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Friday, 17 November

21:19

Not more about lerps! "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Psyllids are tiny winged insects that look like small cicadas. In fact both psyllids and cicadas are Hemipterans meaning that they are characterised by sucking mouthparts. Adult and nymph psyllids suck the sap of plants. The psyllid nymph extrudes a mix of wax and sugar-rich honeydew from which it constructs a shelter under which it []

17:20

Man dies after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria. The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria. It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener. Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

07:47

Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:20 Albury - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 30 minutes. 

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03:48

GET ADRIAN JACKSON TO SHOUT "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

Adrian Jackson in characteristic pose at the mic, introducing a band.

PREVIEW

Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jacksons Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017

Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long hell be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout in all senses of the word.

On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangarattas jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).

Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.

Readers of Martin Jacksons MJC newsletter will have seen Adrians account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:

It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situa...

01:51

Compilation of Victoria's TAC road safety commercials dating back to 1989 - quite confronting "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This might be a bit much for lots of people - approach it with a bit of caution particularly if you're carrying a few memories.

01:42

The unions are in the Turnbull governments sights "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.

Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that,  step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck.  It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised,  its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.

Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.

Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.

A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons,  which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces.  Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.

This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.

Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.

She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...

00:03

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Unveiling of bronze statue to commemorate 100 years of women in policing "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Today, Victoria Police is proud to unveil a bronze statue of a police woman which was commissioned to commemorate and celebrate 100 years of women in policing.

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Thursday, 16 November

23:24

"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

"Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures.
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In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second images of the ground and de-rotated sky were digitally added to bring up the needed light and detail. In the foreground lies Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that tragically ran aground in 1878. The two rocks pictured are the remnants of a collapsed arch and are named Tom and Eva after the only two people who survived that Loch Ard ship wreck. A close inspection of the water just before the rocks will show reflections and shadows in light thrown by our Milky Way galaxy."

22:57

NSW assisted dying bill: fight goes on "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A voluntary euthanasia bill has been voted down by one vote after a marathon late night sitting in the NSW upper house, but the fight isnt over yet.

The parliamentary vote came at the end of an emotional day on Thursday as MPs made pleas for and against the draft bill, which was eventually defeated by 20 votes to 19.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan introduced the private members bill, which would have provided patients 25 years or older, whose deaths are imminent and are in severe pain, a choice to end their lives.

(Well) never give up the fight, an exhausted and disappointed Mr Khan told AAP on Friday.

Youve just got to pick yourself up and look at how you move forward otherwise youre not doing the right thing by the people youre trying to help, he said.

We knew it would be close it was a matter of where some of the undecided fell and they didnt all fall the way we wanted them to.

He said most criticisms of the bill during the debate were on a philosophical basis as opposed to the structure of the bill.

We will look at the bill to see if there are any improvements, Mr Khan said, noting he would watch what happens in Victoria where MPs are also in the middle of a marathon debate over the voluntary assisted dying laws.

Mr Khan said the Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying would not be folding up.

Weve put so much effort in now, so many people whove relied upon it that well continue.

He said it was a time to regroup before re-introducing another draft bill before the next state election in March 2019.(We will) go back and see if theres anything different we could have done.

However, even if the proposed legislation had passed the upper house, it likely would have failed in the lower house where coalition Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley have previously stated their opposition to any such legislation.

The post NSW assisted dying bill: fight goes on appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:51

Mungo Man laid to rest after 42,000 years "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.

The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.

Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.

He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.

Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.

They become known as Mungo Man.

In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.

But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.

The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.

The post Mungo Man laid to rest after 42,000 years appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:39

Wanna be startin' somethin' "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Northern Powerhouse

We all know that employment growth since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012 has been all about Sydney and Melbourne.

Until now!

Queensland is suddenly off to the races, with trend employment growth blazing +4.62 per cent higher across the year to October, by far its strongest annual result since before the financial crisis. 


Of course, it's harder for the most populous states to record such a large percentage increase, but even so, this has suddenly become too big a move to ignore. 

Some questions we've not had to ponder too often in Queensland since 2007 include: where, why, & what are the new jobs? And will it continue?

Where? Pretty much all around the state, as I've looked at here previously (Queensland is one mainland state where employment is not excessively capital city focused). 

Queensland is also coming from a relatively low base, after a rough trot, and much of the hiring has been part time in nature. 

