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Tuesday, 20 September

13:51

RAAF Challenger Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Wedgetail A30-003 Completes Airwork at Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 19 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Emerald Airport.



A37-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Consort 25" and was believed to have brought acting Prime Minster Barnaby Joyce to town for some engagements.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 20 September, A37-003, again as "Consort 25" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It looked to fly from Townsville into Mackay Airport during the late afternoon.

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday 19 September, RAA) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-003 - was noted flying north as "Mitchell 01" and was intending to complete airwork at Rockhampton. However due to traffic, it turned back towards Gladstone and instead completed at least one missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.  A30-003 then returned to the south.

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

13:49

Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters A15-303 & A15-305 Back at Rockhampton Airport as "Chainsaw" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After passing through Rockhampton Airport earlier in the month, on Tuesday 20 September, the pair of Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters - A15-303 and A15-305 - were again photographed passing through Rocky.


This time, the two Chinooks, which are both operated by the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment (5 Avn Regt) 'C' Squadron based at Townsville, touched down from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley.






They then took on fuel and later departed home to Townsville.  As with their previous visit, they two Chinooks were noted to by flying together using the radio callsign of "Chainsaw".

Meanwhile, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops were noted completing airwork at a couple of CQ Airports also on Tuesday 20 September.  A32-437 - flying as "Dingo 36" - was noted departing Townsville and completing airwork at both Mackay and Biloela / Thangool Airports before landing at Amberley.  While A32-436 - flying as "Hudson 7" completed airwork at Mackay Airport after flying North from the Gold Coast.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Ha...

11:59

Light Worker Update 9,18,27 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The challenges and spiritual meaning behind the shift of energies during the 999 open Vortex 2016. How to combat and relate to the unusual energy patterns. by psychic medium Ian Scott

09:00

Your motorcycle trip edited by pros "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Somewhere else tomorrow - film festival

The annual Adventure Travel Film Festival in Victoria, in February, is offering adventure riders and travellers the opportunity to have their video professionally edited.

While hours and hours of video may be of interest to you, a sub-10-minute film would be more palatable to the public and could be seen on YouTube by millions.

To enter the filmmaker competition, adventure travellers have to submit a simple one-page synopsis of their travel video. A short list of entrants will be asked to submit up to a maximum of five hours of footage.

A winner will be selected and the footage will be professionally edited to under 10 minutes by Killafish Productions and shown at the 2017 Adventure Travel Film Festival in Bright from February 10 to 12, 2017.




07:21

Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).

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As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.

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The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.

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07:16

Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

New images from northern Great Barrier Reef surveys that reveal long term damage from this year’s coral bleaching are deeply concerning and highlight the need for urgent climate action, said the Australian Marine Conservation Society today.

“Scientists are reporting that parts of Australia’s beloved Reef are struggling to recover months on from the global coral bleaching event. In some parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef, once healthy corals are now dead and smothered in algae”, said AMCS Reef campaigner, Cherry Muddle.

“Digging up new mega coal mines and shipping that coal out through the Reef will only exacerbate climate change, and bring yet more coral bleaching.

“It is the last thing our Reef needs.

“In order to protect our current tourism jobs along the Reef we need our state and federal governments to work together to invest in renewable energy, rather than championing unviable coal mines,” Ms Muddle said.

The post Scientific Report on Reef’s slow recovery from Coral Bleaching Shows the Urgent need for Climate Action appeared first on Fight for the Reef.

06:57

White-eared Monarch at Hamilton Island, Whitsundays Qualia Resort reported by Rob Morris on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I was surprised to see a WEMonarch this morning outside my cabin at Qualia. Presumably a migrant heading south. (Photo off the back of the camera).

brush cuckoo at Slacks Creek Environmental Park reported by David Lie on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Calling loudly and repeatedly 10m up a tree. Also a brown goshawk seen chased by a currawong in the same area.

