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Tuesday, 20 September


Bank Australia one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bank Australia is one of major sponsors of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives

About Bank Australia

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Being a 100% customer owned bank means we are able to put profits back into providing competitive rates and fees. Not having external shareholders means we are always looking to act in the long term best interest of our customers. We are also committed to keeping jobs in Australia and more than half of our staff live in regional towns such as Bendigo, Morwell and Moe – where we have a strong presence.

Our Community Investments

The Bank Australia Impact Fund distributes 4% of our after-tax profits to projects that create measurable outcomes in areas of interest for Bank Australia customers. Our cornerstone project is the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve - a 954 hectare property in Victoria's Wimmera region that provides a home for several endangered native species.

We are also supporting a range of smaller projects through our Small Investments initiative such as the following:  

  • Lara Secondary College – The funding will be used to send six students to a cultural immersion program in Arnhem Land
  • Bendigo Sustainability Group – The funding will be used to install community owned solar PV on Bendigo Archives Centre
  • Hindmarsh Landcare Network – The funding will be used to deliver a planting project in collaboration with a local disability services organisation in the Nhill region.

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The Greatest Composers Of All Time, With Jazz Punk Lachlan Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Greatest Composers Of All Time, With Jazz Punk Lachlan Mitchell

Jazz is definitely an under-represented genre in the local music scene, but there’s one composer kicking around Melbourne keeping it relevant in pretty interesting ways.

Lachlan Mitchell is a Melbourne-based artist and the leader of Uncomfortable Science, a unique project which involves him composing chord progressions on a whiteboard, which are then interpreted by a cadre of talented jazz musicians.

Having piqued our interest with a pretty original style of off-the-cuff composition, we asked Lachlan for his thoughts on his own three favourite composers.

“I could mention a whole bunch of sweet nothings about a great deal of bloody legends and waste way more of your time than I already have, but for now that is my pick of a couple of great composer type guys.”

You can catch Uncomfortable Science tonight at Boney, and they’ll be wrapping up their experimental residency next week, so definitely check it out if you’re keen for some jazz with a twist. Or, as Lachlan puts it, “Come down to Boney on the next few Tuesday nights to see if I learnt anything at all of these dudes.”

Frank Zappa

As Zappa (was one of the many people to be credited to have) said, writing about music is like dancing about architecture. But I’ll give it a shot.

For reasons obvious to some and not so obvious to others, Zappa was a dead set genius that composed some very complex and entertaining music. Beautiful, confusing and silly songs that jump from catchy hooks to dense mathematical fusion melodies to face melting solos. Some songs would have complex melodies that would journey on and on, never repeating itself, proving that Zappa was not short of ideas, nor shy to use them.

The first album I got was overnight sensation and that has some corkers on it. Camarillo Brillo from that album is currently haunting my mind and distracting me as I try to write this. But one of the first songs I ever heard when I was a teenage wolf was village of the sun and that’s a down right  beautiful composition in my opinion.

Charles Mingus

He’s mainly only up here on my list because of the album ah um, which I’ve been cranking a lot recently. Not cranking as in crying and wanking, cranking as in turning up loud, get your mind out of the gutter. The horn melodies make me wonder how the hell it was written and the “huh? factor” is a big part of what makes me like music.

The album has great energy, with unbridled and unpretentious horns that at times seem to be floating around autonomously while fitting perfectly together at the same time, Mingus occasionally hollering in the background like a mentally deranged hobo, and Charlie’s main boy, Danny Richmond, nailing the time changes with taste and gusto.

Two of my favourite songs of mingus’ that are not on this album are the beautifully haunting “meditations on integration” which includes Eric Dolphy, another incredible composer, and “ecclusiastics”, featuring my all time favourite jazz guy, (why the hell aren’t I writing about him. I’m terrible at this) Roland Kirk.



BuzzConf Technology Festival Showcase – talks from the festival’s presenters "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Join us on 20th September for a very special BuzzConf Night…

The Annual BuzzConf Technology Festival is just weeks away, so we’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of some of the amazing sessions to expect over the festival weekend. For the full festival lineup and more information check

Held in The Savoy Tavern in Melbourne, there will be plenty of options to eat and drink late into the night!



6pm – Drinks and socialising
7pm to 8:00pm – Technical presentations and demos
8:00pm until late – Music, drinks, and party


Previews of the following sessions…

No More Free – a future of paid content enabled by blockchain – Nic Hodges

Could blockchain technology enable a new model of media that shifts revenue from platforms to creators?

The Future of Space Exploration: The next 400 years – Paul Fenwick

Despite numerous technological advances, space exploration is often viewed as an academic endeavour. Not any more! Paul Fenwick will lead a discussion on the future of not just space exploration, but also industry and habitation.

Preparing to be makers in a consumer-focussed world – Matthew Cengia

In a world where everything is happening online, how do we facilitate our youth to take control of their technology and become hackers

Biomedicine highlights of 2016 – Jacinta Richardson

This talk will give you a walk through of some of the fascinating things that have come out of medicine in 2016.

3D modelling, sculpting, and printing – Adam Purdie

3D modelling using Blender, then you’ll have the opportunity to print your model!

… and more to be announced soon …


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Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Briggs, Tkay Maidza & More Join Huge Face The Music Lineup

Not only will the 2016 iteration of Melbourne’s national music conference Face The Music feature live music for the first time, but the list of speakers and performers is getting out of control.

Adding already to the the first round of speakers which includes music critic Anthony Fantano, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, and triple j’s Zan Rowe, are a sensational list of local artists.

