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Wednesday, 17 October


Seymour Line Notification: Delay Update - Albury Line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

07:05 Southern Cross - Albury is currently delayed approximately 15 minutes due to speed restrictions on the ARTC network. 
[08:57 18/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Myki update - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

myki machine at Donnybrook Station is currently not working. Some customers may not be able to touch on. Reported to PTV for maintenance. [07:03 18/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Service update- Albury Line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

06:35 Albury - Southern Cross has been reinstated to run as a train service for the entire trip. Further service information to follow if needed.

[06:46 18/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:30 Seymour - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 19 minutes due to track congestion. 

[18:54 17/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

16:31 Southern Cross - Shepparton is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to track congestion. 

[17:41 17/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Service update - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

16:31 Southern Cross - Shepparton will run with a reduced capacity of 4 carriages. [16:07 17/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:45 Albury - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 16 minutes due to speed restrictions on the ARTC network.

[14:58 17/10]


Seymour Line Notification: Service reduction - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

15:31 Southern Cross - Seymour will run with a reduced capacity of 2 carriages. [13:58 17/10]


Rail travel times could be cut by 29 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FASTER RAIL An image depicting the amended travel times for rail with the High Speed Rail network put forward by the Liberal Nationals Government that they would implement if elected in November. Image: Supplied.FASTER RAIL An image depicting the amended travel times for rail with the High Speed Rail network put forward by the Liberal Nationals Government that they would implement if elected in November. Image: Supplied.

RAIL travel times between Sheparton and Melbourne could be cut down by 29 minutes if the Liberal Nationals Government is elected in November.

Currently, it takes 146 minutes to travel between Shepparton and Melbourne, but under the new European-style High Speed Rail plans that time would be cut to 117 minutes.

Reaching speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, Victorias new High Speed Rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victorias current Class 1 track to 200km/h operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

High Speed Rail will almost halve travel times between Melbourne and Geelong and between Melbourne and Traralgon.


Inaugural StepUP! For Down Syndrome walk to hit lake foreshore "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE inaugural StepUP! for Down Syndrome Goulburn Valley will be held on

Sunday, October 21 and aims to celebrate those with Down Syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments.

Starting at 10am and running until 2pm at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton (northern end boat ramp), the event will begin with a walk around the Victoria Park Lake at 10:30am followed by a barbeque lunch and entertainment for the kids and adults.

Register to join StepUP! and celebrate those with Down Syndrome by raising awareness within the community. Visit for more.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


COME AND HEAR FROM ONE OF AUSTRALIAS LEADING ONLINE SAFETY EXPERTS THE OFFICE OF THE ESAFETY COMMISSIONER on empowering young people, parents and carers to manage online issues. The event will be held on October 16 from 6pm to 8pm at the GOTAFE Auditorium, Fryers Street, Shepparton. Registration for this event can be made via


SHEPPARTON COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held on Friday, October 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 at the Shepparton Harness Racing Complex. Walk up artists on Friday from 2pm to 6pm. Dance night from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday featuring guest artists. 10:30am and 10:30pm. Entry is $20 per person or $50 for a weekend pass. For enquiries, phone Joyce on 0408 218 411.


NUMURKAH FOODBOWL FESTIVAL BUSH DANCE will be held on Sunday, October 21 from 1:30pm to 4pm at the Numurkah Town Hall, McCaskill Street. An all ages free bush dance with live band. Dress up, come and have fun with a partner or come solo. Afternoon tea supplied.


BUNBARTHA PONY CLUB COMBINED TRAINING DAY will be held on Sunday, October 21 at Kaarimba Racecourse. Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Phone 5826 9488 for entry form, or email


SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, October 25 at the Welsford Stret centre from 1:30pm with guest artist, Johnny Doyle (a talented violinist, singer and guitarist). Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. Bulk bookings can be made on 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.


GOULBURN VALLEY PRIDE INC. is Greater Sheppartons LGBTI+ social-support group meeting monthly for walks, dinners, brunches, movies and more. Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex community members + allies welcome! SMS or call Damien on 0418 511 562.



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 morning at the hill next to Aquamoves at 8:30am to 9:30am. Contact David on 0419 332...


Garden expo success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THAT WINNING FEELING Bill Boyer with his winning entry in the Billabong Garden Expo Potted Succulent Competition, Time For Tea. Photo: Supplied.THAT WINNING FEELING Bill Boyer with his winning entry in the Billabong Garden Expo Potted Succulent Competition, Time For Tea. Photo: Supplied.

GARDENING and garden enthusiasts alike enjoyed the glorious spring weather on the weekend and the inaugural Billabong Garden Expo at Billabong Garden Complex.

Attendees were able to Ask An Expert about all things gardening, plant health, companion planting, decorative screening, edging, garden design, fruit fly identification and control, native bees and bee inns, making natural body products and more.

