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Thursday, 17 March


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Funds allocated, yet Bruns locals against master plan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The steely determination of the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce’s Tweed Street Taskforce (TST) is a force the community has to reckon with.

However, opposition to the Tweed Street Masterplan (TSM) was sufficiently disturbing for them to call a ‘Refresher’ meeting of representative groups in Nov 2015.

Sheets of points criticising the project were duly recorded. Many of those criticisms were long-standing, dating back to 2008 which had been ignored in getting council approval for the Tweed Street Masterplan (TSM) in 2010.

In December 2015, the Brunswick Heads Progress Association (BHPA) surveyed members about capital works needed in the village.

That survey identified ‘high’, ‘medium’ and ‘low’ priority projects. The TSM was ‘low’ priority. High priority was given to such projects as public toilets, road and footpath repairs and reconstruction.

BHPA, at its 1 February meeting, invited the public to attend as the focus was the TWM. At that meeting members and visitors alike were of the position that no further monies should be appropriated to the TWM pending a master capital works program.

Without doubt the TST would have been aware of this resolution. A meeting was subsequently called between it, Byron Shire Council staff and some councillors.

This was held on 23 February. On 25 February, at council’s quarterly budget review $120,000 was allocated to the TSM.

The purpose of these monies would be to ‘take the concept plan to design plans suitable for construction’. The money would bring the Central Precinct of the project to ‘shovel ready’.

In the circumstances it was a ‘coup’ for the TST.

Council papers make it clear that design plans would have a life expectancy of 12 months.

The total project is estimated at $3,667,000 excluding GST. Brunswick Heads has $435,959.95 in developer...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: oh dear, Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan is at it again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In February this year Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan fronted the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and delivered a large pork pie regarding thresholds for foreign investment in Australian agricultural land and businesses.

He was at it again this month with a public assurance concerning foreign workers made to ABC News on 9 March which also picked up the daily double by repeating that misinformation about investment thresholds:

A National Party MP is hoping local jobs will not be lost as a result of a Chinese buy-out of north coast NSW macadamia farms.
Four properties covering 380 hectares at Dunoon near Lismore, and formerly run by US-based Hancock Farms, have been bought by a Chinese group known as "Discovery".
The member for Page Kevin Hogan said he was aware of rumours of a sale.
Mr Hogan said a Free Trade Agreement with China did not mean the door was now open to foreign w...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: these tired old tricks no longer work, Tones "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This was the Member for Warringah, Tony Abbott, in the Australian Financial Times on 9 March 2016:

On Friday, Tony Abbott said one of Labor's "five new taxes" included a housing tax (negative gearing), a wealth tax (capital gains), a seniors tax (superannuation), a workers tax (smokers), and the carbon tax.
"Five new taxes is what Bill Shorten has in store should Labor win the next election”…..

There it is, another three-word slogan – “five new taxes”.

So where are these five new taxes?

Negative gearing is a tax concession not a tax charge and Labor does not intend to eliminate this concession for all existing negatively geared investments or future new housing stock – the concession will be removed only on any future investment purchases of old housing stock after 30 June 2017....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Here & Now #148 On track "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here & Now 148 picS Sorrensen

Fassifern. Friday 12.45pm

I like trains. Most people do. (Okay, state politicans don’t like trains, except if they carry coal, but, then again, many politicians don’t like anything that makes lives, other than their own, better.)

I’ve never been to Fassifern before. (It’s a short life…) The train station is set among a remnant of native forest and a suburban sprawl of huge houses. There are shiny 4WDs in the driveways and aggressive-looking motor boats parked on the footpaths, clumps of long grass growing around the trailer wheels.

I didn’t arrive here by rail, I drove. Yes, I like trains, but don’t use them much anymore. Yesterday, I drove from the North Coast to the Hunter Valley along the Pacific Highway. In some sections, I was able to cruise in fifth gear, but, in many, I idled along in second through massive highway expansion projects.

It’s a mission, but I survived, thanks to Mozart, ABS brakes, and a bottomless thermos of coffee.

Many times, I have driven that highway – always peppered with roadworks. Some sections now under reconstruction I remember being under reconstruction years ago. That’s the way it goes: two lanes to four; four to six; six to… That’s fossil-fuelled progress for you.

After the busy, noisy, deadly...


Spiritual Psychic News Awakening Oracle Meditation Magazine: Learn Your Personal Name Number Meanings "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Workshop your personal name number vibration see how other people perceive you and find your spiritual name number essence, by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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Wednesday, 16 March


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Katherine E. Seppings: ArtsOpen Castlemaine 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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More than 140 artists of Castlemaine and district are exhibiting their work and opening their studios. My photographs can be seen in cell 61 at the old Castlemaine Gaol.
I am also exhibiting Tony Cook’s paintings in cell 62.
Labour Day weekend 12-14 March and 19-20 March 2016.

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Silo Art in Brim "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

While driving back to Halls Gap, from one of my excursions to the North Eastern districts of Victoria, I saw a group of people stopped on the road and taking photos of one of the giant wheat silos that are dotted around the wheat belt. It is very flat, dry and hot country. I slowed the car down and had a look at what was going on. People were looking at a giant 30 meter high mural, partially completed on the silo. The artist is Guido van Helten from Brisbane. In researching the artwork I found a number of articles that are worth reading. The articles also show the completed work.

I met a local while I was photographing the art, she said it was fantastic that such a small town like Brim (100 people) could have such a beautiful drawcard to attract people to stop. The people in the mural are actually known to the locals and are copping a bit of a ribbing by neighbours. Their identity is being kept secret to allow the focus to be on the art and not the people.

Wheat country Brim, Victoria

Wheat country, Brim, Victoria



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Kurt Elling @ City Recital Hall "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won the DownBeat Critics Poll for 14 consecutive years and was named Male Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. A truly international jazz award winner, he has also been Grammy nominated a dozen times. He is a renowned artist of vocalese – the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks, Elling’s superb vocal expertise breathes new life into old favorites for today’s audiences.

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Kurt Elling, the most influential jazz vocalist of our time, is performing at City Recital Hall for one night only, on Friday the 3rd of June.

Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” The Washington Postadded, “Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Brodsky Quartet and Katie Noonan in ‘With Love And Fury’ "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Katie Noonan, one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists, joins the UK’s perpetually intrepid Brodsky Quartet in a stunning new collaboration.

Inspired by the evocative poetry of Judith Wright, Katie Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet perform specially commissioned works by Australian composers including Iain Grandage, Richard Tognetti, Katie Noonan, Carl Vine, David Hirschfelder, Andrew Ford, Elena Kats Chernin, Paul Grabowsky, Paul Dean and John Rodgers. This is an exquisite, spine-tingling performance of world-class proportion, with a distinctly Australian voice.


The quartet and Katie are recording and releasing an album titled With Love and Fury in early 2016, fusing their styles into an incredibly composed and creative collaboration.

This unstoppable collision of colossal talent will provide audiences with a spine-tingling experience as they re-imagine the words of Australian poet Judith Wright.

With Love and Fury will unleash a truly unique and remarkable Australian program with Katie picking some of her favourite contemporary Australian composers including Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Tognetti, Iain Grandage, Andrew Ford, David Hirschfelder, Paul Grabowsky, Paul Dean and John Rodgers in 9 especially commissioned pieces and one of Noonan’s own.

The title ‘With Love and Fury’ reflects the typica...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 Low Overfly at Rockhampton Airport Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was spotted performing a low overfly of Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 15 March by local plane spotters Scott H and Kayanne H.

On this occasion A41-212 was flying as "Stallion 51" and appeared to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley and then continued further North to Townsville.

Meanwhile, a little later on Tuesday 15 March, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-346 performed a missed approach at both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports.  It flew up from the Gold Coast and continued up to Townsville as "Hudson 8".

Finally, Scott sends through a couple more great photos of Australian Army Boeing...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky @The Basement "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Vince and Paul have been making music together for as long as they can remember. Each will suggest, gently, and with a smile, that the other can be “a bit difficult”; but musically the respect for each other’s skills is unequivocal. Each has carved out remarkable careers and opportunities to get together difficult to arrange. When they did, two nights at Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane Jazz Club generated enough excitement to get them back to the studio for October ‘15s critically acclaimed “Provenance” album. This performance at The Basement offers a rare opportunity to experience the clarity of their musical conversation; one voice, one piano and an unspoken language.

What : Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky performing

Where : @The Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney

When : 23rd of April, 6:30pm

Click here for tickets and to find out more informations!

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Australia’s leading jazz vocalist, Vince Jones, is also a remarkable interpreter and composer of songs in a contemporary jazz style – a style that appeals eq...


On The Convict Trail: George Town Female Factory "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The original George Town Female Factory was set up in a shed in the town Lumber Yard near the wharf in 1821. At the site, cloth was made from the coarse wool of the colony together with leather and shoes of excellent quality. The Superintendent in charge of this site was Chief Constable Mark Wilson. In 1825, the looms used to produce the cloth were moved to Maria Island and the Female Factory was moved to a two storey former parsonage in Cimitiere Street, George Town.

This building had been originally built as a residence for the first chaplain in the north of Van Diemen's Land, Rev John Youl. The Rev Youl was appointed chaplain for Port Dalrymple in 1815 but did not arrive in Launceston until 1819. he re...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: 'Get It Gurl (an education)' dance workshops "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Beyonce's propaganda is reaching full effect: I'm beginning to think girls do run the world. 'Get It Gurl (an education)' is a day of dance classes aiming to raise funds for Plan International's 'Because I am a Girl' initiative, a cause that provides education and sustainable help to girls around the world. The workshops include ashtanga yoga, belly dancing, twerking, choreography from Janet Jackson's 'All For You' and something called a 'Spice Girls jam'. And, what kind of 'Gurls' empowering event would it be without a 'Single Ladies' choreography dance-off crescendo. Classes are $20 each so you can do a one-off or a marathon of all of them and you know, run this mutha.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Vaudevillia by Mic Conway’s National Junk Band @Camelot Lounge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

“Everything new is old again?!”

Yes they’re back! Following their brand new show for Sydney Festival at The Famous Spiegeltent, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band are back, presenting another new creation: “Vaudevillia”.


