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Saturday, 16 December


Common Blackbird at Mt Glorious reported by Judith Hoyle on 16-12-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

16/09/2017 - Heard calling in private garden. Brief glimpses of dark bird with orange-yellow bill. Able to record call 20 minutes later to confirm record.


December 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1794 Acting Governor of New South Wales Francis Grose flounced away from New South Wales for England.

1803 - On his way to England on the Cumberland, Matthew Flinders was forced to stop at Mauritius after his ship sprung a leak. He arrived just three months after Nicholas Baudin arrived and died there, also on his way home after exploring the Australian coastline. Flinders refused an invitation by Governor Captain-General De Caen to dine with him. Insulted by the rejection, De Caen accused Flinders of violating neutrality by entering Mauritius without authority and placed him under house arrest. Flinders remained there until June 1810 when the British blockaded the island, and De Caen released him.

1825 - Gov Ralph Darling arrived at Port Jackson in the Catherine Stewart and took over the reins from Sir Thomas Brisbane as Governor (19th December).

1833 - First professional theatrical performance held in Hobart at the Freemasons Tavern. The performance was of the farce, The Married Bachelor.

1845 - After a gruelling journey of 4827km, Leichhardt reached Port Essington in Australia's north.

1858 - Being drowned out by the loud snores from the public gallery the Victorian Parliament passed "An Act To Shorten The Duration of The Legislative Assembly" inflicting members of the Legislative Assembly on the public for only 3 years instead of the original 5.
And we all partied...

1859 - James Boor, a shepherd, is credited with the discovery of copper minerals at Wallaroo, South Oz on this day.

1872 - The Education Act was passed by the Victorian Government setting up an Education Department and guaranteeing children 'free, secular and compulsory education'.

1875 - A new ironworks blast furnace at Lithgow, NSW, fired up for the first time.



Flat as a tack "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Attachment disorder

Some unusual commentary and conclusions were drawn about the price of flats this week, derived from an Urbis survey of unsettled off-the-plan prices each quarter (which alas does not compare like-for-like sales). 

Apparently apartment prices boomed in Gold Coast and Melbourne, but nosedived in Brisbane, in just three months. 

Or not. 

In reality what tends to happen is the first user of a new apartment or townhouse pays a newness premium, which may be eroded on resale, especially in a soft market. 

For all the talk of property booms and unsustainable prices, median price growth in established apartments has, on average, been pretty muted outside Sydney, despite low interest rates. 

When you look at the last ten years of official figures from the ABS you'll find that only Sydney has recorded strong growth in the price of attached dwellings (and even this came off the back of nearly half a decade of flat or falling prices). 

Hobart has gone on a bit of a run over the past couple of years, the tight market sending the median asking price for a unit above $300,000 for the first time.

Melbourne's attached dwelling price index recorded a compound annual growth rate of 4 per cent over the decade to September 2017.

All other capital cities have only seen moderate price growth over the past decade - hardly a bubble looking set to burst - though if you wound the clock back to 2003 the growth rates would be considerably stronger in Pert...


MACKAY Mackay magistrate court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 16, 2017 at 11:43AM ,

Mackay magistrate court

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Bailiffs of Magistrates Courts Queensland, Mackay QLD 4740 May 05, 2017 MACKAY May 06, 2017 at 05:55AM , mackay magistrates court May 06, 2017 at 05:55AM , Browse the latest articles, photo galleries and videos relating to Court listings for the Supreme Court and District Court are available

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MACKAY Brisbane magistrates court daily list "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 16, 2017 at 08:24PM ,

Brisbane magistrates court daily list

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the Federal Circuit Court of Australia BRISBANE COURT 4, Mackay Magistrates Court, 12 Brisbane Street, Mackay. The civil jurisdiction can determine most The Magistrates Court of Western Australia has multiple registries located around the State to deal with: Criminal offence-based eCourts Portal

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McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Eurocopter SA365N1 Dauphin 2 Helicopter N38MD 'Helitack 429' Calls into Emerald and Longreach Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 14 December, McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Eurocopter SA365N1 Dauphin 2 helicopter N38MD 'Helitack 429' was noted passing through Emerald and Longreach Airports while ferrying from its Sunshine Coast base to Mount Isa.

File photo

UPDATE!  On Friday 15 December, N38MD continued from Mount Isa to Darwin, calling into Tennant Creek and RAAF Base Tindal (Katherine) for fuel on the way.

