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Thursday, 18 February


The Shepparton Adviser: Next adventure begins for passionate principal "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Next adventure begins for passionate principal

GOODBYE MRS PARK… From left, (back), Hannah, 5, Thomas, 6, Hayley, 6, resigning principal, Judy Park, new principal, Denise Howley, Aiden, 6, Dylan, 6, Ben, 6, Taylah, 6. (Front), Georgia, 5, Tayla, 5, Chance, 5, Jarrod, 5, Oliver, 5, Kalondra, 5, Eliza, 5, during the assembly last week to farewell Judy. Photo: Emma Hillier.

AFTER spending 20 years in the role of principal across Shepparton and Echuca, 12 of those at Bourchier Street Primary School, Judy Park hung up her principal hat on Friday last week and is eager to start her next adventure.
While she will be moving on from Shepparton, Judy’s teaching journey is not coming to an end just yet, with her plans seeing her take an extended stay in Vietnam, where she may work to teach English as a second language to orphanages and schools.
Judy spoke with The Adviser about her time at Bourchier Street Primary School, explaining she had always had a passion for schooling.
“When I went to teacher’s college I loved learning and teaching others to learn was a natural progression.
“What inspires me are the teachers I work with. They are passionate about the work they do and enthusiastic about helping the children. The whole educational journey is very exciting.
“A school yard is an interesting place to be. Every day there is a hilarious thing that goes on. I think my favourite though has been the kids’ innocence. Being able to see the world through their eyes...


The Shepparton Adviser: Shepparton gets its own currency "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Shepparton gets its own currency

DUCATS A BUSINESS BOOST… From left, Lost Shepparton founder, Geoff Allemand and SPC Ardmona Factory Sales proprietor, Samuel Prentice with the new Ducats currency, which Geoff developed to help Shepparton have its own currency that can only be spent in participating local businesses. Photo: Emma Hillier.

WHEN the name Ducat is mentioned, most think of the famous Mr D, but soon the first thing to come to mind will be Shepparton’s own currency, thanks to Lost Shepparton founder, Geoff Allemand’s idea to help boost spending locally.
The Ducat, as it will be called, will come in $1, $2, $5 and $10 notes adorned with iconic historic images of Shepparton’s past and will only be able to be spent at participating local businesses.
Geoff spoke with The Adviser about where the idea came from and his plan to launch the Ducat currency at the Summer City Market on February 26 and 27.
Geoff said, “We currently have 15 local businesses participating but were hoping to have around 50 by the time we launch at the market.
“The concept is all about finding a way to support local business with a community currency that recognises only local businesses.
“Cities around the world have been doing this for 12 to 15 years including Salt Spring Island off the coast of Canada and Berkshire in Massachusettes and Bristol.
“Cr Fern Summer actually announced on social media that she would have $50 of her council allowance paid to her in Ducats.
“We have recently had SPC Ardmona Factory Sales come on board. SPC Ard...


The Shepparton Adviser: Best bakers to go head-to-head "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Best bakers to go head-to-head

BAKING SHOW APPROACHES… From left, GOTAFE baking trainer, Kim Banfield with Certificate III of Retail Baking Combined students, Victoria Nielson and Jay Major. Photo: Emma Hillier.

LOCAL bakers and apprentices are looking forward to the 10th Baking Association of Australia’s (BAA) annual Baking Show happening this weekend, where talented local bakers and apprentices will go head-to-head in a number of ‘bake-offs,’ all from the event’s new location at the McIntosh Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds. To attend the Victorian Baking Show as a member of the public, or enter the competition, visit and click on the Victorian site or call Tony Smith on 0410 511 414.


The Shepparton Adviser: Italian exporters found guilty "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ALL Italian canned tomato exporters have been found guilty of dumping product in Australia according to findings from the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) and the Australian government.
In its final report, the ADC acknowledged that European Union subsidies were being used by the Italian tomato processors to dump cheap products in Australia.
SPC managing director, Reg Weine said, “This is a win for SPC and our growers, and for Australian industry, which faces daily pressure to compete with cheap imports and those cutting corners and putting slavery in a can.
“Recent reports of slave labour used to produce canned Italian tomatoes and mafia involvement are shocking. Australians need to know where their food is from and if it’s been ethically produced.
“Australian retailers need to come to the party by supporting Australian manufacturers and making Australian made and grown products readily available and easier to identify and find on shelves.
“Since 2010 the illegal dumping of products has resulted in material damage to SPC, including a loss of 40 percent of its volume and reduced profitability, as it struggled to compete on price with these dumped Italian tomato products. “You can’t provide €183M in subsidies to the Italian tomato industry and expect it not to have downward pressure on production costs.
“I urge all Australian consumers to support our farmers and at the same time consider the quality, value, ethics and food miles of Australian grown products when they choose to buy tomato products in retailers. If in doubt, #Buyhomegrown.”


The Shepparton Adviser: A day for tradies "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A day for tradies

ALL FOR THE TRADIES… Boats & More director, Simon Ryan will have boats, jet skis, fishing rods and accessories at this year’s Shepparton Tradies Day, which will boast nearly 40 site-holders at the Shepparton Showgrounds this Friday, February 19. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“TRADIES constitute a massive portion of the Shepparton workforce, yet we rarely see anything which caters to them as a group,” Shepparton Tradies Day committee member, Tony Pastucci said.
Now in its second year, the Shepparton Tradies Day expo aims to do just that.
The expo boasts nearly 40 site-holders and has quadrupled in size since last year.
“Shepparton Tradies Day is free to the community and is open to everyone. For instance, we have a ‘Boys Toys and Tools’ section, which would appeal to the home renovator; Shepparton 4 Wheel Drive Centre will be there, for anyone interested in cars, camping or bush bashing; and for those who prefer water action, Boats and More will be in attendance as well.
“Many site-holders are providing live displays.
“All of our sponsors are local, but Maxwell, Brown and Mountjoy is bringing in a presenter from Sydney to showcase the latest Tradies iPad, built by tradies for tradies, which is an exciting innovation.”
The committee is also proud to be trialling a reverse-type auction, whereby the tradies in the audience are able to bid two hours of their service towards upgrading one of Connect GV’s buildings.
“It’s a chance for this sector of the community to give ba...


The Shepparton Adviser: Business gets tails wagging "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Business gets tails wagging

BARKING SUCCESS… From left, Sausage Dog Central co-owner, Evan Lowden with the business’ DachRamp maker, Mick Sinclair. Photo: Supplied.

FROM dachshunds to pugs, most people can’t help but smile when they see a dog in its element, and this is what former locals, Evan Lowden and Tom Weston have utilised to begin building their business into an empire.
Moving to Melbourne in 2011, the boys kick-started their business in 2014, Sausage Dog Central, with a clever method of building their presence on social media, which now has over 640,000 plus likes on Facebook and more than 196,000 followers on Instagram.
Seeing a gap in the market for their products, which include items for humans such as clothes, homewares, jewellery and gifts, as well as items for the hounds themselves such a toys, treats, beads, clothing, one of the more successful and innovative items the boys created and began selling was a dog ramp called the ‘DachRamp.’ The ramp helps little sausage dogs climb up and down furniture with ease, helping to prevent against damage to the spine, which the dachshund breed is prone to.
Evan said, “The idea came to fruition around June 2014 where we decided to begin work on the social media pages. The biggest thing I had learnt from previous (failed) experiences was to build your audience first via social media. Once it was at a level we thought was significant enough we then started selling our products. When we launched the website we already had about 40,000 likes on Facebook and 8,000 or so on Instagram.


The Shepparton Adviser: Australia’s top 100 announced "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Australia’s top 100 announced

RECOGNITION FOR EMPLOYERS… From left, GradAustralia director, Jeff Duncan, representing the Prime Minister, Leader of the House and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Christopher Pyne MP, GradAustralia director, Steven Butler and former Shepparton student and GradAustralia account director, Geoffrey Adams. Photo: Supplied.

