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Cyclone Debbie bears down on birdwings "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Look out, my Cairns Birdwing caterpillars, Cyclone Debbie's bearing down on us. Bad news for wildlife and habitat close to the coast. But could be an ill wind bringing huge amounts of needed rain to Townsville and areas inland. We'll see, Monday.

The caterpillars feed on Aristolochia vines after the female dots her eggs on foliage that 'feels' right to her legs. One Townsville Town Common site is close to the entry gate, barely 400 metres from the coast and about 3km north of the city CBD.



Psytrance in Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

There's a huge psytrance/bush doof scene in Melbourne. Wondering if there's any clubs that typically bang psytrance so I can get weird at night.

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Night Parrot Discovered in Goneaway National Park, Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Legendary bushman John Young has discovered the Night Parrot in Goneaway National Park in western Queensland. Young's discovery brings at to at least 10 the number of Night Parrot sites now known from a 350km arc of arid country stretching from Boulia in the west to Stonehenge in the east.

Working as a senior field ecologist for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Young and another researcher heard several calls from Night Parrots in the remote reserve last week. The site is more than 50km east of a number of places where Young and the AWC team have found Night Parrots in recent months in the Diamantina National Park.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk described the discovery as "terrific news". Environment Minister Steven Miles said the state government would consider imposing another exclusion zone over the national park. Existing zones over the eastern half of Diamantina National Park and the neighbouring Pullen Pullen Reserve, where Young took the first photographs of a Night Parrot ...


Cattle in the Riparian Zones in the Bellinger Valley "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Has anything changed for the critically endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtles in the Bellinger River catchment? 

Managing Stock on Waterways and in Wetlands in the Bellinger Valley (pdf)

Why exclude stock from riparian zones? (pdf)

Cattle grazing in arid environments leads to desertification. "Humans as Agents in the Termination of the African Humid Period" (source)

Turtle and wildlife in clean river, Coffs Harbour mural
Bellinger River banks with cattle, March 2017


Partnership helps institute continue growth "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Partnership helps institute continue growth

A RELATIONSHIP and the foresight between two locals that has been strong throughout decades has helped toward the success of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne (NIIM).

Local philanthropist, Peter Copulos has had a strong and keen interest in supporting medicine for many years, which is evident locally through his involvement in the Peter Copulos Wellness Centre on Graham Street, but it was his partnership with former local, Professor Avni Sali that helped to create and grow the NIIM, and Mr Copulos continuous donations are helping to see the institute stay at the forefront of modern medicine.

Professor Sali said, NIIM is a charitable institute. It is a very large clinic, which supports our academic work with our research and teaching area and it is the continuous funding we receive from people like Peter that help us continue the work we are doing to help others.

Because what we were doing was different it made things difficult to gain support.

When we first started just over 10 years ago, I needed to get supporters in order to find a property.

Initially my biggest hurdle was to get a group of people to help but Peter, Rupert Murdochs sister and a few others came on board to be owners of the building, which was really huge to be able to get that going. Weve now moved to quite a substantial building.

I know that I have the support from Peter and that if I really had a need for something that I can contact him. I know that he would be supportive in what we want to do, which is really very good of him to do that.

Integrative medicine will replace all existing medicine eventually because it looks at all areas and aspects relating to health.

Its these sorts of things are appealing to Peter and others supporting us.

We have expanded to the Gold Coast and there are plans to open in Sydney, which is exciting for NIIM.

Mr Copulos said, I recently donated $20,000 to the NIIM, which is something I have been doing for the last seven years to help support Avni and his enterprise.

Ive known the Sali family from the late 50s and I went to school with some of them. Got involved with Avni Sali about the time he left Swinburne University when he wa...


Fairleys bakes up multiple award wins "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Fairleys bakes up multiple award wins

TASTY AWARDS Fairleys SUPA IGA assistant store manager, Luke Daniel, apprentice baker, Ash McKenzie, bakery manager, Jarrod Taylor, apprentice baker, Graham Steen and baker, Tim Stephens. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THERES something satisfying about the smell and taste of bakery goods fresh from the oven, and thats certainly what judges of the Bakery Association of Australia thought about Sheppartons Fairleys SUPA IGA bakery.

The bakery team produced award winning goods that they entered in the Bakery Association of Australia baking competition including a first place for their cob loaf grain and wholemeal high tin, second place for their chicken pie, wholemeal pipe and plait loaf (apprentice category) and third place for their cob loaf grain, sausage roll, wholemeal high tin and white loaf (apprentice category).

Fairleys SUPA IGA bakery manager, Jarrod Taylor said, Being just a supermarket bakery and going up against other local bakeries that are more specialised, its good to be able to compete with them.


Taskforce launched with big picture planning "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Taskforce launched with big picture planning

POPULATION POLICY DEVELOPED From left, Mitre 10 Group former chief executive, Frank Whitford, Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO, Sam Birrell, CAF Consulting director, Leigh Findlay, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader, Population Policy and Housing Affordability, Tim Smith MP, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Goulburn Valley Health Board Chair, Peter Ryan, Member for Northern Victoria, Luke OSullivan, MJ Hall and Sons orchardist, Peter Hall and Kreskas Bros Transport general manager, Peter Hill. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE biggest challenge Victoria faces today is managing population growth, including how that creates new jobs and protecting the way we live, and the Victorian Coalition is developing a population policy to address these significant issues for the next 30-plus years.

To formulate a comprehensive long-term policy for Victoria until at least the year 2050, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader, Population Policy and Housing Affordability, Tim Smith has created a statewide Victorian Population Policy Taskforce.

To break away from Labors blinkered, city-centric style of management, Mr Smith has also asked a number of regional MPs to chair localised taskforces so that the specific needs of the regions are represented and addressed in the policy.

Mr Smith has appointed Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell chair of the Greater Shepparton Population Taskforce, which was launched last week.

Ms Lovell said, This local taskforce will work with the Victorian Population Taskforce to create a blueprint for how to grow the Greater Shepparton region by identifying the issues facing the community from population growth, and harnessing the knowledge of the local community and a panel of independent experts.

Ms Lovell said the taskforce will investigate how the Coalition can assist, incentivise and work with local councils, communities and business to manage population growth and develop the Greater Shepparton region, including addressing jobs, infrastructure and the way we live.

The Coalitions position is that Victoria needs to become a state of cities and not a city state, and Victoria needs to regionalise its growth and not just focus on Melbourne alone, Ms Lovell said.

Victoria cannot continue to grow the way...


Celebrations ring out for La Trobes 50th "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Celebrations ring out for La Trobes 50th

MILESTONE FOR LA TROBE La Trobe University head of Shepparton campus, Sue Nalder cutting a birthday cake during a special day to celebrate La Trobe University turning 50. Photo: Supplied.

LA TROBE University turned 50 this month, and the Shepparton Campus joined in the celebrations.

On March 8 1967, Sir Archibald Glenn was installed as chancellor, La Trobe students started their first classes and celebrated with staff in the evening at the inaugural staff and student ball at Glenn College.

50 years later, La Trobe staff and students were invited to gather at each campus to mark this significant milestone with a celebration of their own.

Shepparton students and staff marked the milestone with a barbeque, live music from local musicians, prizes and a big birthday cake at the campus courtyard.

Past and present staff and students attended the event to reflect on the past 50 years. The university also launched a 50th anniversary commemorative book From the paddock to the Agora: Fifty years of La Trobe University, which brings together six of La Trobes leading scholars and alumni to reflect on different periods and aspects of the universitys life.

Head of Shepparton campus, Sue Nalder said, If La Trobe didnt start 50 years ago, the Shepparton campus wouldnt exist and we wouldnt have opportunities for students in our community to go to university, complete a degree and then have a great career.

Pro vice-chancellor (regional), Richard Speed was also at the Shepparton campus to mark the prestigious occasion.

Were also renowned for a lot of our research in agriculture and vet science, he said.

The Shepparton campus celebrated its 20th birthday in 2014.


$1B Shepparton building boom "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

$1B Shepparton building boom

Commercial construction big across the city

THE skyline and streetscape of Shepparton has been transforming over the last 12 months, with more than $1.37B worth of commercial projects taking shape right across the city.

From north to south, east to west there are many buildings currently being constructed or have just finished being constructed that will provide some new options for locals or are becoming the new home for some current local businesses.

The most obvious of projects would have to be the Shepparton Law Courts Precinct, which is going up at a rapid rate. The precinct comes at a cost of $73M and is set to be completed later this year.

The relocation of Bunnings Warehouse to a purpose built premises is also another of the larger projects taking shape on Benalla Road. The new Bunnings building comes at a cost of $53M and is set to open its doors mid this year.

The Quality Hotel Parklake is also currently undergoing an estimated $5M facelift, which is estimated to be completed in June and will see 32 new accommodation rooms opened, bringing the overall capacity to 101 rooms and making it the largest full service hotel in regional Victoria. The Parklakes re-development also included the construction of a gymnasium as well as an indoor pool with a spa and sauna.

The new $800,000 Byers Electrical building that is almost complete on Benalla Road is certainly a sight to see and has been constructed because the business outgrew their previous premises in Annerley Avenue and will house a showroom, meeting rooms, large storage shed out the back and offices to house the business staff members.

After noticing a boost in those requiring its services and outgrowing the current location, Shepparton Myotherapy made the decision to rent out a new purpose built premises that has just finished being constructed on the corner of Nixon Street and Corio Street.



Contractors named for $34M facility "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Contractors named for $34M facility

CONTRACTS SIGNED Hansen Yuncken state manager, Richard Hansen and Shepparton Villages board president, Merushe Asim signing the contracts for the new Shepparton Villages $34M, 120 bed aged care residential development. Photo: Supplied.

CONTRACTS were signed on Friday for the new Shepparton Villages $34M, 120 bed aged care residential development to be constructed on part of Chas Johnson Reserve at Tarcoola.

Architectural firm dwp sutersdesigned the new facility, which will set a new benchmark for residential care in the Hume Region. Local building contractors, Hansen Yunckenwon the tender for the construction and with a history in north east and central Victoria spanning over 90 years, have committed to sourcing the majority of contractors for the project from the Shepparton and district area.

The project will provide employment for more than 250 people over the course of the build, with a commitment to providing five local traineeships or apprenticeships for the project. In addition to the existing workforce of 420 people currently employed at Shepparton Villages, a further 60 people will be employed to service the new facility once completed.

This new aged care facility will help meet the growing needs of the aged in the region by offering accommodation to residents who require low care right through to those who need high level complex care as well as support for people living with Dementia.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said, This new facility is beautiful and is designed to ensure that residents live in a building that is truly a home within a community.

This new home for 120 elderly will ensure that residents, family and staff needs are met regardless of what kind of care is required. It will be quite a landmark for Shepparton and meet the ever-increasing need for residential care in this region.

The proposed facility, to be constructed on part of land known as Chas Johnson Reserve, has been designed around 4 internal light filled courtyard gardens. The location of the land has provided a fantastic opportunity, to build a facility with large windows that look over the park and the river.

Shepparton Villages board president, Merushe Asim said this was a significant project for Shepparton.

This is a very large investment for a regional not-for-profit pr...


Get out and have some fun with the kids "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Get out and have some fun with the kids

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN Fun City IT manager, David Jinks with the virtual reality pods, which is just one of the fun things that will help keep your kids entertained these school holidays. Photo: Emma Hillier.

MAKE sure to include Fun City in your plans these school holidays and enjoy massive holiday fun for the whole family.

Fun City business owners, Darren and Angie Shaw said, Were really excited about these school holidays! Theres plenty to do and see and we have a special school holiday program with the introduction of the Twilight zone and the Da Vinchi code.

We also have our virtual reality pods that are always loads of fun with incredible graphics to amaze kids and adults alike.

We have a number of different affordable options for individuals and families from 9am to 7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 9am to 7p on Sundays during the school holidays, including the family day pass for two adults and two children for just $189, the all day pass which includes two go kart rides for $49 for members or $39 for activities only ($55 for non-members), or theres the blast pass including two laser tag missions and any other activities excluding go karts for just $25 for individuals or $75 for families.

We look forward to seeing everyone down here.

Easter trading hours are 11am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Fun City is open 7 days and is located at Riverside Plaza, Melbourne Road, Kialla. For more information, call in, phone 5823 1224 or visit

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Fun City is a participating business in the 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


This is what its all about "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

This is what its all about

VISIT STAY IN STYLE From left, Stay in Style business co-owner, Sue Rimato, qualified hairdresser, Ursula Ballis and business co-owner, Wendy Donelly are gorgeous examples of stylish ladies. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

I WENT to visit the ladies at Stay in Style hairdressers and was greeted with so much warmth and charm and quite frankly, Stay in Style is probably the absolute perfect business name for these gorgeous and stylish ladies. Tucked away in a quiet street behind Archer Street, this salon is a surprise package.

Stay in Style business owners Wendy Donelly and Sue Rimato along with co-hairdresser Ursula Ballis are glowing examples of the kind of style they offer. Sue said, It is essential to us that our clients feel pampered when they come in and we make it our business not to rush anyone. Our one on one consultations are really important but between the three of us working here, and 82 years combined experience, we are also happy to come up with creative ideas for our clients. With so much experience between us, an eye for detail is second nature and we all work to be sure our clients walk out feeling fantastic.

Stay in Styles color range and products are all quality Jeval products and they offer full body waxing, eyebrow and eyelash tinting and Mancine summer tan body sprays. Stay in Style also offer aged pensioner discounts on haircuts and perms on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

To make your appointment with Sue, Wendy or Ursula call 5821 6078 and enjoy free parking when you visit Stay and Style at 37 Michel Street, Shepparton.

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Stay in Style is a participating business in the 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. 



The new Pandora collection is unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The new Pandora collection is unveiled

PANDORA ROSE AVAILABLE NOW Stephens Jewellers unveil the Pandora Rose collection. From left, Stephens Jewellers general manager, Stephen Schneider and sales consultants, Alison Faul and Marie Dougan. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THIS season, Pandora introduces a new collection that marks a new era of style with a fusion of metals. Contemporary designs meet high-end craftsmanship with Pandora Rose.

Stephens Jewellers business owner, Stephen Schneider said, The release of the stunning new Pandora Rose collection at Stephens Jewellers is just another example of our quest to bring exclusive fashion branded jewellery collections to Shepparton and Echuca.

Made by skilled craftspeople, Pandora Rose takes responsibly made, hand-finished jewellery to the next level of elegance with feminine blush tones and added sparkle with delicate stone embellishments.

Stephen said, Our goal is to provide the local jewellery consumer of all ages a premium destination for jewellery and timepieces right in their own backyard. High-end brands such as Pandora, Swarovski and coming soon, the latest smart watches from Michael Kors are at the forefront of quality, style and value with a proven fashion savvy design focus and global recognition as leading jewellery designers.

The new Pandora Rose collection available now as Stephens Jewellers is comprised of bracelets, charms, statement and stackable rings, necklaces and earrings, allowing women to create jewellery collections that complement their personalities and individual style.

Stephens Jewellers has three locations: 52 Fryers St, Shepparton

Shop 24 Shepparton Marketplace and 133 Hare St, Echuca.  Drop into Stephens Jewellers to customise your special gift or your personal design from the Pandora Rose collection.

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Stephens Jewellers is a participating business in the 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. 


Chuggin Along "IndyWatch Feed"

Well, the last 12 months have been exhausting I must say. We sold the business, moved, renovated, Dad died, Mum got cancer and one of my sisters whos asthmatic, had a particularly bad attack ending her in hospital for a Continue reading


Pamper yourself this autumn "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Pamper yourself this autumn

DOING GREAT THINGS From left, Lavish Hair qualified hairdresser, Emily Dunn, apprentice hairdresser, Alana Thomas and business owner, Maria-Aleece Brown. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

I DONT know if its a sign Im getting older but when I walked in to Lavish Hair to meet business owner, Maria-Aleece Brown I was expecting to see a more mature face. Just 24 years of age, Maria has owned and run this vibrant business now for two years and her youthful and open approach is very appealing.

Maria said, I was really lucky to have a wonderful mentor and a strong client base which gave me confidence to take over the salon. I love this business and our team is dedicated to ensuring our clients feel welcome and well looked after.  Its important that we listen to what our clients really want for their style. I see teaching as another really important part of my role and have two apprentices who are learning fast from myself and Emily who is also a qualified hairdresser.

At Lavish Hair we are offering an autumn special with half price on Wednesdays for colours booked with Alana or Alya.

Choose the team at Lavish Hair to get the look your after. For your appointment call 5831 1599 or drop into Lavish Hair at 96 Fryers Street, Shepparton or find them on Facebook under Lavish Hair.

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Lavish Hair is a participating business in the 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. 


Cock punching the Bolter "IndyWatch Feed"

I spent all day on this topic. It was a lot harder than I expected.

If only Andrew Bolt was free to speak his mind, none of those people would have died in London yesterday. If only the Bolter could just be free to tell us exactly what he thought of the mud races and their heathen ways, we would no longer have to live in fear of being violently disassembled by bearded nutters in chocolate shops or on the public thoroughfares.

He would give them a jolly good talking to and they would fold up like a cheap umbrella in a high wind.

Well rejoice, my friends, because that happy day is nigh.


