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Thursday, 18 February


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

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...


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

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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Wednesday, 17 February


Infinity in Hand: heathertylerillustration: Ray Troll is one of my new favorite... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Ray Troll is one of my new favorite illustrators! What a playful, unique way to illustrate marine paleo creatures.

I like this guy’s sense of humour.
Be sure to check out his site (+ store!)


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

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


Infinity in Hand: Fatal Portrait - King Diamond30 years old today (17th Feb 1986) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Fatal Portrait - King Diamond

30 years old today (17th Feb 1986)


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

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...


New Dawn : The World's Most Unusual Magazine: What is Alchemy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



It is a remote location in China in the early 1960s. A young man, Wang Liping, is studying with three Taoist masters. After preliminary training, they give him a grain of “gold elixir.”

Wang sits in a cross-legged position. The masters tie up his legs so that he will stay seated. He then goes into a deep state of trance. On the first day, he feels as if his insides are burning, and he passes out. But thanks to the ropes, he remains immovable in the cross-legged position.

On the second day, Wang’s skin changes colour from sallow to ruddy to dark. The masters judge that the toxins in his body have been pushed to the surface.

At this point he has been pushed to the limits of his endurance, but he keeps on meditating. His skin experiences all kinds of sensations from burning to itching and aching.

Finally on the third day, Wang’s body becomes comfortable again. His skin colour has changed to a healthy rosy white and glistens. The gold elixir has been completely expelled from his body. The operation is a success.

This account, taken from a book called Opening the Dragon Gate, describes Wang Liping’s training as a Taoist master. Its mention of a gold elixir – which the text does not otherwise describe – evokes images of alchemy. It leads one to wonder exactly what alchemy is.

Superficially, everyone knows what alchemy is. It is an outmoded practice for changing base metal to gold. Although it was in its way an important precursor to present-day chemistry, today it is little more than a discarded superstition.

Accounts like Wang’s tell another story. They suggest there a.....


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

 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.........


Dr Kevin Bonham: Senate Reform: It's Too Easy Being Breen "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A quick one by my standards as I am away on fieldwork.   It's sad to report that the so-called "analysis" of Peter Breen and Graham Askey on the subject of the new proposal for Senate Reform has been picked up by The Age.  As many commenters on the Tally Room thread have noticed, the Breen/Askey forecast of a Coalition-dominated Senate is utter rubbish.  Breen is a serial errormaker with an obvious conflict of interest and absolutely should not be reported as if he was an expert in such analysis.  He has received a ludicrously cushy ride in this instance, and it's high time the media gullibility in lapping up this scaremongering guff up because it's an easy story came to a shuddering halt.

The so-called analysis (no copy of which I have yet been able to find) projects that in a double dissolution the Coalition would win seven seats in each of Queensland, NSW and WA, and that in each of these seats Labor would win four and the Greens one.

A double-dissolution quota to win a seat is almost exactly 1/13th of the vote.  At the last election the quota split between the Coalition, Labor and the Greens if translated to a double dissolution was NSW 4.44-4.11-1.01, WA at the original election 5.76 (including Nationals WA, which is generous)-3.47-1.23, Queensland 5.38-3.70-0.83.  Of course since the Coalition vote was deflated by confusion with the Liberal Democrats, it's probable that it should really be a bit over 5 quotas in that state.  But in all cases it's well short of 6.

A party can run...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 Missed Approaches at Rockhampton and Maryborough Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 16 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 performed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.

It was later heard to also perform a missed approach at Maryborough Airport.

A41-207 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 42".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who captured a couple of photos of the C-17 when it climbed out of Rocky!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©


On The Convict Trail: Prince Of Wales Hotel, Evandale "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Prince Of Wales Hotel was originally constructed by William Sidebottom in 1836. It was one of the earliest Inns to be constructed in the new township of Evandale. Evandale was originally named Honeysuckle Banks after the camp made by Macquarie in his traverse of Tasmania in 1811 and thereafter the emerging town was named New River and then known as Collin's Hill in the 1820s.

