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Wednesday, 17 January

17:57

Housing finance strengthens as FHBs return "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Housing finance higher

Well, it was a strong result for housing finance overall, with total commitments rising by +2.3 per cent to above $33.5 billion in seasonally adjusted terms. 

Investor loans were up +1.5 per cent in the month to $12.2 billion, but remain in a medium-term downtrend.

In original terms the total finance for all dwellings was above $37 billion only for the second time ever.  

At the state level, Victoria had the strongest trend in homebuyer commitments.

New dwelling surge

Rather than look through every number in tedious detail, let's take just a quick look at two trends in particular.

Firstly, homebuyers financed more new dwellings in November than in any month since 1978 as the new stock is absorbed domestically.


And secondly, as expected, the number of first homebuyers continued to surge up to 11,091, to sit at comfortably the highest level since the financial crisis stimulus. 

There has been a 60 per cent increase in activity in this cohort since concessionary measures were introduced in July 2017.

Indeed, if you add in first-time investors, it's possible (if not likely) that first time buyer activity is now tracking at above historic averages. 

09:02

Geelong Line Notification: Delay "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

19:05 Southern Cross - Wyndham Vale train is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to the late-arrival of a previous service.

[19:02 17/01]

08:20

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

 

Right now, the Peace Boat is on its way to Australia. The Making Waves speaking tour will feature second-generation nuclear test survivor Karina Lester, ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and former dairy farmers from Fukushima, all travelling aboard the floating international peace village. Join the tour and help us amplify the call for Australia and Japan to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

FREMANTLE

Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

Foley Hall, Mouat St (between High St and Croke St) at Notre Dame University

Register here.

ADELAIDE

Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.

MELBOURNE

Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.

HOBART

Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House.

Free event. Register here.

SYDNEY

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05:21

Fun for five at wilderness camp "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club sponsored five children to attend an action packed five days at Licola Wilderness Village.
Lions sponsored 125 children from the ages of eight and 11 across the Geelong region to attend the camp.
Luke, Molly, Max, Aston and Lachlan from Ocean Grove, Surfside and Barwon Heads Primary Schools were the lucky recipients that benefitted from the spnsored by Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club.
More than 20 activities kept the children entertained and challenged. The most popular activities included canoeing, giant swing, raft building and an introduction to playing the ukulele. The concert on the final night saw many children playing and singing You are my Sunshine with great success.
The outdoor education staff and 40 volunteers made it an enjoyable and successful camp, where the children developed self-confidence and a positive attitude to the many challenges.
Around $300 sponsors each child which includes transport, food and accommodation. Volunteers are also needed each January. If you are able to assist, contact John Claringbold from Ocean Grove-Barwon Heads Lions Club on 0425-750 387. 

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03:09

Geelong Line Notification: Hot weather speed restrictions - Geelong line "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Due to forecast hot weather across Victoria, heat speed restrictions will apply to the V/Line train network on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January. Speed restrictions apply when the temperature along parts of a line is over 36 degrees. In these conditions track temperature is significantly higher, and steel railway tracks expand in the heat. https://www.vline.com.au/News-Alerts/News-Articles/Heat-speed-restrictions-Jan18 [13:09 17/01]

01:28

Harry and Ellie doing it for the kids "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

