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Saturday, 17 March


Papa Pilko and The Binrats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday 16th Mar, 7.00pm 11.00pm, The Federal Hotel

Tuesday, 13 February


This coming Thursday is D-Day for Leard Forest "IndyWatch Feed"

[ Thursday, 15 Feb to Friday, 16 Feb. ] This coming Thursday is D-Day - i.e. destruction day, when the annual bulldozing period commences at the Leard State Forest. We do not have volunteers for the critical days of Thursday and Friday this week. We recognise that it is difficult for people to come here to the frontline, and I admit it is a challenging environment [...] full article 


March forum: Green drinks invitation "IndyWatch Feed"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 5:30 pm; ] Living up to the motto: connect-create-inspire-act Sustainable Living Armidale are inviting sustainability interest groups together for a social gathering called 'Green Drinks. To be honest this is nothing original, Dave Carr has been organising similar get togethers for the enviro-sector for years. But what is original is the cool new venue for the get together. We [...] full article 


Doug Mesner Now Claims He Was Posing As Micheal Aquino "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mesner uses the name Kilrush- as he gets a rush from killing. But all he is is Aquinos buttboy.

But it is nice he admits to fucking with me. And since it hasnt stopped- obviously he isnt bored with me.

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency- the result of their DEW weapons- (directed energy weapons), the ones the air Force told Congress about in 2006 and said they were going to use on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Considering it is 2018 and they are still secret- obviously they arent safe.

But it isnt about how we die- it is about how we lived. And considering Mesner reportedly has AIDS- his time is no longer than mine. We just arent going to end up in the same place.

But this will be over soon- and those who just stood by and watched will be held accountable just as those who made this happen will- thus this whole there will be a great gnashing of teeth.

We are in a period of judgment and we can only be held accountable for that which we do. Whether we are honest about it or not.


Another piece of good news renewable energy for much less than the wholesale electricity price! "IndyWatch Feed"

The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being stunned by the low prices offered after it went to market for proposals last year. We have gotten an overwhelming response from the market, McManus told RenewEconomy. I cant [...] full article 


Expert report: Improve home energy standards or risk bigger bills, more emissions "IndyWatch Feed"

The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report The Bottom Line household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements. Improved building energy performance presents a [...] full article 


A Hundred Thousand Year Old Civilisation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By COLIN WILSON (1931-2013)

In 1999, I was engaged in pursuing an intriguing little problem. Charles Hapgood, best known as the author of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, had died as the result of a car accident that happened in December 1982. Two months earlier, he had written to a librarian named Rand Flem-Ath telling him that he had made recent exciting discoveries that had convinced him there had once been a hundred thousand year old civilisation with advanced levels of science. And since I had agreed to collaborate with Flem-Ath on a book about Atlantis, I set out to pursue Hapgoods contacts to see if I could find out what he meant.

Finally, through a tip-off from one of Hapgoods acquaintances, I found myself in touch with an archaeologist and science writer from New England, who staggered me when he declared that it was he who had given Hapgood this information. What he had told him, he said, was (a) that the Greek measure of distances proved that they knew the exact size of the Earth a millennium or so before Eratosthenes discovered it (around 250 BCE), and (b) that Neanderthal man had a remarkable degree of culture, and was studying the stars by 100,000 BCE or earlier.

Now I had already stumbled on the information about the Greeks in a book called Historical Metrology by A. E. Berriman (1953), to which the historical researcher Henry Lincoln had introduced me. And the second assertion had been made by my friend Stan Gooch in 1989, in a book called Cities of Dreams.

Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of dreams. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not much use against a hurricane or a sabre tooth tiger.

Gooch launches his argument by comparing Neanderthal man with native Americans, pointing out that in spite of their complex culture, the latter had no written language and built no houses.

What would have happened, Gooch asks, if they had been exterminated by disease or some catastrophe, and had simply vanished? Archaeologists would find their skeletons and dismiss them as primitives, just as we dismiss Neanderthals.

Speaking of the Seven Sisters, Gooch remarks, The Pleiades are the only c...


Friends of the ABC (Armidale) AGM and public talk "IndyWatch Feed"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 6:00 pm; ] Armidale branch of the Friends of the ABC will be holding their Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm in Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale). We extend an invitation to all those who are interested in the importance of independent public broadcasting. Following the AGM, the NSW President of ABC Friends, Ed [...] full article 


Live or Let Die: Do We Want A Transhuman Future? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Heres an interesting surmise for us all. Could it be that the alien phenomenon witnessed by so many reliable observers is the product of a technology developed at other locations in the universe and created by civilisations only a few small steps ahead of what we ourselves are now heading for? Could it be that the Grey entities reported in abduction scenarios are artificially intelligent probes sent to harvest information and gather resources by their creators who may themselves no longer be around to reap the benefits of their creation? Further, could it be that such artificial intelligence quite incidentally became a danger to naturally living intelligent life through its quest to relentlessly expand the horizons of its information.

First, recent evidence suggests that the existence of alien life forms in the universe is now beyond reasonable dispute. In January 2012 a report was published in Nature suggesting that around 10 billion stars out of the 100 billion that fill the Milky Way have planets in the habitable or Goldilocks zone.1
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kaku had already stated their opinion that alien life is highly likely to exist but they take that one step further and suggest it is also highly likely to be predatory. Hawking postulates that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldnt want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.2

In 2010 eminent scientists called for a world plan to deal with this potential threat. According to an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in January 2010, world governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted...


The Man Who Conjured Hitler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923)


Follow Hitler. He will dance, but it is I who have written the music. Dont weep for me: I shall have had more influence on the course of history than any other German.
Dietrich Eckhart, on his deathbed, Christmas 1923

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) was a prominent figure in Germanys bohemian and occult subculture before World War I. A well-known playwright, poet and journalist, he was involved with the shadowy Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the secretive Thule Society in Munich.

After hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political meeting in 1919, Eckart recognised Hitlers talent as a demagogue and an organiser. He saw in Hitler someone who could translate the occult worldview of the Thule into action. He quickly took Adolf Hitler under his wing and made him his protg.

Eckart popularised a central tenet of the Thule Society, the belief in the coming of a German Messiah who would redeem the nation from its defeat in World War I. Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he first met Hitler. In the poem, Eckart refers to the Great One, the Nameless One, Whom all can sense but no one saw. When Eckart met Hitler, Eckart was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied saviour.

Eckart introduced Hitler to Capt. Ernst Rohm, who had important links to senior officers in the German army. Rohm, an open homosexual later murdered on Hitlers orders, headed up the Thule Societys military wing. Other Thule initiates Eckart introduced to Hitler included Rudolf Hess (who would become Hitlers deputy) and Alfred Rosenberg (later to play an important role in the Third Reich).

Significantly, Eckart provided Hitler with funds and supported him in his rise within the German Workers Party (DAP), the Thule Societys political front group. Eckart had been one of the founders of the party which Hitler quickly transformed into the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was the original publisher of the party tabloid, the Vlkischer Beobachter, a Munich newspaper first bought by Rudolf von Sebottendorff in the name of the Thule Society. Eckart also wrote the lyrics of the quasi-mystical Nazi anthem Germany Awake.

Historians agree that Eckart exerted considerable and unequalled influence on Hitler. Without his patronage the young Austrian vetera...


Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.


Sir Isaac Newton & the Land Where Time Began "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sir Isaac Newton, colourised engraving after Enoch Seemans 1726 portrait of Newton.

By JOHN CHAMBERS (1939-2017)

The sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher-mystic Pythagoras was a man of spectacular achievement. Plutarch says that he taught an eagle to come at his command and stoop down to him in flight.1 He taught the doctrine of reincarnation and was thought to remember twenty-two of his past lives. He founded an order whose adherents strove to free themselves from the cycle of earthly incarnations through vegetarianism, silence, and contemplation of the ultimate reality of the universe.2

Up through the seventeenth century CE, scholars believed Pythagoras journeyed to Sidon, in Phoenicia, where he met the descendants of a man named Moschus (or Mochus) who had lived five hundred years before. Moschus was the Phoenician name for Moses, and his descendants gave Pythagoras esoteric doctrines passed down to them from their illustrious ancestor.3

Pythagoras returned to his home in the Greek colony of Crote in southern Italy to further develop his mystical philosophy which stated that the numerical relationships reflected in the relationships between musical chords are the bedrock of reality. Adding to this the secret doctrines of Moses, he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun. He also discovered the law of universal gravitation (including the inverse-square law of attraction), which he expressed allegorically as the divine music of the spheres holding the planets in thrall to the sun.

But, wait a minute! Didnt Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discover the law of universal gravitation?

Yes, he did. But Sir Isaac didnt think his discoveries were original. He thought he was recovering parts of a body of primordial knowledge called the prisca sapientia (the pristine wisdom). Bits of this ancient knowledge had been transported through the Flood by Noah. It had caught the interest of the Egyptians, then the Jews, then the Phoenicians, until it emerged almost fully-blown in the philosophy of Pythagoras. It spread throughout the ancient world, meeting with resistance only when Aristotle insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and that many of the Pythagorean beliefs were irrat...


Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed"

The post Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and Continued

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The Fourth Estate: The Traitors Gate "IndyWatch Feed"

In the light of many past revelations of crimes against humanity, the most common excuse uttered by the citizens and the common soldiery have to be; We never knew it was happening and I was only following orders. Both now known to be either untrue or operating in a state of deliberate denial. Whatever the

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Who is lying? Where were at in the Joyce affair. "IndyWatch Feed"

Today, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce issued a statement in which he declared that he was not in an intimate relationship with staffer Vikki Campion while she worked in his office, and that their intimacy began after she was moved to a job invented for her in Senator Matt Canavans office, with a salary of

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Alternative Funding Arrangements "IndyWatch Feed"

What happens to a business that mocks and conspires to destroy the livelihood of its customers?  In a normal world, such a business would go out of business very quickly.  In Australia, where such a business is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, they get more revenue.

Earlier today, while riding his two wheeled chariot home, your person (as in personkind) Spartacus was listening to an ABC podcast.  On this podcast, the irrepressible Fran Kelly was discussing the politics of the Batman bi-election.

Its not clear whether Dear Fran is a reporter or an opinionator, but in her rant, Dear Fran was lamenting that, should the Adani coal proceed, Australia would be the worlds largest coal exporter.  To Dear Fran, this was clearly a bad thing.

This got Spartacus thinking.  In business, employees are incentivised to align their interests with shareholders.  Their remuneration is thus linked to things like revenue, profit and customer service.

The ABC seems to have no interest in profit or customer service, and its revenue seems to have no alignment to the performance of those who pay its fees and salaries.

Spartacus would thus propose that the ABCs funding be linked directly to the amount of Australias mining exports.  Of note is that coal is the second largest component of this.

Thus when the ABC campaigns against mining, and specifically coal mining, when a given project does not proceed, then ABCs funding is reduced.  If the rest of the citizenry dont get the benefit of the taxes generated from mining, why should the ABC get the benefit of the taxes generated by the rest of the citizenry.

Would not that be delightful.  I would look forward to seeing Dear Frans face.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


Who is lying? Where were at in the Joyce affair. "IndyWatch Feed"

  Today, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce issued a statement in which he declared that he was not in an intimate relationship with staffer Vikki Campion while she worked in his office, and that their intimacy began after she was moved to a job invented for her in Senator Matt Canavans office, with a salary []


Quick update on the fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake's GoFundMe campaign in Bali Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday's report is here. I'm pleased to report that as of this afternoon Crake's GoFundMe page has been removed.


Malcolm Turnbull's legacy as PM - use of the word "indigineity" "IndyWatch Feed National"

10 years on from the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, we have the chance to write a new chapter of history, where indigeneity is embraced and not derided. Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) February 13, 2018


Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others.  But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern.  Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, family and conservative values, and the whole thing becomes indigestible.

Australian politics is awash with only one story at the moment.  There are no grand schemes and visions, only the prospect of whether the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce did wrong by his family in impregnating a political staffer. (That now former staffer, Vikki Campion, is afforded various names in the relationship argot: partner, girlfriend, assistant, bun-in-oven carrier.)

The nature of this explosive interest, repeatedly advertised as a lack of interest (we dont have an interest in his private life) has a tinny quality to it, largely given the general awareness amongst government members, staffers and the Canberra press gallery about Mr. Joyces extra-marital pursuits. The Daily Telegraph, needing copy to fill certain, generally vapid columns, decided to break the tacit consensus.  Where there is sex, there is hypocrisy.

Any sex scandal immediately triggers a discussion about how the political figure operates in public, and the world of private endeavour.  Aristotle famously suggested a division between political pursuit and household matters.  The French continue to maintain a somewhat artificial distinction between the two, deeming the transgression of the personal as separate from the political.  As with everything else, this is a matter of degree and weight.  Privacy can be used as an unwarranted cover for abuse.

Parallels have bitten.  The interminably present Michelle Grattan, who knows Canberras press gallery circles with a cloying intimacy, compares the Joyce-Campion affair with that of Jim Cairns and staffer Junie Morosi. The latter, taking place in the torrid years of the Whitlam government, was different, claims Grattan, because Morosi was a political player, through her enormous influence on her boss.

Of Joyce-Campion, Grattan offered a different reading. No-one suggests Campion, who was deliberately transferred out of Joyces office nearly a year ago, was a political mover-and-shaker.  But Joyce had been, Grattan could sense with razor sharp intuition, more distracted and difficult, though his citizenship imbroglio was a factor too.

These observations are, at best, trite.  The exertion of sexual influence can spill over into other realms....


Banking With A Silent W: How To Neuter A Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres many ways to dull the impact of a Royal Commission before it even begins. Swamping it with a ridiculously wide brief is one of them. Ross Hamilton weighs in on Malcolm Turnbulls Banking Royal Commission.

Word is going around that despite everything, the banks arent really that worried about the Banking Royal Commission. And why would they be? Our government has demonstrated very clearly that it isnt fair dinkum about the behaviour of the banks. Malcolm Turnbull was particularly insistent that an inquiry wasnt necessary as they already had the banks in line. And the format of the Royal Commission has pretty much ensured minimal damage will result.

