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Sunday, 06 March


Echonetdaily: Pollies get perks, pensioners get peanuts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

So the bill for our retiring pollies surpasses the $2 million.

Nothing said about it but plenty is said about the rise of ordinary aged pensioner rates.

Here we have a group of elected representatives showing us of what it means to be a politician when they can retire on self-help remuneration as a result of the many contacts that they have had during their years in a parliament.

What does that say to the average pensioner? ‘Up you for the rent.’

Bruce Apps, Townsend, NSW

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Echonetdaily: Kyogle man wanted over domestic violence incidents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sam Webb is wanted by NSW police on outstanding warrants for domestic violence offences. Photo NSW Police Media

Sam Webb is wanted by NSW police on outstanding warrants for domestic violence offences. Photo NSW Police Media

Police are appealing to the public for help finding a man wanted on outstanding arrest warrants in the Kyogle area.

Sam Webb, 27 years, is wanted in relation to five outstanding arrest warrants in NSW for domestic violence-related offences.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 165cm tall, of slim build, with a fair complexion, brown hair, blue eyes and no facial hair.

Wanted man Sam Webb's distinctive tattoo. Photo NSW Police Media

Wanted man Sam Webb’s distinctive tattoo. Photo NSW Police Media

Sam has a distinctive tattoo of a skull with a cross in the middle of it on his left forearm.

He was last seen in Broken Hill early last month and may be seeking handyman work on farms. It is also possible he has moved to Queensland or the Northern Territory.

Anyone who sees Sam is urged not to approach him, but to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

The pos......


Echonetdaily: Burringbar woman trampled by cow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 61-year-old Burringbar woman had to be choppered to hospital after being trampled by a cow on Saturday (March 5).

It is the second instance of cow-attack in the area in just a few days after a Pumpenbill man was similarly injured on Tuesday.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended the scene, and paramedics stabilised the woman before airlifting her to Gold Coast University Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

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15:23 Trainee firefighter to brighten up your day "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A firefighter was working on the engine outside the Station, when he noticed
a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with tiny ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.

The girl was wearing a firefighter’s helmet.

The wagon was being pulled by her dog and her cat.

The firefighter walked over to take a closer look.
‘That sure is a nice fire truck,’ the firefighter said with admiration.

‘Thanks,’ the girl replied. The firefighter looked a little closer. The girl had
tied the wagon to her dog’s collar and to the cat’s testicles.

‘Little partner,’ the firefighter said, ‘I don’t want to tell you how to run your
rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat’s collar, I think you could go
faster. ‘

The little girl replied thoughtfully, ‘You’re probably right, but
then I wouldn’t have a siren.’



The Witches Kitchen: A bathroom worth the 30 year wait "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


I cleaned my bathroom for this photo.

I weeded the fig in the pot.  I hung the maroon towels because they look much prettier against the dark aqua wall than the torn barbie doll beach towel.  I threw out the old luffa. Cleaning done.

Oh how I love love love having a bathroom you don’t have to clean.  The moss growing in the corner of the shower is supposed to be there.  The floor never needs mopping.   I put dirt in little crevices in the rock walls to plant ferns and tree orchids.  The late afternoon sun even has an angle that directly hits the towels hanging on the wall so they smell like they’ve just come off the clothes line.

Free hot water, orchids and maidenhair, a fat green frog, a bath that stays warm for hours with a view of the stars, candlelight playing on rocks, and plugholes that take the water out to bananas and mulberries. But really high up on even this list is that I finally, after all these years, have a bathroom that isn’t just not cleaned, it’s not in need of cleaning.


This is one of the two kinds of orchids in flower now, misted with overspray from the shower. I’ve never grown orchids before.

There’s a problem with bathrooms. They are one person rooms, which tends to mean small. They are private, which tends to mean lack of  sun or air. People are naked in them, which tends to...


North Coast Voices: An Instance Of Failure To Contact Civil Authorities In Relation To Allegations Of Child Sexual Abuse In Ballarat, Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The subject of child sexual abuse is always distressing and nevermore so than during the four days in February-March 2016 when Cardinal Prefect George Pell gave evidence from Rome to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Below is a brief background of one of the convicted paedophiles, excerpts from Cardinal Pell's evidence with regard to this former Christian Brother and the Vatican response to the evidence.

This is not the only recorded instance where Cardinal Pell and the Catholic Church failed to contact civil authorities after it was discovered that schoolchildren were being sexually abused.

BACKGROUND - Edward Vernon "Ted" Dowlan



North Coast Voices: The "Bob Jelly Gazette" has its say on an Iluka development application "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Below is a copy of an excerpt from the March 2016 newsletter put out by Iluka resident, Graeme Lynn and his small group of predominately enthusiastic pro-development fellow travellers calling themselves the Ratepayers Association of Iluka Inc.

Mr. Lynn, who besides being president of this particular ratepayers association and president of the Iluka Golf Club, is also a real estate agent.  