The likely drivers might range from Chinese visitors and the dollar-driven tourism industry, the commodity price rebound creating jobs upstate, a slew of public sector and NDIS hiring, and perhaps some spillover or multiplier from the fading residential construction boom.

Agriculture exports have been strong, so that's another possible bright spot, plus some increased aggregate demand creating services jobs as interstate migration has picked up.

Just from driving around various parts of SEQ, there are an awful lot of road projects underway right now, while there are several significant infrastructure projects underway or about to commence in Brisbane.

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16:36

Bega Valley. COMMENT: Greed, stupidity and mismanagement destroying Sapphire Coasts gems "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views  do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss. 

There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.

Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.

I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.

The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.

The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.

The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.

The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.

The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.

How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?

The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.

The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?

What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?

More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed....

16:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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10:26

Seymour Line Notification: Service change "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

20:20 Seymour - Southern Cross train has been replaced by road coaches due to staff sickness.  

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10:23

Social Cohesion: My Faith, My Business "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cultural competence and understanding the other are key issues in building strong, effective workplaces with diversity among the workforce. Much understanding and trust are needed for all to accomplish their goals giving of goods and services, return on investment of time, talents and resources, and satisfaction with the goals of the work enterprise. In ... Read more...

10:06

Citizenship and Values "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

How do changes to government policy impact new arrivals communities and the celebration of people becoming citizens? This presentation by Chris Hazelman will explore the processes to become an Australian citizen, the complexity of citizenship laws in the context of individual experiences of new arrivals and the governments proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Test. ... Read more...

09:59

Sport as a Social Connection Tool "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Sport lends itself to community building and resilient communities. Sport gives individuals a sense of worth, belonging, participation and achievement. In this session, Sam Atukorala AFL Diversity Program Ambassador, and Community Ambassador for Cricket Australia gives an overview of how Cricket and Football build strong individuals, strong communities.   Recently, the Victorian Government pivoted ... Read more...

09:48

Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:22 Southern Cross - Seymour train is delayed by approximately 21 minutes due to an earlier trespasser.

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09:44

Future Voices: building young peoples skills, aspirations and connection to community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Future Voices Incorporated is a not for profit charity established in 2016, working with the diverse communities in Shepparton, Victoria to meet an identified need voiced by the newly arrived African refugee community. Research tells us that most extensive types of volunteer work conducted by refugees and humanitarian entrants involve helping with the settlement of ... Read more...

09:42

Marriage Equality results response "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

Thursday 16th November, 2017

Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledge that the people of Australia have spoken on the issue of marriage equality. Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered a resounding 61.6% for the yes vote.

ECCV welcomes and accepts views on both sides of the debate and encourages respectful dialogue among all communities including the multi-faith and multilingual communities in Victoria. On this mornings radio program, Mornings with Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, ECCV Chair Eddie Micallef explained (the results of the vote) shows us that there are differing views within the community overall but within the multicultural community there is a sizeable component of conservative views in relation to issues like same-sex marriageother moral issues.  

The ECCV accepts that same-sex relationships are a part of Australias diverse society. The view of the ECCV Board of Directors is that all Victorian and Australian citizens should have equal civic rights and the freedom to practice and express faith.   

Major groups like FECCA and the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs launched The YES Alliance on the steps of Victorias Parliament House on September 20th, 2017. The YES Alliance is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that supported a yes vote. Voters were then encouraged to consider diversity in the context of human rights.   

The marriage equality plebiscite has been a divisive time in Australian history and as a result it placed a spotlight on a challenging intersection of civic freedoms and religious beliefs. ECCV understands that some ethnic communities have strong religious ties and accept Australians differing views.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

References:

09:35

2017 Social Cohesion Conference Welcome "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

On September 27, 2017 La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presented Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 Conference and to consider the issues facing us today going forward as a ... Read more...

09:24

Conference Welcome Mayor of City of Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cr. Dinny Adem, Mayor of Greater Shepparton opened the 2017 Conference Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking Back, Looking Forward. We bring you his opening remarks.   We, Greater Shepparton City Council, acknowledge the traditional owners of the land which now comprises Greater Shepparton. We pay respect to their tribal elders, we celebrate their ... Read more...

09:17

Inclusion, Diversity, Globalisation and Talent: a new perspective "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

One of the key issues of this conference were the emerging challenges due to factors that have largely remained unaddressed (eg employment, gender issues, religious, ideological or cultural beliefs and values which underpin some of the tensions), and to their likely impact on a socially cohesive Goulburn Valley in the future. Employment was the front ... Read more...

