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Tuesday, 19 September

15:17

Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 


The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 


Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

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09:06

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

19th September 2017

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Board of Directors acknowledges that ethnic and multicultural LGBTI people exist in our culturally diverse communities; that they are our friends and our family members, and that LGBTI people, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face even more layers of discrimination.

ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef says, The ECCV Board of Directors and members have long understood discrimination, as many of us and our families have experienced discrimination on the basis of our ethnicity, skin colour, faith and language.  

The ECCV Board of Directors endorses The YES Alliance which is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that support a YES vote in the upcoming postal vote for marriage equality.

The Chair emphasises on behalf of the ECCV Board of Directors that as descendants of migrants who came to Australia in search for better opportunities and freedoms, we expect our whole community to be treated fairly in all aspects of civil law, including civil marriage law; this expectation embraces the fair and equal treatment of our culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTI friends and family.  

Eddie Micallef encourages our culturally diverse community to consider the values that brings together our harmonious and respectful society with a shared sense of belonging, acceptance and contribution.

The ECCV Board of Directors supports Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) in calling on ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria and in Australia to consider voting yes to marriage equality.

ECCV will attend the official launch of The YES Alliance at the Victorian Parliament House on Wednesday 20th September, 2017 from 1pm. All are welcome to attend the launch and join ECCV in demonstrating support for human rights and removing discrimination for the benefit of all Victorians.

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

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08:00

FixedIt: Adults cant have sex with 14 year olds. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Since this article was published yesterday afternoon its generated hundreds of comments. Both the reporting and the judges comments have attracted opprobrium. As they should.

Its interesting that the ABC reported on a very similar case in Canberra last year, but had no difficulty clearly labelling that crime as rape.

Theres a couple of reasons the ABC might have chosen to report yesterdays case as sex rather than rape.

The main one would be that there is no offence of rape in the ACT criminal code. There are degrees of sexual assault and Section 92E of the ACT Crimes Act called sexual intercourse with young person with a maximum penalty of 17 years in jail if the child is under 10 years of age and 14 years if the child was under 16.

Sexual intercourse with a young person was the charge the Canberra man was convicted on, so it would not be completely accurate to report that he was convicted of rape.

Defamation might have been another concern, but it seems unlikely. Calling this man a rapist or describing his actions as rape is a realistic description and therefore not subject to a defamation claim.

Jason Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School said, from a defamation perspective, while rape might not reflect language used in ACT legislation, does it reflect the actions of what he did, so its substantially true. Defamation would not be an issue here.

So, while the ABC would have had to specify the charge, they were not legally obliged to describe his actions as sex. They could legally and accurately have called it rape.

The case last year where they did call it rape was very similar to this one. The charge was the same, the victim was 15 year...

07:26

Hannah Fiddelaers on the move "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

hannahOur lovely young lawyer colleague, Hannah, is shortly taking her passion for running to extremes by running off on 28 September to join the VLA team in Frankston.

Hannah commenced with us as a paralegal/receptionist three years ago but soon moved into a lawyer role after being admitted to practice. She quickly developed skills in a range of legal areas including family violence and consumer matters and has provided services to the Court and the health service in Benalla as part of our family violence prevention and health-justice activities. Hannahs bright personality and obvious intellect, combined with her culinary skills, added to the pleasure of working with her professionally.

During her time in Shepparton, Hannah has also participated in a number of community activities and organisations, making her also a valued member of the broader community. Her work with youth at the Haven and elsewhere has been particularly appreciated and her presence there will be sadly missed.

We wish Hannah every success with her career and know those wishes will be realised because she will make them happen. Bye Hannah, we will miss you, so please dont forget us up here in Shepp.

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06:30

Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

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

05:28

Mainstream media hiding the truth re City Councils? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The slogan for the Herald Sun publication on the front of the newspaper is "We're for Victoria".

So what any average Joe would maybe comprehend from that statement is that the Herald Sun 'supports' the people (?) of Victoria?

This does not necessarily seem to be the case.

Does the HS seem to publish the stories that the 'herd population' are supposed to know to in order to keep them docile and distracted?

Another publication 'curates' stories for its subscribers, with a liberal left wing bias rather than the 'truth' irrespective of its perceived political slant.

A post on social media showed how the Fairfax publication The Age stated that a rape was committed by an ex Victorian Police man on a five year old child, while in the next paragraph it was stated that she was raped by an employed Victorian police officer.

So, let's have a look at what the Herald Sun publication did not publish in their online comments


Bit of a bugger that!

05:06

Entries sought for Coal Creek Literary Festival "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival on Sunday, October 8.
The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story.
Entrants can enter as many times as they like and each entry must have a $15 entry fee.
Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground 10 years ago. After he died in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory.
The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a high standard of entries. Now entering its seventh year, the Bert van Bedaf award has proved to be a popular part of the Coal Creek Literary festival with entries coming from all over Australia.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the www.coalcreekliteraryfestival.com or www.coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com websites or pick up a hard copy from Coal Creek Community Park and Museum in Korumburra.
Conditions and entry fees are all on the entry form with tips from judge Peter Sharpe, a keen supporter of the Coal Creek Literary Festival since 2008.
He has been a presenting author, chaired a discussion panel and judged the Bert van Bedaf short story competition last year.
One of the most experienced book publishers in Australia, Peter has worked with and published for many multinational publishers including Thomas Nelson and Prentice Hall. He has served as managing director at the University of New South Wales Press, and has operated his own publishing company.
Peter has also edited and designed books, and has extensive book marketing experience. He has also written several books himself.
The festival will also be running the open poetry competition which offers a $200 prize and entries cost $10 per submission.
Poetry judge is Julie  Maclean who arrived in Australia in 1970 as an English dance and drama teacher, and obtained a position at the Leongatha Technical School.
Now based on the Surf Coast, Julie is widely recognised and is a published poet. Her published poetry collections include When I Saw Jimi (2013), Kiss Of The Viking (2014) and Lips That Did (2017). She has had her work published in anthologies and magazines including the Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, The Bond Street Review and Cordite Poetry Review.
Julie was one of the featured authors at the 2016 Coal Creek Literary Festival, and also judged the Open Poetry Prize that year. The committee of this years festival is delighted she has consented to judge the Open Poetry Prize again this year.
The competition is open to anyone with an imagination, a pen and paper or word processing program. Entry guidelines form part of the entry form which you can access online. Payment can be made by either Paypal, EFTPOS, cheque or by cash at the counter in Coal Creek Community Park and M...

