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Sunday, 18 March


Media release 16th March 2018 Mining licence application on Tambo River must be rejected "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Friday 16th March 2018

Mining licence application to expand dangerous tailings dam on Tambo River must be rejected.

Gippsland Environment Group recently organised a site visit to the Benambra mine tailings dam on the headwaters of the Tambo River to discuss mining company CopperChems proposal to re-open and massively expand the dam. The visit raised considerable alarm among all who attended.

Members of local Landcare Groups, Victorian National Parks Association, Gippsland Environment Group, Environment East Gippsland and other interested locals travelled to the Stockman Project east of Benambra to inspect the tailings dam. Staff from Earth Resources (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) and Copperchem   the mining company that has applied for a licence to expand the tailings dam, were also present to answer questions.

The original Benambra copper and zinc mine was operated by Denehurst Pty Ltd from 1992 until 1996. In 1998 the company went into receivership and abandoned the site forfeiting their mine rehabilitation bond of $375,000. Denehurst left behind an unstable tailings dam containing 700,000 tonnes of toxic tailings leaking acid and heavy metals into Straight Creek which runs into the Tambo River. The tailings dam had been constructed right across the waterway over a series of groundwater springs and had been built without a spillway. Between 1999 and 2005 the EPA authorised DPI to make emergency releases of 160 megalitres of contaminated water to reduce the risk of the dam wall overtopping and undermining the dam foundations.

In 2006 DPI rehabilitated the mine site and tailings dam at a cost of $7 million to the taxpayer. In the process of remediating the tailings dam and constructing a spillway another 140 megalitres of tailings dam water was released into the waterway. The dam operates as a flow through system spilling into Straight Creek as inflows from the catchment raise the water level over the tailings. The dam water was to the mouth of the spillway at the time of the site visit.

The original tailings dam was constructed from rockfill with a concrete grout curtain at the base which has a lifespan of between two and eighty years. Due to a shortage of local clay the dam wall was lined with a geomembrane that has a lifespan of possibly another thirty years. It is impossible to replace either the concrete grout curtain or the liner as they are on the upstream side of the dam wall. An additional HDPE liner was attached to the old one when DPI raised the height of the wall in 2006. This join was inadequate, and potentially acid forming (PAF) rock was used in the embankment. The dam is currently leaking from beneath the to...


Greens members on notice over Batman loss "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Australian Greens plan to track down members who sabotaged the partys campaign for the federal Melbourne seat of Batman and expel them.

Leader Richard Di Natale says the small group of people who ruined the partys chances at Saturdays by-election should be kicked out.

They had a very deliberate agenda and decided to leak a number of things to the media in an effort to undermine us they set us an impossible task. I think thats grounds for expulsion, he told ABC TV on Sunday night.

The people responsible for this have no place in our party. They should be expelled.

The Greens unexpectedly lost the seat to Labors Ged Kearney.

Mr Di Natale said members needed to support each other not leak and sabotage.

He said the party would meet to put processes in place to make sure it never happened again.

The post Greens members on notice over Batman loss appeared first on Echonetdaily.


State targets make energy plan immaterial "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

State governments are already driving enough investment in solar and wind power to cut the electricity sectors emissions by more than the Turnbull government wants, rendering its new energy policy near-useless.

Energy analysts RepuTex say the effect of state renewable energy targets, especially in Victoria and Queensland, means the proposed national energy guarantee will have a negligible impact on the market.

It says the do nothing scenario modelled for the Commonwealth understates the investment in renewables because it doesnt take into account state government targets despite assurances they will remain.

Queensland is aiming for 50 per cent renewables by 2030 while Victoria has legislated to reach 40 per cent by 2025 and South Australia has already nearly met its 50 per cent target.

This means the modelling from the governments advisory Energy Security Board starts with a higher baseline of emissions against which to measure the impact of the national energy guarantee.

Australia has committed under the Paris Agreement to cut its overall emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, and the federal government has anticipated applying this cut equally across all sectors.