Nursery manager, Tracy Lamont said it has been wonderful to receive all the feedback from those who attended who were inspired by the displays and in particular by our Le Potager (French Kitchen) display garden.

Tracy said, Our annual Potted Succulent Competition was also a highlight and like our display garden was the source of much inspiration and ideas. Attendees were able to vote on their favourite entry and the entry that was awarded Peoples Choice was by Bill Boyer.

Bills entry titled Time For Tea, was a piece that he mosaiced himself and incorporate china tea pots that were potted with succulents.

Bill said, My piece depicts the joy of gardening going hand in hand with a nice cuppa.

Due to the succuss of the weekend the Billabong team plan to hold the garden expo, incorporating the potted succulent competition, in October next year and encourage people to start on their potted succulent competition entries!


Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"


Dear Editor,

We held the positions of chair and deputy chair of the board of Goulburn Valley Health from August 2013 until June 2017. The major focus of the board under our leadership was the planning for the future redevelopment of the GV Health (GVH) hospital in Shepparton.

Up until 2013, successive boards of GVH had made significant efforts to redevelop the hospital but unfortunately met with little success. Our board decided to take a start from scratch approach and be pragmatic about getting the job done. The first step was to seek the advice of the senior bureaucrats within the Department of Health as to what was the most effective strategy to achieve the significant funding required for the full redevelopment of the hospital. The advice was simple get the data together to demonstrate the need and get strong commitment from the local community for the project. The department helped fund the data gathering task and the board lobbied the local community. Over a period of around two years in depth studies on the health needs of the Goulburn Valley region serviced by GVH were completed. This work resulted in a Department of Health supported Service Plan which was then the foundation of the development of the Master Plan for the GVH hospital to meet the identified needs. A feasibility study was completed, then a schematic design and an indicative costing. This was a significant work by a huge number of managers and staff of GVH and well supported by the Department of Health.

As this work was continuing the community support for the redevelopment was wonderfully articulated by the Committee for Greater Shepparton and the Greater Shepparton City Council which both had the GVH redevelopment as the number one priority for capital funding in the lead up to the 2014 state election. By election time it was clear that GVH was very high, if not the highest priority, for capital works for the Department of Health, that the data demonstrated an overwhelming case for the redevelopment and the project was shovel ready!

All through this period the board worked closely with the Department of Health and made sure the process was kept on track and moving forward as GVH was getting busier and busier by the day.

Prior to the 2014 State Election the Napthine Coalition Government committed $75M towards the redevelopment of GVH as the full cost of the project had not been determined at this stage.

With the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014 everything was in place for the funding of the project. The funding provided was, at the time, around half of what was required for the full redevelopment. There was no commitment from the government for the funding for the full redevelopment.

In the article in local...


More funding for Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GREATER Shepparton City Council has been successful in receiving funding for Kialla Park Recreation Reserve female-friendly sport facilities.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp announced recently that the State Government is contributing $293,733 from the Female Friendly Facilities Fund towards the renovation, extension and upgrade of existing change rooms to provide  female friendly access, including a female friendly umpires wing and shower/toilet areas.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, This boost will enable Greater Shepparton City Council to progress this project.

The project will provide female friendly change facilities, which will facilitate new programming opportunities for female players and teams. Every player deserves equal access to high quality facilities and these grants will benefit everyone who participates in sport and active recreation in the area.


GMCU supporting the local community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

COMMUNITY MINDED From left, GMCU CEO, Melissa Ralph and The Apprenticeship Factory and Monarch Personnel CEO, Paula Ryan. Photo: Katelyn Morse. COMMUNITY MINDED From left, GMCU CEO, Melissa Ralph and The Apprenticeship Factory and Monarch Personnel CEO, Paula Ryan. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

AS THE weather warms up it is a great time to get out and about to the community events in our local area.  The GMCU is proud to be part of our communities and to support over 100 local sporting clubs, community groups and events each year.

Upcoming events supported by GMCU include the Benalla A&P Society Annual Show, Seymour & District Art Society Beyond the Divide art show, The Apprenticeship Factory Awards Night, Benalla Art Festival, Tatong Art Show, Mitchell Shire Concert Band Armistice Centenary Concert, Kyabram RV Country Music Festival, Numurkah Agricultural Society Show and the Seymour College RACV Energy Breakthrough.

CEO, Melissa Ralph said, The warmer weather is also a great time for entertaining at home, and is often when we start thinking about home renovations.

If you are looking to finance for your next home renovation, pop in and discuss your plans with the team at any of our 10 convenient local branches.

GMCU has branches throughout central Victoria, each with experienced lenders who can help home buyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. GMCU can be contacted in Shepparton on 5821 9033 or at


Update to the seasonal determinations "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE northern Victoria Resource Manager recently updated 2018/19 seasonal determinations.

