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Thursday, 14 September


Unseasonal snowfall continues at alpine resorts in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Traditional springtime weather is yet to reach the snowfields, with snow still falling across alpine resorts. About 30 centimetres of snow was predicted across Thursday, Friday and into Saturday at Falls Creek. The resort received eight centimetres in 24 hours before Thursday, with average snow depths of 190cm. Mount Hotham received 15 cm in the 24 hours before Thursday morning with natural snow depths of 175 cm.


Toxicon drop a metal cover of Confidence Mans Boyfriend (Repeat) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Last year, a mysterious supergroup known as Confidence Man burst onto the scene. Hailing from Brisbane, the group revealed very little about themselves, except for the fact that they make a unique brand of electro-pop, which was made abundantly clear when they dropped their single Boyfriend (Repeat).

Following the groups performance at Splendour In The Grass this year, triple j made the controversial claim that the band were the best up-and-coming live band in Australia. This of course drew much criticism from, well, just about everyone, including a number Facebook commenters such Taya Chani, who claimed they were so shocked I couldnt even type when they said that Confidence Man is hands down the worst shit I have ever heard in my life. I am completely dumbfounded, speachless.


Confidence Man 'Boyfriend (Repeat)' live at Splendour

Best up-and-coming live band in Australia? We <3 Confidence Man.

Posted by triple j Unearthed on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Melbournes Toxicon uploaded their cover of Boyfriend (Repeat) to YouTube just a couple of days ago with the tongue-in-cheek caption of Australias best up and coming cover.

In a statement issued to Music Feeds, Toxicon explained their decision to cover the track. Recently there was quite the upset over triple js call on the Best up and coming live band with their song Boyfriend (Repeat), they said. Maybe it wasnt everyones cup of tea but but surely there must be s...


Jobs explosion shatters forecasts "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jobs explosion

Employment growth shattered expectations with an 11th consecutive monthly gain, tearing up by +54,200 in August, including another +40,100 surge in full-time employment. 

It's a case of choose your favourite statistic here: more than quarter a million jobs created in six months would have to be one of the most impressive, while annual full-time employment growth is now at a scorching +3.1 per cent. Golly!

Over the past year employment has lifted by +325,600 or +2.73 per cent, and if rising job advertisements prove to be a worthy indicator, then calendar 2017 could yet be Australia's greatest ever year for employment growth. 

Most of the jobs have been created in New South Wales (+71,600 over the year to August 2017) and Victoria (+95,500) until lately. But after a protracted lull, Queensland is now the surprise package (+95,400), albeit largely driven by part-time employment. 

The detailed figures will confirm in due course, but infrastructure has been a likely creator of jobs, along with the tourism and education boom, and healthcare.&...


Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney


Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.


Conference: Social cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

La Trobe University, partnering with the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, presents Social Cohesion in the Goulburn Valley: Looking back, looking forward, a conference to revisit the issues explored in the 2007 event Cultural Diversity and Social Harmony: the Goulburn Valley Experience.   Conference Theme The 2017 conference will ... Read more...


Seymour Line Notification: Reduced Capacity - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:11 SCS to Seymour will be reduced in capacity to a 3 car VLocity service today due to a train fault. [12:54 14/09]




By now the Jungle Love have crew shown time and time again that they know how to throw a damn good party and they also love any excuse to do it. The main event of the year is Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival which is taking place for the fourth time ever from November 30 to December 2 at Borumba Deer Park. So to build the excitement our team is taking over The Zoo and Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley on October 14 for the Jungle Love Launch Party: The Zoo and Winn Lane Takeover.

The Jungle Love community has a knack for making every night together a night to remember. Last years launch party was held at The Triffid, featuring an outdoor electronic stage. Organisers were advised by venue staff that people wouldnt dance on as theyve never had any luck getting a dance floor happening outside before. But alas the venue staff were proved wrong. The Jungle Lovers proceeded to fill the entirety of the dance floor, making for one of those many delicious nights to remember.

