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Thursday, 19 April


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

19:08 Southern Cross - Shepparton train is delayed by approximately 23 minutes due to an earlier signal fault.

[19:59 19/04]


Employment growth stalls "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Stall speed

Australia's economy has added a very impressive +525,900 jobs on a net basis since September 2016, but the dream run was over by March 2018, with only a small increase recorded in the month and a revised drop reported for February. 

Very hard to look at this chart with rose-tinted spectacles for 2018!

After a spectacular run it's no surprise that New South Wales has hit a leaner patch, while South Australia recorded a net employment loss of -6,100 for the month, as the local economy struggles to gain traction, possibly with some flow-through to suppliers of the now shuttered auto assembly industry.

Over the past quarter employment growth was overwhelmingly driven by Queensland (+17,800) and Victoria (+15,900).

On a trend basis over the past year Queensland recorded by far and away the strongest employment growth rate at +4.3 per cent, although New South Wales was also very strong at +3.6 per cent.

Unemployment steady

The participation rate in Australia has been tracking as high as we've ever seen, though it ticked down a notch to 65.5 per cent in March. 


FixedIt: Child abuse charges are not a sex case "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.

Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.



Sketches In Australia By George Whitelaw, 1857-1864 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow ("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short,  rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.

You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book  HERE

You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.


Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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

08:25 SCS to Seymour train is delayed by approximately 17 minutes due to the late arrival of a previous service.

[08:55 19/04]


Seymour Line Notification "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

07:05 Southern Cross - Albury is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to a signal fault on the ARTC network. [08:15 19/04]


April 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.

1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).

1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.

1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.

1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.

1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.

1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.

1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.

1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.

1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.

From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...

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Wednesday, 18 April


The Californians Are Coming! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?

I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.

But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...



Getting elected to represent your community - a workshop "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Are you considering standing as a candidate at a future local, state or federal election?


Seymour Line Notification: Delay "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

19:51 Southern Cross - Seymour train is delayed by approximately 18 minutes due to a train fault 

[20:39 18/04]


Flesh-eating disease Buruli ulcer increasing at alarming rate in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A flesh-eating disease known as the Buruli ulcer, which is usually found in West and Central Africa, has been increasing at an alarming rate in Australia over the past two years, especially in the state of Victoria. A report published Tuesday in the Medical Journal of Australia describes the disease as a "worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic areas."


Interfaith and Family Violence "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Shepparton Interfaith Network has conducted interfaith dialogue on the topic of family violence and has a further interfaith dialogue on this topic scheduled for 2018. Shepparton has recently welcomed the addition of two more police officers allocated to the Family Violence Unit. In this message we share the work of the Victorian Government and ... Read more...


Local receives royal reply "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Local receives royal reply

A GIFT OF ROYALTY Local Kialla resident and bush poem reciter, Jim Campbell with the royal letter he received back from Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall after he sent them a CD with a recording of himself reciting Banjo Pattersons The Gebung Polo Club. Photo: David Lee.

LOCAL Kialla resident and bush poem reciter, Jim Campbell received a very special response to a recital he recorded on CD and sent to Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, receiving a royal reply.

Realising they were keen polo players he chose Banjo Pattersons The Gebung Polo Club and eloquently recorded himself reciting it and sent it to them.

The letter he received back read Dear Mr. Campbell, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have asked me to thank you for your kind letter and gift. The Royal Highnesses are most grateful to you for taking the trouble to send them the two CDs of poetry. It really was most thoughtful of you and The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have asked me to send you their warmest thanks and best wished. Signed, Claudia Spens

Jim said, I was pleased to receive a reply. It has now become a family heirloom.

Knowing they acknowledged it was pretty exciting.

Id love to go and bring some Australiana to the Royal Concert by reciting two of Banjo Pattersons poems in person.


Shepp Square success "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Shepp Square success

INFORMATIONAL AND INTERACTIVE SUCCESS Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe with David Mann from 3AW at Federation Square, which has spent the last two weeks known as Shepp Square. The project was created to offer Melbournians and visitors to Melbourne the opportunity to learn about what is on offer in Greater Shepparton through a range of successful, interactive and informational events and activities. Photo: Supplied.

WITH only days to go before Shepp Square in Melbourne reverts back to Federation Square, the two week event has been a great success, with Greater Shepparton City Council saying the event was a great opportunity to showcase our region.

The fortnight transformation of Federation Square into Shepp Square came at a cost of $300,000, and provided Greater Shepparton City Council with the opportunity to put the spotlight on all that is on offer in Greater Shepparton through a range of interactive and informational events and activities.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said, Its been a great opportunity to be out in the forefront of the people of Melbourne and to highlight what Greater Shepparton is all about.

Ive been pushing the Visit, Play and Stay message and invite people to take a day trip, hold a conference, take a family weekend away and it gave us the opportunity to talk about housing affordability, education, sharing our story as a region and as a great place to live in and invest in.

Its a first for Federation Square to be taken over by a regional city and allowed us to remind people where we are and what we are about. To be in Federation Square as Shepp Square gave us an incredible marketing opportunity.

Over the event, we have had lots of entertainment with many local people involved.

This week we have the many business opportunities available in the region on show and have some panels organised and people booked in to talk about what we offer in our region.