We’re of course excited to hear that Briggs will be joining the lineup. After dropping ‘January 26’ with his group A.B. Original, Briggs has become an almost household name as he has taken it upon himself to challenge Australia Day.

Joining the hip-hop sensation is another Aussie rap champ in Tkay Maizda, whose latest collab with Killer Mike is leaving everyone frothing for her forthcoming debut album. There’s more, too, as prodigious producer Japanese Wallpaper will be joining them, along with a slew of other great artists.

Face the Music will be held at Melbourne Music Week’s Hub, The State Library of Victoria, and is shaping up to be a great day for Australian music – and possibly the best Face The Music yet.

Face The Music Lineup

Anthony Fantano [The Needle Drop]

Andrew Jervis [Bandcamp]

Ricki Askin [VICE]

Zan Rowe [triple j]

Kim Ambrosius [Roskilde]

Robert Forster

Taylor Brode [Sacred Bones]

Lorrae McKenna [Remote Control]

Nai Palm [Hiatus Kaiyote]

Ben Marshall [Vivid Sydney]

Woody McDonald [Meredith Music Festival]

Nic Kelly [Night High Records]

Michael Hohnen [Skinnyfish Music]

Emma Barnes [Emma Jane Management]

Katie Stewart [Laneway Music Festival]

Myf Warhurst [Double J]

Samuel Wald [WME]

Johann Ponniah [I Oh You]


Tkay Maizda

Japanese Wallpaper

Jaime Gough [Native Tongue]

Emily York [Penny Drop]


Soapy Rocks restoration enters next phase "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A $7,500 Coastcare community grant will allow restoration and rejuvenation works to continue at Soapy Rocks in Anglesea.

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The major weed infestation along the difficult coastal terrain has been awarded funding for a contractor to remove the large woody weeds to allow for the revegetation of the area with indigenous plants.

ANGAIR applied for the Coastcare Community Grants Program which aims to fund projects with clear environmental benefits and supports the conservation of habitat preservation and revegetation.

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This grant is part of the ongoing coastal management works at Soapy Rocks outlines in the Anglesea Ecological Management Plan report in 2013.

The Soapy Rocks coastal area has major weed infestations in difficult terrain which includes landslip areas.

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Contractors have removed large areas of Coastal Tea-tree and Sallow Wattle which will allow for indigenous revegetation in the area.

Students from St Bernard Catholic College will continue to assist ANGAIR with the restoration of the Soapy Rocks area including tasks such as mulching and planting.

Interested in joining the volunteering community? Check out what group is in your local area on our website! 


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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



Mums give relay a run for their money "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Supermums are at it again.
The group of local women are again entering a team in the annual 24-hour Relay for Life, which will be held at Collendina Recreation Reserve from noon on 5 November through to noon on 6 November.
It will be the fourth year that the Supermums will amble their way around the reserve for the relay, which raises funds for cancer.
“We are a group of approximately 30 local mums wanting to raise money for cancer research, support and celebrate those in our team who have had cancer and to those who are still fighting their fight as well as remembering those we have lost,” Supermums team captain Rebecca Condon said.
“I overcame Hodgkin’s Disease nine years ago so this event is very special to me as it brings our community together to stand tall against this dreadful disease.”
The group got together and decided that they would have a second-hand clothes sale to begin the OGBH Supermums fund-raising campaign.
This year the Supermums raised more than $1000 to kickstart the team’s fund-raising campaign.
In 2015 the OGBH Supermums Relay for Life grand fund-raising total was $7800, qualifying them to a research award where they proudly put their efforts towards the Forgotten Cancer Project, supporting cancers such non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukaemia and brain cancer.
Anyone who would like to join this year’s Bellarine Relay For Life as a participant or a new team, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit

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National nod for our soccer ace "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

OCEAN Grover Caitlin Pickett’s soccer talents are about to take her on a journey of a lifetime.
The 17-year-old Geelong Galaxy striker/winger, who started her career at the Surfside Waves, has been chosen in the Under-19 Australian Schoolgirls team to tour the UK and Ireland in January.
It’s the result of a lot of hard work from the Sacred Heart College Year 11 student, who has rapidly progressed from a bench player to a vital member of the starting side in the Galaxy’s inaugural season.
“It’s a massive jump and it was so great to play at such a good standard,” Pickett said.
“To even sit on the bench was a privilege but when I got to start, it was so good. I’d like to go all the way, but it’s a dream at this stage. I’d love to make the W-League.”
Pickett was chosen for the squad after impressing selectors in the Australian Schoolgirls Championships in Perth in August.
“At the end of it they announced the Aus team and my name was read out and I was stunned. My confidence is not that great. It’s something I’m working on and trying to improve on.”
She has a simple message for young women and girls in Ocean Grove.
“I’d like to get it out there and to show girls in Ocean Grove that it is possible if work at it,” she said.
“It can be done. You’ve got to start somewhere. Go down to the Waves and have a go. I definitely recommend the club. Football is the best sport.”
Pickett got involved in indoor football at the age of nine, but didn’t enjoy it.
“It was so intimidating and I hated it – it was all boys and I was always the last picked,” she said.
“I did cross-country running for a while, but found it focussed too much on the individual and then I moved to outdoor soccer and I knew straight away that it was my sport.”
Pickett’s trip to the UK and Ireland depends on her ability to come up with $6900. The tour includes visits to English Premier League games and 10 games against local sides. She has a Go Fund Me page, which has raised just over $4500 so far. Go to

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Kids craft with attention to detail "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