Six years (and a never-ending News Corp campaign in the service of of bad faith and bullshit later) and the PM is released for a few minutes from the windowless cellar where he now lives with George Christensen whispering to him in the dark, It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.


Murder Ballads, Tolstoy & Banjo: Sam Amidon on Jack Off With Jack Shit "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

  • Sam Amidon :: Interview with Jack Shit


American folk enthusiast Sam Amidon took time out from his Murder and Redemption tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra to chat to Jack Shit about folk tropes through the ages, singing two stunning songs and even accompanying exchanges in the interview with brilliant passages of banjo.

This was a fascinating and energising exchange with a true music lover and a genuine gent to boot. Listen above.


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Glyposate and cancer new report "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Monsanto and other glyphosate manufacturers appear to have distorted scientific evidence on the public health impacts of glyphosate in order to keep the controversial substance on the market, according to a new report released today by GLOBAL 2000 (Friends of the Earth Austria, member of PAN Europe) with the support of Avaaz, BUND, Campact, CEO, GMWatch, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe, PAN Germany, and Umweltinstitut Mnchen.
spraying cancer

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Liberals & Labor terrified of Muslim voting power "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

United they rule divided we fall

By Robert J Lee in Canberra

The Liberal and Labor parties are terrified by the extent of the Muslim vote in Australia, particularly in NSW and Victoria.

The Pickering Post last year reported the Muslim bloc vote across both states could affect the outcome of a federal election.

Up to 15 per cent of the primary vote in 15 seats is controlled by the Muslim community and Defence Minister Christopher Pynes recent reaction, denigrating Pauline Hanson for her comments about stopping immigration from Muslim countries reveal how scared the Liberals are of offending Islam.

Independent Member for the Far Northern seat of Kennedy, Bob Katter has a bill prepared to do just what Hanson is frightening the Liberals and Labor about.

Katters bill is modelled on US President Donald Trumps controversial anti-Muslim immigration bill that would stop residents of identified Islamic countries from entering Australia.

It will be tabled in the House of Representatives in May.



Andrews Government needs to promote industry reform and forest conservation while supporting workers "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Saturday, 18 March 2017 - 2:15pm

With the news that Australian Sustainable Hardwoods intends to close its Heyfield mill, the Andrews Government must lead to create a sustainable industry and to protect Victoria's forests.

Victorians want solutions that protect the environment and put industry on a truly sustainable footing, including to secure regional jobsboth in the industry and in the other significant sectors of tourism and agriculture, said Wilderness Society Victorian Campaigns Manager Amelia Young.

This a very difficult time for Heyfield workers who have been let down by bad management.

The logging industry has long-needed reform to secure its future, after years of overlogging combined with the disastrous impacts of the 2009 bushfires. The industrys failure to act in a timely fashion has, in part, led to the announcement about the Heyfield sawmill closure.

The Andrews Government now needs to pursue solutions that put the pulp, paper and timber industry on a firm and sustainable footing, create long-term jobs in progressive industries, and achieve conservation outcomes.

All members of the Victorian Forest Industry Taskforceincluding the logging industryagreed in the taskforces Statement of Intent that new parks and reserves are required and that threatened native wildlife must be provided for.*

One such proposal is the Great Forest National Park, which would be a huge tourism drawcard for the region, would create hundreds of jobs and add millions of dollars to the local economy.

Victorias proposed Great Forest National Park would draw almost 380,000 extra visitors a year to the Central Highlands, add $71 million annually to the local economy and generate 760 jobs with a little private investment, according to a report by the Nous Group, commissioned by the Wilderness Society.

Even without private investment, simply declaring the national park, improving park infrastructure and visitor management, and establishing the Healesville-to-Eildon hiking trail, could generate 520 jobs, attract an extra 242,000 visitors a year and add $48 million annually to the economy in 10 years time and growing.

*Victorian Forest Industry Taskforce Statement of Intent

More information

For further comment, contact:

Wilderness Society National Director, Lyndon Schneiders, on 0451 6...


Ying Yang Twins and Twista headline Hip Hop Hooray festival "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hip Hop Hooray will see four big names in the world of hip hop team up for two massive Australian shows this April and May.

Ying Yang Twins, Twista, Trina, and Bubba Sparxxx will play the Big Top at Luna Park in Sydney on April 29, and the Metro City in Perth on May 4.

Its an interesting and varied combination of artists on the bill.

Single Again singer Trina crushed it in the 2000s, with a run of well-received albums seeing her crowned the unofficial Queen of Miami. You may have also heard jump on tracks by Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and numerous other hitmakers.

Chicago legend Twista is perhaps best known for his American #1 single Slow Jamz with Jamie Foxx and Kanye West. Its one of a handful of tracks Twista recorded with Kanye around the mid 00s.. He actually holds a place in the Guinness World Records as the fastest rapper, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds.

Southern hitmaker Bubba Sparxx will bring some country grammar, doused in his own trademark swagger- while Altantas own crank crew Ying Yang Twins are touring for the first time in years; their earworm Wait (The Whisper Song) still dominates club to this day.

Grab tickets for either event here, but youd better act quickly as these shows are expected to sell out.






Listen to this all-fire mix of local hip hop by Ebony Boadu "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

I got back from New York a few weeks ago and one of my favourite things was the huge love and support that DJs and party-goers had for their local artists. So I thought it was only right to come back home and show love for some of mine.

Since graduating from FBis Dance Class last year, Ebony Boadu has been kicking goals all over the place. The hip hop and grime junkie has just put out a Locals Only mix of all-Australian rap. Just in time for the weekend!




Anfa Rose T.I.W.H (prod. Dopamine)
Cult Shtta No Fatigue (feat. Geek Selasie Wussah)
Triple One Doozy
Lil Spacely Trappin In da Bando (feat. Big Skeez & FliiBoii)
Manu Crook$ Blowin Up (feat. Miracle)
B Wise Risk It (prod. Dopamine)
Tkay Maidza Tennies
Spit Syndicate Inhibitions
Travy P Sleep Over (feat. 360)
Baro Wdubi (feat. Nasty Mars & Marcus)
Midas Gold  Work It Out
Sophie Grophy PLAIN $HOT
Sampa The Great Blue Boss
REMI For Good (feat. Sampa The Great)
I AM D Check Back (feat. Tides)


Find out where you can catch Ebony Boadu working the dancefloor into a sweat follow her here.


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Have You Tried Highlighter Pencils? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Regular pencils can replace solvent based plastic highlighters, but if you want something that provides the extra 'pop', a thick fluro highlighter pencil will do the job and leave no waste.


strypey: @bsmall2 @arunisaac cultivating over-dependence on expert systems infantilizes people at the same time as creating "markets" for specialists "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@bsmall2 @arunisaac cultivating over-dependence on expert systems infantilizes people at the same time as creating "markets" for specialists



strypey: @stigatle @dtluna if you're going to sell that pie, whether as "product" or "service", listing ingredients on the box is a basic requirement "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@stigatle @dtluna if you're going to sell that pie, whether as "product" or "service", listing ingredients on the box is a basic requirement


strypey: @stigatle @dtluna you might see your Aunty Sally's pumpkin pie recipe as family "property" but I won't eat it if I don't know what's in it "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@stigatle @dtluna you might see your Aunty Sally's pumpkin pie recipe as family "property" but I won't eat it if I don't know what's in it



strypey: @dtluna @stigatle source code is like the ingredients of food. It should be obligatory to reveal it to the user/ eater, for similar reasons "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@dtluna @stigatle source code is like the ingredients of food. It should be obligatory to reveal it to the user/ eater, for similar reasons


bobjonkman: Tell us more about your #DLNA setup - what devices? what servers? what players? (sounds like an #HPR episode to me!) "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tell us more about your # setup - what devices? what servers? what players? (sounds like an # episode to me!)



bobjonkman: I read The Hobbit to #OneSon when he was eight or nine; I really enjoyed it because the language and grammar and sentence structure was just such a delight to say out loud, something that you might miss if you're just reading it to yourself. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I read The Hobbit to # when he was eight or nine; I really enjoyed it because the language and grammar and sentence structure was just such a delight to say out loud, something that you might miss if you're just reading it to yourself.


Rebels On Air Podcast #4: Tkay Maidza "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

I think the most important thing is to just trust yourself, never lose sight of why youre doing what youre doing in the first place. Its super relevant for anything and everything.

Each week, the Nikes Rebels On Air Podcast introduces you to a talented local hero who is changing the game. In episode #4, your host FlexMami (Sidechains) has a chat with Adelaide rapper/national treasure Tkay Maidza.

Tkay talks about her inspirations when it comes to music, art, fashion, and staying ahead of the game. Dont worry, she went through an emo phase too get ready for some Pete Wentz crush confessions!


  • Rebels On Air :: #4 Tkay Maidza


Listen above and subscribe on iTunes or elsewhere to get new episodes in this podcast. Plus, check out Tkays Spotify playlist of the game-changers who inspire her.


Weve teamed up with Nike to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Air Max with Rebels On Air. Find out more and enter to win tickets to an exclusive Sydney party on Air Max Day here.


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Snake news! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

One of the convenient things about living in the rainforest its that wildlife comes to you.

This carpet snake was looking for somewhere to digest its meal.

This young scrub python found a spot to sleep.

An adult brown tree snake went foraging for food in the laundry.

This baby brown tree snake wanted me to know who was boss.

A blue phase green tree snake. Very handsome. You should have seen it IRL!

The carport was festooned with shed skins, because that's a good place to hang out. Also hang down.



Thank Folk Its Friday 24th March "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Brisbane alt-folk four-piece Elbury released their new video Past Life Memories. Details here Bob Evans announced a national tour kicking off this April. Details here Indie-folk duo Oh Pep! released their new video Crazy Feels. Details here Queensland duo []


Barbara says she didnt invent *it . . . she just pulled it into her vocabulary "IndyWatch Feed"

Yes the *wire form with tab settings . . . have been a signature option here at Jeweller to the Lost since the beginning. Ruth and Barbara made a random arrangement of the elements silver, onyx and the coral-coloured French glass buttons.

Juan-Luis and I always scan and document most stages of the make either on the iPhone or the scanner. Here is the construct in two sides via my scanner very clean and scrutinised work.


Australian media distorts facts on renewable energy: 3. Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

It actually shows the most extreme demand scenarios that it can think of a one in ten year likelihood in this case and graphs that over and above what it considers to be the average supply. Repeat. That is average supply, not total supply available.

the idiotic and ignorant reporting in the mainstream media is allowing the fossil fuel generators and their protectors in the Coalition to blind public perceptions with complete nonsense. Fake news indeed.

Fairfax joins media hysteria over post-Hazelwood blackouts http://...


Australian media distortion of facts on renewable energy: 2 THE AUSTRALIAN "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

there we have it. A report that says South Australia could easily aim for 40 per cent renewable energy is portrayed as a warning that 20 per cent is the natural limit. It boggles the mind.

Weatherill to his credit keeps on repeating that the blackouts and near misses in South Australia have not been about technology choices, but about grid management. Even AEMO agrees. But some journalists dont want to know.

The CSIRO outlines a scenario for 86 per cent in that state by 2035. Zinc refiner Sun Metals is building a solar plant because it is cheaper than coal-fired generation in Queensland. The former head of Hazelwood says that solar and battery storage is already cheaper than baseload gas.

But dont expect to read much about those exciting developments in much of the mainstream media. They just dont seem interested.

How The Australian distorted S.A. renewables advice


Foreigners buying up quarter of all new homes NSW and Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A quarter of all new homes in NSW are being bought by foreigners, with almost 80 percent of them Chinese.

Foreign spending on new housing in NSW and Victoria is running at an annualised rate of $8 billion a year, according to a research note from Credit Suisse.
The bank said the rate in NSW alone was an extraordinary $4.9bn a year, the equivalent of 25 per cent of new supply.
The figures come from the results of a Freedom of Information request submitted by the bank.
Almost 80 per cent of the foreign demand in NSW was from Chinese buyers, with the second largest group, buyers from Indonesia, account for 1.7 per cent of offshore demand.
We think this (the NSW figure) is extraordinary given that current supply is nearing peak cycle, analysts led by Hasan Tevfik wrote.
Housing campaign could backfire

In Victoria, foreigners are currently purchasing an annualised $3.1bn of housing, snapping up 16 per cent of new supply.
The bank said there had been a noticeable pick-up in foreign capital entering Sydney and Melbourne in late 2016.
The figures come despite the introduction of measures designed to cool the east coast housing markets, including federal FIRB approval fees and taxes on foreign purchases in the two states.

Our analysis of the new data gives us more confidence that the coming downturn in Aussie housing will be less painful than many fear. We think investors could be overly cautious, the analysts said.
While Australian housing is at peak cycle, we believe the pace and severity of the coming downturn will be cushioned by Chinese demand.
It is hard for many Australians to think of property as a cheap asset, but from a Chinese investors perspective, there could be plenty of value in Aussie housing.
Over the longer term we believe there is good reason to expect more, not less, Chinese demand for Aussie housing.
The bank has added cement manufacturer Adelaide Brighton to its long portfolio, given its one-third exposure to residential housing in Australia.




Hand-Drawn Review: The Splinter Orchestra at Down/Under Space "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Reviewing art with art for arts sake! This edition, Emerald Dunn shares her experience of the Splinter Orchestra performance at the brand new gallery space beneath Fredas.

The bar was pretty busy, people were milling around and hanging out. I grabbed my beer then headed downstairs to Down / Under Space gallery, where the candid chatter faded and I was suddenly captivated by the masterful chaos of The Splinter Orchestra.

The band has sought to defy convention for roughly 15 years, cultivating a rich soundscape with an unconventional range of instruments. Their two-part set was filled with unusual styles of performance they scratched at the strings of their guitars instead of strumming, hit drums sporadically, incorporated ambient electronic loops from a laptop and produced sounds from a myriad of found objects, all while a stirring recital of poetry cut through the cacophony.

The performance was totally unrestrained and brilliant, with the second half incorporating an immersive and frantic light show that culminated in a full body sensory experience.

The Splinter Orchestra will be performing again at Down / Under Space later on in the year. Stay tuned.


Splinter Orchestra, Down Under Space, 23rd February 2017. Illustration by Emerald Dunn.


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Victoria fills up as the rest of the nation moves in "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In the past 12 months, 82,800 Australians have moved to Victoria from interstate, around 500 carloads a week.

At the same time, 65,600 Victorians have left.

The gap - a net influx of 17,200 - is an all-time record. Victoria's population is being swelled by more migrants from interstate than ever before, and by far more than any other state, even Queensland, which used to be the go-to state for the rest of nation.

Perhaps as a result, or perhaps as a driver, employment in Victoria has surged by 97,300 in the past year, accounting for almost all of the nationwide employment growth of 104,600.

In contrast, the once-booming jobs market in NSW produced only 2000 extra workers.

New population figures show that a jump in interstate migration, in overseas migration and in births lifted Victoria's population by 157,500 to 6.1 million in the year to September - an increase of 2.1 per cent, compared to 1.2 per cent in the rest of the nation.

Victoria now accounts for 25.2 per cent of Australia's population, the most since the share slid during the early 1990s recession.

Net foreign migration to Victoria reached a record 68,600 in the year to September. The natural increase (births minus deaths) reached 41,700, also a record high.

Domestic migrants to Victoria came predominantly from NSW (29,500), Queensland (15,200) Western Australia (11,500) and South Australia (9700).

The main destinations for Victorians moving interstate were NSW (22,900), Queensland (20,800) and Western Australia (7100).

Bureau of Statistics projections released with the population figures show Melbourne overtaking Sydney as Australia's biggest city in 2056.

The central projection puts Melbourne's population at 8.2 million, almost double the present 4.6 million,...


Single of the Week: Sydney duo Chymes enthrall us with the pristine Bloom "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This week weve become enamoured with this brand new number from Sydney electronic duo Chymes, a beautifully restrained track named Bloom.

Chymes is the pairing of producer Cameron Taylor with singer-songwriter Kiersten Nyman, and they released their debut EP Grow last year. With a new EP set to be unveiled later this year, Bloom is the first hint of what we can expect when it arrives.

Its a slow build, sparse yet absorbing as it gently lays down stroke after stroke of water-garden synth and dulcet vox throughout its three minutes, pristine in every respect.

Bloom has us very excited for whats to come from the duo, and anyone feeling the same should make their way down to Sydneys World Bar tonight for the official single launch, or catch them on March 31 supporting Lastlings at Brighton Up Bar.



High five to the flow hive! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Let the honey flow. Photo supplied.

Let the honey flow. Photo supplied.

Stu and Cedar Anderson invented the flow hive. (supplied)

Stu and Cedar Anderson invented the flow hive. (supplied)

It had been 150 years since any major innovations had taken place in the world of beekeeping but when it did that innovation took place right here in the northern rivers in Bangalow. Stu and Cedar Anderson invented the flow hive and it took the world by storm two years ago, far exceeding their expectations and attracting nearly US$12.2 million in revenue.

The whole journey for the past two years has been incredible, said Stu. Were still pinching ourselves. The fact we were so successful with the crowdfunding and with an agricultural innovation was almost unheard of.

The flow hive has just received the Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award for the consumer products category and is a finalist in the food category in New York.

Its a huge honour to have won this award, Cedar Anderson said.

