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Thursday, 10 March


Katie Writes Stuff: Not a New Bookmark "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Once upon a time, I was given a bookmark that quickly became my favourite.  It was made of fabric with glorious stars on one side and another pattern on the other that I can’t remember (clearly I didn’t look at this side quite as much).  Small weights were sealed in either end to keep the bookmark in place or to hold down fly-away pages if you happened to be reading in a breeze, which happens more often than you might think.

As time went by and the well-loved bookmark kept my place in book after book, certain wear and tear began to take place.  A little hole here.  A little patch there.

Eventually, I had to face facts: if I didn’t do something soon, the weights were going to fall out of the rapidly-developing holes and my bookmark would be no more.  But I didn’t want a new bookmark, so what could I do?

Make a new one, of course!

A couple of weekends ago, I set myself the task of having a new (but not new) bookmark by the time Sunday had rolled around.  So I found myself some likely material and set about measuring up the old bookmark and gutting it to scavenge the end weights.  As far as I could tell, the original bookmark had been sealed with a build-up of zig-zag stitches, but I wasn’t into that idea.  Surely bias binding would do just as well!

It wasn’t easy sailing.  I made a lot of extra work by pinning it all up the right way, deciding it was wrong, then pinning it the wrong way.  By this time, I couldn’t be bothered with doing any more pinning, so I just made the best of it.

Bookmarks Square

Next time, I’d do quite a few things differently (such as checking the direction of the pinning before placing a single pin).  There will be a next time, I’m sure, but hope...


Echonetdaily: Trumpmania: Has America gone mad? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Simpsons cartoon series took up the claim that Donald Trump paid people to seem like supporters during his speech announcing his intentions to run for president.

The Simpsons cartoon series took up the claim that Donald Trump paid people to seem like supporters during his speech announcing his intentions to run for president.

Phillip Frazer

Nope – it was already mad.

Americans are angry mad at the fact that the government – and the corporates who run it – have their sticky fingers in everything their citizens do and everything they think, and all the citizens get is another day older and deeper in debt.

And America is batshit crazy mad in that it doesn’t believe in global warming and diplomacy but does believe in angels, insurance agents charging $2,000/month per family to look after their health (not counting the costs of treatments), and it still believes it’s the best country on Earth.

Okay, let’s stop this thought-train right there: something’s wrong with all the stuff I just wrote, which is that ‘America’ doesn’t exist, and nor do ‘Americans’.

‘America’ is a wide stripe of the North American continent, about the same area (omitting Alaska) as Australia with 13 times as many people, who are more diverse and disconnected than Australians are.

I went to the US in...


Echonetdaily: B-double stopped at Tweed could ‘travel at any speed’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The defective b-double that was pulled over by NSW highway patrol yesterday. Photo NSW Police Media

The defective b-double that was pulled over by NSW highway patrol on Wednesday (March 9). Photo NSW Police Media

A speeding B-double pulled over by NSW highway patrol at Tweed Heads on Wednesday had been modified to ‘travel at any speed’ police say.

Acting on information received from Queensland Police, officers stopped a the truck travelling on the M1 (Pacific Highway) at about 2pm Wednesday (March 9).

The truck had been detected travelling at 124kmh in a 100kmh zone of the M1.

It will be alleged that during an inspection of the vehicle at Chinderah, it was found that the truck was fitted with a pulse generator allowing it to travel at any speed.

A further search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered an electronic system allowing speedometer controls to be overridden.

The pulse generator was removed from the truck and it was defected.

The 49-year-old male driver was issued an infringement notice for travelling at 20kmh above the speed limit.

Legal action is being taken against the driver for the speeding offence and the vehicle’s failure to have a compliant speed limiter.

Inquiries are also continuing after alleged dis...


North Coast Voices: A look back at Deputy-Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Now that Tony Windsor has announced he will stand at the 2016 federal election as an independent candidate in the New England electorate, it is perhaps time to briefly recap Nationals MP for New England and Deputy-Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s position on some of the issues which may be at play for voters in that seat or go to perceptions of his gravitas or otherwise.

Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce entered the Australian Parliament in 2005 as a senator for Queensland and resigned to contest the NSW seat of New England in 2013, a seat which was vacant due to retirement of its member Tony Windsor.

Until September 2013 he was a member of the Opposition.

A  former accountant, he is a man of property with a residence and commercial property in St. George, Queensland and two rural properties in Barradine on the Liverpool Plains, NSW.

In the first half of last year taxpayers spent ...


Sustainable Living Armidale: Knitting Nannas are now in Tamworth! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Friday, 11 Mar; 9:30 am to 11:30 am. ] With great success we held our first Tamworth Knit-in on Friday March 4th. We are doing it again tomorrow and we'd love to see you there. We have a meeting with Mayor Col Murray in early April to voice our concerns. Are those opposed to more mining in New England North West really the vocal minority? Please [...] full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: Snow Gums Bushland Working Bee, Sunday, 20th March "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 20 Mar; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Hello bushcarers, There was a fire towards the southern end of the reserve on Wednesday evening. It burnt part of the really high conservation value woodland and part of a 40-year old revegetation area before the fire brigade put it out . I have said more about the burnt area at the bottom of this post*. The [...] full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: Member registration closes this Friday — 5 reasons not to miss next week’s Climate Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 17 Mar to Friday, 18 Mar. ] Sustainable Living Armidale is a member of Climate Action Network Australia, so if you are a paid member of SLA you can attend this. Member registration closes this Friday 11 March, so get in quick if you've not yet registered. Here's 5 reasons you'll not want to miss the event: 1. Inspiring & entertaining session on collective action: when and [...] full article »


Sustainable Living Armidale: Please sign — Get Polluters out of Politics "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dear Friends – I’m Robin Gunning from Tamworth and I’m the coordinator of our Pollution Free Politics campaign in New England. I’m a climate campaigner. New England is a big electorate and our MP Barnaby Joyce is one of the worst climate deniers in Parliament so, we have a big job to hold him accountable. Can you help spread [...] full article »


Fight for the Reef: GBRMPA and international scientists warn Reef may not be “coral-dominated” due to global warming "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has highlighted a submission from the government’s own Reef watchdog warning the Reef may not be a “coral dominated system” due to the impacts of global-warming and coral bleaching.

In April 2015, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority released a submission to the Australian government’s post 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, stating that unless global warming is kept to less than 1.2 degrees the Reef would not be a “coral-dominated system”.

The call has been backed the International Society for Reef Studies who in October 2015 called global warming to be limited to less than 1.5 degrees.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said the Federal government needs to explain how its current policies can be reconciled with the threat of a Reef losing more and more of its coral.

“Right now, we are seeing a coral bleaching event along the length of the Great Barrier Reef which could get worse in the next few weeks.

“Coral bleaching is a man-made, avoidable crisis. It is a major wake up call that we need to urgently transform our energy sector. The leading contributor to global warming in Australia is the mining and burning of coal.

“If we don’t dramatically reduce the mining and burning of coal and rapidly switch to 100% renewables, we risk losing even more of the beautiful hard corals that tourists come to see from around the world.

“GBRMPA warned us of an increased risk of mass coral bleaching and loss of corals; acidification of the Reef’s waters restricting coral growth and survival; and more intense weather events such as cyclones that cause catastrophic damage to reefs.

“Their advice is clear. There is a “critical need”to reduce our emissions to a level that supports the recovery and growth of hard corals on the Great Barrier Reef.

“The Reef has lost 50% of its...


The Shepparton Adviser: Murchison comes alive "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Murchison comes alive

ONE of several highlights of the opening weekend of the Shepparton Festival was the Murchison Tomato Festa.

Despite the heat, which affected numbers, there were several great stalls, good entertainment and great food and wine. Dozens of other events also took place across the region over the weekend and there are many more to enjoy in the coming days and weeks.

Check out the Shepparton Festival events by finding ‘Shepparton Festival’ on Facebook, via local media or by going to


The Shepparton Adviser: World’s second best drop "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

World’s second best drop

MARYSVILLE TAKES SILVER… From left, Goulburn Valley Water acting manager of operations, Daniel Flanagan and Water Industry Operators Association of Australia operations manager, Craig Mathisen and Goulburn Valley Water managing director, Peter Quinn, who are pleased by the Marysville Treatment Plant’s water being recently announced as the world’s second best drop. Photo: Emma Hillier.

AFTER taking home the top prize for the 2015 Ixom Victorian Water Taste Test and the 2015 Ixom Best Tap Water in Australia competitions, Goulburn Valley Water’s (GVW) Marysville Treatment Plant has taken out the world’s second best in the Municipal Water category at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition.

The win was made all the more special having been the first time tap water from Australia was entered in the international competition.

