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Thursday, 03 March


: Donation enable us to continue to work "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ellen White - founder of BSCFL and inventor of the Bitou Bush Crowning method - working with volunteer Terry Hamil

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers are passionate about implementing sustainable land management. We are currently working on 5 hectares of dunes at Brunswick Heads removing Bitou Bush and Glory Lily using very effective chemical free techniques. The results have been even more effective that we could have hoped for.

We are supported by Mullum S.E.E.D. inc. which also runs the award winning Mullumbimby Community Garden, but it is donations from local businesses and individuals that enable us to continue our work.

We would like to thank The Sunglass Fix for their recent donation. Did you know that you can replace a broken sunglasses lens? Sunglass Fix is a Byron Shire company manufacturing up to 42,000 Australian made lenses per day. They export any model of lens that you can think of, all around the world, for around 10% of the total cost of the original sunglasses. So check their web site and feel happy that you don’t need to buy new sunglasses, you can fix them. Very cool.

Your donation over $2 to BSCFL through Mullum S.E.E.D. is tax deductible, so if you can’t get to the dunes at Brunswick Heads to help us remove Bitou Bush, but you are like us and want to care for our country, you can donate to us online at Mullum Seed and choose our project from the list.

All donations given to BSCFL are used for the payments of tools, administration expenses and chemical-free bush regenerators.

If you have any questions please email

18:46 Dick Smith, Bob Katter and Ian ‘Macca’ MacNamara oppose sale of Kidman to Chinese "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Selling Kidman pastoral empire to the Chinese is ‘complete madness’, says Dick Smith, Ian MacNamara and Bob Katter

Dick Smith says Australia’s agricultural land is becoming more valuable and should not be sold to foreign investors.

by Matthew Cranston AFR

Australian entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith has called the imminent sale of Australia’s largest landholder S.Kidman & Co to a Chinese company an act of madness and says that with the value of agricultural land rising, Australian super funds should be competing to buy the cattle stations.

Speaking from his 1214 hectare property outside Canberra, Mr Smith, who funded the first major book on his “hero” Australia’s greatest pastoral king Sir Sidney Kidman back in 1987, said he was shocked that Australian investors could not compete with foreign investors.

“I am totally opposed to a sale to the Chinese. It’s complete madness,” Mr Smith told The Australian Financial Review.

“Farming land is going to be incredibly valuable – it is going to generate a lot of wealth into the future so you don’t want all that wealth creation to go overseas.”

Pengxin chief executive Andy McLeod and Gary Romano chief executive of Hunan Dakang Pasture Farming Co

S.Kidman & Co, which has cattle...


The Shepparton Adviser: Calamity for Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Calamity for Shepparton

SHEPPARTON has been a thriving community for more than 155 years, and throughout that time many people and events have helped to shape the township into the community that it is today.

With the help of former local, Marlene Kuhn, the team at Lost Shepparton and the wider community, The Adviser has decided to share some of those moments in time with you through a series of photographs.

If you have an old photograph of a local event or moment in time that you would love to see published, feel free to email the image to


The Shepparton Adviser: Cornucopia opens at SAM "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cornucopia opens at SAM

ENJOY SAM’S EXHIBITS… Australian commercial ceramics as part of the 2016 exhibition at the Shepparton Art Museum, Cornucopia, c.1930s -1960s, dimensions variable, Collection Shepparton Art Museum. Photo: Christopher Hawking.

THE Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) first major exhibition for the year, Cornucopia, was officially opened for public viewing on the weekend, showcasing a range of works by established and early career artists that utilise food and/or flora as an artistic medium or point of departure.

The exhibition explores the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its socio-cultural uses and religious significance.

SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “Cornucopia complicates the art historic lineage of the still life by interrogating and raising questions around the ethics of food today. Located within the Greater Shepparton region, known as the ‘food bowl of Australia’, the show also celebrates the culinary traditions of regional Victoria.

“SAM welcomes the Shepparton icon, the Campbell’s Soup can in to the museum, with Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II – Cheddar Cheese

(1969). The exhibition also includes Flooded McDonalds (2009) by SUPERFLEX and a specially designed vending machine, 31 Dinner Options While Waiting for the Last Train Home (2015) by Kenny Pittock.

“As part of the exhibition program SAM will also be running a series of diverse food related programs with the community.”

For further information on food related programs running throughout the exhibition, visit


The Shepparton Adviser: Truck rides the rainbow "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Truck rides the rainbow

COLOURFUL CURTAIN… From left, Fairleys SUPA IGA store manager, Craig Bramley, Hicks Transport Group CEO, Warren Hicks and Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner at the launch of the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation truck curtain. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“IT’S a big step forward for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and I mean big,” Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner said during the launch of the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation truck curtain billboard last week.

The Hicks Transport Group truck, which has been fitted with a curtain containing the all-important message of organ and tissue donation through Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, was brought about thanks to a $5,000 donation from Fairleys SUPA IGA Community Fund Grants program and a discounted cost passed on for the curtain.

Allan said, “We are very proud to have Hicks’ and IGA on board and offering their support.

“This is unique and a first of its kind in the way of promoting organ and tissue donation. You can’t miss it.

“This truck will travel over 200,000km per year, which when you add up the number of eyes that will see this truck per day, would run into the thousands and then into millions of eyes per year.”

Fairleys SUPA IGA General Manager, Craig Bramley said, “IGA is very supportive in all aspects of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and have been involved with them many times in the past.

“Organ and tissue donation is an important topic to draw attention to and this truck is a great way for that to be done.”

For more information, con...


The Shepparton Adviser: $6,000 to support local kids "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

$6,000 to support local kids

GENEROUS DONATION… From left, Telstra general administration staff member, Leanne Lester, field technician, Joan Hunter and GV Health Child and Adolescent Unit play therapist, Bronwyn Cole with Sophie Booth, 2, who is enjoying one of the four new iPads that the hospital was able to purchase for the Children’s Ward thanks to a $6,000 donation from Telstra. Photo: Emma Hillier.

KIDS in the GV Health Children’s Ward have benefited from a $6,000 donation from Telstra, with the funding being used to purchase four new iPads and part of it planned to go toward a sensory wall, which will be installed soon.

The donation was made as part of the Telstra Kids Fund, the Telstra Foundation’s $1M per year commitment to caring in local communities.

Telstra Country Wide Area Northern Victoria and Sunraysia general manager, Steve Tinker said the Telstra Kids Fund grants are about backing the little things that can make a big difference.

“All around Australia, kids are building on ideas, playing in a team, making music and creating art. But sometimes little projects, like the GV Health Kids Music and tactile wall, need a bit of a hand to get started.

“That’s why each year, the Telstra Kids Fund provides $1M in grants, on behalf of Telstra employees, for projects that help our kids play and learn.”

GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson said, “We are incredibly appreciative for this support.

“GV Health and Telstra have always had a generous partnership and this is a further...


The Shepparton Adviser: Dealerships awarded for excellence "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dealerships awarded for excellence

DOUBLE DEALERSHIP AWARD… Local BMW and Renault dealer principal, Aaron Brain was pleased that the Shepparton BMW dealership was awarded Rural Dealer of the Year and the Shepparton Renault dealership was awarded the Managing Directors Award recently. Photo: Emma Hillier.