When we went to crowdfunding two years ago, we never expected things to blow up like they did. Now, to win this award alongside big, long-established companies like Microsoft and GE is kind of overwhelming. We were just trying to get some money together so we could make some moulds and fund a small commercial run.

It took them over ten years to invent the flow hive with plenty of experimentation along the way. It was a great adventure, said Stu. It meant for me, as a Dad working with my son, that we had that much time and op...


Batman-inspired building to be built in Brisbane, and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Brisbane could be about to get its first superhero inspired residential building. Image source: Flickr

Brisbane developers, Pointcorp, have lodged an application to build an apartment building on the banks of the river, which draws inspiration from Batman, and more specifically from Christopher Nolans, The Dark Knight trilogy.

The proposed building would have four sections - the water garden, verandah, entrance and Batcave - with the entrance featuring multipurpose areas with communal spaces and car parks that would much resemble the Batcave in the 2008 film.


Melbourne to Brisbane rail program fuels excitement


NIKKI HILL SYDNEY "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 10.26.18 AMJust a couple years ago, Nikki Hill was a bartender with an affinity for punk and a deep love for classic R&B. At her husband (and now guitar-player) Matt Hills behest, she stepped out from behind the bar and onto the stage. The response has been ecstatic, and now the band tours the globe relentlessly, stunning audiences with their muscular sound, Matts volcanic leads, and, of course, Nikkis inimitable charisma.
Raised in the church choir and steeped in R&B and garage rock rumble, Nikki Hill is a spitfire with the soul-drenched voice of Etta James and the tattooed, beehived-hair aura of Cramps guitarist Poison Ivy. This blues shouter and growler is a bona-fide rocknroll diva that has audiences wrapped around her finger.
If Tina Turner and Little Richard had a daughter and raised her with the help of uncles James Brown and Chuck Berry, shed be like Nikki Hill.Minneapolis Star Tribune
Her 2012 self-titled EP created an underground buzz that has continued to grow and build on her fan base after her first full-length release Heres Nikki Hill in 2013.
Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists. Buoyed by her bands roaring boogie thats equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC, the new album sees Nikki exude a self-assured swagger as her fiery rasp preaches the rock & roll gospel: late nights, hot licks, and intoxicating love.
Channels such rhythm and blues greats as LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brownwith a little Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke thrown in for good measure. Hill is the real dealsteeped in gospel and soul, wrapped up in a punk rock DIY ethic. Time Out LA
Who: Nikki Hill
What: Bluesfest Touring 2017 Concert
When: Monday 17 April
Where: Newtown Social Club


JOAN OSBORNE TOUR 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 9.58.42 AMJoan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter.


The seven-time Grammy Award nominee and One of Us singer has sold millions of records and captivated audiences all over the world with her live performances.  Known for her pristine and heartfelt live vocals, Osborne has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist and a collaborator with such artists as Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Levon Helm, the Funk Brothers, Phil Lesh, and the Holmes Brothers.

Love and Hate is particularly satisfying in that it delivers onand extendsthe promise made by her wonderful debut so many years ago. Pop Matters

Of her recent work, Osborne says, Theres a texture and richness to these songs that singers dont have right away, that I didnt have when I started out, but the more Ive done this, the more tone and depth Ive developed. This was the time.  These songs, theyre a remedythey get me out of my head.  These songs put the music back in my heart and my soul. Osbornes acoustic trio is a chance to intimately experience this richness.

Who: Joan Osborne

What: Bluesfest Touring 2017

When: Sunday 16 April

Where: The Basement

Ticketing and more information here.

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Lismore regains regional city status "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore is back on the map as a regional city after losing its city status in the draft North Coast Regional Plan in 2016.

Lismore is back on the map as a regional city after losing its city status in the draft North Coast Regional Plan in 2016.

Whats in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to gaining funding from the state government.

Lismores leaders were mortified in 2016 when their city was downgraded from regional city to regional centre in the draft North Coast Regional Plan. Tweeds leaders on the other hand were delighted that their city would be upgraded to regional city status.

The difference meant that Lismore would be relegated to second-tier regional centre status in the North Coast Regional Plan, which aims to guide strategic planning for the next 20 years.

But after a strong lobbying effort by the Lismore City Council, the NSW Government has announced this week that Lismore will once again enjoy regional city status, along with Tweed Heads, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

The North Coast Regional Plan covers the council areas of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley and Tweed.

The plan targets growth in nominated regional cities and the Lismore City Council was deeply concerned that second-tier status would seriously disadvantage Lismores chance at securing state government investment.

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said he believed arguments put forth by council staff in a joint submission with Richmond Valley and Kyogle councils, and strong advocacy from Lismore MP Thomas George, had helped sway the NSW Governments stance.

This is fantastic news for Lismore we could have potentially missed out on significant recognition and consequent state government infrastructure funding. Now we have a seat at the table with our other three regional cities, Tweed, Coffs and Port, Cr Smith said.

We are thrilled we have been able to negotiate with the state government and secure this significant change in the plan. The reality is, for hundreds of thousands of people living on the North Coast, Lismore is the regional city and where they come for important services. We need to grow our population to maintain our prosperity and in order to do that, we need to see continued investment in infrastructure and health services to meet the needs of that growing population...


Immense coal mine good for the environment says fossil fuel lackey Resources Minister Matt Canavan "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

This Politician Reckons Australias Largest Coal Mine Will Actually Be Good For The Environment  March 23, 2017, Rob Stott BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia  Australian resources minister Matt Canavan has defended the proposed Carmichael coal mine, saying it will actually have a positive effect on the environment. The mine, which would produce more than 60 million tonnes of coal per year and significantly contribute to global carbon emissions, is proposed for Queenslands Galilee Basin.


Trump takes aim at kitten website, and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The internet is expectantly full of cute animals and funny memes, but now US President Donald Trump has allegedly taken aim at a kitten website, designed by a 17-year-old girl from San Francisco. Image Source: Pixabay

Lucy created the website as a laugh while applying for developer jobs, the only thing the website offered was a chance to virtually scratch photos of Trumps head using the paws of a kitten.

Originally called Trumpscratch, and then Kittenfeed, Lucy claims she received two threatening cease and desist letters from The Trump Organization - while Lucy complied with the letters, she said a president should not have the time or care to hire people to shut down harmless sites like hers.


GREGORY PORTER 2017 TOUR "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 9.48.08 AMGregory Porter, the Grammy winning Jazz, soul, and gospel singer, returns to Australia after a sell-out tour this September!

Celebrating Take Me To The Alley (2016), the much-anticipated follow-up to his sensational 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit; the charismatic Californian will be here to breathe life, vitality, fun, and excitement into the musical genres he has loved from boyhood; ever since Nat King Cole entered his heart.

 Its the combination of that massively authoritative voice and the touchingly confessional nature of his songs that has proved irresistible.

It is this passion and dedication that has led Gregory Porter to sign with Blue Note Records, collaborating with renowned musicians including Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder, building and broadening his audience of music lovers internationally.

Who: Gregory Porter

What: Bluesfest Touring 2017

When: Wednesday 12 April

Where: Sydney Endmore Theatre

Ticketing and more information here.

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Lucky Seven Matt Kaesler and Richard Horn "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Adelaides hottest swing band the Lucky Seven is hitting the stage in company with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra as a part of Ska-BQ.

The band has been providing Adelaide with the truest sound and style of swing for over ten years and although their ranks have changed over time the essence is still the same.
Two of their members musical arranger and multi-instrumentalist Matt Kaesler and sax player and vocalist Richard Horn joined Breakfast to talk about all things Lucky Seven and the Ska-BQ welcome guys.

You can catch Lucky Seven along with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra as part of Ska BQ this Sunday March 26th at The Gov from 4pm until midnight.

Produced By: Milly Schultz-Boylen and Chloe Holmes



Northlane just surprise-released their new album Mesmer "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Northlane surprised fans this morning by releasing their new album Memser, without any pre-announcement.

The album can be purchased and streamed here, or through the usual channels as well as being available as a CD, LP, and cassette.

Northlane will also be doing pop up shows in signings in Melbourne and Sydney this weekend, which will most likely be your only chance to snare the limited-edition vinyl. For more details, and to RSVP to these free shows, head here.

The band explained their reasons for the surprise release, saying in a statement: Through determination, hard work, sacrifice and a bit of luck, we are able to travel the world taking our music to fans both old and new. Were able to spend time crafting the music we want to hear with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work a job. To an artist these are real luxuries. We appreciate them more than anything and were in the position of being able to do this because of you our incredible fans who continue to support us. You free us to be the artists we want to be.

Because of this, we have decided to put out this record in a way that means our fans will hear it the second they know it exists. You can stream Mesmer for free right now if you want to. If you want to support us even more, all the new LP variants and merch are all available for purchase immediately. No one has to wait, and if youre buying direct from us or our label, you dont have to purchase an expensive bundle because everything is available separately.

This is our way of rewarding our fans for everything theyve given us. What our music means to you is what it means to us. Art is an experience, and to us it reserves no room for competition, and the only accolade that matters to us is the place this holds in your heart.

The band points to the disadvantages of releasing the album this way, continuing:

Releasing the album in this way has had its disadvantages. We were warned that it was going to be a difficult thing to pull off, and that it could mean the album wont chart as well or get covered enough by the media. But for us, that didnt matter. Weve had some awesome chart results (#1 and #3), been nominated for and won awards, and weve been in plenty of magazines around the world. Its all great and flattering, but for us nothing compares to the feeling we get from connecting with our fans who love and respect our art. To share in that with them is everything to us, and when it came down to it it was the one thing that mattered the most.

Releasing Mesmer in this way has been right for us at this moment in time. We have grown immeasurably as people and as a band through the toughest rec...


Hillsong Church founder at abuse inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Founder of the Hillsong Church, Pastor Brian Houston, leaves the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings in Sydney in October 2014. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Founder of the Hillsong Church, Pastor Brian Houston, leaves the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearings in Sydney in October 2014. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

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The founder of the global Hillsong Church will face a royal commission that found he failed to tell police his father was a child sex abuser.

Hillsongs senior pastor Brian Houston will on Friday appear before the child sex abuse royal commission for a second time, as will the head of Australias largest Pentecostal movement, Australian Christian Churches national president Wayne Alcorn.

The commission found Mr Houston and the national executives of the Assemblies of God in Australia as the Australian Christian Churches was known until 2007 failed to tell police about child abuse allegations against his father Frank Houston.

The commission said Mr Houston had a conflict of interest in assuming responsibility for dealing with the witness known as AHAs allegation because he was both the national president of the Assemblies of God in Australia and the son of the alleged perpetrator.

The abuse began when the boy was seven and the Assemblies of God in New Zealand leader was visiting Australia to preach in 1969 and 1970.

When confronted by his son, Frank Houston admitted sexually abusing AHA on one occasion and never preached again.

The national executive allowed him to publicly resign, without damage to his reputation or that of Hillsong Church, the royal commission said.

After the organisation learned of allegations that Frank Houston had abused six boys in New Zealand three decades earlier, Assemblies of God ministers were told in late 2000 that he had admitted to a serious moral failure and Brian Houston had suspended his fathers c...


Popular Food Truck program set to stay and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Brisbane Food Truck program will continue on, after a successful trial run. Image: Wikimedia

The Brisbane City Council invested in the initiative in July last year, launching a six-month trial website allowing residents to see where and when their favorite food trucks would be serving.

City Planning chairman, Julian Simmonds, said the idea behind the initiative is to identify appropriate sites and times to accommodate food trucks, without impacting other permanent food businesses throughout the city.

Is Brisbanes town planning just average?


Former Page MP Ian Robinson passes away "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Page MP Ian Robertson. (supplied)

Former Page MP Ian Robinson. (supplied)

Former Page MP Ian Robinson, who was born at Coraki in 1925, has died.

Mr Robinson was a dairy farmer, journalist and company director before he was elected to the NSW Parliament as the Country Party member for Casino in 1953.

He represented Casino until he retired in 1963 to contest the Federal seat of Cowper.  Mr Robinson served as Assistant Minister assisting the Postmaster-General  from August 1971 to 1972.

He held Cowper until 1984, when he transferred to the new seat of Page, where he was the member until 1990.

Page MP Kevin Hogan and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis both paid tribute to Mr Robinson, who passed away on Thursday.

Ian will be greatly missed, Mr Hogan said.

Ian represented the community for 37 years with distinction a community that he loved, Mr Hogan said.

In many ways he was a mentor and I thank him for his encouragement, advice and support over the years.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Florence, his family and his many friends.

Mr Gulaptis said he was saddened to hear of Mr Robinsons passing.

Im very saddened to hear about the passing of National Party stalwart The Hon Ian Robinson, he said.

Ian was true blue all his life. He was born in Coraki in 1925 and after a distinguished political career spanning 37 years (10 years in the NSW State Parliament and 27 years in the Commonwealth Parliament), he never stopped fighting for country people right through his failing health.

He will be sorely missed by a community he loved and I will miss his support and sound counsel. I send my sincere condolences to his wife, Florence.

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Cuts to legal service will hurt Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Greens MLC Dawn Walker says budget cuts to community legal centres will hurt vulnerable people in Tweed Shire.

Greens MLC Dawn Walker says budget cuts to community legal centres will hurt vulnerable people in Tweed Shire.

North coast National Party MPs have been called on to ensure the survival of Murwillumbah Community Legal Service following a major budgets cut to its parent, the Lismore-based Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.

The centres annual budget is set to be cut by $180,000.

Newly-appointed NSW Greens MLC, Dawn Walker, says it was alarming that the Murwillumbahs service could be closed as a result, especially as its the only service of its kind in Tweed shire.

Ms Walker says the community legal centres play a vital role in providing free legal services to vulnerable people, including women and children experiencing family violence, people with disability and people experiencing elder abuse who typically cant get legal assistance anywhere else.

Concerns that the Murwillumbah Community Legal Service and their outreach services to Tweed Heads and Pottsville are facing a drastic reduction or even closure after massive cuts to their funding by the LNP Government is alarming, especially given that its the only service of its kind in Tweed Shire. Ms Walker said.

She said the cuts were just the latest example of the Liberal-National Partys ongoing war on Murwillumbah, following the slated sale of Murwillumbah TAFE, closure of the Tweed Valley Womens Service and the near closure of Murwillumbah Birthing Centre.

The Tasmanian government has already committed to covering the federal funding cuts to community legal centres at least over 2017/18. The NSW government should do the same as a bare minimum.

Its time that the north coast Nationals, specifically Thomas George (Member for Lismore) and Benjamin Franklin (parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW) stood up for people on the north coast and ensured the state government covered these looming cuts to Community Legal Centres so local residents can access the basic legal services they need.



Wonthaggi netball courts almost ready "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The seven new netball courts will allow Wonthaggi Power netballers and Wonthaggi and District Netball Association players to train and play on professional courts. Photo courtesy of Bass Coast From The Sky Like on Facebook.

WONTHAGGI netballers will soon be able to enjoy their long-awaited new netball courts.
The Bass Coast Shire Council confirmed that the netball courts are expected to be completed this week, dependent on weather.
Bass Coast Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said the redevelopment of the Wonthaggi Netball Courts further signals councils commitment to recreation across Bass Coast.
We are excited to now see the wonderful opportunities this major investment in sport presents local netball, she said.
A big thank you to the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association and the Wonthaggi Power Netball Club for their tireless work in fundraising and volunteering through the delivery of this project, and the continued support for netball through their competitions and programs.
We cant wait to see the upcoming season begin and these new courts put to great use!
The Wonthaggi Power netballers will play their first official match on Good Friday, when they hosts local rival Leongatha on Friday, April 14.

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Paiges birthday celebrations double as a life-saving fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paige Humphreys needs life-saving surgery in America. (supplied)

Paige Humphreys needs life-saving surgery in America. (supplied)

A special party is being held in Lismore tonight which will go some way towards helping save the life of the birthday girl.

As Paige Humphreys celebrates turning 10-years-old, friends and family will be gathering at the Lismore Workers Club for a fundraising concert.

Paige needs live-saving surgery in America to deal with a blockage in the vein between her digestive organs and her liver.

The blockage came about as a result of a staph infection she picked up as a baby. As she grew, she barely slept and spent hours screaming in pain. Over the next few years, Paige endured rigorous testing in an attempt to determine what was wrong.

In 2011, Paige woke in her bed, and suddenly began vomiting up litres of dark red blood.

She  was flown interstate where she lost still more blood and underwent repeated emergency surgeries.

Her doctors reviewed the CT scan taken when she was a baby and discovered that the staph infection in Paiges belly button as a newborn had resulted in a blockage between her digestive organs and her liver, a condition known as severe portal hypertension.

The incredibly rare condition can cause internal and external bleeding. It impedes the function of her major organs including her liver, spleen, digestive system and sometimes her lungs and brain.

She lives daily with the threat of rupturing an organ.

After researching the condition, her father Andrew discovered that an American surgeon, Doctor Superina (aka Dr Superman) is the worlds best intravascular liver surgeon and offers 90 per cent odds of a cure. Due to the incredibly rare nature of Paiges condition, Australian surgeons can only offer a 50-60 per cent chance of success.

The cost of the surgery is U.S $175000 (AU $235,000) all costs inclusive, and medically-assisted travel is estimated at  AU $20,000.

So far, fundraising efforts have raised almost $89,000 towards the surgery.