This years launch will feature seven stellar live acts including one of Bigsounds most talked about artists, Clea , a special reformation of the much loved insane asylum LeSuits who split up two years ago, rising stars and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Fight Ibis and some of the finest craftsmen of indie pop, The Jensens . Two acts making their way up from Melbourne for the special occasion are the soulful Squidgenini and one of the most hilarious performers around, Stingray .

Winn Lane will be pumping all night with a selection of sounds curated by the fine tastemakers A Love Supreme who will be mixing up the soul, funk and much, much more. The Winn Lane stage will feature the likes of ALS Soundsystem , Deejay Bossman , Nathan Sellin & Jaeden Birch and El Discotheque .

Punters will be able move between the two spaces via the backstage access from the Zoo to Winn Lane. So punters who havent been backstage at the Zoo before will have the chance to see the plethora of stickers and layers of history left behind by iconic bands that have played at the venue over the past 20 years.

And not to forget that it wouldnt be a Jungle Love party without an array of live performance art and the odd surprise in store.

Full Lineup in alphabetical order:

ALS Soundsystem.........


The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month. On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter []


Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.


While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........


States hesitant about sex abuse redress "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The federal government admits some states might not sign up to a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The states are concerned about what a royal commission estimates is $613m worth of funder-of-last-resort costs after institutions cease to exist.

Im fairly confident that it will be an overarching majority of states and territories, but were still in a slightly grinding process of negotiating that outcome, Social Services Minister Christian Porter told ABC radio on Thursday.

He said it was the single, most complicated legal issue hed ever dealt with, and a second draft of the proposed legislation would be distributed shortly.

Im very confident that we will have a lot of the states opting in, Mr Porter said.

The Commonwealth doesnt have the legal power to compel the states or affected institutions to take part in the scheme.

But it can compel the ACT and the Northern Territory.

NSW is refusing to commit to the scheme, opting to wait for details about costs and how the system will work. Queensland and Victoria want more information.

Mr Porter, who is meeting with institutions on Friday to discuss their concerns about compensation, said the scheme was being designed to benefit victims.

The post States hesitant about sex abuse redress appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Rebel expected to donate her $4.5m win "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has been awarded a record-breaking $4.5 million payout after proving the publishers of Womans Day ruined her reputation and branded her as a serial liar.

The Australian-born, US-based actor and star of megahit film Pitch Perfect has previously said the case was never about money it was about holding bully tabloid magazines to account.

Im looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages Ive received, the 37-year-old tweeted from London.

To me though, this case wasnt about the money, she said in a series of tweets.

The star said she was looking forward to getting back to her career and entertaining everyone.

Wilson proved to an all-female jury in June that Bauer Media, which also publishes Australian Womens Weekly, OK! and NW magazines, defamed her when it published eight articles claiming she lied about her real name, age and childhood.

On Wednesday in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice John Dixon said because of Bauers conduct, the usual cap of $389,500 in general damages for defamation did not apply.

He awarded the star $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages because of her lost opportunities to land movie roles after the defamatory articles were published.

Justice Dixon said Bauer failed to properly investigate allegations that Wilson was a liar, published them knowing the slurs to be false, and kept the offending allegations going for days.

Ms Wilsons reputation as an actress of integrity was wrongly damaged, he said.

Because of that, he said a substantial amount would be required to vindicate her.

The post Rebel expected to donate her $4.5m win appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Third city council dumps Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day grossly insensitive.

But Moreland City Council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

The inner-north Melbourne council voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was grossly insensitive to indigenous people.

It would be like celebrating the Nazi holocaust, Ms Bolton said in the meeting on Wednesday.

Another councillor, John Kavanagh, did not support the move and said it was a decision for the federal government to make.

The federal government last month stripped Yarra and Darebin councils of their right to host citizenship ceremonies after successful votes to shift them to another day.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month described Yarra City Councils decision to change the way it commemorates the day as utterly out of step with Australian values.