The boards model predicts the electricity sector will cut its emissions by 19 per cent by 2030 without the new national energy guarantee.

But RepuTexs own modelling, released on Monday, says once you incorporate existing state renewable energy targets, emissions from the electricity sector will actually drop 29 per cent.

It says this renders the national energy guarantee, details of which are due to be finalised by energy ministers in April, immaterial to the market.

Unless the target is more ambitious than where emissions are projected to be without the NEG, there is little need for the administrative complexity of the scheme, RepuTex associate research director Bret Harper said.

Already, state targets have driven investment in renewables fast enough that three times more new generation will join the system by mid-2018 than the ESB predicted.

The arms race between the states for renewable investment is well under way, with or without the NEG, Mr Harper said.

And state targets will stay the dominant signal for new generation unless the emissions cuts under the NEG is lifted.

Many say electricity generation should bear a heavier load of reducing Australias emissions because its one of the easiest areas to make changes and it can drive faster cuts in other sectors, such as transport, once they become more reliant on electrical power.

The post...


March 19 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1790 - HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Sirius was popping over to Norfolk Island with a bite to eat when it had a nasty mischief on a reef and went belly up.

1803 - Laurence Dempsey was Hanged for feloniously entering the house of Thomas Neal of Richmond Hill.

1836 - Marvellous, wonderful and simply splendid David Scott Mitchell was pupped today. Mitchell spent most of his life and a small fortune collecting Australiana, which he donated to the NSW State Library on his death. Old Four Hours was the nickname the hansom cab drivers gave him due to his habit of spending 4 hours every Monday searching through second hand book shops.

1839 - Land prices plummeted and the locals upped sticks and decamped... settlement began at Port Lincoln.

1839 - Honey bees were landed upon Kiwi soil for the first time.

1840 - Thomas Whitton was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Hawker and arson at Oak Park, Crookwell. Whitton had earlier murdered John Kennedy Hume, brother of the explorer Hamilton Hume.

1849 - George Waters Ward was Hanged at Maitland for the murder of Richard Connolly (or King) at Muswellbrook.

1852 - Adelaide was rolling in it after the first gold escort rocked into town from the Mount Alexander goldfields with over 5,000 oz of the glittery stuff.

1856 - The very first secret ballot in the whole wide world happened in Victoria because the pollies had Secret Mens Business to deal with.

1856 - The Victorian Railways Department was created as part of and by the Victorian Government...and no, they weren't crocheting sardine cans with shoe-horns, why do you ask?

1858 - The Newcastle Branch Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open for the shunting business of train travel.

1858 - Edward Cardana (alias John Nelson alias Michael Ferrara) was Hanged for the murder of John Armstrong at Long Gully.

1866 - At the ripe old age of 20 years John Dunn danced his way into the great wide beyond at the end of a rope for taking up bushranging with Ben Hall as a career move.

1866 - James Jones was Hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Dr Julius Saenger, committed at Scarsdale.

1894 - Ernest Knox was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Isaac Crawcour whilst in the act of burglary at Williamstown.

1904 - The inaugural Henley-on-Yarra boating race was held in Melbourne, what-oh, to be won by the august Ballarat team.

1907 - At Bonnievale in Westralia miner Modesto Vareschetti was trapped in a flooded mine for 9 days. He was eventually rescued by Frank Hughes who had repeatedly brought him food in a diving suit.



Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bush and grass fires rage in Australia's state of Victoria on Sunday, March 18, 2018, as hot and blustery conditions continue affecting the region. The fires are expected to get larger in size before firefighters place them under control. Dozens of fires in...... Read more


Independent Artist of the Week: DJ Plead "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Photo by Lavurn Lee

Referencing Middle eastern rhythms and frenetic footwork, DJ Plead delivers percussive-led tunes with full body-shaking vibes.

No stranger to Australias electronic music scene, DJ Plead, aka Jarred Beeler, is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a third of Sydney trio BV and founder of new label SUMAC. Now Melbourne-based, Beelers solo project intelligently draws on his Middle Eastern background to create fresh club tracks, informed by a mix of Lebanese pop and traditional wedding music.