09:03

Seymour Line Notification: Train Delay - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

19:08 SCS to Shepparton train is expected to depart Southern Cross approximately 30 minutes behind schedule due to an earlier trespasser [19:03 16/11]

08:00

Hazeldenes: The Multicultural Workforce "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Hazeldenes is the biggest private employer in Bendigo with more than 900 employees and contractors, most of whom come from the area. This family business, which produces chickens for market from breeding to plate, has been operating for more than 60 years. It processes up to 680,000 chickens a week at Lockwood, with breeding and ... Read more...

06:40

Hijackd "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Betul Tuna participated in the afternoon Panel Discussion: Employment enterprises whats successful? The following is a photo narrative which captures the spontaneity, vivacity and fun that Betul Tuna shared in her presentation on Hijackd, a local small-business which builds on social cohesion with younger people in the community. The motto: Hijackd, Nourish the Conversation. ... Read more...

06:28

Overview of Social Cohesion "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The United Nations defines a socially cohesive society where all groups have a sense of belonging, participation, inclusion, recognition and legitimacy. The most significant piece of work in Australia on social cohesion is conducted by the Scanlon Foundation. On September 27, 2017, La Trobe University partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic ... Read more...

05:50

2017 Social Cohesion Conference "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

In 2007, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in conjunction with Latrobe University and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District conducted a seminal conference with the title, Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony The Goulburn Valley Experience at Eastbank Centre, Shepparton. On September 27, 2017 ten years to the day of the 2007 Conference, La ... Read more...

04:31

Seymour Line Notification: Service change "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:37 Southern Cross - Seymour train has been replaced by road coaches due to staff sickness.

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04:13

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Pierce Brothers Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind. Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from []

03:47

Exclusive: First listen of HTMLFlowers debut album Chrome Halo "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Premiering on FBi Radio, Melbournes HTMLFlowers (aka Grant Gronewold) is finally ready to unleash his new album Chrome Halo.

A collection of eleven strong and stirring tracks created in and out of hospital beds, the album dissects sacrifice, frustration, love and living with a disability. Ahead of its release this Friday, HTMLFlowers takes us through the record track by track, featuring the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee, Sui Zhen and more.

 

CICADA

I never really rapped much before this album, this is the first fight song. Its about feeling born a thousand times. Wanting to die but being so strong you cant. The world is just a dream to you. Disableds live a life in stealth, whether or not we want to. No one sees you and thats your power, I remind people of death, they treat me like death and so I learnt all of Deaths tricks.

A disabled never dies cause a disabled is never allowed to live, we just shed bodies like the cicada.

I very strongly felt the album should start with the phrase Shut the fuck up, lemme finish cause I always talk too much.

 

GOD ON MY HITLIST

Inspired by the HABITS lyrics toxic angels, we wake up wheezing, Mo and Maia made me think about being an enemy of god, a wrong angel, powerful and hated. Whether its being queer or disabled or non- normative in any way, you are seen as a wrong angel beautiful to some, but never allowed to be accepted in the eyes of God, tradition, society or whatever. Gods approval is cancelled.

This song is revenge.

The disabled are haunted by religious organisations who want to save our souls so that they can feel better about us existing at all. I reject your god, I hunt your god, I eat your god. I sampled horror movies for the beat. In horror films, 9 times out of 10 the threat in the film is illness or death and the villain is disabled or deformed. Thats mine now. Disableds own horror motifs, sorry, not sorry.

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03:36

Introducing John Pilger into the Melbourne Press Club Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Melbourne Press Club periodically inducts journalists into its Hall of Fame.

I was asked to write the profile and be interviewed about John Pilger, one of Australias most famous journalistic exports:

During his acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize in 2009, Australian journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger articulated a worldview that he has vociferously opposed during a career spanning more than 50 years. Democracy has become a business plan, he said, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war.

Pilgers decades-long work in print and television has transformed him into one of the most successful and awarded Australian journalists in the modern era, yet this has not brought him universal praise from his media colleagues or a profession that often prefers safe insiders and embedded realities. Pilger is too confrontational towards state power and his industry to be widely adored and he embraces being the eternal dissident.