TAMARA Bell, architect and creative behind the newly established MAKE Art Room, ran a series of architecturally inspired art and design workshops for children these holidays at her new studio in the heart of Ocean Grove.
From her background as a practicing architect, Tamara has long harboured a passion for bringing high quality design to everyday facets of life. Whether working on architectural projects large and small, or tutoring and lecturing at Deakin University, Tamara has always loved the process of design and the physical act of making things.
It is this passion that has led her to establish a studio aimed at igniting and nurturing creativity in kids of all ages.
“Children have an in-built curiosity and desire to explore, and at MAKE Art Room we will encourage them to engage their imagination and innate artistic skills and to translate their ideas into reality. And have fun.” Tamara said.
Make Art Room will be a space where children are given the chance to explore, create and most of all, make.
“We take principles of architecture and apply them in fun and practical ways to small scale art projects which aim to develop and broaden kids’ understanding of structure, form, pattern, light, colour, texture and how different materials go together”, Tamara explains.
“Learning to see the world in this way can open up young minds to new possibilities and new ways of understanding, appreciating and engaging with their environment.”
The beauty of MAKE Art Room’s unique setting on the Bellarine Peninsula will form an integral part of the program. Discovering natural materials, and working with recycled, repurposed and found objects connect the lessons to the natural world and foster an appreciation of environment. Nature is often the greatest teacher and classes will explore how the natural world can inform all aspects of design.
To find out more, see

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Stars on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

TWO young former Surfside Waves footballers are excelling for Geelong-based Galaxy United.
Ciera Major and Ash Pickett, both from Ocean Grove-based Surfside Waves Soccer Club have successfully stepped up to the WNPL club.
At the recent Galaxy United presentation night, both received awards, Ciera Major won the inaugural season’s golden boot and Ash Pickett claimed the best-and-fairest award.

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Make the move and check it out "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

POLITICAL intrigue, romance and a crowd-pleasing soundtrack combine to produce a match-winning night of theatre in GSODA Inc’s upcoming production Chess.
Featuring music by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by musical theatre legend Tim Rice, Chess is the allegorical tale of a Cold War-era chess tournament and the fierce rivals who battle not only over the game but also their love of the same woman.
GPAC’s Playhouse Theatre will be transformed into a giant chess board and performers become the story’s pawns, setting a spectacular scene for a tale of politics, love and East-West intrigue, featuring players, politicians, the CIA and KGB.
Matthew Bradford, Sally-Anne Cowdell, Jules Hart and David Mackay head a stellar cast of some of Geelong’s finest theatre talent, led by renowned director Debbie Fraser, with the help of vocal director Adelle Gregory and Hart, who doubles up on his on-stage performance in the role of choreographer.
The pulsating rock score, musically directed by Damien Montalto, includes well-known songs such as I Know Him So Well, Anthem and the chart hit One Night in Bangkok, providing an infectious soundtrack to the gripping onstage action.
The combination of politics, romance, a breathtaking set and amazing local talent makes Chess a winner for theatregoers of all ages and interests. Be sure to make your move before it’s too late.
GSODA Inc will stage Chess at the Playhouse, GPAC, for six shows only from October 7 to 15. Tickets range from $35-$45 and are available now from GPAC on 5225 1200 or at

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Prosper urges the Local Government Review to mandate Site Value "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria is reviewing its Local Government Act 1989. The original Act is now subject to over 90 amending acts, so the Review is timely and necessary. Buried among the good ideas to improve local government is a very bad one, obliging all councils to use Capital Improved Value as the ratings base. Prosper Australia’s submission […]


This Week’s 13 Best Local Gigs Under $15 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This Week’s 13 Best Local Gigs Under $15

Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.

Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.

Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.

Alex Lahey

Where: Hotel Steyne, Manly NSW
When: 9pm – 12am, Friday Sep 23
Why: Following the release of her killer debut record B-Grade University, Alex Lahey is hitting back with her first national tour. The gig is set to be one to remember and with support acts Betty & Oswald, it’s one you shouldn’t miss – oh and did we mention that it’s free?
Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.

Mall Grab & Christopher Port

Where: Ferdydurke, Melbourne VIC
When: 9pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 22
Why: $10 for a night of quality house and electronica? Yes please! Headlining the night is Mall Grab who is racking up millions of plays online, and joining him is Christopher Port, whose recent EP ‘Vehement’ was met with plenty of praise as well. You can’t really lose!
Tickets & Info: $10-15 more info here.

Dorsal Fins & Remi DJs

Where: Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC
When: 8pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 24
Why: Yah Yah’s is throwing a pretty great night this Saturday with Dorsal Fins headlining their first Melbourne show with a very late-night appearance from Sydney outfit Straight Arrows, coupled in with a Remi DJ afterparty – all for a ridiculously low 10 Dollarydoos.
Tickets & Info: $10, more info here.

The Cherry Dolls

Where: Cherry Bar, Melbourne VIC
When: 10pm, Thursday Sep 15
Why: Melbourne rock stalwarts The Cherry Dolls couldn’t have found a better spot to launch their second EP, Lone Palm, than Melbourne’s home of rawk, Cherry Bar. They’ll be backed up by...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kudos Plucker Single Tour

Supported By DJ Lickweed

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


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

Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now

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

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

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

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

Tash Sultana National Tour Dates

Thursday, 15th September 2016
The Borderline, London

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

Sunday, 18th September 2016
Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Thursday, 22nd September 2016
The Northern, Byron Bay

Friday, 23rd September 2016
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

Friday, 30th September 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Thursday, 6th October 2016
Mojos, Fremantle

Friday, 7th October 2016
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

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

Friday, 14th October 2016
Torquay Hotel, Torquay

Saturday, 15th October 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide

Thursday, 20th October 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Thursday, 27th October 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 11th November 2016
Kings Arms, Auckland


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 22 September

Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

Friday 23 September

Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

Saturday 24 September 

The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

Sunday 25 September 

The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

Thursday 29 September 

ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

Friday 30 September 

Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)

Tuesday 4 October

The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

Wednesday 5 October

Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

Thursday 6 October

Barwon Club, Geelong VIC 

Friday 7 October

170 Russell, Melbourne VIC 

Saturday 8 October 

The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS

Thursday 13 October 

The Gov, Adelaide SA

Friday 14 October

The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)

Friday 21 October



6 Scenic Aussie Music Festivals That Will Make Your Jaw Drop "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

6 Scenic Aussie Music Festivals That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

There are a lot of different aspects of a festival that draw people to festivals each year in the thousands, and while many of those reasons will be the names on the lineup, it takes more than a great lineup to make for a memorable festival experience.

