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Wednesday, 09 March


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 7.03.2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Track Title Artist Album Title
Shoe Boycotter Matt Stillert Shoe Boycotter   (new)
Bad Advice Foreday Riders Herding Cats
My Ideal Dan Barnett (Big Band) Some Where Some Place
Some Time
Give You Heaps Toni Swain Deepest Water
Junk Mail Blues Brendan Leggatt Paid My Dues
The Beach Shack Nick Wildgoose Dilettante Bluesman
Fair Go Andy Layfield Mad Time
Kings Lament Three Kings Here It Is
God Loves A Sinner Russell Morris Red Dirt – Red Heart
St James Infirmary Blues Sugarcane Collins Going Back To Clarksdale
Things You Want Nick Charles The River Flows


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Bulga Milbrodale Progress Association: Bulga Beats Festival, Sat, Mar 12, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bulga Beats Festival

After a very successful inaugural event in June 2015, Bulga Beats Festival 2016 is looking to be bigger and better than ever.

This music, market and arts festival focuses on community building, attracting people to the Hunter Valley and our district, supporting / promoting sustainable industries, local businesses and wine & tourism in our area.


Our little town’s big festival attracted people not only from the Hunter Valley but also from Sydney, the Central, Mid and North Coast. We even had some festival goers from Brisbane, from Victoria and even Tasmania. We received many fantastic reviews and the overall consensus from the crowd was that they would certainly be attending the next Bulga Beats Festival in 2016.

We are very excited to have amongst our special guests,  2015 Best Male Golden Guitar winner, Luke O’Shea who will be performing songs from his recent albums, other artists include, Zappo, Fred’s Ginger, Boneman, Crying Tree, William John Junior, Daheen among others. There will food & market stalls, art exhibition & sale, car & bike show and much more.

Again in 2016, we see the return of our famous Guitar Auction. This years guitars features signatures by famous performers such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, Luke O’Shea, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: What Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan did not tell the Grafton Chamber of Commerce's February breakfast meeting when he was asked about foreign ownership of land and overseas workers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This was the incumbent Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan as reported in The Daily Examiner on 22 February 2016:

A member of the chamber executive, Mark Butler, asked Mr Hogan what the government was doing to combat countries like China buying up large tracts of Australian land and the prospect of those owners employing Australian workers……

Mr Hogan said the government, led by the Nationals, was fighting foreign ownership.

This included setting a minimum property sale of $15 million before the sale was brought to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hogan said the limit in 2013 had been $250 million.

"Even then I think that's ($15 million) too high, but at least it's cumulative so, if they buy an $8 million and a $7 million property, they appear on the board's radar," he said.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the global coal industry? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

While the Australian Coalition Government keep its head deeply buried in the sand on climate change policy and the future of fossil fuels the world has quietly begun to by-pass coal, one of this country’s biggest exports.

Senate Bill 1547 (ELIMINATION OF COAL FROM ELECTRICITY SUPPLY) passed the Oregon House of Representatives on a 39-20 bipartisan vote on 16 February 2016 and re-passed the Senate on 2 March 2016:

Requires each electric company providing electricity to retail...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Arts Thursday Leaves Town. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you’re travelling north to Brisbane or heading north west towards Armidale, it’s well worth noting two fabulous exhibitions which are presently on show at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane and at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale.

Margaret Coen

Margaret Coen

Meg Stewart

Meg Stewart

First stop on Arts Thursday is Armidale, to view an exhibition based on the life and relationships of artist Margaret Coen.

Coen, who died in 1993, was a talented artist, a notable feat in the 1930s in Australia. She is best known for her watercolours of still lifes and landscapes. The artist was married to the poet Douglas Stewart and was part of a circle of artists in the 1930s, which included Thea Proctor, Arthur Murch, Rah Fizelle and the Lindsays, in particular Norman Lindsay, to whom she became close and who encouraged her in her work.

Much of this is revealed in the exhibition Coen’s Circle at the New England Regional Art Museum (or NERAM) in Armidale, in an exhibition curated by Phillipa Charley-Briggs and including many works donated to the Gallery by the artist’s daughter Meg Stewart. The exhibition is both a retrospective of Coen’s own work and an evocation of the artistic life of Sydney in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s through memorabilia, costumes and other material from the fa...

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Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: How Far Will Turnbull Slide? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 51.0 to Coalition (-0.3 in a week, -2 in three weeks)
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority

The downwards trend I've been tracking in the Coalition's aggregated federal polling has continued. It's not so much the case that the polls keep getting worse, but more that it was longer since they got a really good one.  In the last two weeks Essential (which has leant to Labor on the whole since Turnbull became PM) has put out a couple of 50:50s, and Newspoll (which in its new incarnation has also leant to Labor, though not by much) has followed up its shock 50:50 from a fortnight ago with more of the same.  Morgan had a very slight improvement for the government, up to 53:47 by last-election preferences, but this may be more evidence that its house effect is hanging around than anything in the government's favour.  Anyway with all these included my aggregate now falls to 51.0% to Coalition - more or less exactly where it was in the immediate aftermath of last September's removal of Tony Abbott.  Here's the smoothed tracking graph:

There's increasing talk of a July 2 double dissolution, which would mean the election is now less than four months away.  Normally, if you offered a new first-term government a 51:49 poll lead four months out from an election it would take that in a shot, since governments of any age in such a position have a very high...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Catch it by the tail- Episode 15 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Some songs to lay back and listen to and others you can jump up and down to – Blackie the cat gets a mention, kids at the library share their jokes, there’s some counting, some good advice and some stuff that’s silly. And lots more. Email jokes, poems, requests etc to, or visit the Catch it by the tail facebook page, here.


The post Catch it by the tail- Episode 15 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens: Grow a Food Forest – Free Training "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Friday mornings 18th March – 8th April, 9am – 12 midday

In this 4 week TAFE OUTREACH course you’ll learn about soil, seed saving, propagation, looking after the health of plants and trees in a lovely community garden.

Places are FREE – Booking Essential. Call Jude on 0411506556



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Too hot to be bothered… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By the time I had left the Nurcoung Bushland Reserve it was getting quite hot (by mid-afternoon it would be low 40’s). Driving out along the rough bush tracks,  I spotted a large male Grey Kangaroo resting in the hole he had scraped in the shade of a bit of scrub. He sat up as I walked closer and then decided it was too hot to leave the shade…he probably reckoned he could take me…I reckon he could too. I walked back to the car and left him to it…

Male Grey Kangaroo, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

Male Grey Kangaroo, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria

Male Grey Kangaroo, Nurcoung Reserve, Victoria


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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: International Women’s Day: Sisters are Doing it for Others "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Womens Day

When Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart wrote “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” they intended the song to liberate women and show they should no longer stand behind a man, but stand next to them. To show that women were now working on their own lives and careers as equals to men. But many women who have forged their way forward have chosen to work hard not for themselves, but for the good of others.

The contribution of women to the betterment of the world has been, and continues to be, great. Elizabeth I brought peace to England during her rein, Florence Nightingale pioneered modern nursing, Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader and instrumental in the fight for racial equality in America, Jane Goodall showed the world the emotional worlds of animals and continues to champion conservation, Malala Yousafzai stood against the Taliban and demanded girls be allowed an education, and who could forget Rosie Batty. These women make only the very tip of the iceberg and have achieved so much primarily for good of others, for humanity as a whole and for our feathered, furry and finned friends.

As you will already be aware, animals are incredibly intuitive and have a way of knowing when we need to be comforted and will offer it without reservation. For International Women’s Day we want to introduce you to, or remind you of, a few of our own female residents who are making a difference.

Vet Nurse Ruby


Once upon a time Ruby had a human who saw her failure to round up sheep as reason enough to have her shot, fortunately the friend he enlisted to carry out th.......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Counting the Knight and the Daze "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kellie Knight and the Daze are back again to play at their favourite venue in Byron Bay this Friday.

The Daze bring their beloved hometown fans a first set of jazz with plenty of instrumental and vocal action and build the night up to dance floor fun with upbeat originals within their unique brand of new soul music

A seven-piece fusion of urban soul, funk and jazz improvisation, fronted by powerhouse vocalist Kellie Knight, this music is delivered with a conscious lyric, deep groove and raw emotive and soulful insistence.

Count your Knight and Daze until this Friday, March 11 at the Rails in Byron.

Kellie and the band are also playing on March 12 the Night Quarter Market on the Gold Coast.

The post Counting the Knight and the Daze appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Motorbike Writer: Kawasaki ZX-10R recall on steering issue "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kawasaki ZX-10R winter edition supercharged

Kawasaki ZX-10R

Kawasaki Motors Australia has recalled the 2016 model Ninja ZX-10R sports bike over a steering damper issue which could potentially cause an accident.

The ACCC recall notice says the steering damper bracket mounting bolts could break due to over tightening during assembly.

“The bracket may separate from the frame which could cause interference with the steering creating the potential for an accident,” it says.

Identifying features:

  • ZX1000SGF JKAZXCS1?GA000602 – JKAZXCS1?GA002680
  • ZX1000SGFA JKAZXCS1?GA000808 – JKAZXCS1?GA001132
  • ZX1000SGFB JKAZXCS1?GA000786 – JKAZXCS1?GA000862
  • ZX1000RGFA JKAZXCR1?GA000361 – JKAZXCR1?GA000364

The bikes were sold from December 11, 2015 to February 22, 2016.

Customers with affected units will be contacted by mail. Consumers with affected units should contact their local Authorised Kawasaki Motorcycle Dealership to book in their motorcycle for a free repair.







