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Latest News - Victoria Police News: Double fatality in Ballarat East "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police and emergency services are currently at the scene of a double fatality in Ballarat East.


The Rise of the Killer Robot "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne

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The solar step: Our community is ours to change "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer

Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.

Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser Sren Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor Mark Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables in the electricity grid.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Latest News - Victoria Police News: Appeal for witnesses to car theft and collision - Ballarat "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police are appealing for public assistance following an incident involving a stolen car in the Ballarat area earlier this morning.


Victoria Police states while assaulting a minor "I can do whatever I want" "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria Police have been trained that the law that applies to the herd population does not apply to them or the 'administration'.

This is the result of their training;

Source: Supplied.


Should solo bikes have cheaper rego? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.

Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.

Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!

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A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.

Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.

There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.

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Fight for solo rego

South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).

When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.

We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.

Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts.



Alanna and Alicia Announce Album Launch Show in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be []


Inside View on properties "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

One of Australias largest online property portals,, has established a new marketing and sales partnership with the Ocean Grove Voices parent company Star News Group.
Star News Group managing director Paul Thomas was excited to launch the partnership.
Our extensive portfolio of more than 30 weekly and monthly newspapers, and their respective high-performing websites are a vital part of the lives of consumers living in regional markets.
This partnership with allows us to innovate, adapt and stay more relevant to the community weve been serving for many years.
Star News Group is an independent Australian family-owned media company which publishes across Victoria and Queensland. The arrangement with also includes other independent media groups North East Media and Mornington Peninsula News Group.
The partnership is a cross-promotional, commercial arrangement allowing to increase exposure across important, regional community mastheads from Berwick News to the Wangaratta Chronicle.
It provides with a strengthened digital offering and a platform to amplify digital advertising inventory to local real estate agents.
The promotion commenced Monday and readers can now see digital and physical representation of the relationship across all of the groups newspapers and other media assets and key publications.
There will also be an editorial partnership that will allow to provide up-to-date property insights and commentary that are invaluable to regional property investors. chief executive officer Enzo Raimondo agreed the partnership was exciting and would be very beneficial.
We have a very strong, loyal network of regional real estate agents, he said.
This partnership with the regional and community publishers allows us to strengthen our regional exposure even further, and drive more traffic to

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Young sports gear up for new season "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Another Geelong Little Athletics Centre (GLAC) season kicks off on Saturday 7 October.
The season will begin with its Induction Day/Come and Try Dry at Landy Field, South Geelong, from 8.30am to 11.30am.
Our local squad of athletes is the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Little Athletics Club, which competes against other clubs in the region on Saturday mornings at Landy Field between October and March.
The Ocean Grove club was established in 1971, and has an outstanding record of personal achievements and team spirit. Little Athletics is not about becoming a champion, although many of our children aspire to this height. It is about doing your best, developing good skills, building self-esteem, becoming and staying fit and most of all having fun and building friendships with other athletes.
Due to the recent grant success from Ocean Grove Connected Communities for the coming season, the club is again able to provide training locally at Barwon Heads Village Park on Sundays, between 4pm and 5pm, this year led by club coach Bec Dalton.
The information session for new and returning members is on Sunday 10 September at Barwon Heads Village Park from 4pm. Its an opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to Little Athletics. On the day, youll find out about the season ahead, show you how to register, and fire up the barbie.
For more information, jump onto the clubs Facebook Page @OGBHLittleAthletics or the website The club is also trialling Team App: OGBH Little Athletics for information updates during the season.
If your child is interested in little athletics, get down to the information session, and look out for promotional flyers and presentations at local schools in the coming weeks.

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Ruby Fields announces her national P Plates single launch tour "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.

Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.

Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.

Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.

It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.

On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.

Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,

Ruby Fields P Plates Tour 2017

With Totty

Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)

Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 25th
Brighton Hotel...


Sydney economy back into pole position "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sydney jobs surge

Sydney displaced Melbourne as the economy creating the most jobs over the year to July 2017, at more than +71,000. 

Melbourne created +58,200 new jobs on a net basis, with Brisbane at a more moderate +19,000.

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to trend down, with the monthly unemployment rate in the harbour city well below 4.5 per cent in July. 

Despite this there have been few signs of stronger wages growth in New South Wales to date, with annual wage price rising only by about +2 per cent across the state. 

The below chart hints at a possible reason why - a pullback in the participation rate. 

But stronger wages do look set to return with jobs being created at this pace.


Sleepmakeswaves "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency present:
With special guests Rosetta (USA)


Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.

Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:

This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.

Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.

These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.

Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:

We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.

sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...


Up among the best "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove star players James Linton and Brent Macleod were standout performers from the BFL Les Ash Medal on 23 August.
Linton came second with 18 votes, while Macleod finished in third place with 17 votes.
Torquay on-baller James Darke was the runaway BFL Les Ash Medal winner with 31 votes.
Linton (ruck-rover), Macleod (half-forward flank) were named in the BFL Team of the Year, while team-mates Andrew Jarvis (ruck) and Jake Carmody (centre-half forward) also made the 22-man side.
Grubber netballer Kylie Collett won the Division 3 league best-and-fairest award.
Ocean Groves Candice Parker made the BFNL Premier Division team of the year, while team-mate Lucy Vercher was the leading vote getter with 11 votes.

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Transportation: How long can we adapt before we fall off the Net Energy Cliff? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is an older post (2014) from Alice Friedemanns blog, which somehow flew under the radar. There is one bullet point in this that stunned me:

  1. America is likely to be outbid by China, India, etc., for oil exports.  At Chinas current growth rate, China alone would consume ALL exported oil by 2020.

IF you have been following this humble blog long enough, you might know that Ive been forecasting that Australia will be totally out of oil by around 2020, and will therefore need to import 100% of our liquid fuel needs.  what happens then?

When I asked Alice for more details, she replied I suspect when I wrote this it was common knowledge, theyre rising empires as other nation fade. But now with Chinas housing and other bubbles, and the corruption in both China and India, and ecological destruction, its probably not true now. Ive met Australians who fear a China invasion someday but dont know how realistic that is.

Furthermore, as Chinas spectacular growth rates have somewhat shrunk, we may get a few more years relief. but how long will it last? Heres Alices post, very interesting as usual.


alice_friedemannThe problem we face is a liquid fuel crisis.  Absolutely essential vehicles, such as agricultural tractors and combines, railroads, and trucks run on d...


Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

07:50 Southern Cross - South Geelong will not run today due to a train fault. Customers are to board the 08:10 service to complete their journey. This service will make additional stops at Deer Park, Little River and Corio. 

[08:09 24/08]


Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

09:22 South Geelong - Southern Cross will not run today due to a train fault. Customers are to board the 09:41 service to complete their journey. This service will make additional stops at Corio, Little River and Deer Park.

[08:09 24/08]

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Wednesday, 23 August


Students in the coastal classroom "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

IMG_6319Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team


YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camps, Kids Go Bush program loves getting our families out and about in the bush each week during  its Bush Playgroup sessions. Building Cubbies, cooking on the fire, seeking in the Bracken ferns, our rope swing and regular journeys around our special areas of the Anglesea Recreation Camp, providing many and varied educational learning opportunities.

On Monday 14 August, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee joined the YMCA team to enjoy a beach adventure at Point Roadknight beach in Anglesea. It was full of surprises, including seeing some hard-to-spot decorator crabs and a pod of dolphins playing in the waves off the point.  Great Ocean Road Coasts Environmental Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, aka possum Pete (pictured above),  provided some very insightful facts about the local area and showed all the kids a collection of marine treasures.

Anglesea is fast becoming the environmental education capital of Victoria with some of the best in the business, working together to help connect the next generation with the diverse Anglesea coastline.

For more information please email kidsgobush@ymca, or call on 5263 1512 or follow the YMCA Anglesea on Facebook.



Geelong Line Notification: Service change- Geelong line "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

05:28 Waurn Ponds - Southern Cross will terminate in Geelong due to a train fault. Customers are to board the 06:00 Geelong departure. This service will make an additional stop at Little River. [05:56 24/08]



Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The city is approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne, with a population of some 101,686. It is the third largest population for an inland city in Australia. Locals are known as 'Ballaratians'.

Ballarat is arguably the most significant Victorian era gold rush boomtown in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from the state of New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851, and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, migrants from across the world had rushed to the district in search of gold.

Unlike many other gold boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained high gold yields for many decades, which can be evidenced to this day in the city's rich architecture. The Eureka Rebellion began in Ballarat, and the only armed rebellion in Australian history, the Battle of Eureka Stockade, took place on 3 December 1854. In response to the event the first male suffrage in Australia was instituted and as such Eureka is interpreted by some as the origin of democracy in Australia.

Other nationally significant heritage structures include the Ballarat Botanical Gardens (established 1857), the longest running lyric theatre building (Her Majesty's Theatre, established 1875), the first municipal observatory, established 1886, and the earliest and longest war memorial avenue (the Avenue of Honour, established between 1917 and 1919).