Layering carefully crafted drum and vocal loops with interjections of synths and tides of transportive rhythms, DJ Plead has just released his debut EP Get In Circle via Decisions, the  Melbourne dancefloor focused label run by Air Max 97. Do yourself a favour and move through the opener DVE, below a deep and hypnotic jam fusing Beelers heart and heritage.

Play it loud and get in circle!

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

The post Independent Artist of the Week: DJ Plead appeared first on FBi Radio.


Milo Yiannopoulos promoters won't pay $50,000 Victoria Police bill "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I can hardly believe how far left Victoria is veering: State police charging a conservative to protect him from Leftists. Charging protection money is what criminals do. The next step is refusing protection and letting harm happen. 

The whole rationale for government is that there are some things that should not be user-pays, but which the State should pay, like roads and infrastructure, defence, police, search and rescue, and emergency services, certain amenities ... etc. If the police don't think it is part of their job to prevent criminal assault, what are they good for?

The only consolation is that this is probably a try-on

THE ORGANISER behind controversial Milo Yiannopoulos' Melbourne event is refusing to cough up $50,000 to cover the cost of police after a violent protest broke out.

Penthouse publisher Damien Costas, the man who organised Milo Yiannopoulos's tour, told 3AW he had no intention of paying the five-figure bill from Victoria Police, following the Kensington clash.

I can't imagine we would (pay the larger bill)," he said. In Melbourne they were talking about a user pays model but a particular sergeant at our head of security we were dealing with said We'd like you to pay for the barriers, bollards etc'."

I think the entire thing was about five or $6000." I paid what I was asked to pay. Anything over and above that we can determine." This is actually asking the victim to pay the bill."

He said user-pay models were discussed in every state and he'd paid about $9000 for police in the Gold Coast and nothing in New South Wales.

Supporters of the far-Right figure were involved in violent clashes with left-wing protesters on Monday night in Kensington.
Hundreds of police were called in with some using capsicum spray to subdue rioters.

Mr Costas said the 3000 attendees didn't do anything wrong rather those uninvited threw rocks.

Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station on Wednesday the event's promoters would have to foot the bill, which would be at least $50,000. She said billing event organisers for police resources was commonplace.

For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events there is an agreement around the costs," she said. Ms Neville said she was confident Mr Yiannopoulos would cough up.
(It's a) big call to say you're going to ignore a bill from Victoria Police," she said.

Mr Costas said the police presence was executed with military precision" and there were also 70 security guards at the event.



Hefty Yiannopoulos bill shows Victoria Police has taken sides with the Left "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

THE last group you'd expect to indulge in victim-blaming is Victoria Police. Our police force is meant to protect and serve, not fine victims of lawlessness for needing police protection.

That is essentially what happened last week when police command decided to send a hefty bill of at least $50,000 to the organisers of the Milo Yiannopoulos tour.

Not only does the decision set a dangerous precedent for free speech in Victoria, but it also reveals a perverse lack of fairness.

The enormous bill reflects the significant police resources that were needed last Monday night when feral mobs rioted for five hours in the streets of Kensington while trying to stop ticketholders from entering the Australian Pavilion.

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane first threatened to fine the venue before it was determined that the organisers would foot the bill. Police Minister Lisa Neville said: For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events, there is an agreement around the costs."

This attempt by the minister to compare the charges to what sporting bodies routinely pay is disingenuous nonsense.

A law-abiding crowd of 3000 attending a ticketed event would not require 300 police officers, including dozens in riot gear.

That came about purely because violent far-Left activists converged on the venue to try to shut down the event an all-too-regular occurrence in Victoria.  Not satisfied with hurling vile abuse, the protesters also threw rocks, sticks, bottles, and even street signs.

If it were the ticketholders rampaging, then I'd have no qualms about saddling the organisers with the bill.