"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: POLITICAL STATEMENT of the ULMWP Indonesia Supports Palestinian Independence? What about West Papua? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Indonesia Supports Palestinian Independence? What about West Papua?

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) just held its extraordinary summit in Jakarta from 6 to 7 March, with the theme "Independence is the right of all nations". The Government of the Republic of Indonesia reaffirmed its support for the independence and sovereignty of Palestine. In fact, through a bila...


Motorbike Writer: Victory cautious over noise issues "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Victory Gunner Victory Charger

Victory Gunner

Victory Motorcycles Australia has cautiously recalled several 2015/16 models over noise emissions issues, even though “very few” may be affected.

The recall notice says noise levels “may not meet the regulatory requirements when the affected motorcycle is ridden under normal conditions”.

“The motorcycle may not meet noise emissions standard required by UN ECE R41, certified to ADR 83/00.”

Bikes affected are the 2015/16 Vegas, Hammer, Gunner, Judge, Highball, Jackpot and Boardwalk.

Customers should return their bikes to Victory Motorcycle dealers to have them checked and, if necessary, rectified for free.

Victory Motorcycles Australia and New Zealand country manager Peter Harvey says “very few, if any” customers may require modifications to their bike.

“There may be some bikes that have an incorrect airbag part fitted that can affect noise levels,” he says.

“All bikes we have checked locally so far are not affected but of course we do like to be on the front foot and if there are any bikes that do have the incorrect part fitted, we need to be aware and act appropriately.

“The check is a very simple visual look and if affected, the correct part takes very little time to fit.

“Customers have had letters sent to them advising them and what steps to take if required.”





Motorbike Writer: Call for motorbike filter lanes between traffic "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Leave a gap lane filtering queue jumpingDrivers are still not understanding new rules that allow riders to filter to the front at traffic lights leading to calls for an education campaign and new line markings.

I recently experienced a driver who revved his GT sports sedan vigorously just before the lights changed in an obvious attempt to bully me into letting him go first.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Savonarola! The Taliban were not the only ones who created religious dictatorships "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was born into a noble family in Ferrara, his father being a doctor. Girolamo was educated by another relative who was also a doctor and a man of rigid religious principles. So it was inevitable that the young lad would be directed towards medicine at university and devout Christianity at home.

Already repelled by the corruption that he saw around him, Savonarola left his medical studies and withdrew into solitude, meditation and prayer. He told his father that he could not suffer the blind wickedness of the peoples of Italy. He found unbearable the humanistic paganism that corrupted art, poetry and religion itself. But even if that was so, how did young Savonarola know that the cause of this spreading corruption was a vicious clergy, even in the highest levels of the church hierarchy?

In 1475 as an adult he chose to enter a Dominican monastery at Bologna. After living quietly there for 6 years, Savonarola moved to the convent of S Marco in Florence and began preaching in the church of S Lorenzo. His style, too medieval and scholastic, failed to attract the crowds. But in 1486, while preaching in Lombardy, he began to speak directly and passionately of the wrath of God. His popularity as a preacher grew immensely.

Savonarola's fame spread to Florence as he prophesied the doom of all tyrants who then prevailed in the world. In 1490, through the influence of Pico della Mirandola, he moved back to Florence and in July 1491 became prior of S Marco. His target evils in beautiful Florence were the vanity of the humanists and the viciousness of the clergy. Needless to say Lorenzo de' Medici, the ruler of Florence, was not happy with the fanatical preacher. But Savonarola would not desist, and in April 1492 Savonarola made his move - he refused to grant Lorenzo absolution because the ruler would not give liberty to the Florentines.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box – For Whom the Pell Tolls "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ChurchbellNo-one is impressed with Cardinal Pell. Not the average punter. Not most Catholics. Not Tim Minchin. Not the adult survivors of clerical abuse. Not Justice Peter McClellan. Not even the pope. And certainly not God.

Being brought up Catholic I do remember the long Sunday sermons referring to the caretaking relationship of shepherds and their flocks – with the persistent message being that the shepherd never abandons his flock. Story after story about caring for sheep. As a child I began to think that religion was just a passionate branch of animal husbandry that focused primarily on the welfare of sheep.

It was hard to really see what it had to do with me. After all, I didn’t have any sheep. And if I had sheep I’d certainly look after them. Later of course I realised that the aforementioned ‘sheep’ is not actually sheep at all. Sheep is Us. We are God’s metaphorical sheep. I am a sheep. You are a sheep.

It’s unflattering and crude, and personally I would have preferred if he’d chosen ducks. Or even chooks. Something less homogenous and Anglocentric. And the Shepherd, well that’s the clergy. People like Pell. So when your chief duty is the wellbeing and safety of your flock, I wonder how you can lose interest. Especially when the most vulnerable members of your flock are being devoured by wolves. Wolves from God’s side of the fence.

I would...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The original Blues Brothers Band "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


No-one forgets the Blues Brothers. It’s one of those musical films that stays with you, and for Blue Lou Marini (he’s the one in the pic, holding the sax) it’s stayed with him for six decades.

The original Blues Brother, Marini has been there since the beginning, and it’s something that continues to surprise him.

‘If you had told me in 1987 that I’d be getting ready to tour Australia with the Blues Brothers Band I’d say you’d be out of your mind!’

But the passion for the music of the Blues Brothers has remained as fervent as ever, with the band remaining true to the spirit of the original inception.

‘It’s nice in this day and age to see a totally natural band. There is no pitch correction and no giant production; it’s pure energy. It’s been a continual source of amazement. We may not play for three years, but then we are bac. Sure we have lost members along the way but all the band members there now have been there for minimum of 10 years.’

Marini has made a name for himself as a sideman in various high-profile groups, and any top New York jazz musician will tell you, ‘He’s on...


Join the discussion: Melbourne’s secret water supply… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A whopping 440 billion litres of storm water is available for re-use every year, even under dry conditions – more than the City’s current consumption of around 400 billion litres. Add to that the more than 400 billion litres of treated waste water that is available for recycling and reuse and the water crisis evaporates.

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Is this a Green Action blog?: 

The Andrews Government’s first response has been to turn on the desalination plant to supplement our water s...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Rhythm Hut: Drumming To A Healthy Rhythm "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is something so very human about drumming… A tribal urge that transcends a belonging…not only belonging to a larger community, but a belonging to oneself. Rhythmical patterns that speak... Read on


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The Good Life Snippets – March 9, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Balcony

The Balcony, an iconic location that had lost its lustre with locals over the past few years, has received a facelift at the hands of its experienced new owners, and chef Sean Connolly (profiled last week in Good Life) was in town last week to show off the new menu. There were a number of dishes straight from the menus of their other successful restaurants, such as The Morrison in Sydney, including an excellent vegetarian gnocchi with mushrooms that’s worth trying. Expect to see some more vegetarian dishes, and an increased use of local produce as the venue develops.


I’ve always been a bit put off by the simple tables of this budget, BYO Vietnamese restaurant at the end of the arcade off 17 Lawson Street, but we popped in for a casual meal last Friday night and were pleasantly surprised; this was good value for Byron. It’s a family-run place, the service was quick and friendly and the pho was particularly flavoursome, apparently owing to long nights spent tending to the stock.

Boomerang fundraising dinner

Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Café and Indigenous hatted chef Clayton Donovan, among others, are joining forces at Coorabell Hall on Friday 18 March for ‘Ja Nghari’, a $180 per-head-dinner for 80 people only. All profits from the night will go to Boomerang Festival. To book, visit

The post The Good Life Snippets – M.......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sustainability meets fantasy at Fins "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


By Caz Parker

As luminary chef Steven Snow schmoozes with patrons on a balmy Friday night, I learnt that, although Fins has won ‘Chef Hat’ awards consistently for twenty years what really gets Steven tapping his hand on his heart with pride is the ‘Most Sustainable Seafood Restaurant’ award [SMH Good Food Guide 2015].

Steven’s quest for sustainable methods means prosperity from the Pacific Ocean must be line-caught, and he embodies a genuine ‘Pacific-to-plate’ ambition.

Steven is effervescent as he explains that virtually every wine at Fins comes from a sustainable wine producer. ‘It has to start in the vineyard,’ he says. ‘We research and check all their biodynamic methods. We don’t just take their word for it’.

Fins’ sustainable ideology translates to quality and flavour on our table. The fact that Fins’ service and atmosphere also ooze ‘fabulosity’ is icing on the cake. Renovated last June, Fins is a place you dream of discovering on an exotic adventure.

Antique chandeliers, nautical lamps and candlelight shed a golden glow across the vintage timber. The pressed-metal and split-level ceiling panels hint at an oriental past life. Pre-loved plantation shutters and banks of bottle-green palms cloak the room in colonial charm. 

The wooden-pegged napkins reveal a welcome abandonment of stifling fine dining conventions and Steven’s ‘no rules’ approach to experimentation.

As you sink into the ­intimate booths you are transported to another worl.......


Nuclear Free Queensland: Waking up to radioactive waste… Time to say NO! to a National Nuclear Waste Dump! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Waking up to radioactive waste… Time to say NO! to a National Nuclear Waste Dump! On November 13, 2015, the people of Inglewood Queensland and five other communities around Australia woke up to find that their region had been selected as a potential site to house Australia’s national nuclear waste. In a highly-flawed and undemocratic […]


Nuclear Free Queensland: How To: Make a Submission to Government About Nuclear Waste Dumps "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Making Your Own Submission Make a submission to the Federal Government re this proposal and please let your local state and federal MPs and councils know that you are concerned. If you are happy to share, please cc your submission to your local group. Feel free to use the letter to make your submission. Pick and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Friends of the Earth Australia: We’re on the move – are you? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Speaking tour on the climate change precipitated relocation of atoll peoples in Papua New Guinea, and the implications for climate justice in an Australian context


The visiting speakers will be:

  • Ursula Rakova, director of Tulele Peisa, the Carteret Islands relocation program in Bougainville, PNG, and
  • Pais Taehu, a representative of the Nukumanu (Tasman Islands) community of far eastern PNG.