When you’re going to spending a whole day, or even a whole weekend, in the same spot, it certainly makes a massive difference when that spot is making the most of the gorgeous terrain our country has to offer.

With summer in the air and festival season beginning to kick back off, we’re taking a look at some of the Aussie music festivals with the most stunning, picturesque locations in the country.

Caloundra Music Festival


Held right on the shores of the Sunshine Coast, it’s hard to deny the beauty of the Caloundra Music Festival – the entire experience is essentially one big beachside carnival. The September 30 kickoff provides for ideal weather as punters are treated to one of the most crystal clear beachside views Australia has to offer, ferris wheel and all.

This year’s lineup features the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Illy, The Cat Empire, Icehouse, Blue King Brown and Montaigne, an ideal soundtrack to beachside relaxation. Tickets and more info can be found here.



Held at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort right on the cusp of summer, Paradise is perhaps the most apt name for a festival on this list. Overlooking the Great Dividing Range, for the last three years Paradise has treated punters to the absolutely stunning views of the Victorian alpine forest. The most arresting aspect has got to be the ghostly white trees that line the festival grounds, a remnant of the bushfires that swept through the region years back. Being a ski resort, it does get cold at night, but punters can head right into one of the all-night clubs to keep warm with non-stop beats.

This year’s lineup features great talent as always, such as Gold Class, friendships, Baro, LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Julia Jacklin and BUOY. Check out the immaculately-curated lineup here.

Let Them Eat Cake

slide LTEC

Perhaps the fanciest looking festival on this list, Let Them Eat Cake has helped punters nurse hangovers and celebrate the first day of the New Year with style in the absolutely sublime gardens of the Werribee Mansion. With an astounding attention to detail, Let Them Eat Cake would without a doubt take the award for the mo...


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

DZ Deathrays Drop Killer New Single, Unveil National Tour Dates

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

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

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

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

Check below for all the dates and details.

DZ Deathrays National Tour Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

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Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this...... Read more »


Einstein A Go Go - 18 September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Einstein A Go Go - 18th September 2016

Chris KP, Andrea from the BOM & Dr. Shane

News items:

The processes involved in gastro enteritis, mite mitigation with chickens using sandboxes and chasing tornadoes in the USA.

First Guest:

Kathryn Snow School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne

The emphasis of the importance of follow up testing after a positive testing for viral hepatitis. Currently there is no current established retesting regime.

More here and here

Second guest

Katie Buckley Associate Lecturer College of Science Health and Engineering La Trobe University.

Up to 50% of the workforce couldn’t do their job tasks without their voice. Proximity and body fatigue changes the ability to use the voice in the workplace and the sports field. Why is the voice important and how should we be facilitating our voice? Specialist speech pathologists are an excellent resource as is The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre (MVAC) The voice is an occupational health issue.

More here and here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1pm 5 Nov | Rally: Close Manus, Close Nauru #BringThemHere "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 1-4pm 5th November 2016 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne Save the date and join us on Nov 5 to demand the government bring the refugees here, and close all the offshore processing camps. Following the release of the Nauru files and Wilson security pulling out, now is the time to(...)


6:30pm 3 Oct | Discussion & debate on Strategy for the Refugee Movement "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 6:30-8:30pm 3rd October 2016 Where: Multi-Cultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne with ROBERT MANNE Emeritus Professor of Politics, La Trobe UnIversity & CHRIS BREEN Refugee Action Collective Robert Manne argued in the Age that ‘supporters of the asylum seekers face a difficult choice. Either they must acknowledge that their heartfelt advocacy will not be able(...)


What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


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

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

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

Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney

Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne


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

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

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

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

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

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

Hold On

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

Dirty Man

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

Left It

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

The Gold

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

Offered it up

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

Position Steppers

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

In a memory

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

Too many words

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

Water Running

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


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

Kingfisha Tour Dates

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


Know your NEM: Big questions over Victoria renewables target "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

South Australia electricity price falls; Infigen Energy gives up 30%; why biggest gas pipeline operator is no saint; and the big questions over Victoria renewable energy target.


Courtney Barnett Says Her “Darker” New Album Might Be “Just Me & A Piano” "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Courtney Barnett Says Her “Darker” New Album Might Be “Just Me & A Piano”

Courtney Barnett has unveiled more details regarding the progress of her eagerly anticipated follow-up to her breakthrough debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, which dropped to critical acclaim last year.

Speaking to NME, Barnett revealed that her sophomore effort is already “half-written”, i.e. she has a lot of half-written songs, and not only are they darker in tone than her output thus far, but they are largely piano-based.

“One day I hate everything I’ve written, the next it seems alright. When I get home from touring, I’ll be able to think about it logically. So far, the new songs are a general reflection on the meaning of life, our purpose for being here and all that rubbish,” she said.