Proclaimed a city in 1871, its prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong rapidly faded with the slowing of gold extraction. It is the commercial capital of the Central Highlands and the largest city in the Goldfields region of Victoria, as well a significant tourist destination. Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian era heritage, with much of the...


Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

24/08/17 00:15 Southern Cross - Waurn Ponds train has been replaced by road coaches due to staff sickness

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30MW battery to create renewables-based mini grid in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic", By Giles Parkinson on 23 August 2017 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it is providing $12 million towards the $30 million cost of a major battery storage installation to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and close to the Wattle Point wind farm.

The 30MW/8MWh large scale battery will deliver both network services and market services, and is the result of a lengthy study begun in 2014 called ESCRI (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) by local grid operator ElectraNet, Worley Parsons and AGL.

It is designed principally to provide fast frequency response and help balance the local network, but it will also help reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector with Victoria, because its placement means more power can be transported over the line. This should relieve constraints imposed by the market operator.

It will also have the ability to island the local network pairing with the local 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar PV as a local micro-grid to ensure grid security and so keep the lights on in case the network failures elsewhere in the state.



Geelong Line Notification: Delay "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

The 18:05 Southern Cross to Geelong is currently delayed by approximately 19 minutes due to the late arrival of a forming service. [18:30 23/08]


Father bashed unconscious while daughters hid in bathroom during Melbourne home invasion "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Australian Government has banned the right to obtain, carry & use anything for the sole purpose of self defence, & this is the result. Australian homes & law abiding citizens are left defenseless. NO guns, NO pepper spray, NO tasers, NO anything!!! One would have thought that it was a human right to defend oneself & ones family!!! NOT IN AUSTRALIA IT ISN'T!


Blindman Death Stare "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
ENTRY: $12

Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to

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Award nod for our top drop "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Undisputable proof that Bellarine wines are among the nations best with local Yes said the Seal awarded Best Pinot Noir in Australia at the inaugural Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, announced on Saturday 19 August.
Yes said the Seals 2016 pinot noir was awarded 98 points by judges and was the clear winner among more than 250 pinot noirs from all around Australia.
Crafted from handpicked Bellarine fruit sourced from sister vineyard Leura Park Estates Block 9, (clone 115), the result is a serious credit to winemaker Darren Burke who spent many hours nurturing the vines including leaf plucking and shoot thinning during the growth phase.
All here are absolutely ecstatic to be awarded the inaugural trophy at the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge, it means a lot on so many levels. It is a credit to the skill and dedication of our winemaker Darren Burke who spent hours personally tending our beloved front block, director Lyndsay Sharp said.
The award is also a wonderful result for Geelong and the Bellarine as a cool-climate wine growing region. Pinot Noir has long been a signature varietal of the region and to be recognised at this level reinforces the fact that this great part of Victoria stands tall on the national stage, Ms Sharp said.
Picked at a baume at around 13, the fruit was naturally fermented with 10 per cent whole bunches before enjoying a natural ferment which was cooled as required to ensure the temperature was never greater than 28 degrees celsius. Total time on skins was 15 days.
The ferment cap was gently submerged once daily and 25 per cent new French oak was embraced as the new wood component.
Elevage of 10 months included a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being assembled for bottling, unfined and filtered.
If thats all too technical, dont worry. It just means that this wine is the best of the best due to keen attention to detail, top winemaking skills and great Bellarine grapes.
Pre-release of the 2016 Yes said the Seal is available online via