However, the small number of police that would normally be needed, and paid for by organisers, at an event of this size ballooned to something entirely different thanks to the actions of extreme Left agitators.

Anyone who has seen footage of the mayhem would be surprised to learn that police arrested only two people that night.

Victoria Police may have created a rod for its own back by punishing the injured party and effectively rewarding the thuggish louts who want to use violence and intimidation to shut down events, meetings and rallies of their ideological opponents.

Today, the event organiser, Penthouse publisher and free speech advocate Damien Costas, spoke of his dismay over political grandstanding" in Victoria.

Our attendees did nothing wrong. They lined up quietly and looked on as the protesters that weren't invited and, frankly, weren't welcome, threw rocks and bottles at police," Costas told the Herald Sun.

We negotiated in good faith with the Victorian police and we reached an agreement as to what was required and what we....


Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.

The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.

The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.

However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.

'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.

Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.

Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.

Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.

Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.

Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.

In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.

In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...


Shock union claims: detective breaks silence on fraud scandal "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.

In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.

He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.

Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.

Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.

In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.

Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.

The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.

Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...


Victoria police 'caught using and trafficking meth and ecstasy - as two officers joke over texts about going to work after a cocaine bender' "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

No wonder they cannot control the African teenagers who aree running riot

Police partying on ice, cocaine and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, says an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission special report.

The report takes in three investigations into claims of drug possession, trafficking and use by police since 2014 and says allegations against eight officers have been substantiated.

Operation Apsley revealed a group of police were using drugs regularly in their social lives - including one who used cocaine 'most days' for four months last year.

The officer, known as Senior Constable A, and a friend, Senior Constable B, used and trafficked drugs and were 'cavalier about the safety risks', the report says.

Both told IBAC they would not work if affected by drugs, but messages between them refuted these claims, including this exchange after a night out using cocaine:

Senior Constable A: 'Feeling slightly average but okay. Gonna be a long shift. Rad night.'

Senior Constable B: 'Kill me, I wanna lay down.'

Another senior constable messaged a civilian associate about putting MDMA powder into capsules - 'Now that you run a sophisticated drug syndicate you will be... essstremely bizzy' was the reply.

Two other IBAC operations also exposed regular drug use with one that focused on a constable leading to that officer's brother being arrested by federal and interstate police on drug offences.

While IBAC says allegations against eight were substantiated it says they were likely just 'snapshots of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police'.

Of those eight officers, two were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC, and one was charged with criminal drug offences.

One has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are suspended and one returned to work after an admonishment notice.

There are systemic deficiencies in Victoria Police's illicit drug prevention and detection, IBAC concludes.

'Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey,' IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.

'While most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.'

Victoria Police's alcohol and drugs policy says illicit drug use is not tolerated but there is ambiguity about the consequences, IBAC says.

Police have accepted the recommendations...


Gippsland Line Notification: Delay "bairnsdale IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:49 Traralgon - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to congestion on tracks shared with Metro Trains. [20:45 18/03]


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13:54 Traralgon - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 18 minutes due to a signal fault at Pakenham. 

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12:54 Traralgon - Southern Cross train is delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to a signal fault at Pakenham.

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The Backsliders April 21st 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Backsliders are back on the road again in 2018. The band has toured the festival and venue circuit for over 30 years releasing a swagger of albums along the way. Vocalist, guitarist and awarded songwriter Dom Turner is the founding member of the group. Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music has been with Backsliders for the past 18 years.
Joining Dom and Rob is harmonica master, Ian Collard.

BBQ from 6pm Doors open 7pm.
Support artist TBA



The Davidson Brothers May 21st "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

The Davidson Bros return to the Bundy this May. This gig will sell fast, so get your tickets early!

Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australias hottest bluegrass acts multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre. 

Support TBA

BBQ from 6pm

Doors open 7pm

Get tickets here


The UFO has landed. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Mon Abri Mk II has often been described as, due to its unusual footprint, something that could fly, and then on the slab day my mate Phil called it a UFO, so I think that will sort of stick now

Pouring the slab has been twelve months in the making, with humungous earthworks and footings that ensure this house will never move even in an earthquake, its been a real labour of love. Well, lots of labour anyway. I never thought it would take this long, but here Im at the mercy of the weather and Tasmanian laid back attitudes.  I now go with the flow, Im too old to start fights!