One thing both sides of parliament have right is that the Big Four have become so big that they simply cannot be allowed to fail. Consequently, they have been allowed to do pretty much what they want, helped by repeated budget cuts reducing the effectiveness of the agencies who are supposed to be monitoring and regulating the financial services sector.

A decade ago, the banks were the centre of attention for their failure to pass on to their customers all of interest rate cuts. Increasing bad publicity finally saw them back off a little. After another interest rate cut, one of the Big Four announced that it was going to pass on something like 85% of a cut, an increase over the lesser amount they had passed on in other cuts.

Malcolm Turnbull was Leader of the Opposition at the time and he was quick to call a press conference. According to Turnbull, the only reason the banks had increased the amount of the rate reduction to be passed on to customers was because the Opposition had drawn a line in the sand that the banks were not going to cross.

Huh? Were we supposed to believe that the banks really were that scared of the party that wasnt even in government? Not surprisingly, then-Treasurer Wayne Swan was laughing in his response to Turnbull. Was Turnbull really that arrogant to believe it or did he think we are all gormless idiots who would believe any old rubbish?

Jump forward a few years and Turnbull is Prime Minister. And the banks are again (still) under fire. Abbott wasnt interested in taking sides against the banks. And after he knifed Abbott and tried hard to lose an election, Turnbull made it very clear that he didnt want to either.

Former Australian prime Minister, Tony Abb...


Employers lying about the flat wages growth in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Last Friday (February 8, 2018), the Reserve Bank of Australia issued its latest Statement on Monetary Policy February 2018 which in its own words sets out the Banks assessment of current economic conditions, both domestic and international, along with the outlook for Australian inflation and output growth. Of interest to me (apart from all of it) was the discussion of domestic economic conditions, in particular the discussion concerning wages growth. Workers around the world are struggling to gain any semblance of decent (if any) wages growth, are facing real wage cuts, and seeing national income redistributed to profits (even as investment ratios fall). They are observing increasing gaps between real wages growth and productivity growth, which means the workers share of output gains is falling. With sluggish investment ratios, it isnt rocket science to realise that the redistributed national income is being pumped into the financial markets casino, which delivers little or no productive benefit to society and provide for continued economic instability. It is clear that major shifts have to occur in wage setting mechanisms to redress these imbalances. That should be a major focus of progressive activists. It is a global problem.

I have written regular updates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases its Wage Price Index on a quarterly basis.

The most recent blog post on this topic was Australian real wages growth flat the ripoff of workers continues.

In that blog post, I noted that in the September-quarter 2017, private sector wages growth was recorded at 1.86 per cent (annualised). But with the annual inflation rate running at 1.83 per cent, real wages barely moved.

The Wage Price Index (WPI) has recorded six consecutive quarters of record low wages growth in Australia, which is a trend that is being observed in other nations.

I noted that with real wages growth lagging badly behind productivity growth, the wage share in national income is now around record low levels.

Here is the relevant graph from the September-quarter 1959 (when this data was first available) up to the September-quarter 2017. The wage share is at 52.8 per cent having peaked in the early 1970s at 62.8 per cent.

That represents a massive redistribution of national income.



Mental health services are in crisis ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speech on mental health services in Tasmania ... But in fact its being overlooked once again. Yes, both the Liberal Government and the Labor Opposition have promised theyll boost mental health funding and open more beds. But while these are steps in the right direction, they simply dont go far enough because its an undeniable fact that mental health services in Tasmania are in crisis and the Royal Hobart Hospital is bearing the brunt Andrew Wilkie: State Government misleading the community on cable car ABC: Tasmanian election: Cable car works get green light before March poll called, documents show


Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three years ago today SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.

The post Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump appeared first on


The Barnaby Joyce affair highlights Australias weak regulation of ministerial staffers "IndyWatch Feed"

The Barnaby Joyce affair highlights Australias weak regulation of ministerial staffers

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Barnaby Joyce has denied he breached ministerial standards with the employment of his partner, Vikki Campion.
AAP/Mick Tsikas

Yee-Fui Ng, RMIT University

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce continues to face questions about the employment of his former media adviser now current partner Vicki Campion. Campion left Joyces office last year to take another ministerial adviser position with Resources Minister Matthew Canavan, and then with Nationals whip Damian Drum.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed Joyce did not breach the Statement of Ministerial Standards regarding employment of spouses and family members as Campion was not his partner at the time of her appointment. Joyce has also denied he breached the ministerial rules.

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Labor moves in on the Barnaby Joyce affair

What is the role of ministerial staffers?...


MACKAY Weapons offence, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Weapons offence, South Mackay

February 13, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

After a further conversation with police the male was served with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on March 5 for the unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs

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Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 2) The operation "IndyWatch Feed"

Who bombed the Hilton? (Part 2) The operation40 years on from the Sydney Hilton bombing, Dr John Jiggens examines the evidence in the final of this two-part series. read now...


The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,....


10,000 steps a day keeps the blues away "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

New research published in BMC Psychiatry reveals that walking 10,000 steps a day, over the course of 100 days, can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing, weight loss, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

In one of the largest health studies carried out at a workplace, two thousand participants in the Stepathlon, a corporate wellness challenge dedicated to achieving better physical and mental health outcomes, reveals consistent and positive impacts on all measures of mental health.

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Gonorrhoea 'super-superbugs' triple in six months "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cases of a strain of gonorrhoea impervious to an antibiotic have almost tripled in six months, the latest report from the National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistance (CARAlert) reveals.

The result was a warning shot across the bow for doctors and public health officials fighting antibiotic resistance, CARAlerts senior medical adviser said.A total of 742 reports of critically resistant bacteria were collected by the early-warning system from 65 laboratories nationwide between April and September last year, a 75 per cent rise on the 423 cases reported in the same period during 2016.

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Brain scans show why people get aggressive after a drink or two "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging scans that measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive and violent after drinking alcohol.

After only two drinks, the researchers noted changes in the working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part normally involved in tempering a person's levels of aggression.

The study, led by Associate Professor Thomas Denson of the UNSW School of Psychology, is published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, which is an official journal of the Psychonomic Society and is published by Springer.

In this study, Denson and his team recruited 50 healthy young men. The participants were either given two drinks containing vodka, or placebo drinks without any alcohol. While lying in an MRI scanner, the participants then had to compete in a task which has regularly been used over the past 50 years to observe levels of aggression in response to provocation.

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TAS gov gives OK to start drilling on Mt Wellington/ kunanyi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountain Journal has been covering the long campaign against a planned cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi, in Hobart. In alarming news, the ABC is reporting that Tasmanias State Growth Minister quietly gave the Mount Wellington Cable Car Company permission to start drilling and surveying on the mountain just days before the state election was called.

The ABC reports:

According to a Hobart City Council memo, it allows the company to:

  • Survey flora and fauna and geotechnical investigations (including drilling bore holes) at three locations (rig and water tank to be transported by helicopter).
  • Construct temporary scaffolds at a site on The Pinnacle.
  • Operate a battery-powered drone in a corridor from The Pinnacle to the lower slopes of the Mountain.

The authority itself was signed by Mr Gutwein on January 25, just before the election was called on January 28.

In a remarkable development, Premier Will Hodgman said he was unaware of the matter when questioned at a press conference in Launceston.

Id need to take advice as to that, I am not aware of that matter, he said. How can a minister responsible for such a controversial project not inform the leader of the state of his decision to allow these works? Given the high level of community opposition to the project, this move can only be seen as an attempt to get things moving before the government goes into caretaker mode.

The ABC report says:

Local group Residents Opposed to the Cable Car spokesman Ted Cutland said the Government had expressed overt support for the cable car proposal. In all of this, the community has not had a say.

The Hobart City Council memo also noted:

It is highly likely that activities will impact on both visitor access and the operation of the Citys works crews.

The Authority is silent on any requirement to survey for cultural/Aboriginal heritage and does not require any consultation with the Aboriginal community.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centres Heather Sculthorpe said the Treasurers actions were a slap in the face.

This government knows the Aboriginal community is against the cable car and they just continue to act in defiance of aboriginal community wishes, she said.

Its an absolute disgra...


Why are our politicians held to much lower standards than the rest of us? "IndyWatch Feed"

Why are our politicians held to much lower standards than the rest of us? In what workplace would the married boss promoting his pregnant girlfriend be acceptable? In what workplace would there be so little transparency about the employment, duties and remuneration of staff? In what workplace would it be acceptable to tell blatant lies

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Gallery: FBi Presents The War On Drugs at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two headline shows in Sydney and an Australian tour off the back of Laneway festival hasnt slowed down The War On Drugs. Packed with long-running jams, a support set from Sydney darlings Middle Kids, and more textures than you can find at Spotlight, their sold out time at The Enmore Theatre was truly ablaze.

Photos by Tim Da Rin


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD


Tamil Refugee Council Media Release 13/02 | IMPENDING DEPORTATION PUTS TAMIL MAN IN JEOPARDY "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

13 FEBRUARY 2018 The Australian governments decision to deport to Sri Lanka a former ranking member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) puts at risk his safety and possibly his life, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. Santharuban, the man in question, is subject to a United Nations Committee Against Torture interim measure(...)


Mr and Mrs Obama's official portraits unveiled. No word yet on reveiling date. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here they are: I think the Daily Caller nails it in this video. And here's the sympathetic New York Times. WASHINGTON With the unveiling here Monday at the National Portrait Gallery of the official presidential likenesses of Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, this city of...


Comic Book Dave "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not a real thing, sadly. But some cool pen and ink work by Rob Henry.

Available on tees etc at Redbubble too.


Vic Government to log Greater Glider stronghold "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It seems crazy that Vicforests would log this part of the Strathbogie forest. These ranges are already highly fragmented and remaining forests provide an important sanctuary for flora and wildlife. This forest has the highest documented densities of Greater Gliders anywhere in Victoria, perhaps Australia.

Our Strathbogie Forest

DSCN4632 At 3.5 m dbh, this Messmate is one of the oldest trees weve found anywhere in the forest!

The Victorian Government has given its commercial logging arm, Vicforests, the green light to log part of the Strathbogie forest that has the highest documented densities of Greater Gliders anywhere in Victoria, perhaps Australia. Good one Dan!

In late 2017 government ecologists undertook detailed surveys for Greater Gliders in the Strathbogie State Forest. A report on the findings is being prepared. The project surveyed  a number of 500 m transects, both in coupes and in other areas of state forest. The survey detected 14 Greater Gliders in one of the 500 m transects located in Barjarg Flat coupe! The Greater Glider is a threatened species listed under both Federal and Victorian environmental legislation. Where such detection rates occur in other parts of the state, the government is obliged to create a

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OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #581 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #581 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #581 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018 Valentine's Day: Wednesday 14th February 2018 The day to celebrate our love for one another.. Thing's To Do On Valentine's Day | Petals Online Florist Valentine's at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins .nobrtable br { display: none } Watch the sun go down on level 35 over champagne and dinner for the perfect couple-centric night out. Valentine's Dinner | Sofitel | Melbourne On Collins | Book Now Lunar New Year Festivals .nobrtable br { display: none } Year of the DOG | Chinese New Year's Day - Friday, February 16, 2018 Melbourne plays host to a number of festivals in the CBD and suburbs. Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 Chinatown - Sunday 18 February 2018 Federation Square - Saturday 17 February 2018 Glen Waverley - Sunday 25 February 2018 Melbourne - Crown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Chinatown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Projections - Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday 24 February 2018 Preston Central & Market - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018 Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 White Night | Saturday 17 February 2018 - 7pm - 7am .nobrtable br { display: none } Alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of dark, White Night returns with with Music Exhibition Projection and Performance. White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat Apollo Bay Seafood Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events. 16-18 February 2018 | Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The Viri Experience will engage your senses through an 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | VIRI - Melbourne CBD | Book Online Insomnia Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Insomnia Race is a night time car based team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs. Next: Friday 23rd of February 2018 | Insomnia Race | Book Now Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Sustainable Living Festival - February 2018 Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Festival of Glass (Drysdale) - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa - Saturday 17th of February 2018 Riverboats Music Festival - February 16-18, 2018 Yarraville Festival Sunday 18th of February 2018 Galentines Weekend (Milawa) - February 17-18, 2018 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival - February 14-25, 2018 Melbourne Festival Guide This Week: 13 - 19 February 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } Cupid's Undie Run 2018 Elect...


More Artists Added to the 2018 Gum Ball Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Ben Salter As we make our way into February weve been blessed with another round of artists announced for this years Gum Ball festival in the Hunter Valley. As always the announcement has a healthy contingent of Timber and Steel friendly artists including singer-songwriter Ben Salter (above), 10-piece reggae outfit V Tribe, []


A New Dawn of Fantastic Realism: Nothing that is Strange is Foreign to us! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The paths of Fantastic Realism do not resemble the ordinary paths of knowledge.
Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians

As Richard Smoley rightly pointed out, a noted predecessor of New Dawn magazine was the French review Plante (Planet), published by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier as a follow-up to the sensational success of their book Morning of the Magicians. Inspired directly by Pauwels and Bergiers book and Plante journal, New Dawn continues a subversive tradition of delving into subjects as fascinating and wide-ranging as secret societies, ancient mysteries, conspiracies, arcane prophecies, vanished civilisations, UFOs, supernatural phenomena, the awakened state.

Like the French Plante (published 19611972), New Dawn was founded on the premise that reality is far more fantastic than how we limit it under conventional scientific, political, historical and cultural models. If New Dawn magazine, wrote editor David Jones in the March-April 2014 issue, has a guiding philosophy or general orientation, it would be, Fantastic Realism with its slogan Nothing that is strange is foreign to us!

Grounded in the worldview of Fantastic Realism, New Dawn magazine is dedicated to exploring what Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels identified in The Morning of the Magicians, namely:

Trends of thought that escape the notice of the trained observer; writings and works to which the sociologist pays scant attention, together with social phenomena that he considers too insignificant or too odd to worry about, are perhaps a sure indication of events to come than facts that are there for all to see and the openly expressed opinions and general trend of thinking which cause him serious concern.