Water Industry Operators Association of Australia chief operations officer, Craig Mathisen believes the award will highlight the achievements of all Australian water authorities.

“We know our members are producing high quality drinking water, but we wanted to test it out by putting our national champion from Marysville into the international competition.

“We now have worldwide recognition that some of the world’s best water is right here in Australia and it should be seen as a celebration for all of the operators around the country and in particular the Goulburn Valley Water team from the Marysville Water Treatment Plant.”

GVW manager operations, Steven Nash is thrilled with...


The Shepparton Adviser: From paper planes to the real thing "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

From paper planes to the real thing

KIDS VISIT AERODROME… From left, Arthur Dickmann Children’s Centre students, Mia He, 4 and Tiki Torney, 4. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CHILDREN from Arthur Dickmann Children’s Centre’s Room 4 had the chance to go from making paper aeroplanes to visiting the Shepparton Aerodrome and having hands-on experience with both a light plane and a fire fighting Bell 212 helicopter last week.

Arthur Dickmann Children’s Centre service leader, Jenni Gibson said, “Our centre philosophy supports our programs to foster quality learning and development opportunities for our children, working collaboratively within our community.

“We also networked with Greater Shepparton City Council’s Children Services Department and invited children form Nancy Vibert Children’s Centre and Frank Pullar Children’s Centre to join us at the aerodrome, strengthening our commitment to building foundations for lifelong learning.”


The Shepparton Adviser: Traffic conditions change at Doyles Road roundabout "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ROAD users are being urged to take notice and care of changing traffic conditions at the Doyles Road and Midland Highway intersection, with construction works being carried out on the roundabout causing lane changes and restricted turning movements.

These changed traffic conditions will remain in place for the next two months while the first half of the new dual lane roundabout is being constructed.

VicRoads acting regional director, Nathan Mullanesaid, “Traffic heading east on the Midland Highway (towards Benalla) will no longer be able to do a u-turn at the roundabout in order to head back into Shepparton.

“Traffic will be required to travel straight past the roundabout and turn right into the service road near the Holden/Ford car dealerships before being able to head back into Shepparton while the roundabout is being constructed.

“Trucks accessing Mooroopna, Benalla or East Shepparton are now being detoured via New Dookie Road, Central Avenue and Poplar Avenue. Traffic lights are now installed at the intersection of Midland Highway and Central Avenue to assist trucks crossing the Midland Highway while the detours are in place between now and the end of June.

“Cars on Doyles Road will be detoured via Florence Street and Enterprise Drive and heavy vehicles travelling north south will continue to be encouraged to avoid the area by using the Goulburn Valley Highway (Wyndham Street).

“East West traffic along the Midland Highway and past the roundabout is planned to be maintained at all times but there will be restricted turning movements and minor delays while works are in progress.

“This is an important project for VicRoads and the Shepparton community and will be completed by the end of June.”


The Shepparton Adviser: State government pledges $10M for new SAM "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

State government pledges $10M for new SAM

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT… From left, SAM Foundation chair, Peter Quinn, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) director, Dr Rebecca Coates and Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford out the front of SAM after the announcement that the state government would be providing $10M in funding to go toward the new SAM. Photo: David Lee.

THE state government has come through with the goods, last week announcing it would be contributing $10M in funding support behind the proposed new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), so long as the Federal Government also pitches in with $10M.

The announcement comes after the Greater Shepparton City Council’s funding application went to the government’s committee meeting in February, with the amount set to be matched by a $10M contribution from council and an anticipated matching of $10M by the Federal Government. The remaining funds of the $34.5M project, as well as a further $8M to finance running costs, will come from the SAM Foundation.

In the coming weeks, Greater Shepparton City Council will be lodging an application with the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, in an attempt to secure the required federal funding.

The business case for the project forecasts it will lead to an increase in visitation to the art museum from 36,869 to over 90,000 in three years’ time and up to 100,000 in five years.

Over the construction phase, the project will inject $34.5M in t...


The Shepparton Adviser: $3M W.B. Hunter room music to school’s ears "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

$3M W.B. Hunter room music to school’s ears

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT COMPLETED… From left, Cheryl Hunter, WB Hunter CEO, Michael Moroney and Goulburn Valley Grammar School principal, Mark Torriero outside school’s the new W.B. Hunter music facilities. Photo: Emma Hillier.

A NEW, $3M purpose built music centre was officially opened at Goulburn Valley Grammar School last week, and in honour of the local Hunter family’s contributions to the school, the new centre was aptly named the W.B. Hunter Music Centre.

Having been in full operation since the beginning of the year, the centre will be utilised by the school as a recital room, instrumental tuition studios, music classrooms and practice studios.

The multi-million dollar project included the creation of a dedicated recital space, new and redeveloped music classrooms, instrumental tuition studios for individuals and groups, practice rooms for individuals and ensembles, the regeneration of the Founders Hall and foyer area through integration and connections, the inclusion of extensive storage and all rooms were designed to optimise acoustic qualities including sound insulation.

Principal, Mark Torriero said, “We are delighted with both the form and function of the centre. Students and staff alike are delighted to be using the new centre and have praised its design and utility.

“The school engaged architects Williams Boag to design the project. Following extensive consultation with staff and students the resultant signature project reflects the sch...


The Shepparton Adviser: Water reserves low due to unforgiving Summer weather "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Water reserves low due to unforgiving Summer weather

LOW RESERVES… After above average temperatures and lower than average rainfall during Summer, the Goulburn area’s water reserves are looking low. Photo: Supplied.

ABOVE average temperatures and below average rainfall during Summer seems to taken its toll on Goulburn region water storage levels, with all reserves recording lower levels than the same time last year.

Lake Eildon is almost half the storage level it was at the same time in 2015, recorded at 39.71 percent this year, and 65.71 percent in 2015. The Waranga Basin has seen a drop by 5 percent, recording 40.76 percent this year and 45.07 percent in 2015. Greens Lake recorded 52.31 percent in storage levels this year and was at 61.57 percent last year.

Goulburn Weir has seen the lowest drop, recording 98.22 percent this year compared with 99.01 percent last year.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said, “While there was well above average rainfall in January and average rainfall during December, February was well below average.

“The average day-time temperature over this Summer was recorded at 31.2ºC, 0.6ºC above average and the night-time temperature average was 15.7ºC, 1.4ºC above average.

“The 2015/16 Summer period saw 84.6mm fall in Shepparton, 15mm below average.

“When compared with previous Summers, the 2014/15 Summer saw an average daytime temperature of 31.1ºC, 0.6ºC above average and the rainfall amount was 84.6mm, 5.3...


The Shepparton Adviser: Zombies set to tear through Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Zombies set to tear through Shepparton

BRAINS, FLESH AND FUN… Ben Ladson has been transformed into a brain hungry, flesh eating zombie, just in time for the Word and Mouth Zombies Return: Last Bite event, as part of the Shepparton Festival. Photo: David Lee.

ROTTING flesh, an urge to devour brains and a terrifying maze that could mean the difference between life and death. This is what awaits local residents with the return of the Word and Mouth Zombies Return: Last Bite event, as part of the Shepparton Festival.

After the success of the last two years, which saw more than 550 people witness the unspeakable maiming that occurred in the maze by a number of zombies, the zombies are returning over two nights, however people are being urged to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Aimed at young people primarily 15 and above due to the horror themes, the event promises to be one of Word and Mouth’s biggest events.

Word and Mouth project manager, Jim Gow said, “Some of our events are 200 plus hours in planning, this one in particular.

“The setup time alone is going to be a few days, not a few hours. Essentially it is going to be a big maze in a large indoor dark space, and providing you choose the right way through the maze, it will be simple. However, take a wrong turn and you might meet some new friends.
“It is going to be like you are in your own horror movie. You are the star. The one that makes those decisions that you scream at the TV during the movie to do. That is now you.”
The Zombies Return event will ru...


The Shepparton Adviser: Call out for businesses to participate in survey "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LOCAL businesses are being called on to participate in a recently launched business survey, which aims to ascertain the individual and collective needs of business to better meet the needs of the local business community.

The survey hopes to establish an up-to-date profile of the local economy by identifying strengths and potential growth areas for local businesses, assisting local business with solving problems and exploring new opportunities and creating employment opportunities in the region.

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott is encouraging businesses to take the time to fill out the survey.

“Your assistance in completing this survey will ensure that the information we receive reflects the business community as a whole.

“We are really keen to capture a profile of our existing business community including the issues they are facing, how they recruit new employees, whether they are involved in international trade and where they see themselves in the future.

“We are also asking businesses to rate Greater Shepparton as a place to own a business in a number of categories. This will give us a clear indication of the best things about our region and those that need improvement.”

To fill out the survey, visit

For further information or to ask a question in relation to the survey, phone council’s investment attraction team on (03) 5832 9700.