Based on the old Vaudeville program intermingling segments of music, magic, dance, comedy, sight acts and more, the Junk Band have created a recipe for mirth, mayhem and madness, with SPECIAL GUESTS as stunning and startling additions to the bizarre and prodigious talents exhibited by members of the Junk Band.

Jug band blues, political satire and lunatic on-stage antics combine as a new-vaudevillian comedy cabaret. Audiences know Mic Conway’s tongue-in-cheek style from “Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band” and “Circus Oz”. From Byron Bay Bluesfest to Port Fairy and Adelaide Cabaret Festival… the National Junk Band have become festival favourites for their unique collision of fire, illusion, passion, irreverent satire, magic, singing saws, flying chooks, musical mayhem and some very funny songs.

Expect the unexpected as these “virtuosos of the bizarre” create a live stage experience that must be seen and he...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Evans Head woman charged with murder of missing toddler "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Update: Detectives investigating the disappearance of a baby 15 years ago have arrested a woman at Evans Head this morning and charged her with the child’s murder.

She was refused bail and appeared in Lismore Local Court today, where she was remanded in custody to reappear in the same court on March 22.

Original report: Police from Hunter Valley Local Area Command had been investigating the disappearance of Leonie Astra Hutchinson, who was reported missing in 2004.

Strike Force Kanuna was formed to investigate Leonie’s disappearance, and comprises detectives from Hunter Valley Local Area Command, assisted by State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad. There has also been a Coronial inquest into her whereabouts.

Investigators believe Leonie was 16 months old when she disappeared from her home in Scone sometime around January 2001.

As a result of on-going inquiries, detectives attached to Strike Force Kanuna, arrested the 43-year-old woman at her home, in Evans Head, about 7.30am Wednesday (March 16).



The post Evans Head woman charged with murder of missing toddler appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Bundaberg Orpheus Singers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bundaberg Orpheus Singers
have been singing together for their own enjoyment
and performing to entertain audiences
for 50 years.

This is a big year 
and we are celebrating in our next concert



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: WPNLA Claims Responsibility for Papua Attacks, Govt Considers Poso-Style Military Operation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"
WPNLA Claims Responsibility for Papua Attacks, Govt Considers Poso-Style Military Operation
By : Jakarta Globe | on 12:35 PM March 16, 2016

A relative of one of the four killed Modern employees is assisted after fainting on Tuesday in Jayapura, Papua. (Antara Photo/Indrayadi TH)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: safARI x Alaska Projects opening "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

safARI traditionally runs parallel to the Biennale of Sydney, it gently scrambles the GPS of suddenly inflated arts audiences and pokes them into Sydney's independent spaces and energetic emerging artists. This year, the program critically engages with the simmering present-day contexts of Kings Cross and Darlinghurst, popping up and down over a packed two weeks. Thus far, safARI has unfurled its undulating website and online exhibition programs, opened two exhibitions, hosted a performative dinner and launched a temporal bookstore and it's only four days in.

Tonight's show sprawls across the two-levels of Alaska with works from, Amalia Mayor (NSW), Dominic Kirkwood (NSW), Danielle Zorbas (NSW), Ben Chadbond (NSW) David Attwood (WA), Philippe Vranjes (VIC) and Guillaume Savy (VIC). There's also an opportunity to interact with Peter Nelson's surreal virtual gallery 'Grottspace', watch Megan Hale's advertising scooter burn through the carpark in 'Two to Toot' and behold a tandem toilet performance 'Loo D'aisance (ease and release)' by Akira and Nathan Lasker.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: A beautiful day to bid farewell… "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Beneath the bright blue sky Daphne and her buddies grazed, slowly mulling over mouthfuls of succulent hay. The warmth of the sun caressed their shiny fur as a gentle breeze blew, it was indeed a beautiful day. But it was to be on this day that Daphne, an aging Friesian dairy cow, would take her very last breath.

Daphne and her friend Clarabelle arrived at the sanctuary on the 28th of November 2014, both expectant mothers. And while that would have been the last day of their lives, having reached the end of their commercial usefulness, fate was to deal them the sweetest of blows and a safe passage to Edgar’s Mission. We branded them the luckiest cows because in the following months they were set to do something dairy cows could only ever dream of doing: they would keep their babies.

Daphne calved on Australia Day 2015 and a beautiful Friesian male calf entered the world. What followed was as heartbreaking as it was uplifting. Daphne, despite her imposing size, was a gentle being and possessed a calm that belied the cruel and indifferent treatment that had been afforded her. Yet all this changed the day Aussie was born.



Motorbike Writer: Cops shoot, kick and now pepper spray riders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Video has now surfaced of a Texas police officer using pepper spray on motorcycle riders as they passed him on the weekend.

This follows recent American police violence towards riders including a Minnesota police office accidentally shooting a rider he had pulled over and an Oregon officer ramming a rider and then kicking him in the chest.

The Minnesota officer was place don administrative leave and the Oregon officer was sued for $181,170 in damages.

Watch the accidental shooting video below.


In the next video, an American rider is rammed by an unmarked police car after a five-minute pursuit and then kicked in the chest to get on the ground, even though he was starting to crouch down.

In the latest incident, the officer has been removed from his patrol duties and officials are investigating a video.

It follows reports to 911 on Sunday afternoon that up to 30 riders were racing, stopping, filming themselves and weaving among vehicles on Highway 287.

It was also reported that a car had stopped to block traffic so the riders could pass and that people were standing in the back of a pickup truck, photographing the grou...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Community House: Money Management Workshop – Wednesday May 11, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

australianbanknotesThe next in our series of ‘Mainely for Women’ workshops is ‘Money Management’ coming up in May. This workshop will explore ways to feel more in control of your spending, how to improve your abilities to save and how to develop a more positive relationship to money. More Details here.








Bundaberg Orpheus Singers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Celtic Ceilidh on Sunday was a great afternoon.
The pipers piped, the drummers drummed, 
the dancers danced and the singers sang.
Everyone loved it. 



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": This is our legal system at work "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

From the Comedy Company archive is Col’n Carpenter being cross examined in court.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Community House: Bowen Therapy Workshop – Saturday May 21st, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

bowen-ipswichBowen Therapy is an effective healing technique to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons and rejuvenate blood and lymph flow throughout the body. It assists muscle tightness and encourages rebalancing and realignment of the body. It was developed 50 years ago in Australia and has proven to be a beneficial therapy. We will be running an all day workshop in May facilitated by local Bowen practitioner Jaya Saunders. More details here.






"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Daniel Champagne Announces Massive Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Daniel Champagne Australian guitar master and singer-songwriter Daniel Champagne released his new live album The Heartland Hurricanes at the start of the month and is heading out on a massive national tour to celebrate. The tour will see Champagne take in dates all around the country through March and April – check […]


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Colouring challenge begins "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

PUT your artistic skills to the test with Newspower’s annual Easter colouring competition.
The Wonthaggi Newsagency invites infant age and school age children to enter the competition for their chance to win an awesome prize and an opportunity to have their entry judged at state level.
All prizes are Staedtler products. Wonthaggi’s prize is the adorable Bucky Bunny toy and a stationery pack including 24 fibre tip pens to help brighten your next art project.
“The winning entry may not necessarily be the neatest drawing. We judge the winner based on how well the child colours for their age,” Wonthaggi Newsagency’s Lisa McClare said.
“This gives everyone who enters a fair chance to win, no matter their age.”
The state prize is a Staedtler prize pack to the value of $250, including pens, pencils and markers.
The school nominated on the state winner’s entry form will also receive a $500 Staedtler prize pack.
Last year’s state winner was from Wonthaggi, so this year’s entrants have a goal to reach.
To enter, head into the Wonthaggi Newsagency, fill out the form and show off your colouring talents.
A lot of entry forms have already gone out the door, so get in quick to be in with a chance to win.
Entries close on Easter Saturday (March 26).


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Freshzest about to sprout "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

POUND Creek herb producer Freshzest has a planning application before the South Gippsland Shire Council to develop two large glasshouses at Leongatha North.
The company purchased a 44 hectare block on the Strzelecki Highway in 2014, with the view to increase its current culinary herb production.
The construction of the two glasshouses, each one hectare in size, is expected to cost around $8 million.
Freshzest general manager Greg Dell said the company submitted its original application in March 2015.
“Council has been supportive of the project, but because the site is located in an area with a once in 100 year flood risk, it triggered a hydrological study,” he said.
“We have had to demonstrate that once developed it would not bank water up and that it would drain at the same rate as the undeveloped block.
“The study has just finished and the application will go back before council shortly.”
If approved the project would be built in two stages and begin in 2017. The expansion would allow the company to employ 30 additional full time staff.
Mr Dell said the Leongatha North site would initially be a growing site and the herbs would be transported back to Pound Creek for packaging.
“Pound Creek has a good packing facility, which will be retained. However due to space restrictions at the site, all future expansion will take place at the Leongatha North property,” he said.
The Leongatha North site would grow 30 different culinary herbs, which is what is currently produced at the company’s Pound Creek Site.
“We have outgrown the original site; we don’t have the power, land or water to keep developing out there,” Mr Dell said.
“We purchased the Leongatha North block because it has flat land, water and power. We do not use a lot of water, but it is nice to have that security.”
Mr Dell said Freshzest currently grows at a rate of 10 per cent annually and the move to Leongatha North will allow the...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Schools celebrate double points "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MICHAEL’S Supa IGA’s double points program has been met with enthusiasm from local schools and the community.
The program allows valued IGA customers to have their rewards points doubled and donated to a local of school of their choice during the month of March.
These points are converted into cash, which helps the schools fund important projects to benefit the future of its students.
“For every $100 a customer spends, $2 is donated to their chosen school through the rewards program,” Michael’s Supa IGA assistant store manager Vince Andronaco said.
“Customers can donate without being out of pocket. This program has been a success in the past and feedback from the schools has been excellent.”
This year’s participating schools are Chairo Christian College, Karmai Community Children’s Centre, Korumburra Primary School, Korumburra Secondary College, Leongatha preschools, Leongatha Primary School, Leongatha Secondary College, South Gippsland Specialist School, Loch Preschool, Loch Primary School, Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Laurence’s Primary School and Tarwin Lower Primary School.
All donations will be tallied at the end of the month and the schools will receive a cheque at a presentation later in the year.
So far, customers have been supportive and have met the promotion with a positive attitude.
For your chance to donate to one of these fantastic schools, call into a Michael’s Supa IGA and find out how you can get involved with the great program.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Farmers battle towards autumn break "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE latest Tactics for Dry Times Shed Day was moved into the cool of the farm-house because it was too hot in the shed. It’s been that sort of season in South Gippsland.
Rod and Lyndell Cope hosted the event at their Middle Tarwin dairy farm, where challenging conditions do not look like changing in a hurry.
The Tarwin River, which provides irrigation water for the farm, has been so low that salt water has flowed upstream from Anderson Inlet earlier in the year than anyone can remember.
“It’s been a challenging year for feed and water,” Mr Cope said.
“We had salt water at our pump in mid-January, which has never happened that early before.”
“We had that big rain in January which flushed the river and pushed the salt back down, but today we have salt again where we pump from the river.”
Good planning a few years back saw the Copes build an extra dam, allowing them to keep water up when the river started to fail.
It’s a decision that was made during years when money wasn’t so tight and it’s certainly paying dividends now.
“We wanted to increase cow numbers and we knew we would have conditions like this one day. So when the river went out of action, we were able to switch across to the dam,” Rod said.
He said events like the Tactics for Dry Times Shed Day were invaluable for farmers who were struggling with a tough season.
“It’s good just to get out and talk,” he said.
“You can get bottled up on your own farm and on your own problems and issues.
“If you can get out, see other people and have a chat, you find other people tend to have the same problems as you do.”
Tactics for Dry Times facilitator Matt Harms said hopes for a quick end to the dry conditions had been dashed in recent weeks.
“We had that late January rain and things are not quite back to where they were, but probably about a week away from where it was before the rain,” he said.
Matt said the big downpour had given...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Video-Solomon Islands raise West Papua at 31st Regular Session Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1) Video-Solomon Islands raise West Papua at 31st Regular Session Human Rights Council

