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Wednesday, 24 February


Sustainable Living Armidale: UNE Seminar — Population and consumption: the death of nature and the failure of science "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Wednesday, 2 Mar; 12:00 pm; ] This is a seminar about people; their environment, their future, and whether they will have either. Some in the audience will find my words confronting. I make no apologies. There is no time for apologies. Nor do we have choices. We act now, decisively, and with pain or we will be hated by our children's [...] full article »

13:31 The unholy Liberal/ Greens/ National/ Xenophon cartel … has issu ed the cross-bench with a death warrant – senator Day "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Senate voting proposal avoids telling voters they will be disenfranchised

Another Greens initiative

· The proposed new Senate voting method will ‘wipe out’ minor parties

· but ALP points out cheating re donations to political parties is untouched

· but cheating to get false enrolments onto the Electoral Roll is untouched

· but cheating by multiple voting (18,770 at last election) is untouched

· but Electoral Rolls still in a shambles, as stated by the National Audit Office

Yesterday’s “Matter of Public Importance” (MPI) debate on the government’s new Senate voting method proposal yielded the truth about it and some quotable quotes, according to elections-monitoring group, Australians for Honest Election (AFHE), which warns that all of the big problems in our electoral systems have been ignored while this minor side-issue of Senate voting methods is being pushed forwards.

Senator Bob Day, Family First Party – voting changes a “…death warrant….”

The topic of the MPI was “The rushed changes to voting laws that will extinguish Senate diversity

ALP Senator Dastyari said, This is an electoral gerrymander masquerading as reform. Let’s be honest about the result – only 3 parties in the Senate and Xenophon. This is the behaviour of a bunch of schoolyard bullies … Hypocrisy of the Greens … The government wants a more compliant Senate. It’s not about openness and transparency. The introduction of optional preferential voting will result in massive exhaustion of votes.

Senator Leyonhjelm pointed out the unfairness, “Many Au......

13:04 Paris Vigilante Groups Attack Rioting Muslims – Oslo Police say they have lost the city to Islam "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Desperate Parisians Form Vigilante Groups To Protect Themselves From Muslim Violence


Even Merkel Knows It Was A Mistake, But It May Be Too Late!

From the Charlie Hebdo shooting to the chemical factory attack, Muslim immigrants are wreaking havoc in yet another country they were invited in to call home.

As Paris suffers one Muslim terrorist act after another the French government, in spite if a massive increase in security forces, seems helpless to stem the tide of violence against its citizens. Vigilante forces are now rising up on the streets of the city to take care of the problem themselves.

France, Germany, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, the list of countries with escalating Muslim immigrant problems is growing fast. As tempers rise and the threat of Islamic violence becomes a reality, more and more citizens are taking up arms to solve the problem their politicians have created for them.

“We Will Not Stop Until Our Families Are Safe In Our Homes!”

With a population of roughly 65 million, France is home to one of the largest and fastest growing Muslim populations in Europe. While the French government is prohibited from tracking citizens religion, estimates indicate that about 5 million Muslims, or 7.5% of the population are of Muslim descent . . . and the numbers are growing.


What happens next? Millions of immigrants, the vast majority of which are Muslim, are flooding the streets of Europe causing rampant chaos and crime.

At the same time, sp...


Shepparton Interfaith Network: 12 Interfaith Prayers for Peace "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

All people are seeking peace – for one reason or another. Peace in how we relate one to another, peace between adherents of religions, peace between nations, Peace on Earth. These fervent desires, wishes and aspirations rise in every heart. As Gandhi told, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. In this ... Read more...

11:49 Vitamin D deficiency widespread causing cancers "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

medical-001The Australian open cut mining industry will soon face an avalanche of medical claims stemming from their policies of forcing workers to cover up their bodies almost 100 per cent to lock out healthy sunlight.

The slip, slop, slap sunburn cream campaign has caused many different health problems according to several scientific studies. By blocking healthy sunlight, necessary for life, sunscreen has caused skin cancers, blood disorders and melanoma.


UVB filters, or cinnamates, such as cinoxate, octocrylene and octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) work by absorbing UVB light, deflecting radiation from the skin.

However, they are common skin irritants and a study published in the New Scientist found cinnamates can cause some cells to die prematurely.

The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority tested mouse skin and found that half the cells died after contact with a weak dose of OMC, while shining a lamp on the impregnated cells, to simulate sunshine, made the chemical twice as toxic.

No tests have been undertaken on human skin, but these results imply OMC could be toxic, especially if left on the skin for long periods of time.
Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread A clinical review paper published in the British Medical Journal is warning the public that widespread vitamin D deficiency is resurrecting the once-

obsolete disease called rickets.

According to Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Tim Cheetham, authors of the paper, people are getting far too little sunlight exposure, w...

10:18 Warmth supports Life – cold kills "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Viv Forbes, science writer

In January 2016, a fierce blizzard in Texas left snow drifts up to 4m deep and killed 35,000 dairy cows and 12,000 beef cattle. Cold kills and there is no food in snow.

There is abundant food in steamy equatorial regions but only a few hardy species survive precariously in the dry, icy climate of the frigid zones.

The great animal migrations seek to escape the hungry winters by following the warmth or chasing the new pasture from spring storms.

Reindeer follow the sun – they spend the summer grazing on the rich pastures of the treeless tundra, but when the snow starts they head south for the protection of the forests. Moose also migrate to lower land in winter – staying ahead of the descending snowline.

Snow geese are not silly – they follow the sun towards the equator as winter approaches and then fly back when the summer sun melts the snow and energises the dormant pastures.

Bears have a climate-smart winter strategy – they find a cosy cave and hibernate, conserving their body warmth and reducing their energy needs to what can be sustained by their carbon-rich fat reserves.

Most humans are also sun-worshippers (apart from the jet set who travel in air-conditioned comfort to over-heated lodges so they can cavort briefly in the snow confident that someone else has produced the food, coffee and warmth they will soon return to).

Holidaying humans tend to follow the sun towards the equator. They do not head for Archangel or Antarctica in winter – they head for the Bahamas, Bali, Cairns, sunny Spain or the Black Sea. Being “Sent to Siberia” was a punishment not a reward.

Farmers fear early frosts but welcome early spring rain.

The geological record is also very clear on the matter of global temperatures – cold is the killer. The mammoths were not killed by a heat wave – they were snap frozen in ice. About 100 species of mega-fauna also disappeare...


Echonetdaily: Lithium-ion battery ban on passenger jets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Montreal [AAP]

The UN aviation agency has prohibited shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, following concerns by pilots and plane-makers that they are a fire risk.

Lithium metal batteries, which are used in watches, have already been banned on passenger planes globally. Lithium metal batteries are not rechargeable while lithium-ion batteries, used in mobile phones and laptops, can be recharged.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s 36-state governing council said the prohibition would be in effect as of April 1, and would be maintained until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries can still be transported on cargo planes.

The new packaging standard is expected by 2018, ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said in a statement on Monday.

The ban would be mandatory for ICAO member states.

Pilots and aircraft manufacturers are concerned that existing standards are not strong enough to contain lithium battery fires.