05:06

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []

05:04

Lyric actors to show diverse talents "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF we treat her as a corpse, of course she will die. Try a little kindness, lieutenant.
These are the words of Governor Phillip in Leongatha Lyric Theatres production of Our Countrys Good as he speaks of Liz Morden, played by Leanne Crimp.
Leanne says, Liz Morden is pretty intimidating when she rst joins the cast of convicts rehearsing for The Recruiting Ocer.
Shes had a very hard life. Her mother left when she was young and she had to care for the family, so she took in washing. Shes betrayed by her father who blamed her for a theft to save his own skin.
Publicly beaten and humiliated, she later became a small-time thief who was finally arrested, sentenced and sent to the other side of the world.
However, Liz discovers a hero in the progressive Governor Phillip who believes convicts should be treated humanely and, if treated as rational human beings, are reminded of their own goodness, talent and innate qualities of humanness.
Leanne said she loves Liz.
She has integrity, strength and humour, and shes a survivor. I am loving being in her skin, and I hope youll enjoy meeting her, she said.
In Our Countrys Good, the actors face the challenge of each playing a convict and an ocer. Using dierent accents for each, the actors are also able to show how ocers with power and authority walk and stand with condence, while convicts, no better than slaves, bear the marks of their hard life.
Todd Miller plays the Scottish, bad tempered Major Ross with energy, and then transforms into the servile, much hated Irish hangman, James Freeman.
David Tattersall, as Arthur Phillip, has to inspire all with his vision of a humane society, and then as the convict Arscott, bewails his fate while lying in chains.
Its a great story with all the humour and earthiness youd expect of a play inspired by Australias rst theatrical performance by convicts in 1789.
Our Countrys Good has mature themes. Performances are from September 29 to October 7. For tickets, phone Amy Smith on 0490 525 482 or buy online at www.lyrictheatre.net.au.

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05:00

App helps children "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS Coast Specialist School was presented with 15 new iPads recently.
The iPads were donated by Variety, and included a specialised app to help students communicate.
The app called LAMP Words for Life is designed for non verbal or limited spoken language students to express themselves and contribute in the classroom.
It is suitable for Preps, as well as the older students. Speech pathologist Zoe Lowe said she had seen a benefit in using the app.
Weve used other apps and paper based systems, but this app has everything and has allowed students to ask for things and make comments on their own. I have noticed a difference; children who cant express themselves often feel frustrated and you start to see negative behaviour. This app helps them to express themselves through words so they dont need to use these behaviours, she said.
Getting these iPads is great because we can work with children who dont have their own device and there is one for each child.
Students began working with this app last year, and enjoyed investigating its features and having the power to communicate their thoughts and feelings. It soon became apparent the school needed the extra technology to use the app to its full potential.
The school applied for a grant valued at $15,000, and found out about their success last month.
At the moment, the iPads will be just for school. However, families are seeing results and have been keen to use this app at home, so we are working on a way for them to do so, Ms Lowe said.

Great app: from left, speech pathologist Zoe Lowe and Bass Coast Specialist School Prep students Oliver, Rhys and Landon explore the LAMP Words for Life app on one of the new iPads recently received by the school.

04:58

Bass Coast shows future looking shaky "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Bass Coast Agricultural Show is facing an uncertain future.
The show has always been hugely popular, moving from Dalyston to Wonthaggi 40 years ago. It has brought competition, entertainment and fun to the community year in and year out.
However, the Wonthaggi Agricultural and Pastoral Society hit a snag in its funds following the inclement weather at this years show in January.
We were rolling along nicely with great support from Bass Coast Shire Council, the societys Rosemary Loughnan said.
However, mandatory (occupational health and safety) costs go up, and these are things we cant ignore. It has become harder to make a dollar from sponsorships.
This is not the wealthiest of shires and we need to work together as volunteers. We do our very best and have been acknowledged as one of the best ag shows in the state.
This year we had a massive hit; the weather was atrocious. We are so proud of ourselves that nobody and no animals were injured. However, out of that came a massive hit and we count on the money from the gate to keep us in surplus.
Ms Loughnan appealed to Bass Coast Shire Council to review its ongoing support to the show.
The show has been part of a recurring grants program. The grants program allows events that successfully receive grants for two years to receive ongoing support without having to reapply for another grant.
The show has received $5000 from council yearly, but the grants program has never been reviewed.
We currently have around 40 events in the program, but a shortcoming of the program is that there is no review process at the end of each year. Longstanding events have started to fall behind in level of support because something changes during the year and the funds arent reassessed, councils events coordinator Frank Angarane said.
Im in the process of developing a program to review events and increase support where necessary.
Mr Angarane said he expects this process to be finalised in the next month for council to review.
In the meantime, Mrs Loughnan said the society had done what it could to save money for the next show.
Weve ripped the show apart and I believe we have saved where we can, she said.
We have found ourselves on shaky ground, but we are extremely positive we can keep working. We want to work with the shire and review our ongoing grant, which we do not take for granted. We are not ones to jump up and look to take money, but we are struggling at the moment. We have hit a rough patch in this Bass Coast weather.
Despite this, Mrs Loughnan said she hopes to reduce entry fees next year so as many families as possible can enjoy the show.
Its a bit controversial, but weve decided to pull back what we charge. Wed rather have a lot of people there than have people say they couldnt afford to go to the show,...

04:54

Highway barriers to save lives "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

VICROADS believes the proof centreline flexible safety barriers save lives is in the number of times the barriers have been repaired in Victoria after motorists collided with them.
The barriers are to be installed between Leongatha and Meeniyan, along the South Gippsland Highway, drawing substantial community opposition.
VicRoads has repaired flexible safety barriers in eastern Victoria about 300 times in the past year.
This has without doubt prevented potentially fatal and serious injury crashes from occurring as a result of someone crashing head on into another vehicle or running off the road, director of safe system road infrastructure program for VicRoads Bryan Sherritt said.
VicRoads believed the project would reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes between Leongatha and Meeniyan.
VicRoads said 85 percent of lives lost on country roads are currently the result of a vehicle running off the road to the left or crossing the centreline.
Flexible safety barriers reduce the risk of these crashes as the barriers prevent vehicles from crossing onto the wrong side of the road and crashing head on, or running off the road to the right.
Left hand side flexible safety barrier prevent vehicles from running off the road and hitting an object or rolling.
The project will also include widened and sealed road shoulders, road drainage improvements, and a minimum of 40m breaks in the safety barrier at property access points.
Along with that, included will be safer access to properties adjoining the highway, a sealed bell mouth area where highway and driveways meet, and resheeting/repair work to the existing pavement.
The project is part of the State Governments Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan funded by the Transport Accident Commission.
Towards Zero is a vision for a future free of death and serious injury on our roads.
South Gippsland Highway has been identified as one of the top 20 roads highest risk rural roads.

Spreading word: from left, VicRoads Safer System Roads Infrastructure Program employees Dean Nugent and Rebecca Chase informed people of the reasoning behind the Leongatha to Meeniyan safety improvement project proposal at Leongatha Memorial Hall recently.