06:56

Australian Bustard, Radjah Shelduck at Port Alma Rd--Eight Mile Ck freshwater wetland reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 18-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A lonely Australian Bustard was displaying in empty paddock at the corner of Port Alma Rd and Weir View Rd few km east of Eight Mile Creek lagoon. In the lagoon 460 Magpie Geese and couple of Radjah Shelducks

05:33

Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos

We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.

Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.

“Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.

“Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”

While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.

Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.

Kudos Plucker Single Tour

Supported By DJ Lickweed

Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray

04:20

“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock” "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

News laws are being introduced by the Queensland Government that change the way mining companies obtain water licences. This was originally written in the Townsville Bulletin as a “roadblock” for the project, without even naming what the proposed legislation is or about. NQCC responded with this letter to the editor, but under a different headline … Continue reading "“Adani at traffic lights, not roadblock”"

04:00

Rider awareness campaign spreads "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Joe Rider Motorcycle Awareness Month

The success of the Joe Rider motorcycle awareness campaign initiated by the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT is now spreading throughout NSW.

Riders wearing “Joe” one their vests to alert drivers to the presence of riders on the road is once again a major part of the ninth annual Motorcycle Awareness Week held by the MRA ACT from October 15-22.

MRA ACT president Jen Woods says Canberrans have gradually become aware over the past nine years of the Joe Rider awareness campaign.Joe Rider Motorcycle Awareness Month

She says their aim during Motorcycle Awareness Week is to “boost awareness of motorcycling by other road users so they drive accordingly”.

The Joe Rider campaign asks other road users who see Joe to email joe.rider@internode.on.net with the location and have their name go in the helmet for a chance to win a prize.

The campaign was under the spotlight when ACT Government ran their inaugural Road Safety Forum last September and invited, among others, Road Safety Officers from NSW.

“One of the things the RSOs were interested in was the Joe Rider campaign;  it’s a cost-effective way of making motorcycle and scooter riders more visible on the roads, spreading the road safety message,” Jen says.Joe Rider Motorcycle Awareness Month

“News of Joe Rider has spread and this year, for the first time, Road Safety Officers in the Councils surrounding the ACT have been provided funding to run this rider awareness campaign in October,” Jen says.

As part of the awareness week, MRA ACT will also again conduct the Pink Ribbon Ride, raising funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

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03:40

Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now

Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.

The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.

Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.

The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.

Tash Sultana National Tour Dates

Thursday, 15th September 2016
The Borderline, London

Saturday, 17th September 2016
7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sunday, 18th September 2016
Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Thursday, 22nd September 2016
The Northern, Byron Bay

Friday, 23rd September 2016
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

Friday, 30th September 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Thursday, 6th October 2016
Mojos, Fremantle

Friday, 7th October 2016
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Thursday, 13th October 2016
Baha’s Tacos, Rye

Friday, 14th October 2016
Torquay Hotel, Torquay

Saturday, 15th October 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide

Thursday, 20th October 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Thursday, 27th October 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 11th November 2016
Kings Arms, Auckland

03:33

Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip

Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”

The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.

You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.

Ball Park Music National Tour Dates
w/ The Creases & Sahara Beck

Thursday 22 September

Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

Friday 23 September

Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

Saturday 24 September 

The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

Sunday 25 September 

The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

Thursday 29 September 

ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

Friday 30 September 

Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)

Tuesday 4 October

The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

Wednesday 5 October

Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

Thursday 6 October

Barwon Club, Geelong VIC 

Friday 7 October

170 Russell, Melbourne VIC 

Saturday 8 October 

The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS

Thursday 13 October 

The Gov, Adelaide SA

Friday 14 October

The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)

Friday 21 October

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02:56

RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.

The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.

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Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.

The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).

The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.

Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.

“ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.

“I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.

Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.

“ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.

The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.

The post RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery appeared first on One Step Off The Grid.

01:05

Reef spill payout ‘inadequate’: activists "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

The federal government’s acceptance of less than a third of what it was seeking in compensation for a coal carrier accident on the Great Barrier Reef has left conservationists outraged.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg this week announced the government had reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement from the operators of the Shen Neng 1, which ran aground 100km east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal in 2010.