The tour, scheduled from 9 – 22 April, will include speaking events in

  • Sydney,
  • Melbourne, and
  • Brisbane.

There will also be a range of networking opportunities, engagement with politicians, and media activities.  

Friends of the Earth is proud to be hosting this tour.



In 2007 the national government of PNG and the autonomous Bougainville government agreed to resettle the 6,000 inhabitants of the Carteret and three other atolls to the much larger island of Bougainville.

Some 3,500 Carteret Islanders and another 2,500 island dwellers from three other nearby atolls (the Mortlock Tasman and Nuguria Islands) will need to resettle on Bougainville due to increasing land loss, salt water inundation and growing food insecurity.

The relocation of the Carteret community is being co-ordinated by Ursula Rakova, of the NGO Tulele Peisa, an organisation formed to assist the displaced from the Carteret Islands.

“Tulele Peisa” in the Halia language is translated to mean “Sailing the waves on our own”.


For further information, please contact Wendy Fl...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Ballarat East Network (BE Net): Imagine Ballarat East "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Our long awaited Strategic Planning for the East has begun. Late last year a group of reps of the East, including BE Net discussed the boundaries of Ballarat East to kick start the process of gathering feedback about what is important to the East. While the East has been giving feedback informally for many years, […]


Motorbike Writer: European helmets for sale by May "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Touratech Aventuro Mod Compañero flip-up adventure helmet

Touratech Aventuro Mod Compañero flip-up adventure helmet

It will be at least May before Australian riders are able to buy European-standard helmets from stores after the South Australian Government announced they will approve UNECE 22.05 helmets.

While Western Australia is the only other state at the moment that doesn’t allow Euro helmets, they are expected to gazette approval as early as this week.

SA Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas has announced that laws to allow UNECE 22.05 standard helmets would come into affect by May.

While the announcement is welcome, every other state enacted the law immediately when they made an announcement. There is no reason given for the delay.

This will hold up the retail sale of the helmets in Australia after several major importers said they would not begin importing them until all states and territories made them legal to wear.

Longtime helmet campaigner Wayne Caruthers has called on WA and SA police to “show discretion” in infringement notices in the meantime.



"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: We’re so sorry, Charlie Brown "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Charlie Brown

As a guardian of animals we are often faced with making difficult decisions on their behalf, and when we do, we base these decisions on sound reason and the best veterinary science we can find. And that is just what we did for Charlie Brown. Our pledge to every animal who passes through our farm gates is to give them a life worth living. Sadly, when little Charlie Brown arrived at our sanctuary he did not have a life worth living, the result of ahorrific and savage dog attack that had crushed several of the vertebrae in his neck, causing him to tilt his head at an almost ninety-degree angle. Surgery was attempted yesterday to rectify the dear little man’s woes but alas he passed away on the table before the surgery was complete.

Charlie Brown

Our hearts are heavy for the loss of Charlie Brown; however, we take great heart knowing that the many hours we spent in the stable with him, acquainting the sweet lad to wheetbix and human kindness, meant his last days on this earth were the best they could possibly ever have been. And he was in the constant company of his new buddies, Posy and Primrose, who we know will miss him very much too. We’re so sorry Charlie Brown that you didn’t get to grow old in the grassy fields of Edgar’s Mission, but in the fields of our dreams you will always dwell.

Charlie Brown...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Little May Video “Remind Me” Plus National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image By Stuart Bucknell Little May have already had a killer year and that’s set to continue with the announcement of a national tour. The trio have been kicking a bunch of goals since the release of their debut For the Company in October last year and this year you’ll get to see them supporting […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Black Mark: Courtroom Artists "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Courtroom sketch artists go back to nineteenth century in an on again, off again relationship with printing technology and the courts permitting cameras. In Australia cameras are generally banned from the courts, so in order to have a picture of a defendant appearing in a trial courtroom sketch artists are employed by the media.


One of Wendy Black’s courtroom sketches

Melbourne painter and silk screen artist, Wendy Black has worked as a courtroom sketch artist for Network Ten and other media outlets. I interviewed her about this intersection of art and crime.

Black explained the job. “It is a bit like extras work, you stand around and wait and wait for hours and then you have three minutes of intense action. It is the same with this. You are just given one name and there could be thirty people going through the court that day and you just have to listen for that name. So you are looking very intently at everyone. When that name comes up you have to intensely draw for three minutes and remember what colour eyes, ties and shirts if you haven’t drawn enough in three minutes.”

There are a small band of court artists in Melbourne, about half a dozen courtroom sketch artists working on a freelance basis. Black started working for newspapers and moved to television when in 2005 she rang Network Ten to tell them she had just drawn the accused in a high profile murder at the time, Joe Korp, the husband of the women in the boot story.

In the UK courtroom sketch artists cannot draw in court but must work from memory and notes to produce their drawings outside the courtroom. In Australia and the USA artists...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Nikki wins Australian Open of Surfing "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Nikki Van Dijk is chaired through the crowd at Manly Beach after winning the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW.

Nikki Van Dijk is chaired through the crowd at Manly Beach after winning the Australian Open of Surfing. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW.

PHILLIP Island’s Nikki Van Dijk has taken out the Australian Open of Surfing with a commanding performance at Manly Beach.
After a couple of days with gruelling conditions, mother nature turned it on for a thrilling finals day with clean three-foot waves on offer for competitors.
Van Dijk built momentum through each of her heats, even eliminating local favourite and defending champion Laura Enever in the semi-finals.
The current world No. 10 left her best performance for the final, posting two excellent scores – 9.66 and 8.33 – leaving runner-up Malia Manuel needing a combination score of 17.94 for the majority of the heat.
Van Dijk posted her scores on lefts and rights, going hell for leather on every turn she did.
“I’m so over the moon to win here at Manly,” Van Dijk said.
“The waves were really fun today. I felt like I was surfing a rip-bowl at home.
“Malia was surfing really well all event so I’m stoked to get the win.
“There are so many people down here, it’s such an amazing atmosphere on the beach. I’ve had the best week.”
Van Dijk’s attention will now turn to the opener of the World Surf League...



Head to Brunswick's Howler this Thursday, where the Melbourne Playback Theatre Company will be kicking off their 2016 season with The F-Word: Celebrating International Women’s Day.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: The ALRC’s Freedoms Inquiry – Time for a ‘War’ on Rights Encroachments? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Last week the Attorney-General tabled the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC’s) Report Traditional Rights and Freedoms – Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws.


This Final Report from the ‘Freedoms Inquiry’ follows on from an Interim Report produced in August last year.  You can read our full thoughts on that report here, but in summary we questioned the whole premise of the inquiry. Not only did the terms of reference, which referred to ‘traditional’ rights and freedoms (which may not be so traditional – more on that in a minute) exclude some vital rights; they also effectively wound back the standard for assessing Commonwealth legislation by several years.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was created in 2011 to examine all new Commonwealth laws for compatibility with Australia’s international human rights obligations, which are the appropriate modern benchmarks for rights compatibility. This represented a big step forward from previous rights compatibility assessments by parliaments in most jurisdictions (other than Victoria and the ACT which have Charters of Rights). Other scrutiny committees such as the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee (distinguished though they are) only assess legislation against an unspecified set of ‘personal rights and liberties’ – a very uncertain benchmark. Nevertheless, with the combined work of.......


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: A busy town to run "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MIRBOO North may be small but there is plenty happening to keep the town busy with a new community project coordinator set to take the reins this year.

South Gippsland Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year Maxine Kiel has dedicated years of her life to organising community events around the township and said she looks forward to the appointment of a new coordinator to share the load.

“We are looking for a community coordinator to work in the town for two days a week,” Ms Kiel said.

“They would work from the Grain Store in organising Mirboo North’s many community events alongside council and the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation.”

Last month alone saw Mirboo North residents hop to and from events such as Mirboo North Idol and the Italian Festa, while the rest of the calendar year is jam packed with a plethora of events, from community markets to local charity fundraisers, art shows and everything in between.

“Everybody wants to see their town thrive and there are a number of groups who work to service the community here,” Ms Kiel said.

“So many people are working to keep money in the town and make the area a better place for everybody to live in.”

Mirboo North will also welcome new community events in the future with talk of a Mind, Body and Soul festival coming to town.

“We would like to bring together psychics, reiki, massage and other forms of alternative therapies to Mirboo North for people to try,” Ms Kiel said.

“They would all have stalls in the park and it would give people an opportunity to try something they would not otherwise explore.”

The appointment of the new community coordinator will mean a big shift in the organisation of such events in the town.

“It is going to be exciting having somebody step into these coordinator roles across the community,” Ms Kiel said.

“They will be responsible for planning markets and looking at grant applications. It will be a f...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Show shines again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

LEONGATHA’s ninth annual Show’n’Shine proved to be a massive success with a glorious range of vintage and custom cars parked at Leongatha Velodrome on Sunday.

The fine weather provided a wonderful atmosphere for the event with hundreds of families, tourists and car enthusiasts in attendance.

