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Thursday, 24 August

14:57

The Rise of the Killer Robot "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne

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11:25

The solar step: Our community is ours to change "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer

Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.

Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser Sren Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor Mark Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables in the electricity grid.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:

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08:59

Victoria Police states while assaulting a minor "I can do whatever I want" "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria Police have been trained that the law that applies to the herd population does not apply to them or the 'administration'.

This is the result of their training;


Source: Supplied.

07:35

Should solo bikes have cheaper rego? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.

Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.

Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!

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A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.

Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.

There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.

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Fight for solo rego

South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).

When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.

We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.

Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts.

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07:02

Alanna and Alicia Announce Album Launch Show in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be []

04:30

Ruby Fields announces her national P Plates single launch tour "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.

Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.

Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.

Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.

It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.

On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.

Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,

Ruby Fields P Plates Tour 2017

With Totty

Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)

Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 25th
Brighton Hotel...

04:17

Sydney economy back into pole position "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sydney jobs surge

Sydney displaced Melbourne as the economy creating the most jobs over the year to July 2017, at more than +71,000. 

Melbourne created +58,200 new jobs on a net basis, with Brisbane at a more moderate +19,000.

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to trend down, with the monthly unemployment rate in the harbour city well below 4.5 per cent in July. 


Despite this there have been few signs of stronger wages growth in New South Wales to date, with annual wage price rising only by about +2 per cent across the state. 

The below chart hints at a possible reason why - a pullback in the participation rate. 


But stronger wages do look set to return with jobs being created at this pace.

02:28

Sleepmakeswaves "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency present:
sleepmakeswaves
With special guests Rosetta (USA)

 

Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.

Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:

This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.

Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.

These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.

Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:

We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.

sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...

02:16

Transportation: How long can we adapt before we fall off the Net Energy Cliff? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is an older post (2014) from Alice Friedemanns blog, which somehow flew under the radar. There is one bullet point in this that stunned me:

  1. America is likely to be outbid by China, India, etc., for oil exports.  At Chinas current growth rate, China alone would consume ALL exported oil by 2020.

IF you have been following this humble blog long enough, you might know that Ive been forecasting that Australia will be totally out of oil by around 2020, and will therefore need to import 100% of our liquid fuel needs.  what happens then?

When I asked Alice for more details, she replied I suspect when I wrote this it was common knowledge, theyre rising empires as other nation fade. But now with Chinas housing and other bubbles, and the corruption in both China and India, and ecological destruction, its probably not true now. Ive met Australians who fear a China invasion someday but dont know how realistic that is.

Furthermore, as Chinas spectacular growth rates have somewhat shrunk, we may get a few more years relief. but how long will it last? Heres Alices post, very interesting as usual.

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alice_friedemannThe problem we face is a liquid fuel crisis.  Absolutely essential vehicles, such as agricultural tractors and combines, railroads, and trucks run on d...

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Wednesday, 23 August

11:20

30MW battery to create renewables-based mini grid in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 http://reneweconomy.com.au/30mw-battery-to-create-renewables-based-mini-grid-in-south-australia-63304/, By Giles Parkinson on 23 August 2017 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it is providing $12 million towards the $30 million cost of a major battery storage installation to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and close to the Wattle Point wind farm.

The 30MW/8MWh large scale battery will deliver both network services and market services, and is the result of a lengthy study begun in 2014 called ESCRI (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) by local grid operator ElectraNet, Worley Parsons and AGL.

It is designed principally to provide fast frequency response and help balance the local network, but it will also help reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector with Victoria, because its placement means more power can be transported over the line. This should relieve constraints imposed by the market operator.

It will also have the ability to island the local network pairing with the local 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar PV as a local micro-grid to ensure grid security and so keep the lights on in case the network failures elsewhere in the state.

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10:29

Father bashed unconscious while daughters hid in bathroom during Melbourne home invasion "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


The Australian Government has banned the right to obtain, carry & use anything for the sole purpose of self defence, & this is the result. Australian homes & law abiding citizens are left defenseless. NO guns, NO pepper spray, NO tasers, NO anything!!! One would have thought that it was a human right to defend oneself & ones family!!! NOT IN AUSTRALIA IT ISN'T!