Last days to enter and double the chances to win "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Last days to enter and double the chances to win

WE have entered the final days of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway and from now until the end of the promotion, you have double the chances to win. By simply spending $10 at one of the participating businesses, your entry will gain you twice the amount of entries into the promotion. Each of our weekly winners walk away with a $1,000 GMCU debit card and automatic entry into the grand prize draw of a $5,000 holiday voucher and $5,000 Shepparton shopping spree.

Our week four winners have been drawn with Helen Ebner from Wyuna spending $213.65 at WB Hunter, being the first week five winner drawn in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. Helen said, It is very welcomed at the moment. This has made my day.

Helen Norman from Shepparton who spent $32 at Big W was the second week five winner drawn. Helen said, You are kidding. It is very much worth entering.

Mickala Brady from Shepparton spent $18 at NU Beauty and was drawn as the third winner for the fifth week of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.

Mickala said, Oh my god. This is awesome. Thank you.

Congratulations to all of this weeks lucky winners and remember, all you have to do to be among next weeks winners is spend a minimum of $10 at any of the participating businesses, fill in your form and drop it in the box provided. You can enter as many times as you like and good luck. This shopping promotion is proudly brought to you by the GMCU and The Adviser.


Funding to help meet the workforce of tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Funding to help meet the workforce of tomorrow

EDUCATIONAL BOOST From left, GOTAFE board chair, Joanne ODwyer, Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp and GOTAFE acting CEO, Jennifer Oliver at the announcement last week that GOTAFE will receive a $564,000 funding boost. Photo: David Lee.

IN a bid to help address what local industry needs and to help meet the needs of the workforce of tomorrow, the government has announced a $564,000 funding boost for GOTAFEs Shepparton campus. The funding will go toward increasing GOTAFEs training provision for important industry sectors such as allied health, disability support, food processing and air-conditioning.

This funding is part of the Labor Governments Regional and Specialist Training Fund which targets specific areas where training is needed to ensure businesses can access the skilled workers they need in their region and industry.

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming online, the market for disability support is expected to grow significantly.

This funding addresses that need by providing increased training provision for the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and Certificate III in Individual Support as well as new physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy equipment for students.

The funding will also provide for increased training in food processing through the Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology along with new pasteurising equipment, simulator software and online training resources.

There will also be increased training provision in the Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration at GOTAFE to increase the pool of air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians in the Hume region.

Through these projects, GOTAFE is working with local employers to train and grow the number of workers in these important sectors to meet demand.

As well as new tools and equipment to teach these courses, the Andrews Labor Government has also increased the government subsidy for the courses meaning lower tuition fees for students.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said, The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be investing in this project to ensure we have enough well trained workers for these crucial industries.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in work...


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"



COUNTRY MUSIC FOR CHARITY will be held on April 22 from 12 noon at the GV Hotel, Shepparton for the Starlight Foundation fundraiser. The guest artist will be Callum Gleeson, with walk up artists welcome. The band is On the Run with entry costing $7. Bistro meals are available. No BYO food. For enquiries, phone 0408 218 411.


ON ANZAC DAY THE 25TH APRIL at 11:30am at the Tallygaroopna Soldiers Memorial Hall there will be a wreath laying ceremony followed by a barbeque lunch. Note: we will not have a historical display this year. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288 or 5829 8255.


THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on April 26 from 1:30pm to 3:15pm at the Welsford Street centre with guest artists, Keeran Keats and Rupe Adams. Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For bulk bookings, phone 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.


BUNBARTHA TENNIS 100 YEARS, the next planning meeting for this event will be held on Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. All are welcome. We are looking for any photos or information. Contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.






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 3200 or follow the Holistic Wellbeing Hub on Facebook.


CWA POTTERS: Are you new to the area, or looking for a group who can fill your creative arts and crafts needs and make new friends? We meet on the first Monday of each month at the Shepparton Library from 10am until 2pm.

For more information, phone Jenny on 0412 913 313.


ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meetings will be held in Mooroopna and Numurkah on Mondays, Mooroopna and Shepparton on Tuesdays, Mooroopna on Wednesdays, Shepparton on Thursdays, Shepparton and Tongala on Fridays, Mooroopna on Saturdays and Tongala and Shepparton on Sundays. For times or further information, phone 1300 222 222.


GOULBURN VALLEY U3A LEARNING FOR PLEASURE IN RETIREMENT COURSES are held each day of the week at the Goulburn Valley U3A Hall, Esson Stree...


Shepparton visitation numbers increase "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

GREATER Shepparton visitor numbers have increased in 2017 according to data from Tourism Research Australia, which has reported total visitation to Greater Shepparton was up by 28 percent to 1.23 million visitors.

Based on the report overnight visitors are up 65.5 percent that is from 253,000 to 418,000 visitors. Domestic visitor nights are up by 58.8 percent from 587,000 to 932,000 nights. Domestic day trips also increased 16.5 percent from 690,000 to 804,000.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Sustainable Development, Geraldine Christou said, This is a great achievement for Greater Shepparton and is a credit to all the hard work everyone in the community has made from businesses, residents and organisations.

Overnight visitors to our region would spend on average 2.2 nights and it is estimated visitors spend $103M in our region. This is great news for our local economy.

Council has worked strategically towards its positioning in the municipality by hosting major events, arts and culture, business and sporting events as well as driving development of a number of key visitor economy infrastructure projects. Based on the statistics this has helped increase our visitor numbers by more than double.

Council and the visitor centre have worked really hard in the last few years to put Greater Shepparton on the map.