Harry Stannard and Ellie Down are passionate about bridging the gap between rural and metropolitan schools.
Both aged 20, the duo have been nominated for a Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award, which recognises young people who have worked together as a group to provide a service, program or project for other young people, which is based on consultation and engagement with young people and has resulted in positive, youth-led changes in a local community.
Over the past four years a group of more than 60 participants in the Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation (MSRF) Young Rural Leaders Program have developed a workshop for rural students in Years 5 or 6 called Dream Seeds. The Dream Seeds team is a group of MSRF Alumni committed to capacity building and building aspiration, resilience and connections in younger rural Victorians.
The group of presenters are from all over Victoria, aged between 19 and 22 years old. Harry and Ellie are coordinating the program, voluntarily, in between university studies.
The organisation has been built by young people, for young people. The aim of the workshop is to engage Year 6 students to build their capacity to be leaders of their own life.
Harry, who lives in Drysdale on his parents rose farm, is studying a bachelor of science at Melbourne University, and Ellie is studying to become a teacher at Latrobe University in Bendigo. They donate hours of their time each week for the cause and find that giving presentations at schools in rural Victoria is a rewarding experience.
I felt really empowered at the start and we could see the difference it was making in schools, Harry said.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and Ive been proud to be involved in it.
Im training to be a teacher and I love kids and its rewarding and satisfying and the kids are so engaged in the activities, Ellie said.
Statistics show that a far greater percentage of metropolitan students finish VCE compared to their rural counterparts.
Harry and Ellie are heading to the Mallee for their next round of talks and are hoping the award, if successful, and the subsequent grant that comes with it, can fund costs associated with travel and accommodation.
 

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Tuesday, 16 January

23:44

The Bumpy Road Down, Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Irv Mills has now published the third episode in his Bumpy Road Down series. Its gotten a lot of interest on Facebook, and I think his own blog is getting a lot of hits too, as the interest in collapse ramps up everywhere as more and more people are waking up to the fact most things are going awry in the world.

Ive already told him I disagree with his collapse diagram. For starters, the carrying capacity line is neither straight nor flat. So much farm land, particularly in India and North America has been decimated by fossil fuled fertilisers, that re-instating them to their former organic glory will be a huge challenge that will require a long time during which a lot of people will unfortunately starve. On top of this, we have wrecked global fisheries, which were an important pre FF source of food  My best take on this is Paul Chefrukas diagram which I published with his article here  It too shows a bumpy road down, and no carrying capacity limit. I think the post FF carrying capacity will be the same as the pre FF carrying capacity, only worse thanks to the ecological damage our insane use of FFs has caused. How one quatifies this, I dont know, but Im sure it would take a lot of research.

Anyhow, enjoy the read, and make sure you comment, Im always interested in what you think. Leave comments at Irvs site too.  Im sure hed like the feedback!

 

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22:45

Cranberries singers death not suspicious "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dolores ORiordan of The Cranberries performs live in concert at F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia. (AOL.com)

The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan is not being treated as suspicious, police say, as tributes flow for one of Irelands most successful artists.

ORiordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to London ahead of a planned tour, her publicist said. No cause of death has been given.

London police said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was discovered at a hotel in Londons Park Lane early on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, the statement said.

ORiordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. The band, whose hits included Linger and Zombie went on to sell over 40 million records to become Irelands second-best-selling rock band after U2.

She struggled at times with the bands success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight.

After she pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014, she told an interviewer that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with the breakdown of her marriage.

Irelands Prime Minister joined a chorus of praise for ORiordans work, describing her as the voice of her generation.

U2 said in a tweet that they were floored by the news of her death.

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22:00

January 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.


1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...

20:59

Vacancies down in 2017; but not everywhere... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Seasonal vacancies

As usual vacancy rates were higher in the month of December at 2.5 per cent or 80,092 vacancies.

Despite the record high level of building, vacancies were considerably lower than a year earlier, when there were 89,721 vacancies according to SQM Research figures.

The year-on-year decrease reflects a combination of strong population growth and a very high volume of higher-density apartments still under construction, there being a lag in the completion of this dwelling type. 

Hobart has a record low vacancy rate for any capital city of an extremely tight 0.3 per cent, while Canberra (1.3 per cent) and Adelaide (1.5 per cent) remain tight rental markets. 

Asking rents have increased strongly in Hobart and Canberra accordingly over 2017. 

Perth and Darwin also seem to have turned a corner, with vacancy rates well down from a year earlier, while Melbourne's 2.1 per cent vacancy rate was also well down from 2.4 per cent in December 2016.

This downtrend wasn't the case everywhere however, with Sydney recording a multi-year high reading of 2.6 per cent in December, up from 2.3 per cent last year. 