04:50

New jetty coming to life "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WORK on the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is progressing well, with contractor SMC Marine already installing concrete decking on the structure.
The inshore 190 metres has been partially rehabilitated to retain the appearance of the existing piles, crossheads and beams, while the decking will be been replaced with precast concrete slabs.
From 190 metres onwards to a distance of around 572 metres, the existing structure will be demolished and replaced.
It will follow the same alignment, with a new structure comprising timber piles and crossheads with a composite steel beam and concrete deck.
The slipway approach will be partially reconstructed in a similar manner to the jetty and the existing winch shed will be restored.
The remaining section of the jetty will be demolished, with the piles being cut off at two metres below low water to be retained as habitat.
The $11 million project is expected to take around 18 months to complete, and the rehabilitated and rebuilt jetty is expected to have a lifespan of at least 40 years.
As the community representative on the projects working group, Welshpools Paul Macphail is pleased to see the project finally underway after campaigning for the works for so many years.
It has been a long, hard, slow and sometimes frustrating road, so it is fantastic to see it happening even though it took so long, he said.
What SMC Marine has done so far looks great.
Peter Rose from Port Welshpool said the restoration of the Long Jetty was positive for locals and tourists.
It is exciting to see it all up and going. We are already getting people asking us to let them know when it is open so they can come down and see it, he said.
Mr Rose said he is looking forward to seeing people on the jetty again, be they on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pram. He said it will be accessible to everyone.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said the project was on track for an October 2018 completion date.
We look forward to ensuring the jetty attracting more visitors to the region, once the project is complete, he said.
It will give the area a big boost in tourism and will provide a benefit to the economies of the small towns in the Corner Inlet region.
Cr Argento said both locals and visitors are keen to see the jetty finished so they can go fishing again.

04:50

Pauls recipe for success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

INVERLOCH is serving up success with the local Seniors football team winning its first premiership in 31 years on Saturday and local bakery Paul the Pieman winning a swag of medals in the 2017 Great Aussie Pie Competition, judged last week.
Footy finals time is the perfect time to hop into some great Aussie fare and Paul and Robyn Woods, owners of Paul the Pieman bakery are thrilled to be sharing their award winning pies and sausage rolls with their customers.
While Paul will tell you their good old meat pie is still their biggest seller many of their adventurous customers are keen to try their award winning varieties so this week they will be busy baking the winning recipes and filling their pie cabinets.
If you would like to sample success then head into Paul the Pieman and try the Gold Medal Gourmet Beef Wellington sausage roll and Paul let out the secret ingredient being a good smear of Maggie Beer pate. Paul is pleased with the gold medal and the fact that it came second overall but next year he is up for the challenge and is looking to take that top honour.
For lovers of pies the Silver medal plain mince, Penang Curry Pumpkin and Chicken Parma are all worth a go.
If you want to head back for seconds then the Choc Chilli Beef, Chicken Leek and Minted Lamb are all proving popular.
Paul and Robyn and their dedicated team are on a high this week after their success but they are all back hard at it in the kitchen to keep up with the increasing demand for their award winning delights.
Paul prides himself on the fact that what his customers are served up out of the pie heater is the exact same pie entered in the Aussie competition and they must be doing something right, serving up a grand total of 167,000 pies last year and the way the pies are rushing out the doors this year they may even top that.
We just try to do our best and we will get the results back this week and we will review these and see how we can improve and do even better next year, Paul said.
We try to offer a big variety so there is always something fresh and new for customers to try but of course we keep our favourites and best sellers too to keep our customers happy.
And their award winning products are all for the meat lovers, Paul and Robyn have come up with some delicious vegetarian pies and generally have five varieties on offer .
As for who comes up with the award winning recipes Paul said he and Robyn are always on the lookout for new ideas.
In the old days it was basically a matter of throwing the ingredients in a pot and adding a bit of thickener but now with all the reality cooking shows Paul said this has influenced major changes in the industry.
Paul enjoys watching Master Chef and getting ideas from the top chefs and still gets a buzz out of creating new recipes and sharing his passion with his customers.
So after...

04:49

9th Birthday Market "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Its our birthday today . or it will be our 9th birthday market on Saturday this week!  Who would have thought that our little market that started off at Mansfield Primary School under the (newly completed) big roof would be the thriving market place that it is today?  We moved to our main street location nearly 4 years ago and have continued to grow since then.  Many thanks to our loyal shoppers who have supported us over the years buying direct from the farmer / producer helps small businesses grow. There are some stalls who started at our market but no longer attend often this is because they used the market to test their product and have now grown and moved onto bigger things!  What a great outcome!

Spring has sprung according to the calendar but we are still experiencing winter like weather.  Our big mountains Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are both experiencing Spring snow falls like they havent seen in many years. Mt Buller has extended their open season until the end of the school holidays and there is PLENTY of snow to ski / board / play in.  Make the most of it and head on up after the market or on Sunday.

A reminder that our market is now SMOKE FREE.  This legislation came into play on the 1st August and covers the whole market area.

We have a great line up of stallholders for Saturday 23rd check the list below.  Remember that many are happy to accept pre-orders and will put your shopping aside for you until you arrive at the market.  A win win!

Stallholders 23rd September (correct as at 19/9/2017)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm Bread & pies
  3. Bottom of the Hill porridge
  4. Chocolaterie RenMar
  5. Earthy Wellbeing teas
  6. Garys veggies
  7. Gregs Seedlings
  8. Greta Valley Eggs
  9. Heirloom Naturally
  10. Jeddas Garden
  11. Jillicious back in October...

04:49

Broiler farm objectors plea to council "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WOOREEN residents are concerned the approval of a broiler farm proposed for their rural district will lead to more poultry farming in South Gippsland.
South Gippsland Shire Council will consider a planning permit application to build a 400,000 bird farm in 10 sheds at 80 Pit Road at its September 27 council meeting.
The recommendation before council is to approve a permit, with a council officer report saying conditions to be applied will address amenity impacts.
The proposal has received more than 120 objections and one submission in support.
Objectors who have dubbed themselves the Wooreen Warriors will present at councils public presentation session tomorrow (Wednesday).
They are concerned about Boyle Creek will be contaminated by run-off, erosion, dust and increased truck traffic.
Dairy farmer Jackie Thorn urged council not to take the areas beauty for granted.
This is a creep of change and once the beautys gone, you cant fix it, she said.
Objector Kath Goller said, More than 12ha of that steep landscape will have to be reconfigured into an industrial landscape.
Its discordant with the character of the place and the current land uses.
She is worried about disease carrying dust landing on her roof and entering her water tank, and others believe such particles could affect the organic status of a nearby farm.
Isabelle Cooper said any contamination of Boyle Creek would end up in the Tarwin River Meeniyan and Dumbalks water supply.
We moved here because the council says to Come for the beauty, stay for the lifestyle and so we did, and now theyre going to stuff it up, she said.
Ms Goller is also concerned about the impact on wildlife in the waterways: freshwater crayfish, blackfish and freshwater mussels.
Tom Daffy and Deb Brown run Black Duck Farm bed and breakfast nearby, and believed the poultry farm would have negative impacts on their business.
Adele Upton and Mark Bradbury also run Waterfall Valley Retreat accommodation nearby and share similar concerns.
Ms Brown said, Were worried about the impact on the environment and also the noise and extra trucks on the road.
Mr Daffy said while the subject land may be zoned farming, he said broiler farms were factory farming.
They can call it rural but its an industrial complex, he said.
Objector Adele Upton said, There have already been landslips in the area because of all the rain.
It could be hard to enforce the conditions (on the permit) if there are any problems.
Peter Cooper believed the broiler farms location at the top of the Boyle Creek valley would amplify smell issues, saying the valley acts like a funnel.
The smell is going to come right down the valley, he said.