Readers may him remember from this premature online advertising of the proposed 162 lot subdivision at Lot 99 Hickey Street:


01:49 Startling new information proves Port Arthur massacre was planned by government "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A Cairns News special presentation

A senator has refused to comment about allegations he had prior knowledge of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 when 35 innocent people were killed in a precision shooting operation.

Another 23 men, women and children were wounded by a trained and methodical gunman with long blond hair.

Revelations by Austrian-based author and researcher, Keith Noble, that Senator Stephen Parry had prior knowledge of the shootings, have not been refuted.

Parry at the time was a qualified embalmer and a former member of Tasmania Police who led a team of embalmers which handled the bodies in 1996.

An Australian, Mr Noble is leading a campaign to free accused shooter Martin Bryant from Risdon Gaol in Tasmania.

A paper written and presented in 1997 by Stephen Parry entitled ‘Port Arthur Massacre – AFDA National Embalming Team – Detailed Report’, that appears in a little-known book entitled ‘PORT ARTHUR SEMINAR PAPERS: A record of the Port Arthur Seminar’, 11-12 March, 1997, Melbourne, Victoria (ISBN 0642271364) clearly shows the incident that rocked a nation was planned.

In his 16 page, disturbing 1997 paper, Senator Parry stated in the following passage :

“I was particularly impressed by the quick response and initiatives by some of the team members in packaging and collecting equipment.

The response time and the amount of equipment quickly relocated was fantastic. One firm in particular, Nelson Brothers, had organised for an embalming machine box and a special large equipment case to be manufactured ready for the incident. These two containers were the envy of all embalmers and worked extremely well.

I would suggest that design specifications may be available from this firm for any fut...

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Saturday, 05 March


Melbourne Jeweller: Norway "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I’m not in Munich for the jewellery extravaganza. Instead I’m on a ship traveling up, and then down, the coast of Norway. It’s not a bad alternative. The sky is white. The rock is so dark.Filed under: Norway_2016, Travel


Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: TOGS show up and running "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

hi res large poster with border 2

Click to enlarge.

In mounting this exhibition we wish to pay tribute to our founding President,
Doug Ralph (1948-2015), bushman, conservationist and champion of our trees.

Doug photo low res Bush reflections copy

Doug was a keen photographer in the last decade of his life. The photo above showing the bush reflected in water trapped in leaves was a favourite subject of his.


Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: VEFN survey "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The Victorian Environment Friends Network (VEFN) exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria. They are currently undertaking a re-assessment of the the organisation and as part of this process they are inviting interested people and organisations to complete a survey. All the information including a link to the survey can be found here.


Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Baroon Pocket Dam [ aka Kondalilla Falls NP] "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Lake Baroon--Narrows Rd, Queensland, AU
Mar 5, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
64 species

Australian Wood Duck  10
Pacific Black Duck  8
Hardhead  1
Australian Brushturkey  1
Australasian Grebe  1
Little Black Cormorant  14
Great Cormorant  7
Pied Cormorant  1
Australian Pelican  1
Great Egret  2
Intermediate Egret  2
White-faced Heron  4
Osprey  1
White-bellied Sea-Eagle  1
Dusky Moorhen  1
Masked Lapwing  2
White-headed Pigeon  1
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Australian)  2
Wonga Pigeon  1
Peaceful Dove  1
Bar-shouldered Dove  6
Wompoo Fruit-Dove  4
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove  1
Azure Kingfisher  1


2RRR: Sonic Stew "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

7-8pm Sonic Stew
Girls! Or specifically, song titles featuring female names – there’s no shortage of them and tonight on Sonic Stew I’ll be playing a full hour of songs dedicated to girls


2RRR: Midday Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
Midday Jazz will be a surprise grab-bag of items selected
from random CD’s with a pin blindfolded. They will however be detailed beforehand on the website.


the independent: Vicki Howard sidesteps our questions yet again "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

TOP: A sample of Brisbane City Council's official branding "cleat" that council rules strictly say must not be used for political purposes. ABOVE: Team Quirk footpath signs in  2012.   NEWS Central Ward councillor Vicki Howard – the woman who worked so very, very hard at the 2012 poll to look like she had already been elected – has hidden behind a short, stock-standard LNP


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Little Miss Sunshine

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

On this day two years ago a plucky and personable little hen did exactly that as she travelled to Sydney in style and did a little spot of sightseeing along the way. As the undeniable star of the ‘That ain’t no way to treat a lady’ campaign, Little Miss Sunshine not only won hearts and minds across the country, she rubbed shoulders with some of our nation’s finest funny men and won herself a few admirers along the way. Never once stopping to consider that a world of adventure, pampering and being treated like a queen were never meant for a one time battery laying hen like herself, Little Miss Sunshine fluttered on into Sydney with her human minders like the star she was, stopping along the way at the Dog on the Tuckerbox with a few obligatory photos with fans old and new. From there, it was onto the set of the ad campaign before venturing further to explore the beauty of the botanical gardens, admiring the marvel that is the Sydney Harbor Bridge and even stepping foot inside the Sydney Opera House! What a lady indeed!