The Murray system moves from 78 percent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) to 82 percent HRWS. The Goulburn system and the Loddon system increase from 70 percent HRWS to 74 percent HRWS. The seasonal determination in the Broken system increases by 2 percent HRWS to 11 percent HRWS. The Bullarook system increases from 100 percent HRWS and 25 percent lowreliability water shares (LRWS) to 100 percent HRWS and 51 percent LRWS. The Campaspe system remains at 100 percent HRWS.

Resource manager, Dr Mark Bailey said the modest improvements came from a combination of more water reaching the major storages than was estimated and lower than expected system losses in some systems.

While flows into the major storages have been marginally higher than anticipated since the last seasonal determination update, they have been well below-average for this time of season and the catchments continue to dry with very little recent rainfall, Dr Bailey said.

Dr Bailey noted the climate outlooks continue to favour drier conditions.

The latest Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook indicates below-average rainfall is more likely across all of northern Victoria during the October to December period, Dr Bailey said.

The bureau also says there is a 50 percent chance that an El Nio event will develop in spring and the threshold for a positive Indian Ocean Dipole has been exceeded. Both an El Nio and positive Indian Ocean Dipole typically reduces rainfall in south-eastern Australia.


The seasonal determinations for northern Victorian water systems on Monday, October 1 were:


Water System High-Reliability Water Share Low-Reliability Water Share
Murray 82% 0%
Broken 11% 0%
Goulburn 74% 0%
Campaspe 100%


Church grounds ready for parish fair and garden party "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PARISH GARDEN PARTY FUN From left, St. Augustines Church parishioners, Eileen Quaife, Joy Campbell and Rev. Dr. Helen Malcolm. Photo: Nicholise Garner.PARISH GARDEN PARTY FUN From left, St. Augustines Church parishioners, Eileen Quaife, Joy Campbell and Rev. Dr. Helen Malcolm. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THE lawns and gardens surrounding St. Augustines Church in Maude Street, Shepparton, are looking magnificent ready for the annual Parish Fair and Garden Party to be held on Saturday, October 20 commencing at 8am and finishing at 3:15pm.

There will be 24 stalls located both in the parish hall and on the extensive lawns surrounding the church and will offer a range of items from pictures and posters, manchester, toys, handbags, jewellery, craft, china and glass to cakes and pies, Macedonian delicacies, jams, sauce and preserves, greeting cards and plants.

The garage sale/white elephant stall will be located in the Orr Street foyer of the hall, the book stall, also in the hall, can be entered from the church car park.

Children will be kept entertained by the jumping castle, face painting and other fun activities, which will be located on the lawn on the south side of the church. The childrens stall will be on the north lawn adjacent to Maude Street, selling toys, games, books and more.

Parish fair co-ordinator, Pat Gibson said, You can enjoy breakfast and lunch at the barbeque with sausages, hamburgers and onions sizzling from 8am to 1:30 pm or Devonshire tea and gourmet lunch in the parish hall.

View the Goulburn Valley Quilters exhibition in the church between 8am and 12:30pm (no charge).

Attendees can also enjoy the concert in the church from 1:30pm to 3pm followed by tea and coffee in the Narthex. At 3pm, the Priest-in-Charge of the Parish, Rev. Dr. Helen Malcolm, will draw the major raffle and present the prizes, assisted by the Rev. Victor Adams (senior associate priest).

Should the weather be wild and inhospitable, the fair will proceed regardless, undercover (but a little squashy!!).

For further information, phone Pat Gibson on 5831 3080 or the church office on 5821 7630....


New year 7 learning centre for St Mary of the Angels "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

HIGH school students at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College in Nathalia will benefit from a new San Rufino Year 7 Learning Centre thanks to $700,000 in funding from the Federal Government.

Member for Murray, Damian Drum officially opened the new facility last week on behalf of the Minister for Education, Dan Tehan.

It was great to visit St Mary of the Angels Secondary College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students learning potential, Mr Drum said.

These new learning spaces take into account the latest in educational research and will see students learn more effectively.

Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities thats why the Federal Government is proud of the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.

Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit


The third curve. concept vs reality "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Money vs Oil Real Combined - SmallerThanks to good old facebook, I have discovered another webside I want to share with my now nearly 800 followers. Mansoor Khan is writing a book called The Third Curve, and is publishing it chapter by chapter on his website. I am currently distracted by a wedding and a funeral in Queensland, and havent yet delved too far into this book, but I was originally attracted to it by that telling graph at left, because it clearly describes the disconnect between concept and reality.

Khan studied engineering at IIT, Cornell University and...


LGBTI groups, leaders and allies call on Government to protect trans and gender diverse students and teachers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Today 50 organisations called on the Morrison Government to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are treated with fairness and equality.

Read the joint LGBTI community statement with the full 50 signatories here.

Last week, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review, many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. 