LOCAL BMW and Renault dealer principal, Aaron Brain says that it is because of customers that both the BMW and Renault dealerships were recently awarded during special presentations in Sydney.

At a presentation at the Sydney Opera House, the Shepparton BMW dealership went up against 15 other rural dealers from across Australia, but came out on top to be awarded Rural Dealer of the Year.

The local Shepparton Renault dealership also received recognition, recently taking out the Managing Directors Award and being the first dealership to ever win the award in their first year of operation.

Aaron said, “The BMW award’s criteria had a focus on customer satisfaction in sales and service, and we needed to have reached our new car sales target of 100 percent, which we beat by 19 percent. We make sure we are community-minded and that our customers are number one. We are a family owned business and when you join BMW, you become a part of the family.

“The Renault award is given to dealerships for general excellence across all areas of the business. We hold the highest in Australia customer satisfaction for service and sales and on top of that we reached 38 percent above our new car sales target, which is a great result f...


The Shepparton Adviser: Drivers nabbed speeding after concerns raised "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Drivers nabbed speeding after concerns raised

“It is only a matter of time before there is an accident that will be regretted”

SPEEDING has long been an issue on our roads, but there is one local resident who is fed up with the reckless behaviour of some drivers along Channel Road. After urging local police to do something about it, Bryan Mitchell of Lifestyle Communities Shepparton, is now looking to VicRoads to make changes to the speed limit in the area.

Responding to Bryan’s concerns, the Shepparton Police Highway Patrol have been out to the stretch of road between Archer Street and Doyles Road two to three times a week since December, nabbing a number of speeding drivers in the area. VicRoads have also stated that they would be looking into a possible speed limit change in the future.

The Adviser witnessed first-hand the work that the Shepparton Police Highway Patrol are doing to help stem the speeding issue on Channel Road, observing Shepparton Police Highway Patrol, Leading Senior Constable Richard Ivory nabbing a speeding driver during an interview carried out along Channel Road last week.

Bryan said, “This area of Shepparton is expanding and I just question what has been done with regard to infrastructure looking toward the future.

“Lifestyle Communities will be finished by mid next year if not earlier, with an estimated 260 vehicles coming in and out of there, and that’s not taking into account Kensington Gardens across the road.

“There are also two new and d...


The Shepparton Adviser: Roe sprints to win "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Roe sprints to win

LOCAL businessman, Alan Roe has announced his arrival in the sport of tarmac rallying with a definitive outright win in the Mt Baw Baw Sprint, the first round of the 2016 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship.

In only his second tarmac event, and the first with Perth-based co-driver Michael Lloyd, Roe came home two minutes and 17 seconds ahead of Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (1985 Mazda RX7).

With a background in gravel rallying at state and national level, Roe said, “The aim for the weekend was to have fun, go fast and keep the car tidy, so we’re very pleased with the result.

“It was a bit of a shakedown for us, to see how we’d go together, but we worked really well in the car and I’m certainly keen to come back and do more of these events. We really enjoyed it.”

The next round in the series is the Lake Mountain Sprint near Marysville in the Yarra Ranges National Park over the weekend of May 28 and 29. Competitors then have to wait until the weekend of September 24 and 25 for their next fix during the Snowy River Sprint at Lakes Entrance, before the 2016 ‘grand final’ during the Great Tarmac Rally near Marysville on December 10 and 11.


The Shepparton Adviser: Community benefits from $150,000 in funding "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Community benefits from $150,000 in funding

CLOSE to $150,000 has been distributed back into the local community, thanks to funds raised last year during the Tatura 200 Charity Bike Ride and Walk event.

Since beginning eight years ago, the event, driven by Tatura Milk Industries, has seen $750,000 raised that has been passed along to community organisations.

Among those to receive funding from the latest event include GV Health to go toward men’s health programs, Collins Bookstores vouchers for 50 primary schools, Rebel Sports vouchers for 50 primary schools, the Lighthouse Project, the Tatura Rotary Club to go toward their Men’s Shed program, the Tatura Lions Club to go toward a community barbeque and the Tatura SES to go toward new equipment.

Others to benefit from this round will be the Tatura Fire Brigade for tablets with updated maps for two vehicles, Kiwanis Club of Shepparton Sunrisers to go toward VincentCare, Shepparton Respite House and Juvenile Diabetes programs, the Ulysses Club to go toward FamilyCare, One and All to be used for their inclusion project and Give Me Five for Kids to be used to purchase new equipment for GV Health’s Children’s Ward.


The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"



GV COMMUNITY ENERGY – SOLAR & LED LIGHTS INFORMATION SESSION will be held from 8pm to 9pm on Thursday, March 3 at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre, Lake Road, Kyabram. Options for local businesses to reduce electricity bills using solar panels and LED lighting.


NUTRITIONIST, ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETITIAN AND AUTHOR, SALLYANNE PISK will be talking about her book ‘Eating for you: your personal guide to mindful eating and living for health and wellbeing’ at Yarrawonga Library at 10:30am on Monday, March 7, at Shepparton Library at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 8 and at Euroa Library at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 9. Bookings are needed. Please phone the library where you wish to attend the talk on 1300 374 765 by Friday, March 4 for Yarrawonga, by Monday, March 7 for Shepparton and by Tuesday, March 8 for Euroa.


THE SHEPPARTON AND DISTRICT PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Legacy House, 20 Edwards Street, Shepparton. The next meeting is on the March 8 at 1:30pm following a BYO lunch at 12:30 pm. All families and friends are welcome for support and friendship. For further details, contact Kevin Robins on 0448 265 104 or Peter Leahy on 5829 9411.


SHEPPARTON SAFER COMMUNITIES NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING will be held on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30pm in the Senior Citizens Rooms, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Residents interested in and concerned with community safety and crime prevention are invited to come. For further information contact, Cathie on 0434 343 327.


NORTHEAST HEALTH WANGARATTA FRIENDS OF THE HOSPITAL are holding their March cake stall on Wednesday, March 16 at the hospital café from 8:45am until sold out. All proceeds go towa...


The Shepparton Adviser: Local supermarket bakes their way to the top "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Local supermarket bakes their way to the top

BAKERY WINS… From left, Fairleys SUPA IGA bakers, Timothy Stephens and Steven Lowe, apprentice baker and pastry chef, Stephanie Edyvean and bakery manager, Jarrod Taylor with their eight awards won during the Baking Association of Australia’s annual baking show. Photo: Emma Hillier.

BEING named the winner in one category of the Baking Association of Australia’s annual baking show is a feat all on its own, but at the weekend, Fairleys SUPA IGA came away with eight trophies.

As the third year entering the competition, the supermarket’s bakery walked away with two first place awards for their 680g White Loaf Condensed Square in Class 1 and Class 19 as well as first place awards in their Class 2 450g White Vienna Baked, Class 6 680g Wholemeal Loaf Upright and Class 18 450g 3 Strand Plait.

