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Wednesday, 20 September

23:50

Really? Townsville's largest employer can't get an EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) passed and not a peep out of the local press. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

James Cook Uni's EBA was voted down by JCU employees two days ago, and not a word from the Bulletin (maybe it was news on TV?). This is a big deal as it will effect the wages of those employees and how much they can, or can't, spend in the local economy. Can anyone from JCU elaborate?

Can't edit the title(?) but should have said "One of Townsville's largest employers..." Not the largest. Thanks Xedlar.

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14:18

fonr newsletter #4 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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11:27

Fireworks tonight? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Maybe somewhere around the PCYC.

Anyone know what's going on?

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10:44

Putting the blame where it belongs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

08:46

MEDIA RELEASE: COAL FOUND IN CALEY WETLANDS. ADANI CANT BE TRUSTED TO STOP POLLUTION "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.

Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.

ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.

It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.

The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.

The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.

The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.

I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.

Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.

IMAGES AND INDEPENDENT WATER TESTING REPORT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

For more information or interviews please contact Gemma Freeman (AMCS) on 0412 505 405.

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07:17

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 20, 2017 at 01:11PM ,

Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates

September 20, 2017 at 01:11PM ,

Nevertheless, Hasler fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to common assault over the attack in Toowoomba. Defence

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07:00

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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01:09

PUNKEST XMAS BASH "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest  fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!

On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.

Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities

 

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Tuesday, 19 September

23:06

Crew Takeover Manifest "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The first crew to be taking over the psychedelic Hydra stage at earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD is here!

Introducing Manifest QLD, who will be taking over the Hydra Main Floor! The Queensland festival recently celebrated their five year milestone with a bumper lineup of cutting-edge music, amazing visual and performing arts, delicious food and craft markets and more.

International and local acts TBA!

read on

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21:46

Bigger is better small businesses once employed over half of private sector workers but no longer "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office, part of the Queensland Treasury:

While small business makes a significant contribution to total employment in Queensland, its share has fallen from 55.9% in June 2007 to 44.2% in 2016.

The trend decline occurred across Australia, although the fall was greater in Queensland than the rest of Australia, on average.

While small business employment declined, employment in medium-sized businesses (20-199 employees) increased. The Government Statisticians Office reports:

Between June 2007 and June 2016, the number of persons employed in a small business in Queensland decreased by 166,000 (down 15.4%)Conversely, the number of persons employed in a medium or large business increased by 128,000 (38.0%) and 172,000 (33.5%) respectively.

Incidentally, medium-sized businesses and large businesses (200+ employees) make up only 2.6 percent of total businesses, but account for 56% of employees (see chart below).

Why have small businesses declined in relative importance? Many factors have probably contributed to the downward trend, including, among others:

  • Consumer preferences, with consumers preferring to shop at bigger stores with more variety and lower prices (as the bigger stores benefit from economies of scale);
  • Information and communications technology improvements which have made it easier for successful businesses to extend their business models into new regions;
  • Government regulations, particularly in workplace relations, which impose costs that massively eat into the margins of small businesses and can more readily be absorbed by larger businesses; and
  • Deregulation (e.g. of retail trading hours), which has gradually been eliminating many of the small corner stores that were once prevalent in Australia.

Of course, technology is now allowing many people to set up micro-businesses, such as consultancies or Uber driving businesses, so there may be a reversal in the longer-term trend to some extent. But the longer-term trend away from traditional small businesses, such as a corner store or newsagent employing half a dozen people, appears unstoppable.

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14:28

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Moving Scenes at Rockhampton Airport as RSAF KC-135R '752' Takes Deceased Singapore Armed Force's Soldier Home "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to Singapore.


As reported below on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, the KC-135R Stratotanker '752' touched down at Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 18 September as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.




14:21

More Great Photos of the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Departing Rockhampton Airport Monday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As we posted below, on Monday 18 September, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers - before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii as "Reach 468".





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13:26

Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!