And tonight, from 6pm at the Lismore Workers Club, those efforts will continue, with a number of local bands lining up for a concert to raise raise the funds needed for Paige to meet Dr Superman.



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Historic time for Australias solar energy movement "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

25 years on, solar industry finds itself in midst of historic moment, REneweconomy
By Nigel Morris on 20 March 2017 
Every now and again if you are really lucky, you get to observe whats going on around you and bear witness to history in the making, a unique event or occurrence that is unlikely to ever happen again or something representative of a small milestone in mankinds history.

Ive been called The Big Kev of Solar for my gushing enthusiasm and excitement around solar energy, but bear with me for a minute.

A few months ago, the idea of holding a small party for twenty or thirty solar pioneers came to life. With a precedent at a similar US event, a small group of Australians figured it was time we celebrated too and on Friday night that came to life in Sydney.

We figured we had something a bit special on our hands when the numbers passed fifty, and by the time the doors opened almost eighty guests who had passed our 25 year minimum service requirement for entry steadily streamed in..

Our event was designed to celebrate not only what happened, but more importantly, where are today and where we are headed. The fact that every single person in that room (and many more who couldnt make it) had contributed in their own small way made it a joyful, exciting and genuinely uplifting experience.

We heard countless fascinating stories about key events in the formative years of the industry but also bore witness to the continuation of this work through common threads, right up to today

This event was also a great reminder that the solar industry is a wonderfully diverse and eclectic mix of people and disciplines.

We have the worlds best solar scientists. We have leading, highly innovative manufacturers. We have forward thinking and genuinely visionary leaders. And of course we have steadfast, reliable and hard working people who pull it all together and get it sold and installed.

There were also some thought provoking observations about our group and the trials, tribulations and success that have occurred.

Almost without exception everyone in the room has managed to make a living, bring up their families and survive off the proceeds of solar energy for more than two decades; no small feat on its own.

However, only a very tiny proportion have made substantial money from our industry and even less have managed to hang on to any wealth, typically re-investing it and doubling down if they were so lucky to have made it in the first place.

One observer of the event highlighted to me that there is also a bit of a consistent theme when you look at the people who qualified as solar pioneers.

In the majority of cases,....


Paramilitary security guard with 9mm Glock a worry in aftermath of car ploughing through people in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In the aftermath of the London Muslim terrorist attack, police in all sorts of garb deployed. In the aftermath of the Bourke St Mall attacks in Melbourne, this individual was photographed moving amongst crowds, dressed as shown and sporting a Glock 9MM pistol on his thigh. He is expected to...


Police hunt ATM bandit following Lennox break-in "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

CCTV footage of a vehicle police are trying to locate. (supplied)

CCTV footage of a vehicle police are trying to locate. (supplied)Balli

Ballina detectives are trying to locate the owner of a vehicle caught on CCTV following a break-in at the Point Cafe at Lennox Head where the contents of an ATM machine were stolen.

Police have said they believe the Lennox Head break-in may be linked to other offences around the area involving ATM machines.

They have issued a CCTV picture of a white VZ Commodore sedan with yellow and black New South Wales registration plates, which begin with the letter C.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or their local police station.


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Dazzling Blue Sea Sparkles Emit a Glittering Glow on the Shores of Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Photo credit: Leanne Marshall

Beach goers in Tasmania have recently been witness to an incredible sightat night, the waters are emitting an electric blue glow. Although this sounds like something out of science fiction, the reason for the sea sparkles can be easily explained. The cerulean brilliance is caused by bioluminescent organismsspecifically, Noctiluca scintillansthat when disturbed by waves or currents, flash a blue light. With so many of them in the water, the tiny cells are seemingly illuminating the entire coast.

Bioluminescence is a more than aesthetic occurrencetheres an evolutionary reason for this unique characteristic. According to Gustaaf Hallegraeff, a professor in aquatic botany at the University of Tasmania, the sparkling is a defense mechanism to ward off predators. Imagine, he told ABC News, theres a little animal that wants to eat this plankton and suddenly it flashes at you. Continuing, Theres actually evidence that shows if you offer an animal a choice between a luminescent plankton and a non-luminescent plankton, they avoid the luminescent one.

Noctiluca was first spotted back in Sydney Harbor in 1860, and it has only grown more prominent as the years go on. In the 2000s we saw it really move southwards and now its here permanently in Tasmania, Hallegraeff remarked. This could do with global climate change. We have some evidence that ocean currents and the warming of the oceans have contributed to itits definitely a species that is showing a spectacular range expansion in the last 20 years.

Noctiluca scintillans, aka sea sparkles, bring some magic to the Tasmanian coastline.

The effect is stunning in photographs, too.



Man to be sentenced for head-on with cyclist at Ocean Shores "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man who pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he seriously injured a cyclist during a head-on collision at Ocean Shores in September 2016 will be sentenced in the District Court.

Emergency services were called to Orana Rd, Ocean Shores just after 8.15pm on September 4 after reports of a crash.

When paramedics arrived at the scene they found Glenn Guyler, who was riding a green mountain bike, unconscious on the road and being attended to by residents.

Mr Guyler was treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Police canvassed the area and following investigations, South Golden Beach resident Trevor Lee Frick was arrested.

It was alleged the 41 year-old concretor was driving a blue Toyota Corolla hatch when he collided with Mr Guyler and fled the scene.

Facts before the court stated the accused crossed to the incorrect side of the road and collided head-on with Mr Guyler riding a green mountain bike.

Mr Frick was subsequently arrested and charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievious bodily harm while under the influence, negligent driving occasioning grevious bodily harm, mid-rand drink driving and failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm.

He appeared in person at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday where his solicitor Jim Fuggle entered a uilty plea to dangerous driving occasioning grevious bodily harm while under the influence.

Mr Fuggle tendered a section 166 certificate listing the remaining charges which will be considered by the judge in sentencing.

Magistrate David Heilpern committed Mr Frick for sentence to Lismore District Court on May 1.

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In which the pond has a Friday frolic with the onion muncher ... "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The reptiles are off on a crusade to save western civilisation this morning - they have been setting out every day of late - and this gives the pond the chance to pay attention to the narcissist attention-seeking onion muncher's latest forays ...

Unfortunately tragic events elsewhere have distracted from the onion muncher's efforts, though 'their ABC' sent Fran Kelly off this morning to Morwell, ensuring that this was another day the pond didn't listen to RN.

After all, if it wants news of Hazelwood, it'll tune in to the onion muncher ...

But first that story about Abbott being 'confident'.

That turned up in their ABC here ... and what was Abbott 'confident' of?

"I very much respect Peter and I am confident that what he has been trying to do is to secure the best possible way of realising the commitment that we took to the people at the election," Mr Abbott said.

He's confident the mutton Dutton doing his very best? He's a try-hard trier having a go ....

But is the onion muncher confident about the mutton Dutton's solution?

Mr Abbott would not specifically say whether he supported the idea of a postal vote when asked by reporters in Canberra.

And that's 'their ABC's' notion of an onion-muncher story ... is it any wonder that the pond turns to the HUN?

After all, if the pond wants luddite delusionalism, why not go direct to the source?

Now the pond senses that, but for tragic events elsewhere, the HUN reptiles and their onion-munching pet would have been at the centre of attention ...

You see, it wasn't just onion-munching climate denialism. In the usual reptile way - do the column, then do it again in a beat-up 'news angle' - here was a news report to go with the onion muncher piece ... and a special video clip which thankfully the pond's photo cap has reduced to stillness and silence ...



1) Man fined $500 for West Papua protest at Indonesian consulate "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

2) Indonesia urged to settle dispute amid Freeport workers outcry
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4) Freeport-McMoRan: New Twist At Grasberg

1) Man fined $500 for West Papua protest at Indonesian consulate
Jane Lee MARCH 23 2017 - 3:18PM
A man is refusing to pay a $500 fine for trespassing at an Indonesian consulate to protest against its presence in West Papua, saying Australia has sold him out.
Tyrone Gibb, 42, climbed the fence at the Indonesian consulate in Melbourne, and up to the building's first-floor balcony on January 6. He waved a separatist "Morning Star" flag for the Indonesian province of West Papua, which is banned in Indonesia.


Indigenous & Cultural Arts at the Spirit Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In alignment with our theme this year Custodians of Culture we are so honoured to be welcoming some inspiring Indigenous Custodians, sharing their traditional wisdom and ceremonies with you.

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We would also like to shine spotlight on our sound healing offerings this year which are sure to induce a deep state of sonic bliss! All of our evening concert performers will also be offering a unique workshop, so check out their offerings in the full schedule program at

Tickets are still available for purchase at

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Review on pharmacological and toxicologyical effects of oleum azadirachti oil. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

PMID:  Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 Oct ;3(10):834-40. Epub 2013 Sep 4. PMID: 24075352 Abstract Title:  Review on pharmacological and toxicologyical effects of oleum azadirachti oil. Abstract:  Oleum azadirachti consists of the oil obtained from dried seeds of Azadirachta indica A. Juss. (family: Meliaceae). Local names of Azadirachta indica A. Juss. are Abodua, aforo-oyinbo, anwe egyane, arista, azad dirakht, azadarakht, azedarach and bead tree. Indigenous to India, and widely distributed in South and South-East Asia and cultivated in Africa, the South Pacific Islands, South and Central America and Australia, and in southern Florida and California, United States of America, it is a straight-boled deciduous tree, which is 6-25 m high. Bark is dark-brown, externally fissured with a buff inner surface and fibrous fracture. Leaves alternately arranged, pinnately compound and up to 40 cm long, and composed of 8-18 short-petiolate narrow-ovate, pointed and curved toothed leaflets, 3-10 cm long and 1-4 cm wide arranged in alternate pairs. The major constituents are oxidized tetranortriterpenes including azadirachtin (azadirachtin A), azadiriadione, epoxyazadiradione, azadirone, nimbidin, nimbin, deacetylnimbin, salannin, gedunin, mahmoodin, 17-hydroxydiradione and related derivatives. It is of various medicinal uses, such as a contraceptive for intravaginal use, a mosquito repellent, and treatment of vaginal infections, treatment of gastric ulcers, cardiovascular disease, malaria, rheumatism and skin disorders, external applications for treatment of septic wounds, ulcers and boils, treatment of allergic skin reactions, asthma, bruises, colic, conjunctivitis, dysmenorrhoea, fever, gout, headache, itching due to varicella, kidney stones, leukorrhoea, psoriasis, scabies, sprains and muscular pain, and wounds. It is also used as an emmenagogue, tonic, stomatic and vermicide. In conclusion, the plant oil had antifertility, antihyperglycaemic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiulcer, estrogenic, immune, contraceptive, antibacterial, insect repellent, and skin treatment effects.

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Rainbow Tape Installation Flows Through Six-Story Atrium Like a Colorful Waterfall "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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The newest site-specific installation by American artist Megan Geckler is a colorful, cascading rainbow filling Sydneys historic Customs House. 46,000 feet of flagging tape streams down the six-story atrium in a work titled A million things that make your head spin.

Gecklers bold, graphic work is a careful study in optical order and architectural construction. Even the material she usesflagging tapeis a purposeful choice that recalls the boundaries placed around construction sites. The enormity of the installation is not lost on the artist.

Large-scale installations are defined entirely by their surface, hollow on the inside, challenging the notion that sculptures have both weight and volume, Geckler shares. Essentially drawings in space, they bisect and alter our perception of the architecture and become seemingly kinetic as the viewers orientation changes.

The Sydney installation, which remains on view until April 30, 2017, was completed with the help of local volunteers. Using a community posting, she recruited a team of assistants who were able to see her vision through, from start to finish.

An explosion in technicolor, visitors enter into a bright vortex that is at once engaging and confusing. Geckler purposely chose a scale of 6 colors that when layered in rotation, give the optical illusion of a rainbow of gradients. Indeed, this play with optics feeds back into the pieces title, as it will make your head spin.

This tape installation pulls visitors into a technicolor vortex and plays with human optics.

site specific art...


clacke: @drak That's what I'm talking about. The desire for democracy is not without an aim, at least not historically, it's a means to securing rights that "are in the interest of most people". Once we had democracy, people clamored more rights, and went from securi "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@drak That's what I'm talking about. The desire for democracy is not without an aim, at least not historically, it's a means to securing rights that "are in the interest of most people". Once we had democracy, people clamored more rights, and went from securi



clacke: @ajr @lambadalambda @moonman The Chinese interregnums have been short and their Empires have been around for most of the time since Archimedes. Are you saying we don't want that? I don't quite see what thesis you are arguing against. That the Chinese figure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@ajr @lambadalambda @moonman The Chinese interregnums have been short and their Empires have been around for most of the time since Archimedes. Are you saying we don't want that? I don't quite see what thesis you are arguing against. That the Chinese figure



Turnbull and Co announce they are taking their ideological razors to the Racial Discrimination Act and Human Rights Commission legislation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

During this decade there have been three cases close to the hearts of the far right of the political spectrum in Australia.

The first was Pat Eatock v Andrew Bolt and the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd in the Federal Court of Australia, the second the Cynthia Prior complaint to the Human Rights Commission and, the third was the complaint against Bill Leak lodged with the Human Rights Commission.

The Federal Court found against News Corp journalist Andrew Bolt, the Commission terminated the Prior complaint on the basis it was satisfied that there was no reasonable prospect of the matter being settled by conciliation (the complainant later commencing unsuccessful litigation) and, the complaint against cartoonist Bill Leak was eventually withdrawn by Ms. Dinnison.

The Racial Discrimination Act and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act appear to have operated as intended by the original law makers in all three instances.


Te Awa Tupua also known as the Whanganui River recognised as a living being by New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photograph by Janette Asche

On 15 March 2017 the longest navigable river in New Zealand, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui), was granted full rights as "an indivisible and living whole" (a living person) under the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) 2016 and will be represented by two officials, one from the Whanganui iwi and the other from the Crown.

According to The Whanganui Chronicle the settlement included $80m in financial redress, $30m towards a contestable fund to improve the health of the river, $1m to establish the legal framework for the river and brings to closure the longest-running litigation in New Zealand history to an end the Whanganu...

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Japanese prime minister in far-right school corruption scandal "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This video from Japan says about itself:

1 March 2017

A nationalist kindergarten has sparked a scandal which has put the Abe administration in danger. The controversial school teaches students pre-war era ideologies, and has been heavily criticized for referring to Korean and Chinese nationals as those with wicked ideas and calling the latter Shinajin which is a derogatory word for Chinese people. Will Prime Minister Abe make it through the scandal? Join host Timothy Langley, Michael Cucek and Dr. Nancy Snow in another polarizing episode of Tokyo on Fire.

From the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia:

March 23 2017 2:29PM

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and wife Akie caught up in right-wing school donation scandal

Elaine Lies and Linda Sieg

Tokyo: The head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a swirling political scandal testified under oath in parliament on Thursday that he received a donation of 1 million yen ($11,700) from Prime Minister Shinzo Abes wife in her husbands name.

As the scandal began to dominate headlines last month, Akie Abe resigned as honorary principal of a new school planned by a right-wing group in Osaka. The group, Moritomo Gakuen, promotes elements from Japan&...


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Rhiannon Giddens "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Rhiannon Giddens

Award-winning folk singer Rhiannon Giddens is playing at Blue Festival this year in Australia, after releasing Freedom Highway, her newest album that has been released to much acclaim.

She talks with Drive Tuesday about her success, as well as her roots, and how she take inspiration for her music with the world that she sees around her.

Check it out below

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Wanted: Bunk Bed

If you have an unwanted bunk bed you don't need or use anymore, I would be very keen to take it off your hands (happy to make a small $ contribution).

Please call or text Denise on 0414 916 113.


Inquiry into Drug Law Reform: Submission "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

MALS makes a further submission that meaningful harm reduction extends to include banning the use of drug detection dogs and strip searches at music and arts festivals.


Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo Bizjet VH-CCJ at Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Back in CQ once again on Monday 20 March was the Avcair (Earth Commodities) Cessna 550 Citation Bravo bizjet VH-CCJ.  It flew North from Brisbane and touched down at Gladstone Airport where it remained parked on a rain-soaked apron for most of the day.

During the middle part of the afternoon, VH-CCJ returned to Brisbane.

Also spotted visiting Gladstone Airport on Monday 20 March was RACQ LifeFlight Agusta Westland AW139 VH-XIH which flew in from the South as "Rescue 533".

Flight tracking websites suggest that VH-XIH may have flown into Bundaberg Airport before continuing to Gladstone Hospital.  I presume it then positioned over to Gladstone Airport to take on fuel before returning South to Brisbane.