Tourism Greater Shepparton president, Ross Graham said, The results from the 2017 visitor survey is a great result for Greater Shepparton and an indication of the supreme effort that the council and tourism partners, who continually promote the Shepparton region to the wider population.

The Greater Shepparton community has to be congratulated on the commitment and support of festivals and events that are building a strong economy and vibrant community. Visitors contribute to job creation and economic growth and the increase in visitor numbers will continue to promote many great things in Shepparton, Mr Graham said.


SPC sends 40 pallets to China "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SPC sends 40 pallets to China

FIRST LOT OF PALLETS SHIPPED From left, SPC factory manager plastics Shepparton operations, Liz Edwards and general manager manufacturing, Simon Taylor at the plant last week, where SPC shipped off its first lot of pallets that are bound for China. Photo: Supplied.

LAST week marked the historic moment in time where 40 pallets of SPC pears and peaches left Australian shores en route to China, with the high quality product set to hit Chinese shelves in the next two months.

The day also recognised the 100th day of operation in the companys 100th year.

SPC general manager manufacturing, Simon Taylor said, Since we signed our distribution agreement with China State Farm Agribusiness in January, SPC has been readying ourselves to ship some of the Goulburn Valleys finest peaches and pears to China.

Tuesday last week was that day, signifying the hard work of our sales and marketing teams, and our team here at Shepparton, to take our clean, green and safe products to the largest consumer market outside of the US.

With 40 palettes of pears and peaches leaving Australian shores this week, Chinese consumers will be able to walk into retail stores across Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou within the next two months to get their hands on SPCs product. This first shipment signifies what we hope to be a long and prosperous relationship with the Chinese consumer, and we couldnt be more proud to see it go.


Give mum something special this Mothers Day "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Give mum something special this Mothers Day

A SPECIAL GIFT FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL Bozena and Jacek at JB Jewellers can help you find that perfect and special gift for your mum this Mothers Day. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THERE is no greater love than a mothers love, unconditional and caring, instantaneous and forgiving, mothers often sacrifice their own needs and happiness for the happiness of their children.

With Mothers Day fast approaching, its time to think about giving back to the one woman in your life that has always been there. Treat mum to something special this Mothers Day with a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewellery made by Jacek and Bozena at JB Jewellers.

JB Jewellers specialises in personalised jewellery and has plenty of gift ideas for mum, such as circle of life pendants in gold or silver, tree of life pendants, lockets, the unique photo-engraved pendants and mother child necklets with custom engraved babys foot.

Visit Jacek and Bozena at JB Jewellers for friendly, professional advice and see their large range of specials available for mum this Mothers Day.

JB Jewellers are located at 265 Maude Street, Shepparton (opposite the Shepparton Fire Station), phone 5831 1611.

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. JB Jewellers is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


From your heart to your mum "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

From your heart to your mum

SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR MUM Focus Cards & Gifts has a huge range of beautiful gifts to spoil mum with this coming Mothers Day. Pictured, Nikia Snow with her 7 year old daughter, Lilli. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

MUMS arent really that hard to please, a few words from the heart is like gold to any mother. In this age of fonts and text messages, what could be more precious than a beautiful hand written card, honest and symbolic; a simple, personal and long-lasting sentiment to be cherished. No one would love that more than your mum.

Mothers Day is coming and if you want to find the perfect gift for your mum, Focus Cards & Gifts have an excellent variety of Mothers Day cards and gifts available in store.

Focus Cards & Gifts proprietor, Peter Dunbabin said, We have a huge range of cards and gifts for Mothers Day or for any occasion. The staff here make a great effort to select really precious and sentimental gifts for our customers to choose from.

There are bracelets, scented candles, a huge collection of Willow Tree angels including the Lots of Love angel, silver-plated picture frames, the store is just brimming with unique and sentimental treasures to choose from. Were always doing our best to help our customers find the perfect gift for the special people in their lives.

Have a look at some of the cards and gifts available for your mum this Mothers Day. Drop in to Focus Cards & Gifts at 181 Maude Street or phone (03)5821 1813.

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Focus Cards & Gifts is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


Get yourself snow ready "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Get yourself snow ready

BRING ON THE SNOW The team at Wayne Ritchies Shepparton are offering free ski and snowboard service and wax. From left, Wayne Ritchies store manager, Matt Pell and hardware sales, Anton Bell. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

WHILE there are some who feel sad at the loss of the warm weather, there are a load of snow bunnies hanging out for the snow season to begin.

With winter coming in, the team at Wayne Ritchies are ready and waiting for the snow to fall.

Wayne Ritchies store manager, Matt Pell said, Our team here are keen snowboarders/skiers and have plenty of information to share with customers who are heading to the snow this year. Whether youre a seasoned skier or youre taking the family for a play in the snow, weve got everything you need available for hire and we can also lead you in the right direction and help you to find the best snow for you.

Wayne Ritchies is offering customers a free ski or snowboard service and wax worth $80. All you have to do is go to Wayne Ritchies Shepparton Facebook page and click on the find tickets link on their Free Stone Grind post to register.

Talk to the team at Wayne Ritchies 79 High Street, Shepparton or call them on 5821 8211. They have all of the up to date information and plenty of expertise to help you out.

Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Wayne Ritchies is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


Long term arrivals at record high "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Arrivals hit record

Skilled job vacancies advertisements rose for an 18th consecutive month according to the Department of Employment, for the first time since March 2011. 

