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Monday, 19 February


Disproportionate numbers of Newstart/Youth Allowance recipients in Far North Qld, Wide Bay-Burnett & Logan "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Pete Faulkners post Job Seeker data shows little change for Cairns alerted me to the latest data on recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (for young job seekers) from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. These data highlight the ongoing lack of economic opportunity in Far North Queensland (outside of Cairns and surrounding regions) and North West Queensland, which are home to many remote Indigenous communities (see map below). In the Far North ABS SA3 region, job seekers receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance account for over 12% of the working age population. The Wide Bay-Burnett region also has a relatively high incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (at 6-7% of the working age population).


Stark differences in the numbers of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients exist across Brisbane metro regions. The leafy western suburbs have a very low incidence (at 1-1.5% of the working age population) while the Springwood-Kingston area has around four times the incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (over 6%).



Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands


MACKAY Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

Drink-driving courier, 62, living off Centrelink with a history of traffic offences KEEPS his license

February 19, 2018 at 08:52PM ,

A repeat drink driver has been spared his licence in a shock decision in a Queensland Court. Welfare recipient Gavin Keith Stephens kept his licence despite being caught drink driving in the Mackay Magistrates Court. Magistrate Damian Dwyer was concerned he would never be able to get another job

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Hi u all "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Ive been here in townsville for 2 week. Im chasing 420! Plz help me guys

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MACKAY Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Moranbah man facing charges for alleged copper theft

February 19, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

three counts of fraud dishonestly gain benefit/advantage, possess utensils or pipes and driving of motor vehicle without a drivers licence, licence suspended under s 79B. He appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on March 12.

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Multiple charges, Moranbah

February 19, 2018 at 05:41PM ,

Police have opposed the male persons bail and he is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. Detectives are continuing to investigate a number of offences of copper theft that have occurred in Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah. If anyone has any information they can contact Crime

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Filling up "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Cranewatch redux

I've done lots and lots and lots and LOTS of posts about the statistics behind Brisbane's apartment building boom.

When all's said and done Brisbane construction and apartment pre-sales are slowing up, while population growth into Brisbane is picking up strongly.

All that remains to be seen is how quickly or otherwise the new supply is absorbed. 

Here's a short blog with no statistics at all, just some photos from a major construction hotspot: Newstead. 

What was previously a great big planning hole, is now home to apartments, a supermarket, shopping centre, bars, and restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the Teneriffe ferry terminal, and a very short distance of the Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane. 

I go to Newstead for a coffee most mornings these days - there's quite a bit going on around the gasworks area, not least in terms of cranes and construction! 

While other cities already have many attached dwellings, this style and scale of development is relatively new for Brisbane, and is resulting in a record uplift to apartment stock. 

There is still a fair amount of construction work ongoing, although the bulk of the new volume is either now completed or close to being completed. 

The large tower block in the centre of shot - Haven Apartments - only completed in October, so there are still plenty of rentals available here.  



Top athletes snub CWealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

AFN battles to get best available   may release team list today   There are strong indications that some of the countrys top athletes might snub the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15. Reports have it that red-hot Divine Oduduru and Tobiloba Amusan are []

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MACKAY Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Dysart man snaps after stolen car smashes into his ute

February 19, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

But there was no proof the people McCann attacked had anything to do with the car theft or subsequent crash, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday. McCann, 43, appeared in the court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to two counts of common assault. Magistrate Mark Nolan was provided

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female Mandarin Duck (assumed escape) at Brisbane River, between Aranui St and Esplanade, Yeronga reported by Rob Elvish and M Hurwood on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]


A renewable energy jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Renewable energy: powering Australia in more ways than one James Wright  18 Feb 18  A jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia and theres one industry to thank the renewable energy sector. From places like Gordon in southern Tasmania to Pindari in north-east NSW, new solar installations, windfarms, battery arrays, solar towers and pumped hydro facilities are springing life into regional towns. How are they doing this? By injecting desperately needed investment and job opportunities into remote locations.

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Sunday, 18 February


Lets put an end to the battery cage "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

With the release of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry draft, we're encouraging all members to speak up and have their say on Australias continued use of battery cages. The opportunity to ban or phase out battery cages is now, and may not return for another decade.

These draft Standards will have a lasting impact on the future of the poultry industry. We believe all poultry producers voices should be heard in the debate on battery cages, just as many would remember from the free-range labelling debate in 2015 to 2016.