Finally, an inte...


kat: When you get copied into an email discussion, that is nothing to do with you, and then have to tell 10 people to check their cc list. That. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When you get copied into an email discussion, that is nothing to do with you, and then have to tell 10 people to check their cc list. That.


clacke: @moonman @lambadalambda Nah. There are tens of thousand of politicians siphoning cash to buy bitcoins and move to the States, and Xi should be punishing people in his own ranks too, not just the opposing factions, but overall the Chinese system actually works "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@moonman @lambadalambda Nah. There are tens of thousand of politicians siphoning cash to buy bitcoins and move to the States, and Xi should be punishing people in his own ranks too, not just the opposing factions, but overall the Chinese system actually works


clacke: @hardbass2k8 @lambadalambda @moonman @augustus @ghostdancer Culture is probably simultaneously the most important part and the most difficult part, because it's the most nebulous part. How do you implant memories of 400 years of relatively acceptable and fa "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@hardbass2k8 @lambadalambda @moonman @augustus @ghostdancer Culture is probably simultaneously the most important part and the most difficult part, because it's the most nebulous part. How do you implant memories of 400 years of relatively acceptable and fa


clacke: @drak @ghostdancer Democracy was sort of founded to safe-guard civil rights. It's been proving remarkably difficult to have democracy not undermine civil rights. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@drak @ghostdancer Democracy was sort of founded to safe-guard civil rights. It's been proving remarkably difficult to have democracy not undermine civil rights.


clacke: @moonman Any dynasty including Mao and Deng really followed @lambadalambda's formula though. The ideology that can justify keeping shit together varies, but that's the foam at the top. Communism has corrupted parts of it, but China basically still runs on ega "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@moonman Any dynasty including Mao and Deng really followed @lambadalambda's formula though. The ideology that can justify keeping shit together varies, but that's the foam at the top. Communism has corrupted parts of it, but China basically still runs on ega


clacke: @lambadalambda @moonman @augustus @ghostdancer @hardbass2k8 Yeah, that's the difficult part when evaluating state forms. "Social Democracy works, look at Sweden!" ... Yeah, or maybe it works because it's Sweden and actually worked really well back in the 30s "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@lambadalambda @moonman @augustus @ghostdancer @hardbass2k8 Yeah, that's the difficult part when evaluating state forms. "Social Democracy works, look at Sweden!" ... Yeah, or maybe it works because it's Sweden and actually worked really well back in the 30s


clacke: @moonman I think it's Singapore style. Nominal democracy, but in practice a not-too-corrupt meritocracy. I think they should improve their freedom of speech, but then I don't run a massively successful country and it's very much preferable to China. Side not "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@moonman I think it's Singapore style. Nominal democracy, but in practice a not-too-corrupt meritocracy. I think they should improve their freedom of speech, but then I don't run a massively successful country and it's very much preferable to China. Side not


clacke: Man, I was planning an early morning at the office and then you all had to get into a super interesting political discussion. I only hate you because I love you. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Man, I was planning an early morning at the office and then you all had to get into a super interesting political discussion.

I only hate you because I love you.


Interview: Miami Horror "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Josh from Miami Horror joined Sean on the phone to talk about the bands upcoming show in Adelaide on the 24th of March. They also discussed the formation of the band, their influences, Melbournes electronic music scene and more!


Labor states unite against penalty cuts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley during a press conference at NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Jan. 19, 2017. AAP Image/Carol Cho

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley during a press conference at NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Jan. 19, 2017. AAP Image/Carol Cho


Two Labor state governments and the NSW opposition say there is no way proposed penalty rate cuts can be phased in without hurting low-paid workers.

The Fair Work Commission has set a deadline of 4pm AEDT on Friday for submissions to the implementation of its decision to reduce the penalty rates of modern award workers in the retail, hospitality, fast food and pharmacy sectors.

The commission wants advice on how the transition to the new rates can be made while minimising the hardship for affected workers.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley wrote in his submission, released on Thursday, there was no conceivable process that would protect the take-home pay of workers under the awards or future employees.

Mr Foley said it was not possible to prevent the penalty rate cuts from being used by employers in future bargaining to reduce workers take-home pay and ensure modern awards are a guaranteed minimum safety-net of take-home pay.

Instead of determining how this decision should be implemented, I invite the full bench to reconsider the decision altogether, Mr Foley wrote.

Mr Foley noted women constitute 57 per cent of take-away food workers, 62 per cent of retail workers, 57 per cent of hospitality workers and 85 per cent of pharmacy and cosmetics retailers.

The penalty rate cuts will significantly and adversely impact those workers who can least afford it and the decision will disproportionately impact women workers.

In a brief submission, the Victorian Labor government said it maintained its opposition to any reductions in penalty rates.

On that basis, we do not intend to make any submissions in relation to possible transitional arrangements, the submission says.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry into penalty rates and fair pay will report...


Aurizon Brisbane HQ occupied by #stopAdani climate protestors reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Rail freight company Aurizon Headquarters in Brisbane was occupied by Adani protestors today. Aurizon have put in a funding application to the Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to build the coal freight railway line from the Galilee basin to the coast at Abbot Point. Yesterday in Canberra 13 community organisations launched a major campaign that []

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Jazz Made In Australia Monday 27th January Paulas First Program in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hello everyone, how good it is to be back to share this great music with you again after my annual summer break. And, I must thank my colleague Mick Paddon for doing such a great job on the program while I was away. I really did enjoy his series on the Changing Face of Jazz and am proud that he choses Jazz Made in Australia as the vehicle for its debut broadcast. If you missed it, it will be up as a podcast on Micks home station soon. Ill let you know when and where, when its there.

I will start off listening again, to some of the releases that have taken my attention over the past couple years. As we get into a new year the new recording releases come week by week and it becomes impossible to give them the attention they deserve so it is good to periodically go back and review.

This week lets review Paul Cutlans Across the Top, Julian Wilsons This Narrow Isthmus, Eamon Dilworths Tiny Hats, Jamie Oehless and Tal Cohens Innocent Dreamer, Tim Rollinsons Nitty Gritty and Steve Barrys Puzzles.

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Shaun Mallia to join the Hazelwood Health Study as Communications and Engagement Adviser "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

We are delighted to welcome Shaun Mallia to the Hazelwood Health Study research team. Shaun will be the studys Communications and Engagement Adviser and takes up the appointment on Monday 1 May. In Year 3, the HHS needs to increase engagement with the community and to re-profile the study to better align with the new []


Obama wiretap of Trump campaign CONFIRMED! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes, confirmed on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 President Donald Trumps claims that his presidential transition team was spied on by former President Barack Obamas administration.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes

The information they gathered was then widely spread throughout the Obama administration, Nunes said.

If evidence is found that Obama had it done intentionally to assist failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clintons campaign, which many critics suspect, this could be huge.

In fact, it could lead to Obama being arrested.

According to Nunes, the U.S. intelligence community collected information on members of the Trump transition team incidentally. The information was then widely disseminated in intelligence reports.

I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition, Nunes told reporters. Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration, with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.

This information was legally brought to me by sources who thought we should know it, Nunes said. There were dozens of reports, but no mention of Russia.

James Comey may have some explaining his statement on Trump wiretaps

The revelation comes just after a bombshell committee hearing Tuesday where FBI Director James Comey told Congress there was no information that Trump had been wiretapped.

According to Nunes, the wiretap legally collected foreign intelligence under FISA incidental collection.

But Nunes also said he was alarmed that the  information ended up in reporting channels and was widely disseminated and critics are calling for a full investigation into how this happened.

Im not gonna get into legal definitions here, but clearly I have a concern that Obama was spying on Trump, Nunes said.




Cart Community Coffee "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Cart Community Coffee is a social coffee hub opposite New Farm Park, where people from all walks of life gather to chat and enjoy the ambiance and an excellent cup of barista coffee.

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Victorias Commission for Children and Young People reveals unacceptable use of isolation in youth justice centres "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Today the Commission for Children and Young People released a scathing report, The Same Four Walls, detailing widespread isolation of children in Victorias youth justice centres.

In addition to findings that isolation and lock-down practices are used at unacceptable levels in Victoria, the Commissions report also highlights persistent staff shortages and a lack of reliable information and transparency about the use of these practices.

Alina Leikin, a lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the report is further evidence that successive governments have neglected the youth justice system.

You cant respond to inadequate staffing levels by just leaving kids locked up in the cells for hours on end. Its time for the Victorian Government to stop taking short cuts and to start properly resourcing the youth justice system and adopt practices that actually work. Locking kids up in maximum security adult prison like Barwon is bad policy making on the run, said Ms Leikin.

The report documents how whole units or entire centres were locked-down, with all children locked in their cells, at least 520 times in 18 months, largely due to inadequate staffing. At least 50 recorded lock downs lasted more than 36 hours. The report found that children and young people enclosed alone between four walls with limited access to fresh air, human interaction, stimulation, psychological support and, in some circumstances, basic sanitation.

Ive seen firsthand the distress and trauma inflicted on children through the use of isolation practices. At Barwon, children have been isolated for days and even weeks at a time. They are going mad in their cells, said Ms Leikin.

The report highlights the alarming rate of isolation of Koori children, who make up 16 percent of the youth justice population, but 30 per cent of all children kept in isolation. The Report also draws attention to the use of isolation practices on children with mental illness, a history of self-harm and attempted suicide.

These findings provide important context to the disturbances we have seen in recent months. When children are isolated for extensive periods of time, sometimes for no reason, tensions escalate and youth justice facilities become more difficult and dangerous to manage, said Ms Leikin.

The Human Rights Law Centres legal challenge against the Victorian Governments practice of detaining kids in the Barwon adult prison is scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court on 3 April.

The Victorian Government is responding to its mistakes by making more mistakes. The evidence is clear that isolation practices undermine rehabilitation. If we want safer facilities and safer communities, we...


Neighbourhood Health Clinic "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Neighbourhood Health Clinic has visiting practitioners including a doctor, dietitian, homeopath, physiotherapist and counsellor at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.To book an appointment please call 3358 5600, 9am-1pm  on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (closed Wednesday).For physio appointments contact the physiotherapists Cameron 0406 246171 or Stephen 0403 767821.Our GP can refer you to our dietitian and physiotherapists, ensuring the whole treatment process remains bulk-billed and with no cost to you, the patient. Vouchers for free dental work are also available to eligible people.The aim of the Neighbourhood Health Clinic is to empower our community to take care of their health and enhance well-being. 

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10 of the greatest stoner rock bands of all time "IndyWatch Feed"

Stoner rock is one of the best sub-genres that heavy metal has ever given birth to. With a groove-laden sound, full of tasty riffs, and mind-numbing distortion, the genre has evolved over the decades since its creation in California in the early 1990s.

With the Mojo Burning festival bringing the likes of Nick Oliveri and a host of great local bands to take over Brisbanes Hamilton Hotel this Saturday for a whole day of blues, roots and rock, weve decided to take a look at some of the best stoner rock bands that the world has ever seen.

Mondo Generator

Fronted by former Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri, Mondo Generator has been delivering some of the finest grooves that the world has ever seen in their 20 year history. Having featured plenty of famous contributors such as Dave Catching, Troy Van Leeuwen, and Mark Lanegan, the group has long had ties to Oliveris former band Queens Of The Stone Age as well.

While the group has only managed to release a small handful of albums in their two decade history, every single tune released by Oliveri and co. has been nothing but the highest quality, with the true spirit of the stoner rock genre shining through in every second of their recorded output.


Brisbanes SixFtHick has had a long an illustrious career. Fronted by the Corbett brothers, Geoff and Ben, the group havent seen too much mainstream success, but have supported some of the most infamous rock groups in the world, including The Beasts Of Bourbon, Fugazi, and TISM.

Between their albums, you may have also seen Ben Corbett perform under the guise of Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side, which is a little too far removed from SixFtHicks original sound for a lot of fans, but has seen plenty of success nonetheless. Regardless of their commerical succes, the groups wild and unpredictable stage shows have seen them considered as living legends of the Queensland music scene, and rightly so.


Alongside Kyuss, Sleep are one of the most famous stoner rock groups. Having formed in California at the same time as Kyuss, it could almost be said that the genre wasnt particularly created by either of these bands, but rather, just waiting to be discovered out in the deserts of southern California. Regardless, Sleeps debut record, Volume I, saw them take influence from numerous doom metal bands to create their brooding, dark sound that they would soon monopolise.

Their next album, Sleeps Holy Mountain...




Cheryl Grimmer arrest "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Cheryl Grimmer with her father Vince.

POLICE have made a major breakthrough in one of the states longest mysteries the abduction and murder of toddler, Cheryl Grimmer, at Fairy Meadow Beach, 47 years ago.

Strike Force Wessel investigators travelled to Frankston in Melbourne and yesterday arrested a 63-year-old man over the three-year-olds abduction in January, 1970.

The child was visiting the beach with her parents and three older brothers when she was kidnapped.

Wollongong police, working with the State Crime Commands Unsolved Homicide Team, re-examined the case late last year, focussing on witness accounts and the evidence gathered in and around the local surf club almost 50 years ago.

Around 1pm yesterday (Wednesday March 22), Strike Force officers, acting on fresh information, took the suspect into custody, with the assistance of Victoria Police. He faced Frankston Magistrates Court where police successfully sought his extradition to New South Wales.

The man is being taken to Wollongong Police Station and will be formally charged later today with murder and detain for advantage (abduction). He is expected to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Friday March 24.



Cobras cut through to get the better of Hawks "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A superb five-wicket haul from paceman Scott Grant helped Collendina to the D Grade Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association premiership.
The Cobras finished top of the ladder after the home-and-away season and demolished Drysdale in the final at Collendina in perfect conditions on Saturday 18 March.
Grant took 5/21 for the Snakes and bowled superbly to win the Petrie Medal awarded to the best player on the day.
Collendina batted first and made 6/206 from its 40 overs.
Regular partnerships were the key to the very competitive total. Ryan Jones (29) and Eddie Ellwood (23) put on 47 for the first wicket and at 2/142, the Cobras were set for a mamoth total. Matt De Jong (58), Matt Davies (41) and Mark Fletcher (21 not out) made certain of it.
Drysdale needed just more than five runs an over to claim the title and needed a good start, but it never came.
The Hawks were 2/7 before a handy 40-run stand in which David Willis (29) had a major hand. At 5/56 only Russell Potter stood in the way of Collendinas premiership. The left-hander played a subdued knock of 5 from 32 balls and when he was dismissed, Collendina knew it had the game won. Mark Walton (36 from 37 balls) played a cameo, but the Hawks were eventually dismissed for 116.
Dave Treharne took 2/12 from seven overs for the Snakes and formed a lethal combination with Grant.

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2017 Winter Solstice Festival Update "IndyWatch Feed"

Winter Solstice Festival 17 June 2017 With the Autumn Equinox upon us, we are now in full swing getting the Winter Solstice Festival organised. In less than three months, we will be celebrating the shortest day of the year with an abundant education program, loads of great activities for the kids, a new program just []

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A hard slog, but flag eludes Ocean Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Groves bid for a Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association C Grade premiership fell at the final hurdle.
The Grubbers were beaten by reigning premiers Jan Juc in a high-quality game at Jan Juc.
Batting first, Grove started slowly, but made it to a credible 154 just before stumps on day one.
Captain Greg Scarpa survived a confident caught behind decision to post another half-century, out for an even 50.
Son Nathan Scarpa steadied the innings as opener and made a patient 30 in a 55-run stand with his father.
Jay Dawson chipped in with 28, but Ben Hanson (11) was the only other player to reach double figures.
Grove had a few overs before stumps, but couldnt make inroads.
Grove was a slight chance when Jan Juc was 3/105, but the Sharks timed their innings well, bringing up the winning runs with a few overs to spare and seven wickets in hand for a deserved victory.
Spinner Jake Taylor took all three wickets for Ocean Grove, but all bowlers were economical and made Jan Juc work hard for its victory.

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Petition seeks NZ govt stand on abuses in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Petition seeks NZ govt stand on abuses in West Papua

18 minutes ago 

New Zealands parliament has been presented with a public petition urging government action on the human rights situation in West Papua.



Putting on my tails... "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On some days the coppery brushtailed possums wake up early. This fellow was getting ready at 4pm.

Wait! I'm not prepared for my close up

Just need to get my tail in order

And comb my hair



Art deco elements recycled into new wearable pendant by Jeweller to the Lost "IndyWatch Feed"

The Barker family women all colluded with Barbara to divide up family pieces, recycle elements and work together to ramp-up the wearability of the things that survived the review. Here is Ruths new pendant as constructed in four parts:


Footy girls get their kicks "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Football Club is in full swing with pre-season training for its underage girls teams.
The under-12 girls and under-15 girls loved learning how to tackle and continue to surprise with their enthusiasm and increasing skills.
The numbers of girls wanting to play for the Grubber Footy Girls just keeps growing each session.
With the season just over a month away, girls are reminded that training nights are Wednesdays, starting at 6.15pm, at Shell Road oval. Game days will be Sunday mornings.
New girls are welcome.

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Pushing the pedals to end polio "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Fresh from their successful journey to Western Australia for the cycling World Masters Championships, four locals will take part in the Ride the Bellarine.
The ride aims to end polio worldwide and travels around the Bellarine Peninsula. It is organised by Rotary Clubs of Geelong and District.
Bruce Sarah finished 15th in the 65-to-69 time trial, Doug Barrett came runner-up in the over-70s time trial, Bill McConnell crossed the line third on the over-70s time trial and Roger Cronk came sixth on the over-70s road race.
All four cyclists will be taking part in the ride, which will be held on Sunday 9 April.
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Good sports come a-knocking "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Local sporting organisations have rallied together to help Rotary with its annual Red Cross doorknock.
A social group of cyclists were the first to visit homes around Ocean Grove asking for donations.
Rotary is behind the annual Red Cross Calling initiative, but a lot of its members are not as agile as they used to be and thats where the sporting groups are helping out.
The cyclists, along with the cricket and football/netball clubs have volunteered their time to help out with collecting donations.
March is Red Cross Calling month and the volunteers will be out collecting in 40 sections of Ocean Grove. Last year Rotary raised $10,000.
Wet weather put a dampener on the cycling groups planned collection on 21 March, but they were back out there on the Thursday to help.
The cricket club will be next to do the rounds, followed by the football/netball club.