There was quite a jump in the month too, from 184,000 to 189,000, with the trend result now +34 per cent higher (or +47,400 advertisements) than the October 2013 nadir. 

Conditions improved everywhere, especially Western Australia, although South Australia was the notable laggard, with only a small annual change in vacancies. 

Things are certainly looking up, slowly but surely, and when the economy improves often so too does immigration rise.

Indeed, the number of permanent and long term arrivals hit the highest ever level in February 2018 at 105,630, in turn sending the annual total to a record high of 788,260.

If you've ever wondered why Melbourne's supposed oversupply of housing never materialised, here's why.

February also played host to a tourism bonanza in honour of Chinese Lunar New Year, with a record 226,900 Chinese arrivals in the month.


Dad & Dave Program Time Changes. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Due to the popularity of the Dad & Dave Program you hear Tuesday to Friday at Noon & 5.30pm it is important that we advise you of time changes.
From 24th April 2018 these segments will be at 11.30am & 5.00pm.
Keep listening & enjoy.


Celtic Monday Program. "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The Celtic Monday Program at 12.30 pm will now be a pre recorded program.
If you have a query regarding a song or artist call or e mail the station.


Melbourne Town Hall meeting launches battle to take on industrial relations system and more "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Contributed by Joe Montero

By any account, yesterdays (17 April) meeting of union delegates at the Melbourne Town Hall, was an impressive launch to an active major campaign to bring about an end to what is now widely regarded as an unfair industrial regime in Australia.

The official seating capacity of the hall is 1,500. But many more squeezed in.

Representatives from the Longford Esso-Exxon picket were there. The event marked 300 days they have been out of work, because management is trying to cut their wages by almost 50 percent. Troy, one of the union delegates spoke to the delegates and received a standing ovation.

The main thrust of the meeting was to gain the support of delegates for the Change the Rules campaign and participation to move it forward.

A section of the delegates at the meeting and some of the union banners displayed

Determination to win overwhelming public support and willingness to fight hard, spells serious trouble for the Turnbull government was evident. The emerging battle was expressed in terms of not only bringing an end to this government. But to ensure that the existing industrial relations regime will be replaced by one that is much fairer to all workers, whether they are members of unions or not.

One part of the strategy is to win over the support of the Labor Party, the Greens and other members of parliament. At the same time, it was understood that victory will depend on the ongoing activity on the ground.

Mention was made of the fact that the problem is not one just made by the current government, but one that has been gradually unrolled over at least 30 years. There is an implied criticism of Labor for having played a part in it, although it was acknowledged that the Howard and now Turnbull government have taken it much further.

Speakers referred to the need to confront and ensure the greed of big business is taken on. Big business avoids paying tax with government assistance, while the wages share of the wealth of Australia is reduced, and the richest one percent hold nearly three quarters of it all.

It was also said that this is a political battle, which must be won in the workplaces, in the streets and the neighbourhoods.

Nor was it left at saying that the rules are broken. Solutions were put forward, such as, the n...


hello "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies (oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!


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April 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.

1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.

1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.

1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.

1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.

1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.

1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.

1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.

1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.

1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.

Tuesday, 17 April


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Save Our Sons Easter and the Fairlea Five in 1971 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Glen Davis
Due to accident, this short article turned up a little late. It recalls an event that occurred during Easter, nearly 50 years ago. The Vietnam War was still going on and the massive movement to put an end to it was reaching its peak. This is an important part of our history, worth recalling and learning from its lessons.

As we move on from another Easter lets cast our minds back to this time in 1971, when five members of Save Our Sons, were jailed for 14 days during the Easter.

Their heinous offence was sitting in the offices of the then Federal Department of Labour and National Service, handing out leaflets opposing conscription for the unjust,

undeclared war in Vietnam.

Just to recall who they were; Save Our Sons was formed back in 1965 to oppose the conscription of young men to fight and die in war. Throughout the next few years they were active and prominent in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns.

When arrested they were charged under the Summary Offences Act; legislation put in place by the Bolte state Government (Victoria). Their court case was finally heard late in the afternoon of Holy Thursday.

The presiding magistrate jailed them for 14 days, with no option of paying a fine. Thus Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo Maclaine-Cross, were locked away.

As we know, the Easter long week end is a quiet time, people go away, services close down, it can be very isolating.  Nonetheless, support for them was quick and strong.

They became known as the Fairlea Five. Large demonstrations were arranged outside the Womens prison, and around 800 people attended the ongoing vigil outside.

Maritime workers stopped work in support of the Fairlea Five. After 11 days of organised support for them, they were released, to reacquaint with their families.

Their fight was part of the broader peoples struggle against the unjust, undeclared war in Vietnam.


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Australian TV Host Peta Credlin Goes Off On Transgender Birth Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australian TV host Peta Credlin gave a short monologue yesterday against a proposal to let people at whim call themselves or their newborns male, female, intersex, unspecified, or indeterminate on their birth certificates. She notes this ideas proponents say its the next step after government affirmation of same-sex relationships, although at the time that was not publicly sold as an entrance point for transsexual politics.

Trust us, they said, didnt they? Love is love,' she recalls.

Children are born a boy or a girl, [for] the vast bulk of humanity, Credlin says, because stating the obvious is now not only necessary, it even requires courage. That is a biological fact, and laws must reflect reality.