The Government has committed to repealing discrimination law exemptions that allow religious schools to turn away and expel gay students, however there has been no commitment to protect trans and gender diverse children, or workers in schools. 

Jo Hirst, author, advocate and mother of a trans child, said:

We know that trans and gender diverse students achieve their best academic and mental health outcomes when they are supported by both their families and their school environment. Every student should have the right to be safe and accepted in their school community.

Our trans and gender diverse students just want to be able to attend school with their friends like every other student without fear and discrimination.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.

All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every person should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families. We should all be able to access publicly available services free from discrimination.

The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equ...

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Tuesday, 16 October


The Trans-Pacific Partnership is just plain no good "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Among those who know something about it, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very unpopular. The suggestion that it is about corporate greed trying to impose a multinational agenda that is not in the interests of the countries concerned is often made.

This is not exactly right. There is more to it than this. Over emphasis on greed diverts form the deeper reason why it has come about.

The TPP is an agreement that has nothing to do with the promotion of real free trade. It is a scheme to impose a tougher regional control of the dominant economy in the Pacific region. This is the United States. Never mind that it is now out of the TPP mark 2. It can be changed down the track, just by stroke of the pen.

Underlying everything, is that the dominant corporations are American based. This is an economy moving to consolidate its hold on global resources and markets. Donald Trump doesnt have to sign up for this to proceed, or for the TPP to facilitate it.  This is taken care of by already existing arrangements and the dominance of these corporations in many of the countries concerned.

What is different about the TPP, is that the purpose is to increase the mobility of labour and capital to a new level.

Arrangements being signed to will in the long-run lead to the circulation of more cheap labour. Some workers in the lowest wage countries might get some benefit. But this will have a detrimental effect in the higher wage countries, and ultimately, drive a race to the bottom for all.

Even more important, is the movement towards the complete freeing of investment flows and leaving no place untouched. This will encourage the further growth of the speculative economy, while at the same time, outlaw governments from taking measures that restrict it.

The move towards consensus politics over this in Australia is wrong, no matter which way you cut it. Talk about changing it afterwards is nonsense. The agreement cedes this. It is the reason why there is now a new groundswell of opposition. The campaign to change Labors most recent position is being led by the unions. The executive of the Victorian Trades  Hall Council, which represents the unions in the state,  unanimously voted last week to oppose and campaign against the TPP. A groundswell of opposition is also growing within the Labor Party.

The TPP will not lead to jobs and economic prosperity for most people. What it will do, is lead to a transfer regional income to the richest and most powerful, and it will tighten the grip of the dominant corporations over the political process. This is a recipe for the escalation of corruption. We already have far too much of it and dont need any more.

This last effect, by courtesy of the hemming in of gover...


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Rhythms & Beats Drum up Community Connection in Hurstbridge "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When Annie Fletcher and her family moved back from WA to Melbourne, Hurstbridge seemed a nice spot at the end of the train line. It wasnt until theyd been living there a few months that Annie realised the rich arts community theyd been fortunate to move into.

Keen to get into more hand-drumming, Annie decided to hook into the local scene, in particular the regular jamming sessions at St Andrews market, which at that time had a weekly drum circle. This lead to a conversation with the local neighbourhood house about starting a beginners group and, fourteen years later as Drum Connection, the beat goes on.

I wasnt a particularly experienced drummer at that time but, because Id been a teacher for many years, I used my teaching skills to work out what I wanted to teach and how and it just grew from there. My intrinsic love of rhythm had also been honed over many years with my passion and tertiary study in Dance.

Numbers were low to start with, but running the group gave Annie an opportunity to assimilate into the community, it helped me find my place and it was just so rewarding.

Participation in the new group continued to grow with spots of natural fluctuation, but the community music experience continued as a weekly dose of positive good fun.

I always say there are no mistakes in the drumming, there are just variations on a theme and a bit of jamming is fine. People like that and if they struggle with a particular rhythm, they can just play the first beat of each bar or the main beats of the rhythm and when the finishing call comes, they can whack the drum again and finish with the group, so its accessible to all.



Victorias largest solar farm goes ahead after solving connection dilemma "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Police search for missing boy Ethyn Moshoudis "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

CAN YOU HELP FIND ETHYN?... Missing Doreen boy Ethyn Moshoudis.. Photo: Supplied.CAN YOU HELP FIND ETHYN? Missing Doreen boy Ethyn Moshoudis.. Photo: Supplied.

POLICE are searching for missing Doreen boy Ethyn Moshoudis.

The 12-year-old was last seen getting onto a train to Flinders Street Station from near his South Morang school about 11am yesterday.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due to his age.

Ethyn is described as 130cm tall, with a slim build and olive complexion.

He was last seen wearing black jacket, black and white runners, a black Adidas hat with white stripe and he was carrying a black Adidas backpack.

He is known to frequent the Shepparton, Mooroopna and Melton areas.