IN the lead up to the release of the second annual GradAustralia Top 100 Graduate Employer Guide, the top 100 graduate employers for 2016 received recognition during a special presentation in Sydney recently.
Leader of the House and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Christopher Pyne presented an award to the top 12 sector winners listed in the annual survey carried out by GradAustralia, with the overall award going to Google Australia, who were voted the most desirable graduate employer in Australia for the second consecutive year.
Minister Pyne said, “The Government is building a national agenda around science and innovation, so it’s important to commend these employers for their focus on nurturing young talent and fostering new ideas and innovation. The graduate programs being recognised tonight are further investment in our future leaders.
GradAustralia director, Jeffrey Duncan said, “In the 2016 survey 83 percent of students agreed that innovation was an important factor when choosing an employer, so it’s not surprising to see students seeking out employers like Google who are associated with a culture of innovation.”
GradAustralia distributes...


The Shepparton Adviser: Green bin contamination rises "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GREEN lid bin contamination levels have risen by 6.47 percent when comparing the January 2016 rate with the January 2015 rate meaning there are some residents placing the wrong thing in their bins.
Contamination in January 2016 was 9.57 percent and in January 2015 was 3.10 percent.
Greater Shepparton City Council manager environment, Greg McKenzie said, “The result was really disappointing. Some residents are doing well and putting all the right things in the green lid bin, however some are just not thinking about what they are disposing of in the green lid bin.
“The main contaminates were plastic bags, nappies and plastic bottles. We even found someone’s clothing jacket in the green bin, which clearly doesn’t belong there.
“When the green lid bin is contaminated, this contaminates the entire truck load of waste that is then taken to landfill. Ultimately costing council $125 per tonne, which is passed onto the rate payer.
“I am sure most residents want to do the right thing, they just need to check what can go into the green lid bin, if it grows then it goes in the green lid bin.
“In January 2016 we had 63.7 tonnes of waste contamination in the green lid (organics) bin going to landfill out of 665 total tonnes of organics collected from kerbsides. Last January we picked up 515 tonnes of kerbside green waste and 16.22 tonne was sent to landfill. We have had an increase of 150 tonne of kerbside green waste, which is great, but we need to ensure the right things are going into the green lid bin.”
If you receive a sticker on your green lid bin about contamination, please take the time to check what you are putting in the bin. More information can be found at


The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


CHURCH OF CHRIST GARAGE SALE will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 8:30am to 12 noon at the Church of Christ, corner of Nixon and Corio Streets, Shepparton. Great bargains and a sausage sizzle available. For further information, phone 5821 7699.

SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING will be held on Tuesday, March 1 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Milne Bay Room, Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Guest speakers will be Liz and Ron Telford from Post Polio Victoria. For further information or to RSVP, phone Rhonda White on 1800 222 582.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE in Shepparton will be held at the Salvation Army Church at 10am on Friday, March 4. On this day, more that 3 million people in over 170 countries will be praying together during a global annual day of prayer. For more information, contact Lois on 5821 9605.

SHEPPARTON TEXTILE ARTISTS present ‘Be Consumed,’ an exhibition of contemporary textile art located upstairs at Eastbank. Open daily from 10am to 4pm from March 5 to 13. A fabulous range of introductory workshops are available, covering a range of techniques. For further information, contact Debbie on 0400 868 606 or Val on 0417 231 957.


IS SOMEONE’S DRINKING CAUSING YOU CONCERN? Are you troubled by someone else’s drinking? Al-Anon Groups for adults and Alateen groups for children offer anonymous help and emotional support to those affected. For information, contact Al-Anon Family Groups 5825 1160.

ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.

SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Pines, Numurkah Road in Sh...


The Shepparton Adviser: Get your motors revving "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Get your motors revving

MOTOR SHOW IS COMING… Shepparton Motor Museum curator, Graeme Balfour at the Shepparton Motor Museum, which will be hosting its fourth annual motor show this Sunday, February 21. Photo: Emma Hillier.

THE Shepparton Motor Museum is setting the stage for a show that will get your motor revving, with their fourth annual motor show.
Running this Sunday, February 21 from 10am to 2pm at the Shepparton Motor Museum, Emerald Bank, the event promises to offer a fun-filled day for the whole family, with 500 cars and bikes expected to be shown off and live music, a barbeque, food stalls and plenty of activities for the kids.
Shepparton Motor Museum curator, Graeme Balfour said, “We invite the community to come down and show off your wheels or just come and spend the day enjoying all Emerald Bank and the adjoining Adventure Park have to offer.
“See the ever-changing display at the Shepparton Motor Museum, visit Riverside Gardens, Pot-Werx, AOK Angels of Kindness and Barclay’s Antiques and Collectables. Or simply relax at either The Provender or Windmill Chocolate Shop & Café, while music by ‘Who Was That Cat’ and performances by ‘Cool Cat Rockers’ entertain you.
“The kids will also be kept amused with a jumping castle, face painting, mini golf, rock climbing wall and a trackless train around the park.”
Admission is $5 per person and includes entry into the Shepparton Motor Museum.
For further information, find ‘Shepparton Motor Museum’ on Facebook, or co...


Echonetdaily: Dodgy police drug valuations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australia’s police forces routinely lie to us about the value of seized drugs.

This week we learned the AFP busted $1.26 billion worth of methamphetamine, which apparently equates to 3.6 million individual hits of ice. The maths says every single hit of ice is worth $350.

Similarly with the recent marijuana raids in Mullumbimby – 759 plants valued at $1.518 million – that’s $2,000 per plant, regardless of size.

This is deliberate misinformation provided to the Australian taxpayers who fund police operations. So what other lies do they routinely feed us? Can we believe anything they say?

As the thin blue line representing honour and decency, our police must tell the truth or lose all credibility.

W Boyle, Durrumbul

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and the trees: Elves in the Wardrobe "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

As a, ahem, Photographer in Bellingen, I feel completely blessed to have the opportunity to do so many varied shoots. I take photos of flowers, huts, bands, brides and grooms, food, festivals and yes gorgeous little people wearing fun and practical organic clothing. I know it has been an embarrassingly long time since I have been around these parts but I have so many excuses it might just get boring to read through them all. Sooooo to distract you all I thought I would show you some pretty pics from my latest shoot. It was for a new business set up by a family in town, perfectly named Elves in the Wardrobe. I think the clothes are ridiculously gorgeous, full of bright colours, pixie bonnets and sweet designs. This shoot was particularly fun as I got to have a great chat with the parents whilst running around after these beautiful little beings. I really do feel so very blessed after each shoot, so very grateful that I get to do this in my life, I absolutely love it. 

disclaimer - Yes I was paid for the shoot but I chose to do this blog post out of pure love and enthusiasm and a desire to help a fellow parent succeed in a small business in a tiny town. 



Sustainable Living Armidale: This Farmer Wants Us to Rekindle Our Relationship with Food "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Joel Salatin has been called “America’s Most Innovative Farmer” by TIME Magazine. “Polyfaces,” directed by Isaebella Doherty & Lisa Heenan, is a portrait of Salatin’s family farm and his singular vision to get people involved in the food process and foster community through agriculture. full article »


Echonetdaily: Apple ruling reignites privacy debate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Los Angeles [AAP]

A court order demanding that Apple Inc help the US government break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters opens a new chapter in the legal, political and technological fight pitting law enforcement against civil liberties advocates and major tech companies.

The government argues that the phone is a crucial piece of evidence in investigating one of the worst attacks in the United States by people who sympathised with Islamist militants.

But privacy groups warn that forcing companies to crack their own encryption threatened not just the privacy of customers but potentially citizens of any country.

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered Apple to provide ‘reasonable technical assistance’ to investigators seeking to unlock the data on an iPhone 5C that had been used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and wounded 22 others on December 2 in San Bernardino, California.