07:43

Blindman Death Stare "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
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Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to blindmandeathstare.com

The post Blindman Death Stare appeared first on The Zoo.

06:25

La Trobe and council to work closer together for better outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

La Trobe and council to work closer together for better outcomes

COMMITMENT MADE From left (back), La Trobe University council member, Adam Furphy, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem, La Trobe University pro vice chancellor (regional), Richard Speed and La Trobe Univeristy Shepparton head of campus, Sue Nalder. (Front, Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott and La Trobe University chancellor, Richard Larkins at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between council and La Trobe University last week. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

LA TROBE University Shepparton Campus and Greater Shepparton City Council will be working even closer together to achieve better outcomes for the local community, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last week.

The signing is a public commitment from both organisations to maximise higher education opportunities, enrolments and research opportunities in Shepparton.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said the MoU sets out the joint aspirations for tertiary education in Shepparton.

Im really pleased that in principle we were able to set out and agree to some long term proposals for our great city.

Council continues to pursue the expansion of tertiary education in the Goulburn Valley and it is fantastic to see La Trobe University shares our vision. Council has a long-term strategy for tertiary education in Shepparton and La Trobe Universitys presence in our city is a major part of that.

Our collaboration also supports regional economic development through the promotion of and participation in Work Integrated Learning and internships for La Trobe University students in the Greater Shepparton region, Cr Adem said.

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott said tertiary education has definite economic benefits for the region.

This is a great opportunity for exchange students to be part of our region.

Council and the community have been instrumental in securing government funding for the La Trobe University Shepparton Campus. We look forward to working closely with La Trobe in this important development, Mr Harriott said.

As part of the collaboration, a new La Trobe University Mooving Art cow was also launched, which can be found at the Sheppa...

06:24

Charity event full of variety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Charity event full of variety

HELPING THOSE IN NEED From left, Variety Bash participant, John Mcrae, Shepparton Access service users Chris, Daniel, Jason, Aaron and Anthony and Variety Bash participant, John McCarroll. Photo: David Lee.

SERVICE users at Shepparton Access received a bit of a thrill last week, when they spotted two participants of this years Variety Bash, local residents, John McCarroll and John Mcrae with their decked out car just out the front of the business premises on Wyndham Street.

Kicking off the journey from Epping in Melbourne on Friday last week and set to finish the journey to Fraser Island on Friday this week, the locals, who are joined by Kevin McCarroll and Garry Lynch had helped to raise $15,500 for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs before leaving on their journey.

John McCarroll who has been taking part for eight years said, It was great for the service users at Shepparton Access to come out and see the car. This is what its all about, helping these locals.

The car we are taking the journey on is co-owned by myself and Peter Foott from Foott Waste, and we are all pleased to once again be taking part in this years bash.

Id like to thank all the supporters and local businesses who have sponsored us. Without them this couldnt happen, John said.

06:24

Dont miss your chance to nominate a deserving business "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Dont miss your chance to nominate a deserving business

THERE are just three weeks left to get your nominations in for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards, and this week, seven more local businesses have received a nomination.

Tis Hair & Beauty owner/hairdresser received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Trade Services category, Rituals of Self Love received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Trade Services category, Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, SPC Kids Town Adventure Playground received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, Next Office Tech received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, Charlottes Lab owner, Charlotte White  received a nomination under the Entrepreneur of the Year category and PJM Landscaping 3rd year apprentice landscaper, Seth Maher received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category.

All businesses within the Greater Shepparton City Council boundary are eligible to be nominated for an award with each award categorys individual set of criteria available on the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.

Nominations can be made in-store at participating businesses, online at www.sheppartonchamber.com.au/awards or via post by sending a completed nomination form to Business Awards, PO Box 364, Shepparton 3630.

All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.

