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Monday, 23 October

00:49

Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

09:14 Southern Cross - Bendigo is delayed by approximately 23 minutes due to a train fault.

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00:12

Have a say about waste "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The State Government is currently running a number of online public consultations under its Engage Victoria process. You can sign up for this easily by going to https://engage.vic.gov.au/

Two current consultations are of interest to us: one is on the decision to phase out single use plastic bags, and the other on the banning of e-waste from landfill. Both are on the face of it good policies, but as in everything the implementation could make or break them. For example, the government has allocated d $15 million to design and implement a program to upgrade Victorias e-waste collection network, and $1.5 million on public education on e- waste. Is this enough, or will we see an increasing number of TV sets and computers dumped in our bushlands?

When you register, you can find out about current consultations at https://engage.vic.gov.au//waste

Consultations on these matters close on January 25.

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Sunday, 22 October

23:54

Spring is "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

the call of the Sacred Kingfisher returning to its local nesting grounds. What a brilliant bird!

Sacred Kingfisher, Loddon River @ Newstead, 20th October 2017

22:17

Negative skew "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

First-timers surge

It's been obvious that first homebuyers have been pouring back into the major housing markets since the beginning of July.

The housing finance figures, although to date only running to the end of August, confirm as much.


The September and October figures will warrant watching closely when they are finally reported. 

This is potentially only part of the story, though, with many parents now helping their offspring onto the housing ladder. 

Some parents may be cash buyers, while others may simply be financing purchases themselves. 

'Negative skewness'

It was pointed out on the Property Chat forum that although the median auction result in Sydney remained very high on Saturday at $1,295,000, the average or mean result was considerably lower at a shade under $1 million. 

Compare this with the same weekend last year when the mean value of properties sold at Sydney auctions was far higher at well above $1.3 million.

There's a similar trend afoot in Melbourne, albeit not nearly as pronounced.

What gives? 

When the mean is lower than the median - such as was the case in Sydney's auction results this weekend - this indicates a left...

20:41

Bendigo Line Notification: Service change "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:54 Swan Hill - Southern Cross service will originate in Bendigo today.  Customers for stations between Bendigo and Swan Hill to board coaches
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20:35

Bendigo Line Notification: Service change "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

07:41 Southern Cross - Swan Hill will terminate in Bendigo today.  Customers beyond Bendigo to board coaches to continue. 
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08:02

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Fan Club Launched! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

CaribVic is now officially Caribbean Ambassadors for the GC2018  Commonwealth Games 4-15 April on the Gold Coast!!

GC2018 is excited to launch the Community Fan Club program in which they will be bringing communities together to cheer on their nation and sporting heroes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 4-15 April!

The nine Community Fan Clubs are:

  • Africa
  • ASEAN (Malaysia and Singapore)
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific
  • Sri Lanka
  • UK

Joining the Fan Club is easy: go to the Fan Club website, select your country and join the Fan Club. Best of all, its free to join for you and your community members!

As part of the Fan Club, you will receive fortnightly emails to learn all about the participating athletes, latest Games news, information on the sports, Gold Coast information as well as prizes and giveaways.

Spread the word and forward the following link! gc2018.com/fanclubs

The post Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Fan Club Launched! appeared first on Caribbean Association of Victoria | CaribVic.com.

07:57

Jamaica Music and Food Festival 2017! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

This year, CaribVic Cultural Day 2017 is in conjunction with the Jamaican Musica and Food Festival!

Sunday November 12, 2017 11am 9pm

Seaworks, Williamstown

Click here for tickets on sale now

Watch reggae legends, and an international reggae superstar as The Jamaican Music & Food Festival returns with a huge celebration of roots music, culture & real Jamaican food. Returning to Seaworks, Williamstown on Sunday 12 November, it features sound systems fit for reggae Kings & Queenz, world-class DJs spinning reggae, dub, and dancehall classics for those who know their Buju from Bob, and over twenty food stalls serving up all kinds of Jamaican spice.

Join us for One day, as the Melbourne dockside comes to life with the colours and sounds of Jamaica. With four bars serving up Red Stripe & Rum, plus bass, bass and more bass. Tickets on sale NOW full line up and International headliners soon to be revealed.