Both were killed in a shootout with police.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the couple’s potential communications with Islamic State and other militant groups and argued that it needs access to the iPhone to find out more.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Wednesday said the Department of Justice was asking Apple for access to just one device, a central part of the government’s argument.

‘They are not asking Apple to redesign its product or to create a new backdoor to one of their products,’ Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing.

He said the case was about federal investigators learning ‘as much as they can about this one case’ and ‘the president certainly believes that is an important nat...


Echonetdaily: More to join Brisbane rally for baby Asha "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brisbane [AAP]

More protesters are set to join a rally outside a Brisbane Hospital to put pressure on the federal government to let baby Asha stay in Australia instead of sending her back to Nauru.

The 12 month old has recovered from accidental burns she suffered from boiling water while in detention on Nauru, but staff at the Lady Cilento Hospital are refusing to discharge her until a suitable home environment is identified.

Protesters have been rallying outside the hospital in support of medical staff and the broader #LetThemStay campaign, which is urging the federal government to let 267 asylum seekers facing deportation resettle in Australia.

A group of people coordinated by Mums 4 Refugees will join church groups, unions and other protesters at the rally on Thursday.


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Echonetdaily: Qld’s contentious lockout laws passed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brisbane [AAP]

Queenslanders won’t be able to buy booze after 3am from July.

The state’s minority government was able to pass its contentious lockout laws in the early hours of Thursday morning with the support of Katter’s Australian Party MPs Rob Katter and Shane Knuth.

The changes mean there will be a 2am last-drinks call statewide from July 1, with venues in nightclub precincts able to serve alcoholic drinks until 3am.

Shots and other rapid-consumption drinks will be banned after midnight.

The government was able to secure KAP’s support after agreeing to concessions and several amendments to the legislation.

One of those was to rule that a 1am lockout meant to combine with the 3am call for last drinks for nightclub precincts now won’t be imposed until February 1 next year.

There will now be a crackdown on drug users in nightclub precincts and a review of the laws in 2018.

The two KAP MPs were also able to secure a government commitment to tackle unemployment and look into investment opportunities in their electorates, and to set aside funding for rural mental health in the next budget due in June.

Mr Katter made no apologies for KAP squeezing what it could out of the government for its votes.

We have our priorities and the government have theirs – we have been able to reach a position that we feel is a compromise for both sides of the argument, Mr Katter said.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath opened the debate on Wednesday afternoon by paying tribute to those who inspired the law change.

I stand here today to honour those who have lost their lives, those who have endured serious injury through alcohol-fuelled violence, Ms D’Ath said.

(And) their families, their friends, their work colleagues who will never be the same because of these violent incidents related to alcohol.

Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker counte...


Echonetdaily: Austria to cap refugee flow at 3,200 a day "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vienna [RAW]

Austria will limit the number of migrants it lets in to 3,200 a day from Friday, the country’s interior minister has announced, turning an annual cap on asylum claims into a daily entry quota that is likely to cause backlogs on the main refugee route into Europe.

Austria, the last stop on the way to Germany for the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who have flocked to Europe since September, is increasingly diverging from its big neighbour by taking steps to restrict the influx.

“We must apply the brakes step by step,” Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told reporters on Wednesday.

Austrias move to tighter border controls is seconded by Slovenia, which plans similar policies in solidarity.

“A backlog could develop, but Slovenia will also take further steps in agreement with us,” she said.

Germany is also likely to announce its own border restrictions, Mikl-Leitner said, without elaborating.

The Slovenian Interior Minister Vesna Gyorkos Znidar said Slovenia would step up controls on the border with its European Union neighbour Croatia, which is not part of the Schengen zone of free movement within Europe.

“The number of migrants Slovenia will receive will be within the (daily) quota imposed by Austria,” she told a news conference.

After initially throwing open its borders with Germany six months ago, Austria has progressively tightened its entry restrictions, first largely in step with Berlin, and now apparently without Germanys approval.

About 1000 migrants a day have been arriving at Austrias busiest crossing, on the Slovenia border – far fewer than the 15,700 who came from Hungary in one day at the height of the migration crisis, but the pace is expected to pick up in spring.

Vienna will also cap asylum claims at 80 a day, Mikl-Leitner said.

Over a year, that is 20 per cent below Austrias...


Echonetdaily: Filmmakers encouraged to get creative over disability "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


A Screenworks program that brings together local filmmakers and artists living with a disability will get an extra shot in the arm this year thanks to additional funding.

Last year’s pilot Createability program saw three northern rivers film projects funded; this year Screenworks will be able to fund five projects in the northern rivers plus one each in four other regions of the state.

The five local filmmakers will each receive $4,000 funding to be used to profile northern rivers artists with disability.

Screenworks will also contract a professional production company to produce an educational video that explores captioning and audio description in short films.

On top of that, thanks to increased support from ABC Open and the NSW Government, the project will be expanded to include the Orana region, south-east NSW, the upper Hunter and the far west.

Screenworks’ general manager Ken Crouch said that last year’s Createability ‘not only exceeded all expectations, but also kept giving back to everyone that was involved.’

‘We’re genuinely excited about being able to continue and to build upon this success as we undertake the increased scope for stage two and especially as it gets rolled out across regional NSW,’ Mr Crouch said.

‘In its pilot year, Createability and Screenworks attracted a lot of positive interest by investing directly into local screen production.

‘Two of the three Createability 2015 films have been aired on the ABC, whilst the third is currently garnering interest on the International Film Festival circuit,’ Mr Crouch said.

Registration is now open for filmmakers in the northern rivers to register for the Createability 2016 project.

Screenworks is also seeking local artists with disability who are interested...


Echonetdaily: Ballina rescue group backs ban on plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sea turtles are dying from eating plastic and other debris, most of which comes from the land. (AAP)

Sea turtles are dying from eating plastic and other debris, most of which comes from the land. (AAP)

Darren Coyne

Keith Williams of Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina still remembers Grace, the 45 centimetre sea turtle that died from swallowing a plastic bag.

‘Grace first came to us with parasites in 2004 and she was treated and released,” Mr Williams recalls.

‘It came back three years later but this time it had a piece of plastic bag shopping bag inside, 15 centimetres by five centimetres.

‘It died as a result because the plastic was completely blocking its large intestine.’

Mr Williams said Grace was just one of countless sea animals at risk. More than one third of sea turtles seen by the group had ingested plastic, and some bird species were also at risk.

In a study conducted by ASR, 88 per cent of the Short-tailed Sheatwaters (Mutton Birds) examined had plastic in their digestive tract.

Mr Williams said other shearwaters and petrels were also at risk.

As part of the campaign to ban plastic bags, ASR has invited NSW Labor’s Shadow Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe to tour its rescue facility in Ballina today to see the damage firsthand.

In a statement released prio...


Echonetdaily: Ankara car bombing kills 28 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Firefighters try to extinguish the flames at the scene of a car bomb detonation close to buildings of the Turkish military, in Ankara, capital of Turkey, on Wednesday. At least five people were killed and another 10 were injured in the attack, Ankara governor Mehmet Kiliclar was cited as saying. EPA/STR

Firefighters try to extinguish the flames at the scene of a car bomb detonation close to buildings of the Turkish military, in Ankara, capital of Turkey, on Wednesday. At least five people were killed and another 10 were injured in the attack, Ankara governor Mehmet Kiliclar was cited as saying. EPA/STR

Ankara [AAP]

Twenty-eight people have been killed and dozens wounded in Turkeys capital Ankara after a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses near the armed forces headquarters, parliament and other government buildings.

The Turkish military condemned what it described as a terrorist attack on the buses as they waited at traffic lights in the administrative heart of the city on Wednesday.

A government spokesman said 28 people had been killed and 61 wounded in the blast, which took place near a busy intersection less than 500 metres from parliament during the evening rush hour.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag described the attack as an act of terrorism and told parliament, which was in se...