An image of Ethyn has been released in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his whereabouts.

Anyone who sees Ethyn is urged to contact Mernda Police Station on 9216 1200.


MP: chance to grow horticulture "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

HORTICULTURE could be expanded in South Gippsland if redundant water reservoirs are used for irrigation, Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien said.

He has called on the State Government to consider the future irrigation needs of South Gippsland as the government ponders future use of redundant water supply dams.

South Gippsland Water is undertaking consultation on the future use of the Little Bass, Belleview Creek, Coalition Creek and Ness Gully reservoirs.

With the forthcoming completion of the Lance Creek connection project which will shore up the supply of town water for Korumburra, Loch, Nyora and Poowong, these dams are no longer needed by South Gippsland Water, Mr OBrien said.

We in South Gippsland have a great opportunity to encourage further horticultural development in our region.

Weve already seen a significant horticultural firm move out of the Cranbourne/Clyde area into our region and there is the prospect that more will come as urban pressure unfortunately encroaches on the south east.

However, we will need to ensure that any businesses wanting to come to South Gippsland can have access to good quality irrigation water to supplement our wonderful natural rainfall and environment.

Im calling on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure that these four reservoirs are considered for future irrigation use.

Mr OBrien said he understood there were some issues with respect to dam safety standards applying to the four dams but that irrigation use is something that should be considered.

These dams are relatively small from an irrigation perspective but could provide valuable storage and supply options for new horticultural entrants coming to our region, he said.

Horticulture provides significantly more return for water and land used than many other farm uses and often brings with it greater employment opportunities, particularly if we can achieve critical mass and also attract large processing facilities.

Mr OBrien said he has toured the dams previously and notes that some would also make fantastic recreational areas for the South Gippsland community.

There is good opportunity for us to ensure that we get the best economic and social use out of these dams now that they are no longer needed, he said.

I have already raised this issue with my colleague the Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan and will be happy to pursue it further if we are elected to government on November 24.





Tidy win for Coal Creeks Rowena "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ROWENA Ashley has won the Dame Phyllis Award in the 2018 Tidy Towns Awards run by Keep Victoria Beautiful.

The award recognises her contribution to Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra, where she is park coordinator.

She developed a passion for history, tourism and the community after moving to Korumburra in 2000.

Ms Ashley quickly became a volunteer curator at Coal Creek and shortly after became employed by South Gippsland Shire Council as the park coordinator.

After 16 years, Ms Ashley is still involved in the community and has contributed by identifying the gallery space at Coal Creek for local and emerging artists to exhibit.

She has also been committed to attracting worldwide exhibitions such as the Anne Frank Amsterdam Travelling Museum Collection and the Aboriginal Children from Hermannsburg Exhibition.

Ms Ashley also organised a Chinese delegation to understand better the coal mining heritage of the region.

Rowena is a wonderful example of how leadership and guidance of others within and outside their community can achieve a positive community outcome, the Tidy Towns Committee 2018 stated.

On behalf of Coal Creek, Ms Ashley has submitted numerous projects that have seen Coal Creek as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns- Sustainable Communities Award for the past 11 years.

Due to this, Korumburra has also been nominated as a Tidy Town for the past three years.

This year Coal Creek Community Park and Museum was awarded The Keep Victoria Beautiful Gift Fund to initiate a new project about children helping Coal Creek examine the health of its waterways and lakes.



First class: Coal Creek Community Park and Museum coordinator Rowena Ashley is congratulated on her Tidy Towns award by South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin.


Literary festival inspires "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE 11th annual Coal Creek Literary Festival held at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra last Sunday showcased nine speakers and inspired audiences with the festival catch phrase the magic of words.

In conjunction with speakers, the literary festival includes the Bert Van Bedaf Short Story and Open Poetry prizes. This years winner of the Open Poetry prize was Elizabeth Sweeney of Outtrim with Devon, a reflective poem about walking in Devon.

The Short Story winner was Scot Gardner of Yinnar, with Love, a love story with a twist alluding to love of a cow.

Speaking of writing, the open forum question was I have written some. What do I do next?

The event included talks from writers, artists and social workers with a light lunch break included with the ticket price. Comments from attendees noted they drew much inspiration and gained insight into their own writing craft and pathway.

This years festival was a success in terms of ticket sales, notably up from previous years. According to the Coal Creek Information Centre, 56 passes were sold on the day but this does not include pre-purchased ticket sales.

The Star newspaper is a major sponsor of the annual event and honours the life of the late Bert van Bedaf, previously a journalist at The Star.





Wise words: Nicola Epps of Traralgon with her book purchases at the festival.

Judge: Chloe Kent of San Remo judged the short story entrants.



Community banking comes to Meeniyan "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Meeniyan Bendigo Bank branch officially opened inside IGA supermarket last Friday, celebrating the towns first bank with the banks mascot Piggy and a sausage sizzle from local CFA volunteers.