The bakery was also awarded second place for their Class 2 450g White Vienna Baked and Class 4 680g White Hi Top Half Married as well as third place for their Class 23 Gourmet Seafood Easter Pies.

Fairleys SUPA IGA bakery manager, Jarrod Taylor said, “This is the first time any of us have been involved with the baking show before, so it is a pretty big achievement.

“The awards to hang our hat on though would have to be our white loaves, which took away two firsts. The judges said out of almost 50 entries in that class, we came out on top.

“It is great to know that we were the only in-store supermarket bakery competing against mainstream bakeries in the competition this year, and we walked away...


Echonetdaily: Car runs off Wilsons Creek Road causeway "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Car run off causeway on Wilsons Creek Road on March 3, 2016, after floods in the area. Photo Alex Olup

Car run off causeway on Wilsons Creek Road on March 3, 2016, after floods in the area. Photo Alex Olup

Upper Wilson’s Creek residents and people using Wilsons Creek Road are advised to avoid crossing the still-flooded causeways after a car ran off the edge of one and was partially washed into the creek this morning.

Byron Shire Echo distributor Alex Olup spotted the blue 4WD being picked up by a tow-truck earlier today. It is not known if anyone was injured.

Mr Olup says he has left the copies of the Echo that he would normally have distributed beyond the causeway at Threeways Store for collection once the waters subside, which he hopes will be in time for their weekly pizza night tomorrow.

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Echonetdaily: Lismore quarry seeks to reduce community consultation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Champions Quarry. Photo

Champions Quarry. Photo

Chris Dobney

The department of planning and environment (DoPE) is calling for feedback on plans by Champions Quarry at Tuckurimba, near Lismore, to seek variations to its approval, including the number of community consultation meetings it is required to hold each year.

In 2012, the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approved an increase in production for the quarry from 60,000 to 250,000 tonnes of rock per year.

It came despite a prior refusal by Lismore City Council and gave the quarry the right to excavate 50,000 tonnes more per year than the company had applied for.

The company now seeks to vary some of the conditions the PAC set out.

One of the more contentious issues is the reduction of community consultations from two to one per year. DoPE says this is as a result of a request from the committee members themselves.

The company is also seeking to avoid having to pave an internal road at the quarry, instead using water trucks to keep dust down and away from neighbouring properties.

Up to 100 truck movements a day are allowed in and out of the quarry, with 50 ‘laden truck’ movements permitted daily and up to five per hour.

Another controversial request by the company is to vary the boundaries of the biodiversity offset areas, which the company says is to ‘correct an error and reflect the actual boundaries’.

A fourth condition var...


Echonetdaily: Photographic gallery opens in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A section of the crowd at the opening of the Fox Photo Den gallery in South Lismore.

A section of the crowd at the opening of the Fox Photo Den gallery in South Lismore.

About 200 people turned out last night for the opening of Lismore’s first dedicated photography gallery and meeting place, the Fox Photo Den.

Housed in the old Hurford’s building in Union Street, South Lismore, the opening featured photographs from some of Lismore’s finest photographers.

Photographers included Denise Alison of Humans of Lismore, wildlife photography by Meg Gordon, landscape photographer Alex Clarke, artistic nudes by Cloud Nine’s Simon Fraser, and local artist Michael Whitey White.

Gallery founder Natalie Barovsky also exhibited some of her work.

Ms Barovsky said the gallery space aimed to foster a creative spirit based around all things photographic, encouraging sharing, learing and collaborating on projects.

There will be regular photographic exhibitions and workshops as the space develops.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell attended last night’s opening, which featured live music from Deana Beau Julia Belle.


Echonetdaily: NORPA’s new season is generating excitement "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Chris Dobney

One of the great joys of living in the northern rivers is getting out to see a NORPA show.

As someone who haunted Sydney and Melbourne theatres for decades, my one fear in moving from the big smoke was of losing the chance to enjoy live theatre.

Well, after eight years and many, many NORPA shows, I’m here to tell you that I should never have worried.

Some of the best theatrical moments of those two cities find their way to Lismore, polished and perfected.

And best of all, each year NORPA produces at least one of its own productions through its Generator program.

Dreamland is NORPA's 2016 Generator production.

Dreamland is NORPA’s 2016 Generator production.

This year’s new Generator work is called Dreamland (they seem to like ‘land’ in the title – last year, of course we saw a sell-out reprise of NORPA’s runaway success, Railway Wonderland).

Created by the same team, Dreamland has been developed as part of Arts Northern Rivers’ project If These Halls Could Talk, and will be performed in and around the Eureka hall...


Echonetdaily: Possible MH370 debris taken to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A searcher scans the ocean during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AFP)

A searcher scans the ocean during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (AFP)

Debris believed to be part of a Boeing 777 jet found off Mozambique is being taken to Australia to be examined by investigators involved in the search for the missing Flight MH370.

Malaysia’s transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said there is a “high possibility” that the piece of debris belonged to a 777 jet but added he could not conclude yet that it was from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

‘The debris will be taken to Australia for further examination,’ he told Reuters.

The piece of debris was discovered off the east African coast between Mozambique and Madagascar.
Liow said a team of investigators had been sent to Mozambique on Tuesday to inspect the object.

He said Malaysian authorities had sought the help of Australian investigators to secure the debris, as Malaysia did not have an embassy in Mozambique.

Earlier on Wednesday, NBC News reported the piece could be a horizontal stabiliser from a Boeing 777, citing US, Malaysian and Australian investigators who looked at photos of the debris.

Flight MH370 disappeared two years ago when it was carrying 239 people, including six Australians, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

Last year authorities found a...


Echonetdaily: UN imposes harsh sanctions on N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with his generals and other officers. (AAP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with his generals and other officers. (AAP)

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that dramatically expands existing UN sanctions on North Korea.

The tough new sanctions, largely negotiated by Washington and Beijing, came in response to North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test.

US Ambassador Samantha Power said the new sanctions voted for on Wednesday go further than any UN sanctions regime in two decades and are aimed at cutting off funds for its nuclear and other banned weapons programs.

Under the sanctions, all cargo going to and from North Korea must be inspected and North Korean trade representatives in Syria, Iran and Vietnam are among 16 individuals added to a UN blacklist, along with 12 North Korean entities.

Previously states only had to inspect North Korean cargo shipments if they had reasonable grounds to believe they contained illicit goods.

‘Virtually all of the DPRK’s (North Korea) resources are channelled into its reckless and relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,’ Power told the council after the vote, adding that the cargo inspection provisions are “hugely significant”.

After nearly two mo...


Echonetdaily: Bin Laden’s $40m inheritance for jihad "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Osama Bin Laden. (file pic)

Osama Bin Laden. (file pic)

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined how at least $US29 million ($A40 million) of his fortune should be used after his death – most of it for global jihad.

One of the letters – part of a cache of 113 documents taken in the 2011 US Special Forces raid that killed bin Laden – was described by intelligence officials as what they believed was a last will.

Reuters and ABC Television were given exclusive access to the documents, which were translated from Arabic and declassified by US intelligence agencies.