The town was officially known as Morvern, after the original surveyed site for a t...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Great Photos of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 at Bundaberg Airport Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As we've reported, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - plus other Ministers of Federal Parliament - toured North and Central Queensland this week and on Tuesday 16 February they ventured from Rockhampton to Bundaberg to attend several engagements.  PM Turnbull and entourage travelled on board Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 which local plane spotter Micah S captured at Bundaberg Airport.

A36-001 flew as "Consort 36" on the hop from Rocky to Bundy and was captured by Micah as it sat on the Bundaberg Airport apron soon after its arrival.



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

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




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

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

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.........


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

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


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

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…


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

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.


Motorbike Writer: BMW UK marks 100 years with Iconic bikes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

BMW UK marks 100 years with Iconic bikes


BMW Motorrad in the UK is celebrating 100 years of operation of the Bayerische Motoren Werke AG company with the release of four boxer-engined limited-edition “Iconic” series bikes.

There will be 100 Iconic models of the R1200RT, R1200RS, R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, each with uniquely numbered logos.

BMW UK marks 100 years with Iconic bikes

Numbered logo

They are only available in the UK market, but worldwide buyers of collectible bikes might also be interested in import...


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Inquiries continue.


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Motorbike Writer: More licence checks, fewer speed cameras "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

police radar licence checks

The significant number of unlicensed motorcycle riders and riders of stolen bikes who make up the road toll should change police patrolling methods from speed traps to increased licence checks.

About one in five Australian motorcycle deaths involve riders not holding a valid motorcycle licence, according to Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) research.

So far this year in Victoria, there have been nine motorcycle deaths and only two of them involved licensed riders on their own bikes.

Five of the fatalities involved unlicensed riders and the other two were riding stolen bikes.

Despite the fact that riders claim they are already harassed by police performing random licence checks, perhaps it is time for us to be harassed even more.Rider pulled over by police licence checks

Licence checks or computerised automated scanning of motorcycle number plates would go a long way toward snaring these thieves and getting unlicensed riders off the roads.

After all, they skew the road crash statistics in such a way that authorities point the finger of blame at all riders.



Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 6pm 23 Feb | What I saw as a teacher on Nauru- former worker and principal speak out "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

What I saw as a teacher on Nauru- former worker and principal speak out Organised by Teachers for Refugees When: 6pm Tuesday 23rd February Where: Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub (to be confirmed) Speakers: *Former teacher from RPC1 school on Nauru and *Paul Dingle, principal from Glenroy Secondary College (who has spoken out against the planned removal of(...)


Practising Simplicity: house hunting "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In an attempt to embrace an enthusiastic approach to the whole house hunting saga, Daniel and I looked at a few rentals earlier this week. We've got a good 10 weeks left in this little house so there's no immediate rush. But then again, I like a plan.

We're on the cusp of buying but we'd like to wait another year and sign the mortgage line with a bigger deposit. So, rental shopping it is and let's be honest, it can be a bit of a demoralising experience. Because a room that only just fits a cot cannot be classed as a bedroom, thank you very much. And don't start me on the overuse of the fish-eye lens in deceiving real estate photography.

That said, there is a promising opportunity that may, just may, come to fruition. And perhaps what's most difficult in this scenario is refraining from getting emotionally attached. I'm one of those people who can fall in love with a house within minutes and mentally move my furniture into each room by the end of the day. I've set up home and started envisioning the kids playing and the dinner routine and waking up in a new bedroom well before I've finished filling out the application form. I even time the drive from the front door to school - covering all the bases because, well, it's necessary, isn't it.  

Dare I say it, I'm...


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

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.

The post Ocean Grove pushes the boundaries appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


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

 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...


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

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!


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

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!


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

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.  


Tasmanian Times: The Paul Harriss disease spreads to Colin Barnett’s WA ... and now Harriss QUITS! Why ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

WEDNESDAY, February 17, PM: • ABC: Tasmania’s controversial Resources Minister Paul Harriss retires from Parliament • And the question remains: Why? What lies beneath ... ? • What Paul Harriss, Will Hodgman, Bryan Green and Cassy O’Connor say in Comments ... And Vica Bayley ... • And, listen to ANOTHER TRAINWRECK INTERVIEW by Energy Minister MATTHEW GROOM as he rejects Labor calls to resign, HERE WEDNESDAY, February 17, AM: The United Nations has called on the West Australian Government to withdraw controversial new legislation that imposes harsh penalties on protesters. IN TASSIE ... the protest laws in action ... • Lapoinya: The Blog • Dr Randall Doyle: Locking away our civil rights ...