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On the trail of elusive rail "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Theres not many birds that are found in these parts that I havent seen, so when I read on Birdline Victoria that Lewins rails were seen at Coogoorah Park in Anglesea on 13 August, I immediately planned a drive down there. Not only were the Lewins rails seen in Coogoorah Park, but they were described as being quite tame and approachable perfect for photos. Lewins Rails belong to the family Rallidae, which includes wetland birds such as rails, crakes, swamphens and coots. Birds of the Rallidae family have stout bodies, short tails, and long toes, and are found in swamps, rushes, reeds, creeks, paddocks; wet heaths and saltmarshes.
The Lewins rail is a tubby, dark rail with a longish pink, dark-tipped bill and chestnut nape and shoulders. The breast is plain olive-grey and part of the wing, underparts and undertail are black with white bars. The Lewins rail is similar to a buff-banded rail but the buff-banded rail has a shorter red-brown bill, a white eyebrow and a buff breastband. Ive never seen a Lewins Rail but apparently it is very obvious when they are around as they have a distinctive, loud call that can sound like a galloping horse.
I drove to Anglesea on an incredibly windy day, so stopped off at Point Addis on the way to look for seabirds. I was lucky to spot a black-browed albatross that came within about 100 metres from shore. The black-browed albatross is around 84-94 cm in length and has the darkest underwing of all the albatrosses. The wings, back and tail are slatey black and the underwing has broad black margins with white central streak. The bill is yellow, tipped pink, and the birds have a small black brow over dark eye. Its always wonderful to spot these magnificent birds.
Once I found Coogoorah Park I wandered around for about an hour, trying to hear clicking noises from the reeds that resembled a galloping horse. I saw many big dogs running riot through the park and I wanted to say to the owners that there were rare birds around, and couldnt the dogs be kept on leads, but I resisted as I wasnt in my patch. I saw a few silver gulls, a few coots and welcome swallows, but alas no Lewins rails.
I thought Id try my luck at finding Lewins rails at Western Treatment Plant a few days later. Once again I lucked out, but did see some spotted crakes, brolga, Horesfields bronze cuckoos and blue-winged parrots.
One day I will spot a Lewins rail (I hope).
Ive been driving home from afternoon shift via Connewarre, and a few times now I have seen an eastern barn owl near the Barwon Heads Airport. I have also seen a tawny frogmouth in the same area.
Its been wonderful to see brolga, albatross, an owl, and a tawny in the one fortnight I couldnt expect much better than that.
Migratory shorebirds should start arriving from the Northern Hemisphere in the next few weeks. I also saw on Birdline Victoria that a Lathams snipe, which migra...


Future planned for Barwon Heads "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The City of Greater Geelongs Administrators have endorsed the Barwon Heads Structure Plan after more than a year of community consultation, which included input from more than 1000 residents.
The preparation of the structure plan included a rigorous residential and landscape character assessment, which looked at a range of factors and considered Barwon Heads unique coastal character and design.
Under the adopted plan, the existing western settlement boundary, located near the internationally recognised Ramsar Wetlands, will not be extended.
The structure plan has been shaped by significant feedback
The structure plan will include zoning and overlay changes to protect the unique character of Barwon Heads.
In developing the plan, factors considered included changing demographics, development pressures, housing diversity, residential character, climate change, flooding, transport and infrastructure.
The City will ask the Minister for Planning to immediately intervene to protect native Moonah trees in Warrenbeen Court.
Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment further when a planning scheme amendment is exhibited to incorporate the necessary parts of the structure plan into the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.
The structure plan has been shaped by significant involvement from the community, City administrator chair Dr Kathy Alexander said.
It takes into consideration the overwhelming feedback received from residents about protecting the unique coastal design, atmosphere and environment of Barwon Heads.
The structure plan can be seen at

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High way to stunning shots "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

It seems just about anyone can take a good picture these days.
However with World Photography Day, Saturday 19 August, just gone perhaps for some things only the best photographers should step forward.
Barwon Heads based Great Ocean Air owner Jeff Brooks has taken his love of photography and flight to the sky shooting images from more than 1000 feet above sea level and said many factors affected the quality of his images.
One of my popular shots is of the reflection of cloud on the Barwon River, he said.
The sun was actually below the horizon at that time. So that shot only worked because there were no disturbances in the high cloud or on the water surface to stop the sunlight bouncing from the cloud, to the river and into my camera lens. I also only had about 20 seconds to take the picture as we flew above it.
To counter the unpredictable nature of his subjects Mr Brooks said he would fly over certain points of interest hundreds of times.
Mr Brooks said it also paid to be an early bird with some of his best work coming from shoots which happened before sunrise.
And despite the finicky nature of taking photographs from way up high Mr Brooks said he was lucky to be based on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Geelong and the Bellarine and Surf Coast offers a rich environment of scenery which looks fantastic from the air, he said.
Most people dont appreciate what it has to offer until they see it.

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Timber and Steel Premiere: House of Straw Video from Anna Smyrk "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk Were so proud to premiere the brand new video from Melbourne based folk singer Anna Smyrk, the stunning House of Straw. The song was written by Anna Smyrk while she was staying in a Buddhist monastery guesthouse in Northern India during a backpacking trip around the sub-continent. The track itself []