Credlin noted an exception is logical for the approximately 1.5 percent of humans who are discovered, usually at puberty, to have both male and female reproductive organs due to chromosomal abnormalities. But then and only then is the time right to alter a birth certificate, armed with medical fact, but not in a birthing suite due to the whim of a parent who wants to record [her] child as nonbinary, Credlin continued.

This is nothing more than a dangerous push by the Left into records we have kept as civilizations since almost as long as we have had the written word. Assuming change from the outset is designed to disrupt social norms and it must be resisted.

The Australian News Weekly notes the Victorian Upper House voted down transgendering Victorian birth certificates in 2016. When Victorian opposition parliamentarians asked, if a person can change their sex, can they also change their age or change their race? Labor members had no answer.

The proposal would require no physical alterations to a persons body before retconning his or her birth certificate. Transgender activists claim that would discriminate against trans people or those who identify as something other than transgender, male, or female (such as  visual trigger warning ...


Mysterious Flesh-Eating Ulcer Epidemic Cases Have Increased by 50 Percent "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?

Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.

This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.

One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.

Ella Crofts/BBC


Dr. OBrien co-author of the call for government funding to research this disease told BBC as follows:

No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.

The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.

These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.

A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...


Cardinal George Pell allegations a product of fantasy to punish him, court told "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I realise a defence lawyers duty is to place his client, no matter how good or bad they are, in the best possible light. However, in child sex abuse cases, there should be the greatest respect for the victims.

This is clearly not the case in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, no 2 equal Roman Catholic in the world.

I think George Pell will go down, and go to jail.

ABC Australia

Cardinal George Pell allegations a product of fantasy to punish him, court told

Updated about 7 hours ago

Cardinal George Pell may have become the target of false sexual offence allegations to punish him for not having prevented the sexual abuse of children, his defence barrister has told a court.

Robert Richter QC has described complaints made against Cardinal Pell as impossible and the complainants behind them as unreliable as he tried to persuade a magistrate not to commit Australias most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial.

Instead, Mr Richter told the hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court that all the charges faced by the 76-year-old should be thrown out.

Whether the allegations are the product of fantasy, the product of some mental problems or just pure invention in order to punish the representative of the Catholic Church in this country for not stopping abuse by others of children, he said.

Mr Richter said some of the complainants had been sexually abused by other priests who had since died, therefore offering them no recourse.

Cardinal Pell representing the face of the Catholic Church had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true, but are designed to punish him for not having prevented sexual....


Change the rules for refugees flyer "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

RAC flyer on why refugees rights are a union issue in colour and black and white. Please print and put up in your workplace change the rules for refugees.pdf change the rules for refugees bw.pdf


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Australia flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' a mystery, say doctors "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly more common and also more severe" in the region. It was unclear why the ulcer, typically found in tropical areas, had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria, he said.


May Forum: Melbourne to Armidale Bill McKibben Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

[ Thursday, 3 May; 6:30 pm; ] It is by sheer luck that our usual monthly forum is on at exactly the same time as this important broadcast by founder and world-renowned climate defender Bill McKibben. Bill McKibben will be in Australia as a part of 350 Australias Fossil Free campaign to talk to people about what we need to do to [...] full article 


Welshpools garden grows "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

STUDENTS at Welshpool and District Primary School students were busy right up until the end of term recently.
From reading, to practising for the upcoming athletics carnival, there was plenty to do right up until the final bell.
The school will send students in grades 3 to 6 to the Foster Secondary College on April 27, to complete in the Corner Inlet district athletics.
There, they will compete against students from Foster, Fish Creek, Tarwin Valley, Toora and Tarwin Lower primary schools.
The school reported a terrific first term in the garden, with the students growing corn, tomatoes and zucchinis.
They grew some great produce, which was sold fresh as well as in chutneys and preserves.
The money raised through the sale of the produce will go towards building a new run for the schools chickens.
During the last week of term, the senior class used school grown Granny Smith apples to make apple crumble, which the whole school enjoyed for afternoon tea with ice cream.

Reading buddies: Welshpool and District Primary School students Dylan and Leila were having fun reading to each other as part of the schools reading program recently.


Shire urged to support Wonthaggi youth "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS Coast Shire Council was urged to support the Wonthaggi youth hub at Wednesdays community connection session.
In particular, council was asked to continue to fund the employment of a coordinator to guide the development of the project.
YMCA youth hub project coordinator Michael Feehan said Wonthaggis young people are crying out for their own space.
As much as the hub would be a social space, it would also provide young people with the services they need in areas like health, education and employment.
For young people, there is a disconnect between what is available to them and their understanding of what is available, Mr Feehan said.
We aim to practically address these issues at a site that is visible to young people, ideally located near the (Wonthaggi) secondary college.
Wonthaggi youth Nick Gartland reported feeling isolated growing up in town due to the stigma surrounding young people.
My friends and I felt we were not accepted by older people. Wed have to meet at each others houses because we had nowhere else to go, but not everyone feels comfortable or welcome in other peoples homes, he said.
When I was finishing school, I was at the point where I wanted to leave Wonthaggi. There didnt seem like there were any work or education options for me here. I wouldve loved the opportunity to go to a youth hub and see there are options out there.
Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly said the main hang out spots for Wonthaggi youths were the library and McDonalds, but often they felt judged and criticised there.
She said the youth hub would help to inspire creativity and individuality in a safe space, and would help to reduce the stigma of youth on the streets.
While council could not make any decisions on the day, councillors will have time to consider its options in the lead up to the 2018/19 budget.