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

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!


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

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...


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

By Dr. Jim Mercola

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

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

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


Tasmanian Times: Mantach affair would never have happened if Tasmanian Liberals had acted "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

• Mantach pleads guilty to 44 charges in Melbourne. • Hodgman Government and Liberal Party need to answer serious questions about Mantach’s past in Tasmania … Clearly there was a level of silence and secrecy around the Tasmanian matters - including a failure to disclose to the Australian Electoral Commission - and the Premier is yet to explain why it was not referred to police. “Additionally, the true reasons behind Mr Mantach’s departure were kept secret from rank and file Liberal members and fabricated in Liberal Party publications. “In light of this sorry trail of events, the claims of Will Hodgman and Eric Abetz that they knew nothing simply do not hold up.” …


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Henry Wagons Announces National Tour and New Video “Santa Fe” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Henry Wagons Having released his debut solo album After What I Did Last Night… last week alt-country singer Henry Wagons has announced plans to head out on a national tour with a brand new band. The tour will see Henry Wagons joined by US artist Skylar Wilson. Check out the full list […]


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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Tabart, Bangalow


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Motorbike Writer: 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 review "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Jake Dolan racer and learner rider at AMA training with MV Agusta Brutale 1090

Review by Jake Dolan*

The 2016 MV Agusta Brutale 1090 has a very sharp and edgy kind of jet-fighter look, but like a jet fighter, it’s got a lot more potential than you could ever use on the road.

I think it would make a great track-day bike.

For my first road test with Motorbike Writer I actually rode the bike during my full-day licensing test to go from a restricted to open licence.

While it wasn’t exactly like any of my races, it was a surprisingly valid set of tests to put the bike through.

Probably a lot more testing than any buyer would get from a quick round-the-block test and  probably more the sort of riding most people will do on this bike, anyway.


The Idiot Tax: Bringing Puppies To A Negative Gearing Fight "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The negative gearing war is being waged across 'straya and it has taken an important turn. For years the rebels have been mercilessly shelled by the real estate empire, who've used a combination of...

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

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. ...


Motorbike Writer: Charley Boorman breaks leg in crash "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Charley BoormanWe have just heard that well-known and loved motorcycle traveller Charley Boorman has broken his leg in a collision with a car while attending the media launch of the new Triumph Explorer in Portugal.

By all reports, the Triumph ambassador has had surgery in hospital and is doing OK.

Details are a bit vague at the moment and there is no word on whether he was riding or driving.

News updates will happen by Twitter, through @biketruck – his long-time friend Billy Ward.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Summer Dance with Nightmares on Wax, Lefto and Mike Who "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Before Michael heads off to Japan for a month, he took one last dive into the crush zone. Documenting the deservedly popular Summer Dance party put on by the champs from Astral People and V Movement at National Art School. Thanks for the hazy memories Michael.


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


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

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.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Sufjan Stevens Live Video “Carrie & Lowell” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens returns to Australia this month and to get you excited here’s a beautiful live clip for his track “Carrie & Lowell”. Stevens doesn’t really do music videos so this is the closest you’re going to get: The full dates for Sufjan Stevens’ upcoming Australian tour are below: Monday […]


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

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.


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D’Angelo won two Gramm...


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Trends in serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, Australia: 2001-2010 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trends in serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, Australia: 2001-2010<<a href="">> Trends in serious injury due to road vehicle traffic crashes, Australia: 2001-2010 shows that rates for people seriously injured due to a road traffic crash rose from 141.6 to 146.4 per 100,000 population. Over one-quarter (26%) sustained life-threatening injuries.