In the introduction to a 2004 collection of fine investigative journalism from around the world, Tell Me No Lies, edited by Pilger, he warned that the proliferation of public relations forced reporters to take an even more adversarial position towards governments and corporate power. Political and historical context is everything and Pilger rightly demanded more discussion about the hundreds of illegal [American] covert operations, many of them bloody that have denied political and economic self-determination to much of the world.

Pilger has spent years visiting the sites of these often silent wars, genocides and occupations from East Timor to Palestine and Australia to Vietnam. He has never been a cheerleader for our side and his journalism is stronger because of it.

In his classic 1986 book, Heroes, Pilger wrote that he had grown up in one of the most fortunate cities on earth. Born in Sydney in 1939 to socialist parents Elsie and Claude, he was brought up in Bondi and developed a love of swimming that continued his entire life. With a working class background, his journalism career began as a copy boy on the now defunct Sydney Sun newspaper.

As a cadet on Sydneys Daily Telegraph, Pilger soon discovered what he viewed as the dark heart of modern journalism. Writing in Heroes, he explained that writing one thing and believing another was the way the system worked and to do otherwise was....

02:32

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Local growers to benefit from protocol signing

FRUITFUL OPPORTUNITIES From left, local grower, Rocky Varapodio and Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem are pleased that a protocol signed between China and Australia will open export opportunities for local stone fruit growers. Photo: Supplied.

THE signing of a protocol between China and Australia last week opened the export opportunity for Australian plums, peaches and apricots into China, and is welcomed news for Australian stone fruit growers.

The protocol will enable exporters to present a full range of stone fruit to the growing Chinese retail sector.

The announcement follows on from previous access gained allowing Australian nectarines into China, as well as building on the momentum generated through the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This announcement is especially satisfying as council, along with State and Federal Governments, have been working diligently in advocating to both the Australian and Chinese authorities to prioritise stone fruit export protocols as a matter of urgency.

Whilst we were encouraged that these conversations were positive, this announcement has come ahead of our expectations and has the ability to initiate a major boom for the Goulburn Valley fruit industry and our entire regional economy.

Within the Goulburn Valley we produce 70 percent of the national peach crop, 49 percent of the national plum crop and 43 percent of the national apricot crop. This announcement will no doubt deliver enormous benefits to our stone fruit growers, and with the stone fruit season fast approaching it is perfect timing for the region, Cr Adem said.

Local grower, Rocky Varapodio said, This is great news because it gives us access to one of the biggest markets in the world.

Its going to be fantastic for this region because we have a lot of apricot, plum and peach growers in this area who will benefit from this.

If we can get it right and service this market properly, there is enormous opportunity for growers to grow their business and plant products specifically for that market.

02:30

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Experience a taste of Sri Lankan culture

CULTURE, TRADITION AND FAMILY FUN From left, Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake, president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera and committee members, Dilrukshi Peiris, Panchani Jayatilake, Dileepa Liyanage and Dalston De Rozairo are inviting the community to enjoy the culture, traditions, dance, music and food of the Sri Lankan culture at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night. Photo: David Lee.

THE local community will have the chance to get a taste of the excitingly exotic Sri Lankan culture, traditions, dance, music and food at the upcoming Sri Lankan Night.

Organised by the Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. and running on Saturday, November 18, the evening will showcase a family friendly environment and display the best of Sri Lankan culture, followed by a traditional Sri Lankan dinner.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. assistant secretary, Mewan Dissanayake said, This event is all about promoting Sri Lankan culture to the Goulburn Valley community.

There will be many family friendly activities running throughout the evening and we encourage everybody to come and enjoy themselves.

Sri Lankan Association of Goulburn Valley Inc. president, Dr Suresh Jayasundera said, We are inviting the whole community to come along. This is all about promoting harmony in the community.

The event will run from 3:30pm onwards at the Sir Ian McLennan Sports Centre in Mooroopna with the all inclusive tickets coming to a cost of $20 for adults with children under 15 free. Reservations for the event can be made through slnight.eventbrite.com.au

For further information, phone 0423 257 736 or 0470 506 356.

02:29

Giving Indigenous and recreational fishers more say "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEGISLATION improving the capacity for recreational and Indigenous fishers to have greater input on the management of commonwealth fisheries passed parliament recently.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston said the government is dedicated to the long-term sustainable use and development of Australias fisheries resources for all users whether they are commercial, recreational and Indigenous.

The Turnbull Government has strengthened Indigenous and recreational fishers interests in the management of Commonwealth fisheries, Minister Ruston said.