What exactly is Fantastic Realism? The answer is clearly outlined in The Morning of the Magicians:

We call our point of view fantastic realism. It has nothing to do with the bizarre, the exotic, the merely picturesque. There was no attempt on our part to escape the times in which we live. We were not interested in the outer suburbs of reality: on the contrary we have tried to take up a position at its very hub. There alone, we believe the fantastic is to be discovered and not a fantastic leading to escapism but rather to a deeper participation in life. The fantastic is usually thought of as a violation of na...


Owen Guns Bulletin February Edition 141, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
What you do in your lifetime will echo down through eternity,
Marcus Aurelius
For the last two weeks our NBN, (No Bloody Network) has been causing us immense disruptions to our normal business. Apparently, it has affected our whole area. We only went to NBN due to the threat that if we did not we would be cut off from our service that we had enjoyed at these premises since 1986, so September 2017 was when we had a month of problems at its inception and now again it has reared its head.
What makes it worse, our old Australian suppliers, betrayed us and sold out to a company that runs its technical support from somewhere near India. Every day we get another different Indian expert that want to re configure our computers and fix the problem, due to English not being their first language communications are confused. Each expert is unaware of the changes that were made on the previous day and adds to the confusion. The Telecommunications Ombudsman has not helped, Telstra say they can help, but as they are having problems in the area with NBN they say we have to wait 10 weeks.
So we have a new Mobile Number 0427 943 677,
Please call, 07 54 825070 this number is still working,
07 54824099 has been diverted to the Mobile number.
Our Internet and Email is working, but
Our Fax...


Its Time to Fight for Worker Rights, Again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The blocking of the planned 24 hour Rail, Tram and Bus Unions (RTBU) strike on January 29, along with the halt to its ongoing bans on overtime, are a stark reminder of just how significantly worker rights have been eroded in this country. The Rudd governments Fair Work Act 2009 was supposed rebalance industrial relations laws for

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Ladies dominate on Cup Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Courtney Pace aboard Rileys Rocket won the drag race down the straight against Sommernachtstraum to win the Woolamai Cup. N230718

Fashions on the field judges were impressed at the effort young Samantha Carmichael went to to dress up for Woolamai Cup Day. N350718

There was plenty of action off the track too. Here are the winners of the fashions event, from left, Cheryl Gilchrist, Elly Robertson, Debra Kuklinski, Kirsty Fitzpatrick, Emily Clifford, Julie Pigdon, Denise Reeve and Poppy Trewin. N340718

Jockey Dylan Dean, centre, gave everyone a scare after falling from his mount The Bandicoot 100 metres from the post, but he got up after a few minutes and was all smiles. N240718

COURTNEY Pace celebrated three successive wins at Woolamai on Saturday, culminating in the Woolamai Cup aboard the aptl...


4WD flips on Pacific Highway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Traffic on the Pacific Highway northbound in the Tweed is believed to be returning to normal after a 4WD Dodge or similar flipped earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, February 13), landing on its side.

The vehicle had obstructed one land of northbound traffic just before the Cabarita exit.

Echonetdaily believes the occupants of the vehicle have been taken to hospital but no details are currently available as to their condition.

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Gallery: FBi Dream Wife at The Lansdowne Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Since meeting at art school, Rakel Mjll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar and vocals) and Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals) have been kicking goals as a band and a performance art project. This year alone, theyve taken out our Album of The Week with their self titled debut, played Laneway Festival and packed out a Lansdowne Hotel alongside These New South Wales and Moaning Lisa. Check out the damage below.

Photos by Jake Ollett.


Entries Are Still Open For This Years Mr Sportsman Hotel Competition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Entries are still open for the sexy Mr Sportsman Hotel 2018 contest next month. The annual contest is one of the Sportsman Hotels most popular events, and will be held again at the venue on Saturday, March 10. Aside from the glory and bragging rights that come with winning the title of Mr Sporties, there ...

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Penny Wong - Labor will grow Australia's foreign aid "to the fullest extent" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are other country's failures our problem? Why do we give money to countries - like Indonesia - that can afford huge military spending? Who do Shut-Nauru Shorten and fullest-extent Wong want to run Australia for? Doesn't seem to be us. Here's SBS's report: Labor pledges to rebuild foreign aid...


Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was...... Read more


Mr Gay New Zealand: In Time We Wont Need The Phrase Gay Anymore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Personal trainer Ricky Devine White has been crowned Mr Gay New Zealand. The 36-year-old from the New Zealand region of Marlborough took home the title in Auckland on Sunday, and said he wants to use the new platform to advocate for LGBTIQ inclusion and equality. I now can be an ambassador and a voice for ...

The post Mr Gay New Zealand: In Time We Wont Need The Phrase Gay Anymore appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Council needs to be on right track "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Nathan Johnston

WALKING trails and bike paths are an important part of any community for fitness, leisure and to attract tourists.
Thats why its necessary that every community has a share of the action.
Mirboo North has a beauty to Boolarra; Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay are connected by a path along the river and you can ride or walk all the way from Leongatha to Port Welshpool on the Great Southern Rail Trail.
Bass Coast is well serviced with a link from Wonthaggi to Cowes, while work continues to extend the shared pathway in Inverloch.
The big town thats missing out around here is Korumburra, but hopefully that will change soon.
Its clear the train aint coming back even staunch train supporter Max Semken said its time to focus on improving bus services.
So that means the South Gippsland Shire Council can concentrate all of its attention on funding and attracting grants for the Great Southern Rail Trail extension from Leongatha to Korumburra, and beyond to Loch and Nyora.
There should be no distractions.
The proposed track from Sandy Point to Waratah Bay, on the farm side of the dunes, seems to have reared its head again, but its a tad unnecessary given theres a vast and spectacular beach on which to walk between the two towns.
The Hoddle Trail near Fish Creek is causing angst between a landowner and path users. But if its going to cost too much to bring it up to standard, forget it.
Korumburra has to be the top job on the list and the State Government needs to get on board post-haste.
A big cash injection will be required as well, to clean up the mess that the rail land has become under its management.

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Vanessa Trump Both Ill And Safe In White Powder Fake News Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But hes right about at least one thing fake news. Its a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it.

Of course,, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trumps daughter-in-law, Vanessa was hospitalized after opening an envelope addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jnr, which contained a mysterious white powder.

All of those statements are true and so heres how the Sydney Morning Herald reported it.

Notably, the Herald yarn is a subscribers only story hence, a quick pro tip to Fairfax: 1. Youre not supposed to troll your own subscribers; 2. Youre supposed to make clickbait free. Thats the point of clickbait. Fake news isnt going to viral if you put it behind a paywall. got it right in some of its reporting: She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. It was not immediately clear what the substance was.

But like the Herald, in one iteration of the story, it also couldnt resist the ill word in the headline.

Granted, Fairfax and News are based in Australia, so popping down the road to Trump Tower to check for yourself takes organisation. But a simple check of Donald Trump Jnrs Twitter account would have solved the mystery.

But wheres the fun and fake news in that?

American media responses to the story were mixed, although no...


Olive Whistler "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At Uralla Nature Reserve last Friday, Dave and I had a brief encounter with a bird more often heard than seen. This individual Olive Whistler seemed very curious of us strangely, for they normally are quite elusive and hard to spot in the dense gullies. Even briefly gave its rich and powerful whistle once or twice.



In which the pond settles down for a Caterist treat ... "IndyWatch Feed"

After the Tamworthian Barners excesses - oh poop, oh bliss - it was inevitable the pond would have to settle ... and as it's Caterist day, the tyranny of low expectations was sure kick in ...

The pond's only expectation of the Caterist is undiluted, pure essence of drivel ... and it can be said that routinely the Caterists fulfil that expectation ...

Did someone mention welfare?

Yes it was time for the pond's favourite Caterist ritual to get yet another airing.

The pond makes no excuse. If some devoted Catholics can routinely turn up to devour actual human flesh and blood, then the pond can enjoy its Caterist welfare rituals ...

Indeed, indeed. Why can't they learn to live on their wits? Why must they always turn to the Australian taxpayer?


School recognises leaders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Primary Schools captains and leadership students were presented with their official badges at assembly on Friday.
The students were honoured in a special presentation with guest speaker Tim Furlong visiting the campus for the occasion.
A former Leongatha Primary School student, Mr Furlong now works as a general and transplant surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mr Furlong gave a speech to the students about the importance of working hard and being kind.
Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey received the top honour of taking on the role as school captains for the year.
Mia, Sophie, Zavier and Cameron will be Johnston Houses captains while Herold House will be headed by Sienna, Rylan, Kyra and Sophie.
Lachlan, Lucy, Ross and Will are Wightman Houses new captains while Stzelecki house captains this year are Erica, Finn, Rylan and Sienna.
Olivia, Tyson and Ava will be leading the schools creative department as art advisors while ICT (information and communications technology) captains Hannah, Caetan and Tia will take over technology areas.
Music captains Phoebe and Zoe will keep things pitch perfect as Jorja and Kyran will do things by the book as library representatives.
Makayla and Leah are Leongatha Primary Schools new environmental leaders and Sally and Lachlan are taking on the roles of language captains.

School captains: back from left, principal Dot Coghlan and guest speaker Tim Furlong, with front, from left, Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey, who were presented with their Leongatha Primary School captains badges at assembly on Friday morning.


Students to learn cyber safety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College is taking steps to ensure its students are safe online by educating all year levels and parents on cyber-bullying this term.
Author of Sexts, Texts and Selfies and public speaker, Susan McLean, will be visiting the Horn Street campus next Wednesday (February 21) to present a workshop to the senior year levels, while all parents are invited to attend an information session in the evening.
Deputy principal Kieran ODwyer said the workshops would provide resources to students, who spend plenty of time on social media platforms.
I liken the issue of cyber-bullying to the idea that we are caring for our students in an unsupported schoolyard, he said.
When the students are online, we and their parents are not there to support them, and that is where a significant part of bullying occurs. Students and their peers have the abilities to hide behind false pretences on their profiles.
Ms McLeans workshop will be delivered as part of Mary MacKillop Colleges wellbeing program Being Courageous which all students are required to participate in for 50 minutes a fortnight.
The aim of the program is to encourage students participation in enhancing their wellbeing and safety, Mr ODwyer said.
Having Susan as the frontline of the presentation will give our students and our wider school community an opportunity to be educated in matters relating to cyber-bullying and safety.
Mary MacKillop has a zero tolerance cyber-bullying policy in place to ensure any students harassing or offending others online are disciplined appropriately.
Students are not permitted to take their phones into the classroom, however they can be used over recess and lunch times.
Ms McLeans student workshop will focus on how young people can engage in safe behaviours online, while helping them to gain a better understanding about the impact of their digital footprint.
The parents-only workshop will aim to up-skill them following the theme How to keep your child safe in the digital space.
Ms McLean will give parents strategies and skills on how to best safe guard their children.

Cyber students: from left, Tomei, Simone, Elda and Molly will be attending Susan McLeans cyber safety workshop at Mary MacKillop Catholic College next Wednesday (Februa...


We had Marx, they had Pauline: left organising in poor communities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those of us involved with political organising often harbour the belief that we are more politically aware than others; that the ordinary people who exist outside our theoretical and organisational worlds are apathetic, or apolitical, or unenlightened. I have never found this to be particularly true. Like many people, those I met in Logan had lost faith in politics, but they were highly politicised.


Americas Tollbooth Future? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Trump administration has promoted the need to harness the windfall gains property owners enjoy when infrastructure is built in close proximity. The Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America includes the following section: C. Transit 1. Require Value Capture Financing as Condition of Receipt of Transit Funds for Capital Investment Grants (A) Federal programs []


Italian Festa draws crowds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

UP TO 13,000 people gathered in Mirboo North for the Italian Festa on Sunday.
More than 40 food stalls offered a tremendous variety of cuisine and there were some 70 market and produce stores for people to enjoy.
Event organiser Rosie Romano said the day was fantastic.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with the crowd. It made me emotional, she said.
The feedback we had was incredible and Im very proud of the team and everyone in the community who helped us and supported us.
There were so many amazing Italian food stalls and people came from around the area and far away.
The festa was centred on Baromi Park in the heart of town and also included music, singing, dancing, comedy, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, cars and competitions.
Children enjoyed playing on a jumping castle, inflatable slide, face painting and more.
The festa was preceded by a celebration of the Feast of St Paul, which began with an open air mass in Baromi Park, followed by a traditional procession of the statue of St Paul through the park, just as occurs through villages in Italy.
Crowds gathered for the singing of the Australian and Italian national anthems, and a performance by Mirboo North Primary School children of an Italian item.

Great day: Caitlin McFarlane from Leongatha and Jess Jaworski from Mirboo North tried different foods at the Mirboo North Italian Festa on Sunday.


Council inspires future leaders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coasts brightest young leaders met with councils top representatives to discuss their future ambitions at the annual Young Leaders Workshop last Tuesday, February 6.
Twenty-four students, two representatives from Grade 6 and two from Year 12, were elected from schools across Bass Coast as delegates at the Wonthaggi workshop in collaboration with YLab.
At the workshop, students partook in a number of activities focused storytelling and the role it plays in leadership, YLab facilitator Chelsea Lang said.
YLab is the social enterprise arm of Foundation for Young Australians, which seeks to provide skills and resources to prospective young leaders who show leadership aptitude both in the school and local community.
Members of the Bass Coast Shire Council attended the workshop to partake in a quick minute session where students had one minute to come up with a bunch of questions which had to be answered as quickly as possible, Ms Lang said.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and chief executive officer Paul Buckley responded to students questions.
Cr Rothfield drew from her past career experiences to share her advice when asked about her journey to local governance.
When I was sent overseas to work in the film industry, my boss told me I was going to make mistakes but, in order to avoid big ones, I should listen to both the left and right sides of my brain, she said.
I have doubted myself countless times. But be sure to follow what the right side of your brain says sometimes and follow it with confidence.
Cr Tessari expressed to the young leaders about how important it is to share their opinions in order to enact change.
My dad always said that if you are not going to be quiet, then put yourself out there, he shared.
You do not need an official title to be a leader. It is about how you present yourself to others that makes you a leader.
Mr Buckley agreed and said attitude is the key to his success after having failed Year 12.
I realised that it takes a lot of good attitude to move forward in life, he said.
When you wake up in the morning, the only thing you have control over is your attitude.
The young leaders will work on community leadership projects within their respective schools and will be presented with their award at the Young Leaders Awards at Inverloch RACV later in the month.