On Australia Day, we recognise the greatness of our achievement as Australians, Mr Turnbull said in parliament.

To change the date would be to turn our back on Australian values.

Moreland in 2015 moved its annual citizen awards ceremony to October.

The Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code says local councils should hold ceremonies every two to three months and notes that Australia Day along with Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 are significant days in the calendar when local governments and community organisations can play an important role in raising awareness of citizenship.

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Wednesday, 13 September


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

12:45 Albury - Southern Cross will not run today and has been replaced by coaches today due to a train fault.

[05:42 14/09]

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

07:05 Southern Cross - Albury will not run today and has been replaced by coaches due to a train fault.  Customers are asked to board the 07:11 service to Seymour off platform 8 South and transfer to coaches at Seymour. 

[05:42 14/09]


Reclassification Of Firearms In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

One of our legal minds has been looking at the appearance provisions of the Victorian Firearms Act 1996.
The offending provisions are found in sections 3A and 3B of the Act which give the Chief Commissioner broad powers to either temporarily or permanently recategorise Cat A or B firearms on the basis of appearance. 
In fact, if you read what he has to say carefully, youll see its worse than that. The Chief Commissioner can recategorise firearms for reasons which go beyond appearance or for no reason at all.


The Customs and Prayers of Rosh HaShanah "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

The origins of Rosh HaShanah are found in the Bible.The Book of Leviticus (23:24-25) declares: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of rest, a memorial proclaimed with the blowing of the shofar, a holy convocation. Although this day eventually became Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New ... Read more...


Listen to the New TinPan Orange Single Wanderers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange Melbourne indie-folk trio TinPan Orange have returned with their brand new single Wanderers. The track is their first single single 2016s See You In The Water and was co-written by TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire). As always with TinPan Orange, Wanderers soars with []


Less Plastic is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When in Vietnam recently we stayed in a fabulous little shack on the beach and every morning we would go for a walk. It was lovely except for the []


Humanoid robot to help with therapy at GV Health "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Humanoid robot to help with therapy at GV Health

THERAPEUTIC ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE From left, robot technician, Jonathan Kingsley and GV Health clinical psychologist, Catherine Kelly with NAO, a humanoid robot that will help with therapy treatments at GV Health. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

A FUTURISTIC therapy treatment is now available in Shepparton with GV Health recently purchasing a friendly form of artificial intelligence.

Dubbed NAO, the humanoid robot stands at just 58cm tall and came at a cost of $33,000 which includes specialised programming and training of staff. The funds have been raised through help from several local Freemason groups (GV St George Lodge, Rupertswood Numurkah Lodge, Mooroopna Lodge, United Freemasons and Goulburn Murray Masonic Club), Bendigo Banks Connected Communities initiative and through GV Healths Give Me 5 For Kids appeal.

NAO will be utilised across the whole hospital, but will primarily be used for those on the autism spectrum and in the paediatric ward.

NAO houses tactile sensors, microphones, speakers, cameras, sonar and hands, all that are used to interact in a human-like manner with patients.

GV Health clinical psychologist, Catherine Kelly said, We are hoping to use NAO across the whole hospital.

The robot is so engaging. For young people with problems in engagement, it will help to break down the barriers.

It has taken two years to raise the funds and we are looking forward to seeing what NAO can do.

NAO technician, Jonathan Kingsley said, NAO is designed and manufactured in Paris and can be designed for just about anything.

It is endearing and engaging, particularly for children because of its size.

Those on the spectrum, are highly sensitive to very minute changes in facial features and body language and the size and nature of the robot comes across as less threatening.


Students learn importance of dairy industry through art "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Students learn importance of dairy industry through art

MOOOOVING MASTERPIECE Ardmona Primary School student, Jedd Ioffel with his masterpiece created through the Painting Daisy program, that aims to teach students about the importance of the dairy industry. Photo: Supplied.

STUDENTS from schools across the region were in good moooods after they finished painting their masterpieces recently as part of a creative, educational and fun filled program called Painting Daisy. which has helped them learn more about the importance of the dairy industry.