The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


THE FRIENDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDENS SHEPPARTON are holding a Propagation Day on Wednesday, March 9 between 10am and 12 noon. Morning tea provided. All members of the public are welcome to attend and learn new skills and check out what is happening at your gardens in Kialla Tip Road, Kialla. Any queries to Jill Grant on 5827 1584 or 0419 594 397.

DARBY’S PAINTS will be hosting a trade show not to be missed on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30pm, where local tradies and interested members of the community will have the chance to hear and learn from suppliers and experts. For further information, drop into Darby’s Paints, corner of Campbell and Vaughan Streets or phone 5821 0111.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MOOROOPNA invites you to an afternoon of fun and fashion at the museum, 30 Park Street, Mooroopna on Wednesday, March 16 at 2pm. The latest colours for this coming season will be on show as well as afternoon tea, lucky door prizes and you will have the chance to look around the museum. Cost $8 per person. For further information, contact Gwenda on 5825 2403.

ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH IN TATURA will be hosting a week-long interactive community art, walk-through Easter event illustrating the Christian Easter story. This event will be held at 18 Francis Street, Tatura from Tuesday March 22 to Saturday, March 26 and will be open daily 10am to 6:30pm (groups by arrangement. Entry is free. For further information, contact reverend, Jude Benton on 5824 1170.


MOOROOPNA CROQUET CLUB TWILIGHT GOLF CROQUET Will operate on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm behind the Bowls Club in Mooroopna. The first night is free. Flat closed in shoes. Equipment is provided. Come on Saturday mornings at 9.30am for a more challenging game of Association Croquet. Beginners are always welcome, for....


Echonetdaily: Aussie singer Jon English dead at 66 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Award-winning singer and actor Jon English has died in Newcastle at the age of 66.

Award-winning singer and actor Jon English has died in Newcastle at the age of 66.


Australian singer and actor Jon English has died after suffering an aortic aneurysm following a small operation, just days after a friend described him as ‘itching’ to get back on stage. He was 66.

The shock announcement comes just two days after his contemporary Ross Hannaford, guitarist with 70s band Daddy Cool, died following a long battle with cancer.

Actor and friend Simon Gallaher told ABC Radio he received a text message early on Thursday morning saying English had died.

The English-born rock star reportedly died surrounded by family, including his four children Jessamin, Josephine, Jonnie and Julian.

According to former manager of 20 years Peter Rix, English was in hospital in Newcastle suffering from broken ribs, but during surgery doctors discovered another issue with his aortic valve.

‘A lot of bleeding was involved and unfortunately they were unable to stem the flow, that was the morning report I received,’ Rix told ABC Radio.

The exact cause of death has been reported as an aortic aneurysm – a swelling in the wall of the la...


Echonetdaily: Don Page appointment a ‘job for a mate’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Ballina MP Don Page.

Former Ballina MP Don Page.

Former Ballina MP Don Page has been appointed as the new chair of the Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers committee in a move described by opponents as a ‘job for a mate’.

Mr Page held the seat of Ballina for over 25 years as well positions of NSW Minister for Local Government and NSW Minister for the North Coast.

He retired prior to the last state election.

NSW Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord said he was disappointed with the appointment, describing Mr Page as a failed politician.

But NSW Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and NSW Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said they were delighted with the appointment.

Senator Nash said that the RDA committees played a key role in growing stronger regions across the nation and ensuring that all three tiers of government worked together.

‘These committees advise on priority activities that have the potential to unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their regions,’ Senator Nash said.

‘RDA committees provide advice to the Governmen...


Echonetdaily: Bangalow Men’s Shed needs more sizzle "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

More support sought: L to R Brian Mackney (Bangalow Men’s Shed president), Chris Haywood (Bangalow Lions president), Andrew Winton-Brown (Lismore Men’s Shed president), Tony Heeson (regional delegate to AMSA) and Dean Box (Casino Men’s Shed president).

More support sought: L to R Brian Mackney (Bangalow Men’s Shed president), Chris Haywood (Bangalow Lions president), Andrew Winton-Brown (Lismore Men’s Shed president), Tony Heeson (regional delegate to AMSA) and Dean Box (Casino Men’s Shed president).

Chris Dobney

Bangalow’s much anticipated Men’s Shed had its unofficial opening on Monday evening with the ubiquitous sausage sizzle catering to more than 130 people including Byron’s mayor and several councillors.

But there are still a few more snags to get over before the Shed is able to open its doors officially, and the town’s mature gents are turning their thoughts to the thoroughly modern method of crowd funding to get it over the line.

But before that happens, members would like to see Byron Shire Council chip in a few bob.

The newly appointed convenor of Bangalow Men’s Shed, Brian Mackney, praised the efforts the Bangalow Lions Club for its efforts to get th...


Echonetdaily: Bill Shorten to speak in Lismore today "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten will be speaking in Lismore today. (AAP Image)

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten will be speaking in Lismore today. (AAP Image)

Labor’s opposition leader Bill Shorten will be speaking at a community forum in Lismore today from midday.

The forum is being held at the Lismore City Town Hall, and is part of a push to have former Page MP Janelle Saffin reinstalled in the position.

Ms Saffin said Mr Shorten would be discussing the government’s plans to cut Medicare, cut penalty rates, and to introduce $100,000 university degrees.

The forum will include a question and answer session.

More to come

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Echonetdaily: Phoney election campaign cranks up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

PM Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Opposition leader Bill Shorten at an International Women's Day event. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

PM Malcolm Turnbull (left) and Opposition leader Bill Shorten at an International Women’s Day event. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)


The prime minister and Opposition leader are engaged in shadow boxing as speculation grows about a July 2 double dissolution election, with Bill Shorten making an appearance in Lismore today.

PM Malcolm Turnbull will talk up Australia’s economic transition when he addresses a business lunch in Adelaide on Thursday.

Mr Turnbull is expected to address a Business SA lunch in Adelaide as the coalition seeks to bolster its stocks in a state hit hard by the closure of car manufacturing.

Mr Shorten will take his campaign to Lismore.

Liberal frontbencher Arthur Sinodinos says there is a simple explanation regarding when an election will be held.

‘The prime minister will make up his mind and go when he thinks he can win,’ Senator Sinodinos told Sky News.

He said the double dissolution had been spoken of as a ‘live option’ to pressure crossbench senators into supporting key government bills,...


Echonetdaily: Three jailed over massive UK jewellery raid "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A police forensics officer enters the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London where a notorious heist that took place over Easter 2015. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP, file)

A police forensics officer enters the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company in London where a notorious heist that took place over Easter 2015. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP, file)


Three men involved in the STG14 million ($A26.7 million) Hatton Garden jewellery raid have been jailed for seven years each.

The ageing gang, with a combined age of 448, carried out the ‘sophisticated’ and meticulously planned break-in over the Easter weekend last year.

Less than a year after the audacious raid, six of the seven men convicted in connection with the burglary are being sentenced.

Ringleaders John ‘Kenny’ Collins, 75; Daniel Jones, 61; Terry Perkins, 67, and the group’s oldest member, Brian Reader, 77, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Collins, Jones and Perkins were each given a seven-year prison term on Wednesday.

Carl Wood, 59, and William Lincoln, 60, were found guilty of the same offence and one count of and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer cr...


Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: Room "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Brie Larson may well have deserved the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this intense, at times harrowing, movie (what arcane criteria are used when awarding such tinsel anyway?), but the kid, Jacob Tremblay, who was eight years old at the time of filming, is equally impressive – it is an astonishing performance by him. Joy (Larson) was abducted and imprisoned in a backyard shed for seven years, her captor treating her as a mere sex slave. She gave birth to Jack (Tremblay) during this period and mother and son lived together in the windowless, soundproofed room, with only a skylight connecting them to the shifting sky beyond their confinement. The first act, shot in a dull light, is claustrophobic and distressing. Now five, Jack is still seeking his Ma’s breast for comfort and is incapable of understanding that the images he sees on TV are anything other than magic. I worried that the movie’s stifling atmosphere might potentially be its undoing, but the day of Jack’s liberation, planned in advance by Ma, came as unquestionably one of the most emotionally charged scenes that I can recall from countless hours in the cinema (the ethereal guitar accompaniment, used to similar effect in Moneyball, is perfect). Director Lenny Abrahamson is not concerned with the monster who committed the crime; instead his attention lies with its victims and their reactions to their sudden change of circumstances. Though finally liberated, things threaten to go awry for Joy and Jack. Both have trouble adjusting to life with Joy’s mother and new partner – ‘Can we go back to room?’, Jack even asks. Further, in a softly-softly yet confronting TV interview, Joy’s maternal instincts are inadvertently shown to be perhaps not as noble as we may have credited. Above all, there is the reminder that, regardless of environment, we instinctively cling to that which sustains us, be it a person or, in Jack’s case, an inanimate object. This is not always an....