Four staff members will look after local banking needs where customers can open accounts, make deposits, conduct general transactions with the bank and also cater to mobile lending needs after hours, if need be, branch manager Sharon Demaria said.

An ASIC registered board of directors manages the business side of the bank, where community bank branches are managed by a public company, Promontory District Finance Group Ltd (PDFG), in turn owned by the local community.

In recent times the board has donated about $1.1 million towards annual grants and scholarship programs to assist first year university students.

Community banking and being part of something bigger are mantras the bank hold dearly. Revenue from the banking operation is shared equally between Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and the local Community Bank, where the local Community Banks share of revenue meets the branchs costs for day to day operation.

Post-profits made after costs are then re-invested back into community projects.


New bank: the faces behind the new Bendigo Bank branch at IGA, Meeniyan, from back left, board chairman Robert Liley, Kerri Mangiafico, Ineke Degraaf, risk and compliance manager Louise Gavros, regional manager Gerry Marvin and Michael Shervell. From front left, branch manager Sharon Demaria, Piggy, Tara Hollier and IGA owner Kaelene Shervell.


100 years of Armistice "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Inverloch Community Hub hosted a living tribute performance by Cultural Infusion and the Wonthaggi Citizens Band to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, last Saturday.

The tribute began at 10am at Inverloch Community Hub with about 20 spectators absorbing cheeky theatrics and brass band music.

There were two further performances held for the celebration in Wonthaggi, at the Apex Park, with the final presentation held at Town Square on Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

The musical and acrobatic story portrays some of the lesser known heroes from World War One. Between 1914-66, Australian military musicians had two roles, namely band members but as stretcher-bearers, too.

The Inverloch Remembrance Day celebrations will commence at the war memorial in ABeckett Street on Sunday, November 11 at 10.45am.

All are welcome to attend for wreath laying or provision of tokens of remembrance either as a group or individuals. The HMAS Cerberus members will also be forming a catafalque party.

Light refreshments will be made available at the Inverloch RSL at the conclusion of the ceremony, located at 13-15 Bolding Place.


Cheeky theatrics: Cultural Infusion performers stand on their hands in front of applauding spectators.

RSL members: from left, RSL Inverloch member Bruce Corrigan, Inverloch RSL president Robert Sutton, assistant secretary Lindsay Guerin, and chairperson and events coordinator Jan Millington at Saturdays event to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day.


Crowds enjoy Meeniyan Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEENIYAN Square hosted its first Farmers Market last Sunday, with stunning weather and scrumptious produce.

Regional Farmers Markets have given quality local producers a chance to meet the public since 1999. The popularity of the events is emphasised by great crowds who enjoy the community market feel.

On show for Meeniyans first market were many artisanal producers, including Grand Ridge Organics, Blue Tree Honey Farm, Cafe Escargot and Fox Force natural milkshakes.

People queued for milkshakes, while others walked away with armfuls of wonderful produce and delicious, healthy food and baskets brimming from the market.

Beautiful sunny spring weather drew the crowds from the local area and others from as far away as Daylesford, Melbourne and Warragul.

Stallholders did a roaring trade with shoppers enjoying the fabulous array of fresh produce, fresh juices, sorbets, eggs, farm fresh fruit and vegetables, spring flowers, organic meats and of course fresh garlic.

Organisers were thrilled with the first market and praised the stallholders who kept the eager crowns happy with the wonderful fare on offer.

There were happy shoppers too, with one commenting on the lovely family friendly atmosphere and was most impressed she could bring along her dog as well.

Meeniyan Square is also a designated dog friendly zone and the market was the perfect excuse to tuck into local foodie delights.

Our first market in Meeniyan was a smashing success and we were thrilled with the turnout, Regional Farmers Market co-director Melissa Burge said with glee.

We got excellent feedback with people commenting about the exceptional variety on offer. People were very vibrant on the day and they positively embraced the experience. We estimated seeing about a 95 percent presence from locals on the day.

Sales were positive and the organic vegetables sold exceptionally well from Grand Ridge Organics and Paddle Wheel.

The next market is confirmed for Sunday, November 11.


Drinks break: from left, Jett and Sienna Van Lieshout of Korumburra enjoying a well deserved milkshake from Fox Force Natural Milkshakes.



Flower show celebrates 31 years "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Leongatha Recreation Reserve hosted the annual Native Flower Show last weekend, October 13-14, inside the South Gippsland Historical Automobile Clubrooms.

The Australian Plants Society hosted the sunny weekend, perfect for the saturated floral displays. Plentiful crowds attended on the Saturday although numbers were a little lower the following day.

Many local nurseries provided native plants for purchase in conjunction with the event, including Melaleuca Nursery of Inverloch, Narkabundah Wildflower Nursery of Sandy Point, Blue Gum Forest Nursery of Korumburra, Dryandra Nursery of Bear Gulley and Deep Creek Nursery of Foster.