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Building a solid reputation "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

Isaac Lynch was being bullied at school and decided to do something about it.
The now 19-year-old hit the gym at age 15 and within a year, the bullying stopped.
Five years on, the Ocean Grover has just been crowned the ICN Mens Physique Competition Under 21 winner and also took first place in the Arnold Model Search.
The bullying started when I was 15 so I jumped into the gym, he said.
The bullying stopped after a while and I decided to go on with it. I was probably 45kg soaking wet at the time and was copping a hard time. I was your typical skinny kid. It took a year until the bullies saw that I wasnt so small anymore.
Isaacs first proper competition was met some trepidation at first, but was a resounding success. It means he will get the opportunity for photo shoots and grow his profile.
While Isaac is technically a bodybuilder, he competes for physique rather than just ultra-huge muscles. Judges are looking at a small waist, wide shoulders and a more natural looking body.
Isaac is also completely drug free.
The web designer at Wallingtons WRG knows his training regime inside out.
To be honest, Ive studied more about this than I ever did at school, he said.
Theres no substitute for good training and a good diet.
The former Christian College students goal is to get a sponsorship. He estimates he spends around $200 a month on supplements and a sponsorship can help alleviate the excessive costs.
Isaac works out daily and while exercise can be a chore for some, its not the case for him.
Its the best part of the day, he said.
Isaac got to meet the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger at the competition.
In fact, he got to present an award to him on stage.
It was awesome it was all very quick due to security, but he was very cool and collected and happy to take a photo with me regardless of his security rushing around, he said.

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Kids cruise half price "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Port Phillip Ferries is offering you the chance to cruise between Portarlington and Melbourne easily and affordably with childrens ticket prices halved for journeys between Monday and Friday this school holiday period.
With Melbourne hosting a bunch of fun and educational activities theres every reason for the family to set sail.
Because Port Phillip Ferries want to make sure your holidays are full of adventure, they have partnered with the Melbourne Star-Observation Wheel, where kids can Fly for Free, along with a full paying adult ticket.
Simply take your ferry ticket along with you to redeem this offer.
All aboard!

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Queensland Government support mine and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Queensland government have introduced a bill to allow Glencore to continue illegal mining, according to QCoal.

Natural resources and Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham introduced an amendment to the Mineral Resources Act on Wednesday.

Allowing Glencore to continue mining activities in an area of the Bowen Basin, which it had allegedly been using without authorisation for ten years.


Banks no longer able to foreclose on farmers

New laws passed in State Parliament mean that banks will no longer be able to foreclose on Queensland farmers, without first offering debt mediation.



Today a lot of classical music performances are mostly large-scale works like concertos or symphonies, usually by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven and more.



Facebook post lands Nimbin man in court for pot "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of $700,000 after a Nimbin man posted a video of his alleged crop on Facebook.

Police have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of $700,000 after a Nimbin man posted a video of his alleged crop on Facebook.

Police have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of $700,000 after a Nimbin man posted a video of his alleged crop on Facebook.

On Wednesday, police allege Peter Till posted a video showing more than 100 cannabis plants, with commentary speculating whether the crop would be stolen, raided by police, or whether he would get to consume it.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command then conducted a search of his home on Lodge Road at Mountain Top.

It is alleged police found about 150 cannabis plants and more than 350 cannabis seedlings.

Mr Till, 49, was arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

There he was charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis and refused bail.

At 3.45pm he appeared in Lismore Local Court where he represented himself in applying for bail.

As soon as Magistrate David Heilpern entered the court, Mr Till began expressing himself loudly from the dock.

Thanks for your torture, the torture was great, he said.

Im being tortured, Im being held against my will.

Several times during his continual ranting, Mr Heilpern asked Mr Till do you wish to apply for bail?

I want to get out, Mr Till said.

I do not agree to the name; Im flesh and blood and bone and to say that Im a name is deceitful.

I do not agree with any of these contracts.

This court and your law is a religion.

You cannot force someone elses religion on me and the government is a religion.

Then Mr Till claimed he had sent the court a letter from his doctor stating he would go blind without his medicine (cannabis).

Is this magistrate and the prosecutor going to take full responsibility if I get locked up and go blind, Mr Till asked.

Mr Heil...


Australian female scientists to be honoured in Paris "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Professor Michelle Simmons from UNSW will be awarded 100,000 to support her cutting-edge research in quantum computing. Photo supplied.

Professor Michelle Simmons from UNSW will be awarded 100,000 to support her cutting-edge research in quantum computing. Photo supplied.

Professor Michelle Simmons from UNSW and Associate Professor Muireann Irish from the University of Sydney are both being recognised for their contribution to science in Paris, France today.

Professor Simmons is one of five 2017 Laureates who will be awarded 100,000 to support her cutting-edge research in quantum computing. Associate Professor Irish will be named one of the 2017 International Rising Talents for her Clinical Medicine work.

UNESCO Science Report Towards 2030, 2015 reported that  only 28 per cent of researchers are women and only 3 per cent of Scientific Nobel Prizes are awarded to them. Nineteen years ago LOral combined forces with UNESCO to recognise Women in Science and have been committed to increasing the number of women working in scientific research.

Quantum computers

Professor Simmons has been been developing the computers of the future: quantum computers. These extremely small and powerful machines could solve certain problems in ten seconds compared to many thousands of years for a traditional computer.

This breakthrough is possible thanks to the atomic transistor. A transistor is the main component of all computers and it is the interconnection between millions of transistors on chips that allow electronics devices to work.

In 2012, together with her team, she broke another world record by creating a transistor made from just one atom. The same year, they succeeded in fabricating the thinnest conducting doped wires in silicon. These wires are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair and are key components of an atomic-sized computer.



Union suggests using Mbah hospital to ease pressure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Murwillumbah Hospital. Photo courtesy Scott McRae Callingwood/

Murwillumbah Hospital. Photo courtesy Scott McRae Callingwood/

A union representing health workers has suggested increasing the usage of Murwillumbah Hospital as a way to alleviate overcrowding at Tweed Hospital.

Echonetdaily reported recently that local patients were being forced to go across the border to Queensland to access health services because Tweed Hospital is at breaking point.

The Tweed Hospital medial council called for an urgent expansion of Tweeds emergency department, and Greens NSW Health spokesperson Dawn Walker called on both the Liberal/Nationals and Labor to stop using Tweed as a political football.

Ms Walker said Tweed Hospital was facing a growing funding crisis and it was time the Nationals delivered on their promised funding of $48 million to start upgrading the facility.

Tweed Hospital cares for people right across the north coast; it should be a first-class facility with a new emergency department, refurbished wards and specialist units; not left to deteriorate so it can be wheeled out each election for politicians to make unfilled promises, she said.

Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes is visiting Murwillumbah Hospital today to talk with staff about the possibility of Murwillumbah being used to ease the capacity crunch at Tweed.

The problems at Tweed Hospital are well documented an overcrowded ED, wards with no spare beds, and ballooning waiting lists, Mr Hayes said.

These problems will get worse before they get better.

Murwillumbah is well-placed to ease some of this pressure by taking on more of the surgical load.

Mr Hayes said the State Government had been slowly downgrading Murwillumbah Hospital, when it should have been using the facility more strategically.

The temporary closure of the Birthing Suite in 2015 was an indication of how State Government has taken its eye off the ball with Murwillumbah Hospital.

Hospital workers are calling on the State Government to commit to the future of this important community facility.


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Queensland government funds $200 million for school spend and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Queensland government is funding $200 million for school infrastructure projects throughout the state.


funds will focus 98 projects on improving school halls beside $45 million targeted for new schools sites.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained the fund as a snippet of what the June budget entails.


Medicinal Cannabis still not affordability

Health Minister, Cameron Dick, is calling for medicinal cannabis to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

This comes after the parliamentary committee examined a bill, aiming to make the drug cheaper, and more accessible for sick Queenslanders.


Tea Plus ~ Taiwanese - Wolli Creek "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We were most excited to see a 'Taiwanese Restaurant' sign appear in Wolli Creek late last year. Tea Plus soon followed. So did the crowds. This place hit the ground running. Most likely because they have other branches in Kingsford and Burwood. This place is always busy and hats off to the staff who smile whilst working like demons. Wolli Creek is finally settling in as a suburb, new


Protected: Cairns CBD development threatens public places (and bats) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Episode 12: A conversation on terrorism in Australia, with Levi West part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Episode 12 of our podcast

Sub Rosa

levi-west-conversation-headshotIn this episode, Andrew continues his conversation with Levi West about terrorism in Australia.

Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University.

This is the second episode in a two-part series. The first half  covered terrorism in Australia from the 1960s up until 2013. This second half covers the impact of the Syrian civil war, the rise of Islamic State, and controversies over counter-terrorism powers.

We discuss measures such as passport-confiscation, control orders and citizenship-revocation, drawing out some of practical, legal, and moral issues involved. We also discuss how jihadist terror plots in Australia have evolved, and some of the factors behind this. We end by briefly covering the terrorist threat in Indonesia, and counter-terrorism cooperation between Indonesia and Australia.

The episode was recorded in November 2016, so it does not cover some more recent developments, such as an alleged Christmas Day bombing plot in Melbourne, or the

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ASIC clears CommInsure of pressuring docs "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Commonwealth Bank's CommInsure product advertising is seen on a mobile device in Brisbane, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. A three-day parliamentary inquiry into banking is underway, with Chief executives from Australia's four biggest banks appearing to answer questions over a string of scandals and controversies that have fuelled calls for a banking royal commission. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Commonwealth Banks CommInsure product advertising is seen on a mobile device in Brisbane, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. A three-day parliamentary inquiry into banking is underway, with Chief executives from Australias four biggest banks appearing to answer questions over a string of scandals and controversies that have fuelled calls for a banking royal commission. AAP Image/Dave Hunt


The corporate watchdog has cleared CommInsure of allegations its managers pressured doctors to alter medical opinions so it could deny insurance claims but says some of its practices were clearly out of step with community expectations.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said on Thursday the outdated medical definitions the Commonwealth Bank-owned insurer used to determine heart attack and severe rheumatoid arthritis claims were not illegal but risked customers not getting the cover they expected.

ASIC said CommInsure has agreed to apply its updated heart attack definition back to October 2012 and will now start identifying affected consumers and making payments where appropriate.

In its long-awaited report into allegations of deliberately denied or delayed claims, ASIC said it had identified areas where CommInsure needs to improve its claims handling processes.

The regulator said it had found no evidence to support allegations that CommInsure claims managers applied undue pressure on doctors to change or alter their medical opinions.

It said it will work with Comminsure to ensure better communications with consumers as well as improved training and assistance for claims managers.

An independent expert will assess the insurer in mid-2018....


Qld bail changes to keep DV victims safer "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Darren O'Brien, brother of Teresa Bradford is seen during a Public memorial service for Teresa Bradford at Allambe Gardens Memorial Gardens on the Gold Coast, , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The mother-of-four was killed last month by her estranged partner David before he then killed himself. Her death has prompted an outcry over bail laws in Queensland, with many proposing the laws be reviewed to make it tougher for alleged perpetrators of domestic violence to receive bail. AAP Image

Darren OBrien, brother of Teresa Bradford is seen during a Public memorial service for Teresa Bradford at Allambe Gardens Memorial Gardens on the Gold Coast, , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The mother-of-four was killed last month by her estranged partner David before he then killed himself. Her death has prompted an outcry over bail laws in Queensland, with many proposing the laws be reviewed to make it tougher for alleged perpetrators of domestic violence to receive bail. AAP Image


Domestic violence perpetrators will have a more difficult time getting bail under new laws passed by Queensland Parliament on Wednesday night.

The laws, moved by the Liberal National Party opposition and passed unanimously through parliament reverse the onus of proof for alleged domestic violence offenders in bail applications.

That means alleged offenders will now have to prove why they should be granted bail, a change from the previous system in which it was up to prosecutors to show why the accused needed to remain behind bars.

Victims will also be notified when their alleged attacker is being considered for parole, though a proposal to notify them of bail applications was rejected by parliament.

Prosecutors will also be able to urgently appeal a magistrates decision to grant bail to a higher court.

And courts will be able to require alleged offenders to wear GPS trackers as a condition of their bail.

The new laws were prompted by the violent death of Gold Coast mum Teresa Bradford, who was murdered by her estranged husband David in January.

David Bradford was...


North Queensland on cyclone watch and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

North Queensland is on high alert with the chance of a cyclone developing.

Queensland Region Director, Bruce Gunn, says a low-pressure system is developing in the South East of Papua New Guinea and is forecasted to drift slowly west.

Gunn says its too early to know the cyclones intensity, forecast path and where it will fall, but more will be clear in the coming days.


Land Owner Fined $1 million for Clearing Land

Central Queensland property owner has been fined just under $1 million for illegally clearing 350 hectares of native scrubland on his property.


Strange, Small Cell Towers Are Popping Up: 5G and the Future of Harmful Frequencies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In Sydney, Australia, difficult to identify small towers (apparently cell towers) with spherical tops have been popping up recently. When one of these pops up in the neighborhood, people in the area arent really told about it.

We took pictures of them. They were located in parks, along roads, and directly behind peoples houses.

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Finding out what these towers are and exactly what frequencies they actively release and can potentially release is essential to ensuring the basic health and safety of a community.

We havent identified what these are, but if you have any information please leave it in the comments below.

However, we can expand our understanding of what cell towers really are: in this article we will examine who builds towers and is in control of them, and who has a stake in their creation.

In the US and many countries, governments are colluding with telecommunication corporations to build cell towers and infrastructure.

In the US, an agency supposed to be regulating them, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is...


D-Day for Vic perks scandal, says Guy "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media in Melbourne, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Andrews announcesd he has asked former Deputy Speaker Don Nardella to quit the parliamentary Labor Party over the expenses scandal. Nardella will sit on the crossbench. AAP Image/Alex Murray

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media in Melbourne, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Andrews announcesd he has asked former Deputy Speaker Don Nardella to quit the parliamentary Labor Party over the expenses scandal. Nardella will sit on the crossbench. AAP Image/Alex Murray


Its D-Day for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to act on two metro MPs caught controversially claiming a country allowance, the opposition says.

More details on Victorias parliamentary perks scandal will be revealed on Thursday with the release of a PwC report into the secondary residence allowance claims by former Speaker Telmo Languiller and his former deputy Don Nardella.

Today is a D-Day for Daniel Andrews, hes got to act against particularly Don Nardella whos refusing to pay monies back, Opposition leader Matthew Guy said.

Both men claimed the allowance designed for country MPs to live on the Bellarine Peninsula, despite representing metropolitan electorates.

Details of the audit released on Tuesday raised questions about whether Mr Nardella ever lived in Ocean Grove at all, since he was renting a place off family for just $200 a fortnight without any formal lease and no bill payments.

It also revealed Mr Languiller intended to live in Queenscliff, but personal circumstance meant he spent most of 2016 in Melbourne.

Both men have to sign statutory declarations each year to claim the allowance, confirming their primary and secondary homes.

The opposition are now calling for the Victorian and Australian electoral commissions to investigate possible electoral fraud.

Victoria Police have also confirmed they have allocated and investigator to...


William Crighton Announces East Coast Tour and 7-Inch Vinyl "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image Courtesy of William Crighton On the 31st March celebrated singer-songwriter William Crighton will be releasing his brand new 7-inch vinyl (and digital signal) Hope Recovery. To celebrate its release William Crighton will be hitting the road for a series of East Coast dates throughout May and June, and those shows are set to offer []


Maxine Beneba Clarkes Hate Race "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Maxine Beneba Clarke, The Hate Race (Hachette Australia 2016)

haterace.jpgI finished reading The Hate Race on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, celebrated in Australia as Harmony Day, and this year the day on which the Turnbull government put forward legislation intended to make it legal to insult, offend or humiliate someone on the basis of their race.

As a result, soon after finishing the book I read Adam Liaws Twitter thread being a bit frank about race (well worth reading), and some of the painful contributions to the thread #FreedomofSpeech initiated by Benjamin Law. These read almost as continuations of the book, placing it as part of a vast, continuing, necessary conversation. The connection became explicit when Benjamin Law tweeted a recommendation to read Maxine Beneba Clarkes memoir of growing up black in Australia. Utter punch in the guts. And its true that Clarkes book gives devastating heft to the abstractions insult, offend and humiliate.

But it would be a mistake to think of The Hate Race as an extended tweet about racism, whether micro-agressive, casual, everyday, or viciously intentional. Its a beautifully written memoir about growing...


Before anyone starts yelling about those big bad unions, take a look at these workplace fatality statistics "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The following figures represent someones mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle, grandparent or friend.

The numbers also make clear that, averaged out, three people were killed each week in a workplace accident between 1 January and 14 March 2017.

This is no blip in workplace fatality statistics averaged out four workers died each week of the year in 2015 and three workers each week in 2016.

Worker fatalities

As at 14 March, 32 Australian workers have been killed at work in 2017.