Changes to the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 are taking into account the changing realities of use and access of commonwealth fisheries, including greater access by recreational fishers.

These changes will allow the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to tap into the expertise of indigenous and recreational fishing groups.

It will improve the transparency of arrangements for AFMA, taking into account the interests of indigenous and recreational fishers in its decision-making processes.

02:29

Rail heat-related speeds revised "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the summer heat approaching generally comes the cancellation of rail services or at the very least a reduction in speed on certain lines. This year, V/Line has eased the speed restrictions imposed on the freight network during times of extreme heat allowing for more freight trains to run more often this summer.

Local lines that will be affected include the Echuca-Deniliquin line where at 33C and above the speed will be reduced to 30km/h, whereas last summer temperatures reaching 36C and above saw rail services cancelled. This year, along the Shepparton-Tocumwal line, 33C and above will see speeds reduced to 40km/h, compared with last summer which had restrictions in place that saw rail services cancelled at 36C and above. The Toolamba-Echuca line will this year have no services run between 12pm and 8pm on days where the temperature reaches 33C and above, whereas last year rail services were cancelled between 10am and 10pm on days where the temperature reached 33C and above.

V/Line CEO, James Pinder said, Our track team has been hard at work completing maintenance and upgrades on the freight network ahead of the warmer months, and weve been able to make the changes to the allowable train speed in some sections of the network.

Weve communicated the changes to freight train operators, so they can manage their operations and well continue to be in constant contact throughout the summer, Mr Pinder said.

We put the restrictions in place last summer as a safety precaution because safety is our number one consideration.

We havent had a heat-related derailment on the freight network for almost two years and this is something we want to continue.

02:28

The birth of a miracle "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The birth of a miracle

REMARKABLE STORY OF MIRACLE TWINS The incredible story of the birth of twins, Leo and Olivia Condello is one of the most remarkable moments in time experienced by former local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) and husband, Mark. Photo: David Lee.

Former local falls pregnant while already pregnant

FORMER local, Adriana Condello (Grasso) has already featured in local media for many remarkable reasons through her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but this story is by far the most incredible yet; Adriana fell pregnant while already pregnant and now has two beautiful miracle children.

This miracle wasnt without its troubled times though. Following her wedding to now husband, Mark in 2014, the two made the decision to try for a family. The risks involved Adriana having to stop her MS medication while trying and while pregnant, but as Adriana said, it was worth the risk.

A year after beginning to try to conceive, Adriana fell pregnant and both her and her husband were thrilled. Tragically though, she suffered a miscarriage, with more heartache following when the two lost another three babies. In 2016, they made the decision to try IVF to help speed the process along as Adriana was in danger of relapse, but disappointment struck when their first attempt failed. Last October, with just one embryo remaining, Adriana and Mark were encouraged to continue trying naturally in the event the last IVF treatment didnt work and six weeks later her scans showed she was pregnant. At eight weeks the pair attended another ultrasound, where they discovered that they were having twins.

Adriana said, When I was diagnosed with MS the first question I asked the doctors was could I have a baby. They told me that MS shouldnt cause any issues with fertility and that it can actually help with symptoms.

It was quite emotionally challenging and physically and mentally draining.

I tried to remain positive and keep on top of my health throughout it all. As bad as I got I still tried to stay as healthy as I could.

We were so happy to find out we were pregnant with twins. When we went in at eight weeks, I thought there may have been something wrong, but it turned out we were having not one, but two little miracle babies.

We were told that the embryo didnt split, so one baby was conceived through IVF and o...

02:27

I led an active life   now thats all changed "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

I led an active life   now thats all changed

SHARING HIS STORY Local resident, Chris Williams will be sharing his story about an accident that has changed his life forever at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program. Photo: David Lee.

AN ACCIDENT that took place on May 10 last year changed the life of local resident, Chris Williams forever, and he will be sharing his story at the upcoming CoolHeads Young Driver Program.

On the day of the accident, Chris was driving an elevated work platform truck as part of his role with Greater Shepparton City Council and was following behind his co-workers in a wood chipping truck. The weather hadnt been favourable and as the trucks rounded a bend in the road, the wood chipper put its brakes on. Chris applied his brakes but due to the wet conditions, the wheels locked up and he collided with the rear of the wood chipper truck.

Chris said, Before the accident, I led an active life outside of work. I enjoyed camping, fishing, riding motorcycles, and now thats all changed.