06:22

An invitation to the community "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AN INVITATION is extended to all readers who are following the progress of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

Visitors to the current museum will be familiar with the Giving Tree, attached to the wall in the entry foyer, and will note the additional leaves, and reserved places for leaves, on several branches. These new contributions to the building appeal follow from the publicity given to the tree in The Adviser in recent weeks.

The Giving Tree is an opportunity for individuals and families to demonstrate their support for this exciting community building initiative. While the building will house and exhibit the outstanding collection currently housed in storage in SAM, it will also provide a safe, welcoming and open space for gatherings, festival events, picnics and many, many other activities in the beautiful and central surrounds of the lake. It will offer a space for everyone, no matter the degree of interest expressed in the art and art objects held inside.

The SAM Foundation was established to undertake fundraising, and is gratified by the response from major Melbourne-based philanthropists, as well as local generous donors. The Giving Tree is the opportunity for local people to record their support and enthusiasm by naming individual leaves in a way that can be seen by all visitors to the SAM, in both old and new locations, now and into the future.

Do feel free to come into the Welsford Street, SAM, take a Giving Tree brochure and choose your own branch or twig as the place for the recognition of your contribution.

06:21

Meet you at the square "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Meet you at the square

COMFORTABLE, SAFE AND RELAXING ENVIRONMENT DESIRED From left, local resident, Nicholas Bamford, Wyndham Street trader and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD Revitalisation Sub Committee chair, John Anderson and Fryers Street trader and Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member, Wendy Crow enjoying a coffee and a chat in what could become a town square in Sheppartons Fraser Street. Photo: David Lee.

A town square for Shepparton

WITH tenders for options of redeveloping the Maude Street Mall having been considered at a special council meeting yesterday, there is hope that a town square could be introduced as a part of the mall plan to breathe new life back into Sheppartons CBD.

The square would be a family friendly, safe space for socialising, enjoying food and drink with entertainment where people of all ages could congregate.

The idea, which was included in local business owner, Wendy Crows mall concept would also include a playground and landscaping to beautify the area.

Wyndham Street trader, John Anderson said, History shows that the town square was a meeting place for all members of the community.

A town square is alive during the day with people shopping and relaxing in the area and activated at night by local food outlets creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Shepparton has an out-dated mall which does not have the intimacy and warmth of a town square.

Lets have our own town square with all the advantages the cities and towns across the world offer their residents.

Lets make Fraser Street with its northern area and elegant trees our town square located from the Telstra building to the existing mall. This town square could rejuvenate the centre of our town.

Slow moving traffic with free parking available in the mall would allow immediate access to this exciting precinct. Any car parks taken from Fraser Street to enhance the square would be relocated in the vicinity.

The new toilet block under the tower is perfectly placed to provide a convenient amenity to this area.

The previous civic buildings were located on the corner of Maude and Fraser Streets.

What better historic location could there be for a town square for the modern Shepparton, John said.

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06:20

A collection of the regions success stories to hit the streets "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A collection of the regions success stories to hit the streets

OUR REGIONS SUCCESSES The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams is eager to see the positive reaction from the community when they get the chance to read the 2017 Our Goulburn Valley magazine when it hits letterboxes next week. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THERE are an abundance of success stories about local businesses that have helped to shape the Goulburn Valley and continue to help the region thrive, and you can read all about them in this years Our Goulburn Valley magazine.

In one weeks time, 92 pages of success stories from across the region will be delivered to letterboxes across the region, promoting the local residents and businesses that have helped the regions total Gross Regional Product reach $7.517B.

From the primary industries and consumer goods sectors and engineering and manufacturing through to infrastructure and construction, transport, education and the arts and services, there are many businesses that have shared their storiessome of which have never been heard before.

As part of the magazine, The Adviser has gathered messages from dignitaries and visions from notable locals on the future success of the Goulburn Valley, including Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO, Sam Birrell.