The number of worker deaths listed on this page is based on initial media reports and is a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working. Once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which Safe Work Australia updates details of the incident.
Updated information is used to publish Safe Work Australias annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report which includes finalised work-related fatalities from 2003 onwards.

Year-to-date 2017: Preliminary worker deaths by ind...


18C and Housing Bubbles Federal Politics with Ben Eltham "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act get the nod, and rising house prices in Sydney and Melbourne turn the heat up!

Ben Eltham from independent news site New Matilda spoke to Jennie about all the latest in federal politics!

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Lord Mayor Quirk wants higher buildings and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Lord Mayor Quirk, is calling for aviation authorities to relax the tough restrictions, currently limiting Brisbanes CBD buildings to two-hundred and seventy-four metres.

Quirk says the limit has the potential to stifle economic activity and is calling for a relaxation of the restrictions to the tune of 300 metres.

The Brisbane Skytower, currently under construction on Margaret Street, will be the first to meet the two-hundred and 74-metre ceiling.


Unpaid tolls, failing to vote: How Queenslanders racked up $1.18 billion debt

Fined Queenslanders are assisting the State Penalties Enforcement Registry by inadvertently assisting in the debt that amounted to $1.18 dollars.


Parkrun visitors boost numbers to 122 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Being in a holiday resort, the Inverloch Park Run regularly welcomes visitors from all over and that was certainly the case last Saturday with competitors from Western Australia and Northern Territory sprinkled through the field which included people from other states and from Melbourne. Darwin resident Greg Farmilo says he was roped into the run by his mum Julie, who volunteered for the day, along with Cathy McKnight and Kirby Ireland, who were timers and the run director respectively.

Enjoying such a lovely sunny morning, the Inverloch Parkrun was attended by a large group of runners and walkers, 122 of them in all.
There was quite a few non Parkrunners who stopped and asked us what we were up to and our response was, have you not heard of Parkrun before? It was exciting to tell people about Parkrun and hopefully theyll be a few new first timers in the coming weeks.
Do you share the same excitement in telling your friends and family about it? What do you say about it? Does Parkrun help your fitness, your motivation, your need to compete against yourself or others? Have you made friends that have become some of the closest people to you? Do you just come for the catch up after Parkrun at Paul the Pieman?
Whatever the reason you should share that with non Parkrunners, encourage them to come along and see what it is all about.
They have certainly built up something to be proud of and everyone involved is a part of that. Particularly the volunteers.
A big thank you was given to this weeks volunteers Carmel Cattach, Rikki Cole, Julie Farmilo, Noel Farmilo, Julie Jacobs, Cathy Mcknight, Heather Sullivan and Debra Watchorn.
There was a safety concern at Pensioners Point where you literally could not run across the path, because of a build-up of beach sand. But that was quickly rectified by Heather and Deb and a couple of extras. Thank you.
This week in the group of vollies there were a few who hadnt volunteered before, it was great to see and they each did an amazing job. The Parkrunners who havent been involved in Parkrun volunteering before should make contact with organisers and see if they can get on the roster too.
Congratulations to Brett Scorah who was presented with his 50th run shirt and has a fabulous PB of 20:59.
And also to Mark Burns who got to run his 50th run this week. Well done Mark.
A massive well done to those 18 people who achieved a PB: Nick...


Carlton & United Breweries asked to host Mt Wellington cable car "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The ongoing saga about the proposal to build a cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi continues.

The latest development involves a request from the proponent of the cable car to access land owned by Carlton & United Breweries (the Cascade Brewery), to use as the base for their cable car, which would run from South Hobart to the top of Mount Wellington (kunanyi).

As the Wellington Defenders say: this inappropriate and culturally insensitive development would scar the mountain, ruining the majestic view of Mount Wellington that the citizens of Hobart enjoy. Not only would the cable car be an ugly scar upon the mountain, but it would ruin the sense of wilderness Hobartons come to enjoy on the mountain.

There is a petition urging CUB to refuse the request available here.

Please sign and share.


Couple refused bail over alleged Ballina stabbing "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lismore courthouse. (file pic)

The Lismore courthouse. (file pic)

A man and a woman involved in an alleged stabbing and theft at Ballina earlier this week have been refused bail.

It is alleged between 3pm and 3.30pm on Monday, 24 year-old Dylan Michael Jones and 30 year-old Kyrran Aileen Ellen Daley entered Big W at Ballina.

While in the shop, police allege Ms Daley stole $50 worth of cosmetics, before the pair fled the store.

Then, about 4pm, police allege Mr Jones entered a fast food business at Ballina Central Shopping Centre and stole $450 in $50 notes from a cash register.

When Mr Jones fled the shop he was followed by two men, witnesses told police, and when one of the men demanded the cash from Mr Jones an altercation occurred in which police allege a 15-year-old boy was stabbed.

The boy was taken to Ballina hospital for treatment.

Police launched an investigation and following enquiries, Mr Jones and Ms Daley were arrested at a home in Wardell and taken to Ballina police station.

Mr Jones was charged with reckless wounding, larceny, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit and using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention.

Ms Daley was charged with concealing a serious indictable offence (alleged stabbing of 15 year-old boy), shoplifting and two counts of goods in custody.

Both were refused bail and appeared at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday.

The court heard the alleged offences had been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP.

Neither Mr Jones, or Ms Daley applied for bail, which was formally refused by Magistrate David Heilpern.

He adjourned the pairs matters until April 4 to see if the DPP elect to prosecute the case.

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Byron music festivals extension plea now on display "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Splendour in the Grass organisers are seeking an extension to the North Byron Parklands site approval. (file pic)

Splendour in the Grass organisers are seeking an extension to the North Byron Parklands site approval. (file pic)

The company behind Splendour in the Grass and the Falls Music and Arts Festival has applied for an extension to its planning approvals in order to continue this year at the North Byron Parklands site.

The current approval to use the Parklands site ends this year and organisers are hoping to gain a 20 month extension from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

The proposal has been placed on public exhibition by the department, which has called for public feedback.

The music festivals have been operating at the Parklands site for the last four years as part of a trial period granted by the Planning Assessment Commission in 2012.

Executive Director of Key Sites and Industry Assessments Anthea Sargeant said the existing approvals allow up to three events (up to a total of 10 days) each year, including one large scale event with up to 35,000 people in attendance.

If approved, this proposal would extend the trial period for a further 20 months until August 2019, Ms Sargeant said.

Community consultation is an important part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive.

The music festival is attended by locals and people from all over Australia and the public exhibition period is an opportunity for people to share their views and have their voices heard.

To view the modification request or make a submission, visit

Meanwhile, general manager of the festivals Mat Morris said this week that  under the current trial approval, Falls Festival Byron 17/18 cannot operate.

The modification seeks to extend the trial period dates by an additional 20 months to August 31, 2019.

There are no other changes to the concept plan and project approval being sought.

Submissions can be made from Wednesday, 22 March until Wednesday, 26 April 2017.

Written submissions can be made to the Department of Planning and Environment by writing to the Director of Industry Assessments,...


1) Papua asks for 10 percent in Freeport divestment "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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1) Papua asks for 10 percent in Freeport divestment
Fedina S. Sundaryani The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, March 22, 2017 | 06:09 pm
The Papua administration has requested a 10 percent share of divested shares of copper and gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia if the company abides by a requirement to sell 51 percent of its shares to national entities.
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe met President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday to discuss the standoff between Freeport Indonesia and the government and how it would affect the province.
A similar request has also been made by Mimika Regent Eltinus Omaleng.
"This is our country and we must maintain our sovereignty. This is why 51 percent of its shares must be divested to us and we [in Papua] want 10 percent of them," Lukas said.
(Read also:...


Forestry Corporation threatens environmentalist "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Road illegally constructed through Endangered Ecological Community Lowland Rainforest in Cherry Tree State Forest. Over 2 years after reporting it, NEFA are still waiting for the EPA to take action. Photo supplied

Road illegally constructed through Endangered Ecological Community Lowland Rainforest in Cherry Tree State Forest. Over 2 years after reporting it, NEFA are still waiting for the EPA to take action. Photo supplied

The Forestry Corporation picked the International Day of Forests to write to North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) auditor Dailan Pugh threatening him with a $2,200 fine if he returns to meet with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or audit Gibberagee State Forest.

When attending Gibberagee State Forest on March 10, at the invitation of the EPA to show them breaches he had identified a month earlier, Mr Pugh was ordered to leave by the Forestry Corporation.

The Forestry Corporation threw me out of the forest without allowing me to show the EPA any of the breaches they had asked me there to show them, Mr Pugh said.

He added that the Forestry Corporation had since written to him saying the forest was closed when he initially identified the breaches, and threatening that if he returned, Entering this area without proper authorisation is not permitted and if detected, Forestry Corporation may issue a Penalty Infringement Notice or pursue prosecution.

Now the Forestry Corporation are threatening to fine me $2,200 if I return to Gibberagee to meet the EPA or do anymore auditing, Mr Pugh said.

They must have a lot to hide.

It is no coincidence that currently the only two native forestry operations in NSW subject to closures for logging are the two closest to me at Gibberagee and Bungawalbin.

Since 2009 I have overseen nine NEFA audits of public forests that the EPA subsequently investigated, at least in part.

The EPA have confirmed over 166 of the breaches of legal conditions NEFA reported, often involving multiple instances. This is an average of 18 breaches of licence conditions per operation, and there were many more that the EPA failed to investigate or forgave for spurious r...


Court hears of 200km pursuit that ended in river "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man who was arrested at Ballina after allegedly leading officers on a 200 kilometre long high speed chase across the Northern Rivers was mentioned at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday.

On Sunday December 11, 2016, a pursuit was initiated when David Michael Bell drove from a random breath test site at Macksville and allegedly pointed a gun at officers.

Mr Bell eventually evaded officers at Valla, about 35km south of Coffs Harbour, by allegedly ramming a State Forestry gate in his van and escaping into bushland.

Investigations by police found Mr Bell, 37, from Queensland, was wanted in both his home state and South Australia.

Then on December 30, police spotted the van, containing two men, shortly before 1am at Woodburn and a pursuit was initiated.

Police allege allege Mr Bell drove at high speed to Lismore via Wyrallah Road, then onto the Bruxner Highway before turning onto Wardell Road at Alstonville and continuing to Wardell, about 12km south of Ballina.

At the South Ballina ferry terminal the van was driven into the river and two men were seen swimming away.

The Queensland airwing, PolAir, joined local police in searching for the men, and about 2.15am officers in a boat arrested Mr Bell, 37 and a 24-year-old man.

They were taken to Lismore police station where Mr Bell was charged with nine offences including attempting to discharge a firearm with intent to resist arrest, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful apprehension, police pursuit, driving while suspended and using false documents.

Mr Bell and his accomplice were both refused bail.

The van was towed from the Richmond River and was sent to be forensically examined.

The court has previously heard police allege Mr Bell had $500,000 of stolen cigarettes in his possession before his arrest, which may have been dumped at Tabbimoble.

On Tuesday, Mr Bells solicitor Rod Behan told the court he had received the brief of evidence against his client and the Director of Public Prosecutions had elected to take carriage of his matters.

Mr Behan did not apply for bail for Mr Bell and told the court representations to prosecution concerning the charges would be made in the next seven days.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Bells matters until May 8, where Mr Bell is expected to appear via videolink.

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clacke: @augustus @afaeinthecrowd You won't catch me saying that any violence is unconditionally wrong. I am for well-tempered, proportional and just violence. Securing our own survival? Ban cars and sodas. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@augustus @afaeinthecrowd You won't catch me saying that any violence is unconditionally wrong. I am for well-tempered, proportional and just violence.

Securing our own survival? Ban cars and sodas.



clacke: @augustus Aaahaha, because he's still in fucking prison. He was sentenced to two years about a year ago. The Independent also named him before taking it down. I guess all of the press heard the same rumor and then went and named each ot "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@augustus Aaahaha, because he's still in fucking prison. He was sentenced to two years about a year ago. The Independent also named him before taking it down. I guess all of the press heard the same rumor and then went and named each ot


clacke: @augustus @afaeinthecrowd They didn't kill random sympathizers and potential terrorists during the Troubles either. They upheld order in the streets and did not give in to the disgraceful violence, even though they knew they would never be able to stop every "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@augustus @afaeinthecrowd They didn't kill random sympathizers and potential terrorists during the Troubles either. They upheld order in the streets and did not give in to the disgraceful violence, even though they knew they would never be able to stop every


clacke: @datapup In related hilarious licensing trivia, IBM has an explicit exception from the JSON license, allowing them to use JSON for evil. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@datapup In related hilarious licensing trivia, IBM has an explicit exception from the JSON license, allowing them to use JSON for evil.


clacke: @afaeinthecrowd @augustus Yes, the English are pussies, as we saw in Northern Ireland. This was sarcasm. They probably took the article down because they re-evaluated how sure they really were at the identity of the terrorist. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@afaeinthecrowd @augustus Yes, the English are pussies, as we saw in Northern Ireland.

This was sarcasm.

They probably took the article down because they re-evaluated how sure they really were at the identity of the terrorist.


Celebrate Art Piece Gallerys 10th Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Its Art Piece Gallerys 10th Anniversary.

Theyre having a celebration to mark the occasion and would be delighted to have your company on:

Friday 31st March at 6.00 pm.

Come, raise your glasses, have a bite to eat, enjoy the art and enjoy a little live music by all round musical virtuoso, Si Greaves.


The post Celebrate Art Piece Gallerys 10th Anniversary appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


Transgender weightlifter sparks criticism after 'her' competition win "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A Kiwi weightlifter has made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand and come away with a win, however the victory has been slammed by other competitors. Laurel Hubbard, 39, won the women's over 90kg division at the Australian International competition in Melbourne on Sunday, but the win has caused a stir with some believing she had an unfair advantage. Her combined total of 268kg was nearly 20kg better than Samoan runner-up Iuniarra Sipaia, with another 20kg back to the next lifter in the field.


clacke: @ross Gitter rooms that allow anonymous visitors should be fair game. But maybe that's not a thing? I have only gone into a gitter room once, and I don't remember if I had to use my github user. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@ross Gitter rooms that allow anonymous visitors should be fair game. But maybe that's not a thing? I have only gone into a gitter room once, and I don't remember if I had to use my github user.


Koalas Are Dying Of Thirst, So This Farmer Developed An Ingenious Solution To Help Them "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Credit: Kate Wilson

Due to natural occurrences, such as drought and wildfires, brought on by climate change, food sources for koalas are rapidly depleting, which is a big cause for concern for their survival. Koalas normally get the water that their bodies require from the eucalyptus leaves that they commonly eat, but due to the current conditions, they have resorted to drinking water, which is a very bad sign, according to recent reports from The Dodo. A farmer called Robert Frend, from New South Wales, Australia, recently took note of how thirsty the koalas had gotten, which proceeded to him helping the researchers at the University of Sydney to bring the animals water. From this, Frend invented a water station that is attached to trees, which he named Blinky Drinkers, and allows koalas to drink as much water as they need. 10 of these water stations were set up at different ground and tree levels, along with surveillance equipment, back in April 2016 in an area that contained sizeable populations of koalas.

After examining the recorded footage of the drinking koalas, the researchers were shocked at the findings. They found that the koalas were drinking a lot more water than expected, and even got up during the day, when they are normally sleeping, in order to drink from the stations. All of the stations were visited during their test period, and they recorded a total of 193 visits during the fall and winter seasons when the heat is not too harsh. The results came as a surprise to researchers as they were shocked to see that the animals change their behavior based on climate change, which also evoked a worry for the survival of animals in the future.



A Season on the Goulburn "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

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Snippets "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A few (very random) snippets from the past couple of weeks . . . . . I made my first attempt at cleaning and cooking baby octopus, following a recipe from the Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook that my friend Amanda recommended (I bought a Kindle copy) Gutting and dismembering cephalopods isnt for the squeamish, as they []


Catch & Release in the Goulburn Valley "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

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Whats In A Guide? by Werner Birkner "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

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strypey: "What will our society be capable of, when we are no longer wallowing in pretense?" Thanks so much @ceisenstein for publishing this online "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

"What will our society be capable of, when we are no longer wallowing in pretense?" Thanks so much @ceisenstein for publishing this online


Shocker: Transgender Man Wins Weightlifting Meet While Competing Against Women "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Just a tad unfair. Via NZ Herald: Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has dominated her first major competition, taking out the Australian International in Melbourne on a night she made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand. Hubbard, 39, won the womens over 90kg division at the Melbourne event, setting four unofficial national []


strypey: a system that has long allowed, encouraged, and in some ways nearly required hypocrisy." "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast" a system that has long allowed, encouraged, and in some ways nearly required hypocrisy."


strypey: "Clinton and Trump are a product of their conditions, playing the game of thrones according to the secret rules of the insiders,.. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

"Clinton and Trump are a product of their conditions, playing the game of thrones according to the secret rules of the insiders,..


strypey: "Clinton... is the very epitome of the establishment, embodying its insincerity, lack of imagination, normalized corruption... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

"Clinton... is the very epitome of the establishment, embodying its insincerity, lack of imagination, normalized corruption...


mjd: Missed in the general catastrophe of #2016: Lin Cook, widow of Peter, passed away. #RIP "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Missed in the general catastrophe of #: Lin Cook, widow of Peter, passed away. #


The climate change debate in Australia often focusses on temperature, rainfall and sea levels, but...... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Theres more to climate change impacts than living in a markedly hotter, drier continent being nibbled at the edges by encroaching oceans or battered by storms - and it isnt only the very real threats to the natural environment, biodiversity and water security.