They were part of a second tranche of documents seized in the operation and have been declassified since May 2015.

A large number have yet to be released.

One document, a handwritten note the Saudi militant is believed to have composed in the late 1990s, laid out how he wanted to distribute about $US29 million he had in Sudan.

One per cent, bin Laden wrote, should go to Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, a senior al Qaeda militant who used the nom de guerre Abu Hafs al Mauritani.

‘By the way, (al-Walid) has already received 20,000-30,000 dollars from it,’ bin Laden wrote.

‘I promised him that I would reward him if he took it out of the (Sudanese) government.’

Bin Laden lived in Sudan for five years as an official guest until he was as...


Echonetdaily: ISS crew back after record spaceflight "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. gestures after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday. (AAP)

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. gestures after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday. (AAP)

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have returned to earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station.

A Soyuz capsule carrying Kelly, Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, another Russian cosmonaut, made a parachute landing on the steppe near the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan at 10.26am (1526 AEDT) on Wednesday, about 3-1/2 hours after departing the station.

Kelly and Kornienko have been aboard the space station for 340 days, about twice as long as previous crews.

Their flight sets a record for the space station and for the longest US space mission, intended to pave the way for human travel to Mars.

Volkov, who has been in space for 5-1/2 months, was the first to emerge from the capsule, to be greeted by his father Alexander Volkov, also a cosmonaut.

Kelly, emerging next, waved his hand energetically and smiled before beginning a satellite telephone conversation.

In their nearly year-long stay in space, Kelly, 52, and Kornienko, 55, have been the subjects of dozens of medical experiments and...


Echonetdaily: Pell denies attempt to silence victim "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cardinal George Pell. AP Photo Gregorio Borgia

Cardinal George Pell. AP Photo Gregorio Borgia

Cardinal George Pell has again denied asking a nephew and victim of pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale what it would take to keep him quiet.

David Ridsdale has told the child abuse royal commission when he told Cardinal Pell in 1993 he had been abused by his uncle, the then Melbourne bishop asked him: “I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet.”

Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied the claim, which he did again before the commission on Thursday.

The hearing via video link from Rome began an hour earlier at 9pm Rome time, 7am Sydney time.

Cardinal Pell is facing questioning from sex abuse victims’ lawyers on his fourth day on the stand in Rome on Thursday.

Cardinal Pell told the commission on Wednesday the church in the 1970s and 1980s was a world of crimes and cover ups and he was left in the dark about serious sex abuse allegations against priests and brothers in Ballarat and Melbourne.

Cardinal Pell also said he regretted his choice of words when he told the commission on Tuesday he had no interest in Father Ridsdale’s offending in the mid-1970s.

Cardinal Pell said he completely messed up the sequence of events while giving evidence and had believed he was responding to questions about when...


Echonetdaily: Micro parties to hold war room meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

parliament-house-300x225Micro parties set to be obliterated under the Turnbull government’s changes to how Australians vote for senators will convene a “war room” meeting on the weekend.

Glenn Druery, the man known as the “preference whisperer” for his ability to devise vote-swap deals, told ABC TV about 40 micro party representatives will meet to work out a game plan.

Mr Druery signalled an attack on Liberal and Green marginal seats is an option, as well as flooding electorates with pop up party candidates to bring down the quota needed to be elected.

Meanwhile, Mr Druery predicts if it comes to a double dissolution election a mixed bag of senators will emerge holding the balance of power.

He believes the half quota used in double dissolution elections could see the independent senator Nick Xenophon’s party pick up three to four seats, the Jacqui Lambie Network securing at least one and Clive Palmer having a fighting chance of retaining his seat in the lower house.

‘If we do go to a double dissolution… the joke could be on the government,’ he said.

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Echonetdaily: NSW parole laws questioned after alleged rape "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW government is looking into parole laws after a convicted pedophile allegedly raped a teenager just hours after he was released from prison.

Arthur Alliband, 26, is accused of assaulting the 16-year-old at a western Sydney reserve on the same day he was released on automatic court-based parole for a prior sex conviction.

At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the NSW State Parole Board revoked Alliband’s parole.

Alliband had been serving time for having sex with a child aged between 10 and 14 after he was sentenced to jail in December 2015, backdated to August 2014.

‘Where a sentence is less than three years, the court sets the date for automatic release on parole,’ a Corrective Service spokeswoman said.

In a recent Law Reform Commission review of parole, a recommendation was made that automatic parole be scrapped.

‘The LRC recommended that court parole be replaced with statutory parole which allows the State Parole Authority to revoke parole or put further or different conditions on an offender before they are released,’ a NSW government spokeswoman told AAP.

She said the state government was currently considering this and other recommendations of the report.

Alliband, who did not appear in court on Wednesday, will next appear at Penrith Local Court on April 29 via video link.

He faces a charge of sexual intercourse without consent and assault with act of indecency.

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Echonetdaily: ALP picks indigenous leader for Senate "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Bill Shorten has picked prominent indigenous leader Pat Dodson to replace retiring Labor senator Joe Bullock.

Mr Dodson is the second Aboriginal leader to be hand-picked by Labor for federal parliament in as many days, following NSW state MP Linda Burney’s recruitment to run for the seat of Barton on Tuesday.

Senator Bullock on Tuesday night announced he would leave parliament within weeks, citing his disagreement with Labor over a binding vote for MPs on same-sex marriage.

Mr Dodson is expected to get the nod from senior ALP figures at a meeting convened by national secretary George Wright this week, before being formally endorsed by the West Australian parliament for the casual vacancy.

The decision will head off a messy factional brawl in WA.

‘We should put aside the rough and tumble of the party system and give someone of Pat Dodson’s remarkable qualities the opportunity to serve as a senator,’ Mr Shorten said.

Mr Dodson, who has not been a member of the ALP since the 1980s, said he was honoured by Mr Shorten’s support.

‘After many conversations it became clear to me that this was a good opportunity and one that should not be passed up,’...


Echonetdaily: Bluesfest defends Eagles of Death Metal over social media attacks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes makes the heart sign supporting those who died. Photo supplied

Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes makes the heart sign supporting those who died. Photo supplied

Bluesfest director Peter Noble has hit out at detractors of the band Eagles of Death Metal, and defended removing attacks on them from the event’s forum page.

The band survived a terrorist attack that killed 89 people the night they were playing Paris’s Bataclan Theatre in November and returned to play again at the reopened venue last month.

They are due to perform at Bluesfest over Easter.

Following the attacks, lead singer Jesse Hughes told the media that if people in the theatre had been allowed to carry guns fewer might have died.

‘Gun control kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it, but if you want to bring it up, I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single f**king person from dying at the Bataclan?’ he said in an emotional interview with French TV channel iTélé.

‘I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life, charging headfirst into the face of death, with their fi...


Byron Bay Blog: Dynasty8 Presents Bright Sadness "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dynasty8 is the Byron Shire’s newest chamber choir, directed by Elizabeth Swain. Eight voices singing some of the most beautiful music ever written, from ancient to modern, Dynasty8 and Song Dynasty Music present a concert of devotional music approaching Easter – the traditional time of growth, rebirth and renewal.