Echonetdaily: Syria aid trucks enter besieged areas "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Trucks with relief goods head to the besieged rebels-held Madaya and al-Zabadani towns in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday EPA/Youssef Badawi

Trucks with relief goods head to the besieged rebels-held Madaya and al-Zabadani towns in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday EPA/Youssef Badawi

Beirut [AAP]

Trucks carrying humanitarian aid have begun to enter four of five besieged areas of Syria scheduled for deliveries in a UN-backed deal to deliver help to thousands of trapped residents, an aid agency source and conflict monitor say.

The Syrian government has approved access to seven besieged areas, the United Nations said after crisis talks in Damascus on Tuesday, a week ahead of a planned resumption of peace negotiations between Syrias warring parties.

The United Nations estimates there are 486,700 people in around 15 besieged areas of Syria, and 4.6 million people in hard-to-reach areas.

In some, starvation deaths and severe malnutrition have been reported.

Aid convoys on Wednesday began to enter Madaya and Mouadamiya al-Sham near Damascus which have been under siege by government forces, and the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province which are sur...


Echonetdaily: Qld Lib MP found in contempt of parliament "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brisbane [AAP]

A Liberal National Party MP found guilty of disclosing secret parliamentary committee business and then misleading Queensland parliament about it will lose more than $10,000 in pay.

Parliaments ethics committee on Wednesday tabled a report finding Warrego MP Ann Leahy made unauthorised disclosures about Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commission (PCCC) committee business while she was a member and then misled the committee when questioned about it.

The ethics committee has recommended, for her contempt of parliament, Ms Leahy not serve again on the PCCC this parliamentary term and be banned from serving on any parliamentary committee for six months.

‘The committee notes that this recommendation if accepted will involve a financial impost on the member in terms of foregoing the additional salary component payable to members who undertake committee duties,’ ethics committee acting chair Di Farmer said.

MPs that serve on parliamentary committees are paid an extra $23,430 a year on top of their $151,425 base salary.

It means Ms Leahy is on track to lose $11,715 if the recommendation to ban her for six months is adopted.

The committee also recommended Speaker Peter Wellington admonish Ms Leahy in parliament to ‘appropriately address the gravity of the conduct in deliberately misleading both the PCCC and the ethics committee’. The last time an MP was admonished by the Speaker in parliament was in 1999.

The ethics committee investigation found Ms Leahy last year sent other PCCC members an email about former police minister Jo-Ann Miller leaving secret committee documents in a safe she then gained possession of.

However, Ms Leahy also sent the email to premier Annastacia Palaszczuks office, which constituted an unauthorised breach of committee business.

The committee also discovered Ms Leahy had opposition leader Lawrence Springborgs chief-of-staff, Jake...


Echonetdaily: Byron Bay’s berko parking meters causing angst "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Byron Bay’s new parking meters are allowing people to pay to park longer than local signage allows, resulting in fully paid-up parkers being fined. Photo contributed

Chris Dobney

Byron Bay’s controversial parking meters are allowing people pay for more than the maximum time limit, resulting in people who think they have parked legally later discovering they’ve copped a hefty fine.

Byron Greens councillor Duncan Dey has recently received a complaint from a tourist family from New Caledonia who had a very expensive lunch in the Bay: it cost them $212 on top of their meal.

One member of the family told Cr Dey, they parked two cars on Jonson Street, not far from Margarita restaurant where they were having lunch.

The area is signposted as a one-hour zone.

The family say they didn’t see the sign but had no problems feeding the meter for two hours and printing the ticket, which they left inside each of their cars.

In a letter to Cr Dey the man said that he and his son were ‘both fined during our lunch ($106 penalty for each car)’.

He added that the parking warden, who was still in the street, ‘explained to us that we had to move our cars every hour, even with a ticket.’

‘I am very surprised no warning was displayed on the meter when I paid for more than one hour,’ he said.

‘On the Go...


Echonetdaily: Proposed workers village at Evans cops more flak "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The location of the proposed donga, adjacent to the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. (supplied)

The location of the proposed donga, adjacent to the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. (supplied)

The Evans Head Aerodrome Committee is calling on the Richmond Valley Council to either withdraw or reject an application to build a worker’s village adjacent to the Evans Head airport.

With submissions to the application closing on Wedneday, the committee’s president Dr Richard Gates described the proposal as ‘inappropriate’, saying it would compromise the future use of the aerodrome, and impact on the local environment.

Dr Gates has also accused the council of altering minutes relating to the proposal.

‘In the initial application Council pre-lodgement minutes from the June 2015 meeting between Richmond Valley Council and the proponent states that ”Outback Camps has been engaged by the Pacific Highway (Woolgoolga to Ballina) project builder to investigate and instigate accommodation for future highway construction workers at two sites, one at Evans Head…….”


Echonetdaily: Pell responds to calls to come home "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sydney [AAP]

Cardinal George Pell has responded to calls for him to return to Australia to give evidence to the child abuse royal commission by noting hearing arrangements are a matter for the inquiry.

The commission has agreed to allow Cardinal Pell to give evidence from Rome via an audiovisual link on health grounds, but abuse survivors groups believe he should come home and appear in person.

It is ultimately a matter for the Royal Commission to determine the precise arrangements for the provision of evidence by the Cardinal in Rome, his office said in a statement on Thursday.

‘The cardinal will continue to co-operate with whatever arrangements the royal commission determines,’ the statement read.

This week a crowdfunding effort raised more than $160,000 to help Ballarat clergy abuse victims travel to Rome for the cardinals testimony due to be given on February 29.

However, it remains uncertain whether they will be able to physically attended the hearing.

The commission is still determining what the arrangements will be.

The crowdfunding initiative got an enormous boost on Wednesday when comedian and singer/songwriter Tim Minchin released a single calling on Cardinal Pell to come back (see video above).

The cardinal’s office says he’s ‘anxious to present the facts without further delays’.

‘As Cardinal Pell has done after earlier hearings, he is prepared to meet with and listen to victims and express his ongoing support,’ the statement said.

Three days have been set aside for Cardinal Pell’s third royal commission appearance.

It will focus on the Catholic Church’s handling of widespread abuse over decades in the Ballarat diocese and Melbourne archdiocese.



Echonetdaily: Clunes to get mobile reception at last "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents and businesses of Clunes are set to get better reception as a result of a new program to eradicate a mobile phone black spots.

Jointly funded by the federal and state governments and telcos, round one will see $92 million spent across the state.

Lismore MP Thomas George said the NSW Government commitment of around $24 million is ‘going directly towards assisting the carriers with tower construction costs in NSW.’

He added that the initiative would ‘help locals stay connected, improve local emergency services and make it easier to do business.’

‘As part of the three year rollout, residents and businesses will benefit from a share of the 144 new or upgraded mobile base stations as part of the program,’ Mr George said.

The tower at Clunes will contribute to more than 14,000 square kilometres of new coverage in NSW.

‘A build schedule with further details on the rollout will be released every six months until the program is complete,’ Mr George promised.

Regional development minister John Barilaro said the NSW Government had ‘worked closely with the Commonwealth and mobile phone carriers to maximise the funding and subsequently the benefits of this program for regional NSW.’

Further information about the rollout of the Mobile Phone Blackspots Program is available at and

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Echonetdaily: Protection of wildlife corridor at Black Rocks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I moved to the Tweed region for the incredible natural beauty, wildlife and the environmentally aware community. Consequently, I was expecting ALL our Tweed shire councillors to prioritise protection of wildlife corridors vital for the conservation of our koalas and many other species.

I would assume the vast majority of Australians and therefore the Tweed residents would agree that council should do whatever it takes to prevent the extinction of our much loved but rapidly declining koala population by preserving koala habitat.

We have the opportunity NOW to put greater protections into place at Black Rocks Sportsfield, Pottsville. Tweed Coast koalas are on the brink of extinction caused by encroaching development, dog attacks, disease, vehicle strike, bush fires and the fragmentation/severing of wildlife corridors.