Supporting youth: YMCA youth hub project coordinator Michael Feehan, Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly, team leader of special youth services Jasmine Furphy and Wonthaggi youth Nick Gartland want to see local young people backed by a youth hub in Wonthaggi.


Grantville shows adventurous streak "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE horrendous wind, rain and cold weather didnt stop the Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade from putting on the Grantville Adventure Expo on Sunday.
Around 60 vehicles entered the car show including utes, four wheel drives and vans.
The expo was Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigades major fundraising event for the year.
It was a bit quieter compared to previous years due to the rain however it was still a good day, event organiser Michele Fulwell said.
We hold this event every year to raise funds to purchase new equipment or replace vehicles for the brigade.
The event was a fun day out for the whole family with trade stalls, live music, food trucks, face painting, an auction and more.

Interesting expo: Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade volunteer members Daniel Blackney and CJ Tatnell browsed through the display of vehicles at the Grantville Adventure Expo on Sunday.


Ladies wow the crowd "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE 64th CWA Gippsland Hills Group exhibition was held in Mirboo North over the weekend, with more than 850 exhibits from 96 members.
CWA state branch vice president and Meeniyan branch member Heather Scott said the Gippsland Hills Group exhibition was one of the top group exhibitions in the state.
The exhibition includes knitting, crochet, sewing, patchwork, floral art, jams and preserves, cookery and more, she said.
There were nine tables of different branch exhibits.
The Meeniyan branch won the branch aggregate award, with Inverloch and Woorayl branches coming in second and third respectively.
First place in the individual aggregate and winner of the Elinor Scott individual aggregate cup was Marilyn Mackie from the Meeniyan branch.
Second was Maryke Dann of the Bena branch and Lesley Beakley of the Inverloch branch came in third.
Handicraft, art and home industries entries were judged by qualified CWA judges who come from other parts of the state and local judges were invited to judge photography.
The horticultural sections were judged by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.
The group includes the Bena, Inverloch, Kardella, Korumburra, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Mirboo, Woorayl, Leongatha Twilight, Poowong and District and Mirboo North Night Owls branches.

Well done: Penny Wolswinkel from the CWA Kardella branch and Maryke Dann from the CWA Bena branch each won a best exhibit award at the CWA Gippsland Hills Group exhibition, held in Mirboo North over the weekend.


Suspense builds for FAMDAS new thriller "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FAMDA is preparing to bring to Foster the exciting contemporary Australian drama, The Web, a suspense thriller by Kate Mulvany.
The Web explores the power of the internet, where it takes only a nanosecond to send a compromising photo to thousands and the news, real or fake, can spread in a blink to millions.
The setting is a small rural town where you need to be tough to survive, life is full of tension and an isolated lonely boy finds friends on the world wide web.
The plays title could refer to the internet but it might also suggest the web of lies which turn the story into a gripping whodunit.
Bringing it all to life is experienced director, Sue Lindsay, and her talented cast.
The central characters are two teenage boys who communicate via the internet, creating a web of intrigue and mystery.
Wonthaggi student, Will Thatcher, and Foster based Chenneth Weeraratne play these lead roles with Katelyn Hollins from Wonthaggi as a teenage girl.
Jo Street has a pivotal role as the mother of one of the boys.
Jo has been seen on stage frequently with both Leongatha Lyric Theatre and FAMDA including playing major roles in The Rainmaker and Educating Rita for Lyric, and The Peppercorn Tree and Australia Day with FAMDA.
Andrew Farrell appears as the local policeman in The Web.
Remembered by many for his performance as Judas in Lyrics Jesus Christ Superstar, Andy performed with FAMDA much more recently in the one act play, Flora of the Prom.
Taking on multiple roles in The Web is Evy Nye who first performed with FAMDA in Waratah the Musical and has just finished acting with Lyric in California Suite.
The Web is truly a whodunit for the modern age and a fascinating exploration of isolation, friendship, and what happens when social experiments go frighteningly wrong.
See it all come to life on stage in an intriguing mixture of magic realism and psychological thriller.
Although its subject matter is dark, there are many funny moments and there are universal truths as we see each of the characters striving to find love in various ways.
FAMDAs production of The Web hits the stage at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre between April 27 and May 5.
Performances are at 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesday, May 2 with matines at 2pm on Sunday, April 29 and Saturday, May 5.
Book tickets online from or Tickets are also available through Main Street Revelations in Foster or by phoning 5682 1381.


Leongathas Avenue of Honour growing strong for 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