The money will be used to remove polluted rubble in a clean-up operation expected to begin next year.

But the government had been seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd.
Greenpeace Australia say the settlement is inadequate.

“While we welcome the end of this six-year saga, it has to serve as a reminder that accidents happen,” spokeswoman Shani Tager said.

“It’s clear that coal and the reef don’t mix and the government needs to do more to protect this precious place.”

Maritime insurer The London P&I Club again expressed regret over the spill and said it had always wanted to reach a “fair and justifiable settlement”.

The post Reef spill payout ‘inadequate’: activists appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:34

DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates

Hot on the heels of a much talked-about BIGSOUND performance and still riding a wave of momentum from this year’s mammoth WACO tour with Dune Rats and Violent Soho, Bundaberg’s favourite sons, DZ Deathrays, are back with a new single and fresh tour dates.

‘Pollyanna’ is the latest killer number from the Queensland duo, who are now set to hit the road this December for their biggest headline tour to date, playing a string of all ages and 18+ shows around the country with their good mate Ecca Vandal.

Ecca Vandal hit the stage with DZ Deathrays during BIGSOUND for a raucous performance of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’. Everyone who was there agreed it was a highlight of the conference and everyone who wasn’t was having some serious FOMO.

The band’s latest Australian tour also comes just weeks after they announced a co-headline tour of North America and Europe with buddies Dune Rats. Rest assured, the pair’s live chops will be sharper than ever when they make their way back to Aussie shores.

Check below for all the dates and details.

DZ Deathrays National Tour Dates

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)

Saturday, 10th December 2016
YMCA HQ, Leedervile (Under 18s)

Saturday, 10th December 2016
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth (18+)

Thursday, 15th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney (AA)

Friday, 16th December 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide (AA)

Saturday, 17th December 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne (Under 18s)

Saturday, 17th December 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

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Monday, 19 September

22:04

Many accounting & financial services businesses being held back by poor understanding of laws of success "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Last Wednesday, at the Brisbane offices of Macpherson Kelley Lawyers, I attended a presentation by Macquarie on its 2015-16 Accounting and Financial Services Benchmarking Report, which is based on survey data collected from 355 accounting and financial services firms across Australia. I was stunned that fewer than half of respondents considered that new client acquisition is an effective strategy to improve profitability in the current market (see chart below). Instead, most respondents favour adding value for existing clients and finding efficiencies, which are both admirable goals, but are unlikely to result in startling business growth and profits.

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Source: Macquarie, 2015-16 Accounting and Financial Services Benchmarking Report, p. 17.

I would suggest that many accountants and financial advisers would benefit from reading The 10X Rule by US sales guru Grant Cardone, in which he notes (in Chapter 19):

Customer satisfaction doesn’t concern me very much! Why? Because I know that we over-deliver to our clients and provide customer service that is well beyond “satisfactory”…

…I am most worried about noncustomer satisfaction; that is, the people who are dissatisfied because they do not have my product and may not even know that they are unhappy…

…It is impossible for a company to create success by just focussing on customer satisfaction. I believe that the trend of focusing on customer satisfaction has been detrimental to customer acquisition. Companies become so consumed about their current customers’ “satisfaction” that many are failing to aggressively acquire and expand their market share.

These are very wise words, and I hope to see an improvement in the proportion of accounting and financial services businesses that believe new client acquisition is an effective profitability lever in Macquarie’s next benchmarking report.


22:00

Frightening rise in motorcycle thefts "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Alarming rise in motorcycle theft
A “frightening” rise in motorcycle thefts in Victoria in the past few years has offset decreases across the nation, according to National Theft Reduction Council executive director Ray Carroll.

In the past financial year, motorcycle theft across the nation has risen 3% to 8261 and is 4.9% in the past five years.