“I’ve been writing on piano a lot. It’s darker and more melancholy, probably as a reflection on politics.” She continued: “I’m really bad at decision making. For me, finishing a song takes so much more effort than starting one.”

“I’ve got some good half-songs for the next record, and maybe they’ll turn into great full songs.” Barnett said she wasn’t sure if her backing band, the CB3, would be making an appearance on the second album.

“I don’t know. It could just be an album with me and a piano, so who knows?” she said. “If I knew how the album was going to sound so far in advance, I wouldn’t bother recording it. But I love those guys, they’re the greatest musicians.”

Speaking at Coachella earlier this year, the Melbourne singer-songwriter revealed she hasn’t stopped writing songs since the release of Sometimes I Sit and Think. “I’ve been writing since the last one I guess,” she told interviewers.

“A lot of the new songs I haven’t even shown the band yet, I’m still trying to write them… It’s a vulnerable time,” she continued. “I get nervous showing them to anyone in case they suck or something.”


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

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image credit: Kaye Harrison

Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

February 3rd

Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

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

February 4th

Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

February 10th

Melbourne, The Croxton

Special guests: X.


This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This Week’s 13 Awesome Jobs In Music That Could Be Yours

Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music fan to come knocking.

Our regular Music Jobs column is the place where we’ll help you grab the proverbial handle and walk on through, as we take the pain out of scrolling through endless (and sometimes shady) job listings to provide you a selection of killer career opps in the music world.

No free work or internships here, just authentic chances to break into the music industry. So update your CV, brush up your cover letter writing chops, stop dreaming, and start doing what you love for a living.

Recorded Music Manager at Unified

Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

“UNIFIED is the soundtrack of good people working together to achieve extraordinary results. We exist as an artist services company; giving choice and freedom back to our artists on how they manage their career and music. One such way we achieve this is by creating artist owned and led record labels.

“The newly created position of Recorded Music Manager will oversee our artist led labels including ONETWO (Illy’s label), NLV Records (Nina Las Vegas’ label) and House of Beige (Remi’s label) as well as the other labels in our group – Hopeless Records and UNFD.”

More info can be found here.

Touring Coordinator at Unify Presents

Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

“UNIFIED’s newly created Touring Department, UNIFY Presents, was launched in 2016 and already boasts successful tours by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Northlane and many more.

“As the department expands, UNIFIED is looking to hire a co-ordinator to help operate its tours and build the brand awareness and social media strategy.”

More info can be found here.

Ecommerce Manager at Universal Music Australia

Full-time / Sydney, NSW

“As part of the wider eCommerce function, the eCommerce Manager champions an innovative and inclusive culture that seeks out new opportunities to develop digital marketing strategies to grow an engaged audience/fan base to maximise engagement.

“Plan, develop and deliver new online revenue generating opportunities across bespoke store plays along with ensuring existing online stores revenue/product development is maximized.”

More info can be found here.

Project Coordinator at Melbourne Uni (VCA & MCM)

Full-time / Melbourne, VIC

“The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) offers programs in music, visual arts, performing arts and film to emerging artistic practitioners in the midst of one of the world’s most vibrant arts precincts at Southbank.

“You will be responsible for identifying and leading a program of key projects and business improvement initiatives across the Faculty to deliver process and system improvements in priority areas. You will be the Faculty expert in process improvement and liaise with the University’s Continuous Improvement Centre to adopt and train staff across the Faculty in Agile and Lean Six Sigma solutions. You will also act as the Executive Assistant to the Faculty Ex...


The C-Word: Its Manners, Customs and Many Varied Uses "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Last week, a protestor crashed a stage with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and dropped the c-bomb. Intrepid New Matilda columnist Dr Liz Conor asks the age old question: Is using a female body part as a term of derision misogynistic? And a language warning… there’s quite a bit of it to follow.

Last month a group of protestors intercepted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he fronted the Committee for Economic Development (CEDA) in Melbourne. They sought to publically shame him for the abuse of refugees in indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island.

Waving a placard, ‘FFS Close the Bloody Camps’, one of the protestors mounted the stage and hurled ‘Cunt’ through her teeth at a dumbfounded Turnbull.

When one of the group was later interviewed on The Project, Waleed Aly pointedly asked whether swearing at the Prime Minister was the most effective way to get their message across.

Samantha Castro, of WACA (Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance) replied their main message had indeed been communicated and the use of language was proportionate to the substantive issue to hand – the exposure of vulnerable asylum seekers, including children, to sexual and physical abuse in these negligently mismanaged tropical gulags.

Feelings ran high. The Nauru papers, detailing over 2,000 incident reports of abuse, including assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm between 2013 and 2015 (now the subject of a Senate inquiry) had been published by The Guardian. Adrenalin was pumping. Appalled, incensed and no doubt jittery, the intrepid interceptor spoke for many of us when she reached for The Very Worst Word to hand. That is Cunt.

It comes up a lot, Cunt: its appropriate uses, its acceptable invocations. Since half of us are literally hinged by this soft and slippery assemblage of intensely attuned tissue, it’s been a matter of feminist consternation that it’s the best worst descriptor for derision.

Given what a great source of pleasure it is for women (albeit periodically high maintenance) why should Cunt signify tyrant and tormentor, despot and bully, liar and narcissist, namely all the foulest, basest traits to which, I note mostly men, can be ascribed.

For is Cunt not Origin of the World, life-giving, incarnate sensuality, a circlet of steeped, clasping flesh, orgiastic rapture, ardent enclosure, we could go on and on… with so much to recommend it, you do gotta ask, why be so negative?