2) Solomons concerned about abuses in West Papua

Item:4 General Debate - 39th Meeting, 31st Regular Session Human Rights Council
15 Mar 2016 - General Debate Under Agenda Item:4 - Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention  
stop live video and click on Ch 36 (Right hand side) Solomon Islands, Mr. Barrett Salato



"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Dairy industry backs leaders "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

DAIRY farmers looking to improve themselves, their farm businesses and their industry should consider the current round of Farm Business Management Program scholarships.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has partnered with the three Victorian Regional Development Programs to offer 10 scholarships designed to improve business acumen, risk management and leadership.
Three scholarships are being offered for the Rabobank Executive Development Program (one in each RDP), six scholarships will be awarded for the University of Queensland Business Owner Manager Program (two in each RDP) and one scholarship – worth $59,000 – will be awarded for the prestigious Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive Mary Harney said the foundation was committed to investing in Victorian dairy farmers.
“We are committed to investing in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a long term future for the dairy industry,” she said.
GippsDairy chairman Graeme Nicoll encouraged all Gippsland farmers to look at the benefits of participating in the program.
“The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the RDP’s have worked hard to develop a program that will have a major impact, not just on the scholarship recipients, but on the broader industry,” he said.
“We are looking for farmers who want to develop their own skills, but who can also help spread that knowledge throughout the region.”
Poowong North dairy farmer Allison Potter, who was last year’s recipient of the Rabobank Executive Development Program scholarship, urged Gippsland farmers to grasp the opportunity provided by the Farm Business Management Program.
“The course gives you a set of tools to get the most out of your business, particularly around setting meaningful, measurable goals,” she said.
“The standard of speakers is very high, it’s well organised and not a moment is wasted. Interacting with the other farmers has also given me th...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Dairy’s spirit of cooperation "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

DAIRY farmers came together recently to discuss the ongoing challenge of dry conditions in the Inverloch area.
More than 40 people spent an evening at the Inverloch Community Hub, working out ways to tackle the water shortage and how to bounce back once decent rainfall returns to the district.
The first GippsDairy Tactics for Dry Times meeting in mid-December resulted in 18 desperate dairy farmers accessing an unused water storage to pipe supplies onto their farms.
The Inverloch Cluster was a collaborative effort between various stakeholders that meant farmers like Inverloch’s Jamie Nicholls experience some relief from the dry conditions.
“We all went to that meeting and none of us had any solutions,” he said.
“On our farm it’s bone dry. No grass, no water. We’ve been there 29 years and it’s never been like this before.
”We’ve ended up with very little water before, but that’s been in April/May – not October
“You can buy hay in, but you can’t buy water in.”
The Nicholls’ farm received its first flow from a pipeline that involves four pumps and more than 14km of high grade, 90mm diameter poly pipe.
Getting the water from the disused Inverloch water basin cost farmers more than $140,000 before the pumps were even turned on.
On top of that, more than 900 hours of labour were required to lay and join the pipe.
But for Mr Nicholls and other farmers, the outcome of that December meeting – and a lot of subsequent hard work – has allowed them to keep their heads above water.
GippsDairy projects and events coordinator Karen Romano said the first Inverloch Dry Times meeting has resulted in an unprecedented level of cooperation and goodwill between farmers and various stakeholders.
“We had farmers literally putting this pipe together over the summer months and they did it all in good spirits,” she said.
“We also had South Gippsland Water, Southern Rural Water, Bass Coast and Sout...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Campdraft excites in Dumbalk "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

TARWIN Valley’s latest campdraft was one not to be missed last Saturday.
With more than 900 runs around 250 riders, spectators could not take their eyes off the competition in the arena.
The campdraft kicked off on Saturday with an amazing morning crowd and unbelievable weather.
Campdrafters came from far and wide to showcase their skills over the three day weekend, and they did not disappoint.
Full time drafter from New South Wales (NSW) Craig McNabb said he boycotts other campdrafts and competes at the Tarwin Valley.
“It’s a fantastic draft and it’s a lot of fun,” he said.
“This is the fourth time I’ve competed and I’ve certainly bypassed other drafts to be here. It’s a relaxed weekend and the whole complex is a credit to the community.”
Food was provided by the MDU Football Netball Club, Dumbalk CFA and Dumbalk Progress Association, and a cake stall was set up by the Mirboo Country Women’s Association (CWA).
“We try to keep everything local and the money raised goes towards bettering facilities for the community,” Tarwin Valley Campdraft treasurer Richelle Hengstberger said.
Ms Hengstberger thanked the following cattle donors for ensuring the campdraft weekend was a success; Paul Hicken, Dennis Enter and family, I. and R. Hengstberger, Ed Ruby, Peter O’Loughlin and family, Fred Neil, Don Cooper and family, Ross and Sharon Irvine, the Denbrok family, Terry O’Loughlin, Ian Wise, Mick and Damien O’Loughlin, Peter Hulshof and family, Peter Hanranhan and family, and D. and B. Dyke.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Run supports active youth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

WHETHER you’re a runner or a walker, everyone was encouraged to get involved with Keeping Kids on Track on Sunday.
The event has been running for five years and continues to grow. With 350 participants this year, numbers are certainly increasing.
Participants had a choice from the half marathon, 15 kilometre, 10 kilometre or five kilometre track, with a three kilometre included for children along the Bass Coast rail trail from Kilcunda. Money raised will go to local clubs to help keep children happy, healthy and active.
Overall winner of the half marathon was Keeping Kids on Track ambassador Magnus Michelsson, who ran in with a time of one hour and 15 minutes.
“I was asked to be the event ambassador a few years ago and I’ve been coming back ever since. I live in Aspendale, but I have a holiday house in Venus Bay,” Magnus said.
“This really is a great event and it’s awesome to see it turn into a festival; there’s so much on. The course is challenging and it’s a a fun day out for everyone.”
Keysborough’s Jacinda Roberts was the first woman to complete the half marathon, running in fourth overall at a time of one hour and 28 minutes.
Event organiser Deb Reilly said the day was awesome and amazingly received by the public.
“We had a lot of entries on the day and the weather was perfect,” she said.
“It’s an awesome feeling to create an event that unites clubs, connects communities and supports youth.”
Deb thanked band Mound of Sound for donating it’s time to play at the event and also thanked the local communities groups that volunteered to help out on the day including the Bass Coast Boardriders, Powlett River Primary School, Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club, Dalyston Football Netball Club, Inverloch Stars Soccer Club, Bass Coast Little Aths, Wonthaggi Primary School and Cape Paterson and Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Clubs.
Deb said she is absolutely looking forward to coming back to Kilcunda and do...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Black Hawks swoop "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ON Wednesday night the undefeated Black Hawks staged a late come back to win a gripping grand final in the Korumburra City Soccer Club’s indoor five a side competition.
The competition saw six mixed teams play two 15 minute halves on a small court over a five week period.
Rory Culls organised the competition to encourage pre-season participation.
Being the undefeated finalists the Black Hawks were stunned by the belief and intensity of The Force which led 4-3 at half time.
It was a strong final five minutes, with goals coming from Hayden Smith and Daniel Longdon, that broke the tempo of The Force and claimed the win for Black Hawks 8-5.
Cull added, “It was great to see the progress of new players who had never played before.
“It’s fair to say that everybody enjoyed themselves which is what our club and the game of soccer is about.”
KCSC are looking for senior players for the 2016 season due to get underway on the weekend of April 2 – 3 with the Korumburra Cup.
Potential players are invited to training at 6.30pm Thursday nights at the Richards Recreation Reserve.
KCSC will be looking to run another open indoor competition in the coming weeks.
The club held its Juniors Come and Try day on Sunday at the Richard Street Recreation Reverse.
Good numbers of kids turned up to take part in some skills sessions which were followed by a game and finally a sausage sizzle.
President Glenn Odgers said, “It was great to see so many new faces coming down to have a kick around”.
Juniors coordinator Mick DuVe said, “We have a mixture of experienced coaches and people new to coaching and are trying to pair more experienced coaches with some of our younger players who are keen to start coaching for the first time this year.
“It’s great to see several of the teenagers putting the...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Leaders fall victim again "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