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Korumburra Show results "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Max Griggs

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 29. Vegetables. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Krista Evans

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 30 43. Fruit. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Geoff Trease

Class 45       Collection of Vegetables

1st Prize $15Max Griggs

2nd Prize $5Rhonda Street

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra


Class 46         Collection of Fruit

1st Prize $15 No entries

2nd Prize $5

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra




Margaret Brown

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 17.  Donated by Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown


Prizes: 1st $10Ross Crawford

2nd $5Maisie Brooks

Donated by Syd Whyte






Prizes: 1st $30 Koringal Womens Service Club

2nd$10   Bena CWA

3rd  $5  Yarra Valley Bakers

BEST PRESENTED ENTRY $5 Donated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Yarra Valley Bakers

Classes 1-8     BEST INDIVIDUAL ENTRY  TrophyDonated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Natalie Oprey


Prizes: 1st $30    Ross Crawford

2nd $20     Jessica Ekins

3rd $5Anne Hopwood

Prizes Donated by Kellys Bakery, Korumburra


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Dawn Wylie

Class 10            Jam, 2 kinds 1stPrize    $10Donated by Korumburra Lions Club



Good riddance to Bill English "IndyWatch Feed"

So, Bill English has resigned as leader of the National Party and will be leaving Parliament. Good fucking riddance. He's done a lot of shitty things in his career, and I'm glad to see the back of him. There's his role in pushing climate change denial as National leader in the early 2000s, which delayed real action on climate change until... well, we still haven't seen it, have we? There's his racist response to the foreshore and seabed case, which in turn helped push Labour down the racist path of dispossession. There's his constant battle to undermine abortion rights and women's health. And then, there's his own personal dishonesty in claiming to live in Dipton so he could get the taxpayer to pay for the house in Karori he actually lived in. Bluntly, the man was a racist and a thief, and the sooner he goes, the better.


Barnaby apologises, but where is the love? "IndyWatch Feed"

Barnaby apologises, but where is the love?Joyce's apology for his affair is all about him and his political survival and insults our intelligence. read now...


Human rights to be protected in Queensland law "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queenslanders are one step closer to having their human rights protected in law, following confirmation from the Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath that the Queensland Government is moving ahead with establishing a Human Rights Act.

Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, welcomed the news from the Palaszczuk Government which was re-elected in November last year.

Its great to see the Queensland Government making good on its commitment to better protect human rights in law. At a time when many rights in Australia are being steadily chipped away, its welcome to see a government draw a line in the sand and move to guarantee some of our fundamental rights in legislation, said Mr de Kretser.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed in 2016 to introduce a Human Rights Act, but the introduction of the legislation was delayed. It is understood the legislation will be modelled on Victorias Charter of Human Rights.

Human Rights Acts help to ensure everyones rights are protected. They lead to better laws and policies and stronger, fairer communities. It will mean that Queensland politicians and public servants must consider human rights when making laws and policies and that government bodies like schools and hospitals must uphold them. This a good move by the Queensland Government and we look forward to seeing the legislation introduced in Parliament as soon as possible, said Mr de Kretser.

Mr de Kretser also said Queensland should learn from the Victorian experience and make sure that peoples rights under the Human Rights Act are easily enforceable.

Most of the work of Victorias Charter has been done behind the scenes in government and parliament, but its important that when governments violate human rights, people affected can take action in court. Theres not much point having your human rights nicely articulated if you cant actually do anything when they are violated, said Mr de Kretser.

In Victoria, people essentially have to tack their human rights claims onto other legal cases in order to have them heard in court. A 2015 review of Victorias Charter recommended that this be simplified to allow people to directly enforc...


Very High Tide 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These are the photos I took of the very high tide around at Mullens. I had hoped to go back and get some photos of the same places when the tide was out - but -  the temperatures this week are too high to make it comfortable to wander around during the day time. 39 Centigrade  is over 100 Fahrenheit - just too hot for me!This extreme heat is predicted to last for another week but after that I shall go down to Mullens again and take some nice sandy photos to show what it is usually like.
This is the boat ramp where the bigger boats are launched,

This is the area immediately down from the car park.
Looking south across the creek where the boats go out onto the bay,
The same area but looking up towards the bank where cars usually park to be close to the water but not right in it!  All the leaves under the trees get picked up on a high tide like this.
With the tide this high more of the mangroves close to the sea are right in the water and with no wind look very beautiful.


New owner plans expansion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NEW owner of Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota, Warren Stewart, aims to grow the business during his time.
Mr Stewart purchased Wonthaggi Toyota and Holden in August, and since then has kept all current staff and employed five new staff.
Were planning on growing Leongatha but also keeping all of the current staff. We have already hired two new staff since Ive been here, he said.
I plan to grow the business through community engagement, sponsorships, staff engagement and best practices.
Mr Stewart is in a partnership with James Bergmuller and their company is called PM Regional.
Mr Berguller is also the owner of Preston Motors.
Moving to Inverloch in July last year, Mr Stewart has been playing cricket for the Inverloch Stingrays and said he believed in strong community engagement.
The new owners are strong on used vehicles, with more than 500 used vehicles available for customers to select from at any time.
If its not in stock, we can get any used vehicle through our networks, Mr Stewart said.
Were very fortunate to have all of the top selling vehicles in Australia such as the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger.
We also have a great range of all commercial vehicles, all at great prices.
Mr Stewart said he was committed to looking after current customers and new ones.

New start: Warren Stewart recently took over Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota and is planning on expanding the business further.


SIMAS Summer Jazz Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SIMAs Summer Jazz is excited to announce coming Saturday, February 17th, three of Melbournes finest young jazz musicians along with Laurence Pike will be at Foundry 616 for a great night of jazz music!

Laurence Pike 8 p.m.

One of the most creative drummers of his generation, Laurence Pike is best known for his duo albums with Mike Nock and his groups PVt and Triosk. Laurence has recently been developing a singular language alone at the drum kit, using the sampler to expand its sonic potential. This has culminated in his forthcoming solo album, Distant Early Warning, due for international release in 2018. Discard conventional notions of the role of the drummer, and explore an ecstatic music...


Edneys has a deal for you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IF you are in the market for a new vehicle, then Edneys Leongatha has some great deals on offer.
The reputable dealership is offering significant savings on all 2017 plated vehicles from Hyundai and Nissan, with a variety of quality new and demo models on offer for February only.
Just look for vehicles with a star sticker in this massive clearance sale.
If you buy a car in February, you will go into a draw to win a $1000 travel voucher from Leongatha Travel and Cruise, Edneys dealer principal Darryl McGannon said.
There is limited stock available and among them are Nissans Navara dual cabs, X-Trails and runout Qashqai, and from Hyundai, there are the i30, Kona and Tucson.
All demo models have low kilometres and the 2017 plated offering includes vehicles in a variety of colours.
Both Hyundai and Nissan offer driveway deals on many vehicles, with Hyundai even including a five year warranty.
This is the time to buy a new or demo car. There are good deals to be had, Mr McGannon said.

Price is right: Edneys Leongathas sales consultant Heather Walker and dealer principal Darryl McGannon with a Hyundai i30 that is among the 2017 plated vehicles on offer in the special clearance sale for February only at the Leongatha dealership. Just look for vehicles with star stickers.


Martys successful hospitality journey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MEENIYANS Marty Thomas has made a huge impact on the small county down since opening Moos at Meeniyan nine years ago.
Mr Thomass journey started in Melbourne when originally, his dream was to become a chef.
I wanted to become a chef because my mum was one, but then I decided I wanted to be around people more and socialise with guests rather than the be in a kitchen, he said.
He studied Hotel Management at William Angliss Institute at age 18 and from there decided he preferred small businesses whilst working in restaurants and bars.
Mr Thomas ran a nightclub in London for a few years and the came back to Melbourne for the cafe scene.
He was in Mornington Peninsula running vineyards for a little while before making the move to Meeniyan to start his venture with Moos.
Mr Thomass role involves running duties, customer service, making coffee, ordering stock, training staff and menu planning, to name a few.
Its a very rewarding job but its hard work and the hours are unsocial, he said.
My main passion for owning a restaurant is to train young locals. My restaurant is a training ground for locals to learn communication skills.

Successful man: owner of Moos at Meeniyan Marty Thomas has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Nine years ago he settled in Meeniyan to start his own restaurant.


Your help is needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is on the lookout for new volunteers.
Now, 27 people volunteer at the Leongatha centre.
Were always looking for new volunteers to join our nice little family of people here, volunteer Jan Byrne said.
You dont have to be from Leongatha to volunteer. You can be from anywhere in South Gippsland to volunteer. You learn things along the way.
Volunteers are required to complete a six week community support work course one day per week through the Salvation Army.
The course will start on Wednesday, April 4 and finish on Wednesday, May 16.
The role requires helping the community as well as tourists navigate throughout South Gippsland, helping people send faxes and using the photocopier, and giving people the appropriate flyers.
You will be required to volunteer a minimum of three hours per week.
If you feel like this is something you might be interested in, call into the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau at the Leongatha Memorial Complex, Michael Place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday to obtain an application form.
Applications close on February 28.

Time and effort: Jan Byrne and Jenny Draper volunteer as often as they can at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau in Leongatha.



Stallholder Profile for Llama Lounge Design

Your name: Julie Reibelt

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Llama Lounge Design 

The suburb/town you live in now: Witta, near Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I use resin and other mediums to create unique and beautiful pieces of art, homewares and jewellery. Resin is a fluid medium, which provides a challenge to work with - I love using different techniques and colour combinations to create something that is one-of-a-kind. 


Strong words spoken at Word in Hand at The Red Rattler Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WORD IN HAND REVIEW Tuesday 6th February

by Lauren OMachel

Located in Marrickville, The Red Rattler might not be your typical theatre, but it holds the power and spirit of any other large theatre you may have experienced. In an intimate setting, The Red Rattler held their monthly event Word in Hand on the 6th of February that introduced both first-time poetry readers and experienced poets such as Omar Musa, Nancy J. Denis and LEWA. All of which brought their own style and energy to the stage that instantly grabbed the attention of the audience.

With a room filled with over 200 people, coordinator Candy Royalle took over Word in Hand starting back in January of 2017. With the event about to disappear, Royalle couldnt let that happen. So, she took matters into her own hands and decided relaunch Word in Hand to be a safe place where people of all different backgrounds could come express themselves or just enjoy the poetic atmosphere.

Royalle enjoys many parts of Word in Hand but her favorite part has to be the audiences reactions.

Seeing the joy that they experience and their responses to the artists, Royalle says. I dont know how else they would be exposed to them [poets] if it werent for groups and people like us.

An overwhelming supportive crowd came to support this event but two attendees Gabe Gasparinatos and Moreblessing Maturure are well-versed in this kind of scene but encourage those who want to take the chance to experience something like this to just go for it.

Utilize the amazing safe spaces to attend cultural events to really learn something and surround yourself with great people, said Gasparinatos.

Find a friend that wont unfriend you, buy them a ticket as well and tell them, Were doing this thing., Maturure explained. Even if you dont want to engage with it, be in the room and see how it happens and feel the vibe. And if youre interested, then come back.

Word in Hand is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month at The Red Rattler Theatre. And listen to Bibi & The Big Blue every Wednesday at 11 p.m. for Something Old, Something New, Queer Funk, Soul, Jazz, Dance & Blues!



City Deal Transport Forum - this Thursday - 6pm, Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There are more details of the forum here.  The focus of this forum, with lots of expert advice from professionals in the areas of urban development and transport planning, will be on the northern suburbs transit corridor project and the housing development opportunities it will present
But of course if this takes off, there will be benefits for all, including West Hobart - we can expect some of the northern suburbs "through traffic" to switch to an efficient rapid transit option.

Do come along to the forum and hear the latest on the proposal.  Just ring up and book your seat/s:



Stallholder Profile for Loopz

Your name: Karen Beckett
Your business name and Facebook/website name and link: Loopz
The suburb/town you live in now: Yandina
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Infinity scarves and Bees Wax food wraps (cling wrap alternative).

What inspired you to start your business?: A number of things With Loopz (Infinity scarves) a love of wearing scarves and shawls, a love of soft draping fabric and reaching an age where I wasnt looking too good on paper when applying for jobs along with hundreds of other people on the Sunshine Coast, so I decided it was time to let the inner me out! With ...


Join V Day and end violence against women and children "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VDay Byron Bay By Photo-Tree-Faerie

A V Day flashmob dance is taking place at 7am tomorrow morning on Main Beach in Byron Bay to raise awareness of the need to end violence against women and children around the world.

Its a chance for local people to connect to the global movement that is committed to reducing violence against women and children, said local organiser Zenith Virago.

This action here in Byron is to empower local women to find their voice.

V Day started on Valentines Day in 2012 and was based on the fact that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. This adds up to more that one million women and girls being subjected to violence in their lives. In Australia approximately 100 women have been murdered in the last 12 months by their intimate partners.

Vagina Conversations

V Day will cumulate with a celebration of the vagina though the ever popular Vagina Conversations that will be held at the Byron Theatre from 7.30pm on February 14 and 15.

This year, with the #metoo campaign, and women individually and collectively exposing the magnitude of sexually abusive behaviour by many men this show is particularly relevant, said Zenith.

Woman are standing up for themselves, for others, and against the patriarchy and its control of women and their bodies.