Put the pressure on Agriculture ministers and your local members, especially in states where the proposal has yet not seen governmental opposition such as Queensland and NSW. Victoria and WA are already on board with the development of better welfare standards than those proposed.

Write to your local member of parliament and tell them what you think about the draft Standards. Some key points to include are:

  1. The Proposed Australian Animal Welfare Draft Standards and Guidelines for Poultry should include a 3-year phase out of battery cages to be considered as providing a responsible solution to consumer and animal welfare demands.
  2. The current proposal provides Options that are inadequate in terms of improving animal welfare because the soonest Australia could see a phase out of battery cages is in 10 years. The entire European Union announced it would phase out cages in 1999 and did so by 2012. If an entire political continent can shift its production methods in less than 13 years, then it should be feasible for Australia to attempt a shorter phase out period of much less than 10 years. Countries in the EU such as Sweden responded immediately by banning the use of cages in laying production from 1999.
  3. More research should be done by the Government on alternative production systems such as pasture-based poultry management systems and regenerative agriculture systems including poultry.

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Liberal Federal MP Warren Entsch urges Queensland Govt to promote renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hope for regions energy options
Federal MP Warren Entsch has urged the state government to open up the Far North to alternative energy retailers after the countrys biggest solar and storage project was connected to the grid north of Cairns. .. (subscribers only)


Greens, activist refer MP over gun post "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Facebook post from MP George Christensen. supplied

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale says he has referred a disgraceful Facebook post by MP George Christensen to federal police.

Mr Christensen posted a photo of himself pointing a hand gun and the comment you gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?.

Saturdays post drew widespread attention and the Queensland Nationals MP was accused of being insensitive in the wake of last weeks high school shooting in the United States.

Senator Di Natale reported the image to the Australian Federal Police, saying Mr Christensen was giving licence to people to behave in a violent way towards others with a different view.

Its disgraceful, irresponsible, its shameful, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Anti-Adani protestor Ben Pennings confirmed on Sunday he had added Mr Christensens post to a complaint he filed on Thursday with Queensland police after receiving over 100 death threats online.

George Christensen is an appalling example to his constituents and should be ashamed of himself, Mr Pennings said.
When tensions are high, threats of physical violence to peaceful protesters are particularly unacceptable.

Mr Christensen later amended his post to read You gotta ask yourself, do you have a sense of humour, greenie punks? Obviously not.

Queensland police said on Sunday night no offence had been committed.

Liberal MP Ian Goodenough, a member of the parliamentary friends of shooting group, said it appeared Mr Christensen was making a lighthearted reference to the Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry.

In this case I do not believe that George is making an actual threat against any particular person, he said.
But Mr Goodenough conceded it was an off-colour attempt at humour.

On Monday morning Mr Penning said that after being contacted by concerned gun owners and police officers he has asked the Queensland Police Service to investigate:

  • Whether George Christensen has a licence to fire that specific concealable semi-automatic handgun
  • Given his threatening social media posts and attitudes to weapons, whether George Christensen is a fit and proper person to hold any gun licence
  • Whether this and previous social medi...


Rhianna who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant denied support by Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed from Queensland

Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.

The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant.  She has been on the waiting list since then.

I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.

I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.

At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.

She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately,  she began to deteriorate again after a while.

Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.

I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.

For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.

This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.

But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.

Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.

The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.

Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent.



Wakeboarding "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey guys, got a wakeboard boat and looking for places to go in Townsville. By the looks of it Loan Island is my best bet and the Black Weir. Is there any other spots close with freshwater where I can go or are they the only two. Thanks

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Save Clump Point "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

ACT NOW: Make an urgent submission to GBRMPA on the proposed marine infrastructure development at Clump Point, Boat Bay, Mission Beach. DUE 5pm MONDAY 19 Feb 2018.


This is Clump Point, Boat Bay, Mission Beach, situated at the meeting point of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas.

For decades there has been pressure to enclose Boat Bay at Mission Beach to create a marina. There is now a new proposal on the table for a safe boating facility at Clump Point.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to construct a new detached breakwater (145 m rock wall) in the Marine Parks, supporting a jetty, 2 berthing pontoons, 5-6 pen berths (for commercial lease) and 5-6 swing moorings (4 commercial, 2 for visiting recreational), and the upgrade of the existing Clump Point boat ramp to provide a third lane and additional floating walkway. The boat ramp is to be designed for infrequent barge use.