VISITING Leongathas Avenue of Honour last Friday that will mark its milestone 100 years in June this year were Vietnam Veterans and Leongatha RSL members Vince Campisi, senior vice president and Colin James, junior vice president.
As explained on one of the boards, The Avenue of Honour has been growing and nurtured by the community in honour of all those from the West Riding of the former Shire of Woorayl who enlisted in the Great War.
It was on Saturday, June 22 1918 that the Leongatha and district community gathered near the former Leongatha Butter Factory to plant an avenue of trees in a single day.
The progress association decided to plant a row of 250 elm and oak trees along Yarragon Road, for a short distance along the Wild Dog Valley Road and Roughead Street.
The trees were provided by the Mossvale nursery and were planted alternately.
The local MP Mr Mackay planted a tree in honour of General Birdwood who led the ANZACS from 1914 until early 1918. Relatives of the young men were asked to care for the tree that bore their soldiers nameplate. The youth of the area were asked to treat the trees as sacred.
Over the years some of the trees have died or were removed. When trees were removed others were planted elsewhere in their place. There are about 100 trees still thriving in the avenue today, a unique living historic feature in the town. The original nameplates were replaced in the 1930s and finally removed in 1968 because they had deteriorated and had been damaged by mowers.
In 2015 the names were placed on a special wall. Originally 250 soldiers were honoured. Recent research has uncovered more names and these have been included on the new panels. The names of those from Woorayl Shire who enlisted to serve in the Great War have been shown on marble plaques in the Leongatha Memorial Hall since 1926. See more Anzac Day coverage in The Star next Tuesday.

100 year milestone: Colin James relative Colin Arrott Watt fought in WWI and is represented on one of the honour boards at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.


Cosi madness prevails "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MADNESS has always provided good material for theatre and Cosi, Phillip Islands Offshore Theatres latest play, is one mad romp that definitely drew the laughs on opening night in Cowes last Friday.
Directed by the talented Amanda Price, Cosi, the darkly funny 1992 play by Louis Nowra, set in Australia in the later days of the Vietnam War, sees a young director attempt to stage Mozarts Cosi fan Tutte with the patients inside a mental asylum.
Okay this play has its fair share of strong language and adult themes, but judging from the raucous laughter from the very mixed aged audience from 14 years to over 70, this didnt seem to be a problem.
The play was uplifting, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining!
There is no doubting the challenge to make the Cosi story believable was enormous. The text of Cosi is full of ambivalent feelings, constantly tortured between laughter and tears but the small theatre troupe achieved this balance perfectly and with great sensitivity.
The strength of Cosi is its handpicked ensemble of mad and at times hilarious characters, the majority being local teachers from Newhaven and Wonthaggi secondary colleges.
Leading the charge of standouts on Friday was Roy, the manic depressive and mad opera buff (Simon Furness).
It has to be said Simon was brilliant, giving a magnificent and totally believable performance as a psychotic patient.
He was followed closely by the loveable, and scary pyromaniac Doug (Josh Fredericks). The audience couldnt get enough of Doug , especially one 14 year old student who couldnt wait to see what he would set fire to next!
Then there was the wonderfully unpredictable, obsessive Cherry (Nina Prideaux), just fabulous and the anxious, agonised Henry (Hamish Trumble) who drew the laughs and stayed true to his troubled character throughout.
Fine performances came from the doped-up maniac musician Zac (Rebecca Parfitt) and obsessive perfectionist Ruth (Remi DAgostin).
As for the supposed sane characters, Steven Boon does a top job as Lewis, as does junkie and Lewiss love interest Julie (Holly Hatch), social worker Justin (Ashley Reed), always one to watch and Antonio Castello as Lewiss friend Nick and Lewiss girlfriend Lucy (Lauren White) were both convincing .
Full marks to the director for a highly entertaining production; it is well staged and well performed.
And it has to be said the old saying in theatre the show must go on certainly rang true for last Saturdays matinee when the power was off in Cowes for some seven hours and the cast and crew pulled together and gave a stella performance with all the blinds and curtins open to let in the natural light.
The cast lifted its performance to the next level to give another top show, much to the delight of the audience.
The theatre space is small and intimate and the staging simple and...


More legal costs to sting council "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will pay further legal costs incurred by a neighbour of Bald Hills Wind Farm.
The Supreme Court of Victoria last week ordered council to pay the costs of wind farm neighbour John Zakula in relation to a court hearing on January 31, 2018.
His solicitor is yet to determine the cost, but said it is significant.
Council had already paid the neighbours legal fees of $20,000 and reportedly $20,000 in councils own fees too.
Mr Zakula is challenging councils handling of nuisance noise complaints by neighbours in relation to the wind farm.
The court ordered costs associated with a court hearing on March 20 be reserved for determination at the conclusion of the proceeding. Council CEO Tim Tamlin was examined by Mr Zakulas legal counsel at that hearing.
The matter returns to the court for trial on November 26. In the mean time, council has appointed a consultant to determine if the wind farm is producing nuisance noise, at a cost of $33,600.
Councils are responsible for enforcing planning permit conditions, such as noise levels.


Traffic lights to deliver safety "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WORKS to install Wonthaggis first set of traffic lights are well underway.
To be installed at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and the Bass Highway, the lights will aim to increase traffic flow and improve safety.
The $3.76 million project was funded through the Federal and State Governments, as well as Bass Coast Shire Council.
These new traffic lights will improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians at the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.
The intersection has seen congestion and risky driver behaviour for many years, thats why were investing in this important safety upgrade.
Motorists have endured long delays at the intersection, which has resulted in impatience and drivers taking dangerous risks.
There have been 10 crashes with three people seriously injured in the last 10 years.
As well as the traffic lights, the intersection will also feature extended right turning lanes and raised platforms, which will force drivers to slow down as they approach.
VicRoads reported there were 11,000 vehicle movements at the intersection each day, including 1300 heavy vehicle movements.
Deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari said he cant wait to see the traffic lights up and running.
Work has already started, and there will need to be some sort of traffic management plan put in place eventually. Itll be a bit of pain, but it will be worth it once the intersection is fixed, he said.
As far as Im concerned, this is a fantastic project. It is a little sad to see the small country town you grew up in get to the stage where it needs traffic lights, but its absolutely necessary for safety at that intersection and the future development of Wonthaggi.
Its almost impossible to turn right at the intersection at the moment. Most locals know to avoid it, so its going to be extremely beneficial for people trying to get on and off the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road.
Cr Tessari said the lights will also provide opportunity for pedestrians to cross the intersection safely.
The work is expected to be completed in June, with minor delays for motorists.
Traffic controls will be in place while the signals are being installed, so motorists are asked to take care if theyre travelling through the work site, VicRoads acting regional director Eastern Region Pas Monacella said.