Mechanics and amateur motorists lined up at 9am to gain entry to the extensive swap meet, where a wide range of car parts and accessories were on offer.

Rotary Club of Leongatha was responsible for putting on another successful event with the club’sJohn O’Connor relieved to see another Show’n’Shine thrive.

“The great thing about our event is that our exhibitors know they are being fairly judged for their entries,” Mr O’Connor said.

“People who enter their cars put in a lot of time preparing their vehicles for shows. We have an incredible team of judges who look at every detail of every entry to ensure the very best win.

“This year has been fantastic. We have had some new teams come on board to bring in great attractions and it was a great atmosphere with plenty of people coming along throughout the day. It is a relief to have pulled off another successful year.”

Guests were welcomed at the velodrome by Jared Lovie’s V8 supercar, which was exhibited on its first outing in history.

Aspiring racers got a chance to go behind the wheel and experience the racetrack first hand at the Howell V8 Simulator.

Wonthaggi’s Daniel Zanella claimed the fastest time on the computer simulation track with a best of 1.10.284.

Leongatha’s very own Leon Watchorn took home the exhibitors choice award for his 1940s Ford Coupe while Gary Everitt of Wonthaggi, took home the two big prizes when he won the Shannon’s Insurance entry of show and the Meguiar’s best engine bay, both for his 1971 Ford SYGT.

Motorshow commentator Pinky Fellows kept the crowds entertained with his informative discussions with local part traders and som...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Countdown to cancer relay "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE countdown is on to the opening of the South Gippsland Relay for Life taking place at Terrill Park in Fish Creek on the weekend of March 19-20.

Teams have already raised almost $22,000 in the lead up to the relay, which bodes well for reaching the $25,000 goal set by the committee.

So far, 348 people have registered to walk laps of Terrill Park in an 18 hour marathon that kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, March 19.

Participants have signed up with 21 teams and will share the task of keeping someone on the track at all times from each team, walking through the night until the relay finishes at 9am Sunday.

Anyone not currently in a team who wishes to sign up can log on to the Cancer Council’s website and choose a team to help out or can register on the day.

The $25 registration fee goes towards the team’s fundraising total. Walkers do not need to spend the 18 hours of the relay walking; teams will determine their own rosters for walkers so the load is shared and no one is obliged to be there for the whole time.

If you can spare even just half an hour, please come along!

Businesses in Foster, Meeniyan and Fish Creek were encouraged to help ‘Paint The Town Purple’ by dressing up their windows in the purple and yellow colours of the relay. The committee thanks those who participated.

At the event, Davo’s Party Hire will be providing the ‘main event’ entertainment with a mechanical bull from 4-6pm.

From 3.30pm onwards there will be activities for young and old, including a jumping castle and face painting.

Get ‘inked’ with Deb from Tatt’s Terrific or have a putt with the Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower Men’s Shed mini golf.

If pampering is more your style, Catherine’s Hair Techniques will be braiding hair and masseurs will be available to pamper relay walkers.

The littlies will be kept busy with the Bush Link Mobile Children’s Network Toy area while m...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: The Goon Sax, 'Up to Anything' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When I was about 16 I tried to shave off my monobrow with a scalpel. Not sure why I even had access to a scalpel. I think my mum used to steal medical supplies she thought could be useful around the house (don't ask). I was convinced my thick eyebrows were part of the reason girls weren't interested in me so I stood at the mirror and tried to shape them with a scalpel and soap. Needless to say, I didn't go the party that weekend.

This is the level of adolescent self-consciousness you mostly manage to repress as you get older. Turns out it takes an album like The Goon Sax's debut Up To Anything – written by self-aware, articulate teenagers from Brisbane – to remind you what being a teenager can actually be like.

Take bassist/guitarist James Harrison's lyrics on 'Telephone'. The song shuffles along with its head down for a while then in the second verse he sings: “Maybe one day I'll grow my hair out long and lose all the weight that I've put on. I never feel very comfortable with my body”. The band's press release talks about how these guys are all big Galaxie 500 fans (and yeah you can tell) but, jeez, even Dean Wareham (a guy who's known for literal lyrics) needed to cloak his social awkwardness in a tugboat metaphor or two.

This kind of frankness is especially refreshing to hear when you think about how straight-up mean a lot of pop music is (i.e. Bieber may've had a hit with 'Love Yourself' but the guy was being pejorative).

This said, it's not like Up to Anything feels like a long, mopey walk to the milk bar. Most of it bounces along with melodic jangle and wry, harmony-laced observation. Like on lead track 'Up To Anything' where Louis Forster sings about having a well-curated pile of books next to bed that he's startin...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Arts Wednesday 9 March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Laila Ellmoos joins me at about 10:40 am for Part 6, the final part of our series on Sydney and Water and this week we talk about toilets.

At 11:00 am I am joined by Dr Charles Pickett, curator of Imagine a City, an exhibition at the State Library of NSW marking 200 years of the Government Architect’s Office. The story is fascinating and you will enjoy meeting Charles.

This week marked the International Women’s Day so all the music will be by female performers.

As always, I look forward to your company!


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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Katter castagates government working for the party only "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


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In this video Bob tells parliament to start working for the constituents and not their political party as they have already lost our ability to produce our own goods anymore.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Locals Demand Referendum on Mergers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Hunters Hill’s Community Coalition against the historic municipality’s forced merger with neighbouring Ryde and Lane Cove has demanded a referendum on the issue. The call follows a recent NSW Boundary Commission hearing at the Hunters Hill Sailing Club which saw 80 per cent of local ratepayers from the three threatened council areas oppose the [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Wisekids World Charity Garage Sale "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Annual WISEKidsWORLD Mega Charity Garage Sale will be held on weekend of Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20 in Beecroft Scout Hall, The Crescent Beecroft with plenty of bargains. Open 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 2pm on Sunday. The Garage Sale is run by local volunteers led by Sue Day of [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Victor Dominello supports Scouts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ryde MP Victor Dominello rolled up his sleeves and helped 1st Meadowbank Scouts with their annual Clean-Up Australia Day Good Turn on the banks of Parramatta River at Meadowbank last Sunday. Victor is pictured with 1st Meadowbank Scouts Group Leader Ken “Freckle” Paton OAM and Young Liberal volunteers Jordan Lane and Cameron Dunder. Mr Dominello [...]

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : New challenge for Concord Ryde sailors "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

CONCORD Ryde Sailing Club – which has sailed on the Parramatta River between Putney and Rhodes since 1945 – has accepted the challenge for a dinghy racing series issued by Lindisfarne Sailing Club. The event will be sailed on Lindisfarne’s local waters,Êthe Derwent River opposite HobartÊin homebuilt 8 foot (2.4 Metre) Firebug Dinghies on April [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Be a legend because of your game – not your missing teeth "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

IT’S easy to take some things for granted until they are suddenly gone. Imagine what it would feel like if you lost one or more of your front teeth. Smiling, talking or eating would all probably be uncomfortable. Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Harmony Cup kicks off in Eastwood this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BENNELONG electorate’s largest community based soccer tournament kicks off at Eastwood Oval this Saturday March 12 from 9.30am. The knock out tournament will see six teams compete for the Harmony Cup representing Ryde Local Area Command Police, the City of Ryde Council, Ryde Multicultural Community Centre as well as Chinese and Korean speaking community teams. [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Poverty in Australia lecture "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PROFESSOR ALAN MORRIS will present the Arthur Dowe Memorial Lecture titled “Poverty in Australia” on Saturday March 12 at 2pm at Henry George House, 122 Little Everleigh Street Redfern for the Association for Good Government.  The public is welcome and admission is free with an open forum following the lecture and refreshments will be served. [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Oakhill College Art & Craft Show "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Oakhill College Art & Craft Show Oakhill College is hosting its 45th annual Art and Craft Show from Friday March 18 to Sunday March 20 at the school at 423-513 Old Northern Road Castle Hill. Art in the Hills showcases the work of more than 100 different Australian artists, along with a superb range of [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Vale Raymond John Wilson OAM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

RAYMOND JOHN (Ray) WILSON OAM was farewelled at All Saints Anglican Church Hunters Hill on Tuesday March 1, 2016. He was born on October 3 1925 the eldest of three children born to Hilda and John and grew up in the family home in Gladesville. Ray attended Gladesville Public School which he affectionately called GPS [...]

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Hyde Park Rally against Forced Council Mergers this Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ratepayers and residents from Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde will descend on Hyde Park for a protest rally at high noon this Sunday March 13. The rally will be joined by people from across Sydney and from all walks of life who are angered by the Baird Government’s attack on local democracy and threat [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Recently on Arts Wednesday, Sylvia spoke to Dr Eric Lim about Bitcoin. Hear the conversation:

This is Part 1. Now for Part 2:

And here is Part 3:



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"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen: V/Line back on track: date set for return of 43 services "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THERE is a light at the end of the tunnel for frustrated V/Line commuters with confirmation a further 43 rail services will be restored later this month. Click here to read.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: Are princesses real? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

My latest essay for Island magazine is out now. In 'Are Princesses Real?', I give my daughter's youthful question a grown up answer. A sample:
Princesses are real, but not in the same way as primates are real. Princesses require institutions, which have to be invented. And then princesses are celebrated or mocked, served or harassed, in light of the broader cultures within which these institutions flourish (or flail), and the stories they tell. 
So the fictions that embellish princess lore—from Disney and DC Comics to the myth of ‘royal blood’—go on to alter the reception and treatment of these individuals and their families. It is impossible to disentangle the childhood fantasy of princesses, for example, from their current popularity and influence. To speak of Princess Mary is to discuss a figure of artifice, fancy and longing (to say nothing of historical inequality, deceit and avarice), which is no less real for this. Her reality as a public figure is mediated by fiction. 
In other words, the question of whether or not princesses are real becomes about the ways in which they are real. 
Island #144 is available in bookshops and newsagents now. Or subscribe for home-delivered literary goodness.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio Blue Mountains 89.1: Three Piece Suite perform in Blackheath "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


In their first concert series for 2016, the musicians of string trio Three Piece Suite invite you to join them on a musical voyage through the lands and history of Europe. Departing from the Blackheath Presbyterian Church on the 3rd April at 4pm, Europa takes in 3 centuries and 4 countries in 5 varied works.