Impacts of the development include:  

  • permanent loss of mangroves, healthy inshore reef and benthic habitat,
  • increased risk to seagrass meadows and megafauna due to expanded commercial operations,
  • increased risk to the numerous sensitive receptors in the immediate vicinity due to refueling operations; and
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FEBRUARY 24 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hello all,

Please join us for our first Saturday 24 February Club Outing at the SC Councils Scarffe Road Reserve at Glenview. Please meet at 7am and join Ken Cross & John Birbeck who will lead the walk.

One of the Councils new reserves - Scarffe Road Glenview. This reserve is fenced off and not open to the public, it includes a large quarried lake including adjoining maintenance roadways and is surrounded by riparian rainforest. It also adjoins existing Mooloolah River Esplanade Reserves. The entrance gates are located at the end of Scarffe Road before the bridge (private property), there is plenty of parking along Scarffe Road.

To get there:
Enter Mooloolah Connection Road off Steve Irwin Way, then enter Scarffe Road (WHICH IS NOT SIGNPOSTED) off Mooloolah Connection Road at Glenview. Scarffe Road is the first road on your right. If you have reached Stevens Road you have gone approximately 300 metres too far. Public toilets are located about 1.3 kilometres down Mooloolah Connection Road at Ewen Maddock Dam Reserve.



EP 237: Violent Soho "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Photo: Matt Walter


Violent Soho

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017

The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.

The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirts Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Dont Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the ba...


The website of Victorian UFO Action "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dear readers,

The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy. 

Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.

A few general observations

Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?

I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.


There are nine tabs along the top of the home page,  'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'

'Home' of course is the home page.

'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.' 

'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form which asks for your name, and email address and allows you to send an inquiry to VUFOA.

'Team members' fi...


First time home buyer "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi all, looking to buy somewhere in TSV in the next little while. Any advice for areas to buy, don't want to be out in the burbs. In between domain and city would be ideal but open to suggestions. Looking to rent the place out after a while as well, anything to aim for? How is the market just now? Ive heard it's picking back up and on the turn?

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Crystal cascades are paradise "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Im from the UK visiting austrlia based mostly on reddit recomendations. The highlight of the trip was Crystal cascades. Gorgeous rain forest; no crowds; birds; waterfalls and cool water. I sat on the bottom of the creek watching the fish through my snorkle watch me. Im in love. Thankyou reddit for the tip.

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Shortens breath-taking hypocrisy accusing Joyce of misconduct "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Larry Pickering at his best

Cairns News cannot believe the breath-taking hypocrisy of Bill Shorten when he asked Turnbull in Parliament if he would sack Barnaby Joyce over his pregnant girlfriend. We read about Shortens widely-reported extra-marital dalliances and rape allegations which leave him with no feathers to fly with. He really is a grub, according to readers, whose expertise would be better applied to being a brothel manager.


Too many questions over Florida shooting official narrative "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

By Aaron Kesel

Activist Post  

Port Arthur parallells

Anytime a shooting happens, its a tragic event whether it was a false flag or a legitimate mass shooting by a lunatic; but just because people died doesnt mean we shouldnt question the veracity of the events reported. Here are 5 reasons why you should question the recent shooting and remain vigilant.

  1. There was a drill planned the day of the shooting.

Coincidentally, earlier on the day of the shooting, teachers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill, to practice their response to an immediate threat, Miami Herald reported.

  1. The shooter claims he heard demonic voices.

Alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz. Three eyewitnesses claim there were three shooters. Armed policeman/security guard on grounds at the time of shooting did not see or hear shooters

The shooter Nikolas Cruz is claiming to have heard demonic voices, like previous mass shoot...

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Saturday, 17 February


The Scientific Reason You Keep Finding Spiders In Your Car "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

WHEN buying a new car people usually take into account certain factors like price, kilometres and fuel economy but it turns out there is one crucial element that is being overlooked and could leave you constantly fighting off swarms of spiders. A Queensland researcher has found that the vibrations given off by certain cars can []

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Thursday, 01 February


ABC agrees to return Cabinet papers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The ABC and the federal government have agreed on the return of thousands of sensitive documents obtained by the national broadcaster and meant to remain secret for at least another decade.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet announced it had struck a deal with the ABC for the secure return of the documents on Thursday night.

This has been achieved without disclosure of the ABCs source and by way of acknowledgement of the Commonwealths national security interests, the department said.

ASIO officers took custody of the documents late Thursday night from the ABC bureau offices in Parliament House, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.