Echonetdaily: NT not worried about US bombers in Top End "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Northern Territory's chief minister Adam Giles. (AAP Image/David Moir)

Northern Territory’s chief minister Adam Giles. (AAP Image/David Moir)


The Northern Territory’s chief minister says he is not concerned about US plans to station bombers and aerial tankers in the Top End.

It was revealed on Tuesday that discussions are under way for the US to rotate the machinery through the NT, as concerns grow over China’s expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

But on Wednesday NT chief minister Adam Giles said he wasn’t worried.

‘These discussions have been going on for quite some time and it doesn’t draw real concern for what we see is an opportunity of strengthening the defence of the Top End,’ he told ABC’s AM program on Wednesday.

An increase in the number of American military forces in the NT has been planned for some time, but Mr Giles denied that the intensification would affect Australia’s relationship with China.

‘Not at all,’ he said.

‘The opportunities for us to continue to grow strengths w...

09:17 Groundbreaking case to test freehold property ownership "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


Former police prosecutor David Walter with one of his beloved black cockatoos. ‘There is not a lawful court or government in the nation’

 Property rights battler asks for supporters to attend Brisbane Supreme Court at 9am on March 16, 2016

Walter's court document

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This application, filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court could see the beginning of the end for corporate government in Australia. The applicant is retired Northern Territory police prosecutor, David Walter, now living near Herberton, Far North Queensland.

David has championed the cause of property rights for 10 years after the Queensland Labor Government placed an environmental listing over freehold land at Cardwell, on a 15 acre retirement block owned by ageing Toowoomba widow Mrs Catherine Burns. Her late husband had retired from the police force and they intended to move onto the block to live out their lives. Walter has taken up the cause for Mrs Burns and dozens of other disaffected landowners across the state who fell victim to the Labor Party’s ‘unlawful’ vegetation and environmental laws. Mrs Burns has been unable to sell h...


Echonetdaily: Tweed gallery celebrates vision of the Darlings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ivan Durrant, Johnny O’Keefe ‘A little bit louder now…’, 1999, synthetic polymer on board. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999.

Ivan Durrant, Johnny O’Keefe ‘A little bit louder now…’, 1999, synthetic polymer on board. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999.

A collection from the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra showcasing iconic portraits of Australians will be on display together for the first time outside the capital, from Monday (14 March) at the Tweed Regional Gallery.

The exhibition, Uncommon Australians: The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, pays tribute to the vision of the late Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC, for a national portrait gallery dedicated to men and women who have shaped Australia.

The Tweed gallery gave the following background to the collection and exhibition:

‘In the late 1980s, on the day they decided to spend the rest of their lives together, Gordon and Marilyn Darling agreed to pursue a project: the creation of a place that would testify,...


Echonetdaily: Pollies line up to fight CSG in northern rivers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith, Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham, and the Greens Dawn Walker with anti CSG activists at the Bentley site. (Supplied)

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith, Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham, and the Greens Dawn Walker with anti CSG activists at the Bentley site. (Supplied)

Ballina MP Tamara Smith will be fighting ‘like a tiger’ if the National Party ever dare to issue a gas exploration licence in the northern rivers region.

Ms Smith said the region had made itself clear in wanting to be gasfield free.

‘The government must be deaf to still be pushing this toxic industry in their formal plans.

Ms Smith was reacting to news that the NSW Government was mapping coal and coal seam gas resources in the region in its Draft North Coast Regional Plan.

The plan states: ‘“The NSW Department of Industry is mapping coal and coal seam gas resources in the region.  Once completed, this information will inform future regional and local planning by providing updated information on the location of resources.”

“The North Coast also includes areas of the Clarence-Moreton Basin, which has potential coal seam gas resources that may be able to support the development and growth of new industries and provide economic benefits for the region.”

Ms Smith it was ‘duplicitous for the National Party to be bragging about the Northern Rivers being ga...


Echonetdaily: US Air Force veteran guilty over IS bid "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In this court drawing, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, right, sits at the defense table with his attorney Zachary S. Taylor, during jury selection in a federal court in the Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

In this court drawing, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, right, sits at the defense table with his attorney Zachary S. Taylor, during jury selection in a federal court in the Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

NEW YORK – 10/03/2016 07:34:42 AM [RAW]

A US Air Force veteran has been found guilty of attempting to join Islamic State.

Tairod Pugh, 48, was convicted after a week-long trial in Brooklyn federal court, local media report.

The case is the first in more than 75 Islamic State-related prosecutions brought since 2014 by the US Department of Justice to reach a jury verdict.

Prosecutors said Pugh immersed himself in violent Islamic State propaganda for months before buying a one-way flight from his home in Egypt to Turkey, where he hoped to cross the Syrian border into territory controlled by the extremist group.

He was detained by Turkish authorities at an Istanbul airport and eventually flown to the United States to face terrorism charges.

The post...


Echonetdaily: Luke Foley unveils new-look shadow cabinet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley

NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley has promoted a host of MPs from the class of 2015 into Labor’s shadow cabinet.

Jihad Dib, Prue Car, Yasmin Catley, Jenny Aitchison and Chris Minns will join Kate Washington on Labor’s front bench having all been elected to the Parliament in 2015.

Lynda Voltz has also been promoted, taking the number of women in Labor’s shadow cabinet to nine – the highest number of female front benchers in the state’s political history.

‘The 2015 election saw 20 new and talented MPs elected for Labor to the Parliament,’ Mr Foley said.

‘Having a host of those MPs in shadow cabinet refreshes the front bench and brings a truck load of energy, enthusiasm and a focus on the future,’ he added.

‘This is an energised and refreshed Labor team determined to scrutinise the failures of this government and present a positive alternative to the people of NSW.

‘I am proud to have nine talented women in shadow cabinet who will all be Ministers in the next Labor Government.

‘Jihad Dib will bring his experiences as a successful principal to the front bench, leading the development of Labor’s education policy agenda.

‘Ryan Park’s job is to hold Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian to account for ripping billions from hospitals and schools and failing to stand up to Canberra to get a fair...


Byron Bay Blog: Richie Ramone is Coming to Byron Bay! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

1 2 3 4…the legend of the Ramones lives on in Australia this May, when Richie Ramone hits our shores. They were the punk band that blew the minds of the Sex Pistols and the Clash. Now Richie, the one Ramone who’s Too Tough To Die, brings that blistering backbeat to venues in Byron Bay, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne playing the tracks he wrote and recorded with Da Bruddas as well as new material that rocks like leather jackets, ripped knee jeans and battered Converse.

If you never saw the Ramones, this is your one chance to see Richie Ramone with all his power and spirit of CBGBs in the 70s. Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle tour.

Richie performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite songs for the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity. Punk rock icon, Joey Ramone remarked that“[Richie] saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”

If you’re not cool enough to know the band and the songs or see Richie Ramone tear it up live, you’ll never be cool enough to wear the t-shirt.

Thursday, 28th April 2016
Great Northern Hotel – Byron Bay NSW
Tickets: or

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Echonetdaily: Next chance to launch NASA tMars spacecraft is 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Artist's rendering depicts the InSight Mars lander studying the interior of Mars. On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, NASA said it's shooting for a 2018 launch of the InSight spacecraft. It was grounded in December by a leak in a French instrument. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

Artist’s rendering depicts the InSight Mars lander studying the interior of Mars. On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, NASA said it’s shooting for a 2018 launch of the InSight spacecraft. It was grounded in December by a leak in a French instrument. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)


NASA plans to repair a Mars spacecraft that was grounded in December because of a leak in its primary science instrument, putting the mission back on track for another launch attempt in 2018.

The spacecraft, a satellite known as InSight, was designed to study the deep interior of Mars, information that will help scientists figure out how the planet, and other rocky planets such as Earth, formed and evolved.

The space agency is reviewing how much the repair will cost, but the project’s lead scientist last week estimated the price tag would be about $US150 million ($A200 million) above the $US675 million already budgeted.

InSight missed its launch opportunity...


Echonetdaily: Five new Apostles found off Vic coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Victoria's 12 Apostles. Scientists have found five more apostles submerged of the coast out to sea. Photo Wikipedia/Cookaa

Victoria’s 12 Apostles. Scientists have found five more apostles submerged of the coast out to sea. Photo Wikipedia/Cookaa


Five drowned ‘Apostles’ have been discovered under the water near Victoria’s world-famous 12 Apostles tourist attraction.

The find has amazed geomorphologists because it’s the first time such submerged limestone stacks have been seen anywhere in the world.

The five columns, around six kilometres offshore from the Apostles, have an average height of almost five metres compared with the visible stacks which average 45m.