The numbers can jag around a bit, but smoothing the figures on a 6mMA basis gives a sense of the relative condition of the rental market in each city and the prevailing trends. 


At the end of the 2017 financial year, New South Wales had a record 64,470 attached dwellings under construction, with the overdue flood of completions doubtless accounting for the jump in December. 

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10:49

#7SummerOfNazis : The True Blue Crew & Co. Go Hunting Blacks While Channel 7 Cheers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

img via The Simpsons against the Liberals For those of you coming in late, on Sunday in Cheltenham the True Blue Crew (TBC) a racist street-gang based in Melton and Bendigo organised a meeting in order to discuss Continue reading

09:48

#Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

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Image: Villawood detention center in Sydney. Image by Insurrection News.

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, h...

08:57

How to research the UFO phenomenon and stay sane "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

People have asked me how I have kept my interest alive across a 50 year time span of research?  I thought about this again recently and came up with a few ideas which Id like to share with you.



Have some guiding principles

One of my main guiding principles has been, to simply 'follow the facts.' If a UAP case turns out to have a mundane explanation, then I say so! I believe that UAP investigators should weed out as many identified cases as possible, leaving only good quality unknowns to work with.


I have found this consistency of approach to be invaluable. It can however, lead to differences  of opinion with other UFO researchers who have a non-negotiable belief system.

One example of this, occurred after I appeared on an ABC television program, which discussed various medical issues. I suggested on the show that some UAP abductions have their roots in terms of 'sleep paralysis.' A well known Victorian UFO researcher took me to task for daring to suggest an alternative explanation to the 'Grays.' I had, after all, only based my opinion on personal research, while his views arose from armchair research. 

Another example, based on exhaustive research, was my suggestion that the 1988 Mundrabilla car encounter had an alternative non-extraterrestrial explanation. Some American researchers took a dim view of this suggestion, even though they had conducted no first hand investigations.

I have now undertaken over thirty cold case reviews of Australian events. Some of these reviews have suggested alternative, m...

06:54

Geelong Line Notification: Reduced Capacity - Geelong line "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:41 SCS to South Geelong train will operate with reduced capacity due to a train fault [16:54 16/01]

05:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

05:20

Australia: Over 200 Detainees in Immigration Detention Commence Hunger Strike in Protest Against New Visit Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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16.01.18: Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under th...

04:45

Become a Junior Ranger for the holidays "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Join in the fun with Parks Victorias Junior Ranger program this summer and discover the secrets of our National Parks and reserves with a real park ranger.
During these holidays, there are many activities being held on the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast, such as Rockpool Rambles in Barwon Heads, Beachcombing sessions in Point Lonsdale, or the ever-popular Beach Treasures held across a host of different caravan parks in the region.
Parks Victorias Junior Ranger program aims to get children aged six to 12, and their families, exploring and appreciating the plants, animals and environments of our parks.Its designed to get kids outdoors, having fun and getting active, while learning about the amazing nature of our parks and reserves.
The Junior Ranger Program is an excellent way for kids to explore the natural environment and discover the diversity of species that exist right on our very doorstep, says program host and Seasonal Ranger Steve McGain.
Getting kids involved at a young age is particularly important because if we can get them engaged early, they will become the future caretakers of our wonderful national parks.
He says theres been an overwhelmingly positive response to the program this summer and he loves seeing the enthusiasm of these Junior Rangers.
Its truly inspiring to see the next generation so engaged and showing a genuine interest in all the creatures and habitats that we come across in our programs.
If you cant make it to one of these activities this summer, you can still be a Junior Ranger. Check out the Make and Do section of www.juniorrangers.com.au for fun ideas you can download and take with you to any park or reserve. 

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03:06

Hopium at its best.. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I have a lot of fun on Farcebook and you come across some really interesting people.  Because I wrote a long reply to a certain person who will remain nameless, I thought Id turn it into a post for you guys to read. I know youll have a laugh too..