This has been achieved without compromising the ABCs priority of protecting the integrity of its source and its reporting while acknowledging the Commonwealths national security interests, the ABC said in a statement.

The ABC had revealed on Wednesday papers covering details of five federal government cabinet meetings over a decade had been unsuspectingly sold off in a locked filing cabinet at a second-hand shop in Canberra, which stocked ex-government furniture.

The filing cabinets were unlocked with a drill months later.

Cabinet papers usually remain secret for 20 years.

The ABCs revelation of the trove of documents, some classified top secret, sparked an urgent government investigation.

Officials had secured the documents in a safe at ABC premises on Thursday.

The ABC said it had chosen not to publish many of the documents because of their classified nature.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said this week the person responsible for losing the documents has serious questions to answer.

Obviously someones had a shocker and the investigation will find out exactly how this happened, he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

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There has been a surge in opposition to Adani "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Opponents of the Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin, and the associated Abbots Point rail and terminal, have just received some good news.

A poll by ReachTEL has found that 65.1 Australians are strongly opposed to the building of the mine. The poll result, which was commissioned by the Stop Adani Alliance, was released on 25 January. It involved a poll of 3312. A similar poll in March last year, saw 59.1 opposed.

There may be argument about its exact precision, given the size of the sample, but there is no denying that even factoring a significant margin for error, shows that most Australians do not want the mine.

This has been a major shift in opinion and it poses a dilemma for the Queensland Labor government. During last years election campaign, there was a significant move away from its previous pro Adani position. The pressure is now on to revert once again.

Some suggest that the election campaign change was not genuine. Whatever the case, the reality is that much of Labours base and membership are in the no camp. It exerts a great deal of pressure on the party and its leadership. As the projects unpopularity rises, so is it more difficult for the government to step in for Adani.

The ReachTEL poll result breaks down into 75.6 percent of Labor voters opposed to Adani. This is not an issue for this party only. For the Nationals its 55.3 per cent, One Nation 52.9 and the Liberals 43.2 percent (with only 34.7 percent in support). As expected, The figure for the greens was larger and at 94.2 percent.

Nationally, Labor is distancing itself from Adani, and may even soon formally announce its opposition. So far, the federal Turnbull government, is continuing to voice its support and  l further undermining its already low stocks.

This could prove to be the straw that finally destroys Malcolm Turnbulls leadership. It might even be a significant factor in the fall of the Coalition government.

At the very least, it will add to existing disquiet within the two parties, creating more division and instability.

The results of the poll, also showed that 73.5 percent of Australians want the government to stop the expansion of all coal mining and seriously construct solar power and storage facilities, to reduce the threat of global warming.

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February 2 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1800 - Yellowgowey [Yaragowhy], a Hawkesbury Aboriginal leader, said that an Aboriginal man named Major White killed Hodgkinson and John Wimbow.

1803 - Charles Grimes found a patch too thick to drink and too thin to he called it the Yarra River.

1804 - On completion of a survey of the islands of Bass Strait, Lieutenant John Murray, master of the survey vessel Lady Nelson, headed back to the mainland to explore Port Phillip, which was known but had not been entered or explored. He went ashore at Point King, 2km west of present-day Sorrento on Port Phillip Bay to claim the land for Britain. Murray named the harbour Port King, though this was later changed to Port Phillip Bay by Governor Philip Gidley King.

1808 William Paterson sailed to Sydney from Port Dalrymple to take over the administration of New South Wales following the removal of Bligh.

1811 - George Caley and Daniel Moowattin sorted specimens at Sir Joseph Bankss house in Soho Square, London. Banks questioned Dan about the Cola [koala].

1817 - Two lives were lost when the Hawkesbury River flooded.

1829 - The Darling River found its first European stumbling about its banks and called it Charles Sturt.

1840 - Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki and Joseph Macarthur, after a substantial sheep or 3 for lunch, went for an afternoon exploratory walk in South eastern NSW and ended up in the Port Phillip District.

1849 - A public meeting was convened for the purpose of forming a society to provide help for the needy of Adelaide, especially newly arrived immigrants. The result of the discussion of the 14 men present was the formation of the Adelaide Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society which still operates today.

1851 - Maryborough, Qld, was proclaimed a town.

1872 - The Catholic Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Joseph, Armidale NSW, opened.

1875 - The railway line from Clunes to Maryborough (Vic) opened.

1877 - The Steamer Singapore was wrecked near Port Mackay, Qld.