The concert is called Bright Sadness – a title reflecting the choice of music from the early middle ages, to Bach, Mozart and modern compositions that all explore the fragility and wonder of humanity, our eternal questions about why we are here, what is our purpose, how long do I have left on this earth, and how can I live deeply, with joy, love and peace.

Featuring soprano soloist Katie Rutledge and organist Hamsa Arnold, the concert will be held on Saturday 12 March, 5pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina, and on Sunday 13 March, 2pm at St Martin’s Anglican Church, Mullumbimby.

Admission is $20 or $15 concession, and tickets are available at the door, or through, or at art piece gallery, Mullumbimby.

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Echonetdaily: Great start t0 ANZAC Cup for Byron Rams "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New boy Chris Watts scored on his debut for the Rams Premier division squad.

New boy Chris Watts scored on his debut for the Rams Premier division squad.

The first round of Football Far North Coast’s preseason competitions, the Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Shield, produced a mixed bag of results for the Great Northern/Rails Hotels Rams and Wildcats.

With so many familiar faces and new recruits lining up to play for Byron, the Club has entered four teams in this year’s Cup – one in the Premier Division, two in the Open A competition and the Wildcats womens team in the B Division of the Callan Macmillan Shield.

The weekend’s opening round saw the return of many Byron regulars and the debut of some talented new signings.

Byron’s Wildcats women’s team hit the ground running with a resounding 8–1 win over Lismore’s Rovers Rangers.

The Open A – Pool A Rams had a strong opener, but went down 1–0 to a more seasoned Ballina crew. The Open A – Pool C boys copped a bit of a hiding with a 7–1 loss to a strong Lismore Thistles.

The Great Northern Premier Rams lined up with a mix of seasoned Byron campaigners and new signings for 2016. While the team is obviously still in...


Echonetdaily: Grafton accident closes Pacific Highway "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Pacific Highway is closed following a head-on crash near Grafton shortly before 1am.

Emergency services were called to a section of the highway about six kilometres south of Grafton following the collision between a northbound van and a southbound B-double truck.

The male driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, while the male driver of the truck was taken to Grafton Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

There were no passengers in either vehicle and the ages of the drivers are not yet known.

Second accident near Clybucca

Just after 1.30am emergency services were called to another section of the Pacific Highway, near Clybucca, following a head-on collision between a southbound car and a northbound campervan.

The driver of the car, a man in his 70s, has been taken to Port Macquarie Hospital with serious injuries. There were no passengers in the car.

The two men travelling in the campervan, both aged in their 20s, were also injured. The passenger sustained serious injuries to his back, while the driver suffered arm and leg injuries. Both have been taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital.

The Pacific Highway remains closed in both directions at each of the crash sites; diversions are in place.

Motorists are encouraged to visit for the latest updates.


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Echonetdaily: Far north coast junior life savers are state bound "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A committed group of junior life savers from across the far north coast will take on the best surf athletes NSW has to offer when the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships get underway on the central coast later this week.

From Friday, almost 3,000 competitors aged between nine and 14 will hit the waves as they battle it out in events including beach sprint, swimming, ski paddling, board racing and ironman.

It promises to be a barnstorming three days of competition as the best young lifesavers vie for medals and the chance to write their names into the history of the largest surf carnival of its type in Australia.

Almost 40 representatives from seven far north coast clubs will make the trip south.

Byron Bay SLSC and Cudgen Headland SLSC will be fielding the largest teams with 10 and 18 competitors respectively, while Lennox Head, Yamba, Brunswick, Cabarita Beach, and Ballina SLSC will all be fielding teams.

The State Champs will be a highlight of the competitive season for these youngsters, many who are full of confidence after a highly successful Country Championships campaign at South West Rocks last month.

Among those who will make the trip are Hayley Smith (Cudgen Headland), who won silver in the U13 Board in 2013, and Tex Hembrow and Leilani Carter, both of Byron Bay, who are also hoping to come home with medals again this season.

Other athletes to watch out for are Paige Leishman (Byron Bay), who enjoyed a highly successful time at Country Championships, and will be lining up in the U14s, Joey and Elizabeth Warne (Cudgen Headland) and Jorden, Malik and Yasmin Elabbasi, and Kalani Ives all from Yamba SLSC.

NSW Surf Sports manager Rob....


Echonetdaily: Byron GM’s patronising attitude not reassuring "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The tone of Byron shire general manager’s response to Cr Duncan Dey’s motion supporting volunteer, Angela Dunlop, put to the last council meeting was not reassuring, on the contrary I found it somewhat patronising.

Mr Gainger describes people’s expectations of his role in this area as ‘local folklore’ and accuses Angela of ‘exuberance’.
He claims to have no responsibility for dealing with complaints about volunteers and that these must be handled by council’s legal services co-ordinater, Mr Ralph James.
As I said, not at all reassuring from our GM and I can’t believe he could not have acted to bring about a different outcome for Angela; not good news for volunteers.
Jenny Coman, Bangalow

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Echonetdaily: Forty Australian towns that should quit the grid "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Giles Parkinson,

A new study has identified at least 40 Australian towns that could, and probably should, quit the main electricity grid, because they would be saving money for themselves and for other electricity consumers.

A study by energy management consultants Energeia says that many small towns, particularly those at the edge of the grid, will find it more cost effective within a few years to actually cut the main link and provide the power with local generation, principally solar, and battery storage.

That is, if regulations can be changed to allow the true cost to be reflected.

In the National Electricity Market, which covers eastern Australia and South Australia (along with Tasmania, although the island has lost its connection) around 40 towns fit that category just with solar. There may be more that could look after their own needs with biomass or geothermal.

The study, yet to be formally released, will show that in small remote towns at the end of the network the economics are already compelling now, or will be by 2020.

What may be surprising to many is the number of larger, regional towns that will fit this category by 2025. The cost of locally generated solar and storage is, or soon will be, lower than the cost of burning coal in large centralised generators and transmitting the output across the network.

This will not be news to network operators, particularly Ergon in Queensland, SA Power Networks, and Western Power in WA, who have also said at various times that it may be cheaper to take towns off the grid. Nor will it be a surprise to the numerous communities that have expressed a desire to do just that.

‘The message is that this is happening anyway,’ says Energeia analyst Melanie Koerner. ‘We know that towns are looking to go off grid and t...


North Coast Voices: In Malcolm Bligh Turnbull's Australia..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

ABC News, 26 February 2016:

A group of Pacific islanders are being paid less than $10 a week after deductions to pick fruit and vegetables on Australian farms by a company that sponsored their visas under a federally-run worker program.

The workers came to Australia in January as part of the Department of Employment's Seasonal Worker Program.

The group of 20 from Fiji, and others from Tonga, were taken to the caravan park in Merrigum, in the food bowl district of northern Victoria.
Most of the workers are taken by bus every morning to nearby tomato and apple farms.


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The Gap Year and Beyond: Mallacoota colours "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The last few days I stayed at Mallacoota I drove around to my favourite spots looking for a bit of natural local colour. Early summer is the best time to visit, you have the place to yourself as the holidays crowds don’t arrive until Xmas.