Victorian motorcycle theft is up 19.3% in the past year and 31.7% in the past five years, while NSW is down 6.7% last year and 12.6% over five years.

Ray says Victoria’s “frightening” rise is attributable to a crime wave across the state.

“There has been this rapid escalation of crime of all sorts in Victoria, particularly juvenile, and police are struggling to get on top of it,” he says.

“In some respects in the last 12 months it has been related to the introduction of a police no-pursuit policy after some bad incidences of high-speed chases up to 200km/h on the wrong side of the road.”

Ray says there has also been an “unprecedented level of violence in vehicle theft” including carjackings and home invasions to steal vehicle keys.

Meanwhile, he says NSW police and the judicial system seem to be “on top of it”.

“A senior NSW police officer told me they are in the happy position where, if they get a breakout of crime in an area, they can jump on it so quickly they can nip it in the bud.”




 

17:15

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest

By Christina Sarich

Queensland, Australia — A rare, cancer-fighting compound has been found in nature, and it only grows in one place in the entire world.

This cancer-fighting blushwood berry, also known as Hylandia dockrillii, has been uncovered in a far northern part of Australia, known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and over 70 national parks, in the rainforests of North Queensland. The phyto-active compounds in this berry, namely a molecule which scientists are calling EBC-46, are so potent that they’ve killed cancerous tumors in lab experiments in as few as seven days. Other cancers were eradicated within only 48 hours.

Numerous clinical trials have already shown promise for treating cancer in laboratory animals, including horses, rats, and dogs, and the first human trials on a drug made from blush berries may have kept one woman from having to undergo an amputation of her arm. In a shocking twenty minutes, she says the tumor, “went purple, then black, and within a couple days, the tumor just shriveled up and died.”

The compound causes no side effects, and works faster than almost anything doctors have ever seen. It works specifically on spot-melanomas, like skin cancer.

EBC-46 seems to trigger an immune response when injected into cancerous tumor sites. Our white blood cells then attack the tumor and shrink it so that the body can completely dispose of the cancerous cells which formed it.

Blushwood berries seem to be chock-full of this tumor-fighting compound. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland, Australia, recently conducted a study on the blushwood berry and found that in over 70 percent of cases, when the compound was used, cancerous tumors die.

Dr. Glen Boyle, who led the study, says, “There’s a compound in the seed — it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know.”

Boyle explains that the tree is “very, very picky” about where it will grow. He says, “It’s only on the Atherton Tablelands at the moment and they’re trying to expand that to different places of course because it’d be nice to be able to grow it on a farm somewhere.”

Though Dr. Boyle says the blushwood berry compound could be used to augment chemotherapy treatment, there is a possibility that the drug could help cure cancer simply through ingesting the fruit, itself, or applying it topically. No clinical evidence has yet proven the blushwood berry to work in its whole, natural form, but if the compound gained from its flesh is so effective, might not the fruit itself prove efficacious in healing non-metastatic cancers?

Blushwood berry compounds are thought to...

13:46

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Start Flying Sorties out of Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 19 September, the six six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base commenced flying sorties as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 - and several local plane spotters were at and around Rockhampton Airport to capture the action!


They flew in two waves - departing in three flights of two in the morning between 10.30am and 12pm - returning around 1pm.  And then again in three flights of two in the afternoon from around 3pm - returning around 5.30pm.







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13:22

A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

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And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.


VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.



On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...

13:16

Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

West Coolum Wetland
While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial area of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

Google Earth map of West Coolum Wetland
I stumbled across the land between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and the Coolum Creek Reserve while kayaking along Coolum Creek, finding a slashed but somewhat overgrown track that extended from the old cane train bridge crossing the creek to the motorway.


Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

What's more, there are some nice birds there. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

Spotless Crake
I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along with a Buff-banded Ra...

11:53

Guy Martin crashes in speed attempt "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordGuy Martin has crashed in tricky course conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats in pursuit of a 400mph Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed Record attempt.

With clear sun and virtually no wind, rider Guy Martin set off from mile marker 9 to record his FIM-required certification run.