My daughter Claires been here for well over a week, and we prepared for the epic pour by first cleaning off all the mud and organic matter and other crap that since the footings were done was blown into the area by the frequent windy weather. Lots of pressure cleaning, and then wet vacuuming all the mud out, in some attempt at ensuring the new concrete would stick to the old. Two days work there, and I dont even know if it was actually necessary, but it made me feel better, and I needed that to destress. that little job took 1200 litres of water (from the dam) and was entirely powered from the power station that worked like a charm..  I could not be more pleased with...


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Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police investigate Bairnsdale homicide "bairnsdale IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Homicide Squad detectives are investigating following the discovery of a mans body in Bairnsdale yesterday.

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Saturday, 17 March


March 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called Tolpuddle Martyrs ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australias New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the pub...


Rooftop Solar on East Gippsland Shire Council buildings "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"


Lakes Entrance service centre and library had 14kW of solar installed last week

(first published in Environment Connect an electronic publication of the East Gippsland Shire Council)

Work to install 287 solar panels on five East Gippsland Shire Council buildings has started. It is expected to reduce councils carbon dioxide emissions by 123 tonnes annually, equivalent to seven Australian households.

Customer service centres and libraries* in Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Omeo and Orbost, as well as the Bairnsdale Business Centre, will benefit from the project. A total of 94 kW of solar panels will be installed by the local company EnviroLinkAu.

Omeo continues to experience frequent blackouts, which is a problem for the community and local businesses.  A grid-connected battery will also be installed at that site to keep some services running, such as the towns only bank, when there is a grid failure.

The payback period for the project is between four and five years. Rising energy prices combined with the declining cost of solar products and the current feed-in tariff means solar is more viable than ever before.

A study was undertaken to see which council buildings would benefit most from solar panels.  It found the customer service centres and libraries, which are open during daylight hours were most suitable.

Once the solar panels are installed, the buildings will use electricity generated by the sun, with any excess sent into the power grid for a minimum payment of 11.3 cents per kW a feed-in tariff.

Considering solar? For households or local businesses considering solar in 2018, the likely financial outcomes for a 3 kW solar photo voltaic (PV) system should be:  Installed cost $3,600, Annual generation 3,450 kWh, Retail tariff 25cents per kWh, Export tariff 11.3cents per kWh, Amount of export 30%, Annual income $720, Simple payback time 5 years, Simple rate of return 20% pa

For further information: Rebecca Lamble

*the obvious location for PV in town is the Bairnsdale Library. However apparently Heritage Victoria has blocked installation of panels even on the new part of the building if they are visible from the pavement.


Around 31 grassfires sweep across Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Residents near raging fires west of Melbourne have been told it's not safe to leave their homes and to take shelter immediately. A warning has been issued by the Country Fire Authority said people should stay within their homes as it is 'not safe for you to leave'. Dramatic video footage shows massive flames and explosions emerging from a substation in Terang, while a grassfire burns out of control in Boorcan, 199km west of Melbourne. Nearby resident Brett Gasper told the Herald Sun the scene of the fire caused a 'red sky and smell of smoke' which was 'daunting'. A CFA spokesperson said people had been evacuated from nearby homes.


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Ben Hillier from the Tamil Refugee Council condemning an early morning raid of Tamil refugee family "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned an early morning raid in which a refugee family was given just ten minutes to gather belongings before being flown to Melbourne and detained at the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation). Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their daughters 9-month-old Dharuniga and 2-year-old Kopiga, born []


Victoria Is Not The Victim: Historic Queensland Defence Contract Showcases Australian Military-Industrial Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Without national discussion or debate and no hard questions from media Australia is pitching to become a major arms exporter. Dr Lissa Johnson weighs in.