MUCH like the results in A1, the Division Two semis were won by the teams finishing lower on the ladder.
Top side MDU fell to Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL while Wonthaggi Miners was defeated by Kilcunda Bass.
In the first match Koony won this game primarily because of the performances of one bowler and one batsman.
Sam Sperling, in for the injured Jason Kennedy, was brilliant with the ball on Saturday with a magnificent 7/53. Sam Hughes led the Cougars to a great run chase on Sunday thanks to his opening score of 92 not out meaning Koony could reach 4/178 chasing MDU’s 164.
On Saturday MDU won the toss and batted and with opener Gary Webster making 60, Matthew Olden 18 and Wayne Prosser 17, MDU was able to post a reasonable score. Down the order Nick Eddy posted 24 not out to give MDU a winning chance at the match played on the Korumburra turf.
Apart from Sperling’s seven wicket haul Nishadh Liyanage took 3/56.
On Sunday Hughes steady innings was all the more impressive because he had wickets falling around him early with the score at 3/38 at one stage.
Fortunately he found a partnership with young Ben Perry, 44, as they added 84 runs for the fourth wicket. With Liyanage scoring 21, and with Hughes still in Koony was able to pass the total without the loss of any more wickets.
Best of the MDU bowlers was Michael Patching 2/36.
In the other semi final Miners won the toss and batted on Butch West oval however only two batsmen made their mark in an innings of disappointment; Miners all out for just 95.
Jason O’Reilly opened and made the top score of 36 but nine batsmen out of 11 made just single figure scores. Down the list Joel Piasente made 20 not out.
For Kilcunda/Bass Stephen Leman took 4/17 and Andrew Donohue 3/16.
In reply Killy Bass scored 131 with Ashley Oats with 29 the best of the scores with quite a few batsmen getting high teens and low twenties. The winning score was passed with the loss...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Safety improvements for Inverloch-Venus Bay Road "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A NUMBER of safety measures are currently being implemented on Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, with motorists noticing some changes in the area.
The works are part of a $2.8 million project that will see improvements between Masons Road and Lees Road.
Funded under the TAC’s Safer Systems Road Infrastructure Program (SSRIP), the 8.9km section of road is receiving a number of safety measures including wire rope safety barriers, tactile centreline marking, sign upgrades, drainage works and removal of hazardous roadside vegetation.
VicRoads Eastern Region Manager Operations Henry Lam said the wire rope barriers were an integral part of improving road safety as they provided a raft of benefits.
“There is a misconception that wire rope safety barriers cause more harm than good, but on the contrary, these safety measures have been proven to reduce deaths from run off road type accidents,” Mr Lam said.
“Research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre has shown that flexible barriers are superior compared with concrete or steel barriers because of the way they absorb the energy of the crash away from people in vehicles as well as their deflection levels and the way they contain the vehicle.
“At the end of the day, you are more likely to walk away from a crash with a wire rope safety barrier than any other barrier system.”
Mr Lam said because of the flexible nature of the ropes, a clear zone behind was needed, which sometimes required the removal of vegetation.
“The clear zone is needed for the system to work properly in the event of a crash, but wherever possible, we limit the impact this has on local vegetation and try to balance the needs of the environment with the road user.”
He said motorcyclists sometimes saw the rope barriers as a danger, but reassured this was not the case.
“There are some thoughts among motorcycle riders that wire rope safety barriers have a ‘cheescutter’ effect on riders...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Tina Harrod Review – Sound Lounge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) presented the Tina Harrod Quartet at the Sound Lounge on Saturday, providing a night of raw emotions and heartfelt music from Tina and her three supporting musicians.


Throughout, Tina’s vocals reveled in the soulful, bluesy nature of her choice of songs, inspiring sadness, hole-in-the-shoe kinds of to...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Me fail? I fly!: Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Margo Lanagan, Sea Hearts (Allen & Unwin 2012)

seahearts.jpgSome years ago I was waiting at traffic lights in Sydney’s Haymarket when I recognised Margo Lanagan walking across the street in front of me. Her slightly abstracted air could have been a sign that she was planning that night’s dinner, but I like to believe she was busily conjuring up the seal-women of Rollrock Island, imagining one standing naked and unspeakably desirable in the main street of Potshead Village, or another hurling herself desperately into the ocean, or perhaps the witch Misskaella Prout hardening her heart against the fully-human men and women who have scorned her, or someone in ‘the grunt and urge and song and flight and slump of seal-being’.

Lanagan’s previous book, Tender Morsels, was a sometimes harrowing retelling of the Grimms’ ‘Rose Red and Snow White’. In Sea Hearts she takes on selkie lore in which seals become human and take human lovers/spouses, generally with tragic results – pretty much a mirror image of Matthew Arnold’s ‘Forsaken Merman’, in which a human woman has temporarily become a mermaid.

The story unfolds in seven chapters, each told from a different point of view – man, woman and child. A long early chapter belongs to the young Misskaella Prout, who is teased because she is different. We learn along with her that she is a throwback to a time when the men of her island married women who had been magically transformed from seals. Her difference is not only in appearance, but in powers to harness magic, a...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Streams & Desolations: Books: The Force Awakens "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As promised, here is the first installment in some March 2016 book reviews, quotes, and responses to books that I’m currently reading. This Lent I decided to fast facebook and alcohol and have been using the increased time and greater clarity of mind to invest in reading books. Round one, the various Star Wars: The […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Castan Centre for Human Rights Law: What does Human Rights Law say about Gun Control? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Opponents of gun control in the United States have a powerful ally in domestic law, because their Constitution contains a right to ‘keep and bear arms.’ Since the Heller Supreme Court case in 2008, this has been interpreted as an individual right which can trump legislative gun bans.


Image: South Australia Police

In the context of the 2016 Presidential primaries, gun control is once again being hotly contested in the US, and Australia has been drawn into the debate. In 2016, then Prime Minister John Howard ramped up Australia’s already strict handgun controls by effectively banning  private ownership of ‘long guns’ (especially [semi-]automatic and self-loading rifles and shotguns) and initiating a huge national buyback in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre. Spurious claims by US presidential hopefuls about the effectiveness of such measures have led him to defend this policy, which is one of his Government’s most important legacies. In his CBS interview (which, by the way, is not as entertaining as his fantastic one with John Oliver on the same subject), Howard said:

People us...


Motorbike Writer: Kawasaki plans 800cc supercharged R2 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2R supercharged

2016 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Kawasaki supercharged the motorcycling world with its H2 and now plans to extend the supercharging technology to smaller models, including an 800cc bike, strangely called the R2.

Supercharging an engine makes it more efficient for fuel economy and exhaust emissions, but it also generates more power.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": San Andreas Fault Line in California "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. That is a huge running crack in the ground.

Now they are building houses right on the line as fast as the boards can be delivered.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Pig tales, it’s about to get personal "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Pig Tails

“Oh the tales one would tell,
If only in their worlds they could dwell,
Tales of horror with little hope,
And a world we would never cope.”

Every year in Australia, millions upon millions of pigs live in a world without sunshine, fresh air or hope; worldwide the figure is in the billions. Last year in Australia alone, 4,948,500 of these quirky, chatty and forgiving animals were killed for human consumption. They are described by those who love them as intelligent and wise, endearing and fun-loving and forever optimistic, yet those who bring them into this world see them only as production units. While just how Pig Tales—an otherwise typical Landrace–Large White cross pig (a breed favoured for commercial production)—crossed the divide from food into friend remains a mystery to us, but we (and no doubt she) are thankful she landed in a municipal pound staffed by kind hearts.

Pig Tails

Although we had been forewarned Pig Tales was adorable, friendly and cute to...


The Idiot Tax: Fixing Basslink Before Tasmania's Zombie Apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

There's a few problems with trying to be a first world society at the edge of the world. Distance becomes another burden upon living wages. Economies of scale are often non-existent because of...

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: National Folk Festival Interview: Bloodwood "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Bloodwood Seminal Alice Springs based bush band Bloodwood have a long history with The National Folk Festival, having first appeared in 1979, and they’re returning this year to help celebrate the 50th anniversary. We sat down with Bloodwood vocalist/guitarist/fiddle player/mandolin player Bob Barford to chat about the band’s long history with The […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: SLA’s float at Autumn Parade 2016: Sustainables Vs Business as Usual — who will reign victorious "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Wednesday, 16 Mar; 5:30 pm; Saturday, 19 Mar; 12:00 pm; ] Just a reminder that we need all the bodies we can in the Autumn Festival Parade from 12 noon this Saturday. We are float 33 and will assemble on Beardy Street between Butler and Markham Streets. Theme is a game of globeball between two teams Sustainables Vs Business as Usual — Who will be victorious? If you can rope [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: It’s on soon – ZNET Uralla will be at Seasons of New England at Hampden Park in Uralla "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Saturday, 19 Mar; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] We will be promoting all of those wonderful things that will bring Uralla towards covering our energy use in a sustainable manner. On Saturday 19th March at Seasons of New England we will be assisting with energy efficiency guidance and display equipment promoting the idea of energy audits, upgrade of appliances (LEDs, etc), insulation/curtains, etc. Test [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Z-NET Uralla Coordinator position open "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We are seeking an enthusiastic and well organised Coordinator to provide support for Z-NET Uralla to begin to implement our Action Plan from the Z-NET Blueprint, and to support enquiries and engagement from other regions and towns, to build a wider community of action. Be part of a Zero Net Energy Town – Uralla Help households and businesses [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Energy In The Walls: Kamasi Washington in conversation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kamasi Washington - Photo by Mike Park

Kamasi Washington’s three-hour debut album, The Epic, has identified him as ascendant musical royalty.

Released on Flying Lotus’s forward-thinking Brainfeeder imprint, the album was a long time in the making. Finished in late 2014, Washington waited for the right time to set it free – interspersed with sessions for FlyLo’s opus You’re Dead and writing string and horn arrangements for Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.