Federally, our koala populations are listed as vulnerable, but the NSW Scientific Committee has determined that they would support an upgrade to ‘endangered’ for koalas between the Tweed and Brunswick River. So I ask why is it that Councillors Youngblutt, Longlands, Byrne and Polglase feel it is acceptable to walk away from the environmental protections they have a responsibility to enforce.

Black Rocks’ population of koalas, bush stone curlews and osprey are not expendable; their loss would mean we are ok with extinction of these species for the Tweed. There are protective solutions that could be taken right now, as our councillors well know. If they persist with their current stance we will all know that they are going with development at any cost; not very smart or wise.

I love this region but would feel ashamed of Tweed Councillors if they continue to make decisions that show they do not take koala extinction seriously.

Fran Hardy, Murwillumbah

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Byron Bay Blog: RAW Byron Bay presents SIGNATURE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On Friday, 11th March, SIGNATURE will bring together 30+ local emerging artists spanning fashion, music, visual and performing arts, music and more for a one night extravaganza at the Byron Bay Brewery. SIGNATURE is the first of two emerging arts showcases to be run in Byron Bay by RAW:natural born artists in 2016 and this showcase is packed wall to wall with the town’s best emerging creatives.

RAW are thrilled to be bringing you another group of Byron Bay’s best emerging talent at the upcoming SIGNATURE showcase.

WHO RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organisation, for artists, by artists. RAW’s mission is to provide independent artists of all creative genres, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW connects artists with one another so that they might grow together. RAW hosts events in 60+ cities across the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K. They also showcase their artists online via

WHAT A one night emerging arts showcase featuring 30+ of Byron Bay’s best emerging talent spanning genres such as fashion, music, visual and performing arts, and photography.

WHERE Byron Bay Brewery, 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay

WHEN Friday, 11th March // Doors open at 7:30pm

HOW Tickets are $20 (+bf) and are available through or $25 on the door.

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Echonetdaily: Federal cash for council coffers – but is it enough? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Councils along the north coast and around Australia this week received their third tranche of Financial Assistant Grant funding for the 2016 financial year.

But while Nationals Page MP Kevin Hogan is trumpeting the amounts being spent on councils in his electorate, nearby Richmond MP, Labor’s Justine Elliot, says those in her seat are getting too little.

Mr Hogan said without the Financial Assistance Grant program residents could be paying higher council rates for the same or lower levels of service.

‘The Financial Assistance Grant program is a welcome boost to our local councils which can support community initiatives and assist in establishing essential local infrastructure,’ he said.

Mrs Elliot agreed that the funding would assist councils in delivering local projects, but said she was ‘extremely disappointed with the Liberal Nationals Government’s decision to freeze indexation of these Financial Assistance Grants.’

‘The fact is National Party choices hurt and their decision to cut this funding makes it very difficult for our local councils,’ she said.

‘The cut of nearly $1 billion in Financial Assistance Grants across the forward estimates will hurt the budgets of many local councils.’

In this quarter: Tweed will receive $1.2 million (from an annual total of $4,816,833); Byron will get $369,124 (of $1,476,499); Ballina 495,884 (of 1,983,536); Lismore 735,660 (of 2,942,641) and Richmond Valley 576,511 (of 2,306,045).

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Echonetdaily: Live Music Roundup: Thursday 18 February, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Hein Cooper at the Byron Brewery on Thursday

The Music of Hein Cooper

Hein Cooper is an Australian indie musician and songwriter from Milton, New South Wales. In 2013, he was discovered performing in a small bar in Sydney by Franz Schuller, manager of Half Moon Run. Hein was invited to write and demo his songs in Montreal, Canada, where he met and recorded his debut EP and album with producer Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Local Natives). His songs have strong themes of change, escapism and transformation, particularly in the first single The Art of Escape. In May 2015 Hein released his debut EP in Australia and Canada and has toured relentlessly across Australia, Canada, USA and Europe including stops at CMW in Toronto, Great Escape, and Somersault and Boardmasters festivals in the UK, where his unique and honest brand of indie and magnetic live shows are steadily gaining a loyal fanbase.

Choose the 80s!

The 80s was the decade that gave us frizzy perms and shoulder pads, CDs (remember them?) and Cabbage Patch dolls. Lunches were tax deductible and the wall came down in Berlin. And while all of this was happening, Australia’s music scene was at its most exciting and prolific. In celebration of that awesome decade of music, the Absolutely 80s Band was born...


North Coast Voices: Clarence Valley Council: do as we say, not as we do "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Clarence Valley residents have the magnifying glasses out and are playing a bit of a guessing game with the three illegally parked cars in the photo below.

I’m guessing two councillors and one general manager are in the mix.

The Clarence Forum can be found here.



Echonetdaily: Aloha! Bringing Hawaii to Mullum! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Stu-Amber-Aloha-UkeNightLocal ukulele duo Miss Amber and Stukulele have a busy month – headliners for the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival along with the launch of a brand-new EP Swirl in the Sun. Seven caught up with Stu as he was doing up his Hawaiian shirt for the next Aloha-themed uke night.

Tell me about your and Miss Amber’s inclusion for the Ukulele Festival in the Blue Mountains.

We played at the festival last year. They really like Miss Amber’s sexy mouth trumpet, so they asked us back as special guests and put us up in the Carrington Hotel. We played at the opening last night and it was amazing. The dance floor was jumping.

Where did you record Sweet Lies & Lullabies?

Three of the base tracks were recorded in Sydney at Alberts, once the home of ACDC, in Neutral Bay just before they sold the building and moved out. The studio is gone now. I wanted Hamish Stuart on drums and my old band buddies from Karma County helped me out as well whil...


Jims-Life-Log: Those mad cyclists? "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

It’s 3:32am, and I can’t sleep. I have had varying degrees of hoarse-ness of voice in the last few weeks, and after a doctors visit last Friday, a blood test on Monday, and an ultra-sound yesterday, things are playing on my mind. The ultra-sound came back all-ckear – the Thyroid, Lymph nodes, and another gland starting with ‘P’ in the upper neck, and the neck muscles all being normal. Which might seem a good thing, but I don’t think ultra-sound could actually ‘see’ into the throat itself so there is now the more worrying possibility of something inside the throat or voicebox. So, I can’t sleep, so instead here I am blogging!

Recently I was reading a book called “An Australian Adventure”, by Harry Griffiths. It is an autobiography of the author’s time since the World War I, concentrating on him and his wife’s adventures in the Australian outback as part of the Methodist Inland Mission. And an interesting read it is! I was reading it during my lunch break, as has been my custom, and I came across this passage towards the end in regards to the celebration of the Jubilee Year in 1951.

“These messages were included with those from the representatives of various bodies in the town and handed to Jack Montgomery, one of the many cycle couriers carrying similar messages of loyalty to the Crown from every part of Australia. Jack received our letters in front of the Alice Springs Post Office and set off to pedal almost 2000 miles. On 1 May, Jack met up with Dick Waltham, who had left Darwin weeks before and had cycled from Darwin via the little-known and seldom-used track down the west coast of Australia to Perth, then across the treacherous Nullabor Plain. From Port Augusta, 200 miles north of Adelaide, where Jack and Dick met, they travelled together to Canberra, where all the cycle couriers converged on 8 May. United, they stood beside their bikes and presented t...


All in the Name of Liberty: Farewellng Nadine "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

At the burial

Despite the awful occasion, It was great to meet Nadine Stransen's  family today. I was really priveleged to know her, and sometimes live with her at all sorts of times in the life of Nadine(sometime Andrew, and Lexy).