A 2015 working paper by an organisation representing plane-makers like Boeing Co found current firefighting systems on airliners could not “suppress or extinguish a fire involving significant quantities of lithium batteries”.

But one dangerous goods expert familiar with ICAO’s thinking questioned whether a ban on lithium-ion batteries would really make passenger planes safer. He said instances of such battery fires usually involved deliberate mislabelling by shippers.

“When the industry banned the shipment of lithium-metal batteries, we saw instances of them being passed off as lithium ion batteries,” said the expert, who was not authorised to speak publicly. &#822...


Echonetdaily: Qld cops search for body near Casino "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service


Police will continue combing a remote property southeast of Casino in their search for the body of missing father Greg Dufty.

The 37-year-old was last seen last July on the Gold Coast and police allege he was killed by a group of men over a drug debt.

Police believe Mr Dufty’s body is somewhere on a 162-hectare property about 30km southeast of Casino, near the Royal Camp State Forest.

The search began on Tuesday and a large tarpaulin could be seen draped over one part of the property.

The development came a day after New Zealander Clinton Stockman appeared in court charged with being an accessory to Mr Dufty’s murder.

Police allege Stockman, 28, helped the three men accused of killing Mr Dufty dispose of his body.

Another New Zealand national, Aaron Crawford, has been charged with murder along with Lionel Patea and Liam Bliss.

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Echonetdaily: Air pollution from home products a risk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

London [PAA]

Exposure to pollution from household products is putting lives at risk, experts have warned.

Items used frequently around homes such as air fresheners, candles and cleaning products are heightening people’s risk of developing a number of health problems, a new report states.

Being exposed to personal care products, mould or mildew, fires or wood-burning stoves and poorly maintained gas heaters and boilers could be leading to a number of health problems, according to the report by Britain’s Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

While it is commonly understood that smoking causes indoor air pollution, the experts also outlined a number of other items linked to potential health impacts including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory problems and effects on the heart and cancer.

Indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths in just one year across Europe, the report states.

‘Being indoors can offer some protection against outdoor air pollution, but it can also expose us to other air pollution sources’, the authors wrote.

‘There is now good awareness of the risks from badly maintained gas appliances, radioactive radon gas and second-hand tobacco smoke, but indoors we can also be exposed to NO2 from gas cooking and solvents that slowly seep from plastics, paints and furnishings.

‘The lemon and pine scents that we use to make our homes smell fresh can react chemically to generate air pollutants, and ozone-based air fresheners can also cause indoor air pollution.’

Other items that are exposing people to potentially harmful pollutants include joss sticks, cookers, boilers, open fires and portable gas or paraffin heaters.

Meanwhile the building itself and the materials it is made from are also potential sources of chemical pollutants.

The aut...


Echonetdaily: Tough new smoking laws for Qld "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brisbane [AAP]

Queensland will have some of the toughest smoking laws in Australia from September.

Parliament has passed laws to ban smoking at bus and taxi stops, outdoor pedestrian malls, and in or near childcare facilities and kids’ sporting events and skate parks.

Residents in the state’s aged-care facilities will also be banned from smoking in their rooms for the first time, and will only be allowed to light up in designated areas.

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Echonetdaily: Seas rising faster than anytime in 2,800 years "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Washington [AP]

Sea levels on earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.

An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across the globe to chart gently rising and falling seas over centuries and millennia.

Until the 1880s and the world’s industrialisation, the fastest seas rose was about 3 to 4 centimetres a century, plus or minus a bit. During that time global sea level really didn’t get much higher or lower than 7.5cm above or below the 2000-year average.

But in the 20th century the world’s seas rose 14cm. Since 1993 the rate has soared to 30cm per century.

And two different studies published on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said that by 2100 the world’s oceans will rise between 28cm to 131cm, depending on how much heat-trapping gas earth’s industries and vehicles expel.

‘There’s no question that the 20th century is the fastest’, said Rutgers earth and planetary sciences professor Bob Kopp, lead author of the study that looked back at sea levels over the past three millennia.

‘It’s because of the temperature increase in the 20th century which has been driven by fossil fuel use.’

To figure out past sea levels and rates of rise and fall, scientists engaged in a ‘geological detective story’, said study co-author Ben Horton, a Rutgers marine scientist. They went around the world looking at salt marshes and other coastal locations and used different clues to figure out what the sea level was at different times.

On top of that they checked their figures by easy markers such as the rise of lead with the start of the industrial age and isotopes only seen in the atomic age.

When Kopp and colleagues charted the sea level rise over the ce...


Echonetdaily: Doctor behind chemo bungle to face inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr John Grygiel

Dr John Grygiel

Sydney [AAP]

A Sydney doctor who under-dosed chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients over a three-year period is set to face an inquiry by NSW Health.

Dr John Grygiel, an oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, gave incorrect doses of the chemotherapy drug carboplatin to 70 head and neck cancer patients from 2012 to 2015, the ABC’s 7.30 program found.

NSW Health has launched an inquiry to be led by chief executive of the Cancer Institute of NSW, Professor David Currow, according to the ABC.

Dr Grygiel took leave on Friday, which will last until his planned retirement next month, Health Minister Jillian Skinner has said.

‘He will not return to the hospital’, she said.

‘This has been a distressing time for Dr Grygiel’s patients and their families.’

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Echonetdaily: Koala fence costs too high for some Ballina councillors "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Ballina shire councillor wants state or federal governments to fun fences along local roads to protect koalas. Some other councillors think the costs are too great. (File pic)

A Ballina shire councillor wants state or federal governments to fun fences along local roads to protect koalas. Some other councillors think the costs are too great. (File pic)

A number of Ballina Shire councillors will tomorrow attempt to overturn a decision that could result in the council paying more than a million dollars to fence local roads to prevent koala deaths.

At its last meeting, a majority of councillors backed a notice of motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to approach the state and federal governments for funding to construct fences along local roads to protect koalas.

As part of the motion, the council will now liaise with the Friends of the Koala group to identify the priority roll out of fences, and staff will investigate the costs of installing fences, and whether matching funds from the council might be necessary to make them a reality.

But a rescission motion lodged by Crs Paul Worth, Robyn Hordern and Sue Meehan wants the ‘matching funds’ aspect of the motion deleted.

‘Council is not in position to fund and maintain a network of fences if matching funding is provided by the State or Federal Governments,’ the councillors said in their rescission motion.

‘This work would be expensive and no funding for t...


Echonetdaily: Crowdfunding helps group buy NZ beach "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Abel Tasman Beach, New Zealand.

Abel Tasman Beach, New Zealand.

Auckland [AAP]

New Zealanders now own a pristine Abel Tasman beach after a successful crowdfunding campaign raised more than $NZ2 million to keep it in public hands.

Organisers announced on Wednesday their tender bid had been accepted at 10.57pm local time the previous night.

‘Congratulations everyone, we did it’, a post on the campaign’s Givealittle page said.

A pristine piece of beach and bush had been delivered into the hands of everyone to enjoy forever, it said.

Overjoyed organiser Duane Major appeared on TV3’s Paul Henry show on Wednesday morning to reveal the deal.

‘My heart is beating and I’ve got goosebumps and I’m just so thankful for all those people,’ he said.