The program is being run during Term 3 at various schools including Tongala Primary School, Ardmona Primary School, Girgarre Primary School, St Brendans Primary School, Tatura Primary School and Kyabram P-12 College.

Students have worked in teams of two to paint or decorate a miniature cow, research a chosen topic on the dairy industry and write a good news story reflecting their learning.

Painting Daisy Program manager, John Hutchison said, In years gone by, children either lived on dairy farms themselves or they had family members that did.

Through progressive changes especially in technology, the number of dairy farms has decreased, yet the size of the farms has increased. Many students now have little or no knowledge of what happens on these dairy farms, the smorgasbord of careers available in the industry or the impact of local industry on their community.

The program is a great way to educate rural students about what happens in their community and the importance of an industry that operates right on their doorstep.


High flu rates leads to increased risk of death "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WITH an extremely high number of flu cases being reported this year, and the confirmation of eight deaths caused by an influenza outbreak at the St Johns Retirement Village in Wangaratta, the Department of Health and Human Services is urging the community to watch their health and hygiene to help prevent the spread.

So far in 2017, there have been more than 11,800 confirmed cases of influenza in Victoria with many more notifications still expected.

Flu outbreaks, particularly in aged care facilities, are at very high levels. There have been 222 respiratory outbreaks this year compared with 117 for the same period last year.

Victorias acting chief health officer, Dr Brett Sutton said the department is continuing to monitor the facility (at Wangaratta) and is providing support to manage the outbreak.

Dr Sutton said flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes.

Good hand hygiene is strongly recommended to visitors to assist in controlling any spread of flu, Dr Sutton said.

This is a timely reminder to all visitors that washing their hands with soap or hand gel before visiting loved ones in aged care or hospital is extremely important.

And if you are sick you should avoid visiting loved ones in an aged care facility or hospital.

If you are unwell with a cough or a cold, remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and put the tissue straight in the bin.

You should always wash your hands immediately after sneezing, coughing or going to the toilet with soap and running water and dry your hands thoroughly, Dr Sutton said.


Nominations close as second last group of nominees named "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Nominations close as second last group of nominees named

NOMINATIONS for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have come to an end, and now, each of the nominees are looking forward to seeing who will win each category, and who will be crowned the winner of the illustrious Hall of Fame for 2017 at the Gala Dinner and Awards evening.

This week, for the second last week this year, nominees are Goulburn Valley Dental Group who received a nomination under the Business Award Professional Services category, Country Carpet Cleaning & Restoration who received a nomination under the Business Award Trade Services category, Brother Pablo who received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Cardamone Real Estate who received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, Calandro Engineering Pty Ltd managing director, Mario Calandro who received a nomination under the Entrepreneur of the Year category, Parklake Hotel apprentice chef, Atsadawut Tamkam who received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category, Notre Dame College faith and ministry training trainee, Daina Davies who received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and Choice Group @theplaylab received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.

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.


Keeping family front of mind "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Keeping family front of mind

EARLY INTERVENTION FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING FAMILY VIOLENCE Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Services Children and Mothers in Mind program senior practitioner, Liz Meloury is pleased that the Victorian Government is throwing funding behind a specialised program aimed at early intervention of family violence. The program will be one of 26 Children and Mothers in Mind pilot programs being launched across the state, with the Caroline Chisholm Society, Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Service running the program locally from next week. Photo: David Lee.

Innovative new program a game changer

SO FAR this year, 33 women have been killed in Australia as a result of family violence and while these figures are staggering, a newly government funded program to help curb the after effects of a family violence issue is set to see one of 26 statewide early intervention pilot programs launched in Shepparton from next week.

Funded by the Victorian Government and being run at the Caroline Chisholm Society Goulburn Valley Pregnancy & Family Support Service, the Children and Mothers in Mind (CMiM) program will commence from September 20.