Having sold out shows for the last two years you will need to pick up tickets early on if you want to have a chance to enjoy the hilarious, challenging and celebratory stories that will be being told by women from 22 to 81 years old about their lives and vaginas. Speakers will include Mandy Nolan, Feather, Moana Pearl, Gopi Lev Dupain, and Sarah Temporal among many others.

The event is sponsored by the Community Centre and all proceeds go to support women from Byron Shire who are escaping from intimate partner violence.

The Escape Fund finances women in crisis to pay for emergency accommodation, get locks changed, keeps women and children...


313 Joining the dots versus growing the blobs "IndyWatch Feed"

For the recent AARES conference in Adelaide, Maksym Polyakov did a wonderfully creative poster presenting our research on optimal targeting of ecological restoration.

There is a small image of the poster below, but if you want to see the details, go here. (Scroll down when you get there to see the poster.)

Not surprisingly, it won the prize for the best poster at the conference.


The primary causes of biodiversity decline worldwide are habitat destruction, alteration and fragmentation resulting from human economic activities such as agriculture or property development. Public- and private-sector organizations allocate considerable resources to slow down biodiversity decline by developing conservation networks that preserve the remaining habitat. In this study we use simulation to compare several strategies to spatially target ecological restoration effort to create conservation networks, on private lands in a fragmented agricultural landscape. The evaluated targeting strategies are aggregation, connectivity and representativeness. The effectiveness of these targeting strategies is compared to the effectiveness of ecological restoration without targeting. We allow for heterogeneity of landowners willingness to participate in restoration projects and explicitly assume that that not all parcels within target areas will be restored. We model the probability of participation in restoration projects as a function of the private benefits of ecological restoration captured by the landowner. The results of the simulation are analyzed using regression analysis. Our results suggest that effectiveness of the targeting strategies depends on landscape characteristics (level of fragmentation) and species characteristics (habitat requirements and area of home range). On average, when uncertainty about whether landowners will participate is considered, for most analyzed species, the aggregation strategy outperforms the connectivity strategy with the representativeness strategy performing worst. This is contrary to the findings of previous studies and Government policy, that connectivity is the most effective strategy in fragmented landscapes. Accounting for the landowners behavior through a private benefits function improves the biodi...


Facial eczema warning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland farmers are being urged to consider zinc oxide supplements with reports of alarmingly high spore counts that could quickly lead to facial eczema outbreaks.
One farmer in the Macalister Irrigation District reported 55,000 spores per gram of pasture a number that should have every farmer across Gippsland talking to their vet or feed supplier about prevention options.
In other recent counts from MID farms, there were several reports of 20,000 spores per gram of pasture, while one topped 30,000 and another was above 35,000. In West Gippsland, a Yannathan farm reported 25,000 spores per gram of pasture.
These figures suggest conditions are ideal for facial eczema outbreaks. Above 20,000 is worrying above 30,000 (let alone 55,000) means it is time to act.
Farmers are being urged to do their own pasture monitoring to ensure any localised rise in spore counts is quickly identified. Recent warm weather and rainfall have combined to create ideal conditions for spore growth.
Farmers can view spore counts on each of the 31 sentinel farms at
Spore counting commenced in December 2017 on sentinel farms across Gippsland and the Bega region.
The facial eczema webpage has current spore counts for your area and allows you to sign up for alerts.
Remember early intervention is critical to prevent facial eczema as there is no effective treatment. Seek expert advice on prevention programs from your vet or feed supplier.
The project is funded by Dairy Australia and is managed by GippsDairy.
Any enquiries about the Facial Eczema pasture spore count monitoring program should be directed to Karen Romano, regional extension officer, GippsDairy at or on 5624 3900.

Up close: spores in ryegrass litter can cause facial eczema when digested by cows and other grazing animals.


The Waifs make magic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Waifs played on a perfect summers day at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on Sunday, February 4.
Predictions of catastrophic weather forced the Lyrebird Arts Council to postpone this event originally scheduled to take place on December 2, but the forecast weather never eventuated.
A near capacity crowd of 2500 people danced and swayed and made a joyful celebration of a superb summers evening in one of the most picturesque setting in Australia.
Months ago, The Waifs organised their national tour to end in their hometown Perth on Saturday, February 3. The Lyrebird Arts Council was humbled by The Waifs and special guest Yirrmal agreeing to fly back for this one performance.
Feedback from the audience has been both overwhelming and ultimately touching, with such comments as, Thank you for this gift of an experience and What a great easy, relaxed event.
The audience ranged in ages from children through to a lady in her nineties, who was offered a seat while dancing and responded, God no, just give me a guitar.

Memorable show: The Waifs performed to 2500 people at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on February 4.


Sunrise in Pyongyang "IndyWatch Feed"

Not quite Wake up, you sleepyhead. From EVERY MORNING IN NORTH KOREA, THE MASSES ARE AWOKEN BY CREEPY SYNTH MUSIC BLASTING OVER LOUDSPEAKERS. Only a handful of comments at the site, but a quite interesting specimen of the mindset of the left. Marty must work for the ABC.

Marty Krog  
JUst some more Western media hype painting a negative light over a culture they have no fucking understanding about, but just happy to the stir the shit for some Western agenda. Maybe a bit of chilled music in the morning will stop your retards from shooting each other at school.


Rehabilitated turtles set for Valentines Day release "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Will Smith, another turtle rehabilitated by Australian Seabird Rescue. (supplied)

Two turtles that have spent months in rehabilitation at Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina will be released at Byron Bays Main Beach tomorrow, just in time for Valentines Day.

And the group is using the event to promote a crowd funding campaign for Dolly, the largest turtle the ASR has ever had in care.

In late November, ASR received a phone call from north coast emergency vet about a sea turtle that had washed up at Lennox Head Surf Club.

The green sea turtle was floating and unable to submerge and had a small about of barnacle cover.

Named Elsie after a volunteers daughter, she was placed into intensive care and put on a course of antibiotics.

Soon after, Elsie went into ASRs tanks for some well-deserved Vitamin D before going into the pre-release tank were she was able to get rid of her float, and pigged out on some fresh squid. She is now two kilograms heavier that when she first came into care!

On December 9, Bruce from Brunswick Heads delivered a green sea turtle to ASR, which had been stranded on the beach.

Halsey was suffering from severe floating syndrome to the extent that she was actually on her side. She was incredibly lethargic.

But after a course of antibiotics, she started eating and her float slowly disappeared. Halsey shared the outside tank with Elsie and was placed into the pre-release tank shortly after and continued to pig out on squid with Elsie.

Australian Seabird rescue is a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations to keep rehabilitating sea turtles and seabirds. They currently have 10 turtles in care, including a 70-kilogram Hawksbill turtle, Dolly, one of the biggest sighted on the east coast of Australia.

The group needs to raise $7,000 for a satellite tracker that will provide data and help Dollys survival.


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Arts Wednesday 14 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 3 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week we look at NAIDOC Week.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Jackie Dunn, curator at AGNSW, to talk about the impossibly beautiful Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, just opened at the gallery. Learn about the layers of meaning within the tapestries and hear our special tips on what to look for things you may not have noticed unless they were pointed out to you. (They were pointed out to me!)

Music is mostly 16th century French.

Please keep me company!

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Beef prices low on last year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHILE beef prices are not what they were this time last year, local agents hope a wet autumn will change the dynamic in the oversupplied market.
Leongatha Landmarks Terry Ginnane said many factors pointed to why beef prices are low.
Beef has less demand on the world market right now. In New South Wales it has been very dry so there are a lot more cattle on the market than we have seen, he said.
One of our major abattoirs in Murray Bridge, South Australia also recently burnt down, so the killing capacity has been reduced. There are many more factors though.
Store market prices have eased through the month with steers making $2.90 to $3.30 per kg.
Heifers are currently selling at $2.60 to $2.70 per kg while the best vealers are making at most $3 per kg.
Phelan and Henderson and Cos Simon Henderson agreed dry conditions in NSW had had an impact.
It has been dry up there and if we could receive some monsoonal weather it could turn a lot of sellers into buyers, he said.
The market is being oversupplied by more cow beef than our suppliers can handle, hence the drop in price.
Mr Henderson said while beef prices have dropped an average of 10 percent, the annual influx of bullocks has already started at Leongathas Victorian Livestock Exchange.
We have gone from having about 400 bullocks yarded to about 800, he said.
We had a very kind December which prolonged the spring grass, so farmers have the opportunity to hold their cattle a little longer before moving them on and replacing them with suitable restocks.
Mr Ginnane said while the extra grass was welcome, farmers had to ensure cattle did not gain excess weight.
The higher supply of cattle currently on offer has cut back the potential for price increases and it does not look like we will see the same high levels we have had over the past two years. There has been a big correction on the market, he said.
Mr Henderson said prices did not live up to January 2017s record figures, and the discrepancy between store and fat prices was making it difficult to trade.
Store prices are currently high while fat prices are low so it is tricky. The most successful breeds constantly making $3 per kg are the prime European crosses and British bred or crossed prime bullocks, he said.
Friesians and Friesian cross bullocks are currently quite cheap, as is the cow market at the moment.
Export orders have brought in some money to local farms, with offers on steers and heifers reaching up to $3.40. Unjoined Angus are faring the best with 250kg heifers going for around $1100.


Emily receives life changing gift "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE South Gippsland community has rallied around eight year old Emily Rainbow in order for her to receive expensive but lifesaving surgery this month.
Emilys family had been concerned about a tumour in her throat for more than a year and were told she would need $15,000 surgery in order to have it removed.
Emily had a biopsy on her tumour 12 months ago and it was left inconclusive for the past year. We took further tests and last Thursday we were told it was stage three cancer, family friend Stephen Bover-Groen said.
Monash is trying to get a specialist to fly in from the US to perform Emilys surgery by the end of the month, however if they cannot get him to come over, we are going to have to go to Sydney to see a specialist.
Either way the surgery is going to cost a fortune, so Jim Pickersgill and Associates Leongatha generously donated $1000 towards the medical costs yesterday (Monday).
It is always more we than I, where we as a group can achieve so much together. We instil that and it is our mindset here, Mr Pickersgill said.
The Long Street business also bought a toy bunny, named Jimmy, for Emily.
This hit close to home with me due to some personal experiences. But when I saw Emilys picture in the paper and read her story, it struck my heart, Mr Pickersgill said.
She looks so much like my granddaughter and I thought how would I feel if this was happening to my granddaughter. It is so obvious that right now we all need to do what we can to help Emily.
Mr Bover-Groen said he was impressed by the communitys support.
Emilys mother and I have been applying for Make a Wish and when I asked Emily the other day what she wanted, all she said was to stay alive, Mr Bover-Groen said.

Generous gift: from left, Jim Pickersgill Associates Karen Newton with Stephen Bover-Groen, Emily Rainbow and Jim Pickersgill yesterday (Monday) when the Leongatha business gave $1000 towards Emilys surgery.


Breakers enjoy first training "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Bass Coast Breakers first training session went really well with more than 30 there.
There were a mixture of existing players, new players who have never played before and girls who have moved up from youth girls.
As the Breakers push for two teams, they are still looking for more players and we encourage anyone who has ever wanted to play footy to come to training and give it a go.
Just come as you are, no boots required and youll be supplied with a warm- up singlet featuring the team sponsors.
To cater for players from all over the shire pre-season trainings will move around.
Trainings will be at Dalyston every Wednesday and Friday, sessions will alternate between Inverloch and Newhaven Rec Reserves.
Training is this Friday, February 16, at Inverloch and all sessions start at 6pm.
At the end of training coach Steve Kenny said; I was really impressed with the turn out for our first session.  There was a good mix of new, existing players and youth girls.
The girls hit the track at a high level with many playing AFL 9s before Christmas and competing in events like the Cape Aquathon and Tetrathlon over summer.
During preseason, the team is focusing on recruiting new players, coach and support staff, sticking together and supporting each other and having fun and improving.

Growing team: youth girls recruit Jaz Garry joins senior players Chelsea Connell and Tess Angarane in the Breakers this year.


Beach battle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A BRING Back the Beach campaign has been launched in Port Welshpool, initiated by town planner Roger Harvey.
He believed the beach has been degraded over the years and wants improvements.
Mr Harvey has owned a holiday house in Port Welshpool since the early 2000s and has also developed land in the area for houses.
He has been long been involved with the campaign for the reopening of the Long Jetty, and designed a poster campaign that became well known in and around the town.
The recent marina proposal prompted him to write a detailed submission to South Gippsland Shire Council objecting to the proposed location next to the Long Jetty, which he believed seemed a most poorly conceived location, duplicating the marine precinct already available at the eastern end of the town.
After so many years of campaigning, Mr Harvey holds the view that the Long Jetty should be allowed to tell its own story and form a passive recreation area, free of the ugliness and disturbance a marina and car park brings.
Now he is concerned about the Port Welshpool beach.
The ugly material deposited there by Gippsland Ports following a dredging exercise is now most visible, he said.
The sand has been eroded such that the drop from the seawall is now quite marked, presenting a dangerous situation.
I know the beach is artificial in the sense that the area used to be mangroves, but I really dont see the relevance of this.
Mr Harvey said a sandy beach was a beautiful place for people to enjoy passive recreation.
From the time my family first started visiting in the early 2000s, the beach has been eroded and ruined, he said.
The best value improvement to the town is to reinstate and maintain the beach.
Given the beach area is Crown land in the control of the State Government, Mr Harvey wrote to Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, setting out some of his ideas.
Within the letter, the stand out, non-contestable idea was to reinstate the beach.
It be could assisted by beach groynes to resist erosion, he said.
It would provide a wonderful complement to the Long Jetty when it is reopened, and surely, it cant be that hard to do.
A revamped beach would be a great attraction and also complement the Long Jetty.
I hope the petition will demonstrate local community and visitor support.


Woolamai hosts big Cup day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Woolamai Cup Day was a huge hit on Saturday with crowds larger than anticipated.
Woolamai Races secretary Bev Carmichael said the day was hectic.
It was probably a bit bigger than what we expected and slightly larger than last year, secretary Bev Carmichael said.
Overall everything went very well and I was very pleased with the crowd.