Among many memories I remember taking acid and valium with her one night, zooming around from party to party in cabs, via freeways over Darling harbour if at all possible.Another going to Bob Hawke's National Youth Year conference in Melbourne(a long time ago) and seizing the role of minute-taker at every group we participated in, sort of at the birth of queer theory. While in Melbourne Nadine helped catalyse the successful occupation of the Orphanage, an important 80s squat, just  as, with Norman Etock, she had been the first of us to enter and occupy the Gunnery, a squat and art space/ venue in WoolloomoolooI lived in for 6 years(1985-91)

Nadine was incredibly intelligent, well read, and always ready to argue her case. She played a key role in shaping anti-discrimination...


North Coast Voices: Master Builders Association rather predictably bites back at Labor's negative gearing policy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

 Labor's policy.....

ABC News, 13 February 2016:

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled plans to change negative gearing rules for property purchases, in a move touted to "put the great Australian dream back within reach for the middle and working class".

Key points:


Echonetdaily: Here & Now #145: Under a tree "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Image S Sorrensen

Image S Sorrensen

S Sorrensen

Lismore. Tuesday, 12.40pm

‘G’day Stephen.’ (That’s my alias.)

‘Hello. How are you?’ I say.

‘I’m fine. And you?’

‘I’m fine too. Thank you.’

‘You’re welcome,’ she says.

She has the English greeting ritual down pat. She has learned well.

One of the things I do is teach English to those whose first language is not English. It’s the world language now. Most English conversations taking place on the planet at the moment are between non-native English speakers.

I’m sitting under a tree. It’s a pleasant setting. The university has created a beautiful natural environment in which to set its campus. Once, in this very tree, I spotted a huge carpet snake draped over the lower fork. My classroom being nearby, I quickly gathered the students, who were thrilled to see the dozing snake.

I am fortunate to meet young adults from around the world. They are at an age just before the capitalist, planet-gorging, heart-breaking system grabs them. They still retain the sparkling humanity of their childhood, and have faith in the future. (I don’t think I share that faith.)

‘I can sit with you?’

‘Sure. I’m just having some lunch.’

‘This is a beautiful view. I have lunch too.’

She sits down.

I am impressed by these young adults: They have a natural honesty, are developing speci...

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Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Martin Williams Nature Walk, Baroon Pocket Dam "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Despite a hot day 17 people turned up for the mid week walk, led by John Malings.  The walk started slow but soon the birds appeared and some 65 spp recorded. Cicadabirds, Sitellas and Crested Shrike-tits the stand outs; although ebird got excited about the number of New Holland Honeyeaters. Interesting too that both New Hollands and White-cheeks recorded at the same site.

Lake Baroon--south shore trail, Queensland, AU Feb 17, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
Cicadabird - female

65 species

Black Swan  2
Australian Wood Duck  25
Pacific Black Duck  9
Great Cormorant  1
Little Pied Cormorant  1
Australian Pelican  1
Great Egret  1
Intermediate Egret  6


Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: FRIDAY ENVIRONMENT FORUM NPA Environment Centre 19 February 2016 Noosa Estuary Bird Study "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

More than fifty species of shorebirds occur regularly in Australia and about one third of all Australian shorebirds are visitors. These long distance migrants travel from breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere, their return flight being an amazing 20,000km – 30,000 km. Some 40,000 migratory birds, from as far away as Alaska and Asia, have been recorded visiting Noosa during peak migration times in February and early March in years past.

Jill Dening and her team of volunteers have conducted surveys of the local bird population for ten years now. “The data collected over that time is sufficient to reveal some interesting population trends” she says. The team’s work covers all birds that use the Noosa estuary with a particular focus on shorebirds and terns, both migratory and resident. Ms Dening will be guest speaker at Friday Environment Forum on February 19 where she will share the results of her long term study.
“Sadly, most species of shorebirds in the East Asian/Australasian Flyway are suffering astonishing population crashes”, she observes. It is thought that the main problem occurs in the Yellow Sea, which has vast intertidal mudflats, used by migratory birds to fatten up on both their northerly and southerly journeys. Massive land reclamation in that area is causing feeding grounds to contract so that many birds do not complete their journey safely.

Because shorebird roost sites occur near to feeding areas on mudflats, beaches and freshwater wetlands, it is important that the birds remain relatively undisturbed. These astonishing migrants must increase their body weight by approximately seventy percent in order to gain strength to undertake their arduous journey. Thanks to the recommendation of Jill Dening’s team, some Noosa North Shore beach areas...


matthew schiavello: photos and words: Dear Friends, I have some exciting news.  Last year I was... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

 Dear Friends, I have some exciting news.  

Last year I was invited to exhibit at Balkon Art Incubator. Over the past 6-8 months have been madly working on some mixed media pieces and the exhibition time is almost upon us !

The opening event- “ Seminal and non-seminal works

Date: Friday 4th of March

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: 635 Plenty Rd, Preston (Near Tyler st). Victoria, Australia.

This show will only be available for viewing on two occasions.

The opening, or an extra viewing day on Sunday the 20th of March from 10am - 1pm.

This second day is handy for all my friends south of the Yarra.

Some info from my Artist Statement:

“ Over the last two years Matthew has been exploring Bricolage through the manipulation of translucent materials. The works in this exhibition were created using this technique.

Much of Matthew’s work is centered on finding beauty in spaces or items which are unwanted or discarded. The series ‘Seminal and non-seminal works’ sees Matthew making a shift from passive observer of beauty to active participant in its creation.

‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’ explores several themes. The themes are:

-how items ‘to hand’ can be used in the creation of beauty,

-the artist’s own personal exploration of how chosen materials are used to represent the joy of life (and its creation) and

-How the experience each viewer has with each piece of work can be affected by the emotional meaning they have attached or imbued in the items used.”

I do hope that you will be able to attend. There will be complimentary drinks at the opening. Please feel free to invite those whom you think would be interested. Please note tha......


The Gap Year and Beyond: An old Laneway with new life "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I had a catch-up with some old work colleagues last week in a part of the city that I rarely  visit. On the walk back down Flinders Lane to get to the train station, I noticed some decent street art on a Laneway wall. Flinders Ct is a narrow laneway between Flinders Lane and Flinders St and runs parallel to Elizabeth St. I recognised one of the old factory/warehouse buildings in the middle of the lane and realised that this laneway was one I had explored before when looking for old architecture but at that time there hadn’t been any art work. The work looks fairly fresh and is mostly complete murals. I went back earlier this week and photographed the various walls…I will be adding this new site to my regular survey walks.

Flinders Ct artwork, Melbourne CBD

Flinders Ct artwork, Melbourne CBD

Flinders Ct artwork, Melbourne CBD


Flinders Ct artwork, Melbourne CBD




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

It appears we have been invaded by an Asian gecko

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

They do apparently do some good by keeping spider numbers down

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

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

Is there anything we should or can do about this?

Graham Truswell, Coorabell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: workshops:raspberry_pi_security_camera_linux_under_windows - created "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

25th Jan 2016 Topic Speaker Slides Raspberry PI Security Camera Michael Pope[slides]Linux under Windows Part 2Duncan Roe


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

Here is the list of workshops which we have completed at MLUG 25th January 2016Raspberry PI security camera & Linux under windows26th October 2015rcorder, PostgreSQL & Docker31st August 2015Docker Basics & Remote embedded project27th July 2015Hansard & Markov, HTML5 audio and linux on Chromebooks29th June 2015electric_eye & MPD25th May 2015ssh-proxy & crypt27th April 2015tarsnap & vpn30th March 2015btrfs backup & flirc.tv23rd February 2015Arcade PI & Git28th January 2015Openstreet offline29th…


MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start - [Next Meeting *MONDAY* 29th February] "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502Email TOPIC: General geeky discussions on open source, system admin and programming. Feel free to volunteer for a talk on our mailing list.


Wild BNE: Successful fish survey in the North Pine River. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A fish survey I conducted in the North Pine River last weekend was productive, with six different species being found in a quiet stretch of water alongside Mungarra Reserve.

