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Sunday, 22 October


Ignition MTB festival at Falls Creek "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Ignition is the launch event for the summer mountain biking season at Falls Creek. Its aim is to celebrate all things MTB.

Its a huge event, with rides, a bus shuttle service, backcountry rides and skills workshops, music, food and local craft beer.

It will happen at Falls Creek over the weekend of November 18 and 19.

It books out, so make sure you get in soon if youre planning to attend. Details here.


Negative skew "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

First-timers surge

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

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

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

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

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

'Negative skewness'

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

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

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

What gives? 

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


Kuark forest old growth about to be logged "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

FRCF022280_copy_2.jpgVicForests will target some of the most spectacular old growth forest remaining in Victoria this spring.

A road has been pushed into the forest and logging could commence any day.

The forest has never been logged and is part of one of the most significant remaining stands of old growth forest left in Victoria.


Missing bushwalker found safe near Baw Baw National Park "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

A bushwalker who did not return to their north east Baw Baw campsite yesterday has been found safe.


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


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

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

The nine Community Fan Clubs are:

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

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

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

Spread the word and forward the following link!

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


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


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

Sunday November 12, 2017 11am 9pm

Seaworks, Williamstown

Click here for tickets on sale now

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

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

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


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

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

Saturday, 21 October


Tasmania + summer = water adventures "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

I prefer my water frozen. But rivers are still pretty cool and as spring and summer comes into focus, so does water related adventure.

And Tasmania has it all: tarns, huge lakes and dams, impressive rivers, incredible coastal inlets and harbors like Port Davey on the west coast.

Heres a few obvious thoughts about the options on offer if youre looking for an adventure:

Paddling Lake St Clair. Heres some notes on one of the great feshwater adventures in Australia, paddling around Lake St Clair / Leeawuleena in central Tasmania. You can combine this with some fantastic walking and climbing side trips. Its a flatwater paddle, suitable for rigid canoes like a Canadian, but winds can cause considerable wave activity so you need to know what youre doing.

Paddling the Franklin (of course). There are various guiding companies (such as Tasmania Adventure Holidays) that offer trips. Personally Id just do some research, get some rafts, and go with some buddies. Ive done the trip a couple of times and can attest to the wonder and adventure of (not really knowing) whats coming up next (although there are some potentially deadly rapids so you at least need the river guide notes so you can plan for those bits).

A new area of adventure is canyoning around the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national park. Cradle Mountain Canyons runs day trips.

Sea kayaking on Bathurst and Davey Harbour on the west coast. There are a number of tour operators that run trips, such as Roaring 40s.  Another option is sea kayaking around the freshwater Lake Gordon.

Tasmania has seemingly endless glacial lakes and tarns. One of my absolute favourites would be Lake Rhona in the Denison Range. A dark, deep lake with a brilliant white sand beach that sits under an impressive rocky mountain called Reeds Peak. Its a minimum of a 2 day walk, but Id recommend you take longer and enjoy the alpine terrain on the Denison Range. And the Central Plateau supposedly has around 4,000 natural lakes (I havent counted them). There are various ways you can traverse the fabulous lake country, my favourite is from Lake Mackenzie to the Walls of Jerusalem (some notes here). Take your time and camp by some of these amazing lakes.



Community Renewable Energy Meeting in Bairnsdale "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The second meeting to discuss various community renewable energy proposals for the East Gippsland Shires Bright Futures program was held in Bairnsdale on Tuesday night (17.10). Co-ordinator Martin Richardson gave a summary of the work done so far. He emphasised that they were concentrating on projects that were feasible and could be implemented at short notice. This excluded most large-scale projects that required substantial organisation and planning such as wind farms. This narrowed the options down to rooftop solar.

The results of the Bright Futures renewable energy survey were summarised. It was pointed out that the survey was biased in favour solar with about half the 250 odd respondents having rooftop solar on their residences. Even so 88% want the shire to turn to renewable energy and 76% support the region moving to renewables. Martin also reported that Shire councillors were enthusiastic about the progress so far.

Consultant Rob Passey presented a more technical report outlining a range of choices within the solar strategy.  These included solar panel bulk buys to bring down the price of panels, assistance to low income earners to overcome the high capital cost of installation (a targeted form of loan being gradually implemented across the state), and importantly, helping businesses struggling with large power bills.

Using donations to finance solar arrays on community and private buildings was also considered, as was the option for locals to invest in local renewable projects. In the case of the latter Rob thought the Repower Shoalhaven model the best to adopt. He also emphasised the need to adopt projects that can be implemented quickly with a strong effect on local employment. He preferred projects of a small scale as the best means of reducing greenhouse gases, and mentioned the whole shire could retain up to $11 million with widespread adoption of renewable energy.

I support the adoption of the Repower Shoalhaven model or something similar as a financial means of dramatically boosting the adoption of solar energy. The ingredients are all here: an aging population most likely to have savings which are generally earning a very low rate of return, a community that is generally enthusiastic towards renewable energy, high power prices, and a demand for rooftop solar by individuals and businesses that is restricted by lack of finances.

What is needed is...



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What stories do you want Mountain Journal to cover? "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Wow. Another winter done. Which means I have to post some stuff thats not just about snow. Ive been getting quite a lot of emails lately from people with suggestions about topics to cover on Mountain Journal, which is great. Id always welcome people writing pieces, as there are only so many hours in the day and lots of good and significant things go un-reported simply because of time constraints. Please feel free to send stories.

But these emails have got me thinking about the overall balance of topics covered in MJ. You feedback (via email or the poll below would be most welcome.

PS: if youre interested in whats popular, I do an annual summary of most visited stories here. The overall most popular stories are: the sidecountry guide to the Mt Hotham area, the backcountry film festival and (interestingly) the trail notes to the Ducane traverse in central west Tasmania.


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