The journey begins in Madrid in 1772, with Boccherini’s colourful Trio in D major, then moves to Vienna in 1798 for Beethoven’s dramatic and stormy Trio in Cminor, where not many years later in 1816, Schubert wrote his wistful, unfinished Trio in Bb major. We then move to Terezin in 1944, the Nazi concentration camp where Czech composer Hans Krasa was interned. His Tanec (Dance) evokes the sounds and rhythms of trains, an eerie premonition of the one that would soon take him to his death in Auschwitz. Our final stop is England in 1975, with Howard Blake’s optimistic and pastoral Trio.

The musicians, Rachel Westwoo...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.479 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

View Online What's On this Week | 8 - 14 March 2016 Dining & Drink | Shopping & Business | Things To Do | What's On Tuesday 8th March 2016 to Monday 14th March 2016 This week we celebrate International Women's Day (Tuesday 8th March 2016) and Labour Day with a public holiday on Monday 14th March 2016. Labour Day celebrates the eight hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Tickets are now on sale for Squizzy Taylor's Ball (see below). Eight Melbourne MelB Women's Day International Women's Day 2016 International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. When: Tuesday 8th March 2016 Links: Desktop | Smart Phone Long Weekend Labour Day Melbourne celebrates Labour Day with a public holiday on Monday 14th March 2016 which gives us the Labout Day long weekend packed with fabulous things to do like Moomba. Our Labour Day weekend calendar has festivals, fairs, races, family fun days, so check out the guide and labour on. Moomba Festival Birdman Rally Labour Day Weekend Guide When: 12 - 14 March 2016 Links: Calendar Guide | Smart Phone Love Melbourne, Love Moomba Moomba Festival Celebrated in Melbourne for 61 years, Moomba is back with an exciting program of events and family entertainment. Held over four days, the festival attracts more than one million visitors to share in the vibrancy and spirit of our city. Fireworks: Saturday - Monday 9.30pm Birdman Rally: Sunday, 14th March 2016 - Birrarung Marr Moomba Parade: Monday 14 March 2016 When: 11 - 14 March 2016 Event Listing: What's On | Mobile Birdman Rally The Birdman Rally will be back for another year of splashes, spills and thrills as everyday Melburnian's dress to impress and flap to fly - or fall, all in the name of charity. Whether it be with the assistance of a fan-dangled flying machine or simply super-hero streng...


Motorbike Writer: Kawasaki Z300 adds special edition "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kawasaki Z300

Special edition colours

The Kawasaki Z300 learner-approved naked bike comes in new colours for 2016 with a special edition model in Pearl Stardust White/Metallic Flat Spark Black with gold wheels for an extra $100.

The world’s first LAMS (learner-approved motorcycle scheme) street fighter comes with ABS and a slipper clutch.

The other colour scheme is Candy Crimson Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black and it’s still $5999 plus on-road costs, which is $400 less than the equivalent faired Ninja 300, Australia’s most popular motorcycle.

Kawasaki Z300 in Candy Crimson Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black

Kawasaki Z300 in Candy Crimson Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black

Not only does it fe...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: War history unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A SEVENTY year old Japanese flag was presented to the Inverloch RSL on Friday afternoon.

The flag was captured in Borneo by Ronald Victor Dunlop on July 3, 1945. He was part of the 2/3 Commando Unit in World War Two and the brother of Wonthaggi’s Stewart Dunlop, who kindly donated the flag.

The flag will be displayed with the World War Two memorabilia in the passage of the RSL.

“We’ve been surprised by what’s turning up,” Inverloch RSL’s Col Leviston said.

“Stewart has had the flag in his possession since his brother gave it to him in 1946. He decided to donate it to us now to help further our memorabilia display at the RSL.”

RSL president Trevor Scott thanked Mr Dunlop for his donation.

“For many, this flag doesn’t have many good memories attached, but it was our soldier who captured it,” he said.

“Although it was 70 years ago and our memories are starting to fade, we hope this will help the younger generations appreciate what these soldiers went through. I look at this flag now and think ‘we won’.”


Display: from left, Inverloch RSL president Trevor Scott, Wonthaggi’s Stewart Dunlop and Col Leviston showcase the Japanese flag captured by Mr Dunlop’s brother during World War Two.

Display: from left, Inverloch RSL...


Tasmanian Times: STATE: Basslink under water? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Who exactly is Basslink Pty Ltd (BPL)? Given there’s a distinct possibility that its undersea cable problems will take a lot longer and be more costly to fix, is BPL in a position to weather the storm? • ABC: Groom’s energy statement derailed by no-confidence motion in Speaker • Peter in Comments: A rather scathing and sceptical Brian Carlton gives his impression of the latest Basslink Cable press release ... Listen HERE Cassy O’Connor in Comments: After a three month break, the entire resources and energy of State Parliament on today’s return have been invested in a lengthy farce. • In Comments ... Minister for Energy Matthew Groom’s Ministerial Statement ...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Family creates art together "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

AN INVERLOCH family of artists is now exhibiting works showcasing environmental and humanist concepts of lost and found worlds at Meeniyan Art Gallery.

Robert and Jen Manhal and their daughter Genevieve opened Water and Earth on Sunday, February 28.

Jen and Genevieve created work in textiles, printmaking and sculpture.

“Our work is very colourful and created with the hope to make the onlooker think about their environment and their place in it,” Jen said.

Genevieve’s biggest piece is called the 100 Lost Worlds and consists of 100 individual textile landscapes, created over the past 12 months to create one coherent piece, exploring colour and the many possible images of the world.

Jen said, “A lot of my work references Ediacaran fossils, refugees and also the environmental impacts the human race is having with rubbish and plastic use.

“In particular, my 37 Babies sculpture, made very recently references the refugee crisis.”

Robert’s photographs – The Found Series – show natural found objects at the beach, and are non-altered images, strikingly beautiful in colour and composition.

The opening was a great success, supported by friends, family and fellow artists.

Inverloch artist Susan Hall opened the exhibition.

All relative: Robert and Jen Manhal and their daughter Genevieve (centre) are now exhibiting their show Water and Earth at Meeniyan Art Gallery.

All relative: Robert and Jen Manhal and their daughter Genevieve (centre) are now exhibiting their show Water and Earth at Meeniy...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Playground knocked back "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

DESPITE a population swell in Dalyston, Bass Coast Shire Council has refused to push for a playground in the town.

Dalyston’s resident Lauren Kenny petitioned for a playground to be built late last year, but 160 signatures were not enough to sway council’s decision.

According to council, there were no suitable locations in Dalyston for a playground to be approved.

Ms Kenny has two daughters in primary school who have felt the sting of boredom during weekends and school holidays due to the lack of amenities in the town, and they are not the only children grappling for something to do.

“Without a park, there’s nothing for the children to do,” Ms Kenny said.

“We have children who choose to skate on driveways and some who have even taken the slide down at the primary school for a makeshift ramp. It’s not their fault; they are trying their best with what we have.”

Ms Kenny said Dalyston wass one of the fastest growing towns in Bass Coast but without appropriate amenities, the town’s appeal was fading.

Dalyston has a population of 400 people. The population increased significantly over the last decade due to the growth of Wonthaggi and the Victorian Desalination Project.

According to council, its population is forecasted to increase to 600 people by 2031.

While going to the swimming pool or parks in the Wonthaggi may be an option for two car families, other families are forced to struggle to keep their children happy and entertained.

“We have the luxury of having two cars, but the same can’t be said for all families in Dalyston. The other problem is there’s no central parent hub. We are a relatively new family in Dalyston and there’s no chance of meeting other parents because there’s nowhere for families to socialise,” Ms Kenny said.

She initiated the petition to rally fellow residents and start considerations for an ideal location.

“A playground was part of the original plan at the rec...


sunshinecoastbirds: Previously Undisclosed Night Parrot Sighting "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A previously unpublished report of a Night Parrot indicates that an extensive tract of spinifex country extending south-west of Winton in outback Queensland may be harbouring a greater population of this cryptic species than is thought.

Glenn Holmes, a highly respected field ornithologist, told me he saw a Night Parrot along the Winton-Jundah Road on May 21, 2012. This is 12 months before John Young filmed and photographed a Night Parrot (the first time the species had been photographed) at an undisclosed site. That site, on a cattle station, is thought to be in the same general region: huge, sparsely vegetated grazing properties in the vicinity of the Diamantina National Park.

Steve Murphy's netted Night Parrot: Pic by Rachel Barr


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Daughter’s touching tribute "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MIRBOO North’s Heidi Wheeler will shave her head this month to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

For Ms Wheeler, disease hit home 16 years ago when her mum Barbara passed away from multiple myeloma.

“She was 46 when she passed away,” Ms Wheeler said.

“The doctors told her she had three months to live but she fought for six months.