Of interest, N38MD was one of five Eurocopter AS365 N3/N2/N1 helicopters - N82MD, N94MD, N38MD, N61MD, N93MD - that were acquired by McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia on medical retrieval and other general charter work.

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As shown above, it appears that their previous operator was the Maryland State Police Department.


RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LAH at Mackay and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 15 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LAH was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports while heading South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.

VH-LAH at Gladstone Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

VH-LAH is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue missions. On this ferry flight, it was noted using radio callsign of "Choppa 42".

The Exercise finished this week and featured a mass departure of some 14 RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet and British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet aircraft from Townsville early on Thursday 14 December.  They were heard refuelling with RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 "Dragon 16" over inland Central Queensland as they flew South to Williamtown.

Photo taken by Col B 


RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Back in CQ and Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 15 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was back in CQ, spotted calling into Rockhampton Airport returning back to the South, after it was noted flying North via Longreach Airport on Thursday 14 December - see Blog post below.

It looked to arrive from Townsville via airwork at Cairns. 

After a short while on the ground, A37-002 looked to depart to Tamworth and points South.  Like its trip North the previous day, the Challenger was heard to be flying as "Envoy 29".

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Jaxson White 


"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.


Lions Rd reopens to traffic after bridge works "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Lions Rd on the Queensland and NSW border has reopened to traffic after bridge work  closed the popular motorcycle route from January.

It was supposed to be closed to traffic for only six months, but bad weather has forced delays until December 15, according to Roads and Maritime Services.

Lions Rd bridge work delays 2018 TTA new concrete bridge

Heavy traffic

Now that it is open, heavy traffic will be permitted on the road as the picturesque wooden bridges some single lane have been replaced by modern, two-lane, concrete bridges. They will have no load limits, allowing trucks and caravans to use the route.

While the work will now keep the road open in flood times, it may become a slower trip with riders hindered by slow-moving trucks and caravans using the shorter route.

Kyogle Council says the new bridges will help the local timber and beef industries, so we can expect logging trucks and cattle transports on the road.

The alternative route along the Mt Lindesay Highway and Summerland Way almost to Woodenbong is 24.3km longer, so many other interstate trucks and grey nomads may also start choosing the hilly Lions Rd.

Tourism industry

Council says the bridges will help the tourism industry, but it certainly wont help motorcycle tourism if the road is open to big trucks and caravanners.

Lions TTLions Rd closed for six months trafficLions Rd scenery

Organisers of the Lions TT to postpone their September event blamed the delays to the opening of the road on the cancellation of the event this year.

Kyogle Council says the two-lane concrete br...


Crook Family goes to Market "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Crook family pilgrimage to the Brisbanes produce markets at Rocklea was a highlight for all four children. Raising this number of kids with one breadwinner must have been a budgeting nightmare. We snacked mainly on fruit. There were no fast food outlets or packaged treats for us in those days. We got pretty excited []


A vicious cycle towards extinction: Hunting and trade can push even abundant wildlife populations to the brink "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announcement in November that it was lifting a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia an order President Donald Trump said in a tweet two days later that he had put on hold was merely the latest flashpoint in a debate that has been raging for years. Proponents of trophy hunting insist that it generates revenue that can be directed towards conservation efforts and creates incentives for local populations to conserve particular species. Opponents counter that there is no research proving these claims to be true and that there are better alternatives, such as eco-tourism, the benefits of which are more established and do not rely on killing animals for sport. According to the Matthew Holden, an applied mathematician at University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses on how human behavior reacts to and impacts conservation policies, we dont know enough about how trophy hunting affects wildlife populations to say with any certainty whether or not the legalization of the transport of elephant trophies could drive African elephants to extinction. Both sides of the trophy hunting debate make seemingly logical arguments, but actually very little is known about the social and economic side of trophy hunting and thats a big concern, Holden said in a statement. Holden is the lead author of a study recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that adds a significant new dimension to the debate, however. He and a colleague at

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Friday, 15 December


Trying to find a bar I went to 20 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

About 20 years ago I went to a neat bar in Cairns while doing a around the world trip and now a friend is there and I would love to send him to the same place. I only have vague memories of it (because of the fun I had that night). What I remember is: * It had long tables that were green in color * I think it was north of the city * I think it was on a hill * I think that it was open air * I know this is insanely vague...

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Catching up with John Young "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I caught up today for a pleasurable few hours in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with bush naturalist extraordinaire John Young.