‘I always thought we could do it. I did not appreciate the crazy, freakish nature of this campaign.’

He said $NZ2,278,179.09 ($A2.11 million) had been pledged to support the bid.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the government had made a ‘modest contribution’ from the Nature Heritage Fund to help secure the purchase.

‘It’s an outstanding outcome,’ she told the Paul Henry show.

‘I love the idea that the people of New Zealand h...


Echonetdaily: Decriminalise drug use, families tell govt "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Trimingham

Tony Trimingham

Canberra [AAP]

A father who lost his son to a heroin overdose is calling for the decriminalisation of drug use, urging the Turnbull government to focus on policies that keep drug users alive rather than throw them in jail.

Tony Trimingham, founder of Family Drug Support Australia, is calling for a new approach to drug policy that, while not necessarily popular with voters, will save lives.

In recommendations to be handed to Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash on Wednesday, he says government should focus on harm reduction strategies like injecting centres, drug consumption rooms, prescription heroin and pill testing at music festivals.

“I don’t think they’re ready to go there,” Mr Trimingham told AAP.

“But it’s only a matter of time.”

Mr Trimingham’s son Damien died from a heroin overdose in 1997, prompting him to establish a 24-hour advice line, as well as courses and support groups for families of drug users.

Supporting drug use is the last thing families want, but criminalising it just adds further stress to users and their families, he said.

Mr Trimingham says heroin use appears to be on the rise with his advice line receiving a spike in calls.

Calls about ice had doubled in the past two years, but he believes recent focus on the drug has been overblown by government, media and some police.

“We know the drug that causes far more problems, far more stress is alcohol – it’s 10 times the damage caused by ice.”



Echonetdaily: Greens introduce legislation to ban plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Legislation to ban plastic bags has been introduced into NSW Parliament. (file pic)

Legislation to ban plastic bags has been introduced into NSW Parliament. (file pic)

Legislation to ban single use plastic bags has been introduced into both houses of NSW Parliament.

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith and Greens Environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi yesterday introduced the bills in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment, including the marine environment.

Ms Smith said it was time to take action against the ‘wasteful use of plastic bags’

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

‘Tens of thousands of marine ani...


Echonetdaily: Two mothers launch book with a mission "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bangalow couple Natalie Winter and Roz Hopkins with 12-month-old Dexie

Bangalow couple Natalie Winter and Roz Hopkins with 12-month-old Dexie

Marriage equality. It’s the topic of the moment.

Inspired by progress in the rest of the world, and galvanised by the lack of it in Australia, publisher Roz Hopkins and designer Natalie Winter wrote Mummy and Mumma Get Married, a story about a little girl who plans a big surprise wedding for her mummies.

Hopkins and Winter, who are joint owners of Byron Bay independent publishing company Captain Honey, life partners and mums, joined forces with Melbourne-based illustrator Cara King to create the picture book.

They had the ambitious idea of getting the book into every primary school in Australia, and with this in mind launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the initial print run. The campaign was a big success, and they exceeded their target by $2,500. ‘This significant book fills a critical gap in children’s publishing, providing the only known picture book in Australia to specially address same-sex families,’ they say.

The book is accompanied by teacher’s notes and ­activities prepared by ­primary school teacher and former Pearson book editor, Karen Becker. See more at


Echonetdaily: New top cop for north coast beat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. (Picture Jeff Dawson)

Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. (Picture Jeff Dawson)

Tweed Byron Local Area Command turned on the tea and the scones for the media in a meet-and-greet at the Tweed Heads police station last Tuesday with their new Local Area Commander Superintendent Wayne Starling, who was named NSW Police Leader of the Year in 2012 and awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 when the Lake Illawarra commander. Pictured above, from left, are Byron Inspector Greg Jago, Sergeant Brad Stewart of Tweed/Byron Licensing and Supt Starling. Photo Jeff Dawson



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Echonetdaily: COREM powers up a fundraiser at Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley with the fundraising ‘barometer’. Photo Jeff Dawson

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley with the fundraising ‘barometer’. Photo Jeff Dawson

Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) is kicking off their first fundraising film night for the year with Black Hole, the independent documentary about the coalmine blockade in Leard State Forest.

‘This is a must-see film for us all which is motivating COREMs’ dedication to running Mullumbimby on 100 per cent renewable energy,’ says the group.

The film is screening this Friday February 26 at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre. At 6.30pm Jarmbi Githabul will open with a welcome to country, followed by mayor Simon Richardson, who will be speaking and facilitating a Q&A with guest speaker Muz Drechsler, the camp leader at the Leard State Forest Blockade. Black Hole will screen at 8pm, and food and refreshments are available from 6.30pm.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Drill Hall PV system. The event is the start of COREM’s Solar Solution for Mullumbimby and the Planet crowdfunding campaign –

Climate change

Shearwater student Zara Pitman Blackley, pictured above, is undertaking her school’s 20 hours of...


Echonetdaily: Byron STP ‘will take 4,000’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Council believes it has the sewage infrastructure to cope with another 4000 houses. (File pic)

Byron Shire Council believes it has the sewage infrastructure to cope with another 4000 houses. (File pic)

Byron Shire Council says its Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant has capacity for another 4,000 premises, rejecting recent public comments about the plant. Utilities manager Peter Rees said recent public comments about the plant were inaccurate and that the community could be confident in the existing infrastructure.

‘In 2015 Council completed an independent capacity assessment of the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment plant and the conclusions were the plant is currently operating at 72 per cent capacity and, based on current settlement projections, an upgrade of the facility would be required by 2025,’ he said.

‘The current projections mean approximately 4,000 houses could be built before the current treatment capacity is reached.’

Mr Rees said the council had already responded to community concerns regarding the development occurring along Ewingsdale Road and its potential effects on the Belongil catchment.

‘Partly in response to these concerns, in 2015 Council resolved to implement three initiatives:

‘1. The formation of the Belongil Catchment Advisory Committee to bring the environmental implementation expertise developed in the management of the sewage treatment...


Echonetdaily: Credibility on the thin blue line "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.

Name and address withheld on request

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Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – Wednesday 24 February, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

fred-langFred Lang at the Big Gig

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

Comedian Fred Lang has led an interesting life; couple this with a strong sense of the ironic and you have comedy gold.

Fred draws his material from those everyday experiences, whether it’s his interest in immigration (both his parents escaped from Eastern Europe after WWII). Or his belief that youth gets it way too easily nowadays. (He has no children, automatically making him an authority!).

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

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

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

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

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


Common Ground North Coast: Angus McDonald – First local exhibition in a decade! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Angus McDonald
White Noise
, is the first local exhibition in ten years by Australian artist Angus McDonald.

Since the Lennox Head based artist was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney twenty years ago he has exhibited across Australia and around the globe, from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan. He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.

White Noise is his 30th solo exhibition. “I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home!” mused Angus. “I’ve lived in this area for fifteen years so exhibiting locally is pretty special. Especially at an amazing state museum like the Tweed Regional Gallery. If you placed that gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London it would be constantly busy. It’s a world class facility”.