When I was injured it all happened in seconds.

I spent four months in hospital and a further six months recovering at home. I have now been back at work for nine months on light duties.

My surgeon says that I will not go back to my hands-on tools due to my injuries.

It will now take me years to be somewhat close to what I was, but I will never be the same.

Regardless of whether you are an experienced or in-experienced driver, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can change your life and the lives of your partner, family and all those in your life. It affects everyone.

Even if you dont think it will happen to you, or you think that you have it under control, I challenge you to come see what might happen at the CoolHeads program.

Greater Shepparton Police Service Area crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, We want people to stop and think for a moment and realise that they are not bulletproof. This could happen to you and thats what the CoolHeads Young Driver Program helps to show.

Every time you get behind the wheel, you need to think about what you can do to reduce any distractions.

The CoolHeads Young Driver Program will run on Wednesday, November 22 at the GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, Fryers Street, S...

02:26

Give space and slow down for cyclists "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A NEW Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign is calling on Victorian drivers to ensure the safety of cyclists on the road by slowing down and allowing enough space when passing.

The campaign urges drivers to give the space to ride safe, recommending at least a 1m safety zone when passing cyclists in speed zones up to 60km/h, and at least 1.5m at higher speeds.

Central to the campaign is a new television ad that depicts three scenarios where cyclists are being passed by vehicles in different road environments.

The ad provides visual cues to show a safe passing distance, with each rider spreading their arms between the end of their bikes handlebars and the passing vehicles side mirror.

According to the latest TAC figures, cyclists are 34 times more likely to be seriously injured than vehicle occupants, and 4.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash.

Last year, eight cyclists died in crashes on Victorian roads while 421 riders were hospitalised with injuries.

TAC road safety lead director, Samantha Cockfield said, This public education campaign is designed to help drivers of cars and heavy vehicles to understand the minimum space to leave when passing a person riding a push bike.

The vast majority of drivers do willingly give space when they pass a cyclist, but people can be unsure of the guidelines on just how much distance they should leave between their vehicle and a rider.

It is also important that motorists slow down when passing someone on a bike, while its equally important that riders ensure they are highly visible, predictable and wearing good protective gear, Ms Cockfield said.

02:25

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Pizza with a purpose adding to $34M new aged care facility

A DELICIOUS DONATION Kruz Patel of Shepparton Pizzas with Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett. The Pizza with a Purpose promotion raised money for Shepparton Villages new $34M, 120 bed facility as part of the Giving Tree promotion. Photo: Supplied.

WHEN Kruz Patel took over the old Eagle Boys Pizza franchise in Shepparton, he saw the opportunity to donate some of his profits to local charities.

For the month of October, Shepparton Pizzas ran a promotion for Shepparton Villages where every specially printed voucher redeemed at Shepparton Pizzas ensure a percentage of the sale went back to Shepparton Villages.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said, We are very grateful to Kruz and the team at Shepparton Pizzas. Every single cent we receive from the smallest of donation through to the more significant helps us to provide amazing infrastructure and care for Sheppartons aged.

Kruz said the promotional takings for October were around $1,500 and he was on hand to donate 10 percent of that back to Shepparton Villages this week.

02:21

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

UPCOMING

 

THE TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET will run on Saturday, November 25 from 9am to 1pm and will feature special guest star, Anthony Lucas who will perform in the centre of town at St Marys Hall in Hogan Street.

 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS Fest will run on Saturday, December 2 at the Mooroopna Anglican Church, (The Canteen), Young Street Mooroopna from 10am to 6pm. Come and enjoy the display of Christmas trees decorated by community groups, live music, kids Christmas crafts, nativity photo booth, story time, face painting and Christmas crafts display. Invite a friend and have a coffee and Christmas cake together in our Christmas caf. Entry is free and caf and kids crafts are available for a gold coin donation. For further information, contact Ingrid on 5825 4001.

 

SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP will be holding its Christmas meeting 2017 on Monday, December 11 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the multi-purpose room, Community Health @ GV Health, 121-135 Corio Street, Shepparton. A light lunch will be provided. Instead of Kris Kringle please bring a gift (child or adult) or a grocery item to be donated to the Familycare Christmas Appeal. RSVP by Monday, November 27 to Rhonda White, GV Health Rural Allied Health Team on 1800 222 582.