Estuary glassfish, Lawnton.
Most numerous were estuary glassfish (Ambassis marianus), a native species which studies suggest is just as good at controlling mosquito larvae as the introduced eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki), also present.

Another mosquito predator occurring in smaller numbers was the Pacific blue-eye (Pseudomugil signifer); between these fish species and recent aerial spraying, not a single mosquito bothered me all afternoon.

The river at this location is close enough to the ocean to be tidal, but far enough upstream to have low salinity, with the riparian vegetation being comprised of regular trees and not salt-tolerant mangroves.



Frogging Around: Trip to the Wet Tropics: Frogging Around Tully & Palmerston "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Since discovering how cool frogs were several years ago, my frogging trips to date were restricted to South-east Qld, the Darling Downs and an area south of Sydney. Now the opportunity had finally arose to fly north to Cairns and go frogging around the Wet Tropics! Extremely sorry he couldn’t join me, my friend Ben […]


AWPA Sydney News: 1) Papua Plantation Office Encourages More Cacao Production "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Papua Government Asks Freeport for Free Stake
3) Jayawijaya Regent Affirms Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena
4) Crew Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks off Papua
5) Number of Job Seekers in Mimika Sharply Increases
1) Papua Plantation Office Encourages More Cacao Production


Ocean Grove Voice: Ocean Grove pushes the boundaries "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

GREATER Geelong Council Tuesday night 16 February voted to re-align part of the Ocean Grove-Wallington boundary on the eastern side of Grubb Road, near the Bellarine Highway.
Beangala Ward councillor Jan Farrell said the boundary related to some properties in the Oakdene Estate.
“Due to Ocean Grove’s continued residential growth this area now needs to be changed,” she said.
Cr Farrell said the current boundary could create confusion among property owners and emergency services, as to which side a property was on.
“In some instances we have a situation where part of a property could be in Ocean Grove and the other part in Wallington,” she said.
“That’s certainly something that needs to be cleared up.”
The proposal moves Ocean Grove’s northern boundary from its current boundary approximately 239 metres north towards the Bellarine Highway, in line with the current urban growth boundary.
Cr Farrell said the council had conducted community consultation, sent letters to all affected residents and had only received one submission – in favour of the boundary realignment.

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The Vociferous Journalist: Potential link found between hearing loss & dementia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Treating hearing loss could be the key to significantly reducing the risk of dementia, researchers believe. University of Melbourne audiologist Dr Julia Sarant is working in the same field, studying cognitive decline in those requiring cochlear implants.

16:36 Burrumbuttock Hay Runners organiser wants drought-affected farmers prioritised over Syrian humanitarian crisis "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

braised figs on toast

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

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

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

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


Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Autumn Fungus forays and workshops "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Scientist, Alison Pouliot ©

Scientist, Alison Pouliot ©

Alison Pouliot is running her wonderful fungus forays and workshops again this year. This is a list of some that are reasonably close:

Saturday 23 April 2016 – Trentham   Foray – Fungus Foray in the Wombat Forest
Thursday 28 April 2016 – Woodend  Foray – A Foray Among the Funguses
Saturday 30 April 2016 – Baynton   Workshop – The Fungi: An Introduction to a Curious Kingdom
Monday 2 May 2016 – Baringhup Seminar ­- Fungi of Eddington Forest and Bells Swamp
Wednesday 25 May 2016 – Shelbourne Foray – Shelbourne Forest Fungus Foray
Sunday 29 May 2016 – Creswick Foray – A Foray Among the Funguses

You can find all the details of these and other workshops here.  


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Random Acts of Kindness Day "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Today, Wednesday 17th of February, we celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Random Act of Kindness 

Each and every day here at Edgar’s Mission we celebrate the kindness of others, be they strangers, family, friends and everyone else in between. Searching back through the many chapters of random acts of kindness we have received in the past, we settle upon February 14th, 2014.  On this day whilst fuelling up at a petrol station we were approached by a very tall gentlemen who asked, “Are you Edgar’s Mission?” Fearing the worst, we replied “Yes.” At  this point the man reached into his pocket and whisked out a $50 note, offering the words, “Hey, you guys are great! Please keep up the amazing work!”  What a legend!


Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Connecting Country – 2016 Environmental Works Opportunity "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Applications for New Projects Now Open

Connecting Country is a not-for profit community organisation which aims to restore landscapes and biodiversity across the Mount Alexander shire and immediate surrounds.

They have a program, ‘Connecting Landscapes Across the Mount Alexander Region’, which allows them to work with landholders and Landcare groups to enhance bushland on private land.  This program also allows them to undertake revegetation of indigenous plant species on private land.

Support they can provide is skilled labour (using their Works Crew) and financial contributions towards restoration and revegetation activities on part or all of your property.  Costs to the landholder are usually negligible.

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Direct seeding lines winding their way through a property in Faraday as part of the Connecting Country on-ground works program. Photo:Bonnie Humphreys

They have capacity to take on new projects on private land during 2016 and 2017.  If your property or project area is found to meet the criteria, the activities that they support can include:

  • Site management plans – With input and feedback from the landholder, their technical specialists will develop a plan for the property which identifies its environmental values (including flora lists), the threatening processes and agreed management actions.
  • Bushland pro...

14:00 Atrazine pesticide and Vit A deficiency cause of Zika virus symptoms "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

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

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


Geelong Visual Diary: Geelong new stadium named "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The new stadiuim in Geelong will be called GMHBA which is a local insurance, but what a mouthful. but as I am not much interested in professional football I am not involved at all. The new stadium cost millions and I would rather the money be spent on non-professional sports in the Geelong region.
from Addie:
GMHBA Stadium is not a name that will readily roll off the tongue when the Geelong health insurance company takes over as the naming rights sponsor of the famous Kardinia Park ground next year.
But we can assure Cats fans and footy commentators that it could be a lot worse.
Below is a list of 10 sporting stadiums and fields from around the world where selling off the names of home stadiums has come at some cost.
1. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (home of the Colorado Rapids MLS team)
2. ...


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Taradale Mineral Springs Festival "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Ocean Grove Voice: Karingal to build on land gift "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

GEELONG Council last night Tuesday 16 February gifted two blocks of land – 77-79 Draper Street – to Karingal to use as accommodation for people with disabilities.
Beangala Ward councillor Jan Farrell, who lives in Ocean Grove, said there was a lack of such accommodation on the Bellarine.
“There is a real shortage in supported community-based accommodation, particularly for young people with disabilities,” Cr Farrell said.
“I’m thrilled that we have been able to provide some additional options for those people and their families.”
A panel of council officers, and an independent representative, received expressions of interest from not-for-profit supported accommodation providers from 22 August to 30 September.
They assessed the submissions against a range of criteria, including past experience and performance, and the ability to develop, operate and deliver similar facilities to the community.
When the Ocean Grove Netball Club moved from Shell Road Reserve in April last year, it freed-up four blocks of land in Asbury and Draper Streets.
Cr Farrell said the council identified two of the blocks for much-needed community use.
The Contract of Sale requires Karingal to commence construction of the buildings within 12 months of land transfer.
Karingal must also begin operating the facility within two and a half years of land transfer.

The post Karingal to build on land gift appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


Shepparton Interfaith Network: The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age: Bendigo Interfaith Council "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Bendigo Interfaith Council along with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services invite you to a Multi-faith Dinner/Forum: The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age on Friday, 18 March 2016 The Bendigo Interfaith Council along with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services invite you to a Multi-faith Dinner/Forum: The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age. Keynote Speaker: ... Read more...


The Greening of Gavin: Cluckingham Palace Renovation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

With the addition of 4 new chooks to increase the flock to 8 hens, it was starting to get a bit crowded in Cluckingham Palace.  I decided to do something about it over the weekend.

Cluckingham Palace

Way back when Dad and I first built the extension to the nesting boxes/sleeping house, we only had 4 hens, so it was adequate back then.  But times they are a changin, so I decided to make a little more space.