See more photos of her adventure here.


bluelotus "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

NEW NOVELSeptember 2016 Publication FAMILY SKELETONA novel of manners set in Toorak. What is going on when a relative visiting from Florida goes missing? To be published by University of Western Australia Press. This is NOT the cover the book will have, but it will do for now.


Natural Newstead: In the firewood coupe "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you continue north along Mia Mia Track you’ll note the large firewood coupe on the east side on the approach to Bell’s Lane Track. It can be a good area for birds – Chestnut-rumped Hylacolas use the fallen timber as foraging habitat and there are some remaining large, old trees that Galahs enjoy. The Hylacolas still prefer the intact, shrubby areas nearby but make short forays into the firewood area to feed. The recent storm has sent rafts of debris along the drainage line – one small waterhole remains in the gully but it will be dry in a few days. As I watched on Yellow-tufted and Fuscous Honeyeaters came in to drink, along with a family of Crested Shrike-tits. Alas they were too elusive for a photograph!


Galahs, Bell’s Lane, 3rd March 2016


The female – with red iris – at right


AWPA Sydney News: 1) ULMWP Leader Calls for Open Discussion With Govt on Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Convicted Papua Money Launderer Labora Sitars Escapes Yet Again


1) ULMWP Leader Calls for Open Discussion With Govt on Papua


ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Famous authors - their lives and awful deaths "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Jim Bernhard’s book Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died started with the view that inevitable as it may be, death was unpredictable for most people. This quality infused death with a suspenseful frisson, guaranteeing that all humans thought about it from time to time. And it is a reasonable assumption to say that famous authors also knew that one day they would die. They may have even written about death and dying in their novels, poetry and plays.

The writers’ views about life and death were shaped by their own religious and philosophical beliefs, which ranged from polytheism and Stoicism in ancient Greece, to Christianity and Judaism, to agnosticism. Final Chapters told of a hundred famous writers’ acceptance or rejection of their families’ religion and spirituality while alive. And then described how the same authors prepared for their own deaths: with fear, uncertainty or calm acceptance.

These tall (gossip based) tales and true (well documented) of legendary deaths are worth reading. But keep an open mind. I am not sure whether the playwright Aeschylus was really killed by a turtle falling from the sky onto the unfortunate man’s skull.

For some of these well known writers, death was sometimes mundane and miserable; for others it came in startling and totally unexpected ways. Infections, strokes and cancers of course, but also suicides, murders, alcoholism and drugs. Naturally, since the book discussed only famous and somewhat eccentric writers, I have selected only the most bizarre examples of lives and deaths. 


Geelong Visual Diary: Promoting Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

What do you think of this little video promoting Geelong?
Go to view the full video here: 


The Network: There is still community in Millers Point in Sydney. People are still fighting. Rally to save Millers Point. Fight against consigning it to the wealthy only. "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Rally for Millers Point

Join the people of the Millers Point as they march to save their community.
Saturday 19th March 12.00 - 4.00 pm

Friday, 04 March


James O'Brien: Art Month in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Here are some photographs from activities around Art Month, launched last night in Sydney. It was a busy night, as Kate and I attended a book launch at Kinokuniya Sydney, an exhibition launch at UNSW (will return on Saturday for a proper look at the videos), and then stuff at the National Art School. After three hours or so, we got exhausted and had to go home. But there’s lots more happening, so check this out

Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney ...


Wild BNE: Suburb Guide: Keperra "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Chequered swallowtails are often found resting in long grass.

Featured areas: (1) Suburban Keperra, (2) Grovely Sports Ground,
(3) Kindlinen Place, (4) Keperra Bushland Reserve, and (5) Dash Street Park.
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Located just 9km outside of the Brisbane CBD, Keperra is a busy suburb that has been fortunate enough to retain a decent amount of bushland. The reason behind this lies in the suburb's topography, as much of its southern region lies atop a sharply-rising escarpment. Alongside Kedron Brook, which forms the northern border of the suburb, the gentler inclines have allowed more development to occur. Once used as a military camp, the area underwent a ho...


Echonetdaily: Work begins on Lismore’s big new office tower "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Turning the first sod at 214 Molesworth Street, Lismore, are (l-r) Bennett Constructions director Darryl Piper, Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Gordon, Lismore City Council’s executive director sustainable development Brent McAlister and Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell.

Turning the first sod at 214 Molesworth Street, Lismore, are (l-r) Bennett Constructions director Darryl Piper, Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Gordon, Lismore City Council’s executive director sustainable development Brent McAlister and Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell.

Construction on Lismore’s biggest commercial development in over a decade begins next week when the Bennett Constructions multi-million-dollar office block gets underway in Molesworth Street.

This morning (Friday) at 10am, Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Bennett Constructions director Darryl Piper will officially turn the first sod of the new development to mark the occasion.

The four-storey, 16-metre high office building will be built at a cost of around $9 million and will house three floors of commercial office space and a ground-floor carpark and café.

The Molesworth Street block has been vacant for more than 50 years and mayor Jenny Dowell said the development would provide huge economic stimulus for the CBD.

‘This is the first development of its kind in 15 years, and we...

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