Washington – band leader, composer, editor and arranger – would trim down the album from 30 recorded tracks to the final 17. The Epic‘s scale didn’t discourage him from telling his story, in fact it was essential: “I wanted to create a one disc album – but after a recurring dream that encompassed all of these songs, I was inspired to put out these three discs.”

That recurring dream was the story of the opening track, ‘Change of the Guard’, an anime-inspired samurai story from which the rest of the album would transpire.



The Epic shows the full range of Washington’s talent. It’s a feast of contrasts: from intimate bebop to percussive funk and fusion influenced by Weather Report and Miles Davis’ On the Corner years, to soul and grandiose string and choir arrangements befitting a gospel setting. The album’s production is an infectious, powerful combination of fine orchestration, slick post-production and a raw, fre...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: HEMP Party condemns alliance over micro parties "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The northern-rivers-based Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party has slammed the proposed deal between the Turnbull government and the Greens Party.

HEMP Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas said the proposed Senate reform changes ‘will rely on a flimsy excuse that voters will have the option to direct their own preferences’.

‘The truth is most voters don’t and the majors and know it,’ Mr Kavasilas told Echonetdaily.

‘What this effectively does is funnel all votes to Liberal-National Party Labor and Greens, in spite of the fact about 30 parties of voters are dissatisfied with the majors and vote for minor parties, it’s just not fair,’ he said.

‘HEMP has recently made public some long running cracks in their relationship, bringing to li


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Ballarat East Network (BE Net): Time Capsule Additions "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We have just added the following icons of Ballarat East to the Time Capsule of Ballarat. What else is needed to be added? Check it out here: and add your own places and photos and memories. Ballarat East Town Hall (historic) Ballarat East Town Hall Gardens – under threat The Tammy Fence Arthur Kenny Avenue of […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed councillor’s expense-claim details ‘inadequate’ "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Cr Carolyn Byrne’s travelexpense claims were disputed and referred to an audit, which found she had provided ‘inadequate’ details.

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Tweed ratepayers will foot a bill of hundreds of dollars for travel claims by one of their councillors despite an ‘inadequate’ lack of detail of where they went and for what.

A review of expense claims made by Cr Carolyn Byrne for last December and January has found she provided ‘inadequate’ information on them, yet the chair of the audit committee looking at them has recommended she be paid out because of past practice where similar claims were reimbursed.

Cr Byrne had claimed back hundreds of dollars in each of those months for hundreds of kilometres travelled on ’site visits’ around the Tweed, but the exact location and development is not mentioned, only the date, the area and the number of kilometres travelled.

But Tweed mayor Katie Milne, who referred the claims for review, disputed them because of what she says is a lack of transparency.

In a Tweed Shire Council report on the issue to be debated at tomorrow night’s meeting, the shire’s director of corporate services Liz Collyer has recommended the audit review, by chair of the audit committee, be received and noted and Cr Byrne’s expense claims reimbursed...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We fixed the tomato pests last week but this week weâŹ"re looking at what else can go wrong with your tomatoes on Plant Doctor. WeâŹ"re growing a savoury herb in Vegetable Heroes. Plus the series on ‘Garden Challenges’ looks at boundary fencing, natural or man made, in Design Elements; and growing angelsâŹ" trumpets in Plant of the Week.
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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Streams & Desolations: Musings on life and books, March 2016 edition "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I just noticed, with some surprise, that my most recent post on WordPress was from February 21, 2016. It doesn’t feel that long ago, and after briefly pondering this time warp, I realise that the last month has been terribly busy, and relatively productive, for me. I won’t delve into the minutiae of my recent […]


Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Admitted patient care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics

In 2014-15, there were about 10.2 million separations in Australia's public and private hospitals: about 6.0 million of these occurred in public hospitals; 94% of separations were for acute care and 4% for rehabilitation care.

Between 2010-11 and 2014-15: the number of separations increased overall by 3.5% on average each year, by 3.2% for public hospitals and by 4.0% for private hospitals, private health insurance funded separations increased by an average of 5.9% each year and; public patient separations increased by 2.7% each year.
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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Shepparton schools embrace diversity "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Shepparton schools embrace diversity

DIVERSE SAFETY… From left, Diversity group member, Zane Scott, community development worker, Damien Stevens and Diversity Project caseworker, Anna Diktakis. Photo: Emma Hillier.

AS national debate continues around the Federal Government’s review of the Safe Schools program, a local youth worker says Shepparton is leading the way in offering safe and inclusive education for secondary students.

Kildonan UnitingCare’s community development worker, Damien Stevens said it was pleasing to see Shepparton High School, Benalla P-12 College, Goulburn Valley Grammar School, McGuire College, Mooroopna Secondary College and Wanganui Park Secondary College join the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, a coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and healthy school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

“We know that school is the place where most homophobic and transphobic bullying takes place and that can impact on students through poor academic achievement and higher rates of suicide.

“In effect, these schools are saying to students that the teachers and other staff are determined to offer them a chance to come to a school where they will be included and treated with respect,” he said.

Mr Stevens, who is regularly invited to talk to local students about LGBTI inclusive practice, said the Diversity Project had spent the past 15 years ensuring schools are well informed, educated and resourced.

“Kildonan’s Di...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Progressive lunch serves up cultural delights "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Progressive lunch serves up cultural delights

CELEBRATING CULTURES… From left, Shepparton Festival board member, Fiona Smolenaars and Greater Shepparton City Council festival and events officer, Bonnie McIntosh. Photo: Emma Hillier.

THE Shepparton Festival – Be Consumed is hosting a Progressive Lunch event, celebrating different cultures, different tastes and different food in one progression to a connected community.

This unique event is an extension of the 2015 Living Recipes project that saw recipes from different cultures in the Shepparton community documented and shared.

Project coordinator, Fiona Smolenaars says that food is at the heart of our collective culture.

“We use food as a method to form communities, to draw us together, celebrate and mark special occasions.

“Recipes are often passed down through generations and cultures, sharing memories and tradition, so how timely it is that the Shepparton Festival celebrates its 20th year with a theme of Be Consumed.

“We want the broader Shepparton community to gain an understanding of these cultural rituals through food and discover the full richness of ritualised festive eating.”

Both the Living Recipes and Progressive Lunch projects will be displayed at a shared table at the Converge on the Goulburn event, Saturday, March 19 at Victoria Park Lake.

The Progressive Lunch will embark on a culinary journey to African house to enjoy food from the Burundian/Congolese community, the Sikh Gurdwara (temple) to experience a main meal as it woul...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: 75,000 meals donated to those in need "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

75,000 meals donated to those in need

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY… From left, Coles store manager, Caz Watson, dairy manager, Greg Kernaghan and stockhandler, Peter Bevan are pleased that the supermarket has donated 37,000kg of surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items toward the SecondBite Community Connect Program. Photo: Emma Hillier.

IN just three years, Coles at Mooroopna has donated the equivalent of around 75,000 meals to local people in need, thanks to a partnership with SecondBite.

The Mooroopna supermarket has donated more than 37,000kg of surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items.

Shepparton Foodshare coordinator, Ron Nicholls said, “Shepparton Foodshare has a rewarding relationship with the SecondBite Community Connect Program, and in fact we are in the top recipients of rescued food in country Victoria through this program.

“People who benefit from this partnership include the homeless, refugees, and people with drug and alcohol addiction who live in the Shepparton area.”

SecondBite CEO, Elaine Montegriffo said the organisation had partnered with Coles since November 2011 to rescue surplus fresh, nutritious food for people in need.

“By working together, SecondBite and Coles are providing enough fresh food for more than 23,000 nutritious meals every single day to children and families doing it tough across Australia.”


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything Canadian prog-folk band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything return to Australia this week for a couple of festival shows – Blue Mountains Music Festival and Fairbridge Festival – as well as shows all over the country including Sydney (with Edema Ruh and The […]


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Easter service times across the region "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ENCOUNTER Church Shepparton

Good Friday: 9am, 1 hour communion service

Sunday: 10am, celebration service


St Paul’s Lutheran Church Shepparton

Maundy Thursday (March 24): 8pm service

Good Friday: 11am service

Easter Sunday: 11am service


Shepparton Church of Christ

Good Friday: 9am service

Easter Sunday: 10am service


Shepparton Baptist Church

Good Friday: 9am service

Easter Sunday: 10am communion


South Shepparton Community Church

Easter Sunday at St Andrews: 10:30am service


GV Christian Fellowship Shepparton

Palm Sunday (March 20): 10:30am service

Easter in the Park, Frank McNamara Park, Malcolm Crescent (March 20): 5pm to 7pm

Good Friday: 10am to 11am service

Easter Sunday: 10:30am to 12 noon service


Salvation Army Shepparton

Good Friday: 10am service

Easter Sunday: 10am service


Exchange Church Shepparton

Good Friday: 10am service

Easter Sunday: 10am service


Anglican Parish of Shepparton

Holy Tuesday (March 22): 7pm tenebrae service at St. Augustine’s

Holy Wednesday (March 23): 7pm stations of the cross service at St. Augustine’s

Maundy Thursday (March 24): 7pm foot washing Eucharist service at St. Augustine’s

Good Friday: 8:45am at St. Luke’s in Dookie, 9:30am liturgy of the cross service at St. Augustine’s, 10am combined Murchison and Rushworth at St. Paul’s in Rushworth and 11am ecumenical walk at Rushworth

Easter eve (March 26): 10:45pm Easter vigil and fire lighting Eucharist service at St. August...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: $30,000 to be won "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

$30,000 to be won

DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN… Now is your chance to win a share in $30,000 with the 2016 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway kicking off. Photos: Alicia Niglia.

The 2016 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway now on

NOW is your chance to win a share in $30,000 simply by shopping local, as Shepparton’s own largest shopping promotion returns for 2016. The 2016 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway is going to be bigger and better than ever, with not only more local businesses participating, meaning more chances to enter, but the biggest change is the total amount to be won has increased from $25,000 to $30,000.

With the largest shopping promotion in Victoria and possibly regional Australia now underway in Shepparton, the race is on to see which 20 lucky shoppers and one lucky employee will have the chance to walk away with their share of the 2016 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway, and the best part is, they will be doing it all while supporting local businesses.