“I think she would get a kick out of me doing this. She would love the attention she has been getting.”

Ms Wheeler started fundraising in October 2015 with a goal to raise $560. After reaching that sum she chose to aim for $1200.

“I put fundraising tins at Mirboo North BP, the newsagency and the supermarket. A lot of people have been putting coins in towards the cause,” she said.

Mirboo North’s Wednesday Warriors have also jumped on board for event.

The community group donated loads of wood to be raffled, with all proceeds going to Ms Wheeler’s campaign.

Ms Wheeler will lose her locks on Sunday, March 12 outside Mirboo North IGA. Weekend Warriors will hold a sausage sizzle and a children’s face paint artist will be on the scene funds all going to the cause.

“I figure it is just hair and I am not really nervous about going bald,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Any form of fundraising is fantastic, for any sort of cancer. It all adds up and makes a massive difference.”

Ms Wheeler moved to Mirboo North from Narre Warren a year ago and said the community support had been overwhelming.

“Everybody has been really supportive. People have stopped me on the street to give me money for the campaign. It is great to know there are good people in the world,” she said.

Ms Wheeler also got the opportunity to spread the word about the cause when World’s Greatest Shave selected her to voice an ad for Gippsland radio stations.

Donors will be able to contribute up April 15 when all entries for the World’s Greatest Shave are to be returned.

To sponsor...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Rail trail extension officially open "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


HUNDREDS of people gathered at the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve on Friday to witness the official opening of the Great Southern Rail Trail’s latest $1.8 million instalment.

The new section of trail links Koonwarra to Meeniyan with a shaded bush track and three bridges equipped to take walkers, cyclists and horses.

The entire Great Southern Rail Trail now spans 69km from Leongatha to Welshpool without interruptions.

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Bob Newton was pleased to see the new section of trail open, offering the shire a new community asset both as a recreational track and tourist attraction.

“It was established the rail trail will be of an economic benefit to South Gippsland, increasing revenue by $4.8 million a year in tourism and flow on revenue for local businesses,” he said.

“Thank you to the community for its ongoing support of the rail trail.”

Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing was invited to take part in the opening ceremony and noted the many benefits the new trail will offer, especially to people in nearby Koonwarra and Meeniyan towns.

“The rail trail offers an enormous benefit to the community both in terms of health, social activity and economic benefits,” Ms Shing said.

The $1.8 million project has come to fruition with 2.6 kilometres of trail, linked by three bridges. Local contractors worked to replace one bridge and refurbish the other two.

“I hope to see many people out there keeping active and doing South Gippsland proud,” Ms Shing said.

The middle bridge, a refurbished trestle bridge, is a particular highlight, combining old architecture with sound construction to create a stunning platform that can be seen from the South Gippsland Highway.

Funding was obtained by the Great Southern Rail Trail Committee when the State Government gave $1.3 million to the project in October 2014.

South Gippsland Shire Council funded the remaining.........


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Me fail? I fly!: Brendan Ryan’s Small Town Soundtrack "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Brendan Ryan, Small Town Soundtrack (Hunter Publishers 2015)


I’ve previously read three books of Brendan Ryan’s poetry: Why I Am Not a Farmer (2000), A Paddock in His Head (2007), Travelling through the Family (2012) (the links are to my blog posts). Given the extraordinarily consistent focus of his work, I tend to repeat myself when I blog about it, so here’s something I wrote about Travelling through the Family:

Brendan Ryan’s poetry is deeply rooted in place, specifically in what this book calls blister country, in western Victoria. [He returns] again and again to his early life on a dairy farm, to what it means to live away from it as an adult, or to revisit it, even if only to drive through. It’s a rich vein that yields poetry about natural and human landscapes, about cattle and working with cattle, about living in a big Catholic family in a rural community, about masculinity as a son, a brother and a father, about memory and meaning, the powerful interplay of place and identity.

To a large extent, Small Town Soundtrack is more of the same, and the world is richer for it. There’s more of life away from the childhood environment, and a more elegiac mood, as the small farms and their...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Rate cap backflip "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

BASS Coast Shire Council may retain the 2.5 per cent rate cap, following angst from ratepayers.

An overwhelming 73 per cent of ratepayers demanded council adhere to the State Government’s rate cap, while only 11 per cent thought a 4.7 per cent variation was justified.

A citizens’ petition also showed 2903 signatures supporting the rate cap.

Adrian Banks from Inverloch NewsXpress was pleased council revealed it may be leaning in favour of the cap, and believed it would give council plenty of room to move while respecting the livelihood of its ratepayers.

“I think the rate cap is a good idea. I think it offers enough without council needing to make damaging cuts to community projects. They need to learn to live more frugally,” he said.

Mr Banks said council needed to hire fewer consultants along the way.

“I was disappointed to hear $50,000 was spent on a survey for a wind turbine blade park. It’s needless things like that council really need to stop and consider,” he said.

“Council need a new mindset about what things are supposed to cost. There would be scope to find savings if council weren’t spending extraordinary amounts.

Mr Banks said he was also disappointed with the feedback survey released about the rate cap.

“We would ask what projects we would like to see cut if council retains the 2.5 per cent rate cap. That’s not what this is about. It’s about what council can do better to be more efficient,” he said.

“I think they went about things the wrong way and they could save more money if they use fewer consultants. They spend too much money on consultants when they have officers who could do the same thing and they hire three people to do jobs one person could complete.”

Council CEO Paul Buckley said the community engagement achieved what it set out to do – establish whether the community supported a variation to the cap and where they believed council should reduce expenditure, servic...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Health service CEO resigns "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

BASS Coast Health (BCH) CEO Veronica Jamison resigned last week, leaving behind a multitude of ongoing problems.

The Wonthaggi Hospital has battled crippling debt for the past few years, and will now be forced to seek a new CEO on top of new strategies to combat the financial struggles.

Ms Jamison was the hospital CEO for 16 months, but decided she would not renew her two year contract last week.

“Ms Jamison advised us of her decision and the board decided a handover would be effective immediately,” board chairman Peter Laydon said.

“Immediate resignation is a common practice in an organisation such as this. Ms Jamison had a two year contract, which would’ve expired later this year. The board decided if her heart wasn’t in it, we would pay her out in lieu and find a replacement so she could pursue other avenues and have some time off.”

For the time being, chief operating officer from Peninsula Health Jan Child has been appointed interim CEO.

“Ms Child was recognised as an appropriate replacement by the Department of Health. The official handover began on March 7 (yesterday),” Mr Laydon said.

In accepting the role, Ms Child will face the challenges posed by a $2 million deficit putting pressures on the hospital’s budget.

Mr Laydon said there were three main areas causing BCH’s struggles: the emergency department (ED), the aged care facility and transport.

“The ED is expensive to run and numbers are low in our aged care facility,” Mr Laydon said.

“We are also footing the bill when patients are transferred to Melbourne, which is a considerable cost.

“However, we are absolutely looking for ways to decrease our debt. We hope this year’s budget will bring the results we are looking for and we will be back in the black in the next two to three years.”

BCH closed its Watt Street facility in a recent attempt to save money, but which did not prove to be a significant boost.

Mr Laydon...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Volunteer today! Photo gallery "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dedicated environmental volunteers have once again donated their time and effort to help keep the Great Ocean Road beautiful.

A dozen Lornecare volunteers of all ages spent their sunny Sunday morning removing invasive species cakile and coastal tea-tree from beach areas.


Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale joined the team of volunteers and captured the day in a series of photos.

Click on the photos in the gallery below to view in full.

don and olric ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: World Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians plus all the negative effects of oil, cars, war, consumerism and non-renewable energy.

There is a need for people to hold a body positive image. A lot of people have hang ups about the human body and can not distinguish between non-sexual nudity and pornography. People are living creatures and part of nature, not superior or detached from it. Shame or disgust of human bodies, it all their colours, shapes and sizes is a form of prejudice.

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and mineral oil) causes environmental damage including climate change, air pollution, acid rain and water pollution. The destruction of our natural environment threatens all living things with extinction. We face the carbon-induced nemesis of nature.

Without using nuclear fuels (uranium, plutonium) nuclear accidents, nuclear weapons, depleted uranium tipped weapons and nuclear contamination would not exist. Exposure to nuclear radiation causes cancer, genetic mutations and death. Nuclear material remains radioactive virtually forever.

Health Problems including asthma and respiratory illnesses occur partly because of the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. Obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise come from our sedentary car-addicted lifestyles.

We see violence everyday because of the fraudulent wars fought over oil, road rage and deaths and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists from motorised vehicles. Worldwide it was estimated that 1.2 million people were killed and 50 million more were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2004. We need a peaceful and gentler world which includes our roads.

For a future to exist for tomorrow’s generations, we must stop exploiting mineral energy, stop polluting the Earth, stop fighting and killing in the name of consumerist wealth accumulation and learn to....


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: It’s Carnival Time at Ashfield "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ashfield Carnival of Cultures kicks off at 10.00 am on Harmony Day, Sunday 20 March.

It’s a wonderful day of fun and entertainment for the whole family with an amazing line up of entertainment including Aussie icon, Archie Roach.

There’ll also be an array of international food and market stalls, creative and cultural workshops, a free native plant giveaway for local residents, as well as free activities for the kids to enjoy including pony rides, face painting and a giant slide.