The term “White Noise” refers to the background noises of our existence. “The noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives” said McDonald. “The work explores moments of realization and loss. There is an ethereal quality to it. The two large figurative works were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio. My partner Beata modelled for Rise. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s. It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson w......


Echonetdaily: Koalas are a global issue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The on-line and handwritten petition presented to Tweed shire Cr Barry Longland at the 18 February 2016 council meeting contained 174 Pottsville signatures, not nine as incorrectly estimated by him in his letter in Echonetdaily ated 22 February.

The petition is about the future of our precious Australian iconic koalas, our international tourism drawcard, which is a global issue.

The total of 33,955 signatures collected from 73 countries around the world in 6½ weeks is therefore very relevant to what is happening to our koalas locally.

The Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study 2015 (p2) acknowledges that ‘the Tweed Coast koala population remains at high risk of extinction’.

This study indicates that the Black Rocks/Pottsville Wetlands koala population is ‘relatively stable’; however, this simply means that it is at the same level of decline as the previous study in 2010.

According to leading ecologist and koala expert Dr Steve Phillips, 30-60 per cent of the Pottsville Wetlands koalas may have perished in the Christmas Day 2014 bush fire, and that it is not uncommon for there to be no evidence of koala mortalities in a fire of such intensity.

Eight known Black Rocks koalas have been affected by stress-related disease and/or death. These facts indicate that the Black Rocks/Pottsville Wetlands koalas are not ok.

The revegetation of the Black Rocks sports field has been recommended by Dr Phillips ‘because of its location and importance as a central hub for koala movement’. A role of the Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc (TSCS) is to progress the advice of the experts. It is therefore unacceptable to TSCS that Cr Longland has voted against this advice:

• He has ignored council’s Koala Advisory Committee recommendations by voting to leave the koala protection gates at the Black Rocks sports field open during the day, and then by voting to remove them (even tho...


Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Waiting for Malcolm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Mungo MacCallum

As the coalition troops file back into their party meetings for yet another indecisive week in Canberra, they could be forgiven for chanting: ‘One, two, three, four; What are we campaigning for?’

To which their glorious leader and his reluctant treasurer might be forgiven for responding, in unlikely unison: ‘Five,  six, seven eight; we need more time to cogitate’.

Or perhaps the more apposite rhyme might be meditate, or procrastinate, or even vegetate. Not quite as snappy as a traditional Abbott three-worder, but then, we live, we are told, in more eloquent times.

But the problem for the party room, and for their long-suffering constituents, is not the fluency but the delivery – or at least a promise they can seriously consider. The suspicion that the Earl of Wentworth was more into speechifying than action has been simmering for a long time. It is now reaching boiling point – not yet overflowing into open rebellion, but certainly causing real concern as Newspoll, that infallible indicator so heavily relied on by Malcom Turnbull to assert his supremacy to Tony Abbott, has come crashing to earth, with the election result too close to call and even the popularity of their apparently invincible prime minister falling from stratospheric to merely mortal levels.

They were prepared to put up with the first act of Waiting for Malcolm in the belief that somehow, sometime, they were approaching a climax. But we are now well into the second act, and still nothing is happening, or is even being seriously foreshadowed.

The disillusionment with Turnbull is, to some extent, predictable; he could never live up to the hope and the hype. But what is genuinely surprising and alarming is that the disregarded and dismissed figure of Bill Shorten is, almost unbelievably, setting the agenda. Even the government’s most avid supporters among the shock jocks of commercial radio and the d...


North Coast Voices: Just because Australia's Attorney-General doesn't like the lyrics..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It appears that Australian Attorney-General, Senator George Henry Brandis QC, is upset by certain topical lyrics written by singer-songwriter Tim Minchin.

I felt it only right that I upset that rather pompous alumnus of the private Catholic Villanova College even more by posting Tim’s lyrics here.


[Verse 1]
It's a lovely day in 
I'm kicking back, thinking of you
I hear that you've been poorly
I am sorry that you're feeling blue

I know wh...


North Coast Voices: Bets are a yawn when it comes to the Australian federal election in 2016? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This 18 to 21 February 2016 Newspoll had little effect on lacklustre betting on the 2016 Australian federal election:

The Two-Party Preferred percentages obviously made little impression on Aussie's who like a bet or three - after desultory interest late last year they all went back to sleep for the duration:



Echonetdaily: Tracking the diesel train fallout "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It is totally alarming to learn that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) concerning upgrading track works for the toy train at Belongil has been avoided by both Byron Shire Council and Transport NSW.

Debate has continued concerning the dire effect of diesel particles which travel large distances lodging in the lungs of living species and residing on vegetation. Twenty-eight countries in the EU have rejected the ongoing use of diesel technology,

Yes, it’s the 21st century and the north coast desperately deserves a train(s) for the most obvious of reasons, but does it deserve a toy train?

We were subjected to Puff Advertising when alerted to its arrival. Despite arriving as a dirty diesel technology we were told that after a period of time (maybe two years according to Elements) it would undergo a remarkable transformation; and finally present to the shire as a solar technology. The full make-over.

The reality is far more concerning. According to expert information by solar engineers, the train is much too heavy to convert to stand-alone solar/electric and would need a carriage full of lithium ion batteries to travel one way only down the 3km stretch of track. Puff advertising always reveals evidence after the fact.

To achieve safe tracks for the diesel train, the Belongil Estuary and waterways will be severely threatened with lethal poisons.

During the clean-up period ‘Roundup’ will be used to clear overgrown tracks. One in three sleepers will be replaced, no doubt disturbing the risk of releasing asbestos and arsenic contained in same and residing in sub soils.

Diana Jo Faith, Newtown


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Ballarat Animal Advocates Association: Next meeting of BAAA "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Next meeting of BAAA

Tuesday 29th March, 2016

Brown Grain Thai Restaurant

212 Sturt St, Ballarat

6pm for dining

7pm for meeting

All welcome

 Steph -0435 576684 or Michelle -0419 793667


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 22.02.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Track Title Artist Album Title
Seven Day Fool Lemon Squeezin’ Daddies Jumpin’ From 6 To 6
Barber’s Shop Jim Finn & Phill Simmons 35 Years Of Big Rock
Take Me Back Morris, Turner & Simmons 35 Years Of Big Rock
Said Goodbye To The Blues Alan Lancaster & Chris Turner 35 Years Of Big Rock
Silver Threads &
Golden Needles
Turner & Simmons Double Header
A Great Day For The Blues Blues Pirates 35 Years Of Big Rock
Hear With You Three Aztecs,
A Chain & A Tatoo
35 Years Of Big Rock
Lovesick Blues The Durham Project 35 Years Of Big Rock
Thirty Pieces Of Silver Chris Turner 35 Years Of Big Rock
Love On My Guitar Max Paton 35 Years Of Big Rock


Ballarat Animal Advocates Association: vegan festival update "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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The Inaugural Vegan Festival recently held in Ballarat was a great success, with a variety of events held over the week of January 17 - 24.


The week began with "Today I am Voiceless", a global vegan activism campaign to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence.