The program is a three-part, 20-week program, where participants work with trained professionals to respond to their trauma, then work to rebuild attachment through the program Mothers in Mind, and then finding ways to continue their new way of relating as a family.

Led by program senior practitioners, Liz Meloury and Jeanette Monteith, the program Children and Mothers in Mind is an Australian first for mothers and children (four years and under) who have experienced difficult family relationships, which may include family violence.

Liz said, The statistics surrounding family violence deaths are quite astonishing. The figures show that there is approximately one woman per week killed as a result of family violence.

An Australian woman is more likely to be killed in her own home by her male partner than by anyone else, anywhere else.

According to Vic Health, family violence is more damaging to the health of women aged 15-44 years than any other risk factor including obesity and smoking. In fact, they say it is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death for women in this age range....


Approval given for amendments to fast-track new SAM "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Andrews Labor Government has given the green light for approvals for the amendment of the Shepparton Planning Scheme to fast-track the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM).

The museum is already one of Sheppartons leading attractions, and once the new building is complete, its expected to attract more visitors to the region from across the state and nation, boosting local visitor spending by more than $6M annually. Construction of the project will also create 72 direct and 109 indirect jobs, injecting $34.5M into the local economy.

Planning approvals follow a $10M investment by the Labor Government to help Shepparton showcase its strengths as a regional cultural hotspot. The project is also funded by the City of Greater Shepparton and the Commonwealth Government.

Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne said, This project ticks all the boxes. Its a big boost to jobs, tourism and the economy, and its a great chance for Shepparton to showcase its strengths as a cultural hotspot.

Greater Shepparton City Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said the decision was welcomed and will ensure the project can progress quickly to the build stage.

We are on track to have the former Shell Service Station and caf demolished before the end of the year ensuring the two year build can commence in 2018, Cr OKeeffe said.

This is a very exciting project for the municipality and an important one that positions Greater Shepparton as a progressive region not only in the arts world but as tourism destination.

Developments such as these instil confidence amongst business that Shepparton is growing and prepared for the future and will attract new investment to the area.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"



COUNTRY MUSIC ROCK N ROLL and comedy featuring Wayne Horsburgh and Rodney Vincent will run on Thursday, September 14 at Kyabram Bocce Club. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6pm and show time starts at 7:30pm. Book tickets with Rae Mathews on 0400 980 968. Tickets booked and picked up on the night.


AN OLD TIME DOOKIE BALL will be held on September 23 from 7:30pm to 12:30am at Dookie Memorial Hall, Mary Street, Dookie. Entry is $10 (ladies please bring a plate) and the musician will be Ian Stewart. For further information, contact Lisa Comensoli on 0499 200 784.


SHEPPARTON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION from the 40s, 50s and 60s will run on Sunday, November 12 with lunch at 12pm at The Royal Mail Hotel, 47 McLennan Street, Mooroopna. Lunch is $20 per head. For further information or to RSVP, phone Joy Phillis (Smith) on 5825 1840 or email


EUROA SHOW & SHINE will run on Sunday, October 1 from 8am to 3:30pm at the parklands beside the Sevens Creek and in the streets of Euroa. Open to all veteran, vintage, classic, custom and modified special cars, bikes, trucks and tractors, with around 1,500 vehicles to be on display. Plenty to see and lots of entertainment. Entry is $5 per person and $10 per display vehicle including driver. For further information, visit or phone 0418 599 183.


NATHALIA AGRICULTURAL SHOW will run on Saturday, October 7 from 9am and is celebrating the Year of the Rooster. There will be horse events, bathtub races, poultry, cattle, stalls, produce/craft/cookery pavilion, show bags and entertainment. A day for the whole family! New competitors and stall holders welcome. Family pass $25. Schedules available now.


BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.







Enjoy the spring weather at the orchid spectacular "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Enjoy the spring weather at the orchid spectacular

ENJOY ALL ON OFFER Goulburn Valley Orchid Club president, Chris Ibbotson is inviting the community to come along to enjoy all to offer at this years Goulburn Valley Orchid Clubs Spring Orchid Spectacular. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SPRING has officially sprung, and what better way to enjoy the fantastic spring weather than to spend some time meandering around the Goulburn Valley Orchid Clubs Spring Orchid Spectacular.