Setting off smoothly, Guy was making good power in mile one when the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course. Guy was completely uninjured in the incident, however the streamliner will now require a full inspection before any further runs can take place.

“It’s one of the challenges of Land speed racing – the salt surface can be so unpredictable. We’ll fully inspect the streamliner and get ready for the next phase of our attempt,” commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.

Rider Guy Martin added: “It’s all part the job boy, isn’t it? Feeling our way. I guess if it was an easy thing to do everyone would have done it by now.  So we’ll get a plan sorted and get on with the next go at it as soon as we get the chance.”

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter is piloting the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

The record bid was further set back at the weekend when the streamliner tipped over in a rut while being towed.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty qu...

09:23

Shen Neng compensation offer too little, too late for priceless Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The compensation agreed between the Federal Government and owners of the Shen Neng 1 for the clean-up from their oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef falls way short of the $141 million estimated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park authority earlier this year.
Great Barrier Reef campaigner Shannon Hurley said the Reef generated at least $6 billion in reef-related tourism to the economy, and makes a priceless contribution as a global icon and integral part of the Queensland coastal lifestyle.
The Federal Government has sold the reef short and failed to recognise prevention of shipping accidents is the best way of protecting the priceless natural wonder, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“The Shen Neng 1 is a reminder of the vital importance of protecting the fragile marine environments of the Great Barrier Reef from shipping accidents and spills,” she said.
“The grounding of the Shen Neng 1 off the coast of Queensland in 2010 severely damaged or destroyed a massive 115,000m2 of habitat in the Douglas Shoal, pulverised marine life and released toxic paint that will stunt coral re-growth for years to come.
“No one who saw the dramatic media images of the grounding of the Shen Neng 1 can forget what’s at stake when shipping goes wrong on the Reef, damaging coral and marine life in its wake.
“The Shen Neng may be long gone from our waters but we must not forget what is at stake from shipping through the Reef – precious marine life, local tourism and fishing industries and a coastal way of life much loved by Queenslanders.
“At the time, marine experts estimated the reef could take up to 20 years to recover from the Shen Neng incident. Clearly Australia can’t afford the damage that one ship, the Shen Neng 1, caused to the Reef.
“The Reef is under existential threat from global warming, coral bleaching and poor water quality, it cannot take on the additional risk from oil spills and other incidents.
“We simply can’t risk letting it happen again,” she said.

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09:00

MV Agusta has surprises in store "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Giovanni Castiglioni MV Agusta boss surprises

Giovanni Castiglioni

MV Agusta claims it is back on its financial feet, winning a major design accolade and unveiling a couple of surprises at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

One of those surprises is believed to be an all-new Brutale with a Euro4-compliant 998cc engine, down from 1078cc, but expected to be more powerful (192hp and 111Nm).

New MV Augusta Brutale surprise surprises

New MV Agusta Brutale

Motorcycle News has reported company boss Giovanni Castiglioni saying the Milanese factory is now again producing its full range of existing and upcoming models.

Earlier this year the company restructured its finances, which seemed to be code for spiralling into bankruptcy.

The Australian and New Zealand distributor of MV Agusta, Urban Moto Imports (UMI), met last week with Giovanni and witnessed a busy production line at the famous Schiranna factory where their latest order of the Brutale 800 and F3 RC models took shape.




 

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08:17

Divestment – what is it and why it works "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Divestment Day 2016 is coming up! Here’s a quick guide to what divestment is, the successes that divestment campaigns have had so far, and what we are doing this year. What’s divestment? Divestment is the opposite of investment. It’s rearranging your finances so that you aren’t supporting the fossil fuel industry through your bank, investments, … Continue reading "Divestment – what is it and why it works"

07:57

Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Lewin's Rail at West Coolum Wetland reported by Greg Roberts on 19-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Newly discovered Sunshine Coast wetland. 1 Spotted Crake heard and seen; 10 Spotless Crakes heard, 2 seen; 8 Lewin's Rail heard, 1 seen

07:40

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

“We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

Sunday, 27th November 2016
Live At The Orchard, Perth

Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney

Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

07:14

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

Hold On

This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

Dirty Man

The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

Left It

Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

The Gold

The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

Offered it up

This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

Position Steppers

This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

In a memory

The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

Too many words

Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

Water Running

This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.