It all started with someone posting this article about what Australia will look like in 2049. Why 2049 you ask?  You tell me.  anyway, you can guess already, I was hardly going to agree with anything it said..!

Initially, someone wrote The part of this alleged futuristic vision that infuriates me the most is the food aspect. They flippantly claim that households of the future will be fed nutrient-rich food from indoor greenhouses. Now take a close look at the artists impression of said greenhouse and tell me how much nutrient-rich food you can see growing in there. These people have never contemplated the land requirements of our nutrition.

It also completely neglects the plight of low-income people by painting a vision that only the richest few % might be able to afford. I guess everyone else will be working on degraded farmland growing food to make up for the nutritional deficiency left by the rich peoples indoor greenhouses

So far so good.  who could disagree? I replied TOTALLY agree without fossil fuels, it is IMPOSSIBLE to feed the world as we do now. Most land is marginal and only capable of grazing animals. Those futuristic visions can only happen with fossil fuels. In fact, this world we currently take for granted is 100% only here thanks to fossil fuels, and yet the masses are rising to abandon them, not realising their lives are literally at stake

And yet they must go.. because our lives are at stake.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

Yes, civilisations conundrum again.

But then this guy came back with a link and: There is a group in the US called Ecology Action that has attempted to find the minimum possible land area to grow a nutritionally complete diet without fossil fuels (all hard yakka). Growing a fairly small set of ingredients for a simple (but balanced) vegan diet, coupled with their extremely labour-intensive (but very high-yielding) farming technique, they claim to deliver a full diet for one person on circa 400 square metres. This seems to assume a favourable climate and does not explicitly consider the sustainability of the irrigation applied.
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03:04

Two exciting opportunities to join the Human Rights Law Centre "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We currently have two roles available in the Human Rights Law Centre's (HRLC) Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit. 

The HRLCs Asylum Seeker and Refugee Rights Unit (ASRRU) was established in 2015 to deepen our work protecting and promoting the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. The Unit is both responsive and agenda-setting, receiving requests for assistance as well as working with asylum seeker advocacy and casework organisations to address significant systemic human rights issues.

Senior Lawyer

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, skilled and collaborative individual. This position will work alongside the Units Director and two Lawyers and will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of the Units work. People who have a refugee background are encourage to apply. This position will be based in Melbourne. It is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.

Lawyer

This position will work alongside the Units Director, Lawyer and a new Senior Lawyer, and will play a vital role in supporting the ongoing work of the ASRRU.

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and collaborative individual. This position is aimed at lawyers with 1-2 years post-admission legal practice experience. People who have a refugee background are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position for a 12 month fixed term based in Melbourne.

The closing date for this position is Sunday 28 January 2018. Click here to download a recruitment pack.

01:32

MEDIA RELEASE 16/01/18 | HUNGER STRIKE STARTS OVER IMMIGRATION DETENTION VISITS RESTRICTIONS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

REFUGEE ACTION COALITION MEDIA RELEASE Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribynong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring the(...)

Monday, 15 January

23:18

Grubbers take advantage of break in rain "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