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04:48

High pie recognition "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KELLYS Bakery serves mouth watering pies in Korumburra and their recent award proves that.
Bakery owner, Jason Kelly collected a silver medal for his slow cooked pork pie with smoky barbecue flavour at the Great Aussie Pie Competition held in Sydney last week.
Its good to win an award nationwide, Mr Kelly said.
Our pork pie is a new flavour and its quite nice.
Pies at Kellys Bakery are a huge hit with customers; the bakers make around 200 pies per day.
A new pie has been entered into the competition every year for 17 years, and almost every year the bakery has taken home an award.
The competition is judged over a four day period by an elite team of 16 judges from the baking industry.
Ten categories of pies are appraised including plain meat and chunky, gourmet meat/gourmet section including red meat, poultry, game, seafood, vegetarian, gluten free, breakfast and apple.

Delicious pies: Kellys Bakery bakers from left, Angus Cooney, David King, owner Jason Kelly and Stephan Williams received a silver award for their slow cooked pork pies with smoky barbecue flavour at the Great Aussie Pie Competition held in Sydney last week.

04:47

Burra Foods praises top farmers "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BURRA Foods honoured first class suppliers at an awards ceremony at the Korumburra Showgrounds last Tuesday, September 12.
The Korumburra-based milk processor presented Gold Quality Awards to farmers who had produced A Grade milk all season with average bulk milk cell count of less than 100,000, and Silver Quality Awards to farmers whose milk had a count of between 100,000 and 150,000.
Up to 50 new suppliers attended the open day, which included a tour of the factory to demonstrate the companys capabilities within the manufacturing sector.
Burra Foods Korumburra processing plant creates 50 to 70 products.
Burra Foods chief executive officer Grant Crothers said, It is an introduction to the new suppliers who have joined us recently, and get them to understand Burra more and what we do and how we do it, and give our new and existing suppliers an opportunity to have a look at the factory.
Quality assurance testing occurs on site and the company spends a lot of time refining processes to ensure customers are provided with the product they want.
Water is one of the plants biggest by-products and recovers around 80,000 litres of water per hour, of which around 10 percent is waste.
The plant has two million litres of storage on site, however is unable to operate self sufficiently at this stage as some processes cannot be completed with recycled water.
In terms of water use, the plant is currently about 70 percent efficient, but is working towards getting as close to 100 percent as possible.
This year, Burra Foods will process around 350 million litres, up about 20 percent on the last year and is currently processing around nine million litres per week.
The company now has more than 200 suppliers for the first time in its history.

Talented farmers: from left, Burra Foods Silver Quality milk suppliers, Brendan McGlead of Foster, Dee and Colin Hendrikse of Driffield, Rachael and Klara McGlead of Foster, Joe Meggetto of Warragul South, Graham Wildes of Yannathan, Jason and Zac McRae of Middle Tarwin, Kerrie Redmond of...

04:29

Jelbarts Caldermeade herd to sell "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Caldermeade Dairy and Cafe, which was owned by the Jelbart family has sold, after around 12 months on the market.
The entire milking herd of around 340 Holstein Friesian autumn calvers will be dispersed at a sale on Friday, October 6 at 10.30am at VLE Leongatha.
Tim Jelbart said the quality of the herd was a reflection of his late father Maxs dedication to using the best genetics to breed the best cows.
Dad was an industry leader and passionate about dairying. He started dairy farming in 1981 with 140 cows and now we milk 1400 cows between two farms, he said.
Tim said Maxs passionate commitment to the dairy industry was outstanding and was heavily involved on the boards of Murray Goulburn, Marcus Oldham College and Australian Dairy Farmers.
Max was also a president of the South Gippsland Branch of United Dairy Farmers of Victoria and a life member of the Nuffield Farmers Scholars Australia.
He was always willing to try new things, which meant he was always using top quality genetics to try and push production and longevity boundaries, Tim said.
He knew how to grow grass, everyone was always amazed at how much grass he could grow.
The herd is currently averaging around 33.5 litres per day, with 3.8 per cent fat, 3.5 per cent protein and a cell count of 100,000.
Sire groups selling include Medallion, Delsanto, Christmas, Gold Crown, Cardinal, Buddha with cows rejoined to Medallion, Royalman and Challenger.
Tim said each cow has been pregnancy tested, has full herd test records and three generations of pedigree reports.
The Jelbarts have been improving their herd through AI and Genetics Australia since the early 1990s.
For the past 25 years Gerard Brislin has worked with the Jelbart family as an adviser across the breeding program at Caldermeade Farm and Pound Creek, sharing ideas and thoughts with Max, whilst also being challenged by Maxs inquisitive mind.
Across the 25 years we have seen lots of changes in the world of dairy genetics, but the thing that hasnt changed was ensuring we maintain a strong focus on maximising productivity and economic returns against investment made around genetics, he said.
The Caldermeade herd is positioned in the top five per cent of the Holstein breed nationally when analysing herd records and data against the industries recognised economic index the Balanced Performance Index.
You dont just buy genetics, you invest in genetics and in the future of your dairy herd and this is very evident around the sale of this herd next month, Gerard said.
It has been a privilege to have played a role in developing this herd to where it is today.
Gerard strongly encouraged commercial dairy producers to get along and secure genetics that rarely come on to the open market.
Tim said the decision to sell the Caldermeade farm wa...

04:28

Tim shows his auctioneering flair "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TIM Gibson flew the flag for Alex Scott and Staffs Korumburra office in a recent state-wide auctioneering competition.
The livestock agent competed in the 2017 ALPA Victorian Young Auctioneers Competition at the Victorian Livestock Exchange at Pakenham.
The event was hosted by the Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association and saw contestants auction three pens at a live sale.
Mr Gibson, of Bunyip, services Alex Scotts Korumburra office.
The event was won by Murray Bennett of Landmark Wangaratta and runner-up was Joe Allen from Elders Euroa.
I was glad I did it as its given me the opportunity to polish my auctioneering skills, Mr Gibson said.
Looking back to six months ago, I have improved since then.
Candidates were assessed on clarity, introduction, patter and knockdown.
So you have got a lot of things to think about while you are doing it, Mr Gibson said.
The final pool of competitors was selected at an ALPA auctioneers school at Bendigo in June.