Flowers on display included many from Western Australia in addition to beautiful banksias, waratahs, eucalypts, grevilleas and boronias. The local native plants on display were said to have grown within a 25km radius from Leongatha.

Interstate guest: The Dendrobium Speciosum, otherwise known as the Sydney Rock Orchid, held with proud hands by Inverlochs Paul Sierakowski volunteered time for the day at the annual Native Flower Show last Sunday.

Native delights: Anne Somerville of Cape Paterson in love with the beautiful orchid-like Eremophilia Miribalis.


Store market rebounds "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

By South Gippsland Stock Agents Association

A yarding of 1600 cattle came forward at last weeks store sale, consisting of 1080 steers, 320 heifers, 160 cows and calves and 40 springers.
Cattle came from the local area and once again from East Gippsland .
The market was strong for all classes of cattle and prices recovered all of the previous sales fall and maybe even a little dearer on the smaller and dairy cross types.
With a little rain falling over some parts of the country in the past week and the possibility of more falls for next week and prices for cattle in the north improving a little seemed to have a positive influence on the market.
Most of the regular feedlot buyers were in attendance and operating with the rest of the cattle being purchased by the locals.
Thursday, October 11
Steers: Baillie Bros, 2yo, 10 Ang, 627kg, 267c, $1720; 2yo, 18 Ang, 687c, $1800; 2yo, 16 Ang, 614kg, 285c, $1750.
N. & B. Wynne, 2yo, 8 Ang, 604kg, 274c, $1660, P. Chisholm, 20mth, 11 Ang, 443kg, 316c, $1400; R.M. Agostino, 20mth, 9 Ang, 493kg, 273c, $1350; C. Farr, 18mth, 8 Ang, 464kg, 289c, $1340; Netherwood Past, 12mth, 18 Ang, 384kg, 313c, $1200; T.L. Venning, 14mth, 25 Ang, 278kg, 270c, $1021.
A. Conisbee, 15mth, 17 Ang, 344kg, 322c, $1110; 15mth, 17 Ang, 328kg, 332c, $1090; 15 mth, 18 Ang, 334kg, 311c, $1040.
A. Brown, 12mth, 18 Ang, 343kg, 300c, $1030; I. & R. Hengstberger, 12mth, 15 Ang, 334kg, 296c, $990; D. McAinch, 14 mth, 17 Hfd, 345kg, 275c, $950; Westley Inv, 12mth, 6 Ang, 349kg, 272c, $950; C. Farr, 12 mth, 12 Ang, 336kg, 280c, $940; F. & L. Cosella, 16mth, 51 Ang, 309kg, 282c, $872; Pilkington & Toohey, 12 mth, 68 Ang, 289kg, 305c, $880.
R.M. Jennings, 9mth, 20 Char, 280kg, 231c, $690; 9mth, 10 AAX, 350kg, 230c, $805; 10mth, 12 AAX, 290kg, 248c, $720.
R. Stampfli, 2yo, 14 Fries, 428kg, 193c, $830; G. Beveridge, 2yo, 58 Fries, 410kg, 172c, $705; R. & C. Bright, 18mth, 11 Fries, 405kg, 158c, $640.
S. Derrick, 4mths, 16 Fries, $270; 3mth, 10 Fries, $180.
Heifers: M. & K. Smith, 20mth, 5 ang, 493kg, 231c, $1140; Westley Inv, 12mth, 6 Ang, 336kg, 259c, $870; Golden Gully Farm, 12mth, 14 Ang X, 327kg, 211c, $690; G. Cook, 12mth, 12 Ang X, 315kg, 215c, $680.
Cows and calves: M. Mann, 10 x 10 Hfd, $1170; W. & E. Foreman, 16 x 16 Ang, $1150; Lortan Nom, 22 x 22 Hfd, $1150.


South Gippsland promoted to Division 2 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Country Week Golf Competition took place on metropolitan golf courses for teams from all over Victoria on October 1 to 3.
The South Gippsland mens team competed in the Bowl section or Division 3.
After wins on the first day of seven nil over Northern, a six to one over Wimmera at The National (Long Island), a five and a half win to one and a half over Kara Kara District at Spring Valley, followed up with a three and a half to three and half draw with Dalhousie on the last day at Rossdale, South Gippsland gained promotion to the Plate or Division 2.
Next year in the first week of October, South Gippsland mens team will play alongside the womens team.
Well done to the nine representatives of the team.
Congratulations also to the womens team for its two wins and two losses, which consolidated its position in Division 2.