1880 - Some shivery sheep made an appearance, to much applause and demands for encores and mint sauce, in London in the first successful shipment of frozen mutton from Australia.

1882 A cyclone caused considerable damage to the town of Cardwell, Queensland.

1895 - A tsunami of unknown origin was felt in NSW when ships in Newcastle Harbour dragged their anchors.

1895 - The first issue of Daily Chronicle Newspaper hit the news stands in Mackay.

1899 - Because NSW and Victoria were name calling at each other the Premier's Conference decided to send the 2 states to their rooms until they could behave and announced the national capital would be somew...


NBN Tower Meeting Doonan "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2nd February 2018

If you want to know more about the NBN tower proposed for Weyba Downs, Doonan and Verrierdale, then come along to a Community gathering.

5 pm 8 pm |  Sunspace Cafe, Beddington Road, Doonan

Share information and connect with other locals.

Pizzas and drinks available.


Group protests 14-storey eye sores "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Noosa News | 30th Jan 2018

THREE NBN towers ranging in height from 40m to 50m are planned for construction in the region, with members of the community citing ugliness and health risks as major concerns for the developments.

A group of residents came together last week to protest the construction of one of the towers planned for Doonan, stating it threatens to overshadow rural homes and cause a blight on the landscape.

This visual impact which would be the same as building a 14-storey building in a rural residential area not only going against the intent of the SCC (Sunshine Coast Council) Planning Scheme for this area but also brings with it well- researched health concerns, resident Sophia Conley said.

Resident Adam Woodhams said the visual impact of a tower planned for Weyba Downs was totally unacceptable.

This proposal for a fixed-wireless NBN connection is just obscene and absurd, Mr Woodhams said.

This tower will be visible from virtually every part of Weyba Downs and surrounding areas including on the lake and likely from the other side. The impact on amenity will be enormous.

A Sunshine Coast Council media spokesperson said it was not up to council to comment on potential devaluation of properties due to the visual impact of the towers or health risks from electronic transmission.


Media will be media "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

So weve all had a giggle had the governments misfortune at disposing of filing cabinets full of government documents. I expect there will be an investigation and several individuals will be tendering their notices and pursuing other interests and/or spending time with their families.

Over at Quadrant the always interesting Geoffrey Luck poses some questions regarding this apparent breach of national security:

  • When did the ABC first receive the documents?
  • Did the ABC buy them from the person who legally acquired the filing cabinets?
  • Who made the decision to evaluate the documents for news value, instead of handing them to a government agency?
  • How were decisions made on the order in which stories were published?
  • How did the ABC convince ASIO that the documents were its property?
  • Why were some documents dispersed to Brisbane?
  • Why are the original documents not available for public inspection on its website, as the ABC has boasted, only summaries?
  • What qualifications do ABC reporters have to decide what is, or is not a risk to national security?

Now some of these questions are interesting stories in and of themselves and Im sure other media organisations will pursue those questions in the coming days and weeks.  Yet the thrust of the article is that the ABC has done something wrong. Now as a working assumption that is a good place to start, but Im not convinced.

Now we can moan and groan, and wring our hands, and carry on about evil lefties, and what-not until the cows come home.  The fact of the matter is that the government abandoned those documents into the public domain. Whether those documents represent a security risk to the nation is not the ABCs problem or any other media outlets problem it is the governments problem.

Potentially news-worthy documents became available to a media organisation and they were assessed for their news value. That is what the media does that is what Australian taxpayers pay over $1 billion to the ABC to do. Now Im convinced that we dont get much value for that $1 billion, but that isnt the point here.

So in answer to this question:

How did the ABC convince ASIO that the documents were its property?

They probably produced a receipt. If the government wishes to appropriate that property I imagine t...


2017 Site Review "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Another year down in the just-over five-year history of this site.  2017 did not have either a federal election or a Tasmanian state election but there was still a fair amount of interest, especially in the Queensland election.  Indeed traffic by unique pageviews was only down 40% on last year despite the lack of a federal election, and up 25% on the last year without a federal or Tasmanian election (2015).  Moreover, there were more total pageviews than in the last state election year, 2014! Here's the activity graph for the year (the units are sessions per week):

The major event of the year on the site was the Queensland election, and quite aside from Queensland elections being always so interesting, I think the real reason for this is that the flow of information from official sources was very poor.  Other spikes included two rounds of Tasmanian legislative council elections and the Marriage Law Postal Survey, but there was also a continuing run of Section 44 fun that meant there was generally something to talk about in the second half of the year.