Secret Beach, Mallacoota, Victoria

Secret Beach, Mallacoota, Victoria

Bekta Point, Victoria

Bekta Point, Mallacoota, Victoria

wallagaraugh river, Victoria

Wallagaraugh River, Victoria



Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Fox on the run—meet Lex Luthor "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


A fox on the run was our driving motivation to help the hapless lost Lex Luthor. A call came from a concerned member of the public who had sighted, on numerous occasions, a small black chicken darting about where a small black chicken shouldn’t. It came to pass that the chicken, who at this stage was thought to be a hen, had somehow become either lost or abandoned at a roadside dumpsite. With little cover to protect the bird, and vast open fields over which foxes regularly traversed, it was a miracle the tiny creature had dodged death for so long. But the little fella was not about to give up his liberty freely.

Lex Luther

Just as quickly as our little black hen morphed into a rooster, we too morphed into arborists to rein him in. As we triumphantly removed the last twig from our hair, a collective high five was given and Lex Luthor not only had a name but a new home as well. Featherweight indeed was Luthor; with his keel bone all too easily felt and his tiny shrivelled sparrow-like poops, it was clear that fending for himself was something this little guy had not been doing too well. Something many poultry keepers do not realise is that feathers can hid a multitude of maladies, and it is only through regular and routine inspection that a true picture of health can be obtained.

Parasite treatment administered and recuperation therapy commenced, our task now at hand is to expose the true villain here—and that is those who abandon animals. Of particular concern to the human folk here at Edgar’s Mission is the increasing number of calls we receive to take in unwanted roosters. It truly is a problem that even Superman would have trouble leaping over, yet one that could so readily be addressed. The first step is to end chicken hatching projects at schools, childcare f...


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: We named him Major Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Major Mitchell

We named him Major Mitchell not because his colouring is that of his namesake cockatoo, the one with the soft textured salmon-pink and white-hued feathers. No, this fella is black. And we didn’t so name him because of any said resemblance to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, otherwise known as Major Mitchell, the famous surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia—although chances are the two managed to tread the same soil, albeit centuries apart. And therein lies a clue to the naming of our newest porcine pal.

Major Mitchell

The Shire of Mitchell is named after Major Mitchell as this famous and intrepid explorer passed through this undulating and well-treed countryside on at least one of his many adventurous forays throughout the state of Victoria. Infected by the same wanderlust was our Major Mitchell, who had taken to traversing the hills and dales of the Mitchell shire. However, his inquisitive antics were at odds with local traffic and concerned residents. With his days of exploration behind him, our first task was to rid the little black pig of all the multitude of hitch-hikers he had picked up on the way. With potions and lotions sending them packing and a castration and tusk trim complete, the road to recovery has commenced and an entire landscape of kindness awaits. Whilst Major Mitchell still has humans on his “cannot be trusted” list, we are working our darnedest to erase that memory. And to this end, and with the knowledge that the way to a pig’s heart is through his stomach, it is with belly rubs and yummy treats we work.

A tr......


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Fifi the lamb "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"


Now, while you may wonder why a name more synonymous with a fluffy white poodle is the name for a tiny little cream and white lamb, our wonder is just why anyone could wish to harm her. You see, Fifi is a Damara cross lamb. Damaras, a self-shedding fleeced breed relatively new to Australia and a breed renowned for its carcass quality, sees them favoured for meat production and the live export market. Yet Fifi knows none of those things. What she does know is that she misses her mum (whose life, sadly, was taken when she became tangled in a fence, leaving the wee lamb an orphan) and she yearns for company and her bottle. Both of those things we can provide in ample quantity.


With a zest for life only a lamb can muster, Fifi has become an instant hit with all the crew here at Edgar’s Mission, both human and non-human. Her innocent curiosity sees her wander up to the largest of animals as well as the smallest and ask, “Will you be my friend?” Whilst we have no doubt their answer is a resounding “Yes!”, what will be yours?

Fifi Fifi Fifi...


Mountain Journal: A Victorian walking festival "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The following comes from Stephen Ingrouille.

We are planning a Melbourne / Victorian Walking Festival for the month of April, 2016 [finishing on May 8]. This inaugural festival will encourage people, groups and businesses to organise walks during the month, which can then be advertised via a website, a printed program and through social media.

Any organisation (commercial or community) or individual would be welcome to submit a walk for the program. Walks can be of any length, any degree of difficulty, and anywhere in the state. They can be city strolls or serious bush walks. The word ‘walk’ is used in the general sense to include active transport solutions such as prams and wheelchairs as appropriate for the activity.

There will be no charge to be listed in the 2016 program.

Apart from the physical and mental benefits of walking there is the obvious benefit for locals and visitors to discover more of Victoria.

Next Steps

  • If you or your organisation is interested in participating in this 2016 Festival, please contact Stephen Ingrouille via email:
  • Start to consider what walks you could include in the program.
  • Once the program and other material are ready we would ask you to help spread the word about the Festival through your membership networks and social media activities.



South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Bass Coast Health CEO resigns "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Bass Coast Health Chief Executive Officer Veronica Jamison has resigned after 16 months in the position effective today.

Board Chair Peter Laydon announced today that Ms Jamison would finish in the role on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

It follows a decision by Mr Laydon to resign at a hospital board meeting last week.

“I wish to thank Veronica for her strong contribution and dedication to the growth and development of Bass Coast Health since she commenced in October 2014,” Mr Laydon said.

“She has overseen many initiatives and projects during her time as the CEO at BCH including the opening of the new short stay unit, the development of the new five year strategic plan and has been a strong advocate for the development of the new community health facility on Phillip Island, and this work will continue.

“Veronica has been involved in the health sector for more than 30 years, and has held senior roles at other health services in Melbourne and country Victoria.

“Her past experience in positions at Monash Health, Melbourne Health and Alfred Health has been of great benefit to Bass Coast Health and our local community.”

Mr Laydon said the board would appoint Ms Jan Child as interim CEO while it commenced recruitment for Ms Jamison’s replacement. Ms Child is an experienced senior executive at Peninsula Health and will commence the interim role on Monday 7 March 2016.



andypaine: Rewriting the political script "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

I met an Australian guy in a hostel in India. “I love politics,” he told me. “Especially American politics. I follow it every day. It’s like a TV show.”

At this point an American sat down and joined us. “Are you feeling the Bern?” he asked. She looked at him somewhat quizzically. “You know, Bernie Sanders. Are you a fan?”

The conversation went on, talking about Democrat primary votes, comparing the virtues of the safety of Clinton versus the hope for change of Sanders. Our friend reiterated his love for the drama and intrigue of American politics.

Meanwhile back in Australia it’s an election year too. If American politics with its mass rallies and larger-than-life personalities can compete for drama with Game Of Thrones though, the Australian equivalent is more like Days Of Our Lives – lower budget, less credibility, grand narratives replaced with petty backstabbing and personal feuds. Like a soap opera, Australian politics endlessly regurgitates storylines that stretch credulity with vengeful acts of sociopathy and characters being resurrected, each time seemingly a desperate grab for ratings. And like any good soapie, you know that watching it is bad for you, but out of morbid fascination you just can’t drag yourself away.