Heritage in hindsight at stage show "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Do you remember when Geelongs waterfront was almost totally excavated to create our new tourist precinct only for workmen to discover a forgotten statue of King Edward VII?
Or when the city decided to bury its Sleepy Hollow reputation by holding a New Orleans-style Jazz Funeral as part of a Jazz Festival on the waterfront?
With the mayor, councillors and council officers as pall-bearers?
Colin Mockett does, and he has pictures to prove it.
Theyll be part of a new stage show titled Geelong Pictures Worth 1,000 Words which opens next month.
The show features heritage images and old film clips of Geelong shown on a cinema-sized screen with updated 21st century hindsightful commentary as well as live music of the times.
Its the latest in a series of original history-driven musical shows presented by Mockett and Shirley Power as part of the Citys Morning Showtimes At The Potato Shed.
As well as the waterfront-building images, the show includes film clips of Archbishop Daniel Mannix laying the foundation stone to St Marys Yarra Street church, Colacs first flight, couta fishing at Queenscliff and the boozy, happy cross-dressing dancing celebrations for 1932 New Years Eve which showed that not everybody had a tough time in the 1930s.
Its clear that if you had a regular job, life was sweet and fun in the Geelong region at that time for some.
And a couple of those old photographs have an eerie reflection today.
Take a close look at the pictures of the Jazz Funeral to bury Sleepy Hollow.
Youll notice one of the lead pallbearers was then-Cr Anthony Aitken, with councils then-PR manager David Withington.
Both have recently nominated to become councillors in the CoGGs Spring election.
History has a habit of repeating, in Geelong

Who: Colin Mockett and Shirley Power with old images and film clips of the Geelong region.
What: A New Show titled Geelong- Pictures Worth 1,000 Words
Where: The Potato Shed, Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
When: 10.30am Tuesday, 12 September
Book: All tickets $15 at CoGG service centres of phone 5251 1998

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Job ads not too shabby "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jobs market firing up

Job ads are now a very solid +12.6 per cent higher than a year ago according to SEEK.

Aside from a brief 14-month period in 2007/8, the index has never been higher - although there are more part time jobs advertised today. 

Ads continued to accelerate in New South Wales (+7.3 per cent) and Victoria (+14.1 per cent).

But it was heartening to see that the southern states are now contributing, with a scorching +22 per cent increase in Tasmania in particular. 

The strongest performing industry was mining, and this was reflected by improving numbers in Western Australia (+16.8 per cent), South Australia, and the Northern Territory. 

Queensland also produced a vastly improved result, up by +20.2 per cent over the year., the best result since 2011. 

Advertised salaries are also rising solidly, while the number of applicants per advertised position is also in a pleasing decline. 

Lovely jubbly.


Melbourne voted most liveable city (again) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been voted the world's most lievable city by The Economist. 

The world's most liveable city without an airport train!


Sanctuary offers health, relaxation "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A chronic fatigue diagnosis has provided a Barwon Heads-based spa owner with a renewed sense of business purpose.
After time off work with the condition and successful treatment of a myriad of its symptoms with practices such as mindfulness and use of services offered at Chi Sanctuary, formerly Lotus Spa, the path for Lyndal McKechnies business was clear.
Lotus Spa always had a focus on offering treatments which provide relaxation and the benefit of increased wellbeing through a mindful practice, she said.
However, after my own successful use of mindfulness practice and our own infrared sauna to treat symptoms of an illness which was debilitating for me, I realised I wanted to increase that focus so much more.
Since coming back to work, Lyndal has named the spa Chi Sanctuary, to emphasise services such as new massage Cloud Hands which seek to correct clients energy imbalances as well as provide relaxation.
She has also sought out practitioners such as Chinese medicine specialist Petra Joly, wellbeing coach and kinesiology specialist Jenny Hunt and children and adult art therapist Emily Cardell.
Im excited to offer our clients much more than they can get at many day spas in the region, she said.
And while some things have changed at the popular Barwon Heads spa, others remain the same.
I worked at the The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental in the UK for a number of years, she said.
Its a top spa there, and I think its standing largely comes from the fact that it has a huge focus on providing attention to individual client needs.
I was attuned to every different element of the client experience such as whether they were warm enough, whether the room was too light or dark and how they were responding to the volume of any music playing.
That was extremely formative, and that attention to client care is a huge focus at Chi Sanctuary which we will always have.

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Chris Hemsworth is Austs $31 million man "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.

The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.

Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.

Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.

The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.

Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.

Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.

Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.

It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.

Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).

The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.

Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...


The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.

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Tuesday, 22 August


Zero G - 21 August 2017 Episode 1147 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Podcast Title: Visit To a Small Pod 1147

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: remembering JERRY LEWIS; and "defenders assemble" with THE DEFENDERS

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

Sunday, 20 August


Celebrating 1500 Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Programs "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).

Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.

The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on

Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.

The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.

The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.

Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime...

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