This is what their house used to look like (the top board was in place before I started, I just forget to take a before picture before I started).

Cluckingham Palace Renovation

It was dark inside, hard to clean, and not enough space.  I figured that their cage was always locked at night time anyway, so I could not only remove all these boards, but get rid of the little flap at the bottom as well.

So I set to work.


Natural Newstead: Rotunda Park #2 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Grassy Woodland at Rotunda Park, 14th February 2016

A key contributing factor to the diversity of bird life in Rotunda Park is the variety in vegetation structure. Large old trees with ample hollows encourage parrots and other hollow-dependent species, copses of shrubs provide habitat for insectivores such as thornbills, whistlers and fantails, while areas of native grasses are the reason you’ll find Red-browed Firetails and the occasional party of Diamond Firetails passing through.


Juvenile Grey Fantail


Adult Grey Fantail


Geelong Creative Fibre Arts: February is all boxed up "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Our first meeting for the year saw 23 of our 30 members join us to begin our first piece of postcard art. The suggested project for this year is to try out some interesting techniques on a postcard sized piece of art. These will be kept together in a box which many of our members have finished after receiving a bonbon of goodies at our end of 2015 xmas gathering.

Some boxes, finished and in progress:

Texture and maps

Texture and maps


Beautiful boxes

Beautiful boxes


Pauline brought along a box and postcard to show made from gummy silk, embedded synthetic lace, lumiere paints and tyvek:

Silky Box

Silky Box


We also had...


Chewton Pool: Pool closed today "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The pool is closed today Tuesday 17 February due to low temperature. 


Newstead, Victoria: Newstead Arts Open "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A wonderfully rich and diverse array of Artistic talent will be on display this March when Newstead Artists open their studios to the public.  Visitors to the area on a tour of the studios will be treated to a variety of artistic media and scope of practice ranging from ceramics to painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, to the practice of artful living, where such abundant creativity spills out of the studio and onto the land.

Newstead boasts a strong artistic legacy with many award winning Artists featured in this years tour, some opening their doors for the first time. With the beautifully restored Newstead Railway Arts Hub recently unveiled, the area is enjoying a sense of refreshing nourishment derived from a now integrated and strong artistic community. 

This years Arts Open studio event will take place over two weekends, the Labor day long weekend (March 12 - 14) and the following weekend (March 19 – 20). 

More details can be found on the Newstead Artists website at or via the Arts Open website at



AWPA Sydney News: 1) NZ film ‘Run It Straight’ addresses issues in West Papu "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Indonesia to ease mineral export ban from 2017

3) Enabling Storytelling



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Tuesday, 16 February


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Koori Shout Out: Koori Shout Out 16/2/2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

In this week's show, there was quite a lot of information given out over the course of the program and of course the interview with The Torch CEO, Kent Morris regarding The Confined exhibition and the change of legislati


ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Castrati: Italian super stars in 18th century opera "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

At the height of the passion for male sopranos, four or five thousand Italian boys a year were castrated in order to preserve their unbrok­en voices. Eight was the average age to be castrated in the C18th, though it was illegal in both canon and civil law. And it had a high morbidity and mortality rate. But poor families did it because castrating a talented young lad might have led to a life of wealth and fame. [Little did families know that of the less-than-brilliant performers, 97% of the castrated lads would have to find work in church choirs].

Was it cruel and brutal to damage little children, before they had a chance to form an adult opinion? Of course it was. But contemporary written information is still impossible to find. If surgeons could not or would not do the operation, the local barbers would. The orchid­ectomy to remove a boy's testicles were reputedly performed by the butchers of Norcia, an Italian region famous for its pork products where the castration of pigs was common. 

With no anaesthetic to control the pain, The Guardian said the lads were drugged with opium; they had their testicles removed by slitting the groin and severing the spermatic chord. Not surprisingly they developed no facial hair, no Adam's apple and their voices did not break. Their larynxes failed to put on the growth spurt that occurs in boys at puberty, so their vocal chords stayed close to the reson­ating chambers, creating a sound that was sublime like angels’ voices. More surp­ris­ingly to me, the castrati became very tall, with elongated limbs and barrel chested.

The male singers who were the great stars of George Frideric Handel's (1685-1759) day were not the tenors, but the castrati......


: Betrayal & Lies! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Baird attacked by Alan Jones on Air ANTI AMALGAMATION CAMPAIGN HEATS UP! Premier Mike Baird has been accused of betraying the people of NSW and lying about forced amalgamation of Councils by radio broadcaster Alan Jones in a face to face interview last Thursday morning. This was followed by a scathing attack on the premier [...]


: Need to act now to save the Municipality of Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

To The POINT with JIM SANDERSON AT the time of the State election in March last year, I commented that the Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ process was ‘forced amalgamation by another name’, as the policy had no means to bring about the amalgamations the Government sought, without resorting to forced mergers. It is therefore [...]


: Lane Cove Mayor roasts Baird on Alan Jones 2GB program "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lane Cove Mayor Deborah Hutchens has made a scathing attack on Premier Mike Baird in response to ‘insulting’ comments he made about our local councils on last Thursday’s Alan Jones Program. A clearly outraged Mayor Hutchens blasted the Premier’s comments that the proposed forced amalgamation of our ‘unfit’ councils would save local ratepayers money and [...]


: Huge community rally to save Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

FLASHBACK: The recent rally in Martin Place to Save Hunters Hill and other local Municipalities from forced mergers (above) and below the successful 1971 campaign to Save Kelly’s Bush in Hunters Hill. What promises to be Hunters Hill’s largest community rally since the 1971 protest to Save Kelly’s Bush will be held at the Town [...]


: Lady Anne Charity Golf Day is all about the children "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Preparations are in full swing for the 4th Lady Anne Funerals It’s All About the Children Charity Golf Day on Thursday March 10 at Ryde Parramatta Golf Club. The aim of the Golf Day is to raise $50,000 towards a transport vehicle for the RASAID (Ryde Area Supported Accommodation for Intellectually Disabled) children. RASAID is [...]


sunshinecoastbirds: Avian Joys of Jondaryan: Where West Meets East "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Painted Honeyeater

Updated January 26, 2016. Birding highlights from a couple of days in the Jondaryan-Oakey area of the eastern Darling Downs (18-19 January) included Painted Honeyeater at 4 sites, Red-chested Buttonquail, Black-eared Cuckoo, Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Black-faced Woodswallow, Plum-headed Finch, White-winged Fairy-wren at 3 sites, and numerous Brown Songlarks and Horsfield's Bushlarks.

Juvenile Black-eared Cuckoo?
Following a spate of sightings of some of these species in recent times, we booked a self-contained cabin at Jondaryan Woolshed, 3km west of the town of Jondaryan, which is central to the birding sites. First port of call was remnant brigalow just bef...


Castlemaine Community House: Term One, 2016! "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

We have lots of plans for 2016, and some of them are in the Autumn Term program, which you can download here.

09:41 ‘TRUMP IS RIGHT’ Thousands Take to The Streets in Anti-Islam Protest Across Europe and Australia "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Monday, 15 February


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Castlemaine Community House: ‘Talking to Kids about Sex’ Workshop – 26 February "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

imagesThe Community House are very excited to have experienced sex educator, Dr Linda Kirkman, facilitate another workshop designed to assist parents with navigating sex education with their children. This two-hour workshop will help you ‘give the talk’, deliver strategies to keep communication channels open and to ensure your kids have good information to stay safe.  More Details.







Sunday, 14 February


Castlemaine Community House: Felt Making in Taradale: Saturday March 5 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

thFVNU52EYWe’ve had a lot of interest from people wanting to learn felt making so we’ve got the wonderful Janine Clark on board to teach a 3 hour workshop. This one will be run in Taradale at the Primary School and bookings are essential. You will make a range of items and the cost is $60 which covers all materials.  Bookings essential for this one!  Book here or phone 5472 4842.







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