The post Jamaica Music and Food Festival 2017! appeared first on Caribbean Association of Victoria | CaribVic.com.

05:39

Women, Weinstein and the Pussy Grabber "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I really needed to do a preface to this article because there is always a shifting uncertainty about where justice lies and how much responsibility we take for our actions. []

01:15

Back from the north "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The first warm days of spring bring waves of migrating woodswallows into the district from the north. In some years these flocks, which consist largely of White-browed with smaller numbers of Masked Woodswallows, contain hundreds of birds usually the numbers are more modest.

These two species of woodswallow regularly breed locally but they are fickle in their habits, sometimes building nests and even laying eggs before mysteriously disappearing virtually overnight if conditions are not suitable. Last year very few visited the Newstead area and I found no evidence of breeding.

On Friday I cam across a small flock along the fence lines on Mia Mia Road, after hearing them overhead earlier in the day. A number of were dropping to the ground in search of insects. I wonder if this is their method of assessing the local conditions to decide if its worth hanging around?

White-browed Woodswallow (male), Mia Mia Road, 20th October 2017

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Saturday, 21 October

08:26

MEDIA RELEASE | URGENT NEED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS TO GO TO MANUS NAVY TAKE-OVER OF MANUS WILL PUT LIVES AT RISK "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE URGENT NEED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OBSERVERS TO GO TO MANUS NAVY TAKE-OVER OF MANUS WILL PUT LIVES AT RISK Refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus detention centre have been given individual notices that declares that the centre will be taken over by the PNG navy after 31 October. The(...)

04:20

Residents of the reeds "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A tiny patch of habitat at Joyces Creek is a nice illustration of how small can be beautiful.

Largely consisting of Common Reed Phragmites australis, it sits on the eastern bank of the storage just as you turn off the highway. The patch is no more than 0.1 hectares and yet each spring it provides breeding habitat for Australian Reed-warblers and Superb Fairy-wrens. The warblers arrive in September, just as the Common Reed is sending up new shoots amongst the previous seasons dead thatch. At least half a dozen warblers spend the summer here raising families. The surprise was a fleeting glimpse of a Little Grassbird, not spotted here previously. This other denizen of the reeds is a district resident that moves around locally, especially when the wetlands are full. It spends much of the year along the Loddon River where you can often hear their distinctive calls from deep in the riparian habitat from which they rarely emerge for photographers!

Common Reed @ Joyces Creek, 20th October 2017

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Friday, 13 October

06:46

Invertebrate Awakening "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

As the days warm and the bush bursts into bloom, a wave of invertebrate species have set forth to feed, breed and be eaten.

The Shiny Everlastings at our place at Strangways Xerochrysum viscosum are not only providing food for pollinators, but have been visited by aphids intent on sucking their sap. On close inspection, I found a Lacewing larva slowly creeping towards a bunch of aphids and sinking in its very sharp mandibles. I didnt see the aphids running from their fate.

Lacewing larva

Lacewing larva tucking into aphids

On one Everlasting leaf was a pair of Bathurst Burr flies mating. These colourful flies were introduced to Australia to help control the weed. Thanks to bowerbird.org for identifying this one!

Bathurst Burr Fly (Euaresta sp.)

Bathurst Burr Fly (Euaresta sp)

Also on the Shiny Everlastings were some tiny insects less than 1mm long. The macro lens showed it to be what looked like a tiny leafhopper nymph. Im happy to be corrected if this is not what it is.

Leafhopper nymph? (<1mm long)

Leafhopper nymph?

Our Cypress Daisy bushes, local provenance acquired from Newstead Natives, are in heavy flower and attracting myriad small beetles and other insects. One Looping Caterpillar (Chlenias sp. perhaps?) was feasting on the flowers.

Looping Caterpillar

Looping caterpillar

I was also pleased to find this handsome weevil enjoying the flowers.

Weevil

Floating through the Everlastings and the grasses were numerous Crane Flies. I was surprised to see so many as they normally seem to flourish after good rains when the mosses hos...

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