Sams story within this years magazine is an inspiring look at the future of Greater Shepparton. The following is a snapshot of Sams piece. Where is Greater Shepparton going to be in twenty years time? Here are a few ideas

Industry: Fresh produce is being exported in great tonnage to China, flying from the new Shepparton airport. Goulburn Valley apples, pears, peaches and milk are in such demand in the supermarkets of Beijing and Shanghai that producers are struggling to keep up with demand.

Population: The population of Greater Shepparton is now 125,000, enabled by high-speed rail connectivity and the de-centralisation policies of government and major manufacturing companies.

Environment: The Goulburn River is back to near perfect health. Murray Cod, once a declining species are now plentiful, and carp have been eradicated....

06:15

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

UPCOMING

 

TATURA COMMUNITY MARKET WINTER EDITION will be held on Saturday, August 26. This is an indoor/outdoor market and is held from 9am to 1pm at St Marys, Hogan Street, Tatura.

 

THE SHEPPARTON SPIRITUALIST CENTRE next service will be on the August 27 starting at 12:30pm for meditation and 1:30pm for the service. The speaker and mediums for the day will be the Reverend Lorraine, Lee Tet and will be followed by the AGM. Everyone welcome. Please bring a plate to share for afternoon tea. The venue is at 23 Alexandra Street. Mooroopna. For further information phone 0432 088 501.

 

BLUMES FASHION PARADE will be presented by the Catholic Womens League on Monday, September 11 at St Brendans Parish Centre (behind the church) at 10am. Everyone is welcome. $5 entry. For further information, phone Judith on 5822 0545.

 

THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 2 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jos Music. There will be a program of old time favourite dances, lucky spots, door prizes and raffles. Proceeds go to Shepparton Uniting Church Building Fund. All welcome. Admission is $8. Please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, contact Ted on 5822 0424.

 

FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT GROUP meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at Primary Care Connect. The support group is for carers who have a loved one with alcohol or drug addiction. All welcome. For further information, contact Tina on 5823 3205.

 

THE 2018 MS 24 HOUR MEGA SWIM $24 FOR 24 HOUR PROMOTION kicks off on August, 24 where participants can register for just $24. The actual event will be held on February 17 and 18. For further information, or to register, visit www.msmegaswim.org.au/

 

KINDLING WOOD FOR SALE. Approximately 10kg for $5 from 42 Drummond Road. Available Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm and Saturday between 8am and 12 noon. All proceeds to charity. For more information, phone 5821 3215.

 

 

ONGOING

HOLISTIC WELLBEING HUB: Drop in and join us every Thursday morning and enjoy a relaxed morning with other women in the community. Open from 9:30am to 12 noon. Listen to conversations provided to guide you on your life journey. Guest speakers attend between 10am and 11am. Morning tea and activities available. Held at Primary Care Connect, 399 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. For more, phone 5823...

06:08

Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

Dear Editor,

The Goulburn Valley Environment Group (GVEG) calls on the Turnbull Government to initiate a judicial inquiry into issues uncovered in the recent ABC Four Corners program which demonstrated what happens when a lack of compliance and monitoring is exacerbated by bad policy.

If allegations raised by the Four Corners Program are accurate, rogue irrigators and their political backers are harming the health of the entire basin and all communities

The NSW governments actions are having an impact on Victorias share of Darling inflows and water availability for both our irrigators and the environment.

Of particular concern is evidence of political collusion surrounding the 2012 Barwon-Darling Water Sharing Plan and questions over the recent Northern Basin Review processes.

GVEG does not consider the current Government response to call on the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to undertake an independent inquiry adequate in relation to the severity of the allegations which include roles and responsibilities of the MDBA.

We cannot let the implementation of the Basin Plan be undermined by a few irrigators and corruption with-in the NSW water industry.

Only a judicial inquiry with the ability to call witnesses and provide protection for whistle blowers will be capable of investigating issues arising from the Four Corners program and subsequent allegations involving the NSW Nationals and the NSW Government.

Yours sincerely,

John Pettigrew

GVEG president

06:07

Lovell welcomes fire services bill select committee final report "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MEMBER for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has welcomed the tabling of the Fire Services Bill Select Committee Final Report,which was lodged with the Clerk of the Legislative Council last week.