 

GIRGARRE RSL with funding from the Australian Government under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program will be unveiling information panels recording the Closer and World War I Soldier Settlers in Stanhope North and Girgarre and are seeking descendants and members of the public to attend on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 1:30pm. Enquiries to John Crilly on 0437 438 077 or to girgarrersl@gmail.com

 

 

ONGOING

GV CHRONIC PAIN Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 2:30pm at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Come along and share in support. For more information, email gvcpsg@gmail.com or phone 0458 510 416 between 10am and 4pm.

 

FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.

 

SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.

 

GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday m...

02:20

Mental and physical health is closely connected "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Mental and physical health is closely connected

EXERCISE IMPROVING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH Queensland Fernwood Fitness centre, 2017, 12 Week Challenge winner Louise Brett lost 22kgs. Photo: Supplied.

RECOGNISED world wide as affective in fighting depression, exercise has been a huge help for Fernwood Fitness gym member Louise Brett.  Louise was the winner of the 2017, 12 Week Challenge, losing a total of 22kg at her local Fernwood Fitness centre in Queensland.

Louise said, Prior to starting the challenge I had severe depression, high anxiety and I was in a very dark and lonely place. Physically I was an overweight wreck and I had a lot of spinal issues, really poor mobility and a nearly debilitating level of poor physical fitness.

Mid December I had a light bulb moment where I thought to myself, If I can get through everything that life has thrown at me and I am still here, then I am stronger than I think. So I went back to the gym.

Fernwood Fitness Shepparton franchise partner,Danni Whitaker said, We want to help other women in the community suffering from mental illness through exercise and by providing a place within the community to work with others. We understand exercise is an important part of womens mental health and our team are here to help women get started, feel better and embrace life.

Louise said, A lot of people see the external transformation, but for me the biggest change is what people dont see. I lost my mother and a close friend to depression and I know first hand how debilitating it is. Depression doesnt want you to exercise, to eat healthy or to socialise, it robs you of your confidence and your self-worth. Fast forward 12 weeks and I am loving life, I have so much more confidence, I am happy and I am doing and saying yes to things that I would never have even contemplated before and smashing goals!

Drop into Fernwood Fitness Shepparton at 290 High Street, Shepparton or phone 5821 2405 to discuss how we can help you.

Wednesday, 15 November

23:54

AND the shale oil rout continues unabated. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Republished from SRS Rocco Report.  for those of you who dont know it exists!

U.S. SHALE OIL PRODUCTION UPDATE: Financial Carnage Continues To Gut Industry

As the Mainstream media reports about the next phase of the glorious U.S. Shale Oil Revolution, the financial carnage continues to gut the industry deep down inside the entrails of its horizontal laterals.  The stench of fracking fluid must be driving shale oil advocates utterly insane as they are no longer able to see financial wreckage taking place in these companies quarterly reports.

This weekend, one of my readers sent me the following Bloomberg 45 minute TV special titled, The Next Shale Revolution.  If you are in need of a good laugh, I highly recommend watching part of the video.  At the beginning of the video, it starts off with President Trump stating that the U.S. has become an energy exporter for the first time ever.  Trump goes on to say, that powered by new innovation and technology, we are now on the cusp of a new energy revolution.  While I have to applaud Trumps efforts for putting out some positive and reassuring news, I wonder who is providing him with terribly inaccurate energy information.

I would kindly like to remind the reader; the United States is still a NET IMPORTER of oil.  We still import nearly six million barrels of oil per day, but we export some finished products and a percentage of our shale oil production.  Thus, we still import a net of approximately three million barrels per day of oil.

A few minutes into the Bloomberg video, both Pioneer Resources Chairman, Scott Sheffield, and Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm, explain how advanced technology will revolutionize the shale oil industry and bring down costs.  I find that statement quite hilarious as Continental Resources and Pioneer continue to spend more money drilling for oil and gas then they make from their operations.  As I stated in a previous article, Continental Resources long-term debt ballooned from $165 million in 2007 to $6.5 billion currently.  So, how did advanced technology lower costs when Continental now has accumulated debt up to its eyeballs?

Of course it didnt.  Debt increased on Continental Resources balance sheet because shale oil production wasnt profitable even at $100 a barrel.  So, now the investor who purchased Continental bonds and debt are the Bag Holders.

Regardless, while U.S. oil production continues to increase at a moderate pace, there are some troubling signs in...

22:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

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