04:27

Expo excitement builds "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Strzelecki Lions Club is proud to be hosting the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in Korumburra on September 27 and 28.
The event will open at 9am and close at 3.30pm on both days.
Entry is $10 per person and children under 16 are free.
The Dairy Expo started in 2000 with the committee having a core objective to deliver a one stop shop to local farmers so that if they were busy they could visit, do their business and leave after a valuable couple of hours of researching.
This years event will have the same focus.
The Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for members of the dairying fraternity to be able to showcase the latest in dairy innovation and technology to local farmers.
The Dairy Expo could not happen without the loyal support of major sponsor Murray Goulburn and MG Trading.
This relationship has been in place for 17 years, and everyone is encouraged to call in and visit their hospitality area and have a chat with the enthusiastic team.
South Gippsland is lucky to be home of some exceptional dairy farm enterprises which form a significant part of the rural community.
The Dairy Expo would not be an 18 year success story without the tremendous support and help from its community and volunteers.
The Korumburra Rotary Club will be in charge of the Kids Activity Pavilion.
This will include some farm animal pens, cow moulds for painting, a dairy dress up corner and much more, so be sure to bring the children along to enjoy these free activities.
A big thank you goes to Parmalat, that sponsored the Kids Activity Pavilion and offered this free entertainment for the children.
The Dairy Expo is an event organised and run by volunteers. Each year, enthusiastic parents and volunteers from the Poowong Kindergarten organise the catering for all attendees.
The Strzelecki Lions Club would like to thank the other community volunteers who assist with the event each year.
Matt Harms will be hosting a session sponsored by South Gippsland Shire Council and Rabobank on September 27 at 11am.
The session is titled Our prediction for the coming season is unpredictable.
The session will cover milk prices, season, illnesses and other external factors that are highly unpredictable, and attendees will hear how others have previously managed these pressures. When thrown an unpredictable event, how have they persisted and strengthened their business to withstand future events?
Panel members will share their experiences, how their businesses have performed under pressure, and how they have come out trumps.
The panel members include Yannathans Dean Turner, Inverlochs Warren and Kerrie Redmond, South Gippsland Shire Councils Penni Ellicott, Rabobanks Jamie Murphy and Outtrims Andrew and Sue Lamers.
For exciting news, the Udder Truth Showbags sponsored by South East...

04:23

Knights stay strong against Lang Lang "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHA Knights Reserves took on Lang Lang United in a replay of last years Reserves grand final.
Knights and United last played out a four all draw.
The Knights had regular Reserves keeper Shem Murphy in goal and he was tested early when a clearance ricocheted off a Lang Lang player and looked like going in.
Shem was tuned in and was able to make a great save.
Knights started the match with Tom Barker, Tom Rycks, David Simon and Curtis Rintoule in defence.
This represents the strongest defensive four that the Knights team have fielded.
The Leongatha side was able to get the first goal of the match when the Lang Lang keeper came out to a long ball but was only able to clear the ball back into general play, whereby Stuart McNaughton was able to run onto the ball and make a strike that beat the scrambling defenders.
Chris Gale was substituted for Sean Villasevil the Knights attack started to fire.
Matt Wardle and Sean caused some problems for the Lang Lang defenders.
Captain Brian Gannon received the ball in the midfield, quickly turned his marker and put through a long ball for Sean to run on to.
The shot beat the keeper for the Knights second goal of the day.
Knights had a Stuart, Brian, Wade Bashaw and Chris Wightman holding the midfield and utilising their passing game to allow Sean and Matt to run onto a number of balls, but the United keeper was able to continue to get a hand on the ball.
The second half saw the introduction of Paul Wynne, with Leongatha looking to continue to hold the ball and attack the Lang Lang goal.
The Knights day looked complete when Stuart took a run down the left wing and on his left was able to put the ball high in to the Lang Lang net.
Lang Lang started to respond and when an attacker made a run down the right wing he was able to cross it for a regulation goal.
The Knights were able to get the score back on their side when Chris Gale took a corner only for Lang Lang to clear it out to Brian who was waiting at the top of the square.
His left foot shot through the heavy defence had the keeper unsighted and rebounded in off the left hand goal post.
Brian was taken down inside the box and given a penalty, though the United keeper was able to get a hand on the shot and parry it wide.
Lang Lang found some run, with all out attack they pushed nearly everyone forwards
The long ball in behind the defence allowed the United side to score against the flow and suddenly they had their backs up.
Again the Lang Lang side surged forward and with a long throw down the line, a cross and a goal meant that suddenly they had tightened up the game.
It wasnt long before the whistle blew for full time.
It was four to three in favour of the Knights.
Lang Lang again proved what a tough side they are...

04:22

Gymnasts shine, both young and old "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

TERM 3 has been a successful one for Leongatha Gymnastics Clubs competitive gymnasts.
Head coach Miranda has competed at two Masters events on the July 8 and August 27.
Masters gymnastics is open to anyone over the age of 18.
Miranda did an amazing job finishing first on all events and first overall at the Wesley Competition and finished with five firsts, three seconds and second overall at the Knox Masters competition.
Miranda now has her sights set on the Australian Masters Games in Tasmania in October.
The club wishes her the best of luck.
Leongatha Gymnastics Clubs junior and senior gymnasts have also started the competition season with great results at the Energetic Cup held in Maffra on Saturday, September 2.
For many of the gymnasts this was their first competition ever.
Level 1s did extremely well to overcome nerves and had a great time coming 11th.
Level 2 blue team came sixth overall with a fifth place on bar, green team came 10th.
Level 3 came 12th overall with a third on vault.
Level 4 came fourth overall with a fifth of beam and floor, third on bar and first on vault.
Level 5 came third overall and third on each apparatus.
Gymnasts attending Leongatha Gymnastics Club come from all over South Gippsland and Bass Coast, including Phillip Island.

Great job: Leongatha Gymnastics Club was well represented at a recent competition.

04:21

Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...

04:19

Swimmers amaze at championships "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A DEDICATED team of 18 swimmers from South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club joined the best swimmers from all over country Victoria in Wangaratta for the 2017 Victorian Country Short Course Championships recently.
An all round effort across the two days of racing culminated in a sixth place overall finish.
This is the clubs best result at a Victorian Country Championship.
An exceptional result for the club was the boys category, where it finished second overall.
The 2017 South Gippsland Bass Victorian Country Short Course Championship team comprised the following swimmers; Belinda Baird, Tomei Dal Pozzo, Locke DeGaris, Elle Douglas, Nathan Foote, Riley Harris, Oscar Hughes, Freya Liepa, Sophie McKenzie, Dylan Muir, Trinity OKeefe, Isabelle ONeill, Cooper Quaife, Hannah Simmons, Jordi Vanderkolk, Mayson Vanderkolk, Joshua Wight and Nicolette Wight.
The coaches were Brett Kerr and Dylan Muir.
An outstanding medal haul was led by captain Nathan Foote, who dominated with three gold, one silver and one bronze.
Cooper Quaife excelled with one gold and three bronze and Locke DeGaris brought home two silver and two bronze.
Sophie McKenzie, Nicolette Wight and Dylan Muir secured a silver medal each, whilst Trinity OKeefe and Joshua Wight came away with bronze.
Eleven swimmers had top eight finishes spread over 40 races.
The club now looks ahead to the Victorian Age and Open Short Course Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, where the swimmers will continue to extend themselves and excel.