In its report, the Legislative Council Select Committee has made 10 findings and 10 recommendations including recommending the bill should be withdrawn or rejected by the legislative council, findings welcomed by Ms Lovell.

These recommendations reinforce the Liberal Partys view that this proposed legislation is flawed and was formed without proper consultation with Victorias fire services, Ms Lovell said.

In addition the report recommends that legislation relating to firefighters presumptive rights compensation be reintroduced to parliament as a standalone bill.

The Coalition fully supports the firefighters presumptive rights compensation part of the bill and we have always maintained that it should never be lumped with proposed restructure legislation, Ms Lovell said.

Presumptive rights compensation for firefighters has broad support across the parliament and should be reintroduced as soon as possible to become law.

It is interesting that even the Labor Party and The Greens members of the Select Committee agree or agree in principle with the majority of the reports recommendations.

Now the ball is in Daniel Andrews court to take heed of the Select Committees recommendations and scrap his proposed flawed legislation, Ms Lovell said.

06:06

Rate payment options have changed "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

IF YOU pay council rates in Greater Shepparton then you need to be aware that payment methods have changed.

You can now pay by four instalments or 10 monthly direct debits.

For the 2017/2018 financial year, council will not raise penalty interest on outstanding lump sum payments until after the gazetted due date of February 15, 2018. This is to assist ratepayers transition to quarterly instalments.

In future, if residents wish to pay their rates in full, this can still be done by pre-paying the four instalments at once prior to September 30 of that year.

05:42

Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:05 Southern Cross - Albury is delayed by approximately 35 minutes due to a signal fault. 

[13:42 23/08]

05:40

Providing specialist care under one roof "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Providing specialist care under one roof

MAKING SPECIALISTS ACCESSIBLE GV Specialist Centre, plastic surgeon, Mr Howard Webster is cutting down the waiting times. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

PLASTIC surgeon, Mr Howard Webster could see a big gap in the Goulburn Valleys health care system with a local need for Plastic Surgeons. Mr Webster grew up in Euroa and for 21 years now, Mr Webster has worked part time in Shepparton.

In the early days, typically seeing 80 patients a day during the three days a month that Mr Webster came to town, he got to a point where he understood that the waiting times for patients were too stressful and in 2008 he established GV Specialist Centre.

GV Specialist Centre was purpose built with a commitment to providing the people of the Goulburn and Murray Valleys with a local centre for leading visiting medical specialists.  The GV Specialist Centre offers a continuity of care with nurses and GPs along with specialists under the one roof.

The services include plastic surgery with several plastic surgeons, a GP Skin Cancer Clinic, a Molemap service with trained melanographers enabling early detection of skin cancers and a dermatology service.

Mr Webster said, I wanted to reduce the waiting time for people in need of skin cancer treatment, and now people are being seen quickly and are looked after by an excellent team of people under the one roof.

Located at 20 Wyndham Street in Shepparton, GV Specialist Centre provides a team of GPs and specialists who really know their patients. For more information, phone 5820 0500.

05:32

More choice with more services "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FROM Sunday, August 27 there will be a new V/Line timetable and 151 new services every week in regional Victoria.

The new services will run on weekdays and weekends, giving you more choice when you travel on the Geelong, Ballarat, Ararat, Bendigo, Seymour, Shepparton and Traralgon lines.

A Public Transport Victoria spokesperson said, The changes include, 18 more weekly services on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines, to get you home faster on weeknights and improve frequency from 90 to 60 minutes during the day on weekends.

74 extra services will run each week for the Geelong corridor. This includes 30 new services to improve the frequency of weekend trains from 60 to 40 minutes between 7am and 7pm.

Weekday Warrnambool services will no longer stop at Tarneit or Wyndham Vale. Most weekday Warrnambool services will also run express through North Geelong and Lara. 30 new Geelong line trains will stop at stations that Warrnambool trains dont stop at.