Not long after our conversation in that hostel though, something happened back home that broke the usual nightly soap opera routine. A one year old baby of Nepalese asylum seekers, given the pseudonym “Asha”, was taken from immigration detention on Nauru to Brisbane for treatment of serious burns. The burns healed, but the medical staff at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital refused to discharge her; saying that with deportation imminent, there was no safe environment for her to return to and releasing Asha would be a breach of their duty of care.

It was a welcome break from the inhumanity of politicians that normally domi...


Zedlines: Elders block mine entrance in protest - and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Aboriginal elders from the Gamilaraay and Githabul nations have locked themselves to concrete barrels, blocking entrance to Whitehaven’s Maules Creek coal mine.

Environmental groups call for climate action

Environmental groups have responded to an announcement yesterday from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that the reef is suffering a level 1 bleaching event, saying it shows a need for Queensland to take climate action.

The report released by the marine park authority says the reef is in danger of turning into an underwater desert if climate change and localised pollution is not dealt with.


Zedlines: George Pell gives evidence via video link - plus more 10am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Cardinal George Pell today gives evidence at the royal commission into church sexual abuse. (image source: creative commons)

Bankruptcy on the rise in Central Queensland

A study has found alarming levels of bankruptcy in Central Queensland.

The study found that Rockhampton and Mackay are the worst affected towns, with over 20 people a month filing for bankruptcy in the last two years. It also raised concerns about the numbers in Gladstone and Biloela.


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 29.02.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Track Title Artist Album Title
Time Is The Teacher Matt Roberts Time Is The Teacher
Tired Of My Tears Kate Lush Kate Lush
Rattleshake Snake The Arc Riders The Arc Riders
Wasting My Time Wards Xpress The Back Roads
Silverstar The Fumes Bloodless
Creole Belle Sugarcane Collins Going Back To Clarksdale
Rockin’ Little Mama The Vibrolators The Vibrolators
featuring Miss Peta Lee
Tail-Lights Bondi Cigars Child In The Desert
Water On The Road The Shane Pacey Trio Watch Out!
Feel The Pinch Marshall Okell Sipping On Rocket Fuel
Smokestack Lightning Fiona Boyes Box & Dice



Soulful and searing, with a penchant for zoot suits and fedoras, Mojo Juju isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. Her ability to fuse a range of sounds and styles and her passionate refusal to stay within the boundaries of any one genre has been commanding the attention of audiences all over Australia, with 2015 marking the release of her second solo album and a national tour.



Zedlines: Call for Julian Assange to be given freedom of movement - plus more 9am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been stuck in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, but a new statement calls for his release (image:creative commons)

Barrett Centre Inquiry; doctor feared patients too unwell to be moved

In the ongoing Barrett Centre Inquiry, the inquiry has heard from the centre’s clinical director, Dr Trevor Sadler, that some patients were too unwell to be moved and represented a risk if moved to services not as well equipped to help.

Sadler says that he signed off the alternative service locations because there was no other option as the centre was closing.

Within eight months of the closing, three former patients from the centre died.



The Witches Kitchen: We’ve started picking the olives "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The last post I did about olives in 2013, we were having to pick them green to beat the birds. Maybe it’s because our trees are a bit more mature and the olive harvest is bigger. Maybe it’s because climate change is bringing the harvest forward a little. Maybe it’s because the rainforest trees are bigger and native figs are in season too.  The last few years though I’ve been able to harvest them fully ripe.  We’ve just started picking this year’s olives but it looks like there will be a good year’s supply for us and enough to give away again this year.

Olives are easy to process.  You just have to allow them time.  I pick them over to remove any damaged ones, then put them in big glass jars and cover with water and drain and change the water every day for a fortnight.  This is the work part. The rest is mostly just waiting.

Make up a strong brine – one-third of a cup of salt to each litre of water – and soak them in that for three months.  The only hard part in that is stopping them floating in the brine, for which you need something heavy that will fit inside the jar to push them down.  I have some little ceramic saucers that do the job nicely.  After three months, I drain off the brine and cover them with olive oil, some jars with some preserved lemon, chili, garlic, or herbs added.  They are good at this stage, but it takes another month or two to get to superb.


Zedlines: 10-year plan launched to help with Indigenous middle ear disease - and more 8AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A new plan has been launched to help with middle ear disease.

10-year plan launched to help Indigenous middle ear disease

A new 10-year plan has been launched by Queensland health authorities to help with middle ear disease which is commonly experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The state is aiming to help around 5,000 children over the next year and the plan ensures that 500 Queensland health professionals will undergo training to better identify the disease.

Middle Ear disease falls under the top 20 diseases commonly experienced by Indigenous communities.


the independent: Independent candidate joins "cheating" chorus "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

NEWS Independent Brisbane Lord Mayoral candidate Jim Eldridge has fully backed this newspaper's long-running campaign against the LNP/Team Quirk's ongoing use of their copycat council cleat to try to cheat their way back to the keys of City Hall. And Mr Eldridge has used three simple one-word answers to show what he thinks of the tactic that this paper has always claimed - and one we believe a


89.3 FM 2GLF: Fill-in Presenters List "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We are also looking for people who are available to do the occasional ‘filler’ shifts when they arise. If you have some free time and would like to put your name on the list.


89.3 FM 2GLF: Rock ‘n’ Roll LIVE & Night Markets "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Our first big ‘LIVE’ show in many years, will be taking place on Saturday April 23rd when The Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Roll Jukebox Classics with Rob Cutrie, broadcasts from Mounties starting at 8:00pm until midnight!


The NORTHSIDER: FILM REVIEW | TRUMBO "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When I first learnt about the effects of the Cold War in Hollywood, particularly the Red Scare perpetuated by the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the Hollywood Blacklist and the Hollywood Ten, I thought someone should make a movie about it.

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89.3 FM 2GLF: Director Update "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Please join with me in welcoming Dorothy Rook, Chris Sparrow and Steve Ventrella as Directors on the Board of the Co-operative, in a casual Director role until the Annual General Meeting is held in August.


Natural Newstead: Come and find the ‘feathered five’ in March "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The inaugural Connecting Country Feathered Five Festival is a celebration of woodland birds and their habitat with two days of birdwatching, activities and talks over the weekend of 19-20 March.

The feathered five – Hooded Robin, Diamond Firetail, Painted Button-quail, Jacky Winter and Brown Treecreeper, are local woodland birds that are emblematic of the challenges faced by woodland bird species across Australia. Loss of habitat quality, excessive macrod grazing, understorey decline and predation from foxes and cats have all contributed to a decline in distribution and abundance of the ‘feathered five’ and their counterparts.

This fantastic first festival will feature a free Saturday Evening Forum on the 19th of March in Campbells Creek, bird walks and tours. A highlight will be and after dinner discussion with Professor Andrew Bennett, from Latrobe University and the Arthur Rylah Institute, and Phil Ingamells, from the VNPA, who will share their thoughts on the future of biodiversity in the area and tackle the topics of …“Drought then flooding rains; how do woodland birds respond to climatic change?” and “Collaborating on ten things we can all do to help nature adapt to a new climate”.