Aftermath

The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

Kingfisha Tour Dates

30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...

04:33

ACF appeals Federal Court decision on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Media Release from The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF):

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19 September 2016

ACF appeals Federal Court decision on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

“This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

“Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

“If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places, they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

“Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef.

“The science is clear that we can have coal or the reef – but we can’t have both.

“In our original legal challenge, Justice Griffiths recognised that there was considerable public interest in ACF’s case and we are in no doubt that we represent the concerns of the majority of Australians.

“In a ReachTel survey of 2,600 Australians at the end of August, 81 per cent said they would support stronger federal environment laws to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“And 75 per cent support environment groups’ right to use legal avenues to uphold existing environmental laws.

“It comes down to this. The planet warming pollution from Adani’s coal mine threatens the reef and all living things. The Australian Conservation Foundation does not accept this future – and we will take all reasonable steps we can to stop this mine.”

04:05

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

“What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

“When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

Image credit: Kaye Harrison

Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

February 3rd

Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

February 4th

Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

February 10th

Melbourne, The Croxton

Special guests: X.

04:00

Jump completes Evel Knievel stunt "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A Hollywood stuntman has completed a steam-powered “motorcycle” stunt jump across Snake River Canyon that motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel so famously failed to do in 1974.

Evel fan Eddie Braun, 54, rocketed to about 400mph (643km/h) to jump the 488m across the Idaho canyon on Friday before a parachute deployed and safely brought him back to earth.

He said he had trouble finding sponsors for the jump and paid $US 1.5m of his own money to build a replica of Evel’s Skycycle X-2 and perform the stunt.




 

 

Eddie Braun with Evel Spirit X-2 jump

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01:49

UQ Gatton solar facility to test RedFlow battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.

01:40

Shriver, Abdel-Magied, and writing fiction. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    I’ve spent the last few days thinking about cultural appropriation and the writing of fiction, as a consequence of the controversial keynote speech given by author Lionel Shriver at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and the distress expressed by Yassmin Abdel-Magied that caused her to walk out of Shriver’s presentation. Briefly, Shriver stated her hope […]

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Sunday, 18 September

22:43

American-Australian-Queensland government tyranny and spying on citizens "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Number plate readers are rampant in Queensland thanks to the former LNP Corporate Government. Every time you drive, every time you pass a stationary or mobile camera your car, its occupants, its direction and time are photographed and recorded in real time in a massive data bank monitored by Qld Police Inc. and the Main Roads Dept Inc. What are our elected representatives going to do about it?  

Here’s an A-to-Z primer to spell out exactly what government tyranny means post 9/11.

A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. A police state “is characterized by bureaucracy, secrecy, perpetual wars, a nation of suspects, militarization, surveillance, widespread police presence, and a citizenry with little recourse against police actions.”

B is for our battered BILL OF RIGHTS. In the cop culture that is America today, where you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is rarely held accountable for violating your rights, the Bill of Rights doesn’t amount to much.

C is for CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE. The latest governmental scheme to deprive Americans of their liberties—namely, the right to property—is being carried out under the guise of civil asset forfeiture, a government practice wherein government agents (usually the police) seize private property they “suspect” may be connected to criminal activity <<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428">http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428> . Then, whether or not any crime is actually proven to have taken place, the government keeps the citizen’s property.

D is for DRONES. It is estimated that at least 30,000 drones will be airborne in American airspace by 2020, part of an $80 billion industry <<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7">http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7> . Although some drones will be used for benevolent purposes, many will also be equipped with lasers, tasers and scanning devices, among other weapons—all aimed at “we the people.”