18 trains will run every week on the Traralgon line.

41 more services will stop at Richmond Station to get you to the MCG and other events.

19 Ballarat and Wendouree services will be extended to run to and from Ararat each week, including three weekday services and a return service every Saturday and Sunday.

A service to and from Seymour and Shepparton will be added on Saturdays and Sundays, and an extra 219 weekly services will stop at to Deer Park and extra 88 trains will stop at Caroline Springs, thanks to new stopping patterns for off-peak Geelong and Ballarat trains.

05:31

The staff car; a real family affair "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The staff car; a real family affair

NOT many people can say that they own a car that has been in the family for over 100 years, but the Nind family can. Having just finished restoring their 1913 TH Schneider, Jack and Scott came to realise the incredible history of the car before they had found it in a paddock at Scotts grandfathers house. While it was a little worse for wear at the time, this particular car was the first vehicle to cross the original Robinvale Bridge when it was officially opened, was in the Sahara Desert Race and survived and was even transformed into a ute at one point during its life.

Scott said, The car was originally owned by my dads grandfather. Its certainly nothing like you see today.

My grandfather turned it into a ute and worked on a vineyard until is was put in a paddock and left to rot. They used to call them the staff car, or a mobster car.

It was pretty much nothing when we got it over 20 years ago.

There is not a thing that hasnt been done to restore it. The timberwork and body work is all new. We rebuilt the enginein fact the chassis is really the only thing that is original.

We decided to restore it because of the sentimental value of it being in the family for so long.

Don Onley in Swan Hill has helped to do most of the work and Mark Healey has also lent a hand.

This car has been in the family for almost five generations now.

Were actually trying to get Joan Rettke, who lives on the east coast of Australia to come down and ride in it now that it is complete. This 90 year old woman was one of the last people to ride in it.

05:25

Cruising the Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Cruising the Mediterranean

ITS a great way to see the ancient world at your leisure, cursing along on crystal blue waters in a luxury cruise ship stocked with the best of food and entertainment, and thats exactly what it was like.

Aileen and Peter Kemp from Invergordon and their friend, Janet Mills of Shepparton joined forces for this wonderful travel experience.

They Flew to Barcelona for three days before boarding their cruise ship. Aileen says they chose to use the hop-on-hop-off bus to tour Barcelona. It takes you everywhere with full English commentary and you can get off and on as often as you like, or just stay on and watch the world go by.

They loved the atmosphere and the many restaurants and the Paella was just great. On day three they boarded their cruise ship the Royal Princess to begin their tour of the Mediterranean.

First stop was Cartagena Spain and the opportunity to go on a guided Tapas tour. They walked the citys tapas bars and sampled the food along the way. Aileen loved the cobble stone streets the many little shops and the wonderful atmosphere of Spain.

Back on board they sailed to Gibraltar and there was the rock. The ship berthed and all passengers had the opportunity to go ashore and explore.

Then on to Genoa, Florence and Rome. Italy has much to offer; again hop-on-hop-off buses are a great way to go and Rome in particular has it all. If you had the time you could spend weeks there, but on a cruise time is limited so the bus is a great way to go.

Aileen just loved shipboard life. The Royal Princess is a wonderful ship; so opulent. They had a balcony cabin and it was great to relax on and watch the ship arrive and depart port.

The dining facilities are first class the food excellent. You can eat buffet for breakfast or use the dining room where you are served and dinner is a great experience with a number of dining options to choose from. They tried the crab shake and the lobster was wonderful.

Add to all this, the entertainment and you have everything from first class floor shows to movies on the big screen.

Their next stop was Montenegro. They took the ships tenders to go ashore. Its a great place with village life on display. You can just kick back relax, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.

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05:17

Tallygaroopna celebrates player milestone "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Tallygaroopna celebrates player milestone

TEAM CELEBRATES Tallygaroopna Football Netball Club will celebrate a special milestone for one of its players this weekend, when Helen Down takes to the netball court for her 400th game. Photo: Supplied.