In 2017 I published 77 articles, down nine on 2016.  The main reason for the slight drop is the reduction in the number of Poll Roundup articles, of which ten came out this year, compared to 18 in a federal election year the year before.  I expanded out Tasmanian Legislative Council previews so that each seat had its own page, but on the other hand I only did one post-count thread for Queensland.  As well as poll roundups, the same-sex marriage postal vote (ten articles) and Queensland (nine) were covered fairly heavily.  I'm pleased to have been able to keep the volume somewhere near previous years in a year when my professional workload again increased.

As usual a number of things got partly written but never finished, sometimes for lack of time or sometimes because I thought better of finishing them or lost my temper with the subject matter.  Pieces started but not yet (and in some cases probably never to be) finished included:

* The Lower House section 44 piece foreshadowed in the most recent Senate piece.
* Does Voting For One Nation Help Labor Win Elections? (Answer: Very rarely.  Somebody tell Turnbull that we do have preferences in this country.)


Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Red-kneed Dotterel at Wiggins Island Coal Terminal Rd, Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 01-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We counted waders and water birds at high tide and among them were: Yellow-billed Spoonbill (1), Glossy Ibis (2) and Red-kneed Dotterel (4).


MACKAY Armed robbery charges laid, two men to stay behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY February 01, 2018 at 04:22PM ,

Armed robbery charges laid, two men to stay behind bars

February 01, 2018 at 04:22PM ,

A WEST Mackay man charged with armed robbery told a court it was unjust to keep him locked up because he was forced to rob a man and car-jack him under duress. Joshua Brian Jansen, 27, faced Mackay Magistrates Court in custody today, alongside co-accused Dysart man Nathan John Melody,

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MACKAY Detective defends officers outsmarted by prison escapee Jermaine Anderson "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY February 01, 2018 at 12:00PM ,

Detective defends officers outsmarted by prison escapee Jermaine Anderson

February 01, 2018 at 12:00PM ,

Anderson appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon and was remanded in custody. He is due to reappear in court on Friday. Tapim, 23, was arrested on Monday after he was discovered in the backyard of a property south of Mackay. Topics: prisons-and-punishment, police, mackay-4740,

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Buller's Shearwater & Black-naped Tern at Pt Lookout, North Stradbroke Island reported by Colin Reid on 01-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A four and a half hour seawatch delivered 4 Buller's Shearwaters and 2 Black-naped Terns among thousands of Wedge-tailed, hundreds of Hutton's and a hundred or so Short-tailed Shearwaters, hundreds of Common Noddies, Common and Little Terns, a few imm Sooty Terns and 1 Pomarine Skua. Conditions verging on extreme.


Jet City (Melbourne) Cessna 750 Citation X Bizjet VH-XCJ Arrives into Hamilton Island Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 29 January, Jet City (Melbourne) Cessna 750 Citation X bizjet VH-XCJ was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from its Melbourne (Essendon) base.

VH-XCJ at Adelaide Airport  (File photo)

The attractive Citation bizjet appears to be staying on Hamo for at least the night.

Meanwhile, also on Monday 29 January, Hopair (of Cairns) Cessna 337E Skymaster VH-OIQ was also noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport but from Toowoomba.  It seems to been flying around the Southern states and South Queensland.  While on Saturday 27 January, Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron VH-EZD arrived from its Monto base.

Finally, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" has had a busy couple of days popping into both Mackay and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports.  During the afternoon on Sunday 28 January, VH-CXJ arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and later departed to Brisbane on what looked to be a medevac flight.  While late on Monday 29 January, VH-CXJ was noted completing what looked to be training at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, flying from and back to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 31 January, all aircraft mentioned above all departed Hamilton Island for differing parts.  VH-XCJ departed to Sydney and then Essendon.  VH-OIQ departed to the Gold Coast after completing a local flight on Tuesday 30 January.  VH-EZD departed back to its Monto base.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 31 January, Brisbane-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-AAD arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from Brunette Downs via Mount Isa and Gunpowder Mine.  It is due to depart to Archerfield on Thursday 1 February.

Photo taken by Tony Haynes 


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737 / E-7A Wedgetail A30-004 Missed Approach at Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 30 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-004 was noted completing a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.

A30-004 completes a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on a previous occasion  (File photo)

It appears that the Wedgetail flew up from the South and then returned down that way after completing the missed approach.  A30-004 was heard using the radio callsign of "Mitchell 04".