Great achievement: from left, Woolamai Cup winner Courtney Pace with horse trainers Heidi and Paul Kramper from Garfield at the Woolamai Races on Saturday.


Councillors to be investigated "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has confirmed it is conducting an investigation to determine who leaked an internal email to councillors to the public.
The email, from chief executive officer Tim Tamlin, explained the reasons for a delay in council finding a suitable consultant to test noise levels produced by the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower.
The email explains that two months after an order from the Supreme Court to do so, he requested an investigation plan from an independent expert in the field.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt recently used her Mayors Message column in the press to say she was disappointed a councillor may have leaked the email. Mr Tamlin said council was now looking into why the email was leaked.
The mayors statements were criticised by some councillors, who said she used her column inappropriately, with suggestions she should resign.
But Cr Brunt said she would stand firm in her role.
The Mayors Message is the mayors message, she said, noting concerns were raised by a minority of councillors and their allies in the community.
I intend to lead from the front with strong leadership.
Neighbours of the wind farm claimed turbine noise was affecting their health and engaged law firm DST Legal to call for council to act. Council is responsible for monitoring wind farm noise.
In August last year, the court ordered council to undertake a proper study after council officers initially assessed noise levels by using their ears only.
Mr Tamlin will now face the Supreme Court on March 20 to explain councils actions in complying with the courts order from August.
Speaking to The Star on Friday, Mr Tamlin said he had hoped to have a costed investigation plan to the December council meeting for council to approve, but the consultant was unable to give that information due to previous work commitments.
He said the investigation plan would now come before the February 28 council meeting for council deliberation.
We have to establish if the wind farm is causing a nuisance and if that nuisance is adversely affecting peoples health and wellbeing, he said.
Mr Tamlin said he believed independent auditors appointed by Bald Hills Wind Farm as per its planning permit requirements had found no noise issues, apart from one turbine that was located away from houses.
The CEO said he did not see the value of calling an extraordinary meeting of council in January to discuss the investigation plan, saying councillors needed to have time off. He was also on leave then.
Mr Tamlin said he was concerned about the cost to ratepayers of the legal action, but said had council found noise to be a problem, Bald Hills Wind Farm would have likely appealed, also resulting in legal costs to ratepayers.


Queensland Drag Icon Sybil Von Thorndyke Honoured "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Laurence Deane best known as Queensland drag legend Dame Sybil Von Thorndyke has been honoured by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for his contribution to Queenslands LGBTIQ community. Deane, a veteran of the Brisbane entertainment scene, is a founding member and driving force behind the annual Queens Birthday Ball event. After its humble beginnings ...

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Strategies to boost councils performance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ARTS and culture, tourism, economic growth and supporting the shires ageing population will be some of the key elements in South Gippsland Shire Councils 2018-19 Council Plan.
Council discussed its plan with the public at drop in sessions outside Leongathas Memorial Hall and at Mirboo Norths Italian Festa in the past week.
The sessions will continue in Foster on Thursday and Friday. Alternatively, people can post their ideas on councils OurSay forum.
Councils coordinator for corporate planning and council business June Ernst said there had been a lot of interest around increased support for the arts, including the development of a Leongatha arts centre.
Many also wanted council to lobby the State and Federal governments more for major projects.
Stony Creek resident Robin Smith said while there were initiatives he was looking forward to, he would have liked to see more being done for children, education and recreation.
I hope my feedback will enable council to gauge where its culture is at, and look at broadening their perspectives. For example, objectives and initiatives targeting children, education, recreation and a more critical approach to governance is lacking, he said.
Mr Smith said he supported the initiatives and strategies that looked at improving governance, refining councils business unit and sewerage.
On the OurSay forum, some of the most popular submissions included a focus on cutting down waste, reducing services not regularly used by ratepayers, encouraging investment in big industries and retailers, and maintaining Home and Community Care Services.
A lot of people have been interested in the Active Ageing strategies. We live in an ageing community, and these strategies keep people active and help them to stay independent in their homes for longer, Ms Ernst said.
Reducing rates, streamlining business productivity, advocating for critical infrastructure like water and energy, continuing to support the foodmap, road maintenance, and digital strategies were also initiatives identified by council.
The OurSay forum will remain open until February 18. The feedback will be collated and finalised by February 21.
Council will be asked to endorse the plan at its ordinary meeting in the middle of March, after which the document will go out for formal consultation with the community.
The plan will be completed by the end of June.
There are already heaps of ideas on the OurSay forum. We are really trying to reach out to different people to hear the range of feedback in our community, Ms Ernst said.


Quake shakes Prom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale occurred west of Wilsons Promontory yesterday (Monday).
The quake occurred at 1.14am at a depth of 10km, below the sea.
Geoscience Australia did not receive reports of damage or of how far the earthquake was felt.
Duty seismologist Marco Maldoni said, When we get an earthquake in an area, it increases the risk of another one occurring.


Shire serves up sand to Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE value of South Gippsland Shires sand resource was highlighted by the launch of a pilot project near Nyora on Friday.
The State Government has joined with South Gippsland and Wyndham councils to unveil a pilot project to undertake geoscientific investigations and identify high quality extractive resources.
An inventory of natural, cultural, community and other land uses including rail and road transport routes will also be compiled.
The information gathered over the next 12 to 18 months will be assessed to determine the best way to secure extractive resources and quarry operations, while maximising liveability with local neighbourhoods.
Minister for Resources Tim Pallas launched the project with South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt at Hanson Quarry.
South Gippsland Shire has 27 per cent of the states sand resource, in the north-west of the shire between Nyora and Lang Lang, and is ranked the most critical quarry resource location in the state.
Cr Brunt said, Its about putting some sort of planning around the area for sand mining and its how you consult with the community so that people understand what this mining is about.
A report published last year projected Victorias population growth and urban development would nearly double the demand for rock, gravel and sand by 2050 above recent levels of production.
The pilot project will help ensure quarries can supply these raw materials well into the future, unimpeded by conflicts with urban encroachment.
South Gippsland Shire is expected to supply 22 per cent of Victorias sand and gravel and 34 per cent of its hard rock to 2050. Eighty per cent of South Gippslands quarry supply goes to areas of high demand in greater Melbourne.
The City of Wyndham is currently the largest producer of hard rock in Victoria.

Valuable sand: at left, at Hanson Quarry near Nyora for the launch of the Victorian pilot project relating to sand and rock supplies were Dr Elizabeth Gibson, general manager Construction Material Processors Association (CMPA); South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt; Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas; Brian Houser, state director Cement Concrete and Aggregate Australia; and Andrew Ritchie, operations manager of Hanson.


Catholic Church: $30 Billion But Wont Pay Child Sexual Assault Victims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Wealthy, ruthless and immoral: these are some of the words used to describe the Catholic Church during the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Despite its wealth being comparable to some of Australias largest corporations, the Church has fought for many years against compensating victims

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Farmers dirty over mud rules "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FARMERS have been left feeling dirty after South Gippsland Shire Council announced it may look to fine drivers whose tractors and other vehicles leave mud on the roads.

Council claimed farmers muddy vehicles were contributing to unsafe roads in the region and said it will look to find a cleaner solution with everyone working together.

In a press release, council claimed it would work with farmers in taking preventative steps to avoid losses to both their farm and public.

This will reduce the need for any litter abatement notices, fines or charges for the cost of clean-up and damages, the council statement said.

South Gippsland Shire Councils manager operations Fred Huitema said necessary measures would be taken to make roads safer for all residents and visitors.

Council appreciates the hard work farmers do for our community, which is why it is important for us to work with them to find solutions to reduce the amount of mud on our roads, he said.

We are hoping these measures will ensure our roads are safer for the community to utilise.

Allen Van Kuyk previously received a litter abatement notice from South Gippsland Shire Council for letting his cattle cross Cassons Road. Attached was a warning of a hefty $3000 fine should he continue to do so.  The Agnes resident is concerned similar fines could apply in this situation.

At any stage if I do not meet their expectations they could fine me, he said.

We try to manage it as best as we can, but if the shire decides they want to fine us, theyll catch us sooner or later. It is something that can affect so many people. A $3000 fine to anybody is substantial.

Mr Van Kuyk said he does all he can to ensure his cattle and tractors do not leave mud on Cassons Road, however it can be almost impossible given muddy conditions on his property.

It is totally impractical to expect us to clean a tractor every time we go in and out of a paddock, he said.

They have got have to a little bit of common sense on what they want us to do and it is practically buck for their poor maintenance and it is partially fundraising.

We are an easy target for them, but what they have proposed is not workable and there is no common sense to it.

Many locals expressed their concerns on The Stars Facebook page.

It is a bit harsh considering our roads are absolutely terrible around our farm and they only fix it every so often,

Tooras Jess Thorne commented.

How can we stop our utes from getting muddy tyres on council roads? It is not like theres a car wash in every town either.

Council said...


Medical rush "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippslands health services are thriving with an influx of staff joining the ranks at hospitals and clinics across the region.

Rising population and subsequent demand for healthcare has seen the employment of new doctors, registrars and specialists across healthcare providers in Leongatha and Wonthaggi.

South Gippslands lifestyle opportunities and proximity to Melbourne has resulted in the region bucking the trend of a shortage of doctors in other parts of country Victoria.

Leongatha Healthcare practice manager Judy Robb said, There is such a growth happening in the area with plenty of people buying houses, so we are doing all we can so that our services are keeping up with demands for healthcare in the region.

Leongatha Healthcare has four additional staff at the practice with two registrars and two general practitioners on hand.

Working on call at Leongatha Hospital, the general practitioners will service patients across the region.

Gippsland Southern Health Services acting chief executive officer Vicki Farthing said the influx of medical staff would contribute to the regions strong healthcare system.

We are fairly lucky in the breadth of specialists we have who are very skilled, and complement the GPs and doctors we already have, she said.

I think we are doing very well in terms of the number of GPs we have in this region, especially in comparison to areas like Yarram where they only have one general practitioner.

Ms Farthing said while the influx of registrars and clinical doctors would serve the population well, more medical physicians were still needed in the region.

We do not currently have anywhere in our subregion where a physician would work in intensive care, she said.

They are mainly in hospitals like Latrobe Regional Hospital and Warragul. But Bass Coast Health is working to open up that level of specialisation to the region.

General practitioners Sarah Beck and Ben OLeary have moved to the area and are working at Leongatha Healthcare. Ms Beck is an obstetrician and general practitioner, and Mr OLeary is an anaesthetist and general practitioner.

Dr Tim Mulherin will be joining the team as a general practitioner, obstetrician and anaesthetist, while Dr Neetu Grover will also be in the clinic as a general practitioner and obstetrician.

Dr Fatima Momtaz will also be commuting from Warragul after she moved from West Gippsland Healthcare to join the Leongatha clinic.

It is a very fascinating clinic to work at as it is quite procedural here. It is a good place to be on rotation at, she said.

Leongathas Long Street Family Medical has also receive...


WATCH: Cher Says Shes Ready To Celebrate At Mardi Gras 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Music icon Cher has said shes ready to celebrate Mardi Gras 40th anniversary next month. Less than three weeks ahead of her arrival in Australia, the legendary singer has filmed a video message to tell Australian fans shes also thrilled with the result of Australias marriage equality postal survey. I know its been a big ...

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MACKAY P-plater used ice to keep awake and pot to manage pain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Jadie Ellen Ward lives with Sleeping Beauty syndrome, which causes excessive sleep and altered behaviour, according to her defence solicitor Jordana Abela. Ms Abela told Mackay Magistrates Court that Ward would use ice to keep awake and cannabis to manage pain and help keep her calm.

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MACKAY Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas

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MACKAY Mum accused of burglary refused bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 8. Trevor Veale. by Luke Mortimer. A WEST Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes has been refused bail after she was arrested on a warrant. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29

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Saddle Road landowners meet over planning proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Echonetdaily understands that the planning proposal study area of 315 hectares covers a much larger area than what is proposed for residential use, meaning that cane fields for example will not be rezoned residential. This is owing to a range of elements such as access options. 475 dwellings are proposed. Image from Saddle Road Planning Proposal.

A meeting last week with Byron Shire Council staff, councillors and Saddle Road, Mullumbimby, landowners has been reported differently by a proponent and opponent.

The contentious planning proposal and the staff recommendation against were removed from the December 14, 2017 Byron Shire Council meeting by senior staff to allow more consultation between planning staff and the proponents and the objectors.

The meeting comes after the council last year invited a planning proposal for Saddle Road land, known as Area 17 for affordable housing solutions.

The planning proposal for the entire ridgeline between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads also includes an intentional community called Bruns Eco Village.

Matthew OReilly, representing Saddle Ridge Community Action Group (SRLAMPA), said there was little support for the planning proposal and that 26 landowners representing 17 different properties affected by the Planning Proposal were in attendance.

Mr OReilly says, The three property owners who have lodged the planning proposal also attended, but did not speak at the meeting. When a show of hands was called for those who support the proposal, no one put up their hands including the three land owners behind the proposal. By comparison, when a show of hands was called for in relation to those who opposed the planning proposal, almost the entire room put up their hands.

Bruns Eco Village have hijacked this process and have jumped on the affordable housing band wagon to push their development through...


Watch The New Brad Butcher Video Crawl, Beg & Cry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher Queensland based singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has kicked off 2018 in a big way, taking out the Best New Talent gong at the Golden Guitars in January. And now Butcher is releasing his brand new single and video Crawl, Beg & Cry. The track is the third single from Brad Butchers []


Man charged with $1.2m fraud from medical supply company "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squads Corporate Corruption Team commenced an investigation following reports payments had been made to various personal bank accounts after fraudulent and altered invoices were submitted between July 2015 and February 2017.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives met with a 25-year-old man at North Melbourne Police Station in Victoria yesterday (Monday 12 February 2018).

The South Yarra man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 39 counts of fraud.