TALLYGAROOPNA Football Netball Club (TFNC) will help to celebrate a rather impressive milestone by one of its players this coming weekend, Helen Down, who is set to take to the court for her 400th club game.

Helen began her time with the club in 1997, moving over to play with Mooroopna in 2002 where she took to the court for two winning grand finals (B grade 2005, A Grade 2008). She was awarded the Best and Fairest Award in B Grade 1998, 2014, 2015, coached B Grade in 2004 and has been in many club roles including fundraising coordinator from 2009 to 2014 and assistant secretary in 2015.

TFNC vice president netball, Madison Brett said, Helen is a great leader in her team and the club, holding the third highest netball games played for TFNC having only spent one season away, to return home in 03.

H, (as she is affectionately known), has also done a lot off the court for the club holding various committee positions.

Congratulations for this weekend H, and thank you for your service to the club on and off the court.

05:14

Economic boost as senior tennis hits the court once more "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Economic boost as senior tennis hits the court once more

REGION ATTRACTS ANOTHER BIG SPORTING EVENT The Tennis Seniors Australia, Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships are being held in the region next January. Photo: Supplied.

FOR the second time, Greater Shepparton has been chosen to host the Tennis Seniors Australia, Australian Teams Carnival and Australian Individual Championships in January next year, which is expected to attract over 1,000 visitors and inject $2M into the local economy.

Held from January 6 to 18, 2019, the championships will see the Australian Teams Carnival team event held in the first week across over 50 courts which will be hosted between the permanent Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club courts with temporary grass courts to be built on the ovals at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve. The Australian Individual Championships will be held in the second week at Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This event continues our tradition of hosting major tennis events. Weve recently hosted the 2014 Country Week Tennis, 2015 Asia Oceania Junior Davis Cup and Federation Cup Qualifying Ties and 2016 Tennis Seniors Australia events. The Shepparton Lawn Tennis scene will be buzzing again in January 2019.

This event will be a big win for our tourism and business industry helping create more jobs in the region, Cr Adem said.

As a city we are setting the bar high as we aspire to be Regional Australias sporting event capital.

Tennis Seniors NSW president, Mick Bruton was excited about bringing the 2019 events back to Greater Shepparton after the successful 2016 event.

Tennis Seniors NSW are very grateful to the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club for offering to host the Australian Championships at their popular venue. In 2016, it proved to be a huge success, and we are very thrilled to be returning in 2019.

What impressed us in 2016 was the fact very little travelling from one venue to the other was involved, and the courts were kept in excellent condition. The local community was very friendly, sociable and supportive of the Event which made it very pleasurable for players as well as spectators, Mr Bruton said.

Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club president, Malcolm Thiel said, Wed like to thank Tennis Seniors NSW for c...

05:14

Bushrangers show glimpses of matching top team "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AFTER travelling to MARS Stadium in Ballarat for the Country Round Triple Header, the Murray Bushrangers have shown glimpses of elite play that matched the Geelong Falcons and in patches, dominated the top team in the competition.

In the first game of the day, the Bushrangers allowed Geelong to get on the scoreboard early conceding the first four goals of the game. The Bushrangers took until halfway through the second term to score their opening goal and headed into halftime 27 points behind.

However, a six goal burst in the third term including four goals to small forward, Joe Richards ignited the team and trailed at the final break by just 10 points. The final term saw the Bushrangers have control for the majority of the term forcing multiple ball-ups and physically outplaying the Falcons. However late goals in the final two minutes allowed the Falcons to get away with a 22 point win.

The result was disappointing but plenty of positives came from the contest; knowing the teams best play can match it with the top TAC Cup teams. Doulton Langlands kicked three goals including two superb running efforts to be the Bushrangers best player in front of a large crowd including recruiters. From a wing, Langlands running game was brilliant. Joe Richards with four goals was the focal point in a restructured forward line and displayed his full talent in a great game in the air and on the ground. Defender Jordon Butts was again superb, often being manned by two opponents but his ability to read the play and then reset was excellent in the Bushrangers revival.