Divers have already examined the top of the drowned stacks – which are 50m below sea level – and collected rocks for analysis.

Experts next hope to explore the stacks with underwater cameras.

Melbourne University geomorphologist David Kennedy says the columns were likely preserved because the sea rose so quickly after the last ice age.

‘It probably ran straight across the top of these things without managing to erode them away and knock them over,’ Associate Professor Kennedy told A...


Echonetdaily: Man killed in Banora Point crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 58-year-old man was killed and a woman injured after a two-vehicle crash at Banora Point last night.

Police say that around 8.25pm (Wednesday), emergency services were called to the M1, at the turnoff to Fingal Head, following reports of a collision involving two cars.

The 58-year-old man who was driving one of the vehicles was treated by ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.

The woman driver of the second vehicle was taken to Tweed Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

The two drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command officers are investigating and are appealing for witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.


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Echonetdaily: Live Music Roundup: Thursday 10 March, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kellie Knight and the Daze at the Rails on Friday

Kellie Knight and the Daze at the Rails on Friday

Knight and Daze at the Rails

Kellie Knight and the Daze are back this Friday to play at their favourite venue in Byron Bay, The Rails. The seven-piece fusion of urban soul, funk and jazz improvisation, fronted by powerhouse vocalist Kellie Knight is delivered with a conscious lyric, deep groove and raw emotive and soulful insistence.

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 dancefloor fun with upbeat originals within their unique brand of new soul music.

The Rails on Friday from 7pm.

Mead and Patch and Sundays are Smokin’

Folk/blues troubadours Jez Mead and Patch Brown team up to play the Bolt Hole this Sunday as part of the Smokehouse Sessions. Having both toured the country as solo acts in their own right, Patch and Jez create sweet harmonies and weave together a kind of earthy, down-home music only old friends can.

Smokehouse Sundays at The Bolt Hole presents exclusive live music sets with $5 craft beers, $10 craft cocktails and the only night to sample our $20 Smokehouse barbecue platters. Get in...


Echonetdaily: Celebrating IWD with classical women’s music "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

muses-trioSunshine Coast-based Muses Trio bring their beautiful music to Gretel Farm this weekend.

For cellist Louise King the trio is the end result of a vision she had to bring regionally based classical women musicians together and to bring their music to new places.

After marrying her Aussie husband, she ‘left the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; it was the beginning of some really exciting projects. What my agenda with my art practice is is to bring it to people who are interested and ignite it among people who haven’t had the exposure. The more I do it in small communities the more I realise the arts have such a big role in revitalising community and our music brings people together. We need an audience and we need people to participate and to be together in a room experiencing art together, so in the altruistic sense we can transform community. Music does change people; that’s where my work is getting more and more involved – I am no longer just performing and teaching artists – I now strongly advocate for the arts in community.

‘As the Muses Trio we curate experiences – we have a bespoke experience! It’s not just a concert, but I think what we have noticed in the four years doing projects around International Women’s Day that there is traction and that visual artists are coming on board. We invest in art ourselves; we love art, it’s an important part of our practice; it’s not just about getting creative music on the map; it’s getting creative women on the map. Together we are a community of women artists trying to get women on the map so that we can create objects of great beauty.’

As mothers of young children, and not living in the same village, the Trio have had to b.....

03:50 Terrorism expert warns Australia: ‘You will be next’ "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

News Updates from CLG
09 March 2016

Previous edition: Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe; prime minister considered declaring martial law

Australia could be the next Paris, terrorism expert warns | 05 March 2016 | Progress in the bombing campaign against Islamic State has heightened the risk of the terror group lashing out and striking back on Australian soil, one of the world experts on suicide terrorism has warned. Professor Robert Pape, the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, has told a series of top-level meetings with Australian government officials and researchers that IS is purposely lashing out at members of the coalition involved in the air strikes.

Isis planning ‘enormous and spectacular attacks’, anti-terror chief warns | 07 March 2016 | Islamic State want to inflict an "enormous and spectacular" terrorist atrocity on Britain and may have people trained to a paramilitary level to carry out attacks, a counter-terrorism chief has said. Mark Rowley, a Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, said terrorists still wanted to kill soldiers or the police and now posed a real danger of attacking western lifestyle targets. Privately, counter-terrorism officials see no sign of Isis’s [I-CIA-SIS’S] internet propaganda campaign being thwarted by community and government efforts and believe the group still has the same ability to attract devotees.



North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: we'll all be rooned! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ever since Labor released the outline of its negative gearing and capital gains tax reform policy, both the Prime Minister and the Treasurer have been thundering on about the catastrophic consequences which would result.

Apparently if implemented this policy will be like one of the seven plagues of Egypt sent to decimate the wealth of the chosen ones.

Malcolm Turnbull telling voters that “every homeowner in Australia has a lot to fear from Bill Shorten” and that removing negative gearing will “smash the residential housing market”While ...


North Coast Voices: In which Australian Attorney-General George Brandis pushes the point that Macolm Turnbull is just like Tony Abbott and Mungo agrees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Image of Tony Abbott (left) & Malcolm Turnbull  (right) found at ABC The Drum

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis being interviewed on Australian Agenda, 6 March 2016:  

Well I wouldn’t adopt that metaphor and I must confess I haven’t read Mr Abbott’s Quadrant article but the point I want to emphasise to you and to your viewers Peter is that Mr Abbott speaks from within the heartland of the Liberal Party, as does Mr Turnbull. They both want the same thing. They both have fundamentally the same approach to public policy.

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The Gap Year and Beyond: A bright red cap "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On a drive around the Little Desert National Park as part of my compass tour of Vic,  I stopped and walked through a copse of pine trees looking for anything that might be out in the heat. I found a group of small robins and followed them for a while trying get a clear shot through the branches. A  male Red-capped Robin finally popped into view. The robins are like little raptors, they perch on a branch and when they spot something they pounce down and catch the prey. If you stand still for a while they just ignore you and you can get quite close.

Red-Capped Robin, Little Desert National Park Victoria

Red-Capped Robin, Little Desert National Park Victoria

Filed under: Birds, Victoria Tagged: Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Little Desert National Park, Nature Photography,...

21:20 No honesty or decency in proposed senate voting changes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Michael Darby


PM Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull under threat from disenchanted voters ready and waiting for the polling booths to open

On Thursday 25 February and again on Friday 4 March I made very clear to Prime Minister Turnbull that the Australian people are annoyed by the intention of the Turnbull government to change the senate voting rules to suit the ambitions of the Turnbull Government. Despite the wisdom of the listeners to the Super Radio Network, and despite widespread opposition across Australia, Australia’s high taxing, high spending Government is still determined to rort the system of voting for the Senate for the benefit of the Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon at the expense of the minor parties and the Labor Party.

Nearly a week ago on Wednesday the second of March we learned that the Greens and the government have done a deal to the effect that there will be no Double Dissolution Election before July 1. Greens leader Richard Di Natale revealed that his party, which opposes the Government on just about every issue, had received a “commitment” from the government that no election would take place until Senate voting changes are legislated by parliament and implemented by the Australian Electoral Commission.

There is now a great deal of whispering to the effect that an early election is likely and that the election could come in the form of a Double Dissolution of both Houses of the Australian Parliament.

A Government which is so indecisive on major issues such as taxation and the threat of Islamification is...


The Washington Times

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh bucked the GOP establishment Sunday and declared there is “a much bigger upside than downside” to Donald Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination.

“I think with the case of Trump, there’s a much bigger upside than downside,” Mr. Limbaugh said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

The praise from the king of conservative talk radio came as the Republican establishment launched a massive offensive to derail the front-runner, including a scathing denouncement of Mr. Trump last week from 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Mr. Limbaugh said that despite the outrage GOP leaders have directed at Mr. Trump, the billionaire businessman and reality TV star had assembled the broad coalition of voters that the Republican establishment has long sought.

“There is something remarkable happening here,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “For the longest time the Republican Party has told us that they can’t win with just Republican votes. And that’s why they support amnesty, that’s why they support Democrats on many of th issues to go out and get Hispanics or other minorities. And guess who’s doing it? Donald Trump is doing it.”

“He has put together a coalition that is exactly what the Republican Party says it needs to win. And yet, look what they are doing, they are trying to get Trump out of the race because they are not in charge of it,” he said.



AWPA Sydney News: 1) New Catholic report tells stories of murder, kidnapping and torture in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Tolikara Provides Rp 2 Billion for Victims of Karubaga Dispute
3) Exploring the lightly populated, truly wild landscapes of Indonesian Papua

1) New Catholic report tells stories of murder, kidnapping and torture in West Papua
March 9, 2016
ALLEGATIONS of recent military and polic...