Medal haul: captain Nathan Foote and Locke DeGaris impressively represented South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club at the 2017 Victorian Country Short Course Championships in Wangaratta recently. The club was represented by a team of 18.

04:18

Thrilling grand final results on the courts "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A Grade
WITH Korumburra Bena undefeated all season, accounting for the Dalyston in both home and away game and Dalyston losing the first week of finals, the Giants came in as heavy favourites.
However, Dalyston thrive on the underdog status and love nothing more than taking on Korumburra Bena in big finals.
The crowd must have known this too, as they were packed in five and six deep around the courts, in anticipation of a great game.
Dalyston came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.
They jumped to a five to one lead, making much more out of their opportunities than the Giants.
Giants coach Christie Hillberg (GA) opted to make no changes at quarter time, backed her starting seven in and looked to be the right choice, grabbing the first two goals of the quarter but thats when the momentum swung in Dalystons favour.
Dalyston had the Giants rattled and half time couldnt come quick enough for Giants girls, Dalyston nine up at the main break.
There was expectation in the air that this would be quarter the Giants would get back into the game.
However it was Dalyston who took the initiative at the start of the quarter, getting the first two goals and the lead out to 11.
It was the massive work rate and pressure of the Dalyston midcourt that was keeping the Giants at bay.
Dalyston had a steely look of determination at start of the last, personified by Alana McRae and her repeated efforts in defence and chasing down numerous loose balls.
Dalyston had it in the bag with half the quarter left to play.
Best on court: Jarney Thomas (Dalyston).
B Grade
WITH the Giants giving Dalyston a 35 goal trouncing in the second semi final, it was going to be very interesting to see how they would respond.
It was a fast start to the game, the ball whizzing up and down the court.
The Giants up four at the first break.
The Giants controlled the momentum of the game, doubling their quarter time score to lead by eight at half time.
It is said the third quarter is the premiership quarter and it certainly was the case here; the Giants winning all positions on the court.
It was going to take a big effort for Dalyston to get back into the game and they certainly gave it a shake.
The Giant settled with number of goals of intercepts and the game was well out of Dalystons reach, taking the win by 10 goals and making it back to back premierships for Giants.
Best on court: Jamie-Lee Jeffs (Korumburra Bena).
C Grade
WITH Koo Wee Rup causing an upset in the second semi, beating Dalyston by three goals, the stage was set for a Dalyston come back.
The game was a scrappy start; a heavy shower didnt help the situation, both teams with a number of unforced errors.
The Demons were up one at the main break.
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04:15

IK bring home the cup "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Sea Eagles ran away with a premiership win, thumping new rivals Cora Lynn in the all important grand final clash.
From Clint McCaughans first goal six minutes into the opening quarter, IK had full control of the game.
With the wind advantage in the first quarter, IK kicked four goals through Tom Bartholomew, Tom Hams and Toby Mahoney.
Mahoney had an extraordinary game, picking up the best on ground medal at the end of the match and kicking a whopping four goals for the day.
The Cobras were silenced for the opening quarter, kicking one behind.
Supporters were keen to see what the second quarter would bring, expecting the wind advantage would give the Cobras the break it needed to catch up.
However, IK was hungry for its first premiership victory since 1986, and kept the Cobras to a low two goals.
IK was looking to remain scoreless for the quarter, but Mahoney and William Hetherington kicked two late goals to see out the quarter.
IK retained a four goal lead heading into the long break.
After recharging the batteries, IK was back at it, slamming four more goals past the sticks.
Meanwhile the defence worked hard to ensure the Cobras stayed down, only allowing one major for the quarter.
IK really drove the win home in the final quarter. Giving their all and inspiring their supporters, IK finished the game off with a massive eight goal haul.
Adam Cross kicked off the barrage of goals 47 seconds into the last quarter, opening the flood gates for Shem Hawking, Mahoney, Tom Wyatt, Daniel Houston and Dylan Clark to follow his lead.
Corey Casey solidified the win with one final goal at the 16 minute mark, 10 minutes before the siren.
IK celebrated a massive 95 point premiership win.
Back in the rooms, coach Ben Soumilas encouraged his team to be humble in their win, and to share the moment with all the people who supported them through their footy careers.

Massive moment: Inverloch Kongwak captain Dale Lawton and coach Ben Soumilas raised the premiership cup in victory on Saturday.

04:11

Vernon leads Parrots into third grand final battle "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH the grand final showdown less than a week away, Leongatha Parrots Seniors coach Beau Vernon is hoping third time is a lucky charm for this team.
Since Vernon took on the coachs role in 2015, the Parrots have featured in the grand final dance. However, they are yet to take home the silverware.
Vernon is waiting on Saturday with high anticipation.
Im excited; finals season is a great time of the year, he said.
Im a Richmond supporter so Im up and about at the moment. The team has a good clean bill of health and they are ready to go.
When asked if he believed the team had a shot at taking home the premiership win, Vernon said he would be taking the match quarter by quarter.
We arent looking at the final outcome just yet. We are just going to go out there and enjoy it for what it is, he said.
This year has been exciting for us. Weve got a lot of really good young players. Theyve come up from juniors and developed through to the Seniors. They have great energy.
Vernon said there was no doubt his coaching technique had changed over the years.
You learn a lot about footy and yourself (when youre coaching), he said.
The game and the techniques are always evolving, so youre always going to grow and find different aspects to try.
Leongatha will be coming up against Maffra this weekend, which has been a strong contender all year.
Both teams have won a game against each other this year, making the grand final the ultimate decider.
In the lead up to the game, Vernon said the boys would continue to train as normal.
Off the field, Vernon has continued to do public speaking, and recently finished his business degree. Between family and football commitments, this time of year has been full on.
I dont have any special techniques for juggling it all, I just take it as anyone else would, he said.
While no decisions have been made as to whether he will return to the coaching position next year, he has enjoyed his time and the support from the club.
To help get the boys ready for the big game, the community is invited to join the Parrots for a club dinner on Thursday night.
Its $15 for meals and dessert, which kicks off at 7pm.
The club would appreciate the support and to see the community getting behind the grand final teams.

01:35

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []

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16:52

Trend new motor sales hit record "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Car sales power on

The so-called "canary in the coalmine" that was falling new motor sales has turned out to be another rubbish indicator.

The canaries have long since carked it, but the trend result for new motor vehicle sales was 100,809 in August 2017, which was the highest ever.


Selfish Urban Vanity

Sports utility vehicles continue to drive the record results, although in reality today's small SUVs, such as the one I drive, is probably more akin to a passenger vehicle rather than anything more rugged. 