E is for ELECTRONIC CONCENTRATION CAMP. In the electronic concentration camp, as I have dubbed the surveillance state, all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents and all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

F is for FUSION CENTERS. Fusion centers, data collecting agencies spread throughout the country and aided by the National Security Agency, serve as a clearinghouse for information shared between state, local and federal agencies <<a href="http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Police-use-of-Stingray-device-302348101.html">http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Police-use-of-Stingray-device-302348101.html> . These fusion centers constantly monitor our communications, everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police.

G is for GRENADE LAUNCHERS and GLOBAL POLICE. The federal government has distributed more than $18 billion worth of battlefield-appropriate military weapons, vehicles and equipment <<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1033-program-264537">http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1...

22:00

Petition to change Oxley speed zones "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Oxley Highway petition speed zones

Oxley Highway

Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.

“I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.

“I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.

“They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”

Oxley Highway speed zones

Ken on his R 1200 GS

Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”

The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.

“The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”

Oxley Highway speed limit drops zonesThe reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.

Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.

While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.

Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)

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18:01

Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it's adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda)

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it’s adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda, image CATS)

This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

 The opening keynote for the Brisbane Writers Festival was delivered by the American author Lionel Shriver and it caused outrage among those who felt she was dismissive of other cultures in her treatment of minorities. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who is an Australian Muslim, penned a powerful response:

Her question was — or could have been — an interesting question: What are fiction writers “allowed” to write, given they will never truly know another person’s experience?

Not every crime writer is a criminal, Lionel said, Nor is every author who writes on sexual assault a rapist. “Fiction, by its very nature,” Shriver said, “is fake.”

There is a fascinating philosophical argument here. Instead, however, that core question was used as a straw man. Shriver’s real targets were cultural appropriation, identity politics and political correctness. It was a monologue about the right to exploit the stories of “others”, simply because it is useful for one’s story.

Shriver began by making light of a recent incident in the US, where students faced prosecution for what was argued by some as “casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity” at a Mexican-themed party.

“Can you believe,” Shriver asked at the beginning of her speech, “that these students were so sensitive about the wearing of sombreros?”

The audience, compliant, chuckled. I started looking forward to the point in the speech where she was to subvert the argument.

It never came.

Another writer, Suki Kim, also...

12:00

EP 178: Edith Thomas Furey; Undead Apes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Edith Thomas Furey

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 4th March 2016. 

Coming from Brisbane, this one man band is the brain product of Joel Glazebrook. Using an elaborate setup of synths, drum machines, guitars, and loop pedals both in the studio and for live performances, Edith Thomas Furey create catchy new wave post punk with an 80’s feel, with some heavier kind of elements taken straight from the 90’s industrial scene. Since august he has released three singles, with mention of an EP due in the future.

Undead Apes

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Fest, 13th August 2016.

 

Undead Apes are the all star team of punk rock bands from Brisbane in the early 2000’s. They feature Simon Graydon from Sekiden, John Mercer from Greig, and Dick Nasty, Adam Scott from Eat Laser Scumbag!, and Renae Elise from Gazoonga Attack. Their live shows are a complete rarity with their bassist Adam living overseas, but they have still found time to write and record three albums over their lifespan, which have all been released on Brisbane label mere noise records. Their latest album ‘Landfill’ was released on the 14th of June 2016 and features lyrical themes such as astrophysics, recreational use of embalming fluid, tofu, communist brainwashing of youth via rock’n’roll, and affairs of the heart. This set was captured at their only live show of 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th September 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


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Friday, 16 September

04:41

Chilled and skilled – The Lulu Raes talk success and perform a live rendition of Never Leave "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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  • The Lulu Raes :: Interview with Lucy Smith

Chilled and skilled – this was the mantra repeated by The Lulu Raes when chatting with Lucy Smith. It’s a simple belief from an anything but simple band, and it’s proving to be The Lulu Raes’ key to success. Performing a live rendition of their track titled ‘Never Leave,’ the band asserted themselves as an act worthy of attention.