In Ballarat, this was comprised of a 24 hour vow of silence, incorporating a walk around Lake Wendouree.









matthew schiavello: photos and words: ‘Secret communication #101′(22/02/16)Exploring hand gestures,... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

‘Secret communication #101′


Exploring hand gestures, which can hold both widely known and secretly known meanings.


Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: The Clinician and Detention "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

An examination of ethical issues encountered in the author’s clinical work with detained patients. Howard Goldenberg addresses the topical suggestion that a doctor or a nurse should positively refuse to serve in an immigration detention facility on the grounds that to do so would be to condone or facilitate torture.


Environment East Gippsland Inc: Gaining ground for Gliders "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Monday, February 22, 2016

EEG is again suing VicForests in the Supreme Court

VicForests refused to stop logging an area rich in rare wildlife in the Kuark forest Block, home to Yellow-bellied Gliders, Long-footed Potoroos, rare plants, rainforest and the critically endangered new species of Galaxias fish.

On Friday (12/2/16) our lawyers at Environment Justice Australia (EJA) filed a writ in the Supreme Court against VicForests over its logging in this stand of forest, south of Goolengook (30km NE of Orbost).

VicForests still refused to stop logging and so we were forced to seek an urgent injunction on the Saturday. A temporary injunction was granted and VicForests has since agreed not to log until March 21st. EJA is now preparing the necessary documents for this case to proceed.

A brief article about...


The New Epicurean: February - The Glass Den "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On Saturdays when lassitude and embarrassment don’t completely overcome me, I go to adult beginners’ ballet classes. Or at least, I did so intermittently last year before taking a few months off. The classes, slightly mortifyingly, don’t seem to be attended by beginners as I see them, rather, women who have done quite a bit of ballet in their past and are now keeping it up in adulthood. Whereas I have not danced, and am very much proving that not only can you not teach an old dog new tricks, you can’t teach grace to a person who has had a lifetime of clumsiness programmed into their cerebellum.

There are also two consequences of ballet that I didn’t really anticipate. One, is that it is mentally very taxing. I have a hard enough time getting my feet in the right place, let alone arms, posture, head, core, and trying to look graceful. The first class left me as drained as when I sat the GAMSAT. The other consequence is physical - I am not really aware of getting a work out, per se, when doing the class but the following day I am acutely conscious of muscles I didn’t really know I had.

This being the case, I feel that brunching is a very reasonable way of following a class. Since the school has moved from Brunswick to purpose-build studios in Coburg, this gave me an excuse to try out The Glass Den, a cafe in the old Pentridge Prison redevelopment that apparently caters well for those with awkward dietary requirements.

The cafe occupies one of the old bluestone gatehouses, renovated and with a pleasant covered area out the back which would, I imagine, be rather nice in the evening. The menu offered various temptations, including black sticky rice pudding, and some rather spectacular-sounding vegan, gluten-free pancakes. Were I not still persistently “off” sweet food, I would’ve been very tempted by the latter, as it’s unusual to get pancakes that are vegan and gluten free.



onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.477 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

View Online What's On this Week | 23 - 29 February 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 23rd February 2016 to Monday 29th February 2016 We end February with a bang, whistle and a woohoo. MelB Outdoors Supershow Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow See all the latest model caravans, pop-tops, tents, camper trailers, 5th wheelers, motorhomes, campervans and 4×4 off road and touring accessories than ever. When: 24-29 February 2016 Where: Melbourne Showgrounds Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone emerging jazz Emerging Jazz Festival The festival showcases not only emerging talent but the relationship between their music and how it both informs and is informed by education, research, performance and the sector. When: 21–28 February 2016 Where: Bennetts Lane Jazz Club Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone neon glow paint ILLUMI Run Prepare to light up the night with a 5km walk, run, or dance ‘party on the run’ at the MCG. When: Saturday 27th February 2016 Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground Links: Book Tix | Desktop | Smart Phone for you, your pregnancy or young child Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo Our Special Edition Pregnancy and Newborn Expo focuses on the start of the pregnancy journey right through to your first year with your newborn. When: February 27 - 28, 2016 Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Trade Fair Australian Jewellery Fair A broad presentation of products including fine jewellery, fashion jewellery, watches, clocks and related services. When: February 27 - 28, 2016 Where: Royal Exhibition Building Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Highlights This Week Art Exhibition Brunswick Studio Walk View Art in Melbourne Circus Circus Latino | Dingley Silvers Grand Magic Circus | Bayswater Family & Children Inside the Brick | Bendigo 2016 View Family | View Family Calendar Fete Brunswick South West Primary School | Twilight...


Autonomous Action Radio: Terror on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

These reports come from trusted sources. And have also been reported by Julian Burnside.

22 February 2016. 1.12 am. Nauru. Women’s tent.

The guards blacked out the women’s tent by cutting the power.
Then fourteen male guards and one female guard entered the tent. Women screamed in terror.

1. Two women in the single women’s tent were strip searched. They were screaming . One had a phone in her bra. A total of five people in the women’s tent had phones taken. Communications with the camp have been cut.

2. A woman has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. When she heard the piercing screams, she suffered a heart attack. With no ECG machine available, it is impossible to reliably diagnose or treat cardiac emergencies. She spent some time in IHMS and was sent back to the camp.

3. A young woman was recently arrested for taking a piece of fruit from the dining room and at the time was seen dragged by her hair and beaten by Nauruan Police, leaving visible injuries. Terrified by the 1:12 am raid, she slashed her wrists and her body. She too was treated by IHMS and sent back to camp.

Most of the women have serious histories of trauma and are suffering post traumatic stress syndrome.

This event would have been extremely triggering.

The woman who had a heart attack is severely depressed, she won’t leave her room for fear of being killed by the guards.

Her weight is dangerously low as is her blood pressure. She is reported to be barely able to lift her head off the pillow.

This further information is from...


The Gap Year and Beyond: Lifer 321 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Over Summer the Western Treatment Plant, associated wetlands and conservation ponds are home to many thousands of migratory birds that spend the breeding season in the Northern Hemisphere: Northern China, the tundra of Arctic Siberia and along the eastern Eurasian Arctic. After the breeding season the shorebirds birds migrate down south of the equator and spread out over the Southern Hemisphere including Australia and New Zealand. The return to and introduce first year birds to their favourite feeding grounds. At the Pooh Farm there are thousands of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints, and many Curlew Sandpipers, and a number of Common Greenshanks and Godwits .  Every now and again a rarer species turns up. This year we have had Pectoral Sandpipers, now becoming a regular in low numbers, a few Broad Billed Sandpipers and an exciting visit by a Red-necked Phalarope. A number of regular birders patrol the main shallow lagoons looking for a rare find. It can be difficult as many of the birds look the same, come in a variety of colours and plumage even within a species and may appear as a single slightly different bird amongst thousands.

This Summer I visited with a few neighbourhood birders including Dave, an experienced birder who has specialised in various shorebirds over the years. He managed to spot the Broad-billed Sandpiper, a stint sized species with a long flat bill. On two separate occasions,  amongst thousands of birds,  Dave has managed to find this little bird based on its features and its habit. The Broad-billed Sandpiper became my  321st Lifer and my 318th State Tick.