Theres the risk of an increased incidence of disease outbreaks in humans and animals and, the economic and social costs rising levels of disease bring to families, communities, local economies and the nation.

A range of tropical diseases will become more widespread in Australia due to climate change, including a dramatic increase in mosquito-borne illnesses, scientists warn. Their research has prompted leading doctors to call for a co-ordinated response from the federal and state governments to the pending crisis. 

In a paper released on Thursday, the Australian Academy of Science said diseases currently confined to the tropics would be unlocked and travel south. The incubation period for mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue would also be shortened.

Rising temperatures and changes to water availability were also likely to increase the prevalence of food and water-borne diseases. The scientists forecast an increased risk of respiratory diseases as more people spend time indoors to avoid extreme heat, and population density increases due to population growth.

"A clear problem facing Australia as it prepares to deal with the problem of the rise in infectious illnesses triggered by climate change is its lack of a single centre through which information about communicable diseases can b...

Wednesday, 22 March


Peppertree Place "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


IncrEdible Food Swap at Peppertree Place 10-2pm.
  • Kids Nature Play workshop with FoodWeb Educator Isobel Frances
  • Free Music in the gardens by the Thornberries @ 11am
  • Cafe
  • Nursery
  • Gourmet Worm tastings!!
  • hosting the Coburg Food Race as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
512 Sydney Road Coburg.


Have Your Say "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Now! Before the poll expires this Friday - not sure what time! 

Democracy is when YOU participate! 

Less than 700 votes on average have been cast so far in each of the 5 themes and each person got 7 votes per themes; see how influential you could be !!! And it is only every 4 years from the comfort of your own screen.

You can vote via FB, G+ or provide an email to get a "reset password" option. There are some cool (and some less cool) public or council originated ideas to vote for or to comment on; you can even put forward your own idea. At least have a look!


Merlynston Linear Park "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Greetings all,

As yet I havent set any planting dates for Coburg Lake or along the Merri Creek (between Goleen St and Coburg Lake) for this year, but Jane Holroyd and others have been very busy organising lots of activities in Merlynston and along the Upfield bike path.  So please see a list of these below and feel free to join in on all or any.

This Sunday, March 26th (Greening Merlynston @ the market)
Members of the Upfield Urban Forest and Merlynston Linear Park will have a stand at the Merlynston Market (Bain Reserve, Merlyn Street). Come and say hi, pot a native seed or two, or try your hand at taking a cutting for our autumn and winter community native gardening projects. The market will run from 10am - 3pm and we'll have a few local green thumbs on hand to share their expert tips.  

Saturday April 1st: TLC for Rani's garden&nbs...


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Free to a good home: 80 100 used house bricks, suitable for use in a garden, cubby house or back yard. 

Need to be collected before 7 April.


$66,258.85 to fight cancer "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

THE 2017 South Gippsland Relay for Life was held at Fish Creek over the weekend and raised an incredible $66,258.85 to fight cancer in Victoria. This brings the total that []

The post $66,258.85 to fight cancer appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Boat tours proposed for Wilsons Prom "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

PARKS Victoria recently announced it is considering an application by a commercial tour operator, to operate boat tours of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park from the beach at Norman Bay. []

The post Boat tours proposed for Wilsons Prom appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Foster water safe to drink "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

SOUTH Gippsland Water wishes to apologise to customers in Foster for recent discoloured water issues for the township. Please be assured that whilst the water may be discoloured, it is []

The post Foster water safe to drink appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Something for everyone at the Seachange Festival "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

WITH only days until the official opening of the 6th Prom Coast Seachange Festival on Friday 24 March, there is a buzz in the air as many put the finishing []

The post Something for everyone at the Seachange Festival appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Of ants and ant lions "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

by Patrick Kavanagh

I well remember the experience of revelation when the copy of The How and Why Wonder Book of Insects that Id received as a hand-me-down explained the mysterious little cones, perfectly formed with grainy sides, in the dirt around our yard and in the bush. They were the traps of Ant Lion larvae. The book described how an ant would slide into the trap and be eaten by the larva below. I was not beyond guiding an ant to such a fate and watching with fascination as the Ant Lion concealed in dirt at the bottom of the pit would flick dirt on the ant to help it slide into its pincers. I gently blew away the dirt to see the strange animal that is an Ant Lion larva. In 2014, I broke my own rules of not disturbing my insect subjects by again exposing one of these larvae for some photos. But until a last week, Id never had a chance to photograph an adult Ant Lion. They are nocturnal and shy and Id only seen one once. Until we found this one struggling in one of our dogs water bowls at night. It sat quietly on the leaf that we extracted it with, long enough for a few photos before it flew off.


Looking for new people "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey everyone my name is Jack I am 20 and I've recently moved to Innisfail/cairns and looking for some people to do something with. I'm a layed back guy who loves to skateboard and drink beer. If you wanna do anything hit me up would be muchly appreciated. Thanks!

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Discovery Parks Maidens Inn Water Park "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Youre Invited!

The words just popped out of the email larger than life. As I read it out to the girls there were gasps of pure excitement from them. Not only were they invited to the Grand Opening of the Discovery Parks Maidens Inn Waterpark it was nearly 5 hours away in Moama, New South Wales. It was technically a holiday they said but it was also a road trip for a girls weekend!

Discovery Parks Maidens Inn

Maidens Inn Moama Water Park

Unfortunately, Mark was working on that weekend and was unable to come with us so we decided that Nanna may want to come with us instead. None of us had been up to see the Murray River at Echuca-Moama before (Nanna could not remember) so it was a great way to see it all together.

The Grand Opening was going to be held on Sunday the 26th of February, between 11 and 2 pm and we were hoping for a wonderful day. As the Discovery Park Maidens Inn Water Park had the Grand Opening on the weekend the park was fully booked out so we stayed over the border at Discovery Parks Echuca. Both the girls were even happier2 states in one day! (Just in case you are unsure Echuca is in Victoria and Moama is in New South Wales. The mighty Murray River separates the two states)

The girls were both up early and very excited on the Sunday morning. Before I knew it we were heading over the Murray River to the Discovery Park Maidens Inn Moama. As we arrived I parked the car out the front and we walked into the park. I was yet again amazed at how beautiful the park was maintained. All the lawns were immaculate and it was so clean. I made my way to the reception area just to make sure they knew we were in the park as we were not staying there. I was directed over to a shaded area to wait for the Grand Opening. Mum found a table for us to sit at and some chairs while the girls went to the toilets to get changed into their bathers. There was a pool just near the area where we were sitting so they used a small toilet there. There was plenty of hustle and bustle around us with food caravans ar......


Holstons Savannah Shade Study "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The integration of trees into agricultural landscapes is done in many different ways. One layout that has a lot of practical and aesthetic appeal to even the most ardent of graziers is the savannah. Otherwise known as open grassy woodlands, dehesa (see photo below) and montado these systems are seen to be acceptable at least for the appearance that trees are not effecting the growth and performance of grasslands unduly.


That people are now investing in portable shade structures (such as the $20,000+ ShadeHaven system below) to mimic trees speaks to the value that shade has to the performance of grazing animals and yet despite this (and their expense) some people still dont integrate actual trees into their production landscapes.


One innovation from Spain that has occurred in the last few years is the Arborshield. This is a great leap forward in protecting isolated trees through the establishment period were looking to use these in the establishment of the trees at Holstons Station otherwise were not confident that the large herds of cattle will have our vision in mind as they maraud this landscape!

With the Holstons Pastoral Co. project here in Victoria, Australia (east Gippsland) the client shared a vision with Regrarians Darren J. Doherty to integrate p...


clacke: @cyberpotato @lambadalambda @drymer I don't believe there's any development shop out there who can do a good job unless there is at least one person on the team who understands the value of a good Herrgrdsost. And proper slicing. Cheese slope slicer people "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

@cyberpotato @lambadalambda @drymer I don't believe there's any development shop out there who can do a good job unless there is at least one person on the team who understands the value of a good Herrgrdsost. And proper slicing. Cheese slope slicer people


Maria Island: The Wildlife of Darlington "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The wombat stretched as much as a wombat can stretch and settled down for a nap. It had chosen a spot just above the jetty at Darlington. Had I not just arrived on Maria Island, I would have done the same. Facing the sea, of course, because I don't have an opportunity to look at it at my place.

Snoozy among the timbers

Maria Island National Park is home to a variety of mammal species, including Tasmanian devils. There was plenty of evidence of their presence. In some places, it was difficult to walk without stepping in poo: wombat cubes, macropod pellets, and fur- and feather-filled devil scat. But it was a hot day and most of the wildlife was lying deep in the shade. Only Snoozy here made an appearance.

Snoozy wakes

The birds were more obliging, although they weren't going to get too close.



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Melbourne Protest against Jemena NT Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Friends of the Earth Melbourne and Quit Coal campaigners joined with concerned citizens gathered outside Jemenas Melbourne headquarters to protest against the Federal government approval of the Northern Gas Pipeline. The group claimed that the pipeline, if built, will facilitate controversial on-shore unconventional gas fracking in the state and wished to express solidarity with Traditional []

The post Melbourne Protest against Jemena NT Pipeline appeared first on Quit Coal.


Frog Jazz Garden "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The wealth at our feet the critters keeping soil, seeds and ear drums thrumming.

Shadow of Orange-eyed Tree Frogcaedicia-sp

As regular Monday Drive listeners now know, all sorts of frogs often travel to Sydney in hands of bananas, lettuce and cut flowers, from all over Australia. They include charming little rainforest, laughing, and dwarf frogs whose role in the wild as insectivores, is to control for instance mossie populations, and provide food for snakes and goannas. Anyone who has ever listened to a frog orchestra going off, also knows their musical contribution to the nightscape is as thrilling as any jazz band.

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We interviewed frog enthusiast Dr Arthur White this week who revealed that prior to the efforts of the Frog And Tadpole Society, which began as a rescue service, most of these frogs met their deaths in ripening rooms where they were gassed with ethelene along with the fruit and vegetables.  Resuscitation efforts had a success rate...


Arts Thursday 23 March 2017 German Romantics to An Australian Story "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


From German Romantics to a very distinctive Australian Story.

Join me, Maisy Stapleton, on Arts Thursday at 10:30am for a conversation with conductor Sam Allchurch about the upcoming concert with the Sydney Chamber Choir on 8 April at the Great Hall, University of Sydney.

The concert will feature the uplifting and emotionally charged music of German Romantics, such as Mendelsohn, Schubert, Bruckner, Brahms, Herzogenberg, Schonberg and Rheinberger and Sam will join us to contextualise both the music and the choirs work, while we play some excerpts from the program.

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william yang editedIn the next conversation, I speak with William Yang, artist, photographer and performer.

Some examples of his Beach Series can be seen at the State Library of NSW, at the Australian Centre for Photographys exhibition Under The Sun: Reimagining Max Dupains Sunbaker, which asks 15 artists to re imagine the iconic photograph and questions whether there is anything new under the sun.

As an Australian Chinese artist William is well known for documenting both his own life as well as those of many friends, including many in the gay community whose lives were impacted by AIDS. Just as he shares his life story in his performances, he shares the background to his photographs in ou...


Fight against coal to become the fight of our times "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

First some good news: Australias dirtiest power station, Hazelwood, is being closed down this week. It is the ninth and largest coal-burning power station to close in the past five years in Australia.

However, there are 20 coal power stations remaining in Australia, and we urgently need a plan to phase them all out. Because coal means death. The World Meteorological Organisation reports about unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise as a result of our burning coal, oil and gas and coal is by far the most polluting of the three.

Coal doesnt just kill corals. Coal-induced climate change causes water and food shortages, drought and extreme weather events which trigger conflicts, wars over water, large groups of displaced people, destruction, millions of deaths.

For even a moderate chance of keeping to Australias Paris commitments and doing our bit to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, we need to close one Hazelwood-sized power station every year from now on.

Coal means death, and it means we cant burn any more of it. Restrictions,...


Supermarkets Trialling Enforcement Droid 209 to Tackle Self-service Theft "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Major supermarkets have announced a plan to start using Enforcement Droid 209 units in a desperate bid to crack down on self-service theft.

The droids are a fully-automated series of peacekeeping machines created by Omni Consumer Products. Currently, the units are programmed for supermarket pacification, but OCP has also negotiated contracts with the military for use in war.

Each unit is armed with three automatic cannons two on the left arm and one on the right arm, which also has an auto-shotgun and a rocket launcher capable of firing three rockets and has additional combat programming enabling it to melee attack at closer ranges.

Major supermarkets have described the move as a logical next step in our fight for survival.

Self-service theft has put such a huge dent in our profits that were in danger of no longer being one of the worlds most profitable businesses, one supermarket spokesmen said. The ED-209 will ensure that if anyone scans a lobster, Singapore chilli crab or box of Magnums as a brown onion, they will face an instant on-the-spot death penalty. 

A government spokesperson said if the program was a success, theyd also be interested in investing in the ED-209 to guard high-value assets like casino...


Broads Announce National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of Broads Melbourne alt-country duo Broads have announced plans to hit the road this April, May and June to celebrate their brand new album Vacancy. Vacancy, which was released at the end of February, has already garnered a bunch of critical acclaim. These shows are not to be missed check out the []


Community Billboard March 27 April 3 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future Sydney 2030 making our city more green, global and connected.

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Media Release: Stop Adani Community delegation flies in from India, say Adani cant be trusted here "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Thu 23 March 2017

  • Interviews with delegates can be arranged. Vision and stills available. Quick video summary from delegates here (1 min 20 sec).
  • Businessman Geoff Cousins AM and the Australian delegation of a Qld farmer, Reef tourism operator and Reef campaigner arrive back from Delhi.
  • Delegates armed with shocking evidence of Adani destruction of environment and communities in India.

As the Stop Adani Alliance launched in Canberra, members of the community delegation who travelled to India to deliver a letter from prominent Australians opposing the proposed mine, including Cricket Captains Ian and Greg Chappell, have just arrived back in Australia.

The delegation is armed with disturbing evidence gathered on the ground in Mundra and Hazira, where Adani has destroyed communities and industries, and breached environmental laws when constructing a port and coal-fired power stations.

Business Geoff Cousins AM said, In Delhi we met with the former Indian Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh, who told us that despite the government imposing strict environmental conditions on Adanis coal projects in India, the company has consistently breached them.

Mr Ramesh warned Australia that Adani will not hesitate to breach regulations here. The clear message we received is that no matter where it operates, Adani cant be trusted to obey the law.

Whitsunday tourism reef operator Dr Lindsay Simpson said, We have compelling evidence, which we will compile and release, which makes it clear Adani cant be trusted to operate in Australia or ship its coal through our precious Great Barrier Reef.

These people genuinely think they are above the law. They do not care about local jobs and they certainly dont care about the Great Barrier Reef. They are one of the major polluters in India.

A leopard doesnt change its spots we cant afford to let this rogue company operate here.

Queensland grazier Bruce Currie, whose groundwater is a risk if Adanis rail infrastructure enables other Galilee Basin coal mines to go ahead says, We heard how Adani has polluted groundwater, blocked coastal waterways, seized land illegally and decimated mangrove forests in local communities.

I met with farmers and fishermen who made me even more fearful than I already am of what Adanis projects will mean for water security in Queens...


South-East Queensland to enjoy free public transport on Saturday and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

South-East Queensland will enjoy free transport this Saturday in a bid to get sports fans to the unticketed womens AFL grand final. Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council

The anticipated difficulty of identifying game-goers without the need for tickets prompted the decision for free travel.

Translink is anticipating a loss of between $300,00 and $400,00. 

Banks cannot foreclose farmers in debt under new laws

New laws have been passed in State Parliament to prevent banks from foreclosing on struggling Queensland farmers without first offering them debt mediation.

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Stroke treatment to be developed from Funnel Web venom and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

New research suggests Funnel Web spiders venom may be effective in treating stroke patients.

Since a peptide in Funnel Web venom was proven to slow the death of rat brain cells, scientists have been optimistic about future stroke recovery advances for Australians.

University of Queensland Professor Glenn King says this is the first breakthrough that could minimise the effects of brain damage immediately after a stroke.  

Brisbane road toll increases imminent


Do good dumpster divers and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Brisbane group is turning discarded supermarket food into home-cooked meals for the hungry, lonely, and isolated. Photo Credit: anarchosyn

Men and women gather without a permit every Friday in West End park to wash the unwanted food and turn it into vegan and vegetarian dinners.

The group are part of Food Not Bombs, a global movement to reclaim public space and protest against rampant food wastage.

Gold Coast announces plans for Cruise ship terminal

The Gold Coast City Council has announced plans for a larger and more complex cruise ship terminal off the Southport Spit, raising concerns about potential oil spills.

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Listen to the New BATTS single For Now "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Image Courtesy of BATTS Melbourne musician BATTS (aka Tanya Batt) has just released her brand new single For Now. The track is a slight change of direction for BATTS who has been very electronically influenced in recent years For Now is more acoustically driven with an ambient slant youd expect from artists like Bon []

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