Photo taken by 'IAD'  


Morgan Brigg // Killing Country (Part 5): Native Title Colonialism, Racism And Mining For Manufactured Consent - New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Killing Country (Part 5): Native Title Colonialism, Racism And Mining For Manufactured Consent - New Matilda: Wangan and Jagalingou people are the traditional owners of a vast swathe of Central-Western Queensland that is critical for the proposed Adani Carmichael mine, including a 2,750-hectare area over which native title rights must be extinguished for Adani to convert the land to freehold tenure for the infrastructure for mine operations.

The Wangan and Jagalingou are native title applicants with a prima facie claim to their lands, but the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council (W&J) are not following the establishment script of playing along with mining interests. Instead, they are vehemently resisting the proposed Adani Carmichael mine, including through native title law.

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Wednesday, 31 January


Paul Kelly & Kingswood head Queenslands Sea N Sound Festival lineup "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

You like music, right? Good times, good vibes, and a picturesque environment in which to drink it all in? Then we think Mooloolabas Sea N Sound Festival could be right up your alley.

Fresh from a year which included huge local talents including Boy & Bear, Timberwolf, Busby Marou, and more, Queenslands Sea N Sound Festival is back for another year, this time delivering another huge lineup of remarkable talent in one of the finest locations on offer.

Kicking off this years bill is the one and only Paul Kelly, who is still riding high off a huge year which finally saw him score a #1 spot on the ARIA charts with his Life Is Fine record. Likewise, one of the finest Aussie rock acts, Kingswood, are set to make the trip up north, delivering fan-favourites as well as fresh cuts from their most recent album, After Hours, Close To Dawn.

But thats not all though, with Harts, Pierce Brothers, Angie McMahon, Sea Gypsies, William Bloom, Jesse Taylor, Brad Schultz, and CRVKZ all joining this lineup of brilliant local talent as well.

Situated at Mooloolabas Wharf Tavern, the 2018 edition of the Sea N Sound festival is set to kick off on June 9th, and will feature plenty of amazing craft beers, seafood, and loads of gorgeous scenery as well.

Tickets to the event are on sale at 9am, on Wednesday, February 7th, but if you head along to the Sea N Sound Festival website, you can register for pre-sale tickets, which could see you secure your tickets from 9:30am, this Friday, February 2nd.

Check out Sea N Sound Festival headliner Paul Kelly, and Firewood And Candles:

Sea N Sound Festival 2018 Lineup

Paul Kelly
Pierce Brothers
Angie McMahon
Sea Gypsies
William Bloom
Jesse Taylor
Brad Schultz

Saturday, June 9th
The Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, QLD

Tickets on sale Wednesday, February 7th
Pre-sale tickets available Friday, February 2nd
For more info, and pre-sale registration, Sea N Sound Festival

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Tuesday, 30 January


Why is it so? Regional Qld airfares 2-3 times higher than in the city guest post by Craig Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my former colleague Craig Wilson, who is now Managing Director of DeltaPearl Partners. Craig will be well known to many readers as a result of his former senior executive position in the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet. His guest post is based on recent work he has undertaken for Mount Isa City Council. The post contains Craigs views, and they should not necessarily be attributed to me. I am sure Craig would very much welcome comments on this guest post. GT

Why is it so?  Regional Queensland airfares 2-3 times higher than in the city

by Craig Wilson

Toward the end of 2017 the Australian Senate announced an inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of air services into rural, regional and remote in Australia. Among other things the inquiry will consider air fare pricing, competition, regulation and service quality as well as the socio-economic impacts of these things on communities and the economy. The announcement of such an inquiry is not surprising the issue of high air fares and poor service quality on flights in and out of regional centres has been a hot button issue for communities across the country for some time.

Lets take Mount Isa, for example, whose City Council has prepared a detailed submission to the Senate inquiry investigating regional air services.

Mount Isa is a significant regional centre in northern Australia and lies at the heart of the North-West Minerals Province, the largest zone of mineralisation of its kind in the world. The Mount Isa economy generates around $2.4 billion annually in value-added output and $1 billion annually in tax revenues for the state and federal treasuries.

Despite this significant economic contribution, regional centres such as Mount Isa feel second class because of the price and quality of air services they receive and, as a consequence, communities and local governments are becoming increasingly vocal in their demands for a better deal. At a headline level, the analysis in the Mount Isa submission has found that, on a per kilometre basis, Mount Isa travellers are paying two to three times more in air fares than passengers flying out of Australias major metropolitan centres on comparable journeys (Table 1).