The Network: The White Rose Movement and Sophie Scholl in Hitler's Germany "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Read more about Sophie Scholl here >>> and the White Rose movement to which she belonged here >>>


Shepparton Interfaith Network: Faith at the End of Life "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Public Health England last week launched a new resource for healthcare professionals and service providers giving guidance about spiritual needs at the end of life. Faith at the End of Life, which focuses on the UK’s six largest religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, promotes a public health approach to death, dying and ... Read more...


Shepparton Interfaith Network: Harvard Launches Free Online Class To Promote Religious Literacy "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Harvard University seeks to allay widespread misunderstandings about religions around the globe and has launched a free online series to raise religious literacy. To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the ... Read more...


Shepparton Interfaith Network: Nostra Aetate: Cordial Relations with Other Religions "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Last October marked the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra aetate (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. There were celebrations in Australia on the signal importance of this document. Commonweal (a Catholic Magazine) has devoted a great deal of space over the years to explaining and ... Read more...


2RRR: Applications Open for the 2RRR Radio Training Course "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2RRR’s Radio Training Course covers all aspects of radio, including:




Broadcast Law

Technical Operations

To produce or announce on a program on 2RRR, members must complete our in-house Radio Training Course.  Once completed, members may apply for air time.

The 2RRR Radio Training Course is widely acknowledged and highly regarded amongst local media professionals as providing quality training, and has helped to launch many illustrious careers in community radio, the ABC and commercial sector. 2RRR has been training Sydney radio presenters since the station’s inception.

The course includes two evening sessions each week at Gladesville and extends over eight weeks. Theory classes are held on Tuesdays and are conducted by experienced professionals from across the sector, as well a variety of presenters with hands-on experience of community radio.

Practical sessions are conducted at the 2RRR studio in small groups across two hour panel training sessions.

Students also have the opportunity to sit in different programs and learn from our experienced 2RRR presenters.

The course runs twice a year, in the first and last quarters.  Please contact the station for dates of the next course, information pamphlet and application form.  If dates are yet to be confirmed, you will be added to our course mailing list and be first to receive information.

Fees : $425. Student full time or Centrelink pensioner $325. Deposit $75. Contact 2RRR on 9816 2988 or by email to enrol.

Enrollment Form: New Logo RTC Application Form 5 April 2016

Codes of Conduct: RTC Code of Behaviour Dec 2013



: Last Chance to make a Formal Submission "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Last Chance to make a Formal Submission on forced amalgamation of our Council HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS With Mayor RICHARD QUINN THANK YOU to all of the residents who took time to attend the Public Inquiry into the proposed merger of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde City Councils or who have taken the time to [...]


St Kilda News: Ghost the Musical "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Starring Rob Mills as Sam, Jemma Rix as Molly and Wendy Mae Brown as Oda Mae Brown,  audiences for GHOST The Musical are being blown away by the jaw-dropping special effects live on stage from master illusionist Paul Kieve, who also worked on the Harry Potter movies.  The production also features original music and lyrics […]


South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Kibby still king "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Melbourne triathlete makes it three in a row

Mitchell Kibby sailed across the finish line in a blistering 11 minutes 34 seconds, just shy of his personal best. G090816

Mitchell Kibby sailed across the finish line in a blistering 11 minutes 34 seconds, just shy of his personal best. G090816

And they’re off! The Over 40 and Junior competitors plunge into the water for a 550m swim to the other side of the channel. G080816

And they’re off! The Over 40 and Junior competitors plunge into the water for a 550m swim to the other side of the channel. G080816


Mountain Journal: An inquiry into the Tasmanian fires? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

In a good development on the Tasmanian fires, the Senate has formally called on the Federal Government to establish an independent inquiry into the recent fires in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area.

A motion moved by Greens Senator Nick McKim and Labor Senator Lisa Singh passed the Senate on Monday afternoon.

An inquiry would examine the response by authorities to the fires, the availability of resources and the impact of global warming on fire frequency and size.

Last week the Federal Government said it did not support an inquiry because it was a state matter.

But Senator McKim argues Australia is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention, which binds the Commonwealth Government to responsibly manage the TWWHA.

A full story from the ABC is available here.


ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: History of the labrador dog "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I have always had a dog, as a child in my parents’ home and then in my own home as the parent of the next generation of children. It was always a big, intelligent, loyal dog that loved the beach – a red setter, a collie or a labrador.

The labrador dog has been recognised as a great retriever and gun dog for hundreds of years. And intelligent and trustworthy enough for seeing-eye work since World War One. Now is the time for me to buy a new Labrador puppy, young enough to train and smart enough to manage my grandchildren with care. As always, it will have to be a dog that can handle the hot Australian summers and will love running on the beach after work.

I tried to find where this breed of dog came from and how adapted to our life style it could be. My initial information came from the thelabradorsite, topped up later by the excellent work of Ben Fogle. There was no history of native dogs existing on Newfoundland in Can­ada. Since most of the 18th century settlers on that island were Bri­t­ish fishermen and hunters from Devon, they would have brought their dogs with them. Thus the first recorded sightings of the so-called “St John’s Dogs” or “Little Newfoundler Dogs” in Britain had come BACK across the Atlantic to their original home, aboard the vast fleet of cod ships. This St John’s dog had a dense, oily waterproof coat (short or long) and thick tail, oblivious to cold and happy to swim in exceptionally icy conditions.



Zedlines: Bats' disease immunity could 'help' humans - And more 11am Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A unique immune-system capability in bats which lets them carry but not be affected by fatal diseases could provide clues to help protect people, according to the CSIRO. (Image source: Creative Commons)

In local news…

Threatened Japanese stingrays killed in shark nets off Gold Coast

Two threatened Japanese stingrays have been killed in shark nets off Miami on the Gold Coast.

Sea Shepherd spokesperson Natalie Banks says the rays were bitten by sharks most likely after they had been entangled.

The environmental and animal rights activist group have called on the Queensland Government to be more transparent about the by-catch in the nets.

Hospital records show baby Asha burned accidentally


OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: Trump to audit federal reserve "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"





In a move that has stunned many Donald Trump, Presidential front runner, has openly talked of auditing the federal reserve. This is most likely a pretext to exposing the fraudulent system of monetary creation in the USA and reverting to a system of government issued debt free money.

If this were to happen America could make the turn around it desperately needs, If Donald Trump were to die in controversial circumstances in the next few years, this would be the reason why.



NPeye: More birds, bugs and stars "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Good rains over December and January has resulted in long grass which brought out the bugs and those who prey on them. A recent sighting was this pair of Imperial Hairstreak butterflies (Jalmenus evagoras) in a small blackwood bush plus several pupae groups. Very hard to photograph up close on a windy day!

I'd recently spotted a few foxes out in the grasslands chasing things all over the place. I finally realised that they are catching and eating grasshoppers of which there are quite a few and of a decent size. This young one finally realized someone was watching him when my shutter went off from within 20 metres.


Gippsland FM: Join us from the Latrobe Valley Maltese Festival at Kernot Hall "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Join us from the Latrobe Valley Maltese Festival at Kernot Hall, Morwell‬ on Saturday 27th February. 9:30am - 11:30am.

