modelling and environmental and community impact assessments of the proposal.

05:07

Tasmanian Times: The heart of Gunns’ collapse ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Public Examination of Gunns Accounts and their Auditors KPMG, 8/2/2016 Today in the Supreme Court of Victoria, JWS and Allens, counsel and briefing solicitors (for PPB and KPMG respectively) gathered for the examination of Gunns (GNS) accounts. 10 am, Wednesday the 10th February has been set aside for a follow-on day at 436 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Contrary to the PPB advice that this hearing is confidential, it is a public examination and anyone may attend. … The Examination returned to AsJ Gardiner’s home court, Court 6, 436 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. A follow-on day has been set for Mon 22nd February. Contrary to the PPB advice that this hearing is confidential, it is a public examination and anyone may attend. Given that this examination goes to the heart of Gunns’ collapse it is somewhat surprising that there is no media or corporate shareholder or superfund presence (eg UniSuper). One would hope they take some interest in the findings of the examination. Without a Court extension that may be as late as August 2016.

05:03

Tasmanian Times: Lapoinya: The Blog ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

MONDAY, TUESDAY February 15, 16 ... Letter from Lapoinya #5 Protesting has been placed on the back-burner at Lapoinya due to increased threat of fires in the area in the last few days. … THE WEEKEND February 13, 14 ... • Letter from Lapoinya #4 … A fully loaded log truck from coupe Lapoinya was documented crossing the single lane wooden bridge on Lapoinya road contrary to the goodwill agreement made between Forestry Tasmania and the local community… THURSDAY February 11 ... • Stewart Hoyt: Forestry Tasmania, Forest Operations Hobart and Murchison District Office  To Whom It May Concern, Re: Safe Operating Procedures in FD053a,  Lapoinya Watch the video, below ... WEDNESDAY, February 10 ... Wednesday saw no peaceful community action in the Lapoinya coupe. Pictures speak a thousand words, take a look at this youtube video (see below) and see why a community of forest guardians and respectful peaceful protesters decided to delay actions until guarantees could be given that forestry workers and contractors would adhere to Work, Health and Safety regulations ... TUESDAY, February 9 ... On Monday night new arrivals received their “Peaceful Community Protest” training.  All participants learned about the basic principles of peaceful protest including why non-violence is quintessentially important, consensus decision making, and all agreed to abide by the following agreements ... MONDAY, February 8 ... Letter from Lapoinya (Mon 8th Feb) The peace of the forest is broken; instead of bird song the whine of the harvester screams its death song in the Lapoinya forest. The stream, one of the last sixteen on earth where the world’s largest freshwater crustacean – Astacopsis Gouldi breeds, is battered and bridged. … A retired doctor, a nurse, a local builder and a psychiatric nurse have all been arrested from this community.  Despite the assurances of a disingenuous government that “mum and dad” protesters w...

04:45

Tasmanian Times: Branded a rapist for daring to be an NHS whistleblower ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

All about Dr Raj Mattu, Margaretta Pos HERE How brave cardiologist sacked for exposing needless deaths was smeared as sex attacker by bosses: • Dr Raj Mattu revealed concerns about patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital. • 56-year-old went public about overcrowding after the death of two patients. • Labelled a sexual pervert and rapist by bosses desperate to quash claims. • Racked up £1.4 million bills fighting a trust which will not reinstate him. •He has been awarded £1.22m damages but has lost his career as a doctor

01:35

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

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

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

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Monday, 15 February

20:32

"IndyWatch Feed Seq.art": Bondville: Autumn Winter 2016 trends for kids from eeni meeni miini moh + e3-M "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It's here! There are cosy knits, pom poms, luxurious textures, and rich, carnival colours in store for kids 0-12 years from Bondville sponsors eeni miini miini moh and e3-M this Autumn Winter. This season it's all about Vintage Circus - look out for harlequin patterns, rabbits, stripes, and plenty of tulle for the girls, and fun quotes, slouch pants and continued interest in superheroes for the boys.

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18:48

"IndyWatch Feed Seq.art": Cheeseburger Gothic: Wrote four columns today "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I probably shoudn't have done that. I probably should have written the second last chapter of Cairo instead. But they backed a truckload of money up to my door.

What could I do?

*tears our last of hair, rends sack cloth*

WHAT COULD I DOOOOO?

18:44

"IndyWatch Feed Seq.art": Gabe Feathers McGee: Manuscript development masterclass (Hard Copy) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

  ‘To stop me from having to work the streets at night, I spend a few hours each week coordinating HARDCOPY, an Australia Council-funded program for emerging Australian writers. The program leads 30 writers through an intensive manuscript-development masterclass, 3... Continue Reading →

12:00

"IndyWatch Feed Seq.art": BrisStyle: Marianne Wilson Designs - This week's Monday Maker "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


This week we managed to interview one of our newer members, Marianne Wilson.

Were you creative as a child?

Yes, I was creative as a child and was always drawing or making something. 

I used to sew my doll's clothes when I was 12 years. I found that growing up in South Africa had some advantages as there was no TV in the country until 1975! So we had to make our own entertainment.

How would you describe your work?

Very eclectic. 

I worked as a textile designer in the fashion department for a large cotton mill near Cape Town in South Africa. This was before the age of computers, so we had to be able to create many different types of designs, from watercolour effects to crocodile skin type designs. I work mainly in watercolours or gouache, depending on the type of design.


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09:11

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Calls for pill testing - and more 8am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Is pill testing the best way to help those who choose to take illegal party drugs? (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Bubbling tension in the Condamine River:

As a river bubbles in Queensland, landholders are calling on the State Government to find a cause.

The so-called methane seeps in the Condamine River were first reported in 2012, triggering a series of investigations, however the Government said there was insufficient information to identify a cause.

Landowners are growing increasingly worried as the bubbles are intensifying and many are pointing towards the Coal Seam Gas industry for answers.

04:30

Tasmanian Times: Locking away our civil rights "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I RECENTLY read an article about former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown being arrested for protesting the logging of Lapoinya, near Wynyard in the North-West ( TT HERE and HERE and HERE, the arrest ). • Cassy O"Connor in Comments: A retired anaesthetist, two nurses and a local builder arrested under draconian Liberal anti-protest laws at Lapoinya are exactly the kind of Tasmanians who Minister Harriss pledged would not be targeted when the Bill was before Parliament in 2014. These Tasmanians are hardly the ‘extremist protesters’ repeatedly referred to by Paul Harriss during debate on the Bill.  It is becoming increasingly clear that Mr Harriss is the extremist. When Parliament resumes in March, the Greens will be tabling a Bill to repeal the legislation that would be better described as the ‘Protection from Mum and Dad Protesters Act’. The Liberals’ extreme anti-protest law is turning ordinary Tasmanians in to criminals and threatening the democratic right of every Tasmanian to take part in peaceful protest … • Sign the Civil Liberties Australia (Tas) PETITION against the protest law HERE • Lapoinya: The Blog

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