On Wednesday morning I watched a live broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Australian Governments deal to procure $5.2bn worth of tanks (combat reconnaissance vehicles) from German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall. It has been hailed as the largest defence contract in Australias history.

In front of a brand spanking new tank stood Turnbull, a Rheinmetall executive, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. Together they sang the praises of their historic procurement project and Rheinmetalls state of the art combat vehicle.

Turnbull waxed lyrical about a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry, exciting opportunities and leading edge capability. The arms executive talked about a world class Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland. Turnbull described his ambition for Australia to become one of the top 10 defence exporters in the world.

The whole performance looked like a marketing event at a boat show, except the boat was a tank.

Turnbull proudly described the deal in the context of Australias plan to spend $200bn on new military equipment over the next decade. He said that the arms deal was good news for Australian steel, good news for jobs, good news for Queensland and good news for Australia (Victoria, which bid to host the contract, missed out).

Minister for Defence Industry The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and The Hon Malcolm Turnball, MP, Prime Minister of Australia inspect the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV). (IMAGE: Jay Cronan, Dept of Defence)

Turnbull and Pyne cited the Rheinmetall tanks superior lethality as a key selling point. The arms manufacturer likened it to a Swiss army knife.

As I watched the broadcast my stomach churned, making it difficult to digest my breakfast. I had a few thoughts. One was that even if this deal is good news for Queenslanders as hyped, the whole $200bn ar...

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Friday, 16 March


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

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.


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Friday, 09 March


Zoning Increases the Price of Housing in Australia by a Lot "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Researchers at the Reserve Bank of Australia estimate that house prices in major Australian cities are pushed well above the cost of production, including the land, by zoning regulations such as floor space index (video link) restrictions.

Zoning regulations provide benefits, but they also restrict housing supply and hence raise prices. This paper quantifies their importance by comparing prices to the marginal costs of supply at different points in time. For detached houses, marginal costs comprise the dwelling structure and the land that other home owners need to forego. Relative to our estimates of these costs, we find that, as of 2016, zoning raised detached house prices 73 per cent above marginal costs in Sydney, 69 per cent in Melbourne, 42 per cent in Brisbane and 54 per cent in Perth. Zoning has also raised the price of apartments well above the marginal cost of supply, especially in Sydney. We emphasise that this is not the amount that housing prices would fall in the absence of zoning. The effect of zoning has increased dramatically over the past two decades, likely due to existing restrictions binding more tightly as demand has risen.

Hat tip: Matt Yglesias.

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Darkcells Psycho Circus Festival "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 Darkcells Psycho Circus Festival

Proudly presented by Young HenrysRTD Records & Hostile Entertainment. Artwork by The Art of Fox.

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Australias own kings of creepy, DARKCELL proudly present PSYCHO CIRCUS 2018.
The annual event is back by popular demand and freakier than ever, showcasing 10 spooktacular bands, circus performers, side-show attractions & more. This is a truly unique experience that has to be seen to believed.
Adding a Melbourne show this year, the carnival is also making stops in Brisbane & Sydney with Sydney in for an ALL AGES event. Come one, come all! The freaks are back in town. The circus has returned.HAIL!


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We are Christians of the Church of Almighty God (CAG) seeking protection in Australia. Group of us arrived to Australia in hoping to seek protection but our cases have been unsuccessful due to lack of understanding about our faith and religion. Many of us are struggling to find lawyers and unable to find proper way of settling in Australia.

The Chinese Communist government uses its official media to package China as a country with an image of rapid economic development and a marked increase in its international status, and only shows its seemingly glamorous appearance to the world, but secretly adopts all kinds of methods to hide the deplorable human rights situation of China.

In fact, since it took power, the Chinese Communist Party has bloodily suppressed religious beliefs by hook or by crook, doing its utmost to ban house churches. Especially the persecution on the CAG is even more severe. Since being established in 1991, the CAG has continued to endure brutal repression and persecution of the Chinese Communist government.