Police will allege in court the man used his position of trust and managerial responsibilities to create fraudulent invoices or fraudulently alter invoices for payment into bank accounts he controlled.

He also allegedly used a company-issued credit card to make unauthorised and fraudulent payments to another company of which he was the sole director.

The total amount of the payments was $1,237,806.

He is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Malaysian Newspaper Publishes How To Spot A Gay Checklist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A prominent Malaysian newspapers checklist for identifying potential gay and lesbian people has been slammed by local activists. The article in the Sinar Harian newspaper, as translated by The Guardian, featured bullet points of various attributes that supposedly reveal LGBTI-identifying people. The newspaper wrote that gay men were easy to spot because of their love ...

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Who is Civilized? "IndyWatch Feed"

By Cally Jetta Sometimes non-Aboriginal people struggle to view Aboriginal society from a non-ethnocentric perspective. The only way they can relate to Aboriginal culture (or any other culture) is by measuring it against their own, often unfavourably. Many times we have encountered the statements: You were all still living in the Stone Age. All you

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New research demonstrates singing benefits Parkinsons sufferers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elizabeth with her father Ron Lord. Photo supplied.

Singing for people with Parkinsons disease (PD) has been shown to have a number of therapeutic benefits including an increased sense of well being, reduced stigma and providing greater opportunities for social engagement according to new research by from Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (QCRC) and Griffith University. People in China, South Korea and Australia participated in the Sing to beat Parkinsons research project. Seventy-five Australias participated in three of the groups held in Toowoomba, Kalangur and Brisbane City over a six month period.

As part of the Sing to Beat Parkinsons research Elizabeth Lord successfully facilitated the Brisbane at Southbank choir and found that she was able to co-create a repertoire with the group that we would add to each week, along with a range of fun and dynamic vocal warm up exercises and rounds.

Following on from this experience Elizabeth is now looking to start a local singing group for people with Parkinsons.

My hope is to establish fun and interactive singing groups in the northern rivers for people with parkinsons and their carers, said Elizabeth.

Previous singing experience is not necessary, the groups would run for weekly one-hour sessions in eight week blocks from March 2018. I am still looking into venues but anticipate this beginning in the Brunswick/Ocean Shores area and extending into other areas if the interest is there.

Elizabeths interest in PD is deeply personal as her father Ron Lord was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.

I have seen the impact that this progressive neurological disorder has had on his physical and mental state. The one thing Dad continues to enjoy is singing as it allows him to have some temporary respite from the symptoms of PD.

If you are interested in finding our more you can contact Elizabeth at or phone 0426807260.

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Police deny assaulting woman during Byron Bay arrest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Screenshot from the footage of the arrest shared to Facebook, which has led to further allegations of police brutality in Byron Bay. Photo Facebook/Jaicey Revelle

Tweed-Byron police have been forced to deny assaulting a woman they arrested at a Byron Bay beach yesterday (Monday, February 12) after mobile phone footage of the altercation was posted to social media and screened on TV.

The video appears to show a woman shouting and resisting arrest and a man shouting Zoe, just settle as police make several, increasingly forceful, attempts to arrest her under a casuarina tree on the beach near the Wreck.

As the police lead the woman away, she collapses on the beach steps after trying to break free from the two officers who are escorting her.

The man runs up behind the two officers and shouts, get the fuck off her; you just knocked her out.

Another man, possibly an off duty doctor or paramedic, kneels over the woman checking her vital signs.

The woman comes to and starts calling for Jesse before being led away.

Jaicey Revelle, who posted the video to the Byron Bay Community Board, said the woman, was hit with a closed fist by the female officer and was knocked unconscious for 30 seconds or more.

She added that the man who ran to defend her was hit by female police officer then pepper sprayed by male officer.

The video can be viewed in its entirety on our Facebook page.

TV coverage disappointing: police

Tweed-Byron detective superintendent Wayne Starling told media he was, disappointed in a story run on one of the local television networks with mobile phone footage indicating that police assaulted a woman at Byron Bay.

In reality the policewoman has advised me that the woman was trying to bite her and she pushed her away.

This story has given the police haters in the community the opportunity to latch onto this story and could put our local community and police at risk, he said.

Police report

Police spoke to a number of people to identify those....


Barnaby Has Problem Maintaining Election OR People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Buy Curtains. "IndyWatch Feed"

When Julie Bishop suggested that Labor should back off Barnaby she used the phrase glass houses. Personally, Ive always thought that the saying, People who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones was a little silly. I mean, if you live in a brick or wooden house, does that make it ok? While I understand

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Nursing Home Residents Getting Less in Food Than Prisoners and Guinea Pigs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Heather CallaghanEditor

Just on the heels of reports that nursing home residents are inappropriately drugged into oblivion by antipsychotics new reports have surfaced about the abysmal condition of the food given to people in their golden years. It is reportedly worse than that of prisonersand even guinea pigs when the cost of the food is considered.

That is to say that all three meals for nursing home residents in Australia average $6.08 for the entire day. The news was dubbed as a national disgrace. While this revelation alone is enough to make anyone shudder, consider that the nursing home industry reaps in at least $1 billion dollars annually in Australia.

Keep in mind that symptoms of malnutrition can mirror those of dementia which would beg the question of whether residents are being misdiagnosed or drugged for symptoms that are actually food deprivation. A more sinister thing to ponder is whether food withholding is a slower form of end-of-life treatment.



Yonder comes Turnbulls republic; Bill of Rights on the bar table "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How many people know there is a Bill of Rights bill sitting on the table in the House of Representatives in Canberra which already has survived a first reading.

It is called the Bill of Rights Act, 2017, tabled by Tasmania Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie.

According to Mr Wilkie it is a bill for an Act relating to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Australians and all people in Australia, and for related purposes.

This bill paves the way, setting the framework for Turnbulls republic.

Mr Wilkie is obviously unaware we already have the inalienable Bill of Rights 1688, which cannot be altered by any parliament.

If you were not worried before you need to be very concerned now

The objects of this Act are:

15 (a) to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human

16 rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons without

17 discrimination; and

18 (b) to that end, to enact an Australian Bill of Rights giving effect

19 to certain provisions of:

20 (i) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

21 done at New York on 16 December 1966; and

22 (ii) the International Covenant on Economic, Social and

23 Cultural Rights done at New York on 16 December

24 1966; and

25 (iii) the Convention on the Rights of the Child done at New

26 York on 20 November 1989;

27 being guided by:

28 (iv) the Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded

29 Persons; and

1 (v) the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons; and

2 (vi) the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of

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FREESTYLE & STOKE !! *surf sessions and board displays* "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


On Sunday February 25th Byron Bay Surf Festival is setting its compass to Australias most easterly point the tropo-dreamy shores of Wategos Beach, for a froth-filled day of sun, surf and salt water for the entire family! Once again, this years Freestyle & Stoke surf sessions will feature some of surfings best and most eccentric sliders, brand new progressive wave-riding categories, and for the second consecutive year, BBSF will host one of last years crowd favouritesthe McTavish Trim!!

So load up the groms, grab your boards and brolies and lets dive right in to this years breakdown


Our Freestyle & Stoke categories are progressively one-of-a-kind, with a strong focus on artistic interpretation and style. These non-competitive events are decided by peer vote, with advantage awarded to those presenting their surfing with style, wave and equipment adaptability, flare and freestyling fun during each session! Invites are sent out for most sessions and fill quite fast. If an invitee doesnt show on the day, that invite goes open to the beach. So be ready!!

Registrations open on the beach at 7:00am with the first session kicking off at 8:00 am sharp!

8:00 8:30 am: Torpedoes (surfing the body)
8:30 9:00 am: Wood Sniffers presented by Wood Surf Co
9:00 10:00 am: McTavish Trim -presented by McTavish Surfboards
10:00 10:30 am: Finless Slide presented by RVCA
10:30 11:00 am: The Extraterrestrial Soft-board Experiment
11:00 11:30 am: Log invitational Invite only
11:30 am 12:00 pm: Mermaid Party presented by Atmosea.
12:00 12:30 pm: Ying/Yang
1:00 1:45 pm: Festival Party Wave Open to one and all!



Documents reveal California police worked with Neo-Nazis to pursue anti-racist activists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following  from Sam Levin ( The Guardian 9 February 2018 San Francisco), gives an account of how during a court case, evidence of  collusion between the police and odious hate organisations has come to light.

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with anti-racist beliefs, court documents show.

The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizers identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies, after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a cover-up and collusion with the fascists.

Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes.

Photo by David McNew: Getty Images

It is shocking and really angering to see the level of collusion and the amount to which the police covered up for the Nazis, said Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley teacher and anti-fascist organizer charged with assault and rioting after participating in the June 2016 Sacramento rally, where she said she was stabbed and bludgeoned in the head. The people who were victimized by the Nazis were then victimized by the police and the district attorneys.

Steve Grippi, chief deputy district attorney prosecuting the case in Sacramento, vehemently denied the claims of bias in an email to the Guardian...


Market Talk- February 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Its always a difficult trading environment when one large market is closed (Japan Monday), but following last weeks volatility we have seen a quiet bounce-back in quieter conditions. That bounce-back has been more visible in US futures than Asian cash even with the Shanghai closing +0.8% firmer today. The KOPSI (+0.9%) and SENSEX also enjoyed a bounce today (+0.9%), but is being helped by a trending weaker INR. The Australian ASX, NZX and Hang Seng were all were all little changed (small negative) today, as financials weigh the ASX down and real-estate the HSI. Oil has helped a touch today, we saw a bounce after last weeks huge decline, also talk that IMF reports a recovering global economy. Dont think wed be too keen to run with that support for oil prices!

Following the late rally in the US from Friday and the fact that Asia was relatively well behaved, Europe opened 1% firmer and managed the maintain that bounce. Continued talks around Angela Merkel and coalition discussions, after she declares her wish to move forward. Also, much talk surrounding the announcement of the large hedge fund shorting European stocks. Worth keeping an eye on the currency play here also! BREXIT news was quiet but cant be that far away as GBP declines against the Euro. Barclays has been charged by the SFO related to the 2008 Qatar assistance deal. In the afternoon session we followed the strong US performance and closed near or on the days highs. Tomorrow will very much depend upon how the US finishes with Asia only a glancing reflection, given the holiday shortened week.

The DOW cash was already 200 points better at the opening and was to build from there. Just ahead of the close we were over 500 points higher, a day gain of 2.3% but also joined by the core. The VIX lost a little over 13%, last seen around 25.25. The mood was helped by Trumps infrastructure spending plan, but could also have been an excuse for bouncing prices. The 10year Treasury note fell (price terms) with yield hitting 2.87% taking yields back to recent lows. Oil did bounce initially but seems to have given much of that back in the last hour or so. A5 00 point move may seem constructive possibly excess but in the final 30 minutes we gave back nearly...


Young Aussies spread the e-waste recycling message "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2017, TechCollect sent out a call for primary and secondary students across Australia to help spread the e-waste recycling message in its third annual search for a national Young E-Waste Hero Hamish Holt, a four year old boy from Hemmant. won second place in TechCollects Young E-Waste Hero competition. His winning response was: A []

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Royal commission into banks is a farce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apparently there is a Royal commission into the banking industry in Australia.

At the end of the day it is an act or rather a farce at the expense of taxpayer funds.


Because commissions are inquisitorial and as a result not bound.


NZ's history is secure "IndyWatch Feed"

Over the xmas break, we learned that the British government was conveniently "misplacing" documents from its national archives - documents which detailed the crimes of empire or which might be inconvenient or embarrassing for the establishment in the future. The mechanism for this crude coverup is temporary loan back to the originating agency, which then somehow "loses" the embarrassing file (or in some cases, only the embarrassing pages).

(That's of course the stuff that makes it into the archive. The British government has also had systematic processes to stop records of their crimes being archived in the first place)

When I read this, I was curious: New Zealand has a statutory process for temporary return of archive material, so does anything similar happen here? I used the OIA to ask Archives New Zealand some questions about temporary returns and missing documents, and the response I think is one that can give us confidence that our history is secure:

The number of items temporarily returned to originating or controlling public offices differs each year based on demand. The Government Loans service processed 3,482 files for offsite loan during the 2017 calendar year. For 2016, a total of 3,408 items were issued; 4,166 items were issued in 2015. These numbers cover all of our offices (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin).


We find that our government loans clients take the security of the items they borrow very seriously. There are 22 items listed as Missing Government Loans in our system.

I've asked for a list of those files, but the overall picture appears to be good. You'd expect a small rate of loss as part of the bureaucratic process, but this appears to be extremely small indeed. Unlike the UK, we don't appear to have systematic government destruction of our history. But I guess we have far less to be ashamed of...


We can do more to Close the Gap Rudd, Trad "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A minutes silence for the Stolen Generations formed part of an emotional memorial in West End recently with elders, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. The event ahead of the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australias Indigenous Peoples was held to commemorate the milestone, but also to []

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Joyce on notice to please explain affair with staffer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce will make a public statement addressing allegations of misbehaviour up to seven years ago, as his extra-marital relationship continues to make headlines.

He is coming under increasing fire over the affair, including by members of the gay community who have taken aim at the hypocrisy of him leading the charge against marriage equality.

New allegations against Mr Joyce, who is set to become acting prime minister next week, include that he sexually harassed women at social functions.

Liberal cabinet minister Dan Tehan has flagged the announcement after former Nationals leader John Anderson warned Mr Joyce his personal affairs were hurting the party and the government.

He will be making a statement sometime today, Mr Tehan told ABC TV on Tuesday.

No doubt he will set out his response to whats in the newspapers overnight I think that it is only right and proper to allow him to be able to refute the allegations, as I understand he will.

Its believed Mr Joyce will address media report alleging misbehaviour at official functions in 2011 and 2015 involving a number of women.

Mr Joyces leadership of the Nationals is in the spotlight after his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion,33, was publicly exposed last week and questions began to be asked about her job appointments.

Ms Campion moved from the Nationals leaders office earlier last year to work for minister Matt Canavan, after the relationship became known, and then on the office of the Nationals whip Damian Drum.