Public transport to the Carnival is encouraged. Free, accessible shuttle buses will be running regularly from the Ashfield Civic Centre to the event. And, those who cycle to the Carnival can use the free bike valet service and will go in the draw for a prize.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: 2016 Radiothon Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Eastside Radio 2016 Radiothon Fundraising Coordinator                 


Fixed Term Position: Monday 18th of April to Friday 1st of July 2016


Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 24th of March 2016


Salary: $50,000 pro rata with commission




The Eastside Radiothon is an annual fundraiser that helps raise much needed money for the running of the station. Every year we hire a coordinator to assist us with this important event. This year’s Radiothon is scheduled for one week between the 19th and 25th of June 2016.


The successful candidate will be employed by the station for a fixed-term, which is approximately the 18th of April until the 1st of July. The position is flexible with an expected workload of 4 days per week (hours during the actual Radiothon will be increased)


Short listed applicants will be interviewed by the Managing Director, HR Manager and a Member of the Board.


This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a unique and innovative community station.


Please address the selection criteria in your application.



  • Motivating and communicating presenters and volunteers around Radiothon
  • Contacting individuals and organisations for donations
  • Coordinating major prizes
  • Handling publicity, including writing and distributing press release
  • Active on air role during Radiothon
  • Active online role before, during and after Radiothon
  • Oversee Radiothon station meetings
  • Post Radiothon production


Selection Criteria



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Protect Great Barrier Reef’s natural beauty and economic value "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling for greater protection for the Great Barrier Reef to ensure it can continue to attract millions of international visitors to enjoy it’s stunning beauty.

New figures released today reveal the extent to which tourism underpins the strength of the Queensland and Australian economy, with the Great Barrier Reef being one of the international attractions.

Last year Queensland welcomed 1.1 million international tourists, with the industry bringing in $5 billion to the Queensland economy.

Imogen Zethoven Great Barrier Reef campaign director at AMCS said these figures show how important it is that the Federal Government protects the Reef to help grow the Queensland tourism industry.

“The tourism industry is growing, but our greatest asset, the Great Barrier Reef, is under threat.

“This week we saw the first signs of low level but widespread coral bleaching at Lizard Island. Scientists are worried about further bleaching occurring along the Reef’s coastline.

“If we want to help the growing tourism industry we need to protect the Reef’s beauty from global warming and help prevent further bleaching events.

“The Federal Government can protect a sustainable tourism industry by helping to end the threats the Reef faces, including global warming, by stopping the mining and burning coal and rapidly transitioning to renewable energy.

“Prime Minister Turnbull can show he is serious about the future of Queensland by investing in the Reef and renewables,” said Ms Zethoven

The post Protect Great Barrier Reef’s natural beauty and economic value appeared first on Fight for the Reef.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Riley Pearce Announces EP Launch Shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Riley Pearce Perth based singer-songwriter Riley Pearce released his stunning new EP Outside The Lines in late February and is now hitting the road to bring it to the world. Having just played at the Nannup Music Festival Pearce will be touring a number of WA dates before heading to the east […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": : The Island of Gods "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My partner, Nic, and I travelled to Bali, Indonesia this February for ten days of inspiration, food and surf. I arranged the trip as a surprise getaway; for no real reason besides taking away the opportunity for my Cancerian home-body partner to say ‘no’, and the flights were on sale. I was not taking the Leap Year opportunity to propose, contrary to popular belief.

It was my first time visiting the island of Gods, despite it being a short five-and-a-half flight away from Sydney and it being the go to destination for most Australians. The latter was the main reason I’d been putting it off (I’m not one for touristic resorts and party holiday destinations), but with a couple of artist friends (the very talented, Mia Taninaka; and prolific multidisciplinary artist, Beastman) choosing to call the place home, I started to get curious.

The Island of Gods

We spent the first half of our trip based in a villa in the rice-fields just outside of Ubud, near Penestanan Village. Ubud is a beautiful labyrinth of artisans, food and yoga retreats; and although the small, windy streets are busy with scooters and motorcycles, there’s always a little sanctuary not too far away.

The second half of our trip was based in Canggu, on the south coast of the island, not far from Seminyak. We spent our time exploring the black sandy beaches and surfing, at Echo Beach, and Batu Bolong.

Top Three

  1. Mountain biking through small mountain villages and across rice fields, north of Ubud with Banyan Tree Tours (just remember to have a big breakfast, and be careful what you eat along the way! Trust me.).
  2. Surfing at Batu Bolong Beach – a great little break for beginne...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Mr Pyne’s decision to stand for the Great Barrier Reef reflects the views of the majority of Queenslanders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has said that Mr Pyne’s concern for protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the Adani coal mine are in line with the views of the vast majority of Queenslanders.

Imogen Zethoven the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS said “The continuation of a stable government in Queensland is important but Mr Pyne has made a decision in line with the interests and concerns of the Queensland people who want a healthy Reef and are deeply concerned about global warming and coral bleaching.

“These are important issues. Queenslanders want the Reef protected. We don’t want massive coal mines expanded when we need to be tackling global warming with great urgency, to save the Reef and the 69,000 jobs that depend on it.

“The mining and burning of coal threatens the Great Barrier Reef by causing global warming, the warming of the Reef’s waters and coral bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing a widespread coral bleaching event.

“The majority of Queenslanders don’t want to see the Abbot Point coal terminal expanded to facilitate the massive Carmichael coal mine. An expanded port means more dredging and hundreds more coal ships ploughing through the Great Barrier Reef’s waters.

“The ALP in Queensland came to power on the promise that they would not approve dredging at Abbot Point before financial close.

“Right now the Reef could face the third coral bleaching event in the last twenty years. The economic and environmental case to reject new coal mines in favour of renewables is undeniable. The future of the Great Barrier Reef depends on it,” said Ms Zethoven.

“As the Member for Cairns, Mr Pyne was an active supporter of the ban on sea-dumping in the Great Barrier Reef and spoke out strongly against the proposed dredging of Trinity Inlet, which would add to pollution of Great Barrier Reef waters.

AMCS and GetUp! launched a TV commercial on March 6th to h...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: About time govt looked at holiday-lets: mayor "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Byron mayor Simon Richardson's plan for the shire to become Australia's first 'zero emissions community' has been adopted by council.

Byron mayor Simon Richardson says his council won’t wait for a state government report on holiday letting before introducing its own controls.

Chris Dobney

Byron mayor Simon Richardson has welcomed a state government inquiry into holiday letting across the state but says he won’t hold his breath waiting for the report.

Cr Richardson, who was too busy to attend the inquiry’s only regional sitting in the Tweed yesterday, said it was ‘obvious’ the state government should do something to ‘provide certainty’ to the tourism industry and local communities.

He described it as ‘a wicked problem that requires all community groups to give a little to get something.’

And while he welcomed the move, he said Byron council would press ahead with its own plan regardless.

‘We’ve been waiting for the state government for decades – and they’ve failed regional tourist centres for decades. We can’t stop and wait for them,’ he told Echonetdaily.

The Greens mayor has been pivotal in attempting to broker a deal between holiday-let business owners and self-described ‘victims’ who have been at loggerheads for years.

Under his mayoralty Byron Shire Council has prepared amendments to its LEP to regulate the practice, despite a Land and Environment Court ruling in 2013 that it was technically illegal.

The proposal went on exhibition late last year. Some 60 submissions were received and it will be referred back to...


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Social wellbeing, locality and ageing: a snapshot of the social lives of older people in rural Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Social wellbeing, locality and ageing: a snapshot of the social lives of older people in rural Australia

The older population in Australia (65+) is expected to double in coming decades, creating many multi-faceted implications for Australian society. The sociology of ageing suggests that older people experience their social world in a distinct way that is uniquely shaped by their memories, historical life events and group membership. Moreover, it is deeply influenced by where they choose to live as they grow older. This paper summarises research currently being undertaken at the University of South Australia within the school of Natural and Built Environments.

The central objective of this research is to identify the various roadblocks to achieving social wellbeing for older Australians with diverse demographic characteristics in a variety of urban and rural living environments. The services available in different localities vary, as do the local community networks, and the collective attitudes and life experiences of older people in the community. This paper begins by presenting a summary of current ageing trends and offers a review of published gerontology research. The paper considers the social construction of age, and the role that social capital; social isolation and loneliness play in shaping the dynamic social experiences and well being of older people in rural settings.

Louise Bethany Keough, Social wellbeing, locality and ageing: a snapshot of the social lives of older people in rural Australia


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Mountain Journal: Backcountry film festival in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Saturday April 30 at 7.30pm.

The NSW Nordic Ski Club is hosting a screening of the Backcountry Film Festival – this Film Festival features 9 short snow and ski films selected by the American Winter Wildlands Alliance. The Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films, from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions.


There are limited places in the hall.

There is a facebook page for the event available here.

For details on the films, please check here.


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

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502Email NEXT MEETINGS


Motorbike Writer: Motorbike Writer heads to Iron Run Rally "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Road King and sheep - castle

Motorbike Writer in New Zealand

Motorbike Writer is heading to the second Iron Run Rally in New Zealand this week, riding with the Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand boss and several VIPs from Auckland to Paihia.

Follow us along the way as we run up the west coast and across the North Island to the rally venue on Wednesday and Thursday.

HOG members at the open rally will received free entry to a VIP night at the Waiting Treaty grounds, which includes entertainment and dinner. They will also have access to the 2016 model-year demos, Thunder Run and the Show and Shine.

Harley-Davidson will also give away one of their biggest prizes yet – a 15-day trip for two to the 76th Anniversary Sturgis Rally in the US. Just purchase a special-limited edition Iron Run numbered pin at your local New Zealand Harley-Davidson Dealer to be in the draw. Customers can buy as many pins as they would like to maximise their chances of winning, and you don’t even have to be at the Iron Run 2016 to win the prize. 