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Plan to Win: Training as Organising "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Holly Hammond and Karrina Nolan recently ran Training for Activist Trainers, a 2.5 day workshop focused on training skills for social movement contexts. During the workshop we talked about a continuum in training – from workshops which are participant driven without defined outcomes to those which explicitly aim to get people to a certain place in order to implement particular campaign tactics.

T4T2The following tips relate to training or other events which connect people to a campaign and help individuals overcome their barriers to action. As organisers we can use the momentum of the group to leverage people to action – like a turbo-charged persuasive conversation. These tips were originally written for an electoral field campaigning context but may be useful for any trainings which are geared to engage people in campaign actions.



Any time we prepare to run a training session we need to be clear on the purpose:

  • Why is this training being held?
  • What do you want people to take away from it?
  • What action do you want them to take next?

Develop a realistic set of objectives for the training and check that what you design matches these.


It can be valuable to put ourselves in the shoes of participants:

  • What do they want to get out of the experience?
  • What motivates them to turn up – or get active on the campaign?

If possible, gather information about participants before they turn up. This could be in the form of a few questions on the registration form, a quick database check to see what kinds of actions they have taken in the past, or a...


2RRR: Clean Up Australia Day Events Happening Near You! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. A simple concept became a international success story thanks to the foresight of our founders.

For more information on upcoming events head to:



1 MARCH 2016
Clean Up Australia Day Site Address Meeting Point Time
George Weston Foods Wilga Park, Macquarie Park Meeting at GWF North Ryde Reception at 7.30am 7:30am-9:30am
Meadowbank Ferry Wharf Bowden St, Meadowbank Wharf 8:30am-11:00am
Optus Blenheim Rd, North Ryde Playground area at Blenheim Park, North Ryde 9:00am-3:00pm
CSR Limited 39 Delhi Rd, North Ryde Podium level of Triniti courtyard 9:30am-11:00am
Waterloo Rd – Epping Rd Waterloo Rd, North Ryde Wilga Park, Waterloo Rd, opposite Macquarie Centre car park traffic lights. 10:00am – 1:00pm
Lego Australia 1 Innovation Rd, Macquarie Park Lego Office 10:30am-12:00pm
Pitney Bowes Software Level 1, 68 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park 68 Water...



The Digital Age has transformed almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives, impacting on the way we shop, work and socialise.
“You can’t avoid digital. It’s there throughout your life, all the way to the end,” said Tony Lee, Strategy Director at Ntegrity, a digital marketing agency that assists businesses in developing their digital presence.



Zedlines: ”Bureaucratic bungle” causes Brisbane refugee to miss out being a candidate for local council elections and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

”Bureaucratic bungle” causes Brisbane refugee to miss out being a candidate for local council elections, demand for mental health support for police officers is growing and hundreds of asylum seekers break through Hungary’s border fence. (Image source WikiCommons)

Scarborough Sailor in record attempt to sail the globe the hard way

Newport Cruising Yacht Club Commodore, Bill Hatfield, is halfway through his attempt to become the oldest man to sail around the world West-about, which is believed to be the most difficult direction to sail.

Mr Hatfield who is 77 years old has lived on his boat Katherine Anne at the Scarborough Marina for two years.


Castlemaine Community House: Vale Patricia Hay "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Trish HayIt is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of our beautiful friend Trish. So many lunches, so much love in the food, a treasured smile that could light up a room! Vale Patricia Hay. We will all miss you xx








2RRR: CCTV Work Begins at Eastwood’s Glen St Carpark "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Work has begun on the installation of CCTV cameras and additional lighting at the Glen Street carpark in Eastwood.
City of Ryde Council received $200,000 from the Federal GovernmentâŹ"s Safer Streets Communities Grant to implement the project for CCTV camera installation in the Glen Street Carpark and surrounds.
Ryde Mayor Clr Jerome Laxale said that this community safety project was a high priority for Council and that he was glad that the $200,000 project was under way.
Mayor Laxale said: âŹSA total of 13 CCTV cameras will be installed that will monitor all key access points throughout the carpark and its surrounds. This is a larger number of cameras than originally planned for and is a result of our determination to achieve the best value possible from this grant.
âŹSA complete upgrade of lighting, including light poles, is also part of the project to improve security and sight lines through the carpark precinct.
âŹSThis project will deliver a safer environment for the Eastwood community and will assist in adding to the attraction of the town centre as an eating, shopping and social destination.âŹ


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

Wednesday 24 February

11 – 12pm Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week the Bad Boy’s Theme Train presents songs with Celestial Titles.


2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Wednesday 24 February
5 – 6pm Real World Gardener

âŹSThe right tool for the right job⏠are the topic with Cut Above Tools General Manager Tony Mattson.  WeâŹ"re growing the secret ingredient to Worcestershire sauce in Vegetable Heroes. âŹSGarden Challenges⏠series continues with a look at foliage damage in Design Elements and plus new varieties of Dahlias that flower longer and don;t need staking in Plant of the Week.
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2RRR: There Goes That Song Again "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Tuesday 23 February
2 – 4pm There Goes That Song Again
This week on our “3 O’Clock Special” it’s back to the movies with the soundtrack to the musical Anchors Away from 1945, starring Frank Sinatra.


Zedlines: Baby Asha's lawyers blocked from communicating with parents and more 9AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Baby Asha's lawyers are unable to speak to her parents.

Baby Asha’s lawyers blocked from communicating with parents

Lawyers working with the parents of asylum seeker baby Asha say they were blocked from speaking with her parents for three days by the Federal Government’s Border Force unit.

The Human Rights Law Centre were only granted access to the family after they went public about the situation.

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Will Type For Food: She was a psychopath who liked scones "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

"She was a right-wing, awful woman". Sentences like this are just so strange. It's such a non-sequitur. It's a bit like saying "She was a psychopath who liked scones". Or "he was a tyrant who once patted a cat". Of course it is really trying to use "right-wing" as a near synonym for "awful" - it's repetition for rhetorical effect - but it just doesn't work. But can you imagine if people really did use insults like this in parliament? "That's so Liberal of you!" (to a member of the Liberals). "Don't be such a Green." (to one of the Greens), "When did you become so progressive?" (to a Labor member). It's kinda what they were elected to do, after all.


AWPA Sydney News: 1) National scene: Pope Francis to visit Indonesia in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Why the UK’s Secrecy Relating to Benny Wenda Could Be a Boomerang?


A bit of long term planning for those with contacts at the Vatican?


Zedlines: Ride-sharing app Uber banned in Northern Territory and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Barrett Centre shutdown raises concerns among psychiatrists, ride-sharing app Uber banned in Northern Territory and Syrian ceasefire to commence over the weekend. (Image source flickr)

New party announce candidates for Brisbane City Council election

People Decide, a new political party, has announced its candidates for the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections.

They will have three candidates running in the local council election to be held on the 19th of March one of which is Karel Boele, who will be vying for the Lord Mayor title.

Leon Lechner a local entrepreneur, will be a candidate for the redivided Gabba electorate, and Gary Graborenko a software developer will be running for the new electorate of Coorparoo.

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Natural Newstead: A moment of mayhem "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The sequence of photographs below don’t really tell the full story.