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07:49

Yandina Wetlands surveys "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the sites value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here; https://www.unitywater.com/about-us/projects-in-your-area/major-projects/yandina-creek-wetland

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11thand 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,

Ken
friarbird43@bigpond.com

05:27

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Bird Theme "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hello all and, in particular, birders of Blackall Range,
Recently I have been approached by the Sunshine Coast Council Environmental Dept with reference to their educational displays at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. They plan to have different displays there every four months. The next theme display, to run from December 17 until March 18 is Birds.
This is where we [Birdlife SC] come in. Hopefully we can contribute to this theme and encourage folks to learn not only about Birds but birding, bird conservation and Birdlife Australia. Hopefully, too, we can encourage some more people to become members.
They have asked whether we can host some bird walks / talks and contribute to the displays in some ways. I certainly have some ideas
In the first instance though I would like birders to consider volunteering some time to lead a bird walk or three over that four month period. The number of walks would be determined by the number of volunteers but I think the more the better. Ideally it would be great to have at least one weekly walk and perhaps alternate between a mid-week and a weekend.
My suggested programme would include;
1/ intro talk to describe birding [1 minute], key birds within Mary CC [c. 10 minutes] and Birdlife Australia [c. 2minutes]
2/ intro to using binoculars [perhaps using birds within info hall] [c. 10 minutes]
3/ bird walk within reserve [c. 1 hour]
4/ bird call encouraging participants to tick off species recorded on the walk [Mary CC bird list] [c. 10 minutes]
SC Council have agreed to supply a box of binoculars which could be borrowed.
PLEASE let me know if you could assist, in some way, with this project asap.
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04:57

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 19, 2017 at 11:57AM ,

Mackay court news

September 19, 2017 at 11:57AM ,

Benjamin James Ostwald, 31, faced Mackay Magistrates Court from prison, pleading days have faced court confessing to abusing Mackay Base

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02:14

Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dragonfruit

Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.

They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane! International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
read on

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02:11

Local Jobs First Roundtable to be held in Cairns and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Cairns is set to host a Local Jobs First Roundtable today, bringing both government and industry officials together to improve the employability of local young people in the tourism industry. (image credit: wikimedia)

Employment Minister Grace Grace will lead the Roundtable, with the goal of maximising employment opportunities for locals in Queenslands ever-growing billion dollar tourism industry.

In the past years, tourism contributes $11.5 billion to Queenslands economy, making up 5.8 per cent of Queenslands workforce.

Full-time effort to coordinate management of feral pigs in north Queensland introduced

Monday, 18 September

23:41

MACKAY Mother-of-seven to stay in jail after string of crimes "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY September 19, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Mother-of-seven to stay in jail after string of crimes

September 19, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Justine Theresa Sauney, 34, pleaded guilty to a total of 21 charges, many of them for property offences, in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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23:35

Qld LNP/ALP joined forces to stop farmers from having guns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

THE LNP and the ALP have once again teamed up to defeat a common sense measure put forward by the Katters Australia Party; this time in relation to primary producers who need to use handguns for their work. The Motion, which called for the parliament to support the rights of Primary Producers to own handguns, was voted down by the Government and LNP.

The Government has continued its attack on regional Queensland and the LNP has supported them. These city based politicians really have no understanding of what life is like west of Ipswich, Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter said.

Currently Weapons Licencing are rejecting applications and renewals by primary producers who have legitimate reasons to own a handgun. This attitude does nothing to reduce risks to the public. A farmer can still own a handgun to shoot at the pistol club in town but they cant own one to use for their business. It makes no sense.

Lets be clear here you still need a licence to apply for category H. The claims from the LNP that everyone would have access are ridiculous as there is a fit and proper person test to gain a licence in the first place. Robbie said.

Firearms on properties are a specialised tool. Like most specialised tools, its not every day you need to use them. They are vitally important to rural familys safety, especially if youre miles away from the house or being bailed up by a pack of wild dogs as happened to Ms. Katie Casey on her property near Hughenden recently.

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