The Ion Run at Paihia in the North Island, March 11-12 is expect...


Tasfintalk: Basslink under water? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Who exactly is Basslink Pty Ltd (BPL)? Given there’s a distinct possibility that its undersea cable problems will take a lot longer and be more costly to fix, is BPL in a position to weather the storm?

BPL owns and operates the Bass Strait interconnector. It is the main player in the Basslink group which in turn is owned by a Singapore listed infrastructure business.

The Basslink group doesn’t make any money.

In the latest year 2015 for which full audited figures are available, it lost $22 million after losing $25 million in the previous year. Interest payments on borrowings, are the major cause of the losses.  Without the monthly facility fee from Hydro, its only source of income, it’s likely to soon need funds from somewhere else to service borrowings and fix the cable fault.

BPL was set up by UK company National Grid. It reportedly cost $875 million to build the interconnector which starting operating in 2006.

In 2007 when BPL was sold by National Grid to the Singapore based CitySpring Infrastructure Trust, the Basslink business had a value of $1,175 million. Since then CitySpring has morphed into the Keppel Infrastructure Trust  which is lis...


Tasmanian Times: The death announced today ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Editor, The death announced today of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel in his village in Papua New Guinea should be acknowledged very loudly throughout Australia. His name was Faole Bokoi. His village was Manari. He’ll be briefly mentioned in the news.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: The red red robin "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

One of the main ‘tricks’ in getting close to birds is to be patient and observant.

The small Petroica robins, such as the familiar Scarlet and Red-capped Robins, are essentially ground feeders, often employing ‘perch and pounce’ strategies to locate and catch their insect prey.

Often, however, when you see these species they are high up in the canopy – that’s because you’ve disturbed them and they’ve retreated to a safe vantage point. If you wait at a safe distance they will often descend and resume feeding. Such was the case with this handsome male Red-capped Robin, spotted near Mia Mia Track at the weekend. Once it overcame my intrusion it happily dropped to a low perch, from where it snagged this larva which had been attacked by ants and was wriggling in distress – it was no match for a hungry robin.


Male Red-capped Robin, Mia Mia Track, 6th March 2016




Motorbike Writer: Video: Ride along with Dakar winner Toby Price "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Toby Price this year became the first Australian to win the Dakar Rally, and the first person to win after only two attempts.

Now he talks about the race, how he started riding at 2-and-a-half years, his titantic struggle back from a severe spinal injury, how many years he thinks he has in the Dakar and even how to hold on when there are no toilet stops on a 400km rally stage!

Check out the video, courtesy of VICE Sports.

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Paper wasp peak season "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Southern brown paper wasps, Mount Cotton.

Walking through Sandy Creek Conservation Area last weekend, I was pleased to find that quite a number of paper wasp colonies had formed along the barbed-wire perimeter fence.

Most frequent were the misshapen hanging nests of the southern brown paper wasp (Ropalidia plebeiana), a medium-sized species with a few pale bands around its body.

Common paper wasp, Mount Cotton.
Also seen, however, were common paper wasps (Polis...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: My Sister is a Superhero: OUT TODAY "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bamm! Thwack! Shazammm!

My Sister is a Superhero is released today. It's my third children's picture book with illustrator Peter Carvanas, and I'm thrilled to see it out in the world, cape rippling in the breeze.

A few early reviews are in:
This is a rhyming fun filled frolic from the creators of My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate. Another wacky celebration of diverse personalities infused with familial love and an ending that will warm your heart.
Carnavas’ delightful ink pen and watercolour pictures conjure four active sisters (the quirkiest being a superhero) from Young’s rich and smooth poetry – combining to produce a double shot of humour. Each sister is accompanied by her own animal ‘sidekick.’ It’s impossible to read this book without a smile on your face and a chuckle in your chest. 
- The Children's Book Council of Australia 
Damon Young's wackily inventive rhyming text is perfectly matched by Peter Carnavas's character-filled illustrations. [...] This is a gorgeous bedtime story, or anytime story. - Kids Book Review  
This picture book for young readers is the third book in what has proved to be a much-loved...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Blue Monday playlist "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Al Hensley’s “Blue Monday” on 7 March 2016
  1. SWEET CLAUDETTE ‘Love I See In Your Eye’ That Man’s Got To Go
  2. JEFF GOLUB ‘Rooster Blues’ Blues For You
  3. ISLEY BROTHERS ‘It’s Your Thing’ The Essential Isley Brothers
  4. ALBERT COLLINS & THE ICEBREAKERS ‘Quicksand’ Don’t Lose Your Cool
  5. HOWLIN’ WOLF ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ The Real Folk Blues
  6. JOE RUSI ‘Make A Better World’ Who Am I
  7. TONI SWAIN ‘Ten Days’ Deepest Water
  8. JAMES BLOOD ULMER ‘Fattening Frogs For Snakes’ Memphis Blood
  9. LUTHER ALLISON ‘Will It Ever Change?’ Reckless
  10. MITCH KASHMAR & THE PONTIAX ‘Gonna Find Someone New’ 100 Miles To Go
  11. ALLEN TOUSSAINT ‘I’ve Got To Convince Myself’ Toussaint: The Real Thing 1970-1975
  12. SON SEALS ‘Sadie’ Nothing But The Truth
  13. TERESA ‘T-BIRD’ LYNNE ‘One More Lie’ Blues Harp Women
  14. MUDDY WATERS ‘The Same Thing’ The Real Folk Blues
  15. DEREK TRUCKS & SUSAN TEDESCHI ‘Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning’ God Don’t Ever Change
  16. TORONZO CANNON ‘Fine Seasoned Woman’ The Chicago Way
  17. FENTON ROBINSON ‘I’ve Changed’ Somebody Loan Me A Dime...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Calls for investigations into heat stress policy - and more 11am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland workers are seeking an investigation into heat stress policy from the states CFMEU branches. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Debating the future of Queensland Nickel refinery:

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg suggests unfair pressure has been placed on the Queensland Government to guarantee a $10 million loan to bail out Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery under the condition he wholly exits the Townsville business.

The loan request from administrators has been rejected by Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, however the State Government is still considering the risk such a move would place on taxpayers.


"IndyWatch Feed": Jugglers Art Space Inc: 2016 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing - Entries Open! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Winner of the 2015 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, Jeremy Eden, “Self Portrait in Plastic” 2015


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Unethical behaviour from the Commonwealth Bank - and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Commonwealth Bank is facing new accusations of unethical behaviour in its life insurance business after revelations it mistreated one of its own employees. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Childhood anxiety cure trials:

Queensland researchers are trying to tackle crippling phobias for young children with OCD.

The therapy being trialled is called intense exposure therapy and it is allegedly curing childhood anxiety disorders in less than a day.

It uses a twin-pronged approached - play therapy plus the use of a drug once used to fight tuberculosis called D-Cycloserine.


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

Click here to view the embedded video.

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.

Lex Luther

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........


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Indian honour killing - and other 9am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A woman has been burnt to death by her brothers in a so-called honour killing in India. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)** ** The image used is not the same funeral pyre as the one in the article.

Super Plum:

The Queensland Government looks to earn millions in royalties after a “super plum” developed in the state has sparked growing international interest.

The Queen Garnet Plum, developed by the Queensland Department of Primary Industry and licensed exclusively to Nutrafruit, has high levels of anthocyanins believed to combat the health problems of obesity.


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: Amazing list of space opera cliches by Charlie Stross "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It occasionally reads as the irritated bowel rumblings of the most curmudgeonly constable of the anti-fun police ever, but it's also a good checklist for someone about to embark on, say, a long hard back space opera.

He has hundreds of these things. A sample from the top of the list:

Planetary civilizations

This subheading covers common cliches/mistakes made in discussing inhabited (Earthlike) planets and the people who live on them.

Planets are small and easily explored
All the land masses on a planet are easily accessible
You can fly anywhere on a planet in a short time without leaving the atmosphere
You can fly anywhere at Mach 2.2+ without experiencing hull heating due to atmospheric friction
You can fly anywhere at Mach 2.2+ without worrying about Air Traffic Control and NOTAMs
Everywhere on a planet shares a common climate and the same weather patterns
The same plants and animals can be found everywhere on a given planet
Coriolis force, trade winds, cyclones, what are those?
Oceans are small, land-locked, and mainly useful for fishing
Plate tectonics is easily ignored, unless the plot requires a Volcano/Earthquake
Deep carbon cycle, subduction, ionosphere UV splitting of water, long-term terraforming stability: why worry about little things like that?
Ice ages are inevitably global
Some planets have a breathable atmosphere but no water

Read the entire list here. You'll probably recognise some of your favourite movies, books and tv shows.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: No pride in Nauru - and more 8am Zedlines: "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Over the weekend Sydney came to life for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, however, one float in particular drew attention to the plight of refugees beaten in alleged homophobic attacks on Nauru. (Image Source - Flickr Creative Commons)

South Bank turns pink:

Around 10,000 people painted the town pink on Sunday morning for the annual International Women’s Day Fun Run to help breast cancer support services.

The five-kilometer event is in its 25th year and raises funds for services, including mastectomy bras, wigs, and art therapy programs for women undergoing treatment at the Mater Hospital in South Brisbane.

The event continues to grow and there are high hopes for its ongoing success.

Sand mining clousre spells chaos:

Saturday, 05 March


Tasmanian Times: A letter to the PM ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Prime Minister, RE: The establishment of a new Northern Tasmania institution of higher education and training

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