I was walking near Mia Mia Track on Sunday afternoon when I spotted a male Red-capped Robin, the bird was just beginning its late afternoon hunting on what had been a pretty hot day. Struggling to get the bird into a decent pose for a shot I disturbed an Owlet Nightjar (most likely the one I featured recently) from a hollow in a small, dead eucalypt. The owlet fluttered in typical uncoordinated fashion towards a nearby perch, whereupon a raptor appeared instantly from nearby – in pursuit of the owlet!

Happily the owlet returned to its hollow, the robin disappeared and the raptor ascended above, keeping a curious eye on the photographer. In summary it was a moment of mayhem with no decent photographs and to cap it off I’m not even certain of the identity of the raptor – either a Brown Goshawk or Collared Sparrowhawk, the moulting tail feathers have made it difficult. Suggestions welcome!


Trust me … moments earlier an Owlet Nightjar took flight from this hollow!


Male Red-capped Robin, Mia Mia Track, 21st February 2016



Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Melbourne Pig Save Rally "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Last Saturday, February 20th, was World Day of Social Justice. It was also the day that committed citizens gathered in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, championing justice for pigs. Melbourne Pig Save rallies commenced in 2012 with the stated aim of informing the public about the plight of pigs in our food production system. And they have grown from strength to strength as more and more people are choosing to stand on the right side of history. If you missed Edgar’s Mission, Founder and Director, Pam Ahern’s speech at Saturday’s rally you can catch it here.



If you're after local seafood cooked well and you live on the northside, look no further than Fish & Tell Booze and Tapas.

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NQCC: Have your say on the TPP "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Have your say on the Trans Pacific Partnership – an agreement that would enable multinational companies to sue Australia, in offshore Tribunals, for having environmental protection laws that restrict their capacity to earn profit in Australia. Make a brief submission to the … Continue reading

10:48 Greens leader backs decriminalisation of ice "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

When interviewed by 2GB presenter Ray Hadley in 2011 in the lead up to the NSW election, then state Greens senator Lee Rhiannon was asked did she support de-criminalising drugs?

Listen to the question and answer [HERE]

Today Greens are still pushing the decriminalise the drug ‘ice’.

At the national drug summit starting 2nd March, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters [who spent $414000 taxpayer money to fit out her trendy Paddington office] will tell a national drug summit that ice addicts should be able to use the drug without facing police action.

Senator Waters claims diverting law enforcement resources to rehabilitation services would keep kids safe.



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Sunday, 21 February


James O'Brien: Melodifestivalen 2016 #3 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Though there’s still no apparent “winner” for me in this year’s Melodifestivalen (the Swedish heats which lead to the final where Sweden’s song for Eurovision is chosen) I thought there were some pretty good songs in the third heat. Once again, I woke early, turned on my laptop and television, and settled back to enjoy the tunes from the other side of the world. Gosh, I remember the days when you waited for the DVD release to come through the mail. It’s all so different now. Although there are online previews, and lots of pre-contest online commentary, as with Eurovision, I still like to listen/watch with a fresh set of ears/eyes to Melodifestivalen.

Melodifestivalen always has a few surprises. And this year, it was the re-appearance of drag act, “After Dark”. The creative project of Christer Lindarw, “After Dark” has previously appeared in Melodifestivalen with “La dolce vita” (which actually did pretty well in the competition, finishing third in 2004) and “(Åh) När ni tar saken i egna händer” (“When You Take Things In Your Own Hands” – widely seen as a song about wanking) in 2007. Although I really like “After Dark”, I wasn’t prepared for just how good “Kom ut som en stjärna” (“Come Out Like A Star”) would be. It’s a really great tune, and the performance was excellent. Unfortunately, the song never made it through to the final, reflecting I guess the influence of a younger voting profile, and the increasing presence of those who’ve come up through TV talent competitions. I guess it was just seen as a little “dated”, though I really liked it.



News: If People Powered Radio: 40 years of 3CR at Gertrude Contemporary "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

3CR mural by Charlotte Clemens

Exhibition dates: 18 March–23 April
Exhibition opening: Friday 18 March 6–8pm

'If People Powered Radio: 40 Years of 3CR' is a collaboration between Fitzroy's oldest community radio station and one of Fitzroy's oldest galleries and studio complex, Gertrude Contemporary.


Saturday, 20 February


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: World Day of Social Justice: The tide of kindness "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Social Justice

Something is happening. Great minds are coming together in ever-increasing numbers and a groundswell is slowly but surely edging further into the social conscious. Never before has such mainstream narrative discussed and tussled with the rights and wrongs of our treatment of farmed animals. Never before have so many so loudly spoken out to stand with animals, and never before has the eye of scrutiny peered so severely at those who seek to push back against the wave of compassion. But the battle is far from over.

Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Yes, caring for the most vulnerable and showing kindness where once there was harm and ambivalence is selfless and just. But when thinking about Australia, we have to ask which animals? And with so much secrecy around the precise form and extent of animal cruelty, how can it be a true marker of society’s progress?

In the United States, animal cruelty laws are beginning to be taken seriously and ground-breaking sentences handed out. Back in Australia, our animal cruelty legislation is forcing perpetrators to explain their actions in court rooms, but unfortunately conviction is only leading to light punishments, if at all. Although the hardest pill to swallow isn’t the weak precedent for animal cruelty offenders, it’s the legal loopholes in Australia’s animal protection laws that, rather than protect animals from cruelty, protect individuals from persecution.

How could this be – that the very laws designed to protect animals actually work to sanction the cruelty they suffer? In a very simplistic sense, it can happen because we’re not doing enough to fight it.



Byron Bay Blog: Angus McDonald Local Exhibition First in a Decade "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Northern Rivers community is warmly invited to White Noise, the first local exhibition in ten years by Australian artist Angus McDonald.

Since the Lennox Head based artist was awarded a Brett Whiteley Scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney twenty years ago he has exhibited across Australia and around the globe, from Europe and the UK, the United States and Japan. He has been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes including Australia’s biggest portrait competition, the Archibald Prize, where he has been selected as a finalist on four occasions, most recently for his portrait of West Australian singer songwriter Abbe May in 2015.

White Noise is his 30th solo exhibition. “I guess becoming a dad again has brought me home!” mused Angus. “I’ve lived in this area for fifteen years so exhibiting locally is pretty special. Especially at an amazing state museum like the Tweed Regional Gallery. If you placed that gallery, complete with the Margaret Olley Art Centre, in the middle of New York or London it would be constantly busy. It’s a world class facility”.

The term “White Noise” refers to the background noises of our existence. “The noises of the in-between, the noises we never really get a chance to contemplate in busy lives” said McDonald. “The work explores moments of realization and loss. There is an ethereal quality to it. The two large figurative works were based on photographic shoots undertaken in my studio. My partner Beata modelled for Rise. For the other, I set up a single Pieta image carefully configured to approximate Michelangelo’s sculpture in St Peter’s. It’s a classical Christian image but I think of it as something more universal. It deals with loss and a senseless death occasioned by fearful violence and prejudice. This is a lesson we are as yet unable to learn as a race”.

McDonald encourages the local community to attend exhibitions as a way to “jump off the business of surviving for a while”. “To go....

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