Alas, production levels domestically are destined continue their precipitous decline as the industry departs Australian shores. 


Finally, the state level data shows that Melbourne's burgeoning economy continues to power new car sales along.

New South Wales also saw nearly 398,000 units shifted over the past year, for yet another annual record. 

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15:07

Australian Politics Is Suffering a Death by Boredom "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

He was there with his entourage, a face unmoved bar the occasional muscle flex. Theres Malcolm Turnbull! exclaimed drinking companions at the Curtin on Melbournes famed Lygon Street, the artery of culinary matters Italian.

It wasnt: Bill Shorten, the

15:00

Antarctic Caves Found to be Home to New World of Plants and Animals, Heated by Volcano "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Markab Algedi

In Antarctic ice, cave systems exist underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus. Recently, it was discovered that the ice could be the breeding ground for an exciting new world,according to scientists from Australia National University.

They analyzed DNA obtained from the cave system, and found samples they couldnt fully identify. Apparently being unable to identify such a specimen is an anomaly, and it indicates that unidentified species are living in the unique environment. Moss, algae, and other life was found to thrive there.

The caves in close proximity to volcanic Mount Erebus are among the hottest locations on the continent of Antarctica, along with other geothermally heated areas. Heat from the volcano has created vents in the ice, causing volcanic steam to hollow out ice and form extensive and interconnected cave systems, according to Newsweek.

It can be really warm inside the cavesup to 25 degrees Celsius [77 degrees Fahrenheit] in some caves, the lead researcher on the effort Ceidwen Fraser said. You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

The study was published in a journal titled Polar Biology. In it, a team obtained soil samples from 3 volcanoes in Victoria Land, Antarctica, and from Mount Erebus subglacial caves.

The study found many different types of moss, arthropods, nematodes, and algae at every single site. The findings suggest that geothermal areas (heated by volcanic activity) can support life even when it is like an island, far detached from survivable conditions for miles outside the geothermal region.

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14:20

Surfer bitten by shark in Ponce Inlet, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A shark bit a man surfing in Volusia County on Saturday. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said a shark bit a 28-year-old man Saturday afternoon. Advertisement The Melbourne man was surfing in 8-foot deep water near the jetty in Ponce Inlet when he was bitten on his left foot, officials said. The man was taken to Halifax Hospital with several lacerations to the top and bottom of his foot. Officials did not release the name of the man injured.

14:07

Energy Revolution? More like a Crawl Dr. Vaclav Smil "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dr. Vaclav Smil was the speaker at a TISED and Fondation 3E event in September 2015 called Energy Revolution? More like a Crawl. He explored the current state of global and major national energy dependencies and appraised the likely speed of their transformation. In his words, The desirable development of new renewables should not be guided by wishful preferences and arbitrary targets. Using more energy, albeit more efficiently and with lower specific environmental effects, is unlikely to change our fortunes yet no serious consideration has been given to how to use less, much less.

12:22

Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

19:08 Southern Cross - Shepparton train is delayed by approximately 38 minutes due to an unruly passenger.

[20:22 18/09]

11:02

Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:37 Southern Cross - Seymour is delayed by approximately 18 minutes due to trespassers.

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10:28

SQM sees rental shortages by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Shortages 

SQM Research reported that vacancy rates fell across most capital cities in August.

The national vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent was marginally lower than the 2.3 per cent seen at the same time in the prior year. 

Melbourne (1.7 per cent) and Hobart (0.4 per cent) in particular are seeing sharp increases in asking rents, while the vacancy rate in Adelaide was down to just 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.

In fact, Hobart has the lowest vacancy rate on record for any capital city, and both rents and prices are exploding higher.  


Vacancy rates ticked down from July in Brisbane (3.1 per cent) and Perth (4.6 per cent) in August.

The rental market Perth needs to improve for landlords - median asking rents are some 34 per cent lower than at their peak. 

Meanwhile Darwin has recorded seven consecutive declines in its vacancy rate, suggesting that the rental downturn is finally over in the Northern Territory. 

Smoothing the last 6 months of figures suggests that the rental market is not deteriorating significantly in most capital cities. 


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06:14

A mathematician warns "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Coalitions pro-coal policy likely a vote loser; optional voting in plebiscite helps Yes, The Conversation, Adrian Beaumont  Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of MelbourneSeptember 16, 2017  Recently the Coalition and its media supporters have condemned the SA and Victorian Labor governments for allowing coal-fired power plants to close. The Coalition is trying to extend the life of the Liddell power plant in NSW, and is considering building a new coal-fired power plant. This is an attempt to portray Labor as the party of intermittent, unreliable and costly power.

The Coalition has been in office for four years. In July 2014, they repealed the carbon price that Labor had introduced. Many people would now ask why energy prices have kept increasing in the three years since this repeal. In a mid-August Essential poll, 59% thought they were paying a lot more for electricity and gas than two or three years ago.

In February, 45% in an Essential poll said that recent blackouts were mainly due to failures of the energy market, 19% blamed privatisation and just 16% blamed renewables.

In mid-August an Essential poll gave the Coalition a net -34 rating on providing affordable and reliable energy, their worst score from a list of 12 issues. In last weeks Essential, 49% blamed private power companies most for rising energy prices, 22% blamed the Turnbull government, 9% environmentalists and 5% renewable energy companies.

People who blame private power companies are more likely to trust Labor than the Coalition to get tough, given the Coalitions pro-business reputation. [lots of figures given here]

As a result of the Coalitions pro-coal policy, some Abbott supporters could return, possibly boosting the Coalitions primary vote at the expense of One Nation and Others. However, respondent allocated preferences are currently more friendly to the Coalition than the previous election method, and this could change. The Coalition risks losing more centrist voters to Labor.

In some parts of the country, such as NSWs Hunter Valley, coal is important to the local economy, and the Coalition is likely to benefit. In most of the country, being pro-coal is likely....

04:51

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association Americana fans rejoice Australia is about to get its very own Americana Honours Night this October. The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the []

03:42

Along the Roads to Gundagai "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Theres an old Australian folk song called Along the Road to Gundagai, and it lyrics are

Theres a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai.

Where the blue gums are growing
And the Murrumbidgees flowing
Beneath the sunny sky,

Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me
And the pals of my childhood once more I will see.
Then no more will I roam when Im heading right for home
Along the road to Gundagai.

Apart from the lines Where my daddy and mother are waiting for me, and the pals of my childhood once more I will see the rest of lyrics indicated above were my experience over the last week, especially when home is where the heart is (ie, anywhere my darling wife happens to be). But Gundagai was the end, the destination, of a cycling adventure.

September 11th, 2017.