Because it is at the apex and core of human experience. No other body part brings forth life. Its capacity for pleasure and pleasure-giving has made it a focal site for commodification, medicalization, regulation, warfare, but also for destabilising heteronormativity and radical feminist reclamation.

It has been mythologised with teeth (Vagina Dentata), monologued, squatted over mirrors, plaster moulded, and Toys actually R US women, ‘fraid.

Because it is ineluctably the custody and experience of the feminine. It is ours, despite the zealous, at times fanatical attempts of patrio-nazis to take possessi...


Bob Brown Foundation presents 5th Annual Environment Awards "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Media release 19 September 2016


The Bob Brown Foundation is presenting its 5th annual Environment Awards at a ceremony in Hobart today.

These awards recognise environmental activists who have been prepared to ‘step off the footpath’ to defend the natural world, often at great personal, physical and legal risk.

The 2016 Environmentalist of the Year, with $5000 prize money, is Peter Owen, Director of The Wilderness Society South Australia. Over the past decade, Peter has been instrumental in the protection of large areas of land and seascape including the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia’s Offshore Islands, the Arkaroola Mountains, the Mawson Plateau and the declaration of the State’s 19 marine parks – Australia’s first representative marine park network outside of the Great Barrier Reef.

In January 2016 Peter spearheaded the formation of the Great Australian Bight Alliance, a platform for people and organisations to stand together against fossil fuel mining in the Bight and prevent a Gulf of Mexico scale oil spill which would decimate the marine environment from Western Australia to Tasmania and beyond.

“Peter Owen is in the front rank of ecological achievers world-wide.”

“Thanks to Peter’s tireless campaigning over more than a decade, vast swathes of South Australia’s unique landscapes, islands and marine environments have been protected.”

“This South Australian environmental champion is now determined to see the Great Australian Bight rid of the threat of fossil fuel mining. Peter is leading the campaign to drive BP, and other would-be environmental despoilers, out of the Bight’s wild and pristine waters once and for all”, Bob Brown said.

The 2016 Young Environmentalist of the Year, with $2000 prize money, is Josh Creaser.

A 25 year-old born and bred Canberran, Josh is Australia's Frontline Projects Coordinator, working on national campaigns to stop the expansion of the coal and gas industry and support a rapid and fair transition to a fossil free energy system.

“The climate action movement is a powerhouse of young activists and Josh Creaser is one making a huge impact.”

“Josh has helped organise some of the most inspirational direct actions of the last few years, involving thousands of people in creative, peaceful protests against the coal and gas giants responsible for dangerous climate change”, Bob Brown said.

“Young, articulate and with a vision for a clean energy future backed by science and public opinion, campaigners like Josh must be a nightmare for the coal and gas industry”, Bob Brown said.

The 2016 Community Environment Prize, and $2000 prize money, goes to Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO).

GECO is a grass roots community group based in the small town of Goongerah in far East Gippsland, Victoria. GECO have been campaigning for protection of East Gippsland’s forests since 1993.

Using a variety of strategies including education, political lobbying, non-violent direct action, citizen science and forest monitoring, GECO have successfully protected a number of important forest habitats for a range of threatened species.

“Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) are local environmental heroes. Time after time, the authorities have failed to enforce their own laws designed to protect forests and their wildlife, and this brave band of activists have stepped in to ensure the law is upheld.”

“Thanks to GECO’s persistent and innovative campaigns, hundreds of hectares of habitat for threatened species like the Greater Glider and Long-footed potoroo have been saved from destruction.”

“Incredibly, GECO’s activists have....


ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This November, Victoria’s peak policy advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities and organisations across Victoria - The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, along with the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council - is excited to be hosting The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria  -  Intergenerational Perspectives Conference in the historic town of Ballarat, the fastest growing regional city in Victoria.

For over 40 years, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) has been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community. It is the “Voice” of Multicultural Victoria and the peak policy advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural organisations, proudly advocating for culturally diverse communities, government and the wider community.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said: “The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria and generational transition, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.”

“The aim of the Conference is for ECCV, individuals and organizations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.”

Pre-Conference Events on Thursday November 10 will include:  Diverse, Delicious, Nutritious – A cooking demo and lunch of multicultural tasters and workshop on the benefits of multicultural “tucker” for a diverse and ageing population. Afternoon Mayoral Reception, and evening Pre-Conference Dinner - ★Guest Speaker Peter Khalil, MP for Wills and former SBS manager.

Confirmed Facilitators, keynote and guest speakers will include:

★The Hon. Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs ★ Helen Kapalos VMC  ★Peter van Vliet  Department of Immigration and Border Protection ★Colleen Hartland Victorian Green MP ★  Carmel Guerra  Centre for Multicultural Youth ★ Aleem Ali  Welcoming Cities, ★Amy Hubbard  Capire Consulting Group, ★Anthea Hancocks  Scanlon Foundation ★Dr Gabriel Garcia Ochoa & Professor Susanna Scarparo  Monash University, Bachelor of Global Studies ★ Nyok Gor South Sudan Australia Peace Initiative ★ Professor Andrew Markus Monash University ★Jessica Williamson  Migration Lawyer ★ Mark Karlovic Sovereign Hill Museums Assoc. ★ Tasmeen Chopra Cultural Curator, Author ★ Kelly Talagan Code Club Australia ★ George Fong Lateral Plains ★ Nivy Balachandran Juris Doctor  ★ Jenny Taing Vanguard ★ Lorraine Ngwenya Useful Link (subject to change &  more to be announced … )

Hosted by James Liotta Actor and Entertainer - and also featuring entertainment and inspirational speakers throughout the day - this promises to be the multicultural event of the year!


The ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference

Mercure Convention Centre, Ballarat

11 November 2016

PROGRAM at:  (*subject to change)

Conference Registrations are NOW OPEN!

-          Private and Public Sector:  $150 / person

-          ECCV members, Concession and Community Sector: $120 / person

-          Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75 / person





ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.


WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.


WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector



Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at or (03) 9349 4122




ECCV Statewide Conference, Ballarat, Friday 11 November 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



The Conference will lead public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria, with people from different generations speaking on a vision for the future.  

Aim: to explore and shape the future of multicultural Victoria.

Objective: for ECCV and other ethnic and multicultural community leaders, individuals and organisations to participate in a commitment or pledge to make practical and achievable changes in the next three years and beyond.

Featured presenters: The Hon. Minister Robin Scott, Helen Kapalos, Colleen Hartland MP, Prof. Andrew Markus, Carmel Guerra, George Fong, Sonia Vignjevic, Peter van Vliet, Tasmeen Chopra,  Aleem Ali, Jenny Taing, CMY Youth advisory group, to name a few.

Facilitated by: renowned Italo-Australian award winning Actor, Comedian, Performer, TV & Radio Presenter: James Liotta.


WHEN:         Friday, November 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE:       Mecure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, Victoria 3350.

Don't miss out! Tickets going fast!

  • Private & Public Sector: $150
  • ECCV members, Concession, Community Sector: $120
  • Young Refugees, Other New Arrivals, Students: $75.


WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 7pm

WHERE: Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat Central

DINNER COST: $80 Public & Private Sector, $65 ECCV members, concession & community sector



Become a Conference Sponsor. Partner with us for great exposure. For sponsorship benefits please contact Toula Elefsiniotis at or call (03) 9349 4122. 

Sponsorship Prospectus available: here

All Conference enquiries to Toula at or (03) 9349 4122





The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Complete List Of Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Bluesfest is just around the corner, with a huge line up including the likes of Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith and The Lumineers to name just a few. With tickets to the festival not far off selling out, the crew are announcing sideshows for those fans who can’t quite make it out to Byron Bay next Easter.

Organisers have announced a slew of sideshows along the East Coast for some of Bluesfest’s biggest names, a boon for fans looking for a more personal time with the likes of Patti Smith and her band, The Lumineers, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others.

Check the list of all the currently announced Bluesfest 2017 sideshows below, and keep checking in for more updates, with more dates no doubt soon to be announced.

Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses

State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Sun 9 April 2017

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Sun 16 April 2017

The Lumineers

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Nsw – Mon 17 + Tues 18 April 2017

State Theatre, Melbourne Vic – Wed 19 April 2017

Metro City, Perth Wa – Sat 22 April 2017

Bonnie Raitt

State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Fri 7 April 2017

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Act – Sat 8 April 2017

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Mon 10 April 2017

Snarky Puppy

Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – Sat 8 April 2017 *Two Shows Announced* 4pm + 7.30pm

Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Mon 10 April 2017

Andrew Bird

Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – Sat 15 April 2017

Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tues 18 April 2017


The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Complete List Of Falls Festival 2016 Sideshows

The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.

With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.

Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.

Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.

The Avalanches

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
w/Grandmaster Flash

Thursday, 5th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
w/Grandmaster Flash

Saturday, 7th January 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide


Friday, 6th January 2016
The Corner, Melbourne


Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Friday, 6th January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Jamie T

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Thursday, 5th January 2016
Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne

Modern Baseball

Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)

Friday, 6th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne


Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Friday, 6th January 2016
Howler, Melbourne

Catfish & The Bottlemen

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne

Friday, 6th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)

Thursday, 5th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne


Friday, 6th January 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney

Saturday, 7th January 2016
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne


Female nurses at higher risk of suicide "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Melbourne [AAP]

The rate of suicide among Australian women is double for those working as health professionals, with nurses and midwives most at risk, a study has found.

A University of Melbourne and Deakin study of close to 10,000 suicides by employed adults between 2001 and 2012 found 3.8 per cent of them were health professionals.

Long working hours, exposure to trauma and the fear of making a mistake may increase rates of suicide in those working in health professions, the study says.

Dr Allison Milner found the age-standardised rate of suicide for female health professionals was 6.4 per 100,000 person-years, while nurses and midwives were even higher at 8.2.

The average suicide rate for women in other professions was 2.8.

While men working in nursing and midwifery also had a higher rate of suicide, the overall rate for male health professionals was similar to other occupations, according to the study.

Men’s risk of suicide was overall higher than women’s, at 14.9 per 100,000.

‘Qualitative research has found that some male nurses experience anxiety about the perceived stigma associated with their non-traditional career choice,’ the authors wrote.

‘These anxieties may constitute a risk factor for suicide for men in these occupations.’

The authors said that women in male-dominated areas of medicine may struggle, feeling there are barriers holding them back from career advancement.

‘Female professionals may still feel pressure to undertake child care and household roles, leading to considerable gender role stress,’ the report said.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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Sunday, 18 September


Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’

No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.

The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:

WHO: The Pretty Littles
WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
WHEN: 3-5th November
HOW MUCH: $12 more info here

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!