In 1995, the CCP issued the documents to label the Church of Almighty God, the Local Church etc. totally 14 religious groups as cults, and brutally suppressed the CAG in the name of combating cults.
According to rough statistics, in just the two short years between 2011 and 2013, the number of Christians of the CAG illegally arrested, detained and sentenced by the Communist Party reached 380,380 people, of which 43,640 people were subjected to various methods of torture at the hands of kangaroo courts, including 13 people who were persecuted to death. As of now, there are already 44 well-documented cases of Christians of the CAG killed by the Communist Party.
Based on incomplete statistics from the start of the 2017 to September 30 of the same year, at least 3,362 Christians of the CAG were subjected to the persecution of the Communist Party in Mainland Chinas 32 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
Because the CCP has always suppressed religious beliefs, many Christians from the CAG are forced to flee from home, agonizing over their shattered family and homelessness.
The denial of religious freedom in China and the case of The Church of Almighty God exposed at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations
Nowadays, there are still many Christians of the CAG suffer from inhumane abuse in Chinese prisons, and the number of church members who were persecuted to death contin...

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Tuesday, 27 February


Kyso on his new offering Drop Out, working with Dex, what comes next, and more "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Kyso is a Gippsland-based rapper and today he has released his new single Drop Out, a song that essentially works as a platform for the Gippsland native to showcase his skills as one of Australias new rising talents. Speaking on the creation of Drop Out, Kyso explained to 2GLF and Eat This Music about how the single originally started off ...

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Monday, 26 February


How to get from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Neuschwanstein Castle is definitely the worlds most recognisable castle. The high towers, the location, the fairytale type design all lend themselves to making Neuschwanstein instantly recognisable. Walt Disney helped it along the way by borrowing some design elements and incorporating them into the Disney castle design we see on every Disney logo. The castle is a dreamlike construction in a setting that allows it to come to life at the forefront of a mountain surrounded by forest.

Neuschwanstein Castle is new by European standards. It was completed in the 1880s making it only 140 odd years old. It was never fully completed as King Ludwig II of Bavaria died before its completion. The interior of the castle was to have over 200 rooms but only 15 were completed. Just 6 weeks after his death the palace was opened to the public and today over 1.5 million people a year visit the castle making it one of the most popular castles in the world. In the summer months up to 6000 people a day tour the castle. Preserving all the features of Neuschwanstein Castle is a never-ending job that is funded by tourism. What was completed is amazing and well worth a visit if you have the time, energy and patience.


Facts about Neuschwanstein Castle
  • King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the cliffside castle in 1868
  • The castle is located in the village of Schwangau
  • The castle was not called Neuschwanstein until after King Ludwig IIs death
  • Neuschwansteins highest tower reaches a height of 213 feet
  • Ludwig slept only 11 nights in the castle
  • meteorite that reached Earth on April 6, 2002, near Hohenschwangau was named Neuschwanstein after the palace
  • Castle Hohenschwangau sits opposite Neuschwanstein. It was the childhood home of King Ludwig II

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Sunday, 25 February


Big box retail plan for Warraguls east "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

You may have heard retail giant Kmart might be opening a store in Warragul, but what exactly is going on?


Gallery: Queens Baton in Warragul! "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Crowds of locals came out to watch the Queen's Baton Relay came through Warragul earlier this month.


Drouin development an embodiment of Victorias housing policy: Treasurer "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Drouin's proximity to Melbourne and house prices make it an ideal place for first home-owners, according to Victorias Treasurer, Tim Pallas.


Palmerston Street works to remove lane, add parking "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Works to make part of Warraguls Palmerston Street one way will continue for several weeks.


International Womens Day with Women in Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Women in Gippslands Making Big and Little Things Happen event is coming up on International Womens Day!


BIG retail developments, Yarragon SK8, freeway art, and more! Baw Baw In Brief "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

Loads of news in this weekend's bulletin! BIG retail developments in Warragul, Yarragon is finally getting a skate park, highway art, Queen's Baton, and more!

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