There were rumours around the parliament that something was going on, but certainly at the time that Vikki came to work in my office, my understanding was that it was no longer an ongoing affair, Mr Drum told ABC radio.

Malcolm Turnbull told federal parliament on Monday the distribution of those staff members between Nationals offices is a matter for the National Party.

Mr Joyce had not breached ministerial standards in regard to the employment of family and partners because Ms Campion was not the deputy prime ministers partner at the time of her appointments, a spokesman said.

The statement of ministerial standards says close relatives and partners c...


Canadas Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed by Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples Rights)

Canadas $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and peoples rights in the Philippines, said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the 16 Bell 412EPI choppers, which will be acquired by the Philippine military through the said arms deal, will be used for the Duterte administrations internal security operations against so-called Islamist and communist rebels.

In 2014, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)-Canada chapter raised questions on the announced sale of Canadas eight (8) Bell 421EPI helicopters to the Philippine Army. The Philippine Air Force said that three of the said choppers were commissioned for VIPs and five as combat utility helicopters for ground attacks and air assaults.

On March 26, 2017, ICHRP-Canada wrote to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland expressing concern that the Philippine military may be using the helicopters for aerial bombings that occurred after Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to drop bombs on rebels and consider civilian casualties as collateral damage.

Under the Duterte administration, Karapatan has documented 356,304 civilians affected by aerial bombings in 46 incidents when such air strikes were launched, and 426,590 victims of forcible evacuation due to said bombings and military ground combat operations.

Such aerial bombings show the Duterte regimes complete disregard for peoples rights and international humanitarian law. Marawi City was pulverized to the ground through airstrikes, with civilians killed and homes of residents destroyed. Dutertes threats to bomb Lumad schools continue to hound indigenous and peasant communities in Mindanao. His militarist hubris comes not only from his governments fascist designs to suppress legitimate dissent, but also from the complicity and support by foreign governments that provide funds and arms used by the military and police to kill civilians and destroy whole communities, Palabay stated.

In the context of Dutertes sabotage of Philippine governments peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, his announced crackdown of progressive organizations whom he perceives as enemies of the State, the sell-out of ancestral...


February 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13 February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in London. Bennelong
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.

1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.

1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.

1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."

1858 - The Eli  Lafont was a  French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.

1861 -  The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.

1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.

1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.

1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.

1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date.  The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.

1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.

1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.

1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...


Matt Graham takes silver in moguls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Matt Graham of Australia reacts after finishing his run in the Mens Moguls Final at Phoenix Snow Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, South Korea, Monday, February 12, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

AAP The king still reigns but if theres a succession plan in place, Matt Graham may just be the man for the job.

Graham became Australias first medallist of the 2018 Winter Olympics when he took silver behind the sports undisputed leader, Mikael Kingsbury of Canada.

Beating the Quebecois was always going to be an ask he is after all the most successful moguls skier of all time with 48 wins and six consecutive World Cup titles.

Last week Graham, 23, said he could win.

And on Monday night he skied like he believed it.

Taking smooth lines and landing deft tricks off the jumps all night, he showed enormous consistency to push through the first two finals in second and fourth.

Kingsbury offered some cause for hope his normally sublime turns just a touch off as he eventually moved into the six-man decider as the No.2 skier behind Japans Daichi Hara.

Third down the 250m bumps course, Graham delivered up his best run of the night, finishing with an off-axis 1080 and fist pump that suggested against almost any other skier he was a real gold medal show.

But not against Kingsbury.

He blew everyone away with a 86.63 run, leaving Graham to admit: No one can do it like he can.

Hara skied last and finished in third with 82.19.

Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.

Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.

Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.

Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.

Hed picked up four medals this season but in two of his last three World Cup starts had an 11th and 13th.

Coach Steve Desovich admitted this was no walk-up medal.

The tide seemed to turn there once he got going until tonight he was in a bit of a slump with both aspects turns and jumps, Desovich admitted...

Would Joyce and Campion pass the Centrelink 'couple' test? "IndyWatch Feed"

Would Joyce and Campion pass the Centrelink 'couple' test?Turnbull says Joyce and Campion were not in a "partnership" when she was gifted jobs, but this conflicts with Centrelink's definition. read now...


Sydney FC deal Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney FC has named a 26-man squad its supremo, Graham Arnold, believes gives the reigning A-League champions a fighting chance to claim the 2018 AFC [more]

The post Sydney FC deal Melbourne appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Ballinas deputy mayor throws hat in the ring for state seat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Acting General Manager at Seabird Rescue, Keith Williams with a rescued pelican. Photo supplied.

Deputy Mayor of Ballina, Keith Williams, has announced he will seek pre-selection for the Labor Party to contest the State seat of Ballina.

Cr Williams, well known for his work with local conservation groups, said he was concerned the obvious failings of the current Greens Party MP could see the seat slip back to the National Party, unless there was a strong alternative candidate with impeccable environmental and community credentials.

Ive been actively involved in conservation and community efforts since my university days studying Environmental Science. I have been a professional advocate for community legal centres, mental health and palliative care services and have worked in the ecotourism industry and as a professional yacht Captain. Since living in Ballina I have planted more trees, eradicated more weeds and rescued more wildlife than any current MP in State Parliament.

Cr Williams described claims by the Greens that only they could protect the environment as absolute rubbish.

If this was true, why have we seen environmental protections wound back, National Parks gutted and planning laws become a plaything for mining companies and property developers? The strategy of turning every environmental problem into a partisan political issue has actually taken us backwards over the last twenty years.

As a community sector worker for more than twenty five years and a councillor for the last five, I know the value of working together, of finding common ground and seeking positive solutions.  Whether the issue at hand is renewable energy, funding for our schools and hospitals, making housing more affordable or creating sustainable employment opportunities, we need to bring the talents and expertise of our community together and support them with good policy and the resources available to State Governments.

I want to represent the Labor Party because first and foremost, I care about people.

He dismissed the Nationals as more akin to a protection racket than a political party.

Its a game of mates for them. Back your donors and supporters and bugger...


In which the pond is forced to abandon everything to celebrate Tamworthian values ... "IndyWatch Feed"


There were the reptiles late yesterday ...

And there was the pond thinking it could start the new day in the usual way ... 

You see, late yesterday, Ridders had chipped in with talk of the millennials as the new Victorians, and what made it piquant was that on the very same rotating fickle finger of digital reptile splash, there was the original Victorian, the ultra creepy Mike Pence himself ... with even bemused at it all ...

And he's supposed to be the great white hope if the Donald gets into too much trouble?

It was going to be just another day, mocking Ridders, and perhaps presumptuously on behalf of millennials (the pond doesn't make that pay grade) telling world class climate scientist Ridders to go take a flying fuck ...

But then things began to turn. There were a few early signs ... but the reptiles blamed it all on Labor while contentedly stirring the Albo pot ...



Black-necked Stork, Zitting Cisticola, Squatter Pigeon at Twelve Mile Creek Fishing Reserve (Marmor) reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 10-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Saturday we conducted yearly survey at the reserve and recorded some notable species such as: Black-necked Stork (1), Zitting Cisticola (nest in salt marshes, feeding chicks) and Squatter Pigeon (2 on the road leading to the reserve).


Galah x Little Corella hybrid; Little Corella x Long-billed Corella hybrids at University of Queensland--UQ Lakes reported by Russell Yong on 10-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This time last year I noted a Little Corella x Sulphur-crested Cockatoo hybrid from the large Little Corella flock that is regular at UQ St Lucia. That bird disappeared within a couple of months of sighting. This year there is a bird which shows strong Galah features, but also a few indications of hybridisation. The breast feathers show some patches of white, the grey wing feathers are significantly paler, and there is a hint of blue skin around the eye. Having gone through extensive reports on the Aust Bird ID page on Facebook, it appears such hybridisations are not rare, but they are certainly not regularly seen. This is the first such hybrid I have seen in 13 years observing this flock. On the other hand, there have been steady numbers of Little/Long-billed Corella hybrids in this flock. I do not understand the exact hybridisation dynamics of this pairing, but it appears that the blend of features varies strongly, which makes me think back-crossing might be at play. I am still trying to work it out, but I have seen some definite strong hybrids, including one individual shown here, which shows strong red facial patterns and the cut-throat mark, but is moderate in bill length and the same size as regular Littles. What is really interesting is I have not seen any pure Long-bills in this flock for over eight years.


NSW school cleaners win their fight for job security "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ugly

Hard times we are living in today. Job security has been going out the window as more work is casualised. The public sector, was once regarded as the securest of all. It is no more. Ongoing privatisation has made sure of this and this has hit in a big way in New South Wales.

This is the environment in which school cleaners were faced with an ultimatum. Give up the terms and conditions of their employment. Or fight back. They took up the second option and with the support of their union, waged an ongoing campaign to win public support and embarrass the state government.

It has brought results. They have won a guarantee of job security from the state government. This is great news, in a climate where this is not always so easy to find.

Getting to this point has involved a long campaign against the intransigence of the same government, which had forced 7,0000 cleaners to re-apply for their own jobs, with no guarantees and no promise of ongoing security.

But the campaign was relentless and drew widespread community support around Australia. Many of us signed the petition.

The turn around came last Friday, when the union (Unite) met with the Finance Minister Victor Dominello and an agreement was reached.

Every affected cleaner has been given a job guarantee and will no longer be forced to re-apply for their jobs and have an ongoing job in the new contract. The inclusion of an hours guarantee means that working hours will no longer be slashed. Protections will be put in place around sub-contracting, to overcome the problem of dodgy contractors and wage theft.

The biggest threat to cleaners since the service was privatised 24 years ago has been defeated.

The post NSW school cleaners win their fight for job security appeared first on The Pen.


Its all John Howards fault ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its all John Howards fault. And Kim Beazleys for going along with the Tampa incident of 2001 ...


Invasion or settlement, no land rights for militant Aborigines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Sherry Sufi

January is here and gone and the invasion versus settlement debate is back making news headlines.The Prime Minister wants to keep Australia Day as it is while the Greens are calling for the date to be changed.

Weve all heard the generic talking points.

Team Invasion Day says 26 January is offensive to some Australians. Team Australia Day says 26 January is a day for all Australians regardless.

Yet there is a fundamental point which goes to the heart of this debate that literally no one, to date, seems to have picked up on. Hence, this article.

Former Liberal Party adviser Sherry Sufi says if militant Aborigines insist that Australia was invaded in 1788, then they cannot have their cake and eat it too. Land rights cannot be claimed if Australia was invaded.

Native title can only exist if Australia was settled, not invaded.

Why? Because international law recognises all territories acquired through invasion and annexation by force, prior to World War II, as lawful conquests.

This Right of Conquest doctrine was first conceived by the International Law Commission of the United Nations and later adopted as UN General Assembly Resolution 3314.

Provided that all citizens of a lawfully conquered territory are granted equal rights by the local law, international law doesnt consider the descendants of the conqueror and the conquered as two separate peoples.

This in turn invalidates any claims to separ...


1) Papua priest puts life on the line to fight injustice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) 21st MSG Leaders Summit set to go in PNG  
1) Papua priest puts life on the line to fight injustice

Death threats don't deter Father Djonga from defending the poor or acting as a broker between the army and insurgents
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta Indonesia
February 12, 2018



Memo to DFAT: fund vaccines "IndyWatch Feed"

In 2017, DFAT announced $75 million funding for development of new drugs and diagnostics for TB and malaria (Product Development Partnership (PDP) Fund 2018-2022).

A troubling feature of the announcement was DFATs failure to commit funding to vaccine research and development (R&D). Why support diagnostics and therapeutics, but not vaccines?

Vaccines are without doubt the most powerful public health tool for disease eradication. No major human infectious disease has been eradicated without a vaccine against it. Every year, vaccines avert three million deaths. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox and enabled a 99% reduction in polio incidence globally, and have dramatically reduced infant mortality.

The failure to invest in new vaccines for TB and malaria is inconsistent with other aspects of DFATs new Health Security Initiative. Vaccine research is not entirely off the DFAT agenda. The website for the Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative states that there will be new DFAT support for vaccine R&D. But DFAT has clarified that this reference does not apply to products supported through the Product Development Partnerships (PDP) Fund, but instead relates to rapid vaccine development as part of the international response to a disease outbreak. So DFAT will fund rapid research into vaccines for new disease threats, but not for fighting the more deadly epidemics that we have been battling for centuries.

So why is DFAT shutting the door on funding vaccine research for well-established diseases such as TB and malaria, the infectious killers that impose the highest disease burdens? In December, DFAT published the evaluation of the PDP Program 2013-2018 and its response. These documents shed light on DFATs thinking.

The evaluation notes that AusAID included vaccines in its initial PDP grants, through funding......


Day to Day Politics: Nothing to rejoyce about at all "IndyWatch Feed"

Tuesday 13 February 2018 I first posted this piece on February 11 2016, and again on February 12 2017. Seriously, how do you think its turned out? 1 The day has finally arrived. Barnaby Joyce has become Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Now we have a Prime Minister who firmly believes in a Republic, equality

The post Day to Day Politics: Nothing to rejoyce about at all appeared first on The AIM Network.


Martyn Turner on the Tory Party ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It appears Malka Leifer, an alleged sex-offending school headmistress at a Jewish School in Melbourne Australia, who fled Australia ten years ago before Australian authorities could jail her, will be extradited to Australia to face court.


ABC News Australia

Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia

13 February 2018

Israeli police have re-arrested Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, alleging she faked a mental illness in order to avoid extradition to Australia.

Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing several pupils while she was a teacher and principal at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school in Melbourne.

In 2008, when the allegations were first raised, Ms Leifer fled to Israel. She was then arrested by Israel police in 2014 when Australia filed a request for her extradition.

Ms Leifer was released on bail and managed to avoid every single one of her extradition hearings in the last three years, claiming she suffered from panic attacks and anxiety and was too unwell to face the court.

Two weeks ago, she again claimed mental illness during her most recent appearance before a psychiatric review board.


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