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Learn how the 5 Elements and the Bagua work closely together in Feng Shui "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Five Elements and the Bagua work together to holistically harmonious the environment of your home and your life. The Five Elements work in cycles. Cycles of the seasons and cycles of natural order – birth, death and rebirth. Each Element – Fire, Wood, Water, Metal and Earth has a nourishing and controlling cycle. Enhancement also correspond to the Bagua’s 9 Life Aspects. Each of the zones has a conforming element and when interrupting and balancing the energy map the two aspects work correspondingly. Sharon and Rosemary will talk you through these connections About Sharon: Sharon Breslin is an Interior Alignment Master Teacher in Melbourne Australia.  She offers private consultations and certification courses from her studio in Albert Park. or About Rosemary: Rosemary Nelson is a Feng Shui Landscape Designer based in New Zealand and has practised as a landscaper designer for the past 30 years. Her website For more information about Interior Alignment®, visit our webpage


Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.

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Saturday, 10 September


Meet the artists – DieselN’Dub "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Recently we sent Chelsea D from The New Thing (Monday 9am) on a round the world trip to get to know some of our upcoming Global Rhythms artists. No other acts possesses such a kaleidoscope of colour and sound as the innovative and outspoken DieselN’Dub!

Hi Declan! How would you describe your life since starting Dieseln’Dub?

Dieseln’Dub has exceeded all my expectations. It has reached far and wide and I am proud to say gets spins on rural radio stations that reach communities throughout outback Australia. It has us representing at some of Australia’s premier festivals and taken us to some remote regions of Australia.

You started this project over a year ago, can you tell us a bit about how you went about selecting the fantastic guest musicians to work with you on this project?

I have worked with almost everyone on the album in some musical project and know most of the musicians like family I guess. Frank Yamma and Radical Son which I am huge fans of were the only 2 I had never met or worked with. To picture hearing these iconic tunes sung by the likes of Katie Noonan, Emma Donovan, Pat Powell and the list goes on…is a dream come true.

Can you tell us a bit about the work you have been doing with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation since you began the project?

It is all about raising awareness for issues such as these. I believe in this foundation and we have brought their awareness into our project and highlight the importance of language, literacy and the importance of reading and the preservation of language in communities.

What have been some of the highlights of Dieseln’Dub since you began?

Premiering at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival was a huge honour and highlight to be performing alongside the likes of The Alabama Shakes, The Wailers and Jimmy Cliff to name a few.


Is there a chance of more music from Dieseln’Dub in the future?

At this stage I am working on some of my own tunes and in production for a new record. Future Dieseln’Dub records are on the cards though.

Can you reveal if any of your Dieseln’Dub collaborators will appear at Global Rhythms?

This festival we will have a cast of many…. Tony Hughes (King Tide), Patou Powell (Melbourne Ska Orchestra), Gambirra and Radical Son to name a few. Its going to be fantastic.

Finally, what can the lucky people who are attending Global Rhythms expect from your performance?

We have taken good care in selecting some iconic songs of Midnight Oil and converted them into Reggae/Dub versions where we will deliver them in a tough Roots Reggae band of some of Sydney’s finest musicians helmed by our Sound engineer Drew Bissett to bring sonic mayhem in a Dub style…Sound Good? (You bet! That’s why you’re playing brother – Ed)

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Tuesday, 06 September


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

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

Brisbane City Council launches new weather app

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

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

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

Gold Coast Election funding under investigation

Friday, 02 September


Lee Whitmore’s Ada Louise "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Lee Whitmore, Ada Louise: A life imagined (Susan Lane Studio 2016)


The host of a Radio National books program regularly disparages family histories. ‘We’re just not interested,’ he says. But he’s wrong. Not because all or even most family histories are gems, but because Sturgeon’s revelation –’Ninety percent of everything is crap’ – is as valid here as it is for comics or science fiction. It’s just wrong to disparage a whole genre on the basis of even a large number of poor examples.

Ada Louise isn’t just a family history, it’s also a comic, so it also belongs to a medium often targeted by literary snobbishness. Come to think of it, it’s in a third outsider category as well: it’s self-published. At least, I can’t find any reference to Susan Lane Studio on the internet. The copy I read belongs to a friend, and is number 65 of a limited edition of 100 copies.

The good news is that Ada Louise is definitely in the non-crap ten percent of all three categories.

When Lee Whitmore was about eight years old her maternal grandmother came to live with her family. The grandmother – Ada Louise – was very old and frail and not at all interested in the children. ‘Very occasionally there was a glint of amusement in her eyes,’ an introduction tells us, ‘but mostly she just looked wistful, even sad.’ In what Whitmore’s website describes as a ‘loose series of episodic moments strung together on a time line’ the book sets out to answer the questions that puzzled the young girl: ‘What was it that had made my grandmother this way? What had happened in her life?’

We first see Ada Louise as a tiny figure in a two-page drawing of ‘British settlement Invercargill’, New Zealand in 1885. A speech bubble in the bottom right corner of the townscape reads, ‘Hurry home, Ada,’ and on the next spread the fourteen year old Ada runs with her violin case through a windy yard towards her front door. In the following pages she is absorbed into the cheerful chaos of her many-sistered life, and in the course of the book’s nearly 600 page s her story emerges in a discontinuous way that creates a sense that these are family stories, legends almost, rendered into a coherent whole.

We follow Ada’s fortunes and those of her sisters as they mature, marry, become variously rich and poor and have children of their own. These affectionately realised characters deal with scandal, frustrated ambition, betrayal, heartbreak and almost Shakespearean restoration. There’s also some Micawberish comedy.

The book’s seven chapters follow Ada and her family from New Zealand to Melbourne (when she is 30, in 1901), to Sydney six years later. The cities and suburbs of the action are lovingly created: a church in Darlinghurst, a Prahran mansion, inner-city Sydney streetscapes, Flinders Street Station,Waverley Cemetery; trams, trains, early cars, and the ocean in its many moods.There are cucumber sandwiches, family singsongs around the piano

The comics medium is beautifully suited to this project. From...

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