John is something of a legend in the birding community. It is well-known that he and I have had our differences over the years, but with the benefit of hindsight, everyone acknowledges they might have done things differently in times past. We move on. Whatever our differences, I've always regarded John as arguably Australia's most skilled bush naturalist. His uncanny ability to track down birds in difficult circumstances is widely acknowledged. John is doing some excellent field work these days as a senior ecologist with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.



MACKAY SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car

December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

It will be alleged the man returned a reading of .207% more than four times the legal limit. He was served with a notice to appear for driving under the influence of liquor and will front Mackay Magistrates Court on January 18. Mackay Police will aim crack down on drink drivers this weekend after a horror

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MACKAY Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend

December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matter heard on January 15, 2018. Being caught drink driving by the police is not the worst possible outcome causing an injury or worse to another motorist, passenger or yourself as a result of drink driving is the worst possible outcome.

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MACKAY Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash

December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

In 2013, he appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court for public masturbation. Bus indecencies occurred in 2013 and 2015. A girl aged 14 saw the first incident. In 2015 a mother with her two-year-old child witnessed the second of those incidents. In 2015, Simpson pleaded guilty to indecent treatment to

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Cartoon science - Global warming will weaken winds in the Northern Hemisphere, but speed them up downunder! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Now they tell us! Climate warming to weaken wind power in northern hemisphere, increase in Australia: study After building 341,000 wind turbines, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, now climate modelers reveal that winds will decrease in the Northern Hemisphere! Warming temperatures caused by climate change are set to weaken wind energy in the northern hemisphere, a study shows, lessening the amount of wind power produced for wind farms. However the southern hemisphere would see a boost in wind, which could potentially turn north-eastern Australia into an attractive investment for energy companies. Rush, invest your money now. The theory called polar amplification has the success rate of a coin toss. Buy a wind farm in NE Australia! Luckily wind speeds are not also influenced by cloud cover, jet streams, oceans currents, forest growth, atmospheric tides, solar factors, magnetic fields, ozone levels, cosmic rays, or butterflies. Otherwise this study might be inadequate, uninformed guesswork being used to inform investment decisions!Key points: Atmosphere instability which creates wind changing in northern hemisphere North-east Australia could become an attractive investment for energy companies At present there is only one operational wind farm in Queensland


Governor-General meets with abuse survivors ahead of Royal Commission final report and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has met with abuse survivors outside Government House, ahead of the Royal Commissions final report.

The survivors also thanked the members of the commission for their work over the past five years.
The final report, which will include recommendations for further action, is expected to be handed down later today.
After being submitted to the Governor-General it will be tabled in federal parliament, and then made available to the public.


Coral gardens used to repopulate Great Barrier Reef

A research project growing healthy coral near Cairns to be replanted on the Great Barrier Reef is underway.


MEDIA RELEASE: Acclaimed Australian actor Simon Baker joins the Fight for our Reef. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Video available here:

Award winning Australian actor and director Simon Baker, of The Mentalist fame, has joined the Fight For Our Reef in a bid to stop Adanis proposed mega coal mine.

Baker has added his voice through a personal video plea that invites the public to join the Fight for our Reef and petition Australias Prime Minister to reject Adanis Carmichael coal mine.

Baker said: Right now, our Prime Minister is trying to open one of the largest coal mines on Earth. Just inland from the Reef, just when we should be giving coal a miss.

Frankly, thats so reckless its terrifying.

Bakers plea comes after two unprecedented back-to-back coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef, which according to scientists has changed the Reef fundamentally.

The 2016 and 2017 events saw nearly half of all shallow water corals dying due to heat stress caused by global warming, mainly driven by burning coal and other fossil fuels.

Our world is heating up. And we know it. But were still burning dirty fossil fuels like coal and gas when we have clean, safe alternatives, says Baker.

We can save the Reef, but to do that, we need to take immediate action, he says.

That action is to Stop Adanis polluting coal mine and make a rapid switch to clean renewable energy.

Watch Simon Bakers message on or Twitter.


About Simon Baker:

Simon Baker is a highly acclaimed Australian actor and director who is best known for his role in The Mentalist. He was recently awarded the 2017 Trailblazer award for his contribution to Australian screen culture and excellence at home and abroad. In 2018 Baker will make his feature film directorial debut with BREATH, an adaptation of Tim Wintons bestselling novel. He is a devoted surfer.



Thursday, 14 December

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