Ben Paton and Laitham Vandermeer were superb through defence and the midfield winning crucial possessions and using the ball to their teammates benefits and allowed the running game of the Bushrangers to drive forward. While Nick Murray featured in the Bushrangers best players for his fourth consecutive game at TAC Cup level after playing a strong physical role in defence.

This weekend sees, the Murray Bushrangers take on seventh placed Northern Knights at Wangaratta Showgrounds in the last home game for the 2017 season on Saturday, August 26 1pm.

05:13

Contender or pretender "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Contender or pretender

ITS a tough call, but this weeks game at Kings Park between Seymour and Euroa has to be one of the most season defining in recent years. The winner finishes third which will give it a final against Benalla (sixth) in the first week of the finals series and a win there is probable which gives a double chance. The loser will play Rochester in week one of the finals series who played in last years grand final and take away their slow start to this season, are one of the form teams this year.

The Lions travelled to Kyabram last week and showed glimpses that they could match it with the mighty Bombers. Rory Scopel, Xavier McMahon, Harry Wheeler and Brent Ryan were good and they will need a few others to step up this week. The Lions are a good side and will be hard to beat at home.

There is no love lost between these old Waranga North East rivals and Euroa had second spot stitched up until recently and now need to win away from home to secure third spot. The Magpies think they can match it with Kyabram and they certainly did in their last encounter against them and nearly got the chocolates. Many say the Magpies are the real contender to Kyabram but a loss here will make it a long road to meet the Bombers in late September. Brad Cunningham is in great form along with Will McFarlane, Jett Trotter and David Mole.

Seymour at home is normally an automatic selection but the Magpies will not want third spot to slip through their fingers so Euroa for mine.

05:08

The Protestant Reformation at 500 "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

This October, millions the world over will mark the 500th anniversary of what came to be called the Protestant Reformation with worship, music, festivals, gatherings, conferences, books and more. This page lists many resources for the celebration of 500 years of the Reformation.   On Oct. 31, 1517, a dour-faced Catholic monk named Martin Luther ... Read more...

03:44

Timber and Steel Premiere: House of Straw Video from Anna Smyrk "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk Were so proud to premiere the brand new video from Melbourne based folk singer Anna Smyrk, the stunning House of Straw. The song was written by Anna Smyrk while she was staying in a Buddhist monastery guesthouse in Northern India during a backpacking trip around the sub-continent. The track itself []

02:47

Job ads not too shabby "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jobs market firing up

Job ads are now a very solid +12.6 per cent higher than a year ago according to SEEK.

Aside from a brief 14-month period in 2007/8, the index has never been higher - although there are more part time jobs advertised today. 


Ads continued to accelerate in New South Wales (+7.3 per cent) and Victoria (+14.1 per cent).

But it was heartening to see that the southern states are now contributing, with a scorching +22 per cent increase in Tasmania in particular. 

The strongest performing industry was mining, and this was reflected by improving numbers in Western Australia (+16.8 per cent), South Australia, and the Northern Territory. 

Queensland also produced a vastly improved result, up by +20.2 per cent over the year., the best result since 2011. 

Advertised salaries are also rising solidly, while the number of applicants per advertised position is also in a pleasing decline. 

Lovely jubbly.

01:52

Melbourne voted most liveable city (again) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been voted the world's most lievable city by The Economist. 

The world's most liveable city without an airport train!

01:09

Chris Hemsworth is Austs $31 million man "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (AAP)

Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.

The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.

Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.

Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.

The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.

Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.

Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.

Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.

It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.

Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).

The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.

Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...

00:00

The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.

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07:20

Zero G - 21 August 2017 Episode 1147 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1147 Title:GOT TO HAND IT TO THEM

Podcast Title: Visit To a Small Pod 1147

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: remembering JERRY LEWIS; and "defenders assemble" with THE DEFENDERS

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

Sunday, 20 August

01:29

Celebrating 1500 Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Programs "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).

Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.

The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on http://2rrr.org.au

Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.

The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.

The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.

Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime...

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