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Tuesday, 09 January


MACKAY Woman in custody faces fresh charge ahead of sentencing "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Woman in custody faces fresh charge ahead of sentencing

January 09, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A SLADE Point woman awaiting sentencing for a string of stealing and fraud offences, has been hit with a fresh charge. Karen Patricia Anne-Maree Wise, 34, faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Monday, after recently pleading guilty to 13 charges, including alcohol theft, credit

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MACKAY Found the bong: Noise complaint tradies downfall "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 09, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Found the bong: Noise complaint tradies downfall

January 09, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Dunnett faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to possessing used drug utensils or pipes on December 10 at Bucasia. Prosecutor Shelby Larcombe provided the facts. Police pulled into the driveway of the dwelling and observed a gathering of people sitting around a table in an

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Monday, 08 January


MACKAY Three face court accused of stealing brand new muscle car "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 08, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Three face court accused of stealing brand new muscle car

January 08, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

In the Townsville court, Hodgetts was remanded in custody to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court in late January. Meanwhile, Scott Hodgetts partner Kerri-Ann Connolly and brother Laurie Hodgetts appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday morning. Connolly, 31, from Mackay, sat in the court

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Sunday, 07 January


Booboo prompts more questions of identity "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Big booboo last post - since mostly corrected, but clue left as challenge. Error came from initial assumption of bird's identity. Mistake then blocked any chance of self-correction. Here's a look at recent examples of ID problems, all from within limited confines of Townsville Common Conservation Park, starting with one of most frequent, Collared Sparrowhawk (juvenile above and below: but barred adults also look alike ) versus Brown Goshawk.

Sparrowhawks stare, Goshawks glower. Easy! Except Sparrowhawks often glower a bit. And their tails (square tipped with notch, against rounded unnotched) fold inconclusively in the field. And their very long middle toes and thin legs look less impressively different in the field than in the field guides. Ditto colour, head, bill, and, specially in the north, size differences. So, no surprise if Collared Sparrowhawk ID should be challenged.

Less contentious, though commonly mislisted as Grey Shrike-thrush, Little Shrike-thrush. (above and below), previously called Rufous Shrike-thrush. Above image closely matches what birders expect to see.

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Saturday, 06 January


Barking Mad "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Several times a week, the birds in the garden get upset at something in the scrub. It could be anything - a tree monitor, a possum, a funny-looking twig. Lewin's honeyeaters are the biggest complainers. One of them (I'm sure it's the same one) will come to my office window and yell at me until I go outside, at which point it will then - and I'm not making this up - lead me to where a brown tree snake is dozing in the carport rafters. Since I am an advocate in letting sleeping snakes lie, the honeyeater is invariably disappointed in my response. I am sorry I don't live up to its expectations.

But one day the complaining was led by less excitable birds, including a pair of barred cuckoo-shrikes. So I grabbed the binos and went to have a look. If they were mobbing a big snake, I wanted to maintain a bit of distance.

It wasn't a snake, it was a barking owl. And they always look that annoyed.

Barking owls are one of three owl species that occur in the patch of rainforest. The other two species are southern boobook and lesser sooty owl. There have also been records of rufous owls in this area, but I have yet to hear them calling.

Friday, 05 January


MACKAY More than 320g of ice seized by police "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 05:30PM ,

More than 320g of ice seized by police

January 04, 2018 at 05:30PM ,

Arnold Di Carlo, 41, of Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a series of drug charges yesterday . He was denied bail and remanded in custody. He will face court again on March 7. Two others will face charges at a later date. Snr Sgt Tucker said it was a significant seizure, especially for Mackay.

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MACKAY Woman assaulted after refusing to make brother coffee "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 04, 2018 at 11:52PM ,

Woman assaulted after refusing to make brother coffee

January 04, 2018 at 11:52PM ,

A MAN bashed his sister and damaged her kitchenware after she refused to make him a cup of coffee. The man, 48, left his sisters Pimlico home on Wednesday night but was arrested when police found him at his own address a short time later. The Rosslea man, who cannot be named for legal reasons,

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MACKAY Affray charges after new year celebrations in Moranbah "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 05, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Affray charges after new year celebrations in Moranbah

January 05, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

The men have been charged with affray by Moranbah Police and released to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5. Moranbah Police and the Moranbah Liquor Accord stand united in tackling alcohol fuelled violence in Moranbahs licensed premises and those individuals involved in such

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