Refugee Action Coalition: Nauru refugee wounded in vicious machete attack "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A 34-year-old Iranian refugee on Nauru was savagely attacked by two Nauruans on Saturday night, 5 March, around 10pm.

Two Nauruans on a motor cycle approached the man who was walking alone near the Nibok settlement. The man was struck across the top of the head by a machete, while the attacking Nauruans said, “Fuck refugees.”

machete1The Iranian man was left with a deep head wound that required 8 stitches (see photo).

The following night, Sunday, 6 March, locals returned to attack the accommodation at Nibok that the man shares with his wife.

The husband and wife barricaded themselves inside their accommodation and screamed for help, as the attackers yelled, “Fuck refugees. We will kill you.” Other refugees in the area rallied to support the couple.

Nauruan police were called but they took one and a half hours to attend to the scene of the attack. Police told the refugees there was nothing they could do.

Now the couple are living in fear of a further attack. Neither the police nor Immigration or Connect will provide a guard for their accommodation.

“We cannot sleep for fear we will be attacked again,” the victim’s wife told the Refugee Action Coalition.

“The unprovoked attack once again reveals both the real danger and the complete absence of official willingness to protect refugees on Nauru. The lack of security at Nibok and other camps on Nauru leaves refugees open to attack,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition...


tyto tony: Floods bring terns from beach to road "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) drops in to mix with smaller Little Tern (Sternula albifrons). Just another morning at the beach? Not quite. The terns are in the middle of a high part of Orient Road, running through Orient Station southeast of Ingham. The local drought's broken with about 600mm of rain in the past 10 days. The first 200mm went straight through the cracks. Much of the past 300mm has backed up and caused minor flooding. It should mean an excellent beef and sugar cane year. And the terns will enjoy a change from the seaside.


Mountain Journal: Mt Stirling tree gets a nomination "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

If you’ve ever walked up Mt Stirling, its very hard to miss the ‘Stirling tree’ – a lone snow gum that stands towards the south peak of the mountain and is visible from the four wheel drive track that passes over the summit.

I often sit by the tree and never fail to be amazed by how many 4WD’s drive over the mountain, without the occupants ever stopping, let alone walking around. The views from Mt Stirling are superb, sitting in a huge ring of mountains that stretch from Mt Skene around to Howitt, all the way across to Buffalo Plateau. The tree draws your gaze and is a popular spot for many walkers as they wander around the summit area.

Now the tree has been nominated for the national register of significant trees.

The following comes from the Victorian National Parks Association.

It’s a solitary, ancient Snow Gum growing in a grassy meadow 1725 metres above sea level near the summit of Mt Stirling. It’s become an iconic symbol of the mountain and is much loved by visitors.

The lone Eucalyptus pauciflora sits well above the ‘treeline’, although at the edges of its grassy meadow lie old Snow Gums, all stunted, many dead at the hands of a harsh climate and bushfires.

Nobody knows how old the tree is, but we can get some idea from a branch that broke off after the 2006/7 bushfires. This branch, about 40 centimetres in circumference at the break point, was dated at 485 years old. The circumference at the base of the tree is more than 3 metres.

This singular tree draws all who visit Mt Stirling – bushwalkers, cross-country skiers, horse riders and photographers. It’s become a shared treasure.

In winter the tree can be completely buried in snow. When this happens, the only tell-tale sign of its presence is a ge...


Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Jazz Plus playlist "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Jazz Plus” on 9 March 2016
  2. DAVID ‘FATHEAD’ NEWMAN & THE TILDEN WEBB TRIO ‘Roundabout’ Cellar Groove
  3. PEREZ PATITUCCI BLADE ‘Looking For Light’ Children Of The Light
  4. AARON DIEHL ‘Kat’s Dance’ Space Time Continuum
  5. TORD GUSTAVSEN ‘The Source Of Now’ What Was Said
  6. VENERI POHJOLA ‘Nanomachines’ Bullhorn
  7. FRED HERSCH ‘Both Sides Now’ Solo
  8. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ Eleanora Fagan 1915-1959
  9. GEORGE CABLES ‘Naima’s Love Song’ In Good Company
  10. JEREMY PELT ‘The Old Soul Of The Modern Day Wayfarer’ Tales, Musings And Other Reveries
  11. MOTHER JACK ‘Lost’ Shout Until Our Lungs Are Blue
  12. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO ‘Cherokee’ Live At The Village Vanguard
  13. EBERHARD WEBER ‘Concerto For Bass’ Endless Days
  14. CASSANDRA WILSON ‘Gone With The Wind’ Loverly
  15. HOUSTON PERSON ‘On The Sunny Side Of The Street’ Something Personal
  16. THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET ‘Blue Bolivar Blues’ Monk’s Dream


Ocean Grove Voice: Weather a factor in plane crash "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) last week released the flightpath of the airplane which crashed off the coast of Point Lonsdale on 29 January.
An ATSB investigation, which is still active, revealed the plane hit the water just 200m from a witness, who was fishing about 3km off the coast.
The witness saw the light aircraft descend out of clouds in a steep, nose-down dive, with the right wing lower than the left, an ATSB report said.
The Piper aircraft PA-28-235 took off from Moorabbin Airport T 12.03pm and was travelling to King Island Airport in Tasmania.
There were four people on board the privately-owned plane, three of whom were private pilots. Two were members of the Royal Victorian Aero Club.
At this stage, investigators have not established who the pilot was.
Other aircraft from the same aero club were also flying to King Island over the course of the afternoon.
Recorded air traffic control (ATC) data indicated that the aircraft climbed to 300m then turned south-west near Seaford.
The aircraft then climbed to 430m over Port Phillip Bay, then turned west towards the Bellarine Peninsula.
The ATC data also showed that, after passing over Point Lonsdale, the pilot carried out a series of turns, before a final steepening and a rapidly-descending turn.
Witness reports and ATC data indicated that the aircraft impacted the water at about 12.30pm. The crash killed four people.
A number of witnesses, including other aero club pilots in the area, reported cloud and rain reduced visibility between Barwon Heads and Point Lonsdale.
Wreckage examination indicated that the aircraft’s fuselage and associated components were subjected to high impact forces and subsequently failed in overload.
Investigators have not found aircraft’s wings but have found several of aircraft components, including the engine and propeller.

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All in the Name of Liberty: Pete Urquhart and his dad "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I'm going to paint a portrait of Peter Urquhart's father, much loved and sadly recently deceased. He loved music and inspired Pete to love it as well.

This shows them together, a sketch from a  facebook photo, not great as the likenesses maybe, and the hand arm hand violin thing at centre is a bit clunky, but it's a bit of an idea


Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Be Cruelty-Free Week: Leather "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Cruelty Free Week

Be Cruelty-Free Week is dedicated to spreading awareness of the cruel and unnecessary testing of cosmetics on our fine feathered, finned and furry friends. We’d humbly like to add there are so many other easy ways to live cruelty-free.

We all know about the cruelty involved in fur, but leather and down often sneak under the ethical radar. Many would argue leather is a mark of quality and status, but the unseen suffering animals killed for their skins endure is undeniably horrific.

Why be cruel when it’s so easy to be kind? Kindness is always fashionable, especially now there are so many cruelty-free shoe, clothing and accessory brands popping up far and wide. In Melbourne we have Vegan Style, but in the digital age access to ethical stores online is the new black. Check out Moo Shoes, this list of brands by The Vegan Scholar or go to Shop Style, type in vegan at the top and then choose from the categories on the left.


Ocean Grove Voice: Healthy chance with every step "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


TWO old Diggers – one of them Ocean Grove’s Brigadier (ret.) Phil Edwards – will walk across the UK in May to raise $40,000 for Soldier On.
So far Phil, and good mate Brigadier Dave McGahey, have raised $16,000 for the organisation, which provides vital mental health support to veterans.
“They are doing a great job helping veterans – particularly younger ones,” Phil said.
Phil and Dave will complete the 309km trek across the UK in 18 days (including two rest days) starting on 22 May.
The long-time friends will trek 14km to 24km per day from St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hood Bay in the east.
Phil – who’s walked Hadrian’s Wall – looks forward to the scenery on the way.
“Although I’ll probably look forward to seeing the east coast most once we’ve started,” he said.
“Of course I wouldn’t be surprised if we need a beer or two every now and then to keep hydrated.”
As an army veteran, Phil is no stranger to packmarching, and some habits – like getting up early – die hard.
He’s been walking 14km to 22km around Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, starting 6.30am each Saturday, for the last few months.
“People might see me if they’re up early enough,” he said.
Phil, 60, enjoys the peace and quiet of long walks.
“It gives me time to wander and ponder,” he said.
His most challenging walk was to the top of Timor Leste’s tallest mountain, Tatamailau (2986m), while on deployment in 2002.
“We wanted to get a view of the coast,” he said.
“But we got up there and it was misty – we couldn’t see bugger all.”
Phil and Dave joined the Army in 1972 as Army Apprentices and built a life-long friendship. They plan to do some walks in Blackwood later this month.
Phil retired from the Army in 2007 and moved to Ocean Grove, while Dave still serves as a brigadier in Melbourne.
To donate to Phil and Dave’s cause visit s...


Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park: Elusive Otways Moth Shows Up in Tarra-Bulga "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

On the 8/2/2016 following one of our group meetings at Balook , outside the visitors centre just after sunset I hung out a white sheet with a UV light in the hope of  finding a few interesting insects to photograph and potentially upload on to our “Friends of Tarra-Bulga National Park” project on The conditions were windier than ideal but an interesting array of creatures did land on the sheet including a medium sized brownish moth with distinctive white spots on its forewings, it landed without fanfare and hung around just long enough for me to take a quick photo.

Chrysolarentia pantoea

Chrysolarentia pantoea – Variable Carpet Moth

Back home the next day, I consulted Peter Marriott’s book Moths of Victoria and after much head scratching and flicking back and forward between pages I managed at last to find what I thought could be match, a species called Chrysolarentia pantoea  or the “Variable Carpet Moth”.

In Moths of Victoria, photos of this moth are of preserved museum specimens captured in the Otways and Lamington National Park (on the Queensland/NSW border). Peter writes in his book that no specimens of this moth could be found in collections taken between these two sites. He did predict that other populations of this moth could be established in cool temperate rainforest or other similar natural habitats.

As I was not 100% confident with my identification and thought...


Ocean Grove Voice: Gates open on living tapestry "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


ELIZABETH Vorrath has a garden full of vibrant colour. But it’s her view of Port Phillip Bay that makes it special.
“Lot’s of people have got better gardens than me – but they haven’t got the view,” she told the Voice this month.
Her garden is one of five open to the public in Drysdale this Sunday, in support of Cottage by the Sea.
Elizabeth and husband John have put the garden on display for the last decade or so for the charity.
“It’s worth making the effort for Cottage by the Sea,” she said.
“They’re a great organisation.”
They built the property more than 30 years ago, so John could “be near the surf”.
“We’ve been here since 1972 – so we sort of feel like we belong here,” Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth is constantly changing her garden, which she likened to a painter’s canvas or an embroiderer’s tapestry.
“One can be quite creative using different colours and textures in the garden,” she said.
“I find it creative – as well as a hell of a lot of work.”
For more information on the gardens and opening times contact Sandy Cunningham on 0438 582 388.

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South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: A lot riding on how you ride this long weekend "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

motorbike2aSO concerned is the Transport Accident Commission about the horrific number of motorcycle fatalities on Victoria’s roads so far this year that they have released a personal plea to riders to take every possible effort to stay safe this long weekend and over Easter.

TAC letter: With the Labour Day long weekend fast approaching, many will be looking forward to getting out and enjoying the promised warm weather. As the mercury rises, so too does the number of motorcyclists on the roads so it is timely to remind all road users to be mindful of each other and be safe.

Already in 2016, 20 motorcyclists have lost their lives on Victorian roads, representing the worst start to the year for rider fatalities in 30 years. But this is not about figures. Behind each of the lives lost is a shattered community and a network of family members and loved ones plunged into grief.
Every road user deserves to return safely from every trip so this is not about singling out drivers or riders.It is about everyone in the community taking on road safety as a personal responsibility and making a commitment to being as safe as they can be.

All of these fatalities could have avoided and there are steps we can all take to ensure each other’s safety. Driving or riding at safe and legal speeds, avoiding driving while impaired by fatigue, alcohol or other drugs – these are things that can prevent a tragedy.

Don’t let the hot weather mak...


Ocean Grove Voice: Buzzfeed says ‘eat that’! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE Piping Hot Chicken Shop got some state-wide attention last month, appearing in Buzzfeed’s “25 Things You Should Definitely Do In Victoria”.
Owner Ben Chudoschnik was stoked to make the list.
“We were the only burger joint mentioned in the article,” he said.
“Out of all the great places that make burgers in Victoria, we came out on top.”
The shop has also featured in The Lonely Planet, Vogue Italia and Delicious Magazine, since Ben took over in 2011.
“But this is probably this coolest mention for us,” he said.
The shop rounded-out the list at 25 – which includes attractions such as Puffing Billy, the Penguin Parade and riding a paddle steamer on the Murray.
The article describes the shop as “a little slice of Americana in Ocean Grove” with “insanely over-the-top”, mouth-watering, monster burgers.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Preschool in search for historical nuggets "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

OCEAN Grove Preschool is searching for pieces of its history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Teacher Diane Gardner is leading the search for class photos and former students, in time for celebrations in September.
“We would love to have a photograph from every year on display when we hold our special weekend,” she said.
“We’ve already received several class photos, including one from 1968.”
Thousands of families have gone through the preschool over the years.
“We would love for as many people to come back for celebration as possible,” Diane said.
A lot has changed at the preschool since it opened in 1965. Builders will soon begin a $100,000 revamp of the preschool’s playground, funded entirely by the preschool’s fund-raisers.
Yet some things haven’t changed at all.
“We’ve still got an original set of chairs that were hand-made by a local person in the 1960s,” Diane said.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Skills in good hands "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


FUSION Cabinets apprentice Kate Elstone will head to Nepal for World Wood Day this month to show her skills to the world.
“I’m very excited – it will be interesting to see the culture,” she said.
“I don’t know much about Nepal so I don’t know what to expect.”
It’s the second World Wood Day for Kate, who competed in Turkey last year and won the local “Mayor’s Award”.
One her biggest challenges last year was learning to communicate with non-English speakers.
“It’s about finding ways to get your point across on what you want them to do,” she said.
The third-year apprentice will join 25 young woodworkers from 22 nations, at the Young Adults Furniture Making Invitational, which starts in Kathmandu on 21 March.
This time, rather than competing individually, she’ll lead a five-person design team of first-time participants.
They will have four days to manufacture a child’s seat and desk, which they will donate to a Nepalese school after earthquakes devastated the country last year.
The 21-year-old from Drysdale will add the trip to her long list of accolades.
In 2013 she won a WorldSkills Regional gold medal and went on to represent Geelong at the WorldSkills National competition in Perth last year.
She again won gold at the Geelong Competition this year and will compete in the WorldSkills National Competition in Melbourne this October.
She hopes to win there and become a Skillaroo, representing Australia at the 2017 WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi.
Kate said she loves the hands-on side of cabinet making and being to create furniture – from a concept to a functional product.
“It’s very good to able to make something and see what it looks like,” she said.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Get on board for coast care "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

BELLARINE MP Lisa Neville is calling for expressions of interest this month for three positions on the Barwon Coast Committee of Management (BCCOM).
Mrs Neville said the positions provide an opportunity for qualified people to contribute to Victoria’s coast.
“Victoria’s coastal committees play an integral role in protecting and enhancing our magnificent coastline on behalf of the community,” she said.
“I would encourage anyone with a passion for preserving our beautiful coastal areas to nominate for one of these positions.”
BCCOM manages 13km of coastline between Ocean Grove and Thirteenth Beach.
The Victorian Government is seeking people with engineering, financial, legal, or environmental knowledge, who are engaged with their local communities.
It is also looking to fill places on the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.
It will undertake the recruitment process for all committees simultaneously, to place candidates who apply for multiple committees on the one that most requires their skills.
Applicants must register an account on the ‘Get On Board’ website, before applying at
Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Sunday 20 March.
For more information contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Anglesea office on 5320 2012.

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Ocean Grove Voice: Shane’s our new top cop "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"


AFTER only a few weeks as the Bellarine’s top cop, Senior Sergeant Shane Madigan is amazed by the dedication of local volunteers and groups.
“I’ve never seen people work so hard towards their community,” he told the Voice this month.
Shane took over as officer in charge (OIC) of Bellarine Police Station on 15 February, replacing Senior Sergeant Angelo Ferraro.
He looks forward to working in small towns where there “is a closer connection between the police and the community”.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” he said.
“I’ve got some very experienced members here – many who live in the area – who are passionate about this community because they’re part of it.”
Shane grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne and his family often travelled to the Bellarine.
“Growing up we used to camp along the foreshore, so I’ve always liked the area,” he said.
Co-incidently, Shane’s first memory of the area was also his first encounter with the police.
At five years old he got lost on the Barwon River and was picked up by officers.
“I still remember sitting in the back seat of the car driving through the caravan park looking for my parents,” he said.
Shane’s served Victoria Police for 23 years, including four years as OIC at Geelong Police Station and two years as OIC at Waurn Ponds.
He said police numbers were gradually increasing in the Bellarine, improving their ability to protect the peninsula.
“We are getting drip-fed members as new custody officers start to arrive in Geelong,” he said.
Sergeant Grant Langmaid is also taking up command, at Drysdale, a position he held from 2007 to 2014.
“I’m super keen to help establish that link again,” he said.
Former Corio Sergeant Mark Gray will take over at Portarlington Police Station on 3 April, while Sen Sgt Ferraro will take over as Waurn Ponds OIC after long-service leave.