Rates of life-threatening injury involving motorcycle riders and pedal cycle riders rose significantly over this period, while rates involving passengers of motor vehicles and pedestrians fell.
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Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have released a comprehensive review of volatile substance use<<a href="">> among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Volatile substance use (VSU) is an issue of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. In locations where it is occurring, it impacts considerably on families and broader communities. An increasing number of reviews, reports and inquiries have been conducted over the past three decades, highlighting VSU as a critical issue. In decades past the 'lack of progress in implementing recommendations contained in these reports created much frustration and despair in communities'. In recent years, however, there has been significant progress, particularly in remote Indigenous communities, though there is still work to be done.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greens MP David Shoebridge....


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

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

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

Chris Dobney

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

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

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

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

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

Mitigation measures

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


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

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Boat To Row Video “Handsome Beats” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Boat to Row UK indie-folk five piece Boat to Row have just released their brand new video “Handsome Beats”. The track is taken from their 2015 album I Found You Her and is really sweet. Check out “Handsome Beats” here:Filed under: News, Video News Tagged: boat to row, folk music, nu folk


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lifestyle terror "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please sign the petition on

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The fundraisers ar...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Chewton Pool: Pool closed today "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tasfintalk: Basslink problems: The wind solution? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Basslink breakdown has come at an opportune time for West Coast Wind, proponent of the 99 MW Granville Harbour wind farm.

Lack of energy security for Tasmania has fortuitously coincided with the project’s lack of security for financiers.



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

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

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

Hans Lovejoy

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

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

$1.5m plants seized

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

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

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

The Echo ask...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President of th........


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

Brunssurf rescue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Motorbike Writer: Cameras monitor motorbike front and back "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

INNOVV Motorcycle Camera Dash Recorder K1-M monitor bike front and back

Using an action camera on your motorbike to video forward or back is fine, but now you can monitor both ways for more interesting videos and better evidence if you have a crash.

The INNOVV Motorcycle Camera Dash Recorder K1-M costs $499 and consists of two cameras, one facing forward and the other facing rearwards.



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

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



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

2) Indonesia to ease mineral export ban from 2017

3) Enabling Storytelling




Tasmanian Times: Biomass for future renewable energy UPDATES "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The recent unprecedented events including the failure of Basslink and low rainfall has been challenging, and the Government is determined to ensure Tasmania’s future energy needs are catered for. One option that the government is actively considering is biomass – residues from value-added forestry operations sourced from timber production areas and used as a renewable energy source. • Pete Godfrey in Comments: Here are some figures for a 20 Megawatt woodchip burning biomass plant in the US: Fuel 1 Bone dry tonne per Megawatt hour. So it needs 20 BDT of woodchips per hour to output 20 Megawatts. According to Paul Harriss he is considering putting in a 90 Megawatt generator so it would use around 90 BDT per hour of fuel. That is 788,400 tonnes of woodchips per annum, remembering that this is Bone Dry woodchips so that is equivalent to 1.5768 Million tonnes of green wood. The cost of the fuel in the US varies between $15 and $60 per tonne depending on distance but for an 80 kilometre carting distance it is around $38 per tonne. So the fuel for Mr Harriss plant would cost $59,918,400 if it was carted a similar distance. I am sure that the fuel would be carted much further than 80 kilometres in Tasmania ... so a lot more. So we have $38 per tonne of fuel to produce 1 Megawatt/Hour of power, not taking into account the cost of the power station the input cost is going to be around 3.8 cents a Kilowatt Hour for fuel. Doesn’t sound like it would stack up. Someone has to make a profit, someone has to maintain the plant, pay wages etc. I have to agree here with Jack Lumber ... it is a dud. • Luigi in Comments: Hello?  Hello?  Anyone home? Here we are up to our neck in alligators.  We’ve got no water in the dams and floods in the streets.  The state is on fire.  Some idiot scrapped the Bell Bay power station.  Bass Link is broken. No electricity.  And nobody’s home. Except for Paul!! Where would we be now if Paul didn’t have t...

Tuesday, 16 February


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Trio of Beaut Bizjets in CQ Part 2 - Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV VH-MBP Comes and Gos at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Another nice locally based bizjet that appears to have called into Hamilton Island Airport both on Saturday 13 February and again on Sunday 14 February was Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV-X (G450) VH-MBP.

It appears that on Saturday, VH-MBP flew into Hamilton Island Airport from Melbourne (Essendon) and Sydney.  It later returned to Sydney.  Then on Sunday, VH-MBP again touched down at Hamo again from Sydney.