More than 150 participating businesses right across the city will be providing the opportunity for shoppers who spend a minimum of $10 in-store over the coming six weeks, with the chance to enter the grand giveaway. Each week, three lucky shoppers will be announced as the winners of a GMCU debit card valued at $1,000, with each weekly entry going in the draw to win the major prize of a GMCU debit card valued at $5,000 and a holiday voucher valued at $5,000 at the end of the promotion. Four lucky shoppers will also be drawn at the end of the promotion and walk away as $1,000 GMCU debit card consolation prize winners and on...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Cooperation needed to breathe life back into CBD "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cooperation needed to breathe life back into CBD

OPEN THE MALL… Hudson’s Coffee owner/operator, Matt Kington would like to see the Maude Street Mall opened to traffic, but says there is a lot of work needing to be done before that can happen. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“OUR heart is not pumping and it should be pumping out to external shopping centres outside of the CBD,” Hudson’s Coffee owner/operator, Matt Kington explained when The Adviser caught up with him to discuss what he thinks should be done with the Maude Street Mall.

While Matt would like to see the mall opened back up to traffic, he says there is a lot of work to be done before that can happen, and that businesses in the CBD need to work together to see it flourish.

“I am all for the revitalisation of the CBD and for a road to be put through the mall because it is nowhere near its full potential,” Matt said.

“We do have a lot of good businesses and products in the mall, and unfortunately we have seen some good businesses leave. There is a lot of opportunity, but the CBD needs to be more attractive to draw good businesses to the area and to give current businesses reason to open on Sundays and for longer trading hours.

“I have had a lot of out of town customers coming in when there are events on in Shepparton and they ask me why there are so many vacant shops and why businesses in the mall are closed on a Sunday.

“We open 7 days a week and you can see how dead the mall is on a Sunday. It’s disappointing because there are many reasons for peo...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: 44 drivers nabbed for drugs "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

44 drivers nabbed for drugs

RESULTS FOR DRUG BLITZ… A recent blitz in the Shepparton area saw the State Highway Patrol nab 44 drivers for displaying positive readings for either methylamphetamine (ICE) or cannabis. Photo: Supplied.

ALMOST a third of drivers tested over an eight day period at the end of last month in the Greater Shepparton area, turned up positive readings for drugs.

From February 19 to 22 and 26 to 29, members of the State Highway Patrol focussed patrols in the region, where 149 drivers underwent drug testing and 44 drivers returning a positive reading to either methylamphetamine (ICE) or cannabis.

State Highway Patrol, Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Rayson said, “This is in vast contrast to where 1,800 motorists tested for alcohol, only six were above the legal limit, 1 in 3 compared with 1 in 300. Obviously the drink driving message has got through but drug driving is the new battle for both police and the community.”

Overall, 507 drivers were detected for a total of 616 offences which included 33 for driving whilst disqualified or unlicenced, 30 for using a mobile phone, 21 for failing to wear their seat belts and 244, almost half, for exceeding speed limits. 13 of the speeding drivers lost their licence as they were 25km/h over the posted limit ranging from speeds of 129km/h to 142km/h in 100km/h zones.

Police also issued 93 defective vehicle notices to have either unsafe vehicles repaired or illegal modifications rectified.

“On Sunday February 21, a 19 year old Brunswick female dri...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: $8.3M expansion to meet growing needs of infant formula "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

$8.3M expansion to meet growing needs of infant formula

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION… Jamestrong Packaging Kyabram Plant engineering manager, Rod Prior, site manager, Grant McConkey and process engineer, Steve Myles out the front of the new $8.3M infant formula can line plant. Photo: Supplied.

A NEW $8.3M infant formula can line is only a few months away from being completed at the Jamestrong Packaging plant in Kyabram, which has been designed to meet the growing needs for infant formula.

In August last year, Jamestrong’ purchased a 6,500 square meter positive air pressure warehouse, adjacent to their manufacturing plant in Kyabram, with the intention to move ahead with plans for the additional infant formula can line.

The latest investment follows a recent $13M injection for a worlds-best ‘KBA Metal Star 3’ metal printer, which offers the highest quality print and can making supply chain available.

The new can line will be set up with formally zoned hygiene-controlled areas, meeting the highest food safety standards and will be fitted with in-line leak testing, can air rinsing, as well as state-of-the-art vision systems designed to comprehensively inspect for internal and external faults.

Jamestrong Packaging Kyabram plant manufacturing manager, Grant McConkey said, “The project to install and commission this line is due for completion by June this year and will be dedicated exclusively to the manufacture of infant formula cans enabling optimum security of secondary packagin...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


A FREE NETWORKING EVENING AND PRESENTATION evening will be held on Thursday, March 17 from 6pm to 8pm at The Aussie Hotel, 73 Fryers Street, Shepparton. Increase profit through business process productivity improvement. Find out how with lean manufacturing and lean agriculture systems. Guest speaker is Stephen Grech from Vative, who has been working with manufacturing and agriculture businesses improve business processes and save money. Please RSVP to


JUST DINNER will be running on Saturday, March 19 for a social evening for singles and couples aged between 45 and 70. All are most welcome to come along, meet others and enjoy dinner. Please phone Marg on 5825 1114 or Vicki on 0427 251 274, for venue and time.


A FUNDRAISER FOR MOOROOPNA MUSEUM will run on March 19 from 1pm to 5pm with a sausage sizzle, entertainment by Just Us Duo and raffles. All money raised will go to the Mooroopna Historical Society. Entry is $5 for adults and $1 for children and includes afternoon tea. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Gina on 0419 852 463.


ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES meets on the third Monday of each month at 9:45am at The Overlander Hotel, Benalla Road. The next meeting will be held on March 21. The guest speaker will be Stephen Merrylees covering ‘powers of attorney and wills.’ The share group will meet at 9am. For further information, phone Bill on 5821 1854.


SHEPPARTON AND DISTRICT DAHLIA CLUB flower show will run on Saturday, April 2 from 8am to 4pm at the Shepparton Marketplace, Benalla Road, Shepparton. For further information, phone Lorraine on 5865 5551.




"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dear Editor,
What a joke the Victorian Labor Government is when they pledged Shepparton

Art Museum $10M on proviso the Federal Government does the same. It’s a disgrace when GV Health wanted $10M at last year’s Victorian budget and they got only a lousy $1M from the state Labor Government.

To spend a total of $34.5M on a bloomin’ art museum is a waste of more important money, when schools in our town and our local hospital are crying out for funds.

Management here, in this instance, needs a good hard look at themselves and should be ashamed to have their names attached to the art museum.
How many new nurses and hospital wards could be funded for $34.5M?
Yours sincerely,
Robert Opie


Dear Editor,
I refer to the latest rant by Cr Houlahan (The Adviser Wednesday, March 9) against myself, and the Better Local Government Association. I have contacted Mayor Adem who has informed me that the council has not authorised the opinions that you have expressed in your letter that you have signed as councillor and that you should have made it very clear that the views expressed are your own personal views and not those of the council, this is not the case I believe.

In the letter, Cr Houlahan denied that at council’s February meeting that she claimed the Maude Street Mall was a success. However Cr Houlahan, I was in attendance along with many of our association’s members and we were awake and listening when you made the claim that the mall was working because you said a recent survey by the Shepparton South Rotary Club proved that 32 percent of mall traders experienced an increase in trade when council conducted activities in the mall. We all witnessed you trying to move a motion committing council to spend unlimited additiona...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: Tweed Battle of the Bands 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

So you think you want to be a rock star, rock chic or entertainer? Have you been writing songs or performing original music at home in front of the mirror or maybe at local venues?
Now is your chance to show the world what you’ve got!

Entries are now open to the Tweed and neighbouring shires for this year’s TWEED BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2016 competition!

Open to entrants from 12-24 yrs organisers are looking to encourage any young bands or groups and particularly girls to grab those final competition spots NOW!

This competition as part of Tweed Shire’s National Youth Week activities, is the perfect place for any young musician to share their style of music and network with experienced performers in the industry.

It’s also hoped that more girls enter to get their chance to battle the boys and each other before the finals Friday April 22.

The event is open to the public with a $10 entry fee. Food and drink will be available for purchase and security will be present at all events as they are strictly drug/alcohol free.
Competition finalists will be chasing an automatic performance entry into Buskers by the Creek who are also offering their time as judges for this year’s event.
(Awarded Queensland event of the year 2015)

‘We’re looking forward to nurturing new and emerging artists and discovering more of the amazing musical talent this region is known for!’ said Jennifer Unwin of Eventzbiz Arts and Marketing and co-organiser of this year’s event.

The heats will also offer a safe and encouraging space for these young performers to enjoy sharing their music with family, friends and the general public.’ she said.

The event which falls at the beginning of NSW school holidays offers a great opportunity for young people and families to enjoy a low cost local event and get behind their favourites!
We”ll also be offering other act...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: Tweed trail delegation joins Sydney rail trail launch "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Delegates from Tweed Shire Council and Northern Rivers Rail Trails (NRRT) will travel to Sydney next week to attend the launch of a state wide campaign to establish rail trails in NSW.

The Make It Happen campaign launch, on Tuesday 22 March, will be attended by representatives of several projects proposing to establish cycling and pedestrian rail trails in various parts of NSW.

They include delegates of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, who will provide on an update on their pilot project after it was granted NSW Government funding last year.

Tweed councillor Barry Longland will be among the event’s speakers, to outline the proposal to establish a Tweed Valley Rail Trail along the disused rail corridor from Murwillumbah to Wooyung.

“This campaign and its launch will be important steps in getting rail trails projects off the ground in NSW and to start seeing the benefits that are being enjoyed by so many similar projects in other parts of Australia and in other countries,” Cr Longland said.

“The launch will bring together senior officials and community representatives from each of the proposed rail trails, to share our experiences and ideas to help make these trails a reality.”

“We are confident the Tweed Valley Rail Trail remains very well positioned to be one of the first rail trails in NSW, because of the projects massive potential and the amount of planning and investigations that have already gone into it,” he said.