Feathered Five Festival Poster 2016

You can come to one event –or all of them but bookings are essential! Visit for more information and to book, or call Connecting Country on 5472 1594.


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Koori Shout Out: Koori Shout Out 1/3/2016 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Studio guest tonight is Mishel McMahon from Jimbeyer Boondjhil Indigenous Centre at Latrobe University Bendigo. Will also be playing a brand new song from Della Harris and an interview that Ed Story did with Della last w


Barwon Blog: Making tracks - to Mother Jamieson's "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Over the years, the name of "Mother Jamieson" has become woven into the fabric of the early Victorian goldfields history. In 1851, anyone travelling to the diggings at Ballarat or Buninyong could tell you that the only place to stay in Buninyong was Mother Jamieson's hotel. Her name is mentioned in the newspapers of the day and recalled years later by old timers recounting the glory days of the gold rush. But who was Mother Jamieson and how did she come to be keeping a hotel in one of the most isolated towns in Victoria at that time?
"Mother Jamieson" was actually Margaret Jamieson, born in Rothsay, Scotland in about 1809 to parents John and Margaret Stewart. In 1839 she and her husband James, along with at least four children, migrated to the newly-established Port Phillip District as assisted immigrants aboard the Palmyra.
Within a short time of arriving in Australia her husband James had taken up a publican's license and was running the Eagle Inn in Bourke St, Melbourne, so by the time she reached Buninyong, Margaret was most likely already an experienced publican. In the Vigilante of 1st August, 1918, the Eagle Inn was described as little more than a drinking den, however the article also notes, that James, along with his barman Thomas Hodge contrived in 1841 to build Melbourne's first theatre.

Looking up Bourke St, Melbourne in the 1940s....


: ‘HE MUST GO’ "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Public warning to Roberts! BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Hunters Hill residents have called for the resignation or sacking of Local Government Minister Paul Toole at the large community rally in Hunters Hill Town Hall last Tuesday night. They unanimously endorsed a motion by Save Our Councils Coalition leader Clr Carolyn Corrigan Deputy Mayor of [...]


: Lady Anne Charity Golf Day at Ryde Parramatta Golf Club "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

4th Lady Anne Funerals It’s All About the Children Charity Golf Day will be staged on Thursday March 10 at Ryde Parramatta Golf Club. The aim of the Golf Day is to raise $50,000 towards a transport vehicle for the RASAID (Ryde Area Supported Accommodation for Intellectually Disabled) children. Participants can enjoy a presentation luncheon; [...]


: Ryde hit and run victim urges witnesses to phone "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

THE partner of a man seriously injured in a hit and run incident in Ryde has appealed for witnesses to come forward. Twenty six year old Ben Ling was knocked off his motor bike around 8.30pm on Saturday February 20 and was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition. His partner Amanda [...]


: Importance of preserving our Friendship Pact and French Connection "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

To The POINT with SUE HOOPMANN TO join the celebrations of the Bicentenary of Australia twenty eight years ago, the French Ambassador with a flurry of French hierarchy landed by helicopter on Weil Park, one of Hunters Hill’s beautiful ovals, this one at Woolwich. The purpose was to sign a Friendship Pact between Hunters Hill [...]


: They did it too . . . . "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Edward and Lassie accepted The Weekly Times challenge to follow up last week’s page 1 proposal picture for a formal kneeling marriage proposal picture at last week’s meeting of West Ryde  Chamber of Commerce at Huntington’s NSW Chatham Road premises  hosted by executive officer Robyn Kapp OAM. They actually married on Valentine’s Day just a [...]


: Hunters Hill Public Rally calls for resignation or sacking of Toole "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

He Must Go! BY OUR CHIEF CIVIC ROUNDSMAN  . . . and take Baird with him! Last Tuesday’s large community rally in Hunters Hill Town Hall has called for Local Government Minister Paul Toole to resign or be sacked. The highly charged rally against the forced merger of Hunters Hill with Lane Cove and Ryde [...]


: Farewell ‘Mr Gladesville’ "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

RAYMOND JOHN (Ray) WILSON OAM was farewelled yesterday at All Saints Church Hunters Hill. Ray, affectionately known as “Mr Gladesville” was aged 90. He was a Gladesville boy through and through and was proud to be a GPS Boy -  Gladesville Public School – where he had been a student and was for many years [...]


: Hunters Hill church sheds many a tear for past abuse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

All Saints Anglican Church Reverend Michael Armstrong pours water to symbolise the tears of people who have suffered sexual and other abuse. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO All Saints Anglican Church in Hunters Hill will host a deeply moving service for people who have suffered sexual and other abuse. The ceremony titled ÔLamentationÕ will be held in [...]


: Local language trial has national potential says John Alexander "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Bennelong MP John Alexander and Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham share a love for learning other languages with children at Top Ryde Early Learning Centre. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO A local trial to teach toddlers another language has been an incredible success that may inspire other trials across Australia, Bennelong MP John Alexander [...]


: Huge rates rises for mega Ryde Council "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ryde residents will be hit with massive rates and rents increases of up to 31 per cent if the Baird Government’s proposed forced merger of Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove goes ahead. Dominello challenged to represent his Ryde constituents The massive increase is based on independent financial analysis authorised by the City of Ryde [...]

Monday, 29 February


Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Submit your Jazz gigs to:

Monday, 29 February 2016

Cam Atkins Trio: Roseville Memorial Club, 64 Pacific Hwy, ROSEVILLE (7pm, 94196849)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, Check Website)

Latin & Jazz Open Mic Jam Sessions: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, 93577700)

Sonic Mayhem Orchestra: ......


Byron Bay Blog: Blues Fest Busking Comp "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is the perfect platform for unsigned artists to showcase their talents to a previously untapped national audience. The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the weeks leading up to Bluesfest instigating the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from around the country for the chance to take out the prize.

This exclusive, sought after competition is designed specifically to give unsigned artists an opportunity, providing a key stepping stone for their career development! There are countless prizes available including a stage position at Bluesfest for the open winner. The Busking vibes and opportunities continue with the funky Bluesfest Busking stage and roving buskers throughout the festival providing a wealth of talent. Further to festival performance opportunities, prizes include such prospects as recording time at Studio 301 in Byron for the winners plus much more.

The heats for the Busking Comp are held prior to the commencement of the Bluesfest at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay for the Open event and the Byron YAC for the Grommets (under 18’s). The finalists are then showcased throughout the day at the Beach Hotel on Good Friday with performances on show for a chance to take the winning positions. All finalists and a handful of runners up will have the opportunity of playing at the Busking Stage at the festival with chances available for roving buskers within the festival.

The 2016 over 18’s Blues Fest Busking Comp will take place at The Beach Hotel on March 22 & 23 from 3pm. Finals will be held on Good Friday (March 25) from midday.

For the under18’s, the comp will be held on March 19 & 20 from 11am at Three Blue Ducks at The Farm.

For your chance to play, apply at


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