UPDATE!  It appears that VH-MBP remained on Hamo on Sunday night and departed back to Sydney on Monday 15 February.

Sincere thanks to Kevin P for sharing this great photo!

Photo taken by Kevin Patroni  ©


"IndyWatch Feed": Fluidicthought: Jump "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We have been told settlement is scheduled for Friday 19th February. If you have been following along, you will know that there has been a number of hold-ups with the sale of my business. We have had been given settlement dates that have come and gone without a successful outcome due to one thing or another.

I have been stuck in limbo not wanting to move forward in case the whole thing goes to “Kaka”.  No more waiting, I’ve jumped. I have secured a tenant for our apartment and booked the removal company. We are moving out regardless of the outcome of the pending sale.

If we settle, great. If not, I’ll  run the business from Burpengary where I’ll be completing the renovations to the house there.

PointPlaza6 ...


"IndyWatch Feed": The Water-Rat Gazette: GHOSTBOY to Manifest at Kurilpa Poetry Cup, Feb 28 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

GHOSTBOY Returns to Haunt Kurilpa! David Stavanger to Feature & Judge at Kurilpa Poetry Cup Sunday 28th February, 2016 * The Kurilpa Cup is certainly shaping up to be a fabulously entertaining event this year. Not only do we have … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: Almost there "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Just hit save on the second last chapter of Stalin's Hammer: Cairo. At least I hope it"s the second last chapter. I"m pretty sure I can kill everybody who needs killing and blow up all the things in one chapter. As long as Prince Harry doesn"t get lost tracking that German rocket scientist across the city.
Assuming he"s cool, the draft should go to beta this week and to full edit next. Then the part I really like about indie publishing; commissioning the artwork. Although in this case I"m a little constrained because this is the second book in a series so I"ll have to stick with the design language chosen by Momentum for the Stalin's Hammer: Rome.
Luckily, their cover is pretty cool and lends itself to iteration. I"m thinking a yellow ochre colour scheme with old Joe Stalin peeking out of silhouettes of the pyramids and the Sphinx.


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Trio of Beaut Bizjets in CQ Part 1 - Vistajet Bombardier Global 6000 9H-IGH at Hamilton Island and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 13 February three fantastic bizjets - two from overseas and one locally based - all called into Hamilton Island Airport.  Perhaps the nicest (in my opinion) was Vistajet Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet 9H-IGH which touched down at Hamo from Townsville after earlier arriving from Malé International Airport in the Maldives.  It was noted using the flightnumber/callsign of 'VJT880'.



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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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......


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Police seize weapons in UK mosque raids "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Muslims on the street in front of Lakemba Mosque in Sydney

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

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

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

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

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



"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: The end of days for Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The stock market has it's own issues with Twitter, but I think Stephen Fry's blog post explaining why he quit the service is more eloquent and relevant to most users.

Oh goodness, what fun twitter was in the early days, a secret bathing-pool in a magical glade in an enchanted forest. It was glorious "to turn as swimmers into cleanness leaping." We frolicked and water-bombed and sometimes, in the moonlight, skinny-dipped. We chattered and laughed and put the world to rights and shared thoughts sacred, silly and profane. But now the pool is stagnant. It is frothy with scum, clogged with weeds and littered with broken glass, sharp rocks and slimy rubbish. If you don"t watch yourself, with every move you"ll end up being gashed, broken, bruised or contused. Even if you negotiate the sharp rocks you"ll soon feel that too many people have peed in the pool for you to want to swim there any more. The fun is over.

To leave that metaphor, let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended - worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know. It"s as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined. It doesn"t matter whether they think they"re defending women, men, transgender people, Muslims, humanists … the ghastliness is absolutely the same...

I'm still there, still putting on about a hundred followers a day, although most of them I'll never hear from or speak to. It is very different from the early years. Increasingly I find it an unpleasant place to be, but like Facebook it has its uses for someone who makes t.....


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

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

Unions throw weight behind hospital staff caring for baby Asha

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

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


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

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

In local news…

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

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

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


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

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

In local news…

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

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

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

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