Ocean Grove A Grade claimed a decisive victory over Inverleigh after its revised one-day fixture was held in rain affected conditions at Inverleigh on Saturday.
Extreme heat forced the cancellation of all BPCA two-day scheduled cricket matches on 6 January, which meant the Inverleigh and Ocean Grove clash was reduced to 40 overs per side.
The Grubbers were the only side victorious from the re-scheduled Round 7 fixtures, with the remaining five BPCA A Grade games eventually called off due to persistent rain.
Ocean Grove elected to bowl first and dismissed Inverleigh for 139 from 39.5 overs.
In reply the Grubbers accelerated to finish at 4/140 from 26 overs.
Ocean Grove coach Paul Jubber said it was a significant win for his side.
Fourth-placed Ocean Grove (27 points) has now bridged a three-point gap over nearest rivals Barwon Heads (24 points) in fifth spot.
It is a significant outcome for us, it is a good as a win we are really pleased, Jubber told the Voice.
The weather whilst at times was quite difficult to play in .but credit to both teams and credit to the umpire for enabling us to keep playing in those conditions.
Mick Thornton in his first season at Ocean Grove was the catalyst in his teams victory.
Thornton snared the brilliant figures of 5/9 from 4.5 overs.
Mick Thornton came on when the pitch started to dry out a little bit the quicks were able to stand up a little bit more, Jubber said.
He bowled fantastic areas, he bowled full and straight and bowled at the stumps.
Ocean Grove all-rounder Jackson Kent was also damaging, finishing with 3/20 from seven overs.
Jubber said it was a great recovery after Inverleigh had seized control at 1/90.
The home side capitulated and lost its last nine wickets for 39 runs.
Ocean Grove player Michael Kenneady took three catches.
Opener Jay Dawson made a quick-fire 45, while Jubber chipped in with a valuable 36 as the visitors salvaged a vital win.
The Grubbers will now meet Winchelsea in a two-day game in Round 8 at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval in Ocean Grove this Saturday.
The B Grade one-day match between St Leonards and Ocean Grove at Len Trewin Reserve was called off due to rain.
St Leonards finished at 6/125 from 28.4 overs.
Grubber bowler Billy Foord Engelsman took 4/27 from eight overs.
The C Grade one-day match between Wallington and Ocean Grove at Wallington was a drawn match.
Batting first Wallington was bowled out for 143 from 36.5 overs.
Grubber pair Callum Docherty (3/24) and Darren Craig (3/22) each took three wickets.
Myles Henderson picked up 2/26 from eight overs.
In reply Ocean Grove finished at 4/92 from 23.4 overs before play was abandoned.
Darren Craig follow...

23:18

Big pennant win for Grovers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove scored a resounding win against BMS in the Geelong Ballarat Premier Division bowls competition on Saturday.
The Grovers are in second spot on the ladder and had a comfortable 50-shot victory against the Ballarat-based side.
Two rinks were closely contested, but Grove had big wins in the other two rinks with skips Tony Joel and Craig Hodges leading the way.
In Division One, Ocean Grove went down by eight shots to Torquay. Michael Allen and Alan Callow skipped their rinks to victory, but Torquay was too good and took third place on the ladder from Grove, which is fourth.
Grove lost to Bareena in Division Three. The six-shot loss put Grove in fifth place on the ladder despite the best efforts of Trevor Turnleys rink, which scored a 26-19 win.
The battle for top spot is heating up in Division Four with Leopold breathing life into the competition. Grove retains top spot, but Leopolds win over the Grovers on Saturday has closed the gap. Leopold won by 30 shots in a convincing display.
Ocean Grove gave Clifton Springs a hiding in Division Six. The 133 to 65 win was highlighted by Brian Ryans rink of Bryan Olsen, Douglas Gorwell and Peter Snell winning 45 to 3. Grove is in third spot on the ladder.
The Division Seven match was a battle of the two best teams and it didnt disappoint. Belmont beat Grove in a close game 93 to 88 to grab top spot with the Grovers in second. Both sides won two rinks each and these two teams will likely feature heavily come finals time.
Highton scored a decisive win over Grove in Division Eight 76 to 40. David Harveys rink emerged victorious, but Belmont was too good on the day.
Bell Post Hill won by four shots against Grove in Division 10 44 to 40. It put the winners into second spot on the ladder with Grove not far behind in third. Frank Wheats rink scored a 22-all draw and Brian Sutterbys rink played well, but went down by four shots, giving BPH the win.

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22:01

January 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel...