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The Vociferous Journalist: Enoggera ward candidates speak about election "IndyWatch Feed Seq" Local council elections are coming up in just a few weeks, on March 19. The Enoggera Ward is part of Brisbane City Council, encompassing many of the North Western Suburbs. At 14%, it’s a very safe LNP seat. This election, there are three candidates running for the ward, LNP incumbent Andrew Wines; ALP candidate Amanda Ronan-Hearn; and Greens candidate Kirsty Ksiazek. I spoke to Amanda, and Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Ben Pennings, who stood in for Kirsty, about what they’re running for, and how they’re different. Councillor Andrew Wines was contacted, but was unavailable for interview.


Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club: Friday 11 March 2016 – CFNC General Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The guest speaker at the March 2016 meeting of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club (CFNC) is Bernard Slattery.  His presentation will cover the eucalypt species of the Mount Alexander region and surrounding central Victorian areas.

Bernard is a local resident and is actively involved with the Friends of the Box Ironbark Forests (FOBIF).  He is a co-author of the locally produced Mosses of Dry Forests of South-eastern Australia.  His new area of interest is the local eucalypt species, and he will talk about some of the things he has discovered and learnt over the past couple of years.  This talk matches nicely with the current photographic exhibition on trees being held at TOGS café in Castlemaine (CLICK HERE for details), and soon to be at the Newstead Arts Hub.

Details of CFNC meeting:
When – Friday 11 March 2016, from 7.30pm
Where – The Fellowship Room, behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St, Castlemaine (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum)
Who – Members and visitors are all welcome.  All ages.  No cost for entry.

Due to the Labour Day long weekend, there will be no official CFNC club excursion during March.  However, there is an opportunity to get involved in a Castlemaine-based Biodiversity Blitz being held on Saturday 12 March.  Details were recently published on the Connecting Country website (CLICK HERE).  Dr Dominique Hes from the University of Melbourne will also be attending the CFNC meeting on Friday to talk a bit mor...


Zedlines: More Brisbane City Council election initiatives - and other 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Labor Party’s candidate for Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Rod Harding, has pledged to establish a bicycle users advisory panel, and has committed funds for the building of a separated or protected bikeway along Sylvan Road at Toowong

More Brisbane City Council election initiatives

The Labor Party’s candidate for Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, Rod Harding, has pledged to establish a bicycle users advisory panel, and has committed funds for the building of a separated or protected bikeway along Sylvan Road at Toowong.


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

Wednesdays 11 – midnight Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presents songs that refer to mythology.


Zedlines: Controversy over developer donations to Councillors - plus more 10am zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Revelations of developer donations to the LNP have led to calls for election disclosures.

Concerns continue over the impact of developers on Brisbane


All in the Name of Liberty: Buzzbar Courtyard "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In the back courtyard at Buzzzbar cafe, at 349 King St Newtown, in Sydney, where I currently have a show, Buzz, with Ben Cahill, Celia Curtis and Geoffrey Goodes


Zedlines: QPS launches recruitment drive for women - and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Queensland Police Service has launched a new recruiting drive to encourage more women to consider policing as a career

QPS launches recruitment drive for women


The Queensland Police Service has launched a new recruiting drive to encourage more women to consider policing as a career.

In Queensland, roughly one in four police are women. The That Could be Me Campaign, coinciding with Queensland Women's Week, aims to bring that ratio to 50 per cent.

Superintendent Glen Katchell of Townsville, says that of the 12,000 police officers in Queensland, about 3,000 are women.

He says he is not aware of any job in the QPS that women could not do.



Zedlines: US military wants to increase presence in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The United States government has raised the possibility of increasing the US military presence in the top end of Australia, including having long-range strike bombers at Darwin air base

Early election not ruled out, despite referendum push for longer terms


The Vociferous Journalist: Mardi Gras, ALP clashes with No Pride In Detention "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The 2016 Mardi Gras saw tensions rise between the ‘No Pride in Detention’ float, which is advocating for the abolition of detention, especially for queer refugees, and the rainbow ALP float. No Pride in Detention organiser Evan says they were nearly removed from the parade after false accusations of harassment. In a statement, Mardi Gras CEO Michele Bauer said NSW Police had reported an “unacceptable level of harassment” from the No Pride members. She went on to say the decision to remove the No Pride in Detention float from its original position was “the best course of action to ensure both parties were able to march and spread their individual messages to the world while maintaining safety for all marchers.” A member of the float recorded Mardi Gras’ interaction with float organisers, which can be viewed here


Bellarine Bayside: Committee Expressions of Interest open "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville is calling for Expressions of Interest for positions on three coastal committees in the Barwon South West region: Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management, Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.

These committees provide an enriching and rewarding experience for people with a passion for preserving our beautiful coastal areas and skills and experience in areas such as engagement, engineering leadership, financial management, legal skills, open space management and environmental knowledge.

Applicants are required to register an account on the ‘Get On Board’ website prior to applying online at Expressions of interest close 5pm Sunday, 20 March 2016.

For more information contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Anglesea office on (03) 5320 2012 or visit our website for a position description.




Madelaine Marsolino shares a hidden gem with us. The team at Plaza Deli have been supplying their customers with delicious continental style food for eleven years. Get along to Northcote and discover it for yourself.

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Natural Newstead: Little little Eagle "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

This juvenile Little Eagle has been resident in the Mia Mia over the past few weeks – an adult pair has bred successfully in the area over a number of years, so it’s great to see another youngster around to keep rabbit numbers in check.


Little Eagle (juvenile), Mia Mia Track, 6th March 2016







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

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 (Polistes humilis), a slightly larger, m...


: Grand old fashioned Country Fair "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Benedictine Monastery, which is normally closed to visitors throughout the year, will be open to all this Sunday March 13 for its 51st Annual Country Fair. Spokesman Bernard Pearson said the committee has organised an eventful day and he expects this Fair to be the best yet. “This is not your typical fete”, said [...]


: RYDE MERGER A GERRYMANDER! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Foley declares Ryde a winnable seat BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN New South Wales Opposition Leader Luke Foley has declared Ryde a ‘frontline’ target electorate in the wake of the community backlash against forced local council mergers. The Labor Party needs an 11 per cent swing to win the seat from Ryde MP Victor Dominello and [...]


: Growing Young with range of activities at Seniors Festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

To The POINT with TONY BREINL THEY say you are never too old to learn or try out new experiences. This has been taken on board for this year’s NSW Seniors Festival with the theme Growing Young. 2016 marks the 59th year of the annual Seniors Festival and Growing Young focuses on celebrating seniors as [...]


: Recognising the yeoman service of our SES volunteers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor RICHARD QUINN LAST week I had the pleasure of attending the annual Hunters Hill State Emergency Service Presentation Evening, at which members of our local SES team were acknowledged for their outstanding work over the last year. These committed people give of their time, talent and treasure so generously for [...]


: Labor will target Ryde seat "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

“We’re here to expose Baird for what he is and I assure you that Ryde is uppermost in my mind” Luke Foley said. “Ryde will be on our list of targeted seats and Ryde will be a frontline target for Labor.” Mr Foley compared Premier Mike Baird to former Premier Nick Greiner whose initial popularity [...]

Monday, 07 March


jacksjottings: Doing What You Like. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jack winning the rat race.

Jack winning the rat race

How to win the rat race.

I held a height position on The Snowy Mountain Project. ...


jacksjottings: winners survive. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This post was published but would not show on my computer.
Wordpress had put the wrong date on it, can you explain why? So I am reblogging the post Winners Suvive.


I held a height position on The Snowy Mountain Project. I held a high position on The Snowy Mountain Project.

Do What Ever You Like.

How I won the rat race, doing what I liked and being paid to enjoy myself.
I never needed a fast car when I was young or to take up some extreme sport to get my adrenalin buzz. I was paid to ride a crane hook and show-off high up on the steel purlins, what a buzz and no danger of snake bite.

There were other thrills. There were other thrills.

I love the smell of bread baking and getting my work done early. So my first job was in a bakery the work gets done by midday and I could go swimming. I also like money and labourers on building sights were being paid more than I was earning in the bakery.



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

Submit your Jazz gigs to:


Monday, 7 March 2016

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

Darren Heinrich’s ToneWheel: Foundry SixOneSix, 616 Harris St, ULTIMO (8.30pm, $5, book online)

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


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