“The incredible scenic beauty of the corridor route, through areas including three World Heritage listed national parks, and its close proximity to major population centres and tourism hubs give it huge potential to be one of the most successful trails in this part of the world.”

Cr Longland said Council and community leaders from NRRT were actively pursuing funding options for the 24km trail, which would link and provide economic boosts for the historic villages of Stokers Siding, Burri...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": the food eXchange radio show: 11 March 2016 food eXchange radio show "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cynthia catches up with a lady who shoots her lunch and another who bottles her brew. Special guests, Winemaker Nina Stocker from Brave Goose Vineyard and the Honest Hunter Shauna Pickin join us for ‪#‎InternationalWomensDay‬ on episode 11/3/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at ...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Are you an artist? Get on the trail today "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Registrations are now open for local artists to join the annual Surf Coast Arts Trail for 2016 which is happening over the weekend of 13- 14 August.

The event is free, and open to visual artists of any medium who are willing to showcase their art with the public.

The trail presents a unique opportunity for art lovers to meet artists, see them at work and take home some new favourite pieces.

In 2015, more than 70 artists registered for the trail with many throwing open their own studios and others setting up with colleagues in community halls and other venues.

Are you interested in showcasing your latest creations? Apply online today.

Registration closes Monday 4 April, 2016. Visit the Surf Coast Shire website for more information. 


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Judging art is a classic business "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Nationally lauded artist James Guppy.

The Byron Arts Classic (BAC) is an exciting community visual-art event that has become an integral part of the cultural fabric of the northern rivers region, offering a seven-day celebration of inspiration, creativity and involvement in the visual arts, and a Gala Awards night where judges announce the winners of the six different categories.

One of the judges this year is locally based but nationally lauded artist James Guppy.

In your opinion, how has the art scene here evolved? Are we a more artistic and creative culture than most?

Having lived here for the last thirty-four years, I find it’s amazing how it’s evolved. The Easter Arts Classic was one of the few constants. The short answer? Hugely and Yes.

The evolution seems to go in steps or phases, always tied to the initiative and energy of individuals. Richard and Diana’s gallery in Mullum in the 80s was hugely important. The Epicentre in Byron, CASE, PAN, FEHVA, the many commercial galleries in the Shire that have come and gone, the community college, and now we have the Byron School of Art and the Lone Goat. There is probably a very interesting history to be written by so...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: ‘Knitting Nannas’ arrest laws pass parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Knitting Nanna Anne Thompson shows her lock. Photo David Lowe

Knitting Nanna Anne Thompson locked on at Bentley. Ms Thompson says she is ‘knitting a jailbird outfit’ as the Coalition votes to punish such activity with seven years in prison. Photo David Lowe

Chris Dobney

Laws designed to directly target protest groups such as the Knitting Nannas and ageing farmers who lock on to mine equipment passed parliament late last night with the support of the Nationals, Fred Nile and the soon-to-be renamed Hunters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

The bill, which includes a massively increased jail term of up to seven years for activity including lock-ons, passed the upper house after midnight by 22 to 17 votes with  Labor, the Greens and smaller parties, including the Animal Justice Party opposing it.

Byron Bay resident and National Party north coast spokesperson Ben Franklin, who was seen to be leaving the chamber during one fiery exchange, was said to be ‘scurrying like a cockroach’ by shadow north coast spokesperson Walt Secord.

And members of the anti-CSG protest group the Knitting Nannas, who say they have been directly targeted by the bill, told ABC this morning that they were ‘knitting jailbird outfits’.

Meanwhile, polling commissioned by the NSW Nature Conservation Council shows only 23 per cent of people support the Baird government’s anti-protest laws.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Video “No Love Like Yours” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros The new single from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “No Love Like Yours”, has a brand new video, directed by Olivia Wilde. The track is taken from the upcoming album PersonA, due on the 15th April. Check out “No Love Like Yours” below:Filed under: News, […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – March 16, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Starlight shines on with Moonlight

As Easter approaches, it’s time to have your chakras aligned, your palm read and make a plan to live the life you were given. It all starts at the Moonlight. The Moonlight Fair is a three-day celebration of the truly mystical. The Moonlight Mystic Fair will feature psychics, tarot reader, crystal singing bowls, past lives, spirit-guide drawings, healers, channels and practitioners. A program of engaging workshops, talks and sound healing as well as atmospheric live music in the gourmet vegetarian cafe. 25–27 March at the Bangalow A&I Hall. Price: $10 admission. 2-day pass $15. Locals 2-for-1 day Friday 25 March. Tickets online or at the door.

Art at the Airport

Visitors to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport are invited to enjoy the Northern Rivers Community Gallery’s next installation of Art at the Airport. The latest Art at the Airport instalment showcases the artistic collaboration of Joanna Kambourian and Darren Bryant. Ms Brown’s Lounge, on show until 5 May, aims to challenge and explore non-traditional printmaking media by incorporating digital art and design. Printed on aluminium, the images are overlaid with a geometric pattern that frames these tapestries of pixelated colour, which in turn removes parts of the image from the viewer. The images speak of way finding and nostalgia seen through two different cultural lenses simultaneously.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld government pushing for Adani coalmine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Traditional owner Adrian Burragubba announces the W&J resistance to the Adani Carmichael mine. Photo supplied.

Traditional owner Adrian Burragubba announces local resistance to the Adani Carmichael mine. Photo supplied.

Brisbane [AAP]

The Queensland parliament has supported moves to approve a mega coalmine in the centre of the state, the mines minister says.

Anthony Lynham says his government has been working with Indian mining giant Adani to get its $21.7 billion Carmichael coalmine off the ground.

Dr Lynham says parliament backed a motion on Tuesday that ‘all state government approvals be provided to help create jobs in north and central Queensland’.

He said the government strongly supported the sustainable development of the Galilee Basin for the sake of jobs and the economy of regional Queensland.

‘The government and the independent coordinator general have been working closely with Adani to facilitate their approvals in accordance with statutory obligations.’

However, he says compensation agreements need to be locked in before the project’s mining leases can be approved.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld MP pleas for Iranian woman’s release "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Queensland energy minister Mark Bailey

Queensland energy minister Mark Bailey

Brisbane [AAP]

Queensland’s energy minister has made an emotional plea in parliament for the release of one of his constituents from immigration detention in Darwin.

Mark Bailey has choked back tears while urging federal Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to urgently review the detention of Mojgan Shamsalilpoor, who arrived by boat from Iran in 2012 before being forced into detention in Darwin.

Mr Bailey said she was a genuine refugee who fled Iran under very difficult circumstances and could not return to her homeland, but now faced indefinite detention away from her family when she’d committed no crime.

He said Ms Shamsalilpoor had lived and studied in Brisbane before being sent to Darwin, and was married to an Iranian man who also arrived by boat but had been given permanent resident status and allowed to stay.

‘Her application for a partnership visa has been rejected, leaving her two options: to stay here imprisoned indefinitely or to return to Iran, where her safety cannot be guaranteed,’ Mr Bailey told state parliament.

‘Mojgan is suffering in detention. She is a young woman who has been imprisoned for seven months and is stuck with no way of returning...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Unhealthy environments kill 12.6m per year "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

London [PAA]

Some 12.6 million people across the globe die every year due to unhealthy environments, according to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

Almost one in four of all deaths are due to living or working in unhealthy conditions, accounting for at least 1.4 million deaths every year in Europe, the study’s authors estimated.

The WHO said environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposure, climate change and too much sun contributed to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

And it said working environments – such as a poor ability to maintain a work/life balance, stress and sitting for too long – contributed to poorer mental health and skeletal problems such as back pain.

The report – Preventing Disease Through Healthy Environments: A Global Assessment Of The Burden Of Disease From Environmental Risks – said deaths due to air pollution (including exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke), are responsible for as many as 8.2 million of the global deaths.

Illnesses such as stroke, heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease are all heavily influenced by unhealthy environments, it said.

Strokes caused by unhealthy environments lead to 2.5 million deaths annually, while heart disease causes 2.3 million deaths.

Unintentional Injuries (such as road traffic deaths) cause 1.7 million deaths annually, while cancer accounts for a further 1.7 million.

Chronic respiratory diseases claim another 1.4 million lives, with respiratory Infections accounting for 567,000.

Some 40 per cent of asthma cases are linked to unhealthy environments and could be cut by reducing air pollution, secondhand tobacco smoke, and indoor mould and dampness, the study said.

Meanwhile, 11 per cent of cases of depression are caused by unhealthy environments. Addressing factors such as ‘occupational stress’ and ‘work-life imbalan...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: MP urges police, ATO to investigate Palmer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Canberra [AAP]

A government MP has urged the Australian Federal Police and Australian Taxation Office to investigate Clive Palmer’s role in putting Queensland Nickel into administration.

Ewen Jones told parliament on Tuesday evening he believed the besieged nickel refinery was part of a phoenix operation, where assets and cash are moved to other entities before a business folds.

He believes Mr Palmer has been acting as a ‘shadow director’ and was part of a deliberate exercise to not pay creditors or staff entitlements to hundreds of employees.

The Queenslander urged government agencies including the AFP to investigate Mr Palmer’s role and ‘hold those responsible to account’.

‘At the end of the day, the people who have worked at Queensland Nickel have done nothing wrong,’ he told parliament.

‘The role of the member for Fairfax (Mr Palmer) cannot be underestimated here.’

Mr Jones’ stern message comes after Mr Palmer on Monday revealed a series of demands he believes must be met by government to recommence activities at Queensland Nickel by the end of July.

It also follows an accusation by Mr Palmer that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull misrepresented him in parliament by stating he had management control over the company.

Mr Palmer and Mr Jones have been engaged in a public spat since news broke of the troubles at Queensland Nickel, which is located in Mr Jones’ Townsville electorate.

‘To have this happen should make those people involved, including possibly the shadow director, the member for Fairfax, hang their heads in shame,’ Mr Jones said.

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: KALE. DON’T HATE THE PLAYER, HATE THE GAME "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Love it or hate it, there's been a lot of hype over kale. Jennifer Stokes points out that behind the superfood cloak, kale is just a good food to eat.