Goulburn Valley Orchid Club president, Chris Ibbotson said, We had such a brilliant weekend last year, with around 500 visitors coming to the show. This time of the year is the perfect time to get out and about as the cymbidiums are out and there are so many genres of orchids to see. We will have on display many floral arrangements, photography displays, potting demonstrations by expert growers and there will be plenty of growers on-hand with expert advice.

We will also have an extensive range of orchids for sale from local and interstate commercial sellers, Sims Orchids from Adelaide, Castle Creek from Merrigum and New Bold Orchids from Stanhope. There will be a raffle, morning tea and late lunches available and while we have a wide and varied membership group, were always looking for new members to join us.

The annual Spring Orchid Spectacular has a $5 entry and will be held at Kialla Raceway on the Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla on Saturday, September 16 from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, September 17 from 10am to 4pm.


Creative and colourful entries called on for succulent show "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Creative and colourful entries called on for succulent show

SUCCULENTS TO GO ON SHOW The Billabong Garden Complex Annual Succulent Show is on again, with the event kicking off in October. Entries for the show close this Friday, and the community is being called on to get their entries in now. Photo: Supplied.

WITH applications closing for the 2017 Billabong Garden Complex Annual Succulent Show, Potted Succulent competitionthis Friday, September 15, the community is being called on to get your creative and colourful entries in.

The Succulent Show is on again from Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017, with attendees set to be inspired by the huge variety of succulents to admire and purchase, which will suit every garden style, pot and space, from a small rockery area to a large formal garden.

Nursery manager, Tracy Lamont said, We are excited to announce that this year we will have a special guest appearance from renowned succulent expert and author, Attila Kapitany on the Saturday of the show.Attila will display, and have for sale, a range of his rare and new breed succulents, provide you with information and advice and will be happy to sign copies of his new release book that will be available for purchase.

Our Annual Succulent Show is always a popular event and this year is no exception; the 2017 show is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet!

Tracy continued, Our potted succulent competition is back by popular demand and this year we will award a prize in two categories, Peoples Choice and Attilas Choice.

We cant wait to see the entries this year, some of our customers have told us they have been planning and preparing their entry since last years show!

Terms and conditions and the entry form can be collected from Billabong Garden Complex or downloaded from the website

Entry forms are due no later than September 15 and entries arent to be delivered until the day before the show as per the entry form.

For more information, contact Billabong Garden Complex on 5821 8632 or follow them on Facebook.


Your new north end chemist now open "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

Your new north end chemist now open

COVERING SHEPPARTONS NORTH Chemist Warehouse Shepparton North pharmacy assistant, Phillipa Monshing, proprietors, Hatem Mikhail and Ehab Mikhail, pharmacy assistant, Jane Siaki and retail manager, Louise Hunter out the front of the newly opened store in Sheppartons north. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

SHEPPARTONS north has a new chemist to cover all of the communitys needs, with Chemist Warehouse opening in a brand new, 800m2 premises on the corner of Numurkah and Pine Roads.

Chemist Warehouse proprietors, Hatem and Ehab Mikhail said, This new store will offer the same great specials as the other two Chemist Warehouses in a location that will service the rapidly growing north Shepparton community.

Its close to the hospital and aged care facilities, offers incredible prices and great customer service and is open seven days a week, so it is convenient to all.

Chemist Warehouse runs a catalogue fortnightly offering great specials and currently our Footy Finals catalogue is on offering half price vitamins and cosmetics and other great deals across the store.

The new Chemist Warehouse is open on Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm, Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Drop into the new Chemist Warehouse in north Shepparton at 127 Numurkah Road, Shepparton (entrance via Pine Road) or phone 5821 0296.

Tuesday, 12 September


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #559 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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