The cycling adventure started on the date that has unfortunately etched itself in the Western pysche September 11th. But the events of many years ago were furthest from my mind as I left Henty bound for Wagga Wagga via Mangoplah in NSW. This was day one which involved a long 70+ km bike ride, with my Topeak rack and bag on the back of the bike and a back pack on my back. Those bag and pack had in them everything I thought I would need for 5 days of cycling, minus sleeping gear as that was provided at the various places I stayed. The weather was good, but I did have a headwind for pretty much the whole ride so it was hard going and by the time I got to Wagga Wagga I was really looking forward to some lunch and a well earned rest. The cycling for day one was over roads I had travelled before on a number of occasions so it was all pretty familiar. I knew where all the hillss and all the major landmarks were. So that was more a re-acquainting that a true adventure, although it was the first time I was kitted out for a multi day ride along those roads. Wagga Wagga is a large town nestled along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, which is also the river that the township of Gundagai is on.

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03:30

Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  • Jennifer Loveless :: Picnic

Over the past few years Jennifer Loveless has been steadily building what is now a truly faithful Australian house & techno following.  Hailing from Toronto originally, she has become a staple across Melbourne clubs like Boney, Lounge and New Guernica and lines up each Monday for her show, Weatherall, on Melbournes Kiss FM (not to be associated with the Sydney station of the same name.). The radio hour highlights much of the variety we see in our national electronic music landscape and is a testament to the breadth of her musical interest.

Kali had her come through for a mix on Picnic ahead of a recent Sydney date and it is succinct, varied and pleasurable. Check out the tunes below.

Tracklist:

NConduit MMO803
KB Project Feel It
Station to Station Bjorn Torske
Computer Liebe Kraftwerk
Freestyle Man On Vibes
Round One Im Your Brother (Quadrant Dub II)
Clara Intellecto Contact
Alex Danilov Midas Touch 
Helena Hauff c45p

Catch the full show with Kali here or tune in next time between 8pm-10 on Fridays for Picnic!

The post Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali appeared first on FBi Radio.

02:31

NAI PALM "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

Nai Palm, a two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation.

She is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world. It is a world she has travelled many times over with her live band project Hiatus Kaiyote, who along with Nai Palm have become household names since they first began playing together in Melbourne in 2011.

Championed the world over by musical icons including ?uestlove, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and the late Prince, 2017 has seen Hiatus Kaiyotes album sampled on two of Hip-hops biggest releases, opening Drakes project More Life, and closing Kendrick Lamars album Damn.

This success has set the stage for Nai Palms first solo release Needle Paw.

Needle Paw is Nai Palms self-imposed challenge to explore the potential for immortality and timelessness within her music by stripping away the produced layers to focus on the element that is closest to the source of the human soul, the voice.

Compromised almost entirely of her guitar playing and vocal arrangements Needle Paw is the most honest glimpse into Nai Palms musical world. It is dreamlike, honest, beautifully transparent and reveals her musical ruminations to listeners with a courageous vulnerability and artistic generosity.

I want to remind people that there are humans behind the music. Not just compression and reverb. The urgency for accuracy is not human. The exposed process is human, without the cheat codes.

 

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Timber and Steel Premiere: Well Meet Halfway from The Acfields "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of The Acfields Sibling folk duo The Acfields havent made life easy for themselves, given theyve decided to live in different cities. With Hannah in Melbourne and Dan in Brisbane, The Acfields have to overcome the tyranny of distance to write, record and tour but somehow they make it work. The new []

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Man with mask at Melbourne rally charged under new laws "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

Anti-fascist protester is arrested for wearing a face covering outside the State Library of Victoria on Sunday, September, 17, 2017. (AAP Image/James Ross)

MELBOURNE  [AAP]

A man who refused to remove his mask at an anti-fascism rally in Melbourne over the weekend has been charged as police enforce Victorias new anti-face covering laws.

The man was among hundreds of anti-racism and anti-fascism protesters who gathered at the State Library in Melbournes CBD on Sunday.

The protesters then marched to state parliament to confront a small right-wing group who say they were rallying to make Victoria safe again.

The man had most of his face covered as he stood silently among left wing protesters before police swooped in and asked him to remove his mask, which was in breach of new anti-face covering laws.

He refused and was dragged from the crowd to a side street where he was handcuffed and searched.

This is not ethical, it is not ethical journalism what youre doing. Youre invading my f***ing privacy and my right to f***ing be here and conceal my identity for my own private reasons, he yelled at journalists recording his arrest after his mask was removed.

The man has been charged on summons, a Victorian Police spokesperson told AAP on Sunday night.

A young woman was also arrested by police after she trampled through a garden to attack photographers.

She hit the camera of an AAP photographer and spat on another before police arrested her and put her into the back of a police van.

The anti-racism rally was dubbed From Charlottesville to Melbourne: Unite to Fight the Far Right.

Dozens of police escorted up to 300 protesters as they marched to parliament and several people were told to remove face coverings by officers.

The two groups were separated by barricades and scores of armed police.

The state governments new public order laws came into effect on September 13.

They give police power to conduct weapons searches and requ...

Tuesday, 12 September

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Dairy deal "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

 

DAIRY farmers stand to benefit from an extension to an arrangement between dairy companies Burra Foods of Korumburra and ViPlus of Toora.

ViPlus announced an extension to its partnership with Burra Foods which sees ViPlus buy local milk powder from Burra Foods to manufacture products.

The arrangement will result in more jobs at ViPlus Toora factory.

Burra Foods and ViPlus are a logical fit as both are committed to maximising the value of what South Gippsland offers, a world best supply chain for milk, Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers said.

Burras business to business focus and ViPlus business to consumer skills complement each other, enhancing the opportunity for success.

ViPlus revealed it had secured international agreements into new markets in the Middle East, as well as Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Singapore.

The company plans to enter the market in Africa by the end of this year.

ViPlus is also developing a strong presence in the Australian market place with distributor partner IR Exchange group, and China remains an integral part of the companys growth strategy.

Over the next 12 months, ViPlus will produce approximately 10 million milk powder products for the Australian market, as well as exporting to China and other countries.

Its a long term commitment to Burra Foods and the local producers, ViPlus CEO Peter Cunningham said.

He said ViPlus is expected to grow by at least 50 percent in the next 12 months.

More than 40 local staff are employed at the Toora production factory, which reopened in 2012.

We expect a probable increase in staff, whether it is an extension of the hours of the existing shifts or there might be requirement to bring in a further shift, he said.

It means more jobs in Toora in the future and it means the ultimate beneficiaries are local dairy farmers.

Mr Crothers said Burra Foods continued to upskill staff and recruit new talent.

We are comfortable with our milk supply volume at the moment so we have no immediate plans to recruit new suppliers, he said.

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, a former dairy farmer, said, Companies like ViPlus add value to the dairy industry and grow our community.

We thank ViPlus for their investment in South Gippsland and we look forward to future investments as they come along.

Last Tuesday, September 5, councils economic development unit joined with ViPlus to host Australian and Chinese media at a showcase of local producers, including a cheese producer, a wine producer, a boutique brewery and distillery. T...

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