Congratulations: Damien Symmons (Woorayl), Mark Boulton (Phillip Island), Michael OKeefe (Leongatha), James Bain (Phillip Island), captain Steve Bromby (Korumburra), Michael McGrath (Leongatha), manager Steve Kane, Chris Buckland (Meeniyan), Isaac Batty (Phillip Island), Michael Thomas (Leongatha) and Ian Balfour (assistant manager) represented South Gippsland exceptionally well at the Country Week Golf Competition recently.


Outstanding service honour awarded to Wonthaggi Pony Club members "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI Pony Club associate members Emily Davey, Ryanston and Madeline Chalmers, Fish Creek received prestigious awards during the Pony Club Association of Victoria- West Gippsland Zone Annual General Meeting at Leongatha RSL on September 26..
A highlight of the evening Emily and Madeline were awarded the prestigious Pony Club Association of Victoria Award of Merit for giving outstanding practical assistance to their club.
Donna Murley, Wonthaggi Pony Club life member, spoke on behalf of the club about the girls and their achievements.
They were presented certificates and badges by West Gippsland state councillor Laurie Cruise.
To receive the award at the same time made the honour extra special for the girls, as they are great friends who met at pony club.
To be considered worthy of this award, the associate member must have always been helpful and thoughtful of others and genuinely interested in seeing that the aims of the pony club movement are upheld in the club.
The award is to be considered the highest honour for service.
The inaugural award was first given in 1967 and was then known as the Shell Award.
From 1985 it became known as the Award of Merit.
Emily has been a member of Pony Club Association Victoria for 15 years.
She has contributed many hours of work to Wonthaggi Pony Club over numerous years along with her family, assisting with help such as erecting fences with her dad on the front arena, regularly attending working bees and cleaning up the cross country area especially when a grant was obtained to help clear the back area.
Emily has assisted with setting up for many events over the years such as erecting dressage arenas, showjumping courses and canteen preparation.
She thoroughly enjoys being part of Wonthaggi Pony Club, and she is well liked and respected by all.
When asked to step in as club secretary in 2016, Emily did not hesitate to help out the club and did a brilliant job getting all the club records in order.
When the Burns family first joined the pony club there was only a shed and dirt arena out the back of the shed and a cross country area that was very over grown.
Now with all the hard work of all club members, Emily has been involved in four arenas being built, kitchen upgrade, cross country clean up working with the shire to clear the area near water jump.
Emily has not been riding over the last few years due to her horse being injured, attending and completing university, working full time and also being recently married; although this has not stopped her actively being involved and making an outstanding contribution to Wonthaggi Pony Club.
She is lucky to have made lifelong friends and have some great instructors helping her along the way.
Madeline has been a member of the Pony Club Association Victoria for 17 years....


Libs say they will protect Mornington Peninsula from overdevelopment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.

"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.

Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."

He adds his opinion that,

"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."

Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.

He concludes,


Monday, 15 October


Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...


GTA Cheat Developers Have Homes Searched and Assets Frozen "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Over the past year there has been a wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against alleged cheaters or cheat makers.

More than a handful have been filed in the US, but theres also been some action in Australia recently.

In one case, filed last month, GTA V developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are going after several people believed to be linked to the popular Infamous cheat.

This lawsuit is notable because the Federal Court of Australia has signed off on several broad enforcement actions. Not only are the defendants restrained from any cheating related activity, they are also the subject of a search and assets freezing order.

The orders are issued against the person or persons known as Christopher Anderson, Cycus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson, and Koroush Jeddian. Per the courts order, all are prohibited from cheating and can be imprisoned if they refuse to comply.


The associated search order identifies two Melbourne premises. It allows a search party to enter the buildings and search, copy, or remove relevant evidence including any computer, electronic storage device, or documents related to Infamous. Any cars that are located at these locations can also be searched.

In addition to the search order, the Federal Court also issued a freezing order preventing the defendants from taking out more money than needed for regular expenses.

You must not remove from Australia or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of your assets in Australia (Australian assets) up to the unencumbered value of AU$286,609.80 (the Relevant Amount), the order states.

This freezing order also applies to any cryptocurrency and other digital currency, including the money stored in the PayPal account thats assigned to Christopher Anderson.

It is likely that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive will try to obtain copyright infringement related damages, and with the freezing order they can make sure that the money isnt spent beforehand.

The orders in question were initially not disclosed, but that restriction has now been lifted. From the information we have available the searches were carried out late last month. In a follow-up order, the federal court ruled that the freezing and other orders should remain in place for now.

The defendant(s) have yet to file a defense, which is expected later...


Bruce Wilson - "Gillard flew to my rescue" in May 1992 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard flew from Melbourne to Perth in 1992 to iron out legal trouble over a union association, her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson told an inquiry yesterday. Mr Wilson, then a senior Australian Workers Union official, told a Royal Commission Ms Gillard flew to his side when...


Telstra's real dads "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Real Dads of Melbourne enjoying big screen vibes with the @SamsungAU Galaxy Note9 on @Telstra Telstra (@Telstra) October 5, 2018

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