From the latest EP titled All Our Parents Are Divorced, their latest song really showcases The Lulu Raes potential. Throughout the interview, the band thanked those who helped them in their early days.

“[Little Bastard] We’re close mates and they’re the reason we got our first gig and that’s how our manager met us. We played the Bright-side with them.”

Currently touring across the nation, The Lulu Raes show no sign of slowing down. When revealing their key to success, the importance of maintaining and developing connections proved to be important.

“Just be friends with Sticky Fingers [laughs]…get those connections out there. Nah, but it’s really tricky because there’s so many bands out there but none of them get noticed. You have to join a bit of a community. A lot of bands, they get together and you get to know other bands and then you meet new people – sort of like a cascading effect.”

“You’ve just gotta get out there, you can’t spend all your time in your room.”

When seeing what’s coming up within their live shows, The Lulu Raes, have a few new songs to share.

“We’re doing five new songs…we’re doing songs from the upcoming album and it sounds way more dynamic.”

You can check out the Lulu Raes live track and full interview above.

WHO: The Lulu Raes
WHERE: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
WHEN: September 30th
HOW MUCH: $15

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Tuesday, 06 September

14:25

And then the dog went blind… "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I kid you not.

There’s a saying here in “straya” when you strike a run of bad luck. Something about killing a Chinaman but apparently it is not politically correct, so I won’t use that phrase. Please note… I love Chinese food and Chinese people.

A couple of weeks ago, I put Chi to bed and she pretty much woke up the next day blind. That is how it appeared to me. She goes to bed fine one night and the next day is bumping into furniture/walls/doors/us, missed her chair she attempted to jump up on and she is tripping on anything in her path.

The vet said she has been losing sight for some time and has a fully formed cataract in her left eye and an almost fully formed one in the right. Sight can appear to go suddenly.

I feel so sorry for her. She can’t put out her arms to protect herself so runs nose first into things. I’m petrified she’ll knock out a tooth so have been pedantic around the house and yard to ensure objects aren’t left laying around. I can’t do much about the walls and doors.

Sheesh, shoulda got out that pet insurance. Four gorillas for two lenses. Chi is only 6 years old. Quite young to get this problem but recovery should be quick. She is booked in to have surgery on Thursday.

Chi

So on the upside, my daughter is getting married at the end of October. Last weekend the hens party was an all girls weekend away on the Sunshine Coast. The young-uns stayed at a high-rise apartment complex on the beachfront. My girlfriend and I stayed a few metres down the road in Dad’s caravan at a caravan park. The van is part of his estate and still in probate so I can’t sell it yet but apparently I can use it.

On Friday night my friend and I had a few quiet drinks in the caravan and laughed too loudly. The drinks were quiet but we were not. Saturday we met up with the hens and we went on a riverboat cruise luncheon. My friend and I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out on the beach. We met up with the hens later that evening for a bit of “hens business” then my friend and I went back to the caravan park and the young-uns went clubbing. (Dancing – not chasing men with clubs.) If you follow me on twitter you would have seen the little teaser I posted during the strippers performance. If you don’t follow me on twitter.. why not check it out now?  Sunday was spent back on the beach and in and out of cafes.

These photographs were taken over the weekend at Maroochydore in Queensland Australia. Please click on the gallery to enlarge.

 

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02:07

Calls for Triple J to change the date of Hottest 100 and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A petition calling on Triple J to change the date of the hottest 100 is currently in circulation after Brendan Busch, a Melbourne man, created a competition awarding the most proactive campaigner with a Falls festival ticket.

Brisbane City Council launches new weather app

The Brisbane City Council are today launching a new app that gives real time information alerts for predicted severe weather events.

The app issues alerts to the user's phone, based on their immediate location.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the app is a welcome expansion on the council's current SMS service, which only delivers weather alerts relevant to the registered home address.  

Gold Coast Election funding under investigation

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