19:02

Possible nova in southern Constellation Musca "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Musca (TOCP Designation: PNV J11261220-6531086) we performed some follow-up of this object through a TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + focal reducer from MPC Code Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring). On images taken on January 15.57, 2018 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with R-filtered CCD magnitude ~6.3 at coordinates: R.A. = 11 26 14.95, Decl.= -65 31 24.1 (equinox 2000.0; Gaia DR1 catalogue reference stars). This transient has been reported to CBAT/TOCP by Rob Kaufman, Bright, Victoria, Australia. Discovery image (taken with Canon 650D & 55mm lens) is available here. He also posted a low-resolution spectrum that "shows strong hydrogen emissions as well as FeII lines": Below you can see our confirmation image (single 30-sec exposure through a 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD), click on it for a bigger version:

07:43

Their first day "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

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To think this was the first day they felt the warmth of the sun and took their first breaths of fresh air is a tragedy in itself, but how these birds were left to suffer and die as so many looked helplessly on is just senseless and heartbreaking.

Science has proven what our hearts already knew, that chickens are thinking and feeling animals who have interests in their own lives. When animals are reduced to the status of property, we fly in the face of what we know as individuals and as a society.

Like many around the world, we watched on in horror as the news unraveled of the awful plight of thousands of gentle broiler chickens. At around 10.30am today, the slaughterhouse-bound truck overturned on a busy road in Geelong. Whilst the driver escaped with an injured arm, his cargo werent so fortunate.

Adding insult to the selective breeding that has seen these baby birds grow faster than nature intended, the repeated rejection of requests from trained and knowledgeable members of the public to offer assistance and compassion to the many injured and dying birds speaks volumes to the blinkers our society wears when it comes to animals in our care. If these animals were puppies or kittens, with whom chickens share the same capacity to suffer, the story would never have played out this way.

While we were hoping to offer concerned people an avenue to speak up for these poor birds, there is some confusion over who is infact responsible. Well try to keep you updated as the truth comes to light.

But please remember, the only reason these birds are thrust into such a dire circumstance is because people support these industries. It really is that simple.

Our hearts break for every one of these babies who lost their life today. From the footage we could hear the chirps of chicks, not the clucks of adult birds. Already at their designated slaughter weight yet barely 6 weeks old. We trust their heartbreaking deaths wont be for nothing as we ask everyone to consider this very simple, yet life defining question: If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldnt we?

Please find more details here.

Pictured: Betany, one of the very few lucky ones rescued October 2015

06:08

African Australians are being stereotyped for special treatment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed from Victoria

Peter Dutton, the Minster for Internal Affairs chose the Christmas period to launch an attack on the Australian African community,  publicly singling out Africans for being responsible for a massive wave of gang violence. He said that people in Melbourne were scared to go out to restaurants.

If what he had to say has any truth in it, Melbourne, particularly in the south eastern suburbs and in the west, must be something of a war zone.

This wasnt the ministers own invention. He has been following the lead of the gutter tabloid media of Murdochs news corporation. This hate promoting organisation, has as usual hired as small host of well-paid scribes to lead the charge, headlining a series of beat up stories that make it look like the reality is all out war and Melbournians are locked up in their homes, too afraid to go out into the dangerous streets.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined in the bashing.

Anyone living in the city and visitors know that this is not the way it is.

It is true that a few young people do get involved in gang culture. There are Africans amongst them. But this is more about poverty, lack of opportunity, and rebelliousness. Among those who came to Australia as refugees there may be the legacy of past trauma. This is not about race.

Regardless of this, the reality for young Africans is that they are singled out for special attention. Black stands out. Young African Australians often feel that the police target them because of the colour of their skin. They see the headlines and certain politicians say about them. Is it any wonder that there are those who get angry?

In response, the African community has spoken out and this has compelled the politicians to tone down their language somewhat.

Nevertheless, the attack continues and it spells out a recipe for confrontation. Those who pursue this, want conflict, so they  can use it as a platform for their twisted political agenda. A collection of hate groups have already met together in Melbourne, in order to plan their own action.

News Corporation, Peter Dutton, Malcolm Turnbull and other like minded individuals might in part be driven by the inclination to opportunistically use the issue, as a means to whip Victorias Labor premier Dan Andrews and his government. They also have a considerable amount in common with the hate groups, and in effect assist them.

Theirs is a mind set to find scapegoats to blame for the....

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