Reduced rainfall increases stress "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FARMERS have been feeling the stress over these past few dry months in South Gippsland.
Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold has recorded 93.9mm of rain in Meeniyan since the start of January this year, which in comparison to the same time last year is a very poor amount.
During the same time in 2017, Mr Fromhold recorded 161.9mm of rain.
Its been a tough autumn and its not good going into winter like this, he said.
Things are still so dry and if we dont get some rain soon its going to be even tougher on our farmers.
Its pretty stressful for farmers because the feeding costs go up and there is nothing cheaper than feeding animals with grass from the paddock, the workload increases because farmers have to shift water around their properties and therefore the pressure increases.
Mr Fromhold said the countryside has generally greened up with the 37mm of rain South Gippsland copped between March 25 and 27.
The paddocks have a bit of a green tinge to them due to that rain however we certainly need another lot to keep it going, he said.
The only good thing about the lack of rain is that it kills the bugs in the ground that eat the grass and depending on how much rain we end up getting it wont be as muddy this winter.
We can also access more nice dry firewood.
Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Waters storages from March 31st to April 6 saw three mm at Lance Creek, two mm at Ruby Creek, zero mm at Coalition Creek, Deep Creek and Little Bass and two mm at Battery Creek.
The start of April has brought little rain across the region and storages at Little Bass are now nearing restriction levels at 53 percent capacity, South Gippsland Waters managing director Philippe du Plessis said.
The corporation is preparing for the possibility that restrictions may be needed for Poowong, Loch and Nyora townships in the coming weeks.

Dry season: Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold has recorded very low rainfall for Meeniyan so far this year.


Uproar across Asia over Australia's approval of multinational GM rice. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

For Immediate Release Friday 13th April, 2018

The genetically-modified organism (GMO) known as golden rice (GR2E rice) will not significantly address hunger or Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) according to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

The International Conference on Golden Rice was organised by MASIPAG and the Stop Golden Rice Network in the Philippines and facilitated by the Anti-Poverty Commission. It included delegates and farmers, scientists, and development workers from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, and the Philippines. The conference participants joined peasant farmers calling for the stopping of the GM rice outside the Department of Agriculture [1].
The conference heard that Australia/New Zealand approval of GR2E rice will impact heavily on indigenous farmers all over Asia. This is because as Filipino law stands, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) safety assessment can be used for approval to plant in many of the Asian rice growing countries.
FSANZ said that on the best available scientific evidence it was safe to eat.  Yet, experts and farmers from India, the Philippines and Indonesia provided studies raising concerns over the safety of the rice, proving that not all evidence was sought or considered by FSANZ. FSANZ has approved the rice into the Australasian food chain 'in case of contamination' to 'avoid trade issues'. There is a total absence of evidence for consumers to know if it is safe to eat.  FSANZ said feeding/ingestion studies were not provided nor did FSANZ require them [2].
FSANZs rubber stamp approach to food safety is putting the health of billions of people at risk. This GM rice is aimed at pregnant women and children and yet there is an absence of evidence of safety. Said Fran Murrell from MADGE Australia, We hope that the Philippine Government regulators protect their people by ensuring that rigorous, long term safety studies are carried out.
Liza Maza from the National Anti-Poverty Commission in the Philippines said There was no comparative studies between GR2E rice and other varieties to see if it can lessen Vitamin A deficiency,
Cris Panerio, national coordinator for the Philippino farmer and scientist alliance (MASIPAG), noted Golden rice is fraught with inherent problems, one of which is the low yield resulting to the disruption of the native structure...


Vacancy rates tighten in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Canberra tightens

Vacancy rates tightened slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2018, down from 2.3 per cent a year earlier (and 2.2 per cent in February 2018) according to SQM Research. 

In the month of March vacancy rates fell in Brisbane from 3.4 per cent to 3.2 per cent, and in Canberra from 0.8 per cent to just 0.6 per cent.

The vacancy rate for Canberra has fallen from 2.5 per cent in mid-2015 when it was announced in the Barr Budget that there would be significant rate rise and land taxes imposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

While there are rentals on the market, the methodology picks up rental properties vacant between leases for a period of time and acts a viable leading indicator for markets that are tightening or easing. 

With investors looking elsewhere, SQM reports that median asking rents for houses in the ACT have increased by +29 per cent over the past 3 years to $617/week.

That makes Canberra the second most expensive capital city after Sydney at a $738/week median asking rent for houses. 

In Hobart the chronic shortage of rentals has eased a little over the past two months, if only a little. 

Melbourne has a relatively tight vacancy rate at 1.4 per cent, while in Sydney the vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent is being reflected in relatively flat rents overall, including a slight decline for median house asking rents. 

The Perth market continues to pick up steadily from its nadir. 



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