Motorbike Writer: HOG world’s ‘biggest’ for charity and events "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

HOG Harley-Davidson Iron Run Rally 216 in Paihia

HOGs at the Iron Run in New Zealand

The Harley-Davidson Owners Group, or HOG, is the biggest events organiser and charity fundraiser in the world, according to HD Asia-Pacific customer experience manager Martin Engelbrecht.

Martin says Harley is not only the number-one road bike company in Australia and New Zealand, but HOG is also a worldwide leader in organising events and raising funds for charity.




"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Mirror, mirror "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The lure of water is enough to convince even shy and wary species to take a chance. The three species pictured below are notoriously reticent when there is a photographer around – but with luck, patience and stillness they’ll eventually cooperate and reward you with some unforgettable experiences.


Immature Crimson Rosella, Rise and Shine, 14th March 2016




Diamond Firetail pair – the male has a slightly broader waist band



Tasmanian Times: Laurel and Hardy must go ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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Tasmanian Times: BASSLINK wrap: Libs secretly migrated own Internet services off Basslink. Will, Entura ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

WEDNESDAY March 16 ... • Examiner: Premier in hot water over ‘slit wrists’ slur PREMIER Will Hodgman has been forced to apologise to Opposition Leader Bryan Green after telling him to ‘‘slit his wrists’‘. … The comment comes just four days after the government launched a suicide prevention strategy. • Luke Crowley in Comments, Entura staff prove critical in protecting Tasmania’s Electricity Industry: Hydro staff critical to protecting Tasmania’s electricity security are still slated to be transferred to a company controlled by the Chinese government, compromising the State’s electricity supply and finances. Entura is currently Hydro Tasmania’s only profitable arm and are on target for a profit of $1.5 to 2 million dollars back to Tasmania for the 2015-16 financial year, In addition Hydro’s Entura staff are playing a key role in solving the State’s electricity crisis. Luke Crowley, State Director of Professionals Australia said “Hydro and the government are looking to sell off the one profitable arm of Hydro, just like they wanted to sell off the gas fire power station despite it now being a saviour of the state during our energy crisis”. “It’s just pure ideology blinding longer term financial wisdom”. Mr Crowley identified a number of project Entura staff were actively involved in, which were key to securing Tasmania’s electrical supply … • Peter in Comments: Matthew Groom, our Man with a Plan ... Energy Minister Matthew Groom unmoved on dam levels’ predicted low point … TUESDAY March 15 ... Minister Michael Ferguson has revealed the Liberal Government secretly migrated its own Internet services off the Basslink cable shortly before it was cut. • Nick Clark, Mercury: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on state internet case • Richard Kopf in Comments: Ref #2. I rang Internode one day before the cut and asked what they had in place once the cable was cut. I was told by the technician that there was...


Tasmanian Times: ‘Urgent Bruny Waste Problem Dismissed By Premier’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Premier Hodgman refused to promise action on the waste problem on Bruny Island before the Easter tourist rush, despite a letter from residents three weeks ago pleading him to respond. The Premier loves to tout Bruny Island as ‘the jewel in Tasmania’s tourism crown’. But there is a serious waste problem on Bruny Island. Bags of rubbish are being dumped, litter is clogging up the environment, and there is even human poo on the beach. … … Premier Hodgman appeared to miss the irony that his government’s drive to increase tourist numbers, without providing supportive facilities, is the source of the problem. The Liberals can’t have the party and not help clean up. • Guardian: Tasmania’s Bruny Island struggles with tourism boom as rubbish and ‘human poo’ pile up


Tasmanian Times: Ancient Tassie had nothing to do with ‘The Mainland’ ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

We always thought Tasmania was different, and now geology can explain why. New discoveries from Tasmania’s oldest rocks at Rocky Cape reveal that about 1.5 billion years ago Tasmania was not part of Australia, but wedged between two other continents. The geology of north-western Tasmania may have more to do with North America and Antarctica than it does with the rest of the Australian mainland. … It’s a startling discovery that means Tasmania started out as a microcontinent in its own right. It’s old enough to be part of the ancient supercontinent called Nuna, when what’s now Antarctica and Australia was in the Northern Hemisphere. … Watch, Read the Transcript, ABC Catalyst HERE

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": The Vociferous Journalist: Protesters protest NSW anti-protest laws "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Environment groups, unionists, activists and MPs from diverse parties are coming together to protest the increased penalties and powers proposed by the NSW Baird Government. The plan is to protest new laws which would increase police powers in relation to protests and activism, and increase the penalties for protesters. Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge says the government is implementing these laws because they know protest and direct action work to protect both human rights and the environment. The protest mentioned in this interview took place on 15 March 2016.


"IndyWatch Feed": viewer site: Ray Hughes (now and backintheday) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Recent shot with his son and grandson + Billy Butterworth’s shot of Ray when we were in NYC 1976, my second visit.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: For lovers of everything French "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Westender’s newest contributor, Minou Yuille, pays a visit to the Alliance-Francaise French Film Festival. Here’s what she saw. The Alliance-Francaise French Film Festival is here again, for its twenty-seventh year running, and with it a whole new host of the best French cinema had to offer in 2015. As a part of this, I […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: ANU academics urge further divestment from resource industry and more 11am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

ANU academics urge further divestment from resource industry Youth unemployment rate highest in rural Queensland Political Activist detained in Bahrain and more 11am Zedlines (Image source: Wikimedia)


Youth unemployment rate highest in rural Queensland

Young people in outback Queensland are least likely to find employment, with the latest Brotherhood of St Laurence report showing increasing difficulty for youths seeking work.

Recent jobless data highlights outback Queensland as the worst area in the country with a youth unemployment rate of over 28%, more than 6% higher than Hunter Valley, who follows Queensland at 21.8%


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Canadian Man receives Valentine's message from Prime Minister, and more 10am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Crime Stoppers launches 'dob in a dealer', Scientist declares war on climate change lost, and Canadian man receives Valentine’s message from Prime Minister, and more 10 am Zedlines (Image source: flickr)

Severe bleaching of coral reef north of Cairns

Widespread coral bleaching caused by a warming ocean has been detected across the Great Barrier Reef, with the worst areas being Lizard Island, around 250 kilometres north of Cairns.

Ocean bleaching happens when warmer water causes live corals to expel tiny algae which live inside the coral tissues and provides corals with most of their colour and energy.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: ABC reporters escape charges in Malaysia, and more 9am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Local member quits days before city council elections, ABC reporters escape charges in Malaysia, Migrants drown at Greek-Macedonian border, and more 9am Zedlines. (Image source: The Kremlin).

Upgrade of adult facilities at Caboolture Hospital

Caboolture Hospital will soon have an extra 32 beds, with a 13 million dollar upgrade currently underway, in an effort to reduce ambulance queues by freeing up space in the Emergency Department.

Expecting to be completed by early 2017, the new adult inpatient ward will cover a number of specialties, including coronary and cardiac care as well as general medicine.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Let’s hear it for the Irish "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ancestry release new research showing 27 per cent of Aussies have Irish ethnicity[i] On St. Patrick’s Day, Ancestry has issued new data revealing that more than a quarter (27% of  Australians who have taken an AncestryDNA test have Irish ethnicity in their DNAi. This makes an Irish background the second most commonly found ethnicity in […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Fires ravage Western Australian town and more 8am Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Aboriginal activists prepared to fight over Gympie highway upgrade, fires ravage Western Australian town, Putin pulls out of Syria and more 8am Zedlines (image source: Wikipedia)

Aboriginal activists prepared to fight over Gympie highway upgrade

Aboriginal activists are prepared to fight for their land claim to an area known as the Gympie Pyramid, saying plans to bulldoze the site for a Bruce Highway upgrade breach conventions on cultural genocide.

Kabi Kabi man Wit-booker says artefacts at the site, including grinding stones, are evidence of Indigenous presence in the area and provide a strong link to Aboriginal history.


"IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: BALLS.48 Get in the sea bin "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In which Beeso and the Doc discuss lullabies to paralyse, I Want To Believe, tractor boys, chasing rings, upstairs downstairs, ice bath challenges, ballers on the piss, shooting like a small child, the Luke Walton Sweepstakes, Rotorua's full of wankberks, Warney vs Waleed, super Hornets, the Quiky Pro, power ranking 21 years of terrible Warriors footy jumpers, Graham gets the Dick, Billy Walletless, Special Snowflake Syndrome and the Samurai Pizza Cats. If you think you can do better, then we'll leave it up to you.

Shouts to the other sports pods we name-dropped (Athletico Mince, Full Credit To The Boys and Oh Errol), and to @nyonyua and his favourite team's gaffer for inspiring the sea bin. #LVGIn - By Dr Yobbo


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Are we blindly following the US to war? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The news that Australia and the US are engaged in talks about stationing B1 and B52 bombers in northern Australia has angered the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN). Annette Brownlie, spokesperson for IPAN said: “IPAN has consistently promoted an independent and peaceful Australia. But what we are seeing is a succession of events through […]

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Monday, 14 March


Tasmanian Times: My rage dissipates ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

After nearly three years of almost helpless rage at the ideologically Gothic antics of the Federal Government in its dealings particularly in relation to the environment, as represented by our local Bass member and quaintly inappropriately named ‘environment minister’, it suddenly dissipated on Wednesday 10th, when Tony Windsor decided to take on Barnaby Joyce in his old electorate. • Tony Windsor’s crowdfunding campaign HERE • Bob Hawkins in Comments: #5 So true: Windsor’s decision to support Gillard resulted in an avalanche of substantial, if not always popular, legislation that gave Australia a chance to look forward to an organised approach to many issues, climate change, education and care for the disabled among them. Thanks to our moron media, especially that of News Ltd, the populace seem convinced that the Gillard years were a fiasco. One day, we will look back on her prime ministership as one of the more creative and constructive governments since Federation. Why cannot Australians understand that Gillard worked with the Senate and got things done while, throughout her time in office, she had to simultaneously fight on a second front to fend off the misogynous, mindless, ugly, deranged attacks of a man who was a disgrace both as an opposition leader and as a prime minister …

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